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Here’s why a Hillary Clinton presidency will push the world closer to war

The rise of Hillary Clinton and the way she has made Russia the centerpiece of her election campaign leads to growing concern about the effect of a Hillary Clinton Presidency.

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If the western media is to be believed, no one is allowed to die of natural causes in Russia. Every time a person in Russia dies there is a clear culprit. Let’s say it all together…. ‘Putin did it’. Of course this is beyond farcical, it is utterly inane. But far from being clowns, the ringleaders of the western circus are actually deeply frightening individuals.

A series of seemingly unrelated events have transpired in recent days and weeks which when analysed as part of a larger international agenda, have the aggregate effect of accelerating a political and military doomsday.

The Obama government has waged a cold war on three distinct fronts

1. A political/economic cold war against Russia, complete with the doubling up of hostile NATO military bases and arms near Russia’s vast land border. This part of the Obama government’s plan saw the US aiding and encouraging the violent overthrow of the legitimate government in Kiev in 2014.

2. A political and cyber-war against whistleblowers, legal activists and free speech agitators (Manning, Snowden, Assange being the most well-known)

3. Proxy wars in the Middle East designed to weaken Russia’s traditional Syrian ally through the funding and arming of terrorist groups including ISIS.

But things seem to be getting a lot worse in the run-up to the most violently contested US Presidential election in recent history. Russia has dominated election rhetoric more than in any election since the Reagan era and by comparison, Reagan’s anti-Soviet rhetoric was bland and predictable.

Contrasted with Reagan’s Manichean assessment of international relations, the Hillary Clinton campaign have directly accused Russia of specific and serious acts ranging from waging a war in Donbass when Russia has not done so, trying to destabilise European politics and interfering in elections, when the truth of the matter is that Russia has said and done less and less when it comes to Europe due to the EU increasingly cutting itself off from the wider world under American influence.

Now the Clinton campaign are accusing Russia of directly meddling in the US election and the accusations continue to grow ever wilder. Whether it’s Russia hacking into the computers of the Democratic Party or allegations that Trump and his associates are striking secret personal deals with Vladimir Putin to ensure a Trump victory, Joseph McCarthy’s anti-communist witch hunts suddenly look modest by comparison. 

Whilst no serious analyst thought Russia was behind the leaks, it now appears that a possible whistleblower has been identified as a recently murdered man. On 10 July of this year, 27 year old Seth Rich was shot in the streets of Washington. Rich had worked for the Democratic National Committee and Julian Assange has cryptically suggested (as Wikileaks never reveal their sources) that Rich may have been the whistleblower who leaked the emails.  

The circumstances surrounding Rich’s death are highly suspicious. He was shot by a still unidentified individual, but was not robbed or molested in any other way. It has all the hallmarks of a targeted assassination. With rumours running rife that a Clinton government would put pressure on Ecuador for granting Assange asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Assange has posted a 2010 video of Clinton supporter Bob Beckel calling for the ‘illegal’ (Beckel’s words) killing of Assange. Obama’s cold war on whistleblowers has just become very hot indeed.

This has happened more or less simultaneous to rumours that the Ukrainian army along with paramilitary units and terrorist gangs are set to wage total war on the republics of Donbass. In the aftermath of Russia’s thwarting of a terrorist attack on Crimea, some say that Kiev’s forces may attempt to invade Russian territory, beginning with Crimea. 

It is a well-known fact that Hillary Clinton is one of the biggest anti-Russian agitators in Washington, this in spite of the fact that in her last failed attempt to become the President of the US she couldn’t even name the then President of Russia. Now though, Clinton is slipping the anti-Russian message deeper and deeper into both her foreign policy rhetoric and her rhetoric about the political process in America.

The fact that Donald Trump has taken a line that America and Russia should de-escalate tensions is not due to some conspiracy involving Putin, it is because as a self-styled populist, Trump is voicing the view shared by the vast majority of American’s that Russia is not a threat and not even a political issue. The people of America do not care about Russia. Most hardly know about Russia, let alone the intricacies of her foreign policy. This has proved to be both a blessing and a curse for the American political process. On the one hand, Trump offers a much needed alternative to the anti-Russian hysteria which prior to Trump was a point of unity between both Republican and Democratic politicians. With Trump correctly stating that instead of planning a war with Russia, an American president ought to help America’s economy and quill her violent crime rates, many people are taking this simple, honest and correct message on board.

Inversely, Trump has given Clinton an opportunity to play up her anti-Russian stance as Russia is now a point of contention. Assuming one of Trump’s Republican opponents had been the party’s candidate, there would be little point of disagreement and hence no argument about policies towards Russia. But this is no longer the case and Clinton has been emboldened to blame everything, including the presence of Donald Trump on Russia.

I cannot think of a grimmer prospect than a Hillary Clinton presidency. Caligula infamously appointed his favourite horse Incitatus a consul of Rome and frankly I think he would do less damage to world than Clinton. Trump does not have a perfect rhetorical record on whistle-blowers or even on Russia, but contrary to mainstream western media perceptions, his policies are far more sane and sound than those of his opponent. Many pro-war Republicans are telling their constituents; ‘hold your nose and vote for Clinton’. The truth of the matter is, even for those who dislike Trump’s style, if one cares about world peace, hold your nose and vote for Trump.

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It’s Back to the Iran-Contra Days Under Trump

Abrams and his cronies will not stop with Venezuela.

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Showing that he is adopting the neoconservative playbook every day he remains in office, Donald Trump handed the neocons a major win when he appointed Iran-contra scandal felon Elliott Abrams as his special envoy on Venezuela. Abrams pleaded guilty in 1991 to two counts of withholding information on the secret sale of US weapons for cash to help illegally supply weapons to the Nicaraguan right-wing contras, who were battling against the government of President Daniel Ortega. Abrams would have headed to a federal prison, but President George H. W. Bush, an unindicted co-conspirator in the scandal, issued pardons to Abrams and his five fellow conspirators – former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, former National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane, and former Central Intelligence Agency officials Alan Fiers, Duane “Dewey” Clarridge, and Clair George – on Christmas Eve 1991, during the final weeks of Bush’s lame duck administration.

Abrams escaped being charged with more serious crimes by Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh because he cut a last-minute deal with federal prosecutors. Trump, who has made no secret of his disdain for cooperating federal witnesses, would have normally called Abrams a “rat,” a gangster term meaning informant. The man who helped engineer the pardons for Abrams and his five convicted friends was none other than Bush’s Attorney General, William Barr, who has just been sworn in as Trump’s Attorney General. Trump, who is always decrying the presence of the “deep state” that thwarts his very move, has become the chief guardian of that entity.

During a recent hearing of the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, newly-minted congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, reminded her colleagues and the world about the sordid background of Abrams.

Omar zeroed in on Abrams’s criminal history:

“Mr. Abrams, in 1991 you pleaded guilty to two counts of withholding information from Congress regarding the Iran-Contra affair, for which you were later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony you give today to be truthful.”

Abrams, as is the nature of neocons, refused to respond to Omar and cited her comments as “personal attacks.”

Abrams’s and his fellow criminals’ use of mercenaries and “death squads” to conduct secret wars in Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala during the Ronald Reagan administration in the 1980s has made a re-entrance under Trump. Abrams was brought on board by neocons like National Security Adviser John Bolton, Vice President Mike Pence, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to oversee a US military build-up in Colombia, said to be 5000 US troops, to support Venezuelan paramilitary and military efforts to topple President Nicolas Maduro. Abrams and Bolton are also believed to have retained the services of another unindicted conspirator in the Iran-contra affair, Michael Ledeen, a colleague of the disgraced and convicted former Trump National Security Adviser, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn. Ledeen and Flynn co-authored a book titled, “The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and its Allies.” The book contains nothing more than the standard neocon tripe one might expect from the likes of Ledeen.

An official investigation of the Iran-contra scandal by the late Republican Senator John Tower of Texas concluded that Abrams’s and Ledeen’s friend, Iranian-Jewish middleman Manucher Ghorbanifar, a long-time Mossad asset and well-known prevaricator, was extremely instrumental in establishing the back-channel arms deals with Iran. Ghorbanifar has long been on the CIA “burn list” as an untrustworthy charlatan, along with others in the Middle East of similar sketchy credentials, including the Iraq’s Ahmad Chalabi, Syria’s Farid “Frank” Ghadry, and Lebanon’s Samir “Sami” Geagea. These individuals, however, were warmly embraced by neocons like Abrams and his associates.

Abrams, whose links with Israeli intelligence has always been a point of consternation with US counter-intelligence officials, is part of an old cabal of right-wing anti-Soviet Democrats who coalesced around Senator Henry Jackson in the 1970s. Along with Abrams, this group of war hawks included Richard Perle, Frank Gaffney, William Kristol, Douglas Feith, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Abram Shulsky, and Paul Wolfowitz. Later, this group would have its fingerprints on major US foreign policy debacles, ranging from Nicaragua and Grenada to Lebanon, Iraq, and Libya. Later, in December 2000, these neocons managed to convince president-elect George W. Bush of the need to “democratize” the Middle East. That policy would later bring not democracy but disaster to the Arab Middle East and North Africa.

Abrams and his cronies will not stop with Venezuela. They have old scores to settle with Nicaraguan President Ortega. The initiation of “regime change” operations in Nicaragua, supported by the CIA and the US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) in Miami, have been ongoing for more than a year.

The Trump administration has already achieved a regime change victory of sorts in El Salvador. Nayib Bukele, the former mayor of San Salvador, who was expelled from the formerly-ruling left-wing Farabundo Marti National Liberation (FMLN) party and joined the right-wing GANA party, was recently elected president of El Salvador. Bukele has quickly re-aligned his country’s policies with those of the Trump administration. Bukele has referred to President Maduro of Venezuela as a “dictator.” He has also criticized the former FMLN government’s recognition of China and severance of diplomatic ties with Taiwan. It will be interesting to see how a sycophant like Bukele will politically survive as Trump continues to call hapless asylum-seeking migrants from his country, who seek residency in the United States, “rapists, gang monsters, murderers, and drug smugglers.”

Another country heading for a US-installed “banana republic” dictator is Haiti. President Jovenal Moise has seen rioting in the streets of Port-au-Prince as the US State Department removed all “non-essential” personnel from the country. Moise, whose country has received $2 billion in oil relief from Venezuela, to help offset rising fuel prices, has continued to support the Maduro government. However, at the US-run and neo-colonial artifice, the Organization of American States (OAS), Moise’s envoys have been under tremendous pressure to cut ties with Venezuela and recognize the US puppet Juan Guaido as Venezuelan president. Moise’s refusal to do so resulted in armed gangs hitting the streets of Port-au-Prince demanding Moise’s resignation. It is the same neocon “regime change” playbook being used in Venezuela and Nicaragua.

There will be similar attempts to replace pro-Maduro governments in his remaining allies in the region. These include Suriname, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Abrams was also brought in as an adviser on Middle East policy in the George W. Bush administration. The carnage of Iraq is a stark testament to his record. In 2005, it was reported that two key Bush White House officials – Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove and Deputy National Security Adviser Elliot Abrams – gave a “wink and a nod” for the assassinations by Israeli-paid operatives of three key Lebanese political figures seeking a rapprochement with Syria and Lebanese Hezbollah – Member of Parliament Elie Hobeika, former Lebanese Communist Party chief George Hawi, and former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

In 2008, a United Nations panel headed by former Canadian prosecutor Daniel Bellemare later concluded Hariri was assassinated by a “criminal network” and not by either Syrian and Lebanese intelligence or Lebanese Hezbollah as proffered by Abrams and his friends in Washington.

Representative Omar was spot on in questioning why Abrams, whose name is as disgraced as his two fellow conspirators – Oliver North and John Poindexter – whose criminal convictions were overturned on appeal, is working for the Trump administration on Venezuela. The answer is that the neocons, who can sense, like raptors, Trump’s political weakness, have filled the vacuum left by top-level vacancies in the administration.

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Putin: If mid-range missiles deployed in Europe, Russia will station arms to strike decision centers

Putin: If US deploys mid-range missiles in Europe, Russia will be forced to respond.

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If the US deploys intermediate-range missiles in Europe, Moscow will respond by stationing weapons aimed not only against missiles themselves, but also at command and control centers, from which a launch order would come.

The warning came from President Vladimir Putin, who announced Russia’s planned actions after the US withdraws from the INF Treaty – a Cold War-era agreement between Washington and Moscow which banned both sides form having ground-based cruise and ballistic missiles and developing relevant technology.

The US is set to unilaterally withdraw from the treaty in six months, which opens the possibility of once again deploying these missiles in Europe. Russia would see that as a major threat and respond with its own deployments, Putin said.

Intermediate-range missiles were banned and removed from Europe because they would leave a very short window of opportunity for the other side to decide whether to fire in retaliation after detecting a launch – mere minutes. This poses the threat of an accidental nuclear exchange triggered by a false launch warning, with the officer in charge having no time to double check.

“Russia will be forced to create and deploy weapon systems, which can be used not only against the territories from which this direct threat would be projected, but also against those territories where decision centers are located, from which an order to use those weapons against us may come.” The Russian president, who was delivering a keynote address to the Russian parliament on Wednesday, did not elaborate on whether any counter-deployment would only target US command-and-control sites in Europe or would also include targets on American soil.

He did say the Russian weapon system in terms of flight times and other specifications would “correspond” to those targeting Russia.

“We know how to do it and we will implement those plans without a delay once the relevant threats against us materialize,”he said.

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Labour MP split is a cheap and final ploy to derail BREXIT (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 179.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss a small group of UK Labour MPs decision to quit the party and sit as Independent MPs in the house of commons.

Their excuse for leaving Labour was directed at leader Jeremy Corbyn for presiding over an “institutionally anti-Semitic” party. The real reason they are leaving Labour is because they are staunch remain MPs and are hoping to derail Brexit.

The seven Labour MPs quitting the party to become ‘The Independent Group’, are Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Gavin Shuker and Ann Coffey.

RT reports that Luciana Berger, the MP for Liverpool Wavertree took to the stage first, to claim that she could not stay in the party any more because it had become “institutionally anti-Semitic.”

Chuka Umunna, MP for Streatham, a prominent ‘People’s Vote’ advocate appealed to all MPs, not just Labour, to join their group, as the current parties are part of the problem, not the solution.

He argued that “It is time we dumped this country’s old fashioned politics.” Umunna claimed the UK needed a political party “fit for the hear and now” and the “first step in leaving the tribal politics behind.”

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Twitter has been rocked by the sudden departure of seven Labour MPs to form their own Independent Group, with party supporters feverishly debating whether the move is better for the party, or a wake-up call to Jeremy Corbyn.

Former shadow cabinet minister Chuka Umunna along with MPs Luciana Berger, Gavin Shuker, Angela Smith, Chris Leslie, Mike Gapes and Ann Coffey have all jumped ship in the biggest Labour Party split since 1981, when the so-called “gang of four” left to form the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

In a press conference, Umunna stated that the established parties “cannot be the change because they have become the problem” arguing that it is “time we dumped this country’s old-fashioned politics.”

Jewish MP Luciana Berger said she was “embarrassed and ashamed” at what the Labour Party had become and criticized her former party for becoming “sickeningly institutionally racist.”

“I am leaving behind a culture of bullying, bigotry and intimidation. I look forward to a future serving with colleagues who respect each other,” she added.

Reaction to the news online has been a mixture of shock and dismay, to outright derision. Some Labour supporters were quick to delight in the departures, suggesting the party will be stronger without detractors undermining it from within.

Others though said it was time for Jeremy Corbyn to take the criticism seriously.

Meanwhile, some Twitter users commented on Young Labour’s somewhat barbed response to the situation.

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