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EU Zombie Foreign Policy: 6 More Months of Anti-Russian Sanctions

Despite the majority of Europeans and their ELECTED leaders opposing it, Brussels continues to implement Washington DC and NATO’s foreign policy objectives.

Patrick Henningsen

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This article first appeared at 21st Century Wire and republished for The Duran at the author’s request.

Brussels is exhibiting zombie-like characteristics when it comes to the issue of Russian sanctions, as it nudges a teetering European economy towards the next crisis.

While actual European citizens and their elected leaders (not in Brussels) grow tired and continue to suffer economically from the EU’s seemingly endless regime of anti-Russian sanctions, globalist technocrats from the Brussels super-star chamber remain loyal to the US State Department and NATO party line by executing a policy of “isolation and containment” for Russia.

EU rolling sanctions are against Russia’s financial services sector, energy and defense-related industries, and also against named individuals within Moscow’s establishment. Russia has retaliated with reciprocal measures, blocking many major European imports, including agricultural products, from entering the Russian markets. In Germany, luxury brands like BMW have taken a major hit in export sales as a result of being denied trade with Russia.

Why is Russia being targeted by European sanctions? We’re told it’s because of the “annexation” of Crimea in 2014, and also because of “Russia’s role” in the Ukraine Crisis (a crisis planned and funded by the EU and the US).

What no member of the mainstream press, much less any political leader, will ever never mention is that the EU sanctions came into effect directly on the back of the downing of Flight MH17 over the Donbass in eastern Ukraine in July of 2014. In the aftermath, both the US and European leaders rushed to apportion blame on Moscow for the incident, even though there was never any evidence to back those sensational claims.

To date, there is still no evidence which implicates Russia in that air disaster, but the sanctions remain. Conversely though, there is a very strong case which demonstrates how the US-NATO and EU-backed regime in Kiev may have played a central role in that plane crash.

At a time when the EU is already dealing with a potential political insurgency over the Russian sanctions issue, Brussels has opted to simply ignore any calls from prominent political leaders within leading member states to end anti-Russian sanctions and get back to normal business and international trade across Europe and Eurasia.

There’s a clear split on this issue in Europe right now. The Financial Times reports:

“Diplomats had feared the move would spark a major political battle between states such as Hungary, Greece and Italy, which favour a rethink on sanctions, and the more hawkish states, including Poland and the Baltic countries, which want the regime to continue.

But officials in Brussels say the diplomatic path for the decision, which could come within the next fortnight, has been cleared after the more dovish states postponed their demands for a big rethink on the sanctions until a summit of EU leaders set for December.”

Flying in the face of president François Hollande’s support for a six-month rollover, a significant opposition is being mounted by France whose Senate already passed a non-binding resolution this week which calls for the “gradually and partially” lifting of sanctions against Russia.

In addition to the French, other major eurozone players have been losers due to US-led EU sanctions policy. Both Italy and Spain have also suffered greatly from anti-Russian sanctions. Back in late 2015, 21WIRE covered this Italian revolt which was brewing at the time and has gained momentum since.

It may take another 6 months, but the writing is already on wall: the US-NATO-EU plan to collectively punish both European and Russian trade has almost zero traction in terms of European public opinion.

Meanwhile, while Europe seems to be moving towards normalizing relations with Russia, behind their backs, the US-NATO Axis continues to stir up instability in the Ukraine with its defacto military support for Kiev and turning a convenient blind eye to the full-spectrum policy of suffocation that Kiev has prosecuted against the country’s eastern peoples.

Still, some European leaders are none the wiser. The FT adds here:

“Germany, France, Italy and the UK paved the way for a rollover decision at the G7 summit last month, with leaders concluding they had little choice because of the patchy implementation of the Minsk accord.”

Save for another false flag like MH17 materializing in October or November, NATO’s influence on this issue will be trumped by Europe’s economic health.

This issue will be decided by events which may (or may not, hopefully) transpire in the autumn.

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Trump Has Gifted “No More Wars” Policy Position To Bernie Sanders (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 148.

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RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou discuss how US President Donald Tump appears to have ceded his popular 2016 ‘no more wars’ campaign message and policy position to Bernie Sanders and any other US 2020 candidate willing to grad onto a non-interventionist approach to the upcoming Democrat primaries.

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The center of gravity of U.S. politics is shifting toward the Trump position of 2016.

“The president has said that he does not want to see this country involved in endless wars… I agree with that,” Bernie Sanders told the Fox News audience at Monday’s town hall meeting in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Then turning and staring straight into the camera, Bernie added:

“Mr. President, tonight you have the opportunity to do something extraordinary: Sign that resolution. Saudi Arabia should not be determining the military or foreign policy of this country.”

Sanders was talking about a War Powers Act resolution that would have ended U.S. involvement in the five-year civil war in Yemen that has created one of the great humanitarian crises of our time, with thousands of dead children amidst an epidemic of cholera and a famine.

Supported by a united Democratic Party on the Hill, and an anti-interventionist faction of the GOP led by Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee of Utah, the War Powers resolution had passed both houses of Congress.

But 24 hours after Sanders urged him to sign it, Trump, heeding the hawks in his Cabinet and National Security Council, vetoed S.J.Res.7, calling it a “dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities.”

With sufficient Republican votes in both houses to sustain Trump’s veto, that should be the end of the matter.

It is not: Trump may have just ceded the peace issue in 2020 to the Democrats. If Sanders emerges as the nominee, we will have an election with a Democrat running on the “no-more-wars” theme Trump touted in 2016. And Trump will be left defending the bombing of Yemeni rebels and civilians by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.

Does Trump really want to go into 2020 as a war party president?

Does he want to go into 2020 with Democrats denouncing “Trump’s endless wars” in the Middle East? Because that is where he is headed.

In 2008, John McCain, leading hawk in the Senate, was routed by a left-wing first-term senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, who had won his nomination by defeating the more hawkish Hillary Clinton, who had voted to authorize the war in Iraq.

In 2012, the Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who was far more hawkish than Obama on Russia, lost.

Yet, in 2016, Trump ran as a different kind of Republican, an opponent of the Iraq War and an anti-interventionist who wanted to get along with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and get out of these Middle East wars.

Looking closely at the front-running candidates for the Democratic nomination of 2020 — Joe Biden, Sanders, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker — not one appears to be as hawkish as Trump has become.

Trump pulled us out of the nuclear deal with Iran negotiated by Secretary of State John Kerry and reimposed severe sanctions.

He declared Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, to which Iran has responded by declaring U.S. Central Command a terrorist organization. Ominously, the IRGC and its trained Shiite militias in Iraq are in close proximity to U.S. troops.

Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, moved the U.S. Embassy there, closed the consulate that dealt with Palestinian affairs, cut off aid to the Palestinians, recognized Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights seized from Syria in 1967, and gone silent on Bibi Netanyahu’s threat to annex Jewish settlements on the West Bank.

Sanders, however, though he stands by Israel, is supporting a two-state solution and castigating the “right-wing” Netanyahu regime.

Trump has talked of pulling all U.S. troops out of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet the troops are still there.

Though Trump came into office promising to get along with the Russians, he sent Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine and announced a pullout from Ronald Reagan’s 1987 INF treaty that outlawed all land-based intermediate-range nuclear missiles.

When Putin provocatively sent 100 Russian troops to Caracas — ostensibly to repair the S-400 anti-aircraft and anti-missile system that was damaged in recent blackouts — Trump, drawing a red line, ordered the Russians to “get out.”

Biden is expected to announce next week. If the stands he takes on Russia, China, Israel and the Middle East are more hawkish than the rest of the field, he will be challenged by the left wing of his party, and by Sanders, who voted “no” on the Iraq War that Biden supported.

The center of gravity of U.S. politics is shifting toward the Trump position of 2016. And the anti-interventionist wing of the GOP is growing.

And when added to the anti-interventionist and anti-war wing of the Democratic Party on the Hill, together, they are able, as on the Yemen War Powers resolution, to produce a new bipartisan majority.

Prediction: By the primaries of 2020, foreign policy will be front and center, and the Democratic Party will have captured the “no-more-wars” political high ground that Candidate Donald Trump occupied in 2016.

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Over 200 killed, hundreds injured in series of blasts at Sri Lankan hotels & churches

A series of bombings hit churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing more than 200 people.

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A series of eight explosions rocked Catholic churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka as Christians began Easter Sunday celebrations, with over 200 killed and hundreds injured, media reported, citing police.

The blasts started at around 8:45am local time at St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo and St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a Catholic-majority town outside of the capital. The Zion Church in Batticaloa on the eastern coast was also targeted. At around the same time, the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury five-star hotels were also hit, police confirmed.

Two more explosions happened later in the day, targeting two more locations in Colombo. All attacks appear to have been coordinated.

At least 207 people were killed, Reuters reported, citing police. More than 450 were injured in the attacks.

Alleged footage of the aftermath, shared on social media, showed chaos and large-scale destruction inside at least one of the churches.

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Mike Pompeo reveals true motto of CIA: ‘We lied, we cheated, we stole’ (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 147.

Alex Christoforou

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a look at a Texas A&M University speech, and subsequent interview, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The former CIA Director admitted, ‘as an aside’ to the question asked, that the Intelligence agency he headed up before being appointed as the top US Diplomat had a motto “we lied, we cheated, we stole”…which, according to Pompeo, contained entire CIA training courses based on ‘lying, cheating and stealing.’

Pompeo finally speaks some truth.

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