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Armenia, Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh: Germany is pretending not to see or hear – 6:43 AM 11/16/2020


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Pashinyan stated that relations with the Russian Federation should remain strategic and allied: go.tass.ru/ap28

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Armenia, Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh: Germany is pretending not to see or hear 

“Uyar: Both the EU and Germany are pretending they cant see or hear anything. This appears to be a tradition in Germany when it comes to the existence of the Armenians; the silence reminds me of 1915. The government clearly has other interests. It probably wants to protect the refugee agreement with Turkey; also I assume it wants to avoid problems with sections of the Turkish community in Germany.” 

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Michael Novakhov: More than that. Much more. 

In my opinion, behind the Nagorno Karabakh  war of 2020 are the New Abwehr  and Germany, pursuing their old and also World War 2 aims of conquering Transcaucasia, next after Ukraine; by strategically fostering and invisibly managing this conflict through their unwitting puppets and proxies: Israel, Turkey, Russia, and TOC – Transnational Organized Crime which is the Russian-Jewish-Azeri Mob.

The most intriguing aspect of this affair which appears to have been planned well (years) in advance and very carefully, is its connection with the Trump Presidency. They appear to be the parts of the same package performed by the same actors and in the same style. It is worthwhile to look into this hypothesis further.

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Behind the Nagorno Karabakh War of 2020 is the #NewAbwehr #Germany, pursuing their old & #WW2 goals of conquering #Transcaucasia – 5:21 PM 11/15/2020
 

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Behind the Nagorno Karabakh  War of 2020 is the #NewAbwehr #Germany, pursuing their old & #WW2 goals of conquering #Transcaucasia – 5:21 PM 11/15/2020

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Michael Novakhov:

In my opinion, behind the Nagorno Karabakh  war of 2020 is the NewAbwehr  Germany, pursuing their old and also World War 2 goals of conquering Transcaucasia, next after Ukraine; by strategically fostering and invisibly managing this conflict through their unwitting puppets: Israel, Turkey, Russia, and TOC Transnational Organized Crime which is the Russian-Jewish-Azeri Mob.

The most intriguing aspect of this affair which appears to have been planned well (years) in advance and very carefully, is its connection with the Trump Presidency. They appear to the parts of the same package performed by the same actors and in the same style. It is worthwhile to look into this hypothesis further.

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The Mobster Who Brought Armenia and Azerbaijan Together in Death OZY

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On the last weekend of September, one of the worlds frozen conflicts heated up. Armenia and Azerbaijan, two small nations in the Caucasus Mountains on the southeast frontier of Europe, accused each other of shelling around the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Officially part of Azerbaijan on the map, Nagorno-Karabakh is de facto controlled by Armenian forces, following a bitter war in the 1990s. In the last week, 220 people have died and conflicts have spread to the major cities in the region.

Its hard to remember a time when the two neighbors, both former members of the Soviet Union, werent full of mutual hatred and distrust. But in 1993, an unexpected event briefly brought them together.

Rafael Baghdasaryan was born on Feb. 10, 1930, in the Armenian capital of Yerevan. As a boy, he admired the hoodlums and ruffians he saw on the streets. He began stealing at age 11 and before long started skipping school. By 14, hed run away from home and been crowned a thief-in-law, one of the youngest to earn the title.

A thief-in-law, or a vor-v-zakone, is the Russian mafias equivalent to a made man. A vor is a highly respected figure in the criminal underworld that emerged from Stalins gulags, abiding by a set of rules and principles known as the thieves code, which strictly prohibits cooperating with the authorities. While hardly progressive the thieves ideology, such as it is, is famously apolitical and misogynistic  the underworld was inclusive: Almost all nationalities of the USSR were represented. In the early days, there was a strong Jewish influence, and much of the underworlds slang is borrowed from Yiddish.

The Mobster Who Brought Armenia and Azerbaijan Together in Death – OZY
 

Michael_Novakhov shared this story from OZY.

On the last weekend of September, one of the worlds frozen conflicts heated up. Armenia and Azerbaijan, two small nations in the Caucasus Mountains on the southeast frontier of Europe, accused each other of shelling around the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Officially part of Azerbaijan on the map, Nagorno-Karabakh is de facto controlled by Armenian forces, following a bitter war in the 1990s. In the last week, 220 people have died and conflicts have spread to the major cities in the region.

Its hard to remember a time when the two neighbors, both former members of the Soviet Union, werent full of mutual hatred and distrust. But in 1993, an unexpected event briefly brought them together.

Rafael Baghdasaryan was born on Feb. 10, 1930, in the Armenian capital of Yerevan. As a boy, he admired the hoodlums and ruffians he saw on the streets. He began stealing at age 11 and before long started skipping school. By 14, hed run away from home and been crowned a thief-in-law, one of the youngest to earn the title.

A thief-in-law, or a vor-v-zakone, is the Russian mafias equivalent to a made man. A vor is a highly respected figure in the criminal underworld that emerged from Stalins gulags, abiding by a set of rules and principles known as the thieves code, which strictly prohibits cooperating with the authorities. While hardly progressive the thieves ideology, such as it is, is famously apolitical and misogynistic the underworld was inclusive: Almost all nationalities of the USSR were represented. In the early days, there was a strong Jewish influence, and much of the underworlds slang is borrowed from Yiddish.

Baghdasaryan, going by the nickname Svo Raf, would spend 34 years more than half his life behind bars for theft, robbery, hooliganism and drugs. The brief spells of freedom when he wasnt incarcerated were spent plotting robberies. In 1971, he learned of a black market jeweler in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, who was an easy mark at a time when all private entrepreneurship was illegal under the laws of the USSR. Svo turned up with an associate dressed in police uniforms and confiscated 800,000 rubles worth of cash and jewels, then told the mark to report himself to the local authorities the next day.

He really was one of the true, old-school vory-v-zakone, who clung to the traditional code of the underworld that dated back to its earlier days, explains Mark Galeotti, author of The Vory, a book about the Russian mafia. After the 1940s and 1950s, the rules were relaxed to allow some cooperation with the authorities, especially corrupt figures within it. Svo stuck to the old taboo against even the most token such actions, even if it meant he spent longer in prison and missed out on the lucrative opportunities to be had in black marketeering with corrupt Party officials.

By the late 80s, the Soviet dream of a brotherhood of nations was coming apart. The USSR split its territories seemingly arbitrarily. Nagorno-Karabakh was mainly populated by Armenians, but assigned to Azerbaijan. In 1988, protests over the status of the territory escalated to bloody anti-Armenian rioting in Azeri cities. After independence in 1991, the fighting became a full-scale war. In 1992, Armenian forces entered the town of Khojaly and slaughtered hundreds of Azeri civilians, including women and children. The remaining Azeris, around a quarter of the population of Nagorno-Karabakh, fled the region.

Weapons were being sent from the Tula armaments factory in Moscow to Azerbaijan. According to one conspirator, on a foggy night after the weapons had been loaded onto trucks, a group of men overpowered the shipments guards, who were gagged, bundled into a car and driven to a country house outside Moscow. After the weapons arrived at their destination in Armenia, the guards were set free.

In December 1992, Svo had just returned from a business trip in Germany when his room at Moscows Hotel Minsk was raided. He was found in the company of his faithful Azeri henchman Fikret Magerramov and an American-made Ingram submachine gun, complete with a silencer. Svo was taken to Lefortovo Prison, where German investigators questioned him about a series of murders and where, the following June, he died in the prison hospital. His relatives still insist the autopsy was botched to conceal what they believe was his murder.

Svos body was flown to Yerevan, where he was buried on June 27, 1993. Hundreds of underworld figures from across the former Soviet empire attended the funeral, including four crime bosses from Azerbaijan. For the first (and only) time in the 90s, a flight took off from Baku to Yerevan, carrying a delegation of Azeri mobsters to pay their respects. Svo had built a reputation of living up to the ideals of a vor, never giving in to the authorities, even when it meant extra jail time, and was given his due respect by crooks of all backgrounds.

Thanks to financial difficulties and the war with Azerbaijan, Yerevan was experiencing serious power outages, with only two hours of electricity per day. But the mafiosi arranged for gas and electricity to be switched on for three days to facilitate the funeral. When they left, the city plunged back into darkness.

If it is an urban legend, its a phenomenally widespread one, as Ive heard it repeated several times, and never seen any rebuttals. As I understand it, the fuel oil for power was indeed arranged by both Armenian and Azeri criminals as their parting gift to him, says Galeotti. He was indeed a criminal legend, and even todays vory-v-zakone whom he would probably regard with contempt as a pallid, weak caricature of the figures of his generation talk about him as such.

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The bloody six-week war waged for Nagorno-Karabakh has ended with a stark defeat for Armenia and a clear triumph for Azerbaijan. It ushers in a reshaping of influence in the South Caucasus and raises questions as to what Russia, Turkey, Iran and, to an extent, Georgia, stand to win or lose from the outcome.

Is Russia the major winner here?
Some observers feel that the Kremlin had a game plan all along and that everything has turned out much as it intended. Russia has a security pact with Armeniathough admittedly it does not extend to protecting self-proclaimed republic Nagorno-Karabakh, internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan despite nearly three decades of ethnic Armenian controland analysts were curious as to why Moscow never looked like coming to the small, impoverished nations assistance against the technologically much superior armed forces of hydrocarbon-rich Azerbaijan. Russia also has amicable relations with Baku and if it had truly set its face against Azerbaijans military plans it could very likely have forestalled them.

Moscow also stood by while Turkey, entering a region that Russia quite clearly regards as its own backyard on its southern flank, took an obvious role in the conflict. Armenia claims this extended to providing military advisers that devised and ran the campaign, deploying many Syrian militia mercenaries and backing the offensive with great numbers of armed drones and even F-16 fighter jets (all of this is denied by Turkey, but it was bellicose in its backing for Baku and made it clear all along that a simple request from Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev would be enough for it to send Turkish troops to the theatre of war).

Now the fighting is over, however, Russia will attempt to keep Turkeys new presence in the South Caucasus heavily curtailed. Russian President Vladimir Putin has achieved a more than two decades-old Russian ambition of inserting Russian peacekeepers into Nagorno-Karabakh on a renewable five-year basis. Turkish troops will be limited to helping run a ceasefire monitoring centre to be set up outside the mountainous enclave. By moving to broker an end to the war when he did, Putin prevented a full Turkish-backed Azerbaijani takeover of Nagorno-Karabakh which the Armenians said was just days away (though Putin possibly had a deal with Baku and Ankara for only a partial conquering of the territory by Azerbaijan all along). Turkey is also not a signatory to the peace deal, thus once more its influence is not recognised as anything but limited .

Todays [November 10] deal [to end the conflict] … in many ways addresses core Russian interests in the conflict, and is perhaps the best outcome (at least in short term) Moscow could get, according to Alexander Gabuev, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center think tank.

Russia has put its 2,000 peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakhsomething that Moscow wanted to do back in 1994 [after the end of the six-year war that left the ethnic Armenians in control of the enclave], but was unable to. There will be no Turkish armed peacekeepers, which is very important for Moscow.

Russia did well in this, Matthew Bryza, a former co-chair of the Minsk Groupa long-standing diplomatic effort to resolve the claims on Nagorno-Karabakh co-chaired by Russia, the US and France, which has now been sidelined in irrelevance by eventswas quoted as saying by RFE/RL. Putin has dominated. Hes the kingmaker in the situation.

Is the outcome really such a big success for Putin?
Moscow may have been savouring what it was presenting as a diplomatic coup, but Mark Galeotti, a senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, said the ceasefire deal flattered to deceive.

This is managing decline, a Russia that in regional terms is strong in capacities, weak in will, trying to make the best of a situation, and in the process disappointing its allies and doing nothing to deter its challengers, he wrote in a Moscow Times opinion piece.

He added that maintaining the peace deal would be an additional burden on its military and treasury. It does bake a role for itself into the geopolitics of the region, to be sure, but this was a part of the world in which it was already meant to be dominant?

When you have to escalate your commitment to retain your position, that does not seem a sign of progress so much as laboring to hold back decline, Galeotti also noted.

Carey Cavanaugh, a former US diplomat who helped organise the 2001 talks in Key West, Florida, where the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents came close to reaching a resolution, told RFE/RL the deal was a clear victory for Azerbaijan, given its military gains. He disagreed that Russia was a clear winner, suggesting that Moscow was forced by the circumstances to find a way to avert a major escalation.

Moscow, he said, faced the danger of a continued fight by Azerbaijan, which could have sparked desperate military actsfor example, an Armenian missile attack on Baku, or targeting the Caspian-to-Mediterranean oil pipelinethat would then have sucked Russia and Turkey into a deeper conflict.

The deal was a way to staunch the bloodletting, he said. They had to stop it from going any further, over the precipice, where it would have been desperate-times-call-for-desperate measures.

As things stood before the conflict erupted on September 27.

What level of influence can the Western powers still exert in the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute?
As things now stand, almost none. The Minsk Group for mediation, which involved France and the US, played no role in resolving the war. Donald Trump showed almost zero interest in the conflict. Paris, which almost every week returns to its war of words with Turkey over Ankaras aggressive foreign policy, was clearly frustrated that Armeniawith which France has been enjoying increasingly cordial relations given the substantial ethnic Armenian minority in France and Armenias spring 2018 Velvet Revolution which brought about more cultural and political exchanges between Armenia and Western Europewas getting outgunned on the battlefield, very much thanks to Turkish guns, but was constrained in what it could do given that Russia is Armenias strategic partner and the South Caucasus is an historic sphere of influence for Moscow.

Whether Joe Biden, when he takes over as US president on January 20, will want to, or be able to, get his foot in the door to introduce new US influence as regards Nagorno-Karabakh remains to be seen.

The lack of engagement by Trump in the events that have played out may also have damaged Georgia in that the Wests level of influence when it comes to its Russian-occupied territories and its ambition to join Nato may have been degraded.

Azerbaijan state propaganda video glorifying the successes of armed drones in the conflict. The consensus of defence analysts is, however, that the drones gave Azerbaijan a ‘magic bullet’ advantage that led to the annihilation of many Armenian military assets.

How much of Nagorno-Karabakh has Azerbaijan regained?

The deal consolidates major battlefield gains by Azerbaijans forces and will leave Baku in control of about 40% of Nagorno-Karabakh itself, as well as nearly all of the surrounding occupied territories long held by Armenian forces.

Before the conflict, Armenian-backed forces controlled the whole of Nagorno-Karabakh, plus parts of the seven surrounding districts. Collectively, these territories amounted to around 13% of Azerbaijan.

Will Iran be content with how the war has been resolved?
Around one-fifth of Irans population of 84mn are Iranian-Azerbaijani. And many were growing rather restive during some moments of the conflict, alleging that Tehran was on the side of Armenia, particularly given that, if their claims were correct, Iran was allowing Russian weapons and supplies to pass into Armenia via its territory. Given that these frustrations now no longer threaten to boil over, Iran will feel some relief.

Iran, given its dire economic situation under heavy US sanctions, can ill afford to fall out with Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia or Turkey, trading partners one and all. It is also one year into a temporary two-year preferential trade agreement with the Moscow-led European Economic Union (EEU), which groups Russia, Armenia, Belarus and Turkic nations Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

What is the final death toll from this conflict?
It is too early to say. Both sides have been less than transparent as to their losses, with Azerbaijan not even announcing any military casualty figures at all. The fighting appeared brutal at times, with indiscriminate shelling of civilians in both Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan. Two weeks ago, Russia estimated 5,000 dead. It would not be a surprise if the final grim tally is far higher than that, with hundreds of civilians dead.

There is also the question of how many of the around 100,000 ethnic Armenians who were displaced by the war will want to, and will be able to, return to their homes.

The future for Stepanakert looks dim, Laurence Broers, the Caucasus programme director at Conciliation Resources, a peace-building group, was cited as saying by the Guardian, adding that maybe the calculation is that its going to be such an awful place to live that most of the Armenian populationmost of whom have already leftwont come back.

The ethnic Armenian population of the territory stood at around 150,000 before hostilities broke out.

France 24 English reported that Armenian PM Pashinian is seen as having misled Armenians for six weeks over how badly the conflict was going for their country.

Can Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian survive this surrender?
Pashinian called the decision to sign the truce “inexpressibly painful”. He said he only did so after “an in-depth analysis of the military situation” by his armed forces, a day after Azerbaijani forces seized the fortress city of Shushi, known as Susa in Azerbaijani.

“This is not a victory, but there will be no defeat until you admit you are defeated,” Pashinian said. “We will never admit that we are defeated and this should be the beginning of our period of national unity and revival.”

Moments after the agreement to end the war was announced, angry crowds began searching for Pashinian around Yerevan. He was forced to issue a statement denying he had fled the country.

There is a school of thought that Moscow would be only too pleased to see the end of Pashinians political career. Since he took office, though he has been careful to praise the Russian-Armenian strategic relationship as inviolable, he has instructed his government to make good on its anti-corruption and anti-cronyism promises, and that has often involved pursuing oligarchs and politicians of the old power structure that had close links to Russia. Pashinian has also been building up links with the EU, European institutions and the US and the Armenian diaspora, particularly in the US and France. All of this is no doubt viewed by Moscow with suspicion.

Hasnt Pashinian rather overplayed his hand as regards Nagorno-Karabakh since coming to power, particularly given Armenias increasing military inferiority to Azerbaijan as a consequence of the latters rising defence spending?

Well-known commentator on Caucasus affairs Thomas de Waal, a scholar at the Carnegie Europe think tank, has said that Pashinian was foolish in visiting Nagorno-Karabakh and making speeches to crowds about Greater Armenia.

Moscow-based Alexander Gabuev, senior fellow and chair of the Russia in Asia-Pacific Programme at the Carnegie Moscow Center, said in a Twitter thread: By Moscow’s assessment, @NikolPashinyan‘s way of handling the conflict and relations with Baku have been extremely risky since 2018, leaving Russia with increasingly fewer options to prevent a military scenario. As the war resumed, it had left Moscow with few good options.

Gabuev also noted the very complicated relationship with Turkey that matters much for Moscow’s broader game in the Middle East and Northern Africa. In such a context, Yerevans standing was diminished.

Did Armenia ever stand much of a chance of winning this conflict?

Azerbaijan is far superior to Armenia in terms of its defence budget and number of military personnel, according to data compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. In 2019, Baku had a defence budget of $1.8bn and a 60,000-strong army. Armenias defence budget extended to $644mn and 44,000 troops.

Baku prepared for the war by buying extensive amounts of Turkish and Israeli military hardware.

And, when war broke out, the Armenian and Nagorno-Karabakh forces appeared to be in a wretched condition. Karabakh Armenian leader Haraik Harutyunan, in explaining to hetq.am why the Armenian side basically capitulated, said that predecessors were guilty of failures, observing: The moral-psychological condition of the army was extremely poor, there were illnesses (coronavirus, haemorrhoids, dysentery), we were unable to rotate troops, treat the sick. Nonetheless our armed forces were able to resist for 43 days.

Is it possible to get a detailed assessment of the losses in terms of equipment and men suffered by both sides?

Al-Monitor referred to local news reports as stating that the Armenian military has lost about 100 main battle tanks, some 50 armoured combat vehicles and personnel carriers, about 70 howitzers, 60 multiple launch rocket systems, about 20 air defence systems and more than 400 trucks since September 27.

The Azerbaijani forces, the reports indicate, have lost 20 tanks, about 10 howitzers and multiple launch rocket systems, nearly 50 trucks and about 20 drones. The figures, based on corroborative footage and photographs, suggest the Armenian army has seen the destruction of nearly 35% of its inventory in terms of tanks, artillery and trucks.

As for obtaining more information on the death toll, local sources put Armenias losses at up to 5,000, or around 10% its standing army. Azerbaijan, meanwhile, has lost about 1,200 men, but thats according to official statements. As the war progressed, the Armenian side was claiming the Azerbaijani armed forces death toll was much higher.

Will Turkey and its president Recep Tayyip Erdogan be satisfied with the outcome?
Eurasia Group said Erdogan would probably not be too upset by the way things had turned out. Turkey maintains some role, but it is clearly secondary to Russias, it said in a research note. Erdogan is likely fine with this. His military support for Azerbaijan made a big difference at relatively little cost to Turkey, and it granted Ankara a nationalist win and some leverage with Russia.

Erdogan needs all the wins he can get right now with Turkeys economy perched on the edge of precipice and a pervasive feeling among many Turks that it was his bungling that got it there.

A handy gain for Ankara is that the peace deal will open up a land corridor that runs from Azerbaijans Nakhchivan exclave, which borders Turkey, through Armenia to Azerbaijan. That will have some economic significancetrade between Turkey and Azerbaijan presently often must go through Georgia. Plus it will fit in neatly with Erdogans neo-Ottoman aspirations to rebuild the Turkic identity as a major power.

How extensive is the Russian peacekeeping force and when will it leave?

The Russian peacekeeping force comprises of 1,960 troops, 90 armoured vehicles, 380 other vehicles and special equipment. It is deploying along the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh, a territory of 12,000 square kilometres, and along the so-called Lachin Corridor, the main road from Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia.

It has a five-year mandate that is automatically renewable if neither side objects six months in advance.

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The conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh has been brewing for decades. Why is it taking so long to find a solution?

Ilias Uyar: The solution would be peace and security for the people in Nagorno-Karabakh. The international community and the OSCE Minsk Group havent done enough to achieve this in recent years.

The people in Nagorno-Karabakh are invoking their right to self-determination set out in Article 1 of the United Nations Charter; the territorial integrity claimed by Azerbaijan is based on a decision made by the dictator Stalin, who arbitrarily ceded Nagorno-Karabakh into Azerbaijan.

Precisely this major principle of international law, the right to self-determination, was answered by Azerbaijan in the late 80s with pogroms and repeated attacks and war.

Since then, the Republic of Artsakh, or Nagorno-Karabakh, has established itself as a democratic state. There are elections, theres a party system, there are universities, schools, cultural institutions and those holding political responsibility are not related to one another. Theres no family clan ruling over everything. Azerbaijan is the total opposite.

Nevertheless, the sovereign status of Nagorno-Karabakh is not recognised under international law

Uyar: All the prerequisites are there from a legal point of view, all thats missing is the international political will. The recognition of this sovereignty is being torpedoed by the oil state of Azerbaijan with cash, lobby firms from Washington’s K Street and the famous caviar diplomacy.

We know from research by 15 international media companies within the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium that Azerbaijan has bribed deputies and manipulated decision-makers in the U.S., the EU and in Germany.

Infographic on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict (source: AP)

Successful mediation: the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to an end to all fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh. The “total” ceasefire was mediated by Russian President Putin. The Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said that after more than a month of bloodshed he had signed an agreement with Azerbaijan and Russia that was “unspeakably painful for me and for our people”. After a thorough analysis of the situation, he decided to end the conflict, said Pashinyan. There was immediate talk of capitulation in Armenia, which led to protests and riots in the capital Yerevan

Peace initiatives sidelined

In 2016, the former Armenian foreign minister Vartan Oskanian said in an interview: The decider here will be overcoming the mentality of the state of war. Ultimately, I have faith in a reconciliation. The Azerbaijani deputy Rasim Musabeyov issued a similar statement, saying: I would like to believe that I will see peace with my own eyes. If key actors on both sides are saying they want peace, why has the conflict been reignited now?

Uyar: This is essentially due to Turkish influence. Turkish President Erdogan and Azerbaijani President Aliyev are kindred spirits. They are not concerned with the well-being of their nations, what they care about is that their regimes retain power by any means necessary. Both nations are in an economically precarious situation, they hope that the war will weld them together on the domestic policy front.

The voices calling for peaceful solutions are being silenced in both countries. In Turkey, Erdogan has been persecuting and arresting members of the opposition for years; Aliyev is doing exactly the same. In Azerbaijan, Akram Aylisli, regarded there as a great writer for the people, has been subjected to a campaign of harassment; he was stripped of all his titles after he wrote a novel in 2012 that was critical of the pogroms against Armenians.

The human rights activist Giyas Ibrahimov spoke out publicly in favour of peace at the start of the conflict and then received a visit from the Azerbaijani police. Voices like this should be heeded, but thats exactly what the Aliyev regime wants to prevent.

The OSCE Minsk Group has been trying to mediate in this conflict since 1992. Has this endeavour now failed?

Uyar: Three ceasefires were agreed at the instigation of France, the U.S. and Russia. But Azerbaijan has no interest in such a move. Following a meeting between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Geneva, (Swedish foreign minister at the time and head of an EU delegation) Carl Bildt tweeted: Armenia wants a ceasefire, Azerbaijan wants victory.

Peace isnt an option for Azerbaijan. Azerbaijans military budget is larger than the entire national budget of Armenia. Aliyev believes he can win with the support of Israeli and Turkish drones.

Israeli arms supplies to Azerbaijan

Why does Israel of all countries support such aggression?

Uyar: Israel says it is contractually obliged to Azerbaijan through weapons shipments. This is cynical. Israel is thereby squandering any moral claim. With Turkey, were dealing with the grandchildren of the perpetrators of the 1915 genocide, firing today on the grandchildren of the survivors of the genocide with Israeli weapons. Despite this ominous situation, Israel has ignored several demands to stop supplying this war with weapons. It really is unbelievable.

Azerbaijan and Armenia have been at war again over the Nagorno-Karabakh region in the South Caucasus for over a month. Three ceasefires have failed. The conflict is taking its toll on civilians. Julia Hahn reports

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Ruins of destroyed buildings; several people and a church spire in the background, Shusha, Nagorno-Karabakh (photo: Baghdasaryan/Photolure/Reuters) Residential area reduced to rubble: the governments of Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of deliberately bombing civilian targets. For example, part of the city of Shusha in Nagorno-Karabakh’s famous 19th-century cathedral was destroyed in early October. According to authorities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, Azerbaijani troops are just a few kilometres from the strategically important city

Ragiba Guliyeva in front of the rubble of her home (photo: Julia Hahn/DW)Destroyed livelihood: Ragiba Guliyeva stands in the ruins of her house in Ganja, Azerbaijan’s second largest city, which was hit in a rocket attack. “I was in the kitchen when beams and stones rained on me all of a sudden,” she said. “I screamed as loudly as I could.” Ganja is dozens of kilometres from the front. The government of Azerbaijan blames Armenian troops for the attack

A woman lights a candle for a boy who was killed in the attack on Ganja (photo: Julia Hahn/DW)Mourning the children: several people were killed in the attack on Ganja, according to Azerbaijani authorities.Guliyeva’s 13-year-old grandson, Artur, was one of the victims. At a church service, teachers and classmates paid their respects. According to official figures, at least 130 civilians were killed on both sides

Several men, some wearing camouflage shirts, squatting and standing in front of a building in Stepanakert (photo: Aris Messinis/AFP)Volunteering for the front: authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh say 1,200 soldiers have died since fighting started in September. Azerbaijan’s government has not reported the extent of its military losses. Russian President Vladimir Putin recently mentioned a total of 5,000 people dead on both sides. Young men keep on volunteering for service at the front, such as these fighters in the Nagorno-Karabakh capital, Stepanakert

Women and children in a room and a large painting of a soldier (photo: Julia Hahn/DW)A decades-old conflict: the region has been controlled by Armenian separatists since Azerbaijan’s government lost control in a territorial war from 1988 to 1994. A fragile ceasefire has been in effect since. The painting in a school in Barda honours a soldier who died

Turkish and Azerbaijani flags in front of a business with propaganda posters in the windows (photo: Julia Hahn/DW)International intervention? Propaganda and war rhetoric govern everyday life in Azerbaijan, which is ruled by an authoritarian regime. The government, in Baku, receives weapons and expressions of solidarity from Turkey. Russia is the protective power for Armenia’s government, in Yerevan. Observers warn that the regional powers could actively intervene in the conflict

An elderly man in the dark, seated a table with a lit candle and plates with boiled eggs, a tomato, bread (photo: Stanislav Krasilnikov/ITAR-TASS/imago images)Holding out in shelters: regional authorities estimate that half of the residents, or 75,000 people, could flee the fighting. Residents who remain continue to hold out in basements and shelters

People sitting on benches, cots and chairs in a shelter in Stepanakert (photo: Vahram Baghdasaryan/Photolure/Reuters)The coronavirus in a conflict zon: life in shelters has become routine for many Stepanakert residents. The rooms are crowded and poorly ventilated. The people are safe from the bomb attacks, but doctors warn of a rapid spread of the coronavirus. There are no officials figures, but some doctors have estimated that about half of the shelters’ residents test positive on a daily basis

Three young girls seated on a cot, reading, in the Azerbaijani town of Barda (photo: Julia Hahn/DW)Classrooms as emergency shelters: people fled the fighting in Azerbaijan, too, including from the town of Terter, which is right on the front. Some found refuge in neighbouring Barda, about 20 kilometres from Nagorno-Karabakh, where schools have been used as emergency shelters since the end of September. But they are not safe either

A burned-out car in front of a building with a shop that has been destroyed in Barda (photo: Julia Hahn/DW)The front approaches: several buildings were destroyed and cars burned out during an air raid on Barda a few days ago. Azerbaijani authorities reported at least 21 dead and dozens injured. The Armenian government denied the attack, but Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev, pledged “retaliation on the battlefield” and “revenge”

View from inside a building in Nagorno-Karabakh, the windows blown out, rubble on the floor (photo: Vahram Baghdasaryan/Photolure/Reuters)No foreseeable peace: the fighting continues. The government of Azerbaijan has demanded the complete withdrawal of Armenian troops from Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenia’s prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, has officially asked Russia for help. The Foreign Ministry has pledged Russia’s “necessary assistance” should the fighting shift to Armenian territory

What role does Turkey play as a close ally of Azerbaijan?

Uyar: Following clashes in the summer, Turkey despatched jets and high-ranking officers to Azerbaijan, arms sales have gone through the roof. The air space over Azerbaijan is monitored by Turkish officers, Turkey has sent allied jihadists from Syria to the region, who are now murdering in its name.

One captured jihadist stated that the fighters are being paid 100 dollars for the head of every dead Armenian. This makes Turkey, a NATO partner and EU accession candidate, an active party in an illegal war of aggression.

Were hearing some new genocide rhetoric from Turkey, which to this day denies the 1915 Armenian genocide. In the summer, there could be no mistaking what Turkish President Erdogan meant when he spoke of ending what our grandfathers began in the Caucasus. Its my impression that these threats arent really being taken seriously in the EU. How can this be interpreted?

Uyar: Both the EU and Germany are pretending they cant see or hear anything. This appears to be a tradition in Germany when it comes to the existence of the Armenians; the silence reminds me of 1915. The government clearly has other interests. It probably wants to protect the refugee agreement with Turkey; also I assume it wants to avoid problems with sections of the Turkish community in Germany.

German-Armenian lawyer Ilias Uyar (photo: DW)

The German-Armenian lawyer Ilias Uyar lives in Cologne and is active in the civil society initiative “RECOGNITION NOW”, which was instrumental in the German parliament’s resolution to recognise the genocide of Armenians, Assyrians and Pontus Greeks and also demands that the genocide of Armenians be taught in schools. He is also active in local politics in the Cologne CDU

The role of Germany’s Turkish community

In Germany too, the DITIB is drumming up support for the war just as it did several times before when it took action against the Kurds

Uyar: I dont know what the DITIB is actually preaching in its mosques, but its known that they preached in favour of the war when Turkey invaded Syria. DITIB mosque congregations post war propaganda related to the war in Nagorno-Karabakh in social networks, while the Armenian church in Germany holds prayers for peace.

When the German government remains silent over this, it is playing into the hands of nationalists and agitators. They perceive this as an encouragement to continue. The German government shares some of the responsibility should the situation escalate. It is cynical, if DITIB congregations receive political support as co-operation partners for integration and anti-racism projects. Why, in this country, is financial support being given to Turkish organisations and associations that deny the Armenian genocide?

The French government has responded with a ban on the right-wing extremist Grey Wolves organisation, following violence against Armenians in France. Would this also be an option for Germany?

Uyar: This is a necessary measure and long overdue, particularly as intelligence agencies have had their eye on the Grey Wolves for some time already. Turkish and Azerbaijani extremists carried out attacks on Armenian shops in Germany this summer. I referred to this threat already back in early October at the federal press conference. We shouldnt be waiting until the same thing that happened in France also happens here. The German government must abandon its course of inaction, and in doing so it should make no distinction between German, Turkish and other right-wing extremists. The Grey Wolves organisation should be banned.

The peace process has barely made any progress since the 1990s. Is finding a solution still possible at all? What does the future hold for the region, do you think?

Uyar: I very much hope that peace can be established because that is the only realistic option. Im working to achieve this every day. The Armenians have lived in Nagorno-Karabakh for millennia and will also continue to defend themselves against aggressions. But Im pessimistic. Because on an international level, the Armenians with their peace efforts arent listened to, only the aggressor with the cash and the oil.

Interview conducted by Gerrit Wustmann

© Qantara.de 2020

Translated from the German by Nina Coon

Op-Ed: Does Armenia Pose a Threat to The State of Israel?
 

Michael_Novakhov shared this story from JOL.

In recent days, Advisor to the Chief of the Armenian Army General Staff Vladimir Pogosyan compared Israel to Nazi Germany and threatened: We will not forgive anyone, and we will not forget whose hands are covered in Armenian blood. The day will come, and we will take revenge. Israel, Turkey, and other countries built the Azerbaijani army. And what did they achieve by that? We will win! Have no doubt about it.

Considering these recent statements, can the Jewish people expect Armenians to attack Jewish people?   It is hard to know.  However, what we do know is that is better to play it safe and take the threat seriously, if history has taught us anything.  According to the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA), in 2019, Fathi Hammad, a member of the Hamas Politburo, urged members of the Palestinian diaspora to kill Jews around the world. Hammad said: You have Jews everywhere and we must attack every Jew on the globe by way of slaughter and killing if God permits.

About a year later, five synagogues and three Jewish schools were attacked in Los Angeles as rioters shouted effing Jews during the Black Lives Matter protests in the city.  One of the synagogues had graffiti sprayed on it that read f_ck Israel and Free Palestine. There were PLO flags spotted in the background and some of the onlookers claimed that the assailants were Palestinian.   Did Hamas order this attack upon the Los Angeles Jewish community?   There is no proof of that, yet there is a great chance that the incitement emanating from Hamas and the Palestinian Authority towards the Palestinian Diaspora did likely influence it.  This means that if the Armenian government incites against Israel, it can potentially have a similar reaction among the Armenian Diaspora.

In recent days, the Armenian National Assembly of America in accordance with government policy issued from Yerevan issued a press release, where they utilized highly divisive religious rhetoric to incite US President-Elect Joe Biden against Azerbaijan.  They portrayed the Nagorno-Karabakh as a struggle between Christian Armenia and vulnerable Christian communities against Turkish jihadists.  Similarly, the Armenian National Committee of America after praising the election of President-Elect Biden called for him to end all military assistance to Azerbaijan, a strong US ally, yet to back the independence of Artsakh and assist Armenia, who is a proxy of the Islamic Republic of Iran.  They issued this statement right before the peace agreement was reached between these two sides, yet to date have not retracted this statement.

Similarly, a program called Birthright Armenia has been instrumental in bringing Armenian Diaspora youth to Armenia in order to get immersed into the society and its culture doing internship programs, where some of them are indoctrinated into settling in Nagorno-Karabakh as settlers and even joining the Armenian military.  In other words, these Armenian Diaspora groups actively violated the Fourth Geneva Conventions, which bars settlers the right to relocate into territories where the original inhabitants were ethnically cleansed.  In the 1990s, one million Azerbaijanis were forced to flee Nagorno-Karabakh, yet Diaspora Armenians were encouraged to settle in areas that used to be their home.

During the conflict, Birthright Armenia partnered with the Armenian Wounded Heroes Fund to raise $100,000 for Armenian soldiers by November 24. In fact, even some Armenian churches, such as the St. Vartan Apostolic Church, called upon their congregants to work for the defense of Armenia and Artsakh by raising funds to support the Armenian military forces.

As the St. Vartan Apostolic Church stated in a recent Facebook post right before the peace agreement: The Armenian Assembly of America and the Armenian National Committee are urging Congress and the Administration to condemn the Azeri aggression and demand its immediate cessation; to end U.S. financial aid to Azerbaijan; to rein in Turkey from its military support of Azerbaijan; and the recognize Artsakhs right of self-determination.  Armenias government is looking to the diaspora for financial as well as moral support. At the behest of the Armenian government, the Eastern Diocese is directing contributions to the Armenia Fund. Donations can be made directly to Armenia Fund, on its secure website.

Such activities that the Armenian Church, Birthright Armenia, the Armenian National Committee of America and the Armenian National Assembly of America are engaged in do nothing more than assist Armenia, who during the conflict wantonly targeted civilian population centers in Azerbaijan and utilized cluster munitions against innocent people.  Baku reported 93 civilian deaths and 407 injured since the fighting erupted on September 27 till the signing of the peace agreement.    Some 504 civilian facilities, 3,326 private homes and 120 apartment buildings were also damaged by Armenian artillery and missile fire.   When members of the Armenian Diaspora raised funds for the defense of Armenia and Artsakh, their money does nothing more than encourage war crimes and crimes against humanity against Azerbaijan civilians.

Sadly, the Armenian Church and these Armenian lobbying groups have great influence over the hearts and minds of many Armenian Americans.   In a city like LA you have Armenian schools, Armenian businesses, Armenian churches, Alex Galitsky from the LA-based Armenian National Committee of Americas western region told the Guardian. Someone could grow up living in LA and never be exposed to anything other than Armenian culture.  Thus, if these lobbying groups with the backing of the Armenian Church and the Armenian government incite hatred, then many members of the Armenian Diaspora will follow their lead.

It appears that already it has been proven that such divisive rhetoric does nothing but encourage hate crimes. On the eve of July 2020, thousands of Armenian nationalists were marching to storm the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles and attacked Azerbaijanis who were peacefully protesting Armenias recent provocation. Seven Azerbaijanis were injured in the attack and four of them have been hospitalized, while a Los Angeles police officer suffered a head injury. Afterwards, Some American Armenians in California shared life-threatening messages on social network against Azerbaijanis living in LA and surroundings.

On July 22, in the result of Armenians attacks, Azerbaijani embassy building in Brussels was damaged, several Azerbaijanis including the correspondent of the European Bureau of Azerbaijan-based REAL TV were seriously wounded. Then, a group of several Armenians also attacked a young Azerbaijani, beating him and filming it on camera. On July 24, Belgian law enforcement agencies detained 17 Armenians who attacked the Azerbaijanis in Belgium. During July, Armenian protestors carrying ASALA signs attacked diplomats and civilians in Europe and beat peaceful Azerbaijani protestors in London.

There were also some incidents in France, Netherlands, Ukraine and Canada where Azerbaijanis were assaulted because of their ethnic origins and in some cities of Europe, Azerbaijani embassies was subject to attack and were damaged.

Nowadays, Armenian diaspora organize some protests against Azerbaijan in some countries which cause much turmoil to the local authorities and population. Within the last 10 days, the Armenian diaspora have already assaulted Azerbaijani embassies in some European countries. But, there is no such incident caused by Azerbaijani diaspora.

In October 2020, Armenian rioters vandalized a Turkish restaurant in California while chanting that they wanted Turks to die and that they are here to kill Turks.  According to the Los Angeles Times, between six to eight Armenians completely vandalized Café Istanbul, throwing chairs, breaking dishes and they also assaulted the waiters. On November 7, Azerbaijans Consulate General in Ukraines Kharkiv came under an attack by Armenian gunmen. The Armenians opened fire at the consulate building.  As a result, the buildings entrance door and windows were broken. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned the firing on the building of Azerbaijans Honorary Consulate in Kharkov.

Thus, if the Armenian government decides to incite against Israel to the same level, it could also lead to the same thing happening to us, if it is done with the same tenacity and passion at which they incite against Turks and Azerbaijanis

Fern Sidman of The Jewish Voice in New York wrote an article titled Armenian antisemitism rears its ugly head again that Armenia is cited as the least tolerant toward Jews among 18 countries in Central and Eastern Europe in data published by the Pew Research Center. Fully 32% of the Armenian respondents surveyed said they would not even accept Jews as fellow citizens. That figure is jarring, but actually, not surprising.

According to the Anti-Defamation Leagues Index of Antisemitism, Armenia is the most saturated with antisemitism among the post-Soviet countries, with anti-Jewish sentiments shared by 58% of its population.  The typical official response to antisemitism in Armenia is to deny its existence, Sidman wrote. The Holocaust memorial in Armenias capital of Yerevan was vandalized multiple times in 2004 and 2005, but police reportedly concluded that the monument had just fallen on its own, and no officials publicly condemned the incidents.

It is important to note that the closest ally of Armenia in todays conflict is Iran, a country that openly declares its desire to destroy the Jewish state, and which is a major sponsor of world terrorism. More than that, American Rabbi Israel Baruk wrote about the coordinated action of the Armenian student organizations in the US to advance in various universities the BDS Movement.

Violent prejudice against Jews and deeply antisemitic action in Armenia is a long-term crisis, despite an absolute lack of public awareness to this fact, particularly in the US, Baruk wrote in the Times of Israel.  It is practically unknown to most that Armenian antisemitism played a weighty role in Hitlers Final Solution, specifically when 20,000 Armenian Nazi collaborators lent a hand by rounding up Jews and other undesirables behind the German Army.

The leaders of those collaborators were Gen. Dro and Gen. Njdeh, both of whom are hailed as national heroes in Armenia today. Moreover, in the 1930s, the Armenian-American media outlets, such as Hairenik, gave its full propaganda support to Hitler, calling Jews poisonous elements, justifying the Holocaust and naming it a necessary surgical operation.  In the center of Yerevan, a monument now stands to Nzhdeh, who is considered a national hero.  The numbers dont lie, concludes Sidman. Armenian antisemitism is a serious problem, and the issue must not be denied, whitewashed or ignored.

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A bloody six-week conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over control of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region came to an end Tuesday with a deal brokered by the Russian government, which deployed its own peacekeepers and transferred control of much of the territory to Azerbaijan.

The brief conflict highlighted the significant, if below-the-radar, role Israel plays in Azerbaijans military policy, and strained the Armenian-Israeli relationship to such a degree that Armenia recalled its ambassador to Israel.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus nations over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh has been ongoing for decades. The territory is primarily populated and controlled by ethnic Armenians, but is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan. In the most recent conflict, Azerbaijan reclaimed territory that was internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but had been controlled by Armenia since the early 1990s.

Svante Cornell, director of the Institute for Security and Development Policy, told Jewish Insider that the latest fighting came from the confluence of multiple factors, including Azeri frustration with a lack of progress in negotiations, increased Turkish backing for Azerbaijan and new Armenian leadership, which pulled out of peace talks.

Speaking to JI in the weeks before the peace agreement, both Azerbaijan and Armenias ambassadors to the United States blamed the other country for the conflict.

At no point has Azerbaijan attacked Armenia. We have never crossed anybodys borders. This is all within Azerbaijani internationally recognized territory, Azerbaijani Ambassador Elin Suleymanov told JI in late October. Were doing self-defense, were not attacking anybody.

Suleymanov accused Armenia of targeting civilians with military weapons, an allegation supported by a recent Human Rights Watch report.

Nagorno-Karabah has been attacked and is subject to aggression by Azerbaijan, Turkey and jihadist terrorists, Armenian Ambassador Varuzhan Nersesyan told JI in early November, adding that Azerbaijans actions amounted to state-sponsored terrorism.

Suleymanov denied media reports that Azerbaijan deployed Syrian mercenaries or  that the Turkish military was directly involved in the conflict.

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Israel is one of Azerbaijans three most consistent allies, alongside Turkey and Pakistan, and consequently played an outsized role in the conflict.

The relationship between Israel and Azerbaijan traces back to the once-close alliance between Turkey and Israel, according to Cornell, and has persisted despite the breakdown of ties between Ankara and Jerusalem. Azerbaijan is also a major oil supplier for the Jewish state.

Armenia, meanwhile, receives support from Russia and Iran, the latter of which it shares a border with.

Israel sees Azerbaijan as an important ally because it is a non-Arab, secular Muslim country with a largely-positive relationship with the Jewish community, Cornell told JI.

Suleymanov echoed that sentiment. [The relationship is] based on several things. One, the most important thing, is of course the relationship between Azerbaijan and the Jewish people. Azerbaijan has one of the largest Jewish communities in the Muslim world, the ambassador said.

The Jewish presence in present-day Azerbaijan extends back to the 7th century, and Jews have played significant roles in the countrys military history and government.

Theres this unique experience which precedes the independence of both the State of Israel and the Republic of Azerbaijan, Suleymanov continued.

In a press briefing on Nov. 6, U.S. State Department Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism Elan Carr praised Azerbaijans relationship with its Jewish community.

I have publicly said this and Ill say it again: Azerbaijan is in so many ways a model of interethnic and interfaith not only tolerance but true affection true affection between its Muslim majority and its Christian community and its Jewish community, he said.

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While Turkey is Azerbaijans top supplier of military equipment, Azerbaijan also purchases some weapons from Israel, including the Harop suicide drones  unmanned aerial vehicles packing a warhead that can be used as a bomb or missile  that Azerbaijan used in the most recent conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

The Harop is a more versatile weapon than a standard missile because it can remain airborne until a target is identified, or return to base and be re-used later if a target cannot be found, Sebastien Roblin, a freelance journalist specializing in international security, told JI. It can also pack a larger payload than a standalone missile launched from a drone, enabling it to destroy larger targets, he explained.

Roblin said that Azeri forces used dozens of the drones during the latest conflict, particularly to target tanks and air defenses.

Azerbaijan has also been using other types of Israeli-manufactured weaponry.

The unmanned systems are the ones that are sort of driving the shape of the current conflict, that and artillery, rockets. Roblin said. In both cases, Israel has contributed to Azerbaijans technical edge and its ability to change the balance of power in that conflict.

But, he added, Turkish intervention likely played a more significant role.

Suleymanov described the defense relationship between Israel and Azerbaijan as super exaggerated but claimed that high-tech precision weaponry allowed Azerbaijan to avoid killing Armenian civilians.

What we do with precision military targets and having a superior technology, including the precision technology, allows us to save lives, because that brings collateral civilian damage and death to [a] minimum, he argued.

Armenia withdrew its ambassador from Israel in early October in protest of the arms sales. Nersesyan added that the weapons have destroyed civilian targets as well as military ones. He told JI the drones, including the Harop, make a difference in the battlefield.

We have been asking the Israeli side not to sell these deadly weapons to Azerbaijan or to consider stopping them, because Armenian and Jewish people know what is the impact of the persecution, of genocide and of the determination of certain other sides to exterminate our nations, Nersesyan said.

In Los Angeles, which has one of the largest Armenian expat populations in the world, members of the community staged a protest outside the Israeli consulate last month, with at least one protester holding a sign saying that Israel is complicit in war crimes and genocide and You are not any better than the Nazi Germany!

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During the latest conflict, U.S. lawmakers have largely sided with Armenia, with circulating Senate resolutions calling for investigations into Azerbaijan and Turkeys actions in the conflict  including whether Turkey used U.S.-built F-16 fighter jets to commit human rights violations. Other resolutions call for an end to those two countries military actions and international recognition for the Republic of Artsakh.

None of the resolutions address Israels role in providing military support to Azerbaijan. JI contacted more than 20 of the sponsors and cosponsors of the resolutions to ask about Israels role in the conflict. None provided comment.

In remarks in the House on Oct. 23, before the peace deal was signed, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who co-sponsored a resolution calling for international recognition for Artsakh, accused Azerbaijan and Turkey of possible war crimes.

The Armenian people are the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the genocide perpetrated a century ago by the Ottoman Empire, and the words and deeds of Erdogan and Aliyev today call to mind the crimes of 100 years ago, said Schiff, who represents the district with the largest Armenian population in the country. If they persist in this violence, we must recognize the Republic of Artsakh as an independent nation. Doing so would send the strongest possible message that we will not allow border disputes to be settled by the indiscriminate and devastating use of force against civilian populations.

The Realist Victory In Nagorno-Karabakh – Analysis
 

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By Maximilian Hess*

(FPRI) Armenias accession to a Russian-mediated settlement with Azerbaijan over their long-running conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, known as Artsakh to Armenians, on November 10 marks a major, perhaps irreversible, loss for Yerevan. But it is not just Armenian forces who stand defeated. It also marks the trouncing of a liberal approach to the region and the supremacy of realist power politics.

In mid-September, Yerevan held significant de jure Azeri territory outside the borders of the Soviet-era Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast (NKAO)today, it is at the mercy of Russian peacekeeping forces to maintain control of a rump Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenia moved to agree to the terms after the symbolically and strategically significant citadel city of Shushi (Shusha in Azeri) was seized by Azeri forces. Under the deal, Azerbaijan will retain Shushi, granting them control of the heights over Armenian-controlled Stepanakert, as well as its other territory gains in the recent fighting. Furthermore, Armenian forces also have to evacuate from crucial districts outside the NKAO that the country has held since 1994, and access to the Armenian mainland will only be possible through a five-kilometer-wide corridor overseen by Russian troops.

Though many other details of the settlement remain murky and undefined, including to what extent Armenian forces can stay in the remaining territory, there are additional losses for Yerevan.

A sense of dread and encirclement could follow if Azeri President Ilham Aliyev follows through on his comments to allow Turkish troops to deploy to the area, amid already significant fears of renewed ethnic cleansing of Armenians in territory being returned to Azerbaijan. Finally, there is genuine fear that the democratic government of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan may not survive the capitulationthe announcement led to such an outpouring of anger that Armenians stormed the national assembly and assaulted parliamentary speaker and longtime Pashinyan ally Ararat Mirzoyan.

The second Karabakh war, however, does not just represent an Armenian defeat. It is proof that the liberal international order is completely absent from the South Caucasus, and unlikely to return anytime soon.

 

Pashinyans surrender has even been criticized by President Armen Sarkissian, the sole senior government official to remain in his position following the 2018 Velvet Revolution that brought Pashinyan to power. However, the reality is that a failure to stop fighting after Shushas capture and after weeks of fighting had made clear that Armenia was unable to hold off steady, and extremely deadly, Azeri advances would have been disastrous and extremely irresponsible.

Pashinyan will be well aware that the same corrupt forces he ousted from power in 2018, who almost to a man are veterans of the first Karabakh war, could seek to use the loss to oust him. Other forces, such as Gagik Tsarukyan, head of the largest opposition party, already spoke out against him. Russia arguably would even prefer such an outcome, having long been uncomfortable with Pashinyans image as a liberal reformer. The November 11 arrest of Tsarukyan and other politicians who fomented unrest in Yerevan in the wake of the deal may have staved off any such challenge, but further challenges are sure to come.

In his time in power, however, Pashinyan has been keen to avoid antagonizing Moscow. He has not moved Yerevan out of the Russian orbit politically or economically, despite having previously been a sceptic of Armenias ties with the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union. Once in power, even when criticizing Russias gas politics and arms sales to Azerbaijan, he did so in a feint manner, sure to remind Moscow of its status as Armenias strategic partner.

While Pashinyans 2018 Velvet Revolution was hailed as a beacon of hope amid the populist waves coursing through Western politics by the liberal stalwart that is the Economist¸ conferring upon Armenia the honor of country of the year, Yerevan did not receive even a fraction of the political or economic support from the West offered to Ukraine after its 2014 Euromaidan Revolution. Nor has the West given any significant support to Armenia in the latest fighting, not even bothering to attempt to cast the conflict as one between liberalism and illiberalism as with the Russo-Ukrainian war. The European Union and United States may not have said so publicly, but its economic and strategic interests in Azerbaijan prohibited such a declaration.

Where the West was active in Armenia, its actions proved counterproductive. Highlighting the failure of the West to offer an alternative route for Yerevan is the European Bank for Reconstruction and Developments failed investment in the Amulsar gold mine, cancelled this August in light of steadfast local opposition. The United Kingdom and United States wasted political capital pressuring Pashinyan into supporting the project, ignoring the fact that many of those protesting it were among the coterie that brought him to power in the first place.

It would be unfair to say that Pashinyans government had any hopes of significant Western support in its conflict with Azerbaijan. There was no significant Western response to the April 2016 fighting, which was until this year the most significant in Karabakh since 1994, nor was there when conflict flared up in July 2020 along the de jure Armenian-Azeri borders.

Even advocates of the liberal order face difficulty endorsing Armenias position given that its 1994-2020 control of not just Nagorno-Karabakh but also surrounding Azeri districts represented an effective redrawing of borders by force (though this is often confused), contravening the United Nations Charter and Helsinki Final Act. The same language has been used to oppose Moscows annexation of Crimea and recognition of the independence of the Georgian breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Furthermore, the realist interest pervades: Azerbaijan is not only a significant oil supplier, with BP having led investment in the sector since the collapse of the Soviet Union, but also the key to Europes Southern Gas Corridor strategy. Azerbaijans lack of democratic credentials has not proven an impediment to its purchase of Western arms. It has been a major customer of Israeli arms as well, with the relationship shored up by the fact that Baku is Tel Avivs largest supplier of crude.

It is improbable that the Second Karabakh War will change the Wests interests vis-à-vis Armenia and Azerbaijan. Armenia and Azerbaijan both stand credibly accused of using cluster munitions, and neither side has proven capable of enabling peaceful co-existence. Longtime observers of the region will recall that when the West did back a peace agreement in 1997not too dissimilar from the November 10 statement signed by Pashinyan, Aliyev, and Russian President Vladimir Putinthat then-President of Armenia Levon Ter-Petrosyan was forced to resign by the following February.

This despite the fact that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden called in late October for a stop [to] the flow of military equipment to Azerbaijan. The statement also called for the United States to lead a diplomatic effort alongside its European partners, but the Azeri military advance and Russian-negotiated agreement have precluded that outcome. It also gives legal cover to the Russian military overseeing transportation and trade between NKAO and Armenia proper, as well as between mainland Azerbaijan and its exclave of Nakhchivan, on Armenias west. While the agreement limits the number of Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh to 1,960 soldiers, it includes no limit on the number of Russian border guards who will now oversee the latter corridor, which will run along the Armenian-Iranian border.

Much has been made of the fact that Russia has witnessed tumult on its borders in recent months, with unrest in Belarus, a coup-cum-revolution in Kyrgyzstan, and the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, raising questions about whether Putin had lost his grip on Russias vaunted near abroad. While some have argued that this deal represents a potential loss for Moscow given Turkeys key rolewith Bakus success in large part enabled by its use of Turkish dronesit remains to be seen how active Turkey will be in the new settlement. More likely than not, it will refrain from actions that risk upsetting its entente cordiale with Moscow, a relationship also enabled by Ankaras adoption of a realist approach to power politics with Moscow.

However, the outcome in the Second Karabakh conflict, in which Moscow is a victor second only to Baku despite the defeat of its nominal ally, highlights that as an uber-realist power Moscow is able to turn such situations to its advantage, particularly in contrast to a West that still espouses liberal values but fails to follow through on them. Unless the West adopts a more realist approach, it is likely to remain in retreat not just in the South Caucasus, but across wider Eurasia.

The views expressed in this article are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, a non-partisan organization that seeks to publish well-argued, policy-oriented articles on American foreign policy and national security priorities.

*About the author: Maximilian Hess is a Central Asia Fellow in the Eurasia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is the Head of Political Risk Analysis and Consulting at AKE International in London, where he also heads the Europe and Eurasia desks.

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Roots of War: When Armenia Talked Tough, Azerbaijan Took Action
 

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TERTER, Azerbaijan For years, the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia had agreed to postpone discussion about the status of the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, to avoid inflaming passions. But that changed suddenly this spring, when Armenias populist prime minister declared the area indisputably Armenian.

To Azerbaijanis, who lost a bitter, unresolved war with Armenia over the region in the 1990s, the remark by the prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, landed with explosive force. Even more infuriating, it was delivered in Shusha, a city that Azerbaijanis regard as their cultural capital but that lies in territory lost during the war.

The final nail in the coffin of the negotiation process was when he said that Nagorno-Karabakh was Armenian, said Hikmet Hajiyev, foreign policy adviser to the Azerbaijani president.

The two countries returned to all-out war a month ago, with Azerbaijan determined to retake the roughly 13 percent of its land that Armenia seized 26 years ago, displacing 800,000 Azerbaijanis in the process. The fighting threatens to draw in Turkey, on the Azerbaijani side, and Russia, which backs Armenia.

Casualties in the conflict have already mounted into the thousands, but as his troops make advances, Azerbaijans president, Ilham Aliyev, is showing no signs of slowing down, and the country is gripped with war fever.

A cease-fire mediated in Washington last weekend was broken within an hour of coming into force as both sides traded artillery fire Monday morning.

Mr. Aliyev is demanding that Armenian forces withdraw to internationally recognized borders in keeping with United Nations Security Council resolutions and basic principles agreed to in previous negotiations. These were the terms agreed upon 10 years ago but never implemented, and analysts say that Armenia became less ambiguous this year about claiming Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts seized during the war.

Mr. Hajiyev said in an interview that Azerbaijan had hoped for progress when the Armenian leader, Mr. Pashinyan, came to power after a popular uprising in 2018. At their first meeting, Mr. Pashinyan, a former journalist, asked Mr. Aliyev for time but promised to pursue a new policy on Nagorno-Karabakh.

That policy never came. Tensions escalated this year, analysts say, as Mr. Pashinyan and his defense minister made increasingly populist statements over the territory, announcing plans to make Shusha the regional capital and in August moving the Parliament there. Those steps may ultimately prove to have been major miscalculations.

An American-Armenian historian, Jirair Libaridian, has suggested as much. We became obsessed with our dreams instead of focusing on the possible, he wrote in September.

Independent analysts largely see Azerbaijan as the main driver of the war, saying it prepared a major offensive, but add that Mr. Pashinyan pushed the envelope with his populist talk.

Its logical that Azerbaijan wanted to start this, not the Armenians, who merely want the status quo, said Thomas de Waal, a senior fellow with Carnegie Europe and author of Black Garden, a book on Nagorno-Karabakh. But the Armenians also played their part with provocative moves.

The Armenian government has accused Azerbaijan of mounting a planned offensive and of instigating the clashes that led to all-out war, and says it is acting entirely in self-defense.

Russia has been a crucial presence backing Armenia. It supported Armenia in the original conflict, maintains two military bases in the country and has provided support and equipment.

Since the moribund truce in 2009, leaders of both countries proceeded carefully, believing it was politically safer to stick with the status quo than risk the territorial compromises that a peace deal would demand, Mr. de Waal said.

All the while, Mr. Aliyev, who inherited the presidency from his father in 2003, was using his countrys oil and gas wealth to build up the military, purchasing advanced weapons and sending officers for NATO-standard training in Turkey.

The rearming effort seemed to bear fruit in 2016, when in four days of fighting Azerbaijani forces seized control of a village just over the cease-fire line. But Russia intervened to stop the advance, said Farid Shafiyev, a former diplomat and director of the government-funded Center for Analysis of International Relations in Baku.

The popular disappointment at that time was palpable, he said. He noticed the same public reaction when Russia negotiated a cease-fire on Oct. 10, just two weeks into the latest fighting. People were very depressed, he said.

The immediate spark for the current conflict came in July, in a deadly clash near the border town of Tovuz, where Azerbaijans vital oil and gas pipelines run on their way to Georgia and Turkey.

Armenian soldiers fired on an Azerbaijani military vehicle, touching off heavy cross-border exchanges that killed more than a dozen people, including several officers.

One of those killed, Maj. Gen. Polad Hashimov, was a popular figure whose death stirred an outpouring of emotion. A small protest became a demonstration of tens of thousands of people marching through the capital, Baku, demanding that the country retake Nagorno-Karabakh.

The July events sent a shock wave, said Mr. Hajiyev, the policy adviser. And public opinion and the youngsters sent this message: Enough is enough.

Frustrations over the coronavirus pandemic and severe water shortages added pressure, said an Azerbaijani journalist, Khadija Izmayilova. It was clear to Aliyev that the public was ready to explode and it was time to act.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey regarded the clash at Tovuz as a strategic threat to Azerbaijan and immediately dispatched jets and troops for two weeks of joint military exercises with the Azerbaijani military.

Turkish analysts saw Mr. Erdogans move as a way to gain leverage in his dealings with Russia. But protecting his Turkic ally, which recently replaced Russia as Turkeys main source of natural gas, was also hugely important.

It is a cliché that Turkey was instigating it, Mr. Shafiyev, of the Center for Analysis of International Relations, said of Azerbaijans venture into war. But he confirmed, as both Mr. Erdogan and Mr. Aliyev have since, that Turkey has promised active support if Azerbaijan were to run into difficulties.

In August, the Azerbaijani authorities said the army had detained Armenian troops making another cross-border foray. We understood something was coming, Mr. Hajiyev said.

After years of trading sporadic artillery fire, both sides were poised and ready for more by September.

Villagers living on the Azerbaijani side of the cease-fire line near the town of Terter were forewarned by the Azerbaijani military on Sept. 26. Some who had cars left in the night. Those who stayed described a barrage of Armenian rockets at 7 a.m. the following day.

We hear shelling all the time, but this was completely different, said Gulbeniz Badalova, 59, who lives in Terter, just 500 yards from the cease-fire line. They started to fire continuously, and we all got scared.

Azerbaijan quickly retaliated, saying it was defending its civilian populations. They started attacking civilians and we were obliged to make a counter offensive operation, Mr. Hajiyev said. But even some officials admitted they had been waiting for an excuse to launch an attack.

Azerbaijani troops have already retaken parts of four southern districts along the border with Iran and have come within striking distance of the Lachin corridor, a mountain pass that is a critical supply route from Armenia.

But there is little doubt that it has been tough going for Azerbaijani forces. Baku has not released numbers of military casualties, but President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia said on Thursday that each side had already lost more than 2,000 soldiers in less than a month of fighting. Missile strikes have also killed at least 65 civilians from Azerbaijan and 37 from Armenia, according to official figures from both sides.

Public support for the offensive remains solidly behind Mr. Aliyev and the army, but the president could face a difficult job managing expectations.

Many Azerbaijani families displaced by the shelling in Terter are originally refugees from Karabakh, and said they would not be satisfied if Mr. Aliyev halted after taking only a few districts.

Its not enough, Zarifa Suleymanova, 43, said, before listing all the regions Azerbaijan needed back. We have very brave sons. It will not take long.

In Nagorno-Karabakh, drones gave Azerbaijan huge advantage and showed future of warfare
 

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The expanding array of relatively low-cost drones can offer countries air power at a fraction of the cost of maintaining a traditional air force. The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh also underscored how drones can suddenly shift a long-standing conflict and leave ground forces highly exposed.

On Tuesday, Armenia accepted a cease-fire on punishing terms to possibly end the latest round of fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, an enclave controlled by ethnic Armenian factions but inside the internationally recognized borders of Azerbaijan.

Drones offer small countries very cheap access to tactical aviation and precision guided weapons, enabling them to destroy an opponents much-costlier equipment such as tanks and air defense systems, said Michael Kofman, military analyst and director of Russia studies at CNA, a defense think tank in Arlington, Va.

An air force is a very expensive thing, he added. And they permit the utility of air power to smaller, much poorer nations.

In Azerbaijan, the videos of the drone strikes have been posted daily on the website of the countrys Defense Ministry, broadcast on big screens in the capital, Baku, and tweeted and retweeted online.

They were also studied by Western military analysts to track Azerbaijans swift military gains.

Thousands of protesters gathered in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, on Wednesday as pressure grew for Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to step down after agreeing to a deal that calls for a 2,000-member Russian peacekeeping mission and allows Azerbaijan to regain territory it lost in the Nagorno-Karabakh war of the early 1990s.

The deal came just after Azerbaijan took the strategic city of Shusha (known in Armenia as Shushi), a town of cultural importance to Azerbaijan perched high above the Nagorno-Karabakh capital, Stepanakert. As Azerbaijan forces advanced toward Shusha, its military propagandists published gruesome videos of drones destroying forces in trenches.

Wider use of armed drones

Armed drones have increasingly become part of warfare since the Pentagon deployed its Predator in Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks. Missile-firing drones are now produced in many countries including Turkey, China and Israel, and have been used by various sides in battles including Libyas proxy war.

In a matter of months, however, Nagorno-Karabakh has become perhaps the most powerful example of how small and relatively inexpensive attack drones can change the dimensions of conflicts once dominated by ground battles and traditional air power.

It also highlighted the vulnerabilities of even sophisticated weapons systems, tanks, radars and surface-to-air missiles without specific drone defenses. And it has raised debate on whether the era of the traditional tank could be coming to an end.

Azerbaijan used its drone fleet purchased from Israel and Turkey to stalk and destroy Armenias weapons systems in Nagorno-Karabakh, shattering its defenses and enabling a swift advance. Armenia found that air defense systems in Nagorno-Karabakh, many of them older Soviet systems, were impossible to defend against drone attacks, and losses quickly piled up.

Franz-Stefan Gady, a research fellow on the future of conflict at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, said traditional military equipment such as tanks and armored vehicles will not become obsolete.

But Nagorno-Karabakh has shown the ever-increasing importance of using armed drones along with other weapons and highly trained ground forces, and the exponentially more devastating consequences of failing to do so in future wars, he said.

‘Massive losses’

The separatist region in Azerbaijan with a largely Armenian population broke away in the late 1980s, leading to war and Azerbaijans humiliating loss of the enclave and seven surrounding districts. A decades-long process, led by the United States, France and Russia, failed to reach a settlement.

Armenia became content with the status quo of a frozen conflict, retaining territory. But Azerbaijan, frustrated at a peace process that it felt delivered nothing, used its Caspian Sea oil wealth to buy arms, including a fleet of Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drones and Israeli kamikaze drones (also called loitering munitions, designed to hover in an area before diving on a target).

When fighting flared again Sept.27, the drone videos playing on big screens in Baku and on YouTube stoked popular support for the war, even as Azerbaijan hid figures on its own war dead.

Its pretty obvious that Azerbaijan has been preparing for this. Azerbaijan decided it wanted to change the status quo and that the Armenian side had no interest in a war because they wanted to keep what they had, said Tom de Waal, an expert on the Caucasus at the Carnegie ­Endowment for International Peace.

Clearly, the decisive factor in this conflict is Turkeys intervention on Azerbaijans side. They seem to be heavily coordinating the war effort, he said, adding that it appeared Turkey had moved Syrian mercenaries into Azerbaijan two weeks before the conflict.

Turkey denies recruiting Syrian mercenaries to fight in Nagorno-Karabakh.

And then there were the drones. Their targets included fortified positions from the 1990s.

There were massive losses, de Waal said. Possibly around a third of Armenian tanks have been destroyed. Thats obviously been a critical factor in taking all those territories.

Unable to match Azerbaijans drone power, Armenian forces, demoralized and racked by covid-19, suffered a series of military calamities.

‘Very hard to hide’

Officials from Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh said they had no choice but to sign Tuesdays truce to avoid further losses of life and territory.

In the early stages of the war, Azerbaijan used 11 slow Soviet-era An-2 aircraft that had been converted into drones and sent them buzzing over Nagorno-Karabakh as bait to Armenian air defense systems tempting them to fire and reveal their positions, after which they could be hit by drones.

Azerbaijan used surveillance drones to spot targets and sent armed drones or kamikaze drones to destroy them, analysts said.

Turkey, which took part in joint military exercises with Azerbaijani forces in Azerbaijan over the summer, supports its ally but denies direct involvement in the fighting.

But Azerbaijan probably benefited from Turkeys experience of its recent use of drones in Syria as well as Libya, where its drones trounced the Russian-made ­Pantsir S1 air defense systems used by the forces of renegade general Khalifa Hifter in May.

Videos posted by both sides in Nagorno-Karabakh including drone hits and soldiers advancing through villages and towns enabled military analysts to tally confirmed hits.

Stijn Mitzer, an analyst writing on the military-affairs blog Oryx, noted that both sides used propaganda to play up their military gains but that analysis of video footage made it possible to verify the claims. The group published a list of the destroyed military hardware, including photographic or video evidence for each tanks and weapon system.

Their tally, which logs confirmed losses with photographs or videos, listed Armenian losses at 185 T-72 tanks; 90 armored fighting vehicles; 182 artillery pieces; 73 multiple rocket launchers; 26 surface-to-air missile systems, including a Tor system and five S-300s; 14 radars or jammers; one SU-25 war plane; four drones and 451 military vehicles.

Azerbaijan, the group concluded, had visually confirmed losses of 22 tanks, 41 armored forced vehicles, one helicopter, 25 drones and 24 vehicles. The full tally of losses on both sides cannot be independently verified, however Armenian losses appear significantly higher, according to military analysts.

The leader of Nagorno-Karabakh, Arayik Harutyunyan, said Tuesday that all of Nagorno-Karabakh would have been taken within days had fighting continued, citing the very heavy human losses inflicted by drones.

Malcolm Davis, a senior analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, wrote on the RealClearDefense website that systems such as the kamikaze drone probably will become more prevalent as technology improves and costs go down.

Thats a potential game-changer for land warfare, he wrote.

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Lack of transition coordination and Pentagon chaos could leave US vulnerable to national security threats
 

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President Donald Trumps refusal to concede defeat to President-elect Joe Biden and grant him access to the presidential daily briefings, or any other classified materials, has serious national security implications that could hinder the incoming administrations ability to tackle threats on day one.

While Biden has downplayed the necessity of getting classified briefings for now, national security experts warn that continued obstruction by the Trump administration could have lasting consequences and potentially leave the US vulnerable during the transition, a period when adversaries have historically looked to escalate tensions.

The situation is exacerbated by the recent exodus of several of the most senior Defense officials, many of whom were replaced by perceived loyalists to the President. Since Monday, four senior civilian officials have been fired or have resigned, including Defense Secretary Mark Esper, his chief of staff and the top officials overseeing policy and intelligence.

At the same time, the Office of Director of National Intelligence has refused to engage with the Biden team, cutting off what would normally be a crucial national security resource for the president-elect. It all makes ensuring the continuity of government that much harder for the incoming Biden administration, and could lead to gaps in how crucial intelligence is passed along on everything from geographic hotspots and cyber security threats to the state of negotiations with the Taliban and North Korea.

You want to know the status of issues of things around the world, like the state of play of negotiations, of discussions on free trade agreements, potential flashpoints going on, conversations with allies about how to deal with common threats, threats made by adversaries, and mechanisms behind the scenes to counter those threats, said David Priess, a former intelligence officer for the CIA and State Department.

Having a delayed or obstructed transition gets in the way of all of that, Priess added.

Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford said Wednesday that he will intervene if by Friday the Trump administration is still not allowing Biden access to intelligence briefings.

There is no loss from him getting the briefings and to be able to do that, Lankford told radio station KRMG, noting that he sits on the Senate Oversight Committee and that hes already started engaging on the matter.

Asked earlier this week if Biden should be allowed to start receiving the PDB, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, the acting chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters: I dont think it prejudices the Presidents legal claims in any way to begin the transition work just in case.

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, who as President pro tempore is the most senior Republican in the Senate, told CNN on Thursday that Biden should have access to classified briefings to prepare for the transition.

I would think especially on classified briefings answer is yes, Grassley said.

Not hitting the panic button yet

The need for an incoming administration to hit the ground running on national security issues is so critical that classified intelligence briefings begin months before the presidential election is even decided. Following the 2000 election, when the outcome was in doubt for more than a month after the voting, President Bill Clintons outgoing administration began intelligence briefings for George W. Bush before he was officially declared the winner. (Vice President Al Gore already had access to those briefings given his position).

The 9/11 Commission Report found that the dispute over the 2000 election, which cut in half the normal transition period, hampered the new administration in identifying, recruiting, clearing, and obtaining Senate confirmation of key appointees.

During this years campaign, as the nominee, Biden and his team were given both general strategic intelligence briefings as well as specific updates on threats to the election. That all came to a stop once Biden won. Traditionally the president-elect would immediately start getting the same classified briefings as the President. For the moment, Biden and his transition team have not raised the alarm. But if the situation continues, experts say that could be problematic.

I dont think anyones hitting the panic button yet, said retired Rear Adm. John Kirby, a CNN military and diplomatic analyst who most recently was assistant secretary of state under President Obama. But if we are still having this conversation in the first week of January then its a much more precarious situation, particularly as you get close to having people coming into office who havent been read into classified material.

External threats abound

Trump himself was the beneficiary of a smooth transition from the Obama administration, which granted his transition team full access to classified information and the critical presidential daily briefings. Trump often recounts the warning Obama gave him shortly after he won the 2016 election that the biggest problem facing the world at the time was North Korea.

While Biden has made clear that his priority as President will be to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, external security threats abound.

Before the election, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security had warned that foreign adversaries could exploit any uncertainty after November 3 to undermine the election results. Russia continues to carry out a broad cyber campaign across a variety of sectors and local governments, and they, along with China have been targeting US medical facilities working on vaccines for Covid-19.

Last month, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the world is living in the shadow of nuclear catastrophe, fueled by growing distrust and tensions between nuclear powers. This comes amid escalating disputes between the Trump administration and China, as well as rocky relations between the US and Russia.

Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan are feuding over Kashmir, and India just had a border skirmish with China.

Talks to denuclearize North Korea failed, and Irans stockpile of enriched uranium continues to grow and now stands at more than 12 times the limit set down in the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The ongoing political and economic crisis in Venezuela has resulted in the worst-ever humanitarian crisis in the Western hemisphere, after the Trump administrations efforts to instigate change in the country fell flat.

In addition, thousands of US troops are currently deployed in Afghanistan and other locations around the world, and incoming Defense officials need ample time to get up to speed on the various missions.

And with the constantly changing threats and vulnerabilities in the cyber domain, it is imperative that the incoming administration is well prepared to tackle that challenge.

All of the personnel chaos at the Pentagon, combined with the Trump teams refusal to brief Biden is worrisome in addition to being an egregious violation of norms, said John Glaser, the director of foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute.

The real threat, to be quite frank, is not from abroad. The much more present threat to Americans and their political and institutional traditions is the one they face domestically, Glaser added, pointing to the political wrangling that has thrown productive political discourse off track. That is a way bigger threat than anything China, Russia, ISIS, or al-Qaeda could possibly do to us in the next administration.

Vulnerable during the transition

Experts note that with his decades of government service much of which has been steeped in foreign policy Biden is well-positioned to take the reins on issues across the board, even with little preparation. But its an unforeseen crisis between now and Inauguration Day that raises concerns.

When youre president-elect, its not theoretical anymore, says Robert Cardillo, a former intelligence briefer and agency head under President Obama who is talked about for a senior position in Bidens administration.

You need to be ready for North Korea issue A or Iran issue B, he added. Something will come to a head this spring and you need to start thinking about what that is.

Adding fuel to the fears is the prospect of CIA Director Gina Haspel abruptly being fired by Trump without a smooth transition to a successor.

What happens if China chooses that time to invade Taiwan and you dont have a director of the CIA because you fired her? said a former senior CIA officer who spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity. Would firing her be part of Chinas calculus? Thats why you dont do it.

You want to wait until Biden says this is the CIA Director Im going to nominate and this person and Haspel start talking, the person said.

Some former intelligence officials told CNN they are especially worried about the type of person Trump might replace Haspel with if he does in fact fire her during the transition.

A highly partisan new CIA chief would be seen with great suspicion in foreign capitals, thereby rendering our liaison partnerships close to impotent until the next administration, said Marc Polymeropoulos, a former CIA officer who oversaw operations in Europe and Russia before retiring last summer. Simply put, that puts America at great risk.

CORRECTION: This story has been corrected to reflect that David Priess did not previously give classified briefings to Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

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The Grammy-winning artist shared the news Friday, telling fans that while she was asymptomatic, she tested positive in only her left nostril, leaving the Afro Blue songstress slightly befuddled.

No symptoms. Was tested for COVID. Same machine. Left nostril positive. Right nostril negative, she tweeted. Maybe they need to call Swiss Beats so they can do a versus between them. Funny thing is, Dr. ONLY reported the positive result. What the fack is goin on here. Rapid Test. $$$$ smh.

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Overwhelmed By COVID-19, Russian Authorities Try To Stop The News Getting Out
 

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The video is shocking: a 90-year-old grandmother with COVID-19 is turned away from a Russian hospital because there are no beds left. As the scale of Russia’s health crisis becomes apparent, authorities in one region reacted by banning mobile phones.
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Армяне бегут из Карабаха, сжигая свои дома
 

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Через несколько дней после окончания войны в Карабахе снова запылали дома. Потерпевшие поражение в войне армяне бегут, сжигая то, что не могут взять с собой.

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Беларусь оплакивает новую жертву, Евросоюз обещает поддержать перемены
 

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В Беларуси оплакивают художника Романа Бондаренко, погибшего после задержания силовиками в Минске – Евросоюз обещает экономически поддержать демократические перемены

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12:35 PM 11/10/2020 – “Six countries — Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Italy and the United States — have reported cases of farmed mink infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. Mink catch the virus from humans and pass it on to each other. Unlike dogs, cats and some other animals, which express only mild symptoms, if any, mink can sicken and die from an infection.”


Mink and the Coronavirus: What We Know – The New York Times

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Last week, Denmark announced its intention to cull all farmed mink, some 17 million, out of fear that a mutated version of the coronavirus might diminish the effectiveness of potential vaccines.

The decision has since been put on hold because of questions of legal authority. While the government seeks new legislation, culls of mink at infected farms continue, as does dismay in other countries and a debate among scientists about the validity of the concerns.

Six countries — Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Italy and the United States — have reported cases of farmed mink infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. Mink catch the virus from humans and pass it on to each other. Unlike dogs, cats and some other animals, which express only mild symptoms, if any, mink can sicken and die from an infection.

Here are answers to basic questions about mink and the coronavirus:

Can mink infect people with the coronavirus?

Yes. In Denmark, mink have contracted the virus and spread it to people. The same happened in the Netherlands this year.

Does the virus mutate in mink?

Yes. In more than 200 people, Danish authorities have documented several variants of the virus that contain mutations originating in mink. The virus also mutates in people.

Is the mutated virus more dangerous?

No. There is no evidence that any of the mutations that originated in mink make the coronavirus more transmissible in humans or make humans sicker.

Why did Denmark decide to kill all of its farmed mink?

Danish health authorities were concerned that one set of mutations in a variant of the virus called cluster 5, which had infected at least 12 people, could make a potential coronavirus vaccine less effective.

One of the mutations occurs on a part of the virus — the spike protein — that is targeted by many potential vaccines. In lab studies, cells with this variant of the virus were exposed to antibodies, which did not act as strongly as they had with other coronavirus variants.

But this was a very preliminary test. The reaction to antibodies in laboratory cells does not necessarily indicate that the mutated virus would be resistant to vaccines; it merely raises that possibility.

Will the mutations diminish the value of vaccines?

The World Health Organization and independent experts said there was no evidence so far that the cluster 5 variant would diminish the value of vaccines currently in development.

Did Denmark overreact?

Scientists say that there are reasons beyond this particular mutated virus for Denmark to act. Mink farms have been shown to be reservoirs for the coronavirus, and mink are capable of transmitting the virus to humans. They are the only animal known to do so.

This set of mutations may not be harmful to humans, but the virus will doubtless continue to mutate in mink as it does in people, and the crowded conditions of mink farms could put evolutionary pressures on the virus different from those in the human population. The virus could also jump from mink to other animals. These are all worrisome possibilities, particularly in the midst of a resurgence of the virus in the human population.

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Audio Review: Trump administration plans “flood” of sanctions on Iran by Jan. 20 |U.S. Tried a More Aggressive Cyberstrategy, and the Feared Attacks Never CameArmenia Accepts a Deal in Nagorno-Karabakh War | Opinion | The Joe Biden I Knew Has Been Humbled – The New York TimesTrump shows transition will be as turbulent as his presidency – CNNPoliticsFDA Allows Emergency Use of Antibody Drug to Fight COVID-19 

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Trump Fires Mark Esper, Defense Secretary Who Opposed Use of Troops on U.S. Streets
Tue, 10 Nov 2020 16:14:10 +0000
Mr. Espers removal was quickly followed by speculation that the president was not finished: The F.B.I. director and the C.I.A. director could be next, according to administration officials.
Azerbaijan Apologizes for Downing Russian Helicopter, Killing Two
Tue, 10 Nov 2020 16:13:48 +0000
The missile attack on a Russian military helicopter caused the first acknowledged deaths for neighboring powers in the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
The Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine, Explained
Tue, 10 Nov 2020 16:13:45 +0000
Whats the big deal? Was it part of Operation Warp Speed? When can you get one?
After the Election, Awash in Emotion
Tue, 10 Nov 2020 16:13:41 +0000
Readers continue to digest the election results. My fear has been replaced with optimism, one reader writes. My anxiety has been replaced with hope.
Alexander Hamilton, Enslaver? New Research Says Yes
Tue, 10 Nov 2020 16:13:28 +0000
A paper by a researcher at the Schuyler Mansion finds overlooked evidence in letters and Hamiltons own account books indicating that he bought, sold and personally owned slaves.
A Haunting Tale of Spies and Specters
Tue, 10 Nov 2020 16:13:08 +0000
In this short story written exclusively for T, the ghost of a former North Korean diplomat finds his way back to Leipzig, Germany, and to the woman he once loved.
Top 10 Misinformation Storylines on Election Week
Tue, 10 Nov 2020 16:13:04 +0000
Many of the false and misleading accusations spiked online after President Trump and his allies shared the claims on social media.
A Collective Sigh of Relief Pushes the Stock Market Up
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News of Pfizers Covid-19 vaccine progress, and Joseph R. Biden Jr.s victory, gave investors reason to cheer.
N.Y.P.D. Will No Longer Force Women to Remove Hijabs for Mug Shots
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The Police Department agreed to change its policy and allow religious people to be photographed in head coverings so long as their faces were left unobstructed.
Whats Not the Matter With Georgia?
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A Democratic win offers hope but also a warning.
The Conservative Movement Needs a Reckoning
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Just as ignorance was strength in George Orwells 1984, shamelessness is virtue in Trumps G.O.P.
Joe Bidens Radical Humility
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Mink and the Coronavirus: What We Know
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Mink are the only animal known to both catch the virus from people and transmit it to them.
Pandemic Reaches Grim Milestone as Biden Moves to Take Charge
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Peru President Is Impeached by Congress
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The vote to remove President Martín Vizcarra comes amid a devastating coronavirus pandemic. Mr. Vizcarra said he accepted the vote, reducing the likelihood of a constitutional crisis.
Barr gives prosecutors authority to investigate claims of voter fraud.
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The attorney general said he had authorized instances of investigative steps but said that inquiries should not be based on specious claims.
Trump Plans PAC in Hopes of Keeping Hold on G.O.P.
Tue, 10 Nov 2020 16:10:50 +0000
The PAC could accept donations from an unlimited number of people and spend to benefit other candidates, allowing the president to retain influence in a party remade largely in his image.
Brain Scientists Explore the How of When
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A new study offers the strongest evidence yet of time cells in the brain.
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Is a Second Wave Starting in N.Y.C.?
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Trump administration plans “flood” of sanctions on Iran by Jan. 20

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The Trump administration, in coordination with Israel and several Gulf states, is pushing a plan to slap a long string of new sanctions on Iran in the 10 weeks left until Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, two Israeli sources briefed on the effort told me.

Driving the news: The Trump administration’s envoy for Iran Elliott Abrams arrived in Israel on Sunday and met Prime Minister Netanyahu and National Security adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat to discuss the sanctions plan.

  • Abrams will meet on Monday with Minister of Defense Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi to brief them on the plan.
  • Abrams didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Why it matters: The Trump administration believes such a “flood” of sanctions will increase pressure on the Iranians and make it harder for the Biden administration to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, the Israeli sources told me.

Behind the scenes: In the last several weeks, the Trump administration — with the encouragement and assistance of part of the Israeli diplomatic and security establishment — has prepared a “target bank” of Iranian entities that will be sanctioned.

  • Abrams said in a closed briefing several days ago that the Trump administration wants to announce a new set of sanctions on Iran every week until Jan. 20, a source who was privy to the briefing told me.
  • The Israeli sources told me the planned sanctions are not connected to the Iranian nuclear program — such sanctions are more likely to be canceled by a Biden administration and open the door to reviving the 2015 nuclear deal.
  • Instead, the goal is to impose sanctions on Iran that are connected to its ballistic missile program, Iranian assistance to terror organizations and Iranian human rights violations.

What they’re saying: “The goal is to slap as many sanctions as possible on Iran until Jan. 20,” an Israeli source briefed on the plan told me.

What’s next: Abrams will travel from Israel to Abu Dhabi and Riyadh to discuss the sanctions plan.

  • The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are the two main allies the Trump administration and the Israeli government have against Iran, and both are very concerned by the Biden administration’s future Iran policy.
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is arriving in Israel on Nov. 18, Israeli and U.S. officials tell me. Pompeo will likely visit other countries in the region as well. His trip is also going to focus on the Trump administration’s last-ditch effort to increase pressure on Iran.

Go deeper: How Biden might tackle the Iran deal

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Facing Military Debacle, Armenia Accepts a Deal in Nagorno-Karabakh War

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TVER, Russia — Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan of Armenia signed on Monday a Russian-brokered settlement to end the war in Nagorno-Karabakh, surrendering disputed territory and bowing to other demands as he faced a battlefield defeat.

The agreement signed by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Mr. Pashinyan calls for Armenia’s army to withdraw from the Nagorno-Karabakh region and to be replaced by Russian peacekeepers.

Under the deal, the warring sides were to halt fighting and prepare for the peacekeepers’ arrival. Three earlier cease-fires, negotiated by Russia, France and the United States, have collapsed.

But the agreement Monday suggested a more permanent, sweeping redrawing of the security map of the southern Caucasus, a volatile region wedged between Turkey, Russia and Iran. The settlement sealed a role in the region for an increasingly assertive Turkey, which backed Azerbaijan in the war that began in September.

“I personally made a very hard decision for me and all of us,” Mr. Pashinyan wrote in a statement announcing the agreement. “It’s not a victory, but there’s no defeat.”

Indeed, the agreement ends a quarter century of Armenian military control over the remote, mountainous region that is a touchstone of Armenian national identity. Russia will now guard the borders.

The Nagorno-Karabakh region has a mostly Armenian population but it fell within the Soviet-drawn borders of Azerbaijan. The enclave declared independence before the Soviet breakup.

For the Azerbaijanis, the settlement opens the prospect that at least some of the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people who lost their homes in a separatist war that ended in 1994 could return to the region. That war ended with the shoe on the other foot: a cease-fire seen as catastrophic but inevitable for Azerbaijan after Armenian military victories.

Mr. Putin said the new agreement requires both the Armenian and Azerbaijani armies to stop at their currently occupied positions. That cements in place the Azerbaijani capture on Sunday of a strategic town, known as Shusha to Azerbaijanis and Shushi to Armenians. It is the second-largest town in the region and overlooks the separatist capital of Stepanakert, just about 6 miles away.

Armenia has also lost control of the access road needed for military supplies to reach the mountain enclave, starving its defenders of hope of holding out if the fighting continued.

“I made the decision as a result of a deep analysis of the military situation,” Mr. Pashinyan wrote. He said the deal was “the best solution in the situation.”

Within hours of the announcement, protests broke out in Yerevan, Armenia’s capital. A crowd broke into the government building and ripped Mr. Pashinyan’s nameplate off the door of the prime minister’s office, Russian television news showed.

“Where is Nikol? Where is that traitor?” the intruders screamed.

Mr. Putin said the agreement was “in the interests of the people of Armenia and Azerbaijan.”

For decades, Armenia had drawn support for its defense of the Nagorno-Karabakh region from a large diaspora in Southern California, France and Russia. Azerbaijan has relied on backing from Turkey, an ominous turn of events to Armenians who say the Turks have never accepted responsibility for atrocities committed during and after World War I. Distracted by the presidential election, the United States played only a limited role in the diplomacy over the past month.

The separatist government in Nagorno-Karabakh had for more than 25 years presided over seven occupied Azerbaijani districts outside the Soviet-era borders of the enclave. These were eerie, depopulated regions of deserted villages and ruined stone houses. Armenia defied United Nations resolutions calling for the return of the residents; holding, it seemed, the military advantage, the country had steadfastly refused any settlement allowing their return.

Now, the deal signed on Monday delivers to Azerbaijan much of what the country has sought for years in negotiations, including the return of internally displaced people.

Along with withdrawing its army from the enclave, Armenia agreed to surrender control of small ethnic Armenian areas inside Azerbaijan but not in Nagorno-Karabakh; to open a transport corridor for Azerbaijan through Armenia to the Azerbaijani region of Nakhichevan; and to allow the United Nations to oversee the return of the internally displaced people.

The capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, Stepanakert, was saved from what appeared to be imminent military attack but will rely on Russian peacekeepers for its defense.

The peacekeepers will deploy for five years and also guard the access road over a mountain pass known as the Lachin Corridor, and an approximately three-mile-wide buffer zone along its length, according to the agreement. Underscoring the loss of Shusha, or Shushi, the agreement calls for a new section of access road to be built around the now Azerbaijani-controlled town, a dramatic loss for the ethnic Armenian cause in Nagorno-Karabakh.

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U.S. Tried a More Aggressive Cyberstrategy, and the Feared Attacks Never Came

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Another big change in strategy this year was a willingness to expose adversaries publicly. It is something the Obama administration was also reluctant to do in 2016, when it avoided naming China as the country that stole 22 million files on government employees, or Russia as the source of attacks on the Pentagon, the White House and the State Department.

This year, William R. Evanina, the official put in charge of election security by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, called out Russia, China and Iran for their efforts to interfere in the elections.

Though criticized by Democrats for not being specific enough, and appearing to equate Iran with much more talented cyberadversaries, Mr. Evanina’s releases put both the public and America’s rivals on notice about what was afoot, including warning that Russia was again trying to assist Mr. Trump.

Mr. Evanina’s announcements in July and August were followed by an announcement in October by John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, that Russian groups had probed state and local networks and that Iran had tried to influence the election by sending spoofed emails as part of a campaign he said was intended to hurt Mr. Trump.

“Naming and shaming the bad actors that are trying to mess with us is a key part of a coherent deterrence strategy,” said Representative Mike Gallagher, the Wisconsin Republican who along with Mr. King led the Cybersecurity Solarium Commission.

Mr. Ratcliffe’s announcement was followed by Cyber Command’s secret operations to interfere with the operations of the Russian group and take down, at least temporarily, the Iranian hacking group tied to Tehran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

American officials said that while Iran opposed Mr. Trump’s re-election, its hackers were hardly playing at Russia’s level. The emails and text messages they tried to send to Americans contained so many spelling, syntax and grammatical errors that they seemed unlikely to fool their targets. Even had they not been taken offline, they posed no threat to turn the result of the elections.

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Opinion | The Joe Biden I Knew Has Been Humbled – The New York Times

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You no doubt saw or heard at least some of Joe Biden’s pitch-perfect victory speech last weekend, but what about the victory video that his campaign released hours earlier, just after CNN and other networks declared him the president-elect?

It’s a gorgeous two minutes of music (a rendition of “America the Beautiful” by Ray Charles) and images, precisely none of which show Biden. He cedes the frame and the moment entirely to Americans themselves — to Black Americans, white Americans, Native Americans, disabled Americans, young Americans, old Americans — and to the landscapes in the lyrics of the song.

The video made clear that we, not he, were the focus, the story, the point of all of this. His speech hours later similarly elevated the first person plural over the first person singular, which was singularly transcendent under Donald Trump.

Largely to draw a contrast with Trump, Biden ran one of the humblest presidential campaigns I can recall. He claimed victory in the presidential race last weekend with the same radical humility. And that tonic of a tone could be crucial to his agenda.

Trump shows transition will be as turbulent as his presidency – CNNPolitics

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(CNN)The question is not whether President Donald Trump is leaving. It’s how much destruction, revenge and chaos he will wreak on the way out the door.

Trump’s refusal to concede the election, delusional tweets about states tipping his way and failure to so far grant President-elect Joe Biden access to federal funding and resources to power up his administration mean America is in for a rocky 71 days. Trump may be a lame duck, but he retains the authorities of the presidency until noon on January 20, and his chokehold on the Republican Party was if anything strengthened by winning 70 million votes last week. So the President has the power — institutional and political — and apparently the motivation to create a great deal of disruption before returning to civilian life.
Attorney General William Barr, who has shown a propensity for using his own power to advance the President’s political aspirations, on Monday told prosecutors they should examine unsupported allegations of voting irregularities before states certify results in the coming weeks. The move will raise concerns of a fresh attempt by the Trump administration to overturn the will of voters, but like the President’s campaign, Barr’s memo failed to produce any evidence of fraud/ However, it did lead the top election crimes prosecutor to quit in protest over the change in policy.
And Trump waited only two days after the election was called for Biden to start exacting retribution on those he sees as enemies inside his administration.
He sacked Defense Secretary Mark Esper, apparently because he showed insufficient loyalty to the President’s political goals. And a senior administration official told CNN’s Jake Tapper that Esper is worried Trump will next fire CIA Director Gina Haspel and FBI Director Christopher Wray. The pair is said to be at risk for putting US national security ahead of the President’s desire to use the intelligence services to pursue his “deep state” conspiracy theories.

White House Instructs Agencies to Ignore Biden’s Transition Team Until Trump Accepts Defeat, Says Reprt

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The National Interest (США): Турция и Россия ведут борьбу за власть на Южном Кавказе

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По мере того, как Реджеп Эрдоган обращает свой взор на Южный Кавказ, Россия пытается сдержать растущие неоосманские амбиции Турции. По мнению автора, конфликт говорит о более широкой модели турецкого проецирования власти на Южном Кавказе — той, которая будет представлять каскадную угрозу интересам безопасности России.

Политолог: Россия свела роль Запада в Закавказье к нулю

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«Москве удалось вбить очередной гвоздь в гроб ОБСЕ – бессмысленной организации, обслуживающей интересы противников России, и свести роль Запада в Закавказье к нулю», – заявил политолог Тимофей Бордачев, комментируя подписание главами России, Армении и Азербайджана соглашения о прекращении войны в Карабахе«То, что произошло сегодня ночью – это очень хорошая новость. Во-первых, наступил мир между двумя народами, с которыми Россию связывают дружественные и добрососедские отношения. Во-вторых, ликвидируется один из реликтов эпохи, когда внешнеполитические позиции Москвы были очень слабыми – Минская группа с участием двух лидеров стран Запада – США и Франции», – написал на своей странице в Facebook программный директор международного дискуссионного клуба «Валдай» Тимофей Бордачев.

Эксперт уверен, что вместе с этим «роль Запада в Закавказье сводится к нулю». «Вбит очередной гвоздь в гроб ОБСЕ – бессмысленной организации, обслуживающей интересы противников России. Существенно усиливается российское военное присутствие в Закавказье. Азербайджан получает обратно большую часть отторгнутых 30 лет назад территорий, а Армения – гарантии российских миротворцев и шанс на более благоразумное правительство», – отмечает эксперт.

Он также отметил, что «Турция, если этого захочет Азербайджан, получит доступ к мониторингу исполнения договоренностей, которые были достигнуты под решающим влиянием России». «Но именно сейчас это не имеет значения. За эту чистую победу Россия заплатила жизнями двух своих солдат, но не вступила в боевые действия непосредственно», – заключил политолог.

Напомним, во вторник ночью премьер Армении сообщил, что вместе с президентами Азербайджана и России подписал заявление о прекращении карабахской войны. При этом президент Армении Армен Саркисян узнал об этом из СМИ.

Пресс-секретарь президента России Дмитрий Песков подтвердил, что лидеры России, Армении и Азербайджана подписали заявление о прекращении военных действий в Карабахе. Позже российский лидер Владимир Путин раскрыл детали договоренностей между сторонами конфликта.

Сразу же после этого началась операция по переброске российских миротворцев в Нагорный Карабах. При этом президент Азербайджана уточнил, что миротворцев в Карабахе разместят Россия и Турция. Позже в МИД России уточнили, что на линии соприкосновения в Нагорном Карабахе будут размещены только российские миротворцы.

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12 самолетов с российскими миротворцами отправлены в Нагорный Карабах

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Из России в Нагорный Карабах вылетели 12 самолетов военно-транспортной авиации для выполнения миротворческой миссии после вступления в силу заявления о перемирии прекращении военных действий.

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В Москве задержали участниц Pussy Riot

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В Москве на выходе из кафе задержали участниц Pussy Riot Марию Алехину и Маргариту Флорес, а также бывшего фигуранта «московского дела» Самариддина Раджабова

Ankara to Control Karabakh Ceasefire Implementation, Turkish Foreign Minister Says

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Russia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan yesterday adopted a joint statement on a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh and paved the way for a peacekeeping mission in the embattled region. The Russian Foreign Ministry earlier in the day emphasised that only Russian peacekeepers would be deployed to Karabakh.

FDA Allows Emergency Use of Antibody Drug to Fight COVID-19 

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(WASHINGTON) — U.S. health officials have allowed emergency use of the first antibody drug to help the immune system fight COVID-19, an experimental approach against the virus that has killed more than 238,000 Americans.

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday cleared the experimental drug from Eli Lilly for people 12 and older with mild or moderate COVID-19 not requiring hospitalization. It’s a one-time treatment given through an IV.

The therapy is still undergoing additional testing to establish its safety and effectiveness. It is similar to a treatment President Donald Trump received after contracting the virus last month.

Early results suggest the drug, called bamlanivimab, may help clear the coronavirus sooner and possibly cut hospitalizations in people with mild to moderate COVID-19. A study of it in hospitalized patients was stopped when independent monitors saw the drug did not seem to be helping in that situation.

The government previously reached an agreement to buy and supply much of the early production of Lilly’s drug.

Only one drug — Gilead Sciences’ remdesivir — has full FDA approval for treating COVID-19. Government treatment guidelines also back using dexamethasone and other steroids for certain severely ill, hospitalized patients.

One other treatment has an emergency use designation now — convalescent plasma, or the blood of COVID-19 survivors. No large studies have shown it to be more effective than usual care alone, however.

The new drug is part of an emerging family of biologic therapies that offer a promising new approach to preventing serious disease and death from COVID-19. Experts say the infused drugs could serve as a therapeutic bridge to help manage the virus until vaccines are widely available.

The drugs are laboratory-made versions of antibodies, blood proteins which the body creates to help target and eliminate foreign infections. The new therapies are concentrated versions of the antibodies that proved most effective against the virus in patient studies.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. also has asked for emergency authorization for an antibody drug it is testing, the one Trump received.

FDA regulators authorized the Lilly drug using their emergency powers to quickly speed the availability of experimental drugs and other medical products during public health crises.

In normal times the FDA requires “substantial evidence” to show that a drug is safe and effective, usually through one or more large, rigorously controlled patient studies. But during public health emergencies the agency can lower those standards and require only that an experimental treatment’s potential benefits outweigh its risks.

The emergency authorization functions like a temporary approval for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. To win full approval, Lilly will have to submit additional research to fully define the drug’s safety and benefit for patients.

The government has signed an agreement with Lilly to spend $375 million to buy 300,000 vials of the drug. How many doses that would provide is unclear. Each vial contains 700 milligrams and that dose proved ineffective in the early results. It took four times that amount — 2,800 milligrams — to show any effect.

The Lilly drug is authorized for people 12 and older who weigh at least 40 kilograms (about 88 pounds), and who are at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization. This includes those who are 65 years of age or older, or who have certain chronic medical conditions.

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AP chief medical writer Marilynn Marchione in Milwaukee contributed to this report.

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European synagogues keep on their lights to mark 1938 Kristallnacht pogroms

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‘Let There Be Light’ initiative has houses of worship ‘commemorate the ones that were extinguished on that fateful night’ 82 years ago

Россия заявила, что в НКР разместят только российских миротворцев. Алиев сообщил о размещении и турецких военных

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Полетевшие в Карабах российские “миротворцы” участвовали в оккупации Крыма и воевали на Донбассе – волонтер

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В ночь на 10 ноября Армения, Азербайджан и Россия подписали соглашение о прекращении войны в Нагорном Карабахе.

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“It’s like the mafia. You need to be a made man to thrive,” former CIA officer John Sipher told CNN.” – CIA Director Haspel’s fate uncertain after Trump fires Esper – 7:58 AM 11/10/2020 – Audio Report – Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠


Covid-19 Live Updates: At Least 3 at White House Election Party, Including Carson, Test Positive for Virus – NYTimes
 

Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠ | In Brief |

7:58 AM 11/10/2020

Audio Report: 

FDA Allows Emergency Use of Antibody Drug to Fight COVID-19
Esper, on his way out, says he was no yes man
Covid-19 Live Updates: At Least 3 at White House Election Party, Including Carson, Test Positive for Virus

3 who arrived from Denmark said showing symptoms amid mink virus mutation scare
CIA Director Haspel’s fate uncertain after Trump fires Esper – FOX 40 WICZ TV

“The attacks on Haspel became more acute in the days and weeks leading up to the election, fueling questions about her job status regardless of whether Trump was reelected.

“That’s the problem with Trump. To survive you need to become complicit. It’s like the mafia. You need to be a made man to thrive,” former CIA officer John Sipher told CNN.” 

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Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks
Opinion | The Joe Biden I Knew Has Been Humbled – The New York Times
Trump shows transition will be as turbulent as his presidency – CNNPolitics
White House Instructs Agencies to Ignore Bidens Transition Team Until Trump Accepts Defeat, Says Reprt
The National Interest (США): Турция и Россия ведут борьбу за власть на Южном Кавказе
Политолог: Россия свела роль Запада в Закавказье к нулю
12 самолетов с российскими миротворцами отправлены в Нагорный Карабах
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After Biden win, GOP eyes investigations into the 2020 election – KTVZ
Donald Trump uses tweets to divert from uncomfortable topics, study finds – Aberdeen Evening Express
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Opinion: The Trumpian refusal to accept election defeat is un-American
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Opinion | The Joe Biden I Knew Has Been Humbled – The New York Times
 

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You no doubt saw or heard at least some of Joe Bidens pitch-perfect victory speech last weekend, but what about the victory video that his campaign released hours earlier, just after CNN and other networks declared him the president-elect?

Its a gorgeous two minutes of music (a rendition of America the Beautiful by Ray Charles) and images, precisely none of which show Biden. He cedes the frame and the moment entirely to Americans themselves to Black Americans, white Americans, Native Americans, disabled Americans, young Americans, old Americans and to the landscapes in the lyrics of the song.

The video made clear that we, not he, were the focus, the story, the point of all of this. His speech hours later similarly elevated the first person plural over the first person singular, which was singularly transcendent under Donald Trump.

Largely to draw a contrast with Trump, Biden ran one of the humblest presidential campaigns I can recall. He claimed victory in the presidential race last weekend with the same radical humility. And that tonic of a tone could be crucial to his agenda.

Trump shows transition will be as turbulent as his presidency – CNNPolitics
 

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(CNN)The question is not whether President Donald Trump is leaving. It’s how much destruction, revenge and chaos he will wreak on the way out the door.

Trump’s refusal to concede the election, delusional tweets about states tipping his way and failure to so far grant President-elect Joe Biden access to federal funding and resources to power up his administration mean America is in for a rocky 71 days. Trump may be a lame duck, but he retains the authorities of the presidency until noon on January 20, and his chokehold on the Republican Party was if anything strengthened by winning 70 million votes last week. So the President has the power — institutional and political — and apparently the motivation to create a great deal of disruption before returning to civilian life.
Attorney General William Barr, who has shown a propensity for using his own power to advance the President’s political aspirations, on Monday told prosecutors they should examine unsupported allegations of voting irregularities before states certify results in the coming weeks. The move will raise concerns of a fresh attempt by the Trump administration to overturn the will of voters, but like the President’s campaign, Barr’s memo failed to produce any evidence of fraud/ However, it did lead the top election crimes prosecutor to quit in protest over the change in policy.
And Trump waited only two days after the election was called for Biden to start exacting retribution on those he sees as enemies inside his administration.
He sacked Defense Secretary Mark Esper, apparently because he showed insufficient loyalty to the President’s political goals. And a senior administration official told CNN’s Jake Tapper that Esper is worried Trump will next fire CIA Director Gina Haspel and FBI Director Christopher Wray. The pair is said to be at risk for putting US national security ahead of the President’s desire to use the intelligence services to pursue his “deep state” conspiracy theories.
White House Instructs Agencies to Ignore Bidens Transition Team Until Trump Accepts Defeat, Says Reprt
 

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The National Interest (США): Турция и Россия ведут борьбу за власть на Южном Кавказе
 

Michael_Novakhov shared this story from ИноСМИ – Все, что достойно перевода.

По мере того, как Реджеп Эрдоган обращает свой взор на Южный Кавказ, Россия пытается сдержать растущие неоосманские амбиции Турции. По мнению автора, конфликт говорит о более широкой модели турецкого проецирования власти на Южном Кавказе той, которая будет представлять каскадную угрозу интересам безопасности России.

Политолог: Россия свела роль Запада в Закавказье к нулю
 

Michael_Novakhov shared this story from Взгляд.

«Москве удалось вбить очередной гвоздь в гроб ОБСЕ бессмысленной организации, обслуживающей интересы противников России, и свести роль Запада в Закавказье к нулю», заявил политолог Тимофей Бордачев, комментируя подписание главами России, Армении и Азербайджана соглашения о прекращении войны в Карабахе«То, что произошло сегодня ночью это очень хорошая новость. Во-первых, наступил мир между двумя народами, с которыми Россию связывают дружественные и добрососедские отношения. Во-вторых, ликвидируется один из реликтов эпохи, когда внешнеполитические позиции Москвы были очень слабыми Минская группа с участием двух лидеров стран Запада  США и Франции», написал на своей странице в Facebook программный директор международного дискуссионного клуба «Валдай» Тимофей Бордачев.

Эксперт уверен, что вместе с этим «роль Запада в Закавказье сводится к нулю». «Вбит очередной гвоздь в гроб ОБСЕ бессмысленной организации, обслуживающей интересы противников России. Существенно усиливается российское военное присутствие в Закавказье. Азербайджан получает обратно большую часть отторгнутых 30 лет назад территорий, а Армения гарантии российских миротворцев и шанс на более благоразумное правительство», отмечает эксперт.

Он также отметил, что «Турция, если этого захочет Азербайджан, получит доступ к мониторингу исполнения договоренностей, которые были достигнуты под решающим влиянием России». «Но именно сейчас это не имеет значения. За эту чистую победу Россия заплатила жизнями двух своих солдат, но не вступила в боевые действия непосредственно», заключил политолог.

Напомним, во вторник ночью премьер Армении сообщил, что вместе с президентами Азербайджана и России подписал заявление о прекращении карабахской войны. При этом президент Армении Армен Саркисян узнал об этом из СМИ.

Пресс-секретарь президента России Дмитрий Песков подтвердил, что лидеры России, Армении и Азербайджана подписали заявление о прекращении военных действий в Карабахе. Позже российский лидер Владимир Путин раскрыл детали договоренностей между сторонами конфликта.

Сразу же после этого началась операция по переброске российских миротворцев в Нагорный Карабах. При этом президент Азербайджана уточнил, что миротворцев в Карабахе разместят Россия и Турция. Позже в МИД России уточнили, что на линии соприкосновения в Нагорном Карабахе будут размещены только российские миротворцы.

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12 самолетов с российскими миротворцами отправлены в Нагорный Карабах
 

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Из России в Нагорный Карабах вылетели 12 самолетов военно-транспортной авиации для выполнения миротворческой миссии после вступления в силу заявления о перемирии прекращении военных действий.

В Москве задержали участниц Pussy Riot
 

Michael_Novakhov shared this story from The New Times.

В Москве на выходе из кафе задержали участниц Pussy Riot Марию Алехину и Маргариту Флорес, а также бывшего фигуранта «московского дела» Самариддина Раджабова

Ankara to Control Karabakh Ceasefire Implementation, Turkish Foreign Minister Says
 

Michael_Novakhov shared this story from Sputnik News – World News, Breaking News & Top Stories.

Russia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan yesterday adopted a joint statement on a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh and paved the way for a peacekeeping mission in the embattled region. The Russian Foreign Ministry earlier in the day emphasised that only Russian peacekeepers would be deployed to Karabakh.

FDA Allows Emergency Use of Antibody Drug to Fight COVID-19
 

Michael_Novakhov shared this story from TIME.

(WASHINGTON) — U.S. health officials have allowed emergency use of the first antibody drug to help the immune system fight COVID-19, an experimental approach against the virus that has killed more than 238,000 Americans.

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday cleared the experimental drug from Eli Lilly for people 12 and older with mild or moderate COVID-19 not requiring hospitalization. It’s a one-time treatment given through an IV.

The therapy is still undergoing additional testing to establish its safety and effectiveness. It is similar to a treatment President Donald Trump received after contracting the virus last month.

Early results suggest the drug, called bamlanivimab, may help clear the coronavirus sooner and possibly cut hospitalizations in people with mild to moderate COVID-19. A study of it in hospitalized patients was stopped when independent monitors saw the drug did not seem to be helping in that situation.

The government previously reached an agreement to buy and supply much of the early production of Lilly’s drug.

Only one drug — Gilead Sciences’ remdesivir — has full FDA approval for treating COVID-19. Government treatment guidelines also back using dexamethasone and other steroids for certain severely ill, hospitalized patients.

One other treatment has an emergency use designation now — convalescent plasma, or the blood of COVID-19 survivors. No large studies have shown it to be more effective than usual care alone, however.

The new drug is part of an emerging family of biologic therapies that offer a promising new approach to preventing serious disease and death from COVID-19. Experts say the infused drugs could serve as a therapeutic bridge to help manage the virus until vaccines are widely available.

The drugs are laboratory-made versions of antibodies, blood proteins which the body creates to help target and eliminate foreign infections. The new therapies are concentrated versions of the antibodies that proved most effective against the virus in patient studies.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. also has asked for emergency authorization for an antibody drug it is testing, the one Trump received.

FDA regulators authorized the Lilly drug using their emergency powers to quickly speed the availability of experimental drugs and other medical products during public health crises.

In normal times the FDA requires “substantial evidence” to show that a drug is safe and effective, usually through one or more large, rigorously controlled patient studies. But during public health emergencies the agency can lower those standards and require only that an experimental treatment’s potential benefits outweigh its risks.

The emergency authorization functions like a temporary approval for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. To win full approval, Lilly will have to submit additional research to fully define the drug’s safety and benefit for patients.

The government has signed an agreement with Lilly to spend $375 million to buy 300,000 vials of the drug. How many doses that would provide is unclear. Each vial contains 700 milligrams and that dose proved ineffective in the early results. It took four times that amount — 2,800 milligrams — to show any effect.

The Lilly drug is authorized for people 12 and older who weigh at least 40 kilograms (about 88 pounds), and who are at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization. This includes those who are 65 years of age or older, or who have certain chronic medical conditions.

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AP chief medical writer Marilynn Marchione in Milwaukee contributed to this report.

European synagogues keep on their lights to mark 1938 Kristallnacht pogroms
 

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‘Let There Be Light’ initiative has houses of worship ‘commemorate the ones that were extinguished on that fateful night’ 82 years ago

Россия заявила, что в НКР разместят только российских миротворцев. Алиев сообщил о размещении и турецких военных
 

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Полетевшие в Карабах российские “миротворцы” участвовали в оккупации Крыма и воевали на Донбассе – волонтер
 

Michael_Novakhov shared this story from Информационное агентство УНИАН.

В ночь на 10 ноября Армения, Азербайджан и Россия подписали соглашение о прекращении войны в Нагорном Карабахе.

After Biden win, GOP eyes investigations into the 2020 election – KTVZ
 

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After Biden win, GOP eyes investigations into the 2020 election  KTVZ

Donald Trump uses tweets to divert from uncomfortable topics, study finds – Aberdeen Evening Express
 

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Donald Trump uses tweets to divert from uncomfortable topics, study finds  Aberdeen Evening Express

Ceasefire halts Nagorno-Karabakh conflict after month of fighting
 

Michael_Novakhov shared this story from MSNBC Top Stories.

Celebrations begin following the signing of a deal to end the military conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Tuesday.

Esper, on his way out, says he was no yes man
 

Michael_Novakhov shared this story .

As had long been expected, President Donald Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Monday, cutting short what would have otherwise been his final months at the Pentagon, in anticipation of President-elect Joe Bidens transition in January.

Delivered via tweet, Trump announced Chris Miller, previously the National Counterterrorism Center director, will step in immediately as acting defense secretary.

Espers Pentagon exit had been expected for months, as tension both subtle and obvious bubbled with the White House. Some had expected that Esper would beat him to the punch with a resignation, but with the election coming up, it appeared neither side wanted to rock that particular boat.

In fact, Esper went nearly underground in the run-up to the election, last hosting a Pentagon briefing in late July. He continued to bring reporters along on several trips both within the U.S. and abroad, but declined on-the-record interviews. Former Vice President Joe Bidens apparent election victory temporarily quelled rumors that Esper would either resign or be fired, but in the end, the Trump administration decided it would rather finish out its last 10 weeks with someone else.

Speaking to Military Times in an exclusive interview on Nov. 4, Esper confirmed that he never had any intention of quitting, and though he expected the other shoe to drop, he didnt have a good read on when.

So what Im trying to do is, kind of, share my views and perspectives while theyre still fresh, he said.

He was also conscious of his legacy, particularly where it concerned the National Defense Strategy.

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I guess my top line is, as I look back, I see it you know, despite a series of crises and conflicts and yes, occasional tension with the White House I think weve been really successful in transforming the department, implementing my top priority as the NDS, if you will, and then protecting the institution, which is really important to me, he said. And then … fourth, I should say, preserving my integrity in the process.

Dubbed Yesper by his critics, including the president, he takes umbrage with the idea that he has been anyones yes man.

My frustration is I sit here and say, Hm, 18 Cabinet members. Whos pushed back more than anybody? Name another Cabinet secretary thats pushed back, he said. “Have you seen me on a stage saying, Under the exceptional leadership of blah-blah-blah, we have blah-blah-blah-blah? “

Protect this house

Espers tenure dovetailed with a historic shift in Pentagon priorities, from the decades-long war on terrorism to the era of great power competition in other words, something of a new Cold War, but this time involving North Korea, Russia, and most importantly, China.

More than anything, its clear the NDS was his baby, and he was willing to go to great lengths to protect it.

Everybodys on board, until you start talking money and people, he said of the general support for the NDS. And then people fall off board, right?

Never was that more clear than in late July, when he announced a plan to withdraw 12,000 troops from Germany.

Some of them would be moving to other parts of Europe, while others could return to the U.S. to deploy on a rotational basis to NATOs eastern boundary, where troops had been training local forces for years.

And then you go and you start doing [combatant command] reviews, and you start moving things and pulling things out. And then they say, Oh, no, no, no, no, not that. Thats too important. Thats hard work, he said. Thats the stuff where youve got to make the hard calls, where people say, Oh, if you do this, youll break that.

The president had asked for 10,000 troops out of Germany, Esper said.

And look, I cant control I can only control what I do, he said. The presidents going to hes very transparent in terms of what he wants. And hes been very clear about his views Im not trying to make anybody happy. What Im trying to do is, fulfill what he wants I mean, hes the duly elected commander in chief and make the best out of it.

Publicly, Trump had lambasted Germany for not paying 2 percent of its gross domestic product into NATO, and after the realignments announcement, Trump promptly told that country they had it coming.

Some of those ideas were ideas that were out there for years that folks just didnt have the courage or the willpower to propose, Esper said, explaining that he had taken the presidents request and tried to carry it out as thoughtfully and strategically as possible.

Throw in a nationwide movement for racial justice and the possible end of the war in Afghanistan.

When it came down to it, Esper said, he felt like he couldnt throw in the towel, no matter how dysfunctional his relationship with the administration became.

Like retired Marine Gen. James Mattis before him, Esper gave off the distinct aura of someone trying to be the adult in the room, the last line of defense between the worlds most powerful military and a commander in chief who saw it as a political bludgeon.

Yeah, look, I mean my soldiers dont get to quit, he said. So if Im going to quit, it better be over something really, really big. And otherwise, look, Im going to do what Ive always done, which is try and shape it the best I can.

He did come close once, though, he said.

Following his testimony in Trumps impeachment proceedings, concern flared that the administration might try to retaliate against now-retired Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who had been a Ukraine expert at the National Security Council.

Months after his February testimony, something appeared amiss, as the Armys expected colonel promotion list had still not dropped. Vindmans camp alleged that someone in the chain of command was holding it up, though behind the scenes, both Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Esper had signed off.

You know, the Army had done all its due diligence on him. He was qualified for promotion. They asked me, you know, what to do, he said. I said, if hes qualified for promotion, do the right thing, put him on the list. I endorse it. Well just let the chips fall where they might.

In the end, Vindman decided to resign his commission and retire from the Army, with no public indication of whether the president intended to overrule Espers judgment.

But if Trump had decided to punish Vindman, would that have been too far? Would Esper have resigned?

Yeah, no, absolutely, he said.

I think hell do very well

Esper, a retired Army infantry lieutenant colonel and veteran of the D.C. political scene who had worked in the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill, in the leadership of a conservative think tank and as a top lobbyist for defense giant Raytheon, appeared to have all the right bullet points for the job.

Though he had been Trumps third pick for Army secretary the previous two had been undone by financial entanglements and bigoted public comments about the LGBTQ community, respectively Esper took to the job like a grunt to a case of Rip-Its.

His first order of business was to start slashing cumbersome administrative and training requirements, starting with media awareness and a mandatory personal travel reporting system, eventually culminating in the downfall of the legendary PT belt.

That all began with a visit to the post gym at Fort Myer, Virginia, when a specialist on a nearby treadmill started blasting music directly from his phone to spice up his run.

Why dont you just wear earphones like everybody else? Esper recalled asking him. ‘My chain of command says Im not allowed to wear earphones while Im running, Why not? Because Ill get hit by a car like that. … And Im like saying … thats why you run with a PT belt, too? Thats why I got rid of that. Its stupid.

Then came the Armys acquisition revolution, anchored by the newly anointed Army Futures Command, tasked with the research and development for five new programs that would completely revamp its ground combat capabilities.

Esper and then-Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, who would later become his chairman of the Joint Chiefs, spent many of their evenings in what they affectionately called night court, running through lists of procurement programs and picking off all but what they deemed the most necessary.

The final body count included more than $25 billion in savings.

Months later, rumors started swirling that Esper was on the short list to replace Mattis, who had quit just before Christmas 2018.

In his resignation letter, Mattis opined that he could not be complicit in forsaking Americas allies presumably, in response to Trumps order to withdraw troops from Syria, troops who had been fighting along with local Kurds to keep the Islamic State in check.

Former Boeing executive Patrick Shanahan, Mattiss deputy, had moved into the acting role, but the feeling was that Trump might not nominate him for the top job.

Speculation came to a crashing halt last June, when details of Shanahans decade-old, contentious divorce leaked, and he resigned from the Pentagon entirely to head off the public glare.

Enter Esper.

Mark Esper, who is a highly respected gentleman, with a great career West Point, Harvard a tremendous talent, Trump told reporters outside the White House. I think hell do very well.

He was in hot water almost immediately, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., grilled him mercilessly at his July 2019 confirmation hearing over his declining to promise to recuse himself from any deals with Raytheon.

This smacks of corruption, plain and simple, Warren said. Will you commit that during your time as defense secretary that you will not seek any waiver that will allow you to participate in matters that affect Raytheons financial interests?

He would not, he said, on the advice of DoDs lawyers.

Despite the altercation, he sailed through the confirmation process and weathered the rest of the year relatively unscathed, even garnering praise for reviving the Pentagons press briefings, which had been shut down for more than a year at the time.

While trying to keep his head down and lay the groundwork for the new national defense strategy Mattis announced in 2018, Esper took fire on the Pentagons decision to move billions out of its counter-drug and military construction accounts to fund a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Then 2020 came around, kicking off with Iran and the U.S. on the brink of war following the presidents order to assassinate a top Iranian general who had masterminded countless insurgent attacks on U.S. and coalition troops fighting the Islamic State in Iraq.

Though Trump and Esper were united in their strategic decision, the cracks started to show when it came to the 100-plus service members who sustained traumatic brain injuries in Irans revenge attack on an Iraqi air base.

No, I dont consider them very serious relative to other injuries Ive seen, Trump said during a January press conference, comparing what he referred to as headaches to the aftermath of Iranian road side bombs, including people with no legs and no arms.

Esper assured that he had explained to the president that so-called mild traumatic brain injuries can have long-term, devastating effects.

Ive had the chance to speak with the president. He is very concerned about the health and welfare of all of our service members particularly those who were involved in the operations in Iraq, he said, though he did not elaborate on whether the talk came before or after Trumps statements. And he understands the nature of these injuries.

Beginning of the end

The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic soon took over the news coming out of both the White House and the Pentagon, as Esper and the military services scrambled to put in place physical distancing regulations, testing protocols and more in an effort to keep DoD churning as it felt like the world burned around it.

After a Black man from Minneapolis, George Floyd, died at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer, protests erupted in front of the White House, and Esper took a fateful walk across a forcefully cleared Lafayette Square so that Trump could hold up a Bible and say a few words in front of the fire-damaged St. Johns Episcopal Church.

The following day, Esper briefed the press, trying to explain how he unknowingly walked into that political disaster.

Look, I do everything I can to try and stay apolitical, trying to stay out of situations that may appear political, Esper said. And sometimes Im successful at doing that. And sometimes Im not as successful.

Then he had his first public break with the president, who had ordered active-duty troops from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to assemble outside the D.C. area in case they were needed to put down violent protests.

The option to use active-duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort, and only in the most urgent and dire of situations, Esper said, strongly countering the presidents threatening message. We are not in one of those situations now. I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.

The president was reportedly furious.

I was really concerned that that continued talk about Insurrection Act was going to take us in a direction, take us into a really dark direction,” Esper said. “And I wanted to make clear what I thought about the situation as secretary of defense and the role of the active-duty forces. And to kind of break the fever, if you will, because I thought that was just a moment in history where … if somebody doesnt stand up now and say something and kind of push the pause button, then … it could spiral.

When then-Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth Wright, who is Black, decided to speak out about his experiences as a person of color in the military, DoD couldnt put the horse back in the barn.

The services and the top levels of the Pentagon all set about creating task forces to improve diversity and inclusion within the services.

As part of that discussion, the issue of 10 Army posts named for Confederate officers resurfaced, as it had periodically in previous years.

Both Army Secretary McCarthy and Esper signaled they were open to the idea of changing them, but the president quickly shut down that idea, threatening to veto the National Defense Authorization Act if Congress tried to slip in a provision to change the names.

The other issue was the flying of the Confederate flag on DoD installations.

So I thought I had a really clever way, creative way of addressing it, he said.

In mid-July, Esper issued a memo that banned the flying of all flags other than those of U.S. states, allied countries and those of military units in all common areas, offices and otherwise public spaces on military bases.

The memo did not mention the Confederate flag by name, and so additionally effectively banned a host of other flags, from those expressing LGBTQ pride to college sports and beyond.

So I dont want the military politicized any which way I dont want a Confederate flag. I dont want a Proud Boys flag take any of your groups on the left, I dont want their flags, he said.

His reasoning, he said, was to take out any and all perceived politics.

The principle is here, whats consistent with our values. One of those values was … we dont want a flag that was aligned with an organization that, you know, committed treason against the country, he said. But the other one is, dont be political. And so my view was, lets take a different approach: lets affirm the centrality of the U.S. flag as the flag for the U.S. military, as simple as that may be, and then everything else just doesnt have a place with us.

But the backlash was swift. In trying to avoid a controversy over allowing some political flags but not others, Esper found himself accused of a different kind of bigotry, for banning the rainbow pride flag.

And yeah, I knew we knew we would take some heat for that. Thats fine. But again, if you go back to the core principle: keep the military apolitical, he said. And as I said, to the folks at the time, if you want to come back later, and get waivers for this flag or hat flag, come back. Guess what? Nobodys come back to me.

The endless war

Of course, woven through Espers entire tenure was the specter of a full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, a campaign promise that Trump was intent on keeping.

Against the backdrop of Taliban peace talks, first with U.S. diplomats and then with the Afghan government, the president started issuing orders about cutting numbers.

In consultation with the chain of command, the Pentagon settled on reducing troop levels from roughly 8,000 down to 4,000. From there, Esper and Milley said time and time again, it would be a conditions-based drawdown.

Just weeks ago, Milley appeared on NPR and, in his way, shot down White House National Security Adviser Robert OBriens assertion that the drawdown was heading for 2,500.

I think that, you know, Robert OBrien or anyone else can speculate as they see fit, Milley said. Im not going to engage in speculation. Im going to engage in the rigorous analysis of the situation based on the conditions and the plans that I am aware of and my conversations with the president.

Trump also waded into the discussion, tweeting that the U.S. should have the rest of its troops home by Christmas.

Espers office stayed as far away from the discussion as possible, as it had in countless instances where it appeared that DoD and the White House were not on the same page.

Declining to clarify anything on the record was a purposeful strategy, Esper said.

Imagine this: Disregard what the president said. This is still the plan, Esper suggested. Now, if I were the president, Id say, Really? Here you go. Heres a written piece of paper. Youre coming home by December.

Espers explanation of his thought process loudly echoed the one laid out by former Homeland Security Department official Miles Taylor in an anonymous 2018 New York Times essay, in which he described members of Trumps staff removing memos from his desk and otherwise trying to redirect the presidents attention in order to keep him from doing something rash.

Youve got to think through steps two, three and four. And often folks dont do that, Esper said. Why get in a mudslinging match when youre still working for the commander in chief? That doesnt get you anywhere.

In the balance, in the case of the Afghanistan withdrawal, are thousands of troops and their families wondering if they are in fact coming home, or if that deployment theyre planning their lives around will still happen.

It may be a little bit uncertain for some folks, but I know the chain of command completely knows what were doing and where were going, Esper said.

Have other defense secretaries had to spend this much time trying to balance the presidents demands with their very real consequences to national security?

Probably not, he said. I dont know, Ive only worked for a couple.

But he has no regrets about how he handled himself.

At the end of the day, its as I said youve got to pick your fights, he said. I could have a fight over anything, and I could make it a big fight, and I could live with that why? Whos going to come in behind me? Its going to be a real yes man. And then God help us.

Trump fires Secretary of Defense Mark Esper
 

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President Trump on Monday said he fired Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and that Christopher Miller, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, will take over as acting defense secretary “effective immediately.”

Mark Esper has been terminated, Trump tweeted, his first ousting of a Cabinet official since the election was called for Democratic nominee Joe Biden. I would like to thank him for his service.

A senior U.S. official told Fox News that White House chief of staff Mark Meadows called Esper and let him know he was being fired before the presidents tweet.

Fox News has learned that Esper was involved in meetings at the Pentagon Monday morning, and was behaving as defense secretary. Sources told Fox News that the president’s announcement caught some of his staff off guard.

TRUMP ‘NOT BACKING DOWN,’ CAMPAIGN MANAGER SAYS

Recently, there have been reports that Esper could be removed from his post or could be preparing resignation letters, but some members of his staff believed that he would remain through inauguration.

Esper’s firing comes five months after he said he did “not support invoking the Insurrection Act,” amid nationwide protests over the summer. He has not held a press conference in the Pentagon briefing room since July.

“The option to use active-duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire situations,” Esper said in June. “We are not in one of those situations now. I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.”

FILE – In this July 10, 2020, file photo Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks during a briefing on counternarcotics operations at U.S. Southern Command in Doral, Fla. Esper plans to fly nearly halfway around the world this week to tiny Palau, which no Pentagon chief has ever visited. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

The president said Miller would immediately become acting secretary of defense.

“I am pleased to announce that Christopher C. Miller, the highly respected Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (unanimously confirmed by the Senate), will be Acting Secretary of Defense, effective immediately,” Trump said.

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 24: National Counterterrorism Center Director Christopher Miller testifies at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on “Threats to the Homeland” on Capitol Hill on September 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Joshua Roberts-Pool/Getty Images)

The president added: “Chris will do a GREAT job!”

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Miller was sworn in as the seventh director of the National Counterterrorism Center in August, after serving as deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and combating terrorism.

From 2018 to 2019, Miller served as the special assistant to the president and senior director for counterterrorism and transnational threats at the National Security Council responsible for strategic-level policy making and implementation.

Miller also served in the military from 1983 to 2014, beginning in the Army Reserve, and later transferred to Special Forces. Miller participated in combat operations in Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003 with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne,) and many follow-on deployments to both theaters.

Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin, Lucas Tomlinson and Gillian Turner contributed to this report. 

Opinion: The Trumpian refusal to accept election defeat is un-American
 

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A stranger held a door open for me and said “We have a new president!” I got to talking with the woman and learned she was originally from Syria.

“Today is the first time I’ve ever been able to vote,” she said.

This hit home.

After four years of constant, negative rhetoric aimed at division and exploiting old wounds — especially on

immigration

 and

race

 — one sentence from a stranger, from an immigrant, reminded me of the importance of not just our elections, but the process we have and why it has traditionally been cherished and must be respected.

And yet here we are, six days after the presidential election, where the results are clear and despite this, President Donald Trump and his allies continue to question the result and make

unproven claims of voter fraud

. These claims never contain a shred of evidence and as Georgia Lieutenant

Governor Geoff Duncan

, a Republican, said on CNN on Monday morning, there simply have not been credible reports of voter fraud.

Of course these claims of voter fraud, which President Trump began about mail-in ballots in advance of Election Day, are more about shifting blame for the loss or just not accepting the loss. But that they are invalid does not mean they do not still have an impact.

These moves are un-American, and perhaps the best result of this election was the rejection of these kinds of tactics.

We knew the 2020 election was going to be a tough and divisive campaign. While President-elect Joe Biden has said important words about coming together, a marked change from what we have seen — and continue to see — under Trump, real unity will be difficult. Part of that is due to both Republicans and Democrats not having an incentive to work together; bipartisanship is not a strong fundraising tool or popular amongst either base. And there are sincere differences in principle that will limit where Washington can bridge partisan divides.

But we should be able to agree on the core tenets of our system of government: the right to vote, that vote being counted and the peaceful transition of power.

It is often said that America is an idea. It’s also a promise. It’s a promise that we make to the individual, like the stranger from Syria, and to emerging democracies throughout the world.

Those core tenets are being put to the test in America right now, and we have to do better. Ultimately, even, or especially, at a time of division, they are what bind us together as Americans.

Covid-19 Live Updates: At Least 3 at White House Election Party, Including Carson, Test Positive for Virus
 

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At least three people who attended an election party at the White House last week, including the housing secretary and President Trumps chief of staff, have tested positive for the coronavirus. Sseveral hundred people gathered at the event in the East Room for several hours, many of them not wearing masks as they mingled and watched election returns.

Ben Carson, the secretary of housing and urban development, tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday, according to a spokesman for the agency. He is the latest in a long list of administration officials, including Mr. Trump, to contract the virus.

Another is David Bossie, an adviser Mr. Trump recently appointed to be the face of his efforts to contest vote tabulations in states like Nevada and Georgia, two people familiar with the diagnosis said on Monday. Mr. Bossie tested positive on Sunday and told campaign officials of the result.

The third person from the election party is Mr. Trumps chief of staff, Mark Meadows, who tested positive for the virus the day after the election, aides said, although Mr. Meadows tried to keep it quiet.

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. made an urgent plea on Monday for Americans to wear masks to slow the spread of the virus, declaring that a mask is not a political statement. He said the pandemic would be his top priority when he replaces Mr. Trump on Jan. 20.

As the United States surpassed 10 million known cases on Sunday, the seven-day average of new cases across country rose to more than 111,000 a day, a record. By Monday evening, over 100,000 new cases had been recorded for the sixth consecutive day. Six states set daily records for new cases.

With the world anxiously awaiting any positive news about a pandemic that has killed more than 1.2 million people, the drug maker Pfizer announced on Monday that its coronavirus vaccine appeared to be robustly effective, based on an early analysis of trial results.

Mr. Carson, a neurosurgeon who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, has defended Mr. Trumps response to the virus and is a member of the White House virus task force.

At 69, Mr. Carson is at an elevated risk for complications. He is also a cancer survivor, having undergone surgery in 2002 for an aggressive form of prostate cancer.

He is in good spirits and feels fortunate to have access to effective therapeutics, which aid and markedly speed his recovery, Coalter Baker, the agencys deputy chief of staff, said in an email. Mr. Baker did not specify which treatments Mr. Carson had received or would receive.

According to Armstrong Williams, a friend and personal adviser to Mr. Carson, the secretary felt ill over the weekend and was examined and tested early Monday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

I was just on the phone with him, Mr. Williams said in an interview at midday on Monday. He said he was feeling pretty bad over the last couple of days, but he was feeling a lot better now. Carsons going to live. Carsons going to be OK.

Some patients who seem to fare well in the first week after diagnosis become seriously ill in the second week.

Mr. Carsons wife, Candy, accompanied him to Walter Reed and was tested, but the results were not back yet, Mr. Williams said. It was not clear which kind of test each had taken.

The secretary was one of several hundred people at the White House party, according people with knowledge of the situation. But Mr. Williams said that Mr. Carson thinks he caught the virus before then, while campaigning for Mr. Trump by bus before Election Day. It was not immediately clear why Mr. Carson thinks so.

Five other White House aides and a Trump campaign adviser also tested positive in the days before and after Election Day, people familiar with the diagnoses told The Times on Friday.

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. named Dr. Rick Bright, a former top vaccine official in the Trump administration who submitted a whistle-blower complaint to Congress, as a member of a Covid-19 panel to advise him during the transition, officials announced Monday.

Dr. Bright, who was ousted as the head of a federal medical research agency, told lawmakers that officials in the government had failed to heed his warnings about acquiring masks and other supplies. He said that Americans died from the virus because of the Trump administrations failure to act.

Lives were endangered, and I believe lives were lost, Dr. Bright, the former director of the Department of Health and Human Servicess Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, told a House subcommittee in May.

Mr. Bidens decision to put Dr. Bright on his advisory panel is intended to send a signal that the incoming administration intends to confront the virus which is surging across the country in a very different way than President Trump, who sought to largely push responsibility onto states.

In a statement on Monday, Mr. Biden said the advisory board will help him shape his approach to managing the surge in reported infections; ensuring vaccines are safe, effective, and distributed efficiently, equitably, and free; and protecting at-risk populations.

After meeting with the board on Monday, Mr. Biden urged all Americans to wear a mask and vowed to make defeating the pandemic his No. 1 priority when he takes office on Jan. 20.

It doesnt matter your party, your point of view. We can save tens of thousands of lives if everyone would just wear a mask for the next few months, Mr. Biden said.

On Sunday, the nation surpassed 10 million cases and sank deeper into the grip of what could become the worst chapter yet of the pandemic.

The rate of new cases is soaring: The seven-day average of new cases across the United States rose to more than 111,000 a day, as of Sunday. With 29 states setting weekly case records, the virus is surging in more than half the country. Nationwide, hospitalizations have nearly doubled since mid-September, and deaths are slowly increasing again.

The nations worsening outlook comes at an extremely difficult juncture: Mr. Trump, who remains in office until January, is openly at odds with his own coronavirus advisers, and winter, when infections are only expected to spread faster, is coming.

The three co-chairs of Mr. Bidens virus advisory board are:Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, a former surgeon general, who has been a key Biden adviser for months and is expected to take a major public role; Dr. David A. Kessler, a former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration who worked closely with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nations top epidemiologist, to speed development and approval of HIV drugs; and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at Yale University.

The 13-member panel will also include Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, an oncologist and the chair of the department of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Emanuel is the brother of Rahm Emanuel, who served as White House chief of staff under former President Barack Obama and as the mayor of Chicago. Dr. Emanuel has been a high-profile advocate of a more aggressive approach to the virus.

The other members of the panel are: Dr. Atul Gawande, a professor of surgery at Brigham and Womens Hospital; Dr. Celine Gounder, a clinical assistant professor at the N.Y.U. Grossman School of Medicine; Dr. Julie Morita, the executive vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Dr. Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota; Ms. Loyce Pace, the executive director and president of the Global Health Council; Dr. Luciana Borio, a National Security Council aide under Mr. Trump and acting chief F.D.A. scientist under Mr. Obama; and Dr. Robert Rodriguez and Dr. Eric Goosby of the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.

And Dr. Fauci said on Monday that he would stay at his post atop the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases after Mr. Bidens inauguration, telling CNN that he has no intention of leaving.

Ive been doing it working in public health under six presidents, Dr. Fauci said. Its an important job and my goal is to serve the American public no matter what the administration is.

As coronavirus cases have surged to records across the United States, Gov. Philip D. Murphy of New Jersey laid out new restrictions for the state on Monday, calling for restaurants and nightclubs to shut down indoor service at 10 p.m. starting Thursday, and saying that no one may be seated directly at the bar.

High school sports teams are not permitted to participate in out-of-state tournaments, but college athletes may still travel.

Mr. Murphy said he would continue to consider additional targeted restrictions on nonessential businesses.

New Jerseys seven-day average of coronavirus cases now exceeds 2,000 infections a day, or 24 per 100,000 people, the highest rate since May. Last week, the average rate of positive tests, a key indicator of a states control of the virus, reached 6 percent. Hospitalizations have also been rising, though death rates have not spiked.

Mr. Murphy, a Democrat, said in interview on CNBCs Squawk Box on Monday that the new rules would be designed to shave at the edges, without imposing a full lockdown.

The new limits on businesses comes about two weeks after Newark, the states largest city, took similar action on its own to confront a hot spot centered in the Ironbound neighborhood, one of the states most thriving restaurant districts.

And in the New York City area, officials had also hoped to keep the outbreak at bay and press ahead with its slow but steady recovery from the dark days of spring. But now, its forecast is turning more alarming, too.

The number of new cases is swiftly rising, with more than 1,000 cases identified in New York City four days in a row this past week, or 12 per 100,000 people, a level that last occurred in May, according to a New York Times database.

Though new restrictions would be up to the governor, city health officials and Mayor Bill de Blasios aides have been discussing whether new citywide restrictions should be imposed, including a broader shutdown of nonessential businesses if the citywide seven-day average rate of positive virus test results climbs, and stays, above 3 percent. The figure was 2.21 percent, according to the citys health department.

Hospitalizations and death rates are a small fraction of what they were at the height of the pandemic, and case count comparisons can be tricky, given that much more testing is occurring now. Around the state, the daily average of new cases for the last seven days was 2,757, or 14 per 100,000 people as of Sunday, according to the Times database.

Whats more, the positivity rate in New York City is still well below that in neighboring states.

Mr. de Blasio said on Monday that now, unfortunately, we are seeing a real growth in the positivity rate in the city, and that is dangerous.

He added, This is my message to all New Yorkers: We can stop a second wave if we act immediately, but we have one last chance and everyone has to be a part of it.

The citys contact tracing program has disclosed few details about which trends and patterns are contributing to transmission. But one city health official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to share details from internal discussions, said clusters had been traced to workplaces, including construction sites and offices.

The mayor said that further lockdowns were possible should New York City not regain control of the virus.

God forbid this continued and we had a full-blown second wave, he said. It means a lot more restrictions. Unfortunately, it could mean even having to shut down parts of our economy again.

It could also mean having to close schools, he said.

The mayor has previously said that he favored halting indoor dining if the seven-day positivity rate reached 2 percent a threshold that has already been crossed without his taking any action. On Monday, the mayor would only say that it was time to re-evaluate the wisdom of allowing limited indoor dining.

At his own news conference, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said the so-called red zone covering parts of Brooklyn was being downgraded to orange, which allows for less severe restrictions. Parts of Erie, Monroe and Onondaga counties would face greater restrictions, though, he said.

This is going to be the constant for the foreseeable future, Mr. Cuomo said, of his whack-a-mole approach to battling the virus. Every couple of days well say, This place became a microcluster, this place is no longer a microcluster.

The drug maker Pfizer announced on Monday that an early analysis of its coronavirus vaccine trial suggested the vaccine was robustly effective in preventing Covid-19, a promising development as the world has waited anxiously for any positive news about a pandemic that has killed more than 1.2 million people.

Pfizer, which developed the vaccine with the German drug maker BioNTech, released only sparse details from its clinical trial, based on the first formal review of the data by an outside panel of experts.

Pfizer said that the analysis found that the vaccine was more than 90 percent effective in preventing the disease among trial volunteers who had no evidence of prior coronavirus infection. If the results hold up, that level of protection would put it on par with highly effective childhood vaccines for diseases such as measles. No serious safety concerns have been observed, the company said.

Pfizer plans to ask the Food and Drug Administration for emergency authorization of the two-dose vaccine later this month, after it has collected the recommended two months of safety data. By the end of the year it will have manufactured enough doses to immunize 15 to 20 million people, company executives have said.

Independent scientists have cautioned against hyping early results before long-term safety and efficacy data has been collected. Still, Pfizer is the first company to announce positive results from a late-stage vaccine trial.

Eleven vaccines are in late-stage trials, including four in the United States. Pfizers progress could bode well for Modernas vaccine, which uses similar technology.

The news comes just days after Joseph R. Biden Jr. clinched a victory over President Trump in the presidential election. Mr. Trump had repeatedly hinted a vaccine would be ready before Election Day, Nov. 3. This fall, Pfizers chief executive, Dr. Albert Bourla, frequently claimed that the company could have a readout by October, something that did not come to pass.

Both President Trump and President-elect Biden hailed the news on Monday.

Operation Warp Speed, the federal effort to rush a vaccine to market, has promised Pfizer $1.95 billion to deliver 100 million doses to the federal government, which will be given to Americans free of charge.

But in an interview, Kathrin Jansen, a senior vice president and the head of vaccine research and development at Pfizer, sought to distance the company from Operation Warp Speed and presidential politics, noting that the company unlike the other vaccine front-runners did not take any federal money to help pay for research and development.

She said she learned of the results from the outside panel of experts shortly after 1 p.m. on Sunday, and that the timing was not influenced by the election. We have always said that science is driving how we conduct ourselves no politics, she said.

The data released by Pfizer Monday was delivered in a news release, not a peer-reviewed medical journal. It is not conclusive evidence that the vaccine is safe and effective, and the initial finding of more than 90 percent efficacy could change as the trial goes on.

In the wake of Joseph R. Bidens victory and the latest optimistic reports about the effectiveness of Pfizers vaccine, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York once again assailed President Trumps vaccine distribution plan, saying, We cant let this vaccination plan go forward the way the Trump administration is designing it.

The Trump administration is rolling out the vaccination plan and I believe its flawed, Mr. Cuomo, a third-term Democrat, said on ABCs Good Morning America on Monday. Theyre basically going to have the private providers do it, and thats going to leave out all sorts of communities that were left out the first time when Covid ravaged them.

Mr. Cuomos comments came even as he acknowledged that Pfizers results were great news, but some conservatives quickly accused the governor of trying to politicize the issue and hamper vaccine distribution efforts.

In a statement, Senator Ben Sasse, Republican of Nebraska, said: After this nasty virus has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans and put millions out of work, it is beyond disgusting that Governor Cuomo would use a glimmer of hope for another worn-out Trump is bad talking point. When we get a vaccine, were going to need all hands on deck distributing it as fast as possible. Shamelessly politicizing this is dangerous and stupid.

For months, Mr. Cuomo has raised concerns about the White Houses vaccination strategy, claiming that the rush to develop a vaccine has become so politicized that people might have serious trepidations about a vaccines safety. As chairman of the National Governors Association, Mr. Cuomo has accused the federal government of not providing states with sufficient answers on how governors should prepare to distribute a vaccine.

Those concerns prompted Mr. Cuomo to announce in September a state task force that is supposed to review any vaccines authorized by the federal government before theyre distributed in New York. Last month, the governor released a draft plan outlining the broad contours of how the vaccine would be distributed in New York, where up to 40 million doses could be needed for the states 19 million residents. Mr. Cuomo said priority would be given to essential workers and those considered most vulnerable.

Mr. Cuomo has also said that relying on the private sector, including pharmacies, could leave out minority communities that have already been disproportionately affected by the virus.

While the plan isnt finalized, a report released by the Department of Health and Human Services says that the most at-risk populations would indeed be prioritized in the initial phases of distribution, which will entail partnerships with local governments and public health sites, in addition to pharmacies, clinics, hospitals and nursing homes.

Ukraines president, Volodymyr Zelensky, said Monday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the latest leader to contract the virus despite the extensive protective measures available to a head of state.

Mr. Zelensky, who is 42 and not known to have any of the underlying conditions that could put him at risk of developing severe illness from the virus, said in a post in English on Twitter that he felt good and was taking vitamins, adding, its gonna be fine!

The Ukrainian president said he intended to isolate himself but keep working. It was not clear if he had shown any symptoms. The presidents chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, has also tested positive, according to a statement he posted on Facebook minutes after the presidents tweet.

Cases have been shooting up in Ukraine. The country reported an average of 9,525 cases per day over the past seven days.

Mr. Zelensky has consistently urged Ukrainians to wear masks and to take other coronavirus precautions seriously. He often appears in public wearing a mask or on television conducting business by video conference.

Critics have, however, taken issue with a decision by his political party, which controls Parliament, to allocate more than half of a coronavirus relief fund intended for hospitals to road construction instead.

Mr. Zelensky, a former comedian, was elected president last spring and within months became entangled in an American political scandal when President Trump requested, in a telephone call, that he investigate now President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Mr. Bidens family.

Mr. Zelenskys wife, Olena Zelenska, had a mild case of Covid-19 in June. At the time, Mr. Zelensky said he isolated for a time but tested negative.

It will be a while before the University of Notre Dame knows whether the boisterous on-field celebration following the football teams double-overtime victory against top-ranked Clemson will cause a surge in students testing positive for the coronavirus.

But the school isnt waiting to react. Faculty members and administrators are already debating stronger measures to prevent the virus from spreading as students take finals and go home for Thanksgiving.

Thousands of students leapt over brick walls, dashed past overwhelmed security guards and stormed the field on Saturday, gleefully mobbing the Notre Dame players and one another for more than 15 minutes and ignoring loudspeaker announcements to retreat.

In a letter to the student body Sunday night, the Rev. John Jenkins, the president of the university, called the widespread disregard of the schools health and safety guidelines over the weekend very disappointing, and said there would be zero tolerance for noncompliance, either on campus or off. (A spokesman for the university said on Monday that Father Jenkins was not referring specifically to the football game, but to other gatherings.)

Any student who does not get tested for the coronavirus, or who leaves South Bend before the results are known, will not be allowed to graduate or register for next semesters classes, he wrote.

But Father Jenkinss credibility on campus is wearing thin. He has twice had to apologize for failing to wear a mask when he should have: posing for photos with returning students in August, and attending a White House reception where many attendees were infected, including him.

In an email Monday to the faculty and staff, Dan Lindley, associate director of the Notre Dame International Security Center, urged university leaders to lock down the campus for the rest of the semester (classes end Thursday, followed by final exams). His letter was in response to one Sunday night from the schools provost and vice president saying the school would not shut down classes.

The crowd of 11,011 at the football game consisted almost entirely of students, university employees and players families. It will take several days, at least, before any infections caught at the stadium lead to symptoms or be detectable by tests. And Mark Fox, the deputy health director of St. Joseph County, Ind., who has been advising the university on pandemic response since August, said it may be difficult to definitively trace any new cases to the crush of students on the field.

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Hungary and Portugal are the latest European countries to adopt new measures like curfews and limits on gatherings to curb rapid rises in new coronavirus cases.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary said there would be a general curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., and that all public events would be banned, with family and private gatherings capped at 10 people. Restaurants will only offer delivery services and hotels will be limited to catering to business travelers.

High schools and higher education institutions will be moving to online classes, and dormitories will be closed, although nurseries, kindergartens, and primary schools will remain open. Sporting events will be held behind closed doors and gyms, indoor swimming pools, museums, theaters, and zoos will be closed.

The government will also extend some benefits, including payroll tax cuts and salary contributions, to the tourism and hospitality sector.

The new rules will need to be approved by Parliament, which is controlled by Mr. Orbans party, and would be in place for 30 days.

Nearly 2,500 people have died after contracting the virus in Hungary since the start of the year, according to government figures, with three-quarters of the deaths occurring after Sept. 1. More than 114,000 people have tested positive for the virus in Hungary.

Portugal returned on Monday to a state of emergency that gives its government enhanced powers to impose lockdown measures to stop a second wave of Covid-19.

But the government has so far opted for relatively lenient restrictions compared to those introduced recently in some other European countries. As of Monday, about 7.1 million of the 10 million residents of Portugal must respect a nighttime curfew that runs from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., as well as a stricter one during the coming two weekends, from 1 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The government said it would review the situation after Nov. 23 before deciding whether to extend the state of emergency.

On Friday, the country registered 5,550 new Covid-19 cases, the highest daily figure since the pandemic started. The number of patients in Portugals intensive care units has also climbed this month to over 300, which is more than at the peak in April.

In Andalusia, the southern region of Spain that borders Portugal and is home to about 8.4 million inhabitants, the regional authorities have ordered residents to remain within their municipalities.

Bars and restaurants must close at 6 p.m., except in the province of Granada, where establishments must remain fully shuttered because of the high infection rate. Andalusia now has 457 Covid-19 patients in intensive care units, which is also a record since the start of the pandemic last March.

In other news around the world:

  • German states are preparing to distribute coronavirus vaccines when they become available by setting up 60 decentralized centers across the country to provide fast and efficient access to doses.
  • A new partial lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus in France is having a smaller impact on the national economy than a total lockdown earlier this year, the French central bank said Monday. Frances second lockdown, which began Oct. 17 and is now expected to stretch beyond Dec. 1, was aimed at minimizing damage to the economy just as an economic recovery was starting to take hold during a summer rebound.
  • A 51-year-old air cargo worker has been infected with the coronavirus in Shanghai, Chinas biggest city, prompting an immediate effort to contain the virus before it can spread. The Shanghai municipal government ordered the immediate quarantine of close contacts of the worker and restricted travel for anyone living in Yingqian, the village within Shanghai where the worker lived.
  • As of Monday, Taiwan had not yet received an invitation to join the World Health Assembly meeting, which will end on Saturday, according to a spokeswoman for Taiwans foreign ministry, despite a multilateral effort led by the United States to support the islands bid for observer status. Taiwan has won international praise for its success in controlling a virus that has sickened more than 50 million people and killed more than 1.2 million around the world: Taiwan.

Since the start of the fall semester, most universities have planned to end in-person classes before Thanksgiving and require students to finish the term remotely, partly to avoid an expected wave of cold-weather infections. That means that in a couple of weeks, hundreds of thousands of students will be crisscrossing the country by plane, train, bus and car, streaming back to hometowns until the spring semester begins.

So what are colleges and universities doing to reduce the chances that those students might carry the coronavirus with them?

As has been true with so much of the nations response to the pandemic, the answer is a patchwork of policies, with a minority of schools mandating that students test negative on coronavirus tests before they can leave campus and many more offering little more than optional testing and advice.

For example, Indiana University in Bloomington where dozens of fraternity and sorority houses had to quarantine in September will open its weekly surveillance testing to all of the 42,000 students living on or near campus. But the testing will be voluntary for most.

The University of Michigan where infections recently spiked so severely that local health officials issued a stay-in-place order will make exit tests mandatory for some 5,000 undergraduates in university housing, but voluntary for thousands more living off-campus.

A smaller number of schools are insisting on exit testing.

New York States university system will require all students using on-campus facilities in any capacity to test negative for the virus within 10 days of their departure, and to quarantine according to county health rules if they test positive, whether they are on or off-campus. The plan will entail testing about 140,000 students at SUNYs 64 colleges and universities.

And in Massachusetts, where cases have been surging, Boston University has asked students not to leave campus, period, until Dec. 10, when classes end. We are saying, Stay here, plain and simple, Kenneth Elmore, the associate provost and dean of students, said.

Theres a responsibility not to unleash little ticking time bombs, said A. David Paltiel, a professor of health policy and management at the Yale School of Public Health, noting that recently exposed students can feel well and still shed large quantities of the virus. But this has not yet hit the radar screen of many college administrators.

The American College Health Association, which represents college health officers, issued public health guidelines last week recommending that schools encourage students to get tested before their Thanksgiving departure, refrain from traveling if they test positive and quarantine for 14 days at home upon arrival. But the association stopped short of calling for mandatory testing.

The New York Times has documented more than 252,000 coronavirus cases and at least 80 deaths on college campuses since the pandemic began. Most of the deaths involved college employees in the spring. But at least four students most recently, Bethany Nesbitt, a 20-year-old student at Grace College in Indiana have died this semester after contracting Covid-19.

Julie Halpert contributed reporting.

  • Stocks on Wall Street fell short of a record on Monday, as a late retreat pulled back a soaring market.
  • A relief-fueled rally had lifted the S&P 500 by as much as 3.9 percent earlier in the day, after the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer said early data showed that its coronavirus vaccine appeared 90 percent effective. The announcement followed news on Saturday that Joseph R. Biden Jr. had enough votes in the Electoral College to clinch the presidency, a sign that the American vote, which some investors had worried could spiral into a chaotic period if President Trump lost, appeared to proceed more or less normally.
  • But the S&P 500 ended up just 1.2 percent by the end of trading, short of its Sept. 2 record. The Dow Jones industrial average rose about 3 percent.
  • The largest technology stocks, seen both as safe bets during the economic crisis and beneficiaries of a work-and-play-from-home environment during the pandemic, were sharply lower and helped drive the late pullback. Amazon fell 5 percent, Apple was 2 percent lower, and Microsoft fell more than 2 percent. The Nasdaq composite fell 1.5 percent.
  • Pfizer said a vaccine it was developing with BioNTech was found to have been more than 90 percent effective in preventing Covid-19 infections, based on a large study. Pfizer said that by the end of the year it will have manufactured enough doses of the vaccine to immunize 15 million to 20 million people.
  • Scientists have cautioned against hyping early results before long-term safety and efficacy data has been collected, and no one knows how long the vaccines protection might last. Its also likely to be months before Pfizers vaccine or any other is able to substantially curb the coronavirus outbreak, which is picking up steam around the world.
  • That caution was lost on investors, who rushed into investments that would benefit from a world returning to some semblance of normalcy, and out of stocks that have become winners in the pandemic.
  • Hurdles still remain, said Karen Ward, a strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management. We need to find out more about production capabilities, rollout and takeup. But for now, this is shifting the winners and losers.
  • Among the winners: American Airlines rose about 15 percent and United Airlines rose about 19 percent. Carnival, the cruise ship operator, rose 39 percent. Also sharply higher were the shopping center owners Simon Property Group and Kimco Realty, the concert promoter Live Nation and the office-building owner Vornado Realty Trust.
  • And those whose businesses have been well suited under lockdowns and stay-at-home orders struggled. Peloton Interactive dropped 20 percent, while Netflix fell 8.6 percent, for example.
  • Over all, though, it was a global rally. The benchmark Stoxx Europe 600 index surged 4 percent, its biggest one-day gain since March, while the FTSE 100 in Britain rose 4.7 percent. In Asian markets, which closed before Pfizer announced its news, the Nikkei 225 in Japan ended the day 2.1 percent stronger, and the Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong finished up 1.2 percent.
  • Crude oil prices also leapt about 9 percent, to more than $40 a barrel. Prices for government bonds where investors traditionally park funds during times of uncertainty tumbled sharply.
  • Trading on Monday followed the best week for the S&P 500 since April, as investors became more convinced that President-elect Biden would govern alongside a Republican-held Senate. However, two runoff elections in Georgia mean the control of the Senate will not be known until January.

Caught between the surging pandemic on the one hand, and political pressure to keep schools and businesses open on the other, many state governors have been trying to walk a fine line lately, by strongly urging mask-wearing and other precautions without mandating them.

But the governor of Utah said on Sunday that he had to step over that line, and others may soon do the same.

Due to the alarming rate of Covid infections, Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, wrote on Twitter, he was announcing a new state of emergency, including a mask mandate that would apply statewide. Social gatherings would be limited to household only for the next two weeks, he wrote, and all extracurricular activities at schools would be put on hold.

He emphasized that the measures were not shutting down our economy, but are absolutely necessary to save lives and hospital capacity.

Since Election Day, some states have shifted toward taking additional steps to rein in the virus, or have signaled that such action may be coming.

Denver installed a Home by 10 order on Sunday evening, instructing people to remain in their homes between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m, except for essential activities. The order also prohibits all public and private gatherings between people from different households at all times.

The mayor of Denver, Michael B. Hancock, warned that theres another stay at home order in our future if the spread of the virus does not slow. The daily average of cases in Colorado has increased by 114 percent over the past two weeks, according to a New York Times database.

The order is set to expire at 5 a.m. on Dec. 7, though gatherings on Thanksgiving Day will be exempt. People who violate the order face a fine of up to $999.

On Friday, Gov. Mike Dunleavy of Alaska extended his states emergency declaration for another 30 days, and Gov. J.B. Pritzker of Illinois warned that a new stay-at-home order may be necessary if the viruss spread in the state does not slow soon.

In New Jersey, Gov. Philip D. Murphy said he planned to announce some tightening of the states restrictions on Monday, perhaps including limits on restaurant hours and bar seating, without imposing a full lockdown.

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., who has called for the whole nation to be under a mask mandate, announced the creation of a coronavirus advisory board on Monday to get started on his administrations pandemic response policies.

Utah, which has recently been reporting an average of more than 2,000 new coronavirus cases a day over the last week, is one of a number of states in the Great Plains and Mountain West where hospitals are rapidly filling to crisis levels. The Salt Lake Tribune reported on Sunday that 424 Utahns were hospitalized with Covid-19, a record for the state and an increase of nearly 25 percent from a week earlier. In neighboring Idaho, one of the states largest hospitals had to turn away patients over the weekend for lack of space, The Idaho Statesman reported.

In my 11 years as governor, I have seen Utahns do remarkable things, Governor Herbert wrote in his announcement Sunday night. We have overcome extraordinary challenges and great adversity. I implore you now to do all you can to stop the spread. It is time for Utahns to unite in this response and bring healing back to our state.

The 2020 calendar promised an especially notable Veterans Day, marking 75 years after World War II ended and 70 years after the Korean War began. But just as the pandemic changed the calculus for the more joyful holidays of summer, so too is it upending plans for the more somber holiday this week that commemorates those who served the nation in wartime.

Many cities around the country have canceled events; others plan to hold them virtually. Here is how some of the countrys prominent observances are being affected.

The annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery will take place at 11 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday, and will be streamed live online. The cemetery will be open to the public that day, with masks required, but the Memorial Amphitheater and the Tomb of the Unknowns will be closed. At several veterans cemeteries in Maryland, ceremonies will take place with attendance limited to 250 people.

Philadelphia, which held its Veterans Day events over the weekend, went entirely virtual. Birmingham, Ala., whose annual parade is believed to be one of the nations oldest, canceled in-person events in favor of a virtual parade and fireworks display; organizers said it was the first time they had done so.

In New York, which usually holds one of the nations largest commemorations, organizers said a 120-vehicle motorcade would follow the regular parade route down Fifth Avenue on Wednesday carrying representatives of the groups that usually march, while online, a virtual line of march displays profiles of participants. Veterans motorcycle clubs would also ride the route, and small, socially distanced wreath layings would be held throughout the city, according to the United War Veterans Council in New York.

Some cities, like Las Vegas, canceled their events entirely. Others planned to hold Veterans Day 5K runs, fireworks and parades, and place flags on grave sites, with social distance precautions and fewer attendees.

Though many colleges have had significant virus outbreaks or imposed tight restrictions on their campuses to stave off infection, some schools, like Wichita State University and Missouri State University, said they would welcome veterans to on-campus commemorations or make the events viewable online.

The pandemic has turbocharged profits at some big businesses, like Amazon, which reported a 70 percent increase in earnings in the first nine months of the year. But it has devastated others, like Delta Air Lines, which lost $5.4 billion in the third quarter.

Perhaps most surprising: Some companies that had feared for their lives in the spring, among them some rental car businesses, restaurant chains and financial firms, are now doing fine or even excelling.

Wall Street analysts expect earnings to rebound to a record high next year. And, over all, 80 percent of companies in the S&P 500 stock index that have reported third-quarter earnings so far have exceeded analysts expectations, said Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst for S&P Dow Jones Indices.

As the pandemic forced people to stay home and do more things online, some successful companies, like Amazon, were perfectly positioned to take advantage of the change. Now, these businesses are becoming even more dominant.

Tech companies were strong before the pandemic downturn and have powered through the rout, which could help the economy recover faster this time, said Jonathan Golub, chief U.S. equity strategist at Credit Suisse Securities.

But the outlook is dire for other businesses.

Passenger airlines are among the biggest losers of the pandemic, and they have few options to improve their prospects. Delta, United Airlines and American Airlines worked quickly to cut costs and got $50 billion in the March federal stimulus package.

Still, investors are not all that worried, and are signaling that they expect a broad profits recovery among the largest U.S. companies. The S&P 500 has soared nearly 57 percent from its March low and is up 8.6 percent for the year.

Those gains may seem odd given that the combined profits of the companies in that index are on track to decline 25 percent this year from a record showing in 2019. But a big chunk of that rally can be attributed to a handful of technology stocks.

Of course, many struggling businesses, including lots of restaurants, stores and services companies, are not traded on the stock market. That means a surge in stock prices can give a misleadingly optimistic view of where the economy is headed.

3 who arrived from Denmark said showing symptoms amid mink virus mutation scare
 

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Three Israelis who recently returned from Denmark are showing coronavirus symptoms, Hebrew media reported Monday, amid a special Health Ministry effort to ensure that apparent coronavirus mutation found in minks does not enter the country.

The Health Ministry said on Monday that it was performing special testing on some 180 Israelis who recently returned from Denmark.

Channel 12 reported that three of them are already exhibiting coronavirus symptoms and officials were testing to see if they were possibly infected with the varient strain.

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Israeli officials said chances were thought to be low that any of the travelers would be carrying the mutated strain, which so far has only been found in 12 people in Denmark.

The likelihood of a patient carrying the mutation into Israel is low, the ministry said. At the same time, we are exercising caution.

In this Dec. 6, 2012, file photo, minks look out of a cage at a fur farm in the village of Litusovo, northeast of Minsk, Belarus. (AP/Sergei Grits)

The ministry said that it was contacting all the relevant travelers, additionally noting that Denmark was now a red country and that anyone arriving from there was required to immediately enter isolation for 14 days.

Its really frightening, one recently returned traveler told Channel 12. I did not think about it. I returned to Israel with my small children and I will be getting tested.

Viruses such as the novel coronavirus that emerged in China late last year mutate constantly and new variants are not necessarily worse than the previous ones. The mutations have even helped researchers track the sources of outbreaks in various countries.

So far, no study has shown newer SARS-Cov-2 variants to be more contagious or dangerous than their predecessors.

An employee removes dead mink from a chamber after they were gassed as they have to kill off their herd, which consists of 3,000 mother mink and their cubs on their farm near Naestved, Denmark, on November 6, 2020. (Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP)

The contamination of minks is not new, with breeders in several countries, including the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United States, reporting cases. A few cases of humans being infected by minks have also been reported.

Nonetheless, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said Wednesday that there were concerns the variant could impact a potential vaccines effectiveness.

He said the country would kill more than 15 million minks.

Denmark has been specific in describing how the different strain of the virus jumped from mink to man.

According to the information from Danish authorities, this virus is neither more pathogenic, nor more virulent, specialist Gilles Salvat at the French health agency Anses told AFP.

A child opens his mouth as he is being tested for coronavirus COVID-19 during a mass testing in the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, in Northern Jutland, Denmark, on November 7, 2020 ( Claus Bjoern Larsen / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP)

There is concern, however, that a variant emerges like a second virus and dominates the population, he noted.

Coming up with a vaccine for one strain is already complicated, and if we have to do it for two, four or six strains it is even more complicated, the specialist noted.

He considered the decision to cull Danish mink to be a precaution.

Cull is justifiable from health perspective

Francois Balloux, who teaches at University College London, agreed, telling AFP: This measure is entirely justifiable from a health perspective to eliminate the transmission source of a serious virus.

He nonetheless also felt that evoking the risk that mink could generate a second pandemic seems excessive and counter-productive in the current fearful climate.

Balloux noted that similar mutations exist within the population already and have not spread.

We know this virus with the same mutations emerged on mink farms, was transmitted to humans and did not spread widely, the professor said.

All the same, it was not completely impossible that the new strain could spread and render vaccines less effective, he acknowledged.

McConnell backs Trumps refusal to accept election results
 

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Joe Biden won this election fair and square, Schumer said. Too many, including the Republican leader, have been silent or sympathetic to the presidents fantasies.

So far, only four Republican senators Mitt Romney of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Susan Collins of Maine have acknowledged Bidens victory and referred to him as the president-elect.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Monday that Trump should not concede yet.

Were going to know who is president on December the 14th, the Iowa Republican said, referring to the date when Electoral College members will vote. We just better let everything play out.

Even as Bidens team is preparing for the transfer of power, a top political appointee in the Trump administration is thus far refusing to officially certify Biden as the president-elect. Such a declaration is necessary to kick-start the presidential transition process; specifically, it would unlock resources for Bidens team including federal funding and access to the federal agencies that will need staffing.

Republicans have also declined to weigh in on whether the appointee, General Services Administration chief Emily Murphy, should certify Biden as the winner.

Collins went as far as to say on Monday that Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris should be given every opportunity to ensure that they are ready to govern when they take office on Jan. 20. But she was largely on an island Monday.

CIA Director Haspel’s fate uncertain after Trump fires Esper – FOX 40 WICZ TV
 

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President Donald Trump and some of his conservative allies have become increasingly frustrated with CIA Director Gina Haspel in recent weeks, accusing her of delaying the release of documents they believe would expose so-called “deep state” plots against Trump’s campaign and transition during the Obama administration, according to multiple current and former officials.

Those frustrations have lingered since Election Day, with a senior administration official and three former administration officials with knowledge of the situation telling CNN they expect the President to remove Haspel from her post, as he did Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Monday.

FBI Director Christopher Wray has also provoked Trump’s ire, fueling some uncertainty about his future, according to the same sources.

A source close to the President said Trump and his top aides did have discussions about firing Wray prior to the election. Those conversations appeared to hinge on Trump winning the election, meaning the President was more likely to have taken such a move had he beaten Joe Biden.

“There were discussions over it,” the source said of the potential to fire Wray. “Lots of discussions.”

If Trump were to fire Haspel and Wray, who along with Esper are two of his most senior national security officials, it would likely add to the sense of chaos inside the administration as the President refuses to concede defeat in an election is projected to win.

Haspel has consistently raised concerns about how declassifying or releasing documents related to the FBI’s Russia investigation could compromise sources and methods, at times pushing back against Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and the White House, multiple sources told CNN.

While Ratcliffe ultimately has the authority to declassify additional materials at his own discretion, several influential Trump advisers have recently focused their ire on Haspel, who, until now, has managed to keep a relatively low profile during her time as CIA director and even seemed to win the President over early on.

Haspel went to the mat on protecting sources and methods and that is what Trump is angry about, one former top administration of official with knowledge of the situation told CNN. Trump and Ratcliffe simply do not understand that unveiling this information will be devastating to national security, they added.

The attacks on Haspel became more acute in the days and weeks leading up to the election, fueling questions about her job status regardless of whether Trump was reelected.

“That’s the problem with Trump. To survive you need to become complicit. It’s like the mafia. You need to be a made man to thrive,” former CIA officer John Sipher told CNN.

White House spokesman Judd Deere declined to say whether Trump is indeed frustrated with his CIA director or whether he plans to fire her following the ouster of Esper, telling CNN Monday: “If the President doesn’t have confidence in someone he will let you know. The White House does not speculate or comment on personnel matters.”

However, some current and former national security officials who have worked with Haspel told CNN they think it is a good thing for the CIA director to distance herself from the President ahead of the election as the intelligence community continues to grapple with allegations of partisanship atop its ranks. “You don’t want to go through the Trump presidency having never stood up, always going along,” one former official said.

The CIA and FBI declined to comment.

Multiple sources have told CNN that Haspel is unlikely to preemptively resign despite knowing that the President is frustrated with her and could move to fire her before Inauguration Day, when she is expected to step down anyway.

“President Trump must not invite further volatility by removing any Senate-confirmed intelligence or national security officials during his time left in office,” Mark Warner, the top Democrat Senate Intelligence Committee said in a statement Monday.

Russia sees record surge in virus cases
 

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Russia registered a record number of new coronavirus infections on Monday with cases in Moscow surpassing a previous high set in May.

 

The Kremlin has so far ruled out putting back into place sweeping restrictions that were lifted earlier this year, despite weeks of rising cases in Russia.

An official coronavirus tally on Monday said new infections reached 21,798, nearly doubling the country’s first-wave record in May.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov conceded that the steady growth in cases in Russia “remained alarming”, but noted that “not all countries are in lockdown”.

Russia, the fifth worst-hit country in the world after the United States, India, Brazil and France, has recorded a total of 1,796,132 infections.

Unlike several European countries which have reimposed quarantine regimes after suffering spiralling infections, hospital admissions and deaths, Russia has yet to announce plans for sweeping anti-virus measures.

In Moscow, the epicentre of the outbreak, new infections reached 6,897 on Monday, surpassing the May record by more than 100. There were also 256 new deaths nationwide, bringing the total to 30,793.

Russia has reported a much lower virus fatality rate compared to other badly hit countries and Kremlin critics have accused the government of attempting to downplay the severity of the pandemic.

The government recently announced an aid package worth 11 billion rubles ($138.6 million) for regions which have struggled to manage a rapid surge in cases.



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Iran, China set to question US over human rights record at UN
 

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GENEVA The United States is facing its first review in five years at the UNs main human rights body, with the detentions of migrant children and the killings of unarmed Black people during the Trump administrations tenure among issues high on minds.

Foes from countries like Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Russia and China were among those seeking to question and scrutinize the United States as the Human Rights Council gave the US its turn Monday in a regular examination of every UN member states record on human rights known as the Universal Periodic Review.

Nearly 120 countries lined up for slots to raise questions in the 3 1/2-hour session that follows up on an August report about the US rights record over the past several years and what steps US authorities are taking to improve it.

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US Ambassador Andrew Bremberg said the strength of the US democratic system is that it allows for continued scrutiny, advocacy and debate, which fuels progress and reform, and said we are willing to openly acknowledge our shortcomings.

People take part in a Black Lives Matter protest outside the US Embassy in London Sunday, May 31, 2020, to protest against the recent killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)

As we witness a time of unprecedented degradation of human rights by authoritarian governments around the world, it is more important than ever to stand up to defend human rights and fundamental freedoms, and we do so by demonstrating we welcome transparency and constructive criticism, Bremberg said in opening remarks.

A sampling of some of the questions sent in advance suggested intensity scrutiny of the US record on human rights.

China asked how many migrant children had been detained and how many migrants had died in detention in the US over the past four years; Iran asked if the US will end its unlawful practice of imposing sanctions on other countries; the Syrian government asked what measures US authorities had taken to end the occupation of its territory by US forces.

Does the United States plan to end military intervention in other countries and stop killing their civilians wantonly, asked Chinas delegation.

Envoys most of them beaming into the Geneva session via videoconference because of the COVID-19 pandemic were to be granted less than a minute to air their questions and comments, while an array of US officials were on hand in person and virtually to take part.

The United States last came up for its turn for such a review in 2015. The Trump administration pulled the United States out of the Human Rights Council two years ago, accusing it of an anti-Israel bias and of being too accepting of autocratic regimes that regularly abuse human rights as members.

Ukraine’s President contracts coronavirus: presidential office
 

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KYIV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has tested positive for coronavirus, the presidential office said on Monday.

The head of state is feeling well and will continue to perform his duties remotely in self-isolation, the office said in a statement.

Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Editing by Toby Chopra

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Opinion | The Joe Biden I Knew Has Been Humbled – The New York Times Tuesday November 10th, 2020 at 7:26 AM


Opinion | The Joe Biden I Knew Has Been Humbled – The New York Times

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You no doubt saw or heard at least some of Joe Biden’s pitch-perfect victory speech last weekend, but what about the victory video that his campaign released hours earlier, just after CNN and other networks declared him the president-elect?

It’s a gorgeous two minutes of music (a rendition of “America the Beautiful” by Ray Charles) and images, precisely none of which show Biden. He cedes the frame and the moment entirely to Americans themselves — to Black Americans, white Americans, Native Americans, disabled Americans, young Americans, old Americans — and to the landscapes in the lyrics of the song.

The video made clear that we, not he, were the focus, the story, the point of all of this. His speech hours later similarly elevated the first person plural over the first person singular, which was singularly transcendent under Donald Trump.

Largely to draw a contrast with Trump, Biden ran one of the humblest presidential campaigns I can recall. He claimed victory in the presidential race last weekend with the same radical humility. And that tonic of a tone could be crucial to his agenda.

Trump shows transition will be as turbulent as his presidency – CNNPolitics

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(CNN)The question is not whether President Donald Trump is leaving. It’s how much destruction, revenge and chaos he will wreak on the way out the door.

Trump’s refusal to concede the election, delusional tweets about states tipping his way and failure to so far grant President-elect Joe Biden access to federal funding and resources to power up his administration mean America is in for a rocky 71 days. Trump may be a lame duck, but he retains the authorities of the presidency until noon on January 20, and his chokehold on the Republican Party was if anything strengthened by winning 70 million votes last week. So the President has the power — institutional and political — and apparently the motivation to create a great deal of disruption before returning to civilian life.
Attorney General William Barr, who has shown a propensity for using his own power to advance the President’s political aspirations, on Monday told prosecutors they should examine unsupported allegations of voting irregularities before states certify results in the coming weeks. The move will raise concerns of a fresh attempt by the Trump administration to overturn the will of voters, but like the President’s campaign, Barr’s memo failed to produce any evidence of fraud/ However, it did lead the top election crimes prosecutor to quit in protest over the change in policy.
And Trump waited only two days after the election was called for Biden to start exacting retribution on those he sees as enemies inside his administration.
He sacked Defense Secretary Mark Esper, apparently because he showed insufficient loyalty to the President’s political goals. And a senior administration official told CNN’s Jake Tapper that Esper is worried Trump will next fire CIA Director Gina Haspel and FBI Director Christopher Wray. The pair is said to be at risk for putting US national security ahead of the President’s desire to use the intelligence services to pursue his “deep state” conspiracy theories.

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    As First Teacher, Jill Biden will be a voice for schools in the White House. We need a champion too

    Teachers have a high standing in the US. No wonder they are also at the heart of politics, bringing real experience to the halls of power

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    Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Italy has recorded at least 960,373 confirmed cases and 41,750 deaths.

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    Biden’s victory won’t instantly clean up the wreckage of the Trump administration, or the problems that enabled Trump to win in the first place.

    As @DylanMatt lays out, there’s much more work to be done now. https://trib.al/fr9q9Am 

    Joe Biden has won. Here’s what comes next.

    Biden will have to overcome a surging pandemic, an economic crisis, and a hostile Republican Party.

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    Opinion | Partners in occupation: Trump provides the anti-Palestinian incitement, Israel the bullets

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    “I haven’t felt this level of love and togetherness in a long time”: Photographer @stevesweatpants captured images of New Yorkers celebrating Joe Biden’s win https://nym.ag/3eK5Hyc 

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    Mary Trump labels president’s election challenges “attempted coup” after Biden win

    The president’s niece also said Joe Biden had won “legitimately and decisively” on Monday night.

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    Denmark dumps millions of mink in mass graves amid Covid strain fears https://trib.al/Yh1izkG 

    Denmark dumps millions of mink in mass graves amid Covid strain fears

    Shocking photos showed construction lorries offloading thousands of dead mink into ditches this morning in the town of Holstebro in northwest Denmark.

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    Germany’s Angela Merkel, Britain’s Boris Johnson, Canada’s Justin Trudeau and India’s Narendra Modi were among world leaders to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden. There were notable exceptions. https://on.wsj.com/3k540wc 

    World Leaders Ready Themselves for a Biden Presidency

    World Leaders Ready Themselves for a Biden Presidency

    After a drawn-out vote count, many global leaders were quick to respond to Joe Biden’s election victory, with most sending congratulations and vowing to work with him.

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    6:35 AM 11/10/2020 – News Review: US Election 2020: Attorney General William Barr approves fraud investigation Sky News https://news-links.org/635-am-11-10-2020-news-review-us-election-2020-attorney-general-william-barr-approves-fraud-investigation-sky-news/ 

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    This is good news, it means I won!
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    Esper, on his way out, says he was no yes man Monday November 9th, 2020 at 6:53 PM https://news-links.org/esper-on-his-way-out-says-he-was-no-yes-man-monday-november-9th-2020-at-653-pm/ 

    Esper, on his way out, says he was no yes man Monday November 9th, 202

    Esper, on his way out, says he was no yes man Monday November 9th, 2020 at 6:53 PM 1 Share As had long been expected, President Donald Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Monday, cutting short

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    Exclusive: Esper, on his way out, says he was no yes man https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2020/11/09/exclusive-esper-on-his-way-out-says-he-was-no-yes-man/ 

    Exclusive: Esper, on his way out, says he was no yes man

    Defense Secretary Mark Esper called Military Times for a lengthy discussion of his time in office.

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    U.S. coronavirus cases top 10 million – POLITICO https://www.politico.com/news/2020/11/09/us-coronavirus-cases-10-million-435429 

    U.S. coronavirus cases top 10 million

    The milestone comes as the U.S. over the weekend set new records for daily number of cases and more than 1,000 deaths.

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    Azerbaijan claims capture of key city in Nagorno-Karabakh https://ino.to/5mhD73b 

    Azerbaijan claims capture of key city in Nagorno-Karabakh

    Azerbaijan claims it has captured the strategic city of Shusha in the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, which sits in Azerbaijani territory but is populated and controlled by ethnic Armenians.

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    U.S. coronavirus cases top 10 million https://ino.to/4WVkLR3 

    U.S. coronavirus cases top 10 million

    The milestone comes as the U.S. over the weekend set new records for daily number of cases and more than 1,000 deaths.

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    Following a series of robberies of Nazi objects in the Netherlands, Nazi uniforms have now also been stolen from a museum in Denmark.

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    Growing theft of Nazi objects across Europe

    Following a series of robberies of Nazi objects in the Netherlands, Nazi uniforms have now also been stolen from a museum in Denmark. What lies beneath this growing trend?

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    It’s Time for Pro-Israel Groups to Divorce Azerbaijan

    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.

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    Russia And China Among Countries Holding Off On Congratulating Biden

    Leaders 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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    11:32 AM 11/9/2020 – Iran, China set to question US over human rights record at UN | Russia sees record surge in virus cases | The News And Times https://newsandtimes.org/2020/11/09/russia-sees-record-surge-in-virus-cases-monday-november-9th-2020-at-1057-am/ 

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    Ukraine’s President contracts coronavirus: presidential office

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has tested positive for coronavirus, the presidential office said on Monday.

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    Azerbaijan captures strategic city in Nagorno-Karabakh

    Seizure of Shusha threatens to isolate Armenian-controlled enclave and sets up likely assault on capital

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    Iran, China set to question US over human rights record at UN https://ino.to/zGVpDx4 

    Iran, China set to question US over human rights record at UN

    Serial rights abusers Syria, Venezuela and Russia also line up to grill Washington over detentions of migrant children, killings of unarmed Black men; last review was in 2015

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    While the world celebrates news that an effective COVID-19 vaccine is in sight, the oldest Trump son has disappeared down a rabbit hole.

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