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Macron: US, France and allies should not leave, must build 'new Syria after war'

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The US, France, and their allies should not leave Syria after the conflict is over, but must build a "new Syria," French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview with FoxNews.

"We would have to build a new Syria after war," Macron said, adding that the US role would be "very important" in this process. He added that "it's not automatically US forces" that should carry out this task, but "that's US diplomacy and it's your President."

Giving his reasons for foreign states to remain in Syria, Macron listed the 'usual suspects' - Iran and Syrian President Bashar Assad.

"The day we'll have finished this war against ISIS [Islamic State, IS]; if we leave definitely and totally - even from [the] political point of view - we will leave the floor to the Iranian regime, Bashar Assad and these guys and they will prepare [a] new war. They will fuel the new terrorists."

Comment: It is truly astounding to hear the growing rhetoric coming from the FUKUS alliance. Are these the cries of a dying empire? Syrian Crisis Shows US Empire Losing Hegemony as Western Mainstream Media Losing Grip Over Narrative

Did the US just lose World War III by forfeit?

But beware of trouble brewing in southern Syria: Stumbling into a Big War: Hands on the trigger in southern Syria


Star of David

Lieberman warns Iran: 'There's a price to be paid for threatening Israel'

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Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman cautioned Iran that "there is a price to be paid" for jeopardizing Israeli security. In April, Tehran slammed Israel for hitting a Syrian base, reportedly killing seven Iranians.

"Those who threaten [Israel] need to understand there is a price to be paid," Lieberman said on Sunday, speaking to Kan, Israeli public radio. "The State of Israel is acting out of a lack of choice and in today's situation we have no other choice."

Tensions between Iran and Israel flared following an airstrike on Syria's T-4 airbase in Homs province on April 8. Iran and the Russian military accused Israel of being behind the attack, which, according to Iranian news agencies, claimed the lives of seven of its military personnel.

"The attack was a blatant violation of international law which would strengthen terrorists," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said at the time. "The Israeli regime's aggression against Syria is a breach of that country's national sovereignty and territorial integrity and contradicts all international regulations and principles."

Comment: It looks like Israel may be stirring up more trouble in southern Syria: Stumbling into a Big War: Hands on the trigger in southern Syria


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Stumbling into a Big War: Hands on the trigger in southern Syria

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The US, UK, and French military strikes against Syria on April 14 paved the way for Russia to supply President Bashar al-Assad with S-300 air-defense missile systems. Any moral hurdles that might have blocked that deal were destroyed in the attack. With a range of 200 kilometers (120 miles), this air-defense system can engage as many as six targets at once, with two missiles trained on each target to increase the kill probability. This weapon will greatly enhance the Syria's government forces' ability to repel strikes. Any attacker will have to think twice before violating Syrian air space.

The move might cause friction with Israel but it was not Russia who started this whole thing. Moscow has respected certain agreements in order to avoid any escalation. The purchase of the S-300 was suspended in 2013 after talks with EU leaders and Israel. On April 9, Israeli warplanes attacked the T4 air base in central Syria. A few days later, the US and its allies launched their strikes so as to give the impression that the Israeli raid was actually one phase of a joint operation. Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the Israeli PM to discontinue the strikes in a phone conversation on April 11. On April 16 and17 Israel launched another attack. Now the S-300 might be on its way. You reap what you sow.

Israel's April 9 strike resulted in the death of Iranian servicemen. Iran said it would retaliate. As a result, both parties now have their fingers on the trigger.

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Did the US just lose World War III by forfeit?

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In the fall of the year 1480, at a point not far from Moscow, two armies faced each other on the opposite banks of the Ugra River.

On the one side were the forces of the Grand Duchy of Moscow, whose ruler, Grand Prince Ivan III (known as "the Great" and the "gatherer of the Russian lands"), had recently rejected further payment of tribute to the Great Horde.

On the other were the forces of Grand Khan Ahmed bin Küchük, who had come to lay waste to Moscow and instruct the impudent Prince Ivan to mend his ways.

For weeks the two assembled hosts glared at one another, each wary of crossing the water and becoming vulnerable to attack by the other. In the end, as though heeding the same inaudible signal, both withdrew and hastily returned home.

Thus ended more than two centuries of the Tatar-Mongol yoke upon the land of the Rus'.

Was this event, which came to be known as "the great standing on the Ugra River," a model of what happened in Syria last week?

Nuke

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe wants N. Korea's 'complete & irreversible' denuclearization

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While South Korea has welcomed Kim Jong-un's announcement of the suspension of nuclear and ballistic tests, Tokyo, which strongly supports Washington's "maximum pressure" approach, voiced an extremely cautious optimism.

Japan, the United States and South Korea have been relentlessly striving for a complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, meaning of course only Pyongyang's nukes and not the US strategic bombers and aircraft carriers. Following months of productive talks with Seoul, Kim Jong-un announced a halt to any further nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests, saying that North Korea's strategic deterrence program has reached its goal.

Comment: The Chinese Foreign Ministry has chimed in with support following Kim Jong-un's announcement. RT reports:
China has welcomed North Korea's decision to halt its nuclear and ballistic missiles tests, expressing hope that Pyongyang will further follow the path of "denuclearization" and "political settlement" on the Korean Peninsula.

"Denuclearization of the peninsula and lasting peace in the region are in line with the common interests of the people of the peninsula," the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday. It added that Kim's historic decision meets the interests of the international community.

"The Chinese side believes that North Korea's decision will help ameliorate the situation on the peninsula," the statement went on. [...]

Prior to making his announcement on suspending nuclear and ballistic missile tests on Friday, Kim had made a surprise two-day visit to Beijing at the end of last month. During this, his first known trip abroad since taking power, the North Korean leader met with Xi Jinping to discuss ongoing developments on the Korean peninsula.



Bad Guys

UK forms yet another committee to uncover elusive Russian threat

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Senior UK MPs are forming a 'brains trust' to make sure they are fully prepared for perceived threats coming from Moscow. The chairs of six other committees looking at issues such as foreign affairs and fake news will be included.

The head of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Tom Tugendhat, who said the Skripal poisoning was "if not an act of war ... certainly a warlike act by the Russian Federation," will lead the 'Russia Co-ordinating Group'. He's been a prominent hawk in debates about Russia.

"The idea is to coordinate our inquiries so we work together and do things that overlap and make sure we don't miss anything out," Tugendhat said. "We want to produce a system of work that answers the malign influence we are seeing in a collective way from Russia."

Bullseye

Zakharova: Britain deserves title of world's worst genocide perpetrator

The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman recalled that British colonists exterminated up to 90%-95% of the aborigines in the process of colonizing Australia
UK ambassador in Moscow Laurie Bristow
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UK ambassador in Moscow Laurie Bristow
Britain may well be described as the holder of the world's genocide record, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a news briefing on Thursday in response to claims by UK ambassador in Moscow Laurie Bristow to the effect Russia was allegedly behind a number of contract killings.

"Britain is the world's worst genocider," she said. "The thought of how many millions of innocent people were put to death in the British colonies is terrifying."

Comment: Russia must be held to account in OPCW and UNSC - UK embassy in Moscow


Russian Flag

Victory Day 2018 - Ours or Theirs? Kiev Gearing up For War on Eve of World Cup in Russia

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Recent statements, provocations and conditions indicate the Ukrainian Army will make a major offensive against the Lugansk and Donetsk People's Republics in May. Unless we stop it.

The ongoing provocations and false-flags against Russia - in England and in Syria - have not produced the results hoped for by France, UK and US (FUKUS) nazis, and are widely seen by world public opinion as the false narratives that they are. After these epic failures, it is 'highly likely' that FUKUS will again turn their attention to Ukraine and Donbass.

The World Cup is scheduled to start in Russia on 14 June, and it is clear that the FUKUS powers are also intent upon sabotaging its successful completion. This prestigious event is worth about US$15 Billion to the Russian economy, and Russia has invested heavily in preparation for it. Should it be cancelled or substantially compromised, it would be a major economic and political blow to Russia.

A military conflict between Russia and Ukraine before the games begin would result in greatly diminishing, if not cancelling, the event. Putin himself has confirmed that if the Ukrainian Army attacks the Donbass Republics with a major offensive, Russia will be compelled to intervene on humanitarian grounds. So, if the war starts before the World Cup, a major objective of the Western nazis will be achieved.

Comment: Let us hope he is wrong.

If not an all-out conflict between the Ukraine and Russia, then something perhaps on a smaller-scale may break out soon between Kiev and the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics.

In the meantime, here's a video Bentley made of Victory Day in Donetsk in 2016:




Bizarro Earth

The killing fields of Gaza and the Western campaign to exterminate Muslims

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The Israeli army's wanton slaughter of unarmed Palestinians trapped behind the security barriers in Gaza evokes little outrage and condemnation within the United States because we have been indoctrinated into dehumanizing Muslims. Islam is condemned as barbaric and equated with terrorism. The resistance struggle against foreign occupation, whether in Afghanistan, Iraq or Gaza, sees Muslims demonized as the enemy. Muslims are branded as irrational and inclined to violence and terrorism by their religious beliefs. We attack them not for what they do but because we see them as being different from us. We must eradicate them to save ourselves. And thus we perpetuate the very hatred and counterviolence, or terrorism, that we fear.

Muslims in this age of racialized authoritarianism have been stripped of due process in our courts and are subject-as Abid Naseer and Haroon Aswat were in Britain before being extradited to the United States - to pretrial incarceration for years. They endure police brutality and secret trials, are convicted on secret evidence they cannot see and suffer long-term detention in solitary confinement, often in clandestine prisons known as black sites. They are kidnapped anywhere in the world and taken, hooded, drugged and shackled, to the secret sites. They are tortured through savage methods such as beatings, "walling," sexual humiliation, close confinement, prolonged isolation, water dousing, electric shocks, waterboarding and so-called rectal rehydration. Their citizenships are revoked. Their communities and mosques are harassed, infiltrated and monitored by law enforcement. Muslim children are viewed as future terrorists. Muslim women as breeders of terrorists. Muslim men as dangerous. We are the maniacal Kurtz in Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness," keeping the heads of "savages" on stakes outside our fortress and crying out "Exterminate all the brutes!"

Attention

Ukraine's NATO bid could risk even worse US-Russia relations

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Poroshenko: Drive towards NATO on Facebook
Ukraine has made new moves towards joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which would cross a Russian "red line" and further deteriorate U.S.-Russia relations.

It's been four years since the hectic "Euromaidan" protest movement culminated in a coup that deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. Though civil war grinds on in the eastern half of the country, Ukraine has wandered in and out of American news cycles since the dramatic change of government in Kiev.

But a more recent development has implications that are rarely explored in American media, despite what it could mean for broader U.S. international relations. Ukraine is vying to take its place as NATO's newest member state, a move that could seriously escalate tensions between Washington and Moscow beyond their current high point.

"It's safe to say that Russia would be, and has been, opposed to NATO membership for Ukraine," James Carden, former advisor to the State Department's U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, said in an email exchange.

Neighboring states such as Ukraine and Georgia, Carden added, "are red lines for Russia and we should take them at their word."