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The hypocrisy of the G20, and the world leaders who participated

When did we all lose our moral compass?

Richard Galustian

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The G20 in Argentina was nothing short of a circus; a distasteful display of imperialism, greed, corruption and elitism. These leaders do not speak for the poor or downtrodden or oppressed.

As for America, Trump continues his theatrics by saying he would not meet Putin; whether he did or didn’t, us ordinary folk will never know. These are games. Though President Trump canceled his meeting with Putin, Trump is still scheduled to meet with China’s President Xi, let us not fool ourselves about prospects for any breakthrough over their two countries’ trade disagreements.

China emerges as ‘the grown up’ of all world nations; the 21st Century will eventually, one can predict, belong to them.

However one must admire the charm, intellect and humour of the exceptional Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, who on the subject of a cancelled meeting between Trump and Putin, he brilliantly described the dance between the two nations by saying he was saddened by President Trump’s decision, adding “love can’t be forced.”

Do we have any person in the West that comes close to the class of Lavrov?

One cannot fail to mention though no more revolting images imaginable were the mostly warm welcome by many leaders given to the psychopath Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohamad bin Salman (MBS).

However the one that disappoints the most is the sight of President Putin with MBS, laughing and joking.

The main reason is that for the last few years, Russia and Putin and his exceptionally capable Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have maintained a very high moral ground on most of the world’s issues and outrageous actions, in the main, made by America. This has been Russia’s success these recent years, especially their brilliant handling of the World Cup.

But to see President Putin’s animated display of friendship towards MBS was nothing short of disgusting.

Putin’s advisors should never have allowed their President to make such a disillusioning mistake for all of us to see.

MBS and the Saudi regime are the most distasteful murderous regime on the planet. Putting the heinous murder by the Saudi’s of Jamal Khashoggi to one side, what Saudi is doing in Yemen is without doubt a war crime of huge proportions. They also are the real exporters of terrorism not Iran. Remember who were the alleged hijackers on 9/11. Saudis or Iranians? Only Israel match being as murderous a regime as Saudi, evidenced by what they have done and continue to do in the ‘open prison’ that is Gaza.

When did we all lose our moral compass?

You think these second rate leaders can solve the most important planet’s problems of over population, the environment and nuclear proliferation? Dream on.

For some of us there was hope that Russia could counter the imperialistic ambitions of America and it’s penchant for regime change. Now that hope seems to have been false.

All these spineless amoral leaders attending the G20 meeting should be in many cases simply arrested or put up against a wall. Where is the anger, the indignation from the world’s populace against their leaders? Where is the media? Why is Assange not spoken of, etc.

In a nutshell, the G20 only reinforces a fact most of us know which is that corrupt leaders control our planet.

We need, though it will never happen, a ground swell of revolution by the people, by citizens, to change the system, of most countries, even if it be violent, which seems the only way anything will change.

The G20 meeting was of corrupt people on a scale akin to a mafia get together.

Corruption is the World’s greatest enemy and in Buenos Aires we saw ‘the Dons’ get together and, be sure of one thing above all else, there will be no real result except the leaders attending will increase their personal self interests and wealth.

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therevolutionwas

A good way to hit back at this world “mafia” would be for people to go on a gold/silver standard without the governments consent or approval. The mafia would then have to fight us for each genuine copper penny and every genuine silver dime they take from us.

Squadrik
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Squadrik

go to gold and silver.. Yes but tie all transfers to the block chain and do a transparent audit to start with.

therevolutionwas
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therevolutionwas

Audit of nations vaults? Sure! China would most likely come out on top, big time. And from what I read, Chinese citizens would be tops in personal possession of precious metals also. And doing exchanges in block chain would be fine. The US, I fear would be in big, big trouble. Ah well….

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JNDillard

“the one that disappoints the most is the sight of President Putin with MBS, laughing and joking…But to see President Putin’s animated display of friendship towards MBS was nothing short of disgusting.” Totally frigging agree. “When did we all lose our moral compass?” This is a rational error. Morality among politicians, at least to this point in world history, has largely been a matter of appearance and convenience, and we the people, have given them a free pass. We still do. We whine about Trump but give a free pass to Obama or Hillary. Or, we which about Obama or… Read more »

ManintheMoon
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ManintheMoon

Maybe we’ve all become too cynical? It is the cynicism of the powerless. Who was it said that however you vote the government always gets in? Maybe our rulers are worse that at times in the past, but maybe the real difference is that thanks to the Internet more of us can see through the propaganda we’re fed? As for Putin, he was merely baiting the western media. MBS is appalling, but he’s probably killed less people than Obama – and I’m sure many of those died equally horrible deaths as Kashoggi. Morality in international politics is almost always –… Read more »

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

This hypocrisy is nothing new…so why get up-tight about it. The ‘elite’ meets to congratulate itself – same as in Davos, Switzerland.

Tom
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Tom

No, Dick. The USA is beyond any doubt the most savage murderous regime on earth, followed by Israhell, then Saudi Arabia.

therevolutionwas
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therevolutionwas

…in the present time. In the past, the USSR and Mao’s China had their share of mass killings that make the US Empire look tame. I get your point though.

Shaun Ramewe
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Shaun Ramewe

And the UK as well as Turkey.

Win
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Win

Perhaps Pres Putin has a different way of going about changing a leader’s perspective. I say well done that man!

Normski
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Normski

I completely agree – he rarely if ever jumps on “the western leaders band wagon” and is a very shrewd operator. I’m confident he knew exactly what he was doing when he met MBS!.

Bertram Fox
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Bertram Fox

Richard Galustian: Sir, your statement that Saudi is most distasteful murderous regime on the planet is so wrong. I draw your attention to the millions of deaths the USA has created since WW2, the Israeli genocide of Palestine and then lastly, Saudi. For dramatic affect you used the word “regime”; that word describes most western country’s under control of the USA, including the USA, The most distasteful regime on the planet.

Bessarabyn
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Bessarabyn

International meetings are not fora to exhibit self righteous moralities.
Russian Diplomacy approaches these dangerous psychopaths appropriately –
in psychotherapy in the beginning consultations you never question
the patient’s delusions . If your maniacal patient believes he is Napoleon , you never ever mention Waterloo and you put on a bit of a French accent . clap hands , etc.

Brigitte Meier
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Brigitte Meier

The G20 is about business, not morality. States have interests, not morals. The Kashoggi murder is between SA and the US. Russia is not involved in it in any way. Russia and China do business with other states without interfering in their internal affairs. The Kashoggi murder is an internal affair of SA. Does the author of this rueful article believe Russia should give up doing business with SA due to the Kashoggi murder? And where does morality end? No business with most of Africa, the US, the EU, China – because they all commit atrocities? Such morality would end… Read more »

therevolutionwas
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therevolutionwas

Isn’t it terrible that business men can’t just trade with each other freely? Governments have to get involved, just like a mafia, and get their cut.

Bruce Smith
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Bruce Smith

Who said “The 1st time, history is a tragedy; the 2nd a farce”? Obviously the author has no sense of humour: especially Russian style. For Putin to High 5 a murderer & criminal the rest of these other criminals fawn over, is brilliant! The West did everything to black ball Russia in Buenos Aires. Didn’t work, though they tried. Russia did NOT “Annex” Crimea, but had an honest vote of Crimean citizens who don’t want a thing to do with Neo-Nazi Fascists installed by the West in a coup in Ukraine – which NONE of these G20 members questioned at… Read more »

Platon
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Platon

I was fence-sitting a bit, but you won me over.
I am reminded of the best characterization ever made of the English and, by extension, of the the monsters they have spawned, the USA, ISISrael and Soddy Arabia:

“The English are the people of consummate cant.”
Friedrich Nietzsche.

The US is a particularly toxic development of ‘Englishness’ in that it has added ‘Puritanism’ and its bastard child ‘Exceptionalism’ to the mix.

Platon
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Platon

“MBS and the Saudi regime are the most distasteful murderous regime on the planet.”

Really? I think if a referendum were held globally on the subject, Israel and the USA would be more than strong contenders.
SA in general, and MBS in particular, exists at the discretion of both those entities.

Besides, to speak of ‘optics’ in a guignolade like the current G20 meeting, which reminds me of nothing so much as the therapy sessions inflicted on the inmates of Bedlam in the 19th Century, is surely a case of ‘polishing the turds’.

Marshalldoc
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Marshalldoc

Very well put… thanks!

Samal
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Samal

Khashoggi was a CIA agent. If Saudi Arabia offs him, of course Putin wouldn’t upset. As a reminder, Saudia Arabia has killed hundreds of journalists in the past, and the western propaganda machine has never blinked an eye. Only reason they’re raising a fuss about it now is because KSA happened to off one of their guys. The author been so disapointed with Putin is more a sign that he believes the narrative put forth by MSM propaganda outlets than anything else. For comparison, note that in the same period that Khashoggi was killed. Israel actually bombed a Palestinian TV… Read more »

Essell Cee
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Essell Cee

“We need, though it will never happen, a ground swell of revolution by the people, by citizens, to change the system, of most countries, even if it be violent, which seems the only way anything will change. “
Why do you think they’re trying everything possible to justify seizing our guns? Can you say ‘false flags’ up the ying-yang?

Shaun Ramewe
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Shaun Ramewe

Is Putin attempting to steer the sicko coward Mo been Sawman towards actually being civilized and this is what he has to do for it – so as to get him to try and change his disgusting perverted Saudi Zio-liar pro-American/UK/ISISrael terrorist-abetting war-criminal ways and turn east??!!

Shaun Ramewe
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Shaun Ramewe

THE GREAT NEWS THAT MASS MURDERER AND WAR CRIMINAL GEORGE H. W. BUSH DIES ~ AND STILL NOTHING REPORTED BY THE DURAN!!!!!! HOW LONG UNTIL IT IS – A DAY OR TWO AFTER?? COME ON – GET WITH IT IF YOU WANT PEOPLE TO FIND YOU CREDIBLE.

Shaun Ramewe
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Shaun Ramewe

THREE AND A HALF DAYS HAVE PASSED AND STILL YOUR READERS AND COMMENTATORS ARE WAITING – SEEMS GROSSLY INCOMPETENT AND UNRELIABLE TO WRITE NOTHING.

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BARR: No collusion by any Americans

Trump never used his powers to interfere with Mueller, and thus had no “corrupt intent” in the matter.

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Attorney General Barr found no one in the Trump campaign colluded with “Russia” to meddle in the 2016 US election.

A devastating blow to Democrats and their mainstream media stenographers.

Trump reacted immediately…

Via RT…

With the full report on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into claims President Donald Trump colluded with Russia about to be released, Attorney General William Barr is giving a press conference about its findings.

Barr maintains the allegation that the Russian government made efforts to interfere in the election through the Internet Research Agency, an alleged Kremlin-control “troll farm”, as well as “hacking efforts” by the Russian intelligence agency GRU.

The bottom line, Barr says, is that Mueller has found Russia tried to interfere in the election, but “no American” helped it.

Barr explained the White House’s interaction with the Mueller report, whether Trump used executive privilege to block any of its contents from release, as well as on how the Justice Department chose which bits of the 400-page paper to redact.

On the matter of obstruction of justice, Barr said he and his deputy Rod Rosenstein have reviewed Mueller’s evidence and “legal theories”, and found that there is no evidence to show Trump tried to disrupt the investigation.

He said Trump never used his powers to interfere with Mueller, and thus had no “corrupt intent” in the matter.

Most of the redactions in the report were made to protect ongoing investigations and personal information of “peripheral third parties”.

Barr said that no-one outside the Justice Department took part in the redacting process or saw the unredacted version, except for the intelligence community, which was given access to parts of it to protect sources.

Trump did not ask to make any changes to Mueller’s report, Barr said.

Trump’s personal counsel was given access to the redacted report before its release.

A number of Trump-affiliated people, as well as Russian nationals, have been indicted, charged or put on trial by Mueller over the course of the past two years, but none for election-related conspiracy. Still, Democrats in Congress as well as numerous establishment media personalities have been insisting that Barr, a Trump pick for AG office, is somehow “spinning” its findings in order to protect and exonerate Trump, and are calling to see the full report as soon as possible.

They have equally condemned Barr’s decision to hold a news conference before the report is release, claiming he is trying to shape the public perception in Trump’s favor.

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Moscow’s Strategy: To Win Everywhere, Every Time

The main feature of Moscow’s approach is to find areas of common interest with its interlocutor and to favor the creation of trade or knowledge exchange.

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Authored by Federico Pieraccini via The Strategic Culture Foundation:


Important events have occurred in the Middle East and North Africa in recent weeks that underline how the overall political reconfiguration of the region is in full swing. The Shia axis continues its diplomatic relations and, following Rouhani’s meeting in Baghdad, it was the turn of Adil Abdul-Mahdi to be received in Tehran by the highest government and religious authorities. Among the many statements released, two in particular reveal the high level of cooperation between the two countries, as well as demonstrating how the Shia axis is in full bloom, carrying significant prospects for the region. Abdul-Mahdi also reiterated that Iraq will not allow itself to be used as a platform from which to attack Iran: “Iraqi soil will not be allowed to be used by foreign troops to launch any attacks against Iran. The plan is to export electricity and gas for other countries in the region.”

Considering that these two countries were mortal enemies during Saddam Hussein’s time, their rapprochement is quite a (geo)political miracle, owing much of its success to Russia’s involvement in the region. The 4+1 coalition (Russia, Iran, Iraq, Syria plus Hezbollah) and the anti-terrorism center in Baghdad came about as a result of Russia’s desire to coordinate all the allied parties in a single front. Russia’s military support of Syria, Iraq and Hezbollah (together with China’s economic support) has allowed Iran to begin to transform the region such that the Shia axis can effectively counteract the destabilizing chaos unleashed by the trio of the US, Saudi Arabia and Israel.

One of the gaps to be filled in the Shia axis lies in Lebanon, which has long experienced an internal conflict between the many religious and political currents in the country. The decision by Washington to recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel pushed the Lebanese president, Michel Aoun, to make an important symbolic visit to Moscow to meet with President Putin.

Once again, the destabilizing efforts of the Saudis, Israelis and Americans are having the unintended effect of strengthening the Shia axis. It seems that this trio fails to understood how such acts as murdering Khashoggi, using civilian planes to hide behind in order to conduct bombing runs in Syria, recognizing the occupied territories like the Golan Heights – how these produce the opposite effects to the ones desired.

The supply of S-300 systems to Syria after the downing of the Russian reconnaissance plane took place as a result of Tel Aviv failing to think ahead and anticipate how Russia may respond.

What is surprising in Moscow’s actions is the versatility of its diplomacy, from the deployment of the S-300s in Syria, or the bombers in Iran, to the prompt meetings with Netanyahu in Moscow and Mohammad bin Salman at the G20. The ability of the Russian Federation to mediate and be present in almost every conflict on the globe restores to the country the international stature that is indispensable in counterbalancing the belligerence of the United States.

The main feature of Moscow’s approach is to find areas of common interest with its interlocutor and to favor the creation of trade or knowledge exchange. Another military and economic example can be found in a third axis; not the Shia or Saudi-Israeli-US one but the Turkish-Qatari one. In Syria, Erdogan started from positions that were exactly opposite to those of Putin and Assad. But with decisive military action and skilled diplomacy, the creation of the Astana format between Iran, Turkey and Russia made Turkey and Qatar publicly take the defense of Islamist takfiris and criminals in Idlib. Qatar for its part has a two-way connection with Turkey, but it is also in open conflict with the Saudi-Israeli axis, with the prospect of abandoning OPEC within a few weeks. This situation has allowed Moscow to open a series of negotiations with Doha on the topic of LNG, with these two players controlling most of the LNG on the planet. It is evident that also the Turkish-Qatari axis is strongly conditioned by Moscow and by the potential military agreements between Turkey and Russia (sale of S-400) and economic and energy agreements between Moscow and Doha.

America’s actions in the region risks combining the Qatari-Turkish front with the Shia axis, again thanks to Moscow’s skilful diplomatic work. The recent sale of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, together with the withdrawal from the JCPOA (the Iranian nuclear agreement), has created concern and bewilderment in the region and among Washington’s allies. The act of recognizing the occupied Golan Heights as belonging to Israel has brought together the Arab world as few events have done in recent times. Added to this, Trump’s open complaints about OPEC’s high pricing of oil has forced Riyadh to start wondering out aloud whether to start selling oil in a currency other than the dollar. This rumination was quickly denied, but it had already been aired. Such a decision would have grave implications for the petrodollar and most of the financial and economic power of the United States.

If the Shia axis, with Russian protection, is strengthened throughout the Middle East, the Saudi-Israel-American triad loses momentum and falls apart, as seen in Libya, with Haftar now one step closer in unifying the country thanks to the support of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, France and Russia, with Fayez al-Sarraj now abandoned by the Italians and Americans awaiting his final defeat.

While the globe continues its multipolar transformation, the delicate balancing role played by Russia in the Middle East and North Africa is emphasized. The Venezuelan foreign minister’s recent visit to Syria shows how the front opposed to US imperialist bullying is not confined to the Middle East, with countries in direct or indirect conflict with Washington gathering together under the same protective Sino-Russian umbrella.

Trump’s “America First” policy, coupled with the conviction of American exceptionalism, is driving international relations towards two poles rather than multipolar ones, pushing China, Russia and all other countries opposed to the US to unite in order to collectively resist US diktats.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a look at Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party’s stunning rise in the latest UK polls, which show Tory support splintering and collapsing to new lows. Theresa May’s Brexit debacle has all but destroyed the Conservative party, which is now seeing voters turn to UKIP and The Brexit Party.

Corbyn’s Labour Party is not finding much favor from UK voters either, as anger over how Britain’s two main parties conspired to sell out the country to EU globalists, is now being voiced in various polling data ahead of EU Parliament elections.

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The Guardian reports Tories Hit by New Defections and Slump in Opinion Polls as Party Divide Widens.

The bitter fallout from Brexit is threatening to break the Tory party apart, as a Europhile former cabinet minister Stephen Dorrell on Sunday announces he is defecting to the independent MPs’ group Change UK, and a new opinion poll shows Conservative support plummeting to a five-year low as anti-EU parties surge.

The latest defections come as a new Opinium poll for the Observer shows a dramatic fall in Tory support in the past two weeks and a surge for anti-EU parties. The Conservatives have fallen by six percentage points to 29% compared to a fortnight ago. It is their worst position since December 2014. Labour is up one point on 36% while Ukip is up two points on 11%.

Even more alarmingly for the Tories, their prospects for the European elections appear dire. Only 17% of those certain to vote said they would choose the Conservatives in the European poll, while 29% would back Labour, and 25% either Ukip (13%) or Nigel Farage’s new Brexit party (12%).

YouGov Poll

A more recent YouGov Poll looks even worse for the Tories

In the YouGov poll, UKIP and BREX total 29%.

Polls Volatile

Eurointellingence has these thoughts on the polls.

We have noted before that classic opinion polls at a time like this are next to useless. But we found an interesting constituency-level poll, by Electoral Calculus, showing for the first time that Labour would get enough constituency MPs to form a minority government with the support of the SNP. This is a shift from previous such exercises, which predicted a continuation of the status quo with the Tories still in command.

This latest poll, too, is subject to our observation of massively intruding volatility. It says that some of the Tory’s most prominent MPs would be at risk, including Amber Rudd and Iain Duncan-Smith. And we agree with the bottom-line analysis of John Curtice, the pollster, who said the abrupt fall in support for Tories is due entirely to their failure to have delivered Brexit on time.

The Tories are facing two electoral tests in May – local elections on May 2 and European elections on May 23. Early polls are show Nigel Farage’s new Brexit party shooting up, taking votes away from the Tories. If European elections were held, we would expect the Brexit party to come ahead of the Tories. Labour is rock-solid in the polls, but Labour unity is at risk as the pro-referendum supporters want Jeremy Corbyn to put the second referendum on the party’s manifesto.

Tory Labour Talks

The Tory/Labour talks on a compromise have stalled, but are set to continue next week with three working groups: on security, on environmental protection, and on workers’ rights. A separate meeting is scheduled between Philip Hammond and John McDonnell, the chancellor and shadow chancellor. The big outstanding issue is the customs union. Theresa May has not yet moved on this one. We noted David Liddington, the effective deputy prime minister, saying that the minimum outcome of the talks would be an agreed and binding decision-making procedure to flush out all options but one in a series of parliamentary votes.

May’s task is to get at least half of her party on board for a compromise. What makes a deal attractive to the Tories is that May would resign soon afterwards, giving enough time for the Tory conference in October to select a successor before possible elections in early 2020.

This relative alignment of interests is why we would not rule out a deal – either on an agreed joint future relationship, or at least on a method to deliver an outcome.

Customs Union

A customs union, depending on how it is structured, would likely be worse than remaining. The UK would have to abide by all the EU rules and regulations without having any say.

Effectively, it will not be delivering Brexit.

Perhaps May’s deal has a resurrection.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock

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