2020-05-20: News Headlines

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-20). The US' "Medical Terrorism" Against Syria Threatens to Make World War C Much Deadlier. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Ambassador to Russia slammed the US' sanctions against his country as a form of medical terrorism that prevents it from importing much-needed "medicines, and medical goods, and other means to combat [COVID-19]", which strongly suggests that America wants …

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2020-05-20). How Russia is Botching Its Relationship With Syria. counterpunch.org What complicates Russia's relationship with Syria, which has sometimes been referred to as a Russian client state, is that two strong-willed, highly self-opinionated leaders are also involved here—Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of Syria Bashar al-Assad. Both enjoy unshakeable clan support and can hold their ground. Assad is by no means a Russian protege, and the interests of the two countries do not always overlap, either.

Philip Giraldi (2020-05-19). News Stories Avoid Naming Israel. thealtworld.com There are two stories that seem to have been under-reported in the past couple of weeks. The first involves Michael Flynn's dealings with the Russian United Nations Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. And the second describes yet another bit of espionage conducted by a foreign country directed against the United States. Both stories involve the State of Israel. | The bigger story is, of course, the dismissal by Attorney General William Barr of the criminal charges against former National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn based on malfeasance by the FBI investigators. The curious aspect of the story as it is being rel…

Bruce Lerro (2020-05-19). Left Gatekeepers Through the New Left: Monitored Rebellion. dissidentvoice.org The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters by Frances Stonor Saunders Cultural containment meant "ring around the pinkos" Leftist Patron Saints What do the following people have in common: Noam Chomsky, Cornel West, Naomi Klein, Robert Reich, Michael Albert, Howard Zinn, Amy Goodman, Medea Benjamin, Norman Solomon, Chris Hedges, …

Andre Vltchek (2020-05-19). The Soviet Victory Over Nazism 75 Years Ago, China and COVID-19. globalresearch.ca How could the Great Patriotic War in which the Soviet people (including many members of my own family) lost at least 25 million lives, have anything in common with the latest outbreak of the novel coronavirus? | You think this is …

Andre Vltchek (2020-05-19). The Soviet Victory over Nazism 75 Years Ago and Covid-19. dissidentvoice.org How could the Great Patriotic War in which the Soviet people (including many members of my own family) lost at least 25 million lives, have anything in common with the latest outbreak of the novel coronavirus? You think this is an absolutely insane question? However, before you dismiss it, think twice. There are similarities how …

WSWS (2020-05-19). The policy of "malign neglect": How the Russian oligarchy sacrifices the health and lives of the people. wsws.org The government's policy of malign neglect has provoked an initial upsurge in opposition from the working class, including Gazprom workers in Yakutia, northern Russia.

news.un (2020-05-15). Millions of migrants across Russia, Central Asia, 'teetering on the brink', as UN launches urgent appeal. news.un.org The International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched an urgent $7 million appeal on Thursday, to ease the impact of COVID-19 on migrant communities in five Central Asian countries and the Russian Federation, where the pandemic is pushing a growing number of migrant workers into poverty.

Aaron Maté (2020-05-11). Bombshell: Crowdstrike admits 'no evidence' Russia stole emails from DNC server. thegrayzone.com Crowdstrike, the firm behind the Russian email hacking allegation at the core of Russiagate, makes a bombshell admission: "We did…

I.V. Sta (2020-05-09). Eyewitness: Russia's 70th V-Day. liberationnews.org In addition to beautiful parades, fireworks and concerts, I was able to witness multitudes of people sharing with each other something wholly priceless: the gratitude of being alive thanks to those who fought fascism.

Ben Norton (2020-05-08). Russian journalists accuse NY Times of stealing stories that earned it Pulitzer Prize — for second time. thegrayzone.com The New York Times has apparently stolen its Pulitzer Prize-winning stories from Russian journalists — the same liberal anti-Putin reporters…

Jon Rainwater (2020-04-23). A Myriad of Ways to Wage Peace During These Times. peaceaction.org As we shelter in our homes to protect ourselves from this global pandemic, we wanted to share some of the many ways you can remain active and impactful in the work for a more peaceful world. Peace Action has long been a leader in organizing international conferences, marches, and rallies around the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty …

Paul Dobson (2020-03-30). Rosneft Dodges US Sanctions by Transferring Venezuela Operations to Russian State Firm. venezuelanalysis.com Moscow insists that its support for the Venezuelan government and role in its oil industry will remain unchanged.

Jason Ditz (2020-02-20). Turkey Kills Over 50 Syrian Troops, Russian Warplanes Intervene to Halt Offensive. theantimedia.com Russia called the situation a "worst case scenario."

Jason Ditz (2020-02-17). DOJ Investigating Former CIA Director's Role in Russiagate. theantimedia.com The Justice Department is investigating the role of John Brennan in the assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

Strategic Culture (2020-02-08). US Deploys 'Mini-Nukes' in Deplorable Threat to World Peace. theantimedia.com These so-called "mini-nukes" represent—despite the diminutive-sounding name—an increased risk of nuclear war.

Tyler Durden (2020-02-08). Iraq and Russia Prepare to Boost Military Ties as US Threatens Sanctions. theantimedia.com Iraq and Russia are preparing for deepening military coordination.

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2020-05-15). Russia makes a botch of its Syrian alliance. iranian.com Russia's relationships with its client states have never been easy. Of course, managing client states is always a complicated exercise. The Kremlin's cupboard is full of skeletons — Hungary (1956), Czechoslovakia (1968), Cuba (1962), Afghanistan (1980), Ukraine (2014) and so on. What complicates Russia's relationship with Syria is that two strong-willed, highly self-opinionated leaders are also …

Zero Hedge (2020-05-14). "My Job Is To Make Syria A Quagmire For The Russians": CIA Doctrine Made Official Policy. iranian.com Like with the disastrous Iraq quagmire years before the US war machine came to Syria under Obama, Washington's rationale and justification for occupying the Syrian Arab Republic has shifted and changed drastically multiple times over. When ultimately what started as US covert regime change efforts targeting Assad failed (based ostensibly in "protecting civilians"), the official mission then …

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-19). Tomorrow's Arctic: Theatre of War or Cooperation? The Real Story Behind the Alaska Purchase. strategic-culture.org Today, the Arctic has increasingly become identified as a domain of great prosperity and cooperation amongst world civilizations on the one side and a domain of confrontation and war on the other. | In 2007, the Russian government

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-19). Turn Out the Lights, Russiagate Is Over. strategic-culture.org The possibility that Trump will not chicken out this time, and rather will challenge the Security State looms large since he felt personally under attack. | Ray McGOVERN | Seldom mentioned among the motives behind the persistent drumming on alleged Russian interference was an over-arching need to help the Security State hide their tracks. | The need for a scapegoat to blame for Hillary Clinton's snatching defeat out of the jaws victory also played a role; as did the need for the Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-Media-Academia-Think-Tank complex (MICIMATT) to keep front and center in the minds of Ame…

Marko Marjanović (2020-05-20). 145,000 Ukrainians Accepted Into Russian Citizenship in Just Four Months of 2020. anti-empire.com Related:
| Machine translated from Russian. | Russia granted citizenship to 215.9 thousand people in the first four months of 2020. This is 2.5 times more than for the same period last year, follows from the

Marko Marjanoviƒá (2020-05-19). VIDEO: Lukashenko Publicly Calls Out Putin for Blundering With Lockdown — Putin's Reaction Says It All. anti-empire.com At the latest summit of the Eurasian Economic Union, Lukashenko of Belarus also had something to say about covid-19 and lockdowns (be sure to switch on the subtitles): | www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QEgB33L08A&feature=youtu.be | Putin's posture and shuffling of papers says it all. I've never seen him look smaller.The current situation in the world and…

RT (2020-05-20). Another day, another fail: Bloomberg MIXES UP hospital bed stats of Russia & OECD in attack on country's Covid-19 response. rt.com Shortly after asking "why the coronavirus did not kill more Russians," Bloomberg illustrated a stinging op-ed with a graph suggesting Russia is far behind OECD states in hospital beds… though the exact opposite is true. | Everything's fine if it fits the narrative, Bloomberg Opinion editors might have thought when they misquoted World Bank statistics on the number of hospital beds per 1,000 residents, including the misrepresented data in a Russia-bashing

RT (2020-05-20). Is the Covid-19 financial crash the right time for India to cut 40% of military budget? It may be, if played right. rt.com India ranks behind only the US and China for military spending. With massive budget cuts coming, it needs a model that gets it more for its money — like Russia's. | Faced with an impending economic crisis, India is looking to review its military spending. Following indications by the Ministry of Defence that the military budget could be cut by up to

RT (2020-05-20). 'If you're riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount': Veteran Kremlin insider Chubais says oil is DONE. rt.com It's time for Russia to move away from oil and reduce its dependency on oil prices. That's according to Anatoly Chubais, the CEO of technology company Rusnano and former deputy prime minister under President Boris Yeltsin. | Speaking to the Russian-language edition of American business magazine Forbes, Chubais explained that Russia is hugely dependent on oil prices and has based its national accounts on a rate that may not be reached. | "Look at any oil price forecasts. Even the biggest optimists — how much do they say? $40 a barrel? This year's budget is calculated at $42.5 per barrel. If we rely on this…

RT (2020-05-20). Russia plans to open consulate general in China's Wuhan — ambassador. rt.com Russia's Foreign Ministry plans to open a consulate general in Wuhan, the capital of China's Hubei province, Ambassador to Beijing Andrey Denisov said on Wednesday. "The city of Wuhan has been well-known to us for a long time. Before Wuhan, there was the city of Hankou. Our country was present in Hankou in the late 19th century, there was a consulate general," the envoy told an online briefing. | "Now the Russian Foreign Ministry has decided to reopen the consulate general in Wuhan. We hope that when the budget allows, we will restore our presence in Wuhan," TASS quoted Denisov as saying. "I am very pleased to…

RT (2020-05-19). COMEY urged probe into Flynn by misrepresenting Russian contacts, declassified memo shows. rt.com Ex-FBI director James Comey pushed to investigate Trump's incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn despite lacking any evidence Flynn had shared classified info with Russian officials, a newly-declassified memo reveals. | It was Comey who told President Barack Obama and other administration officials that "incoming NSA Flynn is speaking frequently with Russian Ambassador Kislyak" in a meeting documented in the January 2017 memo by National Security Advisor Susan Rice, the unredacted first page of which was obtained by CBS on Tuesday. | The FBI director admits he "has no indication thus far that Flynn h…

Anand Naidoo (2020-05-06). The Heat: COVID-19 impact on U.S.-China relations & Russia battles coronavirus. america.cgtn.com China-U.S. relations under strain over COVID-19. And, Russia battles coronavirus.

yenisafak (2020-05-20). Turkey's Boƒüaziàßi University, Swiss CERN cooperate on collider. yenisafak.com A university in the Turkish metropolis Istanbul and the Swiss-based European Organization for Nuclear Research, also known as CERN, are set to collaborate on advanced interdisciplinary research.Bogazici University, in collaboration with one of the world's leading research centers, will set up a lab focusing on advanced electronic devices used in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, it said in a statement. The LHC is the world's largest and highest-energy particle collider and the largest machine in the world. It has been built to further our understanding of the universe.Bora Akgun, a researcher at CERN and a…

Middle East Eye (2020-02-07). Russia Says Israel Used Civilian Plane as Human Shield During Syria Strikes. theantimedia.com Russia accused Israel of "making a total mockery of the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians."

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