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Russia / Strategy Media Update – 4 June 2017


Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting.

Salon.com and Russian propaganda.  I’ve seen a lot of this lately, I think it’s time for a bit of deeper research.  I have to see if it’s one writer or quite a few.  The article by Danielle Ryan falls within a visible trend as she is also a writer for RT.

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Russia’s internal crackdown / meltdown continues, with more meltdown reports. Prof Goble’s commentary on Putin vs. Brezhnev shows how much more dangerous Putin is, with all internal checks and balances removed. Mikhailov, Kornyev, Byzov, Vinokurova expose ugly realities of Russia today, while Harding comments on bizarre claims being promoted by senior officials, likely intended to distract the Russian public from the reality that Russia is much less Russian than the regime claims it to be. Another Zirkon ASCM test. Greece actively promoting Donbass proxy force to legitimise it.


Most interesting IO item is Russian propaganda being published by Salon.com.
Donbass fires ramp up again. Failed assassination now followed by Russia propaganda attacks on Osmaev and Okuyeva, Okuyeva making some apt public comments. Good footage of AFU air defence training against Russian RPAs and aircraft. New Holodomor documentary to be produced.

US BMD test elicits loud complaints from Beijing and Moscow, while speculation emerges on the origins of the new DPRK liquid propellant missile engine. DPRK workers in Russia compared to EPWs. PRC CCP influence campaign against Chinese diaspora detailed.

MSM traffic from Europe dominated almost completely by UK terrorist attacks.

In the U

S, Mueller investigation to expand to cover Manafort and his foreign dealings.

 


Russia / Russophone Reports


Putin Says He Discussed Russia’s Possible NATO Membership With Bill Clinton Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that he once raised the possibility of Russia joining NATO with then-President Bill Clinton, and that Clinton said he had &quot;no objection.&quot; …

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Not ‘Constrained by Communism’ – Why Putin is a Greater Threat than Brezhnev Ever Was Paul Goble Staunton, June 3 – Some years ago, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who later became president of Estonia, suggested that “if the Russians were to come back to Estonia again, they would not be constrained by communism.” That is, they would pursue an even more repressive Russian nationalist agenda there than had the Soviet Union during the occupation. But like so many of Ilves’ pithy observations, this one was has far broader implications and involves far more than Estonia alone. Now, no longer “constrained by communism,” Vladimir Putin’s regime is a far greater threat than was its Soviet predecessor despite and even because the Russian Federation today is far weaker than was the USSR. Some of these are rooted in the kind of policies Moscow can engage in because it is not constrained by the Marxist-Leninist ideology which was never far from the surface. Some are rooted in the collapse of the West and especially of the United States in the face of such threats. And some reflect certain unique opportunities a Putin but not a Brezhnev can exploit. Below is a list of ten such reasons. It is not complete and is offered only as the basis for further reflection and discussion, something the West needs to engage in if it is to avoid a defeat for itself and its principles and if it is again to promote its interests and principles for a freer, more stable and more prosperous world.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Kremlin has Money for Itself and Its Defenders but Not for the Russian People, Mikhailov Says Paul Goble Staunton, June 3 – Russians have been living with and joking about Dmitry Medvedev’s incautious remark last year that “there is no money, but hang in there;” but now an analysis of Moscow’s latest moves shows that the situation is at least potentially far more explosive because it finds that the Kremlin has money for itself and its defenders but not for the Russian people. If the Medvedev paradigm led people to conclude that everyone was suffering from the crisis even if some remained far wealthier than others, the new vision suggests something very different and that the Russian people as a whole are being asked not only to tighten their belts but to do so in order that the Kremlin, the oligarchs and their siloviki defenders don’t have to. The problem is that this model, of course, is not sustainable: It will not produce growth and may even lead to further contraction, thus leaving a smaller pie that will require the Kremlin to extract even more from the rest of population to meet its needs and leave the population increasingly impoverished, sullen and quite possibly inclined to revolt. In a commentary on Profile.ru, Aleksey Mikhailov openly declares to the Russians that “there is money but it isn’t for you,” that the budget adjustments gave nothing to the people and that the government is talking about holding pensions constant for two decades or even more (profile.ru/economics/item/117671-dengi-est-no-ne-dlya-vas). And this pattern very much on view at the Petersburg economic meetings this week clearly shows, the commentator says, that what the Kremlin plans to do is to take as much money as it can either for itself or to disperse to the force structures either to engage in foreign adventures or to defend itself against any popular unrest. Aleksey Kudrin of the Center for Strategic Development criticized this arrangement “but only in the foreign press,” Mikhailov says. And he had even predicted that raising the pension age would allow increasing pensions in real terms by 30 percent. The government clearly doesn’t accept that, and Kudrin has not published the basis of his calculations. All this prompts the question, the commentator suggests, “who needs economic growth” about which Vladimir Putin and other figures have spoken so much in recent days “if it does not lead to an improvement of the standard of living of people and leaves them in poverty in their old age?” Knowing that what the Putin regime plans to do is not sustainable over the long term and will lead to disaster first for the population and then for the regime, Kudrin called for “reducing the role of the state in the economy, fighting to end Russia’s dependence on oil exports, investing in education, modernization, and infrastructure and improving ties with the West.” But there is no chance that the current regime will accept any of this because they conflict with “the Kremlin-centric model which Putin built when oil prices were twice as high as they are now” and when he could win the loyalty of his entourage by making them fabulously rich. “Russia is losing time in a catastrophic fashion,” Kudrin continues. “Unfortunately, the authorities only very slowly are recognizing that structural changes are needed.” And while they move toward that recognition, the Russian people suffer even if the Putin elite continues its lavish lifestyle and Putin himself his aggressive foreign policy.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: 20 Long-Haul Drivers Rally in Yekaterinburg to Protest Plato System Paul Goble Staunton, June 3 – Twenty long-haul drivers, some in their rigs and others in their private cars, rallied for two hours on the ring road about Yekaterinburg today, the latest protest against the Plato fee system drivers oppose and have been striking against in various ways since the end of March. The event, which had been approved in advance by the local authorities for the number of vehicles involved, received extensive coverage in the local and regional media but none in government-controlled Moscow outlets (nakanune.ru/news/2017/6/3/22472061/, newdaynews.ru/ekb/604819.html, and66.ru/news/society/198179/). The trucks taking part featured a variety of signs denouncing the Plato system and saying that the only beneficiaries of it are the oligarchs. Some drivers expressed concern that while they were taking part in the rally, officials might try as they have in other locations to dig a trench around where they had been parked in order to disorder the continuing strike.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: The Worst Russophobes in the World are in the Kremlin, Kornyev Says Paul Goble Staunton, June 3 – Russian leaders like Vladimir Putin routinely denounce others as Russophobes, but most of those they target do not hate or fear the Russian people, Sergey Kornyev says. In fact, the real Russophobes are those in the Kremlin itself who seek to impose a single “Muscovite” definition of Russians by suppressing their diversity. On the AfterEmpire portal, the commentator suggests that this isn’t always obvious because the Kremlin likes to talk about Russia as “not ‘simply a country’ but a whole unique civilization,” something that appears to elevate them above a mere nationality to a status equivalent to that of Europe or Islam (afterempire.info/2017/06/02/postmoscow/). But that notion, which forms the basis of “Russian fundamentalism in all its forms,” should mean that the Kremlin would accept the diversity within Russia’s population which is the basis and source of strength of all civilizations. But that is exactly what the rulers in Moscow have not, cannot and will not do, at least within Russia. “Moscovite ideologues love to talk about multi-polarity ‘at the world level,’ but as soon as the conversation shifts to Russia, they fall silent,” Kornyev says. They are unwilling to grant to Russia this diversity which they insist is an attribute of a civilization which they insist it forms. The Kremlin and its adepts acknowledge diversity within Russia only in terms of the ethnicities they recognize, but they insist that each of these, at least when it suits them, is “an indivisible atom.” And they apply that model to ethnic Russians as well insisting that there is a single Russian culture and it is one that Moscow has the exclusive right to define. That means that the 70 regions of the country with predominantly ethnic Russian populations are left in “the role of cultural colonies of Moscow” and have fewer rights to define who and what they are and want than do many smaller nations who at least on paper are granted the right to their own cultural identity. It is a good thing that such peoples have that right, Kornyev says; but “why do the 1.5 million residents of Ryazan oblast not have the right” that a few thousand Evenks do? And why should they accept Moscow’s insistence that there is “only one variant of Russianness and one variant of Russian culture” and that this is what they get from Moscow? In reality, if one views Russia as a civilization, he continues, then “any ethnic Russian region is capable by its level of uniqueness and self-consciousness to rise to the level of countries and regions of Europe. Any of them can acquire their own face and their own voice.” And they should be allowed to do so. “Instead of one Russian culture and lifestyle, there could exist a powerful and complex system of 70 Russian cultures, 70 Russian national lifestyles, and 70 Russian identities.” Historically, they existed, but they were suppressed by Moscow’s military conquest and political repression. It is often forgotten that “Moscow fought with Ryazan over several centuries, longer and in a bloodier fashion than with Chechnya and emptied this land more completely than did the Tatars.” Novgorod was destroyed as were so many other centers not by their own peoples but by Muscovy. The unification of Russia “from the Baltic to the Pacific” was not “’the natural product of the Russian soul,’ but the result of an extremely harsh centuries-long policy of the central authorities.” These powers justified their actions by saying that this was the only way to prevent Russia from being absorbed by others. Muscovite “conquistadors” behaved like their Spanish counterparts in Latin America, but their actions raise the question: “Are such ‘defenders’ who behaved more harshly to their own than the enemies really needed?” It is possible that Moscow did prevent parts of the country from falling under one kind of alien rule but only by imposing another kind, its own. The outcome of this story is “before our eyes,” Kornyev says. “Instead of a multi-polar system rich in possibilities, we have a common faceless space which has lost the will to life and is continuing to degrade.” Only by restoring the complexity and diversity within the Russian people is there a better way forward. “In order to return human dignity to themselves, Russians living in various regions must acquire their own face and build their, where they live a full and vital milieu,” the commentator says. “In each region, this will be done in its own way. Such a project is capable of giving rise to a multitude of new spheres of vital energy.” Tragically, at least at present, the Russophobes in the Kremlin are doing everything they can to prevent this.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: ‘Russians have Never Defined Themselves as a Nation in Ethnic Terms,’ Byzov Says Paul Goble Staunton, June 3 – Leonty Byzov, a Moscow sociologist who has attracted attention for his writings on what he calls “the new Russian nation” says that “Russians as a nation have never defined themselves in ethnic terms” and that it is not very clear just what people mean when they speak of “’ethnic Russians.’” The Russian Empire, the Institute of Sociology scholar says in the course of an interview given to the Rosbalt news agency, “was a gigantic melting pot” and consequently drawing precise borders between Russians and Mordvins or some other group is not only extraordinarily complicated but also fundamentally unconvincing(rosbalt.ru/russia/2017/06/03/1619228.html). Throughout the course of Russian history, Byzov argues, “the ethnic factor never occupied first place …. There always were and are an enormous number of ‘half-castes,’ people of Russian culture but who are not ethnically Russian in the strict sense of the word.” Indeed, ethnic membership “did not have and does not have essential significance.” When people speak about “’the truly Russian’” Russians, most often they are referring to the Pomors because the Pomor region was the only region in all of Russia which no enemy ever conquered, where there was no Tatar invasion, and where the Russian ethnic genotype as it were was preserved in an untouched way.” “But,” Byzov says, “to reduce ‘the native Russian nation’ to the Pomors is wrong because it is only one of the sub-ethnoses” which make it up; and consequently, in the Russian case, it is “unwise” to divide people into indigenous and non-indigenous groups given the ethnic intermixing of almost all of them. He goes on to note that “in recent years, it has become unfashionable among [Russians] to be Europeans. But that is irrelevant given that the Russian people over the course of centuries was split” between a European noble culture and the communal subculture of the peasantry. “Which is these now would you insist on considering the real Russian and which not?” “The Russian people is extremely complicated; and in this are both its shortcomings and its advantages,” Byzov says. On the down side, “we have not been able to create a model of statehood which will ensure us stable positions in the 21st century.” But on the other hand, these divisions “enrich Russian culture.” According to the sociologist, Russia’s misfortunes have arisen from the fact that “as a result of the cataclysms of the 20th century, we have moved too far from our historic roots. And however much we talk about spiritual bindings today, they no longer function” to hold the people together. “The present generation of Russians [and it is here that he uses the term rossiyane for the first time] is very little oriented toward its history. Of course, there are exceptions, but the generation born after 1991 is entirely dissimilar from the one which grew up in the Soviet era.” And this break and lack of continuity makes it difficult for Russians to define themselves. Asked about his “theory of ‘a new Russian nation,’” Byzov says that he has somewhat revised it but still considers that “the former mechanisms of identity which were characteristic at first for the Russian community and then for people of the Soviet era have already lost their function.” That is the source of “the majority of our problems.” It isn’t that we have preserved “too much” but that we have preserved “too little” and have no foundation on which to stand. Young people “life as if they were born yesterday and not formed by any past” whatsoever, Soviet, Russian Imperial or any other. “Therefore,” Byzov continues, “there are grounds for asserting that the new Russian nation consists of people who grew up in post-Soviet times which in terms of numerous value orientations are sharply distinguished both from traditional Russian culture and from Soviet” culture as well. That is why so many Russians today spend time talking about how to define themselves – and also why the answer to that question is so difficult for them to seek, a pattern that stands in sharp contrast to other nations within Russia and beyond who still hold to their national values rather than viewing themselves in terms of “all-human” ones.

Pomors – Wikipedia

Joel Harding | Russians Trying To Establish Egyptian Pharoah Connection? – To Inform is to Influence A Russian Foreign Ministry Official posted this on Facebook in what I can only interpret as a wild attempt to fling a booger against the wall to see if it sticks.  That is like my spaghetti theory but less tasteful.  (Translated by my Chrome browser) On the air and talking about from whom descended the…

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russians Increasingly Hate Those with Undeserved Success, the Children of the Elite, Vinokurova Says Paul Goble Staunton, June 4 – Russians did not hate those who became rich in the 1990s because they had the sense that they too could achieve the same, and they do not hate the rich and powerful today who gained such status by their own efforts, Znak commentator Yekaterina Vinokurova says. But Russians today are increasingly angry about those whose wealth or power reflects not their own efforts but rather those who have been given these things out of line as it were, and the object of that anger are the children of the elite who are seeking to ensure their offspring remain on top (znak.com/2017-06-02/ekaterina_vinokurova_o_nacionalnoy_idei_dlya_rossii_xxi_veka). Those in the Russian upper reaches who are trying to arrange such outcomes for their children have seriously “underestimated the degree of hatred” their actions are causing perhaps because this hatred is directed not toward them but “toward their own children,” Vinokurova continues. And the current elite does not see that “a significant portion of the population” of Russia and particularly its younger generation is not ready to sit still for a situation in which “elite children inherit the posts of their parents.” Instead, what is emerging as “the real national idea for Russia in the 21st century is the notion of social lifts, of the idea that to a certain degree corresponds to the American dream: He who was nothing can become everything,” the Znak commentator says. An important part of this is that most Russians don’t care if the children of the elite simply live off the wealth their parents have acquired: that is what they would do for their own children. What they cannot and Vinokurov suggests will not tolerate is one in which the children simply assume the positions their parents have won for themselves. The Moscow commentator cites a comment by the character Frank Underwood in the US television series that Americans want “’a congressman from nowhere.’” Russians share this desire. They want to see a Russia in which “Bryansk school children will have a chance to become Duma deputies and heads of state corporations.” “The current popularity of young video bloggers who earn good money from ads by the way is also explained precisely by this demand for social lifts,” Vinokurova says. “The Internet is almost the law remaining space in Russia which has not yet been taken over by the golden youth.” And that is also “one of the secrets of Aleksey Navalny’s attractiveness” because he has shown in the organization of his movement that those who join his cause at the bottom have a good chance to rise to the top and thus pass from unknowns to members of the opposition leader’s inner circle. “In this regard,” Vinokurova continues, “Vladimir Putin is turning out to be completely uncompetitive. He has a stable and rapidly aging close circle which now is thrashing about without knowing what else it should give to its own children” so that they can be the rulers of the future. That puts the Putin elite at odds with the desires of the Russian people, the commentator says. For Russians, the desired “model of the future” remains “a Bryansk pupil who becomes the prime minister of the head of a state corporation. Our only national idea is social lifts both horizontal with the chance for someone from Moscow to work in Yekaterinburg and the reverse and also vertical.” “This isn’t bolshevism,” she concludes. Rather, “it is salvation from it. Perhaps the only one.”

Vladimir Putin reveals how many times someone has tried to kill him | World | News | Express.co.uk RUSSIAN president Vladimir Putin has revealed the number of times someone has tried to kill him, and that he sought advice from former Cuban leader Fidel Castro on how to survive assignation attempts.

Anarchic Athens finds a new cause: Ukraine – POLITICO In the Greek capital, a neighborhood known for political resistance becomes home to supporters of Ukrainian separatists.

Russia tests Zircon hypersonic missile which it says makes U.S. defenses obsolete – Washington Times Russia declared today its first test of a hypersonic missile, a year ahead of schedule. Defense analysts proclaimed the test made U.S. missile defense systems obsolete.

Russia claims it has successfully tested hypersonic missile ‘which makes Western defences obsolete’ | The Independent Russia has claimed it has carried out successful tests of a hypersonic missile, a year ahead of schedule.

Russia’s Old Tank Killer Could Still Terrorize NATO | The National Interest Blog For this weapon, age is just a number.

Bared Breast Enthralls a Future Czar, and Stokes a Russian Culture War – The New York Times Even before its release, the movie “Matilda,” about the torrid affair between a ballerina and the future Nicholas II, has the Orthodox faithful fuming.

Russian Authorities Detain Man Suspected Of Killing Eight In Drunken Dispute Russian authorities say they have detained a man suspected of shooting dead eight people in a drunken dispute in a village outside Moscow.


IW/IO/Cyber Reports


On Cyber Coercion: Lessons from the Sony Hack that We Should Have Learned, But Didn’t Can cyber coercion succeed? In other words, can threatening or conducting a cyber operation persuade an adversary to comply with one’s demands? The answer

Danielle Ryan | John McCain thinks Vladimir Putin is a greater threat than ISIS: Hello, senator — the world is calling – Salon.com Even if every allegation about Russian election meddling is true, McCain’s comparison is grotesque hypocrisy


Ukraine Reports


Germany′s top diplomat hopes for new Ukraine talks after meeting Putin | News | DW | 03.06.2017 German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has reiterated German support for the Normandy format. He told Russian President Vladimir Putin clashes would go on until an international settlement is reached in eastern Ukraine.

Nolan Peterson: Ukraine’s War Drags On, Out of Sight, Out of Mind Less than an hour’s car ride from the trenches, you’d hardly know there was a war on.

Amid Conflict With Russia, Ukraine Moves Closer to EU | The Weekly Standard Don’t look now, but Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine isn’t going how he expected. While the Ukrainian army and its allied militias continue to skirmish with the Russian-backed separatists (and sometimes the Russian army itself) in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions—almost 100 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed so far this year according to a Ukraine’s defense ministry spokesman Andriy Petrenko—the larger contest is being decided in, of all places, Brussels. To borrow from George W. Bush, Putin likely misunderestimated the Western response to Russian aggression. In late May, the Netherlands became the last country to ratify the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area—the key part of the Association Agreement that Viktor Yanukovich abandoned under pressure from Moscow, leading to his ouster.

Ukraine reports 58 enemy attacks, 2 KIA’s, 5 WIA’s in last day Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 58 times in the past 24 hours, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action (KIA) and five as wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters. News 04 June from UNIAN.

Militants shell school, houses in Krasnohorivka, civilian woman injured – JCCC Russia’s hybrid military forces fired 82mm mortars on residential areas and a school in the Ukrainian-controlled town of Krasnohorivka in Donbas, June 3, with one civilian woman reported as injured, the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation Staff published on Facebook, referring to the Ukrainian side to the Joint Center for Ceasefire Control and Coordination (JCCC). News 03 June from UNIAN.

Guards of the ATO skies – YouTube Published on Jun 3, 2017 Daily Ukrainian air defense troops on the contact line have to fight the enemy quadcopters. Lightweight and unobtrusive drones of the enemy – challenging target, but the experienced staff air defense learned to detect and destroy them. ADA troops conduct weekly training which share their experience and are trained to act in difficult situations. And if the enemy decides to use the aircraft, it can expect an unpleasant surprise … Units SAM systems are prepared that have to resist a real battle air aces, hitting planes that are constantly moving and maneuvering low altitudes.

‘Tigress of Kyiv’ Shoots Fake Journalist Who Shot Her Husband, ‘Putin’s Killer’ – To Inform is to Influence This story will be a legend if it isn’t already, it is epic and complicated in many ways. To make a very complicated story easier, please allow me to insert a few paragraphs from the Euromaidan Press as an introduction: In 2007, the Russian authorities accused Adam Osmayev, a native of Chechnya who still lived in Russia, of…

Amina Okueva, wife of Osmaev, who survived assassination: Russian intelligence is hiding its failure by information attacks 04.06.17 08:41 – After the failure of the operation to eliminate volunteer Chechen Armed Forces Adam Osmayeva Russian secret services have launched an active propaganda and misinformation campaign. To Tsenzor.NET such opinion was expressed by his wife Amina Okuyeva on Facebook. “It is not surprising that such mega-failure of an operation by the Russian special services it is vital to try to conceal using all available forces and means. We personally are now under round the clock intensive state protection, so do not think that soon they will retry our physical elimination. Kamikaze in that nation are not found, it is precisely because self-sacrifice can only be done by those who are struggling for ideas. And such as the would-be killer (now paralytic), who began to shout: “I give up! Do not shoot anymore! “- they are weaker than us, no matter how well they are trained and prepared. They have no ideals, therefore, no fortitude” – she writes. “In this regard, it is clear that the only currently available front for Russian special services against us is this information field. Therefore I urge all thinking people to resist all insinuations against us” – added Okuyeva. As reported earlier in the evening June 1, in Kiev there was an attempt on Adam Osmayev and Amina Okuyeva – Chechen volunteers, participants ATO. June 1 killer, who introduced French journalist and a citizen of Ukraine documents had named Alexander Dakar several times shot at Osmayev while in his car in the Podil district of Kyiv. In turn, Osmayev’s wife, also a former ATO forces soldier, Amina Okueva, shot at the attacker and wounded him. In 2014, Ukraine has refused to hand over Adan Osmayeva, whom Russian police accused of plotting the assassination of Putin.

Cotswold public schoolboy who went to fight in Ukraine survives assassination attempt A former public school boy who was once jailed for plotting to assassinate Vladimir Putin is in a serious condition after being gunned down in an apparent attempted contract killing.

Documentary Genocide Revealed launches new web site -Euromaidan Press |

How I left everything and went to Donbas to make the film “War mothers” -Euromaidan Press |  Stefan Bugryn’s life was changed one day when he saw a facebook post titled “War mothers”

Ukraine wins battle with Gazprom in contract clash | Business | DW | 02.06.2017 A Stockholm-based arbitration tribunal has taken the side of Ukraine’s state-owned gas company Naftogaz in its conflict with Gazprom. Analysts told DW what this decision meant for Russia’s gas monopoly.


Russia / Iran / Syria / Iraq / OEF Reports


U.S.-Backed Coalition Forces Say Final Assault On Raqqa To Start ‘Very Soon’ U.S.-backed Arab-Kurdish forces will &quot;very soon&quot; launch their campaign to liberate Raqqa, the Islamic State (IS) militant group’s self-declared capital in Syria. Spokeswoman Ciha…

Pakistan’s Shocking Strategic Shift | The National Interest Mounting internal threats have caused Pakistan to step back from its focus on perceived threats from India.

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation: India to formally become SCO member within a week, says Vladimir Putin – The Economic Times Welcoming Narendra Modi, Putin said, “the most important thing is the trust and friendship in our relationship between our countries and our people.”


DPRK / PRC Reports


US missile defense triggers alarm from Russia, China Success with U.S. missile defense is triggering alarm bells in Russia and China as North Korea warns an ICBM test-fire is imminent.

North Korea, South China Sea and more: What the Pentagon chief is up to in Asia | Public Radio International Jim Mattis moved to reassure Asian allies Saturday that the United States can work with China on reining in North Korea’s nuclear weapons program without compromising its opposition to Beijing’s “militarization” of the South China Sea.

Mattis Calls North Korea’s Threats ‘Clear And Present Danger’ – Fox Nation Fox NewsDefense Secretary Jim Mattis said in no uncertain terms Saturday that North Korea presented a &quot;clear and present danger,&quot; while also criticizing China for ratcheting up the tension over

Defense chief: North Korea a ‘clear and present danger’ | TheHill Defense Secretary James Mattis is warning about North Korea’s rapid weapons development.

N. Korea likely to have sourced engine for new IRBM from countries like Ukraine, Russia: U.S. expert The engine for North Korea’s newly developed intermediate range ballistic missile is suspected to have been sourced from foreign countries like Ukraine or Russia, a U.S. missile expert said Thursday.

‘Like prisoners of war’: North Korean labour behind Russia 2018 World Cup | Football | The Guardian Claims of long hours, few breaks, dire living conditions, low pay and death emerge from construction of stadium in St Petersburg

Russia says North Korea nukes are a ‘direct threat’ | Fox News North Korea’s nuclear ambitions are threatening to Russia, a Russian official said Sunday.

[Column] To solve North Korea issue, Moon admin. should pursue northern cooperation : Editorial & Opinion : News : The Hankyoreh

North Korea’s coal exports in April were zero | The Japan Times North Korea’s coal exports shriveled to zero in April, according to data released by the U.N. Security Council’s committee on sanctions on the country. The

A journey to the secret corners of North Korea | Destinations | Wanderlust From volcanic peaks to secret beaches, Hilary Bradt scratches beneath the surface on her trip to this famously elusive country.

Japan holds evacuation drills as North Korea presses on with missile tests | Reuters About 100 school children and their parents are holding a clean-up on the field of the local elementary school in this small fishing and farming town, when an alarm warns of an impending missile attack and they run for the school gymnasium.

Japanese town holds evacuation drill amid fears that North Korea could launch ballistic missile Tokyo: A Japanese town conducted an evacuation drill Sunday amid rising fear that a North Korean ballistic missile could hit Japanese soil.

China’s Operation Australia: the party line The Chinese Communist Party is waging a covert campaign of influence in Australia – where loyalists are rewarded and dissidents live in fear.


Foreign Policy Reports


London terror attack: UK wakes up to another day of mourning – CNN.com British Prime Minister Theresa May claimed there was “too much tolerance” of Islamist extremism in the UK as she vowed a clampdown in the wake of the third terror attack to hit the UK this year.

London attackers kill seven, PM May says ‘enough is enough’ | Reuters Three attackers drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge on before stabbing revelers nearby on Saturday night, killing at least seven people in what Britain said was the work of Islamist militants engaged in a “new trend” of terrorism.

Police say 6 people slain in ‘terrorist incidents’ on London Bridge and in nearby market British police say three attackers were shot dead by police.

London Attack: ‘Terrorist’ Hit-and-Run on London Bridge | Time.com A hit-and-run and stabbings on and near London Bridge have been officially declared a “terrorist incident,” police said

Alan Dershowitz: Will Brits vote for hard-left, anti-Semite Jeremy Corbyn?

Venezuela Opposition Says ‘Hunger Bonds’ Pay for Russia Weapons – Bloomberg Venezuela’s opposition is turning up the heat on Wall Street banks by alleging that some of the proceeds from a recent bond sale will be used to purchase weapons and help keep President Nicolas Maduro in power.


US Domestic Policy Reports


In US Exile, Kremlin Watcher Sees Russia Draw Closer | NBC Bay Area A Russian analyst and journalist scrutinizing her home country from thousands of miles away, Kseniya Kirillova works out of an impersonal Oakland apartment that she deliberately keeps bare of mementos,…

A Noun, a Verb and Vladimir Putin – POLITICO Magazine Why the Democrats are making a big mistake by obsessing over Russia.

Russia investigation expands to criminal probe involving Paul Manafort | New York Post WASHINGTON — The special counsel investigating possible ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia’s government has taken over a separate…

Trump-Russia Investigation Expands to Take in Criminal Probes on Manafort and Flynn-Turkey Robert Mueller may also expand the investigation into the current Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy.

What Happened to the Michael Cohen Ukraine Dossier? – Talking Points Memo

 

 

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