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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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Fusion GPS founder trapped in legal jeopardy, bets on Democrat midterm win to bury Russiagate hoax (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 135.

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Fusion GPS researcher Nellie Ohr and ex-FBI official James Baker are set to testify before Congress, but Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson is taking the Fifth.

The man at the center of the Russiagate hoax, Glenn Simpson, headed the espionage/PR smear firm Fusion GPS, which ordered the discredited and fake Trump ‘dossier’, which John McCain handed to the FBI, and which Buzzfeed News published as actual news.

Simpson has a lot of explaining to do, and now appears trapped in his “under oath” lies.

Simpson had previously testified under oath to the House Intelligence Committee that he never met with DOJ official Bruce Ohr, husband to Fusion GPS researcher Nellie Ohr.

Simpson also stated under oath that he never discussed with Bruce Ohr the Steele dossier prior to the October FISA application, which was used to spy on Carter Page and kick off the ‘Russiagate hoax’.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the legal jeopardy entangling Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson. Republicans are close to breaking the ‘Russiagate hoax’ wide open, but Simpson is betting on delay tactics, and a subsequent Democrat midterm House victory, to save his ass from prosecution, and bury his involvement in a brazen attempt to discredit and remove an elected US President.

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According to Zerohedge, Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson may be in “real legal jeopardy” over inconsistent testimony given to Congress regarding his involvement in a massive counterintelligence effort against then-candidate Donald Trump, including the infamous Steele dossier.

Speaking with Fox News Maria Bartiromo, John Ratcliffe (R-TX) said…

“I’m not surprised that Glenn Simpson is taking the Fifth.”

“He probably should. He’s in real legal jeopardy. Very clearly someone is not telling the truth.”

Via The Daily Caller… 

Simpson, who investigated the Trump campaign on behalf of the DNC and Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, informed Congress on Thursday that he will plead the Fifth to avoid speaking with members of the House Judiciary and House Oversight & Government Committee in an interview set for Tuesday.

“The reason for that … is that Glenn Simpson had previously testified under oath to the House Intelligence Committee that he never met with Bruce Ohr or discussed with Bruce Ohr the Steele dossier prior to the October FISA application in 2016 or the 2016 presidential election,” said Ratcliffe, a member of the House Judiciary panel.

Via Fox News ‘Sunday Morning Futures’

Via Zerohedge

Ohr told the Judiciary and Oversight & Government Reform Committees in an August 28 interview that he met with Simpson in August and December of 2016 to discuss Fusion GPS’s opposition research into Donald Trump.

Bruce’s wife, Nellie Ohr, was hired by Fusion GPS for the anti-Trump effort at the time.

Simpson, however, told a different story to the House Intelligence Committee on November 14, 2017, when he said that he hadn’t been in contact with anyone from the DOJ or FBI until after the election. While he did acknowledge meeting with Bruce Ohr (meetings which would result in Ohr’s demotion), Simpson never disclosed his wife’s employment.

“Ohr, who has been demoted twice since December, was also in frequent contact with Christopher Steele, the author of the infamous anti-Trump dossier. Steele, a former British spy, was hired by Fusion GPS in June 2016 to investigate the Trump campaign’s possible links to the Kremlin.

Steele met with the Ohrs on July 30, 2016, a day before the FBI opened its counterintelligence investigation into the Trump team. Ohr met just after with FBI deputy Director Andrew McCabe.” – Daily Caller

Following the 2016 election, Steel and Ohr met over a dozen times, despite the FBI having blacklisted Steele for improper media disclosures concerning his work.

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Hillary and Holder are hurting Democrat Party with their rhetoric

Democrat-written opinion piece points out the fact that the party has radicalized so much it has left its own supporters behind.

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Fox News ran an opinion piece written by Douglas E. Schoen early Sunday. It points out how radicalized the Democrat Party has become, and it is noteworthy because Douglas Schoen is a Democrat himself. He writes (emphasis added):

As Democrats campaign for the Nov. 6 midterm elections, they have plenty of legitimate criticisms to level at President Trump and Republicans who control the House and Senate. But Democrats were hurt in recent days by amazing and disgusting comments made by Hillary Clinton and former Attorney General Eric Holder.

As a Democrat, I want my party to win as many seats as possible in the House and Senate and to capture as many governorships and other state offices as it can. But the Clinton and Holder remarks do not advance that effort – they hurt it.

Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Clinton said Tuesday that “you cannot be civil with” the Republican Party because it “wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about.” She added that “if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again.”

But even worse than Clinton’s comments were those of Eric Holder, who said at a recent campaign event in Georgia that Democrats should abandon the advice of former first lady Michelle Obama, who said at the 2016 Democratic National Convention that her party and mine should respond positively to negative attacks from the GOP.

Mrs. Obama said that “when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. No, our motto is, when they go low, we go high.”

Holder argued just the opposite, saying: “When they go low, we kick them. That’s what this new Democratic Party is about.” He later said he wasn’t advocating violence – not literal kicking.

I beg to differ with both Clinton and Holder.

The only way the Democrats can regain the majority in either or both houses of Congress is by being civil, and pointing out the differences between Democrats and Republicans on the issues.

This is the real issue that should govern elections. Rather than the politics of popularity, one needs to consider policy points and which side offers points that are actually achievable, believable, concrete, desirable and specific. Calling President Trump and his administration names does not offer any constructive dialogue on policy matters.

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Conservatives and Trump supporters know this and it is precisely because of this that Donald Trump won the White House.

While the mainstream media (and here we can include Fox News largely) tried every possible way to ridicule Donald Trump’s candidacy, the people that actually listened to what he had to say found him very impressive on policy as much as his ability to speak as the voice of the people. The recent hysteria around Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination and confirmation to the Supreme Court was hysteria up front, driven by real policy fears from the deep core of liberals, as they know that this Justice is likely to form an effective wall against liberals ramming their agenda through the courts since their efforts fail legislatively so often.

Mr. Schoen continues:

As a centrist Democrat, the issue that strikes me most is the degree to which the national debt and the deficit are now out of control.

America faces uncertain and unstable times financially. Yet we are seeing a Republican-controlled Congress that has largely failed to do anything besides provide tax cuts for major corporations and the wealthiest individuals. This is by no means certain to have fundamentally altered the path of the economy or to provide economic growth.

Put another way, what the Trump administration has failed to do is to fix health care and cover pre-existing conditions more fundamentally; lead America in a fiscally responsible way; and pass tax cuts that help the average American. The Trump tax cuts have driven up the national debt and endangered funding for programs that benefit millions of people in our country.

So, here are policy points. Now we can begin to have a debate. Is Mr. Schoen right, or wrong in his information? This is far different than name-calling!

Democrats have long argued the need for a centrist agenda that focuses on:

  • Providing health-care benefits – whether private or public – to all Americans to cover expansively all pre-existing conditions.
  • Protecting the environment from the policies of the Trump administration that have only encouraged –and I dare say exacerbated – environmental degradation and climate change.
  • Promoting a pro-growth, inclusive agenda that seeks to put working people first, and the interests of Washington insiders and economic elites second. President Trump claims that he is doing this – he calls it “draining the swamp” – but this has not happened.

There is no justification for the angry rhetoric of Clinton and Holder, which only feeds into Republican claims that Democrats are an angry mob that can’t get over Clinton’s loss to Trump two years ago.

And Holder looks particularly bad because he was once the chief law enforcement officer of the United States, yet now sounds like he is effectively advocating what appears to be either illegal activities, or metaphorical initiatives that run counter to our traditions and our politics.

Hillary Clinton has said she won’t run for office again, but Holder has said he may run for president in 2020. Whoever the Democratic candidate turns out to be needs to be a responsible and respectable opponent – not one who calls for kicking the GOP or for incivility.

We should have learned from the Senate confirmation hearing for now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh that resisting for the sake of resisting doesn’t work. In fact, Democratic attacks on Kavanaugh may well have backfired, recent polls show.

The Democratic Party itself is lost now, without a message, a direction, a strategy, or agenda to confront a Republican Party that is seen as in many ways as having let the American people down.

We need change – but it must be constructive change. This Democrat believes that the comments that Eric Holder and Hillary Clinton made are wrong, counterproductive, and deserve to be rejected by the leadership of the Democratic Party.

Perhaps Fox News ran this opinion piece because Douglas Schoen is the first rational Democrat contributor to say anything in some time. However, it also appears that Mr. Schoen is a minority in his own party. It is a greatly logical approach to argue policy, as he has and as anyone who really understands American government should. But it is unclear as to whether the bulk of the Democrat Party even has reasonable people remaining.

If they do, it may well be that they are being betrayed by their party’s increasingly leftist and radical positions. The Party apparatus seems focused, but it also seems to have left people like Mr. Schoen behind.

Who knows? Maybe that will bring them into the Trump camp.

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Patriarch Bartholomew lifts anathemas on schismatics in Ukraine (VIDEO)

Most of the Orthodox world is in strong opposition to this move by Patriarch Bartholomew, whose motivations seem not to be of Christ.

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The biggest news in the Eastern Orthodox world in recent times occurred on Thursday, October 11, 2018. The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, lifted the anathemas against two schismatic Ukrainian Churches and their leaders, paving the way to the creation of a fully independent Ukrainian national Orthodox Church.

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This announcement was given in English and is shown here in video with the textual transcript following:

“Presided by His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Holy and Sacred Synod convened for its regular session from October 9 to 11, 2018 in order to examine and discuss items on its agenda. The Holy Synod discussed in particular and at length, the ecclesiastical mater of Ukraine in the presence of His Excellency Archbishop Daniel of Pamphilon and His Grace Bishp Ilarion of Edmonon, Patriarchal Exarchs to Ukraine, and following extensive deliberations decreed (emphasis added):

First, to renew the decision already made, that the Ecumenical Patriarchate proceed to the granting of autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine;

Second, to re-establish at this moment the stavropegion of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Kiev—one of its many starvorpegion in Ukraine that existed there always;

Third, to accept and review the petitions of appeal of Philaret Denisenko and Makary Maletich and their followers who found themselves in schism not for dogmatic reasons, in accordance with the canonical prerogatives of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to receive such petitions by hierarchs and other clergy of all the autocephalous Churches. Thus, the above mentioned have been canonically reinstated to their hierarchical or priestly rank, and their faithful have been restored to communion with the Church;

Fourth, to revoke the legal binding of the Synodal letter of the year 1686, issued for the circumstances of that time, which granted the right through economia to the Patriarch of Moscow to ordain the Metropolitan of Kiev elected by the clergy-laity assembly of his eparchy, who would commemorate the Ecumenical Patriarch as the first hierarch at any celebration, proclaiming and affirming his canonical dependence to the Mother Church of Constantinople;

Fifth, to appeal to all sides involved that they avoid appropriation of churches, monasteries, and other properties as well as every other act of violence and retaliation so that he peace and love of Christ may prevail.”

There are a few things that must be said about what this declaration is not before we get to the matter of what the points of actually are. The point of reference is the strict letter of the text above itself.

  • This is not a granting of autocephaly (full independent self-rule status) like the fourteen universally canonical Orthodox jurisdictions in the world. However, it is a huge step towards this status.
  • As far as Constantinople is concerned, Filaret Denisenko, the leader and “Patriarch” of the “Kyiv Patriarchate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church” and Makary, the “Metropolitan” of the “Ukrainian Orthodox Autocephalous Church”, and all their faithful are now restored to communion. The statement says that this applies to “The Church” which may be trying to state that these two men (and all the faithful that they lead), are now in communion with the entirety of canonical Orthodoxy, but more likely, this may be a carefully worded statement to say they now are in communion with Constantinople alone.
  • There is an official call for the cessation of the violence directed against the Moscow Patriarchate parishes and communities, who are the only canonically recognized Orthodox Church in Ukraine, and who are also the largest by far in that country. The Kyiv Patriarchate and Uniate (Roman oriented) Greek Catholics in Ukraine have gone on record for seizing MP church properties, often by force, with neo-Nazi sympathizers and other radical Ukrainian nationalists. So this official call to cease the violence is now a matter of public record.

However, the reaction has been far less civil than the clergy wished for.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko: “Expressing his view of the Moscow Patriarchate, Poroshenko added, “This is a great victory of the God-loving Ukrainian people over the Moscow demons, the victory of Good over Evil, the victory of Light over Darkness.”’

Perhaps this is the reason Metropolitan Onuphry of Ukraine (exarch under the Moscow Patriarchate) has been labeled an enemy of Ukraine and is now receiving death threats. Very civil.

Poroshenko’s statement is all the more bizarre, considering that it has been Ukrainian ultra-nationalists that have been violently attacking Moscow – related parishes in Ukraine. This has been corroborated by news sources eager to pin the blame on Russia, such as the U.K. Guardian.

The Union of Orthodox Journalists, based in Kiev and supportive of the Moscow Patriarchate, has been under intense cyber attack since October 11th, when the EP’s announcement was issued.

Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) Chancellor, Metropolitan Anthony of Boryspil and Brovary: “What happened at the Synod in Istanbul yesterday shocked the entire Orthodox world. It seems the Patriarchate of Constantinople is consciously embarking on a path of schism in world Orthodoxy. Patriarch Bartholomew ignored the calls of the Local Churches to convene a meeting of the primates to work out a common and conciliar solution to the Ukrainian Church issue and unilaterally made very serious but erroneous decisions. I hope the Orthodox world will give this action an objective evaluation… Having received the schismatics into communion, Patriarch Bartholomew did not make them canonical, but has himself embarked on the path of schism. The schismatics remain schismatics. They did not receive any autocephaly or tomos. It seems they have lost even that independence, although non-canonical, that they had and which they always emphasized.”

Metropolitan Rostislav of the Czech Lands and Slovakia:“The Orthodox world recognizes the only canonical primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church—His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine. This fact was repeatedly mentioned and confirmed by the primate of the Great Church of Christ His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on behalf of all present at the Synaxis of the Primates of the Local Orthodox Churches that was held in Chambésy (Switzerland) from January 21 to 27, 2016. Therefore, any attempt to legalize the Ukrainian schismatics by the state authorities should be strongly condemned by all the primates of the Local Orthodox Churches.

Patriarch Irinej of Serbia wrote two letters to the Ecumenical Patriarch, advocating that the provision of a new autocephaly is possible only with the consent of all local Orthodox Churches. According to Sedmitza.ru (Translation by Pravoslavie.ru),

“In these letters, it was very clearly stated that the granting of autocephaly cannot be the prerogative the Patriarchate of Constantinople alone, that new autocephalies must be created only with the consent of all the Local Orthodox Churches, as the Holy Synod of Antioch also said in its recent statement.”

Pat. Irinej also warned the Patriarchate of Constantinople against making such major decisions unilaterally, because “it will not bring harmony and peace to the Ukrainian land, but, on the contrary, will cause new divisions and new schisms.”

The Holy Synod of Antioch, the oldest Orthodox Church, and actually the very first place where the disciples of Christ were even called “Christians” weighed in on the issue as well and they had several things to say:

“The fathers examined the general Orthodox situation. They stressed that the Church of Antioch expresses her deep worries about the attempts to change the boundaries of the Orthodox Churches through a new reading of history. She considers that resorting to a unilateral reading of history does not serve Orthodox unity. It rather contributes to the fueling of the dissensions and quarrels within the one Church. Thus, the Church of Antioch refuses the principle of establishing parallel jurisdictions within the canonical boundaries of the Patriarchates and the autocephalous Churches as a way to solve conflicts, or as a de facto situation in the Orthodox world.

To summarize, this move by Constantinople is not being warmly received by many, many people. Most of the local Churches are on record giving their reaction to this process. In brief, here is the list most of the Local Churches and a one or two word summary of their reactions.

Patriarchate of Georgia: Unilateral action is wrong; Constantinople and Moscow must cooperate and find a solution together.

Patriarchate of Jerusalem: recognizes Ukraine as a canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church alone, as do all other local Churches

Patriarchate of Alexandria and all Africa: The Church does not bow to politicians. Moscow-led church is the only canonical Church in Ukraine.

Archbishop of Cyprus: Decries the Ukrainian situation but offered to mediate a discussion between Moscow and Constantinople

Bulgarian Patriarchate: Interference of the State in Church affairs leads to serious and negative consequences for both.

Polish Orthodox Church: Metropolitan Sawa called for a council of Orthodox ruling hierarchs to discuss this situation.

Estonian Orthodox Church: Condemns Constantinople’s actions in Ukraine.

Greek Archdiocese of America: Supports Constantinople’s actions in Ukraine.

The Orthodox Church of Greece (Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus quoted): “Schismatics, as we know, are not the Church, and communion with them is forbidden by the Divine and holy canons and the Apostolic and Ecumenical Councils. Why then this persistence of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in recognizing schismatics as an autocephalous Church? To provoke schisms and divisions in the one universal and Apostolic Church of Christ?”

Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR): Ceased commemoration of Constantinople, ceased concelebration with Constantinople.

This issue has also rocked the secular geopolitical world.

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