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Lavrovto Tillerson on consulate closure: We regret escalation of tension not initiated by Russia


Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has expressed regret over the “escalation of tensions” after the US State Department ordered Russia to close several diplomatic offices in the US within 48 hours.

Moscow will carefully study the new measures the US announced and will inform Washington of its reaction, Lavrov said.

On August 23, the US embassy in Russia suspended all “nonimmigrant visa operations” in Russia, saying they will be resumed only in the main embassy building in Moscow on September 1.

“NIV [non-immigrant visa] interviews at the US Consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Vladivostok are suspended until further notice,” the embassy said in a statement.

“The first impression is that the American authors of these decisions made one more attempt to draw disfavor from Russian citizens toward the actions of the Russian authorities,” Lavrov said earlier in August.

Moscow later stated it would take no action in response to the US Embassy’s announcement on the processing of nonimmigrant visas, which Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova described as “the horror that the Americans have created.”

Earlier this summer, Russia ordered the US diplomatic mission to bring its personnel in Russia down to 455 people, to match the numbers of Russian diplomatic staff. The US said it would need to downsize its embassy and consular staff by 755 as a consequence.

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‘We’re one bad day away from Russians

‘We’re one bad day away from Russians asking, ‘Why are you still in Syria?’ – top US commander

At the Aspen Security Forum on Friday, Special Operations Command chief Army General, Raymond Thomas was asked whether American forces will remain in Syria, after Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) is defeated, possibly, to support the Kurdish forces in the north of the country.

Thomas acknowledged that American forces are fighting in a sovereign Syria, where they will likely “have no ability to stay” if that presence is questioned “in terms of international law,” Thomas said, replying to the Washington Postjournalist’s question.

Here’s the conundrum,” Thomas continued. “We are operating in the sovereign country of Syria. The Russians, their stalwarts, their back-stoppers, have already uninvited the Turks from Syria. We’re a bad day away from the Russians saying, ‘Why are you still in Syria, US?’

It has come up in the form of some close calls there, but it will be hard – I defer to the lawyers in the crowd and others in terms of international law on the basis for us staying there other than our CT [counterterrorism] writ. We went there for all the righteous reasons, but if the Russians play that card, we may want to stay and have no ability to do it.

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US special operations chief confirms end of CIA support for anti-Assad forces in Syria https://on.rt.com/8ig1 

Syrian President Bashar Assad has said that any uninvited foreign troops, including those from the US, are “invaders” who only prolonged the conflict.

Assad has meanwhile invited Russian forces in Syria to join the anti-terrorist operation.

BREAKING: Assad: No one invited US to Manbij, all foreign troops in Syria without permission are ‘invaders’ https://on.rt.com/85eo 

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Any foreign forces, including those from the US, that enter Syria without invitation are invaders, Syrian President Bashar Assad told Chinese media in an interview, noting that no one had given the…


On Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said America’s presence in the war-torn country was illegitimate and accused CIA Director Mike Pompeo – who had criticized Russia’s presence in Syria – of practicing “double standards.”

READ MORE: ‘Russians find any place they can make our lives more difficult’ – CIA chief

Lavrov cited Turkish media reports of “ten US bases already having been set up in Syria” and pointed to the “hundreds of military bases of the United States all over the world.”

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Trump and the Deep State: Investigating Russia, Détente with Canada, Speech to US Congress

Part III: Global Research News Hour Episode 172
Trump and Putin

blood in the water:

The exposure of a competitive weakness in an opponent that arouses increased competitive aggression in others. Likened to the literal presence of blood in water that causes aquatic predators (such as sharks) to seek out and attack prey. [1]


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The CIA, the military industrial complex and other elite elements within the US are redoubling their efforts to remove or at least contain U.S. President Donald Trump.

The accusations that Trump is a kind of Manchurian candidate, functioning as a puppet of the Russian President, have not diminished in spite of being contested by independent journalists and a group of retired Intelligence officials, not to mention Russian government officials.

Intelligence agencies argued last year that there was clear evidence of Russian government-authorized hacking that interfered with the outcome of the 2016 election.

In January, unverified and unproven claims were disseminated alleging that Donald Trump had had escapades with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room. Government officials argued that Russian Intelligence may have video-taped the encounters giving President Putin ammunition with which to blackmail the leader of the free world.

Then in February, a massive blow: Michael Flynn, a Trump ally within Cabinet, was forced to resign his position as National Security Adviser on the questionable grounds that he had failed to accurately disclose the contents of a conversation he had with the Russian Ambassador to the US.

The most recent coup de Grace came when another Trump Administration official, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused himself  from the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election on the grounds that he too had failed to disclose conversations he had had with the Russian Ambassador.

On this week’s episode of the Global Research News Hour, we hear from James Petras about why Trump’s enemies within the CIA, and the Deep State generally, are invoking Russia as a cudgel with which to beat the billionaire president. He also reflects on the hazards of authentic progressive movements aligning themselves with these elements within the ruling elite determined to bring down Trump.

After this interview we spend time examining the Canadian government’s response to the Trump Administration, especially in the wake of the Canadian Prime Minister’s February visit to Washington and a controversial shuffle of his Cabinet. Roger Annis helps listeners understand these international dynamics and what is at stake for Canadian domestic and foreign policy.

Finally, Barrie Zwicker returns to the show to share his reflections on the President’s February 28 speech to Congress, and suspicious omissions in major media coverage of that event.

 James Petras is a retired Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology from Binghampton University in Binghamton, New York, and Adjunct Professor at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is the author of 62 books published in 29 languages as well as numerous articles published in professional journals. He is a member of the Canadian Dimension editorial collective, and has contributed to independent news publications including Counterpunch, Atlantic Free Press, and Global Research

Roger Annis is a socialist, a trade union activist and a retired aerospace worker. He has written extensively on peace and social justice issues. His articles can be found at rogerannis.com and on newcoldwar.org, which he also edits. 

Barrie Zwicker is a retired print and broadcast journalist and a media critic. Some of his most recent articles appear at truthandshadows.wordpress.com.


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The Global Research News Hour airs every Friday at 1pm CT on CKUW 95.9FM in Winnipeg. The programme is also podcast at globalresearch.ca . The show can be heard on the Progressive Radio Network at prn.fm. Listen in everyThursday at 6pm ET.

Community Radio Stations carrying the Global Research News Hour:

CHLY 101.7fm in Nanaimo, B.C – Thursdays at 1pm PT

Boston College Radio WZBC 90.3FM NEWTONS  during the Truth and Justice Radio Programming slot -Sundays at 7am ET.

Port Perry Radio in Port Perry, Ontario –1  Thursdays at 1pm ET

Burnaby Radio Station CJSF out of Simon Fraser University. 90.1FM to most of Greater Vancouver, from Langley to Point Grey and from the North Shore to the US Border.

It is also available on 93.9 FM cable in the communities of SFU, Burnaby, New Westminister, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Surrey and Delta, in British Columbia, Canada. – Tune in  at its new time – Wednesdays at 4pm PT.

Radio station CFUV 101.9FM based at the University of Victoria airs the Global Research News Hour every Sunday from 7 to 8am PT.

CORTES COMMUNITY RADIO CKTZ  89.5 out of Manson’s Landing, B.C airs the show Tuesday mornings at 10am Pacific time.

Cowichan Valley Community Radio CICV 98.7 FM serving the Cowichan Lake area of Vancouver Island, BC airs the program Thursdays at 6am pacific time.

Campus and community radio CFMH 107.3fm in  Saint John, N.B. airs the Global Research News Hour Fridays at 10am.

Caper Radio CJBU 107.3FM in Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia airs the Global Research News Hour starting Wednesday Morning from 8:00 to 9:00am. Find more details at www.caperradio.ca 


1) The Free Dictionary (online); http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/blood+in+the+water

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The Russia Review Act: Senate Aims to Block Trump From Lifting Sanctions on Russia


In late January, Senate Republicans John McCain and Rob Portman strongly opposed lifting sanctions on Russia, McCain saying:

“I hope President Trump will put an end to this speculation and reject such a reckless course. If he does not, I will work with my colleagues to codify sanctions against Russia into law.”

Portman claimed lifting them would damage US leadership and credibility. After 24 years under the Clintons, Bush/Cheney and Obama, they’re damaged beyond repair.

US sanctions on Russia were illegally imposed for political reasons, no others – part of longstanding US Russia bashing, with strong bipartisan support.

On Wednesday, bipartisan Senate sanctions oversight legislation on Russia was introduced – sponsored by neocons Lindsey Graham (R. SC) and Ben Cardin (D. MD), co-sponsored by a rogue’s gallery of bipartisan senators, including GOP and Democrat leaders.

Called the “Russia Review Act,” it establishes a review process, giving congressional members oversight over whether to maintain or lift sanctions, preventing unilateral Trump action.

It requires the White House to submit a report, explaining why it seeks sanctions removal, a 120-day review period following, giving Congress final say on whether to maintain or ease sanctions in question.

The new measure follows earlier introduced legislation, titled “Countering Russian Hostilities Act of 2017,” introduced by McCain and Graham. If enacted, likely tough new sanctions on Russia will be imposed.

Perhaps other anti-Russia legislation will follow, whether veto-proof remains to be seen. Clearly, Congress is going all-out to obstruct any attempts by Trump to improve relations with Moscow.

If he ignores congressional action and acts unilaterally, an unlikely prospect, he could be impeached and removed from office – a first in US history if occurs. The closest example was Nixon’s resignation to avoid impeachment.

Separately, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded to Fox News host Bill O’Reilly calling Putin “a killer,” saying:

“We consider such words from the Fox TV company to be unacceptable and insulting, and honestly speaking, we would prefer to get an apology from such a respected TV company.”

O’Reilly responded dismissively, saying he’s “working on that apology, but it may take a little time. You might want to check with me around…2023.”

Putin is no “killer.” He’s a preeminent world leader, a peacemaker, polar opposite a long line of US warrior presidents, waging endless wars on humanity, responsible for millions of casualties.

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