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Here’s why a Hillary Clinton presidency will push the world closer to war

The rise of Hillary Clinton and the way she has made Russia the centerpiece of her election campaign leads to growing concern about the effect of a Hillary Clinton Presidency.

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If the western media is to be believed, no one is allowed to die of natural causes in Russia. Every time a person in Russia dies there is a clear culprit. Let’s say it all together…. ‘Putin did it’. Of course this is beyond farcical, it is utterly inane. But far from being clowns, the ringleaders of the western circus are actually deeply frightening individuals.

A series of seemingly unrelated events have transpired in recent days and weeks which when analysed as part of a larger international agenda, have the aggregate effect of accelerating a political and military doomsday.

The Obama government has waged a cold war on three distinct fronts

1. A political/economic cold war against Russia, complete with the doubling up of hostile NATO military bases and arms near Russia’s vast land border. This part of the Obama government’s plan saw the US aiding and encouraging the violent overthrow of the legitimate government in Kiev in 2014.

2. A political and cyber-war against whistleblowers, legal activists and free speech agitators (Manning, Snowden, Assange being the most well-known)

3. Proxy wars in the Middle East designed to weaken Russia’s traditional Syrian ally through the funding and arming of terrorist groups including ISIS.

But things seem to be getting a lot worse in the run-up to the most violently contested US Presidential election in recent history. Russia has dominated election rhetoric more than in any election since the Reagan era and by comparison, Reagan’s anti-Soviet rhetoric was bland and predictable.

Contrasted with Reagan’s Manichean assessment of international relations, the Hillary Clinton campaign have directly accused Russia of specific and serious acts ranging from waging a war in Donbass when Russia has not done so, trying to destabilise European politics and interfering in elections, when the truth of the matter is that Russia has said and done less and less when it comes to Europe due to the EU increasingly cutting itself off from the wider world under American influence.

Now the Clinton campaign are accusing Russia of directly meddling in the US election and the accusations continue to grow ever wilder. Whether it’s Russia hacking into the computers of the Democratic Party or allegations that Trump and his associates are striking secret personal deals with Vladimir Putin to ensure a Trump victory, Joseph McCarthy’s anti-communist witch hunts suddenly look modest by comparison. 

Whilst no serious analyst thought Russia was behind the leaks, it now appears that a possible whistleblower has been identified as a recently murdered man. On 10 July of this year, 27 year old Seth Rich was shot in the streets of Washington. Rich had worked for the Democratic National Committee and Julian Assange has cryptically suggested (as Wikileaks never reveal their sources) that Rich may have been the whistleblower who leaked the emails.  

The circumstances surrounding Rich’s death are highly suspicious. He was shot by a still unidentified individual, but was not robbed or molested in any other way. It has all the hallmarks of a targeted assassination. With rumours running rife that a Clinton government would put pressure on Ecuador for granting Assange asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Assange has posted a 2010 video of Clinton supporter Bob Beckel calling for the ‘illegal’ (Beckel’s words) killing of Assange. Obama’s cold war on whistleblowers has just become very hot indeed.

This has happened more or less simultaneous to rumours that the Ukrainian army along with paramilitary units and terrorist gangs are set to wage total war on the republics of Donbass. In the aftermath of Russia’s thwarting of a terrorist attack on Crimea, some say that Kiev’s forces may attempt to invade Russian territory, beginning with Crimea. 

It is a well-known fact that Hillary Clinton is one of the biggest anti-Russian agitators in Washington, this in spite of the fact that in her last failed attempt to become the President of the US she couldn’t even name the then President of Russia. Now though, Clinton is slipping the anti-Russian message deeper and deeper into both her foreign policy rhetoric and her rhetoric about the political process in America.

The fact that Donald Trump has taken a line that America and Russia should de-escalate tensions is not due to some conspiracy involving Putin, it is because as a self-styled populist, Trump is voicing the view shared by the vast majority of American’s that Russia is not a threat and not even a political issue. The people of America do not care about Russia. Most hardly know about Russia, let alone the intricacies of her foreign policy. This has proved to be both a blessing and a curse for the American political process. On the one hand, Trump offers a much needed alternative to the anti-Russian hysteria which prior to Trump was a point of unity between both Republican and Democratic politicians. With Trump correctly stating that instead of planning a war with Russia, an American president ought to help America’s economy and quill her violent crime rates, many people are taking this simple, honest and correct message on board.

Inversely, Trump has given Clinton an opportunity to play up her anti-Russian stance as Russia is now a point of contention. Assuming one of Trump’s Republican opponents had been the party’s candidate, there would be little point of disagreement and hence no argument about policies towards Russia. But this is no longer the case and Clinton has been emboldened to blame everything, including the presence of Donald Trump on Russia.

I cannot think of a grimmer prospect than a Hillary Clinton presidency. Caligula infamously appointed his favourite horse Incitatus a consul of Rome and frankly I think he would do less damage to world than Clinton. Trump does not have a perfect rhetorical record on whistle-blowers or even on Russia, but contrary to mainstream western media perceptions, his policies are far more sane and sound than those of his opponent. Many pro-war Republicans are telling their constituents; ‘hold your nose and vote for Clinton’. The truth of the matter is, even for those who dislike Trump’s style, if one cares about world peace, hold your nose and vote for Trump.

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Trump Has Gifted “No More Wars” Policy Position To Bernie Sanders (Video)

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RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou discuss how US President Donald Tump appears to have ceded his popular 2016 ‘no more wars’ campaign message and policy position to Bernie Sanders and any other US 2020 candidate willing to grad onto a non-interventionist approach to the upcoming Democrat primaries.

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The center of gravity of U.S. politics is shifting toward the Trump position of 2016.

“The president has said that he does not want to see this country involved in endless wars… I agree with that,” Bernie Sanders told the Fox News audience at Monday’s town hall meeting in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Then turning and staring straight into the camera, Bernie added:

“Mr. President, tonight you have the opportunity to do something extraordinary: Sign that resolution. Saudi Arabia should not be determining the military or foreign policy of this country.”

Sanders was talking about a War Powers Act resolution that would have ended U.S. involvement in the five-year civil war in Yemen that has created one of the great humanitarian crises of our time, with thousands of dead children amidst an epidemic of cholera and a famine.

Supported by a united Democratic Party on the Hill, and an anti-interventionist faction of the GOP led by Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee of Utah, the War Powers resolution had passed both houses of Congress.

But 24 hours after Sanders urged him to sign it, Trump, heeding the hawks in his Cabinet and National Security Council, vetoed S.J.Res.7, calling it a “dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities.”

With sufficient Republican votes in both houses to sustain Trump’s veto, that should be the end of the matter.

It is not: Trump may have just ceded the peace issue in 2020 to the Democrats. If Sanders emerges as the nominee, we will have an election with a Democrat running on the “no-more-wars” theme Trump touted in 2016. And Trump will be left defending the bombing of Yemeni rebels and civilians by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.

Does Trump really want to go into 2020 as a war party president?

Does he want to go into 2020 with Democrats denouncing “Trump’s endless wars” in the Middle East? Because that is where he is headed.

In 2008, John McCain, leading hawk in the Senate, was routed by a left-wing first-term senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, who had won his nomination by defeating the more hawkish Hillary Clinton, who had voted to authorize the war in Iraq.

In 2012, the Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who was far more hawkish than Obama on Russia, lost.

Yet, in 2016, Trump ran as a different kind of Republican, an opponent of the Iraq War and an anti-interventionist who wanted to get along with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and get out of these Middle East wars.

Looking closely at the front-running candidates for the Democratic nomination of 2020 — Joe Biden, Sanders, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker — not one appears to be as hawkish as Trump has become.

Trump pulled us out of the nuclear deal with Iran negotiated by Secretary of State John Kerry and reimposed severe sanctions.

He declared Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, to which Iran has responded by declaring U.S. Central Command a terrorist organization. Ominously, the IRGC and its trained Shiite militias in Iraq are in close proximity to U.S. troops.

Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, moved the U.S. Embassy there, closed the consulate that dealt with Palestinian affairs, cut off aid to the Palestinians, recognized Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights seized from Syria in 1967, and gone silent on Bibi Netanyahu’s threat to annex Jewish settlements on the West Bank.

Sanders, however, though he stands by Israel, is supporting a two-state solution and castigating the “right-wing” Netanyahu regime.

Trump has talked of pulling all U.S. troops out of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet the troops are still there.

Though Trump came into office promising to get along with the Russians, he sent Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine and announced a pullout from Ronald Reagan’s 1987 INF treaty that outlawed all land-based intermediate-range nuclear missiles.

When Putin provocatively sent 100 Russian troops to Caracas — ostensibly to repair the S-400 anti-aircraft and anti-missile system that was damaged in recent blackouts — Trump, drawing a red line, ordered the Russians to “get out.”

Biden is expected to announce next week. If the stands he takes on Russia, China, Israel and the Middle East are more hawkish than the rest of the field, he will be challenged by the left wing of his party, and by Sanders, who voted “no” on the Iraq War that Biden supported.

The center of gravity of U.S. politics is shifting toward the Trump position of 2016. And the anti-interventionist wing of the GOP is growing.

And when added to the anti-interventionist and anti-war wing of the Democratic Party on the Hill, together, they are able, as on the Yemen War Powers resolution, to produce a new bipartisan majority.

Prediction: By the primaries of 2020, foreign policy will be front and center, and the Democratic Party will have captured the “no-more-wars” political high ground that Candidate Donald Trump occupied in 2016.

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Over 200 killed, hundreds injured in series of blasts at Sri Lankan hotels & churches

A series of bombings hit churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing more than 200 people.

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A series of eight explosions rocked Catholic churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka as Christians began Easter Sunday celebrations, with over 200 killed and hundreds injured, media reported, citing police.

The blasts started at around 8:45am local time at St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo and St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a Catholic-majority town outside of the capital. The Zion Church in Batticaloa on the eastern coast was also targeted. At around the same time, the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury five-star hotels were also hit, police confirmed.

Two more explosions happened later in the day, targeting two more locations in Colombo. All attacks appear to have been coordinated.

At least 207 people were killed, Reuters reported, citing police. More than 450 were injured in the attacks.

Alleged footage of the aftermath, shared on social media, showed chaos and large-scale destruction inside at least one of the churches.

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Mike Pompeo reveals true motto of CIA: ‘We lied, we cheated, we stole’ (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a look at a Texas A&M University speech, and subsequent interview, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The former CIA Director admitted, ‘as an aside’ to the question asked, that the Intelligence agency he headed up before being appointed as the top US Diplomat had a motto “we lied, we cheated, we stole”…which, according to Pompeo, contained entire CIA training courses based on ‘lying, cheating and stealing.’

Pompeo finally speaks some truth.

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