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Yugoslavia & Ukraine: a tale of western double standards

Yugoslavia was always open about its young status as a multi-cultural state, yet the west killed it off. Ukraine as a state, has no historical basis yet many in the west will risk a world war to preserve it.

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To understand the west’s inanity over the ‘Ukraine issue’, one must examine the founding and break-up of Yugoslavia.

In 1918 The Kingdom of Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes formed in the Balkans. It was an attempt to create a young state from the ashes of war and centuries of foreign occupation. In 1929 this became the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and after 1945, the partisans who fought valiantly and bravely against fascism formed the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia.

In its various guises, Yugoslavia was always a multi-ethnic state. Its federative composition after 1945 was designed to ensure that each group which made up Yugoslavia, had an equal say in the country’s destiny and for a very long time, Yugoslavia became one of the most successful states in Southern Europe and one of the most successful socialist republics in the world.

In 1974, a new Yugoslav Constitution was introduced by Yugoslav statesman Josip Broz Tito. The constitution gave an autonomous status to two regions of Serbia, Kosovo and Vojvodina. However, no such status was offered to regions of other Yugoslav republics that were overwhelmingly Serbian in terms of demography.

This led to a growing discontent among Serbs who felt the 1974 Constitution disproportionally favored the autonomy of non-Serbs in Serbia whilst ignoring Serbs in other Yugoslav republics, such as Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

1986 saw the publication of the Memorandum of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in which Serbs protested their unequal treatment under the then current constitution.

Although Communist Party officials including Slobodan Milosevic tried to quell tensions and ultimately rejected the demands of the Memorandum, Serbs felt increasingly boxed into a corner.

In the 1990s the west pounced, with countries like Germany and later the United States funding and encouraging violent separatist movements throughout Yugoslavia and later in Serbia itself when NATO bombed Serbia in 1999, killing civilians and destroying the Chinese Embassy, all in the name of supporting the Albanian terrorist group KLA, which was operating in the Serbian province of Kosovo.

The west spun a narrative that Yugoslavia was an illegitimate state. This was not the case, it was a state forged in the 20th century on an openly multi-ethnic and multi-linguistic basis and until the west became involved in destroying it, it functioned remarkably well, far better in fact than its many small successor states.

But this was supposed to be about the Ukrainian issue. Indeed, unlike Yugoslavia which claimed a contemporary mandate rather than historical legitimacy, the fascist regime in Ukraine claim historical legitimacy when it has none.

The current borders of Ukraine are a mixture of historically Russian (before that Turkish in some regions) and Polish (before that Austrian and before that Polish-Lithuanian) regions that have nothing in common.

But the fascists rule the entire region in the ideological interests of a narrow faction from mostly the former Polish regions, whilst passing discriminatory laws on former Russian regions. In the case of the Russian region of Donbass, they are waging total war. Economically, the country does not function in the interests of anyone.

Yet this historical anathema called Ukraine is something that many in the EU and US seem to want to fight for, even at the risk of war with Russia.

It beggars belief that they were eager to destroy the cohesive and economically successful Yugoslavia which admitted it had no ancient or modern historical basis, yet they’re willing to risk what could amount to a world war for a state that no one wants, that cannot cope economically and one which  makes war on those who exercise their democratic self-determination.

To paraphrase British statesman Aneurin Bevan’s remarks to then Prime Minister Anthony Eden, if western leaders don’t understand the Yugoslav-Ukraine parallel, they are too stupid to engage in geopolitics. If they do understand it, they are too wicked to engage in geopolitics.

Sean Spicer’s remarks about Crimea which has been Russian ever since the end of the Ottoman-Crimean Khanate in 1783, are patently irresponsible and profoundly insulting. Unless one wants to revive the Ottoman Empire and have another Russo-Turkish war (I hope Erdogan doesn’t see this), Russia is the only state with any historical legitimacy over Crimea.

Between 1991 and 2014, the Crimean people wanted nothing to do with this state of Ukraine. In 2014 they ended what many rightly felt was an illegal and certainly immoral occupation. They did so using democracy rather than violence. If America believes in democracy so much, they ought to praise rather than condemn this.

The supremely insulting and illogical irony is that countries like the US recognise the Serbian province Kosovo as a state, in spite of the fact that Kosovo is the historical heartland of Serbia. Kosovo still has a significant Serbian population, although many were killed or driven out by NATO backed KLA terrorists.

Crimea, by contrast, is Russian in every sense and has no historical basis as part of a Ukrainian state which itself has no basis in history. This is not only a double-standard but it demonstrates that the western bloc has no collective understanding of what makes nations cohesive, functional units.

Crimea’s return home was peaceful, democratic and as a result, Crimea is now peaceful and happy. By contrast, Kosovo’s illegal separation from Serbia was created through an illegal invasion of Serbia on top of a  localised terrorist war. Kosovo is ruled by renegade mafia elements which include the most disturbing kinds of organised crime in Europe. Such is the legacy of western involvement in the region.

I shall end by returning to another country that gets a lot of air time in American political debates, Mexico.

In 1848, the US and Mexico signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo which gave the US most of what are now its western states.

Imagine if Demetri Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman said that America must give California back to Mexico. Would that make Donald Trump happy?

What Sean Spicer said was even worse as Crimea was happily part of Russia when Los Angeles was little more than a remote and desolate part of Mexico.

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“Foreign entity, NOT RUSSIA” hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails (Video)

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx): Hillary Clinton’s cache of 30,000 emails was hacked by foreign actor, and it was not Russia.

Alex Christoforou

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A stunning revelation that hardly anyone in the mainstream media is covering.

Fox News gave Louie Gohmert (R-Tx) the opportunity to explain what was going on during his questioning of Peter Strzok, when the the Texas Congressman stated that a “foreign entity, NOT RUSSIA” hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Aside from this segment on Fox News, this story is not getting any coverage, and we know why. It destroys the entire ‘Russia hacked Hillary’ narrative.

Gohmert states that this evidence is irrefutable and shows that a foreign actor, not connected to Russia in any way, intercepted and distributed Hillary Clinton’s cache of 30,000 emails.

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Via Zerohedge

As we sift through the ashes of Thursday’s dumpster-fire Congressional hearing with still employed FBI agent Peter Strzok, Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller plucked out a key exchange between Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx) and Strzok which revealed a yet-unknown bombshell about the Clinton email case.

Nearly all of Hillary Clinton’s emails on her homebrew server went to a foreign entity that isn’t Russia. When this was discovered by the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG), IG Chuck McCullough sent his investigator Frank Ruckner and an attorney to notify Strzok along with three other people about the “anomaly.”

Four separate attempts were also made to notify DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz to brief him on the massive security breach, however Horowitz “never returned the call.” Recall that Horowitz concluded last month that despite Strzok’s extreme bias towards Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump – none of it translated to Strzok’s work at the FBI.

In other words; Strzok, while investigating Clinton’s email server, completely ignored the fact that most of Clinton’s emails were sent to a foreign entity – while IG Horowitz simply didn’t want to know about it.

Daily Caller reports…

The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) found an “anomaly on Hillary Clinton’s emails going through their private server, and when they had done the forensic analysis, they found that her emails, every single one except four, over 30,000, were going to an address that was not on the distribution list,” Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said during a hearing with FBI official Peter Strzok.

Gohmert continued..

“It was going to an unauthorized source that was a foreign entity unrelated to Russia.”

Strzok admitted to meeting with Ruckner but said he couldn’t remember the “specific” content of their discussion.

“The forensic examination was done by the ICIG and they can document that,” Gohmert said, “but you were given that information and you did nothing with it.”

According to Zerohedge “Mr. Horowitz got a call four times from someone wanting to brief him about this, and he never returned the call,” Gohmert said – and Horowitz wouldn’t return the call.

And while Peter Strzok couldn’t remember the specifics of his meeting with the IG about the giant “foreign entity” bombshell, he texted this to his mistress Lisa Page when the IG discovered the “(C)” classification on several of Clinton’s emails – something the FBI overlooked:

“Holy cow … if the FBI missed this, what else was missed? … Remind me to tell you to flag for Andy [redacted] emails we (actually ICIG) found that have portion marks (C) on a couple of paras. DoJ was Very Concerned about this.”

Via Zerohedge

In November of 2017, IG McCullough – an Obama appointee – revealed to Fox News that he received pushback when he tried to tell former DNI James Clapper about the foreign entity which had Clinton’s emails and other anomalies.

Instead of being embraced for trying to expose an illegal act, seven senators including Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca) wrote a letter accusing him of politicizing the issue.

“It’s absolutely irrelevant whether something is marked classified, it is the character of the information,” he said. Fox News reports…

McCullough said that from that point forward, he received only criticism and an “adversarial posture” from Congress when he tried to rectify the situation.

“I expected to be embraced and protected,” he said, adding that a Hill staffer “chided” him for failing to consider the “political consequences” of the information he was blowing the whistle on.

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Donald Trump plays good cop and bad cop with a weak Theresa May (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 55.

Alex Christoforou

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US President Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK was momentous, not for its substance, but rather for its sheer entertainment value.

Trump started his trip to the United Kingdom blasting Theresa May for her inability to negotiate a proper Brexit deal with the EU.  Trump ended his visit holding hands with the UK Prime Minister during a press conference where the most ‘special relationship’ between the two allies was once again reaffirmed.

Protests saw giant Trump “baby balloons” fly over London’s city center, as Trump played was his own good cop and bad cop to the UK PM, outside London at the Chequers…often times leaving May’s head spinning.

Even as Trump has left London, he remains front and center in the mind of Theresa May, who has now stated that Trump advised her to “sue” the European Union to resolve the tense negotiations over Brexit.

Trump had mentioned to reporters on Friday at a joint press conference with Theresa May that he had given the British leader a suggestion that she found too “brutal.”

Asked Sunday on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show what that suggestion was, May: “He told me I should sue the EU. Not go into negotiation, sue them.” May added…

“What the president also said at that press conference was `Don’t walk away. Don’t walk away from the negotiations. Then you’re stuck.”‘

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris summarize what was a state visit like no other, as Trump trolled the UK PM from beginning to end, and left London knowing that he got the better of a weakened British Prime Minister, who may not survive in office past next week.

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Via CNBC

It wasn’t exactly clear what Trump meant. The revelation came after explosive and undiplomatic remarks Trump made this week about May’s leadership — especially her handling of the Brexit negotiations — as he made his first official visit to Britain.

In an interview with The Sun newspaper published Thursday — just as May was hosting Trump at a lavish black-tie dinner — Trump said the British leader’s approach likely “killed” chances of a free-trade deal with the United States. He said he had told May how to conduct Brexit negotiations, “but she didn’t listen to me.”

He also praised May’s rival, Boris Johnson, who quit last week as foreign secretary to protest May’s Brexit plans. Trump claimed Johnson would make a “great prime minister.”

The comments shocked many in Britain — even May’s opponents — and threatened to undermine May’s already fragile hold on power. Her Conservative government is deeply split between supporters of a clean break with the EU and those who want to keep close ties with the bloc, Britain’s biggest trading partner.

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Deep State poster boy Peter Strzok gives bizarre testimony that goes viral (Video)

The face of the Deep State.

Alex Christoforou

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If you were not convinced that the Deep State exists, then look no further than Peter Strzok’s bizarre, yet revealing, congressional testimony, showcasing the arrogance and smugness of a powerful FBI agent who worked diligently to push a fake Trump-Russia narrative onto the American public.

Via Zerohedge

While Peter Strzok’s marathon Congressional testimony was full of bickering, chaos and drama – mostly between members of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees – a clip of the disgraced FBI agent’s seemingly giddy reaction after answering a question is creeping people out.

Some have suggested that Strzok’s reaction was “Duper’s delight” – a hidden smirk that slips out at an inappropriate moment when a liar celebrates a successful manipulation.

Watching Peter Strzok, its hard, if not impossible to believe that this man is not a psychopath, who hated Trump so much that he was willing to forward a collusion story that has cost American taxpayers millions, and torn American society apart.

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The video clip even had Donald Trump Jr retweeting it, as he labeled Strzok “the creepiest person in America.”

Via RT

One particular moment from Peter Strzok’s raucous congressional hearing left Twitter users confounded and disturbed, even prompting Donald Trump Jr to label the FBI agent “the creepiest person in America.”

Strzok faced the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees on Thursday to answer questions about his conduct during the 2016 investigations into Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The lengthy hearing quickly descended into a partisan shouting match, as Republicans and Democrats interrupted each other’s questions, heckling or applauding Strzok.

Strzok’s peculiar reaction to one question caught the eye of viewers and many took to Twitter to confirm that their eyes weren’t deceiving them.

Strzok’s facial expressions were also noticed by the congressmen in the room and prompted one of the most dramatic moments of the hearing when Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) accused Strzok of outright lying.

“I can’t help but wonder when I see you looking there with a little smirk; how many times did you look so innocent into your wife’s eyes and lie to her about Lisa Page,” Gohmert told Strzok, referring to the agent’s extramarital affair with his former colleague Lisa Page, with whom he exchanged anti-Trump text messages. Gohmert’s comment sparked vociferous objections from Democrats.

The hearing evoked a significant reaction, with many describing it as a farce. Former New York mayor and current attorney to US President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, labelled it a “disgrace” and said it “taints the entire Mueller witch hunt.”

“President Trump is being investigated by people who possess pathological hatred for him. All the results of the investigation are ‘fruit of the poison tree’ and should be dismissed,” he added.

Democrats seemed to agree with that sentiment, as California Congressman Ted Lieu said it was “a stupid and ridiculous hearing.”

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