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Russia’s Nuclear Cruise Missile Is Struggling To Take Off

It’s a terrifying weapon: a nuclear-powered cruise missile that can fly anywhere on the planet, possibly spewing radioactivity as it goes. In March, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that his nation had successfully tested just such a machine. By – Geoff Brumfiel But new satellite imagery of a remote Russian test site suggests that the missile may not be working as ...

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Sweden’s 2018 Election: A Blueprint For Fake News Countering

Different election, same problem. By now, the fact that foreign powers might try to influence other countries’ elections by spreading disinformation, is no longer surprising to anyone.  By – Federico Guerrini Much less so to Swedish politicians and lawmakers, who have witnessed Russian efforts to manipulate the U.S. elections two years ago, and are by no means willing to let anything similar happen ...

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Russia Tasks Hollywood Actor Seagal With Improving U.S. Ties

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it had made U.S. actor Steven Seagal its special representative for Russian-U.S. humanitarian ties, a role it said was meant to deepen cultural, art and youth ties between the two countries. By – Maria Kiselyova President Vladimir Putin presented a Russian passport to U.S. actor Steven Seagal in 2016, saying he hoped it would serve ...

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Key Russian oligarch in touch with Russia, Assad before mercenaries attacked US troops

Before a Russian mercenary attack on US and allied forces in Syria earlier this month, the Russian oligarch believed to control the mercenaries — a man who the US special counsel indicted last week — was “in close touch” with Russian and Syrian officials, The Washington Post reported Thursday evening. By –  Eli Watkins The Post, citing US intelligence reports, said intercepted communications showed the ...

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Tillerson leaves military response to Syrian chemical attacks on the table

THE bombardment of Syria’s rebel-held eastern Ghouta area near Damascus by pro-government forces has killed 250 people in the 48 hours since Sunday night, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday. By – Max Greenwood Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has suggested a U.S. military response to the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons remains on the table. “President Trump has already ...

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As West Fears the Rise of Autocrats, Hungary Shows What’s Possible

The senior leaders of Fidesz gathered on the banks of the Danube, in a building known as the Hungarian White House, stunned by the scale of their good fortune. Their right-wing party had won unexpectedly sweeping political power in national elections. The question was how to use it. By – Patrick Kingsley  Several men urged caution. But Viktor Orban, the prime minister-elect, disagreed. ...

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Sweden: The defense posture of a ‘peace nation’

“Step by step,” says the defense minister, Peter Hultqvist. “Step by step, we are developing our military capability.” (He might say redeveloping.) Sweden is adjusting to the new realities of the region. By – Jay Nordlinger  What region? Scandinavia? Sweden is indeed a Scandinavian country, along with its western neighbors, Norway and Denmark. Unlike them, Sweden is also a Baltic state, ...

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Putin trolls burned across the Internet as Washington debated options

The first email arrived in the inbox of CounterPunch, a left-leaning American news and opinion website, at 3:26 a.m. — the middle of the day in Moscow. “Hello, my name is Alice Donovan and I’m a beginner freelance journalist,” read the Feb. 26, 2016, message. By – Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima & Greg Jaffe The FBI was tracking Donovan as part of a months-long ...

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Putin’s Zapad 2017 simulated a war against NATO

Since 2009, the Russian Federation’s General has been conducting the “Zapad” (“West”) exercise every four years (one was previously conducted in 1999). Its aim is to train the “defensive capacities” of the Russian Federation’s army in the Western Military Sector. Last September, the Russian army announced: “The Zapad 2017 anti-terror exercise is a purely defensive one.” By – Julian Ropcke Zapad 2017 ...

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Vladimir Putin Repeats misleading Fact-Checked Claims

Vladimir Putin President of the Russian Federation “There is no Russian army on the territory of Donbas but there have been created military-police formations, ready to repulse an offensive against Donbas.” Source: Kremlin.ru, December 14, 2017 By –  Polygraph  MISLEADING  This claim, and many others already fact-checked, misleads. In his end of year news conference, President Vladimir Putin made claims about ...

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