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Russia has condemned the move in extremely strong terms.

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Russia’s Foreign Ministry has reported that US security services including the FBI intend to search and possibly strip the facilities at the Russian Consulate in San Francisco as well as the residences of Russian diplomats living in the US.

The statement accuses the United States of a gross violation of the Vienna Convention which defines the property of foreign embassies and missions abroad as the sovereign territory of the nation whose embassy is on the property.

The current US actions demonstrate an atmosphere of hostility against Russia that is if anything elevated from that which transpired under Barack Obama.

Below is the statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry in full:

“On August 31,  US authorities announced unprecedented measures to restrict the activities of Russian diplomatic and consular missions in the United States . We were asked to close one of the largest general consulates in San Francisco and shut down visa, notarial and other consular services to Russian and US citizens living in several densely populated states for two days. The US has also prescribed to immediately cessation of the activities of the Trade Mission in Washington and its branch in New York. The requirements for the movement of Russian diplomats and official delegations are becoming much tougher.

This step represents a new gross violation of international law, including US obligations under the Vienna Conventions on diplomatic and consular relations. It even surpasses what it was thought of earlier in Washington, including the expropriation by the Administration of Barack Obama in December last year, despite the immunity, of the residential complexes of the Russian Embassy and the Permanent Mission to the United Nations .

In addition to the regular raider seizure of expensive Russian state property, which we have been urged to sell after they (the FBI) blocked access to such property, this time the demands of the US authorities create a direct threat to the safety of Russian citizens. American intelligence agencies set out on September 2 to conduct a search at the Consulate General in San Francisco , including in the apartments of employees residing in his building and having immunity, for which they ordered that they and their families, including minors and even infants, vacate within 12 hours. This is an invasion of the consular establishment and the home of diplomatic workers, and they are left to fend for themselves, so as not to interfere with the FBI agents.

With such defiant actions, the US continues to burden the already difficult atmosphere of the bilateral dialogue, undermining opportunities for cooperation, including in the interests of solving pressing international problems.

It is especially depressing that tens of thousands of ordinary citizens of both countries, far from the political situation, will suffer from such measures. The US demonstrates that they have absolutely no interest in the development of ties between people-first they stopped issuing visas to Russians in their consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok, and now they deprive Americans of the opportunity to obtain Russian visas to San Francisco. In essence, this is a continuation of the same line of the Obama Administration, according to which, in 2013, the FBI intimidated American participants in study trips to Russia, organized through Rossotrudnichestvo, and in 2016 the State Department stripped five of our honorary consuls in different states, actively engaged in the expansion of public (in this case educational) exchanges.

We strongly protest against Washington’s actions that ignore international law, and, as is customary in diplomatic practice, reserve the opportunity for retaliatory measures. This is not our choice. It has been imposed upon us”.

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journey80
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journey80

Oh, boy, I WONDER what they will find!!!!!!!!!!!! Something that will interest Mueller, I’m guessing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ryan_langemeyer
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ryan_langemeyer

I’m sure that that is sarcasm….. I think.

Once again, the USSA proves itself to be a dangerous, out-of-control rogue state. The UN must loudly and strongly issue sanctions against the USSA for gross misconduct of international law. If they don’t…. then it proves that the UN is worthless, or worse yet, a puppet of the aforementioned USSA.

ruca
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ruca

You need more proof?

Brian De Paolo
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Brian De Paolo

If they don’t find it they will manufacture it…they need a spy…a fall guy….I feel thats why they gave them such short time to move out…to corner them…they want a fall guy…there is a kid in Canada where I live that is Russian and they are extraditing him to the US for the Hack that never happened…they don’t care if he is innocent they just want it on the news…and never cover it to find out..social programming.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Poor kid.

Shue
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Shue

A kid? I’ll assume he’s a teenager then. They’re going to ruin his future, that’s really sad mate.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Especially if they go planting.

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

they will find any thing they want to plant, they are famous for “false flags”, mark my words !!!!

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Mueller the FBI point man for the Cheney/Silverman take-down of the WTC? Whatever makes you think that?

Drinas
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Drinas

And Russia in its supreme idiocy will keep believing that somehow, sometime, it will become partner with the US, a US hellbent on subjugating it..

Brian De Paolo
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Brian De Paolo

they will continue that policy to show the world how the real America works…not for them and thats for sure…NSA spying on Merkel and Germany..and everyone else…the sanctions that hurt Europe…the immigration started by US wars hurting Europes social programs….I wish Europe would wake up to what has been done…

Drinas
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Drinas

It will not wake up because it is vassal to the US after WW2. No matter how much Russia assumes the role of the martyr, nothing will change. Only if it goes on the offensive can it change anything.

Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

You want to wage nuclear war?

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

I think a preemptive nuclear strike on the rogue state called the USA is totally justified now .

VeeNarian (Yerevan)
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VeeNarian (Yerevan)

No, let the US go down of its own accord, drowning in its greed for power.

Drinas
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Drinas

Ah, sure, because the only way Russia can defend itself is by “waging nuclear war”? Where exactly did I write anything about war?
Or is this the way an argument you do not agree with is treated on this site-by resorting to pathetic sophistry?

Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

Then what “offensive” did you have in mind?
BTW: An “OFFENSIVE” by definition is not defensive.

Drinas
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Drinas

More sophistry? How predictable..Still.. A few ideas-Finally shutting down the US consulate in Kaliningrad which is a nest of spies. More aggressively purging US NGOs that undermine state stability inside Russia. Threatening to recognize DNR, LNR sovereignty if Ukraine keeps shelling civilian areas. Openly talk about the persecution Russians suffer in Estonia. A few more..”advanced” ideas-providing Iran with the weapons that it desires, refusing to accept a Kurdish statelet within Syria and directly targeting FSA forces. Supporting the Syria/Iran plan to go for Idlib, the last terrorist stronghold. Not playing ball with the US over North Korea and openly support… Read more »

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

I remember seeing Caesar Milan, the “Dog Whisperer”, dealing with a frightened and potentially aggressive animal not by direct confrontation, but by entering its cage backwards, ie in a non-confrontational way. The dog was unable to react aggressively; instead, it began to sniff Milan’s back, as dogs do. I think this is Putin’s general idea; ie to get behind the US, and outmanouevre it, thus saving the entire world from the consequences of a US-instigated world war. This man is working for all of us ceaselessly; let us support him in all he does; he is the only person standing… Read more »

ruca
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ruca

One step at a time. ISIS is nearing extinction.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

I find your argument simplistic. The fact that Russia does not behave like a thug and a psychopath in the international arena means that it has returned to its 1000 year old roots and traditions, as the USA devolves to total rubbish barbarism and rogue state status. Two early way-stations on its long road to Hell.

christianblood
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christianblood

Indeed! Russia should react to these stupid and childish U$ provocations!

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

I think you completely misunderstand Putin and Russia.
Remember the old adage, “Keep your friends close, but your enemies even closer”.
Do not imagine for a single second that the RF has any illusions whatsoever about the Empire of Evil.

Drinas
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Drinas

Russian elites-Putin might be a fine specimen amongst them but he remains one of them-have long dreamed of one thing-becoming part of the game as equals, becoming “accepted”. In that sense yes, even Putin has a certain degree if not of illusions but certainly of false hopes. The latest manifestation of these is the notion that EU can become free of US control and Russia can help it achieve that.

Johnnyrvf
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Johnnyrvf

It doesn’t believe that for a moment. Russian authorities are far more cognisnent of U.S. attitudes and stupidity that the U.S. is of Russia. The U.S. acts as it does because it believes there wii be no repercussions to it’s actions.

Drinas
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Drinas

Hopefully you are correct..

EXCAN
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EXCAN

9/11 the building! Oh wait! you have to be american to do that!

Simon
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Simon

Oh my. They have gone mental.
Everything they do now, will only be done back at them….and not just by Russia.
Gosh, what will we find in the US consulate in St Petersburg…. actually nothing that we don’t already know 😉 but wait until someone like Turkey or Philippines etc etc pull this same stunt. Now that will be interesting !!

Thomas Hansen
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Thomas Hansen
AM Hants
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AM Hants

Cheers, I do like seeing him laugh.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

He laughs well… who laughs last.

Simon
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Simon

PS – just to show how stupid childish and short sighted this decision was; Zerohedge are reporting smoke from the SF consulate – so the Russians are burning stuff in a panic. Hilarious right?

But therefore just what are the consulates of the US in Russia doing right now ?!? – even though Russia has said/done nothing. Exactly the same thing !! Self inflicted wounds. Pathetic.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Don’t think US Diplomats are that bright and no doubt believe that Russia will say nought and come crawling. Like I said, they do not appear to be the brightest bulbs in the box or have the ability to look outside the box.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

If Taft, McFail and Knudlemann are examples they are the dregs of humanity.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

As if Russia were stupid enough to keep anything in any consulate in view of the Kindergarten on LSD that used to be the USA going rogue.
C’mon Simon.

ruca
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ruca

I love your quote from the Saker!

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Yes I should give credit but in the heat of battle… And Saker is generous I know.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb
lickeyleaks
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lickeyleaks

This is what has brought on Putins anouncement of getting the BRICS independant trading policy going at a guess,

Brian De Paolo
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Brian De Paolo

I agree…the potential new members from Asia and Pacifica can be a threat to the US buck and IMF

Robert Atack
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Robert Atack

22after.com is coming

Ivan Grozny
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Ivan Grozny

The U$ is inching closer and closer to declare all out war with the Russian Federation.
Be careful for what you wish for, this time war will NOT exclude the U$ mainland!

ruca
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ruca

Наконец-то….

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Davno pora.

ruca
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ruca

Это точно.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Ruca! Say something that I can reply to with the totally over the mountains cool and classy Russian ‘nu’
Pozhalujsta!

TravelAbout
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TravelAbout

Speaking as an American I sure hope your sentence is correct. I’m at a loss as to what it will take to awaken the 80+ percent of Americans out of their stupor short of getting back the Karma for what their government has done to others worldwide for decades.

As is so often said, Karma is a bitch!

Melotte 22
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Melotte 22

looks like they are all waiting for mushroom clouds.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Great movements in geopolitics never proceed from, or depend upon, hoi polloi; instead, upon a few brave men, and possibly women.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

This United States is best characterized as a rabid animal; against which, there is only one last line of defence.
The neocons must be taken out.

Ivan Grozny
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Ivan Grozny

Well, as the saying goes – against stupidity even the gods themselves fight in wain!

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Or also, whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad…

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Q U A R A N T I N E

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Think we might need more than 40 days to achieve the objective.
But who knows, once the cards start to fall, the end comes swiftly.

ruca
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ruca

So true. Russia has many ways to execute such a task.

Brian De Paolo
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Brian De Paolo

Acting like the spoiled brat….stupid is what stupid does….I can’t imagine a nation of people who voted any guy in…not see that their country is ruled by something else…its all lip service up to the election and then shtf….and then they look at the littlest event or situation to praise the dufus they voted in…I’m not talking just about Trump…I mean them all…there is more negative shit going on hidden by stories like this…immature move…to hide something else like the BRICS meetings and who just might join that group

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Yet another declaration of war on Russia. Funny, how Washington DC cannot get around to telling the tax payer and people of America that they have officially declared war on Russia. There again, is that because the people will not accept it? Can you imagine the hysteria if Russia had done similar? Bearing in mind, Russia waited 9 months, before responding to Obama’s declaration of war, back in December 2016. When he threw out 35 Russian Diplomats and families, with a couple of days notice, just before Christmas and confiscated the Russian property, belonging to the Embassy. This act, has… Read more »

Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

So one would expect condemnation from the UN in the strongest terms and that the US envoy to the UN be summoned before the Security Council to explain why his country has blatantly flouted the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
I believe that this task falls on the current Secretary General of the UN.
“According to Article 99, they (postholders of UN Secretary General) may notify the Security Council on matters
which “in their opinion may threaten the maintenance of international
peace and security”

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Would that be Nikki Haley? You can just see how that would go down, if they bothered doing anything. Just cannot understand how the US gets away with so many crimes against international law and then ramps up the next stage.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Maybe because the UN itself is entirely dependent upon the good offices of the US.
If they speak a word out of turn, and as Mr Trump has already threatened, all servicing of the agency, and access to its property in NYC, will be withdrawn, and we will once more be returned to a bloodier and more desperate stage in mankind’s history.
My own suspicion is that the jew seeks this outcome; and will propose that their reconstituted Sanhedrin should take over all the legal functions once subsumed under the UN charter.
At which time, the Palestinians will need to tread most carefully.

Seán Murphy
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Seán Murphy

You make a good case for moving the UN out of New York and the USA.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

I suggest moving it to Ireland.
Beneath the gentle influence of a few pints of Dublin-brewed Guinness, the world will become a kinder and a happier place.

ruca
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ruca

Yeah that capital Cunt. I couldn’t believe what what came from her mouth the 1st time yet alone anything after. Such an embarrassment.

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

Oh that’s just for the rest of the world, you know the “real world”, eh !!!!!!

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

More proof the the signature of the United States on an official international treaty has the same value as used toilet paper.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

The US is a completely lawless entity, as we are reminded on a moment-by-moment, hour-by-hour, day-by-day, and week-by-week basis.
This entity is returning humanity to the law, not of God, but the law of the jungle.
An extremely dangerous wild beast; that can only be chained, and placed under constant observation.
It shows itself to be capable of literally anything, including the ending of all life on earth.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Th American public is 99% completely distracted, and now the main “attraction” is news about the hurricane. I cant imagine that this is on their MSM news and even if it was, Americans have no idea what it means!

7awmee7
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7awmee7

Thanks for legal information. But these anti-Russians are specialists in selling intoxicating lies to their citizens.They were successful in fooling the USA and NATO populations to accept that Sadam Hussein had WMD. And the blind population believed the lies from Bush to Trump passing over 8 years of Obama. Then Libya then Syria then Ukraine then Russia. Neocolonialism dearest brothers and sisters.This time the world war is not cold not hot but warm and temperature is increasing daily.

ruca
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ruca

So true. I know “Christians” that still believe that the WMD’s went to Syria. Good luck reasoning with that lot.

John C Carleton
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John C Carleton

So they can plant false evidence, like a beat cop planting drugs on a minorty to bust him.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

The things the FBI do to give Mueller a helping hand. There again, should they find or plant anything in the Russian Consulate, as it is illegal, in accordance with the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, would they be able to use it?

John C Carleton
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John C Carleton

The USA now, ignores the Law, Treaties, Agreements, Constitution, and reality.
I know the CIA ids the main suppler of illegal drugs to the American people, but the butt wipes at the top must get the pure stuff, cause reality and Washington Dc ain’t had nothing to do with one another in over a hundred years.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Interesting that you quote a figure of one hundred years.
This would seem to coincide with the establishment of the Federal Reserve in 1913.
Everything has been downhill from then on.
The jew has taken over the US nervous system, and the maddened beast has run amok ever since.

John C Carleton
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John C Carleton

Actually, 118 years.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Que ??

John C Carleton
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John C Carleton

1899 it was installed by the Daughters of the Confederacy.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

The USA is above all laws. Habeas Corpus is dead and their War on Reality has been won.

Simon
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Simon

John, you may well be right, but fortunately we KNOW (‘reset’ button) that the CIA/State Dep can’t even speak Russian at a convincing enough standard to make such fake evidence 😉

John C Carleton
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John C Carleton

The state goons were more intelligent when i was a young fart.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

US IQ is in the single digits I fear. Certainly Russian and global IQ is two digits higher.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Mike Adams of the “fake news” website Natural News says that the US is in the grip of what he describes as Vaccine Madness; ie a mass poisoning of its citizenry with mercury.
I think he may well be right.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

The background radiation and Fluoride has not helped.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

True.
There are many sources of background toxicity; but one of them, ie mercury, is specifically targeted at the infant and the child.
Mercury is highly neurotoxic; and in conjunction with fluoride, lead, etc, produces a perfect storm of IQ-damaging propensity.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Neither does CIANN. I was reading the Jew-translated alleged Minutes of the Wannsee Conference. They are total forgeries and rubbish.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

It’s not evidence which is required, as we know.
Propaganda works by repetition, not by facts or evidence.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

There is an article on Zero Hedge and the comments are hilarious, Thanks Simon for the link, but, could not reply to your comment as it has gone.

‘…It remains to be determined if the NYT or the WaPo will report some time around 7pm on Friday, citing unnamed NSA/CIA/Deep State sources, that among the items burned were Donald Trump’s official KGB recruiting papers, videotapes of the president enjoying golden showers from Russian hookers and, of course, a first lien on the US granted to Vladimir Putin….’ Zero Hedge.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Those are exactly the items which the FBI Gestapo will ‘find’. They are running scared. They know that they stand together or they hang apart. The secret motto of the US since its inception. This time I think they will hang.

ruca
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ruca

A prelude to a false flag.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

26 September 2017 the US debt ceiling implodes, or the printers start working again. The last time was May and just after the 59 tomahawks were sent to Syria, following the false flag. No doubt there will be many false flag attempts and antagonising super powers. Also BRICS summit (remember 2014, when President Putin was flying back on 17 July 2014. What is on the menu, besides taking down the $USD currency reserve?

Boeren
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Boeren

So obvious : the 17 of July 2014,MH 17’s mistaken identity by UA Airforce as being the Aeroflot flight with Mr.Putin onboard. That was an act of War by the UA/US Puppet Government. A friend of mine,his wife and daughter died that day a horrible death.

ruca
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ruca

Condolences for your loss 🙁

Boeren
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Boeren

Thank you very much. He was a good man,Senator for a Dutch political party. They were on the wrong plane in the wrong place. The truth will be known only after many years when our US loving government lackeys are no longer in place.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Are you suggesting that the Tomahawks were launched as a quid pro quo so the debt ceiling would be raised?
If so, then we should expect some particularly devastating attack on civilization on or around 26th September this year.
Maybe a jew invasion of Syria, backed up by full US military support.
Netty has been making ominous-sounding remarks in that regard recently.
Russia has just laughed at his “fears”.

Johnnyrvf
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Johnnyrvf

What’s with the constant use of the word Jew?

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

I use the “jew” form of the word, to show my contempt for them.
In case you didn’t know, they entirely control the US, and direct its foreign and domestic policy.
Ditto with the European governments.
If you agree with that F & D policy, then I have the same contempt for you.

Johnnyrvf
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Johnnyrvf

Oh dear. So every Jew is in the U.S. GOVT. deep state by your reckoning. I know some who most definitely are not. Ultimately when people are that far removed from being human, it does not matter what race, religion or ideology they hold. There are plenty of others who lust for power and control as a very small minority of Jews or rather Zionists. Your arguments make a lot of sense but to blame it ALL on one people demeans your treatise.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

I don’t blame it all on one people in quite the sense you mean.
I acknowledge the existence of the so-called “Righteous Gentile”, ie the goy who performs the bidding of his jewish master; the likes of McSwine and Lindsay Gayam come to mind, as does the vilest of men, John Hagee.
But overall, this is a jewish plan, cooked up since the beginning, and co-opting all and sundry into its satanic web of lies, murders, thefts, and blasphemies.

ruca
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ruca

Look up the Oded Yinon Plan. Be enlightened.

michael houston
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michael houston

Wow…..makes me proud to be an american…..!!!!!!

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

Russia should order the closure of US Consulates in St.Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Vladivostok. Anyway, they serve no purpose anymore, as they stopped delivering visas. Vladivostok US Consulate is staffed almost exclusively with CIA operatives, busy of snooping around Russia’s Far East military zone.

Voltaire
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Voltaire

and seize all of the contents in said Consulates….

Gall
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Gall

A stupid and desperate act of the increasingly impotent and delusional power. Really feel sorry for the good, kind, creative and so many ways great American people.

7.62x54r
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7.62x54r

Shut down the US neo-liberal spy dens down in Vladivistok and St. Petersburg. US extremists violate internationally agreed upon diplomatic norms.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Time to finally plant that ‘missing evidence’ of Trump’s collusion with the Kremlin, and anything else that the US Gestapo decides to pull out of its ass.
I have been calling for Quarantine of the USA for many months now.
The time has finally arrived. I would also seriously consider a preemptive nuclear strike on the US – that is certainly what they are planning for Russia and China. I would also recommend immediately installing nuclear armed missiles for the protection of Cuba and Venezuela as well as Iran.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Mueller was the point man for the Larry Silverstain-Duck Cneney demolition of the WTC.
When he was brought on board for the Deep State attack on Trump I knew it was all over.
What is interesting is that instead of lying low, Mueller chose the lure of more mass evil and came back to finish the destruction of the USA.
Iran Russia China have one option now. Quarantine followed by a nuclear strike on Washington.
Or better yet, a nuclear strike followed by Quarantine.
Karma is finally coming to the Indispensable State.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Quarantine the USA and ISISrael.

Deezee Aryan
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Deezee Aryan

Donald trump has got a permanent concrete thing up his a**e.

Deezee Aryan
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Deezee Aryan

It seems like Donald Trump Has got a Concrete Pillar permanently up his A**e and Nikki Haley seems to be in a permanent state of Orgasmic Delirium. IMHO she is the stupidest representative of the US in the UN. Sarah Palin is an intelligent Queen compared to her. The POTUS is itching for a showdown. N.Korea or Russia because he cannot talk,doesn’t have a clue about diplomacy and is hell bent on taking the world back to the Stone Ages. You elected this creep, people of the US, now bear the fruits of your stupidity.

Kaput
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Kaput

lol it might be true indeed

Ben
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Ben

I’d like to know who at the Department of State is driving the Russia witch hunt? I don’t think it is Tillerson because he realizes Exxon Mobil and all of the US oil and gas service companies are never going to work in Russia again.

Hamletquest
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Hamletquest

If the US was a democratic state would they not be investigating Comey instead?

Expect them to find some signed statement from Trump declaring the US is now part of the Russian federation…

louis robert
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louis robert

“We strongly protest against Washington’s actions that ignore international law, and, as is customary in diplomatic practice, reserve the opportunity for retaliatory measures. This is not our choice. It has been imposed upon us”.

As impeccable and necessary as the ministry’s statement may be, merely protesting has become futile. The Empire does not wish to have normal, decent relations with Russia. From now on, it needs be shown immediately and unequivocally, by Russia, that in every such instance, those silly, infantile games only turn out to be extremely detrimental to said Empire.

seby
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seby

tRump shows he is a useless POS yet again.

Ithamer
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Ithamer

The US is the primary cause of the animosity between the Russia and the US.

Bente Petersen
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Bente Petersen

USA the MAFIA country… lawless and evil… desperate as they know they have lost all…

XRGRSF
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XRGRSF

At some stage Russia will finally realize that the Empire is exceptionally insane, and can no longer be dealt with.

Kaput
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Kaput

I think that Russia does not care either way……… they probably having fun……… at the stupidity of amirikis….lol……….. Just close Russian air space to anything flying out of usa….. nice easy move.

XRGRSF
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XRGRSF

Fortunately, for my fellow Americans, Russia will conduct itself honorably, and ignore our infantile outbursts. However, at some stage Russia will become weary of waiting for America to grow up.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

Why put up with this? Close all the embassies, do the same to US embassies in Russia and kick out ALL Americans – except the Ambassador, his immediate family, his cook, his maid and his chauffeur. OUT!

7awmee7
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7awmee7

Only a blind man won’t be able to evaluate such a move as aggressive and provocative. God bless we have a President as cool and tolerant as Putin. If one day Kim Jong Un gets angry well bye bye USA. Kim is not as patient as Putin. Now every Russian must behave as patriots. Each and everyone in Russia. The haters of Russia are not sleeping. But dear friends the Truth will triumph not Trump or NWO.

Godblessourchildren
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Godblessourchildren

This is a move of uncontrolled desperation by the USA. The USA is loosing it.

Dot
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Dot

A few hours for the US Special Services to take a break from fondling children in airports is good for everyone, except them of course.

lizzie dw
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lizzie dw

I am so mortified by this behaviour on the part of the US government. Our government has no dignity; the members behave like spoiled children, just breaking things because we have been faced with the repercussions of Mr. Obama throwing out the Russian diplomats with 36 hours notice last Christmas! The Russians ordered the the several hundred so-called diplomats from the USA out of the their country but they gave them a month to leave. In a snit about this our government threw out more Russian diplomats with 12 hours notice – and now they are in their homes trashing… Read more »

drnurse bedpan
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The US government is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world. Martin Luther King jr obsevered this when the US Elites were dropping nearly 7 million tons of bombs on Vietnam. Sadly many citizens went along with this atrocity, with the conditioning of Main Media as usual.

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The mainstream media does not want you to think [Video]

It is difficult to tell if recent reports like this really represent a realization for the media, but this interview rings true nonetheless.

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Several recent stories on Fox, Breitbart, and here on The Duran all address the increasingly obvious bias of the mainstream media with regard to news reporting. We discussed on The Duran how Chris Wallace of Fox News refused to hear details from White House Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller about why the recently declared National Emergency is in fact legitimate.

This piece revealed that the media is very actively trying to control and direct what information they want the public to hear, rather than truly reporting the news, or interviewing people to get their takes on things, and to perhaps fully interview all sides in a controversy and then let the American public decide for themselves what to think.

This used to exist in more gentlemanly debate programs in some fashion, such as with the TV debate program Point Counterpoint, but now, the bias of the reporter or of the network is the primary operator in determining the outcome of the interview, rather than the information that is available about the story.

This has helped create a news and information culture in the United States that is truly insane. As examples, consider these paraphrased headlines, all occurring within the last few years:

All of these are probably familiar to most readers. Many of them are still repeated and acted on as if they were real. But the articles we linked to behind most of these ledes are examples of the disproof, usually 100% disproof, of these. They are hoaxes, or reports built on circumstantial evidence without any proof, or in the worst cases, pure slander and propaganda.

One reporter for CBS news, 60 Minutes anchor Lara Logan, discussed this in an interview with retired Navy SEAL Mike Ritland, for his own podcast program, which was picked up by the MediaIte website. The video of her interview is quite lengthy but starting at about 02:14:00 there is a particular segment that the MediaIte writers called to attention. We include this segment in the video.

PARENTAL ADVISORY: The video is unrestricted in regards to language and there is some profanity. Parents, please listen first before letting your children watch this video.

A major point Mrs Logan makes here is that 85% of the employ of the mainstream media in the USA consist of registered Democrats. She also speaks forcefully against the use of stereotypes, and suggests the best place to start is actual facts. This means that most journalists are coming into this work with a bias, which is not set aside for the sake of the facts of the story.

Probably the most key point comes at 2:18:20 in the video is how Lara Logan is taught the way to discern whether or not someone in journalism is lying to you:

“Someone very smart told me a long time ago, that, ‘how do you know you are being lied to?’, ‘how do you know you are being manipulated?’, ‘how do you know there is something not right with the coverage?’, when they simplify it all, and there is no gray. There is no gray. It’s all one way.

“Well, life isn’t like that. If it doesn’t match real life, it is probably not. Something is wrong.”

Lara Logan then pointed out the comparison of the mainstream media’s constant negative coverage of President Trump against the reality of his work, that, regardless of one’s own personal bias, it does not match that everything the President does is bad. She also highlighted the point that one’s personal views should not come into how to report a news story.

Yet in our days, it not only comes into the story, it drives the narrative for which the story just becomes an example of “proof” that the narrative is “true.” 

Tucker Carlson talked vividly about the same characteristic on his program Monday night on Fox News.

He points out that the 3,000 yearly shooting in Chicago get very little news coverage, but that is because these are not as “useful” as the Jussie Smollett story is.

This is an example of using an event or a person’s actions to satisfy a politically biased propaganda narrative, rather than report the news.

This is not occasional, as the list of news headlines given above show. This is a constant practice across most of the mainstream media. Probably no one who gives interviews on the major networks is exempt, for even Mr. Carlson often resorts to cornering tactics when interviewing liberals in an apparent attempt to make the liberal look ridiculous and the point of view he espouses to look vindicated through that ridiculousness.

While this is emotionally invigorating for the Carlson fan who wants to see him “eviscerate” the liberal, it is very bad journalism. In fact, it is not journalism at all; it is sensationalism in a nasty sense.

It also insults the viewer, perhaps without them knowing it, because such reporting is the same as telling the viewer “WE ARE IN CONTROL!” and that the viewer must simply go along with the narrative given.

It is very bad when what should be information reporting, policy discussion, or debate becomes infected with this. Ideas, the product of (hopefully) rational and discursive reasoning, are pushed aside by pure emotion and mass sensationalism. Put metaphorically, it is the new look of bread and circuses, keeping the masses entertained while anything else might be happening.

Sometimes the motive for this is not so sinister. After all, we have a 24 hour news cycle now. In the 1970’s we didn’t. And in those times, the calibre of news reported was much higher. Reporting was far more careful. The Pulitzer Prize winners  Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein did their incredible exposé on the doings of President Richard Nixon under the directorship of the Washington Post editor, which demanded triple-checking of everything, making sure that all information was factual, accurate and genuine. While the story was indeed sensational, more importantly, it was true.

Now we have a lot of sensation, but very little to zero truth. As an example, every one of the ledes linked above is not proven to be true, in fact the truth in many of these stories is the opposite of what the headline says.

This would not be much of a problem if the media lies were not absorbed and reacted on by their readers, listeners and viewers. But the fact is that there are a significant number of consumers of mainstream media news that do react to it. The Covington High School incident showed this in perhaps the most frightening way, with open calls for violence against teenagers and high school students, requested by professionals, people that are supposed to be adults, such as Kathy Griffin, Reza Aslan, and GQ writer Nathaniel Friedman, who called for these kids to be “doxxed”, which as we reported, is an action that can be deadly.

We are in the times where the love of many has gone cold, and all is about expediency and selfishness. While there are a few outlets and a few journalists that still retain interest in recording and disseminating the truth, the reality is that most of what is out there is tainted by the drive for attention and sensationalism.

The media that engages in such behavior is actually hurting people, rather than informing and helping them.

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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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Nearly assassinated by his own fighters, al-Baghdadi and his caliphate on its last legs (Video)

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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