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Poland commits “ACT OF BARBARISM” and begins DESTROYING Soviet war memorials

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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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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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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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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