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The morally bankrupt Clintons earned over $3.5 million in paid addresses to pro-Israel organizations

Bill and Hillary Clinton are under increasing scrutiny from the mainstream press over paid speeches they have given to big banks in exchange for millions of dollars.According to CNN, the couple has earned a total of $153 million in lecture fees from companies and organizations affiliated with the financial industry.

But the media has been conspicuously silent about the large sums the Clintons have raked in from paid addresses to pro-Israel organizations, including the Jewish National Fund (JNF), which directly participates in the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and Bedouin citizens of Israel. An evaluation of Hillary Clinton's public disclosures from 2001 to 2015 shows that she and Bill, and their daughter, Chelsea, have earned roughly $4 million in speaking fees from pro-Israel organizations, including JNF and organizations allied with the right-wing government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The vast majority of these documented payments—$3,599,999—have gone toward the Clintons' personal income, and up to $450,000 has been funneled into the Clinton Foundation.

Comment: The Clintons' drive for more money and power show their lack of conscience; they have no problems striking a Faustian bargain with Israel.


Bomb

Hot for war: Turkey shells Kurdish targets in northern Syria

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Turkey's army has shelled Kurdish militia targets near the city of Azaz in northwest Syria, Reuters reports, citing a source in the Turkish government.

"The Turkish Armed Forces fired shells at PYD positions in the Azaz area," the source said, referring to the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Ankara views as a terrorist group.

A Kurdish official confirmed to Reuters that the shelling targeted the Menagh air base, which is located south of Azaz in the Aleppo Governorate.

According to the official, the base was captured by the Jaysh al-Thuwwar rebel group, which is an ally of the PYD and a member of the Syria Democratic Forces alliance.

Snakes in Suits

Isn't that special: Carter says UK must renew Trident to keep 'special relationship' with US

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The UK has to renew its submarine-borne Trident nuclear weapons system if London wants to maintain its "special relationship" with Washington, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.

It's the nuclear subs that allow Britain to "continue to play that outsized role on the global stage that it does because of its moral standing and its historical standing," Carter was cited as saying by the BBC.

"It's important that the military power matches that standing and so we're very supportive of it," he said.

Comment: Carter sure makes the US seem like the ones pulling Britain's strings to influence policies.


Info

President al-Assad interviewed by AFP on Syrian and regional developments

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President Bashar al-Assad gave the following interview to AFP News Agency on the developments in Syria and the region:

Journalist: Mr. President, we would like to thank you for taking the time to answer our questions in these crucial moments in the history of Syria and the region.

Comment: These AFP reporters' questions were full of western propaganda. Assad replied in an intelligent manner completely opposite of the West's characterizations of him.


Crusader

New World Order messenger boy Kissinger delivers a "plan" to Putin


Kissinger tries to lure Putin to the Dark side.
Henry Kissinger is one of the "bisons" of American politics. One of those who ruined the Soviet Union. It was he who put in a lot of effort to finally tear China away from the USSR and thus, weakening the latter. He is a patriot who put himself on the altar of victory in the "cold war". Even after retiring, he did not give up on the battle throughout his life. He continued to struggle with the remnants of the Soviet Empire.

Four years ago, speaking about "the drums of war", which could already be heard, he said:
"The coming war will be so severe that only one superpower can win, and that's us. That is why the EU is in such a hurry to form the superpower, because they know what is coming, and to survive, Europe will have to be one whole cohesive state. This urgency tells me that they know what to expect from us. Oh, how I dreamed of this delightful moment. From the ashes we shall build a new society, there will remain only one superpower, and it will be the global government that wins. Do not forget that the United States has the best weapon, which no other country has, and we will introduce those weapons to the world when the time is right". (Henry Kissinger January 2012).
On January 20th 2012, he arrived in Moscow to give Vladimir Putin an ultimatum and "friendly advice" not to run again for President of Russia. Because otherwise the U.S. will grind Russia into powder: "the third term of Vladimir Putin, this is a war that Russia will lose".

Snakes in Suits

Kerry proclaims Syrian opposition will not surrender despite Assad army's advances

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The war in Syria could be impossible to end while ruling President Bashar Assad remains in power, and the opposition is not going to surrender despite the government army's advances, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday.

Kerry also welcomed the recent agreement on a cessation of hostilities in the war-torn country.

"The Syrians who have rejected Assad have endured four years of shelling, barrel bombs, gas, Scud missiles, chemical attacks, torture, and they may be pushed back here or there, but they are not going to surrender. I don't believe there's anybody who believes they will," Kerry said at the Munich Security Conference.


Comment: What a totally backwards statement.


Comment: Want to bet on that statement Kerry?

Syria's Sunnis reject jihadism: The West supports sectarian divisions


Bad Guys

Saudi Arabia deploys warplanes to Turkish air base for missions in Syria

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Saudi Arabia is deploying warplanes to the Turkish Incirlik base to fight Daesh, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

"They (Saudi officials) came, did a reconnaissance of the base. At the moment it is not clear how many planes will come," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by the Yeni Safak and Haberturk newspapers after taking part in the Munich Security Conference.

The deployment is part of the US-led effort to defeat Daesh terrorist group, he added. Incirlik is a key hub for US-led coalition operations againstDaesh (ISIL/ISIS/IS).

Comment: Sure Foreign Minister, you and the Saudis want to see Daesh lose so badly, right? That's why you did nothing while Daesh dismantled Syria and brought it to you on a silver platter? That's why now, only after Russia started eradicating these thugs, you decided it's time to invade a country that wants nothing to do with you?

No, be honest - you are seeking to prop up your terrorist thugs before they are completely cut off in Syria.

See: Race to Raqqa: A battle the Syrian Army must win


Bizarro Earth

NATO Cold War 2.0: Turkish aggression given a free hand?

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Cold War 2.0, teetering on the brink.
NATO's latest initiative - a buildup in Eastern Europe which officials have called "the most significant boost" to the alliance's military readiness "since the end of the Cold War," threatens to untie Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's hands, Russian experts warn.

Following a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels on Wednesday, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced that the alliance would significantly strengthen its eastern flank, and increase its presence in the Baltic, Black and Mediterranean seas. The buildup, the official added, would include increased air and naval patrols, increased exercises, and "more boots on the ground with more exercises and troops," together amounting to "the most significant boost to our collective defense since the end of the Cold War."

Commenting on the new NATO buildup for Russian news agency RIA Novosti, Retired Col. Gen. Leonid Ivashov, the president of the Academy of Geopolitical Affairs, said that NATO's expansion is entirely in line with Washington's national security strategy, which names Russia as the primary obstacle to the preservation of a unipolar world led by the United States.

"We need to start from the national security strategy and military doctrine of the United States, adopted in 2015," Ivashov suggested. "There Washington set the vector for the actions of all of its satellites and allies, and declared that there would be no multipolar world. Banking on military power to consolidate the existing world order, [the strategy also] announced Russia to be the main enemy and a threat to the entire world." It is in accordance with this strategy that Washington's NATO allies are forced to act, the military analyst suggested.

Comment: Whether Erdogan's hands become untied is not the big question. The US/NATO alliance is systematically dismantling the Middle East. Washington has openly declared its right to unilateral use of force anywhere to uphold its own interests, and uninvited military interference has become the norm. The result is a deterioration of political, military, societal and financial stability...with or without the likes of Erdogan. Does anybody truly want a unipolar world run by the USA?


Windsock

Kiev crazies still unwilling to implement Minsk agreements - Europe finally losing patience with them

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The forced marriage foisted on Europe by the US coup in Kiev. How long will it last?
Paris and Berlin are seriously concerned about Kiev's unwillingness to adhere to the Minsk peace agreements on eastern Ukraine, according to the French newspaper Le Monde.

Kiev has failed to take steps to implement the Minsk peace agreements on eastern Ukraine, which continues to alarm Paris and Berlin. The countries' leaders remain doubtful regarding the implementation of the accords, the French newspaper Le Monde said, citing a senior French official.

According to the newspaper, this skepticism stems from the behavior of Ukrainian politicians, who had earlier played the role of "good students." Le Monde quoted the official as saying that the situation remains the EU's main concern, and "in the short term there is no reason for optimism in the matter."

Comment: So people in the West are finally admitting that it is not Russia disregarding the Minsk agreements, but Kiev. Looks like Paris and Berlin are beginning to regret throwing in their lot with the US empire and its pro-Nazi puppets currently playing "government" in Kiev. To say that the current Ukrainian government is an 'unreliable partner' is a profound understatement, and all logic says that Europe would do well to disassociate from these mad men and instead form closer relations with Russia. Will they see which way the wind is blowing?


Propaganda

'We need more lies!' - Obama's new budget calls for massive increase in propaganda spending

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Western governments routinely sound the alarm over Russian "propaganda." But President Obama's new budget calls for a drastic increase in spending to America's own foreign media arm, the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which already spends millions more than its Russian counterpart.

Last year, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the US federal agency responsible for Voice of America and Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe, among others, requested a substantial budget increase. Seeking a boost of $30 million, the BBG's budget soared to $751.5 million.

That was, evidently, not enough money. President Obama's newly proposed budget for fiscal year 2017 proposes another massive increase in spending for the BBG. If granted, the agency will receive nearly $778 million, a roughly $27 million increase.

That sum is even more surprising given that the US repeatedly accuses Russia of spending vast sums on a "propaganda war" against the West through news outlets like RT and Sputnik. Yet the BBG's budget is approximately twice that of Russia's foreign media budget.

Comment: Further reading:
The American and British governments are launching yet another media campaign to demonize Russia, with tall claims that the Kremlin is infiltrating European political parties and news media. The dastardly Russian aim, we are told, is to destroy the European Union.

We've already seen versions of this scare tactic with regard to Ukraine and "Putin the new Hitler". But what this yawn-inducing exercise illustrates is that the old former spell over the Western public held by their rulers no longer works. The opiate of Western propaganda has expired.

The Western propaganda of a Russian Red Menace no longer works