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All eyes of the world are turned towards Russia’s President Vladimir Putin

“Vladimir Putin is a shining example for many Russians.”




After his overwhelming victory in the presidential race on the 18th of March 2018, the world has turned all of its eyes towards Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. He was re-elected for a fourth time with nearly 77 percent of all votes in the Russian Federation and abroad.

Not only in Russian cities but also in Berlin, London, Paris, New York and many other capitals around the globe Russians waited in long queues in front of polling stations to vote for their beloved, highly estimated President. Such fervour had not been seen yet, this is an absolute novum.

Vladimir Putin rules over the biggest country of the world. The Russian Federation spans two continents with eleven time zones. He is a strong president for a strong country. His popularity back home may serve him as a solid base to strengthen and consolidate Russia’s influence abroad within the next six years, from 2018 to 2023.

Many politicians from foreign countries consult him regularly, either by phone or during a visit in Moscow. Vladimir Putin has turned into an “elder statesman”, a wise leader with great experience. Others can learn a lot from him, even those who do not appreciate his leadership will have to count with him. He has become a leading figure worldwide.

A lot of comments have already been written about President Putin’s success in Syria, where he is supporting President Bashar Al Assad. Russia helps the Syrian Army in its long-lasting fight against radical forces trying to break up and divide the Syrian state.

A lot has also been written in a positive or negative way about the return of Crimea to the Russian motherland. 2014 was an important year for President Putin who has been ruling Russia for 18 years. In 2014 the citizens of Crimea decided by referendum they would rather live under Russian administration than remain a lost and forgotten part of bankrupt Ukraine. Crimea is soaring like the phoenix from the ashes.

The restoration of infrastructure with new bridges, highways, railroads, business and tourist centres causes admiration worldwide. Who would have thought that Crimea could bloom again in such a beautiful way?

Vladimir Putin was also able to show with his interior politics that he is the right man in the right place. During his presidency, the Russian Federation paid back all of its debts from Soviet times. Russia has made great progress in the fields of agriculture, ecology, defence, education, medicine, research, science, technology as well as in the sphere of social benefits for all citizens. Wages and pensions were augmented, the standard of living has improved, life expectancy has risen to an average of 72 years. Russians are happy and thankful, wishing their president to continue his excellent work.

One of the Russian President’s most important demographic aims is to populate this huge territory and make it inhabitable. A major aim regarding Russia’s economy is to raise incomes. The Russian Federation is still drawing profit from its immense quantity as well as quality of natural resources, mainly gas and oil.

Every year, Vladimir Putin announces that Russia’s economy must further diversify, pointing out that more small and medium businesses should be created. Russia’s “Strategic Plan 2020” includes further development in the areas of aircraft and ship construction, energy, informatics and medicine. In 2020, an overall assessment will be made.

The Russian Federation has reached a good position regarding the international classification of the World Bank for “Doing Business”, rising from place 120 in 2011 to place 35 in 2017. President Putin and his government can book this rise as economic success.

The development of Russia’s Far East is very important to Vladimir Putin. This remote area of the Russian Federation has rich natural resources but only few inhabitants. Vladivostok was founded in 1859.

Tsar Nicolas II promoted the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostok at the end of the 19th century. In 1916, this gigantic railway with a total length of 10.000 kilometers was officially opened for traffic.

Siberia, a huge territory of Russia’s Far East, comprised only five million inhabitants in 1815. Until 1914, the number had doubled due to the construction of the Transsibirian Railway. Today, 39 million people live in Siberia.

In 2010, Vladimir Putin drove 2.000 kilometres in a yellow Lada car from Khabarovsk on Amur to Chita in Transbaikalia. It was a mediatised event which drew a lot of attention to this region of Russia.

The President likes to spend each summer vacation in Siberia, where he goes fishing, horseback riding and whitewater rafting. In the summer of 2017, he spent his holidays in the Republic of Tuva, southern Siberia, near the Chinese border.

Among the friends in his company was Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, a native of Tuva. Videos of these holidays are of touristic value because they show the President’s love for the beauty and wild nature of Siberia.

In 2012, the first APEC Summit took place in Vladivostok. The Eastern Economic Forum followed in 2015 and has been continued on a regular basis each year. In 2016, delegations from China, Japan and Southern Korea participated.

In 2017, they were joined by a delegation from Mongolia. Russia’s Far Eastern population is growing, especially in the region of Khabarovsk, on the island of Sakhalin, in the Sakha Republic and the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug. For the past three years, the birthrate has been higher than the death rate, which means great success for Russia.

To further stimulate this auspicious dynamic, the Russian government has created a new programme in 2016/2017. Russian settlers receive one hectare of land as a gift, if they will settle in the Far East and use their hectare for agriculture. In addition, each new settler receives financial support from the government. This programme is very popular, many Russians use it for the benefit of their families.

President Vladimir Putin impresses people with his merits, deeds and especially his personality. He has become famous for his reforms, his dynamic style of governance, his closeness to the Russian people and his patriotism. He has great ideas but always remains levelheaded.

So he appears to be at the same time idealistic and pragmatic, courageous and careful. He behaves with discipline and reserve, never getting loud or stepping out of his role. Vladimir Putin is well suited for the position because of his balanced, calm temperament.

This behavior is typical for people born under the astrological sign of “Libra”. President Putin knows how to keep the scales balanced. When dealing with people he remains easy-going, diplomatic, polite and is a good listener.

Yet he is and remains self-contained, allowing nobody to see his cards, probably not even his closest relations. He might have learned to be so secretive during his time an officer of the KGB.

His training in judo might also have helped, whereas a rule you must try to outsmart and overwhelm the opponent in an athletic, playful way. His two favorite sports are judo and ice hockey. He also likes fitness and swimming.

Vladimir Putin is a diplomat and reformer, sportsman and writer. His books have sold very well: several manuals of judo and his autobiography.

The Russian President stands for law and order, safety and greatness of the Russian Federation. He is continuing Imperial and Soviet centralism to secure the continuation of Russian history throughout the centuries.

Vladimir Putin mirrors Russia’s endurance and strength. These are the reasons why 77 percent of his countrymen want him to be their president for a fourth time. Vladimir Putin is a shining example for many Russians. Everybody likes to believe in the power of one’s own country. This is absolutely normal, healthy and good.

Good luck for your presidency from 2018 to 2023, Mr. President, with lots of courage, health, and strength!


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The so-called ‘leaders’ of Britain, France and Germany are “political pygmies” in comparison to Vladimir Putin. They work against their own peoples’ interests instead of for them. No wonder they resent Putin : he shows them up too much. And the USA is ‘led’ by a self-indulgent, psychologically unstable narcissist, in contrast to whom Putin is a pillar of stability and strategic thinking.


Trump Weighs In On The Single Worst Mistake In American History

Trump hits Bush: Invading Iraq ‘the single worst decision ever made’.



Via Zerohedge

In a wide ranging interview with The Hill on Tuesday conducted in the Oval Office, President Trump was asked to give his take on the biggest mistake in American history.

Considering just how open-ended a question that is, it’s perhaps surprising that he merely went back less than a couple decades into the Bush presidency, though Trump’s base will certainly welcome it as it hearkens back to his “America First” foreign policy vision of the campaign trail.

“The worst single mistake ever made in the history of our country: going into the Middle East, by President Bush,” the president during his interview with Hill.TV.

“Obama may have gotten them (U.S. soldiers) out wrong, but going in is to me the biggest single mistake made in the history of our country,” he said.

Trump explained the reasoning behind this choice, and why it wasn’t something like the civil war or another defining and devastating event reaching far into American History.

“Because we spent $7 trillion in the Middle East. Now if you wanna fix a window some place they say, ‘oh gee, let’s not do it. Seven trillion, and millions of lives — you know, ‘cause I like to count both sides. Millions of lives,” the president explained.

Some scholars and humanitarian groups estimate that over one million Iraqis were killed in the US invasion and occupation of Iraq starting in 2003. A 2008 Opinion Research Business (ORB) poll, for example, found that approximately 1.03 million people had died as a result of the war.

“To me it’s the worst single mistake made in the history of our country. Civil war you can understand. Civil war, civil war. That’s different. For us to have gone into the Middle East, and that was just, that was a bad day for this country, I will tell you.”

Various estimates on the Iraq war’s cost have put the total taxpayer bill as low as near $2 trillion, but none dispute that it is in the multiple trillions, and estimates will vary widely depending on if veteran care is factored into it.

The comments echo things Trump said on the campaign trail in 2016. For example during one of his first major foreign policy speeches then candidate Trump said, “I will never send our finest into battle unless necessary, and I mean absolutely necessary, and will only do so if we have a plan for victory with a capital V.” And referencing the famous quote of John Quincy Adams, he said during the same speech, “The world must know that we do not go abroad in search of enemies.”

He had previously shocked pundits for being the first Republican nominee for president to trash George W. Bush’s decision to go to war in Iraq, and has more recently likened it to “throwing a big fat brick into a hornet’s nest”.

All of this is a hopeful sign considering the extremely heightened and dangerous tensions over Syria this week, and given Trump seems to have vacillated between “bringing the troops home” and getting more involved. On Monday Trump hinted that a decision on the U.S. role in Syria is coming soon.

Commenting on the over 2,000 troops now in Syria ostensibly as part of the “anti-ISIL” coalition campaign, Trump indicated this mission could end soon: “We’re very close to being finished with that job,” he said. He followed with: “And then we’re going to make a determination as to what we’re going to do.”

We consider it a hopeful and a good sign that Trump is possibly revisiting his “America First” foreign policy pledges by identifying the Iraq War as the worst mistake in US history.

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Brett Kavanaugh eleventh hour smear begins to fall apart (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 112.

Alex Christoforou



US President Trump is urging the woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh to testify and be heard.

Trump said he wants to hear from Christine Blasey Ford, noting that it would be “unfortunate” if she does not testify before a Senate committee. Trump told reporters Wednesday as he left the White House to view hurricane damage in North Carolina…

“If she doesn’t show up, that would be unfortunate.”

“If she shows up and makes a credible showing, that would be very interesting.”

From Trump’s lips to God’s ear…Blasey Ford came out to issue a statement essentially saying that she will not testify to Congress, either in an open or closed door session.

Furthermore it appears that Ford will not even allow Senate investigators to fly to California and obtain her statement from the comfort of her own home (as Senator Grassley has offered to do).

Ford is demanding an FBI investigation into an allegation with no date, time or place attached to it. 

RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou discuss the dangerous game of identity politics being played by the establishment, Democrat left, and their mainstream media minions.

The premise that a four decades old accusation is all that is needed to destroy a person’s entire life, threatens to tear down the most basic foundational values adhered to from within the US Constitution, and propel the United States of America towards a fascist state where censorship, citizen surveillance, and evidence free accusations are used to keep the establishment left in power and the American population cowered in fear.

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According to Zerohedge, Democrats’ Hail Mary play to stymie the confirmation of Trump SCOTUS pick Brett Kavanaugh is beginning to fizzle out. As angry Dems demanded that a Monday hearing on the allegations against Kavanaugh be delayed until the FBI has a chance to investigate, turncoat Republicans (on whom the Dems had been depending for votes) instead withdrew their support and fell in line after Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley declared that he would not honor Democrats’ request. Grassley revealed his intention to stand firm late Tuesday after lawyers for Palo Alto University professor Christine Blasey, who is claiming that Kavanaugh attempted to sexually assault her 35 years ago when the two were 17-year-old high school students, said their client wouldn’t be wiling to appear at Monday’s hearing.

According to the HillGrassley said Tuesday that there was “no reason” to delay the hearing now that Republicans have invited both Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, his accuser, to testify publicly. However, while Ford’s attorneys have insisted that their client has taken a polygraph test and “deserves to be heard”, Ford has bizarrely insisted that the FBI should have an opportunity to investigate her claims before she appears before the committee in order to spare her the “trauma” of confronting her alleged assailant.

Ford’s lawyers conveyed her request in the form of a letter sent to the committee, a copy of which was obtained by CNN.

Senator Grassley said he would refuse this request as several Republicans who had appeared to be on the cusp of defecting said they wouldn’t support further delays should Ford prove unwilling to testify.

Via the Hill…

“Republicans extended a hand in good faith. If we don’t hear from both sides on Monday, let’s vote,” said GOP Sen. Bob Corker (Tenn.), who was one of the first Republicans to call for the Judiciary Committee to hit pause on Kavanaugh’s nomination on Sunday.

GOP Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) told reporters earlier Tuesday that Ford’s lack of response to the committee about testifying was “puzzling.”

And GOP Sen. Jeff Flake, who had threatened to vote against Kavanaugh if Ford wasn’t given the chance to be heard, told CNN that he expected the committee to move on if she doesn’t appear.

“I think we’ll have to move to the markup,” he told CNN. “I hope she does (appear). I think she needs to be heard.”

Via Zerohedge…

Kavanaugh has denied Ford’s allegations and insisted he didn’t attend the party where the physical assault allegedly took place. Patrick Smyth, a fellow former Georgetown Prep student whom Ford alleges was also in attendance during the party issued a statement via his lawyer standing up for Kavanaugh. And in a separate letter to Grassley and Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, not only does Smyth repudiate Ford’s allegations, but he adds that he doesn’t remember this party even taking place.

Of course, Feinstein – who admitted last night that she couldn’t say for certain that Ford’s story is entirely truthful – sat on Ford’s allegations for three months before referring them to the FBI and sharing them with other lawmakers (who purportedly “leaked” it to the press). President Trump on Tuesday said that he “feels sorry” for Kavanaugh, adding that he doesn’t want to “play into [Democrats] hands”, presumably by giving them more time to drag out the confirmation process.

“They should have done this a long time ago, three months ago, not now. But they did it now. So I don’t want to play into their hands,” Trump said.

Without the support of their Republican allies, Democrats will lack the votes on the committee to hold up the nomination past Monday. Though bizarrely, Kavanaugh himself hasn’t said yet whether he would or wouldn’t testify, which begs the question: If neither Kavanaugh nor Ford appear at the hearing, what exactly will lawmakers discuss?

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‘Hell on Earth’: MSF doctor tells RT of rape, violence, inhumane conditions in Lesbos refugee camp

One toilet for over 70 people, rape, and mental health issues – a doctor from Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and an aid worker told RT about the dire conditions in the overcrowded Moria refugee camp in Greece.

Alex Christoforou



Via RT

One toilet for over 70 people, rape, and mental health issues – a doctor from Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and an aid worker told RT about the dire conditions in the overcrowded Moria refugee camp in Greece.

The overcrowded camp on the island of Lesbos, built to accommodate 3,100, houses around 9,000 people. “It’s a kind of hell on Earth in Europe,” Dr. Alessandro Barberio, an MSF clinical psychiatrist, said, adding that people in the camp suffer from lack of water and medical care. “It is impossible to stay there,” he said.

According to Barberio, asylum seekers are subjected to violence “during night and day.””There is also sexual violence”which leads to “mental health issues,” he said, adding that all categories of people at the camp may be subjected to it. “There is rape against men, women and children,” and the victims of sexual violence in the camp often have nightmares and hallucinations, Barberio told RT.

Asylum seekers in Moria “are in constant fear of violence,” and these fears are not groundless, the psychiatrist said. “Such cases [of violence] take place every week.”

There is “one toilet for 72 people, one shower for 84 people. The sanitation is bad. People are suffering from bad conditions,” Michael Raeber, an aid worker at the camp, told RT. They suffer from mental health problems because they are kept for a long time in the camp, according to Raeber.

“There is no perspective, they don’t know how their case will go on, when they will ever be able to leave the island.” The camp is a “place where there is no rule of law,” with rampant violence and drug addiction among the inhabitants, Raeber said.

In its latest report, MSF, which has been working near Moria since late 2017, criticized the unprecedented health crisis in the camp – one of the biggest in Greece. About a third of the camp population consists of children, and many of them have harmed themselves, and have thought about or attempted suicide, according to the group.

Barberio was behind an MSF open letter on the state of emergency in Moria, released on Monday, in which he writes that he has never “witnessed such overwhelming numbers of people suffering from serious mental health conditions.”

Calling the camp an “island prison,” he insisted that many of his patients in the camp are unable to perform basic everyday functions, “such as sleeping, eating well, maintaining personal hygiene, and communicating.”

A number of human rights groups have strongly criticized the conditions at the camp and Greece’s “containment policy”regarding asylum seekers.

Christina Kalogirou, the regional governor of the North Aegean, which includes Lesbos, has repeatedly threatened to shut down the facility unless the government improves the conditions. On Tuesday, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said that Greece will move 2,000 asylum seekers out of the severely overcrowded camp and send them to the mainland by the end of September.

Greece, like other EU states, is experiencing the worst refugee crisis since WWII. According to International Organization for Migration estimates, 22,000 asylum seekers have arrived in Greece since the start of this year alone.

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