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Here is the true agenda behind the Russian Olympic doping scandal

The Russian Olympic Doping Scandal was not about cheating or doping in sport, but was part of the ongoing Western political campaign against President Putin and Russia.

Marcus Godwyn

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There have been many excellent articles written on this subject leading up to the IOC decision not to impose a blanket ban on all Russian athletes participating in the Rio Olympics.  I see no purpose in repeating the same facts over again.  I recommend:  Andrey Fomin, Alexander Mercouris, The Saker and Rick Stirling. I do however have a few extra points to make.

In case you have not heard what the western MSM is telling you, I will just outline the most important points which are being omitted or distorted by the western media and by western sports bodies and politicians.

1. All Russian athletes have for the last seven months been tested not only by their own anti doping organisation but by the British one too, and at some considerable expense to the Russian tax payer.  Any Russian athletes that make it to Rio will be the squeakiest clean of the squeaky clean.

2. The so called WADA report which claims that Russian doping is “state funded” and which is being reported universally by the western media, politicians, sports bodies and even some athletes as a serious, proven indictment is, in fact based on nothing more than the hearsay evidence of one individual who is a wanted criminal in Russia on charges of anabolic steroid trafficking, and who has shown signs of mental instability including an attempt at suicide.  He is now “in hiding” in the USA.  The WADA report contains not one jot of serious proof or evidence at any kind whatever.  No Russian athletes or sports officials have been questioned or cross examined or given an opportunity to defend themselves or to present any evidence that might contradict the charges made against them, as would be essential to a fair process.

3. The so called (by the western media) “brave whistle blower” Yulia Stepanova and her husband are convicted dopers whose careers had collapsed until they joined this US led campaign to get the Russian team banned from the Olympics.  All three of the individuals upon whose evidence the WADA report is entirely based are persons convicted of doping offences.  They are also all three resident in the USA.  See the above articles for details.

In my opinion this plot, for such it was, was hatched way back in 2014 when the US and EU were seething with anger that the main goal of their illegal putsch in Ukraine – the occupation of Crimea and the capture of Russia’s naval base at Sevastopol and its takeover by NATO – had been thwarted.   The objective was, as with all the other western plots concerning Russia, regime change in the Kremlin.  The intention was to oust President Putin and replace him with a western puppet who would hand over Russia’s natural resources to western corporations thereby consolidating western hegemony in the modern world.  The expectation was that if Russia was shut out of the Olympics then famous athletes, politicians and the Russian public would turn and blame their President and government.  A palace coup or colour revolution of the sort previously staged in Kiev would follow.

In truth everything the US and their EU vassals have tried to do with respect to Russia has revolved around this has one overriding objective.  By way of example, the Magnitsky affair was exploited to ban dozens of Russian officials from traveling to the US because of their supposed involvement in Magnitsky’s death in prison.  The idea assumption seems to have been that these people were so corrupt and treacherous that if they were prevented from accessing their Manhattan apartments or Florida villas they would turn on Putin and stab him in the back. When that failed even more Russian officials were sanctioned purportedly in connection with the events in Crimea and Ukraine, and were banned from travelling this time not just to the US but to the EU and Japan as well.

Every one of these schemes has failed.  Far from stabbing Putin in the back or even blaming him for what happened all the individuals caught up in the Magnitsky list and in the Crimean and Ukrainian sanctions rallied being their President and country.  There was some criticism, both public and private, but not for resisting the west but for being too accommodating to it and for not having prepared better to resist the west’s onslaught.

The economic sanctions which were imposed on Russia in July 2014 have failed in a similar way.  This time they were intended to make life difficult for Russia’s people in the expectation that they too would turn on their President and government.  However once again the effect was the opposite.  The effect of the sanctions was to consolidate the people of Russia behind their President and their government.  The result is that President Putin today is more popular than he has ever been before.

Given these facts I doubt the instigators of the doping plot any longer expected by the time that the  collective ban on Russia’s Olympic team came to be discussed that it would cause regime change in Russia.  Why then did they persist with it?  Sheer spite?  Well yes I do believe that was one of the reasons.  Another almost certainly was the desire to maintain the west’s grip on the governing bodies of international sports.

However I suspect a key reason was to prevent Russia enhancing its public image through sporting success.  Had the Olympic Games been held in the west – where the vast majority of people take their views from the western media – I suspect that Team Russia would have faced a hostile reception.  Indeed following the announcement that there would not be a blanket ban I actually heard some BBC reporters saying as much.  However, despite the fact that much of the media in Latin America is under western control, I doubt this will be true in Brazil.  In a continent all too familiar with US interference I would not be at all surprised if – to the alarm of western elites –  Team Russia were to receive a very positive welcome from the Brazilian and Latin American public.

Like millions of children all over the world I remember being taught at school the symbolism of the interlocking Olympic rings and about brotherhood and the free and fair competition between nations from all corners of the earth.  The attempt to ban clean athletes from the Olympic Games because of their nationality is utterly unprecedented in the history of the modern Olympic movement.  It is far more corrosive than previous boycotts and shows the depth of moral, spiritual and intellectual collapse of the west. It is deeply shocking that even some western athletes have put their names to articles which have been published in western newspapers which full of racial prejudice, conjecture, rumour mongering and stereotyping.

There will be an Olympics of some sort in Brazil.   However they are already tarnished and whilst the main victims are obviously the Russian athletes and para athletes, Brazil has had its Olympic Games sullied by the Great Power to its north.  The big question now is whether the Olympic movement can survive the attack which has been made on it and which has brought the curse of discrimination and geopolitics to its very heart?

This piece was submitted by the author and edited by The Duran before publication.

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Putin, Trump meet in Helsinki for first bilateral summit

The Helsinki summit is the first ever full-fledged meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. Their previous encounters were brief talks on the sidelines of the G20 and APEC summits in 2017.

Vladimir Rodzianko

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump are meeting in the Finnish capital of Helsinki for their first bilateral one-on-one meeting.

Trump arrived in the Finland capital a day early, while the jet of Putin, who wrapped up his nation’s hosting of the World Cup Sunday, touched down around 1 p.m. local time and the Russian president’s motorcade whisked him straight to the palace where the two world leaders are meeting.

Trump signed an August 2017 law imposing additional sanctions on Russia. The law bars Trump from easing many sanctions without Congress’ approval, but he can offer some relief without a nod from Congress.

Almost 700 Russian people and companies are under U.S. sanctions. Individuals face limits on their travel and freezes on at least some of their assets, while some top Russian state banks and companies, including oil and gas giants, are effectively barred from getting financing through U.S. banks and markets.

The agenda of the summit hasn’t been officially announced yet, though, the presidents are expected to discuss global crises, such as the Syrian conflict and Ukraine, as well as bilateral relations.

Stay tuned for updates…

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“Foreign entity, NOT RUSSIA” hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails (Video)

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx): Hillary Clinton’s cache of 30,000 emails was hacked by foreign actor, and it was not Russia.

Alex Christoforou

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A stunning revelation that hardly anyone in the mainstream media is covering.

Fox News gave Louie Gohmert (R-Tx) the opportunity to explain what was going on during his questioning of Peter Strzok, when the the Texas Congressman stated that a “foreign entity, NOT RUSSIA” hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Aside from this segment on Fox News, this story is not getting any coverage, and we know why. It destroys the entire ‘Russia hacked Hillary’ narrative.

Gohmert states that this evidence is irrefutable and shows that a foreign actor, not connected to Russia in any way, intercepted and distributed Hillary Clinton’s cache of 30,000 emails.

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Via Zerohedge

As we sift through the ashes of Thursday’s dumpster-fire Congressional hearing with still employed FBI agent Peter Strzok, Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller plucked out a key exchange between Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx) and Strzok which revealed a yet-unknown bombshell about the Clinton email case.

Nearly all of Hillary Clinton’s emails on her homebrew server went to a foreign entity that isn’t Russia. When this was discovered by the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG), IG Chuck McCullough sent his investigator Frank Ruckner and an attorney to notify Strzok along with three other people about the “anomaly.”

Four separate attempts were also made to notify DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz to brief him on the massive security breach, however Horowitz “never returned the call.” Recall that Horowitz concluded last month that despite Strzok’s extreme bias towards Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump – none of it translated to Strzok’s work at the FBI.

In other words; Strzok, while investigating Clinton’s email server, completely ignored the fact that most of Clinton’s emails were sent to a foreign entity – while IG Horowitz simply didn’t want to know about it.

Daily Caller reports…

The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) found an “anomaly on Hillary Clinton’s emails going through their private server, and when they had done the forensic analysis, they found that her emails, every single one except four, over 30,000, were going to an address that was not on the distribution list,” Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said during a hearing with FBI official Peter Strzok.

Gohmert continued..

“It was going to an unauthorized source that was a foreign entity unrelated to Russia.”

Strzok admitted to meeting with Ruckner but said he couldn’t remember the “specific” content of their discussion.

“The forensic examination was done by the ICIG and they can document that,” Gohmert said, “but you were given that information and you did nothing with it.”

According to Zerohedge “Mr. Horowitz got a call four times from someone wanting to brief him about this, and he never returned the call,” Gohmert said – and Horowitz wouldn’t return the call.

And while Peter Strzok couldn’t remember the specifics of his meeting with the IG about the giant “foreign entity” bombshell, he texted this to his mistress Lisa Page when the IG discovered the “(C)” classification on several of Clinton’s emails – something the FBI overlooked:

“Holy cow … if the FBI missed this, what else was missed? … Remind me to tell you to flag for Andy [redacted] emails we (actually ICIG) found that have portion marks (C) on a couple of paras. DoJ was Very Concerned about this.”

Via Zerohedge

In November of 2017, IG McCullough – an Obama appointee – revealed to Fox News that he received pushback when he tried to tell former DNI James Clapper about the foreign entity which had Clinton’s emails and other anomalies.

Instead of being embraced for trying to expose an illegal act, seven senators including Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca) wrote a letter accusing him of politicizing the issue.

“It’s absolutely irrelevant whether something is marked classified, it is the character of the information,” he said. Fox News reports…

McCullough said that from that point forward, he received only criticism and an “adversarial posture” from Congress when he tried to rectify the situation.

“I expected to be embraced and protected,” he said, adding that a Hill staffer “chided” him for failing to consider the “political consequences” of the information he was blowing the whistle on.

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Donald Trump plays good cop and bad cop with a weak Theresa May (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 55.

Alex Christoforou

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US President Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK was momentous, not for its substance, but rather for its sheer entertainment value.

Trump started his trip to the United Kingdom blasting Theresa May for her inability to negotiate a proper Brexit deal with the EU.  Trump ended his visit holding hands with the UK Prime Minister during a press conference where the most ‘special relationship’ between the two allies was once again reaffirmed.

Protests saw giant Trump “baby balloons” fly over London’s city center, as Trump played was his own good cop and bad cop to the UK PM, outside London at the Chequers…often times leaving May’s head spinning.

Even as Trump has left London, he remains front and center in the mind of Theresa May, who has now stated that Trump advised her to “sue” the European Union to resolve the tense negotiations over Brexit.

Trump had mentioned to reporters on Friday at a joint press conference with Theresa May that he had given the British leader a suggestion that she found too “brutal.”

Asked Sunday on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show what that suggestion was, May: “He told me I should sue the EU. Not go into negotiation, sue them.” May added…

“What the president also said at that press conference was `Don’t walk away. Don’t walk away from the negotiations. Then you’re stuck.”‘

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris summarize what was a state visit like no other, as Trump trolled the UK PM from beginning to end, and left London knowing that he got the better of a weakened British Prime Minister, who may not survive in office past next week.

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Via CNBC

It wasn’t exactly clear what Trump meant. The revelation came after explosive and undiplomatic remarks Trump made this week about May’s leadership — especially her handling of the Brexit negotiations — as he made his first official visit to Britain.

In an interview with The Sun newspaper published Thursday — just as May was hosting Trump at a lavish black-tie dinner — Trump said the British leader’s approach likely “killed” chances of a free-trade deal with the United States. He said he had told May how to conduct Brexit negotiations, “but she didn’t listen to me.”

He also praised May’s rival, Boris Johnson, who quit last week as foreign secretary to protest May’s Brexit plans. Trump claimed Johnson would make a “great prime minister.”

The comments shocked many in Britain — even May’s opponents — and threatened to undermine May’s already fragile hold on power. Her Conservative government is deeply split between supporters of a clean break with the EU and those who want to keep close ties with the bloc, Britain’s biggest trading partner.

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