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Trump wars: fights and loathing in the alt-media community

The alt-media community has responded in a variety of ways to Donald Trump attack on Syria.

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I’ll proudly say it — I supported Trump in the past and and still do in some respects.

I’m 110% opposed to his international agenda, the details of which I outlined right after the election in one of my Sputnik articles (which trolls deliberately leave out of their infowar narratives about me), but still stand by his domestic policies.

People freak out because so many of them are rigid dogmatic ideologues who can’t separate issues and only believe in maximalist approaches of either totally supporting someone and every single thing they do or opposing the whole package.

Yes, it is possible to wholeheartedly condemn Trump for his unforgivable war crimes against Syria and elsewhere while praising his plans to build a border wall with Mexico, fight drugs and crime in America’s streets, and deport illegal aliens.

Trump either sold out to the “deep state”, “cut a deal with them”, or was lying this entire time. I accept this unfortunate reality, and he’s entirely responsible for every single thing that he does regardless of the reasons behind them.

Having said that, I’m not going to pretend like I never supported Trump beforehand and all of a sudden contradict my core beliefs in the urgent need to implement his domestic agenda.

Border security, law & order, revitalizing the Rust Belt, and bringing back jobs by reforming unfair trade acts are important issues for average Americans, which despite voting (or not), have practically zero influence whatsoever over their country’s foreign policies and “deep state” activities.

The American government is evil and there are many criticisms which can be leveled against American culture, but people are people no matter where you go in this world, and it’s wrong to be against the majority-innocent population no matter how strongly one may detest their overseers.

This standard applies to all people regardless of who they are or what country they live in. If someone hates a government, they shouldn’t hate the people that those said authorities preside over.

To get back to my example about the US, yes, Americans pay taxes and technically contribute to perpetuating everything that the US government does abroad, but people are insane for suggesting that they do anything different and go to jail as a sign of “protest”. These same people just talk, talk, talk, but pay their own taxes in other fellow NATO countries.

I don’t live in the US anymore and haven’t paid a single cent of taxes to the American government for almost 5 years now and never will again, so I can speak about these things from an elevated moral position (not that it makes any difference, and I’m definitely not judging anyone).

I am against the disappointing foreign policy manifestations of the Trump Administration in every single way, though I do understand the cold, ruthless, amoral power motivations behind them.

I’m not going to sink into an alternate reality of denial by pretending that they don’t exist and relying on the fake news which has taken over some segments of the Alt-Media Community to pathetically console myself.

Instead, I’m going to continue speaking out against everything that Trump does wrong and analyzing the end game behind his actions, though also pointing out whatever it is that he might do right on the domestic front if (key word) he delivers on his promises that I originally supported.

The world is getting more complicated than it’s ever been before, folks, and denying that reality won’t make it go away. Some people use drugs to cope, while others resort to fake news and related disinformation which purport to confirm their wishful thinking fantasies. Both are wrong, pathetic, and don’t change a single thing in real life.

Responsible and mature people should accept reality and speak out against things which contradict their core values. We’re human beings though, and our ideas evolve and are shaped by ever-changing circumstances. It’s okay to change our minds on things or be super disappointed whenever we’re let down by people who we once believed in such as Trump.

There’s no shame in that, it’s normal, and if anyone is trying to condemn you for previously supporting Trump or even simply being an American and/or living in the US as a law-abiding citizen (e.g. paying taxes), they’re the real problem, not you.

Those who viciously lash out at others who previously supported Trump are expressing their own personal insecurities through the comfort of cyberspace and would likely never behave like that to your face in real life. These cyber bullies need to called out and banished from the Alt-Media Community.

We can’t afford any more counterproductive infighting.

What we need to do is respect one another and treat everyone with the same sort of civility that we respect from them in return. This is a fundamental human right which has cut across cultures, religions, and civilizations for millennia.

If people can’t accept our multifaceted reality and want to attack others because we don’t conform to their myopic and dogmatic “either-or” maximalist ideologies, then those crazed “Secular Wahhabis” should take their extremism elsewhere in cyberspace because it’s not tolerated on my page.

The only way that the Alt-Media Community stands a chance at surviving the Trump debacle and everything related to it is by respecting one another and working together on issues of shared value convergences, such as opposing unipolar wars across the world, though accepting that differences of opinion will remain on other topics such as border security and trade for example.

I encourage all of my Alt-Media friends to adopt and practice this pragmatic mindset in order to rebuild our devastated online community and be more effective in what we aim to do.

Attacking people isn’t the way to go; we should only attack policies, ideas, and the physical manifestations thereof. We need to educate, respect, and ultimately accept people, even if what they end up believing is contradictory to our own values.

There are bigger fish to fry in this world than obsessing over personal spats of “I told you so!” and trying to “shame” each other for previously holding certain ideas. The more that we focus on one another, the more divided and weakened we become, and the Social Yinon Plan continues unabated in distracting us from exposing all the evil that’s going on around us.

I’m not going to be a “useful idiot” in furthering the Social Yinon Plan of manufactured and perpetual Hobbesian conflict within the Alt-Media Community…but will you?

DISCLAIMER: The author writes for this publication in a private capacity which is unrepresentative of anyone or any organization except for his own personal views. Nothing written by the author should ever be conflated with the editorial views or official positions of any other media outlet or institution. 

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Tape recorded evidence of Clinton-Ukraine meddling in US election surfaces (Video)

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RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou take a look at new evidence to surface from Ukraine that exposes a plot by the US Embassy in Kiev and the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) to leak Paul Manafort’s corrupt dealings in the country, all for the benefit of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has launched an investigation into the head of the Ukrainian National Anti-Corruption Bureau for allegedly attempting to help Hillary Clinton defeat Donald Trump during the 2016 US election by releasing damaging information about a “black ledger” of illegal business dealings by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

The Hill’s John Solomon, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko

“Today we will launch a criminal investigation about this and we will give legal assessment of this information,” Lutsenko said last week, according to The Hill

Lutsenko is probing a claim from a member of the Ukrainian parliament that the director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), Artem Sytnyk, attempted to the benefit of the 2016 U.S. presidential election on behalf of Hillary Clinton.

A State Department spokesman told Hill.TV that officials aware of news reports regarding Sytnyk. –The Hill

“According to the member of parliament of Ukraine, he got the court decision that the NABU official conducted an illegal intrusion into the American election campaign,” said Lutsenko, speaking with The Hill’s John Solomon about the anti-corruption bureau chief, Artem Sytnyk.

“It means that we think Mr. Sytnyk, the NABU director, officially talked about criminal investigation with Mr. [Paul] Manafort, and at the same time, Mr. Sytnyk stressed that in such a way, he wanted to assist the campaign of Ms. Clinton,” Lutsenko continued.

Solomon asked Lutsenko about reports that a member of Ukraine’s parliament obtained a tape of the current head of the NABU saying that he was attempting to help Clinton win the 2016 presidential election, as well as connections that helped release the black-ledger files that exposed Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort‘s wrongdoing in Ukraine.

“This member of parliament even attached the audio tape where several men, one of which had a voice similar to the voice of Mr. Sytnyk, discussed the matter.” –The Hill

What The Hill doesn’t mention is that Sytnyk released Manafort’s Black Book with Ukrainian lawmaker Serhiy Leshchenko – discussed in great length by former Breitbart investigator Lee Stranahan, who has been closely monitoring this case.

Serhiy Leshchenko

T]he main spokesman for these accusations was Serhiy Leshchenko, a Ukrainian politician and journalist who works closely with both top Hillary Clinton donors George Soros and Victor Pinchuk, as well as to the US Embassy in Kyiv.

James Comey should be asked about this source that Leshchenko would not identify. Was the source someone connected to US government, either the State Department or the Department of Justice?

The New York Times should also explain why they didn’t mention that Leshchenko had direct connections to two of Hillary Clinton biggest financial backers. Victor Pinchuk, the largest donor to the Clinton Foundation at a staggering $8.6 million also happened to have paid for Leshchenko’s expenses to go to international conferences. George Soros, whose also founded the International Renaissance Foundationthat worked closely with Hillary Clinton’s State Department in Ukraine, also contributed at least $8 million to Hillary affiliated super PACs in the 2016 campaign cycle. –Lee Stranahan via Medium

Meanwhile, according to former Fusion GPS contractor Nellie Ohr, Leshchenko was a source for opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which commissioned the infamous Trump-Russia dossier.

Nellie Ohr, a former contractor for the Washington, D.C.-based Fusion GPS, testified on Oct. 19 that Serhiy Leshchenko, a former investigative journalist turned Ukrainian lawmaker, was a source for Fusion GPS during the 2016 campaign.

“I recall … they were mentioning someone named Serhiy Leshchenko, a Ukrainian,” Ohr said when asked who Fusion GPS’s sources were, according to portions of Ohr’s testimony confirmed by The Daily Caller News Foundation. –Daily Caller

Also absent from The Hill report is the fact that Leshchenko was convicted in December by a Kiev court of interfering in the 2016 US election.

A Kyiv court said that a Ukrainian lawmaker and a top anticorruption official’s decision in 2016 to publish documents linked to President Donald Trump’s then-campaign chairman amounted to interference in the U.S. presidential election.

The December 11 finding came in response to a complaint filed by another Ukrainian lawmaker, who alleged that Serhiy Leshchenko and Artem Sytnyk illegally released the documents in August 2016, showing payments by a Ukrainian political party to Trump’s then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

The documents, excerpts from a secret ledger of payments by the Party of Regions, led to Manafort being fired by Trump’s election campaign.

The Kyiv court said that the documents published by Leshchenko and Sytnyk were part of an ongoing pretrial investigation in Ukraine into the operations of the pro-Russian Party of Regions. The party’s head had been President Viktor Yanukovych until he fled the country amid mass protests two years earlier.

-RadioFreeEurope/Radio Liberty (funded by the US govt.).

So while Lutsenko – Solomon’s guest and Ukrainian Prosecutor is currently going after Artem Sytnyk, it should be noted that Leshchenko was already found to have meddled in the 2016 US election.

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Meanwhile, you can also check out Stranahan’s take on Leshchenko being left out of the loop.

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‘I will take over as Brexit Party leader’: Nigel Farage back on the frontline

Nigel Farage says that if the UK takes part in European elections, he will lead his new Brexit Party.

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Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has announced that he will lead his new Brexit Party into the European elections if UK MPs decide to delay Brexit beyond May 22.

Farage, who has ostensibly appointed himself leader, told various media, including the BBC and Sky News on Friday morning: “I will take over as leader of the Brexit Party and lead it into the European Elections.”

It comes after the Brexit Party’s leader, Catherine Blaiklock, quit over a series of alleged Islamophobic statements and retweets of far-right figures on social media.

It is not yet thought that Farage has officially been elected as leader, as the party does not, as yet, have a formal infrastructure to conduct such a vote.

The right-wing MEP vowed to put out a whole host of Brexit Party candidates if the UK participates in the upcoming EU elections in May, adding: “If we fight those elections, we will fight them on trust.”

On Thursday night, the EU agreed to PM May’s request for a delaying to Brexit beyond the March 29 deadline. Brussels announced two new exit dates depending on what happens next week in the UK parliament.

The UK will have to leave the bloc on April 12 unless British MPs agree to May’s Brexit deal. If the withdrawal agreement is passed by next week, EU leaders have agreed to grant an extension until May 22.

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Baltics cannot rely on Germany any more

The matter is NATO today is not as strong as it is supposed to be. And it is not only because of leadership blunders.

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On March 29 Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will celebrate 15 years of becoming NATO member states. The way to the alliance membership was not simple for newly born independent countries. They have reached great success in fulfilling many of NATO demands: they have considerably increased their defence expenditures, renewed armaments and increased the number of military personnel.

In turn, they get used to rely on more powerful member states, their advice, help and even decision making. All these 15 years they felt more or less safe because of proclaimed European NATO allies’ capabilities.

Unfortunately, now it is high time to doubt. The matter is NATO today is not as strong as it supposed to be. And it is not only because of leadership’s blunders. Every member state does a bit. As for the Baltic states, they are particularly vulnerable, because they fully depend on other NATO member states in their defence. Thus, Germany, Canada and Britain are leading nations of the NATO battle group stationed in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia respectively.

But the state of national armed forces in Germany, for example, raises doubts and makes it impossible not only defend the Baltics against Russia, but Germany itself.

It turned out, that Germany itself remains dissatisfied with its combat readiness and minister of defence’s ability to perform her duties. Things are so bad, that the military’s annual readiness report would be kept classified for the first time for “security reasons.”

“Apparently the readiness of the Bundeswehr is so bad that the public should not be allowed to know about it,” said Tobias Lindner, a Greens member who serves on the budget and defense committees.

Inspector General Eberhard Zorn said (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-arms/germany-not-satisfied-with-readiness-of-submarines-some-aircraft-idUSKBN1QS1G7) the average readiness of the country’s nearly 10,000 weapons systems stood at about 70 percent in 2018, which meant Germany was able to fulfill its military obligations despite increasing responsibilities.

No overall comparison figure was available for 2017, but last year’s report revealed readiness rates of under 50 percent for specific weapons such as the aging CH-53 heavy-lift helicopters and the Tornado fighter jets.

Zorn said this year’s report was more comprehensive and included details on five main weapons systems used by the cyber command, and eight arms critical for NATO’s high readiness task force, which Germany heads this year.

“The overall view allows such concrete conclusions about the current readiness of the Bundeswehr that knowledge by unauthorized individuals would harm the security interests of the Federal Republic of Germany,” he wrote.

Critics are sure of incompetence of the Federal Minister of Defence, Ursula von der Leyen. Though she has occupied the upper echelons of German politics for 14 years now — and shows no sign of success. This mother of seven, gynecologist by profession, by some miracle for a long time has been remaining in power, though has no trust even among German military elites. Despite numerous scandals she tries to manage the Armed Forces as a housewife does and, of course, the results are devastating for German military capabilities. The same statement could be easily apply for the Baltic States, which highly dependent on Germany in military sphere.

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