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RISE AND FALL OF GIANTS: US-Russian VISA Suspension Begins the Next Cold War

Today, Wednesday August 23, 2017, marks the official re-start of the American-Russian “Cold War 2.0”. Get ready

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The rumbling tension between Russia and America means one thing: it’s
1987…all over again.

Minus President Ronald Reagan, the secret Oliver North-CIA
drug-running-arms deal hearings (Iran-Contra), cell phones the size of
car batteries, and despite the fact that music today is much, much
worse, our current international news sounds eerily similar to
1987’s…only more dangerous.

Above the half-witted mainstream media’s shrill noise about
Charlottesville’s George Soros (aka, Grigori Schwartz) funded,
statue-destroying, history-erasing, tattooed LGBT left-wing
anarchists, we can hear something far more frightening. We hear the
gargantuan growling curses of cannibal giants—the morally lobotomized
military industrial complex—hiding in the darkness, scraping swords
against stones and cracking knuckles, as they prepare to clash; and in
the process of their reckless grappling, crush civilization and
crumble landscapes. The question is what will trigger their fight?

The geopolitical temperature of today’s world is bubbling over with
volatility. We see millions of tattered, angry migrants pouring into
Europe through the holes made by the U.S. military adventures in
Africa and the Middle East, accelerating the break-up of the European
Union. As a result, many European and former Soviet bloc nations are
rediscovering their instinctive love of tribalism and their natural
right to sovereignty as they’re forced to defend their borders,
people, and resources. Germany is also making a semi-independent
stand by rejecting the U.S. sanctions against Russia due to their
impending damage to the German economy; and is gravitating towards the
perspective of Russia and China regarding the United States, which is
probably the most important political shift in the past 50 years.
With China, Russia, and Germany locking arms and standing up in
defiance and disgust toward the warmongering rhetoric and threats of
military engagement, some very real problems and opportunities also
emerge.

Additionally, starting today, the Trump State Department has
officially suspended of all non-immigrant VISA’s, and effectively
stopped all Russian people from traveling to the United States. This
marks the official re-start of the American-Russian “Cold War 2.0”.

Now as a former U.S. Army Psychological Operations Officer and Booz
Allen Hamilton defense contractor who worked at the State Department,
Special Operations Command, and Central Command, I can confirm that
this is not the way to win wars—including cold ones—by persuading,
changing, and influencing behaviors.

The U.S. justification for this action, so we’re told, is because the
Russian government had previously ordered U.S. State Department staff
(CIA agents) to leave Russia in order to create a more equal number of
Russians and Americans working in each others’ embassies. Of course,
what is conveniently ignored is that in December 2016 President Obama,
in violation of international law, seized the Russian Government’s
summer house and property in the Washington DC metro area, and Trump
has continued the crime by refusing to return the Russian property
without getting some kind of “benefit” in return. Extortion?

A few days before this “Cold War 2.0 restart”, we saw the entire U.S.
Navy freeze all of its operations dead-in-the-water after the U.S.S.
John McCain became the second U.S. navy ship (the first was the U.S.S.
Fitzgerald) within a few weeks to be mysteriously stopped, radar
jammed, and rammed by a larger civilian ship, allegedly by accident.
This of course hearkens all military and intelligence people to recall
the April 2014 U.S.S. Donald Cook incident in the Black Sea, where a
Russian jet knocked out the U.S. ship’s electronic systems—most likely
to prove the same point we are uncomfortably re-learning now.

Essentially, since no reasonable person—even in Congress—can accept
the explanation of ‘incompetence’ or technological decay as the excuse
for these ships’ ‘accidents’, these events can only be classified in
two ways. Either they are 1) a CIA false-flag event to manipulate a
gullible President while whipping-up extra agency powers, budgets, and
military-industrial complex contracts; or 2) a pre-emptive action by a
foreign power. Since we already know the CIA-DEEP STATE-MILITARY
obsession with expanding US-NATO hegemony and natural resource
domination across the planet, the other explanation would be this is a
response to the U.S. navy menacing China’s South China Sea Spratly
island bases, as a warning sign before anything serious develops in
the Mediterranean involving Ukraine, Libya, or Syria. Seems logical.

In the first Korean war in 1951, China warned the U.S. that it could
not tolerate an enemy power on the Yalu River, and that it would side
with North Korea and fight to protect their land, government and
culture from destruction. We ignored this, advanced deep into North
Korean territory, and unleashed a massive Chinese counterattack that
pushed Americans back deep into South Korea. Eventually, an armistice
was reached with the 38th Parallel being the line dividing each side.
China lost 600,000 men in the Korean war, while we lost a fraction.
They are prepared to lose more in the next war, in order to tell
Americans that not only are the days of regime change over, but they
are prepared to die to prove it. Why? Existentially, Russia and
China cannot tolerate the destruction of Korea, or in fact any kind of
US-Korea military confrontation. The resulting refugee overflow into
China and Russia would be dangerously destabilizing; and the U.S.-NATO
military planners, and the Vatican, not only know this, but are
counting on this to achieve their long-term agenda of “regime change”
in China and Russia.

FALL OF GIANTS

Thirty years ago in 1987, the two most powerful nations on the planet
entered the final phase of a wrestling match which had lasted for over
fifty years. One nation’s strength was thinning, its defensive
posture bending, and its will to fight disappearing; while the other
nation was increasing its points, securing a final chokehold, and
hungry to win the match. At the last minute it seemed like a
compromise had been reached. A tapping-out was negotiated, and both
competitors agreed to stop and conclude the match without risking a
final death struggle, since it might cripple both competitors. With
history as referee, Ronald Reagan’s victorious arm was held high for
all the world to see, while Mikhail Gorbechev’s head drooped from the
fatigue of decades of economic and spiritual communism. (NOTE: The
typical communist socio-economic model is to a nation what an
artificial steroid is to the human body: it appears to grow strength
in the beginning but ends up destroying the body in the end). The two
opponents, America and Russia, left the arena, respectful to
eachother, and hopeful of a paradigm shift in their relationship that
might extinguish all memory of the cold war that had exhausted the
world for too long. Both nations were ready…and so was humanity.

Unfortunately, all of President Ronald Reagan’s honor, goodwill, and
promises to Mikhail Gorbechev and the Russian people that NATO and the
West would not expand military bases or encroach into Russian
territory or peel away buffer territories like Ukraine, were not only
ignored by subsequent U.S. Presidents and Russia’s trust betrayed, but
the cold war became a hot diplomatic war with occasional bloodshed as
the West accelerated its military-intelligence-economic operations
against Yugoslavia, Chechnya, Ukraine, and other former Soviet lands.

Fast forward to 2017 and we see the world has changed…and not for the
better. Instead of the United States pressuring the Soviet Union into
a frantic state of cultural abandonment and political disintegration,
this same exact transformation is now happening to the United States,
except, ironically—or perhaps miraculously—without any help from the
Russians. I use the word miraculously advisedly, and admittedly with
a slight tinge of humor because when you think about it, there is a
rather Divine sense of “poetic justice” to the notion that the United
States—more specifically the DEEP STATE—is now suffering the same kind
of confusion, oppression, and paranoia it enthusiastically helped
inflict upon Russia some 30 years ago. Somehow the pulling-down of
the statute of Confederate General Robert E. Lee by a left-wing zealot
in America seems eerily reminiscent of the pulling-down of the
statutes of Stalin, Lenin and Saadam Hussein decades ago. Karma?
Judgement? Inevitability?

Although similar to many of the societal erosions Russia faced in the
1980’s, America’s are far more insidious and lethal today. They are
in fact terminal, unless properly purged from our body politic. These
societal erosions include, but are not limited to, the following:

* A self-consuming appetite for blind multi-culturalism that
foments suicidally reckless immigration policies and spawns the
unlawful monstrosity of “sanctuary cities”.
* A desperate obsession to manufacture the perfect health-care
system that will, somehow, automatically and effortlessly guarantee a
constantly blissful, supernaturally healthy life. Unfortunately the
Soma today are opioids and anti-depressants which transform the mind
and body like tobacco smoked into ash.

* A hyper-sensitivity and quasi-religious worship of
‘political-correctness’ which has essentially outlawed traditional
notions of American moral-religious purity, as well as sickened
America with a kind of sexual-identity schizophrenia. This
schizophrenia has in turn unleashed a plague of confusion and
misunderstanding in America about sex, love, intimacy, natural law,
the human body, emotions, and male-female roles, which is now
manifesting as selfishness, hedonism, transgenderism, sex
re-assignment, pedophile friendly child-sized sex dolls, and other
perversions and abominations.

Despite the rotten stench of insanity and death it carries, this
sexual and moral schizophrenia has been re-defined by the priests of
political-correctness—the Democrats, cultural Marxists, and Strausian
neocons—as the climax of civilized humanity and the ideal of feminist
politics. However, an interesting—or somber—observation of the
potential long-term impact of this cultural pathology is its
degeneration of society into a painfully lonely, delusional humanity,
which is symbolized in the recent American film Her starring Joaquin
Phoenix, where he plays an isolated, divorced American man
falling-in-love with his hand-held computer that speaks to him in
algorithmically calculated words of kindness, empathy, and emotionally
erotic stimulation, using Scarlett Johannsson’s sultry voice. These
are just a few of the most destructive social and spiritual illnesses
destroying the American mind, weakening its institutions, and
darkening the light of freedom and peace in America’s domestic culture
and international relationships.

Perhaps this explains why America’s pop-culture is more often
disdained as toxic by many non-western audiences and not particularly
cherished for its purity or illumination. Whereas Ronald Reagan or
John Wayne symbolized the arch-type of heroic American manhood in the
past, Bruce Jenner the Olympic athlete (now sex-changed by a butcher’s
scissors into Caitlyn Jenner) seems to be modern America’s
replacement—which certainly doesn’t bode well for future wars.
Re-read that sentence and let it fully sink in. A military and
political establishment where the bureaucrat mind and emasculated
drone spirit is celebrated and rewarded with promotion, while the
creative maverick and bold risk-taker are ostracized, prosecuted, and
killed for their superior skills, is both a direct contradiction of
the American spirit, and the essential plot of Ayn Rand’s novel, Atlas
Shrugged.

Interestingly enough, Russia seems to be contradicting its CIA
branding as a blood-thirsty enemy of America, by responding
compassionately toward America’s slow political train wreck (which is
now visiting Europe with mass migrants as casualties). In fact,
instead of trying to mercilessly dismember America’s economy,
military, and government like a geopolitical serial-killer, Russia has
been patiently bending and enduring the hysterics, hypocrisy, and
violent unilateralism of America’s politicians, military, and media.
This of course may shock some, such as the blindly Russia-phobic
religious bigots who chronically despise the independence of the
Russian Orthodox Church and banking systems; and the
self-tranquilizing simpletons desperately scraping the resin of
America’s Puritan character from the 1950’s while violently thrashing
to escape modernity invading their head-sized sand-holes.

Unlike the United States, Russia doesn’t seem to be jubilantly
celebrating with the same sadistic relish the disintegration of
America’s reputation and place in the world as a result of its “regime
change” miscalculations (Libya, Ukraine, Iraq, Syria). In fact, it
seems as if Russia itself is experiencing some deeply personal, quiet
amazement and discomfort as they watch from a distance America’s
gradual cultural meltdown. It’s as if Russia is witnessing with
head-shaking sadness and disgust as their once respected competitor
blurs into senility, loses their mind and self-respect to political
Dementia, and fades into a state of confusion, fear, and the
slow-motion coma of a national police state.

POLITICS OF TRUTH

The supreme law of the land is the Constitution, and it is clear: no
federal or state law, statute, code, or policy can exist that violates
or undermines any part of the Constitution. Anything that does, is
unlawful and has no authority over citizens. The reason for America’s
obscenely immoral Congress is because they have abandoned and hated
the idea of truth animating all government laws and actions. Let us
always remember that truth is the union between a people and their
government. Truth is the life force behind all law, and the U.S.
Constitution; it is the substance of contracts; it is the light
guiding man’s righteous claim and defense of his inalienable rights;
it is the spirit of a responsible and benevolent self-government.
Truth is the soul of justice, the shape of love, and the sound of
peace. But sadly the corruption of man, his lusts, and selfish pride
reject this principle in exchange for the shifting sands of pleasure
and popular opinion.

The recent US-Russian sanctions bill is a prime example. Currently
the U.S. Congress is fast-tracking a Russian sanctions bill (S.341 –
Russia Sanctions Review Act of 2017 sponsored by Senator Lindsay
Graham; and H.R.3364 – Countering America’s Adversaries Through
Sanctions Act sponsored by Rep. Royce, Edward R.
[R-CA-39]<https://www.congress.gov/member/ed-royce/R000487>).
Besides being an act of war according to international law, this
sanctions bill is in no way based on truth, facts, or accurate
intelligence; nor is it supported by human intelligence reports,
evidence, sworn testimony, or forensic investigations. To the
contrary, it is based entirely on false information, propaganda, and
lies—and the Russians know this. As a result, the Russian-American
struggle has not only re-awakened, but is rallying the rest of the
world against the United States foreign policy.

By ignoring truth when making law, Congress destroys both. Without
truth, there is no semblance of government authority, there is only
the tyranny of DEEP STATE bureaucrats who channel fear to continue
their power. One of the key elements is the UNCONSTITUTIONALITY of
this law, which even President Trump tweeted about—and therefore has
jeopardized himself because of his signing it. Technically speaking,
now Trump can be impeached for violating his oath to uphold the
Constitution. By signing this law, which he has admitted is
unconstitutional, he has inadvertently undermined it—which is a crime
for a politician.

Yet inevitably, truth wins out in the end. We now see in The Nation
that the VIPS group (veteran intelligence professionals for sanity)
comprised of Ray McGovern, Bill Binney, Thomas Drake, and others, have
technically proven what sensible people have been saying for over a
year: That there was no external penetration or hack into the
Democrat National Committee computer servers. Instead there was an
inside leak, and the data was downloaded from the computers by an
external device like a thumb drive, disc, or backup drive. It was not
invaded by an electronic hacker operating from a distant foreign
country, cackling from the locked basement of his parents’ house. We
also now see that Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange has met with
Congressman Dana Rohrabacker and has communicated that he will provide
evidence that proves the Russians were not the source of the
intelligence materials obtained from the DNC and Clinton emails, and
this will exculpate Russia of any criminal suspicion. The data
download speed, the time, and other undeniable facts prove this. And
in proving this it proves the Congress are either liars or fools if
they don’t correct their ignorant law and cancel it out. If they
don’t, they are also traitors, because they have betrayed the most
vital element of the constitution…the truth. Without truth, there is
no agreement, no constitution, no state, and therefore no more
government. There is only Hobbesian jungle survival where life and
tribes struggle to exist in a state of perpetual war and constant
distrust of one another. We also now see that Wikileaks Founder
Julian Assange has met with Congressman Dana Rohrabacker and has
communicated that he will provide evidence that proves the Russians
were not the source of the intelligence materials obtained from the
DNC and Clinton emails, and this will exculpate Russia of any criminal
suspicion.

CONCLUSION

In 1987, the Soviet Union’s economy was like an overburdened tree
branch—drooping, splitting, and about to break-off from the weight of
its burden. Also in 1987, America was at the pinnacle of its powers
and confidence. It’s economic productivity and political influence
over the world seemed unstoppable and irresistible. But it was
precisely at this moment of self-anointed “exceptionalism”, that the
spirit of liberty and the blessing of power morphed into a license to
dominate and a quasi-religious calling to control. This of course
became even more surreal when the evangelical Christian-Zionist
community infused their heretical distortions of bible prophecy into a
perverted, self-fulfilling 9-11 counterterrorism political agenda to
both define and destroy every evil using the license of “American
democracy, human rights, global capitalism” as their coat of many
colored exceptionalisms.

As a result of the U.S. suspension of all non-immigrant Russian
VISA’s, the anti-Russian economic sanctions, and the bizarre
electromagnetic failures of U.S. navy ships sailing near Asia, today
marks the official re-start of the American-Russian “Cold War 2.0”.
Get ready.

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Franky, who in their right mind would want to visit the USA, the home of the new barbarians…??

All the culture and civilisation of the world is contained in Eurasia…

The United States is a toxic dump, full of drug addistc, with opioid zombies, murdering cops, an out of control prison system with 2.5 million prisoners and 40% of the population OBESE…

Do I need to go on?

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

I do not see “ALL of culture and civilisation in the world” as being in either Europe [countries located on The Continent], nor in Asia [countries peopled by Oriental civilisation and peoples]
I do see more of it, and it’s future, as being in Russia though.

Voltaire
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Voltaire

Russia is and always has been part of Eurasia…

And, of course, I agree that Russian culture is one of the most important in the world…

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Define “Eurasia”. Please explain why no-one ever refers to Mexcan by it’s appropriate title in the same way.

Paul Kindlon
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Paul Kindlon

Been living in Russia for 25 years. It has Asian elements and European elements but is really neither. IMHO

Voltaire
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Voltaire

Agreed….

Russia straddles Europe and Asia….and is thus a central part of Eurasia…

And its culture is so rich as a result of this blend….

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Superb article, explicit, well supported and pungently expressed. What the writer didn’t go on to mention, but I think is a natural consequence of the things he pointed out so well, is that we are at a crucial time of major change. We have several natural cycles of change happening concurrently. These are of climate change which is perfectly in keeping with patterns of normal change we have data of going back thousands of years showing us, and has nothing to do with driving 4-wheel drives; of major social change and this includes major economic changes and the drives to… Read more »

Paul Kindlon
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Paul Kindlon

Come to Moscow. Dying to meet you.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

You are in Moscow, I take it Paul. What do you think of it? And – thank you. I’ll let you know 🙂

Paul Kindlon
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Paul Kindlon

Come to Moscow and I will tell you. I will be your guide and translator as well

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

OK – that’s a nice offer, thank you.

RussG
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RussG

I love reading your comments, Isabella, and respect your opinions. Not surprisingly, I agree with almost all of them. One fear I do have, though, is that the American animal in its death throes could decide that if we cannot survive, “they” will not either and do the unthinkable with the big red button. What do you think?

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

I think that when we have that “thrashing dinosaur in it’s death throes” situation, then yes, we are in danger. Either from it’s random lashings, or some insane psycho deciding as you outline – or just a ghastly accident and misunderstanding — any one of a dozen or more possible scenarios ranging from the deliberately deadly to the just plain bad luck, could happen.
All we can do is stand back, watch carefully, and be prepared to take whatever evasive action seems available, I guess. Not a lot else we can do I think.

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I don’t think the “old” cold war ever ended. After 1991, Bill Clinton, through his puppet Boris Yeltsin, oversaw the pillage of the former Soviet Union. Since then, the US has been quietly encircling Russia with NATO bases and building an alliance against Russia. It’s only Russia’s strengthened economy and military, as evidenced in its trade alliances with China and its success in Syria, that have exposed the depths of the US animosity, which, however, had never wavered but was only under the public radar until the Democrats brought it into the light after Hillary lost the election. Let’s face… Read more »

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A well-written article but a weak conclusion. Cold War 2.0 has been ongoing for some time, if in fact the Cold War itself ever ended. I don’t think history will view the current embroglio as a 2.0, at least not from the perspective of the US military and State Dept. What we are seeing are more desperate attempts to bait Russia (and now China) into escalation so that public attention can be re-directed from the pathetic bungling of the deep state, in all its branches, to a foreign adversary, since previous attempts have failed. Maybe they will succeed this time,… Read more »

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Russia seems to be able to process Visa’s from Americans to visit Russia with no problem. With having the exact same number of diplomatic staff the US now has in Russia.And with there being twice the population inside the US than there is in Russia. So the US excuse should fail to convince anyone.

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disappointed

Superb article it aint. Rife with judgement and moralizing. That dramatically lessens whatever value the rest may contain as far as I’m concerned. We can “get it” or we can devolve. It is opportunity. When people are saturated with drugs and chemicals, distributed efficiently through pollution of the entire environment for the glory of profit to a few and greater indifference to what it does to the masses, then distraction is the order of the day. Is it little wonder that there is “confusion” about sexuality and interpersonal roles wide spread throughout the worlds population? The fish in the rivers… Read more »

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stevek9

Agree except for your list of the major ills confronting the US. Healthcare — there are plenty of good (and much cheaper) health-care systems that we could copy. I lived under the Canadian system for 6 years and it is infinitely better than ours, in a country that culturally is quite similar. And, you left out inequality (the 1% or however you want to define it). That is very corrosive to our society (the comfortable middle class is disappearing), at least as much as identity politics, which basically are just a tool of the oligarchs to keep people distracted.

Aussie battler
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Aussie battler

There is a saying in America Scott, ( what goes around comes around ).
like a spoilt rich kid who knows jack shit and blows the families wealth,
Reality stares you in the face!!.

Marshalldoc
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Marshalldoc

Might have been interesting but after reaching the author’s half-witted pro-fascist comments about Charlottesville it was evident that that he has his head up his swastika and therefore cannot shed light on anything.

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World war 3 had started long ago but the protagonists are getting deception after deception, failure after failure ,their lies are exposed and their mainstream media are tasting panic and international hate. Vladimir the brave soldier has penetrated enemy lines and there is now havoc in their strategy. They think the whole world I Libya or Iraq or VZietnam. Too late for COngress to change the rules. They are hemmed in , cornered and surrounded by the Bear. Grizzly bear. He will have not only to protect family but environment ,his neighbours lives their territory. No retreat No surrender. God… Read more »

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European Court of Justice rules Britain free to revoke Brexit unilaterally

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that Britain can reverse Article 50.

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The UK is free to unilaterally revoke a notification to depart from the EU, the European Court has ruled. The judicial body said this could be done without changing the terms of London’s membership in the bloc.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) opined in a document issued on Monday that Britain can reverse Article 50, which stipulates the way a member state leaves the bloc. The potentially important ruling comes only one day before the House of Commons votes on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal with the EU.

“When a Member State has notified the European Council of its intention to withdraw from the European Union, as the UK has done, that Member State is free to revoke unilaterally that notification,” the court’s decision reads.

By doing so, the respective state “reflects a sovereign decision to retain its status as a Member State of the European Union.”

That said, this possibility remains in place “as long as a withdrawal agreement concluded between the EU and that Member State has not entered into force.” Another condition is: “If no such agreement has been concluded, for as long as the two-year period from the date of the notification of the intention to withdraw from the EU.”

The case was opened when a cross-party group of British politicians asked the court whether an EU member such as the UK can decide on its own to revoke the withdrawal process. It included Labour MEPs Catherine Stihler and David Martin, Scottish MPs Joanna Cherry Alyn Smith, along with Green MSPs Andy Wightman and Ross Greer.

They argued that unilateral revocation is possible and believe it could provide an opening to an alternative to Brexit, namely holding another popular vote to allow the UK to remain in the EU.

“If the UK chooses to change their minds on Brexit, then revoking Article 50 is an option and the European side should make every effort to welcome the UK back with open arms,” Smith, the SNP member, was quoted by Reuters.

However, May’s environment minister, Michael Gove, a staunch Brexit supporter, denounced the ECJ ruling, insisting the cabinet will not reverse its decision to leave. “We will leave on March 29, [2019]” he said, referring to the date set out in the UK-EU Brexit deal.

In the wake of the landmark vote on the Brexit deal, a group of senior ministers threatened to step down en masse if May does not try to negotiate a better deal in Brussels, according to the Telegraph. The ministers demanded that an alternative deal does not leave the UK trapped within the EU customs union indefinitely.

On Sunday, Will Quince resigned as parliamentary private secretary in the Ministry of Defense, saying in a Telegraph editorial that “I do not want to be explaining to my constituents why Brexit is still not over and we are still obeying EU rules in the early 2020s or beyond.”

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Seven Days of Failures for the American Empire

The American-led world system is experiencing setbacks at every turn.

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On November 25, two artillery boats of the Gyurza-M class, the Berdiansk and Nikopol, one tugboat, the Yany Kapu, as well as 24 crew members of the Ukrainian Navy, including two SBU counterintelligence officers, were detained by Russian border forces. In the incident, the Russian Federation employed Sobol-class patrol boats Izumrud and Don, as  well as two Ka-52, two Su-25 and one Su-30 aircraft.

Ukraine’s provocation follows the advice of several American think-tanks like the Atlantic Council, which have been calling for NATO involvement in the Sea of Azov for months. The area is strategically important for Moscow, which views its southern borders, above all the Sea of Azov, as a potential flash point for conflict due to the Kiev’s NATO-backed provocations.

To deter such adventurism, Moscow has deployed to the Kerch Strait and the surrounding coastal area S-400 batteries, modernized S-300s, anti-ship Bal missile systems, as well as numerous electronic-warfare systems, not to mention the Russian assets and personnel arrayed in the military districts abutting Ukraine. Such provocations, egged on by NATO and American policy makers, are meant to provide a pretext for further sanctions against Moscow and further sabotage Russia’s relations with European countries like Germany, France and Italy, as well as, quite naturally, to frustrate any personal interaction between Trump and Putin.

This last objective seems to have been achieved, with the planned meeting between Trump and Putin at the G20 in Buenos Aires being cancelled. As to the the other objectives, they seem to have failed miserably, with Berlin, Paris and Rome showing no intention of imposing additional sanctions against Russia, recognizing the Ukrainian provocation fow what it is. The intention to further isolate Moscow by the neocons, neoliberals and most of the Anglo-Saxon establishment seems to have failed, demonstrated in Buenos Aires with the meeting between the BRICS countries on the sidelines and the bilateral meetings between Putin and Merkel.

On November 30, following almost two-and-a-half months of silence, the Israeli air force bombed Syria with three waves of cruise missiles. The first and second waves were repulsed over southern Syria, and the third, composed of surface-to-surface missiles, were also downed. At the same time, a loud explosion was heard in al-Kiswah, resulting in the blackout of Israeli positions in the area.

The Israeli attack was fully repulsed, with possibly two IDF drones being downed as well. This effectiveness of Syria’s air defenses corresponds with Russia’s integration of Syria’s air defenses with its own systems, manifestly improving the Syrians’ kill ratios even without employing the new S-300 systems delivered to Damascus, let alone Russia’s own S-400s. The Pantsirs and S-200s are enough for the moment, confirming my hypothesis more than two months ago that the modernized S-300 in the hands of the Syrian army is a potentially lethal weapon even for the F-35, forbidding the Israelis from employing their F-35s.

With the failed Israeli attack testifying to effectiveness of Russian air-defense measures recently deployed to the country, even the United States is finding it difficult to operate in the country. As the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War confirms:

“Russia has finished an advanced anti-access/area denial (A2AD) network in Syria that combines its own air defense and electronic warfare systems with modernized equipment. Russia can use these capabilities to mount the long-term strategic challenge of the US and NATO in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and the Middle East, significantly widen the geographic reach of Russia’s air defense network. Russia stands to gain a long-term strategic advantage over NATO through its new capabilities in Syria. The US and NATO must now account for the risk of a dangerous escalation in the Middle East amidst any confrontation with Russia in Eastern Europe.”

The final blow in a decidedly negative week for Washington’s ambitions came in Buenos Aires during the G20, where Xi Jinping was clearly the most awaited guest, bringing in his wake investments and opportunities for cooperation and mutual benefit, as opposed to Washington’s sanctions and tariffs for its own benefit to the detriment of others. The key event of the summit was the dinner between Xi Jinping and Donald Trump that signalled Washington’s defeat in the trade war with Beijing. Donald Trump fired the first shot of the economic war, only to succumb just 12 months later with GM closing five plants and leaving 14,000 unemployed at home as Trump tweeted about his economic achievements.

Trump was forced to suspend any new tariffs for a period of ninety days, with his Chinese counterpart intent on demonstrating how an economic war between the two greatest commercial powers had always been a pointless propagandistic exercise. Trump’s backtracking highlights Washington’s vulnerability to de-dollarization, the Achilles’ heel of US hegemony.

The American-led world system is experiencing setbacks at every turn. The struggle between the Western elites seems to be reaching a boil, with Frau Merkel ever more isolated and seeing her 14-year political dominance as chancellor petering out. Macron seems to be vying for the honor of being the most unpopular French leader in history, provoking violent protests that have lasted now for weeks, involving every sector of the population. Macron will probably be able to survive this political storm, but his political future looks dire.

The neocons/neoliberals have played one of the last cards available to them using the Ukrainian provocation, with Kiev only useful as the West’s cannon fodder against Russia. In Syria, with the conflict coming to a close and Turkey only able to look on even as it maintains a strong foothold in Idlib, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States are similarly unable to affect the course of the conflict. The latest Israeli aggression proved to be a humiliation for Tel Aviv and may have signalled a clear, possibly definitive warning from Moscow, Tehran and Damascus to all the forces in the region. The message seems to be that there is no longer any possibility of changing the course of the conflict in Syria, and every provocation from here on will be decisively slapped down. Idlib is going to be liberated and America’s illegal presence in the north of Syria will have to be dealt with at the right time.

Ukraine’s provocation has only strengthened Russia’s military footprint in Crimea and reinforced Russia’s sovereign control over the region. Israel’s recent failure in Syria only highlights how the various interventions of the US, the UK, France and Turkey over the years have only obliged the imposition of an almost unparalleled A2AD space that severely limits the range of options available to Damascus’s opponents.

The G20 also served to confirm Washington’s economic diminution commensurate with its military one in the face of an encroaching multipolar environment. The constant attempts to delegitimize the Trump administration by America’s elites, also declared an enemy by the European establishment, creates a picture of confusion in the West that benefits capitals like New Delhi, Moscow, Beijing and Tehran who offer instead stability, cooperation and dialogue.

As stated in previous articles, the confusion reigning amongst the Western elites only accelerates the transition to a multipolar world, progressively eroding the military and economic power of the US.

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Is Silicon Valley Morphing Into The Morality Police?

Who gets to define what words and phrases protected under the First Amendment constitute hate — a catchall word that is often ascribed to any offensive speech someone simply doesn’t like?

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Silicon Valley used to be technology companies. But it has become the “morality police,” controlling free speech on its platforms.

What could go wrong?

In a speech Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said:

“Hate tries to make its headquarters in the digital world. At Apple, we believe that technology needs to have a clear point of view on this challenge. There is no time to get tied up in knots. That’s why we only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division and violence: You have no place on our platforms.”

Here’s the goliath problem:

Who gets to define what words and phrases protected under the First Amendment constitute hate — a catchall word that is often ascribed to any offensive speech someone simply doesn’t like?

Will Christians who don’t support abortion rights or having their tax dollars go toward Planned Parenthood be considered purveyors of hate for denying women the right to choose? Will millions of Americans who support legal immigration, as opposed to illegal immigration, be labeled xenophobes or racists and be banned from the digital world?

Yes and yes. How do we know? It’s already happening, as scores of conservatives nationwide are being shadow banned and/or censored on social media, YouTube, Google and beyond.

Their crime?

Running afoul of leftist Silicon Valley executives who demand conformity of thought and simply won’t tolerate any viewpoint that strays from their rigid political orthodoxy.

For context, consider that in oppressive Islamist regimes throughout the Middle East, the “morality police” take it upon themselves to judge women’s appearance, and if a woman doesn’t conform with their mandatory and highly restrictive dress code — e.g., wearing an identity-cloaking burqa — she could be publicly shamed, arrested or even stoned in the town square.

In modern-day America, powerful technology companies are actively taking the role of the de facto morality police — not when it comes to dress but when it comes to speech — affecting millions. Yes, to date, those affected are not getting stoned, but they are being blocked in the digital town square, where billions around the globe do their business, cultivate their livelihoods, connect with others and get news.

That is a powerful cudgel to levy against individuals and groups of people. Wouldn’t you say?

Right now, unelected tech billionaires living in a bubble in Palo Alto — when they’re not flying private to cushy climate summits in Davos — are deciding who gets to enjoy the freedom of speech enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and who does not based on whether they agree with people’s political views and opinions or not.

You see how dangerous this can get — real fast — as partisan liberal elites running Twitter, Facebook, Google (including YouTube), Apple and the like are now dictating to Americans what they can and cannot say online.

In communist regimes, these types of folks are known as central planners.

The election of Donald Trump was supposed to safeguard our freedoms, especially regarding speech — a foundational pillar of a democracy. It’s disappointing that hasn’t happened, as the censorship of conservative thought online has gotten so extreme and out of control many are simply logging off for good.

A failure to address this mammoth issue could cost Trump in 2020. If his supporters are blocked online — where most voters get their news — he’ll be a one-term president.

It’s time for Congress to act before the morality police use political correctness as a Trojan horse to decide our next election.

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