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Life After Putin

Authored by Dmitry Orlov via Club Orlov blog, Last week Vladimir Putin delivered his annual address before the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, and since then I have received a flurry of emails and comments from people asking me to explain what he meant. I don’t want to make assumptions about the depth of your interest in Russian affairs, and so, to save you time, let me start by providing a very short executive summary: Putin will step down as president after his current term,...

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China Is Already Blaming A Slowdown In 2020 On The Coronavirus Epidemic

So much can change in just 24 hours. It was just yesterday that China's top twitter troll and Beijing propaganda voice to the west, Global Time Editor in Chief Hu Xijin was downplaying the risk from the coronavirus outbreak, comparing it to the SARS epidemic in 2003, and saying that "during SARS epidemic, even many medical staff contracted virus and died of it. It doesn't look the same this time." Chinese society is mobilizing to deal with the new coronavirus. But its risks of...

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Chemical Weapons Inspector Gives Rare Testimony On Douma Before UN Security Council

Authored by Dave DeCamp via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity, The UN Security Council met in New York on Monday to discuss the investigation by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) into an alleged chemical attack that was said to have taken place in April 2018 in Douma, Syria. The alleged attack was blamed on the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and the US, UK, and France responded with an airstrike against Syrian government targets. A former...

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Netanyahu Rival Benny Gantz Calls For Annexation Of Jordan Valley Ahead Of Election

Candidates are trying to woo the Israeli right ahead of the country's upcoming March 2 legislative elctions for the 23rd Knesset — the third round in less than a year — after in prior April and September 2019 elections parties continually failed to form the next government.   Toward that end Blue and White coalition chairman Benny Gantz evoked controversy Tuesday with a shock declaration that he'll annex the Jordan Valley if he becomes prime minister in the next election. The centrist...

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“Sit This One Out”: FBI Slammed for Social Media Shoutout To MLK

Authored by Jessica Corbett via CommonDreams.org, After the FBI took to Twitter Monday with a message that allegedly aimed to honor "the life and work" of Martin Luther King Jr., a chorus of critics promptly urged the bureau to "sit this one out," pointing to its history of spying on King and trying to convince the civil rights leader to kill himself. Each year on the national holiday dedicated to King, progressives criticize and work to counter the whitewashed public narrative of a man...

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Lawyers Claim Some Weinstein Accusers “Bragged About Having Sex With Him”

President Trump's impeachment isn't the only major trial that Americans will be following in January. Now that the jury has been picked (sadly, Gigi Hadid didn't make the cut, much to the disappointment of the New York Post) and the defense has succeeded in limiting the number of young, white women on the jury to just 2, it's time for what some are hyping as the next trial of the century. Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood studio head and kingmaker whose fall from grace inspired the #MeToo...

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Migrants Waiting For Dems To Win Election Because “It Would Make Things Easier To Get In”

Authored by Steve Watson via Summit News, Migrants in central America say they are waiting for President Trump to be voted out of office and for Democrats to reopen the borders so they can cross illegally into the US without the fear that authorities will ‘throw them back.’ The Center for Immigration Studies reports that many migrants are sitting in wait in Mexico, praying for a Trump defeat. U.S.-bound migrants stuck in Mexico say they're staying, calculating a Trump 2020 election loss...

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In Response To “Completely False” NHTSA Unintended Acceleration Petition, Tesla Blames Short Sellers

Just days ago we reported that the NHTSA was evaluating a petition claiming that 500,000 Tesla vehicles are subject to "unintended acceleration" incidents. In response to the petition, the NHTSA said it was going to be considering an investigation, but there has been no final word on any action (or lack thereof) yet. But over the weekend, we were finally treated to Tesla's perfunctory and predictable "official" response to the news, which has of course been to blame short sellers. In a...

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Ron Paul: How Expansive Is FBI Spying?

Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity, Cato Institute Research Fellow Patrick Eddington recently filed several Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to find out if the Federal Bureau of Investigation ever conducted surveillance of several organizations dealing with government policy, including my Campaign for Liberty. Based on the FBI’s response, Campaign for Liberty and other organizations, including the Cato institute and the Reason Foundation, may...

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US Informs Haftar: Resume Libya’s Blocked Oil Exports “Immediately”

Days after Benghazi-based General Khalifa Haftar and his rebel LNA forces blocked all oil under their control from leaving Libyan ports (the LNA currently controls territory which includes some 90% of the nation's oil facilities), the United States has demanded the immediate resumption of oil exports. “The suspension of National Oil Corporation (NOC) operations risks exacerbating the humanitarian emergency in Libya and inflicting further needless suffering on the Libyan people,” the US...

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