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Colombian president elect mulls moving embassy to Jerusalem

Duque expresses his solidarity with both Israel and America with a mirrored Israel policy

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Colombian presidential candidate Ivan Duque has won the election to the presidency of Colombia with about 54% of the public vote, over his opponent, Gustavo Petro, who only gained about 42%. Duque’s platform, which was more economy focused, resonated with voters.

But his position on business and investment matters is not all that appears to be on the docket. A staunch supporter of Israel, Duque announced last month that he intended to increase Colombia’s support of the Jewish state, and that he was considering the prospect of moving Colombia’s embassy to Israel to Jerusalem, in a move of solidarity both with Israel and with US President Donald Trump’s decision to place the American embassy in Jerusalem.

teleSur reports:

The far-right Ivan Duque has declared himself a strong supporter of the Zionist state.
Colombia’s new president-elect Ivan Duque has said he’s considering to move their embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and become the third Latin American country, and the fourth in total, to follow the example of U.S. President Donald Trump.

During a campaign event on May 16, Duque said he doesn’t rule out “the possibility of placing the diplomatic seat in Jerusalem” and that he wishes to “maintain the best possible relations with the state of Israel.”

In a video of the event, in which Duque met with local churches, the president-elect praises the state of Israel, their recovery of “their historical territories” and blames the Palestinian resistence movement Hamas for the recent attacks in which more than a hundred Palestinians have been murdered by the Israeli forces, using the same arguement and excuses parrated by the Israeli right-wing government.

Duque stressed that he has had a strong relationship with Israel and the history of the Jewish people in the territory and mentioned he participated “actively” in the Palmer-Uribe report, co-authored by his hardline mentor Alvaro Uribe, which whitewashed Israel’s deadly attack on the 2010 “Gaza Freedom Flotilla” and the Turkish humanitarian-aid ship Mavi Marmara, besides justifying the siege on Gaza.

Other Colombian candidates, such as runner-up left-wing Gustavo Petro, rejected Duque’s position and harshly criticized his comments.

Petro has been a fierce critic of the U.S. decision to move their embassy to Jerusalem and accused the Israeli forces of carrying out a massacre against Gazans during the Nakba, or Catastrophe, protests in the few months leading up to its anniversry last month.

But little after his controversial comments, Duque offered a different view ahead of the elections. In interview with Caracol Radio, Duque said he will contribute with what’s necessary to achieve peace in the Middle East and expressed his support for the two-state solution.

“Colombia can’t foster hate in the Middle East… we must contribute to the desired two-state solution… all that I can do in that direction I’ll do it for the recognition of both peoples,” he said.

Duque is widely regarded as the puppet of Alvaro Uribe, a former president of Colombia known for his paramilitary legacy. In his attempt to combat different guerrillas in the territory, he carried a deadly war that took the lives of thousands of innocent people, including the “false positives,” or civilians murdered by the military and then dressed up in uniforms to show them as guerrilla fighters killed in combat.

A president with such attitudes and policies was a natural friend of Israel, which he strongly supported and defended in their fight against “terrorism.” The Zionist state became Colombia’s biggest weapons supplier, including Kfir aircraft, drones, weapons and intelligence systems and cooperation.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales became the first Latin American leader to follow Trump’s decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem. He was followed by Paraguay’s Horacio Cartes.

In December 2017, Morales said that Guatemala had been “historically pro-Israel” and that they have considered them allies since the time of its creation. Therefore, moving the embassy is a continuation of 70 years of a supportive relationship.

A review of Guatemalan-Israeli diplomatic relations supports Morales’ comments. In the early 1980s, the Israeli military helped the Guatemalan regimes that carried out a genocide against the Mayan population.

Even though thousands of Mayans were killed during the Guatemalan Civil War, the period known as the “Mayan Genocide,” which lasted from 1981 to 1983 coincides with the peak of Israel-Guatemala military cooperation.

Duque has expressed solidarity with the interests of Israel, and has been quick to remove any and all responsibility from the Jewish state relative to its massacre of peaceful Palestinian protesters, including nurses and journalists. This solidarity could soon be made concrete, literally, with Colombia’s diplomatic center in Israel transitioning to Jerusalem to become the third Latin American nation to do so.

 

 

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Colombia C-O-L-O-M-B-I-A.

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Ha ha ha – that well known Global relationship between Columbia & Israel hitting it’s goals again’; or another US muppet-puppet taking over due to nose in trough + quietly done coup. Sad days.

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That’s the way to keep this.

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Maybe they should move their drug cartels there also.

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And yet, in Yankee-land they are bashing Venezuela non-stop. It is incredible to see such a combination of so called ”liberals” and ”conservatives” joining forces to denounce the leftist Latin American governments. Coincidentally, these governments recognized Crimea as part of Russia and have been critical towards Israel.

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Another hyena joins the pack.Are they hoping for a Palestinian revolt to totally crush with a “valid” excuse?

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Macron cuts ski holiday short, vowing crack down on Yellow Vests (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the 18th consecutive week of Yellow Vests protests in Paris. Following last weeks lower participation, Saturday’s Yellow Vests in Paris gathered larger crowds, with various outbreaks of violence and rioting that has been blamed on extreme elements, who French authorities claim have infiltrated the movement.

“Act XVIII” of the protests has shown that the Yellow Vests have not given up. France’s Champs-Élysées boulevard was where most of the violence occurred, with the street being left in a pile of broken glass and flames.

One day after Paris was set ablaze, French President Emmanuel Macron cut his ski holiday short, returning to Paris and vowing to take “strong decisions” to prevent more violence.

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Paris awoke on Sunday to smouldering fires, broken windows and looted stores following the 18th consecutive Saturday of Yellow Vest protests.

Around 200 people were arrested according to BFM TV, while about 80 shops near the iconic Champs Elysees had been damaged and/or looted according to AFP, citing Champs Elysees committee president Jean-Noel Reinhardt.

The 373-year-old Saint Sulpice Roman Catholic church was set on fire while people were inside, however nobody was injured. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

The riots were so severe that French President Emmanuel Macron cut short a vacation at the La Mongie ski resort in the Hautes-Pyrénées following a three-day tour of East Africa which took him to Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Macron skied on Friday, telling La Depeche du Midi “I’m going to spend two-three days here to relax, to find landscapes and friendly faces,” adding “I’m happy to see the Pyrenees like that, radiant, although I know it was more difficult at Christmas” referring to the lack of snow in December.

In response to Saturday’s violence, Macron said over Twitter that “strong decisions” were coming to prevent more violence.

Macron said some individuals — dubbed “black blocs” by French police forces — were taking advantage of the protests by the Yellow Vest grassroots movement to “damage the Republic, to break, to destroy.” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Twitter that those who excused or encouraged such violence were complicit in it. –Bloomberg

The French President has family ties in the Hautes-Pyrénées, including Bagnères de Bigorre where his grandmother lived. He is a regular visitor to the region.

Emmanuel Macron (2ndL), head of the political movement In Marche! (Onwards!) And candidate for the 2017 presidential election, and his wife Brigitte Trogneux (L) have lunch April 12, 2017 (Reuters)

 

 

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Vesti calls out Pompeo on lying about Russia invading Ukraine [Video]

Secretary Pompeo displayed either stunning ignorance or a mass-attack of propaganda about what must be the most invisible war in history.

Seraphim Hanisch

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After the 2014 Maidan revolution and the subsequent secessions of Lugansk and Donetsk in Ukraine, and after the rejoining of Crimea with its original nation of Russia, the Western media went on a campaign to prove the Russia is (/ was / was about to / had already / might / was thinking about / was planning to … etc.) invade Ukraine. For the next year or so, about every two weeks, internet news sources like Yahoo! News showed viewers pictures of tanks, box trucks and convoys to “prove” that the invasion was underway (or any of the other statuses confirming the possibilities above stated.) This information was doubtless provided to US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.

Apparently, Secretary Pompeo believed this ruse, or is being paid to believe this ruse because in a speech recently, he talked about it as fact:

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Russia’s annexation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine an attempt to gain access to Ukraine’s oil and gas reserves.

He stated this at IHS Markit’s CERAWeek conference in Houston, the USA, Reuters reports.

Pompeo urged the oil industry to work with the Trump administration to promote U.S. foreign policy interests, especially in Asia and in Europe, and to punish what he called “bad actors” on the world stage.

The United States has imposed harsh sanctions in the past several months on two major world oil producers, Venezuela and Iran.

Pompeo said the U.S. oil-and-gas export boom had given the United States the ability to meet energy demand once satisfied by its geopolitical rivals.

“We don’t want our European allies hooked on Russian gas through the Nord Stream 2 project, any more than we ourselves want to be dependent on Venezuelan oil supplies,” Pompeo said, referring to a natural gas pipeline expansion from Russia to Central Europe.

Pompeo called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine an attempt to gain access to the country’s oil and gas reserves.

Although the state-run news agency Vesti News often comes under criticism for rather reckless, or at least, extremely sarcastic propaganda at times, here they rightly nailed Mr. Pompeo’s lies to the wall and billboarded it on their program:

The news anchors even made a wisecrack about one of the political figures, Konstantin Zatulin saying as a joke that Russia plans to invade the United States to get its oil. They further noted that Secretary Pompeo is uneducated about the region and situation, but they offered him the chance to come to Russia and learn the correct information about what is going on.

To wit, Russia has not invaded Ukraine at all. There is no evidence to support such a claim, while there IS evidence to show that the West is actively interfering with Russia through the use of Ukraine as a proxyWhile this runs counter to the American narrative, it is simply the truth. Ukraine appears to be the victim of its own ambitions at this point, for while the US tantalizes the leadership of the country and even interferes with the Orthodox Church in the region, the country lurches towards a presidential election with three very poor candidates, most notably the one who is president there now, Petro Poroshenko.

However, the oil and gas side of the anti-Russian propaganda operation by the US is significant. The US wishes for Europe to buy gas from American suppliers, even though this is woefully inconvenient and expensive when Russia is literally at Europe’s doorstep with easy supplies. However, the Cold War Party in the United States, which still has a significant hold on US policy making categorizes the sale of Russia gas to powers like NATO ally Germany as a “threat” to European security.

It is interesting that Angela Merkel herself does not hold this line of thinking. It is also interesting and worthy of note, that this is not the only NATO member that is dealing more and more with Russia in terms of business. It underscores the loss of purpose that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization suffers now since there is no Soviet Union to fight.

However, the US remains undaunted. If there is no enemy to fight, the Americans feel that they must create one, and Russia has been the main scapegoat for American power ambitions. More than ever now, this tactic appears to be the one in use for determining the US stance towards other powers in the world.

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Ariel Cohen exposes Washington’s latest twist in anti-Russia strategy [Video]

Excellent interview Ariel Cohen and Vladimir Solovyov reveals the forces at work in and behind American foreign policy.

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While the American people and press are pretty much complicit in reassuring the masses that America is the only “right” superpower on earth, and that Russia and China represent “enemy threats” for doing nothing more than existing and being successfully competitive in world markets, Russia Channel One got a stunner of a video interview with Ariel Cohen.

Who is Ariel Cohen? Wikipedia offers this information about him:

Ariel Cohen (born April 3, 1959 in Crimea in YaltaUSSR) is a political scientist focusing on political risk, international security and energy policy, and the rule of law.[1] Cohen currently serves as the Director of The Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics (CENRG) at the Institute for Analysis of Global Security (IAGS). CENRG focuses on the nexus between energy, geopolitics and security, and natural resources and growth. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, within the Global Energy Center and the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center.[2] Until July 2014, Dr. Cohen was a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. He specializes in Russia/Eurasia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

Cohen has testified before committees of the U.S. Congress, including the Senate and House Foreign Relations Committees, the House Armed Services Committee, the House Judiciary Committee and the Helsinki Commission.[4] He also served as a Policy Adviser with the National Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Deterrence Analysis.[5] In addition, Cohen has consulted for USAID, the World Bank and the Pentagon.[6][7]

Cohen is a frequent writer and commentator in the American and international media. He has appeared on CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, C-SPAN, BBC-TV and Al Jazeera English, as well as Russian and Ukrainian national TV networks. He was a commentator on a Voice of America weekly radio and TV show for eight years. Currently, he is a Contributing Editor to the National Interest and a blogger for Voice of America. He has written guest columns for the New York TimesInternational Herald TribuneChristian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, EurasiaNet, Valdai Discussion Club,[8] and National Review Online. In Europe, Cohen’s analyses have appeared in Kommersant, Izvestiya, Hurriyet, the popular Russian website Ezhenedelny Zhurnal, and many others.[9][10]

Mr. Cohen came on Russian TV for a lengthy interview running about 17 minutes. This interview, shown in full below, is extremely instructive in illustrating the nature of the American foreign policy directives such as they are at this time.

We have seen evidence of this in recent statements by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding Russia’s “invasion” of Ukraine, and an honestly unabashed bit of fear mongering about China’s company Huawei and its forthcoming 5G networks, which we will investigate in more detail in another piece. Both bits of rhetoric reflect a re-polished narrative that, paraphrased, says to the other world powers,

Either you do as we tell you, or you are our enemy. You are not even permitted to out-compete with us in business, let alone foreign relations. The world is ours and if you try to step out of place, you will be dealt with as an enemy power.

This is probably justified paranoia, because it is losing its place. Where the United Stated used to stand for opposition against tyranny in the world, it now acts as the tyrant, and even as a bully. Russia and China’s reaction might be seen as ignoring the bully and his bluster and just going about doing their own thing. It isn’t a fight, but it is treating the bully with contempt, as bullies indeed deserve.

Ariel Cohen rightly points out that there is a great deal of political inertia in the matter of allowing Russia and China to just do their own thing. The US appears to be acting paranoid about losing its place. His explanations appear very sound and very reasonable and factual. Far from some of the snark Vesti is often infamous for, this interview is so clear it is tragic that most Americans will never see it.

The tragedy for the US leadership that buys this strategy is that they appear to be blinded so much by their own passion that they cannot break free of it to save themselves.

This is not the first time that such events have happened to an empire. It happened in Rome; it happened for England; and it happened for the shorter-lived empires of Nazi Germany and ISIS. It happens every time that someone in power becomes afraid to lose it, and when the forces that propelled that rise to power no longer are present. The US is a superpower without a reason to be a superpower.

That can be very dangerous.

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