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A Bookmarkable Resource: Russian Non-State News Snippets

Every once in awhile, we trip upon an intriguing international news resource.

The European Maiden Press provides oodles of news snippets about a part of the world we are hard pressed to read about. EMP reminds me of DemUnderground format sans comments. Short but informative collectively, a behind the scenes glimpse of a wide variety of subject matter.

I found this news site looking for information about Igor Yakovenko, pictured today with ex-CEO of Cambridge Analytica.

http://euromaidanpress.com/?s=Igor+Yakovenko

I am bookmarking the home page.

http://euromaidanpress.com

Not sure how I got to this page; however, these January, 2017 snippets are interesting.

http://euromaidanpress.com/2017/01/15/russians-calling-washington-nashington-and-other-neglected-russian-stories-euromaidan-press/

Here are a couple of todays news snippets:

4. Bellona Says Russian Atomic Power Plant Unbelievably Unsafe
The international environmental watchdog group says that the atomic power plant Russia is building in Belarus is setting new records for unsafe construction patterns and warns of disaster ahead if these mistakes are not corrected.

5. By Lifting Visa Requirements, Belarus has Created a New Problem for Russia
Because border checks between Belarus and Russia are minimal, Minsk’s decision to cancel visa requirements for residents of some 80 countries who want to visit Belarus for five days or less is creating problems for Russia whose officials fear that those who want to enter Russia but can’t get visas will come via Belarus

6. Rising Number of Kazakh Women Marrying Chinese Men Sparks Anger in Kazakhstan
Ever more ethnic Kazakh women are marrying Chinese men, a development that has sparked protest meetings and even calls for a legal ban on such marriages.
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In the unsettling geopolitics we are experiencing coupled with seemingly limited news coverage stateside, it is helpful to skeptically read news from outside the western media. This Ukranian group provides some Russian news insights otherwise unavailable.

https://m.

LINKED IN: Kushner, Zuckerberg, Twitter & Their Shared Putin Pal Money Man

What would be the odds that the same Russian with Putin connections would provide seed money to Kushner, Zuckerberg, & Twitter?

Yuri Milner provided hundreds of $Millions backed by Putin's bank via a contrived web of offshores and LLCs.

The plot is thickening.

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The stories were launched with the release of the Panama Papers.

From the Guardian


Two Russian state institutions with close ties to Vladimir Putin funded substantial stakes in Twitter and Facebook through an investor who later acquired an interest in a Jared Kushner venture, leaked documents reveal.

The investments were made through a Russian technology magnate, Yuri Milner, who also holds a stake in a company co-owned by Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser.

The discovery is likely to stir concerns over Russian influence in US politics and the role played by social media in last year’s presidential election. It may also raise new questions for the social media companies and for Kushner.

Alexander Vershbow, who was a US ambassador to Russia under George W Bush and to Nato under Bill Clinton, said the Russian state institutions were frequently used as “tools for Putin’s pet political projects”.

Vershbow said the findings were concerning in light of efforts by Moscow to disrupt US democracy and public debate. “There clearly was a wider plan, despite Putin’s protestations to the contrary,” he said.
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/05/russia-funded-facebook-twitter-investments-kushner-investor
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From the New York Times

Now, leaked documents examined by The New York Times offer a partial answer: Behind Mr. Milner’s investments in Facebook and Twitter were hundreds of millions of dollars from the Kremlin.

Obscured by a maze of offshore shell companies, the Twitter investment was backed by VTB, a Russian state-controlled bank often used for politically strategic deals.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/05/world/yuri-milner-facebook-twitter-russia.html


Beginning to wonder who actually rocks at 3+ Level Chess or 12 level Go.

A couple of American citizens leaked a crap load of information "according to their conscience" and were instantly criminalized. Let's not devolve into arguments about them a g a i n.

However, are we witnessing a War of the Nerds as well as the eternal War for Power? If not, what a great movie title.

Facebook, Twitter & Kushner Shared This Russian Investor Putin Pal

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The stories were launched with the release of the Panama Papers.

From the Guardian


Two Russian state institutions with close ties to Vladimir Putin funded substantial stakes in Twitter and Facebook through an investor who later acquired an interest in a Jared Kushner venture, leaked documents reveal.

The investments were made through a Russian technology magnate, Yuri Milner, who also holds a stake in a company co-owned by Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser.

The discovery is likely to stir concerns over Russian influence in US politics and the role played by social media in last year’s presidential election. It may also raise new questions for the social media companies and for Kushner.

Alexander Vershbow, who was a US ambassador to Russia under George W Bush and to Nato under Bill Clinton, said the Russian state institutions were frequently used as “tools for Putin’s pet political projects”.

Vershbow said the findings were concerning in light of efforts by Moscow to disrupt US democracy and public debate. “There clearly was a wider plan, despite Putin’s protestations to the contrary,” he said.
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/05/russia-funded-facebook-twitter-investments-kushner-investor
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From the New York Times

Now, leaked documents examined by The New York Times offer a partial answer: Behind Mr. Milner’s investments in Facebook and Twitter were hundreds of millions of dollars from the Kremlin.

Obscured by a maze of offshore shell companies, the Twitter investment was backed by VTB, a Russian state-controlled bank often used for politically strategic deals.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/05/world/yuri-milner-facebook-twitter-russia.html


Beginning to wonder who actually rocks at 3+ Level Chess or 12 level Go.

A couple of American citizens leaked a crap load of information "according to their conscience" and were instantly criminalized. Let's not devolve into arguments about them a g a i n.

However, are we witnessing a War of the Nerds as well as the eternal War for Power? If not, what a great movie title.

UTAH Kids Walked Out Across the State - KSL Pics & Vids

At this link you will find an article that includes pics and videos of all the Utah schools that participated.

The comments by the kids are brilliant and heart warming.

Maybe we could each post a similar article for our area?

https://www.ksl.com/?sid=46280199&nid=148&title=an-on-the-scene-look-at-utah-students-participating-in-nationwide-walkout

Thank you KSL

Xi & Putin - So Happy Together, Til Death Do They Part

China's newest President, Xi, and Putin now share lifetime leadership. And they really like each other. Alot. BFFs
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Xi declared himself leader for life and changed China's constitution this past week.

Putin and his guest, Xi watch WWII Anniversary Parade in Moscow. 10 countries sent military units to march in Putin's parade. The USA didn't attend because of Ukraine tensions.

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China is now one of Putin's largest oil customers. Actually, Qatar partnered with China and bought 14.9% of Rosneft for $9 billion last fall, which raised more than one eyebrow.

China and Russia patched up the "whose commmunism is better" ideology issues

China has signed up cooperative agreements with just about every non-western nation for just about everything, committing $900 billion to their improvement.

The British chancellor, Philip Hammond, said: “I commend President Xi ... for setting in train such a bold and visionary project. This initiative is truly ground-breaking in the scale of its ambition, spanning more than 65 countries, across four continents.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/14/china-xi-silk-road-vision-belt-and-road-claims-empire-building

In short, China/Russo is a formidable power on the world stage if they can hold onto the bromance.

Here is a bio of China's new lifetime leader. You will be hearing more about Xi.

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Sadly, the west's near century of world dominance has left large swaths of the struggling world with a sour taste and China is spending lots of money and manpower wooing them.

This is from The Economist.
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Who is protecting the USA?

We might want to dedicate as much time to World News as we dedicate to The White House Reality Show.

Have you got a minute?

Just a quick Heart-felt request.

Please take five minutes, a piece of paper, and pencil and write down the names of your closest peeps.

Then, when you see them, ask them, NO BEG them to vote DEM this year. Make sure they are registered now. Skip the deplorables.

We have to ask, inspire, and convince all eligible voters we know to perform their civic duty - vote.

I nag my circle often and will continue. I will drive them to the pools if necessary.

Thanks for listening.


GOTV WORKSHOP website
https://www.thecampaignworkshop.com/get-out-the-vote

Tips for campaigns
https://www.thecampaignworkshop.com/blog

🙏 Hoax 🙏

Over 80 years ago greedy business men, power hungry politicians, and theocratic zealots banded together to kill FDR’s New Deal.

How did they organize?

Ok, don’t laugh - they organized Prayer groups.

As silly as this might sound, it is true.

In the 1930s, business Titans, especially oil men (Koch) began meeting in small, secret prayer groups.

In time, the prayer groups mushroomed into the now televised National Annual Prayer Breakfast.

President Obama attended this annual prayer hoax.

THIS IS HOW THE GOP IS ORGANIZED. Sadly, it has worked.

We cannot fight without knowing how the other side operates.

Bookmark worthy: This article has a ton of links. If you read this, you will learn and understand why Trump is in the White House.

It is a secret history, all true, and must be known if we are going to save the USA.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/2/27/1745196/-Nat-l-Prayer-Breakfast-Origin-Anti-New-Deal-Fascist-Business-Titans-of-the-1930s-and-2018

I like this DU Diary, it weaves well here

Joy Reid About the Future

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100210314898#post1

Let's Export AR-15s - A Proposed Trump Job Creating Plan

Exclusive: Trump administration prepares to ease export rules for U.S. guns including assault weapons because US sales have slumped.

I THINK TWITTER NEEDS TO ALERT PARENTS AROUND THE WORLD so tweet #Eu #France #Canada well, you get the point.



Aides to President Donald Trump are completing a plan to shift oversight of international non-military firearms sales from the State Department to the Commerce Department, four officials told Reuters....

...The move, part of a broader Trump administration overhaul of weapons export policy that the officials say is also nearing completion, comes at a time when U.S. gun makers could use the help.

Domestic gun sales have fallen significantly after soaring under President Barack Obama, when gun enthusiasts stockpiled weapons and ammunition out of fear that the government would tighten gun laws...
http://www.businessinsider.com/r-exclusive-trump-administration-prepares-to-ease-export-rules-for-us-guns-2017-9


Did you know that private equity firms own most if not all of guns, bullets, etc manufacturing in the USA?
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2011/1/16/936732/-

They do. Private equity firms own most of our national defense as well, private armies.
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2010/11/26/923395/-Private-Equity-Firms-Own-War-ContractorsynCorp

Corporations and Private Equity firms would never turn on us!

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DAILYKOS: Schiff Exposes Every Detail of Nunes Obstruction

Schiff is HERO. His expose' is work of art! I believe Schiff and journalists compiling other timeslines are working to help the Mueller investigations.

Dkos articles pulls no punches in its indepth presentation of Schiff's condemning report.

Here is a snippet, this is just A PARTIAL LIST. Nunes is undressed.

At stake? I think, considering Devin Nunes’s antics sneaking around the White House with the fake Obama bugging claim and the Yo Memo propaganda op (which ended up getting Nunes into more trouble anyway), Schiff’s being overly generous. With this investigation, the integrity and independence of the Committee were dead on arrival.

Schiff provides a partial list of people and information that haven’t been properly pursued, with explanations as to why they should be:

Donald Trump Jr. – refused to answer questions about the June 9 Trump Tower meeting.

Michael Cohen – denied the Steele dossier’s claim that he met with Russian officials… so let’s see the electronic records.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions – refused to answer re obstruction of justice, and didn’t even make an excuse.

Corey Lewandowski – wouldn’t talk about his dealings with Trump after he left the Trump campaign, including a phone call the day before he testified.

Steve Bannon – Bannon would answer “only two dozen scripted, yes-or-no questions” at White House orders.

Hope Hicks – was not subpoenaed when Bannon was—why not? Schiff wants to initiate contempt proceedings against the White House re both Bannon and Hicks.

Deutsche Bank – I quote Schiff: “Deutsche Bank has a history of laundering Russian money and it would negligent of the committee not to determine whether this is a lever the Russians hold over the President and his family.”

Evidence of Comey-Trump Conversations – after Trump tweeted that Comey “better hope there are no tapes” the Committee asked the White House if there are—and has never received a real answer.

Twitter – has DMs between Guccifer 2.0, WikiLeaks, Julian Assange plus other Russian fronts and “a host of Trump campaign personnel.” A host! Twitter won’t cough them up unless subpoenaed.

Encrypted messaging applications – Witnesses have revealed they used encryption in their messages. The app makers should be subpoenaed to reveal what they were hiding.

Phone and Other Communication Records – Junior and other Trump organization people have given the Committee records that “redact phone metadata related to communications with specific phone numbers, including around the time of the Trump Tower meeting with the Russians.” Whose phone numbers are those?

Just to reiterate—this is a partial list.
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/3/1/1745709/-How-to-make-a-House-Intel-investigation-into-kabuki-Schiff-lays-it-out


The Full article is a worthwhile read.

Schiff proves Nunes and his GOP enablers are conspiring dickweeds.
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