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The transgender zealots are trying to destroy truth itself

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Most of these politically correct fads are just designed to wind us up and provoke us. For example, I now regret having wasted so much time trying to argue rationally about same-sex marriage. All the sexual revolutionaries wanted was an excuse to call me a bigot. They could then ignore everything I said, or tell lies about me, or both.

It was a tiny issue. In 2014, for example, in England and Wales, there were 247,372 heterosexual weddings, and 4,850 same-sex marriages. Already there are several hundred same-sex divorces each year.

Once the novelty has worn off, I suspect the numbers of same-sex unions will decrease, just as heterosexual ones are doing. The point - that the old ways are dead and gone - will have been made, and the campaigners will move on to something else.

I once thought the same about the transgender issue. But the idea that people are whatever sex they think they are is a terrifying weapon in the hands of modern Thought Police. Whatever you say, you cannot possibly be right about this.

Star of David

Rogue state: Declassified Israeli docs spell out 60-year-long strategy to ethnically cleanse Arabs

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Israel has released declassified documents from after the Six Day War which reveal the government's plans to starve Gaza and its controversial plans to deal with the Palestinians.

The declassified documents were released on the Israel State Archives on Thursday and include hundreds of pages of minutes from cabinet meetings between August and December 1967, soon after the Six Day War ended the previous June.

The Six Day War between Israel and its Arab neighbors ended with Israel capturing East Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan, the Gaza strip and Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, and the Golan Heights from Syria.

Comment: A fascinating insight into the barren, bleak landscape of the Israeli mind.


Snakes in Suits

ACTUAL international collusion: Nigel Farage exposes massive Soros network of MEPs spreading 'gender theory', open borders and russophobia (VIDEO)

George Soros
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George Soros
Picking up the anti-Soros torch from Hungarian leader Viktor Orban, UK politician Nigel Farage is seeking to investigate fellow EU MEPs who support the controversial vision of the wealthy financier. But are Orban and Farage's fears valid?

UK politician Nigel Farage, the prominent face of Brexit, is now concerned about Europe's destiny. Addressing the EU Parliament this week, Farage provided some thoughtful ideas as to the source of the claims that Russia had somehow manipulated the Brexit vote, as well as the Trump election.

"Just last week, the electoral commission, in the UK, launched an investigation to find out whether the 'Leave' campaign took offshore money or Russian money," Farage said.

Comment: That's right there is the real collusion that is "undermining the fabric of Western civilization," not Putin's Russia.

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Gold Seal

Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan: 'Why is the US elite so afraid of RT?'

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People walk across Moscow’s Red Square, with the Kremlin's Spasskaya (Saviour) Tower (right) and St. Basil's Cathedral (left)
It started as a whisper, now it's a scream. David Kramer's Op-Ed is just the latest jab thrown in a seemingly endless anti-RT barrage in certain sections of the US media and body politic.

This has manifested itself in various forms, from John Kerry dubbing RT a "propaganda bullhorn" to Andrew Lack, briefly CEO of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), throwing the network in with ISIS as a "challenge" to the US because he was bothered by our particular "point of view," to a stream of less-than-rigorous publications simply inventing facts about the channel.

A few days ago in The Washington Post, Kramer, of John McCain's eponymous Institute for International Leadership, launched into a tirade of anti-Russia vitriol. He reserved particular contempt for RT, extolling the virtues of freezing its assets. Ostensibly, this would punish Moscow for two court rulings "involving the multibillion-dollar Yukos oil company." Two birds, one stone.

Comment: Bonus feature, courtesy of The Saker, where you can find a complete transcript: Margarita's one-hour interview on Russian TV about the US attacks against RT:

Margarita Simonyan. The Right to Know! Part I от rutube_account_973191 на Rutube.
Margarita Simonyan. The Right to Know! Part II от rutube_account_973191 на Rutube.


Gold Seal

James Bovard: Trump's liberal critics are increasingly unhinged, authoritarian

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Last week's anniversary of Trump's election sparked widespread teeth-gnashing by the nation's pundits. Trump is supposedly the gravest threat to American democracy since the secession of the Confederacy. His presidency, probably, continues to be a boon for antidepressant sales across the land.

New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg, in a column last week headlined "Anniversary of the Apocalypse," lamented the "terror-struck and vertiginous days" after Trump's win and the ongoing "metaphysical whiplash" and "hideous interregnum," which leaves her "poleaxed by grief at the destruction of our civic inheritance." Professor Henry Giroux of McMaster University frothed that Trump's "ascendancy in American politics has made visible a culture of cruelty, a contempt for civic literacy, a corrupt mode of governance and a disdain for informed judgment that has been decades in the making."

It is understandable that folks would be riled by Trump's bluster about revoking the broadcast licenses of his critics or calling for the firing of protesting football players. His administration's rhetoric on trade and the drug war threaten to revive moronic policies that should have been banished forever by perennial failures. But while Trump poses plenty of constitutional perils, many of his opponents are even more authoritarian.

Sheriff

As Russian MoD releases evidence of US military cooperation with ISIS, Lavrov slams illegal US presence in Syria

Sergei Lavrov, Vladimir Putin and Sergei Shoigu
This is Russia's strongest statement to-date, admonishing the illegal US presence in Syria.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has slammed the US for its presence in Syria being not only illegal, but deeply counterproductive.

Lavrov also highlighted a statement from the Russian Defence Ministry which unequivocally accuses (with accompanying photographic evidence) the US of failing to target ISIS fighters in Syria while allowing them safe passage away from oncoming Syrian Arab Army liberators.

Syria has repeatedly stated, including at the United Nations, that US troops and airmen in Syria are not actually fighting ISIS but are merely playing an obstructionist role to the inevitable Syrian victory, one which includes the arming and financing of terrorist groups.

Russia's latest statements back up these crucial long-time claims by Damascus.


Comment: The Syrian government just yesterday, for the umpteenth time, demanded that US forces get out of its country.


Comment: The Russian Defense Ministry has provided further information, regarding the situation in eastern Syria and the covert US-led coalition support for ISIS terrorists.
Last week, units of the Syrian Army (while receiving support from the Russian Air Force) liberated the town of Abu Kamal, the last remaining ISIS stronghold in Syria, located at the Iraqi border. The operation not only delivered a decisive blow to ISIS, it also ascertained facts of direct cooperation and support provided by the US-led coalition to the ISIS terrorists.

Following the triumph of the Syrian Army, ISIS terrorists began to depart Abu Kamal en masse, while avoiding the strikes of Russian and Syrian aircrafts, and making their way for Wadi Al Sabha passage, located at the Syrian-Iraqi border.

The Command staff of the Russian forces stationed in Syria sent two requests to the Washington-led international "anti-ISIS" coalition headquarters, in order to conduct a combined operation so that the fleeing ISIS convoys on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River would be eradicated for good.

The American side, however, completely refused to take any action against the terrorists, stressing that they began to surrender themselves voluntarily, meaning their actions were assessed in accordance with the provisions of the Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War.

In addition, the Americans failed to respond to a question previously asked by the Russians on why so many of the ISIS terrorists that supposedly left Syria on combat vehicles with heavy armament were regrouping in the Washington-led coalition-controlled territories and preparing for new attacks against the Syrian Army in the vicinity of Abu Kamal.

But this is not the only controversial thing related to the matter. In order to spare the terrorists from Russian and Syrian air strikes, the coalition's aircrafts attempted to interfere with the Russian Air Force's actions in the area.
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U.S. makes deal for free passage of ISIS in Raqqa - but denies involvement, BBC video proves they lie

Putin and Erdogan meet to discuss further stabilizing Syria and post-conflict reconstruction

Mattis says U.S. won't leave Syria until ISIS stops fighting - doesn't define "fighting"


Pistol

Syrian army finds ISIS warehouses full of US-made lethal weapons

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Daesh weapon
According to the Syrian military source there were a lot of US-made weapons and military equipment of Western European and Israeli production. Apart from M-16 automatic rifles there were TOW anti-tank missile systems and 155 mm US field guns.

"There were also Hummers, which were either used to transport people or were stuffed with bombs inside ready to explode. Israeli intelligence reconnaissance aircraft and a modern Israeli protective suit for conducting sapper work have also been found," the source told Sputnik Arabic.

The source also said that tech for air and ground reconnaissance, satellite communications and bags with C-4 explosives were also discovered inside these warehouses.

Comment: The American government and its intelligence and military intelligence agencies support ISIS. They have done so for many years.

Let that sink in.

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Attention

BBC uncovers secret deal between U.S. and ISIS: Free passage out of Raqqa for top terrorists, foreign fighters

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The BBC has uncovered details of a secret deal that let hundreds of IS fighters and their families escape from Raqqa, under the gaze of the US and British-led coalition and Kurdish-led forces who control the city.

A convoy included some of IS's most notorious members and - despite reassurances - dozens of foreign fighters. Some of those have spread out across Syria, even making it as far as Turkey.

Lorry driver Abu Fawzi thought it was going to be just another job.

He drives an 18-wheeler across some of the most dangerous territory in northern Syria. Bombed-out bridges, deep desert sand, even government forces and so-called Islamic State fighters don't stand in the way of a delivery.

But this time, his load was to be human cargo. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters opposed to IS, wanted him to lead a convoy that would take hundreds of families displaced by fighting from the town of Tabqa on the Euphrates river to a camp further north.

The job would take six hours, maximum - or at least that's what he was told.

But when he and his fellow drivers assembled their convoy early on 12 October, they realised they had been lied to.

Instead, it would take three days of hard driving, carrying a deadly cargo - hundreds of IS fighters, their families and tonnes of weapons and ammunition.

Abu Fawzi and dozens of other drivers were promised thousands of dollars for the task but it had to remain secret.

Comment: See also: U.S. makes deal for free passage of ISIS in Raqqa - but denies involvement, BBC video proves they lie. As MoA points out in that article, the Americans had criticized the Syrians and Russians for making a similar deal with ISIS just months before. But in addition to "maintaining good relations between Kurds and Arabs" and "minimising casualties", the U.S./ISIS deal also served another purpose: maneuvering ISIS fighters into areas where they could do more damage to the Syrian army and civilian populations, not to mention letting ISIS fighters flee to other countries where they could keep the ISIS threat alive. U.S. policy towards ISIS is very much schizophrenic: the true believers want ISIS stamped out, but the cynics see it as a useful tool in destabilizing the world, thus creating the opening for American intervention.

The Turkish PM commented on the Raqqa deal:
"We told the United States: it is not a strategy for big states fighting against terrorism to use some terrorist groups in a struggle with others. Now nobody knows where these withdrawn terrorists will use their weapons against civilians - in Turkey, Europe, America or the whole world," Yildirim said.

The prime minister once again pointed out that Turkey considered the Syrian Kurdish Units terrorists.

"We see that armed Daesh terrorists left [Raqqa] being replaced by other terrorists from the Kurdish People's Protection Units [PYD]. Is that a smart policy? We turned out to be right again. But our aim is not to be right but to defeat terrorism," the prime minister added.



Bullseye

Questioning gender fluidity has become the new blasphemy

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The capitulation of the establishment to the politics of transgenderism has been astonishing. I'm struggling to remember any other time when a new and contested ideology has been so uncritically embraced by the powers-that-be.

We have a Tory government pushing a Gender Recognition Act that would allow anyone to change his or her gender without so much as popping a hormone pill. An established Church which yesterday issued guidelines to its schools encouraging them to let kids 'explore gender identity'. Police forces exchanging helmets for caps because 'gender-based headgear' is disrespectful to trans people. And of course a university system - the nurturer of future leaders - in which women's colleges are throwing themselves open to people who were born male, students are told to use gender-neutral pronouns, and anyone who says 'Men cannot become women' can expect to be hounded off campus.

From the stuffy Tories to the armed wing of the state to the actual Church of England, one by one the core institutions of the nation have accepted an idea that we really should have more debate about, no? Namely that gender is fluid. And that children should be allowed to decide if they're male or female. And that men who transition into women are actual women - full-on, legally recognisable, going-into-women's-changing-rooms women - rather than transwomen, as they were respectfully referred to for many years. Anyone who claims that trans politics is edgy is kidding themselves: it is one of the most established, protected ways of thinking of our time.

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Mr. Potato

Someone in Russia sent some tweets, Theresa May warns the entire Western world may crumble

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Sorry Theresa, it's gonna take more than flashing a bit flesh to convince people you're a normal human being.
Theresa May deployed two methods of distraction at the Lord Mayor's Banquet speech in London: a flash of prime ministerial shoulder flesh in a racy, lacy ensemble, and Russia. She warned that Western democracy could soon crumble due to some tweets and Photoshop.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May did offer reassurance to everyone in Britain: "I have a very simple message for Russia, we know what you are doing and you will not succeed."

You could hear the sigh of relief. With May showing she doesn't have a clue what she herself is doing, Britain can at least take solace in the fact she knows what someone else is up to.