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Russia Wont Be Dragged Into New Arms Race - Lavrov


Published time: 6 Mar, 2019 16:59
Edited time: 6 Mar, 2019 17:13

Moscow will not get involved in a new arms race because of US threats to its security, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pledged on Wednesday.

Russia has never rejected consultations, or any talks aimed at strengthening strategic stability in changing conditions, he said in Abu Dhabi.

“It’s not our fault that all our numerous proposals… were left without reaction,” the minister pointed out. He cited President Vladimir Putin who'd said earlier that all these proposals remain on the table, “but we will not bother our Western partners on this topic anymore.”

Last November, Putin had said that Moscow will not let anyone allow themselves to be dragged into another arms race. Russia is ready to continue dialog with the US on the bilateral treaty banning medium-range missiles, he said.

https://www.rt.com/newsline/453181-russia-arms-race-lavrov/

Top US General in Europe Cries Russian Threat to Get More Troops, Planes & Ships

Citing the phantom menace of ‘Russian aggression’ amid Washington’s withdrawal from the INF treaty, the head of the US European Command has asked the Senate for more troops, jets, missiles and ships, to ‘defend’ European allies.

Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, General Curtis Scaparrotti argued that the US maintains global military superiority, but cited “evolving Russian capabilities” as a threat to that dominance, challenging the US “ability to operate uncontested in all domains.”

Scaparrotti, who as the head of EUCOM is also the supreme NATO commander in Europe, claimed without evidence that the Russian military posture is “increasingly aggressive” and sought aid from Congress to bolster EUCOM’s “assigned and rotational forces.”

In addition to more troops, ships, spies and everything but the kitchen sink, Scaparrotti revealed that EUCOM has requested two more destroyers from the US Navy, and maybe also an aircraft carrier, in order to counter what he said were the expanding capabilities of the Russian fleet.

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https://www.rt.com/news/453116-eucom-general-scaparotti-russia/

Sanctions, Sanctions, Sanctions!!! Bolton Wags That Old Worn Out Threat Yet Again

Bolton Warns North Korea of More Sanctions If It Doesn't Budge

By Jennifer Jacobs and John Harney
March 5, 2019, 9:45 PM EST
•He says no sanctions relief without giving up nuclear weapons
•Trump’s ‘ready to make a deal,’ he tells Fox Business Network

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton warned North Korea it must be willing to completely give up its nuclear weapons program or perhaps face even tougher sanctions.

“If they’re not willing to do it, President Trump has been very clear they’re not getting relief from the crushing economic sanctions that have been imposed on them,” Bolton told the Fox Business Network on Tuesday evening. “And we’ll look at ramping those sanctions up, in fact.”

The threat of greater sanctions risks increasing tensions after Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam last week ended without an agreement. Kim wanted Trump to ease most sanctions in return for dismantling a key nuclear production complex, while the U.S. wanted more action on hidden nuclear facilities, as well as warheads and intercontinental ballistic missiles that could deliver them to the American homeland.

Bolton said the U.S. wouldn’t “buy the same pony that they’ve sold to previous administrations” and called on North Korea “to go back and reassess their strategy.” Accepting Kim’s offer, he said, would’ve “given North Korea a lifeline, giving them a chance to get their breath back economically while potentially still concealing a lot of nuclear weapons capabilities, missiles and the rest of it.”

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-06/bolton-warns-north-korea-of-more-sanctions-if-it-doesn-t-budge?srnd=politics-vp

US Threatens Secondary Sanctions Against Those Who Refuse To Back Its Venezuela Coup


Published time: 6 Mar, 2019 01:46


FILE PHOTO: Elliott Abrams next to Colombian President Ivan Duque at the border with Venezuela. © AFP / RHONA WISE

With the vast majority of the world still seeing Nicolas Maduro as the legitimate leader of Venezuela, America’s hawkish special envoy has hinted that Washington might sanction third parties that defy the US regime-change efforts.
The international community must choose sides wisely in the Venezuelan conflict, the curator of US intervention in the Latin American country, special envoy Elliott Abrams, suggested on Tuesday, noting that Washington would not limit itself to economic sanctions just against the Maduro government, but against all who chose to support him.

“Secondary sanctions, it’s clearly a possibility,” Abrams said at a press conference, warning that a decision to sanction third party countries “would depend on the conduct of the regime over time.”

ALSO ON RT.COM
‘Embrace democracy, Venezuela!’ Bolton threatens new sanctions, Pompeo vows ‘action’

So far some 54 countries have bowed to US pressure and recognized the self-proclaimed ‘interim president’ Juan Guaido, who since January has been rallying support for regime change. Whilst the US claims the “momentum is good” to get more countries on board, the majority of the world’s countries and population rejected Washington’s “imperialist” ambitions, Colin Cavell, associate professor of political science at Bluefield State College, told RT.

The US administration is “internationalizing the Venezuelan conflict on a very dangerous basis... threatening other countries who deal with Venezuela, saying that if you do not support our sanctions, we are going to impose sanctions on you,” Cavell explained.

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https://www.rt.com/news/453114-us-threatens-secondary-sanctions-venezuela/

'Vile Anti-Semitic' Ilhan Omar Row Shows Pitfalls Of US Identity Politics

In a story that perfectly illustrates the perils of runaway identity politics, the historic-first congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) is facing a rebuke in the House over “anti-Semitic” comments about the Israel lobby.

The Democrat-majority House is expected to vote Wednesday on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism. It is unknown as of yet if it will specifically name Omar, but there is little doubt it is aimed squarely at her recent comments, which Republicans and many fellow Democrats have denounced as unacceptably anti-Jewish.

Omar’s sin, so to speak, was to “talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” as she put it, speaking at an event in Washington, DC, last Wednesday.

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While this may be true of Pelosi, most Democrats, and maybe even Congress in general, it manifestly does not apply to Omar. And not just because she’s Muslim: The congresswoman from Minnesota has criticized the influence Saudi Arabia has on US politics as well, without the commensurate controversy. She has also denounced the US regime-change efforts in Venezuela as being against international law.

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Which is where we get to the true source of the headache for Democrats: identity politics. Omar’s story was supposed to be the illustration of demographics as destiny: more than a third of residents in her congressional district, centered on Minneapolis, were “people of color,” with the fastest-growing population being immigrants from Africa – namely Somalia – according to Minnesota Public Radio. The effects of that were already evident in 2016, when Omar easily primaried the longtime state representative Phyllis Lorberblatt Kahn – also a Democrat, mind you – who had held that seat since 1973.

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https://www.rt.com/usa/453109-ilhan-omar-israel-lobby-democrats/

Illegal Immigration Under Trump Projected to Surpass Obama Era Levels

President Trump is projected to oversee the largest flow of illegal immigration at the United States-Mexico border since former President Bush’s administration, surpassing every year of crossings under former President Obama.

As Breitbart News reported, more than 76,000 border crossers attempted to enter the U.S. in the month of February — the most apprehensions of illegal border crossers and migrants in this month in 12 years.

While Trump’s administration expanded the Catch and Release program last month and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen focuses her attention on cybersecurity and terrorism issues, the U.S. is projected to see a level of illegal immigration this year that will surpass every year of illegal immigration under Obama.

Princeton Policy Advisors researcher Steven Kopits estimates that there will be about 775,000 illegal border crossings this year when the last month’s border data is analyzed. This would indicate that Trump’s overseeing of the crisis at the southern border would reach Bush era levels of mass illegal immigration when, in many years, more than illegal border crossings occurred in a single year.

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https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/03/05/illegal-immigration-under-trump-projected-to-surpass-obama-era-levels/

MAGA, MAAGA, MAAAAGA!

Kim Jong Un's Russia Visit Confirmed Days After Talks With Trump Collapsed

Korean leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia, the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said Monday. The date and place of the visit was not announced, but would be revealed soon.

The spokesperson said "there are constant contacts through diplomatic channels," Russian media reported.

"I have already said that such a visit is really on the agenda. There is a necessary invitation, and we hope that in the foreseeable future the exact date and place will also be agreed on,” Peskov reportedly said.

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Meanwhile, Russian media also reported Monday that members of its parliamentary group on relations with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (the official name for North Korea) will go to Pyongyang on April 12. The meeting is aimed at discussing the creation of a platform for dialogue between Russian, North Korean and South Korean parliamentarians.

"The trip is scheduled for April 12... Actively supported the creation of such a platform by friendship groups - Russian and North Korean. are also ready to join this work, we met, they are interested in having such a platform created," Kazbek Taysaev, the head of the group, said. He noted that "great interest" was also expressed by China for the talks.

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https://www.ibtimes.com/kim-jong-uns-russia-visit-confirmed-days-after-talks-trump-collapsed-2771048

North Korea Rebuilding Long-Range Rocket Site, Photos Show

Photos taken just 2 days after the Trump-Kim Hanoi summit show rebuilding at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, North Korea's operational space launch facility.


March 2 photo of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, North Korea's only operational space launch facility, shows rapid rebuilding, say researchers from Beyond Parallel.CSIS / Beyond Parallel

March 5, 2019, 6:26 PM EST / Updated March 5, 2019, 6:42 PM EST
By Courtney Kube, Carol E. Lee and Andrea Mitchell

WASHINGTON — North Korea is pursuing the "rapid rebuilding" of the long-range rocket site at Sohae Launch Facility, according to new commercial imagery and an analysis from the researchers at Beyond Parallel.

Sohae Satellite Launching Station, North Korea's only operational space launch facility, has been used in the past for satellite launches. These launches use similar technology to what is used for intercontinental ballistic missiles.

"This renewed activity, taken just two days after the inconclusive Hanoi Summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, may indicate North Korean plans to demonstrate resolve in the face of U.S. rejection of North Korea's demands at the summit to lift five U.N. Security Council sanctions enacted in 2016-2017," the analysts said. As NBC News reported, Beyond Parallel, a project sponsored by the defense think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies, recently identified 20 undisclosed missile sites in North Korea.

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https://www.nbcnews.com/news/north-korea/north-korea-rebuilding-long-range-rocket-site-photos-show-n979721

Alabama High School Students Filmed Using Racial Slurs

"It certainly speaks to the work we have before us," the school district superintendent said.

March 4, 2019, 6:30 PM EST / Updated March 4, 2019, 11:08 PM EST
By Janelle Griffith

A video posted on Facebook over the weekend of Alabama high school students using racial slurs against black people and debating the merits of the Holocaust has sparked an investigation by the city's schools.

In the video, that was shared on Facebook and other social media platforms, a group of white high school students in Hoover, Alabama, outside Birmingham, are heard using racial slurs at what appears to be a private home, according to AL.com.

"F--- N-words, f--- Jews," one boy says. A girl then responds: "Jews would be fine because they're white."

She added: "It's fine, we just need N-words gone."

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https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/alabama-high-school-students-filmed-using-racial-slurs-n979146

Video is available via twitter at Russia Today but I'm not going to post it here.

80+ Arrested at Protest Over Police Shooting of Unarmed Stephon Clark in Sacramento (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)



Published time: 5 Mar, 2019 12:17
Edited time: 5 Mar, 2019 15:11

Police arrested over 80 protesters and detained a reporter in Sacramento, California after scores turned out to demonstrate against a decision not to charge cops who fatally shot 22-year-old Stephon Clark last March.
Clark, an unarmed black man, was holding a cell phone which officers claimed to believe was a gun when they shot him in the backyard of his grandparents’ home on 18 March, 2018.

Almost a year after his death, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced the police officers involved would not be charged as they had not committed a crime.

An estimated 100 people gathered in Sacramento around 7pm local time Monday to protest the DA’s decision and call for the two officers to be fired, marching through the city with placards bearing photos of Clark.

https://twitter.com/youknowkempa/status/1102765066863095808

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https://www.rt.com/usa/453060-sacramento-police-arrest-protesters/
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