Trump Avoids The Opening Of US Embassy In Jerusalem

Donald Trump, in obedience to his Zionist handlers, has moved the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to West Jerusalem – a stupid and dangerous move. He chose to be absent from the Jerusalem celebration held in his honor May 14th. While a select crowd of well-dressed American and Israeli officials regaled the new location of the embassy in West Jerusalem, sixty miles to the east the scene was one of death, destruction, and mourning.

It was merely one of a continuum of Zionist atrocities waged against native Palestinians. It has been the same for decades. The history reads like a made-for-TV series of invasion by unstoppable aliens. Thanks to the full backing by the US Military, the Israelis have run roughshod over the native Palestinians with constant massacres and encroachment upon Palestinian land. Today, Palestinians are forcibly pushed into Gaza which is now their prison. They are forced to live there without adequate food, water, sanitation, or medical facilities. Furthermore, the Israelis kill and maim the Palestinians (men, women, children) at will. They also drive them out of their homes, and claim they are doing this to defend themselves.

The Zionists get by with doing this because the US Government defends them in anything they do. Also, the churches in America brainwash everyone to believe that the Zionist Jews are the descendants of ancient Israelites, and that they have the approval of God to commit the atrocities against the Palestinians. But the truth is that the Zionist Jews are not Israelites at all. They are not Semitic. They are not related to Abraham. They are fakes who have adopted the name “Jew” and then pulled off the biggest hoax of modern times. They were empowered to do this only because they had the backing of the churches (which are not true Christian), the British and US governments, and the money power of international banks.

Looking back, it began in 1948, 700,000 Palestinians began their flight from the city and the region trying to escape the massacres waged by Zionist Jewish militias seventy years ago. Commemorated ever since as the day of “Nakba” – disaster, catastrophe, cataclysm – following them to this day as land is stolen, families expelled, and “settlements” encroach, and Palestinian history is bulldozed.

“When the massacre started the paramilitaries took a murdered kid and strapped him on an army jeep and drove him around different neighborhoods of Jerusalem, saying the same will happen to you if you don’t leave,” Abu Kaya said, retelling his grandfather’s story.

Under United Nations Resolution 181, which in 1947 set out the conditions for the partition of Palestine into an “Arab State” and a “Jewish State”, Jerusalem was to be administered by the UN under a “special international regime.”

‘The 1949 armistice agreement that formally ended the first Arab-Israeli war divided the city along the “Green Line” into Israeli-controlled western areas, and Jordanian-held East Jerusalem, which included the Old City.’

“Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war is widely recognized as illegal and violates further United Nations resolutions.

“For Palestinians then, sovereignty over the city is not something for leaders of other countries to determine, as US President Donald Trump did when he announced the embassy move in December.”

In the few minutes it took to jot down notes for this piece, the Palestinian death toll of those demonstrating rose from twenty-eight dead, shot by Israeli soldiers, to forty-three. The injured rose from 1,693 to “near two thousand.”

Fadi Abo Salah, 30, who lost both legs in a bombing by Israeli aircraft, was one who lost his life, in his wheelchair – targeted by an Israeli sniper – in front of his wife and three small children. (Palestine Live group.)

Israel, frequently declaring itself “the only democracy in the Middle East”, carried out a very democratic slaughter and target practice. Young, old, disabled, male, female, all were equally entitled to be shot, sniped at, tear gassed.

Tiny Laila al-Ghandour who died from teargas inhalation was just eight months old. (Guardian, 15th May 2018.)

Journalist Sharif Kouddos recorded: “Wails of grief inside family home of Laila al-Ghandour, 8-month old who died of gas inhalation yesterday. Her aunt says the gas came from everywhere, including drones.”

By Monday’s end he Tweeted:

Sharif Kouddous

@sharifkouddous

Casualty toll from today in Gaza now stands at 55 dead, including 6 minors. 2,770 wounded, including 225 children. Of the wounded, over 1,350 were hit with live ammunition, according to Ministry of Health.

“It is unbearable to witness such a massive number of unarmed people being shot in such a short time,” stated Médecins Sans Frontières.

As the Embassy partied and visitors “clapped and cheered”, Gaza’s hospitals, already teetering on collapse resulting from restrictions on all coming in to the besieged Strip – including electricity, with water contaminated – had surgeons operating day and night, with the injured being treated in the hospital car parks even, due to the overwhelming influx of those targeted.

In another world, just sixty miles away: ‘Washington’s Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, stood on a stage painted with the US flag and said: “Today’s historic event is attributed to the vision, courage and moral clarity of one person to whom we owe an enormous and eternal debt of gratitude: President Donald J Trump.” The crowd cheered and gave a standing ovation.’ (Guardian, 15th May 2018.)

Deaths had risen to fifty-nine.

Of the eighty-six Ambassadors to Israel, only thirty-two attended the ceremony, with fifty-four boycotting and only four EU Member countries attending. (2)

 

Moreover: “The Haaretz newspaper reported that most EU member States did not participate in the ceremony because they have a firm policy towards the transfer of the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It said that the ambassadors of Russia, Egypt, India, Japan and Mexico also did not attend the celebration.”

Fallout has been swift. French President Emmanuel Macron in a telephone call to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and to Jordan’s King Abdullah condemned the “violence of the Israeli armed forces …” and again criticized the moving of the Embassy.

King Abdullah, of course, has custodianship of all Jerusalem’s Holy Sites and: ‘has the right to exert all legal efforts to safeguard them, especially Al Aqsa Mosque, which is defined as “The Entirety of Al Haram Al Sharif.” ‘ (3) As far as can be ascertained thus far, it seems that this important, indeed unique, historic custodianship was neither discussed with the King or his representatives, nor even a consideration of the Trump Administration as they bulldozed their way through diplomacy, history and all norms in their Jerusalem settlement.

NATO ally President Erdogan of Turkey has recalled his Ambassadors to Israel and the US.

South Africa recalled their Ambassador to Israel, with immediate effect, as the Embassy celebrations were ongoing.

Ireland has summoned Israel’s Ambassador to protest Israeli violence.

Kuwait moved for an emergency meeting of the UN, which was blocked by the US. A ‘draft statement included language expressing “outrage and sorrow at the killing of Palestinian civilians exercising their right to peaceful protest.” ‘

‘It also reaffirmed UN resolutions on the status of Jerusalem, saying that recent events had “no legal effect” under international law. The statement was withdrawn once the US indicate that it would block it, a UN diplomat said.’ (CNN, 15th May 2018.)

Qatar condemned “a massacre” and “savage killings.”

Germany, somewhat weakly, expressed concern at the massacre saying: “The right to peaceful protest must also apply in Gaza”, via a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman

In the UK, the Labour Party’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, Emily Thornberry in an unusually unequivocal statement said: “We condemn unreservedly the Israeli government for their brutal, lethal and utterly unjustified actions on the Gaza border, and our thoughts are with all those Palestinians in Gaza whose loved ones have been lied or injured as a result.

“These actions are made all the worse because they come not as the result of a disproportionate over-reaction to one day’s protests, but as the culmination of six weeks of an apparently systemic and deliberate policy of killing and maiming unarmed protestors and bystanders who pose no threat to the forces at the Gaza border, many of them shot in the back, many of them shot hundreds of meters from the border, and many of them children.

“Throughout that six-week period, the UN’s Secretary General has been calling for an independent investigation into these incidents, one that should urgently determine whether international law has been broken, and hold the Netanyahu government to account for their actions. The UK should lead calls for the UN Security Council to order such an investigation today.

“These incidents must also be the catalyst for urgent and concerted international pressure on the Netanyahu government to lift the blockade on Gaza, and end Israel’s illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories. No longer can Netanyahu act as a law unto himself, under the protection of the Trump administration, whose decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem today has further inflamed the situation.”

Chile, with the largest population of Palestinians outside the Arab world, raised Palestinian flags outside the main entrance of the Presidential Palace of La Moneda.

Sacha Sergio Llorenty Soliz, Bolivia’s UN Ambassador, read the names of the Gaza massacre victims at the UN session, wearing a Palestinian keffiyeh.

The mayor of Barcelona Ada Colau has demanded an arms embargo on Israel, demanding backing of Amnesty International’s call for a global arms embargo on Israel. Amnesty has condemned: ” … an abhorrent violation of International Law and human rights. ”

Zeid bin Ra’ad al-Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights stated: “Those responsible for outrageous human rights violations must be held to account.”

Writer, broadcaster and academic, Kenan Malik Tweeted:

@kenanmalik

Mark Regev, Israeli ambassador to the UK, considers the shooting dead of 58 Palestinians and the wounding of 2700 as “measured” and “surgical”. I’d hate to know what is his definition of “unmeasured” or “non-surgical.”

The death toll became sixty.

From the Trumposphere, Donald Trump input:

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

May 14

Big day for Israel. Congratulations!

However, on this day of diplomatic thuggery – which the US State Department flagged as a “historic move” – the five times Draft Dodger in Chief (Trump) it seems reverted to type. The man to whom limelight is seemingly indispensable stayed in Washington and addressed the gathered Embassy by video, from a safe 5,897 miles away, dodging any potential conflict, demonstrations or dissent. Trump of course, pulled out of a visit to London in February, to open their new US Embassy, which has also relocated, reportedly for fear of the massive protests planned at his stay.

The man who can menace Iran, threaten North Korea with: ” … fire and fury and frankly the power the likes of which like this world has never seen”, cowers from peaceful protesters with placards. No wonder he had no intention of showing up in Jerusalem, even as guest of honor, surrounded by steel rings of security, in a region destabilized by the US and “allies” for decades, with the unarmed, indigenous population simply demanding some justice sixty miles away.

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Russia, China and Iran Counter Donald Trump’s Removal Of The U.S. From Iran Deal

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 Aaron Kesel -5-16-2028

China has opened a railway link with Iran as a response to the sanctions set on the Middle Eastern country by President Donald Trump’s administration after Trump recently ended the Iran deal.

Meanwhile, the U.S. and Israel are working to spin the narrative about the protest in Gaza after Israel massacred 58 Palestinians and injured scores of others by blaming Hamas. This sets the stage to blame Iran, which is known to fund Hamas, according to the group’s new leader Yehiyeh Sinwar, who stated last year they repaired relations with Iran after a five-year rift. Other countries are choosing to work with the Middle Eastern country.

Israeli Deputy Minister Michael Oren blamed Hamas for the bloodshed at the Israel-Gaza border this week, CBC reported.

U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley has praised “Israel’s restraint” against the protesters — an absolutely laughable contention.

“No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has,” she said. “In fact, the records of several countries here today suggest they would be much less restrained.”

This mass murder, of course, coincided with the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, a move which Trump stated was “a great day for Israel.”

Meanwhile, the Eastern powers of the world — Iran, China, and Russia — are working to continue the destruction of the U.S. dollar’s hegemony as the world’s reserve currency, as the BRICS nations continue their economic takeover to establish a new world reserve currency and form their own Eastern-backed New World Order.

[READ: China Finalizes Moves On Oil Markets To Overthrow U.S. Petro-Dollar Dominance As World Reserve Currency]

Eurasia Review reports:

Beijing has officially opened its new train route to Iran, as the US urges its companies to wind down their operations with Tehran.

As US President Donald Trump hardens his confrontational attitude to Tehran, tearing up the 2015 nuclear deal and calling for a new sanctions regime, China is more than ready to grab the opportunity for trade by opening a new international railroad connecting Tehran and Bayannur, a city in China’s Inner Mongolia region.

The exact route of the railroad is yet to be disclosed, as there are currently several major railroad projects, some of them even including China’s biggest regional rival, India. But, considering Bayannur is located near the northern border of China and there’s already an international railroad to Kazakhstan there, it is likely that the new trade route goes through the territories of former Soviet republics Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

According to the Washington Post, China has sent the inaugural train from Bayannur carrying — you’ll never guess — 1,150 tons of sunflower seeds, because Bayannur is China’s biggest sunflower seed production area. China exports some 180,000 tons of sunflower seeds every year, supplying Middle Eastern, European and US markets, according to Xinhua.

Compared with ocean shipping, the train route shortens the delivery time by some 20 days, and Chinese sunflower seeds are now expected to get to Tehran in two weeks — less than half as long as before.

The news comes at a time when an all-out military conflict between Iran is Israel is looming. In this light, Washington’s call for companies to stop doing business with Iran might be perceived as a precaution in light of a coming war. If so, then China would seem to be taking Iran’s side with its trade projects.

Or, Trump’s call might just be just another attempt to entice US companies home. With Trump, you never know.

During a media briefing Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said that Iran and China would “maintain normal economic ties and trade.”

“We will continue with our normal and transparent practical cooperation with Iran on the basis of not violating our international obligations,” he said.

According to the Washington Post, Iran sells more to China than to any other country and celebrated a 25 percent increase in exports there last year. The value of Chinese exports to Iran also increased by more than 21 percent last year, according to Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration’s statistics.”

Further moves being made include China’s state-owned CNPC oil replacing France’s Total in an Iranian gas project when they leave the South Pars field. As tensions rise with the U.S., it is expected that France will back out of the deal unless it can be protected from U.S. penalties, according to Total’s website.

“The possibility of Total’s pullout is quite high now, and in that scenario, CNPC will be ready to take it over fully,” Reuters quoted an official.

Of course, such moves are expected to be met with harsh consequences by the U.S. in the form of sanctions which will just risk making Beijing even angrier, inching us all closer to WW3.

In March, Trump issued U.S. tariffs and “trade restrictions” against the Chinese Republic. China retaliated by issuing sanctions on steel and aluminum imports, as well as food imports and other U.S. products.

This also comes as Iran has warned Europeans that if trade stops with its country and the Euros don’t put pressure onto the Americans, then they will reveal bribery of U.S. politicians that took place during the Iran deal.

Last month Iran dropped the U.S. dollar for the Euro in foreign trade transactions. A huge deal…

One month prior, Iran did the unthinkable by banning the U.S. dollar in trade, setting the groundwork for replacing it in foreign trade transactions. It’s a move that has been in the works and was attempted last year when Trump sanctioned the country mere days after Iran said it would stop using the U.S. dollar in response to President Trump’s previous travel ban.

That means that Iran finally pulled the trigger and dumped the U.S. dollar. Israel responded with “Intel” that Iran has nuclear weapons, as Activist Post reported just last week.

European leaders themselves earlier this month pushed back against Israel’s claims of new evidence showing that Iran is breaching the nuclear deal, doubting the accusations, the Guardian reported.

As that article “U.S. History Of Attempting To Overthrow Iran Is Riddled With Conspiracy To Stage Conflicts #DisbandTheCIA” goes on to express in detail, President Donald “Drain The Swamp” Trump appointed two war hawks to his cabinet, Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, notorious for their stance of regime change in Iran.

Europeans have objected to Trump leaving the Iran deal and have started working with Iran to save the deal.

This means that all hope lies in the hands of the Europeans to keep the peace in this situation.

However, the top advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday he doubted Tehran’s talks with European nations to save the nuclear deal after the U.S. withdrew from it would be fruitful.

“I doubt that the talks with the Europeans will be fruitful. I hope we see good results, but …. we should become self-sufficient,” Ali Akbar Velayati was quoted as saying by Fars News agency, Reuters reported.

Whereas if Europe does save the Iran deal, then the U.S. has threatened sanctions on European companies that do business with Iran.

All this while the QAnon psyop drags on and continues to echo the words “trust the plan;” in cold-hearted reality, the elite are preparing for war with Iran, which could be the move that starts WW3 with China and Russia.

There is no better time to remind the public of this 2007 statement by former NATO Supreme Allied Commander General Wesley Clark. He discloses that he discovered  plans by the cheifs of staff to invade and overthrow seven countries in five years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran.  Despite Washington and deep state being behind schedule, the plan seems to continue progressing toward a war and invasion in Iran.

https://youtu.be/9RC1Mepk_Sw

[Now it looks like Russia and China are also in their sights. But that may not turn out the way the US warmongers plan. – ed.]

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Why does the U.S. Military have bases all over the world?

 
by Ben Williams – 5-12-201

 

The US Military has strategic bases in nearly every nation around the world with the exception of Russia, Iran, and a few other small regimes.

The United States military is deployed in more than 150 countries around the world, plus another 195 bases within the United States. Approximately 450,000 of its active-duty personnel serve outside the United States and its territories. There are also about 20 foreign countries that have US drone bases. The US Military Industrial Complex maintains approximately 800 foreign military bases with half a million troops not including secret or movable bases – from giant “Little Americas” to small radar facilities.

Add to that the 480 sea-going virtual bases on ships and aircraft carriers, with 70 additional ships in production. These facilitate 350,000 naval personnel.

Altogether, foreign US military bases, including ships, number somewhere near 1500 with 1.3 million military personnel. That doesn’t take into account the several secret bases (like Groom Lake in Nevada) which aren’t listed in public records. On top of that, the US Military employs 742,000 civilian personnel not considered military.

Another 826,000 serve in the National Guard and Reserve forces. Also, more than 2 million military retirees and their family members receive benefits. These provide a substantial voter base for all things military.

The Defense Department manages an inventory of installations and facilities around the world consisting of more than several hundred thousand individual buildings and structures located at more than 5,000 different locations or sites. When all sites are added together, the Department of Defense utilizes over 30 million acres of land.

If these figures stagger you, think back to 1951 when retiring president Dwight Eisenhower warned the world about the developing US “Military Industrial Complex.” Most Americans are not aware of Eisenhower’s warning. But today it is obvious that the threat to which he referred has grown to unimaginable proportions. The US Military, by invasion and conquest, has taken control of almost all the world. The only notable holdouts are Russia and Iran … and the US Military is currently working to undermine and conquer those as well.

By contrast, Russia has 9 foreign bases in former member states of the former Soviet Union. Likewise, Iran’s military power is no match for the US Military and NATO. Only Russia and China, especially if they work together, have the potential capability to thwart the mighty US Military. So the US is conducting a full-time assault, financially and strategically, against Russia, Iran, and China. This includes the undermining and overthrowing of smaller countries around Russia, Iran, and China, chiefly like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Ukraine.

All manner of excuses and lies are employed by the US as provocations (false news) to justify the implementation of hostilities against these countries including sanctions and outright attacks. The goal is to weaken the surrounding countries and create chaos in them. This allows two things. First it allows the US to establish bases closer to Russia’s borders. Secondly it forces the poor victims in those countires to escape and immigrate into surrounding nations to try to survive. The dislodged victims are being forced to immigrate by the millions into Europe, Russia and other close nations. This will have a weakening effect upon the economy and infrastructures of those nations. This will have the desired effect the US wishes to inflict upon Russia, Iran and those nations that the US wants to weaken.

The cost of all this is astronomical, but the US Military has an unlimited budget.

Considering all this should give you a more practical understanding of the motive for war, and what the nefarious western politicians, bankers, and military think tanks are planning, and why. It should also give you the reason why Russia and Iran, and to a lesser degree China, are currently the main focus of the lies, fake news, provocations, and hatred emanating from the West.

Below is a graphic illustration of current US Military bases around the world

 

 

 

 

 

 

All wars are wars of aggression based on government lies and fake news. Every war we have seen in the last century has been created intentionally by western warmongering bankers and politicians. The US Government maintains hundreds of think tanks working 24/7 inventing strategies, deceptions, and excuses to undermine other nations of the world in order to conquer and exploit every spot on Earth.

Patriotism is a manipulative ploy by governments to enlist approval from ignorant citizens. If the people of the nation had any idea of the real motives and cruelty, as well as the corrupt and evil nature of their government, they would be shocked. But the typical citizen doesn’t want to be bothered to have to think about such things.

That leaves us, the remnant, to finally do what we should have been doing all along. Instead of looking to the news corporations the churches, and the politicians, we must look to our King Jesus for truth, for help and deliverance from the Beast System. Men have made such a mess of the world that only Jesus has the ability to fix it. But we must admit that we, the men of today as well as our fathers, have not done right by Christ. By not paying attention to our King Jesus we have allowed evil men to take over and enslave us. Now we are currently strangers in a land we thought was ours, but in fact it is a foreign jurisdiction.

God help us to turn and seek truth instead of submitting to and supporting the lies and deceptions of the Beast System.

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Washington has been providing thousands of weapon-laden trucks to terrorists in Syria

Ankara, SANA – The US President and the US news media have been lying. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed that the US delivered thousands of trucks loaded with weapons to the terrorists operating in Syria, whom Washington calls “moderate opposition.”

The United States, the Turkish regime, and Gulf monarchies (like Saudi Arabia) have supported the terrorist organizations with money and weapons, after branding them “moderate opposition.” Intelligence reports, including US intelligence reports, confirmed that those weapons are being used also by Daesh, ISIS, and al-Nusra.

In an interview with the Turkish NTV news channel, Erdogan stated that the US sent 5,000 trucks and 2,000 plane loads of weapons to northern Syria under the pretext of combating ISIS, in a move that poses a threat to Turkey’s security.

The United States has spearheaded the process of supporting terrorists in Syria, trained them and provided them with various types of weapons and sophisticated equipment, in addition to shielding them politically.

The United States and its allies are still seeking to preserve the remaining remnants of terrorists of ISIS and protecting them in Coalition-held areas. The Coalition was formed in 2014, under the false pretext of combating terrorism.

Erdogan did not conceal his intentions to expand his regime’s aggression in northern Syria to include Manbej city in Aleppo countryside, saying that he is waiting for the appointment of the new US Secretary of State and his duties to discuss the issue.

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US Method Of Claiming “Russian Meddling” Is Patterned After Zionist Ploy Of Blaming Their Victims

MUF453423411Robert Mueller – Director FBI

[Zionist-led Neocons in Washington are using the classic Zionist ploy: terrorizing their victims while claiming themselves to be the victims.]   -Ben

Tony Cartalucci – 5-1-2018 – The 13 Russians indicted allegedly represent the “Internet Research Agency” merely referred to as “the organization” throughout the FBI’s highly publicized indictment (PDF). The Internet Research Agency was allegedly run by Concord Management and Consulting.

However, the FBI failed to establish any link between the Internet Research Agency’s supposed operations and the Russian government. It attempts to claim that Concord Management and Consulting and Concord Catering are “related Russian entities” with various Russian government contracts – however the FBI failed to detail what this statement meant, merely insinuating that the Internet Research Agency may have been another Russian government contract.

The “Russian meddling” described in the FBI indictment consists of Facebook ads and the creation of accounts posing as American social media personalities commentating on US political issues. The FBI’s indictment failed to list any instances of Russian government money, or money from an alleged intermediary being funneled into any actual US political parties, opposition or activist groups, or any US-based media organizations.

Putting the “Full Shape” of “Russian Meddling” Into Perspective 

The FBI indictment claims that monthly funding for the Internet Research Agency’s “influencing operations” peaked at $1.25 million, but did not provide any additional information regarding the organization’s budget, or how significant this peak was when compared to monthly averages.

The Western media has presented this number as significant. The BBC in its article, “Russia-Trump inquiry: Russians charged over US 2016 election tampering,” would claim (emphasis added):

On Friday, Robert Mueller’s team released a slate of indictments that lays bare what it asserts is the full shape of the Russian meddling apparatus.

And what an apparatus it was. In the run-up to the US presidential election “Project Lakhta”, as it was called, had an operating budget of more than $1m a month.

Yet, to put that “$1m a month” budget into perspective, the BBC alone operates on an annual budget of between 4-6 billion – or up to $500 million a month. This is a monthly budget up to 400 times larger than that of what the BBC calls the “full shape of the Russian meddling apparatus.”

Considering that the BBC coordinates its own “influence operations” with other multi-billion dollar media corporations in the United Kingdom, across Europe, and of course in the United States, the gargantuan disparity between the “full shape of the Russian meddling apparatus” and that of the West’s own “influencing operations” is put into proper perspective.

When considering the role of US-based corporate lobbyists and their role in influencing both political candidates and the American public ahead of elections – this disparity widens even further.

To suggest that “the full shape of the Russian meddling apparatus” had any significant effect on the outcome of the US election is far fetched at best. To suggest that the Russian government would have conducted such feeble attempts to influence the US presidential election when it is fully aware that large, corporate-financier interests actually determine US policy, is also implausible.

That accusations against Russia are meant to deflect away from America’s own growing problems both domestically and abroad, including its attempts to justify a wider confrontation with Russia itself, is a much more likely explanation.

US Exposes the Illegitimacy of its Own Global Meddling 

Should the Russian government have intentionally and directly attempted to interfere in US elections or America’s internal political affairs, it would constitute an attack upon American sovereignty and warrant a vigorous US response. However, nothing of the sort has been established yet, with the US having sought to target Russia with wider sanctions and provocations long before the 2016 US elections appeared on the horizon.

That the US has attempted to use what it calls “improper foreign influence on US elections and on the US political system” as a pretext for attacking Russia, its media both in Russia and its US-based networks, its diplomatic mission in the United States, as well as the Russian economy through sanctions, indicates that Washington is more than aware of how inappropriate it is for one nation to attempt to interfere with or influence the internal political processes of another nation.

Yet this is precisely what the United States itself has done – for decades, openly – around the globe.

Unlike the FBI’s indictment, which fails to establish any direct link with the Russian government or define any specific examples of what could be considered political interference – beyond Russian-based media operations – the US conducts vast efforts to interfere in the elections and political processes of nations around the globe.

Through US government-funded agencies like the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), operating on an annual budget of hundreds of millions of dollars, the US controls entire opposition parties, opposition groups and so-called “activist” organizations inside targeted nations. This also includes the creation and funding of media organizations – not based in the US and commentating on foreign politics – but operating inside targeted nations, often concealing their foreign funding from their audiences.

NED also funds lawyers to defend its agents of influence when exposed and targeted by the very sort of legal action the FBI claims its recent indictment represents.

NED funds such influencing operations in over 100 states globally, from South America to Africa, from Eastern Europe to East Asia, and everywhere in between.
If what the FBI’s recent indictment against the Internet Research Agency constitutes what it calls the “improper foreign influence on U.S. elections and on the U.S. political system,” then what the US itself is doing abroad through organizations like NED is exposed as the US’ own, highly-industrialized version of such “improper foreign influence.”

Beyond NED, the US government also directly funds and operates other fronts, including NED’s subsidiaries – the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the International Republican Institute (IRI), and Freedom House – as well as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Together with NED and USAID, the US government works through and coordinates with other, privately owned intermediaries like George Soros’ Open Society Foundation.

Foreign opposition groups working on behalf of US interests and funded by the US government are almost always jointly funded by Open Society, as well as the governments and local embassies of the United Kingdom and European Union members.

The recent attempt to accuse Russia of and punish it for supposed “meddling” in the US openly illustrates that the US itself understands the impropriety it is involved in as it conducts its own campaign of global meddling on a much larger scale. What is perhaps most ironic is that the left-leaning individuals manning Washington’s global army of subversive meddlers in targeted nations around the globe have eagerly promoted anti-Russian propaganda, including condemning supposed Russian “meddling,” either oblivious or indifferent to the fact they themselves are engaged in reality for decades in what the US has accused Russia of without evidence over the last year.

The further the US pushes this politically-motivated public relations campaign dressed up as counteracting “improper foreign influence” in the US, the easier Washington will make it for the nations it is really targeting around the globe with very real interference to expose, condemn, and dismantle the networks the US uses to carry out this interference.

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‘Infamous liar’: Iran blasts Netanyahu for claims Tehran had nuclear weapons program

‘Infamous liar’: Iran blasts Netanyahu for claims Tehran had nuclear weapons program
Calling the Israeli premier “an infamous liar” and head of a “child-killing Zionist regime,” Iran has furiously denounced an elaborate presentation by Benjamin Netanyahu, in which he accused Tehran of seeking nuclear weapons.

In a statement Tuesday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry blasted Monday’s claims by a “broke and infamous liar who has had nothing to offer except lies and deceits.” It accused Israel of “using battered charlatanism” and viewing others as a threat to justify the existence of their “illegal regime.”

“Netanyahu and the notorious, child-killing Zionist regime must have reached the basic understanding that the people of the world have enough awareness and cognizance,” said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Qassemi,

In a series of tweets, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also ridiculed Netanyahu’s accusations, noting the “coordinated timing of alleged intelligence revelations by the boy who cries wolf just days before May 12.” On that day President Donald Trump is expected to decide whether the US should stay in the landmark 2015 nuclear deal inked by five world powers as well as Iran.

Earlier on Monday, Netanyahu presented a massive bookcase filled with folders, claiming they contained top-secret files on Iran’s nuclear program he dubbed Project Amad.

 

 

The Israeli premier went through his presentation on big screens, showing PowerPoint slides of what he said was incriminating evidence of Tehran violating the terms of the nuclear deal.

The US, which has been quick to backup Bibi’s claims, said it proved that Iran had a “clandestine” nuclear program. And given the recent “bromance” between French leader Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump it appears less surprising that France has also said it proved what the EU “revealed” in 2002.

 

 

Netanyahu’s allegations, however, were met with a skeptical response from Berlin. Steffen Seibert, a spokesman for the German government, said that while “the international community had doubts” about Iran’s compliance, it was crucial that they implement “an unprecedented, thorough and robust surveillance system.”

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, noted that the deal was put in place “exactly because there was no trust between the parties, otherwise we would not have required a nuclear deal to be put in place.” She also stated that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is responsible for verifying Iran’s compliance with the deal.

 

 

The IAEA, meanwhile, refused to comment on Netanyahu’s accusations. “It is not the practice of the IAEA to publicly discuss issues related to any such information,” a spokesman for the UN-run nuclear watchdog said, according to Reuters.

Analysts told RT that Israel has no right to comment on Iran’s nuclear activities as the Jewish state is not party to a non-proliferation agreement. Netanyahu and Israel “are in no position to accuse Iran of anything, they’re not part of the nuclear deal, they’re not even a member of the [Nuclear Proliferation Treaty],” Hamed Mousavi, Professor of political science at the University of Tehran, told RT.

“And we have to remember that Israel is the only regime in the region that actually has nuclear weapons,” he concluded.

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Russian Missile Tech has Made America’s Trillion Dollar Navy Obsolete

Do US Navy Behemoths No Longer Rule The Seas?

Dmitry Orlov  4-24-2018

For the past 500 years European nations—Portugal, the Netherlands, Spain, Britain, France and, briefly, Germany—were able to plunder much of the planet by projecting their naval power overseas. Since much of the world’s population lives along the coasts, and much of it trades over water, armed ships that arrived suddenly out of nowhere were able to put local populations at their mercy.

The armadas could plunder, impose tribute, punish the disobedient, and then use that plunder and tribute to build more ships, enlarging the scope of their naval empires. This allowed a small region with few natural resources and few native advantages beyond extreme orneriness and a wealth of communicable diseases to dominate the globe for half a millennium.

The ultimate inheritor of this naval imperial project is the United States, which, with the new addition of air power, and with its large aircraft carrier fleet and huge network of military bases throughout the planet, is supposedly able to impose Pax Americana on the entire world. Or, rather, was able to do so—during the brief period between the collapse of the USSR and the emergence of Russia and China as new global powers and their development of new anti-ship and antiaircraft technologies. But now this imperial project is at an end.

Prior to the Soviet collapse, the US military generally did not dare to directly threaten those countries to which the USSR had extended its protection. Nevertheless, by using its naval power to dominate the sea lanes that carried crude oil, and by insisting that oil be traded in US dollars, it was able to live beyond its means by issuing dollar-denominated debt instruments and forcing countries around the world to invest in them. It imported whatever it wanted using borrowed money while exporting inflation, expropriating the savings of people across the world. In the process, the US has accumulated absolutely stunning levels of national debt—beyond anything seen before in either absolute or relative terms. When this debt bomb finally explodes, it will spread economic devastation far beyond US borders. And it will explode, once the petrodollar wealth pump, imposed on the world through American naval and air superiority, stops working.

New missile technology has made a naval empire cheap to defeat. Previously, to fight a naval battle, one had to have ships that outmatched those of the enemy in their speed and artillery power. The Spanish Armada was sunk by the British armada. More recently, this meant that only those countries whose industrial might matched that of the United States could ever dream of opposing it militarily. But this has now changed: Russia’s new missiles can be launched from thousands of kilometers away, are unstoppable, and it takes just one to sink a destroyer and just two to sink an aircraft carrier. The American armada can now be sunk without having an armada of one’s own. The relative sizes of American and Russian economies or defense budgets are irrelevant: the Russians can build more hypersonic missiles much more quickly and cheaply than the Americans would be able to build more aircraft carriers.

Equally significant is the development of new Russian air defense capabilities: the S-300 and S-400 systems, which can essentially seal off a country’s airspace. Wherever these systems are deployed, such as in Syria, US forces are now forced to stay out of their range. With its naval and air superiority rapidly evaporating, all that the US can fall back on militarily is the use of large expeditionary forces—an option that is politically unpalatable and has proven to be ineffective in Iraq and Afghanistan. There is also the nuclear option, and while its nuclear arsenal is not likely to be neutralized any time soon, nuclear weapons are only useful as deterrents. Their special value is in preventing wars from escalating beyond a certain point, but that point lies beyond the elimination of their global naval and air dominance. Nuclear weapons are much worse than useless in augmenting one’s aggressive behavior against a nuclear-armed opponent; invariably, it would be a suicidal move. What the US now faces is essentially a financial problem of unrepayable debt and a failing wealth pump, and it should be a stunningly obvious point that setting off nuclear explosions anywhere in the world would not fix the problems of an empire that is going broke.

Events that signal vast, epochal changes in the world often appear minor when viewed in isolation. Julius Caesar’s crossing of the Rubicon was just one river crossing; Soviet and American troops meeting and fraternizing at the Elbe was, relatively speaking, a minor event—nowhere near the scale of the siege of Leningrad, the battle of Stalingrad or the fall of Berlin. Yet they signaled a tectonic shift in the historical landscape. And perhaps we have just witnessed something similar with the recent pathetically tiny Battle of East Gouta in Syria, where the US used a make-believe chemical weapons incident as a pretense to launch an equally make-believe attack on some airfields and buildings in Syria. The US foreign policy establishment wanted to show that it still matters and has a role to play, but what really happened was that US naval and air power were demonstrated to be almost entirely beside the point.

Of course, all of this is terrible news to the US military and foreign policy establishments, as well as to the many US Congressmen in whose districts military contractors operate or military bases are situated. Obviously, this is also bad news for the defense contractors, for personnel at the military bases, and for many others as well. It is also simply awful news economically, since defense spending is about the only effective means of economic stimulus of which the US government is politically capable. Obama’s “shovel-ready jobs,” if you recall, did nothing to forestall the dramatic slide in the labor participation rate, which is a euphemism for the inverse of the real unemployment rate. There is also the wonderful plan to throw lots of money at Elon Musk’s SpaceX (while continuing to buy vitally important rocket engines from the Russians—who are currently discussing blocking their export to the US in retaliation for more US sanctions). In short, take away the defense stimulus, and the US economy will make a loud popping sound followed by a gradually diminishing hissing noise.

Needless to say, all those involved will do their best to deny or hide for as long as possible the fact that the US foreign policy and defense establishments have now been neutralized. My prediction is that America’s naval and air empire will not fail because it will be defeated militarily, nor will it be dismantled once the news sinks in that it is useless; instead, it will be forced to curtail its operations due to lack of funds. There may still be a few loud bangs before it gives up, but mostly what we will hear is a whole lot of whimpering. That’s how the USSR went; that’s how the USA will go too.

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The Simple Truth of Vladimir Putin’s Diabolical Plan

P654534424-27-2018: Phil Butler

In the New York Times last week, veteran reporter Neil MacFarquhar reminded us Vladimir Putin’s “fight” with the West is isolating Russia. The Middle East expert’s latest Russia hate also interpolated that the woeful isolation is failing to deter Putin. But what is it that Putin is fighting against? What is the so-called “West” trying to deter him from? Better still, where is the evidence of his cunning plan to destroy all?

I do not know why, but to my knowledge, no one has ever asked these simple questions. Here we are in a new and bitter Cold War, and nobody I can name has any reasonable explanation of what the fight is about. There are allegations by the truckload. There’s sanctions, proxy wars, terrorists scattered, CIA money spent, dignitaries tossed out on their ears, and ten thousand news outlets screaming “Putin foul” – but over what? You can’t answer because it’s all over nothing. Here’s a brief history of the real crimes of Vladimir Putin.

In the early 2000s, Vladimir Putin was running a country almost destroyed by corruption, foreign interventions, and pirates bent on privatizing anything of value for western investors. The advance of the globalist doctrine had reached the borders of the country; wars were brewed in former Soviet republics where regime changes and color revolutions were not working. The notorious Russian mob, the Israeli mob, anybody inside the country that could be bought by western pirates was taking a bite from the Russian legacy. Putin stepped in and sorted it out. Putin did not sell Russia out. This was a capital crime.

Later in the decade, Vladimir Putin proposed an initiative known as the “Vladivostok to Lisbon” protocol. The plan was for one gigantic Eurasian market worth tens of trillions of dollars. The plan was for a full and fair integration of Russia within the global context. Only the plan made Russia an integral partner rather than a network of small banana republics like Yugoslavia became. The Putin plan would have assured almost unbreakable cooperation, prosperity, and peace. But the suggestion of such a thing to the existing world order was a heinous crime.

2009 rolls around and the world’s fascination with then Prime Minister Putin grows. The New York Times back then questioned the Russian leader’s work ethic. Western media reported Putin singing “Blueberry Hill” and playing the piano. And the Washington Post begins the rail about “Putin, the killer.” Then in 2010, the heat was turned up. US newspapers began the “huge protest” gambit, Putin the arch criminal became all the rage. The Vladimir Putin legend began to grow during this time. Rumors and speculation became the flavor of the day. Then in 2011, the Russian leader went so far as to criticize the West for the Libya regime change. And we all know how Libya turned out.

Starting in 2012 the mainstream media in the West began predicting the downfall of Vladimir Putin. The Economist titled its prediction. “The beginning of the end of Putin.” So much for deep economic analysis and forecasting. It is in this year that Masha Gessen gets the big headlines for labeling Vladimir a “crime boss” and a homophobe. Meanwhile, the real criminals like Mikhail Khodorkovsky gather steam for the lies and mudslinging to come. NPR and other corporate owned media get readers by labeling Putin a “street thug” and etc. But Putin won the election that year anyhow. And even though The Slate labeled him “Putin the pitiful,” he somehow managed the biggest country in the world skillfully. Pussy Riot defiles a Russian Orthodox Church snagging some jail time, and down the rabbit hole we go.

Then in 2013 the world’s biggest ever arch villain commits the ultimate sacrilege. At the moment then President Barack Obama is gathering his forces to invade Syria, Russia’s leader pecks out a plea to the American people in the New York Times. Then, on the eve of a fateful vote in the US Congress on Obama’s decision to launch strikes against Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, Putin mediates by instigating a proposal for Syria to surrender all chemical weapons. This was too much for the gilded world order; the gloves had to come off. Meanwhile, Obama and his CIA had already created the proxy war against Assad. But the American people were never told. Funny isn’t it, how overt Putin moves are eviler than covert killing by America? But Russia’s leader became the alchemist of truth, look at his words of warning on alleged gas attacks back then:

“We believe that at the very least we should wait for the results of the UN inspection commission in Syria. I’ve already said I find it absolutely ridiculous that [Syrian] government’s armed forces, which today are actually on an offense mission and in some regions have already encircled the so-called rebels and are finishing them off, that the Syrian army has used prohibited chemical weapons.” 

Almost a year passed until I first learned of the “hell bent” onslaught on anything attached to Vladimir Putin and Russia when the 2014 Sochi Olympics rolled around. The bristling gay globalists had no intention of letting the Russia people welcome the world to their country. Putin had to pay for his past daring. So, Russia bashing took on a whole new meaning. Bad sportsmanship was also redefined when a people created a showpiece and an unparalleled spectacle, only to be insulted and criticized at every turn. Dog packs, unworking toilets, gay skier hunts, unfinished hotels, an environmental catastrophe once again wrought by our ghastly arch villain. The world order taught Putin a lesson in those days. “Mess with us, and we’ll piss on your parade.” This was the message. Then the Euromaidan and an illegal regime change in the midst of an Olympics forced diabolical Putin’s hand again. Instead of allowing Russia’s most strategic position in the southwest to be taken over by NATO, he instead chose to secure it without firing a shot. Crimea should have been seeded to the global hegemony – but Putin dared to resist. For shame.

Since 2014 Vladimir Putin has been blamed for the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 and without a smidgen of proof. He’s had the gall to ask the world order “Do you even realize what you have done?” And this, before the mighty United Nations and in front of God and everybody else. Our crystal ball at The Economist proclaimed “Putin declares war on the West,” and we believed them. He revealed the United States was backing terrorism in the Middle East, and then he televised his forces destroying ISIS. In 2016 NBC News proclaimed; “US Officials: Putin Personally Involved in US Election Hack.” Amazingly, no pictures of Putin using his laptop to hack the DNC emerged. And the people of the world failed to notice the lack of evidence. For nearly two years now the world has investigated Putin over alleged tampering in the US election. Can you guess what body of evidence has been shown officially or in the media?

Damn that Putin for being so flawless and diabolical a villain! His utter control of every evil deed on planet Earth is being hidden from us. And oh, so skillfully that armies of brilliant private eyes, investigative journalists, whistleblowers, think tanks, the CIA, the NSA, MI6, GCHQ, Mossad, the Pentagon, Naval Intelligence, Senate committees, or even David Copperfield can turn over one leaf of evidence. This, my friends, is Putin’s greatest delinquency against humanity. He is guilty as sin of the real delinquency, the sin of ancient logic. The reason there we cannot see proof of Putin’s misdeeds is stunningly simple.

There is no proof.
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No Attack, No Victims, No Chem Weapons: Douma Witnesses Speak at OPCW Briefing at The Hague

 

Witnesses of the alleged chemical attack in Douma, including 11-year-old Hassan Diab and hospital staff, told reporters at The Hague that the White Helmets video used as a pretext for a US-led strike on Syria was, in fact, staged.

“We were at the basement and we heard people shouting that we needed to go to a hospital. We went through a tunnel. At the hospital they started pouring cold water on me,” the boy told the press conference, gathered by Russia’s mission at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague.

Hassan was among the “victims” seen being washed by water hoses in a video released by the controversial White Helmets group on April 7. The boy and his family later spoke to the media and revealed that Hassan was hurried to the scene by men who claimed that a chemical attack had taken place. They started pouring cold water on the boy and others, filming the frightened children.

“There were people unknown to us who were filming the emergency care, they were filming the chaos taking place inside, and were filming people being doused with water. The instruments they used to douse them with water were originally used to clean the floors actually,” Ahmad Kashoi, an administrator of the emergency ward, recalled. “That happened for about an hour, we provided help to them and sent them home. No one has died. No one suffered from chemical exposure.”

Halil al-Jaish, a resuscitator who tended to people at the Douma hospital that day, told the press conference that some of the patients had indeed experienced respiratory problems. The symptoms, however, were caused by heavy dust, which engulfed the area due to recent airstrikes, and no one showed any signs of chemical warfare poisoning, al-Jaish said.The hospital received people who suffered from smoke and dust asphyxiation on the day of the alleged attack, Muwaffak Nasrim, a paramedic who was working in emergency care, said. The panic seen in footage provided by the White Helmets was caused mainly by people shouting about the alleged use of chemical weapons, Nasrim, who witnessed the chaotic scenes, added. No patients, however, displayed symptoms of chemical weapons exposure, he said.

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Ahmad Saur, an emergency paramedic with the Syrian Red Crescent, said that the ward he was working at did not receive any patients exposed to chemical weapons on the day of the alleged incident or after it. All the patients needed either general medical care or help with injuries, he said. Saur told journalists he came to speak at The Hague independently of the Red Crescent, and that he was testifying freely and without any pressure.

One reporter asked what would happen to the eyewitnesses and whether they would “stay in Europe to testify.”

“We’re going back home, and see no problem with that. The situation is a lot better now. We’re Douma residents, like many others,” Hassan Ayoun, a doctor with the emergency department, said.Six of the Douma witnesses brought to The Hague have already been interviewed by the OPCW technical experts, Russia’s permanent representative to the OPCW, Aleksandr Shulgin, said.

“The others were ready too, but the experts are sticking to their own guidelines. They’ve picked six people, talked to them, and said they were ‘completely satisfied’ with their account and did not have any further questions,”Shulgin revealed. He added that the allegations by “certain Western countries” ahead of the briefing that Moscow and Damascus were seeking to “hide” the witnesses from the OPCW experts did not hold water.

The alleged chemical incident was only supported by the White Helmets’ video and social media reports from militant-linked groups, but the US, the UK and France judged they had enough evidence that it actually took place and launched a series of punitive strikes against Syria on April 14. The US and its allies accused Syrian President Bashar Assad of carrying out the “attack,” without providing any proof of their claim. Notably, the strike came hours before the OPCW fact-finding team was set to arrive in Douma to determine whether chemical weapons had been used there.

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Staged suffering? Interview with boy in Douma video raises more doubts over ‘chem attack

The boy portrayed as a ‘victim’ in a video of the alleged chemical attack in Douma has told a Russian TV crew that he was asked to go to hospital, where people “grabbed” him and started “pouring water” over his head.

Panic, fear, screaming adults and frightened children featured in the purported footage of the aftermath following the alleged chemical attack in the Eastern Ghouta city. The video has been circulated by mainstream media since April 7 after being posted by the so-called Douma Revolution group.

The group is one of the organizations, along with the notorious rebel-linked White Helmets, that has claimed government troops were the culprits behind the reported chemical attack.

One of the main ‘characters’ in the footage is a soaked boy, who is seen being sprayed with water by people who claim to be ‘rescue workers.’ It’s not clear whether they are doctors from the hospital, human rights activists, or White Helmets members. The latter usually make such videos and send them to news agencies, including Reuters.

Russian broadcaster VGTRK said it found the boy in the video, who appeared to be 11-year-old Hassan Diab. His story differed from the one presented by the activists and later propagated by the mainstream media. He was in the basement with his mother, who said they ran out of food, when they heard some noise outside.

“Somebody was shouting that we had to go to the hospital, so we went there. When I came in, some people grabbed me and started pouring water over my head,” he told Evgeny Poddubny, a war correspondent from Russian broadcaster VGTRK. Hassan confirmed that he was the boy in the video, and was very scared when the whole situation unfolded. He is now fine and shows no symptoms of having experienced a chemical attack two weeks ago.

He was eventually found by his father, who said he didn’t hear about any chemical attack that day. “I went to the hospital, walked upstairs, and found my wife and children. I asked them what had happened, and they said people outside were shouting about some smell, and told them to go to the hospital. At the hospital, they gave dates and cookies to the kids,” he said.

One of the medical workers, who was reportedly on shift at the time, said he was surprised by the sudden influx. “Some people came here and washed people. They said: ‘Chemical attack. Chemical attack.’ We didn’t see any chemical attack symptoms,” he added. He did, however, say that there were many people with respiratory problems as a result of dust from recent bombings in the city.

Social media posts and the White Helmets’ report were enough for the US, UK and France to launch a series of strikes on Syria on April 14. The announcement of the strikes came hours before the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) team was scheduled to arrive in Douma to determine whether chemical weapons had been used there.

READ MORE: Moscow has ‘irrefutable’ evidence chem attack in Syria’s Douma was staged – Russia’s envoy to OPCW

“The boy agreed to play this role for food. Then the video was circulated across the globe and became the ‘evidence’ which served as an excuse for the US, the UK and French airstrikes [against Syria],” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook.

Moscow is planning to show the video about Hassan at the next meeting of the UN Security Council, Russia’s UN envoy Vassily Nebenzia told Rossiya 1 on Thursday.

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The ‘Mad Dog’ Speaks: Mattis Drops Syria Chemical Weapons Bombshell: “We Have No Evidence”

NEW YORK, 4-23-2018

by TruePublica: From Inter Press News Agency comes news that those with a critical and questioning mind, knew all along when it came to the pretext for bombing Syria due to the alleged and suspected use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, that something simply didn’t stack up.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis dropped a political bombshell last week when he said the U.S. has no evidence to confirm reports that the Syrian government had used the deadly chemical sarin on its citizens.

Its headline reads: “Chemical Weapons in Syria? Time for Outrage.” The outrage, the report argues, is all about the role of the media.

The ‘Mad Dog’ Speaks

James Norman Mattis is the current and 26th United States Secretary of Defense and former United States Marine Corps general who served as 11th Commander of United States Central Command. He has become known to some by the nickname of “Mad Dog,” and has shown a callous disregard for human life, particularly that of civilians.

Mattis is a known right-wing war hawk. Amongst other awful speeches, he once said during a 2003 speech to young American troops in Iraq:

Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”

Mattis is an all-out, single-minded psychopath – he has demonstrated a tenaciousness and enjoyment for killing innocent people in large numbers.

Mattis proudly crows

“Clearly, the Assad regime did not get the message last year, this time, we and our allies have struck harder” – knowing full well, there was no evidence.

Meanwhile, Theresa May in full ‘Tony-Blair-45-minute-dodgy-sexed-up-info’ mode along with her Foreign Secretary now described by some of the MSM as both incompetent and a charlatan, supported the American fiction that Syria – on the cusp of winning a brutal war after seven arduous years, was stupid enough to drag in the Western world headed up by gun-toting mad-dog Mattis.  The two other desperado’s in this fiction who frankly required huge distractive cover for their own domestic nightmares followed slavishly.

But here we have it – all laid out nicely on a plate. We lied, we bombed – we acknowledge we lied – but what the hell. Nothing to report here in the British mainstream press. Look away.

Mattis brazenly went on to tell the Pentagon briefing:

 “We have other reports from the battlefield from people who claim it’s been used (chemical weapons) We do not have evidence of it.

This is an administration who has routinely accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons on civilians, which President Bashar al-Assad had denied. The Russians have denied this as well. The evidence that was provided was not corroborated by anyone with any credibility at all and we maintain our position that you CANNOT make such serious decisions as to bring the world to the apex of a global crisis without irrefutable evidence.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has still not made any irrefutable claims on chemical weapons use and has been careful with its use of language.

 

Other war crimes come to mind.

IPS rightly draws attention to another battlefield situation is Syria the MSM are completely silent on that again echoes what Britain and the US did before destroying Iraq – depriving Syria of much needed humanitarian equipment – its part of the standard playbook of war:

“Another (hospital) stands proudly on the horizon but its activity is paralysed by unilateral coercive sanctions: blockage of supply of spare parts make it impossible to get the theatre to operate gravely wounded people; prostheses are no longer available for amputees; electrical supply breaks down because of ban on imports of generators; water is polluted for lack of imported filters and people die in the hospital from water-borne ailments; and no medicines are available for the dying or gravely ill. Even in the streets, people die or fall gravely ill because of the rocketing prices of basic foodstuffs due to the sanctions.”

The repetition of using chemical weapons as an excuse for bombing another country is reminiscent of the very same weapons that Saddam Hussain was supposed to be stockpiling but wasn’t. One million people have died in Iraq, millions are still displaced and the end result?

This constantly flawed playbook continues. The IPS report goes on to say that

“All wars are won in the media and through propaganda, as well as on the battlefield. So the scenario is collapsing (as Syria continues to make gains). The only possibility of counter-attack that is left is through mobilizing the media.”

Was the Western experience of setting the Middle East alight not entertaining enough for the likes of Bush, Obama, Blair, Cameron and Co? Liyba is now run by militias, war-lords and human traffickers – it is truly a hellhole on earth. It also uncorked the Africam migration bottle that is causing the destabilisation of European. Is this what America really wanted in the first place – an insecure, erratic and dangerous world that it could manipulate better, instead of nations where collaboration was leading to prosperity and peace at the expense of American GDP?

If nothing else, Mattis has just confirmed something we already knew. Trump, May and Macron are all desperate liers and opportunists. They are deeply embroiled in domestic troubles and so the age-old playbook, with barely any dust settled on its well-worn covers is opened once again.

Don’t forget, the real prize for Mattis and his generals is Iran. In April 2016, he said:

“The Iranian regime, in my mind, is the single most enduring threat to stability and peace in the Middle East.”

Oil, the control of oil, depriving emerging economies of oil is the name of the game.

This is why defeating and bringing Syria to its knees, and turning it into the next Libya, is so important for the likes of the psycho’s in Washington, London and Paris.

Expect more lies, more deceptions and more propaganda from the false mouthpieces of the establishment.

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Envoy To OPCW Says Russia Found Participants of Staged ‘Chemical Attack’ Video in Syria

April 16, 2018 “Information Clearing House” – THE HAGUE, April 16. /TASS/. Russian specialists who probed into the rumored use of chemical weapons in Syria’s Douma have found some participants in the faked video footage presented as evidence of an alleged chemical attack, Russia’s representative at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Aleksandr Shulgin, said at the 58th meeting of the OPCW Executive Council on Monday.

“Not a single witness or affected patient in hospital has been found. Nor any traces of chemical ammunition have been identified. Instead, we managed to find those who participated in filming the faked video, which was eventually presented as ‘proof’ of the chemical attack,” Shulgin said. “They showed us the scenes in which they took part in the staged video. Both have medical education. They work for Douma’s ambulance service,” he added.

Shulgin described the released video as a provocation and pointed to “pseudo-humanitarian NGOs, including the White Helmets” as its “makers.”

“We said before and we are saying once again that these organizations are on the payroll of the governments of the United States, Britain and some other countries,” he said. “They are paid agents, actors, who perform the role of backstage extras when they are asked to. For the Western countries’ money they make various faked videos and spread photographs with the most favored type of scenes – ‘poor children – victims of Assad’s bloody regime’.”

Shulgin showed to the participants in the Executive Council’s meeting pictures of participants in such photo sessions proving well enough “the engaged actors all of a sudden rise from the dead and look alive and healthy.”

“That children are used in such fakes is particularly disgusting,” he said.

A number of NGO’s including the White Helmets have been claiming that chemical weapons were used in Syria’s Douma on April 7. The US, Britain and France dealt a missile strike last weekend against Syria’s military and civilian infrastructures ostensibly in retaliation for the alleged chemical attack by Syrian government forces. Staffers of the Russian center for the reconciliation of conflicting parties in Syria explored Douma on April 9 to find no traces of chemical weapons. Experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons arrived in Damascus on April 14 with the aim to proceed with the investigation.

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Russia Reveals Who “Staged” Syria Gas Attack

 

The Russian envoy to the chemical weapons watchdog group, OPCW, said that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) funded by the UK and US carried out the April 7 chemical attack in the Damascus, Syria suburb of Douma.

Russia’s permanent representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Alexander Shulgin, said Russia has irrefutable evidence that there was no chemical weapons incident in Douma.

“Therefore, we have not just a “high degree of confidence,” as our Western partners claim, but we have incontrovertible evidence that there was no incident on April 7 in Douma and that all this was a planned provocation by the British intelligence services, probably, with the participation of their senior allies from Washington with the aim of misleading the international community and justifying aggression against Syria,” he stated. –Sputnik

Shulgin added that the US, UK and France are not interested in conducting an objective investigation of the attack site. “They put the blame on the Syrian authorities in advance, without even waiting for the OPCW mission to begin to establish the possible facts of the use of chemical weapons in Syria,” he said.

The nine-member OPCW mission people has yet to deploy to the city of Douma according to the organization’s Chief, citing pending security issues.

“The Team has not yet deployed to Douma. The Syrian and the Russian officials who participated in the preparatory meetings in Damascus have informed the FFM Team that there were still pending security issues to be worked out before any deployment could take place. In the meantime the Team was offered by the Syrian authorities that they could interview 22 witnesses who could be brought to Damascus,” OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu said as quoted by the organization.

The Russian Envoy says that the controversial “White Helmets” were one of the anti-Assad “pseudo-humanitarian NGOs” which staged the event. As Disobedient Media and others have reported, the White Helmets are funded in large part by the United States.

“The Syrian Civil Defense Force (aka the White Helmets) is funded in part by United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Included here are two links showing contracts awarded by USAID to Chemonics International Inc. (DBA Chemonics). The first award was in the sum of $111.2 million and has a Period of Performance (POP) from January 2013 to June 2017. It states that the purpose of the award will be to use the funds for managing a “quick-response mechanism supporting activities that pursue a peaceful transition to a democratic and stable Syria.” The second was in the sum of $57.4 million and has a POP from August 2015 to August 2020. This award was designated to be used in the “Syria Regional Program II” which is a part of the Support Which Implements Fast Transitions IV (SWIFT IV) program.” Via Disobedient Media

Moscow says they have confirmed that “these structures [NGOs] on a fee-based basis cooperate with the governments of the United States, the UK and some other countries.”

Russian experts who conducted the verification of reports on the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian city of the Douma, found participants of video filming, presented as evidence according to the Russian Envoy to OPCW. –Sputnik

“Everything has been developing according to the script that was prepared in Washington. There is no doubt that Americans are playing the ‘first violin’ in all of this. The United States, the United Kingdom, France and some other countries after the “fake” addition from the White Helmets and their ilk in Douma, immediately pounced upon the Syrian authorities with accusations,” Shulgin said.

 

It is our concern that they may have tampered with it with the intent of thwarting the efforts of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission to conduct an effective investigation,” he said. His comments at the closed-door meeting were obtained by Reuters.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov shot back in a BBC interview, saying “I can guarantee that Russia has not tampered with the site.”

 

On Friday we reported that Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow has “irrefutable evidence” that the attack – which allegedly killed over 40 people, was staged with the help of a foreign secret service.

We have irrefutable evidence that this was another staged event, and that the secret services of a certain state that is now at the forefront of a Russophobic campaign was involved in this staged event,” he said during a press conference according to AFP.

According to defense ministry spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov, the Kremlin has evidence that Britain was behind the fake attack.

Quoted by Reuters, he said: “We have… evidence that proves Britain was directly involved in organising this provocation.”

As RT further adds, the Russian Defense Ministry presented what it says is “proof that the reported chemical weapons attack in Syria was staged.” It also accused the British government of pressuring the perpetrators to speed up the “provocation.” During a briefing on Friday, the ministry showed interviews with two people, who, it said, are medical professionals working in the only hospital operating in Douma, a town near the Syrian capital, Damascus.

During a briefing on Friday, the ministry showed interviews with two people, who, it said, are medical professionals working in the only hospital operating in Douma, a town near the Syrian capital, Damascus.

In the interviews released to the media, the two men reported how footage was shot of people dousing each other with water and treating children, which was claimed to show the aftermath of the April 7 chemical weapons attack. The patients shown in the video suffered from smoke poisoning and the water was poured on them by their relatives after a false claim that chemical weapons were used, the ministry said.

“Please, notice. These people do not hide their names. These are not some faceless claims on the social media by anonymous activists. They took part in taking that footage,” said Konashenkov.

“The Russian Defense Ministry also has evidence that Britain had a direct involvement in arranging this provocation in Eastern Ghouta,” the general added, referring to the neighborhood of which Douma is part. “We know for certain that between April 3 and April 6 the so-called White Helmets were seriously pressured from London to speed up the provocation that they were preparing.”

According to Konashenkov, the group, which was a primary source of photos and footage of the purported chemical attack, was informed of a large-scale artillery attack on Damascus planned by the Islamist group Army of Islam, which controlled Douma at the time. The White Helmets were ordered to arrange the provocation after retaliatory strikes by the Syrian government forces, which the shelling was certain to lead to, he said.

The UK rejected the accusations, with British UN Ambassador Karen Pierce calling them “grotesque,” “a blatant lie” and “the worst piece of fake news we’ve yet seen from the Russian propaganda machine.”

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The Crisis Is Only In Its Beginning Stages

4-17-2018 – Paul Craig Roberts

Many, including Russia’s President Putin, have asked why the US launched an illegal attack on Syria prior to the chemical weapons inspectors examining the site of the alleged chemical attack.

This popular question completely misses the point. The US attack on Syria is a clear and indisputable war crime against a sovereign country. No one acted to stop Washington’s war crime. Some of Washington’s vassals, such as Germany and Italy, refused to participate in Washington’s war crime, but no one attempted to block it. The impotent UN Security Council, to which Russia is wasting its time appealing, the EU, NATO, Russia and China themselves did nothing to stop Washington’s war crime.

Russia said that if Washington’s attack harmed its citizens, there would be military consequences, but Russia did not protect its ally Syria from the attack.

Perhaps it doesn’t matter as Washington’s attack was carefully conducted so as to have no effect except to serve as a face-saver for Trump. Apparently no one was killed and no damage was done to anything real except to a facility in which anti-venom for snake bites was being produced.

On the other hand, it does matter, because of the perception that the American presstitutes have created that it was a great victory for America over the evil Syrian government and the evil Russian government that supports them. This perception, which the presstitutes have created with their fake news, justifies the war crime and will lead to more attacks on Syria.

It is unlikely that the UN Security Council will condemn Washington, which pays 25% of the UN’s budget. Moreover, the Security Council is loaded up with Washington’s vassals, and they will not vote to censure their liegelord. Putin is wasting his time taking the matter to the Security Council, unless his purpose is to prove that every Western institution is completely corrupt. As most informed people already know this, I don’t understand the point of proving the known. Putin should read Eric Zuesse’s article before he puts too much faith in the UN. https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/04/17/how-us-has-virtually-destroyed-un.html

As I have written on a number of occasions, I admire Putin’s Christian character of sidestepping the beatings he continuously takes from Washington in order to save the world from the massive deaths of a world war. The problem is that by turning the other cheek, Putin encourages more aggression from Washington. Putin is dealing with neoconservative psychopaths. He is not dealing with common sense.

During the entirety of the Cold War no US ambassador to the UN spoke aggressively and disrespectfully to the Soviet representative as Nikki Haley speaks to the Russian ambassador. During the Cold War no American president would have tolerated Nikki Haley. The crazed bitch would have instantly been fired.

The Russian government is captured by delusion if the Russians believe that the US government, in which Nikki Haley is Trump’s choice to be America’s spokesperson to the world, in which the crazed neoconservative war monger John Bolton is a principal influence over US military and foreign policy, and in which the President himself is under threat of indictment for wanting to normalize relations with Russia, has any prospect of avoiding war.

The best chance of preventing the oncoming war is Russian-Chinese-Iranian unity and a defeat for American arms in a regional context not worth the Washington psychopaths launching of nuclear weapons. Until Washington is effectively resisted, Washington’s European vassals, the UN Security Councit and the OPCW will stand with Washington. Once Washington experiences a defeat, NATO will dissolve and with this dissolution Washington’s ability to threaten other countries will lose its cover and evaporate.

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Who Are The White Helmets?

[NOTE: The “White Helmets” are portrayed in western media as a volunteer and impartial humanitarian group of medical and crisis workers in Syria. Western media has described them as politically neutral and only interested in helping victims of war. The White Helmets are protrayed like groups such as the Red Cross. However, the White Helmets are not what they claim.

The following exerpt from a longer article on “The Syria Campaign” exposes the “White Helmets” for what they really are … a tool of the western and Israeli war machine as it pits its propaganda and military against Syria and Assad.]

WHO ARE THE WHITE HELMETS?

Western media is lying to us on a daily basis about Syria. I encourage everyone to question what they may hear from Trump or from the news media. Look deeper to find truth.

As we saw in 2003 with the Bush regime’s forced war on Iraq, Washington and the news media were lying about everything in order to trick America into accepting a needless war against Iraq. Now Trump and the news media are lying again to

Among The Syria Campaign’s most prominent vehicles for promoting military intervention is a self-proclaimed “unarmed and impartial” civil defense group known as the White Helmets. Footage of the White Helmets saving civilians trapped in the rubble of buildings bombed by the Syrian government and its Russian ally has become ubiquitous in coverage of the crisis. Having claimed to have saved tens of thousands of lives, the group has become a leading resource for journalists and human rights groups seeking information inside the war theater, from casualty figures to details on the kind of bombs that are falling.

But like The Syria Campaign, the White Helmets are anything but impartial. Indeed, the group was founded in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Office of Transitional Initiatives, an explicitly political wing of the agency that has funded efforts at political subversion in Cuba and Venezuela. USAID is the White Helmets’ principal funder, committing at least $23 million to the group since 2013. This money was part of $339.6 million budgeted by USAID for “supporting activities that pursue a peaceful transition to a democratic and stable Syria” — or establishing a parallel governing structure that could fill the power vacuum once Bashar Al-Assad was removed.

Thanks to an aggressive public relations push by The Syria Campaign, the White Helmets have been nominated for the Nobel Prize, and have already been awarded the “alternative Nobel” known as the Right Livelihood Award. (Previous winners include Amy Goodman, Edward Snowden and Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu.) At the same time, the White Helmets are pushing for a NFZ in public appearances and on a website created by The Syria Campaign.

The Syria Campaign has garnered endorsements for the White Helmets from a host of Hollywood celebrities including Ben Affleck, Alicia Keyes and Justin Timberlake. And with fundraising and “outreach” performed by The Syria Campaign, the White Helmets have become the stars of a slickly produced Netflix documentary vehicle that has received hype from media outlets across the West.

But making the White Helmets into an international sensation is just one of a series of successes The Syria Campaign has achieved in its drive to oust Syria’s government.

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Here is Carla Ortiz with on-site video of what was the White Helments’ base in Allepo before they were driven out. As you can see, the White Helments worked with al Qaeda, al Nusra, ISIS, ISIL, … all terrorists financed and supported by the US, UK, France, Saudis, Israel and others. All these operations in Allepo were in one close neighborhood working together for years ruining Allepo until Russia and the Syrian military drove them out.

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