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2017-10-20
Americans Wrote the Russians' Material

By Paul R. Pillar
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2017-10-20
The Thwarted Dreams of Kurdistan

By Lawrence Davidson
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2017-10-20
Have 20 Years of NATO Expansion Made Anyone Safer?
Since 1997, the world's perhaps most powerful corporation and lobbyist has created more insecurity than security.

By Stephen F. Cohen

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2017-10-19
Blaming Russia for the Internet Sewer

By Robert Parry
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2017-10-19
US sanctions bill vs Russia built on fraudster's political lobbying - Russian lawyer Veselnitskaya
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2017-10-19
Russia Fines Cryptocurrency World's Preferred Messaging App, Telegram
Russia's government is gunning for Telegram. Why?

By Kenneth Rapoza


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2017-10-18

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2017-10-18
Fueling More Bloodshed in Ukraine
In the U.S., Russia-hating liberals are joining the neocons in seeking more war in Ukraine, as the prospects for a rational and peaceful resolution to the crisis continue to fade

By James W. Carden
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2017-10-18
Magnitsky Act Comes to Canada

Interviewer Edward Lozansky
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2017-10-16
Another Russian Central Banker Denounces Cryptocurrency

By Kenneth Rapoza

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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"