Russia News: Вести.Ru: Овечкин, Кузнецов и Дадонов сыграют в одном звене в матче с Финляндией

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В субботу, 4 мая хоккейная сборная России в рамках заключительного этапа Еврохоккейтура в чешском Брно сыграет с командой Финляндии. Стали известны сочетания звеньев сборной России на предстоящий матч.

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Russia News: Взгляд: Трампу не понравились разговоры о вторжении в Венесуэлу

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Президент США Дональд Трамп сомневается, что разведка страны предоставляет надежную информацию о ситуации в Венесуэле, сообщают СМИ.

По данным источников CNN, Трамп призывает быть «осторожнее» и «выражает недовольство» открытыми заявлениями членов своей администрации о возможном вторжении в Венесуэлу. 

С такими заявлениями выступали глава Госдепа Майкл Помпео и советник президента по нацбезопасности Джон Болтон, передает ТАСС.

Трамп «задает вопросы о надежности разведывательной информации США». Утверждалось, будто высшее руководство Венесуэлы готово поддержать оппозицию, но после того, как военные сохранили верность венесуэльскому лидеру Николасу Мадуро, Трамп «стало более скептически» настроен.

Трамп настойчиво задает вопросы о том, насколько «надежна» информация, поступающая от самопровозглашенного президента Венесуэлы Хуана Гуайдо, а также верна ли интерпретация данных. Кроме того, Трамп интересуется, хорошо ли продумал Гуайдо план прихода к власти в стране.

Напомним, Гуайдо в пятницу не исключил иностранного военного вмешательства для свержения Мадуро. Перед этим Помпео заявлял, что Вашингтон, если потребуется, может начать в Венесуэле военную операцию. 

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Russia News: Взгляд: Boeing со 136 людьми на борту свалился в реку в США

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Коммерческий самолет Boeing 737 компании Miami Air, на борту которого находилось 136 человек, свалился в реку в американском штате Флорида, сообщила морская авиабаза Джексонвилла.

Все пассажиры остались в живых, передает ТАСС со ссылкой на Reuters.

Boeing совершал чартерный рейс, летел из залива Гуантанамо на Кубе, передает РИА «Новости» со ссылкой на СNN.

Би-би-си сообщает, что самолет при посадке выкатился за пределы взлетно-посадочной полосы и угодил в реку рядом с Джексонвиллом.

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Russia News: Sputnik International – Breaking News & Analysis – Radio, Photos, Videos, Infographics: New Emperor of Japan Naruhito Addresses People With 1st Speech

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TOKYO (Sputnik) – Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako first appeared before the people on Saturday three days after the enthronement, and the emperor addressed the people with a short speech for the first time.

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Trump Investigations from Michael_Novakhov (85 sites): 1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “Comey” – Google News: James Comey warns Russia will help get Trump re-elected in 2020 – Yahoo News

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James Comey warns Russia will help get Trump re-elected in 2020  Yahoo News

Comey warns ‘they will be back again’; reaction from retired FBI special agent John Iannarelli and former deputy assistant attorney general John Yoo,

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“fbi” – Google News: Fmr. FBI official: Trump’s silence on Russian interference with Putin is ‘assent’ – MSNBC

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Fmr. FBI official: Trump’s silence on Russian interference with Putin is ‘assent’  MSNBC

Frank Figliuzzi tells Joy Reid that Trump not bringing up Russian interference on his phone call with Putin is essentially giving Putin a green light to interfere in …

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Russia News: Blogs from Michael_Novakhov (21 sites): The FBI News Review: “political criminology” – Google News: How to stop killer cops, by experts – Daily Trust

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North Korea reported to have launched short-range missiles  Financial Times

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Russia News: Lenta.ru : Новости: Северная Корея запустила ракету в сторону Японии

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Северная Корея запустила ракету малой дальности в направлении Японского моря. Испытательный пуск ракеты был произведен из района порта Вонсан на восточном побережье страны. По данным южнокорейских военных, ракета была запущена в 9:06 (3:06 по мск).

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Russia News: Газета.Ru – Новости дня: “Хотели в историю? Действуйте”: депутат Рады обратился к Зеленскому

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Депутат украинской Рады Евгений Мураев опубликовал видеозапись, в который обратился к избранному президенту страны Владимиру Зеленскому. Она размещена на его странице в фейсбуке.

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Trump calls bombshell report on alleged campaign spying ‘bigger than ­Watergate’  New York Post

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Eurasia Review: Why Turkey And America Cannot Compromise In Syria – Analysis

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By Aaron Stein*

(FPRI) — After three days of talks in Turkey, representatives from Washington and Ankara failed to reach agreement on the terms of a proposed safe zone in northeastern Syria. The two sides, treaty allies since 1952, share such widely divergent interests in Syria that compromise appears exceedingly difficult, if not impossible. The reasons for these divergent interests are often described as an outcome of a half-hearted American intervention in Syria, where a small and limited military operation to oust the Islamic State resulted in a military partnership with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) affiliate in Syria, the Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG). The YPG is the core component of the U.S.-supported Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the militia that Washington depends on to hold the territory taken from Islamic State. This is only half the story and does not capture the nuance of the slow and painful deterioration of Turkish-American relations.

The United States has sought to ameliorate Turkish security concerns through a proposal
that establishes joint-combat patrols and pledges to ensure that the
YPG does not threaten Turkey from territory inside Syria. Ankara, in
contrast, has pushed to control
a territorially contiguous, 32 kilometer-deep zone that would be free
of Kurdish elements that Ankara deems politically unsatisfactory. After
four formal, high-level government-to-government meetings, the two sides
are nowhere closer to overcoming this divergence.

Now, after all of these meetings, the
two sides remain in the “talking phase,” which has intrinsic value on
its own, but does not mean that an agreement is any closer to
materializing. The refusal to make (or accept) concessions is, on both
sides, a political choice. However, both capitals’ choices reflect a
clear reality: Washington has decided that a hardline, anti-Iran/Assad
policy is more valuable for U.S foreign goals than its relationship with
the Turkish government. Ankara, in contrast, has chosen a hardline,
anti-Kurdish approach as more vital to its own interests. These twin
decisions reflect the desires of Presidents Trump and Erdogan—and it
underscores just how fraught the relationship has become.

The root of the problem is that
Washington views Sunni-majority, transnational Jihadist groups as a
military problem that justifies the use of force abroad.
Turkey, in contrast, views this threat as a law enforcement issue, and
views the problem as limited to within its own borders. For the Kurdish
issue, Ankara has committed
to using force abroad, in Iraq and Syria, to deny safe haven in a
policy that mimics Washington’s concerns about transnational Jihadists.
The threat of a transnational Kurdish movement, for Turkey, is
considered an existential struggle that could, at its extreme, split the
country into two along ethnic boundary lines. The United States, quite
simply, does not share this concern. Instead, Washington views Kurdish
terrorism as a political irritant and as an issue that could be dealt
with through political inducements and proper law enforcement.

This key divergence in threat perceptions explains why, since late 2015,
the two sides have drifted so far apart on how to prosecute the war
against Islamic State. Ankara viewed the terror group as an outgrowth of
the Syrian civil war. Therefore, to combat ISIS effectively, the United
States should have focused on eliminating the root of the problem:
Bashar al-Assad’s brutal governance. Washington, in contrast, correctly
viewed Ankara’s policy prescriptions as “mission creep” and part of a
broader effort to enlist the United States in a military campaign to
topple the Syrian regime. In the end, both the Obama and Trump
administrations opted to pursue a narrow, counter-terrorism mission linked the territorial defeat of Islamic State.

However, as the U.S. succeeded in its
primary goal, the mission in Syria shifted to reflect the desires of
hawks in the Trump administration. Hardliners like National Security
Advisor John Bolton have made the case
that the physical American presence in northeast Syria can be used to
strangle the Syrian regime, which alongside more sanctions on Iran,
could make life so miserable for both countries that they make political
concessions to Washington.

Ankara does not share this point of view. It is simply a fact that after years of working to topple Assad, Ankara has (since 2015)
shifted its priorities to focus on three interrelated priorities.
First, through pressure on Washington, Ankara is determined to deny safe
haven to the SDF. Second, through its control of northern Aleppo and
Afrin, both taken by military force, Turkey is investing resources to
create a livable space for Syrian refugees to return home. Third, to
ensure that Ankara has a say in how the conflict is settled, Turkey is working with Russia on convening a committee of Syrians from rival camps to draft a new Syrian constitution.

In each one of these cases, the United
States is an irritant to Turkish policy planning. These terms, of
course, will include hardline demands on no serious devolution of
political or military concession to any Kurdish-governed entity in the
northeast. Washington, in contrast, now views Syria’s northeast as
leverage against the regime, and will soon try to resuscitate a rival
forum to the constitutional committee talks that Ankara and Moscow are
spearheading.

This is not a picture of two countries
on the cusp of reaching agreement on an overarching vision for Syria.
Ankara and Washington are competing in Syria to achieve different
outcomes. Turkey can live with a small, token American ground presence
so long as it can isolate (and then kill) the Kurdish leaders that
Washington has fought alongside for 4 years. Washington is prepared to
live with a small, token Turkish ground presence, so long as they do not
kill the ground forces that U.S. forces depend on to hold territory
taken from ISIS.

Given this reality, talks may continue, but compromise and actual negotiations may be impossible.

*About the author: Aaron Stein is the Director of the Middle East Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

Source: This article was published by FPRI

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Eurasia Review: Will We Be Able To Resurrect The Dead?

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The definition of death has always been very straightforward. But what if death isn’t the end? Published in the journal ‘Nature’,
a breakthrough study investigating whether certain functions might be
restored long after death is blurring the lines between life and death.
It raises medical hopes, but also leads to bioethical issues. At what
point is an animal, or even a human, dead?

Is death still the end?

Yale
University scientists have revived the cellular activity in 32 brains
from pigs that had been slaughtered for food 4 hours earlier. They put
the brains into an apparatus in their lab and began pumping a specially
designed blood substitute through the organs. They developed the
so-called BrainEx system used to pump artificial nutrients into the
brains’ vascular network.

However, the research team emphasised
that the treated brains didn’t show any electrical activity that would
indicate perception, awareness or consciousness. The brains couldn’t
think or sense anything, the researchers stressed. “Clinically defined,
this is not a living brain, but it is a cellularly active brain,”
Zvonimir Vrselja, study co-author and associate researcher in
neuroscience at the Yale School of Medicine told ‘Reuters’.

Essentially,
they were still dead brains, so why does the experiment matter? It
transforms ideas about how the brain dies. Until now, the belief was
that death occurred quickly and irreversibly without oxygen supply.
Quoted in the ‘BBC’,
lead researcher and senior author Nenad Sestan said: “Cell death in the
brain occurs across a longer time window that we previously thought.
What we are showing is the process of cell death is a gradual, stepwise
process. And that some of those processes can be either postponed,
preserved or even reversed.” He added: “We don’t yet have knowledge
whether we would be able to restore normal brain function.”

Challenging assumptions about human brain damage

In an accompanying ‘Nature’ commentary,
bioethicists Stuart Youngner and Insoo Hyun of the Case Western Reserve
School of Medicine in Cleveland note if such work results in better
techniques for resuscitating the brain in people, it could further
complicate decisions about when to remove organs for transplant. They’re
concerned about what a brain life support system might mean for those
waiting for organ transplants.

The two bioethicists encourage
healthy debate. “In our view, the BrainEx study, and the follow-up work
it will surely inspire, flag the need for more open discussion. Debate
involving everyone — from neuroscientists and policymakers to patients
and medical personnel — could help to clarify which criteria make
someone eligible for organ donation versus resuscitation. Such
discussions can also explore how to ensure that organ donation can be
integrated into end-of-life care with minimal controversy.”

They conclude: “Researchers are a long way from being able to restore structures and functions in the brains of people who would today be declared dead. But, in our view, it is not too early to consider how this type of research could affect the growing population of critically ill patients who are waiting for kidneys, livers, lungs or hearts.”

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Eurasia Review: Pentagon Doesn’t Want To Report On Its Failed War In Afghanistan – OpEd

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By Ryan McMaken*

The US military’s Afghanistan operation is going so well, the US military wants to stop telling you about it.

According to the AP:

“Amid a battlefield stalemate in Afghanistan, the U.S. military has stopped releasing information often cited to measure progress in America’s longest war…

“The move fits a trend of less information being released about the war in recent years…”

“A government watchdog agency that monitors the U.S. war effort, now in its 18th year, said in a report to Congress on Wednesday that the U.S. military command in Kabul is no longer producing “district control data,” which shows the number of Afghan districts — and the percentage of their population — controlled by the government compared to the Taliban.

“The last time the command released this information, in January, it showed that Afghan government control was stagnant or slipping.”

In other words, the US’s 2-trillion-dollar effort there is going nowhere. So they’re going to stop telling you about it.

This shouldn’t be surprising, of course. Government legitimacy in
general relies to a large extent on deception and on withholding
information about the true cost, incompetence, and destruction of
government programs and government policies.Governments hate releasing
data on employee salaries, audits, spending, and metrics. Unless, of
course, those metrics make the government look good.

Coming up with that make-us-look-good metric is often easy to do
because it’s easy for government agencies to track data on “how much
stuff bought for x number of people” or “how many jobs created for Y
number of government employees.” Then, all they have to do is exclude
any data about how many people weren’t hired in the private
sector because of government regulations and government taxes. They
never mention the “stuff” that millions didn’t get because of higher
taxes. Governments naturally don’t even try to collect that sort of data.

A similar phenomenon is seen in foreign policy. We hear all about how
the government killed a dictator (i.e., Saddam Hussein or Moamar
Qaddafi) while conveniently leaving out the fact these “humanitarian”
missions just created power vacuums which paved the way for the rise of
terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda.

When it comes to government programs, it’s all benefits, and no costs.

So who can be surprised the Pentagon now wants to hide the fact the
Afghanistan War is accomplishing nothing. After all, this might make it
easier to point out the Pentagon is hugely over-funded. Moreover, the
Pentagon has no idea what it even does with its money, since, as Reuters
reported in 2016:

The Defense Department’s Inspector General, in a June
report, said the Army made $2.8 trillion in wrongful adjustments to
accounting entries in one quarter alone in 2015, and $6.5 trillion for
the year. Yet the Army lacked receipts and invoices to support those
numbers or simply made them up.

Disclosure of the Army’s manipulation of numbers is the latest
example of the severe accounting problems plaguing the Defense
Department for decades.

Unfortunately, it’s fairly easy for military organizations to get
away with this sort of fraud and data manipulation because they can
always claim “national security” demands it. Many voters — often
including those who fancy themselves proponents of “limited government”
are happy to play along and declare the taxpayers have no right to
second-guess the “experts.”

The idea is the taxpaying public is too stupid or too ignorant to
have anything other than worthless opinions when it comes to military
and foreign affairs beyond the borders of the United States. Modern
Americans have typically caved to this bullying tactic. Writing in the
1990s, however, at the end of the Cold War, Samuel Francis noted that such an attitude is incompatible with a free society :

The self-sufficiency, the civic independence, of the
citizens of a republic, the idea that the citizens should support
themselves economically, should be able to defend themselves,educate
themselves, and discipline themselves, is closely connected to the idea
of public virtue…A self governing people is simply too busy, as a rule,
with the concerns of self-government to take much interest in other
peoples’ business…A self-governing people generally abhors secrecy in
government and rightly distrusts it. The only way, then, in which those
intent upon…the expansion of their power over other peoples, can succeed
is by diminishing the degree of self-government in their own society.
They must persuade the self-governing people that there is too much
self-government going around, that the people themselves simply are not
smart enough or well-informed enough to deserve much say in such
complicated matters as foreign policy…We hear it…every time an American
President intones that “politics stop at the water’s edge.” Of course,
politics do not stop at the water’s edge unless we as a people are
willing to surrender a vast amount of control over what the government
does in military, foreign, economic, and intelligence affairs.

Meanwhile, the government insists that the taxpayers have no right to privacy themselves. It’s the taxpayers who need to be monitored, it seems. And Donald Trump apparently agrees. The Washington Post reported yesterday:

The Trump administration has signaled in recent weeks
that it may seek the permanent renewal of a surveillance law that has,
among other things, enabled the National Security Agency to gather and
analyze Americans’ phone records as part of terrorism investigations,
according to five U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

So, while the military is cutting back on letting the public see its failures, the national security state insists that those who pay the bills submit to ever higher levels of surveillance.

*About the author: Ryan McMaken (@ryanmcmaken) is a senior editor at the Mises Institute.

Source: This article was published by the MISES Institute

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