‘We have an obligation’: Ilhan Omar calls on lawmakers to visit Israel

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Rashida Tlaib and Omar called decision to block their entry an attempt ‘to suppress our ability to do our jobs’ in press conference

The Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar called on her colleagues to visit Israel to prevent Donald Trump and the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, “succeed in hiding the cruel reality of the occupation from us”.

Omar’s comments came to in an emotional press conference on Monday, following Israel’s decision last week to deny her and the Michigan representative Rashida Tlaib entry to the country amid pressure from Donald Trump. Omar called Israel’s decision to block the planned official visit “nothing less than an attempt by an ally of the United States to suppress our ability to do our jobs as elected officials”.

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Putin’s Russia: A Moderate Fascist State – The American Interest

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Putin’s Russia: A Moderate Fascist State
Vladislav Inozemtsev

By standard scholarly definition, Russia today is not an illiberal democracy: It is an early-stage fascist state.

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Vladislav L. Inozemtsev is director of the Centre for Post-Industrial Studies (Moscow) and an Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellow at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

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Labour may stay neutral if second referendum is between its Brexit deal or remain

There is no neutral – duh. Remain and elect EU MPs who will work to get rules and regulations that benefit all!

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Corbyn says Labour will back remain against no-deal Brexit as he and McDonnell pledge to stop exit without agreement

Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have left the door open to their party staying neutral in a second referendum if the choice were a Labour deal or remaining in the EU, as they pledged to do everything possible to stop the UK leaving without an agreement.

The Labour leader said the party would campaign to remain against a no-deal Brexit. But when asked if the party would stay agnostic if the public were given a choice between a deal negotiated by Labour and remaining in the EU, Corbyn did not say which side the party would support.

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Boris Johnson ‘confident’ EU will back down in Brexit talks

how not to win friends and influence people

PM says ‘backstop just doesn’t work’ in run-up to meetings with Merkel and Macron

Boris Johnson has claimed that EU leaders will change their positions and allow the UK to scrap the Brexit backstop in the withdrawal agreement.

As the prime minister prepares for face-to-face talks with Angela Merkel of Germany and Emmanuel Macron of France this week, he acknowledged there would be “bumps in the road” before any agreement to drop the plan to prevent a hard border in Ireland.

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Donald Trump’s ‘peace agreement’ is a betrayal of Afghanistan and its people | Simon Tisdall

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This cut-and-run policy will leave the country trapped in a conflict with the Taliban and fail the casualties of war

If Donald Trump has his way a “peace agreement” in Afghanistan will be finalised in the coming days. It’s a sure bet the US president will claim noisy, personal credit for ending one of America’s longest wars. Knowing him, he may even hail it as the “deal of the century” – despite having already accorded that boastful accolade to his failed North Korea summitry. But the world, as always, should beware a Trump bearing gifts.

It will deliver what candidate Trump most wants – a path home for 14,000 American troops before next year’s US election

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Blowing the Whistle on Russian Hybrid Tactics – Visegrad Insight – American Academics also corrupted by Russian and Chinese investments

the Russian propagandists, on the one hand, are trying to whitewash the Putin regime, and on the other hand, they create the impression that, for example, Russia Today is no worse than CNN and works in the same weight category. This is not true.

Source: Blowing the Whistle on Russian Hybrid Tactics – Visegrad Insight

Via Aleksey Godin