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Russia Fast-Tracks Passports for Eastern Ukraine

Russia began issuing “fast-tracked” passports to residents of eastern Ukraine this week, in accordance with an order signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in April. Some sixty residents of Ukraine’s Donbas region crossed the Russian border to receive their passports in a ceremony on Friday.

A Ukrainian border guarder scans a passport of a Russian citizen crossing the Russian-Ukrainian border on the checkpoint of Goptivka, near Kharkiv, on January 3, 2018. - Ukraine introduced biometric control for Russian citizens and those of 69 other countries starting from January 1 claiming a significant number of illegal …

Twitter Removes 4,800 Accounts Linked to Iranian Government

Twitter announced on Thursday it has shuttered some 4,800 accounts with ties to the government of Iran. The accounts were engaged in spreading disinformation and propaganda that “benefited the diplomatic and geostrategic views of the Iranian state.”

A picture taken on March 13, 2018 shows a member of Iran's Assembly of Experts using his phone while attending a session in the capital Tehran. / AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

China and Russia Stand up for Iran After Gulf Tanker Attacks

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed solidarity with Iran on Friday, even as the U.S. Navy revealed evidence the Iranians were behind the terrorist attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping enter a hall during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on June 5, 2019. (Photo by Maxim SHIPENKOV / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read MAXIM SHIPENKOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Martel: 5 Times the New York Times Defended Communism

The New York Times confused many on Tuesday publishing an opinion piece calling for “fully automated luxury communism” (?), a supposed “new politics” to liberate us from disease, starvation, and boredom.

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‘Unsafe and Unprofessional’: Russian Destroyer Nearly Collides with U.S. Warship

A Russian destroyer nearly collided with the American guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville in the Philippine Sea on Friday, forcing the Chancellorsville to take emergency action. The U.S. Navy described the Russian ship’s behavior as “unsafe and unprofessional,” dismissing Russian claims to the contrary as mere propaganda.

n this image provided by the U.S. Navy, a Russian destroyer, left, sails very close to the USS Chancellorsville, right, while operating in the Philippine Sea, Friday, June 7, 2019. The U.S. and Russian militaries accused each other of unsafe actions in the incident. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class …

Russia Claims John Kerry Secretly Approved of Crimea Invasion

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Russian media on Thursday that former Secretary of State John Kerry approved of Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula, believing the residents were overwhelmingly in favor of “reuniting” with Russia. According to Lavrov, Kerry’s main criticism of Russia’s actions was to suggest holding another referendum to reinforce the legitimacy of annexation.

U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) listens to opening statements from fellow Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation members on Capitol Hill February 28, 2006 in Washington, DC. The committe held a hearing about the United Arab Emirates-based company Dubai Ports World's take over of the managment of several terminals …

Russia Demands Tinder Hand over Data to Intelligence Agencies

The Russian government has announced that the dating app Tinder must hand over its users’ data, including messages, to the country’s national intelligence agencies, as part of a wider crackdown on internet freedoms. 

FILE - In this July 5, 2015, file photo, a man uses the dating app Tinder in New Delhi. Streaming music service Spotify announced on Sept. 20, 2016, that it is teaming with Tinder to allow users of the dating app share musical preferences on their Tinder profiles. (AP Photo/Tsering …