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German Twitter users in particular were incensed by Sigmar Gabriel’s lack of sensitivity to the victims of fascism.

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The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel have found themselves embroiled in a scandal over a public greeting they offered to Ukrainian leaders.

Both leaders used the phrase “Slava Ukraini!”, in their messages. The phrase which literally means “Glory to Ukraine” and is usually answered with the refrain of “Glory to heroes”, was popularised by Ukrainian Nazi-collaborators during the 1940s including the notorious Ukrainian Insurgent Army and the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists headed by Stepan Bandera.

Both groups were complicit in the killings of Russians, Soviet Ukrainians, Poles and Jews.

The slogan has been resurrected by neo-Nazis who played a role in bringing about the February 2014 coup in Kiev against the anti-fascist President Viktor Yanukovych.

The Canadian Prime Minister wrote the controversial rallying call on his official webpage while the German Foreign Minister wrote the phrase on Twitter.

Many German citizens were incensed that the Foreign Minister could offer a fascist greeting with one German Twitter user writing in,

“Mr. Gabriel, you could not possibly tweet anything more stupid. Slava Ukraini is a Nazi greeting in Ukraine”.

Another user wrote,

“Slava Ukraini is something similar to a person saying ‘Sieg Heil!’ in Germany… You have not fully gotten rid of the Nazi filth, have you?”

Another user was worried that Germany was “returning to its roots”.

By contrast Justin Trudeau’s remarks gained little response, most likely because they were less visible due to the fact that they were not posted on social media.

Nevertheless, an apology is in order from both men. There is no place for fascist phrases in 2017, especially since in respect of the Ukrainian regime, fascism is still claiming its victims in the form of the genocidal war against the people of Donbass which continues without abatement.

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Canadian Prime Minister wrote something dumb and nobody noticed due to nobody noticing him anyway. But what on earth happened to German FM, is he out of his freaking mind? Awaiting for Polish reaction, that one might be priceless.

VeeNarian (Yerevan)
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VeeNarian (Yerevan)

The Poles are beginning to realize that Ukraine has been Banderised. Do they have the guts to stand up their shameful leaders?

Avramijevdan
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Avramijevdan

It is somewhat of psychological split in gentle Polish being. They hate Russia, their leaders hate Russia, Ukrops hate Russia, but Ukrops also hate Polish and were killing them en mass during WW2. Difficult choices. They would so gladly support Ukrops but they can’t.

What Polish actually want is their Empire back and Russia being destroyed. It is their dream ever since they fell under Vatican.

Vtran
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Vtran

Agreed … only think yesterday, Pollack either FM or DM refereed to Banderistan keeping out the RF Barbarism !

And so it can be viewed that Banderistan is the country keeping Pollack Fazcists from RF !

Anja Boettcher
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Anja Boettcher

This one is anachronistic.

Poles’ christianisation followed baptism of Mieszkov I. in 966; Christian history of Russians on the Kiev Rus began 20 years later.

View that Poland could be set up to go against Russians by being Christianed, their conversion thus be plotted as anti-Russian coup by the Vatican depends on an interpretation of history that is against all logic. (They rather did it to keep grip on Silesia, whose Christianisation had started about a hundred years before.)

Avramijevdan
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Avramijevdan

Well, don’t forget I am Serbian. Vatican has usually more meanings for me then just a Holy See. As for Polish their first state had rather close relationship with Teutonic Knights who were Papal State offspring. Later Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth attempt to conquer Russia is not very different from numerous attacks against Russian territories from 11th century onwards. Papal States financed first German adventurers in 11th century while HRR took over once Papal States lost their strength. Poland did continue in their footsteps once it became strongest in Europe in form of Polish Lithuanian state. I do agree it is… Read more »

Anja Boettcher
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Anja Boettcher

You know I do not agree at all with any abuse of creed for political reasons. But the specific nationalistic blend of Polish nationalism, is not only a product of the Vatican, but is fostered by genuinely Polish imperial dreams, which since WW1 are even more oriented towards Anglosaxon hegemonial support than to any ties to other Catholic countries. Spain has got historical ties to Latin American nations. The Catholic parts of Germany (especially the Rhinelanders) have culturally grown ties to Italy, Bavarians of course to Austrians — but Poles? To Lithuania, sure, but even they are poisened by mistrust.… Read more »

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

You have outdone yourself, Bitcher. I actually applaud your post. It shows breadth of thought and background knowledge and is well-organised.
B+ for sure.

outsider
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outsider

Very informative comment. Much appreciated. The stupid Polish elite deserves to be hood-winked by the Anglo-Saxon elite (again).

Anja Boettcher
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Anja Boettcher

All those corrupt elites deserve being presented the bills. Unfortunately though, they never suffer the consequences themselves, while not only the complicit, but as well the innocent part of their populations will pay the price in the end.

outsider
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outsider

I know. The injustice is heart-breaking.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

You are but thinly acquainted with logic and your posts are consequently rubbish. At least those that I have had the misfortune to see.

Vtran
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Vtran

Pollacks have with U$ America and the Rest of HATO made Banderistan into a NAZI State !

The Only Problem is that NAZI Banderistan Does not want to DIE on the “Eastern Front” … instead they see a Soft OPEN Europe … and Pollack Land is Right Next
.
Maybe Maidan (Revolution of dignity) to Warsaw …… but who will provide the snipers ?

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Israel.

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Vtran
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Vtran

Agree other western, other Pro western country’s involved

DarkEyes
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DarkEyes

And Pollacks had their excercises and experiences on the Maidan in 2014.
That could be a “homerun” for these experienced snipers.

ShermanRMcCoy
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ShermanRMcCoy

Same people who provided the snipers on the Maidan – the CIA.

Vtran
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Vtran

Pollacks at revolution of dignity

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Polish PM caught a few months ago on open microphone: “We have been sucking US dick for decades and have nothing to show for it.”

Anja Boettcher
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Anja Boettcher

It seems Mr Gabriel, who has been denounced by the most influential US foreign policy thinktank as one of the German “Kremlin’s horse” (along with Gerhard Schröder, who works for Gazprom), has really lost his mind (- as this can hardly be lack of knowledge.) http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/images/publications/The_Kremlins_Trojan_Horses_web_0228_third_edition.pdf Pressure from US neocons plus their transatlanticist pals (like Stefan Meister of the German foreign policy thinktank GAP, who helped to write the above publication) cost Gabriel btw his office as Chancellor candidate, as the Council of Foreign Relation demanded in the above last year’s publication that the social democrats should remove Gabriel from… Read more »

Vtran
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Vtran

Pollacks … are a NAZI / PRO NAZI state ….

DarkEyes
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DarkEyes

Gabriel the Socialist has not serious time for this kind of things.
The man is working hard to make a career may be as president of Das Deutsche Reich.
He sniffs and .. there is money in the air with political power.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

2014 Russia presented a bill in the UN, to outlaw the N*zi Party and Canada, US and Ukraine voted against it, in support of the N*zis. 2016, the same bill was presented and again the US and Ukraine supported the N*azi Party and voted against the bill. Canada had just had a change of leader. Funny, but, what were they saying about the Antifa and N*zi protests in the US? Germany, well, did they learn nothing from the 40s? Or is it now OK to offer full support to the N*is, so long as it is in the right nation?… Read more »

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Nice to see they fully support and respect this crowd. The voters of Canada and Germany, must be so thrilled.

Ukraine Nazis 2016… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRrf1QD6sEI

Allegedly the media of both Ukraine and the West were a bit shy, with regards showing their dear N*zi friends on parade with NATO’s finest, on National N*zi Day, that so many leaders in the West supported.

Hidden Parade: Western and Ukraine Media Ashamed to Show Neo-N*zis Near NATO Soldiers

http://www.stalkerzone.org/hidden-parade-ukrainian-western-media-ashamed-show-neo-nazis-near-nato-soldiers/

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

He has a large support from Ukrainian Canadians, but it is no excuse for his actions. This is not the first time and wont be the last.

He happily welcomed Parubiy to Ottawa and seems to have started a bro-mance with him!
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Vtran
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Vtran

Are you suprized … Trudoo would not have been elected without the Fazcist Banderistan Relatives that were moved to Canada post 1945, to save them from the USSR Gulags

And Germany has been funding the Genocide of what was once Eastern Ukraine …. They are reliving 1941 all over again !

Shannon
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Shannon

Just to get really, really specific about Trudeau’s political motives for being pro-Ukraine junta: in Dnepropetrovsk, the Jewish community is Hasidic. The chief Rebbe for this area, Shmuel Kamenetsky, organizes the University where the fundamentals of “Habad-Lubavitch” will be taught. This diaspora supported the Maidan. It is poised to be a central region in the world for Hasidic Jews. Trudeau was elected in Montréal, in the riding of Papineau. Montréal has the second largest Jewish population in Canada, and about one quarter of the country’s Jewish population. When the riding of Papineau was formed in 2003, it took territory from… Read more »

Vtran
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Vtran

Explains why Canadians Citizens are willing to Die for Banderistan NAZI’s as they fight side by side in what was once Eastern Ukraine !

Shannon
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Shannon

Well, the Harper government, who was in power at the time of Maidan, had the support of Ukrainian-Canadians, who tend to be part of the Conservative party base. Maybe some of those citizens joined in – or some of the Canadian Hasidic community (according to Tsarev, many Ukrainian Jews joined the fight). I would guess that Trudeau (and Trump) are hoping for a knock-out political win in Ukraine, through their supporters among the Hasidic community. Aside from the clear domestic political victory available if they could pull that off, they both could reconcile with Russia, and seriously dethrone the Nuland,… Read more »

Vtran
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Vtran

There can be NO Political Victory in Banderistan … One there are NO Opposition Party’s …. merely the level of Extremists !

Two … far too many deaths, not just of Adults but Children … and never Should Adults outlive Children

Now if U$ Americans can restore all those Lives Lost, repair that Destroyed and Return all that Stolen then that might be a starting position to “talks” …

Shannon
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Shannon

The clear political victory is saving the most significant Chabad-Lubavitch University in the world from persecution and destruction by Neo-Nazis. I’m not sure where you live, but on the North American continent, this would be a huge, huge political boost. Obviously, Trudeau’s government is not going to single-handedly save Ukraine. And there may be political movements brewing in Ukraine, or among the Ukrainian immigrants in Russia, which are just not revealed publicly – for obvious reasons.

Vtran
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Vtran

There are NO Political movements in Banderistan ….. Valtzman (poroshenko to Banderists) will in time return to U$ america and be given a Hero’s Welcome …. Much like YatsenPuke who has purchased 25 Villa complexes in excess of $2million each in Florida ! Mind you YatsenPuke is a Canadian citizen … – There are no opposition party’s left in Banderistan … all Opposition Party’s (that are not Fazcist/ Nazi / Nationalist) are Banned … The members of those party’s are either in Prison, Left the Country or have been Murdered ! – And change of Gov in Banderistan will result… Read more »

Shannon
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Shannon

Every politician you mention was put in place by the Nuland, Clinton, Kagan, Biden, Netanyahu cabal. Each one is obviously an agent of that cabal therefore, regardless of citizenship. Poroshenko openly campaigned for Clinton during the 2016 US election. Neither Trudeau nor Trump were in power when those decisions were made.

Vtran
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Vtran

However instead of correcting or changing those decisions, Trmpz through HIS SPOKESPERSON (Trmpz Choice) Haily at the UN … Blamed the whole Banderistan Mess on RF … totally forgetting that it was U$ Americans that conducted the Armed Coup !

And more recently Trmpz authorized (Officially) Transfer of Lethal Weapons to Banderistan !

Shannon
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Shannon

I’ll let an American respond to those concerns. In any case, time will tell. Even with good intentions, accomplishing anything constructive in Ukraine now is not easy. Good day (or night? Depending on time zone) to you, Vtran!

Vtran
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Vtran

Agree … just as it impossible to solve the issues in Iraq, Afghanistan, Mali, Ethiopia, Sudan, Libya etc and any where else that U$ Americans have meddled …. as there will always be one group that is not happy with any solution and at least one group not happy with the Compensation from the Rich U$ Americans … expecting Far far more

Shannon
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Shannon

True. I do think with respect to saving Rebbe Shmuel Kamenetsky’s Chabad-Lubavitch University in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine — Trump can see this is a huge win (yuuuge 😉 but doesn’t know how to get it while keeping everybody happy. (That’s my read of it.) Trudeau is extremely familiar with international politics, competitive and ambitious. He’ll help Trump as much as he can, I’m sure (other political competitors in Canada would love to take charge of this, too, I’d expect.) It’s much less complicated on the north side of the 49th parallel!!! For all that, it may be impossible — it’s a… Read more »

Vtran
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Vtran

The region that is Donbas at the moment is not the full Donbas region …. so to have any “49th” would mean that the territory would need to expand, plus a demilitarize zone … which equally does not exist ! Add that other regions of Banderistan are awakening … the Fazcist West wants to be independent of Kiev Region … tho wishes to take over Pollack region – Unfortunately once again U$ american Meddling that has taken place since 1945 (WWII never ended ) has opened a hornets nest … RF people are not going to die to clear up… Read more »

Joop de Jong
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Joop de Jong

We must be kept stupid!
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Joop de Jong
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Joop de Jong

B.t.w. for those who don’t know what this building is, it’s the €1 billion new NATO headquarters in Brussels. Now you know where your tax €uro’s are spend on.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

The NATO symbol is just waiting for the four arms of the cross to get those little right-angled horns.

Joop de Jong
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Joop de Jong

Do you mean this one? It was designed, and build, by mistake, so they say. It don’t mean anything, nothing to see here, please walk on.

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/507129/swastika-shaped-buildings-conspiracy-nazi-buildings-google-earth
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Bente Petersen
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Bente Petersen

HITLER IS STILL ALIVE !!!! And Canda and Germany greets with a Heil Hitler !!!! WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON ????

Guy
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Guy

Canada , one of 3 nations to veto a UN resolution condemning Nazism.To my deep shame , but not in my name.
https://off-guardian.org/2017/08/26/the-nations-that-accept-nazism-today/

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

A combination of being dumb and ignorant???

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

I can see dumbo Trudeau, trying to pull this off, he has a million voting Ukes to please in Canada!!!! ?

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Let me translate: “Slava Ukraini” = Heil Deutschland (though the German Nazis may not have been as crazy as this bunch – in which I include Sigmar Gabriel and Prime Minister Hairdo of Canada). I do not think personifying the nation was all that popular. Germany actually HAD health and glory. Ukraine and Canada and US-occupied Germany have none. “Ukraina nado vsikh” another of the Fascist Kiev chants = Deutschland uber alles What CIANN will never report is another slogan: “Moskali na nozhy” = Russians on (to) the knives. The phrase used to include Jews in the first or second… Read more »

Joop de Jong
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Joop de Jong

“The S.N.A. derived from “the Social Nationalist Party of Ukraine,” whose
name was derived from the National Socialist Party of Germany — the
original Nazis. America’s CIA hides its longstanding support of nazis
after World War II (see this and this),
but the Bushes and Obama have continued it even decades after the
Soviet Union and its communism ended. Consequently, in 2004, the Social
Nationalist Party of Ukraine was advised by the CIA to, and it did,
change its name to the “Freedom Party,” or “Svoboda,” because that
sounds better to Americans.”

http://www.globalresearch.ca/ukrainian-nazis-pay-private-military-company-academi-formerly-blackwater-for-training-russian-report/5422667

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

It looks like some brands of White Supremacy are better, with Trotskyites and Liberals, than others.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

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Dominic Blais
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Dominic Blais

well no shit wall street loves nazis so much they paid for hitler too

Doom Sternz
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Doom Sternz

Capitalism is Fascism. America is racist and a proponent of what Benito Mussolini called “Corporationism” — big corporate control of the government, which Mussolini more commonly referred to as “fascism.”

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Corporate capitalism certainly is. And that is just about the only kind left.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Here is another fan of the N*zis,

MARK ZUCKERBERG TOGETHER WITH THE NAZI UKRAINE JUNTA, WEBSITE MIROTVORETS THAT TARGETS TO KILL JOURNALISTS HAND IN HAND WITH FACEBOOK !… http://nrt24.ru/en/news/mark-zuckerberg-together-nazi-ukraine-junta-website-mirotvorets-targets-kill-journalists-hand

Andrew Bruce-Jones
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Andrew Bruce-Jones

As usual western leaders condemn the so called alt-right for being fascist but most of them don’t understand what a fascist is, while conspiring and sympathising with the Ukrainian regime who along with there right sector and azov battalion backers commit themselves to a race war in the Donbass against russian speaking people of east Ukraine. Their the Real fascists just like there E.U backers.

cap960
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cap960

Canadians should be ashamed of this Trudeau guy. I know I am

Nanna Romanow
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Nanna Romanow

Trying to find where and when this all came about ? Perhaps there is just a little bullshit in this story !

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel have only proven their crass ignorance of the 20th century history OR deliberate whitewash of Ukrainians crimes during WWII. Canada welcomed many of the Ukrainian war criminals after the end of the war, and Gabriel probably rejoiced that many Ukrainians joined the SS goons in 1941, and helped them exterminate hundreds of thousands Jews, Poles and Russians.

As in the story of an Ukrainian claiming that his grandfather died at Auschwitz.
How did he die?
He fell from a guard tower.

Laurent Desbois
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Laurent Desbois

Durant la deuxième guerre mondiale, mon père a traversé l’Italie avec le 22e ! Chaque année pour le jour du souvenir du 11 novembre, il sortait fièrement ses médailles et il se posait toujours la même question. « Trudeau et moi avions le même âge, que faisait-il durant la guerre ? ». Il ne répondait jamais à sa question, mais j’ai toujours su qu’il avait la réponse !

What did they do during the war? PET Trdeau vs René Lévesque

https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=10154313185288140&set=p.10154313185288140&type=3&theater

da6675
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da6675

The US neocons, who are enthusiastic Zionists, refuse to renounce neo-Nazis is Ukraine. You also do not see any major Jewish groups weighing in , and Israel is silent. Why?

Earl
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Earl

I just got done watching Fox News Closing bell show, and Liz Claman had on no less than Porky Poroschenko, lying thru his teeth as always and swearing that he will take back the Donbass and Crimea. I witnessed him acting as if a great crime had been done to Ukraine……What a psychopath to be ablw to lie like that and not bat an eyelash. Of course, he looked as shifty as one might expect. Thanking everyone for American assistance and weapons. If US does what he says and buys his line of crap, we will soon be at war… Read more »

Dow Jones
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Dow Jones

Oh dear but let’s not forget that the NAZIS are still running occupied Germanostan for their anglozionazi masters.
Sigmar’s daddy was a totally committed NAZI until his dying breath.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEnOenGm1WE

The real NAZIS in Germany are the SPD and CDU collaborators of the globalist banksters

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We are in Käfer, a restaurant on the rooftop of the Reichstag. The views are indeed stupendous: Berlin Cathedral and the TV Tower on Alexanderplatz loom through the mist. Both were once in communist East Berlin, cut off from where we are now by the wall. Now they’re landmarks of a single, undivided city. “Without European integration, without this incredible story, we wouldn’t have come close to this point,” he says. “That’s the crazy thing.”

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For a man who has done so much to put Berlin — and the Reichstag — back on the world-historical map, it is hard to imagine a more fitting lunch venue. With its open-plan kitchen and grey formica tables edged in chrome, Käfer has a cool, functional aesthetic that is typical of the city. On the wall hangs a sketch by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who famously wrapped the Reichstag in silver fabric in 1995.

The restaurant has one other big advantage: it is easy to reach from Schäuble’s office. Now 76, he has been confined to a wheelchair since he was shot in an assassination attempt in 1990, and mobility is an issue. Aides say he tends to avoid restaurants if he can, especially at lunchtime.

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Schäuble rejects the criticism that austerity caused the rise of populism. “Higher spending doesn’t lead to greater contentment,” he says. The root cause lies in mass immigration, and the insecurities it has unleashed. “What European country doesn’t have this problem?” he asks. “Even Sweden. The poster child of openness and the willingness to help.”

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I glance at the menu — simple German classics with a contemporary twist. I’m drawn to the starters, such as Oldenburg duck pâté and the Müritz smoked trout. But true to his somewhat abstemious reputation, Schäuble has no interest in these and zeroes in on the entrées. He chooses Käfer’s signature veal meatballs, a Berlin classic. I go for the Arctic char and pumpkin.

Schäuble switches seamlessly back to the eurozone crisis. The original mistake was in trying to create a common currency without a “common economic, employment and social policy” for all eurozone member states. The fathers of the euro had decided that if they waited for political union to happen first they’d wait forever, he says.

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It is an extraordinary revelation, one that highlights just how rocky his relationship with Merkel has been over the years. Schäuble has been at her side from the start, an éminence grise who has helped to resolve many of the periodic crises of her 13 years as chancellor. But it was never plain sailing.

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That might have been the case when he was a serving minister, but since becoming speaker of parliament in late 2017 he has increasingly distanced himself from Merkel. Last year, when she announced she would not seek re-election as leader of the Christian Democratic Union, the party that has governed Germany for 50 of the past 70 years, Schäuble openly backed a candidate described by the Berlin press as the “anti-Merkel”. Friedrich Merz, a millionaire corporate lawyer who is the chairman of BlackRock Germany, had once led the CDU’s parliamentary group but lost out to Merkel in a power struggle in 2002, quitting politics a few years later. He has long been seen as one of the chancellor’s fiercest conservative critics — and is a good friend of Schäuble’s.

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The conclusion of Russiagate, Part I – cold, hard reality

The full text of Attorney General William P Barr’s summary is here offered, with emphases on points for further analysis.

Seraphim Hanisch

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The conclusion of the Russiagate investigation, led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, was a pivotal media watershed moment. Even at the time of this writing there is a great deal of what might be called “journalistic froth” as opinion makers and analysts jostle to make their takes on this known to the world. Passions are running very high in both the Democrat / anti-Trump camps, where the reactions range from despondency to determined rage to not swallow the gigantic red pill that the “no collusion with Russia” determination offers. In the pro-Trump camp, the mood is deserved relief, but many who support the President are also realists, and they know this conflict is not over.

Where the pivot will go and what all this means is something that will unfold, probably relatively quickly, over the next week or two. But we want to offer a starting point here from which to base further analysis. At this time, of course, there are few hard facts other than the fact that Robert Mueller III submitted his report to the US Attorney General, William Barr, who then wrote and released his own report to the public Sunday evening. We reproduce that report here in full, with some emphases added to points that we think will be relevant to forthcoming pieces on this topic.

The end of the Mueller investigation brings concerns, hopes and fears to many people, on topics such as:

  • Will President Trump now begin to normalize relations with President Putin at full speed?
  • In what direction will the Democrats pivot to continue their attacks against the President?
  • What does this finding to to the 2020 race?
  • What does this finding do to the credibility of the United States’ leadership establishment, both at home and abroad?
  • What can we learn about our nation and culture from this investigation?
  • How does a false narrative get maintained so easily for so long, and
  • What do we do, or what CAN we do to prevent this being repeated?

These questions and more will be addressed in forthcoming pieces. But for now, here is the full text of the letter written by Attorney General William Barr concerning the Russia collusion investigation.

Dear Chairman Graham, Chairman Nadler, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Ranking Member Collins:
As a supplement to the notification provided on Friday, March 22, 2019, I am writing today to advise you of the principal conclusions reached by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller and to inform you about the status of my initial review of the report he has prepared.
The Special Counsel’s Report
On Friday, the Special Counsel submitted to me a “confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions” he has reached, as required by 28 C.F.R. § 600.8(c). This report is entitled “Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election.” Although my review is ongoing, I believe that it is in the public interest to describe the report and to summarize the principal conclusions reached by the Special Counsel and the results of his investigation.
The report explains that the Special Counsel and his staff thoroughly investigated allegations that members of the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump, and others associated with it, conspired with the Russian government in its efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, or sought to obstruct the related federal investigations. In the report, the Special Counsel noted that, in completing his investigation, he employed 19 lawyers who were assisted by a team of approximately 40 FBI agents, intelligence forensic accountants, and other professional staff. The Special Counsel issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search warrants, obtained more than 230 orders for communication records, issued almost 50 orders authorizing use of pen registers, made 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence, and interviewed approximately 500 witnesses.
The Special Counsel obtained a number of indictments and convictions of individuals and entities in connection with his investigation, all of which have been publicly disclosed. During the course of his investigation, the Special Counsel also referred several matters to other offices for further action. The report does not recommend any further indictments, nor did the Special Counsel obtain any sealed indictments that have yet to be made public. Below, I summarize the principal conclusions set out in the Special Counsel’s report.
Russian Interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.
The Special Counsel’s report is divided into two parts. The first describes the results of the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The report outlines the Russian effort to influence the election and documents crimes committed by persons associated with the Russian government in connection with those efforts. The report further explains that a primary consideration for the Special Counsel’s investigation was whether any Americans including individuals associated with the Trump campaign joined the Russian conspiracies to influence the election, which would be a federal crime. The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. As the report states: “[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
The Special Counsel’s investigation determined that there were two main Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election. The first involved attempts by a Russian organization, the Internet Research Agency (IRA), to conduct disinformation and social media operations in the United States designed to sow social discord, eventually with the aim of interfering with the election. As noted above, the Special Counsel did not find that any U.S. person or Trump campaign official or associate conspired or knowingly coordinated with the IRA in its efforts, although the Special Counsel brought criminal charges against a number of Russian nationals and entities in connection with these activities.
The second element involved the Russian government’s efforts to conduct computer hacking operations designed to gather and disseminate information to influence the election. The Special Counsel found that Russian government actors successfully hacked into computers and obtained emails from persons affiliated with the Clinton campaign and Democratic Party organizations, and publicly disseminated those materials through various intermediaries, including WikiLeaks. Based on these activities, the Special Counsel brought criminal charges against a number of Russian military officers for conspiring to hack into computers in the United States for purposes of influencing the election. But as noted above, the Special Counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.
Obstruction of Justice.
The report’s second part addresses a number of actions by the President most of which have been the subject of public reporting that the Special Counsel investigated as potentially raising obstruction-of-justice concerns. After making a “thorough factual investigation” into these matters, the Special Counsel considered whether to evaluate the conduct under Department standards governing prosecution and declination decisions but ultimately determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment. The Special Counsel therefore did not draw a conclusion one way or the other as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction. Instead, for each of the relevant actions investigated, the report sets out evidence on both sides of the question and leaves unresolved what the Special Counsel views as “difficult issues” of law and fact concerning whether the President’s actions and intent could be viewed as obstruction. The Special Counsel states that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
The Special Counsel’s decision to describe the facts of his obstruction investigation without reaching any legal conclusions leaves it to the Attorney General to determine whether the conduct described in the report constitutes a crime. Over the course of the investigation, the Special Counsel’s office engaged in discussions with certain Department officials regarding many of the legal and factual matters at issue in the Special Counsel’s obstruction investigation. After reviewing the Special Counsel’s final report on these issues; consulting with Department officials, including the Office of Legal Counsel; and applying the principles of federal prosecution that guide our charging decisions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and I have concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel’s investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense. Our determination was made without regard to, and is not based on, the constitutional considerations that surround the indictment and criminal prosecution of a sitting president.
In making this determination, we noted that the Special Counsel recognized that “the evidence does not establish that the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference,” and that, while not determinative, the absence of such evidence bears upon the President’s intent with respect to obstruction. Generally speaking, to obtain and sustain an obstruction conviction, the government would need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person, acting with corrupt intent, engaged in obstructive conduct with a sufficient nexus to a pending or contemplated proceeding. In cataloguing the President’s actions, many of which took place in public view, the report identifies no actions that, in our judgment, constitute obstructive conduct, had a nexus to a pending or contemplated proceeding, and were done with corrupt intent, each of which, under the Department’s principles of federal prosecution guiding charging decisions, would need to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt to establish an obstruction-of-justice offense.
Status of the Department’s Review
The relevant regulations contemplate that the Special Counsel’s report will be a “confidential report” to the Attorney General. See Office of Special Counsel, 64 Fed. Reg. 37,038, 37,040-41 (July 9, 1999). As I have previously stated, however, I am mindful of the public interest in this matter. For that reason, my goal and intent is to release as much of the Special Counsel’s report as I can consistent with applicable law, regulations, and Departmental policies.
Based on my discussions with the Special Counsel and my initial review, it is apparent that the report contains material that is or could be subject to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure which imposes restrictions on the use and disclosure of information relating to “matter[s] occurring before grand jury.” Fed. R. Crim. P. 6(e)(2)(B) Rule 6(e) generally limits disclosure of certain grand jury information in a criminal investigation and prosecution. Id. Disclosure of 6(e) material beyond the strict limits set forth in the rule is a crime in certain circumstances. See, e.g. 18 U.S.C. 401(3). This restriction protects the integrity of grand jury proceedings and ensures that the unique and invaluable investigative powers of a grand jury are used strictly for their intended criminal justice function.
Given these restrictions, the schedule for processing the report depends in part on how quickly the Department can identify the 6(e) material that by law cannot be made public. I have requested the assistance of the Special Counsel in identifying all 6(e) information contained in the report as quickly as possible. Separately, I also must identify any information that could impact other ongoing matters, including those that the Special Counsel has referred to other offices. As soon as that process is complete, I will be in a position to move forward expeditiously in determining what can be released in light of applicable law, regulations, and Departmental policies.
* * *
As I observed in my initial notification, the Special Counsel regulations provide that “the Attorney General may determine that public release of” notifications to your respective Committees “would be in the public interest.” 28 C.F.R. § 600.9(c). I have so determined, and I will disclose this letter to the public after delivering it to you.
Sincerely,
William P. Barr
Attorney General

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