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Donald Trump’s Russian Hijinks Dossier Resurfaces

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[yt_dropcap type=”square” font=”” size=”14″ color=”#000″ background=”#fff” ] H [/yt_dropcap]ere is the very latest on the Caligula presidency. CNN has learned from federal investigators that at least some elements of the mysterious 35 page British spy’s dossier on Donald Trump’s Russian hijinks are true and legitimate. That mysterious 35 page British spy’s dossier on Donald Trump’s Russian hijinks are legitimate. The dossier includes salacious details of unusual sexual conduct with Russian sex workers.

What remains at issue is whether or not the Russian government gathered compromising information on the president when he was doing business in the country as a private citizen. This continues to be a disputed issue with intelligence experts claiming that Putin would never be so amateurish as to reveal what he has on Trump before he has had an opportunity to put it to work.

What is conveniently overlooked is that the goods were not delivered or revealed by Putin or his hackers, who are livid at the revelations, but by a British spy, Christopher Steele, with a good repute for the accuracy of his stories. He has since disappeared from circulation. Speculation abounds as to where he might be, given Putin’s past history of dealing “with extreme prejudice” toward his opponents. The suspicion increases that in fact, the document is quite compromising for quite a few people on both sides of the game.

In any case, Trump, for one, in his usual cavalier mode, dismisses the document out of hand. Reached for comment, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, “We continue to be disgusted by CNN’s fake news reporting.” It appears that whatever the administration, or Big Brother, considers an inconvenient truth, gets immediately labeled “fake news” or perhaps “alternate facts.” What did Orwell call it? Double speak.

As of now the FBI leads the investigation but other intelligence agencies, including the Senate Intelligence committee are also involved. Sources and methods of the CIA would also be used. It was the CIA, after all, which first made the document public without assessing its legitimacy.

Now, its legitimacy seems to be gaining ground. Those who formerly discounted the document, are now beginning to take it more seriously, especially when it is placed in the context of cyber-attacks, a preferred method of warfare by Putin and his hackers, and the fact that Trump continues to praise and admire Putin at the expense of even the US closest EU allies.

The latest findings reveal individuals who were “heavily involved” in collecting dirt to damage Hillary Clinton and assist Donald Trump during the presidential campaign. He himself went around encouraging the Russians to reveal what they had gathered from her e-mails. Both Obama and Trump were briefed on the dossier existence before Trump’s inauguration and before Buzzfeed published part of the on-line material.

The new information relates to conversations between foreign nationals which are for the moment classified. Nevertheless, those conversations reveal that they took place between the same individuals and on the same days and the same locations as those detailed in the dossier.

As mentioned in the previous columns, if an impeachment procedure begins, it will have at its basis: the press and Trump’s problematic relationship with the truth and legality, or a conflict of interests, or the Russian connection, all related in some way to the Constitution and federal law.

One of the three, or two of the three, or all of the three, when they eventually come into play, may eventually doom a flawed and confusing presidency. In tomorrow’s column we will take a closer look at the six men connected to the dossier in question. Those who continue to make light of this whole situation may yet be proven misguided. In any case, stay tuned, the best is still to come.

Professor Paparella has earned a Ph.D. in Italian Humanism, with a dissertation on the philosopher of history Giambattista Vico, from Yale University. He is a scholar interested in current relevant philosophical, political and cultural issues; the author of numerous essays and books on the EU cultural identity among which A New Europe in search of its Soul, and Europa: An Idea and a Journey. Presently he teaches philosophy and humanities at Barry University, Miami, Florida. He is a prolific writer and has written hundreds of essays for both traditional academic and on-line magazines among which Metanexus and Ovi. One of his current works in progress is a book dealing with the issue of cultural identity within the phenomenon of “the neo-immigrant” exhibited by an international global economy strong on positivism and utilitarianism and weak on humanism and ideals.

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Burkina Faso: Former colony orders French troops to leave

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A soldier from Burkina Faso stands guard along the border with Mali and Niger during a military operation against terrorist suspects.(file photo) © Michele Cattani

Burkina Faso has demanded the withdrawal of French troops stationed on the territory of the West African nation, local media reported, citing a government decision. Relations between Paris and its former colony have been on a downward spiral for months now, with the local population blaming France for their security problems.

Agence d’Information du Burkina (AIB) reported that the government of Burkina Faso had suspended a 2018 agreement with France, which regulated the deployment of its service members in the country. Paris now has one month to remove its soldiers, the agency said.

France currently has 400 troops in the African country, who are stationed there as part of efforts to combat Islamist terrorist groups in the region.

In November 2022, French President Emmanuel Macron officially announced the end of anti-insurgent ‘Operation Barkhane’ in the Sahel region, which has been largely viewed as a failure. In doing so, France also vowed to “reduce the exposure and visibility of [its] military forces in Africa.”

The Sahel is a region in northern Africa that includes Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, and a number of other neighboring countries.

Paris ended another military mission in neighboring Mali last August after relations went sour, with the government calling France’s military involvement “not satisfactory.”

Hundreds of people protested in the Burkina Faso’ capital Ouagadougou against the French military presence, chanting anti-French slogans.

Mohamed Sinon, one of the main leaders of the collective that called the demonstration, said it was to show support for junta leader Traore and the security forces fighting jihadists. “We are a pan-African movement and we want cooperation between Burkina Faso and Russia, but also the strengthening of friendship and of cooperation with Guinea and Mali,” he added.

Protesters carried huge posters showing the presidents of Mali and Guinea — both of whom also came to power in coups — as well as Russian President Vladimir Putin.

A source close to the government clarified it was “not the severance of relations with France. The notification only concerns military cooperation agreements”.

Sources familiar with the matter told AFP that France’s preferred option would be to redeploy its forces in the south of neighbouring Niger, where nearly 2,000 French soldiers are already stationed.

French troops withdrew from Mali last year after a 2020 coup in the former French colony saw its rulers also inch closer to Russia.

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The importance of Iran’s membership in the SCO

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The members of Majlis (the Parliament) have approved the emergency of the plan of Iran’s commitments to achieve the position of a member state in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), – informs IRNA from Tehran.

The  emergency plan was endorsed with 161 votes in favor, two against, and three abstentions.

Ali Adyani, the deputy vice president for parliamentary affairs, said that the plan was proposed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which was endorsed by the cabinet members, and sent to parliament to become law.

According to the official, Iran’s membership in the SCO is of great importance in terms of economic, social, and international affairs particularly because the opportunity would help the Islamic Republic get rid of illegal sanctions and enhance economic diplomacy.

Iran has been an observer of the SCO since 2005. Then, President Ebrahim Raisi called for full membership of the Islamic country in the organization in its last summer summit in Tajikistan.

The legislators have accepted to speed up scrutinizing the plan. Earlier, the Iranian parliament had endorsed the plan of accession of the Islamic Republic to the SCO.

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Sabah: ‘The Americans have deceived themselves, the Europeans and Ukraine’

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The US is repeating the same mistakes as in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria. Now – in Ukraine. So it seems inevitable that Washington will face another setback as a result of its ideological obsession, – writes prominent Turkish observer Bercan Tutar at “Sabah” newspaper.

Having suffered a complete failure in the Middle East wars, the Americans sent to Ukraine not only their ineffective weapons, but also their inadequate thoughts and strategies. But no matter what they do, their chances of defeating Russia are very slim.

The 330th day of the war, which began on February 24, 2022, has already been completed. After a short retreat, Russia began redeployment. However, the fact that Russia abandoned the siege of Kyiv and focused on control over Russian-speaking regions led Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky and the United States to false conclusions.

Encouraged by Russia’s cautious military actions, the United States applied its strategy in the war on terrorism in Ukraine and. According to American experts, the current US administration is following the deadly tracks of previous military propaganda in Ukraine, which proved unsuccessful in Afghanistan and Iraq.

While Russia is pursuing a military strategy that prioritizes its political goals, we see that the US is lacking in both military and political leadership. As soon as the war in Ukraine began, the first goal of the US was to rally its NATO allies against the Russian invasion. It was a smart strategy and it worked.

However, when the US reached the first target, a further one only increased its expectations. Russia was asked to leave not only Donetsk and Lugansk (Donbass), but also Crimea. Even further, the United States began to voice maximalist demands, such as regime change in Moscow. But it is absolutely clear that these demands can arise only in conditions of a total world war.

As a result, American fantasies lead Washington to attempt strategic suicide. The Americans have deceived themselves, the Europeans and Ukraine.

Russian leader Putin said on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the breaking of the blockade of Leningrad: “We tolerated it for a long time and tried to come to an agreement. As it has recently turned out, they were messing around with us; they were lying to us. This was not the first time this has happened to us. Yet we did everything in our power to settle the problem peacefully. It has become obvious now that it was an inherently impossible mission; the enemy was only preparing to bring this conflict to the hot phase. As I have said, there was no other way than to do what we are doing now.”

In short, some geopolitical officials in the US have dragged Zelensky into a ‘no-win war’ against a nuclear-armed Russia.

Now the world is focused on two options:

– either the US and its allies will perform a ‘miracle’ in Ukraine;

– or the Russians will crush Ukraine and then break the back of the NATO alliance.

Thus, the US strategic position in Europe will come to an end and a new world order will be born, perhaps with several centers of power outside of America.

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