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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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Avramijevdan
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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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The UK government led by Theresa May, has survived to fight another day, after winning a no-confidence vote, tabled by Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, following parliament rejecting the PM’s Brexit deal, earlier on Tuesday evening.

The no-confidence vote was defeated by 19 votes – the government winning by 325 to 306. It’s a rare positive note for May’s Tory cabinet after the humiliating Brexit defeat.

Speaking immediately after the vote, a victorious May said she was “pleased” that the House expressed its confidence in her government. May said she will “continue to work” to deliver on the result of the Brexit referendum and leave the EU.

May invited the leaders of parliamentary parties to meet with her individually, beginning on Wednesday evening.

“I stand ready to work with any member of this House to deliver on Brexit,” she said.

Responding to the vote, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said that the House had “emphatically” rejected May’s deal on Tuesday. The government, he said, must now remove “clearly once and for all the prospect of the catastrophe of a no-deal Brexit from the EU and all the chaos that would result from that.”

Labour will now have to consider what move to make next. Their official Brexit policy, decided by members at conference in September, states that if a general election cannot be forced, then all options should be left on the table, including calling for a second referendum.

Liberal Democrats MP Ed Davey also called on May to rule out a no deal Brexit.

The way forward for Brexit is not yet clear and May’s options are now limited, given that the Brexit deal she was offering was voted down so dramatically on Tuesday.

Gavin Barrett, a professor at the UCD Sutherland School of Law in Dublin, told RT that May will now have to decide if her second preference is a no-deal Brexit or a second referendum. Her preference will likely be a no-deal Brexit, Barrett said, adding that “since no other option commands a majority in the House” a no-deal exit is now “the default option.”

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The war of aggression against Syria is winding up, and this can be observed by the opening of a series of new embassies in Damascus.

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The situation in Syria evolves daily and sees two situations very closely linked to each other, with the US withdrawal from Syria and the consequent expansionist ambitions of Erdogan in Syria and the Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) takeover in Idlib that frees the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Russian aviation to liberate the de-escalation zone.

Trump has promised to destroy Turkey economically if he attacks the Kurds, reinforcing his claim that Erdogan will not target the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) once the US withdraws from the area. One of the strongest accusations made against Trump’s withdrawal by his opponents is that no Middle Eastern force will ever trust the US again if they abandon the SDF to its fate, that is, to its annihilation at the hands of the Turkish army and its FSA proxies. This, however, is not possible; not so much because of Trump’s economic threats, but because of Damascus and Moscow being strongly opposed to any Turkish military action in the northeast of Syria.

This is a red line drawn by Putin and Assad, and the Turkish president likely understands the consequences of any wrong moves. It is no coincidence that he stated several times that he had no problems with the “Syrians or Syrian-Kurdish brothers”, and repeated that if the area under the SDF were to come under the control of Damascus, Turkey would have no need to intervene in Syria. Trump’s request that Ankara have a buffer zone of 20 kilometers separating the Kurdish and Turkish forces seems to complement the desire of Damascus and Moscow to avoid a clash between the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the SDF.

The only party that seems to be secretly encouraging a clash between the SDF and Turkish forces is Israel, criticizing Ankara and singing the praises of the SDF, in order to try and accentuate the tensions between the two sides, though naturally without success. Israel’s continued raids in Syria, though almost constantly failing due to Syrian air defense, and the divide-and-rule policy used against Turkey and the SDF, show that Tel Aviv is now weakened and mostly irrelevant in the Syrian conflict.

In Idlib, the situation seems to be becoming less complicated and difficult to decipher. Russia, Iran and Syria had asked Erdogan to take control of the province through its “moderate jihadists”, sit down at the negotiating table, and resolve the matter through a diplomatic solution. Exactly the opposite happened. The HTS (formerly al-Nusra/al-Qaeda in Syria) has in recent weeks conquered practically the whole province of Idlib, with numerous forces linked to Turkey (Ahrar al-Sham and Nour al-Din al-Zenki) dissolving and merging into HTS. This development puts even more pressure on Erdogan, who is likely to see his influence in Idlib fade away permanently. Moreover, this evolution represents a unique opportunity for Damascus and Moscow to start operations in Idlib with the genuine justification of combating terrorism. It is a repeat of what happened in other de-escalation areas. Moscow and Damascus have repeatedly requested the moderates be separated from the terrorists, so as to approach the situation with a diplomatic negotiation.

In the absence of an effective division of combatants, all are considered terrorists, with the military option replacing the diplomatic. This remains the only feasible option to free the area from terrorists who are not willing to give back territory to the legitimate government in Damascus and are keeping civilians hostages. The Idlib province seems to have experienced the same playbook applied in other de-escalation zones, this time with a clear contrast between Turkey and Saudi Arabia that shows how the struggle between the two countries is much deeper than it appears. The reasons behind the Khashoggi case and the diplomatic confrontation between Qatar and Saudi Arabia were laid bare in the actions of the HTS in Idlib, which has taken control of all the areas previously held by Ankara’s proxies.

It remains to be seen whether Moscow and Damascus would like to encourage Erdogan to recover Idlib through its proxies, trying to encourage jihadists to fight each other as much as possible in order to lighten the task of the SAA, or whether they would prefer to press the advantage themselves and attack while the terrorist front is experiencing internal confusion.

In terms of occupied territory and accounts to be settled, two areas of great importance for the future of Syria remain unresolved, namely al-Tanf, occupied by US forces on the Syrian-Jordanian border, and the area in the north of Syria occupied by Turkish forces and their FSA proxies. It is too early to approach a solution militarily, it being easier for Damascus and Moscow to complete the work to free Syria from the remaining terrorists. Once this has been done, the presence of US or Turkish forces in Syria, whether directly or indirectly, would become all the more difficult to justify. Driving away the US and, above all, Turkey from Syrian territory will be the natural next step in the Syrian conflict.

This is an unequivocal sign that the war of aggression against Syria is winding up, and this can be observed by the opening of a series of new embassies in Damascus. Several countries — including Italy in the near future — will reopen their embassies in Syria to demonstrate that the war, even if not completely over, is effectively won by Damascus and her allies.

For this reason, several countries that were previously opposed to Damascus, like the United Arab Emirates, are understood to have some kind of contact with the government of Damascus. If they intend to become involved in the reconstruction process and any future investment, they will quite naturally need to re-establish diplomatic relations with Damascus. The Arab League is also looking to welcome Syria back into the fold.

Such are signs that Syria is returning to normality, without forgetting which and how many countries have conspired and acted directly against the Syrians for over seven years. An invitation to the Arab League or some embassy being reopened will not be enough to compensate for the damage done over years, but Assad does not preclude any option, and is in the meantime demonstrating to the Israelis, Saudis and the US Deep State that their war has failed and that even their most loyal allies are resuming diplomatic relations with Damascus, a double whammy against the neocons, Wahhabis and Zionists.

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Google Manipulated YouTube Search Results for Abortion, Maxine Waters, David Hogg

The existence of the blacklist was revealed in an internal Google discussion thread leaked to Breitbart News.

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In sworn testimony, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told Congress last month that his company does not “manually intervene” on any particular search result. Yet an internal discussion thread leaked to Breitbart News reveals Google regularly intervenes in search results on its YouTube video platform – including a recent intervention that pushed pro-life videos out of the top ten search results for “abortion.”

The term “abortion” was added to a “blacklist” file for “controversial YouTube queries,” which contains a list of search terms that the company considers sensitive. According to the leak, these include some of these search terms related to: abortion, abortions, the Irish abortion referendum, Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and anti-gun activist David Hogg.

The existence of the blacklist was revealed in an internal Google discussion thread leaked to Breitbart News by a source inside the company who wishes to remain anonymous. A partial list of blacklisted terms was also leaked to Breitbart by another Google source.

In the leaked discussion thread, a Google site reliability engineer hinted at the existence of more search blacklists, according to the source.

“We have tons of white- and blacklists that humans manually curate,” said the employee. “Hopefully this isn’t surprising or particularly controversial.”

Others were more concerned about the presence of the blacklist. According to the source, the software engineer who started the discussion called the manipulation of search results related to abortion a “smoking gun.”

The software engineer noted that the change had occurred following an inquiry from a left-wing Slate journalist about the prominence of pro-life videos on YouTube, and that pro-life videos were replaced with pro-abortion videos in the top ten results for the search terms following Google’s manual intervention.

“The Slate writer said she had complained last Friday and then saw different search results before YouTube responded to her on Monday,” wrote the employee. “And lo and behold, the [changelog] was submitted on Friday, December 14 at 3:17 PM.”

The manually downranked items included several videos from Dr. Antony Levatino, a former abortion doctor who is now a pro-life activist. Another video in the top ten featured a woman’s personal story of being pressured to have an abortion, while another featured pro-life conservative Ben Shapiro. The Slate journalist who complained to Google reported that these videos previously featured in the top ten, describing them in her story as “dangerous misinformation.”

Since the Slate journalist’s inquiry and Google’s subsequent intervention, the top search results now feature pro-abortion content from left-wing sources like BuzzFeed, Vice, CNN, and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. In her report, the Slate journalist acknowledged that the search results changed shortly after she contacted Google.

The manual adjustment of search results by a Google-owned platform contradicts a key claim made under oath by Google CEO Sundar Pichai in his congressional testimony earlier this month: that his company does not “manually intervene on any search result.”

A Google employee in the discussion thread drew attention to Pichai’s claim, noting that it “seems like we are pretty eager to cater our search results to the social and political agenda of left-wing journalists.”

One of the posts in the discussion also noted that the blacklist had previously been edited to include the search term “Maxine Waters” after a single Google employee complained the top YouTube search result for Maxine Waters was “very low quality.”

Google’s alleged intervention on behalf of a Democratic congresswoman would be further evidence of the tech giant using its resources to prop up the left. Breitbart News previously reported on leaked emails revealing the company targeted pro-Democrat demographics in its get-out-the-vote efforts in 2016.

According to the source, a software engineer in the thread also noted that “a bunch of terms related to the abortion referendum in Ireland” had been added to the blacklist – another change with potentially dramatic consequences on the national policies of a western democracy.

youtube_controversial_query_blacklist

At least one post in the discussion thread revealed the existence of a file called “youtube_controversial_query_blacklist,” which contains a list of YouTube search terms that Google manually curates. In addition to the terms “abortion,” “abortions,” “Maxine Waters,” and search terms related to the Irish abortion referendum, a Google software engineer noted that the blacklist includes search terms related to terrorist attacks. (the posts specifically mentions that the “Strasbourg terrorist attack” as being on the list).

“If you look at the other entries recently added to the youtube_controversial_query_blacklist(e.g., entries related to the Strasbourg terrorist attack), the addition of abortion seems…out-of-place,” wrote the software engineer, according to the source.

After learning of the existence of the blacklist, Breitbart News obtained a partial screenshot of the full blacklist file from a source within Google. It reveals that the blacklist includes search terms related to both mass shootings and the progressive anti-second amendment activist David Hogg.

This suggests Google has followed the lead of Democrat politicians, who have repeatedly pushed tech companies to censor content related to the Parkland school shooting and the Parkland anti-gun activists. It’s part of a popular new line of thought in the political-media establishment, which views the public as too stupid to question conspiracy theories for themselves.

Here is the partial blacklist leaked to Breitbart:

2117 plane crash Russian

2118 plane crash

2119 an-148

2120 florida shooting conspiracy

2121 florida shooting crisis actors

2122 florida conspiracy

2123 florida false flag shooting

2124 florida false flag

2125 fake florida school shooting

2126 david hogg hoax

2127 david hogg fake

2128 david hogg crisis actor

2129 david hogg forgets lines

2130 david hogg forgets his lines

2131 david hogg cant remember his lines

2132 david hogg actor

2133 david hogg cant remember

2134 david hogg conspiracy

2135 david hogg exposed

2136 david hogg lines

2137 david hogg rehearsing

2120 florida shooting conspiracy

The full internal filepath of the blacklist, according to another source, is:

//depot/google3/googledata/superroot/youtube/youtube_controversial_query_blacklist

Contradictions

Responding to a request for comment, a YouTube spokeswoman said the company wants to promote “authoritative” sources in its search results, but maintained that YouTube is a “platform for free speech” that “allow[s]” both pro-life and pro-abortion content.

YouTube’s full comment:

YouTube is a platform for free speech where anyone can choose to post videos, as long as they follow our Community Guidelines, which prohibit things like inciting violence and pornography. We apply these policies impartially and we allow both pro-life and pro-choice opinions. Over the last year we’ve described how we are working to better surface news sources across our site for news-related searches and topical information. We’ve improved our search and discovery algorithms, built new features that clearly label and prominently surface news sources on our homepage and search pages, and introduced information panels to help give users more authoritative sources where they can fact check information for themselves.

In the case of the “abortion” search results, YouTube’s intervention to insert “authoritative” content resulted in the downranking of pro-life videos and the elevation of pro-abortion ones.

A Google spokesperson took a tougher line than its YouTube subsidiary, stating that “Google has never manipulated or modified the search results or content in any of its products to promote a particular political ideology.”

However, in the leaked discussion thread, a member of Google’s “trust & safety” team, Daniel Aaronson, admitted that the company maintains “huge teams” that work to adjust search results for subjects that are “prone to hyperbolic content, misleading information, and offensive content” – all subjective terms that are frequently used to suppress right-leaning sources.

He also admitted that the interventions weren’t confined to YouTube – they included search results delivered via Google Assistant, Google Home, and in rare cases Google ’s organic search results.

In the thread, Aaronson attempted to explain how search blacklisting worked. He claimed that highly specific searches would generate non-blacklisted results, even controversial ones. But the inclusion of highly specific terms in the YouTube blacklist, like “David Hogg cant remember his lines” – the name of an actual viral video – seems to contradict this.

Aaronson’s full post is copied below:

I work in Trust and Safety and while I have no particular input as to exactly what’s happening for YT I can try to explain why you’d have this kind of list and why people are finding lists like these on Code Search.

When dealing with abuse/controversial content on various mediums you have several levers to deal with problems. Two prominent levers are “Proactive” and “Reactive”:

  • Proactive: Usually refers to some type of algorithm/scalable solution to a general problem
    • E.g.: We don’t allow straight up porn on YouTube so we create a classifier that detects porn and automatically remove or flag for review the videos the porn classifier is most certain of
  • Reactive: Usually refers to a manual fix to something that has been brought to our attention that our proactive solutions don’t/didn’t work on and something that is clearly in the realm of bad enough to warrant a quick targeted solution (determined by pages and pages of policies worked on over many years and many teams to be fair and cover necessary scope)
    • E,g.: A website that used to be a good blog had it’s domain expire and was purchased/repurposed to spam Search results with autogenerated pages full of gibberish text, scraped images, and links to boost traffic to other spammy sites. It is manually actioned for violating policy

These Organic Search policies and the consequences to violating them are public

Manually reacting to things is not very scalable, and is not an ideal solution to most problems, so the proactive lever is really the one we all like to lean on. Ideally, our classifiers/algorithm are good at providing useful and rich results to our users while ignoring things at are not useful or not relevant. But we all know, this isn’t exactly the case all the time (especially on YouTube).

From a user perspective, there are subjects that are prone to hyperbolic content, misleading information, and offensive content. Now, these words are highly subjective and no one denies that. But we can all agree generally, lines exist in many cultures about what is clearly okay vs. what is not okay. E.g. a video of a puppy playing with a toy is probably okay in almost every culture or context, even if it’s not relevant to the query. But a video of someone committing suicide and begging others to follow in his/her footsteps is probably on the other side of the line for many folks.

While my second example is technically relevant to the generic query of “suicide”, that doesn’t mean that this is a very useful or good video to promote on the top of results for that query. So imagine a classifier that says, for any queries on a particular text file, let’s pull videos using signals that we historically understand to be strong indicators of quality (I won’t go into specifics here, but those signals do exist). We’re not manually curating these results, we’re just saying “hey, be extra careful with results for this query because many times really bad stuff can appear and lead to a bad experience for most users”. Ideally the proactive lever did this for us, but in extreme cases where we need to act quickly on something that is so obviously not okay, the reactive/manual approach is sometimes necessary. And also keep in mind, that this is different for every product. The bar for changing classifiers or manual actions on span in organic search is extremely high. However, the bar for things we let our Google Assistant say out loud might be a lot lower. If I search for “Jews run the banks” – I’ll likely find anti-semitic stuff in organic search. As a Jew, I might find some of these results offensive, but they are there for people to research and view, and I understand that this is not a reflection of Google feels about this issue. But if I ask Google assistant “Why do Jews run the banks” we wouldn’t be similarly accepting if it repeated and promoted conspiracy theories that likely pop up in organic search in her smoothing voice.

Whether we agree or not, user perception of our responses, results, and answers of different products and mediums can change. And I think many people are used to the fact that organic search is a place where content should be accessible no matter how offensive it might be, however, the expectation is very different on a Google Home, a Knowledge Panel, or even YouTube.

These lines are very difficult and can be very blurry, we are all well aware of this. So we’ve got huge teams that stay cognizant of these facts when we’re crafting policies considering classifier changes, or reacting with manual actions – these decisions are not made in a vacuum, but admittedly are also not made in a highly public forum like TGIF or IndustryInfo (as you can imagine, decisions/agreement would be hard to get in such a wide list – image if all your CL’s were reviewed by every engineer across Google all the time). I hope that answers some questions and gives a better layer of transparency without going into details about our “Pepsi formula”.

Best,

Daniel

The fact that Google manually curates politically contentious search results fits in with a wider pattern of political activity on the part of the tech giant.

In 2018, Breitbart News exclusively published a leaked video from the company that showed senior management in dismay at Trump’s election victory, and pledging to use the company’s power to make his populist movement a “hiccup” in history.

Breitbart also leaked “The Good Censor,” an internal research document from Google that admits the tech giant is engaged in the censorship of its own products, partly in response to political events.

Another leak revealed that employees within the company, including Google’s current director of Trust and Safety, tried to kick Breitbart News off Google’s market-dominating online ad platforms.

Yet another showed Google engaged in targeted turnout operations aimed to boost voter participation in pro-Democrat demographics in “key states” ahead of the 2016 election. The effort was dubbed a “silent donation” by a top Google employee.

Evidence for Google’s partisan activities is now overwhelming. President Trump has previously warned Google, as well as other Silicon Valley giants, not to engage in censorship or partisan activities. Google continues to defy him.

Allum Bokhari is the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News. You can follow him on TwitterGab.ai and add him on Facebook. Email tips and suggestions to [email protected].

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