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Thursday, 18 October

00:01

The Commonwealth Of Independent States: Countering Terrorism Together New Eastern Outlook

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The increasing global terrorist threat makes special services around the world always remain on guard and cooperate including participating in international organisations. The security agencies of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) member states tested the efficiency of their cooperation by holding the joint manoeuvres titled Issyk-Kul-Antiterror 2018 in August September 2018.

The CIS encountered the terrorist threat at the very beginning of its existence. The SovietAfghan War of 1979 1989 before the collapse of the USSR, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Tajikistani Civil War and the Chechen Wars against the backdrop of international terrorism gaining ground showed the Commonwealth states that all of them need to coordinate their actions for the sake of their own security; as a result, the CIS Anti-Terrorism Center(CIS ATC) was established in 2000. Since then, this organisation, whose headquarters are located in Moscow and whose leader is Colonel General Andrey Novikov, has ensured the cooperation between the security agencies of the CIS countries in countering terrorism, including organising joint manoeuvres.

In September 2016, the Council of the CIS State Leaders adopted the CIS Member State Cooperation Programme on countering terrorism and other violent manifestations of extremism for 2017 2019. The Document was based on the laws stipulated by the CIS Member State Constitutions and the previous agreements adopted over the recent decades, and takes into account the current antiterrorist situation. Furthermore, the Programme presupposes holding various events for maintaining security in the CIS by holding, among other things, manoeuvres of the security agencies.

The Issyk-Kul-Antiterror 2018 manoeuvres saw the participation of the security agencies of Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. The scale of the event is impressive both in terms of space and time. The manoeuvres comprised several stages that were held in the territory of all the participating states and lasted for over a month in total.

This series of events began with the exercise organised by the CIS ATC for the Commonwealth member states in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital, in August 2018. The exercise involved the CIS Council of the Commanders of the Border Forces, the CIS Council of Heads of Tax (Financial) Investigation Bodies and the CIS Bureau for the Coordination of Efforts to Combat the Organized Crime. The main objective of the exercise was to prepare the participants fo...

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Wednesday, 17 October

23:51

The Tropical Trump Topped The Polls Because Of The US Hybrid War On Brazil OrientalReview.org

It would be disingenuous to attribute Bolsonaros rise solely to the US-backed Hybrid War on Brazil while overlooking the countrys preexisting polarization and the policy failings of the socialists. Its more the result of a combination of the two.

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22:25

What"s Going On in Idlib, Syria"s Demilitarized Zone? Strategic Culture Foundation

US forces continue simulat(ing) fighting against ISIS terrorists they support. Days earlier, their fighters abducted 700 civilians during an attack on a refugee camp near al-Bahrah, holding them hostage as human shields.

21:55

EU Sets Up New Sanctions Regime on Chemical Weapons: Targeting Russia Strategic Culture Foundation

The Western media is very busy nowadays circulating new fantasies about that perfidious Moscow having a finger in every pie. Now the EU has a new instrument in place to disseminate chemical stories.

21:25

Why China Will Win The Artificial Intelligence Race Strategic Culture Foundation

Two Artificial Intelligence-driven Internet paradigms may emerge in the near future. One will be based on logic, smart enterprises and human merit while the other may morph into an Orwellian control tool.

20:55

Skripal and Khashoggi: A Tale of Two Disappearances Strategic Culture Foundation

Grotesquely, the way things are shaping up in terms of hypocritical lack of action by the Americans, British and others towards the Saudi despots, the latter might just get away with murder. Not so Russia.

19:55

Boycott Facebook, Twitter, and Google. Here"s Why Strategic Culture Foundation

The way to boycott Facebook, Twitter, and Google, is to NOT respond to their ads, but instead to blacklist their advertisers and all media that rely upon those giant social-media sites.

19:43

Pay Up or the Earth Gets It! #PropagandaWatch The Corbett Report

As predicted, the IPCC has released their hot air report on 1.5C of global warming and the lamestream fake news lying establishment lapdog media is hyping it as the end of the world as we know it...unless you pay the globalists more money to atone for your carbon sins, of course. This week on #PropagandaWatch James breaks down the latest propaganda push for carbon eugenics and what it means for the coming technocratic slave state.

18:36

The Western Math-Gangsters And The Kosovization Of Macedonia OrientalReview.org

Similarly to Serbia after October 2000, a new post-revolution Macedonian Government was expected by its Western sponsors to transform Macedonia into another client state of the post-Cold War NATOs World Order. The current political post-referendum stalemate in Macedonia can be solved according to the recipe of Kosovization with the ethnic Albanians as the main actors.

The post The Western Math-Gangsters And The Kosovization Of Macedonia appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

16:37

While You Slept: The US Pentagon Declares Russia is the Enemy New Eastern Outlook

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American foreign policy is more and more resembling the NFLs and broadcast networks pre-game football hype before the Super Bowl. For those of you who grimaced while watching former President Barack Obama touchdown dancing and pretending to be a sports hero, the current POTUS is even worse. To make matters worse for humanity, many of my countrymen fall for the whole act. Case in point, hyping Americas military might and bravado.

When I read the INSIDER headline,F-22 stealth jets got 587 enemy aircraft to back off in their first combat surge over Syria, I immediately checked the newswires to see if Syria had exploded into World War III. Thank God, I voiced aloud on discovering the Military & Defense section (and the rest of the magazine) are owned by Insider Inc. and our old friend Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world. No, thank your lucky stars, we are not at war with Russia, Iran, and Syria. Yes, Bezos and company consider these nations our enemies.

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When you read the article in question, most of you wont believe your what the texts are telling your brain. Amazingly, another Bezos fake news outlet is actually citing the Pentagon when author Alex Lockiebrazenly declares open war. Yes, you got it, the Trump Pentagon openly classifies the Russians as the enemy. Quoting from the report from the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS):

The 94th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron protected coalition ground forces operating within Syria by flying Defensive Counter Air missions against enemy air-to-ground capable fighter aircraft. The squadron also flew Offensive Counter Air missions deep into Syrian territory, facing both enemy fighters and surface-to-air missile systems, as the United States and Coalition forces launched deliberate attacks in response to the Syrian regimes illegal use of chemical weapons.

Ill get into who these DVIDS people are in a minute, but first let me emphasize what it means for our government to brand an enemy. The Cambridge Dictionary definition:

enemynoun:  a person who hates or opposes another person and tries to harm them or stop them from doing something

The term can also be used to demonstrate a country, or t...

07:59

Does Kavanaugh Finally Make the Real America Public? New Eastern Outlook

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Sometimes events generate a public fascination out of all proportion to their actual importance. The Tate-La Bianca killings of 1969, conducted by the Manson Family, are still widely discussed today and have turned some drifting hippies only marginally connected with the actual crimes into almost household names. The death of Princess Diana in 1997 created an intense outpouring of grief in the UK, yet no one seemed to know even then why it was taking on such proportions, and people still debate why they got as upset as they did.

Now one such event is gripping the United States, and much of the rest of the world. Judge Brett Kavanaugh, nominated by Donald Trump for the Supreme Court, was expected to go through the formal confirmation process without more than a modicum of difficulty.  However, that definitely was not the case.

As US judges are elected, and appointed for political as well as juridical reasons, each new Supreme Court nomination arouses public comment from predictable quarters. But no one expected the circus the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings became.  But what transpired shows a larger reality that all is not well in the system of checks and balances, and how the system is suppose to work, at least as what Americans read about in their government classes in middle school.

As a succession of women came forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assaults, both from his college years and more recently, both he and one of his accusers, Professor Christine Blasey Ford, were questioned by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Kavanaugh predictably denied the allegations, but Dr. Ford and the other women insisted.

In the US, the concept of moral character in public officials is very important, despite the behaviour of its current president and some of his predecessors. For example, fellow lawyer Bruce Babbit sought the Democratic nomination for president in 1988, but dropped out after he admitted he had once smoked marijuana not because he had broken the law, but because this represented a character flaw then considered unacceptable in a senior politician.

If the allegations again...

02:53

Everything you need to know about Khan al-Ahmar +972 Magazine

Israeli authorities are set to demolish and forcibly displace the entire Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar any day now. Here is what you need to know about the village, and why rights groups and world leaders are describing Israels plans as a war crime.

By +972 Magazine Staff

Residents of the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, West Bank, September 17, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Residents of the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, West Bank, September 17, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

For nearly a decade, the community of Khan al-Ahmar has been fighting the Israeli governments attempts to evacuate its village, located just east of Jerusalem, and move its residents to a garbage dump in East Jerusalem. Now, after a green light from Israels High Court of Justice, the hamlet is under imminent threat of demolition.

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Why does Israel say it wants to destroy Khan al-Ahmar?

The Israeli government says the village was built on state land without the required permits or a master plan. For Palestinians in Area C of the West Bank, under direct Israeli control and where Khan al-Ahmar is located obtaining building permits is often close to impossible.

Who lives in Khan al-Ahmar?

The village is made up of around 180 members of the Jahalin Bedouin tribe, which has a 70-year-long history of dispossession and forced relocation by the Israeli government. Before Israels establishment, the Jahalin lived in the a...

02:18

Is MBS Saudi Arabias Self-fulfilling Prophecy of Disaster? New Eastern Outlook

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Notwithstanding his self-projection as a moderate Saudi, Muhammad bin Salman (MBS), Saudi Arabias de facto ruler, has already established a personal long list of failures within only one and a half year of his rise to power. Starting from his adventures in Yemen, where Saudia has been blamed, rather held responsible, many times by the UNO for creating a worst humanitarian crisis to his coercive diplomacy vis--vis Qatar, MBS failures look startling, and the prospects of his long and stable rule dwindling. And, just when the mysterious disappearance of a Saudi journalist in Istanbul was biting him, MBS ended up facing a diplomatic disaster when he failed to clinch a deal with Kuwait on the disputed oil fields. The failure to clinch this deal means that Saudias relations with Kuwait, a tiny but rich neighbour state of Saudi Arabia, would remain frosty, maintaining the same trajectory that their bi-lateral relations had taken after Kuwaits refusal to partake in MBS Yemen campaign and its decision to maintain diplomatic relations with Qatar as against Saudi boycott.

The failure to reach this deal has already sent shock-waves in Saudi Arabia, leading its high officials to beat war drums once again. For instance, Saudi Emir Khalid Bin Abdullah Al-Saudi tweeted after the failure to reach this deal that Kuwait needs [a] new Operation Decisive Storm to purge it from the dirt of [the Muslim] Brotherhood and the supporters of Hamads [the Qatari ruling family]. Operation Decisive Storm refers to the on-going disastrous military campaign of Saudi Arabia in Yemen, implying that the Saudi failure in defeating the Houthis hasnt been enough for them to realise the limitations of their (military) power and influence.

Even a much more startling illustration of this limitation came from no one else but the US president Trump who reminded the Saudis recently that without the US help, they wouldnt be able to survive. Trumps criticism had come as part of the embarrassing pressure from him on Saudia to lower oil prices and prevent a global shortfall. MBS wanted to pacify the US by re-opening the disputed oil fields, which would have increased oil production and allowed Saudia to lower prices, but he failed in doing that. And, although he has kept silence ever since his meeting, which has been described as a total failure, with the Kuwaiti emir, reports have suggested that he is already planning to simply annex these fields and present Kuwait with a fait accompli.

Certainly, such a step would further the already existing fault-lines in the Gulf and the...

00:08

The Upcoming Putin-Netanyahu Summit Will Seek To Strike A Balance In Syria OrientalReview.org

Understanding this dynamic, reports have recently surfaced that Russia is trying to mediate between Iran and Israel in Syria in order to prevent Tel Aviv from partaking in any more strikes in the first place, which might be why President Putin said earlier this month that Moscow is pursuing a goal that there would be no foreign forces of third states in Syria at all after the end of the war.

The post The Upcoming Putin-Netanyahu Summit Will Seek To Strike A Balance In Syria appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

Tuesday, 16 October

22:25

Khashoggi Was No Critic of Saudi Regime Strategic Culture Foundation

Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist, who disappeared in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week is not quite the critic of the Saudi regime that the Western media says he is, writes Asad AbuKhalil.

Growing Ecological Perspective in Movements with WALHI Jatim News and Events

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WALHI Jatim is the East Java regional executive of the biggest environmental movement in Indonesia. Founded in 1982, WALHI Jatim began as a pressure group fighting for rights of community groups and environmental awareness, consisting of non-government organisations and independent collectives within the province.

In July 2018, EngageMedia had the opportunity to join one of the movements initiative involving the residents of coastal village in Banyuwangi, a regency located at the easternmost tip of Java. Dubbed as School of Ecology, the initiative produces informal learning circles in villages and urban poor areas. These learning circles are also accessible in other pockets of settlements where there are environment and human rights crises; mostly due to development projects and pressure from the manufacture and extractive industry.

People who joined the School of Ecology at the time of EngageMedias involvement were villagers who rely mostly on the capacity of land and sea for farming, fisheries and beach tourism. There were also guest students from Laskar Hijau, a community-based organisation known for their resistance alongside farmers against destruction of forests by big companies. Laskar Hijau will host the next learning circles in their area, following the initial design of knowledge exchange among student-participants.

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Afandi, WALHI Jatims Head of Advocacy explained that the initiative stemmed from a criticism that the perspective of ecology is often overlooked in developing curriculum for victims of environment destruction and natural exploitation. Afandi said in front of the class:

We tend to focus on the anthropocentric impact which can mislead our movements to how much companies or government can compensate the victims. Enriching our perspective in ecology means that we as humans are part of the natures equilibrium. Even without companies and government destroying our natural surroundings, an individual already has the power to cause destruction with as simple as regular use of synthetic fertilizers.

The hosts for the current round of the learning circle are victims of a massive mineral exploitation in the coast of Banyuwangi, who were involved in the resistance of mining activities ar...

21:55

Ukraine"s Neighbors Are Marching Out of Step Strategic Culture Foundation

Kiev needs more than just hostility toward Russia in order to reach its goals. Its relationships with its neighbors have recently become a serious problem and a stumbling block to achieving its much-desired dream of becoming a permanent part of the Western world.

21:25

America Must Realize It Has No Say in Syria's Future Strategic Culture Foundation

Washington should bring its forces home. Neither Iraq nor Syria has threatened America. In any case, President Donald Trump has no warrant to occupy Syria without congressional approval and has no purpose which justifies congressional assent.

21:19

Mahathir puts Uighur rights above China ties Nile Bowie

Malaysian leader's move to send ethnic Uighur Muslim detainees to Turkey defied a Chinese extradition request and threatens to roil already strained bilateral relations


China and Malaysias relations are set for a new test after the Muslim-majority country freed 11 ethnic Uighur Muslim detainees it held on humanitarian grounds, ignoring a months-old request from Beijing for their repatriation on security grounds. The detainees had been charged with illegally entering Malaysia after escaping a jail in Thailand last November.

Malaysian prosecutors dropped charges against the Uighurs, a Turkic language-speaking Muslim ethnic minority indigenous to Chinas western Xinjiang province. Last week they were allowed to travel to Turkey, where thousands have fled to seek asylum from Chinese persecution and are welcomed by Turkish nationalists who regard them as kin.

The Uighur detainees had been imprisoned in Thailand since 2014 and were ordered to remain in custody until their nationalities could be proven, a situation complicated by the fact that both China and Turkey claim them as their citizens. Twenty prisoners staged a jailbreak last year using blankets to scale barbed-wire fences, with some crossing into neighboring Malaysia.

They have done nothing wrong in this country, so they are released, Malaysias Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told reporters in his first public comments on the issue since charges against the Uighur detainees were withdrawn. A statement by Chinas Foreign Ministry, however, took a hard diplomatic line against the decision.

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21:00

Saudis Threaten Trump: 'You Want $400 Oil?' Strategic Culture Foundation

President Trump's threat of "severe" repercussions if the Saudis are found to have killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi were met with more threats from the Saudi side, including from a media figure close to the royal family who warned of high oil prices and a shift of alliances.

20:55

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Dysfunctional Elections in a Failed Protectorate Strategic Culture Foundation

The Western democracy-mongers are offering the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina only two choices: our way (more supervised dysfunction and paralysis) or the highway (blowing the whole place up once again, by way of color revolution or otherwise), while, naturally, pinning the blame on Russia! Russia! Russia!

19:55

The Arabian Game of Thrones Heats Up Strategic Culture Foundation

The Saudis are matched by Israel in their total disregard for international norms of behavior in the Middle Eastern region as they and their cohorts engage in their bloody Game of Thrones, Wayne Madsen writes.

19:49

Recent Developments in China South Korea Relations New Eastern Outlook

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Following the overview of recent developments in relations between China and DPRK, let us now learn more about Chinas cooperation with South Korea in the given time period.

Political cooperation between the two countries mainly occurred at the level of multilateral meetings. The most notable of these was the trilateral South Korean-Chinese-Japanese Summit on May 9, 2018. Moon Jae-In, Shinzo Abe, and Premier of the State Council of the PRC Li Keqiang discussed the development of mutual cooperation and exchanged views on the global situation, including issues surrounding the Korean Peninsula.

Another similar event was the meeting between the Ministers of Culture in Harbin. Participants discussed issues related to trilateral exchanges and cooperation, including the continuation of the Culture City of East Asia joint project.

However, the author is more interested in the meeting of the Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee Do-hoon and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Special Representative of the Chinese Government on the Korean Peninsular Affairs Kong Xuanyou, held in Beijing on August 7. The parties discussed a number of issues, including measures to ensure peace on the Korean Peninsula. Lee Do-hoon called the meeting productive and mentioned that among the discussed topics was Kong Xuanyous recent visit to the DPRK. He added that South Korea and China completely agree in their opinions on the settlement of North Koreas nuclear problem but it is still too early to talk about results.

As to the issue brought up by Beijing regarding Chinas role in the conclusion of the Korean War, South Koreas presidential administration maintains the position that China can participate in the peace process but in fact, the two Koreas and the U.S. can conclude it by themselves.

Another important question was the U.S. missile defense program. On June 20, during a meeting with South Korean journalists, the representative of the Chinese Foreign Ministry voiced Beijings position on the need for simultaneous concessions from all interested parties, stressed that the U.S. should withdraw their military contingent from South Korea, and cancel the decision to deploy THAAD missile systems in the country.

On August 4, during a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Korea Kang Kyung-wha held in Singapor...

18:07

Neo-Ottomanism Surges in Middle East Politics OrientalReview.org

The US-backed alliance between Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Israel and Egypt to contain Iran does not make a new regional order. Erdogan will now assert Turkeys leadership role in the Muslim Middle East. Importantly, he is known to champion the Muslim Brotherhood as the charioteer of a New Middle East.

The post Neo-Ottomanism Surges in Middle East Politics appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

13:59

The Dark Story Behind Global Warming aka Climate Change New Eastern Outlook

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The recent UN global warming conference under auspices of the deceptively-named International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded its meeting in South Korea discussing how to drastically limit global temperature rise. Mainstream media is predictably retailing various panic scenarios predicting catastrophic climate change because of man-made emissions of Greenhouse Gases, especially CO2, if drastic changes in our lifestyle are not urgently undertaken. There is only one thing wrong with all that. Its based on fake science and corrupted climate modelers who have reaped by now billions in government research grants to buttress the arguments for radical change in our standard of living. We might casually ask Whats the point? The answer is not positive.

The South Korea meeting of the UN IPCC discussed measures needed, according to their computer models, to limit global temperature rise tobelow  1.5 Centigrade above levels of the pre-industrial era. One of the panel members and authors of the latest IPCC Special Report on Global Warming, Drew Shindell, at Duke University told the press that to meet the arbitrary 1.5 degree target will require world CO2 emissions to drop by a staggering 40% in the next 12 years. The IPCC calls for a draconian zero net emissions of CO2 by 2050. That would mean complete ban on gas or diesel engines for cars and trucks, no coal power plants, transformation of the world agriculture to burning food as biofuels. Shindell modestly put it, These are huge, huge shifts.

The new IPCC report, SR15, declares that global warming of 1.5C will probably bring species extinction, weather extremes and risks to food supply, health and economic growth. To avoid this the IPCC estimates required energy investment alone will be $2.4 trillion per year. Could this explain the interest of major global banks, especially in the City of London in pushing the Global Warming card?

This scenario assumes an even more incredible dimension as it is generated by fake science and doctored data by a tight-knit group of climate scientists internationally that have so polarized scientific discourse that they label fellow scientists who try to argue as not mere global warming skeptics, but rather as Climate Change deniers. Wh...

12:02

American Media Seeks to Poison US-Russian Cooperation in Space Land Destroyer

October 16, 2018 (Gunnar Ulson - NEO) - After a string of suspicious incidents involving Russia's venerable Soyuz rocket system, several prominent American newspapers have attempted to poison the last remaining area of significant cooperation between Russia and the United States.


This includes the Washington Post which has placed itself at the center of Washington and Wall Street's anti-Russian campaign. Its article, "Astronauts make harrowing escape, but Russian rocket failure roils NASA," would claim:
A Russian Soyuz rocket malfunctioned two minutes after liftoff Thursday on a mission to the International Space Station, triggering an automatic abort command that forced the two-member crew an American and a Russian to make a harrowing parachute landing in their capsule, 200 miles from the launch site in the steppes of Kazakhstan.
The Post would further state:
Thursdays launch failure came at a dicey moment in the U.S.-Russia space partnership. The two nations have been congenial 250 miles above the Earths surface even when events on the ground, such as the Russian annexation of Crimea or the interference of Russia in the 2016 election, have stoked tensions. 

But the United States and Russia have been at odds over the cause of a small hole discovered in August on the Soyuz module Soyuz MS-09 currently docked at the space station. Moscow says the hole, now repaired, was the result of deliberate drilling and has suggested sabotage, while the U.S. space agency said this week that investigators will determine the cause.
For NASA itself, it has expressed full confidence in the Russian space program and indicated no desire whatsoever to end its cooperation with its Russian counterparts.

The Guardian in its article, "'We will fly agai...

07:59

American Media Seeks to Poison US-Russian Cooperation in Space New Eastern Outlook

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After a string of suspicious incidents involving Russias venerable Soyuz rocket system, several prominent American newspapers have attempted to poison the last remaining area of significant cooperation between Russia and the United States.

This includes the Washington Post which has placed itself at the center of Washington and Wall Streets anti-Russian campaign. Its article, Astronauts make harrowing escape, but Russian rocket failure roils NASA, would claim:

A Russian Soyuz rocket malfunctioned two minutes after liftoff Thursday on a mission to the International Space Station, triggering an automatic abort command that forced the two-member crew an American and a Russian to make a harrowing parachute landing in their capsule, 200 miles from the launch site in the steppes of Kazakhstan.

The Post would further state:

Thursdays launch failure came at a dicey moment in the US-Russia space partnership. The two nations have been congenial 250 miles above the Earths surface even when events on the ground, such as the Russian annexation of Crimea or the interference of Russia in the 2016 election, have stoked tensions. 

But the United States and Russia have been at odds over the cause of a small hole discovered in August on the Soyuz module Soyuz MS-09 currently docked at the space station. Moscow says the hole, now repaired, was the result of deliberate drilling and has suggested sabotage, while the US space agency said this week that investigators will determine the cause.

For NASA itself, it has expressed full confidence in the Russian space program and indicated no desire whatsoever to end its cooperation with its Russian counterparts.

The Guardian in its article, ...

03:16

Washington is Determined to Bring Ankara to Heel New Eastern Outlook

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Over the last six decades, Turkey and the United States have grown into strategic partners and NATO allies. Both countries would faced similar challenges both during the days of the Cold War and after themHowever, in spite of the fact that Turkey and the United States remain a pivotal component of the North Atlantic Treaty Organizationsit wont be an exaggeration to state that their relations have seen better times.

For years, Turkey has been rushing to Washingtons rescue whenever necessary, however the latter did not pay Ankara in kind, preferring instead to keep Turkey on a short leash.

However Washington faced serious disagreements with its Turkish allies, and it had no way of pushing its agenda through conventional means, and would instead take advantage of Turkeys armed forcesthus taking advantage of usually pro-Western generals. The same pattern can be observed throughout all of the four military coups modern Turkey has experienced so far, since all of them (May 27, 1960, March 12, 1971, September 12, 1980, and February 28, 1997) were staged by high-profile Turkish officers who were acting in the best interests of the White House.

But these days the situation has changed drasticallysince Turkeys armed forces have become the backbone of the civilian government. Thats why, when Washington decided it was time to show Ankara its place, if found itself deprived of its favorite tool of meddling amid Turkeys sovereign affairs.

Today, one of the stumbling blocks in the relationship between the two countries is Islamic cleric Fethullah G...

02:11

What it takes to organize a film screening in Gaza +972 Magazine

Getting an entry permit from the Israeli army, securing permission to screen the film from Hamas, and how to prepare for inevitable power cuts are only some of the hurdles. Imagine what it takes to coordinate humanitarian aid.

By Jen Marlowe

A full house at the premiere of Naila and the Uprising at the Red Crescent Cinema Hall in the Gaza Strip, September 2018. (Shareef Sarhan)

A full house at the premiere of Naila and the Uprising at the Red Crescent Cinema Hall in the Gaza Strip, September 2018. (Shareef Sarhan)

We had been talking about organizing the Gaza premiere of Naila and the Uprising for months, but it wasnt until mid-summer that my colleague in Gaza, Fadi Abu Shammalah, and I began the preparations in earnest.

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Fadi and I discussed the merits of the two potential venues that could accommodate a film screening of the scale we were anticipating. The first was the Red Crescent Cinema Hall. The second was Al-Meshal Cultural Center. And then, on August 9, the dilemma was answered for us: Israel bombed the Al-Meshal Cultural Center,...

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WATCH: Israelis and Palestinians meet face to face at Gaza fence +972 Magazine

Left-wing Israelis and Palestinian protestors on opposite sides of the Israel-Gaza fence get a rare chance to speak to one another face to face.

For a few short minutes last week, a group of Israeli activists managed to have a face-to-face conversation with Palestinian activists in Gaza, albeit through a militarized fence.

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On Wednesday of last week, for the first time since the Great Return March began in March, a small group of Israeli activists approached the fence to speak with Palestinian demonstrators, standing just meters from them on the other side.

The Palestinians who approached the fence had been taking part in a cultural event near the village of Khuzaa in one of the nearby tent encampments, which was established as part of the Great Return March.

The rare meeting lasted only a few minutes, until Israeli soldiers arrived and ordered the Israelis to leave the area.

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The meeting was very touching, according to one of the Israeli activists there, who asked that his name not be used. The soldiers asked us if we werent afraid for our lives. We told them that we were worried that our friends on the other side would be shot.

One of the young Palestinians asked us where we were from, added the activist. The younger ones have been locked in Gaza all their lives, they do not know Israelis who are not soldiers. They found it hard to believe that there are Israelis who show solidarity with them.

The meeting comes after multiple attempts by Israeli activists to approach the Israel-Gaza fence in show of solidarity with Palestinians protesting on the other side. Along with waving Palestinian flags on the Israeli side of the border, the activists previously hung photos of Gazans killed by the Israeli army and organized parallel tea parties on both sides of the fence.

Palestinians have been marching weekly to the fence in order to highlight the impacts of the siege on Gaza, as well as to re-center the issue of Palestinian refugees. Since protests began on March 30, Israeli soldiers have killed at least 205 Palestinians, and wounded tens of thousands of others. Last Friday, Israeli soldiers...

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