Russia Retaliates After Canada Imposes Sanctions

Canada’s move to impose sanctions on 30 Russian officials was “senseless and reprehensible” and has led to retaliatory measures, Russian officials said. Canada announced the sanctions on Friday against Russian officials it accused of complicity in the death of anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in 2009 while he was in prison after alleging state tax fraud. Kirill Kalinin, a spokesman for the Russian diplomatic mission in Ottawa, told the official TASS news agency late on Friday retaliatory actions against Canadians had already been set in motion. “Canada’s decision on extending anti-Russian sanctions under a false pretext of a hypocritical protection of human rights is absolutely senseless and reprehensible,” said Kalinin. Ottawa’s move “is isolating itself from one of the key global powers” and “pushes Canada’s foreign policy back to the narrow black-and-white world view, incompatible with modern geopolitics”, he added. “Dozens of Canadians” have now been barred from entering Russia in response, Kalinin said, without specifying who...

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Follow the Money: They Say it Was About Russian Orphans. They’re Lying

by Steven Harper – Repealing the Magnitsky Act has become one of Putin’s top foreign policy objectives. Why? Money. Steven Harper digs in. Another Trump cover-up collapses. Like its predecessors, it involves Russia. Also like its predecessors, Trump is at the center. People lie for a reason. What was Trump’s reason this time? Perhaps President Trump had hoped that the public would never learn about the three Russian participants at the infamous June 9, 2016, meeting with his top campaign advisers. Maybe he thought that branding the episode as an innocuous discussion about a moribund Russian adoption program would glide him past another scandalous event in the Trump-Russia saga. What he probably sought most was to deflect attention away from what actually occurred on June 9: Putin’s self-interested desire for relief from US sanctions converged with Trump’s self-interested prior Russian business dealings to solidify Trump’s position as the Kremlin’s candidate for president of...

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Donald Trump Makes His Money the Old-fashioned Way—He Launders it

by Mark Sumner – With everything that Donald Trump does, it’s tempting to think “distraction.” Is he really mad at Sessions? Is he mad at Priebus?  Why is he telling the Boy Scouts stories about sex yachts and what billionaires do in the South of France? Did Sean Spicer really go out the door for not sufficiently defended Trump’s inane policies, or was Scaramucci brought in just because he provides better theater? Even with something as large and serious as the ban on transgender personnel in the military, it’s hard to let go of the idea that this might simply be a feint. A misdirection. A ball tossed into the distance, so we don’t see what Trump is doing closer to hand. But with Donald Trump it’s fair to say that nothing is a distraction. And everything. There are always so many outrages in progress that it’s easy to get engaged...

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