Trump administration declines to apply new Russia sanctions, for now – #TraitorTrump pays off oligarchs for lending him money to bail out his failed hotels!

The administration faced a deadline on Monday to impose sanctions on anyone determined to conduct significant business with Russian defense and intelligence sectors, already sanctioned for their alleged role in the election. But citing long time frames associated with major defense deals, Nauert said it was too soon to tell how effective the law had been, so it was better to wait to impose those sanctions. “From that perspective, if the law is working, sanctions on specific entities or individuals will not need to be imposed because the legislation is, in fact, serving as a deterrent,” she said in a statement.

Source: Trump administration declines to apply new Russia sanctions, for now

Russian fighter jet comes within 1.5 metres of US Navy plane, Pentagon says

The US Navy denounces the unsafe actions of Russia’s military after a Russian SU-27 fighter jet flies within 1.5 metres (5 feet) of a US surveillance plane over the Black Sea. (And what does the boss say? Nada!)

Source: Russian fighter jet comes within 1.5 metres of US Navy plane, Pentagon says

We are a long way from a #MeToo moment about race | Chitra Ramaswamy

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Women of colour still get shouted down when they talk about race in Britain – but we won’t be silenced

What happens when a woman of colour talks about race in this country? To answer the question, which presumably white people don’t want to ask because they’re too busy debating the more pressing one of whether racism actually exists, I direct you to a particularly sneering review of Afua Hirsch’s book, Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging. A review by a white British man of a book by a mixed race British woman which, inconveniently for the reviewer, confirms in its sheer nastiness everything Hirsch is saying.

Apart from the fact that this is obviously an instance of a review being cynically co-opted as an opportunity to further divisiveness as opposed to an actual conversation (“I know! Let’s get a defensive white man on this!”), it shows how far we are from a #MeToo moment about race. From, at base level, just being heard. “White privilege,” Reni Eddo-Lodge writes in Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, “is a … suffocating blanket of power that envelops everything we know, like a snowy day.” And like snow, its overwhelming effect is silence: to muffle our everyday experience.

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Russia is aiming to interfere in US midterm elections, warns CIA chief

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Mike Pompeo says ‘I have every expectation that they will continue to try’ to meddle in House and Senate races in November

Russia is set to continue its campaign of meddling in foreign elections by targeting the congressional midterm races in America, the head of the CIA has warned.

Related: FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe steps down early

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Breaking: Andrew McCabe steps down as FBI deputy director

BREAKING: Andrew McCabe has stepped down effective today as FBI deputy director, multiple sources familiar with the matter tell @ NBC News pic.twitter.com/kLrhDjzq7B

— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 29, 2018

Rep. Swalwell: If McCabe is stepping down for anything other than personal reasons, “this is going to be a problem.”

Rep. Swalwell: If McCabe is stepping down for anything other than personal reasons, “this is going to be a problem.” pic.twitter.com/yWWPpzIfB7

— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 29, 2018

CBS News’ Pat Milton reports; source says McCabe was “forced to step down”

NEW: FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has stepped down, CBS News’ Pat Milton reports; source says McCabe was “forced to step down” pic.twitter.com/fedIkGzF0h

— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 29, 2018

This Week in Egypt: Week 4-2018 ( Jan 22-28)

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Top Headlines

  • Egypt is heading towards elections with only President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s name on the ballot
  • Political opposition figures demands halt of electoral process
  • Leading member of halted Egyptian presidential campaign Hisham Genina was attacked and injured
  • Egypt’s Sisi pardons British woman who was jailed for smuggling Tramadol
  • Italian prosecutor: Giulio Regeni was murdered in Egypt “over research”
  • King Ramses II statue is moved to Grand Egyptian Museum

 Main Headlines

Monday

  • Egypt is concerned over reports Addis Ababa rejects role for World Bank in stalled dam talks
  • US ordered more stringent inspections of air cargo at seven airports in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE
  • Russian security delegation to inspect Cairo Int’l Airport on Monday ahead of direct flight resumption Egypt
  • All Egyptian expats can vote in March presidential elections regardless of legal status in host countries
  • Assailant opens fire on priest’s car in Minya
  • Luxor’s…

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