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– In a much talked about op-ed in the New York Times, the founders of Fusion GPS defended their investigation into Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential campaign.
-The founders of the research firm and authors of the piece, Glenn R. Simpson and Peter Fritsch pushed back against what they saw as Congressional Republican efforts to “chase rabbits” instead of going after the “bear”- President Donald Trump.
–They said that in Congressional testimony, they informed members of Congress that they were concerned by the level of Russian involvement in the election.
-Here’s the point that should draw attention to those in South Florida: “We told Congress that from Manhattan to Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., and from Toronto to Panama, we found widespread evidence that Mr. Trump and his organization had worked with a wide array of dubious Russians in arrangements that often raised questions about money laundering. Likewise, those deals don’t seem to interest Congress.”
–Sunny Isles Beach has become an area in recent years where scores of Russian families live.
–There is also the Trump International Beach Resort located in Sunny Isles Beach.
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By John Massey
In light of the ongoing situation in north-western Syria, it is worth considering what options are available to the Kremlin in terms of their response to Turkey after the Turks downed a Russian SU-24.
First, let’s note what the Russians won’t do; they won’t directly respond in anyway. There probably won’t be direct military action against Turkey, because of Article V of the North Atlantic Treaty.
NATO’s Article reads in part:
“The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all…”
While a clever reader may note that most of Turkey is in Asia Minor and not technically in Europe, and thus the Russians could potentially wage a war against Turkey as long as they steer clear of Istanbul, it seems unlikely that the Russians would risk this liberal interpretation of Article V.
Also it is worth noting that the downing of aircraft between NATO and the Soviet Union occurred multiple times in the 50s and 60s and it did not lead to direct war.
All right, so the Kremlin won’t be annexing Anatolia anytime soon, but what can they do?
As of now the Russian government has been shaping the narrative by claiming that this was a “stab in the back” and that Turkey is trying to “put the alliance [NATO] into the service of ISIS”.
Bellicose language like this will not get Mr. Putin far outside of Russia, but it will save some face domestically. While the claims being applied in this instance are utter nonsense when looking at a map like this one from the Institute for the Study of War and comparing it to the location of the shoot down, Mr. Putin could feasibly drum up xenophobia in the citizenry of NATO countries who frequently say to “kick Turkey out”. Especially as Turkey has faced changes in the domestic sphere as a conservative strongman– President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has tightened his grip on power.
However, due to there being no mechanism in the North Atlantic Treaty for “kicking out” a member, and the strategic significance of the Bosporus Strait in containing the Russians, more than likely the response by Moscow will consist entirely of outrage and diplomatic wrist slaps.
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PLAINS, Ga. — Two weeks after making the cheerful announcement that there was no remaining sign of cancer on his brain, former President Jimmy Carter shared much more somber news Sunday with his church family in Plains. His grandson, 28-year-old Jeremy Carter, had died just hours earlier. The 91-year-old Carter arrived about 25 minutes late for… Read MorePost Views: 841
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Miami Meal Planner: From A Latte Art Competition To A Shrimp Boil, There Is A Lot Going On This WeekBy MIA bites
This piece was originally published by our partner MIAbites.com and is produced by them.
Each week, MIAbites presents the Weekly Nibble, featuring curated foodie events in and around Miami. All listings are subject to change, so always call ahead to confirm details, prices and times.
Friday June 10th– Sundown Grillout 6-9 pm -The Miami Design District’s Palm Court is the perfect setting for James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz’ all-new events series celebrating food and culture – The Genuine Summer Series, presented by Lynx Grills. Kicking off Friday, June 10 from 6-9PM with a Sundown Grillout featuring pairings with special attention to Riesling varietals, presented by The Genuine Hospitality Group’s sommelier and beverage manager Amanda Fraga. Guests will enjoy a cocktail hour with passed bites followed by a three-course seated dinner at farm-style tables. The evening will feature live music from Marcus Grant “Mutes & Roots” Jazz Trio$85, plus tax and gratuity. Tickets for Genuine Summer Series are available online in advance, as well as on-site the day of the event (subject to availability). Visit michaelsgenuine.com/summerseries
Saturday June 11th– Latte Art competition at 4pm at Threefold Café in Coral Gables. Join Judges and hosts, Nick Sharp from Threefold Café, Ryan Hall from Panther and MIAbites own @AndyMiami, Andrew Giambarba for what promises to be a fun competition between baristas and coffee lovers. The Latte Art competition promises $500 to the winner and an equal or greater contribution to the charity chosen as the first recipient: “Touching Miami With Love”. For more information email [email protected] or [email protected]. Threefold Café’s 141 Giralda Ave. Coral Gables.
Sunday June 12th- The Regent Cocktail Club and Stoli invites guests to the Art of The Martini competition from 6-8 pm to mingle with the top competitors as they compete for a spot in the Global Bartender Celebration in Ibiza. Guests will also enjoy open bar provided by Stoli and hors d’oeuvres from Dolce Italian. The Gale South Beach1690 Collins Ave. Miami Beach.
Friday June 17th- Old Bay All Day- New Orleans style SHRIMP Boil with Chef Kurtis Jantz and Gastropod’s Jeremiah Bullfrog. Live music by Uncle Scotchy and friends shrimp boil and all the fixins! po’boys! beignets! cafe au lait! craft beer! A little bit of Louisiana comes to Wynwood. Tickets on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/old-bay-all-day-tickets-25649857414?ref=enivtefor001&invite=MTAyMjE3MjUvZWxsZW5AY3RiaXRlcy5jb20vMA%3D%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&utm_term=eventimage&ref=enivtefor001 Gastropod 168 NW 26th St – 168 Northwest 26th Street, Miami, FL 33127
Thursday June 16th- The Dutch at W South Beach will kick off summer with an al fresco “Paella y Vino” dinner on Thursday, June 16 from 6:30PM – 10PM. For only $40 per person, guests can enjoy a myriad of traditional Spanish plates with a modern twist, including a large and delicious Paella Valenciana, created by Executive Chef Adonay Tafur. Critically acclaimed Pastry Chef Josh Gripper will also be showcasing his talent with specially curated desserts. The “vino” portion of the evening includes $8 glasses/$24 pitchers of sangria. The Dutch in the W Hotel 2201 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL
Friday June 17th- Gearing up for its 28th year, South Florida’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry – the region’s premier culinary benefit featuring top chefs from Miami-Dade and Broward counties –will showcase over 80 of the hottest restaurants from Dade and Broward counties, top chefs, sommeliers and mixologists and an impressive array of auction items in a benefit for No Kid Hungry, national non-profit with goal to end childhood hungry in the US. The annual event migrates to Wynwood’s SoHo Studios. General Admission tickets are priced at $125, and VIP ( 6 pm admission) at $250. For additional information and to purchase tickets, please visit: NoKidHungry.org/SouthFlorida.
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The Drawing Room Bar & Lounge at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach invites guests to experience their new summer cocktail menu. The liquid artists at the popular South Beach bar have stirred up several unique combinations using The Drawing Room’s in-house made liqueur, artisanal Florida spirits, local ingredients and botanicals to create exceptional cocktails. Along with the new cocktail menu come two champagne-based summer cocktails. “Pineapples in Champagne” gives guests a refreshing savor of fresh pineapple, St.Augustine pure cane vodka and prosecco while “The Talking Melon” is crafted with honeydew, fresh picked mint and served with The Drawing Room’s infused melon. The Drawing Room Shelborne Wyndham Hotel 1801 Collins Ave Miami Beach FL
The Pubbelly Boys kick off the 2nd Annual James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project, which challenges chefs to create a “Better Burger” by blending chopped meat with mushrooms and other healthy ingredients. Chef Mendin brings his creative touch and unique sense of flavor through a menu of specialty burgers served every Wednesday from June 8 to July 27.Each week the restaurant adds a special burger, created by a series of Miami “guest chefs”, who will appear in the restaurant on their special night. $1 of all proceeds from the guest burgers will be donated to the James Beard Foundation initiative. For “guest chef” burger schedule and more info visit MIAbites article: http://www.miabites.com/home/2016/6/5/pubbelly-burger-series-kicks-off-better-burger-project
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