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The Torch – 11.12.17

Download this episode (right click and save) Nadezhda Kutepova had fought for the rights of the residents of a town in the Chelyabinsk region. The young mother of 4 lost her parents to cancer’s contracted after exposure to radioactive materials at the USSR nuclear weapons fuel production plants near Ozersk int he Ural mountains. A 1957 disaster was kept secret until …

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Alastair Crooke – Deep State vs. Donald Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said it often: the door to co-operation (with the U.S.) “lies ajar.” He has said it repeatedly: that it was not Moscow in the first place that had withered – and then severed – the lines of communication with Washington. And Mr. Putin has been consistent in periodically easing the path to “Moscow” for President …

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Andrew Roth and David Filipov – Kremlin spokesman vows retaliation against U.S. sanctions

MOSCOW — The Kremlin on Friday issued a stark warning to the United States, saying it would respond in kind to the U.S. expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats and other sanctions following the Russian hacking of U.S. political parties before the 2016 presidential elections. “I cannot say now what the response will be, although, as we know, there is no …

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Robert Parry – Troubling Gaps in the New MH-17 Report

The key conclusion of the Dutch-led criminal inquiry implicating Russia in the 2014 shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 relied heavily on cryptic telephone intercepts that were supplied by the Ukrainian intelligence service and were given incriminating meaning not clearly supported by the words. The investigators also seemed to ignore other intercepts that conflicted with their conclusions, including one conversation that appeared to be …

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Mish Shedlock – Erdogan Scorecard: 50,000 Detained or Fired Generals, Judges, Teachers, Police, Others

Inquiring minds may be interested in the number of military officers, generals, judges, teachers, and ordinary citizens detained or fired by Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Facts Not Needed for Extradition Yesterday, ABC news reported Turkey Fires Tens of Thousands in Coup Plotters Hunt. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised the issue in a phone call with U.S. President Barack Obama, …

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Obama’s “Legacy of Inaction” on Campaign Finance Reform Exposed

As the 2016 presidential campaign season hits full stride with hundreds of millions of dollars pouring in from outside funding groups, democracy reformers are zeroing in on the one person they say could stem the flow of money into electoral politics: U.S. President Barack Obama. “President Obama has no one to blame but himself for his failing legacy on money …

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Putin Says Russia Will Be World’s #1 Exporter of Non-GMO Foods

Russia’s Vladimir Putin is taking a bold step against biotech giant Monsanto and genetically modified seeds at large. In a new address to the Russian Parliament Thursday, Putin proudly outlined his plan to make Russia the world’s ‘leading exporter’ of non-GMO foods that are based on ‘ecologically clean’ production. Perhaps even more importantly, Putin also went on to harshly criticize …

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Matthias Schepp – The Russian President’s Strategy for Syria

A secret strategy paper suggests the Kremlin wants to find a political solution with the West on the issue of Syria. Pressure is mounting on Vladimir Putin as a result of the crash of a Russian jet in Egypt that may have been a terrorist attack. Vladimir Putin has been oddly quiet in recent days. Despite almost two weeks having …

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Putin Accuses World Of “Using Terrorist Groups” To Destabilize Governments

If you’ve followed the incessant back-and-forth between Washington and Moscow over the course of the proxy wars raging in Ukraine and Syria, you know that the Kremlin is without equal when it comes to describing US foreign policy in a way that is both succinct and accurate. This was on full display earlier this year when Vladimir Putin’s Security Council …

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Why Putin Doesn’t Need To Pander To The West

It’s quiet on the eastern front – as quiet as a conflict between world superpowers can be. Since February’s cease-fire agreement, relative calm has prevailed in Ukraine and world events elsewhere – Iran and Yemen – have shifted the global focus. Still, the West’s frigid relationship with Russia is no less chilly and antagonism, not cooperation, remains the modus operandi. …