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What was once unthinkable is now a fact of life in modern Europe.

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After months of passing the necessary legislation and making the requisite threats, Poland has begun demolishing war memorials to the Soviet Army which have stood in Poland since 1945.

Poland has not negotiated the matter with Russia, nor have Polish authorities even appeared interested in inter-state dialogue about a deeply serious issue in the context of wider world history and historical memory.

Russia has condemned the gravely insulting moves. The Russian Foreign Ministry has condemned the act of “barbarism” against the eternal memory of the war heroes in the following way,

“We consider this outrageous incident an illustration and direct consequence of the Polish government’s anti-Russian policy in the memorial field among other”.

The Foreign Ministry further condemned the destruction as an “act of vandalism”.

The Russian Defence Ministry further stated,

“The Polish authorities, without notification and consent from the Russian side, demolished all the architectural elements of the burial site, including the mausoleum of the Red Army soldiers, within the grave. This is an outrageous act of insulting the memory of those who liberated the world from the brown plague of fascism”.

Writing in The Duran on 23 July of this year, geo-political expert Andrew Korybko proposed that Russian civil society groups help relocate the monuments to Russia, thus taking them off Polish hands while preserving the eternal memory of the liberators of Europe from fascism on Russian soil.

However, without even allowing dialogue about the issue, Poland has ruined any chances for reconciliation. Instead, the authorities have begun demolishing sacred sites dedicated to those who liberated Poland from the fascist enemy.It is an act our spiteful and twisted act of insulting historical revisionism that sets a frightening precedent for modern Europe.

One Polish man posted a live video of the daylight destruction of the memorial posted a comment stating,

“History is happening before our eyes”.

He also declared that he was “feeling excited”.

Far from being “exciting” this tragic act of vandalism is an international disgrace that has been allowed to happen in the heart of Europe which could well still be under fascist occupation if not for the heroic acts of the Soviet soldiers whose monuments are being desecrated by a state actor.

READ MORE: Poland resurrects a dangerous idea from its 20th century past

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Russia (USSR) paid the price of 600.000 dead young citizens (soldiers of the Red Army) to liberate Poland from Nazi occupation and to save Polish people from Nazi genocide. And how do Poles thank Russia for this? By destroying monuments to those soldiers who gave their lives when liberating Poland! This is one of many other reasons (e.g. Polish participation in aggression on Iraq in 2003…) why I despise today’s Poland.

hestroy
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hestroy

Polaks are imbeciles. Everyone knows that.

VeeNarian (Yerevan)
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VeeNarian (Yerevan)

No-one can save a slave nation from themselves.

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bbbar

Agreed. Specifically one that willingly accepts slavery.

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Walter Dublanica
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Walter Dublanica

I also despise the Polish government that allowed and encouraged this to happen. Hopefully the Polish people themselves do not agree to destroying monuments to those who liberated them from the Nazi’s.

Marcin Antkowiak
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Marcin Antkowiak

Liberated? Soviet troops stationed in Poland until 1992. Also, Soviet Union invaded Poland on 17th of September 1939 joining Hitler and immediately started murdering Polish people. After so called liberation, they raped and looted.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

USA Troops stationed in Germany with Nukes (they refuse to leave) and in Poland.
Please call that an occupation, as you call Soviet Bases in Warsaw Pact Countries an occupation.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

You beat me to it. The US has never left Germany.

Marcin Antkowiak
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Marcin Antkowiak

Obviously, it was an occupation. According to the Potsdam treaty by the way.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

You did not answer question, due to delusion. I understand.

BogSik
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BogSik

we do radecku we do😆 but u don’t call yourselves ty vole nebo ty krávo for nothing😂

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Where I am from in Morava/Silesia, we don’t use those sissy terms. We call “yourselves” ty kurvo, ty píčo, Pšonků zkurveného! Jsi Jednoduchá Vatikánská kurva!

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

The following is taken from The Daily Mail n 2009: Putin argued that Britain’s policy of appeasement with Hitler in 1939 had left Stalin with no choice but to sign a non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany – including a secret clause carving up Poland. ‘If we are going to speak objectively about history we must understand it does not have just one colour. It was diverse and a huge number of mistakes were made by all sides. And all these actions created the conditions for the large scale aggression by Nazi Germany.’ Russia has never apologised for the invasion of… Read more »

BogSik
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BogSik

spot on👏 but the so called annexation was later followed by full and agreed incorporation of Czechia and Slovakia into 3rd Reich and their full support of the German war effort particularly by czechia for full 6 years. And for that they got a reward😎
They got to expand their territory by full and ruthless removal of all Germans from disputed lands. Was that a deal with anglo-zion?😎
Well consider Bell-pottinger fiasco in South Africa as a modus operandi of the crown and alles ist klar😈

Walter Dublanica
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Walter Dublanica

Soviet Union took back Galicia which does not belong to Poland,the people are Ukrainians. Sorry Marcin, you must be Polish.

Marcin Antkowiak
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Marcin Antkowiak

Yes, I’m Polish. You don’t need to feel sorry about that. I’m not. Soviets took eastern part of Poland and gave us part of eastern Germany taken by them after the partition of Poland in XVIII century. Ukrainian nationalist movement was supported by Hitler(look up Stefan Bandera), they committed mass slaughter of Polish people in 1944. After the war, communists decided to move Polish citizens from today’s Ukraine to the west to end the the violence from Ukrainians. By the way, Right Sector supported by the US is a continuation of OUN. During its existence, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army fought… Read more »

Walter Dublanica
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Walter Dublanica

Both of you Polish guys have very limited knowledge of Ukraine. Ukrainians and Russians are one and the same people. Russia has 7,000 nuclear weapons and are the big brothers to Ukrainians. So be very careful who you pick on. Try Latvia only a few million people.

BogSik
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BogSik

Walter stop craping in public😆 Ukraine never existed before soviets set up a Republic of that name partly on Polish Crown lands and there where no Ukrainians before then. Ukraine was always as is today multinational and mostly occupied by southern Russins who also gave national identity to Russians. Due to the bolshevic genocide of mainly Polish but also German inhabitants of these lands and later genocide of more Polish by ukrainian UPA and other ultra nationals helping Germans, todays Ukraine has very few minorities left but still few Poles, Czechs Romanians and Hungarians.

BogSik
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BogSik

this goes for uuu moron and the author of this propaganda!
U r one kind of a mental nutcase Adam for carping in public 😂 but than u probably are paid a lot 😆 assumIng u do have some cash left from drug binges do some reading on bolshevic and later soviet genocide of Polish citizens between 1918 and 1953 😆
have a good one😎

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Perhaps it is part of a revival of European fascism – and this time Russia will not be on hand to save the barbarians from their savage rulers.

Valeria Nollan
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Valeria Nollan

Very good observation.

Marcin Antkowiak
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Marcin Antkowiak

You need to educate yourself. During the WWII there was no Russia but Soviet Union, massive difference. SU was the most murderous state in the history. Have you heard about Gulags or people being killed for having clean/white hands? By the way, Soviets joined Hitler in invasion on Poland.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

You need to learn a few manners and a lot of critical thinking skills. And please, dont reply to me. I have no interest in talking to someone like you. I will not answer and will just block you.

Marcin Antkowiak
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Marcin Antkowiak

Typical when someone doesn’t have a proper argument to reply with.

BogSik
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BogSik

😂😂😂 give one example when Russia or rather soviet union or bolshevia saved anyone from anything👊
Yet there are at least 3 historical events during which participation of the Polish saved the collective sorry asses of the rest of Europe and the genocidal Catholic Church😈
And u can block me too😗

VeeNarian (Yerevan)
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VeeNarian (Yerevan)

Now, lets see how many millions of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Africa relocate to Poland. They must be good “Europeans” and take at least 5 million. Let’s face it, Warsaw and Krakow needs a bit of colour and excitement. They are too boring and monochrome compared to London, Birmingham and Manchester.
Now, Poland, be good “Europeans” say “aaaah” and swallow 5 million refugees. Or would do you really want to be thrown at Uncle Putin’s mercy???

hestroy
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hestroy

??? WTF?

VeeNarian (Yerevan)
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VeeNarian (Yerevan)

You don’t see the connection between “European values”, rejecting and re-writing the past with the destruction of Soviet memorials and being forced to take millions of refugees produced by the actions of the same US/EU/NATO gang?
Well, Poland, Hungary, Czech and Slovak republics and the rest will soon find out.
Gee, don’t we all love “European values” when monochrome nations are forcibly colourized by brown people like me? Lots of empty spaces in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and especially Poland. Lots of room for big, BIG mosques.
Do, enjoy!!!

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Please don’t bring Hungary, Czech and Slovakia into this.

Soviet (liberator) War memorials in Morava are protected. In my village it is painted, and maintained with flowers and bouquets.

No rape-fugees for us no matter how much someone may wish it so!

VeeNarian (Yerevan)
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VeeNarian (Yerevan)

I am so sorry for you. The European courts WILL force refugees down the throats of all EU countries.There is no choice. The only question is how many. I am so so sorry. That is why the UK voted for Brexit. We had enough and then there was the EU created mess in Ukraine and Turkey in line to join the EU.
No more.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

No need to be sorry. Will not happen.

mikhas
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mikhas

The Saker suggested that Russia should totally ignore these repulsive cock-sucking prostitutes and sever all ties, that makes perfect sense after this. The American regime without much history of their own is of course jumping up and down in joy.

ruca
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ruca

That article from the Saker, as well as most of his articles, is brilliant. The best blog on the web and lots of smart comments.

BogSik
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BogSik

that would be splendid😎
and seaker is a dick when it comes to history being soviet -bred and indoctrinated😂

Simon
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Simon

Not the first act of ‘cleansing’ carried out by the Poles, nor the most monstrous.
Best to leave them alone in their xenophobic homogeneous little fantasy land.

seby
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seby

Trying to weigh up whose selective historical memory is worse, that of Americans or Poles. Probably the Poles. They think the US are going to sacrifice 600,000 of their people for them? Really sad day in Polish history.

lmimkac
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lmimkac

Big Polish heroes… attacking statues… hehe… well they have a good example from their utter friends as they wanted them to buy their lovely polish apples a few years back… how can they fight someone without history? I hold my deepest contempt for them because nobody from the crowd protested the decision… i hold my deepest contempt for them. And to be honest we in Eastern Europe alwyas did.. blaaah…

DexterSverige
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DexterSverige

The Soviet Union has never ‘liberated’ Poland – those who claim that are totally ignorant of history.

First of all Poland was divided in 1939 under mutual agreement between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union – and from 1945 and onward Poland was occupied by the Soviets and served as a buffer zone towards NATO. Was the Soviet union a ‘better occupier’ than the Germans? I guess that’s up for debate – but there should be no doubt that both were hostile occupiers.

bricsandthefreeworld
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bricsandthefreeworld

Do we got ourselves a one-comment Polish troll! What took you so long?

tapatio
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tapatio

He’s trolling for the fascist NATO (ZioUSA) regime – which happens to include Poland at the moment.

DexterSverige
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DexterSverige

I am not Polish

I am not a troll

I have no sympathy for the US or the Israeli governments what so ever

The above doesn’t change the fact that the Soviet union occupied Poland after WW2

Kaput
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Kaput

poland is a fascis……..nazi jerkdom

Guy
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Guy

Nazis are nationalists , who mostly believe in their divine right to rule as a race .Who else does that remind you of ? Hint , like Dexter says ” Guess where they went “

tapatio
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tapatio

Well, little boy you have been trolling me and others – that makes you a troll.

From the Bolshevik/Communist “revolution” into the ’50s/’60s, Russia was largely run by Rothschild’s Jews. Now Russia is run by Russians.

Since Poland and Ukraine form Khazaria and the place where Talmudic Judaism (95% of all Jews) was spawned, it might be pretty obvious that they are/have been Jewish controlled.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Not only that, Genetic haplogroup studies have confirmed the significant “ashkenazi” haplogroup coursing through Poland and Western U-Krajina

DexterSverige
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DexterSverige

So what are you disagreeing with ‘little boy’? Or you’re just off your meds today?

tapatio
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tapatio

Were you bright enough to read my comment?

tapatio
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tapatio

Poland was occupied by the Nazis. Russia/USSR/Stalin REMOVED the Nazis and anyone with the delusion that Hitler was any better than Stalin is an imbecile.

Now that Poland is becoming a voluntary Nazi state, with Ukraine/US/IsraHELL/Saudi Arabia, etc, Poland will soon relearn the lesson that ANYTHING is better than fascism.

DexterSverige
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DexterSverige

First he joined them and then he removed them for his own purposes and kept Poland occupied. You could use a bit of history education (and some civil manner for that matter)

http://www.dw.com/en/molotov-ribbentrop-pact-a-honeymoon-for-two-dictators/a-17873179

Aleksandar Tomić
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Aleksandar Tomić

He was only following an example in promotion of European values, just ask the Czechs and Slovaks.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German%E2%80%93Polish_Non-Aggression_Pact

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Yes our “Slavic Brothers” and neighbours, Poland were really good to relieve us of territory, precisely at the same as Hitler was occupying and annexing Bohemia and Moravia, for their so called protectorate.
My now departed Grandmother never got over telling me the disgust that she had for those Polish Actions and was wary of Poles till her dying day. Her home was less than 45 km from Polish border.

tapatio
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tapatio

Stalin did not “join” Hitler. He signed a treaty to avoid war with Germany at the time.

After Napoleon, the Jewish Bolsheviks and then Hitler, Russia needs a buffer against the West.

As to your opinion, your choice of one of the most INFANTILE of sit-coms as your identity says all that’s necessary about your intelligence.

Kaput
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Kaput

it seems we looking at ukraine N0.2…………. they are so damn arrogant that they deserve all thats coming……….. I wnder why u kranians dont take refuge in Poland rather than in Russia……….. Poland has always been a destabilizing factor….. best thing that can happen is their financial ruin.

tapatio
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tapatio

Poland and Western Ukraine have always been welfare states – useless dependents on whoever is willing to adopt them.

7.62x54r
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7.62x54r

LOL. Now Poland is occupied by the US and NATO militaries; taking in unwanted blacks and Ukrainians as alien refugees and in IMF austerity which sells off state assets to the German-US-UK banks. Unable to offend the Germans and nazi Ukrainians, they take down Russian war memorials. It is a European form of Black Lives Matter and Antifa.

Walter Dublanica
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Walter Dublanica

Russians took Galicia from Poland which was Ukrainian populated for centuries.

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Punisher 1

What is particularly unforgivable in this case is one part of the complex destroyed was a mausoleum with the “remains” of the dead buried in it. Not just a “statue” but the eternal graves of soldiers. There can be no forgiveness for that. The Polish have crossed the line between stupidity and evil .And only harsh and savage punishment can cleanse that crime.Russia may as a state do nothing. But hopefully Russians as a people with take retribution for that disgrace. A good first (only first ) step would be for citizens to demolish the Smolensk monument put up in… Read more »

Guy
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Guy

But the Russian people are probably aware that 2 wrongs don’t make a right.At least I hope they are .But then again with your handle of “Punisher” , you are forgiven to think this way.
Cheers .

Alexandra
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Alexandra

As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, Poland never, ever took the best political decisions. It was always the wrong decisions because of their idiotic hatred of the Russians since they were kicked out of Moscow in early 17th century.

BogSik
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BogSik

please get the facts right😆
Polish occupation of Moscow was by invitation of some Boyars trying to put their Zar on the throne. And since they invited few drunks and not real Polish crown army, the occupation ended when they runout of wine and food.😎

Walter Dublanica
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Walter Dublanica

Poland’s actions in destroying memorials to Red Army soldiers who liberated them from the Nazi’s is as despicable as can be. Shame on Poland. Why does the U.S. refuse to condemn Poland’s actions? Are we O.K. with what the Poles are doing? The fighting the Red Army did in defeating the Nazi’s saved millions of American lives.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Didnt you know??? According to America, THEY won the war and liberated Europe!

Walter Dublanica
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Walter Dublanica

This is what Hollywood says. 95% of the Germans that got killed in WWII got killed on the eastern front fighting the Red Army.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

True, but Hollywood and the US regime dont let the truth stand in their way of a “good story” aka their lies and propaganda!

curri
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curri

You should also condemn the same thing happening in US. Slaveholders said war was about slavery, but the Southern troops (the vast majority not slaveholders) were fighting an invasion of their homeland. And everyone should know that Lincoln said the war was about preserving the union. He famously said that if he could preserve the union without freeing a single slave he would do so.

Guy
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Guy

Acts of barbarity .I am truly surprised at the thinking in Poland and most Baltic states for that matter with anything regarding Russia .I hope it is not too contagious .

Valeria Nollan
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Valeria Nollan

This is a tragic and deeply evil act on the part of the Polish government. It speaks volumes about the quality of the people who allowed this to happen. I pity them. Instead of ennobling themselves or humiliating the millions of Soviet citizens who sacrificed their lives to liberate Poland from fascism, they only bring disgrace on themselves. How appalling that the destroyers of these important monuments seek to inflict pain on the Russian people.

Arseniy 'Motorola' Pavlov
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Arseniy 'Motorola' Pavlov

“Envy runs deep and goes hand in hand with hatred.”
Poles prove that assertion.

Aleksandar Tomić
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Aleksandar Tomić

Ofc, there are memorials in Russia from the Poles, that can, let’s say, go through the same ordeal…

bbbar
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bbbar

It’s more important to above their nonsense, no reason to stoop to their level.

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

meh

XRGRSF
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XRGRSF

Maybe now patriotic Russians will understand the feelings of Southern White Americans.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

If the Polish government is committing such a nasty act, it seems likely that they have orders to do so. It looks like another provocation to goad Russia into conflict but it won’t work, anymore than all the other insults, thefts and assassinations have succeeded. Vladimir Putin had a good week last week, in China and in Vladivostok. The banksters will just have to suck it up.

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It is difficult to tell if recent reports like this really represent a realization for the media, but this interview rings true nonetheless.

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Several recent stories on Fox, Breitbart, and here on The Duran all address the increasingly obvious bias of the mainstream media with regard to news reporting. We discussed on The Duran how Chris Wallace of Fox News refused to hear details from White House Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller about why the recently declared National Emergency is in fact legitimate.

This piece revealed that the media is very actively trying to control and direct what information they want the public to hear, rather than truly reporting the news, or interviewing people to get their takes on things, and to perhaps fully interview all sides in a controversy and then let the American public decide for themselves what to think.

This used to exist in more gentlemanly debate programs in some fashion, such as with the TV debate program Point Counterpoint, but now, the bias of the reporter or of the network is the primary operator in determining the outcome of the interview, rather than the information that is available about the story.

This has helped create a news and information culture in the United States that is truly insane. As examples, consider these paraphrased headlines, all occurring within the last few years:

All of these are probably familiar to most readers. Many of them are still repeated and acted on as if they were real. But the articles we linked to behind most of these ledes are examples of the disproof, usually 100% disproof, of these. They are hoaxes, or reports built on circumstantial evidence without any proof, or in the worst cases, pure slander and propaganda.

One reporter for CBS news, 60 Minutes anchor Lara Logan, discussed this in an interview with retired Navy SEAL Mike Ritland, for his own podcast program, which was picked up by the MediaIte website. The video of her interview is quite lengthy but starting at about 02:14:00 there is a particular segment that the MediaIte writers called to attention. We include this segment in the video.

PARENTAL ADVISORY: The video is unrestricted in regards to language and there is some profanity. Parents, please listen first before letting your children watch this video.

A major point Mrs Logan makes here is that 85% of the employ of the mainstream media in the USA consist of registered Democrats. She also speaks forcefully against the use of stereotypes, and suggests the best place to start is actual facts. This means that most journalists are coming into this work with a bias, which is not set aside for the sake of the facts of the story.

Probably the most key point comes at 2:18:20 in the video is how Lara Logan is taught the way to discern whether or not someone in journalism is lying to you:

“Someone very smart told me a long time ago, that, ‘how do you know you are being lied to?’, ‘how do you know you are being manipulated?’, ‘how do you know there is something not right with the coverage?’, when they simplify it all, and there is no gray. There is no gray. It’s all one way.

“Well, life isn’t like that. If it doesn’t match real life, it is probably not. Something is wrong.”

Lara Logan then pointed out the comparison of the mainstream media’s constant negative coverage of President Trump against the reality of his work, that, regardless of one’s own personal bias, it does not match that everything the President does is bad. She also highlighted the point that one’s personal views should not come into how to report a news story.

Yet in our days, it not only comes into the story, it drives the narrative for which the story just becomes an example of “proof” that the narrative is “true.” 

Tucker Carlson talked vividly about the same characteristic on his program Monday night on Fox News.

He points out that the 3,000 yearly shooting in Chicago get very little news coverage, but that is because these are not as “useful” as the Jussie Smollett story is.

This is an example of using an event or a person’s actions to satisfy a politically biased propaganda narrative, rather than report the news.

This is not occasional, as the list of news headlines given above show. This is a constant practice across most of the mainstream media. Probably no one who gives interviews on the major networks is exempt, for even Mr. Carlson often resorts to cornering tactics when interviewing liberals in an apparent attempt to make the liberal look ridiculous and the point of view he espouses to look vindicated through that ridiculousness.

While this is emotionally invigorating for the Carlson fan who wants to see him “eviscerate” the liberal, it is very bad journalism. In fact, it is not journalism at all; it is sensationalism in a nasty sense.

It also insults the viewer, perhaps without them knowing it, because such reporting is the same as telling the viewer “WE ARE IN CONTROL!” and that the viewer must simply go along with the narrative given.

It is very bad when what should be information reporting, policy discussion, or debate becomes infected with this. Ideas, the product of (hopefully) rational and discursive reasoning, are pushed aside by pure emotion and mass sensationalism. Put metaphorically, it is the new look of bread and circuses, keeping the masses entertained while anything else might be happening.

Sometimes the motive for this is not so sinister. After all, we have a 24 hour news cycle now. In the 1970’s we didn’t. And in those times, the calibre of news reported was much higher. Reporting was far more careful. The Pulitzer Prize winners  Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein did their incredible exposé on the doings of President Richard Nixon under the directorship of the Washington Post editor, which demanded triple-checking of everything, making sure that all information was factual, accurate and genuine. While the story was indeed sensational, more importantly, it was true.

Now we have a lot of sensation, but very little to zero truth. As an example, every one of the ledes linked above is not proven to be true, in fact the truth in many of these stories is the opposite of what the headline says.

This would not be much of a problem if the media lies were not absorbed and reacted on by their readers, listeners and viewers. But the fact is that there are a significant number of consumers of mainstream media news that do react to it. The Covington High School incident showed this in perhaps the most frightening way, with open calls for violence against teenagers and high school students, requested by professionals, people that are supposed to be adults, such as Kathy Griffin, Reza Aslan, and GQ writer Nathaniel Friedman, who called for these kids to be “doxxed”, which as we reported, is an action that can be deadly.

We are in the times where the love of many has gone cold, and all is about expediency and selfishness. While there are a few outlets and a few journalists that still retain interest in recording and disseminating the truth, the reality is that most of what is out there is tainted by the drive for attention and sensationalism.

The media that engages in such behavior is actually hurting people, rather than informing and helping them.

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China and Russia are leading this historic transition while being careful to avoid direct war with the United States.

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Fortunately the world today is very different from that of 2003, Washington’s decrees are less effective in determining the world order. But in spite of this new, more balanced division of power amongst several powers, Washington appears ever more aggressive towards allies and enemies alike, regardless of which US president is in office.

China and Russia are leading this historic transition while being careful to avoid direct war with the United States. To succeed in this endeavor, they use a hybrid strategy involving diplomacy, military support to allies, and economic guarantees to countries under Washington’s attack.

The United States considers the whole planet its playground. Its military and political doctrine is based on the concept of liberal hegemony, as explained by political scientist John Mearsheimer. This imperialistic attitude has, over time, created a coordinated and semi-official front of countries resisting this liberal hegemony. The recent events in Venezuela indicate why cooperation between these counter-hegemonic countries is essential to accelerating the transition from a unipolar to a multipolar reality, where the damage US imperialism is able to bring about is diminished.

Moscow and Beijing lead the world by hindering Washington

Moscow and Beijing, following a complex relationship from the period of the Cold War, have managed to achieve a confluence of interests in their grand objectives over the coming years. The understanding they have come to mainly revolves around stemming the chaos Washington has unleashed on the world.

The guiding principle of the US military-intelligence apparatus is that if a country cannot be controlled (such as Iraq following the 2003 invasion), then it has to be destroyed in order to save it from falling into Sino-Russian camp. This is what the United States has attempted to do with Syria, and what it intends to do with Venezuela.

The Middle East is an area that has drawn global attention for some time, with Washington clearly interested in supporting its Israeli and Saudi allies in the region. Israel pursues a foreign policy aimed at dismantling the Iranian and Syrian states. Saudi Arabia also pursues a similar strategy against Iran and Syria, in addition to fueling a rift within the Arab world stemming from its differences with Qatar.

The foreign-policy decisions of Israel and Saudi Arabia have been supported by Washington for decades, for two very specific reasons: the influence of the Israel lobby in the US, and the need to ensure that Saudi Arabia and the OPEC countries sell oil in US dollars, thereby preserving the role of the US dollar as the global reserve currency.

The US dollar remaining the global reserve currency is essential to Washington being able to maintain her role as superpower and is crucial to her hybrid strategy against her geopolitical rivals. Sanctions are a good example of how Washington uses the global financial and economic system, based on the US dollar, as a weapon against her enemies. In the case of the Middle East, Iran is the main target, with sanctions aimed at preventing the Islamic Republic from trading on foreign banking systems. Washington has vetoed Syria’s ability to procure contracts to reconstruct the country, with European companies being threatened that they risk no longer being able to work in the US if they accept to work in Syria.

Beijing and Moscow have a clear diplomatic strategy, jointly rejecting countless motions advanced by the US, the UK and France at the United Nations Security Council condemning Iran and Syria. On the military front, Russia continues her presence in Syria. China’s economic efforts, although not yet fully visible in Syria and Iran, will be the essential part of reviving these countries destroyed by years of war inflicted by Washington and her allies.

China and Russia’s containment strategy in the Middle East aims to defend Syria and Iran diplomatically using international law, something that is continuously ridden roughshod over by the US and her regional allies. Russia’s military action has been crucial to curbing and defeating the inhuman aggression launched against Syria, and has also drawn a red line that Israel cannot cross in its efforts to attack Iran. The defeat of the United States in Syria has created an encouraging precedent for the rest of the world. Washington has been forced to abandon the original plans to getting rid of Assad.

Syria will be remembered in the future as the beginning of the multipolar revolution, whereby the United States was contained in military-conventional terms as a result of the coordinated actions of China and Russia.

China’s economic contribution provides for such urgent needs as the supply of food, government loans, and medicines to countries under Washington’s economic siege. So long as the global financial system remains anchored to the US dollar, Washington remains able to cause a lot of pain to countries refusing to obey her diktats.

The effectiveness of economic sanctions varies from country to country. The Russian Federation used sanctions imposed by the West as an impetus to obtain a complete, or almost autonomous, refinancing of its main foreign debt, as well as to producing at home what had previously been imported from abroad. Russia’s long-term strategy is to open up to China and other Asian countries as the main market for imports and exports, reducing contacts with the Europeans if countries like France and Germany continue in their hostility towards the Russian Federation.

Thanks to Chinese investments, together with planned projects like the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the hegemony of the US dollar is under threat in the medium to long term. The Chinese initiatives in the fields of infrastructure, energy, rail, road and technology connections among dozens of countries, added to the continuing need for oil, will drive ever-increasing consumption of oil in Asia that is currently paid for in US dollars.

Moscow is in a privileged position, enjoying good relations with all the major producers of oil and LNG, from Qatar to Saudi Arabia, and including Iran, Venezuela and Nigeria. Moscow’s good relations with Riyadh are ultimately aimed at the creation of an OPEC+ arrangement that includes Russia.

Particular attention should be given to the situation in Venezuela, one of the most important countries in OPEC. Riyadh sent to Caracas in recent weeks a tanker carrying two million barrels of oil, and Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has taken a neutral stance regarding Venezuela, maintaining a predictable balance between Washington and Caracas.

These joint initiatives, led by Moscow and Beijing, are aimed at reducing the use of the US dollar by countries that are involved in the BRI and adhere to the OPEC+ format. This diversification away from the US dollar, to cover financial transactions between countries involving investment, oil and LNG, will see the progressive abandonment of the US dollar as a result of agreements that increasingly do away with the dollar.

For the moment, Riyadh does not seem intent on losing US military protection. But recent events to do with Khashoggi, as well as the failure to list Saudi Aramco on the New York or London stock exchanges, have severely undermined the confidence of the Saudi royal family in her American allies. The meeting between Putin and MBS at the G20 in Bueno Aires seemed to signal a clear message to Washington as well as the future of the US dollar.

Moscow and Beijing’s military, economic and diplomatic efforts see their culmination in the Astana process. Turkey is one of the principle countries behind the aggression against Syria; but Moscow and Tehran have incorporated it into the process of containing the regional chaos spawned by the United States. Thanks to timely agreements in Syria known as “deconfliction zones”, Damascus has advanced, city by city, to clear the country of the terrorists financed by Washington, Riyadh and Ankara.

Qatar, an economic guarantor of Turkey, which in return offers military protection to Doha, is also moving away from the Israeli-Saudi camp as a result of Sino-Russian efforts in the energy, diplomatic and military fields. Doha’s move has also been because of the fratricidal diplomatic-economic war launched by Riyadh against Doha, being yet another example of the contagious effect of the chaos created by Washington, especially on US allies Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Washington loses military influence in the region thanks to the presence of Moscow, and this leads traditional US allies like Turkey and Qatar to gravitate towards a field composed essentially of the countries opposed to Washington.

Washington’s military and diplomatic defeat in the region will in the long run make it possible to change the economic structure of the Middle East. A multipolar reality will prevail, where regional powers like Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran will feel compelled to interact economically with the whole Eurasian continent as part of the Belt and Road Initiative.

The basic principle for Moscow and Beijing is the use of military, economic and diplomatic means to contain the United States in its unceasing drive to kill, steal and destroy.

From the Middle East to Asia

Beijing has focussed in Asia on the diplomatic field, facilitating talks between North and South Korea, accelerating the internal dialogue on the peninsula, thereby excluding external actors like the United States (who only have the intention of sabotaging the talks). Beijing’s military component has also played an important role, although never used directly as the Russian Federation did in Syria. Washington’s options vis-a-vis the Korean peninsular were strongly limited by the fact that bordering the DPRK were huge nuclear and conventional forces, that is to say, the deterrence offered by Russia and China. The combined military power of the DPRK, Russia and China made any hypothetical invasion and bombing of Pyongyang an impractical option for the United States.

As in the past, the economic lifeline extended to Pyongyang by Moscow and Beijing proved to be decisive in limiting the effects of the embargo and the complete financial war that Washington had declared on North Korea. Beijing and Moscow’s skilled diplomatic work with Seoul produced an effect similar to that of Turkey in the Middle East, with South Korea slowly seeming to drift towards the multipolar world offered by Russia and China, with important economic implications and prospects for unification of the peninsula.

Russia and China – through a combination of playing a clever game of diplomacy, military deterrence, and offering to the Korean peninsula the prospect of economic investment through the BRI – have managed to frustrate Washington’s efforts to unleash chaos on their borders via the Korean peninsula.

The United States seems to be losing its imperialistic mojo most significantly in Asia and the Middle East, not only militarily but also diplomatically and economically.

The situation is different in Europe and Venezuela, two geographical areas where Washington still enjoys greater geopolitical weight than in Asia and the Middle East. In both cases, the effectiveness of the two Sino-Russian resistance – in military, economic and diplomatic terms – is more limited, for different reasons. This situation, in line with the principle of America First and the return to the Monroe doctrine, will be the subject of the next article.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss how the Islamic State has been rapidly losing territory over the last two years in Syria and Iraq, due to efforts by Russian and Syrian forces, as well as the US and their Kurdish allies.

The jihadist caliphate has lost most of its forces and resources, leading it to go into hiding.

Al-Masdar News is reporting that Daesh* leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reportedly attacked in a village near Hajin by some of the terrorist organisation’s foreign fighters in an apparent coup attempt, The Guardian reported, citing anonymous intelligence sources. Baghdadi reportedly survived the alleged coup attempt, with his bodyguards taking him into hiding in the nearby desert.

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Meanwhile European leaders are shocked at US President Trump’s ISIS ultimatum. Via Zerohedge

After President Trump’s provocative tweets on Sunday wherein he urged European countries to “take back” and prosecute some 800 ISIS foreign fighters as US forces withdraw from Syria, or else “we will be forced to release them,” the message has been met with shock, confusion and indifference in Europe. Trump had warned the terrorists could subsequently “permeate Europe”.

Possibly the most pathetic and somewhat ironic response came from Denmark, where a spokesperson for Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said Copenhagen won’t take back Danish Islamic State foreign fighters to stand trial in the country, according to the German Press Agency DPA“We are talking about the most dangerous people in the world. We should not take them back,” the spokesperson stressed, and added that the war in Syria is ongoing, making the US president’s statement premature.

Germany’s response was also interesting, given a government official framed ISIS fighters’ ability to return as a “right”.  A spokeswoman for Germany’s interior ministry said, “In principle, all German citizens and those suspected of having fought for so-called Islamic State have the right to return.” She even added that German ISIS fighters have “consular access” — as if the terrorists would walk right up to some embassy window in Turkey or Beirut!

Noting that the Iraqi government has also of late contacted Germany to transport foreign fighters to their home country for trial, she added, “But in Syria, the German government cannot guarantee legal and consular duties for jailed German citizens due to the armed conflict there.”

France, for its part, has already agreed to repatriate over 130 French Islamic State members as part of a deal reached in January with US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) who are holding them, after which they will go through the French legal system. However, French Secretary of State Laurent Nuñez still insisted that the west’s Kurdish allies would never merely let ISIS terrorists walk out their battlefield prisons free.

“It’s the Kurds who hold them and we have every confidence in their ability to keep them,” Nuñez told French broadcaster BFMTV on Sunday. “Anyway, if these individuals return to the national territory, they all have ongoing judicial proceedings, they will all be put on trial, and incarcerated,” he said, in comments which appeared to leave it up to others to make happen.

And representing the Belgian government, Justice Minister Koen Geens charged Trump with blindsiding his European allies with the demand, which included Trump underscoring that it is “time for others to step up and do the job” before it’s too late. “It would have been nice for friendly nations to have these kinds of questions raised through the usual diplomatic channels rather than a tweet in the middle of the night,” Geens said during a broadcast interview on Sunday, according to the AFP.

Meanwhile in the UK the issue has recently become politically explosive as debate over so-called British jihadist bride Shamima Begum continues. The now 19-year old joined Islamic State in 2015 after fleeing the UK when she was just 15. She’s now given birth in a Syrian refugee camp and is demanding safe return to Britain for fear that she and her child could die in the camp, so near the war zone.

Conservatives in Britain, such as Interior Minister Sajid Javid have argued that “dangerous individuals” coming back to the UK from battlefields in the Middle East should be stripped of their British citizenship. He said this option has already been “so far exercises more than 100 times,” otherwise he also advocates prosecution of apprehended returning suspects “regardless of their age and gender.”

Identified as French nationals fighting within ISIS’ ranks, via Khaama press news agency

The UN has estimated that in total up to 42,000 foreign fighters traveled to Iraq and Syria to join IS — which appears a very conservative estimate — and which includes about 900 from Germany and 850 from Britain.

SDF leaders have previously complained about the “lack the capacity” for mass incarceration of ISIS terrorists and the inability to have proper battlefield trials for them. Recent estimates have put the number of ISIS militants in US-SDF battlefield jails at over 1000, though Trump put the number at 800 in his tweet.

However, even once they do return to Europe it’s unclear the extent to which they’ll be properly prosecuted and locked in prison by European authorities.

For example, another fresh controversy that lately erupted in Britain involved a 29-year old UK woman who traveled to join ISIS, and was convicted for membership in a terrorist group upon her return to Britain. She was jailed on a six year sentence in 2016, but is now already walking free a mere less than three years after her conviction.

 

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