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Pwned: Russia deftly trolls Cameron's Twitter account after British govt sez Corbyn is 'threat to National Security'


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David Cameron must be used to being mercilessly trolled on line by now - but it's not every day he gets sent snarky messages on behalf of Vladimir Putin.

Among the countless Tweets mocking Cameron's over-the-top warning about Labour being a 'security threat' was one from the Russian Embassy.

They said:
"Just imagine UK media headlines if Russian President called a leading opposition party threat to national security?"

And not satisfied with such world class trolling, the Russian ambassador to the UK followed the tweet up with a full-throated endorsement for Jeremy Corbyn.

Alexander Yakovenko wrote:
"Congratulations to Jeremy Corbyn. Hope for positive change in terms of debate, including on our relations."
Mr Corbyn has previously hinted he'd like to see Britain pursue more cordial diplomatic relations with Russia.


Vladimir Putin's realpolitik: Foreign policy objectives, desires for alliance with U.S. in opposing jihadists

In 2000, Putin's hard line against religious separatism became a leading factor in his electoral victory.
On September 4th, Russia's President Vladimir Putin restated, as he has many times before, that he seeks a U.S.- Russian alliance to overcome the global Islamic jihad movement, in Syria, Iraq, and everywhere.

Then, on Tuesday September 8th, Yahoo News bannered, "Austria joins growing voices that say Assad must be part of Syrian solution," and reported that Austria's Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said: "In my opinion the priority is the fight against terror. This will not be possible without powers such as Russia and Iran." German Economic News noted then that, "Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo had already called on Monday for negotiations with Assad to end the war."

However, the U.S. government is strongly opposed to accepting Putin's offer of an alliance to overcome Islamic jihad.

Putin's foreign-policy objectives are consistent; and his latest turn fits with all that has preceded, which has been his single-minded focus, ever since he first became Russia's leader in 2000: to defeat the global threat of Islamic jihad, which has been the chief military concern for Russia itself, ever since the First Chechen War, during 1994-96, radicalized the predominantly Sunni (Saudi-based) Muslim Chechen Republic, to separate themselves from the predominantly Orthodox Catholic Russia. By the time of Putin's contest for the Presidency in 2000, Putin's hard line against religious separatism became a leading factor in his electoral victory.

Comment: Unlike the US, living in its reality bubble and (so far) not experiencing the consequences of its global meddling, Putin has had real, hard experience with religious terrorism.

Light Saber

Full Assad interview with Russian media: 'Westerners are crying for the Syrian refugees with one eye, aiming their guns with the other'

In a rare interview with Russian media outlets, RT among them, Syrian leader Bashar Assad spoke about global and domestic terrorism threats, the need for a united front against jihadism, Western propaganda about the refugee crisis and ways to bring peace to his war-torn nation.

Question 1: Mr. President, thank you from the Russian media, from RT, from Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Channel 1, Russia 24, RIA Novosti, and NTV channel, for giving us all the opportunity to talk to you during this very critical phase of the crisis in Syria, where there are many questions that need to be addressed on where exactly the political process to achieve peace in Syria is heading, what's the latest developments on the fight against ISIL, and the status of the Russian and Syrian partnership, and of course the enormous exodus of Syrian refugees that has been dominating headlines in Europe.

Now, the crisis in Syria is entering its fifth year. You have defied all predictions by Western leaders that you would be ousted imminently, and continue to serve today as the President of the Syrian Arab Republic. Now, there has been a lot of speculation recently caused by reports that officials from your government met with officials from your adversary Saudi Arabia that caused speculation that the political process in Syria has entered a new phase, but then statements from Saudi Arabia that continue to insist on your departure suggest that in fact very little has changed despite the grave threat that groups like ISIL pose far beyond Syria's borders.

So, what is your position on the political process? How do you feel about power sharing and working with those groups in the opposition that continue to say publically that there can be no political solution in Syria unless that includes your immediate departure? Have they sent you any signal that they are willing to team up with you and your government? In addition to that, since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, many of those groups were calling to you to carry out reforms and political change. But is such change even possible now under the current circumstances with the war and the ongoing spread of terror in Syria?

Gold Seal

Assad to West: If you're worried about refugees, stop supporting terrorists

Europe is "not dealing with the cause" of the current refugee crisis, Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview with Russian media, RT among them, adding that all Syrian people want is "security and safety."

"It's not about that Europe didn't accept them or embrace them as refugees, it's about not dealing with the cause. If you are worried about them, stop supporting terrorists. That's what we think regarding the crisis. This is the core of the whole issue of refugees.

"If we ask any Syrian today about what they want, the first thing they would say - 'We want security and safety for every person and every family'," the Syrian president said, adding that political forces, whether inside or outside the government "should unite around what the Syrian people want."

Comment: Assad is absolutely right. The reason people are fleeing Syria, Libya, and other Middle Eastern countries is because of terrorists like ISIS. Unfortunately, the West has not only shown very little desire to truly stop those groups but they're also likely helping to support them.

See also: Syria's Bashar al-Assad: Why the Anglo-American Axis cannot overthrow his government


Public education and hystericized society: For children in the U.S., school is the first indoctrination into the American police state

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"Every day in communities across the United States, children and adolescents spend the majority of their waking hours in schools that have increasingly come to resemble places of detention more than places of learning. From metal detectors to drug tests, from increased policing to all-seeing electronic surveillance, the public schools of the twenty-first century reflect a society that has become fixated on crime, security and violence."—Investigative journalist Annette Fuentes
In the American police state, you're either a prisoner (shackled, controlled, monitored, ordered about, limited in what you can do and say, your life not your own) or a prison bureaucrat (police officer, judge, jailer, spy, profiteer, etc.).

Indeed, at a time when we are all viewed as suspects, there are so many ways in which a person can be branded a criminal for violating any number of laws, regulations or policies. Even if you haven't knowingly violated any laws, there is still a myriad of ways in which you can run afoul of the police state and end up on the wrong side of a jail cell.

Unfortunately, when you're a child in the American police state, life is that much worse.

Microcosms of the police state, America's public schools contain almost every aspect of the militarized, intolerant, senseless, overcriminalized, legalistic, surveillance-riddled, totalitarian landscape that plagues those of us on the "outside."

Bad Guys

Dissecting the propaganda: The reality behind 'Russian aggression' in Syria

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Israeli Fighter Jet in Syria

From Washington to the western media, everyone has been talking about reports of potential Russian 'intervention' in Syria. On the one hand, the proliferation of this meme is a case study in the western propaganda system, as one report is then repeated ad nauseam from thousands of sources, then built upon by subsequent reports, thereby manufacturing the irrefutable truth from the perspective of media pundits and western mouthpieces. On the other hand, the new reports also raise some interesting questions about the motives of both the US and Russia, as well as the other interested parties to the conflict in Syria.

In examining this new chapter of the ongoing war in Syria, two critical and interrelated points seem to rise above all others in importance: Why is the western media hyping this narrative of Russian intervention? And why is direct Russian involvement, limited though it may be, seen as such a threat by the US?

Dissecting the Propaganda

An Israeli publication reported that Russian air power would be increasing in Syria with "Russian jets in Syrian skies," as the headline read. While all the information came from unnamed "western diplomatic sources," and was accompanied by little more than assertions of fact without any tangible evidence, the media outcry began almost immediately, with literally hundreds of news outlets reporting the same information. Within 24 hours however, a Russian military source denied the allegations, saying,"There has been no redeployment of Russian combat aircraft to the Syrian Arab Republic...The Russian Air Force is at its permanent bases and carrying out normal troop training and combat duty."

Comment: Also see: US funds ISIS while Russia provides aid to Syria to defeat ISIS


Lew Rockwell interviews Gerald Celente: Psychopaths rule us

Gerald Celente talks to Lew Rockwell about how America got into this situation and what we can do about it.

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Mantra for 9/11: 14 years later, how we got here and the hell it has created

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Fourteen years later and do you even believe it? Did we actually live it? Are we still living it? And how improbable is that?

Fourteen years of wars, interventions, assassinations, torture, kidnappings, black sites, the growth of the American national security state to monumental proportions, and the spread of Islamic extremism across much of the Greater Middle East and Africa. Fourteen years of astronomical expense, bombing campaigns galore, and a military-first foreign policy of repeated defeats, disappointments, and disasters. Fourteen years of a culture of fear in America, of endless alarms and warnings, as well as dire predictions of terrorist attacks. Fourteen years of the burial of American democracy (or rather its recreation as a billionaire's playground and a source of spectacle and entertainment but not governance). Fourteen years of the spread of secrecy, the classification of every document in sight, the fierce prosecution of whistleblowers, and a faith-based urge to keep Americans "secure" by leaving them in the dark about what their government is doing. Fourteen years of the demobilization of the citizenry. Fourteen years of the rise of the warrior corporation, the transformation of war and intelligence gathering into profit-making activities, and the flocking of countless private contractors to the Pentagon, the NSA, the CIA, and too many other parts of the national security state to keep track of. Fourteen years of our wars coming home in the form of PTSD, the militarization of the police, and the spread of war-zone technology like drones and stingrays to the "homeland." Fourteen years of that un-American word "homeland." Fourteen years of the expansion of surveillance of every kind and of the development of a global surveillance system whose reach -- from foreign leaders to tribal groups in the backlands of the planet -- would have stunned those running the totalitarian states of the twentieth century. Fourteen years of the financial starvation of America's infrastructure and still not a single mile of high-speed rail built anywhere in the country. Fourteen years in which to launch Afghan War 2.0, Iraq Wars 2.0 and 3.0, and Syria War 1.0. Fourteen years, that is, of the improbable made probable.

Fourteen years later, thanks a heap, Osama bin Laden. With a small number of supporters, $400,000-$500,000, and 19 suicidal hijackers, most of them Saudis, you pulled off a geopolitical magic trick of the first order. Think of it as wizardry from the theater of darkness. In the process, you did "change everything" or at least enough of everything to matter. Or rather, you goaded us into doing what you had neither the resources nor the ability to do. So let's give credit where it's due. Psychologically speaking, the 9/11 attacks represented precision targeting of a kind American leaders would only dream of in the years to follow. I have no idea how, but you clearly understood us so much better than we understood you or, for that matter, ourselves. You knew just which buttons of ours to push so that we would essentially carry out the rest of your plan for you. While you sat back and waited in Abbottabad, we followed the blueprints for your dreams and desires as if you had planned it and, in the process, made the world a significantly different (and significantly grimmer) place.

Comment: Bin Laden had nothing to do with 9/11. It was a "Pearl Harbor" event long wished for by the architects of the Plan for a New American Century, headed up by the arch-psychopath Dick Cheney, in alliance with the neocon 'friends of Israel', who's goals coincided with the American wish for the "full-spectrum dominance", the PNAC plan called for.

Fourteen years later, we don't even grasp what we did.


'Give me liberty or give me death': The loss of freedom and institution of a corporate police state in the 14 years since 9/11

"Since mankind's dawn, a handful of oppressors have accepted the responsibility over our lives that we should have accepted for ourselves. By doing so, they took our power. By doing nothing, we gave it away. We've seen where their way leads, through camps and wars, towards the slaughterhouse." ― Alan Moore,V for Vendetta
What began with the passage of the USA Patriot Act in October 2001 has snowballed into the eradication of every vital safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse. Since then, we have been terrorized, traumatized, and acclimated to life in the American Surveillance State.

The bogeyman's names and faces change over time, but the end result remains the same: our unquestioning acquiescence to anything the government wants to do in exchange for the phantom promise of safety and security has transitioned us to life in a society where government agents routinely practice violence on the citizens while, in conjunction with the Corporate State, spying on the most intimate details of our personal lives.

Ironically, the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks occurs just days before the 228th anniversary of the ratification of our Constitution. Yet while there is much to mourn about the loss of our freedoms in the years since 9/11, there is virtually nothing to celebrate.


Syria's Bashar al-Assad: Why the Anglo-American Axis cannot overthrow his government

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Syria’s President Bashar Hafez al-Assad with Russia's President Vladimir Putin

Why is the Syrian President relentlessly demonized by the Anglo-American Axis?

Just like President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Syria's President Bashar Hafez al-Assad has been the victim of unrelenting character assassination and false reporting by the Western Mainstream Media (MSM). Many of the MSM outlets throughout the Anglo-American Axis (AAA) have published one false story after another in a concerted effort to turn the entire world against him. And for what?

Why are they so determined to overthrow one of the very few righteous leaders in the Middle East?

The true answers to this question are as profound as they are far-reaching. On a quite superficial level, Assad represents the proverbial skunk at the garden party. The Anglo-American Axis has a set agenda and predetermined schedule; and, they will not let any nation or political leader get in its way. A trained physician like Assad was thought to be the least of their (AAA) troubles during the choreographed Arab Spring events. After all, doctors everywhere take the sacred vow known as the Hippocratic Oath — "First, do no harm."

Comment: Imagine: You are the democratically elected leader of a country that is rich in human, cultural and natural resources. And for the past four years the hordes of hell have literally been unleashed on your country's lands and your country's people. Over 11 million of which have been either displaced within, or outside of, your country. With murders in the thousands. These same hordes of hell, you know, are actually the hidden arm of some of the most deceptive, powerful and ruthless forces on the planet - and they are all aimed at destroying you and your life's work of creating a better place for your citizens. The hordes threaten to turn the clock back on the country - towards a feudal psycho-state and puppet regime of the West. And most of the world is clueless about the reality of the situation.

To make matters worse, vicious lies have been spread about you that despite the evidence, or lack thereof, all too many seem all too willing to believe.

Your only help and hope is coming from the two most Western-vilified nations in the world (besides your own) and any precipitous actions or responses to the madness that is set upon you and your nation could not only damage it beyond all hope, but threaten to start WWIII.

What do you do?