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ALL EYES ON RUSSIA: World Cup kicks off in Moscow and 10 Russian cities

Major international event turns much of the world’s attention to Russia, opening the mystery of this country to all

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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 for many cities across the Russian Federation as the fans sweep across European Russia, following their teams as they play in a total of 64 matches in 12 different venues located in 11 cities.

Muscovites and visitors from other countries alike enjoyed the antics of many of the fans who visited. In particular, the most colorful visitors this year appeared to be from Mexico; in fact, some 25,000 Mexicans were expected in Russia for the World Cup.

However, the Mexicans had rowdy competition from the Brazilian contingent and the Iranians as well as the Swedes and everyone else involved with FIFA.

Interestingly, the American team failed to make it to this match event, but many Americans could be seen all across Moscow over the weekend. Tour groups came to Russian Orthodox Church parishes and got treated to stellar singing, as at the Divine Liturgy celebrated at the Church of St John the Forerunner, on Piatnitski Street near the Tretyakov district in the center of town. The clergy giving the sermon graciously gave it again in English for the benefit of the visitors in the Church on Sunday.

Some of the festive displays in GUM, once the world’s largest department store, and now one of most highly stylish shopping centers in the world.

Similar scenes have been visible all across Moscow. The city itself has been in preparation for this event, and in some places the construction actually is an ongoing project, as with the Dinamo Stadium, and around Red Square. A phalanx of construction worker dwellings is visible near the famed St Basil’s Cathedral on Saturday afternoon, where it has been for some time.

There was a tragic event, though thankfully it could have been worse. As seen elsewhere on The Duran, a taxi driver apparently lost control of his car and plowed through a group of tourists on the sidewalk. It was a miracle that there were no serious injuries, but it apparently terrified the driver and he ran away, only to be apprehended by bystanders. Apparently, according to reports, he fell asleep. It was a very warm day in Moscow, and sitting in a hot car in almost immovable traffic can get to a person, but thankfully, of the eight people injured, none was reported as serious.

One of the most significant things about this World Cup is that it is happening in Russia, which has been berated by the UK, the United States and some other western powers for years now, concerning the reunification of Crimea with Russia (termed “illegal annexation” by the West), Russia’s anti-gay laws, and the country’s increasingly conservative – and Christian – alignment.

It is a pity that the US team did not qualify for this event because it might have brought more Americans into the country. One American visitor who was asked about her experience in Russia, simply said, “I love it… it’s totally different (than what the news media says about this place.)”

Far from the gloomy pictures often portrayed by the newsmedia of the United States and other places in the West, Russia is vibrant, particularly in the major cities such as Moscow, St Petersburg and Samara. The country is probably fairly understood as a “frontier” nation, because of its geographical size and great stretches of undeveloped and underdeveloped lands.

Historically it is fascinating, as the scars of the Soviet era are still quite visible in many places, but the dilapidated structures from that time are often in sharp contrast to the new and more modern buildings, as well as the newly restored pre-Revolutionary historic sites. Moscow is particularly replete with such places.

One can expect that a great many people here to watch the soccer matches will also notice the warmth and openness of Russian society, and how free the country feels. The visitors will be aided and abetted in that they can get tickets that allow them free travel to follow the games around the country.

When the United States hosts the World Cup in 2026, it will be hard pressed to duplicate the hospitality and economy of this event here.

The World Cup draws all eyes to Russia. Maybe this is great timing and maybe it will be yet another little (or maybe not so little) event that helps reveal the fog of lies the West has tried to build around this country.

It is certain to be true that the people that came here from the West to visit will not go back home thinking and feeling the same way about Russia as they might have before.

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(..there was a tragic event, though thankfully it could have been worse. As seen elsewhere on The Duran, a taxi driver apparently lost control of his car and plowed through a group of tourists on the sidewalk..) It looks like this was no tragic event but a rather a vehicular jihadist attack carried out by a Kyrgyzstani muzzie. He was probably sent by the CIA and Saudis to rock the boat in Moscow’s world cup fever! It looks like he decided to carry out a vehicular jihad attack but started having second thoughts and got scared after hitting some people.… Read more »

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” concerning its annexation of Crimea ” since the writer [by name] appears not to be English, allow me to correct his mistake here. Russia did NOT “annexe” Crimea, which in this context means to invade, using military force, and take over a resistant population, often with deaths. Please use the word which reflects the TRUTH. Russia accepted Crimea’s request for a re-unification following a democratic referendum. Given that one of the excuses given by the warring Anglo’s is that “Russia annexed Crimea” ; given that this supposed act of violence – which never happened – has been added to… Read more »

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James Woods Suspended From Twitter Over Satirical Meme That Could “Impact An Election”

James Woods crushes Jack Dorsey: “You are a coward, @Jack.”

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Outspoken conservative actor James Woods was suspended from posting to Twitter over a two-month-old satirical meme which very clearly parodies a Democratic advertisement campaign. While the actor’s tweets are still visible, he is unable to post new content.

The offending tweet from July 20, features three millennial-aged men with “nu-male smiles” and text that reads “We’re making a Woman’s Vote Worth more by staying home.” Above it, Woods writes “Pretty scary that there is a distinct possibility this could be real. Not likely, but in this day and age of absolute liberal insanity, it is at least possible.”

According to screenshots provided by an associate of Woods’, Twitter directed the actor to delete the post on the grounds that it contained “text and imagery that has the potential to be misleading in a way that could impact an election.

In other words, James Woods, who has approximately 1.72 million followers, was suspended because liberals who don’t identify as women might actually take the meme seriously and not vote. 

In a statement released through associate Sara Miller, Woods said “You are a coward, @Jack,” referring to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. “There is no free speech for Conservatives on @Twitter.

Earlier this month, Woods opined on the mass-platform ban of Alex Jones, tweeting: ““I’ve never read Alex Jones nor watched any of his video presence on the internet. A friend told me he was an extremist. Believe me that I know nothing about him. That said, I think banning him from the internet is a slippery slope. This is the beginning of real fascism. Trust me.”

Nu-males everywhere non-threateningly smirk at Woods’ bad fortune…

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Another witness named by Ford becomes third person to deny being at party

A woman believed to have been one of five people at a party 35 years ago where Ford claims she was assaulted by Kavanaugh is now the fourth person to deny being at any such party.

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A witness, reportedly named by Christine Blasey Ford as one of the people at the high school party where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted her, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Saturday she was not there.

The attorney for Leland Ingham Keyser told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Keyser does not remember being at the party Ford described as the location of the alleged assault.

“Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford,” Keyser said in the statement. CNN reported Keyser is a lifelong friend of Ford’s.

Keyser, whom the New York Times reported is one of the people Ford named as being in attendance at the party, is the third witness who has denied knowing about the alleged assault. Mark Judge and Patrick Smyth said earlier this week they did not remember the party in question.

Kavanaugh has denied Ford’s allegation.

The news comes after Ford, through her attorneys, tentatively agreed to testify on Thursday, after days of negotiations over the timing and conditions of her

Committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, had repeatedly extended deadlines set for Ford’s team on the decision, including three on Friday and one at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Grassley threatened to proceed with a committee vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination Monday if he did not hear from Ford.

“Five times now we [have] granted extension for Dr Ford to decide if she wants to proceed [with] her desire stated one [week] ago that she wants to tell senate her story,” Grassley tweeted Friday. “Dr Ford if u changed ur mind say so so we can move on I want to hear ur testimony. Come to us or we to u.”

The extended discussions have been labeled a delaying tactic by some Republicans.

Ford’s attorneys and Grassley’s aides will reportedly continue negotiations Sunday on the details of the conditions of Ford’s testimony, per the New York Times.

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Was NYT Story About Rosenstein ‘Coup Attempt’ A Setup?

The New York Times is reporting that Rod Rosenstein pushed a plan to record President Trump and invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

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Is the FBI trying to goad President Trump into firing the man in charge of supervising the Mueller probe? That’s what Sean Hannity and a handful of  Trump’s Congressional allies think.

According to a report in Politico, Republicans in Congress are approaching a story about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein attempting to organize a palace coup with extreme caution, despite having twice nearly gathered the votes to remove him in the recent past.

On Friday, the NYT reported a bombshell story alleging that Rosenstein had tried to recruit administration officials to secretly tape conversations with the president in order to help justify removing Trump under the 25th amendment. Rosenstein vehemently denied the story, which was largely based on confidential memos written by former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. And others who were reportedly in attendance at meeting between McCabe and Rosenstein said the Deputy AG was being “sarcastic” when he suggested that the president be taped.

Meanwhile, Trump allies including Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan and Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz are saying that the story should be treated with suspicion. Jordan and Freedom Caucus leader Mark Meadows once filed articles of impeachment against Rosenstein. But now, both Meadows and Jordan intend to proceed with caution, telling Politico that he would like to see the memos that the story was based on.

House Freedom Caucus leaders Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan, who led a charge to impeach Rosenstein this summer, have said they want to hear from Rosenstein and see documents allegedly describing the comments before they decide what to do.That’s awarded Rosenstein a courtesy they’ve never given him in the past.

“I think Rod needs to come before Congress this week and explain under oath what exactly he said and didn’t say,” Meadows said at the Values Voters Summit Saturday.

The newfound hesitation to oust Rosenstein highlights a cautious approach Trump allies have adopted as the Republican party barrels toward a potential bloodbath in the midterms. Some Republicans fear Trump firing Rosenstein now would only further energize Democrats making the case to voters that the president is corrupt and needs to be reined in by a Democratic House.

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In a Friday interview, Jordan, one of Rosenstein’s fiercest critics in Congress, sidestepped questions about whether the House should revisit Rosenstein’s impeachment or try to hold him in contempt of Congress. Rather, he said, a more focused push to obtain sensitive documents from the Justice Department — which Trump’s allies say would expose anti-Trump bias and corruption the FBI — is the most urgent priority.

“I want to see those memos and evaluate them,” said Jordan, who has clashed publicly with Rosenstein over access to documents and accused him of threatening House Intelligence Committee staffers, an allegation Rosenstein denied.

Politico cites two possible explanations for lawmakers’ hesitation: Republicans are running out of time before members devote themselves full-time to their reelection campaigns. Republicans are worried that the story could have been intentionally planted to provoke Rosenstein’s firing in order to improve Democrats’ chances of retaking the Senate AND the House (Trump actively moving to crush the Mueller probe would be quite the propaganda win for the Dems).

Sean Hannity took this latter theory a step further during his show on Friday evening, where he urged Trump not to fire Rosie and instead insisted that the story could have been a “trap”. He added that he had been told by “multiple sources” that the story was planted by unspecified “enemies of Trump.”

“I have a message for the president tonight,” Hannity said Friday night. “Under zero circumstances should the president fire anybody…the president needs to know it is all a setup.”

Still, a handful of conservative commentators, including Laura Ingraham, urged Trump to fire Rosenstein immediately. And for Trump’s part, he hinted at a rally Friday night in Missouri that he planned to “get rid” of the “lingering stench” at the DOJ, which many interpreted as a hint that his firing is imminent.

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