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Ukrainian leadership is a party of war, and it will continue as long as they’re in power – Putin

“We care about Ukraine because Ukraine is our neighbor,” Putin said.

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has branded the Ukrainian leadership a “party of war” which would continue fueling conflicts while they stay in power, giving the recent Kerch Strait incident as an example.

“When I look at this latest incident in the Black Sea, all what’s happening in Donbass – everything indicates that the current Ukrainian leadership is not interested in resolving this situation at all, especially in a peaceful way,” Putin told reporters during a media conference in the aftermath of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

This is a party of war and as long as they stay in power, all such tragedies, all this war will go on.

The Kiev authorities are craving war primarily for two reasons – to rip profits from it, and to blame all their own domestic failures on it and actions of some sort of “aggressors.”

“As they say, for one it’s war, for other – it’s mother. That’s reason number one why the Ukrainian government is not interested in a peaceful resolution of the conflict,” Putin stated.

Second, you can always use war to justify your failures in economy, social policy. You can always blame things on an aggressor.

This approach to statecraft by the Ukrainian authorities deeply concerns Russia’s President. “We care about Ukraine because Ukraine is our neighbor,” Putin said.

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have been soaring after the incident in the Kerch Strait. Last weekend three Ukrainian Navy ships tried to break through the strait without seeking the proper permission from Russia. Following a tense stand-off and altercation with Russia’s border guard, the vessels were seized and their crews detained over their violation of the country’s border.

While Kiev branded the incident an act of “aggression” on Moscow’s part, Russia believes the whole Kerch affair to be a deliberate “provocation” which allowed Kiev to declare a so-called “partial” martial law ahead of Ukraine’s presidential election.

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Normski

It appears President Putin has the measure of the Ukrainian Government and what they’re up to. Thankfully Putin is a very level headed individual and several steps ahead of Poroshenko!.

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

We saw how they care, They invaded ukraine, killed 20.000 Ukrainians since 2014.

Tom
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Tom

More lying Bs from yet another Ukronazi shill.

a.f.vETH
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a.f.vETH

Truth hurts, boy, Russia must stop kiling Ukraianians

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

WHEN RUSSIA DECLARED WAR ON UKRAINE, YOU SMILED! THIS LATEST TERRORIST ATTACK BY THE RUSSIAN JUNTA IN UKRAINIAN WATERS WAS THE LATEST OF HIS DAILY CRIMES!

Ton
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Ton

Idiot Ukronazi! I know you morons haven’t much intelligence, but your comment is absolute, lying Bs.

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

wE SAW WHEN HE ORDERED THE DOWNING OF mh17………..

Olivia Kroth, author and journalist
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President Putin cares about Ukraine as a neighbour but he knows that it is a failed state.

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

Russia declared war on Ukraine in 2014. The Russians invaded Donbass and CRIMEA…………………5200 Russian Army soldiers kiled in Donbass, 20.000 Ukrainians. MH17 DOWNED BY THE rUSSIAN nAZZIES…WHAT A CARE!

Tom
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Tom

Moron! When did Russia declare war on the Ukraine? Give dates, evidence, please.

therevolutionwas
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therevolutionwas

ignore him, Tom. The guy is a total loser who doesn’t know what he is talking about and will not accept the truth if it hit him in the mouth -which I hope it does.

Cudwieser
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Cudwieser

Ditto

TEP
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TEP

Never feed a troll .. just downvote & move on.

a.f.vETH
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a.f.vETH

The Russian Army invaded Donbass in 2014, moron. remember mh17 downed by Russia! 5200 Russian Army soldiers killed in Donbass since 2014, offical figures.

graeme pedersen
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graeme pedersen

A.F. Veth get’s his news from Bellingcat. You know the authors of Alice in wonderland, Pinnochio etc.

a.f.vETH
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a.f.vETH

Denying the truth haha

Olivia Kroth, author and journalist
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Mrs. or Mr. Veth, Russia never declared war on Ukraine. Ukraine is Russian territory, it has been Russian territory since the times of the tsars. Russia will never declare war on its own. That is absolute nonsense. In 2014, the poor Crimeans finally managed to join the Russian motherland via a referendum. Since then, Crimea’s economy has been getting better and better, while the poor Ukrainians are still starving under the US-Poroshenko regime. Mrs. or Mr. Veth, whoever you are, do not write nonsense on the site of the Duran. It is one of the few good English-language news sites… Read more »

a.f.vETH
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a.f.vETH

Crimea is Ukraine. OccupATION DOES NOT CHANGE THAT. Crimean economy is down, hardly light, gas….and drinking water..and no tourims, just the truth. Tatars are arrested daily and tortured.b Duran is a neo-fascist website supporting the Russian Hitler.

a.f.vETH
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a.f.vETH

Ukraine is not Russia, Only nazzies think so.Today there are still 10.000 occupation troops in Donbas, 700 tanks and 600 grad en buk-systems. As drones shows. Ukraine is a independemt state. Crimea and Donbass are Ukraine by law.

a.f.vETH
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a.f.vETH

And there was no referendum in Crimea,at least no valid one. Voting at gunpoint is never valid. Firs tinvasion, then fake vote. By the way, fake journalist: the choice stay with Ukraine was not even on the ballot. Kiss your Russian Hitler, Sich Heil!

ManintheMoon
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ManintheMoon

Don’t waste your time on this sad figure. He’s probably not very well paid for this (he’s evidently not the brightest pebble on the beach), but our rulers cannot be too choosy in their choice of trolls.

Cudwieser
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Cudwieser

He’s at least persistent and does provide some contrast, even if it is a deeper shade of shite.

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

You support fascism…………..haha

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

NATO increases military presence in Black Sea region, – Stoltenberg
Earlier, President Poroshenko said that calling of several NATO ships would be one of the possible ways to help Ukraine in this situation

graeme pedersen
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graeme pedersen

A.F. Veth get’s his news from Bellingcat. You know the authors of Alice in wonderland, Pinnochio etc.

Cudwieser
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Cudwieser

Graeme! Stop deriding great literary works such as Belling… I mean Alice in Wonderland 😉 🙂

Bill
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Bill

Ukraine deserves to be liberated.

Smokingeagle
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Smokingeagle

He also knows which war parties gave rise to the war party in Ukraine.

a.f.vETH
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a.f.vETH

http://khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1543754176

Can you read, fake journalist?!

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

Caring like the invasion of Donbass and CRIMEA showed……………

ManintheMoon
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ManintheMoon

It’s difficult to know what Putin should do. If – as seems likely – he’s faced with Timoshenko after the elections next year, things are unlikely to change unless there is a big upheaval in European politics. I imagine Putin has given up on the US (he certainly should have) where Trump has proved to as weak as Obama – both probably started out with good intentions. There’s a good article by James Jatras detailing all the levers Trump has failed to use against his tormentors – http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/december/01/sayonara-america-first-we-hardly-knew-ye/. I can only guess that they’ve got dirt on him that has… Read more »

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Shows the stupidity of the people of Ukraine if they vote in the ‘Gas Princess’, who the US wish to install. I still remember her ‘nuke the 8 million Russian speaking people of Ukraine’. Not the greatest Presidential Campaign, tag line.

ManintheMoon
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ManintheMoon

A bit harsh on the wretched Ukrainians, who are no more stupid I fear than the inhabitants of most western “democracies”, who continue to vote in governments that make them pay for perpetual war, ris Armageddon and steadily replace the native population with those from Arica and Asia. Alas most people are easily gulled when they are let down by a corrupt and degenerate elite and given no real choice. Even when they do vote for ‘change’ – as with Brexit and Trump – they are baulked. The struggle will never end.

therevolutionwas
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therevolutionwas

Pessimist! I agree though. But, as that turd Churchill said – Never give up!

Olivia Kroth, author and journalist
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I do not believe that President Putin has given up on President Trump. Their body language tells me that they are trying to find common ground as much as they can, under the difficult prevailing circumstances. I further believe that Trump is a much stronger personality than Obama. Obama was or is a CIA asset, just like Hillary Clinton. Trump is certainly not working for the CIA; he used to be an independent and successful businessman, before he was elected President of the USA. Now he is learning that you cannot escape the fangs of the CIA, no matter who… Read more »

ManintheMoon
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ManintheMoon

You’re probably right on Putin not giving up on Trump as he’s an eternal optimist, but I think he’ll be disappaointed. Trump did not make his money without kowtowing to the worst elements of the New York property magnates (including the family of his son in law). There are certainly links to unsavoury Russian-Israeli oligarchs. Trump’s instincts may be right as regards Amercan interests, but he’s not independent by any stretch. If he was strong he wouldn’t constantly back track on improving relations with Russia over every staged incident. My guess is that it’s his association with Geoffrey Epstein that… Read more »

Jane Karlsson
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Jane Karlsson

Exactly. He can’t drain the swamp because as a friend of Epstein he absolutely has to be (or have been) a swamp creature himself.

Bill
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Bill

The Russians should push for freedom in Ukraine. And wait for a humanitarian crisis and then intervene to stop the killing.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Well said President Putin and so true. Not just Ukraine it applies to.

Why were the US advertising for mercenaries to go and work in Ukraine, before the Kerch Strait incident?

US Defense Contractor Posts Job Offering For “Classified Contingency Operations” In Ukraine… https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-01/us-military-contractor-hiring-personnel-support-classified-contingency-operations

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

pUTIN IS AN NAZZI, tHE rUSSIAN hITLER.

Tom
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Tom

Idiot!

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

wHEN rUSSIA INVADED UKRAINE, THE SANCTIONS STARTED AGAINST THE JUNTA! DONBASS IS DESTROYED BY RUSSIAN ARMY, 2,5 MILLION REFUGEES……………..IT THAT CARING……………HAHAHAHA

Tom
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Tom

Moron!

Ray Joseph Cormier
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If the US didn’t start the regime change in Iraq, Libya and Syria, there would not be so many Refugees seeking safety in Europe.

All the evidence shows US MEDDLING/regime change in other Nation’s affairs, leaves only failed terrorist States in their place, and still doubles down on failed policies.

Iran is the last target for US regime change, following the 2001 US WAR PLANS brought out within weeks of 9/11, to change the regimes of Iraq, Libya, Syria, and at THE END, Iran.

Smokingeagle
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Smokingeagle

The US also meddled in Brasil and is now meddling in Nicaragua (since 2014), and also in Venezuela.

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

cENTRAL cOMMAND OF THE rUSSIAN aRMY IN OCCUPIED DONBASS IN FULL ALERT AFTER MARTIAL LAW IN UKRAINE!

ManintheMoon
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ManintheMoon

Are you being paid for posting this garbage? I hope its not coming from our taxes. Back to fairyland, my friend.

Smokingeagle
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Smokingeagle

Anyone who doesn’t know how to use the Caps Lock key must be deficient in brain function.

Joe
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Joe

He’s a Ukronazi: what else would you expect?

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

And as long as the US backs Ukraine, the danger of war will continue to exist. And Europe is guilty by association…continuously imposing restrictions which end up hurting both sides.

a.f.vETH
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a.f.vETH

Anoter Hitler lover aka Putler lover.

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

On Sunday, the RQ-4B Global Hawk, a strategic unmanned aerial vehicle or UAV of the US Air Force carried out an eight-hour reconnaissance flight near the Black Sea coast of Russia, flying near the Crimea, the Kerch Strait and Kuban, Interfax reports, citing the monitoring data of Western aviation portals. Later in the afternoon, a US Navy P-8A Poseidon patrol plane joined it. Both aircraft took off from Sigonella Naval Air Station in Sicily, Italy. Both aircraft which can conduct electronic intelligence operations hundreds of kilometers inside the enemy’s territory carried out flights at 35 to 45 km from Russian… Read more »

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

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The Russian Border Guard Boat very damaged after it illegally attacked the small Ukrainian vessel..hahahaha

graeme pedersen
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graeme pedersen

A.F. Veth get’s his news from Bellingcat. You know the authors of Alice in wonderland, Pinnochio etc.

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

Your Russians love Putlers daily warcrimes………….

TheCelotajs
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TheCelotajs

Sorry to say but President Petro Poroshenko thinks he is the reincarnation of Germany’s Adolf Hitler during the 1930’s and his rise to power. He is doing the same thing Hitler did when he invaded other countries at first. President Petro Poroshenko wants Donbas first then it will be Crimea next, then who will be next after that?

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

Nazzi troll, Donbass and CRIMEA ARE uKRAINE. ITS OCCUPIED BY RUSSIAN TROOPS……..PUTIN DOWNED MH17……………..HOW CAN UKRAINE INVADE THEIR OWN COUNTRY, HITLERLOVER

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

nato fleet enters Black Sea, ukraine agreed!

Bill
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Bill

A party of war should get their wish. So give it to them.

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Fake news media FREAK OUT over Trump and NATO (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 172.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the media meltdown over remarks that U.S. President Trump may have made with regard to NATO, and how neo-liberal war hawks championing the alliance as some sort of foreign policy projection of peace and democracy, are really just supporting aggression, war, and the eventual weakening of the United States.

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Top 10 Reasons Not to Love NATO, Authored by David Swanson:


The New York Times loves NATO, but should you?

Judging by comments in social media and the real world, millions of people in the United States have gone from having little or no opinion on NATO, or from opposing NATO as the world’s biggest military force responsible for disastrous wars in places like Afghanistan (for Democrats) or Libya (for Republicans), to believing NATO to be a tremendous force for good in the world.

I believe this notion to be propped up by a series of misconceptions that stand in dire need of correction.

1. NATO is not a war-legalizing body, quite the opposite. NATO, like the United Nations, is an international institution that has something or other to do with war, but transferring the UN’s claimed authority to legalize a war to NATO has no support whatsoever in reality. The crime of attacking another nation maintains an absolutely unaltered legal status whether or not NATO is involved. Yet NATO is used within the U.S. and by other NATO members as cover to wage wars under the pretense that they are somehow more legal or acceptable. This misconception is not the only way in which NATO works against the rule of law. Placing a primarily-U.S. war under the banner of NATO also helps to prevent Congressional oversight of that war. Placing nuclear weapons in “non-nuclear” nations, in violation of the Nonproliferation Treaty, is also excused with the claim that the nations are NATO members (so what?). And NATO, of course, assigns nations the responsibility to go to war if other nations go to war — a responsibility that requires them to be prepared for war, with all the damage such preparation does.

2. NATO is not a defensive institution. According to the New York Times, NATO has “deterred Soviet and Russian aggression for 70 years.” This is an article of faith, based on the unsubstantiated belief that Soviet and Russian aggression toward NATO members has existed for 70 years and that NATO has deterred it rather than provoked it. In violation of a promise made, NATO has expanded eastward, right up to the border of Russia, and installed missiles there. Russia has not done the reverse. The Soviet Union has, of course, ended. NATO has waged aggressive wars far from the North Atlantic, bombing Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Libya. NATO has added a partnership with Colombia, abandoning all pretense of its purpose being in the North Atlantic. No NATO member has been attacked or credibly threatened with attack, apart from small-scale non-state blowback from NATO’s wars of aggression.

3. Trump is not trying to destroy NATO. Donald Trump, as a candidate and as U.S. President, has wondered aloud and even promised all kinds of things and, in many cases, the exact opposite as well. When it comes to actions, Trump has not taken any actions to limit or end or withdraw from NATO. He has demanded that NATO members buy more weapons, which is of course a horrible idea. Even in the realm of rhetoric, when European officials have discussed creating a European military, independent of the United States, Trump has replied by demanding that they instead support NATO.

4. If Trump were trying to destroy NATO, that would tell us nothing about NATO. Trump has claimed to want to destroy lots of things, good and bad. Should I support NAFTA or corporate media or the Cold War or the F35 or anything at all, simply because some negative comment about it escapes Trump’s mouth? Should I cheer for every abuse ever committed by the CIA or the FBI because they investigate Trump? Should I long for hostility between nuclear-armed governments because Democrats claim Trump is a Russian agent? When Trump defies Russia to expand NATO, or to withdraw from a disarmament treaty or from an agreement with Iran, or to ship weapons to Ukraine, or to try to block Russian energy deals in Europe, or to oppose Russian initiatives on banning cyber-war or weapons in space, should I cheer for such consistent defiance of Trump’s Russian master, and do so simply because Russia is, so implausibly, his so-inept master? Or should I form my own opinion of things, including of NATO?

5. Trump is not working for, and was not elected by, Russia.According to the New York Times, “Russia’s meddling in American elections and its efforts to prevent former satellite states from joining the alliance have aimed to weaken what it views as an enemy next door, the American officials said.” But are anonymous “American officials” really needed to acquire Russia’s openly expressed opinion that NATO is a threatening military alliance that has moved weapons and troops to states on Russia’s border? And has anyone produced the slightest documentation of the Russian government’s aims in an activity it has never admitted to, namely “meddling in American elections,” — an activity the United States has of course openly admitted to in regard to Russian elections? We have yet to see any evidence that Russia stole or otherwise acquired any of the Democratic Party emails that documented that party’s rigging of its primary elections in favor of Clinton over Sanders, or even any claim that the tiny amount of weird Facebook ads purchased by Russians could possibly have influenced the outcome of anything. Supposedly Trump is even serving Russia by demanding that Turkey not attack Kurds. But is using non-military means to discourage Turkish war-making necessarily the worst thing? Would it be if your favorite party or politician did it? If Trump encouraged a Turkish war, would that also be a bad thing because Trump did it, or would it be a bad thing for substantive reasons?

6. If Trump were elected by and working for Russia, that would tell us nothing about NATO. Imagine if Boris Yeltsin were indebted to the United States and ended the Soviet Union. Would that tell us whether ending the Soviet Union was a good thing, or whether the Soviet Union was obsolete for serious reasons? If Trump were a Russian pawn and began reversing all of his policies on Russia to match that status, including restoring his support for the INF Treaty and engaging in major disarmament negotiations, and we ended up with a world of dramatically reduced military spending and nuclear armaments, with the possibility of all dying in a nuclear apocalypse significantly lowered, would that too simply be a bad thing because Trump?

7. Russia is not a military threat to the world. That Russia would cheer NATO’s demise tells us nothing about whether we should cheer too. Numerous individuals and entities who indisputably helped to put Trump in the White House would dramatically oppose and others support NATO’s demise. We can’t go by their opinions either, since they don’t all agree. We really are obliged to think for ourselves. Russia is a heavily armed militarized nation that commits the crime of war not infrequently. Russia is a top weapons supplier to the world. All of that should be denounced for what it is, not because of who Russia is or who Trump is. But Russia spends a tiny fraction of what the United States does on militarism. Russia has been reducing its military spending each year, while the United States has been increasing its military spending. U.S. annual increases have sometimes exceeded Russia’s entire military budget. The United States has bombed nine nations in the past year, Russia one. The United States has troops in 175 nations, Russia in 3. Gallup and Pew find populations around the world viewing the United States, not Russia, as the top threat to peace in the world. Russia has asked to join NATO and the EU and been rejected, NATO members placing more value on Russia as an enemy. Anonymous U.S. military officials describe the current cold war as driven by weapons profits. Those profits are massive, and NATO now accounts for about three-quarters of military spending and weapons dealing on the globe.

8. Crimea has not been seized. According to the New York Times, “American national security officials believe that Russia has largely focused on undermining solidarity between the United States and Europe after it annexed Crimea in 2014. Its goal was to upend NATO, which Moscow views as a threat.” Again we have an anonymous claim as to a goal of a government in committing an action that never occurred. We can be fairly certain such things are simply made up. The vote by the people of Crimea to re-join Russia is commonly called the Seizure of Crimea. This infamous seizure is hard to grasp. It involved a grand total of zero casualties. The vote itself has never been re-done. In fact, to my knowledge, not a single believer in the Seizure of Crimea has ever advocated for re-doing the vote. Coincidentally, polling has repeatedly found the people of Crimea to be happy with their vote. I’ve not seen any written or oral statement from Russia threatening war or violence in Crimea. If the threat was implicit, there remains the problem of being unable to find Crimeans who say they felt threatened. (Although I have seen reports of discrimination against Tartars during the past 4 years.) If the vote was influenced by the implicit threat, there remains the problem that polls consistently get the same result. Of course, a U.S.-backed coup had just occurred in Kiev, meaning that Crimea — just like a Honduran immigrant — was voting to secede from a coup government, by no means an action consistently frowned upon by the United States.

9. NATO is not an engaged alternative to isolationism. The notion that supporting NATO is a way to cooperate with the world ignores superior non-deadly ways to cooperate with the world. A nonviolent, cooperative, treaty-joining, law-enforcing alternative to the imperialism-or-isolationism trap is no more difficult to think of or to act on than treating drug addiction or crime or poverty as reason to help people rather than to punish them. The opposite of bombing people is not ignoring them. The opposite of bombing people is embracing them. By the standards of the U.S. communications corporations Switzerland must be the most isolationist land because it doesn’t join in bombing anyone. The fact that it supports the rule of law and global cooperation, and hosts gatherings of nations seeking to work together is simply not relevant.

10. April 4 belongs to Martin Luther King, Jr., not militarism. War is a leading contributor to the growing global refugee and climate crises, the basis for the militarization of the police, a top cause of the erosion of civil liberties, and a catalyst for racism and bigotry. A growing coalition is calling for the abolition of NATO, the promotion of peace, the redirection of resources to human and environmental needs, and the demilitarization of our cultures. Instead of celebrating NATO’s 70thanniversary, we’re celebrating peace on April 4, in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech against war on April 4, 1967, as well as his assassination on April 4, 1968.

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Turkey prepared to take Syria’s Manbij, won’t let it turn into ‘swamp’ like N. Iraq

Turkey sees the US-backed Kurdish YPG militias as an extension of the PKK and considers them terrorists as well.

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Ankara has “almost completed” preparations for another military operation in Syria and will launch it if “promises” made by other parties about the protection of its borders are not kept, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

Turkey still hopes that talks with the US, Russia and “other parties” will allow it to ensure its security without resorting to force but it is still ready to proceed with a military option and will not “wait forever,” Erdogan said. He was referring to Ankara’s plans for the northern Syrian territories east of the Euphrates River, which it seeks to turn into a “security zone”free of any Kurdish militias.

“We are on our border with our forces and following developments closely. If promises made to us are kept and the process goes on, that’s fine. Otherwise, we inform that we have almost completed our preparations and will take steps in line with our own strategy,” the president said, addressing a group of businessmen in Ankara on Monday.

He did not elaborate on the promises made. However, they are apparently linked to the withdrawal of the Kurdish YPG militia from the Manbij area and the regions along the border with Turkey. “We will never allow a safe zone to turn into a new swamp,” Erdogan said, referring to the northern Syrian territories and comparing them to the northern Iraq, where the militants from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) – an organization that Ankara considers a terrorist group – have been entrenched for decades.

Turkey sees the US-backed Kurdish YPG militias, which form the backbone of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as an extension of the PKK and considers them terrorists as well. “Our proposal for a security zone under Turkey’s control aims to keep terror organizations away from our borders,” the Turkish president said.

He went on to explain that Ankara does not seek any territorial gains in its military campaigns in Syria but merely seeks to restore order in the war-ravaged country. “We will provide security for Manbij and then we will hand over the city to its real owners,” Erdogan said. “Syria belongs to Syrians.”

Turkey also seeks to establish a “security zone 20 miles [32 kilometers] deep” into Syria, Erdogan said, adding that he already discussed this issue with the US President Donald Trump. “Those who insistently want to keep us away from these regions are seeking to strengthen terror organizations,” he added.

Ankara has been long planning to push YPG units out of the area east of the Euphrates River. Its operation was delayed by the US withdrawal from Syria. However, Erdogan repeatedly hinted that his patience is wearing thin and he is not ready to wait much longer. He warned Trump against backtracking on his pledge to withdraw some 2,000 US forces out of Syria following a suicide attack in Manbij that killed four Americans. If the US president halted the withdrawal, it would mean that Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL) had won, Erdogan argued.

He has also reiterated that Turkey is ready to take over Manbij “without delay.” The US military is currently working on security arrangements with the Turkish forces to create a buffer zone between Turkey and the Kurdish fighters. The Kurds, meanwhile, invited the Syrian government to take over the city and have reportedly begun to leave the area. Turkey has dismissed the reports saying its a “psyop”.

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Political Knives Dull Themselves on the Rock of Brexit Article 50

The invocation of Article 50 was undertaken by an act of Parliament. And it will take another act of Parliament to undo it.

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Theresa “The Gypsum Lady” May went through an extraordinary twenty-four hours. First, seeing her truly horrific Brexit deal go down in historic defeat and then, somehow, surviving a ‘No-Confidence’ vote which left her in a stronger position than before it.

It looks like May rightly calculated that the twenty or so Tory Remainers would put party before the European Union as their personal political positions would be terminally weakened if they voted her out of office.

While there is little stomach in the British Parliament for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, there is less for allowing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to become Prime Minister. And that is the crux of why the incessant calls to delay Brexit, call for a ‘people’s vote’ or, in Corbyn’s case, “take a no-deal Brexit off the table,’ ultimately lead to a whole lot of political knife-fighting and very little substantive action.

The day-to-day headline spam is designed to wear down people’s resistance and make it feel like Brexit getting betrayed is inevitable. That has been the British Deep State’s and EU’s game plan all along and they hoped they could arm-twist enough people in parliament to succeed.

But the problem for them now, since the clock has nearly run out, is the invocation of Article 50 was undertaken by an act of Parliament. And it will take another act of Parliament to undo it.

And I don’t see anyone on the Remainer side working towards that end. That should be your clue as to what happens next.

Why? Because they know they don’t have the time to get that act past Parliament. So, the rest of this is simply a PR campaign to push public opinion far enough to allow for an illegal canceling or postponing of Brexit.

But it’s not working.

According to the latest polls, Brits overwhelmingly want the original Brexit vote respectedLeave even has a 5-6 point lead over Remain.

And, I think Theresa May now realizes this. It is why she invited the no-confidence vote against her. She knew she had the votes and it would give her the ammunition to ignore Corbyn’s hysterical ranting about taking a no-deal Brexit off the table.

Whether she realizes that the only negotiating tool she has with the EU is the threat of a No-Deal Brexit, exactly like Nigel Farage and those committed to Brexit have been telling her for two years is still, however, up in the air.

It looks like she’s finally starting to get it.

The net result is we are seeing a similar outing of the nefarious, behind-the-scenes, power brokers in the public eye similar to what’s been happening in the US with Donald Trump and Russiagate.

May has been singularly unimpressive in her handling of Brexit. I’ve been convinced from the beginning that betraying Brexit was always her goal. Negotiating a deal unacceptable to anyone was meant to exhaust everyone into the position to just throwing up their hands and canceling the whole thing.

The EU has been in the driver’s seat the entire time because most of the British establishment has been on their side and it was only the people who needed to be disrespected.

So, after all of these shananigans we are back to where we were last week. May has cut off all avenues of discussion. She won’t commit to taking ‘no-deal’ off the table to tweak Corbyn. She won’t substantively move on any other issue. This is likely to push her deal through as a last-minute panic move.

Corbyn is still hoping to get new elections to take power, and the majority of MP’s who don’t want to leave the EU keep fighting among themselves to cock up the entire works.

All they are doing is expending pound after pound of political capital beating themselves against their own act of Parliament which goes into effect on March 29th.

By the time that date comes around the frustration, shame and humiliation of how Parliament has mishandled Brexit will make it difficult for a lot of Remainers to hold together their majority as public opinion has decidedly turned against them.

In the past the EU has had that façade of democratic support undermining any change at the political level. With Brexit (and with budget talks in Italy) that is not the case. The people are angry.

The peak moment for Remainers to stage a bipartisan political coup against May should have been the most recent no-confidence vote.

With May surviving that it implies that Remainers are not willing to die politically for their cause.

This should begin to see defectors over the next couple of weeks as they realize they don’t have a hand to play either.

And by May refusing to rule out a ‘no-deal’ Brexit it has finally brought the EU around to throw a bone towards the British. Their admitting they would extend Article 50 is just that. But they know that’s a non-starter as that is the one thing May has been steadfast in holding to.

On March 29th with or without a deal the U.K. is out of the EU. Because despite the European Court of Justice’s decision, Britain’s parliament can only cancel Article 50 at this point by acting illegally.

Not that I would put that past these people, but then that opens up a can of worms that most British MP’s will not go along with. The personal stakes are simply too high.

When dealing with politicians, never bet against their vanity or their pocketbook. In May’s case she may finally have realized she could have the legacy of getting Britain out of the EU just before it collapses.

And all she has to do between now and the end of March is, precisely, nothing.

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