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CONFIRMED: ISIS, the United States and SDF unite on the battle field against Syria and Russia

The Russian Defense Minsitry has released photos showing ISIS, the SDF and US special forces working side-by-side on the battlefield in Dier ez-Zor, Syria.

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It has long been thought that the US proxy militia SDF is operating in collusion with ISIS in various parts of Syria. This has especially been the case in respect of Deir ez-Zor. In Deir ez-Zor, the Russian Defense Ministry has previously stated that the Syrian Arab Army and their allies are fired on most intensely from positions known to be held by the SDF.

Furthermore, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov recently stated,

“SDF militants work to the same objectives as Daesh terrorists. Russian drones and intelligence have not recorded any confrontations between Daesh and the ‘third force’, SDF”.

He added that Russia will not hesitate to target SDF forces that threaten the battle field progress and personal safety of Russia’s allies, namely the Syrian Arab Army.

Russia will target US-backed fighters in Syria if provoked

Other reports surfaced of US military helicopters airlifting known ISIS commanders to safety as the Syrian Arab Army made its advance on the former ISIS stronghold of Deir ez-Zor. All of this has happened as the US is moving its proxy Kurdish led SDF forces from Raqqa to Deir ez-Zor, in a move that appears to be an attempt to stop Syrian forces from liberating their own country’s legally recognised territory.

Now, the Russian Defense Ministry has released a statement followed by 12 photos showing how SDF forces work alongside US special forces in ISIS controlled areas without facing any resistance from ISIS. Furthermore, none of the US or Kurdish led forces even take defensive positions which indicate that they are cooperating with ISIS rather than engaging in a perverse truce. In other words, the SDF, US special forces and ISIS move among each other in the same manner as allies do.

The following is the statement from the Russian Defense Ministry on the matter:

#US Special Operations Forces (#SOF) units enable US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (#SDF) units to smoothly advance through the ISIS formations.

Facing no resistance of the ISIS militants, the #SDF units are advancing along the left shore of the #Euphrates towards #Deir_ez_Zor.

The aerial photos made on September 8-12 over the ISIS locations recorded a large number of American #Hummer vehicles, which are in service with the #America‘s #SOF.

The shots clearly show the US SOF units located at strongholds that had been equipped by the ISIS terrorists. Though there is no evidence of assault, struggle or any US-led coalition airstrikes to drive out the militants.

Despite that the US strongholds being located in the ISIS areas, no screening patrol has been organized at them. This suggests that the#US_troops feel safe in terrorist controlled regions”.

This demonstrates that in spite of Donald Trump’s apparent wiliness to abandon the policy of aiding jihadist groups, not only has this policy not changed, but such a reality now includes full scale battlefield collusion with ISIS.

This also helps explain why in June of this year, SDF forces allowed ISIS terrorists to peacefully leave Raqqa and head towards Deir ez-Zor, a place which is now unquestionably the largest remaining ISIS stronghold in east of Libya.

But now, not only are US proxies allowing ISIS to peacefully retreat but they are visibly coalescing on the battle field. These realities also corroborate the story of SDF fighters being wounded in a Syrian led strike on known ISIS targets. As I wrote previously in The Duran, this is because SDF militants are fighting beside ISIS.

Russia shines light on the shady anti-Syrian coalition of the US, Kurds and jihadists

The fact of the matter is that, the Kurdish led SDF and ISIS now share the same strategic goals, in spite of apparent ideological differences. Both seek to aggressively and illegally prevent Syria from liberating her sovereignty territory and in so doing, both are challenging the territorial unity and integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic. Likewise, each group’s ideology is opposed to the Arabist Constitution of Syria, seeking instead to lay the ground work for sectarian ideologies in the areas they seek to illegally annex.

Most worryingly, both militant groups are clearly collaborating and colluding with each other and with the United States, in a proxy war against Syria and the interests and safety of her allies, including Russia and Iran.

What once was only partly clear, is now as clear as the following colour photographs from the Russian Defense Ministry. The SDF, ISIS and the United States are fighting on the same side of the conflict in Syria, it is the side of terrorism which seeks to destroy the secular, modern, pluralistic and independent Syrian Arab Republic.

This proves that the Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman was correct. The US and Russia are at war, albeit a proxy war which includes ISIS.

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Voltaire
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This is proof that the CIA is running a war against the Syrian Government, the Russians, Iranians and Hezbollah without the permission of the President of the United Strates….

And that the United States is worse than a rogue State….

It is a divided criminal State without a leader….

Behaving like a barbarian medieval war lord….

THE WORLD MUST UNUITE AGAINST THE ROGUE CRIMINAL UNITED STATES…

tjoes
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tjoes

The US isn’t without a leader….it has a coward that can’t stand up to the deep state like he promised he could. They are using his ego to turn him into a monster. The US people elected him with a dim hope that he had balls….but he has none….is a coward that goes with his Generals that have prepared their entire lives for nothing but war….pushed by Israel. Trump is a sad Jew wannabe that mammon molds rather easily….unfortunately. He will probably be more famous than Hilter….he seems destined to start WW3 for Israel.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

The ruddy haired anti-Christ/Dajjal? First he needs to lose an eye…

fredd
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fredd

The US people elected a figurehead

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

I’ll preface this with, I’m not American and don’t have the same emotional investment in Trump as his voters would have: the last US president who courageously stood up to the deep state was assassinated. Calling Trump a coward for not following in JFK’s shoes is a bit harsh. Some say he is doing his best and doing some good; others say he was a puppet from the start. Difficult to tell. But, hasn’t he, with his chaotic, poker-style bluff and bullying, highlighted to more Americans that there is a problem with their governance? Whether he solves it or not,… Read more »

tjoes
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tjoes

Trump is being turned by the deep state. He may be more dangerous than Hitler, just from the availability of nuke weapons. No, his “baby steps” mean nothing…without a government shakeup, and outing of the insiders that did 9/11, the problem is a festering cancer, not a spot on the skin. When corruption has overtaken the government, like it has in the USA….a baby step is nothing. Hearing Trump posit the government line on 9/11….after having said in the past the truth (that it was an inside job), he sickened me (yes…a coward). Would JFK be considered the quality of… Read more »

Pete Mangum
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Pete Mangum

Make that HAS BEEN “turned by the deep state.” An arrogant boob like him never had a chance. Who but a preening imbecile would appoint to his cabinet the very people who not only hate him and actively campaigned against him (i.e. Nikki Haley) but actual Bush-Cheney era Neocons whose foreign policy leanings against Russia, China, Iran, China, Syria, et al are diametrically opposite of Trumps campaign stated goals of peace and diplomacy!? I honestly thought Trump could not be worse than the criminal and demonstrably unhinged Hillary Clinton. But I’m not so sure, now.

Pete Mangum
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Pete Mangum

By threatening 3 of the most dangerous nuclear powers on earth (all at the same time and a move both unheard of and unprecedented in history) you’re assuming we’ll survive the nuclear holocaust he and his Neocon henchmen are dragging us into. Those “baby steps” will be our last if he and them aren’t reigned in…,and FAST!

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

You’ve missed the point I was making.

Pete Mangum
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Pete Mangum

not really. i got your point.

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bluewater

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Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

“This is proof that the CIA is running a war against the Syrian Government”

The proof was there, since the CIA operation in Benghazi in 2012, to ship Qaddaf’s seized weapons to Syria, via Turkey. That’s what “ambassador” Stevens and the CIA men were doing, when they were assassinated on September 11, 2012.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Israel, the Artificial Zionist Squatter State is also running a war against the Syrian Government.
You calling that out, and your comments on this would be much appreciated:)

tjoes
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tjoes

Hillary gave Stingers to the “good rebels” that turned them over to ISIS. Then they shot a US Chinook down with one (but didn’t arm it). The crew survived and traced the serial number to the illegal shipment by Hillary. They sent Amb. Stevens to try and get them back….big fail.

Since they had Stingers, it’s obvious why the US didn’t send in airborne reinforcements.

Wait until they get them around major world airports and planes start to drop. That is the real legacy of Hillary/Obomber.

american democracy
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american democracy

it’s very simple: in the last 50years there is no war without american and there is no terrorists without american support..

santiago
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santiago

Not true, The french and the brits have done their own things as well.

Marco Sansone
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Marco Sansone

no doubt. you can find a war without uk and france but not without america. USA with 20-30 alies in 3 months won a war against irank and libian profesian army, in syria they trained some 30.000 soldiers who went directly on ISIS side and they bombed them, with 60 alies during 2years or even longer, but ISIS teritorry became only bigger and of course, nobody never saw not even a single photo of damage done by all those bombing but in irak they found parachutes, on ex-ISIS teritorry, dropped by those same planes. where goes us, uk goes with… Read more »

my2Cents
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my2Cents

The U.S has always been a criminal State. They were behind every WW but had Nuremberg to point the finger at Germany while their own War Crimes have STILL TODAY not been addressed. They had the Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal (with Milosevic and others) solely to cover up THEIR own war crimes while accusing Serbia. .The President has no been a leader for a long time. Which is why, until that changes, I prefer Bernie Sanders where he currently is, IN the Senate with an open microphone, free to speak his mind when HE determines it useful and doesn’t respond… Read more »

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

“behind every WW”? Close, but it’s little more complex than that according to Docherty and Macgregor…

Hidden History: The Secret Origins of the First World War

http://www.globalresearch.ca/hidden-history-the-secret-origins-of-the-first-world-war/5600090

Mr. Costelol
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Mr. Costelol

This has been known for quite some time. Webster Tarpley published in the “executive intelligence review” EIR an expose about the Lord Palmerston network and King Edward the 7th. The plan to attack Serbia by the AU empire was finalized in 1913, all what was necessary was a spark. The “Young Bosnia” movement (as other “Young” movements) was financed by the Brits through the French masonic lodge of the orient .
*The destruction and maiming of everyone in continental Europe was the Imperial goal, to further British Imperial rule for centuries – pretty much like PNAC (don’t you think)*.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

I’ve known about it for only a few years, and not at all about Webster Tarpley’s contribution here. This is in dire need of further distribution. Are there online sources that you can recommend?

Have you looked at Carroll Quigley’s work, Tragedy and Hope?

Mr. Costelol
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Mr. Costelol

I think you can find it under
“Lord Palmerston’s Multicultural Human Zoo” – short read.
, there’s also a YouTube discussion – good stuff!!!
I still have questions about Quigley (his anglo american establishment is 1st rate).
My questions arise from the conclusion that historians write about what is presented to them and for what specific purposes.(I always doubt sources).

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Thanks! I found it at archive.org and downloaded the pdf. There’s a lot of juicy stuff stored with it. Now I understand how Tarpley is extraordinarily well informed.

Yes, you’re absolutely right. To whose advantage is presenting certain evidence to a certain historian.

Pleasure meeting up with you!

Mr. Costelol
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Mr. Costelol

Likewise,
I just checked YouTube

“Palmerstons Zoo Introduction Webster Tarpley”, he essentially dissects the British Imperial system .

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Right!

my2Cents
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my2Cents

FYI Webster Tarpley ia a conspiracy nutter.

Mr. Costelol
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Mr. Costelol

Not all he says can be cast aside, albeit there is much speculation in modern historiography and in his as well (that’s the main criticism of him). His early work was sound especially who killed Aldo Moro? Unless, he was a disinfo agent from the start. Ivy league Princeton man (CIA/narrative control agent recruitment centers).

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Webster Tarpley is a Lyndon Larouche groupie…..Conspiracy disciples

Mr. Costelol
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Mr. Costelol

Re: Lyndon Larouche groupie Webster Tarpley to “N,” December 2, 2009 My association with organizations in which LaRouche was prominent ended in 1997. Since then I have been attacked in public by him and his remaining supporters several times. Since 1997, I have had no relation whatsoever to LaRouche. Before 1997, I was President of the US Schiller Institute USA, and served on the EIR editorial board, and the US and European Executive Committees of the Labor Committee movement. LaRouche was jailed in 1989 for tax evasion and related infractions, but more basically for political reasons. In order to get… Read more »

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Webster Tarpley was his disciple. He rambles and somehow people believe his ramblings divulge “wisdom” of some sort Americans, by and large are clueless on history, focus entirely on the wrong thing, and WHILE some may accept the fact that WW2 orthodoxy is false, they flock to anything that provides a different but equally false scenario. Not having grown up there they have no comprehension of their culture and their judgement is therefore based on a great deal of nonsensical writings. It may come as a surprise to you that Europeans are much better informed about American history than Americans… Read more »

my2Cents
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my2Cents

I get Global Newsletter and read that article, which is interesting but it avoids entirely what happened in 1870…..That is when 39 Independent German speaking Monarchies/Princedoms/Duchies decided to form a German EMPIRE. Good grief, the very nerve. See 39 small independent countries were no threat to anyone, but a united German EMPIRE???….The French immediately attacked the Kingdom of Prussia (now Poland) lost their shirt and were required (Versailles Treaty) to pay restitution to Prussia. In the meantime the King of Prussia became the Emperor of Germany. Britain was severely threatened by German Industry and wanted it stopped, so did France… Read more »

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Thanks! I’ve read it before, but it’s an excellent report that can’t be recommended enough.

When did Washington tell Britain they were ready to fund a war against Germany? 1913?

my2Cents
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my2Cents

WW1 and WW2 have a great deal in common. In BOTH the U.S. entered LATE.
In WW1 the British and French borrowed huge sums of money and where indebted and been under Washington’s control ever since. Woodrow Wilson’s attempt to create the League of Nations which would be under directions of the U.S. would thereby control the world. The chopping up of Germany is what let to WW2 again after the U.S. since 1938 engaged in provocation after provocation, actually committing War Crimes against Germany. Follow the money!
War is lucrative Peace is not.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

With the capture of the presidency in 1912 with the election of Wilson by the bankster syndicate (complete with a minder living in the White House), the way was open to setting up the Federal Reserve to serve as conduit for loans to Britain and France to support the Great War and setting up a propaganda-police state to shepherd the people along. By profession FDR was a bankster, who was selected by more powerful banksters to continue both their domestic and foreign policies. Hoover, totally corrupt tool, had been used up. Retaining him would promote insurrection. The banksters felt betrayed… Read more »

my2Cents
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my2Cents

We had TWO Feds previously that were allowed to expire and whose charters were not renewed. Woodrow Wilson knew nothing about banking. But advisors evidently pointed out that it might become awfully handy when it came to funding war. So he created another one. Supposedly he was not happy with the Versailles Treaty and warned that it would not end well. FDR was not a banker, but a “half baked” lawyer who left law school without a degree but somehow managed to pass the bar (???) Hmmm..He came from a well known well-to-do family and entered into politics He was… Read more »

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

I never said that FDR printed his own money. I said Hitler did.

FDR was from a wealthy bankster family and sat on eight boards.

He took us off the gold standard, freeing up bankster manipulation.

There was a split in bankster ranks with the stronger faction not wanting another crash and deeper depression. Only by that was Glass Steagall able to get through.

Why didn’t the South assassinate Lincoln before it lost?

Other than that you’re telling a lot of truths about Lincoln everybody should know.

Yes, the odious Eli Wiesel made good money out of being a fraud.

my2Cents
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my2Cents

I know that FDR did not print money…I probably meant Lincoln….sorry
The Roosevelts were not bankers but successful merchants…FDR worked for a Law office which he hated. He then went into politics. I dont know what boards he would have sat on. I believe Nixon took us off the Gold standard. Check it…
Lincoln information is widely available so beats me why the North has one rendition who Lincoln was and the South quite another….myths.
Look up JFK and Dr. Feelgood…

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Whoops! You’re right about the gold standard. FDR just issued Executive Order 6102 that made it illegal for Americans to own gold

Take a look at this to see how reliably you gauge how it details FDR’s banking antecedents and his early work.

Roosevelts and Delanos

http://www.reformation.org/wall-st-fdr-ch1.html

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Tecumseh…..we ALWAYS need to ask “who is doing the talking here” And http://www.reformation.org is not a credible source. After reading one paragraph containing completely erroneous information I went to their site and I would not consider anything they say sound information on ANY subject. About 85% of what we read on the internet is BS. We need to be able to recognize between fact and fiction. There is enough on the internet on FDR to built a pretty good profile of the man. He was never involved in banking. The Delanos were related to the Roosevelt. FDR was a very… Read more »

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Completely erroneous information?

What precisely, please?

Wall Street and FDR
By Antony C. Sutton
https://www.voltairenet.org/IMG/pdf/Sutton_Wall_Street_and_FDR.pdf

Remember, that work not in line with establishment approved mythology is often forced to go to sites not well regarded by the establishment and others outside the establishment. Look at what the Zionist Jews did to Dorothy Thompson.

Look at 52:00 of this video to see how they destroyed Dorothy Thompson’s
career for telling the truth.
Alison Weir
The Hidden History of how America was Manipulated into creating the state of Israel-Lie

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Tecumseh, the subject was FDR and you used as your source the reformation site which is a nutter site. I am well familiar with Anthony C. Sutton as pertains to the funding of Hitler, but about Roosevelt banker background he is wrong. FDR was a half-assed attorney (never finished law school) and a lousy one as he hated the profession. In 1910 he went into local politics in New York State. There is NO credible history whatsoever that he was affiliated with or worked on Wall Street. The Roosevelts (hailing from the Netherlands) earned their family wealth in dry goods,… Read more »

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Not my fault that you ducked the point that your establishment histories aren’t going to print what they are hiding from. Do a little investigation and find out that the Zionist establishment did exactly what Alison Weir says they did to Dorothy Thompson. It is relevant to how establishment money shuts down unpleasant truths and ritually defames those who push them. Yes, FDR’s mother was the daughter of Warren Delano who made his money at the opium trade, so there is not a good track record for ethical behavior in the family. Do you really believe that FDR was excluded… Read more »

my2Cents
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my2Cents

It is a well known habit by those unable to counter an argumant by changing the subject, in your case to Allison Weir. Not going there. You, however, are ducking my comment on your Reformation site which you use as a source. They are certifiable nutters Why would FDR be excluded from Wall Street? You claimed he was a Wall Street broker dealing in bonds which is patently false. So far you have made statements that are boogis and now ask me whether I believe what FDR might have thought regarding Hitler. My believe system does not include what FDR… Read more »

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

The point that the establishment performs ritual defamation on those revealing unwanted truths keeps getting past you. I apologize for presenting you such a complex evidence.

The Reformation site owners may be certifiable nutters, just like our ruling elite. But that doesn’t mean everything they publish is by certifiable nutters. You have to learn to think for yourself.

Sorry, you’ve proven absolutely nothing. You’ve just parroted back pieces of establishment approved narrative.

The evidence of what FDR did to cause WWII is condemning.

my2Cents
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my2Cents

The point YOU seem to miss is that I survived WW2 and have lived in the US for 53 years….my husband was an elected official. My father was a journalist who provided his children with a healty dose of common sense to recognize facts from BS. I speak 3 languages fluently and know more about WW2 and the actors behind it and than you will ever know. FDR played a very dity role to get WW2 going, but it has nothing to do with your bogus claims. Your sources are flawed. History about WW2 can be found on IHR.org or… Read more »

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Here are some historic articles with extensive lists of sources

http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v06/v06p125_Weber.html
http://historyarticles.com/undeclared-war/
http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v04/v04p135_Weber.html
http://www.ihr.org/other/july09weber.html

What the world rejected:
http://ihr.org/other/what-the-world-rejected.html

New evidence
http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v20/v20n6p59_Michaels.html

Defamation is a powerful tool in any war. It is the preferred MO used by Washington……witness Allende (chile) Milosevic, Saddam Hussein, Gadaffi, Assad, Putin…etc.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Good list. I’ve read all but the new one, the last, and it does indeed add new evidence. Thank you.

(Note that Mark Weber is only occasionally full of shat stuff.)

my2Cents
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my2Cents

If you had read them you would not be reading Webster Tarpley. Do you have a comprehension issue? Whether you like Mr. Weber or not is irrelevant. He has credible sources has original papers that back up his writings. Searching for literature that confirm YOUR thinking will not teach you anything. I have personal experiences Arthur Seyss-Inquart, an Austrian civilian was in charge of the Netherlands during WW2. We called him “Six and a Quart” This is getting repetitive as I have mentioned this now at least 50 times….This man discovered that unlike Germany which had a national healthcare system… Read more »

Mr. Costelol
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Mr. Costelol

Sorry to dash your hopes, but Bernie was also for the war against Serbia, he broke off his friendship with Micheal Parenti after accusations that Bernie avoids foreign policy issues (because they are like neocon positions). Bernie would let the hawks rule on matters of foreign policy (just like Trump), for a few homeruns at the homefront. The Hague Tribunal for former Yugoslavia is a victors’ court established by NATO states with 1 purpose – punish Serbs for resisting (10-15 years were lost in eastward expansion), It’s financed mostly by George Soros and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the… Read more »

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Bernie Sanders avoids foreign policies because HIS interest are the US and its people…I was in Europe during the Yugo war and CNN showed horrific scenes of Kosovo all day long. And that brainwashing was suficient for me to wonder if Washington could stop this having no clue they’d started it. So if Bernie voted for it not having been properly advised I understand that. Research Dutchbat and Sreberniza and the hoax of 8 million dead Muslims. I was there at the time of Government hearings on that hoax. My daughter attended Molosevic’s trial. FYI the Nuremburg trials were a… Read more »

VeeNarian (Yerevan)
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VeeNarian (Yerevan)

Looks like the IS cat is finally out of the bag, right into the arms of the US/EU/NATO/GCC/Israel/SDF gang.
But the Plebs of the gangster countries will NEVER know this shameful fact: while the Plebs are killed, murdered and bombed in their cities, candles lit, songs sung and lessons learnt, their shameful leaders collude and connoodle with the very same head-choppers in Syria.
Only RF and allies can end this nightmare and teach the terrorist gangs a lesson they will never forget.
GO GET THEM, BOYS! FOR THE WHOLE CIVILIZED WORLD!

GeorgeG
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GeorgeG

Details count here, and we — or at least I — do not know all the details of what is happening on the ground. What can be surmised is that the Russians (diplomatically and militarily) are hounding the Americans minute-by-minute, inch-for-inch. Lavrov — was it early this week or late last week? — told the Americans not to “spare Al Qaeda,” branded as such or as Al Nusra or HTS. In addition to events around Deir Ezzor, Al Qaeda launched a big offensive in Hama province, which temporarily drew off some SAA forces from Deir Ezzor, but the Russia aerospace… Read more »

colum
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colum

Russian and Syrian Deplomacy is admirable and long may it continue, but I will say this. A few US POW’s would be an idea to royally embarass the bastards in Washington. Let us see if they can justify a loss of face either at the hands of the Syrians/Russians or at the hands of John Rambo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii5jR9uC1s0

Funny how art imitates life imitating art.

K Walker
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K Walker

If this can be further substantiated as coming from our government, the people of the USA as well as the rest of the world have been horribly betrayed. Pardon us for hoping that the USA had backed down and Syria was on its way to ending the war. Sounds like a rogue operation is going on and the people of the USA should let the Trump administration know that we want our part in it stopped. Of course there may be other forces at work. The militant Kurds want their own state and territory and the USA seems to be… Read more »

Pertti Lantela
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Pertti Lantela

When will the Average Canadian realize this? So I can be vindicated. I’ve been saying so since they showed up in their machine-gun turret Toyotas out of the Syrian desert without warning. When the pentagon called the Iraqis soldiers cowards for dropping their weapons and running, I guessed from day one they were USA backed. That and the fact that rebel training camps were operating for 5 years in Jordan and Turkey to that point. Can I loose the crazy conspiracy theorist handle Now? Fucking Canadians are about as smart as kneeling American football players

gragor11a
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gragor11a

Well Bud, I was with you there until the last sentence. Way to blow a good comment.

Pertti Lantela
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Pertti Lantela

Not one person has stood up for me. Hundreds of Canadian cowards , fools and psychos going along with the CIA/CSIS insanity…. 64% of Canadians supported Hillary for president only India has a more indoctrinated pink pussy hatted moron population. Here they are these women marching in their billions for the greatest mass murdering psychopath of the 21st century. Prove it, how smart are Canadians? They believe the MSM more than any other first world country, Indoctrinated feminazi morons….

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

From another Canadian to you, ease up, you sound just like another Don Trump, B.S. Like an idiot I actually was cheering for trumpet myself, didn’t read between the lines, he’s deranged, nut, and tin horned DICTATOR who is getting more out of control every day, he may pay the ultimate price soon !!!!

Guy
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Guy

Now exposed ,ISIS , IS , US ,CIA ,Mossad , all in collusion for all to see and getting the $hit kicked out of them . Your move now CIA and controllers.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

US associated with ISIS. What a surprise (not). ISIS is US’ child.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Israel associated with ISIS. What a surprise (not). Israel is US’ master.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

Russia must bomb the ISIS area to bits. Too bad if Americans are embedded with terrorists.

hestroy
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hestroy

Russia must bomb SDF! These Kurds are ordinary thieves!

dinesh
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dinesh

Russians must do the same thing as what US and Israel do. That is to bomb their positions near Deir er Zor asap and without delays. Deep State is the worst enemy of this whole world and must be destroyed with delay and put US ,Israel and Saudi at notice..

Albano Pina
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Albano Pina

What the Russian MOD is saying today, they already knew long ago. And I believe that the current scenario has been dully anticipated by the Russian Government. The profound change is the oficial accusation that the SDF is now a terrorist entity, along with the USA. Along the position taken against the dollar in the latest BRICs summit, this stays inches from a declaration of war, or a justification for direct war retaliation, and certainly prepares the ground for it. This is the real game changer, because assuming that aliance on the ground makes it politically irreversible. All that, along… Read more »

Norman
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Norman

They have been giving you the runaround for quite some time now, with proof of their complicity only just out of your reach. Even now they will come up with a plausible, at least to them, reason for their presence there. You have however given them fair warning that you will retaliate should any of you be attacked again. Wipe that smirk off their faces. Permanently!

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Melotte 22

And all of these allies, ISIS, US, SDF are taking orders from Tel Aviv.

S.M. De Kuyper
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S.M. De Kuyper

USA has become a movie, nothing else.

TravelAbout
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TravelAbout

A VERY bad one at that.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

People on many forums have severely criticized Russia for not bombing the sh#$ out of the US before this. Russia’s patience has yielded the fruit of UNDENIABLE proof of US & Co backing, financing and FIGHTING WITH ISIS and is visibly demonstrating this to the world. The US regime is completely left without a leg to stand on in ANY international forum. Syria and Russia NOW have complete reason backed by the UNSC resolutions on fighting ISIS, to fight openly with not only ISIS that is there but with ALL of their backers within the territory of Syria.

S.M. De Kuyper
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S.M. De Kuyper

I thought Morgan Freeman was correct. Obama’s Presidential policy of lying publicly to his citizens has merely morphed to President Trump doing it by way of his Generals? This US policy puts it in the way of millions of men trying to save the sovereignty of a Syria. US soldiers have been placed by the US President, against beheader terrorists in order to criminally partition Syria. And this same President is pissed when professional game players diss him? No wonder Melanie went to Canada to praise the gameplayers up there!

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my2Cents

Morgan Freeman is not correct…..Way before Obama became President the neocon cabal with their PNAC planned to destroy Iraq/Libya/Syria/Lebanon and Iran, in 5 years…the Wolfowitz Doctrine. But THEN no one counted on that small Russian by the name of Vladimir Putin who would one day say “NO” Let us have PEACE!! And now the world is listening but not Hollywood, the Zionist den of propaganda and indoctrination. Of ALL the people to have made such a despicable video, Morgan Freeman would be the last to spring to mind. Listening to NOS Journaal will not get anyone smart fast. Did Obama… Read more »

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No one in the world can refute this evidence of collusion between the US state and terrorists that have been terrorising their very own allies in Europe and Asia. There should been blanket worldwide condemnation and demands for War Crimes prosecution of the US Coalition and its allies in the Hague. The mendacity of euphemisms and cow-towing to crimes against humanity and the civilised world need to be acknowledged. Africa knows too well the consequences of this deceit and is vindicated.

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louis robert

“The US and Russia are at war…” — “Undeclared” total war!

Indeed they are and have been for quite a long time at that, all the way to Russia’s very borders… and within.

Time for citizens to think, analyse, write and above all act, accordingly.

Bill Lovell
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The U.S. military complex runs the foreign policy. The presidents rarely know anything when they are elected, so the military says you run the day to day domestic stuff like health care, etc and will will tell you what we need to run our operations, since you have no idea what we’ve been doing for the last 50 years. This goes for all U.S. presidents, Obama included. You as president are no more than a front man.

Gary Wells
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Gary Wells

The Syrian Ambassador to the UN should present this evidence showing the complicity of the US, SDF, and IS followed by an announcement from the Syrian government ordering US forces out of Syria within 48 hours, or less. The US must be told in no uncertain terms that failing to follow the order will result in immediate and dire consequences.

Wanda Gumm
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Wanda Gumm

Is it possible Russia is surprised to learn that both ISIS and SDF are fighting alongside US? It’s a script right out of Hollywood. No doubt written during the Astana peace talks. Morgan was right. US is at war with Russia. And who knows Hollywood better than Morgan. ISIS plays the villian, giving US a reason to be in Syria, and SDF the legitimate opposition. While displaced Kurds are there to add a little humanitarian flavor to the stew. Confuse the enemy with appeals US is saving Syria from the barbarians. Then once it has taken or retaken the oil… Read more »

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

The US is morally bankrupt. Financial bankruptcy not far behind.

Pete Mangum
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of course, none of this surprises any of the so called “alt news” (coined by the likes of Hillary Clinton, et al) who have correctly been insisting this has been the case all along. And, naturally, you won’t find any such mention of this in the US and/or ‘western’ mainstream “press.”

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Well, we all “knew” that US was in cahoots with ISIS – in fact probably formed it – however, now we KNOW. There’s a difference between the deep down certainty based on lines of evidence only, and having the clear cut, unarguable evidence to hand. Any court of law, presented with this evidence in the charge against US as stated would simply have to produce a fiding of “Guilty”. For a long time now, about 10 years, President Vladimir Putin has been calling for “nations to join to fight against terrorists”. Now we see clearly why, and for what. All… Read more »

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Gavin Allen

More laughably pathetic propaganda from Adam Garrie, who would have us believe that a left wing democratic feminist movement that advocates for direct democracy, polyethnic multiculturalism and the separation of religion from policits is allied with a right wing dictatorial patriarchal religiously motivated terrorist organisation. Time to lay off the captagon, Adam!

Helen B
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Helen B

I thought you were referring to the democratic, polyethnic, multicultural, secular state of Syria there for a moment … and then I realised you meant the despotic aggressive United States …
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Russia’s Economy Little Harmed by West’s Sanctions

Putin has been succeeding despite what the US aristocracy (and its allied aristocracies in Europe and Arabia) have been throwing to weaken Russia.

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Despite Barack Obama’s economic sanctions against Russia, and the plunge in oil prices that King Saud agreed to with Obama’s Secretary of State John Kerry on 11 September 2014, the economic damages that the US and Saudis have aimed against a particular oil-and-gas giant, Russia, have hit mostly elsewhere — at least till now.

This has been happening while simultaneously Obama’s violent February 2014 coup overthrowing Ukraine’s democratically elected pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych (and the head of the ‘private CIA’ firm Stratfor calls it “the most blatant coup in history”) has caused Ukraine’s economy to plunge even further than Russia’s, and corruption in Ukraine to soar even higher than it was before America’s overthrow of that country’s final freely elected nationwide government, so that Ukraine’s economy has actually been harmed far more than Russia’s was by Obama’s coup in Ukraine and Obama’s subsequent economic sanctions against Russia (sanctions that are based on clear and demonstrable Obama lies but that continue and even get worse under Trump).

Bloomberg News headlined on February 4th of 2016, “These Are the World’s Most Miserable Economies” and reported the “misery index” rankings of 63 national economies as projected in 2016 and 60 as actual in 2015 — a standard ranking-system that calculates “misery” as being the sum of the unemployment-rate and the inflation-rate. They also compared the 2016 projected rankings to the 2015 actual rankings.

Top rank, #1 both years — the most miserable economy in the world during 2015 and 2016 — was Venezuela, because of that country’s 95% dependence upon oil-export earnings (which crashed when oil-prices plunged). The US-Saudi agreement to flood the global oil market destroyed Venezuela’s economy.

#2 most-miserable in 2015 was Ukraine, at 57.8. But Ukraine started bouncing back so that as projected in 2016 it ranked #5, at 26.3. Russia in 2015 was #7 most-miserable in 2015, at 21.1, but bounced back so that as projected in 2016 it became #14 at 14.5.

Bloomberg hadn’t reported misery-index rankings for 2014 showing economic performances during 2013, but economist Steve H. Hanke of Johns Hopkins University did, in his “Measuring Misery Around the World, May 2014,” in the May 2014 GlobeAsia, ranking 90 countries; and, during 2013 (Yanukovych’s final year as Ukraine’s President before his being forced out by Obama’s coup), Ukraine’s rank was #23 and its misery-index was 24.4. Russia’s was #36 and its misery index was 19.9. So: those can be considered to be the baseline-figures, from which any subsequent economic progress or decline (after Obama’s 2014 Ukrainian coup) may reasonably be calculated. Hanke’s figures during the following year, 2014, were reported by him at Huffington Post, “The World Misery Index: 108 Countries”, and by UAE’s Khaleej Times, “List of Most Miserable Countries” (the latter falsely attributing that ranking to Cato Institute, which had merely republished Hanke’s article). In 2014, Ukraine’s misery-index, as calculated by Hanke, was #4, at 51.8. That year had 8 countries above 40 in Hanke’s ranking. Russia was #42 at 21.42. So: Russia’s rank had improved, but, because of the globally bad economy, Russia’s absolute number was slightly worse (higher) than it had been before Obama’s coup in Ukraine and subsequent sanctions against Russia. By contrast, Ukraine’s rank had suddenly gotten far worse, #4 at 51.80 in 2014, after having been #23 at 24.4 in 2013.

The figures in Bloomberg for Russia were: during 2015, #7 with a misery-index of 21.1; and projected during 2016, #14 with a misery-index of 14.5; so, Bloomberg too showed a 2015-2016 improvement for Russia, and not only for Ukraine (where in the 2016 projection it ranked #5, at 26.3, a sharp improvement after the horrendous 2015 actual numbers).

“Hanke’s Annual Misery Index — 2017” in Forbes, showed 98 countries, and Venezuela was still #1, the worst; Ukraine was now #9 at 36.9; and Russia was #36 at 18.1.

Thus: whereas Russia was economically sunningly stable at #36 from start to finish throughout the entire five-year period 2013-2017, starting with a misery-index of 19.9 in 2013 and ending with 18.1 in 2017, Ukraine went from a misery-index of 24.4 in 2013 to 36.9 in 2017 — and worsening its rank from #23 to #9. During that five-year period Ukraine’s figure peaked in the year of Obama’s coup at 57.8. So, at least Ukraine’s misery seems to be heading back downward in the coup’s aftermath, though it’s still considerably worse than before the coup. But, meanwhile, Russia went from 19.9 to 18.1 — and had no year that was as bad as Ukraine’s best year was during that period of time. And, yet: that coup and the economic sanctions and the US-Saudi oil-agreement were targeted against Russia — not against Ukraine.

If the US were trying to punish the people of Ukraine, then the US coup in Ukraine would have been a raving success; but actually Obama didn’t care at all about Ukrainians. He cared about the owners of America’s weapons-making firms and of America’s extractive firms. Trump likewise.

During that same period (also using Hanke’s numbers) the United States went from #71 at 11.0 in 2013, to #69 at 8.2 in 2017. US was stable.

Saudi Arabia started with #40 18.9 during 2013, to #30 at 20.2 in 2017. That’s improvement, because the Kingdom outperformed the global economy.

During the interim, and even in the years leading up to 2014, Russia had been (and still is) refocusing its economy away from Russia’s natural resources and toward a broad sector of high technology: military R&D and production.

On 15 December 2014, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute headlined, “Sales by Largest Arms Companies Fell Again in 2013, but Russian Firms’ Sales Continued Rising,” and reported, “Sales by companies headquartered in the United States and Canada have continued to moderately decrease, while sales by Russian-based companies increased by 20 per cent in 2013.”

The following year, SIPRI bannered, on 14 December 2015, “Global Arms Industry: West Still Dominant Despite Decline,” and reported that, “Despite difficult national economic conditions, the Russian arms industry’s sales continued to rise in 2014. … ‘Russian companies are riding the wave of increasing national military spending and exports. There are now 11 Russian companies in the Top 100 and their combined revenue growth over 2013–14 was 48.4 per cent,’ says SIPRI Senior Researcher Siemon Wezeman. In contrast, arms sales of Ukrainian companies have substantially declined. … US companies’ arms sales decreased by 4.1 per cent between 2013 and 2014, which is similar to the rate of decline seen in 2012–13. … Western European companies’ arms sales decreased by 7.4 per cent in 2014.”

This is a redirection of the Russian economy that Vladimir Putin was preparing even prior to Obama’s war against Russia. Perhaps it was because of the entire thrust of the US aristocracy’s post-Soviet determination to conquer Russia whenever the time would be right for NATO to strike and grab it. Obama’s public ambivalence about Russia never persuaded Putin that the US would finally put the Cold War behind it and end its NATO alliance as Russia had ended its Warsaw Pact back in 1991. Instead, Obama continued to endorse expanding NATO, right up to Russia’s borders (now even into Ukraine) — an extremely hostile act.

By building the world’s most cost-effective designers and producers of weaponry, Russia wouldn’t only be responding to America’s ongoing hostility — or at least responding to the determination of America’s aristocracy to take over Russia, which is the world’s largest trove of natural resources — but would also expand Russia’s export-earnings and international influence by selling to other countries weaponry that’s less-burdened with the costs of sheer corruption than are the armaments that are being produced in what is perhaps the world’s most corrupt military-industrial complex: America’s. Whereas Putin has tolerated corruption in other areas of Russia’s economic production (figuring that those areas are less crucial for Russia’s future), he has rigorously excluded it in the R&D and production and sales of weaponry. Ever since he first came into office in 2000, he has transformed post-Soviet Russia from being an unlimitedly corrupt satellite of the United States under Boris Yeltsin, to becoming truly an independent nation; and this infuriates America’s aristocrats (who gushed over Yeltsin).

The Russian government-monopoly marketing company for Russia’s weapons-manufacturers, Rosoboronexport, presents itself to nations around the world by saying: “Today, armaments and military equipment bearing the Made in Russia label protect independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of dozens of countries. Owing to their efficiency and reliability, Russian defense products enjoy strong demand on the global market and maintain our nation’s leading positions among the world’s arms exporters. For the past several years, Russia has consistently ranked second behind the United States as regards arms exports.” That’s second-and-rising, as opposed to America’s first-and-falling.

The American aristocracy’s ever-growing war against Russia posed and poses to Putin two simultaneous challenges: both to reorient away from Russia’s natural resources, which the global aristocracy wants to grab, and also to reorient toward the area of hi-tech in which the Soviets had built a basis from which Russia could become truly cost-effective in international commerce, so as to, simultaneously, increase Russia’s defensive capability against an expanding NATO, while also replacing some of Russia’s dependence upon the natural resources that the West’s aristocrats want to steal.

In other words: Putin designed a plan to meet two challenges simultaneously — military and economic. His primary aim is to protect Russia from being grabbed by the American and Saudi aristocrats, via America’s NATO and the Sauds’ Gulf Cooperation Council and other alliances (which are trying to take over Russia’s ally Syria — Syria being a crucial location for pipelining Arab royals’ oil-and-gas into Europe, the world’s largest energy-market).

In addition, the hit to Russia’s economic growth-rate from the dual-onslaught of Obama’s sanctions and the plunging oil prices hasn’t been too bad. The World Bank’s April 2015 “Russia Economic Report” predicted: “Growth prospects for 2015-2016 are negative. It is likely that when the full effects of the two shocks become evident in 2015, they will push the Russian economy into recession. The World Bank baseline scenario sees a contraction of 3.8 percent in 2015 and a modest decline of 0.3 percent in 2016. The growth spectrum presented has two alternative scenarios that largely reflect differences in how oil prices are expected to affect the main macro variables.”

The current (as of 15 February 2016) “Russia GDP Annual Growth Rate” at Trading Economics says: “The Russian economy shrank 3.8 percent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2015, following a 4.1 percent contraction in the previous period, according to preliminary estimates from the Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukayev. It is the worst performance since 2009 [George W. Bush’s global economic crash], as Western sanctions and lower oil prices hurt external trade and public revenues.” The current percentage as of today, 17 September 2018, is 1.9%, after having plunged down from 2.2% in late 2017, to 0.9% in late 2017; so, it is rebounding.

The World Bank’s April 2015 “Russia Economic Report” went on to describe “The Government Anti-Crisis Plan”:

On January 27, 2014, the government adopted an anti-crisis plan with the goal to ensure sustainable economic development and social stability in an unfavorable global economic and political environment.

It announced that in 2015–2016 it will take steps to advance structural changes in the Russian economy, provide support to systemic entities and the labor market, lower inflation, and help vulnerable households adjust to price increases. To achieve the objectives of positive growth and sustainable medium-term macroeconomic development the following measures are planned:

• Provide support for import substitution and non-mineral exports;

• Support small and medium enterprises by lowering financing and administrative costs;

• Create opportunities for raising financial resources at reasonable cost in key economic sectors;

• Compensate vulnerable households (e.g., pensioners) for the costs of inflation;

• Cushion the impact on the labor market (e.g. provide training and increase public works);

• Optimize budget expenditures; and

• Enhance banking sector stability and create a mechanism for reorganizing systemic companies.

So: Russia’s anti-crisis plan was drawn up and announced on 27 January 2014, already before Yanukovych was overthrown, even before Obama’s agent Victoria Nuland on 4 February 2014 instructed the US Ambassador in Ukraine whom to have appointed to run the government when the coup would be completed (“Yats,” who did get appointed). Perhaps, in drawing up this plan, Putin was responding to scenes from Ukraine like this. He could see that what was happening in Ukraine was an operation financed by the US CIA. He could recognize what Obama had in mind for Russia.

The “Russia Economic Report, May 2018: Modest Growth Ahead” says:

Global growth continued its 2017 momentum in early 2018. Global growth reached a stronger than- expected 3 percent in 2017 — a notable recovery from a post-crisis low of 2.4 percent in 2016. It is currently expected to peak at 3.1 percent in 2018. Recoveries in investment, manufacturing, and trade continue as commodity-exporting developing economies benefit from firming commodity prices (Figure 1a). The improvement reflects a broad-based recovery in advanced economies, robust growth in commodity-importing Emerging Markets and Developing Economies (EMDEs), and an ongoing rebound in commodity exporters. Growth in China – and important trading partner for Russia – is expected to continue its gradual slowdown in 2018 following a stronger than-expected 6.9 percent in 2017.

Putin’s economic plan has softened the economic blow upon the masses, even while it has re-oriented the economy toward what would be the future growth-areas.

The country that Putin in 2000 had taken over and inherited from the drunkard Yeltsin (so beloved by Western aristocrats because he permitted them to skim off so much from it) was a wreck even worse than it had been when the Soviet Union ended. Putin immediately set to work to turn it around, in a way that could meet those two demands.

Apparently, Putin has been succeeding — now even despite what the US aristocracy (and its allied aristocracies in Europe and Arabia) have been throwing to weaken Russia. And the Russian people know it.

PS: The present reporter is an American, and used to be a Democrat, not inclined to condemn Democratic politicians, but Obama’s grab for Russia was not merely exceedingly dangerous for the entire world, it is profoundly unjust, it is also based on his (and most Republicans’) neoconservative lies, and so I don’t support it, and I no longer support Obama or his and the Clintons’ Democratic Party, at all. But this certainly doesn’t mean that I support the Republican Party, which is typically even worse on this (and other matters) than Democratic politicians are. On almost all issues, I support Bernie Sanders, but I am not a part of anyone’s political campaign, in any way

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Viktor Orban strikes back at EU. Visits Moscow to do business with Putin (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss Viktor Orban’s recent trip to Moscow following a contentious EU Parliament session where the Hungarian PM was punished by MEPs with an Article 7 sanctioning of Hungary, for daring to take on the George Soros globalist paymaster.

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Authored by John Laughland via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity:


The “salon des refusés” of political dissidents in the EU is getting bigger by the day. Less than a week after his government was condemned in a vote in the European parliament, Orban is in Moscow for talks about energy with Putin. His visit to Russia is the political equivalent of giving the EU the finger following last week’s humiliation.

Orban is not alone. In his battle with the EU over immigration and the rule of law, he is supported by Poland and the Czech Republic. Poland, which is also facing an Article 7 procedure against it by the European Commission, has vowed to protect Hungary, just as Hungary has vowed to protect Poland. So there is no way that the voting rights of either country can be removed, since the ultimate vote to do so requires unanimity. Orban also recently received the support of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and of the Italian Minister of the Interior, Matteo Salvini.

These politicians have voiced support for Orban’s stance against immigration. But they also support his pragmatic approach to Russia. Salvini is a well-known critic of the Russia sanctions, and Italy has said they should end. Parts of the Austrian government agree, the Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl having recently had Putin as a personal guest of honor at her wedding, while the Vice-Chancellor, Heinz-Christian Strache, is well known for his pro-Russian and pro-Putin views. On the other hand, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has reassured critics that Austria is rooted in the EU and shares its stance towards Russia.

The striking thing about Orban, and about his Central European allies (who incidentally include the Czech President Milos Zeman), is that they are from countries which, as Orban puts it, suffered greatly “under Russia” in the past. He is referring to the countries’ membership of the Warsaw Pact, and their subjection to communist rule, after World War II. In Hungary’s case, the suffering was especially violent because of the suppression of the 1956 revolution in Budapest by Soviet troops. Yet it is precisely these countries who today advocate a pragmatic relationship with Russia, while countries such as Britain, and even Germany, treat Russia as if it were still a communist dictatorship with the Cold War in full swing.

The irony is all the greater because Orban personally played a key role – but one which is often forgotten by historians – in bringing about the end of Soviet rule in Central Europe. His speech in Heroes’ Square in Budapest on June 16, 1989 on the occasion of the re-burial of the leader of the 1956 uprising, Imre Nagy, was the first time anyone in the Warsaw Pact had publicly called for the withdrawal of Soviet troops. The very making of this speech showed that the old taboos – and, with them, the power of the communist dictatorship – had collapsed. This was two months before the Hungarian government opened its border with Austria, allowing tens of thousands of East Germans to cross into West Germany, and five months before the Berlin wall came down. Orban’s contribution to the chain reaction which led to these later events was therefore decisive.

There is only one explanation for this apparent paradox that some former anti-communist Central European leaders are now pro-Russian. Unlike their Western colleagues, who were never directly affected by communist rule, the states of the former Warsaw Pact understand not only that Russia is no longer the old USSR, having abandoned communism, but also that national identity, and pride in national identity, were the key to undoing communist rule in Central Europe and then in Russia itself. Orban’s 1989 speech was a patriotic appeal to Hungarians: it traced their battle for national freedom back to 1848. Freedom and national pride went hand in hand.

As in Poland, where not only national identity but also religion played a key role in the downfall of communism, Hungarians (and Czechs and many others) now see with dismay that same national identity which freed them from communism under attack from the new commissars in Brussels. This is because the approach in Western Europe is directly the opposite. Pride in one’s nation is considered backward and dangerous, largely because national pride was irredeemably damaged during the war.

The fact is that all the early member states of the EU were defeated in the war, whether by the Germans or by the Allies. During the process of defeat, national pride was ruined, either through the barbarism of Nazism and fascism or through various forms of nationalist collaboration with it. All these stain the national record. Only in Britain was national pride the key to victory; for everyone else it was the key to defeat. (The only partial exception to this rule is France, which retained some sense of national pride after the war. But, in later decades, the memory of the Gaullist resistance was effaced by a stronger memory of the national shame of Vichy.)

Because of this, Western European states have adopted the EU ideology, according to which European history before the creation of the EU was nothing but wars between nation-states. Indeed, national rivalry was the key to these wars. In order for there to be peace, it is argued, Europe’s nation-states must be dissolved in a supranational entity. Germany has accomplished the task of making a clean slate of its national history in a more complete manner than any other European state but the other countries share parts, sometimes large parts, of this same German historiographical and political model.

To be sure, the states of Central Europe have skeletons in their own cupboards concerning the war. Hungary was an ally of Nazi Germany throughout it. But the more recent memory of national victory over communism has rekindled national pride, whereas the Western European states have not enjoyed any comparable victory and so they instead put all their faith in the post-national and post-modern European project. Moreover, whereas Communism was largely rejected as an ideology by the people living under it – including in Soviet Russia – the ideology of liberalism has penetrated very deeply into the Western European consciousness, to the extent even of extinguishing national sentiment. Liberalism has been more successful in this regard than communism was, even though orthodox Marxism also called for an end to the nation-state.

This East-West fracture is a major ideological dividing line inside the European Union. The vote in the European Parliament last week, in which over two thirds of MEPs ganged up on a member state in the name of their biased interpretation of “the rule of law,” was a historic moment which brought into the open the depth of this radically different approach to politics and history. Opposite attitudes to Russia are also part of this division. As Marx said, history repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, as we saw in Strasbourg last week: the European Union, like the Soviet Union, will in due course discover that national identity is stronger even than its political ideology.

Laughland is a Member of the RPI Board of Advisors.

Reprinted with permission from RT.

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The Magnitsky affair: the confession of a hustled hack

A Cypriot journalist’s confession of how he too fell for the wrong account of the Magnitsky Affair

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Before getting down to brass tacks, let me say that I loathe penning articles like this; loathe writing about myself or in the first person, because a reporter should report the news, not be the news. Yet I grudgingly make this exception because, ironically, it happens to be newsworthy. To cut to the chase, it concerns Anglo-American financier Bill Browder and the Sergei Magnitsky affair. I, like others in the news business I’d venture to guess, feel led astray by Browder.

This is no excuse. I didn’t do my due diligence, and take full responsibility for erroneous information printed under my name. For that, I apologize to readers. I refer to two articles of mine published in a Cypriot publication, dated December 25, 2015 and January 6, 2016.

Browder’s basic story, as he has told it time and again, goes like this: in June 2007, Russian police officers raided the Moscow offices of Browder’s firm Hermitage, confiscating company seals, certificates of incorporation, and computers.

Browder says the owners and directors of Hermitage-owned companies were subsequently changed, using these seized documents. Corrupt courts were used to create fake debts for these companies, which allowed for the taxes they had previously paid to the Russian Treasury to be refunded to what were now re-registered companies. The funds stolen from the Russian state were then laundered through banks and shell companies.

The scheme is said to have been planned earlier in Cyprus by Russian law enforcement and tax officials in cahoots with criminal elements. All this was supposedly discovered by Magnitsky, whom Browder had tasked with investigating what happened. When Magnitsky reported the fraud, some of the nefarious characters involved had him arrested and jailed. He refused to retract, and died while in pre-trial detention.

In my first article, I wrote: “Magnitsky, a 37-year-old Russian accountant, died in jail in 2009 after he exposed huge tax embezzlement…”

False. Contrary to the above story that has been rehashed countless times, Magnitsky did not expose any tax fraud, did not blow the whistle.

The interrogation reports show that Magnitsky had in fact been summoned by Russian authorities as a witness to an already ongoing investigation into Hermitage. Nor he did he accuse Russian investigators Karpov and/or Kuznetsov of committing the $230 million treasury fraud, as Browder claims.

Magnitsky did not disclose the theft. He first mentioned it in testimony in October 2008. But it had already been reported in the New York Times on July 24, 2008.

In reality, the whistleblower was a certain Rimma Starova. She worked for one of the implicated shell companies and, having read in the papers that authorities were investigating, went to police to give testimony in April 2008 – six months before Magnitsky spoke of the scam for the first time (see here and here).

Why, then, did I report that about Magnitsky? Because at the time my sole source for the story was Team Browder, who had reached out to the Cyprus Mail and with whom I communicated via email. I was provided with ‘information’, flow charts and so on. All looking very professional and compelling.

At the time of the first article, I knew next to nothing about the Magnitsky/Browder affair. I had to go through media reports to get the gist, and then get up to speed with Browder’s latest claims that a Cypriot law firm, which counted the Hermitage Fund among its clients, had just been ‘raided’ by Cypriot police.

The article had to be written and delivered on the same day. In retrospect I should have asked for more time – a lot more time – and Devil take the deadlines.

For the second article, I conversed briefly on the phone with the soft-spoken Browder himself, who handed down the gospel on the Magnitsky affair. Under the time constraints, and trusting that my sources could at least be relied upon for basic information which they presented as facts, I went along with it.

I was played. But let’s be clear: I let myself down too.

In the ensuing weeks and months, I didn’t follow up on the story as my gut told me something was wrong: villains and malign actors operating in a Wild West Russia, and at the centre of it all, a heroic Magnitsky who paid with his life – the kind of script that Hollywood execs would kill for.

Subsequently I mentally filed away the Browder story, while being aware it was in the news.

But the real red pill was a documentary by Russian filmmaker Andrei Nekrasov, which came to my attention a few weeks ago.

Titled ‘The Magnitsky Act – Behind The Scenes’, it does a magisterial job of depicting how the director initially took Browder’s story on faith, only to end up questioning everything.

The docudrama dissects, disassembles and dismantles Browder’s narrative, as Nekrasov – by no means a Putin apologist – delves deeper down into the rabbit hole.

The director had set out to make a poignant film about Magnitsky’s tragedy, but became increasingly troubled as the facts he uncovered didn’t stack up with Browder’s account, he claims.

The ‘aha’ moment arrives when Nekrasov appears to show solid proof that Magnitsky blew no whistle.

Not only that, but in his depositions – the first one dating to 2006, well before Hermitage’s offices were raided – Magnitsky did not accuse any police officers of being part of the ‘theft’ of Browder’s companies and the subsequent alleged $230m tax rebate fraud.

The point can’t be stressed enough, as this very claim is the lynchpin of Browder’s account. In his bestseller Red Notice, Browder alleges that Magnitsky was arrested because he exposed two corrupt police officers, and that he was jailed and tortured because he wouldn’t retract.

We are meant to take Browder’s word for it.

It gets worse for Nekrasov, as he goes on to discover that Magnitsky was no lawyer. He did not have a lawyer’s license. Rather, he was an accountant/auditor who worked for Moscow law firm Firestone Duncan.

Yet every chance he gets, Browder still refers to Magnitsky as ‘a lawyer’ or ‘my lawyer’.

The clincher comes late in the film, with footage from Browder’s April 15, 2015 deposition in a US federal court, in the Prevezon case. The case, brought by the US Justice Department at Browder’s instigation, targeted a Russian national who Browder said had received $1.9m of the $230m tax fraud.

In the deposition, Browder is asked if Magnitsky had a law degree in Russia. “I’m not aware that he did,” he replies.

The full deposition, some six hours long, is (still) available on Youtube. As penance for past transgressions, I watched it in its entirety. While refraining from using adjectives to describe it, I shall simply cite some examples and let readers decide on Browder’s credibility.

Browder seems to suffer an almost total memory blackout as a lawyer begins firing questions at him. He cannot recall, or does not know, where he or his team got the information concerning the alleged illicit transfer of funds from Hermitage-owned companies.

This is despite the fact that the now-famous Powerpoint presentations – hosted on so many ‘anti-corruption’ websites and recited by ‘human rights’ NGOs – were prepared by Browder’s own team.

Nor does he recall where, or how, he and his team obtained information on the amounts of the ‘stolen’ funds funnelled into companies. When it’s pointed out that in any case this information would be privileged – banking secrecy and so forth – Browder appears to be at a loss.

According to Team Browder, in 2007 the ‘Klyuev gang’ together with Russian interior ministry officials travelled to Cyprus, ostensibly to set up the tax rebate scam using shell companies.

But in his deposition, the Anglo-American businessman cannot remember, or does not know, how his team obtained the travel information of the conspirators.

He can’t explain how they acquired the flight records and dates, doesn’t have any documentation at hand, and isn’t aware if any such documentation exists.

Browder claims his ‘Justice for Magnitsky’ campaign, which among other things has led to US sanctions on Russian persons, is all about vindicating the young man. Were that true, one would have expected Browder to go out of his way to aid Magnitsky in his hour of need.

The deposition does not bear that out.

Lawyer: “Did anyone coordinate on your behalf with Firestone Duncan about the defence of Mr Magnitsky?”

Browder: “I don’t know. I don’t remember.”

Going back to Nekrasov’s film, a standout segment is where the filmmaker looks at a briefing document prepared by Team Browder concerning the June 2007 raid by Russian police officers. In it, Browder claims the cops beat up Victor Poryugin, a lawyer with the firm.

The lawyer was then “hospitalized for two weeks,” according to Browder’s presentation, which includes a photo of the beaten-up lawyer. Except, it turns out the man pictured is not Poryugin at all. Rather, the photo is actually of Jim Zwerg, an American human rights activist beaten up during a street protest in 1961 (see here and here).

Nekrasov sits down with German politician Marieluise Beck. She was a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Pace), which compiled a report that made Magnitsky a cause celebre.

You can see Beck’s jaw drop when Nekrasov informs her that Magnitsky did not report the fraud, that he was in fact under investigation.

It transpires that Pace, as well as human rights activists, were getting their information from one source – Browder. Later, the Council of Europe’s Andreas Gross admits on camera that their entire investigation into the Magnitsky affair was based on Browder’s info and that they relied on translations of Russian documents provided by Browder’s team because, as Gross puts it, “I don’t speak Russian myself.”

That hit home – I, too, had been fed information from a single source, not bothering to verify it. I, too, initially went with the assumption that because Russia is said to be a land of endemic corruption, then Browder’s story sounded plausible if not entirely credible.

For me, the takeaway is this gem from Nekrasov’s narration: “I was regularly overcome by deep unease. Was I defending a system that killed Magnitsky, even if I’d found no proof that he’d been murdered?”

Bull’s-eye. Nekrasov has arrived at a crossroads, the moment where one’s mettle is tested: do I pursue the facts wherever they may lead, even if they take me out of my comfort zone? What is more important: the truth, or the narrative? Nekrasov chose the former. As do I.

Like with everything else, specific allegations must be assessed independently of one’s general opinion of the Russian state. They are two distinct issues. Say Browder never existed; does that make Russia a paradise?

I suspect Team Browder may scrub me from their mailing list; one can live with that.

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