Erdogan does not object to Damascus’s control over al-Hasaka: the Kurds choose between loyalty to Syria or defeat by Turkey


25-12-18 10:42:00,

Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai

Following President Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces from occupied northeast Syria, the Kurds of al-Hasaka have for the last two days been negotiating with the government of Damascus on how to spare the province from a possible Turkish invasion. Syrian General Ali Mamlouk, the Syrian president’s special security advisor, says that “he is talking with the Kurdish delegation to find a way for the Syrian army to deploy its forces along the borders with Turkey and, in consequence, stop a possible Turkish invasion of Northeast Syria”, confirmed a decision-maker source in the Syrian capital, Damascus.

According to the Source, at the start of the negotiation the Kurdish delegation repeated their familiar mantra—asking for the Syrian Arab Army to protect Syrian borders from the Turks, while allowing the Kurdish YPG to maintain their separate military organization inside the province of al-Hasaka. Damascus rejected this proposal and instead proposed a special status for the Kurdish administration within Syria, opening the road for members of the YPG to join the Syrian Army in a special Kurdish and Arab contingent. 

“There will be no other army on the Syrian territory but the national Syrian Arab Army”, were the instructions of President Bashar al-Assad to the Syrian delegation engaged in dialogue with the Kurds, according to this source.

On the possibility of Turkish forces advancing into Manbij and their massive deployment on the bordering province, the source confirmed that “Russia informed President Erdogan that it will not accept any crossing into the province, and that it will be up to the Syrian army to move in if the US withdraws its troops from the occupied area”.

It is clear that Erdogan, while gathering his own forces and his Syrian allies (Euphrates ShieldSultan Murad, Noureddine Zinki, Jaish al-Islam et al.), is keeping his options open. If the US fails to withdraw, Turkey will move into Manbij. Otherwise, the Turkish President seems in harmony with the Russian decision, unwilling to spoil the strong bond and strategic relationship he has constructed with both Iran and Russia in the last year. The Turkish President had agreed with Russia to wait a few months before acting against the Kurds. He made no objection to a Syrian army move into al-Hasaka,

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Christmas in Aleppo: Syrians celebrate as city recovers from years-long bloodshed (VIDEOS)


25-12-18 10:41:00,

Hundreds of Syrians took to the streets of Aleppo to celebrate Christmas, as the peaceful life continues to get back on track in the ancient city, two years after its liberation.

Christmas in the Syrian city of Aleppo is a very special holiday indeed – and that’s not since it housed the largest Christian minority in the predominantly Muslim country before the war.

READ MORE: Syrians celebrate Christmas & hope for lasting peace as US troops pull out (VIDEOS)

The battle for the city, which raged for four and a half years, ended just a couple days before Christmas back in 2016, and the holiday now goes hand in hand with the liberation celebrations.

The city, once the largest in Syria, has seen years of intense urban warfare, getting split roughly in half between government forces and a conglomerate of assorted militant groups. As the Syrian government forces and their allies scored a decisive victory, the city’s Christians were free to openly celebrate Christmas in – back then, relative – safety.

Two years later, the celebrations have gotten into full swing, starting to resemble the colourful pre-war festivities. Footage from the scene shows the unveiling of the city’s main Christmas tree at the Al Aziziyah square, Santa costume-clad children singing, and fireworks – instead of bullet tracers – lighting up the night skies.

The residents of Aleppo hope the whole of Syria will re-emerge from the ashes, as their city did.

“Aleppo is still alive. It went on despite the war and siege. What we witness now, the return of farmers and citizens to their land and villages, destroyed by terrorism, is a good omen,” a local resident told RT’s Ruptly.

We hope that we can rebuild Syria as it was before. This is a tribute to the steadfast, patient and victorious people of Aleppo. We hope all of Syria would be like [Aleppo], and may we get rid of terrorism. We hope the victory will be there soon. Merry Christmas.

The city still has a long way to go to recover fully from the lengthy bloodshed, yet it appears to be walking this path steadily since the liberation.

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Timoshenko describes Ukraine’s local elections as Armageddon


24-12-18 07:24:00,

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    KIEV, December 24. /TASS/. The leader of Ukraine’s Batkivshchina party, Yulia Timoshenko, has pointed to mass violations in last Sunday’s elections of heads of territorial communities.

    “The elections were terrible. I’ve been in politics for many years and I’ve seen many things. What I witnessed this time, though, was extraordinary,” she said. “Ballot papers were photocopied, ballot papers were totally unprotected, a hundred faked ballot papers with marks suddenly emerged out of nowhere… Bribery was massive through all resources available to the current legislators who participated in the election from the current authorities.”

    Also, Timoshenko complained about the return of the notorious situation in which a large percentage of voters cast their ballots at home without any officially recognized excuses or certificates.

    “In fact, it was an Armageddon of election. There was everything – rigging, compulsion and bribes. People were coerced into quitting the race. The authorities used arm twisting tactics to force those who’d wished to run as self-nominees to participate from the Pyotr Poroshenko Bloc.”

    Alongside this Batkivshchina’s leader declared that her party achieved “impressive results.”

    “In the elections of heads of territorial communities Batkivshchina was the front-runner with 35.7%, the Pyotr Poroshenko Bloc, second with 22.7%, and the Agrarian Party, third with 8.3%. The Radical Party followed with 7.1% and the Ukrainian Association of Patriots UKROP with 7%.

    According to Timoshenko, the Popular Front was supported by 3.4%, Self Reliance, by 3%, Civic Position – 1.6% and the Case of the Freedom Party, 1%.

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    More Young Fit People Experiencing Strokes. Cell Phone and WiFi Radiation Disrupt Blood-Brain Barrier | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda


    24-12-18 11:46:00,

    By B.N. Frank

    Strokes are on the rise in young adults.  This includes fit people and teens.  Exposure to all sources of cell phone and wireless WiFi radiation can disrupt the blood-brain barrier which can cause it to leak.

    Neurosurgeon and researcher Dr. Leif Salford has conducted many studies on radio frequency radiation and its effects on the brain. Dr. Salford called the potential implications of some of his research “terrifying.” Some of the most concerning conclusions result from the fact that the weakest exposure levels to wireless radiation caused the greatest effect in causing the blood brain barrier to leak.



    Exposure can also kill brain cells.

    According to many experts, in regard to sources of wireless radiation – “distance is your friend.”

    Most brain tumors remain hidden and are only detected after metastasizing into seizures or strokes.


    A cellphone is a two-way microwave radio with intermittent and destabilizing pulses, unlike microwave ovens that steadily operate at the same frequencies at much greater power.  The weak and erratic microwave radiation from cellphones and tablets cannot directly break the bonds that hold molecules together, but does disrupt DNA,  weakens the brain’s protective barrier, and releases highly reactive and damaging free radicals.  A five-year old’s brain, healthy or otherwise, is encased in a thinner skull and contains more fluid than an adults.  The bone marrow of a child’s head absorbs  10 times more  radiation than an adult, while those of infants and toddlers will absorb even more.

    We are all now at even more risk for strokes and other health issues associated with additional exposure to wireless radiation due to federal legislation and campaigns which allow the forced installation of harmful and invasive technology throughout U.S. communities – the “Race for 5G,” “Smart Cities,” and “Internet of Things” (IoT), utility “Smart” Meters and more.

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is supposed protecting the public.  Nope.

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    Agribusiness Invasion Threatens Indigenous of Paraguay’s Chaco Region


    23-12-18 04:25:00,

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    The Paraguayan Chaco region has been home to various groups of Indigenous peoples for millennia. But over the past few years, the land has been invaded by agribusinesses for the purpose of unsustainable livestock production.

    As a result, the Chaco is losing forests at a rate of 240,000 hectares per year. At the current rate of deforestation, in 24 years, all Chaco forest cover would all be gone, and the effects will be mostly irreversible. To make matters even worse, the land is increasingly being covered in genetically modified soy and the toxic agrochemicals that go hand-in-hand with it. The soy is primarily produced as feedstock for factory farms in Europe and other parts of the world. Cattle ranchers and soy planters have stolen Indigenous land in the Chaco and forced its people into slave labor.

    Every day, the Chaco’s inhabitants see immense convoys of ships and barges passing before their eyes, carrying away their resources to feed others in faraway places, with the profits of this trade remaining beyond their reach.

    The unjust and exploitative trade rules that have caused the agribusiness takeover of the Chaco are set to worsen further with the proposed European Union-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement between the EU and the Latin American bloc Mercosur, which includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. It is the world’s fourth-largest trading bloc. This deal will give corporations even more power to prioritize producing steak, pork and chicken for European consumers, while the lives of the Chaco’s inhabitants will remain submerged in poverty and hunger.

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    The photos below offer a glimpse into the lives of the Chaco’s Indigenous people and the struggles they face.

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    Poll: Support for Fidesz up, opposition down since the elections


    23-12-18 04:01:00,

    The ruling Fidesz-led alliance’s base has strengthened while support for the opposition has waned since the spring general election, according to the latest poll released by the Nezopont Institute on Saturday.

    Fully 54 percent of decided voters expressed their support for Fidesz, according to the poll completed between November 26 and December 15 with anti-government protests already under way, Nezopont said. This is up 7 percent since the general election held in April, Nezopont said.

    Jobbik’s base was 14 percent, dropping altogether 6 percent over the past eight months, while core support for the opposition Socialist Party’s alliance with Parbeszed stayed level at 11 percent. The Democratic Coalition’s core support slightly strengthened since April, to stand at 7 percent while it was 4 percent each for LMP and Momentum. Mi Hazank, the party formed by former Jobbik politicians, and the satirical Two-Tailed Dog Party (MKKP) each firmed their support to 3 percent.

    Among all voters, support for Fidesz was 38 percent, for Jobbik 9 percent, for Socialist-Parbeszed 6 percent and for DK 4 percent. It was 2 percent each for LMP, Momentum and MKKP and 1 percent for Mi Hazank.

    Nezopont conducted the poll by asking 2,000 people in personal interviews.

    Source and photo: MTI


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    They Rescued Pigs and Turkeys From Factory Farms — and Now Face Decades in Prison


    23-12-18 03:55:00,

    In the fall of 2017, Glenn Greenwald reported on a nationwide FBI manhunt for two pigs named Lily and Lizzie. The pigs had been removed from a factory farm in Utah by animal rights activists from a group called Direct Action Everywhere. From the perspective of the activists, the pigs were rescued. From the perspective of Smithfield Farms, the Chinese-owned multinational corporation that owns the factory farm, they were stolen.

    Direct Action Everywhere, also known as DxE, engages in a practice called “open rescue.” Open rescue involves entering, without authorization, the facilities of animal-based industries, such as farms, slaughterhouses, and puppy mills, documenting the conditions within them, and removing as many animals as possible, usually from among the sick and injured. The activists don’t wear masks and make no effort to conceal their identities; they post the videos on social media for the world to see. By practically inviting prosecution, the activists aim to make a point: that the laws that regard these animals as mere property are wrong and that violating those laws is a moral imperative.

    Since Greenwald’s story was published, prosecutors in Utah have charged six DxE activists with multiple felonies, both for the Smithfield action and for a separate open rescue of turkeys at a Utah factory farm owned by Norbest. In Utah, stealing property worth less than $1,500 is generally a misdemeanor. But lawmakers have carved out an exception specifically for the benefit of the animal agriculture industry. If the property in question is an animal “raised for commercial purposes,” then no matter how little economic value that animal may have, the crime is a felony. Because of this exception, DxE activists are potentially facing decades in prison.

    Our new documentary tells the rest of the story to date. It’s an alarming example of the power of the animal agriculture industry, the confluence of interests between industry and law enforcement, and the appalling treatment of animals in industrial agricultural production.

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    An end to empires


    23-12-18 03:48:00,




    America withdrawing from conflicts that do not concern it would be a huge boon and relief to the world’s citizens.

    Richard Galustian


    3 hours ago


    December 23, 2018


    President Trump announcement, seemingly unilaterally, without advice from his military advisors or the Pentagon, has shocked and rocked American Military’s status quo strategy that has failed us all since post 9/11, yet the overwhelming majority of the American people and the world’s thinking population seem to love Trump’s decision.

    That Trump has said that it’s remaining meagre 2000 troops in Syria will be withdrawn is a popular decision for the people. It’s also very symbolic.

    Those American soldiers left in Afghanistan will hopefully no doubt follow.

    In short and to be concise, this is why its popular for the people and a disaster for the Deep State:

    • It is a sign that the US, well that its President, might finally be abandoning the disastrous ‘regime change’ policy pursuits’ and a sign of the beginning of the end of the stranglehold ‘the Military Industrial and Security Complex’ has on Washington.

    • that American military adventures might end eventually in ALL nations. Nations do NOT need US Military protection, whether calling itself ‘a World Peacekeeper’ or the rather more disparaging thing that it really is, a country who believes in stealing gas and oil and land grabbing; as an imperialistic ambitious hyper-super Military State and aspiring ‘American Empire.’

    • It would make this OpEd too long to give all the reasons in detail why I now make the following statements. I assume that readers have a sufficiently high standard of political understanding and historical knowledge combined with sophistication, to know.

    • If there are that don’t, I suggest they read up on the subjects and educate themselves.

    • There is ZERO threat to the United States and the Western world from either Russia or China and (laughable to even have to say it) Iran. There are of course with these countries conflicting economic interests that must be dealt with using diplomacy tools.

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    Game Changer: French Police to Join Yellow Vests After Finding Out Gov’t is Ripping Them Off Too | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda


    23-12-18 09:14:00,

    By Matt Agorist

    As the “gilets jaunes” or “yellow vests” protests continue to take place across France, the government has been slowly acquiescing to the demands of citizens. However, the concessions have not been enough and so they’ve stayed in the streets although mostly calm. Also in the streets are the French police, who, according to reports, are also growing weary with the French state.

    The protests have been ongoing for around a month now and the police force is tiring out—and they aren’t getting paid for it. Police in France have racked up a massive 23 million hours of overtime as they work protests and not a single one of them have been paid for it.

    Once the union realized that their officers were not being paid the money they were owed, the Alliance Union called on officers across France to only handle emergencies only as they negotiated with the interior ministry over their compensation.

    On Wednesday, activists called on police to cross the line and join them. Police did not rule this option out and they went so far as to threaten the French government with doing just that.

    Negotiations between three unions—Alliance, UNSA-Police and Unity-SGP-FO—and Interior Minister Christophe Castaner on Tuesday failed to reach a settlement, according to Newsweek.  As talks resumed on Wednesday, France 24 reported that activists were calling on forces across the country to commit to a “slowdown” and only respond to emergencies until the dispute had been settled.

    The slowdown took place and yet the government still failed to address their concerns. So, police held a “black day for the police” protest on Wednesday. Now, they are threatening Act II, and even Act III. Using the term ‘Act’, the police are aligning themselves with the yellow vests as this is a similar tactic used in the current demonstrations.

    Coup d’etat in Slowmotion
    by Ole Dammegard

    For almost 30 years investigator Ole Dammegård has been on a quest to find the truth behind some of the worst conspiracies in the history of world – such as the murders US President John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, John Lennon and the blowing up of m/s Estonia killing at least 852 innocent people.

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    Donorbox falls prey to Israel’s covert campaign against BDS


    22-12-18 10:25:00,

    The BDS movement has gained global support as a nonviolent way to challenge Israeli occupation and apartheid. It is modeled on the campaign that helped end aparthied in South Africa.

    Ahmad Al-Bazz

    Donorbox has fallen prey to an Israeli government smear campaign to sabotage and silence advocates for full and equal Palestinian rights.

    “After legal threats and false allegations from Shurat HaDin-The Israel Law Center, the donation platform Donorbox has temporarily suspended the BDS National Committee’s account, disabling its ability to fundraise for its human rights advocacy at the height of the charity season,” the civil rights group Palestine Legal said Friday.

    The BDS National Committee, or BNC, is the steering group for the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign for Palestinian rights.

    According to the Associated Press, the Shurat HaDin complaint was “submitted in coordination with Israel’s strategic affairs ministry.”

    “This decision does not mean that we consider BDS to be a nefarious organization,” Donorbox said, according to the AP. “We are merely reviewing evidence following this complaint. Their donation forms were closed as a precautionary measure.”

    Shurat HaDin, an Israeli group linked to the Mossad spying and assassination agency, employs spurious and politically motivated legal proceedings in an effort to harass, silence and deter supporters of Palestinian rights.

    In one recent example, Shurat HaDin sued two New Zealand human rights activists for writing an article calling on the pop star Lorde not to play in Israel, in solidarity with Palestinians suffering under Israeli military occupation and siege.

    Legal experts dismissed the judgment against the New Zealand activists as meritless and unenforceable.

    “Unlawful interference”

    Lawyers are saying that Shurat HaDin’s attempt to shut down the BNC’s fundraising is baseless and illegal.

    “The accusations from Shurat HaDin are false and based on flimsy legal theories,” Dima Khalidi, director of Palestine Legal, said. “Shurat HaDin are themselves engaging in unlawful interference with the BNC’s peaceful grassroots advocacy to achieve freedom and equality for Palestinians. We call on Donorbox to complete its investigation rapidly and reinstate BNC’s account.”

    Maria LaHood, deputy legal director of the Center for Constitutional Rights,

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    Guilty by innuendo: the Guardian campaign against Julian Assange that breaks all the rules | The Canary


    22-12-18 04:06:00,

    An analysis of articles published by the Guardian over several months reveals what appears to be a campaign to link WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with Russia and the Kremlin. But the paper has provided little or no evidence to back up the assertions. And amid recent revelations that Guardian journalists have associated with the psychological operations experts at the Integrity Initiative, we should perhaps be more sceptical than ever before.


    This particular campaign by the Guardian appears to have begun with an article on 18 May 2018 from Luke Harding, Dan Collyns and Stephanie Kirchgaessner. It stated that “Assange has a longstanding relationship with RT”, the Russian TV broadcaster; and the headline was Assange’s guest list: the RT reporters, hackers and film-makers who visited embassy. Assange has had hundreds of people visit him at the embassy, but the article was keen to focus on the “senior staff members from RT, the Moscow TV network described by US intelligence agencies as the Kremlin’s ‘principal international propaganda outlet’”.

    On the same day, the Guardian published another article, claiming that Assange had visits from “individuals linked to the Kremlin”, but which offered no evidence for this.

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    On 20 June, Harding and Kirchgaessner wrote a story focusing on “Assange’s alleged ties to Russia”. It claimed that “a longtime US lobbyist for the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska visited Julian Assange nine times at the Ecuadorian embassy”. Yet the article’s sub-heading stated: “It is unclear whether Adam Waldman’s 2017 visits had connection to Oleg Deripaska”. Waldman is a lawyer, and visited Assange in that capacity.

    By 21 September, Harding, Collyns and Kirchgaessner wrote about “Assange’s ties to the Kremlin”, without even an “alleged”. Then, on 26 September, Collyns wrote again of Assange’s “ties to the Kremlin”,

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    The guide that pharmaceutical industry ‘don’t want published’ to curing and preventing heart disease – Dutch Anarchy


    22-12-18 04:02:00,

    No health topic is more important, more full of misinformation, and more complex than this one. This report tackles the four most common conditions associated with “heart disease”: hypertension, stroke, coronary heart disease, and congestive heart failure. The information herein should be useful for all heart problems.

    Heart disease is the number one killer in America, and yet it does not induce terror as cancer does. The reason for this is because people are horrified of the cancer treatments, not the disease itself.

    Alas, heart health is frequently ignored in lieu of cancer concerns, with breast cancer being an excellent example of this short sightedness. Case in point: For every woman who dies of breast cancer (cancer treatments) 11 more will die from coronary heart disease. About 60% of heart disease deaths happen suddenly in people who had no previous symptoms and normal cholesterol levels. These people simply collapsed unexpectedly.

    The real lesson to be learned, as you will see, is everything that we have been taught about heart disease is wrong. If the experts whom we have been listening to were right, then heart disease would not be the #1 failure of modern medicine.

    Adhering to a critical holistic principle of alternative medicine, it is important that we never adopt the foolishness of a typical physician, who will obsessively focus on only the organ displaying obvious symptoms. It is wiser to treat the patient instead of an organ, which means correcting problems with both lifestyle and diet. As is the case for practically all other chronic diseases, a heart patient usually brings the disease upon himself with his irresponsible behavior for a period of many years, and only he can get himself out of the mess.

    Drugs can suppress symptoms for a while, like they always do, but real change comes only from real changes. Merely masking the symptoms with drugs is the health policy of fools. The time bomb is still ticking, even though the timer has been hidden from view. Heart issues go beyond the physical, and merely physically treating heart conditions ultimately results in the failures that we all see around us in slowly dying friends and relatives. Numerous surveys have shown that asking people about their quality of life and happiness accurately reflects their heart health.

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    Excerpt from a book claims ‘Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918 was caused by vaccinations’ – Dutch Anarchy


    22-12-18 04:01:00,

    As has been stated before, all medical and non-medical authorities on vaccination agree that vaccines are designed to cause a mild case of the diseases they are supposed to prevent. But they also know and admit that there is no way whatsoever to predict whether the case will be mild or severe – even deadly.

    With this much uncertainty in dealing with the very lives of people, it is very unscientific and extremely dangerous to use such a questionable procedure as vaccination. Many vaccines also cause other diseases besides the one for which they are given. For instance, smallpox vaccine often causes syphilis, paralysis, leprosy, and cancer. Polio shots, diphtheria toxin-antitoxin, typhoid vaccine, as well as measles, tetanus and all other shots often cause various other stages of disease such as post-vaccinal encephalitis (inflammation of the brain,) paralysis, spinal meningitis, blindness, cancer (sometimes within two years,) tuberculosis, (two to twenty years after the shot,) arthritis, kidney disease, heart disease (heart failure sometimes within minutes after the shot and sometimes several hours later.) Nerve damage and many other serious conditions also follow the injections.

    When several shots are given (different vaccines) within a few days or a few weeks apart, they often trigger intensified cases of all the diseases at once, because the body cannot handle such a large amount of deadly poison being injected directly into the bloodstream. The doctors call it a new disease and proceed to suppress the symptoms. When poison is taken by the mouth, the internal defense system has a chance to quickly eject some of it by vomiting, but when the poisons are shot directly into the body, bypassing all the natural safeguards, these dangerous poisons circulate immediately throughout the entire body in a matter of seconds and keep on circulating until all the cells are poisoned. I heard that seven men dropped dead in a doctor’s office after being vaccinated. This was in an army camp, so I wrote to the Government for verification. They sent me the report of U.S. Secretary of War, Henry L. Stimson.

    The report not only verified the report of the seven who dropped dead from the vaccines, but it stated that there had been 63 deaths and 28,585 cases of hepatitis as a direct result of the yellow fever vaccine during only 6 months of the war.

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    The Inside Story Behind Trump’s “Shocking” Withdrawal From Syria


    22-12-18 08:49:00,

    In a report that essentially confirms what Secretary Mattis only insinuated in his letter of resignation, the Associated Press offered an account sourced from anonymous US and Turkish officials that appears to confirm all of President Trump’s hawkish critics’ worst fears about his landmark decision to withdraw US forces from Syria: Namely, that it was made seemingly on a whim, without consulting his national security team, during a phone call with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    The play-by-play of the call, which was strenuously denied by White House officials, who implied that the account had been planted by Turkish agents who were seeking to undermine the president (though they neglected to specify which details in the account were untrue).

    It began by explaining how Trump’s aides had prepared detailed talking points for a Dec. 14 call with Erdogan. But Trump abandoned them shortly after it began after apparently being convinced by Erdogan’s argument that ISIS had effectively been defeated, given that the once-powerful faction now controls less than 1% of its former territory.


    The call had been set up by the NSC after Erdogan threatened to attack US-backed Kurdish troops in Northern Syria whom the Turkish leader accused of supporting the Kurdish independence movement in Turkey.

    Trump’s advisors had coached him to offer Erdogan a small concession, like holding territory on the Turkish-Syrian border. But after the call began, Erdogan put Trump on the defensive.

    “The talking points were very firm,” said one of the officials, explaining that Mr Trump was advised to clearly oppose a Turkish incursion into northern Syria and suggest the US and Turkey work together to address security concerns.

    “Everybody said push back and try to offer (Turkey) something that’s a small win, possibly holding territory on the border, something like that.”

    Mr Erdogan, though, quickly put Mr Trump on the defensive, reminding him that he had repeatedly said the only reason for US troops to be in Syria was to defeat IS and that the group had been 99% defeated.

    “Why are you still there?” the second official said Mr Erdogan asked Mr Trump, telling him that the Turks could deal with the remaining IS militants.

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    Trump’s bold geopolitical pivot, will the Deep State retaliate?


    21-12-18 03:20:00,



    The Duran Quick Take: Episode 44.

    Alex Christoforou


    3 hours ago


    December 21, 2018


    The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and former U.S. Army Special Operations Officer and global psychological warfare counter-terrorism analyst Scott Bennett take a quick look at US President Donald Trump decision to disengage from Syria and bring American troops home. Does this mark a major turning point and pivot away from years of a failed and disastrous US foreign policy dogma in the Middle East that has left the region in ruins.

    How will the Deep State and neocon warmongers react and retaliate to US President Trump’s decision to deliver what he promised during his presidential campaign…an end to the military industrial complex wars.

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    Meanwhile, Trump continues a bold US military disengagement in never ending, bullshit wars started by Bush and Obama. Zerohedge that US President Trump has ordered a major Afghan drawdown with 7,000 troops set to return to the US in the coming weeks…

    CNN warns “officials brace for Trump announcement on Afghanistan” after Trump’s Wednesday bombshell Syria troop pullout announcement. He’s now initiated “a major drawdown” of forces in Afghanistan too, and while inside the beltway neocon heads might continue to explode, the broader public for which the seventeen year long Afghan war is deeply unpopular will no doubt cheer the move. And already NBC reports Thursday evening based on defense sources the White House has asked the Pentagon to draw up plans presenting “multiple options” including a “complete withdrawal”. Following the “options” order it now appears Trump has pulled the trigger and “ordered the start of a reduction of American forces in Afghanistan” according to a breaking WSJ report:

    More than 7,000 American troops will begin to return home from Afghanistan in the coming weeks, a U.S. official said. The move will come as the first stage of a phased drawdown and the start of a conclusion to the 17-year war that officials say could take at least many months.

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    What the Heck Is Russia’s Central Bank Doing?


    21-12-18 09:41:00,

    In the US money is way to easy but in Russia it’s way too tight, argues Tom Luongo

    • “I’m all for a cautious central bank that does not inflate massive bubbles but I’m also not for a central bank to do the bidding of a country’s adversaries either by undermining growth with needless austerity.


    • “Nabiullina should stop tinkering with rates to please foreign ratings agencies that will downplay Russia’s fiscal position anyway for political purposes.”  

    I continue to wonder who Bank of Russia President Elvira Nabiullina works for.  Seriously.  On Friday, in response to solid growth in Russian economic statistics over the past few months, Nabiullina again raised interest rates 0.25%. 

    She still adheres to idiotic IMF-style ‘inflation targeting’ dogma.

    Price inflation in Russia finally got off the roughly 2.5% mat in August steadily rising to 3.8% in November.  This prompted Nabiullina​​​​​​​ to raise rates again, stifling growth which itself was stifled by her overly-cautious rate cutting earlier in the cycle.

    The recovery in Russia after the Ruble crisis of 2014/15 was exasperated by her holding interest rates too high for too long.  The Russian bond market took way to long to normalize because of this lack of liquidity.

    In 2017 and early 2018, every time the Bank of Russia cut rates the Ruble would strengthen, that’s how high demand was for them.  The Russian yield curve was approaching normalcy.

    And Nabiullina​​​​​​​ is now, again, undermining it by trying to control price inflation as opposed to letting the market regulate itself.  

    The short-term Russian bond market is screaming for some relief and the Bank of Russia won’t accommodate.  Remember, inflation in Russia is running just 3.8%, so we’re talking a positive real yield on overnight money of 4%.  This is not making it easy to liquefy a growing economy.  Real yields of 4% on 3 to 5 year money?  Ok. 

    But overnight?   I’m all for a cautious central bank that does not inflate massive bubbles but I’m also not for a central bank to do the bidding of a country’s adversaries either by undermining growth with needless austerity.

    Central Bank Fallacies

    Inflation targeting is not the role of the central bank,

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    Trump Announces Withdrawal — Hollywood Liberal Heads Explode


    21-12-18 09:40:00,

    These hysterical entitled people think Syria is their property

    The announcement by President Trump that US troops would be leaving Syria has been met with anger not just by neocons, but by Hollywood ‘liberals’ too. Aren’t progressives supposed to oppose wars and illegal occupations?

    Of course, we have to be cautious. Trump’s announcement of a troop withdrawal from Syria, for now at least, is just words. We need to see evidence of soldiers leaving before we start to celebrate. We need to read the small print with a large Sherlock Holmes-style magnifying glass.

    Even so, it’s a positive development as it marks a further winding down of the conflict. Some though don’t see it that way.

    We knew neocons would be upset by the news. They want the US to be in Syria forever. We knew Britain and France – who have invested so much in trying to bring down the Assad government – wouldn’t be happy either. But it’s the reaction of Hollywood liberals which is the interesting thing.

    I’m old enough to remember when liberals hummed Pete Seeger songs and marched against wars and illegal occupations of global south countries. When they denounced imperialism and the racist attitudes which underpinned it.

    Today, they seem to support imperialism, war and military occupations.

    They’ve gone from being anti-war to anti anti-war. The bogus doctrine of ‘humanitarian interventionism’, promoted by warmongers to sell old fashioned wars of plunder, and rampant Russophobia, which blames the ‘Evil Putin’ for just about everything, have clearly addled quite a few brains.  

    Mia Farrow is worried that a US exit from Syria “benefits Russia, ISIS-still active, Iran and Assad’ and is also concerned that the Donald did not “consult the Pentagon.

    Would she have had such complaints if the US president had ordered an immediate withdrawal from Vietnam in 1968?

    For good measure Mia also retweets hard-right neocon South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham who calls withdrawal of US troops from Syria, a “huge Obama-like mistake” and a “stain on the honour of the United States”. I can think of quite a few things in recent years which have been a ‘stain on the honour of the United States’: removing troops from Syria is not one of them.

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    Escobar On Conquering Crimea: The ‘Civilized’ & The ‘Barbarians’


    21-12-18 09:02:00,

    Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Asia Times,

    Washington insists sanctions will remain until Russia returns the peninsula to Ukraine, but this will never happen. For Moscow, Crimea is back to where it belongs, and this is a region that has seen conquerors come and go for centuries…

    We are at the remains of Panticapaeum, the capital of the Kingdom of Bosphorus, founded in the second quarter of the 6th century BC on both sides of the Kerch Strait.

    We start our walk on the hilltop of Mithridates, in the heart of modern Kerch, where “terrible” king Mithridates of Pontus (134 – 64 BC) was killed. Greek geographer Strabo (63 BC – 23 AD) said Panticapaeum was the mother country of “all the Milesian cities of Bosphorus”. It was a big city that boasted a convenient harbor and a shipyard.

    As we climb higher, we come across an obelisk celebrating victory in the Great Patriotic War. This is one of the last ridges in eastern Crimea. To the left is Kerch harbor with no warships, only coastguard patrol boats. To the right, the dark blue Sea of Azov, the Kerch strait – now one of the geopolitical hot spots of the young 21st century – and far in the distance is Krimsky Most, the Crimea bridge.

    Crossing the bridge – a 19km-long engineering marvel, built in only two years – is as smooth as it gets and takes less than 15 minutes. On the right, work proceeds on the rail bridge, which will be ready next year.

    The Crimea Bridge. Photo: Asia Times

    I cross in the direction of Novorossiysk, then turn back from the Russian mainland. There’s a passport control and customs check, even though Crimea is now Russian territory. Cars and buses are carefully examined; a terror attack is always a concern. The guards are polite: “Welcome to Krym”. I say I was already in Krym. They smile.

    Bridge over troubled water

    Washington officially insists all Crimea-related sanctions will remain until Moscow returns the peninsula to Ukraine. This will never happen. For Moscow, Crimea is already back to where it belongs.

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    Colombia’s Killing Fields


    21-12-18 08:57:00,

    In Colombia, the last week has been a particularly bloody one for indigenous leaders. In the state of Cauca, just south of the major city of Calí, the indigenous governor Edwin Dagua Ipia was assassinated after having received numerous death threats from paramilitaries in the area. He is one of at least ten indigenous people murdered in the country just in the last week.

    In fact, according to the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), more than 100 assassinations of human rights advocates and members of marginalized and oppressed communities have taken place just in 2018. There is a sense among observers that the killings have escalated since the election of Ivan Duque, the young right wing president and close ally of former president and international criminal Alvaro Uribe.

    In a damning report published by the Consultancy on Human Rights and Displacement (CODHES), the human rights NGO noted that 35% of the social leaders and activists murdered belonged to ethnic minorities (19% Afro-Colombian, 15% indigenous), a staggering figure which demonstrates just how targeted those groups are, considering the proportion of violence with which they’re targeted versus their total share of the national population. Moreover, CODHES indicated that:

    “Approximately 50 percent of the victims were authorities or representatives of ethnic territories and organizations. Another 36 percent were community or union leaders, 8 percent land rights claimants and 6 percent are members of the family of women social leaders. The worst affected regions in order of total numbers were Cauca, Valle del Cauca, Antioquia, Chocó, and Córdoba.”

    The continued killings have drawn the attention of the United Nations, though little has been done to stem the tide, particularly as the government of Ivan Duque has slithered into power. Luis Guillermo Pérez Casas, a lawyer with the Colectivo de Abogados José Alvear Restrepo (CCAJAR), explained in a report jointly submitted with the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, that the killings, and total impunity due to government inaction, rise to the level of crimes against humanity.

    He told the Guardian that:

    “The murders of our colleagues must stop…We hope the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC will warn the Colombian government that if the impunity persists,

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    Huawei Launches the Evolution Strategy for 5G-oriented Wireless Target Network – Global Research


    20-12-18 07:57:00,

    The following article confirms HuaWei’s lead in 5G telecommunications technology. In this regard, the campaign against HuaWei including the arrest of CFO Meng Wanzhou is intent upon undermining China’s  strategic lead in 5G including HuaWei’s “All Bands Go to 5G.

    At Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2018, Huawei released the “All Bands Go to 5G” strategy for the evolution towards a 5G-oriented wireless target network. This strategy provides suggestions for future development of the wireless network in three key aspects: simplified site, simplified network, and automation.

    China is not only the largest producer of cellphones Worldwide, it is a leader in wireless technology. According to an August 2018 report by Deloitte Consulting: “China is winning the race against the United States to build a faster nationwide wireless network that uses 5G technology”

    The US dirty tricks campaign (supported by Canada) indelibly seeks to prevent China from taking the lead:

    Unless the U.S. moves more quickly, it will be at a major disadvantage when it comes to creating dominant new companies in the emerging space….

    Accordingly, countries that adopt 5G first are expected to experience disproportionate gains in macroeconomic impact compared to those that lag,” the report’s authors said.

    U.S. companies have been sounding the alarm over a purported race against China over 5G, perhaps playing to the fears and strategic desires of the Trump White House. (Fortune, August 7, 2018)

    The following article reviews the evolution of 5G technology and China’s role.

     Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 20 December 2018


    I. Global commercial use of 5G networks has now entered the fast lane. Massive wireless connectivity has become an inevitable trend.

    Data traffic of global mobile broadband (MBB) increases rapidly. By H1 2018, the data of usage (DOU) for a number of global operators has exceeded 10 GB, and that in certain Middle East regions has even reached 70 GB. Data traffic is becoming a necessity following air, water, and food in our daily lives. Releasing data traffic helps to promote positive MBB business cycle in the global wireless industry and ushers in a new era of traffic operation.

    New connections based on wireless technologies rapidly develop and are realized among individuals,

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    US, Allies Planning Unprecedented Sanctions Against Beijing Over Cyberespionage


    20-12-18 03:57:00,

    Update: The latest batch of indictments has been handed down. The DOJ has indicted two hackers for their alleged involvement in a global hacking campaign, carried out at the behest of the Tianjin office of China’s MSS. The behavior allegedly happened over two time periods, one of which began in 2006, and the other beginning in 2014. They compromised more than 40 computers belonging to the US Navy.

    Here’s a breakdown of the indictment, courtesy of CNBC:

    • Prosecutors accused the hackers of operating in connection with the Chinese government.
    • They are accused of stealing information from at least 45 U.S. tech companies and government agencies.
    • Agencies targeted included the Department of Energy’s National Laboratory and NASA’s jet propulsion lab.
    • The hackers also allegedly targeted defense industrial companies and managed service providers, as a way to gain entry to U.S. corporations and agencies through their suppliers.
    • The two defendants, Zhu Hua and Zhang Shilong, were allegedly members of a group known as “Advanced Persistent Threat 10,” or “APT10.” The group was also known within the cybersecurity community as “Stone Panda,” “Red Apollo” and “POTASSIUM.”
    • APT10 allegedly hacked into more than 40 computers connected to the U.S. Navy and stole confidential data, including “the personally identifiable information of more than 100,000 Navy personnel.”
    • They’re also accused of hacking three communications technology companies, three companies “involved in manufacturing advanced electronic systems,” a maritime technology company, an oil and gas company, and at least 25 other technology-related companies.

    While whether they will ever end up in a US jail cell is an open question, there will be an Interpol warrant out for their arrest, meaning if they ever leave China, they will put themselves at risk.

    * * *

    The steady drumbeat of indictments of Chinese companies, hackers and even bad actors allegedly working on behalf of China’s Ministry of State Security in recent months has provoked whispers that sanctions against Beijing in retaliation for its hacking and espionage efforts – something that has become a sticking point in the US-China trade war – could be in the offing.

    Now, it appears that moment has finally arrived, according to a story in the Washington Post.

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    Don’t Hold Your Breath on US Troop Withdrawal from Syria


    20-12-18 01:13:00,

    It would be nice to think the president has final say on foreign policy, given the U.S. Constitution. But the misleading troop withdrawal announcement, followed by Trump’s boastful tweet, suggests the exact opposite, says Patrick Lawrence.

    By Patrick Lawrence
    Special to Consortium News

    The announcement on Wednesday that the U.S. will withdraw all remaining troops from Syria within the next month looked at first like a rare victory for Donald Trump in his admittedly erratic opposition to senseless wars of adventure. “We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there,” the president tweeted with an unmistakable air of triumph.

    Don’t get your hopes up. Just about everything in these initial reports is either wrong or misleading. One, the U.S. did not defeat the Islamic State: The Syrian Arab Army, aided by Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah militias did. Two, hardly was ISIS the only reason the U.S. has maintained a presence in Syria. The intent for years was to support a coup against the Assad government in Damascus—in part by training and equipping jihadists often allied with ISIS. For at least the past six months, the U.S. military’s intent in Syria has been to counter Iranian influence.

    Last and hardly least, the U.S. is not closing down its military presence in Syria. It is digging in for an indefinite period, making Raqqa the equivalent of the Green Zone in Baghdad. By the official count, there are 503 U.S. troops stationed in the Islamic State’s former capital. Unofficially, according to The Washington Post and other press reports, the figure is closer to 4,000—twice the number that is supposed to represent a “full withdrawal” from Syrian soil.

    It would be nice to think Washington has at last accepted defeat in Syria, given it is preposterous to pretend otherwise any longer. Damascus is now well into its consolidation phase. Russia, Iran, and Turkey are currently working with Staffan de Mistura, the UN’s special envoy for Syria, to form a committee in January to begin drafting a new Syrian constitution.

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    ‘Russia Wins’: Fury in Washington as Trump Announces Syria Pullout


    20-12-18 09:52:00,

    This just goes to show what a courageous, principled and common-sense move by Trump this is — finally!!

    (RT) 51 min ago | 1300 words 280

    President Donald Trump’s decision to declare ISIS defeated and order a full US withdrawal from Syria has been met with anger and disbelief by the Washington establishment that hoped for regime change in Damascus.

    Trump declared victory over Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) on Wednesday morning, as media reported that some 2,000 or so US troops will leave Syria within 60 to 100 days. Though Trump had openly spoken about wanting to leave Syria back in March, senior officials in his administration have said that US forces would stay there indefinitely.

    CNN’s Jake Tapper reacted to the announcement by quoting an anonymous Pentagon official who saw it as a victory for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Hillary Clinton’s former foreign policy adviser Jesse Lehrich bemoaned that the withdrawal would embolden Syrian President Bashar Assad and strengthen Russia and Iran, while leaving the US-allied Kurdish militias “once again hung out to dry.”

    Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida), known as a foreign policy hawk, also disagreed with a withdrawal, calling it a “colossal”mistake and a “grave error that’s going to have significant repercussions in the years and months to come.”

    Rubio echoed Lehrich’s assessment that the US withdrawal would turn Syria over to Russia and Iran, adding that it might lead to another conflict between Israel and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, and lend strength to the (hypothetical) argument by Russia and China that Washington is an “unreliable ally.”

    Another foreign policy hawk, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) said the pullout would be “a huge Obama-like mistake,” enabling the revival of IS and putting the Kurds at risk.

    The Atlantic Council’s resident Syria expert, Faysal Itani, was likewise glum in his predictions.

    “I expect ISIS will be back in some form within a year, and expelling Iran from Syria will not be achieved if the US is not in Syria at all,” he told the UAE-based The National, adding that a more likely outcome would be “a possible military confrontation between Turkey and the Kurds,

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    Prelude to Caribbean Crisis 2.0? Russia reportedly eyes air base off Venezuela’s coast


    20-12-18 08:39:00,

    As Washington is determined to leave the landmark INF Treaty, it seems Moscow is looking for a response. Russian media has cited diplomatic sources as saying that Moscow is eyeing a strategic air base off Venezuela’s coast.

    The arrival of two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers to Venezuela earlier this month has provoked a nervous reaction from Washington and led to a brief heated exchange between the US and Russian officials. This might have been a prelude to a more ambitious endeavor, Russia’s Nezavisimaya Gazeta (NG) daily revealed, citing military and diplomatic sources.

    Sources told the paper that Moscow seeks to create a semi-permanent base for the Russian long-range aviation on one of Venezuela’s islands in the Caribbean Sea as it prepares for “long-time military presence” in the US ‘backyard’.

    The base was allegedly planned to be established on the Orchila Island located in the Caribbean Sea some 160 kilometers away from the Venezuelan capital of Caracas. The isle hosts a Venezuelan airfield and a Navy base and was already visited by the Russian military ten years ago. The late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez even offered Russia to set up an air base there back in 2008, the NG reported, adding that Moscow hesitated to make such a decision at that time.

    Ten years on relations between Russia and the US are at their arguably lowest point since the Cold War. Washington is seeking to withdraw from key arms control agreements, including the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), which bans all short and mid-range ballistic missiles. The US plans provoked a strong reaction from Moscow, saying it would ‘take measures’ if any new American missiles threatening its security are placed in Europe.

    Path to stability or crisis?

    An air base in Venezuela capable of hosting the Russian strategic nuclear-capable long-range bombers might well be one of such retaliation measures, experts believe. “It cannot be ruled out that if all the agreements [under the INF Treaty] are disrupted we will have to take both symmetric and asymmetric steps to ensure stability,” Andrey Koshkin, the head of the chair of sociology and political sciences at the Russian Plekhanov University of Economics, told RT, adding that such a base would be a good option in this regard.

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    Die ultimative Liste: So viele Datenskandale gab es 2018 bei Facebook


    20-12-18 08:00:00,

    Es ist schon fast ein Ritual: Jedes Mal, wenn sich Facebook in einem neuen Datenschutzskandal wiederfindet, entschuldigt sich Mark Zuckerberg mit den ähnlichen Phrasen („Das war ein Fehler“, „Wir müssen uns verbessern“) und verspricht Besserung. Wenn eine neue Enthüllung kommt, beginnt das Phrasenspiel von vorn. So auch 2018. Neu war in diesem Jahr, mit welcher Häufigkeit Facebook im Rampenlicht stand. So viel mediale Aufmerksamkeit für die Vergehen des Datenkonzerns gab es noch nie. Da verliert man leicht den Überblick. Deshalb gibt es hier die wichtigsten Skandale um Facebook der letzten 12 Monate. – unabhängig & kritisch dank Euch.

    Ein Stückchen vom Datenkuchen für alle

    März 2019: Der Guardian und die New York Times decken auf, wie die Firma Cambridge Analytica unrechtmäßig die Profile von bis zu 87 Millionen Facebook-Nutzern ohne deren Wissen auswertete. Aus den gewonnenen Daten soll Cambridge Analytica umfangreiche Persönlichkeitsprofile erstellt haben, die auch bei der Wahlkampagne von Donald Trump und beim Brexit-Votum zum Einsatz kamen. Im Zuge der Ermittlungen wird klar: Facebook wusste früh von der Datenweitergabe, informierte jedoch die Nutzer nicht darüber. Außerdem profitierten noch diverse andere Apps von der Datenfreigebigkeit.

    April 2018: TechCrunch berichtet, dass alte Nachrichten von Zuckerberg und anderen Top-Managern an Journalisten und andere Nutzer aus deren Postfächern gelöscht wurden. Der Konzern hatte ausgewählten Schriftverkehr einfach gelöscht. Auch hier informierte Facebook die Betroffenen nicht.

    Juni 2018: Facebook hat jahrelang Herstellern von Smartphones, Tablets und anderen Geräten umfassenden Zugriff auf Nutzerdaten gewährt, berichtet die New York Times. Mindestens 60 Firmen hatten demnach nicht nur Zugriff auf Daten des Gerätebesitzers, sondern auch auf Daten von Freunden – selbst dann, wenn diese die Weitergabe in ihren Einstellungen deaktiviert hatten.

    Juli 2018: Bei mehr als 800.000 Nutzern funktionierte zeitweise die Blockier-Funktion nicht so, wie sie sollte. Blockierte Nutzer waren laut eines Blogposts von Facebook für ein paar Tage entblockt.

    Juli 2018: Der Sender CNBC deckt auf, dass jeder durch eine Sicherheitslücke die Mitgliederliste privater Facebook-Gruppen einsehen konnte.

    August 2018: Apple drängt Facebook dazu, seine sogenannte „Sicherheits-App“ Onavo aus dem App-Store zu nehmen. Die App sammelt Daten über App- und Webnutzung und stand bereits ein Jahr zuvor stark in der Kritik,

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    The globalist forces behind the protests in Hungary


    19-12-18 06:45:00,

    A December 13 report in The Wall Street Journal shone light on a notion that has been afoot in the Russian Federation since the fall of Communism in 1991 – the restoration of the Monarchy as the form of government, complete with a new Tsar of all the Russias.

    Of course, some of these monarchists have a top contender in mind for that post, none other than President Vladimir Putin himself.

    This idea has long been used in a pejorative light in the West, as various shadowy and not-so-shadowy elements in the American media speculated over the years that Mr. Putin was actually aspiring to become Tsar. This was thrown around until probably the time that the Russian president spoke, lamenting the fall of Communism, and since then the prime accusation has been that President Putin wants to bring back the Soviet Union.

    This is not true. It also does not appear to be the case that the Russian president wants to be Tsar. But the monarchists are not fazed in the slightest. Here is excerpted material from the WSJ piece, with emphases added:

    The last time term limits forced Russian leader Vladimir Putin to step down from the presidency, he became prime minister for a few years.

    This time around, a group of pro-Kremlin activists have a different idea: Proclaim him Czar Vladimir.

    “We will do everything possible to make sure Putin stays in power as long as possible,” Konstantin Malofeyev, a politically active businessman, said recently to thunderous applause from hundreds of Russian Orthodox priests and members of the country’s top political parties gathered at a conference outside Moscow. They were united by one cause—to return the monarchy to Russia…

    Even among those who want a monarchy, however, there are splits over what kind it should be. Is an absolute monarchy better than a constitutional monarchy? Should a blood line be established or should the czar be elected? For those who favor male succession, would it be a problem that Mr. Putin reportedly only has two daughters? Some have even suggested others besides Mr. Putin should accede to the throne.

    There is a very keen interest indeed among some in Russia that propose various options as to who might best become Tsar in the event that the Monarchy is restored.

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    Belgian Government Gasses Its Own People At Protest Against UN Migration Pact


    19-12-18 09:02:00,

    The Belgian government gassed its own people on Sunday at a 5,000-strong rally protesting against the government signing the UN Migration Pact, also known as the “UN Suicide Pact,” against the will of the public.

    While the Western media went crazy over US border patrol using tear gas — a “weapon banned in war” — against a group of migrants attempting to invade the US, they’re totally fine with the tyrannical government of Belgium using this “weapon of war” against their own citizens for protesting open borders globalism.

    From Fox News:

    Demonstrators protesting against a new United Nations migration pact outside the European Unions headquarters in Brussels this weekend were met with tear gas and water cannons after some of them became violent.

    Riot police closed off streets in the city center and confronted some protesters after about 5,000 gathered on Sunday for a march local authorities initially banned due to the threat of violence.

    The protesters were objecting to a UN compact on migration, a non-binding agreement among the majority states to cooperate in ensuring safe migration and upholding the rights of migrants around the world, Sky News reported. The pact, which was signed in Marrakesh last week, has been criticized by conservative and rightwing voices, who contend Europe is already overrun with migrants from Africa and the Middle East. The huge numbers that flooded the continent after the start of the war in Syria have been tied to a rise in crime and terrorism as well as labor and poverty issues.


    The UN Suicide Pact reportedly seeks to make immigration a “human right” and “criminalize criticism of migration” as “hate speech.”

    A disturbing UN plan which went viral recently along with discussions of the pact called for “replacement migration” to address the “new challenges of declining and ageing populations.”

    Here’s some excerpts showing what these globalists have in mind:

    The UN wants us to fit 4 billion people into Europe and the UK (current population 508 million) and pass laws to imprison anyone who dares to go against their agenda.

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    New batch of ‘Integrity Initiative’ leaks reveal military ties & effort to infiltrate European media


    19-12-18 08:58:00,

    It’s been over a month since hackers began exposing the Scotland-based ‘Integrity Initiative’ as a UK government-funded propaganda outfit — and gradually new details of the organization’s clandestine activities have come to light.

    The documents were leaked by a group which claims to be associated with the Anonymous hackers. The first batch of leaks revealed the Integrity Initiative (II) was stealthily operating “clusters” of influencers across Europe working to ensure pro-UK narratives dominate the media. The second batch showed that the organization was also running disinformation campaigns domestically — specifically a smear campaign against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn; all done under the guise of combatting “Russian propaganda.”

    Now, a third batch of leaks has exposed that the project allegedly operated much like a modern-day version of Operation Mockingbird — a secretive 1950s project whereby the CIA worked hand-in-glove with willing journalists in major media outlets to ensure certain narratives were adhered to. Only this time, it’s a UK-funded organization with deep links to the intelligence services and military passing itself off as a non-partisan “charity.”

    Also on
    Anonymous blows lid off huge psyop in Europe and it’s funded by UK & US

    1. A “vast and ambitious infowar campaign”

    In one of the most revealing leaks yet, a French company called Lexfo allegedly offers a “strictly confidential” proposal to spread propaganda for II across “several hundred existing and credible” news sites in “multiple languages.” Lexfo even offers to create news sites to serve II’s objectives — sites which it says will be “ostensibly independent to assure their credibility.”

    Lexfo also suggests monitoring and editing Wikipedia pages, launching aggressive campaigns to “discredit and intimidate” websites or outlet deemed to be promoting “fake news” — including through legal action and encouraging advertisers to abandon those platforms, the documents show. Ultimately, Lexfo offered a “vast and ambitious infowar campaign” which would be “untraceable.”

    In a December 16 editorial, the Scotland-based Daily Record, which has been one of the only major outlets reporting on the scandal, suggested that if the II was “gift-wrapping intelligence for journalists desperate enough to pass it off as their own work without proper attribution” then that is “worthy of further investigation.”


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    Canadian Coast Guard Report Atlantic Ice is Increasing | Armstrong Economics


    19-12-18 08:55:00,

    The Canadian Coast Guard is reporting that the Atlantic Ice in Canada is increasing. The extreme cold temperatures and the high winds have been combining to expand the Arctic ice. There is a natural cycle to this and they have reported that the seasonal “freeze up” is occurring three to four weeks ahead of normal and above the 30-year average. This winter is once again extremely cold. It has only been in the 60/70s here in Tampa and the same is true in Abu Dhabi. If next year 2019/2020 is colder still, this will be the fourth year and at then we would decline at a bare minimum very steeply into 2021/2022, where out models on markets are predicting a shocking event. So while the pundits keep talking about Global Warming and we will all suddenly become extinct, as Todd May is a professor of philosophy at Clemson University wrote in the New York Times:

    “I want to suggest, at least tentatively, both that it would be a tragedy and that it might just be a good thing.”

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    Your Biometrics: Silent Witnesses Against You And Tools To Track You


    19-12-18 08:51:00,

    Jeremiah Johnson (nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces) via,

    Another week has gone by where we have seen a tremendous amount of activity around the world: the French, Belgians, and Dutch are engaged in protests labeled “yellow vest” protests. In actuality, the yellow vests are insignificant: these Euro-Socialist countries require citizens to wear yellow vests in public for protests…for “safety” reasons. Actually it is so that center mass is easier to acquire by their paramilitary police forces. There is a good possibility of a major war escalating from current problems between Ukraine and the separatist provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk. The U.S. phony economy is not doing well.

    Quietly and almost unnoticed by the beeves of the American populace are the biometric measures for surveillance and tracking being emplaced by the United States with the cooperation of major corporations. I have written articles on the biometric scanners being used in an Atlanta airport, and that Chicago is following suit, along with Delta using these biometric data collection scanners prior to boarding flights in Los Angeles.

    A new article surfaced this week that you need to read. Entitled “FBI plans ‘Rapid DNA’ network for quick database checks on arrestees,” by Tom Jackman on December 13, released by the Washington [Com]Post.

    This is very serious, indeed. Here’s an excerpt:

    Though DNA has revolutionized modern crime fighting, the clues it may hold are not revealed quickly. Samples of saliva, or skin, or semen are sent to a crime lab by car (or mail), and then chemists get to work. Detectives are accustomed to waiting days or weeks, or longer, for the results. Some labs are so backed up, they take only the most serious crimes. Some samples are never tested.  But a portable machine about the size of a large desktop printer is changing that. A “Rapid DNA” machine can analyze the DNA in a swab and produce a profile of 20 specific loci on the DNA strand in less than two hours. Some local police departments and prosecutors have been using Rapid DNA machines for about five years to solve crimes.

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    Facebook Exposed Proffering User Data; Netflix, Spotify Could Read Private Messages; Russia’s Yandex Given IDs


    19-12-18 08:27:00,

    Facebook has been giving some of the world’s largest technology companies – more than 150 of them, far more intrusive access to users’ personal data than it has ever disclosed according to an investigation by the New York Times. The Times interviewed over 60 people including current and former employees of Facebook and its partners, former government officials and privacy advocates – and reviewed over 270 pages of Facebook’s internal documents while performing technical tests and analysis to monitor what data Facebook has been handing out like candy. 

    The records, generated in 2017 by the company’s internal system for tracking partnerships, provide the most complete picture yet of the social network’s data-sharing practices. They also underscore how personal data has become the most prized commodity of the digital age, traded on a vast scale by some of the most powerful companies in Silicon Valley and beyond. –NYT

    The discovery goes far beyond the Cambridge Analytica data harvesting scandal in which basic data was collected on up to 87 million users through a lifestyle survey app. Thanks to the United States having no general consumer privacy law, up to 400 million people’s private information was freely shared with the likes of Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Spotify and other partners – and they didn’t sell it; Facebook gave everyone’s information away for free throughout the tech community in order to foster industry relationships and advance their own interests. 

    The exchange was intended to benefit everyone. Pushing for explosive growth, Facebook got more users, lifting its advertising revenue. Partner companies acquired features to make their products more attractive. Facebook users connected with friends across different devices and websites. But Facebook also assumed extraordinary power over the personal information of its 2.2 billion users — control it has wielded with little transparency or outside oversight. –NYT

    The company allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without their consent. 

    Netflix and Spotify were given the ability to read and delete Facebook users’ private messages

    Facebook also allowed Spotify, Netflix and the Royal Bank of Canada to read, write and delete users’ private messages,

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    Over 40 percent of Americans say no to Flu Vaccinations | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda


    18-12-18 03:36:00,

    (FOX 2) – Have you gotten your flu shot this year?

    If the answer is no – and I’m not getting one! – you’re not alone. A new study finds more than 40 percent of Americans have not been vaccinated and, in fact, don’t plan on it either.

    This is despite the warnings, potential dangers, and last year’s record-number of flu deaths. The survey was done by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.

    People under the age of 45 were the least likely to report being vaccinated.

    photoThe top three reasons why they didn’t want the shot were: bad side effects; thinking they’ll get the flu from the shot; or thinking it doesn’t work.

    Some think the side effects are worse than the flu itself, but that’s just a myth. Usually the only side effect is a sore arm.

    It’s also a myth that getting the vaccine gives you the flu. The flu vaccine is inactive and cannot cause the infection. If you do get sick after getting the vaccine, it’s just a coincidence.

    And while it is true that the vaccine doesn’t work 100 percent of the time, the benefit is that it lessens the severity. If you do still get the flu you’re 60 percent less likely to need treatment.

    Last year’s flu season, keep in mind, was particularly severe. More than 900,000 people were hospitalized and more than 80,000 people died. Many were adults older than 65, but also 180 children died from the flu.

    Last year’s flu season also really didn’t peak until January-February, and even extended into March, so it’s not too late to get the shot. It takes about two weeks to kick in to full effect.

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