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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.

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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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Macron cuts ski holiday short, vowing crack down on Yellow Vests (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the 18th consecutive week of Yellow Vests protests in Paris. Following last weeks lower participation, Saturday’s Yellow Vests in Paris gathered larger crowds, with various outbreaks of violence and rioting that has been blamed on extreme elements, who French authorities claim have infiltrated the movement.

“Act XVIII” of the protests has shown that the Yellow Vests have not given up. France’s Champs-Élysées boulevard was where most of the violence occurred, with the street being left in a pile of broken glass and flames.

One day after Paris was set ablaze, French President Emmanuel Macron cut his ski holiday short, returning to Paris and vowing to take “strong decisions” to prevent more violence.

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Paris awoke on Sunday to smouldering fires, broken windows and looted stores following the 18th consecutive Saturday of Yellow Vest protests.

Around 200 people were arrested according to BFM TV, while about 80 shops near the iconic Champs Elysees had been damaged and/or looted according to AFP, citing Champs Elysees committee president Jean-Noel Reinhardt.

The 373-year-old Saint Sulpice Roman Catholic church was set on fire while people were inside, however nobody was injured. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

The riots were so severe that French President Emmanuel Macron cut short a vacation at the La Mongie ski resort in the Hautes-Pyrénées following a three-day tour of East Africa which took him to Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Macron skied on Friday, telling La Depeche du Midi “I’m going to spend two-three days here to relax, to find landscapes and friendly faces,” adding “I’m happy to see the Pyrenees like that, radiant, although I know it was more difficult at Christmas” referring to the lack of snow in December.

In response to Saturday’s violence, Macron said over Twitter that “strong decisions” were coming to prevent more violence.

Macron said some individuals — dubbed “black blocs” by French police forces — were taking advantage of the protests by the Yellow Vest grassroots movement to “damage the Republic, to break, to destroy.” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Twitter that those who excused or encouraged such violence were complicit in it. –Bloomberg

The French President has family ties in the Hautes-Pyrénées, including Bagnères de Bigorre where his grandmother lived. He is a regular visitor to the region.

Emmanuel Macron (2ndL), head of the political movement In Marche! (Onwards!) And candidate for the 2017 presidential election, and his wife Brigitte Trogneux (L) have lunch April 12, 2017 (Reuters)

 

 

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Vesti calls out Pompeo on lying about Russia invading Ukraine [Video]

Secretary Pompeo displayed either stunning ignorance or a mass-attack of propaganda about what must be the most invisible war in history.

Seraphim Hanisch

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After the 2014 Maidan revolution and the subsequent secessions of Lugansk and Donetsk in Ukraine, and after the rejoining of Crimea with its original nation of Russia, the Western media went on a campaign to prove the Russia is (/ was / was about to / had already / might / was thinking about / was planning to … etc.) invade Ukraine. For the next year or so, about every two weeks, internet news sources like Yahoo! News showed viewers pictures of tanks, box trucks and convoys to “prove” that the invasion was underway (or any of the other statuses confirming the possibilities above stated.) This information was doubtless provided to US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.

Apparently, Secretary Pompeo believed this ruse, or is being paid to believe this ruse because in a speech recently, he talked about it as fact:

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Russia’s annexation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine an attempt to gain access to Ukraine’s oil and gas reserves.

He stated this at IHS Markit’s CERAWeek conference in Houston, the USA, Reuters reports.

Pompeo urged the oil industry to work with the Trump administration to promote U.S. foreign policy interests, especially in Asia and in Europe, and to punish what he called “bad actors” on the world stage.

The United States has imposed harsh sanctions in the past several months on two major world oil producers, Venezuela and Iran.

Pompeo said the U.S. oil-and-gas export boom had given the United States the ability to meet energy demand once satisfied by its geopolitical rivals.

“We don’t want our European allies hooked on Russian gas through the Nord Stream 2 project, any more than we ourselves want to be dependent on Venezuelan oil supplies,” Pompeo said, referring to a natural gas pipeline expansion from Russia to Central Europe.

Pompeo called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine an attempt to gain access to the country’s oil and gas reserves.

Although the state-run news agency Vesti News often comes under criticism for rather reckless, or at least, extremely sarcastic propaganda at times, here they rightly nailed Mr. Pompeo’s lies to the wall and billboarded it on their program:

The news anchors even made a wisecrack about one of the political figures, Konstantin Zatulin saying as a joke that Russia plans to invade the United States to get its oil. They further noted that Secretary Pompeo is uneducated about the region and situation, but they offered him the chance to come to Russia and learn the correct information about what is going on.

To wit, Russia has not invaded Ukraine at all. There is no evidence to support such a claim, while there IS evidence to show that the West is actively interfering with Russia through the use of Ukraine as a proxyWhile this runs counter to the American narrative, it is simply the truth. Ukraine appears to be the victim of its own ambitions at this point, for while the US tantalizes the leadership of the country and even interferes with the Orthodox Church in the region, the country lurches towards a presidential election with three very poor candidates, most notably the one who is president there now, Petro Poroshenko.

However, the oil and gas side of the anti-Russian propaganda operation by the US is significant. The US wishes for Europe to buy gas from American suppliers, even though this is woefully inconvenient and expensive when Russia is literally at Europe’s doorstep with easy supplies. However, the Cold War Party in the United States, which still has a significant hold on US policy making categorizes the sale of Russia gas to powers like NATO ally Germany as a “threat” to European security.

It is interesting that Angela Merkel herself does not hold this line of thinking. It is also interesting and worthy of note, that this is not the only NATO member that is dealing more and more with Russia in terms of business. It underscores the loss of purpose that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization suffers now since there is no Soviet Union to fight.

However, the US remains undaunted. If there is no enemy to fight, the Americans feel that they must create one, and Russia has been the main scapegoat for American power ambitions. More than ever now, this tactic appears to be the one in use for determining the US stance towards other powers in the world.

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Ariel Cohen explains Washington’s latest foreign policy strategy [Video]

Excellent interview Ariel Cohen and Vladimir Solovyov reveals the forces at work in and behind American foreign policy.

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While the American people and press are pretty much complicit in reassuring the masses that America is the only “right” superpower on earth, and that Russia and China represent “enemy threats” for doing nothing more than existing and being successfully competitive in world markets, Russia Channel One got a stunner of a video interview with Ariel Cohen.

Who is Ariel Cohen? Wikipedia offers this information about him:

Ariel Cohen (born April 3, 1959 in Crimea in YaltaUSSR) is a political scientist focusing on political risk, international security and energy policy, and the rule of law.[1] Cohen currently serves as the Director of The Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics (CENRG) at the Institute for Analysis of Global Security (IAGS). CENRG focuses on the nexus between energy, geopolitics and security, and natural resources and growth. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, within the Global Energy Center and the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center.[2] Until July 2014, Dr. Cohen was a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. He specializes in Russia/Eurasia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

Cohen has testified before committees of the U.S. Congress, including the Senate and House Foreign Relations Committees, the House Armed Services Committee, the House Judiciary Committee and the Helsinki Commission.[4] He also served as a Policy Adviser with the National Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Deterrence Analysis.[5] In addition, Cohen has consulted for USAID, the World Bank and the Pentagon.[6][7]

Cohen is a frequent writer and commentator in the American and international media. He has appeared on CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, C-SPAN, BBC-TV and Al Jazeera English, as well as Russian and Ukrainian national TV networks. He was a commentator on a Voice of America weekly radio and TV show for eight years. Currently, he is a Contributing Editor to the National Interest and a blogger for Voice of America. He has written guest columns for the New York TimesInternational Herald TribuneChristian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, EurasiaNet, Valdai Discussion Club,[8] and National Review Online. In Europe, Cohen’s analyses have appeared in Kommersant, Izvestiya, Hurriyet, the popular Russian website Ezhenedelny Zhurnal, and many others.[9][10]

Mr. Cohen came on Russian TV for a lengthy interview running about 17 minutes. This interview, shown in full below, is extremely instructive in illustrating the nature of the American foreign policy directives such as they are at this time.

We have seen evidence of this in recent statements by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding Russia’s “invasion” of Ukraine, and an honestly unabashed bit of fear mongering about China’s company Huawei and its forthcoming 5G networks, which we will investigate in more detail in another piece. Both bits of rhetoric reflect a re-polished narrative that, paraphrased, says to the other world powers,

Either you do as we tell you, or you are our enemy. You are not even permitted to out-compete with us in business, let alone foreign relations. The world is ours and if you try to step out of place, you will be dealt with as an enemy power.

This is probably justified paranoia, because it is losing its place. Where the United Stated used to stand for opposition against tyranny in the world, it now acts as the tyrant, and even as a bully. Russia and China’s reaction might be seen as ignoring the bully and his bluster and just going about doing their own thing. It isn’t a fight, but it is treating the bully with contempt, as bullies indeed deserve.

Ariel Cohen rightly points out that there is a great deal of political inertia in the matter of allowing Russia and China to just do their own thing. The US appears to be acting paranoid about losing its place. His explanations appear very sound and very reasonable and factual. Far from some of the snark Vesti is often infamous for, this interview is so clear it is tragic that most Americans will never see it.

The tragedy for the US leadership that buys this strategy is that they appear to be blinded so much by their own passion that they cannot break free of it to save themselves.

This is not the first time that such events have happened to an empire. It happened in Rome; it happened for England; and it happened for the shorter-lived empires of Nazi Germany and ISIS. It happens every time that someone in power becomes afraid to lose it, and when the forces that propelled that rise to power no longer are present. The US is a superpower without a reason to be a superpower.

That can be very dangerous.

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