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Archive for 'Russia'

Flynn out

The real question isn’t why Michael Flynn was forced out as Donald Trump’s national security adviser (that’s obvious enough), but why someone like him was appointed in the first place.
It’s not like his close ties to the Putin regime and strange behavior were a secret.
The Washington Post reported last August:
Like Trump, Flynn has advocated forging [...]

I’m no national security expert…

… but this probably isn’t good.
In light of this, and out of worries about the White House’s ability to keep secrets, some of our spy agencies have begun withholding intelligence from the Oval Office. Why risk your most sensitive information if the president may ignore it anyway? A senior National Security Agency official explained that [...]

This just in from Moscow

From the non-state owned English-language Moscow Times:

And in what must be a completely unrelated report:

And in case you missed it:

It’s funny until you see this:
Russian politician tweets yesterday: "That's it!Trump is president!"USA is ours!"#Inauguration https://t.co/sSsJF9JkIc
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) January 21, 2017

McCain versus Trump

Getting back to the subject of moral courage…
While soon-to-be president Donald Trump takes the side of a foreign adversary against his own government, Republican Senator John McCain is spending New Year’s Eve with Ukrainian Marines defending their country against Russian aggression.
Spending #NewYearsEve w/ brave #Ukrainian Marines at a forward combat outpost – we stand w/ [...]

Let’s review

· Donald Trump has selected Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who received Russia’s Order of Friendship from Vladimir Putin after signing deals with the state-owned Russian oil company Rosneft, to be the next secretary of state. However he would need to be confirmed by the Senate, and that is not assured.
· Trump’s selection for national [...]

Applause for Putin on his birthday

Marking Vladimir Putin’s birthday has become something of a tradition at Harry’s Place.
In 2014 we featured an “art” exhibit depicting the “Twelve Labors of Putin,” based on the 12 labors of Hercules, and painfully adorable children singing “Happy Birthday, President of Russia.”
In 2015 there was a mass tribute to Putin in Grozny, Chechnya, worthy of [...]

And Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia…

It is now illegal in Vladimir Putin’s Russia to publish the historical fact that both Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia invaded Poland in September 1939 and divided that country between themselves.
The Human Rights in Ukraine website reports:
37-year-old Vladimir Luzgin was convicted in July this year by the Perm District Court and fined 200 thousand roubles. [...]

Nation magazine editor denounces “neo-McCarthyite” attacks on Trump

Breathtaking.
Stephen F. Cohen, a contributing editor at the leftwing Nation magazine, accuses pro-Hillary Clinton liberals of “slurring” Donald Trump by pointing out his soft spot for Vladimir Putin and his murderous, expansionist, increasingly repressive regime.

In 1948 Cohen surely would have been a supporter of Henry Wallace and his Progressive Party campaign for president*, accusing anyone [...]

Stein, Flynn and Putin at RT dinner in Moscow

Last December the very strange retired General Michael Flynn and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein joined Vladimir Putin at a gala dinner in Moscow honoring the Russian TV propaganda outlet RT.
Flynn is in the tuxedo, Putin has the red tie and Stein is in the gray sweater:

Flynn, former director of the US Defense [...]

Putin’s candidate for president

Moving on to more substantive and critical matters…
Donald Trump gave an interview on foreign policy to The New York Times which ought to disturb anyone who cares about preserving NATO, defending democracy at home and abroad, and upholding human rights.
Jeffrey Goldberg writes at The Atlantic:
Fulfilling what might be [Vladimir] Putin’s dearest wish, Trump, in this [...]