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Julian Assange sees the bigger picture behind Americans hypocrisy and double-standards.

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has sent a series of highly apposite Tweets regarding the recent right wing versus left wing protests in Charlottesville that have resulting in one death and multiple injuries.

In the above Tweet, Assange has juxtaposed a neo-Nazi torch march in Kiev with the far-right torch march in  Charlottesville. Apart from the torches, it is clear that the Ukrainian fascists were far more equipped for violence as they were wearing bullet-proof combat gear and facial coverings.

Apart from this, the Ukrainian neo-Nazis got scant political coverage in the western media in spite of the fact that their actions included overthrowing a legitimate government as recognised by the United Nations and the installation of a fascist regime which continues to wage a war of aggression on the peoples of Donbass. This war  has included the use of chemical weapons on civilians.

Beyond this, Ukraine is also a bigger nuclear disaster waiting to happen than North Korea. While Pyongyang has stated that its weapons are defensive, the nuclear power stations in Ukraine continue to violate multiple internationally recognised safety standards. The possibility of another Ukrainian nuclear disaster in the place where Chernobyl occurred in 1986 looms heavily over the region.

However, these facts get even less coverage in western mainstream media than the initial fascist coup in Kiev did in 2014.

By contrast, the American far-right is far from power and does not have anything close to a political programme capable of putting together let alone overthrowing a government.

Assange continued by criticising the power of identity politics as a dangerously divisive force which naturally leads to civil strife.

He then used his famously black humour to contrast how the United States actively funds and arms sectarian groups abroad in order to foment civil strife with the reality that in the US such things are entirely funded domestically.

While in Syria there were never any homegrown ‘moderate rebels’ but instead, gangs of foreign funded Wahhabi extremist terrorists, in the US there literally are moderate rebels whom many find distasteful but who are on the whole non-violent and largely irrelevant.

If the US really cared about ending sectarian strife it should stop arming it abroad and encouraging it at home.

 

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Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

Senator McCain with the leader of Ukrainian neo-nazi party, they participated together at a rally in Kiev, 2013
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AM Hants
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AM Hants

Old McCain, sure likes his NAZI and ISIS mates.

Raymond Daubney
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Raymond Daubney

That thing is no Nazi, its a Jew. Since when do Nazi’s salute with the left arm.?

charlie
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charlie

zionist nazis

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

Ukrainian neo-Nazi Azov brigade is trained by US and Canada!comment image

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Here is Justin Trudeau taking a selfie with Andriy Perubiy: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/2016/02/greeting-ukraine-coups-fascist.html
http://www.globalresearch.ca/nazi-kiev-official-greeted-in-ottawa-and-washington/5433749
and here is a video of Canada’s flag hung up along side neo-nazi flags during the Maidan
https://youtu.be/q-dHVZTtTxQ

paul
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paul

It’s much worse. British North America (BNA) is an incubator for Ukranazis and especially Russophobia (see, the Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies). The family of the infamous Bandera immigrated to “Canada.” Chrystal Freeman, the FM in Oddawa, is of UkraNazi background. In the 1980s, the Country’s managers called various conferences to get the jewish and nazi interest groups working together against the Russians. At this time, they recommended nazism only being known as a German phenomenon, and that Soviet data concerning Ukranazi crimes be omitted because they were all just “poor farmers” that Stalin wanted to eradicate. Pretty interesting how… Read more »

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Thank you Daisy and stay safe .

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Unfortunately Daisy is an Israeli Apologist trying to curry favour by mixing majority truth with the occasional, but persistent lies.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

It irks you that I write here? I’m glad to hear it.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

No, I actually agree with what you posted here about the Victoria Nudelman (Nuland) Zionist Enabled Ukro-Nazis.
So there is really nothing to be glad about.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

Nuland is not Zionist.
Other than that, I strongly doubt you know the meaning of the word “Zionist”; if you did, you wouldn’t use it as you do.
NO ONE is Zionist anymore, as their dream and struggle was fulfilled.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Nuland is a Zionist Khazar, so called Jew, like yourself.

Their dream is in constant danger, and requires constant maintenance (and a viable host like all parasites do)

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

Stop writing to me. From now on, you’re ignored.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Don’t care. Will write as I see fit, not for you, but for regular readers.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Rest assured – if you write racist crap, the majority of us will “Block user” and not see your rants. If you want to be read, it might be an idea to converse like a rational adult.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

As you can see by what I wrote and up-votes, there was no “racist crap” written.
You are probably mistaking me for what someone else wrote.
However, feel free to block facts and truth. Be assured that this is no deterrent for me.

Raymond Daubney
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Raymond Daubney

Typical bloody arrogant Jew with your threats and blackmail. You think you can control and dictate to all of us as you please. Well think again you hideous parasite.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Above all Jews need enemies. If they did not have them they would be assimiated. Their biggest fear is assimilation.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Easy. Zionism = secularized Jew Nazism.

charlie
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charlie

yes she is a neo conservative zionist nazi jew

Dr.Rosenpenis
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Dr.Rosenpenis

Well said!

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Well, thanks.

Raymond Daubney
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Raymond Daubney

Daisy Adler is a Jew and as such can’t be believed on anything. Israel and its bitch the USA train and finance these phony Nazi’s as they do ISIS.

Raymond Daubney
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Raymond Daubney

LOL, Nazi’s, they are fakes and are no different to ISIS which as we know are financed, trained and run by the USA and Israel.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

“EU Fascism Embraced: Over 20 Highly Revealing Videos Highlight US and EU Support for Fascist Pro-Nazi Military Battalions in Ukraine”
https://clarityofsignal.com/2017/07/02/eu-fascism-embraced-over-20-highly-revealing-videos-highlight-us-and-eu-support-for-fascist-pro-nazi-military-battalions-in-ukraine/

AM Hants
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AM Hants

2 MAY 2014 Odessa Trade Union Building Massace. I cannot vote as my leaders are fully supportive of genocide between nations and wantng to keeep McCain sweet.

isa
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isa

Looks like Crimea has escaped Ukranian fascism just in time!

stevek9
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stevek9

‘The possibility of another Ukrainian nuclear disaster in the place where Chernobyl occurred in 1986 looms heavily over the region.’

No. Learn something or you are like those you criticize.

Otherwise you are correct.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

The dangerous situation the nuclear power plants of Ukraine are in has been extensively and reliably documented stevek9.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

American hypocrisy and double-standards are everywhere for everybody to see. The first and ONLY one country in the world, which ever used nuclear weapons, pretends to be the decider of who can and who cannot have them. The country , which invaded Yugoslavia in 1999, bombed it for 11 stiff weeks , day and night, violating Serbia’s international borders and sovereignty and wrenched Kosovo-Metohia from it, to create a haven for Albanian drug dealers, pimps and islamists, without a referendum of population or any other formal kind of process, sanctioned heavily Russia in 2014 for allegedly “invading and annexing Crimea,… Read more »

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

“By way of deception, thou shall make war” – Mossad Credo. In full effect here.

Constantine
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Constantine

Nitpicking, but Crimea was annexed by the Russian empire in 1783. The Autonomous Republic of Crimea seceded from Ukraine and joined Russia, even with a little help from her friends. IMHO the justification of Crimean action was based on the fact that the new government in Kiev was illegal and inherently hostile to the great Crimean majority. Thus, the Crimean secession was given more impulse by the historical connection with Russia, but the catalyst was the Maidan coup. This is why this event did not take place in the past, even after similar referenda in the 90s, but on the… Read more »

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

I chose the date 1774, as it was the end of the Turkish-Russian war, and Russia won. The Crimea peninsula came to Russia. You might be right about the official date. Fact is , the Ottomans didn’t hold on the North shore of the Black Sea. There is a historical anecdote, that Catherine II was not so warm in taking Crimea, which was a wasted mountain at the time, to which the Field Marshal Potemkin interceded: “Why not , Your Majesty? Russia can build its Paradise on Earth there”. The Russian Czars had their summer residence in Crimea. Livadia Palace… Read more »

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

I went two years ago. It is beautiful. It is also now for a greater number of people. The Ukrainian Zionist Junta were stealing everything. They have been expropriated. It is also where many large industrial concerns had their Health Spas for ordinary workers. Some are still functional, others being restored.

Rascalndear
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Rascalndear

How funny! Expropriated from a legitimate government by an illegal invader for its billionaire oligarchs and president? You have a funny sense of humor. The health spas for workers have been working in Crimea all along. I visited one of the biggest ones for miners in 2000 and it looked pretty nice. As to the “Ukrainian Zionist Junta,” you don’t seem to understand any of the “useful idiot/paid troll” terms that you are bandying about. First of all, Zionists were related to the Jewish homeland, i.e., Israel. The movement no longer exists as Israel has been a Jewish state since… Read more »

isa
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isa

There was no democratic presidential elections! Instead of legitimately and democratically campaigning for the would-be 2015 presidential elections, a massive riot aka Maidan have been staged.
I don’t need to tell you about swastikas, icons of Bandera-who is legally a fascist, torches, fires, and much, much hate talk about Russia and Donbass even then, in 2013 and early 2014. You know it all.
The President was cornered because same USA forces that kill protestants in the USA kept telling him he couldn’t defend the order in his own country. So he didn’t — and was ousted.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

O fuck off, moishe. And that is more (and less) than you deserve. Hopefully, in the fullness of time, we will ‘talk’.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Is that what they teach you at Moishe Bandera High in Tal Habib?

Raymond Daubney
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Raymond Daubney

Typical Jew hypocrite, you Jews own and control the USA and we all know it. Without that poor stupid little bitch you mongrels would have to go back to your swamp from where you festered to the surface.

Rascalndear
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Rascalndear

Your “historical facts” are a mess of errors—Queen Lydia of Hawaii went into exile, she was not killed; Odesa existed long before the Prussian Catherine II renamed it Odesa, just as the Sich existed long before it was renamed Katerynoslav; Khruschev’s signature wasn’t even on the papers that transferred Crimea to Kyiv because Moscow didn’t want to deal with a white elephant of a territory (desert plateau surrounded almost completely by salt water) and Russia is obviously struggling to keep functioning today, given that it has no land connection and all the power and potable water to the peninsula were… Read more »

isa
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isa

If you have to use insults, it just goes to show that you don’t believe your own arguments.

Rascalndear
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Rascalndear

Poor isa! You don’t even know that “useful idiot” is not a personal insult. It’s an expression that means someone who spouts false information unwittingly to promote someone else’s cause.

isa
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isa

Thanks for the English lesson. Shall I assume you would be called a “usefull smart guy” as someone “who spouts false information to promote someone else’s cause” not unwittingly but knowingly?

Rascalndear
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Rascalndear

You have now made two completely unproductive and meaningless replies. How SAD.

isa
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isa

The only truly sad thing about it is that it’s truth. I was disgusted and revolted at seeing outrageous Nazi symbolism in Kiev back in 2014. It manifested license to violence. And the New Ukrainian Order did use violence to intimidate people to vote for a new president—by burning alive 50 innocent anti-Maidan demonstrants, with phophoric weapons and Molotov coctails in Odessa on May 2, 2014… THIS is sad.

Rascalndear
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Rascalndear

These lies were tired and debunked back in May 2014. You’re just repeating troll scripts over and over again. Get over it. No one’s even reading you at this point. As to what I wrote, you failed to refute anything at all. Even the bit about the Hawaiian queen was a total lie. You and your fellow trolls are prepared to lie about anything, including known historical personages completely unrelated to Ukraine.

isa
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isa

And where do YOU get your information about what happened in Odessa and in Ukraine? Cite your sources. Calling me a liar and a troll is too easy.

Scradje
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Scradje

Still pumping out lies and hate on behalf of your fuehrer pootler I see. Doubly ironic, since apart from the izlamo-naцi countries allied to pootlerstan, it is the most anti-semitic country in world. Ideology comes from the out-and-out naцi Alexandr Dugin. As for Krym, like most trolls you fail to understand the difference between ‘part of’ and occupied by’. However, your friends on the daily stormer will fully support your devotion to fuehrer pootler.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Right Sector (Pravy Sektor) – Zionist Sector

VeeNarian (Yerevan)
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VeeNarian (Yerevan)

It must be clear that the current generation of “leaders” and “media” in the “superior and civilized” west have sold their conscience and principles to the highest bidders: money and power. What a disgusting sight!

samo war
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samo war

Juulian is next Litvinenko ?

samo war
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samo war

Julian is new superman ?

Wortherthorth
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Wortherthorth

I am sick of people who want to not be provoked, and disenfranchised and demonized being equated with actual violent Nazis!
Europeans actually do not understand what is going on with this. Here is a good primer.

http://takimag.com/article/dividing_the_white_jim_goad/print#axzz4pdf2R1Nw

kk singh
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kk singh

Because Obama was a capitalist puppet, masters selected him to become a Presidential candidate and offered the voters to chose him!

Angelina Morris
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Angelina Morris

I have no respect for this sleazy looking rat. It’s time the little rodent is fumigated out of it’s hole

Avramijevdan
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Avramijevdan

You know personally one of those morons with torches? Which one?

paul
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paul

Supported? They still do. I think that question needs to be put to every liberal type. “But you support Nazis in the Ukraine, correct?”

schmenz
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schmenz

Dear Mr Assange:

The organizers of the program in Charlottesvllle are not Nazis or fascists. I am disappointed in one I have long admired falling for the mainstream media propaganda. I expected better of you.

isa
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isa

Who were they then?

schmenz
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schmenz

A very good question, and it seems there is some controversy about that. The main organizer and spokesman for the event, which had a legal city permit to hold a peaceful protest, turns out to have been an Obama supporter and one who has generally Leftist views. So was he deliberately provoking this melee- -with the help of the media and the local corrupt politicians? Possibly. Also, this man allowed fringe elements like the KKK and some weird pro-Nazi nuts, small in number to be sure, to show up with the majority of the other protesters who are rightly concerned… Read more »

isa
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isa

Ironically, only Trump –not Obama–genuinely tried to understand the organizers’ motives.

SuperMENSA.org
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SuperMENSA.org

What ignorant moron wrote this?

Sam Nelson
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Sam Nelson

By using the term neo-Nazi the writer’s can slip around the real culprits, part of their clan they are and they are not Nazi they are Ashkenazi. Ashkenazi Jews – Wikipedia. Jew, being the tag they use when trying to avoid correction, as if Jews have been around a long time, ducking behind the holohoax they do their dirty bloody work 24/7. Jew, a word, like Rothschild is a word, tied together are these words, in a bond, in a wish to rule the world. No matter the greed of the Politicians and Judges, I think they may have a… Read more »

Nate Blank
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Nate Blank

The Communist Left wants to watch it all burn.

windmere
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windmere

The Leftist DemaCult Party is full on Leni Riefenstahl’s- ALL THE DNC DEMALIB PRAVDA PRESS IS TRYING TO INCITE DIVISION, & RACISM TO DEPOSE TRUMP. Period.

Salvador Vega
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Salvador Vega

hope they do the soonest possible

windmere
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windmere

Please, go to Cuba, Haiti, or Venezuela, you’ll be more compatible. Ignorant sheep baaaahhhh.

charlie
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charlie

They are zionist nazis …thats why they dont like to talk about that…its the zionists and their proxies and uk, france,usa,saudi and the others in the axis of Terrorism…..

Max Gross
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isa
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isa

The US so called democratic establishment is hypocritical. Even Trump has more sense of fairness.

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Macron cuts ski holiday short, vowing crack down on Yellow Vests (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the 18th consecutive week of Yellow Vests protests in Paris. Following last weeks lower participation, Saturday’s Yellow Vests in Paris gathered larger crowds, with various outbreaks of violence and rioting that has been blamed on extreme elements, who French authorities claim have infiltrated the movement.

“Act XVIII” of the protests has shown that the Yellow Vests have not given up. France’s Champs-Élysées boulevard was where most of the violence occurred, with the street being left in a pile of broken glass and flames.

One day after Paris was set ablaze, French President Emmanuel Macron cut his ski holiday short, returning to Paris and vowing to take “strong decisions” to prevent more violence.

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Paris awoke on Sunday to smouldering fires, broken windows and looted stores following the 18th consecutive Saturday of Yellow Vest protests.

Around 200 people were arrested according to BFM TV, while about 80 shops near the iconic Champs Elysees had been damaged and/or looted according to AFP, citing Champs Elysees committee president Jean-Noel Reinhardt.

The 373-year-old Saint Sulpice Roman Catholic church was set on fire while people were inside, however nobody was injured. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

The riots were so severe that French President Emmanuel Macron cut short a vacation at the La Mongie ski resort in the Hautes-Pyrénées following a three-day tour of East Africa which took him to Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Macron skied on Friday, telling La Depeche du Midi “I’m going to spend two-three days here to relax, to find landscapes and friendly faces,” adding “I’m happy to see the Pyrenees like that, radiant, although I know it was more difficult at Christmas” referring to the lack of snow in December.

In response to Saturday’s violence, Macron said over Twitter that “strong decisions” were coming to prevent more violence.

Macron said some individuals — dubbed “black blocs” by French police forces — were taking advantage of the protests by the Yellow Vest grassroots movement to “damage the Republic, to break, to destroy.” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Twitter that those who excused or encouraged such violence were complicit in it. –Bloomberg

The French President has family ties in the Hautes-Pyrénées, including Bagnères de Bigorre where his grandmother lived. He is a regular visitor to the region.

Emmanuel Macron (2ndL), head of the political movement In Marche! (Onwards!) And candidate for the 2017 presidential election, and his wife Brigitte Trogneux (L) have lunch April 12, 2017 (Reuters)

 

 

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Vesti calls out Pompeo on lying about Russia invading Ukraine [Video]

Secretary Pompeo displayed either stunning ignorance or a mass-attack of propaganda about what must be the most invisible war in history.

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After the 2014 Maidan revolution and the subsequent secessions of Lugansk and Donetsk in Ukraine, and after the rejoining of Crimea with its original nation of Russia, the Western media went on a campaign to prove the Russia is (/ was / was about to / had already / might / was thinking about / was planning to … etc.) invade Ukraine. For the next year or so, about every two weeks, internet news sources like Yahoo! News showed viewers pictures of tanks, box trucks and convoys to “prove” that the invasion was underway (or any of the other statuses confirming the possibilities above stated.) This information was doubtless provided to US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.

Apparently, Secretary Pompeo believed this ruse, or is being paid to believe this ruse because in a speech recently, he talked about it as fact:

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Russia’s annexation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine an attempt to gain access to Ukraine’s oil and gas reserves.

He stated this at IHS Markit’s CERAWeek conference in Houston, the USA, Reuters reports.

Pompeo urged the oil industry to work with the Trump administration to promote U.S. foreign policy interests, especially in Asia and in Europe, and to punish what he called “bad actors” on the world stage.

The United States has imposed harsh sanctions in the past several months on two major world oil producers, Venezuela and Iran.

Pompeo said the U.S. oil-and-gas export boom had given the United States the ability to meet energy demand once satisfied by its geopolitical rivals.

“We don’t want our European allies hooked on Russian gas through the Nord Stream 2 project, any more than we ourselves want to be dependent on Venezuelan oil supplies,” Pompeo said, referring to a natural gas pipeline expansion from Russia to Central Europe.

Pompeo called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine an attempt to gain access to the country’s oil and gas reserves.

Although the state-run news agency Vesti News often comes under criticism for rather reckless, or at least, extremely sarcastic propaganda at times, here they rightly nailed Mr. Pompeo’s lies to the wall and billboarded it on their program:

The news anchors even made a wisecrack about one of the political figures, Konstantin Zatulin saying as a joke that Russia plans to invade the United States to get its oil. They further noted that Secretary Pompeo is uneducated about the region and situation, but they offered him the chance to come to Russia and learn the correct information about what is going on.

To wit, Russia has not invaded Ukraine at all. There is no evidence to support such a claim, while there IS evidence to show that the West is actively interfering with Russia through the use of Ukraine as a proxyWhile this runs counter to the American narrative, it is simply the truth. Ukraine appears to be the victim of its own ambitions at this point, for while the US tantalizes the leadership of the country and even interferes with the Orthodox Church in the region, the country lurches towards a presidential election with three very poor candidates, most notably the one who is president there now, Petro Poroshenko.

However, the oil and gas side of the anti-Russian propaganda operation by the US is significant. The US wishes for Europe to buy gas from American suppliers, even though this is woefully inconvenient and expensive when Russia is literally at Europe’s doorstep with easy supplies. However, the Cold War Party in the United States, which still has a significant hold on US policy making categorizes the sale of Russia gas to powers like NATO ally Germany as a “threat” to European security.

It is interesting that Angela Merkel herself does not hold this line of thinking. It is also interesting and worthy of note, that this is not the only NATO member that is dealing more and more with Russia in terms of business. It underscores the loss of purpose that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization suffers now since there is no Soviet Union to fight.

However, the US remains undaunted. If there is no enemy to fight, the Americans feel that they must create one, and Russia has been the main scapegoat for American power ambitions. More than ever now, this tactic appears to be the one in use for determining the US stance towards other powers in the world.

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Ariel Cohen explains Washington’s latest foreign policy strategy [Video]

Excellent interview Ariel Cohen and Vladimir Solovyov reveals the forces at work in and behind American foreign policy.

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While the American people and press are pretty much complicit in reassuring the masses that America is the only “right” superpower on earth, and that Russia and China represent “enemy threats” for doing nothing more than existing and being successfully competitive in world markets, Russia Channel One got a stunner of a video interview with Ariel Cohen.

Who is Ariel Cohen? Wikipedia offers this information about him:

Ariel Cohen (born April 3, 1959 in Crimea in YaltaUSSR) is a political scientist focusing on political risk, international security and energy policy, and the rule of law.[1] Cohen currently serves as the Director of The Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics (CENRG) at the Institute for Analysis of Global Security (IAGS). CENRG focuses on the nexus between energy, geopolitics and security, and natural resources and growth. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, within the Global Energy Center and the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center.[2] Until July 2014, Dr. Cohen was a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. He specializes in Russia/Eurasia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

Cohen has testified before committees of the U.S. Congress, including the Senate and House Foreign Relations Committees, the House Armed Services Committee, the House Judiciary Committee and the Helsinki Commission.[4] He also served as a Policy Adviser with the National Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Deterrence Analysis.[5] In addition, Cohen has consulted for USAID, the World Bank and the Pentagon.[6][7]

Cohen is a frequent writer and commentator in the American and international media. He has appeared on CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, C-SPAN, BBC-TV and Al Jazeera English, as well as Russian and Ukrainian national TV networks. He was a commentator on a Voice of America weekly radio and TV show for eight years. Currently, he is a Contributing Editor to the National Interest and a blogger for Voice of America. He has written guest columns for the New York TimesInternational Herald TribuneChristian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, EurasiaNet, Valdai Discussion Club,[8] and National Review Online. In Europe, Cohen’s analyses have appeared in Kommersant, Izvestiya, Hurriyet, the popular Russian website Ezhenedelny Zhurnal, and many others.[9][10]

Mr. Cohen came on Russian TV for a lengthy interview running about 17 minutes. This interview, shown in full below, is extremely instructive in illustrating the nature of the American foreign policy directives such as they are at this time.

We have seen evidence of this in recent statements by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding Russia’s “invasion” of Ukraine, and an honestly unabashed bit of fear mongering about China’s company Huawei and its forthcoming 5G networks, which we will investigate in more detail in another piece. Both bits of rhetoric reflect a re-polished narrative that, paraphrased, says to the other world powers,

Either you do as we tell you, or you are our enemy. You are not even permitted to out-compete with us in business, let alone foreign relations. The world is ours and if you try to step out of place, you will be dealt with as an enemy power.

This is probably justified paranoia, because it is losing its place. Where the United Stated used to stand for opposition against tyranny in the world, it now acts as the tyrant, and even as a bully. Russia and China’s reaction might be seen as ignoring the bully and his bluster and just going about doing their own thing. It isn’t a fight, but it is treating the bully with contempt, as bullies indeed deserve.

Ariel Cohen rightly points out that there is a great deal of political inertia in the matter of allowing Russia and China to just do their own thing. The US appears to be acting paranoid about losing its place. His explanations appear very sound and very reasonable and factual. Far from some of the snark Vesti is often infamous for, this interview is so clear it is tragic that most Americans will never see it.

The tragedy for the US leadership that buys this strategy is that they appear to be blinded so much by their own passion that they cannot break free of it to save themselves.

This is not the first time that such events have happened to an empire. It happened in Rome; it happened for England; and it happened for the shorter-lived empires of Nazi Germany and ISIS. It happens every time that someone in power becomes afraid to lose it, and when the forces that propelled that rise to power no longer are present. The US is a superpower without a reason to be a superpower.

That can be very dangerous.

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