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The Russian Foreign Ministry has called America’s actions unprecedented and aggressive.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The planned searches in the Russian diplomatic compounds in the United States is viewed in Moscow as an unprecedented and aggressive action, initiated by US intelligence to organise provocations, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

Earlier in the day, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned Minister-Counselor at the US Embassy in Moscow Anthony Godfrey to receive a protest note amid the plans to conduct searches in the Russian Trade Representation in the United States.

“The note stresses that the planned illicit searches of Russian diplomatic compounds in the absence of Russian officials and threats to break the entrance door is viewed as an unprecedented and aggressive action, which, by the way, can be used by US intelligence services to organize an anti-Russian provocation with the help of planted compromising items,” the ministry said in a statement.

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BobValdez
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BobValdez

Of course that is what it is for. It is a DIRECT provocation! The us MUST start a war with SOMEONE NOW! No war means financial and economic collapse and the end of the empire.

Kaput
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Kaput

ahhha they trying to bait an ex KGB a officer………….. how cute……… he has lots of patience, who cares about a consulate………… lol, Putin has better fish to fry

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Patience AND brains. In fact, every US provocation seems to backfire and make Russia stronger and more respected in the world. His life-long judo training has taught him much.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Yes. They are trying to create the PRETEXT for the COURSE OF ACTION they have already decided they are taking. They Have No More Cards Left to Play. They are out of options. 1. They are MAXED out on their credit card with NO EASY way to get another loan. (War is the only 100% way to automatically increase the U.$. debt limit with the Rothschild Fed.) 2. Investors a fleeing the U.$. market. (Even the Rothschilds have begun to diversify out of the U.$ and western market into South America and Asia.) 3. A series of Natural Disasters have… Read more »

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

It sounds like you must watch and read all the same resources that I do. I think your 8 points are pretty much spot on. Not sure I’m on board with no. 3, though, the ‘more to come’ bit?

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

@ Great Expectations: Re No.3. Number three is an examination of climatic and seismic cycles. The U.$ has had a lull of geological seismic events in the West, There has been no ‘major’ earthquake on the Western Seaboard for a quarter of a century; and no ‘catastrophic’ movements for more than a century. The Ring of Fire has been very active all over the world for the last decade; from Chili, to New Zealand, Indonesia, and Japan. The U.$. Western Seaboard is the only ‘region’ not to suffer a catastrophic event in living memory (the 1800’s San Francisco quake is… Read more »

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Ah yes, the Ring of Fire, I see where you’re coming from now. Totally agree with you.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

I think we may read many of the same things. It would be good to get a ‘recommended reading list’ from you. It’s hard filtering out all the Fake News that is cluttering the place up. Maybe we could put one together..?

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

As long as you’re not a CIA agent, looking for sites for Googgle to block ;). Never forget, we’re being watched on here and there are only a few of us, so it’s easy.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

@ Great Expectations: Re CIA. Yes, your right. But for those of us living in a dream land, its too late. We are ALL already on a CIA ‘threat watch’ list. We have said the wrong things in public. And this is a U.$. website. We are ALL on the list already. Re websites. Hmmm… How to create a recommended reading list without jeopardizing the security of the website we want to recommend../ I’m not sure. Most of us have similar tastes I believe. There are a couple of UkroNazis trying to sabotage things and take pleasure flaming people with… Read more »

BobValdez
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BobValdez

(thumbs up) 🙂

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

BUT war with Russia and China rather than countries without a nuclear deterrent in reality means a US wasteland .

BobValdez
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BobValdez

So be it. If that is what they want, give it to them in spades.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

I have also come to the same conclusion whether I live or die.

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor
Punisher 1
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Punisher 1

Talk is useless,actions need to be taken instead. The US clearly believes they are beyond international law. Its time to show them they aren’t. The best step would be to close permanently all US consulates in Russia. Confine diplomatic services to Moscow alone. And close all the Russian consulates in the US. Only use the Embassy in Washington DC. The UN Mission is a separate situation. If the US wants to interfere there,then the UN will need to be moved out of the US to solve that problem. If Russia and hopefully China was to threaten to withdraw from the… Read more »

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

The UN does seem to be just another layer in the “Anglo-Zionist Consummate Cant” described by Nietzsche. They, at best, have delayed the inevitable showdown of the Good part of the Planet against the part that merely calls itself ‘good’, because no one else will.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

The US regime already has a bill awaiting passage to get the US out of the UN and to remove the UN from US territory….Russia and China might be best to wait and see what happens with this bill, since the US is imploding on all fronts including this one.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-23/congressman-introduces-bill-withdraw-us-united-nations

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

Also true …

Kathryn Bondoux
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Kathryn Bondoux

I agree with you. The MilitaryIndustrial complex wants and needs a war. Why because they profit from it. So they keep poking the bear and the bear is getting tired of it. There has been No proof of any wrong doing by Russia but look what we have done to them. Surrounding them with UN ships and trying to get Ukraine to become a UN. What do you think we would do if the reverse happened.

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

Brilliant idea!

Simon
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Simon

Well, not much one can do against such threats. But I would suggest DON’T open the doors and get the RT team down there plus others, also offer $2000 reward to best alt-media video of the US breaking in and violating diplomatic premises.
That should play well, worldwide.

william D' Altruist
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william D' Altruist

I’d do it for $10,000/ I’d have to use hidden go pros on my person, and triangulate at least 3 more manipulating the camera’s via computer. They’ll seal the street off at the very least… difficult situation. Can’t emagine press being allowed anywhere near the places(s). Someone should be set up already in building(s) across the street…if they’re clever… however this won’t be easy as well. The neighborhood will be absolutely swarming with CIA & secret service. This a very,very, high level security situation & absolute madness. I’m seriously wanting to leave the U.S. A type mass hysteria has affected… Read more »

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

I think you mean, “martial law”.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

“Someone should be set up already in building(s) across the street…if they’re clever… however this won’t be easy as well.”

It was easy enough when the Muellers and Comeys and Soroses of the day murdered the LAST President of the USA – J F Kennedy.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

I am waiting to see international coverage of the US’s threats/actions….so far all they are mentioning is the closing and not the US’s illegal searches.

Simon
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Simon

UPDATE – Russia were much smarter then my idea. They let the RT guys film inside their empty diplomatic properties before the search.
No one will believe there was any ‘gotcha’ document left behind.

Brilliant. You have to give these guys credit when it is due.

André De Koning
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André De Koning

Have they called for a special UNSC session yet on this unprecedented, unlawful move? Could they expand on the endless breaches of international laws and principles or do we all now have to accept that these have become irrelevant at the UN?

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

I think you are rather native, believing the UNSC can accomplish anything. It is an agency run by the US for the US.

André De Koning
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André De Koning

Yes, I think you are right, but thought they could possibly show them for what they are or blatantly express is at the UN and keep on challenging it so people can see it for what it is. Probably useless whatever one does.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

More often than not, I have the feeling the UNSC is just there to rubber-stamp whatever the US does. And same goes for israel.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

Jews and Zionists are ‘special’ people they are not bound by the silly UN rules for the Goyim. 🙂

Rollo10
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Rollo10

The UN was created to produce NWO, One World Government, just as the EU was. In 1917 the War to end all Wars ended, but the objective [Russia] remained so the Zionists sent in Stalin and his ‘Bolsheviks’, when this failed, they used Hitlers ambition to start WW2, this too failed when the Russians defeated the German army in Russia. They then broke up the ‘League of Nations’ and introduced United Nations, who have been acting as a ‘World Government’, introducing laws against Sovereign people Koyoto, UN Agenda 21, UN Agenda 2030, Paris Climate Agreement…….Far to many UN-ELECTED bodies are… Read more »

André De Koning
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André De Koning

Soon BRICS and independence of the petro dollar might change things as this anti-Russia nonsense does not reach far anymore.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

And US actions seem to suggest their desperation. The best hope must be that their desperate acts don’t cause any great, long-lasting harm to the rest of us and they are eventually put out of their misery.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Yes!

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

@ Rollo10 re “Far to many UN-ELECTED bodies are making laws against Sovereign people! UN, EU, IMF, BIS, WHO all protected by NATO.” Yes. It’s time for BRICS to expand. Set up a defacto “Supervisory Group” based on the Astana talks with the purpose being for promoting independent economic cooperation; with individuals “elected” (not nominated) by ‘opposing’ governments so that the representative of the Government they are Representing has no say in the issues that they are supposed to represent. This is under the philosophical premise that anyone who Wants to Be Leader, is ineligible to be leader because they… Read more »

Seán Murphy
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Seán Murphy

Two can play at that game.

Simon
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Simon

Just two Sean? The US has almost 300 embassies and consulates around the world.
Apparently these are the new ‘rules’ which apply to them.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Yes. These are the new rules. The U.$. reserves the right to force their way into any embassy in the world to search for evidence of crime by any country they have deemed as an Enemy of U.$. interests. This is the key term here most people will miss. U.$. INTERESTS. This is the justification. A threat to THEIR Interests. They are protecting their INTERESTS. Interests may include anything from the Oil Contract EXON hoped to sign in the Sudan; to Boeing’s “failed” bid to win a plane sales deal somewhere in Asia, to suring up U.$. reserve currency status… Read more »

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

The shadow government does seem to have finally been exposed to be that insane. Someone is going to fly in Nero with his violin soon.

WalkinTheWalk
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WalkinTheWalk

“Babylon is Fallen.” Listen. As early as 4 December. What comes next, it would seem, is nowise pleasant for the naive, gullible, wishful worldwide … however.

Andrew Pate
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Andrew Pate

Wow 300 Embassies and yet 900 military bases to protect freedon and democracy American style. Sounds very much like a peace loving country.

ghartwell
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We are living in history. How does it feel, to see America take the world down the path to war? We are living witnesses to the provocative and illegal actions of the American government. I fear how silly and childish and totally irrelevant America will look if and when the time comes when she does not just collapse economically, and in reputation but her infrastructure gets destroyed and cities infected with Biological warfare attacks. This type of action is both pathetic and deeply frightening in the face of how close you are to destruction.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

The US has always done this. But they were usually better masked. I think this may be the last time.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

Judging by the mass looting in Houston and the flooded areas, the US would truly revert to its past and become a Wild West with ‘Mad Max’ type figures terrorising all who survived the nuclear attacks.

Its rather funny 🙂

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

@ Florian: “It’s rather funny.” I used to think the same; but then I started meeting and talking to some Americans. Lots of them are really nice everyday people, and many are just as horrified as us ‘aliens’ of what is happening in Washington and Wall Street. America has been pillaged by the Ruling Class and DeepState to such a degree that it is just a shell of what it once was; and it’s the poor unfortunate everyday American whom has lost their home; has no health insurance; is out of work or on an entirely insufficient disability pension after… Read more »

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

I second that. And I feel the same about we British, who seem hated by some people for what the elite did to them in the past. Well, the elite did it to us too.

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

Great– they did and still do it to us all — control the banks and leaders of most countries throughout the world– own and exploit their natural resources, their big corps everywhere, GMO everywhere… the list goes on and on, but for sure, they have their dirty fingers in every big pie… Local traitors in every country, part of their global club– all colours of the rainbow too.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

I concur with all that you say. However ONLY the US people can remove the parasites that now control their lives. The American people who want real change have to walk out from their Safe Spaces and stand tall. This will involve many of them losing their lives to the Zio Marxist storm troopers .
The alternative is de facto slavery with debt, actual slavery in US jails (+ Fema Camps) and complete penury for others.

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

What you say is real– but they’ve never had to endure a world war on their soil– their government just continues their falsely created wars all over the world– the blood of millions of innocents on their hands all these wars on behalf of the Zio’s. But as you say, if Americans want to save their land and have a future, they will have to set their differences aside and hit the streets nationally– en masse– yes and be prepared to die while securing the futures of their children and country from those who are bent on not only US… Read more »

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

It is encouraging that so many around the globe are able to converse and learn that we are not alone in shunning US/EU policies of terror.

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

On the other hand, we must consider the American people, as they too– are as controlled (perhaps even more so), been subjected to brainwashing for many decades, along with most western allied countries too– actually it applies to most nations throughout the world– their reserve banks, Rothschilds owned, their leaders often freemasons– virtual proxies really, as they must tow the line and in exchange receive all the freebies which go with such “honours.” — while living like kings, they’ve betrayed their people– sold their respective countries down the tube. Its a fact of life all over the world– people have… Read more »

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

The ordinary American people are not responsible for how silly and childish the ruling men are. But these ruling men are profoundly incompetent and stupid and only succeed because of their absolute power. I watched a YT video of JFK’s assassination recently and the incompetence of these US traitors was breathtaking. But they still got away with it, didn’t they? For decades, until no one felt strongly enough about it anymore to ponder what they had done, even though many people now know he was not murdered by Lee Harvey Oswald (I’m British, by the way.). The economic collapse predicted… Read more »

Филипп
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Филипп

You definitely didn’t look at Russia when it took Europe down the path of war, starting invasive war in Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova.

Rollo10
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Rollo10

You have been listening to the US propaganda machine. Russia didn’t invade Ukraine, they attacked Georgia after America set the little state up and they didn’t attack Moldova, that was done by NATO > http://thesaker.is/failed-nato-invasion-of-moldova-sitrep-by-scott/

Филипп
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Филипп

You are literally citing russian propaganda machine. In your fairy world US propaganda occupied Crimea and shot down civilian airliner.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

‘When you point the finger of blame at others, there are three fingers pointing back at you.’ That’s an old, old elitist saying, that was taught to me by an acquaintance, who had grown up knowing these men.

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

Don’t mind him …. If he is not into seeking the truth with an open and fair mind, he will sadly come to feel the pain, as so many of us have experienced and still do~! That is why we are here– in a safe harbour, finding the truth behind the shameless western fake news lies, we’re constantly bombarded with.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

You put that well.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Philip, you don’t believe what you have said. Anyone who finds the Duran has already swallowed the red pill and knows what is really happening. Or, they have been directed to the Duran by someone else? So, why are you here?

Филипп
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Филипп

Oh so this is a tinfoil hatters community. I get it now, disregard anything that I said before.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

Since when has the US given a $hit about any compliance with anything.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

I think that was established with the first treaty with the Native Americans.

Guy
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Guy

So typical.The US is losing credibility and scrambling to demonize Russia in any way they can .At least Russia knows what they are up to.

WalkinTheWalk
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WalkinTheWalk

“U.S.” equals “Deep State” that is “controlled” by whom, where … it is not clear for good reason (but absolute control since the removal of last American President, John F. Kennedy) RIP

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

The US is run by gangsters; real gangsters. The same gangsters that organised the killing of JFK. So rules don’t apply to them and never have.

Guy
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Guy

It is run by the mafia.Not necessarily the Italian mafia,although they are still part of it.”Operation Gladio ” by Paul L.Williams .It is a mafia that has morphed , now with world wide tentacles .Drugs , prostitution ,money laundering , big banks ,big business , CIA , Mossad , Vatican and on and on.It is not a pretty picture .

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Yes, I watched a three hour long YT video the other day, Francis Connolly’s ‘ From JFK to 911: Everything is a rich man’s trick’. Interesting because, unusually, he is English (so much geopolitics begins and ends in America) and I’d never heard of him but I found something somewhere that described him as a school history teacher in the past. There was both praise and condemnation for what he had to say but it was worth watching, I thought. The reason I mention it is because he stressed the idea that the US mafia were heavily involved in his… Read more »

K Walker
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K Walker

After going through Russiagate for over a year, I think Russia should fear the planting of evidence, as should the American pubic. I agree that the RT press or trusted witnesses with cameras should be around this building 24/7. San Francisco has lost its way but I do not think these orders came from the City government.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Any ‘evidence’ from this outrage will have as much value as the ‘evidence’ of tortured innocents at Guantanamo Bay.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Yes. The chances of FABRICATED evidence being planted are high. Everyone, including law enforcement knows that ‘if a criminal’ suspect they someone may be onto them or about to ‘bust them’ then they will destroy the evidence to avoid incrimination. Now, this isn’t to suppose that Russia is guilty of ‘election meddling’ like the U.$. is with countless countries over the years; but I probable don’t need to point out that the prospect that the U.$. Law Enforcement services ARE coming into the building will 100% guarantee that ‘any evidence’ that was there will 100% be destroyed. So, any evidence… Read more »

my2Cents
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my2Cents

How about booby trapping the building? If no one has the right to be there than they get whatever is coming to them no.???

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Brilliant! Do you want to make them nuclear? you know, just the tactical kind the U.S. has used in Syria (and Yemen? or was that the Zionist entity?).

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Nah, just your average house/garden/kitchen variety boobytrap will do, just to send a message😁

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

I imagine that is something the US regime might do to the building….blow it up while the FBI and gang are “searching” the building then blame it on Russia, saying they set the bombs. Who in the US population would not accept it as their MSM pushes it as a “reason” for all out war with Russia?

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Very Machiavellian..yikes

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

But a true possibility from the masters at the game of false flags!

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Yes I know and that scares the hell out of me.

tjoes
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tjoes

gasoline is simple and effective

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

You just know, there will be false flags planted there today!!!!!! Beat them at their own game, the slime-balls!!!! Can’t wait to see Trumps involvement, hypocrite!!!

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

“Can’t wait to see Trumps involvement”

Apparently it was Trump himself that ordered the closing: https://sputniknews.com/politics/201709011056979584-trump-consulate-general-closed-himself/

tjoes
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tjoes

Trump is a liar….who said his Kol Nidre prayers

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Trump could have been: genuine and overthrown; a Trojan horse from the beginning; or a modern day Faustus. There are so many conflicting ideas and facts about what he has said and done over the past couple of years, it’s impossible to say. But, what really matters are the outcomes, not his motives. Debates about his motives are a deliberate distraction, to stop people looking in the right direction for answers to what is happening, what will happen, and who are responsible.

Aurelio Ferdinand
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Aurelio Ferdinand

Its the ”Deep State” working at the behest of the ”Zionist/Global Cabal” centered around the British (Brutish) Monarchy.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

@ Aureio: re: Its the ”Deep State” working at the behest of the ”Zionist/Global Cabal”

Yes. Bibi just came back empty handed from Sochi (Со́чи) after grovelling to Putin. It didn’t go very well. So, time to ‘up the ante.’

There will be may ‘pretexts’ ‘discovered’ around the globe. I thought the ‘750 billion email addresses that were hacked’ was one of the ‘Russia Did It’ campaigns, but no one has proffered that in the media yet (give it time though).

Desperation levels are rising in the U.$. and IsraHell. Things are not going well for them.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Orwellian Law is about to be implemented. Your communications are being monitored in violations of state and international law. The U.$. DeepState is about to force their way into the private premises of a country they have CLASSIFY is the ENEMY and written as such into law. They have already decided there WILL BE NO PEACE, and blocked the highest office of the land from pursuing such an objective. The U.$. DeepState are going to LOOK for evidence of a crime, without supervision; in breach of international law, without any independent party to examine their actions; and without any legal… Read more »

André De Koning
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André De Koning

So true, time for Bitcoin although I would not know where to start buying it safely. Do you?

Michelxya
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Michelxya

America is a terrorist. How long will it take before the world understands.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

I don’t think the tipping point will ever be reached.

Michelxya
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Michelxya

I think the tipping point is already in the past 😉

Cale
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Cale

There is not much diplomacy possibilities left for Russia to talk to Washington. It seems that US politicians have become insane.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Desperate men do desperate things. Fortunately, Putin and Lavrov are wise.

Sara Bridge Reinhardt
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Sara Bridge Reinhardt

what the whole anti-russia sentiment is about in the intel agencies is that the deep state is threatened by a possible joint frce for good that US and Russia could and would be: two giant CHristian nations working together could rid the world of the deep state pedos obombya was pissed of when Putin was a real man, and obombya was not; because Putin would not accept the politcal agenda of gay rights, he became an “outsider” to be destroyed: Ukraine takeover vy fascists, border aggresson by NATO,NOTHING TOO EVIL TO PUT rUSSIA IN BAD LIGHT GOD WILL REDUCE THESE… Read more »

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

That is the first thought which concerned me too… planting fake evidence…

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Re Several Posts Below. About 2006 there was a news article on ABC Australia News TV and it was about the then elect President Bill Clinton giving an award to the NSA. The award was for “providing intelligence to U.$. industry which helped secure Boeing winning a contract against the Brazilian Airline Industry. After this example of how U.$. Government Secret Intelligence Services could be used to successfully promote U.$. industry over the industries of foreign countries, a bill was passed (and I don’t know what number it was, the news didn’t go into that), requiring the U.$. intelligence agencies… Read more »

disqus_1Op5S8jvui
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disqus_1Op5S8jvui

Russia shall search all US facilities in Russia.

AlexanderAmproz
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AlexanderAmproz

It’s ironic to say,

but Russia, Iran, Hezbollah and China saved the “Free World”

from the US insatiable thirst to Colonize the World !

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Some blame Schäuble himself for that. He was, after all, the architect of austerity, a fiscal hawk whose policy prescriptions during the euro crisis caused untold hardship for millions of ordinary people, or so his critics say. He became a hate figure, especially in Greece. Posters in Athens in 2015 depicted him with a Hitler moustache below the words: “Wanted — for mass poverty and devastation”.

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

But what of the accusation that he didn’t care enough about the suffering of the southern Europeans? Austerity divided the EU and spawned a real animus against Schäuble. I ask him how that makes him feel now. “Well I’m sad, because I played a part in all of that,” he says, wistfully. “And I think about how we could have done it differently.”

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

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

Yet the prospects for greater political union are now worse than they have been in years. “The construction of the EU has proven to be questionable,” he says. “We should have taken the bigger steps towards integration earlier on, and now, because we can’t convince the member states to take them, they are unachievable.”

Greece was a particularly thorny problem. It should never have been admitted to the euro club in the first place, Schäuble says. But when its debt crisis first blew up, it should have taken a 10-year “timeout” from the eurozone — an idea he first floated with Giorgos Papakonstantinou, his Greek counterpart between 2009 and 2011. “I told him you need to be able to devalue your currency, you’re not competitive,” he says. The reforms required to repair the Greek economy were going to be “hard to achieve in a democracy”. “That’s why you need to leave the euro for a certain period. But everyone said there was no chance of that.”

The idea didn’t go away, though. Schäuble pushed for a temporary “Grexit” in 2015, during another round of the debt crisis. But Merkel and the other EU heads of government nixed the idea. He now reveals he thought about resigning over the issue. “On the morning the decision was made, [Merkel] said to me: ‘You’ll carry on?’ . . . But that was one of the instances where we were very close [to my stepping down].”

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

“There were a few really bad conflicts where she knew too that we were on the edge and I would have gone,” he says. “I always had to weigh up whether to go along with things, even though I knew it was the wrong thing to do, as was the case with Greece, or whether I should go.” But his sense of duty prevailed. “We didn’t always agree — but I was always loyal.”

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

Ultimately, in a nail-biting election last December, Merkel’s favoured candidate, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, narrowly beat Merz. The woman universally known as “AKK” is in pole position to succeed Merkel as chancellor when her fourth and final term ends in 2021.

I ask Schäuble if it’s true that he had once again waged a battle against Merkel and once again lost. “I never went to war against Ms Merkel,” he says. “Everybody says that if I’m for Merz then I’m against Merkel. Why is that so? That’s nonsense.”

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

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

Seraphim Hanisch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The consolidation of power of the global military industrial complex

Do Europeans support the notion that the countries of the EU be the nuclear war playground of the United States?

Richard Galustian

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Humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war.

America has elected to completely ignore scientists warnings that we have 12 years to reverse an environmental disaster.

As far as nuclear obliteration, Trump announced that the US is withdrawing from the INF treaty, which eliminated short range missiles deployed in Western Europe, on Russia’s doorstep. It’s the equivalent of Russia placing nuclear missiles in Venezuela.

A provocation, which enables US supplied missiles to be launched, only a few minutes flight time to Moscow.

That, of course sharply increases the nuclear danger. Historically on both sides, attack warnings given by automated systems have often proved faulty in the past; that, if enacted upon, would have meant the end of life as we know it.

Anyone familiar with contemporary military history knows that it’s a virtual miracle that we have so far avoided nuclear war.

Politically within Europe, the attack on democracy is very clear. Unchallenged undemocratic institutions in Brussels exist that is, in the main, part of the problem of the UK BREXIT negotiations.

Why does the public readily accept wars, engineered by our morally bankrupt governments to create ‘regime change’ in countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, the Ukraine and soon to be Venezuela followed by Nicaragua and Iran, with such a muted outcry?

That preemptive nuclear attacks are even thought of shows the insanity of Western leadership controlled by vested financial interests led by the Military/Security Industrial Complex and bankers. Those same interests created both ‘industrialised’ World Wars in the 20th Century.

Our governments do not listen to the people. When two million hit the streets of London before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, it made not an iota of difference to Tony Blair’s government.

Today, people’s apathy is notably caused by conditioning’, maybe better described as we’ve been ‘disciplined’ by MSM propaganda and family’s economic necessity to focus on their income, have made us so, due to our governments mismanagement of our economies.

Example, our university students are saddled with impossible to repay debt for a reason; to keep future generations ‘disciplined’.

No one has time or dare show any dissent especially given the Orwellian ‘newspeak’ environment that is created by ‘political correctness’.

Back to the subject of Russia phobia. The Western narrative against Russia is, in the main, the below:

* that Russia tried to murder the Skripals. Let the British government, who seem to be holding the Skripals against their will, prove they are not, by letting them be interviewed by the World’s Press.

* Ukraine – For over four years, the governments of NATO and the MSM have been waging the new cold war against Russia. This began with the ‘Maidan’ protests in Kyiv, Ukraine in early 2014 that culminated in the overthrow, universally acknowledged to have been engineered by the CIA, of Ukraine’s elected president and Parliament in February 2014. Putting in power an ultra neo-Nazi government, that in particular voiced hatred against all things Russian…and Jewish. Which MSM, TV news or newspapers, says so?

* That almost 100% of Crimea’s population are glad and grateful to be part of Russia. US, UK and EU says that is untrue, which is nonsense.

The demonisation of Russia is central to the multinational corporate interests that control our governments; the bankers protecting the steeply declining US Dollar, the institutions of the EU that are really controlled by Washington, who are preparing world public opinion to accept what the United States are now gearing up for, the “defence” of Europe.

At this point let us reflect on history by quoting one of America’s most distinguished soldiers, maybe of its entire history, General Smedley D. Butler, from his book ‘War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America’s Most Decorated Soldier.’

“No one told these American soldiers that they might be shot down by bullets made by their own brothers here. No one told them that the ships on which they were going to cross might be torpedoed by submarines built with US patents.”

It is recommended to read more about General Smedley Butler, as he was the man chosen by US bankers and particularly the Bush family in the 1930s, to be the new fascist leader of the USA by overthrowing, in a coup, the then President Roosevelt during the period of Hitler’s rise to power. A coincidence one wonders. Butler was a true patriot; he bided his time then revealed the plot to both Congress and President Roosevelt. If you doubt this, it is suggested you research the subject.

We can stop the consolidation of power of the global military/security industrial complex, its war party associates, and specifically the US, UK and EU deep state political and financial elite that no doubt exists. We must elect new leaders, it’s that simple.

To quote Noam Chomsky “….power is always illegitimate, unless it proves itself to be legitimate. So the burden of proof is always on those who claim that some authoritarian hierarchic government is legitimate. If they can’t prove it, then it should be dismantled.”

Implicit in this statement is change by either elections or revolutions.

The French people have shown us when enough is enough by their persistent resistance to their government.

Do Europeans support the notion that the countries of the EU be the nuclear war playground of the United States?

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