Friday, July 20, 2018

When Trump Met Putin – Cartooned | The Economist

President Trump spent two hours alone with President Putin at a controversial meeting in Helskini this week. Our cartoonist Kal imagines the encounter.

Putin's Games with the West | The Economist

Putin's Russia and the Ghost of the Romanovs | The Economist

Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family, the Romanovs, were murdered 100 years ago today by Marxist revolutionaries. What does this anniversary mean for Vladmir Putin?

Morning Joe | July 20, 2018 | MSNBC

#Tucker: Why Question US Obligations to Montenegro

Tony Blair on Brexit, Labour, and Populism – BBC Newsnight

Evan Davis interviews former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Israel Approves Law to Become a Jewish Nation-State

The Israeli parliament has approved a highly controversial law to define the country as a Jewish nation state - and remove Arabic as an official language.

Donald Trump, Jr. May Have Been Caught on Wiretap with Russian Asset

Donald Trump, Jr. should be very concerned – those are the words that Spanish investigators who have been monitoring and wiretapping Russian asset Alexander Torshin used to describe Trump’s meeting with Torshin during his father’s campaign. The Spanish intelligence agency has not yet confirmed that Trump is on one of their wiretaps of Torshin, but they have made it clear that things are looking bad for the little Trump. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.

An Israel Law That Divides and Discriminates | Inside Story

Israel's parliament has narrowly passed a law that defines the country as a Jewish state. It gives only the Jews the right to self-determination, discriminating against one-fifth of the population, which includes nearly two million Arab Israelis and other minorities.

The law also demotes Arabic, leaving Hebrew as the only official language. The move has led to widespread anger, even among sections of the Jewish population. Arab Israelis are calling it racist and comparing it with apartheid. So, what's in store for them? How will the regional powers react to the controversial law?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra | Guests: Emmanuel Navon, Tel Aviv University; Prof Mukhaimer Abu Saada, Al Azhar University; Gaza Gil Hoffman, Chief Political Correspondent, Jerusalem Post

Michael McFaul Reacts: I Hope My President Will Swat This Back | Morning Joe | MSNBC

The White House is entertaining Vladimir Putin's proposal to allow the special counsel to interview the Russians indicted in exchange for Russia gaining access to several American officials, including Amb. Michael McFaul. Amb. McFaul reacts.

Madeleine Albright on Putin Summit: I Am Worrying More

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said that after President Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, she is "worrying more."

'Absolutely Disgusting': Russia Seeks to Question US Officials | Morning Joe | MSNBC

Will the WH allow Russian prosecutors to question some of Vladimir Putin’s biggest critics here within the United States, including Amb. Michael McFaul? The panel discusses.

What's the Legacy of the Trump-Putin Summit? | Inside Story

"Direct, open and deeply productive dialogue." That's how US President Donald Trump described his controversial summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

The two men said they touched on a wide range of international and regional issues during their private meeting in Helsinki on Monday. But one particular topic has overshadowed the talks: Russia's meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, which has been confirmed by the US intelligence community and Congress.

But beyond this controversial issue, what will be the summit's legacy? And is there a new world order?

Presenter: Laura Kyle | Guests: Joel Rubin - Former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State; Remi Bourgeot - Associate Fellow at the French Institute of International and Strategic Affairs; Vyacheslav Matuzov - Former Russian Diplomat

What Are the Limits of Foreign Lobbying in the UK? | Inside Story

The British media watchdog Spinwatch says the UAE spent millions of dollars to influence political decision-making. And the watchdog says the Emiratis pressured journalists and think tanks - all aimed at influencing the British government against the Muslim Brotherhood.

Spinwatch says it has leaked emails showing how the Emiratis were involved in what's described as 'clandestine' lobbying tactics in both Britain and the US; and it highlights the UAE's campaign against Qatar and the 2022 World Cup.

The UAE, along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar 13 months ago - and imposed an economic blockade.

What's the impact of lobbying on decision making by the British government? And does it affect democracy?

Presenter: Laura Kyle | Guests: David Miller - Founder, Spinwatch; Afzal Ashraf - Visiting Fellow, Nottingham University; Kevin Craig, Chief Executive, Political Lobbying and Media Relations

#realnews : Trump A Symptom of a System in Decay

A live interactive Q & A session with Paul Jay, hosted by Aaron Maté about the controversies related to Trump’s meeting with Putin in Helsinki

Trump: John Brennan Is a Total Low-life

CBS's Jeff Glor asks President Donald Trump if he believes members of the intelligence community are out to get him.

Meet the Tommy Robinson Supporters – BBC Newsnight

Tommy Robinson was jailed in May after he admitted contempt of court by filming outside Leeds Crown Court in the UK during a trial.

Here Gabriel Gatehouse meets the people who are fighting to free Tommy Robinson. You also hear from the leader of UKIP Gerard Batten who has taken up Robinson's cause.

Warning: This piece contains strong language and language that some may find very offensive.

The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell | July 18,2018

NYT: Donald Trump Has Known Vladimir Putin Ordered Hacks Since January 2017 | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

The New York Times reports that U.S. officials gave Trump in-depth intelligence in January 2017 before his inauguration that Putin ordered the Russian hacks on our election. Philip Rucker, Clint Watts, & Anita Kumar discuss.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Jacob Rees-Mogg on Not Being Prime Minister, Immigration and Delivering Brexit

Our guest this week is the Conservative backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg MP who will stop at nothing to achieve a hard Brexit.

#democracynow : Top US News & World Headlines — July 18, 2018

Ret. Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters: Trump Is 'Actively Betraying Our Country' | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC

Retired Colonel Ralph Peters tells, tells Ari Melber that after working “against the Russians for several years” he is “convinced” that Donald Trump is a “slave” of Russian President Vladimir Putin and that his actions at the two leaders’ recent summit in Helsinki demonstrate that Trump is “actively betraying” the United States.

Trump Playing into Putin’s Plan ‘Either On Purpose or By Accident,’ Albright Says

Russian President Vladimir Putin has a plan to divide the U.S. from its allies, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Tuesday, and President Donald Trump is “playing into that plan either on purpose or by accident.” Albright joins Judy Woodruff to discuss why she thinks Trump’s remarks, combined with his criticism of NATO allies, “adds up to total confusion” about the role of the U.S.

No-deal Brexit Could ‘Break Up Current Party System’ – BBC Newsnight

As the government survives a key Brexit vote on trade, Evan Davis is joined by Conservative MPs Dominic Grieve and Marcus Fysh to discuss the divisions in Parliament over Brexit.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Chris Wallace Interviews Russian President Vladimir Putin

Putin dismisses claims of Russian interference in the 2016 election, says Russia would react negatively to the expansion of NATO, blames terrorists for civilian casualties in Syria.

Shep Smith Fox News Calls Trump Shameful Disgraceful and a Traitor

Lemon: Trump Went from Alpha Dog to Lap Dog

CNN's Don Lemon goes after President Trump after he publicly sided with Russia President Vladimir Putin who denies any involvement in the 2016 US election.

John Brennan: President Donald Trump is Giving Aid, Comfort to the Enemy | Morning Joe | MSNBC

Former CIA Director John Brennan discusses Monday's joint news conference in Finland with President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying Republicans must put pressure on the president after the meeting and that an outcry must be strong.

Bernie Sanders Takes On Billionaire CEOs

Bernie is fighting to bring workers their share of the wealth. Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, and Francesca Fiorentini, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

President Donald Trump Behavior in Helsinki 'Un-American': Madeleine Albright | Morning Joe | MSNBC

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright joins Morning Joe to discuss Monday's joint news conference in Finland with President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin and why she says Trump's behavior there was un-American.

Lawrence: Vladimir Putin Made a Big Mistake in His Presser with Donald Trump | The Last Word | MSNBC

Lawrence points out that in the Trump-Putin press conference, Putin admitted that he preferred Trump to win the election and that he ordered officers to help Trump win. Lawrence says that reveal by Putin is a "smoking gun" moment.

#democracynow : Top US News & World Headlines — July 17, 2018

Paul Jay on Trump-Putin and the Real Threats to Democracy

Whether the Kremlin meddled in the U.S. election or not, the hyper-focus on Russiagate overlooks bigger threats: Russian elites to the Russian people, and U.S. elites to the American people, says Paul Jay

Brexit: May Government Scrapes through Customs Bill Votes – BBC Newsnight

As the government narrowly avoids a defeat on its Customs Bill after agreeing to Brexiteers' demands to change its wording, Kirsty Wark is joined by chair of the Treasury select committee, Nicky Morgan, former Brexit Secretary David Davis, former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, and shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, Peter Dowd.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Can Trump, Israel, and Gulf Allies Get Putin to Turn on Iran?

Days after Netanyahu's visit to Moscow, Trump will meet with Putin in Helsinki. But despite talk of a "grand bargain" that enlists Russia in helping the US-Israel-Saudi-UAE front against Iran, don't expect it to happen, says professor and syndicated columnist Rami Khouri

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Democratic National Convention (DNC) Chair: Trump Is Putin's Poodle

What's Behind Saudi Arabia's Arrest of Religious Leaders? | Inside Story

Saudi Arabia has arrested prominent preacher and scholar Safar Al-Hawali just days after he published a book criticising the ruling family.

Three of his sons - Abdul Rahman, Abdullah and Ibrahim - were also detained. Rights groups say Abdul Rahman and Abdullah were reportedly taken into custody while attending a family wedding on Wednesday. While Hawali and his son Ibrahim were arrested the following morning.

Hawali became known almost three decades ago as the leader of the Sahwa movement - which advocated for democracy in Saudi Arabia. He was previously detained for opposing the ruling family. Saudi Arabia, under Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, has launched a crackdown against activists, religious figures and opponents in recent months. But how far will this go?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra | Guests: Ahmed Al-Burai - Lecturer at Aydin University; Rami Khouri - Senior Fellow at the American University of Beirut; Saeed Al-Shehabi - Columnist with Al-Quds Al Arabi newspaper

President's UK Visit 'An Opportunity for British People to Unite' Against Trump

President Trump's visit to the UK caused important upheavals both in British politics and society, when over 250,000 took to the streets against his visit. Thomas Barlow, of Real Media, talks about the visit's impact

Ed Miliband on Trump’s UK Visit and Brexit – BBC Newsnight

Former Trump Adviser Sebastian Gorka Lauds the President's UK Visit

Sebastian Gorka's interview with Channel 4 News, discussing Donald Trump holding Theresa May's hand and the President's interview with the Sun.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Meet the Activist Who Called Piers Morgan an “Idiot” for Criticizing Anti-Trump Protests in Britain

President Donald Trump said Friday that immigrants fleeing violence and seeking asylum in Europe are changing “the fabric of Europe. … And I don’t mean that in a positive way.” Trump’s xenophobic comments came during a shocking interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned British tabloid The Sun. Massive protests have greeted President Trump during his two-day trip to Britain—including a 20-foot-long giant baby Trump blimp outside Parliament. We go to the streets of London to speak with Ash Sarkar, the anti-Trump coalition organizer who confronted Piers Morgan during a “Good Morning Britain” interview Thursday that went viral.

US - UK: What Now for the 'Special Relationship'? | Inside Story

In retrospect, British Prime Minister Theresa May might wonder whether this was really the best week for a visit from Donald Trump.

Arriving straight from a NATO summit that was predictably contentious, the US president has been greeted with massive protests on his first trip to London since taking office. And, as May struggles to hold her own government together, with the never-ending arguments about Brexit negotiations, threatening to tear her Conservative party apart. Only hours after arriving, Trump made the prime minister's life even more difficult, with scathing criticism of her in a newspaper interview. And he went out of his way to talk up one of her main rivals, Boris Johnson, who resigned earlier this week as Foreign Secretary.

Trump said May's in trouble because she ignored his advice on both Brexit and migration. And he thinks Johnson would make a great prime minister. Aside from being an epic breach of both diplomatic protocol and simple manners, Trump's interview brought other questions into sharp relief: Can May survive if Brexit no longer holds the promise of a separate trade agreement with the United States? Can NATO survive the additional strain of a rift between its two top military contributors? And, what about the so-called "special relationship" that supposedly links the British and American governments?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra | Guests: Ian Dunt - Editor,; Inderjeet Parmar - Professor of International Politics, City University of London; Robert Hunter - Former US Ambassador to NATO

Trump Arrives at Windsor Castle for Meeting with the Queen

Trump's UK Visit Day 1: Discussion – BBC Newsnight

President Trump's visit to the UK has divided opinion. So how should the UK approach the visit by a US president who isn't a traditional diplomat? Newsnight's Kirsty Wark is joined by a live panel to discuss.

#democracynow : Top US News & World Headlines — July 13, 2018

#bbcqt : Question Time – July 12, 2018

This week's Question Time, filmed in Dartford. Hot topics include the disastrous Chequers Brexit plan and Trump's visit to the UK. Last Question Time until September. All rights go to the BBC and Mentorn Scotland.

UK Tabloid Reporter: Trump Gave May a ‘Wrapped Hand Grenade’

Tabloid reporter Tom Newton Dunn says that President Donald Trump gave Prime Minister Theresa May a ‘wrapped hand grenade’ after he criticized the British Prime Minister in an interview with The Sun.

President Trump Trashes UK PM's Brexit Plan & Then Meets Her For Dinner | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

After a hectic showing at the NATO meeting, Trump arrives in the UK for a visit and immediately causes a stir with an interview criticizing UK PM Theresa May's Brexit plan. Our panel reacts.

President Trump Talks Baby Blimp, Criticizes British PM In New Interview | The Last Word | MSNBC

Trump confesses that the baby Trump blimp makes him feel unwelcome in London in an interview with The Sun. Pres. Trump also said Boris Johnson would make a great P.M. ahead of his meeting with current P.M. Theresa May. Eugene Robinson and Brian Klaas discuss the interview with Lawrence.