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The EU’s “Ideological Sanctions” Against Russia and… Poland

Western liberalism has become similar to a militant religious cult. When it perceives a threat to its hegemony, it will get violent even with its most loyal vassals, like Poland.

Elena Troyanova

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Having cracked down by sanctions on Russia, the European Commission during the last week has been reviewing the chances of imposing economic sanctions on Poland – allegedly for limitations on the activities of the pro-EU Civic Platform party in that country.

So, the inability of the European Union to conduct meaningful diplomacy – having a dialogue instead of a barrage of ultimatums, threats, economic sanctions and joint military invasions with the US – this inability has revealed itself in full.

The threat of sanctions against modern Poland – a willing participant in recent Western pseudo-crusades against Serbia, Iraq and Afghanistan, a newly made enemy of everything Russian – this threat demonstrates the EU’s inability to have a dialogue even with faithful allies.

The limitations which Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party is accused by the EU of perpetrating against the “liberal” opposition in that country are, in fact, laughable.

Putting a new woman judge as the chairman of the country’s Constitutional Tribunal (this new chairman being a former ambassador of Poland to Germany, pretty loyal to the EU’s political correctness); not allowing the hostile journalists from pro-EU publications to harass Law and Justice’s deputies in the Polish parliament…

Is this really a reason for imposing economic sanctions?

The EU, which has recently welcomed (and helped) the violent ousting of a legally elected president in Ukraine, and turned a blind eye to the killing of several thousand Ukrainian citizens, mostly civilians, by the Ukrainian army’s aviation and artillery – this European Union is now “gravely concerned” by the “limitations on the work of journalists inside the Polish parliament”? Give me a break!

So, how come the freedom loving European Union is preparing to use article 7 of the EU treaty (allowing a punishment of member states that breach the “rule of law” on their territories) – to use that “nuclear option” against Poland? (The copyright for the “nuclear option” expression belongs to the European Commission’s former chairman Jose Manuel Barroso and not to some “Kremlin propagandist.”)

The explanation is not pragmatic. The sanctions against two great Slavic nations, Russia and Poland, are not in the interest of Europe, and go against the spirit of true European traditions. The explanation is ideological.

The recent unprecedented crusade of the Western elites against any entity that disobeys their vision of “new brave liberal world” leads to striking parallels with the now defunct totalitarian systems and even with quasi-religious fanaticism.

Just like Jihadist radical “Muslims” hijacked and perverted the noble principles of Islam, the Western elites hijacked and perverted the noble ideas of democracy and human rights.

Liberalism, once noble and fair, has become a militant religious cult of the West, a state religion inseparable from its political system.

Any nation that disagrees with the Western idea of democracy will be declared a tyranny, and the holy war will be waged on it, under the flag of bringing democracy and protecting human rights.

This war can be fought by military means, as in Yugoslavia in 1999, or it can be continued by the economic means, as it is being done in Russia’s case, and can be done in the near future in the Polish case.

All of this is presumably done for the ‘holy’ idea of bestowing the ultimate order on the world, “the Democracy”, with subsequent “end of history,” as prescribed by Dr. Francis Fukuyama back in 1989. And if the “democratised” country happens to have some valuable natural resources, it will be a nice bonus for the cult leaders, allowing them to add pleasure (for themselves) to a useful lesson (for others).

The Western mainstream media has become a church, a medium blessed by the cult leaders that tells you what’s right and what’s wrong. Often not knowing a word of Polish, this church’s preachers feel qualified to pass judgement on Polish democracy.

Just like US secretary of state John Kerry, not knowing a word of Russian or Ukrainian, allowed himself to deliberate on “non-local accents” of the people resisting the onslaught of Ukrainian army against the formally East-Ukrainian, but actually Russian-speaking cities of Donetsk and Lugansk.

The true gate-keepers of this totalitarian “liberalism”, the journalists of the mainstream media believe they possess the monopoly on truth. They dehumanize and punish the infidels – anyone who disagrees with their narrative. As the Polish example shows, this includes even recent “allies of convenience” – the Polish nationalists, who had just recently been useful to the EU by their support for the new nationalist regime in Kiev. A support based exclusively on the joint hatred towards Russia – from both the Polish and the Ukrainian radical nationalists.

If you dare to question the cult’s narrative, you will be inevitably punished. On a state level, you will get sanctions or bombs (depending on the mood of the world’s new masters). On a personal level, you may be blocked on social media, accused of spreading fake news, called a Kremlin puppet. Or you may even end up in jail, as Russia’s friend Mateusz Piskorski, the chairman of the Zmiana party in Poland, post-communist Poland’s first political prisoner, whose name is not even mentioned in the EU’s reports on Poland.

So, the jihadi liberals’ punishment will destroy lives, damage careers and businesses, turn people into political prisoners and may even get you killed. It’s a Sharia law in the Western ‘liberal’ emanation of it.

To this new version of “liberalism”, Russians (with the exception of local pro-Western groups) are the same as Jews to the jihadis, a “pagan nation” that dares to resist.

Just like some previous forms of totalitarianism, jihadi liberalism can’t “coexist” with infidels, it seeks to subdue or even destroy them. So, for the mainstream media, Russia has become an embodiment of all evil, the enemy that must be sooner or later subdued by all means: be it an economic war through sanctions, or an all-out war. Their hatred of Russia and her President is irrational, absurd and is not based on any facts. And as the Polish example shows, in future this hatred can easily be turned against other nations. This hatred is “ideological,” not ‘personal.’

The Polish authorities try to reason with the EU, inviting its representatives for talks and showing them the true state of affairs in Poland, where the real chase is not for liberals, but for the ubiquitous “Kremlin agents.”

But I am afraid, the Polish authorities are doing the work of Sisyphus, trying to reason with EU officials. Merely because the Western liberalism is a religious cult, no reasoning works with its prophets and preachers. When challenged, they will only double-down on peddling their perverted version of reality.

George Soros with his spider web of numerous NGOs is a good example of this attitude. When some voices among the EU member states asked not to start the sanctions procedure this week, a representative of Soros-funded Open Society European Policy Institute, one Natacha Kazatchkine, “regretted that it had yet again failed to take decisive action against deliberate and severe undermining of the rule of law in Europe.” Just like Hitler and Stalin, Soros has no permanent allies, not even the traditionally anti-Russian Poland. He has only permanent interests and a permanent rigid ideology.

The consequences of the wars and forced regime changes that this ideology led during the recent decades are horrendous: failed states, destroyed economies, the rise of the monstrous so called Islamic State, about one million of dead and maimed in Iraq alone, millions of refugees.

With the Western liberal cult resembling the Wahhabi cult to such a great extent, is it a coincidence that Saudi Arabia is the West’s closest ally? Personally, I don’t think so. There is something on a deep, almost mystical, level that connects those two systems. It’s time that the world stood up and resisted the great danger threatening its very existence.

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Social media purge continues, as platforms operate as publishers (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 80.

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Following the suspension of Alex Jones, Twitter has also moved to restrict Jones’ Infowars account.

BuzzFeed News is reporting that the Infowars account will be restricted from tweeting, but will still be able to browse Twitter and send direct messages to other users, while users will still be able to view the account.

The move, which essentially puts the account in read-only mode, comes less than a day after Twitter temporarily limited Infowars proprietor Alex Jones for a week after he tweeted a link to a video in which he called on his supporters to get their “battle rifles” ready. That video, which was shared on Twitter-owned live streaming service Periscope, was also shared by Infowars earlier on Wednesday.

A Twitter spokesperson confirmed that Infowars’ account, which has more than 430,000 followers, will be prevented from tweeting, retweeting, liking or following other users during a seven-day window. The account will stay online, allowing users to view it during that period.

Via Zerohedge

On Tuesday, Twitter suspended the conspiracy theorist and blogger for violating the social media company’s policies, in a stark reversal for Jack Dorsey who previously bucked the trend by other tech giants to muzzle the Infowars creator.

As CNET first reported, Jones’ account was put in “read only” mode and will be blocked from posting on Twitter for seven days because of an offending tweet, the company said. While Twitter declined to comment on the content that violated its policies, a Twitter spokesperson told CNN the content which prompted the suspension was a video published Tuesday in which he said, “now is time to act on the enemy before they do a false flag.”

A Twitter spokesperson wouldn’t say what would get Jones or Infowars permanently suspended, however they noted “We look at [the] volume and nature of violations before suspending an account,” according to Buzzfeed.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the latest twists and turns in the vicious social media purge of conservative right and libertarian accounts. Platforms are acting like publishers and this may mean the end of monopoly social media services.

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Meanwhile, in a censorship move against Libertarian commentary, Ron Paul Institute director Daniel McAdams and Antiwar editor Scott Horton were suspended by Twitter for simply retweeting. Justin Raimondo informs…

Target Liberty reports

Update from Justin:

Neither @scotthortonshow nor @DanielLMcAdams have been reinstated. You can see their tweets: they can’t tweet.

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Daniel McAdams explain what happened…

Robert I can give you an update from my perspective regarding what happened:

Yesterday on Twitter, former US diplomat Peter Van Buren (@WeMeantWell) took members of the mainstream media to task for swallowing and printing government lies without even bothering to check them out. He said as a former US government official (turned whistleblower) he also lied to the press on behalf of the government and was astonished that the press swallowed each one, hook, line and sinker.

Several corporate media hacks and in particular one employee of an NGO funded by George Soros — a fellow called Jonathan Katz — piled on Peter, accusing him of all manner of treachery. When Peter ended one response with a sarcastic reference to zombie attacks – “I hope a MAGA guy eats your face” — which is obviously a joke, Katz replied that he is reporting Peter for promoting violence.

So he and his buddies ganged up on Peter and got him banned. Scott Horton and I were incensed over the ban, which seemed to us totally arbitrary. There was no threat of violence and it was no different than millions of Tweets all the time. So Scott and I both joined in and criticized Katz for running off to the authorities in attempt to get someone banned rather than just walk away from the debate.

Katz then did his usual routine and ran to the authorities and had Scott and me banned. Mine was for, as Twitter informed me, because “you may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.” There is no way at all that my Tweet violated the above rule. In no way did I harass or threaten based on those criteria. I merely strongly criticized Katz for running to the authorities to get Peter banned.

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“I’m Not A Racist, But I’m A Nationalist”: Why Sweden Faces A Historic Election Upset

Sweden is set to have a political earthquake in September.

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“Trains and hospitals don’t work, but immigration continues,” Roger Mathson, a retired vegetable oil factory worker in Sweden, told Bloomberg on the same day as the violent, coordinated rampage by masked gangs of youths across five Swedish cities.

We noted earlier that Swedish politicians were quick to react with anti-immigrant party ‘Sweden Democrats’ seeing a surge in the polls ahead of the September 9th election.

“I’m not a racist, but I’m a nationalist,” Mathson said. “I don’t like seeing the town square full of Niqab-clad ladies and people fighting with each other.”

Is Sweden set to have its own political earthquake in September, where general elections could end a century of Social Democratic dominance and bring to power a little known (on the world stage), but the now hugely popular nationalist party often dubbed far-right and right-wing populist, called Sweden Democrats?

Sweden, a historically largely homogeneous population of 10 million, took in an astounding 600,000 refugees over the past five years, and after Swedes across various cities looked out their windows Tuesday to see cars exploding, smoke filling the skies, and possibly armed masked men hurling explosives around busy parking lots, it appears they’ve had enough.

Over the past years of their rise as a political force in Swedish politics, the country’s media have routinely labelled the Sweden Democrats as “racists” and “Nazis” due to their seemingly single issue focus of anti-immigration and strong Euroscepticism.

A poll at the start of this week indicated the Sweden Democrats slid back to third place after topping three previous polls as the September election nears; however, Tuesday’s national crisis and what could legitimately be dubbed a serious domestic terror threat is likely to boost their popularity.

Bloomberg’s profile of their leader, Jimmie Akesson, echoes the tone of establishment Swedish media in the way they commonly cast the movement, beginning as follows:

Viking rock music and whole pigs roasting on spits drew thousands of Swedes to a festival hosted by nationalists poised to deliver their country’s biggest political upheaval in a century.

The Sweden Democrats have been led since 2005 by a clean-cut and bespectacled man, Jimmie Akesson. He’s gentrified a party that traces its roots back to the country’s neo-Nazi, white supremacist fringe. Some polls now show the group may become the biggest in Sweden’s parliament after general elections on Sept. 9. Such an outcome would end 100 years of Social Democratic dominance.

The group’s popularity began surging after the 2015 immigration crisis began, which first hit Europe’s southern Mediterranean shores and quickly moved northward as shocking wave after wave of migrants came.

Jimmie Akesson (right). Image source: Getty via Daily Express

Akesson emphasizes something akin to a “Sweden-first” platform which European media often compares to Trump’s “America First”; and the party has long been accused of preaching forced assimilation into Swedish culture to be become a citizen.

Bloomberg’s report surveys opinions at a large political rally held in Akkeson’s hometown of Solvesborg, and some of the statements are sure to be increasingly common sentiment after this week’s coordinated multi-city attack:

At his party’s festival, Akesson revved up the crowd by slamming the establishment’s failures, calling the last two governments the worst in Swedish history. T-shirts calling for a Swexit, or an exit from the EU, were exchanged as bands played nationalist tunes.

Ted Lorentsson, a retiree from the island of Tjorn, said he’s an enthusiastic backer of the Sweden Democrats. “I think they want to improve elderly care, health care, child care,” he said. “Bring back the old Sweden.” But he also acknowledges his view has led to disagreement within his family as his daughter recoils at what she feels is the “Hitler”-like rhetoric.

No doubt, the media and Eurocrats in Brussels will take simple, innocent statements from elderly retirees like “bring back the old Sweden” as nothing short of declaration of a race war, but such views will only solidify after this week.

Another Sweden Democrat supporter, a 60-year old woman who works at a distillery, told Bloomberg, “I think you need to start seeing the whole picture in Sweden and save the original Swedish population,” she said. “I’m not racist, because I’m a realist.”

Sweden’s two biggest parties, the Social Democrats and Moderates, are now feeling the pressure as Swedes increasingly worry about key issues preached by Akesson like immigration, law and order, and health care – seen as under threat by a mass influx of immigrants that the system can’t handle.

Bloomberg explains further:

But even young voters are turning their backs on the establishment. One potential SD supporter is law student Oscar Persson. Though he hasn’t yet decided how he’ll vote, he says it’s time for the mainstream parties to stop treating the Sweden Democrats like a pariah. “This game they are playing now, where the other parties don’t want to talk to them but still want their support, is something I don’t really understand,” he said.

Akesson has managed to entice voters from both sides of the political spectrum with a message of more welfare, lower taxes and savings based on immigration cuts.

With many Swedes now saying immigration has “gone too far” and as this week’s events have once again thrust the issue before both a national and global audience, the next round of polling will mostly like put Sweden’s conservative-right movements on top

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The Turkish Emerging Market Timebomb

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s populist economic policies have finally caught up to him.

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Authored by Jim O’Neill, originally on Project Syndicate:


As the Turkish lira continues to depreciate against the dollar, fears of a classic emerging-market crisis have come to the fore. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s populist economic policies have finally caught up to him, and sooner or later, he will have to make nice with his country’s traditional Western allies.

Turkey’s falling currency and deteriorating financial conditions lend credence, at least for some people, to the notion that “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste.” I suspect that many Western policymakers, in particular, are not entirely unhappy about Turkey’s plight.

To veteran economic observers, Turkey’s troubles are almost a textbook case of an emerging-market flop. It is August, after all, and back in the 1990s, one could barely go a single year without some kind of financial crisis striking in the dog days of summer.

But more to the point, Turkey has a large, persistent current-account deficit, and a belligerent leader who does not realize – or refuses to acknowledge – that his populist economic policies are unsustainable. Moreover, Turkey has become increasingly dependent on overseas investors (and probably some wealthy domestic investors, too).

Given these slowly gestating factors, markets have long assumed that Turkey was headed for a currency crisis. In fact, such worries were widespread as far back as the fall of 2013, when I was in Istanbul interviewing business and financial leaders for a BBC Radio series on emerging economies. At that time, markets were beginning to fear that monetary-policy normalization and an end to quantitative easing in the United States would have dire consequences globally. The Turkish lira has been flirting with disaster ever since.

Now that the crisis has finally come to pass, it is Turkey’s population that will bear the brunt of it. The country must drastically tighten its domestic monetary policy, curtail foreign borrowing, and prepare for the likelihood of a full-blown economic recession, during which time domestic saving will slowly have to be rebuilt.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s leadership will both complicate matters and give Turkey some leverage. Erdoğan has  constitutional powers, reducing those of the parliament, and undercutting the independence of monetary and fiscal policymaking. And to top it off, he seems to be reveling in an escalating feud with US President Donald Trump’s administration over Turkey’s imprisonment of an American pastor and purchase of a Russian S-400 missile-defense system.

This is a dangerous brew for the leader of an emerging economy to imbibe, particularly when the United States itself has embarked on a Ronald Reagan-style fiscal expansion that has pushed the US Federal Reserve to raise interest rates faster than it would have otherwise. Given the unlikelihood of some external source of funding emerging, Erdoğan will eventually have to back down on some of his unorthodox policies. My guess is that we’ll see a return to a more conventional monetary policy, and possibly a new fiscal-policy framework.

As for Turkey’s leverage in the current crisis, it is worth remembering that the country has a large and youthful population, and thus the potential to grow into a much larger economy in the future. It also enjoys a privileged geographic position at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia, which means that many major players have a stake in ensuring its stability. Indeed, many Europeans still hold out hope that Turkey will embrace Western-style capitalism, despite the damage that Erdoğan has done to the country’s European Union accession bid.

Among the regional powers, Russia is sometimes mentioned as a potential savior for Turkey. There is no doubt that Russian President Vladimir Putin would love to use Turkey’s crisis to pull it even further away from its NATO allies. But Erdoğan and his advisers would be deeply mistaken to think that Russia can fill Turkey’s financial void. A Kremlin intervention would do little for Turkey, and would likely exacerbate Russia’s own .

The other two potential patrons are Qatar and, of course, China. But while Qatar, one of Turkey’s closest Gulf allies, could provide financial aid, it does not ultimately have the wherewithal to pull Turkey out of its crisis singlehandedly.

As for China, though it will not want to waste the opportunity to increase its influence vis-à-vis Turkey, it is not the country’s style to step into such a volatile situation, much less assume responsibility for solving the problem. The more likely outcome – as we are seeing in Greece – is that China will unleash its companies to pursue investment opportunities after the dust settles.

That means that Turkey’s economic salvation lies with its conventional Western allies: the US and the EU (particularly France and Germany). On August 13, a White House spokesperson confirmed that the Trump administration is watching the financial-market response to Turkey’s crisis “very closely.” The last thing that Trump wants is a crumbling world economy and a massive dollar rally, which could derail his domestic economic ambitions. So a classic Trump “trade” is probably there for Erdoğan, if he is willing to come to the negotiating table.

Likewise, some of Europe’s biggest and most fragile banks have significant exposure to Turkey. Combine that with the ongoing political crisis over migration, and you have a recipe for deeper destabilization within the EU. I, for one, cannot imagine that European leaders will sit by and do nothing while Turkey implodes on their border.

Despite his escalating rhetoric, Erdoğan may soon find that he has little choice but to abandon his isolationist and antagonistic policies of the last few years. If he does, many investors may look back next year and wish that they had snapped up a few lira when they had the chance.

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