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The Trump White House formally announced the list of Chinese products to be hit with tariffs.

The US will implement 25% tariff on $50 Billion in Chinese imports, representing 1,102 product lines with the list of imported goods among those listed on China’s 2025 plan.

The US...

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Washington Post employees are revolting over “shocking pay practices” at the newspaper, as they petition Amazon CEO and WaPo owner Jeff Bezos to “share the wealth”…of which today stands at $140 Billion.

Over 400 Washington Post employees have signed a public petition addressed to...

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On May 5 2018 Kazakhstan ratified an agreement with the US for the transit of US military cargo and possibly even troops (under the euphemism of ‘advisors’ or ‘engineers’) to Afghanistan via the Caspian Sea route.

The ostensible reason is that the US’s long established supply lines...

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Asian markets are taking a hit as Trump announces that he intends to expand the list of tariffs on Chinese exported goods. Trump continues to slam China over the trade deficit between China and the US and his displeasure with Chinese countermeasures to tariffs that he has imposed on them...

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A task force of Russian vessels was sighted traveling through the Bosphorous Strait on its wat to Syria, armed with cruise missiles. The sighting comes just after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that all warships in the region assisting Syria would be armed with Kalibr cruise...

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On Sunday evening an airstrike hit a paramilitary base in Eastern Syria, killing dozens of Iraqi fighters who were in Syria to combat Islamic State combatants. Hashed al-Shaabi fighters are allowed within Syria’s borders by the Assad government as their efforts help to cleanse the war...

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The prospect of a formal meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin has been floating around for some time, but due to suspicions of Russian collusion in the 2016 US presidential election by Trump’s political opponents, that hasn’t been allowed to...

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The current employment statistics in America look pretty good, they say that we’ve basically reach full employment. That’s great, right? But the poverty statistics, and fates of various industries are not so sure about that.

One might expect that with high employment, there would...

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Colombian presidential candidate Ivan Duque has won the election to the presidency of Colombia with about 54% of the public vote, over his opponent, Gustavo Petro, who only gained about 42%. Duque’s platform, which was more economy focused, resonated with voters.

But his position...

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America continues to increase its debt to unsustainable levels and public benefits coffers run up against funding shortfalls, but that doesn’t slow down a growing defense budget, or foreign aid package to nations which are routinely involved in egregious human rights violations and often...

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A recent survey conducted by Reuters shows how many Americans base their support or opposition to a given political stance not on the soundness of the policy, but based on whether or not it comes with the backing of a favored or disfavored political authority.

The present situation...

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US President Donald Trump’s policies aimed at ‘making America great again’ openly include the waging of a trade wars against not only America’s trade partners, but also the rest of the planet.

The tariffs regimes levied by Washington have heavier and lighter effects on different...

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President Donald Trump has just ordered the Department of Defense to create the Space Force, as the sixth branch of the US Military. The biggest question everyone is asking, is will this force be established with peaceful intentions, and what is the purpose and mission of this ‘space...

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Angela Merkel’s German, and European rule, appears to be coming to an end.

According to Zerohedge, leaders of Merkel’s CDU, and its Bavarian partners, the CSU, are meeting separately in Berlin and Munich, to agree on a common course about the coming days and weeks, however chances...

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On Thursday, Inspector General Michael Horowitz released the much anticipated review on FBI and Department of Justice actions during the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Horowitz’s IG report found rampant institutionalized corruption and bias at the FBI and DOJ, with far left...

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In the aftermath of the successful Kim-Trump summit in Singapore there is again speculation about the prospects of a possible summit meeting between the US and Russian Presidents, with Vienna the likely host city.

The clearest discussion of these rumours and of what such a summit...

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Russia has been invaded… by FIFA. And the city is welcoming the invaders with open arms.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup began over the weekend, with soccer (football) matches at the three main Moscow sports stadiums.

The FIFA games have been a tremendous boon for Moscow and will be...

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Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX) went on CNN to admit that the Obama Administration tried to keep the children migrant crisis on the southern border quiet.

Here is the Texas Democrat calling out (by mistake we can imagine) the Obama administration for its handling of migrant...

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There is more to Manafort’s stiff sentence that meets the eye, including much untold information about Manafort’s Ukraine lobbying efforts which were done in coordination with Obama’s Ukraine strategy to wedge Russia’s neighbor into the EU and NATO at all costs, including a violent...

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The two-day summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Qingdao, which took place last weekend from an economic standpoint, truly outplayed the G7 soap drama that took place in Canada.

China and India appear to be in the driver’s seat of the global economy for the...

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As Trump continues to levy trade tariffs on America’s trading partners, despite international agreements stipulating that such actions will not be implemented, the team of nations opposing Trump’s trade policies continues to grow and hit back. Back in March, Trump announced his plan to...

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Russiagate refuses to lay down and die just yet.

Even as President Trump begins to more openly discuss the need to bring Russia back into the G8 nations and as he discusses feeling vindicated by the Justice Department’s Inspector General report on the Hillary Clinton / FBI e-mail...

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It would seem that the manner in which the denuclearization of North Korea must be performed before  sanctions may be lifted has been determined by Washington.

The Japanese Foreign Minister, Taro Kono, describes a list of demands which was delivered to Pyongyang by US Secretary of...

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According to the Daily Beast, the attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels is now blaming the Russians for “trying to plant damaging stories about him in media outlets,” suggesting that he has been to Moscow and had a “liaison” with multiple Russian women.

Avenatti did...

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad revealed in a recent interview with Iranian media al-Alam TV that attempts at achieving non military resolutions to conflicts inside Syria via reconciliation is being actively prevented by intervention from Israel and the US. He is adamant that the price...

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Yesterday we got our first 2018 World Cup scare.

A Moscow taxi driver lost control of his car and drove his vehicle onto a crowded sidewalk near Red Square, injuring seven people, including two Mexican nationals who had come to Russia for the World Cup.

The accident occurred...

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A report recently emanated from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) which is widely reported as confirming that both sarin and chlorine were utilized in an attack in the Hama province of Syria in March of 2017, prompting a military strike authorized by US...

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CNN is begging its viewers to not believe Trump’s tweets, and simply buy in to the fact that (as Wolf Blitzer declared on air): “We are not the enemy of the American people. We love the American people.”

Iraq WMD, Libya, Syria, Ukraine coup, 2016 election polls…no thanks Wolf, I...

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By now everyone who still follows cable news pundits is well aware of MSNBC Rachel Maddow’s obsession with “Trump-Russia collusion.”

Not an episode goes by where the Rhodes Scholar is not blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin, and his remote controlled puppet POTUS Trump, for...

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Stock values took a slight dip following the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this past Tuesday as the relations between Trump and Kim seemed somewhat amiable, potentially leading to a peaceful outlook with the communist east Asian country....

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Oil prices are on the rise, and Trump is not happy about it. This past Wednesday, Trump took to Twitter to express his displeasure with the rise in the price of oil, a price increase that is partly due to the sanctions that he himself imposed on the oil producing nation of Iran.

...
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Yet another piece of Russian military hardware is proving itself to be of a higher quality than those designed and built by American arms manufacturers.

Increasingly, the Russians are developing military components that far surpass the functionality of American made ones.

...

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As a major part of normalizing the situation on the Korean peninsula relative to the isolation of the North Korean regime, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, is advocating for the relaxation of nuclear related sanctions which were implemented more than a decade ago by...

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Earlier this year, Trump announced tariffs against Chinese goods, which prompted retaliatory tariffs from Beijing.

Trump followed up China’s retaliation with even further punitive measures, which China then responded to before negotiations in Washington managed to cool the tensions...

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Could it be the case that the long-standing dispute between Greece and the “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” (FYROM) over the name “Macedonia” is headed towards a resolution?

At face value, that is what recent developments are indicating. Following a series of announcements...

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Talks to construct a gas pipeline from Russia that would serve both North and South Korea have resumed and the possibility is now back on the table with thawing relations between the two Koreas.

The proposal was initially undergoing formal talks some seven years ago, but stalled...

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While staring down the barrel of potential tariffs on autos being levied by the Trump administration, the Mexicans are considering their options.

One of those happens to be a retaliatory tariff on American grown soybeans and corn.

Mexico has been researching other suppliers...

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After collecting a little bit of US debt last year, the Russians have decided now to start dropping it.

In April, Russia liquidated  about half of its stock of US Treasury bonds, up considerably from the rate of liquidation that it had been following in previous months, which...

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Donald Trump just blew the minds of G7 leaders, when he, according to Buzzfeed, casually said:

“Crimea is Russian because everyone who lives there speaks Russian.”

That one sentence was enough to trigger lamentation, and impotent helpless rage in...

The Duran - 2018-06-15 - Original post - cached version

The fallout from the “North Macedonia” deal continues to pick up strength, as both sides begin to question the merits of the “solution” worked out by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his northern FYROM counterpart Zoran Zaev.

Greek lawmakers are debating a no-confidence...

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This article was first published by Consortium News and is republished with the author’s permission.

When Richard Nixon returned to Washington after his historic 1972 trip to China, he was welcomed with strong support from Democrats.

“From the initial Congressional reaction...

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The effects on the G7 leaders may have looked like chaos, but in actuality Trump’s move to place America first jostled the other leaders’ priorities as well. Even Justin Trudeau and Angela Merkel both made remarks pointing at the fact that is just as true for their countries as Trump’s...

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The Associated Press on Thursday, June 14th, announced early in the morning that the Justice Department released its long-awaited report. Compiled by Inspector General David Horowitz, the 568 page report details the investigation into the practices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation...

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With a historic week at the Toronto G7, and a North Korean summit in Singapore, now in the history books, it is more clear than ever that POTUS Trump is tearing down Obama’s neo-liberal “new world order” and replacing it with a “newer” world order that is closer aligned to realpolitik...

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US President Donald Trump has agreed to resume funding for the supposed ‘humanitarian’ White Helmets group in Syria, which apparently has ties to radical jihadist terrorist organizations operating for the destabilization of Syria and the overthrow of the Assad regime, to the tune of $6.6...

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Conservative, anti-migrant activist Tommy Robinson was jailed last month for a “breach of the peace” while live-streaming a trial involving a Muslim rape gang outside Leeds Crown Court.

He was sentenced to 13 months in prison for interfering with court proceedings.

Articles...

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Hours after the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his FYROM counterpart Zoran Zaev declared that they had reached an agreement that would see the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia rename itself the “Republic of North Macedonia”, the nation’s president refused point-blank to sign...

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It took 11 minutes for Russia to score the first goal of the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be scored during Thursday’s opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

The host nation got on the scoreboard early with a Yury Gazinsky header, for which the Saudi Arabian goalie simply couldn’t...

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Israeli PM Netanyahu made a bizarre offer to the Iranian people – if it can even be called an offer.

His “offer”, came in the form of a youtube video, which was also re-uploaded with Arabic and Farsi (Persian/Iranian) subtitles. In the video, he says Iran is suffering from major...

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A resolution has passed in the UN General Assembly slamming Israel’s use of ‘excessive force’ against Palestinian protesters during their Great March of Return in Gaza, with more than 130 killed and thousands injured.

Many of the protesters were unarmed but encountered live...

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