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The operation is also supposed to serve as a link between Europe’s right-wing movements and the pro-Trump Freedom Caucus in the U.S.

This week Paul Gosar (R-AZ) was its envoy to Bannon’s operation in London.…
Up until now insurgent populist groups across Europe have often suffered from similar problems: lack of expertise and finances.

Le Pen’s party was kept afloat by Russian loans back in 2014, when French banks refused to extend lines of credit for the Front National
Le Pen was back in Moscow shaking Putin’s hand before last year’s French elections, which the #NSA subsequently revealed had been #hacked by the Russians.
Dated, but relevant..esp now!

"Curiously, Trump has been able to move some in the Republican Party, once so hawkishly vigilant when it came to the former Soviet Union, toward a friendlier view of Putin, the former K.G.B. man"

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The US State Department on Friday announced it would cut $200m in aid for the occupied West Bank and Gaza, apparently at the direction of US President Donald Trump.…
On Saturday, the Israel Television News Company reported that Trump intends to demand the number of Palestinians recognised as refugees by 90 percent.
It’s obvious that Bibi is now dictating US foreign policy..unfortunately, it’s neither good for the US, nor Israel..also highlights the problem with intertwining politics and natsec!!!
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How can it not be?…
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