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Intrigue coming out of Saudi. Mohammed Bin Salman apparently doesn't believe deposing his predecessor is enough, he prefers to prosecute him. But Mohammed Bin Nayaf still has a lot of friends in the US security establishment  will to go to bat for him, as evidenced by David Ignatius taking up his cause.

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A grim new chapter in the Saudi “Game of Thrones” battle for control of the kingdom appears to be underway, as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman prepares corruption and disloyalty charges against his predecessor and onetime rival, former crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef — a man who was once the United States’ champion in the war against Islamist terrorism.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/07/05/dazzling-rise-tragic-fall-saudi-arabias-mohammed-bin-nayef/

Of course the Kingdom is just about at the end of the line of Ibn Saud's direct heirs, and when the last son dies an old man things could get pretty interesting.

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On 7/4/2020 at 5:01 PM, tiger337 said:

Is it naivety or he just doesn't give a ****?  I don't think he cares how the deal works out.  He will always say it was a great deal and his followers will believe him.  That's good enough for him.    

Getting credit is far more important than getting results.

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Sticking it here because it involves an NSA employee and the Russians.  Wonder why this didn't get much media attention at the time she was arrested?  Though it appears that she wasn't recruited by the Russians but rather sought to approach them.

https://www.stripes.com/news/us/air-force-veteran-pleads-guilty-in-scheme-to-offer-information-to-russia-1.636582?fbclid=IwAR1U3yJ62uM8_3XOIrRMYlR6mhi-3FlqJfQ9aG4KjtksX-8hlEKpAEsp6kA

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It'll be a lot easier for them to achieve since we've been backing away from our own superpower status for almost four years now.

 

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duda wins re-election in poland by a slim margin.  the guy who said his opponent would sell out poland to the jews, the gays, and the germans gets three more years to wreck democracy in poland.

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7 minutes ago, Buddha said:

duda wins re-election in poland by a slim margin.  the guy who said his opponent would sell out poland to the jews, the gays, and the germans gets three more years to wreck democracy in poland.

The percentages and the election maps look the same every time too.... just incredibly polarized between the west and east.

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Just now, Buddha said:

huawei 5G banned in britain.  good for the uk!

Yes

 

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11 minutes ago, ROMAD1 said:

Have I shared this site with you?   Its run by the Ukrainian government.  I perceive it to be friendly to the forces of good.

https://twitter.com/Liveuamap

https://liveuamap.com/

They have a page devoted to the chaos with Belarus.

 

I have not seen it.

Presumably the fall of Lukashenko and replacement with a liberal democratic govt would be a huge win for Europe, given it's status as the last dictatorship in Europe. But I'm not closely following enough to know who would be replacing Luka

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1 minute ago, mtutiger said:

I have not seen it.

Presumably the fall of Lukashenko and replacement with a liberal democratic govt would be a huge win for Europe, given it's status as the last dictatorship in Europe. But I'm not closely following enough to know who would be replacing Luka

Putin is gonna Putin.   And I doubt the US has the political capital to do what is necessary to stabilize any leadership that is not warm and cuddly to Putin.

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5 minutes ago, ROMAD1 said:

Putin is gonna Putin.   And I doubt the US had the political interest in doing what is necessary to stabilize any leadership that is not warm and cuddly to Putin.

Probably best case scenario is something similar to what happened in Armenia last year. But I suspect you are right.

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5 minutes ago, ROMAD1 said:

Putin is gonna Putin.   And I doubt the US has the political capital to do what is necessary to stabilize any leadership that is not warm and cuddly to Putin.

The importance of having leadership in Belarus that isn't Putin friendly is huge though.  It would significantly change a lot of variables.  Russia would lose a friendly corridor to Kaliningrad.  The US has forces forward deployed to the Polish towns that guard the corridor between Belarus and K'grad.

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Shot.

Chaser.

I'd be less surprised if Lukashenko fell than I woukd have been five days ago. The situation is just really untenable 

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This related to the conflict that flared up over the weekend between Armenia and Azerbaijan. 

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this mostly Putin's problem but he doesn't seem all that interested so  far. He's a weird dude. Works so hard to increase Russian influence but really doesn't have that much ambition to use it for anything.

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7 hours ago, CMRivdog said:

Sounds presidential to me

But Trump’s business ties to Turkey puts him in a tough spot

Can Trump even find Nagorno-Karabakh on a map?

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