—–TOWARDS A PEACEFUL NUCLEAR EXCHANGE—–
THE “AGREEMENT” IS BEYOND THIN; KIM FLAYED TRUMP FOR DINNER
Go read the whole document at CNBC but it is beyond thin, mostly filled with honorifics and all substance is lacking. In essence, the made for TV spectacle on the occasion of the death of America as an idea shows the press most of all mistook a nadir for a summit, in the words of one TRUMPISTAN WATCHian. Once we move passed honorifics like, “first, historic,” “comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere,” “unwavering,” “new,” “mutual,” we get to the so-called main points:
– “The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.”
– “The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.”
– “Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
– “The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.”
Surely Kim imagines already he leads a “peace regime,” the essence of all their propaganda. Surely there are good people, on both sides! Then we return to the honorifics for a bit in the concluding two paragraphs: “first,” “epochal,” “great,” “new,” “expeditiously,” “relevant”. If you remove the honorifics, the statement or whatever this thing is being called because it is not an agreement of anything, the statement is thinner yet. The best deals. The best people. Good people, on both sides! None of that is evidenced here. Trump got played, flayed and served for dinner. His tiny “hands” and “very good brain” are showing.
TRUMP THINKS WE CONDUCT “WAR GAMES” NOT MILITARY EXERCISES
After the incredible flag desecrating bullshit that was the Trump and Kim reality show of our nightmares (but great television, mind you!), the fake Russian bullshit president sat down with George Stephanopoulos, the former Clinton aide turned ABC News correspondent. In the interview, Stephanopoulos asks, “Did you talk about pulling troops out? U.S. troops out of South Korea.” And our fake Russian bullshit president delivers another blow to any pretense that he is listening more closely to our own government and military and not our adversaries when he replies, “We didn’t discuss that, no. But we’re not gonna play the war games.” You know who calls American military exercises “war games”? North Korea. Russia. The press on occasion before yesterday, the day America died. The fake Russian bullshit president continues, sounding like a Russian state-run propagandist as he does, “You know, I wanted to stop the war games, I thought they were very provocative. But I also think they’re very expensive. We’re running the country properly, I think they’re very, very expensive. To do it, we have to fly planes in from Guam — that’s six and a half hours away. Big bombers and everything else, I said, ‘Who’s paying for this?’ I mean, who pays, in order to practice.” Rule number one: you want peace, you prepare for war. Adversaries do not respect weak fools who talk of beachfront condos like they do hardware in their faces. One shows weakness, the other great strength. At least Stephanopoulos shows some mettle and memory for a moment when he follows up, “Just a few months ago you accused him of starving his people. And listen, here’s the rub. Kim is a brutal dictator. He runs a police state, forced starvation, labor camps. He’s assassinated members of his own family. How do you trust a killer like that?” Stephanopoulos follow up, “How do you trust him, though? Is he willing to change? Do you believe he’s changed?” The answers are beyond pathetic but Trump says repeatedly he trusts Kim. At least Reagan knew to trust but verify.
From ABC News.
SILENCE! PRESIDENT MATTIS IS SPEAKING
Task and Purpose reports, “When President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un meet in Singapore on Tuesday, Kim is almost certain to press the United States to withdraw its troops from South Korea. But that is not an issue for North Korea to decide, said Defense Secretary James Mattis. ‘That would be a discussion between two democracies: The Republic of Korea and the United States,’ Mattis told reporters on Monday. ‘It’s a relationship between our leaders and those two countries. That is not something that other countries would have – I would say – initial domain over a discussion with us. We’re the only ones who make up our mind on this.’” Mattis speaks for America, Bitch. Task and Purpose adds, “The United States and South Korea are not currently talking about withdrawing any of the roughly 26,000 U.S. troops on the Korean peninsula, Mattis said at a Pentagon press briefing.” Task and Purpose notes, “He emphasized that the U.S. government’s efforts to reach an agreement with North Korea are being handled by diplomats and he did not want to ‘say anything at all that makes their job that they’re responsible for more difficult.’” Finally Task and Purpose adds, “North Korea has not tested a ballistic missile since November and it has not increased its military’s state of readiness, he said. ‘All’s quiet,’ Mattis said.” Looks like Trump’s reality show is one less cymbal crashing the symphony Mattis has going, which is good, President Mattis has a lot on his plate with Russia. The New York Times adds after the fact of Trump’s muttering of words about war games, the fake Russian bullshit president “surprised not only allies in South Korea but also the Pentagon.” And as a reminder Trump isn’t really in charge nor a real commander-in-chief, “Hours after Mr. Trump’s announcement in Singapore, American troops in Seoul said they are still moving ahead with a military exercise this fall — Ulchi Freedom Guardian — until they receive guidance otherwise from the chain of command.” Burn. Trump also used Pence to mop his shit as “The president’s statement also confused officials in Washington. While ‘war games’ would be canceled, Vice President Mike Pence assured Republican senators that routine military exercises involving American and South Korean troops would continue, said Senator Cory Gardner, Republican of Colorado.”
IT’S CHINA, BITCH
The Washington Post reports, “President Trump cut a deal with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un — and China is going to like it. For years now, Beijing has backed a strategy it describes as ‘dual suspension’ or ‘freeze for freeze.’ It calls for North Korea to suspend nuclear weapons testing in return for a suspension of U.S. military exercises in South Korea.” As The Washington Post notes, “it’s worth noting that Trump’s promise to suspend war games did not appear to come with a comparable concession from the North Korean side. Instead, North Korea simply reiterated an existing commitment to denuclearization without specifying what that means or when it could happen. That appears to be a win for Kim and his backers in Beijing.” Check! Then, “Trump appears to have adapted some of China’s language — which Chinese diplomats will love.” The Washington Post adds that by “using the word ‘provocative’ to describe a long-standing U.S. and South Korean position, Trump has likely hurt ties with Seoul and shored up his standing with Beijing.” So it goes that “In a statement, the Chinese Foreign Ministry praised the outcome.” So much for America first or more colloquially “We’re America, Bitch.” Looks like America is everyone else’s bitch now.
From The Washington Post.
THEN REAGAN SAID TO GORBI, HOW ABOUT SEASIDE CONDOS IN JURMALA?
The New York Daily News reports, “Trump wants to beat swords into timeshares. The former real estate tycoon said after a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he could imagine condominium developments on the hermit kingdom’s shoreline.” No you haven’t been raptured, though there is great risk you may be dead inside by now, though. The Daily News adds, “‘They have great beaches. You see that whenever they’re exploding their cannons into the ocean. I said boy look at that, wouldn’t that make a great condo,’ he said at a news conference after the summit in Singapore on Tuesday. ‘And I said instead of doing that you could have the best hotels in the world right there. Think of it from a real estate perspective. You have South Korea, you have China and they own the land in the middle. How bad is that, right? It’s great.’” Anyone else get a vision of these two ending up like Brando at the end of “Apocalypse Now” with human heads on stakes in lieu of tiki torches? Meanwhile the sycophantic death cult GOP notes this all came on the 31st anniversary of Reagan telling Gorbachev to “tear down this wall”. Mr. Gorbachev, how about some seaside condos in Jurmala?
From The New York Daily News.
TRUMPISTAN GETS ITS FIRST REAL TASTE OF HEAVY PROPAGANDA
The Washington Post reports, “Reporters crowded into a Singapore auditorium Tuesday, expecting President Trump to walk out and announce the results of his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Suddenly, two huge screens on either side of the empty podium came to life. Soaring music boomed over the speakers, and the reporters were bombarded with a montage portraying North Korea as some sort of paradise.” Welcome to the Trumpistani road show! Azerbaijan may have inured TRUMPISTAN WATCH to this kind of shit but for those of you who haven’t spent years traveling in corrupt post-Soviet republics, please watch the video to understand. Hell everyone watch the goddamn video. You will understand immediately why Trudeau’s vision of women’s rights and a livable future is so intolerable and Kim’s concentration camp like nation is the way of the future! The Washington Post continues, “Golden sunrises, gleaming skylines and high-speed trains. Children skipping through Kim Il Sung square in Pyongyang. North Korean flags fluttering between images of Egyptian pyramids, the Taj Mahal and the Lincoln Memorial.” Imagine! The Washington Post notes, “In a split-screen shot, Kim Jong Un waved to an adoring crowd while President Trump stood beside him with his thumb in the air. The pair appeared over and over again, like running mates in a campaign video,” which they are, in a way. Running mates for a dark and grim future where everyone not named Ivanka eats grass and is marched to a gulag if they are not made to feel as though their life is one already, and even then, the risk may be too great to let some roam free. The Washington Post adds, “Some journalists, unable to understand the Korean-language narration, assumed they were watching one of Pyongyang’s infamous propaganda films.” Of course, “The film was not North Korean propaganda. It had been made in America, by or on the orders of his White House, for the benefit of Kim.” Recommended pre-game viewing: Ceaucescu’s execution.
From The Washington Post.
A REMINDER OF WHO TRUMP’S PARTNER FOR PEACE REALLY IS
The New York Times reports, “With the meeting of President Trump and Kim Jong-un of North Korea on Tuesday in Singapore, human rights groups are watching for Mr. Trump to bring up North Korea’s widespread crimes against humanity,” which he won’t do because he loves neo-Nazis, the KKK, dictators. Good people, on both sides! Reminder: Trump is a stain on humanity. The New York Times adds, “Mr. Kim rules with extreme brutality, making his nation among the worst human rights violators in the world.” But Trump trusts him and the Trumpenproletariat trust Trump, claim he is a man of his word when no such evidence to back the claim is on offer. The Trumpenproletariat will in all likelihood be the ones who end up eating grass if this continues on its current trajectory and they will blame George Soros and Hillary Clinton for their plight because stupid is as stupid does, sir. The New York Times notes, “In North Korea, these crimes ‘entail extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation,’ concluded a 2014 United Nations report that examined North Korea.” And all of that is coming soon to Trumpistan! Not on TV or in the theaters but in our lives, because after all, this is not some reality show, these are our lives. And now that this brush of this idea of America has been killed once it is cleared out of the way, there will be even fewer obstacles to erecting the prison nation the fake Russian bullshit president wants. And all those who thought we should just burn it down for the lolz, well they can laugh at the human misery they have helped bring on because it’s all so goddamn funny. Inside North Korea’s gulags, “Up to 120,000 inmates” are brutalized mainly by being “starved, forced to work, tortured and raped. Reproductive rights are denied through forced abortions and infanticide. Some are executed — sometimes in public. Hundreds of thousands of political prisoners have died in the camps over the past 50 years, the United Nations report found.” The future of Trumpistan is so very bright.
From The New York Times.
A REMINDER OF HOW FUCKING DANGEROUS THIS REALLY IS
The Daily Beast carries a primo piece by David Rothkopf that contextualizes how dangerous this reality show fake North Korean denuclearization summit really is. As David Rothkopf writes, “The Trump-Kim summit held Tuesday in Singapore represented the triumph of hype over experience. The event was the first reality-television summit in American history, a sham staged for the cameras featuring D-list characters from supporting players like Dennis Rodman and Sebastian Gorka to the two leaders themselves.” And “as shallow as the exercise was and as inconclusive as its discussions proved to be, it did have real consequences. The president of the United States essentially provided the kind of elevation and endorsement the North Korean leader and his family have sought for decades. Not only did he treat him as an equal; he did not in any meaningful way make an issue of the fact that Kim, his father, and his grandfather had enslaved their people, wantonly tortured and murdered them, and violated every norm of civilized behavior agreed to as minimum standards by the international community.” Rothkopf adds, “Trump argued via Twitter that ‘haters and losers’ did not appreciate the concessions made by Kim, citing the release of prisoners and the cessation of missile and nuclear testing by the North. Of course, he did not dwell on the fact that praising someone for releasing prisoners is not unlike praising a man for no longer beating his wife.” Of course most critically, “neither of the two principals have any track record of honoring their commitments”. As Rothkopf concludes, “It made for great television. And it was better than a nuclear war. But, that’s a pretty low bar to set for international diplomacy”. But most importantly, as Anne Applebaum points out in The Washington Post, how dangerous this is for all and any denuclearization efforts anywhere in the world going forward as, “For Kim Jong Un, this moment is vindication. The wisdom of his nuclear policy has been confirmed: His tiny, poor, often hungry country, where hundreds of thousands have perished in concentration camps that differ little from those built by Stalin, has been treated as the equal of the United States of America. If Kim hadn’t continued the missile program, if he hadn’t enhanced his missile delivery capability, President Trump would not be there.” Then there is the issue of power as, “The photographs will also help Kim solve an important problem. All dictators are insecure, and absolute dictators are absolutely more insecure than the rest.” Applebaum notes, “Fear and terror are one way to transmit messages of power; the inspiration of admiration and awe are another. The flags and the handshake will reinforce Kim’s legitimacy and make him harder to depose.”
NO WONDER HE LOVES KIM: TRUMP WANTS IMMIGRANT KIDS IN TENT CITIES
McClatchy reports, “The Trump administration is looking to build tent cities at military posts around Texas to shelter the increasing number of unaccompanied migrant children being held in detention.” No wonder he loves Kim! Looks like we won’t have to wait long for pictures of kids with swollen bellies behind barbed wire to emerge in Trumpistan because the plan for “tent cities,” i.e. inhumane conditions befitting of Milosevic’s Serbia not a twenty-first century great power, are coming to Trumpistan! Before you can say “this is not who we are,” this is very much who we are, do not be in denial about what is happening before our very eyes. If you want this to not be who we are, fucking do something about it, do not simply say this and aver your gaze. McClatchy adds, “The Department of Health and Human Services will visit Fort Bliss, a sprawling Army base near El Paso in the coming weeks to look at a parcel of land where the administration is considering building a tent city to hold between 1,000 and 5,000 children, according to U.S. officials and other sources familiar with the plans.” This. Is. Who. We. Are. McClatchy notes, “The aggressive plan comes at the same time that child shelters are filling up with more children who have been separated from their parents.” Aggressive is one way of politely spinning cruel, sick, inhumane, barbarous, Nazi-like. This. Is. Who. We. Are. McClatchy adds, “More than 10,000 migrant children are being held at HHS shelters, which are now 95 percent full.” This. Is. Who. We. Are.
BOLTON PAID $115K FOR UKRAINE TALKS IN THE LAST YEAR
The Washington Post reports, “National security adviser John Bolton was paid $115,000 in the past year to participate in two panel discussions sponsored by the foundation of an Ukrainian steel magnate — including one in Kiev last September, during which Bolton reassured the audience that President Trump would not radically change U.S. foreign policy.” The Washington Post adds, “Bolton’s appearances at the Kiev event and at another event in Munich this February were paid for by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, according a financial disclosure form released Monday by the White House.” The Washington Post notes, “A month before he replaced H.R. McMaster as national security adviser, Bolton appeared at another Pinchuk Foundation-backed event in Munich. He spoke about Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign and said he saw no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russians, according to a video of the event. However, Bolton said that Russia’s attempts to interfere in U.S. politics — including its efforts to help Trump — were ‘unacceptable.’” The Washington Post adds the only credible lender Trump had following his multiple bankruptcies, Deutsche Bank, also paid Bolton “$72,000 to give a speech in May 2017. The bank declined to comment on the contents of his address.”
From The Washington Post.
PRINCELING JARED WILL STAR IN NEXT WEEK’S FAKE SUMMIT
Axios reports, “President Trump’s Middle East peace team, senior adviser Jared Kushner and special envoy Jason Greenblatt, will travel to Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia next week to discuss the next stages of the peace effort and the crisis in Gaza”. Axios adds, “Kushner and Greenblatt want to discuss lingering questions they have as they finish drafting the peace plan, including the optimal time for launching it. The U.S. official added the trip may include other stops as well, but does not include a meeting with Palestinian officials — who are refusing to meet following Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.” Like how about maybe when we have a real president and not his idiot princeling son-in-law flitting about like some clueless entitled shit or, maybe when we actually get the real stakeholders involved willing to sit with us? At least Trump’s reality show/fake North Korea denuclearization summit actually involved the North Koreans, the only achievement of the whole goddamn farce.
MUELLER WANTS TO PROTECT DOCUMENTS IN PUTIN’S CHEF CASE
Bloomberg reports, “U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller warned that Russian intelligence services still have active ‘interference operations’ into U.S. elections and that handing over certain evidence in a criminal case could imperil ongoing investigations.” Bloomberg adds, “Mueller on Tuesday asked a federal judge in Washington for an order to protect voluminous evidence sought by lawyers for Concord Management and Consulting LLC, one of three companies and 13 Russian nationals charged in a February indictment alleging election meddling via social media. Prosecutors have uncovered evidence of other individuals and entities who are ‘continuing to engage’ in similar activities.” Meanwhile the republic died yesterday and aggressive active measures against the republic succeeded wildly in just 18 months. The sovereignty we once enjoyed is gone, the fake president is destabilizing the world and a generation, maybe two or three is lost. But some still say no one is above the law? Maybe just Russians? And yet, Bloomberg notes, “The legal battle between Mueller and Concord’s attorneys highlights the tension between intelligence-gathering, which is cloaked in secrecy, and the U.S. legal system, which entitles criminal defendants to review evidence against them. Lawyers for Concord, a company linked to a longtime associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin, have been negotiating to obtain documents from the special counsel to mount a legal defense,” because there are still many who when paid will do anything, even protect and defend the adversary, as if the same protections would be afforded to American intelligence in Russia. Reminder, “The Russians are accused of producing propaganda, posing as U.S. activists and posting political content on social media as so-called trolls to encourage strife in the U.S. The evidence includes between 1.5 and 2 terabytes of data and involves U.S. residents not charged with crimes who the government says were unwittingly recruited by Russians to engage in political activity, prosecutors wrote.” Bloomberg adds, “Unauthorized disclosure of such evidence would help foreign intelligence services in Russia and elsewhere while undermining U.S. law enforcement and national security investigations, Mueller’s prosecutors wrote in Tuesday’s request for a protective order.”
SHOT FIRED: ROSENSTEIN CALLS ON HOUSE INTEL TO INVESTIGATE ITS STAFF
CNN reports, “Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s ongoing battle with House Republicans reached new heights Tuesday, as the No. 2 senior leader of the Justice Department plans to call on the House to investigate its own committee staff.” CNN adds, “Rosenstein has butted heads with House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes for months over a subpoena for documents related to the Russia investigation, but the battle spilled out into public view Tuesday after Fox News reported staff on the committee felt ‘personally attacked’ at a meeting with Rosenstein in January.” CNN notes, “‘Justice Department officials dispute the recounting of the closed-door meeting detailed in the story, and Rosenstein now plans to “request that the House general counsel conduct an internal investigation of these Congressional staffers’ conduct’ when he returns from a foreign trip this week, a Justice Department official said. ‘The Deputy Attorney General never threatened anyone in the room with a criminal investigation,’ the official said.” CNN adds, “Later Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions came to Rosenstein’s defense during an interview with Fox News, saying he was ‘confident that Deputy Rosenstein, after 28 years in the Department of Justice, did not improperly threaten anyone on that occasion.’” Read the Fox News story too, as it notes that despite the staffers whining that they may be held to account for their bullshit on behalf of DARKNESS AT NUNES, within whose staff this clearly originates, “Rosenstein was responding to a threat of contempt.” In the Fox story, a Department of Justice official said, “The Deputy Attorney General was making the point—after being threatened with contempt — that as an American citizen charged with the offense of contempt of Congress, he would have the right to defend himself, including requesting production of relevant emails and text messages and calling them as witnesses to demonstrate that their allegations are false,” noting, “That is why he put them on notice to retain relevant emails and text messages, and he hopes they did so.” Rosenstein is America, bitch.
MCCABE SUES THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT
POLITICO reports, “A lawyer for Andrew McCabe, the fired deputy director of the FBI, is suing the Justice Department and the FBI, claiming that his client is being denied access to records critical to defending him in connection with the misconduct allegation that led to his dismissal in March. In the suit, filed Tuesday evening in U.S. District Court in Washington, McCabe’s attorney David Snyder demands copies of manuals and policies used by the Justice Department Office of Inspector General and the FBI in conducting investigations and carrying out employee discipline.” POLITICO adds, “The lawsuit claims that McCabe’s firing ‘violated federal law and departed from applicable administrative rules, standards, policies, and procedures.’ The suit does not directly challenge McCabe’s dismissal, but rather claims that the Justice Department is violating the law by refusing to identify and share the internal policies that led to his termination one day short of the 20 years’ service he would need to be eligible for an immediate pension.”
SENATE DEMOCRATS WANT TO QUESTION ARYAN PRINCESS IVANKA
BuzzFeed reports, “Multiple Democrats on the committee leading the congressional investigations into Russian election interference say they want to interview Ivanka Trump as part of the probe. Calls for the Senate Intelligence Committee to interview Ivanka Trump, who has largely avoided scrutiny as part of the congressional and FBI investigations into Russian meddling in the last presidential election, follow an exclusive report from BuzzFeed News that found that in the midst of the presidential campaign, she was in contact with a Russian weightlifter who offered to connect her father to Russian President Vladimir Putin in order to facilitate building a Trump tower in Moscow.” BuzzFeed adds, “Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat on the panel, said he would like staff on the committee to interview Ivanka Trump about ‘two separate national security questions.’ First, Wyden said investigators should ask about BuzzFeed News’ reporting that Ivanka Trump connected the weightlifter, Dmitry Klokov, with her father’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who was working on the Trump tower project, ‘and what her role might have been in that.’” BuzzFeed continues, “The second issue, he said, is China’s recent decision to grant Ivanka Trump trademarks around the same time her father promised to help Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer ZTE, despite the US government having fined the company just last year for breaking sanctions and citing it as a threat to national security.” Haul her in and then haul her away in an orange jumpsuit. Lock her up!
OF COURSE RUSSIA WANTS TO FUCK WITH OUR MID-TERM ELECTIONS
Yahoo! News reports, “The Senate Judiciary Committee convened a hearing Tuesday that focused on the uneasy realization that Russia, emboldened by its ability to alter the results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, is almost certain to try again in the 2018 midterms.” Yahoo! adds, “One of the witnesses, former homeland security adviser Kenneth Wainstein, asked the legislators arrayed before him to put aside their political differences and unify to beat back future Russian intrusions. ‘We are facing an unprecedented and growing threat to our democratic institutions both here and around the globe,’ Wainstein said,” forgetting perhaps that the GOP is now a death cult and Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader thinks these are great times to be what sycophants now call “conservative”. Yahoo! notes, “The congressional hearing came days after one of the nation’s top intelligence officials offered a remarkably frank assessment of the Russian situation. Speaking on June 8 in Normandy, France, as part of an event titled ‘The Tocqueville Conversations,’ Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats expressed concern about ‘Russian targeting of American society in ways that could affect our midterm elections.’”
From Yahoo! News.
SENATOR HEINRICH WANTS NDAA AMENDMENT ON WH CYBER SECURITY JOB
The Hill reports, “A Democratic senator is looking to add an amendment to annual defense policy legislation to force President Trump to appoint a cybersecurity coordinator at the White House after the administration’s controversial decision to eliminate the role. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is offering an amendment to the Senate’s version of the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would require Trump to appoint a cybersecurity coordinator within 30 days of the bill becoming law.” The Hill recalls, “The National Security Council, led by newly appointed national security adviser John Bolton, revealed in May that the position had been eliminated in order to streamline operations and management across the two senior directors working on cybersecurity.” Also Bolton is an active measure, not a real national security advisor, just a twitching mustache of a buffoon. The bar was so low, he made the threshold.
From The Hill.
NORWAY WILL ASK US TO DOUBLE NUMBER OF MARINES IN COUNTRY
Reuters reports, “Norway will ask the United States to more than double the number of U.S. Marines stationed in the country in a move that could raise tensions with its eastern neighbor Russia.” Reuters adds, “Some 330 U.S. Marines were scheduled to leave Norway at the end of this year after an initial contingent arrived in January 2017 to train for fighting in winter conditions.” Reuters notes, “Oslo will ask Washington to send 700 Marines from 2019, compared with 330 presently. The additional numbers will be based closer to the border with Russia in the Inner Troms region in the Norwegian Arctic, rather than in central Norway. The rotation of forces will last for a five-year period compared with an initial posting that ran for six months from the start of 2017, and then was extended last June.”
KASPERSKY ASKS US APPEALS COURT TO DISRUPT BAN BEFORE OCTOBER 1
NextGov reports, “The embattled Russian anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab is asking an appeals court to overturn a governmentwide ban on its software products before the prohibition takes formal effect Oct. 1. Kaspersky lost its case before a U.S. district court late last month when the judge granted the U.S. government’s motion to dismiss.” NextGov adds, “The appellate court must act quickly to reverse that decision because the ban is having a profound effect on Kaspersky’s reputation and bottom line, the Moscow-based company argued in an emergency motion for expedited consideration filed late Friday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.” Oh poor Russia, they fuck with us and then they use our system to be gentle on them, which it very much has been but by gentle, Russia must be coddled like a small child who has stolen too many cookies and when caught, has a massive tantrum until your ears start bleeding from all the screaming.
VLADIVOSTOK POLICE DISRUPT OPEN RUSSIA BRANCH FOUNDING MEETING
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “Police in Russia’s Far Eastern city of Vladivostok have disrupted the founding gathering of a regional branch of a civil society group established by exiled Kremlin foe Mikhail Khodorkovsky and detained several activists, the organization says.” Look Trumpistan, it’s the future we want – no, the future we deserve! Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “In a Facebook post on June 12, Open Russia said police used force and detained activists Andrei Pivovarov, Natalya Gryaznyevich, Andrei Yarotsky, and Maria Zinchenko, as well as the coordinator of opposition politician Aleksei Navalny’s office in Vladivostok, Vladimir Dubovsky.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty notes, “In April 2017, the Russian Prosecutor-General’s Office declared Open Russia ‘undesirable’ under a controversial law signed by President Vladimir Putin in 2015 and accused the nongovernmental organization of conducting antigovernment activities.”
REBIRTH OF SLICK (COOL LIKE DAT)
POLITICO reports, “A federal judge has ordered special counsel Robert Mueller to identify by Friday all the individuals and organizations involved in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s alleged scheme to lobby on behalf of Ukraine without registering as a foreign agent under U.S. law.” POLITICO adds, “Among the people Mueller will be required to identify to the defense are top European former politicians who took part in the influence campaign, as well as others whose testimony Manafort has been accused of trying to influence in recent months. Manafort’s alleged effort to shape the accounts of those people led to two new felony obstruction of justice charges last week.” POLITICO notes, “The ruling from U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson Tuesday represents a rare courtroom win for Manafort’s defense”. POLITICO adds, “The witness-tampering claims prosecutors leveled at Manafort last week also pointed to the involvement in the lobbying campaign of individuals connected to a European public relations and TV production firm, FBC Media. Jackson did not order Mueller’s team to make public the identities of the individuals and companies involved, who are often referred to by pseudonyms in the indictment and other court filings. She simply told prosecutors to give that information to Manafort’s attorneys. However, that list—once turned over—will effectively cabin the government’s case on the foreign-lobbying issue since prosecutors will be likely be unable to present evidence about businesses or people not on it.” This is being done to allow Manafort’s team to prepare for his September 17 trial.
ONE DAY MORE
POLITICO reports, “In a new order dated Monday and released Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis pushed back the scheduled start of Manafort’s trial one day to July 25. The move came at the request of prosecutors from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office who said the earlier start date would conflict with a previously set hearing on another criminal case Manafort is facing in Washington.”
—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–
ARYAN PRINCESS IVANKA INVENTS A CHINESE PROVERB TO SUIT HER NEEDS
NPR reports, “On the eve of her father’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Ivanka Trump seemed to be calling on her inner Yoda as she tweeted: ‘Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it,’” citing a “Chinese Proverb”. NPR notes, “Neat quote. But it was the first daughter’s attribution to ‘Chinese Proverb’ that sent social media sites into overdrive in China, where people scrambled to find who, among their ancestors, actually said this. After a thorough search of the Analects of Confucius, Taoist texts and everything in between, nothing definitive has come up.” NPR adds, “A lack of a clear source for Trump’s tweet has some people speculating the first daughter either made it up or, a more likely explanation, cut and pasted the saying from an unreliable website.”
PARSCALE WANTS CREDENTIALS YANKED FOR ASKING QUESTIONS
No wonder they love Kim! The Washington Post reports, “President Trump’s campaign manager on Tuesday called for a CNN White House correspondent to have his media credentials pulled for asking questions while Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were signing an agreement at their Singapore summit.” How dare he do his job and not kowtow deferentially at all times to the fake Russian bullshit president! Heil, heil! The Washington Post adds, “Brad Parscale, who in February was named manager of Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, took to Twitter to condemn the actions of Jim Acosta.” The Washington Post notes, “As Trump and Kim were signing the document in front of a small group of reporters, Acosta asked Trump: ‘Mr. President, did he agree to denuclearize?’ Trump looked up and responded, ‘We’re starting that process very quickly.’” The Washington Post adds, “After another reporter posed a question, Acosta asked whether Trump and Kim had discussed Otto Warmbier, an American student who died last year after returning to the United States from a labor camp in North Korea. Trump did not respond. At a subsequent news conference, Trump called on Acosta for a question, cautioning him to ‘be respectful.’” If Americans want to eat grass and can’t tell the difference between this and real accountability and governance, at this point TRUMPISTAN WATCH is ready to let them because fuck it, we deserve it. We more than deserve it.
From The Washington Post.
STORMY DANIELS LAWYER TALKS OF RUSSIAN SMEAR JOB ATTEMPTS
The Daily Beast reports, “Michael Avenatti, the outspoken attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, says the Russian government is trying to smear him in the press. Avenatti told The Daily Beast that people in the Kremlin have been trying to plant damaging stories about him in media outlets. Avenatti did not offer concrete proof to support the claim, but said two media figures and a high-ranking American intelligence official have all told him about the alleged Russian effort.” Welcome to the hall of smoke and mirrors that is resisting Russian active measures against the former USA, Michael Avenatti! If you are not doing it right, they do not bother with you. The Daily Beast notes, “Avenatti has become a prominent media figure over the course of the legal fight, appearing frequently on cable news to talk about the effort. He’s made some seemingly-outlandish claims that have proved to be true. For example, in May, he released documents alleging that a company linked to Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg—a Putin ally who is currently under U.S. sanctions—funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to Cohen. Numerous media outlets, including The Daily Beast, confirmed Avenatti’s allegations about Vekselberg.” So now the blowback for exposing one of the Kremlin’s own. “‘They were trying to claim that I too had taken a trip to Moscow,’ Avenatti said. ‘I’ve never been to Moscow in my life, I’ve never traveled to Russia in my life,’” adding, “They suggested that I had had a liaison with multiple women in Russia”. The Daily Beast notes, “Avenatti said Russians have also been saying he previously represented Russian and Ukrainian legal interests before the U.S. government. He said he has never represented any Russian or Ukrainian entities.”
From The Daily Beast.
—–THE GREAT GAME: BLOOD, SWEAT, TEARS + FOOTBALL—–
RUSSIAN MAFIA STATE EXPECTS OVER $1 BILLION IN TOURISM
Russian state-run RT reports, “Russia will get a significant boost as a result of increased tourist flow during the FIFA World Cup, the Russian Ministry of Economic Development said. ‘According to our estimates, foreigners will spend over 100 billion rubles ($1.6 billion) during the World Cup in Russia,’ Minister of Economic Development Maxim Oreshkin told Sovetsky Sport newspaper.” Russian state-run RT adds, “He expressed confidence Western sanctions won’t affect the event.”
From Russian state-run RT.
RACISM IN RUSSIA WILL GREET FANS + WORLD CUP PARTICIPANTS ALIKE
The Washington Post reports, “Over the past few days, the social networking communities of Russian soccer fans have filled with taunts and hostile language toward minorities and teams opposing Russia. One group with 60,000 followers posted a song on Tuesday called ‘White Pride’ on its VKontakte page, Russia’s answer to Facebook.” The Washington Post adds, “widespread and open racism in Russia prompted FIFA, the global soccer federation, to adopt new measures at this tournament. For the first time in its 88-year history, it has given referees the right to interrupt or call off a game if there are racist chants or slurs.” The Washington Post notes, “Danny Rose, a black player for England who was pelted with stones and subjected to monkey chants on the pitch in Serbia, said last week he has urged his family not to come and see him play in Russia, fearful they would suffer racist abuse. Rose’s concerns are not without precedent. Earlier this year, FIFA fined the country’s soccer union after an exhibition match between Russia and France in St. Petersburg turned nasty when Russian fans yelled racist chants at some of France’s top players — many of whom will again be competing on Russian soil during the World Cup”.
From The Washington Post.
AS IF RUSSIA DOESN’T HAVE ENOUGH CORRUPTION, BLATTER IS COMING!
The New York Times reports, “Sepp Blatter, the disgraced former president of FIFA whose dramatic fall from power corresponded with revelations of widespread corruption among the organization’s top officials, will attend the World Cup in Russia as a personal guest of President Vladimir V. Putin.” In case Russia was wanting for even more corrupt officials, here comes Blatter to fill no vacuum whatsoever. The New York Times adds, “Mr. Blatter, who is serving a six-year ban from all soccer-related activities after an investigation into ethical breaches during his nearly 20-year presidency, will arrive here on or around June 20, he said in a telephone interview.” The New York Times notes that Blatter said he is to meet with Putin describing it as “a sporting and diplomatic mission for me.”
From The New York Times.
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