• Russia,  Saudi Arabia

    Glad to see each other

    There’s nothing like a common interest in murdering dissidents outside one’s own borders to bring folks together. Putin and MBS greet each other with huge smiles and handshake in Buenos Aires pic.twitter.com/2jlHUfONO1 — Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) November 30, 2018

  • Labour Party,  Russia

    Corbyn’s Trumpian respnse to the Skripal poisonings

    Damian Reilly writes at The Spectator: It is deeply weird that Jeremy Corbyn will not condemn Russia for carrying out a chemical weapons attack on British soil. Actually, it’s beyond weird. It’s astonishing. I disagree. From everything I know about Corbyn, it is not at all weird. What seems weird to me is that so many of his supporters are apparently undisturbed by this. At PMQs this week, after Theresa May named the two Russian agents that British intelligence is certain carried out the attack, Corbyn spoke only of bringing “those responsible” to justice. His sole direct criticism of Russia, in fact, was merely “for its failure to cooperate with…

  • Russia,  Trump

    “No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant.”

    Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and 2008 Republican candidate for President of the United States, offered one of the milder criticisms I’ve seen of President Trump’s encounter in Helsinki with Vladimir Putin: Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake. President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin. He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script…

  • Russia

    Republicans meet Russian “friends”

    The Washington Post reports on a visit by a Republican Congressional delegation (no Democrats) to Moscow, where they met with Russian legislators and officials. Among them was Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana. “I asked our friends in Russia not to interfere in our elections this year,” Kennedy said. “I asked them to exit Ukraine and allow Ukraine to self-determine. I asked for the same thing in Crimea. I asked for their help in bringing peace to Syria. And I asked them not to allow Iran to gain a foothold in Syria.” Wow. That’s telling ’em, senator. I’ll bet they get right on it. These are representatives of a regime which…

  • Russia,  Trump

    Evil

    Even if you’ve shrugged off evidence of Russian interference and hacking in the 2016 US Presidential election (as some of our readers have), you have to admit there is no other word for this. Russian hackers posed as ISIS to bully military spouses. Evil. https://t.co/NzrRPiFwkx — Josh Lawson (@josh_lawson) May 8, 2018 Our Tweeter-in-Chief finds plenty of time to comment on all manner of things that upset him. Will he spare a moment to express what I hope is his outrage about this?

  • Russia,  Trump

    McCain shames Trump on congratulations to Putin

    After Donald Trump, Bibi Netanyahu and Jean-Claude Juncker offered cringe-inducing congratulations to Vladimir Putin on his “election” “victory,” it was good to see Senator John McCain cut through the crap. An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections. And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election. https://t.co/lcQTBi7CA1 — John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) March 20, 2018 McCain may be dying of brain cancer, but that doesn’t keep him from being clear-headed about what Putin is up to. As he so often does, McCain puts Trump (and…

  • Brexit,  Britain Today,  Russia,  Scotland

    It takes a Nationalist to love a Fascist

    Putin’s Lord Haw Haws – why does the UK continue to tolerate Russian propagandists and useful idiots? – this article begins. I can’t see how a liberal democracy can do anything but “tolerate” them. Still, it is marked how the arch nationalists, Farage and Salmond, are admirers of Putin and appear on Russia Today.  Meanwhile Nicola Sturgeon hit out at the “highly likely” poisoning. She is a less grandiose nationalist than her predecessor. She was annoyed with him appearing on Russia Today. Incredibly however, since the poisoning of Skripal, his daughter and Nick Bailey on the 4th of March – some of the loudest self-professed patriots in the land have…

  • Russia

    Now what?

    Now that it is next to certain that Russian agents, with Vladimir Putin’s, approval, poisoned Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, where they are now near death, and rendered a police officer seriously ill, what will the UK government do? What should it do? This is beyond pathetic: As part a “robust” British response if Russian involvement is proven, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told lawmakers Tuesday the U.K. could downgrade its participation in the World Cup. Johnson said that “it will be very difficult to imagine that U.K. representation at that event will go ahead in the normal way.” The Foreign Office later clarified that the comment referred to…

  • Russia,  Syria

    Awww…

    Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin welcomed grateful mass torturer and killer Bashar al-Assad in Sochi. Putin did more than anyone to keep the butcher Assad in power. Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad, the Black Sea and a balcony corner of the Bocharov Ruchey State residence in Sochi, a favorite of the Kremlin head. You can also see one of Putin’s many luxury watches peeking out from under his shirt, this one perhaps a Blancpain $10,000 piece, one that is often spotted on his wrist, according to activists. Yet the context is as important as the timing. On Wednesday Putin is due to welcome Iran’s Hassan Rouhani and Turkey Recip Tayyip Erdogan…

  • Russia,  Stateside

    “Russia is our friend”

    Less than two months after the murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia, by a white supremacist, a few dozen neo-Nazis gathered in the city for another tiki torch-lit demonstration, with (again) the ostensible purpose of protecting Confederate monuments. The crowd chanted “You will not replace us.” No word if anyone replaced “You” with “Jews,” as many of the demonstrators did in August. And no word from President Trump on whether he considered some of the protesters “very fine people,” as he did in August. I’d be inclined to dismiss the whole thing as a rather pathetic display, but for this: They promised to keep returning to Charlottesville, which they…