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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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Theresa May goes to Brussels and comes back with a big fat donut (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 39.

Alex Christoforou

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a quick look at Theresa May’s trip to Brussels to try and win some concessions from EU oligarchs, only to get completely rebuked and ridiculed, leaving EU headquarters with nothing but a four page document essentially telling the UK to get its act together or face a hard Brexit.

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Any confidence boost that might have followed Theresa May’s triumph this week over her party’s implacable Brexiteers has probably already faded. Because if there was anything to be learned from the stunning rebuke delivered to the prime minister by EU leaders on Thursday, it’s that the prime minister is looking more stuck than ever.

This was evidenced by the frosty confrontation between the imperturbable May and her chief Continental antagonist, European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker, which was caught on film on Friday shortly before the close of a two-day European Council summit that descended into bitter recriminations. After offering token praise of May’s leadership, Brussels’ supreme bureaucrat criticized her negotiating strategy as “disorganized”, provoking a heated response from May.

Earlier, May desperately pleaded with her European colleagues – who had adamantly insisted that the text of the withdrawal agreement would not be altered – to grant her “legally binding assurances” May believes would make the Brexit plan palatable enough to win a slim victory in the Commons.

If there were any lingering doubts about the EU’s position, they were swiftly dispelled by a striking gesture of contempt for May: Demonstrating the Continent’s indifference to her plight, the final text of the summit’s conclusions was altered to remove a suggestion that the EU consider what further assurances can be offered to May, while leaving in a resolution to continue contingency planning for a no-deal Brexit.

Even the Irish, who in the recent past have been sympathetic to their neighbors’ plight (in part due to fears about a resurgence of insurrectionary violence should a hard border re-emerge between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland), implied that there patience had reached its breaking point.

Here’s the FT:

But Leo Varadkar, the Irish premier, warned that the EU could not tolerate a treaty approval process where a country “comes back every couple of weeks following discussions with their parliament looking for something extra…you can’t operate international relations on this basis.”

Senior EU officials are resisting further negotiations — and suggestions of a special Brexit summit next month — because they see Britain’s requests as in effect a bid to rewrite the exit treaty.

Mr Varadkar noted that many prime ministers had been called to Brussels “at short notice” for a special Brexit summit “on a Sunday in November,” adding: “I don’t think they would be willing to come to Brussels again unless we really have to.”

In response, May threatened to hold a vote on the Brexit plan before Christmas, which would almost certainly result in its defeat, scrapping the fruits of more than a year of contentious negotiations.

Given that Mrs May aborted a Commons vote on her deal this week because she feared defeat by a “significant margin,” her comments amounted to a threat that she would let MPs kill the withdrawal agreement before Christmas.

Mrs May made the threat to German chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Emmanuel Macron and EU presidents Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk as the two day Brussels summit descended into acrimony, according to diplomats.

“At the point where there is no prospect of getting anything more from the EU, that’s when you would have to put the vote,” said one close aide to Mrs May.

If this week has taught May anything, it’s that her plan to pressure the EU into more concessions (her preferred option to help her pass the Brexit plan) was an unmitigated failure. And given that running out the clock and hoping that MPs come around at the last minute (when the options truly have been reduced to ‘deal’ or ‘no deal’) leaves too much room for market-rattling uncertainty, May is left with a few options, two of which were previously ‘off the table’ (though she has distanced herself from those positions in recent weeks).

They are: Calling a second referendum, delaying a Brexit vote, pivoting to a softer ‘Plan B’ Brexit, or accepting a ‘no deal’ Brexit. As the BBC reminds us, May is obliged by law to put her deal to a vote by Jan. 21, or go to Parliament with a Plan B.

If May does decide to run down the clock, she will have two last-minute options:

On the one hand she could somehow cancel, delay, soften or hold another referendum on Brexit and risk alienating the 17.4 million people who voted Leave.

But on the other hand, she could go for a so-called Hard Brexit (where few of the existing ties between the UK and the EU are retained) and risk causing untold damage to the UK’s economy and standing in the world for years to come.

Alternatively, May could accept the fact that convincing the Brexiteers is a lost cause, and try to rally support among Labour MPs for a ‘softer’ Brexit plan, one that would more countenance closer ties with the EU during the transition, and ultimately set the stage for a closer relationship that could see the UK remain part of the customs union and single market. Conservatives are also increasingly pushing for a ‘Plan B’ deal that would effectively set the terms for a Norway- or Canada-style trade deal (and this strategy isn’t without risk, as any deal accepted by Parliament would still require approval from the EU).

But as JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank anticipated last week, a second referendum (which supporters have nicknamed a “People’s Vote”) is becoming increasingly popular, even among MPs who supported the ‘Leave’ campaign, according to Bloomberg.

It’s not the only previously unthinkable idea that May has talked about this week. Fighting off a challenge to her leadership from pro-Brexit Conservative members of Parliament, the premier warned that deposing her would mean delaying Britain’s departure from the European Union. That’s not something she admitted was possible last month.

The argument for a second referendum advanced by one minister was simple: If nothing can get through Parliament — and it looks like nothing can — the question needs to go back to voters.

While campaigners for a second vote have mostly been those who want to reverse the result of the last one and keep Britain inside the EU, that’s not the reason a lot of new supporters are coming round to the idea.

One Cabinet minister said this week he wanted a second referendum on the table to make clear to Brexit supporters in the Conservative Party that the alternative to May’s deal is no Brexit at all.

Even former UKIP leader Nigel Farage is urging his supporters to be ready for a second referendum:

Speaking at rally in London, Press Association quoted Farage as saying: “My message folks tonight is as much as I don’t want a second referendum it would be wrong of us on a Leave Means Leave platform not to get ready, not to be prepared for a worst-case scenario.”

Putting pressure on Brexiteers is also the reason there’s more talk of delaying the U.K.’s departure. At the moment, many Brexit-backers are talking openly about running down the clock to March so they can get the hard Brexit they want. Extending the process — which is easier than many appreciate — takes that strategy off the table.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has continued to call for May to put her deal to a vote principally because its defeat is a necessary precursor for another referendum (or a no-confidence vote pushed by an alliance between Labour, and some combination of rebel Tories, the SNP and the DUP).

“The last 24 hours have shown that Theresa May’s Brexit deal is dead in the water,” said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. “She’s failed to deliver any meaningful changes. Rather than ploughing ahead and recklessly running down the clock, she needs to put her deal to a vote next week so Parliament can take back control.”

The upshot is that the Brexit trainwreck, which has been stuck at an impasse for months, could finally see some meaningful movement in the coming weeks. Which means its a good time to bring back this handy chart illustrating the many different outcomes that could arise:

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Ukraine’s President Says “High” Threat Of Russian Invasion, Urges NATO Entry In Next 5 Years

Poroshenko is trying desperately to hold on to power, even if it means provoking Russia.

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Perhaps still seeking to justify imposing martial law over broad swathes of his country, and attempting to keep international pressure and media focus on a narrative of “Russian aggression,” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko denounced what he called the high “threat of Russian invasion” during a press conference on Sunday, according to Bloomberg.

Though what some analysts expected would be a rapid flair up of tit-for-tat incidents following the late November Kerch Strait seizure of three Ukrainian vessels and their crew by the Russian Navy has gone somewhat quiet, with no further major incident to follow, Poroshenko has continued to signal to the West that Russia could invade at any moment.

“The lion’s share of Russian troops remain” along the Russian border with Ukraine, Poroshenko told journalists at a press conference in the capital, Kiev. “Unfortunately, less than 10 percent were withdrawn,” he said, and added: “As of now, the threat of Russian troops invading remains. We have to be ready for this, we won’t allow a repeat of 2014.”

Poroshenko, who declared martial law on Nov. 26, citing at the time possible imminent “full-scale war with Russia” and Russian tank and troop build-up, on Sunday noted that he will end martial law on Dec. 26 and the temporarily suspended presidential campaign will kick off should there be no Russian invasion. He also previously banned all Russian males ages 16-60 from entering Ukraine as part of implementation of 30 days of martial law over ten provinces, though it’s unclear if this policy will be rescinded.

During his remarks, the Ukrainian president said his country should push to join NATO and the EU within the next five years, per Bloomberg:

While declining to announce whether he will seek a second term in the office, Poroshenko said that Ukraine should achieve peace, overcome the consequences of its economic crisis and to meet criteria to join the EU and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization during next five years.

But concerning both his retaining power and his ongoing “threat exaggeration” — there’s even widespread domestic acknowledgement that the two are clearly linked.

According to The Globe and Mail:

While Mr. Poroshenko’s domestic rivals accuse him of exaggerating the threat in order to boost his own flagging political fortunes — polls suggest Mr. Poroshenko is on track to lose his job in a March election — military experts say there are reasons to take the Ukrainian president’s warning seriously.

As we observed previously, while European officials have urged both sides to exercise restraint, the incident shows just how easily Russia and the West could be drawn into a military conflict over Ukraine.

Certainly Poroshenko’s words appear designed to telegraph just such an outcome, which would keep him in power as a war-time president, hasten more and massive western military support and aid, and quicken his country’s entry into NATO — the latter which is already treating Ukraine as a de facto strategic outpost.

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The Stampede of the Gadarene Swine: US Leaders Allowing Ukraine to Pull Them into Global War

There is no way in any sane assessment that the Ukrainian forces – and certainly not the neo-Nazi militias recruited in the west of the country to terrorize the east – can be regarded as “brothers” of the US armed forces.

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Authored by Martin Sieff via The Strategic Culture Foundation:


George Friedrich Wilhelm Hegel was right – Again: The only thing the human race learns from history is that it learns nothing from history.

In 1914,the British Empire, largest in human history and one of the longest-lasting, charged into World War I to defend “gallant little Belgium” whose King Leopold over the previous 30 years had carried out one of the longest, largest genocides of all time, killing 10 million people in the Congo.

Germany, wealthiest, most prosperous nation in Europe, blundered into the same needless war when feckless Kaiser Wilhelm II causally gave sweeping approval to Austria-Hungary to annihilate the tiny nation of Serbia. Millions of brave and idealistic Russians eagerly volunteered to fight in the war to protect “gallant little Serbia.” Most of them died too. There is no record that any of the Serbian leaders after the war visited any of their mass graves.

Now it is the United States’ turn.

Since the end of the Cold War US policymakers, presidents and their congresses have carried out virtually every stupidity and folly imaginable for any major power. The only one they have so far avoided has been the danger of stumbling into a full scale world war.

However, now, with the escalating and increasingly hysterical US support for the shady and risk-taking junta in Kiev, President Donald Trump risks committing that most dire and unforgivable of all horrors.

Trump today is no more than putty in the hands of his national security adviser John Bolton, one of the masterminds of the catastrophe that was the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Bolton is just like his hero Winston Churchill a century ago during World War I. He always gets his way, always gets the wars and battles he wants and bungles them embarrassingly every time. And like the young Churchill, Bolton never learns, never mellows and he never changes. It is always everybody else’s fault.

Churchill finally did grow and learn. His famous activities of the 1930s were not meant to start a new world war with Germany under the far worse leadership of Adolf Hitler: He wanted to avert such a war.

The invaluable diaries of Ivan Maisky, the Soviet Union’s ambassador to Britain through the 1930s make clear that even then Churchill was eager – alone in the British ruling classes – to establish a serious close defensive alliance with Josef Stalin and the Soviet Union. He recognized that would be the only way to box in Hitler and prevent a global catastrophe.

But Bolton has not learned from his hero – Quite the reverse. He is now impelling Trump on a reckless course of empowering the dangerous adventurers who with US support have seized Ukraine and have spent the past nearly five years wrecking it.

Even worse, the same kind of absurd sentimentalizing of an obscure, tiny or unstable ally that doomed Britain, Russia and Germany to unimaginable suffering and loss in 1914 now permeates US decision-makers, strategists and their pontificating pundits about Ukraine. On March 1, 2016, US General Philip Breedlove, then NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) memorably referred to “our Ukrainian brothers and sisters” in a Pentagon press briefing

There is no way in any sane assessment that the ramshackle Ukrainian forces – and certainly not the neo-Nazi militias recruited in the west of the country to terrorize the east – can be regarded as “brothers” of the US armed forces. The US and Soviet troops who met on the River Elbe on April 25, 1945 after advancing a combined more than 2,000 miles to liberate Europe from the darkest tyranny in its history could truly be called “brothers.”

However, the US military today and the Ukrainian forces they are being drawn in to protect certainly are not “brothers and sisters.” No poll has been taken since then across the United States, as far as I am aware as to whether the American people would be willing to risk full-scale nuclear war to defend a government in Ukraine that is demonstrably unpopular among its own people.

Trump was elected president in November 2016 precisely because he was the only candidate in that shock election who unambiguously called for the United States to end its 70-year fixation with getting pulled into one endless war and confrontation after another around the world. It would be the darkest of ironies if instead he took America into its last and most catastrophic conflict – a nuclear confrontation from which there could be no recovery, no escape and no survival.

Britain, Russia and Germany in 1914 were all destroyed by the deliberate plotting and manipulations of vastly smaller or weaker allies run by psychopathic gamblers. The rulers of Kiev today, in their entirely reckless disregard for the dangers of global thermonuclear war clearly fit into that category.

Policymakers in Moscow recognize this dire reality. Their counterparts in Washington remain amazingly totally blind to it. Their only idea of strategy is the suicidal stampede of the Gadarene Swine in the Gospels off the end of a cliff. And they are taking the entire human race with them.

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