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America's Putin Derangement Syndrome

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Russian President Vladimir Putin
Last week as Donald Trump was preparing to take office, The New York Times — reeling from Trump's interview in which he said he didn't "really care" if the European Union holds together and described NATO as "obsolete" — declared that "the big winner" of the change in U.S. presidents was Vladimir Putin.

Why? Because Putin "has been working assiduously not just to delegitimize American democracy by interfering with the election but to destabilize Europe and weaken if not destroy NATO, which he blames for the Soviet Union's collapse." And based on what Trump has been saying about the alliance and the E.U., it appears that, as of noon on Friday, Putin has a co-thinker in the White House.

Heart

Interview with Flemish priest in Syria: "Putin and Assad saved my life"


Comment: This article has been translated by SOTT.net. Original article can be found here.


© Sjoerd Mouissie
The Western media coverage of Syria is according to Father Daniël Maes the greatest media lie of our time.
The Flemish Father Daniël Maes (78) lives in Syria in the sixth-century-old Mar Yakub monastery in the city of Qara, 90 kilometers north of the capital Damascus. Father Daniel has been a witness to the "civil war" and according to him, Western reports on the conflict in Syria are very misleading. In short: "the Americans and their allies want to completely ruin the country."

Interviewer: You are very critical of the media coverage on Syria. What is bothering you?

"The idea that a popular uprising took place against President Assad is completely false. I've been in Qara since 2010 and I have seen with my own eyes how agitators from outside Syria organized protests against the government and recruited young people. That was filmed and aired by Al Jazeera to give the impression that a rebellion was taking place. Murders were committed by foreign terrorists, against the Sunni and Christian communities, in an effort to sow religious and ethnic discord among the Syrian people. While in my experience, the Syrian people were actually very united.


Comment: Notice that Al Jazeera did the exact same thing in Libya:
Behind the Headlines: NATO Slaughter - James and Joanne Moriarty expose the truth about what happened in Libya

If you were a journalist in Libya during this time you were relatively safe; not because these animals respected journalists as neutral observers, but because the journalists were on their side. The Moriartys have evidence of embedded journalists, not least from Qatar-owned Al Jazeera, whose staff were among the terrorists from day one, personally calling in airstrikes and working side-by-side with the terrorists.

Before the war, this was a harmonious country: a secular state in which different religious communities lived side by side peacefully. There was hardly any poverty, education was free, and health care was good. It was only not possible to freely express your political views. But most people did not care about that."

Heart

US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard returns from fact-finding mission to Syria: 'The Syrian People Desperately Want Peace'


We met these children at a shelter in Aleppo, whose families fled the eastern part of the city. The only thing these kids want, the only thing everyone I came across wants, is peace. Many of these children have only known war. Their families want nothing more than to go home, and get back to the way things were before the war to overthrow the government started. This is all they want.
As much of Washington prepared for the inauguration of President Donald Trump, I spent last week on a fact-finding mission in Syria and Lebanon to see and hear directly from the Syrian people. Their lives have been consumed by a horrific war that has killed hundreds of thousands of Syrians and forced millions to flee their homeland in search of peace.

It is clear now more than ever: this regime change war does not serve America's interest, and it certainly isn't in the interest of the Syrian people.


Comment: More on Rep. Gabbard fact-finding mission in Syria:

Rep. Gabbard calls on US to stop 'supporting terrorists' after meeting Syria civilians and Assad


V

The Hypocrisy of Michael Moore, Corporate Feminists and Controlled Opposition of Women's March in Washington

© Shannon Stapleton / Reuters
Mainstream media NEVER would have given a 24/7 spotlight to any event that threatened the power interests. On the hypocrisy of Michael Moore, Corporate Feminists, & Partisan Hacks. Time to do the shadow work.


Info

Trump inauguration TV ratings second biggest in 36 years - With online viewings included, biggest ever?

© Andrew Harnik/AP
Donald Trump's inauguration ratings were the second-highest in 36 years, according to Nielsen.

The swearing-in of the 45th president was seen by 30.6 million viewers across 12 networks.

The only inauguration over the last three decades that tops Trump's number in the linear ratings? Barack Obama's first inauguration back in 2009, which had a record-setting 37.8 million viewers. So Trump was down from the last new president to take office.

But before that, to get an Inauguration Day number this high, you'd have to go all the way back to Ronald Reagan in 1981, who was seen by 41.8 million viewers (Nielsen released tracking for inauguration ratings back to 1969).

Wall Street

Fake News alert: Liberal media caught understating crowd size at Trump inauguration

Apart from the overhyped "women's" marches, yesterday's biggest news story seemed to be the conflict between the news media and the Trump administration over the size of the inauguration crowd. The liberal media said it was small, relying largely on this photo comparison by the New York Times of Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration and Trump's.

Other media happily followed suit with lowball estimates of Friday's crowd. Two points: one, there is not, and never will be, an official estimate of crowd size for either the 2009 inauguration or last Friday's. The National Park Service stopped doing such estimates in the 1990s. Two, the issue normally would be analyzed by looking at satellite photos, but Friday was too cloudy for such pictures. Hence the uncertainty.

The obvious question, of course, is when the Times's photo of Trump's inauguration was taken. Brit Hume - a far more reliable source than the New York Times - weighed in on Twitter:


Comment: Trump and spokesperson Spicer accuse media of understating number of supporters present at inauguration


Георгиевская ленточка

Russian Prime Minister Medvedev bids farewell to Obama in scathing FB post, damns him with no praise


Russian Prime Minister Medvedev and former US President Obama
In a scathing final assessment Russian Prime Minister Medvedev accuses former US President Obama of wrecking US-Russian relations by paying no heed to Russian concerns and by underestimating Russia.

Observing Russian practice, Russian President Putin has been careful to avoid making any personal comments about Barack Obama, now no longer President of the United States.

I would add that it is a courtesy that was not reciprocated. Obama on occasion personally, and his officials frequently - including especially Vice-President Biden - spoke of Putin, and did so in the most offensive terms.

It has therefore been left to Prime Minister Medvedev to sum up the Russian government's view of Obama and his administration in - of all places - a Facebook post.

Blue Planet

The west was built on racism. It's time we faced that

Dead white men are revered by many as responsible for the advancement of civilization, says sociology professor Kehinde Andrews.

But, he argues, this so-called progress came at the expense of millions of people of colour. Global inequality is not an accident, he argues - it is designed to keep the hierarchy of race intact.

Comment: Do our readers agree?


Bell

Putin: 'Maidan' maybe coming to DC this week - Fake news makers 'worse than prostitutes'

© Reuters
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he has no grounds to attack or protect US President-elect Donald Trump, since he does not know him personally. He added though that those behind the recent allegations on Trump have "no moral scruples."

"I don't know Mr. Trump personally, I have never met him and don't know what he will do on the international arena. So I have no grounds to attack him or criticize him for anything, or protect him or whatever," Putin said.

Despite the fact that elections in the US are over and ended with a "solid win" for the Republican candidate, an intense political struggle continues in the US, the Russian president observed, adding that there are certain forces that aim "to undermine the legitimacy of the president-elect."

"I have an impression they practiced in Kiev and are ready to organize a Maidan in Washington, just to not let Trump take office," Putin said, apparently referring to anti-government protests in the Ukrainian capital in 2014, which resulted in the leadership being ousted.

Those anti-Trump forces in the US also want to "bind hand and foot" of the newly elected leader, Putin added, saying that this way they want to interfere with Trump's both domestic and international policies outlined in his presidential campaign.

By doing so, these forces "severely harm US' interests," Putin said.


Comment: Here's the full quote from TASS:
"What we see is the continuing sharp domestic political struggle although the presidential elections are over and they ended with a convincing victory of Mr. Trump," Putin told reporters after talks with Moldovan President Igor Dodon.

This struggle has several goals, Putin said, adding that the first of them is to "undermine legitimacy of the US president-elect."

"Whether the people who have been doing that really wish it or not, they do cause harm to the interests of the United States and that harm is enormous," Putin said. "One has the impression that upon gaining the required experience in Kiev they may go as far as staging Maidan type of protests in Washington in a bid to prevent Trump from taking office."

"Another aim they pursue is to bind the president-elect by hand and foot to not let him act on home and foreign policy election pledges," Putin said.

Comment: It's gonna be an interesting week!


Smiley

CIA, Obama and major media outlets trolled by 4chan fanfiction asserting Donald Trump was being blackmailed by Russian spies

Defying all reason and journalistic duty, BuzzFeed may have now topped the Washington Post in the quickly burgeoning Fake News market, publishing accusations President-elect Donald Trump has "deep ties to Russia" — but the astoundingly baseless claim seems to have unraveled in the most hilarious way possible.

"A dossier, compiled by a person who has claimed to be a former British intelligence official, alleges Russia has compromising information on Trump. The allegations are unverified, and the report contains errors," the collaborative BuzzFeed article asserts.

Duly noting the dubious quality of the information presented, BuzzFeed chose to publish the threadbare 'dossier' sans any evidence of its legitimacy — and the rush to perhaps damn Trump before the upcoming inauguration has tentatively been discredited by one of the most unlikely sources: 4Chan.

First, ZeroHedge noted of the contents of the original dossier,

"For those pressed for time, here is the best - as in most laughable - part, discussing 'Trump's personal obsessions and sexual perversions', in which we learn that when staying at the Ritz Carlton Moscow hotel, in order to defile a bed in which Obama had stayed in previously, he employed 'a number of prostitutes to perform 'golden showers' show in front of him.' Good stuff."

Comment: For images of the 'evidence' surrounding these allegations: Trump Intelligence Allegations by zerohedge on Scribd

More details:
As a final point, the memos authored by the operative claim that the Trump campaign and the Kremlin had established an "exchange of information" of "mutual benefit," and that Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, met secretly with Kremlin officials in Prague in August 2016.

However, Cohen quickly denied that he has ever been to Prague, promptly demolishing the entire argument.

"I have never been to Prague in my life. #fakenews," he tweeted, attaching a photo of his passport.
The Russians respond:
Peskov told Intefax...
"The information is not true and is nothing other than a total fabrication."

"It's a complete fake, it's a complete fabrication, it's total nonsense."
Trump tweets:





And WikiLeaks:

Russia Insider's Dean Parker blasts the Atlantic for essentially saying that all the networks who knew about the allegations, but who kept them private because they knew they were lies, but who decided to report on the secret allegations as if they were real news, did a very bad thing:
In other words, the CNN knew how laughable the "dirt" on Trump was, but kept that from the viewers, while opting to pretend this was a serious story. Whereas at least BuzzFeed gave the readers enough data to allow them to judge for themselves.

So a passing grade for BuzzFeed and an F minus for CNN?

Not according to The Atlantic. No, Obama's favorite paper has just slammed BuzzFeed, and only BuzzFeed. Apparently it's perfectly OK to talk about a supposed explosive secret Russian dossier on Trump like CNN did, as long as you don't reveal how incredulous the contents of such an alleged dossier must be like BuzzFeed did.
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The real problem for The Atlantic is that BuzzFeed inadvertently revealed just what lying shits and peddlers of fake news the mainstream media really are. It should have maintained the conspiracy of silence and sat on the document it had like CNN, Politico, Lawfare and many other according to The Atlantic did.

Instead it unintentionally helped kill a perfectly good Trump story the MSM could have kept on banging for days, or years.

The Atlantic hit piece ends with a lecture on why it is important for journalists to keep things away from the public.
The Daily Beast gave the soapbox to the man 4chan claims they trolled, and of course he denied their account:
Wilson dismissed all of r/The_Donald and 4chan's claims in a tweet Tuesday night. "You're wrong if you believe 1. What we had came from /pol 2. That I was Buzzfeed's source. Try again, boys," he wrote.

"The information was out there looooong before the 4chan posts," he replied to another user.

Reached by phone earlier in the evening, Wilson told The Daily Beast that the Russian allegations were "making the rounds before anyone talked about it publicly." He said that they were being discussed as early as a year and a half ago.

"Trump always knew it was out there," Wilson said. "He thought he could bullshit his way through it.

"This stuff is real and it's bad. It's going to be something that weighs on him," he added.
Real stuff? That right there says everything about Wilson you need to know.

Meanwhile ZeroHedge has published the chain of events that allegedly leads from 4chan's message boards all the way to McCain, CNN, and Buzzfeed. One priceless image includes: