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Russia / New Administration Media Ad Hoc – 5 April 2017

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Ground Launched Cruise Missile argument is appropriate – all of the late 1990s programs for cruise missile defense were defunded under Rumsfeld and Gates. Nine interesting essays on various IW/IO topics.

In Ukraine, dominant news item is defense treaty with Canada, especially the prospect of munitions supply. EBU gets slammed for siding with Russia in a politically motivated attack on Ukraine – EBU are really dumb.

Donbas mayhem continues – interesting commentary by Ukrainian Deputy Minister for Temporary Occupied Territories Tuka citing a Russian in Donetsk who claimed the Russians lost 400 troops in the first two days of the failed assault on Avdiivka.

Syria nerve agent attack sees Russians blaming the victims, which nobody is buying, and questions are being asked about the Russian guarantee to remove CW from Syria that evidently did not happen. The attack was no doubt a response to the Administration stating that it no longer considered the removal of Assad to be important. The typical Russian play with any concession – a poke in the eye. Some interesting essays on Turkey, including claims Erdogan’s relatives traded in ISIS oil, and interesting reports on falling support in rural areas. China summit producing MSM traffic, and news of street protests in Serbia following the win of Vucic who has played the Russia card.

US domestic Russia debate, the star performer for MSM traffic is none other than the previous administration’s “Russia Appeaser No.1” who is being attacked by Right and unexpectedly some Left media and defended by other Left media. It is unfortunate that the scope of these investigations does not extend to questioning the skewing of US foreign policy to turn a blind eye to Russian aggression in Europe and the MidEast. It would be interesting to see Rice regurgitate more of Surkov’s alternate reality in her testimony to the Congressional panels.

General: U.S. Has ‘No Defense’ for Russian Ground-Launched Cruise Missile – NBC News

The U.S. has “no defense” for the type of missile that Russia recently deployed, a top American general told members of Congress on Tuesday.

Putin Is Soft on Terrorism | Foreign Policy

Putin Is Soft on Terrorism « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas

Russia troop deployments menace Georgia – To Inform is to Influence

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 4 Apr.’17 / 22:50 David Batashvili The UN Security Council has held a discussion on 28 March 2017, with most members concerned about Russia’s recent moves in Georgia, and specifically the merger of the Tskhinvali regime military units under the Russian command. These events must bring to the fore the actual…

Peter MacKay: It’s time for Canada to get tough with Putin and his thugs. Here’s how we can do it – To Inform is to Influence 

The United States should not just follow, we should lead.  Take the lead, Mr. President. </end editorial> Peter MacKay, Special to National Post | April 4, 2017 3:10 PM ET More from Special to National Post AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, fileIn this Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 file photo, snow falls as Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a…

Russia has forced nations to reshape military strategy, Lithuanian diplomat says | Fox News

Like much of Europe, Lithuania – one of three Baltic states — is on alert over growing concerns about Russia and its increasingly brazen military exercises but also the moves that are not as visible – cyber steps that can take place via a keyboard or a mobile app.

Poland wants strengthen role of Eastern Europe – news portal

Poland wants strengthen role of Eastern Europe. The instruments are the Visegrad Four and the Eastern Partnership. Main – news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

NATO Beefs Up Eastern Europe Defenses Amid Russian Threat – YouTube

A new NATO battle group, consisting of soldiers from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Romania has arrived in Poland. The force is composed of 900 U…

Joseph E. Stiglitz | West must shoulder some blame for Russia’s oligarchy – Financial News

More than 25 years after the end of the Cold War, the West and Russia are again at odds

My forthcoming book “Russia and the Western Far… – Anton Shekhovtsov

Russia: Maybe reusing rockets isn’t a crazy capitalist idea after all | Ars Technica

“The main thing is to ensure a competitive product,” a Russian official said.

Russia Says Would Consider Extending International Space Station Participation

The chief of the Russian space agency says his country is open to extending its partnership in the International Space Station with the United States and other nations past the planned conclusion o…

Russian brokerages freely trade sanctioned shares

Otkritie and BCS have New York offices but say US ban does not apply

Russian Military Sells New Missile Defense Systems to Brazil

Russia has delivered a batch of shoulder-fired Igla-S air defense missile systems to Brazil and has planned on sending Panstir-1 air defense and artillery systems.

Russian Poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko Dies of Heart Failure |

Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, who was known for his poems on tyranny and anti-Semitism, died at 84 in Tulsa, Oklahoma

The Poetic Legacy Of Russia’s Yevgeny Yevtushenko : NPR

Outspoken and influential Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko died over the weekend. He was known for his criticism of anti-Semitism and of the Soviet Union.

Four things to know about Russia’s 2016 misinformation campaign | PolitiFact

The Internet has the power to advance democratic ideals by making knowledge more accessible and helping voters make more informed choices. But the picture painted by witnesses at a March 30 bipartisan Senate hearing &mdash; a group that included academics, former intelligence officers, and cyber-security consultants &mdash; shows how the Internet also makes those ideals vulnerable. All six witnesses agreed that Russia was behind a misinformation and propaganda campaign intended to disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Their testimony went beyond the Jan. 6, 2017, intelligence community report that concluded Russian President Vladimir Putin himself &quot;ordered an influence campaign in …

Russia has launched over 7,000 cyber attacks on Ukraine – Defense Minister Poltorak – 05.04.2017 10:58 — Ukrinform News

05.04.2017 10:58. The Russian Federation has launched more than 7,000 various cyber attacks on Ukraine for the past three years.

Hackers infect ISIS news site with malware – Fifth Domain | Cyber

Fifth Domain is a news and information resource that brings civilian, defense, industry, private sector and critical infrastructure stakeholders together in one place for a holistic discussion on cybersecurity, both defense and offense. The cyberwar is here. Fifth Domain has it covered.

New cyber command force launched in Germany – Fifth Domain | Cyber

Fifth Domain is a news and information resource that brings civilian, defense, industry, private sector and critical infrastructure stakeholders together in one place for a holistic discussion on cybersecurity, both defense and offense. The cyberwar is here. Fifth Domain has it covered.

The trolling has only just begun – To Inform is to Influence

By Lauren Tousignant March 31, 2017 | 2:40pm | Updated When it comes to internet trolls, online harassment and fake news, there’s not a lot of light at the end of the online tunnel. And things are probably going to get darker. Researchers at the Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center asked…

After Moving Servers to Russia, LiveJournal Bans ‘Political Solicitation’ – To Inform is to Influence

LiveJournal is one of the places that Russian propagandists love to find and cite articles written that espouse alternate realities. This gives the propagandists the deniability of a non-official source while supporting an alternative theory for whatever Russia is being accused.   LiveJournal was extensively used during the MH17 shootdown “alternative theory” period by Russian…

Book: Russia and the Western Far Right: Tango Noir – To Inform is to Influence

By Anton Shekhovtsov My forthcoming book “Russia and the Western Far Right: Tango Noir” is now available for pre-order on some Amazon websites. France: Italy: Spain: Canada: Japan: US: India: Description: This book is the first monograph-length inquiry into what has been a neglected but critically…

Cyber should have a place in organizational structures [Commentary] – Fifth Domain | Cyber

Fifth Domain is a news and information resource that brings civilian, defense, industry, private sector and critical infrastructure stakeholders together in one place for a holistic discussion on cybersecurity, both defense and offense. The cyberwar is here. Fifth Domain has it covered.

The British are waiving standards to recruit cyber operators. Should the Marines do the same? – Fifth Domain | Cyber

Fifth Domain is a news and information resource that brings civilian, defense, industry, private sector and critical infrastructure stakeholders together in one place for a holistic discussion on cybersecurity, both defense and offense. The cyberwar is here. Fifth Domain has it covered.

Ukraine holding weapon supplies talks with Canada, – Poroshenko

05.04.17 08:53 – Ukraine holding weapon supplies talks with Canada, – Poroshenko Ukraine is negotiating weapon deliveries to the Armed Forces of Ukraine with Canada. View news.

Canada, Ukraine sign co-operation agreement | IHS Jane’s 360

Canada and Ukraine signed a defence co-operation agreement as Ukrainian officials seek potential sources of arms, the Canadian Ministry of Defence announced on 3 April. The agreement is a framework for future defence research and production, and does not immediately include any promise to sell arms to Ukraine. Canada has sent CAD700 million (USD524 million) in non-lethal aid to Ukraine since the Russian invasion of Crimea and continued skirmishes with Russian backed separatists in Eastern Ukraine. Terms of the deal were broadly agreed upon in July 2016, but final details delayed signing the agreement. The agreement comes as Ukrainian defence minister Stepan Poltorak is in Ottawa beginning a tour of Canadian military industry and instillations.

Defence deal could open the door to weapons sales to Ukraine – Politics – CBC News

The Trudeau government has signed a defence co-operation agreement with Ukraine, a seemingly mundane bit of statecraft that could have far-reaching implications for the eastern European country’s bid to buy Canadian-made weapons. The bilateral deal, signed this week by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and his Ukrainian counterpart Stepan Poltorak, increases mutual co-operation in the areas of defence policy, education, defence research and development, as well as production. It also opens the door for more direct Canadian military and defence industrial support for Ukraine, Poltorak said in an interview with CBC News.

Ukrainian defence minister to visit Petawawa – Canada, Ukraine sign agreement | Ottawa Citizen

Canada and Ukraine are further strengthening their ties. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Ukrainian Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak have signed what is being called the Canada-Ukraine Defence Cooperation Arrangement.

I am sure that our cooperation will be profitable both for Ukraine and Canada, Stepan Poltorak | Міністерство оборони України

During a briefing in Ottawa Minister of Defence of Ukraine thanked Canadian instructors training Ukrainian military in the framework of UNIFIER operation. “We are satisfied with work of Canadian instructors training our Ukrainian military. It is very important Canadian assistance for reforms within our defence ministry. I am sure this is the start of our cooperation. Having signed Defence Cooperation Arrangement we will expand our capabilities. Our cooperation will be profitable both for Ukraine and Canada,” he underscored.

Minister of Defence of Ukraine General of the Army of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak held talks with Members of Canadian Parliament | Міністерство оборони України

Minister of Defence of Ukraine General of the Army of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak held talks with Members of Canadian Parliament in the framework of his visit to Canada. The parties discussed the security situation in east of Ukraine, progress of defence reform and extending the Canadian Armed Forces’ training mission in Ukraine, as well as training development and establishment of dialog at the level of units commanders of the Ukrainian and Canadian armies. “We defend our borders and global democratic values. We count on Canadian support and we are ready to start implementation of the signed Defence Cooperation Arrangement,” Gen. Poltorak underscored and thanked for Canadian assistance and support.

Minister of Defence of Ukraine holds talks with representatives of Canadian defence industry | Міністерство оборони України

In Ottawa Minister of Defence of Ukraine held talks with representatives of the Canadian defence industry. Vice-President of Canadian Commercial Corporation Cameron McKenzie welcomed the Ukrainian delegation and underscored his interest in development of cooperation with Ukraine. He also mentioned that signing the Defence Cooperation Arrangement gave new opportunities for two countries and this cooperation could be developed comprehensively. Minister of Defence of Ukraine General of the Army of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak underlined that Ukraine was interested to extend defence cooperation in many spheres. “Considering the needs of the Ukrainian army and possibilities of our defence industry, cooperation in aviation, production of ammunition, armour vehicles, radio electronics, and control and communication systems is very prospective,” Gen. Poltorak said.

NATO PA Vice-President: West risks losing Ukraine | UNIAN

Vice-President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, deputy co-chair of the Ukraine-NATO Interparliamentary Council and Lithuania’s ex-Minister of Defense Rasa Jukneviciene says that the West is facing the risk of losing Ukraine should the situation in Donbas continue escalating, according to an UNIAN correspondent. News 05 April from UNIAN. “The Western world risks losing Ukraine if it is left alone with Russia. The security situation in Ukraine remains tense, and the risk of further escalation is high,” she said at a Ukraine-NATO Interparliamentary Council meeting in Kyiv on Wednesday, April 5. Speaking about cooperation between NATO and Ukraine, Jukneviciene noted that “Ukraine is the only partner that has made and continues making its contribution to all NATO operations, to the NATO Response Force.” Read also NATO continues supporting Ukraine’s cyber defense “But I feel that only now we are starting to reconsider our approaches in order to use the entire potential of this cooperation to the full,” she said. Two committees of the Lithuanian Seimas – the Committee on European Affairs and the Committee on Foreign Affairs – have recently approved Lithuania’s Plan on Ukraine. “In this regard, we urge the Western community to help Ukraine politically, financially, economically, in other ways. This plan was also supported by the Interparliamentary Assembly of Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania last week,” she added. The main idea of this plan, she said, is that an independent and free Ukraine is “key to European security.” “We are also concerned about signs of Russia’s expanding activity in the Black Sea region,” she added.

Russia amassed 18,000 troops and large number of military hardware at Ukrainian border, – Defense Ministry

05.04.17 14:47 – Russia amassed 18,000 troops and large number of military hardware at Ukrainian border, – Defense Ministry The Russian Federation has deployed over 18,000 personnel, 1,370 tanks and combat vehicles, and 700 combat aircraft near its border with Ukraine. View news.

Poroshenko: Russia seeks provocation not participation in Eurovision

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Russia did not want participation in the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, as it was seeking provocation by sending singer Yulia Samoilova, who has violated Ukraine’s entry and exit requirements while visiting Russia-occupied Crimea. News 04 April from UNIAN.

Ukraine’s Eurovision broadcaster responds to EBU threats over Russian singer’s entry ban

Supervisory Board members have highlighted the direct threat that UA:PBC “might be excluded from future events” (presumably future Eurovision Song Contests) had the Russian entrant, Julia Samoylova not been permitted to enter Ukraine for participation in Eurovision-2017, Detector Media reports. The Board emphasized the fact that Ukrainians, as participants of the Eurovision Song Contest, had “always respected the laws and regulations of the host country.” “By visiting Crimea without permission of Ukrainian authorities, Julia Samoylova has violated the sovereignty and laws of Ukraine,” the Board wrote. “Except Russian Federation, no other country represented in EBU by its public broadcasters have any grounds to contest this assessment of Julia Samoylova’s actions, since no European country has recognized Crimea as a part of Russian Federation.” Sharing the negative feelings of EBU members regarding the fact that this year’s competition is being used as tool in the ongoing confrontation between the Russian Federation and Ukraine, the Board is surprised that EBU’s Director General expresses her “frustration” to the Ukrainian side rather than the Russians. “This essentially contradicts Ms. Deltenre’s statement about the ‘non-political’ essence of the Eurovision Song Contest, since Ms. Deltenre, in fact, sides with Russian Federation in the political provocation staged by the Russian side,” reads the statement. Moreover, the Board says that the requirement to revoke the decision of Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), resolved within the limits of its legal competence, as well as the idea that SBU should consult the EBU in its decision-making might as well “be qualified as an interference with Ukraine’s internal affairs” that goes beyond “the authority of EBU and the goals of the Eurovision Song Contest.” “UA:PBC is a member of EBU and completely shares the basic values of democratic Europe, public service and public broadcasting,” the Board says. “However, exactly due to these values, in the situation under discussion UA:PBC cannot ignore the interests of Ukrainian society, nor distance itself from the Ukrainian state when it defends its territorial integrity.” On the other hand, the Board perceives the threats to punish UA:PBC for the actions of Ukrainian state in response to violation of its laws as “contradicting both the basic democratic values and the position of EU and world community regarding the current Ukrainian-Russian confrontation.” Read more on UNIAN:

Poroshenko in Denmark: Russia undermines peace process in Donbas

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has met with Speaker of the Folketing Pia Kj&aelig;rsgaard and deputies of the Danish Parliament as part of his official visit to the Kingdom of Denmark to discuss the situation in Donbas, according to the president’s press service. News 05 April from UNIAN.

IMF started transferring $1 bln tranche to Ukraine, – Finance Minister Danyliuk

05.04.17 15:13 – IMF started transferring $1 bln tranche to Ukraine, – Finance Minister Danyliuk Another tranche by IMF is being transferred to Ukraine. View news.

Hroisman on IMF loans: “External support is temporary for Ukraine; we must learn to generate resources within country”

05.04.17 11:22 – Hroisman on IMF loans: External support is temporary for Ukraine; we must learn to generate resources within country Ukraine must learn to get by without bailouts. View news.

Poroshenko appoints Maria Gaidar as his freelance adviser

05.04.17 12:51 – Poroshenko appoints Maria Gaidar as his freelance adviser Member of the Odesa Regional Council (Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction), a former Russian opposition figure Maria Gaidar was appointed freelance adviser to President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on March 28. View news.

Russia violates Geneva Convention by forcing Crimeans to serve in army – MFA Ukraine

The Russian Federation violates the provisions of the Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 1949 (4th Geneva Convention), by forcing Crimean residents to serve in the Russian army, Deputy Foreign Minister Serhiy Kyslytsia wrote on Twitter. News 04 April from UNIAN.

Tuka: Militants near Avdeevka lost more than 400 “grunts” – “the ukrs learned to fight”

In the first two days of exacerbation in Avdeevka, militants lost more than 400 troops. About this on his page in Facebook Said Deputy Minister for Temporary Occupied Territories and internally displaced persons of Ukraine Georgy Tuka. According to him, he received such a message in the morning. “For a long time I hesitated: is it worth publishing? Then he decided: why should I rejoice myself? “- writes Touka. Scan message he did not post, but shared his meaning: “Good morning. Yesterday I talked with one of the “favorites” on the other side. The man said that in the first two days of aggravation in Avdeevka, they suffered losses of more than 400! Contact takes a high post there. Do not believe it does not make sense. They are shocked: “ukry, bl …, we learned how to fight!” ))) GLORY TO UKRAINE !!!”

ATO News: Situation Update, east of Ukraine as of morning, April 05, 2017 | Міністерство оборони України

Wednesday, April 05. DONBAS — According to the press centre of the ‘anti-terror’ operation (ATO) HQ, the enemy has violated the ceasefire for 54 times over the past 24 hours. Five Ukrainian soldiers were wounded. The enemy used 82 mm mortars near Krasnohorivka and Shyrokyne, grenade launchers and heavy machineguns near Pavlopol and Vodyane, grenade launchers near Marinka, machineguns near Hnutove, BMP near Vodyane and Shyrokyne. Enemy’s sniper targeted the Ukrainian positions near Novotroitske. There was a fighting near Marinka ended in the enemy’s failure. Militants fired 82 mm mortars, grenade launchers, heavy machineguns and small arms on Ukrainian gov’t positions near Avdiivka, grenade launchers on positions near Luhanske, Opytne, Pisky, and Nevelske, heavy machineguns near Kamianka, Opytne, Verkhniotoretske, Butivka mine, and Pisky. Enemy’s snipers targeted the Ukrainian positions near Opytne and Troitske. Occupants shelled ATO positions

Ukrainian troops came under 54 attacks yesterday, engaged in clash with Russian militants near Marinka, – Staff

05.04.17 09:49 – Ukrainian troops came under 54 attacks yesterday, engaged in clash with Russian militants near Marinka, – Staff The situation in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) zone aggravates as the Russian-terrorist forces keep breaching truce. View news.

Five Ukrainian soldiers wounded in Donbas yesterday, – ATO Staff

05.04.17 10:09 – Five Ukrainian soldiers wounded in Donbas yesterday, – ATO Staff Five military of Ukraine’s Armed Forces were wounded in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) in the east of Ukraine on April 4. View news.

Foreign senior advisors John Abizaid and Nick Parker visit east of Ukraine | Міністерство оборони України

Senior advisers arrived to east of Ukraine to see the situation and meet with military, especially with those who had trained by foreign instructors in Lviv oblast. US and UK Generals were interested in logistic support of the Ukrainian soldiers, as well as medical evacuation. John Abizaid and Nick Parker also visited command post where they asked Ukrainian military trained by foreign instructors about their feelings with this course and asked for comments and remarks. ‘You’re well trained and your morale is very high. You should be proud to serve the nation during a war,” John Abizaid said to a soldier.

UAV marked as property of Russian FSB found in Donbas, – Defense Ministry. VIDEO

05.04.17 14:16 – UAV marked as property of Russian FSB found in Donbas, – Defense Ministry. VIDEO Ukrainian soldiers found Granat 1 drone produced in the Russian Federation at the Svitlodarsk salient. The unmanned aerial vehicle is part of Navodchik 2 air surveillance system. View video news.

Ukraine’s defense minister plans creating Memorial Chamber to honor fallen soldiers. PHOTOS

05.04.17 10:32 – Ukraine’s defense minister plans creating Memorial Chamber to honor fallen soldiers. PHOTOS Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak plans to create a Memorial Chamber to commemorate soldiers killed while defending the country’s independence. View photo news.

America Is Still Training Ukrainian Troops to Fly a Drone They Hate – The Drive

New footage shows U.S. troops are still training their Ukrainian counterparts to operate RQ-11B Ravens months after Kiev’s forces reportedly stopped using them in active combat.

bellingcat – Photographs of Ukrainian Buks Geolocated in Poltava Oblast, Nearly Three Years Later – bellingcat

On July 15, 2014, a chaplain for the Ukrainian Armed Forces named O. (short for “otets,” or “father”) Gredil Mykhailo uploaded a handful of photographs showing a Ukrainian Buk missile launcher in a field that appeared to function as a Ukrainian military camp. We can now say that this Buk missile launcher was not located in eastern Ukraine, but instead in the Poltava Oblast in central Ukraine.

Lessons of “patriotism”: Donbas militants experiment with children’s minds in occupied areas&quot;

Help Dima the sapper evade all enemy mines, overcome all obstacles and pay a visit to his grandmother,&quot; a labyrinth-style wargame published in the children’s magazine Polite Little People issued in occupied Luhansk tells its readers. There have been only two copies published, but the ideas outlined here are already blooming and giving fruit, RFE/RL’s Donbas Realities project wrote. News 04 April from UNIAN.

Skoda eyes Ukraine – news portal

Skoda eyes Ukraine. Ukrainian prime minister promised the company full assistance. Main – news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Turkey indicates Ukrainian preference for Altay tank engine tech

Turkey may ditch attempts to obtain Japanese and Austrian technology to develop a “national engine” for its first indigenous new-generation tank in the making, instead turning to Ukraine.

How Is Syria Still Using Chemical Weapons? – The Atlantic

Despite an agreement reached years ago, chemicals have been used repeatedly on the country’s battlefield.

Russia says deadly Syrian airstrike targeted chemical weapons factory –

Russia has claimed the deaths of at least 70 people in an apparent chemical weapons attack in Syria were caused by a regime airstrike on a “terrorist” ammunition depot on the ground.

Russia Blames Syria Gassing On Leak From Rebel Chemical Cache – NBC News

Russian officials blamed the poisonous gas contamination that activists say killed at least 83 people on a leak from a chemical weapons cache that had been hit by Syrian government airstrikes.

Syria’s ally Russia tries to shift blame for devastating chemical attack – The Washington Post

Moscow claims antigovernment forces waged the gas attack, but a rebel commander called it a “lie.” The death toll rose to at least 72.

Syria chemical ‘attack’: Russia rebel weapons claim rejected – BBC News

Rebels and experts scorn Moscow’s claim that a Syrian strike on an arms depot caused the gas deaths.

President Trump’s Real-World Syria Lesson – The New York Times

Doing nothing shouldn’t be an option.

Trump has strong words after Syria attack — but what next? – The Washington Post

Eager to show strength after a major provocation, President Donald Trump is forcefully denouncing a chemical attack he blames on Syrian President Bashar Assad but staying coy about how, if at all, the U.S. may respond.

Erdogan Has Command Responsibility for Aiding Terrorism – Washington Times

If Mr. Erdogan had not allowed the Islamic State operatives inside Turkey to transport weapons and explosives to Syria and Iraq openly, there would be no Islamic State as we know it today, and thousands of people likely would have evaded their brutality.

Turkish President says he’ll continue making “Nazi remnants, fascists” remarks to EU –

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Tuesday to continue calling European countries

Turkey’s future: Cracks appear in Erdogan’s heartland | Middle East Eye

What the mood of a town, usually loyal to the AKP, reveals about the presidential referendum on 16 April

Erdoğan referendum threatens democracy in Turkey | America Magazine

If the referendum is approved, Turkey’s parliamentary system would be scrapped in favor of an executive presidency.

Turkey on the verge of democide as referendum looms

If the ‘yes’ vote prevails in this month’s constitutional referendum, the Turkish people may be in the rare position of democratically approving the death of their own democracy.

Military nightmare scenario brewing in the East China Sea

A dispute over the Senkaku islands has China and Japan escalating military activity in the region. This could be a trigger point for war.

Donald Trump Will Press China’s Xi Jinping on North Korea |

President Donald Trump will press Chinese President Xi Jinping to take a far tougher stance against North Korea

Forget the tough talk—Donald Trump is planning a warm welcome for Chinese president Xi Jinping — Quartz

On the campaign trail, US president Donald Trump promised to declare China a currency manipulator on “day one,” feed his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping a McDonald’s hamburger when he hosted him, and punish the country for “stealing ” US jobs. But the real-life summit between Xi and Trump that starts Thursday is going to be…

Donald Trump, Xi Jinping and the Mao factor –

When US President Donald Trump greets his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in person for the first time in Florida this week, the two men may find an unlikely historical figure looming large as they attempt to rebalance the world’s most important bilateral relationship.

American Coal Can Fuel Friendship With China | Foreign Policy

American Coal Can Fuel Friendship With China « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas

Japan concerned that Russia deployed coastal missile complexes in the Kunashiri Islands | Defence Blog

On March 29, the Sankei newspaper received from its own source the photos of a new military base that Russia is building on the Kunashiri island. The released photos showed the new Russia’s military bases and also confirmed that Russia has deployed coastal missile systems (DBK) «Ball» on the island of Kunashiri (Kunashir in Russia). Kunashiri (Kunashir in Russia), meaning Black Island or Grass Island in Ainu, is the part of the Kuril Islands archipelago in the Pacific, between Kamchatka and Japan’s northern Hokkaido island. The dispute over the islands, known in Japan as the Northern Territories and in Russia as part of the Kuril Islands, has prevented the two countries from signing a peace treaty to formally end wartime hostilities. In November 2016, the official newspaper of Pacific fleet «Fighting watch» reported that on the Kuril Islands located coastal missile systems (DBK) «Ball» on the island of Kunashir and «Bastion» on the island of Iturup. The personnel of the coastal missile complex «Bastion» is preparing for another fire, the publication reported. This statement was negatively met in Tokyo, and the government sent a protest to the Russian side, which stated that such strengthening Russia’s military presence on the Kuril Islands to the Japanese position in respect of these areas. As repeatedly stated by the Russian side, the deployment of troops and missiles on the Kuril Islands is a sovereign right of the Russian Federation. Later, Japan’s defense Minister expressed his protest against the deployment of troops in the Kuril Islands According to Kyodo, Tomomi Inada protested against the deployment of Russian divisions on the southern Kuril Islands and the stationing there of rockets of a class “earth —

Anti-Vucic protests spread across Serbia – media | UNIAN

Thousands of people protested in towns across Serbia against what they call the &quot;dictatorship&quot; of Aleksandar Vucic, the president-elect and current prime minister, according to Balkan Insight. News 05 April from UNIAN.

House Intel Panel Wants Susan Rice to Testify in Russia Probe – WSJ

The House Intelligence Committee wants former Obama White House official Susan Rice to testify in the probe into alleged Russian election interference; she says she didn’t leak information regarding Trump associates.

John Cornyn: Senate Intel will investigate unmasking, Russian intervention – CBS News

Senators John Cornyn and Angus King appeared on &quot;Face the Nation&quot; Sunday, giving the latest on the Senate Intelligence Committee probe into Russia

Susan Rice, Obama’s Hatchet Woman, Proves Lord Acton Right Again | Roger L. Simon

Forget G. Gordon Liddy and the&nbsp;White House plumbers of Watergate days. &nbsp;If you’re looking for a my-president-right-or-wrong apparatchik in the grand tradition&nbsp;of the Soviet Union, willing to do anything for her leader, look no further than former national security adviser&nbsp;Susa…

Susan Rice: Stuck in the rabbit hole – Chicago Tribune

Susan Rice should tell everything she knows about why U.S. Intelligence gathered information about Trump transition team officials and the Russians.

Charles Krauthammer unravels Susan Rice’s ‘outright lie and contradiction’ – TheBlaze

Did Susan Rice unmask Trump officials for political purposes? Fox News’ Adam Housley discusses with Mark Levin

The makings of a major scandal.

Susan Rice denies political motivation behind unmasking requests – AOL News

The allegation is that somehow Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes. That is absolutely false,” Rice said Tuesday.

‘Lyin’, Leakin’ Susan Rice’: Trump Aide, Don Jr. Unimpressed By Denials

Susan Rice — Unmasking Trump’s People Brings Up Multiple Russia Issues | National Review

The Russian investigation involves multiple issues, and it is partisan to say that one is the only one that matters.

Press Minimizes Susan Rice ‘Unmasking’ Surveillance Bombshell

On Friday, Adam Housley at Fox News delivered bombshell news that a “very well-known, very high up, very senior (person) in the intelligence world” not in the FBI had engaged in “the unmasking of the names of American citizens” in the course of surveillance surfacing “members of the Trump administration” that had nothing to do with Russia … or foreign intelligence of any kind.” On Sunday morning’s Fox & Friends, Clayton Morris reported that the Big Three broadcast networks, CNN and MSNBC devoted had to that point devoted absolutely no coverage to what Housley reported, despite granting heavy play to a Thursday New York Times story which Housley’s sources insist is wrong.

Susan Rice becomes the target of conservative attacks over Flynn unmasking – POLITICO

Obama’s former national security adviser flatly denied misusing her authority for political purposes.

Susan Rice: Donald Trump Claims Of Wiretapping ‘Absolutely False’

The former national security adviser also denied that she had ever “unmasked” anyone for political purposes.

Obama aide denies using intel to spy on Trump advisers

Susan Rice, Barack Obama’s national security adviser and the latest target for Donald Trump’s embattled defenders, firmly denied on Tuesday that she or other Obama officials used secret intelligence reports to spy on Trump associates for political purposes.

Susan Rice, Ex-Obama Adviser, Is Back in Political Cross Hairs Over Surveillance – The New York Times

Ms. Rice denied wrongdoing after reports that she sought to learn the identities of associates of President Trump swept up in the electronic monitoring of foreigners.

Donald Trump Jr. dismisses Susan Rice interview: ‘#fakenews’ | TheHill

Top Obama Adviser Sought Names of Trump Associates in Intel – Bloomberg View

Investigators saw a pattern behind requests from Susan Rice.

The bogus Susan Rice “unmasking” story shows how desperate the White House is getting.

President Trump and his aides have been doing all they can to divert attention from the mounds of evidence linking him or his campaign aides to Russian …

Sean Spicer Scolds Media for ‘Lack of Interest’ in Susan Rice Story

White House press sec. Sean Spicer suggested media was downplaying the news revealing that Susan Rice was …

Intelligence official who ‘unmasked’ Trump associates is ‘very high up,’ source says | Fox News

The U.S. intelligence official who “unmasked,” or exposed, the names of multiple private citizens affiliated with the Trump team is someone “very well known, very high up, very senior in the intelligence world,” a source told Fox News on Friday.

Susan Rice actions bad for Obama legacy – Washington Times

Have you been keeping up with the news from Washington? If you have, doubtless you know that there are congressional investigations of Russian interference with our recent elections.

Susan Rice and ‘Unmasking’ Explained

A look at what unmasking is and what it means to the investigation into the Trump election

Susan Rice’s Intelligence Reviews

Kim Strassel, Joe Rago and Paul Gigot on Susan Rice’s intelligence reviews, and a GOP health-care revival?

Obama officials pressured by Farkas for months to spill beans on Trump-Russia ties | Fox News

Even before her now-famous MSNBC comments explaining why you have the leaking on alleged ties between Trump officials and Russia, former defense official Evelyn Farkas had undertaken a media campaign to pressure her old colleagues in the Obama administration — even Barack Obama himself — to disclose what they knew.

Exclusive: Evelyn Farkas Statement for The American Spectator: Video ‘A Wild Misinterpretation’ of Her Comments  | The American Spectator

Trump should do everything he can to clear his name on Russia (Opinion) –

President Trump’s White House shouldn’t be throwing up roadblocks to the investigations, which are the only way to clear up a cloud of suspicion that could hang over his administration for the next four years, writes Frida Ghitis

Trump meets with ‘Putin’s favorite congressman’ as Russia story swirls –

President Donald Trump, amid questions about his campaign’s ties to Russia during the 2016 election, met Tuesday with Dana Rohrabacher, a California congressman so well-known for his pro-Russia views that he has been referred to as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “favorite congressman.”

The Russia scandal gets weirder and weirder – The Washington Post

You can’t see through the smoke enveloping the president.

In Trump’s Russia controversy, John McCain sees ‘echoes of the Cold War’ – The Washington Post

McCain said a select committee needs to investigate apparent Russian interference in the U.S. election.