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When the British royals met the Greek Corbyn: Dosser Charles meets parasite Tsipras

The official visit of Prince Charles to Greece, a source of pride for the “far left” SYRIZA government, signifies that colonialism is alive and well, and here to stay.

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The foreign monarchy imposed on the Greek body politic was a cancerous import, just like the IMF is in our days. It never really gained social roots and after more than a century and a half was deposed in a referendum, one of course that was honored.

What Prince Charles and Alexis Tsipras have in common is more than meets the eye. Both have never held down a steady job, both are in awe of the Muslim religion and Muslim migrants, both love money and being in the limelight, and both are “eco-friendly” but love big business. In essence, they are the modern version of the narcissist who, like a leech, is actually a burden on society as a whole and shouldn’t be provided with any airtime as they suck it dry.

For over a century, royalism dominated Greek political affairs. From the time the bigger European powers – Russia, France and Britain – joined forces to help in the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in the battle of Navarino in 1827 during the Greek revolution and war of independence, foreign affairs in Greece has been dominated by foreign supervision or direct involvement.

The classic all-time case in point was the Don Pacifico Affair. A small time nickel and dime merchant born in Gibraltar, Don Pacifico later became the Portugese consul in the time of German-born “Greek” King Otto. Don Pacifico claimed compensation for the damage to his house and managed to get a Royal Navy ship under Lord Palmerston to seize Greek ships and property to the value of Pacifico’s property.

The blockade of Piraeus (the first of many such blockades by British imperialism) created a diplomatic rift amongst France and Russia, who were joint protectorates of newly “independent” Greece. After a five hour debate, Palmerston then PM of England summed up imperialism as such: “As the Roman, in days of old, held himself free from indignity, when he could say, Civis Romanus sum [I am a Roman citizen], so also a British subject, in whatever land he may be, shall feel confident that the watchful eye and the strong arm of England will protect him from injustice and wrong.” In short, do as you please but if you happen to have any alleged Brits in your midst who have claims against you, watch out – we will come and get you.

During World War I, Greece tried to remain neutral, but to no avail: it was bombed, blockaded, and starved to submission by the Allied forces that converted small neutral states into an appendage of one of their cannons. The “Greek” royals – then allied with Germany – refused to support the war on behalf of the Allied powers, and as result a city like Thessaloniki was bombed to smithereens, forcing Greece to officially join the war.

By an irony of history, probably to avoid new allied bombardments, Greece joined the Allied powers early during World War II, when the Greek dictator Metaxas said “oxi” (“no”) to the Italian invasion and brought about the first defeat of World War II for the Axis powers. During this period, Frederica became Queen of Greece and was influenced particularly by British and U.S. foreign policy, subsequently playing a role both during the German occupation of Greece and during the Greek civil war, where she gave cover to the Greek quislings of the Third Reich that Churchill elevated from obscurity. These elements have been maintained in prominent positions of power in Greece ever since.

Greeks fought to obtain a constitution and democratize public life, but at every twist and turn the monarchy blocked democratic change. After the war, thousands of Greek patriots were executed and all the neo-colonial arrangements of bombing Greeks – with napalm and later via accession to NATO – were done with the monarchy’s full support and agreement.

Banner during Greek Referendum on the Monarchy in 1974 which reads: “No to Foreign-Directed Monarchy’”

As mentioned earlier, the foreign monarchy imposed on the Greek body politic was a cancerous import, just like the IMF. It never really gained traction in Greece and was eventually deposed by the Greeks themselves. It’s therefore no coincidence that Prince Charles makes a three-day official visit to Greece on behalf of the globalist paymasters he supports – and no coincidence that Tsipras enthusiastically agreed to it. It’s to remind Greeks colonialism is here to stay in the form of the “Memoranda of Understanding,” which far from ending in August of this year, are here to stay, as they will control the Greek economy for well into the next century.

Prince Charles visiting a migrant reception center in Crete. Charles visited no Greek soup kitchens during his official visit.

Charles’ three-day official visit

Despite his mother never visiting Greece but having visited more than half the planet throughout her reign, Charles has kept a connection with the country, visiting the autonomous holy region of Agion Oros – a favorite haunt of Putin. The Greek media, trying to pretend the Greek political class is anything but totally and irrevocably subservient to foreign powers, reported that President Prokopis Pavlopoulos – who is referred to by many in Greece as “Paki” Pavlopoulos for his love affair with all things migrant and Muslim – allegedly made reference to the “Elgin” marbles. Hence, they avoided a trip to the Acropolis, instead choosing to visit a migrant center in Iraklion, among other tourist sites (such as Knossos) to see how they can turn a dime. Eat your heart out Helena Smith, Charlie boy beat you to it and free on the Greek state.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Prince Charles loves promoting mosques in the UK and abroad…

Who is Prince Charles?

Charles originates from a long list of parasites exported from medieval Germany in the era where land dominated economics. He has spent most of his adult life commercializing the Royal family, and as such is considered to be one of the corporate globalist elites with offshore trusts, multi-million pound businesses, and politically correct philosophies (pseudo-ecological and pro-Mosque building). After Elon Musk’s promotion of Greece, Charles entered the fray, scheduling an official state visit supported by the “far leftist” SYRIZA. Who would have believed it? An institution long dead in Greece, as anyone today who is 45 years old doesn’t even know that Greece had a monarchy, but SYRIZA is always good in bringing back zombies from the past, like they recently did with an alleged British far right group called Combat 18.

Taking into account he comes from a country that has seen over one million British people using food banks, while his promotion of Mosque-building in the UK has obviously aided in the mass migration that Britain has witnessed (over 8.4 million foreign born citizens since 1990), and accordingly, the extensive drug and rape gangs that have plagued most parts of the country. But hey, we allegedly travel with our private toilet seat and have enough courtiers to fill a bus who also prepare our toothpaste for us.

Charles’ “ecological” credentials are indeed remarkable – such as the fact that he doesn’t like to use other facilities so ships his own wherever he goes ahead of his arrival, following in the footsteps of Saudi royals. But hey, no need to worry about the excess use of carbon footprints. This is Charles we are talking about, a pampered, self-styled philosopher who should have been out to grass from the moment he was born.

During his visit, Charles met Greece’s Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, sending out obvious signals to the sultan Erdogan to behave. Charles also visited a British Royal Navy ship, one of those that when not being used to bomb poor Arabs, has been utilized as a taxi service for mass “refugee” migration, as noted in the press.

In order to publicise Prince Charles’ visit, the government-backed faux-radical “Rubicona” group “attacked’” Oxfam’s headquarters in Athens’ Victoria Square, allegedly over the pedophile issue that has erupted within the organization, though they have never showed such compassion or interest when Greek girls have been raped, tortured, or killed by migrant hoodlums whom they support in arriving to Greece, no questions asked.

Not short of a financial scandal or two, Charles’ companies invest in offshore businesses that are in the Paradise Papers. The actual family have been plagued with a modern version of the collapse of the Tsarist autocracy (when Rasputin called the shots) in the form also of a fortune teller of Greek origin, now deceased, called Madame Vasso.

Madame Vasso, who became a confidante of Princess Fergie with her Pyramid.

Fergie’s scandals and perpetual divorce could obviously not be repeated by Princess Diana when she went through the same type of divorce with Prince Charles. There are of course many allegations she was bumped off by the “Firm,” and it was the Queen of England who once said to Princes Diana’s ex-butler Paul Burrell, “[t]here are powers at work in this country about which we have no knowledge.”

This is the type of sewage SYRIZA likes to hang out with, and their representatives were on the neoliberal, oligarch-owned, and freshly-licensed Skai TV, fawning over Charlie boy’s visit. Charles, true to form, visited the ex-“King” of Greece Constantine, a detested individual who sued the Greek state via EU courts for loss of buildings and land when deposed, winning tons of money against the Greek taxpayer. Charles also met with the alleged leader of the Greek “opposition” party New Democracy Kyriakos Mitsotakis, whose family which were closely related to the Bushes, as is noted in the memoirs of the now-deceased Barbara Bush – who incidentally also had a close relationship with Diana.

This whole spectacle obviously aims to further the foreign-owned tourist industry of Greece, which is majority-owned by a German-British conglomerate known as TUI, sending a message once more to the world that Greece is “open for business” and everything is well. The visit also aims to raise the geopolitical role of Greece on behalf of the U.S., which is in full-scale retreat from the Middle East and doesn’t want other regional powers (such as Turkey and Iran) to fill the void. Or as Trump recently admitted, “We have spent $7 trillion with nothing to show for it.”

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US-China trade war heats up as surplus hits record $34 Billion (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 136.

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According to a report by the AFP, China’s trade surplus with the United States ballooned to a record $34.1 billion in September, despite a raft of US tariffs, official data showed Friday, adding fuel to the fire of a worsening trade war.

Relations between the world’s two largest economies have soured sharply this year, with US President Donald Trump vowing on Thursday to inflict economic pain on China if it does not blink.
The two countries imposed new tariffs on a massive amount of each other’s goods mid-September, with the US targeting $200 billion in Chinese imports and Beijing firing back at $60 billion worth of US goods.

“China-US trade friction has caused trouble and pounded our foreign trade development,” customs spokesman Li Kuiwen told reporters Friday.

But China’s trade surplus with the US grew 10 percent in September from a record $31 billion in August, according to China’s customs administration. It was a 22 percent jump from the same month last year.

China’s exports to the US rose to $46.7 billion while imports slumped to $12.6 billion.

China’s overall trade — what it buys and sells with all countries including the US — logged a $31.7 billion surplus, as exports rose faster than imports.

Exports jumped 14.5 percent for September on-year, beating forecasts from analysts polled by Bloomberg News, while imports rose 14.3 percent on-year.

While the data showed China’s trade remained strong for the month, analysts forecast the trade war will start to hurt in coming months.

China’s export jump for the month suggests exporters were shipping goods early to beat the latest tariffs, said ANZ’s China economist Betty Wang, citing the bounce in electrical machinery exports, much of which faced the looming duties.

“We will watch for downside risks to China’s exports” in the fourth quarter, Wang said.

Analysts say a sharp depreciation of the yuan has also helped China weather the tariffs by making its exports cheaper.

“The big picture is the Chinese exports have so far held up well in the face of escalating trade tensions and cooling global growth, most likely thanks to the competitiveness boost provided by a weaker renminbi (yuan),” said Julian Evans-Pritchard, China economist at Capital Economics.

“With global growth likely to cool further in the coming quarters and US tariffs set to become more punishing, the recent resilience of exports is unlikely to be sustained,” he said.

According to Bloomberg US President Donald Trump’s new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement isn’t that different from the North American Free Trade Agreement that it replaced. But hidden in the bowels of the new trade deal is a clause, Article 32.10, that could have a far-reaching impact. The new agreement requires member states to get approval from the other members if they initiate trade negotiations with a so-called non-market economy. In practice, “non-market” almost certainly means China. If, for example, Canada begins trade talks with China, it has to show the full text of the proposed agreement to the U.S. and Mexico — and if either the U.S. or Mexico doesn’t like what it sees, it can unilaterally kick Canada out of the USMCA.

Although it seems unlikely that the clause would be invoked, it will almost certainly exert a chilling effect on Canada and Mexico’s trade relations with China. Forced to choose between a gargantuan economy across the Pacific and another one next door, both of the U.S.’s neighbors are almost certain to pick the latter.

This is just another part of Trump’s general trade waragainst China. It’s a good sign that Trump realizes that unilateral U.S. efforts alone won’t be enough to force China to make concessions on issues like currency valuation, intellectual-property protection and industrial subsidies. China’s export markets are much too diverse:

If Trump cuts the U.S. off from trade with China, the likeliest outcome is that China simply steps up its exports to other markets. That would bind the rest of the world more closely to China and weaken the global influence of the U.S. China’s economy would take a small but temporary hit, while the U.S. would see its position as the economic center of the world slip into memory.

Instead, to take on China, Trump needs a gang. And that gang has to be much bigger than just North America. But most countries in Europe and East Asia probably can’t be bullied into choosing between the U.S. and China. — their ties to the U.S. are not as strong as those of Mexico and Canada. Countries such as South Korea, Germany, India and Japan will need carrots as well as sticks if they’re going to join a U.S.-led united trade front against China.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the escalating trade war between the United States and China, and the record trade surplus that positions China with a bit more leverage than Trump anticipated.

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Via Zerohedge Trump Threatens China With More Tariffs, Does Not Seek Economic “Depression”

US equity futures dipped in the red after President Trump threatened to impose a third round of tariffs on China and warned that Chinese meddling in U.S. politics was a “bigger problem” than Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

During the same interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes”, in which Trump threatened to impose sanctions against Saudi Arabia if the Saudis are found to have killed WaPo reported Khashoggi, and which sent Saudi stock plunging, Trump said he “might,” impose a new round of tariffs on China, adding that while he has “great chemistry” with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and noting that Xi “wants to negotiate”, he doesn’t “know that that’s necessarily going to continue.” Asked if American products have become more expensive due to tariffs on China, Trump said that “so far, that hasn’t turned out to be the case.”

“They can retaliate, but they can’t, they don’t have enough ammunition to retaliate,” Trump says, “We do $100 billion with them. They do $531 billion with us.”

Trump was also asked if he wants to push China’s economy into a depression to which the US president said “no” before comparing the country’s stock-market losses since the tariffs first launched to those in 1929, the start of the Great Depression in the U.S.

“I want them to negotiate a fair deal with us. I want them to open their markets like our markets are open,” Trump said in the interview that aired Sunday. So far, the U.S. has imposed three rounds of tariffs on Chinese imports totaling $250 billion, prompting China to retaliate against U.S. products. The president previously has threatened to hit virtually all Chinese imports with duties.

Asked about his relationship with Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin’s alleged efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, Trump quickly turned back to China. “They meddled,” he said of Russia, “but I think China meddled too.”

“I think China meddled also. And I think, frankly, China … is a bigger problem,” Trump said, as interviewer Lesley Stahl interrupted him for “diverting” from a discussion of Russia.

Shortly before an audacious speech by Mike Pence last weekend, in which the US vice president effectively declared a new cold war on Beijing (see “Russell Napier: Mike Pence Announces Cold War II”), Trump made similar accusations during a speech at the United Nations last month, which his aides substantiated by pointing to long-term Chinese influence campaigns and an advertising section in the Des Moines Register warning farmers about the potential effects of Trump’s tariffs.

Meanwhile, in a rare U.S. television appearance, China’s ambassador to the U.S. said Beijing has no choice but to respond to what he described as a trade war started by the U.S.

“We never wanted a trade war, but if somebody started a trade war against us, we have to respond and defend our own interests,” said China’s Ambassador Cui Tiankai.

Cui also dismissed as “groundless” the abovementioned suggestion by Vice President Mike Pence that China has orchestrated an effort to meddle in U.S. domestic affairs. Pence escalated the rhetoric in a speech Oct. 4, saying Beijing has created a “a whole-of-government approach” to sway American public opinion, including spies, tariffs, coercive measures and a propaganda campaign.

Pence’s comments were some of the most critical about China by a high-ranking U.S. official in recent memory. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo got a lecture when he visited Beijing days later, about U.S. actions that were termed “completely out of line.” The tough words followed months of increases tit-for-tat tariffs imposed by Washington and Beijing that have ballooned to cover hundreds of billions of dollars in bilateral trade.

During a recent interview with National Public Radio, Cui said the U.S. has “not sufficiently” dealt in good faith with the Chinese on trade matters, saying “the U.S. position keeps changing all the time so we don’t know exactly what the U.S. would want as priorities.”

Meanwhile, White House economic director Larry Kudlow said on “Fox News Sunday” that President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will “probably meet” at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires in late November. “There’s plans and discussions and agendas” being discussed, he said. So far, talks with China on trade have been “unsatisfactory,” Kudlow said. “We’ve made our asks” on allegations of intellectual property theft and forced technology transfers, he added. “We have to have reciprocity.”

Addressing the upcoming meeting, Cui said he was present at two previous meetings of Xi and Trump, and that top-level communication “played a key role, an irreplaceable role, in guiding the relationship forward.” Despite current tensions the two have a “good working relationship,” he said.

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BREAKING: Explosion in Crimea, Russia kills many, injuring dozens, terrorism suspected

According to preliminary information, the incident was caused by a gas explosion at a college facility in Kerch, Crimea.

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“We are clarifying the information at the moment. Preliminary figures are 50 injured and 10 dead. Eight ambulance crews are working at the site and air medical services are involved,” the press-service for the Crimean Ministry of Health stated.

Medics announced that at least 50 people were injured in the explosion in Kerch and 25 have already been taken to local hospital with moderate wounds, according to Sputnik.

Local news outlets reported that earlier in the day, students at the college heard a blast and windows of the building were shattered.

Putin Orders that Assistance Be Provided to Victims of Blast in Kerch – Kremlin Spokesman

“The president has instructed the Ministry of Health and the rescue services to take emergency measures to assist victims of this explosion, if necessary, to ensure the urgent transportation of seriously wounded patients to leading medical institutions of Russia, whether in Moscow or other cities,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitriy Peskov said.

The president also expressed his condolences to all those affected by the tragic incident.

Manhunt Underway in Kerch as FSB Specialists Investigate Site of Explosion – National Anti-Terrorist Committee

The site of the blast that rocked a city college in Kerch is being examined by FSB bomb disposal experts and law enforcement agencies are searching for clues that might lead to the arrest of the perpetrators, the National Anti Terrorism Committee said in a statement.

“Acting on orders from the head of the NAC’s local headquarters, FSB, Interior Ministry, Russian Guards and Emergency Ministry units have arrived at the site. The territory around the college has been cordoned off and the people inside the building evacuated… Mine-disposal experts are working at the site and law enforcement specialists are investigating,” the statement said.

Terrorist Act Considered as Possible Cause of Blast in Kerch – Kremlin Spokesman

“The tragic news that comes from Kerch. Explosion. The president was informed … The data on those killed and the number of injured is constantly updated,” Peskov told reporters.

“[The version of a terrorist attack] is being considered,” he said.

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10 percent of American F-22 fighter jets damaged by Hurricane Michael

Part of the reason the F-22’s were left in the path of the storm is that they were broken and too expensive to fix or fly.

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Note to the wise: When a hurricane comes, move your planes out of the way. Especially your really expensive F-22 fighter planes. After all, those babies are $339 mil apiece. Got the message?

Apparently the US Air Force didn’t get this message. Or, did they find themselves unable to follow the message?

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The Washington Times reported Tuesday that between 17 and 20 of these top-of-the-line fighter jets were damaged, some beyond the point of repair, when Hurricane Michael slammed ashore on Mexico Beach, Florida, not far from the Tyndall Air Force Base in the same state. The Times reports that more than a dozen of the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets were damaged after being left in the path of the extremely fierce storm:

President Trump’s tour Monday of devastation wrought by Hurricane Michael took him close to Florida’s Tyndall Air Force Base, where more than a dozen F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets were damaged after being left in the path of the powerful storm.

The pricey fighter jets — some possibly damaged beyond repair — were caught in the widespread destruction that took at least 18 lives, flattened homes, downed trees and buckled roads from Florida to Virginia.

The decision to leave roughly $7.5 billion in aircraft in the path of a hurricane raised eyebrows, including among defense analysts who say the Pentagon’s entire high-tech strategy continues to make its fighter jets vulnerable to weather and other mishaps when they are grounded for repairs.

“This becomes sort of a self-defeating cycle where we have $400 million aircraft that can’t fly precisely because they are $400 million aircraft,” said Dan Grazier, a defense fellow at Project on Government Oversight. “If we were buying simpler aircraft then it would be a whole lot easier for the base commander to get these aircraft up and in working order, at least more of them.”

This is quite a statement. The F-22 is held to be the tip of the American air defense sword. A superb airplane (when it works), it can do things no other plane in the world can do. It boasts a radar profile the size of a marble, making it virtually undetectable by enemy radars. It is highly maneuverable with thrust-vectoring built into its engines.

However, to see a report like this is simply stunning. After all, one would expect that the best military equipment ought to be the most reliable as well. 

It appears that Hurricane Michael figuratively and physically blew the lid off any efforts to conceal a problem with these planes, and indeed with the hyper-technological basis for the US air fighting forcesThe Times continues:

Reports on the number of aircraft damaged ranged from 17 to 22 or about 10 percent of the Air Force’s F-22 fleet of 187.

The Air Force stopped buying F-22s, considered the world’s most advanced fighter jets, in 2012. The aircraft is being replaced by the F-35, another high-tech but slightly less-expensive aircraft.

Later in the tour, at an emergency command center in Georgia, Mr. Trump said the damage to the F-22s couldn’t be avoided because the aircraft were grounded and the storm moved quickly.

“We’re going to have a full report. There was some damage, not nearly as bad as we first heard,” he said when asked about the F-22s, which cost about $339 million each.

“I’m always concerned about cost. I don’t like it,” Mr. Trump said.

Still, the president remains a fan of the high-tech fighter jet.

“The F-22 is one of my all-time favorites. It is the most beautiful fighter jet in the world. One of the best,” he said.

The Air Force managed to fly 33 of the F-22s to safety, but maintenance and repair issues kept 22 of the notoriously finicky aircraft on the ground when the powerful storm hit the base.

About 49 percent of the F-22s are out of action at any given time, according to an Air Force report this year.

This is a stunning statistic. This means that of the 187 planes in existence, 90 of them are not working. At their cost, that means that over thirty billion dollars worth of military equipment is sitting around, broken, just in airplanes alone.

As a point of comparison, the entire Russian military budget for 2017 was $61 billion, with that budget producing hypersonic missiles, superb fighter aircraft and tanks. Russian fighter planes are known for being able to take harsh landing and take-off conditions that would cripple the most modern American flying machines.

It would seem that Hurricane Michael exposed a serious problem with the state of readiness of American armed forces. Thankfully that problem did not arise in combat, but it is no less serious.

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