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From Muslims to Ukrainians–the alt-right to the alt-left, it is crucial not to slander an entire group

Donald Trump should not be forced to name and shame the alt-right, he ought to be urged to show tact instead of slandering Islam and Muslims.




Of the many peculiar things surrounding Donald Trump’s initial statement made on the day of violence in the Virginia town of Charlottesville, the lack of dispassion on the part of allegedly neutral observers is quite striking.

While many are debating over whether Trump has a preference of the so-called alt-right over the so-called alt-left, something that ought to be discussed is being left out. One ought to consider that this entire ‘scandal’ is due to how the mainstream mass media shapes the meaning of a speech, statement or phrase and how due to the sheer ability to proliferate the marketplace, even those opposed to the MSM (on both left and right) often fail to do anything but accept the initial MSM interpretation. From there, the wider public simply asks if Trump was right or wrong based on this interpretation.

Here is the ‘offending’ quote in full,

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides. On many sides. It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time”.

The MSM interpretation of this is that Trump was both minimising the violence of one side (in this case the alt-right) while also failing to take responsibility for the violence. This of course was the same MSM who lacerated Trump when he alluded to George W. Bush having a special responsibility for 911. Here one already sees one contradiction.

Trump’s statement in itself is literally extremely balanced. Consider for a moment if Barack Obama made a similar statement only saying “not Barack Obama, not George W. Bush”.

Here is how a sympathetic media may have reported on such a statement:

“Today, President Obama took the high road as he has done many times before. By condemning violence on all sides without singling out a single sect, Obama has helped to dissipate a attitude of confrontation that could have been made much worse if Obama decided to name and shame a particular group.

This is fitting with Obama’s careful wording when speaking of other terrorist atrocities where he refuses to slander the name of ordinary Muslims by linking them with terrorism committed in Islam’s name”.

As someone who praised Obama’s tendency to be less rhetorically slanderous to Islam via-a-vis George W. Bush, I am always pleased to see restrained when it comes to tarring an entire group of people, most of whom are non-violent. It was subsequently, a shame that Obama’s policies were a carbon copy and even an acceleration of George Bush’s policies of setting fire beneath Muslim majority countries.

Donald Trump has applied the same careful language Obama tended to use about Islam to violence committed in the name of the alt-right and alt-left. This is to be applauded. One is not required to understand Islam (as it would seem most people in the secular west do not) in order to understand that ordinary Muslims are not Slafist terrorists.

Likewise, one doesn’t need to understand let alone endorse the alt-right or alt-left (I personally endorse neither) in the United States to realise that everyone sending right-wing memes is not a violent criminal and nor is everyone at a leftest rally a violent criminal.

Trump tends to Islam totally wrong, but at least he got the domestic stuff right. In the imperfect world of American political rhetoric, one ought to be grateful for small miracles.

There is one fundamental difference between the slandering of Islam and the slandering of the alt-right/alt-right. Islam is the holy worship of God which is practised by millions of people throughout the world. Few secular political movements are ever as meaningful as the spiritual, even for those who are inexorably committed to such views.

But at days end, the singling out of a secular group can have similar social consequences as when one singles out a religious group.

Thus, if one is to view Trump’s statement as a reasonable refusal to single out non violent members of a large group because of the criminal actions of a few, the proper conclusion to draw isn’t to force Trump to name and shame the alt-right, but instead to urge Trump to employ tact and sensitivity when he would normally slander Islam and all Muslims as he does on many occasions.

Rather than single out any group as the MSM is doing, one ought to remember the wisdom inherent in being able to separate the criminality of the few from the peace of the many, irrespective of one’s personal disposition.

This is the very reason why I have stated that if the regions of Ukraine were to hold votes on separating themselves from the current fascist regime in Kiev, most people in most regions would vote to do so. This is because while I totally condemn the violence of the regime and its hard-core adherents, I have never condemned the entire population of Ukraine who themselves are living under the tyranny of the few, a few who happen to be endorsed by most of the US mainstream media.

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AM Hants
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Talking of Ukraine, do you ever go back in time, and look out archived articles? I came across this one this morning and it is still seriously relevant, when you look at all that is going on, who is behind most of it and how does it all tie in? Leaked: George Soros ‘Puppet Master’ Behind Ukrainian Regime, Trails Of Corruption Revealed… The article above, reminds me of the James Blunt story, but, I did not realise that is was General Wesley Clark who was giving the orders to take out the Russian Peace Keeping Forces in Kosovo. Wesley… Read more »

Terry Ross
Terry Ross

Interesting links.
I think you are mistaken though about Wesley Clark being the one responsible for the plan to take down 7 nations in 5 years, as the following clip demonstrates:

General Wesley Clark: Wars Were Planned – Seven Countries In Five Years

AM Hants
AM Hants

Sorry, I did not articulate myself properly, I should have said stated, but, I was being lazy. I do find it weird that he is or recently has left Ukraine, after training up the NAZIs. Together with ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, heading over to see Porkie and McCain’s friend,who served in a senior management position in the McCain Foundation and wasn’t he also the US representative to NATO. has turned up as the Ukraine Special Adviser? Tick Tock Debt Clock with all eyes on what happens between now and September? Transcript: General Wesley Clark: Exclusive Briefing from Ukraine’s Front Lines…… Read more »


Some nice research A.M., as ever.. I despair though. The EU and its united snakes bosses fund and collude with zio-nazi war criminals, who routinely commit attrocities and murder and torture people, and so what kind of behaviour do the observers expect?
Nothing new here.
Sociopathic Banderasts are always liars and fraudsters.
It’s as if the pathetic onlookers and EU opinion-givers expect the Ukrop zio-nazis and mafia oligarchs and scam-artists to behave like reasonable gentlemen..
Big and very silly mistake.

AM Hants
AM Hants

‘He who laughs last, laughs loudest’.

I seriously despair of the morons that run the EU, US and UK and seriously frustrated that the masses still allow the BBC and the like, to spoonfeed them on a propaganda diet. However, fortunately there are stronger nations, fighting for world peace, led by intelligent, professional and informed leaders/diplomats.

I was given this link earlier, off topic, but, seriously reassuring if it all goes wrong.

Russia’s cutting-edge weaponry capable of ‘blinding’ enemy’s army

Military & Defense April 19, 13:40 UTC+3
TASS outlines domestic electronic warfare systems


Clark was talking about the plan (aka Oded Yinon) that was the reason 9/11 was manufactured. Who in their right mind would believe Hilda and James Baker could predict the “unifying event” without knowing about it in advance in the following video;



‘I will take over as Brexit Party leader’: Nigel Farage back on the frontline

Nigel Farage says that if the UK takes part in European elections, he will lead his new Brexit Party.





Via RT

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has announced that he will lead his new Brexit Party into the European elections if UK MPs decide to delay Brexit beyond May 22.

Farage, who has ostensibly appointed himself leader, told various media, including the BBC and Sky News on Friday morning: “I will take over as leader of the Brexit Party and lead it into the European Elections.”

It comes after the Brexit Party’s leader, Catherine Blaiklock, quit over a series of alleged Islamophobic statements and retweets of far-right figures on social media.

It is not yet thought that Farage has officially been elected as leader, as the party does not, as yet, have a formal infrastructure to conduct such a vote.

The right-wing MEP vowed to put out a whole host of Brexit Party candidates if the UK participates in the upcoming EU elections in May, adding: “If we fight those elections, we will fight them on trust.”

On Thursday night, the EU agreed to PM May’s request for a delaying to Brexit beyond the March 29 deadline. Brussels announced two new exit dates depending on what happens next week in the UK parliament.

The UK will have to leave the bloc on April 12 unless British MPs agree to May’s Brexit deal. If the withdrawal agreement is passed by next week, EU leaders have agreed to grant an extension until May 22.

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Baltics cannot rely on Germany any more

The matter is NATO today is not as strong as it is supposed to be. And it is not only because of leadership blunders.

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Submitted by Adomas Abromaitis…

On March 29 Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will celebrate 15 years of becoming NATO member states. The way to the alliance membership was not simple for newly born independent countries. They have reached great success in fulfilling many of NATO demands: they have considerably increased their defence expenditures, renewed armaments and increased the number of military personnel.

In turn, they get used to rely on more powerful member states, their advice, help and even decision making. All these 15 years they felt more or less safe because of proclaimed European NATO allies’ capabilities.

Unfortunately, now it is high time to doubt. The matter is NATO today is not as strong as it supposed to be. And it is not only because of leadership’s blunders. Every member state does a bit. As for the Baltic states, they are particularly vulnerable, because they fully depend on other NATO member states in their defence. Thus, Germany, Canada and Britain are leading nations of the NATO battle group stationed in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia respectively.

But the state of national armed forces in Germany, for example, raises doubts and makes it impossible not only defend the Baltics against Russia, but Germany itself.

It turned out, that Germany itself remains dissatisfied with its combat readiness and minister of defence’s ability to perform her duties. Things are so bad, that the military’s annual readiness report would be kept classified for the first time for “security reasons.”

“Apparently the readiness of the Bundeswehr is so bad that the public should not be allowed to know about it,” said Tobias Lindner, a Greens member who serves on the budget and defense committees.

Inspector General Eberhard Zorn said ( the average readiness of the country’s nearly 10,000 weapons systems stood at about 70 percent in 2018, which meant Germany was able to fulfill its military obligations despite increasing responsibilities.

No overall comparison figure was available for 2017, but last year’s report revealed readiness rates of under 50 percent for specific weapons such as the aging CH-53 heavy-lift helicopters and the Tornado fighter jets.

Zorn said this year’s report was more comprehensive and included details on five main weapons systems used by the cyber command, and eight arms critical for NATO’s high readiness task force, which Germany heads this year.

“The overall view allows such concrete conclusions about the current readiness of the Bundeswehr that knowledge by unauthorized individuals would harm the security interests of the Federal Republic of Germany,” he wrote.

Critics are sure of incompetence of the Federal Minister of Defence, Ursula von der Leyen. Though she has occupied the upper echelons of German politics for 14 years now — and shows no sign of success. This mother of seven, gynecologist by profession, by some miracle for a long time has been remaining in power, though has no trust even among German military elites. Despite numerous scandals she tries to manage the Armed Forces as a housewife does and, of course, the results are devastating for German military capabilities. The same statement could be easily apply for the Baltic States, which highly dependent on Germany in military sphere.

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Crimea: The Geopolitical Jewel Russia Continues to Polish

As Putin continues to polish his Black Sea jewel, Europe has to decide if it is going to continue playing the U.S’s games over Ukraine or begin the next phase of its independence.



Authored by Tom Luongo via The Strategic Culture Foundation:

With all that is happening in the world Crimea has taken a bit of a backseat recently. Yes, the US, EU and Canada just added more sanctions on Russia via the odious Magnitsky legislation but this is inconsequential.

There’s been a flurry of good news coming out of Crimea and the Black Sea recently that bears discussion. Let’s start with the most important. President Vladimir Putin was in Crimea earlier this week to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the peninsula’s reunification with Russia. There he also officially inaugurated two major upgrades to Crimea’s power grid.

Located in Simferopol and Sevastopol, two new power plants will produce 940 megawatts and secure Crimea’s energy needs for now and into the future.

Power has been Crimea’s Achilles’ heel since breaking off from Ukraine in 2014. It received almost 90% of its power from the mainland. In November 2015, the trunk lines into Crimea were sabotaged by Ukrainian nationalist radicals, encouraged by President Petro Poroshenko plunging it into darkness as winter took hold.

Does this sound familiar? A place that defies US edicts geopolitically is first hit with a full trade embargo, sanctions and threatened militarily by proxies before having its electricity shut off?

*Cough* Venezuela *Cough*

And there are reports that the US has game-planned a similar fate for Iran as well. For Crimea it was easy because of the single-point-of-failure, the trunks from the mainland. For Venezuela it was as well, with the Guri dam, which affected nearly 70 percent of the country.

So, Putin timing the fifth anniversary of reunification with the announcement of the plants moving to full operational status was yet another smooth bit of international political maneuvering.

A not-so-subtle poke in the eye of the Gang Who Can’t Sanction Straight in D.C. as well as lame duck Poroshenko. Elections are at the end of the month and this celebration by Russia and Crimea will not sit well with many Ukrainians, especially the diaspora here in the US which is virulently anti-Putin in my experience.

Secure and stable power generation is a hallmark of a first world territory. Without that economic growth and stability are impossible. This is why to first help stabilize the situation in Crimea after the blackout Russia brought in 400 MW of power across the Kerch Strait from Krasnodor.

Tying Crimea to the mainland via the Kerch Strait bridge was a masterstroke by Putin. The initial power lines were simply a necessity. For those that complain he isn’t doing enough to counter US and European aggression need only look at the Kerch Strait bridge.

Not only did the Russians not seek international approval given the nearly universal refusal to recognize Crimea as Russian they built the thing in a time frame that defies description.

Imagine if this had been an EU project. They would still be debating the initial engineering plans and the political effects on some protected minority.

Not only does it open up the Eastern Black Sea to trade via Crimea but it ends the use of the Sea of Azov as a potential staging ground for naval provocations as last fall’s incident proved. Ukraine is cut off from acting aggressively and cannot count on any help from the US and Europe.

Moreover, Crimea is now permanently Russia’s. And every bit of infrastructure Russia builds there ties the two further together and weakens any bonds Crimea had with Ukraine. The resultant growth and modernization will make its way, economically and culturally back into southern Ukraine and erode the hard border over time.

This is far more important than striking out and metaphorically punching Poroshenko in the mouth, that many of Putin’s detractors wish for.

Presidents change, after all. Patience and attrition is how you beat an aggressive, distant enemy like the US

To remind everyone just how insane the Trump White House has become on matters international, no less than Vice President Mike Pence lobbied Germany to provoke another naval incident at the Kerch Strait.

If there was ever an example of how little Trump’s gang of moldy neocons think of Europe it is this bit of news. In effect, Pence was saying, “We can’t start a war with Russia because it would go nuclear, but you can because Russia can’t live without your trade.”

This coming after the US unilaterally pulled out of the INF treaty and is now flying nuclear bombers to eastern Europe. The message is clear. If the EU doesn’t get with this open-ended belligerent program against Russia and China of John Bolton’s they will be the ones paying the price when chaos breaks out.

On the other side there is Putin; building bridges, pipelines, power plants and roads.

He’s making it clear what the future holds not only for Europe but the Middle East, central Asia and India. We will defend Crimea at all costs, develop it not only into a tourist destination but also a major trade hub as well.

You are more than welcome to join us. But, we don’t need you.

These power plants will raise Crimea’s power output well beyond its current needs, allowing first export of power as well as providing the foundation for future growth.

And as if it weren’t coordinated in any way, the Chinese, on the morning of Putin’s speech, announced that Crimea would be an excellent fit for investment projects attached to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

That’s according to the head of the association of Chinese compatriots on the peninsula, Ge Zhili. “Our organization is bolstering cooperation ties, exchanges and friendly contacts with the Crimean society,” he said at an event dedicated to the fifth anniversary of Crimea’s reunification with Russia, which was held in the Russian Embassy in Beijing on Monday.

It is also ready to contribute to the establishment of “reliable partner ties” and the explanation of legal details of business cooperation with Crimea, Ge Zhili said. “The Chinese society hopes for the development of friendly cooperation with Crimea; we are ready to overcome difficulties for fruitful results.”

Again this is a direct challenge to the US who has Crimea under strict sanctions in the West. China is happy now to move forward with integrating Crimea into its plans. It’s just another example of how Russia and China simply ignore Trump’s fulminations and move on.

I can’t wait until I get to write this article all over again, this time about North Korea, now that Bolton has thrown Russian and Chinese assistance in getting North Korea to the negotiating table back in their face by destroying the Hanoi talks.

This announcement is not to be underestimated given that Chinese Premier Xi Jinping is in Rome this week to open up relations with the new Italian government. Five Star Movement’s Leader Luigi Di Maio said he would welcome becoming a part of BRI, much to the consternation of Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as his coalition partner Lega Leader Matteo Salvini.

It’s already well known that Salvini is interested in ending sanctions on Crimea and re-opening trade with Russia. Italy is desperate for new markets and opportunities, currently stifled under the euro itself as well as Germany’s insistence on austerity hollowing out Italy’s economy and its future prospects.

These issues as well as energy security ones are coming to a head this year with Brexit, the European Parliamentary elections in May and the completion of the Nordstream 2 pipeline later this year.

As Putin continues to polish his Black Sea jewel, Europe has to decide if it is going to continue playing the U.S’s games over Ukraine or begin the next phase of its independence. Salvini will lead a Euroskeptic revolt within the European Parliament in May. It may be big enough to finally defy Merkel and end EU sanctions on Russia over Crimea.

At that point the US will also have a choice, burn down the world economy with even more sanctions, tariffs and acts of war or accept the facts on the ground.

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