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Hezbollah flips the script and says that Israel does the “Red Prince’s” bidding

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah gave Mohammed Bin Salman the dishonorable distinction of supposedly being able to control Iran’s hated Zionist foe, which is the clearest signal yet that Tehran considers the “Red Prince” to be an unprecedented threat to the Islamic Republic.

Andrew Korybko




It’s no secret that Iran and Saudi Arabia hate one another for reasons that are too numerous to describe in the course of this analysis, though which have been exploited by both the US and Israel to their collective divide-and-rule ends, so in and of itself there’s nothing strange about Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah trash-talking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, though this time the polemics were unprecedented because of the stunning role reversal that they represent.

Instead of Saudi Arabia being under the control of Israel, Nasrallah implied that it’s actually Israel which is under the control of the Kingdom’s “Red Prince” when he spoke about how Riyadh is trying to incite Tel Aviv to attack Lebanon by bribing it with billions of dollars, some of which it could be assumed might come from the upwards of $800 billion in assets that Mohammed Bin Salman might seize from his country’s oligarchs.

Hezbollah has a reputation for being accurate and sincere with its statements, so it shouldn’t be dismissed that what Nasrallah just warned about might actually be on the brink of happening if Riyadh and Tel Aviv are indeed holding talks on this scenario, though he added that he doesn’t think that Israel will ultimately go through with it because of the high price that it would pay if it did.

In any case, what’s important to dwell on is that Hezbollah — and by extent, it can logically be presumed Iran, as well — believes that the 32-year-old future King holds tremendous power in being able to control the group’s hated Zionist foe, unlike his predecessors who it was claimed (and convincingly seen) acted on its behalf.

Given that Nasrallah isn’t known for being careless with his words, one should accept that there is a very serious message that Hezbollah and its Iranian ally intend to send to all of their Resistance supporters by saying this, and it’s namely that the “Red Prince” is one of the most dangerous threats to the world.

Mohammed Bin Salman did indeed commence the disastrous War on Yemen that’s already claimed over 10,000 lives and consequently contributed to one of the world’s worst ongoing humanitarian crises, and he also has obscene amounts of blood on his hands for his clandestine involvement in the War on Syria since becoming the Saudi Defense Minister in early 2015, but up until now he was always considered as a Zionist tool and in no sense capable of controlling actors as powerful as Netanyahu.

What’s changed in the years since is that the “Red Prince” just undertook an unparalleled power grab over the weekend in centralizing his authority over the country and cunningly overcoming the divided decision-making process of the Kingdom’s royal court by jailing the most influential members of his family and the Saudi oligarchy who oppose him on the pretext of an anti-corruption campaign, all with the full support of the national security services.

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Iran considers this to be a disturbing change in the regional balance of power because it removes all prior “checks and balances” to Saudi activity abroad by placing Riyadh’s foreign and military policies solely in the hands of the “Red Prince”, thus making the country an even more formidable adversary in the sense that it now has the potential to act decisively if the choice is made.

Not only does this mean that Saudi Arabia could behave more unpredictably, but that there’s less of a chance that any of Tehran’s traditional efforts to dissuade Riyadh with its credible deterrence will succeed, because they no longer have to convince just a couple of influential and easily impressionable princes out of several hundred of them that Iran means business in order to disrupt Saudi Arabia’s decision-making capability and give it second thoughts about whatever it might be planning to do, but Iran now faces the much more difficult challenge of only swaying the notoriously stubborn Mohammed Bin Salman if it hopes to ever restrain Riyadh in the future.

Having said that, it appears at this moment that it’s a lot less likely that the “Red Prince” will carry through on his regional threats against Iran and its interests because it’s so important for him right now to concentrate on securing his power grab and ensuring the continued loyalty of the military and security services, which is why a lot of what Mohammed Bin Salman says right now should be considered as internally directed and nothing more than a young firebrand letting off a lot of hot air.

What the “Red Prince” really wants to do is revolutionize his Kingdom by taking it out of feudalism and into the future through a combination of socio-economic and religious reforms initiated by his Vision 2030 public works project, a large chunk of which it can be assumed could end up being funded by seized oligarchic assets (hence his sobriquet), and it’s this long-term desire to correct Saudi Arabia’s structural weaknesses that Iran sees as the most destabilizing development in upsetting the regional balance of power.

Instead of continuing along its downward trajectory and eventually imploding in an orgy of extremist, sectarian, and generational violence as oil funds dry up and the Kingdom’s many domestic problems become unmanageable, Iran would have to possibly contend with a much stronger enemy than it had previously imagined if the “Red Prince’s” “revolution” is successful, which is still a big if and could conceivably be offset in the timeframe that it needs for making tangible progress.

It’s for these reasons why Iran and its Hezbollah ally see Mohammed Bin Salman as such a threat and handed him the dishonorable distinction of supposedly being able to control Israel, with the expectation that this dramatic message could convey to their Resistance supporters just how serious of a long-term threat the “Red Prince” is to their regional vision of peace and stability in the Mideast.

On the other hand, this message might be interpreted by Iran’s American and Israeli enemies as confirmation of Mohammed Bin Salman’s future geopolitical potential, and therefore prompt them to support him even more than before, which is important to keep in mind since it might be what’s needed for the US “deep state” to put aside its discomfiture over his game-changing Great Power partnerships with China and Russia in throwing their full support behind the “Red Prince” as the ultimate anti-Iranian counterweight for “containing” the Islamic Republic.

DISCLAIMER: The author writes for this publication in a private capacity which is unrepresentative of anyone or any organization except for his own personal views. Nothing written by the author should ever be conflated with the editorial views or official positions of any other media outlet or institution.

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Russia’s economy continues to outperform as gold takes center stage (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 118.

Alex Christoforou



The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris examine how US and EU sanctions have continued to provide a huge boost to Russia’s economy. Russia’s food sovereignty has practically been achieved, as the Russian central bank continues to buy gold and lower its exposure to western financial markets.

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Outside pressure in the form of sanctions has become an incentive to resolve various issues of Russia’s economy, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev stated in an interview with the Izvestiya daily.

He noted that through introducing sanctions against Russia, “the West aims to destabilize Russia’s economy and to create social and political tensions in society.”

“But during the difficult times, Russians have always stuck together and mobilized their resources in order to ensure the country’s sovereignty. This is what is happening now – the outside pressure has become an incentive to resolve many problems in Russia’s economy,” he said.

“Before the sanctions, it seemed that we would never be able to feed ourselves and that we are doomed to be dependent on Western import. However, right now, Russia’s food sovereignty in crucial sectors has practically been achieved, and in some areas, Russia has become the leading exporter,” Patrushev noted.

Those who apply the sanctions “can see that they (the sanctions – TASS) are ineffective and often achieve the opposite goal,” the Russian security chief concluded.

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US Neocon Foreign Policy and the War Waged Against Serbia

The Serbian assault began first by a ‘financial war’; by sanctions and finished off by an aggressive unprovoked incessant NATO bombing campaign.

Richard Galustian



The ‘witch-hunt’ against President Trump over Russian collusion has officially ended, following the submission of the Mueller Report, enabling us to now focus on the real problems of America that effects the whole world.

In the hope of a waining of the Russophobia in America, let’s look at the US’s recent war history by starting with the 20th anniversary this month of the NATO war on Serbia in 1999 which amounted to almost 100 days of bombing of historic cities and infrastructure.

Firstly, these problems are, in the main caused by the Neocons, or Deep State, whatever you wish to call them, and the continuing promotion, by the US Military-Security Industrial Complex, of wars and regime change and secondly, Trump’s unreserved support for Israel, regardless of war crimes they may continue to commit against the Palestinians.

Incredibly after that one sided unjust and illegal war that NATO executed, NATO has the audacity to invite Serbia to join it! Something that will never happen. What do they smoke in DC, in the Pentagon and Brussels based NATO?

To compound these overall problems, the US Military and Israeli Defence Forces collaborate on these US regime change policies on all continents evidenced most recently by the arrival of crack Israeli troops last month in Brazil, prepared to support an attack potentially by Brazil and Columbia on Venezuela.

As, has now come to be expected, America pursues its Venezuelan regime change with full main stream media (MSM) cooperation, using well proven sophisticated propaganda techniques along with a variety of pretexts.

From Serbia to Iraq to Libya, where does it end? Observe that Trump is now seeking a ‘NATO alliance’ offering NATO status, to President Bolsonaro of Brazil to back the invasion of Venezuela.

So it is important to remember, as an example, that after a long war of economic and financial destabilization ended with the bombing of Serbia.

Serbia was previously a part of Yugoslavia, a country which had successfully evolved after 1945 to solve the old rivalries of the 19th and early 20th Century Balkan ethnic animosities which was, prior to the advent of power of President Tito, its past history.

The United Nations, instead of supporting, in effect, so called ‘humanitarian wars’ and ‘regime change wars’ by the US, using NATO, helped and relentlessly driven home by MSM outlets like CNN and FOX NEWS into people’s heads, must finally take a stand.

So too, Yugoslavia, once the envy of many in the world, given its then ‘non-aligned’ status under President Tito, was destroyed and broken up; ‘Balkanized’ in the early 1990s.

The Serbian assault began first by a ‘financial war’; by sanctions and finished off by an aggressive unprovoked incessant NATO bombing campaign. That’s what we can expect in Venezuela next.

This ‘Balkanization’ strategy similarly applies to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria et al. It serves US Neocon interests to dismember States in the world and create smaller more ‘manageable’ countries.

‘Regime change’ runs against the intent, the very words contained in the US Constitution. No one in MSM ever reminds us of that fact. Nevertheless America’s ambition to overthrow other States continues, which they arrogantly now make no secret of. The next States will probably be Nicaragua then Iran to name but two.

A very noteworthy most recent outrageous unilateral declaration was made by President Trump, not yet formally agreed by US institutions, ‘giving’ something he has no authority to give; Syrian territory, the Golan Heights to be precise, to Israel. Something that one day could trigger a full scale Arab-Israeli War.

This is of extreme importance yet no real outcry comes from world leaders; well not so far.

The main reason for that decision given by senior US Administration figures is that “God anointed Trump to save the Jews”.

Not forgetting Trump’s need (which we the people don’t understand exactly why) to support Prime Minister Netanyahu in his difficult upcoming elections in Israel – in part because both countries failed to ‘regime change’ Syria – but more importantly to help the ‘financial terrorists’ who formed a company jointly that has already started drilling for oil in the Golan Heights. You might like to know who owns such oil drilling company which should answer a plethora of questions in one go that you must be asking yourselves.

The shareholder’s names tells us everything; Dick Cheney; Baron Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch. The titular heads of neocons, bankers and media on the planet.

In ending there is no more evidence required for us, the people of the world, to rise up against the globalist dark forces wherever they exist, be it in Brussels, London, France or Washington. We must demand democratic elections or start revolutions, the latter has already begun in France in the form of ‘the yellow vests’. And Brexit, by definition, is a rejection by the British people of globalism and American Hegemony.

The pattern of US destabilization and destruction of States to loot them of their sovereign resources is the unseen history of the last 100 years, not taught in any university, anywhere in the West.

As far as Ukraine is concerned, its government was taken down by the CIA and replaced by an ultra fascist regime that has full backing from America. This is no secret. But the MSM simple don’t report it.

US led NATO is ‘the transnational war machine’ of the world, devouring almost all free countries wealth. It can extort to terrorize all into conformity to the global ‘carcinogenic’ US Neocon imperialistic strategy.

A total estimated 20m people around the world have died since the end of WW11 at the hands of US Forces. Think about that for a moment.

One of the most famous sayings attributed to America’s great President Abraham Lincoln is about deception: “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

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‘Dark day for internet freedom’: EU approves controversial copyright reform

Julia Reda, a German MEP with the Pirate Party, described it as a “dark day for internet freedom.”





Via RT

The European Parliament has voted to adopt the highly controversial Article 13 provision which would govern the production and distribution of content online under the auspices of increasing copyright protections.

Tuesday’s move will update the EU’s 20-year-old copyright rules and will govern everything from audiovisual content to memes, much to the dismay of many social media users who have already begun outpouring their grief online.

MEPs passed the legislation by 348 votes to 274 Tuesday. Opponents had hoped for last-minute amendments to be made but their efforts were in vain.

Julia Reda, a German MEP with the Pirate Party, described it as a “dark day for internet freedom.”

Article 13 or ‘The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market’ makes all platforms legally responsible for the content hosted and shared on their platforms.

The process of updating the bloc’s copyright laws began in the European Commission two years ago, ostensibly to protect Europe’s publishers, broadcasters and artists and guarantee fair compensation from big tech companies.

By essentially forcing companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter to pay artists and publishers for the reproduction of their work online, include in meme format, the EU is effectively clamping down on online memery.

The onus will now be on tech companies to clamp down on content-sharing on their platforms, which will likely ensure yet more draconian policing of speech and content.

EU member states now have two years to pass their own laws putting Article 13 into effect.

Tens of thousands marched in protest across Germany ahead of the vote, decrying what they viewed as severe online censorship.

Tech giant Google said that while the directive is “improved” it will still lead to legal uncertainty and will damage Europe’s creative and digital economies.

Critics have argued that the only way for Article 13 to be effectively enforced would be through the use of upload filters which automatically check content to see if it’s copyrighted or not, at least in theory. However, the exact mechanics of such a system have yet to be fully debated and the potential for abuse is immediately clear.

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