Tuesday, July 16, 2019

So-called “special relationship” between US and UK is specifically between CIA and MI6 and is to assist each other in deceiving the other’s peasants-Strategic Culture, Eric Zuesse

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7/15/19, “Mainstream Media Hide Skripal’s Connections to Russiagate-Trump Case,” Strategic Culture, Eric Zuesse

subhead, “Conclusion:” 

“The “special relationship” between the US and UK (CIA and MI6) is obviously to assist each other in deceiving the other’s public. (Not only did MI6 participate in deceiving UK’s public to fear and despise Putin, but it was crucial in deceiving the US public that Trump was Putin’s stooge.) 

On 21 March 2016, the Washington Post had headlined Trump questions need for NATO, outlines noninterventionist foreign policy” and reported: 

I do think it’s a different world today, and I don’t think we should be nation-building anymore,” Trump said. “I think it’s proven not to work, and we have a different country than we did then. We have $19 trillion in debt. We’re sitting, probably, on a bubble. And it’s a bubble that if it breaks, it’s going to be very nasty. I just think we have to rebuild our country.” 

He added: “I watched as we built schools in Iraq and they’re blown up. We build another one, we get blown up. We rebuild it three times and yet we can’t build a school in Brooklyn. We have no money for education because we can’t build in our own country. At what point do you say, ‘Hey, we have to take care of ourselves?’ So, I know the outer world exists and I’ll be very cognizant of that. But at the same time, our country is disintegrating, large sections of it, especially the inner cities.” 

Five days later, the New York Times bannered“Transcript: Donald Trump Expounds on His Foreign Policy Views” and reported his saying,NATO is obsolete” because it “was set up to talk about the Soviet Union. Now of course the Soviet Union doesn’t exist now.” How would the controlling owners of corporations such as Lockheed Martin — and extractive international US corporations such as ExxonMobil — feel about that? NATO has produced a significant portion of Lockheed’s sales, and of Exxon’s access to other nations’ natural resources. That sort of thing — enforcement and extension of empire — is NATO’s real purpose. And it didn’t end when the USSR’s communism, and Warsaw Pact, did in 1991. 

The Skripal poisonings had occurred earlier that same month, March 2016. And the DNC went to the very same UK operators that UK did in order to frame Russia for Skripal’s poisoning — but now to place that Russian frame around Trump’s face. All of this was part of the US empire’s decision, which had been made on 24 February 1990, to conquer Russia. 

In the timeline of events leading up to the DNC’s hiring of its investigators, we also have this, in 2016, 

29 April: The DNC discovers the penetration of its servers by unknown hackers. An emergency meeting is called between Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (DNC Chief Executive), Amy Dacey (DNC Technology Director), Andrew Brown, and Michael Sussmann, a lawyer for Perkins Coie. Sussmann is a former federal prosecutor for the DOJ whose expertise is computer crime. … 

4 May: Five days after first discovering the server penetration at the DNC, Michael Sussmann – of Perkins Coie – finally calls CrowdStrike to arrange for analysis of the problem. 

In other words: Sussman wanted to privatize the ‘investigation’ instead of to hand to the FBI control over it, which would have given the FBI subpoena-power to require the DNC to provide to the FBI access to their computers — the actual evidence which was in their posession on their end of the case. Even the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, had no access to that crucial evidence. 

Furthermore, Aaron Maté’s painstakingly thorough analysis of the entire Mueller Report, on July 5th, showed “CrowdStrikeOut: Mueller’s Own Report Undercuts Its Core Russia-Meddling Claims”; and, so, even regarding the allegations that Mueller makes against Russia (not merely regarding whether Trump was colluding with Russia), Mueller’s Report was trash — extremely unreliable and untrustworthy. Mueller has a long history as being a Deep State agent. 

And through all of this has been the US and UK Governments’ imprisoning-without-trial Julian Assange for many years including the part that was spent at the Ecuadorean Embassy — and never even negotiating with Assange for him to answer questions under oath such as “Did that information come to you physically via a thumb-drive or instead purely by electronic transmission? “Did Craig Murray bring it to You?” They’d rather kill Assange or keep him incommunicado in prison for life, than to do that. Why? And Trump, himself, is part of this, no less than Obama was. Obviously, both Presidents serve the same Deep State (even though they serve different billionaires in it). 

This, at least, is a credible scenario. There is no evidence for the PR’d one, regarding either Skripal or Russiagate-Trump. There are accusations, but no case, for those…. 

Why are the Skripals still prohibited from speaking to the press and from answering questions in a court? After all, Boris Johnson, who is likely soon to be UK’s Prime Minister, lied, and repeatedly, in order to allege that UK’s Porton Down intelligence lab had identified Russia as the source of the poison: “Asked how the British government could be so sure Russia was behind the attack, Johnson deferred to ‘the people from Porton Down,’ who he said were ‘absolutely categorical.’” And here’s how corrupt he is…. 

The historical background of this entire matter — both Skripal and Trump-Russiagate — is obvious: 

MI6 is Britain’s equivalent to America’s CIA. That was Obama’s CIA. This was entirely a MI6-CIA disinformation campaign, which was an extension from Obama’s (and the UK Government’s) participation in US President G.H.W. Bush’s decision, on 24 February 1990, to continue the Cold War until Russia becomes swept up in, controlled by the US. ["Russia is ours to lose.”] And Britain’s Guardian served the Deep State as the core conduit for disinformation to the public on this particular operation (Russiagate-Trump — Obama’s operation to make irreversible Obama’s public restoration (most obvious in Ukraine) of the Russia-is-America’s-top-enemy meme), for and on behalf of the Deep State, so as to continue G.H.W. Bush’s Cold War, inside the US — never to reverse it, until ‘victory’ is achieved.”…

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“NOTE: In the current hyper-partisan American political climate, when a vast majority of the supporters of each of the two Parties hates the opposite Party so much as to be closed-minded — blinded to the reality of their own Party’s evilness, and to its incessant lying and cover-ups — I should make clear that there is nothing in this article that is, at all, supportive toward either Party. My personal view is that, ever since at least 1981, only Deep State controlled people have lived in the US White House and controlled Congress. As a group, they have perpetrated incalculable harm (such as this) to the entire world. Their only masters have been America’s billionaires. America certainly is a dictatorship, no democracy — it represents only its hundreds of billionaires and their millions of agents, no public at all. The two Parties represent the two factions into which America’s aristocracy have divided themselvesNeither represents the public. Each represents only a faction of America’s billionaires. A democracy cannot consist merely of contending factions of the aristocracy. That’s not a democracy. It’s like almost all other dictatorships throughout history. But the vast majority of Americans refuse even to consider this scientifically proven fact, that America is a dictatorship, not a democracy. For example: recently, a Democratic Party propaganda site, the Daily Beast, headlined “Mueller Missed the Crime: Trump’s Campaign Coordinated With Russia”, and the law-professor who wrote it ignored the much deeper criticisms that Maté’s article leveled against the Mueller Report. A prominent Democratic Party propaganda site continues, even now, “The Moscow Project” about “Trump’s collusion with Russia.” Closed-minded people are simply closed-minded — and that’s the vast majority. They’re open only to ‘information’ that confirms their prejudices. This widespread closed-mindedness is the Deep State’s biggest protector. The manufacture of consent is based upon it. Being open-minded doesn’t mean being gullible — a fool, manipulable. Being closed-minded does. Most people aren’t even aware of that basic epistemological-psychological fact. It’s the reason why both among Democrats and among Republicans, the vast majority still trust their Party, even after all of the blatant and consistent lying of the US Government at least since 9/11. Any Government with a track-record like this, warrants zero trust, and gets that from any intelligent citizen.”








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Monday, July 15, 2019

Until US decides its “special relationship” is with its own citizens before the UK, US elections should be canceled. UK wishes are instantly granted over those of US national interest and US voters-Strategic Culture, James George Jatras…(UK wouldn’t constantly and hatefully incite bombing of Russia and murder of Putin if they thought for a minute that they-and not US taxpayers-would have to pay the bills)

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A thorough reappraisal of our “special relationship” with the United Kingdom and exposure of its activities to the detriment of the US is imperative.”…This won't happen. Next step: US must cancel elections and admit US taxpayers are slaves. This won't happen either. For us to be free again, the US will have to be broken up.

10/13/2018, Britain on the Leash with the United States-but at Which End?” James George Jatras, Strategic Culture 

“Control of the Middle East-and opposing the Russians-became a British obsession, first to sustain the lifeline to India, the Jewel in the Crown of the empire, then for control of petroleum, the life’s blood of modern economies. In the context of the 19th and early 20th century Great Game of empire, that was understandable. 

Much later, similar considerations might even support Jimmy Carter’s taking up much the same position, declaring in 1980 that “outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States of America, and such an assault will be repelled by any means necessary, including military force.” The USSR was then a superpower and we were dependent on energy from the Gulf region. 

But what’s our reason for maintaining that posture almost four decades later when the Soviet Union is gone and the US doesn’t need Middle Eastern oil? There are no reasonable national interests, only corporate interests and those of the Arab monarchies we laughably claim as allies. Add to that the bureaucracies and habits of mind that link the US and UK establishments, including their intelligence and financial components. 

In view of all the foregoing, what then would policymakers in the United Kingdom think about an aspirant to the American presidency who not only disparages the value of existing alliances – without which Britain is a bit player – but openly pledges to improve relations with Moscow? To what lengths would they go to stop him? 

Say ‘hello’ to Russiagate! 

One can argue whether or not the phony claim of the Trump campaign’s “collusion” with Moscow was hatched in London or whether the British just lent some “hands across the water” to an effort concocted by the Democratic National Committee, the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, the Clinton Foundation, and their collaborators at Fusion GPS and inside the Obama administration. Either way, it’s clear that while evidence of Russian connection is nonexistent that of British agencies is unmistakable, as is the UK’s hand in a sustained campaign of demonization and isolation to sink any possible rapprochement between the US and Russia. 

As for Russiagate itself, just try to find anyone involved who’s actually Russian. The only basis for the widespread assumption that any material in the Dirty Dossier that underlies the whole operation originated with Russia is the claim of Christopher Steele, the British “ex” spy who wrote it, evidently in collaboration with people at the US State Department and Fusion GPS. (The notion that Steele, who hadn’t been in Russia for years [since 1993], would have Kremlin personal contacts is absurd. How chummy are the heads of the American section of Chinese or Russian intelligence with White House staff?) 

While there are no obvious Russians in Russiagate there’s no shortage of Brits. These include (details at the link):

Andrew Wood, a former British ambassador to Russia 

Stefan Halper, a dual US-UK citizen. 

Ex-MI6 Director Richard Dearlove. 

Robert Hannigan, former director of GCHQ; there is reason to think surveillance of Trump was conducted by GCHQ as well as by US agencies under FISA warrants. Hannigan abruptly resigned from GCHQ soon after the British government denied the agency had engaged in such spying.

Alexander Downer, Australian diplomat (well, not British but remember the Five Eyes!). 

Joseph Mifsud, Maltese academic and suspected British agent. 

At present, the full role played by those listed above is not known. Release of unredacted FISA warrant requests by the Justice Department, which President Trump ordered weeks ago, would shed light on a number of details. Implementation of that order was derailed after a request by – no surprise – British Prime Minister Theresa May [proving again that on matters of crucial importance to US taxpayers, we’re immediately judged subordinate to unelected UK parasites thousands of miles away]. Was she [Theresa May] seeking to conceal Russian perfidy, or her own underlings’? [Sadly, dinners with ordinary Americans aren’t “magical” like they are with English speaking parasitic European monarchs. The Trump family was dazzled by the UK monarchy when it hosted Trump for a state visit in June 2019. Trump daughter Ivanka described dinner at Buckingham Palace as “magical.”…"President Trump’s Instagram page…shared a photo of Trump and the queen raising their glasses in honor of one another. “Tonight we celebrate an alliance that has helped to ensure the safety and prosperity of both our peoples for decades, and which I believe will endure for many years to come,” the caption stated, in part.”] 

It would be bad enough if Russiagate were the sum of British meddling in American affairs with the aim of torpedoing relations with Moscow. (And to be fair, it wasn’t just the UK and Australia. Also implicated are Estonia, Israel, and Ukraine.) But there is also reason to suspect the same motive in false accusations against Russia with respect to the supposed Novichok poisonings in England has a connection to Russiagate via a business associate of Steele’s, one Pablo Miller, Sergei Skripal’s MI6 recruiter. (So if it turns out there is any Russian connection to the dossier, it could be from Skripal or another dubious expat source, not from the Russian government.) Skripal and his daughter Yulia have disappeared in British custody. Moscow flatly accuses MI6 of poisoning them as a false flag to blame it on Russia. 

A similar pattern can be seen with claims of chemical weapons use in Syria: “We have irrefutable evidence that the special services of a state which is in the forefront of the Russophobic campaign [which isn’t primarily about Russia, is first about permanent enslavement of US taxpayers to the Endless War Industry–especially now that the US is a massive state sponsor of Islamic terrorism] had a hand in the staging” of a faked chemical weapons attack in Douma in April 2018.”…

[Ed. note: Douma was proved fake per leaked OPCW report. In May 2019, a previously unpublished copy of Feb. 2019 OPCW report was made public after being leaked. It made clear that the April 2018 Douma event was staged, that cylinders had not been dropped from the air, that they’d been placed by hand on the bed and balcony.“The cover-up of evidence that the Douma incident was staged is not merely misconduct. As the staging of the Douma incident entailed mass murder of civilians, those in OPCW who have suppressed the evidence of staging are, unwittingly or otherwise, colluding with mass murder.“…5/18/19, CONFIRMED: Chemical Weapons Assessment Contradicting Official Syria Narrative Is Authentic,” Caitlin Johnstone, Strategic Culture] 

(continuing): “Ambassador Aleksandr Yakovenko pointed to the so-called White Helmets, which is closely associated with al-Qaeda elements and considered by some their PR arm: “I am naming them because they have done things like this before. They are famous for staging attacks in Syria and they receive UK [and US] money.””… 

[Ed. note: White Helmets is a glamorous terror group: An Oscar for a Propaganda Flick,” Consortium News, 3/3/2017… Islamic terrorist leader praises White Helmets as “hidden soldiers:This March [2017], a leader of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, the powerful newly rebranded al-Qaeda-led rebel coalition in Syria, hailed the White Helmets in a special video message as the “hidden soldiers of the revolution.”…”Abu Jaber praises [terrorist] humanitarian workers, such as the White Helmets.” 3/19/17.….Investigation: White Helmets Committing Acts Of Terror Across Syria,” Mint Press News, 9/6/2017] 

(continuing): “Moscow warned for weeks before the now-postponed Syrian government offensive in Idlib that the same ruse was being prepared again with direct British intelligence involvement, even having prepared in advance a video showing victims of an attack that had not yet occurred. 

The campaign to demonize Russia shifted into high gear recently with the UK, together with the US and the Netherlands, accusing Russian military intelligence of a smorgasbord of cyberattacks against the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) and other sports organizations, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Dutch investigation into the downing of MH-17 over Ukraine, and a Swiss lab involved with the Skripal case, plus assorted election interference. In case anyone didn’t get the point, British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson declared: “This is not the actions of a great power. This is the actions of a pariah state, and we will continue working with allies to isolate them.” 

To the extent that the goal of Williamson and his ilk is to ensure isolation and further threats against Russia, it’s been a smashing success. More sanctions are on the way. The UK is sending additional troops to the Arctic to counter Russian “aggression.” The US threatens to use naval power to block Russian energy exports and to strike Russian weapons disputed under a treaty governing intermediate range nuclear forces. What could possibly go wrong? 

In sum, we are seeing a massive, coordinated hybrid campaign of psy-ops and political warfare conducted not by Russia but against Russia, concocted by the UK and its Deep State collaborators in the United States. But it’s not only aimed at Russia, it’s an attack on the United States by the government of a foreign country [UK] that’s supposed to be one of our closest allies, a country with which we share many venerable traditions of language, law, and culture. 

But for far too long, largely for reasons of historical inertia and elite corruption, we’ve allowed that [UK] government to exercise undue influence on our global policies in a manner not conducive to our own national interests. Now that government, employing every foul deception that earned it the moniker Perfidious Albion, seeks to embroil us in a quarrel with the only country on the planet that can destroy us if things get out of control. This must stop. 

A thorough reappraisal of our “special relationship” with the United Kingdom and exposure of its activities to the detriment of the US is imperative.” 

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Image, by so-called White Helmets, via AP, is staged, fake.…(Pictures like this caused “heartbroken” mother Ivanka to urge her father to bomb Syria in 2017)

4/8/2018, Trump calls out ‘Animal Assad’ for attack, criticizes Putin,” AP via Military Times, Jonathan Lemire. (Trump even forces US taxpayers to give millions of their hard-earned tax dollars to glamorous jihadist group White Helmets.….More on White Helmets…It’s very simple: US taxpayers are global slaves and everyone is fine with that.) 

5/21/19, “Has OPCW Become a Four-Letter Word?” Martin Jay, Strategic Culture
 
 

(Syria map showing Douma) 

The two cylinders in Douma, Syria were both placed by hand, not dropped from the air: “The conclusion of the Engineering Assessment is unequivocal: the “alternative hypothesis” that the cylinders were manually placed in position is “the only plausible explanation for observations at the scene. As reported on 3/1/2019, there was no sarin gas or any nerve agent present. “The cover-up of evidence that the Douma incident was staged is not merely misconduct. As the staging of the Douma incident entailed mass murder of civilians, those in OPCW who have suppressed the evidence of staging are, unwittingly or otherwise, colluding with mass murder.“…Assessment by the engineering sub-team of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission investigating the alleged chemical attack in Douma in April 2018,” Working Group on Syria, Propaganda, and Media…Army of Islam was one of the groups, all of which were British, that alleged the April 7, 2018 Douma, Syria so-called attack.Trump knew it would take months to substantiate such a claim, yet he bombed Syria only a week later on April 14, 2018. In May 2019–A previously unpublished copy of Feb. 2019 OPCW report was made public after being leaked. It made clear that the April 2018 Douma event was staged, that cylinders had not been dropped from the air, that they’d been placed by hand on the bed and balcony.
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Added: Here’s UK’s Channel 4 with some “news” from Idlib accusing Russia and Syria of possible war crimes against White Helmets jihadist group in Idlib. This is basically White Helmets inventing a story about themselves. The only “reporting” from Idlib is from jihadists or known jihadist supporters. Normal reporters know if they go to Idlib they’ll be killed by Islamic terrorists, so their “Idlib” reports are filed from places like Beirut. Pathetic UK is so happy to help Islamic terrorists (as is the US) that they showcase a White Helmets PR piece as possible “war crimes” by Russia and Syria for the purpose of inciting US taxpayer funded war with Russia. No mention of US illegal invasion and occupation of Syria or that US is state sponsor of Islamic terrorism:

7/12/19, Channel 4’s “Inside Idlib” – The Last Gasp of a Dying Campaign,” Off-Guardian.org, Kit Knightly, UK 

“Footage showing attack on White Helmets ambulance is evidence of possible war crime.” 

“Channel 4 just announced a new addition to their on-going “Iside Idlib” report: a 10-minute video which – they claim – is evidence of the Russian and Syrian governments committing a war crime. 

The war-crime itself is said to be a “double-tap” airstrike, ie. An airstrike, waiting for the first responders to arrive, and then another airstrike. (The term actually originates from US drone strikes in Yemen, Somalia and PakistanI don’t know if C4 had any special reports about that.) 

Watch the video [at link], do you see evidence of a war crime? 

Here’s what I saw: 

*Fairly quiet countryside.
*Men in White Helmets running around some fig trees.
*Men in White Helmets shouting in Arabic.
*A dust cloud.
*A damaged van/ambulance.
*An injured man/a man pretending to injured/a dummy (You can never be sure with the WH).
*More running and shouting.
*One more dust cloud, much further away.
*People in white helmets looking sad. 

Here’s what I didn’t see: 

*Any Russian or Syrian planes.
*Any Russian or Syrian military personnel.
*Any Russian or Syrian military equipment.
*Any evidence of the “first airstrike”.
*Any bombs falling.
*Any evidence of a war crime. 

If this is really the best they have, then they have nothing. It is, frankly, embarrassing.

THE REPORT

The written report that accompanies the video isn’t much better – it’s essentially just a Cliff Notes version of Jon Snow’s rather simpering commentary, but there’s some interesting language to deconstruct, and omissions to take note of. 

“An investigation by Channel 4 News has obtained evidence of possible war crimes in Syria.” 

I just love this beginning part. So up itself, so pompous. 

We KNOW there was no “investigation”, they didn’t dig this up or ferret it out – the people who made it want it to be on TV. 

That’s the reason they made it. Channel 4’s “investigation” was checking their email. 

Either GCHQ directly dumped it into their inbox one morning, or some NGO proxy did it for them…either way, there was no “investigation”. At best – at best – there were some fact checks AFTER they got the video, just to make sure they weren’t going to make fools of themselves. (Spoiler alert: they did). 

As a general rule, with Western mainstream media, when they say “an investigation has obtained” they honestly do mean “someone emailed this to us”. That goes double for bellingcat. 

That’s just how it works. 

“…with airstrikes that appear to deliberately target [so-called] rescuers.” 

Er…no they don’t. There are five “airstrikes” in the video (according to them, I only saw 2 at most). Of these five, only one (allegedly) hit anywhere even vaguely near an ambulance. If the Syrian airforce have a miss-rate of 80% how on earth are they winning this war?
 

“Footage caught on multiple cameras allegedly shows a so-called ‘double-tap’ operation in Idlib province.” 

They keep coming back to this “multiple cameras” angle, I don’t know why. I think it might be a pre-emptive defence against accusations of fakery, maybe? Which would be pretty revealing in and of itself. 

Oh, by the by, the “multiple cameras” are the go-pros and bodycams being worn by the White Helmets. I don’t know if they always wear them, or if they just wore them to that scene. Either way, it’s weird.
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If they always wear them…well, they must be expensive, and given the White Helmets are just plucky little volunteers that’s a hell of an investment. (Also, if the White Helmets are always wearing portable cameras, you’d think – five years into their existence – they’d have some pretty solid evidence of war crimes in Syria by now. But apparently this is the best they’ve got. Funny that). 

If they put them on for this event especially., well, that’s obviously fishy. 

“Evidence of this kind has rarely been seen before; a complete incident caught on multiple cameras.” 

…there they go with the multiple cameras thing again. It’s really nothing like as compelling as they seem to think it is. 

Oh, and “evidence of this type” has been seen MANY times before. 

I can’t tell you how many videos of dusty men screaming into walkie talkies I’ve seen. Each and every one labelled “daring rescue caught on camera” or “Syrian war crimes exposed”. 

This is no different. (In fact, it’s worse, because the field of fig trees is actually quite nice, compared with Indistinguishable Pile of Rubble #6). 

It’s not a “complete incident” either, because even by their own admission we never saw the initial “strike”, supposing it actually happened. 

“But, if proven, the so-called “double-tap” tactic is a war crime.” 

Yes, and the Flat Earth theory if proven, would totally and irreversibly change our understanding of the universe. 

“If proven” is a great phrase that way…it sounds serious, like it means something. It carries the implication of “and it will be soon”, but what it actually means – is that it’s not even close to being proven yet. 

The war crime isn’t proven to have even happened, let alone to have been carried out by the Russian Syrian Air Force. And it won’t be proven, because the video has no evidence in it. 

The footage is barely evidence, let alone proof. It could be recreated with 2 Go Pros, a barrel of dust and some discount fireworks. 

WHITE HELMETS 

Interestingly, though he’s obviously a man sincerely concerned about human rights and truth and all that good stuff, Mr Snow leaves out a fair amount of information about the White Helmets. 

For example, he says that “Assad’s government considers [the White Helmets] enemy combatants.” But he doesn’t say why that’s the case. 

Just to fill you all in, Assad’s government “considers the White Helmets enemy combatants” because they are directly funded by the American and British governments and because they regularly support – and even take part in – terrorist activities. 

He says that “over 250” of the White Helmets have been killed, but doesn’t say that they claim to have a staff of over 3000 (paid) volunteers. 

So, despite being just “carpenters and bakers”, and despite being constantly deployed to war-zones, and despite being the victims of the murderous Assad regime’s nefarious “double-tap” tactics….only 8% of them have been killed. In five years.
 

Less than one per week. 

Considering the sheer number of hospitals the Syrians and Russians are alleged to have bombed – well into triple figures by now – that’s actually remarkable. Almost impossible, you might say. Those white helmets must really work. 

My favourite part is when Snow has to describe the trick of “smearing mud on the ambulances to hide the White Helmets logo”, without once pausing to question: 

1) Where these plucky little ex-bakers managed to get all these modern ambulances customised with their own logo.
2) Why they don’t just stop painting the logo on in the first place. 

Just reflect for a second – they have a logo. 

How bonkers is that? They’re supposed to be a destitute resistance movement, helping the poor victims of Assad’s brutality. Volunteer bakers and carpenters and school teachers who just want to help…and someone, at some point, is supposed have said “Guys, we should get a logo done,”. 

That’s insane. 

Did the French Resistance get a logo designed and then tool around occupied Paris in vans with their name painted on the side? 

It’s just so…Western. So focus group. So public relations. So modern. The logo has to exist because that’s the brand. They need the logo to help sell the message. It’s the only way they know how to work. 

It’s been done to death, but the White Helmets – as the media paint them – just don’t make any sense. They are a narrative beyond ridiculous, that simply can’t exist in the real world, and watching media pundits earnestly describing the Looney Tunes madhouse they’re trying to sell us has become funny. 

I honestly don’t know what the point of this exercise was. It says nothing new, it shows nothing new. It’s a news story from two years ago, warmed up and repackaged. 

The public is well past the White Helmets’ schtick, we all know what they are by now. The White Helmets are what you get when you give Al Qaeda a makeover. The result of a Western PR agency tasked with rebranding the unrebrandable.
 

This fight is over, and our side won. I don’t know what C4, or whoever supplied them this video, were hoping to achieve, but I can tell you they won’t achieve it. 

This is the best evidence they have, the best they’ve ever had, they say that themselves. And it’s nothing. The information war for Syria is over. The White Helmets’ PR push failed. Turns out Assad didn’t have to go after all. 

It’s really time the UK media woke up to this fact. At this point it’s just getting sad.”

 




















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Saturday, July 13, 2019

There’s hope for Ukraine if they can avoid US Starvation and Premature Death machine. Crimea said no thanks in 2014 when Obama violently removed Ukraine president for whom 75% of Crimeans had voted and replaced him with a US puppet. To defeat Putin, NATO built lavish country club in Brussels

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In 2015 Obama openly admitted that US engineered 2014’s violent overthrow of Ukraines’s elected president, and that Crimea rejoining Russia was simply a reaction to that, not part of a Putin plan to enlarge Russia. Posted 2/1/2015 on You Tube, Obama Openly Admits ‘Brokering Power Transition’ In Ukraine" 

Obama statements to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria: And since Mr. Putin made this decision around Crimea and Ukraine not because of some grand strategy, but essentially because he was caught off balance by the protests in the Maidan [Kiev] and Yanukovych then fleeing after we had brokered a deal to transition power [overthrow elected government] in Ukraine.” 

Crimeans said no thanks to US imperialism. 75% of Crimeans had voted for the Ukraine president Obama violently removed and didn’t think they should be forced to live under a puppet president chosen by Obama. “It’s not Russia that’s pushed Ukraine to the brink of war….The reality is that, after two decades of eastward NATO expansion, this crisis was triggered by the west’s attempt to pull Ukraine decisively into its orbit and defence structure, via an explicitly anti-Moscow EU association agreement….By what right is the US involved at all?...It has none, of course.”


 
Map, Crimea presidential vote, 2010: 75% of Crimeans had voted for the president Obama violently removed.

Added: To defeat Putin, NATO built a lavish new country club “conceived in 2005.” Image of NATO swimming pool in new $1.23 billion taxpayer funded NATO hq in Brussels, open to media in May 2018.

 

Above pool in new NATO hq, via Assar architects
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To Ukraine: The US is a Failed State, so from now on feel free to ignore persons claiming to be authorities from the US. US is a Failed State because it refuses to defend US borders: “If a nation cannot defend its border, it ceases to exist in any meaningful way.” Also, did you know US is a state sponsor of Islamic terrorism now, lavishly funds and protects Islamic terrorism in Syria via billions of US tax dollars? As Ukraine knows, US interventions make sure to harm millions of innocent people: Over 90% in Donbass voted for the Ukraine president Obama violently removed in 2014. 

7/11/19, The Obama Ukrainian Nightmare Seems to Be Ending, at Last,” Strategic Culture, Eric Zeusse 

“Finally, the process of ending the war in Ukraine seems to be starting in earnest. But to understand how the war can now realistically end, the basic history of how it began needs first to be acknowledged, and this history is something that will be very difficult for U.S-and-allied media to report, because it violates what their ‘news’-reports, ever since the time of the war’s start, had said was happening. So, what will be reported here (like the truth was, when it was news) will far likelier be simply ignored, than ever reported in the US and its allied countries…. 

For one thing: This war did not start with the 16 March 2014 breakaway of Crimea from Ukraine, as Western ‘news’-media have always been claiming; but, instead, it started by what had sparked the overwhelming desire of the vast majority of Crimeans to want to break away from Ukraine. This urge had to do with the three-week-earlier February 2014 bloody coup d’etat in Ukraine, illegally overthrowing Ukraine’s democratically elected President, Viktor Yanukovych, for whom 75% of Crimeans had voted. The vast majority of Crimeans refused to accept Obama’s selected replacement-leaders and their new and US-imposed far-rightwing regime, which made clear, as soon as they took over, what they were intending to do to Crimeans. 

The key period in the Ukrainian uprising against the coup, during which the residents in Ukraine’s far east — where the voting percentages for Yanukovych had ranged from 80% to over 90% blocked Ukraine’s tanks and took over the government’s buildings, was the week of 2 through 9 May 2014, and that’s when the farthest eastern region, Donbass, which had voted over 90% for Yanukovych, were so resistant to the imposed fascist regime, that they actually broke away from Ukraine, despite all the efforts by the US-imposed fascist regime to conquer them — Ukraine’s bombing them for months and intentionally driving them out into Russia. The new [US] regime did this so as to regain the land but without the people on it.Obama’s agents — the appointees to the new regime, which were selected by Obama’s US agents — didn’t want those voters to remain in Ukraine’s electorate, because the residents there would vote against the US-imposed regime’s candidates, who then would lose power. 

Obama wanted the land, but not the people who lived on it, and that’s what this war was and is all about — seizing the land, from the people who live there. 

The US and allied media presented the overthrow of Ukraine’s democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014 as having been a democratic revolution, but it was actually a US coup d’etat that was hidden behind anti-corruption demonstrations, which had started to be organized on 1 March 2013, inside the US Embassy in Kyiv; and the US regime hired, for this coup, snipers from several countries, such as Georgia and Lithuania, some of which snipers have since admitted publicly that they had been hired by agents for the United States, to perpetrate this coup. Once inside Ukraine, Georgia’s snipers were introduced, at 9:40 in the Part One video, to “an American military guy, who will be your instructor. This American’s name was Brian Christopher Boyenger. … We were always in touch with this person, Bryan.” The Lithuanian snipers were mentioned at 1:40 in the Part Two video, because those snipers happened to have been assigned to be shooting down, into the crowd, from the same room inside the hotel. Obama’s State Department (under Hillary Clinton at the time) had started, by no later than 2011, to plan this operation. Then, after the coup, and after Crimea broke away on 16 March 2014, rebellions farther east started, in other regions that had likewise voted overwhelmingly for Yanukovych. And this is how the war started, which now finally (after the election of Trump in America, and then of Zelensky in Ukraine) seems likely to end fairly soon. (Neither of those two leaders has a personal commitment to continuing this invasion by Ukraine. From now on, Ukraine’s leaders will need to satisfy the EU far more than the US).

On 17 September 2014, was hidden in Western ‘news’-media and so I was the first to report and headlined the historic news that“Russia’s Leader Putin Rejects Ukrainian Separatists’ Aim to Become Part of Russia” [Link to quote via ABC News is dead but still exists in AP story, posted below, confirming that Ukraine separatists had been turned down by Putin: “We are unable to join the Russian Federation directly, so we will build our own country.”]. This historically important news was not reported in The West (though my news-report was sent to virtually all media) because America’s President [then Obama] had all along been claiming that Putin was trying to grab ‘more’ territory in Ukraine (Donbass); so, Putin’s rejection of Donbass’s request to be accepted into Russia (as Crimea had been) was too blatant a disproof of The West’s lies to be reported in The West.”… 

[Ed. note: Source for above: 9/17/2014, AP, “But in an interview with The Associated Press in Donetsk on Wednesday, rebel leader Andrei Purgin said that the separatist leadership was not willing to allow Donetsk and Luhansk to remain part of Ukraine….Purgin said. “…We do not accept any political unions…with Ukraine. No federative, no unitary structure.”…Purgin insisted that the rebel leadership would settle only on full independence from Ukraine. “We are unable to join the Russian Federation directly, so we will build our own country,” he said.East Ukraine casualties rise as rebels reject deal,” AP, by Mstyslav Chernov] 

(continuing): “Eleven days later, on 28 September 2014, Britain’s Telegraph headlined, “Putin and Obama exchange barbs on Ukraine; Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama accuse each other of fomenting Ukraine crisis that has plunged Russia’s relations with the West to lowest point since Cold War.” This report said nothing at all about Putin’s refusal to take that land which The West was continuing to imply he was trying to grab. 

Their supposed cause de guerre was gone, but it lives on, even now, in the Western myths about the war’s start (i.e., that it started on 16 March 2014 instead of 20 February 2014, and that it started because ‘Russia was invading Ukraine’ to grab land there’, and not because of Obama’s coup in Ukraine–which coup The West continues to hide). 

So, with that background about The West’s lies (versus the reality), here is the reason why Ukraine now seems finally inclined to accept the Donbassers back into Ukraine as full citizens, with equal rights as all others (and no longer as their being ‘terrorists’). 

The West is finally tapped-out on spending for Ukraine’s ongoing invasion of Donbass. If Ukraine fails to stop this war soon, then Ukraine’s Government will have less and less realistic hope of ever being able to join the EU. Putin knows this.

Furthermore, Ukraine’s regime had worn out the patience even of the residents in the anti-Russian parts of Ukraine, and so Volodymyr Zelensky, a candidate who was no part of that regime and had had no responsibility for its actions, won the 21 April 2019 Presidential election with an astounding 73% of the votes — by far the biggest win in Ukraine’s history. 

On 4 July 2019, the Kyiv Post bannered Putin calls on Zelensky to talk with Russian-backed militants in Donbas”. The next day, on July 5th, Deutsche Welle, German radio and television, headlined “Ukraine ready for peace, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy tells DW”, and sub-headed “With conflict simmering in the east, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is hoping to secure a political solution to end a separatist insurgency. He told DW that he has the support of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.” This news-report opened: “Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Friday welcomed the withdrawal of Ukrainian and separatist forces from front line positions in Stanitsa Luhanska in eastern Ukraine, marking a new step towards ending the conflict. In the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, Zelenskiy told DW that his government is committed to finding a political solution to the conflict.” An accompanying DW news-story was “Why Putin wants to make ‘new Russians’ out of Ukrainians”, and it reported that, “Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of the state-controlled broadcaster RT [like DW is itself, and BBC, and NPR, and PBS, they all are state-controlled, instead of directly controlled by the billionaires] posted on Facebook that if nothing is done, the population would change so much that by 2040 Russia will be a ‘Muslim country. 

She added that people from the Donbass regions, as well as other migrants, could help maintain the ‘fragile status quo of the dominance of Russian Orthodox Christianity.’” Putin had been able to defeat the Saudi effort to spread its Wahhabist-extremist form of Islam into Russia only by using extreme measures to stop its spread. Whereas Russian Orthodox Christianity is compatible with democracy, the Sauds’ fundamentalist-Sunni faith simply is not. Russia needs more citizens who won’t be vulnerable to the Sauds’ pro-jihadist effort. Russia’s Government is strongly anti-jihadist. By contrast, the US, under Obama, was using Al Qaeda to train the jihadist groups that, led by the United States, The West armed to overthrow the secular Government of Syria. The EU is now, at long last, separating itself from the US regime’s control. 

Zelensky needs to rely now far more on pleasing the EU than on pleasing America. Do you remember when Obama’s agent running Ukraine famously said “Fuck the EU” (or “F—k the EU”)?

That was because most European leaders weren’t as nazi as Obama was. They didn’t even know about Obama’s coup in Ukraine until it was already over.”
 

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Above, Crimea presidential vote, 2010: 75% of Crimeans had voted for the president Obama removed.

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Added: For 12 years a lie claiming Putin had openly admitted plans to aggressively add new territory was treated as truth around the world: 

2/13/2018, Dutch foreign minister quits after lying about Putin meeting,” AFP, SBS 

“Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra admitted to fabricating a story about attending a meeting in 2006 at which he said Russian President Vladimir Putin had outlined a strategy for building a greater Russia…. 

“Putin “wants to go back to a ‘Greater Russia’ and his answer was that it included Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and the Baltic States,” Zijlstra had claimed.”…
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Added: Ukraine related links

 March 12, 2017, Obama’s Ukrainian Coup Caused 2.5 Million Ukrainian Refugees into Russia 

August 7, 2018, This Is the Real, Americanized, Nazi-Dominated Ukraine 

December 31, 2018, MH17 Turnabout: Ukraine’s Guilt Now Proven



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Added: 2014 UK Guardian article with basic points about Ukraine, Crimea, US and Russia: 

After US violently removed Ukraine’s president in 2014, Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to rejoin Russia….By what right is the US involved at all, incorporating under its strategic umbrella a state that has never been a member of NATO, and whose last elected government came to power on a platform of explicit neutrality? It has none, of course.” 

4/30/2014, “It’s not Russia that’s pushed Ukraine to the brink of war,” UK Guardian, Seumas Milne 

“The reality is that, after two decades of eastward NATO expansion, this crisis was triggered by the west’s attempt to pull Ukraine decisively into its orbit and defence structure, via an explicitly anti-Moscow EU association agreement. Its rejection led to the Maidan protests and the installation of an anti-Russian administration – rejected by half the country – that went on to sign the EU and International Monetary Fund agreements regardless…. 

When the Ukrainian president was replaced by a US-selected administration [in 2014], in an entirely unconstitutional takeover, politicians such as William Hague brazenly misled parliament about the legality of what had taken place: the imposition of a pro-western government on Russia’s most neuralgic and politically divided neighbour…. 

After Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to join Russia, the bulk of the western media abandoned any hint of even-handed coverage. So Putin is now routinely compared to Hitler, while the role of the fascistic right on the streets and in the new Ukrainian regime has been airbrushed out of most reporting as Putinist propaganda…. 

The US and its European allies impose sanctions and dictate terms to Russia and its proteges in Kiev, encouraging the military crackdown on protesters after visits from Joe Biden and the CIA director, John Brennan. 

But by what right is the US involved at all, incorporating under its strategic umbrella a state that has never been a member of NATO, and whose last elected government came to power on a platform of explicit neutrality? It has none, of course – which is why the Ukraine crisis is seen in such a different light across most of the world. There may be few global takers for Putin’s oligarchic conservatism and nationalism, but Russia’s counterweight to US imperial expansion is welcomed, from China to Brazil…. 

And despite growing violence, the cost in lives of Russia’s arms-length involvement in Ukraine has so far been minimal compared with any significant western intervention you care to think of for decades…. 

The US and EU have already overplayed their hand in Ukraine. Neither Russia nor the western powers may want to intervene directly, and the Ukrainian prime minister’s conjuring up of a third world war presumably isn’t authorised by his Washington sponsors. But a century after 1914, the risk of unintended consequences should be obvious enough – as the threat of a return of big-power conflict grows. Pressure for a negotiated end to the crisis is essential.”
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