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BREAKING: US searches of Russian diplomatic properties begin (FIRST VIDEOS)

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has called the FBI searches “a travesty of justice”.

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US authorities have begun raid style searches of diplomatic properties in the United States which are legally the property of the Russian Federation.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has published the first videos of the US authorities inside the Russian properties and promises to publish more as they become available.

Addition videos show men described as FBI workers climbing into ceiling spaces during their search

The photos below show FBI personnel entering the Russian diplomatic property.

The Foreign Ministry also published photos of the diplomatic facilities shortly before the FBI search indicating that most of the items had been removed.

Russia has correctly slammed the move as being unprecedented. Beyond this it is illegal according to the international law inscribed in the Vienna Conventions.

READ MORE: US actions against Russian diplomatic and consular property are illegal–here’s why

 

 

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englishvinal

More deliberate isolation. Why would any country want to send Ambassadors and other Russian personnel into the United States?… They really do NOT need to have their own people inside the US.. whatever needs to be negotiated can be done from Canada or Mexico.. or anywhere in Central America… International flights started avoiding US air space about 7 years ago, when the US began harassing everybody who might only have been sitting in their plane seat waiting for the fuel-up in Florida.. and never even entered the airport. Flights fuel up in Panama now… and pay Panama the fees…. Assets,… Read more »

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

It’s called the Noahide Laws, which GHWB acknowledged to be the sole repository of all true morality.
The jew is judged according to the Ten Commandments; but not considering the Gentile to be human, he places him beneath the harsh yoke of said laws, administered not by God, but by those gods on earth, the sanhedrin.
This is what Orwell was speaking about when he referred to the boot stamping upon your face for ever.
This is what the jewish New World Order looks like; and this is how it behaves, in that home of judaism, the United States of Terror.

BobValdez
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BobValdez

Time for the FSB and GRU to “search” ALL us embassy property, vehicles and homes of ALL us diplomatic staff in Russia. NO exception.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Without warning also. Staff members should be – courteously, kindly, but firmly – held incommunicado in a nice hotel, until the searches are completed.

Simon
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Simon

When life gives you lemons…..make lemonade. This was brilliant. MID opened up their premises to their media, they even had live streamed coverage. It surprised me. What could the US do? They just looked arrogant and stupid, any chance of planting fake ‘gotcha’ evidence evaporated. Hats off to the Russian Min Foreign Affairs. It’s what makes Russia the king of adversaries – they are smart and subtle. 😉 Sorry (to many on this site), but no need for war threats. This game is not being played in the US media (or diplomatic) space or the Russian. The real player is… Read more »

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Sorry Simon, but “the rest of the world” is not homogeneous. The people like yourself who can see America looking like the scum they are, are very much the minority. The majority are seeing America as treating Russia with contempt and also as a potential aggressor – and Russia seems so far to have no answer. Russia looks either a fool, a weak scared country, or a suspect, depending on the train of thought of viewers. It makes me furious and yes, whilst I agree that filming this and showing the yank troglodytes had nothing was clever and a good… Read more »

Simon
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Simon

Isabella, your frustration and anger are TOTALLY justified. But we are dealing here with something between a rabid dog and sulky teenage bully. Just what is the kick in the cojones that we can try to shut them down?! How about a thermobaric bomb on the illegitimate US base at Al-Tanf? Did I go too far? You can see the problem in dealing with them. You tell me what should be done. In the meantime every time that they are mocked, humiliated and shamed is a step in the right direction. They don’t even have an ‘Empire’. It is virtual,… Read more »

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Ohh, dont think I can agree with you there Simon. I’ve long said America has an Empire – tell me how it differs?? They have their military in countries – about 800+ bases as far as we know. They use said countries as their own backyard. Several have asked them to leave and they just take no notice. They flood countries with their money, they behave exactly as they please, and are answerable to no-one. Japan, Europe, Afghanistan, the Middle East !! They look like an Empire to me I’m afraid. Yes, I agree with you regarding the problem of… Read more »

Simon
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Simon

Isabella, It’s very easy. This is a ‘war’ between reality and virtual reality. Russia is based on reality. Its military are real, its reserves, low debt, and gold – real, its politics and strategies are real. It is not alone. China and others live in the real world. We only have to prick the bubble of the virtual reality that is the West. What is left after that will be – reality. PS I disagree, there is no American Empire – if there were then eg they could raise an army of 100,000 Afghans and invade…some place. The Brits could… Read more »

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

I think with the Brits in India, things were a bit different, and the mindset. The average Asian – certainly the Indians of those times – admired strength. Many saw the armies of the Dutch East India Company – and then of Queen Victoria, whom they all admired enormously – as mighty, and to be revered. Britain and India forged a link of understanding that I must admit slightly puzzles me. I have known and had friendships with many Indians, and note that sense of a bridge of understanding being present. I dont quite know why – but it’s been… Read more »

Rex drabble
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Rex drabble

Isabella,You are plain wrong,Your kind of talk doesnt make things better.It is just a continuation of endless,useless non constructive points of view.Talk is cheap.action speaks louder and Russia is the master in that regard

André De Koning
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André De Koning

But it might be falling apart as we speak: these are symptoms of becoming powerless, even though it might take a while for the dying beast to actually collapse. Like the Rise and Fall of Civilizations (Toynbee), the symptoms are visible, so there is hope yet for the world to see Russia/China and BRICS to develop and show a better way than war and aggression and arrogance.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

It’s certainly what we are all hoping for Andre, I agree.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

“Everybody hates the British” is what I kept hearing from people in those countries.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

“Those observers who criticize Russia for being “weak” or “naive” simply project their own, mostly American, “reaction set” on the Russians and fail to realize the simply truth that Russians are not Americans, they think differently and they act differently. For one thing, the Russians don’t care if they are perceived as “weak” or “naive”. In fact, they would prefer to be perceived as such if that furthers their goals and confuses the opponent about their real intentions and capabilities. The Russians know that they did not build the biggest country on the planet by being “weak” or “naive” and… Read more »

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

I am very well aware of how Russians think, and how differently to the West they think. Russia has been my subject of study for some years now.
How others see Russia is what drives them – that is something Russia has to take into account. You have to know what your enemy is thinking – and how it thinks. No good just going on your own knowledge.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

No insult intended. I firmly believe that Russia/Putin know exactly what the West thinks of them and how they “see” Russia. As Putin says it is actions that tell the truth and the West has made action against RF in every way possible. It has been said that Putin studied Sun Tzu and we know he plays chess. The ways he has confounded the US’s moves against RF in so many ways shows this, and at the same time shows the impotence of the West to do anything of REAL damage to Russia. Should Russia REALLY risk a war with… Read more »

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Here is an article for you : “Russia and the Chinese Petrodollar Kill Shot” https://www.roguemoney.net/blog/ru-china-petrodollar-killshot

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Good one, thank you Gonzogal.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Very well said.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Thank you but those are not my words but a quote from the article linked in my comment.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

“You tell me what should be done”.
OK.
Something highly symbolic.
RF to announce the end of all US-Russian collaboration in space.
No more sales of Russian rocket engines to the Children of Darkness.
No more lying, dirty, contemptible, masonic, yanquis in space.
As a symbolic move par excellence, this is the ideal.

Let them be confined to the gutter where they grew up, and where they exist, and have their being.

Bob Trajkoski
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Bob Trajkoski

AMERICA LOOK AS WHAT THEY WHAT ARE DOING IN THERE AMBASIS AND SUSPECT EVERYONE IS THE SAME .USA IS A CRIMINAL STATE

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

So it begins. Lets all watch with baited breath at the ‘incriminating evidence’ the FBI and CIA ‘find’ and ‘disclose to the world.’

Seán Murphy
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Seán Murphy

Except they’re not going to “find”it.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Oh. But they WILL. I’m almost certain that the evidence WILL BE FOUND. It will be found hidden in between the walls; or in a pile of documents the Diplomats “forgot” to shred; or it will be ‘decoded’ from the ashes of the documents that were incinerated.

They WILL find the evidence. Of that we can be sure.

Hans Zandvliet
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Hans Zandvliet

And if they don’t, they will plant some ‘evidence’.
Hell, they only need to utter some accusations: since the February 2014 coup in the Ukraine, we’ve learned time and again that evidence is not even needed anymore.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Yeah. Kind of familiar scenario, isn’t it? Where have seen this before? America, accusations, illegal atrocities, no evidence found – oh yes. Iraq. Familiar pattern.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Yeah… Ah, from memory; Iraq; 911, Syria, Russian Election Meddling ‘Inquisition,’ Libya, MH17 Shoot Down, “Russia did it” French Election, Mythical Russian Invasion of Donbass and Luhansk; Funding the Taliban in Afghanistan…

There’s probably about a dozen I’ve missed.

F Flint Rider
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F Flint Rider

shame…shame…shame….clang!!!

Freethinking Влади́мир
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Freethinking Влади́мир

Effing Zio globalist tools. I have no respect for America. Absolutely none! I feel sorry for the 0.01% red pilled people, but other than that they can suffocate for what I care.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Every single thing America has done on the international stage, bar a few minor token gestures has, since about 1945, been illegal. What point is there now in grizzling about how this is illegal? You think they give a monkey’s cuss?. Yes, so was the destruction of Libya, the lies and invasion of Iraq – illegal. Didn’t stop them and they’ve paid not one iota for it. They act with utter impunity, and they know it. The AngloArrogantAristos of America dont give a rats ass about “illegal”. As far as they are concerned, if they want to do something, that… Read more »

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

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Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

“The most pathetic thing about all this is how the AngloZionists are misreading the Russians. From a Russian cultural point of view, everything the West and NATO has been doing as signs of weakness. Why would a strong alliance need to engage in meaningless threats (NATO battalions or ABM systems)? Why would a strong alliance seek safety in numbers? Why would a strong alliance act is if reality did not exist? From a Russian point of view all that saber-rattling and grandstanding amount to a gigantic admission weakness and they are totally unimpressed. And they are not shy about expressing… Read more »

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Yes, I in fact was writing – I think over 18 months ago – that in my opinion we would find that Putin’s main aim has always been to bring America down via crippling her international currency standing, and all the back up [undeserved] which that has given her. I agree that, when Putin said, in the Stone “Putin interviews”in answer to Stone’s comment, of the rabid hatred coupled with lack of any insight and insanity of the Ruling clique “I fear them”, Putin replied with “I fear them too” — wasn’t because of any strength NATO/US have. I am… Read more »

Rex drabble
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Rex drabble

Let them.Who cares?Russia has proven time and again they are much smarter than the US and followers.The US shows the whole world how corrupt and stupid they really are.They will bring themselves down.Enjoy the show,you are watching the world change for the better,relax and put your faith in Mr Putin,,,,,The greatest world leader we will ever see in our time.Buy some pop corn and put your feet up.

Matt Hol
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Matt Hol

My first baby was born yesterday. And I wake up to great power war escalation not seen since the 1940’s.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Congratulations Matt. I hope Mum and Baby are doing well, and continue to thrive. Dont let the scum of the earth spoil your day. It is one that will never come again – by definition, there can only ever be one “first”. So have a wonderful happy day, thinking of all the other wonderful day days to come. They have no part in life, joy, and beauty.

Matt Hol
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Matt Hol

Thanks so much.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Congratulations!

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Here is a super interesting interview that points to the fact that this “precedent setting” violation of international law could be in preparation for the US/UK storming of the Ecuadoran embassy in London to take out Assange,,,,
https://youtu.be/KApwpwxnYGY?t=5m11s

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

It’s a good point. She also made the point I did here – that it has strengthened the view of many that Russia is “guilty” of something.
However, the other thing it might be doing is adding fuel to the fire of anti-Russian sentiments in order to set the picture for a False Flag.
Never forget the False Flags – and that they always “set the scene” first.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Surely you’re not a conspiracy theorist, Isabella?
I know our governments would never, ever, do anything utterly immoral and illegal.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

🙂
Nah – of course they wouldn’t Tim. It’s just these nightmares I keep getting!!

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

🙂

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

FBI searching the attics of the Russian Consulate, but never went to search the basement of Clinton’s residence, where she hid illegal computer servers …
FBI, the joke of the day.

Voltaire
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Voltaire

The FBI never searched the DNC to find who hacked it either……..that is gros negligence and means that no poroof will ever be provided of Russian hacking of the DNC….

The FBI are a bunch of amateur and corrupted incompetents…

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Or the blood-soaked cellars beneath Planet Pizza.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

“What are our people going to do in your ambassador’s apartments or in the consulate in San Francisco? Look for illegal recipes for borsch? Of course, Russians have to respond and to go into our consulate in St. Petersburg – looking for what? Perhaps, for too many copies of Doctor Zhivago in the embassy’s library?”
– John Graham, former US ambassador

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Russia, by the grace of God, hangs her international reputation foursquare upon the Word of God. She is a Christian nation; and this is what the jew cannot abide, or tolerate. The scenario we see playing out here has played out before, in another land, and in another time; but the actors remain the same, the script unmodified. Good against evil; force, brutality, lies, murders, and thefts; against The Truth. Let us thank God for Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation, upon whom, and upon which, the entire Light of the World shines, and all the more brightly, in this… Read more »

seby
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seby

I wonder if this atrocious illegal bullshit and the nyt and msm dancing again to what Robert Parry describes as “Russia-gate’s Totalitarian Style” has something to do with the Lithuanian zionist’s panic visit to Sochi recently?

Win
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Win

I think this, along with news of the criminal behaviour of their police just helps further the growing understanding in the world that the USA is on the way to becoming a failed state where the rule of law has been discarded.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

They are still following the law; but the law has changed; it is now the Noahide Laws which are being implemented.
Beneath which, there is no concept of righteousness and equality, only oppression, and evil.
This, my friends, is the jewish mentality.
This is what the Palestinians have had to endure for seventy years, whilst we looked away.

Shue
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Shue

LoL!!… Good move, they left the place bare naked, impossible to falsify anything.

mikhas
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mikhas

It also means that the US may violate int. Law anywere including Ecuador’s embassy in london, grab Assange and the English will comply.

Strip search the CIA agents at the remaining US consulates in Russia, close and send the f*ckers home

Hans Zandvliet
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Hans Zandvliet

As far as I know, this kind of violation of diplomatic immunity is unprecedented. As far as I can remember, this never happened; not even during the Cold War (1946 – 1991), not even during WW-2, not even during the Interbellum (1918 – 1939), not even during WW-1!
And all these unprecedented violations of basic diplomatic relations, just because of a totally unsustantiated fairytale of Russian intervention in US elections?
Washington has seriously lost touch with reality; not only domestically but also internationally!

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Driven mad by the jewish infection of their society, they are now nothing more than rabid dogs, fit only to be destroyed.
There can only be one end for this society of madmen, and madwomen.

Hans Zandvliet
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Hans Zandvliet

I simpathize with your feelings, but to prevent the Washington psycopaths from dragging us down with them by blowing up our entire planet, we’d better use our brains instead of our hearts, to give them check-mate.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

The two always go together.
Brains, but informed by the heart.
Without which, the brains are nothing.

Based ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ
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Based ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

Jew world order loading

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

And now, without any further delay, Russia should respond in kind.

Mr Misanthropic
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Mr Misanthropic

international laws apply to every other country, USA are the exceptional people aren’t they

Mario8282
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Mario8282

US Government performs an unprecedented show of monumental stupidity. As everybody expected: nothing to be found. Maximum PR damage. EGG ON US FACE BY OWN CHOICE. Somebody high in the US leadership must very much hate the USA.

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Russia and China Are Containing the US to Reshape the World Order

China and Russia are leading this historic transition while being careful to avoid direct war with the United States.

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Authored by Federico Pieraccini via The Strategic Culture Foundation:


Fortunately the world today is very different from that of 2003, Washington’s decrees are less effective in determining the world order. But in spite of this new, more balanced division of power amongst several powers, Washington appears ever more aggressive towards allies and enemies alike, regardless of which US president is in office.

China and Russia are leading this historic transition while being careful to avoid direct war with the United States. To succeed in this endeavor, they use a hybrid strategy involving diplomacy, military support to allies, and economic guarantees to countries under Washington’s attack.

The United States considers the whole planet its playground. Its military and political doctrine is based on the concept of liberal hegemony, as explained by political scientist John Mearsheimer. This imperialistic attitude has, over time, created a coordinated and semi-official front of countries resisting this liberal hegemony. The recent events in Venezuela indicate why cooperation between these counter-hegemonic countries is essential to accelerating the transition from a unipolar to a multipolar reality, where the damage US imperialism is able to bring about is diminished.

Moscow and Beijing lead the world by hindering Washington

Moscow and Beijing, following a complex relationship from the period of the Cold War, have managed to achieve a confluence of interests in their grand objectives over the coming years. The understanding they have come to mainly revolves around stemming the chaos Washington has unleashed on the world.

The guiding principle of the US military-intelligence apparatus is that if a country cannot be controlled (such as Iraq following the 2003 invasion), then it has to be destroyed in order to save it from falling into Sino-Russian camp. This is what the United States has attempted to do with Syria, and what it intends to do with Venezuela.

The Middle East is an area that has drawn global attention for some time, with Washington clearly interested in supporting its Israeli and Saudi allies in the region. Israel pursues a foreign policy aimed at dismantling the Iranian and Syrian states. Saudi Arabia also pursues a similar strategy against Iran and Syria, in addition to fueling a rift within the Arab world stemming from its differences with Qatar.

The foreign-policy decisions of Israel and Saudi Arabia have been supported by Washington for decades, for two very specific reasons: the influence of the Israel lobby in the US, and the need to ensure that Saudi Arabia and the OPEC countries sell oil in US dollars, thereby preserving the role of the US dollar as the global reserve currency.

The US dollar remaining the global reserve currency is essential to Washington being able to maintain her role as superpower and is crucial to her hybrid strategy against her geopolitical rivals. Sanctions are a good example of how Washington uses the global financial and economic system, based on the US dollar, as a weapon against her enemies. In the case of the Middle East, Iran is the main target, with sanctions aimed at preventing the Islamic Republic from trading on foreign banking systems. Washington has vetoed Syria’s ability to procure contracts to reconstruct the country, with European companies being threatened that they risk no longer being able to work in the US if they accept to work in Syria.

Beijing and Moscow have a clear diplomatic strategy, jointly rejecting countless motions advanced by the US, the UK and France at the United Nations Security Council condemning Iran and Syria. On the military front, Russia continues her presence in Syria. China’s economic efforts, although not yet fully visible in Syria and Iran, will be the essential part of reviving these countries destroyed by years of war inflicted by Washington and her allies.

China and Russia’s containment strategy in the Middle East aims to defend Syria and Iran diplomatically using international law, something that is continuously ridden roughshod over by the US and her regional allies. Russia’s military action has been crucial to curbing and defeating the inhuman aggression launched against Syria, and has also drawn a red line that Israel cannot cross in its efforts to attack Iran. The defeat of the United States in Syria has created an encouraging precedent for the rest of the world. Washington has been forced to abandon the original plans to getting rid of Assad.

Syria will be remembered in the future as the beginning of the multipolar revolution, whereby the United States was contained in military-conventional terms as a result of the coordinated actions of China and Russia.

China’s economic contribution provides for such urgent needs as the supply of food, government loans, and medicines to countries under Washington’s economic siege. So long as the global financial system remains anchored to the US dollar, Washington remains able to cause a lot of pain to countries refusing to obey her diktats.

The effectiveness of economic sanctions varies from country to country. The Russian Federation used sanctions imposed by the West as an impetus to obtain a complete, or almost autonomous, refinancing of its main foreign debt, as well as to producing at home what had previously been imported from abroad. Russia’s long-term strategy is to open up to China and other Asian countries as the main market for imports and exports, reducing contacts with the Europeans if countries like France and Germany continue in their hostility towards the Russian Federation.

Thanks to Chinese investments, together with planned projects like the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the hegemony of the US dollar is under threat in the medium to long term. The Chinese initiatives in the fields of infrastructure, energy, rail, road and technology connections among dozens of countries, added to the continuing need for oil, will drive ever-increasing consumption of oil in Asia that is currently paid for in US dollars.

Moscow is in a privileged position, enjoying good relations with all the major producers of oil and LNG, from Qatar to Saudi Arabia, and including Iran, Venezuela and Nigeria. Moscow’s good relations with Riyadh are ultimately aimed at the creation of an OPEC+ arrangement that includes Russia.

Particular attention should be given to the situation in Venezuela, one of the most important countries in OPEC. Riyadh sent to Caracas in recent weeks a tanker carrying two million barrels of oil, and Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has taken a neutral stance regarding Venezuela, maintaining a predictable balance between Washington and Caracas.

These joint initiatives, led by Moscow and Beijing, are aimed at reducing the use of the US dollar by countries that are involved in the BRI and adhere to the OPEC+ format. This diversification away from the US dollar, to cover financial transactions between countries involving investment, oil and LNG, will see the progressive abandonment of the US dollar as a result of agreements that increasingly do away with the dollar.

For the moment, Riyadh does not seem intent on losing US military protection. But recent events to do with Khashoggi, as well as the failure to list Saudi Aramco on the New York or London stock exchanges, have severely undermined the confidence of the Saudi royal family in her American allies. The meeting between Putin and MBS at the G20 in Bueno Aires seemed to signal a clear message to Washington as well as the future of the US dollar.

Moscow and Beijing’s military, economic and diplomatic efforts see their culmination in the Astana process. Turkey is one of the principle countries behind the aggression against Syria; but Moscow and Tehran have incorporated it into the process of containing the regional chaos spawned by the United States. Thanks to timely agreements in Syria known as “deconfliction zones”, Damascus has advanced, city by city, to clear the country of the terrorists financed by Washington, Riyadh and Ankara.

Qatar, an economic guarantor of Turkey, which in return offers military protection to Doha, is also moving away from the Israeli-Saudi camp as a result of Sino-Russian efforts in the energy, diplomatic and military fields. Doha’s move has also been because of the fratricidal diplomatic-economic war launched by Riyadh against Doha, being yet another example of the contagious effect of the chaos created by Washington, especially on US allies Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Washington loses military influence in the region thanks to the presence of Moscow, and this leads traditional US allies like Turkey and Qatar to gravitate towards a field composed essentially of the countries opposed to Washington.

Washington’s military and diplomatic defeat in the region will in the long run make it possible to change the economic structure of the Middle East. A multipolar reality will prevail, where regional powers like Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran will feel compelled to interact economically with the whole Eurasian continent as part of the Belt and Road Initiative.

The basic principle for Moscow and Beijing is the use of military, economic and diplomatic means to contain the United States in its unceasing drive to kill, steal and destroy.

From the Middle East to Asia

Beijing has focussed in Asia on the diplomatic field, facilitating talks between North and South Korea, accelerating the internal dialogue on the peninsula, thereby excluding external actors like the United States (who only have the intention of sabotaging the talks). Beijing’s military component has also played an important role, although never used directly as the Russian Federation did in Syria. Washington’s options vis-a-vis the Korean peninsular were strongly limited by the fact that bordering the DPRK were huge nuclear and conventional forces, that is to say, the deterrence offered by Russia and China. The combined military power of the DPRK, Russia and China made any hypothetical invasion and bombing of Pyongyang an impractical option for the United States.

As in the past, the economic lifeline extended to Pyongyang by Moscow and Beijing proved to be decisive in limiting the effects of the embargo and the complete financial war that Washington had declared on North Korea. Beijing and Moscow’s skilled diplomatic work with Seoul produced an effect similar to that of Turkey in the Middle East, with South Korea slowly seeming to drift towards the multipolar world offered by Russia and China, with important economic implications and prospects for unification of the peninsula.

Russia and China – through a combination of playing a clever game of diplomacy, military deterrence, and offering to the Korean peninsula the prospect of economic investment through the BRI – have managed to frustrate Washington’s efforts to unleash chaos on their borders via the Korean peninsula.

The United States seems to be losing its imperialistic mojo most significantly in Asia and the Middle East, not only militarily but also diplomatically and economically.

The situation is different in Europe and Venezuela, two geographical areas where Washington still enjoys greater geopolitical weight than in Asia and the Middle East. In both cases, the effectiveness of the two Sino-Russian resistance – in military, economic and diplomatic terms – is more limited, for different reasons. This situation, in line with the principle of America First and the return to the Monroe doctrine, will be the subject of the next article.

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The Duran – News in Review – Episode 178.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss how the Islamic State has been rapidly losing territory over the last two years in Syria and Iraq, due to efforts by Russian and Syrian forces, as well as the US and their Kurdish allies.

The jihadist caliphate has lost most of its forces and resources, leading it to go into hiding.

Al-Masdar News is reporting that Daesh* leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reportedly attacked in a village near Hajin by some of the terrorist organisation’s foreign fighters in an apparent coup attempt, The Guardian reported, citing anonymous intelligence sources. Baghdadi reportedly survived the alleged coup attempt, with his bodyguards taking him into hiding in the nearby desert.

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Meanwhile European leaders are shocked at US President Trump’s ISIS ultimatum. Via Zerohedge

After President Trump’s provocative tweets on Sunday wherein he urged European countries to “take back” and prosecute some 800 ISIS foreign fighters as US forces withdraw from Syria, or else “we will be forced to release them,” the message has been met with shock, confusion and indifference in Europe. Trump had warned the terrorists could subsequently “permeate Europe”.

Possibly the most pathetic and somewhat ironic response came from Denmark, where a spokesperson for Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said Copenhagen won’t take back Danish Islamic State foreign fighters to stand trial in the country, according to the German Press Agency DPA“We are talking about the most dangerous people in the world. We should not take them back,” the spokesperson stressed, and added that the war in Syria is ongoing, making the US president’s statement premature.

Germany’s response was also interesting, given a government official framed ISIS fighters’ ability to return as a “right”.  A spokeswoman for Germany’s interior ministry said, “In principle, all German citizens and those suspected of having fought for so-called Islamic State have the right to return.” She even added that German ISIS fighters have “consular access” — as if the terrorists would walk right up to some embassy window in Turkey or Beirut!

Noting that the Iraqi government has also of late contacted Germany to transport foreign fighters to their home country for trial, she added, “But in Syria, the German government cannot guarantee legal and consular duties for jailed German citizens due to the armed conflict there.”

France, for its part, has already agreed to repatriate over 130 French Islamic State members as part of a deal reached in January with US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) who are holding them, after which they will go through the French legal system. However, French Secretary of State Laurent Nuñez still insisted that the west’s Kurdish allies would never merely let ISIS terrorists walk out their battlefield prisons free.

“It’s the Kurds who hold them and we have every confidence in their ability to keep them,” Nuñez told French broadcaster BFMTV on Sunday. “Anyway, if these individuals return to the national territory, they all have ongoing judicial proceedings, they will all be put on trial, and incarcerated,” he said, in comments which appeared to leave it up to others to make happen.

And representing the Belgian government, Justice Minister Koen Geens charged Trump with blindsiding his European allies with the demand, which included Trump underscoring that it is “time for others to step up and do the job” before it’s too late. “It would have been nice for friendly nations to have these kinds of questions raised through the usual diplomatic channels rather than a tweet in the middle of the night,” Geens said during a broadcast interview on Sunday, according to the AFP.

Meanwhile in the UK the issue has recently become politically explosive as debate over so-called British jihadist bride Shamima Begum continues. The now 19-year old joined Islamic State in 2015 after fleeing the UK when she was just 15. She’s now given birth in a Syrian refugee camp and is demanding safe return to Britain for fear that she and her child could die in the camp, so near the war zone.

Conservatives in Britain, such as Interior Minister Sajid Javid have argued that “dangerous individuals” coming back to the UK from battlefields in the Middle East should be stripped of their British citizenship. He said this option has already been “so far exercises more than 100 times,” otherwise he also advocates prosecution of apprehended returning suspects “regardless of their age and gender.”

Identified as French nationals fighting within ISIS’ ranks, via Khaama press news agency

The UN has estimated that in total up to 42,000 foreign fighters traveled to Iraq and Syria to join IS — which appears a very conservative estimate — and which includes about 900 from Germany and 850 from Britain.

SDF leaders have previously complained about the “lack the capacity” for mass incarceration of ISIS terrorists and the inability to have proper battlefield trials for them. Recent estimates have put the number of ISIS militants in US-SDF battlefield jails at over 1000, though Trump put the number at 800 in his tweet.

However, even once they do return to Europe it’s unclear the extent to which they’ll be properly prosecuted and locked in prison by European authorities.

For example, another fresh controversy that lately erupted in Britain involved a 29-year old UK woman who traveled to join ISIS, and was convicted for membership in a terrorist group upon her return to Britain. She was jailed on a six year sentence in 2016, but is now already walking free a mere less than three years after her conviction.

 

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‘End of free speech’: Maffick CEO, host slam Facebook’s unprovoked ‘censorship’ after CNN report

This is because of the political content that challenges the US wars. It is absolutely an act of censorship.

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Facebook blocking several pages operated by Maffick Media is nothing short of outright censorship, the company’s CEO Anissa Naouai said, after a US-funded think tank pointed them out to CNN for a ‘hit-piece’.

The actions of the social media giant, which suspended the accounts of In the Now, Soapbox, Back Then and Waste-Ed last Friday without providing any explanation or even contacting the company that ran the pages, is nothing but a simple attempt to get rid of dissenting voices critical of Washington’s policies, Naouai told RT.

It is blatant censorship. What else can you call it?

Unexplained ban

The ban came literally out of the blue even though Maffick did not violate any existing Facebook regulations. “There is no rule that you have to post anything about your funding or personal funding. No one does it, not any of the US-sponsored outlets,” Naouai said. However, that was apparently the stated reason for the blocking as a Facebook spokesperson said the social media giant wanted the pages to become more transparent by disclosing their funding and “Russian affiliations.”

Facebook never contacted Maffick Media directly, though. In fact, it did not even answer the company’s emails and stayed conspicuously silent about the ways that would allow the accounts to be reinstated. “We have not heard a word from Facebook and it has been over three days now,” Naouai said.

The whole situation makes one think that the suspension is in fact connected to the pages’ popularity as well as their critical stance towards US policies, the Maffick CEO said. “We have hosts that talk about things that are not allowed to talk about on other networks like CNN,” she explained.

“If a video that says that gets hundreds of thousands of views on a page that has millions of views, people [in Washington] start to notice that and they get upset. I believe that is why we were targeted: because of our success and because of, as CNN said, high quality of our videos,” Naouai added.

The Maffick CEO also assumed that a recent piece on the US-sponsored coup attempt in Venezuela might have become a trigger for this drastic measure taken by Facebook. “There is a very … divisive and obnoxious policy taking place right now against Venezuela,” she said, “we do not know if this was the segment that triggered [the suspension] but the timing is convenient.”

“When someone calls out what is happening in Venezuela as a blatant coup it ruffles the feathers of think tanks that spent millions if not billions of dollars to persuade [the audience otherwise] and lobby their interests.”

‘Interrogation’ by CNN

Some details of this whole case may indeed seem odd. Just about an hour after the pages were blocked, CNN published a report on the issue as if they broke the news. “CNN knew that we were going to be blocked before we did,” Naouai said, explaining that, when she found out her company’s pages were suspended, CNN had already published its piece.

Weeks before the blocking, CNN sought to interview some freelancers working with Maffick in an apparent attempt to “dig up some dirt,” Rania Khalek, the American host of Soapbox – one of the video shows Maffick ran on Facebook – recalled.

When the company’s leadership “got wind of it” and offered CNN an interview, it all ended up with a 45-minute “interrogation” loaded with “unethical” questions that “almost any other media organization would even think to answer.”

It felt like a police interrogation: very invasive questions about Maffick and our editorial policies. It was clear that they were doing a hit-piece.

“A CNN journalist repeatedly asked me about my political viewpoints. He was in complete disbelief that I have editorial control over my scripts. He could not understand how it was possible,” Khalek, who was one of those, who gave the interview to CNN, said.

Maffick Media assumed that CNN might in fact pressure Facebook into blocking the accounts. “It is a very competitive market existing in a very political atmosphere that is toxic right now in the US,” Naouai said.

Loophole for state censorship?

CNN itself admits in its piece that it did not just stumble upon the Facebook pages in question independently. Instead, this issue was brought to its attention by the Alliance for Securing Democracy – a part of the German Marshall Fund. This fund is a think tank, which is financed by the US and German governments and has such people as Michael Morell, the former CIA deputy head, and Jacob Sullivan, former Vice President Joe Biden’s top security aide, on its advisory board.

Now, CNN, which stepped on a slippery slope by scrutinizing other media outlets’ funding, had to go to some extraordinary lengths to persuade its audience that the Alliance for Securing Democracy “does not receive any funding” from the German Marshall Fund, while still being a part of it at the same time. However, all these facts just added a new layer to the story.

“You have this US-funded think tank prompting CNN to pressure Facebook to ban our pages. That is an act of censorship,”Khalek said. She thinks the whole scheme was used to circumvent the First Amendment banning the US authorities from directly censoring free speech. “So, they use a middleman to pressure private companies to censor us,” she added, calling it a “legal loophole.”

‘Beginning of an end’

Regardless of who is really behind the ploy, Facebook banning some media pages without any explanation sets a tremendously dangerous precedent, Maffick Media believes. “We had a verified page, which had billions of views, just disappear from online without any kind of comment, any kind of requirement, without breaking any rules. That is unprecedented,” Naouai said.

You have Facebook dictating what people can and cannot see and judging what is good content and bad content. And it is all based on the accusations and criticism coming from a government-funded outlet. If Facebook does it to us, it can do it to anyone,” Khalek warned.

This is because of the political content that challenges the US wars. It is absolutely an act of censorship.

The US establishment apparently seeks to suppress the outlets that “offer a platform to alternative voices that can speak out against US wars and the corporate control over our government in a way that you just do not hear in our corporate media,” the Soapbox host believes.

However, if the social media giant and the likes of it will just continue to randomly block media resources while having “no grounds” to do so, it could create very serious problems for society, Naouai believes.

That would be the beginning of an end of free speech.

 

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