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[l] at 10/21/19 9:34am
US Syria Pullout? A Saigon Moment?  The 1972 Church/Case amendment ended congressional funding for US military operations in Southeast Asia - except for withdrawal of Pentagon forces, subject to release of prisoners of war. In June 1973, congressional legislation ended all funding after August 15. After escalating Southeast Asia war to Cambodia and Laos, wanting it ended was a key reason why US dark forces sought Nixon's removal from office. 

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[l] at 10/20/19 9:50am
Donald Trump is going insane In several previous articles I’ve written for Pravda.Report, I have analogized the rise of George W. Bush and Donald Trump to the highest office in United States government to the rise of Adolph Hitler in Germany. While I did this with the realization and understanding that, to many people, Hitler represents a unique form of evil, I felt the world would be remiss if they forgot the political tactics and circumstances that allowed Hitler to obtain power, and that many of these tactics and circumstances have contributed to the rise of both Bush Jr. and Trump.

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[l] at 10/17/19 8:20am
Over the past week, a number of media outlets published a series of materials with false allegations tarnishing the business reputation of JSC URALCHEM and its management. In these publications, published in some regional, federal and foreign media, URALCHEM is falsely accused of non-payment of taxes to the Russian budget and tax fraud, obtaining loans from state banks to siphon funds abroad, and misappropriation of natural resources. Baseless assumptions were made regarding the imminent bankruptcy of the company and its possible liquidation. In addition, a number of reports feature meritless accusations of corruption and attempts to influence tax and law enforcement agencies against the management of JSC URALCHEM. URALCHEM states that the facts and figures featured in these publications and materials are false and are the authors' conjectures. These publications were devised to harm the company and have nothing to do with real business journalism.

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[l] at 10/17/19 4:40am
Millions Hungry and Food Insecure in the US by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman) Poverty, unemployment, underemployment, hunger, food insecurity, and overall deprivation affect million of households in the world's richest country USA.

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[l] at 10/17/19 2:21am
By Roman Krotov On October 17, the Samara Regional Court will continue to consider the appeal of members of the ToAZ group. In July, the Togliatti Komsomolsky District Court found them guilty of a large-scale fraud committed as part of an organized criminal group. Vladimir Makhlai is a strikingly underrated figure in the criminal history of post-Soviet Russia. Having seized control of the most modern Soviet chemical plant Togliattiazot, he built his multi-billion-dollar empire stopping short of nothing - fraud, misappropriation, various criminal schemes - everything was good for him. Many representatives of the criminal business did not survive the 1990s, some have been in prison for a long time, and others have served and redeemed themselves. Yet, Vladimir Makhlai and his son Sergey, who adopted all of his father's methods, managed to remain virtually unpunished for almost three decades. However, it seems that Lady Justice now reached out to them. The 'Red'Director who Appropriated the Plant

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[l] at 10/15/19 9:24am
Portugal: Opportunity to be protagonist in development for Electric vehicles in Europe (The problem of battery recycling)                 The perspective of increasing sales and demand for Electric vehicles(EV) in Europe regarding the necessity to reduce CO, reduce the dependency of fossil combustibles and the urgency to take actions to reduce the global warming, are making in the first step companies be creative to find solutions to reduce their production costs to improve designs and increase investments to reduce the current petrol cars emission of CO2, and in a second step be creative to find solutions and invest research and technology to make competitive electric cars with lower costs.

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[l] at 10/15/19 6:55am
Turkey has found itself in a circle of countries subject to US and European sanctions. Are they dangerous for Ankara? What is Turkey going to do in response? EU sanctions against Turkey Turkey was offended by the attitude of NATO allies to its operation in Syria. The Turkish administration believes that by condemning the operation in Syria, the allies mark down Turkish soldiers as terrorists. Recep Erdogan talked about it in a conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday. The sanctions that the "allies" imposed on Ankara look even more ridiculous for the Turkish administration in this context. On Monday, the European Union did not reach a consensus on harsh sanctions against Turkey during the summit of foreign ministers. Nevertheless, EU countries were advised to think twice before signing new arms agreements with Ankara. No restrictions were imposed on existing contracts. Germany, France, the Netherlands, Finland and the Czech Republic banned exports of arms to Turkey. The UK raised many eyebrows by admitting that Turkey made the right decision to conduct Peace Spring Operation in Syria. Defense Secretary Ben Wallace stated that Turkey "Turkey needs to do what it sometimes has to do to defend itself."   Erdogan's response to European sanctions Erdogan threatens to respond to the sanctions by opening a way for migrants to Europe. "If you try to define our operation as an invasion, then our work will become easy," Erdogan said last week. "We are opening the border and sending you 3.6 million refugees," he added.As for the supplies of European weapons, Turkey has long been trying to reduce its dependence on European defense manufacturers. Arms imports from the EU during the first eight months of the year amounted to about $60 million of the total procurement of $300 million. Agreements with Germany for the construction of six submarines for the Turkish Navy, as well as agreements with France and Italy on cooperation in the field of air defense systems are at risk. However, having bought arms systems from Russia, Erdogan proved that he was not clinging to agreements with NATO "allies."

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[l] at 10/15/19 2:49am
Europe is clearly having serious issues with internal security and facts speak for themselves; in a period of time that goes from September 17th to October 9th, France, Italy and Germany have seen a series of attacks that cannot avoid raising concerns. On September 17th a Yemeni refugee armed with a pair of scissors attacked a military unit stationed outside Milan's Central train station while yelling "Allahu akbar", wounding a soldier belonging to the "Alpini" infantry corps before being taken down and blocked by 51 year-old Senegalese citizen Diagne Samba, who was just passing nearby. A video shot by Russian tourists as well as local witnesses have exposed how the unit appeared paralyzed during the attack and some even raised the question of what would have happened if Mr. Diagne hadn't been there. Eventually it turned out that the 23 year-old Yemeni was already known to Italian authorities as he had already created problems the previous night by climbing a roof and threatening other refugees with a pen. However the following day he was free to wonder around and attack the units patrolling the station. In his phone the investigators found videos of the war in Yemen.

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[l] at 10/14/19 7:58am
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Saudi Arabia on October 14. This is Putin's second-ever visit to the monarchy. His previous visit to Saudi Arabia took place in 2007. The talks will take place against the backdrop of the crisis in the Persian Gulf that may evolve into a military conflict between the Arab countries and Iran, Russia's ally in Syria. Moscow and Riyadh diverge on this issue. Saudi Arabia persistently accuses Iran on the recent attacks on its oil refineries. Moscow calls not to make hasty conclusions.During the visit, a package of 30 agreements worth about $2 billion is going to be signed. One of the largest of the them will be an agreement in the field of airline leasing evaluated at $700 million.  There will also be many deals related to railways and the Russian railway operator Russian Railways (RZD). Another agreement is to be concluded in the field of petrochemicals, with Saudi company Sabic being one of the signatories. As for the crisis in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia remains strongly negative in its attitude towards the role of Iran in the region on the whole. Statements from official representatives of the largest monarchy in the Gulf coincide with statements from their counterparts in the United States - the main strategic ally of the kingdom. Both Washington and Riyadh accuse Tehran of sponsoring terrorism, urging the country to abandon this practice and become a "normal state," as Secretary of State Adel al-Jubeir said. The kingdom does not need the services of intermediaries to establish relations with Iran, he stressed. For Russia, Iran is an important ally in Syria.As for the crisis in Syria, Saudi Arabia and Russia also share different positions. From the onset of the war, the kingdom urged Bashar al-Assad to step down. Saudi Arabia has always supported anti-Assad groups. Russia managed to support Assad's regime and build friendly relations with other regional players, including the kingdom."We do not believe that our close ties with Russia adversely affect our relations with the United States. We believe that we can have strategic and strong ties with the United States, while we are developing our ties with Russia," al-Jubeir said when commenting on the development of relations between Saudi Arabia and Russia. Riyadh and Washington have many years of fruitful cooperation. The commodity circulation between the two countries amounted to $37.6 billion in 2018. Many in Saudi Arabia call Putin's visit a historic event.  State Minister for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said that the relations with Russia have been developing actively over the past four years. Prior to Putin's visit, the Crown Prince of the kingdom paid a visit to Russia on a number of occasions. Mohammed bin Salman has had talks with Vladimir Putin during G20 summits as well. One of the projects that started improving the relations was the OPEC+ deal to stabilize oil prices by cutting oil output. Putin once noted in an interview that it was an initiative of the Crown Prince to work with Russia in this vein. The volume of mutual trade and the number of joint projects have been growing between Russia and Saudi Arabia during the recent four years. Four years ago, the Russian Direct Investment Fund and the Saudi Arabia sovereign fund PIF established partnership. As much as $10 billion of long-term capital has been attracted to the Russian economy with more than 30 joint projects being developed. In 2016, the turnover between Russia and Saudi Arabia amounted to $491 million. It doubled the next year and then reached $1.05 billion in 2018.This is the second visit of the Russian president to the kingdom in the history of relations between the countries. Putin visited Saudi Arabia in 2007, but it took the King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdel Aziz Al Saud, ten years to make a return visit. He visited Moscow in the autumn of 2017. In 1926, the USSR became the first country to have recognised the independent Saudi state. From the 1930s to the 1990s, the relations were practically frozen; there was no Soviet ambassador in Riyadh. After USSR envoys Karim Khakimov and Nazir Tyuryakulov were executed upon their return to the Soviet Union, King Abdel Aziz, who called them his friends, refused to accept new representatives from the Soviet state.

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[l] at 10/14/19 6:34am
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Saudi Arabia. Putin brought a special present to King Salman bin Abdel Aziz - an Arctic falcon that can be found in Kamchatka, in the Far East of Russia. The bird's name is Alpha. This is a Red Book bird species. There are only a few thousands of them left in Russia.As presidential aide Yuri Ushakov earlier said, Putin paid a visit to Saudi Arabia to discuss the situation in the Middle East and in North Africa. He will hold meetings with the Saudi King and a Crown Prince of the kingdom to discuss issues of military and technical cooperation.This is Putin's second visit to Saudi Arabia. Earlier, the Russian president visited the kingdom in February 2007.

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[l] at 10/14/19 5:33am
Residents of the city of Saratov come to bid farewell to Lisa Kiseleva, a nine-year-old girl, who was found dead on October 11. People bring bouquets of flowers and toys to the Church of Supreme Apostles Peter and Paul. Police units and volunteers with mourning bandages on their arms are on duty around the church. The girl went missing on October 9. Early in the morning she went to school, but did not appear there. On October 11 at night, she was found dead. A 35-year-old man was detained as a prime suspect. The man, Mikhail Tuvatin, was previously convicted for rape, robbery and sexual assault.The man confessed to killing the girl. He said that he had occupied an abandoned garage and hung a new lock on its doors. The little girl was passing the garage that fateful morning, saw the man and asked whether the garage was his. Tuvatin said that he became alarmed with the girl's question. The man dragged the girl inside and killed her there. On October 12, Tuvatin was arrested. He was put on trial behind closed doors in the town of Engels near Saratov to ensure safety of the participants in the process.The murder of the nine-year-old girl in Saratov sparked debate in Russia about the need to reinstate death penalty in the country. A survey was posted on the official VKontakte page of the State Duma of the Russian Federation about the need to reinstate death penalty for murderers of children and for pedophiles.Damir Vidmanov, a resident of Saratov, created a petition on social networks demanding "that the death penalty should be reinstated for proven crimes against the lives of children in order to protect the younger generation from nonhumans." His petition received the support from as many as 40,000 people in a few days. Several members of the Russian Parliament, the State Duma, supported the initiative. LDPR faction leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky noted that most Russian citizens want the death penalty back because they see it as an opportunity for fair retaliation. At the same time, international experience says that the death penalty is ineffective, Zhirinovsky added recalling cases of erroneous sentences. He also said that terrorists do not fear capital punishment. Dmitry Peskov, an official spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, said that the Kremlin did not discuss a possibility to reinstate the death penalty in Russia.Interestingly, Irina Kulyasova, the aunt of Lisa Kiseleva, spoke against the death penalty for  criminals. "Probably, life imprisonment would do. As for capital punishment, I would not want this case to become a precedent. As many people write now - "death for the death of a child" - we would not want that," she said. 

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[l] at 10/13/19 11:36am
By Stephen Lendman Most EU countries are allied with US-dominated NATO - a killing machine involved in smashing one sovereign state after another. It's responsible for vast destruction, millions of casualties, and appalling human misery from the rape of Yugoslavia and post-9/11 US-led wars of aggression - based on Big Lies and deception.

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[l] at 10/11/19 11:40am
Waging War on Iran Would Be Madness by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman) All nations the US doesn't control are on its target list for regime change, especially challengers to its hegemonic aims like China and Russia, along with oil rich ones like Iran and Venezuela.

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[l] at 10/11/19 10:18am
The article in The New York Times about the secret division of the GRU was quite objective, but one should talk the protection of Russia's national interests, rather than the "destabilization of Europe." The author of the publication, Michael Schwirtz, conducted an investigation into the activities of Russian special services. He indicated that the events related to the attempted poisoning of former Russian "spy" Sergei Skripal, Bulgarian arms dealer Emilian Gebrev, as well as the attempted coup in Montenegro and destabilization in Moldova were orchestrated by secret unit of Russian military intelligence known for its number 29155. Until recently, Western services considered the above-mentioned events as events of separate nature. However, it is now clear that they were part of a deliberate policy involving a special unit specializing in "subversion, sabotage and assassination," Schwirtz wrote.

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[l] at 10/9/19 6:49am
As regular readers of Pravda.Report are undoubtedly aware, ever since the National Football League (NFL) banned Colin Kaepernick a little more than three years ago for protesting racial injustice during the playing of the national anthem, I have been writing articles not only condemning this ban, but also the NFL ownership's blatant hypocrisy and shameless racism.  But after musician Jay-Z was signed to camouflage these realities, I realized a new approach might be necessary.  For readers who may not be familiar with the use of just first, last, or abbreviated names in the rap verse below, "Kaep" is a shortened version of "Kaepernick"; "Goodell" is the commissioner of the NFL and was instrumental in the duplicitous signing of Jay-Z; "John and Tommie" refer to the sprinters who protested during the playing of the national anthem at the 1968 Olympics; and Ali is, of course, the late, great Muhammad Ali, who caused outrage for refusing to be inducted into the military during America's war against Vietnam. Here's a little rap, so you can see

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[l] at 10/7/19 1:16am
Portuguese Legislative Elections: Alliance to the Left After four years of political stability, with a Socialist government supported by the Left Block (Bloco de Esquerda) and the CDU (Communists and Greens), the result of yesterday's legislative election in Portugal points towards a similar scenario, one in which the Left was a clear winner over the Right. The Socialist Party led by Prime Minister António Costa fell short of the 116 Members of Parliament necessary for an absolute majority (in a house of 230 MPs) and once again needs the consent of other parties to govern with stability. For the last four years, he relied on the support of the Left Block and CDU (Unitary Democratic Coalition, of the PCP - Communist Party and PEV - Ecological Party -Greens), a loose agreement called in Portuguese "geringonça" (contraption), but one that worked.

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[l] at 10/5/19 12:07pm
Hong Kong v. Iraq Protests by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman) US dirty hands are all over months of protests in Hong Kong, including orchestrated violence and chaos, targeting China's soft underbelly.

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[l] at 10/4/19 8:14am
The case of Joe Biden should be investigated in Ukraine not only in connection with his corruption at Burisma Group, but also in connection with his participation in the coup of 2014. According to the published transcript of the telephone conversation between Donald Trump and Vladimir Zelensky, the US President "asked" his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate into circumstances of the dismissal of the former Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Viktor Shokin. Shokin had investigated the activity of Burisma Group, whose directors included Hunter Biden - the son of Joe Biden, the current leader of the presidential campaign from the Democrats. In the USA, Joe Biden is suspected of corruption in Ukraine, for the purpose of which he had used his official position. In particular, he used his position in the interests of his son, who had been introduced to the administration of Burisma Group in 2014 (a gas production company in Ukraine). According to the Hill, the former Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Yuri Lutsenko, (Shokin's successor) was ready to give the White House leverage against Biden. Lutsenko himself denies the existence of the case against Hunter Biden, however, he confirms that there were cases on the investigation into company CEO, Nikolay Zlochevsky.

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[l] at 10/3/19 11:13am
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation showed a video of the combat-training launch of the silo-based Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile from the Plesetsk cosmodrome.The missile was launched to confirm the flight performance of the complex. The goals and objectives of the launch were met in full, and the missile successfully struck the target in Kamchatka.Earlier, the Ministry conducted a series of launches of Sineva and Bulava sea-based ballistic missiles. The missiles were launched from submarines in the Barents Sea and in the polar region of the Arctic Ocean. In July, the Russian military launched a Topol missile from the Kapustin Yar firing range in the Astrakhan Region of Southern Russia - the missile hit a conditional target at the firing range in Kazakhstan.The Ministry of Defense reported that it was planned to launch nine intercontinental ballistic missiles for the period from 2019 to 2021: two Sarmat missiles, three Yars ICBM launches and four Topol ICBM launches.

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[l] at 10/3/19 8:08am
Europe Subservient to US Imperial Interests by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman) On most geopolitical issues, Europe is subservient to a higher power in Washington under both right wings of its war party.

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[l] at 10/3/19 8:04am
John Huntsman, the outgoing US Ambassador to Russia, said that Russia and the United States had  big plans for developing bilateral relations, but they failed because of the incident in the Kerch Strait in November 2018.By that time, Russia and the United States had already reached certain agreements on the creation of a joint Council of Entrepreneurs and the Council of Experts to expand cooperation in the field of trade, Huntsman said in an interview with the Kommersant. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump were supposed to finalize all the details during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina. However, the meeting was canceled at the last moment due to the detention of Ukrainian sailors.Huntsman also said that Putin was supposed to visit Washington in the first half of 2019. Trump's return visit to Moscow was expected as well. Those plans were buried too - all because of the Kerch Strait incident. The ambassador noted that the exchange of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine opened an important window of opportunities that the countries should not miss. He said that resolving the Ukrainian crisis is an important condition for normalizing US-Russian relations. Huntsman did not rule out that negotiations on the establishment of the Council of Entrepreneurs and the Council of Experts could be resumed in the near future.In November 2018, three ships of the Ukrainian Navy entered the Russian territorial waters. The ships did not respond to warnings, and Russia was forced to begin dangerous manoeuvres. The Ukrainian ships and 24 crew members were detained. Ukraine considered those actions an act of military aggression.The Ukrainian sailors returned to their homeland as part of the exchange of prisoners between Moscow and Kiev, which took place on September 7.John Huntsman resigned in August. According to him, he resigned for family reasons and responsibilities that he needs to pursue in the States. October 3 marks his final working day in Russia.

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