A Hidden Force Behind the Anti-Russian Narrative

A man named William Browder stands near the center of the increasingly antagonistic media coverage of the Russian government in recent years. This has been poorly covered by well-known media sources, and we’ve been working to understand the situation and to put together a balanced overview of it.

A few nights ago Lee did a long Periscope on the subject, and this morning on Fault Lines we had journalist Lucy Komisar on to discuss a great article she wrote recently on the subject. Mentioned in the segment also were the forensic report relating to the death of Sergei Magnitsky, and another article she’d written about Brower in 2014.

Her main article has a variety of links to information and an excellent, detailed overview of the situation. To learn more about our coverage, you can check out the first Periscope from two nights ago as well as the second Periscope from this morning’s episode of Fault Lines.

Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported

Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today.

NPR

CBS, PBS, and Bloomberg News have suspended prominent TV journalist Charlie Rose or his program following allegations reported in the Washington Post by 8 women who claim he committed sexual misconduct or assault against them. Rose has apologized for insensitive behavior but does not believe all the allegations against him are true.

Meanwhile, online media outlet BuzzFeed has published a story that says a woman has accused a member of Congress of sexual misconduct. The report says Democrat Jon Conyers settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former employee who alleged she was fired because she wouldn’t succumb to his sexual advances. The article also describes Conyers as making repeated, unwanted sexual advances to female staffers.

The FBI is looking into the death of a border patrol agent in far west Texas near I-10 and the serious wounding of another officer; there is a $20,000 reward for info. An official not authorized to comment says they were ambushed by an unidentified group and severely beaten with hands, feet, and rocks. Agent Rogelio Martinez died at the hospital and his partner is expected to recover. Officials say attacks on Immigration Agents have been rising all along the border in the last year.

Syrian leader Bashar al-Asaad paid an unannounced visit to Russia on Monday as President Vladimir Putin opens his role as a Middle East power broker. Putin is eager to play a central role in the Middle East in the absence of American leadership. Asaad thanked Russia’s military intervention which helped turn Syria’s civil war in the government’s favor. Putin plans to phone President Trump today to discuss a peace settlement for Syria.

Members of Zimbabwe’s Parliament are reviewing an impeachment motion against President Robert Mugabe. Last week the country’s military put him under house arrest and warned him to step down or be ousted.

The Trump Administration is re-listing N. Korea as a state sponsor of terror, but S. Korea says that will not exclude the North from participating in next year’s Olympics and the North is still invited to winter games in Pyeongchang. N. Korean athletes have already qualified to compete in next years games but Pyongyang has yet to confirm if it will allow them to participate.

The Trump Administration is going to phase out a temporary residence permit program for Haitian citizens. The program has allowed some 60,000 Haitians to live and work in the US since 2010 when an earthquake shook the Caribbean Island. The Dept. of Homeland Security says they have until July 2019 to prepare to go home since conditions there have improved.

Residents of a suburban Detroit area are returning home after a huge gasline ruptured and triggered an explosion liast night. The fire broke out on vacant land about 30 miles from Detroit and has since burned out. There are no reported injuries.

Fox News

Russia’s president will be reaching out by phone today to President Trump. Putin had a surprise meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Russia on Monday with Putin renewing his call for a political solution to the war in Syria. A 2-year Russian air campaign has given Assad a clear upper hand in the civil war which began more than 6 years ago and has killed nearly 400,000 people as well as resulted in millions of refugees.

A bombing in Nigeria at a mosque during morning prayer has killed at least 50 people. The attacker was a teenager. Boko Haram terrorists sometimes force abducted teens or young women to become suicide bombers.

A federal judge has put a permanent block on President Trump’s executive order to withhold funding from so-called sanctuary cities ruling he can hold back on what a Congress approved. The Justice Department vows to fight the decision and Attorney General Sessions has been battling cities that are not cooperating with immigration authorities all year.

The Trump Administration is taking another ruling to the Supreme Court a week after an appeals court only allowed part of his latest travel ban to take effect.

Charlie Rose is not on TV today, suspended over allegations from 8 women. His CBS This Morning co-host, Norah O’Donnell said, “There is no excuse for this alleged behavior. It is systematic and pervasive.” Rose apologized saying he thought he was pursuing shared feelings.

A group of attorneys filed 5 lawsuits in California after the Las Vegas shooting spree from people who were shooting victims, those who were trampled, and those who have PTSD. They are suing the hotel and promoter of the concert and unlike others will not be suing the maker of the bump stock which allowed more rapid fire. They argue that the lawsuit is about promoting security in the hospitality industry.

Accused cop-killer, Ramael Holt was caught this morning in Pennsylvania after shooting and killing rookie officer while running away from a traffic stop Friday night. Officer Brian Shaw’s funeral is tomorrow.

There is a $20,000 reward in Texas for whoever attacked border patrol agents. Rogelio Martinez died and his partner was seriously injured. There are varying accounts to what exactly happened and the only thing FBI in El Paso will say is that the border patrol agents were not shot; Martinez’s father says said the injuries were so severe his son’s head was destroyed. Right now authorities are focusing on trying to piece together a timeline of events.

On Wall Street stock futures are rising, up more than 100 for the Dow.

BBC

Impeachment proceedings are beginning in Zimbabwe against President Robert Mugabe who is refusing to resign despite a military takeover. Rallies are being held outside the Parliament demanding his removal. Earlier Mugabe called a regular cabinet meeting but most Ministers stayed away.

Police in Nigeria say at least 50 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack. The attacker blew himself up at a mosque during morning prayers. Boko Haram militants have recently stepped up suicide bombings in the region.

The Russian President Vladimir Putin said the defeat of the Islamic State movement in Syria was both close and inevitable. He was speaking in Sochi where he met President Asaad who was on an unannounced visit to Russia.

Some pro-Brexit politicians in Britain’s governing conservative party have expressed anger at a decision by senior Ministers to increase the amount the country might offer to pay the rest of the EU on leaving the bloc. Some reports say it could reach more than $50 billion.

A Government Minister in Germany has called on the country’s 2nd largest party, the Social Democrats to reconsider forming a coalition with his center-right alliance. On Monday the Social Democrats again rejected the idea following the collapse of Mrs. Merkel’s efforts to find an alternative coalition.

A senior UN official has demanded an immediate response to recent reports that migrants in Libya are being sold as slaves. The Head of Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov said he is outraged at images of young men being sold like commodities.

A North Korean soldier who was shot 6 times when he crossed the border to defect to South Korea has regained consciousness and is able to communicate with medical staff. The soldier made a dramatic escape across the demilitarized portion of the border last week.

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