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BREAKING: US searches of Russian diplomatic properties begin (FIRST VIDEOS)

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has called the FBI searches “a travesty of justice”.

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US authorities have begun raid style searches of diplomatic properties in the United States which are legally the property of the Russian Federation.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has published the first videos of the US authorities inside the Russian properties and promises to publish more as they become available.

Addition videos show men described as FBI workers climbing into ceiling spaces during their search

The photos below show FBI personnel entering the Russian diplomatic property.

The Foreign Ministry also published photos of the diplomatic facilities shortly before the FBI search indicating that most of the items had been removed.

Russia has correctly slammed the move as being unprecedented. Beyond this it is illegal according to the international law inscribed in the Vienna Conventions.

READ MORE: US actions against Russian diplomatic and consular property are illegal–here’s why

 

 

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englishvinal

More deliberate isolation. Why would any country want to send Ambassadors and other Russian personnel into the United States?… They really do NOT need to have their own people inside the US.. whatever needs to be negotiated can be done from Canada or Mexico.. or anywhere in Central America… International flights started avoiding US air space about 7 years ago, when the US began harassing everybody who might only have been sitting in their plane seat waiting for the fuel-up in Florida.. and never even entered the airport. Flights fuel up in Panama now… and pay Panama the fees…. Assets,… Read more »

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

It’s called the Noahide Laws, which GHWB acknowledged to be the sole repository of all true morality.
The jew is judged according to the Ten Commandments; but not considering the Gentile to be human, he places him beneath the harsh yoke of said laws, administered not by God, but by those gods on earth, the sanhedrin.
This is what Orwell was speaking about when he referred to the boot stamping upon your face for ever.
This is what the jewish New World Order looks like; and this is how it behaves, in that home of judaism, the United States of Terror.

BobValdez
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BobValdez

Time for the FSB and GRU to “search” ALL us embassy property, vehicles and homes of ALL us diplomatic staff in Russia. NO exception.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Without warning also. Staff members should be – courteously, kindly, but firmly – held incommunicado in a nice hotel, until the searches are completed.

Simon
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Simon

When life gives you lemons…..make lemonade. This was brilliant. MID opened up their premises to their media, they even had live streamed coverage. It surprised me. What could the US do? They just looked arrogant and stupid, any chance of planting fake ‘gotcha’ evidence evaporated. Hats off to the Russian Min Foreign Affairs. It’s what makes Russia the king of adversaries – they are smart and subtle. 😉 Sorry (to many on this site), but no need for war threats. This game is not being played in the US media (or diplomatic) space or the Russian. The real player is… Read more »

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Sorry Simon, but “the rest of the world” is not homogeneous. The people like yourself who can see America looking like the scum they are, are very much the minority. The majority are seeing America as treating Russia with contempt and also as a potential aggressor – and Russia seems so far to have no answer. Russia looks either a fool, a weak scared country, or a suspect, depending on the train of thought of viewers. It makes me furious and yes, whilst I agree that filming this and showing the yank troglodytes had nothing was clever and a good… Read more »

Simon
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Simon

Isabella, your frustration and anger are TOTALLY justified. But we are dealing here with something between a rabid dog and sulky teenage bully. Just what is the kick in the cojones that we can try to shut them down?! How about a thermobaric bomb on the illegitimate US base at Al-Tanf? Did I go too far? You can see the problem in dealing with them. You tell me what should be done. In the meantime every time that they are mocked, humiliated and shamed is a step in the right direction. They don’t even have an ‘Empire’. It is virtual,… Read more »

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Ohh, dont think I can agree with you there Simon. I’ve long said America has an Empire – tell me how it differs?? They have their military in countries – about 800+ bases as far as we know. They use said countries as their own backyard. Several have asked them to leave and they just take no notice. They flood countries with their money, they behave exactly as they please, and are answerable to no-one. Japan, Europe, Afghanistan, the Middle East !! They look like an Empire to me I’m afraid. Yes, I agree with you regarding the problem of… Read more »

Simon
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Simon

Isabella, It’s very easy. This is a ‘war’ between reality and virtual reality. Russia is based on reality. Its military are real, its reserves, low debt, and gold – real, its politics and strategies are real. It is not alone. China and others live in the real world. We only have to prick the bubble of the virtual reality that is the West. What is left after that will be – reality. PS I disagree, there is no American Empire – if there were then eg they could raise an army of 100,000 Afghans and invade…some place. The Brits could… Read more »

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

I think with the Brits in India, things were a bit different, and the mindset. The average Asian – certainly the Indians of those times – admired strength. Many saw the armies of the Dutch East India Company – and then of Queen Victoria, whom they all admired enormously – as mighty, and to be revered. Britain and India forged a link of understanding that I must admit slightly puzzles me. I have known and had friendships with many Indians, and note that sense of a bridge of understanding being present. I dont quite know why – but it’s been… Read more »

Rex drabble
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Rex drabble

Isabella,You are plain wrong,Your kind of talk doesnt make things better.It is just a continuation of endless,useless non constructive points of view.Talk is cheap.action speaks louder and Russia is the master in that regard

André De Koning
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André De Koning

But it might be falling apart as we speak: these are symptoms of becoming powerless, even though it might take a while for the dying beast to actually collapse. Like the Rise and Fall of Civilizations (Toynbee), the symptoms are visible, so there is hope yet for the world to see Russia/China and BRICS to develop and show a better way than war and aggression and arrogance.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

It’s certainly what we are all hoping for Andre, I agree.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

“Everybody hates the British” is what I kept hearing from people in those countries.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

“Those observers who criticize Russia for being “weak” or “naive” simply project their own, mostly American, “reaction set” on the Russians and fail to realize the simply truth that Russians are not Americans, they think differently and they act differently. For one thing, the Russians don’t care if they are perceived as “weak” or “naive”. In fact, they would prefer to be perceived as such if that furthers their goals and confuses the opponent about their real intentions and capabilities. The Russians know that they did not build the biggest country on the planet by being “weak” or “naive” and… Read more »

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

I am very well aware of how Russians think, and how differently to the West they think. Russia has been my subject of study for some years now.
How others see Russia is what drives them – that is something Russia has to take into account. You have to know what your enemy is thinking – and how it thinks. No good just going on your own knowledge.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

No insult intended. I firmly believe that Russia/Putin know exactly what the West thinks of them and how they “see” Russia. As Putin says it is actions that tell the truth and the West has made action against RF in every way possible. It has been said that Putin studied Sun Tzu and we know he plays chess. The ways he has confounded the US’s moves against RF in so many ways shows this, and at the same time shows the impotence of the West to do anything of REAL damage to Russia. Should Russia REALLY risk a war with… Read more »

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Here is an article for you : “Russia and the Chinese Petrodollar Kill Shot” https://www.roguemoney.net/blog/ru-china-petrodollar-killshot

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Good one, thank you Gonzogal.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Very well said.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Thank you but those are not my words but a quote from the article linked in my comment.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

“You tell me what should be done”.
OK.
Something highly symbolic.
RF to announce the end of all US-Russian collaboration in space.
No more sales of Russian rocket engines to the Children of Darkness.
No more lying, dirty, contemptible, masonic, yanquis in space.
As a symbolic move par excellence, this is the ideal.

Let them be confined to the gutter where they grew up, and where they exist, and have their being.

Bob Trajkoski
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Bob Trajkoski

AMERICA LOOK AS WHAT THEY WHAT ARE DOING IN THERE AMBASIS AND SUSPECT EVERYONE IS THE SAME .USA IS A CRIMINAL STATE

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

So it begins. Lets all watch with baited breath at the ‘incriminating evidence’ the FBI and CIA ‘find’ and ‘disclose to the world.’

Seán Murphy
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Seán Murphy

Except they’re not going to “find”it.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Oh. But they WILL. I’m almost certain that the evidence WILL BE FOUND. It will be found hidden in between the walls; or in a pile of documents the Diplomats “forgot” to shred; or it will be ‘decoded’ from the ashes of the documents that were incinerated.

They WILL find the evidence. Of that we can be sure.

Hans Zandvliet
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Hans Zandvliet

And if they don’t, they will plant some ‘evidence’.
Hell, they only need to utter some accusations: since the February 2014 coup in the Ukraine, we’ve learned time and again that evidence is not even needed anymore.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Yeah. Kind of familiar scenario, isn’t it? Where have seen this before? America, accusations, illegal atrocities, no evidence found – oh yes. Iraq. Familiar pattern.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Yeah… Ah, from memory; Iraq; 911, Syria, Russian Election Meddling ‘Inquisition,’ Libya, MH17 Shoot Down, “Russia did it” French Election, Mythical Russian Invasion of Donbass and Luhansk; Funding the Taliban in Afghanistan…

There’s probably about a dozen I’ve missed.

F Flint Rider
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F Flint Rider

shame…shame…shame….clang!!!

Freethinking Влади́мир
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Freethinking Влади́мир

Effing Zio globalist tools. I have no respect for America. Absolutely none! I feel sorry for the 0.01% red pilled people, but other than that they can suffocate for what I care.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Every single thing America has done on the international stage, bar a few minor token gestures has, since about 1945, been illegal. What point is there now in grizzling about how this is illegal? You think they give a monkey’s cuss?. Yes, so was the destruction of Libya, the lies and invasion of Iraq – illegal. Didn’t stop them and they’ve paid not one iota for it. They act with utter impunity, and they know it. The AngloArrogantAristos of America dont give a rats ass about “illegal”. As far as they are concerned, if they want to do something, that… Read more »

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

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Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

“The most pathetic thing about all this is how the AngloZionists are misreading the Russians. From a Russian cultural point of view, everything the West and NATO has been doing as signs of weakness. Why would a strong alliance need to engage in meaningless threats (NATO battalions or ABM systems)? Why would a strong alliance seek safety in numbers? Why would a strong alliance act is if reality did not exist? From a Russian point of view all that saber-rattling and grandstanding amount to a gigantic admission weakness and they are totally unimpressed. And they are not shy about expressing… Read more »

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Yes, I in fact was writing – I think over 18 months ago – that in my opinion we would find that Putin’s main aim has always been to bring America down via crippling her international currency standing, and all the back up [undeserved] which that has given her. I agree that, when Putin said, in the Stone “Putin interviews”in answer to Stone’s comment, of the rabid hatred coupled with lack of any insight and insanity of the Ruling clique “I fear them”, Putin replied with “I fear them too” — wasn’t because of any strength NATO/US have. I am… Read more »

Rex drabble
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Rex drabble

Let them.Who cares?Russia has proven time and again they are much smarter than the US and followers.The US shows the whole world how corrupt and stupid they really are.They will bring themselves down.Enjoy the show,you are watching the world change for the better,relax and put your faith in Mr Putin,,,,,The greatest world leader we will ever see in our time.Buy some pop corn and put your feet up.

Matt Hol
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Matt Hol

My first baby was born yesterday. And I wake up to great power war escalation not seen since the 1940’s.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Congratulations Matt. I hope Mum and Baby are doing well, and continue to thrive. Dont let the scum of the earth spoil your day. It is one that will never come again – by definition, there can only ever be one “first”. So have a wonderful happy day, thinking of all the other wonderful day days to come. They have no part in life, joy, and beauty.

Matt Hol
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Matt Hol

Thanks so much.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Congratulations!

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Here is a super interesting interview that points to the fact that this “precedent setting” violation of international law could be in preparation for the US/UK storming of the Ecuadoran embassy in London to take out Assange,,,,
https://youtu.be/KApwpwxnYGY?t=5m11s

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

It’s a good point. She also made the point I did here – that it has strengthened the view of many that Russia is “guilty” of something.
However, the other thing it might be doing is adding fuel to the fire of anti-Russian sentiments in order to set the picture for a False Flag.
Never forget the False Flags – and that they always “set the scene” first.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Surely you’re not a conspiracy theorist, Isabella?
I know our governments would never, ever, do anything utterly immoral and illegal.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

🙂
Nah – of course they wouldn’t Tim. It’s just these nightmares I keep getting!!

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

🙂

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

FBI searching the attics of the Russian Consulate, but never went to search the basement of Clinton’s residence, where she hid illegal computer servers …
FBI, the joke of the day.

Voltaire
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Voltaire

The FBI never searched the DNC to find who hacked it either……..that is gros negligence and means that no poroof will ever be provided of Russian hacking of the DNC….

The FBI are a bunch of amateur and corrupted incompetents…

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Or the blood-soaked cellars beneath Planet Pizza.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

“What are our people going to do in your ambassador’s apartments or in the consulate in San Francisco? Look for illegal recipes for borsch? Of course, Russians have to respond and to go into our consulate in St. Petersburg – looking for what? Perhaps, for too many copies of Doctor Zhivago in the embassy’s library?”
– John Graham, former US ambassador

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Russia, by the grace of God, hangs her international reputation foursquare upon the Word of God. She is a Christian nation; and this is what the jew cannot abide, or tolerate. The scenario we see playing out here has played out before, in another land, and in another time; but the actors remain the same, the script unmodified. Good against evil; force, brutality, lies, murders, and thefts; against The Truth. Let us thank God for Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation, upon whom, and upon which, the entire Light of the World shines, and all the more brightly, in this… Read more »

seby
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seby

I wonder if this atrocious illegal bullshit and the nyt and msm dancing again to what Robert Parry describes as “Russia-gate’s Totalitarian Style” has something to do with the Lithuanian zionist’s panic visit to Sochi recently?

Win
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Win

I think this, along with news of the criminal behaviour of their police just helps further the growing understanding in the world that the USA is on the way to becoming a failed state where the rule of law has been discarded.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

They are still following the law; but the law has changed; it is now the Noahide Laws which are being implemented.
Beneath which, there is no concept of righteousness and equality, only oppression, and evil.
This, my friends, is the jewish mentality.
This is what the Palestinians have had to endure for seventy years, whilst we looked away.

Shue
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Shue

LoL!!… Good move, they left the place bare naked, impossible to falsify anything.

mikhas
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mikhas

It also means that the US may violate int. Law anywere including Ecuador’s embassy in london, grab Assange and the English will comply.

Strip search the CIA agents at the remaining US consulates in Russia, close and send the f*ckers home

Hans Zandvliet
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Hans Zandvliet

As far as I know, this kind of violation of diplomatic immunity is unprecedented. As far as I can remember, this never happened; not even during the Cold War (1946 – 1991), not even during WW-2, not even during the Interbellum (1918 – 1939), not even during WW-1!
And all these unprecedented violations of basic diplomatic relations, just because of a totally unsustantiated fairytale of Russian intervention in US elections?
Washington has seriously lost touch with reality; not only domestically but also internationally!

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Driven mad by the jewish infection of their society, they are now nothing more than rabid dogs, fit only to be destroyed.
There can only be one end for this society of madmen, and madwomen.

Hans Zandvliet
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Hans Zandvliet

I simpathize with your feelings, but to prevent the Washington psycopaths from dragging us down with them by blowing up our entire planet, we’d better use our brains instead of our hearts, to give them check-mate.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

The two always go together.
Brains, but informed by the heart.
Without which, the brains are nothing.

Based ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ
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Based ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

Jew world order loading

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

And now, without any further delay, Russia should respond in kind.

Mr Misanthropic
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Mr Misanthropic

international laws apply to every other country, USA are the exceptional people aren’t they

Mario8282
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Mario8282

US Government performs an unprecedented show of monumental stupidity. As everybody expected: nothing to be found. Maximum PR damage. EGG ON US FACE BY OWN CHOICE. Somebody high in the US leadership must very much hate the USA.

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The Duran – News in Review – Episode 172.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the media meltdown over remarks that U.S. President Trump may have made with regard to NATO, and how neo-liberal war hawks championing the alliance as some sort of foreign policy projection of peace and democracy, are really just supporting aggression, war, and the eventual weakening of the United States.

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Top 10 Reasons Not to Love NATO, Authored by David Swanson:


The New York Times loves NATO, but should you?

Judging by comments in social media and the real world, millions of people in the United States have gone from having little or no opinion on NATO, or from opposing NATO as the world’s biggest military force responsible for disastrous wars in places like Afghanistan (for Democrats) or Libya (for Republicans), to believing NATO to be a tremendous force for good in the world.

I believe this notion to be propped up by a series of misconceptions that stand in dire need of correction.

1. NATO is not a war-legalizing body, quite the opposite. NATO, like the United Nations, is an international institution that has something or other to do with war, but transferring the UN’s claimed authority to legalize a war to NATO has no support whatsoever in reality. The crime of attacking another nation maintains an absolutely unaltered legal status whether or not NATO is involved. Yet NATO is used within the U.S. and by other NATO members as cover to wage wars under the pretense that they are somehow more legal or acceptable. This misconception is not the only way in which NATO works against the rule of law. Placing a primarily-U.S. war under the banner of NATO also helps to prevent Congressional oversight of that war. Placing nuclear weapons in “non-nuclear” nations, in violation of the Nonproliferation Treaty, is also excused with the claim that the nations are NATO members (so what?). And NATO, of course, assigns nations the responsibility to go to war if other nations go to war — a responsibility that requires them to be prepared for war, with all the damage such preparation does.

2. NATO is not a defensive institution. According to the New York Times, NATO has “deterred Soviet and Russian aggression for 70 years.” This is an article of faith, based on the unsubstantiated belief that Soviet and Russian aggression toward NATO members has existed for 70 years and that NATO has deterred it rather than provoked it. In violation of a promise made, NATO has expanded eastward, right up to the border of Russia, and installed missiles there. Russia has not done the reverse. The Soviet Union has, of course, ended. NATO has waged aggressive wars far from the North Atlantic, bombing Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Libya. NATO has added a partnership with Colombia, abandoning all pretense of its purpose being in the North Atlantic. No NATO member has been attacked or credibly threatened with attack, apart from small-scale non-state blowback from NATO’s wars of aggression.

3. Trump is not trying to destroy NATO. Donald Trump, as a candidate and as U.S. President, has wondered aloud and even promised all kinds of things and, in many cases, the exact opposite as well. When it comes to actions, Trump has not taken any actions to limit or end or withdraw from NATO. He has demanded that NATO members buy more weapons, which is of course a horrible idea. Even in the realm of rhetoric, when European officials have discussed creating a European military, independent of the United States, Trump has replied by demanding that they instead support NATO.

4. If Trump were trying to destroy NATO, that would tell us nothing about NATO. Trump has claimed to want to destroy lots of things, good and bad. Should I support NAFTA or corporate media or the Cold War or the F35 or anything at all, simply because some negative comment about it escapes Trump’s mouth? Should I cheer for every abuse ever committed by the CIA or the FBI because they investigate Trump? Should I long for hostility between nuclear-armed governments because Democrats claim Trump is a Russian agent? When Trump defies Russia to expand NATO, or to withdraw from a disarmament treaty or from an agreement with Iran, or to ship weapons to Ukraine, or to try to block Russian energy deals in Europe, or to oppose Russian initiatives on banning cyber-war or weapons in space, should I cheer for such consistent defiance of Trump’s Russian master, and do so simply because Russia is, so implausibly, his so-inept master? Or should I form my own opinion of things, including of NATO?

5. Trump is not working for, and was not elected by, Russia.According to the New York Times, “Russia’s meddling in American elections and its efforts to prevent former satellite states from joining the alliance have aimed to weaken what it views as an enemy next door, the American officials said.” But are anonymous “American officials” really needed to acquire Russia’s openly expressed opinion that NATO is a threatening military alliance that has moved weapons and troops to states on Russia’s border? And has anyone produced the slightest documentation of the Russian government’s aims in an activity it has never admitted to, namely “meddling in American elections,” — an activity the United States has of course openly admitted to in regard to Russian elections? We have yet to see any evidence that Russia stole or otherwise acquired any of the Democratic Party emails that documented that party’s rigging of its primary elections in favor of Clinton over Sanders, or even any claim that the tiny amount of weird Facebook ads purchased by Russians could possibly have influenced the outcome of anything. Supposedly Trump is even serving Russia by demanding that Turkey not attack Kurds. But is using non-military means to discourage Turkish war-making necessarily the worst thing? Would it be if your favorite party or politician did it? If Trump encouraged a Turkish war, would that also be a bad thing because Trump did it, or would it be a bad thing for substantive reasons?

6. If Trump were elected by and working for Russia, that would tell us nothing about NATO. Imagine if Boris Yeltsin were indebted to the United States and ended the Soviet Union. Would that tell us whether ending the Soviet Union was a good thing, or whether the Soviet Union was obsolete for serious reasons? If Trump were a Russian pawn and began reversing all of his policies on Russia to match that status, including restoring his support for the INF Treaty and engaging in major disarmament negotiations, and we ended up with a world of dramatically reduced military spending and nuclear armaments, with the possibility of all dying in a nuclear apocalypse significantly lowered, would that too simply be a bad thing because Trump?

7. Russia is not a military threat to the world. That Russia would cheer NATO’s demise tells us nothing about whether we should cheer too. Numerous individuals and entities who indisputably helped to put Trump in the White House would dramatically oppose and others support NATO’s demise. We can’t go by their opinions either, since they don’t all agree. We really are obliged to think for ourselves. Russia is a heavily armed militarized nation that commits the crime of war not infrequently. Russia is a top weapons supplier to the world. All of that should be denounced for what it is, not because of who Russia is or who Trump is. But Russia spends a tiny fraction of what the United States does on militarism. Russia has been reducing its military spending each year, while the United States has been increasing its military spending. U.S. annual increases have sometimes exceeded Russia’s entire military budget. The United States has bombed nine nations in the past year, Russia one. The United States has troops in 175 nations, Russia in 3. Gallup and Pew find populations around the world viewing the United States, not Russia, as the top threat to peace in the world. Russia has asked to join NATO and the EU and been rejected, NATO members placing more value on Russia as an enemy. Anonymous U.S. military officials describe the current cold war as driven by weapons profits. Those profits are massive, and NATO now accounts for about three-quarters of military spending and weapons dealing on the globe.

8. Crimea has not been seized. According to the New York Times, “American national security officials believe that Russia has largely focused on undermining solidarity between the United States and Europe after it annexed Crimea in 2014. Its goal was to upend NATO, which Moscow views as a threat.” Again we have an anonymous claim as to a goal of a government in committing an action that never occurred. We can be fairly certain such things are simply made up. The vote by the people of Crimea to re-join Russia is commonly called the Seizure of Crimea. This infamous seizure is hard to grasp. It involved a grand total of zero casualties. The vote itself has never been re-done. In fact, to my knowledge, not a single believer in the Seizure of Crimea has ever advocated for re-doing the vote. Coincidentally, polling has repeatedly found the people of Crimea to be happy with their vote. I’ve not seen any written or oral statement from Russia threatening war or violence in Crimea. If the threat was implicit, there remains the problem of being unable to find Crimeans who say they felt threatened. (Although I have seen reports of discrimination against Tartars during the past 4 years.) If the vote was influenced by the implicit threat, there remains the problem that polls consistently get the same result. Of course, a U.S.-backed coup had just occurred in Kiev, meaning that Crimea — just like a Honduran immigrant — was voting to secede from a coup government, by no means an action consistently frowned upon by the United States.

9. NATO is not an engaged alternative to isolationism. The notion that supporting NATO is a way to cooperate with the world ignores superior non-deadly ways to cooperate with the world. A nonviolent, cooperative, treaty-joining, law-enforcing alternative to the imperialism-or-isolationism trap is no more difficult to think of or to act on than treating drug addiction or crime or poverty as reason to help people rather than to punish them. The opposite of bombing people is not ignoring them. The opposite of bombing people is embracing them. By the standards of the U.S. communications corporations Switzerland must be the most isolationist land because it doesn’t join in bombing anyone. The fact that it supports the rule of law and global cooperation, and hosts gatherings of nations seeking to work together is simply not relevant.

10. April 4 belongs to Martin Luther King, Jr., not militarism. War is a leading contributor to the growing global refugee and climate crises, the basis for the militarization of the police, a top cause of the erosion of civil liberties, and a catalyst for racism and bigotry. A growing coalition is calling for the abolition of NATO, the promotion of peace, the redirection of resources to human and environmental needs, and the demilitarization of our cultures. Instead of celebrating NATO’s 70thanniversary, we’re celebrating peace on April 4, in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech against war on April 4, 1967, as well as his assassination on April 4, 1968.

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Turkey prepared to take Syria’s Manbij, won’t let it turn into ‘swamp’ like N. Iraq

Turkey sees the US-backed Kurdish YPG militias as an extension of the PKK and considers them terrorists as well.

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Ankara has “almost completed” preparations for another military operation in Syria and will launch it if “promises” made by other parties about the protection of its borders are not kept, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

Turkey still hopes that talks with the US, Russia and “other parties” will allow it to ensure its security without resorting to force but it is still ready to proceed with a military option and will not “wait forever,” Erdogan said. He was referring to Ankara’s plans for the northern Syrian territories east of the Euphrates River, which it seeks to turn into a “security zone”free of any Kurdish militias.

“We are on our border with our forces and following developments closely. If promises made to us are kept and the process goes on, that’s fine. Otherwise, we inform that we have almost completed our preparations and will take steps in line with our own strategy,” the president said, addressing a group of businessmen in Ankara on Monday.

He did not elaborate on the promises made. However, they are apparently linked to the withdrawal of the Kurdish YPG militia from the Manbij area and the regions along the border with Turkey. “We will never allow a safe zone to turn into a new swamp,” Erdogan said, referring to the northern Syrian territories and comparing them to the northern Iraq, where the militants from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) – an organization that Ankara considers a terrorist group – have been entrenched for decades.

Turkey sees the US-backed Kurdish YPG militias, which form the backbone of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as an extension of the PKK and considers them terrorists as well. “Our proposal for a security zone under Turkey’s control aims to keep terror organizations away from our borders,” the Turkish president said.

He went on to explain that Ankara does not seek any territorial gains in its military campaigns in Syria but merely seeks to restore order in the war-ravaged country. “We will provide security for Manbij and then we will hand over the city to its real owners,” Erdogan said. “Syria belongs to Syrians.”

Turkey also seeks to establish a “security zone 20 miles [32 kilometers] deep” into Syria, Erdogan said, adding that he already discussed this issue with the US President Donald Trump. “Those who insistently want to keep us away from these regions are seeking to strengthen terror organizations,” he added.

Ankara has been long planning to push YPG units out of the area east of the Euphrates River. Its operation was delayed by the US withdrawal from Syria. However, Erdogan repeatedly hinted that his patience is wearing thin and he is not ready to wait much longer. He warned Trump against backtracking on his pledge to withdraw some 2,000 US forces out of Syria following a suicide attack in Manbij that killed four Americans. If the US president halted the withdrawal, it would mean that Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL) had won, Erdogan argued.

He has also reiterated that Turkey is ready to take over Manbij “without delay.” The US military is currently working on security arrangements with the Turkish forces to create a buffer zone between Turkey and the Kurdish fighters. The Kurds, meanwhile, invited the Syrian government to take over the city and have reportedly begun to leave the area. Turkey has dismissed the reports saying its a “psyop”.

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Political Knives Dull Themselves on the Rock of Brexit Article 50

The invocation of Article 50 was undertaken by an act of Parliament. And it will take another act of Parliament to undo it.

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Authored Tom Luongo via Strategic Culture Foundation:


Theresa “The Gypsum Lady” May went through an extraordinary twenty-four hours. First, seeing her truly horrific Brexit deal go down in historic defeat and then, somehow, surviving a ‘No-Confidence’ vote which left her in a stronger position than before it.

It looks like May rightly calculated that the twenty or so Tory Remainers would put party before the European Union as their personal political positions would be terminally weakened if they voted her out of office.

While there is little stomach in the British Parliament for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, there is less for allowing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to become Prime Minister. And that is the crux of why the incessant calls to delay Brexit, call for a ‘people’s vote’ or, in Corbyn’s case, “take a no-deal Brexit off the table,’ ultimately lead to a whole lot of political knife-fighting and very little substantive action.

The day-to-day headline spam is designed to wear down people’s resistance and make it feel like Brexit getting betrayed is inevitable. That has been the British Deep State’s and EU’s game plan all along and they hoped they could arm-twist enough people in parliament to succeed.

But the problem for them now, since the clock has nearly run out, is the invocation of Article 50 was undertaken by an act of Parliament. And it will take another act of Parliament to undo it.

And I don’t see anyone on the Remainer side working towards that end. That should be your clue as to what happens next.

Why? Because they know they don’t have the time to get that act past Parliament. So, the rest of this is simply a PR campaign to push public opinion far enough to allow for an illegal canceling or postponing of Brexit.

But it’s not working.

According to the latest polls, Brits overwhelmingly want the original Brexit vote respectedLeave even has a 5-6 point lead over Remain.

And, I think Theresa May now realizes this. It is why she invited the no-confidence vote against her. She knew she had the votes and it would give her the ammunition to ignore Corbyn’s hysterical ranting about taking a no-deal Brexit off the table.

Whether she realizes that the only negotiating tool she has with the EU is the threat of a No-Deal Brexit, exactly like Nigel Farage and those committed to Brexit have been telling her for two years is still, however, up in the air.

It looks like she’s finally starting to get it.

The net result is we are seeing a similar outing of the nefarious, behind-the-scenes, power brokers in the public eye similar to what’s been happening in the US with Donald Trump and Russiagate.

May has been singularly unimpressive in her handling of Brexit. I’ve been convinced from the beginning that betraying Brexit was always her goal. Negotiating a deal unacceptable to anyone was meant to exhaust everyone into the position to just throwing up their hands and canceling the whole thing.

The EU has been in the driver’s seat the entire time because most of the British establishment has been on their side and it was only the people who needed to be disrespected.

So, after all of these shananigans we are back to where we were last week. May has cut off all avenues of discussion. She won’t commit to taking ‘no-deal’ off the table to tweak Corbyn. She won’t substantively move on any other issue. This is likely to push her deal through as a last-minute panic move.

Corbyn is still hoping to get new elections to take power, and the majority of MP’s who don’t want to leave the EU keep fighting among themselves to cock up the entire works.

All they are doing is expending pound after pound of political capital beating themselves against their own act of Parliament which goes into effect on March 29th.

By the time that date comes around the frustration, shame and humiliation of how Parliament has mishandled Brexit will make it difficult for a lot of Remainers to hold together their majority as public opinion has decidedly turned against them.

In the past the EU has had that façade of democratic support undermining any change at the political level. With Brexit (and with budget talks in Italy) that is not the case. The people are angry.

The peak moment for Remainers to stage a bipartisan political coup against May should have been the most recent no-confidence vote.

With May surviving that it implies that Remainers are not willing to die politically for their cause.

This should begin to see defectors over the next couple of weeks as they realize they don’t have a hand to play either.

And by May refusing to rule out a ‘no-deal’ Brexit it has finally brought the EU around to throw a bone towards the British. Their admitting they would extend Article 50 is just that. But they know that’s a non-starter as that is the one thing May has been steadfast in holding to.

On March 29th with or without a deal the U.K. is out of the EU. Because despite the European Court of Justice’s decision, Britain’s parliament can only cancel Article 50 at this point by acting illegally.

Not that I would put that past these people, but then that opens up a can of worms that most British MP’s will not go along with. The personal stakes are simply too high.

When dealing with politicians, never bet against their vanity or their pocketbook. In May’s case she may finally have realized she could have the legacy of getting Britain out of the EU just before it collapses.

And all she has to do between now and the end of March is, precisely, nothing.

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