How Washington Is Meddling in the Affairs of Hong Kong – Global Research


18-08-19 06:07:00,

While there has been growing coverage of the unrest in Hong Kong, there has been minimal coverage of what may lie behind the pro-democracy protests.  Even Donald Trump has entered the fray with this tweet which clearly condemns China’s actions against protestors in Hong Kong:


As you will see in this posting, it is entirely possible that a Washington-based and Congressionally funded institution is responsible, at least in part, for the lack of calmness in Hong Kong.

A few weeks ago, I wrote this posting on the National Endowment for Democracy or NED, America’s instrument of democratic promotion around the world, that is, democracy American style.  NED was founded in 1983 during the Reagan Administration with the following Statement of Principles and Objectives:

Democracy involves the right of the people freely to determine their own destiny.

The exercise of this right requires a system that guarantees freedom of expression, belief and association, free and competitive elections, respect for the inalienable rights of individuals and minorities, free communications media, and the rule of law.

While NED touts itself as a “private” foundation, in other words, it is independent of government. That could not be further from the truth.  Here’s what NED has to say about itself that belies its true character:

NED is a unique institution. The Endowment’s nongovernmental character gives it a flexibility that makes it possible to work in some of the world’s most difficult circumstances, and to respond quickly when there is an opportunity for political change. NED is dedicated to fostering the growth of a wide range of democratic institutions abroad, including political parties, trade unions, free markets and business organizations, as well as the many elements of a vibrant civil society that ensure human rights, an independent media, and the rule of law.

This well-rounded approach responds to the diverse aspects of democracy and has proved both practical and effective throughout NED’s history. Funded largely by the U.S. Congress, the support NED gives to groups abroad sends an important message of solidarity to many democrats who are working for freedom and human rights,

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Zou het kunnen? Washington, Tehran en London.


08-07-19 08:56:00,

Merkwaardig toch dat lek vandaag in de Britse zondagskrant Mail on Sunday, een der favoriete kranten van de Conservatieven in het Verenigd Koninkrijk. Daarin stond een deel van de private correspondentie van de Britse ambassadeur in Washington met zijn regering over de Amerikaanse president Donald Trump en zijn administratie.

De waarheid?

Aangezien het over een normaal geheim document gaat kregen we ditmaal geen gewauwel en gelul maar vrank en vrij wat de Britse topdiplomaat aan zijn baas de minister van Buitenlandse Zaken schreef.

En dat gaf niet verrassend dan ook een weinig fraai beeld. Niet verbazend natuurlijk. De man en zijn regering zijn gewoon een bende knoeiers die behoudens ruzie maken zowel intern als met de buitenwereld er niets van bakken. En dat zal volgens de ambassadeur zo nog blijven.


Een VLCC, de zogenaamde supertankers, kan een lengte hebben die gaat tot 470 meter (1540 voet). De Grace 1, het in beslag genomen schip heeft een lengte van 330 meter (1081 voet) terwijl de haven van Banyas, waar de raffinaderij ligt, een kaai heeft met een lengte van 500 voet. Volgens Iran grijpt de bevoorrading van die raffinaderij in Banyas trouwens plaats met kleinere tankers die door het Suezkanaal varen. De in beslag genomen supertanker is te groot en kan er niet door en voer dus omheen Afrika.

Wie dat lek veroorzaakte dient niet ver gezocht. Alleen Buitenlandse Zaken heeft die documenten, niet de Mail on Sunday of de minister van Defensie. En zeker gezien de reactie in London op dit lek hoeft men niet eens meer te zoeken.

Want in plaats van een te verwachten ‘no comment’ of ontkenning klonk het aan de Thames nu merkwaardig dat men die in dienst heeft om aan de minister oprecht zijn visie te geven. De waarheid dus? Het is een nooit geziene reactie tussen wat nauwe bondgenoten heten te zijn.

Europees embargo

Maar waarom komt dat lek en dat toch zwaar diplomatiek incident plots nu? Dat is hier de centrale vraag. Het is natuurlijk zoeken om de echte reden voor deze rel te kennen en geen van beide regeringen zullen het aan onze neus hangen. Zo werkt normaal toch de diplomatie. De VS zweeg trouwens.

En dan is het uitkijken naar wat London recent wat betreft de VS eventueel erg kon boos maken.

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Washington’s Destructive Use of Religious Sects | New Eastern Outlook


04-07-19 12:19:00,


In recent years, an ever increasing number of countries started paying closer attention to the activities of various religious sects, as they started suspecting those organizations in advancing the agenda of other international players or terrorist organizations.

Whenever this topic is brought up, one can’t escape mentioning the notorious Japanese religious sect Aum Shinrikyo. It’s been noted that the name Aum Shinrikyo, is usually rendered in English as “Aum Supreme Truth”, deriving from the Sanskrit syllable Aum, used to represent the universe. Back in 1995, this group launched the deadliest terrorist attack in Japan’s history, by releasing the chemical agent sarin inside the trains on three subway lines of metropolitan Tokyo, during the peak of the morning rush hour. This attack resulted in 13 individuals perishing, while 5,000 more got injured. Last year, Japan executed Shoko Asahara, the founder of Aum Shinrikyo, along with six more senior members of this sect.

Prior to these tragic events, the sect would be officially registered in Japan as a religious organization back in 1989. Its popularity in this country was quick to spike, which resulted in Aum Shinrikyo expanding to a number of countries, some of which were even visited by its founder personally. With each such visit, Shoko Asahara would gain acquaintance with influential people working in different fields, while showing an avid interest in all sorts of military equipment. The rumor has it that at some point in time the founder of Aum Shinrikyo would express his desire to purchase components necessary for the production of a nuclear device. As early as in the 1990s, the sect would open its offices in New York, Bonn and a number of other large cities.

Yet, if the activities of Aum Shinrikyo have been outlawed by the absolute majority of states across the globe these days, there’s thousands of other religious cults operating without any form of scrutiny from government officials all across the globe. Needless to say, most of those originate from the United States due to the historical peculiarities that shaped the development of this state.

In recent years, the United States has become particularly active in expanding the activities of its religious sects to other states, thus undermining the religious foundation of other societies.

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Washington’s Infatuation with Iran’s Mujahedin-e Khalq (M.E.K) Terrorist Organization – Global Research


30-06-19 07:23:00,

Inarguably, Washington has a long history of supporting terrorists. As General William Odom, President Reagan’s former National Security Agency (NSA) Director wrote in his 2007 article “American Hegemony, How to Use It, How to Lose It”:

 “[T]errorism is not an enemy. It is a tactic. Because the United States itself has a long record of supporting terrorists and using terrorist tactics…”.

Despite this long-standing use of tactic, there is no record of terrorists operating but a stone’s throw away from the White House.  Nor has there been such brazen embrace of  a terrorist group dubbed an undemocratic cult – until now.

The 1997 Patterns of Global Terrorism report issued by the State Department stated the following about the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK or MKO, NCRI and various other acronyms):

“During the 1970s, the MEK staged terrorist attacks inside Iran to destabilize and embarrass the Shah’s regime; the group killed several US military personnel and civilians working on defense projects in Tehran. The group also supported the takeover in 1979 of the US Embassy in Tehran. In April 1992 the MEK carried out attacks on Iranian embassies in 13 different countries, demonstrating the group’s ability to mount large-scale operations overseas.”

Listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) in 1997,  the offices of the group’s spokesperson, Alireza Jafarzadeh was located at 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue.  Even after the attacks of September 11 and America’s declared “war on terror”, the spokesperson and representative of the terror group was just down the street from the White House. Later, the organization would move its offices to 1747 Pennsylvania Avenue, remaining close to the residence of the President of the United States of America located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

It is said that ‘familiarity breeds contempt’. This is certainly not true of Washington officials and their cozy ties with the MEK cult.   It seems that they are inching ever closer and have the audacity to flaunt  their ties. Washington’s actions are a long cry from Israel’s who in the 1990’s was secretly aiding the group. (The Israeli-MEK relations continues to be omitted from news headlines while the accusatory finger is pointed to Saudi Arabia for their financial support of the cult).

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Washington kiest voor onnodige oorlogslogica tegen Iran | Uitpers


26-06-19 08:39:00,

Op 21 juni stond de VS op het punt om militair op te treden nadat Iran een van zijn drones uit de lucht haalde. Volgens Amerikaanse media waren gevechtsvliegtuigen al opgestegen om communicatie- en militaire installaties te bombarderen. Zover kwam het nog gelukkig niet, want dan loert een grootschalige escalatie om de hoek in een regio die zo al zwaar gedestabiliseerd is.

De militaire spanningen zijn het gevolg van een gefabriceerde crisis. Na 22 maanden onderhandelen onderwierp Iran zich op 14 juli 2015 aan een akkoord met een robuust controleregime van het Internationaal Atoom Energie Agentschap (IAEA). De maatregelen van dit Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) maakten het voor Iran onmogelijk om er clandestiene kernwapenprogramma’s op na te houden. In ruil zou het sanctieregime tegen Iran uitdoven, wat hoog nodig was om het land opnieuw wat economische en financiële ademruimte te geven Het IAEA bevestigde dat Iran zich aan alle bepalingen van het JCPOA hield. De VN-Veiligheidsraad schaarde zich met Resolutie 2231 unaniem achter het akkoord en maakte het zo onderdeel van het internationaal recht. De economische en financiële sancties werden opgeheven en in 2016 tekende Iran een economische groei op van twaalf procent. Het akkoord werkte en was over de hele lijn een succes.

Een doelbewuste confrontatiepolitiek

Alles leek in kannen en kruiken… maar dan kwamen Trump en zijn haviken. Ze bliezen in mei 2018 het akkoord op en kondigden opnieuw sancties tegen Iran aan. Het verbod voor Amerikaanse bedrijven om handel te drijven met deze “pariastaat” geldt bovendien ook voor bedrijven van andere landen. Zo ontstond de absurde situatie dat Washington landen sanctioneert omdat ze zich gebonden achten door het akkoord en de bepalingen van het internationaal recht. Op de website van de VN lees je nog altijd in een expliciete verwijzing naar artikel 25 van het VN-Handvest dat de lidstaten verplicht zijn om de beslissingen van de VN-Veiligheidsraad te aanvaarden en uit te voeren. Washington heeft sowieso geen al te hoog petje op van het internationaal rechtssysteem, maar de huidige bewindsploeg maakt van de VS een echte arbitraire macht

De gevolgen van dit confrontatiebeleid van het Witte Huis laten zich keihard voelen. De Iraanse economie duikt opnieuw in een zware recessie. De aantasting van de koopkracht leidt tot stijgende werkloosheid, armoede en onvrede. Voor Washington gaat het dan ook over veel meer dan een ‘slecht’ nucleair akkoord.

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Washington würde Assad anerkennen, wenn die Iraner Syrien verlassen


04-06-19 05:44:00,

Der Sprecher für den Kreml, Dimitri Peskov (Foto), hat am 3. Juni 2019 bestätigt, dass die Vereinigten Staaten Russland vorgeschlagen haben, an einem Dreiergipfel mit Israel, in Jerusalem, teilzunehmen.

Washington will die Legitimität des syrischen Präsidenten Baschar Al-Assad nur dann anerkennen, wenn Moskau sich verpflichtet, den Iran des Landes zu verweisen.

Peskov hat aber erklärt, dass Moskau dafür nicht zuständig sei, weil Syrien ein souveräner Staat sei.

Nach drei Wochen Ruhe hat der israelische Beschuss auf iranische Ziele in Syrien am 31. Mai und 2. Juni wieder angefangen. Die russische Flak hat nicht eingegriffen.

Im Gegensatz zu Tel Avivs Behauptung beabsichtigt das militärische Bündnis zwischen Syrien und Iran nicht, den Staat Israel zu zerstören (selbst wenn es das geforderte Ziel des heutigen Iran ist), sondern sich nur vor dem israelischen Expansionismus zu schützen. Das Bündnis geht auf den US-Präsidenten Dwight D. Eisenhower zurück. Der Staatssekretär, John Foster Dulles, war nach Damaskus gekommen und hatte das Land bewaffnet.

Während der vergangenen acht Jahre hat Washington Präsident Al–Assad beschuldigt, in großem Maßstab Folter zu begehen. Sehr viele Zeugenaussagen haben sich angesammelt. Hunderte Millionen Dollar wurden dafür ausgegeben, um es zu beweisen, aber ohne Erfolg. Die Vereinigten Staaten wären bereit, diese Kriegspropaganda aufzugeben.

Horst Frohlich

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How Washington Has Become A Warmonger’s Paradise


27-05-19 06:45:00,

Authored by Paul Pillar via,

Donald Trump needs to reclaim control over his policy toward Iran…

The current crisis atmosphere in U.S.-Iranian relations, in which the risk of open warfare appears greater than it has been in years, is solely, unequivocally due to the policies and actions of the Trump administration. To point this out does not mean that actions of the Iranian regime have not come to be part of the crisis atmosphere as well. It instead means that such an atmosphere would never have existed in the first place if the administration had not turned its obsession with Iran into the relentless campaign of stoking hostility and tension that has become one of the single most prominent threads of the administration’s foreign policy.

Without that campaign, and without the administration’s assault on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – the agreement that restricts Iran’s nuclear program – Iran would continue to comply with its obligations under the JCPOA and all possible paths to an Iranian nuclear weapon would remain closed. The channels of communication established during negotiation of the JCPOA would continue to be available to address other issues and to defuse any incidents that threatened to escalate into war (as was done during the previous U.S. administration). Whatever Iran has been doing for years in the Middle East, such as assisting Iraq in defeating the Islamic State and assisting its longtime ally in Syria, it would continue to do. In short, there would be no new threat and no crisis.

Some of the current discourse about Iran nonetheless makes it sound not only as if there is something new and threatening but that the Iranian regime is the initiator of the threat.

At least seven reasons account for this misconception.

One is the demonization of Iran that is rooted in genuinely nefarious things the Iranian regime did in the past and dates back to when Ted Koppel was talking to Americans every weeknight about U.S. diplomats held hostage in Tehran. Over the years other factors have contributed to the demonization, including domestic American political pressures connected to certain regional rivals of Iran that want to keep it weak and isolated.

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Washington Heats Up Its Cold War In The Arctic


15-05-19 07:53:00,

Authored by Brian Cloughley via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

US Secretary of State Pompeo continues to travel the world, creating alarm, resentment and irritation almost everywhere. He maintained his lamentable reputation for crass rudeness by cancelling a meeting with Germany’s Chancellor Merkel on May 8 in order to go to Iraq, apparently to try to justify Washington’s despatch of nuclear-capable B-52H bombers and an aircraft carrier battle group to menace Iran.

As observed by Norbert Röttgen, head of Germany’s foreign affairs committee, “Even if there were unavoidable reasons for the cancellation, it unfortunately fits into the current climate in the relationship of the two governments.”

There were no “unavoidable reasons” for Pompeo’s boorish discourtesy, which was regarded internationally as yet another example of the arrogance that so critically influences US foreign policy. And before he insulted Mrs Merkel and the German people he managed to offend several other nations at the Arctic Council meeting in Finland on 6-7 May.

The Arctic Council is “the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, Arctic indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues, in particular on issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic.” Up until now it has been a shining and all-too-rare example of international cooperation which has resulted in production of valuable environmental, ecological and social assessments.

The Arctic Institute describes the Council as “a model for global governance. It is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives, committed to evidence based decision-making, and a champion of regional peace and stability.” Of great importance is the fact that its mandate, as laid down in the Ottawa Declaration of 1996, explicitly excludes military matters.

But Washington intends to change all that. Instead of contributing to the Council’s aims of championing peace and stability, it has adopted its only too familiar stance of confrontation and patronising criticism.

A most pressing concern of most members of the Council is climate change, and as reported by Reuters the 2019 meeting of the eight Arctic nations “was supposed to frame a two-year agenda to balance the challenge of global warming with sustainable development of mineral wealth.” This was an eminently sensible approach,

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Washington Has Destroyed Western Liberty: The Era of Tyranny Has Begun


28-04-19 07:48:00,

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

A fish rots from the head. In the Western world rot is accelerating. The rot in Washington is swiftly spreading to state and local governments and abroad to the Empire’s vassal governments.

Washington’s attack on journalism represented by the illegal arrest of Julian Assange has now spread to France. The US government’s policy of sanctions against sovereign countries that do not follow Washington’s orders has spread to the state of New York, where the governor has threatened sanctions against financial institutions that do business with the National Rifle Association.

In France the vassal president Macron has ordered three journalists — who revealed that Macron’s government knowingly and intentionally sold arms to Saudi Arabia and the UAE to be used for the slaughter of women and children in Yemen — to report for police questioning. The report proves that Macron’s government deliberately lied when it said it was unaware that French weapons were to be used for attack rather than defense use in violation of the Arms Trade Treaty of 2014. The journalists are under investigation by the French gestapo for “compromising national defense secrets.”

In other words, when the French government lies, it is a violation of national defense secrets to report it.

The entire Western world is adopting Washington’s approach to Assange and criminalizing the practice of journalism, thus protecting governments’ criminality. If you reveal a government crime, as Wikileaks did, you will be prosecuted by the criminal government for doing so. It is like permitting a criminal to prosecute the police and prosecutor who want him arrested.

With the First Amendment already under attack and targeted for elimination by Identity Politics for permitting “hate speech,” with the 10th Amendment destroyed by the war criminal Abe Lincoln, and with habeas corpus and due process destroyed by the George W. Bush and Obama regimes, only the Second Amendment still stands, and it is under attack from New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo revealed that his threat of sanctions against financial organizations has the purpose of putting “the NRA out of business. We’re forcing NRA into financial jeopardy. We won’t stop until we shut them down.” The tyrant Cuomo knows that the NRA cannot operate without a bank account and insurance coverage.

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Washington Not Happy About New China Focus on Central America | New Eastern Outlook


25-04-19 06:31:00,


As it becomes clear that the Trump Administration support, so far unsuccessful, for regime change in Venezuela is also very much about targeting the huge financial presence of China with the Maduro regime, recent news of a major Chinese oil success in Cuban waters will clearly deepen the geopolitical tensions. And it involves not only Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil.

China’s major state-owned oil company, CNPC, through its subsidiary, Great Wall Drilling, has begun exploring for oil off Cuba’s coast in a joint venture with state-owned oil firm Cuba Petroleum Company (CUPET), according to an April 16 report in the China state news agency, Xinhua. Great Wall has been engaged in oil exploration in Cuba since 2005, but this is the most promising result to date. Advanced drilling technology from CNPC has opened the prospect of major oil off Cuba for the first time.

The news comes as Washington sanctions target Venezuela oil earnings and also its agreements to supply Cuba with low cost oil. While the Maduro government continues to insist it will deliver oil to Cuba despite sanctions, clearly the security of supply is becoming riskier and supply less.

On April 21 US National Security Adviser John Bolton announced that Washington will use a heretofore unused sanction law that allows legal action in US courts to sue foreigners using property seized by the communist regime. While it’s not clear how hard that will hit Cuba, it will clearly chill foreign companies looking to invest in Cuba.

Cuba is well-known to have provided large-scale military assistance as well as thousands of Cuban doctors and medical personnel to support the Maduro presidency in Venezuela. What is less well-known and perhaps an unspoken motive behind the Bolton declaration is the presence of China in both countries.

China presence in Cuba

Details of Chinese loans to the Cuban economy are classified state secret and not disclosed. Clearly though, Beijing has quietly been increasing its presence in the Caribbean island, a country which during the Cold War Fidel Castro era had become a close ally of the Soviets, putting them then at odds with China. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, despite several attempts by Russian companies such as Norilsk Nickel to gain a presence in Cuba again,

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Washington’s Attempt to Impose its Will on the EU Stirs Anti-American Moods | New Eastern Outlook


10-04-19 12:15:00,


The untamed desire of the Trump administration to impose all sorts of conditions and restrictions on the way that Europe operates is clearly leading to an abrupt increase in anti-American moods across various social layers of the European society. Practically speaking, there’s an avid hatred visible all across the EU towards Trump’s use of the ‘Al Capone approach’ , which is typical for American businessmen who would try to brute force their way into foreign markets and influence them in any way possible.

Even before the European Union created a vehicle to bypass American sanctions against Iran last January, it was clear that Washington wasn’t simply trying to inflict maximum damage to Tehran, as many EU companies found themselves starring down the barrel of American gun. However, there’s no denying that the special purpose vehicle known as INSTEX (Instrument In Support Of Trade Exchanges) did come in handy, as German, French and even British companies can now do business with Iran while bypassing dollar completely or even without any direct transactions with Tehran. Before INSTEX was introduced, one had to remain mindful of the fact that the US State department was capable of tracing international transactions and blocking them, which meant that Europe had the challenge of dodging a curved ball every time it wanted to sell something to Tehran. But it seems that the EU has had enough of both the US-imposed dollar system along with Washington’s attempts to champion European foreign policy agenda.

It’s curious that INSTEX was designed in such a way that Berlin, Paris and London would share a collective responsibility for undermining Washington’s policies. And there was no easy way to go about it, as there were only two possible scenarios: the EU setting a precedent of collective disobedience to Washington or the Trump administration making every effort of bringing to heel the defiant nations by picking them apart and humiliating them individually.

Yet another important aspect of INSTEX is that through it the EU demonstrates its reckless resilience that would be kept hidden for a long while, together with its readiness to pursue an independent policy. However, the US hasn’t learned a thing, as it carries on sending its threats to the defiant capitals of Berlin, Paris and London “through the appropriate diplomatic channels.” Among those voicing those threats was the German ambassador to Berlin,

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Washington is Stepping Up its Destabilization Efforts in Algeria | New Eastern Outlook


05-04-19 12:18:00,


Following weeks of mass protests, the 82-year-old Algerian president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has been in power for well over two decades, announced his resignation. What this basically means is that Algeria that used to be considered a no-go country by Western intelligence communities due to the harsh stance that Algiers took on opposing their activities, has now shown to the world that it’s no less volatile than such countries as Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya.

Just like a number of other Arab states that fell victims of “color revolutions”, the initiators of the current insurgence took advantage of a series of miscalculations of the sitting government that would accumulate in the country over the years, among which one can find high unemployment rates among the rapidly growing urban population, widespread corruption, unresolved tensions among local ethnic groups and the imminent rise of the Islamist threat.

Even though the Bouteflika government would score many political points while combating radical Islamist militants during the period from 1991 to 2002, it is now bound to fall. This development looks particularly disturbing against the backdrop of the fact that Algiers managed to successfully navigate the troubled waters of the “color revolution craze” in the neighboring Tunisia and Libya. However, with the seasoned political strongman out the door, uncertainty is all that remains for Algeria, as there’s no way to tell how the emerging government is going to address the tasks at hand. Since the protesters perceive the above listed developments as their victory and now crave for a positive change that they believe to be well-deserved.

However, they may soon discover that the behind-the-scenes sponsors of these “revolutionary events,” namely the West, may have their own plans for Algiers, as Washington was desperate to subject it to its will for a considerable period of time. At some point those forces that remain hidden in the rapidly unraveling events managed to channel the growing frustration of the crowd into calls against the former political champion of this North African country – Abdelaziz Bouteflika, instead of criticizing the existing political system. After all, it must not be forgotten that it was Bouteflika who managed to ensure that his country escapes unscathed, when other regional players were falling one after another. Upon coming on top in the presidential race of 1999,

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Is Washington Preparing The Groundwork For A Maidan Scenario In Venezuela?


02-04-19 01:12:00,

Authored by Robert Bridge via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Venezuela is home to the largest oil deposits in the world, which makes the political stakes involved much higher than they would be otherwise. Enter Juan Guaidó, Washington’s puppet leader in Caracas, who will be attempting to rally the country against legitimate (i.e., democratically elected by the people) President Nicolas Maduro next month.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó has announced that April 6 will kick off a nationwide “tactical actions” as part of the so-called Operation Freedom protests, which are designed to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

“On April 6 will be the first tactical actions of the # Operation Freedom across the country,” Guaidó declared over Twitter this week.

“That day we must be ready, prepared and organized, with the Aid and Freedom Committees already formed. The rescue of Venezuela is in our hands!”

Is this the start of Maidan 2.0?

But first, who is Juan Guaidó? That’s a questioning worth pondering momentarily because just a few months ago, the overwhelming majority of Venezuelans – 81 percent of the population – had never heard of the young man before. That all changed when Guaidó, 35, was awakened by a phone call from none other than US Vice President Mike Pence. Literally overnight he had become the poster boy of the political opposition in Venezuela and leader of the National Assembly. “Juan Guaidó is a character that has been created for this circumstance,” Marco Teruggi, a sociologist and leading observer of Venezuelan politics, told the Grayzone. “It’s the logic of a laboratory – Guaidó is like a mixture of several elements that create a character who, in all honesty, oscillates between laughable and worrying.”  

In fact, Washington recognized Guaidó more than just an opposition leader; it recognized him, without a drop of legality, as the de-jure president of the Latin American country (Just this week, Guaidó’s wife Fabiana Rosales was the guest of honor at the White House, as the media referred to her as “first lady” and “first-lady-in-waiting”).

Meanwhile, the US media has wasted no time placing the laurels on Guaidó’s young,

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The art of no deal: Why can’t Washington reach agreements with…anyone?


01-03-19 08:21:00,

The much-anticipated second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un was cut short this week, with both leaders leaving Vietnam early before an expected signing ceremony. Sometimes you just have to walk away, Trump said.

The negotiations ultimately floundered when it came to the question of lifting US sanctions on North Korea. Kim wanted partial sanctions relief in return for its “realistic proposal”to halt nuclear and missile tests and dismantle a nuclear facility at Yongbyon, but Trump was not prepared to compromise.

Murray Hunter, an associate professor at the University Malaysia Perlis, told RT the result was a “catastrophic failure” given the “high expectations” the White House had put on the meeting. So, what does it really take to reach a deal with the United States?

The most obvious criteria for successful negotiations with the US seems to be that a country’s name must either be ‘Israel’ or ‘Saudi Arabia’ — but beyond that, problems plague Washington’s efforts at diplomacy and deal-making.

Also on
US is stalling North Korea denuclearization by refusing to make concessions – analysts

Iran: Deal! Wait, no deal

One major impediment to Washington’s deal-making skills might be its tendency to renege on the deals it actually does make, thus rendering confidence in its promises fairly pointless.

Trump, who has long prided himself on his ability to close deals, decided last May to rip up the 2015 Iran nuclear negotiated by seven countries, despite lacking any evidence that Tehran had broken the terms. The UN and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) both said Iran had abided by the deal and European countries were left begging Trump to keep the US in, to no avail. With the stroke of a pen, a deal that took years of trust-building to conclude, was cast aside.

Since then, Trump has seemed determined to take an ever more antagonistic tone toward Iran, slapping the country with more sanctions and angling toward regime change.

But why would ANYONE want to negotiate with a government that has shown time and again that its signature is worth less than the paper it was made on?

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Washington Newspeak –

21-02-19 10:08:00,

Washington Newspeak

Paul Craig Roberts

President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua has twice been elected to the presidency and has been a popular leader in Nicaragua since 1979.  The neoconservative war criminal, John Bolton, picked by President Trump to run US foreign policy, has declared that Washington is going to overthrow the duly elected Ortega and replace him with a puppet.  Then, Bolton says, the Nicaraguan people will be free.

What Bolton means is that Nicaragua will once again be under Washington’s control and free to be looted by American corporate interests.  In Washington’s version of Newspeak, Orwell’s “Freedom is Slavery” becomes “Freedom is Vassalage.”  “Democracy” becomes  its opposite—leadership appointed dictatorially by an outside power. 

Meanwhile in Venezuela, the neoconservative war criminals Bolton and Elliott Abrams are trying to smuggle in arms to the person Trump has appointed president of Venezuela in order to have a go at violently overthrowing democracy in Venezuela and replacing it with another Washington puppet.  Venezuela’s state owned oil reserves, the largest in the world, are the target.  This money, Washington thinks, should be going to the American oil companies, not to Venezuela’s needs.

Americans should be very proud that their country stands up for freedom and democracy.  If it weren’t for Washington, surely freedom and democracy would have been stamped out by now. 

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Washington’s request for its allies to stay back in Syria


20-02-19 03:44:00,

During the Security Conference that has just taken place in Munich, the US Secretary of Defence, Patrick Shanahan, brought together his principal allies (which included Iraq and Turkey) and asked them to take over from the US in Syria as the US gets ready to pull out.

Declaring that Damascus’s taking back control of the territory would not guarantee stability, the US Secretary of Defense requested that 1,500 men remain in North East Syria.

In any event, those present have questioned the utility in embarking on a mission probably condemned to failure following the US departure. The French delegation has rejected the US request. The British have requested a time out for reflection.

Anoosha Boralessa

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Washington wünscht, dass seine Verbündeten in Syrien bleiben


20-02-19 11:22:00,

Während der Konferenz über Sicherheit von München 2019 hat US-Verteidigungsminister, Patrick Shanahan, die Hauptverbündeten (einschließlich des Irak und der Türkei) versammelt und sie gebeten, die USA in Syrien abzulösen. Er verlangt, dass 1500 Mann im Nordosten des Landes blieben, mit der Behauptung, dass eine Übernahme des Territoriums durch Damaskus keine Garantie für Stabilität wäre.

Die Gesprächspartner sind über eine Mission besorgt, die nach dem Abzug der USA wahrscheinlich zum Scheitern verurteilt ist. Die französische Delegation hat die US-Forderung zurückgewiesen. Die Briten haben um Bedenkzeit gebeten.

Horst Frohlich

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Washington, de Logica van Macht, door Manlio Dinucci


07-02-19 02:50:00,

Tijdens de aanslagen op 11 september 2001 definieerden minister van Defensie Donald Rumsfeld en zijn adviseur, Arthur Cebrowski, de behoefte van het Pentagon om het hele planetaire strijdveld te domineren (Full-Spectrum Dominantie) om de unipolariteit van de wereld te behouden. Dit is precies wat de Verenigde Staten vandaag proberen.

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Twee weken geleden kroonde Washington Juan Guaidó als president van Venezuela, hoewel hij niet eens aan de presidentsverkiezingen had deelgenomen, en president Maduro onwettig had verklaard, hoewel hij volgens de wet was gekozen, en zijn deportatie naar Guantánamo van tevoren aankondigde.

Vorige week kondigde Washington de opschorting van het INF-verdrag aan, waarbij Rusland de schuld kreeg van deze beslissing, waarmee een nog gevaarlijkere fase in de nucleaire wapenwedloop werd geopend.

Deze week ging Washington nog een stap verder. Op 6 februari, onder Amerikaans bevel, breidde de NAVO opnieuw uit met de ondertekening van het protocol van toetreding door Noord-Macedonië als zijn 30e lid.

We weten niet welke stap Washington volgende week wil zetten, maar we weten wel welke kant het op zal gaan – een steeds snellere opeenvolging van gewelddaden waarmee de VS en de andere Westerse mogendheden proberen unipolaire overheersing te behouden in een wereld die snel multipolair wordt.

Deze strategie – niet een uitdrukking van kracht maar van zwakte, hoewel niet minder gevaarlijk – vertrapt de meest elementaire regels van het internationaal recht. Het symbolische voorbeeld is de goedkeuring van nieuwe sancties tegen Venezuela, met de «bevriezing» van 7 miljard dollar van de staatsoliemaatschappij, met het verklaarde doel om Venezuela te beletten, het land dat de grootste oliereserves ter wereld heeft, van het exporteren van olie.

Venezuela is niet alleen een van de zeven landen in de wereld met reserves aan coltan, het is ook rijk aan goud, met reserves die worden geschat op meer dan 15.000 ton, gebruikt door de staat om sterke valuta aan te schaffen om medicijnen, voedselproducten te kopen en andere goederen voor eerste levensbehoefte.Om dit te voorkomen heeft het Amerikaanse ministerie van Financiën, samen met de ministers van Financiën en de gouverneurs van de centrale banken van de Europese Unie en Japan, een geheime operatie van «internationale onteigening» uitgevoerd (gedocumenteerd door de krant Il Sole 24 Ore). Het zonderde 31 ton goudstaven van de Venezolaanse staat af –

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Washington plays Russian roulette with European lives by trashing INF Treaty


05-02-19 01:58:00,

Robert Bridge

Robert Bridge is an American writer and journalist. Former Editor-in-Chief of The Moscow News, he is author of the book, ‘Midnight in the American Empire,’ released in 2013.

In a flash, the US has scrapped the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which safeguarded Europe and the world from a deadly US-Russia arms race. This is particularly bad news for Europeans.

Russia must be feeling a lot like the Native Indians these days with regards to treaties signed with the duplicitous Americans. For the second time in as many decades, the US has gone back on its word, removing another pillar from the global arms reduction architecture.

The Trump administration, in its infinite wisdom, announced on the weekend it would freeze US participation in the INF “for 180 days,” which, from a military perspective, must be interpreted to mean forever. In the spirit of reciprocity, Vladimir Putin, expressing regret that Russia “could not save” the Cold War treaty, said he would be forced to follow suit.

The Russian leader emphasized, however, that Moscow would not deploy intermediate or smaller range weapons “until the same type of American weapons” were placed in Europe or elsewhere in the world.

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Russian efforts for disarmament unsupported by ‘partners’ for years – Putin

This latest ratcheting up of tensions between Moscow and Washington was wholly avoidable – that is, if avoiding confrontation is a goal of the US. Clearly, it is not. The unpredictable hotheads now dictating foreign policy in the Trump administration, particularly National Security Advisor John Bolton, a veteran hawk who the Washington Post recently called a “serial arms control killer,” have somehow concluded that playing a game of nuclear chicken on the European continent with Russia is the best way to resolve bilateral issues.

The White House appears to be incensed over Russia’s upgrade of a cruise missile, the ‘9M729’, which it claims exceeds the 500-km flight threshold set down by the treaty. The INF treaty specifically banned the development, deployment, and testing of ground-based missiles with a range between 500km and 5,500km (310-3,400 miles).

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Is Oil Behind Washington’s Venezuela Coup Madness? – Global Research


03-02-19 05:37:00,

On January 23 US Vice President Pence sent a message via Twitter that Washington recognized the 35-year-old Speaker of the Venezuela National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the “legitimate” President of the troubled country, and not elected President Maduro. The fact that it was first Pence and not the US President, who seemed forced to play catch-up, says much about the intervention. The question is whether oil was the reason as neo-con Security Council adviser John Bolton claimed or something else. The evidence suggests something else, but what something?

The Washington “recognition” of Guaido as “legitimate” president of Venezuela is not only a blatant breach of international law. It goes back on Donald Trump’s repeated campaign promises to stop US meddling in internal affairs of other countries. The attempted coup is being run on the ground by the same criminal operators, call them the deep state, who were behind the regime change operations of repeated US Color Revolutions from Ukraine to Libya, including CANVAS and the CIA’s surrogate, National Endowment for Democracy. Many are asking why, after twenty years of Chavez and Maduro versions of central socialist economics, just now Washington makes such a brazen and dangerous step. One explanation is oil, but if so, not in a simple sense some may think.

In an interview on Fox News following US claims that Guaido was the legitimate interim president, John Bolton declared that, aside from declaring Maduro was “authoritarian” as reason for the Washington move, oil was a major factor. Bolton told Fox News,

“We’re looking at the oil assets…We’re in conversation with major American companies now,” he continued.

Then he made this bizarre remark, all the more as the US today claims to be world number one oil producer: “It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies really invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela.” How that would “make America great again,” he did not say.

World’s Largest Reserves?

It’s true that, officially, Venezuela claims to hold the world’s largest oil reserves, estimated 297 billion barrels as of 2010, larger even than that claimed by Saudi Arabia. That makes an impressive headline but is misleading.

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Washington Has Appointed a President for Venezuela – Global Research


24-01-19 08:59:00,

After listening since 2016 to the American presstitutes complain, without providing a mere scrap of evidence, of Russia meddling in US elections, a person would think that the last thing Washington would do would be to meddle in other countries’ elections.

Unfortunately, that is not the case. Washington routinely meddles but now has gone far beyond mere meddling. Washington has this day (January 23, 2019) declared that the elected president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, is no longer the Venezuelan president. Washington, not the Venezulan people, has decided who is Venezuela’s president. Declaring the elected government to be “illegitimate,” President Trump elected by diktat the Venezuelan president:

“Today, I am officially recognizing the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the Interim President of Venezuela.” (See this)

Clearly, Gaido is in Washington’s pocket or Washington would not have chosen him.

Maduro, like Chavez before him, has committed the unpardonable crime of representing the Venezuelan people instead of American corporate and financial interests. Washington simply does not tolerate Latin American governments that represent Latin American people. As US Marine General Smedley Buttler said, he and his Marines made Latin America safe for the United Fruit Company and investments by US banks.

So, now Venezuela has two presidents. One elected by the people, and one appointed by Washington. How long before Washington does this to Russia, China, Iran, Syria, Turkey, India?

Washington managed to frame and remove from power the female reformist president of Argentina and to replace her with a right-wing Washington puppet.

Washington managed to dispose of the reformist government in Ecuador, install a Washington puppet, and use him against Julian Assange.

Washington interferred in the French election by framing the likely socialist candidate, Dominique Strauss-Kahn on a bogus rape charge that fell apart after removing Strauss-Kahn from contention.

The American leftwing blames Washington for the overthrow of the Allende government in Chile, although my views on this are different. Nevertheless, the claim fits the pattern.

The reformist government in Bolivia is also under Washington pressure.

Somehow, the rest of the world does not become outraged by Washington’s massive interference in the political affairs of other countries.

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To the People of Cuba: Is Washington Preparing a “Soft Coup”? The Co-optation of Cuban Intellectuals – Global Research


09-01-19 08:26:00,

First published by GR on March 6, 2017. Also available in Spanish

To the People of Cuba,

The Cuban Revolution constitutes a fundamental landmark in the history of humanity, which challenges the legitimacy of global capitalism. In all major regions of the World, the Cuban revolution has been a source of inspiration in the relentless struggle against neo-colonial domination and US imperialism.

The World is at a critical crossroads. At this juncture of our history, most “real” progressive movements towards socialism have been destroyed and defeated through US-NATO led wars, military interventions, destabilization campaigns, regime change, coups d’etat, “soft coups”.

Progressive movements as well as “The Left” in Western Europe and the U.S. have largely been coopted, often financed by elite corporate foundations. 

The socialist project in Cuba nonetheless prevails despite the US economic blockade, CIA intelligence ops and dirty politics.

While the legacy of Fidel Castro lives, let us be under no illusions, Washington’s intent not only consists in destroying the Cuban Revolution, it also seeks to erase the history of socialism.

Washington’s Diabolical Design

There are indications that a “regime change” in Cuba is currently contemplated by Washington policy makers.  The Trump administration has been categorical in this regard. The repercussions will be felt throughout Latin America.

During the election campaign “he committed himself to reversing Obama’s Presidential Policy Directive titled “United States-Cuba Normalization,”(a 12-page directive—referred to officially as “PPD-43”). (The Nation, October 2017). No subsequent statement following Trump’s inauguration has as yet been forthcoming.

Of significance is Trump’s appointment of Dr. Judy Shelton to head the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a think tank and funding agency geared towards regime change. As a former Vice-President of the NED, Shelton was  “directly involved in lending legitimacy to US-backed subversion in Cuba as part of a decades-long attempt to overthrow the government in Havana and expand US hegemony over the Caribbean.”

Whatever US- Cuba “normalization” is contemplated by the Trump Administration, it would be geared towards the restoration of capitalism through acts of sedition, infiltration, etc. combined with the imposition of neoliberal economic reforms,

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John Herbst: “Washington zal spoedig wapens aan Oekraïne leveren” – Geotrendlines


03-01-19 05:58:00,

De Amerikaanse regering kan de komende twee tot drie maanden wapens naar Oekraïne sturen en nieuwe sancties opleggen aan Rusland. Dat ze John Herbst, de Amerikaanse ambassadeur in Oekraïne, in een interview met Radio Liberty.

Hij verwacht dat de Verenigde Staten in de komende 8 tot 10 weken een sterkere respons zullen geven ten aanzien van Rusland. Deze respons zal niet alleen bestaan uit sancties, maar ook uit militaire ondersteuning voor Oekraïne. Vorig jaar stelde Washington nog een bedrag van $200 miljoen beschikbaar aan Kiev om wapens te kopen en haar defensie te verbeteren.

Volgens Herbst heeft de Amerikaanse regering door het voorval in de Straat van Kertsj voldoende redenen om meer wapens te leveren. Daarbij moeten we volgens hem denken aan anti-schip raketten, patrouilleboten en ander militair materiaal.

“De Verenigde Staten heeft dankzij technologieën die dertig jaar geleden zijn ontwikkeld genoeg Harpoen-raketten. Deze kunnen we nu al ter beschikking stellen. Misschien kunnen we zelfs moderne raketten leveren.”

‘Nieuwe sancties tegen Rusland’

Volgens de ambassadeur heeft Oekraïne al veel gedaan om haar verdediging in het oosten te versterken. Daarom zou er nu meer aandacht moeten worden gegeven aan de zuidelijke regio, meer specifiek rond de Zee van Azov. Om de druk op Rusland te verhogen zouden er volgens Herbst nieuwe sancties opgelegd moeten worden aan de grote Russische banken. Ook wil hij graag een verbod voor Russische schepen om aan te meren in Amerikaanse en Europese havens.

John Herbst stond ten tijde van de Oranjerevolutie aan het hoofd van de Amerikaanse ambassade in Oekraïne. Ook zag hij toe hoe de Amerikaanse regering na deze revolutie steun gaf aan de politieke transformatie van het land. Herbst heeft in eerdere interviews gezegd dat Oekraïne onderdeel moet worden van de NAVO om de ‘Russische agressie’ te kunnen stoppen. Ook noemde hij het Kremlin de grootste bedreiging voor de veiligheid in de wereld.

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Washington Speaks Openly of Using “Low Yield” Nukes against Russia: If Truth Cannot Prevail Over Material Agendas We Are Doomed – Global Research


26-12-18 10:00:00,

Throughout the long Cold War Stephen Cohen, professor of Russian studies at Princeton University and New York University was a voice of reason. He refused to allow his patriotism to blind him to Washington’s contribution to the conflict and to criticize only the Soviet contribution. Cohen’s interest was not to blame the enemy but to work toward a mutual understanding that would remove the threat of nuclear war. Although a Democrat and left-leaning, Cohen would have been at home in the Reagan administration, as Reagan’s first priority was to end the Cold War. I know this because I was part of the effort. Pat Buchanan will tell you the same thing.

In 1974 a notorious cold warrior, Albert Wohlstetter, absurdly accused the CIA of underestimating the Soviet threat. As the CIA had every incentive for reasons of budget and power to overestimate the Soviet threat, and today the “Russian threat,” Wohlstetter’s accusation made no sense on its face. However he succeeded in stirring up enough concern that CIA director George H.W. Bush, later Vice President and President, agreed to a Team B to investigate the CIA’s assessment, headed by the Russiaphobic Harvard professor Richard Pipes. Team B concluded that the Soviets thought they could win a nuclear war and were building the forces with which to attack the US.

The report was mainly nonsense, and it must have troubled Stephen Cohen to experience the setback to negotiations that Team B caused.

Today Cohen is stressed that it is the United States that thinks it can win a nuclear war. Washington speaks openly of using “low yield” nuclear weapons, and intentionally forecloses any peace negotiations with Russia with a propaganda campaign against Russia of demonization, villification, and transparant lies, while installing missile bases on Russia’s borders and while talking of incorporating former parts of Russia into NATO. In his just published book, War With Russia?, which I highly recommend, Cohen makes a convincing case that Washington is asking for war.

I agree with Cohen that if Russia is a threat it is only because the US is threatening Russia. The stupidity of the policy toward Russia is creating a Russian threat. Putin keeps emphasizing this. To paraphrase Putin: “You are making Russia a threat by declaring us to be one,

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Ho Ho No?! Washington Bears Gifts For Kiev’s Neo-Nazi Warmongering Regime


24-12-18 11:56:00,

Authored by Finian Cunningham via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Oh what a lovely big stocking-filler for the Kiev regime this week from Washington. Just in time for Christmas too, and only weeks after President Petro Poroshenko tried to incite a war with Russia from a naval provocation in the Kerch Strait.

First we had US government envoy Kurt Volker announcing this week that an additional $250 million in military weapons were being packaged in Congress for Ukraine. Then the DC-based international lending institutions, the IMF and World Bank, signed off on multi-billion-dollar loans for Poroshenko’s regime.

US government-owned Radio Free Europe described the new financial loans as a “victory” for Poroshenko. The apparent investor confidence bestowed by the Washington-based “development agencies” will boost the incumbent president’s re-election prospects in the forthcoming ballot in March. Up until recently, Poroshenko was trailing in opinion polls and looked set for a trouncing defeat in the election. How convenient that the IMF and World Bank – under the control of US government – should step up to the plate with a very big helping hand. And that’s not seen as interference in a country’s sovereign affairs?

Since the CIA-backed coup d’état in Kiev in February 2014 against the elected government of Viktor Yanukovych, it is estimated that the US has provided the cabal that seized power with up to $1 billion in military aid. And those dubious gifts keep coming, with the envoy Kurt Volker this week announcing to a forum in Brussels that the US Congress is processing an additional $250 million.

It doesn’t seem to bother American lawmakers that the Kiev regime is dominated by Neo-Nazi demagogues and paramilitaries who worship Stepan Bandera and other Ukrainian collaborators in the Third Reich’s Final Solution. Just recently President Poroshenko was photographed inspecting Ukrainian special forces some of whom were donning insignia of the Third Reich’s SS.

As Russian President Vladimir Putin pointed out in his annual press conference this week, the Kiev regime has been waging a war and a blockade against its own Ukrainian citizens in the eastern Donbas region for over four years, in which civilians continue to be killed on a daily basis.

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Washington’s Russiagate Conspiracy Theory on Life Support | New Eastern Outlook


22-12-18 08:42:00,


The latest bid to keep Washington’s desperate Russiagate conspiracy theory alive has energized distilled segments of the public still convinced of Moscow’s global omniscience and its role in manipulating and undermining virtually every aspect of their daily lives.

But recent “revelations” are simply the same accusations made against a Russian-based click-bait farm, repackaged and respun.

The Washington Post’s article, “New report on Russian disinformation, prepared for the Senate, shows the operation’s scale and sweep,” would in fact present no new report. Instead, it would present repackaged narratives involving “Russia’s disinformation campaign around the 2016 election.” 

The Washington Post would claim:

The report, obtained by The Washington Post before its official release Monday, is the first to study the millions of posts provided by major technology firms to the Senate Intelligence Committee, led by Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), its chairman, and Sen. Mark Warner (Va.), its ranking Democrat. The bipartisan panel also released a second independent report studying the 2016 election Monday. Lawmakers said the findings “do not necessarily represent the views” of the panel or its members.

The two reports were put out by Oxford University’s Computational Propaganda Project and New Knowledge. No information is provided by the Washington Post as to what either of these organizations are, who runs them, or who funds them.

Both reports rehash allegations claiming the Russia-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) conducted an extensive influence campaign through social media during the 2016 US elections.

The total amount of money spent on such operations amounted to approximately $100,000 in Facebook ads. To put this amount in context, the very same Washington Post would report in April 2017 that the total amount spent on the 2016 elections amounted to $6.5 billion – in other words – the amount allegedly spent on Facebook ads by IRA was about 0.001% of total US campaign spending.

Both reports cited by the Washington Post and presented to US Congress did not dispute this. Instead, they attempted to claim the impact of IRA’s activities far exceeded this $100,000 in ads.

The New Knowledge report would claim:

The Instagram and Facebook engagement statistics belie the claim that this was a small operation — it was far more than only $100,000 of Facebook ads,

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Washington’s Silent Weapon for Not-so-quiet Wars. “A World Full of Dollars”, A 2019 Global Economic Crisis – Global Research


20-12-18 09:24:00,

First published on November 1, 2018

Today by far the deadliest weapon of mass destruction in Washington’s arsenal lies not with the Pentagon or its traditional killing machines. It’s de facto a silent weapon: the ability of Washington to control the global supply of money, of dollars, through actions of the privately-owned Federal Reserve in coordination with the US Treasury and select Wall Street financial groups. Developed over a period of decades since the decoupling of the dollar from gold by Nixon in August, 1971, today control of the dollar is a financial weapon that few if any rival nations are prepared to withstand, at least not yet.

Ten years ago, in September, 2008, US Treasury Secretary, former Wall Street banker Henry Paulson, deliberately pulled the plug on the global dollar system by allowing the mid-sized Wall Street investment bank, Lehman Bros go under. At that point, with aid of the infinite money-creating resources of the Fed known as Quantitative Easing, the half-dozen top banks of Wall Street, including Paulson’s own Goldman Sachs, were rescued from a debacle their exotic securitized finance created. The Fed also acted to give unprecedented hundreds of billions of US dollar credit lines to EU central banks to avert a dollar shortage that would clearly have brought the entire global financial architecture crashing down. At the time six Eurozone banks had dollar liabilities in excess of 100% of their country GDP.

A World Full of Dollars

Since that time a decade ago, the supply of cheap dollars to the global financial system has risen to unprecedented levels. The Institute for International Finance in Washington estimates the debt of households, governments, corporations and the financial sector in the 30 largest emerging markets rose to 211% of gross domestic product at the start of this year. It was 143% at the end of 2008.

Further data from the Washington IIF indicate the scale of a debt trap that is only in early stages of detonating across the less-advanced economies from Latin America to Turkey to Asia. Excluding China, emerging market total debt, in all currencies including domestic, has nearly doubled from 15 trillion dollars in 2007 to 27 trillion dollars at end of 2017.

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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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Washington’s Dirty Fight Against China’s OBOR | New Eastern Outlook


21-11-18 03:04:00,


Five years into China’s ambitious One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative sees analysts and political circles around the globe taking stock of Beijing’s progress.

This includes the Wall Street Journal in its article, “U.S. Fights China for Influence, One Project at a Time: Washington prods private sector and focuses on financing as Beijing’s ‘Belt and Road’ hits obstacles.” What the article reveals and what the article omits, speaks volumes of America’s response, or lack thereof. The article claims:

The U.S. has launched a new strategy aimed at ramping up investment in Asia to vie with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s overseas infrastructure-building spree, as Beijing grapples with setbacks to its sprawling program.

The WSJ would explain:

In October, President Trump signed into law the Build Act, which creates a new development finance agency that offers loans, loan guarantees and political-risk insurance to private companies.

And that:

The Build Act allows for $60 billion in U.S. development financing around the world under the new agency, the U.S. International Development Finance Corp. The IDFC merges existing programs, doubles the current agency’s spending cap and has the authority to own equity stakes in projects, giving it more flexibility to choose and guide them.

Yet what development this scheme will fund was curiously absent from both the WSJ’s article, and has been consistently absent from statements being made by Washington. While the article claims China has a “head start,” the reality is that Washington has had a head start of about half a century in the realm of both primacy over Asia and in spurring development. For a variety of reasons, Washington failed to exploit either advantage. America’s gutting of its own industrial capacity, its favoring of global loan sharking and war over actual development as well as its corporate-financier sectors seeking monopolies and profits over any tangible measure of real societal progress squandered this immense head start.

Predatory Lenders: It Takes One to Know One 

The WSJ would sum up Washington’s claims regarding the China’s OBOR initiative, claiming:

The U.S. sees Belt and Road as a tool used by Beijing to advance its strategic and military interests.

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Why Washington Blows Up over European Army


17-11-18 06:48:00,

Why Washington Blows Up over European Army

“Insulting” – that’s how US President Donald Trump sharply reacted to the idea of a “real European army” proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron.

And it was how Macron rationalized the need for an independent military force for Europe that perhaps most irked the American leader.

Speaking on a tour of World War I battlefields in northern France last week, Macron said that Europe needed to defend itself from “China, Russia and even the United States of America”.

It was a pretty extraordinary choice of words by the French leader. To frame the US among an array of perceived foreign enemy powers was a devastating blow to the concept of a much-vaunted transatlantic alliance.

Since the Second World War, ending 1945, the concept of an American-European alliance has been the bedrock of a supposed inviolable, mutual defense pact. That nearly seven-decade alliance is now being questioned more than ever.

Macron’s call for a European army was further backed up by German Chancellor Angela Merkel who also pointedly said this week that Europe can no longer rely on the US for its defense.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has welcomed the proposal for Europe to form its own military organization, independent from Washington. No doubt, Moscow views such a development as augmenting a move towards a multipolar international order, which Russia and China, among others, have been advocating in opposition to American ambitions of unipolar dominance.

When Trump arrived in Paris last weekend along with dozens of other world leaders, including Putin, to commemorate the centennial anniversary marking the end of World War I, there was a notable frostiness between Macron and the American president. Only a few months ago, Macron and Trump had appeared the best of friends in what some observers referred to as a “bromance”.

During the Paris events, Macron sought to placate Trump by saying that the European army proposal would have a “complementary” role to the US-led NATO military alliance. However, their relationship further soured when Macron later delivered a speech in which he made a veiled rebuke of Trump’s “nationalist” politics.

Days later, on returning to Washington, Trump then fired off a fusillade of angry tweets attacking Macron in very personal terms over a range of issues,

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Washington’s Weak Hand in Syria | New Eastern Outlook


14-11-18 01:06:00,


With Damascus and its allies firmly in control of Syria’s largest cities and the vast majority of Syrian territory west of the Euphrates – not only has the US-led proxy war against the nation failed – with Russian and Iranian forces involved indefinitely – the return of additional territory under Damascus’ control seems all but inevitable.

However, the US still holds territory east of the Euphrates, and – as American policymakers like to gloat – much of Syria’s oil wealth falls within this territory illegally occupied by US troops.

There is also the northern city of Idlib and surrounding countryside – the future of which is still nebulous due to the presence of Turkish forces and Ankara’s ever-shifting agenda and alliances.

Each side involved in the proxy war has pursued a number of policies – diplomatic, political, and military in nature – to strengthen their positions before the war finally concludes.

For Damascus, Russia, and Iran – decisive military victories across western Syria have served as the central pillar of Syria’s victory over the foreign-backed militancy. Diplomatic efforts both within Syrian borders and beyond them continue and also play a significant role in ending the war in all of Syria’s favor – even including many groups involved in opposing the government now being offered amnesty and reconciliation.

The United States – stretched by global wars of aggression, decades-long military occupations, and significantly diminished geopolitical clout – finds itself depending more on political ploys than producing any meaningful military or diplomatic leverage.

Staged chemical weapon attacks and increasingly absurd and equally baseless accusations of human rights violations now stand in where American military might once stood.

The repetitive nature of such ploys feeds into a circular process that both exposes Washington’s impotence and serves to exasperate it. Despite this – Washington and its many functionaries across political, diplomatic, and information spheres – continue feeding into this process. Thus, while the US still has forces in Syria, and continuously seeks to not only sabotage peace in Syria – but infect Iran with the same strain of proxy war – patient persistence by Damascus and its allies will see to Washington’s complete failure both in Syria and the wider Middle East.

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Washington besticht mazedonische Parlamentarier, um Mitgliedschaft in der NATO und der EU zu erhalten

Washington besticht mazedonische Parlamentarier, um Mitgliedschaft in der NATO und der EU zu erhalten

14-10-18 08:39:00,

Die Mazedonier haben die Mitgliedschaft in der NATO und der EU, die die Zaev-Regierung ihnen durch ein Referendum am 30. September 2018 angeboten hat, zurückgewiesen [1]. Aber noch am selben Abend appelierten der Generalsekretäre der NATO und der Union, den Volkszorn zu umgehen und mit dem Verfahren fortzufahren, diesmal aber durch ein parlamentarisches Verfahren [2].

Laut Milenko Nedelkovski, begann Washington sofort mit dem Kauf-Programm von Stimmen der Abgeordneten, enthüllt der Mina Report [3].

Ein Beamter des US-Außenministeriums, “der Agent Tesla” (Deckname von Mitko Burceski) hat ein Büro in einem Luxus-Apartment im Besitz von Sasho Mijalkov, einem Cousin des ehemaligen mazedonische Premierminister Nikola Gruevski, eröffnet. Die Abgeordneten begeben sich einer nach dem anderen dorthin, um persönlich $ 2,5 Millionen zu erhalten.

Die Operation wird durch die US-Botschafter in Skopje, Jess L. Baily (der den Kriegseintritt der Türkei gegen Libyen und Syrien betreute) und in Athen, Geoffrey R. Pyatt (der den Putsch 2014 in der Ukraine organisierte) gesteuert.

Es gelang ihnen die Änderung des Namens des Landes auf die Agenda des Parlaments zu setzen; conditio Sine Qua Non für den Beitritt zur NATO und der EU. Die Abstimmung wurde für den 16. Oktober beantragt, d.h. denselben Tag, an dem die Gerichts-Entscheidung über ein Dutzend nationalistischer Abgeordnete, wegen Spionage auf die Sozialdemokratische Partei, stattfindet. [4]. Die Botschafter wollen die Immunität dieser Abgeordneten aufheben, damit sie nicht stimmen können. Angesichts der Anzahl der gekauften Stimmen, wird die Mehrheit des Parlaments dann mechanisch für den Vorschlag des Ministerpräsidenten stimmen.

Horst Frohlich

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Washington corrupts Macedonian Parliamentarians to secure Macedonia’s Membership of Nato and the EU

Washington corrupts Macedonian Parliamentarians to secure Macedonia’s Membership of Nato and the EU

14-10-18 08:36:00,

The Macedonians refused NATO and EU membership that the Zaev government proposed to them through the referendum held on 30 September 2018. [1] However, that same evening, the Secretary-Generals of NATO and the EU called to by-pass popular anger and to continue the process for approving membership, this time by a parliamentary vote [2].

According to Milenko Nedelkovski, Washington immediately began buying MP votes. So reveals the Mina Report [3].

An official in the US State Department, “Agent Tesla” (alias Mitko Burceski) has opened an office in a luxury apartment belonging to Sasho Mijalkov, a cousin of the former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. The MPs went one by one to receive 2.5 million dollars a piece.

Two US ambassadors are piloting the operation: the US ambassador at Skopje, Jess L. Baily (who supervised Turkey entering the war against Libya and Syria), and the US ambassador at Athens, Geoffrey R. Pyatt (who organized the 2014 coup d’etat in Ukraine).

They have succeeded in inserting into the parliamentary agenda the country’s name change, a sina qua non for NATO and EU membership. The vote has been fixed for 16 October 2018, which is the same day as the court’s ruling on the dozen or so nationalist MPs who have been prosecuted for spying on the social-democratic party [4]. The ambassadors’ plan involves lifting the immunity of these parliamentarians to disable them from voting. Taking into account the number of votes bought, the Parliamentary majority will then shift mechanically in favour of the Prime Minister’s proposal.

Anoosha Boralessa

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