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Over 100,000 people petition White House to declare ANTIFA a terrorist organization

The Soros-funed extreme-left group ANTIFA has already established a record of mayhem across Europe and America.

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A petition currently active on the White House website is asking President Trump to officially designate “Anti-Fascist Action” or ANTIFA, as a terror group.

ANTIFA is a extreme left militant movement which started in Germany and has been active in Europe for a number of years. They are known to receive funding from billionaire regime change and social engineering sponsor George Soros.

Their modus operandi is using loud noise, physical obstruction and outright violence to disrupt peaceful, lawful assemblies by any group or person they oppose. Since the inauguration of President Trump, ANTIFA has seen a membership boom and already have a list of violent riots to their credit across the United States.

The petition, which was started on August 17th, has already easily soared past the 100,000 signatures required for an official response from the White House.

The text of the petition reads:

Terrorism is defined as “the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims”. This definition is the same definition used to declare ISIS and other groups, as terrorist organizations. AntiFa has earned this title due to its violent actions in multiple cities and their influence in the killings of multiple police officers throughout the United States. It is time for the pentagon to be consistent in its actions – and just as they rightfully declared ISIS a terror group, they must declare AntiFa a terror group – on the grounds of principle, integrity, morality, and safety.

The White House petition page was started by Barack Obama in 2011, but was criticized already at the time as a PR stunt. Donald Trump’s administration is reportedly considering abolishing the site. No petitions during Trump’s tenure have received responses so far.

ANTIFA has hit headlines again in recent days, after Donald Trump came under an avalanche of media attacks for laying blame on the “alt-left” as well as the “alt-right” following recent violent clashes in Charlottesville.

The normally peaceful Virginia college town played host to the “Unite the Right” rally which brought together alt-right and far-right groups to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

Chaos ensued when the right-wing protestors clashed with counter-protestors including ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter (BLM). There were scores of injuries, as well as one fatality when a car allegedly driven by a white nationalist protestor apparently ran over 32-year-old counter-protestor Heather Heyer.

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This is juicy. How does that definition of terrorism not make war nationally-sanctioned terrorism???? The military industrial complex is not going to like that logic…

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Well, AntiFa has already been declared an extremist organisation by the Department of Homeland Security, so that shouldn’t be too difficult to manage.

https://www.njhomelandsecurity.gov/analysis/anarchist-extremists-antifa

cascadian12
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cascadian12

Of course! We have nearly always had a fascist right-wing government, but especially since Bush 43 and the loss of habeas corpus. They call animal-rights activists “terrorists” too.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

The page photos:
They look like a bunch of terrorists. Honest people don’t hide their face.

cortisol
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cortisol

The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations defines terrorism as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”

So by definition of the US constitution, Antifa is already a terrorist group.

cascadian12
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cascadian12

I must’ve missed where the KKK, Neo-Nazis and hundreds of militias snd hate groups around the country have been declared terrorists.

Melotte 22
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Melotte 22

Happy to sign any petition declaring White House and Pentagon terrorist organisations.

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

Because they have a Green Card for that, it’s like carrying Guns, intimidates others but is not Terrorism because it’s in the constitution (Green Card)…

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Fransbowers

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hestroy
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hestroy

Lol! You fucking retard. Just die.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Weird how Antifa, Ukraine Nazis and ISIS supporters all look the same, act the same and don’t they all wear similar uniforms?

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Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

White Supremacy is more like it, or are you intentionally missing that?

AM Hants
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AM Hants

White supremecy – ISIS????? Good friends of John McCain and didn’t Obama admit to fully funding, supporting and training his ISIS buddies?
White Supremecy – Nazi and fully funded, trained and equipped by the US and EU nations. Soros boys and girls, and very loyal to Uncle John McCain.
White Supremecy Antifa???? However, again funded by Soros and no doubt fully backed by McCain and his Clinton friends. Also, isn’t Obama involved with the Antifa Crowd. Typical Democratic Movement.

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

You sound like Democracy is an Evil… I wonder why!

AM Hants
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AM Hants

National Socialism – was that a democracy when Adolf was in charge of the German version? ISIS – wearing the same uniform, carrying out the same script and is that democracy in action? Ukraine Nazi’s – which is the Ukraine version of the National Socialist Party, that was active in Germany, back in the 40s, is that Democracy? Antifa – funded by Soros and they must be so proud to mimic the actions of the Ukraine Nazis, National Socialist (German) Worker’s Party and of course the Middle East version, fully funded, trained and supported by McCain, Obama and their friends,… Read more »

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

How Soros being a Jew mixes with Nazis? Are you saying that Nazis are Far-Left like some nuts out there?

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Why did he say that the best time of his life was when he was a Nazi Collaborator? Why was he more than happy to fund the Ukraine coup d’etat, which led to the Nazis back on the streets of Ukraine? Funnily enough, his good mate, the Head of the European Jewish Community, Igor Kolomoisky, who just happens to be the boss of Joe Biden’s son and John Kerry’s step-son, was the oligarch that funded the Azov Battalion, with their swastika ensign. HACKED | Hacking Group Cyber Berkut Reveals Ukraine Used Millions In IMF Loans To Fund Clinton Foundation… ‘…New… Read more »

schmenz
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schmenz

I have sympathy for you, trying to talk common sense to ignoramuses like popart2015. It is impossible to get through to people like that who prefer snarky comebacks to any kind of serious discussion. If I were you I’d ignore him.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

I will be and have posted the links I wanted to share. It is crazy and wish you all the best in the US.

cascadian12
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cascadian12

And no one is paying any attention. Isn’t free speech great?

AM Hants
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AM Hants

That is so the sad part and the ones that think they know it all, because the MSM is always right.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

What was it Adolf said, on the 1 May 1927? Hitler to Rauschning Adolf Hitler (Speech of May 1, 1927. Quoted by Toland… “I have learned a great deal from Marxism, as I do not hesitate to admit. The difference between them and myself is that I have really put into practice what these peddlers and pen-pushers have timidly begun…. I had only to develop logically what Social Democracy repeatedly failed in because of its attempt to realize its evolution within the framework of democracy. National Socialism is what Marxism might have been if it could have broken its absurd… Read more »

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

All kisses and hugs! LOL Read history before you talk…

AM Hants
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AM Hants

I have. Believe what MSM happily feed you and ask no questions as you suck it all in.

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

Say that Nazis are the same as Communists to Russian people and they will laugh at you, try to give your silly explanation and they will laugh even more at best!

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Fabian Society. Russian people or do you mistake them for the old Communist Soviet Union tribe? Yes, Russia has every reason to hate fascism and hence the fact that they celebrate 9 May each year, in memory of the defeat of Fascism. Now why did the US and Ukraine, vote against Russia in the UN, when they wanted to outlaw the Nazi Party? Why did the US and Ukraine vote to support the Nazi Party? However, the people of Russia also remember the times of the old Communist Soviet Union, which fell in 1991 and 15 independent nations emerged. Now… Read more »

cascadian12
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cascadian12

“Although, with Russia, taking back control of her natural resources, keeping them out of the reach of the oligarchs, was a seriously good move.”

You mean to tell me that the oligarchs that NOW control Russia’s natural resources, including President Putin, if one is to believe the Panama Papers, don’t exist???

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Panama Papers, how many of Clinton’s mates were included? How many of Ukraine’s mates were included and then ask how few Russians that were connected to Putin were included? It backfired, that is why it did not hang around the MSM for long.

cascadian12
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cascadian12

So, you’re saying there are no oligarchs in Russia?

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Have I ever said that? Are you saying that the rest of the world has no oligarchs? ‘Back when President Putin first took over a bankrupt Russia, one of the first things he did was to sort out the oligarchs. Those that stayed, paid 13% tax, just like the rest of the people of Russia, earning over a certain amount, and with no loopholes, to get around. They promised to stay out of politics and become good Russian citizens. The garbage, left for a life in exile, many flocking to support the Clinton Foundation and popping up here, there and… Read more »

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Oh, by the way, you may believe that you are laughing at me, however, thanks for giving me a platform to post the links. Those that have minds of their own, might go away, find out more and come to their own conclusion. It does not bother me, if people laugh at me or not. However, I do like independent minded people, who have not come across the facts, to want to go away and discover more. Make up their own independent minds and not clone my beliefs. Whether they agree or disagree, they, have used independent thought, critical thinking,… Read more »

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

You like to live in a Bubble then!

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Welcome to the Fourth Reich!

cascadian12
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cascadian12

Lessons in socialism from HItler is like lessons in democracy from the Democratic Republic of North Korea (their actual name).

AM Hants
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AM Hants

More like the Democrats in the US and come to that most other PC driven nations.

cascadian12
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cascadian12

Of course, you need to attack Democrats, rather than provide a rational explanation for your BS.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

There actions speak louder than words. They can speak for themselves as the world laughs on. What was it President Putin said, ‘Is America a great nation? Yes. Is America a banana republic’? That appears where the Dems wish to take it as they cannot handle Hilary lost.

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

Let me guess, they killed too many statues…!

Penrose
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Penrose

Let me guess. You think that Antifa is peaceful, benign, and engages in no violent activity against other people.

You should apply for a job with the MSM. You would do well there.

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

You don’t like them… Is that it!

Penrose
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Penrose

On the contrary, I just love those like Antifa and the Ukrainian Nazis who commit gratuitous violence against anyone they disagree with.

What’s not to like about that?

cascadian12
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cascadian12

I can’t speak for Antifa and neither can you. What I know about them is from reading reports by researchers, such as the Anti-Defamation League. They don’t carry guns, they’re dis-organized, except they show up for protests. They’ve never advocated the exterimination of a group of people, UNLIKE RIGHT-WNG EXTREMISTS. If you can’t admit the truth to yourself, you’re a sorry POS.

What’s with The Duran anyway? This doesn’t appear to be a news site, more like propaganda.

Penrose
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RE: What I know about them is from reading reports by researchers, such as the Anti-Defamation League. LOL. Do you depend on AIPAC for your political viewpoints, too? RE: If you can’t admit the truth to yourself, you’re a sorry POS. Oh my. Moved into the name calling phase, have you? I’m surprised it took you this long. If patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, then name calling is the last (and often the first) resort of those who don’t have a legitimate argument. But remember, when Antifa bashes people with blunt objects or shoots pepper spray into… Read more »

cascadian12
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cascadian12

I don’t depend on AIPAC ever. That doesn’t meant that the Anti-defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center don’t know what they’re talking about. Do you always engage in false equivalence? Second, I only called you a name IF you can’t admit the truth. So, the ball is in your court. And name-calling is certainly not unknown to your side, whatever the hell that is: White Supremacist? Neo-Nazi? KKK? just Right-Wing nuts? Trump supporters, because who doesn’t like a lunatic despotic klepocrat? At least you recognize that Antifa only uses pepper spray and blunt objects, which is a lot better… Read more »

Penrose
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Penrose

RE: “At least you recognize that Antifa only uses pepper spray and blunt objects, which is a lot better than guns, knives, and vehicles.”

Sorry to disappoint you, but I’m not that naive. I suppose their weapons of choice for the job below will be wet noodles and cotton candy.

“Antifa Has A New Cell In Philly, And They’re Calling For Property Seizures, Violence On Police, And All-Out Revolution”

cascadian12
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cascadian12

If your last sentence is true, then I’m confident that the “Left” will completely denounce them, as the Left (without anarchists – who are not the Left) have generally been a non-violent movement. Since the 1960s, violence only erupts at Leftist protests because of Anarchists. Violence is completely counter-productive because the media will always focus on the violence and not the reasons for the protest. If this is what Antifa stands for, then I will be the first to reject them and to urge that they be prevented from joining any Leftist protest. I’ve given them the benefit of the… Read more »

cascadian12
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cascadian12

I don’t know if you’re naive, ignorant or just delusional, but right-wing extremists commit 20x more violent acts than “left-wing extremists,” and, again, RW violence is more lethal. Just a fact, Jack. You can google it.

Penrose
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Penrose

Aww, trying to cast aspersions on my intellectual status again? Keep that up and I’m going to tell my mommy on you.

It is true that I find left-wing and right-wing political characterizations as rather simplistic. So one dimensional. Seems to me the world we live in is far more complex than that.

Let me guess. Do we assign the war crimes of the Clintons and Obama to left-wing violence and the war crimes of George Bush Jr. to right-wing violence? Is that how it works?

cascadian12
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cascadian12

You make a good point. For the record, I’ve always considered “anarchists” (the kind that destroy property at protests and who supposedly gave rise to “Antifa”) to be idiots and to give leftist protests a bad name, which they do not deserve (the last effective protests I’m referring to are the ones against free-trade agreements, such as the protest against the WTO in Seattle (1999). The latter was very successful in terms of turnout and clear focus, but once again, the anarchists marred what had been a peaceful protest. What I find disturbing is that The Duran promotes a petition… Read more »

cascadian12
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cascadian12

Well, they don’t carry guns, like the Right-Wing hate groups you support. And they’ve never espoused the extermination of any group of people based on race or religion, like the hate groups you support, so I would say there’s a world of difference between them!

Penrose
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Penrose

Oh, Antifa is a hate group alright. They hate anyone who disagrees with them.

Popart 2015
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Popart 2015

People is starting to wake up so the regime needs to call them terrorists!

Curtis Bok
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Curtis Bok

Please change the font that you use for quotations. It is very difficult to read.

ignasi
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ignasi

It was to sign the petition

Jolly Roger
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Jolly Roger

It’s the Jewish mafia Zionists that fund, organize, and train organizations such as antifa to divide and conquer America, that’s the protocols of zion, and the US mirrors perfectly the protocols of zion..

So, the real terrorists are the Jewish mafia Zionist bankers trying to divided and conquer the US by funding,organizing, and training terrorist groups used to topple the US.

This article is just more BS propaganda from the Jewish mafia owned media.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Curious to note that America, the Fat-I-Can, the Kazarian hierarchy, are using the original Babylonian means of warfare, Divide and Conquer. It has been the Jesuit program since their inception, is key to global success of Soros and his supposedly Illuminated cohorts, and has now completed their goals, conquered all nations, including Russia. Infiltrate and erode your enemies, using their politicians, etc., to destroy themselves, from the inside out. Fifth column media controlled programming, indoctrination, propaganda is the means used to turn a nation against itself, unions vs. workers, youth against the elders, men against women, black against white etc.… Read more »

Jolly Roger
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Jolly Roger

There is nothing new under the sun. It’s the same old dog and pony show, but we ended all that on 11/8/16, it’s time to make the US useless to the Jewish mafia, boycott their usury banks and oil and cheap foreign junk and false flag foreign and civil wars, it’s time for them to suck wind.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Maybe they should check the Amnesian history books, learn that is was Abraham Lincoln’s decision to take control of the economy, ditch the English pound as their currency, and started printing Greenbacks.
Sadly it lead to his assassination.
Yes, that is why any one who tries to escape the bankers’ control, by starting their own currency, must rapidly be eliminated.
Once Amnezia got free of the English bankers controls they shot ahead, but now we see that same plot being repeated against any who strive to break free of the banker’s controls.
Nationalize all banks, then we will have freedom.

Jolly Roger
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Jolly Roger

It’s real simple, boycott the usury bankers and their loans and credit cards and corporate malls, make the US useless to them.

cascadian12
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cascadian12

Nearly all commerce is electronic now, except for a few holdouts. So it’s going to be difficult to do what you suggest. I do favor nationalizing the banks in principle, but now that our government has been taken over by kleptocrats, nothing would change.

Jolly Roger
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Jolly Roger

We’re just not consenting to the theft and corruption involved in the fed tax and debt slavery war dollar. So, I guess it’s up to us holdouts to get things started.

Do you have anything of value you’d trade or barter? lol.

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Cranford Ducain

The best move Trump, or the rest of us, could make to eliminate antifa would be for him to come out in favor of them and for the rest of us to suddenly make them a mainstream group. There is nothing which is more discouraging or demoralizing to a group such as this than to be accepted into the rest of a social order. This makes them become a part of the very things which they wish to distroy.

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Russia calls on US to put a leash on Petro Poroshenko

The West’s pass for Mr. Poroshenko may blow up in NATO’s and the US’s face if the Ukrainian President tries to start a war with Russia.

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Russia called on Washington not to ignore the Poroshenko directives creating an active military buildup along the Ukrainian-Donbass frontier, this buildup consisting of Ukrainian forces and right-wing ultranationalists, lest it “trigger the implementation of a bloody scenario”, according to a Dec 11 report from TASS.

The [Russian] Embassy [to the US] urges the US State Department to recognize the presence of US instructors in the zone of combat actions, who are involved in a command and staff and field training of Ukraine’s assault airborne brigades. “We expect that the US will bring to reason its proteges. Their aggressive plans are not only doomed to failure but also run counter to the statements of the administration on its commitment to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine by political and diplomatic means,” the statement said.

This warning came after Eduard Basurin, the deputy defense minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic noted that the Ukrainian army was massing troops and materiel for a possible large-scale offensive at the Mariupol section of the contact line in Donbass. According to Basurin, this action is expected to take place on 14 December. TASS offered more details:

According to the DPR’s reconnaissance data, Ukrainian troops plan to seize the DPR’s Novoazovsky and Temanovsky districts and take control over the border section with Russia. The main attack force of over 12,000 servicemen has been deployed along the contact line near the settlements of Novotroitskoye, Shirokino, and Rovnopol. Moreover, more than 50 tanks, 40 multiple missile launcher systems, 180 artillery systems and mortars have been reportedly pulled to the area, Basurin added. Besides, 12 BM-30 Smerch heavy multiple rocket launchers have been sent near Volodarsky.

The DPR has warned about possible provocations plotted by Ukrainian troops several times. Thus, in early December, the DPR’s defense ministry cited reconnaissance data indicating that the Ukrainian military was planning to stage an offensive and deliver an airstrike. At a Contact Group meeting on December 5, DPR’s Foreign Minister Natalia Nikonorova raised the issue of Kiev’s possible use of chemical weapons in the conflict area.

This is a continuation of the reported buildup The Duran reported in this article linked here, and it is a continuation of the full-scale drama that started with the Kerch Strait incident, which itself appears to have been staged by Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko. Following that incident, the president was able to get about half of Ukraine placed under a 30-day period of martial law, citing “imminent Russian aggression.”

President Poroshenko is arguably a dangerous man. He appears to be desperate to maintain a hold on power, though his approval numbers and support is abysmally low in Ukraine. While he presents himself as a hero, agitating for armed conflict with Russia and simultaneously interfering in the affairs of the Holy Eastern Orthodox Church, he is actually one of the most dangerous leaders the world has to contend with, precisely because he is unfit to lead.

Such men and women are dangerous because their desperation makes them short-sighted, only concerned about their power and standing.

An irony about this matter is that President Poroshenko appears to be exactly what the EuroMaidan was “supposed” to free Ukraine of; that is, a stooge puppet leader that marches to orders from a foreign power and does nothing for the improvement of the nation and its citizens.

The ouster of Viktor Yanukovich was seen as the sure ticket to “freedom from Russia” for Ukraine, and it may well have been that Mr. Yanukovich was an incompetent leader. However, his removal resulted in a tryannical regíme coming into power, that resulting in the secession of two Ukrainian regions into independent republics and a third secession of strategically super-important Crimea, who voted in a referendum to rejoin Russia.

While this activity was used by the West to try to bolster its own narrative that Russia remains the evil henchman in Europe, the reality of life in Ukraine doesn’t match this allegation at all. A nation that demonstrates such behavior shows that there are many problems, and the nature of these secessions points at a great deal of fear from Russian-speaking Ukrainian people about the government that is supposed to be their own.

President Poroshenko presents a face to the world that the West is apparently willing to support, but the in-country approval of this man as leader speaks volumes. The West’s blind support of him “against Russia” may be one of the most tragic errors yet in Western foreign policy.

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Second Canadian Citizen Disappears In China

According to the he Globe and Mail, the man was identified as Michael Spavor, a Canadian whose company Peaktu Cultural Exchange brings tourists and hockey players into North Korea.

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For a trade war that was supposed to be between the US and China, Canada has found itself increasingly in the middle of the crossfire. And so after the arrest of a former Canadian diplomat in Beijing in retaliation for the detention of the Huawei CFO in Vancouver, Canada said a second person has been questioned by Chinese authorities, further heightening tensions between the two countries.

The second person reached out to the Canadian government after being questioned by Chinese officials, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said, at which point Canada lost contact with him. His whereabouts are currently unknown and Global Affairs Canada said they are in contact with his family.

“We haven’t been able to make contact with him since he let us know about this,” Freeland told reporters Wednesday in Ottawa. “We are working very hard to ascertain his whereabouts and we have also raised this case with Chinese authorities.”

According to the he Globe and Mail, the man was identified as Michael Spavor, a Canadian whose company Peaktu Cultural Exchange brings tourists and hockey players into North Korea. He gained fame for helping arrange a visit to Pyongyang by former NBA player Dennis Rodman, and he met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on that trip, the newspaper reported. Attempts to reach Spavor on his contact number either in China, or North Korean went straight to voicemail.

Spavor’s personal Facebook page contains several images of him with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un including one of him with both Jong-un and former Dennis Rodman at an undisclosed location.

Michael P. Spavor, right, pictured here with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, second from right, and Dennis Rodman.

Another image shows the two sharing a drink on a boat.

The unexplained disappearance takes place after China’s spy agency detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig in Beijing on Monday, who was on leave from the foreign service. The arrest came nine days after Canada arrested Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou at the request of U.S. DOJ. While Canada has asked to see the former envoy after it was informed by fax of his arrest, Canada is unaware of Kovrig current whereabouts or the charges he faces.

“Michael did not engage in illegal activities nor did he do anything that endangered Chinese national security,” Rob Malley, chief executive officer of the ICG, said in a written statement. “He was doing what all Crisis Group analysts do: undertaking objective and impartial research.”

One possibility is that Kovrig may have been caught up in recent rule changes in China that affect non-governmental organizations, according to Bloomberg. The ICG wasn’t authorized to do work in China, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang said during a regular press briefing in Beijing Wednesday.

“We welcome foreign travelers. But if they engage in activities that clearly violate Chinese laws and regulations, then it is totally another story,” he said, adding he had no information on Kovrig specifically.

As Bloomberg further notes, foreign non-governmental organizations are now required to register with the Chinese authorities under a 2017 law that subjects them to stringent reporting requirements. Under the law, organizations without a representative office in China must have a government sponsor and a local cooperative partner before conducting activities. ICG said this is the first time they’ve heard such an accusation from the Chinese authorities in a decade of working with the country. The company closed its Beijing operations in December 2016 because of the new Chinese law, according to a statement. Kovrig was working out of the Hong Kong office.

Meanwhile, realizing that it is increasingly bearing the brunt of China’s retaliatory anger, Trudeau’s government distanced itself from Meng’s case, saying it can’t interfere with the courts, but is closely involved in advocating on Kovrig’s behalf.

So far Canada has declined to speculate on whether there was a connection between the Kovrig and Meng cases, with neither Freeland nor Canadian Trade Minister Jim Carr saying Wednesday that there is any indication the cases are related. Then again, it is rather obvious they are. Indeed, Guy Saint-Jacques, who served as ambassador to China from 2012 to 2016 and worked with Kovrig, says the link is clear. “There’s no coincidence with China.”

“In this case, they couldn’t grab a Canadian diplomat because this would have created a major diplomatic incident,” he said. “Going after him I think was their way to send a message to the Canadian government and to put pressure.”

Even though Meng was granted bail late Tuesday, that did not placate China, whose foreign ministry spokesman said that “The Canadian side should correct its mistakes and release Ms. Meng Wanzhou immediately.”

The tension, according to Bloomberg,  may force Canadian companies to reconsider travel to China, and executives traveling to the Asian country will need to exercise extra caution, said Andy Chan, managing partner at Miller Thomson LLP in Vaughan, Ontario.

“Canadian business needs to look at and balance the reasons for the travel’’ between the business case and the “current political environment,’’ Chan said by email. Chinese officials subject business travelers to extra screening and in some case reject them from entering, he said.

Earlier in the day, SCMP reported that Chinese high-tech researchers were told “not to travel to the US unless it’s essential.”

And so, with Meng unlikely to be released from Canada any time soon, expect even more “Chinese (non) coincidences”, until eventually China does detain someone that the US does care about.

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Multipolar World Order in the Making: Qatar Dumps OPEC

Russia and Qatar’s global strategy also brings together and includes partners like Turkey.

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Authored by Federico Pieraccini via The Strategic Culture Foundation:


The decision by Qatar to abandon OPEC threatens to redefine the global energy market, especially in light of Saudi Arabia’s growing difficulties and the growing influence of the Russian Federation in the OPEC+ mechanism.

In a surprising statement, Qatari energy minister Saad al-Kaabi warned OPEC on Monday December 3 that his country had sent all the necessary documentation to start the country’s withdrawal from the oil organization in January 2019. Al-Kaabi stressed that the decision had nothing to do with recent conflicts with Riyadh but was rather a strategic choice by Doha to focus on the production of LNG, which Qatar, together with the Russian Federation, is one of the largest global exporters of. Despite an annual oil extraction rate of only 1.8% of the total of OPEC countries (about 600,000 barrels a day), Qatar is one of the founding members of the organization and has always had a strong political influence on the governance of the organization. In a global context where international relations are entering a multipolar phase, things like cooperation and development become fundamental; so it should not surprise that Doha has decide to abandon OPEC. OPEC is one of the few unipolar organizations that no longer has a meaningful purpose in 2018, given the new realities governing international relations and the importance of the Russian Federation in the oil market.

Besides that, Saudi Arabia requires the organization to maintain a high level of oil production due to pressure coming from Washington to achieve a very low cost per barrel of oil. The US energy strategy targets Iranian and Russian revenue from oil exports, but it also aims to give the US a speedy economic boost. Trump often talks about the price of oil falling as his personal victory. The US imports about 10 million barrels of oil a day, which is why Trump wrongly believes that a decrease in the cost per barrel could favor a boost to the US economy. The economic reality shows a strong correlation between the price of oil and the financial growth of a country, with low prices of crude oil often synonymous of a slowing down in the economy.

It must be remembered that to keep oil prices low, OPEC countries are required to maintain a high rate of production, doubling the damage to themselves. Firstly, they take less income than expected and, secondly, they deplete their oil reserves to favor the strategy imposed by Saudi Arabia on OPEC to please the White House. It is clearly a strategy that for a country like Qatar (and perhaps Venezuela and Iran in the near future) makes little sense, given the diplomatic and commercial rupture with Riyadh stemming from tensions between the Gulf countries.

In contrast, the OPEC+ organization, which also includes other countries like the Russian Federation, Mexico and Kazakhstan, seems to now to determine oil and its cost per barrel. At the moment, OPEC and Russia have agreed to cut production by 1.2 million barrels per day, contradicting Trump’s desire for high oil output.

With this last choice Qatar sends a clear signal to the region and to traditional allies, moving to the side of OPEC+ and bringing its interests closer in line with those of the Russian Federation and its all-encompassing oil and gas strategy, two sectors in which Qatar and Russia dominate market share.

In addition, Russia and Qatar’s global strategy also brings together and includes partners like Turkey (a future energy hub connecting east and west as well as north and south) and Venezuela. In this sense, the meeting between Maduro and Erdogan seems to be a prelude to further reorganization of OPEC and its members.

The declining leadership role of Saudi Arabia in the oil and financial market goes hand in hand with the increase of power that countries like Qatar and Russia in the energy sectors are enjoying. The realignment of energy and finance signals the evident decline of the Israel-US-Saudi Arabia partnership. Not a day goes by without corruption scandals in Israel, accusations against the Saudis over Khashoggi or Yemen, and Trump’s unsuccessful strategies in the commercial, financial or energy arenas. The path this doomed

trio is taking will only procure less influence and power, isolating them more and more from their opponents and even historical allies.

Moscow, Beijing and New Delhi, the Eurasian powerhouses, seem to have every intention, as seen at the trilateral summit in Buenos Aires, of developing the ideal multipolar frameworks to avoid continued US dominance of the oil market through shale revenues or submissive allies as Saudi Arabia, even though the latest spike in production is a clear signal from Riyadh to the USA. In this sense, Qatar’s decision to abandon OPEC and start a complex and historical discussion with Moscow on LNG in the format of an enlarged OPEC marks the definitive decline of Saudi Arabia as a global energy power, to be replaced by Moscow and Doha as the main players in the energy market.

Qatar’s decision is, officially speaking, unconnected to the feud triggered by Saudi Arabia against the small emirate. However, it is evident that a host of factors has led to this historic decision. The unsuccessful military campaign in Yemen has weakened Saudi Arabia on all fronts, especially militarily and economically. The self-inflicted fall in the price of oil is rapidly consuming Saudi currency reserves, now at a new low of less than 500 billion dollars. Events related to Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) have de-legitimized the role of Riyadh in the world as a reliable diplomatic interlocutor. The internal and external repression by the Kingdom has provoked NGOs and governments like Canada’s to issue public rebukes that have done little to help MBS’s precarious position.

In Syria, the victory of Damascus and her allies has consolidated the role of Moscow in the region, increased Iranian influence, and brought Turkey and Qatar to the multipolar side, with Tehran and Moscow now the main players in the Middle East. In terms of military dominance, there has been a clear regional shift from Washington to Moscow; and from an energy perspective, Doha and Moscow are turning out to be the winners, with Riyadh once again on the losing side.

As long as the Saudi royal family continues to please Donald Trump, who is prone to catering to Israeli interests in the region, the situation of the Kingdom will only get worse. The latest agreement on oil production between Moscow and Riyad signals that someone in the Saudi royal family has probably figured this out.

Countries like Turkey, India, China, Russia and Iran understand the advantages of belonging to a multipolar world, thereby providing a collective geopolitical ballast that is mutually beneficial. The energy alignment between Qatar and the Russian Federation seems to support this general direction, a sort of G2 of LNG gas that will only strengthen the position of Moscow on the global chessboard, while guaranteeing a formidable military umbrella for Doha in case of a further worsening of relations between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

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