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Focus: Libya - Dec 5, 2016


IS loses Libya bastion Sirte in major blow to jihadists, almost seven months of fighting have left nearly 700 GNA fighters dead and 3,000 wounded - yahoo.com


US forces conduct 22 airstrikes against Daesh near Libya’s Sirte - Sputnik


With fall of Sirte IS down but not out in Libya, the group is likely to maintain a clandestine presence - Daily Mail Online


As fall of Sirte nears, female suicide bombers attack - US News


Abused, pregnant and behind bars: Women raped by IS are being held as suspects by forces of UN-backed government - Middle East Eye


Libyan forces capture 32 IS militants as they comb through last holdout in Sirte - Libyan Express


Last week Libya’s Tripoli saw worst militias clashes in 2 years - Inquirer News


Brigades from Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos operation denounce murder and kidnap in Tripoli - The Libya Observer


Tripoli clashes halted after clashing armed groups reached ceasefire - The Libya Observer


Op-Ed: Mediation stops Tripoli militia clashes only temporarily - digitaljournal.com


UN envoy Martin Kobler: Extremely alarmed by fighting in Tripoli, calls for calm - Libya - ReliefWeb


US urges armed groups to cease fighting in Libyan capital immediately - Sputnik

 

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Official: Haftar’s Libyan Army declares state of emergency, government institutions except for the house of representatives will suspend activities - Sputnik


Al-Gotrani proposes transitional government led by Haftar, Presidential Council shuns commenting - The Libya Observer


International community must be in contact with Beida (Tobruk) government if Libya’s problems are to be solved says its foreign minister Mohamed Dayri - libyaherald.com


Haftar's Libyan National Army forces threaten to bomb Canadian ship delivering aid to Islamist held area - digitaljournal.com


UN envoy Martin Kobler departs Tobruk after being prevented from going into city by protesters - The Libya Observer


Libya outgoing ambassador Dabbashi bows out of UN with bitter attack on UNSMIL chief Martin Kobler - libyaherald.com


Interview with UN envoy Kobler on Libya - libyaherald.com


Kerry and Gentiloni confirm working with regional states that have influence on the two main sides in Lybia: Egypt, the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia - libyaherald.com


Chairs the U.S. House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: 'the status quo in Libya is unsustainable’ - Sunshine State News


Moscow wants Hafter involved in political process but will not give him arms, says it has political and economic interests in Libya 'but not military interests' - libyaherald.com


Will Egypt intervene in Libya? - Libya Prospect


A shift on policy towards Libya? On abandoning efforts to create a Libyan unity government and instead lending support to the Libyan National Army of Khalifa Haftar - atlanticcouncil.org


Libya sticks to plans to boost output by 50 per cent after OPEC deal - Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide


Libyan oil has to be depoliticized and demilitarized: NOC chairman Sanalla - libyaherald.com


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Focus: Aleppo - Dec 4, 2016


Syrian army nears Aleppo's Old City, rebels tell U.S. they won't leave - Reuters


Syrian army regains control of access to Aleppo airport - SBS News


MAP: Syrian Army captures 60% of rebel-held Aleppo in the space of a week - almasdarnews.com


Syrian army tells rebels in Aleppo to leave or die - Fox News


Russia seeks full withdrawal of Aleppo rebels - Reuters


Syrian rebel commander recently appointed head of new military alliance 'Aleppo Army' seriously wounded, rebels say - Reuters


Over 2,500 Syrian militants granted amnesty over past week: Russia Reconciliation Center - RT News


Reconciliation agreements signed with 6 Syrian settlements, including two in Hama, two in Latakia, one in Damascus and one in Homs: Russian Defense Ministry - TASS


Syrian Army General Command calls on residents of Aleppo’s secured northeastern neighborhoods to return to their homes - Syrian TV


First buses home for Aleppo residents, traveled directly from the government-held west to recently recaptured neighborhoods in the east - THE DAILY STAR


VIDEO: Buses take residents back to their abandoned east Aleppo homes - YouTube


Russia delivers over 150 tonnes of aid to Aleppo residents - Sputnik


Syrian Army squeezes rebels in Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, as Russia prepares massive aerial campaign - almasdarnews.com


Syrian Army 5th Corps is new Shiite foreign legion: Israeli intelligence source - debka.com

 

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Kerry: Assad is part of the transition. Ultimately, there is an election and the people of Syria make a decision about the future leadership - Sputnik


VIDEO: Kerry (at 2:20 min): Assad is part of the transition - socialfeed.info


EU offers cash to Assad regime for Syria peace deal, said to have accepted that previous western demands that Assad step down are unrealistic - The Times


Congress authorizes Trump to arm Syrian rebels with anti-aircraft missiles - al-monitor.com


Syria provisions in the FY2017 Defense Bill: House Bill, Senate Bill, Final Bill - al-monitor.com


Rep. Gabbard votes against Defense Bill: It contains the same deeply concerning and dangerous Syria train and equip measures including the transfer of Manpads - Hawaii 24/7


Media silent as House quietly passes possible no-fly zone over Syria - Freedom Outpost


Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2016: Assessment of potential effectiveness of and requirements for the establishment of safe zones or a no-fly zone in Syria - Congress.gov


US and UK explore possibility of aid airdrops to besieged rebel-held eastern Aleppo - The Guardian


Fearing abandonment by Trump, CIA-backed rebels in Syria mull alternatives - The Washington Post


All the rebel forces active in Aleppo have merged into a newly-formed military alliance 'Army of Aleppo' - almasdarnews.com


Lavrov: Creation of 'Army of Aleppo' could just be rebranding of al-Nusra Front - Tasnim News Agency


Ahrar al-Sham and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly al-Nusra) bomb Kurdish district amid mounting violence in Syria's Aleppo - ARA News


Aleppo: Fateh al-Sham (formerly al-Nusra) raids Islam Army's bastion in Kalaseh neighborhood, Aleppo - ZAMAN ALWSL


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Focus: Trump's Carrier Deal - Dec 2, 2016


Trump warns of 'consequences' for companies leaving US, says firms can move from state to state but leaving the country will be 'very, very difficult' - Sky News


Trump defends direct negotiations with companies to keep jobs in U.S., says 'we’re going to have a lot of phone calls'  - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Donald Trump Carrier plant full speech in Indiana - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: Donald Trump’s remarks at Carrier plant in Indiana - TIME


Several companies this year have announced plans to lay off workers and move production abroad, among them Caterpillar, Rexnord, Manitowoc and CTS - WSJ


Ford open to making deals with Trump on keeping jobs, CEO Says - Bloomberg


Trump’s Carrier talks up the ante for Ford, Auto maker is well on its way to spending $1.6 billion to build a new factory in Mexico - WSJ


Ford to be first automaker to import cars made in India to US - Sputnik


Trump Carrier deal worry US defense firms that may lose their contracts with the federal government because of outsourcing jobs abroad - CNBC


Donald Trump offers Apple’s Tim Cook incentives to make iPhone in U.S.: Tax cuts and less regulations - iTech Post


How much would the iPhone cost if manufactured in the U.S.? - valuewalk.com


Trump strikes deal with Carrier, Ford, what about Oreo? - Fox Business


State, local officials see pluses and minuses of Trump’s Carrier deal, While cheering effort to keep jobs some see increased competition between states - WSJ


Trump's Commerce pick: NAFTA likely starting point on Day 1 - CNN

 

‘Modernize’ NAFTA, Mexico’s new ambassador to US says in Tucson - Tucson Business News


As Trump prepares for office, concerns about Chinese trade intensify - The Washington Post


New York Times editorial: The Carrier deal on its own doesn’t offer a template to protect millions of workers whose futures are threatened by offshoring or technological change - The New York Times


Wall Street Journal editorial: Trump’s Carrier shakedown, Workers don’t prosper when politicians force companies to make noneconomic decisions. - WSJ


Bloomberg editorial: Trump’s Carrier victory is the economy's loss - Bloomberg View


Lawrence H. Summers: Trump’s Carrier deal could permanently damage American capitalism - The Washington Post


Conservatives are worried Trump's Carrier deal could set a bad precedent, 'American presidents aren’t supposed to interfere on behalf of individual companies' - Business Insider


Americans, not Mexicans, should worry about Trump, billionaire Slim says - Bloomberg


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Focus: Iran - Nov 30, 2016


Pressure mounts on Trump to keep the Iran nuclear deal, Foreign policy luminaries warn that scrapping the accord would create a huge mess - The Huffington Post


CIA's Brennan says tearing up Iran deal would be ‘folly’, because it would make it more likely that Iran and others in the region would acquire nuclear weapons - Reuters


Theresa May's officials to discuss Iran nuclear deal with Trump's camp: 'We firmly support the agreement...make sure that it is properly implemented' - Independent


No New Talks between Iran, US on JCPOA: FM spokesman - Tasnim News Agency


Iran will increase enrichment to 190k SWU if JCPOA breached: MP - campaigniran.org


Washington Post editorial: Trump shouldn’t rip up the Iran deal - The Washington Post


Alan M. Dershowitz: Don’t rip up the Iran deal, enforce it - The Boston Globe


Ellen Laipson: Will the Iran nuclear deal survive under Trump?, The costs of reverting to a confrontational approach to Iran would include more regional instability - worldpoliticsreview


Aaron Arnold: How Trump can strengthen US leverage against Iran, Scrapping the nuclear deal will backfire - thediplomat.com


Former IAEA Director: 'Very dishonest' to claim Iran violated the nuclear deal (VIDEO) - therealnews.com


Iran, Russia stress completion of 2 nuclear units in Bushehr - Mehr News Agency


Russia gets permission to use Iran's Hamadan air base for Syria airstrikes - UPI.com


Weapons seizures show Iran ‘arms pipeline’ to Yemen’s Houthi rebels - The National

 

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Senate to vote on Iran sanctions bill - Washington Examiner


Iran ready to respond to US if sanctions renewed: Nuclear official - payvand.com


Iran's Khamenei slams Rouhani for being 'too open' toward West - Jerusalem Post


Democratic Senators fire back at Iran for retaliation threat over sanctions renewal - The Weekly Standard


Kerry urges Senate Democrats to back off Iran sanctions renewal - al-monitor.com


Reimposing sanctions on Iran would be difficult for the US - The National


The Iran Sanctions Extension Act: Enforcement overkill, international changes to monitoring Iran's nuclear program have made congressional action unnecessary - JURIST


U.S. grants second Airbus license to sell planes to Iran, after the House passed a bill to block the sale including also planes from Boeing - Reuters


Editorial: Congress shouldn’t kill Boeing’s sale to Iran Air - HeraldNet.com


OPEC Agrees first oil cuts in eight years, The deal overcame disagreements between the group’s three largest producers -- Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq - Bloomberg


Asia's October imports of Iranian oil more than double from year ago - Reuters


Scrapping the Iran deal: What it would mean for oil markets - Global Trade Magazine


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Focus: Russia - Nov 29, 2016


Note: The next US Secretary of State should be one who has a deep knowledge of Russia, willing to engage in friendly talks with Moscow and build a partnership to foster world peace and security. In my opinion Russia is right in Syria, Ukraine and with regard to NATO.


11 NATO states take part in massive ‘Iron Sword’ drills in Lithuania - RT News


New Cold War: US Marines' war games on Norway-Russia border - CNN.com


VIDEO: US Marines in Lithuania - Exercise Iron Sword 16 - YouTube


German president visits NATO command center, reassures eastern members of Berlin's commitments, questions Trump campaign comments - DW.COM


Britain expects Donald Trump to 'stand up' to Russia and not treat it 'as any kind of equal partner’, UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon warns - telegraph.co.uk


Britain to send troops to Poland as NATO deployment against ‘increasing Russian aggressiveness’ - news.com.au


NATO should be acting as a bridge between Baltics & Russia, defuse tension: UK Tory MP - RT UK


France says lifting sanctions on Russia would be counterproductive - Reuters


Italian minister would welcome more openness to Russia from U.S. - Reuters


Peace talks in Minsk end without agreement, both Ukraine and Russia hardened their positions and there was no political agreement on holding local elections in Donbass - Reuters


Russian Senator warns Ukraine against missile-firing exercise in Crimea airspace - TASS


Does NATO need Montenegro? How does this tiny Balkan nation contribute to NATO’s collective security? The short answer is: It doesn’t. - The National Interest


Arms expert Joe Cirincione op-ed: Trump should halt US missile-defense plans in Europe - Defense One


GOP supporters of better Cuba relations warn Trump not to let Russia, China step in. - McClatchy DC


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Russia fully deploys 2 new divisions near Western border - The Washington Post


Russia to deploy S-400 and nuclear-capable Iskander missile systems in Kaliningrad as "countermeasures" to NATO expansion - CBS News


Putin's robo-tank: New weapon is deployed to the Polish border to protect Russia's missile launchers from attack - Daily Mail Online


Moscow offered NATO to hold consultations on military flights over Baltic sea but the bloc refused - Sputnik


NATO drills in Georgia negatively affect regional safety: Russia Foreign Ministry - Sputnik


No sign of NATO giving up myth of 'Russian threat' in policymaking: Envoy - Sputnik


Russian diplomat says spending so much time on Russia-NATO Council agenda is pointless - TASS


Russia, Uzbekistan sign treaty on military-technical cooperation - TASS


Armenia is literally joining forces with Russia - Foreign Policy


Russia eyes supplying military hardware to the Philippines - ABC News


Philippines foreign affairs secretary: Duterte to visit Russia in 2017 - CNN Philippines


Libyan commander Haftar visits Russia to ask for help: 'We hope we will eliminate terrorism with your help in the nearest future' - Reuters


Russian top diplomat Lavrov praises Libyan army for its role in protecting state’s independence - TASS


VIDEO (Russian/Arabic): Lavrov and Libyan Marshal Haftar laud strong bilateral ties - YouTube


Putin orders mobile hospitals to be sent to residents of Aleppo, Syria - RT News


Russia to send 100,000 tons of wheat in humanitarian aid to Syria - THE DAILY STAR


Turkey entered Syria to end al-Assad’s rule: President Erdoğan - hurriyetdailynews.com


Turkish parliament endorse ratification of the Turkish-Russian stream pipeline deal - Sputnik


Turkish premier to visit Russia on December 6-7 - TASS


Are relations between Pakistan and Russia beginning to thaw? - Daily Mail Online


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Focus: Aleppo - Nov 28, 2016


Syrian government drives rebels from northeast Aleppo, part of the area taken over by U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG - Reuters


Syrian forces capture major Aleppo neighborhood in blow to rebels, also reclaim a vital water pumping station - LA Times


Syrian Army & Kurdish YPG wave flags in Aleppo, government forces and Kurds have joint-control in Bustan al-Basha, al-Halek and Ayn al-Tell (PHOTO) - south front.org


MAP: 40% of rebel-held area captured by the Syrian army in Aleppo - Twitter


Fuel reserve in Syria's rebel-held east Aleppo exhausted: civil defense - Reuters


VIDEO: Thousands flee east Aleppo for Kurdish-controlled district on north edge of city - Yahoo News


VIDEO: Syrian rebels fire at civilians fleeing Aleppo's Al-Sakhour district - YouTube


PHOTO: Over 4000 civilians from Eastern Aleppo have arrived to the housing units prepared for them by the Syrian government in Western Aleppo today - Twitter


Russian carrier’s jets move to land base in Syria as Aleppo begins to fall - The Drive


Putin discusses with Russian Security Council Syrian Army’s advance in Aleppo eastern neighborhoods – Al-Manar TV Lebanon


Large build-up of Hezbollah, Iraqi forces in southern Aleppo - almasdarnews.com


Senior pro-Assad Palestinian paramilitary commander killed by rebel forces in Aleppo - almasdarnews.com


Truth and lies: the Twitter battle for Aleppo - Al Bawaba


Assad’s also winning in Damascus, taking several villages and suburbs in the last week alone - The Daily Beast

 

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White House criticizes the Russians for supporting the Syrian government’s actions in Aleppo, says solutions are ‘frustratingly out of reach’ - freebeacon.com


VIDEO: White House criticizes the Russians for supporting the Syrian government’s actions in Aleppo, says solutions are ‘frustratingly out of reach' - YouTube


Inside Kerry’s race to stop the siege of Aleppo, to strike a deal with Russia in exchange for separating Syrian rebels from Nusra Front - Washington Post


Kerry making ‘unbelievable effort’ to save Syrian rebels from Trump, Russia confirms - RT News


Donald Trump presidency: A Russia reset? Maybe not yet, Officials in Congress and the Pentagon are ready to block any attempt to appease Putin - POLITICO


Qatar says will arm Syrian rebels even if Trump ends U.S. role, hits out at Egypt for siding with Assad - Reuters


Syria denounces Qatar for saying it will continue to back rebels: 'the Qatari regime is one of the sources of extremism, terrorism and takfiri thought' - Reuters


Saudi Arabia tells Egypt to dismiss its foreign minister after he claimed that Saudi Wahhabism is the source of terrorism – Middle East Monitor


Iran may seek naval bases in Yemen or Syria: chief of staff - Reuters


Putin and Rouhani agree to coordinate steps on oil market and interaction for Syria - TASS


France FM deeply concerned about Aleppo, urges 'Friends of Syria' meeting - Mo4ch News


Germany wary of French presidential candidate Fillon's cosy attitude to Russia - digitaljournal.com


4 ISIS fighters killed in first ever direct clashes with Israeli Defense Forces - ibtimes.co.in


Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel won't allow ISIS to open 'a front of terror' on the Golan - Jerusalem Post


ISIS files seized in Syria reveal terror plots against Europe - The Times

 

Daesh uses ‘chemical gas’ against Syrian rebels: Turkish media - Reuters


Russia looks into possible chains supplying toxic chemical substances to Syrian rebels from third countries - TASS


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Focus: Cuba - Nov 27, 2016

 

I hope that Trump will reject regime change policies advocated by Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio regarding Cuba. It seems that they have not learned the tragic lessons of history: Iraq, Libya, Syria, etc. Cubans are poor but at least they are alive. The country’s literacy rate is at 100% and life expectancy parallels first world nations. There may be some limited food shortages but not famine. The two senators oppose the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations which is a most positive legacy of Obama. At stake it is not only the normalization of the relations between US and Cuba opening economic and diplomatic ties with Havana. More important at stake it is the relations between US and Latin America where the left is influential whether it governs in countries such as Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, El Salvador and Nicaragua or is the opposition such as in Argentina or Brazil.

 

Note on the Secretary of State candidates: I hope that Trump will launch a new era in US foreign policy by selecting a Secretary of State that will chart a real new course. In my opinion Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani are not a good fit. Least of all, war-hawks John Bolton and David Petraeus. 

 

Cruz, Rubio want Trump to dial back U.S.-Cuba relations, say Obama's recent ties with the island should be reevaluated - POLITICO


VIDEO: Ted Cruz: U.S. foreign policy -- not just to Cuba -- should no longer be a policy of weakness, but instead using U.S. strength to force and press for change - YouTube


Ted Cruz op-ed: Change can come to Cuba, but only if America prevents Fidel’s successor from playing the same old tricks - National Review


Marco Rubio: Donald Trump's Cuba policy should 'pave the way' for democracy - CNNPolitics.com


VIDEO: Sen. Rubio calls for "democratic opening" in Cuba - YouTube


Rubio Statement: History will remember Fidel Castro as an evil, murderous dictator - U.S. Senator for Florida, Marco Rubio


Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz slam politicians for praising Fidel Castro, go after Trudeau and Obama - inquisitr.com


Statement by President Obama on the passing of Fidel Castro - whitehouse.gov


U.S. State Dept reaffirms its support for deepening engagement with Cuba - Business Standard News


President-Elect Trump statement on the passing of Fidel Castro - Capitol Hill Cubans


Priebus: Trump will void Cuba deal unless Castro regime moves to concessions - Fox News


VIDEO: Priebus: Trump will void Cuba deal unless Castro regime moves to concessions - YouTube


VIDEO: Sanders on Cuba: "Of Course their economy is terrible," but they have health care and education - RealClearPolitics


Trudeau defends comments on death of Fidel Castro, He referred to him as a 'legendary revolutionary' who made significant improvements to the education and health-care systems - coastreporter.net


Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the death of former Cuban President Fidel Castro - Prime Minister of Canada


Cuba embargo must be lifted immediately after death of 'great figure' Fidel Castro, says French president - The Independent


On Fidel's death, Cuba and Puerto Rico, two paths intertwined - NBC News


Cuba's most prominent dissident group called off its weekly protest march for the first time in 13 years to avoid creating tensions: 'We respect the mourning of others' - Reuters


Castro's legacy and the envy of many nations: social care in Cuba, The country's literacy rate is at 100% and life expectancy parallels first world nations - The Guardian


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Focus: Turkey, Egypt and Syria - Nov 25, 2016

 

Turkey's push for Syrian town al-Bab complicates anti-IS fight, causing frictions with other players in the country's war - AP


Turkish-Kurdish tensions threaten anti-IS campaign in Syria - alaraby.co.uk


Turkey-led forces advance against Kurdish YPG, seize 2 villages near al-Bab - southfront.org


Syrian army & Kurdish YPG launch joint advance to build a buffer zone west of al-Bab preventing the Turkish military's expansion - southfront.org


Turkey's military engages in armed clashes with the Syrian army in Lattakia province and near the strategic town of Al-Bab - theduran.com


Syrian army less than two miles away from al-Bab city seized by Daesh: Al-Mayadeen TV channel - Sputnik


Syria regime set “red line” around Al-Bab: pro-Assad daily - NOW


Turkey plans military base in Syria's north, Kurdish-led forces say - ekurd


US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces destroy three Turkish military vehicles in northern Syria - ARA News


Five Turkish soldiers killed in Syria in 24 hours, bringing to 17 the total number - hurriyetdailynews.com


Turkey blames Syrian government for deadly attack which killed three Turkish soldiers - Middle East Eye


Turkish top general visits troops injured in northern Syria - alaraby.co.uk


Turkey will not march to Aleppo: Turkish PM - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Erdogan, Putin discuss Syria as Turkish-backed rebels push to al-Bab - Reuters

 

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Egypt President Sisi turns its back on Saudi: 'There should be international support for the Libyan, Iraqi and Syrian national armies to ensure security in their countries’ - Morning Star


VIDEO (English Subs): President Sisi says Egypt’s priority is to support Syrian Army against terrorists - YouTube


Al-Sisi sent Egyptian troops, including 18 pilots, to fight in Syria in support of Assad regime: Al-Safir newspaper - Middle East Observer


Egypt, Jordan conclude Aqaba 2016 anti-terrorism military exercises which began early this month in southern Jordan - Ahram Online


Egypt's support to Haftar's army in Libya is a national priority: President al-Sisi - The North Africa Post


Egypt to expand Russian industrial zone in Suez - RT Business


Sisi expresses support for Trump's proposed Muslim registry - alaraby.co.uk


Washington Post editorial: A bad bet on Egypt’s strongman Sisi - The Washington Post


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Focus: Secretary of State Candidate Dana Rohrabacher - Nov 24, 2016


Note: Dana Rohrabacher is my pick among the current Secretary of State Candidates.


Dana Rohrabacher op-ed: Why is America restarting the cold war with Russia? This is belligerent nonsense, a stunning and total failure of vision - National Interest


VIDEO: Rep. Rohrabacher opposes the new cold war on Russia and the 'Ukraine Support Bill', Mar 2014 - YouTube


VIDEO: Congressman Dana Rohrabacher: Russia and the US need to work together to defeat the radical Islamic terrorism, Apr 2015 - YouTube


VIDEO: Congressman Dana Rohrabacher grills U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power on Ukraine, Jun 2015 - YouTube


VIDEO: Rep. Rohrabacher questions administration on TPP trade deal, Jun 2015 - YouTube


VIDEO: Senator Rohrabacher: Assad was never a threat to United States, Feb 2016 - YouTube


VIDEO: Dana Rohrabacher questions Secretary of State John Kerry regarding the genocide of Christians in the Middle East, Feb 2016 - YouTube


VIDEO: Subcommittee Chairman Rohrabacher's opening statements on Turkey’s democratic decline, Jul 2016 - YouTube


VIDEO: Rohrabacher at House Foreign Relations Committee on the Gulen movement and the July coup attempt in Turkey, Oct 2016 - YouTube


VIDEO: Congressman Rohrabacher on basic human rights violations in Turkey, Nov 2016 - YouTube


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Focus: Turkey - Nov 22, 2016


15,000 more public workers are fired in Turkey crackdown - The New York Times


Turkish court starts umbrella trial of U.S.-based cleric Gulen, followers - Reuters


Followers of cleric Gulen still active in Turkish police, armed forces, Erdogan says - Reuters


Turkey seeks detention of 103 university academics in Gulen-related probe - Reuters


Controversy on campus as Erdogan handpicks Turkey rectors - Yahoo7


Turkish students in Britain have scholarships revoked in post-coup crackdown - RT UK


Turkey detains another 2 pro-Kurdish mayors - Fox News


Turkey: Erdoğan rule could extend until 2029 under proposal - The Guardian


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Loud calls in European Parliament for ending membership talks with Turkey - POLITICO


Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on EU-Turkey relations at the plenary session of the European Parliament - EEAS


Turkey blocks European lawmakers from visiting imprisoned MP Kurdish leader Demirtas - EurActiv.com


Erdogan suggests to join Russian/China-led bloc SCO if the EU continues to drag its feet regarding Turkey's membership negotiations - CSMonitor.com


'Russia, China would Like to see Turkey in SCO if it freezes links with NATO' - Sputnik


NATO chief recalls Turkey’s commitment to Article 5 amid calls to join SCO - hurriyetdailynews.com


Erdogan seeks NATO’s support against ‘terrorist' organizations such as the Gulen movement, the PKK and PYD - hurriyetdailynews.com


Erdogan warns NATO against giving asylum to ‘terrorist soldiers’ after dozens of Turkish NATO officers sought asylum in Europe - Mo4ch News

 

NATO silent on Turkey arrests of journalists and parliament members - Al Bawaba


Turkish President Erdogan: 'I can't say if Israel or Hitler is more barbarous' - The Independent


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Turkey issues arrest warrant for Kurdish leader of key US-backed force fighting ISIL in northern Syria - Al Jazeera


US, Turkey at cross-purposes in Syria as fighting between Turkish-backed rebels and the US-backed Kurdish-dominated SDF is escalating dramatically - VOA


Turkish-backed rebels and Kurds battle over Syria’s Al-Bab – Middle East Monitor

 

Coalition not backing Turkish move on al-Bab, says US - hurriyetdailynews.com


Turkey, FSA rebels to launch op to retake Syria's Manbij from Kurds: Erdogan - Sputnik


N. Syria: YPG-led forces clash with Turkey-backed rebels around Manbij - kurdistan24.net


YPG threatens Turkey after Turkish jets hit targets in Manbij - Daily Sabah

 

Syrian Kurdish-led forces receive modern U.S. arms: official - ekurd


Turkey calls on US, allies to reconsider Syria no-fly zone - Fox News


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Note on Tulsi Gabbard's Meeting with Donald Trump


I am delighted that Tulsi Gabbard met with Donald Trump. This is Tulsi Gabbard's statement on Trump meeting. She may be considered for top jobs at the Defense Department, State Department and the United Nations, according to media reports. The U.S. foreign policy needs to be managed by people who is not prone to ill-fated military adventures, do not use U.S. military superpower to satisfy their political ambitions, seek wholeheartedly peaceful solutions of the world conflicts, understand that we live more and more in a multipolar world where U.S. influence may be limited like in Syria, work to build the broadest possible alliances to defeat today’s existential threat: Islamic State, Qaeda and other terrorist groups. I add that people at the Defense Department must be fully independent from defense contractors whose special interests are to sell whatever arms to the nation and the world, meticulously check profiteering and cost overruns on major weapons systems and cut wasteful spending. The defense industry, in any country, is a factor in promoting and fueling military conflicts because it economically thrives in a perpetual state of war. President Dwight Eisenhower famously warned the U.S. about the dangers of the "military–industrial complex" in his 1961 farewell address.


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Obama: I Hope Trump Can Stand up to Russia - Nov 17, 2016

 

Obama: I hope Trump can stand up to Russia 'where they are deviating from our values and international norms’ - CNBC


VIDEO: Obama urges Trump to ‘stand up' to Russia - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: Read President Obama’s comments urging Donald Trump to stand up to Russia - TIME


VIDEO: Full press conference by Barack Obama and Angela Merkel following meeting - YouTube


Obama, Angela Merkel issue joint op-ed responding to Donald Trump - CBS News


Op-ed by President Obama and Chancellor Merkel: The future of transatlantic relations - whitehouse.gov


In private meeting, Euro diplomats beseech Trump team to uphold transatlantic pacts - Foreign Policy


NATO general says Trump not serious about abandoning treaty - The Washington Post


Democratic Senator Cardin’s op-ed: The United States needs to hold Russia accountable for its aggression - The Washington Post


Kremlin: Obama team trying to damage ties with Russia - ABC News


Philippines’ Duterte: 'If China and Russia would decide to create a new order, I will be the first to join’ - FT.com

 

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US condemns Russia and Syria as Aleppo offensive escalates, Moscow claims not bombing Aleppo but al Qaeda in Idlib - CBS News


Russia launches multiple air attacks on militant targets in Syria: defence ministry - Reuters


Long-range bombers from an air base in southern Russia strike Syria for 1st time in a year, US officials say - Fox News


State Dept spokesman dismisses question from Russia Today on Syria, says won’t treat it like other media, later a State Dept official apologized - RT News


VIDEO: State Department spokesman gets into heated exchange over Syria with Russia Today reporter - YouTube


VIDEO: Anti-Russian hysteria pervading political circles: British Conservative Party MP Kawczynski - YouTube


Donald Trump striking a Syria deal with Russia would be ‘most disastrous step possible’, Saudi Arabian prince warns - The Independent


Former head of the Turkish military see Syria hopeful opening in Trump’s outreach to Moscow - Washington Times


Turkey′s NATO officials seek asylum in Germany amid Erdogan crackdown - DW.COM


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Focus: Congress, Trump and Russia - Nov 16, 2016


Lawmakers move to restrain President-elect Trump on Russia - The Washington Post


GOP foreign-policy power brokers in Congress could foil Trump on Russia, Syria, and other top security issues - Foreign Policy


Statement by McCain on U.S.-Russia relations: Another ‘reset’ would be complicity in Putin and Assad’s butchery of the Syrian people - mccain.senate.gov


Top Republicans don't know where Trump will be on Ukraine - The Weekly Standard


Top Senate Democrat Cardin challenges Trump on Russia: In interview he lays out a foreign policy platform for the incoming Congress - al-monitor.com


House passes sanctions on anyone who provides the Syrian government with financial, material or technological support - The Washington Post


NSA head: Dem hacks were a conscious effort by Russia - TheHill


Washington Post editorial: The United States is giving Putin the green light for atrocities - The Washington Post


Influential conservative think tank Heritage Foundation says Russia — not ISIS — is greatest threat - Washington Examiner


Heritage Foundation 2017 Index of U.S. Military Strength: scores security threats worldwide, the global operating environment, and U.S. military power - heritage.org


Transatlantic Forum on Russia: Event will be webcast live from this page on Nov 17 - Center for Strategic and International Studies


European leaders, NATO caution Trump on warming relations with Russia - The Washington Post


NATO says Crimea still a concern, day after Trump-Putin call - nation.com.pk


Ex-Nato leaders call for extraordinary meeting with Trump, warn US president-elect against deal with Putin that would cede Crimea - The Guardian


Ukraine President asks Trump to help counter ‘Russian aggression’ - WSJ


Putin pulls Russia out of International Criminal Court day after report on Crimea annexation - Fox News


Two-thirds of Russians want Putin to remain president after 2018: study - RT Russian politics


Le Pen says 'world peace' would gain from a Trump-Putin-Le Pen trio - Reuters

 

Russian sanctions cost Italy €7bn and up to 200,000 jobs: Italian MP - RT Business


Italian M5S movement ‘against NATO's creeping policy' of nearing Russian border - Sputnik


Philippine President wants to be friends with Trump, Putin - ABC News


Trump-led US could become Syria’s ‘natural ally’ if it fights terrorism: Assad - RT News


Full text of President Bashar al-Assad interview given to RTP TV - Syrian TV

 

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Note on Russia and the next Secretary of State - Nov 15, 2016


The next Secretary of State should understand the positive role that Russia is playing not only in the crucial existential fight against terrorism (if Islamic State gets chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, they will use them) but also as a force of peace and stability in the world. Russia has a formidable military which has not being engaged in recent past wars therefore not affected by combat fatigue unlike the U.S military. Russia military should not be underestimated and threatened like Rudy Giuliani did in a recent interview: "Russia thinks it's a military competitor, it really isn’t, it's our unwillingness under Obama to even threaten the use of our military that makes Russia so powerful.” John Bolton expressed the same line: "Well, I think relations are very unsatisfactory, largely due to the behavior of Russia...I think he [Trump] is going to be a strong leader, I think that will have two dramatic impacts on Putin. Number one, it'll make him a lot more hesitant to try and extend Russian influence, and two, what may seem paradoxical but what I think is true, it'll make Putin more inclined to cooperate.” Putin will not desist because Ukraine and Syria are Russia’s strategic and security interests. Plus Russia has the backing of China in international conflicts.


Russia has legitimate interests in Ukraine because of their hystorical relationship and economic cooperation and because there is the presence of a sizeable Russian speaking population in Ukraine: according to 2001 census they are 29.3 percent of the total population. In some Eastern regions they are the majority. In Crimea they are 77 percent. This Russian speaking population has close economic, cultural and family ties with Russia. The European Union proposed to Ukraine the Association Agreement without taking into consideration the Russian interests and rejecting trilateral talks between Ukraine, the EU and Russia.


In Syria, Russia is opposing well-armed jihadist groups who threaten the lives of the people, the fabric of the society and its State institutions and impede a political solution leading to democratic elections. Russia has been accused to prop up the Assad government but the ouster of Assad, which has been demanded by the past US administration, would throw the country in a state of chaos with no central authority and with militias holding the real power.

Focus: US, EU and Russia - Nov 14, 2016


Putin, Trump speak by phone, agree to work to improve ties - Fox News


Statement by Trump’s transition team: ‘He is very much looking forward to having strong and enduring relationship with Russia’ - Ace News


Statement by Russia: We agreed to ‘normalise relations and pursue constructive cooperation on the broadest possible range of issues' - President of Russia


High hopes in Russia that Trump will ease trade sanctions - CBS News


Treasury sanctions individuals for activities related to Russia's occupation of Crimea, underscores the U.S.-EU commitment to counter Russia in Ukraine - treasury.gov


US expert says Trump may take ‘softer position’ on Crimea and Ukraine - TASS


Diplomat says impossible to restore full contacts of Russian, US military under Obama - TASS


Mogherini: EU policy toward Russia will not change regardless of U.S. - rferl.org


Trump ignorant of Europe, poses risk to relations: EU's Juncker - Reuters


German defense minister says Trump should be firm with Russia as NATO stood by US after 9/11 - RT News


Trump-Putin alliance sparks diplomatic crisis as British ministers demand assurances from US over Russia - Telegraph


As Trump warms to Putin, Trudeau vows ‘we will not back off’ over Ukraine - VICE News


Moscow clout rises as Bulgaria, Moldova elect pro-Russia leaders - VOA


Estonian PM loses no confidence vote after coalition crumbles, possibly opening up the path for a traditionally pro-Russian party to gain power - Reuters


Russia may sell Iran $10 billion worth of tanks and jets in new arms deal - Telegraph


Russian Air Force hammers west Aleppo ahead of planned Syrian Army offensive - almasdarnews.com


Recession-hit Russia hoping for growth by end-2016 - Business Standard News


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Europeans agree defense plan after campaign swipes by Trump - Reuters


European Council conclusions on implementing the EU global strategy in the area of security and defence (links to full documents) - EU Consilium


EU ministers met informally to talk strategy after Trump′s electoral victory - DW.COM


Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the end of the informal dinner of the EU Foreign Ministers - EEAS


NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg op-ed: US mustn’t abandon NATO now – nor should its allies go it alone - The Guardian


Europe must spend on defence or face Russian advance, warns ex-Nato chief - The Independent


Jeremy Corbyn says NATO should ‘demilitarise' its border with Putin's Russia - The Huffington Post


Putin aide: Trump could build confidence with NATO slowdown or pullback - AP


Pentagon to NATO: talk to Team Trump - Business Standard News


Obama Says Trump told him he supports U.S. commitment to NATO - Bloomberg Politics


NATO to postpone next Summit until summer over Trump's US election victory - Sputnik


Nearly 300,000 NATO troops put on a higher alert last week over Russian tensions - The Mercury


Britain to deploy batteries of high precision long range missiles on Russian’s border - Daily Mail Online


Russia's new electronic warfare system capable of disrupting NATO communications - Sputnik


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Focus: Turkey - Nov 12, 2016

 

Note: I strongly disagree with General Flynn opinion on Turkey and Gulen: Under Erdogan, Turkey is not an ally in the fight against ISIS; Gulen is not a 'masked source of terror.'

 

Erdogan asks U.S. to extradite Gulen without prior judicial due process, says 'was there such a decision-taking process with (Osama) bin Laden?' - laht.com


Lawyers to Trump: Do not to pressure judges in Turkey extradition case of Gulen, 'The extradition process is a serious one...clear about the steps that need to be taken' - POLITICO


Turkish media lights up with Gen. Michael Flynn's call to extradite Gulen - Breitbart


General Flynn op-ed: Turkey is our strongest ally against ISIS, Gulen is a 'masked source of terror and instability' - TheHill


Trump adviser Michael Flynn is lobbying for company with ties to Turkish government - The Daily Caller


Opinion: Setting the record straight on Turkey, Flynn’s op-ed on Turkey and Gulen is 'appalling and alarming' - TheHill


Opinion: Flynn gets Erdogan wrong, whitewashes recent Turkish behavior, fails the logic test, and proposes a policy prescription that would make matters worse - AEI


Egypt's foreign ministry condemns statements by Turkish President Erdogan - allAfrica.com


Greece concerned Trump administration may show favoritism to Turkey - GreekReporter.com


Baghdad proposes Ankara handover of Bashiqa camp to Iraq, rejects Turkey’s proposal to run the camp under the auspices of the coalition forces - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

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Turkey halts activities of 370 groups as purge widens, More than 110,000 people have been sacked or suspended from their jobs and 37,000 arrested - Reuters


Turkey closes human rights and civil liberties lawyers′ groups as thousands languish in jail in post-coup crackdown - DW.COM


Turkish police arrest pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party advisors amidst ongoing crackdown - ARA News


Turkey arrests head of opposition newspaper - AFP


Turkey seeks long jail terms or life sentences for nine staff of a pro-Kurdish newspaper: state media - Reuters


Report: French journalist detained in Turkey - AP


Turkish dissident journalist Can Dündar granted citizenship of Paris - hurriyetdailynews.com


UN’s arrested Turkish justice denies Gülen links, says he is a Freemason - hurriyetdailynews.com


Turkey complaints pile up at European rights court - hurriyetdailynews.com


Ankara denies torture accusations as prisons fill with dissenters - al-monitor.com


Erdoğan appoints rector for first time to Istanbul’s university, after he was given the authority to directly appoint rectors following the emergency decree - hurriyetdailynews


Erdogan makes veiled threat to unleash 3 million refugees into the EU - Greek Reporter


20,000 Anti-Turkish Govt Protesters Demonstrate in Cologne - ABC News


VIDEO: Clashes break out as thousands rally against Turkey’s Erdogan in Cologne - RT News


Focus: Syria - Nov 10, 2016


Obama directs Pentagon to target Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front in Syria, one of the most formidable forces fighting Assad - The Washington Post


US Treasury designates Saudi jihadist cleric, three others in Syria for 'acting for or on behalf of Al Nusrah Front' - The Long War Journal


Lavrov: Double standards created impression West shielded al-Nusra Front - Sputnik


Obama asks for $11.6 billion more in supplemental defense budget to fight Islamic State and sustain high overseas troop levels - oann.com


U.S. says it has killed 119 civilians in Iraq and Syria since 2014 - The New York Times


Trump team warns Obama not to make major moves on foreign policy - POLITICO


Putin applauds Trump win and hails new era of positive ties with US - The Guardian


Euphoric Russian leaders literally cheer Trump's victory by drinking sparkling wine with other party members in Moscow - WUNC


Donald Trump presidency may improve US-Russia ties: Mikheil Gorbachev - The Asian Age


President Assad top adviser: Syria is ready to co-operate with Donald Trump - The Independent


Assad supporters hopes Trump will cut U.S. support to Syrian rebels - NPR


Here's why Trump also won on the streets of Damascus - The Canary


Syrian opposition reaches out to Trump - AFP


Statement: Syrian opposition welcomes Trump election, discuss civilian protection with German FM - etilaf.org


Syrian Kurds hope for recognition of federalism from new US president - ARA News


Opinion: Can Trump’s presidency overturn Hillary’s bloody legacy in Syria? - americanthinker.com


Israel won't let Iran have military bases in Syria, Netanyahu tells Russian PM - The Times of Israel


Israel IDF hits Syria after rocket fire on Golan - JEWSNEWS


Syrian army to Israel: Don't attack us again - israelnationalnews.com


Turkey FM Cavusoglu says Manbij strategically important for Turkey - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English


Turkish jets not participating in airstrikes in Syria, Security sources say that after the killing of PKK/PYD ‘terrorists' Syrian aircraft started to lock on Turkish jets - Daily Sabah

 

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UN: Eastern Aleppo faces mass starvation this winter - VOA


Transcript of press stakeout by Mr. Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria - ReliefWeb


Russia says extra ‘humanitarian pause' in Aleppo helps militants, but promises that such halts will continue - ABC News


U.S. slams Moscow plan to strike Aleppo: Russians flying armed sorties from navy carrier Admiral Kutnetsov, massive strikes likely soon - usni.org


VIDEO: Russia begins flights over Syria from Admiral Kuznetsov - breitbart.com


INFOGRAPHIC: Missile capabilities of Russian naval task force for Syria - southfront.org


Russia says its warships drove away Dutch sub shadowing them - VOA


Russian Air Force paralyzes jihadist supply lines to Aleppo - almasdarnews.com


Up to 6,000 militants attempting to enter east Aleppo: Russian FM - almasdarnews.com


Syrian regime makes advances in western Aleppo - THE DAILY STAR


Aleppo: Regime forces take control of 1070 apartments district - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English


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Focus: Turkey - Nov 9, 2016


Turkish opposition CHP defends pro-democracy declaration on arrest of pro-Kurdish HDP lawmakers, vows to fight ‘fear and darkness’ - hurriyetdailynews.com


President, PM slam Turkish main opposition CHP for criticizing arrests of HDP deputies - hurriyetdailynews.com


Erdogan files criminal complaint against the main opposition CHP for insulting him at a party meeting criticising a relentless crackdown - Middle East Eye


AK Party to finalize constitution proposal this week which outline a full executive presidential system, says PM Yıldırım - Daily Sabah


Turkish President Erdogan: 'I don't care if they call me a dictator...It goes in one ear, out the other' - Breitbart


HDP Co-chair Demirtaş: Kurdish MPs taken hostage to consolidate one-man rule in Turkey, Erdogan's 'empire of fear' will collapse soon - ARA News


HDP Co-chair Demirtaş in solitary confinement since last week, lawyer says - Turkish Minute


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Declaration by the High Representative Mogherini on behalf of the EU: ‘Grave concern' on the latest developments in Turkey - EU Consilium


EU's Mogherini comments on Turkey 'unacceptable': foreign ministry - Reuters


EU rapporteur calls for freezing accession negotiations with Turkey after crackdown on Kurds - ARA News


EU report: Turkey backslides in fundamental rights and rule of law - Turkish Minute


Key findings of the EU 2016 Report on Turkey (full report included) - European Commission


Ankara rebuffs EU’s harsh progress report - hurriyetdailynews.com


Turkish government criticizes EU envoys at HDP meeting - hurriyetdailynews.com


In response to criticism which compared Ankara's post-coup crackdown to acts committed by the Nazis, Erdogan says Europe are ‘real Nazis’ - Middle East Eye


PM Yıldırım blasts Germany for supporting terrorist organizations against Turkey - POLITICS


Erdogan threatens to ‘open the gates’ for refugees in EU dispute - ft.com


Turkey urges Trump to extradite Gulen - Al Arabiya English


Turkey arrests 55 more pilots in post-coup investigations: NTV - Reuters


UN judge under detention in Turkey in aftermath of coup - Fox News


Reporters Without Borders representative on trial in Turkey for ′terror propaganda′ - DW.COM

 

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Turkey, U.S. backed Syrian Kurds at loggerheads over Raqqa offensive - The Boston Globe


US-led coalition says current SDF operation aimed to isolate Raqqa, Turkey to play role in long-term plan 'for seizing, holding and governing Raqqa' - ARA News


Turkey says Raqqa operation to starts in weeks, stresses Kurdish forces will not enter the town - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English

 

Turkey FM says 200 YPG terrorists remain in Manbij, calls on US to fulfill pledge - Daily Sabah


Why Turkey's hostile stance doesn't worry PYD leader - al-monitor.com


US rejects cooperating with Russia or Assad in Raqqa operation - ARA News


Iraq ‘ready for war’ with Turkey over who should control Mosul after Isis – Global Affairs Press


Trump, Turkey's Erdogan discuss boosting ties, fighting terrorism: sources - Reuters


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Focus: The Hillary Clinton's FBI Investigation - Nov 3, 2016

 

Senator Grassley asks DOJ inspector general to investigate Loretta Lynch, Peter Kadzik and Andrew McCabe in Clinton email probe - CNS


Grassley’s letter requesting the inspector general to explore whether DOJ and FBI officials compromised the public trust in Clinton probe - grassley.senate.gov


The FBI is Trumpland: Sources say highly unfavorable view of Hillary Clinton intensified after Comey’s decision not to recommend an indictment - Guardian


Obama, leading Dems raise concerns about FBI's Comey, Sen. Schumer: 'I do not have confidence in him any longer.' - MSNBC


Justice Department appears to excuse Peter Kadzik's ‘heads up' to Clinton presidential campaign - Breitbart


ACLJ files lawsuit over AG Lynch’s secret meeting with Bill Clinton, will hold Obama’s Justice Department accountable - American Center for Law and Justice


ACLJ complain demanding all DOJ records pertaining to the meeting of AG Lynch with Bill Clinton - media.aclj.org


US official: FBI finds non duplicate emails related to Clinton's State Department tenure on the laptop belonging to the estranged husband of Huma Abedin - CBS News


State Department, FBI are missing communications between Hillary Clinton and White House during Benghazi attack - Breitbart


Perjury? Clinton also swore she turned over all State Department emails, Her lawyer seemed uncertain - townhall.com


Sources: 99 percent chance foreign intel agencies breached Clinton server - Fox News


POLL: To many Americans news about Clinton equals “emails", “FBI," “investigation," and "scandal" - Gallup


POLL: Most voters agree with timing of FBI’s announcement of Clinton probe’s reopening - Rasmussen Report

 

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Secret recordings fueled FBI feud in Clinton Foundation probe, Agents thought they had enough material to merit aggressively pursuing investigation - WSJ


WH deflects questions on FBI-DOJ feuding over Clinton Foundation probe - Washington Examiner


'Clinton Cash' author: FBI is not ‘going rogue' based just on my book (VIDEO) - Fox News Insider


VIDEO: Fox news anchor Bret Baier retracts claim of 'likely' indictment in Clinton Foundation case - Fox News


WikiLeaks: Clintons sell political favors to Clinton Foundation donors - Observer


How Is DOJ feud over Clinton Foundation scandal just a Fox News/Wall Street Journal story? - newsbusters.org

 

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Hillary Clinton campaign chair Podesta asked lobbyist where to “stick the knife in” Bernie Sanders, Wikileaks email shows - Salon.com


WikiLeaks: Clinton camp rigging primaries as early as 2014 - Observer


Assange: WikiLeaks did not receive Clinton emails from Russian govt - RT News


POLL: Voters think media more likely than Russian hackers to tamper with election - Washington Examiner


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Focus: The Hillary Clinton's FBI Investigation - Nov 2, 2016


Huma Abedin new focus of Clinton email Investigation - freebeacon.com


Huma Abedin often handled classified data on computer she shared with Anthony Weiner - Washington Times


Perjury? Huma Abedin swore to turn over all devices containing State Department emails - townhall.com


As the new Abedin emails are scoured by the FBI, the process ‘could be done literally in a couple of hours or a day or two' - CBS News


FBI warned Huma Abedin that that her Yahoo email account might have been compromised, 14 individuals did not have security clearance to handle classified information - New York Post


Flashback: Huma Abedin got three paychecks from State Dept., the Foundation, and Clinton-affiliated consulting firm - townhall.com


Center for Security Policy President Gaffney on the Huma Abedin-Muslim Brotherhood connection - Breibart


VIDEO: Hacktivist group Anonymous release video about Huma Abedin - YouTube


Clinton's aide Huma Abedin attacked by Hindu group in the US for her Pakistani and Saudi background - Business Standard News

 

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FBI's Clinton Foundation investigation now 'a very high priority,' sources say - Fox News


The FBI’s failed pursuit of a few laptops in NYC during the Clinton Foundation investigation exemplifies just how deep Hillary’s ties go - The Daily Caller


Turmoil in the FBI over the Clinton investigation, This account is based on interviews with more than a dozen officials close to the matter - CNN


DOJ Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik gave Clinton camp 'heads up' about testimony - Fox News


Feds knew about, helped secure Clinton's server In 2011 - The Daily Caller


VIDEO: Former FBI Asst. Director: Original Clinton probe ‘not a real investigation' - Fox News


Hacked Emails show Clinton campaign communicated with State - ABC News

 

McCaul: If elected, Hillary Clinton could be impeached - POLITICO

 

POLLS: Independents leaning toward Trump in polls after FBI furor erupts - McClatchy DC


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Focus: Hillary Clinton Emails - Nov 1, 2016


New State Department documents reveal more Clinton-Abedin email exchanges of classified information on unsecure server - Judicial Watch


Pagliano emails detail attempts to hack Clinton unsecure email server 10 times in two days in 2010, U.S. Secret Service informed of hacking attempts - Judicial Watch


Clinton aide left classified info behind on 2010 China trip - Fox News


FBI never asked Clinton aides for all their devices, Republicans insist the agency gave too much deference to the former secretary and her team - POLITICO


Emails show Justice Department's Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik overseeing Clinton probe has close ties to Podesta - Washington Examiner


DOJ Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik involved with Huma Abedin email probe donated to Hillary - Washington Free Beacon


Podesta paid $7,000 a month by top Clinton campaign donor - POLITICO


Contrary to what has been said by some publications, when Podesta wrote ‘dump all those emails’ meant to release them to the public - The Washington Post


How FIVE separate FBI cases are probing virtually every one of Clinton's inner circle - Daily Mail Online


Analysis: The Clinton e-mails are critical to the Clinton Foundation investigation - National Review


FBI dump suggests Marc Rich won Bill Clinton pardon with cash to the Democratic party and the Clinton Foundation - LifeZette


Clinton camp questions FBI release of Marc Rich pardon files - POLITICO


WikiLeaks: Sheikh agreed to pay Bill Clinton $2 million per trip to Ethiopia - LifeZette


Wikileaks: Turkey's Erdogan was attempting to buy favor with Clinton campaign - freebeacon.com


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Focus: FBI Investigation of Hillary Clinton - Oct 31, 2016


Senator Grassley hints at DOJ coverup in letter asking Comey for more info on Clinton investigation - talkingpointsmemo.com


Grassley wants to know if Justice Dept. blocked Clinton Foundation probe - Washington Examiner


Letter of Senator Grassley to Comey on the Clinton investigation - judiciary.senate.gov


F.B.I. begins review of Clinton aide’s emails - The New York Times


Donald Trump warns of a 'constitutional crisis' if Hillary Clinton wins - LA Times


Blockbuster WSJ report on internal FBI conflict over investigating Clinton emails and foundation - americanthinker.com


FBI agents pressed Justice unsuccessfully for probe of Clinton Foundation - The Washington Post


$675K leads to government watchdog’s recusal calls for FBI's No 2 McCabe in Clinton case - The Daily Caller


Press release: CoA Institute calls on FBI official McCabe to recuse himself from Clinton email investigation - Cause of Action Institute


Clinton Foundation got $28 million for favors to Morocco - The Daily Caller


Millions from Sweden, Morocco pouring into Clinton Foundation alarmed campaign manager: Wikileaks emails - National Post


Wikileaks emails show Clinton strategy to conceal foreign government donations, including Australia's - Michael Smith News


ARCHIVE: Wikileaks: Cheryl Mills directed Clinton Foundation while State Dept. chief of staff - National Legal & Policy Center


ARCHIVE: 'Bill Clinton Inc.': Wikileaks email details how top aides helped make ex-president rich - Fox News


ARCHIVE: WikiLeaks emails reveal Bill Clinton's $1M 'birthday' present from Qatar for foundation - Washington Times


ARCHIVE: Hillary ‘went to bat’ for Chevron: The Clinton Foundation’s donors lobbied Hillary’s State Dept to open Burma to American businesses. They got what they wanted. - The Daily Beast


ARCHIVE: How Hillary Clinton’s State Department fought for Ghana’s oil on behalf of donor Exxon - ghanastar.com


ARCHIVE: The Clinton Foundation left a toxic legacy in Colombia, critics say - Fusion


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Focus: FBI Director James Comey - Oct 30, 2016

 

Hillary Clinton campaign turns up pressure on FBI Director James Comey about the email investigation - Time

 

Harry Reid accuses Comey of possibly breaking the law, makes ‘explosive' claim about Trump-Russia connection in fiery letter - Business Insider


Harry Reid's letter to FBI Director Comey about the Clinton email investigation - reid.senate.gov


In a letter sent to Comey and Lynch, Senate Democrats want an update on the Clinton email investigation no later than Monday - Huffington Post


Letter by Senate Democrats Leahy, Feinstein, Carper and Cardin to Comey and Lynch requesting information on the Clinton investigation - Huffington Post


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton campaign releases defiant video against James Comey, FBI over email review - us.blastingnews.com


Clinton campaign asks ex-prosecutors to criticize FBI Director James Comey - The Daily Beast


Republican attorney files complaint against James Comey for latest disclosures on Clinton email probe - people.com


In op-ed, former Dem and GOP deputy attorney generals say 'Comey is damaging democracy' - NBC News


FBI Director James Comey begins briefing Congressional leaders on email review - ABC News


GOP House Judiciary Chair Goodlatte: Comey asked to release as much as he could - newsmax.com


FBI obtains warrant to examine Clinton emails: U.S. media - Reuters


DOJ objected to FBI disclosure of new steps in Clinton probe, sources say - ABC News


Comey internal memo to FBI staffers says election, timing required disclosure of renewed probe - Fox News


FBI moved to disclose the re-opening of the Clinton investigation because it feared the information would leak otherwise, law enforcement officials say - CNNPolitics.com


'Controversy’ among FBI and DOJ officials over not indicting Clinton drove Comey's decision to re-open the investigation: Goodlatte - Washington Examiner


Why Comey jumped at chance to reopen Clinton email investigation: Resignation letters piling up from disaffected FBI agents, his wife urging him - Daily Mail


FBI in internal feud over Clinton Foundation probe - WSJ


Former assistant director: FBI has an investigation ongoing into Clinton Foundation - The Daily Caller


Judicial Watch sues for FBI records of Loretta Lynch, Bill Clinton tarmac meeting - BizPac Review


POLL: Trump behind 1 percent, Clinton hurt by FBI bombshell - Washington Examiner


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Focus: The Iraqi Shiite Militias and the Mosul offensive

 

A spokesman for the Iraqi Shiite militias said thousands of fighters "started operations this morning to clean up the hotbeds of Daesh (Islamic State) in the western parts of Mosul”. Accordong to Reuters, “their goal is to cut off any option of retreat by Islamic State insurgents into neighboring Syria or any reinforcement for their defense of Mosul." Iraqi Shiite militias are backed by Iran, but first of all they are Iraqi patriots strongly dedicated to fight Islamic State. Their contribution is essential to win this battle. They will weaken Islamic State and help the Iraqi army and the U.S. troops who are suppporting this operation (5,000 U.S. troops are deployed in Iraq.)


Amnesty International has reported that Iraqi Shiite militias in previous campaigns have committed "serious human rights violations, including war crimes" against Sunni civilians. The Iraq government says that violations were limited and were investigated, denies that they were widespread and systematic. It is up to the Iraq government and army to make sure that in the Mosul offensive the Shiite militias’ conduct complies with the international humanitarian law which seeks to protect civilians who are not participating in hostilities and regulate the means of warfare available to combatants. But the fact is that in Iraq the Shiites have been the victims of the Sunni Islamic State terrorism. Recently there has been a spike in violence perpetrated by the Islamic State against the Iraqi Shiites with frequent bombings on streets, markets, mosques, army and police stations. According to a July statement of a senior Baghdad police officer, there are around six to ten explosions every day.

 

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Focus: Turkey's President Erdogan - Oct 27, 2016


Obama, Erdoğan discuss fight against ISIL in Iraq, Syria - hurriyetdailynews.com


Statement: President Erdoğan and U.S. President Obama discuss anti-DAESH fight - Presidency of the Republic of Turkey


Erdogan says Turkey will target Syrian towns of Manbij and Raqqa, demands role in Mosul offensive - The Washington Post


Erdogan speech: 'Turkey will definitely take part in any development in Iraq and Syria’ - Presidency of the Republic of Turkey


Turkey rejects US plan for Raqqa offensive involving Kurds, Erdogan tells Obama to exclude the ‘terrorist’ PYD and YPG - Military.com


Turkish minister says US must 'keep its word' on Manbij - aa.com


Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces accuse Turkey-backed rebels of ethnic cleansing, call for investigation - ARA News


Erdogan says Turkey would not allow a PKK presence in the Iraqi region of Sinjar: 'We will go on this campaign...and now in Kirkuk, Mosul, Tal Afar and Sinjar' - Worldbulletin News


Turkish and Saudi weapons supplied to ISIS found in Mosul, says Shia leader - Iraqi News


Turkish, US, French defence ministers discuss anti-Daesh fight, military sources say they agreed on basic principles - trend.az


Turkey’s new maps are reclaiming the Ottoman Empire - Foreign Policy


Land ownership certificates around Mosul and Kirkuk could provide the basis for future legal challenges by Turkey: Archive Department head - middleeastmonitor.com


Assad allies bomb Turkish-backed FSA, warn that attempts to move on Aleppo would be a breach of 'red lines' - Middle East Eye


Turkey’s military operations in Syria targets Manbij not Aleppo: President Erdoğan - hurriyetdailynews.com


Iran, Russia, Syrian FMs to meet in Moscow - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

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Erdoğan pursues his plan for even greater power, Seizing on post-coup popularity ramps up the rhetoric to boost a presidential referendum – POLITICO


Turkey ramps up pressure on U.S. to extradite 'murderer' Gulen, Justice Minister met his U.S. counterpart Loretta Lynch - POLITICO


Turkish Justice Minister: Fethullah Gulen is our Osama bin Laden - ABC News


Human Rights Watch report accuses Turkish police of torture - VOA


Turkey replaces most province police chiefs, shake-up continues - Reuters


Turkey detains dozens of air force pilots in coup probe - hurriyetdailynews.com


Violence flares in Turkey's tense southeast after mayors' arrest - Reuters


Turkey cuts Internet for 6M people in 11 Kurdish cities to ‘prevent protests’ - The Daily Dot


Turkey launches probe into Kurdish leader after speech - Middle East Eye


Journalist on trial in Turkey for alleged pro-PKK tweets - ABC News


Interview: U.S. judge says Turkey's judiciary ‘taken over' by Erdogan - rferl.org


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Brief note about Trump adviser General Michael Flynn's article about the Middle East

 

I strongly disagree with the opinions of Trump adviser General Michael Flynn in his article about the Middle East. I hope that, if Trump becomes President, will reject his advices. A few excerpts from the above mentioned article:


"Today, the Shiite Crescent is a real threat, not only to our Sunni allies, especially Egypt and Jordan, but also presents a direct threat to the national security of the United States.”


 "a government [Iraq] that is influenced and controlled by Iran, the number one state sponsor of radical Islamic terrorism.”


"There is no difference between the ideology of ISIS and the Iranian regime, except ISIS is Sunni and Iran is Shiite. They both have goals of establishing an Islamic global caliphate using military force." 


This is my take: The real enemy in the Middle East and elsewhere (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Nigeria, Somalia, etc) is not Iran, but Sunni terrorism (Islamic State and other groups) sponsored primarily by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar. The President of Iran Hassan Rouhani is a moderate reformist open to dialogue with United States. It is in the interest of United States to engage and talk with him and avert a return of the anti-American hardliners at the helm of the Iran government.


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Focus: The Mosul Offensive Against Islamic State - Oct 24, 2016


Wave of U.S. coalition’s air strikes as ISIS puts up tough defence of Mosul - Channel NewsAsia


US drops 1400 bombs on ISIS in first week of Mosul fight - The Daily Caller


U.S. troops, embedded with Iraqi brigades and battalions, push toward Mosul’s city center - militarytimes.com


Navy explosives expert from California first U.S. death in battle for Mosul - UPI.com


Ferocity of ISIS Kirkuk counter-attack points to tough fight for Mosul - Reuters


The worst is yet to come in Mosul, US leaders say - Defense One


Pentagon: Daesh arming administrative personel, recruiting from outside Mosul to reinforce its defense of the city - aa.com


Labyrinth of tunnels revealed as ISIS try to dodge assault on Iraq's second city - Daily Mail Online


VIDEO: A tour of a tunnel where ISIS fighters hide out from satellite detection, drone strikes and artillery - YouTube


ISIS carries out mass relocation of civilians amid Mosul offensive - Rudaw


In opposition to the Iraq government Turkey says its artillery playing role in Mosul, jets on standby - Reuters


US scrambles to contain flaring Turkey-Iraq tensions over Mosul - VOA


Iran's Rohani says Turkish Intervention In Iraq ‘very dangerous’ - rferl.org


VIDEO (Persian): Iran leader Hassan Rouhani expresses his opposition to Turkey military operation in Iraq and Syria - YouTube


The attack on Mosul is turning out to be a total disaster. We gave them months of notice. U.S. is looking so dumb. VOTE TRUMP and WIN AGAIN! - Donald J. Trump on Twitter


VIDEO: Trump: Now we're gogged down In Mosul because Obama gave away the element of surprise, The enemy is much tougher than they thought - RealClearPolitics


White House: 'Too early' to claim Mosul is a failure, Obama has confidence the battle will be successful - Washington Examiner


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton goes after Donald Trump for tweet about ‘total disaster’ In Mosul, adding that it is 'dangerous' declaring defeat before the battle has even started - YouTube


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Focus: The Mosul Offensive Against Islamic State - Oct 22, 2016


News reports shows that Islamic State is retreating from villages near Mosul but it is digging in the city. It launched waves of suicide bombers, burned sulfur stocks leading to civilian injuries, blowed up the Mosul biggest hotel, used civilians as a human shield and threatened to kill everybody who tried to flee. According to an unconfirmed CNN report Islamic State executed men and boys. The group launched a counterattack in Kirkuk with grenades and suicide bombings to divert attention from their Mosul bastion. These events are troubling signs. It is too early to assess the Mosul offensive but I have strong reservations about the Obama administration anti-terrorism plan and the Clinton plan is even worse. 


Gulf states (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, etc) and Turkey finance, arm and maybe provide training and logistical support to the Islamic State and other jihadist groups. There is evidence of this support but no U.S. official publicly acknowledges it. Furthermore it is unthinkable that Islamic State was able to build an army and conquer vast territory in Syria and Iraq in a short period of time without foreign support. Gulf states and Turkey have invested hundreds of millions if not billions to fund and arm jihadi terrorism through Muslim institutions, banks, schools and clandestine operations. The U.S. led coalition’s war on terror will go on and on with no end in sight if the flows of money and weapons to Islamic State from these countries are not stopped. And the costs in terms of lives, displacements, destructions, military expenses will grow proportionally. Gulf states and Turkey should be condemned in international forums for their sponsorship of this barbaric terrorism and warned that they will pay a price for doing so. By the way, Turkey is also bombing and killing the U.S. backed Kurdish forces in Syria which are the ones who fought Islamic State successfully. 


In my opinion it is not possible to defeat and eradicate Islamic State without the full participation of Russia. A joint U.S.- Russia military command was envisioned in the September agreement which called for the establishment of a Joint Implementation Center to coordinate activities against the Islamic State. This will send a signal to the Islamic State and its sponsors that the world is united and determined to fight terrorism with all its capacities. U.S. should drop the demand that Assad is be removed from power before democratic elections are held in Syria because this is the stumbling block impeding the cooperation with Russia. Today Putin’s spokesman reiterated that demands for Assad’s departure are “thoughtless” and Assad must remain in power to prevent the country by falling into the hands of the jihadists. 


A note about the Sirte offensive in Libya that is similar of the Mosul offensive but on a smaller scale. The U.N. designated Libya government, which is located in Tripoli, decided to launch the Sirte offensive against Islamic State without seeking the consent and participation of the Tobruk government, which is the parliament elected by the Libyans. Subsequently the Tobruk government, which has been successful in fighting the jihadists in Benghazi, opposed the Sirte offensive. To this day after a six-month campaign  Islamic State militants are surrounded in a district less than one-kilometre square in Sirte. Sheltering in tunnels and improvised bunkers, Islamic State defends itself with snipers, booby-traps and car bombs. More than 500 pro-government Misrata fighters have been killed. Western special forces teams are advising on the ground and since August U.S. has launched more than 300 airstrikes against the Islamic State in Sirte. Overall this military strategy appears to be weak and costly because the Tobruk government did not participate.

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