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Top 3 leaders of the 2016 resistance

Three individuals in particular, shaped the course of this year of resistance. Here is how they did it.

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Vladimir Lenin said, “There are decades when nothing happens, but there are weeks when decades happen”. The frantic pace of 2016, demonstrates that this was a year filled with weeks where decades did happen. Beginning in 1991, when the Soviet Union was illegally broken up, the geo-political world stagnated. Neo-liberal American policies would shape the world, small countries would submit or face swift military action, the age of the factory was replaced by the age of corrupt ‘free’ trade agreements and the sovereignty of nations was no longer sacred.

The end of Soviet Power as a rival block against America did not result in old cowboys going home, it resulted in a hideous cattle drive we now call interventionism. For years, many tried to resist this trend both politically and militarily. All such attempts ended in failure until this year, the year of resistance.

Three individuals in particular, shaped the course of this year of resistance. Here is how they did it.

Vladimir Putin

The Russian President has never been a weak leader. His early terms in office helped bring Russia out of the horrible 1990s and restored stability, prosperity and internal-peace to Russia. His period as Prime Minister helped cement the fact that Russia would once again be a proud, patriotic and dignified nation that would not be a soft-colony of American power any more than the Russian Empire could ever submit to occupation by Sweden, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Ottoman Empire, France or Germany.

In 2016 though, whilst the mainstream media said that Putin started messing with the world, in reality, the world came to Putin and to Russia. Organisations like the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the burgeoning BRICS and the Eurasian Economic Union are all signs that many former Soviet states as well as China and powerful Asian allies like India, are looking to form collective alliances under the political leadership of Moscow.

In Syria, Putin has demonstrated that Russia is not afraid of using her restored military might abroad, but will only do so at the request of an ally. Russia’s military actions in Syria shows that the Russian military will be used to preserve the geo-political map, not to redraw it.

For the first time since the post-Watergate Brezhnev era, it is safe to say that Russian geo-political influence has eclipsed that of America. The recent trilateral group for peace in Syria which excludes the US is one such example of this. Whether in Ankara, Beijing, New Delhi and now even Cairo, Islamabad, Manilla and parts of Latin America, world leaders will judge their political moves based on what is coming out of the Kremlin, not the White House.  The world has become functionally multi-polar and Russia stands out as a political leader in this.

Bashar al-Assad

When Bashar al-Assad became the President of Syria after the death of his father, many saw him as a kind of weaker, less significant version of his mighty predecessor. He was a eye doctor who had practiced in Britain, was gentle in his mannerisms and never gave the kind of impassioned speeches that Saddam and Gaddafi did, speeches which relied those in the west. In life, one rarely chooses the timing of the occasion to which one must rise, but Assad rose to the occasion and more.

He has gone from the eye doctor in Chief that ought to have been easy for the west to push about, to a dignified, strong, level heading and humane leader of one of the last secular, multi-faith, modern Arab states. What’s more, he has now become the first Arab leader since the towering Nasser, to resist western attempts at regime change. The Battle of Aleppo has become the Stalingrad of regime change and even though the western mainstream media will never admit this, everyone can see that whilst Assad’s European and American detractors have gone, Assad has stayed.

Donald Trump

Ever since the 1990s, both Republicans and Democrats have adopted the same foreign policy. It involves a neo-liberal/neo-con crusade against any nations which refuse to submit to this style of government. People ought to remember that every US President from George H.W. Bush through Barack Obama has bombed Iraq and that’s just one strident example.

Ever since Russia began asserting her sovereignty after the 1990s, America’s relationship with Russia has become tenser. In 2016, it reached an all-time low. Enter Donald Trump, a man who says America should ‘get along with Russia’ and that he personally would ‘get along with Putin’. Meet a man who campaigned on a foreign policy that opposed regime change and meddling in countries not called The United States.

Republican and sometimes Libertarian Ron Paul has tried to become President saying those things, but whilst Paul was a noble voice in the wilderness, Trump did what he promised to do, he won and won and won. His Pat Buchannan style anti-globalism and Ron Paul style opposition to foreign interventions turned the Clinton dynasty into losers. The western mainstream media lies could not stop Trump, the well-oiled Democratic Party machine could not stop Trump and nor could a Republican party that barely endorsed its own candidate.

Trump has shown himself to be a master of social media, new media outlets like RT and influential news websites that are becoming the go-to source for news over the lethargic mainstream media. If Assad resisted military regime change, Trump has conducted democratic regime change. One is tempted to imagine a gang of Trump supporters tearing down a giant CNN sign and pelting it with their shoes. Such an image is surprisingly emblematic of what Trump has accomplished. He did more to change America with a smart-phone and Twitter than all of the Saudi and Qatari gold could do for Hillary Clinton.

In an American political landscape which seemed doomed to political stagnation and dishonest media, Trump has changed the game and what’s more, he doesn’t appear to have changed his methods nor his policy positions since winning the election.

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Russia’s economy continues to outperform as gold takes center stage (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 118.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris examine how US and EU sanctions have continued to provide a huge boost to Russia’s economy. Russia’s food sovereignty has practically been achieved, as the Russian central bank continues to buy gold and lower its exposure to western financial markets.

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Outside pressure in the form of sanctions has become an incentive to resolve various issues of Russia’s economy, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev stated in an interview with the Izvestiya daily.

He noted that through introducing sanctions against Russia, “the West aims to destabilize Russia’s economy and to create social and political tensions in society.”

“But during the difficult times, Russians have always stuck together and mobilized their resources in order to ensure the country’s sovereignty. This is what is happening now – the outside pressure has become an incentive to resolve many problems in Russia’s economy,” he said.

“Before the sanctions, it seemed that we would never be able to feed ourselves and that we are doomed to be dependent on Western import. However, right now, Russia’s food sovereignty in crucial sectors has practically been achieved, and in some areas, Russia has become the leading exporter,” Patrushev noted.

Those who apply the sanctions “can see that they (the sanctions – TASS) are ineffective and often achieve the opposite goal,” the Russian security chief concluded.

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US Neocon Foreign Policy and the War Waged Against Serbia

The Serbian assault began first by a ‘financial war’; by sanctions and finished off by an aggressive unprovoked incessant NATO bombing campaign.

Richard Galustian

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The ‘witch-hunt’ against President Trump over Russian collusion has officially ended, following the submission of the Mueller Report, enabling us to now focus on the real problems of America that effects the whole world.

In the hope of a waining of the Russophobia in America, let’s look at the US’s recent war history by starting with the 20th anniversary this month of the NATO war on Serbia in 1999 which amounted to almost 100 days of bombing of historic cities and infrastructure.

Firstly, these problems are, in the main caused by the Neocons, or Deep State, whatever you wish to call them, and the continuing promotion, by the US Military-Security Industrial Complex, of wars and regime change and secondly, Trump’s unreserved support for Israel, regardless of war crimes they may continue to commit against the Palestinians.

Incredibly after that one sided unjust and illegal war that NATO executed, NATO has the audacity to invite Serbia to join it! Something that will never happen. What do they smoke in DC, in the Pentagon and Brussels based NATO?

To compound these overall problems, the US Military and Israeli Defence Forces collaborate on these US regime change policies on all continents evidenced most recently by the arrival of crack Israeli troops last month in Brazil, prepared to support an attack potentially by Brazil and Columbia on Venezuela.

As, has now come to be expected, America pursues its Venezuelan regime change with full main stream media (MSM) cooperation, using well proven sophisticated propaganda techniques along with a variety of pretexts.

From Serbia to Iraq to Libya, where does it end? Observe that Trump is now seeking a ‘NATO alliance’ offering NATO status, to President Bolsonaro of Brazil to back the invasion of Venezuela.

So it is important to remember, as an example, that after a long war of economic and financial destabilization ended with the bombing of Serbia.

Serbia was previously a part of Yugoslavia, a country which had successfully evolved after 1945 to solve the old rivalries of the 19th and early 20th Century Balkan ethnic animosities which was, prior to the advent of power of President Tito, its past history.

The United Nations, instead of supporting, in effect, so called ‘humanitarian wars’ and ‘regime change wars’ by the US, using NATO, helped and relentlessly driven home by MSM outlets like CNN and FOX NEWS into people’s heads, must finally take a stand.

So too, Yugoslavia, once the envy of many in the world, given its then ‘non-aligned’ status under President Tito, was destroyed and broken up; ‘Balkanized’ in the early 1990s.

The Serbian assault began first by a ‘financial war’; by sanctions and finished off by an aggressive unprovoked incessant NATO bombing campaign. That’s what we can expect in Venezuela next.

This ‘Balkanization’ strategy similarly applies to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria et al. It serves US Neocon interests to dismember States in the world and create smaller more ‘manageable’ countries.

‘Regime change’ runs against the intent, the very words contained in the US Constitution. No one in MSM ever reminds us of that fact. Nevertheless America’s ambition to overthrow other States continues, which they arrogantly now make no secret of. The next States will probably be Nicaragua then Iran to name but two.

A very noteworthy most recent outrageous unilateral declaration was made by President Trump, not yet formally agreed by US institutions, ‘giving’ something he has no authority to give; Syrian territory, the Golan Heights to be precise, to Israel. Something that one day could trigger a full scale Arab-Israeli War.

This is of extreme importance yet no real outcry comes from world leaders; well not so far.

The main reason for that decision given by senior US Administration figures is that “God anointed Trump to save the Jews”.

Not forgetting Trump’s need (which we the people don’t understand exactly why) to support Prime Minister Netanyahu in his difficult upcoming elections in Israel – in part because both countries failed to ‘regime change’ Syria – but more importantly to help the ‘financial terrorists’ who formed a company jointly that has already started drilling for oil in the Golan Heights. You might like to know who owns such oil drilling company which should answer a plethora of questions in one go that you must be asking yourselves.

The shareholder’s names tells us everything; Dick Cheney; Baron Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch. The titular heads of neocons, bankers and media on the planet.

In ending there is no more evidence required for us, the people of the world, to rise up against the globalist dark forces wherever they exist, be it in Brussels, London, France or Washington. We must demand democratic elections or start revolutions, the latter has already begun in France in the form of ‘the yellow vests’. And Brexit, by definition, is a rejection by the British people of globalism and American Hegemony.

The pattern of US destabilization and destruction of States to loot them of their sovereign resources is the unseen history of the last 100 years, not taught in any university, anywhere in the West.

As far as Ukraine is concerned, its government was taken down by the CIA and replaced by an ultra fascist regime that has full backing from America. This is no secret. But the MSM simple don’t report it.

US led NATO is ‘the transnational war machine’ of the world, devouring almost all free countries wealth. It can extort to terrorize all into conformity to the global ‘carcinogenic’ US Neocon imperialistic strategy.

A total estimated 20m people around the world have died since the end of WW11 at the hands of US Forces. Think about that for a moment.

One of the most famous sayings attributed to America’s great President Abraham Lincoln is about deception: “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

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‘Dark day for internet freedom’: EU approves controversial copyright reform

Julia Reda, a German MEP with the Pirate Party, described it as a “dark day for internet freedom.”

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The European Parliament has voted to adopt the highly controversial Article 13 provision which would govern the production and distribution of content online under the auspices of increasing copyright protections.

Tuesday’s move will update the EU’s 20-year-old copyright rules and will govern everything from audiovisual content to memes, much to the dismay of many social media users who have already begun outpouring their grief online.

MEPs passed the legislation by 348 votes to 274 Tuesday. Opponents had hoped for last-minute amendments to be made but their efforts were in vain.

Julia Reda, a German MEP with the Pirate Party, described it as a “dark day for internet freedom.”

Article 13 or ‘The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market’ makes all platforms legally responsible for the content hosted and shared on their platforms.

The process of updating the bloc’s copyright laws began in the European Commission two years ago, ostensibly to protect Europe’s publishers, broadcasters and artists and guarantee fair compensation from big tech companies.

By essentially forcing companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter to pay artists and publishers for the reproduction of their work online, include in meme format, the EU is effectively clamping down on online memery.

The onus will now be on tech companies to clamp down on content-sharing on their platforms, which will likely ensure yet more draconian policing of speech and content.

EU member states now have two years to pass their own laws putting Article 13 into effect.

Tens of thousands marched in protest across Germany ahead of the vote, decrying what they viewed as severe online censorship.

Tech giant Google said that while the directive is “improved” it will still lead to legal uncertainty and will damage Europe’s creative and digital economies.

Critics have argued that the only way for Article 13 to be effectively enforced would be through the use of upload filters which automatically check content to see if it’s copyrighted or not, at least in theory. However, the exact mechanics of such a system have yet to be fully debated and the potential for abuse is immediately clear.

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