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The two social media giants have allowed anti-Russian hysteria to cow them into restricting speech

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(Sputnik) – Anti-Russian hysteria in the US is at its zenith, Facebook and Twitter are joining the war games and it’s becoming apparent where this is all headed.

Last week saw a dramatic new phase of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into “Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election” and “possible collusion by members of the Trump team.” Two senior members of the Trump campaign team including former campaign chair Paul Manafort surrendered themselves to federal authorities.

Some would say that this is it, that Trump is definitely finished. US media reported that the indictments against Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his assistant Rick Gates undoubtedly proved that Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election, thus installing Trump as president. But if you tried listening to the supposed evidence, you could hear the special prosecutor claiming that these individuals “did work for Ukraine and were paid by the Ukrainian government.”

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Okay, they worked for Ukraine and, as lobbyists, were paid to lobby for them, but what does that have to do with Russia? I mean, do Americans know that Ukraine isn’t Russia? Is it that hard to take a look at a world map? But the media were quick to respond: “It’s a historic indictment that deals with tax evasion over a long period of time.”

Tax evasion? True, everybody knows that in the US, the only thing you have to do is die and pay your taxes. But still, what does that have to do with Russian meddling in their elections? Did those financial transactions at least take place during the presidential campaign? As a matter of fact, the last year of any financial transaction was 2014. And as far as we know, Trump wasn’t even thinking of running for president in 2014.

So, let’s get this straight, in an investigation about Russian meddling in the elections, they’ve brought up indictments that have nothing to do with either Russia or the elections. But here’s where it gets juicy.

The mainstream media reported that Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos lied to the FBI about his contacts with Russian operatives. He allegedly met his main contact nicknamed “the Professor” in London, and set up meetings with Russian operatives who told him in April 2016 they had dirt on then candidate Hillary Clinton.

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Think about that for a moment. George Papadopoulos lied to the FBI — Well, we have to trust a self-confessed liar, right?So, Papadopoulos swore that he communicated with the Russians and tried to connect them to Trump’s campaign, but two things have been overlooked by many. First, Papadopoulos was an adviser/volunteer with little to no influence on the campaign. And second, the fact that he “negotiated” with some random professor who allegedly had some contacts with some Russian officials who had some dirt on Hillary Clinton, doesn’t prove any kind of conspiracy. Heck, I could’ve volunteered for Trump’s campaign and decided to try to communicate with some… aliens and then confessed to the FBI that Trump colluded with aliens.

Besides, if Papadopoulos “confessed” to any serious prosecutor, he’d look into that dirt on Hillary Clinton, because there’s lots and lots of evidence of her wrongdoing. And still, both the FBI and the media are silent on that. Why? Well, it doesn’t fit the narrative. All that matters is to convince you that there is a Russian threat. And here’s how Facebook is helping with that goal.

Facebook told congressional investigators Russian operatives published about 80,000 posts over a 2 year period to try to influence US politics and 126 million Americans may have seen them. That may sound like a lot, but on my little Facebook page called „Boris Malagurski”, the number of people who saw my posts in 2016 alone is 143,889,580 million. So, if the Russians brought Trump to power using Facebook, I could’ve easily installed Lindsay Lohan in the White House. But aside from Facebook, there’s also Twitter.

Twitter representative Sean Edgett noted that “We determined that the number of accounts we could link to Russia and that were tweeting election-related content was comparatively small. About one hundredth of a percent of the total Twitter accounts at the time we studied.” One hundredth of a percent? In 2012, the percentage of Barack Obama’s 18.8 million followers that were fake was 30%. But yeah, real live Russians use Twitter too, such a shocker, there are quite a lot of them actually, some even tweet about the US election. What a crime!

Look how Twitter smeared this random American as a Russian propaganda troll

Twitter then decided to immediately ban ads from all accounts owned by Russian media outlets RT and Sputnik. Twitter claimed that media outlets like RT and Sputnik contributed to the campaign by acting as a “platform for Kremlin messaging to global audiences.” The nerve these Russian have — using Twitter for sending tweets, my God! And doing so during an election campaign is just outrageous! I mean, it’s not like Twitter ever offered them to do just that. Well, hang on, Twitter made that exact offer.RT was offered a high cost comprehensive special package by Twitter specifically tailor-made for the US general presidential election. That package would’ve contained many special customized features to enable, according to Twitter themselves, a wider reach to US audiences specifically for the US presidential election. Even though Sputnik never advertised on Twitter and RT rejected this offer, RT still invested around $274,000 into advertising on Twitter. Now, considering the fact that Hillary Clinton’s campaign cost $1.4 billion, if RT can install a US President for $274,000, why in the world would you ban them, get them to run your campaign for a lot less! RT — We install US presidents for the low low price of $273,999.99.

If you dig a little deeper, you realize that it’s really all about censorship — Twitter started it, and Facebook may now go down the same path. Facebook is conducting an experiment in Serbia, Slovakia, Bolivia, Guatemala, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. Users in those countries no longer see pages that they liked on their main news feed. 60 of Slovakia’s largest media pages registered 4 times less interaction since the testing started.

In these countries, if you want your page post to appear on your followers’ main news feed, you have to pay Facebook, which means that only wealthy users can spread news, while the rest are silenced. Now, Facebook claims that this is just an experiment, but if they decide to roll this out globally, and then start banning targeted groups from advertising like Twitter does, we will be looking at complete US deep state control over our social media, all under the umbrella that they’re protecting us from the scary big Russian bear, without a shred of evidence that Russia is a threat to us.

Maybe this video and text will get banned too, labeled as „Russian propaganda”, even though I’m… not Russian and I was only telling the truth, but when it comes to taking away our freedom of speech, the truth is always the first victim.

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Constantinople: Ukrainian Church leader is now uncanonical

October 12 letter proclaims Metropolitan Onuphry as uncanonical and tries to strong-arm him into acquiescing through bribery and force.

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The pressure in Ukraine kept ratcheting up over the last few days, with a big revelation today that Patriarch Bartholomew now considers Metropolitan Onuphy “uncanonical.” This news was published on 6 December by a hierarch of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (running under the Moscow Patriarchate).

This assessment marks a complete 180-degree turn by the leader of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople, and it further embitters the split that has developed to quite a major row between this church’s leadership and the Moscow Patriarchate.

OrthoChristian reported this today (we have added emphasis):

A letter of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine was published yesterday by a hierarch of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, in which the Patriarch informed the Metropolitan that his title and position is, in fact, uncanonical.

This assertion represents a negation of the position held by Pat. Bartholomew himself until April of this year, when the latest stage in the Ukrainian crisis began…

The same letter was independently published by the Greek news agency Romfea today as well.

It is dated October 12, meaning it was written just one day after Constantinople made its historic decision to rehabilitate the Ukrainian schismatics and rescind the 1686 document whereby the Kiev Metropolitanate was transferred to the Russian Orthodox Church, thereby, in Constantinople’s view, taking full control of Ukraine.

In the letter, Pat. Bartholomew informs Met. Onuphry that after the council, currently scheduled for December 15, he will no longer be able to carry his current title of “Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine.”

The Patriarch immediately opens his letter with Constantinople’s newly-developed historical claim about the jurisdictional alignment of Kiev: “You know from history and from indisputable archival documents that the holy Metropolitanate of Kiev has always belonged to the jurisdiction of the Mother Church of Constantinople…”

Constantinople has done an about-face on its position regarding Ukraine in recent months, given that it had previously always recognized the Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate as the sole canonical primate in Ukraine.

…The bulk of the Patriarch’s letter is a rehash of Constantinople’s historical and canonical arguments, which have already been laid out and discussed elsewhere. (See also here and here). Pat. Bartholomew also writes that Constantinople stepped into the Ukrainian ecclesiastical sphere as the Russian Church had not managed to overcome the schisms that have persisted for 30 years.

It should be noted that the schisms began and have persisted precisely as anti-Russian movements and thus the relevant groups refused to accept union with the Russian Church.

Continuing, Pat. Bartholomew informs Met. Onuphry that his position and title are uncanonical:

Addressing you as ‘Your Eminence the Metropolitan of Kiev’ as a form of economia [indulgence/condescension—OC] and mercy, we inform you that after the elections for the primate of the Ukrainian Church by a body that will consist of clergy and laity, you will not be able ecclesiologically and canonically to bear the title of Metropolitan of Kiev, which, in any case, you now bear in violation of the described conditions of the official documents of 1686.

He also entreats Met. Onuphry to “promptly and in a spirit of harmony and unity” participate, with the other hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, in the founding council of the new Ukrainian church that Constantinople is planning to create, and in the election of its primate.

The Constantinople head also writes that he “allows” Met. Onuphry to be a candidate for the position of primate.

He further implores Met. Onuphry and the UOC hierarchy to communicate with Philaret Denisenko, the former Metropolitan of Kiev, and Makary Maletich, the heads of the schismatic “Kiev Patriarchate” and the schismatic “Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church” respectively—both of which have been subsumed into Constantinople—but whose canonical condemnations remain in force for the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

The hierarchs of the Serbian and Polish Churches have also officially rejected the rehabilitation of the Ukrainian schismatics.

Pat. Bartholomew concludes expressing his confidence that Met. Onuphry will decide to heal the schism through the creation of a new church in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church under Metropolitan Onuphry’s leadership is recognized as the sole canonical Orthodox jurisdiction in Ukraine by just about every other canonical Orthodox Jurisdiction besides Constantinople. Even NATO member Albania, whose expressed reaction was “both sides are wrong for recent actions” still does not accept the canonicity of the “restored hierarchs.”

In fact, about the only people in this dispute that seem to be in support of the “restored” hierarchs, Filaret and Makary, are President Poroshenko, Patriarch Bartholomew, Filaret and Makary… and NATO.

While this letter was released to the public eye yesterday, the nearly two months that Metropolitan Onuphry has had to comply with it have not been helped in any way by the actions of both the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Ukrainian government.

Priests of the Canonical Church in Ukraine awaiting interrogation by the State authorities

For example, in parallel reports released on December 6th, the government is reportedly accusing canonical priests in Ukraine of treason because they are carrying and distributing a brochure entitled (in English): The Ukrainian Orthodox Church: Relations with the State. The Attitude Towards the Conflict in Donbass and to the Church Schism. Questions and Answers.

In a manner that would do any American liberal proud, these priests are being accused of inciting religious hatred, though really all they are doing is offering an explanation for the situation in Ukraine as it exists.

A further piece also released yesterday notes that the Ukrainian government rehabilitated an old Soviet-style technique of performing “inspections of church artifacts” at the Pochaev Lavra. This move appears to be both intended to intimidate the monastics who are living there now, who are members of the canonical Church, as well as preparation for an expected forcible takeover by the new “united Church” that is under creation. The brotherhood characterized the inspections in this way:

The brotherhood of the Pochaev Lavra previously characterized the state’s actions as communist methods of putting pressure on the monastery and aimed at destroying monasticism.

Commenting on the situation with the Pochaev Lavra, His Eminence Archbishop Clement of Nizhyn and Prilusk, the head of the Ukrainian Church’s Information-Education Department, noted:

This is a formal raiding, because no reserve ever built the Pochaev Lavra, and no Ministry of Culture ever invested a single penny to restoring the Lavra, and the state has done nothing to preserve the Lavra in its modern form. The state destroyed the Lavra, turned it into a psychiatric hospital, a hospital for infectious diseases, and so on—the state has done nothing more. And now it just declares that it all belongs to the state. No one asked the Church, the people that built it. When did the Lavra and the land become state property? They belonged to the Church from time immemorial.

With the massive pressure both geopolitically and ecclesiastically building in Ukraine almost by the day, it is anyone’s guess what will happen next.

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Ukrainian leadership is a party of war, and it will continue as long as they’re in power – Putin

“We care about Ukraine because Ukraine is our neighbor,” Putin said.

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has branded the Ukrainian leadership a “party of war” which would continue fueling conflicts while they stay in power, giving the recent Kerch Strait incident as an example.

“When I look at this latest incident in the Black Sea, all what’s happening in Donbass – everything indicates that the current Ukrainian leadership is not interested in resolving this situation at all, especially in a peaceful way,” Putin told reporters during a media conference in the aftermath of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

This is a party of war and as long as they stay in power, all such tragedies, all this war will go on.

The Kiev authorities are craving war primarily for two reasons – to rip profits from it, and to blame all their own domestic failures on it and actions of some sort of “aggressors.”

“As they say, for one it’s war, for other – it’s mother. That’s reason number one why the Ukrainian government is not interested in a peaceful resolution of the conflict,” Putin stated.

Second, you can always use war to justify your failures in economy, social policy. You can always blame things on an aggressor.

This approach to statecraft by the Ukrainian authorities deeply concerns Russia’s President. “We care about Ukraine because Ukraine is our neighbor,” Putin said.

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have been soaring after the incident in the Kerch Strait. Last weekend three Ukrainian Navy ships tried to break through the strait without seeking the proper permission from Russia. Following a tense stand-off and altercation with Russia’s border guard, the vessels were seized and their crews detained over their violation of the country’s border.

While Kiev branded the incident an act of “aggression” on Moscow’s part, Russia believes the whole Kerch affair to be a deliberate “provocation” which allowed Kiev to declare a so-called “partial” martial law ahead of Ukraine’s presidential election.

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When Putin Met Bin Sally

Another G20 handshake for the history books.

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In the annals of handshake photo-ops, we just may have a new winner (much to the delight of oil bulls who are looking at oil treading $50 and contemplating jumping out of the window).

Nothing but sheer joy, delight and friendship…

…but something is missing…

Meanwhile, earlier…

Zoomed in…

And again.

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