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British military aircraft dropped thousands of kilos of a chemical

※ Weiss #BDS @w_nicht 18:09 - 2018年7月13日
"British military aircraft dropped thousands of kilos of a chemical of ‘largely unknown toxic potential’ on British civilian populations in and around Salisbury in Wiltshire"

How the British Government subjected thousands of people to chemical and biological warfare trials during Cold War

Exclusive: Historians had previously thought that such operations were much less extensive

During the Cold War, the British Government used the general public as unwitting biological and chemical warfare guinea pigs on a much greater scale than previously thought, according to new historical research.

In more than 750 secret operations, hundreds of thousands of ordinary Britons were subjected to ‘mock’ biological and chemical warfare attacks launched from aircraft, ships and road vehicles.

Up until now historians had thought that such operations had been much less extensive. The new research, carried out by Ulf Schmidt, Professor of Modern History at the University of Kent, has revealed that British military aircraft dropped thousands of kilos of a chemical of ‘largely unknown toxic potential’ on British civilian populations in and around Salisbury in Wiltshire, Cardington in Bedfordshire and Norwich in Norfolk.

Substantial quantities were also dispersed across parts of the English Channel and the North Sea. It’s not known the extent to which coastal towns in England and France were affected.

The research reveals, for the first time, that around 4600 kilos of the chemical, zinc cadmium sulphide (now thought to be potentially carcinogenic, on account of its cadmium content) were dispersed from ships, aircraft and moving lorries between 1953 and 1964.

Professor Schmidt’s investigation – published on 9 July as a book, Secret Science – has revealed that commuters on the London underground were also used as guinea pigs on a substantially larger scale than previously thought.

The new research has discovered that a hitherto unknown biological warfare field trial was carried out in the capital’s tube system in May 1964.

The secret operation – carried out by scientists from the government’s chemical and biological warfare research centre at Porton Down, Wiltshire - involved the release of large quantities of bacteria called Bacillus globigii. The scientists were keen to discover whether ‘long distance travel of aerosols’ in the tube network ‘was due to transportation within trains’ or through the tube’s air ventilation systems.

At the time, the government thought that Bacillus globigii bacteria were harmless – but they are today regarded as a cause of food poisoning, eye infections, and even septicaemia. It is not known whether the authorities attempted to properly test the bacterium before releasing it into the tube system. An earlier series of tube field trials, in July 1963, has been known to historians for many years.

However, the new research has now revealed that some of the British scientists involved had grave misgivings about the field trials that had been carried out. Indeed some had long felt that it was not politically advisable to conduct large-scale trials in Britain with live bacterial agents.

One particular test – involving live plague bacteria – was carried out off the west coast of Scotland in 1952. It’s long been known that a fishing vessel inadvertently passed through the cloud of bacteria and that the authorities were very worried that the fishermen might contract the disease.

The plague bacteria field trials, though at sea, took place only a few miles from the Isle of Lewis which had a population of several thousand.

The government scientists, carrying out the trials, banked on the fact that the prevailing wind normally blew away from the coast. If, however, the wind had changed direction, thousands of Hebrideans would have been at risk from plague infection, says Professor Schmidt.

Following the fishing vessel incident, the scientists were eager to carry out any further potentially very hazardous field trials outside the UK. Prime Minister Churchill therefore approved a plan to carry out tests in a British overseas territory, the Bahamas.

New research shows that the government scientists took the view that the Bahamas was the best place “on the surface of the globe” to carry out tests “without restrictions”.

In 1954, the British government sent Cold War biological warfare scientists to an area of sea near an uninhabited island in the Bahamas to release clouds of dangerous Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis viruses. These organisms were capable of causing, in humans, high fever, long term fatigue, headaches and occasionally death.

The new research reveals, for the first time, that in another British imperial possession, Nigeria, a location was found for chemical warfare field trials. In an area called Obanaghoro in southern Nigeria, four British Cold War scientific missions spent a total of around 15 months dispersing, and assessing the effects of, large quantities of experimental nerve gas weapons. The advantage of the location was that it permitted field trials to be carried out in a tropical environment – and, of course, that it was not in Britain or Australia.

The extent that local people (including locally employed field trial personnel) were affected by the nerve agents is not known.

Historians have so far been unable to find out who did the particularly hazardous work of ‘hand-charging’ the nerve agent artillery shells, mortar bombs and aircraft cluster bombs. Likewise they have not been able to discover the extent to which local Nigerian soils were contaminated or whether nearby villages and schools were affected by any of the toxic clouds that would have been blown across the countryside.

“The government records I’ve been looking at are conspicuously silent on all this,” said Ulf Schmidt.

“Officials had clearly good reasons as to why the kind of experiments undertaken in Nigeria were strictly prohibited on the British mainland, which is why the files and photographic records surrounding Britain’s post-war nerve agent testing in Africa were regarded as particularly sensitive,” he said.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:25| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

France and Russia carry out joint humanitarian aid mission to Syria

France and Russia carry out joint humanitarian aid mission to Syria (video)
A Russian AN-124 cargo airplane delivered 40 tons of French humanitarian aid from an airport in Chateauroux, France, to Hmeymim airbase in Syria, between Friday and Saturday, after starting its mission at Chkalovsky Airport in Russia, according to the Russian Ministry of Defence.

“Today one plane of the Military Transport Aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces – an AN-124 Ruslan – delivered more than 40 tons of humanitarian cargo to Hmeymin base from France,” said Head of the Group for Coordination of Cooperation with Foreign Organisations of the Russian Centre for the Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria, Maxim Kasilin.
The humanitarian cargo comprises medicine, daily necessities, clothes and tents.

“This cargo will be transferred to the Syrian Arabic Red Crescent movement. And consequently it will be delivered to the regions that were most afflicted by the hostilities against terrorism,” he added.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:48| Comment(0) | 国際・政治



※ KaSuehiro @KaSuehiro氏の2018/7/22のツイート
#シリア ゴラン高原にいるドイツのビルドの記者による情報としてホワイトヘルメッツの避難先としてイスラエルが800人を受け容れると。

※ Julian Reichelt認証済みアカウント @jreichelt氏の2018/7/22のツイート
BREAKING: Israel evacuates 800 White Helmets and families from Syria. More soon from our reporter on the ground in the Golan, Paul @ronzheimer , at @BILD online.

※ Seth Frantzman認証済みアカウント @sfrantzman氏の2018/7/22のツイート
Thank you. But, which UN base? According to your report they will be heading to Jordan it seems via Israel.

※ Paul Ronzheimer認証済みアカウント @ronzheimer氏の2018/7/22のツイート
Yes exactly, they will be transfered, but the UN is involved, and there is a un base right next to the border

※ Majd khalaf認証済みアカウント @majdkhalaf1993氏の2018/7/22のツイート
A number of #WhiteHelmets volunteers with their families were evacuated to for humanitarian conditions,
After they were besieged in a dangerous area, and now they arrived to Jordan.
There will be an official statement tomorrow about this.
@RaedAlSaleh3  #Syria

※ Majd khalaf認証済みアカウント @majdkhalaf1993氏の2018/7/9のツイート
#BorisJohnson At the moment of farewell, we would like to thank you for your efforts to help the civilians in Syria, and we had an opportunity to reach our message to your government , and I would like to thank you very much We wish you the best

※ 毎日新聞2018年7月22日 21時44分(最終更新 7月22日 21時44分)シリア 民間防衛隊ら800人脱出 イスラエル軍が支援

※ AFP news agency認証済みアカウント @AFPの2018/7/22のツイート
#UPDATE Israel evacuates volunteer White Helmets rescuers and their families from Syria to Jordan at the request of the US and European countries as they are threatened by advancing forces of the Syrian regime

#UPDATE Jordan says it has taken in 800 Syrian White Helmets rescuers and their families from Israel and plans to transfer them to the UK, Canada and Germany https://yhoo.it/2O6FYSN

※ Weiss #BDS @w_nicht氏の2018/7/22のツイート
Why Germany. UK and France have been creating them, paying them. Why they are not taking them? USA should take their fair share.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:40| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

これはすごい 2

※ KaSuehiro @KaSuehiro氏の2018/7/22のツイート

According to the author of the video, Jed Nagales, it was the first time he and his cheerleading and dance group had ever dared to pick mangoes this way.
In the video shot in Camarines Sur in the Philippines, five daredevils did not waste any time to think and launched their friend, Dannielle Sasaluya, up in the air to grab them some delicious mangoes.

※ RT認証済みアカウント @RT_com 2018/6/26
The terrifying moment a truck roof COLLAPSED injuring one after dozens climbed on top to watch the ‘Scarlet Sails’ firework show in St. Petersburg! https://on.rt.com/98d0


※ Oguchi T/小口 高 @ogugeo氏の2018/6/20のツイート
ハワイのキラウエア火山では噴火が続いているが、割れ目噴火で噴出したマグマが非常に高速で横に流れる様子が、地元の写真家の Ken Boyer 氏によって撮影された。ビデオを早送りにしているような印象もあるが、手前で歩いている人の動きが自然なので、実際の速度と判断される。
Mileka Lincoln





※ Syrian Cats @SyrianCats氏の2018/6/7のツイート
Syrian sailors rescuing a kitten - Part1

Syrian sailors rescuing a kitten - Part2

‘Superhero’ firefighter catches falling man midflight from a window below




Sichuan Airlines Airbus A319 was forced to perform an extreme emergency landing in China after one of the cockpit’s windshields shattered, nearly sucking the co-pilot out of the plane at 32,000 feet.



RT2018/2/28 Angolan army dance in Siberian city on Russian national holiday


シリアのテロリストの行進風景です。出てくる幹部の顔から何年も前のもののように見えます。これだけの人員・物量を養うにはいくらかかるでしょう。その費用を何年も誰かがポケットマネーで負担しうると思いますか? 国家レベルの支援がなければこんなことはできません。

Bassem @BBassem7氏の2018/2/26のツイート
You ask what is the Syrian Army facing in Eastern Ghouta? the answer is 15,000+ heavily armed Islamist fighters supported by Saudi and Qatar, including AlQaeda.
Just watch what we are up against.
Would your government accept the presence of such militants near your capital?

Sputnik US @SputnikNewsUSの2018/2/15のツイート
WATCH: Tunisian MP tearing up Israeli flag to promote bill outlawing ties https://sptnkne.ws/gHKF #Tunisia #Israel

TEHRAN (FNA)- Incredible footage shows a Yemeni Ansarollah fighter bravely moving towards a flat battleground in the Al-Jawf region while carrying his wounded comrade under direct sniper fire from Saudi-backed forces. [VIDEO]

どこの国かな? レディーの足蹴り合戦

※ Rudaw English認証済みアカウント @RudawEnglish
Foreign and local athletes take part in international snow games, Choman Muntain, northeast of Erbil

※  Rudaw English認証済みアカウント@RudawEnglish
Live: People hit the slopes at Kurdistan's Mt Choman


※ yu @djujean氏の2018/1/22のツイート
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 18:13| Comment(0) | 国際・政治


Ecuador to hand over Assange to UK ‘in coming weeks or days,’ own sources tell RT's editor-in chief

Ecuador to hand over Assange to UK ‘in coming weeks or days,’ own sources tell RT's editor-in chief
Ecuador is ready to hand over the WikiLeaks founder to the UK in “coming weeks or even days,” RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said citing her own sources, as prospects of his eviction from the embassy are back in the media.

“My sources tell [Julian] Assange will be handed over to Britain in the coming weeks or even days,” Simonyan wrote in a recent tweet which was reposted by WikiLeaks. “Like never before, I wish my sources were wrong,” she continued.

Simonyan's message comes, as speculations Ecuador is in talks with the UK over the future of Assange are back again in British press. Earlier this week, the Times reported Britain is locked in top-tier discussions with the Ecuadorians in a bid to remove Assange from their London embassy.

Sir Alan Duncan, the Foreign Office minister, is said to be spearheading the diplomatic effort. Sources close to Assange said he himself was not aware of the talks but believed that America was putting “significant pressure” on Ecuador, including threatening to block a loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) if he continues to stay at the embassy.

The Times report comes just weeks before a visit to the UK by the newly-elected Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno, who has labeled Assange a “hacker”, an “inherited problem” and a “stone in the shoe.”

There have been other worrying signs indicating Assange is steadily becoming a troublemaker for Ecuador. In late March this year, the Ecuadorian government has suspended Assange’s communication privileges with the outside world, cutting off his Internet connection at the embassy.

The move was sparked by Assange’s alleged breach of an agreement to refrain from interfering in other states’ affairs. Previously, he blasted the Spanish government for cracking down on the Catalan independence movement.

Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy since 2012 when he asked the Latin American state for asylum. The 47-year-old was wanted by Sweden on sexual assault allegations, but feared the extradition would lead to him being transferred to the US and prosecuted without a fair trial.

The US has been saying that Assange was “engaged in terrorism,” with Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, last year calling his arrest a “priority.” Over the years, WikiLeaks has published hundreds of thousands of classified US files, including the cables on the Iraq War, leaked by whistleblower Chelsea Manning in 2010.

Despite the Swedish investigation against him being closed in May last year, the Australian journalist was still unable to leave the embassy because of an outstanding British warrant for allegedly breaching bail conditions and no guarantees of him not being sent to the US.

Over the years, the whistleblower has been supported by activists and human rights groups, who demanded he be freed. A UN panel also found that Assange’s stay in the embassy amounted to “arbitrary detention,” but it wasn’t enough to change his fate.
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ロシアの刑務所 拷問の記録映像が流出

Shocking VIDEO shows torture in Russian prison, authorities launch probe
Russian authorities have launched a criminal probe after gruesome footage showing a prisoner being tortured in a Russian jail emerged online. It shows a half-naked, handcuffed man being severely beaten by multiple guards.

Russia’s Novaya Gazeta newspaper published the video on Friday, but says the incident took place in June of last year in a prison in the central Russian city of Yaroslavl.

Around a dozen officers were filmed beating a prisoner, who’s lying on the table, with batons and fists on his legs and heels, and also pouring water on him. The footage was reportedly filmed by a Federal Penitentiary Service officer and was provided to the newspaper by lawyers of the Public Verdict Foundation, a human rights organization.

The prisoner, whose name is Evgeny Makarov according to the paper, reportedly choked and lost consciousness several times, pleading with the guards to stop.

Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched criminal proceedings for violent abuse. Earlier, the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia in Yaroslavl Region also launched a probe into the incident and said that all perpetrators will be held accountable.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:42| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Japan to re-consider deployment of Aegis Ashore missile system in case of health danger for locals

Japan to re-consider deployment of Aegis Ashore missile system in case of health danger for locals
An upcoming environmental impact study could see the Japanese government scrapping the deployment of the US anti-missile Aegis Ashore system, if electromagnetic waves emitted from its powerful radar are found to affect the health of citizens living nearby. The comment was made by the ministry of defense in response to questions from citizens of Akita Prefecture on Japan’s north-west coast, where one of two Aegis Ashore batteries is planned to be stationed from 2023. A second battery will be stationed in the south-western Yamaguchi Prefecture and both will be tasked with intercepting potential ballistic missiles from a hostile North Korea. The ministry also warned that citizens of both prefectures should “take measures so as not to affect the human body during deployment.”
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:23| Comment(1) | 国際・政治

Russian Envoy: OPCW Report Failed to Clarify Delayed Inspection in Syria's Douma

Ann Coulter
‏認証済みアカウント @AnnCoulter
Hey, remember when Trump bombed Syria last April because U.S. INTELLIGENCE found that Assad had used sarin gas? REPORT: NO SARIN. NO NERVE GAS.

OPCW Issues Fact-Finding Mission Reports on Chemical Weapons Use Allegations in Douma, Syria in 2018 and in Al-Hamadaniya and Karm Al-Tarrab in 2016.

Russian Envoy: OPCW Report Failed to Clarify Delayed Inspection in Syria's Douma
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Ambassador to Syria Alexander Kinshchak said Wednesday that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) interim report on the probe into the incident in the Syrian city of Douma has failed to clarify why the mission’s inspectors did not arrive on time to the site of the incident.

"We [Russia] did not like the report because it does not mention the reasons that kept OPCW inspectors from arriving on time to the site of the alleged chemical incident. They arrived in Damascus on time. We promoted this and encouraged it in every possible way. However, it took a long time for them to get to Douma from Damascus. Why? Nothing is written about it in the report. And it happened because on April 14 the United States and their closest allies … carried out a massive missile and bomb attack on Syria," Kinshchak told the Rossiya 24 broadcaster.

The OPCW Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) said in a report on July 6 that the investigators found no traces of nerve agents in the environmental samples or samples collected from alleged casualties of April's reported chemical weapons attack in Douma.

At the same time, OPCW experts stated that they had found traces of organic substances containing chlorine, along with explosive residues. The FFM pledged to continue its work to draw final conclusions.

The OPCW has been probing the allegations of the use of chemical weapons in Douma that emerged in early April.

Without waiting for the probe's results, the United States, backed by France and the United Kingdom, promptly fired over 100 missiles on what they called the Syrian government’s chemical weapons sites, accusing Damascus of using hazardous substances against civilians.

Both Damascus and Moscow have refuted allegations, saying that the attack in Douma was staged by militants and the White Helmets non-governmental organization to influence public opinion and justify foreign intervention.
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Classify Salisbury, Amesbury Cases as Harboring of Criminals

Classify Salisbury, Amesbury Cases as Harboring of Criminals
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that if the UK classifies the Salisbury and Amesbury cases, Moscow will interpret it as an attempt to hide the masterminds and perpetrators of these crimes.

Russia intends to exert political pressure on the UK side in Skripal case, Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko said, adding that "these are reports in the media, no official statements of the British side, unfortunately. I want to hear from Scotland Yard, from the Foreign Office. Many versions in the newspapers are not confirmed at the official level", Sputnik reported.

According to him, the embassy has repeatedly asked the British Foreign Ministry to confirm various versions, but hasn't received any substantive answers.

Yakovenko intends to meet with the new head of the British Foreign Ministry, Jeremy Hunt, and discuss bilateral relations and the Skripal case.

"I was just informed at the embassy that I received a letter from the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, where the new Foreign Minister sends me greetings, and I plan to resume my offer to meet with Foreign Minister Hunt and discuss Russian-British relations. I did not get such a meeting with the previous minister [Boris] Johnson, I think he did not have the opportunity to operate on certain data," Yakovenko said on the eve of the ambassadors' meeting.

UK Investigators Claim They Have Identified the Skripals' Attackers
TEHRAN (FNA)- UK investigators believe they have identified the suspected perpetrators behind the A234 nerve agent attack on the Skripals.

UK Investigators have identified several suspects through CCTV and have cross-checked the footage with records of people who entered the country around that time, Sputnik reported.

UK National Security Adviser Mark Sedwill told the UK lower house defense committee in early May that no suspects had been identified in the March attack on the former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.

Skripal and his daughter were found unconscious on a bench near a shopping mall in Salisbury in early March.

The United Kingdom and its allies have accused Moscow of having orchestrated the attack with what UK experts claim was the A234 nerve agent.

Russia has denied having any role in the poisoning, pointing to the lack of evidence provided by London to substantiate its accusations. Moscow has also released a list of questions addressed to the UK authorities on the case.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, for his part, signaled Moscow's readiness to provide assistance in the probe into the Skripal case, stressing that Russia hadn't been provided with any specific facts proving its involvement in the Skripals' alleged poisoning.

London has refused to cooperate with Russia on the case, or provide samples of the substance allegedly used against the Skripal family.

Both Skripals have been already discharged from the hospital.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:36| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

子供を産めるようになったら女なの? そうでしょうね

#私が父親を嫌いになった理由 のツイートから

※ Nene‏ @6y_f1氏の2018/7/17のツイート











女の子にとって、異性として見られる(何か性的な感じを受け取る)ととても嫌悪感(というより恐怖感)があるのは、@父親 A教師や部活などのコーチ B医者 の順かなあ〜と思います。







posted by ZUKUNASHI at 14:04| Comment(5) | 国際・政治


Report: Pence, Pompeo Urged Trump to Clarify Russia Remarks

Report: Pence, Pompeo Urged Trump to Clarify Russia Remarks
TEHRAN (FNA)- Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo both reportedly urged President Donald Trump to clarify remarks he made Monday in a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin and express support for the findings of US intelligence agencies.

A source familiar with a three-way conversation between Pence, Pompeo and Trump in the Oval Office on Tuesday told NBC News that the two urged the president to "make clarifications" on his statements Monday in which he appeared to reject the conclusion of the US intelligence community that Russia interfered during the 2016 presidential election.

Trump later told reporters at the White House on Tuesday afternoon that he misspoke during his comments alongside Putin in Helsinki.

The president maintained that he meant to say that he didn't see any reason why it "wouldn't" be Russia that had interfered in the election, after saying he couldn't see why it "would be" Russia.

"I have felt very strongly that while Russia's actions had no impact at all on the outcome of the election, let me be totally clear in saying... that I accept our American intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place," the president said Tuesday, adding that he had "full faith and support" for US intelligence agencies.

Trump's initial remarks made while standing next to Putin caused widespread outrage in Washington, earning condemnations from Republicans including Sen. John McCain and many Democrats, some of whom called for the president's impeachment.

Trump on Tuesday appeared to still leave open the possibility that Russia was not involved in meddling in the 2016 election, telling reporters that it "could be other people also, there’s a lot of people out there".

The president nevertheless pledged to confront future Russian attempts to meddle in US political activities, including the upcoming November midterms.

"We’re doing everything in our power to prevent Russian interference in 2018," he stressed.
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Iran Says President Rouhani Turned Down Meeting with Trump 8 Times

Iran Says President Rouhani Turned Down Meeting with Trump 8 Times
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has rebuffed 8 requests from his US counterpart Donald Trump to meet at the United Nations in New York last September, after Trump made a critical speech against Tehran at the UN General Assembly, a high-ranking official said on Wednesday.

"During the previous round of his visit to New York for the UN General Assembly (conference), Trump extended 8 requests to the Iranian team for talks and meeting with President Rouhani," Iranian President's Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi told reporters after a cabinet meeting in Tehran today.

In relevant remarks in January, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani had also confirmed that President Rouhani had turned down his US counterpart Donald Trump's request to hold a face-to-face meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly conference in New York in September.

"The US president had demanded to meet and hold talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on certain issues at the UN but Iran didn’t accept the meeting. Trump makes comments against Iran and concurrently wants secret talks with the country," Shamkhani was quoted as saying by al-Mayadeen news channel at the time.

Tehran on Monday downplayed Trump's remarks that Washington's sanctions would zero Iran's oil exports, saying such bombastic rhetoric presents a dream which may never come true.

"Mr. Trump has talked a lot and has many wishes but certainly, this claim and attempt to stop and zero exports of Iran's oil is bombastic and impossible," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi told reporters in Tehran.

He added that the past experience shows that such wishes will not come true in the world today, stressing that Iran is in contact with its partners and will use all its tools and possibilities to foil the US plots.

The spokesman further rejected Trump's comments that Iran will be forced to contact the US for a new deal after being pressured by Washington's sanctions, saying the Trump administration's hawkish policies against Tehran are nothing new and have always been under since day one he took office.

"It would be more likely that he, himself, contacts Tehran one day," he added.

Also, asked by reporters if Trump makes a call to Iran what would be the answer to him, he said, "It depends on to whom he will make the call."

Trump announced on May 8 that Washington would no longer remain part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and promised to re-impose the highest level of economic sanctions against Iran.

The sanctions reinstated on Iran on May 8 included boycott of Iran's crude supplies and bans on transfer of its crude revenues. There is a 180 days interval before these sanctions come into effect. Other US secondary sanctions are reinstated this month.

After Trump's declaration, the Iranian government issued a statement, calling the US withdrawal as "unlawful". The statement underlined Iran's prerequisites for continuing the deal with the five world powers. These conditions that were reiterated later by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei later mainly included Iran's guaranteed crude sales and transfer of its revenues back home.

Two months later, the other five powers party to the nuclear deal have failed to satisfy Iran. President Hassan Rouhani voiced his disappointment over a recent package of incentives proposed by the European Union countries to Tehran, and said that the Islamic Republic expected a much better, clearer and explicit stance by the EU.

"Unfortunately, the EU’s package of proposals lacked an operational solution and a specific method for cooperation, and featured just a set of general commitments like the previous statements by the European Union," President Rouhani said in a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on July 5.
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Huge Bomb Blast Kills Scores of Terrorists in Northwestern Syria

Huge Bomb Blast Kills Scores of Terrorists in Northwestern Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- A number of terrorists of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) were killed or wounded after a bomb-laden vehicle exploded at a base of the terrorist group in Northern Idlib on Wednesday.

Scores of Tahrir al-Sham gunmen were killed or wounded after a bomb-laden vehicle exploded at a base of the terrorist group's military police in the town of al-Dana in Northern Idlib.

Local sources reported the blast was so heavy that destroyed the nearby buildings.

In the meantime, at least two Tahrir al-Sham terrorists were killed and several more were wounded after unknown raiders opened fire at their base in the town of Kafr Yahmoul in Northern Idbli.

Tahrir al-Sham arrested ten people in the village of Ma'ar Shourin in Southern Idlib, accusing them of cooperation with the ISIL.

On Tuesday, Abu Abdullah al-Shami, a notorious commander of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at, was gunned down by unidentified attackers in Southern Idlib.

Al-Shami, a senior commander of Tahrir al-Sham in Ma'arat al-Nu'aman region in Southern Idlib, was killed after a group of unknown attackers opened fire at him East of the town of Ma'arat al-Nu'aman.

In the meantime, a number of members of Faylaq al-Rahman, affiliated to the National Liberation Front, were killed and wounded after a bomb laden in their vehicle went off along the road between Qorqania and Hatan in Northwestern Idlib.

Also, Tahrir al-Sham executed eight members of the rival terrorists of the Free Army near the town of Sarmin in Southeastern Idlib.

Tahrir al-Sham further embarked on setting up several checkpoints in Sarmin region and kept forces on alert.

Syrian Politician Discloses ISIL-Kurds Cooperation to Loot Assyrian Villages in Hasaka
TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Syrian politician unveiled collaboration between the ISIL terrorist group and the US-backed Kurdish forces in destroying and plundering assets and properties of Assyrians in a number of villages of Hasaka province.

The Arabic-language website of Sputnik news agency quoted Head of the National Formation of Syrian Assyrians Fuad Sada as saying that the Assyrian villages in Tal Tamar region in Hasaka are still occupied by the Kurds who forced the residents of these villages to flee, surrendered the villages to the ISIL and looted the houses and churches of the region.

He added that the ISIL has freed tens of abducted Assyrians after receiving huge sums of money, noting that the freed people have revealed the betrayal done by the Kurdish militias.

Sada said that the ISIL has destroyed all churches with the help of the Kurds, adding that the artefacts in the region have been smuggled to Lebanon, Northern Iraq and Syria.

He also disclosed that the ISIL has entered Tal Jazeera and Tal Shamiran after the Kurds' withdrawal and "abducted 230 civilians in front of the eyes of the Kurds", saying that the ISIL and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed and supervised by the US, have been displacing and killing the Assyrian citizens in Hasaka province during the war in Syria.

Sada said only a sum of 950 out of the 20,000 residents of the villages near Khabour river in Hasaka are now in the region, and asked the Kurds to withdraw from the villages, deliver their control to the Syrian government and allow the Assyrian population to run a normal life.

Relevant reports said in March that the SDF forces had set ISIL militants free from jails in Raqqa city without presenting any explanation and despite the public's strong opposition.

Local sources said that a sum of 12 ISIL militants were released by the SDF from jails in Raqqa city, adding that the Kurds have also intensified security measures against civilians in the city.

The sources further said that fuel prices have significantly increased in Raqqa after the Kurdish militias banned sales of fuel supplies in the city.

They also reported growing popular uprising against US-backed SDF in Raqqa.

US-Led Coalition Dispatches Military Column from Hasaka to Raqqa
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US-led coalition forwarded a military convoy from Hasaka to Raqqa as tensions rise among different Washington-backed militia groups in Northeastern Syria.
The US sent a convoy, comprising several heavy trucks from the township of Tal Tamar in Northwestern Hasaka to Raqqa city.
In the meantime, local sources in Raqqa reported that a military vehicle of the Kurdish militia was targeted by unknown assailants that fired RPG missile at the vehicle along the road from the city to the 17th Regiment Base in Southern Raqqa, leaving three Kurds dead or wounded.
The sources further pointed to the intensified arrest operation by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the village of al-Mastour West of the town of Ein Issa in Northern Raqqa, adding that tensions between people and the SDF and also among SDF members have recently gone up in the region.
Local sources said on Monday that five SDF militias were killed after a bomb, planted by the unknown parties on their vehicles, went off near the village of Jadida Kahit East of the township of al-Karama in Eastern Raqqa.
In the meantime, a bomb went off near al-Taj Hotel in Raqqa city, killing and wounding a number of SDF militias, the sources said.
They further said that another SDF fighter was also killed after unidentified assailants opened fire at the militias in al-Nour street in the Central part of Raqqa city.
The SDF launched vast arrest operations in al-Karama after a number of its fighters defected the militant group.

Thousands of Syrian Civilians to Leave Fua'a, Kafraya in Northeastern Idlib
TEHRAN (FNA)- Thousands of residents of the besieged towns of Fua'a and Kafraya in the Northeastern countryside of Idlib city will be evacuated after a relevant agreement was struck between the militants and the Syrian government.

The agreement was concluded two months after over 40 hostages were released in the settlement of Estabraq in Idlib, SNAN reported.

The new deal also stipulates the release of remaining hostages in Estabraq, according to the agency.

Meanwhile, Head of the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria Maj. Gen. Alexei Tsygankov said that the Al-Nusra front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) has increased attacks on the Syrian army and civilians in Idlib over the past 24 hours.

"Despite the ceasefire regime, the intensity of firing by Al-Nusra operating in Idlib province has increased. Heavy fire by terrorists at the government forces and civilians has also been registered in the provinces of Lattakia, Hama and Aleppo," a statement by the Russian center said.

Idlib is one of the de-escalation zones created during the Astana reconciliation talks. While the government forces have by now recovered authority over most of the country, Idlib remains largely under militants' control.

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ロシアから指名手配の英国投資家ビル・ブラウダー スペインで拘束

これはスクリパル事件と関係あり?? とても興味深いです。すぐ釈放されたとの情報があります。

UK investor Bill Browder wanted for fraud in Russia ‘detained’ in Spain
UK businessman Bill Browder has been apparently detained in Spain on a Russian arrest warrant. Browder tweeted the news from the back of a police car, but said he did not know where he was being taken.

“In the back of the Spanish police car going to the station on the Russian arrest warrant. They won’t tell me which station,” Browder tweeted.

In December 2017, a Moscow court sentenced Browder to nine years in prison in absentia for tax fraud.

In December 2017, a Moscow court sentenced Browder to nine years in prison in absentia for tax fraud. Browder was also found guilty of tax evasion in a separate case from 2013.

Browder, the CEO of Hermitage Capital, made billions during Russia’s chaotic and devastating ‘shock therapy’ in the 1990s. He renounced his American citizenship in 1998 to avoid having to pay US taxes, and became a British citizen. The UK does not have an extradition treaty with Russia, which was fortunate for Browder. His Russia visa was annulled in 2005 and he has not shown up in the country ever since.

Hermitage has been repeatedly investigated for tax fraud. When Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer hired by Hermitage, was found dead in his Moscow prison cell in 2009, Browder embarked on a global crusade to demonize Russia as a murderous dictatorship.

This resulted in the 2012 passage of the Magnitsky Act, which allows the US government to blacklist Russian officials “thought to be responsible” for Magnitsky’s death. In 2016, the law was expanded to have a global scope and blacklist any Russian officials for “corruption” or “human rights violations.” The move has repeatedly triggered protest from Moscow.

Browder’s vendetta against Russia has at times involved rather unseemly tactics: In April, he openly warned newly-appointed Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok that opposing the Magnitsky Act is a “career ruining position.” In response, Russia’s embassy in Canada tweeted: “Convicted criminal, fraudster and financial bandit @Billbrowder just threatened #Dutch @minbuza newly appointed minister by reminding him the fate of @AmbStephaneDion for being 'too soft on Russia'. Just wonder if it's not foreign meddling in internal affairs.”

Russia wants to question Christopher Steele, Michael McFaul, top politicians for aiding Bill Browder
Russia’s prosecutor general will demand interviews with American congressmen, security services staff, and other high-profile individuals as it seeks to involve the US in its investigation into convicted financier Bill Browder.

Moscow accuses Browder of illegally taking $1.5 billion out of Russia and fabricating evidence that led to the passing of the sanctions-imposing Magnitsky Act. As part of the investigation, the prosecutor general wants to speak to ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele, author of the notorious Trump dossier, and former ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul, who campaigned on behalf of Browder.

Other persons of interest on what Russia said was an incomplete list included David Kramer, former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor and president of think tank Freedom House, and the billionaire Ziff brothers, who are described as "Browder's long-standing partners in crime."

This was announced by Aleksandr Kurennoy, the head of the mass media department of the prosecutor general’s office in Moscow, who said that Russia was ready to share its findings with US law enforcement agencies “on even terms.”

The announcement follows hot on the heels of a proposal made by Vladimir Putin during his press conference with Donald Trump in Helsinki on Monday, in which he offered to “meet US authorities half-way” and allow the Mueller investigation into Moscow’s election meddling to interview suspects in Russia, “on the condition” that Russian investigators could speak to suspects in the Browder investigation. Russia has previously tried to extradite Browder and gain access to others, but without success, though the businessman was briefly arrested in Spain in May, before being set free.

"Realizing that the Russian prosecutors wouldn't let go off him easily, Browder has tried to cultivate connections with political influencers in in the US, and this can be seen through the Ziff brothers, and their support for the Democratic Party in the last election," said Kurennoy, explaining the intertwining of business and politics that has led to the current investigation.

Browder has responded to Putin's words in the Washington Post, claiming that the Russian leader's offer meant he was “rattled” by Browder’s accusations of corruption against Moscow officials.

US-born Browder made a fortune as an investor in Russia, starting in the 1990s, but was barred from entering the country in 2005, and has since become an arch-critic of the Kremlin. His allegations over the treatment of one of his staff, Sergei Magnitsky, while in custody, led to the sanctioning of select Moscow officials in the 2012 Magnitsky Act, but the legislation has since been expanded and can be applied to any foreign official, who is deemed to have violated human rights.

Browder was convicted in Russia in absentia in 2013 for fraud and tax evasion, and again, at the end of last year.

The 54-year old investor has also been a prominent voice in the Mueller investigation itself, though it does not concern him directly, and he submitted a scathing testimony about Russia to the US Senate a year ago.
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イスラエル、イラン、パレスチナがサッカー外交でモスクワへ トランプ会談を控え

sptnik 18:07 11.07.2018(updated 18:08 11.07.2018)
Journo Says Israel Can Pressure US to Lift Russia Sanctions if Iran Leaves Syria

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is coming to Moscow Wednesday to meet with President Vladimir Putin, and is expected to again declare that Iran's presence in Syria is unacceptable to Tel Aviv. One Israeli analyst says Israel may try to sell the Iranian withdrawal idea Russia in exchange for Israeli promises to talk Trump about lifting sanctions.

Middle East officials flocking to Moscow – is there a big deal to be made before Putin meets Trump?
Moscow is awash this week with Middle East movers and shakers, apparently eager to have a word with Vladimir Putin ahead of his meeting with Trump. Is there a big ME deal in the making? RT talks to analysts.

Before having a face-off with his US counterpart in Helsinki next week, President Putin is to have several high-profile meetings in Russia. There is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Ali Akbar Velayati, the foreign policy aide to Iran’s Supreme Leader. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will be in Moscow in time to watch the World Cup finals on Sunday and is expected to meet Putin. Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, will also be among the spectators, although whether he would talk with Putin is yet to be confirmed.

Amid the flurry of visits there is some speculation in the media that a grand deal between the US and Russia, which would involve a rebalancing of power in the Middle East, may come out from the Helsinki talks and that regional players are making an 11th-hour bid to ensure that their interests would be taken into consideration.

Such a scenario is possible, but highly unlikely, because it would be inconsistent with Russia’s current policies in the Middle East, Grigory Lukyanov, a Middle East analyst and senior lecturer at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, told RT.

There are concerns in Damascus and Tehran that the course which Russia had in foreign policy over the past years, may take a shift similarly to how it happened in the past, when in pursuit of some global agreement with the US, Russia would sacrifice its Middle Eastern achievements and interests that it perceived secondary,” he said.

The sentiment is particularly strong in some Iranian political circles, which view Moscow as unreliable and its interests inconsistent with those of Tehran, he said. Such concerns don’t seem to be backed by facts and are inconsistent with Russia’s own interests in the region.

‘US - a beautiful and rich, but air-headed girl’
One should not overestimate how much Donald Trump may realistically offer in Helsinki to have Russia make any major policy change and how tempting this offer would be for Putin, Sergey Balmasov, a senior analyst at the Center for Crisis Society, a Moscow-based think tank, told RT.

“The moods of America are like the moods of a very beautiful and rich, but air-headed girl. Today you flirt with her, and the next day you find relations with that guy Iran spoiled. Such things require great care, and people in the Russian foreign ministry realize it well,” he explained. “And anyway, global issues cannot be solved Gorbachev-style with a stroke of a pen.”

‘Russia offers solutions US failed to’
Russia’s involvement in Syria, which changed the situation dramatically from the hopeless slide towards total disintegration in 2014 to the relative stability of today, is a major point of leverage for Moscow in regional politics, Balmasov said. Tactical considerations like the presence of pro-Iranian troops in southern Syria and Israel’s combative reaction to it, are of course important, but the really important issue for the country would be post-war reconstruction and who would pay for it.

Lukyanov agrees that Moscow would win nothing from siding with either party involved in the Middle East. Russia’s current policy in this region is to play its own game while taking into account the interests of other players. The meetings with Netanyahu and Velayati are most likely just meant to keep Putin up to date with the positions of Israel and Iran respectively, he believes.

At the moment Russia sees a more prominent place for itself in the Middle East, but the role it is ready to play is limited, compared to other global players, he said.

“Russia’s strong point now is the ability and willingness to offer solutions to security problems. The US failed in that regard in Iraq and some other places,” Lukyanov said. “But Russia cannot and is not trying to replace the US as a primary trade partner for Middle Eastern nations. Same is true about replacing China or Europe."

“Solving security issues requires constructive dialogue with stakeholders, and the Syrian experience is viewed by the Russian leadership as more than constructive. Many people in the Middle Eastern nations, Arab or otherwise, share this position,” he added.

Spokesman Dismisses Reports on Velayati-Netanyahu Indirect Talks in Russia
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi dismissed as farcical some Arab media claims that Iranian Supreme Leader's top aide for international affairs Akbar Velayati and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were in Moscow for some indirect talks.

"I think that it is more like a satire and joke for anyone who is familiar with Iran's policies and such a thing cannot be true at all and I deny it," Qassemi told reporters in a press conference in Tehran on Monday.

Velayati himself had also denied any such intention, saying Netanyahu apparently has too much time and wanders around aimlessly.

Elsewhere, Qassemi was asked by reporters about Argentina's request from Russia to arrest and extradite Velayati, a former Iranian Foreign Minister, in alleged connection with the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires.

"It was an improper and wrong measure based on a baseless allegation," Qassemi said.

He added that such improper attempts are made against certain Iranian officials every now and then mainly as part of smear campaign and propaganda against Iran.

Under intense political pressure from the US and Israel, Argentina had formally accused Iran of having carried out the bomb attack of the AMIA building in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people in 1994. The Islamic Republic has categorically denied any involvement in the terrorist bombing.

On January 27, 2013, the former Iranian foreign minister and his Argentinean counterpart Hector Timmerman signed an agreement to jointly probe into the bombing.

"This initiative has prevented some countries and political currents from interfering in our good relations with the Latin American states," former Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mehman-Parast said at the time.

He noted that Israel was trying to link the AMIA deadly incident to Iran, but Tehran's agreement with Buenos Aires prevented Tel Aviv from achieving its goal.

"The AMIA bombing is a fully suspicious case and no independent and impartial fact-finding mission had ever been commissioned to deal with it (before)," Mehman-Parast added.

After Iran and Argentina signed the deal over AMIA, the Israeli regime showed an angry reaction. "We are stunned by this news item and we will want to receive from the Argentine government a complete picture as to what was agreed upon because this entire affair affects Israel directly," Israel's then Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Yigal Palmor said on January 28, 2013.

In a statement on January 30, 2013, however, the Argentinean Foreign Ministry said Israel's demand for explanation over the agreement, described by Argentinean President Fernandez as "historic," was an "improper action that is strongly rejected".

Iran Denies Report on Message to Trump Via Putin
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian foreign ministry rejected media speculations that Tehran has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to convey a message to his US counterpart Donald Trump during their meeting in Helsinki on Monday.

"This is not true. We do not have a message for Mr. Trump and did not have any such discussion with the Russian government," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi told reporters in a press conference in Tehran on Monday.

Trump will meet Putin in Finland later on Monday, ending a tumultuous European tour in which he criticized his allies. They are also expected to discuss the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran after Washington's withdrawal.

Trump announced on May 8 that Washington would no longer remain part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and promised to re-impose the highest level of economic sanctions against Iran.

The sanctions reinstated on Iran on May 8 included boycott of Iran's crude supplies and bans on transfer of its crude revenues. There is a 180 days interval before these sanctions come into effect. Other US secondary sanctions are reinstated this month.

After Trump's declaration, the Iranian government issued a statement, calling the US withdrawal as "unlawful". The statement underlined Iran's prerequisites for continuing the deal with the five world powers. These conditions that were reiterated later by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei later mainly included Iran's guaranteed crude sales and transfer of its revenues back home.

Two months later, the other five powers party to the nuclear deal have failed to satisfy Iran. President Hassan Rouhani voiced his disappointment over a recent package of incentives proposed by the European Union countries to Tehran, and said that the Islamic Republic expected a much better, clearer and explicit stance by the EU.

"Unfortunately, the EU’s package of proposals lacked an operational solution and a specific method for cooperation, and featured just a set of general commitments like the previous statements by the European Union," President Rouhani said in a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on July 5.

President Rouhani pointed to US' unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal, and said, "After the US withdrawal from the JCPOA, Iran has been dealing with economic issues and problems in banking relations and oil, and foreign companies that have invested in Iran are skeptical about continuing their business."

The Iranian president, however, said that the package proposed by the three European countries (the UK, Germany, and France) on how they are going to live up to their commitments and cooperation under the JCPOA was “disappointing”.

President Rouhani reiterated that the JCPOA was a mutual commitment, and said, "Iran had expected a clear plan from the three European countries after the two months’ time they have been given to come up with solid guarantees to ensure Iran’s economic interests would continue to be met despite US pullout and reinstatement of sanctions."

The Iranian president, however, said that Tehran would continue cooperation with Europe if the outcome of the July 6 Vienna talks would be promising.

“If the process of the European foreign ministers’ meeting in Vienna, which is aimed at encouraging Iran to cooperate, is promising, we will continue our cooperation with Europe,” Rouhani added.

But the Vienna talks on July 6 among foreign ministers from Iran and the five world powers (Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain) failed to satisfy Iran with senior officials in Tehran complaining that the Europeans had offered nothing new to ensure Iran’s continued merits under the deal.

Netanyahu hails Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, thanks leaders for discussing Israel’s security
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hailed Israel’s relations with the US and Russia after Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin said that the Jewish state's security concerns were discussed during their summit in Helsinki.

The prime minister’s office released a statement applauding both nations shortly after Putin and Trump concluded their meeting on Monday.

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes the deep commitment of the United States and President Trump to Israel’s security, as expressed in the meeting between President Trump and President Putin. The friendship between Israel and the US has never been stronger,” the statement said, adding that Netanyahu “also greatly appreciates the security coordination between Israel and Russia and President Putin’s clear position on the need to implement the 1974 separation agreements between Israel and Syria.”

The Russian president told reporters during a joint press conference that his US counterpart had raised the issue of Israel’s security during their talks. Trump added that both leaders had consulted with Netanyahu regarding “the safety of Israel” before heading into the summit. However, Trump dodged a question asking about specific agreements between the US and Russia regarding Israel’s security.

Israel has reserved the right to attack alleged Iran-affiliated targets inside Syria, claiming that an Iranian military presence in the Arab Republic poses an existential threat to the Jewish state.

While the IDF does not comment on every engagement on its neighbor’s territory, previously acknowledged targets by Israel in Syria included weapons storage facilities, logistics sites and intelligence centers.

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Lost in translation: CNN claims Putin admitted to election-meddling. He did not.

Lost in translation: CNN claims Putin admitted to election-meddling. He did not.
The US mainstream media’s chorus condemnation of US President Donald Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki has gone so far that CNN claimed Putin had confessed to meddling in US elections.

CNN Newsroom anchor Poppy Harlow made the claim on Tuesday while interviewing Marc Lotter, former press secretary for Vice President Mike Pence. Harlow played the clip of the Russian president responding to a question by Reuters reporter Jeff Mason at Monday’s press conference about wanting Trump to win the 2016 presidential election.

“Did you want President Trump to win the election and did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?” Mason asked.

“Yes, I did. Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the US-Russia relationship back to normal,” was Putin’s response, as provided by the translator.

Harlow took the repetition to mean agreement on both questions, and she insisted on replaying the clip after Lotter said he wasn’t sure, and that Putin might have been answering just the first part.

While the translator most certainly said that, Putin did not. His full answer, accurately translated from Russian, was, “Yes, I wanted him to win, because he talked about the need to normalize US-Russia relations.”

The Russian president notably did not address Mason’s second question at all. US reporters could have nitpicked that non-answer and used their favorite “he did not deny it” argument - just as they had with Putin’s dismissal of claims that Russia had “dirt” on Trump. Harlow, however, went a step further and argued that Putin actually agreed with Mason and admitted he ordered Russian officials to help Trump win.

Yet just a few minutes earlier, Putin had explained that the Russian public began to have sympathies towards candidate Trump because he spoke of the need to restore US-Russia relations.

“Isn’t it natural to have sympathy towards a man who wants to restore relations with your country? That’s normal,” the Russian president said.

Harlow and CNN weren’t the only ones to misinterpret Putin’s answer. There was also Michael McFaul, a former US ambassador to Russia - as well as many #Resistance activists, eager for proof of Trump’s “collusion” with Moscow in order to explain the 2016 defeat of Hillary Clinton.

Real-time translation is arduous work, demanding an extraordinary command of both languages and their nuances, as well as the personal style of the speaker. Even then, remarks can be translated poorly, or accurately but without the necessary context.

A good case in point is Nikita Khrushchev’s famous phrase, “we will bury you.” The Soviet leader delivered it in November 1956 at the Polish Embassy in Moscow as part of a rant about how the USSR and other socialist countries did not care about getting approval from the West.

“Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you!” is how Khrushchev’s interpreter, Viktor Sukhodrev, phrased it in English. He couldn’t have explained, as it was not his place, that Khrushchev was referencing the Communist Manifesto, which spoke about capitalism producing “its own grave-diggers” and the inevitability of Communist victory.

Instead, the words were taken as a threat of nuclear annihilation. Hostility between the US and the USSR spiraled out of control as a result, culminating in the October 1962 Cuban missile crisis.
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※ Newsweek 2015年12月24日(木)17時33分

※ 毎日新聞2016年3月20日 東京朝刊
「拘束」集団、日本政府と接触図る 関係者証言「半年前から」

※ 時事 2018/07/18-00:06
 安田さんは2015年6月、取材目的でトルコ南部からシリアに渡った後、消息が途絶えた。アサド政権の攻勢激化で今ではほぼ唯一の反体制派拠点となったシリア北西部イドリブ県でイスラム過激派組織に拘束されたとみられる。 【時事通信社】








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US President: Ties with Russia Have Never Been Worse Due to Years of Washington Foolishness
TEHRAN (FNA)- Just a few hours before the start of the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Donald Trump harshly criticized Washington's policy toward Moscow and the "Russia probe" against him as damaging bilateral relations.

The US President slammed the actions of his predecessor, saying on his Twitter that Barack Obama didn't properly address reports of the alleged "Russian meddling" in the 2016 Presidential elections, adding that the issue was politically motivated from the very beginning, RIA Novosti reported.

"President Obama thought that Crooked Hillary was going to win the election, so when he was informed by the FBI about Russian Meddling, he said it couldn’t happen, was no big deal, & did NOTHING about it. When I won it became a big deal and the Rigged Witch Hunt headed by Strzok!" Trump tweeted on Monday.

He also stated that the investigation of the alleged Russian interference was one of the reasons behind the worsening relations between Moscow and Washington over the last few years.

"Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!," the President added.

Last week the Office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged 12 Russian citizens, who allegedly worked for the Russian intelligence service, with involvement in the 2016 presidential elections. They were accused of hacking the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Addressing the statement, Trump told reporters that he may ask his Russian counterpart to extradite people indicted as part of the probe.

The charges were presented just a few days before the long-awaited Putin-Trump Summit in Helsinki, which is set to start on Monday.

The tete-a-tete talks between Trump and Putin in Helsinki will be held for three hours on Monday. The leaders to discuss bilateral ties and various issues on the international agenda. The summit will be their first full-fledged meeting since Trump took office in January 2017, as both Presidents previously met only on the sidelines of the international events.
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Last Group of Kurdish Militias Evacuate Manbij

Last Group of Kurdish Militias Evacuate Manbij
TEHRAN (FNA)- The last group of Kurdish militias left the town of Manbij in Northeastern Aleppo after an agreement between the US and Turkish forces, a Kurdish-language media outlet reported on Monday.

Kurdish-language Hawar news quoted one of the commanders of Manbij Military Council affiliated to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as saying that the last group of military advisors of the People's Protection Units (YPG) withdrew from Manbij on Sunday.

Hawar news further said that the YPG military advisors left Manbij after ending their mission that included training, preparing and providing backup for the members of Manbuj Military Council.

The Turkish and American forces had previously agreed on a Road Map for the exit of Kurdish militias from the region.

Media sources affiliated to the dissidents in Syria reported on Thursday that representatives of the Syrian government and a number of officials of the Manbij military council held a meeting on the future of the town.

They added that the two sides conferred on the process to deliver control of a security region in Manbij as well as al-Shahba (Tishrin) dam South-East of the town to the Syrian army forces, noting that it can pave the ground for the army's full control over Manbij.

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※ raedsyrian002 @raedsyrian002氏の2018/7/15のツイート
وزارة الكهرباء
تم إعادة التيار جزئيا إلى عدد من البلدات في ريف درعا التي حررها الجيش السوري قبل أيام
The Ministry of Electricity
The stream was partially restored to a number of towns in rural Daraa, liberated by the Syrian army a few days ago

※ Military Advisor @miladvisor氏の2018/6/7ツイート
Homs-Hama Highway was re-opened today after about seven years of closure.
Maintenance teams ended the restoration works and repaired highway linking #Homs and #Hama provinces, re-opening the 47 km long highway.


TEHRAN (FNA)- In 2017, a US-led coalition recaptured Raqqa from Daesh (ISIL or ISIS). US Secretary of Defense James Mattis promised that there would be 'extraordinary efforts' to protect civilians, but a new report by Amnesty International says the strikes had devastating consequences for civilians. [VIDEO]

アレッポ シタデル 古代の城塞です。



ISISがモースルのアル・ヌーリ大モスクを破壊 ISISの敗北宣言

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