The proposal to award an Oscar to the netflix documentary on the White Helmets is as grotesque as the proposal to award the Jihadi connected group the Nobel Peace Prize.
Russia’s recognition of documents issued to their citizens by the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics stops well short of diplomatic recognition, but as well as having humanitarian considerations it appears intended as a warning to Merkel and the Europeans to take the settlement process of the Ukrainian conflict more seriously.
President Trump confirms during marathon press conference that his priority before negotiating with the Russians is to shore up his position at home. He has taken a first step towards rooting out his opponents in the intelligence community by asking the Justice Department to instruct the FBI to undertake a criminal investigation of the leaks which brought down General Flynn.
The scandal that has ousted General Michael Flynn from the post of National Security Adviser is absurd and concocted. Though there were probably other reasons for his going – including his apparently poor performance in the post of National Security Adviser – his resignation is nonetheless a heavy blow for President Trump.
Whereas contrary to media scare stories Russia’s Admiral Kuznetsov carrier completed its Syrian mission without a major breakdown, media reports confirm that the entire US navy nuclear carrier force and the entire Royal navy nuclear attack submarine force is in port under repair.
Donald Trump typically always had nice things to say about Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin. But last July, while still on the campaign trail, Trump accused Putin of using the “n-word” when referring to Barack Obama. Was that really the case? Or perhaps something lost in translation.