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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and German FM Gabriel give fascist greeting to Ukrainian nationalists

German Twitter users in particular were incensed by Sigmar Gabriel’s lack of sensitivity to the victims of fascism.

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The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel have found themselves embroiled in a scandal over a public greeting they offered to Ukrainian leaders.

Both leaders used the phrase “Slava Ukraini!”, in their messages. The phrase which literally means “Glory to Ukraine” and is usually answered with the refrain of “Glory to heroes”, was popularised by Ukrainian Nazi-collaborators during the 1940s including the notorious Ukrainian Insurgent Army and the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists headed by Stepan Bandera.

Both groups were complicit in the killings of Russians, Soviet Ukrainians, Poles and Jews.

The slogan has been resurrected by neo-Nazis who played a role in bringing about the February 2014 coup in Kiev against the anti-fascist President Viktor Yanukovych.

The Canadian Prime Minister wrote the controversial rallying call on his official webpage while the German Foreign Minister wrote the phrase on Twitter.

Many German citizens were incensed that the Foreign Minister could offer a fascist greeting with one German Twitter user writing in,

“Mr. Gabriel, you could not possibly tweet anything more stupid. Slava Ukraini is a Nazi greeting in Ukraine”.

Another user wrote,

“Slava Ukraini is something similar to a person saying ‘Sieg Heil!’ in Germany… You have not fully gotten rid of the Nazi filth, have you?”

Another user was worried that Germany was “returning to its roots”.

By contrast Justin Trudeau’s remarks gained little response, most likely because they were less visible due to the fact that they were not posted on social media.

Nevertheless, an apology is in order from both men. There is no place for fascist phrases in 2017, especially since in respect of the Ukrainian regime, fascism is still claiming its victims in the form of the genocidal war against the people of Donbass which continues without abatement.

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Avramijevdan
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Canadian Prime Minister wrote something dumb and nobody noticed due to nobody noticing him anyway. But what on earth happened to German FM, is he out of his freaking mind? Awaiting for Polish reaction, that one might be priceless.

VeeNarian (Yerevan)
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VeeNarian (Yerevan)

The Poles are beginning to realize that Ukraine has been Banderised. Do they have the guts to stand up their shameful leaders?

Avramijevdan
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Avramijevdan

It is somewhat of psychological split in gentle Polish being. They hate Russia, their leaders hate Russia, Ukrops hate Russia, but Ukrops also hate Polish and were killing them en mass during WW2. Difficult choices. They would so gladly support Ukrops but they can’t.

What Polish actually want is their Empire back and Russia being destroyed. It is their dream ever since they fell under Vatican.

Vtran
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Vtran

Agreed … only think yesterday, Pollack either FM or DM refereed to Banderistan keeping out the RF Barbarism !

And so it can be viewed that Banderistan is the country keeping Pollack Fazcists from RF !

Anja Boettcher
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Anja Boettcher

This one is anachronistic.

Poles’ christianisation followed baptism of Mieszkov I. in 966; Christian history of Russians on the Kiev Rus began 20 years later.

View that Poland could be set up to go against Russians by being Christianed, their conversion thus be plotted as anti-Russian coup by the Vatican depends on an interpretation of history that is against all logic. (They rather did it to keep grip on Silesia, whose Christianisation had started about a hundred years before.)

Avramijevdan
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Avramijevdan

Well, don’t forget I am Serbian. Vatican has usually more meanings for me then just a Holy See. As for Polish their first state had rather close relationship with Teutonic Knights who were Papal State offspring. Later Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth attempt to conquer Russia is not very different from numerous attacks against Russian territories from 11th century onwards. Papal States financed first German adventurers in 11th century while HRR took over once Papal States lost their strength. Poland did continue in their footsteps once it became strongest in Europe in form of Polish Lithuanian state. I do agree it is… Read more »

Anja Boettcher
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Anja Boettcher

You know I do not agree at all with any abuse of creed for political reasons. But the specific nationalistic blend of Polish nationalism, is not only a product of the Vatican, but is fostered by genuinely Polish imperial dreams, which since WW1 are even more oriented towards Anglosaxon hegemonial support than to any ties to other Catholic countries. Spain has got historical ties to Latin American nations. The Catholic parts of Germany (especially the Rhinelanders) have culturally grown ties to Italy, Bavarians of course to Austrians — but Poles? To Lithuania, sure, but even they are poisened by mistrust.… Read more »

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

You have outdone yourself, Bitcher. I actually applaud your post. It shows breadth of thought and background knowledge and is well-organised.
B+ for sure.

outsider
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outsider

Very informative comment. Much appreciated. The stupid Polish elite deserves to be hood-winked by the Anglo-Saxon elite (again).

Anja Boettcher
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Anja Boettcher

All those corrupt elites deserve being presented the bills. Unfortunately though, they never suffer the consequences themselves, while not only the complicit, but as well the innocent part of their populations will pay the price in the end.

outsider
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outsider

I know. The injustice is heart-breaking.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

You are but thinly acquainted with logic and your posts are consequently rubbish. At least those that I have had the misfortune to see.

Vtran
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Vtran

Pollacks have with U$ America and the Rest of HATO made Banderistan into a NAZI State !

The Only Problem is that NAZI Banderistan Does not want to DIE on the “Eastern Front” … instead they see a Soft OPEN Europe … and Pollack Land is Right Next
.
Maybe Maidan (Revolution of dignity) to Warsaw …… but who will provide the snipers ?

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Israel.

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Samantharbuck

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Vtran
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Vtran

Agree other western, other Pro western country’s involved

DarkEyes
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DarkEyes

And Pollacks had their excercises and experiences on the Maidan in 2014.
That could be a “homerun” for these experienced snipers.

ShermanRMcCoy
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ShermanRMcCoy

Same people who provided the snipers on the Maidan – the CIA.

Vtran
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Vtran

Pollacks at revolution of dignity

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Polish PM caught a few months ago on open microphone: “We have been sucking US dick for decades and have nothing to show for it.”

Anja Boettcher
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Anja Boettcher

It seems Mr Gabriel, who has been denounced by the most influential US foreign policy thinktank as one of the German “Kremlin’s horse” (along with Gerhard Schröder, who works for Gazprom), has really lost his mind (- as this can hardly be lack of knowledge.) http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/images/publications/The_Kremlins_Trojan_Horses_web_0228_third_edition.pdf Pressure from US neocons plus their transatlanticist pals (like Stefan Meister of the German foreign policy thinktank GAP, who helped to write the above publication) cost Gabriel btw his office as Chancellor candidate, as the Council of Foreign Relation demanded in the above last year’s publication that the social democrats should remove Gabriel from… Read more »

Vtran
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Vtran

Pollacks … are a NAZI / PRO NAZI state ….

DarkEyes
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DarkEyes

Gabriel the Socialist has not serious time for this kind of things.
The man is working hard to make a career may be as president of Das Deutsche Reich.
He sniffs and .. there is money in the air with political power.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

2014 Russia presented a bill in the UN, to outlaw the N*zi Party and Canada, US and Ukraine voted against it, in support of the N*zis. 2016, the same bill was presented and again the US and Ukraine supported the N*azi Party and voted against the bill. Canada had just had a change of leader. Funny, but, what were they saying about the Antifa and N*zi protests in the US? Germany, well, did they learn nothing from the 40s? Or is it now OK to offer full support to the N*is, so long as it is in the right nation?… Read more »

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Nice to see they fully support and respect this crowd. The voters of Canada and Germany, must be so thrilled.

Ukraine Nazis 2016… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRrf1QD6sEI

Allegedly the media of both Ukraine and the West were a bit shy, with regards showing their dear N*zi friends on parade with NATO’s finest, on National N*zi Day, that so many leaders in the West supported.

Hidden Parade: Western and Ukraine Media Ashamed to Show Neo-N*zis Near NATO Soldiers

http://www.stalkerzone.org/hidden-parade-ukrainian-western-media-ashamed-show-neo-nazis-near-nato-soldiers/

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

He has a large support from Ukrainian Canadians, but it is no excuse for his actions. This is not the first time and wont be the last.

He happily welcomed Parubiy to Ottawa and seems to have started a bro-mance with him!
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Vtran
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Vtran

Are you suprized … Trudoo would not have been elected without the Fazcist Banderistan Relatives that were moved to Canada post 1945, to save them from the USSR Gulags

And Germany has been funding the Genocide of what was once Eastern Ukraine …. They are reliving 1941 all over again !

Shannon
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Shannon

Just to get really, really specific about Trudeau’s political motives for being pro-Ukraine junta: in Dnepropetrovsk, the Jewish community is Hasidic. The chief Rebbe for this area, Shmuel Kamenetsky, organizes the University where the fundamentals of “Habad-Lubavitch” will be taught. This diaspora supported the Maidan. It is poised to be a central region in the world for Hasidic Jews. Trudeau was elected in Montréal, in the riding of Papineau. Montréal has the second largest Jewish population in Canada, and about one quarter of the country’s Jewish population. When the riding of Papineau was formed in 2003, it took territory from… Read more »

Vtran
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Vtran

Explains why Canadians Citizens are willing to Die for Banderistan NAZI’s as they fight side by side in what was once Eastern Ukraine !

Shannon
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Shannon

Well, the Harper government, who was in power at the time of Maidan, had the support of Ukrainian-Canadians, who tend to be part of the Conservative party base. Maybe some of those citizens joined in – or some of the Canadian Hasidic community (according to Tsarev, many Ukrainian Jews joined the fight). I would guess that Trudeau (and Trump) are hoping for a knock-out political win in Ukraine, through their supporters among the Hasidic community. Aside from the clear domestic political victory available if they could pull that off, they both could reconcile with Russia, and seriously dethrone the Nuland,… Read more »

Vtran
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Vtran

There can be NO Political Victory in Banderistan … One there are NO Opposition Party’s …. merely the level of Extremists !

Two … far too many deaths, not just of Adults but Children … and never Should Adults outlive Children

Now if U$ Americans can restore all those Lives Lost, repair that Destroyed and Return all that Stolen then that might be a starting position to “talks” …

Shannon
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Shannon

The clear political victory is saving the most significant Chabad-Lubavitch University in the world from persecution and destruction by Neo-Nazis. I’m not sure where you live, but on the North American continent, this would be a huge, huge political boost. Obviously, Trudeau’s government is not going to single-handedly save Ukraine. And there may be political movements brewing in Ukraine, or among the Ukrainian immigrants in Russia, which are just not revealed publicly – for obvious reasons.

Vtran
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Vtran

There are NO Political movements in Banderistan ….. Valtzman (poroshenko to Banderists) will in time return to U$ america and be given a Hero’s Welcome …. Much like YatsenPuke who has purchased 25 Villa complexes in excess of $2million each in Florida ! Mind you YatsenPuke is a Canadian citizen … – There are no opposition party’s left in Banderistan … all Opposition Party’s (that are not Fazcist/ Nazi / Nationalist) are Banned … The members of those party’s are either in Prison, Left the Country or have been Murdered ! – And change of Gov in Banderistan will result… Read more »

Shannon
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Shannon

Every politician you mention was put in place by the Nuland, Clinton, Kagan, Biden, Netanyahu cabal. Each one is obviously an agent of that cabal therefore, regardless of citizenship. Poroshenko openly campaigned for Clinton during the 2016 US election. Neither Trudeau nor Trump were in power when those decisions were made.

Vtran
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Vtran

However instead of correcting or changing those decisions, Trmpz through HIS SPOKESPERSON (Trmpz Choice) Haily at the UN … Blamed the whole Banderistan Mess on RF … totally forgetting that it was U$ Americans that conducted the Armed Coup !

And more recently Trmpz authorized (Officially) Transfer of Lethal Weapons to Banderistan !

Shannon
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Shannon

I’ll let an American respond to those concerns. In any case, time will tell. Even with good intentions, accomplishing anything constructive in Ukraine now is not easy. Good day (or night? Depending on time zone) to you, Vtran!

Vtran
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Vtran

Agree … just as it impossible to solve the issues in Iraq, Afghanistan, Mali, Ethiopia, Sudan, Libya etc and any where else that U$ Americans have meddled …. as there will always be one group that is not happy with any solution and at least one group not happy with the Compensation from the Rich U$ Americans … expecting Far far more

Shannon
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Shannon

True. I do think with respect to saving Rebbe Shmuel Kamenetsky’s Chabad-Lubavitch University in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine — Trump can see this is a huge win (yuuuge 😉 but doesn’t know how to get it while keeping everybody happy. (That’s my read of it.) Trudeau is extremely familiar with international politics, competitive and ambitious. He’ll help Trump as much as he can, I’m sure (other political competitors in Canada would love to take charge of this, too, I’d expect.) It’s much less complicated on the north side of the 49th parallel!!! For all that, it may be impossible — it’s a… Read more »

Vtran
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Vtran

The region that is Donbas at the moment is not the full Donbas region …. so to have any “49th” would mean that the territory would need to expand, plus a demilitarize zone … which equally does not exist ! Add that other regions of Banderistan are awakening … the Fazcist West wants to be independent of Kiev Region … tho wishes to take over Pollack region – Unfortunately once again U$ american Meddling that has taken place since 1945 (WWII never ended ) has opened a hornets nest … RF people are not going to die to clear up… Read more »

Joop de Jong
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Joop de Jong

We must be kept stupid!
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Joop de Jong
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Joop de Jong

B.t.w. for those who don’t know what this building is, it’s the €1 billion new NATO headquarters in Brussels. Now you know where your tax €uro’s are spend on.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

The NATO symbol is just waiting for the four arms of the cross to get those little right-angled horns.

Joop de Jong
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Joop de Jong

Do you mean this one? It was designed, and build, by mistake, so they say. It don’t mean anything, nothing to see here, please walk on.

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/507129/swastika-shaped-buildings-conspiracy-nazi-buildings-google-earth
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Bente Petersen
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Bente Petersen

HITLER IS STILL ALIVE !!!! And Canda and Germany greets with a Heil Hitler !!!! WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON ????

Guy
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Guy

Canada , one of 3 nations to veto a UN resolution condemning Nazism.To my deep shame , but not in my name.
https://off-guardian.org/2017/08/26/the-nations-that-accept-nazism-today/

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

A combination of being dumb and ignorant???

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

I can see dumbo Trudeau, trying to pull this off, he has a million voting Ukes to please in Canada!!!! ?

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Let me translate: “Slava Ukraini” = Heil Deutschland (though the German Nazis may not have been as crazy as this bunch – in which I include Sigmar Gabriel and Prime Minister Hairdo of Canada). I do not think personifying the nation was all that popular. Germany actually HAD health and glory. Ukraine and Canada and US-occupied Germany have none. “Ukraina nado vsikh” another of the Fascist Kiev chants = Deutschland uber alles What CIANN will never report is another slogan: “Moskali na nozhy” = Russians on (to) the knives. The phrase used to include Jews in the first or second… Read more »

Joop de Jong
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Joop de Jong

“The S.N.A. derived from “the Social Nationalist Party of Ukraine,” whose
name was derived from the National Socialist Party of Germany — the
original Nazis. America’s CIA hides its longstanding support of nazis
after World War II (see this and this),
but the Bushes and Obama have continued it even decades after the
Soviet Union and its communism ended. Consequently, in 2004, the Social
Nationalist Party of Ukraine was advised by the CIA to, and it did,
change its name to the “Freedom Party,” or “Svoboda,” because that
sounds better to Americans.”

http://www.globalresearch.ca/ukrainian-nazis-pay-private-military-company-academi-formerly-blackwater-for-training-russian-report/5422667

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

It looks like some brands of White Supremacy are better, with Trotskyites and Liberals, than others.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

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Dominic Blais
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Dominic Blais

well no shit wall street loves nazis so much they paid for hitler too

Doom Sternz
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Doom Sternz

Capitalism is Fascism. America is racist and a proponent of what Benito Mussolini called “Corporationism” — big corporate control of the government, which Mussolini more commonly referred to as “fascism.”

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Corporate capitalism certainly is. And that is just about the only kind left.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Here is another fan of the N*zis,

MARK ZUCKERBERG TOGETHER WITH THE NAZI UKRAINE JUNTA, WEBSITE MIROTVORETS THAT TARGETS TO KILL JOURNALISTS HAND IN HAND WITH FACEBOOK !… http://nrt24.ru/en/news/mark-zuckerberg-together-nazi-ukraine-junta-website-mirotvorets-targets-kill-journalists-hand

Andrew Bruce-Jones
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Andrew Bruce-Jones

As usual western leaders condemn the so called alt-right for being fascist but most of them don’t understand what a fascist is, while conspiring and sympathising with the Ukrainian regime who along with there right sector and azov battalion backers commit themselves to a race war in the Donbass against russian speaking people of east Ukraine. Their the Real fascists just like there E.U backers.

cap960
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cap960

Canadians should be ashamed of this Trudeau guy. I know I am

Nanna Romanow
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Nanna Romanow

Trying to find where and when this all came about ? Perhaps there is just a little bullshit in this story !

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel have only proven their crass ignorance of the 20th century history OR deliberate whitewash of Ukrainians crimes during WWII. Canada welcomed many of the Ukrainian war criminals after the end of the war, and Gabriel probably rejoiced that many Ukrainians joined the SS goons in 1941, and helped them exterminate hundreds of thousands Jews, Poles and Russians.

As in the story of an Ukrainian claiming that his grandfather died at Auschwitz.
How did he die?
He fell from a guard tower.

Laurent Desbois
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Laurent Desbois

Durant la deuxième guerre mondiale, mon père a traversé l’Italie avec le 22e ! Chaque année pour le jour du souvenir du 11 novembre, il sortait fièrement ses médailles et il se posait toujours la même question. « Trudeau et moi avions le même âge, que faisait-il durant la guerre ? ». Il ne répondait jamais à sa question, mais j’ai toujours su qu’il avait la réponse !

What did they do during the war? PET Trdeau vs René Lévesque

https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=10154313185288140&set=p.10154313185288140&type=3&theater

da6675
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da6675

The US neocons, who are enthusiastic Zionists, refuse to renounce neo-Nazis is Ukraine. You also do not see any major Jewish groups weighing in , and Israel is silent. Why?

Earl
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Earl

I just got done watching Fox News Closing bell show, and Liz Claman had on no less than Porky Poroschenko, lying thru his teeth as always and swearing that he will take back the Donbass and Crimea. I witnessed him acting as if a great crime had been done to Ukraine……What a psychopath to be ablw to lie like that and not bat an eyelash. Of course, he looked as shifty as one might expect. Thanking everyone for American assistance and weapons. If US does what he says and buys his line of crap, we will soon be at war… Read more »

Dow Jones
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Dow Jones

Oh dear but let’s not forget that the NAZIS are still running occupied Germanostan for their anglozionazi masters.
Sigmar’s daddy was a totally committed NAZI until his dying breath.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEnOenGm1WE

The real NAZIS in Germany are the SPD and CDU collaborators of the globalist banksters

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Beijing Threatens “Severe” Retaliation Against Canada If Huawei CFO Is Not Released

China’s warning marks an escalation in Beijing’s rhetoric as investors worry that the arrest could cause the shaky trade detente between the US and China to devolve into acrimony.

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Canada’s extraordinary arrest one week ago of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei founder and billionaire executive Ren Zhengfei, and its decision to charge her with “multiple” counts of fraud – a preamble to her likely extradition to the US to face charges of knowingly violating US and EU sanctions on Iran – has elicited widespread anger in Beijing, which declared Meng’s detention a “violation of human rights” during a bail hearing for the jailed executive on Friday.

That anger has apparently only intensified after the hearing adjourned without a decision (it will resume on Monday, allowing Meng’s defense team to argue for why she should be released on bail, contrary to the wishes of government attorneys who are prosecuting the case).

And with Canada insisting that it will prosecute Meng to the full extent of the law over allegations that she mislead banks about the true relationship of a Huawei subsidiary called Skycom, angry Chinese officials have decided to issue an ultimatum directly to the Canadian ambassador, who was summoned to a meeting in Beijing on Saturday and told in no uncertain terms that Canada will face “severe consequences” if Meng isn’t released, according to the Wall Street Journal.

China’s foreign ministry publicized the warning in a statement (though Canadian officials have yet to comment):

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng summoned Canada’s ambassador to Beijing, John McCallum, on Saturday to deliver the warning, according to a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

The statement doesn’t mention the name of Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, though it refers to a Huawei “principal” taken into custody at U.S. request while changing planes in Vancouver, as was Ms. Meng. The statement accuses Canada of “severely violating the legal, legitimate rights of a Chinese citizen” and demands the person’s release.

“Otherwise there will be severe consequences, and Canada must bear the full responsibility,” said the statement, which was posted online late Saturday.

Phone calls to the Canadian Embassy rang unanswered while the Canadian government’s global affairs media office didn’t immediately respond to an email request for comment.

The warning marks an escalation in Beijing’s rhetoric as investors worry that the arrest could cause the shaky trade detente between the US and China to devolve into acrimony. A federal judge issued a warrant for Meng’s arrest back in August. Though after she was made aware of the warrant, Meng avoided travel to the US. She was arrested in Vancouver last Saturday while traveling to Mexico.

Aside from breaking off trade talks, some are worried that Beijing could seek to retaliate in kind by arresting a notable US executive. While the threats of Chinese bureaucrats might not amount to much in the eyes of US prosecutors, threatening a US executive with long-term detention in a Chinese “reeducation camp” just might.

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Eresh Omar Jamal interviews Italian journalist Stefania Maurizi in relation to the situation of Julian Assange.

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Stefania Maurizi is an investigative journalist working for the Italian daily La Repubblica. She has worked on all WikiLeaks releases of secret documents and partnered with Glenn Greenwald to reveal the Snowden Files about Italy. She has authored two books—Dossier WikiLeaks: Segreti Italiani and Una Bomba, Dieci Storie. In an exclusive interview with Eresh Omar Jamal of The Daily Star, Maurizi talks about the continued arbitrary detention of Julian Assange, why powerful governments see WikiLeaks as an existential threat, and the implications for global press freedom if Assange is prosecuted for publishing secret government documents.

You recently had the chance to visit Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. When was this and can you describe the state he is in?

I was able to visit him on November 19, after 8 months of failed attempts, because last March the Ecuadorian authorities cut off all his social and professional contacts, with the exception of his lawyers, and in the preceding 8 months, I had asked for permission to visit him nine times without success—the Ecuadorian authorities didn’t reply at all to my requests.

When I was finally granted permission to visit the WikiLeaks founder at the Ecuadorian embassy in London last November, I was literally shocked to see the huge impact his isolation has had on his health. Because I have worked as a media partner with him and his organisation, WikiLeaks, for the last nine years, I have met him many times and can tell when there are any changes in his body and mind. I wondered how his mind could keep working; but after talking to him in the embassy for two hours, I have no doubt that his mind is working fine. I still wonder how that’s possible after six and a half years of detention without even one hour of being outdoors. I would have had a physical and mental breakdown after just 6 months, not after 6 years.

Detention and isolation are killing him slowly, and no one is doing anything to stop it. The media reports, the commentators comment, but at the end of the day, he is still there; having spent the last six and a half years confined to a tiny building with no access to sunlight or to proper medical treatment. And this is happening in London, in the heart of Europe. He is not sitting in an embassy in Pyongyang. It is truly tragic and completely unacceptable. And I’m simply appalled at the way the UK authorities have contributed to his arbitrary detention, and have opposed any solution to this intractable legal and diplomatic quagmire.

Having bravely defended Assange for years, the Ecuadorian government in late March cut off almost all his communications with the outside world. What prompted this turnabout and what is its purpose?

Politics has completely changed in Ecuador, and more in general, in Latin America, since 2012, when Ecuador granted Julian Assange asylum. I have never had any interviews with the current Ecuadorian President, Mr Lenin Moreno, but based on his public declarations, it’s rather obvious to me that he does not approve of what Julian Assange and WikiLeaks do.

With all his problems, Rafael Correa (former president of Ecuador) protected Assange from the very beginning, whereas Lenin Moreno considers him a liability. Moreno is under pressure from the right-wing politicians in Ecuador, and also from very powerful governments, like the US and UK governments, who will leave no stones unturned to jail Assange and destroy WikiLeaks. I am not sure how long Lenin Moreno will hold out against this immense pressure, provided that he wants to hold out at all.

Assange was vindicated not so long ago as to why he cannot leave the embassy when the US Department of Justice “accidentally” revealed in November that the founder of WikiLeaks had been secretly charged in the US. What do you think those charges are for?

It’s hard to say unless the charges get declassified and I really appreciate how the US organisation, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, is fighting before the court in the Eastern District of Virginia, US, to have the charges declassified.

There is no doubt whatsoever that the US authorities have always wanted to charge him for WikiLeaks’ publications. They have wanted to do so from the very beginning, since 2010, when WikiLeaks released its bombshell publications like the US diplomatic cables.

But the US authorities have been unable to do so due to the fact that WikiLeaks’ publication activities enjoy constitutional protection thanks to the First Amendment. So it will be very interesting to see how they will get around this constitutional protection in order to be able to charge him and other WikiLeaks journalists and put them all in jail.

Why have some of the most powerful governments and intelligence agencies invested so much resources to attack Assange and WikiLeaks?

You have to realise what it meant for the US national security complex to witness the publication of 76,000 secret documents about the war in Afghanistan, and then another 390,000 secret reports about the war in Iraq; followed by 251,287 US diplomatic cables and 779 secret files on the Guantanamo detainees; and to watch WikiLeaks save Edward Snowden, while the US was trying everything it could do, to show the world that there is no way of exposing the NSA’s secrets and keep your head attached to your neck having done so.

You have to realise what this means in an environment like that of the US, where even the most brilliant national security reporters didn’t dare to publish the name of the head of the CIA Counterterrorism Center, Michael D’Andrea, even though his name and the abuses committed by his centre were open secrets within their inner circles. Although the New York Times finally did, later on. But this was and still is the reality in the US, and even though it may not be as bad in the UK, it’s still quite bad. Look at what happened with the arrest of Glenn Greenwald’s husband, David Miranda, at the Heathrow Airport during the publication of the Snowden Files. Look at what happened with The Guardian being forced to destroy its hard drives during the publication of those files.

There are different levels of power in our societies and generally in our western democracies, criticism against the low, medium and high levels of power via journalistic activities is tolerated. Journalists may get hit with libel cases, have troubles with their careers; however, exposing those levels is permitted. The problem is when journalists and media organisations touch the highest levels, the levels where states and intelligence agencies operate.

WikiLeaks is a media organisation that has published secret documents about these entities for years, and Julian Assange and his staff have done this consistently, not occasionally like all the other media organisations do. You can imagine the anger these powerful entities have towards WikiLeaks—they perceive WikiLeaks as an existential threat and they want to set an example that says, “Don’t you dare expose our secrets and crimes, because if you do, we will smash you.”

If Assange is prosecuted, what impact might it have on other publishers and journalists and on press freedom globally?

It will have a huge impact and that is why organisations like the American Civil Liberties Union are speaking out. Never before in the US has an editor and media organisation ended up in jail for publishing information in the public interest. If Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks’ staff end up in jail, it will be the first time in US history and will set a devastating precedent for attack on press freedom in the US, but actually, not only in the US. Because if a country like the US, in which the activities of the press enjoy constitutional protection, treats journalists this way, you can imagine how other countries where the press doesn’t enjoy such strong protection will react. It will send a clear message to them: “Your hands are free.”

At the end of the day, I think there are two sides to this Assange and WikiLeaks saga: the US-UK national security complex, but more in general, I would say, the people within the national security complex, who want to destroy Julian Assange and WikiLeaks to send a clear message to journalists: “Don’t mess with us if you don’t want your lives to be destroyed.” While on the other side, there are the freedom of the press guys, meaning journalists like me, who want to demonstrate the exact opposite: that we can expose power at the highest levels, we can expose the darkest corners of governments and come out alive and well. And actually, we must do this, because real power is invisible and hides in the darkest corners.

Eresh Omar Jamal is a journalist for The Daily Star (Bangladesh). You can find him on Twitter: @EreshOmarJamal and Stefania Maurizi: @SMaurizi

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Trump’s JCPOA pullout and threatened INF Treaty withdrawal show Washington can never be trusted.

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The US is a serial lawbreaker, operating by its own rules, no others.

Time and again, it flagrantly breaches international treaties, Security Council resolutions, and other rule of law principles, including its own Constitution.

Diplomacy with Republicans and undemocratic Dems is an exercise in futility.

Trump’s JCPOA pullout and threatened INF Treaty withdrawal show Washington can never be trusted.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova’s proposed US outreach to discuss INF Treaty bilateral differences is well intended – despite knowing nothing is accomplished when talks with Washington are held, so why bother.

It’s just a matter of time before the US breaches another promise. They’re hollow when made. Kremlin good intentions aren’t enough to overcome US duplicity and implacable hostility toward Russia.

“We are ready to continue the dialogue in appropriate formats on the entire range of problems related to this document on the basis of professionalism and mutual respect, without putting forward unsubstantiated accusations and ultimatums. Our proposals are well known and remain on the negotiating table,” said Zakharova, adding:

“We have admitted (US) documents for further consideration. This text again includes accusations in the form of unfounded and unsubstantiated information about Russia’s alleged violations of this deal.

Comments to Washington like the above and similar remarks are like talking to a wall. The US demands all countries bend to its will, offering nothing in return but betrayal – especially in dealings with Russia, China, Iran, and other sovereign independent governments it seeks to replace with pro-Western puppet ones.

Not a shred of evidence suggests Russia violated its INF Treaty obligations. The accusation is baseless like all others against the Kremlin.

“No one has officially or by any other means handed over to Russia any files or facts, confirming that Russia breaches or does not comply with this deal,” Zakharova stressed, adding:

“We again confirm our consistent position that the INF Treaty is one of the key pillars of strategic stability and international security.”

It’s why the Trump regime intends abolishing it by pulling out. Strategic stability and international security defeat its agenda. Endless wars and chaos serve it.

The US, UK, France, Israel, and their imperial partners get away with repeated international law breaches because the EU, UN, and rest of the world community lack backbone enough to challenge them.

It’s how it is no matter how egregious their actions, notably their endless wars of aggression, supporting the world’s worst tinpot pot despots, and failing to back the rights of persecuted Palestinians and other long-suffering people.

The only language Republicans and Dems understand is toughness. Putin pretends a Russian/US partnership exists to his discredit – a show of weakness, not strength and responsible leadership.

In response to the Trump regime’s intention to withdraw from the INF Treaty, he said Russia will “react accordingly” – precisely what, he didn’t say.

A few suggestions, Mr. President.

  • Recall your ambassador to Washington. Expel the Trump regime’s envoy from Moscow and other key embassy personnel.
  • Arrest US spies in Russia you long ago identified. Imprison them until the US releases all Russian political prisoners. Agree to swap US detainees for all of them, no exceptions.
  • Install enough S-400 air defense systems to cover all Syrian airspace. Warn Washington, Britain, France and Israel that their aircraft, missiles and other aerial activities in its airspace will be destroyed in flight unless permission from Damascus is gotten – clearly not forthcoming.
  • Publicly and repeatedly accuse the above countries of supporting the scourge of ISIS and likeminded terrorists they pretend to oppose.
  • Warn them in no uncertain terms that their aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic no longer will be tolerated. Tell them the same goes if they dare attack Iran.
  • Stop pretending Mohammad bin Salman didn’t order Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, along with ignoring the kingdom’s horrendous human rights abuses domestically and abroad – including support for ISIS and other terrorists.
  • Put observance of rule of law principles and honor above dirty business as usual with the kingdom and other despotic regimes for profits.
  • Do the right things at all times and damn the short-term consequences – including toughness on Washington, the UK, Israel, and their imperial partners in high crimes of war and against humanity.

VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: stephenlendman.org (Home – Stephen Lendman). Contact at [email protected].

My newest book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”

www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

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