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When Putin Met Bin Sally

Another G20 handshake for the history books.

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In the annals of handshake photo-ops, we just may have a new winner (much to the delight of oil bulls who are looking at oil treading $50 and contemplating jumping out of the window).

Nothing but sheer joy, delight and friendship…

…but something is missing…

Meanwhile, earlier…

Zoomed in…

And again.

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The way Putin greeted MbS is inexplicable, to my mind, unless he knows something about Khashoggi we don’t. I can’t get away from the idea that Putin has reason to believe MbS was set up over Khashoggi like Russia was set up over the Skripals.

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Putin ordered the murder of the Skripals, he loves to kill

Ruca
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Got proof to back up your claims? Didn’t think so.

Olivia Kroth, author and journalist
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I believe that President Putin couldn’t care less about Kashoggi. A Saudi working for the US! So what! The Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia are working together and will continue doing so, Kashoggi dead or alive.

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Spot on. Kashoggi simply picked the wrong faction. It’s no business of Putin’s what rulers get up to. As for the US and its western and media lackeys, they were quite happy to arm the Saudis to devastate Yemen and attempt to destroy Syria. Putin yet again was trolling the western media, for whom he justifiably has total contempt

Walter Dublanica
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Vlad & bin Sally control oil. Vlad keeps making alliances and Don keeps losing. Deep State will not allow Trump to make the necessary decision to Make America Great Again. An American/Russian alliance which has 90% of the worlds nukes. U.S. controls the western hemisphere and Putin controls the Eurasian continent. Why do the characters in the deep state hate Russia so much ? The Russians saved them from total extinction had the Res Army not won WW II in Europe singlehandedly.

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The USA re-writes in it’s favour the parts of history it doesn’t like to make it self look better than it really is. Thankfully, most people know that if it wasn’t for Russia during WWII, Europe would be very different place and we’d all be speaking German!.

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the man responsible for the death of Anna Politkovskaya high 5s with the man responsible for the death of Jamal Khashoggi… says it all really!

ManintheMoon
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And your comemnts says all we need to know about you doesn’t it? I suppose you peddle the Douma hoax and think Seth Rich was killed by a random maniac?

Eduardo
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It’s a dissapionting article. You chose the pictures. I appreciate your pro russian stand, but to see Puting being pretty with SOB, sorry, MBS, does not add up.
I like the moralistic Russia and this is not the case.
You need to be objective and condemn a horrible act not matter where it comes from. Think of you going to your country’s embassy and getting cut into pieces. Screw MBS and whom ever, for conviniance, helps him out. Not on this one.

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I see where you’re coming from, but although I don’t think anyone here has any sympathy with the thug MBS, and I doubt any of us would want to go anywhere near this monster. However, to be fair to Putin he’s really just demonstrating Realpolitik and effectively saying he’ll look after Russian interests and deal with anybody. It’s not pretty, but he evidently enjoys baiting the West. The hypocrisy of the MSM is in condemning MBS for the murder of Kashoggi is like castigating Hitler for his part in the murder of Roehm, the Brownshirt leader. No one would wish… Read more »

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It looks worse on a “still” than on the video. On the video, where everything happens in motion, in a few seconds, it appears as though MbS brings out the hand and Putin merely responds. He would respond and smile as this is diplomatic. We have no way of knowing if he found a Gents room as soon as he could, to wash his hands? However, we have to remember, Mr. Putin is an honest man, and often an honest man can tell you things, in honesty, that you dont want to hear. So we all tend to insert our… Read more »

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Trump Has Gifted “No More Wars” Policy Position To Bernie Sanders (Video)

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RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou discuss how US President Donald Tump appears to have ceded his popular 2016 ‘no more wars’ campaign message and policy position to Bernie Sanders and any other US 2020 candidate willing to grad onto a non-interventionist approach to the upcoming Democrat primaries.

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The center of gravity of U.S. politics is shifting toward the Trump position of 2016.

“The president has said that he does not want to see this country involved in endless wars… I agree with that,” Bernie Sanders told the Fox News audience at Monday’s town hall meeting in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Then turning and staring straight into the camera, Bernie added:

“Mr. President, tonight you have the opportunity to do something extraordinary: Sign that resolution. Saudi Arabia should not be determining the military or foreign policy of this country.”

Sanders was talking about a War Powers Act resolution that would have ended U.S. involvement in the five-year civil war in Yemen that has created one of the great humanitarian crises of our time, with thousands of dead children amidst an epidemic of cholera and a famine.

Supported by a united Democratic Party on the Hill, and an anti-interventionist faction of the GOP led by Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee of Utah, the War Powers resolution had passed both houses of Congress.

But 24 hours after Sanders urged him to sign it, Trump, heeding the hawks in his Cabinet and National Security Council, vetoed S.J.Res.7, calling it a “dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities.”

With sufficient Republican votes in both houses to sustain Trump’s veto, that should be the end of the matter.

It is not: Trump may have just ceded the peace issue in 2020 to the Democrats. If Sanders emerges as the nominee, we will have an election with a Democrat running on the “no-more-wars” theme Trump touted in 2016. And Trump will be left defending the bombing of Yemeni rebels and civilians by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.

Does Trump really want to go into 2020 as a war party president?

Does he want to go into 2020 with Democrats denouncing “Trump’s endless wars” in the Middle East? Because that is where he is headed.

In 2008, John McCain, leading hawk in the Senate, was routed by a left-wing first-term senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, who had won his nomination by defeating the more hawkish Hillary Clinton, who had voted to authorize the war in Iraq.

In 2012, the Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who was far more hawkish than Obama on Russia, lost.

Yet, in 2016, Trump ran as a different kind of Republican, an opponent of the Iraq War and an anti-interventionist who wanted to get along with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and get out of these Middle East wars.

Looking closely at the front-running candidates for the Democratic nomination of 2020 — Joe Biden, Sanders, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker — not one appears to be as hawkish as Trump has become.

Trump pulled us out of the nuclear deal with Iran negotiated by Secretary of State John Kerry and reimposed severe sanctions.

He declared Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, to which Iran has responded by declaring U.S. Central Command a terrorist organization. Ominously, the IRGC and its trained Shiite militias in Iraq are in close proximity to U.S. troops.

Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, moved the U.S. Embassy there, closed the consulate that dealt with Palestinian affairs, cut off aid to the Palestinians, recognized Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights seized from Syria in 1967, and gone silent on Bibi Netanyahu’s threat to annex Jewish settlements on the West Bank.

Sanders, however, though he stands by Israel, is supporting a two-state solution and castigating the “right-wing” Netanyahu regime.

Trump has talked of pulling all U.S. troops out of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet the troops are still there.

Though Trump came into office promising to get along with the Russians, he sent Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine and announced a pullout from Ronald Reagan’s 1987 INF treaty that outlawed all land-based intermediate-range nuclear missiles.

When Putin provocatively sent 100 Russian troops to Caracas — ostensibly to repair the S-400 anti-aircraft and anti-missile system that was damaged in recent blackouts — Trump, drawing a red line, ordered the Russians to “get out.”

Biden is expected to announce next week. If the stands he takes on Russia, China, Israel and the Middle East are more hawkish than the rest of the field, he will be challenged by the left wing of his party, and by Sanders, who voted “no” on the Iraq War that Biden supported.

The center of gravity of U.S. politics is shifting toward the Trump position of 2016. And the anti-interventionist wing of the GOP is growing.

And when added to the anti-interventionist and anti-war wing of the Democratic Party on the Hill, together, they are able, as on the Yemen War Powers resolution, to produce a new bipartisan majority.

Prediction: By the primaries of 2020, foreign policy will be front and center, and the Democratic Party will have captured the “no-more-wars” political high ground that Candidate Donald Trump occupied in 2016.

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Over 200 killed, hundreds injured in series of blasts at Sri Lankan hotels & churches

A series of bombings hit churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing more than 200 people.

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A series of eight explosions rocked Catholic churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka as Christians began Easter Sunday celebrations, with over 200 killed and hundreds injured, media reported, citing police.

The blasts started at around 8:45am local time at St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo and St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a Catholic-majority town outside of the capital. The Zion Church in Batticaloa on the eastern coast was also targeted. At around the same time, the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury five-star hotels were also hit, police confirmed.

Two more explosions happened later in the day, targeting two more locations in Colombo. All attacks appear to have been coordinated.

At least 207 people were killed, Reuters reported, citing police. More than 450 were injured in the attacks.

Alleged footage of the aftermath, shared on social media, showed chaos and large-scale destruction inside at least one of the churches.

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Mike Pompeo reveals true motto of CIA: ‘We lied, we cheated, we stole’ (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a look at a Texas A&M University speech, and subsequent interview, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The former CIA Director admitted, ‘as an aside’ to the question asked, that the Intelligence agency he headed up before being appointed as the top US Diplomat had a motto “we lied, we cheated, we stole”…which, according to Pompeo, contained entire CIA training courses based on ‘lying, cheating and stealing.’

Pompeo finally speaks some truth.

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