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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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Avramijevdan

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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Skripal and Khashoggi: A Tale of Two Disappearances

Two disappearances, and two different responses.

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Authored by Finian Cunningham via The Strategic Culture Foundation:


Two disappearances, and two very different responses from Western governments, which illustrates their rank hypocrisy.

When former Russian spy Sergei Skripal went missing in England earlier this year, there was almost immediate punitive action by the British government and its NATO allies against Moscow. By contrast, Western governments are straining with restraint towards Saudi Arabia over the more shocking and provable case of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The outcry by Western governments and media over the Skripal affair was deafening and resulted in Britain, the US and some 28 other countries expelling dozens of Russian diplomats on the back of unsubstantiated British allegations that the Kremlin tried to assassinate an exiled spy with a deadly nerve agent. The Trump administration has further tightened sanctions citing the Skripal incident.

London’s case against Moscow has been marked by wild speculation and ropey innuendo. No verifiable evidence of what actually happened to Sergei Skripal (67) and his daughter Yulia has been presented by the British authorities. Their claim that President Vladimir Putin sanctioned a hit squad armed with nerve poison relies on sheer conjecture.

All we know for sure is that the Skripals have been disappeared from public contact by the British authorities for more than seven months, since the mysterious incident of alleged poisoning in Salisbury on March 4.

Russian authorities and family relatives have been steadfastly refused any contact by London with the Skripal pair, despite more than 60 official requests from Moscow in accordance with international law and in spite of the fact that Yulia is a citizen of the Russian Federation with consular rights.

It is an outrage that based on such thin ice of “evidence”, the British have built an edifice of censure against Moscow, rallying an international campaign of further sanctions and diplomatic expulsions.

Now contrast that strenuous reaction, indeed hyper over-reaction, with how Britain, the US, France, Canada and other Western governments are ever-so slowly responding to Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi case.

After nearly two weeks since Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, the Saudi regime is this week finally admitting he was killed on their premises – albeit, they claim, in a “botched interrogation”.

Turkish and American intelligence had earlier claimed that Khashoggi was tortured and murdered on the Saudi premises by a 15-member hit squad sent from Riyadh.

Even more grisly, it is claimed that Khashoggi’s body was hacked up with a bone saw by the killers, his remains secreted out of the consulate building in boxes, and flown back to Saudi Arabia on board two private jets connected to the Saudi royal family.

What’s more, the Turks and Americans claim that the whole barbaric plot to murder Khashoggi was on the orders of senior Saudi rulers, implicating Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The latest twist out of Riyadh, is an attempt to scapegoat “rogue killers” and whitewash the House of Saudi from culpability.

The fact that 59-year-old Khashoggi was a legal US resident and a columnist for the Washington Post has no doubt given his case such prominent coverage in Western news media. Thousands of other victims of Saudi vengeance are routinely ignored in the West.

Nevertheless, despite the horrific and damning case against the Saudi monarchy, the response from the Trump administration, Britain and others has been abject.

President Trump has blustered that there “will be severe consequences” for the Saudi regime if it is proven culpable in the murder of Khashoggi. Trump quickly qualified, however, saying that billion-dollar arms deals with the oil-rich kingdom will not be cancelled. Now Trump appears to be joining in a cover-up by spinning the story that the Khashoggi killing was done by “rogue killers”.

Britain, France and Germany this week issued a joint statement calling for “a credible investigation” into the disappearance. But other than “tough-sounding” rhetoric, none of the European states have indicated any specific sanctions, such as weapons contracts being revoked or diplomatic expulsions.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “concerned” by the gruesome claims about Khashoggi’s killing, but he reiterated that Ottawa would not be scrapping a $15 billion sale of combat vehicles to Riyadh.

The Saudi rulers have even threatened retaliatory measures if sanctions are imposed by Western governments.

Saudi denials of official culpability seem to be a brazen flouting of all reason and circumstantial evidence that Khashoggi was indeed murdered in the consulate building on senior Saudi orders.

This week a glitzy international investor conference in Saudi Arabia is being boycotted by top business figures, including the World Bank chief, Jim Yong Kim, JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon and Britain’s venture capitalist Richard Branson. Global firms like Ford and Uber have pulled out, as have various media sponsors, such as CNN, the New York Times and Financial Times. Withdrawal from the event was in response to the Khashoggi affair.

A growing bipartisan chorus of US Senators, including Bob Corker, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham and Chris Murphy, have called for the cancellation of American arms sales to Saudi Arabia, as well as for an overhaul of the strategic partnership between the two countries.

Still, Trump has rebuffed calls for punitive response. He has said that American jobs and profits depend on the Saudi weapons market. Some 20 per cent of all US arms sales are estimated to go to the House of Saud.

The New York Times this week headlined: “In Trump’s Saudi Bargain, the Bottom Line Proudly Stands Out”.

The Trump White House will be represented at the investment conference in Saudi Arabia this week – dubbed “Davos in the Desert” by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. He said he was attending in spite of the grave allegations against the Saudi rulers.

Surely the point here is the unseemly indulgence by Western governments of Saudi Arabia and its so-called “reforming” Crown Prince. It is remarkable how much credulity Washington, London, Paris, Ottawa and others are affording the Saudi despots who, most likely, have been caught redhanded in a barbarous murder.

Yet, when it comes to Russia and outlandish, unproven claims that the Kremlin carried out a bizarre poison-assassination plot, all these same Western governments abandon all reason and decorum to pile sanctions on Russia based on lurid, hollow speculation. The blatant hypocrisy demolishes any pretense of integrity or principle.

Here is another connection between the Skripal and Khashoggi affairs. The Saudis no doubt took note of the way Britain’s rulers have shown absolute disregard and contempt for international law in their de facto abduction of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. If the British can get away with that gross violation, then the Saudis probably thought that nobody would care too much if they disappeared Jamal Khashoggi.

Grotesquely, the way things are shaping up in terms of hypocritical lack of action by the Americans, British and others towards the Saudi despots, the latter might just get away with murder. Not so Russia. The Russians are not allowed to get away with even an absurd fantasy.

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US-China trade war heats up as surplus hits record $34 Billion (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 136.

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According to a report by the AFP, China’s trade surplus with the United States ballooned to a record $34.1 billion in September, despite a raft of US tariffs, official data showed Friday, adding fuel to the fire of a worsening trade war.

Relations between the world’s two largest economies have soured sharply this year, with US President Donald Trump vowing on Thursday to inflict economic pain on China if it does not blink.
The two countries imposed new tariffs on a massive amount of each other’s goods mid-September, with the US targeting $200 billion in Chinese imports and Beijing firing back at $60 billion worth of US goods.

“China-US trade friction has caused trouble and pounded our foreign trade development,” customs spokesman Li Kuiwen told reporters Friday.

But China’s trade surplus with the US grew 10 percent in September from a record $31 billion in August, according to China’s customs administration. It was a 22 percent jump from the same month last year.

China’s exports to the US rose to $46.7 billion while imports slumped to $12.6 billion.

China’s overall trade — what it buys and sells with all countries including the US — logged a $31.7 billion surplus, as exports rose faster than imports.

Exports jumped 14.5 percent for September on-year, beating forecasts from analysts polled by Bloomberg News, while imports rose 14.3 percent on-year.

While the data showed China’s trade remained strong for the month, analysts forecast the trade war will start to hurt in coming months.

China’s export jump for the month suggests exporters were shipping goods early to beat the latest tariffs, said ANZ’s China economist Betty Wang, citing the bounce in electrical machinery exports, much of which faced the looming duties.

“We will watch for downside risks to China’s exports” in the fourth quarter, Wang said.

Analysts say a sharp depreciation of the yuan has also helped China weather the tariffs by making its exports cheaper.

“The big picture is the Chinese exports have so far held up well in the face of escalating trade tensions and cooling global growth, most likely thanks to the competitiveness boost provided by a weaker renminbi (yuan),” said Julian Evans-Pritchard, China economist at Capital Economics.

“With global growth likely to cool further in the coming quarters and US tariffs set to become more punishing, the recent resilience of exports is unlikely to be sustained,” he said.

According to Bloomberg US President Donald Trump’s new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement isn’t that different from the North American Free Trade Agreement that it replaced. But hidden in the bowels of the new trade deal is a clause, Article 32.10, that could have a far-reaching impact. The new agreement requires member states to get approval from the other members if they initiate trade negotiations with a so-called non-market economy. In practice, “non-market” almost certainly means China. If, for example, Canada begins trade talks with China, it has to show the full text of the proposed agreement to the U.S. and Mexico — and if either the U.S. or Mexico doesn’t like what it sees, it can unilaterally kick Canada out of the USMCA.

Although it seems unlikely that the clause would be invoked, it will almost certainly exert a chilling effect on Canada and Mexico’s trade relations with China. Forced to choose between a gargantuan economy across the Pacific and another one next door, both of the U.S.’s neighbors are almost certain to pick the latter.

This is just another part of Trump’s general trade waragainst China. It’s a good sign that Trump realizes that unilateral U.S. efforts alone won’t be enough to force China to make concessions on issues like currency valuation, intellectual-property protection and industrial subsidies. China’s export markets are much too diverse:

If Trump cuts the U.S. off from trade with China, the likeliest outcome is that China simply steps up its exports to other markets. That would bind the rest of the world more closely to China and weaken the global influence of the U.S. China’s economy would take a small but temporary hit, while the U.S. would see its position as the economic center of the world slip into memory.

Instead, to take on China, Trump needs a gang. And that gang has to be much bigger than just North America. But most countries in Europe and East Asia probably can’t be bullied into choosing between the U.S. and China. — their ties to the U.S. are not as strong as those of Mexico and Canada. Countries such as South Korea, Germany, India and Japan will need carrots as well as sticks if they’re going to join a U.S.-led united trade front against China.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the escalating trade war between the United States and China, and the record trade surplus that positions China with a bit more leverage than Trump anticipated.

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Via Zerohedge Trump Threatens China With More Tariffs, Does Not Seek Economic “Depression”

US equity futures dipped in the red after President Trump threatened to impose a third round of tariffs on China and warned that Chinese meddling in U.S. politics was a “bigger problem” than Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

During the same interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes”, in which Trump threatened to impose sanctions against Saudi Arabia if the Saudis are found to have killed WaPo reported Khashoggi, and which sent Saudi stock plunging, Trump said he “might,” impose a new round of tariffs on China, adding that while he has “great chemistry” with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and noting that Xi “wants to negotiate”, he doesn’t “know that that’s necessarily going to continue.” Asked if American products have become more expensive due to tariffs on China, Trump said that “so far, that hasn’t turned out to be the case.”

“They can retaliate, but they can’t, they don’t have enough ammunition to retaliate,” Trump says, “We do $100 billion with them. They do $531 billion with us.”

Trump was also asked if he wants to push China’s economy into a depression to which the US president said “no” before comparing the country’s stock-market losses since the tariffs first launched to those in 1929, the start of the Great Depression in the U.S.

“I want them to negotiate a fair deal with us. I want them to open their markets like our markets are open,” Trump said in the interview that aired Sunday. So far, the U.S. has imposed three rounds of tariffs on Chinese imports totaling $250 billion, prompting China to retaliate against U.S. products. The president previously has threatened to hit virtually all Chinese imports with duties.

Asked about his relationship with Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin’s alleged efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, Trump quickly turned back to China. “They meddled,” he said of Russia, “but I think China meddled too.”

“I think China meddled also. And I think, frankly, China … is a bigger problem,” Trump said, as interviewer Lesley Stahl interrupted him for “diverting” from a discussion of Russia.

Shortly before an audacious speech by Mike Pence last weekend, in which the US vice president effectively declared a new cold war on Beijing (see “Russell Napier: Mike Pence Announces Cold War II”), Trump made similar accusations during a speech at the United Nations last month, which his aides substantiated by pointing to long-term Chinese influence campaigns and an advertising section in the Des Moines Register warning farmers about the potential effects of Trump’s tariffs.

Meanwhile, in a rare U.S. television appearance, China’s ambassador to the U.S. said Beijing has no choice but to respond to what he described as a trade war started by the U.S.

“We never wanted a trade war, but if somebody started a trade war against us, we have to respond and defend our own interests,” said China’s Ambassador Cui Tiankai.

Cui also dismissed as “groundless” the abovementioned suggestion by Vice President Mike Pence that China has orchestrated an effort to meddle in U.S. domestic affairs. Pence escalated the rhetoric in a speech Oct. 4, saying Beijing has created a “a whole-of-government approach” to sway American public opinion, including spies, tariffs, coercive measures and a propaganda campaign.

Pence’s comments were some of the most critical about China by a high-ranking U.S. official in recent memory. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo got a lecture when he visited Beijing days later, about U.S. actions that were termed “completely out of line.” The tough words followed months of increases tit-for-tat tariffs imposed by Washington and Beijing that have ballooned to cover hundreds of billions of dollars in bilateral trade.

During a recent interview with National Public Radio, Cui said the U.S. has “not sufficiently” dealt in good faith with the Chinese on trade matters, saying “the U.S. position keeps changing all the time so we don’t know exactly what the U.S. would want as priorities.”

Meanwhile, White House economic director Larry Kudlow said on “Fox News Sunday” that President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will “probably meet” at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires in late November. “There’s plans and discussions and agendas” being discussed, he said. So far, talks with China on trade have been “unsatisfactory,” Kudlow said. “We’ve made our asks” on allegations of intellectual property theft and forced technology transfers, he added. “We have to have reciprocity.”

Addressing the upcoming meeting, Cui said he was present at two previous meetings of Xi and Trump, and that top-level communication “played a key role, an irreplaceable role, in guiding the relationship forward.” Despite current tensions the two have a “good working relationship,” he said.

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According to preliminary information, the incident was caused by a gas explosion at a college facility in Kerch, Crimea.

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“We are clarifying the information at the moment. Preliminary figures are 50 injured and 10 dead. Eight ambulance crews are working at the site and air medical services are involved,” the press-service for the Crimean Ministry of Health stated.

Medics announced that at least 50 people were injured in the explosion in Kerch and 25 have already been taken to local hospital with moderate wounds, according to Sputnik.

Local news outlets reported that earlier in the day, students at the college heard a blast and windows of the building were shattered.

Putin Orders that Assistance Be Provided to Victims of Blast in Kerch – Kremlin Spokesman

“The president has instructed the Ministry of Health and the rescue services to take emergency measures to assist victims of this explosion, if necessary, to ensure the urgent transportation of seriously wounded patients to leading medical institutions of Russia, whether in Moscow or other cities,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitriy Peskov said.

The president also expressed his condolences to all those affected by the tragic incident.

Manhunt Underway in Kerch as FSB Specialists Investigate Site of Explosion – National Anti-Terrorist Committee

The site of the blast that rocked a city college in Kerch is being examined by FSB bomb disposal experts and law enforcement agencies are searching for clues that might lead to the arrest of the perpetrators, the National Anti Terrorism Committee said in a statement.

“Acting on orders from the head of the NAC’s local headquarters, FSB, Interior Ministry, Russian Guards and Emergency Ministry units have arrived at the site. The territory around the college has been cordoned off and the people inside the building evacuated… Mine-disposal experts are working at the site and law enforcement specialists are investigating,” the statement said.

Terrorist Act Considered as Possible Cause of Blast in Kerch – Kremlin Spokesman

“The tragic news that comes from Kerch. Explosion. The president was informed … The data on those killed and the number of injured is constantly updated,” Peskov told reporters.

“[The version of a terrorist attack] is being considered,” he said.

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