«Foreign Affairs» (Фо́рин аффе́рс) — американский журнал по тематике международных отношений и внешней политики США, выходящий шесть раз в год. Издатель — Совет по международным отношениям. Журнал считается наиболее авторитетным в вопросах внешней политики США.
Журнал выходит с 1922 года; основателем и первым редактором (до 1927 года) был Арчибальд Кэри Кулидж.
Тираж журнала рос:
- 1922 год — 5 тысяч экземпляров;
- 1959 год — 27 тысяч;
- 1963 год — 57 тысяч;
- 1976 год — 72,5 тысячи;
- 2014 год — 170 тысяч
Позиция по отношению к СССР
Уже первый номер содержал статью самого Кулиджа «Россия после Генуи и Гааги», которая после анализа новой экономической политики и дипломатических усилий большевистского государства высказывала сомнения в долговечности текущего курса большевиков и предлагала «четыре очевидных возможности» развития (контрреволюция, экономическая реставрация капитализма, раскол партии большевиков с возвратом к жёсткой коммунистической идеологии и рост экономических проблем, в результате которых страна «впадет в анархию, развалившись на куски»). За первые 50 лет существования в журнале были опубликованы 220 статей по советской тематике (почти по одной статье в каждом номере). По утверждению Р. С. Овинникова, «ни одна из них не была дружелюбной» Вики
Foreign Affairs — семнадцатый эпизод девятого сезона мультсериала «Гриффины».
On Monday, June 2, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Center for Strategic and International Studies will co-host a symposium entitled “[email protected]: The Evolution of Treasury’s National Security Role,” marking the 10th anniversary of the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI). Secretary Jacob J. Lew will deliver remarks on the Department’s role in advancing U.S. national security and foreign policy and the event will convene senior Administration officials, former government and Congressional leaders, and other foreign policy experts in academia and the private sector to discuss the future of financial tools, financial transparency, and financial intelligence as a means of advancing our national security. The symposium recognizes TFI's important work to disrupt and dismantle the financial networks of terrorist organizations, proliferators of weapons of mass destruction, drug traffickers, and transnational organized criminals as well as to protect the U.S. financial system from abuse. Since its establishment in 2004, TFI has marshalled the Department’s intelligence, regulatory, policy and enforcement authorities to combat the most significant threats to U.S. national security and advance key foreign policy objectives. Below are additional details on the impressive speakers and panelists that will be participating. The whole event will be broadcasted live on USTREAM here. Monday, June 2, 2014 Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington, DC 8:40 a.m. Introductory Remarks David S. Cohen Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, U.S. Department of the Treasury 8:45 a.m. Morning Keynote Jacob J. Lew Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury Introduction: John J. Hamre President, CEO, and Pritzker Chair, CSIS 9:05 a.m. Panel I: Leveraging Financial Tools to Advance National Security Tom Donilon Distinguished Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations Former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley Chairman of the Board, U.S. Institute of Peace Former National Security Adviser Moderator: Andrea Mitchell Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News 10:15 a.m. Morning Remarks Stuart Levey Chief Legal Officer, HSBC Holdings plc Former Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence 10:30 a.m. Panel II: Financial Intelligence: Redefining and Reshaping National Security Keith Alexander Former Director of the National Security Agency Jane Harman Director, President, and CEO, Wilson Center Former Representative (D-CA) Michèle Flournoy CEO, Center for a New American Security Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Moderator: David Sanger Chief Washington Correspondent, The New York Times 11:30 a.m. Midday Keynote Denis McDonough White House Chief of Staff 12:30 p.m. Panel III: Increasing Financial Transparency and Protecting the U.S. Financial System Neal Wolin Former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Reuben Jeffery III Senior Adviser, CSIS; CEO, Rockefeller & Co. Former Undersecretary of State for Economic, Business, & Agricultural Affairs Moderator: Juan Zarate Senior Adviser, CSIS Former Deputy National Security Adviser Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes 1:30 p.m. Closing Remarks David S. Cohen Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, U.S. Department of the Treasury Anthony Reyes is the New Media Specialist at the United States Department of the Treasury.
About 110 million voters are given the chance to choose a President for Russia, and the spotlight is on one man - Vladimir Putin. He has led the country for almost two decades - either as President or Prime Minister. Many voters credit Putin, a 65-year-old former KGB spy, with standing up for Russia’s interests. But others say there's no alternative. The election comes at a time when relations with the US are compared to the Cold War and Moscow's accused of poisoning a spy in Britain. So what do Russians expect from their leader? Presenter: Laura Kyle. Guests: Pavel Felgen-haeur - Columnist with Novaya Gazetta. Anna Borsh-chevskaya - Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. James Nixey - Head of the Russia and Eurasia programme at the foreign affairs think-tank, Chatham House. Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglish Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
Trump unleashes on Twitter, as Republicans use Sunday shows to urge caution and express concern about his decision making
JUST A REMINDER … The government shuts down Friday. Neither the House nor the Senate have passed a funding bill. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP has threatened to veto the bill if it includes money for a new tunnel between New York and New Jersey, and the right is itching for him to cut off funding for so-called sanctuary cities. What could go wrong?A FEW IMPORTANT STATS from the NBC/WSJ poll out this morning.-- WSJ’S JANET HOOK: “Democrats have regained a double-digit advantage over Republicans as the 2018 midterm congressional campaign intensifies and the GOP works to persuade voters of the benefits of the tax cut it passed three months ago, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll has found.“Asked which party should control Congress, registered voters picked Democrats by a 50%-to-40% margin, the second time in three months the party claimed a double-digit advantage.” http://on.wsj.com/2pkgDd4 Good Sunday morning. THIS PRESIDENT seems awfully antsy this morning. -- @realDonaldTrump at 8:35 a.m.: “Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans? Another Dem recently added...does anyone think this is fair? And yet, there is NO COLLUSION!” … NOTE: Robert Mueller and Andrew McCabe are Republicans. -- at 8:22 a.m.: “Spent very little time with Andrew McCabe, but he never took notes when he was with me. I don’t believe he made memos except to help his own agenda, probably at a later date. Same with lying James Comey. Can we call them Fake Memos?”-- at 8:02 a.m.: “Wow, watch Comey lie under oath to Senator G when asked ‘have you ever been an anonymous source...or known someone else to be an anonymous source...?’ He said strongly ‘never, no.’ He lied as shown clearly on @foxandfriends.” MAGGIE HABERMAN (@maggieNYT): "Aides have decided to whisk Trump to a golf course today."SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-.S.C.) told CNN’S JAKE TAPPER that if Trump fired special prosecutor Robert Mueller “that would be the beginning of the end of his presidency. Because we are a rule-of-laws nation. … [When it comes to Mr. Mueller, he is following the evidence where it takes him and I think it’s very important he be allowed to do his job without interference and there are many Republicans that share my view.”WHAT TRUMP IS TWEETING ABOUT -- “Mueller now has memos McCabe kept on Trump dealings,” by AP’s Eric Tucker: “Andrew McCabe, the onetime FBI deputy director long scorned by President Donald Trump and just fired by the attorney general, kept personal memos detailing interactions with the president that have been provided to the special counsel’s office and are similar to the notes compiled by dismissed FBI chief James Comey, The Associated Press has learned. “The memos could factor into special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation as his team examines Trump campaign ties to Russia and possible obstruction of justice. McCabe’s memos include details of his own interactions with the president, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation who wasn’t authorized to discuss the notes publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.“They also recount different conversations he had with Comey, who kept notes on meetings with Trump that unnerved him. Though the precise contents are unknown, the memos possibly could help substantiate McCabe’s assertion that he was unfairly maligned by a White House he says had declared ‘war’ on the FBI and Mueller’s investigation. They almost certainly contain, as Comey’s memos did, previously undisclosed details about encounters between the Trump administration and FBI that could be of interest to Mueller.” http://bit.ly/2HLwyIy HELLO! -- @RandPaul at 9:23 a.m.: “I’ll do whatever it takes, including filibuster, to stop the nomination of Gina Haspel. I urge @SenFeinstein to stand against her nomination too!” His POLITICO Magazine op-ed http://politi.co/2HJJdvB SUNDAY BEST -- REP. TREY GOWDY advises Trump through FOX NEWS SUNDAY and CHRIS WALLACE … “Chris, if you look at the jurisdiction for Robert Mueller, first and foremost, what did Russia do to this country in 2016? That is supremely important and it has nothing to do with collusion. So to suggest that Mueller should shut down and that all he is looking at is collusion – if you have an innocent client, Mr. Dowd, act like it. ...“I think the president’s gonna have a really difficult time nominating and having approved another attorney general. It’s going to be – I would just counsel the president, it’s going to be a very very long, bad 2018 and it’s going to be distracting from other things that he wants to do and was elected to do. Let it play out its course. If you’ve done nothing wrong, you should want the investigation to be as fulsome and thorough as possible.”-- SEN. MARCO RUBIO (R-FLA.) doesn’t like the MCCABE firing, he tells CHUCK TODD on NBC’s “MEET THE PRESS”: TODD: “Let me start with Andrew McCabe’s firing. Was he treated fairly?” RUBIO: “I don’t like the way it happened. He should’ve been allowed to finish through the weekend. That said, that there’s an inspector general report that’s due and work that’s being done and after he had retired that report would’ve indicated wrongdoing or something that was actionable there’s things that could’ve been done after the fact. But 48 hours to go before retirement I would’ve certainly done it differently. Given the fact there’s still this report out there that hasn’t come in.”-- TRUMP MIGHT PULL OUT OF IRAN DEAL -- MARGARET BRENNAN speaks to SEN. BOB CORKER (R-TENN.) on CBS’S “FACE THE NATION”: CORKER: “The Iran deal will be another issue that’s coming up in May, and-- right now it doesn’t feel like it’s gonna be extended. I think the president likely -- will move away from it, unless my -- our European counterparts really come together on a framework. And it doesn't feel to me that they are. Now, as we get -- within two weeks of the May 12th date, that could change. But --” BRENNAN: “You think the president’s going to pull out of that Iran deal on May 12th?” CORKER: “I do. I do.”BRENNAN also spoke with SOUTH KOREAN FOREIGN MINISTER KANG KYUNG-WHA about Trump meeting with North Korea: BRENNAN: “Have you heard anything from North Korea in response?” KANG: “Well, nothing publicly. But there is a channel of communication now established. So I’m sure there are back and forth messages. But, I think the North Korean leader would also need some time given the readiness with which President Trump has accepted the invitation to talks. “I think we were all quite surprised by -- by the -- the readiness of that decision. I think it was an extremely courageous decision on the part of President Trump. We believe the North Korean leader is now taking stock. We give them the benefit of the doubt, and the time that he would need to come out with some public messaging.”JARED KUSHNER’S FAMILY BIZ … “AP Exclusive: Kushner Cos. filed false documents with NYC,” by AP’s Bernard Condon: “When the Kushner Cos. bought three apartment buildings in a gentrifying neighborhood of Queens in 2015, most of the tenants were protected by special rules that prevent developers from pushing them out, raising rents and turning a tidy profit.“But that's exactly what the company then run by Jared Kushner did, and with remarkable speed. Two years later, it sold all three buildings for $60 million, nearly 50 percent more than it paid.Now a clue has emerged as to how President Donald Trump's son-in-law's firm was able to move so fast: The Kushner Cos. routinely filed false paperwork with the city declaring it had zero rent-regulated tenants in dozens of buildings it owned across the city when, in fact, it had hundreds.” http://bit.ly/2FJUzTL THE BIG PICTURE … PETER BAKER in the NYT, “Trump and the Truth: A President Tests His Own Credibility”: “The lack of fidelity to facts has real-world consequences in both foreign affairs and domestic policymaking. Foreign diplomats and lawmakers of both parties say they do not assume anything he says is necessarily true. In a White House where one aide described the existence of ‘alternative facts’ and another acknowledged telling ‘white lies,’ staff members scramble to defend his claims without putting their own credibility on the line. News organizations debate when to use the word ‘lie’ because it implies intent.“Since Mr. Trump became a presidential candidate, PolitiFact has evaluated more than 500 assertions and found 69 percent of them mostly false, false or ‘pants on fire’ false. By comparison, it judged 26 percent of the statements by Mr. Obama that it evaluated as false and the same percentage for those by Hillary Clinton.” http://nyti.ms/2HIA71YMCCABE MIGHT GET HIS PENSION ANYWAY -- “Andrew McCabe was just offered a job by a congressman so he can get his full retirement. And it just might work,” by WaPo’s Amber Phillips: “Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) announced Saturday afternoon that he has offered McCabe a job to work on election security in his office, ‘so that he can reach the needed length of service’ to retire. “‘My offer of employment to Mr. McCabe is a legitimate offer to work on election security,’ Pocan said in a statement. ‘Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of American democracy and both Republicans and Democrats should be concerned about election integrity.’ A spokeswoman for McCabe, Melissa Schwartz, didn’t immediately rule out a job with one of the most liberal members of Congress, which might only need to last for a day or so for him to get his full retirement benefits: ‘We are considering all options.’ … “With … 20 years, he would need to just go to work with the federal government for another day or so in any job he pleases, whether that's as a election security analyst for a Wisconsin congressman or a typist for a day, to get full benefits, said the former official who spoke to The Fix. The job doesn't matter so much as the fact that he's working within the federal government with the same retirement benefits until or after his 50th birthday. ” http://wapo.st/2FIsrAqTROUBLE FOR PELOSI … NYT’S JONATHAN MARTIN and ALEX BURNS: “Nancy Pelosi Wants to Lead. More Democratic Candidates Want Her Out”: “Most ominous for Ms. Pelosi, it is not just centrist candidates running in red-tinged districts who are reluctant to embrace her, but also political insurgents on the left who see her as an embodiment of the Washington establishment.“‘I would have to see who’s running,’ said Marie Newman, a progressive Democratic House candidate in Illinois, when asked if she would support Ms. Pelosi for speaker. Ms. Newman is vying to unseat Representative Daniel Lipinski, a conservative Chicago Democrat, in a primary there on Tuesday. … “‘I’m a woman at the table,” she said in the interview Friday before getting on a plane for Houston, where she was going to raise money for House Democrats at the annual rodeo there. Demonstrating the swagger that delights her admirers and prompts eye-rolling from detractors, Ms. Pelosi said Democrats needed her in charge.“‘I am a master legislator, I am a shrewd politician and I have a following in the country that, apart from a presidential candidate, nobody else can claim,’ she said. While she would not firmly commit to seeking the speakership again, it is clearly her plan, and she even gave voice to a concern on the minds of many Democrats: the chaotic scramble that would ensue if she steps down. ‘If I was to walk away now, this caucus would be in such a musical chairs scenario,’ she said.” http://nyti.ms/2tYBs2v -- TELL US how you really feel! 2020 WATCH … GABE DEBENEDETTI: “2020 Dems staff up: At least a dozen potential candidates are bolstering their teams by adding aides with campaign experience”: “The hires are never explicitly advertised or designed to be about 2020. But the behind-the-scenes shuffle is a long-overdue stage in the traditional pre-campaign scramble. Potential candidates who have run before — like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden — largely have their core teams in place. … “Barack Obama’s former top digital strategist, Joe Rospars, for example, has been helping Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s team. … In other cases, aides who would likely be expected to play large roles in potential 2020 campaigns have moved on to top-tier midterm races for this election cycle, sometimes in a bid to gain even more experience. Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s longtime aide Michael Halle is now running a gubernatorial campaign in Ohio.” With cameos by Bob Shrum, Erik Smith, Patti Solis Doyle, and Joe Trippi http://politi.co/2Iw4b1UBEN WHITE in POLITICO Magazine, “Why Trump Slayed His Own Masters of the Universe: Trump vowed to bring business acumen to the White House. He just didn’t like it when the ideas came from someone else”: “Donald Trump swept into the White House on a promise to run the government like a business and stock his administration with titans of industry. The partnership hasn’t worked out. Just over a year into Trump’s presidency, those titans are leaving, driven out by a chief executive who doesn’t want to hear no, doesn’t trust anyone but himself and can’t stand to share the spotlight, even with those he once hailed as ‘the best people’ on earth for these jobs. “Trump humiliated Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former chief executive of oil industry giant ExxonMobil whom he once described as ‘the embodiment of the American dream,’ firing him by tweet.“He repeatedly rejected the advice of National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, driving the former president of Wall Street powerhouse Goldman Sachs nuts with his stubborn insistence on tariffs and hastening Cohn’s exit. And he went ice cold on Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, reportedly telling the Wall Street legend that his understanding of trade was ‘terrible,’ as West Wing aides leaked stories about Ross dozing off in meetings. Remember those CEO councils Trump initially set up to get advice from America’s top executives? They shut down in August.” http://politi.co/2Iyn44DSNL -- “Anderson Cooper White House Turmoil Cold Open” – COOPER (played by Alex Moffat): “Here to explain is the man who had to do the firing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions.” SESSIONS (Kate McKinnon): “Hello. Look at me, I still got a job.” COOPER: “Sir, can you give us the exact reason McCabe was fired?” SESSIONS: “Well yes, of course, Mr. McCabe was in clear violation of um, because of his lack of candor, whatever, I can’t even answer. Trump made me do it! McCabe saw too much.”COOPER: “Okay, so this was not your decision?” SESSIONS: “Look, I’m always down to clown but this was sneaky even for me. I’m just a simple man who wanted to make things bad for immigrants and here I am taking away the pension of a Christian white. It ain’t right.” 7-min. video http://bit.ly/2IBqnYM YOU’RE INVITED … Join us for our first Playbook University in North Carolina with GOV. ROY COOPER on March 29 at Penn Pavilion at Duke University. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. RSVP http://bit.ly/2IqsO09MORE CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA FALLOUT -- “Data Firm Tied to Trump Campaign Talked Business With Russians,” by NYT’s Danny Hakim and Matt Rosenberg: “When the Russia question came up during a hearing at the British Parliament last month, Alexander Nix did not hesitate. ‘We’ve never worked in Russia,’ said Mr. Nix, head of a data consulting firm that advised the Trump campaign on targeting voters. ... But Mr. Nix’s business did have some dealings with Russian interests, according to company documents and interviews. Mr. Nix is a director of SCL Group, a British political and defense contractor, and chief executive of its American offshoot, Cambridge Analytica, which advised the Trump campaign. “The firms’ employees, who often overlap, had contact in 2014 and 2015 with executives from Lukoil, the Russian oil giant. Lukoil was interested in how data was used to target American voters, according to two former company insiders who said there were at least three meetings with Lukoil executives in London and Turkey. SCL and Lukoil denied that the talks were political in nature, and SCL also said there were no meetings in London.” http://nyti.ms/2plSwu4 SCOOP -- “White House weighs rehiring fired Trump aide McEntee,” by Andrew Restuccia: “Senior White House officials are mulling bringing President Donald Trump’s personal aide and body man John McEntee back into the administration just days after he was abruptly escorted out of the West Wing. White House chief of staff John Kelly told aides during a Friday morning senior staff meeting that there are tentative discussions about finding a role for McEntee in the administration ...“The exact reasons for McEntee’s dismissal are still unclear, but multiple people familiar with the issue said it pertained to his propensity for high-dollar gambling ... [and] there were concerns it made McEntee a potential security risk. It’s unclear what McEntee would have to do to reassure White House officials ahead of his possible return, and aides said discussions about rehiring him are still in the early stages.” http://politi.co/2pnILLHA LOOK BACK -- “Ex-Bear Stearns CEO Is Off Wall Street But Still Mixing It Up at the Bridge Table,” by WSJ’s Justin Baer: http://on.wsj.com/2pldHfAPYONGYANG REPORT -- “Wine and Diamonds: How North Korea Dodges Sanctions,” by NYT’s Motoko Rich in Tokyo: “One of the more eyebrow-raising examples described: Between January and June of last year, India exported $514,823 in diamonds to North Korea, along with other precious metals and stones. Other luxury goods that have made it to North Korea: sparkling wine and spirits from Germany, wine and vermouth from Italy, and perfume and cosmetics from Bulgaria. A Singapore-based company has been stocking department stores in Pyongyang, the capital, with luxury items from Japan and Europe.” http://nyti.ms/2HJB6z9BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:-- “My Eulogy of Shawn,” by Marjorie Brimley: “Shawn [Brimley] was grateful for every single day he had on this planet. I know because he told me. Not just in the final days of his life but in every day before that.” http://bit.ly/2FP4JhH-- “Former LA Times and OC Register Reporter Clark Sharon, Now Homeless, Spends His Days Reading the Papers He Once Wrote For,” by Adam J. Samaha in the OC Weekly: http://bit.ly/2FPojdV-- “Overheated: How Flawed Analyses Overestimate the Costs of Climate Change,” by the Manhattan Institute’s Oren Cass: http://bit.ly/2HFybHw ... Oren’s WSJ op-ed http://on.wsj.com/2HFythA -- “The Last Days of Jerry Brown,” by Andy Kroll on the cover of the March/April issue of California Sunday: “After more than 40 years in public life, 15 as governor of California, he is as combative and contradictory as ever —and still trying to save the world from itself.” http://bit.ly/2HIEEl0-- “There’s No Scientific Basis for Race—It’s a Made-Up Label,” by Elizabeth Kolbert in Rolling Stone: “It’s been used to define and separate people for millennia. But the concept of race is not grounded in genetics.” http://on.natgeo.com/2FPbpfU -- “Reddit and the Struggle to Detoxify the Internet,” by Andrew Marantz in the New Yorker: “How do we fix life online without limiting free speech?” http://bit.ly/2pjLd5Z-- “The Refugee Detectives,” by Graeme Wood in the Atlantic – per TheBrowser.com’s description: “How German government investigators separate opportunists from bona fide asylum-seekers among the country’s million recent immigrants from the Middle East and Africa. Face recognition is the first filter: If you have ever been caught on camera by a government anywhere, the Germans probably have you in their database. Then it’s down to clues and tells. ‘Having a fake Eritrean passport is a sign that you might really be from that country.’” http://theatln.tc/2FFBLot-- “A match made at Bear Stearns,” by Marketplace’s Amy Scott: http://bit.ly/2HCm6Ti-- “A Tale of Two Moralities, Part One: Regional Inequality and Moral Polarization,” by Will Wilkinson in Niskanen Center: “A shrinking number of counties accounts for a rising proportion of America’s wealth. This is a recipe for political dominance of the less economically productive conservative white minority, who control most of the country’s territory, over the liberal multicultural majority who live in increasingly concentrated urban centers of wealth. This is not a stable situation, and bodes ill for the future of American freedom.” http://bit.ly/2FWmPBT-- “On collecting memories” -- The Creative Independent: “An interview with writer and essayist Adam Gopnik.” http://bit.ly/2tU594R-- “Bitcoin Is Ridiculous. Blockchain Is Dangerous,” by Paul Ford in Bloomberg Businessweek: “The true believers won’t stop until they’ve remade the world. Some of it will be thrilling. Some of it will keep us up at night.” https://bloom.bg/2DzvmVR-- “How Russia’s Eternal President Has Changed His Country,” by Christian Esch in Der Spiegel: “The state disenfranchises citizens, but in exchange they are given a feeling of stability and reclaimed national pride. Don’t get in the way, says the Kremlin, give us a free hand and we will protect you from economic need and ensure that you are respected in a hostile world. Stability and national greatness: Those are the promises made by Putin’s Russia. Deception and violence are its tools.” http://bit.ly/2IsoayJ-- “The Asset How A Player In The Trump-Russia Scandal Led A Double Life As An American Spy,” by Anthony Cormier and Jason Leopold in BuzzFeed: “He obtained five personal satellite telephone numbers for Osama bin Laden and helped flip the personal secretary to Mullah Omar, then the head of the Taliban, into a source who provided the location of al-Qaeda training camps and weapons caches.” http://bzfd.it/2FDfJ5ISPOTTED: Kellyanne Conway walking into the International Spy Museum on F St. just before 3 p.m. Saturday “with two of her children in tow. She was sporting a green blazer, presumably to show some St. Patrick’s Day pride,” per our tipster.WEEKEND WEDDINGS -- MELISSA SALMANOWITZ, senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and an Obama Education Dept. alum, married MIKE LUCE, strategist at Dover Strategy Group and a DLCC alum, at DAR Constitution Hall. With nods to St. Patrick’s Day, the guests danced into the early morning and posed for pictures with the Washington Monument. The bride and groom’s brothers officiated. Pic http://bit.ly/2GFfTqz SPOTTED: Bari Lurie and Jeff Westerberg, Rachel Kelly, Gina and Josh Cherwin, Irene Sherman, former Education Secretary John King, Andy Stone and Kathryn Frazier, Brin Frazier and Andrei Greenawalt, Jonathan Beam, Anna Gregory, Steve Krubiner and Aviva Sufian, Sarah Dale and Dan Kalik, Josh and Gina Cherwin and Allison Yazdian. -- “Weijia Jiang, Luther Lowe” – N.Y. Times: “Ms. Jiang, 34, is a Washington correspondent for CBS News, where she covers the White House and Capitol Hill primarily for Newspath, the CBS News news service affiliate servicing about 200 stations and affiliates worldwide; she also fills in on the anchor desk for the CBS Morning News. ... Mr. Lowe, 35, who goes by Luther, works in Washington as the global vice president for public policy at Yelp ... He oversees public policy initiatives, including competition policy, consumer free speech and open data.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2plJzBD-- “Benjamin Toff, Andrew Tangel” -- N.Y. Times: “Mr. Toff ... 35, is an assistant professor of journalism and mass communication at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He graduated from Harvard and received both a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. ... Mr. Tangel, 36, works in Chicago, where he is a reporter covering manufacturing for The Wall Street Journal. He graduated from DePauw University and received a master’s degree in financial journalism from Columbia.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2DCjW3Q SPOTTED at Fred and Genny Ryan’s annual St. Patrick’s Day party last night at the George Town Club: Gary Cohn, Elaine Chao, John Rogers, Rickie Niceta, Bob Costa, Carol Melton and Joe Hassett, Robert and Elena Allbritton, John Harris and Ann O’Hanlon, Peter Alexander and Alison Starling, Pamela Brown, Marty Baron and Katharine and Wayne Reynolds.BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Veronica Pollock of the Daschle Group, who “celebrated St Nikki’s Day with friends at The Line in Adams Morgan. She brought her own grocery store sheet cake to celebrate” (Panda tip: Theo) … (was Tuesday): Steve Rochlin turned 5-0 (hat tip: Tim Burger)BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List. A trend she thinks deserves more attention: “By now, I should hope that folks are noticing the historic number of women who are running for office — and winning! — this cycle. EMILY's List has heard from over 34,000 women since Election Day 2016 who are interested in running for office! But what's flying under the radar is the fact that this isn't a one-off year; another ‘Year of the Woman.’ Thousands of women running for office is and will be the new normal for elections to come.” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2FTqq0l BIRTHDAYS: Reince Priebus is 46. He’s celebrating with bowling and pizza with friends and family (h/t Sean Spicer) ... media strategist Marc Adelman (Get excited!) (h/t Tammy Haddad) ... Karen Knutson ... Matt Schuck of the Broadcasting Board of Governors ... Terri McCullough, Clinton Foundation alum ... Kristin Lee of Facebook and a White House science and tech policy alum (hubby tip: Kevin Griffis) ... Politico’s Hailey Ghee (h/t Patrick Steel) ... F.W. de Klerk, Nobel peace laureate and former South African president, is 82 ... CAP Action’s Will Ragland ... David Mark, Politico and CNN alum ... Rep. Mike Bishop (R-Mich.) is 51 ... Andree Miller ... Politico’s Alix Beadle-Ryby, Victoria Colliver and Nick Niedzwiadek ... Evan Lowenstein and Jaron Lowenstein are 44 ... Keshia Cluckey ... Mike DeFilippis of Burson Marsteller is 27 ... Austin Wright ... Will Feltus of National Media ... Emily Guthrie ... Marcus Garza, LA for Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) ...... Chris Harris, comms director for Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) … Daniel Cooper, O’Malley and Debra Ross alum now a fundraiser for Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), is 25 (h/t Matt Corridoni) … Ofelia Casillas of Northwestern University … Karrah Kaplan … photographer Liz Gorman ... Edelman’s Jeffrey Surrell and Emily Smith ... Joe Mathews ... Ashlee Reid Morehouse, president of fundraising firm Republic Strategies ... Kiki Kalkstein … Erin Fogarty Owen, executive director of university comms. at the University of Nebraska at Omaha ... Todd Hames of Orange Business Services ... Jerry Fritz … Kate Denis, VP of Project: Time Off at the U.S. Travel Association … Bloomberg’s Kate Hunter ... Stuart Neil ... Cliff Schroeder ... Charles Ellison … Cortney Patterson ... Winnie Stachelberg ... Christopher Chase ... Brad Fitch.
Having warned it would retaliate proportionately, this morning Russia did just that when it expelled 23 British diplomats - the same number as the UK kicked out a few days earlier as punishment for Moscow's alleged poisoning of a former double agent. It also ordered the closure of the UK consulate in St Petersburg and the Moscow British Council, a cultural and educational organization. Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the British ambassador to Moscow and told him that the measures are “in response to the provocative actions of the British side and the unsubstantiated accusations” against Russia, the ministry said. Russia gave the British diplomats one week to leave. “If further actions of an unfriendly nature are taken against Russia, the Russian side reserves the right to take other retaliatory measures,” the ministry said. British ambassador to Russia, Laurie Bristow, attends a meeting at the Russian foreign ministry A spokeswoman for the U.K. Foreign Office said that Britain had anticipated Moscow’s response. “Russia’s response doesn’t change the facts of the matter—the attempted assassination of two people on British soil, for which there is no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian State was culpable,” the spokeswoman said but added that "we continue to believe it is not in our national interest to break off all dialogue between our countries but the onus remains on the Russian state to account for their actions." She said that the UK Foreign Office said the National Security Council would meet early next week to consider the next steps. The order to close the British Council ends nearly 60 years of its work in Russia as the U.K.’s international organization for culture and education, Bloomberg reported. It opened offices in Moscow under a 1959 agreement with the Soviet Union and expanded to 15 Russian cities after the 1991 collapse of the Communist state. Its presence gradually reduced amid mounting political confrontation between the U.K. and Russia, which also disputed the legal basis for the council’s presence in the country. In 2008, Russia ordered the council to close all its offices except the Moscow headquarters as part of retaliation for the U.K.’s expulsion of diplomats over the radioactive poisoning of former security-service officer Alexander Litvinenko in 2006. A U.K. public inquiry concluded in 2016 that Putin “probably” approved the killing. * * * Diplomatic relations between London and Moscow collapsed to post-Cold War lows following the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military intelligence agent living in the UK, and his daughter Yulia earlier this month with a rare nerve agent manufactured during the Soviet era. As reported last night, UK's foreign secretary Boris Johnson escalated the diplomatic clash on Friday by accusing Vladimir Putin of personally ordering the poisoning. Boris Johnson said that it was “overwhelmingly likely” that the decision to carry out an assassination attempt was made by the Russian president. Johnson said: “Our quarrel is with Putin’s Kremlin, and with his decision — and we think it overwhelmingly likely that it was his decision — to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the UK, on the streets of Europe for the first time since the second world war.” The Kremlin responded that his comments were “unforgivable” and “shocking”, while Downing Street declined to remark on the direct accusation. Russia has denied any involvement in the attack on Mr Skripal, who was convicted of spying for Britain, then sent to the UK in a prisoner exchange in 2010. But Russia has also sent unambiguous messages on state TV about the fate of traitors. The Russian foreign ministry said the UK’s accusations of Russian state involvement in the poisoning groundless. It said Laurie Bristow, the UK Ambassador to Russia, had been told the expulsions were ordered “in response to the provocative actions of the British side and the unsubstantiated accusations” against the country. On Thursday, the U.S. joined the U.K., France and Germany in condemning the attack as “an assault on U.K. sovereignty,” saying it constituted a breach of international law and calling on Russia to explain its role in the poisoning in Salisbury, England. President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel shared the U.K.’s assessment that it was highly likely that Russia was responsible for the attack—the first use of a nerve agent in a North Atlantic Treaty Organization country. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has condemned the use of the poison, saying it “has no place in a civilized world.” * ** Saturday’s retaliation by Moscow also comes after the Trump administration issued its first sanctions against Russia for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, as well as for its role in the NotPetya cyberattack and in the nerve-agent poisoning. Russia has denied any interference in the U.S. election, while Russian President Vladimir Putin, who runs for re-election Sunday, has steered an increasingly confrontational course with the West. The Kremlin previously expelled some U.S. diplomats in 2017 after Congress passed a Russian sanctions bill. Moscow has yet to retaliate against the latest round of US sanctions.
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Farhad Mammadov Security, Eurasia A recent article by the former U.S. ambassador to Armenia, John Evans, does not have any ground in historical fact. One of the most important promises of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was to end the damage that special interest groups and lobbyists inflict on the United States’ national interests, and to pursue an “America first” policy in the best interests of the American people. It is quite well-known that there are groups that speak on behalf of non-U.S.-allied nations, and tend to promote policies that benefit their home nation with little regard for America’s best interests. One clear example is the promotion of this week’s visit by the so-called president of the separatist “Nagorno-Karabakh Republic” Bako Sahakyan to the United States, which was organized by the Armenian diaspora in the United States. This event has already had a negative effect, which is why Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has presented a note of protest to the United States. Bako Sahakyan “represents” the Nagorno-Karabakh region (as well as seven surrounding regions), which is internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan that Armenian armed forces invaded during the 1988–94 Karabakh War. The putative “statehood” of Nagorno-Karabakh’s separatist regime is not recognized by any international actors, even by Armenia. Its unilateral institutional secession from Azerbaijan—through the referendum took place without the participation of Azerbaijanis living there—was conducted by both Armenian and Karabakh Armenians in between 1988 and 1992, under the thesis of “reunification” with Armenia and a “self-determination” clause. It was rejected by Azerbaijan, and the Supreme Soviet of the USSR did not authorize the proposed unification/secession without Azerbaijan’s consent. Read full article
‘A cleaning is in order,’ wrote a former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, as State Department officials reassigned a career diplomat of Iranian descent.
There are few signs that the Trump administration is ready for the outbreak of a conflict that could trap U.S. citizens in a dangerous conflict.
President Donald Trump repeated Thursday his claim that the U.S. has a trade deficit with Canada to swipe at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a day after boasting about misleading the Canadian leader about his knowledge of the subject. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative says the U.S. in 2016 had a goods and services trade surplus with Canada of $12.5 billion."We do have a Trade Deficit with Canada, as we do with almost all countries (some of them massive). P.M. Justin Trudeau of Canada, a very good guy, doesn’t like saying that Canada has a Surplus vs. the U.S.(negotiating), but they do...they almost all do...and that’s how I know!" the president tweeted. The president on Wednesday bragged to donors during a closed-door speech in Missouri about telling Trudeau that the U.S. was at a trade deficit with Canada, even though he wasn't sure of the details and the Canadian prime minister refuted the claim. “I didn’t even know,” Trump said according to audio obtained by POLITICO. “I just said, ‘You’re wrong.’”Trump sparked fears of a trade war breaking out by unveiling a plan to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent on tariff on aluminum imports.The proposal, opposed by leaders in Trump's own party and by trade partners abroad, exempted Canada and Mexico. Trump has voiced a desire to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, of which the U.S., Mexico and Canada are members, and has dangled the tariffs as a tool for negotiation. The president has erroneously stated that the U.S. has a trade deficit with Canada several times in recent weeks. On March 5 Trump tweeted that "we have large trade deficits with Mexico and Canada."He added: "NAFTA, which is under renegotiation right now, has been a bad deal for U.S.A. Massive relocation of companies & jobs. Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum will only come off if new & fair NAFTA agreement is signed."
On the heels of UK PM May's red hot rhetoric and ultimatum yesterday and Germany's pressure this morning, Russia has cranked up their response to '11' on the Spinal Tap amplifier of global armageddon. Having made clear this morning that: “We have certainly heard the ultimatum voiced in London,” Russia's top diplomat Sergey Lavrov said. “The spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry has commented on our attitude to this,” he added referring to Maria Zakharova branding of May’s appearance in Parliament as a “circus.” Russia faces warning from Germany too, as Reuters reports Merkel and May spoke this morning about the nerve agent attack. Merkel condemned the attack and stated that she was "taking very seriously the British government's view that Russia might be responsible." Merkel then said Russia "needs to give prompt answers to the British' justified questions." But then, Interfax reports Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova turned up the heat dramatically, warning (or threatening): "One does not give 24 hours notice to a nuclear power" adding that the "Skripal poisoning was not an incident but a colossal international provocation." She also slammed the British for "not using a single international legal mechanism to probe the Skripal case." Additionally, in a series of tweets the Russian embassy in the UK said: “Moscow will not respond to London’s ultimatum until it receives samples of the chemical substance to which the UK investigators are referring. “Britain must comply with the Chemical Weapons Convention which stipulates joint investigation into the incident, for which Moscow is ready. “Without that, there can be no sense in any statements from London. The incident appears to be yet another crooked attempt by the UK authorities to discredit Russia. “Any threat to take ‘punitive’ measures against Russia will meet with a response. The British side should be aware of that. 6/7 Any threat to take “punitive” measures against Russia will meet with a response. The British side should be aware of that. pic.twitter.com/DFAaB5orQE — Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) March 13, 2018 “Today the Embassy sent a note to the Foreign Office reiterating that Russia is not involved in the Salisbury incident and outlining the above mentioned demands for joint investigation.” The embassy added: “UK Ambassador Laurence Bristow was summoned to Russia’s ministry of foreign affairs, where first deputy FM Vladimir Titov strongly protested the evidence-free accusations by the UK authorities of Russia’s alleged involvement in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. “It was stated that the actions of the UK authorities are a clear provocation and that the Russian Federation was not involved in the incident that took place in Salisbury on March 4, 2018." * * * Meanwhile, the Press Association reports that Russia has warned Britain to "consider the consequences" of mounting a retaliatory cyber strike after the Salisbury spy poisoning. In a fresh sign of the escalating diplomatic tension sparked by the case, the Russian Embassy cautioned against "such a reckless move". ... The Government has not publicly disclosed the options under consideration but reports on Tuesday suggested one possibility was a cyber counter-attack. Responding to the speculation, the Russian Embassy in the UK said: "Statements by a number of MPs, 'Whitehall sources' and 'experts' regarding a possible 'deployment' of 'offensive cyber-capabilities' cause serious concern. "Not only is Russia groundlessly and provocatively accused of the Salisbury incident, but apparently, plans are being developed in the UK to strike Russia with cyber weapons. "Judging by the statements of the Prime Minister, such a decision can be taken at tomorrow's meeting of the National Security Council. "We invite the British side to once again consider the consequences of such a reckless move." Additionally, Zakharova stated that British Prime Minister Theresa May apparently has no actual facts concerning the poisoning of former Russian military intelligence Colonel Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia. "No one knows anything, including Theresa May, who has no actual fact in her hands," Zakharova told the 60 Minutes program on the Rossiya-1 television channel. Finally, following reports that Britain’s media regulator Ofcom said Russian broadcaster RT could lose its UK licence if Theresa May’s government determines that Moscow was behind the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in England this month, Russia's foreign ministry threatened retaliation: "...not a single British media outlet with work in Russia if London shuts RT." The news comes as Nikolai Glushkov, a Russian businessman and close associate of late Putin critic Boris Berezovsky, was found dead in the UK, according to reports. As reported earlier, Glushkov, a former deputy director of Aeroflot, died at the age of 68 at his London home in New Malden, according to Russia's business FM radio station. The cause of death has not been confirmed. The 68-year-old’s body, which had ‘strangulation’ marks on his neck, was discovered by his daughter, according to Russian newspaper Kommersant. Glushkov was twice charged with fraud in Russia and was a close ally of Mr Berezovsky, who was once one of the most powerful businessmen in Russia and played a pivotal role in Vladimir Putin's rise to power during the late 1990s. Berezovsky fell out with Putin in 1999 and fled to Britain, while Glushkov was charged with money laundering and fraud and subsequently jailed until 2004. This escalation is far from over.
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BREAKING: Russia Rejects UK’s Ridiculous Ultimatum, Lavrov Demands Proof for Assassination Accusations
British Ambassador to Russia Lori Bristow has been summoned to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This was reported by the Foreign Ministry.
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Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, The sensitivities are especially important when it comes to the Qatari government — the single biggest foreign donor to Brookings. Brookings executives cited strict internal policies that they said ensure their scholars’ work is “not influenced by the views of our funders,” in Qatar or in Washington. They also pointed to several reports published at the Brookings Doha Center in recent years that, for example, questioned the Qatari government’s efforts to revamp its education system or criticized the role it has played in supporting militants in Syria. But in 2012, when a revised agreement was signed between Brookings and the Qatari government, the Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs itself praised the agreement on its website, announcing that “the center will assume its role in reflecting the bright image of Qatar in the international media, especially the American ones.” Brookings officials also acknowledged that they have regular meetings with Qatari government officials about the center’s activities and budget, and that the former Qatar prime minister sits on the center’s advisory board. Mr. Ali, who served as one of the first visiting fellows at the Brookings Doha Center after it opened in 2009, said such a policy, though unwritten, was clear. “There was a no-go zone when it came to criticizing the Qatari government,” said Mr. Ali, who is now a professor at the University of Queensland in Australia. “It was unsettling for the academics there. But it was the price we had to pay.” – From the 2014 New York Times article: Foreign Powers Buy Influence at Think Tanks The purpose of this short series is to give readers a small glimpse of how foreign governments spray around enormous sums of money throughout the Washington D.C. swamp to influence U.S. foreign policy. Part 1 discussed the role of lobbyists in this grotesque and dangerous scheme. Specifically, lobbyists who work on behalf of a foreign government are supposed to register as foreign agents under the 1938 Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA), but the law has no teeth in practice and is riddled with gigantic loopholes that ensure the sums of foreign lobbying happening is far beyond numbers reported under FARA. As despicable as lobbyists running around D.C. as hired guns for foreign interests are, think tanks doing essentially the same thing are even more pernicious. At least lobbyists who register under FARA aren’t hiding what they do under an aura of respectability and academic rigor. Think tanks, on the other hand, act like prestigious paragons of policy formation and analysis, while taking enormous sums of money from foreign governments. In some cases what’s expected from these think tanks is explicitly stated and documented, while other times the expectations, while implicit, clearly exist. It’s the arrogance and dishonesty of many of these major think tanks that really gets under my skin. Bottom line. Think tanks are essentially lobbyists pretending not to be. — Michael Krieger (@LibertyBlitz) March 7, 2018 One of the more comprehensive articles on how foreign governments essentially pay for policy, access and research via think tanks was published back in 2014 in the New York Times titled, Foreign Powers Buy Influence at Think Tanks. Let’s take a look at some excerpts from that piece for some background on what’s going on: More than a dozen prominent Washington research groups have received tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments in recent years while pushing United States government officials to adopt policies that often reflect the donors’ priorities, an investigation by The New York Times has found. The money is increasingly transforming the once-staid think-tank world into a muscular arm of foreign governments’ lobbying in Washington. And it has set off troubling questions about intellectual freedom: Some scholars say they have been pressured to reach conclusions friendly to the government financing the research. The think tanks do not disclose the terms of the agreements they have reached with foreign governments. And they have not registered with the United States government as representatives of the donor countries, an omission that appears, in some cases, to be a violation of federal law, according to several legal specialists who examined the agreements at the request of The Times. As a result, policy makers who rely on think tanks are often unaware of the role of foreign governments in funding the research. The arrangements involve Washington’s most influential think tanks, including the Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Atlantic Council. Each is a major recipient of overseas funds, producing policy papers, hosting forums and organizing private briefings for senior United States government officials that typically align with the foreign governments’ agendas. Most of the money comes from countries in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere in Asia, particularly the oil-producing nations of the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Norway, and takes many forms. The United Arab Emirates, a major supporter of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, quietly provided a donation of more than $1 million to help build the center’s gleaming new glass and steel headquarters not far from the White House. Qatar, the small but wealthy Middle East nation, agreed last year to make a $14.8 million, four-year donation to Brookings, which has helped fund a Brookings affiliate in Qatar and a project on United States relations with the Islamic world. Some scholars say the donations have led to implicit agreements that the research groups would refrain from criticizing the donor governments… The scope of foreign financing for American think tanks is difficult to determine. But since 2011, at least 64 foreign governments, state-controlled entities or government officials have contributed to a group of 28 major United States-based research organizations, according to disclosures by the institutions and government documents. What little information the organizations volunteer about their donors, along with public records and lobbying reports filed with American officials by foreign representatives, indicates a minimum of $92 million in contributions or commitments from overseas government interests over the last four years. The total is certainly more. As noted above, the think tanks apparently do not disclose the terms of the agreements they’ve reached with foreign governments, which seems problematic since it provides a ripe environment for corruption and intellectual dishonesty. This also seems to be why Norway is so central to the NYT exposé — its relatively transparent open records laws provide much needed detail about how these relationships are structured. For example: The agreement signed last year by the Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs was explicit: For $5 million, Norway’s partner in Washington would push top officials at the White House, at the Treasury Department and in Congress to double spending on a United States foreign aid program. But the recipient of the cash was not one of the many Beltway lobbying firms that work every year on behalf of foreign governments. It was the Center for Global Development, a nonprofit research organization, or think tank, one of many such groups in Washington that lawmakers, government officials and the news media have long relied on to provide independent policy analysis and scholarship… “In Washington, it is difficult for a small country to gain access to powerful politicians, bureaucrats and experts,” states an internal report commissioned by the Norwegian Foreign Affairs Ministry assessing its grant making. “Funding powerful think tanks is one way to gain such access, and some think tanks in Washington are openly conveying that they can service only those foreign governments that provide funding.”… The country has committed at least $24 million to an array of Washington think tanks over the past four years, according to a tally by The Times, transforming these nonprofits into a powerful but largely hidden arm of the Norway Foreign Affairs Ministry. Documents obtained under that country’s unusually broad open records laws reveal that American research groups, after receiving money from Norway, have advocated in Washington for enhancing Norway’s role in NATO, promoted its plans to expand oil drilling in the Arctic and pushed its climate change agenda… But Norway’s agreement imposed very specific demands on the Center for Global Development. The research organization, in return for Norway’s money, was not simply asked to publish reports on combating climate change. The project documents ask the think tank to persuade Washington officials to double United States spending on global forest protection efforts to $500 million a year. Don’t let the fact that it’s Norway and the issues involved are deforestation and Arctic drilling let you take your eye off the ball. The reason Norway is central to the exposé is because its open laws offer transparency into the details of these partnerships. If Norway’s doing it, you can be sure viciously brutal and autocratic regimes are doing the same. Moreover, the money being thrown around has real world consequences. Take, for example, what happened to Michelle Dunn: Michele Dunne served for nearly two decades as a specialist in Middle Eastern affairs at the State Department, including stints in Cairo and Jerusalem, and on the White House National Security Council. In 2011, she was a natural choice to become the founding director of the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, named after the former prime minister of Lebanon, who was assassinated in 2005. The center was created with a generous donation from Bahaa Hariri, his eldest son, and with the support of the rest of the Hariri family, which has remained active in politics and business in the Middle East. Another son of the former prime minister served as Lebanon’s prime minister from 2009 to 2011. But by the summer of 2013, when Egypt’s military forcibly removed the country’s democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, Ms. Dunne soon realized there were limits to her independence. After she signed a petition and testified before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee urging the United States to suspend military aid to Egypt, calling Mr. Morsi’s ouster a “military coup,” Bahaa Hariri called the Atlantic Council to complain, executives with direct knowledge of the events said. Ms. Dunne declined to comment on the matter. But four months after the call, Ms. Dunne left the Atlantic Council… Ms. Dunne was replaced by Francis J. Ricciardone Jr., who served as United States ambassador to Egypt during the rule of Hosni Mubarak, the longtime Egyptian military and political leader forced out of power at the beginning of the Arab Spring. Mr. Ricciardone, a career foreign service officer, had earlier been criticized by conservatives and human rights activists for being too deferential to the Mubarak government. Surely just a coincidence. Let’s now fast forward to 2018. As the mass media bombards the U.S. public with Russia conspiracy theories nonstop, foreign interests have become more aggressive when it comes to influencing U.S. policy and personnel. Take for instance what we just learned regarding the UAE’s apparent attempt to get Rex Tillerson fired for his skepticism regarding the idiotic Saudi-UAE blockade against Qatar. The BBC reported: The BBC has obtained leaked emails that show a lobbying effort to get US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sacked for failing to support the United Arab Emirates against regional rival Qatar. Major Trump fundraiser and UAE-linked businessman Elliott Broidy met US President Donald Trump in October 2017 and urged him to sack Mr Tillerson, the emails reveal. In other emails, he calls the top US diplomat “a tower of Jello”, “weak” and says he “needs to be slammed”… Mr Broidy’s defence company Circinus has hundreds of millions of dollars worth of contracts with the UAE, according to the New York Times newspaper. He had recently returned from the UAE when he met Mr Trump at the White House in October. According to a memorandum he prepared of the meeting, Mr Broidy urged continued support of US allies the UAE and Saudi Arabia and advised Mr Trump against getting involved in last year’s row with Qatar… He also said he advised the president on Mr Tillerson – who was “performing poorly and should be fired at a politically convenient time”. What have we learned? There’s simply too much money being thrown around the D.C. swamp by foreign governments to buy influence. Understanding this helps explain why U.S. foreign policy is so consistently wasteful, insane and suicidal. Unfortunately, you won’t hear much about this from the mass media. Pointing it out isn’t particularly profitable. Part 1 if you missed it: Foreign Government Lobbying is an Abomination and Should Be Eradicated Immediately – Part 1 * * * If you liked this article and enjoy my work, consider becoming a monthly Patron, or visit our Support Page to show your appreciation for independent content creators.
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Authored by Darius Shahtahmasebi via TheAntiMedia.org, Israel is in the process of plunging America into a war with Iran that could destroy what’s left of the Middle East and ignite a third world war, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, warned in Washington approximately a week ago. Wilkerson, a retired army colonel who now teaches at Washington-area universities, didn’t hold back in his critique of where the status quo is leading the United States via its client state, Israel. At the annual Israel lobby conference at the National Press Club, sponsored by the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs and Institute for Research: Middle East Policy, Wilkerson explained that Israel is headed toward “a massive confrontation with the various powers arrayed against it, a confrontation that will suck America in and perhaps terminate the experiment that is Israel and do irreparable damage to the empire that America has become.” One of the principal antagonists begging for a war with Iran that Wilkerson identified was none other than Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s Russian-born Defense Minister. Wilkerson stated: “Lieberman will speak in April in New York City at the annual conference of the Jerusalem Post. The title is, ‘The New War with Iran.’ It is clear that he’s [at] the forefront of promoting this war. “And nowhere does my concern about such a war focus more acutely at the moment than Syria. As [the] president of France Emmanuel Macron described it recently, ‘The current rhetoric of the U.S., Saudi Arabia, and Israel is pushing the region toward conflict with Iran.’” Despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s incessant denigrations of Iran, including claiming the greatest danger facing the Jewish state is the Islamic republic — a country he accuses of fanning the flames of anti-Semitism — Wilkerson blew these accusations out of the park using simple logic. He said: "This antisemitism bit, of course, as we’ve heard today, is almost always a weapon of choice for Israeli politicians under stress hurled, in this case, at the country whose Jewish population — by the way, the largest in the Middle East outside of Turkey and Israel — lives in Iran in reasonable peace.” He continued: “And don’t forget that these words were uttered by the man who, as we’ve heard today, is doing everything he can to expel dark-skinned African refugees largely from Eritrea and Sudan from Israel, where most have come as legitimate refugees.” Wilkerson highlighted the hypocrisy of Netanyahu and his cohorts in more ways than one. For example, Wilkerson referred to Netanyahu’s grandiose speech at the Munich Security Conference in which he directly challenged Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif while holding remnants of a drone allegedly downed over Israeli airspace. Israel claimed the drone was Iranian-manufactured. Wilkerson noted that in response, Iran found itself being rescued by Lebanon’s Defense Minister, who said he had an Israeli drone over his head virtually 24 hours a day. Further, the mainstream media and the governments that benefit from their narratives pay close to zero attention to the fact that Israel routinely violates Lebanese airspace with its sophisticated aircraft. Rather, Iran is constantly painted as the major threat and violator of international law. “Of late of course,” Wilkerson continued, “Tel Aviv is increasingly using Iran’s presence in Syria, its support for Bashar al-Assad, and its alleged drive– and I love this one, and my military comrades love it, too– for a Shia corridor from Tehran to Aden, as the hoary beast that must not be at any cost, including of course America’s treasure and lives, as his probable cause and existential prompt for action.” But why is there a danger that the U.S. will be dragged into this war, and why does Israel need America’s help? As Wilkerson explains: “I believe the answer is fairly clear once you push aside the cobwebs that surround it. The legitimacy of great power is what I call it. And that is precisely what Netanyahu and Lieberman desire. “It’s also what Riyadh desires, especially with the new boy king Mohammed bin Salman, now an erstwhile ally of Israel. “In short, the IDF could defend Israel but it could not attack Iran. Not successfully, anyway. And were it to do so, it would be damned internationally and thus isolated even more than it already is today, perhaps devastatingly so.” Last year, a top Israeli general tasked with writing his country’s defense policy admitted that Israel cannot take on Iran’s military alone if the day should come that the regional powers face off in a direct military confrontation, saying they would need to rely on the U.S. for assistance According to a Politico report, during the Obama years, Israel drew up a military strike option but never really used it. Deep down, Israel knew its effectiveness lied in its ability to pressure the U.S. government into taking further action of its own lest it be dragged into a catastrophic war with Iran that it may or may not be prepared to fight. From the Politico report: “They [the Israelis] ordered the Israel Defense Forces and the intelligence arms to prepare for a huge operation: an all-out air attack in the heart of Iran. Some $2 billion was spent on preparations for the attack and for what the Israelis believed would take place the day after – a counterattack either by Iranian warplanes and missiles or by its proxy in Lebanon, Hezbollah. The latter could use either the 50,000 missiles it had stockpiled (by 2018, Israeli intelligence estimated the number had increased to 100,000), or it could activate its terror cells abroad, with the assistance of Iranian intelligence, to strike at Israeli or Jewish targets. This is what it did in 1992 and 1994 when it responded to Israeli attacks in Lebanon by blowing up the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires and the Jewish community center AMIA in that city, with a massive number of casualties in both attacks.” The strike plan never took place, of course, but according to Politico, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued to use it to put pressure on the U.S. government to achieve its anti-Iranian objectives. Every day, the likelihood that a war might erupt between Israel and Iran, in turn involving the United States, which has sworn to come to Israel’s defense if attacked by Iran, continues to inch that much closer to reality.