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

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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.

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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 – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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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.

https://www.rt.com/news/452023-john-bolton-nicaragua-ortega-regime-change/ 

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.

https://www.rt.com/news/452105-venezuela-border-brazil-colombia/ 

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

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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.

Translation
Anoosha Boralessa

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Washington wünscht, dass seine Verbündeten in Syrien bleiben

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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.

Übersetzung
Horst Frohlich

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Washington, de Logica van Macht, door Manlio Dinucci

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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22-12-18 08:42:00,

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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

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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

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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

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21-11-18 03:04:00,

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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

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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

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14-11-18 01:06:00,

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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.

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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.

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Anoosha Boralessa

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Washington vs Beijing: US Proxies Emerge Ahead of Thai Elections | New Eastern Outlook

Washington vs Beijing: US Proxies Emerge Ahead of Thai Elections | New Eastern Outlook

07-10-18 08:53:00,

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At a time when the United States has intensified its confrontation with Russia based on claims that Moscow interfered in US and allied politics (i.e. the UK and prospective NATO members in Eastern Europe), the US openly meddles everywhere from Europe and Africa to the Middle East and Asia.

This includes Southeast Asia where Washington is busy at work creating an arc of US client states and political chaos aimed at encircling and foiling China and the rest of Asia’s regional and global rise.

US meddling has been documented in Cambodia where it is attempting to disrupt growing ties between Phnom Penh and Beijing, in Malaysia where nearly the entire opposition coalition that recently came to power was funded and backed by Washington and in Myanmar where the US is cynically leveraging ethnic violence to pressure the government to sever ties with neighbouring China.

Target Thailand 

Also on the list is Thailand. The current military-led government came to power in 2014 after the second coup in less than 10 years aimed at uprooting the political network of Thaksin Shinawatra, a billionaire and now fugitive who has long served US interests and Washington’s attempt to transform Thailand into a US client state.

Shinawatra’s political network includes his political party, Pheu Thai (PTP) along with his violent street front, the “United Front For Democracy Against Dictatorship” (UDD), also known as the “red shirts.”

More recently, he has expanded this network to include proxy parties working with and for PTP. This includes Future Forward Party (FFP) headed by Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit.

Shinawatra’s efforts are augmented by significant US backing. This includes through the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and convicted financial criminal George Soros’ Open Society which together, fund an array of fronts posing as nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) supporting Shinawatra and his proxies’ bid to rush elections and restore Shinawatra or one of his proxies to power.

Future Forward is a Proxy of Shinawatra and his US Sponsors 

Thanathorn’s FFP is also a direct beneficiary of NED/Open Society money, with several of his party’s co-founders and their associates being actual NED/Open Society grantees.

This includes Piyabutr Saengkanokkul,

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Washington’s Sanctions Machine – Global Research

Washington’s Sanctions Machine – Global Research

27-09-18 02:46:00,

Perhaps it is Donald Trump’s business background that leads him to believe that if you inflict enough economic pain on someone they will ultimately surrender and agree to do whatever you want. Though that approach might well work in New York real estate, it is not a certain path to success in international relations since countries are not as vulnerable to pressure as are individual investors or developers.

Washington’s latest foray into the world of sanctions, directed against China, is astonishing even when considering the low bar that has been set by previous presidents going back to Bill Clinton. Beijing has already been pushing back over US sanctions imposed last week on its government-run Equipment Development Department of the Chinese Central Military Commission and its director Li Shangfu for “engaging in significant transactions” with a Russian weapons manufacturer that is on a list of US sanctioned companies. The transactions included purchases of Russian Su-35 combat aircraft as well as equipment related to the advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile system. The sanctions include a ban on the director entering the United States and blocks all of his property or bank accounts within the US as well as freezing all local assets of the Equipment Development Department.

More important, the sanctions also forbid conducting any transactions that go through the US financial system. It is the most powerful weapon Washington has at its disposal, but it is being challenged as numerous countries are working to find ways around it. Currently however, as most international transactions are conducted in dollars and pass through American banks that means that it will be impossible for the Chinese government to make weapons purchases from many foreign sources. If foreign banks attempt to collaborate with China to evade the restrictions, they too will be sanctioned.

So in summary, Beijing bought weapons from Moscow and is being sanctioned by the United States for doing so because Washington does not approve of the Russian government. The sanctions on China are referred to as secondary sanctions in that they are derivative from the primary sanction on the foreign company or individual that is actually being punished. Secondary sanctions can be extended ad infinitum as transgressors linked sequentially to the initial transaction multiply the number of potential targets.

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Washington in Not: Fake-Giftgasanschlag in Idlib verschafft Russland einen Trumpf

Washington in Not: Fake-Giftgasanschlag in Idlib verschafft Russland einen Trumpf

12-09-18 08:55:00,

Die nordsyrische Provinz Idlib ist der einzige Hebel, der der US-Regierung noch bleibt, um die Regelung der syrischen Nachkriegsordnung zu vereiteln. Deshalb sind die USA zu allem entschlossen, sagt der Amerikanist Konstantin Blochin. Russland kann die Verzweiflung der US-Führung aber in einen politischen Trumpf ummünzen.

Die Verantwortlichen in Washington spüren, dass Syrien ihnen aus den Händen gleitet. Deshalb seien sie entschlossen, „sehr grob“ vorzugehen, sagt Konstantin Blochin vom Zentrum für Sicherheitsforschung der Russischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.

Darum könne es keine Zweifel geben, „dass die Dreharbeiten beim inszenierten Giftgasangriff in Idlib von den USA geplant worden sind“, sagt der Experte.

„Nach den Aufnahmen wird Washington einfach nur die mediale Resonanz aufbauschen müssen – das heißt, die Leitmedien aufschreien lassen, der syrische Führer vergifte seine eigene Bevölkerung. Und dann folgt der Raketenschlag gegen syrische und iranische Kräfte. Washington ist nicht sehr einfallsreich, wir beobachten die Umsetzung dieses Szenarios zum dritten Mal innerhalb weniger Jahre.“

John Bolton, der Sicherheitsberater des US-Präsidenten, ist sich jedenfalls sichtlich sicher, dass es einen Raketenangriff gegen Syrien geben wird: Die Vereinigten Staaten werden einen Schlag gegen Syrien vornehmen, sagte er kürzlich.

Dazu passt, dass in den USA vor wenigen Tagen wie durch einen Zufall Geheimdienstinformationen an die Öffentlichkeit gelangt sind, wonach der syrische Präsident Baschar al-Assad den Einsatz von Chlorgas bei der Rückeroberung von Idlib befohlen habe.

Das russische Verteidigungsministerium erklärt indes, in der Stadt Dschisr asch-Schughur würden gegenwärtig „Dreharbeiten zu einer inszenierten Provokation bezüglich eines angeblichen Einsatzes von Chemiewaffen gegen die Zivilbevölkerung durch die syrische Armee“ laufen. Diese Informationen seien von den Einwohnern der Provinz Idlib erhalten worden.

Für die Aufnahmen seien am frühen Morgen mehrere Kamerateams von TV-Sendern aus dem Nahen Osten und einem führenden US-amerikanischen Nachrichtensender in Dschisr asch-Schughur eingetroffen. Das Szenario sehe einstudierte Szenen vor, wie die Weißhelme den vermeintlichen Einheimischen Hilfe leisten, nachdem die syrischen Truppen angeblich „Fassbomben mit Giftstoffen“ eingesetzt hätten, erklärte die russische Behörde.

Doch außer den strategischen Gründen – dem Kontrollverlust in Syrien – hat die Inszenierung des Giftgasangriffs durch die USA auch innenpolitische Motive, erklärt der Amerikanist Blochin: „Die Trump-Regierung muss die öffentliche Aufmerksamkeit von den S

kandalen in den USA

auf außenpolitische Themen ablenken.“

Der Skandale gibt es in der Tat reichlich: Über Trumps Amtsenthebung wird wegen der „Sache Manafort“ öffentlich spekuliert,

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How Kissinger and Washington Sold Greece Out | New Eastern Outlook

How Kissinger and Washington Sold Greece Out | New Eastern Outlook

07-09-18 07:27:00,

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Every government should enact foreign policy on behalf of its people. Every government should determine which nations have acted in friendship toward its people. But in most of Eastern Europe, the best interests of the people are not measured.

As relations in between Greece and Turkey continue to heat up, the traditionally held idea that Washington is a Greece ally needs reexamining in Athens. The release of documents showing former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger backing Turkish tactics during that country’s 1974 invasion of Cyprus speaks volumes on this. According to the news, Kissinger, who was U.S. Secretary of State at the time of Turkey’s 1974 invasion of Cyprus, told then U.S. President Gerald Ford that “Turkey was entitled to seize part of the island.” Furthermore, the much-heralded Washington policy advisor went further, saying he believed “Turkey would make a better ally than Greece,” in justifying his advice to President Ford.

In the declassified memorandum of conversation from the White House, President Ford, Kissinger, and (interestingly) Major General Brent Snowcroft were the participants. It is fair to say that both Kissinger and Snowcroft are integral parts of the problem U.S. foreign policy has become. Both have advised every president since Richard Nixon, and both are instigators and key figures of the American hegemony. From the Trilateral Commission to the Council on Foreign Relations, both men played key roles in regime change, espionage, proxy wars from Venezuela to Vietnam, and helping American business internets abroad flourish. The discovery of these documents should be a wakeup call to every Greek. The message contained in them is just that pointed – America has no friends abroad, only levers. This is evidenced where Greece is concerned by the Truman Doctrine and foreign policy ever since.

For those unaware,  Operation Attila was launched by Turkey on 20 July 1974, following the Cypriot coup d’état on 15 July 1974. The coup by elements connected to the Greek Military Junta gave the Turks and the American administration the green light for driving a stake through the heart of Greece’s so-called “Regime of the Colonels.” But the wider story, the role of the CIA and American leadership, is a subject for another paper. Kissinger’s and Washington’s role then,

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Washington’s Soft Coup Attempt in Nicaragua | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Washington’s Soft Coup Attempt in Nicaragua | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

25-08-18 03:22:00,

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Western media has described the unrest and violence in Nicaragua as a “campaign of terror” by government police and paramilitary. This has also been asserted by large non governmental organizations (NGOs). In May, for example, Amnesty International issued a report titled “Shoot to Kill: Nicaragua’s Strategy to Repress Protest”. 

A Miami Herald op-ed summarized,

“It’s not like there’s any confusion over who’s to blame for the recent killings amid Nicaragua’s political violence. Virtually all human rights groups agree that Ortega’s police-backed paramilitary goons are the culprits.”

Much less publicized, other analysts have challenged these assertions. They claim the situation is being distorted and the reality is very different. For example,  wrote an open letter condemning the Amnesty report for being biased and actually contributing to the chaos and violence. 

To learn more about the situation, Task Force on the Americas (TFA) invited Camilo Mejía to speak in the San Francisco Bay Area. TFA has a long history of work in Central and South America educating the public, lobbying around US foreign policy and leading delegations to see the reality in Central and South America. 

Veterans for Peace (VFP) quickly agreed to co-sponsor events with Camilo in San Francisco and Oakland. Veterans for Peace also has a long history with Nicaragua. VFP was founded partially in response to US aggression in Central America. VFP members protested against US shipments to the Nicaraguan Contras. VFP member Brian Willson had both legs cut off when a train carrying weapons destined for Central America ran over him. The current VFP president, Gerry Condon, was at that protest and helped stop the blood gushing from Willson’s severed legs. Brian Willson lives in Nicaragua today.   

Camilo Mejía was born in Nicaragua, the son of famous musician Carlos Mejía Godoy. His mother was a staunch Sandinista activist but separated from the father soon after his birth. She brought Camilo to the United States as a single mother in 1994, four years after the Sandinista electoral defeat. Living in Florida, Camilo struggled to make ends meet and joined the US Army to pay for college.

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Washington’s Silent Weapon for Not-so-quiet Wars | New Eastern Outlook

Washington’s Silent Weapon for Not-so-quiet Wars | New Eastern Outlook

20-08-18 01:05:00,

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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. China debt in the same time went from 6 trillion dollars to 36 trillion dollars according to IIF.

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Washington Has Lured EU into Anti-China Trade Front | New Eastern Outlook

Washington Has Lured EU into Anti-China Trade Front | New Eastern Outlook

10-08-18 01:12:00,

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While many in the EU breathed a sign of relief at the apparent success of the recent Washington trade tariff talks between EU Commission President Juncker and the Trump Administration, in reality it looks more as if Washington has skillfully maneuvered the EU, especially Germany, to close the door on any possible collaboration with China on trade and economic development. While there are problems with Chinese economic policy, the recent developments suggest an EU consensus to turn away from the enormous potentials of the China-based Eurasian economic space in favor of an alliance with the USA and China-hostile Japan against the Chinese development. That could seriously damage the EU economy going forward.

For weeks prior to the latest Washington-EU talks, Beijing had been seeking a united front, initially in presenting legal WTO and other challenges to the recent unilateral US declarations of import tariffs on EU and Chinese goods. Prior to the July 16 Beijing Sino-EU Summit, Chinese officials had been in talks with various EU counterparts. They reportedly were willing to make significant concessions to open up the internal China market to EU companies in return for a united front against Washington. The official Xinhua news agency said China and Europe, “should resist trade protectionism hand in hand. China and European countries are natural partners,” it said. “They firmly believe that free trade is a powerful engine for global economic growth.”

One strategic goal of China’s Belt, Road Initiative, often called the new Economic Silk Road, is to create a land-sea network of transportation infrastructure that will eventually link China trade directly with the large EU markets. Until now Brussels has resisted while individual EU states, mostly in Eastern EU regions such as Hungary, Greece or the Czech Republic, have been open to China infrastructure investments. Until the Trump launching of unilateral trade tariffs against aluminum and steel products from EU countries in recent weeks, at the same time Washington initiated a heavy series of tariff sanctions and threats of far more to come against China, China had little opening for larger agreement with Germany and the EU as a group. The fact that Washington was targeting both China and the EU at the same time fed hopes in Beijing, naively, that China could begin close cooperation with the EU against Washington.

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Washington verhängt wegen Skripal-Fall neue Sanktionen gegen Russland

Washington verhängt wegen Skripal-Fall neue Sanktionen gegen Russland

09-08-18 09:04:00,

Auf welcher neuen Grundlage die Sanktionen verhängt werden, ist nicht bekannt, offensichtlich soll der Konflikt mit Russland auch nach dem Treffen Putin-Trump angeheizt werden

Gerade waren Informationen durchgestochen worden, dass die britische Staatsanwaltschaft die Auslieferung von zwei Russen beantragen will, die verdächtigt werden, den Nowitschok-Anschlag auf die Skripals durchgeführt zu haben (Großbritannien will angeblich die Auslieferung von zwei russischen Verdächtigen beantragen). Bestätigt wurde dies bislang nicht, auch nicht, wer die beiden russischen Verdächtigen sein sollen und welche Beweise es für ihre Schuld gibt.

Die US-Regierung scheint die Ankündigung aber als Grund zu sehen, neue Sanktionen gegen Russland zu verhängen. Das soll Genehmigungen betreffen, bestimmte Produkte, die mit der nationalen Sicherheit zu tun haben, nicht mehr exportieren zu dürfen. Die britische Regierung begrüßt dies zwar, hält sich aber erstaunlicherweise zurück, zumal sie noch mit der EU die Sanktionen gegen den Iran kritisiert.

Ob das mit Donald Trump konform geht, der auch mit großer Kritik vor und nach seinem Treffen mit Wladimir Putin konfrontiert wurde, ist nicht klar. Vielleicht auch wegen der Untersuchung des Sonderermittlers Mueller hält er sich jedenfalls zurück und lässt das Außenministerium unter Mike Pompeo gegen Russland vorgehen. Pompeo hatte auch gerade klar gemacht, dass für Washington die Annexion der Krim weiter nicht toleriert werde. Es gab bereits Vermutungen, dass Trump sie tolerieren würde, um besser mit Russland ins Geschäft zu kommen.

Nach der Sprecherin des US-Außenministeriums werden die Sanktionen am 22. August in Kraft treten. Man habe Moskau über diese bereits in Kenntnis gesetzt, sagte sie. Nach Nauert gehe die US-Regierung davon aus, dass die russische Regierung “chemische oder biologische Waffen in Verletzung des internationalen Rechts verwendet hat oder gegen eigene Bürger tödliche chemische oder biologische Waffen” eingesetzt hat. Die Sanktionen werden durch den Einsatz des Nervengifts Nowitschok in dem Versuch verhängt, den “britischen Bürger Sergei Skripal und seine Tochter Julia Skripal” zu ermorden. Julia ist russische Staatsbürgerin.

Angedroht werden schon weitere Sanktionen, wenn Russland nicht bestimmte Kriterien erfüllt. Dazu gehört, dass Russland nicht weiter chemische oder biologische Waffen einsetzt, UN-Inspektionen vor Ort zulässt (was die USA im Übrigen nicht wollen) und andere Garantien bietet. Dann soll es wirklich ernst werden. So könnten dann die diplomatischen Beziehungen,

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Washington Increases Funding for Israel’s Killing Machine | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Washington Increases Funding for Israel’s Killing Machine | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

06-08-18 03:30:00,

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Israel is Washington’s largest recipient of foreign aid. It’s mostly for militarism and belligerence – billions of dollars annually, far more than to any other nation.

The Jewish state’s imperial wars, occupation harshness, and apartheid high crimes don’t matter – nor its flagrant violations of international law, not even its abusive spying on US military and other operations.

The CIA earlier called Israel its main regional spy threat. The FBI once uncovered a large-scale US-based Israeli spy ring – still active the agency believes.

The Pentagon accused Israel of “actively engag(ing) in military and industrial espionage in the United States.”

Israel tries stealing everything it can get its hands on, including US military and industrial secrets, its main ally and benefactor.

The FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes $500 million for US-Israel missile defense cooperation, $50 million more for the Jewish state’s war on Gaza’s tunnel economy, wanting vital goods it supplies cut off, further strangling its beleaguered people.

The measure authorizes an additional billion dollars to stockpile US weapons in Israel – available for its killing machine, used to terrorize Palestinians, to terror-bomb Gaza and Syria, to partner in Washington’s imperial aggression.

Like America, Israel’s only enemies are invented ones, no others. Both nations wage endless wars without declaring them.

For the first time, the FY 2019 NDAA establishes a cooperative US/Israeli R&D program to enhance countering unmanned aerial vehicles.

On August 1, Senate members passed S. 2497: United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018 – unanimously without a roll call vote. Rubber-stamp House passage is certain.

The measure amends the 1961 Foreign Assistance Act and Arms Export Control Act. It authorizes additional funding for Israel’s killing machine, “and for other purposes” related to militarism and warmaking.

Congressional support for Israel is virtually unanimous. Both countries partner in each other’s high crimes.

New US funding for the Jewish state’s killing machine increases the Obama regime’s 2016 $38 billion package through 2026 – $3.8 billion annually, up from $3.1 billion a year earlier.

Most often, whatever Israel wants it gets – from the pockets of US taxpayers.

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How Washington and Soft Power NGOs Manipulated Nicaragua’s Death Toll to Drive Regime Change and Sanctions | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

How Washington and Soft Power NGOs Manipulated Nicaragua’s Death Toll to Drive Regime Change and Sanctions | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

03-08-18 01:26:00,

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A detailed study of the death toll that has been recorded in Nicaragua since a violent campaign to remove President Daniel Ortega and his Sandinista government shows that at least as many Sandinista supporters were killed as opposition members. The study, “Monopolizing Death,” demonstrates how partisan local NGOs conflated all deaths that occurred since April, including accidents and the murders of Sandinistas, with killings by government forces. Washington has seized on the bogus death count to drive the case for sanctions and intensify pressure for regime change.

The manipulated death toll was the centerpiece of a July 25 harangue by Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on the House floor. While drumming up support for a bipartisan resolution condemning Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega for supposedly ordering the massacre of demonstrators, Ros-Lehtinen declared,

“Mr. Speaker, four hundred and fifty! That is how many Nicaraguans have been killed by the Ortega regime and its thugs since April of this year.”

The congresswoman’s portrayal of a dictatorial regime gunning down peaceful protesters like helpless quails in a canned hunt was designed to generate pressure for an attack on the Nicaraguan economy in the form of sanctions packages like the Nica Act. Her narrative was reinforced by Vice President Mike Pence, who condemned Nicaragua’s government for “350+ dead at the hands of the regime,” and by Ken Roth, the long-serving executive director of Human Rights Watch, who also suggested that Ortega had personally ordered the killing of “300 demonstrators against his corrupt and repressive rule.”

On @HouseFloor, I also called for our Senate colleagues to quit stalling and to take meaningful action to support the Nicaraguan people by passing the #NICAAct so that we can keep the pressure on the #Ortega regime until true #democracy + #freedom return to #Nicaragua. pic.twitter.com/rv2r3tC0zf

— Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (@RosLehtinen) June 7, 2018

Throughout the past two weeks, I have been in Nicaragua interviewing scores of victims of the US-backed Nicaraguan opposition. I have met police officials who saw their colleagues gunned down by well armed elements while being ordered to stay in their stations,

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Washington’s Latest Myths, Lies and Oil Wars. “A Coherent Strategy to Promote Disruption in Key Oil Flows” | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Washington’s Latest Myths, Lies and Oil Wars. “A Coherent Strategy to Promote Disruption in Key Oil Flows” | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

09-07-18 07:23:00,

As American motorists complain of rising gasoline prices, the Trump Administration and the oil and banking interests behind it are smiling on their way to the proverbial bank. If we look at seeming disparate events in Iran, in Venezuela and now in Libya it becomes clear there is a coherent strategy to promote disruption in key oil flows to the immediate advantage of US oil domination.

A decade ago the idea that the United States could displace Saudi Arabia or the Russian Federation as the world’s largest oil producer was considered unthinkable. Today it is clearly a foreign policy priority of the Trump Administration and the major Wall Street banks financing US shale oil production. The strategy is geopolitical and ultimately aims to weaken Russia, Iran and the other independent world oil producing powers like Venezuela.

If we look at several recent events that have dramatically impacted global oil prices a clear pattern emerges not of free market forces but of geopolitical manipulation, above all by Washington. The cases of Iran, of Venezuela and most recently of Libya make the case clear that Washington is determined to push an oil price high enough to again make economical investment in its developed shale oil industry.

Iran not about nuclear but oil

The obvious point about the Trump administration unilateral rejection of the Iran nuclear agreement, an agreement that was to have enabled Iran to be free from Western economic sanctions and open the way for billions of dollars of foreign investments, above all in her oil and gas industry, is the fact that it had nothing to do with Iran’s nuclear plans per se. It has immediately to do with an excuse to re-impose economic sanctions on Iran oil sales and oil and gas development.

Ignoring UN IAEA reports finding Iran compliant with the nuclear agreement, the Trump Administration in May unilaterally announced a de facto end to the agreement to the protests of EU, Russia and China signatories. On November 4, barring an unlikely Iran capitulation to Washington demands, severe new sanctions targeting mainly Iran oil exports will come into force. Washington is linking its actions to Iran’s agreeing to withdraw support for Shi’ite forces in Yemen and Assad in Syria. Since the nuclear agreement,

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Washington’s Latest Myths, Lies and Oil Wars | New Eastern Outlook

Washington’s Latest Myths, Lies and Oil Wars | New Eastern Outlook

07-07-18 06:41:00,

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As American motorists complain of rising gasoline prices, the Trump Administration and the oil and banking interests behind it are smiling on their way to the proverbial bank. If we look at seeming disparate events in Iran, in Venezuela and now in Libya it becomes clear there is a coherent strategy to promote disruption in key oil flows to the immediate advantage of US oil domination.

A decade ago the idea that the United States could displace Saudi Arabia or the Russian Federation as the world’s largest oil producer was considered unthinkable. Today it is clearly a foreign policy priority of the Trump Administration and the major Wall Street banks financing US shale oil production. The strategy is geopolitical and ultimately aims to weaken Russia, Iran and the other independent world oil producing powers like Venezuela.

If we look at several recent events that have dramatically impacted global oil prices a clear pattern emerges not of free market forces but of geopolitical manipulation, above all by Washington. The cases of Iran, of Venezuela and most recently of Libya make the case clear that Washington is determined to push an oil price high enough to again make economical investment in its developed shale oil industry.

Iran not about nuclear but oil

The obvious point about the Trump administration unilateral rejection of the Iran nuclear agreement, an agreement that was to have enabled Iran to be free from Western economic sanctions and open the way for billions of dollars of foreign investments, above all in her oil and gas industry, is the fact that it had nothing to do with Iran’s nuclear plans per se. It has immediately to do with an excuse to re-impose economic sanctions on Iran oil sales and oil and gas development.

Ignoring UN IAEA reports finding Iran compliant with the nuclear agreement, the Trump Administration in May unilaterally announced a de facto end to the agreement to the protests of EU, Russia and China signatories. On November 4, barring an unlikely Iran capitulation to Washington demands, severe new sanctions targeting mainly Iran oil exports will come into force. Washington is linking its actions to Iran’s agreeing to withdraw support for Shi’ite forces in Yemen and Assad in Syria.

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