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The West Against the Rest or The West Against Itself? – Special to Consortium News

What is the bigger story? The West Against the Rest or The West Against Itself? The Illiberal Quartet of Xi, Putin, Rouhani and Erdogan is in the line of fire of haughty homilies about Western “values.” Illiberalism is arrogantly and provocatively depicted in the West repeatedly as a Tartar Invasion 2.0. But closer to home […]

The Donald in Wonderland –  Nomi Prins

One question as we head to the November midterm elections, a referendum on the president, is: Could Donald Trump be a one-man version of either Enron or Lehman Brothers, someone who cooked “the books” until he implodes? asks Nomi Prins. Once upon a time, there was a little-known energy company called Enron. In its 16-year life, […]

Norway didn’t know much about Libya yet helped bomb it into chaos, state report finds

A Norwegian state report says the officials “had very limited knowledge” of what was going on in Libya, but promptly decided to join the US-led intervention, turning the once thriving North African nation into a terrorist hotbed.

‘Very important evidence’: MH17 missile’s serial numbers vital to investigation – analysts to RT

The Russian military’s conclusion that the missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 contained Ukrainian serial numbers is important information that should be considered in the international probe, analysts told RT. On Monday, the Russian military announced that the serial numbers found on debris of the Buk missile that downed MH17 over eastern Ukraine […]

Trump Tariffs Causing Scaled Pressure on US Enterprise – Federal Reserve

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Tariffs imposed by the US government on metals and other imported goods are causing widespread pressures for manufacturers and businesses in the United States, the Federal Reserve said in a report. “All Districts noted fairly widespread input price pressures, particularly for construction materials and freight transportation,” the report released on Wednesday said.

Russian stock market hits all-time high as ruble strengthens despite US sanctions pressure

The recent growth in the Russian currency has helped the ruble-traded MOEX index reach an all-time high on Tuesday. The index rose to 2,390 points for the first time in history after the ruble strengthened to 67.7 against the dollar and 79.1 against the euro. Earlier in September, the Russian currency had suffered a deep […]

Mexican President-Elect Invites Putin to Inauguration Slated for December 1

MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Mexican President-Elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday held talks with Russian Ambassador to Mexico Viktor Koronelli and discussed bilateral Russian-Mexican relations, local media reported. According to the Quadratin news portal, Lopez Obrador and Koronelli discussed possible cooperation projects, including in infrastructure.

Iran in Talks With Swiss Oil Giant Over $1Bln Deal – Reports

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Iran is seeking to extend or renew a $1 billion oil deal with the Swiss giant Vitol Group ahead of the promised return in November of crippling US sanctions, media reported. The US administration in May withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, which eased sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Possible Swiss Anti-Russia Sanctions Contradict Country’s Policy – Russian Envoy

GENEVA (Sputnik) – Refusal to provide accreditation to certain diplomats to fill a vacant position in diplomatic missions is common practice, fueling a diplomatic scandal is senseless, Russian Ambassador to Switzerland Sergei Garmonin told Sputnik.

Germany’s Intel Chief Dismissed Over Migration Dispute With Merkel – Reports

Head of the German domestic intelligence agency Hans-Georg Maassen previously faced harsh criticism after he expressed doubts over the authenticity of the footage showing alleged attacks by right-wing activists on migrants in Chemnitz.

New Tesla killer: Audi’s all-electric crossover may devour Elon Musk’s lunch

Volkswagen-owned premium brand Audi has unveiled the E-Tron, a battery-powered crossover, which is just about to hit dealerships, making the market of electric vehicles rather more choiceful for eco-friendly enthusiasts. E-tron, Audi’s first electric sport-utility vehicle (SUV), debuted in San Francisco on Monday night.

Russian Il-20 downed by Syrian missile after Israeli F-16s used it as cover during attack – MoD

The Russian military says an Israeli raid on Syria triggered a chain of events that led to its Il-20 plane being shot down by a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile. Moscow reserves the right to respond accordingly. On Monday evening, four Israeli F-16 fighter jets attacked targets in Syria’s Latakia after approaching from the Mediterranean, a […]

It’s Unclear Whether EU Will Fall Apart, But Change is Coming – US Investor

Change is coming, Charles Ortel, a Wall Street analyst, told Sputnik, commenting on the growing discontent with Brussels policies among Europeans and the increasing popularity of nationalist conservative parties. According to the analyst, the EU’s swollen bureaucratic apparatus remains a stumbling block in the way of Europe’s development.

‘Save yourself if you can’: More countries are seeking ways to dump the US dollar

Countries around the globe are trying to find ways of substituting the US dollar in trade, according to Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov. “All of a sudden, the country which issues the US dollar starts making steps which are shattering trust in this reserve currency.

Kim Jong-un welcomes South Korean leader in Pyongyang for historic summit (VIDEO)

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has landed in Pyongyang for the historic summit with Kim Jong-un as part of the ongoing reconciliation process and talks on denuclearization of the peninsula.  President Moon and his wife Kim Jung-sook were welcomed by the North Korean leader, and Kim’s sister, Yo-jong, as well as hundreds of locals for […]



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