Category: World

The background: CNN led Facebook to censor Russia-backed video company at behest of neocon think tank German Marshall Fund

The background: CNN led Facebook to censor Russia-backed video company at behest of neocon think tank German Marshall Fund

Disclosure: Kevin Gosztola co-hosts the Unauthorized Disclosure podcast with Rania Khalek, who is a contributor for Maffick Media’s Soapbox. Unauthorized Disclosure is entirely listener-funded. Shadowproof is member-supported and funded by reader donations. CNN went in search for a story about a Russian-funded digital media project that produces viral videos aimed at undermining American democracy. When CNN journalists could not find what they were looking for, they effectively manufactured the news by giving Facebook a pretext for removing the project’s pages used to share videos. Now, the cable news network had their story. Four CNN journalists worked on the report, “Russia is backing a viral video…

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NATO’s Atlantic Council hijacks Munich conference with authoritarian ‘principles’ declaration

NATO’s Atlantic Council hijacks Munich conference with authoritarian ‘principles’ declaration

Taking over the annual Munich security conference, the Atlantic Council has come out with a declaration of principles that seeks to legitimize the rogue behavior of the West after the Cold War as a ‘rules-based’ world order. For almost three decades now, Washington and its numerous clients and allies have insisted they were only upholding a “rules-based international order” against those who seek to challenge it, be it “rogue states” such as North Korea and Iran or great powers such as Russia and China. In the process, this self-styled “international community” trampled actual rules and laws to sanction, bomb, invade, occupy and regime-change countries that…

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Russia to press for putting White Helmets on trial for crimes in Syria

Russia to press for putting White Helmets on trial for crimes in Syria

MOSCOW, February 19. /TASS/. Russia will press for putting the non-governmental organization White Helmets on trial for crimes committed in Syria, including faked videos of chemical attacks, the director of the Foreign Ministry’s department of new challenges and threats, Ilya Rogachyov, told TASS in an interview on Tuesday. “The leading Western countries have failed to place the struggle against terrorism above their own time-serving political interests. In the sphere of international counter-terrorist cooperation various selective approaches thrive. Terrorists are rated as ‘bad’ and ‘not very bad’. Countries are being forced to agree with the concept of ‘resistance to violent extremism’ and its dangerous elements that…

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President admits Ukraine has a long way to go before joining EU, NATO

President admits Ukraine has a long way to go before joining EU, NATO

Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko © AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner KIEV, February 19. /TASS/. Ukraine has a long way to go before it joins the European Union and NATO, the country’s President Pyotr Poroshenko said on Tuesday at a parliamentary session dedicated to the fifth anniversary of the 2014 coup. “We have a long way to go before joining the European Union and the North Atlantic Alliance,” he said. According to Poroshenko, Kiev needs “to overcome poverty, meet all accession criteria and complete difficult homework.” At the same time, the Ukrainian president pointed to the country’s unprecedented rapprochement with Europe. Poroshenko reiterated that Ukraine must apply for EU…

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The Neocon revival: Didn’t really think they’d go away, did you?

The Neocon revival: Didn’t really think they’d go away, did you?

The upending of the political landscape by the Trump revolution has affected every political grouping and rearranged our politics in ways that are still revealing themselves. His populist America First views on foreign policy and international trade have split the GOP, opened up growing divisions among the Democrats, and even disrupted the ideological certitude of the libertarians. There is one ideological group whose entire trajectory and partisan political allegiance has done a complete turnaround, and that is the neoconservatives. Originating as a split from the Trotskyite movement, these extreme leftists moved from one end of the political spectrum, over the course of several years, to…

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4 ways India is putting its own interests before Washington’s

4 ways India is putting its own interests before Washington’s

India appears to be defying every foreign policy goal relentlessly pursued by the US, stubbornly striking deals with nations Washington is trying to isolate from global trade. Russia, Iran and now Venezuela – all among the top targets of Washington’s aggressive rhetoric and sanctions – are also among the nations India has been refusing to turn its back on. The country’s growing economy needs energy and its military needs hardware, and it is not allowing lucrative deals slip away to appease the superpower on the other side of the world. Venezuelan oil The government in Venezuela, Washington’s most recent regime-change effort, has been squeezed tight…

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BEST OF THE WEB: ‘I believe Putin’: Trump dismissed US intelligence community’s advice on North Korea threat, says fmr. FBI Director McCabe

BEST OF THE WEB: ‘I believe Putin’: Trump dismissed US intelligence community’s advice on North Korea threat, says fmr. FBI Director McCabe

A former FBI acting director has alleged Donald Trump dismissed advice from his own security agencies on the threat posed by North Korea’s missiles, saying “I don’t care. I believe Putin.” Andrew McCabe made the claims in an interview with 60 Minutes, in which he discussed his tenure at the FBI after James Comey was fired by the president in 2017. McCabe said Trump made the comments in a meeting about the weapons capability of North Korea. McCabe was not in the meeting with Trump and said his FBI colleague told him about it later. “The president launched into several unrelated diatribes. One of those…

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‘I believe Putin’: Trump dismissed US advice on North Korea threat, says McCabe

‘I believe Putin’: Trump dismissed US advice on North Korea threat, says McCabe

A former FBI acting director has alleged Donald Trump dismissed advice from his own security agencies on the threat posed by North Korea’s missiles, saying “I don’t care. I believe Putin.” Andrew McCabe made the claims in an interview with 60 Minutes, in which he discussed his tenure at the FBI after James Comey was fired by the president in 2017. McCabe said Trump made the comments in a meeting about the weapons capability of North Korea. McCabe was not in the meeting with Trump and said his FBI colleague told him about it later. “The president launched into several unrelated diatribes. One of those…

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Internet ‘part of western establishment now’: London ex-mayor on Facebook blocking RT-linked pages

Internet ‘part of western establishment now’: London ex-mayor on Facebook blocking RT-linked pages

Amid a new media Cold War, the US and its allies are increasingly treating the internet as a tool to suppress any dissenting voices, former mayor of London Ken Livingstone said after Facebook blocked several RT-linked pages. The world has been plunged in another Cold War, one increasingly waged in the media field with the target being people’s minds, Livingstone told RT in the wake of Facebook blocking several accounts with millions of followers after CNN and a US-funded think tank accused them of being “linked to Kremlin” via Ruptly, RT’s subsidiary video news agency. The internet is a part of the western establishment now.…

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Politician slams Kiev for seeking to swap control over national gas transit for US backing

Politician slams Kiev for seeking to swap control over national gas transit for US backing

KIEV, February 19. /TASS/. The politicians who are currently in power in Ukraine are trying to exchange the national gas transmission system for US backing in the upcoming presidential elections, Chairman of the political council of Ukraine’s Opposition Platform – For Life Viktor Medvedchuk said in a statement published on the party’s website. He pointed out that Ukrainian Prime Minister Vladimir Groysman said earlier that Kiev was interested in “finding a serious and influential partner from the EU, or the US to jointly manage the gas transmission system.” “Moreover, lately the top managers of the Ukrainian oil and gas companies have been deliberating over the…

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Moscow calls for increasing transparency in OSCE activities

Moscow calls for increasing transparency in OSCE activities

MOSCOW, February 19. /TASS/. Moscow calls for increasing transparency in the activities of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a joint press conference following talks with Miroslav Lajcak, the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and the Slovak Foreign Minister. “Russia calls for making sure that the activities of the organization’s institutions, including the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, the High Commissioner on National Minorities, the Representative on Freedom of the Media, as well as OSCE missions, are more balanced and transparent and strictly based on approved mandates,” Lavrov pointed out. “The OSCE should facilitate efforts to…

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US calls on Russia to help deliver aid to Rukban Camp in Syria

US calls on Russia to help deliver aid to Rukban Camp in Syria

The US Department of State on Monday called on Russia to help facilitate deliveries of humanitarian aid to the Rukban refugee camp in Syria. “The United States has […] called for many months for the Syrian regime [government headed by President Bashar Assad] to allow rapid, safe, and unhindered UN access to the Rukban encampment. The recent humanitarian convoy was a positive step, and we call upon Russia to help facilitate continued, regular humanitarian deliveries,” US Department of State deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino said in a press statement. Palladino praised the recent delivery of humanitarian aid to the Rukban camp by the United Nations and…

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US plans for distributing control in buffer zone in Syria unlawful, Moscow says

US plans for distributing control in buffer zone in Syria unlawful, Moscow says

MOSCOW, February 19. /TASS/. US plans for making decisions at its sole discretion who will control the buffer zone in Syria are unlawful, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a news conference on Tuesday. “I don’t think the United States’ statements it will decide at its sole discretion who will maintain security in the buffer zone will have chances to succeed. These statements are not legitimate,” Lavrov said. “My sincere advice to all those the United States would like to let in there to think thrice before taking such an unlawful action.” “In view of the US plans for pulling out of Syria it is…

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Russia adopts law prohibiting use of smart phones in the military

Russia adopts law prohibiting use of smart phones in the military

MOSCOW, Feb. 19 – RIA News . The State Duma adopted a law prohibiting the military to place information in the media and on the Internet concerning their service. The authors of the initiative noted that military personnel are of particular interest to the special services of other countries, as well as to terrorist and extremist organizations. […] The post Russia adopts law prohibiting use of smart phones in the military appeared first on Fort Russ.

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No remorse? Spanish media still nostalgic over volunteers who fought for Hitler

No remorse? Spanish media still nostalgic over volunteers who fought for Hitler

A Spanish newspaper has published an article lauding the “heroism” of volunteers who fought for Hitler against the Soviet Union. The piece highlights only the hardships they faced – and doesn’t bother to tell the whole story. The article was published by one of the country’s major newspapers – the ABC – early in February. It came just ahead of the anniversary of Spain’s main WWII battle. No, Spain did not partake in it – but its volunteers did. The Blue Division – named after blue shirts of Francisco Franco’s Falangist movement – was officially known as the 250th Infantry Division of Nazi Germany’s Wehrmacht.…

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EU threatens Russia with “black lists� instead of new sanctions

EU threatens Russia with “black lists� instead of new sanctions

BRUSSELS – The European Union will not introduce new economic sanctions against Russia. At the same time, blacklists can be expanded. Last night, February 18th, the foreign ministers of the European Union countries agreed to “targeted individual sanctions” against Russian citizens and officials for the November incident in the Kerch Strait. According to the head of […] The post EU threatens Russia with “black listsâ€� instead of new sanctions appeared first on Fort Russ.

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Corridors for refugees from Rukban camp open — Russia’s Defense Ministry

Corridors for refugees from Rukban camp open — Russia’s Defense Ministry

© AP Photo MOSCOW, February 19. /TASS/. Two humanitarian corridors for refugees who wish to leave the Rukban refugee camp are open, the chief of Russia’s National Defense Control Center Mikhail Mizintsev said on Tuesday. “In accordance with the February 16 joint statement by the Russian and Syrian coordination centers on opening the humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of Syrians from the Rukban camp two checkpoints at Jleb and Jabal al-Ghurab opened today,” Mizintsev said. Earlier it was announced that the checkpoints would operate round the clock. Syrian law-enforcers and Russian military police will maintain security. Rukban is located in the Al-Tanf security zone, where the…

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Facebook says blocked RT’s project over need to disclose data

Facebook says blocked RT’s project over need to disclose data

© AP Photo/Noah Berger MOSCOW, February 19. /TASS/. Facebook has explained its blocking of a page of RT’s video project by the demand to disclose information about their parent company, the US-based social network’s press service told TASS on Tuesday. RT Chief Editor Margarita Simonyan said earlier that Facebook had blocked a page related to one of the TV channel’s projects dubbed In the Now. The pages could have been shut down at CNN’s request, which accused RT of concealing its links to the Kremlin. “People connecting with Pages shouldn’t be misled about who’s behind them… For example, we’re now rolling out in phases an update…

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Japan, Russia agree on Lavrov’s upcoming visit to Tokyo

Japan, Russia agree on Lavrov’s upcoming visit to Tokyo

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono © EPA-EFE/RONALD WITTEK MUNICH, February 17. /TASS/. Japanese and Russian foreign ministers have agreed on that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will pay a visit to Tokyo soon, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono told reporters on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference. “We have agreed on to organize the upcoming visit of [Sergey Lavrov] to Japan,” Kono said, according to the Kyodo news agency, stressing that the problem of signing a peace treaty cannot be solved overnight. “This is a problem, a solution to which has not been found for more than 70 years. But I would like to make…

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Trump refused to believe FBI report on North Korea because of Putin — former acting chief

Trump refused to believe FBI report on North Korea because of Putin — former acting chief

© REUTERS/Leah Millis WASHINGTON, February 18. /TASS/. US President Donald Trump did not believe a report by the US intelligence officials claiming that North Korea is in possession of missiles able to reach the US territory due to Russian President Vladimir Putin claiming the opposite, former Acting Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe said in an interview with the CBS channel, published on Sunday. “Essentially, the president [Trump] said he did not believe that the North Koreans had the capability to hit us here with ballistic missiles in the United States. And he did not believe that because President Putin had told him they did not.…

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NYT: Munich conference shows rift between US and its allies

NYT: Munich conference shows rift between US and its allies

© AP Photo/Matthias Schrader NEW YORK, February 18. /TASS/. The Munich security conference showed a deep divide between Washington and its allies on many issues of international policy, and the West fears that Russia and China may use it to their advantage, an article published by the New York Times on Sunday claims. The publication states that “European leaders have long been alarmed that [US] President [Donald] Trump’s words and Twitter messages could undo a trans-Atlantic alliance that had grown stronger over seven decades”, but “they had clung to the hope that those ties would bear up under the strain.” However, according to diplomats and analysts,…

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Sergei Skripal’s health worsens – Sunday Times

Sergei Skripal’s health worsens – Sunday Times

© AP Photo/Matt Dunham LONDON, February 17. /TASS/. The health of former Russian GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal, who London says was poisoned in an attempted murder last March, has deteriorated, the Sunday Times said. Citing “a well-informed intelligence source,” the daily reported that his condition “has taken a downturn, even though it is not deemed critical” and that Skripal had been receiving medical care at his home. The source added that no one could predict what will happen to the former Russian military intelligence officer since there is little that is known about the long-term impact of the nerve agent. In addition, a Scotland Yard source…

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Syria’s constitution not a bargaining chip – Assad

Syria’s constitution not a bargaining chip – Assad

TASS, February 17. Syria remains committed to dialogue to find a solution to the crisis, but will not allow its constitution to become a bargaining chip, Syrian President Bashar Assad said at a meeting with heads of local councils on Sunday. “We will not allow the hostile states to achieve any of their objectives through their agents who hold the Syrian nationality,” Syria’s SANA news agency said citing the president. He has warned that “Turkish accomplices” got into the constitutional committee that is formed in accordance with the Syrian National Dialogue Congress’ decision (held on January 30-31, 2018). “The Constitution, like the sovereignty of states,…

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Bolivia’s president says invited to visit Russia in July

Bolivia’s president says invited to visit Russia in July

YUZHO-SAKHALINSK, February 17. /TASS/. Bolivian President Evo Morales has received an invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin to come to Russia on an official visit in July, Morales said in an interview with Rossiya’24 television channel aired on Sunday. “Today, the [Russian] ambassador visited me to inform about an important thing,” Morales said. “Our brother, the president of Russia, has invited us through his ambassador to make an official visit to Russia in July,” he said. Bolivia’s president visited Russia last June, when he held talks with Putin and attended the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony. In other media

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UAE buys Russia’s Kornet, Pantsir missile systems – general

UAE buys Russia’s Kornet, Pantsir missile systems – general

Armored car “Tiger” with anti-tank missile complex “Cornet-E” © Ladislav Karpov/TASS ABU DHABI, February 17. /TASS/. The United Arab Emirates’ Armed Forces have purchased Russia’s Kornet-EM anti-tank missile systems and Pantsir surface-to-air missile systems, UAE Brigadier General Mohammed Hassaini told TASS on Sunday. “The contract on Kornet-EM is to the tune of 146.92 mln dirham ($39.7 mln) and on Pantsir – more than 45 mln dirham ($12.1 mln),” he said speaking about the outcome of the first day of the IDEX-2019 international defense exhibition in Abu Dhabi. The general gave no other details of the deal. In other media

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Participants in anti-terrorist operation in Idlib not identified yet, says Kremlin

Participants in anti-terrorist operation in Idlib not identified yet, says Kremlin

© EPA/Nabil Mounzer ANKARA, February 18. /TASS/. No participants in a potential operation against the terrorist organization Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (one of the names of Jabhat al-Nusra, outlawed in Russia) have been identified yet, Russian presidential spokesman told the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News in an interview. “We do need an operation, but we have to decide on whether it will be Turkey’s operation or some other countries’. We should not hope to make a deal with the children of Ahrar al-Sham. That is a false hope, they are terrorists, they are al-Nusra, they are the children of al-Qaeda. It does not matter whether or not…

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EU to decide on new sanctions against Russia in coming weeks

EU to decide on new sanctions against Russia in coming weeks

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini © EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET BRUSSELS, February 18. /TASS/. The European Union will make a unanimous decision on imposing new sanctions on Russia in the wake of the Kerch Strait incident in the next couple of weeks, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said upon arrival at an EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting taking place in Brussels on February 18. “The objective of sanctions is not that they stay forever, it is to put pressure in order to overcome the situation, so the objective of sanctions…

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Japanese cabinet spokesman mentions heated exchange of views between Kono, Lavrov

Japanese cabinet spokesman mentions heated exchange of views between Kono, Lavrov

TOKYO, February 18. /TASS/. There was a frank though sometimes heated exchange of views between the Japanese and Russian foreign ministers during their recent meeting in Munich, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference in Tokyo on Monday. “The parties continue talks feeling the weight of national interests, so sometimes a heated exchange of views was taking place [at the Munich meeting]. However, it was a frank discussion,” he said. “There was a substantive exchange of views aimed at finding a mutually acceptable solution,” the Japanese cabinet spokesman pointed out. “We will continue persistent talks in accordance with our commitment to…

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Maduro says Venezuela will receive 300 tonnes of medicines from Russia

Maduro says Venezuela will receive 300 tonnes of medicines from Russia

CARACAS, February 19. /TASS/. Russia will send 300 tonnes of medicines to Venezuela, the Latin American country’s President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday. “On Wednesday 300 tonnes of legitimate humanitarian aid will arrive from Russia,” Maduro said. Russia will deliver medicines to Venezuela, he added. “We paid for them,” he noted. Last week over 60 containers with 933 tonnes of medicines were delivered to Venezuela from abroad. Most cargo arrived from China and Cuba. In other media

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New US sanctions to worsen situation in Venezuela, says former ambassador to Russia

New US sanctions to worsen situation in Venezuela, says former ambassador to Russia

CARACAS, February 18. /TASS/. Washington’s new sanctions against Caracas will worsen the situation in Venezuela, which is already very difficult, former Venezuelan Ambassador to Russia Carlos Mendoza Potella said in an interview with TASS. “The country’s economic situation, particularly in the oil sector, is indeed very difficult and it can deteriorate further. As for politics, the crisis has exceeded the national level as confrontation on the international stage has begun,” he pointed out. According to the former ambassador, the consequences of sanctions have not become clear yet because too little time has passed. “Venezuela has been going through a crisis for the past two to…

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