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Russia is not an enemy of western countries

A discussion of what western people want from their governments and what they think of Russia is increasingly necessary.

Vaughan Famularo

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We are living in unprecedented times. Never before in the history of mankind have we seen a situation where, the countries that make up the western world, once the leaders of modern civilisation, have become the leading purveyors of evil.

This western world is itself a paradox. The normal people of these nations are generally peace loving people who do not want war.

Americans keep voting for the anti war candidate but once in power, every candidate quickly reverses on their election promises and, picks up where their predecessor left off.

But, it’s not just the US. The leaders of all the western nations, regardless of who’s elected, all seem hell bent on war.
And more recently, war against Russia. Not only do we see our collective governments aggressively pro war but, there’s no opposition within governments or, through the media, to present an opposing argument.

Anyone who does speak up and argues against the pro war lobby, soon finds that they’re no longer required for comment.

The media have become a War Cheer Squad who, continually dish up talking heads who take on the role of spokesperson for our collective moral compass. They tell us why we should act militarily and why we have to do something to stop some evil in a foreign land that they have presented to us in a report usually, in a distorted and untruthful way.

We have watched the lies and manipulation of facts take shape with the illegal invasion of Iraq. Then, we were presented with lie after lie accusing Gadaffi of bombing his own people that quickly led to the bombing and destruction of Libya. Libya is still in a state of anarchy because of the evil perpetrated upon her by the US and NATO governments.

However, the coup in Ukraine and the successful takeover of that country was where the anti Russian agenda began.

And, an agenda it is.

In fact, as normal people, we should be aware that any policy adopted because of “supposed Russian aggression” is in fact, the preparedness of war with Russia by the evil who, are now ruling our collective western Governments. The Ukraine coup was US and EU funded and organised. We in the west were sold the story that it was a popular uprising by Ukrainians against the corrupt pro Russian government.

However, corruption in Ukraine has only accelerated under the new regime. The intercepted phone call between Assistant Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland and US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, confirmed that the new Ukrainian regime was hand picked by the US.

Insanely, they put into power, ultra right winged fascists who deify Stephen Bandera who, led the fascist Ukrainians who fought alongside the Nazi’s in WW2 against the Russians.

The Ukrainians fascists were renowned for their murderous brutality that even shocked the German SS troops.
Many of the horror stories that came out of the Concentration camps after the war told of the Ukrainian guards who, were the ones who were most feared because of their inhuman brutality.

The descendants of these fascists are now in power in Ukraine and it is the US who consciously placed them there.
They are rabid anti Russian and, the bloodshed that they have initiated against their own people since being in power have rivalled their ancestors. Their reign of terror has only just begun yet, the western governments continue to look the other way when they see their new fascist allies kill innocents and bludgeon their policies into Ukrainian law.
The  US/NATO leaders all stayed silent and looked the other way when their fascist Ukrainian allies bombed innocent civilians in eastern Ukraine and sent their Air Force and Armies into the Donbass in their vain attempt to quell the popular uprising there. The people of the Donbass refused to buckle under to what they saw as, a puppet government of the USA.

The US/NATO governments continue to equip and train the Ukrainian military and assist them financially. They even changed the rules of the International Monetary Fund to loan them billions of dollars because the rules stated that the IMF can never lend to a country involved in a civil war but Ukraine is a special prize for the west. Ukraine is an important acquisition when you’re planning a war against Russia and therefore, special rules apply.

The anti Russian madness has it’s genesis in Ukraine and in Ukrainian families who have influence in Canada and the US.

We thought the anti Russian hysteria could not reach any higher after watching the government announcements and media reaction following the MH17 tragedy. Sadly, that was only the beginning of the hysteria not its peak.

Within hours of the news, the leaders of all western governments openly blamed Russia but, more importantly, Russian President, Vladimer Putin, for the loss of all lives on that tragic plane. Before any investigator reached the crash site, western leaders and the compliant media, were acting like leaders of a lynch mob hoping for a hanging, eager with their pronouncements of guilt pointing us in the direction of whom we should be aiming our anger and disgust at.

Of course two and a half years later, the official investigation has the families of the victims frustrated and angry because, they believe they’ll never discover who really was to blame. The US, who claimed they had satellite evidence of the missile launch has never made that public or  shared that evidence which, leaves us having to trust them at their word and, as we all know, their word amounts to no evidence at all.

One thing is for sure though, it was neither Putin or Russia. But, the damage is done. Most people I ask what they think happened, believe what the media told them to think. “It was Putin who did it!”

But, why were we led by our government and media to believe that Putin ordered that shoot down? Why did our leaders act so unprofessionally and like they were spoiling for a public hanging? Why was there an obvious conspiracy of western leaders and the media which was designed and orchestrated, to herd the negative emotions of the western populace, against Putin and Russians?

These questions need to be answered because the only answer I can think of, especially when looking at current world events is, because they are conditioning us to distrust and, hate Russia. It now seems obvious that they are planning a war against Russia, sometime in the near future and, they need us cheering and compliant.

And, we are now seeing an acceleration of anti Russian hysteria being voiced by so many western politicians yet all of the reasons for this hate are totally unfounded. Hacking the election, Trump is a Putin stooge, Russian Ambassadors spying, Russians hacked the power grid and the Russians hacked the DNC.

All of these allegations are unfounded and unproven but we know that when they repeat a lie often enough, it becomes a fact.At least in the media it does. Some politicians are just joining in but, there are many others who are already calling for war.

In the last few weeks we’ve heard John McCain, Lindsay Graham as well as ex vice President Dick Cheney, among others, call the hacking being blamed on Russia, an act of war.

When we see them repeat their lies over and over in unison like this, you can tell they’ve moved onto the next step in their sick and evil plan.

Russian aggression has no foundation in truth. It is just an excuse by the west to encircle Russia with US/NATO forces. This is a costly adventure that would not be employed unless there was a plan and purpose. We’ve now seen Trump bomb Syria and also hint that this won’t be the last time. Russia has no choice but to eventually fight back because they cannot allow Syria to fall into the hands of ISIS. Russia has been anything but aggressive.

The aggression lies directly at the heads of the US and western governments. And, unless we stop our politicians from heading down this road that they’re on, we’ll soon be watching them take away our children, dress them in military attire, train them for war and then force them to fight on some foreign battlefield whose name we can’t pronounce.

Russia is not our enemy and we need to speak that out to anyone who will listen.

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Understanding the Holodomor and why Russia says nothing

A descendant of Holodomor victims takes the rest of us to school as to whether or not Russia needs to shoulder the blame.

Seraphim Hanisch

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One of the charges that nationalist Ukrainians often lodge against their Russian neighbors is that the Russian government has never acknowledged or formally apologized to Ukraine for the “Holodomor” that took place in Ukraine in 1932-1933. This was a man-made famine that killed an estimated seven to 10 million Ukrainians , though higher estimates claim 12.5 million and lower ones now claim 3.3 million.

No matter what the total was, it amounts to a lot of people that starved to death. The charge that modern-day Russia ought to apologize for this event is usually met with silence, which further enrages those Ukrainians that believe that this issue must be resolved by the Russian acknowledgement of responsibility for it. Indeed, the prime charge of these Ukrainians is that the Russians committed a genocide against the Ukrainian people. This is a claim Russia denies.

To the outside observer who does not know this history of Russia and Ukraine’s relationship, and who does not know or understand the characteristics of the Soviet Union, this charge seems as simple and laid out as that of the Native Americans or the blacks demanding some sort of recompense or restitution for the damages inflicted on these societies through conquest and / or slavery. But we discovered someone who had family connections involved in the Holodomor, and who offers her own perspective, which is instructive in why perhaps the Russian Federation does not say anything about this situation.

Scene in Kharkiv with dead from the famine 1932-33 lying along the street.

The speaker is Anna Vinogradova, a Russian Israeli-American, who answered the question through Quora of “Why doesn’t Russia recognize the Holodomor as a genocide?” She openly admits that she speaks only for herself, but her answer is still instructive. We offer it here, with some corrections for the sake of smooth and understandable English:

I can’t speak for Russia and what it does and doesn’t recognize. I can speak for myself.

I am a great-granddaughter of a “Kulak” (кулак), or well-to-do peasant, who lived close to the Russia/Ukraine border.

The word “кулак” means “fist” in Russian, and it wasn’t a good thing for a person to be called by this label. A кулак was an exploiter of peasants and a class enemy of the new state of workers and poor peasants. In other words, while under Communism, to be called a кулак was to bring a death sentence upon yourself.

At some point, every rural class enemy, every peasant who wasn’t a member of a collective farm was eliminated one way or another.

Because Ukraine has very fertile land and the Ukrainian style of agriculture often favors individual farms as opposed to villages, there is no question that many, many Ukrainian peasants were considered class enemies like my great grandfather, and eliminated in class warfare.

I have no doubt that class warfare included starvation, among other things.

The catch? My great grandfather was an ethnic Russian living in Russia. What nationality were the communists who persecuted and eventually shot him? They were of every nationality there was (in the Soviet Union), and they were led by a Ukrainian, who was taking orders from a Georgian.

Now, tell me, why I, a descendant of an unjustly killed Russian peasant, need to apologize to the descendants of the Ukrainians who killed him on the orders of a Georgian?

What about the Russian, Kazakh golodomor (Russian rendering of the same famine)? What about the butchers, who came from all ethnicities? Can someone explain why it’s only okay to talk about Ukrainian victims and Russian persecutors? Why do we need to rewrite history decades later to convert that brutal class war into an ethnic war that it wasn’t?

Ethnic warfare did not start in Russia until after WWII, when some ethnicities were accused of collaboration with the Nazis and brutal group punishments were implemented. It was all based on class up to that time.

The communists of those years were fanatically internationalist. “Working people of all countries, unite!” was their slogan and they were fanatical about it.

As for the crimes of Communism, Russia has been healing this wound for decades, and Russia’s government has made its anticommunist position very clear.

This testimony is most instructive. First, it points out information that the charge of the Holodomor as “genocide!” neatly leaves out. In identifying the internationalist aspects of the Soviet Union, Ukraine further was not a country identified as somehow worthy of genocidal actions. Such a thought makes no sense, especially given the great importance of Ukraine as the “breadbasket” of the Soviet Union, which it was.

Secondly, it shows a very western-style of “divide to conquer” with a conveniently incendiary single-word propaganda tool that is no doubt able to excite any Ukrainian who may be neutral to slightly disaffected about Russia, and then after that, all Ukrainians are now victims of the mighty evil overlords in Moscow.

How convenient is this when the evil overlords in Kyiv don’t want their citizens to know what they are doing?

We saw this on Saturday – taken to a very high peak when President Petro Poroshenko announced the new leading “Hierarch” of the “Ukrainian National Church” and said not one single word about Christ, but only:

“This day will go down in history as the day of the creation of an autocephalous Orthodox church in Ukraine… This is the day of the creation of the church as an independent structure… What is this church? It is a church without Putin. It is a church without Kirill, without prayer for the Russian authorities and the Russian army.”

But as long as Russia is made the “problem”, millions of scandalized Ukrainians will not care what this new Church actually does or teaches, which means it is likely to teach just about anything.

Russia had its own Holodomor. The history of the event shows that this was a result of several factors – imposed socialist economics on a deeply individualized form of agrarian capitalism (bad for morale and worse for food production), really inane centralized planning of cropland use, and a governmental structure that really did not exist to serve the governed, but to impose an ideology on people who really were not all that interested in it.

Personal blame might well lay with Stalin, a Georgian, but the biggest source of the famine lay in the structures imposed under communism as a way of economic strategy. This is not Russia’s fault. It is the economic model that failed.

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Mueller Finally Releases Heavily Redacted Key Flynn Memo On Eve Of Sentencing

Alex Christoforou

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Having initially snubbed Judge Emmet Sullivan’s order to release the original 302 report from the Michael Flynn interrogation in January 2017, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has finally produced the heavily redacted document, just hours before sentencing is due to be handed down.

The memo  – in full below – details then-national security adviser Michael Flynn’s interview with FBI agents Peter Strzok and Joe Pientka, and shows Flynn was repeatedly asked about his contacts with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and in each instance, Flynn denied (or did not recall) any such conversations.

The agents had transcripts of Flynn’s phone calls to Russian Ambassador Kislyak, thus showing Flynn to be lying.

Flynn pleaded guilty guilty last December to lying to the FBI agents about those conversations with Kislyak.

The redactions in the document seem oddly placed but otherwise, there is nothing remarkable about the content…

Aside from perhaps Flynn’s incredulity at the media attention…

Flynn is set to be sentenced in that federal court on Tuesday.

Of course, as Christina Laila notes, the real crime is that Flynn was unmasked during his phone calls to Kislyak and his calls were illegally leaked by a senior Obama official to the Washington Post.

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Full document below…

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Don’t Laugh : It’s Giving Putin What He Wants

The fact of the matter is that humorous lampooning of western establishment Russia narratives writes itself.

Caitlin Johnstone

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The BBC has published an article titled “How Putin’s Russia turned humour into a weapon” about the Kremlin’s latest addition to its horrifying deadly hybrid warfare arsenal: comedy.

The article is authored by Olga Robinson, whom the BBC, unhindered by any trace of self-awareness, has titled “Senior Journalist (Disinformation)”. Robinson demonstrates the qualifications and acumen which earned her that title by warning the BBC’s audience that the Kremlin has been using humor to dismiss and ridicule accusations that have been leveled against it by western governments, a “form of trolling” that she reports is designed to “deliberately lower the level of discussion”.

“Russia’s move towards using humour to influence its campaigns is a relatively recent phenomenon,” Robinson explains, without speculating as to why Russians might have suddenly begun laughing at their western accusers. She gives no consideration to the possibility that the tightly knit alliance of western nations who suddenly began hysterically shrieking about Russia two years ago have simply gotten much more ridiculous and easier to make fun of during that time.

Couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the emergence of a demented media environment wherein everything around the world from French protests to American culture wars to British discontent with the European Union gets blamed on Russia without any facts or evidence. Wherein BBC reporters now correct guests and caution them against voicing skepticism of anti-Russia narratives because the UK is in “an information war” with that nation. Wherein the same cable news Russiagate pundit can claim that both Rex Tillerson’s hiring and his later firing were the result of a Russian conspiracy to benefit the Kremlin. Wherein mainstream outlets can circulate blatantly false information about Julian Assange and unnamed “Russians” and then blame the falseness of that reporting on Russian disinformation. Wherein Pokemon Go, cutesy Facebook memes and $4,700 in Google ads are sincerely cited as methods by which Hillary Clinton’s $1.2 billion presidential campaign was outdone. Wherein conspiracy theories that Putin has infiltrated the highest levels of the US government have been blaring on mainstream headline news for two years with absolutely nothing to show for it to this day.

Nope, the only possibility is that the Kremlin suddenly figured out that humor is a thing.

The fact of the matter is that humorous lampooning of western establishment Russia narratives writes itself. The hypocrisy is so cartoonish, the emotions are so breathlessly over-the-top, the stories so riddled with plot holes and the agendas underlying them so glaringly obvious that they translate very easily into laughs. I myself recently authored a satire piece that a lot of people loved and which got picked up by numerous alternative media outlets, and all I did was write down all the various escalations this administration has made against Russia as though they were commands being given to Trump by Putin. It was extremely easy to write, and it was pretty damn funny if I do say so myself. And it didn’t take any Kremlin rubles or dezinformatsiya from St Petersburg to figure out how to write it.

“Ben Nimmo, an Atlantic Council researcher on Russian disinformation, told the BBC that attempts to create funny memes were part of the strategy as ‘disinformation for the information age’,” the article warns. Nimmo, ironically, is himself intimately involved with the British domestic disinformation firm Integrity Initiative, whose shady government-sponsored psyops against the Labour Party have sparked a national scandal that is likely far from reaching peak intensity.

“Most comedy programmes on Russian state television these days are anodyne affairs which either do not touch on political topics, or direct humour at the Kremlin’s perceived enemies abroad,” Robinson writes, which I found funny since I’d just recently read an excellent essay by Michael Tracey titled “Why has late night swapped laughs for lusting after Mueller?”

“If the late night ‘comedy’ of the Trump era has something resembling a ‘message,’ it’s that large segments of the nation’s liberal TV viewership are nervously tracking every Russia development with a passion that cannot be conducive to mental health – or for that matter, political efficacy,” Tracey writes, documenting numerous examples of the ways late night comedy now has audiences cheering for a US intelligence insider and Bush appointee instead of challenging power-serving media orthodoxies as programs like The Daily Show once did.

If you wanted the opposite of “anodyne affairs”, it would be comedians ridiculing the way all the establishment talking heads are manipulating their audiences into supporting the US intelligence community and FBI insiders. It would be excoriating the media environment in which unfathomably powerful world-dominating government agencies are subject to less scrutiny and criticism than a man trapped in an embassy who published inconvenient facts about those agencies. It certainly wouldn’t be the cast of Saturday Night Live singing “All I Want for Christmas Is You” to a framed portrait if Robert Mueller wearing a Santa hat. It doesn’t get much more anodyne than that.

Russia makes fun of western establishment narratives about it because those narratives are so incredibly easy to make fun of that they are essentially asking for it, and the nerdy way empire loyalists are suddenly crying victim about it is itself more comedy. When Guardian writer Carole Cadwalladr began insinuating that RT covering standard newsworthy people like Julian Assange and Nigel Farage was a conspiracy to “boost” those people for the advancement of Russian agendas instead of a news outlet doing the thing that news reporting is, RT rightly made fun of her for it. Cadwalladr reacted to RT’s mockery with a claim that she was a victim of “attacks”, instead of the recipient of perfectly justified ridicule for circulating an intensely moronic conspiracy theory.

Ah well. People are nuts and we’re hurtling toward a direct confrontation with a nuclear superpower. Sometimes there’s nothing else to do but laugh. As Wavy Gravy said, “Keep your sense of humor, my friend; if you don’t have a sense of humor it just isn’t funny anymore.”

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