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Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton: The Final Debate

In the final debate Donald Trump scored points on foreign policy and on the war against terrorism whilst holding firm in the face of Hillary Clinton’s attack to his pitch about anti-terrorism cooperation with Russia.

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And so it ends, the final debate of the US Presidential season.

Assuming the world hasn’t perished in nuclear hellfire by the year 2020, it means, one won’t have to put up with the spectacle of these ‘debates’ for several years.

It’s a much deserved respite. The debate was totally unnecessary, nothing new or novel was said by either of the candidates, but Hillary Clinton did have a kind of meltdown worthy of analysis.

As usual, the debate started with questions on domestic American issues.

When speaking about immigration, Trump referenced a secret Clinton speech whose content was published by Wikileaks. In the speech she called for open borders.

Rather than attempt to answer the question, Clinton went on a rampage against Russia and President Putin.

She started by excoriating the comparatively fair host Chris Wallace,  for referencing Wikileaks. Clinton then said that Russia is engaged in espionage against the American people and moreover she did so with a straight face as though the NSA, whose espionage against Americans Edward Snowden has bravely disclosed, didn’t exist.

Hillary Clinton said that Russia is the source of the Podesta emails and accused President Putin of direct involvement in the hacks.

If the idea that the president of any country would have the time to be a hacker wasn’t absurd enough, Hillary Clinton then asked Donald Trump to renounce Putin for his alleged interference in the US election.

The extent to which the mainstream media is on the side of Clinton and totally against Trump is made manifestly clear by this statement.

When Trump says the election is rigged due to a third world style media and electoral registries with names of people not entitled to vote – including the names of the diseased – he is accused by the media of being some sort of conspiracy theorist, when all he has done is plainly state the facts.

Hillary Clinton, like Trump, however also believes the election is rigged.  She says so constantly. Only in her parallel universe, it is Vladimir Putin who is rigging the election in Trump’s favour.

Why hasn’t anyone called Clinton a wild conspiracy theorist? Someone ought to, especially since there is not a shred of evidence that Russia has or would even want to influence the US election.

Most in the Russian government find the whole thing too farcical to even particularly care about…until it’s over of course.

In the parallel universe in which the mainstream media exist, Hillary Clinton has already won by a landslide, yet Putin has also rigged the election so that Trump will win.

Logic and the mainstream media make far worse bed-fellows than Bill Clinton and his harem of women.

Trump would not be drawn. He correctly accused Hillary Clinton of ‘wanting to talk about Putin’ instead of addressing the subject of immigration.

Trump restated that he does not know Putin but that if they could have a good working relationship and cooperate against ISIS this could only be a good thing.

In a sane world this would be reported as a moderate statement in the name of détente between superpowers as well as an acknowledgement that ISIS poses a great danger to the world, and one which ought to be confronted collectively. 

It is only in the parallel universe of the mainstream media that calling for cooperation is worse than calling for war.

Hillary Clinton’s obsession with Putin is quite frightening. Although the western mainstream media and political establishment have become vehemently anti-Russian, her very individual obsession with the Russian president seems unhealthy.

Perhaps it is because her husband tends to give his attention to women whom are not Hillary Clinton that she lusts after confrontation with a well-known charismatic leader? No one can say, but it does beg speculation.

Towards the end of the debate The Battle of Mosul was discussed.

Here Trump stated that he found the timing of the battle deeply cynical, as though Obama is trying to give Hillary Clinton a ‘victory’ prior to the election in order to obfuscate her disastrous record on funding and arming terrorists in the Middle East.

Trump also said that because the timing of the battle of Mosul was announced, many of the ISIS leadership have run away elsewhere.

What he failed to say is that this is an intentional plot to drive these individuals into Eastern Syria, the better to fight the Syrian Arab Army and its Russian ally.

Trump concluded this segment by accusing Hillary Clinton of wanting to arm rebels without knowing who they are.

This of course is a half-truth. Whilst the names and affiliations of rebel groups change more frequently than Hillary Clinton invents new lies, the plain fact is that a terrorist is a terrorist.

President Assad has said this very recently and he is absolutely correct.

If what George W. Bush of all people called a ‘war on terror’ is to be taken seriously, one cannot play idiotic games of ‘good terrorist versus bad terrorist’.  However that is just what Hillary Clinton and her puppet masters in Saudi Arabia and Qatar do.

Trump lamented lost opportunities to cooperate against terrorism and further stated that due to the incompetence of Hillary Clinton and her political comrades, Assad if anything, is stronger not weaker than he was several years ago as he has managed to unite all patriotic Syrians against foreign terrorists and now has the support of Iran and Russia.

The best Hillary Clinton could do was dodge a question about her beloved no fly zone.

I am proud of Trump for not buckling under pressure to renounce his moderate stance towards Russia.

His own vice-presidential candidate has joined the ‘Russia is evil’ propaganda train, but Trump has maintained his solidly independent and sensible position. This is worthy of commendation.

It is clear that the election has been rigged by an aggressive, totally biased and unfair media. It has been rigged due to registration fraud and may yet be rigged in other ways.

It is no longer a question of is the election rigged, but rather a question of the degree to which it has been rigged.

I believe if the election has even a tinge of fairness, Donald Trump will win.

But it’s a big if, possibly the biggest in modern history.

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

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 118.

Alex Christoforou

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris examine how US and EU sanctions have continued to provide a huge boost to Russia’s economy. Russia’s food sovereignty has practically been achieved, as the Russian central bank continues to buy gold and lower its exposure to western financial markets.

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Outside pressure in the form of sanctions has become an incentive to resolve various issues of Russia’s economy, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev stated in an interview with the Izvestiya daily.

He noted that through introducing sanctions against Russia, “the West aims to destabilize Russia’s economy and to create social and political tensions in society.”

“But during the difficult times, Russians have always stuck together and mobilized their resources in order to ensure the country’s sovereignty. This is what is happening now – the outside pressure has become an incentive to resolve many problems in Russia’s economy,” he said.

“Before the sanctions, it seemed that we would never be able to feed ourselves and that we are doomed to be dependent on Western import. However, right now, Russia’s food sovereignty in crucial sectors has practically been achieved, and in some areas, Russia has become the leading exporter,” Patrushev noted.

Those who apply the sanctions “can see that they (the sanctions – TASS) are ineffective and often achieve the opposite goal,” the Russian security chief concluded.

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US Neocon Foreign Policy and the War Waged Against Serbia

The Serbian assault began first by a ‘financial war’; by sanctions and finished off by an aggressive unprovoked incessant NATO bombing campaign.

Richard Galustian

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The ‘witch-hunt’ against President Trump over Russian collusion has officially ended, following the submission of the Mueller Report, enabling us to now focus on the real problems of America that effects the whole world.

In the hope of a waining of the Russophobia in America, let’s look at the US’s recent war history by starting with the 20th anniversary this month of the NATO war on Serbia in 1999 which amounted to almost 100 days of bombing of historic cities and infrastructure.

Firstly, these problems are, in the main caused by the Neocons, or Deep State, whatever you wish to call them, and the continuing promotion, by the US Military-Security Industrial Complex, of wars and regime change and secondly, Trump’s unreserved support for Israel, regardless of war crimes they may continue to commit against the Palestinians.

Incredibly after that one sided unjust and illegal war that NATO executed, NATO has the audacity to invite Serbia to join it! Something that will never happen. What do they smoke in DC, in the Pentagon and Brussels based NATO?

To compound these overall problems, the US Military and Israeli Defence Forces collaborate on these US regime change policies on all continents evidenced most recently by the arrival of crack Israeli troops last month in Brazil, prepared to support an attack potentially by Brazil and Columbia on Venezuela.

As, has now come to be expected, America pursues its Venezuelan regime change with full main stream media (MSM) cooperation, using well proven sophisticated propaganda techniques along with a variety of pretexts.

From Serbia to Iraq to Libya, where does it end? Observe that Trump is now seeking a ‘NATO alliance’ offering NATO status, to President Bolsonaro of Brazil to back the invasion of Venezuela.

So it is important to remember, as an example, that after a long war of economic and financial destabilization ended with the bombing of Serbia.

Serbia was previously a part of Yugoslavia, a country which had successfully evolved after 1945 to solve the old rivalries of the 19th and early 20th Century Balkan ethnic animosities which was, prior to the advent of power of President Tito, its past history.

The United Nations, instead of supporting, in effect, so called ‘humanitarian wars’ and ‘regime change wars’ by the US, using NATO, helped and relentlessly driven home by MSM outlets like CNN and FOX NEWS into people’s heads, must finally take a stand.

So too, Yugoslavia, once the envy of many in the world, given its then ‘non-aligned’ status under President Tito, was destroyed and broken up; ‘Balkanized’ in the early 1990s.

The Serbian assault began first by a ‘financial war’; by sanctions and finished off by an aggressive unprovoked incessant NATO bombing campaign. That’s what we can expect in Venezuela next.

This ‘Balkanization’ strategy similarly applies to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria et al. It serves US Neocon interests to dismember States in the world and create smaller more ‘manageable’ countries.

‘Regime change’ runs against the intent, the very words contained in the US Constitution. No one in MSM ever reminds us of that fact. Nevertheless America’s ambition to overthrow other States continues, which they arrogantly now make no secret of. The next States will probably be Nicaragua then Iran to name but two.

A very noteworthy most recent outrageous unilateral declaration was made by President Trump, not yet formally agreed by US institutions, ‘giving’ something he has no authority to give; Syrian territory, the Golan Heights to be precise, to Israel. Something that one day could trigger a full scale Arab-Israeli War.

This is of extreme importance yet no real outcry comes from world leaders; well not so far.

The main reason for that decision given by senior US Administration figures is that “God anointed Trump to save the Jews”.

Not forgetting Trump’s need (which we the people don’t understand exactly why) to support Prime Minister Netanyahu in his difficult upcoming elections in Israel – in part because both countries failed to ‘regime change’ Syria – but more importantly to help the ‘financial terrorists’ who formed a company jointly that has already started drilling for oil in the Golan Heights. You might like to know who owns such oil drilling company which should answer a plethora of questions in one go that you must be asking yourselves.

The shareholder’s names tells us everything; Dick Cheney; Baron Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch. The titular heads of neocons, bankers and media on the planet.

In ending there is no more evidence required for us, the people of the world, to rise up against the globalist dark forces wherever they exist, be it in Brussels, London, France or Washington. We must demand democratic elections or start revolutions, the latter has already begun in France in the form of ‘the yellow vests’. And Brexit, by definition, is a rejection by the British people of globalism and American Hegemony.

The pattern of US destabilization and destruction of States to loot them of their sovereign resources is the unseen history of the last 100 years, not taught in any university, anywhere in the West.

As far as Ukraine is concerned, its government was taken down by the CIA and replaced by an ultra fascist regime that has full backing from America. This is no secret. But the MSM simple don’t report it.

US led NATO is ‘the transnational war machine’ of the world, devouring almost all free countries wealth. It can extort to terrorize all into conformity to the global ‘carcinogenic’ US Neocon imperialistic strategy.

A total estimated 20m people around the world have died since the end of WW11 at the hands of US Forces. Think about that for a moment.

One of the most famous sayings attributed to America’s great President Abraham Lincoln is about deception: “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

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‘Dark day for internet freedom’: EU approves controversial copyright reform

Julia Reda, a German MEP with the Pirate Party, described it as a “dark day for internet freedom.”

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The European Parliament has voted to adopt the highly controversial Article 13 provision which would govern the production and distribution of content online under the auspices of increasing copyright protections.

Tuesday’s move will update the EU’s 20-year-old copyright rules and will govern everything from audiovisual content to memes, much to the dismay of many social media users who have already begun outpouring their grief online.

MEPs passed the legislation by 348 votes to 274 Tuesday. Opponents had hoped for last-minute amendments to be made but their efforts were in vain.

Julia Reda, a German MEP with the Pirate Party, described it as a “dark day for internet freedom.”

Article 13 or ‘The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market’ makes all platforms legally responsible for the content hosted and shared on their platforms.

The process of updating the bloc’s copyright laws began in the European Commission two years ago, ostensibly to protect Europe’s publishers, broadcasters and artists and guarantee fair compensation from big tech companies.

By essentially forcing companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter to pay artists and publishers for the reproduction of their work online, include in meme format, the EU is effectively clamping down on online memery.

The onus will now be on tech companies to clamp down on content-sharing on their platforms, which will likely ensure yet more draconian policing of speech and content.

EU member states now have two years to pass their own laws putting Article 13 into effect.

Tens of thousands marched in protest across Germany ahead of the vote, decrying what they viewed as severe online censorship.

Tech giant Google said that while the directive is “improved” it will still lead to legal uncertainty and will damage Europe’s creative and digital economies.

Critics have argued that the only way for Article 13 to be effectively enforced would be through the use of upload filters which automatically check content to see if it’s copyrighted or not, at least in theory. However, the exact mechanics of such a system have yet to be fully debated and the potential for abuse is immediately clear.

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