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Russia / Strategy Media Update (311) – 20 September 2017


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POTUS US speech produces good impact in Russophone world, where his comments on democracy were well received, unlike US media who mostly focused on the DPRK lines. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė eviscerates Russia in the UN, Russian delegation leaves before her speech. Multiple commentaries on Zapad 2017. HOKUM FFAR incident produces lots of MSM traffic and loud denials by Moscow.

Russian culture ministry adviser Pavel Pozhigailo earns a COCW Award for declaring that the UK black comedy The Death of Stalin was a “planned provocation”, “could be part of a western plot to destabilise Russia by causing rifts in society”, and could “incite hatred” – it is not known whether he blames MI6 or Langley for this evil conspiracy to hurt the Motherland. Russian military personnel to be banned from posting selfies and trophy photos on social media, depriving a growing OSINT industry of source materials – China did this a long time ago and strips all photo metadata as well. More ethnic divisions resulting from Putin regime Russification policies. Russia reboots the Soviet practice of throwing dissenters into mental hospitals. Another major bank failing. The descent into the abyss continues.In Belarus, Russian nationalists promoting Russian annexation of Belarus drive vehicles with large signs through Minsk, Belarus nationalists fearing another Donbass / Crimea operation.

In Belarus, Russian nationalists promoting Russian annexation of Belarus drive vehicles with large signs through Minsk, Belarus nationalists fearing another Donbass / Crimea operation. Ukraine criticised by multiple (usually past) naysayers in US media. Donbass fires continue, while MoD says unusually high percentages of Russian UXO indicate Donbass is a dumping ground for

Ukraine criticised by multiple (usually past) naysayers in US media. Donbass fires continue, while MoD says unusually high percentages of Russian UXO indicate Donbass is a dumping ground for timexed munitions warstocks. Poland and Ukraine agree to construct a Gdansk-Odesa (GO) Highway in effect a transnational Autobahn. Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine to cofinance MH17 litigation. DFRLab confirm that a Russian Ka-52 HOKUM B attack helo did indeed penetrate into Ukrainian airspace in Kherson oblast, likely to bait Ukrainian air defences.Most DPRK traffic focused on POTUS speech. Interesting articles on Russia’s gains from supporting Pyongyang, Russian sanction busting, and Russian political support. Interesting analysis of Chinese trade with the DPRK, and a female DPRK defector elaborates on public

Most DPRK traffic focused on POTUS speech. Interesting articles on Russia’s gains from supporting Pyongyang, Russian sanction busting, and Russian political support. Interesting analysis of Chinese trade with the DPRK, and a female DPRK defector elaborates on public executions, and recruitment of sex slaves for Kim.

German elections, Serbian politics and Cuba.

Five excellent articles on influence, the item on Soviet posters is superb.

Russia remains a very active topic in the US media. More on Manafort.


Russia / Russophone Reports


President Donald Trump’s speech to the UN General Assembly – full text – President Donald Trump’s speech to the UN General Assembly – full text, video – 112.international

In his first speech at the UN General Assembly Donald Trump threatened North Korea, called terrorists his favorite word losers, praised beautiful vision of the UN, spoke of socialism and called for a great reawakening of nations.

Actor Morgan Freeman calls on Donald Trump to protect democracy in U.S. and worldwide from Russia

The Committee to Investigate Russia, a U.S.-based&nbsp; non-governmental organization, has published a video starring an acclaimed Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman explaining Russia&rsquo;s plot to undermine the United States. News 20 September from UNIAN.

The Russian delegation left the UN General Assembly Hall before the speech of Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite – Russian delegation left UN Assembly Hall before speech of Grybauskaite – 112.international

The Russian delegation left the UN General Assembly Hall before the speech of Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite

We must change United Nations, – Dalia Grybauskaite at UNGA – We must change United Nations, – Dalia Grybauskaite at UNGA – 112.international

In her annual statement at the UN General Assembly in New York, President Dalia Grybauskaitė drew attention of the world towards threats posed by the Russian military exercise “Zapad 2017

Grybauskaite at UN: Russia is blackmailing and bullying Ukraine – 20.09.2017 10:37 — Ukrinform News

The world should remember that Russia is using the methods of blackmail and bullying in Ukraine and along NATO's eastern border, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has said.

Russia resorts to blackmail, bullying and aggression in Ukraine – Grybauskaite

International community should not turn a blind eye to the actions of aggressor states, including Russia, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said at the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly&nbsp;September 19, 2017. News 20 September from UNIAN.

Russia violates fundamental UN principles in Georgia and Ukraine, – Duda – 112.international

Russia violates fundamental UN principles in Georgia and Ukraine, – Duda

UNGA sidelines: Poroshenko discussed idea of peacekeepers in Donbas with Tusk – UNGA sidelines: Poroshenko discussed idea of peacekeepers in Donbas with Tusk – 112.international

European Council President Donald Tusk promised to prepare a European partnership with Poroshenko

American defensive weapons will save lives of Ukrainian soldiers in Donbas, Poroshenko says

20.09.17 10:22 – American defensive weapons will save lives of Ukrainian soldiers in Donbas, Poroshenko says American defensive lethal aid will help Ukraine resolve the conflict in the Donbas. View news.

UAWire – Ukrainian military command: Russia tried to engage its forces from the Donbas in Zapad-2017 exercises

Russia planned to engage forces, which are deployed on the territory of the Donbas, in the Zapad-2017 exercises, stated the spokesperson of the …

Zapad: What can we learn from Russia’s latest military exercise? – BBC News

Russia’s Zapad manoeuvres offer a rare insight into its military strategy at a sensitive time.

Russia may use nuclear weapons at West-2017, – Antoni Macierewicz – 112.international

The Russian Federation may use nuclear weapons during West-2017 Russian-Belarusian military drills. Antoni Macierewicz, the Minister of National Defence of Poland, said that in his interview to TVP TV channel. “The exercises will last (after September 20th, the announced end date of the drills – ed.), this time with the use of nuclear weapons, which was not included in their program,” said Macierewicz. According to him, the military doctrine of the Russian Federation provides for the possibility of a preemptive strike over the alleged enemy. Macierewicz, stressed that the West-2017 are the most aggressive and multi-functional of all exercises in Russia over the past 30 years.

Russian MiG-31BM Fighter Jet Intercepts Cruise Missile at Zapad 2017 Exercise

Russian MiG-31BM fighter aircraft attached to the Western Military District intercepted cruise missiles launched by a mock enemy’s airplanes in course of the Zapad 2017 strategic exercise this week. Pair of standby fighters scrambled from airfield was alerted by air defence units, the Russian defense ministry announced in a press release. During the tactical episode, the pilots detected cruise missiles launched by a mock enemy’s airplanes, and eliminated them by air-to-air missiles. Earlier the MiG-31BM fighters were involved in repelling a mock air attack, intercepting more than 30 aircraft that were approaching the boarders of air defence area of responsibility.

Russia Denies Accidentally Bombing Onlookers During War Game

Moscow has confirmed close-up footage of a helicopter misfiring into onlookers is genuine but has denied the timing.

Pilot Not in Control of Gunship That Misfired on Zapad Bystanders — Vedomosti

A Russian military helicopter misfired on bystanders at the Zapad 2017 exercises without the pilot’s command, the Kommersant newspaper reported Wednesday. Footage published on Tuesday appeared to show a combat helicopter misfiring during the week-long drills in Western Russia in the direction of camera crews, resulting in three injuries. Pilot Not in Control of Gunship That Misfired on Zapad Bystanders — Vedomosti Sep 20, 2017 — 10:47 — Update: 10:47 Screenshot Youtube A Russian military helicopter misfired on bystanders at the Zapad 2017 exercises without the pilot’s command, the Kommersant newspaper reported Wednesday. Footage published on Tuesday appeared to show a combat helicopter misfiring during the week-long drills in Western Russia in the direction of camera crews, resulting in three injuries. The Defense Ministry said the incident did not take place on Monday and there were no casualties other than a damaged truck. Kommersant cited unnamed sources as saying that the Ka-52 helicopter’s weapon control system malfunctioned and its unguided rocket fired without the pilot’s command. A preliminary investigation reportedly found that the rocket was fired immediately after the pilot turned off the safety switch.

Russian Helicopter Mistakenly Fires At Vehicles During War Games

Two Russian websites have posted video they said showed a helicopter firing errant rockets at vehicles and bystanders watching the joint Russian-Belarusian military exercise Zapad 2017. Videos posted on September 19 by independent news sites Fontanka.ru and 66.ru showed rockets landing near at least two people. Citing unnamed sources, Fontanka.ru reported the incident occurred on September 18 and left one person with a concussion. State-run Russian media reported that Russia’s Western Military District said a helicopter’s systems had mistakenly acquired a target during a training drill, but did not confirm that it happened during Zapad 2017. The ministry also denied anyone had been injured. (Fontanka.ru, 66.Ru via Reuters)

Russia considers ban on Armando Iannucci’s film The Death of Stalin | World news | The Guardian

Culture ministry adviser says comedy is a ‘planned provocation’ and may be part of western plot to destabilise Russia. Russian authorities are considering a ban on a black comedy about the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s death over fears that the film could lead to violent protests, a high-ranking adviser to the culture ministry has said. Pavel Pozhigailo said The Death of Stalin, directed by Armando Iannucci – the man behind the political satires Veep and The Thick Of It – was a “planned provocation” aimed at angering Russia’s communists. He speculated that the British-French production could be part of a western plot to destabilise Russia by causing rifts in society. Pozhigailo, a senior official with the state-appointed public chamber, said the culture ministry would refuse to allow the film to be screened in Russia if officials decided it had the potential to “incite hatred”. Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, said he trusted the culture ministry would act responsibly when deciding whether to grant The Death of Stalin a distribution licence. The film’s satirical plot revolves around the Kremlin in-fighting that followed Stalin’s death from a stroke in 1953. Due for release in Europe and North America next month, it stars Steve Buscemi as Nikita Khrushchev, Stalin’s successor, and Michael Palin as Vyacheslav Molotov, the Soviet diplomat. Russia’s Communist party, the second largest party in parliament, has previously called the film “revolting”.

UAWire – Russia to ban its military from posting about their service on social networks

The Russian Defense Ministry is preparing a bill which will prohibit military servicemen from providing details of their official service on …

Chuvash, Bashkir Writers Warn Putin ‘Playing With Fire’ On Language Policy

Prominent writers in Russia's Chuvashia and Bashkortostan regions have urged President Vladimir Putin to stop discouraging the mandatory study of indigenous languages in regions with large ethni…

Criticism Or Terrorism? Jailed For A Like

Dozens of Russian citizens have been imprisoned in recent years for their social-media activities. This is the story of one of them, a blogger who was jailed for expressing his views on Russia’s military involvement in Syria.

Russian Sent To Psychiatric Clinic After Calling For ‘Separate Republic’ In Siberia

A court in Siberia has ordered a local man to be committed to a psychiatric clinic after he publicly called for the creation of an independent republic comprising the Asian part of Russia. Th…

Complaint Lands Russian K-9 Cop In Psychiatric Hospital

Oksana Semykina feared reprisals when she complained about having to work lots of overtime with little time off, but being shipped off to a psychiatric hospital wasn't one of them. But that&#3…

Russian Director Speaks Of ‘Fear’ Amid Film Controversy

Russian director Aleksei Uchitel says he fears for his loved ones, after the violent response to his latest film, Matilda, which has seen cars set on fire and petrol bombs tossed into his studio. The film tells the story of a romance between Tsar Nicholas II and a ballerina, and has been denounced by a Russian legislator for offending people’s religious feelings. (RFE/RL’s Russian Service)

‘A Lot Of Girls Would Probably Rather Die’: In Russia’s Chechnya, Lesbians Tell Of Suffocating Existence

In Russia’s southern Chechnya region, where authorities have allegedly subjected gay men to a campaign of abuse and torture, lesbian and bisexual women assiduously hide their sexual orientation amid stifling social and family pressure.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Moscow Oblast Could Become a Center of Regionalist Challenge to Center, Butakov Says

Paul Goble Staunton, September 19 – Many Russians who live far from Moscow lump those who live in the city and oblast together, Yaroslav Butakov says; but in fact, those in the city of Moscow and those in Moscow oblast have “diametrically opposed” interests, a reality that could become the basis for a regionalist challenge to the center from those living close by. One of the reasons for this conclusion and this neglect of the differences is rooted in the Russian language itself, the Russian regionalist says. Russians normally use the preposition “pod” which means most generally “under” for places near a major city rather than “okolo” which denotes “in the area of” (afterempire.info/2017/09/19/submoscow/). As a result, many view the oblast as those who are part of Moscow or who want to be for what may seem the entirely justifiable reasons that in Moscow the conditions of life are better. But in fact, that perspective reflects the colonial position of the oblast relative to the city, something that has become more pronounced since 1991. And those who arrive from other regions of the Russian Federation or abroad view the oblast as “only a certain intermediate stage on the path to being included within Moscow city,” much as in some colonial situations, those who worked directly for the masters were viewed as better off than those who worked for their agents. That has colored Moscow city’s attitudes as well. It has treated the oblast as a resource to be used as it wants rather than as a place with its own interests. And “it has become customary that the oblast organs give unqualified agreement to any demands of Moscow city even when they aren’t formally asked for their agreement.” As a result, Butakov says, “Moscow oblast was almost completely deprived even of that shadow of subject status which other regions not so close to the capital make use of.” And as a result, Moscow city feels comfortable absorbing parts of the oblast that are of greatest value to it rather than those consisting of populations that would benefit. Thus, Moscow is taking the less-populated southwestern areas of the oblast which are most useful for the recreation of its own residents but leaves the rest of the oblast with less for itself and does nothing for its population. That makes the administration of the oblast more difficult and reduces still further its sense of independent identity. “The most honest” resolution of the current situation, the regionalist says, would be “the complete unification of Moscow and the oblast into a single federal subject. But Moscow does not want this.” It doesn’t want the burden of having to raise the standard of living of people in the oblast to something approaching that of the city. One indication of Moscow city’s dominance is the transportation network in the oblast which is entirely based on lines running into and out of the city and not on line that connect one part of the oblast to another. And as a result, even though “the interests of Moscow and Moscow oblast are now diametrically opposed, the residents of the oblast in their majority consider themselves as being ‘five minutes away from being Muscovites’ and do not recognize this,” Butakov continues. But things don’t have to stay that way. “Moscow oblast regionalism, based on a consciousness of the long-term interests of the development of the economy of the region not as a reserve base for the business of capital state corporations but as an independent unit not only is possible in principle but is also necessary,” he argues. The people of the oblast would benefit, but so too would the people of Moscow city who now live at the brink of transportation collapse. The residents of each have some common interests, he suggests; but these commonalities can be promoted only if each side recognizes that the basic interests of the other are entirely different.

Russia hit by second bailout as B&N Bank seeks central bank aid

Russia’s B&N Bank, the country’s 12th biggest lender by assets, has sought a bailout from the central bank, just three weeks after another leading Russian bank had to be rescued.

Government Considering Bailout Of Russia’s 12th-Biggest Bank

The owner of B&amp;N Bank, Russia's 12th-biggest lender by assets, has asked the Central Bank for a bailout less than a month after another leading Russian bank had to be rescued. The Bank o…

Russia Unveils Monument to Mikhail Kalashnikov, Designer of Iconic AK-47 Rifle – NBC News

Moscow on Tuesday unveiled a statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle that became by some estimates the most lethal weapon ever made and the best known Russian brand abroad.


Belarus Reports


Pro-Putin forces drive convoy with ‘Big Russia’ sign through Belarus capital | The Independent

Political supporters of Vladimir Putin have been spotted driving through the capital of Belarus, sparking fears of growing pro-USSR sentiment in the former Soviet State. Footage of the nationalist People’s Liberation Movement (NOD)’s convoy included seven cars, plastered with St George flags, political symbols, pictures of the Russian President and the words “Big Russia”.

In Belarus, some Jews don’t mind a dictator | Jewish Telegraphic Agency

MINSK, Belarus (JTA) — At the age of 36, Yishai Malkin and his family are leading what millions of people in the former Soviet Union would consider a charmed life. A web designer, Malkin and his wife, an event manager, earn a combined monthly salary of $2,000. That’s comfortable enough to allow them to travel abroad and pay the mortgage for the centrally located riverview apartment where they live with their 6-year-old son. “We have made a very good life for us in this country,” Malkin told JTA in a recent interview at his home, which is a stone’s throw from this capital city’s main synagogue and several kosher shops in an area where Jews say anti-Semitic harassment never occurs. “Especially as Jews, we are very fortunate to be living here.” It’s not the kind of statement one associates with members of a minority living in what is often called in the international media “Europe’s last dictatorship” — referring to the authoritarian regime of Alexander Lukashenko, the country’s president since 1994. Nonetheless, it reflects reality for many Jews in Belarus, where they enjoy less freedom but more stability and security than in some of the region’s chaotic democracies, with their rising xenophobia and nationalism. Still, critics of Lukashenko’s regime insist that its disregard for civil and human rights inevitably has a negative effect on local Jews — including in the absence of legal protection for their heritage sites. Last month, a Belarusian court approved a plan to construct luxury apartment buildings on a former Jewish cemetery in the eastern city of Gomel. That prompted the country’s Union of Public Associations and Jewish Communities to signal its “concern” – a rare sign of disagreement with the government in a country where the judiciary is merely an extension of the executive branch.

Belarus Plays Down Western Fears of Aggression Stirred by Joint War Games With Russia | World News | US News

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Transnistria / Moldova Reports


Moldova Participates in Rapid Trident 2017

While the Russian-led exercise Zapad is taking place in Belarus, the multinational exercise Rapid Trident is taking place near Yavoriv, Ukraine.

Georgian, Moldovan, Ukrainian Parliamentarians Attend Marshall Center Seminar > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Article

Parliamentarians from Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova returned to the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies for a two-day conference on building greater resilience through partnership in Eastern Europe.,

A Moldovan and a Russian, detained by FSS for drug trafficking through Moldova

A Moldovan and a Russian, detained by FSS for drug trafficking through Moldova


Ukraine Reports


Poroshenko Speaks to Americans Before UN General Assembly – YouTube

UATV English Published on Sep 19, 2017 President Poroshenko, like leaders from nearly every country in the world, is in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly. While he is there, he is also making connections with the Ukrainian-American diaspora and business leaders.

US Senate Approves Military Aid to Ukraine – YouTube

Kenneth Rapoza | Ukraine’s NATO Pipe Dream? | Forbes.com

Ukraine’s president wails on the Russians, cites (again) plan to join NATO at annual YES Conference. They’re nowhere close.

Can Ukraine survive? | Fox News

The vodka, wine, and bonhomie flowed freely at the 14th annual Yalta European Strategy conference last weekend, where 350 current and former officials, diplomats, academics, and businessmen vowed to support Ukraine, this nation of 45 million which has been locked in a low-intensity war with neighboring Russia for more than three-and-a-half years.

Rapid Trident-2017: Are Ukrainians ready to stand side by side with NATO troops? – 112.international

The purpose of these military exercises, held in Lviv region, is to ensure the compatibility of the Ukrainian armed forces with NATO forces

UAWire – Ukrainian political analyst: In advance of Presidential elections, the Kremlin is diverting financial assistance from Donbas to Crimea

The Ukrainian political scientist and leader of the United Coordination Center, Oleh Saakian, believes that the end of the of assistance to the …

Militants launched 23 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in last day – 20.09.2017 09:31 — Ukrinform News

Militants launched 23 attacks on positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in ATO area in Donbas over the past day.&nbsp;

Donbas militants violate truce 23 times in past day, Ukraine army responds to every 2nd shelling

Over the past day, militants violated ceasefire 23 times across the zone of the Anti-Terrorist Operation in Donbas, according to the press center of the ATO Headquarters. News 20 September from UNIAN.

Russia disposing of ammunition in occupied territories of Ukraine – 20.09.2017 14:50 — Ukrinform News

Russia is using the occupied territories of Ukraine as ashooting range  for the disposal of exxpired ammunition and weapons whose storage and use pose a threat to the lives of locals.&nbsp;

Kazakh Citizen Gets Suspended Sentence For Fighting Alongside Separatists In Ukraine

A court in northeastern Kazakhstan has handed down a suspended prison sentence to a local man convicted of fighting alongside Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. Authorities in the cit…

UAWire – Ukrainian Defense Minister: 65 NATO advisors work in Ukrainian Defense Ministry

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense appreciates NATO’s aid in reforming the country’s defensive capabilities, Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan …

36 workers of law enforcement suffered in fight in Odesa – 36 workers of lawenforcemenrs suffered in fight in Odesa – 112.international

36 workers of lawenforcement suffered in fight in Odesa

Klimkin, Romanian Foreign Minister discuss new education law in New York – Klimkin – 112.international

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister stressed that the law does not limit learning English language or general subjects in Romanian language

Odesa-Gdansk highway to connect Baltic, Black seas | UNIAN

Some UAH 4 billion will be allocated for the construction of the high-speed Gdansk-Odesa (GO) Highway, which will connect Poland&rsquo;s Gdansk and Ukraine&rsquo;s Odesa, the press service of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine reported citing Minister Volodymyr Omelyan as saying. News 20 September from UNIAN.

Naftogaz suits Russia in Hague court to get $5 billion due to assets seizure in Crimea – 112.international

The claim was filed by Naftogaz and six subsidiaries

Ukraine raises $3bn in first deal since Crimea conflict

Kiev looks to bond issue as significant step on road back to economic normalisation

Ukraine, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Netherlands to agree on co-financing MH17 litigation | KyivPost

Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers plans to approve two draft memoranda between the governments of Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine on co-financing and on political support for Dutch criminal prosecution of those guilty of downing flight MH17 in Donbas on July 17, 2014. The draft memorandum on financial support for the investigation, which is available to Interfax-Ukraine, says that the above-mentioned countries intend to agree on co-financing of an investigation involving the prosecution in the Netherlands of those liable for the MH17 crime. Other countries whose citizens were killed in the crash may join the memorandum. See All Plans

Project with Ukraine to bolster nation’s aircraft engine capability – World – Chinadaily.com.cn

China is working with Ukraine on an industrial park to build aircraft engines, a joint venture expected to extensively boost China’s research, development and production capabilities in that area, according to project insiders.

Fifty politicians, businessmen from Germany, Austria to visit occupied Crimea in spring 2018 – Russia media

Some fifty deputies, businessmen and public figures from Austria and Germany will allegedly arrive in the Russian-occupied Crimea to take part in the International Economic Forum to be held in Yalta in&nbsp;the spring&nbsp;of 2018, according to the Russian newspaper Izvestia. News 20 September from UNIAN.

A Bird, A Plane, A Russian Helicopter Over Ukraine?

On September 5, a Ukrainian man named Viktor Vishivetsky shared a video on Facebook showing a helicopter flying over what appears to be a village. Vishivetsky also published three photographs of the…

UAVs Over Ukraine – DFRLab – Medium

Drones continue to play a prevalent role on both sides of the contact line in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, despite restrictions put in place by the Minsk agreements. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles…


Russia / Iran / Syria / Iraq / OEF Reports


As Syrian war winds down, Israel sets sights on Hezbollah – The Washington Post

With President Bashar Assad seemingly poised to survive the Syrian civil war, Israeli leaders are growing nervous about the intentions of his Iranian patrons and their emerging corridor of influence across the region.

Syrians Are Ready to Accept Bashar al-Assad as President | Foreign Policy

Syrians Are Ready to Accept Bashar al-Assad as President « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas


DPRK / PRC / WESTPAC Reports


President Trump Takes Aim at North Korea’s ‘Rocket Man’ – To Inform is to Influence

09-19-2017 President Donald Trump used his first United Nations general assembly address to warn North Korea of potential destruction if it doesn’t give up its nuclear weapons program.The speech was greeted in the U.N. chamber mostly with silence, as Trump castigated a succession of hostile regimes. He first singled out North Korea, recounting its…

Russia calls Trump’s North Korea remarks a dangerous step toward instability – Chicago Tribune

President Donald Trump’s vow that the United States may have to “totally destroy” North Korea if it feels threatened sent shockwaves across the world Tuesday.

Exclusive: From Russia with fuel – North Korean ships may be undermining sanctions

At least eight North Korean ships that left Russia with a cargo of fuel this year headed for their homeland despite declaring other destinations, a ploy that U.S. officials say is often used to undermine sanctions.

Russia can profit from North Korea’s missile tests

Kim’s provocations and the US’s failure to act strengthen Moscow’s position

What Happens If Trump ‘Totally Destroys’ North Korea? The Real Fighting Begins.

If the Kim regime were to fall, it would set off a hunt for nukes and a scramble for control among the great powers.

Trump blames Clintons for nuclear North Korea – POLITICO

The former secretary of state has been unsparingly critical of Trump’s presidency thus far, including his handling of North Korea.

‘Rocket Man’: Was that a slam of Kim Jong Un — or a compliment? – The Washington Post

Stephen Colbert had a different take, saying he was “90% sure Trump nicknamed Kim Jong Un ‘Rocket Man’ because he forgot his name.”

China finds Trump threats to North Korea unhelpful – The Washington Post

The escalating U.S. rhetoric over North Korea is only making matters worse, says China.

Clinton criticizes Trump’s ‘rocket man’ nickname for North Korean leader | TheHill

“When you face dangerous situations like what is happening in North Korea … your first approach should always be diplomatic,” Clinton says.

Powell: Ignore North Koreans when they shoot missiles

Former Sec. of State Colin Powell makes remarks during visit to U-M

South Korea says Trump’s warning to North Korea ‘firm and specific’

U.S. President Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations, where he warned he would “totally destroy” North Korea if threatened, reinforced the need for Pyongyang to realize it must give up its nuclear weapons, South Korea said on Wednesday.

Former top US naval leader says North Korea ‘won’t denuclearise’, warns of ‘miscalculation’

One of the United States’ most senior retired military officers has warned during a visit to Australia that North Korea will not wind back its nuclear program.

North Korea’s biggest trading partner is China — and it’s not even close | Business Insider

China has historically been North Korea’s…

Kim Jong Un has teen sex slaves who feed him caviar, defector claims | New York Post

A North Korean defector has told of Kim Jong Un’s teen sex slaves, lavish caviar lunches and gory public executions. Hee Yeon Lim, 26, is the daughter of a…

North Korea hostilities boost US defense contractors like Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA) and Aerojet Rocketdyne (AJRD) — Quartz

North Korea is making the world uneasy with its missile launches. It’s also driving business for defense contractors. Take, for example, US defense giant Northrop Grumman’s planned $7.8 billion purchase of Orbital ATK, a smaller contractor focused on aerospace and missiles. As part of the deal—announced Monday (Sept. 18) and subject to regulatory approval—Northrop said it will…

Changing Japan’s Constitution Would Deter North Korea, Lawmaker Says – Bloomberg

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party should make it an election pledge to change the nation’s pacifist constitution as a way to strengthen deterrence against North Korea’s provocations, a senior party lawmaker said.


Foreign Policy Reports


Election may reflect Germany’s management of migrant influx – The Washington Post

German Chancellor Angela Merkel adopted a mantra when citizens questioned her decision to open the country to refugees fleeing wars: “We’ll manage.” She kept repeating it as the lines at immigration offices circled city blocks, school gyms turned into temporary housing and the questions devolved into angry criticism.

AfD′s Alice Weidel called German government ′pigs′ in racist email | News | DW | 20.09.2017

Germany has been “overrun by Arabs, Sinti and Roma” states an email written by the AfD’s Alice Weidel. If real, the email has sullied Weidel’s image as her party’s more moderate voice.

Serbia: disinformation as political strategy – To Inform is to Influence

Media lynching for those who do not toe the government line, judicial authorities that do not protect citizens, independent journalists accused of conspiracy. This is Vučić’s Serbia 19/09/2017 –  Dragan Janjić Belgrade “We will use all the legal instruments at our disposal and, if we cannot achieve anything in Serbia, we will appeal to the European Court…

Cuba calls Trump’s U.N. address ‘unacceptable and meddling’

Cuba on Tuesday slammed U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest comments about the island as “disrespectful, unacceptable and meddling,” while reiterating it was not involved in the alleged incidents that had harmed U.S. diplomats in Havana.


Strategy / History / Capability Publications


8 Essential Things You Should Do NOW to Prepare for an EMP Attack

North Korea’s nuclear missile testing is certainly on everyone’s mind these days. The tyrant Kim Jong-un continues firing these things and threatening to blow the U.S. — or Japan or South Korea — off the map. Further, they’ve threatened an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. An EMP would instantl…

‘Just Doing His Job’: Son Recalls Life Of Soviet Colonel Heralded For Averting Nuclear War

To his family, Stanislav Petrov wasn't the man who may very well have saved the world in 1983. He was instead a modest man who was wary of accolades, held his closest relatives dear, and live…

Metal foam stops bullets without cracking

New material stands up to ballistics, acts like heavy-duty bubble wrap.

Marines want integrated suppressors

The Corps will soon be drafting a request for industry proposals.

Boeing Selects Lockheed’s Legion Pod For F-15C | AFA National Convention content from Aviation Week

Boeing To Deliver KC-46 Tankers Rapidly Once Certified | AFA National Convention content from Aviation Week


IW/IO/Cyber Reports


China employs ‘magic weapons’ in foreign influence campaigns – China’s latest political and current affairs news – To Inform is to Influence
By Lucas Niewenhuis Last week, a controversy erupted in New Zealand when it was revealed to the public that an important member of that country’s parliament, a naturalized New Zealand citizen originally from China called Yang Jian 杨健, had previously been a Communist Party member and taught English to Chinese spies. On September 18, Anne-Marie Brady, a scholar…

Anatomy of a Russian attack: From robocalls to hoaxes, a look at tactics used – To Inform is to Influence

By J.J. Green | @JJGreenWTOP September 20, 2017 4:40 am WASHINGTON — In the early hours of Feb. 13, 2017, just after returning home from a trip to Africa earlier in the month, David Pollock woke up to the incessant ringing of his mobile phone. He answered it. On the other end was someone speaking in Russian, who abruptly…

Only Human Hands Can Craft Effective Information Offensives – To Inform is to Influence

The title of this piece is slightly off and it threw me off while reading this article.  The author addresses this in one sentence: Some human had to actually plan out what the Facebook page is going to look like, what the objective is, what the target audience is, and how to create the account…

The Russian Revolution Centenary: 1917-2017 Politics, Propaganda and People’s Art – To Inform is to Influence

Propaganda “THE CRITICAL ISSUE FACING the Bolsheviks in 1917 was not merely the seizure of power but the seizure of meaning.” –Victoria E. Bonnell in “Iconography of Power: Soviet Political Posters under Lenin and Stalin.” The Bolshevik revolution that was followed by the counter-revolution and the civil war had to resort to use multi-modal propaganda…

Moscow Seeks Extradition From Greece Of Russian Cybercrime Suspect Wanted By U.S.

Russia has requested the extradition of a Russian cybercrime suspect who was arrested in Greece at the request of the United States, his lawyer and a Greek judicial official say. Aleksand…


US Domestic Policy Reports


With Combative Style and Epithets, Trump Takes America First to the U.N. – The New York Times

In a bellicose speech before world leaders, President Trump framed differences with North Korea, Iran and Venezuela as a battle of good versus evil.

At U.N., Trump Blasts ‘Rogue Regimes’ of North Korea, Iran and Syria – NBC News

Watch President Trump condemn nations representing “the scourge of our planet today,” including North Korea, Iran, Syria and Venezuela.

Hillary Clinton Slams Trump’s UN Speech as ‘Very Dark, Dangerous’

Hillary Clinton returned to late night TV for the first time since the election on Tuesday, telling Late Show host Stephen Colbert that President Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations was very dark and dangerous.

Samantha Power: Why Foreign Propaganda Is More Dangerous Now – To Inform is to Influence

By SAMANTHA POWER SEPT. 19, 2017 When George Washington gave his Farewell Address in 1796, he urged the American people “to be constantly awake” to the risk of foreign influence. In the wake of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 United States election, the president’s warning has a fresh, chilling resonance. The debate in the United States about…

White House Nominee For Ambassador To Russia: ‘No Question’ Moscow Meddled In Election

WASHINGTON — The man nominated by the White House to be the next U.S. ambassador to Russia has said there is &quot;no question&quot; that Moscow interfered in last year's presidential election. …

Facebook to Be Called Before Senate Panel on Russian Meddling – Bloomberg

The Senate Intelligence Committee expects representatives of Facebook Inc. to testify at a public hearing examining Russia’s use of social media to influence last year’s U.S. presidential election.

Senator wants Facebook to testify in Russia probe – ABC News

Senator wants Facebook to testify in Russia probe

Trump Lawyer Says He And President Did Not Collude With Russia

U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer has said that he saw &quot;not a hint&quot; that Trump colluded with Russia during last year's presidential election. Michael Cohen issued …

Manafort Spokesman: ‘Felony’ FISA Leak Warrants Investigation

The revelation of secret court orders to wiretap former Trump campaign spokesman Paul Manafort before and after the 2016 election is a felony, and the Justice Department should investigate the leak, his spokesman charged.

CNN: FBI’s Probe Into Manafort Reaches Back a Decade

Russia investigation special counsel Robert Mueller is looking back more than a decade in his team’s probe of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, CNN reported.

Scoops on Paul Manafort Raise New Questions About the Russia Investigation | Foreign Policy

Scoops on Paul Manafort Raise New Questions About the Russia Investigation « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas

Trump Tweets Gif of Himself Hitting Hillary Clinton With Golf Ball and Mocks Kim Jong Un

The president also boasted of achievements ahead of the U.N.

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