• THE SPY WHO WENT BACK INTO THE COLD

    by - Jan 8, 2019
    Dimitri Simes was a KGB agent for 45 years, but now he has skipped town to evade an FBI investigation For decades he has been one of the leading commentators on Russia in the US. Henry...
  • DEMS MOVE TO BLOCK TRUMP FROM LIFTING SANCTIONS ON DERIPASKA

    by - Jan 8, 2019
    Congressional Democrats are gaming out strategies to try to reverse the Trump administration’s controversial decision last month to lift sanctions on businesses controlled by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Rep. Jim Himes, a Connecticut Democrat and member...
  • FBI INVESTIGATING PAPADOPOULOS OVER TRUMP/RUSSIA COORDINATION

    by - Jan 8, 2019
    Federal authorities out of Washington DC, working in coordination with Robert Mueller’s team, have sought to arrange an interview with the author of a letter sent to Congress last month that claimed that ex-Trump adviser George...
  • PUTIN’S PRIVATEERS HELP CRUSH PROTESTS IN SUDAN

    by - Jan 8, 2019
    Russian private military contractors have taken part in forcibly dispersing anti-government demonstrators in Khartoum, Sudan. Soldiers from Russian private military company Wagner (a mercenary outfit highly active in the Syrian and Ukrainian conflicts) were spotted during...
  • AQ-LINKED GUERRILLAS GAIN IN NW SYRIA

    by - Jan 8, 2019
    Clashes among rival Syrian rebel factions have spread across northwest Syria, rebels and residents said, in the latest bout of tit-for- tat fighting between opponents of President Bashar al Assad’s rule. Infighting has long plagued Syria’s...
  • NETANYAHU’S NEMESIS: FAR-RIGHT MONSTER HE CREATED

    by - Jan 8, 2019
    “A historic mistake” is how Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu responded to calls for early elections last November. A few weeks later, he spoke, in exaggerated confidence of the “unanimous” agreement of his right-wing coalition that...
  • 13 CANADIANS DETAINED IN CHINA

    by - Jan 8, 2019
    Canada has said 13 of its citizens have been detained in China since the Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was arrested in December in Vancouver at the request of the US. “At least” eight of those 13...
  • GLENCORE’S EMPIRE OF DECEIT

    by - Jan 8, 2019
    Shaken after a year of mounting criminal investigations, legal suits, scandals and the sanctioning of close allies, the Swiss commodities trader and mining giant Glencore limped into 2019. The drumbeat of bad news has shown that...
  • NEW SFO BOSS INVESTIGATED HSBC AT SAME TIME AS SECURING A MORTGAGE FROM THE SCANDAL-RIDDLED BANK

    by - Jan 7, 2019
    The new SFO director Lisa Osofsky secured a mortgage from HSBC last year at the same time that she was investigating the scandal-ridden bank for money laundering on behalf of the FBI via a UK-based private...
  • UK MANSIONS BOUGHT WITH PROCEEDS FROM RUSSIAN FRAUD

    by - Jan 6, 2019
    A £10 million luxury apartment in Knightsbridge and a £22 million sprawling country house on the Wentworth estate in Surrey was bought with the proceeds of a controversial Russian defence contract which is now the subject...