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ALL EYES ON RUSSIA: World Cup kicks off in Moscow and 10 Russian cities

Major international event turns much of the world’s attention to Russia, opening the mystery of this country to all

Seraphim Hanisch




Russia has been invaded… by FIFA. And the city is welcoming the invaders with open arms.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup began over the weekend, with soccer (football) matches at the three main Moscow sports stadiums.

The FIFA games have been a tremendous boon for Moscow and will be for many cities across the Russian Federation as the fans sweep across European Russia, following their teams as they play in a total of 64 matches in 12 different venues located in 11 cities.

Muscovites and visitors from other countries alike enjoyed the antics of many of the fans who visited. In particular, the most colorful visitors this year appeared to be from Mexico; in fact, some 25,000 Mexicans were expected in Russia for the World Cup.

However, the Mexicans had rowdy competition from the Brazilian contingent and the Iranians as well as the Swedes and everyone else involved with FIFA.

Interestingly, the American team failed to make it to this match event, but many Americans could be seen all across Moscow over the weekend. Tour groups came to Russian Orthodox Church parishes and got treated to stellar singing, as at the Divine Liturgy celebrated at the Church of St John the Forerunner, on Piatnitski Street near the Tretyakov district in the center of town. The clergy giving the sermon graciously gave it again in English for the benefit of the visitors in the Church on Sunday.

Some of the festive displays in GUM, once the world’s largest department store, and now one of most highly stylish shopping centers in the world.

Similar scenes have been visible all across Moscow. The city itself has been in preparation for this event, and in some places the construction actually is an ongoing project, as with the Dinamo Stadium, and around Red Square. A phalanx of construction worker dwellings is visible near the famed St Basil’s Cathedral on Saturday afternoon, where it has been for some time.

There was a tragic event, though thankfully it could have been worse. As seen elsewhere on The Duran, a taxi driver apparently lost control of his car and plowed through a group of tourists on the sidewalk. It was a miracle that there were no serious injuries, but it apparently terrified the driver and he ran away, only to be apprehended by bystanders. Apparently, according to reports, he fell asleep. It was a very warm day in Moscow, and sitting in a hot car in almost immovable traffic can get to a person, but thankfully, of the eight people injured, none was reported as serious.

One of the most significant things about this World Cup is that it is happening in Russia, which has been berated by the UK, the United States and some other western powers for years now, concerning the reunification of Crimea with Russia (termed “illegal annexation” by the West), Russia’s anti-gay laws, and the country’s increasingly conservative – and Christian – alignment.

It is a pity that the US team did not qualify for this event because it might have brought more Americans into the country. One American visitor who was asked about her experience in Russia, simply said, “I love it… it’s totally different (than what the news media says about this place.)”

Far from the gloomy pictures often portrayed by the newsmedia of the United States and other places in the West, Russia is vibrant, particularly in the major cities such as Moscow, St Petersburg and Samara. The country is probably fairly understood as a “frontier” nation, because of its geographical size and great stretches of undeveloped and underdeveloped lands.

Historically it is fascinating, as the scars of the Soviet era are still quite visible in many places, but the dilapidated structures from that time are often in sharp contrast to the new and more modern buildings, as well as the newly restored pre-Revolutionary historic sites. Moscow is particularly replete with such places.

One can expect that a great many people here to watch the soccer matches will also notice the warmth and openness of Russian society, and how free the country feels. The visitors will be aided and abetted in that they can get tickets that allow them free travel to follow the games around the country.

When the United States hosts the World Cup in 2026, it will be hard pressed to duplicate the hospitality and economy of this event here.

The World Cup draws all eyes to Russia. Maybe this is great timing and maybe it will be yet another little (or maybe not so little) event that helps reveal the fog of lies the West has tried to build around this country.

It is certain to be true that the people that came here from the West to visit will not go back home thinking and feeling the same way about Russia as they might have before.

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(..there was a tragic event, though thankfully it could have been worse. As seen elsewhere on The Duran, a taxi driver apparently lost control of his car and plowed through a group of tourists on the sidewalk..) It looks like this was no tragic event but a rather a vehicular jihadist attack carried out by a Kyrgyzstani muzzie. He was probably sent by the CIA and Saudis to rock the boat in Moscow’s world cup fever! It looks like he decided to carry out a vehicular jihad attack but started having second thoughts and got scared after hitting some people.… Read more »

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” concerning its annexation of Crimea ” since the writer [by name] appears not to be English, allow me to correct his mistake here. Russia did NOT “annexe” Crimea, which in this context means to invade, using military force, and take over a resistant population, often with deaths. Please use the word which reflects the TRUTH. Russia accepted Crimea’s request for a re-unification following a democratic referendum. Given that one of the excuses given by the warring Anglo’s is that “Russia annexed Crimea” ; given that this supposed act of violence – which never happened – has been added to… Read more »


EU leaders dictate Brexit terms to Theresa May (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 115.

Alex Christoforou



The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss how EU leaders have agreed on a plan to delay the the Article 50 process which effectively postpones Brexit beyond the 29 March deadline.

The UK will now be offered a delay until the 22nd of May, only if MPs approve Theresa May’s withdrawal deal next week. If MPs do not approve May’s negotiated deal, then the EU will support a short delay until the 12th of April, allowing the UK extra time to get the deal passed or to “indicate a way forward”.

UK PM Theresa May said there was now a “clear choice” facing MPs, who could vote for a third time on her deal next week.

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Theresa May outlines four Brexit options, via Politico

In a letter to MPs, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May set out the four options she believes the country has in light of Thursday’s decision by EU leaders to extend the Brexit deadline beyond next Friday.

The U.K. is faced with a four-way choice, May wrote late Friday.

The government could revoke Article 50 — which May called a betrayal of the Brexit vote; leave without a deal on April 12; pass her deal in a vote next week; or, “if it appears that there is not sufficient support” for a vote on her deal in parliament next week or if it is rejected for a third time, she could ask for an extension beyond April 12.

But this would require for the U.K. taking part in European elections in May, which the prime minister said “would be wrong.”

May wrote that she’s hoping for the deal to pass, allowing the U.K. to leave the EU “in an orderly way,” adding “I still believe there is a majority in the House for that course of action.”

“I hope we can all agree that we are now at the moment of decision,” she wrote.

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US media suffers panic attack after Mueller fails to deliver on much-anticipated Trump indictment

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom said it all: “Mueller – The name that ended all mainstream media credibility.”





Via RT

Important pundits and news networks have served up an impressive display of denials, evasions and on-air strokes after learning that Robert Mueller has ended his probe without issuing a single collusion-related indictment.

The Special Counsel delivered his final report to Attorney General William Barr for review on Friday, with the Justice Department confirming that there will be no further indictments related to the probe. The news dealt a devastating blow to the sensational prophesies of journalists, analysts and entire news networks, who for nearly two years reported ad nauseam that President Donald Trump and his inner circle were just days away from being carted off to prison for conspiring with the Kremlin to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Showing true integrity, journalists and television anchors took to Twitter and the airwaves on Friday night to acknowledge that the media severely misreported Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, as well as what Mueller’s probe was likely to find. They are, after all, true professionals.

“How could they let Trump off the hook?” an inconsolable Chris Matthews asked NBC reporter Ken Dilanian during a segment on CNN’s ‘Hardball’.

Dilanian tried to comfort the CNN host with some of his signature NBC punditry.

“My only conclusion is that the president transmitted to Mueller that he would take the Fifth. He would never talk to him and therefore, Mueller decided it wasn’t worth the subpoena fight,” he expertly mused.

Actually, there were several Serious Journalists who used their unsurpassed analytical abilities to conjure up a reason why Mueller didn’t throw the book at Trump, even though the president is clearly a Putin puppet.

“It’s certainly possible that Trump may emerge from this better than many anticipated. However! Consensus has been that Mueller would follow DOJ rules and not indict a sitting president. I.e. it’s also possible his report could be very bad for Trump, despite ‘no more indictments,'” concluded Mark Follman, national affairs editor at Mother Jones, who presumably, and very sadly, was not being facetious.

Revered news organs were quick to artfully modify their expectations regarding Mueller’s findings.

“What is collusion and why is Robert Mueller unlikely to mention it in his report on Trump and Russia?” a Newsweek headline asked following Friday’s tragic announcement.

Three months earlier, Newsweek had meticulously documented all the terrible “collusion” committed by Donald Trump and his inner circle.

But perhaps the most sobering reactions to the no-indictment news came from those who seemed completely unfazed by the fact that Mueller’s investigation, aimed at uncovering a criminal conspiracy between Trump and the Kremlin, ended without digging up a single case of “collusion.”

The denials, evasions and bizarre hot takes are made even more poignant by the fact that just days ago, there was still serious talk about Trump’s entire family being hauled off to prison.

“You can’t blame MSNBC viewers for being confused. They largely kept dissenters from their Trump/Russia spy tale off the air for 2 years. As recently as 2 weeks ago, they had @JohnBrennan strongly suggesting Mueller would indict Trump family members on collusion as his last act,” journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted.

While the Mueller report has yet to be released to the public, the lack of indictments makes it clear that whatever was found, nothing came close to the vast criminal conspiracy alleged by virtually the entire American media establishment.

“You have been lied to for 2 years by the MSM. No Russian collusion by Trump or anyone else. Who lied? Head of the CIA, NSA,FBI,DOJ, every pundit every anchor. All lies,” wrote conservative activist Chuck Woolery.

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom was more blunt, but said it all: “Mueller – The name that ended all mainstream media credibility.”

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Canadian Lawmaker Accuses Trudeau Of Being A “Fake Feminist” (Video)

Rempel segued to Trudeau’s push to quash an investigation into allegations that he once groped a young journalist early in his political career



Via Zerohedge

Canada’s feminist-in-chief Justin Trudeau wants to support and empower women…but his support stops at the point where said women start creating problems for his political agenda.

That was the criticism levied against the prime minister on Friday by a conservative lawmaker, who took the PM to task for “muzzling strong, principled women” during a debate in the House of Commons.

“He asked for strong women, and this is what they look like!” said conservative MP Michelle Rempel, referring to the former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, who has accused Trudeau and his cronies of pushing her out of the cabinet after she refused to grant a deferred prosecution agreement to a Quebec-based engineering firm.

She then accused Trudeau of being a “fake feminist”.

“That’s not what a feminist looks like…Every day that he refuses to allow the attorney general to testify and tell her story is another day he’s a fake feminist!”

Trudeau was so taken aback by Rempel’s tirade, that he apparently forgot which language he should respond in.

But Rempel wasn’t finished. She then segued to Trudeau’s push to quash an investigation into allegations that he once groped a young journalist early in his political career. This from a man who once objected to the continued use of the word “mankind” (suggesting we use “peoplekind” instead).

The conservative opposition then tried to summon Wilson-Raybould to appear before the Commons for another hearing (during her last appearance, she shared her account of how the PM and employees in the PM’s office and privy council barraged her with demands that she quash the government’s pursuit of SNC-Lavalin over charges that the firm bribed Libyan government officials). Wilson-Raybould left the Trudeau cabinet after she was abruptly moved to a different ministerial post – a move that was widely seen as a demotion.

Trudeau has acknowledged that he put in a good word on the firm’s behalf with Wilson-Raybould, but insists that he always maintained the final decision on the case was hers and hers alone.

Fortunately for Canadians who agree with Rempel, it’s very possible that Trudeau – who has so far resisted calls to resign – won’t be in power much longer, as the scandal has cost Trudeau’s liberals the lead in the polls for the October election.


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