CHAMPAGNE IN THE KREMLIN FOR CHARLOTTESVILLE
The Washington Post reports, “Chaos and violence turned to tragedy Saturday as hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members — planning to stage what they described as their largest rally in decades to ‘take America back’— clashed with counterprotesters in the streets and a car plowed into crowds, leaving one person dead and 19 others injured.” Additionally, “two state police officers died when their helicopter crashed at the outskirts of town,” The Washington Post adds. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster told NBC’s “Meet the Press” what our fake puppet president should have, namely, “Of course, it was terrorism.” Meanwhile fake puppet president Trump blamed “many sides,” as if there are two sides to racist hate other than decency and evil cowardice, but that’s him, the Great Extremist Lunatic. While this is American made hate, and no one should get the impression TRUMPISTAN WATCH thinks otherwise, you can bet that like the red bourgeoisie before them, the trash in the Kremlin had real French champagne on hand to celebrate the racist violence in Charlottesville. Remember: Russia, like Trump, loves Nazis, white supremacists, and violence. Anyone who can help to divide and conquer, whether the real Russian traitor trash Trump in the White House, the most dangerous white nationalist of them all, or those who took to the streets on Saturday in Charlottesville. So who died? Heather Heyer. According to the Huffington Post, her mother, Susan Bro, “Heather was not about hate, Heather was about stopping hatred,” adding, “Heather was about bringing an end to injustice.” Therefore, let’s not forget where the neo-Nazis and white nationalists live: in the white nationalist Whites Only Haus. Time for Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, Stephen Miller, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, their cheerleader Kellyanne Conway and of course Twitler himself to go. Meanwhile images of a young black man, Deandre Harris, being beaten with poles straight out of Trump’s “make American great again” 1950s fantasia went viral. Harris survived to give an interview to The Root. More champagne in the Kremlin over images that echo staples of Cold War anti-American propaganda. Real Americans resist! And remember: those who are silent or offering up false equivalencies now would have done the same then. The amount of casual racism you hear as a white person in America is extraordinary; black folks and other minorities get a much different flavor in form. Stand up to it as TRUMPISTAN WATCH always heard my folks do when confronted with it.
OBAMA WAS WARNED REPEATEDLY BETWEEN 2014-16 ABOUT RUSSIA
POLITICO reports, “The Obama administration received multiple warnings from national security officials between 2014 and 2016 that the Kremlin was ramping up its intelligence operations and building disinformation networks it could use to disrupt the U.S. political system”. For once we can all say, “Thanks Obama,” sarcastically like we really mean it. According to POLITICO, “As early as 2014, the administration received a report that quoted a well-connected Russian source as saying that the Kremlin was building a disinformation arm”. Note, “The report, according to an official familiar with it, included a quote from the Russian source telling U.S. officials in Moscow, ‘You have no idea how extensive these networks are in Europe … and in the U.S., Russia has penetrated media organizations, lobbying firms, political parties, governments and militaries in all of these places,’” POLITICO adds. Now we have a much better idea as there is a puppet president in the White House embroiled in scandal and media talking heads on the far right and left are pumping Russia’s agenda into our ears. POLITICO reports it spoke with “more than a dozen current and former officials from across the national security spectrum, including intelligence agencies, the State Department and the Pentagon,” and, “Almost all said they were aware of Russia’s aggressive cyberespionage and disinformation campaigns — especially after the dramatic Russian attempt to hack Ukrainian elections in 2014 – but felt that either the White House or key agencies were unwilling to act forcefully to counter the Russian actions.” And naturally as is customary in Washington when everyone fails, there is finger pointing galore as “Officials outside the White House blamed micromanagement by the National Security Council for the lack of a more forceful response, while a former NSC official says any failure to act forcefully against Russia was because of concerns by the State Department and, less frequently, the Defense Department about potential retaliation by Moscow,” POLITICO reports. Oh boy. Let’s just say everyone failed to different degrees and now we are living a dystopian nightmare of foreign occupation and domestic racists empowered by a compromised extremist in the White House, you know six of one and half dozen of the other.
MUELLER CLOSING IN ON THE CRAZIES IN THE COOP
The New York Times reports special counsel Robert Mueller “is in talks with the West Wing about interviewing current and former senior administration officials, including the recently ousted White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus”. According to The New York Times, “Mr. Mueller has asked the White House about specific meetings, who attended them and whether there are any notes, transcripts or documents about them”. The New York Times adds, “Among the matters Mr. Mueller wants to ask the officials about is President Trump’s decision in May to fire the F.B.I. Director, James B. Comey”. While The New York Times reports, “No interviews have been scheduled,” it is worth noting, “he took the aggressive step of executing a search warrant at the Alexandria, Va., home of Paul J. Manafort, Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman.” Legal experts suggest the move is to put pressure on Manafort; Trump never believed Priebus would be fully loyal to him. Remember the first rule of Washington: everyone seeks to cover his or her own ass first.
From The New York Times.
SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WANTS INFO ON KUSHNER’S CLEARANCE
CNN reports, “The Senate Judiciary Committee is calling on the White House to provide new details about President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner’s security clearance application”. CNN notes, “The committee, led by Republican Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, sent a letter in June to the White House and the FBI asking for a detailed list of questions about Kushner’s security clearance form”. However, “Kushner’s outside attorney sent the panel a letter, but the White House has not yet responded to the panel’s queries despite a July 6 deadline”. According to CNN, “The committee’s spokesman, George Hartmann, told CNN Friday that the response from Kushner’s attorney does not satisfy the panel’s request for information from the White House.” CNN adds, “In the letter from the Senate judiciary committee, the leaders asked for information about the status of the security clearance, including the dates when ‘major decisions’ about the form were made. The panel also asks whether Trump or any White House official intervened during the background check process on Kushner’s behalf. Moreover, the committee leaders also ask the White House and FBI to produce key sections of the SF-86 form, including Kushner’s answers about whether he had any ‘continuing contact’ with a foreign national or offered any advice or support to a foreign government official and his list of all contacts he had with a foreign official over the past seven years.” The Senators are also extremely curious about Kushner’s contacts with Vnesheconombank CEO Sergey Gorkov and former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
DEUTSCHE BANK: UNDER PRESSURE FROM HOUSE DEMOCRAT
Bloomberg reports, “A handful of Democratic lawmakers have renewed their effort to get a powerful House Republican to investigate Deutsche Bank AG’s loans to President Donald Trump and the bank’s role in helping Russians move billions of dollars from Moscow to the west.” Good! Nazis, North Korea, TRUMPISTAN WATCH will not lose focus and nor will certain patriotic members of Congress on what will bring down this puppet president: Russia! According to Bloomberg, “In a letter to Jeb Hensarling of Texas, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Representative Maxine Waters of California, the committee’s ranking Democrat, urged him to issue subpoenas to Deutsche Bank.” Bloomberg notes Waters “wants to force the German lender to disclose its internal review of the so-called ‘mirror-trading’ scandal that has cost the bank more than $600 million in fines and penalties, and a separate review it conducted concerning Trump, who borrowed more than $300 million in real estate loans years before running for office.” Naturally Deutsche Bank has obstructed efforts to reveal the truth about its malfeasance. As TRUMPISTAN WATCH closes in on six months fighting a fascist foreign occupation, note “This is Waters’s fourth attempt to investigate Deutsche Bank.” Note who every Republican obstructing this effort stands with: Trump. And note who Trump stands with: white supremacists, neo-Nazis, Russia. Great company to keep, House Republicans.
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ACTIVE MEASURES WATCH: ACCOUNTING FOR THE ASSHOLES
WIRED reports in depth on the theory and practice of active measures. “A few months after taking over as Russia’s chief of the general staff, [Valery] Gerasimov outlined his vision for a 21st-century style of warfare. It erased the boundary between peace and war and relied on emerging technologies to provide a level of deniability for the Russian military,” WIRED reports, adding, “he outlined a coordinated and multi-pronged approach to warfare that relies on asymmetric tools to open up ‘a permanently operating front through the entire territory of the enemy state.’” WIRED adds, “Only in the final stage of a conflict would uniformed military be deployed, usually ‘under the guise of peacekeeping and crisis regulation,’” which is precisely what the world witnessed, and did minimal about, in Crimea. Recall, “Putin began as a KGB officer, and today nearly all of his top advisers are aging products of the Cold War: Gerasimov is in his early 60s. Putin’s top foreign policy adviser, Yuri Ushakov—Sergey Kislyak’s predecessor as ambassador to the US—turned 70 in March, and the long-serving foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, is 67. The men who head the three main intelligence services are all in their early 60s and graduates of the Soviet Union’s top intelligence and military academies,” WIRED notes. “Putin came to power—and held onto it—during a violent and turbulent time in Russia, a period that reinforced his mentality that the West is a constant, sustained adversary in geopolitics, not a partner for peace,” WIRED adds. “At the broadest level, modern Russian active measures break down into at least eight distinct types, ranging from traditional diplomacy to covert assassinations,” WIRED reports. The toolbox of active measures includes: disinformation, cyber crimes, energy politics, financial crimes and assistance, violence or “wet business,” kompromat or “compromising material,” espionage, and diplomacy. WIRED delves a bit into each one with convincing examples. Worth the read.
RUSSIA: VENEZUELA (AND TRUMP’S) LENDER OF LAST RESORT
Reuters profiles Rosneft’s billions invested in keeping Venezuela’s Chavista dictatorship afloat. Reuters notes, “As Caracas struggles to contain an economic meltdown and violent street protests, Moscow is using its position as Venezuela’s lender of last resort to gain more control over the OPEC nation’s crude reserves, the largest in the world.” You know who else used Russia as a “lender of last resort” to keep his flailing empire afloat? Trump! So let’s take a look at this Reuters special report and see what great future awaits those nations with leaders who are beholden to Russia for financial sustenance. Hint: it’s a pretty terrible one with a collapsing economy, sharks circling and zero dignity for the average person. Reuters reports, “Venezuela’s state-owned oil firm, Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), has been secretly negotiating since at least early this year with Russia’s biggest state-owned oil company, Rosneft (ROSN.MM) – offering ownership interests in up to nine of Venezuela’s most productive petroleum projects”. According to Reuters, “Rosneft has also positioned itself as a middleman in sales of Venezuelan oil to customers worldwide. Much of it ends up at refineries in the United States – despite U.S. sanctions against Russia – because it is sold through intermediaries such as oil trading firms, according to internal PDVSA trade reports seen by Reuters and a source at the firm.” An opposition lawmaker, “Elias Matta, vice president of the energy commission at Venezuela’s elected National Assembly,” told Reuters, “Rosneft is definitely taking advantage of the situation,” adding, “They know this is a weak government; that it’s desperate for cash – and they’re sharks.” Recall, “Rosneft said this month that it has lent a total of $6 billion to PDVSA. In total, Russia and Rosneft have delivered Venezuela at least $17 billion in loans and credit lines since 2006, according to Reuters calculations”. Reuters reports there was also a “$4 billion arms-for-oil deal in 2006 that cemented the bond between the governments of Chavez and Putin. Chavez, a former military officer, signed the deal himself in Moscow.” What can go wrong besides everything? It’s not as if Russia has ever sunk it’s future and finances into a failing economic model before such as it did with the Soviet Union. As Sechin told a crowd in Spanish last October during a most Soviet-style unveiling of “a Russian-made granite statue of Chavez erected in the late president’s hometown of Sabaneta,” in a “speech, broadcast on Venezuelan state television,” “Russia and Venezuela, together forever!”
INFO WARS CONSPIRACY THEORIST NUT ALEX JONES LAUNCHES MEDIA WARS
The Washington Times reports, “Infowars publisher and far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has launched a new website in order to accomplish what he called bringing ‘truth back to the media.’” This is from a guy who promoted pizzagate and Sandy Hook conspiracies and is beloved by our white trash fake Russian troll president, so keep in mind his definition of truth is as flexible as Trump’s claims to legitimacy of any kind, whether moral or simply as the popular vote winner. According to The Washington Times, “Mr. Jones announced the launch of NewsWars.com during Friday’s broadcast of his popular radio and internet show and said on Twitter afterwards that the website would serve as ‘a new media platform in the battle against fake news!’” But he already took on Megyn Kelly after he gave her an exclusive, so how will that work? Surely the Trump-loving National Enquirer, which loves alien babies and such, is not fake news to his audience of losers. Imagine sucking so much that being a white guy in America is hard and you have to justify it with a load of bullshit conspiracies. We do not have to imagine with Trump in the White House.
From The Washington Times.
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LAST ADDRESS: MEMORY IN POST-SOVIET RUSSIA
Meduza profiles a volunteer project in Russia called “Last Address” that has a few things in common with Stolperstein in Germany, with some critical differences. These differences include a lack of state support to memorialize the millions of victims of Stalinism and an unwillingness of the Russian state to face its Stalinist past as mass murderers and slaughterers of innocents. According to Meduza, “Since December 2014, a project called ‘Last Address’ has operated in Russia, dedicated to memorializing the victims of Soviet repression. Members of this project mount memorial plaques outside homes where people were once seized by the secret police and taken to be imprisoned and shot.” Meduza notes, “volunteers working with Last Address are active in cities across Russia and the former Soviet Union, studying archival materials, completing tedious paperwork, and most importantly convincing apartment owners to permit the installation of the memorial plaques outside their homes.” If Russia had any dignity, this would not be the work of volunteers but embraced by the state. Russians should not require convincing, instead they should feel the necessity to acknowledge past crimes, speak openly about them, and memorialize the victims at the core of their humanity. However, Russia is relatively hopeless so there is every reason to believe there is no “never again” there, rather instead an “until next time”.
RUSSIAN DOPERS PRETENDED TO BE ATHLETES, WON’T GIVE UP MEDALS
Reuters reports, “The silver medals Russian sprinter Tatyana Firova won at the Beijing and London Olympics are stored in a safe in her apartment near Moscow in defiance of the International Olympic Committee, which has wanted them back for months.” According to Reuters, “Firova is one of six athletes who told Reuters they had yet to return Olympic medals and diplomas from the Beijing and London Games that were revoked over the last year after their samples, or those of relay teammates, tested positive for banned substances.” So surprise, Russia does not just cheat elections, banking, decency, everything else, it also steals from real athletes who train for years for the privilege of competing in the Olympics. As usual, when Russia gets caught cheating, it refuses to acknowledge reality — probably just the International Olympic Committee’s Russophobia. Reuters reports, “Two of these athletes said they had no intention of returning them, while three others said they would do so but were unclear how to proceed, had logistical constraints or were awaiting the outcome of an appeal. Another athlete was undecided.” Right because those are not your medals, cheaters.
THE DEATH OF STALIN: A COMEDY
Vice reports, “Now that he’s gotten his fill of making fun of American politics with Veep, writer/director Armando Iannucci is turning his attention to Russia with The Death of Stalin, a comedy film set just after the communist leader kicks the can.” This should be very funny to all the Stalin-loving shits like Putin in the Kremlin nowadays. Citing Vulture, Vice writes, “Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Rupert Friend, and Jason Isaacs all play Stalin’s underlings who squabble for power after he’s passed. And—given that this is 1950s Russia on the brink of collapse—they’re all scared for their lives.” Can’t wait until Russia is forced to respond to derision and mockery of their beloved paranoid mass murderer. What fun! Laughter in the face of fear is the best medicine. Laughter in the face of Russia now is survival.
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