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Dear Putin: A letter from Westerners apologizing for their corrupt governments and media


Comment: The following letter is addressed to Russian President Vladimir Putin on behalf of Westerners ashamed of the behavior of our governments and media when it comes to their malicious rhetoric and coverage of all things related to Putin and Russia. Since it was first published on August 30, it has received over 22,000 signatures from citizens of over 190 countries. Soon after it was published, a malicious attack brought the site offline, which caught the attention of the Moscow Times.

Very few politicians get Sott.net's seal of approval -- practically all our heroes are dead, many assassinated by the same forces currently lining up Putin in their crosshairs -- but Putin has proven himself to be a statesman and politician of the first order and has done more than anyone on the world stage not only for their own country, but the world at large, countering the U.S. Empire's arrogance and greed. And the amount of lies and barely veiled aggression leveled against Putin has been extraordinary and practically unprecedented.

So we encourage all our readers to take a stand for what's right and sign the letter. We have!


dear putin

Dear President Putin and Russian People,

Please accept our apologies for the behavior of our Governments and Media. Western Nations, led by the United States, seem determined to start a war with Russia. A sane person would recognize the terrible consequences of such a war and would do everything in their power to avoid it. In fact it appears that this is exactly what you are doing. In the face of an endless stream of lies and provocations you have managed to keep Russia from being drawn into a nuclear war.1, 2

Events surrounding the war in Ukraine are twisted to represent you as an aggressor when the facts clearly show otherwise. Neo-Nazi gangs commit atrocities against the citizens of Novorussia on a daily basis and they receive political and financial support from Western governments. The Ukrainian army has attacked Russian checkpoints and towns and regularly bombs refugees attempting to flee the country. Russia was blamed for the destruction of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, even though the evidence suggests that the flight was shot down by the Ukrainian army. You offer humanitarian aid to the people of Luhansk and you are accused of smuggling weapons into Ukraine.3
Light Sabers

Ukraine: Obama, NATO beg for more war - Putin endeavors to bring peace

"In the implementing of their policies, our western partners - the United States first and foremost - prefer to be guided not by international law, but by force. They believe in their own 'exceptionalism', that they are allowed to decide on the fate of the world, and that they are always right."

- Russian President Vladimir Putin
"What did we do to deserve this? What did we do to deserve being bombed from planes, shot at from tanks, and have phosphorous bombs dropped on us? ....That we wanted to live the way we want, and speak our own language, and make friends with whom we want?"

- Alexander V. Zakharchenko, Chairman of The Council of Ministers of The Donetsk National Republic, The Vineyard of the Saker
There is no way to overstate the significance of what has transpired in Ukraine in the last three weeks. What began as a murderous onslaught on the mainly Russian-speaking population of east Ukraine, has turned into a major triumph against a belligerent and expansionistic empire that has been repulsed by a scrappy, battle-hardened militia engaged in a conventional, land-based war. The conflict in east Ukraine is Obama's war; launched by Obama's junta government, executed by Obama's proxy army, and directed by Obama's advisors in Kiev. The driving force behind the war is Washington's ambitious pivot to Asia, a strategy that pits Russia against Europe to prevent further economic integration and to establish NATO forward-operating bases on Russia's western border. Despite the overheated rhetoric, the talk of a (NATO) "Rapid Reaction Force", and additional economic sanctions; the US plan to draw Ukraine into the western sphere of influence and weaken Russia in the process, is in tatters. And the reason it is in tatters is because a highly-motivated and adaptable militia has trounced Obama's troopers at every turn pushing the Ukrainian army to the brink of collapse. Check out this frontline update from The Saker:

Comment: Unfortunately, Putin is dealing with Kiev, U.S., EU, NATO - part of the global pathocracy. If you want to understand what is going on in Ukraine, study ponerology:
Lobaczewski titled his book Political Ponerology, reclaiming for the use of science a word that means, in religious studies, "the study of evil, the nature of evil, the origin of evil, and evil in relation to the Divine Government." It was this last subdivision of the definition that interested Lobaczewski, though his focus was on the study of evil in relation to what could be called normal human government inspired and motivated by conscience. Lobaczewski writes:

"In the author's opinion, Ponerology reveals itself to be a new branch of science born out of historical need and the most recent accomplishments of medicine and psychology. In light of objective naturalistic language, it studies the causal components and processes of the genesis of evil, regardless of the latter's social scope. We may attempt to analyze these ponerogenic processes which have given rise to human injustice, armed with proper knowledge, particularly in the area of psychopathology. Again and again, as the reader will discover, in such a study, we meet with the effects of pathological factors whose carriers are people characterized by some degree of various psychological deviations or defects.

Ponerology describes the genesis, existence, and spread of the macrosocial disease called evil. Its causes are traceable and can be repeatedly observed and analyzed. When humanity manages to incorporate this knowledge into its natural worldview, it will have defensive potential as yet unrealized. " (Lobaczewski)

Global Pathocracy, Authoritarian Followers and the Hope of the World


Gold Seal

Russophobia in the West

When the banksters who run America set their sights on the newest designated enemy of democracy, without fail the assault is preceded by information operations to convince a clueless public of the target state's burning hatred for "freedom." Momentarily torn away from corporate entertainment spectacle, enlightened citizen-consumers will be fed phony news stories of atrocities,green-screened crisis coverage set to dramatic music, and helpful cues to identify heroes, victims and villains in the unfolding morality play. Washington is said to be Hollywood for ugly people, and the ugly people have proven remarkably adept at statecraft as stagecraft, selling their brand of international banditry as feel-good humanitarian uplift for decades now.

But just as Hollywood has lurched into creative senility, so too is the template for overseas intervention fraying as US global dominance enters its terminal phase. No longer yielding to "leadership" from the wolves of Wall Street, independent powers have begun to challenge the foundations of the Washington consensus. At the forefront of this movement has been a revived Russia, which in the face of NATO encirclement and with survival on the line, has shown itself willing and able to confront the Pax Americana. But the show must go on; as the United States positions forces ever closer toward Moscow's frontiers, with furrowed brows and feigned concern, the talking heads on our telescreens mechanically inform us of Russian aggression. It's springtime again for Russophobia in the West.

© Unknown
Kiss your Golden Arches goodbye, Yankees!
With its roots in the Great Game of espionage and intrigue between Victorian subalterns and the Tsar's Cossacks in Central Asia, a systemic antipathy to Russia as such only took root in America from the time it assumed Britain's imperial mantle at the dawn of the Cold War. The hostility, of course, has been mutual, and Russians have not forgotten how their land suffered through the "peace dividend" of US unipolarity in the 1990s. Promised that the North Atlantic alliance would never contemplate expanding eastward, Mikhail Gorbachev starred in pizza commercials and Boris Yeltsin headlined summits with his trademark vodka-soaked buffoonery. It was then that a weakened, bankrupt Russia could be looted by multinationals, its people impoverished and demoralized, and the state further subverted by forces from "civil society" NGOs to cutthroat jihadist mercenaries waging holy war in the North Caucasus.
Newspaper

Why the Ukraine crisis is the West's fault: The liberal delusions that provoked Putin

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© Maxim Shemetov / Courtesy Reuters
A man takes a picture as he stands on a Soviet-style star re-touched with blue paint so that it resembles the Ukrainian flag, Moscow, August 20, 2014.

Comment: The following commentary comes from John Mearsheimer, one of the authors of the controversial book The Israel Lobby. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov recently addressed students and faculty of MGIMO on September 1, where he said the following:
Sensible voices, including in the West, are still able to see through the disinformation. The recent issue of Foreign Affairs (September-October 2014) featured an insightful article by Professor John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago, "Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West's Fault", in which he wrote that the United States and the European Union now face a choice: either ratchet up the pressure on Russia while continuing to destroy Ukraine, which would be a loss for all stakeholders, or "shift gears" and help build a prosperous and neutral Ukraine which will make a positive contribution to promoting cooperation between Russia and the West. Everyone wins in this outcome. I fully agree with this. But first, the real policy-makers have to heed these words of wisdom.

According to the prevailing wisdom in the West, the Ukraine crisis can be blamed almost entirely on Russian aggression. Russian President Vladimir Putin, the argument goes, annexed Crimea out of a long-standing desire to resuscitate the Soviet empire, and he may eventually go after the rest of Ukraine, as well as other countries in eastern Europe. In this view, the ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014 merely provided a pretext for Putin's decision to order Russian forces to seize part of Ukraine.

But this account is wrong: the United States and its European allies share most of the responsibility for the crisis. The taproot of the trouble is NATO enlargement, the central element of a larger strategy to move Ukraine out of Russia's orbit and integrate it into the West. At the same time, the EU's expansion eastward and the West's backing of the pro-democracy movement in Ukraine -- beginning with the Orange Revolution in 2004 -- were critical elements, too. Since the mid-1990s, Russian leaders have adamantly opposed NATO enlargement, and in recent years, they have made it clear that they would not stand by while their strategically important neighbor turned into a Western bastion. For Putin, the illegal overthrow of Ukraine's democratically elected and pro-Russian president -- which he rightly labeled a "coup" -- was the final straw. He responded by taking Crimea, a peninsula he feared would host a NATO naval base, and working to destabilize Ukraine until it abandoned its efforts to join the West.


Comment: The U.S., NATO, and Kiev (with its genocidal ATO) have done a fine job on their own, destabilizing Ukraine. No Russians required.


Putin's pushback should have come as no surprise. After all, the West had been moving into Russia's backyard and threatening its core strategic interests, a point Putin made emphatically and repeatedly. Elites in the United States and Europe have been blindsided by events only because they subscribe to a flawed view of international politics. They tend to believe that the logic of realism holds little relevance in the twenty-first century and that Europe can be kept whole and free on the basis of such liberal principles as the rule of law, economic interdependence, and democracy.


Comment: Codewords for vulture capitalism and oligarchy.


But this grand scheme went awry in Ukraine. The crisis there shows that realpolitik remains relevant -- and states that ignore it do so at their own peril. U.S. and European leaders blundered in attempting to turn Ukraine into a Western stronghold on Russia's border. Now that the consequences have been laid bare, it would be an even greater mistake to continue this misbegotten policy.
Star of David

Fruit of the psychopath: 9/11 and the triple cross revisited


Flags and the psychopaths that wield them
1. Islam Job: the official conclusion of the 9/11 Commission, blaming Muslim terrorists in general, and Osama bin Laden in particular;
2. Inside Job: the dominant thesis within the so-called 9/11 Truth movement, which accuses the American government, or a faction within the American Deep State;
3. Mossad Job: the rising alternative thesis within the community of truth seekers, which claim that the masterminds were a Zionist network close to the Israeli Likud.
There are variations on each thesis and middle grounds between them, but three camps can clearly be distinguished: the first ridicule the second as "conspiracy theorists", while the second loath the third as anti-Semites. Each thus justifies its refusal to weigh the evidence produced by the other. Acknowledging this reality, by renouncing the bipolar vision of an information warfare between official liars and 9/11 truthers, and paying attention to the debate (or absence of the debate) between Inside-jobbers and Mossad-jobbers, is the first step toward a paradigm shift in "9/11ology".

Comment: It is completely possible that, like the JFK assassination, there will never be a definitive answer as to "who did 9/11". Combining the passage of time, the apathy of the public, and the problem of sorting out the misinformation, a specific answer may be impossible. But we can definitely see the direction America and Israel have taken since September 11th, 2001. And we can see that Israel especially is the direct beneficiary of those attacks, advancing steadily towards its plan for "Greater Israel" through destabilizing the Middle East and all who stand in its way using America/NATO's armies and terrorist proxies both as allies and "enemies". It's truly war by deception.

Overall, it would seem wise to keep in mind that this is fundamentally a problem of psychopathy and political ponerology. And, functioning much like a parasite, the psychopaths' delusional goals for "total power" translate into death for them and their hosts.



Star of David

Israel's wars and the 'A' word

Once again Israel is very much in the news these days, especially after its new bout of aerial bombardment of Gaza.

As if under a knee-jerking hypnotic trance since these raids began in early July, the Western media again went into "poor-little-Israel-is-only-defending-itself" mode.

Anyone daring to say otherwise will feel the full impact of the "A" word: "anti-Semitism!" That dreaded insult is unleashed like a bolt from Zion's "Olympus" upon all who criticize Israel!

Jews are a very tiny group of people: just under 16 million worldwide in a planet where over 7 billion people live and toil. That's a mere 0.2 percent of the global population; the other 99.8 percent of mankind is a wide assortment of ethnic and religious groups.

That in our day and age any man, woman or child should be attacked or harassed on account of race, creed, nationality, ideology, social or physical characteristics is completely unacceptable. As I mentioned earlier, the world needs to come to grips with the age-old tragedy of Jews being so often discriminated and persecuted.

However, continuously crying "Anti-Semitism!" to stifle all criticism of Israel's seventy years of genocidal attacks on the Palestinians does not and should not work anymore.
USA

The American Delusion: Distracted, diverted and insulated from the grim reality of the police state

"In the age of advanced technology, spiritual devastation is more likely to come from an enemy with a smiling face than from one whose countenance exudes suspicion and hate. In the Huxleyan prophecy, Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours. There is no need for wardens or gates or Ministries of Truth. When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk: culture-death is a clear possibility." - Author Neil Postman
Police State USA
© thepeoplesvoice.org
Caught up in the uproar over this year's latest hullabaloo - militarized police in Ferguson, tanks on Main Street and ISIS - Americans have not only largely forgotten last year's hullabaloo over the NSA and government surveillance but are generally foggy about everything that has happened in between.

Then again, so much has happened in the year since Edward Snowden first appeared on the national scene that it's understandable if the average American has a hard time keeping up with and remembering all of the "events," manufactured or otherwise, which occur like clockwork and keep us distracted, deluded, amused, and insulated from the reality of the American police state.

This is not to say that many of these events are not critical or important. However, when we're being bombarded with wall-to-wall news coverage and news cycles that change every few days, it's difficult to stay focused on one thing - namely, holding the government accountable to abiding by the rule of law - and the powers-that-be understand this.
USA

The Covert Origins of ISIS

[Editor's note: This is possibly the best video presentation on the truth behind 'ISIS/IS' available. Spread it far and wide.]

The Islamic militant group ISIS, formerly known as Al-Qaeda in Iraq, and recently rebranded as the so called Islamic State, is the stuff of nightmares. They are ruthless, fanatical, killers, on a mission, and that mission is to wipe out anyone and everyone, from any religion or belief system and to impose Shari'ah law. The mass executions, beheadings and even crucifixions that they are committing as they work towards this goal are flaunted like badges of pride, video taped and uploaded for the whole world to see. This is the new face of evil.

Would it interest you to know who helped these psychopaths rise to power? Would it interest you to know who armed them, funded them and trained them? Would it interest you to know why?

Airplane Paper

There's ZERO proof of a Russian invasion in Ukraine

russians are coming

Comment: We are not the only ones that see that all this media hype about a "Russian invasion" is nothing but propaganda reminiscent of Iraq's WMDs fabrications. And we know the fate of Iraq and the Iraqis ever since!


The authors of this NYT piece, Ukraine Reports Russian Invasion on a New Front, are not really convincing when presenting these reports by the Ukrainian government as truthful:
The latest incursion, which Ukraine's military said included five armored personnel carriers, was at least the third movement of troops and weapons from Russia across the southeast part of the border this week, further blunting the momentum Ukrainian forces have made in weakening the insurgents in their redoubts of Donetsk and Luhansk farther north. Evidence of a possible turn was seen in the panicky retreat of Ukrainian soldiers on Tuesday from a force they said had come over the Russian border.
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Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for the Ukrainian military in Kiev, said the Russian armored column entered the town of Amvrosiyivka, south of Donetsk, expanding what Western and Ukrainian officials have described as one of the main fronts in a multipronged counteroffensive directed by Russia.
The "momentum" the Ukrainian troops had was never as big as the Ukrainian government had claimed. A few motorized brigades ran through open territory held by few insurgents and when coming to a halt at their primary target were immediately cut off and surrounded. Their morale is bad, their equipment old, ammunition is low and the entire aim of their campaign is dubious. Now even a few weak counterattacks, the "counteroffensive", have them on the run.

Comment: Think back, if you can, to the headlines when you woke up just two days ago.

In case you're having trouble recalling anything from two days ago - thanks in large part to the disorienting effects of having the entire Western media screaming the same Big Fat Lie in unison - here's what you were being told:
"10,000 RUSSIAN TROOPS INVADE UKRAINE!"
Not only was this in no way true, the real story they were trying to drown out were the complete routing of Kiev's forces in the breakaway republics of Novorossiya...

Ukraine on verge of collapse as Kiev forces capitulate: U.S. 'catapults the propaganda' with another desperate 'Russian invasion' ploy

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Is the EU finally seeing sense? Germany making moves to keep 'warm' relations with Russia amid NATO warmongering

© AFP Photo / Kirill Kudryavtsev
(L-R) Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, European Commissioner for Energy Guenther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht pose on the sideline of a summit in Belarus' capital of Minsk on August 26, 2014.
The road to the Minsk summit this past Tuesday began to be paved when German Chancellor Angela Merkel talked to ARD public TV after her brief visit to Kiev on Saturday.

Merkel emphasized, "A solution must be found to the Ukraine crisis that does not hurt Russia."

She added that "There must be dialogue. There can only be a political solution. There won't be a military solution to this conflict."

Merkel talked about "decentralization" of Ukraine, a definitive deal on gas prices, Ukraine-Russia trade, and even hinted Ukraine is free to join the Russia-promoted Eurasian Union (the EU would never make a "huge conflict" out of it). Exit sanctions; enter sound proposals.

She could not have been more explicit; "We [Germany] want to have good trade relations with Russia as well. We want reasonable relations with Russia. We are depending on one another and there are so many other conflicts in the world where we should work together, so I hope we can make progress".

Comment: It is possible that EU leaders are actually beginning to understand that Washington has gone stark raving mad. The "Empire of Chaos", as Pepe accurately labels it, is in an absolute frenzy to either retain global hegemony or take us all down along with it.

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