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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s claim that Hezbollah is now “active in Venezuela”, and for this reason a US military intervention in the Latin American country is justified.

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Two weeks ago, when remarking sarcastically about the upcoming “requirement” for a US military presence in or around Venezuela where the situation is increasingly looking like a replay of events in Syria pitting the US and “western powers” on one said and Russia and China (and Turkey) on the other, we said that it’s only a matter of time before ISIS made a dramatic appearance in Latin America.

We thought we were joking.

It turns out the joke was on us, because – in an apparent failure to come up with an even remotely original narrative for another imminent American intervention – US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday night that, drumroll, “Hezbollah has active cells in Venezuela.” Well, we were wrong about ISIS at least

As the Trump administration has continued to ratchet up pressure on the Latin American nation amid a crippling political and economic crisis, and hinted on several occasions that US troops would be deployed, Mike Pompeo told Fox Business that “people don’t recognize that Hezbollah has active cells” in the country, adding that “the Iranians are impacting the people of Venezuela and throughout South America. We have an obligation to take down that risk for America” he said, quoted by the Independent.

Sigh.

Ironically or not, when it comes to Hezbollah, which the US has long considered a terrorist organisation, sanctions on people in Venezuela linked to the Iranian-backed Lebanese group have been imposed as far back as the George W Bush administration, seemingly in anticipation for just such an event.

Washington also believes Latin America has served as a base of fund-gathering for the group for some years, including through drugs and money-laundering schemes, according to past reports and to justify said close link, the media notes that Venezuela’s former president Hugo Chavez formed tight links with Iran under Mahmoud Ahmedinejad’s leadership. Supposedly that is a sufficient and necessary condition to conclude that Maduro is now harboring terrorists, which in turn would require a US “peacekeeping” mission.

And just so the US population does not lose plot, later in his Fox interview, the former CIA director described Maduro as “evil” and insisted the US was intervening on behalf of ordinary Venezuelans who have suffered under his rule.

In other words, yet another “humantiarian” coup under US auspices.

“We should not permit a country in our hemisphere to treat its own people this way,” he said, despite Washington’s – and the CIA’s – dismal track record of fomenting government overhauls in the region. “American values – America’s, not only our interests but our values – are at stake here.”

It wasn’t clear just which values he was referring to.

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TASS reports:
Venezuela’s PDVSA shifts oil ventures’ accounts to Russia’s Gazprombank — media

Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA (Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A.) is telling customers of its oil joint ventures to deposit sales proceeds at an account at Russia’s Gazprombank.

US uses humanitarian crisis in Venezuela as cover-up for own military plans — Maduro
Reuters said PDVSA’s move follows new US financial sanctions imposed on January 28 and aimed at blocking President Nicolas Maduro’s access to Venezuela’s oil revenue.

More:
http://tass.com/economy/1043998

Olivia Kroth
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Venezuelan officials announced the seizure of a large shipment of US weapons bound for anti-Maduro “terrorist groups”. Source: Endes Palencia, Venezuela’s Deputy Minister of Prevention and Public Safety, published photos of the intercepted weapons shipment to social media, seized at a Venezuelan airport: 19 rifles, 118 rifle chargers, 90 radio antennas, high-caliber ammunition, and six cellphones were shipped from the US to the Airport of Valencia. They came to Venezuela aboard an Airbus N881YV from Miami, Florida. Twitter: Endes Palencia Ortiz @PalenciaEndes All ports of entry and customs checkpoints throughout Venezuela are under tight security, a military build-up ordered by… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
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I do not believe that the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela will break down at all. They have been under pressure from the US since Hugo Chavez became President, since 1998. They have kept their strength for more than 20 years now, and they will keep resisting US pressure for sure, with Russian and Chinese help.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

China and Russia though to not have the Force Projection capabilities to fight a war against US aggression in the US ‘Backyard’, and I doubt that the Russian public would support that anyway

It is a ‘Bridge too Far’I think.
Africa is a better continent to trade with and the US is not powerful there, as they are in South America.

Sadly the Venezuelan people who oppose the US, may only be able to utilise tactics that cost the US multi-billion dollars in Iraq. The topography of Venezuela would support armed resistance against the US. Every American being a target.

Olivia Kroth
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Venezuela is not in anybody’s “backyard”. Venezuela is a sovereign country of South America.
Yes, Russia and China have the necessary capabilities to defend their ally Nicolas Maduro. He is still the democratically elected President and he will stay put.

Pompeo is a liar. He has “active terror cells” in his brain. Maybe he is suffering from a brain tumor?

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

Although I agree with your sentiments, in reality, it is easy for the US to blockade shipping and aircraft entering Venezuela.

Russia and China would not be able to supply Venezuela with such a blockade in place.

I understand that it would be totally illegal for the US to do this without a UN Mandate, but when has the US bothered about International Law in the past?

Olivia Kroth
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Russia already has a military airbase in the Venezuelan island of La Orchilla, while the USA has none. And they will never get one. A lot of hot air, exhaled by the pompous ass Pompeo. Russia ships and flies all the goods and military hardware it wants to Venezuela and will certainly continue doing so. Furthermore, Russia’s Rosneft oil company has a stake in Venezuela’s state oil company, while the USA has none. And this will remain so, whether the USA like it or not. And last but not least, Gazprom bank is servicing Venezuelan oil sales worldwide. They are… Read more »

ManinTheMoon
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ManinTheMoon

Whatever happens to Maduro – and I would not pretend any more knowledge of Venezuela than Alexander – Russia and China would be crazy to back Guido, who clearly has no support even among the military let alone among the people at large. If the US were ever to force him into power – and it’s difficult to imagine how – there would be chaos. Russia and China would have no interest at all in being part of this. However, Alexander has missed a crucial part of the jigsaw and that is that the Chinese have plans for a new… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
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The best source for Russia is the Russian news agency TASS, not the US media Bloomberg. Bloomberg is a CIA outlet, part of the US Deep State disinformation network.

In TASS, there is nothing at all about Russia dropping President Maduro in Venezuela. On the contrary. They are preparing new UN resolutions for vote, and GAZPROM bank is taking over payments for Venezuelan oil so that the treacherous US banks will not continue to steal Venezuelan money. I believe that President Maduro will still be there, long after Pompeo, Bolton, Trump will be gone. Good riddance to bad rubbish!

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However:

Russia’s Gazprombank rejects report on Venezuelan oil giant’s new accounts
http://tass.com/economy/1044015

Olivia Kroth
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TASS is a truthful news media, it never lies.

http://tass.com/economy/1044015

The second paragraph of this text explains:

“… As one of the world’s major oil companies, PDVSA opened accounts in many large banks, including international ones. Several years ago PDVSA opened accounts in Gazprombank Group as part of cooperation with several Russian companies, which are the bank’s clients….”

Venezuela is placing its revenues from oil sales in OLD ACCOUNTS it has with Gazprom bank. They were opened under the presidenchy of Hugo Chavez.

Olivia Kroth
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President Nicolas Maduro says that Pompeo is lying.
He says that there is no Hezbollah presence in his country.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=VgipIhoczwE

Marcus
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Marcus

My opinion (and you know what they say about opinions, every A*****e has one) is that the Als are too pessimistic about Maduro’s ability to survive. For the Venezuelans, choosing between Maduro and Guido, my opinion is that they would choose Maduro. With the American regime’s blatant intervention, my opinion is that this will harden the people’s detestation of Yankees telling them what to do. In the end, Maduro’s (and Russia, China and other’s need to cut this Gordian knot) route is to call for a series of elections over a period of a month or so. First for the… Read more »

Tjoe
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Tjoe

Pompeo should know…he’s part of the people that are encouraging and paying for this coup.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

And what about all the ‘terror cells’ in the US???

Platon
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Platon

What do you mean “in the US”?
The US is a terror cell, and not much else besides.

Haroeris Falcon Netter
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Haroeris Falcon Netter

pompeo, trump, has beens, attempt to magical birth thier difficulties into Venzuela, The benifit is not thiers, Docket Gold, Palace facade with Russian Jet..The Gold Horus Netter- Mr.Maduro The King that mediates between Heaven and Earth. Heru-Ur Nette.r Have a good day Mr. Mercouris and The Duran, We care about Europe, I hope for good efforts and opportunities to recover what the world is in need of, European Affluence Possibly Based on New World with Russian contribution of Ivan St. Basils Opener of Ways Atum…One Generation of Hebrews realizing its optimun connection and support for the following generations, fluid, powerfull,… Read more »

Ugh...
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Ugh...

What ridiculous commentary from people that represent the US. Americans should be absolutely ashamed and humiliated by these type comments as they are so asinine and flat out stupid.

Marshall
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Marshall

No! You like to watch movies? Alot of plausible deniabilities, but when what were in movie form now communicates itself in schematical structural lanquage you dont approve? Is scooby doo not working for you anymore-gen in complaint about fighting hybrids. They go into actual divine affluences corrupt lie and steal putting them in a narrative that it was devine to start with, easily reunderstood. The mechanics, the stomping not aware barbarian, however Europeans are of a different sort, if they stop using thier minds rationalities, they get overwhelmed by the machine. King David had this perplexion, they are evil wrong,… Read more »

Heru-Ur Netter
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Heru-Ur Netter

Another attempt, Heru- Ur to this country- Jump in the Fire when you see Paradise, Twice

2nd tiger
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2nd tiger

Enhancement, scooby doo with reunderstood, after they convert from the devine the world must bear and grin in the trivalities they get to playout after, the world could be on the verge of annihalation and they would still be Acting in vanity debasing emphasis wasting the worlds time in thier malwares dictate of exceptionalism, you made the observation that Russia in 1990 s difficulties this country seemed to be enjoying it, when Russia Federation gets its act together they are not so well pleased? Less exceptionalism? Mr. Mercouris and the Duran, Foundational New World, Redirection into last to 1st time… Read more »

Marshall
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Marshall

Britexit difficulties, what would they become if Europe New World get its act together? Clarification, Jumping into the Fire when they see Paradise is by my application intent applied to the Malware not to schematically correct or close to positions. Marshall, New World affillated

Taras 77
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Taras 77

Agree but what can you expect from the vipers nest of zionists-truth does not matter, it is the lies that supports the narrative.

Gyre
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Gyre

Most likely illiterate US army bootcamp wash-outs getting paid (not much) to troll websites like this.

Platon
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Platon

Terrorist cells, eh? Mike Blowjob would know. He put them there.
Take note nations of the world, the coup now takes place in broad daylight. Back this one and you WILL be next. It is just a matter of time.

Marshall
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Marshall

Mr. Mercouris and the Duran, When the Foundations be destroyed what shall the Righteous do, David celebrating the God that delivered from Philistia throws it into the Bath or She-pool of water, Greece Rome…I tell you from these stones or rocks that god is able to rise up or express children of abram, Your heritage is much more believable. The Foundations changed a reconfiqured schematical of the first, New World Atum Opener of Ways Las Californias Domican Republic, Ivan via Atums usage redirected from 1st to last to last to first with 2nd Las Californias. Russia with ark of gabriel… Read more »

Taras 77
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Taras 77

This guy has no shame, no embarassment, no truth, no facts. He is an evil zionist.

Regula
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Regula

How could “American values” possibly be at stake in Venezuela? Could somebody explain to me exactly why US values are so fragile a plant that it dies from the “cold” winds of the Venezuelan state? If understood the opposite way around, namely that just about every nation’s values are threatened by the US, that statement would have some truth. Which makes it clear right up front that the US and Pompeo in particular is trying again to concoct some grand conspiracy scheme that would then justify war on most of the world, including of course Iran, Russia, China, Syria, Yemen,… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
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Very true. Very well explained, thank you, Regula. Indeed, there are no “American values” at stake in Venezuela, which is a South American sovereign country with its own values. US Americans should take note that there is South America, Central America and North America. The USA are a part of North America, together with Mexico and Canada. Central and South America comprise many sovereign countries. They all have their own values, and rightly so. The USA should stop trying to export their “values”. They are not appreciated elsewhere. By the way, when will that US wall to Mexico finally be… Read more »

Terry Wall
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Terry Wall

You guarantee that there will be terrorist cells in Venezuela. Mercenaries funded by the CIA. Keep up the good work Maduro. Most of the literate world understand exactly, what is going on.

Marshall
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Marshall

Legal Notice, Situation in Venzuela part or all is in the Juristiction of Horus of Gold Ren. Osiris Horus of Gold, 5 titulary Rens, King, Further this position may also be affillated in the Wealth producing Nations replacing Genisis deficiting nations Platform ..The details forth coming when available, gold not for Youtube, this country..Mr. Mercouris Attorney extra ordinaire likly is not available for this type of action..a pity. There are 3-5 other difficulted nations in that region, they may realise affillation to above affluence. At this point The King position was attributed to Mr. Maduro, if correct, this could be… Read more »

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More evidence of Clinton election meddling, as calls for investigation grow louder (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the real case for Russia collusion before and during the 2016 US Presidential election, not against Donald Trump, but the Clinton’s and the Democrat Party.

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With Republicans on both House and Senate investigative committees having found no evidence of Donald Trump being guilty of Democrat-inspired allegations of Russian collusion, it is worth revisiting one anecdote that escaped significant attention during the hysteria but continues to have U.S. security implications.

As secretary of State, Hillary Clinton worked with Russian leaders, including Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-President Dmitri Medvedev, to create U.S. technology partnerships with Moscow’s version of Silicon Valley, a sprawling high-tech campus known as Skolkovo.

Clinton’s handprint was everywhere on the 2009-2010 project, the tip of a diplomatic spear to reboot U.S.-Russian relations after years of hostility prompted by Vladimir Putin’s military action against the former Soviet republic and now U.S. ally Georgia.

A donor to the Clinton Foundation, Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, led the Russian side of the effort, and several American donors to the Clinton charity got involved. Clinton’s State Department facilitated U.S. companies working with the Russian project, and she personally invited Medvedev to visit Silicon Valley.

The collaboration occurred at the exact same time Bill Clinton made his now infamous trip to Russia to pick up a jaw-dropping $500,000 check for a single speech.

The former president’s trip secretly raised eyebrows inside his wife’s State Department, internal emails show.

That’s because he asked permission to meet Vekselberg, the head of Skolkovo, and Arkady Dvorkovich, a senior official of Rosatom, the Russian nuclear giant seeking State’s permission to buy Uranium One, a Canadian company with massive U.S. uranium reserves.

Years later, intelligence documents show, both the Skolkovo and Uranium One projects raised serious security concerns.

In 2013, the U.S. military’s leading intelligence think tank in Europe sounded alarm that the Skolkovo project might be a front for economic and military espionage.

“Skolkovo is an ambitious enterprise, aiming to promote technology transfer generally, by inbound direct investment, and occasionally, through selected acquisitions. As such, Skolkovo is arguably an overt alternative to clandestine industrial espionage — with the additional distinction that it can achieve such a transfer on a much larger scale and more efficiently,” EUCOM’s intelligence bulletin wrote in 2013.

“Implicit in Russia’s development of Skolkovo is a critical question — a question that Russia may be asking itself — why bother spying on foreign companies and government laboratories if they will voluntarily hand over all the expertise Russia seeks?”

A year later, the FBI went further and sent letters warning several U.S. technology companies that had become entangled with Skolkovo that they risked possible espionage. And an agent in the bureau’s Boston office wrote an extraordinary op-ed to publicize the alarm.

Skolkovo “may be a means for the Russian government to access our nation’s sensitive or classified research development facilities and dual-use technologies with military and commercial application,” Assistant Special Agent in Charge Lucia Ziobro wrote in the Boston Business Journal.

The FBI had equal concern about Rosatom’s acquisition of Uranium One. An informer named William Douglas Campbell had gotten inside the Russian nuclear giant in 2009 and gathered evidence that Rosatom’s agents in the United States were engaged in a racketeering scheme involving kickbacks, extortion and bribery.

Campbell also obtained written evidence that Putin wanted to buy Uranium One as part of a strategy to obtain monopolistic domination of the global uranium markets, including leverage over the U.S.

Campbell also warned that a major in-kind donor to the Clinton Global Initiative was simultaneously working for Rosatom while the decision for U.S. approval was pending before Hillary Clinton’s department. Ultimately, her department and the Obama administration approved the transaction.

The evidence shows the Clintons financially benefited from Russia — personally and inside their charity — at the same time they were involved in U.S. government actions that rewarded Moscow and increased U.S. security risks.

The intersections between the Clintons, the Democrats and Russia carried into 2016, when a major political opposition research project designed to portray GOP rival Donald Trump as compromised by Moscow was launched by Clinton’s presidential campaign and brought to the FBI.

Glenn Simpson’s Fusion GPS research firm was secretly hired by the Clinton campaign and Democratic Party through their law firm, Perkins Coie.

Simpson then hired retired British intelligence operative Christopher Steele — whom the FBI learned was “desperate” to defeat Trump — to write an unverified dossier suggesting that Trump’s campaign was colluding with Russia to hijack the election.

Simpson, Steele and Perkins Coie all walked Trump-Russia related allegations into the FBI the summer before the election, prompting agents who openly disliked Trump to launch a counterintelligence probe of the GOP nominee shortly before Election Day.

Simpson and Steele also went to the news media to air the allegations in what senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr would later write was a “Hail Mary” effort to influence the election.

Congressional investigators have painstakingly pieced together evidence that shows the Clinton research project had extensive contact with Russians.

Ohr’s notes show that Steele’s main source of uncorroborated allegationsagainst Trump came from an ex-Russian intelligence officer. “Much of the collection about the Trump campaign ties to Russia comes from a former Russian intelligence officer (? not entirely clear) who lives in the U.S.,” Ohr scribbled.

Steele’s dossier also relied on information from a Belarus-born Russian businessman, according to numerous reports and a book on the Russia scandal.

Steele and Simpson had Russian-tied business connections, too, while they formulated the dossier.

Steele worked for the lawyers for Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and tried to leverage those connections to help the FBI get evidence from the Russian aluminum magnate against Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

The effort resulted in FBI agents visiting Deripaska in fall 2016. Deripaska told the agents that no collusion existed.

Likewise, Simpson worked in 2016 for the Russian company Prevezon — which was trying to escape U.S. government penalties — and one of its Russian lawyers, Natalia Veselnitskaya. In sworn testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Simpson admitted he dined with Veselnitskaya both the night before and the night after her infamous meeting with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower in June 2016.

Simpson insists the two dinners sandwiching one of the seminal events in the Trump collusion narrative had nothing to do with the Trump Tower meeting, a claim many Republicans distrust.

Whatever the case, there’s little doubt the main instigators of the Clinton-inspired allegations against Trump got information from Russians and were consorting with them during the political opposition project.

This past week, we learned from Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) that his committee came to the same conclusion as the House: There is no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

But now there is growing evidence — of Democratic connections to Russia. It’s enough that former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) believes a probe should be opened.

There is “obvious collusion the Democrats had through Glenn Simpson and through Fusion GPS, that they were talking directly to Russia,” Nunes told Hill.TV’s “Rising” in an interview to be aired Monday.

Collusion can be criminal if it involves conspiracy to break federal laws, or it can involve perfectly legal, unwitting actions that still jeopardize America’s security against a “frenemy” like Russia.

There is clear evidence now that shows Hillary Clinton’s family and charity profited from Moscow and simultaneously facilitated official government actions benefiting Russia that have raised security concerns.

And there’s irrefutable evidence that her opposition research effort on Trump — one that inspired an FBI probe — was carried out by people who got information from Russia and were consorting with Russians.

It would seem those questions deserve at least some of the scrutiny afforded the Trump-Russia collusion inquiry that is now two-plus years old.


NOTE: This story has been updated from the original to correct that Uranium One is a Canadian company and to clarify that House and Senate investigating committees have cleared the president.

John Solomon is an award-winning investigative journalist whose work over the years has exposed U.S. and FBI intelligence failures before the Sept. 11 attacks, federal scientists’ misuse of foster children and veterans in drug experiments, and numerous cases of political corruption. He is The Hill’s executive vice president for video

 

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Douma chemical weapons hoax exposed by BBC producer

Very frightening for us all is the coordination of propaganda between the States of US, Britain, France and Israel.

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It is beyond doubt that the White Helmets ‘staged’ the false flag operation at the Douma hospital that caused President Trump to attack Syria last April.

Days after the attack the much to be admired, yet still maligned by many, investigative reporter, Robert Fisk was on the ground in Douma and interviewed countless people, videoed the scene, made it public in the newspapers and by TV the fact of the fake sarin attack.

What happened next were attempts to rubbish Fisk’s story; a almost frightening Orwellian propaganda machine kicked in….and went into overdrive. That is to say a combination of ‘corrupt’ reporters; some just naive or dumb, many of whom had never been to Douma or even Syria, plus the full weight of the US, British and French Governments and finally, not forgetting, one of the greatest fraudsters of this century an absolute nobody, that calls himself Eliot Higgins and his ‘Bellycat Organisation’, all weighed in to accuse Fisk of lying.

Clearly not in order of importance but suffice to say Elliot Higgins, is now obviously ‘used’ as a convenient tool for Russia bashing by certain Western powers, but is a total fraud. Rather than write too much about this person, judge by reading an exposé that couldn’t be more revealing, uncovering his lie in the Daily Telegraph (link:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10730163/The-blogger-who-tracks-Syrian-rockets-from-his-sofa.html).

Not much more need be said about this con-man turned ‘G-Man’. However later in this piece, I will quote some of the Douma ridiculing propaganda of Higgins/Bellingcat, as it is too crass not to be reminded of the way our governments operate.

So based on a complete lie, President Trump ordered an attack on an Assad controlled area in Syria using several bombs including 66 Tomahawk cruise missiles and 19 JASSM-ER (fired from USAF fighters, air to surface standoff missiles). The price for all was around $200million. Much needed money wasted that belongs to the people of US in these austere times.

That by the way does not include the cost of the coordinated attack by the British and French of a total (together) of 17 stormshadow missiles dropped from fighters. Its worth mentioning that in a pathetic display of oneupmanship directed at the British, the French made a last minute decision to add a meagre three more missile types to their attack; ‘Missiles de Croisière Navals’.

As said earlier it is important to remember the Orwellian ‘anti-truth’ propaganda and instead of commenting on it, I’ll just quote what Higgins/Bellingcat said at the time. “The OPCW-FFM report on the February 4 2018 chemical attack in Saraqib, Idlib, reveals not only information about the Saraqib attack, but also the broader use of chemical weapons in Syria by Assad, and additional evidence to support the theory that Assad’s Syrian government forces were behind the April 7 2018 chemical attack in Douma, Damascus. Consistent with Bellingcat’s earlier investigation into the Saraqib chemical attack, the OPCW-FFM report establishes it was the same case in Douma.”

Nonsense.

This scandal of this and other fake White Helmets videos is developing as more details emerge daily, so expect more facts matched with more disinformation and lies from the US and UK.

What we have is first a copy of a twitter exchange which is self explanatory:

So as to be absolutely clear, on February 13th, BBC Syria’s Producer said he could “without a doubt” prove that the Douma hospital scene was false, a White Helmets (WH) fake event.

He said “the Douma Hospital scene was staged. No fatalities occurred in the hospital. All the WH, activists and people I spoke to are either in Idlib or Euphrates Shield areas.

Only one person was in Damascus.”

The evidence is seen above in the tweet at 05:33 – 13 February 2019, the BBC Producer wrote on his personal, verified Twitter account, which has since been made private or perhaps blocked by persons or governments unknown, anyway someone who controls Twitter.

So some sort of what clearly must have been a false flag attack did happen at Douma but it was like a film scene, staged, using as left over evidence, cylinders filled with say oxygen even chlorine, anything but poison gas and certainly not Sarin gas. The cylinders were left in tact, undamaged as if laid there on the site rather than dropped from thousands of feet from the sky – and who can prove Assad’s airforce dropped them? – and how come they remained undamaged when hitting the ground? – ridiculous; how stupid do our governments think we, the people, are.

“Everything around the attack was manufactured for maximum effect.”

Adding “I can tell you that Jaysh al-Islam ruled Douma with an iron fist. They co-opted activists, doctors and humanitarians with fear and intimidation.”

In fact, one of the 4 people filming the scene was Dr. Abu Bakr Hanan, whom the BBC Producer described as a “brute and shifty” doctor affiliated with Jaysh Al-Islam. The Producer further stating that the narrative should be that “there weren’t enough doctors”. That said, there was one even (seen and filmed) filming and not taking part in the rescue efforts.” A joke!

Why, we must all ask, has no major newspaper or TV any large media outlet in US, UK or France headlined or even mentioned these new facts, that Douma was a lie, that it was staged?

On 9 February, James Harkin, published in ‘The Intercept’ an article where Harkin speaks about Jaysh al-Islam’s rule in Douma, among others. His article ends with “What government pummels its citizens with bombs and chlorine to get them to pressure rebels to leave their city? At the same time, Jaish Al-Islam was sending volleys of improvised rockets into Damascus and snatching activists and members of religious minorities for ransom or to be disappeared. It’s between these two violent truths that the real story of the Syrian conflict begins to emerge not in a bewildering collage of images sent from a war zone, designed to terrify and outrage.”

To conclude, the BBC Producer was so disgusted at pro-rebel activists and rebels’ conduct and the seeming complicity of Western officials, he decide to speak out.

As far as the Russian government is concerned, they now are counter accusing the British government of ordering the White Helmets to fake a chemical attack to help persuade President Trump to unleash cruise missiles. The Russian response was to an allegation by the British government that the “demonisation” of the (thoroughly already discredited) White Helmets comes from the Russian government itself.

Which version do you believe?

Very frightening for us all is the coordination of propaganda between the States of US, Britain, France and Israel.

ALL these wars must stop.

I am neither pro-nor against Russia, but it is very clear to anyone that these wars and attempts at regime changing is a US/British/Israeli idea.

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Here’s Where America’s Imported Oil Comes from: Venezuela Is Currently the 4th-Largest

Saudi Arabia used to be the top foreign source of oil imported into the US, but now it’s only a very weak second-place to Canada.

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At the present time, the latest month for which the US Department of Energy publishes the number of barrels per day (bpd) of oil that’s exported to the US is November 2018. Here are the rankings:

1. Canada        142,206 bpd

2. Saudi Arabia  30,028

3. Mexico        18,020

4. Venezuela     16,889

5. Iraq          11,767

6. Colombia      7,769

7. Russia        7,611

8. Ecuador       5,866

9. Nigeria       5,392

10. Algeria      4,848

11. UK           4,653

12. Norway       4,073

13. Kuwait       3,027

14. Brazil       2,777

15. Belgium      2,075

16. S. Korea     1,927

17. Netherlands  1,462

18. Egypt        1,405

19. UAE          1,771

20. China        1.268

21. France       1,239

22. Singapore    1,232

23. Indonesia    1,204

24. Argentina    1,101

25. Peru         1,061

26. Denmark      1,000

27. Brunei       961

28. Spain        846

29. Angola       833

Here were the top 10 for the entire year of 2015 as reported by Bloomberg Finance at Forbes. For comparison to today, the country’s sales and rank in November 2018 is also indicated [between brackets]”

1. Canada        3.2 million bpd  [1. Canada 142,206]

2. Saudi Arabia  1,1 [2. Saudi Arabia 30,028]

3. Venezuela     780,000 bpd [4. Venezuela 16,889]

4. Mexico        690,000 [3. Mexico 18,020]

5. Colombia      370,000 [6. Colombia 7,769]

6. Iraq          230,000 [5. Iraq 11,767]

7. Ecuador       225,000 [8. Ecuador 5,866]

8. Kuwait        210,000 [13. Kuwait 3,027]

9. Brazil        190,000 [14. Brazil 2,777]

10. Angola       190,000 [29. Angola, 833]

Clearly, the figures change over time. Whereas Angola was #10 in 2015, it’s #29 now; and whereas Russia, Nigeria, and Algeria, weren’t in the top 10 in 2015, they now are.

US President Donald Trump is bringing down the latest Venezuelan monthly number from 16,889 to close to zero. On 25 August 2017, Reuters headlined two stories, “Trump slaps sanctions on Venezuela; Maduro sees effort to force default” and “Venezuela says US sanctions designed to push Venezuela to default”. The first of those reported that, “US President Donald Trump signed an executive order that prohibits dealings in new debt from the Venezuelan government or its state oil company on Friday in an effort to halt financing that the White House said fuels President Nicolas Maduro’s ‘dictatorship’.” The second reported that Venezuela’s Government daid that Trump’s action “essentially forces the closure of its US refining unit Citgo,” which means bringing an end to Venezuela’s oil exports to the US

Venezuela’s socialized oil company, PDVSA, of which Citgo is the US distributor, had never prepared for the measures that Trump is now imposing, and Reuters’s report said, “As a result, it will be it tricky for PDVSA to refinance its heavy debt burden.” The Reuters report continued:

“Maduro may no longer take advantage of the American financial system to facilitate the wholesale looting of the Venezuelan economy at the expense of the Venezuelan people,” US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday.

PDVSA, the financial engine of Maduro’s government, is already struggling due to low global oil prices, mismanagement, allegations of corruption and a brain drain.

However, the likely failure of Venzuela’s oil company is due not only to the lowered price of oil, but to the fact that Venezuela’s oil is among the two costliest in the world to produce, because it’s from the dirtiest source, tar sands, much like Canada’s oil is. The difference between Canada and Venezuela is twofold: first, that whereas Canada is a vassal-state of the US empire and so its aristocracy is allied with America’s aristocracy (which controls America’s Government), Venezuela isn’t. And, second, that whereas Venezuela has a monoeconomy that’s based on oil (which accounts for around 95% of Venezuela’s exports), Canada does not.

Saudi Arabia used to be the top foreign source of oil imported into the US, but now it’s only a very weak second-place to Canada in this, exporting only 21% as much oil to the US as does Canada. This is a huge decline for the Sauds.

Whereas Saudi oil is the world’s most “light” or cleanest and least-costly to produce and therefore has the lowest “carbon footprint” of any oil, Canada and Venezuela have the most “heavy” or dirtiest and most-costly to produce and therefore have the highest “carbon footprint” of all the world’s oils.

(NOTE: There are many different ranking-systems for the ‘average’ cost per barrel of oil produced, such as this and this and these, but all tend to vastly underestimate in order to continue the case for fossil fuels. The BBC once noted that its calculation-system “only covers the cost of production, not the cost of exploration and development.” And it also ignored the cost of transit. It also ignored environmental costs. It also ignored the costs to taxpayers for the many subsidies they pay in order for the fossil-fuels investors to continue investing in those companies. The environmental site “The Energy Mix” headlined in April 2018, “Ditched Bitumen Desperately Seeks True Commitment” and reported that fewer and fewer investors were continuing to trust the industry’s reported numbers regarding the costs of tar-sands oils. Also, on 11 February 2019, they headlined “Trans Mountain’s Fee Plan for Fossil Customers Represents $2-Billion Taxpayer Subsidy”. But, mostly, the heavy taxpayer subsidizations to the fossil-fuels industries are ignored, both by consumers and by investors. Realistically, the tar-sands oils in both Canada and Venezuela are costing far more than any per-barrel oil price that’s below $100. They are money-losers, but bring lots of money to the ‘right’ people.)

So: the US is replacing the world’s cleanest oil with the world’s filthiest oil, and that’s not only from Canada but also from Venezuela. However, because the US aristocracy want to take over Venezuela, the US Government now is set to zero-out oil imports from Venezuela, so as to increase the pressure on Venezuela’s Government to place in charge there a leader who will do America’s bidding. Canada has been working right alongside the US to achieve that objective, and will probably be supplying to the US much (if not all) of the 16,889 bpd oil that currently has been supplied by the other producer of very dirty oil: Venezuela. The US produces fracked oil, which is dirty but not as dirty as that from Canada and Venezuela. The US, Canada, and Venezuela, have been committed to ignoring the global warming problem. To the extent that the problem becomes globally recognized, the oil-production in all three of those countries will decline in its marketable price even more than will the oil-production in other countries (especially than Saudi Arabia’s oil-production, since that’s the cleanest); and, so, the profits from those dirty oils will quickly (especially for Canada and Venezuela, where it has already happened) turn into losses. All three governments — Venezuela, Canada, and US — are trying to postpone that, till as late a time as possible.

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