Russian State Media Warns of “Nuclear Implications” if US Doesn’t Behave in Syria

By: Max Radwin - Oct 11, 2016, 10:12 am
Dmitri Kiselyov has a reputaiton for being “anti-Western” (varvara)

The United States has received intense threats from abroad this week, after a journalist in Russia said “nuclear implications” could be a possibility against the US should there be any “impudent” behavior toward Moscow.

Journalist Dmitry Kiselyov — known as the Kremlin’s “chief protagonist” — made the comments Monday night on the television show News of the Week. Kiselyov was appointed by Vladimir Putin to head the country’s state-owned media outlet.

The comments were made with US-Russia relations center stage and as sensitive as they have been in some years.

Among other things, the United States said last week that it planned to suspend negotiations with Russia after refusing to stop airstrikes in Aleppo, Syria. Russia vetoed a motion in the United Nations Saturday that would end the bombing in Aleppo.

The United States is also reportedly considering using airstrikes on Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, news that prompted Russia to prepare “surface-to-air” missiles on its base in Tartus, Syria. US airplanes in the area, a Russian statement said, could be at risk of being shot down.

In response, the United States openly accused Russia for the first time of hacking US computers with the intention of interfering with the ‘US election process.”

Given this news, some are taking Kiselyov’s comments seriously, though he has made similar anti-Western comments in the past, including that Russia is “genuinely capable of turning the USA into radioactive ash.”

News pundits have said the situation is not the same as that of the Cold War, being actually far more dangerous.

Max Radwin Max Radwin

Max is an editor with PanAm Post. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a Major in English Literature and a minor in Spanish Language. He has written for Newsday, Al Jazeera and The Miami Herald, among others.

Costa Rica’s Coffee Growers Maintain Ban on Cheaper Variety

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Oct 11, 2016, 8:56 am
The decision comes now that Arabic coffee is being affected, but the consumption has increased  (Sabora)

EspañolThis Saturday, October 8, the National Coffee Congress of Costa Rica ruled to maintain the ban on cultivation of robusta coffee despite needed attempts to counter falling production of Arabica. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); To modify the decree against robusta, support from a qualified majority was needed but not achieved, according to the head of the House of Roasters Jose Manuel Hernandez and former President of the National Coffee Institute (Icafe) Ricardo Seevers. Growers in Costa Rica, which is the fourteenth coffee producer in the world, have a broad interest in reintroducing this variety of grain as it is cheaper, bitter, with more caffeine and thus stronger and more productive than others. Read more: Costa Rica Destroys over Half Million Marijuana Plants Read more: Costa Rican Police Discover 33 Secret Airstrips for Drug Trafficking Previously, a committee had recommended that the ban be lifted on the grounds that the laws banning it are obsolete now three decades after the fact. However, those who disagree with allowing the cultivation of robusta argue that it threatens the prestige of all coffee producers in Costa Rica, a country that has made itself known for its high quality Arabica. Arabica coffee is being affected by rising temperatures, pests and changes in market dynamics, as well as overwhelming coffee consumption increases. Source: Reuters

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