NUMBER OF STORIES ABOUT NEWS THAT DOESN’T SUCK: 10
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—–QUISLING SUMMIT IN HELSINKI—–
QUISLING SUMMIT TO BE HELD AT FINNISH PRESIDENTIAL PALACE
The Washington Post reports, “The summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will be held at one of the Finnish president’s official residences in Helsinki, a palace that overlooks the Baltic Sea where the presidents’ predecessors have met, officials in Finland said Friday. The office of Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said Trump and Putin would meet on Monday at the 19th century Presidential Palace, located a stone’s throw away from the capital’s iconic waterfront Market Square.” The Washington Post adds, “Trump and first lady Melania Trump are scheduled to start the day joining Niinisto and his spouse, Jenni Haukio, for breakfast at Mantyniemi, another presidential residence in Helsinki where the couple lives most of the time. Niinisto also will hold a bilateral meeting with Putin.” It is just about getting under way as this posts to you now.
From The Washington Post.
JOHN BOLTON SAYS TO EXPECT NOTHING BUT FASHY COCKROACH BS
Reuters reports, “The United States will not look for ‘deliverables’ from Monday’s summit with Russia, stressing that talks will be ‘unstructured,’ U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday.” After canceling an interview on CNN because of bullshit [see DISINFO WARS], the American media showed it has zero mettle or solidarity to deal with this menace as “Interviewed on ABC’S ‘This Week,’ Bolton said the summit will start with a ‘direct one-on-one conversation’ between Trump and Putin and what happens from there ‘will be determined by the two parties.’” Hello they kind of represent nations, this is not just two guys getting together to yuck it up. Reuters adds, “Bolton on Sunday said he found it ‘hard to believe’ that Putin did not know about the Russian disruption efforts, given the alleged role of Russian intelligence officers.” Reuters notes, “The indictments have strengthened Trump’s hand heading into the summit, Bolton said.”
LAVROV + POMPEO TO MEET ON SIDELINES, RUSSIANS ANNOUNCE, AGAIN!
Reuters reports, “Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a U.S.-Russia summit in Helsinki next week, Russia’s RIA news agency reported on Friday, citing a foreign ministry statement.” Always the news comes from the Russians. No puppet?
RUSSIA HAWK AXED FROM NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL
The Daily Beast reports, “Shortly before Donald Trump detonated a NATO summit, shanked the beleaguered British prime minister and prepped for a face-to-face love session with Vladimir Putin, his White House quietly divested itself of a senior official hawkish on Russia and bullish on the transatlantic military alliance. The circumstances of retired Army Colonel Richard Hooker’s departure from the National Security Council on June 29 are in dispute. It’s not clear whether Hooker was forced out or if his detail on the NSC came to its natural end. But what’s not in doubt is that for the past 15 months, Hooker was senior director for Russia, Europe and NATO.” The Daily Beast adds, “And just as his new boss, National Security Adviser John Bolton, was preparing to travel to Moscow to meet with Putin on June 27 to lay the groundwork for Trump’s visit, Hooker was packing up his desk. Now, he’s headed back to the National Defense University, the crown jewel of the Pentagon’s cross-service military-education system, which had loaned him to the NSC. Hooker is the latest NSC staffer to leave as Bolton reconfigures the influential policymaking body in his image.” The Daily Beast notes, “His knowledge of NATO is intimate, having previously served as dean of the NATO Defense College in Rome. At the Trump NSC, Hooker was deputy to Fiona Hill, who has the Europe and Russia portfolios and whose pre-administration criticism of Russia has garnered her a reputation as a White House bulwark against Trump’s coziness with Putin. Bolton brought Hill with him to Moscow when he met with Putin at then end of June.”
From The Daily Beast.
* MUELLER INDICTS 12 RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS
POLITICO reports, “Special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian military officials on Friday and accused them of hacking into two Democratic Party computer systems to sabotage the 2016 presidential election. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictment, filed in federal district court in Washington, just days before a scheduled Monday summit in Helsinki between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.” POLITICO adds, “Rosenstein said the Russians stole and released Democratic documents after planting malicious computer codes in the network of the Democratic National Committee as well as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The Russians also illegally downloaded data related to some 500,000 voters from a state database, he charged.” POLITICO notes, “While many of the indictment’s details confirmed previous news reports and other assessments, it dramatically shifts the context for Trump’s upcoming meeting with Putin, whom U.S. intelligence services have concluded was behind the 2016 election interference scheme.” POLITICO adds, “Speaking at a press conference at Justice Department headquarters in Washington, Rosenstein said he briefed Trump about the upcoming criminal charges earlier this week. He said the indictment’s timing was ‘a function of the collection of the facts, the evidence, and the law and a determination that it was sufficient to present the indictment at this time.’” The Guardian notes the charges “were announced just as Trump arrived at Windsor Castle to meet the Queen”.
WHAT’S IN THE NEWEST MUELLER INDICTMENT OF 12 GRU OFFICIALS
POLITICO reports, “According to the indictment, the Russians employed a wide variety of tactics, including the creation of a fake website that mimicked the progressive ActBlue.com with the goal of siphoning contributions from Democratic donors. The Russians allegedly used stolen login credentials to insert the fraudulent link on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s website, where donors would click on it.” POLITICO adds, “On April 6, 2016, the Russians allegedly sought to access the emails of more than 30 Clinton campaign officials, creating a fake email address that nearly matched one of the campaign officials and including an attachment that appeared to be about Clinton’s poll numbers.” POLITICO notes, “The charges filed in U.S. District Court in Washington against the Russians include criminal conspiracy to commit offense against the U.S. through cyber operations and attempting to hack into state election officials, aggravated identity theft and money laundering.” POLITICO adds, “The indictment describes communications between an unnamed person and Guccifer 2.0, an online persona the indictment calls a cover for the GRU hackers. Guccifer 2.0 released tens of thousands of emails through DC Leaks and Wikileaks, per the indictment.” While it is beyond unlikely any of these GRU hackers will be extradited, especially given this illegitimate president is extra unlikely to push for it, POLITICO notes, “American officials see indictments of overseas hackers as a way of shaming foreign governments.” One problem: the Russian mafia state is beyond shame. Think Progress has a fantastic round up of all the election time WikiLeaks tweets from Trump, his family and their entourage of fashy cockroaches. Lastly, this means “Putin’s elite spy world has been penetrated by U.S. intelligence,” as The Washington Post’s David Ignatius notes.
REACTIONS TO RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE INDICTMENTS FROM TRUMP CAMP
Fox News reports, “President Trump on Saturday sharply criticized the Obama administration for not doing ‘something’ about the 12 Russian intelligence agents who were indicted for allegedly hacking emails during the 2016 election.” Obama why did you not stop Trump from committing acts of treason? While the question comes from the lips of an orange Lubyanka shitstain, it should not diminish the importance of the question or the need to expand on it to include the tech sector, the Republican Party, the media and many others who knew better but goose-stepped like sycophants. BuzzFeed News reports, “The White House insisted Friday that the highly detailed indictments, handed down by special counsel Robert Mueller, don’t change what was already known, and referred to the hacking as an ‘alleged’ incident rather than a matter of fact. ‘Today’s charges include no allegations of knowing involvement by anyone on the campaign and no allegations that the alleged hacking affected the election result. This is consistent with what we have been saying all along,’ White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters said in a statement.” BuzzFeed adds, “Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, tweeted along similar lines.” Giuliani wrote, “The indictments Rod Rosenstein announced are good news for all Americans. The Russians are nailed. No Americans are involved. Time for Mueller to end this pursuit of the President and say President Trump is completely innocent,” which is of course total bullshit. Meanwhile The New York Post reports, “House Republicans have drawn up impeachment documents against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein —and could file the papers as soon as Monday. Conservative Reps. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) are furious at what they see as Rosenstein’s foot-dragging as they probe alleged anti-Trump bias at the FBI,” however, “Speaker Paul Ryan, who has been reluctant to join the conservatives’ blistering criticism of Rosenstein, could block the measure.” POLITICO adds, “The chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee [Trey Gowdy] said Sunday he doesn’t support a push by conservative lawmakers to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.” The Wall Street Journal notes, “In unveiling the latest indictments in the probe of Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential campaign, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein paused to call for an end to the deepening partisan acrimony surrounding the investigation.” So much for that.
WHAT IS THE GRU? RUSSIAN MILITARY INTELLIGENCE
The New York Times reports, “The Russian intelligence officers indicted on Friday by the United States special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, served in a branch of the Russian military formerly known as the G.R.U., which has been linked in recent years to a number of increasingly bold, even reckless operations abroad. The organization is Russia’s largest military intelligence agency and is one of several groups authorized to spy for the Russian government, alongside successor agencies to the K.G.B.” The New York Times notes, “Though still commonly referred to as the G.R.U., or Main Intelligence Directorate, the agency in 2010 changed its name to the Main Directorate, or G.U. As before, it is subordinate to the Russian military command. From the shooting down of a civilian airliner over Ukraine to operations in Syria and the United States electoral hacking, the organization’s recent history has been entangled with some of Russia’s most contentious actions, analysts and security researchers say.” The New York Times adds, “The indictment unsealed on Friday singled out two signals intelligence -units focused on computer espionage — one based near Gorky Park in central Moscow and the other in an outlying district near a shopping mall.” The New York Times notes, “The initial sanctions under the Obama administration also targeted a deputy commander of the G.R.U., Sergei A. Gizunov. Not mentioned at the time was Mr. Gizunov’s ties to a group within the G.R.U., Unit 26165, that the Friday indictment described as pivotal in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee. Mr. Gizunov was a former commander of this unit, according to a 2009 report in a government newspaper, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, that announced Mr. Gizunov had won a state prize in science.” The New York Times adds, “A Russian history book, ‘Security Systems of the U.S.S.R.,’ published in 2013, identified the origins of Unit 26165 in the Cold War, when it was established as a signals decrypting office for the Soviet military. The unit, according to this history, was based in the same building identified in the indictments released on Friday as its base today, in central Moscow.” The New York Times notes, “Mr. Gizunov’s name also surfaced as a central figure in a recent dispute between military intelligence and the main successor agency to the K.G.B., the F.S.B. It is an old rivalry that re-appeared during the electoral hack, Crowd Strike, the cyber security company hired by the Democratic Party, has suggested. Crowd Strike reported that both military intelligence and the F.S.B. hacked the DNC servers, possibly without knowledge of the others’ actions. A year later, in 2017, Mr. Gizunov, the former director of Unit 26165, used military intelligence agents to unravel a F.S.B. cyber operation that had focused on Ukraine and domestic issues, Russian media have reported. The military agents reportedly disclosed links between a cybercrime ring known as Shaltai-Boltai, or Humpty Dumpty, and the F.S.B.’s cyber unit, the Center for Information Security.”
From The New York Times.
TRUMP HAS A TANTRUM + ATTACKS THE EU OVER + OVER
The Washington Post reports, “President Trump told British Prime Minister Theresa May that she should ‘sue’ the European Union for a quicker Brexit, May said Sunday.” The Washington Post notes, “Trump also continued his public criticisms of the E.U., calling it a ‘foe’ in a CBS interview that aired Sunday.” Thank you CBS News for carrying that water.
From The Washington Post.
* MATTIS ON CLEAN UP DUTY: U.S. 100% COMMITTED TO NATO
NBC News reports, “Hours after President Donald Trump departed NATO headquarters Thursday, U.S. military leaders embarked on a full-scale ‘damage control’ operation with calls to their counterparts across Europe to reassure them that America will abide by its defense commitments in the region.” Reuters reports, “U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday that the United States fully supported NATO, saying it had emerged stronger from a two-day summit thanks to reforms and commitments made by allies to their common defense.” This is probably true because before the catastrophe began, everyone was woefully complacent. Or to quote a former professor, “If you ever have trouble sleeping at night, get a job involving NATO.” Naturally this professor spent his career focused on the hunt for bin Laden, which was security sexy for the past 20 years. Reuters adds, “‘… (NATO) is stronger today than it was yesterday, stronger today than it was a month ago, stronger today than it was a year ago,’ Mattis said, in brief remarks to reporters traveling with him from Brussels to Croatia.” The fact is the system has withstood the shock and was woefully complacent before. While in the Balkans, Reuters notes the word Russia went unspoken as Mattis instead opted for a range of euphemisms, which included, “some elsewhere,” “those that seek to divide us,” and “destabilizing element”.
DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTEL SAYS US FACES DEVASTATING CYBER ATTACK
Reuters reports, “The U.S. intelligence chief warned on Friday that the threat was growing for a devastating cyber assault on critical U.S. infrastructure, saying the ‘warning lights are blinking red again’ nearly two decades after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.” Fun! Reuters adds, “Russia, China, Iran and North Korea are launching daily cyber strikes on the computer networks of federal, state and local government agencies, U.S. corporations, and academic institutions, said Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. Of the four, ‘Russia has been the most aggressive foreign actor, no question,’ he said.” Why is this summit in Helsinki happening again? Oh right, the pee tape.
KIRSTJEN “BRUTALZING KIDS” NIELSEN SAYS RUSSIA THREAT ALIVE + WELL
CNN reports, “The head of the Department of Homeland Security [Kirstjen Nielsen] warned state officials on Saturday that the threat from Russia targeting US elections has not dissipated.” The threat is alive and well and you might even say it is doing better than the children in the Camp Ivanka shelters where they are brutalized across the great nation of ours. CNN notes, “she said, there are ‘no indications that Russia is targeting the 2018 US midterms at a scale or scope to match their activities in 2016.’”
US LOBBYING FIRM SOUGHT AMBASSADORS TO SUPPORT OLEG DERIPASKA
The AP reports, “A U.S. lobbying firm sought to recruit the ambassadors of France, Germany and several other countries to demonstrate international support for severing Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska’s control of Rusal, the aluminum manufacturing giant sanctioned by Washington. Documents made public by the Justice Department show that Mercury LLC drafted messages for at least six envoys to send to senior U.S. government officials that expressed support for a plan to eliminate Deripaska’s majority stake in the EN+ Group, the holding company that owns nearly 50 percent of Rusal.” The AP adds, “Leading the way, in an odd twist, is a conservative member of Britain’s House of Lords, Gregory Barker, who hired Mercury to salvage Rusal and EN+ by casting Deripaska as the heavy.” The AP notes, “When the Treasury imposed sanctions on Deripaska a few months ago, EN+ and Rusal were blacklisted too because of the cascading nature of the penalties. It fell to Barker, who was installed less than a year ago as chairman of EN+’s board, to persuade the Trump administration to lift the sanctions against both companies. To do that, he will have to assure the U.S. that Deripaska is no longer calling the shots at EN+ or Rusal.” The AP adds, “The draft messages, along with background material prepared by Mercury, warned that each country would be damaged economically if the sanctions aren’t eased. France and Germany rely on Rusal’s aluminum in their automotive, telecommunications and aerospace industries. And Rusal is a full or part owner of factories that employ hundreds of people in Ireland, Sweden, Australia and Jamaica. The ambassadors of France and Sweden did not send the messages, according to representatives from each embassy. The embassies of Germany, Ireland and Australia wouldn’t say.”
From the AP.
* TWITTER BLOCKS A FEW MORE RUSSIAN FRONTS FOR PR PURPOSES
Endgadget reports, “The US’ indictment of Russian officers over the DNC hacks is having an effect… at least, on Twitter. The social network has banned accounts for both DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 in response to the indictment. In a statement explaining the suspensions, the company told Engadget that they were ‘connected to a network of accounts’ that had already been shut down for violating rules. At the same time, Twitter was aware that the shutdowns were considered overdue — DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 have long been linked to Russia, and the indictments just formalized the connections.” Jack Dorsey, where do we start with him? If he is not owned outright, he is a wonderful little useful idiot of a small-brained man. His leisure pursuits involve enjoying his celebrity, hanging with Kim and Kanye and apologizing to “alt right” fashies for labeling them properly. This is also more proof his clean up of Twitter was wholly incomplete, despite many buying into it. For further proof, TRUMPISTAN WATCH has set up a personal parody troll account @fakeRivkin and posted the password 0123456789 (“password” as a password was deemed to insecure by Twitter, but this was just fine) and invite everyone to post from the account in an effort to create the Uber of stupid Twitter. While the account itself has not gone full Nazi or porn yet, someone has ensured it certainly follows enough such accounts. Go on give it a try! Harness the synergy of stupid with crowd sourced dumb.
MARYLAND INVESTIGATES RUSSIAN OLIGARCH BUYING VOTING SYSTEM
The Baltimore Sun reports, “Maryland officials are investigating a Russian investor’s ties to a local software vendor that maintains part of the State Board of Elections’ voter registration system, legislative leaders said Friday. At a hastily called news conference, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch said the FBI informed them and Gov. Larry Hogan that without the state’s knowledge, a Russian investor had bought the software vendor in 2015. Miller called the news ‘shocking’ but said the FBI did not indicate that Maryland elections had been compromised.” Ah, the lies we tell ourselves or allow others, namely the state, to lead us into! The Baltimore Sun adds, “‘We felt it imperative that our constituents know that a Russian oligarch has purchased our election machinery,’ Miller said.” The Baltimore Sun notes, “Four FBI agents informed state officials Thursday that a vendor Maryland has contracted with — ByteGrid LLC — to host data for statewide elections has ties to a Russian oligarch, Miller and Busch said. ByteGrid LLC owns the servers that hold the data for voter registration, candidacy, election management, and election night results, state elections officials said. An ownership stake in the company was purchased by AltPoint Capital Partners, whose largest investor is a Russian oligarch named Vladimir Potanin, the election officials said. Busch said that Potanin is ‘very close’ to Russian [sic] Pesident Vladimir Putin and that Altpoint’s managing partner is Gerald T. Banks, a Russian millionaire who changed his name from Guerman Aliev.”
From The Baltimore Sun.
NAVALNY CO-DEFENDANT IS DEAD
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “Pyotr Ofitserov, a businessman who was a co-defendant in one of the criminal cases against Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, has reportedly died at the age of 43. Journalist Yevgenia Albats posted on Twitter on July 13 that Ofitserov had died, but she did not provide any details.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “The daily Moskovsky Komsomolets reported on July 9 that Ofitserov had been hospitalized in serious condition with a concussion and head trauma. Doctors told the daily he’d suffered the injuries during a ‘fit’ of unspecified nature.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty notes, “In 2013, Ofitserov was convicted along with Navalny of embezzlement in the notorious Kirovles case. Navalny, his supporters, and many observers say the charges were trumped up in retaliation for Navalny’s opposition political activity. Navalny was sentenced to five years in prison, while Ofitserov was given a four-year prison term. In October 2013, the court suspended both sentences as part of the appeals process.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “Ofitserov left behind a wife and five children.”
* US HONORS SLAIN RUSSIAN JOURNALISTS, POLITKOVSKAYA GARDEN OPENS
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “A garden created in honor of slain Russian investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya has opened near the offices of the newspaper she worked for in Moscow, while the United States honored two other journalists killed in Russia. Politkovskaya’s mother, Raisa Mazepa, former Novaya Gazeta editor Dmitry Muratov, and Ekho Moskvy radio station editor Aleksei Venediktov took part in the garden’s opening on July 13, as did several foreign diplomats.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty notes, “Politkovskaya was killed on Putin’s birthday, prompting speculation that her murder was meant as a ‘gift’ to the president.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “On July 12, the U.S. State Department honored two other journalists who were killed in Russia: Natalya Estemirova, a human rights activist and Novaya Gazeta journalist who was killed after being kidnapped in Chechnya on July 15, 2009, and Paul Klebnikov, an American who edited Forbes Russian edition and was shot dead in Moscow on July 9, 2004.” Will Russian diplomats be laying wreaths at the Capital Gazette newsroom headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland soon for maximum irony?
* BILL BROWDER FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST DANSKE BANK
Estonian Public Broadcasting reports, “Bill Browder, CEO of investment fund Hermitage Capital Management, on Wednesday filed a criminal complaint in Denmark against Danske Bank, which is suspected of Russian money laundering, Financial Times reports. In his complaint to the Danish public prosecutor for special economic crimes and international crime, Browder alleges that at least 190 accounts were used to launder $203 million.” Estonian Public Broadcasting adds, “He claimed that this was linked to a $230 million fraud from the Russian Treasury uncovered by Serge Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who later died in prison in November 2009. Browder is Magnitsky’s former employer.”
NOVICHOK CAME FROM BOTTLE IN VICTIM’S HOUSE
BBC News reports, “Novichok that poisoned a couple in Wiltshire came from a small bottle found in the home of one of the victims, police say. A bottle was found in a search at Charlie Rowley’s Amesbury house and was tested by scientists at Porton Down, the Metropolitan Police said.” BBC News notes, “Mr Rowley, 45, remains in hospital in Salisbury in a serious but stable condition after falling ill on 30 June. His partner Dawn Sturgess, 44, died last weekend.” BBC News adds, “Scientists at the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory are still trying to establish whether the deadly substance found at Mr Rowley’s house came from the same batch of Novichok that contaminated Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March.” BBC News notes, “Police said they were still trying to find out where the bottle came from, and why it ended up in the house.”
From BBC News.
* GREEK COURT APPROVES EXTRADITION REQUEST OF RUSSIAN HACKER
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “A Greek court has approved a French request to extradite a Russian cybercrime suspect who is also wanted in the United States and Russia, in a move which prompted Moscow to threaten reprisals. The court in Thessaloniki, 500 kilometers north of Athens, on July 13 ruled in favor of France’s request to take custody of bitcoin fraud suspect Aleksandr Vinnik, 38, who was arrested in Greece last year on a U.S.-issued warrant.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty notes, “France is seeking Vinnik for alleged cybercrime, money laundering, membership in a criminal organization, and extortion,” so like the bread and butter of the Russian mafia state.
* BLACK HAWKS ROTATE INTO LATVIA
Public broadcasting of Latvia reports, “American troops with Black Hawk helicopters have arrived in Latvia to strengthen regional security and to demonstrate the U.S. presence in the region, the Latvian Defense Ministry said July 13.” Public broadcasting of Latvia adds, “The new U.S. rotation will see the personnel training together with the servicemen of the Latvian National Armed Forces and the allied soldiers from the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroup deployed to Latvia as well as participating in military exercises. The new U.S. contingent is expected to stay in Latvia for nine months.”
—–CAMP IVANKA: FROM THE KIDDIE INTERNMENT CAMPS—–
LETTERS FROM MAMA
CNN reports, “Last month, CNN sent writing paper along with a stamped and addressed return envelope to immigrant mothers who had been separated from their children and who were detained at a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Eloy, Arizona.” It is our luck that these fascists are so stupid they did not understand the power of such a gift. CNN adds, “In a letter, we asked the women if they would like to share their stories, and, if so, to describe the moment they were separated from their children. Ten days later, 14 handwritten notes arrived at CNN’s offices in New York.” CNN notes, “The letters, written by women who have come from countries like Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico, recall the moments of separation in harrowing detail, and allege mistreatment at the facilities in which they have been confined, first at a detention center in Yuma, Arizona, and later at Eloy.” CNN notes, “At least one of the women who wrote to us has since been reunited with her children. Two others have been released and allowed to see their kids. But several of the women remain in detention.” CNN withheld their names so they do not incur retaliation at the hands of these stupid cruel fucks currently in charge of our state, but here are their testimonies in their words:
– “I am the mother of two little children whose names are Victor, who was born on 24 June 2007, and Leidy, who was born on July 29, 2008. We entered this country on May 23, looking for refuge. I, as their mother, wanted to protect them. I was looking for a better future for them. When I came here everything changed. We endured hunger, cold and fear that at any time they were going to separate us from each other. And that day finally came, they took them away from me with no consideration. My boy and my girl threw themselves into my arms and cried… The last words of my son were ‘Mommy, if they come for me, I’ll hold your feet tight…’”
– “I came to this country to save my life and to give my son Jefry, 13 years old, a better future. I came with many illusions BUT when I arrived, what I found was humiliation and ridicule on the part of the detention officers. They took me to the detention center – Yuma, Arizona – with my son. We spent six days there. Those were the bitterest days that me and my son have ever lived. I got sick there, I passed out because I was very weak, and I had not eaten well for days — the way in the desert was very long. When I passed out, the officers took me out of the cold room they had me in with my son. I fainted again, and they threw me to the floor. My son cried when he saw me like that and asked them to take me to a doctor. They just laughed at us and made fun of my situation. They told me that this happened to me because I came to this country, that they did not want us here. When I fainted, my son picked me up off the ground and cried bitterly. That same night they took him away from me. They did not give me the opportunity to say goodbye to him. It was so painful and cruel… I have not seen my son in over a month. My pain is much greater now. I need to be with him. I’m waiting for my bail, but the fines are too high, and I do not know what’s going to happen. I pray to God every day to touch their hearts (of those who separated us). With tears in my eyes I beg for help to the person that reads these words, which I write with great pain in my soul. May God touch your heart to help me get out of here and to be with my son again. I need it. I want to fight for him, I want to see him grow, and give him an education. I want to see him become a good man.”
– “I came to this country to seek protection for me and my son, because of the situation that is taking place in El Salvador is bad, we have had many threats against our life. But I never thought that in this country they would give us this suffering, and that they would destroy our hearts. I remember that my child kissed me and said, ‘we will be together soon, Mommy.’ … What I want most is to get him back and tell him how much I love him, and that he is my life and gives me the strength to stay here, and that God may always keep him safe.”
– “I came to this country with my 5-year-old girl, her name is Adish. I entered the Yuma, Arizona center on May 25. They fed us with raw instant soups which were prepared with water from the bathroom. On May 27 I had to leave my daughter in the ‘cooler,’ by herself. They snatched my girl. It had been almost 30 days without knowing anything about my girl. I sent requests to get information about her, but they did not respond until June 26, when I finally had the chance to talk to her… I came to this country to give her a better future. I left my country to avoid the dangers in my country. But I did not think they would cause my girl the trauma she is facing now.”
– “I have been separated from my country in the cruelest way. When they arrested us, they took us to a detention center and took away my two children. They did not give me permission to say goodbye. They separated us without explanation… I talked to my children a couple of days ago. He told me ‘Mommy, me and my little brother were put in a place that was really cold and they would not give us blankets. We only eat raw soups. Mommy, me and my little brother have to hug each other to stay warm because we were dying of cold.’ … Being separated from your children is the worst thing you can do to a mother.”
WHAT ARE CAMP IVANKA SHELTERS LIKE THROUGH CHILDREN’S EYES?
The Washington Post reports, “‘I felt like a prisoner,’ said Diogo De Olivera Filho, a 9-year-old from Brazil who spent five weeks at a shelter in Chicago, including three weeks in isolation after getting chickenpox. When he got lonely and left his quarantined room to see other kids, he said the shelter put up a gate to keep him in. ‘I felt like a dog,’ he said.” The Washington Post adds, “One 11-year-old boy from Guatemala who spent six weeks in the same Chicago shelter as Diogo said he had to ask permission to hug his sister. Some of the children said they now suffer from nightmares. A few, including Sandy, have had difficulty trusting their parents again.” The Washington Post notes, “Most of the children were reluctant to talk about what they went through while they were detained. ‘I don’t want to remember,’ said one 10-year-old, who recounted watching an out-of-control kindergartner get injected with something after he misbehaved in class.” The Washington Post adds, “Sandy was reunited with her mother on July 5 after 55 days at Southwest Key Combes, a shelter in Harlingen, Tex., that was caring for about 60 kids. Some had been separated from their parents; some had crossed the border on their own. For Sandy, it was a place of sorrow, fear and scoldings. ‘They told us to behave,’ she said, ‘or we’d be there forever.’” The Washington Post notes, “Before dawn on May 11, Border Patrol agents took mother and daughter to a trailer with showers. Gonzalez tried not to get emotional as she bathed her girl for what she thought might be the last time, then dressed her in a baggy blue uniform.” The Washington Post continues, “When it came time to go, however, the girl tried to hide under the mylar blankets… But they did find her. And suddenly she was alone for the first time in her life. ‘They put me in a car, then two airplanes, then another car, then another,’ she said. She cried for much of it. ‘I was so sad,’ Sandy said.” The Washington Post adds, “When Sandy arrived at the Southwest Key shelter, the first thing she remembers is being lined up with other new kids and being told the rules: No touching, no talking to boys, lights on at 6:30 a.m., lights out at 8 p.m.” It was there that “The staff shouted at the children, she told her mom, and a boy had kicked her in the face during recess.” Additionally, “Sandy also told her mom that she had gotten conjunctivitis and been put into a room by herself.”
From The Washington Post.
—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–
TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN HAS SPENT $1.2M THIS YEAR ON LEGAL FEE
BuzzFeed News reports, “President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign has spent another nearly $340,000 in legal fees in the last three months, according to the latest fundraising reports filed quarterly with the Federal Election Commission. Combined with spending earlier in the year, Trump’s campaign has now spent a total of about $1.2 million on legal fees.”
From BuzzFeed News.
TRUMP SAYS IRAN FACING PAIN FROM SANCTIONS AS RUSSIA STEPS IN
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “U.S. officials are claiming that looming sanctions are putting economic pressure on Iran and helping to stir up street protests, with President Donald Trump saying he expects the economic ‘pain’ to force Tehran to seek a deal with Washington.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, while attending a NATO summit in the Belgian capital, have been pushing European allies to increase the economic pain in Tehran by supporting the U.S. sanctions, which are due to go into effect on November 4.” That’s all very nice and good given a contrasting reality oil and gas journal Platts is reporting as “Russia’s is ready to invest up to $50 billion in Iran’s oil and gas sector, a senior adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Thursday following a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin outside of Moscow, according to reports by Iranian media.” So you know, the same exact day. Platts adds, “Oil cooperation between Iran and Russia can be boosted to some $50 billion and Moscow has expressed readiness to make this investment, the adviser on international affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati, told Iran’s state TV, as reported by Mehr news agency. The sum is significant and Russia can replace Western companies, which have to leave Iran due to the US sanctions, he said, according to the report.” These are Trump’s friends — remember! And to highlight the total reliability of Russia at all times, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says he cannot confirm the recent comments made by the top aide of the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader that Russia will invest money in Iran.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “Hours after Velayati touted the news, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that he cannot confirm the comments made by the Iranian envoy.”
TRUMP SHOWS US ALL THE WAYS TO NEVER TREAT WOMEN YOUNG + OLD
The Washington Post reports, “It’s generally quite difficult to upstage the queen of England, but President Trump might have managed to do so.” Of course he did because he is a raging bundle of nagging insecurities and narcissism! The Washington Post continues, “Described as ‘cringeworthy’ and ‘uncomfortable’ viewing on social media, footage of their walk together came under intense scrutiny. While touring the castle grounds, Trump maintained a relatively brisk walk, which saw the queen, at times, fall behind him as he led the way.” The Washington Post notes, “Others online also debated whether Trump and first lady Melania Trump broke with royal protocol when they opted to shake hands with the queen instead of bowing or curtsying.” They do whatever the hell they want because they are uncultured, uneducated and they don’t really care.
From The Washington Post.
MICHAEL COHEN’S LINK TO NOVARTIS FAR MORE EXTENSIVE THAN KNOWN
POLITICO reports, “President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, maintained a far more extensive relationship with drugmaker Novartis than previously disclosed — including pitching the company on an opportunity that would benefit a Russian-linked investment firm — according to a report issued Friday by Senate Democrats.” POLITICO adds, “Dozens of emails and other documents obtained by the Democrats showed that Cohen worked with Novartis for six months longer than the company said in May, a period during which he pitched executives on investing in a pharmaceutical company backed by investment firm Columbus Nova. The firm is linked to Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, who was sanctioned last month over Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election.” POLITICO notes, “Novartis, in turn, sought to influence the Trump administration’s effort to lower drug prices, sending a list of policy ideas that Cohen promised then-Novartis CEO Joe Jimenez he would pass along to administration officials, according to emails obtained by the Democrats. Many of the ideas Novartis provided to Cohen ended up in a Trump blueprint to address drug pricing.” None of which favored the American consumer, naturally.
* LEADING CANADIAN DEPARTMENT STORE DROPS IVANKA BRAND
The New York Post reports, “The Ivanka Trump fashion brand was kicked to the curb in Canada by the leading department store company there. Hudson’s Bay shoppers can no longer find the brand on the company’s website, and by the fall it will be completely gone from its 90 stores, the department store company confirmed”. What no woman wants to dress according to the style of the tastetless, classless, feckless fashy first daughter? Sad!
From The New York Post.
GREEK PORT OF ALEXANDROUPOLIS TIED TO RUSSIAN BALKAN INTRIGUE
The Financial Times reports, “The sleepy Aegean port of Alexandroupolis in northern Greece has become a new focus for Russian efforts to extend its influence in south-eastern Europe and thwart the enlargement of Nato and the EU. The town is home to a small community of Russian citizens with Greek connections. Two Russian diplomats, expelled this week for activities that allegedly violated Greek law, were well known in the port”. The Financial Times adds, “The diplomats were accused of working with businesspeople to bribe local government officials, Orthodox clergymen, and members of cultural associations and far-right groups across the north of the country in order to fan a popular backlash against the naming agreement signed last month between the leaders of Greece and Macedonia.” The Financial Times notes, “One Russian bribery attempt failed when a Greek military officer reported the incident to his commander”. The Financial Times adds, “In Alexandroupolis, a ‘Russian House’ funded by Moscow serves as a cultural centre while Greek and Russian sponsors connected with St Petersburg paid for a new Orthodox church built with the blessing of Anthimos, the local bishop. The Russian diplomats are believed to have made payments to far-right groups through a local Greek businessman.”
From The Financial Times.
* THE WASHINGTON POST HAS AN ACCURATE HEADLINE ON TRUMP’S LIES
The Washington Post ran a story Friday about the illegitimate president’s presser with Britain’s semi-legitimate Prime Minister Theresa May, “Trump denies he said something that he said on a tape everyone has heard”. In it, the story notes, “At a news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Britain on Friday, Trump claimed that a newspaper interview that quoted him criticizing May’s Brexit and trade strategies was ‘fake news.’ ‘I didn’t criticize the prime minister,’ he said. He went on to suggest a recording would vindicate him. The recording exists. And it completely and utterly contradicts Trump’s claim.” And then, at the bottom comes the “Update: The Sun issues a statement … defending Trump.”
From The Washington Post.
WH PULLS BOLTON FROM CNN INTERVIEW BECAUSE REPORTER QUESTIONS
Mediaite reports, “White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained on Saturday why John Bolton was pulled from a planned appearance on CNN. CNN’s Jake Tapper claimed Saturday morning that Bolton, President Donald Trump‘s national security adviser, cancelled on an interview for his Sunday show State of the Union. The CNN host claimed the interview was cancelled after the network’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta exchanged heated words with Trump at his U.K. press conference on Friday.” Like a schoolteacher, Huckabee Sanders scolded, “Instead of rewarding bad behavior, we decided to reprioritize the TV appearances for administration officials”. In reality Acosta only tried to ask a question. Brian Stelter of CNN described what transpired between Trump and Acosta as, “‘Disrespected?’ After Trump insulted CNN, Acosta said, ‘Mr. President, since you attacked CNN, can I ask you a question?’ Then Acosta said CNN is real, not fake. And that’s that.” This Lubyanka shitstain hell comes to you from the world’s supposedly most advanced democracy. In reality, that might be France now.
—–TOWARDS A PEACEFUL NUCLEAR EXCHANGE—–
TRUMP RELEASES KIM’S FLOWERY LETTER TO HIM
POLITICO reports, “President Donald Trump on Thursday released a flattering letter he received from North Korea leader Kim Jong Un despite concerns that Kim is taking little action toward surrendering his nuclear arsenal. ‘I deeply appreciate the energetic and extraordinary efforts made by Your Excellency Mr. President for the improvement of relations between the two countries and the faithful implementation of the joint statement,’ Kim said in a translated letter tweeted by the president.” Oh yeah, that just oozes sincerity and respect. Of course POLITICO notes, “The president’s upbeat portrayal of his relationship with Kim comes amid what experts are calling mounting evidence that North Korea has little intention of rolling back its nuclear and missile programs without major concessions from the U.S.” POLITICO adds, “The letter to Trump was signed on July 6. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left for North Korea on July 5 to continue talks about denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.”
—–THE GREAT GAME: BLOOD, SWEAT, TEARS + FOOTBALL—–
* PUSSY RIOT INVADES THE PITCH DURING WORLD CUP FINAL
CBS Sports reports, “Apparently Luzhniki Stadium had a slight lapse of security during its World Cup final match between France and Croatia. In the second half with France leading 2-1 and Croatia advancing the ball up the final third, a posse of pitch invaders interrupted the match before quickly being accosted and dragged — not so nicely — off the pitch.” CBS Sports adds, “Russian protest performance group Pussy Riot claimed responsibility shortly after the invaders stormed the field. The feminist punk rock group out of Moscow took to social media to post a statement regarding the invasion.”
From CBS Sports.
UFC STAR GUEST OF PUTIN DEBUTS AS FULL KREMLIN BITCH
TMZ reports, “Conor McGregor got to sit in on the World Cup final in person this weekend, showing up as a guest of none other than Vladimir Putin. The UFC star posted a photo of himself Sunday alongside Russia’s president, posing like a tough guy with someone he calls ‘one of the greatest leaders of our time.’”
FIFA PRESIDENT REMINDS US ALL THAT FIFA IS STILL CORRUPT + DIRTY
ESPN reports, “FIFA president Gianni Infantino says that football has an ‘energetic and positive impact’ in Russia and that the World Cup made everyone fall in love with the country.” Go live there if you love it and its positive impact so much, get to know the real Russia, then talk.
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