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The ‘parallel universes’ of Russia and the West: the real and the important vs. the made-up and the silly

The world is indeed functioning in two parallel universes as John Kerry said: the Western universe inhabited by the Western media which reports the invented and the trivial, and the universe inhabited by Russia and the rest of the world, which is concerned with the serious and the important.




John Kerry said that Russia was living in a parallel universe vis-à-vis the US, I said those words would come back to haunt him.

They certainly have done. There indeed are two parallel universes.

Here’s a guide to the latest events happening in both.

In the aftermath of the US climbdown over plans to attack Syrian troops fighting terrorists and the not so veiled threat of direct engagement with Russian forces, military threats against Syria have been replaced by legally weighty threats against Russia.

Both accusations are baseless, non-factual and deeply worrying.

First of all, John Kerry accused Russia of committing war crimes in Syria, this in spite of the fact that the mere presence of countries like the US and her Turkish, British and French allies is a de facto war crime according to international law, but these countries reside in the universe where international law does not apply.

The fact that the US admits to killing 80 Syrian troops on their way to destroy an ISIS stronghold is a direct admission of a specific war crime.

But matters continue to grow ever more absurd.

According to staunchly anti-Trump journalist Shane Harris, the White House has now officially accused the Russian government of hacking the emails which revealed that Hillary Clinton’s party political machine stole the primary election from Bernie Sanders, a man who has been transformed from a grey haired Che Guevara into something of an American Viktor Yanukovych in a matter of months.

The prominent hacker who goes by the nom de plume, Guccifer 2.0 has publicly admitted that he was behind the hacks and has even expressed resentment that the Russian government is being credit for his work.

Julian Assange has also dismissed the notion that Russia was involved in the hack.

But this only matters if one is living in a universe where fact and logic are used as the basis upon which to make statements. In the other universe merely saying ‘Putin did it’, shall suffice.

It is difficult to ascertain why official government sources are peddling these bizarre accusations.

One could accuse it of being a PR move, an attempt to keep political momentum away from Donald Trump.

If this is the case though, it is likely to be an ineffective strategy. Whilst those living in the universe where war is the biggest threat to humanity are carefully monitoring the cataclysmic differences of views on Russia between hawkish Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the bigger story in the domestic US press is that in 2005 Donald Trump made a statement about the ease with which a male celebrity can seduce women.

In the parallel universe in which the western mainstream media resides, one is witnessing a perverse trend where very serious and entirely incredible accusations are made against Russia, yet the public remain unmoved.

Simultaneously, the media blow out of proportion silly, flippant and apolitical remarks made by Donald Trump many years ago, and attempt to relate them to his ability to make and execute vital policy decisions.   

Alex Christoforou has already offered a superb analysis of the current mainstream media scandal about Donald Trump’s remarks from 2005.

Speaking as a man, I believe the best male leaders are not those who actively and systematically abuse women like Bill Clinton.  Nor are they those who maintain a young man’s natural lust for sexual activity.

The best male leaders are either those like Vladimir Putin who keep their private lives private, or those like LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky who has publicly admitted that as one grows older, a life devoted to public affairs is incompatible with that of a man wishing to express either lust towards or devotion for a woman.

I personally subscribe to Zhirinovsky’s conclusions, but will leave others to freely draw their own.

As for Trump, he has admitted his remarks were childish and that he has grown up.

I am inclined to believe him. In 2005, Mr, Trump was businessman and an entertainer, publicly doing amusing things on television. It is natural he would lead a lifestyle indicative of this.

In 2016, he is a political figure speaking seriously on highly serious issues.

For that matter the world around him has grown up too.

In 2005, Islamic terrorism could have been contained.   In 2016 it has ravaged the Middle East and beyond.

In 2005, war between nuclear powers was unthinkable. Now it is tottering on the cusp of inevitability.

The world has changed, and so I believe has Donald Trump.

But in the parallel universe of the mainstream media, sentence has been passed without Mr. Trump being allowed a civilised right of reply.

At least in the universe of social media, Trump is being heard.

Finally, our journey takes us back to the UN Security Council.

Two draft resolutions were presented to the UN Security Council, each from its own universe.

Russia’s ambassador to the UN, the perennially dignified Vitaly Churkin summarised the event in the following way:

“Today we are participating in one of the most bizarre scenes in the history of the UN Security Council. We will vote on the two draft Council resolutions, and we are all well aware that neither of them will be accepted.”

Indeed, the French resolution, which would have prohibited Syria from defending its own territory against terrorists on its own territory, was predictably voted down. 

Likewise, Russia’s resolution which called for an effective ceasefire on the ground but which would have allowed strikes to continue against terrorists, was also voted down.

In this age of parallel universes, there is a universe where those calling for détente amongst superpowers are called insane, and a universe where they are called moderate.

There is a universe where draft resolutions presented to the UN Security Council deriving from the sane universe calling for an end to hostilities are called hostile, and draft resolutions aiding terrorists are called ceasefires.

In one universe Julian Assange’s leaks about Hillary Clinton’s arming of ISIS is ignored, but an 11 year old tape of Donald Trump being silly is taken seriously.

The journey through the parallel universes continues, but it is wise to remember that were nuclear weapons to be dropped, there would be victims in each of the parallel universes.

Stopping this ought to be the priority of those residing in both.

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EU leaders dictate Brexit terms to Theresa May (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 115.

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

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

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

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Theresa May outlines four Brexit options, via Politico

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Via RT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Via Zerohedge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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