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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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Normski
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Normski

It appears President Putin has the measure of the Ukrainian Government and what they’re up to. Thankfully Putin is a very level headed individual and several steps ahead of Poroshenko!.

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

We saw how they care, They invaded ukraine, killed 20.000 Ukrainians since 2014.

Tom
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Tom

More lying Bs from yet another Ukronazi shill.

a.f.vETH
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a.f.vETH

Truth hurts, boy, Russia must stop kiling Ukraianians

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

WHEN RUSSIA DECLARED WAR ON UKRAINE, YOU SMILED! THIS LATEST TERRORIST ATTACK BY THE RUSSIAN JUNTA IN UKRAINIAN WATERS WAS THE LATEST OF HIS DAILY CRIMES!

Ton
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Ton

Idiot Ukronazi! I know you morons haven’t much intelligence, but your comment is absolute, lying Bs.

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

wE SAW WHEN HE ORDERED THE DOWNING OF mh17………..

Olivia Kroth, author and journalist
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President Putin cares about Ukraine as a neighbour but he knows that it is a failed state.

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

Russia declared war on Ukraine in 2014. The Russians invaded Donbass and CRIMEA…………………5200 Russian Army soldiers kiled in Donbass, 20.000 Ukrainians. MH17 DOWNED BY THE rUSSIAN nAZZIES…WHAT A CARE!

Tom
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Tom

Moron! When did Russia declare war on the Ukraine? Give dates, evidence, please.

therevolutionwas
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therevolutionwas

ignore him, Tom. The guy is a total loser who doesn’t know what he is talking about and will not accept the truth if it hit him in the mouth -which I hope it does.

Cudwieser
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Cudwieser

Ditto

TEP
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TEP

Never feed a troll .. just downvote & move on.

a.f.vETH
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a.f.vETH

The Russian Army invaded Donbass in 2014, moron. remember mh17 downed by Russia! 5200 Russian Army soldiers killed in Donbass since 2014, offical figures.

graeme pedersen
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graeme pedersen

A.F. Veth get’s his news from Bellingcat. You know the authors of Alice in wonderland, Pinnochio etc.

a.f.vETH
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a.f.vETH

Denying the truth haha

Olivia Kroth, author and journalist
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Mrs. or Mr. Veth, Russia never declared war on Ukraine. Ukraine is Russian territory, it has been Russian territory since the times of the tsars. Russia will never declare war on its own. That is absolute nonsense. In 2014, the poor Crimeans finally managed to join the Russian motherland via a referendum. Since then, Crimea’s economy has been getting better and better, while the poor Ukrainians are still starving under the US-Poroshenko regime. Mrs. or Mr. Veth, whoever you are, do not write nonsense on the site of the Duran. It is one of the few good English-language news sites… Read more »

a.f.vETH
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a.f.vETH

Crimea is Ukraine. OccupATION DOES NOT CHANGE THAT. Crimean economy is down, hardly light, gas….and drinking water..and no tourims, just the truth. Tatars are arrested daily and tortured.b Duran is a neo-fascist website supporting the Russian Hitler.

a.f.vETH
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a.f.vETH

Ukraine is not Russia, Only nazzies think so.Today there are still 10.000 occupation troops in Donbas, 700 tanks and 600 grad en buk-systems. As drones shows. Ukraine is a independemt state. Crimea and Donbass are Ukraine by law.

a.f.vETH
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a.f.vETH

And there was no referendum in Crimea,at least no valid one. Voting at gunpoint is never valid. Firs tinvasion, then fake vote. By the way, fake journalist: the choice stay with Ukraine was not even on the ballot. Kiss your Russian Hitler, Sich Heil!

ManintheMoon
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ManintheMoon

Don’t waste your time on this sad figure. He’s probably not very well paid for this (he’s evidently not the brightest pebble on the beach), but our rulers cannot be too choosy in their choice of trolls.

Cudwieser
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Cudwieser

He’s at least persistent and does provide some contrast, even if it is a deeper shade of shite.

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

You support fascism…………..haha

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

NATO increases military presence in Black Sea region, – Stoltenberg
Earlier, President Poroshenko said that calling of several NATO ships would be one of the possible ways to help Ukraine in this situation

graeme pedersen
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graeme pedersen

A.F. Veth get’s his news from Bellingcat. You know the authors of Alice in wonderland, Pinnochio etc.

Cudwieser
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Cudwieser

Graeme! Stop deriding great literary works such as Belling… I mean Alice in Wonderland 😉 🙂

Bill
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Bill

Ukraine deserves to be liberated.

Smokingeagle
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Smokingeagle

He also knows which war parties gave rise to the war party in Ukraine.

a.f.vETH
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a.f.vETH

http://khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1543754176

Can you read, fake journalist?!

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

Caring like the invasion of Donbass and CRIMEA showed……………

ManintheMoon
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ManintheMoon

It’s difficult to know what Putin should do. If – as seems likely – he’s faced with Timoshenko after the elections next year, things are unlikely to change unless there is a big upheaval in European politics. I imagine Putin has given up on the US (he certainly should have) where Trump has proved to as weak as Obama – both probably started out with good intentions. There’s a good article by James Jatras detailing all the levers Trump has failed to use against his tormentors – http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/december/01/sayonara-america-first-we-hardly-knew-ye/. I can only guess that they’ve got dirt on him that has… Read more »

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Shows the stupidity of the people of Ukraine if they vote in the ‘Gas Princess’, who the US wish to install. I still remember her ‘nuke the 8 million Russian speaking people of Ukraine’. Not the greatest Presidential Campaign, tag line.

ManintheMoon
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ManintheMoon

A bit harsh on the wretched Ukrainians, who are no more stupid I fear than the inhabitants of most western “democracies”, who continue to vote in governments that make them pay for perpetual war, ris Armageddon and steadily replace the native population with those from Arica and Asia. Alas most people are easily gulled when they are let down by a corrupt and degenerate elite and given no real choice. Even when they do vote for ‘change’ – as with Brexit and Trump – they are baulked. The struggle will never end.

therevolutionwas
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therevolutionwas

Pessimist! I agree though. But, as that turd Churchill said – Never give up!

Olivia Kroth, author and journalist
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I do not believe that President Putin has given up on President Trump. Their body language tells me that they are trying to find common ground as much as they can, under the difficult prevailing circumstances. I further believe that Trump is a much stronger personality than Obama. Obama was or is a CIA asset, just like Hillary Clinton. Trump is certainly not working for the CIA; he used to be an independent and successful businessman, before he was elected President of the USA. Now he is learning that you cannot escape the fangs of the CIA, no matter who… Read more »

ManintheMoon
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ManintheMoon

You’re probably right on Putin not giving up on Trump as he’s an eternal optimist, but I think he’ll be disappaointed. Trump did not make his money without kowtowing to the worst elements of the New York property magnates (including the family of his son in law). There are certainly links to unsavoury Russian-Israeli oligarchs. Trump’s instincts may be right as regards Amercan interests, but he’s not independent by any stretch. If he was strong he wouldn’t constantly back track on improving relations with Russia over every staged incident. My guess is that it’s his association with Geoffrey Epstein that… Read more »

Jane Karlsson
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Jane Karlsson

Exactly. He can’t drain the swamp because as a friend of Epstein he absolutely has to be (or have been) a swamp creature himself.

Bill
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Bill

The Russians should push for freedom in Ukraine. And wait for a humanitarian crisis and then intervene to stop the killing.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Well said President Putin and so true. Not just Ukraine it applies to.

Why were the US advertising for mercenaries to go and work in Ukraine, before the Kerch Strait incident?

US Defense Contractor Posts Job Offering For “Classified Contingency Operations” In Ukraine… https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-01/us-military-contractor-hiring-personnel-support-classified-contingency-operations

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

pUTIN IS AN NAZZI, tHE rUSSIAN hITLER.

Tom
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Tom

Idiot!

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

wHEN rUSSIA INVADED UKRAINE, THE SANCTIONS STARTED AGAINST THE JUNTA! DONBASS IS DESTROYED BY RUSSIAN ARMY, 2,5 MILLION REFUGEES……………..IT THAT CARING……………HAHAHAHA

Tom
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Tom

Moron!

Ray Joseph Cormier
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If the US didn’t start the regime change in Iraq, Libya and Syria, there would not be so many Refugees seeking safety in Europe.

All the evidence shows US MEDDLING/regime change in other Nation’s affairs, leaves only failed terrorist States in their place, and still doubles down on failed policies.

Iran is the last target for US regime change, following the 2001 US WAR PLANS brought out within weeks of 9/11, to change the regimes of Iraq, Libya, Syria, and at THE END, Iran.

Smokingeagle
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Smokingeagle

The US also meddled in Brasil and is now meddling in Nicaragua (since 2014), and also in Venezuela.

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

cENTRAL cOMMAND OF THE rUSSIAN aRMY IN OCCUPIED DONBASS IN FULL ALERT AFTER MARTIAL LAW IN UKRAINE!

ManintheMoon
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ManintheMoon

Are you being paid for posting this garbage? I hope its not coming from our taxes. Back to fairyland, my friend.

Smokingeagle
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Smokingeagle

Anyone who doesn’t know how to use the Caps Lock key must be deficient in brain function.

Joe
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Joe

He’s a Ukronazi: what else would you expect?

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

And as long as the US backs Ukraine, the danger of war will continue to exist. And Europe is guilty by association…continuously imposing restrictions which end up hurting both sides.

a.f.vETH
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a.f.vETH

Anoter Hitler lover aka Putler lover.

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

On Sunday, the RQ-4B Global Hawk, a strategic unmanned aerial vehicle or UAV of the US Air Force carried out an eight-hour reconnaissance flight near the Black Sea coast of Russia, flying near the Crimea, the Kerch Strait and Kuban, Interfax reports, citing the monitoring data of Western aviation portals. Later in the afternoon, a US Navy P-8A Poseidon patrol plane joined it. Both aircraft took off from Sigonella Naval Air Station in Sicily, Italy. Both aircraft which can conduct electronic intelligence operations hundreds of kilometers inside the enemy’s territory carried out flights at 35 to 45 km from Russian… Read more »

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

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The Russian Border Guard Boat very damaged after it illegally attacked the small Ukrainian vessel..hahahaha

graeme pedersen
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graeme pedersen

A.F. Veth get’s his news from Bellingcat. You know the authors of Alice in wonderland, Pinnochio etc.

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

Your Russians love Putlers daily warcrimes………….

TheCelotajs
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TheCelotajs

Sorry to say but President Petro Poroshenko thinks he is the reincarnation of Germany’s Adolf Hitler during the 1930’s and his rise to power. He is doing the same thing Hitler did when he invaded other countries at first. President Petro Poroshenko wants Donbas first then it will be Crimea next, then who will be next after that?

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

Nazzi troll, Donbass and CRIMEA ARE uKRAINE. ITS OCCUPIED BY RUSSIAN TROOPS……..PUTIN DOWNED MH17……………..HOW CAN UKRAINE INVADE THEIR OWN COUNTRY, HITLERLOVER

A.F.Veth
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A.F.Veth

nato fleet enters Black Sea, ukraine agreed!

Bill
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Bill

A party of war should get their wish. So give it to them.

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Canada to Pay Heavy Price for Trudeau’s Groupie Role in US Banditry Against China

Trudeau would had to have known about the impending plot to snatch Huawei CFO Wanzhou and moreover that he personally signed off on it.

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You do have to wonder about the political savvy of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government. The furious fallout from China over the arrest of a senior telecoms executive is going to do severe damage to Canadian national interests.

Trudeau’s fawning over American demands is already rebounding very badly for Canada’s economy and its international image.

The Canadian arrest – on behalf of Washington – of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecom giant Huawei, seems a blatant case of the Americans acting politically and vindictively. If the Americans are seen to be acting like bandits, then the Canadians are their flunkies.

Wanzhou was detained on December 1 by Canadian federal police as she was boarding a commercial airliner in Vancouver. She was reportedly handcuffed and led away in a humiliating manner which has shocked the Chinese government, media and public.

The business executive has since been released on a $7.4 million bail bond, pending further legal proceedings. She is effectively being kept under house arrest in Canada with electronic ankle tagging.

To add insult to injury, it is not even clear what Wanzhou is being prosecuted for. The US authorities have claimed that she is guilty of breaching American sanctions against Iran by conducting telecoms business with Tehran. It is presumed that the Canadians arrested Wanzhou at the request of the Americans. But so far a US extradition warrant has not been filed. That could take months. In the meantime, the Chinese businesswoman will be living under curfew, her freedom denied.

Canadian legal expert Christopher Black says there is no juridical case for Wanzhou’s detention. The issue of US sanctions on Iran is irrelevant and has no grounds in international law. It is simply the Americans applying their questionable national laws on a third party. Black contends that Canada has therefore no obligation whatsoever to impose those US laws regarding Iran in its territory, especially given that Ottawa and Beijing have their own separate bilateral diplomatic relations.

In any case, what the real issue is about is the Americans using legal mechanisms to intimidate and beat up commercial rivals. For months now, Washington has made it clear that it is targeting Chinese telecoms rivals as commercial competitors in a strategic sector. US claims about China using telecoms for “spying” and “infiltrating” American national security are bogus propaganda ruses to undermine these commercial rivals through foul means.

It also seems clear from US President Donald Trump’s unsubtle comments this week to Reuters, saying he would “personally intervene” in the Meng case “if it helped trade talks with China”, that the Huawei executive is being dangled like a bargaining chip. It was a tacit admission by Trump that the Americans really don’t have a legal case against her.

Canada’s foreign minister Chrystia Freeland bounced into damage limitation mode following Trump’s thuggish comments. She said that the case should not be “politicized” and that the legal proceedings should not be tampered with. How ironic is that?

The whole affair has been politicized from the very beginning. Meng’s arrest, or as Christopher Black calls it “hostage-taking”, is driven by Washington’s agenda of harassment against China for commercial reasons, under a legal pretext purportedly about Iranian sanctions.

When Trump revealed the cynical expediency of him “helping to free Wanzhou”, then the Canadians realized they were also being exposed for the flunkies that they are for American banditry. That’s why Freeland was obliged to quickly adopt the fastidious pretense of legal probity.

Canadian premier Justin Trudeau has claimed that he wasn’t aware of the American request for Wanzhou’s detention. Trudeau is being pseudo. For such a high-profile infringement against a senior Chinese business leader, Ottawa must have been fully briefed by the Americans. Christopher Black, the legal expert, believes that Trudeau would had to have known about the impending plot to snatch Wanzhou and moreover that he personally signed off on it.

What Trudeau and his government intended to get out of performing this sordid role for American thuggery is far from clear. Maybe after being verbally mauled by Trump as “weak and dishonest” at the G7 summit earlier this year, in June, Trudeau decided it was best to roll over and be a good little puppy for the Americans in their dirty deed against China.

But already it has since emerged that Canada is going to pay a very heavy price indeed for such dubious service to Washington. Beijing has warned that it will take retaliation against both Washington and Ottawa. And it is Ottawa that is more vulnerable to severe repercussions.

This week saw two Canadian citizens, one a former diplomat, detained in China on spying charges.

Canadian business analysts are also warning that Beijing can inflict harsh economic penalties on Ottawa. An incensed Chinese public have begun boycotting Canadian exports and sensitive Canadian investments in China are now at risk from being blocked by Beijing. A proposed free trade deal that was being negotiated between Ottawa and Beijing now looks dead in the water.

And if Trudeau’s government caves in to the excruciating economic pressure brought to bear by Beijing and then abides by China’s demand to immediately release Meng Wanzhou, Ottawa will look like a pathetic, gutless lackey to Washington. Canada’s reputation of being a liberal, independent state will be shredded. Even then the Chinese are unlikely to forget Trudeau’s treachery.

With comic irony, there’s a cringemaking personal dimension to this unseemly saga.

During the 197os when Trudeau’s mother Margaret was a thirty-something socialite heading for divorce from his father, then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, she was often in the gossip media for indiscretions at nightclubs. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards claims in his autobiography that Margaret Trudeau was a groupie for the band, having flings with Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood. Her racy escapades and louche lifestyle brought shame to many Canadians.

Poor Margaret Trudeau later wound up divorced, disgraced, financially broke and scraping a living from scribbling tell-all books.

Justin, her eldest son, is finding out that being a groupie for Washington’s banditry is also bringing disrepute for him and his country.

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US Commits To “Indefinite” Occupation Of Syria; Controls Region The Size Of Croatia

Raqqa is beginning to look more and more like Baghdad circa 2005.

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“We don’t want the Americans. It’s occupation” — a Syrian resident in US-controlled Raqqa told Stars and Stripes military newspaper. This as the Washington Post noted this week that “U.S. troops will now stay in Syria indefinitely, controlling a third of the country and facing peril on many fronts.”

Like the “forever war” in Afghanistan, will we be having the same discussion over the indefinite occupation of Syria stretching two decades from now? A new unusually frank assessment in Stars and Stripes bluntly lays out the basic facts concerning the White House decision to “stay the course” until the war’s close:

That decision puts U.S. troops in overall control, perhaps indefinitely, of an area comprising nearly a third of Syria, a vast expanse of mostly desert terrain roughly the size of Louisiana.

The Pentagon does not say how many troops are there. Officially, they number 503, but earlier this year an official let slip that the true number may be closer to 4,000

A prior New Yorker piece described the US-occupied area east of the Euphrates as “an area about the size of Croatia.” With no Congressional vote, no public debate, and not even so much as an official presidential address to the nation, the United States is settling in for another endless occupation of sovereign foreign soil while relying on the now very familiar post-911 AUMF fig leaf of “legality”.

Like the American public and even some Pentagon officials of late have been pointing out for years regarding Afghanistan, do US forces on the ground even know what the mission is? The mission may be undefined and remain ambiguously to “counter Iran”, yet the dangers and potential for major loss in blood and treasure loom larger than ever.

According to Stars and Stripes the dangerous cross-section of powder keg conflicts and geopolitical players means “a new war” is on the horizon:

The new mission raises new questions, about the role they will play and whether their presence will risk becoming a magnet for regional conflict and insurgency.

The area is surrounded by powers hostile both to the U.S. presence and the aspirations of the Kurds, who are governing the majority-Arab area in pursuit of a leftist ideology formulated by an imprisoned Turkish Kurdish leader. Signs that the Islamic State is starting to regroup and rumblings of discontent within the Arab community point to the threat of an insurgency.

Without the presence of U.S. troops, these dangers would almost certainly ignite a new war right away, said Ilham Ahmed, a senior official with the Self-Administration of North and East Syria, as the self-styled government of the area is called.

“They have to stay. If they leave and there isn’t a solution for Syria, it will be catastrophic,” she said.

But staying also heralds risk, and already the challenges are starting to mount.
So a US-backed local politician says the US can’t leave or there will be war, while American defense officials simultaneously recognize they are occupying the very center of an impending insurgency from hell — all of which fits the textbook definition of quagmire perfectly.

The New Yorker: “The United States has built a dozen or more bases from Manbij to Al-Hasakah, including four airfields, and American-backed forces now control all of Syria east of the Euphrates, an area about the size of Croatia.”

But in September the White House announced a realignment of its official priorities in Syria, namely to act “as a bulwark against Iran’s expanding influence.” This means the continued potential and likelihood of war with Syria, Iran, and Russia in the region is ever present, per Stripes:

Syrian government troops and Iranian proxy fighters are to the south and west. They have threatened to take the area back by force, in pursuit of President Bashar Assad’s pledge to bring all of Syria under government control.

Already signs of an Iraq-style insurgency targeting US forces in eastern Syria are beginning to emerge.

In Raqqa, the largest Syrian city at the heart of US occupation and reconstruction efforts, the Stripes report finds the following:

The anger on the streets is palpable. Some residents are openly hostile to foreign visitors, which is rare in other towns and cities freed from Islamic State control in Syria and Iraq. Even those who support the presence of the U.S. military and the SDF say they are resentful that the United States and its partners in the anti-ISIS coalition that bombed the city aren’t helping to rebuild.

And many appear not to support their new rulers.

We don’t want the Americans. It’s occupation,” said one man, a tailor, who didn’t want to give his name because he feared the consequences of speaking his mind. “I don’t know why they had to use such a huge number of weapons and destroy the city. Yes, ISIS was here, but we paid the price. They have a responsibility.”

Recent reports out of the Pentagon suggests defense officials simply want to throw more money into US efforts in Syria, which are further focused on training and supplying the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (or Kurdish/YPG-dominated SDF), which threatens confrontation with Turkey as its forces continue making preparations for a planned attack on Kurdish enclaves in Syria this week.

Meanwhile, Raqqa is beginning to look more and more like Baghdad circa 2005:

Everyone says the streets are not safe now. Recent months have seen an uptick in assassinations and kidnappings, mostly targeting members of the security forces or people who work with the local council. But some critics of the authorities have been gunned down, too, and at night there are abductions and robberies.

As America settles in for yet another endless and “indefinite” occupation of a Middle East country, perhaps all that remains is for the president to land on an aircraft carrier with “Mission Accomplished” banners flying overhead?

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The real reason Western media & CIA turned against Saudi MBS

The problem with MBS isn’t that he is a mass murdering war criminal, it is that he is too “independent” for the United States’ liking.

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Forces are aligning against Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, lead by elements within the CIA and strong players in the mainstream media. But what is really behind this deterioration in relationship, and what are its implications?

Following the brutal murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, western media and various entities, including the CIA, appear to have turned their back on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman (MBS). In response to the scandal, the Guardian released a video which its celebutante, Owen Jones, captioned“Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest threats on Earth. Time to stop propping up its repulsive regime.”

The Guardian was not alone in its condemnation. “It’s high time to end Saudi impunity,” wrote Hana Al-Khamri in Al-Jazeera. “It’s time for Saudi Arabia to tell the truth on Jamal Khashoggi,” the Washington Post’s Editorial Board argued. Politico called it “the tragedy of Jamal Khashoggi.”

Even shadowy think-tanks like the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Atlantic Council released articles criticising Saudi Arabia in the wake of Khashoggi’s death.

A number of companies began backing away from Saudi money after the journalist’s death, including the world’s largest media companies such as the New York Times, the Economist’s editor-in-chief Zanny Minton Beddoes, Arianna Huffington, CNN, CNBC, the Financial Times, Bloomberg, Google Cloud CEO, just to name a few.

The CIA concluded that MBS personally ordered Khashoggi’s death, and was reportedly quite open in its provision of this assessment. Antonio Guterres, secretary-general of the UN, also took time out of his schedule to express concern over Saudi Arabia’s confirmation of the killing.

At the time of the scandal, former CIA director John Brennan went on MSNBC to state that the Khashoggi’s death would be the downfall of MBS. Furthermore, the US Senate just voted in favour of ending American involvement in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen (a somewhat symbolic victory, though this is a topic for another article), but nonetheless was a clear stab at MBS personally.

The only person who appeared to continue to uphold America’s unfaltering support for MBS, even after all the publicly made evidence against MBS, was the US president himself. So after years of bombarding Yemen, sponsoring terror groups across the Middle East, Asia, the Pacific and beyond, why is it only now that there has been mounting opposition to Saudi Arabia’s leadership? Let’s just bear in mind that western media had spent years investing in a heavy PR campaign to paint MBS as a “reformer.”

Former national security adviser under Barack Obama’s second term, Susan Rice, wrote an article in the New York Times, in which she called MBS a “partner we can’t depend on.” Rice concludes that MBS is “not and can no longer be viewed as a reliable partner of the United States and our allies.” But why is this? Is it because MBS is responsible for some of the most egregious human rights abuses inside his own kingdom as well as in Yemen? Is it because of MBS’ support for groups such as ISIS and al-Qaeda? No, according to Rice, we “should not rupture our important relationship with the kingdom, but we must make it clear it cannot be business as usual so long as Prince Mohammad continues to wield unlimited power.”

One will observe that the latter segment of Rice’s article almost mirrors former CIA director Brennan’s word on MSNBC word for word who stated that:

“I think ultimately this is going to come out. And it’s very important for us to maintain the relations with Saudi Arabia. And if it’s Mohammed bin Salman who’s the cancer here, well, we need to be able to find ways to eliminate the cancer and to move forward with this relationship that is critical to regional stability and our national interests.”

In reality, this is probably the issue that western media and government advisors have taken up with MBS. Aside from the fact he allegedly held a huge hand in the brutal murder of one of their own establishment journalists (Saudi Arabia reportedly tortured and killed another journalist not long after Khashoggi, but western media was eerily silent on this incident) MBS is not opposed for his reckless disregard for human rights. With insight into Rice’s mindset, we actually learn that if the US were to punish MBS, he would be likely to “behave more irresponsibly to demonstrate his independence and exact retribution against his erstwhile Western partners.”

You see, the problem with MBS isn’t that he is a mass murdering war criminal, it is that he is too “independent” for the United States’ liking.

Last week, Saudi Arabia and the other major oil producers met in Vienna at the year’s final big OPEC meeting of the year. As Foreign Policy notes, Saudi Arabia remains the largest oil producer inside OPEC but has to contend with the US and Russia who are “pumping oil at record levels.” Together, the three countries are the world’s biggest oil producers, meaning any coordinated decision made between these three nations can be somewhat monumental.

However, it appears that one of these three nations will end up drawing the short end of the stick as the other two begin forming a closer alliance. As Foreign Policy explains:

“But Saudi Arabia has bigger game in mind at Vienna than just stabilizing oil prices. Recognizing that it can’t shape the global oil market by itself anymore but rather needs the cooperation of Russia, Saudi Arabia is hoping to formalize an ad hoc agreement between OPEC and Moscow that began in 2016, a time when dirt-cheap oil also posed a threat to oil-dependent regimes. That informal agreement expires at the end of the year, but the Saudis would like to make Russia’s participation with the cartel more permanent.”

Russian officials have been signalling their intention to formalise this agreement for quite some time now. Given the hysteria in western media about any and all things Russian, it is not too much of a stretch to suggest that this is the kind of news that is not sitting too well with the powers-that-be.

Earlier this year, Russia and Saudi Arabia announced that it would “institutionalize” the two-year-old bilateral agreement to coordinate oil production targets in order to maintain an edge on the global market.

While US president Trump has been supportive and incredibly defensive of MBS during this “crisis”, the truth is that the US only has itself to blame. It was not all too long ago that Trump announced that he had told Saudi King Salman that his kingdom would not last two weeks without US support.

Saudi Arabia is learning for themselves quite quickly that, ultimately, it may pay not to have all its eggs in one geopolitical superpower basket.

Saudi Arabia has been increasingly interested in Moscow since King Salman made a historic visit to Moscow in October 2017. While Trump has openly bragged about his record-breaking arms deals with the Saudis, the blunt truth is that the $110 billion arms agreements were reportedly only ever letters of interest or intent, but not actual contracts. As such, the US-Saudi arms deal is still yet to be locked in, all the while Saudi Arabia is negotiating with Russia for its S-400 air defence system. This is, as the Washington Post notes, despite repeated US requests to Saudi Arabia for it disavow its interest in Russia’s arms.

The economic threat that an “independent” Saudi Arabia under MBS’ leadership poses to Washington runs deeper than meets the eye and may indeed have a domino effect. According to CNN, Russia and Saudi Arabia “are engaged in an intense battle over who will be the top supplier to China, a major energy importer with an insatiable appetite for crude.”

The unveiling of China’s petro-yuan poses a major headache for Washington and its control over Saudi Arabia as well.According to Carl Weinberg, chief economist and managing director at High-Frequency Economics, China will “compel”Saudi Arabia to trade oil in Chinese yuan instead of US dollars. One must bear in mind that China has now surpassed the US as the “biggest oil importer on the planet,” these direct attacks on the US dollar will have huge implications for its current world reserve status.

If Saudi Arabia jumps on board China’s petro-yuan, the rest of OPEC will eventually follow, and the US might be left with no choice but to declare all of these countries in need of some vital freedom and democracy.

Therefore, ousting MBS and replacing him with a Crown Prince who doesn’t stray too far from the tree that is US imperialism may put a dent in pending relationships with Saudi Arabia and Washington’s adversaries, Russia and China.

Once we get over the certainty that the US media and the CIA are not against MBS for his long-list of human rights abuses, the question then becomes: why – why now, and in this manner, have they decided to put the spotlight on MBS and expose him exactly for what he is.

Clearly, the driving force behind this media outrage is a bit more complex than first meets the eye.

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