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Russia threatens Georgia over NATO entry on the 10th anniversary of the invasion and ethnic cleansing of Georgian territory, more below. Russia launches another troll offensive on Facebook. Very interesting observations by Ikhlov, Pavlova, and Klyamkin on Russia’s ceaseless descent into the abyss. More on the new BACKFIRE C variant – will it become the BACKFIRE D?

UK media heavily focussed on the imminent extradition demand for two GRU assassins. The proposal for a judicial inquiry has merit, given Muscovy will indeed thumb its nose at the UK, and likely decorate and promote the assassins for their achievement – the propaganda value of this operation has been immense inside Russia. UK asks OPCW to extend the investigation.

Very intensive debate and argument over Iran, while public unrest continues – the RFE/RL report detailing street slogans is priceless – teach the public to chant “Death to America / Israel / Whoever …”, where does it lead? EU attempts to protect its exporters, producing some very sharp commentary from Israel – noting that European submission to the greed of its corporate sector has played a major role in the messes in Ukraine and Syria as well.

Israel blamed for hit on Syrian CW scientist. Turkey escalates its dispute with the US, while its currency crashes – Erdogan is playing a very foolish game here.


Russia’s Medvedev Warns Of ‘Horrible’ Conflict If Georgia Joins NATO

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has issued a stern warning to NATO on the 10th anniversary of the Russia-Georgia war that Tbilisi’s joining the alliance could lead to a “horrible” new conflict.

Russian PM warns NATO admission of Georgia could trigger ‘terrible conflict’ | Reuters

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday that any future NATO decision to admit Georgia to its ranks could trigger “a terrible conflict” and questioned why the alliance would consider such a move.

Russia and NATO Could Fight ‘Terrible Conflict’ If Georgia Joins Alliance, Medvedev Warns

NATO and Georgian troops are currently conducting military training exercises.

Ukraine, Georgia should become NATO members – Latvian foreign minister | UNIAN

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs says Ukraine and Georgia are defending pan-European security; therefore, they should become full-fledged NATO members. It is necessary to maintain a principled stance toward the state country to make it fulfill its international obligations, according to the official.

UAWire – Russian authorities lost death certificate of the journalist killed in Central Africa

Russian Federation authorities have lost the death certificate of journalist Orkhan Dzhemal, who was killed while shooting a documentary on …

UK Plans to Ask Russia to Extradite Salisbury Poisoning Suspects – Reports – Sputnik International

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The United Kingdom is poised to request extradition of the Salisbury poisoning suspects from Russia, The Guardian newspaper reported citing governmental and security sources Monday.

Facebook Is Being Used By Russian Trolls, Again – To Inform is to Influence

I’ve been seeing a lot of very incendiary posts on Facebook.  These posts are being reposted by friends of mine, both conservative, liberal, and foreign. Today a friend reposted something from Rita Lloyd, which was highly incendiary. I got to looking at the profile and it fits all the parameters of a troll account. No…

Is the left getting played by Russia? Facebook purge exposes potential new tactics | Fox News

The aggressive push by Democrats and left-wing activists for social media companies to combat Russian bots and trolls may have backfired, exposing potential foreign efforts to whip up political passions on their side.

New Russian Fake News Site KhushSpot – To Inform is to Influence

Today a friend posted an article from KhushSpot.com. The article was titled “Putin’s American Agents of influence influential in All Major Political Parties”.  It named names, identified people involved, etc. One of the people named in the caption of the accompanying picture was Konstantin Kilimnik, a person named in multiple news stories. The article never mentions…

US senator’s ‘controversial’ Russia talks – To Inform is to Influence

This BBC article is accompanied by a video, which should be a must-view.   The report accurately depicts all the seemingly disparate efforts by various parties to deal with Russia. In Senator Rand Paul’s case, to foster cooperation with Russia.   Attending was former Russian Ambassador to the US, Sergei Kislyak, who served during the US 2016…

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Like the USSR, the Russian Federation Doomed If It Tries to Rely on the Past Alone, Ikhlov Says

Paul Goble Staunton, August 6 – “The USSR was stable as long as it appealed to a common messianic dream and fell apart when in place of communism, the cult of the Great Fatherland War replaced that set of ideas,” Yevgeny Ikhlov says, a pattern that the Russian Federation is in danger of repeating. In a response to Igor Chubais’ claim that the peoples of the Russian Federation will be better off if they stay together (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5B671E7D23BC9), the Moscow commentator says that such “liberal imperialists” may be right but that his view is in fact irrelevant (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5B6776EB98424). Chubais, “a liberal imperialist,” says that he wants to preserve “the Russian power under democracy” and to rely on “a common Russian historical identity” as the basis for tying it together, entirely forgetting that the past as such divides peoples while only a common future dream can unite them. Nation states are different than empires in that they can rely on the past because the past is what is the basis of a nation; but the Russian Federation like the Soviet Union before it is not a nation state but an empire – and talking about it as if it were otherwise is to ignore history and reality.. Chubais offers ideas that not only justify “’a reconquista’ in the Ukrainian direction” but even the efforts of Mikhail Gorbachev to hold the USSR together 28 years ago in that both were based on an appeal to a common past which in fact never existed rather than a future dream which could be the basis for unity, Ikhlov says The Russian liberal imperialist is hardly alone in this: Winston Churchill defended the British Empire the same way as did Joseph Roth in the case of Austro-Hungary. But he like these thought that a common past and economic benefits were sufficient to keep things together were and are deeply mistaken. “An empire unites territory either for gaining resources or … places for future wars,” Ikhlov says. “An empire requires cultural and state-mythological unification for its consolidation.” And thus today, “all the reasons in favor of the preservation of the Russian ‘Federation’ in its current form are identical to the reasons in support of keeping the USSR.” There were enormous economic costs to the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the commentator acknowledges, but that was not enough to hold it together when the dream of a common future was thrown overboard in the name of the defense of some common past and especially the celebration of the victory in the Great Fatherland War. What liberal imperialists like Chubais and all the others do not understand is that many of the positive things they like in an imperial state could be preserved by cooperation after separation. Indeed, separation which allows the preservation of ethnic and cultural uniqueness may make that easier to do. Only a focus on the future be in communism in the case of the USSR or the American dream in the case of the US can hold things together and create a new community. When these things are lost or rejected, Ikhlov says, there is little or nothing left. “Only a joint victory in the course of a future socio-political transformation can give a common identity to the peoples of Russia,” he continues. And that is possible only if the regime and the people come up with a common view of that future and agree to struggle together for it. Otherwise, they are lost. Surrogates like “’a Russian football political nation,’” which some have talked about won’t work. There has to be something bigger and it has to be about the future. The past, perhaps especially in Russia, divides rather than unites. After all, ask any Circassian what he thinks aobut the Tsar-Liberator.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Apocalypse Not – Faith Alone Won’t Make Russia a Democracy, Pavlova Says

Paul Goble Staunton, August 6 – As Vladimir Putin’s poll numbers have slipped and protests about raising the pension age have spread, ever more commentators in Moscow have suggested that the Putin regime is living through its last days and now faces an approaching apocalypse in which it will be swept away in favor of liberal democracy. Such views have been offered by Lev Shlosberg, Liliya Shevtsova, and Andrey Illarionov among others, US-based Russian historian Irina Pavlova says, but all such people, she argues forget that “in Russia today, there is not a single precondition for democratic development” (ivpavlova.blogspot.com/2018/08/blog-post.html). At best that means that Putin might be swept away but then rapidly replaced by a dictatorship not terribly dissimilar to his own; at worst, it means that he will continue to rule and that all the talk about an apocalypse or revolution will prove to be an empty distraction from the main course of Russian political life. What is truly unfortunate, Pavlova says, is that those who offer these pictures of the dawning future seem to believe as Zinovy Kamenev put it directly that “it is necessary only to believe” in order to win (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5B67235A07D45). Such views are not only self-serving but self-deceiving as well. A longtime skeptic about Russia’s democratic possibilities and an analyst who has argued repeatedly that Putin is a continuation of the Stalinist authoritarian statist tradition, Pavlova has more often than not been proved right about Russia’s trajectory even though her words inevitably come as a dousing of cold water on the passionate. One can hope that at some point she will be proved wrong and Russia or its successor states will become democracies; but that will be possible if and only if those who want to see such an outcome recognize that believing in such goals is far from enough. They must first recognize what they are up against, and then work hard to change it.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: Authoritarian Modernization Ever Less Possible for Russia and Others, Klyamkin Says

Paul Goble Staunton, August 5 – In the course of his current debate with economist Andrey Illarionov, social commentator Igor Klyamkin makes an important point that is all too often overlooked in Russia and elsewhere: authoritarian modernization is an increasingly problematic notion in the post-industrial world (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5B599B42DCC6E). Many countries in the 20th century sought to use authoritarian methods in order to catch up with the industrial development of the most advanced states, but now in the post-industrial era, such methods don’t work nearly as well. To put it bluntly, dictators can build (or rebuild) factories but they can’t achieve breakthroughs in information technology by the same methods. And what this means in turn is that those countries which try to rely on authoritarian methods alone are likely doomed to fall even further behind those which have more open systems and allow for greater creativity – perhaps one of the reasons that authoritarians in many countries confuse re-industrialization with development. The former is easier for them to talk about and of course control, but it is of declining importance in terms of the breakthroughs that are required to make genuine development possible. The authoritarians can build models of Silicon Valley as Moscow has tried to do; but their creations won’t be able to create what those in other democratic countries do. Instead, they are likely to repeat the inherently self-contradictory outcome that was captured brilliantly in an old Soviet anecdote about scientists supposedly marching through Red Square on May Day with a sign reading “the Soviet microchip, the largest microchip in the world.”

Jailed Moscow regional official will have to settle for his wife running for his seat — Meduza

Regional officials have refused to register Alexander Shestun, the jailed head of Moscow’s Serpukhovsky district, as a candidate for re-election. According to the chairman of the regional election board, Shestun violated regulations by financing his signatures-collection drive with money outside a formal election fund. Shestun’s wife will be running in his place.

Russian announces rollout of upgraded long-range strike bomber – Defence Blog

On 7 August, press service of the PJSC ‘Tupolev’ has announced the rollout of upgraded Tu-22M3M long-range strike bomber. According to the company statement, the presentation of the upgraded Tu-22M3M long-range strike bomber will be held at the PJSC ‘Tupolev’ Gorbunov Aircraft Plant’s factory in Kazan, Russia on 16 August. “On August 16 we are to rollout out the Tu-22M3M aircraft,” the press service said. PJSC ‘Tupolev’ will be displaying the first upgraded Tu-22M3M strike bomber fitted with deadly new generation missiles. Tu-22M3M is a new version of the Tu-22M3 bomber, that gets new avionics, sight and navigation and other radio-electronic equipment. The modernized version of the long-range supersonic bomber also be re-motorized and armed with the new Kh-32 supersonic cruise missile and will be able to carry up to four hypersonic missiles dubbed Kinzhal (“Dagger”). The Kh-32 is an air-to-surface missile, which has an operational range of up to 620 miles, can reach a speed of up to 3,100 mph and can fly at an altitude of 25 miles. Besides, the upgraded Russian long-range strike bomber will be able to carry six more advanced Kh-50 missiles, that is expected to achieve a range of over 810 miles. The Kh-50 is a new subsonic cruise missile looks like to the U.S. AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missile (JASSM). General Director of PJSC ‘Tupolev’, Alexander Konyukhov has officially announced that upgraded Russian long-range strike bomber, called the Tu-22M3M, will make its maiden flight this in August.

U.S. Senator reveals details of new set of “hard-hitting” Russia sanctions | UNIAN

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin spoke of the recently proposed set of additional sanctions against Russia aimed at punishing the Kremlin in the case of meddling in November mid-term elections to the U.S. legislature. Senator Cardin has noted that Donald Trump’s Administration retains a resolute position on Russia and takes measures to defend the United States.

Russia vs. Georgia: The War That Shook The Caucasus

A decade ago, war broke out between Russia and Georgia in the separatist regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, with each side accusing the other of starting the hostilities. The short war cost hundreds of lives, displaced tens of thousands, and left both territories in a state of frozen conflict.

Window on Eurasia — New Series: The Russian War Against Georgia is Far from Over

Paul Goble Staunton, August 6 – Despite suggestions by analysts like Sergey Markedonov that the 2008 Russian-Georgia war is over (vedomosti.ru/opinion/articles/2018/08/03/777285-voina-080808), Moscow’s aggression against Georgia which began long before 2008 shows no sign of ending anytime soon. Indeed, as the tenth anniversary of the Russian invasion approaches, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has openly threatened Georgia with disastrous consequences if it continues its efforts to join NATO (tass.ru/politika/5431729), and polls show that Russians accept the Kremlin’s version of events that Georgia, not Russia, is responsible for the conflict. According to a new Levada Center poll, in fact, only one Russian in 20 thinks that Moscow was responsible for the 2008 conflict and its consequences, even though the facts of the case are that Russian forces invaded and occupied Georgian territory rather than the other way around (rbc.ru/politics/06/08/2018/5b67e0839a79474cd27230cf?from=main). Russian economist and commentator Andrey Illarionov offers a useful list of ten reasons why those like Markedonov who argue that the war is over are wrong and why the war continues and is likely to continue well into the future (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5B6729705FF9B). These include: 1. Markedonov et al refuse to call the war what it in fact was, “a Russian-Georgian war,” lest by doing so they call attention to the “aggressive” nature and continuing quality of the conflict. 2. They act as if the war is “finished” when in fact there has been no peace agreement and when in fact after the more open phase of the war was concluded, Russian military forces have taken over control of an additional 103 Georgian villages. 3. Such people invariably seek to equate the situation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia with that of Kosovo, which they argue is “a precedent” for what Moscow did, even though the situation is entirely different and even though Kosovo has attracted near total international recognition while Abkhazia and South Ossetia have not. 4. They ignore Russian military actions after the ceasefire, actions that have expanded Russia’s zone of control on Georgian territory. 5. Such analysts equate Russia’s military presence in Abkhazia and South Ossetia with those of the US and the EU in Georgia, ignoring the fact that Russian now “occupies 20 percent of Georgia’s territory” while neither the US nor the EU has established a single base in Georgia. 6. Markedonov and his kind engage in blaming the victim by arguing that Tbilisi was responsible for the war even though it did not invade anyone and Russia was somehow an innocent bystander even though it did 7. They suggest that Georgia fired the first shot even though investigations show that it was Russia not Georgia that did so. 8. Markedonov et al, Illarionov says, talk about changing borders with such ease that they fail to recognize that their words highlight Russian imperial views that the borders of all neighboring states are up for grabs if Moscow thinks they are. 9. They implicitly suggest that more border changes are thus ahead, not only in Georgia but elsewhere as well. 10. And such writers ignore the reality that whatever problems Georgia and the other “new states” have with democracy, their achievements in that sector are far greater than are those of Russia which is a democracy in name only. In concluding his article, Illarionov says that “the Russian-Georgian war of course will end. But it will end not as those in today’s Kremlin suppose. It will end with the signing of a peace treaty between free Russia and free Georgia about the restoration of an internationally recognized border between the two countries.”

Saakashvili: Russia Targeted ‘Role Model’ Georgia In 2008 War

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili says that Russia’s motive in the five-day war with Tbilisi a decade ago was to attack “Georgian statehood,” asserting that Moscow was concerned because reforms had made the South Caucasus country a “role model” for others in the region.

Saakashvili: Russia Targeted ‘Role Model’ Georgia In 2008 War

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has said that Russia’s motive in the five-day war with Tbilisi a decade ago was to attack “Georgian statehood,” asserting that Moscow was concerned because reforms had made the South Caucasus country a “role model” for others in the region. Saakashvili rejected suggestions that Georgia started the war and blamed the current leadership in Tbilisi for making the country “very vulnerable.” Saakashvili spoke with Current Time TV on July 27, ahead of the 10th anniversary of the August 2008 war.

Ten Years After ‘Last Look’ At Her Burning Village, Healing Eludes Displaced Georgian Doctor

One of the tens of thousands of people uprooted by the lightning war a decade ago between Russia and Georgia over two breakaway republics, doctor Nunu Chovelidze still can’t get any closer to home than the hospital named after her old village.

Ministers preparing extradition order for Russian novichok suspects as Government vows to exert ‘international pressure’

Ministers are preparing to submit an extradition request to Moscow for two suspects responsible for the Salisbury nerve agent attack, as the Government vowed to exert &quot;international pressure&quot; to force Russia to &quot;do the right thing&quot;.

Extradition request for Russian suspects has zero chance of success | UK news | The Guardian

Past form and legal wrangling mean Vladimir Putin will refuse point-blank

Salisbury poisoning: Will Russian suspects face UK trial? – BBC News

Significant progress has been made in the case but will Russia agree to extradite the suspects?

The Guardian view on the Salisbury poisonings: Russia’s responsibility | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

Editorial: Moscow is certain to dismiss British requests to extradite two suspects. The truth must be aired all the same

Reports: UK preparing to seek extradition of Russian suspects over novichok attacks

Russia denies it has been asked to extradite two suspects – but Sky News understands a bid may be forthcoming.

Britain will demand Russia extradite two suspects of Salisbury Novichok attack to UK

The Government is set to demand Moscow hand over the people they believe are behind an attack that left one dead and three injured

UK to ask Russia to extradite suspects in nerve agent attack | Daily Mail Online

Sergei Skripal, an ex-spy who betrayed dozens of agents to Britain´s MI6, and his daughter Yulia (pictured), were found unconscious on a public bench in the Wiltshire city in early March.

UK ‘to demand Russia hands over two Salisbury Novichok attack suspects’ | London Evening Standard

The UK is set to demand Russia extradites two people suspected of carrying out the Salisbury nerve agent attack, according to reports. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which has been preparing papers, has completed the process and is ready to file, the Guardian reported on Monday.

Salisbury attack: UK demand EXTRADITION of nerve agent poisoning suspects from Russia | World | News | Express.co.uk

THE UK is set to request the extradition of two Russian suspected of carrying out the Salisbury nerve agent attack which killed one person and injured three, according to Whitehall and security services.

UK ‘ready to ask Russia to extradite suspects in Novichok poisoning’ | Metro News

The UK is poised to ask Russia to extradite suspects over the nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury, according to reports. Two Russians are said to have been identified as suspects…

Britain ‘Ready To Ask’ Russia To Extradite Suspects In Skripal Poisonings

Britain is preparing to ask Russia to extradite two men it suspects carried out a nerve-agent attack on a former Russian spy in the city of Salisbury, the Guardian newspaper has reported.

Newspaper headlines: Salisbury ‘extradition move’ – BBC News

The front pages carry claims the UK is to launch a case against two Russian suspects over the attack.

Britain asks chemical watchdog to extend Novichok probe

THE HAGUE: Britain has asked the world’s chemical warfare watchdog to extend its help in probing the death of a British woman allegedly exposed to the Novichok nerve agent, the Hague-based body said Tuesday.

Trump team unites in bid to topple Iran regime | News | The Times

There is a new confidence in Washington’s foreign policy. During his first year in office, a sense of chaos accompanied President Trump as he appeared to contradict his officials, particularly over engagement in the Middle East. But on Iran, Mr Trump now has a team who share his contempt for the reg

Protests in Iran Hit Boiling Point, Amplifying Calls for Regime Change

Protests against Iran’s hardline ruling regime hit a boiling point over the weekend, as demonstrators took to the streets for the sixth consecutive day.

What We Know About Iran’s Fresh Rash Of Street Protests

Sporadic street clashes and other protests have hit major cities in Iran since late July as Iranians express anger over economic woes that include rising prices and a sustained fall in the value of Iran’s national currency. Here’s what we know about the demonstrations. ….. Chants so far, based on videos sent to RFE/RL’s Radio Farda or posted online by other reliable sources, include:

  • “Death to high prices and inflation.”
  • “We don’t want incompetent officials.”
  • “Not to Gaza, not to Lebanon. May my life be sacrificed for Iran.”
  • “Death to the dictator.”
  • “Our enemy is right here. They lie when they say it’s America.”
  • “Reza Shah, bless your soul.”
  • “Iranians, shout out your demands.”
  • “Police forces, support [us], support [us].”
  • “Death to Hizballah.”
  • “Iranians die, [but] they don’t accept abjection.”
  • “Death to Khamenei.”
  • “Mullahs must get lost.”
  • “Don’t be scared, we’re all together.”

Iran unrest could ‘lead to chaotic civil war’ | Asia Times

This time ‘it’s about the legitimacy of the whole system’. As the Trump administration begins to reimpose sanctions on an Iran that is already facing an economic crisis, spontaneous protests are again springing up across the country. This political unrest is unlike movements in the past, according to Iranian artist Parastou Forouhar. Speaking to German daily Die Welt, Forouhar said that this time, protesters’ anger was not directed at one political faction, but at the whole system. “This crisis destroys the dignity of people, it destroys biographies. It’s a hopelessness that I have not experienced before,” the artist said. “And with the new sanctions, that will only get worse. “The special thing about the current protests is that they are no longer directed only against the conservative camp within the power apparatus, as a few years ago, but also against the alleged reformers and moderates of the current government. It’s about the legitimacy of the whole system, ” Forouhar said. “That’s why the disappointment is now all the more comprehensive. The middle class and bourgeois intelligentsia, who once paved the way for [President Hassan] Rouhani, are now disillusioned and paralyzed. That’s why the resistance is coming from below,” Forouhar said. “There the need is also greatest. “The mistake of the West was to settle for Rouhani’s beautiful announcements. “On social media, people are going back to speculation that the regime, as so often just before the abyss, gives way again,” Forouhar said.

World War 3: US diplomat warns Trump wants ‘SURRENDER’ from Iran not an agreement | World | News | Express.co.uk

World WAR 3: Donald Trump wants President Hassan Rouhani to “surrender” rather than reach an agreement, warned former US ambassador John Limbert, as the US imposed trade sanctions on Iran for metals, coal and industrial software.

Trump renews ‘biting sanctions’ against Iran, warns countries doing business with Tehran | Fox News

President Trump on Tuesday called the sanctions against Iran that went into effect at midnight the most biting sanctions ever imposed,” and warned that countries that do business with Tehran will not do business with the U.S.

Iran sanctions: Rouhani condemns US ‘psychological warfare’ – BBC News

As US sanctions come into effect, Iran’s President Rouhani says the strategy “doesn’t make sense”.

Iran’s president says he’ll talk to Trump “right now” – CNNPolitics

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani issued a challenge to President Donald Trump on Monday, saying the Islamic Republic would welcome talks with the US “right now.”

🇮🇷 The future of Iran nuclear deal after new US sanctions | Al Jazeera English – YouTube

Al Jazeera English Published on Aug 6, 2018 The European Union says it’s sticking to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, despite the US’s withdrawal. In a statement, it said it ”deeply regrets” the re-imposition of US sanctions. Iran’s foreign minister says his country will overcome the economic measures, and won’t be changing its regional policies. In Tehran, carpet seller, car dealers and foreign exchange outlets will be the first in line to feel the effects. Al Jazeera’s Zein Basravi reports.

Iran Central Bank Deputy Chief Detained Ahead Of Reimposed U.S. Sanctions

Iranian authorities detained a deputy central bank governor amid street protests over the country’s economic difficulties, state-run media report, as Iran prepares to face a return of U.S. sancti…

US sanctions on Iran begin: Liberman: Trump will be remembered for generations – Israel National News

Defense Minister praises re-imposition of US sanctions on Iran, which go into effect tonight.

Cabinet minister says ‘good chance’ Iran will renegotiate nuclear deal | The Times of Israel

Gilad Erdan slams ‘morally bankrupt’ EU for trying to salvage accord; Israeli intelligence community said optimistic that new sanctions will force major change in Tehran

Donald Trump slaps down EU bid to protect firms from sanctions against Iran

The US president says he is only asking for “world peace”, as a German manufacturer ceases business activities in Iran.

EU firms in Iran caught between US and Europe

European companies with business in Iran appear caught in a tug of war between the European Union and Washington. The US demands they leave Iran or face sanctions. The European Union says remain in Iran or face penalties a home.

EU defends Iran nuclear deal – YouTube

euronews (in English) Published on Aug 6, 2018 Foreign Policy High Representative Federica Mogherini says Brussels doing its best to keep deal alive.…

EU defends Iran nuclear deal | Euronews

Foreign Policy High Representative Federica Mogherini says Brussels doing its best to keep deal alive.

Has Europe become an Iranian tool to circumvent U.S. sanctions? – Middle East – Jerusalem Post

Comment: Europe loses its moral compass… again

Israeli Lawmaker Slams ‘Morally Bankrupt’ E.U. for Defying Iran Trade Ban

Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan called the European Union ‘morally bankrupt’ for defying new U.S. trade sanctions on Iran.

Iran news US sanctions imposed by Donald Trump on Hassan Rouhani by Washington White House | World | News | Express.co.uk

DONALD TRUMP is waging “economic warfare” on Iran as he imposed a fresh wave of sanctions after rejecting the denuclearisation deal with Tehran, an Iranian academic has said.

Iranians: Not Pining for American Intervention | The American Conservative

Defense hawks in Washington think the people of Iran are waiting with bated breath for the regime in Tehran to collapse and wouldn’t mind a little American help along the way—whether through direct military intervention, or “naturally” as the result of grassroots protests, “with Washington backing,” of course. There is no greater fallacy. While the people of Iran are undoubtedly frustrated with their government, they are not on the cusp of changing it, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seems to believe. In fact, any attempt by outside actors to change the regime would cause the people of Iran to unify around the clerics. We would end up deflating the reformist party and enabling the hardliners who have consistently warned their people that we can’t be trusted. This ongoing mind reading of the Iranian people is pure Washington hokum with no basis in reality. After witnessing the debacles of our interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, who can blame the people of Iran for not wanting direct American military aid? As Damon Linker points out in The Week, our attitude towards unsavory regimes in other nations is all too often informed by “an incorrigible optimism about the benefits of change and consequent refusal to entertain the possibility that a bad situation might be made even worse by overturning it.” Trump Will Never Get a Better Deal With Iran Is Washington Playing Iran’s Useful Idiot in Syria?

Stock futures, oil rise as Iran sanctions take effect | Fox Business

Dow component Walt Disney will headline Tuesday’s earnings news.

Ordinary Iranians suffer financial pressure of U.S. leaving the nuclear deal – YouTube

PBS NewsHour Published on Aug 6, 2018 In the months since President Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, Iran’s currency has lost almost half its value, companies have retreated their investments and a combination of scarcity and inflation has sent costs soaring. For some, the financial struggle could mean the difference between life and death. Special correspondent Reza Sayah reports from Tehran on the growing tension.

On Iran, Trump’s hard-headedness is smart

The Trump administration’s sanctions against Iran were a good first move.

Iran’s Ahmadinejad Opines on Trump, James Spat

Ahmadinejad’s quest to return to the spotlight now includes weighing in on a spat between President Donald Trump and basketball star LeBron James.

Israel’s Mossad may be behind car bombing that killed top Syrian rocket scientist: report | Fox News

The Mossad, Israel’s famed spy agency, may have been behind the Saturday car bombing in the Syrian city of Masyaf that killed one of Demascus’ most important rocket scientists, The New York Times reported on Monday.

A Top Syrian Scientist Is Killed, and Fingers Point at Israel – The New York Times

The car bombing was said to be at least the fourth Israeli assassination attempt against an enemy weapons engineer on foreign soil in the last three years.

A Top Syrian Scientist Is Killed, and Fingers Point at Israel – The New York Times

The car bombing was said to be at least the fourth Israeli assassination attempt against an enemy weapons engineer on foreign soil in the last three years.

Ankara on Collision Course With Washington Over Iran Sanctions

Ankara, energy dependent on Iran, vows to resist US-Iranian sanctions as dispute threatens to exacerbate existing deep tensions between NATO allies

Turkish Lira Falls to Fresh Lows Against U.S. Dollar – WSJ

The Turkish lira weakened to new record lows against the U.S. dollar Monday after the country’s central bank tried to stem the currency’s decline by reducing two reserve requirements.

Turkish lira hits record low after U.S. reviews duty-free access | Reuters

The Turkish lira plunged to a record low on Monday after the Trump administration said it was reviewing Turkey’s duty-free access to the U.S. market, a move that could affect $1.7 billion of Turkish exports.

Turkey Crisis Deepens as Sanctions Threat Sends Lira to New Low – Bloomberg

Turkey’s lira sank to a record low and bonds tumbled as heightened concern over a diplomatic spat with the U.S. overshadowed the central bank’s attempt to support the currency.

Turkish lira hits record low after U.S. reviews duty-free access | Reuters

The Turkish lira plunged to a record low on Monday after the Trump administration said it was reviewing Turkey’s duty-free access to the U.S. market, a move that could affect $1.7 billion of Turkish exports.

Hurjet Trainer Will Be Steppingstone To Turkish Indigenous Fighter | Defense content from Aviation Week

The jet trainer is expected to provide experience in fly-by-wire flight controls and supersonic flight.

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