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The forgotten postwar US-Nazi alliance

After 1945 the US had no issues recruiting major Nazi war criminals: Men like Wehrmacht General Reinhard Gehlen and SS Captain Klaus Barbie.

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As the Second World War advanced from its early stages, the United States was assessing which sections of the earth it would hold conquest over. American planners had to remain patient, however. A seemingly endless string of conquests for the Nazis had astonished the world – particularly those in the US – and led to Adolf Hitler being crowned as “the new Napoleon”.

In the summer of 1942, under Hitler’s domineering command of the military, the Germans controlled vast swathes of Europe – from Warsaw to Oslo to Paris, and eastwards onto Athens, Kiev and Sevastopol. It was one major victory after another for the Third Reich, blighted by the narrow failure to take Moscow in late 1941 after a celebrated Russian counterattack, and the inability to gain air superiority over Britain.

Yet, by November 1942, Hitler had plunged deeper into Russian territory than even Napoleon in his pomp 130 years before. By this point, Nazi forces had killed many millions of Russians – much of whom were innocent civilians – in “a war of annihilation”, as Hitler had previously said.

Come early November [1942], 90% of Stalingrad had been taken by German infantry after weeks of fierce house-to-house fighting. The swastika was now flying over the tallest building in Stalingrad city centre. Such news prompted a buoyant Hitler to say in an after-dinner speech in Munich that, “I wanted to take the place [Stalingrad], and you know, we’ve done it. We’ve got it really, except for a few enemy positions still holding out. Now they say, ‘why don’t we finish the job more quickly?’ Well, I prefer to do the job with quite small assault groups. Time is of no consequence at all”.

At this stage, American planners were preparing with certainty for a postwar world split up between the Third Reich and the leader of the Free World. The Nazis would control the whole of mainland Europe and Eurasia, while the US would command the Western Hemisphere, the Far East, and the former British empire. American imperialists gave this unprecedented sphere of conquest a title, “the Grand Area”.

The plans were soon altered, however. Despite Hitler’s assertions, time was catching up on the Germans. Just days later Joseph Stalin, the Soviet Premier, orchestrated another famous counterattack with fresh reserves – smashing the overextended German lines. By November 23 the German 6th Army, which led the conquest over France in 1940, was completely encircled by superior forces.

Come the following year, 1943, it was increasingly clear to the Roosevelt administration that the Germans were heading towards defeat – which is precisely what unfolded two years later. Russia deserved the vast majority of credit for winning the Second World War – which is scarcely ever mentioned – yet Russia was almost destroyed in doing so, losing over 25 million people along with immeasurable damage to her infrastructure.

The US had not suffered invasion or bombing and in 1945 controlled a remarkable 50% of the world’s wealth. The Grand Area was now to be expanded to control as much of Eurasia as possible too. The Americans had a problem to overcome, however – by war’s end the anti-Nazi Resistance had become powerful and contained many Socialist and Communist elements. The traditional order had to be restored.

Resistance factions would not be conducive to American demands and were to be smashed. At this point, the US did not possess the knowledge of infiltration in breaking up undesirable organisations.

Yet there were those who did possess that ability: Nazi leaders who for years had been specialists in undermining the Resistance through covert techniques. Men like Wehrmacht General Reinhard Gehlen, who was head of German intelligence on the Eastern Front (1942-45), where the most atrocious crimes were perpetrated. The US further hired SS Captain Klaus Barbie – “the Butcher of Lyon” – who had performed a key role in destabilising the Resistance in the Netherlands, and from 1942 on, in Nazi-occupied France.

Gehlen himself was initially under the guidance of the US Army, before being overseen by the recently-formed CIA in 1949. Gehlen headed secret espionage activities against the Soviet Union as head of the so-called Gehlen Organisation – with hundreds of ex-Wehrmacht and SS intelligence officers under his command, all with American assurance.

A declassified CIA intelligence document describes him as, “the Master Spy, the Man of Mystery, Spy of the Century”. Later, for 12 years, Gehlen was the first president of the Federal Intelligence Service of West Germany (1956-1968) – and was also the highest ranking reserve officer in the West German military, before being forced into retirement in 1968.

Barbie, formerly of the SS and Gestapo, was recruited by the US Army’s Counterintelligence Corps in 1947 – historians estimate he bears direct responsibility for the deaths of up to 14,000 people. He was accountable for other crimes such as the widespread use of torture, and the deportation of Jewish children to Auschwitz.

Now under his American masters, Barbie was utilised once more to destroy anti-Communist movements in Europe. Eugene Kolb, an ex-Major in the US Army’s Counterintelligence Corps, said decades later that, “We did not have any great pangs of conscience [about recruiting Nazis]”.

Kolb further stated that Barbie’s “skills were badly needed… His activities had been directed against the underground French Communist party and the Resistance”.

Another former US intelligence officer Ed Dobringhaus said, “We went overboard to be nice to that guy [Barbie]. We went out drinking beer once in a while”.

France had twice sentenced Barbie to death in absentia for war crimes. Upon discovering he was operating under US command, the French issued a plea to the US High Commissioner for Germany, John J. McCloy, to hand him over for execution. McCloy allegedly refused the request.

By the early 1950s, Barbie was becoming too hot to handle for the US – instead they sent him to the Vatican-run “ratline”, as Croatian Nazi priests and other fascist sympathisers shipped him off to Bolivia from Genoa, Italy. Barbie resided in South America for over 30 years, enjoying protection from US-backed dictatorships. There he operated as a major drug lord while working for the CIA and secret police.

Barbie was strongly involved in the 1980 military putsch in Bolivia, known as “the cocaine coup” – before at last being extradited to France in 1983 under Bolivia’s new democratic government, dying in a Lyon prison eight years later.

In another major instance, there were no issues in sending over 1,600 Nazi scientists and engineers to the US to work on space programmes, with the further aim of gaining Cold War superiority. Among such scientists was Wernher von Braun, the Nazis’ leading engineer and inventor of the feared V-2 rocket – which killed over 2,700 people in London.

In the US, Von Braun became the driving force behind the Apollo program moon landings – despite earlier US security reports describing him as “a serious potential security threat”. Von Braun had been an SS member and rose to the rank of Major under Hitler.

The highly classified project of spiriting hundreds of Nazi technicians to the US was known as “Operation Paperclip”. It was undertaken despite many of the scientists having notorious pasts. The operation was authorised in 1946 by US President Harry Truman.

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“History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.”

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It is any surprise that the US would aid & assist the NAZI in Kiev as well as ISIS in Syria? There’s no morals or righteousness associated with the US Gov, they’ll use whatever means, however evil, to achieve their lust for a unipolar world. Beacon of democracy my ass!

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Well done Mr. Quinn, poke ’em straight in the eyes, nazi slime has to be exterminated once and for all!!

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How about those who orchestrated and funded WW1 and WW2? It was not Archduke Ferdinand’s assassination…..How is it that both Dulles brothers were SO eager to get Hitler appointed as chancellor in 1932? How is it that they made oodles of money from the slave Labor in Auschwitz, while we are still told it was an extermination camp? WHY? Why were the Rockefeller’s partners of I.G Farben – why did they give to IG Farben a patent for synthetic rubber, while the U.S. was short on rubber. Why did Standard Oil provide all the fuel to Germany. Every 6-year-old that… Read more »

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And where have you been while the U.S. and 18 other countries sent their planes to bomb my country for 11 weeks back in 1999, you hypocrite? The only European country bombarded after the WWII was Serbia!! And what exactly you are trying to say which is opposite than Mr.Quinn said?? My grandfather fought the WWI, fought Kolubara and Cer Battle, walked thru Albania with other fellow soldiers and breached the Thessalonikhi front making his way home 4 years later. It was my people who lost one third of a population in WWI and lost over 2 million in WWII… Read more »

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You might read my comment again. Do some research and learn that neither WW1 nor WW2 were started by the Germans, orthodox history notwithstanding.
What happened in 1870?
Why is Germany STILL occupied? Nothing to do with Nazis….Do you know what a Nazi IS? Who bombed Serbia?? And WHY?? I know who bombed me!!! And it was not the Nazis
Copying orthodox drivel has little to do with reality.

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And yet, today we have to endure the spectacle of intellectually dishonest historians like Timothy Snyder who equate the Third German Reich with the USSR. Not to mention the various far-right clowns infesting the forums and who keep informing that Hitler wasn’t so bad at all, because he wanted to liberate the poor Russians from the yoke of evil Bolshevik Jews and these idiotic Slavs fought him back instead. Which, of course, implies that the Americans did not do something horrible by taking a scumbag like Barbie under their wings.

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Odd that the people who compare Nazi Germany and the USSR don’t compare both to the western slave empires that eventually defeated both…..

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Of course, Ford and GM continued to operate in Germany throughout the war manufacturing vehicles and such for the German military thus aiding and abetting the Nazi cause. Neither company was prosecuted. It’s my understanding that their factories, save a single exception, were never bombed, Moreover, the Ford Motor Company, whose factory was bombed, sued the US government and received financial compensation for damages incurred from the bombing.

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Herbert Dorsey

What this article didn’t discuss was the fact that many U.S. industrialists assisted Hitler’s rise to power in

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Bush and Ford among them

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Hitler built a reputation as a leader of an anti-organized-labor private army of mostly WWI veterans (later known as “Brown Shirts”). Industrialists and big land owners paid him to break unions and intimidate workers. Since labor was the biggest cost of running an industry, many industrialists in Europe and the U.S. admired Hitler’s methods of suppressing wages. Emil Kirdorf, coal mining magnate, is a good example of an important early supporter of the Nazi party, understandable because coal mining is a labor-intensive business.

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The Ford plant in Germany was using slave labor to increase their profits during World War II. The parent company in Dearborn was fully aware of what was going on and allowed it. Yet Ford was never brought to trial at Nuremberg for this practice, which amounted to crimes against humanity.

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Yes, my assumption has always been that they were planning to use Hitler as they always use people – to do their dirty work for them. Hitler was to bring down Britain and Europe, which America would command under the banner of having ‘freed” them from Hitler.
It’s been a recurring theme for a long time. Just think – they tried it in WWII 70+ years ago, they did it again in Iraq, Libya and Syria just yesterday>
As Mr. Putin pointed out, different Presidents, same theme over and over and over.

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I wish people would concentrate on the Pre-WW2 US-Nazi alliance !

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And how did USSR ‘liberation of Poland go? How many Millions of German POWs (men, women, children) died in the gulags or on the way to the gulags, 4 yrs of systematic abuse of Germans in Prussia from 1943 – 1947 estimated 2 million german women raped. Nazi Germany was also fighting communism and banksters remember. The guys who bankrolled stalin and now run the EU. Europe lost the war to communism. And how many german scientists were taken at forced gunpoint by the soviets?.

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Most people don’t know what Prussia IS or WAS? But everyone has an opinion!!
Go figure 🙁

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Why no condemnation of Western rapists? It’s a bit immoral to exploit rape against women to have a go at the Red Army when “army” had always been synonymous with “rape”.

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Keith Smith

do not try and defend communism.

Attrition47
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The USSR wasn’t communist after 1921; do your homework and mind your manners while you’re at it.

my2Cents
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my2Cents

What were they?

Attrition47
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Look it up, it’s interesting; start with the suppression of the Kronstadt Mutiny of 1921.

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That’s not how it works buddy…You make a statement YOU defend it. …which means that it requires some facts…..
When you’ve grown up , get back to me.
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Krondstadt. Mutiny. 1921. look it up.

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You need a crash course in comprehension…..WOW

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Then you might refrain from the “orthodoxy” that all Soviets were rapists. That same orthodoxy describes Nazis as rabid killers…..We were occupied by Germany and those “Nazis” of which we had 2 living in our front parlor were extremely disciplined and friendly, according to my mother. They were well aware of the fact that we had an Austrian deserter (he became my uncle and I am still in touch with his children) with a death sentence on his head hiding in our home….that my father was in the resistance, but they never reported him. They played cards together in the… Read more »

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Watch Greatest Story Never Told 6.5 hr documentary. btw i have been called far right, far left, a nazi, a communist and everything else under the sun, the original article was bemoaning german scientists surviving the war, from a very pro russia news site. I didnt call ALL Russians rapists, but the red army was specifically told to rape and take women as booty. Stalin even set up a puppet polish government to get what they wanted. world changes, recorded history and what actually happened is warped. Russia today is a very different place now. I didnt say all soviets… Read more »

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I find myself in the extraordinary position, as a victim of German occupation, of rehabilitating Hitler….I’ve been called a Nazi and numerous other names. I have been researching WW1 and WW2 for the past 6 years when I discovered that I too was indoctrinated into the orthodox Holocaust myths. Russians, by “definition” were considered the rapists during WW2. That belongs in the same trash can as did the notion of German gas chambers which have long been debunked as does the description and the nefarious deeds committed by German soldiers. What is conspicuously absent in all these scenarios are the… Read more »

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am British, we learnt an entirely different history. i dont follow the narrative much. But to say German soldiers in the same vein as Russian soldiers is kinda just being lazy on allsides i guess. SS were the most culturally and ethnically diverse armies in history, soviets and nazis isn’t entirely accurate either. It does seem to be ideologies rather than a nations will in itself that cause the worst problems, ideologies attack nations, nations consistently have to defend against banksters and their whims. The same people who bankrolled Stalin are in control of the EU now. Germany is still… Read more »

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I suspect your history and mine were similar. It was not until my daughter, who wrote a theses on WW2 Propaganda, told me that the allies did not win the war that I said WHAAAT!!! War is a bitch….There is no black and white….I have had endless discussions with Americans what “no black and white” means. That during war we do things (the lesser of 2 evils) that we would normally never consider. doing. The same goes for Russians soldiers as well as German soldiers. My father, a member of the resistance called the invader “moffen” a derogatory name for… Read more »

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Chopped up? Germany lost about 20% of its 1914 territory, most of it inhabited by non-native German speakers. Britain had yet another civil war and lost about 20% of it’s land, much of that also being occupied by non-native English speakers

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When the Germans advanced through Russia all the able bodied males had a choice to join them or go to the work camps. The girls where put to work in there shall we say pleasure houses or into the fields to produce food for the German Army.Grand Ma and Grandad where got rid of mouths to feed carn’t have that.Roughly by the time the Germans had reached Moscow and Stalingrad around some 2 million Russians had died and around 11/2 million Russian Troops had been sent to the factories and work camps. When the Germans started to get pushed back… Read more »

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

not at all, bomber harris was a disgrace, i suggest you watch the 6 hr documentary Greatest Story Never Told

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

Do not try and tell me Stalins people were not happy to be liberated.

Wesa F.
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Wesa F.

Another point of view, tell me another leader who could have done what Stalin accomplished,maybe Churchill

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Churchill – the bloviating, narcissistic, bi-polar, alcoholic (did I miss anything? Oh yes who received people in the nude….who never saw an opportunity for war that did not make him absolutely giddy with joy!!
http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v09/v09p261_Irving.html

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

Churchill was a complete arsehole. Pol Pott or something killed a few million under communism tho

Wesa F.
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Wesa F.

Who liberated Stalins People ?

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Who were Stalin’s people exactly?

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

6.5 hr long documentary Greatest Story Never Told

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So what? Russia did exactly the same.

Turbofan
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Turbofan

actually no

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Marc Leif

There were 2 “WWII”s The Great Patriotic War in the east, which was a war against fascism. And the “WWII” in the west, which was a war between 2 competing versions of fascism.

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Why bother with ethics as long as profits can be made.

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William

“In Italy, like in most of western Europe, the ‘resistence’ had been led and greatly influenced by the survivors of the communists and socialists.” The resistance against fascists and Nazis consisted largely of Communists. They helped defeat the Nazis and were stabbed in the back by the Americans after the war. The resistance saved untold numbers of Jews, Romas and members of other out groups from death. Germany’s Communist party had been the main bulwark against the Nazi party, so as soon as Hitler became chancellor in 1933, he declared the Communist party illegal and thus Communists were the first… Read more »

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Did you forget that the day after Hitler became chancellor Jews declared war on Hitler. They did it again in 1938…Small wonder he put them in camps.

Attrition47
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Attrition47

Dickhead

my2Cents
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my2Cents
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my2Cents

“The USSR wasn’t communist after 1921; do your homework and mind your manners while you’re at it.”

Perhaps you can explain what the USSR WAS if not communist, and while talking about manners….oh never mind

How old are you?

Attrition47
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Attrition47

Do as you’re told. ;o)

my2Cents
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my2Cents

An empty suit…Oh well.

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Some related references: Jacobsen, Annie. Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America. First Back Bay paperback ed. New York, NY: Back Bay, Little & Brown, 2015. Lichtblau, Eric. The Nazis next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014. Sutton, Antony C. Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler. San Pedro, California: GSG & Associates Publishers, 2002. Talbot, David. The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government. New York, NY: Harper, 2015. Black, Edwin, and Richard Farkas. IBM and the Holocaust: The… Read more »

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William

“Who Financed Hitler: The Secret Funding of Hitler’s Rise to Power, 1919 – 1933” by James Pool. This is an excellent but rarely cited book with lots of facts most people don’t know. Among other interesting facts, it reveals that there were Jewish sources of funding for the Nazis. Another book by the same author is “Hitler and His Secret Partners: Contributions, Loot and Rewards, 1933 – 1945′”. Pool emphasizes the rarely reported fact that by the 1930s, Hitler had become one of Europe’s richest men and owned one of Europe’s most valuable collections of art and rare books (Eduard… Read more »

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Please understand that Europe is by and large Socialist. So while in the resistance my father was not fighting socialism, he was fighting the “moffen” (derogatory name for Germans during the war) who had invaded our country because they knew that Britain was going to invade Germany through either Holland/Belgium or France. What were the British doing at Dunkirk around the 20th of May 1940? ….Seems like the “moffen” had good intelligence which is why they invaded Holland/Belgium and France to prevent the British from coming. Hitler called Henry Ford “My mentor” Prescott Bush was the President of Union Banking… Read more »

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my2Cents
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my2Cents

And Wikipedia is an open source and far from being the arbiter of truth. This is standard orthodoxy which keeps the holocaust farce alive and well. It is a hoax. There was NO holocaust. There were no gas chambers….the carpet bombings by the US/UK caused Typhus epidemics – view pictures of emaciated bodies in mass graves..typical Typhus victims – The Anne Frank story is a hoax – Read Prof. Faurisson’s analysis . I believed like you until about 6 years ago. You need to get different sources and learn that nothing you think you know is in fact so. There… Read more »

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In my articles, it is the arbiter of truth, certainly no less than the effusions of corp-0-rat publishing.

Attrition47
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Attrition47

What was so bad about the nazi-Soviet Pact of 1939, that wasn’t bad about the Anglo-French–nazi Pact of 1938?

Isabella Jones
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Mr. Quinn has fallen victim to the unthinking muttering of Western “intellectual elites” with this one bad statement “The Nazis would control the whole of mainland Europe and Eurasia, while the US would command the Western Hemisphere, the Far East,” Well, Mr. Quinn, if The US would command the “Far East” which we all understand to be so called “Asia” [so called by the West. The people of the Oriental countries didn’t used to use the term], which of course includes China, then who on earth are you referring to as “Eurasia”. After all, the Nazis have “Europe” and since… Read more »

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That Pact bring Russians some time, they were pretty aware Hitler’s gonna break it. Now it’s a historical fact.

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Skripal and Khashoggi: A Tale of Two Disappearances

Two disappearances, and two different responses.

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Two disappearances, and two very different responses from Western governments, which illustrates their rank hypocrisy.

When former Russian spy Sergei Skripal went missing in England earlier this year, there was almost immediate punitive action by the British government and its NATO allies against Moscow. By contrast, Western governments are straining with restraint towards Saudi Arabia over the more shocking and provable case of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The outcry by Western governments and media over the Skripal affair was deafening and resulted in Britain, the US and some 28 other countries expelling dozens of Russian diplomats on the back of unsubstantiated British allegations that the Kremlin tried to assassinate an exiled spy with a deadly nerve agent. The Trump administration has further tightened sanctions citing the Skripal incident.

London’s case against Moscow has been marked by wild speculation and ropey innuendo. No verifiable evidence of what actually happened to Sergei Skripal (67) and his daughter Yulia has been presented by the British authorities. Their claim that President Vladimir Putin sanctioned a hit squad armed with nerve poison relies on sheer conjecture.

All we know for sure is that the Skripals have been disappeared from public contact by the British authorities for more than seven months, since the mysterious incident of alleged poisoning in Salisbury on March 4.

Russian authorities and family relatives have been steadfastly refused any contact by London with the Skripal pair, despite more than 60 official requests from Moscow in accordance with international law and in spite of the fact that Yulia is a citizen of the Russian Federation with consular rights.

It is an outrage that based on such thin ice of “evidence”, the British have built an edifice of censure against Moscow, rallying an international campaign of further sanctions and diplomatic expulsions.

Now contrast that strenuous reaction, indeed hyper over-reaction, with how Britain, the US, France, Canada and other Western governments are ever-so slowly responding to Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi case.

After nearly two weeks since Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, the Saudi regime is this week finally admitting he was killed on their premises – albeit, they claim, in a “botched interrogation”.

Turkish and American intelligence had earlier claimed that Khashoggi was tortured and murdered on the Saudi premises by a 15-member hit squad sent from Riyadh.

Even more grisly, it is claimed that Khashoggi’s body was hacked up with a bone saw by the killers, his remains secreted out of the consulate building in boxes, and flown back to Saudi Arabia on board two private jets connected to the Saudi royal family.

What’s more, the Turks and Americans claim that the whole barbaric plot to murder Khashoggi was on the orders of senior Saudi rulers, implicating Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The latest twist out of Riyadh, is an attempt to scapegoat “rogue killers” and whitewash the House of Saudi from culpability.

The fact that 59-year-old Khashoggi was a legal US resident and a columnist for the Washington Post has no doubt given his case such prominent coverage in Western news media. Thousands of other victims of Saudi vengeance are routinely ignored in the West.

Nevertheless, despite the horrific and damning case against the Saudi monarchy, the response from the Trump administration, Britain and others has been abject.

President Trump has blustered that there “will be severe consequences” for the Saudi regime if it is proven culpable in the murder of Khashoggi. Trump quickly qualified, however, saying that billion-dollar arms deals with the oil-rich kingdom will not be cancelled. Now Trump appears to be joining in a cover-up by spinning the story that the Khashoggi killing was done by “rogue killers”.

Britain, France and Germany this week issued a joint statement calling for “a credible investigation” into the disappearance. But other than “tough-sounding” rhetoric, none of the European states have indicated any specific sanctions, such as weapons contracts being revoked or diplomatic expulsions.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “concerned” by the gruesome claims about Khashoggi’s killing, but he reiterated that Ottawa would not be scrapping a $15 billion sale of combat vehicles to Riyadh.

The Saudi rulers have even threatened retaliatory measures if sanctions are imposed by Western governments.

Saudi denials of official culpability seem to be a brazen flouting of all reason and circumstantial evidence that Khashoggi was indeed murdered in the consulate building on senior Saudi orders.

This week a glitzy international investor conference in Saudi Arabia is being boycotted by top business figures, including the World Bank chief, Jim Yong Kim, JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon and Britain’s venture capitalist Richard Branson. Global firms like Ford and Uber have pulled out, as have various media sponsors, such as CNN, the New York Times and Financial Times. Withdrawal from the event was in response to the Khashoggi affair.

A growing bipartisan chorus of US Senators, including Bob Corker, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham and Chris Murphy, have called for the cancellation of American arms sales to Saudi Arabia, as well as for an overhaul of the strategic partnership between the two countries.

Still, Trump has rebuffed calls for punitive response. He has said that American jobs and profits depend on the Saudi weapons market. Some 20 per cent of all US arms sales are estimated to go to the House of Saud.

The New York Times this week headlined: “In Trump’s Saudi Bargain, the Bottom Line Proudly Stands Out”.

The Trump White House will be represented at the investment conference in Saudi Arabia this week – dubbed “Davos in the Desert” by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. He said he was attending in spite of the grave allegations against the Saudi rulers.

Surely the point here is the unseemly indulgence by Western governments of Saudi Arabia and its so-called “reforming” Crown Prince. It is remarkable how much credulity Washington, London, Paris, Ottawa and others are affording the Saudi despots who, most likely, have been caught redhanded in a barbarous murder.

Yet, when it comes to Russia and outlandish, unproven claims that the Kremlin carried out a bizarre poison-assassination plot, all these same Western governments abandon all reason and decorum to pile sanctions on Russia based on lurid, hollow speculation. The blatant hypocrisy demolishes any pretense of integrity or principle.

Here is another connection between the Skripal and Khashoggi affairs. The Saudis no doubt took note of the way Britain’s rulers have shown absolute disregard and contempt for international law in their de facto abduction of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. If the British can get away with that gross violation, then the Saudis probably thought that nobody would care too much if they disappeared Jamal Khashoggi.

Grotesquely, the way things are shaping up in terms of hypocritical lack of action by the Americans, British and others towards the Saudi despots, the latter might just get away with murder. Not so Russia. The Russians are not allowed to get away with even an absurd fantasy.

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According to a report by the AFP, China’s trade surplus with the United States ballooned to a record $34.1 billion in September, despite a raft of US tariffs, official data showed Friday, adding fuel to the fire of a worsening trade war.

Relations between the world’s two largest economies have soured sharply this year, with US President Donald Trump vowing on Thursday to inflict economic pain on China if it does not blink.
The two countries imposed new tariffs on a massive amount of each other’s goods mid-September, with the US targeting $200 billion in Chinese imports and Beijing firing back at $60 billion worth of US goods.

“China-US trade friction has caused trouble and pounded our foreign trade development,” customs spokesman Li Kuiwen told reporters Friday.

But China’s trade surplus with the US grew 10 percent in September from a record $31 billion in August, according to China’s customs administration. It was a 22 percent jump from the same month last year.

China’s exports to the US rose to $46.7 billion while imports slumped to $12.6 billion.

China’s overall trade — what it buys and sells with all countries including the US — logged a $31.7 billion surplus, as exports rose faster than imports.

Exports jumped 14.5 percent for September on-year, beating forecasts from analysts polled by Bloomberg News, while imports rose 14.3 percent on-year.

While the data showed China’s trade remained strong for the month, analysts forecast the trade war will start to hurt in coming months.

China’s export jump for the month suggests exporters were shipping goods early to beat the latest tariffs, said ANZ’s China economist Betty Wang, citing the bounce in electrical machinery exports, much of which faced the looming duties.

“We will watch for downside risks to China’s exports” in the fourth quarter, Wang said.

Analysts say a sharp depreciation of the yuan has also helped China weather the tariffs by making its exports cheaper.

“The big picture is the Chinese exports have so far held up well in the face of escalating trade tensions and cooling global growth, most likely thanks to the competitiveness boost provided by a weaker renminbi (yuan),” said Julian Evans-Pritchard, China economist at Capital Economics.

“With global growth likely to cool further in the coming quarters and US tariffs set to become more punishing, the recent resilience of exports is unlikely to be sustained,” he said.

According to Bloomberg US President Donald Trump’s new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement isn’t that different from the North American Free Trade Agreement that it replaced. But hidden in the bowels of the new trade deal is a clause, Article 32.10, that could have a far-reaching impact. The new agreement requires member states to get approval from the other members if they initiate trade negotiations with a so-called non-market economy. In practice, “non-market” almost certainly means China. If, for example, Canada begins trade talks with China, it has to show the full text of the proposed agreement to the U.S. and Mexico — and if either the U.S. or Mexico doesn’t like what it sees, it can unilaterally kick Canada out of the USMCA.

Although it seems unlikely that the clause would be invoked, it will almost certainly exert a chilling effect on Canada and Mexico’s trade relations with China. Forced to choose between a gargantuan economy across the Pacific and another one next door, both of the U.S.’s neighbors are almost certain to pick the latter.

This is just another part of Trump’s general trade waragainst China. It’s a good sign that Trump realizes that unilateral U.S. efforts alone won’t be enough to force China to make concessions on issues like currency valuation, intellectual-property protection and industrial subsidies. China’s export markets are much too diverse:

If Trump cuts the U.S. off from trade with China, the likeliest outcome is that China simply steps up its exports to other markets. That would bind the rest of the world more closely to China and weaken the global influence of the U.S. China’s economy would take a small but temporary hit, while the U.S. would see its position as the economic center of the world slip into memory.

Instead, to take on China, Trump needs a gang. And that gang has to be much bigger than just North America. But most countries in Europe and East Asia probably can’t be bullied into choosing between the U.S. and China. — their ties to the U.S. are not as strong as those of Mexico and Canada. Countries such as South Korea, Germany, India and Japan will need carrots as well as sticks if they’re going to join a U.S.-led united trade front against China.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the escalating trade war between the United States and China, and the record trade surplus that positions China with a bit more leverage than Trump anticipated.

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Via Zerohedge Trump Threatens China With More Tariffs, Does Not Seek Economic “Depression”

US equity futures dipped in the red after President Trump threatened to impose a third round of tariffs on China and warned that Chinese meddling in U.S. politics was a “bigger problem” than Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

During the same interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes”, in which Trump threatened to impose sanctions against Saudi Arabia if the Saudis are found to have killed WaPo reported Khashoggi, and which sent Saudi stock plunging, Trump said he “might,” impose a new round of tariffs on China, adding that while he has “great chemistry” with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and noting that Xi “wants to negotiate”, he doesn’t “know that that’s necessarily going to continue.” Asked if American products have become more expensive due to tariffs on China, Trump said that “so far, that hasn’t turned out to be the case.”

“They can retaliate, but they can’t, they don’t have enough ammunition to retaliate,” Trump says, “We do $100 billion with them. They do $531 billion with us.”

Trump was also asked if he wants to push China’s economy into a depression to which the US president said “no” before comparing the country’s stock-market losses since the tariffs first launched to those in 1929, the start of the Great Depression in the U.S.

“I want them to negotiate a fair deal with us. I want them to open their markets like our markets are open,” Trump said in the interview that aired Sunday. So far, the U.S. has imposed three rounds of tariffs on Chinese imports totaling $250 billion, prompting China to retaliate against U.S. products. The president previously has threatened to hit virtually all Chinese imports with duties.

Asked about his relationship with Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin’s alleged efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, Trump quickly turned back to China. “They meddled,” he said of Russia, “but I think China meddled too.”

“I think China meddled also. And I think, frankly, China … is a bigger problem,” Trump said, as interviewer Lesley Stahl interrupted him for “diverting” from a discussion of Russia.

Shortly before an audacious speech by Mike Pence last weekend, in which the US vice president effectively declared a new cold war on Beijing (see “Russell Napier: Mike Pence Announces Cold War II”), Trump made similar accusations during a speech at the United Nations last month, which his aides substantiated by pointing to long-term Chinese influence campaigns and an advertising section in the Des Moines Register warning farmers about the potential effects of Trump’s tariffs.

Meanwhile, in a rare U.S. television appearance, China’s ambassador to the U.S. said Beijing has no choice but to respond to what he described as a trade war started by the U.S.

“We never wanted a trade war, but if somebody started a trade war against us, we have to respond and defend our own interests,” said China’s Ambassador Cui Tiankai.

Cui also dismissed as “groundless” the abovementioned suggestion by Vice President Mike Pence that China has orchestrated an effort to meddle in U.S. domestic affairs. Pence escalated the rhetoric in a speech Oct. 4, saying Beijing has created a “a whole-of-government approach” to sway American public opinion, including spies, tariffs, coercive measures and a propaganda campaign.

Pence’s comments were some of the most critical about China by a high-ranking U.S. official in recent memory. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo got a lecture when he visited Beijing days later, about U.S. actions that were termed “completely out of line.” The tough words followed months of increases tit-for-tat tariffs imposed by Washington and Beijing that have ballooned to cover hundreds of billions of dollars in bilateral trade.

During a recent interview with National Public Radio, Cui said the U.S. has “not sufficiently” dealt in good faith with the Chinese on trade matters, saying “the U.S. position keeps changing all the time so we don’t know exactly what the U.S. would want as priorities.”

Meanwhile, White House economic director Larry Kudlow said on “Fox News Sunday” that President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will “probably meet” at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires in late November. “There’s plans and discussions and agendas” being discussed, he said. So far, talks with China on trade have been “unsatisfactory,” Kudlow said. “We’ve made our asks” on allegations of intellectual property theft and forced technology transfers, he added. “We have to have reciprocity.”

Addressing the upcoming meeting, Cui said he was present at two previous meetings of Xi and Trump, and that top-level communication “played a key role, an irreplaceable role, in guiding the relationship forward.” Despite current tensions the two have a “good working relationship,” he said.

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According to preliminary information, the incident was caused by a gas explosion at a college facility in Kerch, Crimea.

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“We are clarifying the information at the moment. Preliminary figures are 50 injured and 10 dead. Eight ambulance crews are working at the site and air medical services are involved,” the press-service for the Crimean Ministry of Health stated.

Medics announced that at least 50 people were injured in the explosion in Kerch and 25 have already been taken to local hospital with moderate wounds, according to Sputnik.

Local news outlets reported that earlier in the day, students at the college heard a blast and windows of the building were shattered.

Putin Orders that Assistance Be Provided to Victims of Blast in Kerch – Kremlin Spokesman

“The president has instructed the Ministry of Health and the rescue services to take emergency measures to assist victims of this explosion, if necessary, to ensure the urgent transportation of seriously wounded patients to leading medical institutions of Russia, whether in Moscow or other cities,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitriy Peskov said.

The president also expressed his condolences to all those affected by the tragic incident.

Manhunt Underway in Kerch as FSB Specialists Investigate Site of Explosion – National Anti-Terrorist Committee

The site of the blast that rocked a city college in Kerch is being examined by FSB bomb disposal experts and law enforcement agencies are searching for clues that might lead to the arrest of the perpetrators, the National Anti Terrorism Committee said in a statement.

“Acting on orders from the head of the NAC’s local headquarters, FSB, Interior Ministry, Russian Guards and Emergency Ministry units have arrived at the site. The territory around the college has been cordoned off and the people inside the building evacuated… Mine-disposal experts are working at the site and law enforcement specialists are investigating,” the statement said.

Terrorist Act Considered as Possible Cause of Blast in Kerch – Kremlin Spokesman

“The tragic news that comes from Kerch. Explosion. The president was informed … The data on those killed and the number of injured is constantly updated,” Peskov told reporters.

“[The version of a terrorist attack] is being considered,” he said.

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