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BREAKING: Russia responds to new US sanctions, vows to retaliate

Russia has been targeted for alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election, an allegation that Russia denies and which has not been backed by any convincing public evidence.

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A new bill introduced by US legislators seeks to impose new economic sanctions against Russia, including North Korea and Iran. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expects the bill to become law, pending approval from US President Donald Trump.

The US House of Representatives approved a sanctions bill by a vote of 419-3 on Tuesday a new version of a bill that would impose sweeping sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, and limit President Donald Trump’s ability to lift the restrictions on Moscow. The measures target Russia’s defense, intelligence, mining, shipping and railway industries, and restrict dealings with Russian banks and energy companies.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergey Ryabkov, warned if the new anti-Russian sanctions bill is to be approved, retaliatory measures will be imposed by Moscow.

Ryabkov told the media Wednesday, “What is happening defies common sense. The authors and sponsors of this bill are taking a very serious step towards destroying any potential for normalizing relations with Russia.” He added, “We told them [US] dozens of times that such actions would not be left without a response. I believe the signal went through even though present-day Washington tends to listen to and hear from no one but itself.”

Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov told journalists:

“It can be said now that the news is very sad from the perspective of Russian-American relations and the perspectives of their development,” “This is no less disheartening from the point of view of international law and international trade relations.”

“The attitude to this [law] will be formed on the basis of a thorough analysis, and the decision [on how to respond] will certainly be taken by the head of state, President [Vladimir] Putin.”

“The Russian president makes foreign policy decisions, and we will inform you if and when they are adopted. All other statements are quite understandable. We are talking about extremely unfriendly manifestations, so the reaction is obvious.”

The new round of anti-Russian sanctions by Washington is “equally dreadful from the point of view of international law and international trade relations,” Peskov added.

France and Germany have so far spoken out against the bill that the US House passed overwhelmingly on Tuesday as one that adversely affects European industries while advancing US commercial interests.

“This is concerning not only for the German industry. Sanctions against Russia should not become a tool of industrial policy in the US interests,” German Foreign Minister spokesman Martin Schaefer said at a press briefing.

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The US bill also sparked concern in Europe, with European governments and business leaders fearing the sanctions would hurt crucial joint energy projects with Russia and may be motivated by Washington’s desire to take over the European natural gas market from Russia in favor of American liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The Duran’s Alexander Mercouris recently analyzed the potential impact of the new sanctions against Russia:

“The new sanctions package will not have the big impact on the Russian economy that some are expecting. The Russian economy has sailed through the previous far more severe sectoral sanctions which were imposed on Russia in July 2014, and the collapse in oil prices which took place in the second half of that year. The result was only a short and shallow recession, out of which Russia is now rapidly emerging. Indeed there are some who calculate that growth this year will be enough by itself to wipe out all the output loss during the recession, though I do not share this view.

The new sanctions in economic terms do not add significantly to the sanctions which were imposed in 2014. They appear intended to target the personal assets of super-wealthy Russians – a deeply unpopular class still wrongly referred to as “oligarchs”, though the days of their power in Russia are long gone – and to impede Western and specifically US participation and investment in certain of Russia’s industries, first and foremost those in the extractive sector.”

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Stop bitching, mourning and witching (BMW) about how unfair it is… bla-bla… and do something about it… The EU countries BMW only when it concerns them… Why the hell you need anything from Siemens? Stand up and work on your own products… I long expected this attack on Russia, just never knew when it was going to happen…

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Now, instead of buying from Siemens, Russia will compete with it. When will the German people grasp the glaringly obvious fact that their political “leaders” don’t work for them, but for Washington? ‘Sanctions are contrary to Europe’s interests. Nevertheless European governments accommodated Washington’s agenda. The reason was explained to me several decades ago by my Ph.D. dissertation committee chairman who became Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. I had the opportunity to ask him how Washington managed to have foreign governments act in Washington’s interest rather than in the interest of their own countries. He said, “money.” I… Read more »

John Mason
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Nicely put Tom. Answer to your last phrase would be if a global war broke out and those responsible are sought out and executed, no trial. Something like the Russians did to their royal family.

Guy
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Guy

You mean the Bolsheviks did to their Royal Family ,the Romanovs.

Kaput
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Kaput

lol

Tahau Taua
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Tahau Taua

Fuck the Royal Family! You should be saying, “what the Romanovs did to the millions of peasants and workers who perished for the sake of the Romanovs in World Imperialist War One, prior to 1917?” Or maybe even the undisclosed numbers who died in the Czar’s centuries old Gulag system and at the hands of his Secret Police, long before Stalin revised it. Take that and chew on it creep!

Constantine
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The Bolsheviks were Russians and at that time immensely more popular than the Romanovs. Not that the execution was justified, even in the grim conditions of a civil war. After all, the Imperial family, precisely due to its unpopularity, was not a threat. On the contrary, the monarchists were a liability for the Whites.

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“You should be saying, “what the Romanovs did to the millions of peasants
and workers who perished for the sake of the Romanovs in World
Imperialist War One, prior to 1917?” I agree with Thau Taua?

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

But this would be a global war of entirely different dimensions.

Kaput
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Kaput

the bolsheviks were funded by the zionists…………… the french rev. was funded by zionists, even marx was an illuminati……….. sherbert……… then there is the 5th column, that traitor mevdev……………… a yankee underdog………….. PUTIN IS NO SUPERMAN ………. THAT ONLY HAPPENS I DISNEYS FILMS………… walt disney was a illuminati scoundrel………….. library is closed for today.

Tahau Taua
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Tahau Taua

So according to your logic, every time people want to free themselves from a bunch of fuck’n halfwits; the Zionists are always there to give them money? Mason, go back to Disneyland!

ghartwell
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‘When will the German people grasp the glaringly obvious fact that their political “leaders” don’t work for them’ reminds me of the German generals realizing that Hitler was destroying Germany. Few would agree with my thesis that he was an agent of the elite doing his job well and staying under cover. (As was Borman in this theory). So it is obviously happening again. The German people have been whipped into submission so they can be submissively destroyed.

Kaput
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Kaput

never mate………….. these people will die confortably, reagen- alzheimer, macdog- brain cancer, jamie dimon–prostate cancer——— elizabeth will fall off her horse, trump will be murdered, ad china will take over…… ahahha they can die by the millions , but the middle kingdom will never die.

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tom
“…Now, instead of buying from Siemens, Russia will compete with it…”

That is very doubtful.

Putin has squandered many years 2000 to 2017 of proper management and development of Russian industry which has resulted in its decline.

Example:
Motor Manufacturing
Civilian Aircraft Manufacturing
Electricity Generating Turbines
Railway Engines and Carriages
Etc.

Even the Electricity Generating Turbines are made in Russia under Siemens patents and licences as are Railway Engines and Carriages.

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I guess you are using old data to prop up your arguments against Russia because you certainly havent seen or bothered to read the latest news: http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/study-russia-insulated-further-sanctions-import-substitution-success/ri20491

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Gonzogal Thank you, already know the RI article, LoL:))) I had been doing Pro Mr Putin, Pro Russia propaganda for many years until March 2017 and have all the latest info to hand. RI is just running a spin to give comfort to its readers like the Duran is doing in this article. I can challenge all the RI spin but at present don’t have the time. Just an example: Goods and Services Russia produces internally are in Roubles not US$s. Whilst the Kosher Oligarch cabal Putin has assembled around him have a voracious appetite for US$s causing approx 30%… Read more »

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Okay—-if we know the American corporations are holding tons of money offshore—-and 30 to 40% of Russia is being siphoned off—what is being done with all this money if its not “working”in any country?

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manfred127
You have asked a very good question.

Its a mystery why people siphon of US$ Billions into offshore places.

Its better to put the money to use building hospitals, clinics, schools, colleges, homes, infrastructure, farming, etc.

Those people must have high Neanderthals DNA to ignore the plight of mankind in the world today.

tom
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tom

“Sanctions against Russia should not become a tool of industrial policy in the US interests…”

Ha ha, very funny. As if they had ever been anything else – and as if he didn’t know that perfectly well. Dishonest reptiles.

VeeNarian (Yerevan)
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VeeNarian (Yerevan)

If the Russians do not respond in kind then I will suspect they have given up on their independence. God help us! When will the Russians realise that they are NOT wanted by the west? Not now and not ever!
Except as a slave state, of course!

spoint
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spoint

Jews did this so retaliate against the right target.

ghartwell
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Jews destroying Germany again?

Kaput
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Kaput

Hitler was a roths descendent, merkel is probably his daughter……… germans are pro zionists, just like Churchil, and many others were………. until someone came knocking…….. elizabeth is german, her husband is german, just do soe search about european royalty……….. even clinton is a cousin of a cousin of a cousin……….. bad blood is abundant.

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Actually, Vee, many of us who helped Trump in his election considered his promise to warm relations with Russia to be a very important part of his mission. The 62,000,000 voters who elected him have deep respect for Russia and consider Russian people to be similar to us in culture and values. We haven’t given up hope that our nations will come together. It just may take longer than hoped. There’s a lot of ugly politics going on here now. We need to defeat it before anything good can happen. Also, keep in mind that the sanctions bill is illegal… Read more »

VeeNarian (Yerevan)
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VeeNarian (Yerevan)

Just five in the House and Senate voted against this bill. That is an amazing display of pure ignorance and power. As a British Indian, I do not have a dog in this fight. But it is time for the EU to stand up to this war lobby and teach them a few things.
Russia will go from strength to strength but EU will suffer.
Did you know that Russian is a bigger exporter of wheat than the US or Canada? Things have sure changed from Soviet times, but it has escaped the US attention.

Kaput
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Kaput

I am a citizen of the EU, and the sooner it is dismantled the better………. ahahah a nwo organisation

dave3200
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dave3200

Vee, I agree 100%. Unfortunately, the false propaganda machine from the U.S. deep state and military-industrial complex has sold the congress (and Trump?) a terrible bill of goods. The strength of the ignorance is outweighed only by the stench of the swamp.

Kaput
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Kaput

sorry you sound either ignorant or derranged……….. no offense meant…………. revenge is better served in a cold plate……..

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VeeNarian (Yerevan)
You have hurled abuse or let’s say “harsh words” when reality has been presented to you.

Putin has already made Russia into a slave state.

Reality:
Putin’s Modus Operandi, operating style which is:
Do nothing
Do it very slowly
Do the minimum
Wait and see what happens

In the past this type of MO has resulted in:

1. 1917 Russian Empire, looted and plundered by the Khazars

2. 1917 – 1991 USSR, looted and plundered by the Khazars

3. 1992 – 2005 Russian Federation, looted and plundered by the Khazars approved by Yelsin

4. 2005 – 2017 Russian Federation, still looted and plundered by the Khazars approved by Putin

John Mason
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John Mason

Trump can not be trusted, he will approve of the Bill or the establishment will. A President stands for those that elected him/her but Trump has failed whether deliberately or otherwise to endorse the policies that he was elected on. Trump is either a very weak individual or is a part of the swamp or both. US trying to force Russia into a corner are making a big mistake, Russia will respond and there are many nations that have an axe to grind with the US.

Vtran
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Vtran

Expel all U$ Americans /pro U$ Americans from RF or RF associated Country’s

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Vtran
Are you practicing your script for a late night comedy show, LoL:)))
The RF associated countries are typically Iran, Cuba, North Korea, etc.

Vtran
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Vtran

What of country’s of the BRICS, BRICS alliance, SCO, EEU …..

I appreciate none of those country’s are of the West … the 30 -40 odd country’s that think they are the World, International Community where in Fact they are just 30 – 40 country’s out of 220 Country’s of the World

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Vtran Very good answer but am surprised you do not know the power behind the BRICS Project which was created by Jim O’Neill for Goldman Sachs, Rothschild Group & Associates in the background. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/8900851/Jim-ONeill-Welcome-to-a-future-built-in-BRICs.html Goldman Sachs, Rothschild Group and Associates, foster, guide and control the economies of BRICS+A (Argentina) countries. The BRICS+A are economically tied and dependent on the US, UK, EU, Canada, Australia, NZ for trade which is conducted in US$s. Excluding you, many Russians love the US$s. Brazil, India China, South Africa, Argentina love making US$s. SCO countries are primarily independant Militaries and a talking shop who carry… Read more »

Vtran
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Vtran

The BRIC or something similar word was bounded around a long time ago … however the BRICS of today is a different beast

The BRICS are not tied to the U$ American Dollar … however Do appreciate the vassal states that U$ Americans called fiends are … U$ americans have no friends !

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Vtran
Non US$ Trading by BRICS countries is priced in US$ and hedged against the US$.

There is one BRICS, BRICS old is the same as BRICS new, its economies are fostered, guided and controlled by Goldman Sachs and Rothschild Group and Associates.

Vtran
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Vtran

BRICS / BRICS Associated country’s use all currency denominations … U$ america dollar is there …. but decreases daily !

However do not Fret, UK, Australia, Canada etc will still use U$ American Dollar until destruction

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Vtran Clinging to BRICS hope whilst neglecting Putin’s stupidity is not wise. The US economy including the US$ is declining slowly at approx 1% to 2% per year, so it could take until 2030 to 2040 before the decline is serious. In the meantime the Khazar people are steps ahead and have taken control from the Baltic to the Black Sea, Poland and Ukraine, the “Land Wall” between Russia and Western Europe. These people will destroy the Russian Federation economically as well as loot and plunder it. They have already done it and continue to do it. 1. 1917 –… Read more »

Vtran
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Vtran

Glad where ever you come from is so much better than the RF / Putin !

RF / Putin are no where near perfect … but wherever you are it must be Utopia … so off you go and enjoy it …

Eggie Offo
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Eggie Offo

Oh dear Russia powerful nuclear superpower a country I admire what are you doing in the face of all these sanctions? Just talk, talk ,talk and nothing. Mr. Putin the smartest and the most intelligent head of state amomg among all world leaders but I think he is also timid. What is Russia doing, just talk,talk and nothing done. I have heard the same Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergey Ryabkov talking, warning and nothing happens.Two weeks ago the same man warned “we shall retaliate ” and respond after America expelled 35 diplomats and seized Russia’s diplomatic property violating international law… Read more »

ghartwell
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I agree why is Russian revenge so slow and so sure?

Kaput
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Kaput

revenge ………. got the wrong country mate………………… smart efffective retaliation no doubt……. coming soon in a nearby wall street theater.

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Peter Hallam

Revenge is slow; and Russia is taking it’s time, because this is a job Russia can leave to Europe. Europe is the one being threatened by this. Not really Russia. Russia will use this as an opportunity to diversify it’s economy some more. Other countries that are under U$ sanctions will see what is going on an say: “They did this to me as well. We have something in common.” The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Russia has been nice for a long time. Many in Europe; despite the what the MSM say, already know this. Many in… Read more »

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Mistaron

Since when have we been privy to the fight going on BEHIND the curtain? What should Putin do, start a war with no winners? US is going down with self-inflicted wounds being recognised by more and more interests. When we hear from world leaders, identifying Washington’s lackeys becomes quite obvious as they speak for themselves and not the people. It’s taken a while, but some of these ‘leaders’ are beginning to see the writing on the wall and are quickly becoming aware that we, the people, have caught on and that the electoral carte-blanche once enjoyed, is about to be… Read more »

Kaput
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Kaput

does Putin sound worried ??????? Does Putin need the yankees ????????? who cares about a “sandwich ” country ????? a squeeze from canada, another from mexico, the pacific, the atlantic….. not to mention the big dragon squeeze lol………. dollar toilet paper ????? aahha I just love this guy….. patience is a virtue………. the one who laughs last, is the one that laughs better……. by the way stop providing those gadgets to get yankees back home from the moon lol. it seems that the yankees are placing sanctions in their own turf……….. , reminds me of Napoleon, the higher you go,… Read more »

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I too try to read such tea leaves as I can.I think I see more of a chess player than a timid plodder.The west is mired in debt which is not sustainable.In the past the west had primacy in technology and production and ceded that to what is more or less known as “globalism” to manage international capital flow as a primary objective.A very dangerous time for all.

Kaput
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Kaput

dnt take more crack……….. is damaging your 2 heads.

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Eggie Offo
No way Putin will do more than talk, talk, talk.
Putin will ask Lavrov to write a letter of complaint to the UN, LoL:)))

Silviu Costea
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Silviu Costea

Tell me the last war USA won? I really cannot remember. In the recent history, the russians where they fought, they won: Georgia, Ukraine, Syria… In fact your leaders are always barking like a stupid dog, but they were so fucked by the Russians. You lost the Near East… You lost Qatar, Turkey… Your old “allies” goes on the oppposite side. Funny, isnt? They can see very clear, at least clearest than you.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

And as long as the US continues to have domestic problems, this hacking story won’t go away and serves to distract Americans.

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The Russian administration will retaliate .For those of us that have lost patience ,I would just state that it is not the Russian way to jump to retaliation without having thought through the next move . Remember ,this geopolitical game that is being played for all the world to see ,is much like a game of chess .The actions of the US , totally compromised congress critters and senators , is much like a thrashing beast and acting out of self preservation as it knows the final act is in play . They are losing their imperialist power and they… Read more »

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Dan Kuhn

Thats good news for Russia as these sanctions are really beating the European Dog, which is being pushed into a corner by the US. Look out when that Dog feels it has no place to go and decides to come out of that corner. Russia only has to wait. However while waiting patiently Russia should ban all EU and American Oil companies from doing or owning any business in Russia. That smack in the head would get the attention of even the thickest American legislators.

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gbardizbanian

I’m sick and tired reading about these sanctions taken by the US. Why doesn’t anybody take sanctions against the US?

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Like who ?

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Peter Hallam

Hell YES! So long over due! @ MORE. Every country in the world that has felt the U$’s or NATO’s boot should put some form of sanctions on the U$. At least 158 countries around the world have been targeted by the U$ for something or other; mostly regime change or an economic hit job. Even Australia has been subject to the U$’s desire for regime change. Some ally huh. For those interested: Look up something called The Dismissal. And read up on what happened to Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and Governor General Sir William Kerr. That was a… Read more »

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Headline:
“…BREAKING: Russia responds to new US sanctions, vows to retaliate….”

Yeah like what?

Oh yes, like Putin’s well known masterstroke, he will ask Lavrov to write a letter of complaint to the UN, LoL:)))

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Michael DeStefano

You’re an extremely silly and supercilious individual.

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Michael DeStefano
Not at all as you have failed to provide any counter opinion because you cannot face reality.

Reality:
Putin’s Modus Operandi, operating style which is:
Do nothing
Do it very slowly
Do the minimum
Wait and see what happens

gatobart
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gatobart

We Will Retaliate.

I have heard that Putin tune so many times already I dont believe a word of it by now.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

We should remember Putin’s reply to the person who wanted to know why Russia hadn’t responded to US sanctions by, for example, stopping supplying them with rocket engines? He said “we never do anything stupid. They are a good source of income to us – why should we deprive ourselves of that”.
Remember there’s an old saying “Russians take a long time to saddle up – but they ride exceeding fast”.

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mdufour

Sure keep getting the good money Putin while the opponent try to kill you with the help of those satellites that they put in orbit using your cheap but efficient technology.

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Hacking is cited by the Obama Regime and by our beloved media as the cause for Mrs.Clinton’s loss to President-elect Trump. It’s as if the voters had no say in the matter, when the reality is that–had Mrs. Clinton been elected instead of Trump–we would have had one lyin sack o ____ replacing the current one.

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samo war

puttin = addolff hi$tler ?

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Russia under Putin has made great strides, but the so-called grand master still operates under the rules set by the ancient European Elite, whose front men are the likes of the Rothschild, Rockefeller and other such sundry human slave-masters. Nato is but their military arm, The city of Lodnon and Wall street their economic control centers, the IMF and World Bank their financial outlets of false legitimacy. Unless and until Putin and Russia follow the economic policies of Sergey Glazeyev, and nationalize the presently Western Central Bankers controlled Russian Central Bank, then he effectively maintains Russia’s subservience/servitude to Russia’s ancient… Read more »

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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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Authored by Federico Pieraccini via The Strategic Culture Foundation:


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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