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Beijing Threatens “Severe” Retaliation Against Canada If Huawei CFO Is Not Released

China’s warning marks an escalation in Beijing’s rhetoric as investors worry that the arrest could cause the shaky trade detente between the US and China to devolve into acrimony.

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Canada’s extraordinary arrest one week ago of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei founder and billionaire executive Ren Zhengfei, and its decision to charge her with “multiple” counts of fraud – a preamble to her likely extradition to the US to face charges of knowingly violating US and EU sanctions on Iran – has elicited widespread anger in Beijing, which declared Meng’s detention a “violation of human rights” during a bail hearing for the jailed executive on Friday.

That anger has apparently only intensified after the hearing adjourned without a decision (it will resume on Monday, allowing Meng’s defense team to argue for why she should be released on bail, contrary to the wishes of government attorneys who are prosecuting the case).

And with Canada insisting that it will prosecute Meng to the full extent of the law over allegations that she mislead banks about the true relationship of a Huawei subsidiary called Skycom, angry Chinese officials have decided to issue an ultimatum directly to the Canadian ambassador, who was summoned to a meeting in Beijing on Saturday and told in no uncertain terms that Canada will face “severe consequences” if Meng isn’t released, according to the Wall Street Journal.

China’s foreign ministry publicized the warning in a statement (though Canadian officials have yet to comment):

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng summoned Canada’s ambassador to Beijing, John McCallum, on Saturday to deliver the warning, according to a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

The statement doesn’t mention the name of Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, though it refers to a Huawei “principal” taken into custody at U.S. request while changing planes in Vancouver, as was Ms. Meng. The statement accuses Canada of “severely violating the legal, legitimate rights of a Chinese citizen” and demands the person’s release.

“Otherwise there will be severe consequences, and Canada must bear the full responsibility,” said the statement, which was posted online late Saturday.

Phone calls to the Canadian Embassy rang unanswered while the Canadian government’s global affairs media office didn’t immediately respond to an email request for comment.

The warning marks an escalation in Beijing’s rhetoric as investors worry that the arrest could cause the shaky trade detente between the US and China to devolve into acrimony. A federal judge issued a warrant for Meng’s arrest back in August. Though after she was made aware of the warrant, Meng avoided travel to the US. She was arrested in Vancouver last Saturday while traveling to Mexico.

Aside from breaking off trade talks, some are worried that Beijing could seek to retaliate in kind by arresting a notable US executive. While the threats of Chinese bureaucrats might not amount to much in the eyes of US prosecutors, threatening a US executive with long-term detention in a Chinese “reeducation camp” just might.

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craig watson
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Arrest at least one corporate American and a traveling Canadian citizen now, for any obscure reason at all, please, today. The entire planet has to isolate and cut-off the USA from all interactions with all other nations for any chance for the continuing survival of any life on earth. Something overwhelming and extreme is required to destroy the USA from within and without.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

Empires come…empires go. Too bad that the American “empire” is taking so long to implode – causing so much pain and misery all over the globe.

therevolutionwas
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therevolutionwas

If China and Russia would just get on that gold standard it would end up causing “something overwhelming and extreme” to the west. The Trump administration, by its stupid actions, seem to be pushing for that event.

Informed
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Informed

Absolutely I couldn’t agree more. The psychopaths at the deep state must be destroyed at all cost

MIke
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MIke

There is no obscure reason here as everything is lay down in public view pal… Its time for China to stop hiding their manigances and play with the same rules as everyone else!

Tjoe
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Tjoe

Get real….Canada kisses the ass of the debt money bankers and will do nothing to free her.

MIke
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MIke

No, Canada follows the law where China modifies the law to fit their needs. Politician in Canada have no influence whatsoever on the legal side unlike China and the CP that controls all courts of law in China. At least if anyone gets arrested in Canada they can expect justice to be fair unlike in China!

JPH
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JPH

Bolton being aware and this NSA not really sure whether his president was aware while sitting in trade truce talks with China…Looks like a neocon setup.

Guy
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Guy

I would not be surprised at all by anything that the failing empire is doing these days .They love making noise don’t they . Once the toilet is flushed there is no turning back , down it goes.

fred
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fred

the death throws of a dying beest

JPH
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JPH

Guess Being is aware that preventing extradition is a much better option for all the parties involved than exerting pressure after extradition. After extradition US pride (and hubris) gets involved…you know that’s the kind of lack of common sense which led to Iraq, Libya and 17 years in Afghanistan and counting.

Platon
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Platon

It is the kind of pride that led to WW1.

TEP
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TEP

I think it’s “exceptional arrogance” rather than pride.

Ray Joseph Cormier
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What’s on my mind? Trying to make sense of this reason I just read in The Toronto Star for the US request CanaDa arrest the Chinese Executive. “The U.S. authorities allege Meng committed fraud by telling an HSBC executive her company was in compliance with U.S. sanctions against Iran limiting communication technology. The meeting took place in 2013, but the location was not revealed.” I know it’s a crime to lie to the FBI, but even if she did lie to an Executive of the British Bank, not a US Bank, outside the US, there is no US Law against… Read more »

Platon
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Platon

THis is Ukro-Fascist Soros’ dwarf’s pet project. Turdeau would not ‘get it’ even if he was not passed out with his bong.
Freeland, the FM of Canada is setting herself up to take control of Canada for Soros. If this fails, its Turdeau’s fault. If it succeeds, which is impossible by any sane understanding of the word, it will be to her credit

Platon
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Platon

“I know it’s a crime to lie to the FBI”
In the same sense as it would be to lie to the Mafia or to ISIS. In other words, in no sense at all, but probably hazardous to your health and freedom.

fred
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fred

exposed Trump as an unreliable, untrustworthy negotiator and Face of America.
everybody already knew the US is not to be trusted

rmm
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rmm

Well, perhaps the time for Dr. MLK Jr’s prophecy has come:he heard God saying to America:
“You’re too arrogant! If you don’t change your ways, I shall rise up and break the backbone of your power – and give it to a nation that doesn’t even know My name.”
Communist China is officially atheistic = “doesn’t even know God’s name.”
America has not mended her ways since the time of MLK. Indeed, she got more and more arrogant. Therefore, backbone-breaking time is upon her, I should say.

7.62x54R
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7.62x54R

MLK was not a messiah. He was an Ivy Leaguer tool used for societal deconstructive miscegenation of the American white middle classes. Mission accomplished.

Cudwieser
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Cudwieser

To China. For the safety of all non-nationalised Chinese citizens in America and Canada as well as all rights and assets China own in the US and Canada, withdraw all that is yours and advise your travellers and diaspora of the risks of staying in the US and Canada. Let’s see how the US and Canada function without anything Chinese.

Win
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Win

5 Eyes at work here. Add Australia, New Zealand and the UK to that list.

rmm
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rmm

Sound advice.

MIke
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MIke

Yes, Canada should kick-out all Chinese and keep their properties. Its their fault if nobody can buy a house in Vancouver anymore!

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

Canada should stop being the Yanks’ lap dog. Let the Americans do the dirty work themselves. Canada is not the all-around maid…or is it?

Platon
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Platon

Incompetent, Ukro-Fascist dwarf, Foreign Minister of Canada is consulting with her master, George Soros. Why should she answer the phone? (Chrystia Freeland revealed proudly that she has been hand-picked by Soros as his Official Biographer.) She did not reveal that she has an apartment on the Maidan in Nulandistan and that her grandfather was the Nazi Editor for the Germans of a hate-inciting newspaper for The occupied Ukraine.) Trudeau has almost no understanding of anything and nothing to do with this except in the sense of full culpability. The Foreign Minister is in charge of Canada. Or rather, through her,… Read more »

7.62x54R
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7.62x54R

This amounts to state sanctioned kidnapping by a country that self-professes to ‘champion human rights’.

Platon
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Platon

All US ‘claims’ are fabricated and vetted by Elon Muskrat.

Guy
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Guy

Christopher Black is representing Ms Meng in Canada.
https://www.journal-neo.org/2018/12/08/canada-takes-a-hostage-free-meng-wanzhou/
The request for the pending extradition is not legal under international law given the reasons for same by the US .If it happens then it becomes political .The next move will be for China in it’s relations with Canada, which have mostly been very good until now .We will see what Trudeau and or Canadian law is made of.

jmg
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jmg

Yes, in your linked article they say:

“The pretext for her arrest is that Huawei has violated US sanctions against Iran. But the “sanctions” imposed on Iran by the US recently are illegal under international law, that is under the UN Charter that stipulates that only the Security Council can impose economic sanctions on a nation. The latest American sanctions are not approved by the Security Council. Sanctions imposed unilaterally by one nation against another are not legal and are violation of international law.”

Ray Joseph Cormier
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Maybe there’s a method to Trump’s madness?

If he crashes the Global-US Economy, which already happened with the Global Financial Meltdown-Economic Pearl Harbour in 2008, with the Social Chaos that would result, Trump could assume the Dictatorial Powers buried deep in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

Just like Porky Poroshenko in Ukraine 🙂

Lennart Mogren
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Nobody seems to touch on the real reason for attacking Huawei which
“is that the Chinese firm uses a system of encryption that prevents the NSA from intercepting its communications. A number of governments and secret services in the non-Western world have begun to equip themselves exclusively with Huawei materials, and are doing so to protect the confidentiality of their communications.”
It’s a weak dog barking.

Lennart Mogren
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Platon
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Platon

Blackberry, one of the most successful Canadian companies ever, was killed by the Ottawa regime on orders from the CIA.
It was secure.
That is treason and industrial sabotage, by the entity that calls itself the Canadian Government.

In theory no operatives of Ottawa are any longer protected by National or International law. This case simply reaffirms that truth.

rmm
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rmm

Good point. Wonder how C. Black missed that…

Blue Pilgrim
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If Trump did not know this was going down he should fire Bolton and those others involved in this clandestine operation, for usurping his foreign policy prerogatives, charge them with subversion and kidnapping, issue a full pardon for anything Meng might have done, and apologize to her and to China. Let Trudeau hang in the wind. (If anyone makes so much trouble for him as to be a threat to national security, he has the legal power to drone or otherwise assassinate them, after all, American citizen or not — happens all the time, and an attempted coup of the… Read more »

fred
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fred

the legal power to drone or otherwise assassinate them,
a power the US gave to themselves

Blue Pilgrim
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Blue Pilgrim

Yes. Internationally it’s just murder, of course, and counter to the US constitution as well. But they just kidnapped Meng, by international law, and unconstitutionally I would think. These all just lawless acts of gangsters, which is the habit of the US, including Trump. The Clintons and the rest are about the same, and nearly as bad as in Ukraine, and much of the West: last stages of the end of empire and fascist plutocracy. I expect China, Russia, and a few other countries are intensively planning a devastating, even if not immediately obvious, response to this. It’s a watershed… Read more »

Czar
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Czar

Chinese are seen as weak hence the constant provocations from western nations.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

Its time for China to dump hundreds of billions of US Treasury Bills then I think.
The Chinese people are able to cope with some hardship, whereas the American people are not and the result would be civil war in the US 🙂

fred
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fred

threatening a US executive
just one? what about 10
and kick the canadian ambassador out

TEP
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TEP

A ‘tit for tat’ response from China, whilst unsavoury, may be the only workable response. Anything less and the neocons will proceed with their bullying, anything more and it escalates to seriously harm them both. I agree with a previous comment – the target at this point needs to be Canada, i.e. pre-extradition.

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Putin’s State of the Nation Part III – Raising Russians

President Putin’s State of the Nation talk began with the most important element of any society – the family.

Seraphim Hanisch

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Parts I and II of this series outline much of Russia’s “face towards the world” in terms of both economic / trade and military matters. Part III actually comprises the great majority of what President Putin addressed in the Russian State of the Nation Address on Wednesday, 20 February. As he pledged upon his re-election to his fourth presidential term, the 66-year old leader focused primarily on domestic affairs within the Russian Federation.

The whole speech is available at Kremlin.ru, and by following this hyperlink.

We have selected excerpts along the reasoning of illuminating those parts of domestic policy in Russia that reveal why the globalist and secularist elíte in the West are so determined to block Russia’s success as a nation, even to isolate it and destroy it if possible. We will emphasize and comment on various points from the speech.

One of the biggest differences in Russia from the US is the centrality of traditional families, with children. Children are wanted and needed in the Russian Federation, and President Putin started his speech by addressing the matter of raising new Russians:

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Members of the Federation Council, State Duma deputies, citizens of Russia,

Today’s Address is primarily devoted to matters of domestic social and economic development. I would like to focus on the objectives set forth in the May 2018 Executive Order and detailed in the national projects. Their content and the targets they set are a reflection of the demands and expectations of Russia’s citizens. People are at the core of the national projects, which are designed to bring about a new quality of life for all generations. This can only be achieved by generating momentum in Russia’s development…

Therefore, the work of the executive branch at all levels should be coordinated, meaningful and energetic. The Government of Russia must set the tone.

At the same time, I would like to emphasise and repeat: our development projects are not federal and even less so agency-based. They are national. Their results must be visible in each region of the Federation, in every municipality. It is here, on the ground, that the majority of specific tasks is implemented.

Here, President Putin seems to be alluding to the importance of nation. While Russia has a much more openly socialist style government than the US does, it is nonetheless also much more efficient in its work in many ways. Communism failed, but it did teach some lessons about how to do a lot of work with few resources. There is a reason the largest nation on earth does not have to go into huge debt year after year.

Let me now share some specifics on our objectives. I will begin with the key objective of , which means providing all-around support to families.

Family, childbirth, procreation and respect for the elderly have always served as a powerful moral framework for Russia and its multi-ethnic people. We have been doing everything in our power to strengthen family values and are committed to doing so in the future. In fact, our future is at stake. This is a task shared by the state, civil society, religious organisations, political parties and the media.

This, while states in the US are trying to pass radical abortion laws to even be able to kill babies who survive abortions.

Russia has entered an extremely challenging period in terms of demographics. As you know, the birth rate is declining…

We succeeded in overcoming the negative demographic trends in the early 2000s, when our country faced extreme challenges. This seemed to be an impossible challenge at the time. Nevertheless, we succeeded, and I strongly believe that we can do it again by returning to natural population growth by late 2023 – early 2024.

Today, I wanted to talk about a new package of measures that has already been prepared to support families.

First: It is important that having children and bringing them up do not put families at the risk of poverty or undermine their wellbeing. As you know, we have already provided for the payment of subsidies for the first two children until they reach 18 months…

Starting January 1, 2020, I propose raising the bar to two subsistence wages per family member. This is what people have requested and these requests come directly into the Executive Office. This measure will increase the number of families entitled to additional benefits by almost 50 percent. Some 70 percent of families with one or two children will be able to benefit from help from the Government.

Second: At present, carers looking after children with disabilities and people disabled since childhood receive an allowance of only 5,500 rubles. I suggest increasing this to 10,000 rubles, starting July 1. Of course, I understand that it is still a small amount. However, it will be an additional measure of support for families with a child who needs special care.

Third: The income of Russian families must, of course, increase. This is a serious task that requires a comprehensive solution. I will speak about this in greater detail later. But we need direct measures. First of all, the tax burden on families needs to be relieved. The approach should be very simple: the more children there are, the lower the tax. I propose increasing federal tax relief on real estate for families with many children. I also propose lifting taxes on 5 square metres in a flat and 7 square metres in a house per each child…

Fourth: The Government and the Central Bank need to consistently maintain the policy to lower mortgage rates to 9 percent, and then to 8 percent or below, as stipulated in the May 2018 Executive Order. At the same time, special measures of support should be provided for families with children, of course… A family making a decision to buy housing certainly makes plans for a long or at least medium term, a lasting investment. But with this [present] programm, they take out a loan, start paying the installments, and the grace period ends. The interest is actually subsidized only for the first 3 or 5 years. I propose extending the benefit for the entire term of the mortgage loan.

Yes, of course, it will require additional funding, and the cost will be rather high: 7.6 billion rubles in 2019, 21.7 billion rubles in 2020, and 30.6 billion rubles in 2021. But the programme is estimated to reach as many as 600,000 families. We certainly need to find the money. We know where to get it. We have it, and we just need to use it in the areas that are of major importance to us.

And one more direct action solution. Considering the sustainability and stability of the macroeconomic situation in the country and the growth of the state’s revenues, I consider it possible to introduce another measure of support for families having a third and subsequent children. I suggest paying 450,000 rubles directly from the federal budget to cover this sum from their mortgage. Importantly, I propose backdating this payment starting January 1, 2019, recalculating it and allocating relevant sums in this year’s budget.

Let us see what we have. If we add this sum to the maternity capital, which can also be used for mortgage payments, we will get over 900,000 rubles. In many regions, this is a substantial part of the cost of a flat. I would like to draw the attention of the Government and the State Duma to this issue. If need be, the budget will have to be adjusted accordingly. An additional 26.2 billion rubles will be required for this in 2019. The relevant figures for 2020 and 2021 are 28.6 billion rubles and 30.1 billion rubles, respectively. These are huge funds but they should be allocated and used in what I have already described as a very important area.

There is a great deal more detail on the notion of various tax breaks for families with children. It is worth a read, and it is also worth noting the very clear language set forth here. It appears rather refreshing to hear these ideas laid out in such a blunt fashion.

 

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The Duran – News in Review – Episode 181.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a look at how the EU, in coordination with forces inside the British Parliament, are pushing for Theresa May to agree to a three month “Brexit day” extension.

According to a Bloomberg, Theresa May must resign as British prime minister and Conservative leader later this year after delivering Brexit, according to politicians at the highest levels of her own government.  May has promised her party she will stand down before the next general election, slated for 2022, but she’s likely to face pressure to go within the next three months. Once the U.K. is out of the European Union, and local district elections on May 2 are over, the premier will have no reason to stay in office, one senior minister said, speaking privately. Britain is scheduled to leave the bloc on March 29.

A person familiar with another minister’s views agreed with the timescale, arguing that the prime minister should leave in the summer, so a new leader can be in place in time for the party’s annual conference in October. A third senior member of May’s administration pointed out that Tories had no way of formally seeking to remove May before December under the party’s internal leadership rules. May will never voluntarily resign, despite her previous pledge, the person said.

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Theresa May once again failed to extract concessions from the EU27 on Wednesday after yet another meeting with Juncker (surprise, surprise) as the Continent refuses to budge on May’s demands for “legally binding changes” to the deal – specifically to the troublesome Irish backstop, which many Brexiteers fear could result in the UK being reduced to a “vassal state” of the EU by becoming interminably trapped in the customs union, with zero say over its rules. Talks between Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and EU27 chief negotiator Michel Barnier on Thursday were similarly inconclusive.

And with only 36 days left until “Brexit Day”, it’s becoming increasingly clear that May will need to ask her EU colleagues for an extension to the two-year negotiating period, something that would cut against her commitment to take the UK out of the EU “as scheduled”, though she has never explicitly ruled it out. According to Bloombergthe EU expects May to request a 3-month “technical extension,” which would be the first, and hopefully only, delay, (because anything further would ratchet up the pressure for the UK to participate in the upcoming European Parliament elections…an unnecessary complication).

Still, without meaningful concessions on the backstop, it’s difficult to see a way forward. Rebellious Tories and the “Independent Group” have so far focused their efforts on securing a legally-binding commitment to take a “no-deal” exit off the table. And with the deadline unlikely to be extended past this point, if a deal isn’t reached during the March 21-22 UK-EU summit, he way forward will appear impossibly vague.

But with dozens of Tories reportedly ready to rebel unless the PM offers concrete reassurances that ‘no deal’ isn’t an option, and that rebellion will likely take the form of support for an amendment tabled by former minister Sir Oliver Letwin and Labour’s Yvette Cooper to give Parliament the power to delay Brexit Day if no deal is reached by mid-March.

Meanwhile, thanks to the latest round of defections, the “Independent Group” has become the fourth-largest party in Parliament.

But all of these threats likely won’t take on real significance until the March summit with the EU, thanks to the Continent’s reputation for holding out until the last minute. Meanwhile, MPs have told the media that a vote on May’s Brexit “Plan B” deal – which had been set for next week – is unlikely.

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Trump’s Syria military pullout, not under John Bolton’s watch (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 89.

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RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou take a quick look at the announcement from the Trump White House that the United States has decided to station a ‘peacekeeping group’ of roughly 200 US soldiers in Syria for a ‘period of time’ after the much hyped withdrawal.

Once again we see that once the US enters a country for a regime change mission, it becomes nearly impossible to fully disengage, ultimately leaving America in the role of invader and occupier, for an indefinite amount of time.

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Despite President Donald Trump’s promises to withdraw American troops out of Syria, the US intends to maintain presence on the ground with a “small peacekeeping group” for an unspecified “period” of time, the White House said.

“A small peacekeeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for a period of time,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement without elaborating.

Trump took the world by surprise back in December, when he announced the US withdrawal from Syria without specifying a timetable. The initiative was not well received in the Pentagon, even forcing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to resign after clashing with Trump, as both the generals and politicians have been claiming that US presence in Syria is vital and that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group would inevitably reemerge if all of some 2,000 Americans leave.

The US withdrawal is being stalled by concerns about potential Turkish incursion into the territories currently controlled by the US-backed Syrian Kurds. On Thursday, Trump had another phone call with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the issue. Washington wants Turkey to agree to a buffer ‘safe zone’ in northeastern Syria and is also contemplating arming the Syrian Kurds, despite Ankara’s strong opposition.

While the US continues its diplomatic maneuvering, some noted the irony, wondering if the White House was using the term ‘peacekeeping’ correctly or was even aware of what it actually means. Others questioned the logic and the motive of maintaining such a contingent on the ground, noting that 200 troops could serve as a human shield, but is unlikely to really sway the outcome of the conflict.

Traditionally, the term peacekeeping has been used to describe the UN Blue Helmets whose missions are strictly mandated by the Security Council. American troops, however, hardly have any legal basis to remain in Syria, as they had never been invited by the official government in Damascus.

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