—–ON THE AGENDA—–
PUTIN HAS HIS CALL IN SHOW, LIKE LAUGH IN BUT NO LAUGHS
The Washington Post reports, “On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin will once again answer questions from citizens in his annual, multi-hour, live television call-in show, ‘Direct Line With Vladimir Putin.’” Like everything in Russia, “Many observers describe these shows as entirely fake, and ‘Direct Line’ is indeed a highly staged and controlled event: Journalists have reported on this year’s preparations and the elaborate rehearsals that those selected to appear undergo.” Reuters notes during the show Putin “tried to reassure Russians about their economy,” which has sucked since forever because Russia is a den of thieves with no real economy. Reuters adds, “This year, Putin dispensed with his usual studio audience, fielded text and video questions, and was poised to hand out real-time orders to regional governors, government ministers and state company heads who were shown on giant TV monitors sitting at their desks across Russia waiting for his instructions.” Even the fake audience was too risky. Weak! What a sad little show for a sad little man.
ARYAN PRINCESS IVANKA CONNECTED COHEN + RUSSIAN WEIGHTLIFTER
BuzzFeed reports, “during the campaign, she connected her father’s personal lawyer with a Russian athlete who offered to introduce Donald Trump to Putin to facilitate a 100-story Trump tower in Moscow,” citing emails and four sources. BuzzFeed notes, “There is no evidence that Ivanka Trump’s contact with the athlete — the former Olympic weightlifter Dmitry Klokov — was illegal or that it had anything to do with the election. Nor is it clear that Klokov could even have introduced Trump to the Russian president. But congressional investigators have reviewed emails and questioned witnesses about the interaction”. BuzzFeed adds, “The contacts reveal that even as her father was campaigning to become president of the United States, Ivanka Trump connected Michael Cohen with a Russian who offered to arrange a meeting with one of the US’s adversaries — in order to help close a business deal that could have made the Trump family millions.” Russia has used athletes as conduit for state business before on many occasions. BuzzFeed notes Aryan princess Ivanka’s stellar judgement concerning the interaction as, “In one of those emails, Klokov told Cohen that he could arrange a meeting between Donald Trump and Putin to help pave the way for the tower. Later, Cohen sent an email refusing that offer and saying that the Trump Organization already had an agreement in place. He said he was cutting off future communication with Klokov. Copying Ivanka Trump, the Russian responded in a final brusque message, in which he questioned Cohen’s authority to make decisions for the Trump Organization. Frustrated by the exchange, Ivanka Trump questioned Cohen’s refusal to continue communicating with Klokov”. BuzzFeed notes, “It’s unclear how Ivanka Trump came into contact with Klokov.” Probably traveling in the same criminal underworld circles?
MUELLER WANTS WITNESSES PHONES TO INSPECT ENCRYPTED APPS
CNBC reports, “Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is requesting that witnesses turn in their personal phones to inspect their encrypted messaging programs and potentially view conversations between associates linked to President Donald Trump”. CNBC adds, “Since as early as April, Mueller’s team has been asking witnesses in the Russia probe to turn over phones for agents to examine private conversations on WhatsApp, Confide, Signal and Dust,” noting that, “Fearing a subpoena, the witnesses have complied with the request and have given over their phones”.
HANNITY CALLS ON WITNESSES TO DESTROY PHONES ON FAUX NEWS FOX
The Hill reports, “Fox News host Sean Hannity appeared on Wednesday to advise witnesses in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to destroy their personal phones before handing them over to prosecutors.” Looks like the collaborators are hitting panic and leaving ample video evidence. The Hill adds, “‘…delete all your emails and then acid-wash your emails and hard drives on the phones, then take your phones and bash them with a hammer to little itsy bitsy pieces, use BleachBit, remove the sim cards and then take the pieces and hand them over to Robert Mueller,’ Hannity said on air.” It’s like he’s been given very meticulous instructions on how to do this! Manafort might soon be locked up for witness tampering too, so this makes Hannity’s rant now seem as if the lass is a wee bit panic stricken about going down not in a blaze of glory but with a dark cloud of treason hanging over him. Sad!
From The Hill.
CHRISTOPHER STEELE ACCUSES RUSSIAN OLIGARCHS OF INTIMIDATION
The Times of London reports, “Christopher Steele, the former spy, has accused three Russian businessmen of intimidation in a legal fight over a dossier alleging Kremlin links to President Trump. Lawyers for the former MI6 officer have filed two motions with a court in Washington to dismiss an attempt by Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven and German Khan, who live in the UK, to sue Mr Steele for defamation after they were named in the Trump files.”
From The Times of London.
CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA DIRECTOR MET WITH WIKILEAKS J-ASS
The Guardian reports, “A Cambridge Analytica director apparently visited Julian Assange in February last year and told friends it was to discuss what happened during the US election, the Guardian has learned. Brittany Kaiser, a director at the firm until earlier this year, also claimed to have channelled cryptocurrency payments and donations to WikiLeaks.” Well that closes one loose end around things, doesn’t it? As The Guardian notes, “Cambridge Analytica and WikiLeaks are already subjects of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, but the revelations open up fresh questions about the precise nature of the organisations’ relationship.”
From The Guardian.
CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA DIRECTOR BEFORE UK PARLIAMENT COMMITTEE
The AP reports, “The former head of the defunct political consultant Cambridge Analytica is due to testify to British lawmakers investigating the use of Facebook data in election campaigns. Alexander Nix has agreed to appear before Parliament’s media committee Wednesday after previously refusing to testify due to law enforcement investigations into the firm.” Tech Crunch adds, “one nugget of information Nix let slip were the names of specific data aggregators he said Cambridge Analytica had bought ‘consumer and lifestyle’ information on U.S. voters from, to link to voter registration data it also paid to acquire — apparently using that combined database to build models to target American voters in the 2016 presidential election, rather than using data improperly obtained from Facebook.” Tech Crunch notes Nix told the committee, “Because we went out and we licensed millions of data points on American individuals from very large reputable data aggregators and data vendors such as Acxiom, Experian, Infogroup. That was the cornerstone of our data base together with political data — voter file data, I beg your pardon — which again is commercially available in the United States.” Nix also described Canadian data company Aggregate IQ as a “subcontractor”. Remember when it was Americans who were behind elections in the former USA? Surveillance capitalism is the best.
TREASURY UNDOING FAKE SANCTIONS ON OLEG DERIPASKA’S RUSAL
The Wall Street Journal reports, “The Trump administration on Tuesday amended its Russia sanctions program, paving the way for aluminum giant United Co. Rusal to escape from the blacklist and granting the metals market a reprieve from a supply scare that rocked markets over the past month.” Of course they did because Rusal’s director Oleg Deripaska helped the Kremlin put Trump in the White House and our fake Russian bullshit president will bend over so, so very far to keep his masters in Moscow pleased.
From The Wall Street Journal.
SONIC ATTACKS THAT FIRST HAPPENED IN CUBA OCCUR IN CHINA NOW TOO
The New York Times reports, “A crisis over a mysterious ailment sickening American diplomats and their families — which began in Cuba and recently appeared in China — widened on Wednesday. The State Department evacuated at least two more Americans who fell ill in China after hearing strange noises, officials said. Many other employees at the American Consulate in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou and their family members are also being tested by a State Department medical team that has been flown in, officials said. It is unclear how many of them are exhibiting symptoms, but officials expect more American personnel to be evacuated.” The New York Times adds, “For months, American officials have been worried that their diplomats have been subjected to targeted attacks involving odd sounds, leading to symptoms similar to those ‘following concussion or minor traumatic brain injury,’ the State Department says.” It began in Havana and lead to the U.S. expelling Cuban diplomats but with “Americans now exhibiting similar symptoms in Guangzhou, American officials have raised suspicions about whether other countries, perhaps China or Russia, might be to blame.” Of note, the last employee to fall ill “worked with the International Republican Institute, funded by Congress, promoting democratic reforms in Ukraine and Georgia — two countries where Russia has denounced American involvement,” prior to joining the State Department in 2011.
From The New York Times.
GO HOME GRENELL: HANDS CREDENTIALS TO GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTRY
EuroNews reports, “Richard Grenell, the United States’s outspoken new ambassador in Berlin, has paid his first formal visit to the German Foreign Ministry since his appointment.” EuroNews notes, “A staunch supporter of Donald Trump, Grenell broke with diplomatic protocol in a newspaper interview over the weekend, saying ‘I absolutely want to empower other conservatives throughout Europe.’” Note this is almost upon arrival and prior to any formal credentials being handed over. Quite the accomplishment to have calls for one to leave among local politicians and informed observers back home in one of our most important allies prior to even being formally recognized as the ambassador. Go home, Grenell.
CORKER HAS DECIDED TO TRY + STOP TARIFFS BUT BRAND DAMAGE DONE
POLITICO reports, “Sen. Bob Corker plans to unveil a measure as soon as Tuesday that would give Congress power to block President Donald Trump’s tariffs, opening a GOP rift over how and whether to push back on the White House’s trade policy.” POLITICO adds, “The Tennessee Republican’s proposal would set up a fast-track process for Congress to sign off on tariffs linked to national security and is picking up steam as he attempts to attach it to the annual defense authorization bill, which is expected to come to the floor later this week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday ruled out a stand-alone vote on the legislation but suggested that it could get consideration during the defense debate.” POLITICO notes, “The tariff effort remains a long shot, with McConnell describing it as ‘contentious,’ but it still represents a critical test of the GOP’s willingness to take on the president.” As long as Mitch McConnell and the death cult GOP can pick money off the rotting carcass of the former USA, they do not care what happens either to the country or to the people in it. Remember, the goal of active measures is to capture the state, so foreign policy, defense and the economy. Two down, one to go.
RYAN’S SPINE LIKELY COURTESY OF DEATH CULT GOP INTERNAL POLLING
POLITICO reports, “Speaker Paul Ryan dealt another blow to President Donald Trump’s ‘Spygate’ theory Wednesday, saying he’s seen ‘no evidence’ to support claims that the FBI spied on Trump’s 2016 campaign for political purposes. Ryan, speaking to reporters at the Capitol, endorsed what he called an ‘initial assessment’ by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who said last week that the FBI acted appropriately when it deployed an informant to make contact with Trump campaign associates.” Now you know Paul Ryan does not just develop a spine overnight but that his newly revealed backbone has to come courtesy of some pretty serious internal death cult GOP poll numbers reflecting all the #winning that is being had by all. So much #winning! We’re so tired of #winning! It’s too much #winning!
DEBATE OVER NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT (NDAA) BEGINS
Defense News reports, “The U.S. Senate began debate on the Armed Services Committee’s $716 billion annual defense policy bill Wednesday, which highlights the threats from Russia and China. The panel’s 2019 National Defense Authorization Act expresses a ‘sense of the Senate’ for a broad, long-term strategy that includes helping European allies, ‘backed by all elements of United States’ national power to deter and, if necessary, defeat Russian aggression.’ That call includes a forward-stationed U.S. Army armored brigade combat team in Europe. The bill would also order a report on whether to permanently station a BCT [Brigade Combat Team] in Poland, which offered the U.S. just that last month.” Now that it is appearing as part of the NDAA, we can talk for real about stationing a brigade in Poland.
From Defense News.
NATIONAL SECURITY ARCHIVE LAUNCHES CYBER WAR MAP
The National Security Archive reports, “The National Security Archive’s Cyber Vault Project is announcing the launch of the CyberWar Map. This resource is both a visualization of state-sponsored cyberattacks and an index of Cyber Vault documents related to each topic (represented as nodes on the map). Clicking on each node will reveal hyperlinks and document descriptions. In some cases where key analysis was done under copyright, the link will direct readers to sources external to the National Security Archive. In a few other cases nodes do not yet have documents to display. The CyberWar Map is a living research aid: documents and nodes will be added on a regular basis.” But remember, it is all a hoax perpetrated by the Deep State and the FBI Secret Society.
NATO TYPHOONS FLY OVER MONTENEGRO
Defense News reports, “Italian and Greek warplanes practiced intercepting intruder aircraft in the airspace over the Montenegro capital of Podgorica, beginning an assignment to patrol the skies of the newest NATO member.” Defense News notes, “A Montenegro government press release called the air policing mission ‘one of the most important forms of direct benefit’ of Montenegro’s membership in NATO.”
From Defense One.
—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–
TRUMP EVOKES WAR OF 1812, FORGETS ALL ABOUT THE USSR
The Guardian reports our fake Russian bullshit president “has reportedly added a 200-year-old battle to his litany of complaints against the United States’ northern neighbor.” In a “phone call last month to discuss looming steel and aluminum tariffs, Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, reportedly asked how Trump could justify the new duties on national security grounds. In reply, Trump asked, according to CNN: ‘Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?’” That happened during the War of 1812 and yet every day it has occurred in a metaphorical sense since the catastrophe on January 20, 2017. Of course, “Trump travels to Canada on Friday for the G7 summit in Quebec,” for an event that is also known as the G6+1, as long as the U.S. is under Russian occupation. Trump seems to have forgotten about the former USA’s more recent, half century long conflict with the former Soviet Union. Wonder why? Recall, the goal of active measures is to capture the state: foreign policy, defense and the economy.
From The Guardian.
MEET THE ARCHITECT WHO BUILT TRUMP’S MONEY LAUNDERING TEMPLES
CNBC reports, “one former associate has remained outside the spotlight despite playing a key role in Trump’s quest for real estate deals in former Soviet lands,” and that is, “Architect John Fotiadis,” who, “designed some of Trump’s most ambitious luxury developments there.” CNBC notes, “Fotiadis’ work offers a window into Trump’s dealings in the complex, opaque world of Eurasian real estate.” CNBC adds, “Between 2007 and 2013, Fotiadis designed all or part of six Trump-branded developments: a Trump Tower in Kazakhstan; a Trump-branded seaside resort in the republic of Georgia; a 47-story Trump Tower in Tbilisi, Georgia; hotel rooms at the Trump Tower in Istanbul; a Trump movie studio complex in Florida; and major portions of the Trump Parc Stamford, a condominium tower in Connecticut,” noting, “The McClatchy news service reported in April that Mueller’s probe was looking more closely at the people involved in Trump’s dealings in three countries, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Russia.” Now wait for the gold as “CNBC received a tip that Fotiadis had worked on several Trump projects in Eurasia. Curious about his professional relationship with Trump, CNBC reached out to Fotiadis on April 11 for comment about this work. Fotiadis did not respond to a call or an email. But eight hours later, he announced on Twitter that he was closing his firm, John Fotiadis Architect, or JFA, after 10 years in business. A few days later, Fotiadis closed the Twitter account he had used to announce he was closing down his firm. By the end of the week, all the content from Fotiadis’ professional website, including his portfolio, had been removed, leaving only a note saying he planned to join a New Jersey-based engineering company.” Totally normal! Nothing to see here! CNBC notes, “The closure of JFA appears to mark an abrupt end to the solo career of an architect who counted some of the richest men in the world among his clients. Fotiadis has not answered repeated calls, emails and text messages from CNBC with questions about his work in Eurasia or why he shuttered his company.” CNBC continues, “A half-dozen of Fotiadis’ former colleagues and associates in the U.S. and Ukraine have likewise not responded to inquiries about the architect. Nor have his former clients.” So what! CNBC adds, “Some of the first jobs Fotiadis did after starting his own firm in 2009 were projects for [Rinat] Akhmetov in Donetsk, an industrial city in eastern Ukraine.” Akhmetov is Ukraine’s richest man; Donetsk has been under Russian occupation since 2014. Big deal! No collusion! It’s just a coincidence! Hoax! Hoax! Witch hunt!
STORMY SUES FORMER LAWYER, ACCUSES HIM OF COLLUDING WITH COHEN
The Los Angeles Times reports, “Stormy Daniels sued her former lawyer Keith Davidson on Wednesday, saying he went behind her back to advance President Trump’s interests in the scandal over their alleged affair. Daniels called Davidson a puppet of the president and his attorney Michael Cohen, who paid her $130,000 to keep quiet about what she says was a one-night stand with Trump in 2006. Citing text messages between Davidson and Cohen, she accused her lawyer of colluding with Trump’s attorney to her detriment.” This is exactly what Melania’s former “modeling agent” [pick your favorite euphemism for not a pimp] Paolo Zampolli just got caught on tape doing for Harvey Weinstein. Must be another coincidence! The Trumpistani elites are ultra coincidence prone, one might say, because that would be the only explanation other than an organized crime syndicate and it could never ever possibly be that. The Washington Post notes Stormy also released “text messages that the lawsuit says show ‘collusion’ between Davidson and Trump’s personal attorney.” Grab ‘em by the pussy, Stormy! Meanwhile, the president’s new personal attorney Rudy Giuliani told an audience in Israel, “If you’re going to sell your body for money, you just don’t have a reputation.” What does Giuliani imagine Melania’s pre-Trump life was like? He should have seen those topless pictures of her at a minimum with a “second lady” because they were splashed across one of his hometown paper’s The New York Post during the pre-coup campaign.
TRUMP SIGNS VET HEALTH CARE BILL, WHITE HOUSE FIGHTS FUNDING IT
The Washington Post reports, “President Trump is fighting a bipartisan plan to fund the much-touted expansion of veterans health care he signed into law on Wednesday, as the White House argues against a boost in federal spending to fund the new initiative.” Because everything in Trumpistan is a lie or it might belong to the former USA if it is not, “the White House has been lobbying Republicans to vote the plan down, instead asking Congress to pay for veterans programs by cutting spending elsewhere.” Isn’t that charming? Not only are we instructed how we must show our patriotism by the regime of the fake Russian bullshit president, but he also actually does not give a shit about veterans as he claims. Surprise! As The Washington Post notes, “Trump frequently touts his support of veterans and members of the armed services, promising during the campaign to fix VA and give more veterans access to private health care. Aiming to keep those promises, veterans programs are one of the few areas aside from the military where Trump has encouraged new spending. But the White House says it won’t accept new spending on the veterans bill above the overall domestic spending levels already negotiated with Congress, arguing enough money can be found to fund it within existing budget limits.” Trump loves veterans for the cameras, just not when it comes to actually caring for them.
From The Washington Post.
FEDERAL JUDGE RULES AGAINST REGIME’S EFFORT TO PUNISH CITIES
CBS News reports, “A federal judge has ruled that the Trump administration cannot cut off grants to Philadelphia over the way the city deals with immigrants in the country illegally. U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson said in his ruling Wednesday that the conditions the federal government placed on the city in order to receive the funding are unconstitutional, ‘arbitrary and capricious.’” CBS News adds, “He also wrote that Philadelphia’s policies are reasonable and appropriate. Philadelphia has said it will turn over immigrants to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) only if the agency has a warrant signed by a judge.” CBS News notes, “A federal appeals court in April sided with Chicago in a similar dispute.” Law and order!
From CBS News.
TRUMPISTAN WANTS A MINISTRY FOR THE SLAUGHTER OF UNDESIRABLES
POLITICO reports, “The Trump administration is preparing to release a sweeping plan for reorganizing the federal government that includes a major consolidation of welfare programs — and a renaming of the Health and Human Services Department.” By proclamation of the eternal emperor it will now be called the Ministry for the Slaughter of Undesirables, eventually. POLITICO adds, “The report, set to be released in the coming weeks by the White House OMB, seeks to move safety-net programs, including food stamps, into HHS,” so the regime knows exactly who to slaughter and how much they deserve it for being poor and stupid instead of wealthy, successful and scammy, but also beautiful and beyond reproach. POLITICO notes, “The plan would also propose changing the name of the sprawling department, while separately seeking cuts at USAID and the State Department.” In lieu of Ambassadors going forward, Grand Wizards of the KKK will be dispatched to all civilized nations and ordered not to return until darkness has descended over those lands and they can return bearing at least 10,000 pounds of soap made from human flesh. It’s a grand vision! POLITICO recalls, “The $70 billion food stamp program, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is run by USDA and makes up the vast majority of the department’s budget. The program helps more than 40 million low-income Americans buy groceries each month.” But the future great state has no use for the poor, so they must be slaughtered and given some sort of gruel to subsist on until their flesh is ready for the soap factory. POLITICO adds, “It’s unclear exactly how HHS would be reshuffled, but sources said its new name would emphasize programs that provide assistance to low-income Americans, potentially restoring the term ‘welfare’ to the title of the department,” which is just a transitional term for the eventual fate of undesirables.
TWITLER GETS CONSPIRACIES FROM REDDIT VIA FAUX NEWS FOX
CNN reports, “President Donald Trump on Tuesday night made an eyebrow-raising claim on Twitter: The FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign began in December 2015, he said — not July 2016, as former FBI Director James Comey had testified under oath.” However as usual the truth is not even a fickle mistress of his as “a CNN review of the text messages between Strzok and Page show no evidence to back up Trump’s claims that the Trump-Russia investigation started in December 2015. And it appears that Trump was relying on a Fox Business host who suggested there were new, unredacted text messages. But those texts had actually been sitting on a Senate committee website for four months.” Well where did this come from? CNN notes, “Trump tweeted roughly an hour after Fox Business’ Lou Dobbs claimed on air that ‘the FBI May have initiated a number of spies into the Trump campaign as early as December of 2015.’” Twitler’s original source materials are yet more dubious as “That report came after the far-right website Gateway Pundit seized on a Twitter user and a Reddit forum posting the texts on Monday to claim the FBI was running spies into the Trump campaign in December 2015.” Everyone take off your tinfoil hat and listen into the mayonnaise jar. It knows more than the goddamn fake Russian bullshit president about almost anything. And since the media even is tiring of the whole chase the bullshit as the fake Russian bullshit president screams hoax routine, CNN graciously notes this time around, “The latest conspiracy theory appears to have no basis in reality.” Now can they stop putting Kellyanne Conway on air as that is just as disrespectful a gesture to their audience’s intellect as any Twitler conspiracy theory culled from some dingy corner of the web? No alternative facts beat the simple truths contained therein when you snuggle mayonnaise close to your ear.
RETIRED LT COL WHO LEFT FAUX NEWS FOX SAYS TRUMP A RUSSIAN PUPPET
Business Insider reports, “A retired US Army colonel lieutenant and military analyst said he believes President Donald Trump may be on the tip of the spear with Russian intelligence. Ralph Peters suggested during a CNN interview on Wednesday night that Russian President Vladimir Putin has ‘some kind of grip on Trump,’ pointing to the US president’s documented affinity toward Putin, and his hesitation to speak critically of the Kremlin.” This would not be so interesting or noteworthy if not for the fact that Peters left Fox News earlier this year because truth got in the way of instrumentalizing bullshit as an act of psychological warfare against the U.S. population. Specifically Peters cited Trump having “no self-control, a sense of sexual entitlement, and intermittent financial crises,” as “made-to-order for seduction by Russian intelligence”. He must be part of the Deep State hoax witchhunt covfefe fake news madness plot to destroy a real patriot.
From Business Insider.
CRY BABY WUSSY TROLL FAKE RUSSIAN POTUS CAN’T TAKE BULLYING
The AP reports, “Fresh from blocking the Philadelphia Eagles’ White House visit, President Donald Trump is asking an appeals court to restore his power to block critics on Twitter. Government lawyers representing Trump and White House social media director Dan Scavino filed paperwork Monday to appeal a federal judge’s ruling last month that said blocking people from the @realDonaldTrump account violates the First Amendment.” He was blocking people because they were mean to him. Poor little baby “hands,” always the victim, never the victor! The AP notes, “Buchwald’s ruling stopped short of ordering Trump to unblock users, but one user who sued Trump said her access was restored Monday.” Also the AP notes, “Trump abruptly canceled his Tuesday ceremony celebrating the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl victory after many players declined to show up,” not because he was so offended over so many kneeling to protest police brutality and extrajudicial executions carried out by police officers as the fake Russian bullshit and many in the media might have you believe. Instead he failed to lead a sing along of rousing patriotic tunes. Sad!
From the AP.
RUSSIAN TROLL POSING AS PRO-TRUMP JOURNALIST’S SUIT THROWN OUT
The Hill reports, “A federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday dismissed a defamation lawsuit against a former Fusion reporter. In the ruling, U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden said that the plaintiff, Cassandra Fairbanks, failed to prove that reporter Emma Roller intentionally defamed her when she suggested in a tweet that Fairbanks had made a ‘white power hand gesture’ in a photo taken at the White House.” TRUMPISTAN WATCH has covered Fairbanks before, notably after Cosmo ran an obscene story about her that neglected to mention that she shared an address with Denis Klimentov, whose LinkedIn profile tied him to a company called RusInfoService which seemed to specialize in the creation of creatures like Fairbanks. He turned up at the New Economic School just in time for Carter Page, the wacky former Trump aide who was recruited by Russian intelligence, gave a speech there. The Hill notes, “Fairbanks worked for the Russian state-run news site Sputnik,” at the time she filed the suit. The address on the suit is Fairbanks filed points to Klimentov in public records.
From The Hill.
AZERBAIJANI COURT UPHOLDS BAN ON RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “RFE/RL has sharply criticized an Azerbaijani Supreme Court ruling upholding a government ban on the company’s Azerbaijani website, calling it a ‘blunt use of state power to suppress independent media.’” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, ‘We learned in 2014, when Azerbaijani authorities closed our bureau without regard to law or due process, that we, and all independent media, are a target,’ RFE/RL President Thomas Kent said in a statement on June 5.” Kent was an international reporting professor of TRUMPISTAN WATCH back in the day when he was at AP. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty notes, “Azadliq.org has been blocked in Azerbaijan since March 2017 at the instruction of the Prosecutor-General’s Office, which has claimed that the website posed a ‘threat’ to the Caspian Sea country’s national security.”
—–TOWARDS A PEACEFUL NUCLEAR EXCHANGE—–
HECKUVA JOB, TRUMP
The New York Times reports, “Iran announced on Tuesday that it had completed a new centrifuge assembly center at the Natanz nuclear site, in a first step to increasing its enrichment capacity.” Thank god we pulled out of that nuclear deal with nothing better or anything at all replacing it, it was only obstructing or causing a delay to a forthcoming peaceful nuclear exchange. The New York Times notes, “It was unclear whether the assembly center would actually begin to produce new centrifuges.” But now with North Korea as an example, one can observe simultaneously why no one should trust the former USA to keep its end of the bargain and how useful nuclear proliferation is to increase one’s standing on the world stage.
From The New York Times.
RUSSIAN STATE TV CORRESPONDENT AT FOX HANNITY TO NK SUMMIT
The Huffington Post reports, “President Donald Trump’s phone buddy and go-to media pundit Sean Hannity will be covering the historic summit between the U.S. and North Korea from Singapore next week.” Citing The Hollywood Reporter, where one usually finds all the most important news about North Korean nuclear disarmament, The Huffington Post adds, “Along with Fox News contributor and former White House adviser Sebastian Gorka, Hannity will be part of the network’s team on the ground during the meeting in Singapore. Hannity will host his show on location for three nights next week. Chris Wallace and Bret Baier will also be in the city”. Wallace is a real journalist. The only good news is that if he is going in and out of airports, the FBI can stop him for questioning very easily.
From The Huffington Post.
—–RADIO MOSCOW: STORIES FROM THEIR PRESS AND OURS—–
IF YOU GO TO THE WORLD CUP, YOU WILL ENTER A POLICE STATE
Russia Beyond the Headlines, a Russian state-run propaganda mouthpiece, reports, “Every foreigner who travels to one of the World Cup host cities between May 25 and July 25 is required to report to police and register as a visitor. The list of host cities is as follows: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Nizhniy Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saransk and Sochi.” Russia Beyond the Headlines adds, “This new rule applies to every individual from every country with only one exception: It does not apply to the championship participants and FIFA representatives, as well as to representatives of its subsidiaries and associated organizations and confederations. Unless you are a player on one of the national teams, or a coach or a FIFA functionary, the rule applies to you. The reason for traveling is also irrelevant. Even if you don’t care about football, you still have to report your arrival to police.” Have fun with that in addition to enjoying your ballfoot, which is paid for with human blood, torture and the detention of teenagers who don’t like Putin. It is declared hostile enemy territory.
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