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Russia’s feared mercenary Wagner group has allegedly been training Hamas terrorists with the attacks on Israel having “Russian hands” on it, an expert has claimed. – Russian Wagner group’s hands ‘all over Hamas attack on Israel’, expert claims – posted at 19:59:14 UTC via dailystar.co.uk

 Russian Wagner group’s hands ‘all over Hamas attack on Israel’, expert claims

Russia’s feared mercenary Wagner group has allegedly been training Hamas terrorists with the attacks on Israel having “Russian hands” on it, an expert has claimed.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, had offered to find a “peaceful solution” while also offering to back Hamas with “units ready” to do so. But now, according to an ex-Prime Minister of UkraineRussia might already be involved in the conflict, with its Wagner forces supposedly training fighters through its Syria base – and with Hamas using some of the group’s signature moves.

Petro Poroshenko, speaking to Euractiv, said: “I’m absolutely convinced that there is Russian interest, Russian hands, in the preparation of the Hamas terror attack on Israel.

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Hamas has been trained by Wagner, an expert has claimed

Hamas has been trained by Wagner, an expert has claimed (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

“I have known it since 2014 when the first Wagner group appeared in the east of my country. I know the signature of Wagner from their attacks in Lysychansk, Severodonetsk, Soledar, Bakhmut. “This is exactly Wagner tactics. I’m absolutely sure that the Russian Wagner instructors in Syria were transferred to Hamas in Gaza and participated in the training of terrorists to prepare the absolutely barbaric attack on Israel from the Gaza strip.”

More than 1,300 Israelis have been killed by Hamas terrorists – the group was proscribed as a terror organisation by the UK Government in 2021 – with around 1,100 being killed in Gaza. It is thought that there are around 130 hostages in Gaza, with around 17 of those being either British nationals or having a British passport.

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Wagner forces are in neighbouring Syria (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

Poroshenko’s comments were backed up by the General SVR Telegram channel, a Russian anti-Puin channel. They said: “Representatives of the Wagner PMC (Private Military Company) and the Redut PMC took part in the preparation of Hamas militants for an attack on Israel, in coordination with the Russian leadership.”

Putin – who did at one point have a close relationship with Israel, but that appears to have deteriorated over the last few years – has commented on the issue, but blamed it on the United States. He said: “I think that many people will agree with me that this is a vivid example of the failure of United States policy in the Middle East.”

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Vladimir Putin is increasingly confident Russia’s military can outlast Ukraine as a second winter of war approaches with Kyiv’s U.S. and European allies distracted by the deepening conflict between Israel and Hamas.

The Kremlin is convinced developments are moving in Putin’s favor and that he’ll be able to hold on to territories in southern and eastern Ukraine that his army seized in the invasion, according to three people with knowledge of the situation.

Russia’s playing for time as Putin prepares for presidential elections in March, two of the people said. The aim is to secure territory Russia currently holds and, with neither side able to make a decisive breakthrough, wait for war fatigue in the U.S. and Europe to mount and shift pressure onto Ukraine to seek a settlement.

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Today, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call from Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Olaf Scholz.

Spokesman for the Presidency, Counselor Ahmed Fahmy, said the phone call followed-up on the latest developments in the Gaza Strip. President El-Sisi and the Federal Chancellor reviewed Egypt’s unyielding efforts to push toward a ceasefire to protect the civilians, given the exacerbating humanitarian conditions in the Strip. They also tackled Egypt’s efforts to provide and deliver humanitarian aid and relief to the people in Gaza and to evacuate foreign national. Federal Chancellor Scholz expressed deep appreciation for Egypt’s role, underscoring Germany’s stance with regard to the importance of protecting civilians and allowing access for the aid. The two sides also discussed ways to achieve security and stability in the region. President El-Sisi reiterated that the two-state solution is the path for just and lasting peace in the Middle East.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of The Presidency, The Arab Republic of Egypt.

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Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters with the group, Jewish Voice for Peace, were arrested at the Capitol while protesting the Israel-Hamas war.

As we can see in Ukraine and now the Middle East, wars of aggression, acts of genocide, tyranny and terrorist atrocities do not happen in isolation.

From the seeds of a strong-arm regime in Germany, sprouted with virulent antisemitism, came the continentwide extermination of Jews. The shadows of the Holocaust loom large, with contemporary Western society constructed upon the principle of “never again.” Yet, disturbingly, echoes of the past resurface as Jewish populations face vile antisemitism in Europe and America, and calls for “peace” mask veiled justifications for Hamas’ heinous acts, which, at their core, revel in cruelty and degradation.

The Soviet Union’s oppressive legacy endures. Bosnian genocide, Yugoslav wars, poverty, oligarchism, Russian invasions of Chechnya, Georgia, Ukraine – all of these didn’t happen out of nowhere. Countless individuals, particularly in Eastern Europe and notably Ukraine, grapple with fractured family histories and tales of ancestors deported, killed or incarcerated. Such generational trauma requires immense time and understanding to be fully addressed and healed. 

The Syrian war, with its novel brand of horror, did not emerge spontaneously. The alliance between Hezbollah, a notorious Lebanese terrorist entity, and Russia, which at that point was a widely accepted partner of the free world, started in 2015 in Syria and has not stopped.

Now, the repercussions of every past atrocity reverberate globally. The same culprits, repeatedly emboldened, perpetrate murder, torture and degradation as the world seeks reassurance and the illusion of peace.

Hamas, responsible for the deaths of entire Israeli families, finds camaraderie in Moscow. Syria’s Assad regime deploys chemical warfare on its populace, bolstered by Hezbollah and Russia. Hezbollah launches assaults on Israel, underpinned by its intricate ties with Iran, Syria and Russia.

Russia’s savage invasion of Ukraine persists, with Iranians providing applause and weaponry. African nations are inundated with propaganda, giving a stage to ruthless Russian mercenaries – while China quietly acquires the continent piece by piece. And China’s menacing stance toward Taiwan, combined with its support for Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine, signals a broader threat to the free world.

This vicious cycle offers no genuine peace. 

Ukraine working to document war crimes: Ukrainians need America’s help to hold Russian war criminals accountable for atrocities

Regrettably, the free world isn’t merely an idle observer. Much of the technology utilized by Russia and terrorist factions originates in the West.

Billions in humanitarian aid have flowed into Gaza, only to line the pockets of Hamas leaders living lavishly in Qatar or to finance militants who funnel these funds into weapon smuggling. European aid items, including water pipes, have been repurposed by Hamas to fashion missiles aimed at Israel. 

Microelectronics are incorporated into missiles that wreak havoc upon civilians in Ukraine and anywhere else terrorists enact their terror. Despite bans, embargoes and sanctions on international companies, Russia continues to utilize Western tools to manufacture advanced weaponry – the very same machines that still benefit from maintenance by their manufacturers, such as German-Japanese DMG Mori or American Haas Automation.

Why do these companies persist in servicing equipment instrumental in aiding a nation led by an accused war criminal to produce arms? Greed appears to be the likeliest culprit. Such convenient “ignorance” of the end-users (Russian arms manufacturers) does not make an excuse for silent war crimes enablers.

To those who argue that Europe or the United States should abstain from intervening in distant conflicts, a sobering reality check is due: Their involvement is already apparent, just not in a way most of the people imagine. This is evidenced by the surging exports to nations that orbit Russia – for instance, German exports to Kyrgyzstan soared by 949% last year, according to a Reuters analysis, with a significant proportion finding its way to Russia.

Moreover, the inability to curtail purchases of Russian resources, such as the U.S. acquisition of uranium from Rosatom, effectively bankrolls the adversary’s military operations.

Concurrently, China capitalizes on its position as the manufacturing hub for Western tech, striving to replicate and pilfer Western innovations. 

Stop following China. United Nations is ruled by ‘we the peoples,’ not authoritarian regimes.

The sobering truth is that countries such as China, Iran, Belarus and Russia are already waging a covert war against the free world, and it’s high time the latter acknowledged this reality and stopped fighting against itself.

True global tranquility remains elusive until the world recognizes that witnessing brutality is never a standalone event. The civilizational war has started, and it’s time for all to choose their allegiance.

Anastasiia Marushevska, co-founder of the Ukrainian nonprofit PR Army of communication experts, is editor-in-chief at Ukraїner International and a lecturer at the Projector Institute.

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“We want no Gestapo or Secret Police. FBI is tending in that direction.” — Harry Truman

With every passing day, the United States government borrows yet another leaf from Nazi Germany’s playbook: Secret police. Secret courts. Secret government agencies. Surveillance. Censorship. Intimidation. Harassment. Torture. Brutality. Widespread corruption. Entrapment. Indoctrination. Indefinite detention.

These are not tactics used by constitutional republics, where the rule of law and the rights of the citizenry reign supreme. Rather, they are the hallmarks of authoritarian regimes, where secret police control the populace through intimidation, fear and official lawlessness on the part of government agents.

That authoritarian danger is now posed by the FBI, whose love affair with totalitarianism began long ago. Indeed, according to the New York Times, the U.S. government so admired the Nazi regime that following the second World War, it secretly and aggressively recruited at least a thousand Nazis, including some of Hitler’s highest henchmen as part of Operation Paperclip. American taxpayers have been paying to keep these ex-Nazis on the U.S. government’s payroll ever since.

If the government’s covert, taxpayer-funded employment of Nazis after World War II weren’t bad enough, U.S. government agencies — the FBI, CIA and the military — adopted many of the Third Reich’s well-honed policing tactics, and have used them against American citizens.

Indeed, the FBI’s laundry list of crimes against the American people includes surveillance, disinformation, blackmail, entrapment, intimidation tactics, harassment and indoctrination, governmental overreach, abuse, misconduct, trespassing, enabling criminal activity, and damaging private property, and that’s just based on what we know.

Compare the FBI’s far-reaching powers to surveil, detain, interrogate, investigate, prosecute, punish, police and generally act as a law unto themselves — powers that have grown since 9/11, transforming the FBI into a mammoth federal policing and surveillance agency that largely operates as a power unto itself, beyond the reach of established laws, court rulings and legislative mandates — to its Nazi counterparts, the Gestapo — and…

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FBI Director Christopher A. Wray said last month he could not accept a federal official’s decision to relocate the agency’s headquarters from downtown Washington to the Maryland suburbs, criticizing the politically fraught and drawn out site selection process as fatally flawed, according to a letter obtained by The Washington Post.

The Oct. 12 letter sent from the FBI director to the top official at the General Services Administration — the agency that oversees federal real estate — called on the agency to scrap its Maryland selection and restart the entire process. Wray said a former GSA official in charge of the process until their departure last month, made questionable decisions that ignored the recommendations of a panel convened to choose the most suitable location.

The GSA rejected Wray’s appeals. The Post reported Wednesday that federal officials chose a 61-acre site adjacent to the Greenbelt Metro station in Prince George’s County, Md., to house the new FBI headquarters — a plot of land owned by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, also known as Metro.

The letter from Wray to Robin Carnahan, the head of GSA, was a remarkable rejection of the results of a hard-fought selection process that has taken years, pitting officials in Maryland and Virginia against each other as they vied for a massive new federal complex, which has promised to generate billions of dollars in taxpayer revenue. After receiving the letter, the GSA decided it was proceeding anyway with the Greenbelt site decision.

On Thursday morning, Wray spoke to senior FBI leaders about the decision and sent an email to the workforce, telling them a three-person panel working on the decision had unanimously recommended a different site, one in Springfield, Va.

“The site selection panel wrote a detailed consensus report articulating the basis for its recommendation of Springfield,” Wray wrote, but that recommendation was overruled by a GSA official.

“Unfortunately, we have concerns about fairness and transparency in the process and GSA’s failure to adhere to its own site selection plan,” Wray wrote. “Despite our engagement with GSA over the last two months on these issues, our concerns about the process remain unresolved.”

Wray’s letter to the workforce emphasized “our concerns are not with the decision itself but with the process … For our part, we will continue to be clear about our process concerns, even as we work with GSA toward the design and construction of a facility.”

He also said the FBI hopes to secure funding to build office space in D.C. that would house up to 1,000 employees. It’s unclear if that building would be at its current location on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The GSA picked Greenbelt as the new headquarters site over two other finalists in the competition: Landover, which is also in Prince George’s County, and Springfield, in Fairfax County, Va.

In his Oct. 12 letter to GSA, Wray said the agency “cannot accept a site selection decision with these unresolved issues,” and asked that a new official be appointed “to re-run the site selection process.”

Those issues, according to the letter, include whether the official overseeing the site selection process disagreed on what Wray called “key areas,” and the official “disagreed with the panel’s unanimous rating of the Greenbelt site” in order to increase the rating of Greenbelt.

That official had worked previously for Metro, which owns the Greenbelt parcel, which the FBI said was a concern given how the decision-making was done. That official, Wray said, “was later granted overarching power to select the site without adhering to the recommendation of the unanimous panel and with limitless ability to decide when outside information should and should not be considered in making the site selection decision.”

The letter did not suggest “a lack of integrity” by the official, but said “for a project of this magnitude and significance,” the official making the decision “simply should not have previous, direct affiliation with one of the parties of this procurement.”

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The CIA and Mossad chiefs met with the Qatari prime minister in Doha on Thursday to discuss the parameters of a deal for hostage releases and a pause in Hamas-Israel fighting in the Gaza Strip, a source briefed on the meeting told Reuters. The outcome of the talks was unclear. Qatar, where several Hamas political leaders are based, has been leading efforts to mediate between Hamas and Israeli officials for the release of hostages taken by Hamas militants when they rampaged into Israel on October 7, killing 1,400 people.

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Israel then launched an unrelenting bombardment of Hamas-ruled Gaza and late last month launched an armored invasion of the enclave, where over 10,000 people have now been killed, 40 percent of them children, according to Palestinian officials. David Barnea, head of Israel’s Mossad intelligence service, CIA Director William Burns and Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman al-Thani held the meeting after Qatari mediators met officials from the Hamas political office on Wednesday night and discussed potential parameters of a deal. The advantage of the trilateral meeting was to bring all three parties together at one table in real time to speed up the process, the source said. The talks also included a discussion about allowing humanitarian imports of fuel into Gaza, so far refused by Israel lest, it says, it is diverted to Hamas for fighting purposes.

A source told Reuters on Wednesday the talks touched on a release of 10-15 hostages in exchange for a one- to two-day humanitarian pause in the war that is devastating Gaza.

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Putin’s Gaza front

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On 13 October in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek, Putin claimed that ‘no one suspects [Russia] wishes to play around’ with the Gaza conflict because of its strong and good relations with each of the protagonists. But the historical record belies this assurance. Even in Soviet times, when Moscow took the ideological offensive against ‘US imperialism’ and ‘Israeli aggression’, it sought to create synergies between the region’s endemic contradictions and hostilities. Under Putin’s watch, it has cooperated ‘pragmatically’ with every country and its worst enemy. It has ‘played around’ with pre-meditation and purpose, deepening relations with Iran, Saudi Arabia, Hamas and Israel simultaneously.

In itself, the Putin-Netanyahu relationship emerged from a balance of fears no less than a balance of forces, to which one must add the respect of each party for the tenacity and calculated ruthlessness of the other. But it also was a product of permissive circumstances: President Obama’s ‘pivot to Asia’ and the diminution of America’s presence and influence in the Middle East.

Over a good fifteen years, the relationship brought tangible benefits to both sides. On the one hand, Russia looked the other way whilst Israel struck targets inside Lebanon and Syria. In turn, Israel refused to join the Western sanctions regimes of 2014 and 2022 against Russia, and despite US entreaties, has not supplied air defence systems or other lethal weapons to Ukraine either, at least overtly. In 2011, Putin went so far as to describe Israel as ‘a special state to us…practically a Russian-speaking country’, and only seven years ago, he called it an ‘unconditional ally against international terrorism’. Yet Putin offered no condolences to Netanyahu after Hamas’s attack.

To understand why, one needs to appreciate just how radically the Ukraine war has restructured Russia’s priorities. Prior to February 2022, the 50-year special relationship with Germany was at least as important as the Russia-Israel relationship, but it was sacrificed on the altar of Russia’s ‘special military operation’. Russia has now made the same calculation with respect to Israel.

Five interests now take precedence: the rupturing of the West, the war in Ukraine, ties with Iran (which the war has made an indispensable ally of Russia), sabotaging the US-sponsored Saudi-Israel entente, and driving as many wedges as possible between the ‘collective West’ and the ‘global South’. In short, the specific conditions that spawned the Russia-Israel relationship fifteen years ago have given way to new ones.

These new conditions are at least as advantageous to Russia as the old. Today, we need to face four unpalatable truths.

First, Russia views Israel as the Achilles heel of the United States. Washington might claim that it will support Ukraine ‘as long as it takes’, but it knows that Israel cannot be allowed to fail. If Congress is forced to debate the relative priority of Ukraine and Israel, there is no debate. Israel wins.

Second, Israel’s greatest weakness is that it is predictable. History has taught its people that turning the other cheek is a recipe for extinction. The attack of 7 October was not merely, in the words of Israel’s ambassador to Germany, ‘the deadliest day for Jews since the Holocaust’, it was a stunning exercise in ‘reflexive control’: the defeat of an adversary by its own actions. Israel’s survival is more at risk today than at any time since 1948.

Third, the fates of Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan are intertwined. What links them is the commitment and credibility of the United States. The Kremlin believes that their removal from the political map would mean the end of the West as such. Possibly, it is right.

Fourth, whether or not Russia was complicit in Hamas’s attack, it had every reason to be. Its 17-year relationship with Hamas goes well beyond courtesy calls. The visits of the Hamas leadership and the head of its Politburo to Moscow in March and September this year were almost certainly about consultation rather than courtesy. If, as ‘informed sources’ claim, Hamas and Iran began planning the operation one year ago, it is most unlikely that Russia was kept in the dark.

Françoise Thom recently wrote: ‘Putin understands nothing about Western civilization. On the other hand, he has an unerring instinct for what can destroy it’. Maybe.

Over the years, Putin has proved himself to be less a master strategist than an engineer of lose-lose outcomes. He might come to regret some of these. US military power is now returning to the Middle East in earnest. It takes little effort to grasp that an Israel-Iran, not to say US-Iran war could bring a swift halt to Iran’s lifeline of military supplies to Russia. Moreover, it would swiftly expose Russia’s limitations. In such a war, Russia would have no spare military power to offer. Instead of making Russia indispensable, it might show the world that it has no clothes. In the end, Russia might pay a horrendous price for the harm it has wrought. But the end could be far away. Meanwhile, Russia’s capacity to confound, subvert and damage is likely to remain unrivalled.

This article is a revised version of the one published in Postimees on 26 October.

SUCCESSION

In recent weeks, Russia’s Deputy Defence Minister Yunus-Bek Yevkurov and General Andrei Averyanov from the GRU military intelligence agency have made several trips to Africa. The two are increasingly seen as the main organisers of the post-Prigozhin era of Russian relationships with Africa following the Wagner Group chief’s demise in a fiery plane crash at the end of August. 

In this handout photo provided on August 24, 2023, Russia’s Deputy Defence Minister Yunus-bek Yevkurov is shown offering the gift of a pistol to Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar during an official visit to Benghazi. In this handout photo provided on August 24, 2023, Russia’s Deputy Defence Minister Yunus-bek Yevkurov is shown offering the gift of a pistol to Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar during an official visit to Benghazi. © Media office of Khalifa Haftar via AFP

Yunus-bek Yevkurov, Russia‘s Deputy Defence Minister, and Andrei Averyanov, a notorious general from the GRU military intelligence agency, touched down in Bamako, Mali, on Saturday, September 16.  They were slated to meet political leaders from Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, according to local media and various sources on Telegram.

This was not the first of the duo’s visits to Africa. They have made several visits to the continent since the death of Yevgeny Prigozhin on August 23, 2023… and even prior to that. Yevkurov, always flanked by Averyanov, was in Libya – one of the main African bases for Wagner’s mercenaries – the day before the plane crash back in Russia which killed the Wagner Group chief, as well as two others from the organisation’s top leadership who could have replaced him. 

Yevkurov, the negotiator

The meeting in Mali was not coincidental: Yevkurov and Averyanov were scheduled to hold talks with representatives of the countries Prigozhin had last visited. Riley Moeder, an Africa specialist studying the role of Wagner’s mercenaries on the continent at the New Lines Institute, an American geopolitical research center, holds that Russia is playing on a sense of continuity: “Prigozhin was filmed in that region before his plane crashed, and this region is looking for support. So Moscow wants to assure them that it remains committed to that region,” she says.

The Russian deputy defence minister had already visited Mali and Burkina Faso in the first week of September to assure local authorities that Moscow would “do everything in its power to help” them, The New York Times reported in an investigation into the future of Wagner’s African “empire” published on September 8.

Yevkurov and Averyanov would therefore appear to African leaders to be the successors to the late Wagner boss. What’s more, as The New York Times reports in the same investigation, they also met with some of the remaining Wagner mercenaries in Mali. Several media outlets have already presented the GRU’s Averyanov as “Prigozhin’s successor” in Africa.

Indeed, the profiles of both men correspond to some of the roles hitherto played by Wagner’s former leader.

For example, Deputy Defence Minister Yevkurov is a decorated general with “quite a good military reputation”, says Ivan Klyszcz, a specialist in Russian foreign policy at the International Centre for Defence and Security in Estonia. That may be enough to inspire respect among the Wagner mercenaries.

Yevkurov also has a solid reputation as a peacemaker and negotiator from his time spent in Ingushetia, an autonomous republic of the Russian Federation located in the Greater Caucasus mountain range. He led this Russian republic from 2008 to 2019, at a time when the region “was more violent than Chechnya“, says Klyszcz, who has focussed on this part of Russia. “The region was almost as safe as everywhere else in Russia when he left.”

For the Kremlin, Yevkurov has a certain diplomatic finesse that is perfectly suited for being “the new face of relations between the Russian government when dealing with these African regimes”, says Andreas Heinemann-Gruder, a Russia specialist who studies private paramilitary groups at the University of Bonn.

Averyanov and the GRU assassins

Diplomatic finesse is arguably not Averyanov’s strong suit. General Averyanov is best known for having led the GRU’s infamous 29155 unit, which specialises in covert operations like sabotage and assassination. Spies from this unit are suspected of having blown up an ammunition depot in the Czech Republic in 2014, attempting to stage a pro-Serbian coup in Montenegro in 2016 and the attempted poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal in 2018. 

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In other words, “[Averyanov’s] qualification is preparing special operations abroad. He is the ‘hit and kill guy’ you call when you need this kind of service,” says Heinemann-Gruder.

What’s in it for African regimes? “Averyanov can … take over some elements of regime security, and not only bodyguard services, but also in [his] area of specialisation: repression and targeted assassination,” adds Klyszcz.

But Averyanov is more than a cold-blooded killer. “Averyanov is a decorated veteran from Afghanistan and Chechnya and was also active in Moldova and Crimea. As with all Russian special operatives, he is trained to take the initiative, operate cut off from superiors’ orders, and make links with local allies,” says Jeff Hawn, Russia specialist and an external consultant for the New Lines Institute. This pedigree makes him an ideal candidate to negotiate with local military groups, just as Wagner’s managers would do when arriving in a new country in Africa.  

Yevkurov, the shrewd politician, and Averyanov, the master spy, thus appear to be as different as they are complementary. However, they both have one quality in common setting them apart from the late Yevgeny Prigozhin: “They’re both reliable, loyal soldiers who are not the type of personality which could be expected to ‘go rogue’,” says Hawn. 

“Loyalty is a very powerful advantage in the Putin system right now,” says Klyszcz. This would be especially the case for anyone aspiring to take over for Prigozhin, who, after his abortive rebellion attempt against the Russian defence ministry in June, came to epitomise treachery in the eyes of the Russian leadership.

More openly official support

Is all of this enough for the Kremlin to hand the keys to Wagner’s kingdom in Africa to the duo? According to the experts interviewed by FRANCE 24, they will play a role, but not as sole operators. Yevkurov and Averyanov embody, as representatives of the Russian state, a move from the semi-clandestine operations and relations carried out by Wagner to more open relations with the African regimes in place. “It’s no longer hybrid warfare but official support. They show that communication is continuing with Russia, but now through official channels,” says Heinemann-Gruder. 

But this does not mean that the structures set up by Wagner will simply be absorbed by the Russian ministry of defence. Wagner’s very decentralised model is still useful to Moscow, because “it’s easier to adapt to local situations. What is happening in Mali is not what is happening in the Central African Republic,” says Moeder. The situation in Mali, with its imperative to fight terrorism, has little in common with the nature of operations in the Central African Republic, where Wagner’s main aim is to secure lucrative mining activities. Wagner also runs propaganda operations in several countries and even manages a brewery and vodka distillery in the Central African Republic.

Such diverse activities and hybrid warfare, wherein conventional tactics are blended with subversive actions,  “require greater dexterity than the Russian security bureaucracy is likely capable of”, writes Joseph Siegle, Director of the Center for African Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, in an article published on The Conversation.

Finally, it will still be useful to let the mercenaries carry out certain actions to be able to continue denying official involvement on the part of Moscow in the event of exactions or reprisals in a country.

Yevkurov and Averyanov are thus an important part of the first stage of the reorganisation of Russian operations in Africa. “The Russians are beginning to learn some lessons from past experience with Wagner and other PMCs (private military companies). We can expect less autonomy and clear political leadership,” says Heinemann-Gruder.

And if Moscow’s progress in taking control of operations is rather slow, it’s also because the Wagner Group also has well-entrenched financial interests in Africa. “There is a web of [Russian] oligarchs and businessmen who benefitted from Prigozhin’s businesses and shell companies, and who have everything to gain from the system remaining,” says Moeder. Moscow’s interests therefore also lie in making sure that everyone involved in Wagner’s African operations continues to benefit. 

This article was translated from the original in French. 

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Putin’s Gaza front
On 13 October in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek, Putin claimed that ‘no one suspects [Russia] wishes to play around’ with the Gaza conflict because of its strong and good relations with each of the protagonists. But the historical record belies this assurance. Even in Soviet times, when Moscow took the ideological offensive against ‘US imperialism’ and…
 

Notorious Russian general, master spy duo organise in Africa after Prigozhin’s demise
SUCCESSION In recent weeks, Russia’s Deputy Defence Minister Yunus-Bek Yevkurov and General Andrei Averyanov from the GRU military intelligence agency have made several trips to Africa. The two are increasingly seen as the main organisers of the post-Prigozhin era of Russian relationships with Africa following the Wagner Group chief’s demise in…
 
 

A deadly cascade: how secret Hamas attack orders were passed down at last minute
The first orders went out before 4am: anyone who had been attending the regular training sessions and was not planning to attend dawn prayers at their usual mosques must go to pray.An hour later, as the sky began to lighten over Gaza and the congregations began to disperse, new instructions were issued. These too were straightforward and passed mainly…
 

How Hamas Prepared October 7 – Report – I24NEWS
The shock attack was a long-planned operation for the ‘1000% committed’ Hamas commanders — yet orders were passed down at the last momentOne month after the start of Israel’s war against Hamas, The Guardian released a report explaining who was in charge of the October 7 attack, how the massacres were organized and what the terrorists viewed as their…
 

Who is Herzi Halevi, the chief of staff of the Israel Defence Forces?
EVEN BEFORE Hamas, the militant group that runs Gaza, attacked Israel on October 7th, Lieutenant General Herzi Halevi was in a difficult position. In January 2023, when he became chief of general staff of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), the most senior position in Israel’s army, the officer and reserve corps were rent by divisions over proposed reforms…
 
Numbers of civilian deaths per airstrike in 2023 Gaza far higher than previous Israeli bombings, but half that of Russian/Syrian attacks in Mosul and Aleppo. Under-reporting of the dead or less lethal tactics?
Executive Summary This report analyses civilian casualties from military air strikes, spotlighting “Operation Swords of Iron” in Gaza, October 2023, which has resulted in a dramatic spike in civilian deaths compared to previous Israeli air strikes, with an average of 10.1 fatalities per casualty-causing strike. This significantly surpasses previous…
 

Hamas’s attack was an Israeli intelligence failure on multiple fronts
THE VICIOUS success of Hamas’s attack on Israel, without their plans being unveiled, is matched by the astounding failure of Israeli intelligence at every level. The assault by land, sea and air on October 7th left at least 800 dead in Israel, and must have required months of planning. Officials are in shock that such a significant military buildup…
 

Talk of Re-establishing Jewish Settlements in Gaza Strip Damages Israeli Legitimacy, Western Diplomats Warn – Israel News – Haaretz.com
Haaretz | Israel NewsA senior Israeli official admitted that ‘Clearly, if this moved from words to deeds, we would suffer significant damage, but for now, it’s still under control.’ A European ambassador said that the public campaign in support is being monitored, and is concerningAmir TibonNov 8, 2023 9:25 am ISTGet email notification for articles…
 

Ukraine Files Criminal Charges Against Head Of Russian Orthodox Church
A Russian tank burns in a field near the town of Vuhledar in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region on November 5. At least five civilians were killed and several wounded by Russian shelling of residential areas in eastern and southeastern Ukraine over the past day, authorities said on November 8. Three people were killed in the…
 

CIA chief visits Israel, region to assist with Gaza war issues
US Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns visited Israel on Monday and will next proceed to meet top political and intelligence officials in Qatar, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan.In his first trip to the region since the October 7 Hamas invasion, Burns met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant,…
 

Israel’s Mossad chief sets new red lines for Iranian leadership, Russia
TEL AVIV — Mossad chief David Barnea threatened Iran on Sunday, stating that the leadership in Tehran could find itself in the crosshairs. His words reflected Israel’s growing concerns about Tehran’s potential acts of terror in the region and especially in the West Bank.Barnea’s speech at the annual conference of Reichman University’s International…
 

CIA chief visiting Israel and other Middle East nations as war in Gaza grinds on
CIA director William Burns testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on March 10, 2022. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty ImagesCIA director Bill Burns is visiting Israel and other countries in the region this week for talks on the war in Gaza and the efforts to release hostages held by Hamas, two Israeli officials confirmed to Axios. Why it matters:…
 

Egypt’s President El-Sisi meets with CIA Director Burns
By Al Mayadeen English Source: Agencies 7 Nov 2023 21:38 The meeting was also attended by Director of the General Intelligence Service Abbas Kamel. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi holding a meeting with CIA Director William Burns (Egyptian Presidency) Egyptian President Abdel Fattah…
 

CIA Chief Meets Egypt’s President
Live Coverage FeedCIA Director William Burns has old ties to the Middle East. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi and Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns met in Cairo to discuss Israel’s military escalation in the Gaza Strip, a presidential spokesman said. Sisi repeated a call for an immediate cease-fire…
 

Netanyahu signals affinity for Zelensky as Israel’s ties with Russia worsen
Israel intends to host Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for a visit to show solidarity in response to the Hamas terrorist attack last month despite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s careful management of ties with Russia.“If President Zelensky comes, he will be welcomed with open arms,” an unnamed Israeli official told the Times of Israel.STATE…
 

Gaza and Ukraine are part of Putin’s world war
The Israel-Gaza and Ukraine-Russia conflicts are linked — and are part of a world war started by Vladimir Putin in 1999 to restore the Soviet Union’s empire after becoming President of Russia. This world war has not been recognized because it uses proxies, non-state actors like Hamas or other terrorist organizations, as well as extremist political…
 

Diane Francis: Russia is the true global menace
This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Photo by MIKHAIL METZEL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images filesThe Israel-Gaza and Ukraine-Russia conflicts are not standalone catastrophes. They are linked and part of a world war started by Vladimir Putin in 1999 to restore the Soviet Union’s…
 

Israel’s nuclear option remark raises ‘huge number of questions’: Russia
Published On 7 Nov 20237 Nov 2023Russian officials have joined other countries in expressing concern over the remarks of an Israeli junior minister who appeared to express openness to the idea of Israel carrying out a nuclear strike on Gaza, saying that it raises a “huge number of questions”. Moscow’s reaction came on Tuesday, days after Heritage Minister…
 

CIA Director Visits Middle East to Meet With Intelligence Partners, Us Official Says
FILE – In this May 24, 2011 file photo, William Burns testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on his nomination to be Deputy Secretary of State. President-elect Joe Biden announced Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, he has chosen the veteran diplomat to be his CIA director. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) WASHINGTON…
 

Director Burns’ Middle East Mission
SUBSCRIBER+EXCLUSIVE REPORTING – CIA Director Bill Burns is in the Middle East as part of a Biden Administration push to ease tensions in the region amid fears of a broader, more violent regional conflict.  The director is reportedly planning to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, as well as Mossad Chief…
 
Opinion | Only the U.S. Can Restore World Order
Only the U.S. Can Restore World Order
 

All of Putin’s open fronts
When he launched the war on Ukraine in February of 2022, Vladimir Putin said that he thought that the Russian people would be able to distinguish “true patriots from scum and traitors.” This was again expressed at a rally in Moscow a month later, where he also stated that Russia’s “fifth column” was made up of those who had left the country or refused…
 

Putin’s war on the West
HE IS ridiculed for his mendacity and ostracised by his peers. He presides over a free-falling currency and a rapidly shrinking economy. International sanctions stop his kleptocratic friends from holidaying in their ill-gotten Mediterranean villas. Judged against the objectives Vladimir Putin purported to set on inheriting Russia’s presidency 15 years…
 

Everyone’s talking about the Global South. But what is it?
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says his country is “becoming the voice of the Global South,” and that at the upcoming Group of 20 meetings being held in New Delhi, that voice will be heard. At the August summit of the BRICS nations — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — current chair South Africa declared its goal was…
 

Opinion: It’s World War III
The Israel-Gaza and Ukraine-Russia conflicts are the result of a world war started in 1999 by Vladimir Putin to recreate the Soviet Union’s empire. Russia’s war machine operates in the shadows and is behind most of the world’s strife. It is not a goose-stepping monolith, but a hidden Hydra with thousands of tentacles that reach worldwide and have grown…
 

Egypt: President El-Sisi Meets Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director William Burns
Today, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, the CIA, Mr. William Burns. The meeting was also attended by Director of the General Intelligence Service, Major General Abbas Kamel. Spokesman for the Presidency, Counselor Ahmed Fahmy, said during the meeting the two sides underscored the robust strategic…
 

Jewish Man Dies After Altercation at Dueling Protests in California
The episode occurred in a suburb outside Los Angeles amid pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian demonstrations.
 

C.I.A. Director Visits Israel and the Middle East Amid Israel-Hamas War
William J. Burns’s visit comes as the United States tries to prod Israel to pursue a more targeted approach to attacking Hamas, allow pauses in the fighting and do more to avoid civilian casualties.
 

Gaza and Ukraine are part of Putin’s world war
The Israel-Gaza and Ukraine-Russia conflicts are linked — and are part of a world war started by Vladimir Putin in 1999 to restore the Soviet Union’s empire after becoming President of Russia. This world war has not been recognized because it uses proxies, non-state actors like Hamas or other terrorist organizations, as well as extremist political…
 

Opinion | The Two Things Worrying U.S. Military Officials About Israel and Hamas
Israel, Iran, Ukraine and Russia are driving so much about geopolitics today.
 

The commander-in-chief of Ukraine’s armed forces on how to win the war
RUSSIA’S INVASION of Ukraine in February 2022 provoked a global security crisis. The assault on democracy by a morally sick imperial power in the heart of Europe has tilted the balance of power in other parts of the world, including the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. The failure of multilateral bodies such as the UN and Organisation for Security and…
 

Putin: A fascist or misunderstood? – opinion
Is President Vladimir Putin a fascist, a neo-Nazi or is he simply misunderstood and bad-mouthed by the West? The West needs to answer these questions to successfully help Ukraine defend against Russia’s aggression. The Jews and the leadership of Israel, in particular, must not run away from these questions. They need to realize that “the great evil”…
 

Russia-Israel: With Gaza War, A Complicated Relationship Gets More Complicated
Less than three weeks after Hamas’s brutal attack on Israel, leaders of the militant group showed up in Moscow for talks with Russian officials. For many in the West, not least in Israel itself, the Hamas delegation’s visit was a pointed thumb in the eye of the relatives of the victims, most of them civilians, and of a reeling government. For close…
 

Russia benefits from war in Gaza. Was that the plan all along?
It’s been four weeks since Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7. The fog of war is still very thick. Weeks into the war, we still don’t know many details of either the attack itself or its planning.  Yet there is one aspect of the bacchanalia of brutality of that day that experts, professional militaries and astute observers agree on: Hamas did not act…
 

Opinion | Putin Is Getting What He Wants
Russia is emerging as a major beneficiary of the war in Gaza.
 

Putin Unleashes Record Bombing in Ukraine as the World Watches Gaza
Russia unleashed an unprecedented bombardment in southern Ukraine overnight in what local officials described as a “massive attack” in the conflict which has continued to rage even as the international community’s attention has moved to the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.The Ukrainian Internal Affairs Ministry on Monday morning said Russia dropped…
 

Analysis: Hamas’s asymmetric warfare against Israel – lessons from Ukraine
Fighting in Gaza between the Israeli army and the armed faction of Hamas is a textbook example of modern asymmetric warfare. Whenever fighting ends, it will be studied by strategists and tacticians. The term “asymmetric warfare” has been used for less than 60 years, but the concept is much older. Originally it denoted a conflict between significantly…
 

Blinken wraps up frantic Mideast tour with tepid, if any, support for pauses in Gaza fighting
Blinken’s shuttle diplomacy came as Israeli troops surrounded Gaza City and cut off the northern part of the besieged Hamas-ruled territory. Troops are expected to enter the city Monday or Tuesday, and are likely to face militants fighting street by street using a vast network of tunnels. Casualties will likely rise on both sides in the month-old war,…
 

This is insane even for Donald Trump
Facebook ShareTwitter ShareEmail this articlePrint Article Palmer Report has led the way in political analysis. Now we’re gearing up to cover the 2024 election, up and down the ballot. Help support Palmer Report’s 2024 efforts by donating now. How freaked out and messed up is Donald Trump over having to testify in his New York civil fraud trial…
 
Opinion Ukraine’s supporters need to rethink their theory of victory
Save“Our experience since the foundation of the Republic,” wrote journalist Walter Lippmann in 1943, “has shown that domestic division over foreign relations is the outward and visible consequence — and not the cause — of an insolvent foreign policy.”By “insolvent,” Lippmann meant a foreign policy with strategic ends beyond its military and diplomatic…
 

This Is Why Ukraine Stands With Israel – Opinion – Haaretz.com
Haaretz | OpinionOpinion | The terrible terrorist attack on Israel resonated with Ukrainians. Rockets, torture and murder, the abduction of children – we know this script too well. But the similarity of our tragedies is not accidentalAndriy YermakOct 13, 2023Get email notification for articles from Andriy Yermak FollowOct 13, 2023Andriy YermakGet email…
 

Top Zelenskyy aide slams West over ‘war fatigue’
World leaders should stick by Ukraine, despite the additional demands of dealing with the Israel-Hamas war, the Ukrainian president’s powerful chief of staff told POLITICO in an interview from Kyiv. Andrii Yermak, top aide to Volodymyr Zelenskyy, also pushed back hard on the idea, voiced last week by Italy’s Prime Minister Georgia Meloni in a call…
 
Ukraine war: Zelensky says Israel-Gaza conflict taking focus away from fighting
Russia’s defence ministry was later quoted by the country’s state-run news agencies as saying that 13 out of 15 Ukrainian missiles fired on the plant in the city of Kerch, eastern Crimea, were shot down, but a Russian ship was damaged.
 

The West Is Losing the Global South Over Gaza
Washington has spent the better part of two years painstakingly building support for the U.S.-led international order after Russia flagrantly violated international law when it launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. But what success the U.S. has had in building support in the Global South for the rules-based order is coming apart…
 

Ukraine fears being left in cold as Congress battles over Israel
With the world’s attention shifting to the Israel-Hamas war, Ukraine fears it is being left behind as it continues a costly struggle against Russian forces and anxiously waits on Congress to pass another aid package before the winter sets in.  Ukraine was already concerned before the Gaza war broke out, after Congress failed to include funding for…
 

Israel-Gaza war fuels online anti-Semitism, Islamophobia in China
Following Hamas’s surprise assault on Israel and the subsequent Israeli bombardments of Gaza, Jen Tao logged on to the Chinese social media platform Weibo to express her condolences for the thousands who had died on both sides of the conflict. “I thought I was going to find kind words for the victims, but instead I was shocked to see a lot of hateful…
 

ВСУ нанесла удар по новейшему военному кораблю в доках завода в Керчи
“Залив” — одно из крупнейших судостроительных предприятий в Восточной Европе, с 2020 года на нем ведется строительство кораблей для ВМФ России. Ошибка в тексте? Выделите ее мышкой и нажмите Ctrl + Enter Page 2 Предлагаем размещение Вашей рекламы на страницах сайта Каспаров.Ru. Мы работаем с самыми разными форматами: баннерная реклама, текстовые…
 

Owner of Brooklyn construction business in Eric Adams FBI campaign probe bought $2.1M apartment, flashes trips to Japan and Greece
A co-owner of the Brooklyn construction company being scrutinized by the feds as part of a larger probe into Mayor Eric Adams’ fundraising has long flaunted a lavish, jet-setting lifestyle. Erden Arkan, the globe-trotting 74-year-old owner of KSK Construction Group in Williamsburg, regularly posts dispatches…
 

Zelensky Rebuke of Top General Signals Rift in Ukrainian Leadership
The presidential office said Gen. Valery Zaluzhny’s declaration that the war is at a stalemate was helpful to the Russians.
 

Israel-Hamas War: Blinken Meets With Palestinian Leaders in West Bank — Latest Updates
U.S. reaction: Diplomatic officials traveling the Middle East Saturday say headway has been made on pushing Israel toward a humanitarian pause in fighting, but there is still work to be done. A senior U.S. official said pressuring Hamas to release hostages is a central issue in talks with Israel that could be tied to a longer-term cease-fire.Aid: United…
 

Israel-Hamas War: Blinken Visits the Israeli-Occupied West Bank
The U.S. secretary of state made the unannounced visit during a trip through the Middle East as he tries to contain the fallout from Israel’s war against Hamas.
 

Ukraine damages Putin’s warship in Crimea with missile strike, Russia claims
A Ukrainian missile strike hit a shipyard over the weekend in Crimea, dealing a blow to at least one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s warships, the Kremlin claimed late Saturday. Some 15 cruise missiles rained down at the Saliva shipyard in Kerch, which is fixated about 600 miles south of Kyiv and is fixated…
 

В Кремле раскрыли подробности совещания Путина по Дагестану
Сегодня15:08Пресс-секретарь президента России Дмитрий Песков раскрыл подробности совещания Владимира Путина по случившейся в аэропорту Дагестана ситуации. Информацию в телеграм-канале опубликовал журналист Павел Зарубин. Совещание, уточнил официальный представитель Кремля, стало прямым следствием беспорядков, произошедших в аэропорту Махачкалы. По словам…
 

«Путин готов»: в Кремле назвали условие для переговоров с Байденом
© Стоп-кадр видео Встреча лидеров России и США возможна при обоюдном желании и готовности. Об этом заявил пресс-секретарь главы государства Дмитрий Песков телеведущему Павлу Зарубину. Он добавил, что должны «вызреть определенные условия». В том числе для организации саммита лидер США Джо Байден должен поменять свое мнение по украинскому кризису….
 

ВСУ нанесла удар по новейшему военному кораблю в доках завода в Керчи
“Залив” — одно из крупнейших судостроительных предприятий в Восточной Европе, с 2020 года на нем ведется строительство кораблей для ВМФ России. Ошибка в тексте? Выделите ее мышкой и нажмите Ctrl + Enter Page 2 Предлагаем размещение Вашей рекламы на страницах сайта Каспаров.Ru. Мы работаем с самыми разными форматами: баннерная реклама, текстовые…
 

Несколько десятков украинских военных погибли от российской ракеты во время построения в Запорожской области – Русская служба The Moscow Times
Российская армия нанесла ракетный удар по украинским военным из 128-й отдельной горно-штурмовой Закарпатской бригады, которых собрали на торжественное построение в Запорожской области. Погибли более 20 человек, сообщил источник «Украинской правды» в МВД. Бойцов собирались наградить в прифронтовом селе по случаю Дня артиллериста утром 3 ноября. В это…
 

Russia’s Wagner group to enter Israel-Hamas war and provide air support to Hezbollah; Pentagon expresses concern
The Israel-Hamas conflict is set to take a dangerous turn with Russia’s paramilitary, Wagner Group, announcing its interest in providing high-tech air defence support to Hezbollah, according to a new report. A man mounts a flag of Wagner group on top of an old tank exhibited at the Leninist Komsomol park in Donetsk, Russian-controlled Ukraine,…
 

Israel’s Fight With Iran Proxies in Syria Poisons Russia Ties
Since it went to war with Hamas early last month, Israel has stepped up strikes against Iran-backed militias in Syria who have moved close to the Israeli border.The development comes with a key shift in Israeli policy — it no longer always tells Syria’s patron Russia in advance about attacks on Syrian territory.
 

ЦАХАЛ заявил об открытии гуманитарного коридора из северной части Газы
Израильская армия заявила об открытии гуманитарного коридора для жителей северной части сектора Газа
 

“Убьет – государство его опять отмажет”. Завербованные в тюрьмах “вагнеровцы” возвращаются с войны в Украине: их истории
В Красноярске на свободе оказался один из заключенных по делу об убийстве биатлониста Дмитрия Сисигина. Четыре года назад Сергей Шмелев вместе с сыном местного депутата Андреем Шиловым избил спортсмена на камеру до смерти. Вместо назначенных 14,5 лет Шмелев отсидел всего 3 года – он завербовался в ЧВК “Вагнер” в январе и сейчас уже на свободе: активно…
 

Минобороны Украины расследует гибель военных 128-й бригады
Министр обороны Украины Рустем Умеров поручил Главной инспекции Минобороны провести “полную проверку” по факту гибели военнослужащих 128-й отдельной горно-штурмовой Закарпатской бригады в Запорожской области. Ранее украинские СМИ, а впоследствии и представители властей, сообщили, что в результате российского обстрела погибли и были ранены десятки…
 

William Lewis named publisher and CEO of The Washington Post
SaveWilliam Lewis, a reporter-turned-executive who spent years working in British media and for Rupert Murdoch-owned companies, has been named the CEO and publisher of The Washington Post.As CEO of Dow Jones and publisher of the Wall Street Journal from 2014 to 2020, Lewis was credited with increasing the Journal’s digital subscriber base.In an email…
 

Arrest of ex-FSB agent signals Kremlin crackdown on pro-war hawks
SaveMOSCOW — Russia’s arrest of Igor Girkin, the former security agent who was convicted this year in absentia by a Dutch court in the 2014 downing of a passenger jet over Ukraine, made clear that Moscow’s protection had come to an end.But it was also a warning shot to the country’s ultranationalist hawks, who believe President Vladimir Putin hasn’t…
 

Von der Leyen, Zelenskyy Joint Press Conference Highlights
Thank you very much, President Zelenskyy, dear Volodymyr, for hosting me again. It is good to be back in Kyiv. We had a very good meeting. We have indeed discussed many important topics. I want to have a look at three points that I want to highlight here.First, and most important, of course, is Ukraine’s accession path to the European Union. I must…
 

SCOTT RITTER JOINS ON THE TRUTH ABOUT ISRAEL WAR, ZELENSKY’S DEMISE, PLUS MORE!
Stream starts at 2:02 Join November 5th Multipolarity event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/building-a-multipolar-world-ten-years-of-the-belt-and-road-initiative-tickets-742181895027 Friend of the show and former UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter returns to discuss the ongoing developments in the Israel-Palestine conflict as well as the deteriorating…
 

Экс-разведчик Риттер раскрыл ошибку Залужного, погубившую наступление ВСУ
Главнокомандующий Вооруженными силами Украины Валерий Залужный совершил фатальную ошибку, рассказав публично, где и когда будет проходить наступление ВСУ, заявил бывший американский разведчик Скотт Риттер во время интервью с журналистом Дэнни Хайфоном. «Мы построили эту многотысячную армию, дали танки и все необходимое, что просили украинцы ради своего…
 

Russia opens a vast national exposition as presidential election approaches
MOSCOW (AP) — With pointed disdain for the West, Russia on Saturday unveiled a sprawling exposition highlighting the nation’s accomplishments, which will run through the months leading to the presidential election in which Vladimir Putin is widely expected to seek a new term.Putin issued a decree in March to hold the exposition and some observers have…
 

Ukraine’s Zelensky denies war with Russia at ‘stalemate’
Kyiv (Ukraine) (AFP) – President Volodymyr Zelensky denied on Saturday that Ukraine’s war with Russia had reached a “stalemate”, pushing back at suggestions Western leaders were lobbying for peace talks. Issued on: 04/11/2023 – 15:17 1 min © Anatolii STEPANOV / AFP The sprawling frontline between the two warring sides has barely moved…
 

Turkey’s hopes after Menendez exit are dashed
[Reuters] Turkey’s hopes that Senator Bob Menendez’s surrender of his chairmanship of the Foreign Relations Committee would lead Congress to quickly approve the sale of F-16 fighters and upgrade kits are being dashed. As new chairman Ben Cardin (D-MD) settles into his role, he is reportedly becoming more entrenched in his belief that Turkey…
 

Examining the Dynamics of COVID-19 Misinformation: Social Media Trends, Vaccine Discourse, and Public Sentiment
On May 25, 2018, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) went into effect and changed how organizations deal with personal data of customers located in the EU. Though GDPR was built to protect Europeans, it will affect organizations around the world doing business in the EU. Because…
 

One dead and five injured including juveniles in Cincinnati shooting
Horror unfolded in Cincinnati’s West End just before 9.30pm on FridayOne male was pronounced dead at the scene with five other victims including children rushed to hospitalThree juveniles in critical but stable condition, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center confirmedBy Bethan Sexton For Dailymail.Com Published: 12:41 GMT, 4 November 2023…
 

I’ve seen King Tut’s ‘cursed’ body…what I noticed may change everything
EGYPTOLOGISTS have been left baffled by a number of very unusual discoveries inside Tutankhamun’s tomb 101 years after it was first opened. The former King of Egypt’s life has been surrounded by unanswered questions for the past century. 10King Tutankhamun and his tomb have left Egyptolgists baffled by a number of very unusual discoveries for over…
 

Putin ally is ready to join war against Israel
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov—a long-time ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin—has declared his support for the Palestinian people in light of the recent escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Palestinian militants of the Hamas group launched a surprise attack on Israel Saturday, killing hundreds of civilians as rockets launched from Gaza…
 

Патрушев: Порошенки, Зеленские и прочие Яценюки неизбежно ответят за свои преступления – Российская газета
“Рано или поздно Порошенки, Зеленские и прочие Яценюки неизбежно ответят за сожженных заживо в Доме профсоюзов в Одессе, за попытки уничтожения русского народа на Донбассе, за гибель украинцев в братоубийственной войне. А вы, молодые люди, увидите, что им не удастся скрыться, как бывшему СС-овцу Гунько в Канаде, от справедливого суда народа”, – обратился…
 

Murders in U.S. Fell 6 Percent in 2022 as Violent Crime Declined
But young people make up a growing share of those dying by gun violence, which is now the leading cause of death for children in the United States.
 

FBI report shows stark increase in US hate crimes and drop in violent crime
Data from the FBI’s annual crime report shows an overall dip in US violent crime, but a stark increase in hate crimes.The new statistics from the federal agency, released on Monday, show that in 2022, violent offenses decreased to pre-pandemic levels.Violent crime dropped by 1.7%, in stark contrast to claims from politicians in both political parties…
 

Зеленский уволил Хоренко по представлению Умерова
Об этом заявил заместитель руководителя Офиса Президента Роман Машовец. Отмечают, что представление было получено “согласно действующему законодательству”.Смотрите также Замена командующего ССО: Зеленский рассказал, что будет с Виктором Хоренко”Согласно закону Украины о национальной безопасности, командующие видов, отдельных родов войск (сил) Вооруженных…
 

Attacks on Israel are only the beginning. All democracies are at risk
Israel’s battle against Hamas might seem limited to the Gaza Strip, but it’s far bigger than that.  The Hamas massacre inside Israel threatens world peace. The millions marching in support of Hamas’s crimes in New York, London, Paris and Sydney prove that the terrorist group enjoys sympathizers worldwide. Today, the attacks target Israel, but tomorrow…
 

Armenian Foreign Minister comments on problems with Russia
11:22, 3 November 2023 YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 3, ARMENPRESS. Problems exist in the relations between Armenia and Russia, Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan has said. Mirzoyan said Armenia favors discussing, understanding and resolving the problems in a constructive manner. The Armenian FM made the remarks at a parliamentary committee hearing on the…
 

US sanctions Russian national for helping elites launder money
WASHINGTON, Nov 3 (Reuters) – The United States sanctioned a Russian national on Friday for helping Russian elites to launder and transfer hundreds of millions of dollars using virtual currency in contravention of existing sanctions imposed after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.Ekaterina Zhdanova helped a Russian client hide their source of wealth to transfer…
 

‘Russia has crossed all red lines in Gaza war’ – Israeli expert to CNN
“[Russia] has crossed all the red lines already,” said journalist, professor, and former Knesset member Ksenia Svetlova in an interview with CNN on Thursday. CNN correspondent Bianna Golodryga spoke with Svetlova about the recent Wall Street Journal report claiming that Russia’s Wagner Group may supply Lebanese terror organization Hezbollah with an…
 

Dagestan Mob Riot Targeting Plane From Israel Was Weeks in the Making
A New York Times analysis of local Telegram channels showed posts falsely claiming Israeli refugees were incoming had been shared long before the antisemitic riot on Oct. 29.
 

How Israel is fighting war with Iran, not Hamas or Hezbollah and peace is off the table
Riot police use tear gas against protesters during a demonstration, in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Gaza, near the U.S. embassy in Aukar, a northern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023. File Photo- AP Lebanese Hezbollah is prepping for escalating hostilities against Israel as the latter continues its military action…
 

“Unfounded”: Russia On Wagner Group Sending Missiles To Hezbollah
In its report, The Wall Street Journal said Wagner plans to supply the Pantsir-S1 systemMoscow: The Kremlin on Friday dismissed a Wall Street Journal report that U.S. intelligence believed Russia’s Wagner mercenary group plans to provide Hezbollah with an air defence system, saying such talk was unfounded.”We have already said that, de facto, such a…
 
WSJ News Exclusive | Russia’s Wagner Group Plans to Send Air Defenses to Hezbollah, U.S. Says
Russia’s Wagner Group Plans to Send Air Defenses to Hezbollah, U.S. Says
 

Mint Explainer: Who is Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s longtime prime minister?
As Israel’s bombing campaign in Gaza continues, one man has been at the centre of attention – Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, also known as Bibi. Netanyahu has arguably been the central figure in Israel’s politics since the 1990s. His political longevity and his highly divisive time in office have made him one of Israel’s most consequential…
 

Antisemitism and Radical Anti-Israel Bias on the Political Left in Europe
Antisemitism is global and multifaceted.  One area in which ADL has seen a growth of antisemitism is within elements of the political left. This often takes the form of anti-Zionism, a movement that rejects the Jewish right to self-determination and of Israel to exist as a Jewish state, and frequently employs antisemitic…
 

 
‘Russia’s Wagner group to supply Hezbollah with air defense’
US officials have said that the Wagner Group, a Russian paramilitary outfit, intends to supply Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia, with an air-defense system. The system in question, the Russian SA-22, combines anti-aircraft missiles and guns to counteract aircraft, the Wall Street Reported on Friday.Although the transfer of the system to Hezbollah has…
 

Большой крест Никола Пашиняна
31.10.2023 17:04:00 Что известно о наградах Ватикана Премьер-министр Никол Пашинян получил награду «за вклад в укрепление связей между Арменией и Святым престолом» из рук нунция Жозе Авелино Бетанкура. Посланник папы Римского в Армении архиепископ Жозе Авелино Бетанкур вручил премьер-министру страны Николу Пашиняну орден кавалера Большого креста…
 

Judge Denies Idaho Stabbing Suspect’s Request for Dismissal
Murder Suspect Bryan Kohberger Attends Pre-Trial Hearing In Idaho – Credit: Ted S. Warren-Pool/Getty ImagesA judge has rejected University of Idaho stabbing suspect Bryan Kohberger’s efforts to have the case against him dismissed.Kohberger was in the courtroom during Thursday’s hearing, where his defense attorney argued for the standard of proof to…
 

Russia says Israeli call for citizens to leave is ‘anti-Russian’
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday that Israel’s recommendation that its citizens leave Russia’s North Caucasus region after a violent anti-Israeli protest in Dagestan on Sunday was “anti-Russian.”In a briefing with reporters, Zakharova said that an Israeli warning against travel in the mostly Muslim regions of the…
 

Putin says the West is to blame for mob storming Russian airport; U.S. calls the accusation ‘absurd’
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the Israel-Hamas conflict with his Syrian counterpart, Faisal Miqdad Tuesday, the ministry of foreign affairs said, according to a Google translation of the ministry’s statement.”The government officials paid special attention to the dramatic development of the situation in the Israel-Hamas conflict zone,”…
 

Putin death rumors were spread by Russian officials: Ukraine intel
A Ukrainian intelligence representative on Wednesday accused Moscow officials of orchestrating the widespread circulation of false rumors that Russian President Vladimir Putin had died.Last week, multiple Telegram channels falsely reported Putin’s death, and these messages claimed that his demise resulted in Kremlin officials scrambling to devise a…
 

Putin is expected to seek reelection in Russia, but who would run if he doesn’t?
Updated [hour]:[minute] [AMPM] [timezone], [monthFull] [day], [year]   TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Vladimir Putin isn’t quite the man he…
 

Opinion: The shocking resurgence of antisemitism
Editor’s Note: Frida Ghitis, a former CNN producer and correspondent, is a world affairs columnist. She is a weekly opinion contributor to CNN, a contributing columnist to The Washington Post and a columnist for World Politics Review. The views expressed in this commentary are her own. View more opinion on CNN. …
 

Wagner Resumes Recruitment Under New Leadership – Reports
Russia’s Wagner mercenary group has resumed recruiting fighters in at least two regions months after the death of its founder and longtime leader Yevgeny Prigozhin, local media have reported. Wagner halted recruitment in the chaotic months following Prigozhin’s late-June mutiny against Russia’s military leadership. In August, Prigozhin and his close…
 

Three Russians in NYC Caught Selling Weapon Components to Moscow
Three people, two of them Russian-Canadians and one dual citizen of Russia and Tajikistan, were arrested in the Brooklyn borough of New York City on Tuesday for attempting to circumvent US sanctions by shipping dual-use electronic components intended for military use by Moscow in its war against Ukraine, AFP reported. Nikolay Golstev, 37, his wife…
 

BREAKING | Brooklyn suspect who allegedly murdered neighbors over noise complaint shot by police during standoff | amNewYork
Sign up for our amNY Sports email newsletter to get insights and game coverage for your favorite teams The Brooklyn man accused of killing two neighbors over a noise complaint on Sunday night was shot by law enforcement agents Wednesday morning during a standoff,  sources reported. Jason Pass, 47, was rushed to a local hospital; his condition is…
 

Idaho judge gives Bryan Kohberger win over genetic genealogy battle
An Idaho judge gave quadruple murder suspect Bryan Kohberger’s defense a minor victory last week after denying their efforts to dismiss the indictment against him for the stabbing deaths of four university students last year. Kohberger, who is accused of killing Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin in a 4 a.m. ambush in an…
 

Putin blames antisemitic Makhachkala riot on Ukraine, Western intelligence services
Russian dictator claimed that the antisemitic riots in Makhachala were the result of manipulations from Western intelligence services, including those conducted from Ukrainian territory, Russian state-run news agency TASS reported on Oct. 31.Putin claimed the manipulations were carried out via social media.Russia’s Foreign Ministry previously accused…
 

What antisemitic attacks in Dagestan say about Vladimir Putin’s Russia
Vladimir Putin vowed to “de-Nazify” Ukraine when his troops invaded last year. Now Russia’s president is under pressure to respond to the worst antisemitic violence to sweep his country in more than a century.The violent scenes across the North Caucasus last weekend, when an angry mob stormed an airport in Dagestan in search of Israeli passengers, were…
 

Dagestan: How widespread is antisemitism in Russia? – DW – 10/31/2023
The captain of a Russian airplane at Dagestan’s Makhachkala airport on Sunday urged passengers not to “try to open any doors, there is a mob is raging outside!” The aircraft had parked beside another plane that arrived from Tel Aviv just minutes ago. Outside, frightening scenes were unfolding. Dozens of angry men were screaming and running around on…
 

Israel-Hamas War: Open Hatred of Jews Surges Globally, Be it US, China, Russia or Europe
In Los Angeles, a man screaming “kill Jews” attempts to break into a family’s home. In London, girls in a playground are told they are “stinking Jews” and should stay off the slide. In China, posts likening Jews to parasites, vampires or snakes proliferate on social media, attracting thousands of “likes”.These are examples of incidents of antisemitism,…
 

The Ukraine and Israeli/Palestine conflicts show the demise of Western imperialism and foreshadow its coming collapse
The escalation of hostilities between the Israelis and the Palestinian people (whose historic lands the Israelis occupy) has been met with much irritation in governing circles in Ukraine. Events in and around Ukraine have dominated Western media for nearly two years, but now this has given way to the news of violent conflict by the Israelis, a satellite…
 

Squeezed by Sanctions, Some Oligarchs Are Heading Home to Putin’s Russia
(Bloomberg) — Mikhail Fridman and Petr Aven epitomized the Russian oligarchs who used their fortunes to integrate into the global economy and shake off association with President Vladimir Putin’s regime. Now the wheel of fortune is turning full circle.Fridman has fled to Moscow from London via Israel, bitterly unhappy with life as a sanctioned businessman…
 

Wray warns of increased terrorist threat, says U.S. is in a ‘dangerous period’
FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before the House Homeland Security Committee on Nov. 15, 2022. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images FBI Director Christopher…
 

Trump’s violent rhetoric echoes the fascist commitment to a destructive and bloody rebirth of society
Former President Donald Trump’s rhetoric has regularly bordered on the incitement of violence. Lately, however, it has become even more violent. Yet both the press and the public have largely just shrugged their shoulders. As a political philosopher who studies extremism, I believe people should be more worried about this. Mark Milley, the outgoing…
 

Praying for Putin: Spies in Cassocks Threaten the West
The Kremlin’s increasing use of Russian Orthodox priests as spies and propagandists is a security threat that the West should counter more decisively. Bulgaria and North Macedonia have expelled Russian and Belorussian clerics for acts contravening their national security, and in the US the FBI has warned Russian and Greek Orthodox churches that the…
 

Russia monitoring US priority between Israel and Ukraine | Opinion
As anticipated from the outset, Russia’s launch of what it calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine has had a profound impact on the global balance of power, reshaping international priorities on multiple fronts. Furthermore, the consequences of current Israeli attacks in Gaza are increasingly evident, extending beyond the region’s geographical…
 

An Israeli ministry, in a ‘concept paper,’ proposes transferring Gaza civilians to Egypt’s Sinai
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli government ministry has drafted a wartime proposal to transfer the Gaza Strip’s 2.3 million people to Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, drawing condemnation from the Palestinians and worsening tensions with Cairo. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office played down the report compiled by the Intelligence Ministry as a hypothetical…
 

Israeli forces move farther into Gaza as the push against Hamas enters a 5th day
A girl looks on as she stands outside a building that was hit by Israeli bombardment in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Mohammed Abed/AFP via Getty Images …
 

Ex-British intelligence worker jailed for attempted murder of U.S. NSA employee
LONDON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – A former British intelligence worker who tried to kill a U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) employee in a “premeditated, targeted and vicious attack” was jailed on Monday for 13 years.Joshua Bowles, 29, repeatedly stabbed the unnamed woman, who was working at British intelligence agency GCHQ, in March near its base at Cheltenham…
 

Ex-British cyberespionage employee gets life in prison for stabbing a U.S. spy
LONDON — A former British cyberespionage employee who had become angry and resentful toward his agency’s work was sentenced Monday to life in prison for attempted murder in the vicious stabbing of an American intelligence worker assigned to the U.K.Joshua Bowles, 29, punched the woman and knifed her repeatedly in what was called a “politically motivated”…
 

Mossad chief visits Qatar for talks on hostages held by Hamas in Gaza
Mossad (Israel’s foreign intelligence agency) director David Barnea visited Qatar over the weekend and met senior Qatari officials to discuss their efforts in trying to secure the release of the more than 235 Israeli and foreign nationals who were taken h
 

 
Ernest Boyce
▼ Primary Sources ▼Ernest Boyce worked in the Russian mining industry but was recruited by British intelligence and was employed by MI6 during the First World War. In 1918 he was sent to Russia to join up with a small group of agents working under Robert Bruce Lockhart at the British Embassy in Petrograd. The head of MI6, Mansfield Smith-Cumming, wanted…
 
To trap a spy
It was a warm, humid afternoon, typical of Moscow in August, and children were playing in the street below. Apartment No 66 was on the top floor and the television crew were using the small lift to shuttle their equipment up in relays. Boris Gudz sat patiently in the corner of the study as cameramen and sound technicians set up around him. Although…
 

Sidney Reilly | HistoryofSpies.com – Your Resource for Espionage on the Web
Considered by many the greatest spy in history. His heroic missions, quick thinking and love for the ladies made him the prototype for spies. Born Sigmund Georgievich Rosenblum in Odessa, Russia in 1874, the son of a rich Jewish landowner. Was educated briefly through grade school but was largely self-taught from thereon. Over the years, became proficient…
 

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Master spy Sidney Reilly: The inspiration for James Bond
He learnt a great deal about the operational history of his own department, including its role in the greatest intelligence coup of the First World War – the cracking of the German diplomatic code 0070, which gave Fleming the inspiration for Bond’s own code number 007.4 This background knowledge enabled him to draw on a rich seam of characters, experiences…
 

The Mysterious Sidney Reilly
Russian Sidney Reilly spoke seven languages, spied for the British, and inspired Ian Fleming’s famous fictional spy, James Bond. On the evening of November 5, 1925, Prisoner #73 was taken from his cell in the infamous Lubyanka Prison and driven to a woods in the Sokolniki district outside Moscow. In the car with the prisoner were three members of…
 

Top 5 OSINT Challenges Organizations Need to Overcome
Open-Source Intelligence, more commonly known as “OSINT” is a technology that uses data from publicly available sources for data intelligence purposes. Even though similar intelligence technologies have been present over hundreds of years, OSINT has gathered momentum after the digital revolution. And the data security laws such as GDPR have only strengthened…
 

Column: Could wars in Ukraine, Gaza bring ‘major changes in the international order’? Fiona Hill thinks so
WASHINGTON —  Fiona Hill is worried.The onetime Russia advisor to then-President Trump fears that support for Ukraine is gradually eroding, encouraging Russian President Vladimir Putin to try to wait the West out.“Putin feels everything is trending in his favor,” she warns.But she’s worried about much more than that, beginning with Israel’s war in…
 

Fiona Hill: Ukraine’s Fate Now Linked to the Middle East’s
No audio? Hover over the video player, and tap the Click to Unmute button. Already an FP Subscriber? Login On-demand recordings of FP Live conversations are available to FP subscribers. Subscribe Now As Israel weighs a possible ground offensive in Gaza, there are valid reasons to worry about new fronts in the war—and a…
 

Full transcript of “Face the Nation,” Oct. 29. 2023
On this “Face the Nation” broadcast, moderated by Margaret Brennan: National Security Adviser Jake SullivanGeneral Joseph Votel   Sen. J.D. Vance, Republican of Ohio   Robert Mardini, director-general of the International Committee of Red Cross  Click here to browse full transcripts of “Fac the Nation.”    MARGARET BRENNAN: Good morning, and welcome…
 

Putin Death Rumors Intensify: Kremlin Cancels Major Public Appearance After Russian Leader Suffers Suspected Heart Attack
Home > News > Vladimir PutinSource: MEGAThe rumors surrounding Vladimir Putin’s alleged death intensified this week.Oct. 27 2023, Published 10:45 a.m. ETThe rumors surrounding Vladimir Putin’s alleged death intensified this week after the Kremlin abruptly canceled an upcoming appearance the Russian leader was scheduled to make in Moscow, RadarOnline.com…
 

Hundreds storm airport in Russia in antisemitic riot over arrival of plane from Israel
Updated on: October 30, 2023 / 1:45 AM / CBS/AP Hundreds of people stormed into the main airport in Russia’s Dagestan region and onto the landing field Sunday, chanting antisemitic slogans and seeking passengers arriving on a flight from Tel Aviv, Israel, Russian news agencies and social media reported.Russian news reports said the crowd surrounded…
 

Israel Turns to Advance Tech to Spy On Hamas Tunnels
ShareUPDATEDTHERE IS NO HIGHER PRIORITY for intelligence services in a war than locating the enemy. That’s why “find” is the first word in the combat mantra of “find, fix and finish.”For the intelligence officers helping the Israel Defense Force plan its ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, the first piece of business is to map the vast complex of underground…
 

Anti-Israeli Mob Storms Airport in Russia’s Dagestan
A mob of anti-Israeli protesters stormed into an airport in the North Caucasus republic of Dagestan on Sunday night following calls on social media to block a flight from Tel Aviv from landing in the majority-Muslim region. Video shared on social media showed hundreds of people gathered outside Makhachkala International Airport in the evening hours,…
 

Can Russia Ever Learn To Live Without Its Imperial Ambitions?
-Analysis- WARSAW — For Moscow to finally let go of its imperial ambitions, it must lose the war it has been waging in Ukraine. As the history of the last few hundred years shows, this is the only way Russia will change. The idealogue at the head of Putinist Russia, Vladislav Surkov, has made his vision of an ideal Russia very clear. In his view, Russia…
 

Fury on the streets of NYC THOUSANDS of pro-Palestine protestors
Published: 21:44 GMT, 28 October 2023 | Updated: 01:06 GMT, 29 October 2023 Thousands of pro-Palestine protestors have shut down part of the Brooklyn Bridge, after flooding the streets of New York alongside orthodox Jewish members.  The ‘Flood Brooklyn for Palestine’ protest attracted thousands of protesters holding up signs reading ‘Free Palestine’…
 

Intelligence Failures – Again
The failure of the U.S. intelligence community has three components: 1) It has become politically charged and lost focus on its mission protecting Americans, instead engaging in partisan politics. 2) It continues to focus on technological intelligence collection rather than the difficult and risky world of human intelligence collection. 3) It continues…
 

Israel-hating ex-DSA staffer in NYC was jailed for soliciting threesome sex from minor
An ex-staffer to Queens Assemblyman Zohran Mamdani and Councilwoman Tiffany Cabán served three months in jail for soliciting sex from a minor, public records show. Matthew Thomas, a one-time official of the Queens branch of the Democrat Socialists of America, who remains a card-carrying member of the left-wing…
 

Police found Maine shooting suspect dead in recycling trailer, still investigating motive
LEWISTON, Maine, Oct 28 (Reuters) – A U.S. Army reservist accused of spraying a bowling alley and bar with gunfire in Lewiston, Maine, killing 18 people, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a recycling plant trailer after a 48-hour manhunt, police said on Saturday.The body of Robert R. Card, 40, was discovered on Friday night at a…
 

Israel Intensifies Gaza Strikes and Says It Is Expanding Ground Activity
Cellular and internet service abruptly vanished for much of the territory, stoking fears that a full-scale invasion was imminent — or already underway.
 

Suspect in Maine Shooting Is Found Dead, Ending Sprawling Manhunt
The body of the man suspected of killing 18 and injuring 13 others in Lewiston was found with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound late Friday.
 

Opinion | Stephen King on Mass Shootings: We’re Out of Things to Say
Every mass shooting is a gut-punch; but such things can and will happen anywhere and everywhere in this locked-and-loaded country.
 

James Bond is From Odessa
From Ukraine with Love: Hollywood’s favorite British spy, James Bond, was inspired by the great Odessa born adventurer.   Everyone knows the world’s most famous secret agent, James Bond. British author Ian Fleming’s hero has been a box office star for more than half a century. Bond is celebrated around the globe for his brilliant mind, wild adventures,…
 

Maine shooting suspect Robert Card found dead after 2-day manhunt, officials say
By Cara Tabachnick Updated on: October 28, 2023 / 12:01 AM / CBS News The suspect in the mass shootings that killed 18 people in Lewiston, Maine, 40-year-old Robert Card, has been found dead, the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday.The body of the suspect was found by law enforcement near a recycling plant in the Lisbon area,…
 

Israel And U.S. Condemn Kremlin Meeting With Hamas Envoy
Updated Oct. 27, 12:00 p.m.The arrival of a Hamas delegation in Moscow on Thursday has sparked prompt criticism from both Israel and the United States. Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Lior Haiat condemned the Russian government for inviting the envoys, led by senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzook, calling it an “act of support of terrorism” that…
 

 

Zelensky’s Approval Ratings Dip Amid Russia-Ukraine War, Says Poll; Hate For Putin Backfiring?
Published on Oct 27, 2023 06:50 PM IST A survey has revealed that the Ukrainian President is facing a drastic drop in approval ratings. The survey was commissioned by the International Republican Institute and funded by USAID. The results said that only 42 percent Ukrainains “strongly approve” of Zelensky as President. While 40 percent…
 

Maine mass shooting immediately pinned on Hamas by far-right conspiracy theorists—despite U.S. soldier suspected
Immediately after news broke of a mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine, conspiracy theorists online tried to pin it to the Israel-Palestine conflict, claiming it was the work of Hamas. Despite authorities releasing the identity of the suspect, a U.S. Army reservist and fire instructor, the claims are percolating still on corners of the internet. The posts…
 

For Hamas, Shattering Israel’s Sense of Security Is a Major Goal
Rising domestic pressures and a desire to boost its anti-Israel credentials pushed Hamas to attack and most likely drove its decision to inflict terror.
 

Why Russia Is Engaged in a Delicate Balancing Act in the Israel-Hamas War
The Israel-Hamas war has forced Russia into a delicate balancing act, with Moscow urging a quick end to the fighting without apportioning blame. The careful stand is due to Russia’s long ties to Israel, the Palestinians and other regional players, and it reflects the Kremlin’s hope to expand its clout in the Middle East by playing peacemaker. Russia…
 

Ukrainian spies with deep ties to CIA wage shadow war against Russia
SaveKYIV — The cluttered car carrying a mother and her 12-year-old daughter seemed barely worth the attention of Russian security officials as it approached a border checkpoint. But the least conspicuous piece of luggage — a crate for a cat — was part of an elaborate, lethal plot. Ukrainian operatives had installed a hidden compartment in the pet carrier,…
 

Hamas delegation is visiting Moscow – Russian Foreign Ministry
MOSCOW, Oct 26 (Reuters) – A delegation from Hamas, the militant Palestinian group that controls Gaza, is currently visiting Moscow, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a weekly briefing on Thursday, without providing any further details.Russia’s state-run RIA news agency, quoting a source from the Palestinian delegation, said…
 

The Menendez Indictment Could Be a Turning Point
The case against the New Jersey senator has the potential to reshape how America deals with foreign agents.Stephanie Scarbrough / APOctober 26, 2023, 7:30 AM ETEven before Bob Menendez was charged earlier this month with conspiring to act as a foreign agent, dozens of his fellow Democrats were calling on him to resign. Prosecutors say Menendez used…
 

At least 22 killed in Maine shootings
At least 22 people were killed in two mass shootings at a restaurant and a bowling alley in Lewiston, Maine, Wednesday night, one of the city’s councilors told CNN. Another 50 to 60 people were injured, according to multiple law enforcement sources.An intensive manhunt is underway for a suspect, officials said, and police are asking residents to shelter…
 

At least 16 killed in shootings in Lewiston, Maine, law enforcement officials say
By Jordan Freiman Updated on: October 26, 2023 / 12:39 AM / CBS News At least 16 people were killed in shootings in Lewiston, Maine, Wednesday night, multiple law enforcement officials told CBS News, but they indicated the death toll could be higher than 20.Multiple sources said at least 50 people were injured, but it was unclear how many had…
 

Social media is awash in misinformation about Israel-Gaza war, but Musk’s X is the most egregious
While Twitter has always struggled with combating misinformation about major news events, it was still the go-to place to find out what’s happening in the world. But the Israel-Hamas war has underscored how the platform now transformed into X has become not only unreliable but is actively promoting falsehoods.Experts say that under Elon Musk the platform…
 

Who’s behind Israel-Gaza disinformation and hate online?
ReutersSocial media has been awash with false claims, conspiracy theories and hateful content surrounding what’s happening in Israel and Gaza – and questions over whether inauthentic accounts are being used to manipulate the conversation. As violence unfolds on the ground, I’ve been looking into who is behind this.When I opened up my TikTok For You…
 

Hamas leader Haniyeh says Israel can’t provide protection for Arab countries
Palestinian group Hamas’ top leader, Ismail Haniyeh meets with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (not pictured), in Tehran, Iran June 21, 2023. Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS/File photo Acquire Licensing RightsOct 7 (Reuters) – Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas,…
 

Pope Francis intervenes at the synod, calling clericalism a ‘scourge’ that ‘enslaves’ God’s people
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis told members of the synod on synodality that they should respect and honor the faith of all baptized Catholics, including the women, trusting “the holy, faithful people of God” who continue to believe even when their pastors act like dictators.“I like to think of the church as the simple and humble people who walk…
 

Hikmet Hajiyev: “Zangezur corridor is no longer attractive for Azerbaijan, we prefer the route through Iran” – Aze.Media
However, senior Azerbaijani diplomats once again say that these claims are unfounded: on the contrary, Baku believes that it is more realistic that a peace treaty with Yerevan will be signed soon. Following the meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Tehran yesterday, Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Jeyhun Bayramov said that “there are…
 

Israel Agrees To US Request To Delay Invasion Of Gaza: Report
Israel is preparing for a full siege of Gaza.Israel has agreed to delay an expected invasion of Gaza for now so that the United States can rush missile defences to the region to protect its troops there, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing U.S. and Israeli officials.Israel is also taking into account in its planning the effort to supply…
 

Israel agrees to U.S. request to delay Gaza invasion- WSJ
Israeli soldiers drive in a tank by Israel’s border with Gaza in southern Israel, October 10, 2023. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/File Photo Acquire Licensing RightsOct 25 (Reuters) – Israel has agreed to delay an expected invasion of Gaza for now so that the United States can rush missile defences to the region to protect U.S. troops there, the Wall Street…
 

Israel-Hamas War Day 19 | Report: Israel Agrees to U.S. Request to Delay Gaza Invasion
Haaretz | Israel NewsOct 25, 2023LIVE12 of 12 | French President Emmanuel Macron, left, listens to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023 in Ramallah, West Bank. French President Emmanuel Macron said the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas was “a tragedy” for the Israeli people and “also a catastrophe” for the Palestinians on Tuesday at a meeting…
 

Not Tomorrow. Not Next Week. Netanyahu Must Go Now – Opinion – Haaretz.com
Haaretz | OpinionOpinion | Nehemia ShtraslerOct 17, 2023Get email notification for articles from Nehemia Shtrasler FollowOct 17, 2023Nehemia ShtraslerGet email notification for articles from Nehemia Shtrasler FollowPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is unfit. He cannot remain in his position for even one more day. We saw this on Saturday night, when,…
 

Biden Secretly Ups Spy Muscle In Middle East As U.S. Troops Attacked In Iraq, Syria | Details
Published on Oct 25, 2023 08:41 PM IST Nearly 3 weeks after the horrific massacre perpetrated by Hamas in Israel, and days after more a dozen attacks took place on US troops in Iraq and Syria, the Joe Biden administration is reportedly stepping up surveillance measures in the Middle East. From increasing intelligence-gathering via drones,…
 

How the Gaza Crisis Will Change the War in Ukraine
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‘Russia Will Pay a High Price for Killing Israelis’ – Amir Weitmann
On RT, Amir Weitmann, the head of the libertarian caucus in Israel’s ruling Likud Party, promised that the Russians would pay for the complacency in shedding Israeli blood by working with Hamas and other terrorist organizations. In this exclusive Kyiv Post interview, Weitmann explains why Israel has not previously been an advocate for Ukraine, discusses…
 

Explainer: Wagner group – Is it back? Who controls it? | Reuters
MOSCOW, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin was on Friday shown meeting one of the most senior former commanders of the Wagner mercenary group, Andrei Troshev, and discussing how best to use “volunteer units” in the Ukraine war.Is Wagner back, who controls it and are its fighters returning to the Ukraine war?WHAT IS WAGNER?Wagner, one…
 

Hamas official says terror attack on Israel was planned for two years
Published: 02:42 BST, 12 October 2023 | Updated: 04:24 BST, 12 October 2023 A top ranking Hamas official said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is pleased with the conflict in Israel, which was planned by terrorists for two years, because it distracts America from the ongoing war in Ukraine.Senior Hamas official Ali Baraka said during an…
 

Who is former Wagner chief Andrei ‘Grey Hair’ Troshev? Why does Vladimir Putin want him to oversee military units in Ukraine? – ABC News
Former Wagner commander Andrei Troshev has outlasted a failed military coup and the death of his one-time boss.Just over a month since Yevgeny Prigozhin’s death in a plane crash, the 61-year-old has been tasked by President Vladimir Putin with overseeing volunteer fighter units in Ukraine.Here’s everything we know about him.Who is Andrei Troshev?A former…
 

Russia maneuvers carefully over the Israel-Hamas war as it seeks to expand its global clout
Updated [hour]:[minute] [AMPM] [timezone], [monthFull] [day], [year]   Russia has issued carefully calibrated…
 

How Putin Learned to Hold Deadly Grudges
The invasion of Ukraine caught many analysts of Russia off guard. Russian President Vladimir Putin had long been thought of as rough, tough, and brutal—but also calculating and cautious. The wild and reckless Ukrainian adventure seemed out of character. Some observers believe Putin has changed as a result of his deep isolation during the COVID-19…
 

Opinion | Netanyahu Must Go
The responsibility Israel’s prime minister bears for Oct. 7.
 

Israel-Hamas war live updates: Israel envoy calls for UN secretary-general’s resignation; Gaza fuel running out
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (C) speaks during a press conference at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. Gehad Hamdy | Picture Alliance | Getty ImagesIsrael’s representative to the U.N. has called for the resignation of the organization’s Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, following his remarks on the Israel-Hamas…
 

IDF shows foreign press Hamas bodycam videos, photos of murder, torture, decapitation
The Israeli government on Monday screened for 200 members of the foreign press some 43 minutes of harrowing scenes of murder, torture and decapitation from Hamas’s October 7 onslaught on southern Israel, in which over 1,400 people were killed, including raw videos from the terrorists’ bodycams. The government said it had decided to show journalists…
 

Second aid convoy reaches Gaza as Israel attacks targets in Syria and occupied West Bank
Israel bombs market in Gaza, killing at least 10 Videos Israel bombs market in Gaza, killing at least 10 Israel bombs market in Gaza, killing at least 10 Drone video shows aftermath of Israeli airstrike on home in central Gaza At least six people have been confirmed killed in Deir al Balah when an Israeli strike hit the…
 

Israel’s endgame is to push Palestinians into Egypt – and the west is cheering it on | Sharif Abdel Kouddous
On 7 October, hours after the surprise offensive by Hamas that left 1,400 Israelis dead, the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, took to the airwaves to declare war on Hamas and issue a warning to Palestinians in Gaza: “leave now”. The question of where 2.3 million Palestinians, the vast majority of them refugees who have lived under a brutal…
 

Despite their rhetoric, neither Iran nor Hezbollah want an escalation of war in the Middle East. Here’s why | Lina Khatib
Since 7 October, questions have been posed over whether Hezbollah would intervene in the fight against Israel in aid of Hamas, and on the extent of Iran’s involvement in Hamas’s attack on Israel. Iran backs both Hamas and Hezbollah: they are military partners and have coordinated training and battles with support from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards…
 

Opinion After Hamas’s massacre, clarity on the Iran-China-Russia threat is vital
SaveThe animating hatred of Hamas’s Oct. 7 terrorist attack in Israel was specific — this was a pogrom against Jews — but the massacre was indiscriminate in its deadly swath. The victims were overwhelmingly Israeli Jews, but Jews and non-Jews alike were among the more than 1,400 people killed. They came from dozens of countries, including Argentina,…
 

Il ritorno in campo di Yossi Cohen, ex capo del Mossad
Due anni fa ha lasciato l’agenzia. Qualcuno lo vedeva come successore di Netanyahu alla guida del Likud. Sulla riforma della giustizia ha cercato di non dispiacere a nessuno. Oggi è al fianco delle famiglie degli ostaggi nelle mani di Hamas mettendo al servizio loro e di Israele i suoi contatti. Domani in politica? Chissà Sono passati poco più di…
 

Netanyahu’s Deal With Putin Goes Wrong
The Hamas massacres in the Israeli south that killed more than 1,400 Israeli civilians and members of the Israeli Defense Forces on October 7th constituted the worst day of violence against Jews since the Holocaust. The terrorist incursion also had the effect of undermining multiple long-standing and delicate balancing acts of regional diplomacy, which…
 
Israel at war: Hamas fires massive barrage of rockets at Tel Aviv
40 Minutes ago By JERUSALEM POST STAFF Israelis are seen seeking shelter as rocket sirens sound in Tel Aviv, October 24, 2023 (photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI) Five Israelis were wounded in a massive barrage of rockets fired by Hamas from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday afternoon, Magen David Adom confirmed. The rocket barrage, which…
 

Iran hosts Armenia-Azerbaijan talks, Russia says main issue resolved in Nagorno-Karabakh
Oct 23 (Reuters) – The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan met on Monday in Iran, their first talks since Azerbaijan secured control over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, with Russia saying the main issue had been resolved pending further work on a peace treaty.The meeting in the aftermath of Azerbaijan’s lightning offensive into the disputed…
 

Russia, Iran strengthen ties in ‘trusting’ atmosphere -Russian foreign ministry
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov shakes hands with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi during a meeting in Tehran, Iran October 23, 2023. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS Acquire Licensing RightsOct 24 (Reuters) – Russia and Iran are firming up bilateral relations in a ‘trusting’ atmosphere, Russia’s foreign ministry said early on Tuesday…
 

Guerre en Ukraine, en direct : le soutien à Israël n’affectera pas l’aide à l’Ukraine, assure le chancelier allemand, Olaf Scholz
(1) « Les troupes d’occupation dans les territoires d’Ukraine temporairement occupés comptent plus de 400 000 militaires russes », a déclaré, lundi, le porte-parole des services de renseignement militaire ukrainiens, Andri Ioussov, lors d’une émission de la chaîne de télévision Kiev 24. Avec ce nombre, « il y a suffisamment de forces pour…
 

Kremlin: Putin is alive and well, not using body doubles
The Kremlin on Tuesday rejected speculation about President Vladimir Putin’s health, saying he was fit and well.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, in a regular call with reporters, also denied suggestions that the president was using body doubles, calling that an “absurd hoax.”Reporters asked Peskov about Putin’s health following an unsourced report…
 

Germany’s Scholz in Egypt to discuss Israel-Hamas war – DW – 10/18/2023
10/18/2023October 18, 2023The German chancellor expressed support for Egypt’s efforts to mediate in the conflict between Israel and Hamas.German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrived in Egypt on Wednesday to discuss the situation in Israel and Gaza with President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi. Scholz said he wanted to support Egypt’s efforts to mediate in the conflict…
 

Here’s how Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ stops rockets — and why Ukraine doesn’t have it
Some of the ways in which Hamas initially attacked Israel over the weekend — taking down communication towers with improvised explosives, paragliding over the border and gunning down civilians — subverted one of Israel’s strongest defenses: its Iron Dome. First deployed in 2011, the Iron Dome is a network of radar detectors and missile launchers…
 
 
Телефонный разговор с Президентом Бразилии Луисом Инасио Лулой да Силвой
События По инициативе бразильской стороны состоялся телефонный разговор Владимира Путина с Президентом Федеративной Республики Бразилия Луисом Инасио Лулой да Силвой. Обстоятельно обсуждена резко обострившаяся ситуация в зоне палестино-израильского конфликта. Выражена серьёзная обеспокоенность ростом числа жертв среди мирного населения, подчёркнута…
 

Putin ‘resuscitated’ after ‘cardiac arrest’ in bedroom claims Telegram channel
Controversial social media channel that regularly claims Russian dictator Putin is dying has alleged that the Kremlin supremo had to receive emergency aid from medics after having a heart attackVladimir Putin’s motorcade made a late evening dash to the KremlinRussian premier Vladimir Putin suffered a “cardiac arrest” on Sunday evening according to a…
 

Putin ‘suffers cardiac arrest’ sparking ‘alarm’ in Kremlin inner circle
Putin ‘suffers heart attack’ claims Telegram channel (Image: Getty)Vladimir Putin is alleged to have suffered a “cardiac arrest” in his private Moscow apartment on Sunday evening. A Telegram Channel believed to be run by a former Kremlin insider reported that incident saying the Russian leader was found by guards on the floor of the bedroom “lying on…
 

Fact-Check | AI-Generated Images Shared To Claim Russian President Vladimir Putin Suffered Heart Attack
What about the news report?: We searched for the article on The Moscow Times’ website but did not find the one seen in the viral screenshot.The website did not contain any articles with the same headline.(Source: The Moscow Times/Screenshot)Next, we looked for news reports and updates on the official website of Kremlin but found no credible information…
 

Will Israel be forced to choose between Russia and Ukraine?
Israel, the only country with close ties to Russia and Ukraine, is trying to delicately balance relations with both states. But as things continue to heat up on the Ukraine-Russia front, that’s becoming much harder for Israel to do.In a rare move Thursday, Kyiv summoned Israel’s ambassador to Ukraine for a telling off, demanding an explanation following…
 

How will the war in Israel impact the war in Ukraine?
CNN’s Anna Coren has the latest on the war in Ukraine. She also speaks with Jill Dougherty, an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, about the impact the war in Israel could have on Russia’s war on Ukraine. …
 

Volodymyr Zelenskyy seeks to shore up Ukraine support amid Israel-Hamas war
Stay informed with free updatesSimply sign up to the War in Ukraine myFT Digest — delivered directly to your inbox.Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged Ukraine’s backers to keep lethal assistance flowing “without any pauses” as US Congressional dysfunction threatens future assistance and allies are preoccupied by Hamas’s assault on Israel.“We are now in a special…
 
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