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—–BREAKING—–

 

TRUMP DEFENSE BUDGET HAS MUELLER PROBE RUNNING INTO 2019

POLITICO reports, “President Donald Trump’s new budget projects that special counsel Robert Mueller’s office will still be in business in fiscal year 2019 — even though White House officials have repeatedly said they expect the probe to wrap up soon. The budget projects that Mueller’s team will keep spending at its current rate of about $10 million per year in the next fiscal year, which starts in October.” Meanwhile the republic is in flames as a puppet president sits in the White House, but everyone take your time, no rush, it is not as if everyday is a fresh horror show or attack on our once beautiful and sovereign republic.

From POLITICO.

 

PUTIN DISCUSSES MIDDLE EAST WITH FAKE PUPPET POTUS

Reuters reports, “Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he had spoken to U.S. President Donald Trump by telephone and discussed efforts to bridge differences between Israel and the Palestinian Authority,” citing Russian state news agencies. Reuters notes, “Putin was reported to have made the comments at the start of a meeting in Moscow with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.” Reuters adds, “The same news agencies quoted Abbas as saying that the Palestinians could not accept the United States as the sole mediator in talks with Israel because of Washington’s behavior.” Consequences? Someone explain consequences to Trumpistan, it is a foreign thing so may be in an ICE cell.

From Reuters.

 

PENTAGON WANTS $686 BILLION TO DETER RUSSIA, CHINA IN 2019

The Hill reports, “President Trump has requested $686 billion for the Defense Department in fiscal 2019, a major hike over last year’s request and one aimed at strengthening U.S. military advantage over Russia and China. Pentagon officials on Monday revealed the budget request to Congress, which consists of a $617 billion base budget and $69 billion for its war fund known as the Overseas Contingency Operations account.” The Hill notes, “The figures — which do not include Energy Department nuclear programs, expected to bring the total national defense request to $716 billion — would buy 10 new Navy ships and add 25,900 more troops in the Army, Navy and Air Force over last year’s request.” The Hill adds, “Among the major asks in Trump’s second budget request are 77 more F-35 Joint Strike Fighters — 48 for the Air Force, 20 for the Marine Corps and nine for the Navy — 24 F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets and 10 new Navy ships, including an aircraft carrier, three destroyers, one littoral combat ship and two Virginia-class submarines.” And our enemy is destroying us with social media. Oh and a puppet president. Imagine the disparity!

From The Hill.

 

OBAMA’S DEEP STATE WANTED THINGS “BY THE BOOK” – WHAT BOOK?

CNN reports, “President Barack Obama met in January 2017 with then-FBI Director James Comey and other top national security officials to discuss sharing information related to Russia with the incoming Trump administration, where Obama stated that the Trump-Russia investigation should be handled ‘by the book,’ according to an email made public Monday and a source familiar with the matter.” Which book? TRUMPISTAN WATCH would refer to Brave New World but others think Orwell and 1984. CNN adds, “The previously undisclosed meeting was memorialized in an email written by then-National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day. A person familiar with the January 5, 2017, meeting said the Obama administration wanted to know whether the FBI and others in the intelligence community believed there was a national security reason to limit conversations with the Trump transition about Russia because some on the incoming President’s team could be compromised.”  Hello Flynn! CNN notes, “The email was disclosed by Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and Sen. Lindsey Graham, who sent a letter Monday to Rice asking why she had sent the email to herself on the day of Trump’s inauguration about an Oval Office meeting on Russian election interference. The meeting included Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Comey and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.” CNN adds, “In a statement, Grassley and Graham said, ‘Despite your claim that President Obama repeatedly told Mr. Comey to proceed “by the book,” substantial questions have arisen about whether officials at the FBI, as well as at the Justice Department and the State Department, actually did proceed “by the book.”’” Yes, this too is conspiracy fodder because Deep State is so pernicious it wants to do things “by the book”!

From CNN.

 

DEMOCRATIC SENATORS PUSH TRUMP ON LACK OF RUSSIA SANCTIONS
POLITICO
reports, “Three senior Democratic senators on Monday introduced a resolution pushing President Donald Trump to use the new authority over Russia sanctions that Congress overwhelmingly gave him last year. The symbolic measure from Sens. Ben Cardin of Maryland, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Robert Menendez of New Jersey marks the latest Democratic effort to pressure the Trump administration on its delay in implementing a bipartisan Russia sanctions bill — designed in part as a response to Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 election — that the president signed only reluctantly.” POLITICO recalls, “The administration’s decision last month to hold off on new penalties targeting the defense and intelligence sectors of President Vladimir Putin’s government infuriated Democrats, who pointed out that the bipartisan bill Congress approved with only five opposing votes last year had designed the sanctions as mandatory.” The administration response will likely be unchanged: from let’s do nothing and throw a parade!

From POLITICO.

 

DEEP STATE HAPPY TO GO TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO AVOID CROSSHAIRS

NBC News reports, “ The Justice Department’s No.3 attorney had been unhappy with her job for months before the department announced her departure on Friday”. Yes not only do we tragically live in a world where it is possible to name the number three official at the Justice Department but now we also must suffer through reporting on her moods and intentions. Quelle tragédie! NBC News adds, “Brand grew frustrated by vacancies at the department and fear she would be asked to oversee the Russia investigation”. NBC News recalls, “She will be leaving the Justice Department in the coming weeks to take a position with Walmart as the company’s executive vice president of global governance and corporate secretary, a job change that had been in the works for some time”. NBC News notes, “Should Rosenstein be fired, Brand would be next in line to oversee Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, thrusting her into a political spotlight that Brand told friends she did not want to enter.” Deep State is mighty! Deep State is powerful! Deep State is happy to leave for the private sector rather than find itself in political crosshairs!

From NBC News.

 

CAPTURE THE STATE DEPARTMENT: DIPLOMACY IS FOR DEMOCRACY

Defense One reports, “The State Department’s civilian workforce shrunk more than 6 percent overall during the initial eight months of the Trump administration, but that figure masks significantly higher departure rates in critical areas of the country’s diplomatic apparatus. In December 2016, the department employed 2,580 people under the foreign affairs occupation series, according to data from the Office of Personnel Management. By September 2017—the most recent data available—that number fell to 2,273, a decrease of roughly 11.9 percent.” First TRUMPISTAN WATCH got to watch the decimation of the news industry over the last decade at such rates, now TRUMPISTAN WATCH gets to do it all over again with the field of diplomacy! Older generations, do you have any sense of how depressing this is when you are not even 35, to watch your dreams and hopes blow up over and over again because something that is necessary for democracy is deemed unnecessary by plutocrats? The future: who needs it if you are not mega rich?

From Defense One.

 

DERIPASKA WINS INJUNCTION TO HAVE HIS SEX YACHT VIDEOS BLOCKED

Bloomberg reports, “Russia may block access to YouTube and Instagram after billionaire Oleg Deripaska won a court injunction against videos and photographs that showed him and Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Prikhodko relaxing on a yacht with a woman described as an escort.” Bloomberg adds, “Deripaska won an order from Ust-Labinsk court in his native Krasnodar region ordering the removal of 14 Instagram posts and seven YouTube videos that breached his right to privacy, according to a spokeswoman for his Basic Element company. Anti-Kremlin campaigner Alexey Navalny said the order also threatens to block his website after he published an online film alleging that the videos and photographs posted by the woman, who calls herself Nastya Rybka, showed evidence of a corrupt relationship between the aluminum tycoon and the senior minister. Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor included the materials on its register of blacklisted sites following the court order.” Bloomberg notes, “Internet providers must block access to online services within days unless information declared illegal is deleted.” According to the Basic Element spokeswoman cited by Bloomberg, “Deripaska is seeking removal of only the 14 Instagram posts and seven YouTube videos, and not to block access to the two services entirely”. Bloomberg adds, “The action against his investigation is ‘a brazen act of censorship,’ Navalny wrote on his website, which remained accessible on Monday. ‘I urge everyone to spread this video wherever you can.’” Because we all know by now big tech companies care more about their bottom line than such pesky things as corruption and state censorship, you can expect YouTube (Google) and Instagram (Fakebook) to comply.

From Bloomberg.

 

GOOGLE ABIDES

And as if on cue, The Moscow Times reports, “Google has warned that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s YouTube channel will be blocked if his team does not remove an excerpt of his graft investigation into billionaire Oleg Deripaska and a senior government figure.” Remember back in the day when Google’s motto was “Don’t be evil”? Good thing they changed that. Also good thing to remember that soon this will not be half a world away but right here in America where it will be much harder to have the distance and out of sight, out of mind mentality when it comes to censorship and other antidemocratic acts. Because America no longer exists and Trumpistan and its corporate prowess does not stand for freedom, “In compliance with Roskomnadzor’s request, YouTube has threatened Navalny’s camp to ‘block the content’ unless it removed a video mentioning its investigation of Deripaska, according to an email that Navalny’s team shared on Monday,” The Moscow Times notes. The thing that was nice about the Cold War was at least it was possible to pretend to stand for something as opposed to now in this warm hybrid war, unless you count nihilism as something even though it is a declared belief in nothing.

From The Moscow Times.

 

RUSSIAN FIGHTERS KILLED IN SYRIA IN U.S. FORCES CONFRONTATION

The Jerusalem Post reports, “Russian fighters were among those killed when US-led coalition forces clashed with pro-government forces in Syria this month, former associates of the dead said on Monday.” The Jerusalem Post recalls, “A US official has said more than 100 fighters aligned with Syrian President Bashar Assad died when coalition and local coalition-backed forces thwarted a large attack overnight on February 7. Russia’s Defense Ministry, which supports Assad’s forces in the Syrian civil war, said at the time that pro-government militias involved in the incident had been carrying out reconnaissance and no Russian servicemen had been in the area.” The Jerusalem Post adds, “at least two Russian men fighting informally with pro-government forces were killed in the incident in Deir al-Zor province,” citing a Reuters report. The Jerusalem Post reports, “One of the dead was named as Vladimir Loginov, a Cossack from Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave. Maxim Buga, a leader of the Cossack community there, said Loginov had been killed around February 7 along with ‘dozens’ of other Russian fighters. The other man killed was named as Kirill Ananiev, described as a radical Russian nationalist. Alexander Averin, a spokesman for the nationalist party he was linked to, told Reuters Ananiev had been killed in shelling in the same fighting on February 7.” And now they are dead. Reuters reports Russia reacted as, “Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that in Syria the United States has been acting unilaterally in a ‘dangerous way’, undermining the country’s integrity,” citing a Russian-state run RIA Novosti report. The Syrian state of Bashar Al Assad has integrity in any sense? That is a joke, right? Lavrov is so funny!

From The Jerusalem Post and Reuters.

 

UKRAINE NEEDS 20K UN FORCE, WOULD GIVE RUSSIA A FROZEN CONFLICT

Reuters reports, “The United Nations should consider a force of some 20,000 soldiers from non-NATO countries and 4,000 police to help resolve the crisis in Ukraine, according to a new report to be presented to top officials this week.” Reuters adds, “Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested a limited U.N. peacekeeping mission to eastern Ukraine, which many in the West see as an opportunity to negotiate a broader U.N. force to restore order,” which means give Russia the ambiguity of a frozen conflict that it desperately seeks to impede on Ukraine’s sovereignty. Reuters notes, “A report commissioned by former NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen – now an adviser to Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko – will be presented to officials including the U.S. special envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.” Reuters notes as TRUMPISTAN WATCH reported from Unian Information Agency yesterday, “Senior officials from Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France will discuss the conflict on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.” Note who is not included!

From Reuters.

 

NATO SECRETARY GENERAL TO MEET UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT POROSHENKO

The Kyiv Post reports, “NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said that he plans to hold talks this week with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the Munich Security Conference.” The Kyiv post notes, “The Munich Security Conference will be held on February 15-17,” so next weekend.

From The Kyiv Post.

 

GERMANY EXPECTED TO GET NEW NATO DEPLOYMENT SUPPORT COMMAND

IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly reports, “NATO defence ministers meeting in Brussels on 14-15 February are expected to approve the establishment of a deployment support command in Germany to improve military mobility”.

From IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly.

 

—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–

 

AMERICA LOST THE CYBER WAR. GET USED TO LOSING, ASSHOLES

The Guardian carries a piece by TRUMPISTAN WATCH favorite Professor Timothy Snyder on how we lost and lost bigly to Russia in the cyber war that hacked our election and installed a stupid fake puppet president, all while Americans were too content in their shallow, hollow, greedy lives or at each other’s throats due to righteous indignation of some or other sort. Snyder writes, “Trump’s fantasy of a military parade and Trump’s choice to release or block congressional memos about the Russia investigation were the two big stories of last week. At first glance, they have nothing to do with one another. In fact, they are part of the same story: a grand cover-up of American defeat.” That’s right, losers! We lost! America first is for losers. Snyder adds, “The problem today is that the United States has not just won a war, but lost one. Carl von Clausewitzthe great student of war, defined its aim as altering the will of the enemy. In the 21st century, in the age of cyber, this can be achieved without combat.” So it goes that it definitely was not TRUMPISTAN WATCH’s will for there to ever be a TRUMPISTAN WATCH or up early enough to write it, but here we are! In year two of this shit and nothing is getting better, in fact it may be the enemy who is getting better – at attacking us. As Snyder aptly notes, “America lost a cyberwar to Russia in 2016, the result of which was the election of Trump. Defeat is hard to face; but every delay in facing the hard facts makes matters worse. This is no time for parades.” So what will this stupid greedy nation do? Probably have a parade, unless our better half at the Pentagon can manage to put the kibosh on this absurdity of full Trumpistani glory! Synder concludes, “We don’t need memos and marches; we need truth and repair.” Don’t we also need to go shopping? Like, are we real Americans? What we feel should be felt through the purchase of mass-market consumer goods, just as god and George W. Bush would want it.

From The Guardian.

 

SAVED BY DEEP STATE

ABC News reports, “Donald Trump Jr.’s wife was taken to a hospital in New York City today after opening a package at her home that contained an unknown white powder”. While there was nothing in the package, you can imagine how this fed the Trump family’s victim complex and sense of manufactured righteous indignation. Both Uday and his wife Vanessa sent messages of gratitude to the FBI and other law enforcement agencies via Twitter, the same FBI that Uday’s Daddy and the whole Trump trash klan has been railing against for weeks as they are “The Deep State”. And now they have been saved by Deep State! For her part, Uday’s sister Aryan princess Ivanka wrote on Twitter, “No one deserves to be frightened this way,” as if immigrants being ripped from their families and sent back to lands they never knew as they left as children do, dear.

From ABC News.

 

BIG TECH FIRM ORACLE GIVING BIGLY TO BIG KREMLIN PUPPET

The Daily Beast reports, “Weeks after they hired a controversial former Trump national security aide with ties to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), top executives at the tech company Oracle made substantial donations to Nunes’ 2018 re-election campaign. The donations, which totalled nearly $35,000 came from five executives, several of whom gave so much that they surpassed the legal limit and had to be refunded. What made the donations stand out, however, was not the size of them—$35,000 was a relatively small amount considering the more than $1.2 million that Nunes has raised so far this cycle. It was the timing of the giving.” The Daily Beast adds, “Ezra Cohen-Watnick, who worked as a top White House intelligence aide linked to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, joined Oracle just weeks before its executives began writing checks to Nunes. Cohen-Watnick had arrived at the company under a cloud of controversy.” Recall he was the National Security Council’s woefully unqualified intelligence director whose wife once lobbied for Russia while employed at Ketchum and who fielded a middle of the night, mid-Uber jump by DARKNESS AT NUNES to the White House to begin the bogus “unmasking” saga, if you can remember discredited conspiracy theories so far back in time. The Daily Beast reports, “In early and mid-October, Oracle’s top officials began giving to Nunes. Edward Lloyd Screven, the company’s chief corporate architect, wrote two checks to the congressman for $2,700 each that month. On October 16, Kenneth Glueck, a senior vice president, wrote two checks to Nunes for $2,700 each. That same day, Safra Catz, Oracle’s president, wrote a check to Nunes for $2,500. In late November, she wrote three more worth $5,200 (she was later refunded $2,500). Mark Hurd, CEO, would donate $5,400 in late November as well. So too would Oracle’s billionaire chairman and CTO Larry Ellison. He had $2,700 of his $8,100 in contributions refunded.” The Daily Beast notes, “Catz and Hurd are particularly close to the Trump administration,” and held transition positions. The Daily Beast notes, “neither Catz nor any of the other Oracle executives who gave to Nunes had donated to the the congressman before. Nunes does not represent the district where Oracle is headquartered.” So what the hell is this really about?

From The Daily Beast.

 

—–DISINFO WARS—–

 

FAKEBOOK: THE PLACE FOR DISINFORMATION

Wired has a long piece on Fakebook, the company that helped bring down our democracy by helping spread Russian disinformation like a cancer across our society. Wired reports the “holy shit moment, though, didn’t come until more than six months after the election. Early in the campaign season, Facebook was aware of familiar attacks emanating from known Russian hackers, such as the group APT28, which is believed to be affiliated with Moscow. They were hacking into accounts outside of Facebook, stealing documents, then creating fake Facebook accounts under the banner of DCLeaks, to get people to discuss what they’d stolen. The company saw no signs of a serious, concerted foreign propaganda campaign, but it also didn’t think to look for one.” Wired adds, “During the spring of 2017, the company’s security team began preparing a report about how Russian and other foreign intelligence operations had used the platform,” written by Alex Stamos. According to Wired, “Stamos was something of an icon in the tech world for having reportedly resigned from his previous job at Yahoo after a conflict over whether to grant a US intelligence agency access to Yahoo servers. According to two people with direct knowledge of the document, he was eager to publish a detailed, specific analysis of what the company had found. But members of the policy and communications team pushed back and cut his report way down. Sources close to the security team suggest the company didn’t want to get caught up in the political whirlwind of the moment.” The report came out on April 27, 2017 and was “titled ‘Information Operations and Facebook,’ and it gave a careful step-by-step explanation of how a foreign adversary could use Facebook to manipulate people. But there were few specific examples or details, and there was no direct mention of Russia.” Then the press hit. “One month later, a story in Time suggested to Stamos’ team that they might have missed something in their analysis,” Wired reports, adding, “The article quoted an unnamed senior intelligence official saying that Russian operatives had bought ads on Facebook to target Americans with propaganda. Around the same time, the security team also picked up hints from congressional investigators that made them think an intelligence agency was indeed looking into Russian Facebook ads. Caught off guard, the team members started to dig into the company’s archival ads data themselves.” Wired adds, “Eventually, by sorting transactions according to a series of data points—Were ads purchased in rubles? Were they purchased within browsers whose language was set to Russian?—they were able to find a cluster of accounts, funded by a shadowy Russian group called the Internet Research Agency, that had been designed to manipulate political opinion in America.” Wired notes, “When Facebook finally did find the Russian propaganda on its platform, the discovery set off a crisis, a scramble, and a great deal of confusion.” It was as if the clouds parted, hell shone down on their city at 1 Hacker Way and proclaimed Zuckerberg full of shit. So what has the company done since? Minimize every reveal. Deny. Minimize. Deflect. Or how to succeed in modern post-democratic Trumpistan!

From Wired.

 

FORMER FBI OFFICIAL LEADS BUZZFEED EFFORT TO VERIFY DOSSIER

Foreign Policy reports, “For the last six months, a team led by a former top FBI and White House cybersecurity official has been traveling the globe on a secret mission to verify parts of the Trump dossier”. Foreign Policy adds the client is “BuzzFeed, the news organization that first published the dossier on U.S. President Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, which is now being sued over its explosive allegations. The investigation, being conducted by FTI Consulting, is running in parallel to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in Kremlin-directed efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. With the special counsel probe under wraps, the BuzzFeed court case could represent the first public airing of an investigation into the veracity of some of the dossier’s claims.” Foreign Policy notes, “FTI is a Washington-based business advisory firm that specializes in areas ranging from corporate litigation to forensic accounting, and it is a frequent post-government landing pad for FBI officials.” Now TRUMPISTAN WATCH hates to be a downer Debbie, a Cassandra, a cynic or whatever nasty name you choose, TRUMPISTAN WATCH has heard them all, but is this not what one does prior to publication? TRUMPISTAN WATCH has had a story more verified than the dossier killed by a top publication because they did not want to hire a lawyer to even skim the veracity of the claims. Or welcome to the new journalism! Salacious and clicks first, truth and accuracy, if anyone should get around to it. The stakes have never been higher and the lack of responsibility greater.

From Foreign Policy.

 

TRUMP’S PERSONAL LAWYER MICHAEL COHEN SHOPPING A BOOK

The Daily Beast reports, “Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer is writing a book about his life and relationship with the president. According to a proposal shopped to multiple publishers and obtained by The Daily Beast, Michael Cohen’s book will likely be titled Trump Revolution: From The Tower to The White House, Understanding Donald J. Trump, and will focus on the attorney’s role in the president’s campaign and businesses.” The Daily Beast add, “Positioned partially as a rebuttal to Michael Wolff’s massively popular White House exposé Fire and Fury, Cohen’s proposal posits that few people outside Trump’s family understand the president besides him; and he casts himself as the ‘family fix-it guy’ and the original Trump ‘special counsel.’”

From The Daily Beast.

 

RUSSIA GETS ITS OWN RADIATION SCARE WARNING

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “Residents of Russia’s Yaroslavl region got a scare when local TV and radio stations broadcast a radiation warning, but the Emergency Situations Ministry said the broadcast was a mistake. The prerecorded warning, which aired at about 9 a.m., alerted residents to what it said were high levels of radiation in the atmosphere in the region 250 kilometers northeast of Moscow.” Sounds much like what happened in Hawaii not so long ago, only without the text message component. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “In a statement, the regional branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry said that a technical glitch caused the ‘false’ warning to be broadcast.”

From Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

 

—–RADIO MOSCOW: STORIES FROM THEIR PRESS AND OURS—–

 

RUSSIAN NATIONALIST LOOKS TO CHANGE US EMBASSY MOSCOW ADDRESS

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “City authorities in the Russian capital are set to consider a proposal from a deputy of the party of ultranationalist leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky to change the address of the embassy to 1 North American Dead End,” citing a report in Russian state-run Interfax. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty notes, “The move comes after the city council in the U.S. capital, Washington D.C., voted to rename the street in front of the Russian Embassy after slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, a move that has irked Moscow.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “Interfax said the request for the name change came from State Duma deputy Mikhail Degtyarev, a member of Zhirinovsky’s Liberal Democratic Party of Russia.”

From Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

 

RUSSIA TARGETS THE OSCARS OVER SYRIAN WAR DOCUMENTARY

The Guardian reports, “The film-maker behind the Oscar-nominated documentary Last Men in Aleppo has been targeted by a smear campaign that seeks to paint him as a terrorist sympathiser in the run up to the Academy Awards. Director Feras Fayyad spent a year working with local journalists to follow a handful of volunteer rescue workers in the besieged Syrian city as they rushed towards bombed buildings to try and find people in the rubble. The resulting documentary has earned widespread critical praise and won awards including the Sundance grand jury prize.” The Guardian adds, “the international recognition has been accompanied by an organized attempt to tarnish the film-maker’s reputation, following a playbook of Russia-backed disinformation and manipulation.” Fayyad told The Guardian, “It is like Russia wants to hack the Oscars like they hacked the US election”. The Guardian notes, “Since the Oscar nominations were announced, Fayyad, a Syrian national, has become the subject of several articles by Russia state news agency Sputnik News and ‘alternative news’ sites to discredit his work, describing it as a ‘propaganda piece funded by western governments’ and an ‘Al-Qaida promotional film’. Others have trawled through his social media accounts and published pictures of his family and friends. Syrian state media has followed suit. On Twitter and Facebook, dozens of accounts have accused Fayyad of being a liar and terrorist sympathizer.”

From The Guardian.

 

HOW TO GET SNOW REMOVED IN RUSSIA

BBC News reports, “Moscow residents say they have found that the only way to get the council to clear snow is to write the name of opposition leader Alexei Navalny on it.” BBC News adds, “Posts on Facebook and Twitter have received thousands of likes, after disgruntled residents took to social media, saying that they tried spray-painting ‘Navalny’ on the city’s deep snow out of frustration at the authorities’ slowness in removing them. One user said the move prompted immediate reaction and that council workers removed the graffiti ‘within hours’.” Bravo creative Russians!

From BBC News.

 

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