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US continues to lose ground in Syria

But speculation on their weakening hold in the area also appears to be a tool of the radical Left, as major commentary was provided by two extremely Left-oriented analysts

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In a proxy war, the possibility exists that the nations involved “behind the scenes” can be made irrelevant. This especially can happen if the nation running the proxy is unwanted in the first place.

This fact has been the truth for the US forces in Syria ever since the Syrian Civil War began, and for the last few weeks, this fact has created a series of very tense situations and possible standoffs between the US and Russia (who IS wanted there), and between the US and Turkey, and even at one point, Russia and Turkey.

This last situation appears to be somewhat resolved, but the American forces supporting a faction of Kurdish fighters around the city of Afrin have really aroused the ire of the neighboring Turkish government.

Turkey’s president, Erdogan announced that the Turkish Army will encircle Syria’s Afrin in a mission to cast out the Kurdish forces. Turkey has been fighting the Kurds for decades, and so they do not care about crossing a sovereign border; they are going to get these people out of there, and that is all there is to it.

The Syrian government has, correctly, asserted sovereignty over the land in dispute, and some reports suggested that an agreement between the Kurds and the Syrian government had been reached, but so far, neither Turkey nor the Kurdish leadership have acknowledged such an agreement – in fact, both camps deny that it exists.

In fact, Ankara has threatened to face off against Syrian forces if they try to aid the Kurds.

And here sit the American forces as they try to execute and manage this proxy war.

For the American military forces, this situation presents a double-edged problem, at least. Turkey is an ally under NATO. The Kurds in this region have been supported by the Americans in the fight against ISIS, who is now gone from the Afrin region.

Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have been in bitter conflict for over thirty years, and Turkey is highly resentful of the Americans’ support of their enemy. Furthermore, the Americans are not wanted in Syria anyway by the Syrian government, and they have been at best, tolerated because of the minor efforts (and admittedly since Trump came into office, some major ones) made at getting ISIS defeated and destroyed.

But the real reason the American forces are there is bigger than settling a Middle East hotspot. This area is highly strategic in location, and American foreign policy heads want control over this region, through the existence of a Kurdish ally-state, most notably, if the Kurds can gain control of the city of Deir al-Zour, which is both a major city and a regional oil hub.

The Russians are said to have a strategic interest in Syria as well, for more or less similar reasons, plus one: Russia’s only military base outside the former Soviet Union’s territorial boundaries.  This base has a superb strategic location since Syria itself is basically a crossroads from Eurasian nations to the Middle East.

But where Turkey and the US have been allied through most of the course of the Syrian conflict on the mutual grounds of trying to get rid of both the Assad government and ISIS, Turkey also holds that the PKK rebel opposition group is an enemy, which as stated earlier is a problem, because the USA is supporting this group. The PKK has been in a state of armed conflict with Turkey since 1984, with the goal of winning for itself its own state originally, but the current war has reignited this hope, and Turkey does not like that at all.

Russia Today reported that political analyst Chris Bambery sees a change of alignment in the Middle East, and that “America is looking a bit more sidelined than it used to be in the past.” Mr. Bambery, admittedly is a pretty far left, socialist, Marxist aligned guy, so his analysis is not likely to give a pro-American skew. However, though it seems this assessment is a bit early, it is also potentially the direction things will go, as he continues:

I think Washington will be watching this with some trepidation. Because what we are seeing here is a realignment of Turkey, Iran and Russia. And the Americans are already angry with Turkey and Erdogan for supplying loans to Iran… Also, I think they are worried there could be a bigger shift here. Thus far America and the Kurds have been allied in the fight against so-called Islamic State. We’ve had the Russian intervening on the side of Assad and the Turks intervening against the Kurds. Now we are seeing another mix. It could well be that joining this Iranian-Russian-Turkish axis is Assad.”

Marxism and socialist views aside, this is a point worthy of consideration. Again, for the USA, this is a proxy war mostly at this point, and the question, especially since ISIS has been largely eliminated from Syrian lands, remains, ‘What are the Americans doing here?’

However there is also a case for taking a skeptical view on this matter. Further comment to the RT newspiece was given by a military analyst named Kamal Alam, from the Royal United Services Institute, or RUSI, offered this comment on the situation:

The Syrian Kurds asked the Syrian government for a help a week ago. And the Syrian government themselves has said that it is a sovereign territory and it’s only their forces that should be operating there, no non-state actors. If the Syrian military go through and they’re back in control of the area, that means Turkey has no legitimacy to remain in the area and will have to withdraw back to the Turkish borders…

“Essentially the Americans have been saying that they are present in Northern Syria to help the SDF and Syrian Kurds fight against the terrorists. But there are no more ISIS in that area. And if the Syrian government moves in, the US have to move out.”

The comment seems astute enough, but a bit of cross-checking reveals also a heavy left-wing lean to Mr. Alam as well, for he is listed prominently among authors who contribute to opendemocracy.org, which is a George Soros organization, and part of the overall Open Society group of associations supported by him.

While these assertions may prove accurate, at this point it is hard to tell if this is analysis that will play out in reality or if it is hopeful speculation. Where Soros’ hands are, there is discord, and although there is a place for every opinion to be useful, this situation is more likely than not to move very slowly, if at all. Chances are actually high that given the nature of this commentary, the powers that be will find some other less exciting solution than either war or the removal of the Americans from that part of Syria.

What is true though, is that the nature of this conflict as a proxy war means that it is possible to analyze and speculate about it an an almost unlimited number of ways. The sad thing is that while this goes on, people fight, and kill, and die, for no actual good cause.

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Russia’s economy continues to outperform as gold takes center stage (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris examine how US and EU sanctions have continued to provide a huge boost to Russia’s economy. Russia’s food sovereignty has practically been achieved, as the Russian central bank continues to buy gold and lower its exposure to western financial markets.

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Outside pressure in the form of sanctions has become an incentive to resolve various issues of Russia’s economy, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev stated in an interview with the Izvestiya daily.

He noted that through introducing sanctions against Russia, “the West aims to destabilize Russia’s economy and to create social and political tensions in society.”

“But during the difficult times, Russians have always stuck together and mobilized their resources in order to ensure the country’s sovereignty. This is what is happening now – the outside pressure has become an incentive to resolve many problems in Russia’s economy,” he said.

“Before the sanctions, it seemed that we would never be able to feed ourselves and that we are doomed to be dependent on Western import. However, right now, Russia’s food sovereignty in crucial sectors has practically been achieved, and in some areas, Russia has become the leading exporter,” Patrushev noted.

Those who apply the sanctions “can see that they (the sanctions – TASS) are ineffective and often achieve the opposite goal,” the Russian security chief concluded.

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US Neocon Foreign Policy and the War Waged Against Serbia

The Serbian assault began first by a ‘financial war’; by sanctions and finished off by an aggressive unprovoked incessant NATO bombing campaign.

Richard Galustian

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The ‘witch-hunt’ against President Trump over Russian collusion has officially ended, following the submission of the Mueller Report, enabling us to now focus on the real problems of America that effects the whole world.

In the hope of a waining of the Russophobia in America, let’s look at the US’s recent war history by starting with the 20th anniversary this month of the NATO war on Serbia in 1999 which amounted to almost 100 days of bombing of historic cities and infrastructure.

Firstly, these problems are, in the main caused by the Neocons, or Deep State, whatever you wish to call them, and the continuing promotion, by the US Military-Security Industrial Complex, of wars and regime change and secondly, Trump’s unreserved support for Israel, regardless of war crimes they may continue to commit against the Palestinians.

Incredibly after that one sided unjust and illegal war that NATO executed, NATO has the audacity to invite Serbia to join it! Something that will never happen. What do they smoke in DC, in the Pentagon and Brussels based NATO?

To compound these overall problems, the US Military and Israeli Defence Forces collaborate on these US regime change policies on all continents evidenced most recently by the arrival of crack Israeli troops last month in Brazil, prepared to support an attack potentially by Brazil and Columbia on Venezuela.

As, has now come to be expected, America pursues its Venezuelan regime change with full main stream media (MSM) cooperation, using well proven sophisticated propaganda techniques along with a variety of pretexts.

From Serbia to Iraq to Libya, where does it end? Observe that Trump is now seeking a ‘NATO alliance’ offering NATO status, to President Bolsonaro of Brazil to back the invasion of Venezuela.

So it is important to remember, as an example, that after a long war of economic and financial destabilization ended with the bombing of Serbia.

Serbia was previously a part of Yugoslavia, a country which had successfully evolved after 1945 to solve the old rivalries of the 19th and early 20th Century Balkan ethnic animosities which was, prior to the advent of power of President Tito, its past history.

The United Nations, instead of supporting, in effect, so called ‘humanitarian wars’ and ‘regime change wars’ by the US, using NATO, helped and relentlessly driven home by MSM outlets like CNN and FOX NEWS into people’s heads, must finally take a stand.

So too, Yugoslavia, once the envy of many in the world, given its then ‘non-aligned’ status under President Tito, was destroyed and broken up; ‘Balkanized’ in the early 1990s.

The Serbian assault began first by a ‘financial war’; by sanctions and finished off by an aggressive unprovoked incessant NATO bombing campaign. That’s what we can expect in Venezuela next.

This ‘Balkanization’ strategy similarly applies to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria et al. It serves US Neocon interests to dismember States in the world and create smaller more ‘manageable’ countries.

‘Regime change’ runs against the intent, the very words contained in the US Constitution. No one in MSM ever reminds us of that fact. Nevertheless America’s ambition to overthrow other States continues, which they arrogantly now make no secret of. The next States will probably be Nicaragua then Iran to name but two.

A very noteworthy most recent outrageous unilateral declaration was made by President Trump, not yet formally agreed by US institutions, ‘giving’ something he has no authority to give; Syrian territory, the Golan Heights to be precise, to Israel. Something that one day could trigger a full scale Arab-Israeli War.

This is of extreme importance yet no real outcry comes from world leaders; well not so far.

The main reason for that decision given by senior US Administration figures is that “God anointed Trump to save the Jews”.

Not forgetting Trump’s need (which we the people don’t understand exactly why) to support Prime Minister Netanyahu in his difficult upcoming elections in Israel – in part because both countries failed to ‘regime change’ Syria – but more importantly to help the ‘financial terrorists’ who formed a company jointly that has already started drilling for oil in the Golan Heights. You might like to know who owns such oil drilling company which should answer a plethora of questions in one go that you must be asking yourselves.

The shareholder’s names tells us everything; Dick Cheney; Baron Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch. The titular heads of neocons, bankers and media on the planet.

In ending there is no more evidence required for us, the people of the world, to rise up against the globalist dark forces wherever they exist, be it in Brussels, London, France or Washington. We must demand democratic elections or start revolutions, the latter has already begun in France in the form of ‘the yellow vests’. And Brexit, by definition, is a rejection by the British people of globalism and American Hegemony.

The pattern of US destabilization and destruction of States to loot them of their sovereign resources is the unseen history of the last 100 years, not taught in any university, anywhere in the West.

As far as Ukraine is concerned, its government was taken down by the CIA and replaced by an ultra fascist regime that has full backing from America. This is no secret. But the MSM simple don’t report it.

US led NATO is ‘the transnational war machine’ of the world, devouring almost all free countries wealth. It can extort to terrorize all into conformity to the global ‘carcinogenic’ US Neocon imperialistic strategy.

A total estimated 20m people around the world have died since the end of WW11 at the hands of US Forces. Think about that for a moment.

One of the most famous sayings attributed to America’s great President Abraham Lincoln is about deception: “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

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‘Dark day for internet freedom’: EU approves controversial copyright reform

Julia Reda, a German MEP with the Pirate Party, described it as a “dark day for internet freedom.”

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The European Parliament has voted to adopt the highly controversial Article 13 provision which would govern the production and distribution of content online under the auspices of increasing copyright protections.

Tuesday’s move will update the EU’s 20-year-old copyright rules and will govern everything from audiovisual content to memes, much to the dismay of many social media users who have already begun outpouring their grief online.

MEPs passed the legislation by 348 votes to 274 Tuesday. Opponents had hoped for last-minute amendments to be made but their efforts were in vain.

Julia Reda, a German MEP with the Pirate Party, described it as a “dark day for internet freedom.”

Article 13 or ‘The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market’ makes all platforms legally responsible for the content hosted and shared on their platforms.

The process of updating the bloc’s copyright laws began in the European Commission two years ago, ostensibly to protect Europe’s publishers, broadcasters and artists and guarantee fair compensation from big tech companies.

By essentially forcing companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter to pay artists and publishers for the reproduction of their work online, include in meme format, the EU is effectively clamping down on online memery.

The onus will now be on tech companies to clamp down on content-sharing on their platforms, which will likely ensure yet more draconian policing of speech and content.

EU member states now have two years to pass their own laws putting Article 13 into effect.

Tens of thousands marched in protest across Germany ahead of the vote, decrying what they viewed as severe online censorship.

Tech giant Google said that while the directive is “improved” it will still lead to legal uncertainty and will damage Europe’s creative and digital economies.

Critics have argued that the only way for Article 13 to be effectively enforced would be through the use of upload filters which automatically check content to see if it’s copyrighted or not, at least in theory. However, the exact mechanics of such a system have yet to be fully debated and the potential for abuse is immediately clear.

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