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'Obama's decision on Manning very tepid attempt to address issue' – Assange's lawyer to RT

’Obama's decision on Manning very tepid attempt to address issue' – Assange's lawyer to RT


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Julian Assange’s lawyers are "assessing" the situation, following Chelsea Manning’s commutation announcement and Assange’s comments that he’s willing to make a deal with the US should the whistleblower be granted clemency.
"Mr. Assange stands by everything what he has said," Melinda Taylor, Assange's lawyer told RT from the Hague, but added Obama's decision to commute much of the sentence "certainly falls far short of what Miss Manning deserves.”
"Her sentence was commuted, but she wasn't pardoned. She should also never been convicted in the first place," Taylor said.
When asked if Assange is likely to get on a plane to America shortly after Manning is freed in May, his lawyer said her colleagues are now "assessing" the situation.
"The reason why Mr. Assange has been illegally, arbitrarily detained for over five years is because of the risk that he would face prosecution in an unfair trial in the United States. [Obama's] decision is the first step in the right direction, but of course his [Assange's] lawyers need to assess whether it goes far enough in ensuring his fundamental rights."  
Referring to a UN ruling that required both London and Stockholm to end the WikiLeaks founder's "arbitrary detention" which has not been implemented, Assange's lawyer said "there is a sense of frustration, that there is no light at the end of the tunnel."
"It remains to be hoped that 2017 will end this stalemate," she added, saying that if "the risk of prosecution and mistreatment in the US can be addressed, if he can be given effective protection against that," then there is hope Assange "could be free."
"His lawyers are trying to clarify his position in the US and to call on President Obama and the new administration to close this unfair prosecution of him," Taylor said.
The lawyer has also called on "organizations and persons" to "assist" Manning after she is released from jail "and ensure that she has employment." She added that the US soldier turned whistleblower's "bravery should have been applauded and it can now be applauded by people's help." 

Moscow, Russia. News conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov evaluating the 2016 performance of Russian diplomacy.Russia's FM Lavrov Says US Invited to Astana Talks on Syria

Moscow, Russia. News conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov evaluating the 2016 performance of Russian diplomacy.

Russia's FM Lavrov Says US Invited to Astana Talks on Syria

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Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that the US has been invited to Astana talks on Syria.

When journalists asked Lavrov on what conditions Russia would invite the US to the upcoming Astana talks, he replied that the representatives from the US have already been invited.
"As I said yesterday, they've already been invited," Lavrov confirmed.

During his annual press conference on Wednesday, Lavrov pointed out that Moscow considers it appropriate to invite representatives of the new US administration and UN to Syria talks in Astana. Moscow hopes that the Trump administration will accept this invitation, Lavrov said adding that Syria talks in Astana could serve as first official contacts between Russia and Trump administration.

"This would be the first official contact that could pave the way for talks on how to make the fight against terrorism in Syria more efficient," Lavrov said, adding Moscow and Washington had the experience of co-chairing the International Syria Support Group (ISSG).
The Talks in Astana are due to start on January 23.
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APE -- EL NUEVO PRESIDENTE DE MOLDAVIA IGOR DODON VISITA RUSIA.


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Posted: 18 Jan 2017 11:02 PM PST

* El presidente progresista Igor Dodon plantea abandonar la Unión Europea, pide adelantar las elecciones legislativas para cambiar la conformación del nuevo parlamento moldavo, actualmente controlado por los pro Merkel, que está impidiendo que se produzca la salida. 


** La UE convirtió a Moldavia, en el País más pobre del Continente, con una organización corrupta enquistada en el parlamento, con una mafia organizada y ramificada en Europa, drogas, prostitución, trata de mujeres.



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Moscú, 18 ene (EFE).- El presidente de Moldavia, Igor Dodon, afirmó hoy que no ha pedido a su homólogo ruso, Vladímir Putin, ayuda financiera durante las conversaciones que mantuvieron ayer en el Kremlin.

"No hemos venido en busca de dinero. No le pedí dinero a Putin, Dennos una caña, y nosotros mismos pescaremos el pez", dijo Dodon en declaraciones a la emisora de radio Spútnik Moldova.

El jefe del Estado moldavo, que tomó posesión en 23 de diciembre pasado, recalcó que lo que su país necesita es la posibilidad de producir y exportar.

"Somos un pueblo trabajador. Nosotros mismos podemos ganarnos el sustento. Lo que necesitamos son oportunidades, y las oportunidades están aquí, donde nuestros socios tradicionales", dijo Dodon en alusión a Rusia.


Ayer, tras reunirse con Putin, el presidente moldavo advirtió de que si su partido, Socialistas de Moldavia, gana las elecciones parlamentarias previstas para el próximo año, su país podría anular el Acuerdo de Asociación con la Unión Europea (UE).

Admirador declarado de Putin, Dodon prefiere que su país se integre en la Unión Económica Eurasiática (UEE) liderada por Rusia e integrada además por las también antiguas repúblicas soviéticas de Bielorrusia, Kazajistán, Armenia y Kazajistán.

"Si hay posibilidades constitucionales de disolver el Parlamento, lo haré", advirtió hoy el presidente moldavo, quien se pronunció a favor de una reforma constitucional para ampliar la facultades del jefe del Estado.


Según la Constitución moldava, el poder ejecutivo reside en el Gobierno, que es designado por el Parlamento, controlado actualmente por una coalición liberal de corte europeísta.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

RÉSEAU VOLTAIRE -- Podesta & Clinton contre Flynn

Podesta & Clinton contre Flynn

  

Les amis de John Podesta et d’Hillary Clinton tentent de soulever une polémique supplémentaire autour du conseiller de Sécurité nationale du président élu Donald Trump, le général Michael Flynn.
Ils ont relevé que le fils et collaborateur du général, Michael Flynn Jr, a posté sur son compte tweeter un renvoi à notre article « La réforme du Renseignement selon le général Flynn », publié par la revue Contralínea (Mexique). Thierry Meyssan y annonce l’intention du conseiller de Sécurité nationale de mettre fin au poste créé par le président George Bush de directeur du Renseignement national. Or, Donald Trump vient de pourvoir à cette fonction en nommant l’ancien sénateur Dan Coats. L’équipe d’Hillary Clinton entend exploiter le mécontentement du général Flynn à la fois pour créer des problèmes au sein de la nouvelle administration et pour écarter Michael Flynn Jr. [1].
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Cette polémique vise aussi probablement à évacuer la question du rôle du prétendu « Renseignement » durant les administrations Bush et Obama et de la réforme proposée par le général Flynn.
Les auteurs de cette campagne qualifient le Réseau Voltaire de « pro-Poutine », ce qui semble être une insulte de leur part.
En recherche de motifs pour affoler leurs concitoyens, ils ne semblent pas avoir lu un article précédent sur le général Flynn, paru en éditorial d’Al-Watan (Syrie), « Michael T. Flynn et l’islam ».
Sur John Podesta et Hillary Clinton, lire : « Les e-mails d’Hillary Clinton et la Confrérie », par Thierry Meyssan, Réseau Voltaire, 1er novembre 2016.
[1] “Disturbing report on Trump’s national security adviser emerges on pro-Putin website Gen. Flynn’s son suspected as source”, Aaron Rupar, Think Progress (Center for American Progress), January 17, 2017 .

Ukrainian Efforts to Sabotage Trump Backfire

Ukrainian Efforts to Sabotage Trump Backfire
EDITOR'S CHOICE | 18.01.2017

Ukrainian Efforts to Sabotage Trump Backfire

Kenneth P. VOGEL, David STERN
Donald Trump wasn’t the only presidential candidate whose campaign was boosted by officials of a former Soviet bloc country.
Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.
A Ukrainian-American operative who was consulting for the Democratic National Committee met with top officials in the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington in an effort to expose ties between Trump, top campaign aide Paul Manafort and Russia, according to people with direct knowledge of the situation.
The Ukrainian efforts had an impact in the race, helping to force Manafort’s resignation and advancing the narrative that Trump’s campaign was deeply connected to Ukraine’s foe to the east, Russia. But they were far less concerted or centrally directed than Russia’s alleged hacking and dissemination of Democratic emails.
Russia’s effort was personally directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, involved the country’s military and foreign intelligence services, according to U.S. intelligence officials. They reportedly briefed Trump last week on the possibility that Russian operatives might have compromising information on the president-elect. And at a Senate hearing last week on the hacking, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said “I don't think we've ever encountered a more aggressive or direct campaign to interfere in our election process than we've seen in this case.”
There’s little evidence of such a top-down effort by Ukraine. Longtime observers suggest that the rampant corruption, factionalism and economic struggles plaguing the country — not to mention its ongoing strife with Russia — would render it unable to pull off an ambitious covert interference campaign in another country’s election. And President Petro Poroshenko’s administration, along with the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, insists that Ukraine stayed neutral in the race.
Yet Politico’s investigation found evidence of Ukrainian government involvement in the race that appears to strain diplomatic protocol dictating that governments refrain from engaging in one another’s elections.

PETER KORZUN -- Emergence of a New Alliance: Russia, Turkey Join Together Fighting Terrorists

Emergence of a New Alliance: Russia, Turkey Join Together Fighting Terrorists
PETER KORZUN | 19.01.2017 | WORLD

Emergence of a New Alliance: Russia, Turkey Join Together Fighting Terrorists

The Russian Defence Ministry said on January 18 that Russian and Turkish air forces launched a joint operation against Islamic State (IS) militants holding the town of al-Bab northeast of Aleppo.
Lieutenant-General Sergei Rudskoi, the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Federation, said it was the first time the air forces of Russia and Turkey were engaged in a joint operation. The air strikes were conducted with the consent of the Syrian government.
A group of Russian aircraft, consisting of four Su-24Ms, four Su-25s and one bomber Su-34, as well as eight Turkish fighter jets, four F-16s and four F-4s, participated in the first joint air strike. The action comes one day after the US military said on January 17 that it had carried out airstrikes to support the Turkish offensive to free al-Bab from the Islamic State.
The action took place after the United States was rebuked by Turkey for not doing enough to facilitate its ground offensive. In response, US Air Force Col. John Dorrian, a spokesman for the United States -led military coalition, counted four strikes in recent days against the jihadists’ targets that he said were in both countries’ «mutual interest». If so, then this is the first time Russia and the US delivered strikes against a common target – the formations of IS deployed at al-Bab.
The alliance between Russia and Turkey has been getting increasingly close recently, especially after the two countries brokered a Syria truce in late December to join together preparing Syrian talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, to take place on January 23.

ANDREI AKULOV -- South Korea Forms Special Unit to Kill North Korean Leader

South Korea Forms Special Unit to Kill North Korean Leader
ANDREI AKULOV | 18.01.2017 | WORLD

South Korea Forms Special Unit to Kill North Korean Leader

Much has been said about North Korea’s nuclear program and missile tests. An all-out war is hardly an option and the prospects for talks are bleak enough. There is a great possibility the problem will be solved by a commando raid. Decapitation strikes are delivered to eliminate an adversary’s leadership to disrupt or destroy its chain of command at the time of crisis about to break out. North and South Korea are still technically at war as they signed an armistice but not a treaty following the end of the Korean War in 1953.
South Korea is about to wrap up the US-backed plans to take out North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It is forming a special military brigade this year tasked with removing North Korea's leadership as Seoul looks for ways to counter the Pyongyang’s emerging nuclear missile potential.

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