The Washington Post Admits Crimeans Are Happy Russians – Global Research

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24-03-20 08:54:00,

The Washington Post – an inveterate keystone of US foreign policy propaganda – made a surprising admission recently. The people of Crimea – allegedly “annexed” by the Russian Federation – are vastly satisfied under Moscow’s governance.

The Washington Post article titled, “Six years and $20 billion in Russian investment later, Crimeans are happy with Russian annexation,” attempts in every way to misrepresent, and deny the cause and obvious implications of the polling data presented – but still admits:

…the annexation was popular, especially among Crimea’s large population of older ethnic Russians. More than five years later, and billions of rubles of investment later, it remains popular.

The polling data was collected by the Levada Center – which the Washington Post calls, “Russia’s most reliable polling company.” The Washington Post conveniently omits that the Levada Center has been funded by the US State Department via the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and regularly works with the Western media to generate data to support Washington and London’s various anti-Russian narratives – which is likely why the Washington Post determines it is so “reliable.”

Yet even this US-funded front had to admit that from 2014 when Crimea rejoined Russia, up to and including today, the peninsula’s Russian administration was and remains highly popular.

The Washington Post even had to admit that among Crimea’s Tatar minority support for Crimea’s rejoining of Russia actually rose since 2014.

The Washington Post would have to admit (emphasis added):

Support for joining Russia remains very high (86 percent in 2014 and 82 percent in 2019) — and is especially high among ethnic Russians and Ukrainians. A key change since 2014 has been a significant increase in support by Tatars, a Turkic Muslim population that makes up about 12 percent of the Crimean population. In 2014, only 39 percent of this group viewed joining Russia as a positive move, but this figure rose to 58 percent in 2019.

Crimea’s Tatars have been the focus of immense efforts both by Washington and its partners in Kiev to create a viable opposition to destabilize the peninsula and undermine Russia’s presence there.

Apparently this ploy has mostly failed.

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Beratungen in Washington: Droht Krieg um Venezuela?

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12-03-20 11:38:00,

Bild: Alan Santos/PR/CC BY-ND 3.0

Rechte Akteure aus der Region kommen mit US-Präsident Trump zusammen. Brasilien als Rückzugsort für gewaltbereite Maduro-Gegner

Droht in Südamerika ein handfester militärischer Konflikt? Venezuelas Präsident Nicolás Maduro hat die USA zum wiederholten Male bezichtigt, eine solche Auseinandersetzung provozieren zu wollen. Entsprechende Vorwürfe äußerte er, nachdem der rechtskonservative Präsident von Kolumbien, Iván Duque, und sein rechtsextremer brasilianischer Amtskollegen Jair Bolsonaro in Washington empfangen wurden.

Bei der Zusammenkunft mit US-Präsident Donald Trump forderte Duque unlängst eine Verschärfung der bestehenden Sanktionen. In Bezug auf das Nachbarland sprach er sich für schärfere Strafmaßnahmen gegen die Maduro-Führung aus und strengte dafür ein fragwürdiges Argument an: “In Venezuela sind die Impfstoffe ausgegangen sind, es ist daher wichtig, strengere Sanktionen gegen Maduro zu verhängen, denn sie haben das Gesundheitssystem zerstört.” In diesem Jahr sei eine stärkere internationale Koordination mit den USA notwendig, “um den politischen und demokratischen Übergang in Venezuela zu erreichen”, so Duque weiter.

Folgen der Sanktionen

Dabei könnten nach einer Berechnung des Washingtoner Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) just wegen der US-Sanktionen seit 2017 rund 40.000 Menschen in Venezuela an den Folgen von US-Sanktionen ihr Leben verloren haben. “Noch härter und zerstörerischer als die umfassenden Wirtschaftssanktionen vom August 2017 waren die Strafmaßnahmen, die auf Regierungsanweisung seit dem 28. Januar 2019 verhängt wurden”, schreibt das CEPR. Diese Sanktionen hätten der Gesundheit der venezolanischen Bevölkerung schweren Schaden zugefügt.

Die Forschungseinrichtung beruft sich auf Zahlen der “Nationalen Umfrage zu Lebensbedingungen”, die von mehreren Universitäten des südamerikanischen Landes durchgeführt wird. Demnach stieg die allgemeine Sterblichkeit von 2017 bis 2018 um 31 Prozent. Dies würde eine Zunahme von mehr als 40.000 Todesfällen bedeuten. “Mehr als 300.000 Menschen wurden aufgrund des fehlenden Zugangs zu Medikamenten oder Behandlungen als gefährdet eingestuft”, heißt es dazu weiter. Hinzu kämen schätzungsweise 80.000 Menschen mit HIV, die seit 2017 keine antiretrovirale Behandlung mehr erhalten haben, 16.000 Menschen, die eine Dialyse benötigen, 16.000 Menschen mit Krebs und vier Millionen Menschen mit Diabetes und Bluthochdruck, von denen viele kein Insulin oder Blutdrucksenker erhalten.

Vorsichtiger äußerte sich Carlos Lusverti, Vertreter der Menschenrechtsorganisation Amnesty International in Venezuela. Er will die Sanktionen nicht als Ursache der Krise bezeichnen,

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Fake News Starts in Washington: Perception Management and Influence Operations Manipulate Public Opinion

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12-03-20 11:02:00,

The Pentagon logo is seen behind the podium in the briefing room at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., January 8, 2020. REUTERS/Al Drago – RC2UBE9Z8VJH

It is perhaps unusual to have a government that has as much disregard for what most would consider to be the truth as does the current group of rascals running the United States of America. To be sure, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is as shameless a liar as has ever been seen on any public platform while the president himself appears to make things up as he goes along, particularly if a certain embellishment makes him look good. Nevertheless, it is important to recognize that lying and government have a long history, possibly going back to when the first cave dwellers elected a leader to guide the tribe on a mastodon hunt.

Lying is a traditional role for intelligence services. The Romans had a spy service run out of the imperial palace that provided military and political intelligence all across their vast empire. It included what might be called deception operations carried out to confuse enemies about intentions and capabilities. In more recent centuries, the British became masters of both spying and deception. Major influencing intelligence operations run against the United States can be credited with having led to American involvement in both world wars.

Currently, the world’s preeminent spy agency in terms of manpower, resources and global reach is undoubtedly the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). That is not to suggest that it is necessarily the best intelligence agency, as smaller, more nimble, focused organizations can outperform the spies from the large countries in the niche areas that they consider important. The Agency’s unofficial motto is taken from the Gospel of John: “And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free,” in itself a deception operation as the CIA, acting for the White House, has not blessed anyone with freedom lately. The Israeli Mossad’s motto is more direct, also biblical, coming from the book of Proverbs. It has been translated from the Hebrew as “By way of deception, thou shall do war” though it also appears as “By wise counsel thou shall wage war.” “Wise counsel” might be described as a deceptive way to describe deception.

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How Washington “Liberates” Free Countries

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07-02-20 09:47:00,

Authored by Andre Vltcheck via Off-Guardian.org,

There are obviously some serious linguistic issues and disagreements between the West and the rest of the world. Essential terms like “freedom”, “democracy”, “liberation”, even “terrorism”, are all mixed up and confused; they mean something absolutely different in New York, London, Berlin, and in the rest of the world.

Before we begin analyzing, let us recall that countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the United States, as well as other Western nations, have been spreading colonialist terror to basically all corners of the world.

And in the process, they developed effective terminology and propaganda, which has been justifying, even glorifying acts such as looting, torture, rape and genocides. Basically, first Europe, and later North America literally “got away with everything, including mass murder”.

The native people of Americas, Africa and Asia have been massacred, their voices silenced. Slaves were imported from Africa. Great Asian nations, such as China, what is now “India” and Indonesia, got occupied, divided and thoroughly plundered.

And all was done in the name of spreading religion, “liberating” people from themselves, as well as “civilizing them”.

Nothing has really changed.

To date, people of great nations with thousands of years of culture, are treated like infants; humiliated, and as if they were still in kindergarten, told how to behave, and how to think.

Sometimes if they “misbehave”, they get slapped. Periodically they get slapped so hard, that it takes them decades, even centuries, to get back to their feet. It took China decades to recover from the period of “humiliation”. India and Indonesia are presently trying to recuperate, from the colonial barbarity, and from, in the case of Indonesia, the 1965 U.S.-administered fascist coup.

But if you go back to the archives in London, Brussels or Berlin, all the monstrous acts of colonialism, are justified by lofty terms. Western powers are always “fighting for justice”; they are “enlightening” and “liberating”. No regrets, no shame and no second thoughts. They are always correct!

Like now; precisely as it is these days.

Presently, the West is trying to overthrow governments in several independent countries,

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Nord Stream 2: Washington to “Free” Europe From Freedom to Decide for Itself | New Eastern Outlook

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22-12-19 08:32:00,

Nord Stream 2 is a pipeline project extending from Russia to Germany that – when completed – will provide a secure means of exporting Russian natural gas to Western Europe – circumventing a  now volatile Ukraine all while tying Russia and Europe together further through mutually beneficial economic activity.

Of course, for special interests residing across the Atlantic in Washington and on Wall Street, Russia and Europe building closer ties through constructive economic activity undermines a long-standing strategy of coercing Europe via the constant threat of a supposedly hostile Kremlin Washington claims undermines a free and united Europe.

Ironically, in order to preserve Europe’s “freedom” the US has now resorted to punishing interests in Europe – and in Germany specifically – for freely choosing to do business with Russia. It not only fully illustrates the supreme hypocrisy that lies at the very root of Washington’s current foreign policy, but also threatens to undermine legitimate US business interests seeking – just as Russia does – to build constructive economic ties with companies and nations around the globe.

Sanctions Approved

The BBC in its article, “Nord Stream 2: Trump approves sanctions on Russia gas pipeline,” would report:

President Donald Trump has signed a law that will impose sanctions on any firm that helps Russia’s state-owned gas company, Gazprom, finish a pipeline into the European Union. 

The sanctions target firms building Nord Stream 2, an undersea pipeline that will allow Russia to increase gas exports to Germany. 

The US considers the project a security risk to Europe. 

Both Russia and the EU have strongly condemned the US sanctions.

It may or may not confound objective observers to see the US unilaterally leveling sanctions against foreign companies because of what Washington claims are security threats to the nations these companies reside in.

It is clearly the business of Germany and Germany alone to determine what may or may not be a security risk. The US deciding not only unilaterally that the Nord Stream 2 project is a security risk – but in contradiction to Berlin’s own assessments of these supposed risks – exposes what is a US foreign policy rooted in singular self-interests poorly hidden behind notions of global peace,

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Die Washington Papers müssen auch für Deutschland ein Thema werden

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20-12-19 09:47:00,

In der vergangenen Woche veröffentlichte die Washington Post die sogenannten Afghanistan Papers. Obwohl die Dokumente medial eine große Runde machten, blieb eine angemessene Reaktion weiterhin aus. Immerhin sind es nicht nur die USA, die die Öffentlichkeit belogen und betrogen haben, sondern auch Verbündete wie Deutschland, das „die Freiheit am Hindukusch verteidigte“. Von Emran Feroz.

Lesen Sie zum Thema „Afghanistan Papers“ bitte auch Emran Feroz’ Bericht “18 Jahre Krieg, 18 Jahre Lügen”

Seit der Veröffentlichung der Afghanistan Papers scheinen sich plötzlich viele darüber einig zu sein, dass der Krieg in Afghanistan falsch läuft, und zwar schon seit langem. Man habe es lediglich nicht gewusst. Ein Mann, dem diese Schlussfolgerung nicht passt, heißt John Sopko. Er ist in gewisser Art und Weise der Protagonist der Papers. Als Sonder-Generalinspekteur für den Wiederaufbau Afghanistans (kurz SIGAR) hat Sopko ebenjenen Bericht erstellt, den die US-Regierung zensieren wollte und der nun von der Washington Post veröffentlicht wurde. Sopko und sein Team haben über 400 Insider interviewt, die allesamt mehr oder weniger zugaben, dass der Krieg am Hindukusch eine Katastrophe sei. Nun hat sich Sopko selbst zu Wort gemeldet, und zwar in einem Stück, das er für ebenjene Washington Post verfasst hat. Sopko betont die Wichtigkeit der Veröffentlichung der Papers, allerdings kritisiert er auch den damit verbundenen Sensationalismus der Washington Post und meint, dass die meisten veröffentlichten Fakten eben nicht „geheim“ gewesen seien. Wer die regelmäßig erschienenen SIGAR-Berichte aufmerksam gelesen hätte, wäre zu ähnlichen Schlüssen gekommen. Hinzu kommt, dass laut Sopko die Papers (oder besser gesagt: die Journalisten, die sie aufgearbeitet haben) die Arbeit seines Teams, das teils unter extrem schwierigen und gefährlichen Bedingungen in Afghanistan vor Ort recherchierte, ignorieren oder geringschätzen würden.

Sopkos Kritik ist richtig und wichtig. Man muss sich nämlich gewiss etwas blöd vorkommen, wenn man jahrelang die eigene Regierung sowie die Öffentlichkeit auf die Misere in Afghanistan aufmerksam macht – und zwar mit knallharten Zahlen und Fakten durch aufwendige Recherche – und dann am Ende von ein paar Journalisten hochgenommen wird, die meinen, sie hätten eine vermeintlich geheime Story enthüllt und würden nun Geschichte schreiben. All dies macht nur abermals deutlich, inwiefern gewisse Medien eine enorme Deutungshoheit haben und Realitäten schaffen oder neu erfinden können. Diese Feststellung soll keineswegs als Relativierung der Afghanistan Papers aufgenommen werden.

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Washington, the Cesspool of the World, Will Never Rat on Itself – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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25-11-19 01:17:00,

Washington, the Cesspool of the World, Will Never Rat on Itself

Paul Craig Roberts

Former US Attorney Joe diGenova predicts that US Justice (sic) Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on the Obama regime’s FISA court violations and US Attorney John Durham’s criminal investigation of the Russiagate hoax perpetrated by the CIA, FBI, Democratic National Committee, and presstitute media will be “very bad for people in the Obama administration. . . . it’s going to be devastating . . . it’s going to ruin careers.”

For the sake of accountable government, I hope that Mr. diGenova is right. But I have my doubts. Cabinet departments and government agencies are not very good at investigating themselves. Attorney General Barr’s job is to protect his department. He knows, and will be often told, that to bring indictments against Justice Department officials would discredit the Justice Department in the public’s mind. It would affect the attitude of juries toward DOJ prosecutions. John Durham knows the same thing. He also knows that he will create a hostile environment for himself if he indicts DOJ officials and that when he joins a law firm to capitalize on his experience as a US Attorney, he will not receive the usual favors when he represents clients against DOJ charges. Horowitz knows that his job is to coverup or minimize any illegalities in order to protect the Department of Justice from scandals.

In Washington coverups are the rule, and the DOJ coverup might already have begun. One sign of a coverup is to announce a future release date of the report. This has now occurred with Horowitz’s report on the FISA violations. The purpose of such announcements is to allow the report to be discredited in advance and to be old news by the time it appears.

Another sign of a coverup is the use of leaks to shift the focus from high level officials to lowly underlings, and this has happened with the Horowitz report, which has leaked that a low level FBI attorney is under criminal investigation for allegedly falsifying a document related to the surveillance of former Trump campaign official Carter Page in 2016. According to the leak, the FBI attorney has acknowledged that he did alter the document.

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Washington stimuleert een religieus kloof op zijn zoektocht naar wereldwijde overheersing – INDIGNATIE

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02-11-19 06:42:00,

Het valt niet te ontkennen dat oorlogen op religieuze gronden tot de meest langdurige en pijnlijke conflicten in de hele geschiedenis van de mensheid behoren, en geen enkele andere vorm van conflict komt zelfs in de buurt van de enorme hoeveelheid geweld en bloedvergieten die dergelijke confrontaties uitlokken.

Voorspelbaar genoeg zouden westerse beleidsmakers bij het lanceren van nog een ‘kleurenrevolutie’ in een deel van de wereld onmiddellijk de religieuze kloof die in vrijwel elke staat bestaat uitbuiten om de dominantie van Washington over de rest van de wereld te vergroten. Het is nauwelijks een geheim dat Washington bij de oprichting van Al-Qaida, dat werd gevoed door Amerikaanse inlichtingendiensten, erin slaagde de zogenaamde Islamitische Staat Irak en Syrië (ISIS) op te richten. Deze terroristische groep zou zichzelf adverteren als een geldige islamitische beweging, het feit dat duizenden jonge moslims het slachtoffer werden van religieuze radicalisering.

Al snel resulteerde deze tactiek in een grote tweedeling in de moslimwereld en de strijd voor regionale overheersing, waardoor het Pentagon miljarden dollars kon bemachtigen in wapencontracten die zouden worden vervuld onder het mom van een gezamenlijke strijd tegen het terrorisme.

Het is duidelijk dat door een aantal militaire conflicten in het Midden-Oosten uit te lokken, Washington erin slaagde een aantal ‘autoritaire’ politieke figuren neer te halen, die de pijlers van regionale stabiliteit waren en die de sluwe ontwerpen van Washington in de weg stonden . Die mensen zijn bekend, maar niet goed herinnerd, zoals je kunt vinden onder hen Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi en Hosni Mubarak – die persoonlijkheden die tegenwoordig door het Westen constant worden tegengewerkt. In het proces om ze neer te halen, slaagde het Pentagon erin om de beste strijdkrachten die het Midden-Oosten ooit heeft gehad te vernietigen, zonder veel strijdkrachten in dit proces te steken, waardoor de strijdkrachten van Irak, Libië en Egypte in een staat van wanorde verkeren.

Deze gang van zaken resulteerde in de groei van islamofobie, terroristische dreigingen en massamigratie – die dingen die behoorlijk pijnlijk bleken te zijn voor de Europese Unie, omdat het gedwongen werd een aanzienlijke hoeveelheid tijd en middelen te besteden om deze processen in evenwicht te brengen , waardoor Washington zijn invloed op de EU op de lange termijn kon vergroten.

Maar dit was niet de laatste stap die de VS moesten zetten op het geopolitieke schaakbord,

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Washington FDA Says, ‘Let Them Eat Cotton’ | New Eastern Outlook

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29-10-19 05:43:00,

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US Government regulators have approved a genetically modified cotton variety as a “potential solution to human hunger.” The radical decision is to permit consumption by humans, in addition to animals, of seeds of a GMO cotton developed at Texas A&M University, with no independent long-term testing. It opens grave new concerns about the safety of our food chain. Soon, as a result, the world food chain may well be contaminated with the GMO cottonseeds whose dangers have been simply ignored by authorities.

The USA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved a new type of GMO cotton for unregulated release. The type, called TAM66274, has been genetically modified supposedly to make the seeds fit for human or animal feed by suppressing the presence of a dangerous toxin in the seed, while allegedly leaving the toxin only in the rest of the cotton plant.

With FDA approval the GMO cottons seeds will now be allowed as food for people or animals. The project has been led by Keerti Rathore, a plant biotechnology protégé of the late Norman Borlaug, at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center.

Rathore says the group will now seek approval in other countries starting with Mexico. He calculates that, “There are approximately 10.8 trillion grams of protein locked up in the annual global output of cottonseed. This is enough to meet the basic protein requirements of over 500 million people at a rate of 50 grams of protein per person per day.” He says the GMO cottonseeds can also be used to feed pigs, poultry or farmed fish or shrimp. His group sees it as a major new source of protein for consumption, as well as profit for cotton growers. It is not surprising that Cotton Inc., the US cotton lobby group is sponsoring the GMO project.

Cotton Inc. and Monsanto have a history of cooperation as well. Rathore says for every pound of cotton fiber, the plant produces about 1.6 pounds of seed. The annual global cottonseed production equals about 48.5 million tons. If that can now be turned into cottonseed oil or meal for human and animal consumption and sold, it adds a huge profit boost to cotton producers. The world’s largest purveyor of cotton seeds for planting cotton is Monsanto,

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BC: The Collapse of Rome: Washington’s $6.5 trillion Black Hole | New Eastern Outlook

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28-10-19 10:51:00,

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BC stands for NEO’s Banned Classic. This article was originally published by our journal on 22.08.16 For some reason, this article is missing from Google search results. Since this article remains pretty relevant to those geopolitical events that are taking place on the geopolitical stage today, we deem it possible to present it to our readers once again. Should it go missing again, you may be confident that you will see it republished by NEO once more, should it still remain relevant by that time.

Students of history will find eerie but quite predictable parallels between the collapse of the Roman Empire in the 4th Century AD and the collapse of America’s global hegemony today. Not only has the choice of political so-called leaders become the near-exclusive province of big money patriarchs and their corporate interests. The choice of politicians voters are offered is worse than abysmal. As President Barack Obama tries every sneaky trick in the book to ram through a hugely unpopular Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade corporate scam, a report has emerged that there is a staggering $6.5 trillion of US taxpayer dollars that cannot be properly accounted for by standard good accounting methods. That’s trillion, not million, not billion, but trillion. That is almost 40% of the annual USA Gross Domestic Product. Missing in action…

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service, the agency that provides finance and accounting services for the Pentagon’s civilian and military members, has just revealed that it cannot provide adequate documentation for $6.5 trillion worth of “adjustments” to Army general fund transactions and data. According to a report released July 26 by the by the Inspector General of the US Department of Defense, US military budget practices are out of control. The report notes,

“The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management & Comptroller) (OASA[FM&C]) and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service Indianapolis (DFAS Indianapolis) did not adequately support $2.8 trillion in third quarter journal voucher (JV) adjustments and $6.5 trillion in year-end JV adjustments made to AGF data during FY 2015 financial statement compilation. The unsupported JV adjustments occurred because OASA (FM&C) and DFAS Indianapolis did not prioritize correcting the system deficiencies that caused errors resulting in JV adjustments,

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Food Is Freedom: How Washington’s Food Subsidies Have Helped Make Americans Fat and Sick

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03-10-19 06:51:00,

By Brian Miller

Farm subsidies are perhaps the ultimate, but secret, third rail of American politics. While entitlements are discussed out in the open, farm subsidies are rarely talked about – even though they are the most expensive subsidy Washington doles out.

All told, the U.S. government spends $20 billion annually on farm subsidies, with approximately 39 percent of all farms receiving some sort of subsidy. For comparison, the oil industry gets about $4.6 billion annually and annual housing subsidies total another $15 billion. A significant portion of this $20 billion goes not to your local family farm, but to Big Aggie.

(Note that this $20 billion annual farm subsidy figure doesn’t take into account the 30+ years of ethanol subsidies to the corn industry nor export subsidies to U.S. farmers issued by the USDA.)

The government never properly explains why this is. Certainly small farmers are growing their crops at enormous risk. However, it’s not clear that agriculture is any different than other high-risk industries – especially because the United States is blessed with some of the most fertile farmland in the world, and a highly skilled labor force.

Subsidies don’t just cost taxpayers, an expense that might properly be justified by showing a return on investment. Subsidies also provide powerful disincentives against innovation, as well as cost effectiveness and diversification of land use.

There is also a strong case to be made that farm subsidies are a major driver of the obesity and cancer epidemic in the United States. Every time Washington interferes in the private sector, they are picking winners and losers. The winners chosen are companies producing food that’s high in calories and low in nutritional density – and that helps make Americans sick and fat, because it distorts what food is available at what price.

While President Trump has sometimes discussed reducing farm subsidies, the solution to the problem is much more radical – the total elimination of all farm subsidies from the federal budget.

Food Subsidies in the United States

There have long been federal programs in the United States propping up the agricultural sector.

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

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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:

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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.

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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.

Olietanker

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.

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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

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04-07-19 12:19:00,

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Übersetzung
Horst Frohlich

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How Washington Has Become A Warmonger’s Paradise

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27-05-19 06:45:00,

Authored by Paul Pillar via NationalInterest.org,

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

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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

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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

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25-04-19 06:31:00,

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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

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10-04-19 12:15:00,

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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

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05-04-19 12:18:00,

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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?

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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?

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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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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 – 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.

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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.

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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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