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From ‘The Great Game’ to Ukraine: How the West’s anti-Russian narratives always turn out wrong

Subsequent scholarship shows that each and every narrative the West invents about a supposedly “expansionist” Russia is wrong. The Ukrainian conflict is simply the latest example in the series.

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Arthur Schopenhauer said that “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident”. There are two stark examples of this in respect of relations between Russia and western superpowers.

In the mid to late 19th century, it was very fashionable in political and scholarly circles to claim that the Russia Empire was deviously plotting to conquer British territory in Asia and that Russia would imminently use Afghanistan as an inroad to Britain’s vast Indian territory.

It was also claimed that the emergence of independent Christian states on the European frontier of the Ottoman Empire would help Russia to ultimately control the Straits and thus control Europe’s access to greater east. Britain’s propping up of a contracting Ottoman Empire to use as a sledgehammer against Russian ambitions became ingrained in Britain’s foreign policy under successive Conservative governments as part of a wider geo-political phenomenon referred to as ‘The Great Game’. 

By the middle of the 20th century, many came to describe the ‘Great Game’ as a mostly fanciful affair in which the establishment of Victorian Britain overstated the Russian threat and misread Russian interests. Lord Blake’s analysis of this period makes for valuable reading.

At the same time that British scholars were rushing to discredit 19th century policies against Russia, American leaders spoke constantly of the Soviet threat and most famously, Senator Joseph McCarthy led hearings/show trials against suspected Communist infiltrators who allegedly sought to establish Soviet rule in America.

By the late 20th century most American intellectuals dismissed such claims, often with disdain and sarcasm. People would laugh at an America held in the grips of a ‘Red Scare’ and all of the sudden pop starts like Bob Dylan and John Lennon who ridiculed such threats in the 1960s and 70s had transformed from ‘radical song writers’ to people simply pointing out flawed policy. By the end of the cold war it became acceptable for members of the political establishment to claim they enjoyed the music of The Beatles, Dylan and even Frank Zappa.

Whilst official government policy in America, Britain and much of Continental Europe (with the exception of many southern European states) remains committed to talking up the ‘Russian threat’, parties and politicians who could be described as ‘anti-establishment’ are increasingly growing tired of this factually incorrect narrative. The most well-known exponent of such views is of course Donald Trump.

However, the muted western response to Ukraine being exposed as a state sponsor of international terrorism is curious. In a sane world, leaders from all states would come to the UN and officially condemn the regime in Kiev for their attempt at taking lives and destroying infrastructure in Crimea.

They would also condemn the war crimes that Kiev, its para-militaries and its international terrorist fighters are committing in Donbass. However that would be wishful thinking as the so-called ‘responsible powers’ only condemn states for sponsoring terrorism when it is within the realm of their narrow political interests.

What is happening is that rather than performing an embarrassing about-face, the old guard who once forced the populace to swallow Hollywood style videos about impoverished Ukrainians wanting to live like rich Swedes whilst ignoring videos of fascists marching with torches chanting about their joy at the killings of Russians, Jews and Poles, are now slowly burying their heads in the sand and wishing the whole situation away.

The West took a gamble that the fascists would put on civilian clothes and speak in coded language.  Instead they got a Rada in Kiev that is one part circus and one part beer hall putsch (with an emphasis on the alcohol). They took a gamble that an IMF dictated neo-liberal economy would easily spring up, but instead all international neo-liberals have packed up and left leaving a corrupt economic swamp in which Mafioso politicians line their pockets more than ever before.

They bet on the fact that Russia would be too intimidated by the shadow of the 1990s to stand up for her comrades begging to be free. They bet on the fact that Russia would remain silent on the international stage when atrocities were committed against ethnic Russians.  In all of these gambles, the West has lost and lost badly. And this is before they bothered to realise that all Ukrainian industrial standards are in line with Russian ones and are highly incompatible with European standards, making any would have been free trade deal more or less a damp squib. 

Ukraine is now Iraq without the oil; divided, impoverished, corrupt, with regions breaking away, and terrorism and war rife.  Donbass is governed independently and likely always will be until some future stage when it will likely join the Eurasian Union and possibly beyond that, formally become republics of the Russian Federation. Crimea is as much a part of Russia as the Leningrad Oblast and will be defended from terror by the Russia state to the same degree.   

Because the terrorists in Ukraine do not threaten those in France, Germany or America, the western public has little interest in the events. Even if George Soros attempts to fund further propaganda videos, few people will be terribly bothered to watch them.

In the 1990s, many in the West looked back with embarrassment at all the money spent on bomb shelters, air raid sirens and education about how hiding under a plywood desk would shelter children from a nuclear blast. It all seems rather quaint and hyperbolic now. Maybe in 15 or 20 years time, people will look back on this era, dig out the archival CNN reports and say ‘did they really say that’/ ‘did they really mean that’?

But this of course can only happen if a tired Western establishment is not replaced with one which will redouble the efforts of the discredited leadership of Holland, the disgraced leadership of Cameron and the failed leadership of Obama. The new British Prime Minister speaks of dropping a nuclear weapon with a callously straight face, Hillary Clinton has never met a war she didn’t champion. To quote Churchill, “This is not the beginning of the end, but it is perhaps the end of the beginning”.

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“Foreign entity, NOT RUSSIA” hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails (Video)

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx): Hillary Clinton’s cache of 30,000 emails was hacked by foreign actor, and it was not Russia.

Alex Christoforou

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A stunning revelation that hardly anyone in the mainstream media is covering.

Fox News gave Louie Gohmert (R-Tx) the opportunity to explain what was going on during his questioning of Peter Strzok, when the the Texas Congressman stated that a “foreign entity, NOT RUSSIA” hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Aside from this segment on Fox News, this story is not getting any coverage, and we know why. It destroys the entire ‘Russia hacked Hillary’ narrative.

Gohmert states that this evidence is irrefutable and shows that a foreign actor, not connected to Russia in any way, intercepted and distributed Hillary Clinton’s cache of 30,000 emails.

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Via Zerohedge

As we sift through the ashes of Thursday’s dumpster-fire Congressional hearing with still employed FBI agent Peter Strzok, Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller plucked out a key exchange between Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx) and Strzok which revealed a yet-unknown bombshell about the Clinton email case.

Nearly all of Hillary Clinton’s emails on her homebrew server went to a foreign entity that isn’t Russia. When this was discovered by the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG), IG Chuck McCullough sent his investigator Frank Ruckner and an attorney to notify Strzok along with three other people about the “anomaly.”

Four separate attempts were also made to notify DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz to brief him on the massive security breach, however Horowitz “never returned the call.” Recall that Horowitz concluded last month that despite Strzok’s extreme bias towards Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump – none of it translated to Strzok’s work at the FBI.

In other words; Strzok, while investigating Clinton’s email server, completely ignored the fact that most of Clinton’s emails were sent to a foreign entity – while IG Horowitz simply didn’t want to know about it.

Daily Caller reports…

The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) found an “anomaly on Hillary Clinton’s emails going through their private server, and when they had done the forensic analysis, they found that her emails, every single one except four, over 30,000, were going to an address that was not on the distribution list,” Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said during a hearing with FBI official Peter Strzok.

Gohmert continued..

“It was going to an unauthorized source that was a foreign entity unrelated to Russia.”

Strzok admitted to meeting with Ruckner but said he couldn’t remember the “specific” content of their discussion.

“The forensic examination was done by the ICIG and they can document that,” Gohmert said, “but you were given that information and you did nothing with it.”

According to Zerohedge “Mr. Horowitz got a call four times from someone wanting to brief him about this, and he never returned the call,” Gohmert said – and Horowitz wouldn’t return the call.

And while Peter Strzok couldn’t remember the specifics of his meeting with the IG about the giant “foreign entity” bombshell, he texted this to his mistress Lisa Page when the IG discovered the “(C)” classification on several of Clinton’s emails – something the FBI overlooked:

“Holy cow … if the FBI missed this, what else was missed? … Remind me to tell you to flag for Andy [redacted] emails we (actually ICIG) found that have portion marks (C) on a couple of paras. DoJ was Very Concerned about this.”

Via Zerohedge

In November of 2017, IG McCullough – an Obama appointee – revealed to Fox News that he received pushback when he tried to tell former DNI James Clapper about the foreign entity which had Clinton’s emails and other anomalies.

Instead of being embraced for trying to expose an illegal act, seven senators including Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca) wrote a letter accusing him of politicizing the issue.

“It’s absolutely irrelevant whether something is marked classified, it is the character of the information,” he said. Fox News reports…

McCullough said that from that point forward, he received only criticism and an “adversarial posture” from Congress when he tried to rectify the situation.

“I expected to be embraced and protected,” he said, adding that a Hill staffer “chided” him for failing to consider the “political consequences” of the information he was blowing the whistle on.

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Donald Trump plays good cop and bad cop with a weak Theresa May (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 55.

Alex Christoforou

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US President Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK was momentous, not for its substance, but rather for its sheer entertainment value.

Trump started his trip to the United Kingdom blasting Theresa May for her inability to negotiate a proper Brexit deal with the EU.  Trump ended his visit holding hands with the UK Prime Minister during a press conference where the most ‘special relationship’ between the two allies was once again reaffirmed.

Protests saw giant Trump “baby balloons” fly over London’s city center, as Trump played was his own good cop and bad cop to the UK PM, outside London at the Chequers…often times leaving May’s head spinning.

Even as Trump has left London, he remains front and center in the mind of Theresa May, who has now stated that Trump advised her to “sue” the European Union to resolve the tense negotiations over Brexit.

Trump had mentioned to reporters on Friday at a joint press conference with Theresa May that he had given the British leader a suggestion that she found too “brutal.”

Asked Sunday on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show what that suggestion was, May: “He told me I should sue the EU. Not go into negotiation, sue them.” May added…

“What the president also said at that press conference was `Don’t walk away. Don’t walk away from the negotiations. Then you’re stuck.”‘

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris summarize what was a state visit like no other, as Trump trolled the UK PM from beginning to end, and left London knowing that he got the better of a weakened British Prime Minister, who may not survive in office past next week.

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Via CNBC

It wasn’t exactly clear what Trump meant. The revelation came after explosive and undiplomatic remarks Trump made this week about May’s leadership — especially her handling of the Brexit negotiations — as he made his first official visit to Britain.

In an interview with The Sun newspaper published Thursday — just as May was hosting Trump at a lavish black-tie dinner — Trump said the British leader’s approach likely “killed” chances of a free-trade deal with the United States. He said he had told May how to conduct Brexit negotiations, “but she didn’t listen to me.”

He also praised May’s rival, Boris Johnson, who quit last week as foreign secretary to protest May’s Brexit plans. Trump claimed Johnson would make a “great prime minister.”

The comments shocked many in Britain — even May’s opponents — and threatened to undermine May’s already fragile hold on power. Her Conservative government is deeply split between supporters of a clean break with the EU and those who want to keep close ties with the bloc, Britain’s biggest trading partner.

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Deep State poster boy Peter Strzok gives bizarre testimony that goes viral (Video)

The face of the Deep State.

Alex Christoforou

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If you were not convinced that the Deep State exists, then look no further than Peter Strzok’s bizarre, yet revealing, congressional testimony, showcasing the arrogance and smugness of a powerful FBI agent who worked diligently to push a fake Trump-Russia narrative onto the American public.

Via Zerohedge

While Peter Strzok’s marathon Congressional testimony was full of bickering, chaos and drama – mostly between members of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees – a clip of the disgraced FBI agent’s seemingly giddy reaction after answering a question is creeping people out.

Some have suggested that Strzok’s reaction was “Duper’s delight” – a hidden smirk that slips out at an inappropriate moment when a liar celebrates a successful manipulation.

Watching Peter Strzok, its hard, if not impossible to believe that this man is not a psychopath, who hated Trump so much that he was willing to forward a collusion story that has cost American taxpayers millions, and torn American society apart.

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The video clip even had Donald Trump Jr retweeting it, as he labeled Strzok “the creepiest person in America.”

Via RT

One particular moment from Peter Strzok’s raucous congressional hearing left Twitter users confounded and disturbed, even prompting Donald Trump Jr to label the FBI agent “the creepiest person in America.”

Strzok faced the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees on Thursday to answer questions about his conduct during the 2016 investigations into Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The lengthy hearing quickly descended into a partisan shouting match, as Republicans and Democrats interrupted each other’s questions, heckling or applauding Strzok.

Strzok’s peculiar reaction to one question caught the eye of viewers and many took to Twitter to confirm that their eyes weren’t deceiving them.

Strzok’s facial expressions were also noticed by the congressmen in the room and prompted one of the most dramatic moments of the hearing when Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) accused Strzok of outright lying.

“I can’t help but wonder when I see you looking there with a little smirk; how many times did you look so innocent into your wife’s eyes and lie to her about Lisa Page,” Gohmert told Strzok, referring to the agent’s extramarital affair with his former colleague Lisa Page, with whom he exchanged anti-Trump text messages. Gohmert’s comment sparked vociferous objections from Democrats.

The hearing evoked a significant reaction, with many describing it as a farce. Former New York mayor and current attorney to US President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, labelled it a “disgrace” and said it “taints the entire Mueller witch hunt.”

“President Trump is being investigated by people who possess pathological hatred for him. All the results of the investigation are ‘fruit of the poison tree’ and should be dismissed,” he added.

Democrats seemed to agree with that sentiment, as California Congressman Ted Lieu said it was “a stupid and ridiculous hearing.”

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