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Putin wont congratulate Biden until challenges end, Kremlin says – RochesterFirst
Mon, 09 Nov 2020 20:11:49 +0000
Putin wont congratulate Biden until challenges end, Kremlin says  RochesterFirst
GOP-led states back Trumps legal drive to challenge election
Mon, 09 Nov 2020 20:11:37 +0000
President Donald Trump’s attorney says victory would be miracle, in one sense.
Trump has no intention of offering concession, campaign insists
Mon, 09 Nov 2020 20:11:24 +0000
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Donald Trump has no intention of admitting defeat in the US presidential election or offering Joe Biden his concession, his campaign insisted on Monday.

Related: Mark Esper fired as Pentagon chief after contradicting Trump

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Trump Fires Esper, Taps NCTC Director to be Acting SecDef
Mon, 09 Nov 2020 20:10:41 +0000
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Christopher Miller becomes Trump’s fourth acting defense secretary just 72 days before Inauguration Day.

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President Trump fires Defense Secretary Mark Esper
Mon, 09 Nov 2020 20:09:24 +0000

Christopher C. Miller, director of national counterterrorism center, will be acting secretary of defense.

Tropical Storm Eta Hits Florida
Mon, 09 Nov 2020 18:32:28 +0000

Tropical Storm Eta made landfall in the south of Florida, Sunday, November 9, bringing strong winds and heavy rains to the region.

READ MORE: Tropical Storm Eta made landfall late Sunday in the Florida Keys on its way into the eastern Gulf of Mexico before taking another aim at the southeastern U.S. state later this week.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm had maximum sustained winds of 100 kilometers per hour as it brought heavy rainfall and life-threatening flash floods to parts of southern Florida.

Forecasters expect the storm to strengthen slightly into a hurricane later Monday or Tuesday but weaken again into a tropical storm before making a mainland Florida landfall.

Officials have closed beaches, ports and coronavirus testing sites in the state and urged people to stay home. Floridas governor has also declared a state of emergency in several counties to speed the governments response.

Forecasters expect Eta to drop 15 to 30 centimeters of rain on central and southern Florida through Friday. Parts of the Bahamas, Jamaica and Cuba will also see some heavy rains.

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US election results: Why did so many Latinos back Trump? – BBC News
Mon, 09 Nov 2020 18:32:15 +0000

A record 32 million Latinos were eligible to vote in the 2020 election, making them the largest minority bloc of voters in the country. Although they historically lean Democrat, their support for the Republican party has been increasing.

How did the Latino vote help shape the outcome of the election?

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Trump lawyer mocks networks calling Biden victory
Mon, 09 Nov 2020 18:31:38 +0000

US President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani on Saturday said the Trump campaign would launch further legal challenges against the results of the US presidential election won by Democrat Joe Biden.

Speaking as US television networks announced the news of Biden’s victory, Giuliani mocked their call.

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Encouraging results from Pfizer-BioNTech tests send markets skyrocketing
Mon, 09 Nov 2020 18:31:27 +0000

A potential COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Pfizer and BioNTech has been found to be more than 90% effective.

The vaccine has been tested on more than 43,500 participants during Phase 3 the final stage of development when it is given to thousands to test its efficacy and safety.

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The National Interest: Its Time for Pro-Israel Groups to Divorce Azerbaijan
Mon, 09 Nov 2020 18:03:51 +0000
Michael Rubin

Security, Middle East

The Jewish community should demand every country promote and respect religious freedom, but it should never use religious freedom as an excuse to turn a blind eye to other abuses.

Much of Azerbaijans diplomatic prestige in Washington and success in Congress rests on two pillars: first, its embrace by Israel activists who found in Azerbaijan a strategic ally in a difficult neighborhood, and second, energy companies for whom their Azeri business nets billions of dollars.

Oil windfalls often corrupt countries, as both politics and diplomacy become less about accountability and more about patronage. Azerbaijan is no exception. The latest Freedom House rankings put Azerbaijan even below the Gaza Strip, Cuba, and Venezuela. While the United States, France, and Russia have joined together to condemn Azerbaijans military offensive and gross violations of human rights such as summary execution of prisoners and deliberate destruction of Christian cultural sites, the United Kingdom and China have banded together to defend Azerbaijan in multilateral forums. British Petroleum has lobbied the Foreign Office to take an apologetic position toward the Aliyev dictatorship, while Azerbaijans increasing economic partnership with China has also led to Beijings willingness to protect its new Belt-and-Road Initiative proxy.

Israel, too, has bragged that the military equipment and drones it provided to Azerbaijan has given the oil-rich dictatorship a decisive advantage over more democratic Armenia. Azerbaijan would not be able to continue its operation at this intensity without our support, an Israeli defense ministry official told the Asia Times on the condition of anonymity. Israels bargain is clear: It receives 60 percent of its oil from Azerbaijan and, in exchange, it arms Aliyevs government.

Pro-Israel groups and Jewish activists have long embraced the Israel-Azeri relationship for two reasons: First, Azerbaijan is generally religiously tolerant and protects its small Jewish community. Secondly, Azerbaijan has long positioned itself against the Islamic Republic of Iran, both in terms of its official approach to the role of Shiism in politics, and also against Irans nuclear ambitions and Tehrans export of revolution. Washington-Baku relations, meanwhile, developed against the backdrop of the two states counter-terror partnerships in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism attacks.

Jewish groups can applaud Azerbaijans willingness to allow its Jewish community to thrive, but that should not be a reason to turn a blind eye to its abuses against Armenia. Armenia, too, protects its Jewish community. Indeed, the Jewish community should demand every country promote and respect religious freedom, but it should never use religious freedom as an excuse to turn a blind eye to other abuses.

While many pro-Israel strategists continue to support Azerbaijan because they believe it is opposed to Iran, they may be blind to changes underway that alter reality. So, too, are those U.S. strategists who applaud Azerbaijans post-9/11 counter-terror posture.

Firstly, Iran is on the same side as Azerbaijan in the assault on Nagorno-Karabakh. Whereas President Ilham Aliyev once stood firmly against Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and, for that matter, Russian president Vladimir Putin as well, his calculations began to change because of what he interpreted to be the disinterest shown him first by the Obama administration and then by Trumps team. Whatever Aliyevs true beliefsif he has any beyond the pursuit of personal powerhe is a realist and recognizes he needed to make an accommodation with his more powerful neighbors. Additionally, Azerbaijans full-throttled embrace of Recep Tayyip Erdoğans regime should also raise alarm bells. Aliyev has acquiesced in almost all sectors to Erdoğans diktats, even to the point where Azeri officials cannot talk to Jews who have criticized Erdoğans own excesses. While Azerbaijan may once have aided the Mossads campaign against Irans nuclear program, Hakan FidanErdoğans intelligence chiefhas also exposed Israels anti-nuclear intelligence operatives in Iran. Just as many Israel activists were in denial about Turkeys changes a decade ago, a naivete which Erdoğan exploited to the strategic advantage of Hamas, Iran, Russia, Al Qaeda, and the Islamic State, so too does there now appear to be a growing gap between the reality of Aliyev now versus the positions he took a decade ago.

Indeed, pro-Israel activists should worry about where Aliyevs subordination of himself and Azeri sovereignty to Erdoğan ambitions. Erdoğans Turkey may trade with Israel, but it holds Israel in contempt. It empowers Hamasa terrorist group that now plans attacks on the Jewish state from Turkish territoryas well as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State. The logic some Turkish apologists make that Turkey is anti-Iran and so the United States should hold its nose and embrace Erdoğan both shows ignorance of the multidimensionality of relations in the Middle East and fails the logic test. Hamas is Irans chief Palestinian client. To embrace Turkey is to also empower Iranian proxies.

Nor is castigation of Armenia as somehow anti-Western because of its ties to Iran and Russia entirely fair. Certainly, as some Azeri and Armenian activists have pointed out, I have called out Armenia for these issues in Congressional testimony before but, just as Azerbaijan has pivoted away from its anti-Islamic Republic and counterterror position over time, so too has Armenia changed. The year 2020 is not 2010, and countries change: After its 2018 revolution, Armenia today is substantially more democratic and westward-leaning. While Yerevan maintains close relations with Tehran and Moscowand even hosts a Russian military base in Gyumri, seventy-five miles northwest of the capitalthose relations are more reactive than proactive. Armenia might not need a Russian military base if it could be ensured that Turkey and Azerbaijan did not intend to complete the genocide the Ottomans began just over a century ago.

The blockade by both Turkey and Azerbaijan of Armenian products also shapes Armenian foreign policy. It decimates the Armenian economy by raising the cost of its goods and forcing it to rely more on Iran and Russia as its economic lifeline. There is a certain irony to the argument that Azerbaijan is a better ally for the United States or Israel than Armenia because of Armenias ties to Russia and Iran when, aside from the fact that this need not be a zero-sum game, it is Azerbaijans policy which forces Armenia into their embrace. The Baku to Ceyhan pipeline, which purposely bypasses Armenia, simply amplifies these dynamics. While again it is British Petroleums oil interest which leads the United Kingdom to protect Azerbaijan at the United Nations Security Council and elsewhere, Armeniaeven at the height of tensions with Azerbaijanhas not attacked the pipeline. This reinforces that Armenia is more a partner than an impediment and that its inclusion in the regions oil infrastructure might have far broader diplomatic ramifications. Simply put, should the United States pressure Turkey and Azerbaijan to open trade with Armenia or join its pipeline network, then it would allow Yerevan to wean itself away from any Russian or Iranian demands which run counter to broader Western interests.

For decades, Israel languished in isolation. It was willing to develop ties with any country that would have it, regardless of the baggage that the country carried. Hence it was with Apartheid-era South Africa, a country whose domestic politics were noxious to any Jewish value. Israel still pays the price for its ties to that racist regime today (perhaps unfairly given how South Africa was an Arab oil client). It is no longer 1970, however. Most of the world recognizes Israel; the Israeli government no longer needs relations at any price; it can afford to raise the bar. To supply Azerbaijan with weaponry at a time when Azerbaijan is both targeting Christian villages and churches and developing its relations with China is immoral and will have a long-term cost to which Israeli officials appear blind. Furthermore, as Israel has both normalized relations with the United Arab Emirates and developed its own resources in the Eastern Mediterranean, it need not feel that it is dependent upon Aliyev for energy. Simply put, it is time for any activist who seeks to enhance Israels security in the region to recognize that the reality of Azerbaijan is in dissonance with its propaganda. Its time for both Israel and the U.S. Jewish community to step away from its former Caspian ally.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute

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Europe: Estonian cabinet minister to resign after calling Biden corrupt, saying Trump would emerge as election winner
Mon, 09 Nov 2020 18:03:05 +0000
The Estonian prime minister rejected his remarks as “absurd,” but Mart Helme claimed to have done nothing wrong.

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SvobodaRadio’s YouTube Videos: Зачем вечному неприкосновенность?
Mon, 09 Nov 2020 18:02:28 +0000

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Владимиру Путину торопятся обеспечить полную неприкосновенность по окончании его президентского срока. Почему? Что случилось? Ведь ему еще править долго. В программе участвуют политолог Кирилл Мартынов, политик Борис Вишневский, журналист Андрей Остальский. Ведет программу Елена Рыковцева.

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1. NPR from Michael_Novakhov (25 sites): News : NPR: Russia And China Among Countries Holding Off On Congratulating Biden
Mon, 09 Nov 2020 18:01:30 +0000
Russian dolls with the likenesses of RussiaLeaders in the Kremlin and Beijing, as well as in Mexico and Brazil, have conspicuously not congratulated the president-elect, instead waiting for legal challenges to be resolved.

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CSPAN’s YouTube Videos: President-elect Joe Biden COVID-19 Briefing
Mon, 09 Nov 2020 18:00:26 +0000

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President-elect Joe Biden held a COVID-19 briefing.

“There’s a need for bold action to fight this pandemic.”

“I will spare no effort to turn this pandemic around once we’re sworn in on January 20th. To get our kids back to school safely, our businesses growing and our economy running at full speed again. And to get an approved vaccine manufactured and distributed as quickly as possible to as many Americans as possible free of charge.

“I implore you, wear a mask. Do it for yourself. Do it your neighbor. A mask is not a political statement, but it is a good way to start pulling the country together.”

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Biden announces COVID-19 advisory board
Mon, 09 Nov 2020 17:59:53 +0000

President-elect Biden delivers remarks on his plans to beat COVID-19 and build our economy back better.

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Mon, 09 Nov 2020 17:59:49 +0000

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Russia and Turkey keep at bay in Nagorno-Karabakh
Mon, 09 Nov 2020 17:59:39 +0000

Sensitive to the threat of wider confrontation, Russia and Turkey are for now limiting involvement in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to providing humanitarian assistance and some military aid.

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WHO chief welcomes Biden election win
Mon, 09 Nov 2020 17:59:33 +0000

The Director General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus congratulated Joe Biden on his U.S. election win on Monday and said he was looking forward to working closely with the new administration.

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“Ukraine” – Google News: Ukraine’s President contracts coronavirus: presidential office – Reuters
Mon, 09 Nov 2020 15:50:53 +0000
Ukraine’s President contracts coronavirus: presidential office  Reuters

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