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Alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella had extensive access in Trump White House

  • He was appointed and served under the Obama administration and has been for long suspected of attempting to damage President Trump's foreign policy from the inside. "He was Joe Biden's point man on Ukraine", reported Senator Rand Paul.
  • According to the Wall Street Journal, Burisma Holdings’ campaign to clean up its image in the West reached beyond the 2014 hiring of Hunter Biden, son of the then-U.S. vice president, to include other well-connected operatives in Washington.
  • Burisma hired well-connected operatives in Washington to help persuade Ukrainian prosecutors to drop criminal cases against it. 
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Washington, DC, Nov.12.– Eric Ciaramella, the alleged Ukraine whistleblower, was long suspected of deliberately attempting to damage President Trump's foreign policy from the inside and had access to policy information far beyond his regional expertise, according to former National Security Council officials.

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Russia Poised in Libya to Unleash Migrant Crisis Into Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to be capitalizing on ways immigration can destabilize Western countries.  A Libyan coast guardsman stands on a boat of migrants attempting to reach Europe using Lybia as a jumping-off point.A Libyan coast guardsman stands on a boat of migrants attempting to reach Europe using Lybia as a jumping-off point.

Tripoli, Nov.11.– Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested to the West last month that the widening chaos in Libya after almost a decade of war should have been obvious: "A flow of migrants went through Libya to Europe," he said in an interview, recalling the displacement of refugees that has reached crisis levels in recent years. "They have what they were warned about."

This week, The New York Times documented the deployment into Libya of Russian mercenaries. While Moscow denies its involvement, the situation mirrors tactics it has successfully employed in Syria and Ukraine to gain influence in chaotic war zones by dispatching private forces Putin can disavow until the point of victory.

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Bolivian President EvoMorales resigned Sunday's afternoon, ending 14 years of heavy-handed rule

Why did Evo Morales resigned as President of Bolivia just a few weeks after the latest elections?  Jubilant crowds celebrating in La Paz and many other Bolivian citiesJubilant crowds celebrating in La Paz and many other Bolivian cities

La Paz, Nov.11 (– After a re-election pervaded by fraud, Evo Morales finally gave-up power following weeks of unrest and protests in the South American country. Morales stated in a television address he was stepping down for the “good of the country” after police forces withdrew support from the government and the Army refrained from giving him further support.

He has been facing increasingly widespread criticism as Bolivian citizens disputed the results of elections held last month. Preliminary counting following the vote was abruptly stopped when results in favor of Morales were lagging behind the required percentage to avoid a runoff. Soon after, President Morales proclaimed that there will not be a runoff before the official results were given.

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French security experts worry about their President’s dismissal of NATO

US, Germany and others aghast at Emmanuel Macron claim that the Alliance is becoming brain-dead.

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Nov. 8.– For months, NATO officials have fretted that a summit of alliance leaders in London on December 3rd might be soured by an impolitic remark by Donald Trump. They didn’t count on Emmanuel Macron. In an interview with The Economist published on November 7th, the president of France declared that NATO was experiencing “brain death”. He cast doubt on Article Five, the alliance’s collective-defence clause, and said he was not sure whether America would show up to defend Europe in a crisis.

Mr Macron was saying no more than has been murmured in chancelleries and think-tanks for years, particularly since the election of Mr Trump, who has called NATO “obsolete” and chastised allies for failing to spend enough on defence. But Mr Macron’s willingness to say it out loud worries NATO.

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Six Ideas for Rejuvenating European Democracy

The European Commission’s new president should act decisively to make deliberations in Brussels more accountable to voters and national parliaments.

Nov. 6.– In recent years some European states have suffered dramatic regression, while others have experienced more subtle forms of democratic erosion. Several EU governments have constricted civic liberties. There has been lively debate about how much European citizens are losing faith in core democratic values. In general, the demand for democratic participation is outstripping its supply at both the national and EU levels.

In response to this challenge, new European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has called for a “new push for European democracy.” She has suggested organizing a Conference on the Future of Europe in which European citizens will “play a leading and active part.” She has promised to formulate a new European Democracy Action Plan focused in particular on the digital sphere. The new commission’s promise opens new opportunities for democratic innovation and experimentation. European leaders frequently commit to defending and deepening democracy, but they rarely follow through amid more urgent crises. EU and national authorities seem to recognize the importance of this endeavor, yet improving democracy often appears to be a more abstract and lower-priority goal than fixing the euro, agreeing on migrant quotas, or negotiating the budget.

One of the worst things the EU’s new leaders could do would be to launch grandiloquent initiatives that fail to deliver meaningful and tangible change. Raising citizens’ expectations only to dash them would leave trust and faith in democratic norms even lower than before. It is questionable whether a high-level conference on the future of Europe is really the most effective way to redress Europe’s democratic malaise. Debates about the future of Europe and the “push for European democracy” could become too entangled with each other. The two issues are related to each other but not the same thing. A drawn out conversation about the wholesale reinvention of the EU could simply delay and divert attention from the need for concrete, targeted democratic reform.

It is important for the EU institutions and member state governments to get reform right at this decisive juncture. A European democratic reform agenda must be broad and multifaceted, with reforms not just at the EU level but at the national and subnational levels too. EU bureaucrats and member state government officials must pursue these various levels and types of democratic innovation simultaneously and work in tandem with each other.

There are at least six constructive, practical ways that European leaders can begin bolstering European democracy. These ideas aim to help EU institutions connect downward and use reforms to facilitate parallel national and subnational democratic improvements ...

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