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The SDNY’s arrest tonight of alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein is far too big for Donald Trump’s Attorney General William Barr to have stood in the way of. Barr doesn’t have a magic wand, and despite having a blank check from the Trump regime, there are things that even he can’t pull off. But Barr surely knew the arrest was coming, and there’s every reason to expect that he may have warned Trump about it – which would explain a lot.



Donald Trump woke up multiple times this week and began viciously attacking the Attorney General of New York, for reasons that weren’t clear to anyone but him. It suggested that the State of New York was about to fire off a criminal bombshell in Trump’s direction. To be clear, the SDNY is part of the federal government and has nothing whatsoever to do with the State of New York. But if William Barr told Trump that the SDNY was about to arrest Epstein, considering how little Trump knows about how the government works, it’s entirely plausible that Trump mistook that to mean the State of New York.




In any case, this impending arrest would explain why Donald Trump has been berserk all week in general. His tweets have been frantic even for him. In fact on Wednesday afternoon he fired off several of his greatest hits within the span of an hour, which led us to conclude that he’d just learned that a major bombshell was about to land. It would also explain why Trump seemed even more off his game than usual when he gave his Fourth of July speech; perhaps he was babbling about airports in colonial times because he was just that distracted by the Epstein news.


In any case, we’ll learn a whole lot more on Monday when the Jeffrey Epstein case is unsealed. It’s great news that the man is finally off the streets, and that he appears to be on his way to finally being brought to justice. But it sure looks like Donald Trump had advance notice that his pal Epstein was about to go down.

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Eurasia Review: The Middle East Crisis And Oil Price Expectations – Analysis

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By Shebonti Ray Dadwal and Dr. G. Balachandran*

Once again, the West Asia – or the Middle East – is on the boil as Washington and Tehran ratchet up the aggression. If President Donald Trump is to be believed, the American forces came close to attacking Iran after Tehran brought down an American drone; but backed off at the last minute, ostensibly to prevent killing 150 Iranians! A couple of vessels have also come under attack in the Gulf of Oman by unnamed attackers. The United States (US) and its Arab allies have pointed the finger at Iran.

Meanwhile, on July 01, 2019, Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency, quoting Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, reportedly confirmed that Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile has passed the 300-kilogram limit set under the July 2015 nuclear deal1 – formally, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). On July 03, President Hassan Rouhani even declared that Iran will begin, as early as July 07, enriching uranium “in any amount that we want” and would exceed the levels specified under the 2015 nuclear deal.2

After the recent JCPOA Joint Commission meeting held on June 28, while the European Union (EU) confirmed that the planned barter trading mechanism -the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) – was now “operational”, the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi observed that this may not be sufficient to change Iran’s decision to breach its JCPOA commitments, and that it would not abide by the deal until Iran was allowed to sell some of its oil.3 Therefore, the uncertainty around re-imposition of the earlier United Nations (UN) sanctions on Iran still remains and will only add to the volatility of oil prices in the near future.

Iran has also periodically been threatening to disrupt shipping
through the vital Strait of Hormuz through which a majority of the
region’s oil transits for (mainly) Asian consumers. Several nations,
including India, have responded by sending naval escorts to protect
their vessels traversing through these waters. As concerns over a
potential (though unlikely) conflict in the region grow, the pressing
issue of what a conflict would mean for the price of international
crude oil also needs to be addressed urgently. In the aftermath of the
recent US-Iran stand-off, both spot and future prices of crude oil
witnessed a five per cent hike. Although there is no supply shortage as
such, the price at which it is bought will impact on consumers.

As the third largest consumer of oil, with its current import dependency at more than 83 per cent, India’s economy is bound to feel the pinch of higher oil prices. With domestic production continuing to stagnate and the transport sector expected to register a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.5 per cent during the 2019-2024 period4, India’s thirst for oil is unlikely to abate in the near future. In fact, India is seen as potentially the largest market for oil over the next decade. This has a huge impact not only on India’s overall import bill, of which oil – and gas – imports make up the bulk, but also on the economy as a whole. With every US$ 10 per barrel hike in crude oil prices, India’s current account deficit (CAD) goes up by 0.4 per cent of GDP; every 10 per cent increase in prices can push up the inflation rate by 20 basis points.5 According to Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, India spent $111.9 billion on oil imports in 2018-19, up from $87.8 billion in the previous fiscal year.6

Organisations like the International Energy Agency (IEA) have been cutting their estimates for oil demand growth through 2019, citing the impact of trade issues between the US and China on the global economy, as well as growing concerns over the impact of hydrocarbons, particularly oil and coal, on climate change, which it says have led to a fall in the demand for oil.

In fact, till the recent attacks on the ships, prices were seen as being bearish. Several reasons have been cited for this phenomenon, the most prominent being the surge in the US shale oil production by 1.6 million barrels a day (mbd), compared to a year earlier, as well as an increase in the US inventories. Also, due to the ongoing US-China ‘trade war’, concerns regarding a slowing global economy have impacted on growth and therefore on the demand for oil, preventing a rise in prices. As per the latest estimates of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the world oil demand will rise by 1.14 mbd in 2019, which is 70,000 barrels per day less than previously expected.7

While all this may be good news for the new Indian Government
which took office in May 2019, the question is how can this bearish
trend in prices be sustained?

First, while most global oil majors and analysts agree that by the
late 2020s demand for liquid transport fuels will stop growing, the
demand for oil for petrochemicals, particularly olefins and aromatics,
will continue.

Second, with global upstream capital expenditure having fallen by
almost 45 per cent between 2014 and 2016, due to the price collapse, it
will have an impact on the new production. According to the IEA World Energy Outlook2017,
an additional 2.5 mbd of new production will be required for
conventional oil production to remain flat, given that it takes about
three to six years from project sanctioning to coming onstream.

Third, despite data from the US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) June 2019 drilling productivity report suggesting that the oil output from major shale formations is rising, it has also lowered its total oil production growth forecast. This is based on the rig count, an early indicator of future output, which has been declining over the past six months, due mainly to independent exploration and production (E&P) companies cutting their spending. Also, although advanced technology has arrested declines, the lateral lengths of the wells have increased substantially, as have the volume of water used in drilling.8

Fourth, Russia and the OPEC have agreed to roll over the
production cuts for another few months, possibly till the end of the
year, which saw prices go up slightly. As the US shale output starts
declining, further cutbacks from the group will see excess supply
disappearing. Without timely supplies entering into the market, prices
will start ascending eventually.

Under these circumstances, what can India do to reduce the impact on
its economy? Apart from strategic oil reserves, which can be accessed
in the event of a supply disruption, there are financial instruments
that can hedge price increases. These include hedging and options
contracts that allow oil companies to lock in the price of the oil they
contract to import in the future, which can soften the risk of sudden
spikes in oil prices.

While private oil companies, including Indian, as well as several
small countries systematically hedge against price increases, the
Indian state-owned companies – a far larger importer of crude oil –
continue to hesitate in employing such mechanisms, despite the Reserve
Bank of India (RBI) recommendations that they should go for hedging,
particularly for long futures contracts, fearing a backlash if prices
drop.

However, if prices do drop, a mechanism can be adopted whereby the
loss is spread over time, similar to the mechanism that is in place
for spreading the impact of higher oil prices over time. What is
important is that the market should put existing mechanisms that could
hedge against price spikes, which India is likely to see soon. Given
that India will remain dependent on the international market for the
foreseeable future, it is time that strategies and mechanisms are
employed to minimise such risks.

Views expressed are of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the IDSA or of the Government of India.

*About the authors:

  • Shebonti Ray Dadwal is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi
  • Dr. G. Balachandran is Consulting Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi.

Source: This article was published by IDSA

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Eurasia Review: The Gender Promotion Gap: Evidence From Central Banking – Analysis

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The underrepresentation of women in economics is perhaps nowhere as visible as in central banks. This column uses anonymised personnel data to analyse the career progression of men and women at the ECB. A wage gap in favour of men emerges within a few years of hiring, with one important driver being the presence of children. Women were also less likely to be promoted to a higher salary band up until 2010, when the ECB issued a statement supporting diversity and took measures to support gender balance. Following this change, the promotion gap disappears.

By Laura Hospido, Luc Laeven and Ana Lamo*

Economics remains a male-dominated field. In the US, women
account for 28.8% of PhD graduates but a mere 13.9% of full professors
in economics (CSWEP 2017). This underrepresentation of women is perhaps
nowhere as visible as in central banks (OMFIF 2019). For instance, as of
the date of writing, there is not a single woman on the 30-member
General Council of the ECB. A recent survey conducted by the American
Economic Association on the professional climate in the economics
profession paints a disheartening picture of an overly competitive and
hostile environment for women (AEA 2019).  What holds women back from
pursuing a career in economics?

What is behind the underrepresentation of women in economics?

Several explanations may account for the lack of women in high-level
positions in the economics profession. One possibility is that the pool
of potential applicants is male dominated. Despite recent efforts to
turn the tide, women remain less likely to study economics, and
macroeconomics in particular (Ginther and Kahn 2004). An alternative
explanation is that women are less likely to apply for promotions
because of gender differences in the preference for competitive
environments (Niederle and Versterlund 2007) or in bargaining abilities
in the labour market (Blackaby et al. 2005). The presence of children
and trade-offs between family and career may also hold back women from
pursuing promotions (Bertrand 2013). Finally, there may be gender-based
discrimination in promotion decisions (Goldin and Rouse 2000).

Which of these explanations is more relevant? And can corporate
diversity policies mitigate these biases? Despite a large body of
literature on gender differences, there is no agreement on the
importance of diversity policies and their impact on labour market
outcomes.

Addressing gender balance at the ECB

In a new paper (Hospido et al. 2019), we analyse the career
progression of men and women at the ECB, using confidential anonymised
personnel data from professional staff during the period 2003-2017. Our
analysis focuses on expert staff across four different salary bands
representing different levels of seniority (expert, senior expert,
principal expert, and advisor) in the policy areas, the research
department, and the statistics department. These are business areas
across which we observe considerable flows of staff over time. With this
selected group, we focus on a broadly homogeneous pool of staff in
terms of human capital and experience, ensuring comparability across
individuals.

We find that a wage gap emerges between men and women within a few
years of hiring, despite broadly similar entry conditions in terms of
salary levels and other observables. One important driver of this wage
differential is the presence of children. We also find that women are
less likely to be promoted to a higher salary band up until 2010, when
the ECB issued a public statement supporting diversity and took several
measures to support gender balance. Following this change, the promotion
gap disappears. 

Figure 1 shows in more detail that this change in diversity policies
had material effects on gender differences in promotion outcomes. The
figure focuses on promotions from salary band F/G, which is the
entry-level salary band for professional economists at the ECB. The
gender gap in promotions is defined as the difference in the promotion
rates of men and women. The promotion gap narrowed from 2011 onwards,
following the policy change. While prior to 2011, the gender promotion
gap stood at over 36% after ten years since entry, this gap decreased to
about 8% on average after 2011, or a decline of about 80%.

Figure 1 Gender gap in the probability of promotion from salary band F/G (before 2011 and from 2011 onwards) 

Using 2012-2017 data on promotion applications and decisions, we
explore the promotion process in depth, and confirm that during this
most recent period, women are as likely to be promoted as men. This
results from a lower probability of women applying for promotion,
combined with a higher probability of women being selected conditional
on having applied. We coin this reluctance to apply for promotions the
‘gender applications gap’. Following promotion, women perform better in
terms of salary progression, suggesting that the higher probability of
being selected is based on merit, not positive discrimination. We do not
find evidence that the composition of the selection committee,
including the fraction of women on the panel, alters these results.
Taken together, these results point to the effectiveness of corporate
diversity policies in reducing gender bias in promotions and lend
support to supply-side explanations for the existence of remaining
gender differences in promotion outcomes. 

We make three contributions to the literature. 

  • First, we are the first to exploit the complete personnel
    records of a large organisation to analyse gender bias in career
    progression and promotion decisions. This allows a more comprehensive
    analysis of career progression across various job levels within an
    organisation, in contrast to much of the literature that focuses on
    gender differences at corporate board or leadership levels. 
  • Second, in contrast to much of the literature on promotion
    decisions, we simultaneously consider the role of promotion applications
    and decisions when identifying the drivers of the promotion gap.
    Analysing promotion decisions without accounting for gender gaps in
    applications would bias the results. We are able to do so because we
    have information on both promotion applications and decisions, while
    existing literature has focused on only one of these dimensions. 
  • Third, we exploit a change in the ECB’s gender policy to assess the
    impact of corporate diversity policies on promotion outcomes. While the
    economics literature has assessed the impact of gender quotas for
    corporate board seats on corporate decisions, to our knowledge we are
    the first to consider the impact of broad-based corporate diversity
    policies on female labour market outcomes.

Policy implications

Our results suggest that institutional efforts to reduce the gender
promotion gap may have to include measures aimed at lowering the
barriers for women to seek and apply for promotion opportunities. Such
measures could range from offering assertiveness and interview trainings
to enhanced child support benefits and services. More generally,
efforts to curb the overly competitive and hostile environment in the
profession seem desirable. Understanding the main drivers of the
observed gender promotion gap is critically important to improve our
understanding of how we can close the gender gap and ensure that women
are adequately represented.

Authors’ note: The views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the ECB, the Banco de España or the Eurosystem.

*About the authors:

  • Laura Hospido, Economist, Banco de España
  • Luc Laeven, Director-General of the Directorate General Research, European Central Bank and CEPR Research Fellow
  • Ana Lamo, Senior Economist, ECB

References:

American Economic Association (2019), “AEA Professional Climate Survey: Main Findings”.

Bertrand, M (2013), “Career, Family, and the Well-Being of College Educated Women,” American Economic Review 103(3): 244-250.

Blackaby, D, A L Booth, and J Frank (2005), “Outside Offers and the
Gender Pay Gap: Empirical Evidence from the UK Academic Labour Market,” Economic Journal 115(501): F81-F107.

Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP) (2017), Annual Report, American Economic Association.

Ginther, D K and S Kahn (2004), “Women in Economics: Moving Up or Falling Off the Academic Ladder”, Journal of Economic Perspectives 18(3): 193-214.

Goldin, C and C Rouse (2000), “Orchestrating Impartiality: the Impact of ‘Blind’ Auditions on Female Musicians,” American Economic Review 40: 715-742.

Hospido, L, L Laeven and A Lamo (2019), “The Gender Promotion Gap: Evidence from Central Banking”, CEPR Discussion Paper 13678.

Niederle, M and L Vesterlund (2007), “Do Women Shy Away from Competition? Do Men Compete Too Much?”, Quarterly Journal of Economics 122(3): 1067-1101.

Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) (2019), Banking on Balance: Diversity in Central Banks and Public Investment.

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Eurasia Review: Crisis In Georgia: Russians Challenge Putin’s Civilizationalist Ambition – Analysis

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A political crisis in the former Soviet republic of
Georgia challenges the fundament of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s civilizationalist effort to project Russia as a major power whose defense of the Russian
Diaspora allows it to redefine the country’s borders
.

The challenge emerged as protesters demanded the resignation of
interior minister Giorgi Gakharia
  for violently breaking
up
demonstrations against the Georgian parliament’s invitation to Russian communist lawmaker Sergei Gavrilov and
Russia’s de facto occupation of two Georgian regions, Abkhazia and South
Ossetia
.

More than 240 people were
injured
when police fired rubber bullets and water cannons to turn back crowds trying to enter parliament on June
20.

Georgia fought a five-day war in 2008 against Russia
that resulted in Russian forces leaving behind large contingents of troops in the two Georgian breakaway regions.

A 2018 survey by the Center for Insights in Survey
Research concluded that 85 percent of Georgians consider Russia a “political threat.”

Mr. Putin’s spokesman Dimitry Peskov and state-run
media described the protests that have entered their third week as “Russophobic
hysteria.”

In
response, the government sought to disrupt tourism
and trade and squeeze Georgia economically by stopping Russian airlines
from flying to Georgia as of July 8 citing their debts and safety issues
and advising
tour operators to drop the country as a destination.

Mr. Peskov said the flight ban was to protect the
safety of Russian tourists.

An estimated 1.4 million Russians visited Georgia in
2018. Tourism last year accounted for almost eight percent of Georgia’s GDP.

Russian trading standards body Rospotrebnadzo
warned about a “decline in
quality” of Georgian wine
in a signal that the government could increase pressure by banning one of Georgia’s major exports.
Georgia exports 70 percent of its wine to Russia.

“The
issue is simply for Georgia to return to a
non-Russophobic path. As soon as we see that, then we can think about
re-examining the decisions that have been taken,” Mr. Peskov said.

Members
of Georgia’s ethnic Russian community and
Russian journalists, however, rejected Moscow’s assertions that they
were threatened by the protests or widespread anti-Russian sentiment.

“Nothing
near the horrors that Russian television has
been broadcasting…is happening here. I’m walking around with my
perfectly Russian physiognomy, asking questions in Russian and do not
encounter a shred of
anything even remotely reminiscent of hostility.” said Russian
journalist Aleksey Romanov on YouTube.

Russians are not being
chased down with “torches and pitchforks,”
Anna Trofimenko, a 31-year old Russian web designed in the Georgian capital of
Tbilisi told Eurasianet. Ms. Trofimenko added that Georgians had good reason to be critical of Russia.

Some
Russian analysts suggested that Mr. Putin was
turning a mouse into an elephant to demonstrate Russian power and the
government’s commitment to a state that defines its borders in
civilizational rather
than national terms.

Mr. Putin alluded to his civilizationalist
aspirations
in an interview with the Financial Times as he was leaving for last month’s Group of 20 summit in
Japan.

Mr.

Putin bemoaned the fact that “25m ethnic Russians found themselves
living outside the Russian Federation. Listen, is this not a tragedy? A
huge one! And
family relations? Jobs? Travel? It was nothing but a disaster.” Mr.
Putin was referring to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Mr. Putin’s remarks loom larger than a moan against the backdrop of his endorsement in 2013 of a civilizationalist foreign policy

whose objectives included “ensuring comprehensive protection of rights
and legitimate interests of Russian citizens and compatriots residing
abroad.”

That year, Mr. Putin illustrated the flexibility of his notion of
compatriots when he noted that Russia and Ukraine had “common
traditions, a common
mentality, a common history and a common culture. We have very similar
languages. In that respect, I want to repeat again, we
are one people
.”

Unmarked Russian forces entered Crimea a year
later. Russia subsequently annexed Crimea following a referendum in
which Crimeans voted
to join the Russian Federation.

Russia also intervened in support of pro-Russian
groups in the Donbass area of Ukraine as well as the self-declared
regions of the
Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.

At the core of Mr. Putin’s philosophy is Eurasia’s
21st century Great Game that aims to shape a new world order
in an environment in which a critical mass of world leaders, including
US President
Donald J. Trump, Chinese president Xi Jinping, Indian prime minister
Narendra Modi and the leaders of Brazil, Hungary, Turkey, Israel, Saudi
Arabia, the
United Arab Emirates and the Philippines, effectively agree on illiberal principles of
governance.

That tacit understanding reduces the Great Game to a
power struggle in which players jockey for their share of the pie.

Far-right anti-Semitic ideologues associated with the
Moscow-based Izborsk Club, who influenced Mr. Putin’s thinking, describe their country’s stake in the game as
“restoring Russia as a Eurasian empire.”

The club was , named after a 16th century
Muscovite fortress that protected Russia’s north-western border.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov put anti-Russian sentiment in Georgia squarely in that
context.

“The
Western overseers are prepared to close their
eyes to the excesses of nationalists, to Russophobia, even if it severs
all ties of the Georgian people with our country. We are soberly
assessing the role
of the United States and its allies in the world arena,” Mr. Lavrov
said.

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Третий “отравитель” Скрипалей в 2016 и 2017 году несколько раз бывал в Швейцарии. Об этом сообщает The Insider.

По данным издания, речь идет о человеке, который якобы курировал подозреваемых по делу об отравлении экс-полковника …

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Защитник “Зенита” Бранислав Иванович поделился мнением от поражения в матче за Суперкубок России от московского “Локомотива”.

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Russia News: Новости Кавказского Узла: Участники акции в Ереване призвали освободить сестер Хачатурян

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Шествие в поддержку сестер Хачатурян, состоявшееся в центре Ереване, объединило противников домашнего насилия, заявила правозащитница Заруи Ованнисян.

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Russia News: Lenta.ru : Новости: Британии диагностировали «политический нервный срыв»

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Великобритания берет на себя огромные риски из-за выхода страны из Евросоюза. Бывший глава MI6 заявил, что из-за Brexit страна подвергает огромному риску международный статус и устойчивость британской экономики. «Мы переживаем политический нервный срыв», — сказал он.

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Earlier on Saturday French President Emmanuel Macron reportedly had an hour-long phone talk with his Iranian counterpart, President Hassan Rouhani, discussing conditions for a dialogue resumption between all parties of the JCPOA agreement.

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Saved Stories – None: Merkel Seeks to Reassure Western Balkans On EU, Stresses ‘Strategic Interest’

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought to reassure Western Balkan nations that support for their membership in the European Union remains strong, stressing that it is in the bloc’s “strategic interest” to bring in the new members.

Merkel told a Western Balkan summit in Poznan, Poland, on Friday that concerns expressed by French President Emmanuel Macron that the countries’ governance mechanisms become more efficient should not delay accession talks.

“I share President Macron’s view that the EU’s working mechanisms must be improved,” she said. “I don’t see that as an abandonment of the accession talks.”

She added that the accession process for Balkan nations aspiring for membership — Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and North Macedonia — was sufficiently lengthy to allow time for improvements to be made.

North Macedonia hailed

Speaking at a news conference as the summit concluded, Merkel singled out North Macedonia’s “courage” in trying to overcome divisive issues with its neighbors, especially a dispute over its name with Greece.

Athens opposed the country’s use of the name Macedonia, saying it implied territorial designs on the Greek province of the same name. A compromise was reached, leading Skopje to change the country’s name to North Macedonia.

“That was a huge step. We waited for years for this step and we are very relieved,” Merkel said.

“I look optimistically toward the autumn” for the opening of membership talks, she added.

Last month, EU member states postponed until October a decision on whether to open accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania, amid resistance from some bloc members, including France and the Netherlands.

The latest EU strategy for the region suggests membership for Montenegro and Serbia by 2025, but officials have said that goal is “extremely ambitious.”

FILE – Polish President Andrzej Duda speaks during a news conference at the White House, June 12, 2019, in Washington.

Polish President Andrzej Duda, who hosted the Poznan summit, criticized the EU for delaying accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia and urged the bloc to offer the Balkan states a clear path toward EU membership.

The Balkan states should not be asked to participate in a race “where they cannot see the finish line,” Duda said Friday.

Some EU leaders worry that too many delays on the EU’s part could allow Russia, Turkey and China to increase their influence in the region.

“Russia has used a variety of instruments to exercise — often pernicious — influence in the region,” the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group said in a report last month.

This article contains material from AP, Reuters and dpa.

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Saved Stories – None: Russian-led assault in Syria leaves over 500 civilians dead – The Jerusalem Post

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Russian-led assault in Syria leaves over 500 civilians dead  The Jerusalem Post

At least 544 civilians have been killed and over 2,000 people injured since a Russian-led assault on the last rebel bastion in northwestern Syria began two …

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Trump Investigations from Michael_Novakhov (96 sites): 1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “US elections and russia” – Google News: We must act to protect our elections |Paula Dockery – Tallahassee.com

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We must act to protect our elections |Paula Dockery  Tallahassee.com

We also know that attempts were made in at least two Florida counties to breach their voter rolls.

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Last Friday morning, President Jimmy Carter bravely broke taboo by saying that Russian interference in the 2016 election put Trump into office and so, Trump has been ruling all this time as an illegitimate President. On the heels of Carter’s assertion, two new important studies about Russian meddling were released that pick up just where Carter left off. These studies show that Russian interference has had significant effects and that it will take a sea change in our government’s attitude to counter the Russian threat in a meaningful way.



On Sunday morning, Politico reported on a 151-page white paper that it received from the Pentagon, entitled “Russian Strategic Intentions.” Prepared for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the paper sounds the alarm that the United States is basically asleep at the wheel as Russia continues its aggressive campaign to undermine democracies around the world. One of its key observations is that Russia’s efforts “are most effective when the target is deeply polarized or lacks the capacity to resist and respond effectively to Russian aggression.” To combat further interference, the paper calls for an “aligned and synchronized” approach across all of government. Call me crazy, but I don’t see Donald “You’re the puppet!” Trump getting on board with this proposal anytime soon.




The next day, NBC News reported that a University of Tennessee, Knoxville study suggests that if you think Russia’s propaganda campaign through social media had no real effect on the results of the 2016 election, think again. The study found that every 25,000 retweets by Russian trolls translated into a 1 percent favorable increase for Trump in opinion polls. Note that this study did not even consider the effects of other types of serious interference such as the GRU’s hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.


As for whether Russia’s social media interference itself turned the election, Damian Ruck, the study’s lead researcher, wrote in an article for The Conversation that “we still don’t know,” although now “we may be a step closer to knowing the answer.” But, as Ruck then astutely noted, “given that all Clinton needed to flip the election in her favor was an additional 75,000 votes in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, it is a prospect that should be taken seriously.”

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