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3 months after Brexit vote, UK and EU leaderships still clueless

As the former British minister Kenneth Clarke rightly says, in the absence of an agreed plan three months after the British Brexit vote the British and EU leaderships still do not know what to do about Brexit.

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Kenneth Clarke has always been one of the British politicians I most admire. He’s honest, good humoured, clever, consistent in his views, and never afraid to criticise those who are the opposite. Because of this he’s been rather busy lately.

At the first Prime Minister’s Questions session in Parliament after Brexit, Clarke alluded to the fact that no one really knows what Brexit means.

Both sides are equally to blame for this mess. The Brexiteers should have released their detailed programme on their plans for withdrawal. A general election could then have been held so that the public could support this programme or some other form of ‘Brexit’ in the event of an ‘out’ victory.

I can already hear a chorus saying something like: ‘but that could have endangered the structure of the party political system in Britain’. News flash: it’s happening anyway.

Labour have become a public demonstration of Solomonic justice as the party isn’t doing much to hide the fact that the Blairite half hate the Corbynista half. The party may split in two.

The Tories are putting on a brave face but in reality they are divided amongst more ideological lines than Labour. There are those who actively want to reverse Brexit (including the elder statesman Clarke and the ever ambitious George Osborne), there are the Brexit ‘true believers’, best represented by William Cash and Jacob Rees-Mogg, and then there are lots of others like Boris Johnson, who have plenty of principles and if you don’t like those the declare, no problem – they’ve got plenty of others.

All this is being led by a Prime Minister who in the words of Kenneth Clarke, “Doesn’t know much about foreign affairs”.

Suddenly the idea that the Brexiteers should have had a programme or programmes on which to stand in the event of a post-Brexit general election does not look fanciful; it looks pragmatic, ethical and efficient.

The Remain side  also share the blame. If they were the responsible people they pretend to be then they should have worked with the Brexiteers to ensure that the transition out of Europe is managed in a measured, methodical and cooperative way.  However so sure were they of victory that they didn’t bother to consult their opponents in a meaningful way.

Clarke is absolutely right when he says that the current Conservative government ‘have no policies’.  When it comes to Brexit he’s also right to say that “Nobody in the government has the first idea of what they’re going to do next on the Brexit front”.

But it is not just in Britain where there is confusion.

In Europe no one really knows what is going on, and the enmity between the EU leaders and the UK leaders has more than an eerie resemblance to that between the Remain camp and the Leave camp during the referendum.

Angela Merkel has urged calm and restraint.  I suppose her handling of the refugee crisis has taught her a lesson about jumping into things without preparation.

Jean-Claude Juncker and EU Parliament Liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt have urged  Britain to trigger Article 50 immediately, whilst the UK’s ‘Brexit Minister’ David Davis insists that both sides think the thing through prior to that event.

Recently former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has said that any thinking through should be done upon the triggering of Article 50, which he wants done immediately.

To make matters even more confused, Nigel Farage who is still very much the leader of the Europe of Freedom and Democracy faction in the EU Parliament, is making speeches agreeing with the EU leaders he built a career ridiculing. He agrees with Juncker and those who support him in wanting Article 50 triggered more or less immediately.

Into this fray, Kenneth Clarke seems to be the lone sensible voice.

I am a lifelong Eurosceptic because I am opposed to globalist one-size fits all solutions.   I am also opposed to the exploitation of sovereign wealth, which leads to the suffering of ordinary people as has been done to much of southern and eastern Europe.   I am opposed to the idea of a forcibly united militant foreign policy between putatively independent countries, and I am opposed to an EU army.

Unlike many of the more extreme Brexiteers (who have only recently come out of the woodwork) I am not now nor have I ever been opposed to generally likeminded people in a small section of the world having the right to trade, work and live together.  This has helped many and harmed virtually none. 

EU policy on Ukraine by contrast is very harmful indeed.

So whilst I disagree with Kenneth Clarke’s lifelong Europhilia, I have a deep respect for him as a politician.

In 2005 when the Conservative party had a leadership contest, I had hoped Clarke win. Had he won, David Cameron’s ill-thought out and ill-timed referendum would never have taken place and the subsequent confusion and chaos would have been avoided.     

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

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 118.

Alex Christoforou

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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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