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When is MAD not MAD? ANSWER: Никогда

As we enter the New Year, so will Putin enter his 20th year as President.

Richard Galustian




The Russian word meaning NEVER

As we enter the New Year, so will Putin enter his 20th year as President. The Kremlin portrays Putin as a savior: a leader who lifted Russia off its knees after the years that followed the Soviet Union’s decline.

And nearly 20 years after Boris Yeltsin handed him the presidency, and with three full terms behind him, Putin seems stronger than ever despite the effective propaganda from the West against him.

Putin’s been in power for as long as many Russians can remember and since before many were even born. He won the last presidential election with over 75% of the vote.

Meanwhile, President Vladimir Putin unnerves the West with warnings about the hypersonic weapons and missile shields that Moscow is developing, reminding us of the days of MAD* (Mutually Assured Destruction) between the two Cold War superpowers and the ‘bluff’ of America’s ‘Star Wars’ programme.

Russia now has real influence in the MENA region for the first time in its history while it embraces Crimea ever closer to counter the CIA’s gambit of seizing political power in – what has become a total fascist regime – in Ukraine.

His detractors say Putin’s losing his connection with the Russian people. Don’t believe the West’s ‘Newspeak’.

Putin has in just 20 years raised Russia’s profile on the global stage to a century or more high. That said this contradiction exists in his personality; Putin has shown signs of empathy in many ways, in his old age. Many even would love to see Putin made Tsar! Fanciful to say the least. For that to become a distant remote possibility one needs to understand Putin’s sensitivities, his empathy and feelings that requires him to constantly show the people of Russia he still deeply cares about ‘his subjects’. He loves his Country!

From December 26th in the Moscow Times:

“The speaker of Russia’s parliament raised the possibility of changing the constitution as speculation grows that the Kremlin is considering ways to allow President Vladimir Putin to remain in power beyond the end of his current term, when current law requires him to step down.”

Some recent polls show Putin’s popularity is waning but, as Mark Twain once wrote, statistics are pliable.

In his first two terms, in 2000-08, Putin was “in a blessed situation, There was ample money, the economy was buoyant with high world oil prices fueling strong GDP growth, and Western preoccupation with terrorism, among other things, meant a “permissive international system” for the then relatively unknown Russian President.

The country was in a “serious stagnation pit” and any additional Western sanctions could make it much worse, according to a former finance minister. He said new sanctions could restrict technology transfer with the West; a development that would dampen hopes for the kind of breakthrough the President has been seeking.

With or without new sanctions, Putin’s stated goal of doubling GDP by 2021; around the time he may start revealing his plans for what comes after 2024, when a constitutional limit of two straight terms seemingly bars him from Office.

In the past, Putin has persistently managed to avoid blame for Russia’s woes, with State-controlled media helping him pin setbacks on the usual suspects – the West, his cabinet, and incompetent or corrupt lower-level officials.

The Russian economy is not in recession now, as it was in two years following the 2014 oil-price plunge and the onset of sanctions over aggression in Ukraine, remember caused by the CIA’s takeover of the Ukraine.

Warranted or not, Putin’s hand is seen everywhere in the world. Paranoia!

But almost every move Russia has made beyond its borders since 2014, or been accused of making, has brought criticism, accusations or condemnations from the West.

In Syria, Putin is accused of propping up a bloody dictator; in Britain, of committing a chemical-weapons attack yet now Putin has an opportunity to praise America for its military withdrawal from Syria and with hope also from

Afghanistan. It’s all rather confusing is it not. The truth is there if you look.

As for religion, as usual, it to is a problem. It exists within the Orthodox Christian leaders caused by the Ukraine meeting on December 15 to form a new, unified church free from Russian claims of supremacy “a church without Putin,” as Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko put it.

Of course, some analysts say Putin especially encourages a siege mentality and whips up anti-Western sentiment to both bolster his image and draw attention away from problems within Russia itself. And why not? That is exactly what Western countries do.

Lest we do, let us never forget the hugely successful WORLD CUP staged last summer in Russia.

The bottom line of today’s global politics is we (mainly US and UK) must learn to develop our mutual interests with Russia, not bait Her into a nuclear war. Now that IS MAD!

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EU leaders dictate Brexit terms to Theresa May (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 115.

Alex Christoforou



The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss how EU leaders have agreed on a plan to delay the the Article 50 process which effectively postpones Brexit beyond the 29 March deadline.

The UK will now be offered a delay until the 22nd of May, only if MPs approve Theresa May’s withdrawal deal next week. If MPs do not approve May’s negotiated deal, then the EU will support a short delay until the 12th of April, allowing the UK extra time to get the deal passed or to “indicate a way forward”.

UK PM Theresa May said there was now a “clear choice” facing MPs, who could vote for a third time on her deal next week.

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Theresa May outlines four Brexit options, via Politico

In a letter to MPs, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May set out the four options she believes the country has in light of Thursday’s decision by EU leaders to extend the Brexit deadline beyond next Friday.

The U.K. is faced with a four-way choice, May wrote late Friday.

The government could revoke Article 50 — which May called a betrayal of the Brexit vote; leave without a deal on April 12; pass her deal in a vote next week; or, “if it appears that there is not sufficient support” for a vote on her deal in parliament next week or if it is rejected for a third time, she could ask for an extension beyond April 12.

But this would require for the U.K. taking part in European elections in May, which the prime minister said “would be wrong.”

May wrote that she’s hoping for the deal to pass, allowing the U.K. to leave the EU “in an orderly way,” adding “I still believe there is a majority in the House for that course of action.”

“I hope we can all agree that we are now at the moment of decision,” she wrote.

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US media suffers panic attack after Mueller fails to deliver on much-anticipated Trump indictment

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom said it all: “Mueller – The name that ended all mainstream media credibility.”





Via RT

Important pundits and news networks have served up an impressive display of denials, evasions and on-air strokes after learning that Robert Mueller has ended his probe without issuing a single collusion-related indictment.

The Special Counsel delivered his final report to Attorney General William Barr for review on Friday, with the Justice Department confirming that there will be no further indictments related to the probe. The news dealt a devastating blow to the sensational prophesies of journalists, analysts and entire news networks, who for nearly two years reported ad nauseam that President Donald Trump and his inner circle were just days away from being carted off to prison for conspiring with the Kremlin to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Showing true integrity, journalists and television anchors took to Twitter and the airwaves on Friday night to acknowledge that the media severely misreported Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, as well as what Mueller’s probe was likely to find. They are, after all, true professionals.

“How could they let Trump off the hook?” an inconsolable Chris Matthews asked NBC reporter Ken Dilanian during a segment on CNN’s ‘Hardball’.

Dilanian tried to comfort the CNN host with some of his signature NBC punditry.

“My only conclusion is that the president transmitted to Mueller that he would take the Fifth. He would never talk to him and therefore, Mueller decided it wasn’t worth the subpoena fight,” he expertly mused.

Actually, there were several Serious Journalists who used their unsurpassed analytical abilities to conjure up a reason why Mueller didn’t throw the book at Trump, even though the president is clearly a Putin puppet.

“It’s certainly possible that Trump may emerge from this better than many anticipated. However! Consensus has been that Mueller would follow DOJ rules and not indict a sitting president. I.e. it’s also possible his report could be very bad for Trump, despite ‘no more indictments,'” concluded Mark Follman, national affairs editor at Mother Jones, who presumably, and very sadly, was not being facetious.

Revered news organs were quick to artfully modify their expectations regarding Mueller’s findings.

“What is collusion and why is Robert Mueller unlikely to mention it in his report on Trump and Russia?” a Newsweek headline asked following Friday’s tragic announcement.

Three months earlier, Newsweek had meticulously documented all the terrible “collusion” committed by Donald Trump and his inner circle.

But perhaps the most sobering reactions to the no-indictment news came from those who seemed completely unfazed by the fact that Mueller’s investigation, aimed at uncovering a criminal conspiracy between Trump and the Kremlin, ended without digging up a single case of “collusion.”

The denials, evasions and bizarre hot takes are made even more poignant by the fact that just days ago, there was still serious talk about Trump’s entire family being hauled off to prison.

“You can’t blame MSNBC viewers for being confused. They largely kept dissenters from their Trump/Russia spy tale off the air for 2 years. As recently as 2 weeks ago, they had @JohnBrennan strongly suggesting Mueller would indict Trump family members on collusion as his last act,” journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted.

While the Mueller report has yet to be released to the public, the lack of indictments makes it clear that whatever was found, nothing came close to the vast criminal conspiracy alleged by virtually the entire American media establishment.

“You have been lied to for 2 years by the MSM. No Russian collusion by Trump or anyone else. Who lied? Head of the CIA, NSA,FBI,DOJ, every pundit every anchor. All lies,” wrote conservative activist Chuck Woolery.

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom was more blunt, but said it all: “Mueller – The name that ended all mainstream media credibility.”

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Canadian Lawmaker Accuses Trudeau Of Being A “Fake Feminist” (Video)

Rempel segued to Trudeau’s push to quash an investigation into allegations that he once groped a young journalist early in his political career



Via Zerohedge

Canada’s feminist-in-chief Justin Trudeau wants to support and empower women…but his support stops at the point where said women start creating problems for his political agenda.

That was the criticism levied against the prime minister on Friday by a conservative lawmaker, who took the PM to task for “muzzling strong, principled women” during a debate in the House of Commons.

“He asked for strong women, and this is what they look like!” said conservative MP Michelle Rempel, referring to the former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, who has accused Trudeau and his cronies of pushing her out of the cabinet after she refused to grant a deferred prosecution agreement to a Quebec-based engineering firm.

She then accused Trudeau of being a “fake feminist”.

“That’s not what a feminist looks like…Every day that he refuses to allow the attorney general to testify and tell her story is another day he’s a fake feminist!”

Trudeau was so taken aback by Rempel’s tirade, that he apparently forgot which language he should respond in.

But Rempel wasn’t finished. She then segued to Trudeau’s push to quash an investigation into allegations that he once groped a young journalist early in his political career. This from a man who once objected to the continued use of the word “mankind” (suggesting we use “peoplekind” instead).

The conservative opposition then tried to summon Wilson-Raybould to appear before the Commons for another hearing (during her last appearance, she shared her account of how the PM and employees in the PM’s office and privy council barraged her with demands that she quash the government’s pursuit of SNC-Lavalin over charges that the firm bribed Libyan government officials). Wilson-Raybould left the Trudeau cabinet after she was abruptly moved to a different ministerial post – a move that was widely seen as a demotion.

Trudeau has acknowledged that he put in a good word on the firm’s behalf with Wilson-Raybould, but insists that he always maintained the final decision on the case was hers and hers alone.

Fortunately for Canadians who agree with Rempel, it’s very possible that Trudeau – who has so far resisted calls to resign – won’t be in power much longer, as the scandal has cost Trudeau’s liberals the lead in the polls for the October election.


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