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The Western media’s parallel world

A political and media class in the West intent on constructing its own reality finds itself in a hopeless struggle with the truth.

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We need to be careful as we enter into a brave new world, conspicuous by the discarded foundations that humanity toiled centuries to build.

We have callously discarded the sword of truth and justice to the annals of history and instead, have cheaply replaced them with a world ruled, by those who can scream the longest and loudest.

This new world seems to run parallel to the world we live in and the one, we are expected to comply and acquiesce.

This new world is steered and shepherded by the Mainstream Media (MSM) and, where policy is decided in the Court of Public Opinion.

It is fuelled, inspired and controlled by unelected jackals, whose only goal is subservience to their masters and, the propagation of false information, designed to grow their ever expanding bottom line.

Civil society in almost every nation of the world, embraces a general consensus; that individuals have the right to a fair trial, to face their accusers, and be considered innocent until proven guilty.

Indeed, this is the cornerstone of Law and Freedom in all of our Democracy’s.

However, this is not the standard in this parallel world. In the media’s Court of Public Opinion, no truth is needed, there is no Fifth Amendment, just a chorus of carefully scripted, loud and repetitive voices.

What is troubling and increasingly worrisome, is that this parallel world has apparently crossed the threshold of innuendo and bluster and morphed into the spirit and consciousness of our Western world leaders!

The examples are numerous and this article cannot pretend to cover them all.

However, anyone paying attention, can see the shocking displays of the US and NATO Government Ministers, abusing their position and historical relevance, by making outlandish accusations of Russian War Crimes without producing any evidence whilst hypocritically carrying out identical bombings themselves in Mosul.

Russia, Syria, Iran, and Presidents Putin and Assad, are continually vilified over and over again without any evidence ever produced to back up the accusers’ claims.

There are two basic methods in play here.

The first is the circular argument. This can best be illustrated by the MH-17 tragedy.

The downing of MH-17 was blamed on Russia within hours by US leaders without ever presenting evidence.

We were assured by John Kerry and President Obama that their satellite data was comprehensive and absolute but that data could never be released because it was “classified”.

The merry minstrels who are made up of other Western Leaders,quickly joined in the chorus of blaming Russia and vilifying Russian President, Vladimir Putin.

Australia’s Prime Minister embarrassingly threatened to “Shirtfront” Putin on his upcoming visit to Brisbane.

However, when Abbott graced reality, he chose instead to shake Putin’s hand.

This example shines a light on the shameless actions of these so called Western leaders.

Their baseless claims delivered an immediate verdict of Guilty!  A verdict supported by hidden information we can never see and presented by corporately funded politicians who are proven liars.

If we ask for proof or evidence, the circular form of the argument takes shape: “we can’t, it’s classified!”

The other method used to frame a country or leader is straight out accusatory.

An example is the recent bombing of a UN Humanitarian Convoy that produced an Oscar winning performance by the US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power who within hours of the bombing accused Russia without presenting a shred of evidence.

Russia, quite rightly, called for an independent UN investigation.   However by then the genie had been let out of the bottle.  If a UN investigation ever takes place – which is unlikely – it will take months, and by that time the false accusations will have gained traction and will have already been used to influence military policy.

In the case of the bombing of the humanitarian convoy all the indications in fact point to the attack having been carried out by people on the ground instead of through the falsely claimed airstrike because there was no tell-tale bomb crater typical of that left by an air to ground bomb or missile.

The only people in the vicinity of the convoy at the time of the attack and who were armed and capable of destroying it were the Al Nusra terrorists. 

Embedded with those Al Nusra terrorists are, members of the western backed White Helmets.  They are a counterfeit civil defence group who the US uses to tap the majority of their ‘on ground’ intelligence and whose allegiance is murky at best. Their leader – Raed Saleh – was actually refused entry into the US this year, apparently because he was on an FBI terrorist watch list.  Regardless, the US still funds his group to the tune of $22 million.

This odious relationship gives the US ‘political accountability’.   When their baseless accusations against Russia are eventually proven false, they can blame the White Helmets for feeding them false intelligence.

The scary reality the world now faces is how quickly these childish slurs quickly morph into apparent fact and then – before we know it – are used to shape policy.

The pattern is now predictable.  The US delivers baseless accusations against Syria or Russia or their leaders.  The same scripted rhetoric is then repeated ad nauseum like a harmonised chorus by other Western leaders.  These false claims are then echoed hourly by the media and, like a magic trick, they turn valid, accepted as fact amongst Western leaders even though no facts are ever actually forthcoming.

This is how our Western leaders now form their political and military policy, and how our military machine is being oiled, primed and aimed towards war with a nuclear powered Russia.  Yet no one ask: why?

Modern history is full of examples of these tactics. Muammar Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein both became targets after having been softened up with the vitriol dripping from the mouths of just about every Western leader of the time.  During the 1990s ad hominem attacks against Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic culminated in the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. 

Milosevic was continually vilified in the media and accused of genocide and of crimes against humanity.   Eventually he was arrested and tried at The Hague.  Although he died in prison he was recently found innocent of all charges.

A Sun Tzu quote reads, “The wheels of Justice grind slow but grind fine”.

However, our modern and accelerated political world is no longer restrained by something as insignificant and slow as justice.  By the time justice finds her voice the media refuses her a microphone and has already hastily moved on.

The Western media is like an Illusionist who draws the audience’s gaze to one hand whilst the other is conjuring the trick.  It is totally blind to the injustices rendered on innocent people other than those it chooses to endorse to promote its agenda.

No longer is any attention paid to those who ordered the bombing of Yugoslavia. The guilty parties have long moved on, and are now positioned out of focus of the media’s attention.

The same cognitive dissonance will appear when the facts concerning Aleppo and Syria finally come to light. No one will be interested, and the glare of attention will be focused on some new tragedy.

I often wonder whether if the Western media refuse to report an incident, did it really happen?  I say this because policy and history appear to be written by shallow incidents that either never did take place or which took place in a totally different way to how the media reports them.

The Western media and those who own and fund it have created a parallel world.  They see themselves as an elite and sovereign entity accountable to no one and bound by no rules or laws.   In reality the media are owned and coupled to the same oppressive powers that drive the hegemonic policies of the West.

The politicians who embrace this parallel world and push their agendas and deliver their policies contrary to the will of the people think they are untouchable. But history is replete with tales of how our forebears continually dealt with despots and autocrats.

Presently, people everywhere are being awakened from their slumber and they are looking for evidence of truth.  And, as hard as the media try to muddy the waters, the truth, like a spirit, will continue rise and shine and people will run to its embrace.

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‘I will take over as Brexit Party leader’: Nigel Farage back on the frontline

Nigel Farage says that if the UK takes part in European elections, he will lead his new Brexit Party.

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Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has announced that he will lead his new Brexit Party into the European elections if UK MPs decide to delay Brexit beyond May 22.

Farage, who has ostensibly appointed himself leader, told various media, including the BBC and Sky News on Friday morning: “I will take over as leader of the Brexit Party and lead it into the European Elections.”

It comes after the Brexit Party’s leader, Catherine Blaiklock, quit over a series of alleged Islamophobic statements and retweets of far-right figures on social media.

It is not yet thought that Farage has officially been elected as leader, as the party does not, as yet, have a formal infrastructure to conduct such a vote.

The right-wing MEP vowed to put out a whole host of Brexit Party candidates if the UK participates in the upcoming EU elections in May, adding: “If we fight those elections, we will fight them on trust.”

On Thursday night, the EU agreed to PM May’s request for a delaying to Brexit beyond the March 29 deadline. Brussels announced two new exit dates depending on what happens next week in the UK parliament.

The UK will have to leave the bloc on April 12 unless British MPs agree to May’s Brexit deal. If the withdrawal agreement is passed by next week, EU leaders have agreed to grant an extension until May 22.

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Baltics cannot rely on Germany any more

The matter is NATO today is not as strong as it is supposed to be. And it is not only because of leadership blunders.

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On March 29 Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will celebrate 15 years of becoming NATO member states. The way to the alliance membership was not simple for newly born independent countries. They have reached great success in fulfilling many of NATO demands: they have considerably increased their defence expenditures, renewed armaments and increased the number of military personnel.

In turn, they get used to rely on more powerful member states, their advice, help and even decision making. All these 15 years they felt more or less safe because of proclaimed European NATO allies’ capabilities.

Unfortunately, now it is high time to doubt. The matter is NATO today is not as strong as it supposed to be. And it is not only because of leadership’s blunders. Every member state does a bit. As for the Baltic states, they are particularly vulnerable, because they fully depend on other NATO member states in their defence. Thus, Germany, Canada and Britain are leading nations of the NATO battle group stationed in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia respectively.

But the state of national armed forces in Germany, for example, raises doubts and makes it impossible not only defend the Baltics against Russia, but Germany itself.

It turned out, that Germany itself remains dissatisfied with its combat readiness and minister of defence’s ability to perform her duties. Things are so bad, that the military’s annual readiness report would be kept classified for the first time for “security reasons.”

“Apparently the readiness of the Bundeswehr is so bad that the public should not be allowed to know about it,” said Tobias Lindner, a Greens member who serves on the budget and defense committees.

Inspector General Eberhard Zorn said (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-arms/germany-not-satisfied-with-readiness-of-submarines-some-aircraft-idUSKBN1QS1G7) the average readiness of the country’s nearly 10,000 weapons systems stood at about 70 percent in 2018, which meant Germany was able to fulfill its military obligations despite increasing responsibilities.

No overall comparison figure was available for 2017, but last year’s report revealed readiness rates of under 50 percent for specific weapons such as the aging CH-53 heavy-lift helicopters and the Tornado fighter jets.

Zorn said this year’s report was more comprehensive and included details on five main weapons systems used by the cyber command, and eight arms critical for NATO’s high readiness task force, which Germany heads this year.

“The overall view allows such concrete conclusions about the current readiness of the Bundeswehr that knowledge by unauthorized individuals would harm the security interests of the Federal Republic of Germany,” he wrote.

Critics are sure of incompetence of the Federal Minister of Defence, Ursula von der Leyen. Though she has occupied the upper echelons of German politics for 14 years now — and shows no sign of success. This mother of seven, gynecologist by profession, by some miracle for a long time has been remaining in power, though has no trust even among German military elites. Despite numerous scandals she tries to manage the Armed Forces as a housewife does and, of course, the results are devastating for German military capabilities. The same statement could be easily apply for the Baltic States, which highly dependent on Germany in military sphere.

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Crimea: The Geopolitical Jewel Russia Continues to Polish

As Putin continues to polish his Black Sea jewel, Europe has to decide if it is going to continue playing the U.S’s games over Ukraine or begin the next phase of its independence.

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With all that is happening in the world Crimea has taken a bit of a backseat recently. Yes, the US, EU and Canada just added more sanctions on Russia via the odious Magnitsky legislation but this is inconsequential.

There’s been a flurry of good news coming out of Crimea and the Black Sea recently that bears discussion. Let’s start with the most important. President Vladimir Putin was in Crimea earlier this week to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the peninsula’s reunification with Russia. There he also officially inaugurated two major upgrades to Crimea’s power grid.

Located in Simferopol and Sevastopol, two new power plants will produce 940 megawatts and secure Crimea’s energy needs for now and into the future.

Power has been Crimea’s Achilles’ heel since breaking off from Ukraine in 2014. It received almost 90% of its power from the mainland. In November 2015, the trunk lines into Crimea were sabotaged by Ukrainian nationalist radicals, encouraged by President Petro Poroshenko plunging it into darkness as winter took hold.

Does this sound familiar? A place that defies US edicts geopolitically is first hit with a full trade embargo, sanctions and threatened militarily by proxies before having its electricity shut off?

*Cough* Venezuela *Cough*

And there are reports that the US has game-planned a similar fate for Iran as well. For Crimea it was easy because of the single-point-of-failure, the trunks from the mainland. For Venezuela it was as well, with the Guri dam, which affected nearly 70 percent of the country.

So, Putin timing the fifth anniversary of reunification with the announcement of the plants moving to full operational status was yet another smooth bit of international political maneuvering.

A not-so-subtle poke in the eye of the Gang Who Can’t Sanction Straight in D.C. as well as lame duck Poroshenko. Elections are at the end of the month and this celebration by Russia and Crimea will not sit well with many Ukrainians, especially the diaspora here in the US which is virulently anti-Putin in my experience.

Secure and stable power generation is a hallmark of a first world territory. Without that economic growth and stability are impossible. This is why to first help stabilize the situation in Crimea after the blackout Russia brought in 400 MW of power across the Kerch Strait from Krasnodor.

Tying Crimea to the mainland via the Kerch Strait bridge was a masterstroke by Putin. The initial power lines were simply a necessity. For those that complain he isn’t doing enough to counter US and European aggression need only look at the Kerch Strait bridge.

Not only did the Russians not seek international approval given the nearly universal refusal to recognize Crimea as Russian they built the thing in a time frame that defies description.

Imagine if this had been an EU project. They would still be debating the initial engineering plans and the political effects on some protected minority.

Not only does it open up the Eastern Black Sea to trade via Crimea but it ends the use of the Sea of Azov as a potential staging ground for naval provocations as last fall’s incident proved. Ukraine is cut off from acting aggressively and cannot count on any help from the US and Europe.

Moreover, Crimea is now permanently Russia’s. And every bit of infrastructure Russia builds there ties the two further together and weakens any bonds Crimea had with Ukraine. The resultant growth and modernization will make its way, economically and culturally back into southern Ukraine and erode the hard border over time.

This is far more important than striking out and metaphorically punching Poroshenko in the mouth, that many of Putin’s detractors wish for.

Presidents change, after all. Patience and attrition is how you beat an aggressive, distant enemy like the US

To remind everyone just how insane the Trump White House has become on matters international, no less than Vice President Mike Pence lobbied Germany to provoke another naval incident at the Kerch Strait.

If there was ever an example of how little Trump’s gang of moldy neocons think of Europe it is this bit of news. In effect, Pence was saying, “We can’t start a war with Russia because it would go nuclear, but you can because Russia can’t live without your trade.”

This coming after the US unilaterally pulled out of the INF treaty and is now flying nuclear bombers to eastern Europe. The message is clear. If the EU doesn’t get with this open-ended belligerent program against Russia and China of John Bolton’s they will be the ones paying the price when chaos breaks out.

On the other side there is Putin; building bridges, pipelines, power plants and roads.

He’s making it clear what the future holds not only for Europe but the Middle East, central Asia and India. We will defend Crimea at all costs, develop it not only into a tourist destination but also a major trade hub as well.

You are more than welcome to join us. But, we don’t need you.

These power plants will raise Crimea’s power output well beyond its current needs, allowing first export of power as well as providing the foundation for future growth.

And as if it weren’t coordinated in any way, the Chinese, on the morning of Putin’s speech, announced that Crimea would be an excellent fit for investment projects attached to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

That’s according to the head of the association of Chinese compatriots on the peninsula, Ge Zhili. “Our organization is bolstering cooperation ties, exchanges and friendly contacts with the Crimean society,” he said at an event dedicated to the fifth anniversary of Crimea’s reunification with Russia, which was held in the Russian Embassy in Beijing on Monday.

It is also ready to contribute to the establishment of “reliable partner ties” and the explanation of legal details of business cooperation with Crimea, Ge Zhili said. “The Chinese society hopes for the development of friendly cooperation with Crimea; we are ready to overcome difficulties for fruitful results.”

Again this is a direct challenge to the US who has Crimea under strict sanctions in the West. China is happy now to move forward with integrating Crimea into its plans. It’s just another example of how Russia and China simply ignore Trump’s fulminations and move on.

I can’t wait until I get to write this article all over again, this time about North Korea, now that Bolton has thrown Russian and Chinese assistance in getting North Korea to the negotiating table back in their face by destroying the Hanoi talks.

This announcement is not to be underestimated given that Chinese Premier Xi Jinping is in Rome this week to open up relations with the new Italian government. Five Star Movement’s Leader Luigi Di Maio said he would welcome becoming a part of BRI, much to the consternation of Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as his coalition partner Lega Leader Matteo Salvini.

It’s already well known that Salvini is interested in ending sanctions on Crimea and re-opening trade with Russia. Italy is desperate for new markets and opportunities, currently stifled under the euro itself as well as Germany’s insistence on austerity hollowing out Italy’s economy and its future prospects.

These issues as well as energy security ones are coming to a head this year with Brexit, the European Parliamentary elections in May and the completion of the Nordstream 2 pipeline later this year.

As Putin continues to polish his Black Sea jewel, Europe has to decide if it is going to continue playing the U.S’s games over Ukraine or begin the next phase of its independence. Salvini will lead a Euroskeptic revolt within the European Parliament in May. It may be big enough to finally defy Merkel and end EU sanctions on Russia over Crimea.

At that point the US will also have a choice, burn down the world economy with even more sanctions, tariffs and acts of war or accept the facts on the ground.

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