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Russia grapples with the falsification of it’s pre-Revolutionary history

As Russia prepares to mark the 100 year anniversary of the October Revolution, wider questions are being asked. Here is my proposal for how to best answer them.




Debates in Russia on protecting Russian history from public falsification have become more prominent this year, as Russia stands on the verge of the centenary of the October Revolution. The Russian Security Council recently raised the issue due to relenting western propaganda attempting to paint Russian history in an overtly negative light.

Some in the west actually discount Russia’s role in defeating fascism in the 1940s, even though without Soviet struggles against Hitler’s war machine, Germany would have gone on to rule all of Europe and much of the world.

The Communist Party of the Russian Federation have also raised questions about the falsification of history, primarily history that portrays Bolshevism in a negative light. Whilst the Communists, like all parties have a political agenda they are pushing, both the Russian Security Council and the CPRF are right in raising the issue. The question remains, what can and should be done?

No one in Russia is arguing for a kind of censorship of views, in fact most prominent figures participating in the debate on ‘the problem of history’, are renouncing such draconian solutions outright.

I believe the best solution is to focus on the last 200 years of Imperial Russian history rather than focus primarily on the Soviet period.

For many, the Soviet period remains as much of a political issue as an historical one. Any look at the vigorous, historically minded, deeply democratic debates in the State Duma and one realises this is the case, in spite of the blanket western mainstream media blackout on coverage of Duma debates. This is especially true of debates between the stridently anti-Communist LDPR and the Communists themselves.

In this sense, rather than having anything approaching an ‘official version’ of Soviet history, it is best to allow the historical dialogue to be played out through real democratic debate amongst patriotic politicians and politically minded citizens.  Secondly, schools exist to teach the young what they cannot otherwise derive from their real life experiences.

No one learns about algebra from going into the words, but one can learn about making a fire, gathering water, cooking their own food and warding off pests. Likewise if boys and girls in Russia want to learn about Soviet history, they can ask their parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts, in addition to listening to political debates on the issue.

This is not true of Russian Imperial history which is deeply neglected by schools and which no living person has a direct historical memory of. Children ought to know there is a long history of a strong and proud state which existed prior to October of 1917.

This state was vast and encompassed many ethnicity. It fought many wars against aggressors and solidified, secured and policed its territory with a surprisingly small number of professional soldiers and civil servants. The 19th century in particular was a great time of renaissance for Russian music, poetry, fiction, philosophy and art.

Most young people do not even know about this because people are debating endlessly about Stalin. Stalin here, Stalin there, Stalin everywhere. Where is Pushkin? Where is Dostoevsky?  Where is Kandinsky? Where is Alexander III? Where is Tchaikovsky? Where is the war against Napoleon? Where are the Turkish wars in which Russia was ultimately victorious?

Of course, they are allowed endless debates on Stalin, but not at the expense of realising that the Russian state and Russian culture has roots which did not begin in 1917 nor end in 1945.

If children are told the roots of Russian history up through the late modern period,  they will understand why modern Russia is derided by so many in the west. Russia fought and ultimately won many wars versus Mongols, Swedes, Poles and Lithuanians, Turks and French. On the 9th of May there was a crushing victory against global fascism led by Hitler’s Germany. Is it any wonder that these are the same countries spewing anti-Russian propaganda today?

The best weapon against the wilful falsification of history is the complete unveiling of history. Let children know that history is interesting and fun, that it tells a tale of mighty struggle, victory and cultural achievement of which they can rightly be proud. Do not make it boring and tedious for them or they will end up hating their own culture if they associate it with some callous shrew of a teacher.

At the same time, let the cold hard facts speak for themselves. When children have a better understanding of the Russia which existed prior to 1917, they can decide for themselves which elements of Soviet history they want to retain and which they would prefer to drop. This is true for grown men and women as well.

To hell with what malicious outsiders say. Russian history itself is the best tool for preventing the falsification  of comparatively recent events. To hell also with politicians who think Russian history started in October of 1917, it didn’t, so they also need to learn some valuable truths from a wider history.

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EU leaders dictate Brexit terms to Theresa May (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 115.

Alex Christoforou



The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss how EU leaders have agreed on a plan to delay the the Article 50 process which effectively postpones Brexit beyond the 29 March deadline.

The UK will now be offered a delay until the 22nd of May, only if MPs approve Theresa May’s withdrawal deal next week. If MPs do not approve May’s negotiated deal, then the EU will support a short delay until the 12th of April, allowing the UK extra time to get the deal passed or to “indicate a way forward”.

UK PM Theresa May said there was now a “clear choice” facing MPs, who could vote for a third time on her deal next week.

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Theresa May outlines four Brexit options, via Politico

In a letter to MPs, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May set out the four options she believes the country has in light of Thursday’s decision by EU leaders to extend the Brexit deadline beyond next Friday.

The U.K. is faced with a four-way choice, May wrote late Friday.

The government could revoke Article 50 — which May called a betrayal of the Brexit vote; leave without a deal on April 12; pass her deal in a vote next week; or, “if it appears that there is not sufficient support” for a vote on her deal in parliament next week or if it is rejected for a third time, she could ask for an extension beyond April 12.

But this would require for the U.K. taking part in European elections in May, which the prime minister said “would be wrong.”

May wrote that she’s hoping for the deal to pass, allowing the U.K. to leave the EU “in an orderly way,” adding “I still believe there is a majority in the House for that course of action.”

“I hope we can all agree that we are now at the moment of decision,” she wrote.

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US media suffers panic attack after Mueller fails to deliver on much-anticipated Trump indictment

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom said it all: “Mueller – The name that ended all mainstream media credibility.”





Via RT

Important pundits and news networks have served up an impressive display of denials, evasions and on-air strokes after learning that Robert Mueller has ended his probe without issuing a single collusion-related indictment.

The Special Counsel delivered his final report to Attorney General William Barr for review on Friday, with the Justice Department confirming that there will be no further indictments related to the probe. The news dealt a devastating blow to the sensational prophesies of journalists, analysts and entire news networks, who for nearly two years reported ad nauseam that President Donald Trump and his inner circle were just days away from being carted off to prison for conspiring with the Kremlin to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Showing true integrity, journalists and television anchors took to Twitter and the airwaves on Friday night to acknowledge that the media severely misreported Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, as well as what Mueller’s probe was likely to find. They are, after all, true professionals.

“How could they let Trump off the hook?” an inconsolable Chris Matthews asked NBC reporter Ken Dilanian during a segment on CNN’s ‘Hardball’.

Dilanian tried to comfort the CNN host with some of his signature NBC punditry.

“My only conclusion is that the president transmitted to Mueller that he would take the Fifth. He would never talk to him and therefore, Mueller decided it wasn’t worth the subpoena fight,” he expertly mused.

Actually, there were several Serious Journalists who used their unsurpassed analytical abilities to conjure up a reason why Mueller didn’t throw the book at Trump, even though the president is clearly a Putin puppet.

“It’s certainly possible that Trump may emerge from this better than many anticipated. However! Consensus has been that Mueller would follow DOJ rules and not indict a sitting president. I.e. it’s also possible his report could be very bad for Trump, despite ‘no more indictments,'” concluded Mark Follman, national affairs editor at Mother Jones, who presumably, and very sadly, was not being facetious.

Revered news organs were quick to artfully modify their expectations regarding Mueller’s findings.

“What is collusion and why is Robert Mueller unlikely to mention it in his report on Trump and Russia?” a Newsweek headline asked following Friday’s tragic announcement.

Three months earlier, Newsweek had meticulously documented all the terrible “collusion” committed by Donald Trump and his inner circle.

But perhaps the most sobering reactions to the no-indictment news came from those who seemed completely unfazed by the fact that Mueller’s investigation, aimed at uncovering a criminal conspiracy between Trump and the Kremlin, ended without digging up a single case of “collusion.”

The denials, evasions and bizarre hot takes are made even more poignant by the fact that just days ago, there was still serious talk about Trump’s entire family being hauled off to prison.

“You can’t blame MSNBC viewers for being confused. They largely kept dissenters from their Trump/Russia spy tale off the air for 2 years. As recently as 2 weeks ago, they had @JohnBrennan strongly suggesting Mueller would indict Trump family members on collusion as his last act,” journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted.

While the Mueller report has yet to be released to the public, the lack of indictments makes it clear that whatever was found, nothing came close to the vast criminal conspiracy alleged by virtually the entire American media establishment.

“You have been lied to for 2 years by the MSM. No Russian collusion by Trump or anyone else. Who lied? Head of the CIA, NSA,FBI,DOJ, every pundit every anchor. All lies,” wrote conservative activist Chuck Woolery.

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom was more blunt, but said it all: “Mueller – The name that ended all mainstream media credibility.”

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Canadian Lawmaker Accuses Trudeau Of Being A “Fake Feminist” (Video)

Rempel segued to Trudeau’s push to quash an investigation into allegations that he once groped a young journalist early in his political career



Via Zerohedge

Canada’s feminist-in-chief Justin Trudeau wants to support and empower women…but his support stops at the point where said women start creating problems for his political agenda.

That was the criticism levied against the prime minister on Friday by a conservative lawmaker, who took the PM to task for “muzzling strong, principled women” during a debate in the House of Commons.

“He asked for strong women, and this is what they look like!” said conservative MP Michelle Rempel, referring to the former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, who has accused Trudeau and his cronies of pushing her out of the cabinet after she refused to grant a deferred prosecution agreement to a Quebec-based engineering firm.

She then accused Trudeau of being a “fake feminist”.

“That’s not what a feminist looks like…Every day that he refuses to allow the attorney general to testify and tell her story is another day he’s a fake feminist!”

Trudeau was so taken aback by Rempel’s tirade, that he apparently forgot which language he should respond in.

But Rempel wasn’t finished. She then segued to Trudeau’s push to quash an investigation into allegations that he once groped a young journalist early in his political career. This from a man who once objected to the continued use of the word “mankind” (suggesting we use “peoplekind” instead).

The conservative opposition then tried to summon Wilson-Raybould to appear before the Commons for another hearing (during her last appearance, she shared her account of how the PM and employees in the PM’s office and privy council barraged her with demands that she quash the government’s pursuit of SNC-Lavalin over charges that the firm bribed Libyan government officials). Wilson-Raybould left the Trudeau cabinet after she was abruptly moved to a different ministerial post – a move that was widely seen as a demotion.

Trudeau has acknowledged that he put in a good word on the firm’s behalf with Wilson-Raybould, but insists that he always maintained the final decision on the case was hers and hers alone.

Fortunately for Canadians who agree with Rempel, it’s very possible that Trudeau – who has so far resisted calls to resign – won’t be in power much longer, as the scandal has cost Trudeau’s liberals the lead in the polls for the October election.


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