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Putin, Xi & Abe: Greater Eurasia Coming Together in Russian Far East

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© Russian Presidential Press and Information Office handout / Anadolu Agency
China's President Xi Jinping, second left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, second right, making bliny [Russian pancakes] as they visit the Far East Street exhibition on the sidelines of the 2018 Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on Sept 11, 2018.
Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin were involved in a joint cooking venture. Pancakes with caviar (blin, in Russian), chased down with a shot of vodka. It just happened at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. Talk about a graphic (and edible) metaphor sealing the ever-evolving 'Russia-China comprehensive strategic partnership'.

For a few years now the Vladivostok forum has been offering an unequaled roadmap tracking progress on Eurasia integration.

Last year, on the sidelines of the forum, Moscow and Seoul delivered a bombshell: a trilateral trade platform, crucially integrating Pyongyang, revolving around a connectivity corridor between the whole Korean peninsula and the Russian Far East.

Roundtable topics this year included integration of the Russian Far East into Eurasian logistic chains; once again the Russian link-up with the Koreas - aiming to build a Trans-Korean railway connected to the Trans-Siberian and a "Pipelineistan" branch-out into South Korea via China. Other topics were the Russia-Japan partnership in terms of Eurasian transit, centering on the link-up of the Trans-Siberian and Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) upgrades to a projected railway to the island of Sakhalin, and then all the way to the island of Hokkaido.

The future: Tokyo to London, seamlessly, by train.


Comment: See also: And check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Trump Ditches Europe, Europe Bluffs, Russia and China Carry on With Eurasian Integration


Gear

EUSSR: EU 'Parliament' passes symbolic vote condemning Hungary for not toeing Party line

EU Parliament
© Daniel Kalker / Global Look Press
The EU Parliament has voted in favor of triggering Article 7, which would allow punitive measures against Hungary over its migration policies and "media suppression." Budapest fired back, calling the vote "petty revenge."

Article 7 of the 2007 Treaty of Lisbon, often dubbed the 'nuclear option,' is designed to be applied if there is "a clear risk of a serious breach" of EU values by one of the member states. Its full implementation can strip Budapest of voting rights in the European Council. During the session in Strasbourg on Wednesday, 448 MEPs voted in favor of invoking the article while 197 voted against.

An official probe launched by the European Parliament claimed earlier that the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban poses "a systemic threat to democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights"in the country. Hungarian officials were accused of clamping down on courts and the press, as well as mistreating migrants and ethnic minorities.

Comment: Hungary's foreign minister has fired back at the EU parliament decision to trigger Article 7, which ccould lead to sanctions against Budapest over its immigration policies, branding it the "petty revenge" of pro-migrant politicians.
"Today's European Parliament decision was nothing but a petty revenge of pro-immigration politicians against Hungary,"Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said during a news conference in Budapest on Wednesday.

"The decision was made in a fraudulent way, and contrary to relevant rules in European treaties."

The official argued that the votes of those who abstained were not taken into account, which swung the outcome of the voting.
Then again, they did the same thing to Poland, and no sanctions resulted. Yet.

The postmodernist cliques in Brussels, Berlin, Paris and London are limply attempting to consolidate their power in Europe. And yet, they have no teeth, no real legitimacy. Even the EU 'parliament' isn't really such. Given its meager powers to draft laws, it's essentially an echo chamber.

This 'shaming' of Hungary of course goes beyond 'mass migration' to encompass the wider cultural war. Hungary last month did something that's arguably far more of a threat to the transhumanists' agenda:

Hungary will no longer certify 'gender studies': Attack on academic freedom or stand against pseudoscience?


Light Saber

Theresa May's explosive Skripal allegations may blow up in Syria

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© Hannah McKay / Reuters
People don military hazardous material protective suits during a police search of Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury, Britain, July 19, 2018.
Explosive Skripal allegations will probably blow up in Syria's Idlib where the US/UK axis is cocked, ready to fire. The UK media lost their collective mind over Russia but their masters have not. There is method in their madness.

Today's latest offering is that the 'Russians' in the 'mugshots' released last week are 'already dead' having been 'executed by Putin' to stop them talking, forever. Which neatly avoids the British state asking Russia for help in identifying them. London's failure to do so was already arousing suspicion amongst a cynical public. There is now no point, the would-be assassins are now six-feet below the permafrost of Anglo-Russian relations.

The media here have completely ignored the statement of the head of the anti-terrorist squad of Scotland Yard that he had "No" evidence of Russian state involvement in the crime in Salisbury, preferring instead the cheap barroom brawling of the British prime minister on the floor of the House of Commons cheered on by the vulgar popular press and their more refined elder sisters in the upmarket papers and on the BBC.

Take 2

Russian MoD: The filming of staged chemical attack in Idlib has begun

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© White Helmets/Reuters
Aftermath of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Eastern Ghouta in April 2018.
Footage, meant to serve as proof that the Syrian government has conducted a chemical weapons attack in Idlib, Syria, is to be handed to global news outlets by the end of Tuesday, the Russian military claims.

Several Middle East TV channels and a US news channel have been sent to Jisr al-Shughur in Syria's Idlib Governorate to produce the footage needed for the provocation, a statement by the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation said. It added the intelligence came from local residents of Jisr al-Shughur.

"All the footage of the staged provocation in Jisr al-Shughur is to be delivered to the newsrooms of TV channels, which are to broadcast it after its publication on social media," the statement claimed. It also said that an Islamist group was provided with two canisters of a "chlorine-based chemical" for the purpose of the operation.

The Russian military said the footage would include scenes of White Helmets operatives treating supposed victims of an apparent barrel bomb chemical weapon attack by Damascus.

Moscow has repeatedly warned that a false flag chemical weapon attack was being prepared in Idlib, giving the US and its allies justification to attack Syrian government forces. Senior US officials have threatened Damascus with retaliation if it uses chemical weapons in Idlib and even preemptively assigned the blame for any such attack to the government.

Comment: Neither truth, proof nor reason gets in the way of political posturing or military justification of a useful lie.

Sputnik adds further information:
Later in the day, Syrian human rights activist and public figure Ammar Jamal has confirmed to Sputnik that a group of 30 representatives of the White Helmets had arrived to Idlib to organize a provocation. According to human rights activists, the White Helmets arrived on Tuesday morning with tanks with an unknown gas. At the moment, they are located on a grain storage site.

The information follows Sunday's Wall Street Journal report that the US Defense Department might be mulling the idea of striking Russian or Iranian military forces aiding the Syrian government if they were to launch an assault on Idlib. The report added that the United States would specifically decide whether to strike Russian air defense installations.

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The Russian Ministry of Defense warned about the forthcoming false flag provocation, which will involve a staged chlorine gas attack, on August 26. Later, the ministry said that the results of this provocation could be used by the Western coalition forces as an excuse to launch another missile strike against the Syrian government. The United States, the Russian Defense Ministry noted, has been deploying the relevant forces to Syria. In late August, the American destroyer USS The Sullivans arrived in the Persian Gulf carrying 56 cruise missiles, and a US Air Force B-1B strategic bomber, equipped with 24 air-to-surface JASSM cruise missiles, was redeployed to El-Udeid Airbase in Qatar.



Whistle

Former head of Georgian Security Service accuses US of conducting lethal biological experiments on people

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard

Originally published in Russian on 11/09/2018 at tass.ru
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'Take us to your leader'
The former Minister of State Security for Georgia, Igor Giorgadze, has urged US President Donald Trump to investigate experiments conducted on people in the Richard Lugar Center for Public Health Research on Georgian territory, and to close this laboratory. Giorgadze made the appeal on Tuesday during a press conference in Moscow, having release data to the public about crimes in this center.

"I appeal to the leadership of the US, and to the US President, with a request to carry out an investigation. The people of Georgia will be grateful to you if you save the country from this experimental activity," he said. "Token payments and apologies [to relatives of the victims of experiments] won't be able to compensate for these lives."


Comment: Creepy imperialists. What are they up to? They're not seriously considering developing and deploying 'ethnic-specific weapons against Russians, are they?

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The plot thickens: FSB detains ISIS member 'who planned murder of a Donbass leader on behalf of Ukraine'

Detention of Mejid Magomedov
© Screenshot from a video courtesy of the FSB
Detention of Mejid Magomedov
The Russian security service, the FSB, says it has arrested an Islamic State operative who was planning to murder one of the leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) on behalf of the Ukrainian authorities.

The suspected terrorist was identified as Mejid Magomedov, who was born in 1988 in Russia's southern Dagestan republic. He was arrested on Sunday in Russia's Smolensk region in the west of the country.

The suspect said he was involved in a plot to assassinate a senior Ukrainian rebel commander living in Russia. He said the mission was given to him by Ukraine's SBU security service in coordination with right-wing extremists from the Right Sector movement, the FSB stated.

Comment: And so we see another route through which 'ISIS' leads back to the CIA. This guy was interchangably 'ISIS' AND 'Pravy Sektor' - 'Islamist' AND 'Neo-Nazi'.

That's why we've taken to calling them terrorist-mercenaries. They don't usually do terrorism for terrorism's sake; they do it for money, and ideology. In this case, to 'git Russia'.

See also: Leader of Donetsk People's Republic killed in explosion - Russia says Kiev was behind the assassination


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Existential crisis? The UK is on the verge of anarchy

Theresa May
© Unknown
UK PM Theresa May
Whilst our esteemed leader, Theresa May, is busy sabre rattling and threatening a cyber war against Russia, who she sees as the major threat to our way of life, perhaps she could just pause for a moment and look in to a mirror and wonder how much personal responsibility she has for the murder and mayhem that is happening on the streets of the UK.

I think more people are concerned about their safety from gun wielding, knife slashing and acid throwing yobs than from this pantomime of the danger of so-called Novichok.

Today the Times is saying that the amount of nerve gas in that perfume bottle could have killed up to 4 thousand people. However later in the article, in fact, buried deep in the article, is this paragraph, "Sources said that the estimate that the sample could have killed 4,000 people was a figure at the "extreme end of a wide range" but that the dosage was undoubtedly sufficient to cause significant loss of life."

Comment: It's a safe bet she will do neither of those. What a train-wreck the UK is becoming.


Eye 1

Silicon spies: How the American government invests in data-gathering startups

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A specter is haunting the modern world, the specter of crypto anarchy.
-Timothy C. May, The Crypto Anarchist Manifesto, 1988

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In June 2013, headlines flashed across the world: an employee of the National Security Agency had fled the country with a huge cache of top-secret documents and was blowing the whistle on America's global surveillance apparatus. At first the identity of this NSA leaker remained shrouded in mystery. Journalists descended on Hong Kong, scouring hotel lobbies desperately hunting for leads. Finally, a photograph emerged: a thin, pale young man with disheveled hair, wire-rim glasses, and a gray shirt open at the collar sitting on a hotel room sofa-calm but looking like he hadn't slept for days.

His name was Edward Snowden-"Ed," as he wanted people to call him. He was 29 years old. His résumé was a veritable treasure trove of spook world subcontracting: Central Intelligence Agency, US Defense Intelligence Agency, and, most recently, Booz Allen Hamilton, a defense contractor that ran digital surveillance operations for the National Security Agency.

Sitting in his room at the five-star Hotel Mira in Hong Kong, Snowden told journalists from the Guardian that watching the global surveillance system operated by NSA had forced his hand and compelled him to become a whistleblower. "The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything," he said in a calm, measured voice during a videotaped interview that first introduced the leaker and his motives to the world. "I don't want to live in a society that does these sorts of things. . . I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under."

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Attention

PM of pro-Russian republic of Abkhazia killed in car accident on return from official Syria visit

Gennady Gagulia
© Tomas Tkhaitsuk / Sputnik
Prime Minister of Abkhazia, Gennady Gagulia
The Prime Minister of Abkhazia, Gennady Gagulia, has been killed in a car crash en route to his home republic from Russia's Sochi airport, after wrapping up an official state visit to Syria, local authorities confirmed.

The premier's convoy was involved in an accident at around 10pm local time in Gudauta District of the independent republic just after passing a police post on the outskirts of Mussera. Gagulia was making his way back to Abkhazia from the Russian city of Sochi, where he landed after making an official visit to Syria.

President of Abkhazia Raul Khajimba, who was also traveling in the convoy, suffered no injuries. According to witnesses, the tragedy happened after an oncoming car apparently lost control and crashed into one of the delegation's vehicles.

Comment: While accidents do happen, even to world leaders, one probably shouldn't rule out other possibilities just yet. This incident comes on the heels of the assassination of the Donetsk Peoples Republic leader Zakharchenko: Also check out SOTT radio's:


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Twitter's banning of Alex Jones has far-reaching implications for us all

Alex Jones of Infowars
© Jim Bourg / Reuters
Alex Jones of Infowars
Today in the US, just arguing with someone can get you banned from social media platforms. We have crossed into a parallel reality, the very Matrix dungeon, where tech companies police not only our thoughts but our behavior.

A strange thing happened on the way to this week's Senate hearing on social media. As the masters of the tech universe were attempting to calm US lawmakers, assuring the stone-faced agents of Corporate America that they are systematically cracking down on Russia, fake news and anything that reeks of stinky people power, a verbal brawl was occurring just down the hall.

In an off corridor on Capitol Hill, Alex Jones, of InfoWars fame and notoriety, crossed paths with CNN ace reporter, Oliver Darcy. Things got ugly fast. In fact, had it been an MMA feature fight, the ref would have stopped the bout in a matter of seconds. Jones' vicious verbal pounding - at one point he compared Darcy to "a rat" and called him "evil looking" - was so brutal it left the senior CNN reporter visibly stunned.

Comment: Alex Jones is likely, at best, misguided in much of his analyses of conspiracies and what's taking place in the US, or the world at large for that matter, and may even be even be, effectively, a gatekeeper that does a disservice to those exposing true conspiracies by promoting nonsensical ones.

However, none of that necessarily should result in being silenced, and if it should, then the rest of the fake news media companies in the US should be banned as well for promoting outright lies. Perhaps he was targeted simply because of his popularity and dissenting opinions, in a demonstration of power by the tech companies. One thing's for sure: it's a very slippery slope from here.

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