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2017-12-15
Unlike Nixon, Trump Will Not Go Quietly

By Patrick J. Buchanan
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2017-12-15
RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 14 DECEMBER 2017

BY PATRICK ARMSTRONG
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2017-12-15
Media Malpractice Is Criminalizing Better Relations With Russia
The pillorying of General Flynn and hounding of Secretary of State Tillerson equate détente with "collusion with the Kremlin."

By Stephen F. Cohen
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2017-12-14
Russia-gate's Litany of Corrections
As much as the U.S. mainstream media insists that the Russia-gate scandal is growing, what is undeniably growing is the list of major corrections that news outlets have been forced to issue

By Robert Parry

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2017-12-14
Cold, hungry and lost: Ukrainian pensioners face fourth winter on the frontline
"We are not living, we are just surviving"

By Umberto Bacchi, Thomson Reuters Foundation
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2017-12-14
It's So Embarrassing When U.S. Clients Feud [re Saakashvili and Poroshenko]

By Ted Galen Carpenter
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2017-12-13
What Should We Fight For?

By Patrick J. Buchanan
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2017-12-13
Russia's Syria op: Key points of campaign that helped crush ISIS & gave peace a chance
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2017-12-13
Normalize U.S.-Russia relations?
Post-Cold War words and actions

By Edward Lozansky
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2017-12-11
Liberal America's unhealthy fixation on Russia
Putin gets a boost from US paranoia that its Cold War enemy fixed the election

By EDWARD LUCE
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Russia House

2017-11-17

RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 16 NOVEMBER 2017

BY PATRICK ARMSTRONG

WESTERN VALUES. So now RT America is a foreign agent. (Remember all the faux outrage about Russias FARA imitation law? No? But it was only a year ago: Russia: Four years of Putins Foreign Agents law to shackle and silence NGOs. Hard to keep up, isnt it?) In case you think this reflects poorly on the champion for free speech and free press, John McCain, channelling Brezhnev, explains why it doesnt. In the Cold War they blocked us but we didnt bother to block them. You dont have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out: the side that mostly lies wants to stop its population hearing the side that mostly tells the truth. One reason is that telling (mostly) the truth is just easier. For example, Russian propaganda for the home audience lets the Western side say whatever it wants as long as it wants. Why? the Russians have no need to lie, their propaganda is fundamentally truthful, fact based and logical. unlike their American counterparts, the Russians are not engaging in policies which they cannot justify before their own public opinion or before the public opinion of the rest of the planet. In Syria the Russians are doing what they say they are doing; no need to explain why Russian troops supposedly in Ukraine cant be seen; there are no Pokemon stories in Russia. In short, Russian propaganda is all made in the West and every idiotic story is re-played. So yes, the Russians are using the immense arrogance and poorly-concealed hatred for Russia of some of the more pompous and least intelligent representatives of the West to paint an absolutely fair and accurate representation of the western ruling elites.

SPEAKING OF THINGS HARD TO JUSTIFY before the Western public. Raqqas dirty secret. a secret deal that let hundreds of IS fighters. escape from Raqqa, under the gaze of the US and British-led coalition. Some of the U.S.-made weapons available on these markets likely first entered Syria as part of an ill-fated Pentagon program to train and equip fighters in northern Syria to take on the Islamic State. Are these bugs or features? Either way, the West isnt doing what it says it is doing.

RELIGION. I found this video interesting: Putin and most of the Russian religious establishment (named here, but not the RC Ordinary for some reason) honour Minim and Pozharsky. Thats diversity.

RUSSIA INC. Inflation fell to 2.7% in October; this is a post USSR record low. Slowly but surely.

BOMB SCARES. There have been a series of hoax bomb scares across Russia lately. Phoned in from abroad we are told. Wondered that myself: Im not suggesting it was governments but the panic is constantly pumped higher and there are a lot of excitable people out there.

REMITTANCES. A study shows that all FUSSR states except Russia and Kazakhstan are intensely dependent on remittances. Authors summary: a new system of transnational, cross-border dependency, unprecedented in its intensity. The two magnets are the EU and Russia. An interesting take on the post-Soviet reality; at the end of the day, youre either a dependent of one or of the other.

AMERICA-HYSTERICA. Best summary of the story so far: The two sources that originated the allegations claiming that Russia meddled in the 2016 election were both paid for by the Democratic National Committee. Even the MSM is starting to notice (WSJ): The Clinton campaign commissioned a foreign ex-spy to gin up rumors, which made it to U.S. intelligence agencies, and then got reporters to cite it as government-sourced. Crowdstrike and Fusion GPS are the ur-sources. We get closer: a Fusion GPS exec spent seven hours with the House Committee on Tuesday. Bershidsky, no friend to Putin & Co, points out how ludicrous the theories have become. This was never expected to become public; it was supposed to stay in the background of her march to the White House.

PUTIN DERANGEMENT SYNDROME. Spreading fast. How the Russian meddling machine won the online battle of the illegal referendum (El Pais). Putins lying machine: Revealed, how Russias spewing out ruthless propaganda . Enjoy the map which shows how the Kremlin is stoking discord around the world. Again we see that lying takes more effort. And a constant effort too: always plugging holes in the narrative which gets ever more preposterous. (But read the comments: the story isnt selling well).

MAYBE FILE. American LNG delivered to Europe is actually purchased in Russia. Same source said American coal for Ukraine also came from Russia. It wouldnt surprise me, but I await confirmation.

SYRIA. The Syrians have liberated Abu Kamal, the last urban hold of Daesh in Syria; 25 months after Russia intervened. Some American talking heads are still in denial (more convolution).

UKRAINE. Maidan II continues but the WMSM doesnt see it. On Sunday Saakashvili led a march demanding Poroshenkos impeachment. Couldnt make this stuff up.

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