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The Root Causes of Mass Shootings in the U.S., and the shattering of illusions by Michael Novakhov

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4:55 AM 11/9/2017 – Mueller could indict Putin for multiple violations of American law | M.N.: Prepare the VIP prison cell at Rikers Island! pic.twitter.com/zP5cwQfudm 

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FBI counterterror chief, reportedly drunk, loses weapon

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ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Robert Manson, a supervisor in the FBI’s counterterrorism division, got drunk — allegedly — during a party with exotic dancers, better known as strippers, at a hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina, went to bed, woke up and found his service weapon missing.

This isn’t just embarrassing. It’s downright dangerous to innocent American citizens.

Cut to video, “When FBI Guys Go Crazy.” The subtitle? “FBI Follies: Following in the Footsteps of the Secret Service.”

Seriously. Could we please keep the federal law enforcement weapons out of the hands of strippers? Seems a simple request.

Here’s how the New York Times reports the story: “Manson, a unit chief in the F.B.I.’s international terrorism section, had his Glock .40-caliber handgun, a $6,000 Rolex watch and $60 cash stolen from his room at the Westin hotel in Charlotte. … Manson and other senior agents were in Charlotte for training … The agents later told the police that they had been drinking with women who said they were exotic dancers.”

Nice.

What a red-faced moment for the agency. To say the least.

Police officers for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department were called to investigate the thefts, during which they ascertained “Manson was incapacitated because of alcohol.”

In other words, he was stone-cold drunk — a stumbling, bumbling idiot.

“A fellow agent, Kevin Thuman, gave the report,” the New York Times went on.

And here’s the kicker — the red flag to watch.

“Federal law allows agents to carry concealed weapons while off duty, but not while they are intoxicated. … FBI rules prohibit agents from leaving their guns in unsecure places,” the newspaper reported. “No arrests have been made and police officers have not recovered the gun.”

Great. So an FBI agent’s gun is out there, floating around in some undisclosed circle — some undisclosed circle related to the field of stripping. And the cover-up at the federal level goes on. The incident occurred in July, post-James Comey and pre-Christopher Wray, when Andrew McCabe was interim agency director (McCabe, who’s married to the Democratic-donating, Hillary Clinton-loving Jill McCabe). Yet America’s taxpayers, the ones who pay, apparently, for FBI agents to get drunk and hang with strippers and compromise citizen security by losing their weapons, are just learning of it all now.

Remember when Secret Service agents went similarly wild?

As CNN noted in early 2015: “Gate-crashing agents make 4 Secret Service scandals in 3 years.”

The story detailed how the second-in-charge of Barack Obama’s presidential detail went out for a night of drinking and driving that ended only when the taxpayer-funded vehicle smashed into a White House barrier — and how agents serving in Colombia were caught in embarrassing throes of passion with local prostitutes, just feet from where Obama’s own hotel digs. That latter story came to light ‘cause the prostitutes were pissed they didn’t get paid.

Eight Secret Service agents lost their jobs over that public relations headache.

Now how about Manson?

Michael Kortan, a spokesman for the FBI, said the North Carolina hotel incident was under internal investigation. But come on now. It happened back in July — July 10, to be exact, according to Fox News.

Does it really take that long to review a hotel camera or two?

Regardless, this is more than embarrassing for the FBI. Citizen safety is at issue. There’s a missing weapon involved — a missing weapon the FBI let into the world. And try as the agency might to keep a lid on the whole shameful drunken partying hotel matter, fact is, if a citizen ends up being injured by this weapon, the FBI will be culpable. And that’s not just red-faced. That’s near-criminal.

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Syria declares victory over Islamic State group 

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Syria’s army declared victory over the Islamic State (ISIL) militant group on Thursday, saying its capture of the jihadists’ last town in the country marked the collapse of their self-declared caliphate.

The army and its allies say they are still fighting ISIL in desert areas near the eastern town of Albu Kamal, which was the group’s last major urban stronghold in Syria.

Government troops earlier linked up with Iraqi forces at the border after taking the nearby city of al-Qaim.

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FBI struggling to unlock Texas gunman’s phone

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Rep. McCaul speaks out on the ongoing technology hurdles facing law enforcement.

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Are Mass Murderers Insane? Usually Not, Researchers Say

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Ditto for Dylann Roof, the racist who murdered nine African-American churchgoers in South Carolina in 2015, and Christopher Harper-Mercer, the angry young man who killed nine people at a community college in Oregon the same year.

Nor does anything in these criminals’ history — including domestic violence, like Mr. Kelley’s — serve to reliably predict their spectacularly cruel acts. Even if spree killers have committed domestic violence disproportionately more often — and this assertion is in dispute — the vast majority of men who are guilty of that crime never proceed to mass murder.

Most mass murderers instead belong to a rogue’s gallery of the disgruntled and aggrieved, whose anger and intentions wax and wane over time, eventually curdling into violence in the wake of some perceived humiliation.

“In almost all high-end mass killings, the perpetrator’s thinking evolves,” said Kevin Cameron, executive director of the Canadian Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response.

“They have a passing thought. They think about it more, they fantasize, they slowly build a justification. They prepare, and then when the right set of circumstances comes along, it unleashes the rage.”

This evolution proceeds rationally and logically, at least in the murderer’s mind. The unthinkable becomes thinkable, then inevitable.

Researchers define mass killings as an event leaving four or more dead at the same place and time. These incidents occur at an average of about one a day across the United States; few make national headlines.

At least half of the perpetrators die in the act, either by committing suicide (Mr. Kelley is said to have shot himself in the head) or being felled by police.

Analyzing his database, Dr. Stone has concluded that about 65 percent of mass killers exhibited no evidence of a severe mental disorder; 22 percent likely had psychosis, the delusional thinking and hallucinations that characterize schizophrenia, or sometimes accompany mania and severe depression. (The remainder likely had depressive or antisocial traits.)

Among the psychotic, he counts Jared Loughner, the Arizona man who shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Democrat of Arizona, and 18 others in 2011. By most accounts, including his own, Mr. Loughner was becoming increasingly delusional.

Adam Lanza, who in 2012 killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., exhibited extreme paranoia in the months leading up to his crime, isolating himself in his room.

But what to make of John Robert Neumann Jr., who in June shot and killed five former co-workers at a warehouse in Orlando before turning the gun on himself? Mr. Neumann was not overtly psychotic, as far as anyone knows, and this is far more typical of the men who commit mass killings generally.

“The majority of the killers were disgruntled workers or jilted lovers who were acting on a deep sense of injustice,” and not mentally ill, Dr. Stone said of his research.

In a 2016 analysis of 71 lone-actor terrorists and 115 mass killers, researchers convened by the Department of Justice found the rate of psychotic disorders to be about what Dr. Stone had discovered: roughly 20 percent.

The overall rate of any psychiatric history among mass killers — including such probable diagnoses as depression, learning disabilities or A.D.H.D. — was 48 percent.

About two-thirds of this group had faced “long-term stress,” like trouble at school or keeping a job, failure in business, or disabling physical injuries from, say, a car accident.

Substance abuse was also common: More than 40 percent had problems with alcohol, marijuana or other drugs.

Looking at both studies, and using data from his own work, J. Reid Meloy, a forensic psychologist who consults with the F.B.I., has identified what he believes is a common thread: a “paranoid spectrum,” he calls it.

At the extreme end is full-on psychosis of the Loughner variety. But the majority of people on this spectrum are not deeply ill; rather, they are injustice collectors. They are prone to perceive insults and failures as cumulative, and often to blame them on one person or one group.

“If you have this paranoid streak, this vigilance, this sense that others have been persecuting you for years, there’s an accumulation of maltreatment and an intense urge to stop that persecution,” Dr. Meloy said.

“That may never happen. The person may never act on the urge. But when they do, typically there’s a triggering event. It’s a loss in love or work — something that starts a clock ticking, that starts the planning.”

Mental health treatment might make a difference for the one in five murderers who have severe mental disorders, experts say. Prevention is also possible in a few other cases — for instance, if the perpetrators make overt threats and those threats are reported.

But other factors must be weighed.

“In my large file of mass murders, if you look decade by decade, the numbers of victims are fairly small up until the 1960s,” said Dr. Stone. “That’s when the deaths start going way up. When the AK-47s and the Kalashnikovs and the Uzis — all these semiautomatic weapons, when they became so easily accessible.”

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Trump tweets that failed Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate ‘did not embrace me’ 

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President Trump on Tuesday quickly sought to distance himself from Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ed Gillespie in the Virginia governor’s race as Democrat Ralph Northam was projected to win by multiple news outlets. “Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for,” Trump said on Twitter in the midst of his […]

In Beijing, Trump lavishes praise on Chinese leader, touts ‘great chemistry’ between them 

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In Beijing, Trump lavishes praise on Chinese leader, touts ‘great chemistry’ between them

BEIJING — President Trump lavished praise on Chinese leader Xi Jinping ahead of a formal bilateral meeting here Thursday, touting “great chemistry” between them and declaring their relationship a “great one.” In brief remarks, Trump said the two nations could work together “to solve world problems for many, many years to come,” and he thanked Xi […]

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Trump met over the summer with Putin at the G-20 summit in Germany. The U.S. and Russia have since been in a diplomatic tit-for-tat, all while the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign escalates. Tillerson … Serafin  

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Russian Intelligence Service fire: Bblaze at Moscow secret service HQ | World | News

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The blaze ripped through part of the secret service facility in Yasenevo, Moscow.

Local media reported 15 fire crews had been sent to battle the flames.

Workers were evacuated as the fire raged.

It is thought the fire affected a two-storey building in the complex, situated on the outskirts of Moscow.

Colonel Sergei Ivanov, a spokesman for the spy agency, later said the fire happened at one of the service’s “technical installations.

He later said the fire had been extinguished, and there were no casualties.

Russian media, quoting unnamed sources in the emergency services, said that the fire broke out in a cable gallery under the spy service’s headquarters.

The job was made more complex by the fact that mobile communication is blocked at the centre.

The country’s Foreign Intelligence Service, a successor to the KGB, is the centre for the regime’s spy network, directing espionage activities outside the country.

Its building complex has doubled in size in recent years.

The service is led by Mikhail Fradkov, an ex-diplomat who is thought to have served with the KGB.

What the Manafort Indictment Reveals About What Drove Putin | Putin’s Revenge | FRONTLINE | PBS

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More than a decade before he became Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort started advising another future president, Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine. That relationship would lead him into a network of Russian and pro-Russian business and political interests, netting him millions of dollars.

On Monday, it led to his surrender to the FBI to face criminal charges in the widening investigation into the Trump campaign’s connections to Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

While the White House said that the indictment of Manafort and his longtime business partner had nothing to do with President Trump or his campaign, Manafort’s Ukrainian connections put him near the center of a political drama that experts say became a prelude to Russia’s eventual determination to interfere in the presidential election.

In interviews for the film Putin’s Revenge, FRONTLINE’s months-long investigation into the origins of Russia’s electoral meddling, former U.S. diplomats, intelligence officials, historians, and Russian and American journalists singled out protests in 2014 to oust Yanukovych as a pivotal moment for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who blamed the Obama administration for the unrest.

It  was in Ukraine, that Putin would test out a new type of “hybrid” warfare, a strategy combining diplomatic and military deception along with cyber attacks and efforts to sow confusion through propaganda and “fake news” – foreshadowing what would eventually transpire in the U.S. elections two years later.

As demonstrators marched on the Ukrainian capital, hackers intercepted a phone call between Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. On the call, Nuland appeared to signal a preference for a new government in Ukraine and uttered a profanity about the European Union, a key American ally during negotiations over the crisis.

Intercepting diplomatic communications was nothing new. But the subsequent leak of the conversation, experts said, was designed to create division between U.S. negotiators and the EU.

“Clearly they were looking to discredit me personally as the main negotiator at that time to thereby reduce U.S. influence,” Nuland told FRONTLINE.

“In retrospect, some people think we should have taken this a lot more seriously than we did … Because it was the first demonstration that Russia was willing and able to use techniques against the United States that it had previously not dared to attempt,”  Evan Osnos of The New Yorker said in an interview with FRONTLINE.

Ukraine would also become a testing ground for using disinformation as a weapon, most notably, in Putin’s denials after Russian forces moved into the Ukrainian territory of Crimea. The forces numbered in the thousands, and although they wore Russian-style combat uniforms, the uniforms lacked Russian insignia, providing the Kremlin a measure of deniability.

“This is a classic example of [Russia] using asymmetric tactics,” said Antony Blinken, who served as deputy secretary of state from 2015 to 2017. “It sent in small numbers of special forces who allied themselves with local separatists, gave them instruction, gave them equipment, gave them money, gave them direction, and then Putin denied their presence.”

“It was striking,” added Blinken. “We would be in the Oval Office, and the president would be on the phone with Putin, and Putin would be denying, and in fact, flat-out lying, about Russia’s presence in Ukraine. Obama would say to him, ‘Vladimir, we’re not blind. We have eyes. We can see.’ And Putin would just move on as if nothing had happened.”

Based on the success of his efforts in Ukraine, by the start of the 2016 election, Putin saw a ripe opportunity for intervention in the U.S. election, according to interviews for Putin’s Revenge.

One reason was Trump’s public praise of Putin and the involvement in the Trump campaign of officials with ties to Russia. These included Manafort, a longtime Republican political operative who had worked as a political consultant to Yanukovych and his pro-Russia Party of Regions.

Manafort was brought onto the Trump campaign in 2016 to help keep GOP delegates from breaking with Trump. Just three months later, he was promoted to the role of chief strategist and campaign manager. In August, Manafort was fired following reports about his business dealings in Ukraine, but not before raising Russia’s profile within the candidate’s team.

“Manafort has these connections to Putin-friendly forces in Eastern Europe, so the campaign suddenly started to reflect more of Manafort’s instincts than the disorienting Trump instincts on foreign policy that we saw earlier in the campaign,” said Robert Costa, a national political reporter for The Washington Post. “There wasn’t really a Russia view from Trump or his campaign team until the summer of 2016, the spring of 2016, when Manafort comes on.”

Manafort not only “spent years in Ukrainian politics,” he also “became close to Russian oligarchs,” according to Ryan Lizza, the Washington correspondent for The New Yorker. 

“If you’re Putin, you’re saying: ‘Huh, OK. This is a whole new team. This is not Hillary Clinton and her circle of anti-Putin hawks. This is a group of people that knows that region, is skeptical of NATO, and is probably willing to reach out to Moscow,’” said Lizza.

President Trump is now trying to distance himself from Manafort, saying in a tweet on Monday, “Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign.” But the 31-page indictment alleges that for nearly a decade — including while he running the Trump campaign — Manafort and his longtime business partner, Rick Gates, used overseas shell companies to launder millions of dollars earned while lobbying on behalf of pro-Russian officials in the Ukrainian government. The two men were also charged with making false statements and other counts. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Putin and the Kremlin have denied any involvement in the U.S. election. But the case against Manafort and Gates is just part of the intensifying Russia probe, which now also includes the cooperation of a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, George Papadopoulos, who admitted lying to the F.B.I. about how he sought to meet with Russians offering “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.

Of particular interest to investigators will be what Trump officials knew about Papadopoulos’s contacts with Russians ahead of a June meeting at Trump Tower between Russians who were promising damaging information on Clinton and senior members of the Trump campaign, including the candidate’s eldest son and Manafort.

Court documents released Monday show that Papadopoulos informed members of the Trump campaign about his conversations with the Russians. What the documents leave out, however, is whether Papadopoulos informed campaign officials about a conversation in which he was told by that Moscow had “dirt” on Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails.”

Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told FRONTLINE that the Trump Tower meeting suggested that its members had previous knowledge about what the Russian government wanted to achieve.

“It’s significant because a whole context of the meeting was set up under the premise, ‘We have some dirt to give you on Hillary Clinton as a part of our effort to help elect Donald Trump,’” he said. “It was part of the Russian government’s effort to help Donald Trump. That suggests a prior relationship, prior work, prior communication about what the Russian government hopes an effort was designed to accomplish.”

In their initial response to the meeting, Trump officials did not say whether the presidential campaign was discussed, but maintained that the conversation focused “primarily” on the issue of Russian adoptions. The New York Times later reported that Trump officials attended the meeting after a trusted intermediary told Trump’s eldest son that a senior Russian government official was offering documents that “would incriminate Hillary … and would be very useful to your father.”

Donald Trump Jr. responded, “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.” Trump Jr. agreed to the meeting and said he would bring colleagues, including “Paul Manafort (campaign boss).

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Political Polarization Is A Psychology Problem

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Russian intelligence building in Moscow catches fire – Daily Sabah

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A building used by Russia’s foreign spy service on the outskirts of Moscow caught fire Wednesday, Russia’s RIA news agency quoted the service as saying. Colonel Sergei Ivanov, a spokesman for the External Intelligence Service, one of the successor …
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Colonel Sergei Ivanov, a spokesman for the spy agency, later said the fire happened at one of the service’s “technical installations. He later said the fire had been extinguished, and there were no casualties. Russian media, quoting unnamed sources in 
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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at a glance – Compton Herald

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Organizational Structure and Budget: The FBI is a field-oriented organization in which nine divisions and three offices at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., provide program direction and support services to 56 field offices, approximately 400  

Vox Populi: HOLY SHIT!! I would love to see this: “Brent Budowsky: Mueller could indict Putin” – The Hill | Trump Investigations Twitter Searches 

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Brent Budowsky: Mueller could indict Putin

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Based on publicly available evidence there is a compelling case that special counsel Robert Mueller could indict Russian dictator Vladimir …

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What the Manafort Indictment Reveals About What Drove Putin

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Mueller’s First Indictments

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Based on publicly available evidence there is a compelling case that special counsel Robert Mueller could indict Russian dictator Vladimir Putin for crimes involving multiple violations of American law, as the U.S. once indicted former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega.

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Brent Budowsky: Mueller could indict Putin

All Americans, including all Republicans serving in Congress, must fully understand the dangerous implications of the continuing covert war waged against American democracy, in violation of American law, by Russian operatives acting under the command and control of Putin.
Were Mueller and his special counsel team to name Putin as an unindicted co-conspirator, and publicly detail the full list of crimes that have been committed during these attacks against American democracy, they would offer America and the world a breathtaking case that every democratic citizen must fully understand.
Reasonable people hope that relations between America and Russia can be restored to normalcy and mutually beneficial relations can be established between our nations. This can only happen when Putin ends his war against American democracy, which American intelligence, counterintelligence and law enforcement agencies warn is continuing today. These crimes appear designed to continue against our national unity, national security and national elections in 2018 and 2020, with ever-growing attacks and ever-increasing violations of American law.
Robert Mueller and his special counsel team offer the great bulwark of protection and defense against this attack against our country by a hostile power that wishes us ill. It is the truth that sets our nation free and the law that protects our nation’s security as much as guns, bombs and courageous troops.
For these reasons, Congress should make it clear that any effort by President Trump to fire Mueller or grant pardons to those who are found guilty or suspected of crimes involving this Russian attack against America would constitute an impeachable offense. The president’s supporters in Congress state that this will not happen. Hopefully they are right, but the fact that these actions would bring the most severe legal and constitutional consequences should be made crystal clear to the president and his advisers today.
Some who travel in Trump circles are facing a cold Russian winter in the American justice system. There have already been two indictments and one major plea bargain. Almost certainly there will be more of both in the coming weeks and months.
There is no need to list the well-known names who have been the subject of speculation, and there is a need to reiterate that no guilt or innocence has yet been determined about anyone.
However, it is self-destructive and damaging to America for the president to constantly attack, criticize, berate or undermine the work of legal or congressional authorities investigating the Russian crimes against democracy.
It would be an abuse of power for the president to pressure the Justice Department or FBI to initiate a wrongful attack against a political opponent such as Hillary Clinton. Readers should revisit the articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon, passed by the House Judiciary Committee in 1974, to understand the grave implications of this presidential conduct.
The fact is: Putin hated Clinton. The truth is: Putin worked to elect Trump. Any lie to the contrary does no service to the political or legal interests of the president. Nor do partisan Republican actions in Congress that misuse taxpayer money to continue legislative vendettas against Clinton, which will not succeed in diverting the crucial investigations of the Russian attacks against America and do not provide any defense for those under suspicion in them.
Robert Mueller and his special counsel team are the vital bulwarks of American democracy under attack from Russian aggression. The innocent should be cleared. The guilty should be convicted. The truth should be revealed. The Russian attacks must end.

Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.), who was chief deputy majority whip of the U.S. House of Representatives. He holds an LLM in international financial law from the London School of Economics.

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In a declaration initiated by the Prague-based think tank European Values titled How The Democratic West Should Stop Putin, some 70 experts said steps need to be taken to halt Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plan to play “divide and rule in the … 

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Президент провёл совещание с постоянными членами Совета Безопасности.

Совещание с постоянными членами Совета Безопасности.Обсуждались текущие вопросы внутрироссийской социально-экономической повестки дня. Состоялось также обсуждение в рамках подготовки к участию главы Российского государства в саммите АТЭС во Вьетнаме и к его двусторонним контактам, запланированным на полях саммита.

В совещании приняли участие Председатель Совета Федерации Валентина Матвиенко, Председатель Государственной Думы Вячеслав Володин, Руководитель Администрации Президента Антон Вайно, Министр обороны Сергей Шойгу, Министр внутренних дел Владимир Колокольцев, директор Федеральной службы безопасности Александр Бортников, директор Службы внешней разведки Сергей Нарышкин, спецпредставитель Президента по вопросам природоохранной деятельности, экологии и транспорта Сергей Иванов.

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Facing Russian threat, NATO boosts operations for the first time since the Cold War 

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The Trump Campaign’s Spy-Ties to Moscow Have Been Exposed 

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Yesterday was filled with legal bombshells for President Donald Trump. As expected, after months of investigation into the White House’s ties to Moscow, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team announced three arrests and indictments. Together, these cases have fundamentally shifted the game in our nation’s capital—very much to the president’s detriment.

The arrest of Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager in the summer of 2016 who secured him the Republican Party’s nomination, was expected by many. For months, rumors had swirled around Manafort, given his longstanding and unsavory ties to Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs, compounded by his barely concealed links to Kremlin intelligence, as I reported three months before the November 2016 election.

Manafort has surrendered to the FBI and faces a dozen federal charges relating to financial crimes including money laundering, failing to register as a foreign agent, plus neglecting to report foreign cash to the IRS. These charges are serious and will be difficult for Manafort to beat, leading to speculation that what Mueller really wants is Manafort’s cooperation against Team Trump—which may be the 68-year-old’s only alternative to dying in prison.

Rick Gates, a Manafort protégé and 2016 Trump campaign associate, has also surrendered to the Feds and is facing a raft of charges relating to money laundering. Gates also played a key role in President Trump’s inauguration and pushed the White House’s agenda as a lobbyist until April of this year, when questions about Gates’ ties to the Kremlin made his position untenable.

On cue, the White House protested that they barely know Manafort and Gates—a transparent falsehood—while stating that their alleged crimes have nothing directly to do with the president. The latter may be technically true, but difficult questions lurk regarding why Donald Trump wanted someone as unsavory and Moscow-connected as Paul Manafort to head his campaign, particularly since the longtime swamp denizen Manafort’s links to Eastern oligarchs were an open secret in Washington.

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Solving the Mystery of the Maltese Professor 

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This week began with the bombshell legal news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller brought charges against members of Team Trump relating to their illicit ties to Moscow. As I explained, this fundamentally changes the game in our nation’s capital, and the White House is struggling to cope with this new environment, which finds the president on the defensive, awaiting further indictments of his associates.

No aspect of this week’s news is more mysterious than the saga of “the Professor”—in reality, Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese national—who served as the hush-hush go-between for the Trump campaign and the Kremlin in the spring of 2016. Notably, he acted as Moscow’s cut-out for contacts with George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy advisor hired by the Trump campaign in the late winter of 2016.

Mifsud’s role is crystal-clear to anyone versed in Russian espionage tradecraft, what the Kremlin calls konspiratsiya (yes, “conspiracy”). He is a secret operative of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, the SVR, as I elaborated:

Papadopoulos met “the Professor” in Italy in mid-March 2016, then again in London later that month; on the latter occasion “the Professor” brought along a Russian female, allegedly Putin’s niece, to help facilitate the engagement. Papadopoulos emailed the campaign about the success of this meeting, which responded enthusiastically about what had transpired and on March 31, he participated in a national security meeting in Washington that included campaign principals, with Trump himself present.

But Misfud’s role soon moved into even darker territory:

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Today’s Headlines and Commentary 

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In a speech to South Korean lawmakers, President Donald Trump warned North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un not to underestimate the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported. In a portion of the address directed at Kim, Trump called for Pyongyang to end its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Heavy fog forced Trump to cancel a surprise visit to the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea, the New York Times reported.

Trump then headed to China, arriving on Wednesday. He plans to ask Chinese President Xi Jinping to increase economic pressure on Pyongyang, according to the Times. Xi opened Trump’s visit by offering a series of business deals and a private tour of the Forbidden City, but Trump and Xi may struggle to find common ground on both trade and measures against North Korea, the Journal reported.

The Senate banking committee approved a bill that would impose harsh new sanctions on Chinese financial institutions assisting North Korea, Foreign Policy reported. The bipartisan legislation targets companies that help North Korea evade sanctions. Sen. Chris Van Hollen said it would put “some real teeth” in sanctions.

The European Union’s foreign policy chief received assurances from U.S. lawmakers that they plan to comply with the Iran nuclear deal, Reuters reported. Federica Mogherini said congressional officials told her their intention is to keep the U.S. in the agreement.

Russia criticized a U.N. report that labeled the Syrian government as responsible for the April chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun, the Times reported. Russia’s representative to the Security Council faulted U.N. investigators for not visiting the site of the attack. The U.S. and the United Kingdom supported the report’s findings. Russia and the U.S. have circulated conflicting resolutions to extend the investigators’ mandate.

Spain’s constitutional court officially struck down Catalonia’s declaration of independence, according toReuters. The move formally ended the autonomous region’s bid for separation from Spain.

Saudi Arabia expanded its crackdown on political corruption, targeting up to $800 billion of assets belonging to dozens of princes and businessmen, the Journal reported. The anti-corruption push has frozen the accounts of political opponents of the crown prince. Their seized assets may bring in billions to the Saudi government. Separately, Saudi airstrikes killed dozens of civilians in northern Yemen, including women and children, Al Jazeera reported. The strikes targeted Houthi rebel group villages.

Lebanon’s prime minister remained in Saudi Arabia, prolonging a political crisis in Beirut, the Journal reported. Saadi Hariri said he resigned his post on Sunday in Riyadh, but Lebanon’s president said he would not accept the resignation until Hariri returns freely to Beirut. Hariri visited the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday but then returned to Saudi Arabia. The leader of Hezbollah, one of Hariri’s political opponents, said he believed Saudi Arabia was holding Hariri against his will.

The Philippines halted construction on a small island in the South China Sea to avoid angering China,the Times reported. President Rodrigo Duterte ordered military construction on a sandbar in the Spratly Islands to cease after Chinese officials put pressure on the Philippines to stop its building efforts.

Mike Pompeo, the CIA director, met with a former intelligence official who advocates the unsupported idea that Russian intelligence services did not hack the Democratic National Convention (DNC), the Intercept reported. Pompeo met with William Binney, a former NSA official turned critic, to discuss Binney’s paper arguing that a DNC insider committed the hack, not Russian spies. According to Binney, Pompeo told him Trump urged Pompeo to take the meeting.

Politico’s Cory Bennett wrote about one international accord the Trump administration is keeping: the U.S.-China cyber espionage agreement.

The Times’ Paul Mozer detailed how China uses Facebook to spread propaganda abroad.

Politico’s Josh Gerstein covered the released audio of George Papadopoulos’ July arraignment.

 

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Paul Rosenzweig flagged the American Bar Association’s newly released cybersecurity handbook for lawyers.

J. Dana Stuster updated the Middle East Ticker, covering the power play in Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s aggressive foreign policy moves.

Mieke Eoyang, Ben Freeman, Adam Twardowski and Benjamin Wittes analyzed survey data on public confidence in the president and the military on specific national security issues.

Sarah Grant summarized military commissions hearings from last Thursday and Friday, covering the habeas petition for Brig. Gen. John Baker.

Tamara Cofman Wittes and Brian Reeves analyzed policy options for reconstructing the newly captured city of Raqqa.

Robert Chesney and Steve Vladeck shared the National Security Law Podcast, covering developments in the Mueller investigation, military commissions news, and the ‘hybrid model’ of detainee interrogation and prosecution.

Vanessa Sauter posted the Lawfare Podcast, featuring a discussion between Benjamin Wittes and Susan Landau on her new book “Listening In.”

 

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7:43 PM 11/7/2017 – “Mass Shootings Don’t Have to Be Inevitable”, just like the New York Times does not have to pontificate all the time. – M.N. 

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“Mass Shootings Don’t Have to Be Inevitable”, just like the New York Times does not have to pontificate all the time. – M.N.  Mass Shootings Don’t Have to Be Inevitable Tuesday November 7th, 2017 at 7:38 PM 1 Share Sound familiar? It does to American citizens who must regularly study these bloody rituals and be left by political … Continue reading “7:43 PM 11/7/2017 – “Mass Shootings Don’t Have to Be Inevitable”, just like the New York Times does not have to pontificate all the time. – M.N. “

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4:28 PM 11/7/2017 – The Root Causes of Mass Shootings in the U.S.: In my opinion: If you admit as the hypothetical explanatory option the  hostile special intelligence operation nature of the mass killings, and it is impossible not to consider this scenario as an, if not the (in majority of cases) explanation, then all the sociological and … Continue reading “4:28 PM 11/7/2017 – The Root Causes of Mass Shootings in the U.S., in my opinion – M.N. | NYT Shows How Not to Analyze Mass-Shooting Data – National Review”

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3:39 PM 11/7/2017 – Interpretation update: “Sutherland Springs Only Happens to Be in Texas”, and it produces a lot of “Joan Sutherlands”… 

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One year ago, Donald Trump won a surprise victory in the US presidential election, sending shockwaves around the world. Since then, the line has been drawn further in the sand with more and Americans pushed to extremes of either loving President Trump or loathing him. In this special edition of Inside The Amercias, we take a closer look at Trump’s Divided States of America.
Twelve months after his election as president of the United States, the billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump continues to cause controversy, through his tweets, his relations with the media and his divisive policies.
With Donald Trump as US president, many minority groups have gone from being protected under the Obama administration to feeling persecuted. Our reporters Philip Crowther and Sonia Dridi have been to the north-eastern city of Baltimore, where some live in very real fear of what Trump’s years in power could bring.
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Also, Genie Godula speaks to Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of independent non-profit publication, the Columbia Journalism Review. He explains why 2017 has been “The Year That Changed Journalism” following Trump’s election.
Meanwhile, in California, Trump voters are finding it increasingly difficult to live in a state that is a Democratic stronghold. They say they have been ostracized, to the point where some of them have actually decided to leave and move to a more conservative state. Our correspondents Valérie Defert, Romain Jany and Haydé FitzPatrick report from Los Angeles.
Finally, we discover a pop-up store with a difference, where two female activists are calling for resistance to Trump through art.
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Voice of America: Kremlin: Putin, Trump Likely to Meet in Vietnam 

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United States President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will likely meet later this week on the sidelines of an economic summit in Vietnam, The Kremlin said Wednesday. Yuri Ushakov, a Putin foreign affairs advisor, said “there are things to discuss and we are ready for it.” He said the two leaders will meet between sessions at the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum that begins Friday in Danang, Vietnam. He also said Trump and Putin may hold a more “extensive” one-on-one meeting at some point, but no specific date has been set. Earlier this week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Russian news agency RIA if the two leaders do meet there is a “great probability” they would discuss the situation in North Korea. Peskov, though, said there is currently no cooperation between the U.S. and Russia on North Korea. Trump is currently in China, where he is making his first visit as U.S. president. Just prior to arriving in Beijing Wednesday, Trump gave a speech in front of South Korea’s National Assembly, in which he called on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to give up all his nuclear weapons for a chance to step on to “a better path.” Trump warned the North, “Do not underestimate us and do not try us. We will defend our common security, our shared prosperity and our sacred liberty.”

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The Early Edition: November 8, 2017 

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Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.

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“Do not underestimate us, and do not try us,” President Trump said in a speech to the South Korean National Assembly today about the threat posed by North Korea, warning Pyongyang of the consequences of failing to halt its ballistic and nuclear weapons programs, but saying that “we will offer a path to a much better future.” Michael C. Bender reports at the Wall Street Journal.

“The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer; they are putting your regime in grave danger,” Trump also said about the Pyongyang regime, his speech taking a less belligerent line than his previous threats and taunts of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un but still emphasizing that the U.S. would tackle the “rogue regime.” Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Mark Landler and Choe Sang-Hun report at the New York Times.

“To those nations that choose to ignore this threat or, worse still, to enable it, the weight of this crisis is on your conscience,” Trump said yesterday in an implicit warning to China and Russia about their approach to North Korea. Henry C. Jackson reports at POLITICO.

“We don’t care about what that mad dog may utter because we’ve already heard enough,” North Korean officials said about Trump today, responding to his speech to the South Korean Assembly. Will Ripley and Joshua Berlinger report at CNN.

Russia has never supported a complete embargo on North Korea and U.S. attempts to resolve the crisis on the Korean Peninsula through sanctions is extremely alarming, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said today according to the R.I.A. news agency, Ryabkov adding that the crisis would be raised during a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump this week. Reuters reporting.

The Senate Banking Committee yesterday approved new legislation to aid the Treasury Department in enforcing sanctions against Chinese banks that knowingly deal with North Korea, taking the steps following a similar bill that was passed in the House. Ian Talley reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Heavy fog prevented Trump from making a surprise visit to the demilitarized zone (D.M.Z.) between North and South Korea this morning, the South Korean President Moon Jae-in had supported Trump in his decision to go to the D.M.Z. according to a spokesperson for South Korea’s presidential Blue House, and Trump had tried his best to make the trip. Michael C. Bender and Jonathan Cheng report at the Wall Street Journal.

The President and White House officials were frustrated by the fact that they could not visit the D.M.Z., Julie Hirschfield Davis provides an insight at the New York Times as a reporter meant to accompany the President on his trip.

Trump will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping today and seek the help of Beijing to exert further pressure on North Korea, however there is concern that Trump would make trade concessions to China in order to achieve his aims. Mark Landler and Jane Perlez report at the New York Times.

Trump will dine in China’s Forbidden City tonight, an honor that has not been granted to any U.S. President since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, demonstrating the efforts Beijing has been going through to impress Trump and use flattery to their advantage. James Griffiths reports at CNN.

Live updates of Trump’s Asia trip, his attempts to pressure North Korea, and today’s meeting with Xi are provided by James Griffiths and Veronica Rocha at CNN.

Trump’s meeting with Xi comes at a time when Xi’s position has been strengthened and Trump has been undermined by a series of domestic troubles. The meetings will focus on North Korea and trade and investment, which will have broader implications for U.S. interests in Asia and regional dynamics, Michael C. Bender, Jeremy Page and Eva Dou explain at the Wall Street Journal.

Trump is expected to still tweet during his visit to China despite the strict rules over internet use and censorship of online platforms, David Nakamura explains at the Washington Post.

Trump’s repeated reference to the “Indo-Pacific” region during his Asia trip suggest a push toward a new dynamic that attempts to mitigate China’s influence and promote India as a key counterweight to Beijing. Louis Nelson explains at POLITICO.

North Korean officials have signaled that they would be open to the possibility of discussions and Pyongyang’s weapons program has been motivated by fears of regime-change; within this context, the potential for dialogue should be explored through “talks about talks” without preconditions instead of escalating rhetoric against North Korea. Suzanne DiMaggio and Joel S. Wit write at the New York Times.

President Moon’s recent actions “suggest he is an unreliable friend” to the U.S.: he has favored appeasing Kim Jong-un, has caved into pressure from Beijing in relation to the U.S.-made T.H.A.A.D. anti-missile defense system, and has agreed not to join the U.S.’s regional missile-defense system, showing that Moon’s so-called “balanced diplomacy” is to the detriment of South Korea and U.S. security interests. The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

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The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman yesterday blamed Iran for providing Yemen’s Houthi rebels with a ballistic missile that was fired toward the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Saturday, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley also accused Iran of supplying weapons to the Houthis in violation of two U.N. resolutions, calling on the U.N. and international partners to “hold the Iranian regime accountable for these violations.” Al Jazeera reports.

The White House condemned the missile attack against Saudi Arabia by the Houthi rebels in a statement yesterday, saying that “these missile systems were not present in Yemen before the conflict” and calling on the U.N. to investigate Iran’s role in “perpetuating the war in Yemen to advance its regional ambitions.” Reuters reports.

Saudi-led coalition air strikes killed at least 30 Yemeni civilians yesterday in the Houthi rebel-controlled northern province of Hajjah, according to activists and local media, the claims have not been independently verified. Al Jazeera reports.

The Saudi-led coalition’s blockade of Yemen’s air, sea and land ports “is threatening millions of people and should be lifted immediately,” the U.N. said yesterday, referring to a reported decision by Saudi Arabia at the weekend and warning that the measures would have an impact on the already dire humanitarian situation in the country. The U.N. News Centre reports.

The Houthi rebels have offered sanctuary to “any member of the Al Saud family or any Saudi national that wants to flee oppression and persecution,” an anonymous source close to the Houthi leadership said yesterday, referring to Saudi Arabia’s recent anti-corruption purge. Faisal Edroos reports at Al Jazeera.

SAUDI-IRAN RIVALRY

“Why are you interfering with Lebanon’s internal affairs and governance?” the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said today on his website, criticizing Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Saturday from the Saudi capital of Riyadh, also pledging that Iran would support stability in Lebanon. Sarah El Deeb reports at the AP.

The E.U. and U.S. have expressed backing for the Lebanese government, taking a different line to Saudi Arabia which said that the Lebanese government now acts as a cover for the Iran-backed Lebanese Shi’ite Hezbollah group. Tom Perry reports at Reuters.

The decision of the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign suggests that Saudi Arabia and Iran are in a struggle for influence in Lebanon and engaged in regional power play. Hariri was a key ally of Saudi Arabia and accused Iran and Hezbollah of causing chaos in his resignation speech, while Iran has been supporting Hezbollah, who have gained significant influence within Lebanon. Linah Alsaafin and Farah Najjar explain at Al Jazeera.

The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been taking bold steps to confront Iran’s expansionism, and his actions have consequences across the Middle East, possibly leading to more proxy battles, a struggle for influence over Lebanon and Syria, and changing dynamics as a consequence of the Saudi-led diplomatic isolation of Qatar. Aya Batrawy and Lee Keith explain at the AP.

An explanation of the recent escalation of tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia is provided by Al Jazeera.

The recent events in Saudi Arabia amount to a “slow-motion coup” consolidating the power of bin Salman, who has opened a new front against Iran, has a “misguided foreign policy,” and has the potential to disrupt the internal politics of Lebanon. The Guardian editorial board writes.

Saudi Arabia has been taking an aggressive approach in the region, due to fears that Hezbollah and Iran have been gaining the advantage in light of the dwindling war in Syria and the impending post-Islamic State group era, the approach causing concern among diplomats that the changing dynamics in the region would lead to the Saudis pushing Israel to attack Lebanon as Hezbollah is deemed to hold the real power in the Beirut. Erika Solomon observes at the Financial Times.

The U.S., Saudi Arabia and Israel are united in their desire to halt Iran’s expansionism, it is possible that Bin Salman, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, and the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been planning to confront Iran in one shape or form. Dov Zakheim writes at Foreign Policy.

Saudi Arabia has been in need of a “shake-up,” but where will Bin Salman’s reforms and autocratic impulses lead to? Thomas L. Friedman provides an analysis at the New York Times, suggesting that a new basis for Saudi society would replace “Wahhabism as a source of solidarity with a more secular Saudi nationalism, one that has anti-Iran/Persian Shiite tenor” – a strategy that is fraught with risk.

Bin Salman’s reforms are making him a lot of enemies, including Saudi Arabia’s old guard, Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Frida Ghitis writes at CNN.

SYRIA

Russia yesterday denounced the report by the U.N. panel investigating chemical weapons attacks in Syria, including the investigation into attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun in April which was blamed on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the Russian deputy ambassador to the U.N. saying that the report submitted by the panel in October was riddled with “systemic deficiencies.” Rick Gladstone reports at the New York Times.

The dispute over the report raises doubts about the possibility of the U.N. panel investigating the chemical weapons attacks having its mandate renewed, the mandate expires on Nov. 14 and the U.S. and Russia have circulated rival resolutions extending the panel’s work. Edith M. Lederer reports at the AP.

“Turkey today is a colonizer country, its forces on our soil are illegal, just as the American forces are on our soil illegally,” a top adviser to Assad said yesterday, adding that Syria would “deal with this issue.” Reuters reports.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out four airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on November 3. Separately, partner forces conducted two strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

Democratic lawmakers have been demanding that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross appear before committees to clarify their testimonies on connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. Andrew Desiderio reports at The Daily Beast.

The E.U. foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said yesterday that she had received “clear indications” that U.S. lawmakers plan to ensure the U.S. complies with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Arshad Mohammed reporting at Reuters.

A guide to the U.S.S. Cole trial being heard at Guantánamo Bay is provided by the Miami Herald.

The U.S. wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan have cost $5.6tn since they began in 2001, according a study by the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs, marking a figure three times higher than the Pentagon’s own estimates. Gordon Lubold reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte intends to ask China about its plans in the disputed South China Sea during meetings in Vietnam, Duterte said today. Manuel Mogato reports at Reuters.

The F.B.I. has been unlock the phone of the gunman who fired on churchgoers in Texas on Sunday, with Special Agent Christopher Coombs telling reporters that their difficulty accessing information highlights the issues surrounding encryption. Morgan Chalfant reports at the Hill.

Russia has warned that a reported plan by Ukraine to cut all diplomatic ties between the two countries would further deteriorate relations to the detriment of interests of Ukrainians and Russians. Reutersreports.

N.A.T.O. is planning a major new restricted to its command structures in light of Russia’s annexation of the Crimea in 2014, precipitating a shift toward collective defense in Europe. Michael Peel and David Bond report at the Financial Times.

The C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo has been meeting with a source who has pitched “what the intelligence community basically regards as a conspiracy theory,” pointing to the possible politicization of Pompeo’s job with a pro-Trump slant. Aaron Blake writes at the Washington Post.

The U.S. must devise a post-Islamic State strategy for the Middle East that includes a push for regionalism in Syria, long-term U.S. military presence and aid for Iraq, reining in Iran’s influence in Iraqi Kurdistan, compromise on the war in Yemen, encouragement of political and economic reform in other parts of the region, and investment in Jordan. Suzanne Maloney and Michael O’Hanlon write at the Wall Street Journal.

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The country continues to reel from Sunday’s horrific mass shooting, in which a gunman killed 26 Texas parishioners and injured dozens more. The brutal attack, in which the shooter is reported to have shot multiple crying babies, has been politicized to hell and back, on both sides of the aisle. Common sense gun control. Ban bump stocks. Good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns. It’s just the price of freedom. The real cause is mental illness. We’ve heard it all.

There is one point that cannot be argued, however. These spree killings are on the rise. The number of “active shooter” incidents have skyrocketed in the past two decades. America in the year 2000 was plagued by just one shooter that deliberately sought out populated areas. 2015? 20 shooters. That’s one horrifying episode every 18 days. 2017 is set to be the deadliest year in our history, with 114 confirmed deaths so far. Las Vegas was just over a month ago.

So, yeah. This is who we are now. Every few weeks someone gets ahold of some guns and kills a bunch of people. That’s just the way of things.

You know who else agrees that active shooting incidents have become part of our national identity? The FBI.

Christopher Combs, the FBI special agent in charge of the investigation, took part in a Texas press conference today and told reporters that the numbers of active shooters are “on the rise.”

Combs also acknowledged that this isn’t going to change anytime soon, and he suggested that every American needs to prepare themselves for the eventuality that they may become involved in one of these massacres.

“I think everybody, no matter where you are, needs to think about this,” he said. “If you’re in a school, if you go to college, if you’re at the movies, we should all be thinking about ‘what are we gonna do if a crisis breaks out right here?’”

The FBI special agent went on to sadly propose that all Americans should learn to protect themselves, to train to become one of those good guys with a gun.

“There are a lot of programs out there. The FBI supports programs. We teach law enforcement. There’s private community programs out there,” he said.

“I think we ought to think very hard about this and make sure that we are prepared.”

Additionally, ATF officials noted at the same press conference that the shooter’s rifle appears to be a semiautomatic but has yet to be test-fired.

Past as prologue, we’ll continue this discussion in approximately three weeks. See you guys then, if you make it.

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This week nations meet at the United Nations to discuss lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS), including robotic weaponsthat might hunt for targets on their own. It has been 18 months since meetings were last held. This years discussions, the fourth since 2014, mark the first time talks will be held as a Group of Governmental Experts (GGE), a more formal discussion format than earlier talks. While the shift to a more formal format might seem like progress toward reaching an international consensus on what to do about autonomous weapons, the reality is that the pace of diplomacy continues to fall far behind the speed of technological advancement. Those advancements include major capabilities but also newly discovered limits in autonomy and artificial intelligence.

When nations first began discussing autonomous weapons in 2014, the issue was fairly forward-leaning. Lethal robotic weapons seemed like a distant future problem (even though simple versions had been used in limited ways for decades). In the years since, however, the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning has grown by leaps and bounds. Powered by advances in big data, computer processing power, and improvements in algorithms, AI-enabled systems are now beginning to tackle many problems that have been intractable for decades. AI systems have beaten humans at poker and the Chinese strategy game Go, including most recently reaching super-human level play at Go in a mere three days of self-practice with no human training data. AI systems can translate languages and transcribe speech. Self-driving cars are taking to the roads. Nation-states have deployed armies of Twitter bots to push propaganda. AI is being applied to medicine, finance, media, and many other industries. Our lives are increasingly influenced by algorithms. What might have seemed like science fiction when nations began talks only a few years ago is fast becoming the everyday.

No country has yet said they plan to build fully autonomous weapons, but several major military powers have made clear that robotics and artificial intelligence are key elements of their militarys competitive strategy. The United States has made robotics and autonomy a centerpiece of its Third Offset Strategy to reinvigorate Americas technological edge. China released a new national strategy on artificial intelligence earlier this year. And most recently Russian President Vladimir Putin said that whoever leads in AI will become the ruler of the world.

These political and technological developments change the context for UN talks on autonomous weapons significantly. To the extent that leading military powers see robotics and automation as central to their continued competitiveness, it may become harder to convince them to adopt any restrictions on use. More broadly, though, it can be difficult for nations to find secure policy footing in an ever-shifting technological landscape. The rapid pace of developments in AI means that the art of the possible is constantly changing. The impossible today could very well be achieved tomorrow, and it is difficult to predict how AI technology will unfold.

The reality is that AI technology today has limitations. Artificial intelligence is not magic. Just like how the internal combustion engine allows for intercontinental travel but does not equate to teleportation, artificial intelligence is powerful but only within narrow parameters. Any new technology can seem magical before its limits are understood. Using a technology effectively and setting policy must take into account practical details of what the technology can and cannot do. There would be no point in setting requirements for airline or highway safety without understanding the particulars of how airplanes and cars work.

Today, we have the ability to create specific-purpose, narrowly intelligent machines that can solve many tasks as well as or better than humans. In some cases, the machines are not as good as the best humans (this is the case in cybersecurity today), but they are good enough to be useful. Because machines can be deployed at scale, they can often be used to solve problems more cost-effectively than humans even if they are slightly slower, less capable, or more error prone. For some tasks, though, we can create machines that are objectively better than even the best humans. This is the case today for many games such as checkers, chess, Go, poker, and Jeopardy. In other settings, such as driving, the reaction times and constant vigilance of machines may give them a major advantage over humans.

In all of these cases, however, the machines that we are building are only narrowly intelligent. They can understand the task they are designed to perform, but not the context surrounding that task. Some types of artificial intelligence involve hard-coding rules for behavior into the system. This is the case for an airplane autopilot for example. Other techniques involve machine learning, where a system is given a goal and fed large amounts of training data or given the opportunity to interact with an environment in order to learn the optimal behavior. Machines have learned to play Go and simple computer games in this fashion. Over time, as algorithms, computer processing power, and data sets improve it will become possible to apply these techniques to more complex problems in more sophisticated environments. Machine learning techniques have proven to be particularly powerful for training purpose-built machines to perform tasks, in many cases far better than humans, but only when certain conditions are met. The task needs to be clearly specified and there must be sufficient data (real-world data or synthetic data from simulations) to feed the learning process.

What these limitations mean is that many tasks will continue to be difficult to solve under current techniques. More importantly, under current methods the machines we are building will continue to be only narrowly intelligent within their respective domains. Machine intelligence, at least to-date, is brittle. When the environment or context for the task they are performing changes such that they are now operating outside the bounds of their programming, machines can go from super-smart to super-dumb in an instant. Machines that can beat the very best humans in their domains can also make inexplicable errors that appear to demonstrate a lack of common sense. One of the major limitations of machine intelligence today is that machines cannot understand the context for their actions. Additionally, while they can perform specific tasks, they lack the ability to apply what we might think of as judgment, weighing various contextual factors and competing values.

Some of these limitations may be overcome by smarter, more capable systems that can account for more variables. There are technical limitations to current machine learning approaches, however, that make it difficult for machines to transfer learning from one task to another or acquire expertise in multiple domains without suffering from catastrophic forgetting. It is possible that these limitations are overcome in the relatively near-term and researchers are making progress on these problems or these limitations could persist indefinitely.

Even as machines advance, however, these new and powerful techniques in artificial intelligence also introduce novel vulnerabilities. These can take the form of safety risks from machines that fail in unexpected ways or security risks from vulnerabilities that adversaries exploit. Machine learning systems can learn the wrong behavior, either because the data was bad or the goals were not properly specified. This could happen by accident or because adversaries deliberately poison training data, manipulate the machine into learning the wrong behavior, or manipulate flaws in the systems goal structure. These could lead to the system simply failing to perform its task adequately or outcomes where the system acts in some harmful way. Deep neural networks, a powerful form of AI that is being used in a variety of applications today, have shown a particular vulnerability to a form of spoofing attack where the machine is fed false data to manipulate its decision-making. This can be done without access to the training data or any knowledge about the internal logic of the algorithm. Moreover, these spoofing attacks can be hidden so that they are invisible to humans, and there is currently no known effective defense against this form of attack.

These limitations dont mean that nations or other actors will necessarily avoid using AI technology. Software is eating the world despite its glitches and cyber vulnerabilities. Artificial intelligence is, in turn, eating software as machines become more intelligent. But these improvements will introduce their own vulnerabilities that policymakers will need to understand, particularly in adversarial settings like warfare.

The problem that policymakers face in grappling with the challenge of autonomous weapons is not that machines have certain limitations and vulnerabilities today. It is the pace of progress that is so difficult for setting effective policy. If all progress in AI stopped today, it might take some time to understand what is and is not possible, but reasonable guidelines could be set for how to use the technology. The problem is uncertainty about what the future might bring. Part II of this article will cover some different approaches for how policymakers might deal with this uncertainty.

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Putin Trump – Google News: AM Links: Trump to Meet Putin in Vietnam, Facebook Founder Says Social Network Designed to Exploit ‘a Vulnerability … – Reason (blog)
 


Reason (blog)
AM Links: Trump to Meet Putin in Vietnam, Facebook Founder Says Social Network Designed to Exploit ‘a Vulnerability …
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Gage Skidmore / Flickr.comPresident Donald Trump is in Beijing today for talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. PresidentTrump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet tomorrow in Vietnam. Former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka has been hired by … 

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Don’t Let Mexico’s Elections Become Putin’s Next Target
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Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has been confirmed by no fewer than 17 U.S. intelligence and security agencies. Widespread evidence exists that Moscow’s spy services also sought to influence contests held in the Netherlands  

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Russian Intelligence, organized crime and war on police – Google News: Don’t Let Mexico’s Elections Become Putin’s Next Target – Bloomberg
 


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Don’t Let Mexico’s Elections Become Putin’s Next Target
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But remember that Russian intelligence has a long history in the Aztec nation. During the Cold War, the Soviet embassy in Mexico City was one of the largest beyond the iron curtain, housing more than 300 people. Its buildings in the centrally located 

Russian Intelligence, organized crime and war on police – Google News

Russian Intelligence, organized crime and political interference – Google News: Don’t Let Mexico’s Elections Become Putin’s Next Target – Bloomberg
 


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Don’t Let Mexico’s Elections Become Putin’s Next Target
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Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has been confirmed by no fewer than 17 U.S. intelligence and security agencies. … Each nation increasingly relies on the other to enhance national security and provide basic safety, sharing 

Russian Intelligence, organized crime and political interference – Google News

Putin and American political process – Google News: Don’t Let Mexico’s Elections Become Putin’s Next Target – Bloomberg
 


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Don’t Let Mexico’s Elections Become Putin’s Next Target
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But more often it cultivated a partnership with the Mexican government, given its solitary decision in the hemisphere to maintain diplomatic relations with Castro’s Cuba and later its leading role in a Central American peace process to the detriment of  

Putin and American political process – Google News

Russian Intelligence services and organized crime – Google News: Don’t Let Mexico’s Elections Become Putin’s Next Target – Bloomberg
 


Bloomberg
Don’t Let Mexico’s Elections Become Putin’s Next Target
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Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has been confirmed by no fewer than 17 U.S. intelligence and security agencies. Widespread evidence exists that Moscow’s spy services also sought to influence contests held in the Netherlands  

Russian Intelligence services and organized crime – Google News

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Bloomberg
Don’t Let Mexico’s Elections Become Putin’s Next Target
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Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has been confirmed by no fewer than 17 U.S. intelligence and security agencies. Widespread evidence exists that Moscow’s spy services also sought to influence contests held in the Netherlands  

organized crime and intelligence – Google News

organized crime and Russian intelligence – Google News: Don’t Let Mexico’s Elections Become Putin’s Next Target – Bloomberg
 


Bloomberg
Don’t Let Mexico’s Elections Become Putin’s Next Target
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Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has been confirmed by no fewer than 17 U.S. intelligence and security agencies. Widespread evidence exists that Moscow’s spy services also sought to influence contests held in the Netherlands  

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Tillerson: Trump could have formal meeting with Putin at Asia summit
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BEIJING Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters Thursday in Beijing that President Trump will likely meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in some capacity possibly even a formal sit-down on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic … 

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Tillerson: Trump could have formal meeting with Putin at Asia summit
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Trump met over the summer with Putin at the G-20 summit in Germany. The U.S. and Russia have since been in a diplomatic tit-for-tat, all while the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign escalates. Tillerson … Serafin 

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Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of wanting to stir trouble at Russia’s presidential elections in retaliation for alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential vote, RIA Novosti news agency reported on Nov. 9. Putin 

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Donald Trump | The Guardian: One year later: Trump takes a grand tour of Asia as Clinton visits Wisconsin, finally

Donald Trump is being feted in China as Hillary Clinton spends the grim anniversary of her loss on a book tour in a state where she failed to campaignDonald Trump had the red carpet rolled out for him on Thursday in Beijing, where he aspires to the role of global statesman weighing the fate of billions of people.

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Just Security: What Took So Long: The Non-Indictment of Paul Manafort Over The Years
 

Last week, we learned that Paul Manafort, President Donald Trumps campaign chairman, is under indictment for laundering millions of dollars worth of income to hide it from the U.S. government, among other serious charges.

This made me wonder: Why did it take the scrutiny of a U.S. presidential election, and Special Counsel Robert Muellers investigation, to uncover and attempt to prosecute what appear to be fairly brazen financial crimes?

Was it that hes politically connected? Is it because financial crimes are difficult to detect? Or could it be that well before his involvement with the Trump campaign, the U.S. government, suspicious of his dealings with Ukrainian and Russian officials, began collecting intelligence surveilling him and didnt want to draw attention to their activities?

Two-tiered justice system?

When it comes to white collar crimes, its clear that being politically connected often helps lawbreakers avoid prosecution.

Both Manafort and his long-time business partner Rick Gates were charged last week with violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), which requires people working on behalf of a foreign government to register with the Justice Department. For Manafort and Gates to think they would get away with this wasnt a bad bet. Compliance with the law is notoriously low and the Justice Department rarely enforces it through a criminal prosecution.

The reason the Justice Department doesn’t bring many FARA prosecutions is the same reason they haven’t brought many white collar crime cases against Wall Street bankers, said Michael German, a fellow with the Brennan Center for Justices Liberty and National Security Program and a former special agent with the FBI. These are people who run in the same social circles as those who write the laws, enforce the laws, and judge the cases. The laws are often written with unnecessary complexity, with many exceptions and caveats. Then, because there are so few cases brought that any single prosecution can appear inappropriately selective, making it more difficult to bring charges even when the violations are obvious.

ProPublicas Jesse Eisinger recently wrote a whole book about this phenomenon as it related to bank executives during the 2008 financial crisis, titled The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives. In a review of the book, James Kwak wrote in the New York Times:

Increasingly, the prosecutors and the defense attorneys on opposite sides of the table are the same people, just at different points in their careers. Conducting a criminal investigation of an executive isnt just risky; in addition to jeopardizing a future partnership at a prestigious law firm, perhaps most important, it incurs social discomfort, especially for the well-mannered overachievers who now populate the Justice Department. No one wants to be a class traitor, especially when the members of ones class are such nice people.

Eisinger was part of the reporting team that recently uncovered that Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. escaped criminal prosecution in 2012 in all likelihood thanks to political connections. They were in serious legal jeopardy for knowingly misleading potential buyers in the Trump SoHo condo development. Marc Kasowitz, their fathers longtime attorney, made a $25,000 political contribution to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., and then asked Vance to drop the case. Three months later, Vance ordered his prosecutors to abandon the case, but still maintains that he made the right call.

Being able to afford high-powered lawyers can make a difference, German said. These defendants have first-class legal representation to help them avoid charges, or when the few prosecutions are brought, to challenge them through trial and multiple appeals.

Even without having to fight high-powered defense lawyers, these cases take lots of money to prosecute. White collar crime investigations are also time and resource consuming, so statistic-driven law enforcement agencies tend to shy away from them when there’s not significant public pressure to prosecute, German said.

Money laundering is a big business

As for money laundering, it makes up an enormous shadow economy. On Slates Trumpcast, The New Yorkers Adam Davidson said its estimated that money laundering is a $1 trillion to $7 trillion industry.

This is an extremely lucrative business so the vast, vast majority of people laundering money, even huge amounts of money, are never going to get caught, are never going to get in any trouble, and thats where the brazenness comes in.

The Treasury Departments Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) does collect information on suspicious financial transactions and stores that data. Financial institutions are required to file Currency Transaction Reports, known as CTRs, when someone withdraws or deposits more than $10,000 in cash, and they also file Suspicious Activity Reports, or SARs, when institutions identify unusual or potentially illegal activity.

Presumably, Manaforts transactions should have generated these types of red flags. But, as Davidson explained, the FinCEN database isnt setup to alert officials to this activity while its happening.

Its kind of like Google, we have have a lot of data in a computer, but its not screaming out Its more, if Im looking at you for some other crime, I then go into this database and I can find this information. And once I know youve committed that crime, the money laundering is a nice added charge, and sometimes that becomes the primary charge that I take you down with. As I understand it, its fairly rare for money laundering itself to be the thing that gets you in trouble.

Plus, this information on its own doesnt tell you a whole lot, and it doesnt always signal criminal activity. For example, if you win a lot of money in Las Vegas, a CTR could be filed, Courtney M. Oliva, the executive director of the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law at New York University, explained.

She said money laundering can also be difficult to charge because you essentially have to prove two crimes: the money laundering itself, but also the underlying crime — the reason the money isnt clean in the first place, this is known as the specified unlawful activity.

In Manaforts case, it appears he was laundering his money to hide its origins (the work he was doing in Ukraine as an unregistered foreign agent) and also to avoid paying taxes on it.

This is not the first time that Manafort has been accused of money laundering. In 2011, former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko filed a private lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York against Ukrainian billionaire Dmitri Firtash, and named Manafort as one of the defendants. She accused them of skimming money off of natural gas contracts in Ukraine, then laundering the money through bogus New York real estate deals, and then using those funds to prosecute her back in Ukraine and eventually put her in prison. After four years of litigation, the case was dismissed in 2015.

A counterintelligence investigation could have precluded prosecution

What makes Manafort different than your ordinary suspected white collar criminal? Well before he joined the Trump campaign, Manafort was apparently on the radar of the U.S. intelligence community, which had him wiretapped under secret court order in 2014, according to reporting by CNN.

Asha Rangappa, who served as an FBI special agent, specializing in counterintelligence investigations in New York City from 2002 until 2005, explained in an earlier piece for Just Security that to obtain a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to wiretap Manafort, the FBI would have needed show show probable cause that Manafort was

knowingly engaging in clandestine intelligence activities (rather than merely being an agent of a foreign power) in other words, that he wasnt just acting on behalf of a foreign power, but that he was doing so with full knowledge that what he was doing involved spying.

According to his indictment, Manaforts alleged crimes stretch back to 2006. We dont know when his activities in Ukraine and Russia first caught the attention of U.S. federal investigators, but according to Rangappa, to build up enough evidence to convince the court, its likely the investigation into him began at least a year or so before the wiretap warrant was obtained, so possibly in 2013.

At that time, federal investigators might have started to build a criminal case against him, but they wouldnt have moved on it because theyd risk losing the intelligence that they were collecting from surveilling him, Rangappa said. Thats the goose that lays the golden eggs. When you prosecute, you kill the goose.

That initial surveillance was discontinued, reportedly due to a lack of evidence, but the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved a new surveillance warrant for Manafort at some point in 2016, meaning the FBI once again showed probable cause that Manafort was knowingly engaging in clandestine intelligence activities that extended at least into early this year, CNN reported.

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Saved Stories – 1. Trump: Bankroller of Brexit denies claims he broke funding rules – Reuters
 

Bankroller of Brexit denies claims he broke funding rules
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LONDON, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Multimillionaire Brexit donor Arron Banks wrote to Britain’s Electoral Commission on Thursday to imply he was the subject of a politically motivated investigation amid speculation that Russia may have meddled in the2016 …and more »

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Citizen Green: Masha Gessen and the elusive quest for truth
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Seated in the middle of a semicircle of faculty and students in a classroom on the second floor of Tribble Hall at Wake Forest University on Monday, Gessen surprises me with her unperturbed response to my question about whether US civil society will be and more »

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Saved Stories – 1. Trump: Analysis: Alaska LNG deal falls short of Trump’s Asian ambitions – Platts
 

Analysis: Alaska LNG deal falls short of Trump’s Asian ambitions
Platts
With US President Donald Trump’s China trip expected to test the his administration’s “America First Energy Plan”, the multi-billion dollar Alaska LNG deal will likely be presented to the electorate at home as a trade success. The non-binding deal doesand more »

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Saved Stories – 1. Trump: From Woodward and Bernstein to data-crunching geeks: Lessons of the explosive Paradise Papers – Poynter (blog)
 

From Woodward and Bernstein to data-crunching geeks: Lessons of the explosive Paradise Papers
Poynter (blog)
He’s written books on Putin’s mob-like governance and Snowden, with his latest, “Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win” due out next week via Penguin Random House. And the data crunchers are generally a … 

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November 10, 1987: UK spy gets 35 years in jail
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By your treachery you have done incalculable harm to the interests and security of this country …, judge Lord Lane said in passing the sentence. British authorities had no suspicion that Prime … His second wife Rhona, 37, said she had gone to the 

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BREAKING: Vladimir Putin accuses the US of plotting to interfere with RUSSIAN ELECTIONS
Express.co.uk
The Russian figurehead, who has held his post since 2012, is up for election again on March 18 next year. But the Moscow chief and former KGB agent has claimed US sleuths want to influence his nation’s vote in revenge for alleged interference in the US …
Putin Is Hoping He And Trump Can Patch Things Up At Meeting In VietnamNewsweek
Prospects for Putin-Trump Meeting at APEC Summit UnclearU.S. News & World Report
Trump, Putin to meet amid campaign collusion investigationThe Globe and Mail
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Trumpistan Today: 8:30 AM 11/9/2017 The former national security adviser Michael Flynn has expressed concern for his son

TRUMP-RUSSIA The Justice Department is seeking a plea deal in its criminal investigation into the former son-in-law of Trumps former campaign Paul Manafort, according to sources familiar with the matter, the charges against Jeffrey Yohai do not appear to be directly related to special counsel Robert Muellers investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign … Continue reading“8:30 AM 11/9/2017 – The former national security adviser Michael Flynn has expressed concern for his son…”Trumpistan Today

 

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One Year Later, The Trump Nightmare Is As Horrific As Many Of Us Imagined

LGBTQ rights have been dealt a stunning blow. Yet, a year since Election Day 2016 we’re stronger and ready for the fight. 

Political Polarization Is A Psychology Problem

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Hmm: Russian Lawyer From Trump Tower ‘Collusion’ Meeting Also Met With Fusion GPS Founder on Same Day – Townhall
 


Townhall
Hmm: Russian Lawyer From Trump Tower ‘Collusion’ Meeting Also Met With Fusion GPS Founder on Same Day
Townhall
The contacts shed new light on how closely tied the firm was to Russian interests, at a time when it was financing research to discredit then-candidate Donald Trump. The opposition research firm has faced renewed scrutiny after litigation revealed that
Fusion GPS Co-Founder Met With Russian Lawyer Hours Before and After Donald Jr. RendezvousMediaite
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Moscow says Twitter to store user data in Russia – The Sun Daily
 

Moscow says Twitter to store user data in Russia
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… services, search engines and social networking sites to store the personal data of Russian users inside the country has caused widespread concern as it was seen as putting the information at risk of being accessed by Russian intelligence services.and more »

Former Yahoo CEO apologizes for data breach, blames Russians – Reuters
 


Reuters
Former Yahoo CEO apologizes for data breach, blames Russians
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Those charges came amid controversy relating to alleged Kremlin-backed hacking of the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible links between Russian figures and associates of President Donald Trump. Russia has denied trying to influence theU.S. …
Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Blames Russia for Massive Data BreachesFortune
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President Trump and Vladimir Putin Are Meeting in Vietnam. Here’s What They’re Likely to Talk About – TIME
 


TIME
President Trump and Vladimir Putin Are Meeting in Vietnam. Here’s What They’re Likely to Talk About
TIME
(MOSCOW) Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump have a full agenda for their likely encounter on the sidelines of a Pacific nations’ summit this week, the Kremlin said Wednesday. Putin’s foreign affairs adviser, Yuri 
Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will likely meet, Kremlin reportedly saysABC News
Can Trump and Putin Prevent War With Kim Jong Un? Russia Says It’s ‘Highly Likely’ They’ll Meet in VietnamNewsweek
Kremlin: PutinTrump Likely to Meet in VietnamVoice of America 
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Russian intelligence building in Moscow catches fire – Daily Sabah
 


RT
Russian intelligence building in Moscow catches fire
Daily Sabah
A building used by Russia’s foreign spy service on the outskirts of Moscow caught fire Wednesday, Russia’s RIA news agency quoted the service as saying. Colonel Sergei Ivanov, a spokesman for the External Intelligence Service, one of the successor …
Fire breaks out at Russian foreign intel service facility in Moscow, reports of people trappedRT
Fire in Russian foreign spy buildingThe Sun Daily
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Americans Feel Less Sad And Anxious Than When Trump Was Sworn In

But if the 2016 election affected your mental health, you are not alone.
Donald Trump’s Russia Ties: How Is Paul Manafort’s Work in Ukraine Connected? – Newsweek
 


Newsweek
Donald Trump’s Russia Ties: How Is Paul Manafort’s Work in Ukraine Connected?
Newsweek
The notion of collusion between Donald Trump and a Russian government eager to smack down Hillary Clinton is altogether absent from the case against the two. But first impressions can be misleading. There are many ties linking Team Trump to Team … 
At least nine people in Trump’s orbit had contact with Russians during campaign and transitionWashington Post

A Timeline of the TrumpRussia ScandalRollingStone.com 
This timeline paints the clearest picture we have yet of Russia’s meddling in the US election and how the Trump …Markets Insider

Carter Page’s bizarre testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, explainedVox 
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Carter Page reveals new contacts with Trump campaign, Russians – AZFamily
 


AZFamily
Carter Page reveals new contacts with Trump campaign, Russians
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(CNN) — Carter Page’s six-plus hours of testimony before the House intelligence committee makes clear senior members of the Trump campaign were aware of the former Trump foreign policy adviser’s July 2016 trip to Russia — and Page may have had and more »

Russian Intelligence Service fire – Huge blaze at Moscow secret service HQ – Express.co.uk
 


Express.co.uk
Russian Intelligence Service fire – Huge blaze at Moscow secret service HQ
Express.co.uk 
Colonel Sergei Ivanov, a spokesman for the spy agency, later said the fire happened at one of the service’s “technical installations. He later said the fire had been extinguished, and there were no casualties. Russian media, quoting unnamed sources in
 
The country’s Foreign Intelligence Service, a successor to the KGB, is the centre for the regime’s spy network, directing espionage activities outside the country. Its building complex has doubled in size in recent years. The service is led by Mikhail

Fire breaks out at Russian foreign intel service facility in Moscow (VIDEO)RT
Russian intelligence building in Moscow catches fireDaily Sabah
Russia: Fire flares at spy agency headquarters; no injuries ABC News
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Trump holds an unprecedented presidential power – CNBC
 


CNBC
Trump holds an unprecedented presidential power
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In the year since he was elected, President Donald Trump has been willing to blast or praise specific companies by name on Twitter, and that’s doing measurable harm or benefit to the stock prices of those firms in the short term, a CNBC analysis and more »

Reclaiming Our Faith In The Era Of Trump

“Christianityand its tenets of social justice, helping those less fortunate, striving toward peaceis for everyone.”
Thanks Trump, for making Ukraine great again – POLITICO.eu
 


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Thanks Trump, for making Ukraine great again
POLITICO.eu
Your government has remained committed to supporting Kiev in its war against Moscow and has reiterated the U.S.’s opposition to Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014. While you were busy bashing the Fake News media, both houses of Congress …and more »

The Trump Era Calls For An Honest Conversation About Drug Use

And HuffPost is partnering with the Global Drug Survey to help facilitate it.
Carter Page Is Latest Ex-Trump Campaign Official Called a ‘Volunteer’ Amid Russia Probe – Newsweek
 


Newsweek
Carter Page Is Latest Ex-Trump Campaign Official Called a ‘Volunteer’ Amid Russia Probe
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Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski parroted his old boss when he diminished ex-campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page’s status to a “low-level volunteer.” Indeed, similar comments have been directed toward numerous …
Corey Lewandowski Says Father’s Day Distracted Him from Potential Russian CollusionVanity Fair
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George Papadopoulos meeting with UK during Trump campaign revealed – BBC News
 


BBC News
George Papadopoulos meeting with UK during Trump campaign revealed
BBC News
Dismissed by the White House as a “low-level volunteer”, more about the true status of adviser George Papadopoulos seems to emerge by the day. The Trump campaign foreign policy aide’s contacts with Russians have already got him in trouble. He has …
The Trump Administration’s Looming Political CrisisThe New Yorker
Trump Jr. Hinted at Review of Anti-Russia Law, Moscow Lawyer SaysBloombergall 658 news articles »

The Limits of Trump’s Showmanship – U.S. News & World Report
 


U.S. News & World Report
The Limits of Trump’s Showmanship
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… night Democrats have had since 2006,” he says. “They won all the big ones in New Jersey, Virginia, New York City and Washington state. There’s a single factor that links them all Donald Trump. This was a rebuke to the president and Trumpism 

Analysis: CIA chief make suspiciously pro-Trump moves – The Mercury News
 


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Top former intelligence leaders dismayed over Pompeo meeting … – CNN
 


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Ex-Trump adviser Carl Icahn hit with subpoena – CNNMoney
 


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Ex-Trump adviser Carl Icahn hit with subpoena
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CNN has reported that Trump personally interviewed a candidate to fill the position: Geoffrey Berman, an attorney at the law firm that currently employs Rudy Giuliani as a leading partner. (Bharara is now a CNN contributor). Icahn had been strongly and more »

Paul Ryan erases any doubt: ‘We’re with Trump’ – Washington Post
 


Washington Post
Paul Ryan erases any doubt: ‘We’re with Trump’
Washington Post
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s M.O. with President Trump has been to deflect questions about his controversies and focus on the GOP agenda. All the while, Ryan has reserved some plausible deniability, sending some signals that he’s not quite all-in on …and more »

Trumpism Is a Spell – Esquire – Esquire.com
 


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Trumpism Is a Spell – Esquire 
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One of the best hires any publication has made over the past few years happened when Politico brought in Michael Kruse to do longform pieces for Politico  
Johnstown Never Believed Trump Would Help. They Still Love Him Anyway.POLITICO Magazineall 8 news articles »

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Sex, drugs and crime in pre-Nazi-era epic – The Straits Times
 


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Sex, drugs and crime in pre-Nazi-era epic
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BERLIN It is the spring of 1929 and this city is a fast-moving modern metropolis where artistic and sexual experimentation flourishes against a backdrop of organised crime, political street battles and a fragile democratic order. Welcome to the world 

A year later, Bernie Sanders calls Donald Trump’s election an ‘unprecedented disaster’ for America – USA TODAY
 


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A year later, Bernie Sanders calls Donald Trump’s election an ‘unprecedented disaster’ for America
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WASHINGTON A year after Donald Trump’s election, it’s hard for Sen. Bernie Sanders to point to just one thing the president has done as the worst. Beyond his terrible policies, one major concern is that the president has gone overboard in trying and more »

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8:31 AM 11/9/2017 – The Justice Department is seeking a plea deal in its criminal investigation into the former son-in-law of Trump’s former campaign Paul Manafort

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The Justice Department is seeking a plea deal in its criminal investigation into the former son-in-law of Trump’s former campaign Paul Manafort, according to sources familiar with the matter, the charges against Jeffrey Yohai do not appear to be directly related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Michael Rothfeld and Katy Stech Ferek report at the Wall Street Journal.

The co-founder for opposition research firm Fusion G.P.S., Glenn Simpson, has agreed to be interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee next week, the firm has been under the spotlight having commissioned the dossier compiled by the former British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele, which alleged connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. Josh Gerstein and Kyle Cheney report at POLITICO.

The former national security adviser Michael Flynn has expressed concern for his son and his possible legal exposure, according to a source familiar with the family, Michael Flynn Jr. has been under scrutiny for his work with his father at the Flynn Intel Group consulting firm and their connections to Russia. Jim Sciutto and Marshall Cohen report at CNN.

A federal judge yesterday restricted the comments lawyers, defendants and witnesses can make in the case of Manafort and his associate Rick Gates, Josh Gerstein and Darren Samuelsohn report at POLITICO.

The academic, Joseph Mifsud, suspected of acting as a conduit between the Trump campaign and Russia, has disappeared from public view since comments made last week about the contents of former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos’s guilty plea. Tim Lister and Nic Robertson report at CNN.


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Vox Populi: HOLY SHIT!! I would love to see this: “Brent Budowsky: Mueller could indict Putin” – The Hill | Trump Investigations Twitter Searches

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HOLY SHIT!! I would love to see this Brent Budowsky: Mueller could indict Putin – The Hill #MuellerTime #LockHimUp https://apple.news/An1O7nwyeSgm2Gezz1NpzBw 
Conspiracy against the US” or otherwise Treason! Get ready for prison
It was his buddy Vlad Putin calling wasn’t it? #indict
This should not even be happening. Tell the @SenateGOP, no more confirmation hearings or votes while @POTUS’s campaign is under federal investigation for conspiracy against the US.
Brent Budowsky: Mueller could indict Putin http://fb.me/1rAagRtEx
His campaign chairman was under investigation for being a spy and also charged with “conspiracy against the US” now under house arrest and wearing an ankle bracelet. #oneyearundertrump
@realDonaldTrump America Inc., is not working, you have violated the law, money laundering, tax evasion, racketeering, conspiracy against the US, treason, & for just being a complete embarrassment to America. We see through your evil plan. You’re going down! RESIGN, or pic.twitter.com/mqWe3RaoEE
Brent Budowsky: Mueller could indict Putin http://thehill.com/opinion/international/359502-brent-budowsky-mueller-could-indict-putin 
Brent Budowsky: Mueller could indict Putin http://thehill.com/opinion/international/359502-brent-budowsky-mueller-could-indict-putin#.WgPw6zZiGOs.twitter 
And possibly also conspiracy against the US. First : https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/house-majority-leader-to-colleagues-in-2016-i-think-putin-pays-trump/2017/05/17/515f6f8a-3aff-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html  Second : https://twitter.com/funder/status/864896239875362816?s=17  Chaser : https://www.salon.com/2016/12/14/gop-super-pac-linked-to-paul-ryan-used-illegally-hacked-material-against-democratic-house-candidates-report/ https://twitter.com/demfromct/status/928500910418006016 
I bet Flynn gets taken into custody in the next 48 hours on charges of conspiracy against the US, for being an unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false/misleading statements & possibly money laundering & attempted kidnapping. These arent good people. None of them are.
President Treason (um I meanTrump) and Vladimir Putin are meeting in Vietnam. Last time they met, Donny suggested a joint cybersecurity force with Russia. D’oh. Let’s indict him & get on with removing him.
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Trump Says Excellent Progress Being Made in His Talks With Xi
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HOLY SHIT!! I would love to see this Brent Budowsky: Mueller could indict Putin – The Hill #MuellerTime #LockHimUp https://apple.news/An1O7nwyeSgm2Gezz1NpzBw 
 

HOLY SHIT!! I would love to see this— Brent Budowsky: Mueller could indict Putin – The Hill   https://apple.news/An1O7nwyeSgm2Gezz1NpzBw …

Conspiracy against the US” or otherwise Treason! Get ready for prison
 

Conspiracy against the US” or otherwise Treason! Get ready for prison

It was his buddy Vlad Putin calling wasn’t it? #indict
 

It was his buddy Vlad Putin calling wasn’t it? 

This should not even be happening. Tell the @SenateGOP, no more confirmation hearings or votes while @POTUS’s campaign is under federal investigation for conspiracy against the US.
 

This should not even be happening. Tell the , no more confirmation hearings or votes while ‘s campaign is under federal investigation for conspiracy against the US.

Brent Budowsky: Mueller could indict Putin http://fb.me/1rAagRtEx
 

Brent Budowsky: Mueller could indict Putin http://fb.me/1rAagRtEx 

His campaign chairman was under investigation for being a spy and also charged with “conspiracy against the US” now under house arrest and wearing an ankle bracelet. #oneyearundertrump
 

His campaign chairman was under investigation for being a spy and also charged with “conspiracy against the US” now under house arrest and wearing an ankle bracelet. 

@realDonaldTrump America Inc., is not working, you have violated the law, money laundering, tax evasion, racketeering, conspiracy against the US, treason, & for just being a complete embarrassment to America. We see through your evil plan. You’re going down! RESIGN, or pic.twitter.com/mqWe3RaoEE
 

 America Inc., is not working, you have violated the law, money laundering, tax evasion, racketeering, conspiracy against the US, treason, & for just being a complete embarrassment to America. We see through your evil plan. You’re going down! RESIGN, or 😲🚔👇🚔👇

Brent Budowsky: Mueller could indict Putin http://thehill.com/opinion/international/359502-brent-budowsky-mueller-could-indict-putin 
 

Brent Budowsky: Mueller could indict Putin http://thehill.com/opinion/international/359502-brent-budowsky-mueller-could-indict-putin …

Brent Budowsky: Mueller could indict Putin http://thehill.com/opinion/international/359502-brent-budowsky-mueller-could-indict-putin#.WgPw6zZiGOs.twitter 
 

Brent Budowsky: Mueller could indict Putin http://thehill.com/opinion/international/359502-brent-budowsky-mueller-could-indict-putin#.WgPw6zZiGOs.twitter …

And possibly also conspiracy against the US. First : https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/house-majority-leader-to-colleagues-in-2016-i-think-putin-pays-trump/2017/05/17/515f6f8a-3aff-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html  Second : https://twitter.com/funder/status/864896239875362816?s=17  Chaser : https://www.salon.com/2016/12/14/gop-super-pac-linked-to-paul-ryan-used-illegally-hacked-material-against-democratic-house-candidates-report/ https://twitter.com/demfromct/status/928500910418006016 
 

And possibly also conspiracy against the US. First 🥃:https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/house-majority-leader-to-colleagues-in-2016-i-think-putin-pays-trump/2017/05/17/515f6f8a-3aff-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html …Second 🥃https://twitter.com/funder/status/864896239875362816?s=17 … Chaser 🥛:https://www.salon.com/2016/12/14/gop-super-pac-linked-to-paul-ryan-used-illegally-hacked-material-against-democratic-house-candidates-report/ …https://twitter.com/demfromct/status/928500910418006016 …

I bet Flynn gets taken into custody in the next 48 hours on charges of conspiracy against the US, for being an unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false/misleading statements & possibly money laundering & attempted kidnapping. These arent good people. None of them are.
 

I bet Flynn gets taken into custody in the next 48 hours on charges of conspiracy against the US, for being an unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false/misleading statements & possibly money laundering & attempted kidnapping. These aren’t good people. None of them are.

President Treason (um I meanTrump) and Vladimir Putin are meeting in Vietnam. Last time they met, Donny suggested a joint cybersecurity force with Russia. D’oh. Let’s indict him & get on with removing him.
 

President Treason (um I meanTrump) and Vladimir Putin are meeting in Vietnam. Last time they met, Donny suggested a joint cybersecurity force with Russia. D’oh. Let’s indict him & get on with removing him.

Brent Budowsky: Mueller could indict Putin http://thehill.com/opinion/international/359502-brent-budowsky-mueller-could-indict-putin#.WgQxcd2DRV4.twitter 
 

Brent Budowsky: Mueller could indict Putin http://thehill.com/opinion/international/359502-brent-budowsky-mueller-could-indict-putin#.WgQxcd2DRV4.twitter …

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Brent Budowsky: Mueller could indict Putin | TheHill http://thehill.com/opinion/international/359502-brent-budowsky-mueller-could-indict-putin 
 

Brent Budowsky: Mueller could indict Putin | TheHill http://thehill.com/opinion/international/359502-brent-budowsky-mueller-could-indict-putin …

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Washington (CNN) Former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn has expressed concern about the potential legal exposure of his son, Michael Flynn Jr., who, like his father, is under scrutiny by special counsel Robert Mueller, multiple
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Большой противолодочный корабль Тихоокеанского флота «Адмирал Виноградов» вернулся во Владивосток из дальнего похода

На причале БПК встречал командир дивизии надводных кораблей ТОФ капитан 1 ранга Иван Ковалёв, который Ковалёв. От имени командования флотом он поздравил экипаж с успешным выполнением задач в море и по традиции вручил командиру корабля жареного поросенка. 

Germany cools on Russian-backed gas pipeline project

Merkel-led coalition seen as less supportive of Nord Stream 2
Western Powers Set Up Showdown With Russia Over Syrian Chemical Attacks

Major Western powers have set up a showdown with Russia before the UN Security Council by demanding the renewal of a UN mission charged with determining who staged chemical weapons attacks in Syria. 

Trump Says Excellent Progress Being Made in His Talks With Xi

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said the United States and China must work together to liberate the region and the world from what he called the very serious threat posed by the murderous regime in North Korea. Trump made the comment as he stood alongside says excellent progress is being made in his talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping as they delivered successive prepared remarks, but did not take questions from journalists. Trump added that Washington and Beijing agreed not to repeat the mistakes of the past in dealing with Pyongyang, which over the years has managed to rapidly advance following earlier comments in which the U.S. leader said he intended to press Beijing to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. Trump earlier said excellent progress was made in his talks with Xi. The entire civilized world must unite to confront the North Korean menace, he added. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is accompanying the president, told reporters after the meetings that the Chinese, have been clear and unequivocal over the two days of talks that they will not accept a North Korea with nuclear weapons.   Theres no space between both of our objectives, said Tillerson. We have our own views of the tactics, the timing and how far to go with pressure and thats what we spend a lot of time exchanging views on.   Trump, according to Tillerson, told Xi: Youre a strong man, Im sure you can solve this for me. In his prepared remarks, Xis tone was more muted regarding North Korea, saying, We reiterated the firm commitment to denuclearize the peninsula. program. I believe there is a solution to that, as you do, Trump told Xi during an extended bilateral meeting Thursday morning in the Chinese capital. Later, while he and Xi spoke to a meeting of business leaders, Trump said, I thank President Xi for his recent efforts to restrict trade with North Korea and cut off banking ties. China can fix this problem easily and quickly. Bilateral trade Trade talksThe talks between Trump and Xi are also dealing with bilateral trade, a touchy subject because sinceTrump has long complained about the trade imbalance deficit between China and the United States. For the first 10 months of the year, Chinas trade surplus with the U.S. was $223 billion, billion according to recent data released by Chinas General Administration of Customs. Trump said the U.S. trade deficit with China is, shockingly hundreds of billions of dollars annually. Past administrations allowed it to get so far out of kilter. But I dont blame China. I give China great credit, Trump said. President Xi said there is a wider and prosperous future for U.S.-China cooperation on trade, adding trade. He added that $250 billion worth of business deals were are being signed during President Trumps visit to China and that, Chinese investment in the United States is rising rapidly. But the roughly 15 agreements unveiled in Beijing are mostly nonbinding memorandums of understanding and, according to Bloomberg News could take years to materialize if they do at all. Derek Scissors, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute is pessimistic that such deals will do much to address the real hindrances to trade relations with China. The president likes deals, and he likes big numbers, but were not going to change something he doesnt like, like the trade deficit, without changing Chinese trade practices, Scissors said. China has to have a different approach to trade in the world than it does. Scissors said that more than the deficit, it is what is behind the numbers, such as the fact that Chinese state owned enterprises never go out of business. Which means American goods and services cant ever win in the China market, he said. In his joint statement, Xi said there needs to be in-depth discussions on the trade imbalance with the United States, among other issues. The Chinese leader predicted there will be a wider and prosperous future for cooperation on trade, specifically mentioning the oil and gas sector, beer, agricultural products, education and service contracts. He also invited more American companies to participate in Chinas One Belt One Road initiative, an effort to create the worlds largest platform for economic cooperation, inspired by the ancient Silk Road trading network. The United States and China, respectively, have the worlds largest economies and most powerful militaries. Welcome to Beijing The two leaders walked side by side on a red carpet at a welcoming ceremony early Thursday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The U.S. and Chinese national anthems were played by a military band and ceremonial cannon fire from Tiananmen Square saluted Trump. An exuberant crowd of schoolchildren waved U.S. A crowd of jumping and gleeful school children waved American and Chinese flags. It is the first visit by Trump to China, which is North Koreas closest and only remaining significant ally. The U.S. president is expected to request China expel North Korean workers from the country and eliminate some of its other significant remaining dealings with Pyongyang. Business deals The Trump administration is showcasing several business deals signed during the China trip, including a deal for Chinas biggest online retailer to buy $1.2 billion of American beef and pork. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has said such business deals are a good example of how the United States can productively build up our bilateral trade. Trump also met is also to meet Thursday with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, whose position is similar to that of a prime minister. Trump and his wife, Melania, were received with great pageantry on their arrival to China. The Trumps were also treated to a private visit to the Forbidden City, Chinas ancient imperial palace. They also viewed an outdoor opera featuring costumes, music and martial arts. After touring the Forbidden City, Trump told reporters, Were having a great time. South Korea The U.S. president arrived in Beijing a day after delivering a speech in Seoul, South Korea, in which he called on other nations to unite and isolate the brutal regime of North Korea.  Korea, Trump said in his speech. You cannot support, you cannot supply, you cannot accept, he added. In that speech to South Koreas National Assembly, Trump had a forceful message for Pyongyang. He called on leader Kim Jong Un to give up all of his nuclear weapons for a chance to step onto on to a better path. Trump warned the North, Do not underestimate us and do not try us. We will defend our common security, our shared prosperity and our sacred liberty. Backing the presidents words was the presence of three U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups and nuclear submarines, which the president said are appropriately positioned near the Korean Peninsula. Total peninsula. Total failure The U.S president referred to North Korea as a total failure, and a twisted regime ruled by a cult and a tyrant who enslaves his people, a peopleacharacterization certain to provoke a harsh rhetorical reply from Pyongyang. The world cannot tolerate the menace of a rogue regime that threatens it with nuclear devastation, said Trump in his speech. All responsible nations must join forces to isolate the brutal regime of North Korea, to Koreato deny it any form of support. The U.S. leader had effusive praise for South Korea, contrasting its economic success with what he characterized as the dark the dark situation in the North. The more successful South Korea becomes, the more decisively you discredit the dark fantasy at the heart of the Kim regime, Trump said.said the U.S. president. The speech ended on a hopeful note, which is the Korean dream: the peaceful reunification of the peninsula. But with Kims weapons of mass destruction posing a greater threat, Trump warned, the longer we wait, the greater the danger grows and the few the options become. President Trump generally took a more optimistic view of diplomacy during his visit to Seoul, which included meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. He said progress has been made to diffuse heightened tensions in the region, a striking departure from the tone of his tweets in recent weeks suggesting talks with Pyongyang to resolve the nuclear crisis were a waste of time. Speaking on Air Force One on the approach to Beijing Wednesday, a senior White House official said President Trump and the South Korean leader had reaffirmed their commitment for a coordinated global pressure campaign to bring North Korea back to authentic denuclearization talks, while also remaining committed to use a full range of military capabilities to defend South Korea and Japan. Authentic talks, the U.S. official said, would be without preconditions and would entail North Korea agreeing to reduce the threat, end provocations, and move toward sincere steps to ultimately denuclearize.Preconditions like refusing to put nuclear weapons on the table, the official said, is a non-starter for the United States. The U.S. also maintains that any agreement would need to include verification of denuclearization efforts — a key sticking point in multi-nation negotiations that have been attempted in the past. In a statement issued separately, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Trump would also make a determination on whether the United States will designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism before the end of his visit to China. It is likely President Trump will continue to send out tweets while in China, despite a Chinese block on Twitter. Thanks to communications gear aboard Air Force One, the official said The president will tweet whatever he wants. VOA’s Bill Ide and Marissa Melton contributed to this report. 

Индия выдала США военные тайны русской «Нерпы» – Свободная Пресса
 


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Индия выдала США военные тайны русской «Нерпы»
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In a declaration initiated by the Prague-based think tank European Values titled How The Democratic West Should Stop Putin, some 70 experts said steps need to be taken to halt Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plan to play “divide and rule in the … 

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Ровно год назад, 9 ноября 2016 года, мир проснулся и изумленно узнал, что в США новый президент Дональд Трамп. Больше всего была удивлена (вернее, шокирована) сама Америка. Точнее, ее истеблишмент и представители длинного списка прогрессивных социальных групп.
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Совещание с постоянными членами Совета Безопасности
 

Президент провёл совещание с постоянными членами Совета Безопасности.

Совещание с постоянными членами Совета Безопасности.Обсуждались текущие вопросы внутрироссийской социально-экономической повестки дня. Состоялось также обсуждение в рамках подготовки к участию главы Российского государства в саммите АТЭС во Вьетнаме и к его двусторонним контактам, запланированным на полях саммита.

В совещании приняли участие Председатель Совета Федерации Валентина Матвиенко, Председатель Государственной Думы Вячеслав Володин, Руководитель Администрации Президента Антон Вайно, Министр обороны Сергей Шойгу, Министр внутренних дел Владимир Колокольцев, директор Федеральной службы безопасности Александр Бортников, директор Службы внешней разведки Сергей Нарышкин, спецпредставитель Президента по вопросам природоохранной деятельности, экологии и транспорта Сергей Иванов.


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Совещание с постоянными членами Совета Безопасности.Обсуждались текущие вопросы внутрироссийской социально-экономической повестки дня. Состоялось также обсуждение в рамках подготовки к участию главы Российского государства в саммите АТЭС во Вьетнаме и к его двусторонним контактам, запланированным на полях саммита.

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The Trump Campaigns Spy-Ties to Moscow Have Been Exposed
 

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Yesterday was filled with legal bombshells for President Donald Trump. As expected, after months of investigation into the White Houses ties to Moscow, Special Counsel Robert Muellers team announced three arrests and indictments. Together, these cases have fundamentally shifted the game in our nations capitalvery much to the presidents detriment.

The arrest of Paul Manafort, Trumps campaign manager in the summer of 2016 who secured him the Republican Partys nomination, was expected by many. For months, rumors had swirled around Manafort, given his longstanding and unsavory ties to Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs, compounded by his barely concealed links to Kremlin intelligence, as I reported three months before the November 2016 election.

Manafort has surrendered to the FBI and faces a dozen federal charges relating to financial crimes including money laundering, failing to register as a foreign agent, plus neglecting to report foreign cash to the IRS. These charges are serious and will be difficult for Manafort to beat, leading to speculation that what Mueller really wants is Manaforts cooperation against Team Trumpwhich may be the 68-year-olds only alternative to dying in prison.

Rick Gates, a Manafort protégé and 2016 Trump campaign associate, has also surrendered to the Feds and is facing a raft of charges relating to money laundering. Gates also played a key role in President Trumps inauguration and pushed the White Houses agenda as a lobbyist until April of this year, when questions about Gates ties to the Kremlin made his position untenable.

On cue, the White House protested that they barely know Manafort and Gatesa transparent falsehoodwhile stating that their alleged crimes have nothing directly to do with the president. The latter may be technically true, but difficult questions lurk regarding why Donald Trump wanted someone as unsavory and Moscow-connected as Paul Manafort to head his campaign, particularly since the longtime swamp denizen Manaforts links to Eastern oligarchs were an open secret in Washington.

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Solving the Mystery of the Maltese Professor
 

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This week began with the bombshell legal news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller brought charges against members of Team Trump relating to their illicit ties to Moscow. As I explained, this fundamentally changes the game in our nations capital, and the White House is struggling to cope with this new environment, which finds the president on the defensive, awaiting further indictments of his associates.

No aspect of this weeks news is more mysterious than the saga of the Professorin reality, Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese nationalwho served as the hush-hush go-between for the Trump campaign and the Kremlin in the spring of 2016. Notably, he acted as Moscows cut-out for contacts with George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy advisor hired by the Trump campaign in the late winter of 2016.

Mifsuds role is crystal-clear to anyone versed in Russian espionage tradecraft, what the Kremlin calls konspiratsiya (yes, conspiracy). He is a secret operative of Russias Foreign Intelligence Service, the SVR, as I elaborated:

Papadopoulos met the Professor in Italy in mid-March 2016, then again in London later that month; on the latter occasion the Professor brought along a Russian female, allegedly Putins niece, to help facilitate the engagement. Papadopoulos emailed the campaign about the success of this meeting, which responded enthusiastically about what had transpired and on March 31, he participated in a national security meeting in Washington that included campaign principals, with Trump himself present.

But Misfuds role soon moved into even darker territory:

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In a speech to South Korean lawmakers, President Donald Trump warned North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un not to underestimate the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported. In a portion of the address directed at Kim, Trump called for Pyongyang to end its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Heavy fog forced Trump to cancel a surprise visit to the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea, the New York Times reported.

Trump then headed to China, arriving on Wednesday. He plans to ask Chinese President Xi Jinping to increase economic pressure on Pyongyang, according to the Times. Xi opened Trumps visit by offering a series of business deals and a private tour of the Forbidden City, but Trump and Xi may struggle to find common ground on both trade and measures against North Korea, the Journal reported.

The Senate banking committee approved a bill that would impose harsh new sanctions on Chinese financial institutions assisting North Korea, Foreign Policy reported. The bipartisan legislation targets companies that help North Korea evade sanctions. Sen. Chris Van Hollen said it would put some real teeth in sanctions.

The European Unions foreign policy chief received assurances from U.S. lawmakers that they plan to comply with the Iran nuclear deal, Reuters reported. Federica Mogherini said congressional officials told her their intention is to keep the U.S. in the agreement.

Russia criticized a U.N. report that labeled the Syrian government as responsible for the April chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun, the Times reported. Russias representative to the Security Council faulted U.N. investigators for not visiting the site of the attack. The U.S. and the United Kingdom supported the reports findings. Russia and the U.S. have circulated conflicting resolutions to extend the investigators mandate.

Spains constitutional court officially struck down Catalonias declaration of independence, according toReuters. The move formally ended the autonomous regions bid for separation from Spain.

Saudi Arabia expanded its crackdown on political corruption, targeting up to $800 billion of assets belonging to dozens of princes and businessmen, the Journal reported. The anti-corruption push has frozen the accounts of political opponents of the crown prince. Their seized assets may bring in billions to the Saudi government. Separately, Saudi airstrikes killed dozens of civilians in northern Yemen, including women and children, Al Jazeera reported. The strikes targeted Houthi rebel group villages.

Lebanons prime minister remained in Saudi Arabia, prolonging a political crisis in Beirut, the Journal reported. Saadi Hariri said he resigned his post on Sunday in Riyadh, but Lebanons president said he would not accept the resignation until Hariri returns freely to Beirut. Hariri visited the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday but then returned to Saudi Arabia. The leader of Hezbollah, one of Hariris political opponents, said he believed Saudi Arabia was holding Hariri against his will.

The Philippines halted construction on a small island in the South China Sea to avoid angering China,the Times reported. President Rodrigo Duterte ordered military construction on a sandbar in the Spratly Islands to cease after Chinese officials put pressure on the Philippines to stop its building efforts.

Mike Pompeo, the CIA director, met with a former intelligence official who advocates the unsupported idea that Russian intelligence services did not hack the Democratic National Convention (DNC), the Intercept reported. Pompeo met with William Binney, a former NSA official turned critic, to discuss Binneys paper arguing that a DNC insider committed the hack, not Russian spies. According to Binney, Pompeo told him Trump urged Pompeo to take the meeting.

Politicos Cory Bennett wrote about one international accord the Trump administration is keeping: the U.S.-China cyber espionage agreement.

The Times Paul Mozer detailed how China uses Facebook to spread propaganda abroad.

Politicos Josh Gerstein covered the released audio of George Papadopoulos July arraignment.

 

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Paul Rosenzweig flagged the American Bar Associations newly released cybersecurity handbook for lawyers.

J. Dana Stuster updated the Middle East Ticker, covering the power play in Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmans aggressive foreign policy moves.

Mieke Eoyang, Ben Freeman, Adam Twardowski and Benjamin Wittes analyzed survey data on public confidence in the president and the military on specific national security issues.

Sarah Grant summarized military commissions hearings from last Thursday and Friday, covering the habeas petition for Brig. Gen. John Baker.

Tamara Cofman Wittes and Brian Reeves analyzed policy options for reconstructing the newly captured city of Raqqa.

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Meanwhile, in California, Trump voters are finding it increasingly difficult to live in a state that is a Democratic stronghold. They say they have been ostracized, to the point where some of them have actually decided to leave and move to a more conservative state. Our correspondents Valérie Defert, Romain Jany and Haydé FitzPatrick report from Los Angeles.
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United States President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will likely meet later this week on the sidelines of an economic summit in Vietnam, The Kremlin said Wednesday. Yuri Ushakov, a Putin foreign affairs advisor, said there are things to discuss and we are ready for it. He said the two leaders will meet between sessions at the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum that begins Friday in Danang, Vietnam. He also said Trump and Putin may hold a more extensive one-on-one meeting at some point, but no specific date has been set. Earlier this week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Russian news agency RIA if the two leaders do meet there is a great probability they would discuss the situation in North Korea. Peskov, though, said there is currently no cooperation between the U.S. and Russia on North Korea. Trump is currently in China, where he is making his first visit as U.S. president. Just prior to arriving in Beijing Wednesday, Trump gave a speech in front of South Korea’s National Assembly, in which he called on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to give up all his nuclear weapons for a chance to step on to a better path. Trump warned the North, Do not underestimate us and do not try us. We will defend our common security, our shared prosperity and our sacred liberty.

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Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Heres todays news.

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Do not underestimate us, and do not try us, President Trump said in a speech to the South Korean National Assembly today about the threat posed by North Korea, warning Pyongyang of the consequences of failing to halt its ballistic and nuclear weapons programs, but saying that we will offer a path to a much better future. Michael C. Bender reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer; they are putting your regime in grave danger, Trump also said about the Pyongyang regime, his speech taking a less belligerent line than his previous threats and taunts of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un but still emphasizing that the U.S. would tackle the rogue regime. Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Mark Landler and Choe Sang-Hun report at the New York Times.

To those nations that choose to ignore this threat or, worse still, to enable it, the weight of this crisis is on your conscience, Trump said yesterday in an implicit warning to China and Russia about their approach to North Korea. Henry C. Jackson reports at POLITICO.

We dont care about what that mad dog may utter because weve already heard enough, North Korean officials said about Trump today, responding to his speech to the South Korean Assembly. Will Ripley and Joshua Berlinger report at CNN.

Russia has never supported a complete embargo on North Korea and U.S. attempts to resolve the crisis on the Korean Peninsula through sanctions is extremely alarming, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said today according to the R.I.A. news agency, Ryabkov adding that the crisis would be raised during a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump this week. Reutersreporting.

The Senate Banking Committee yesterday approved new legislation to aid the Treasury Department in enforcing sanctions against Chinese banks that knowingly deal with North Korea, taking the steps following a similar bill that was passed in the House. Ian Talley reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Heavy fog prevented Trump from making a surprise visit to the demilitarized zone (D.M.Z.) between North and South Korea this morning, the South Korean President Moon Jae-in had supported Trump in his decision to go to the D.M.Z. according to a spokesperson for South Koreas presidential Blue House, and Trump had tried his best to make the trip. Michael C. Bender and Jonathan Cheng report at the Wall Street Journal.

The President and White House officials were frustrated by the fact that they could not visit the D.M.Z., Julie Hirschfield Davis provides an insight at the New York Times as a reporter meant to accompany the President on his trip.

Trump will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping today and seek the help of Beijing to exert further pressure on North Korea, however there is concern that Trump would make trade concessions to China in order to achieve his aims. Mark Landler and Jane Perlez report at the New York Times.

Trump will dine in Chinas Forbidden City tonight, an honor that has not been granted to any U.S. President since the founding of the Peoples Republic of China, demonstrating the efforts Beijing has been going through to impress Trump and use flattery to their advantage. James Griffiths reports at CNN.

Live updates of Trumps Asia trip, his attempts to pressure North Korea, and todays meeting with Xi are provided by James Griffiths and Veronica Rocha at CNN.

Trumps meeting with Xi comes at a time when Xis position has been strengthened and Trump has been undermined by a series of domestic troubles. The meetings will focus on North Korea and trade and investment, which will have broader implications for U.S. interests in Asia and regional dynamics, Michael C. Bender, Jeremy Page and Eva Dou explain at the Wall Street Journal.

Trump is expected to still tweet during his visit to China despite the strict rules over internet use and censorship of online platforms, David Nakamura explains at the Washington Post.

Trumps repeated reference to the Indo-Pacific region during his Asia trip suggest a push toward a new dynamic that attempts to mitigate Chinas influence and promote India as a key counterweight to Beijing. Louis Nelson explains at POLITICO.

North Korean officials have signaled that they would be open to the possibility of discussions and Pyongyangs weapons program has been motivated by fears of regime-change; within this context, the potential for dialogue should be explored through talks about talks without preconditions instead of escalating rhetoric against North Korea. Suzanne DiMaggio and Joel S. Wit write at the New York Times.

President Moons recent actions suggest he is an unreliable friend to the U.S.: he has favored appeasing Kim Jong-un, has caved into pressure from Beijing in relation to the U.S.-made T.H.A.A.D. anti-missile defense system, and has agreed not to join the U.S.s regional missile-defense system, showing that Moons so-called balanced diplomacy is to the detriment of South Korea and U.S. security interests. The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

YEMEN

The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman yesterday blamed Iran for providing Yemens Houthi rebels with a ballistic missile that was fired toward the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Saturday, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley also accused Iran of supplying weapons to the Houthis in violation of two U.N. resolutions, calling on the U.N. and international partners to hold the Iranian regime accountable for these violations. Al Jazeera reports.

The White House condemned the missile attack against Saudi Arabia by the Houthi rebels in a statement yesterday, saying that these missile systems were not present in Yemen before the conflict and calling on the U.N. to investigate Irans role in perpetuating the war in Yemen to advance its regional ambitions. Reuters reports.

Saudi-led coalition air strikes killed at least 30 Yemeni civilians yesterday in the Houthi rebel-controlled northern province of Hajjah, according to activists and local media, the claims have not been independently verified. Al Jazeera reports.

The Saudi-led coalitions blockade of Yemens air, sea and land ports is threatening millions of people and should be lifted immediately, the U.N. said yesterday, referring to a reported decision by Saudi Arabia at the weekend and warning that the measures would have an impact on the already dire humanitarian situation in the country. The U.N. News Centre reports.

The Houthi rebels have offered sanctuary to any member of the Al Saud family or any Saudi national that wants to flee oppression and persecution, an anonymous source close to the Houthi leadership said yesterday, referring to Saudi Arabias recent anti-corruption purge. Faisal Edroos reports at Al Jazeera.

SAUDI-IRAN RIVALRY

Why are you interfering with Lebanons internal affairs and governance? the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said today on his website, criticizing Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Saturday from the Saudi capital of Riyadh, also pledging that Iran would support stability in Lebanon. Sarah El Deeb reports at the AP.

The E.U. and U.S. have expressed backing for the Lebanese government, taking a different line to Saudi Arabia which said that the Lebanese government now acts as a cover for the Iran-backed Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah group. Tom Perry reports at Reuters.

The decision of the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign suggests that Saudi Arabia and Iran are in a struggle for influence in Lebanon and engaged in regional power play. Hariri was a key ally of Saudi Arabia and accused Iran and Hezbollah of causing chaos in his resignation speech, while Iran has been supporting Hezbollah, who have gained significant influence within Lebanon. Linah Alsaafin and Farah Najjar explain at Al Jazeera.

The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been taking bold steps to confront Irans expansionism, and his actions have consequences across the Middle East, possibly leading to more proxy battles, a struggle for influence over Lebanon and Syria, and changing dynamics as a consequence of the Saudi-led diplomatic isolation of Qatar. Aya Batrawy and Lee Keith explain at the AP.

An explanation of the recent escalation of tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia is provided by Al Jazeera.

The recent events in Saudi Arabia amount to a slow-motion coup consolidating the power of bin Salman, who has opened a new front against Iran, has a misguided foreign policy, and has the potential to disrupt the internal politics of Lebanon. The Guardian editorial board writes.

Saudi Arabia has been taking an aggressive approach in the region, due to fears that Hezbollah and Iran have been gaining the advantage in light of the dwindling war in Syria and the impending post-Islamic State group era, the approach causing concern among diplomats that the changing dynamics in the region would lead to the Saudis pushing Israel to attack Lebanon as Hezbollah is deemed to hold the real power in the Beirut. Erika Solomon observes at the Financial Times.

The U.S., Saudi Arabia and Israel are united in their desire to halt Irans expansionism, it is possible that Bin Salman, Trumps son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, and the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been planning to confront Iran in one shape or form. Dov Zakheim writes at Foreign Policy.

Saudi Arabia has been in need of a shake-up, but where will Bin Salmans reforms and autocratic impulses lead to? Thomas L. Friedman provides an analysis at the New York Times, suggesting that a new basis for Saudi society would replace Wahhabism as a source of solidarity with a more secular Saudi nationalism, one that has anti-Iran/Persian Shiite tenor a strategy that is fraught with risk.

Bin Salmans reforms are making him a lot of enemies, including Saudi Arabias old guard, Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Frida Ghitis writes at CNN.

SYRIA

Russia yesterday denounced the report by the U.N. panel investigating chemical weapons attacks in Syria, including the investigation into attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun in April which was blamed on Syrian President Bashar al-Assads regime, the Russian deputy ambassador to the U.N. saying that the report submitted by the panel in October was riddled with systemic deficiencies. Rick Gladstone reports at the New York Times.

The dispute over the report raises doubts about the possibility of the U.N. panel investigating the chemical weapons attacks having its mandate renewed, the mandate expires on Nov. 14 and the U.S. and Russia have circulated rival resolutions extending the panels work. Edith M. Lederer reports at the AP.

Turkey today is a colonizer country, its forces on our soil are illegal, just as the American forces are on our soil illegally, a top adviser to Assad said yesterday, adding that Syria would deal with this issue. Reuters reports.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out four airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on November 3. Separately, partner forces conducted two strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

Democratic lawmakers have been demanding that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Trumps senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross appear before committees to clarify their testimonies on connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. Andrew Desiderio reports at The Daily Beast.

The E.U. foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said yesterday that she had received clear indications that U.S. lawmakers plan to ensure the U.S. complies with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Arshad Mohammed reporting at Reuters.

A guide to the U.S.S. Cole trial being heard at Guantánamo Bay is provided by the Miami Herald.

The U.S. wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan have cost $5.6tn since they began in 2001, according a study by the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs, marking a figure three times higher than the Pentagons own estimates. Gordon Lubold reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte intends to ask China about its plans in the disputed South China Sea during meetings in Vietnam, Duterte said today. Manuel Mogato reports at Reuters.

The F.B.I. has been unlock the phone of the gunman who fired on churchgoers in Texas on Sunday, with Special Agent Christopher Coombs telling reporters that their difficulty accessing information highlights the issues surrounding encryption. Morgan Chalfant reports at the Hill.

Russia has warned that a reported plan by Ukraine to cut all diplomatic ties between the two countries would further deteriorate relations to the detriment of interests of Ukrainians and Russians. Reutersreports.

N.A.T.O. is planning a major new restricted to its command structures in light of Russias annexation of the Crimea in 2014, precipitating a shift toward collective defense in Europe. Michael Peel and David Bond report at the Financial Times.

The C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo has been meeting with a source who has pitched what the intelligence community basically regards as a conspiracy theory, pointing to the possible politicization of Pompeos job with a pro-Trump slant. Aaron Blake writes at the Washington Post.

The U.S. must devise a post-Islamic State strategy for the Middle East that includes a push for regionalism in Syria, long-term U.S. military presence and aid for Iraq, reining in Irans influence in Iraqi Kurdistan, compromise on the war in Yemen, encouragement of political and economic reform in other parts of the region, and investment in Jordan. Suzanne Maloney and Michael OHanlon write at the Wall Street Journal.

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The country continues to reel from Sunday’s horrific mass shooting, in which a gunman killed 26 Texas parishioners and injured dozens more. The brutal attack, in which the shooter is reported to have shot multiple crying babies, has been politicized to hell and back, on both sides of the aisle. Common sense gun control. Ban bump stocks. Good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns. It’s just the price of freedom. The real cause is mental illness. We’ve heard it all.

There is one point that cannot be argued, however. These spree killings are on the rise. The number of “active shooter” incidents have skyrocketed in the past two decades. America in the year 2000 was plagued by just one shooter that deliberately sought out populated areas. 2015? 20 shooters. That’s one horrifying episode every 18 days. 2017 is set to be the deadliest year in our history, with 114 confirmed deaths so far. Las Vegas was just over a month ago.

So, yeah. This is who we are now. Every few weeks someone gets ahold of some guns and kills a bunch of people. That’s just the way of things.

You know who else agrees that active shooting incidents have become part of our national identity? The FBI.

Christopher Combs, the FBI special agent in charge of the investigation, took part in a Texas press conference today and told reporters that the numbers of active shooters are “on the rise.”

Combs also acknowledged that this isn’t going to change anytime soon, and he suggested that every American needs to prepare themselves for the eventuality that they may become involved in one of these massacres.

“I think everybody, no matter where you are, needs to think about this,” he said. “If you’re in a school, if you go to college, if you’re at the movies, we should all be thinking about ‘what are we gonna do if a crisis breaks out right here?’”

The FBI special agent went on to sadly propose that all Americans should learn to protect themselves, to train to become one of those good guys with a gun.

“There are a lot of programs out there. The FBI supports programs. We teach law enforcement. There’s private community programs out there,” he said.

“I think we ought to think very hard about this and make sure that we are prepared.”

Additionally, ATF officials noted at the same press conference that the shooter’s rifle appears to be a semiautomatic but has yet to be test-fired.

Past as prologue, we’ll continue this discussion in approximately three weeks. See you guys then, if you make it.

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Совещание с постоянными членами Совета Безопасности.Обсуждались текущие вопросы внутрироссийской социально-экономической повестки дня. Состоялось также обсуждение в рамках подготовки к участию главы Российского государства в саммите АТЭС во Вьетнаме и к его двусторонним контактам, запланированным на полях саммита.

В совещании приняли участие Председатель Совета Федерации Валентина Матвиенко, Председатель Государственной Думы Вячеслав Володин, Руководитель Администрации Президента Антон Вайно, Министр обороны Сергей Шойгу, Министр внутренних дел Владимир Колокольцев, директор Федеральной службы безопасности Александр Бортников, директор Службы внешней разведки Сергей Нарышкин, спецпредставитель Президента по вопросам природоохранной деятельности, экологии и транспорта Сергей Иванов.

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Yesterday was filled with legal bombshells for President Donald Trump. As expected, after months of investigation into the White Houses ties to Moscow, Special Counsel Robert Muellers team announced three arrests and indictments. Together, these cases have fundamentally shifted the game in our nations capitalvery much to the presidents detriment.

The arrest of Paul Manafort, Trumps campaign manager in the summer of 2016 who secured him the Republican Partys nomination, was expected by many. For months, rumors had swirled around Manafort, given his longstanding and unsavory ties to Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs, compounded by his barely concealed links to Kremlin intelligence, as I reported three months before the November 2016 election.

Manafort has surrendered to the FBI and faces a dozen federal charges relating to financial crimes including money laundering, failing to register as a foreign agent, plus neglecting to report foreign cash to the IRS. These charges are serious and will be difficult for Manafort to beat, leading to speculation that what Mueller really wants is Manaforts cooperation against Team Trumpwhich may be the 68-year-olds only alternative to dying in prison.

Rick Gates, a Manafort protégé and 2016 Trump campaign associate, has also surrendered to the Feds and is facing a raft of charges relating to money laundering. Gates also played a key role in President Trumps inauguration and pushed the White Houses agenda as a lobbyist until April of this year, when questions about Gates ties to the Kremlin made his position untenable.

On cue, the White House protested that they barely know Manafort and Gatesa transparent falsehoodwhile stating that their alleged crimes have nothing directly to do with the president. The latter may be technically true, but difficult questions lurk regarding why Donald Trump wanted someone as unsavory and Moscow-connected as Paul Manafort to head his campaign, particularly since the longtime swamp denizen Manaforts links to Eastern oligarchs were an open secret in Washington.

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This week began with the bombshell legal news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller brought charges against members of Team Trump relating to their illicit ties to Moscow. As I explained, this fundamentally changes the game in our nations capital, and the White House is struggling to cope with this new environment, which finds the president on the defensive, awaiting further indictments of his associates.

No aspect of this weeks news is more mysterious than the saga of the Professorin reality, Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese nationalwho served as the hush-hush go-between for the Trump campaign and the Kremlin in the spring of 2016. Notably, he acted as Moscows cut-out for contacts with George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy advisor hired by the Trump campaign in the late winter of 2016.

Mifsuds role is crystal-clear to anyone versed in Russian espionage tradecraft, what the Kremlin calls konspiratsiya (yes, conspiracy). He is a secret operative of Russias Foreign Intelligence Service, the SVR, as I elaborated:

Papadopoulos met the Professor in Italy in mid-March 2016, then again in London later that month; on the latter occasion the Professor brought along a Russian female, allegedly Putins niece, to help facilitate the engagement. Papadopoulos emailed the campaign about the success of this meeting, which responded enthusiastically about what had transpired and on March 31, he participated in a national security meeting in Washington that included campaign principals, with Trump himself present.

But Misfuds role soon moved into even darker territory:

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In a speech to South Korean lawmakers, President Donald Trump warned North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un not to underestimate the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported. In a portion of the address directed at Kim, Trump called for Pyongyang to end its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Heavy fog forced Trump to cancel a surprise visit to the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea, the New York Times reported.

Trump then headed to China, arriving on Wednesday. He plans to ask Chinese President Xi Jinping to increase economic pressure on Pyongyang, according to the Times. Xi opened Trumps visit by offering a series of business deals and a private tour of the Forbidden City, but Trump and Xi may struggle to find common ground on both trade and measures against North Korea, the Journal reported.

The Senate banking committee approved a bill that would impose harsh new sanctions on Chinese financial institutions assisting North Korea, Foreign Policy reported. The bipartisan legislation targets companies that help North Korea evade sanctions. Sen. Chris Van Hollen said it would put some real teeth in sanctions.

The European Unions foreign policy chief received assurances from U.S. lawmakers that they plan to comply with the Iran nuclear deal, Reuters reported. Federica Mogherini said congressional officials told her their intention is to keep the U.S. in the agreement.

Russia criticized a U.N. report that labeled the Syrian government as responsible for the April chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun, the Times reported. Russias representative to the Security Council faulted U.N. investigators for not visiting the site of the attack. The U.S. and the United Kingdom supported the reports findings. Russia and the U.S. have circulated conflicting resolutions to extend the investigators mandate.

Spains constitutional court officially struck down Catalonias declaration of independence, according toReuters. The move formally ended the autonomous regions bid for separation from Spain.

Saudi Arabia expanded its crackdown on political corruption, targeting up to $800 billion of assets belonging to dozens of princes and businessmen, the Journal reported. The anti-corruption push has frozen the accounts of political opponents of the crown prince. Their seized assets may bring in billions to the Saudi government. Separately, Saudi airstrikes killed dozens of civilians in northern Yemen, including women and children, Al Jazeera reported. The strikes targeted Houthi rebel group villages.

Lebanons prime minister remained in Saudi Arabia, prolonging a political crisis in Beirut, the Journal reported. Saadi Hariri said he resigned his post on Sunday in Riyadh, but Lebanons president said he would not accept the resignation until Hariri returns freely to Beirut. Hariri visited the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday but then returned to Saudi Arabia. The leader of Hezbollah, one of Hariris political opponents, said he believed Saudi Arabia was holding Hariri against his will.

The Philippines halted construction on a small island in the South China Sea to avoid angering China,the Times reported. President Rodrigo Duterte ordered military construction on a sandbar in the Spratly Islands to cease after Chinese officials put pressure on the Philippines to stop its building efforts.

Mike Pompeo, the CIA director, met with a former intelligence official who advocates the unsupported idea that Russian intelligence services did not hack the Democratic National Convention (DNC), the Intercept reported. Pompeo met with William Binney, a former NSA official turned critic, to discuss Binneys paper arguing that a DNC insider committed the hack, not Russian spies. According to Binney, Pompeo told him Trump urged Pompeo to take the meeting.

Politicos Cory Bennett wrote about one international accord the Trump administration is keeping: the U.S.-China cyber espionage agreement.

The Times Paul Mozer detailed how China uses Facebook to spread propaganda abroad.

Politicos Josh Gerstein covered the released audio of George Papadopoulos July arraignment.

 

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Paul Rosenzweig flagged the American Bar Associations newly released cybersecurity handbook for lawyers.

J. Dana Stuster updated the Middle East Ticker, covering the power play in Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmans aggressive foreign policy moves.

Mieke Eoyang, Ben Freeman, Adam Twardowski and Benjamin Wittes analyzed survey data on public confidence in the president and the military on specific national security issues.

Sarah Grant summarized military commissions hearings from last Thursday and Friday, covering the habeas petition for Brig. Gen. John Baker.

Tamara Cofman Wittes and Brian Reeves analyzed policy options for reconstructing the newly captured city of Raqqa.

Robert Chesney and Steve Vladeck shared the National Security Law Podcast, covering developments in the Mueller investigation, military commissions news, and the hybrid model of detainee interrogation and prosecution.

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Voice of America: Kremlin: Putin, Trump Likely to Meet in Vietnam

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United States President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will likely meet later this week on the sidelines of an economic summit in Vietnam, The Kremlin said Wednesday. Yuri Ushakov, a Putin foreign affairs advisor, said there are things to discuss and we are ready for it. He said the two leaders will meet between sessions at the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum that begins Friday in Danang, Vietnam. He also said Trump and Putin may hold a more extensive one-on-one meeting at some point, but no specific date has been set. Earlier this week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Russian news agency RIA if the two leaders do meet there is a great probability they would discuss the situation in North Korea. Peskov, though, said there is currently no cooperation between the U.S. and Russia on North Korea. Trump is currently in China, where he is making his first visit as U.S. president. Just prior to arriving in Beijing Wednesday, Trump gave a speech in front of South Korea’s National Assembly, in which he called on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to give up all his nuclear weapons for a chance to step on to a better path. Trump warned the North, Do not underestimate us and do not try us. We will defend our common security, our shared prosperity and our sacred liberty.

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The Early Edition: November 8, 2017

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Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Heres todays news.

TRUMP ASIA TRIP

Do not underestimate us, and do not try us, President Trump said in a speech to the South Korean National Assembly today about the threat posed by North Korea, warning Pyongyang of the consequences of failing to halt its ballistic and nuclear weapons programs, but saying that we will offer a path to a much better future. Michael C. Bender reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer; they are putting your regime in grave danger, Trump also said about the Pyongyang regime, his speech taking a less belligerent line than his previous threats and taunts of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un but still emphasizing that the U.S. would tackle the rogue regime. Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Mark Landler and Choe Sang-Hun report at the New York Times.

To those nations that choose to ignore this threat or, worse still, to enable it, the weight of this crisis is on your conscience, Trump said yesterday in an implicit warning to China and Russia about their approach to North Korea. Henry C. Jackson reports at POLITICO.

We dont care about what that mad dog may utter because weve already heard enough, North Korean officials said about Trump today, responding to his speech to the South Korean Assembly. Will Ripley and Joshua Berlinger report at CNN.

Russia has never supported a complete embargo on North Korea and U.S. attempts to resolve the crisis on the Korean Peninsula through sanctions is extremely alarming, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said today according to the R.I.A. news agency, Ryabkov adding that the crisis would be raised during a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump this week. Reutersreporting.

The Senate Banking Committee yesterday approved new legislation to aid the Treasury Department in enforcing sanctions against Chinese banks that knowingly deal with North Korea, taking the steps following a similar bill that was passed in the House. Ian Talley reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Heavy fog prevented Trump from making a surprise visit to the demilitarized zone (D.M.Z.) between North and South Korea this morning, the South Korean President Moon Jae-in had supported Trump in his decision to go to the D.M.Z. according to a spokesperson for South Koreas presidential Blue House, and Trump had tried his best to make the trip. Michael C. Bender and Jonathan Cheng report at the Wall Street Journal.

The President and White House officials were frustrated by the fact that they could not visit the D.M.Z., Julie Hirschfield Davis provides an insight at the New York Times as a reporter meant to accompany the President on his trip.

Trump will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping today and seek the help of Beijing to exert further pressure on North Korea, however there is concern that Trump would make trade concessions to China in order to achieve his aims. Mark Landler and Jane Perlez report at the New York Times.

Trump will dine in Chinas Forbidden City tonight, an honor that has not been granted to any U.S. President since the founding of the Peoples Republic of China, demonstrating the efforts Beijing has been going through to impress Trump and use flattery to their advantage. James Griffiths reports at CNN.

Live updates of Trumps Asia trip, his attempts to pressure North Korea, and todays meeting with Xi are provided by James Griffiths and Veronica Rocha at CNN.

Trumps meeting with Xi comes at a time when Xis position has been strengthened and Trump has been undermined by a series of domestic troubles. The meetings will focus on North Korea and trade and investment, which will have broader implications for U.S. interests in Asia and regional dynamics, Michael C. Bender, Jeremy Page and Eva Dou explain at the Wall Street Journal.

Trump is expected to still tweet during his visit to China despite the strict rules over internet use and censorship of online platforms, David Nakamura explains at the Washington Post.

Trumps repeated reference to the Indo-Pacific region during his Asia trip suggest a push toward a new dynamic that attempts to mitigate Chinas influence and promote India as a key counterweight to Beijing. Louis Nelson explains at POLITICO.

North Korean officials have signaled that they would be open to the possibility of discussions and Pyongyangs weapons program has been motivated by fears of regime-change; within this context, the potential for dialogue should be explored through talks about talks without preconditions instead of escalating rhetoric against North Korea. Suzanne DiMaggio and Joel S. Wit write at the New York Times.

President Moons recent actions suggest he is an unreliable friend to the U.S.: he has favored appeasing Kim Jong-un, has caved into pressure from Beijing in relation to the U.S.-made T.H.A.A.D. anti-missile defense system, and has agreed not to join the U.S.s regional missile-defense system, showing that Moons so-called balanced diplomacy is to the detriment of South Korea and U.S. security interests. The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

YEMEN

The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman yesterday blamed Iran for providing Yemens Houthi rebels with a ballistic missile that was fired toward the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Saturday, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley also accused Iran of supplying weapons to the Houthis in violation of two U.N. resolutions, calling on the U.N. and international partners to hold the Iranian regime accountable for these violations. Al Jazeera reports.

The White House condemned the missile attack against Saudi Arabia by the Houthi rebels in a statement yesterday, saying that these missile systems were not present in Yemen before the conflict and calling on the U.N. to investigate Irans role in perpetuating the war in Yemen to advance its regional ambitions. Reuters reports.

Saudi-led coalition air strikes killed at least 30 Yemeni civilians yesterday in the Houthi rebel-controlled northern province of Hajjah, according to activists and local media, the claims have not been independently verified. Al Jazeera reports.

The Saudi-led coalitions blockade of Yemens air, sea and land ports is threatening millions of people and should be lifted immediately, the U.N. said yesterday, referring to a reported decision by Saudi Arabia at the weekend and warning that the measures would have an impact on the already dire humanitarian situation in the country. The U.N. News Centre reports.

The Houthi rebels have offered sanctuary to any member of the Al Saud family or any Saudi national that wants to flee oppression and persecution, an anonymous source close to the Houthi leadership said yesterday, referring to Saudi Arabias recent anti-corruption purge. Faisal Edroos reports at Al Jazeera.

SAUDI-IRAN RIVALRY

Why are you interfering with Lebanons internal affairs and governance? the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said today on his website, criticizing Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Saturday from the Saudi capital of Riyadh, also pledging that Iran would support stability in Lebanon. Sarah El Deeb reports at the AP.

The E.U. and U.S. have expressed backing for the Lebanese government, taking a different line to Saudi Arabia which said that the Lebanese government now acts as a cover for the Iran-backed Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah group. Tom Perry reports at Reuters.

The decision of the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign suggests that Saudi Arabia and Iran are in a struggle for influence in Lebanon and engaged in regional power play. Hariri was a key ally of Saudi Arabia and accused Iran and Hezbollah of causing chaos in his resignation speech, while Iran has been supporting Hezbollah, who have gained significant influence within Lebanon. Linah Alsaafin and Farah Najjar explain at Al Jazeera.

The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been taking bold steps to confront Irans expansionism, and his actions have consequences across the Middle East, possibly leading to more proxy battles, a struggle for influence over Lebanon and Syria, and changing dynamics as a consequence of the Saudi-led diplomatic isolation of Qatar. Aya Batrawy and Lee Keith explain at the AP.

An explanation of the recent escalation of tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia is provided by Al Jazeera.

The recent events in Saudi Arabia amount to a slow-motion coup consolidating the power of bin Salman, who has opened a new front against Iran, has a misguided foreign policy, and has the potential to disrupt the internal politics of Lebanon. The Guardian editorial board writes.

Saudi Arabia has been taking an aggressive approach in the region, due to fears that Hezbollah and Iran have been gaining the advantage in light of the dwindling war in Syria and the impending post-Islamic State group era, the approach causing concern among diplomats that the changing dynamics in the region would lead to the Saudis pushing Israel to attack Lebanon as Hezbollah is deemed to hold the real power in the Beirut. Erika Solomon observes at the Financial Times.

The U.S., Saudi Arabia and Israel are united in their desire to halt Irans expansionism, it is possible that Bin Salman, Trumps son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, and the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been planning to confront Iran in one shape or form. Dov Zakheim writes at Foreign Policy.

Saudi Arabia has been in need of a shake-up, but where will Bin Salmans reforms and autocratic impulses lead to? Thomas L. Friedman provides an analysis at the New York Times, suggesting that a new basis for Saudi society would replace Wahhabism as a source of solidarity with a more secular Saudi nationalism, one that has anti-Iran/Persian Shiite tenor a strategy that is fraught with risk.

Bin Salmans reforms are making him a lot of enemies, including Saudi Arabias old guard, Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Frida Ghitis writes at CNN.

SYRIA

Russia yesterday denounced the report by the U.N. panel investigating chemical weapons attacks in Syria, including the investigation into attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun in April which was blamed on Syrian President Bashar al-Assads regime, the Russian deputy ambassador to the U.N. saying that the report submitted by the panel in October was riddled with systemic deficiencies. Rick Gladstone reports at the New York Times.

The dispute over the report raises doubts about the possibility of the U.N. panel investigating the chemical weapons attacks having its mandate renewed, the mandate expires on Nov. 14 and the U.S. and Russia have circulated rival resolutions extending the panels work. Edith M. Lederer reports at the AP.

Turkey today is a colonizer country, its forces on our soil are illegal, just as the American forces are on our soil illegally, a top adviser to Assad said yesterday, adding that Syria would deal with this issue. Reuters reports.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out four airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on November 3. Separately, partner forces conducted two strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

Democratic lawmakers have been demanding that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Trumps senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross appear before committees to clarify their testimonies on connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. Andrew Desiderio reports at The Daily Beast.

The E.U. foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said yesterday that she had received clear indications that U.S. lawmakers plan to ensure the U.S. complies with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Arshad Mohammed reporting at Reuters.

A guide to the U.S.S. Cole trial being heard at Guantánamo Bay is provided by the Miami Herald.

The U.S. wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan have cost $5.6tn since they began in 2001, according a study by the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs, marking a figure three times higher than the Pentagons own estimates. Gordon Lubold reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte intends to ask China about its plans in the disputed South China Sea during meetings in Vietnam, Duterte said today. Manuel Mogato reports at Reuters.

The F.B.I. has been unlock the phone of the gunman who fired on churchgoers in Texas on Sunday, with Special Agent Christopher Coombs telling reporters that their difficulty accessing information highlights the issues surrounding encryption. Morgan Chalfant reports at the Hill.

Russia has warned that a reported plan by Ukraine to cut all diplomatic ties between the two countries would further deteriorate relations to the detriment of interests of Ukrainians and Russians. Reutersreports.

N.A.T.O. is planning a major new restricted to its command structures in light of Russias annexation of the Crimea in 2014, precipitating a shift toward collective defense in Europe. Michael Peel and David Bond report at the Financial Times.

The C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo has been meeting with a source who has pitched what the intelligence community basically regards as a conspiracy theory, pointing to the possible politicization of Pompeos job with a pro-Trump slant. Aaron Blake writes at the Washington Post.

The U.S. must devise a post-Islamic State strategy for the Middle East that includes a push for regionalism in Syria, long-term U.S. military presence and aid for Iraq, reining in Irans influence in Iraqi Kurdistan, compromise on the war in Yemen, encouragement of political and economic reform in other parts of the region, and investment in Jordan. Suzanne Maloney and Michael OHanlon write at the Wall Street Journal.

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The country continues to reel from Sunday’s horrific mass shooting, in which a gunman killed 26 Texas parishioners and injured dozens more. The brutal attack, in which the shooter is reported to have shot multiple crying babies, has been politicized to hell and back, on both sides of the aisle. Common sense gun control. Ban bump stocks. Good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns. It’s just the price of freedom. The real cause is mental illness. We’ve heard it all.

There is one point that cannot be argued, however. These spree killings are on the rise. The number of “active shooter” incidents have skyrocketed in the past two decades. America in the year 2000 was plagued by just one shooter that deliberately sought out populated areas. 2015? 20 shooters. That’s one horrifying episode every 18 days. 2017 is set to be the deadliest year in our history, with 114 confirmed deaths so far. Las Vegas was just over a month ago.

So, yeah. This is who we are now. Every few weeks someone gets ahold of some guns and kills a bunch of people. That’s just the way of things.

You know who else agrees that active shooting incidents have become part of our national identity? The FBI.

Christopher Combs, the FBI special agent in charge of the investigation, took part in a Texas press conference today and told reporters that the numbers of active shooters are “on the rise.”

Combs also acknowledged that this isn’t going to change anytime soon, and he suggested that every American needs to prepare themselves for the eventuality that they may become involved in one of these massacres.

“I think everybody, no matter where you are, needs to think about this,” he said. “If you’re in a school, if you go to college, if you’re at the movies, we should all be thinking about ‘what are we gonna do if a crisis breaks out right here?’”

The FBI special agent went on to sadly propose that all Americans should learn to protect themselves, to train to become one of those good guys with a gun.

“There are a lot of programs out there. The FBI supports programs. We teach law enforcement. There’s private community programs out there,” he said.

“I think we ought to think very hard about this and make sure that we are prepared.”

Additionally, ATF officials noted at the same press conference that the shooter’s rifle appears to be a semiautomatic but has yet to be test-fired.

Past as prologue, we’ll continue this discussion in approximately three weeks. See you guys then, if you make it.

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