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Disgraceful Tsipras publicly expresses desire for "Gorna Makedonija" name

Has the SYRIZA-led government, despite recently putting on a show of “nationalism,” sold out the name Macedonia? Tsipras’ recent statements may be revelatory.

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In another disgraceful yet wholly unsurprising statement by the Alexis Tsipras, who along with the rest of his government seems hell-bent on selling off any remaining vestige of Greece’s historical, cultural, and physical assets, the prime minister looks like he tipped his hand, expressing his support for the “Gorna Makedonija” name for Greece’s northern neighbor.
At a press conference in Brussels, Tsipras, sporting his usual smirk, responded to a question posed by a journalist from FYROM by stating:

“I hope that in a few months you will be introducing yourself as a representative of Gorna Makedonija. It is valuable for everyone to see this, because there are some who think that we are going to give away a name that has already been in use [by Greece’s northern neighbor] for 25 years, if not since World War II. Or [if not Gorna Makedonija] then any other name we agree upon. I’m not favoring Gorna. The foreign ministers might agree to something else.”

Video of Tsipras’ statement:

Despite Tsipras’ weak attempt at spin towards the end of his statement, the damage may already be done. We now have the “Greek” prime minister publicly proclaiming his hope that, in a few months’ time, he will be addressing a journalist from Greece’s northern neighbor as a representative of “Gorna Makedonija,” or some similar name.
This also comes after several weeks of “patriotic” statements and hot air on the part of the SYRIZA-Independent Greeks government towards both FYROM and Turkey, in a flimsy attempt to salvage their battered image following their denouncements of those participating in the massive Macedonia rallies in Athens and Thessaloniki as “fascists.”
Tsipras’ shocking statement comes in the wake of the recent visit of foreign minister Nikos Kotzias to Skopje for meetings with FYROM’s prime minister Zoran Zaev and foreign minister Nikola Dimitrov. This visit was touted as being both historic and symbolic, as Kotzias arrived in Skopje on the first non-stop flight between the two countries in 12 years.
Kotzias, following his return to Athens, stated that “the odds of reaching a solution increased, even if just a little.” What is clear though is that, on FYROM’s end, Greece’s concessions are not enough, as FYROM is pressing for the right to use a translated version of the “Gorna Makedonija” name (read: “Macedonia”) internationally, and continues to balk at constitutional changes that would eliminate any expansionist claims towards the “Macedonian peoples” in Greece and elsewhere.
In other words, it would be quite ironic if these negotiations result in a situation where no deal is ultimately reached — despite Greece giving up the name Macedonia. This situation is reminiscent of talks in early 2017 in Geneva between Cyprus and Turkey, where Cypriot president Nikos Anastasiades was willing to give up the farm to Turkey, essentially agreeing to a replication of the “Annan Plan” which would, among other things, keep Turkish troops on Cypriot soil. Nevertheless, Turkey’s megalomaniac president Tayyip Erdoğan demanded still more — and ultimately, talks fell through.
At the time, we were told that this was the best and only chance for the Cypriot issue to be solved. Today, and for the past several weeks, we have been similarly told that it is crunch time for the Macedonia name dispute, and that it must be solved now. And what we may now be seeing is the possibility that no deal will be reached, despite the apparent best efforts of Tsipras, Kotzias and company to give away everything and the kitchen sink to FYROM.
Indeed, it may be the case that the true endgame for the United States, NATO, and the European Union, and perhaps Russia and China as well, is not to attain a resolution to the naming dispute and to bring FYROM into NATO and the EU, but to break apart the country. Such a possibility is examined further in this analysis.
Nevertheless, it is also notable that during his Skopje visit, Kotzias also met with representatives of the “center-right” and ultra-nationalist VMRO party, which has maintained a particularly hard line stance via its insistence on not only maintaining the “Macedonia” name for international use, but which, while in government, filled the country with “monuments” of Alexander the Great and other aspects of “Macedonian” history.
As Tsipras and Kotzias are doing their best to give away the “Macedonia” name, a recent poll conducted by MRB on behalf of the “DiaNEOsis” think tank finds that 65.9 percent of Greeks polled oppose any name, including a composite name, which contains “Macedonia,” while only 27.7 percent were in favor. Of course, the credibility of this poll, as with most other public opinion surveys in Greece, is debatable: the same poll found vast increases in support of Greece’s EU and Eurozone membership compared to last year, seemingly propping up the pro-EU politics of the “radical leftist” SYRIZA-led government. It is an open secret that public opinion surveys in Greece are another means of propaganda and manipulation — rather than measurement — of public opinion.
What this means with regard to the Macedonia issue is that the true percentage of those opposing a compromise may be larger than the 65.9 percent measured in the survey. Nevertheless, it is an undeniable and unavoidable fact, even for the pollsters, that the overwhelming majority of the Greek populace does not wish to give away the “Macedonia” name, even as part of a composite name or some other similar diplomatic concoction, such as “Gorna Makedonija.”
Kotzias’ visit to Skopje will be followed up by meetings with FYROM officials and UN mediator Matthew Nimetz — who has been publicly AWOL in recent weeks — in Zurich on March 30.

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Putin, Trump meet in Helsinki for first bilateral summit

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

Vladimir Rodzianko

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

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned for updates…

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

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

Alex Christoforou

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

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

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

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

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Via Zerohedge

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

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

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

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

Daily Caller reports…

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

Gohmert continued..

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

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

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

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

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

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

Via Zerohedge

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 55.

Alex Christoforou

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Via CNBC

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

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

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

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

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