Russia becomes first country to register a coronavirus vaccine, but testing reportedly incomplete | Euronews


Russian president Vladimir Putin has claimed his daughter has been inoculated against COVID-19 after the country became the first in the world to register a vaccine for the disease.

Source: Russia becomes first country to register a coronavirus vaccine, but testing reportedly incomplete | Euronews

Russia paid the Taliban BOUNTIES for killing American troops in Afghanistan | Daily Mail Online


U.S. intelligence has concluded that a Russian unit paid bounties to Taliban elements for killings of U.S. troops, according to a bombshell news report released Friday.

Source: Russia paid the Taliban BOUNTIES for killing American troops in Afghanistan | Daily Mail Online

Putin criticised for ending ‘non-work period’ amid record Russian COVID-19 figures | Euronews


Russian President Vladimir Putin’s call to end what he describes as the ‘non-working period’ is drawing sharp criticism from his political opponents.Putin said orders to remain at home would end this week for most of the country’s workforce – despite a record increase in new coronavirus figures.

Source: Putin criticised for ending ‘non-work period’ amid record Russian COVID-19 figures | Euronews

All the lessons Donald Trump has taught us : The Conversation


Love him or hate him, Donald Trump has shown us a great deal in his short time on the political stage. For that, we should be grateful. Here are the lessons taught by Prof. Trump.

Source: All the lessons Donald Trump has taught us : The Conversation

Trump repeats debunked Ukraine claim a day after Hill’s tough testimony | TheHill


President Trump on Friday repeated his debunked claim that Ukraine is connected to a hacked Democratic server from the 2016 election, the same assertion that he raised on his call with the Ukrainian

Source: Trump repeats debunked Ukraine claim a day after Hill’s tough testimony | TheHill

The day Donald Trump stopped being the leader of the free world ǀ View | Euronews


Donald Trump has been telling us since the first day of his presidency that the American president should no longer be the leader of the free world and that he personally has no interest in the job. This month, he made good on his words by unleashing chaos in northern Syria.

Trump’s actions empowered American adversaries ranging from the Islamic State militant group to Iran, Russia, Turkey and the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and abandoned the local Syrian forces, especially Kurdish ones, who fought side by side with U.S. troops against ISIS. In defending his decision, Trump insisted America has nothing at stake in Syria and can let others handle an Islamic State insurgency.

This ingratitude not only will do lasting damage to America’s reputation as a trustworthy ally, it also rejects the importance of American foreign goals more than seven decades in the making: containing an expansionist Russia; supporting allies, particularly those most likely to embrace democracy and human rights; and orienting U.S. policy away from the pre-WWII fiction that Americans at home will be safe from threats abroad — whether China, Iran or ISIS — if the U.S. would only retreat from the world.

 

Source: The day Donald Trump stopped being the leader of the free world ǀ View | Euronews

Theresa May calls on Vladimir Putin to halt ‘irresponsible’ activity around the world : The Telegraph


Theresa May has told Vladimir Putin that there could be no “normalisation” of relations between Britain and Russia until Moscow halts “irresponsible” activity around the world.

Speaking in a tense meeting at the G20 summit in Japan, the Prime Minister warned Mr Putin that Russia must adopt a “different path” if it wanted a “different relationship” with the UK.

She also insisted that the two suspects in last year’s chemical weapons attack in Salisbury are “brought to justice”, after Russia refused to extradite the pair.

The two leaders were speaking in their first formal meeting since nerve agent attack, for which Mrs May has said it was highly likely the Russian state was responsible.

In a riposte to Mr Putin’s earlier claim that liberal values are obsolete, Downing Street said that Mrs May told the Russian president that Britain would “continue to unequivocally defend liberal democracy” as well as “protect the human rights and equality of all groups, including LGBT people.”

A Downing Street spokesman said: “[The Prime Minister] told the President that there cannot be a normalisation of our bilateral relationship until Russia stops the irresponsible and destabilising activity that threatens the UK and its allies – including hostile interventions in other countries, disinformation and cyber attacks – which undermine Russia’s standing in the world.”

The talks came after Mr Putin used an interview with the Financial Times to claim that Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, had made a cardinal mistake by adopting a liberal policy towards immigration from the Middle East.

 

Source: Theresa May calls on Vladimir Putin to halt ‘irresponsible’ activity around the world : The Telegraph

Sunday Topics: Impeachment poll, Trump is triggering a geopolitical realignment, Dems’ internal troubles


The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

Impeachment poll

A new CNN poll shows an increase in support for impeaching President Trump, but it also shows that Americans still resist impeachment even though they support the ongoing investigations of him by Democrats in the House of Representatives.

  • President Trump’s approval rating remains steady at 43% approve, 52% disapprove.
  • Support for impeachment increased over the last month to 41% predominantly among Democrats and college educated whites, while 54% oppose impeachment.
  • The percentage of people who say Democrats are overreaching in their investigations of Trump decreased correspondingly to 40% over the same period, and 53% say that Trump isn’t doing enough to cooperate with those investigations.
  • 47% agree that Democrats’ investigations of Trump are justified by the facts while 44% disagree.
  • 67% want Robert Mueller to publicly testify before Congress.
  • 66% believe that legislative cooperation between Congress and the White House is being negatively impacted…

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The Memo:  Mueller’s depictions will fuel Trump angst | TheHill


Special counsel Robert Mueller painted a damning picture of the Trump administration, even as he handed the president a victory on the central issue of collusion with Russia.

The Trump White House, as portrayed by Mueller, revolves around an impulsive and angry president who issues orders that underlings often defy, ignore or seek to delay.

The depiction will enrage a president who fixates on the concept of strength and is hypersensitive about any suggestion that he is not in absolute control of his administration.

“He will be livid to see this spelled out — and it is not clear that he is always aware when his advisers are doing this,” said Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. “For someone who is already a little bit paranoid about institutional opponents, it will create even more of a sense of distrust within the White House.”

But people who have served in the Trump White House told The Hill that they heard the ring of familiarity — and felt no surprise — at the depictions offered in the special counsel’s report.

“I’ve personally been on the receiving end of a Trump broadside for trying to get him not to do something nuts,” one former White House official recalled ruefully.

A GOP strategist with ties to the White House, asked about the willingness of advisers to frustrate the president’s desires, laughed and said, “I think it was a good thing.”

The strategist asserted that Trump could be “very impulsive and choose to pop off” — a trait that created an imperative among people around him to save him from himself.

“Many of his staff who have experience — legal or political — understood the great perils that he would put himself in,” the strategist said.

Referring to those details becoming public, this source added, “I think it will annoy him. It will make him angrier. But at the same time, it may be a private lesson that he is learning that his staff were loyal by protecting him.”

It is far from clear that Trump sees it that way.

The president tweeted on Friday that statements within the Mueller report “are fabricated & totally untrue.”

Trump added, “Watch out for people that take so-called ‘notes,’ when the notes never existed until needed.”

The remark could be seen as a reference to former White House counsel Donald McGahn.

According to Mueller,

 

Source: The Memo: Mueller’s depictions will fuel Trump angst | TheHill