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2017-08-22
The New Trump: War President

By Jonathan Marshall
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2017-08-22
US embassy in Russia temporarily halts issue of non-immigrant visas
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2017-08-22
Political Conflict Over Historical Monuments, From Charlottesville to Moscow
Today's conflicts over American slavery and Stalin's Great Terror reveal similar controversies as well as an unknown Putin.

By Stephen F. Cohen

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2017-08-21
Truth and Lives vs. Career and Fame

By Ray McGovern
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2017-08-21
Stop Poking the Russian Bear

By Robert W. Merry
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2017-08-21

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2017-08-18
Air Force Chief: Israel Has Attacked Syrian Arms Convoys Nearly 100 Times in 5 Years
Brags That Many of Israel's Attacks Go 'Under the Radar'

By Jason Ditz
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2017-08-18
President Trumps White Blindness

By Robert Parry
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2017-08-18
Russia-US cooperation in space must be pragmatic and without sanctions - senior official
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2017-08-16

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Russia House

2017-06-16

US Senate Votes to Tack on More Russia Sanctions to Iran Bill
More penalties for Americans if they wish to do business with Russians

By Jason Ditz

With only two dissenting voters, Sens. Rand Paul (R KY) and Mike Lee (R UT), the Senate today passed the Crapo Amendment, which imposes a series of new sanctions on Russia over what it claims is aggressive behavior. The legislation also prevents the president from removing any sanctions from Russia without prior Congressional authorization.

The amendment was tacked on to the Countering Irans Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017, the latest in a long series of anti-Iran legislation which always passes with little opposition. The Russia amendment was broadly supported as well, with the vote 97-2 in favor, and only one abstention.

The main focus of the Russia sanctions will be its mining industry and metal production, with some sanctions also targeting foreign investors in the Russian energy market. Russia is among the worlds largest energy producers and exporters, providing large portions of the natural gas for Europe.

Debate on the amendment included not only the usual scaremongering about the threat of Russia, but also consistent attacks on President Trump for having willingly met with top Russian officials since taking office, with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D OH) saying that allowing Russian state media at such meetings amounted to hiding from the American people.

"Antiwar.com"