Russia Insider Daily Headlines for 11/18/2016

Russia Insider Daily Headlines for 11/18/2016

Bolton, Giuliani Out, Congressman Rohrabacher In for Secretary of State by Paul Hannosh
Neocon ‘Blasts from the Past’ Threaten to Undermine Trump Presidency by Wayne Madsen
Is Mikheil Saakashvili Planning a New Revolution in Ukraine? by Igor Rozin
Michael Flynn Is a Bad, Dangerous Pick for National Security Advisor by Daniel Larison
Israeli Minister’s Gift Gaffe Leads to Awkward Standoff With Russians by Ben Caspit
Inside the Anti-Corruption Campaign Against Russia’s Liberals by Ivan Tsvetkov
Soros Fingerprints All Over #NotMyPresident Protests by Matthew Vadum
Obama in Berlin: ‘Russia Is Superpower with Influence Around the World’ by RT
Little Has Changed Between Turkey, Russia Despite Reconciliation by Zülfikar Doğan
Giuliani Might Be Even Worse Than Bolton by Daniel Larison
Trump’s Main Foreign Policy Challenge Will Be to Keep Neocon Vipers at Bay (Podcast) by Sputnik
Will Donald Trump End The American Unipolar Moment? by Federico Pieraccini
Will the US Hit the ‘Reset Button’ with Russia Now? by Jim Dean
Putin Is Finally Purging the Medvedev Government by The Saker
Trump’s Plan for Syria Could Keep the US out of War with Russia by Darius Shahtahmasebi
‘Fake News’ About Trump Continues Unabated by Moon of Alabama
Last Days of John Kirby: Hapless State Rep Gets Owned Again, Throws in the Towel (Video) by Enrico Braun

Bolton, Giuliani Out, Congressman Rohrabacher In for Secretary of State
by Paul Hannosh on Fri, Nov 18, 2016
According to the Washington Examiner, concerns are increasing for President-elect Trump’s top two picks to run the State Department: Rudy Giuliani and John Bolton. Sources say the Trump transition team is now considering California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a leading House foreign policy expert.Rohrabacher, who once worked as a Reagan speechwriter and a House member since 1989, emerged Tuesday night as a possible Trump pick. He is much more aligned with Trump on foreign policy, immigration and global warming issues.
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Neocon ‘Blasts from the Past’ Threaten to Undermine Trump Presidency
by Wayne Madsen on Fri, Nov 18, 2016
During his uphill campaign for the Republican Party presidential nomination and subsequent race for the White House, president-elect Donald Trump called NATO «obsolete», implied that Russia had not committed «aggression» by re-incorporating Crimea following a popular referendum in that region, and proclaimed he would be an «honest broker» in negotiations between Israel and Palestine. These may be mere words, not backed up by U.S. foreign policy changes, if Trump continues to bring discredited neo-conservatives – neocons – from the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush into his inner circle of advisers and, potentially, into senior national security and foreign policy positions in his administration.
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Is Mikheil Saakashvili Planning a New Revolution in Ukraine?
by Igor Rozin on Fri, Nov 18, 2016
Former Georgian President and ex-Governor of the Odessa Regional Administration Mikheil Saakashvili has said that he is ready to correct the « historical mistake » made after the Ukrainian revolutions of 2004 and 2014, « when the victorious powers were not able to fully replace the elite, » according to Russian business daily Kommersant, which did not specify the origin of the comments, though it appeared to be quoting from an interview Saakashvili gave to Georgian TV channel Rustavi 2 in Kiev on Nov. 15.
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Michael Flynn Is a Bad, Dangerous Pick for National Security Advisor
by Daniel Larison on Fri, Nov 18, 2016
Trump is reportedly considering making Michael Flynn his National Security Adviser:President-elect Donald Trump is considering retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn to be his national security adviser, a source familiar with the transition process told NBC News on Wednesday.Flynn has been one of Trump’s top advisers throughout the campaign, so if he is selected this is probably the least surprising choice Trump will make. There is no question in my mind that this is a bad choice. Having Flynn in this position means that Trump’s foreign policy is going to be shaped to a large extent by someone with very dangerous views.
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Israeli Minister’s Gift Gaffe Leads to Awkward Standoff With Russians
by Ben Caspit on Fri, Nov 18, 2016
Two incidents reeking of corruption have left Israel outraged over the past week. The first revolves around the acquisition of three new Dolphin submarines from Germany. Since the purchase was initiated and rammed through by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it has come out that his personal attorney David Shimron, a member of the prime minister’s family, also represents the German shipbuilding firm in Israel.
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Inside the Anti-Corruption Campaign Against Russia’s Liberals
by Ivan Tsvetkov on Fri, Nov 18, 2016
The arrest of Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukaev on charges that he solicited a bribe from the Rosneft oil company has become the most scandalous anti-corruption case in the entire history of post-Soviet Russia.Yet it would be wrong to claim that it was totally unexpected. On the contrary, the detention of Ulyukaev became the logical continuation of a series of other arrests, involving regional governors, law enforcement representatives and low-ranking governmental officials.
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Soros Fingerprints All Over #NotMyPresident Protests
by Matthew Vadum on Fri, Nov 18, 2016
Activist groups funded by radical billionaire George Soros are fomenting civil unrest in the streets in hopes of kneecapping President-Elect Donald Trump even before he takes the oath of office on Jan. 20.Those groups — including MoveOn and Black Lives Matter — are hurling the same old tired smears and epithets at Trump that they used during the election. Trump is racist, xenophobic, misogynist, anti-gay, fascistic, heartless, and plain old sinister, they shriek.
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Obama in Berlin: ‘Russia Is Superpower with Influence Around the World’
by RT on Fri, Nov 18, 2016
Russia is a military superpower with global reach and an important country for Washington, President Barack Obama told a news conference in Germany, stressing it is in the US’ interest to partner with Moscow on pressing international issues.“Russia is an important country. It is a military superpower. It has influence in the region and it has influence around the world,” outgoing President Obama said at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Thursday.
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Little Has Changed Between Turkey, Russia Despite Reconciliation
by Zülfikar Doğan on Fri, Nov 18, 2016
After Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet along the Syrian border on Nov. 24, 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of “serious consequences for Russia’s relationship with Turkey.” He described the incident as a “stab in the back,” sending a message to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he saw the downing of the plane as a betrayal. Russia soon slapped economic sanctions on Turkey, and the $38 billion trade volume between the two countries began to shrink. Turkey was seriously hurt, as many sectors of its economy ran into a wall.
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Giuliani Might Be Even Worse Than Bolton
by Daniel Larison on Fri, Nov 18, 2016
Rudy Giuliani is reportedly a top candidate for Secretary of State:Though he waited 10 months after Mr Trump announced his candidacy before endorsing him, Mr Giuliani — despite lacking diplomatic experience — now is reportedly Mr Trump’s top secretary of state candidate.
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Trump’s Main Foreign Policy Challenge Will Be to Keep Neocon Vipers at Bay (Podcast)
by Sputnik on Fri, Nov 18, 2016
In an interview earlier this week, Syrian President Bashar Assad said that he would welcome President-elect Donald Trump as a ‘natural ally’ in the fight against terrorism. Asked to comment on Assad’s remarks, 21stCenturyWire.com founder Patrick Henningsen stressed that his hopes can be met, if Trump continues to maintain his independent streak.In his interview for Portuguese television broadcaster RTP, Assad said that while « we cannot tell anything about what he [Trump] is going to do, but if, let’s say if he is going to fight the terrorists, of course we are going to be an ally, a natural ally in that regard, [together] with the Russians, the Iranians, with many other countries who want to defeat the terrorists. »
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Will Donald Trump End The American Unipolar Moment?
by Federico Pieraccini on Fri, Nov 18, 2016
We are facing an unprecedented breakthrough: a global change that potentially could definitively overwhelm the unipolar world order created after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and sent into overdrive by the 9/11 so-called War on Terror. The victory of Donald Trump is the most emblematic representation of a total repudiation by the American population of the so-called establishment and its interests.
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Will the US Hit the ‘Reset Button’ with Russia Now?
by Jim Dean on Fri, Nov 18, 2016
The first thought that popped into my head after the political nuclear bomb went off in the US on election night with Trump’s taking the presidency, was “Where do we go from here?”As with all newly elected presidents, what they promise on the campaign trail, and what they do after they win is often a legacy of broken promises.Trump skillfully manipulated massive free media coverage during the first half of the campaign by making provocative policy statements to openly separate himself from the Republican pack. The bedrock of his early campaign was, “I’m not one of them,” and it was successful from the start.
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Putin Is Finally Purging the Medvedev Government
by The Saker on Fri, Nov 18, 2016
While the word was focused in rapt attention on the outcome of the US Presidential election, Vladimir Putin did something quite amazing – he arrested Alexei Uliukaev, Minister of the Economy in the Medvedev government, on charges of extortion and corruption. Uliukaev, whose telephone had been tapped by the Russian Security Services since this summer, was arrested in the middle of the night in possession of 2 million US dollars. Putin officially fired him the next morning.
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Trump’s Plan for Syria Could Keep the US out of War with Russia
by Darius Shahtahmasebi on Fri, Nov 18, 2016
Anti-war activists can breathe a momentary sigh of relief that a future President Donald Trump may offer at least one positive development.Donald Trump has publicly opposed a U.S. attack on Bashar al-Assad in Syria. In his first interview since his victory, Trump told the Wall Street Journal he would likely abandon the current administration’s position on Assad.“I’ve had an opposite view of many people regarding Syria,” Trump stated.
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‘Fake News’ About Trump Continues Unabated
by Moon of Alabama on Fri, Nov 18, 2016
Clinton makes some twenty different issues or person responsible for her loss – everyone and everything except the DNC, her staff or herself. But a campaign that did just enough to get the states it thought it needed and not one bit more was going to lose no matter how much money it would spend. Shunning progressives and implausibly blaming Russia for her own mistakes did not help either. Clinton failed as a politician and presidential candidate. She just isn’t good enough in those roles. It is as simple as that. But now another culprit responsible for her loss is rolled out. « Fake news » that somehow was not censored out of social networks.
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Last Days of John Kirby: Hapless State Rep Gets Owned Again, Throws in the Towel (Video)
by Enrico Braun on Thu, Nov 17, 2016
John Kirby has been spokesman for the US State Department since May 2015. In the short time he’s held the post, he’s produced one gaffe and embarrassment after another. Basically, he makes the previous ginger-haired smartass spokesgirl representing the United States, Jen Psaki, look like a genius. (Psaki left State to be Hillary’s spokesgirl at the White House, only to find herself in the center of a gaggle of devastated aides as Barack Obama acknowledged Donald Trump as president-elect.)
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