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Russo-Syrian alliance inflicts “biggest defeat of ISIS in 3 years”

This comes months after Barack Obama’s Secretary of Defense said that Russia has done “nothing” do fight ISIS.

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With the assistance of the Russian Aerospace force, the Syrian Arab Army has broken the three year long ISIS siege of the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor as food, medicine and aid now flow in to the region.

Since then, Russia has confirmed the death of the self-proclaimed ISIS emir/leader of Deir ez-Zor along with 40 ISIS leaders who all perished when Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed their underground layer on the outskirts of Deir ez-Zor city.

Today, news came in that the Syrian Arab Army is now in control of Deir ez-Zor’s military airport which ISIS has occupied for three years.

The rapid advance of the Syrian Arab Army in what was the last major ISIS stronghold in Syria means that the conflict in Syria is closer than ever before to being declared over and won by the Syrian Arab Republic.

The Russian Defence Ministry released a statement on today’s new victories which underscores the monumental nature of the defeat of the most feared terrorist organisation in modern history,

“Syrian government troops, with the support of the Russian Air Force, achieved a serious success, inflicting a devastating defeat on Daesh units in the area of the city of Deir ez Zor, which exceeding in scale all previous victories over the past three years.

Currently, the government troops under the command of Gen. Suheil Hassan together with the units, which had been under the siege at the Syrian military airbase, are widening the corridor between the airfield and Deir ez-Zor, carrying out successful military actions on flanks”.

It is becoming increasingly clear that whereas three years ago, it seemed as though Syria might fall to terrorists as Iraq partly did previously, that instead, Syria is a country that has successfully resisted would-be regime change at the hands of US backed terrorists.

To this end, while the US supports many terrorist factions in Syria, it has consistently denied supporting ISIS. However, recent reports of US Air Force helicopters evacuating ISIS fighters from Deir ez-Zor have made many question this narrative.

Retired US Air Force Lieutenant Karen Kwiatkowski has described the situation in the following way,

“Certainly, we are rescuing our allies. But to some extent, we are preserving people who have worked with us, people that are dealing with the financial aspects of our aid to Daesh, because that’s what’s going to be looked at in the autopsy of this operation. People are going to be saying: where did the money flow? Who knew about it? What was the American role? Americans will be asking that question too, not just the world”.

The picture this paints is that the CIA is still covertly aiding terrorists, including ISIS at the same time as Syria and Russia cooperate in inflicting seismic defeats on the group.

This reality was insultingly denied by Barack Obama’s Secretary of Defence, Ash Carter, who earlier this year said that Russia is “doing nothing” to fight ISIS.

This patent lie could not be further from the truth. The reality is that Syria and Russia are together scoring victories which aim to remove ISIS from the face of the earth, something which ought to be celebrated as a great victory for civilisation over barbarism.

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gbardizbanian
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President Assad is scoring a tremendous victory which will reverbate throughout the Arab world. He has resisted against a formidable coalition and I am certain that the Arab population (not their leaders) of the entire Middle East will consider him as a hero, a legend of the same aura as Nasser. Russia is scoring points too as an ally you can count on. Vladimir Putin has shown the world the US cannot engage in regime change without impunity. Assad and Putin: a formidable pair you don’t see the likes in a century.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

It’s a powerful signal to US that the wars waged for “regime change” in foreign countries, which never attacked it, are over.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

The War OF Terror is just the tool being used this time. In decades gone by it was more blatant… False Flags etc. Nowadays with ‘instant communications’ across the planet sometimes an activist in one country can find out what is happening before the U.$. Military finds out if what they did worked.

Call it for what it is. Don’t get distracted. It’s the U.$. War OF Terror. Nothing else. Call it: the War OF Terror.

Guy
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Guy

War on terror is an oxymoron ,war is terror.

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Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Call it 1984 too.

Bob Trajkoski
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Bob Trajkoski

Its USA war for the rich they are the terrorist

Tommy Jensen
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Tommy Jensen

Guess who are behind the US War on (Moslems) Terror campaign?
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Tarciso Ribeiro
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Tarciso Ribeiro

I hope so.

Guy
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Guy

This was Israel’s war .The US was just the proxy .

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

The closer Russia and China become, the more irrelevant Israel will be, hopefully.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

Russia and its Syrian ally are winning the US proxy war against Syria, just as it won the WWII against nazi Germany.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

The USSR was a jewish phenomenon.
If you hate what the jews are doing to the world today, why do you applaud what they did to the world yesterday, something which Adolf Hitler resisted with every breath in his body.
But don’t answer that; your avatar and your name tell us everything we need to know about you.

DenLilleAbe
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DenLilleAbe

Remarkable feat! Especially by the Syrian army units and militia. And of course the Russian air force. Well done getting rid of the ISIS scum.
About the CIA getting people out… I would like to this confirmed, not just a confirmation on what is CIA’s “policies” , they would have been picked up on radar surely ?

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DenLilleAbe
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DenLilleAbe

Thx, but read my post carefully: “Not just a confirmation on what CIA’s policies are” , That is what she does, confirm policies, she does not present evidence.
🙂

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

I was responding to your statement ” I would like to this confirmed”

DenLilleAbe
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DenLilleAbe

Yes , I know. She does NOT confirm the incident, just the methods..
Its the confirmation of the incident, I am looking after.
The CIA are sleazebags, that I already know.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Is this what you are after?

VeeNarian (Yerevan)
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VeeNarian (Yerevan)

Thanks. So, who runs this policy? CIA/Deep State or POTUS? Obama and Trump must be called to account.
None of these events “happened” because the MSM will simply not report it. Meanwhile, ISIS will continue killing the Plebs in Europe and US while the elites will laugh at them, as they will NEVER be targeted.

ghartwell
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Turns out the removal to safety was a removal but definitely not safe when Russia decided that to bomb an underground ‘safe’ location where the 21 were taken.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

I havent heard about that. Do you have a link to that info?

ghartwell
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Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Thank you!

ghartwell
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I can’t find the original report of this. It involved those large bombers from Russia and the large barbaric bomb called the FOAB – ‘father of all bombs.’

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

“…Certainly, we are rescuing our allies…..”
This is what is described as a statement of fact.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Karen has already told you.
Weren’t you listening?
“….Certainly, we are rescuing our allies. But to some extent, we are
preserving people who have worked with us, people that are dealing with
the financial aspects of our aid to Daesh, because that’s what’s going
to be looked at in the autopsy of this operation…..”

Voltaire
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Voltaire

I salute the extraordinary courage of the Syrian Arab Army and its allies against terrorist enemies organized, finacned and armed by the United States and its proxies…notably Saudi Arabia and Qatar… The United States has shown it has no shame and does not believe in the Rule of Law or internatioanl law….or even human decency…… It will never be forgotten that the United States decided to support terrorism for its own (Zionist) purposes against innocent Arabs and their allies…and therby murdered hundreds of thousands of of innocent Arabs……..After havng committed the same war crimes in Iraq and Libya…. The United… Read more »

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

“Even the best of the Gentiles should be killed”.
This is the wisdom of the Talmud.
This is the book which informs US foreign and domestic policy.
This is mankind’s eternal enemy; the jew.

Guy
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Guy

But I do think that we mean the Khazars , who are the jewish imposters .Unfortunately we tend to color everything with the same brush .
http://usa-the-republic.com/religion/Khazarian_Connection.pdf

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

No.
We mean the jews.
Enough with this 740 AD nonsense.

Guy
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Guy

There is an old saying Tim ,you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink .Take it for what it is.
Cheers.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Poisoned water?

Guy
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Guy

LOL.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

How about the world focuses on bringing down the global financial system, regardless of who controls it? It is the system that is evil and controls everything and there are a few dynasties that are responsible. It’s an idea I heard. Maybe Russia and China will do it?

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

No inanimate object, or “system” is innately evil. It is not a system which controls everything; it is the people who devised that system, and who devised it with the express intention of doing harm. We have a group of people, with a shared history, who wish to do harm to the world outside their own particular clan. They have never made any secret of this fact; for 3500 years they have nursed a hatred for others, considering them sub-human; and because of that, unprotected by the divine laws beneath which they consider themselves to operate. In fact, they have… Read more »

Tommy Jensen
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Tommy Jensen

The Financial system has planned Russia´s and China´s take over. America is used.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

What you say is true and the United States government and its power have been stolen from its people and used for evil by a few grotesque, degenerate men. The same is true of Britain.

patrick m
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patrick m

Amen

Screwloose
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Screwloose

“Underground layer” – or underground lair?

Really, Adam! Either dump that verbal transcription software, or get a proof-reader – before this site turns into a Grauniad-style typo-ridden joke.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

Proofreading is an admirable thing.

fredd
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fredd

thank god for the grammar gestapo

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

As “Retired US Air Force Lieutenant Karen Kwiatkowski has described” and effectivly confirmed in his public statement, they are trying to find out why all the money they spent Training and Arming terrorists, didn’t work. They wan to know what went ‘wrong’ so they can avoid it next time. There is no more proof required. This statement is conclusive. Get the international lawyers. Start taking statements from every captured terrorists. Get the bank account statements. Document the Country of manufacture of all the weapons. Document and catalogue the communications and statements made my NATO etc… AND TELL THE ENTIRE PLANET… Read more »

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Melotte 22
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Melotte 22

We can certainlly conclude that US is a mother of all head chopping kids.
How mighty has fallen.

Jeff King
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Jeff King

Obama, McCain and Hillary are no longer funding and covering for ISIS so of course ISIS is now losing. Good work, Syria and Russia!

BobValdez
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BobValdez

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Says it all.

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

I love this. Then entire series is better.

Merkel is next. I think she is going to GO! Just hope the Germans actually elect someone who will STAND UP for Germany rather than Pretend to be the leader. It is tough times for Germany right now, but she needs to change direction or she’s going to get left out in cold.

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Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Good one Bob !!

STEVONATRON
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STEVONATRON

Brilliant.

louis robert
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louis robert

We came, we saw, they cried!

BobValdez
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BobValdez

Couldn’t agree more! 😀

GeorgeG
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GeorgeG

On the CIA/Pentagon helping their ISIS-comrades, and then what hapened to them, see https://syrianperspective.com/2017/09/the-umar-daqneesh-propaganda-fiasco-3-days-to-liberation-as-citizens-cheer-the-syrian-army-u-s-evacuates-isis-leaders-as-usual.html. (You may need to be a litle patient: Syrian Perspective is under fairly constant attack.) — The rescued comrades were visited by the Russian FOAB, and included some Frenchies and Brits. Ziad connects the two rescue operations with the big bomb: I don’t know when Ziad was ever wrong, and he claims this connection is sourced to Syrian MI. Then Friiday Lavrov met his French counterpart, and Lavrov (Fort Rus) said “the terrorists must be obliterated, they must not be allowed to escape.” The French ForMin… Read more »

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JNDillard

Kurds will soon be offered a choice: recognize Syrian sovereignty or war. There is no way that Syria, Russia, Iran or Hezbollah are going to let a client state of the US and Israel partition Syria. Russia is already on record as supporting the full sovereignty of the Syrian state. THe Kurds are no match; they will have to fold, and with them the neocon wet dream and Pinyon plan will be no more. I predict a collapse of the Kurds within two years, probably less.

Guy
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Guy

Lieutenant Karen Kwiatkowski’s statement is the call for BINGO in the US game of regime change .Can’t be more direct.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

Meanwhile, the US air force is carpet-bombing Raqqa, killing thousands. We see again the US old Vietnam doctrine at work, “We have to destroy the city, in order to save it”. This photo, taken on September 3, is worth 10,000 words:
https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/vsyro0Qp5ipd5yutIpXB8g–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjtzbT0xO3c9ODAw/http://media.zenfs.com/en-US/homerun/the_huffington_post_584/c5b7875f9f50aa1319aad053dc896f6a

Ace
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Ace

The comment that “We have to destroy the city, in order to save it” was never official U.S. policy in Nam. It was the unguarded, ill-advised, spontaneous comment of a single Army major respecting a single city, if it was even a city.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

Maybe not official, but factual.
And first thing first. The US has NO right to bomb ANYTHING on Syria territory. All US strikes are illegal, and constitute war crimes. US has neither an international resolution to do it, and it never declared war to Syria, nor was invited to participate in Syrian war against foreign terrorists.

Ace
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Ace

Factual indeed. Or, at least, it was reported by a reporter who was in Nam. Forgive me if I entertain a smidgen of skepticism about anything reported by the press in those times. Even if accurately reported, was the major’s statement in any way typical or representative? Was it indicative of official Army policy? Not at all. It was just one man’s casual statement. No more evidence of mindless Army intentions to destroy civilian areas than anything Jimmy Stewart or Audie Murphy said about American strategy or tactics after D-Day. I knew not one troop in Nam who was careless… Read more »

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Prayerfully President Assad will eliminate all dealings with America, close their banks, their corporations, cease doing business with them, on any level, and hit the Wanks where it hurts, in their pocket books.
Make Syria a Yank free zone, and expose all subversive Yankee corporations.
It is time for the world to fight against the American disease which is now poisoning our world.
Well done Mr. Putin and Mr. Assad!

Tommy Jensen
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Tommy Jensen

US has won again.
Exactly as US President Trump promised before elected, he would clean Syria for ISIS terrorists and this was done by the US/NATO Coalition successfully.
Now the time has come to butcher Assad must go, and hitler Putinsky must stop pouring gasolin all over ME and using Islamic terrorists to gain world domination.
Americans are winners.

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The ‘Gilets Jaunes’ Are Unstoppable: “Now, The Elites Are Afraid”

Now the elites are afraid. For the first time, there is a movement which cannot be controlled through the normal political mechanisms.

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The gilets jaunes (yellow vest) movement has rattled the French establishment. For several months, crowds ranging from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands have been taking to the streets every weekend across the whole of France. They have had enormous success, extracting major concessions from the government. They continue to march.

Back in 2014, geographer Christopher Guilluy’s study of la France périphérique (peripheral France) caused a media sensation. It drew attention to the economic, cultural and political exclusion of the working classes, most of whom now live outside the major cities. It highlighted the conditions that would later give rise to the yellow-vest phenomenon. Guilluy has developed on these themes in his recent books, No Society and The Twilight of the Elite: Prosperity, the Periphery and the Future of Francespiked caught up with Guilluy to get his view on the causes and consequences of the yellow-vest movement.

spiked: What exactly do you mean by ‘peripheral France’?

Christophe Guilluy: ‘Peripheral France’ is about the geographic distribution of the working classes across France. Fifteen years ago, I noticed that the majority of working-class people actually live very far away from the major globalised cities – far from Paris, Lyon and Toulouse, and also very far from London and New York.

Technically, our globalised economic model performs well. It produces a lot of wealth. But it doesn’t need the majority of the population to function. It has no real need for the manual workers, labourers and even small-business owners outside of the big cities. Paris creates enough wealth for the whole of France, and London does the same in Britain. But you cannot build a society around this. The gilets jaunes is a revolt of the working classes who live in these places.

They tend to be people in work, but who don’t earn very much, between 1000€ and 2000€ per month. Some of them are very poor if they are unemployed. Others were once middle-class. What they all have in common is that they live in areas where there is hardly any work left. They know that even if they have a job today, they could lose it tomorrow and they won’t find anything else.

spiked: What is the role of culture in the yellow-vest movement?

Guilluy: Not only does peripheral France fare badly in the modern economy, it is also culturally misunderstood by the elite. The yellow-vest movement is a truly 21st-century movement in that it is cultural as well as political. Cultural validation is extremely important in our era.

One illustration of this cultural divide is that most modern, progressive social movements and protests are quickly endorsed by celebrities, actors, the media and the intellectuals. But none of them approve of the gilets jaunes. Their emergence has caused a kind of psychological shock to the cultural establishment. It is exactly the same shock that the British elites experienced with the Brexit vote and that they are still experiencing now, three years later.

The Brexit vote had a lot to do with culture, too, I think. It was more than just the question of leaving the EU. Many voters wanted to remind the political class that they exist. That’s what French people are using the gilets jaunes for – to say we exist. We are seeing the same phenomenon in populist revolts across the world.

spiked: How have the working-classes come to be excluded?

Guilluy: All the growth and dynamism is in the major cities, but people cannot just move there. The cities are inaccessible, particularly thanks to mounting housing costs. The big cities today are like medieval citadels. It is like we are going back to the city-states of the Middle Ages. Funnily enough, Paris is going to start charging people for entry, just like the excise duties you used to have to pay to enter a town in the Middle Ages.

The cities themselves have become very unequal, too. The Parisian economy needs executives and qualified professionals. It also needs workers, predominantly immigrants, for the construction industry and catering et cetera. Business relies on this very specific demographic mix. The problem is that ‘the people’ outside of this still exist. In fact, ‘Peripheral France’ actually encompasses the majority of French people.

spiked: What role has the liberal metropolitan elite played in this?

Guilluy: We have a new bourgeoisie, but because they are very cool and progressive, it creates the impression that there is no class conflict anymore. It is really difficult to oppose the hipsters when they say they care about the poor and about minorities.

But actually, they are very much complicit in relegating the working classes to the sidelines. Not only do they benefit enormously from the globalised economy, but they have also produced a dominant cultural discourse which ostracises working-class people. Think of the ‘deplorables’ evoked by Hillary Clinton. There is a similar view of the working class in France and Britain. They are looked upon as if they are some kind of Amazonian tribe. The problem for the elites is that it is a very big tribe.

The middle-class reaction to the yellow vests has been telling. Immediately, the protesters were denounced as xenophobes, anti-Semites and homophobes. The elites present themselves as anti-fascist and anti-racist but this is merely a way of defending their class interests. It is the only argument they can muster to defend their status, but it is not working anymore.

Now the elites are afraid. For the first time, there is a movement which cannot be controlled through the normal political mechanisms. The gilets jaunes didn’t emerge from the trade unions or the political parties. It cannot be stopped. There is no ‘off’ button. Either the intelligentsia will be forced to properly acknowledge the existence of these people, or they will have to opt for a kind of soft totalitarianism.

A lot has been made of the fact that the yellow vests’ demands vary a great deal. But above all, it’s a demand for democracy. Fundamentally, they are democrats – they want to be taken seriously and they want to be integrated into the economic order.

spiked: How can we begin to address these demands?

Guilluy: First of all, the bourgeoisie needs a cultural revolution, particularly in universities and in the media. They need to stop insulting the working class, to stop thinking of all the gilets jaunes as imbeciles.

Cultural respect is fundamental: there will be no economic or political integration until there is cultural integration. Then, of course, we need to think differently about the economy. That means dispensing with neoliberal dogma. We need to think beyond Paris, London and New York.

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US Blunders Have Made Russia The Global Trade Pivot

Even if Europe is somehow taken out of the trade equation, greater synergy between the RIC (Russia, India and China) nations may be enough to pull their nations through anticipated global volatilities ahead

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The year 2019 had barely begun before news emerged that six Russian sailors were kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Benin. It was perhaps a foretaste of risks to come. As nations reel from deteriorating economic conditions, instances of piracy and other forms of supply chain disruptions are bound to increase.

According to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), 107 cases of piracy were noted during the first half of 2018 vis-à-vis 87 throughout 2017.  The 2018 tally included 32 cases in Southeast Asian waters and 48 along African shores – representing 75% of the total. To put this figure into perspective, Asian behemoths India and China – despite their vast shorelines – recorded only 2 cases of piracy each during the study period. Russia had none. In terms of hostages taken, the IMB tally read 102 in H1 2018 vs 63 in H1 2017.

Piracy adds to shipping and retail costs worldwide as security, insurance and salaries are hiked to match associated risks in maritime transport. Merchant vessels will also take longer and costlier routes to avoid piracy hotspots.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report in 2016 sums up the perils ahead:

As over 90% of global trade is carried out by sea, the economic effects of maritime crime can be crippling. Maritime crime includes not only criminal activity directed at vessels or maritime structures, but also the use of the high seas to perpetrate transnational organized crimes such as smuggling of persons or illicit substances.  These forms of maritime crime can have devastating human consequences.

Indeed, cases of human trafficking, organ harvesting, and the smuggling of illicit substances and counterfeit goods are proliferating worldwide in tandem with rising systemic debt and suspect international agendas.

Australia offers a case in point. While it fantasizes over a Quad of allies in the Indo-Pacific – to “save Asians from China” – criminal elements from Hong Kong, Malaysia to squeaky-clean Singapore have been routinely trafficking drugs, tobacco and people right into Sydney harbour for years,  swelling the local organised crime economy to as much as $47.4 billion (Australian dollars presumably) between 2016 and 2017.

With criminal elements expected to thrive during a severe recession, they will likely enjoy a degree of prosecutorial shielding from state actors and local politicians. But this is not a Southeast Asian problem alone; any superpower wishing to disrupt Asia-Europe trade arteries – the main engine of global growth – will have targets of opportunity across oceans and lands.  The US-led war against Syria had not only cratered one potential trans-Eurasia energy and trade node, it served as a boon for child traffickingorgan harvesting and slavery as well. Yet, it is President Bashar al-Assad who is repeatedly labelled a “butcher” by the Anglo-American media.

Ultimately, industries in Asia and Europe will seek safer transit routes for their products. The inference here is inevitable: the greatest logistical undertaking in history – China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – will be highly dependent on Russian security umbrella, particularly in Central Asia. Russia also offers an alternative transit option via the Northern Sea Route, thereby avoiding any potential pan-Turkic ructions in Central Asia in the future.

Russo- and Sinophobia explained?

In retrospect, Washington’s reckless policies post-Sept 11 2001 seem aimed at disrupting growing synergies between Asia and Europe. This hypothesis helps explain the relentless US-led agitprops against Russia, China and Iran.

When the gilet jaunes (yellow vest) protests rocked France weeks ago, it was only a matter of time before some pundits blamed it on Russia. US President Donald J. Trump cheered on; just as “billionaire activist” George Soros celebrated the refugee invasion of Europe and the Arab Spring earlier.  If the yellow vest contagion spreads to the Western half of Europe, its economies will flounder. Cui bono? A Russia that can reap benefits from the two-way BRI or Arctic trade routes or a moribund United States that can no longer rule roost in an increasingly multipolar world?

Trump’s diplomatic downgrade of the European Union and his opposition to the Nord Stream 2gas pipeline matches this trade-disruption hypothesis, as do pressures applied on India and China to drop energy and trade ties with Iran.  Washington’s trade war with Beijing and recent charges against Huawei – arguably Asia’s most valuable company – seem to fit this grand strategy.

If China concedes to importing more US products, Europe will bear the consequences. Asians love European products ranging from German cars to Italian shoes and Europe remains the favourite vacation destination for its growing middle class. Eastern European products and institutions are also beginning to gain traction in Asia. However, these emerging economies will suffer if their leaders cave in to Washington’s bogeyman fetish.

Even if Europe is somehow taken out of the trade equation, greater synergy between the RIC (Russia, India and China) nations may be enough – at least theoretically – to pull their nations through anticipated global volatilities ahead.

In the meantime, as the US-led world crumbles, it looks like Russia is patiently biding its time to become the security guarantor and kingmaker of Asia-Europe trade.  A possible state of affairs wrought more by American inanity rather than Russian ingenuity…

Dr Mathew Maavak is a regular commentator on risk-related geostrategic issues.

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Historic Eastern Christianity: An Uncertain Future

The survival of historic Eastern Christianity, particularly in Syria, is critical for several reasons.

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The survival of historic Eastern Christianity has never been as urgent as it is today. Christianity saw its beginning in Greater Syria which was subdivided by France and Britain after WWI into modern day Syria, Lebanon, Palestian/Israel and Jordan. The land that housed, nurtured and spread the teachings of Jesus Christ for over two millenniums, now threatens children of that faith. The survival of historic Eastern Christianity, particularly in Syria, is critical for several reasons:

  1. Greater Syria is the homeland of Jesus and Christianity. Abraham was from modern day Iraq, Moses from Egypt, and Muhammad from Mecca; Jesus was from Syria.
  1. Paul converted to Christianity and saw the light while walking through ‘The Street Called Straight’ in Damascus.
  1. Jesus’ followers were called Christians for the first time in Antioch, formerly part of Syria.
  1. One of the earliest churches, perhaps the earliest, is in Syria.

The potential demise of historic Eastern Christianity is reflected in the key question Christians ask: should we stay or emigrate? The urgent question – in the face of the ongoing regional turmoil – precipitated with the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 and escalated since the Arab uprisings in 2011. Historic Eastern Christians’ fears were further magnified when Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim of the Syriac Orthodox Church and Archbishop Paul Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox Church, both of metropolitan Aleppo, were kidnapped on April, 22, 2013; with no traces of their whereabouts, dead or alive, since. For many years, I was deputy, friend, and advisor to the Archbishop Ibrahim, which provided me an opportunity to meet many Christians. I have, over time, noticed the change in their sentiment, with more considering emigration after the uprising and the kidnapping of the two Archbishops. Historic Eastern Christians survived the Ottoman Genocide in 1915 and thereafter; they multiplied and thrived in the Fertile Crescent despite some atrocities until the start of the misnamed “Arab Spring” in early 2011. Prior to the “Arab Spring”, historic Eastern Christians were victims of violence on several occasions. In the mid-1930s, the historic Assyrian community in Iraq suffered violent onslaughts and were driven to Syria. In the 1970s and 1980s, during the Lebanese Civil War, Christians were victims of sectarian violence. During the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, Christians were victims of widespread sectarian violence which led to mass migration. The “Arab Spring” began with great hope for the right of the people to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. However, it was swiftly hijacked by Islamists and Salafists and turned into an “Islamic Spring, an Arab Fall and a Christian Winter”; bringing along with it a new massacre of Christians. Presently, Eastern Christianity is at the mercy of clear and identifiable domestic, regional, and international, historic and contemporary conflicts in the Fertile Crescent, namely:

  1. Jihad vs. Ijtihad: A long standing conflict amongst Muslims between the sword vs. the pen.
  2. Sunni vs. Shiite: A conflict which began following the death of the Prophet Muhammad.
  3. Arabism vs. Islamism: The former has territorial limitations, the later has no territorial limitations.
  4. Syria vs. Israel: It is an essential component of the Palestinian problem, not the presumed Arab- Israeli conflict.
  5. West vs. East: A throwback to the Cold War, or its revival.
  6. Historic Persian, Ottoman and Arab Empires animosities: Each seeking regional hegemony.

One is reminded of the proverbial saying, “When the elephants fight, the grass suffers.” Certainly, Eastern Christianity is suffering and threatened with extinction.

Syria was a model of religious tolerance, common living and peaceful interaction amongst its religious, sectarian, cultural and ethnic components. Seven years of turmoil, in which various international and regional powers manipulated segments of Syrian society by supplying them with an abundance of weapons, money and sectarian ideologies, has heightened Eastern Christians’ fears. During the seven-year turmoil in Syria, the entire society has suffered; Sunnis, Shiites, Alawites, Yazidis, Kurds, Christians and others. Christians, being a weak and peaceful component of the society, have suffered immensely. Ma’aloula; a religious treasure for Christians globally, and the only city in the world where Aramaic – the language of Jesus Christ – is spoken, was attacked and besieged by ISIS. Numerous historic Churches were damaged, and many destroyed. Christians in Raqqa were forced by ISIS into one of three options: 1. Pay a penalty in pure gold – known as a ‘Jizya’ to keep their life and practice their faith – albeit in secret only; 2. Convert into Islam; or 3. Face immediate death. To top their pain, the kidnap of the two prominent Archbishops meant no Eastern Christian believer was safe.

Amidst all the doom and gloom, however, there remains hope. The survival of Christianity depends on the actions and reactions of three parties:

Eastern Christians: During the last hundred years, 1915-2015, since the Ottoman Genocide, Eastern Christians have been victims of a history of massacres, which meant that every Eastern Christian was a martyr, a potential martyr or a witness of martyrdom; if you fool me once, shame on you, if you fool me twice, shame on me. The ongoing regional turmoil has heightened their sense of insecurity. The answer to an age-old question Eastern Christians had on their mind: To flee Westwards or remain in their land, in the face of death, is increasingly becoming the former.

Eastern Muslims: There is a difference in perceptions between Eastern Christians and mainstream Muslims regarding the massacres committed against Christians. When certain violent groups or individuals kill Christians, while shouting a traditional Islamic profession: “No God but one God and Muhammad is God’s messenger”, it is reasonable for Christians to assume the killers are Muslims. However, for mainstream Muslims, the killers do not represent Islam; they are extremists, violating basic Islamic norms such as Muhammad’s sayings, “Whoever hurts a Thummy – Christian or Jew – has hurt me”, “no compulsion in religion” and other Islamic norms regarding just treatment of people of the Book; Christians and Jews. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the Muslim elites to impress upon their fellow Muslims that:

a. The three monotheistic religions believe in one God and all ‘faithfuls’ are equal in citizenship, rights and duties.

b. Christians participated in the rise of Arab Islamic civilization. They were pioneers in the modern Arab renaissance and they joined their Muslim brethren in resisting the Crusades, the Ottomans and Western colonialism.

c. Christians are natives of the land and they provide cultural, religious, educational, and economic, diversity.

d. Christians are a positive link between the Muslims and the Christian West, particularly in view of the rise of Islamophobia. Massacres of Christians and their migration provide a pretext for the further precipitation of Islamophobia.

e. Civilization is measured by the way it treats its minorities.

The Christian West: The Crusades, Western colonialism, creation and continued support of Israel, support of authoritarian Arab political systems, military interventions, regime change, and the destabilization of Arab states made Muslims view Eastern Christians ‘guilty by association’. The Christian West helped Jews come to Palestine to establish Israel. Shouldn’t the same Christian West also help Eastern Christians remain in their homeland, rather than facilitate their emigration? Western Christians, particularly Christian Zionists, believe that the existence of Israel is necessary for the return of Jesus to his homeland. However, it would be a great disappointment for Jesus to return to his homeland, Syria and not find any of his followers.

Prior to 2011, Eastern Christian religious leaders were encouraging Syrian Christians in the diaspora to return to Syria, their homeland, where life was safe and secure with great potential. Now, the same leaders are desperately trying to slow down Christian emigration. Eastern Christians’ loud cries for help to remain are blowing in the wind.

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