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Nice attacker labelled "terrorist" based on ethnicity, not evidence

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The New York Times‘ photo of the truck used in an attack the paper labelled “terrorist,” despite admitting that it had no knowledge of the presumed killer’s motives.
The New York Times(7/15/16), writing about the man who reportedly killed 84 people in a truck attack in Nice, France, provided no evidence that Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel was motivated by either politics or religion to commit violence—yet still labeled the murders as "terrorism," as though the definition of that crime were based on ethnicity rather than motivation.

Times correspondent Andrew Higgins wrote that Lahouaiej Bouhlel was known to his neighbors only as a moody and aggressive oddball. He never went to the local mosque, often grunted in response to greetings of "bonjour" and sometimes beat his wife — until she threw him out.... Mr. Lahouaiej Bouhlel appeared not to have left behind any public declaration of his motive or indicated any allegiance to the Islamic State or another extremist group....

Comment: It has now become commonplace for mainstream media to label any act of mass murder (which has been committed by someone of Arabic origin) as "terrorism". It seems that "terrorism" is ethnicity-dependent. However, similar acts of violence committed by people of other nationalities/ethnicities are not treated the same, and the perpetrators are often described as "mentally unstable" lone-wolf type characters. There is no mention of 'Christian radical terrorists' nor 'Jewish extremists'... this only applies to Muslims apparently. So it would be fair to assume that this kind of media coverage is part of a deliberate attempt to isolate and demonise Muslim populations, instilling fear into the general public so that they remain complicit in Western occupation and destruction of nations within the Middle East.


Георгиевская ленточка

Would Russians come out to defend Putin against a coup?

"The churches are our barracks, the bells are our helmets, the Kremlin spires are our bayonets, and Putin trolls are our soldiers..."

... Well, it doesn't have quite the ring of the better known poem that, having once landed Erdogan in jail, has now ensured his survival.

So people are now asking: Without Erdogan's closer ties to a religion far more passionary than Orthodox Christianity, without his allegedly superior democratic credentials, would anyone actually bother out to defend the Dark Lord of the Kremlin cometh the Great Day of his Reckoning that every second Russia think-tank analyst in London and Washington D.C. has been prophesying for more than a decade?

Of course not. I even feel a bit stupid for putting fingers to keyboard to write this post. But nonsense has to be cleared up.

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The first problem with thinking about a prospective Russian coup is finding even a semi-plausible candidate to play the plotters' part.

The actors that immediately come to mind are the generals - but they are also the unlikeliest group to move against Putin. The last time the Russian armed forces had regularly played kingmaker was during the 17th century, when the streltsy acted as a kind of Praetorian guard to the Tsars. The last successful coup that relied on military support took place more than two century ago, when Catherine the Great deposed the wildly unpopular Peter III, an 18th century Wehraboo who had withdrawn Russia from a hard-fought but successful war against Prussia on account of his boyhood fascination with Frederick the Great and the Prussian Army. The Russian military would never again be politically influential. The Kornilov putsch in 1917 failed. In both 1991 and 1993, the Armed Forces remained loyal to their respective heads of state, Gorbachev and Yeltsin, even though neither man enjoyed their respect. Despite the frailty of post-Soviet polities, the entire region would only see three military coups after 1991: One successful coup in Georgia, and two coups in Azerbaijan, of which one was successful. Azerbaijan is, of course, the closest "relative" to Turkey - with its seven coups this past century alone - in the former USSR, so it is unlikely that its experience would be much extensible to Russia.

Better Earth

Afghanistan wants to enhance its anti-terrorism cooperation with Russia

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Afghanistan is interested in enhancing its cooperation with Russia against international terrorism, Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar told Sputnik on Monday.

"The reason I am here is to ask Russia for help [fight Islamic State]. Russian help was extremely helpful and effective [in fighting terrorism]," Atmar said.

He added that he planned to focus on political cooperation, security and economic issues with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev.

Moreover, Hanif Atmar told Sputnik that Kabul hoped for renewed cooperation between Russia and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Afghanistan.

Comment: Atmar also says that Aghanistan is ready to hold talks with the Taliban if they adhere to peace and the constitution: "If they do not accept our offer for negotiations, military action will be taken... If they say 'yes' to peace, we will negotiate. It is now up to them to act," Atmar said. This comes after the U.S. has seemingly been doing everything possible to make that very difficult, including assassinating the previous Taliban leader.


Gift

Turkish FM thanks Putin and Russia for their "unconditional support" during failed military coup

The head of Turkish Foreign Ministry Mevlut Cavusoglu thanked Russia for supporting Turkey during the military coup in the republic. In particular, the minister expressed gratitude to Russian president Vladimir Putin. Last week, rumors spread that Russia had warned Turkey about the planned rebellion a few hours before it began. However, the Kremlin did not confirm this information.

Cavusoglu announced on TV channel Haberturk that Russia provided "Turkey with unconditional support during the military coup". "We thank President Vladimir Putin and all Russian officials for their support," said Minister of foreign affairs of Turkey, quoted by "Interfax".

Last week information appeared in the press that supposedly Moscow warned Ankara about the impending coup a few hours before its start. This, in particular, was reported by Iranian news agency FARS, with reference to several Arab media outlets, who learned about it from sources in diplomatic circles. It was noted that the Russian military had intercepted coded radio messages and critical information exchanged between the organizers of the rebellion. Then Moscow passed the evidence of the preparation of the coup to the National intelligence organization of Turkey (MIT).

Comment: Looks like Cavusoglu is getting as close as he can to a public 'thank you' to the Russians for saving their skins. See also: Writing on the wall for Erdogan: Align with Russia, Iran and Syria or Turkey's destruction awaits


Propaganda

Media watchdog site Newsbud demands public retraction from NBC for unethical false reporting - Erdogan did NOT seek asylum in Germany

Who is NBC's senior military official source responsible for yet-to-be-retracted false news?

On July 15, 2016, as an attempted coup unfolded in Turkey, a report began to circulate widely that Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had fled the country by air and was requesting asylum in Germany. The apparent origin of this report was NBC News. A tweet has also been cited in many articles from MSNBC Segment Producer, Kyle Griffin. Griffin's tweet stated, "senior US military source tells NBC News that Erdogan, refused landing rights in Istanbul, is reported to be seeking asylum in Germany."

This report was presented as factual, and was reported on by many different media outlets. Despite an intense public outcry, to date there has been no explanation, retraction or apology for it from NBC, MSNBC, or Kyle Griffin. We at Newsbud believe it is highly irresponsible and harmful to present and circulate a false report. Further, the public has the right to know how its mainstream news outlets such as NBC are being directly used by senior government Psyop actors to concoct and disseminate strategic false information. In this case, who is this Senior US Military Official cited as NBC's source for this proven-false Erdogan Asylum story?

Comment: Breaking news from Newsbud. Turkish Embassy demands public retraction of NBC false Erdogan asylum news story:






Attention

Writing on the wall for Erdogan: Align with Russia, Iran and Syria or Turkey's destruction awaits


Like it or not, this is what democracy looks like.
So, has everyone noticed what's going on? Has everyone taken stock of the 'brink' on which we now stand? July 2016 has been a month of absolute mayhem all over the world, with brutal and bloody terror attacks occurring almost everywhere - much of it no doubt organized and premeditated, and some of it 'spontaneous' madness resulting from the former. The main event, however, has undoubtedly been the attempted coup in Turkey, which was effectively an act of war by NATO's largest member-state against its second-largest.

What happened in Turkey on July 15th was clearly a US-sponsored/supported coup attempt, probably thwarted at the 11th hour by Russia in the form of intel and advice to Erdogan and Co. Do we expect the world's exceptional superpower to accept such impertinence? Unlikely. If there's one thing the global warmongers-in-chief have learned over the past 70 years, it's that they rule the world, and any nation with the temerity to stand in their way will be severely punished.

As Erdogan and friends go through the process of rooting out the NATO fifth columnists in Turkey (3 of the 5 Turkish army regiments that took part in the coup are part of NATO's Rapid Deployable Corps), unnamed British 'defence sources' are already floating the possibility of another coup: "If there is another coup attempt then civil war will follow. If that happens there will be a major international crisis," the source told British tabloid the Daily Star on Sunday.

"Civil war" and "major international crisis", i.e. just the kind of scenario on which US and British political psychopaths thrive and have lots of experience in manufacturing. If Erdogan has any sense, if he has learned anything about the true nature of Western powers over these last 9 months (and the decade he spent in power as prime minister before becoming president in 2014), he will be in no doubt about what he has to do next, and what awaits Turkey if he does not.

Bad Guys

How Clinton and her moronic media promote Trump's campaign for free

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Clinton's negative campaign against Trump, and the media leashed to her messages, are doing Trump a huge favor. Unless they can break away from their limited framework, stop their unintended advertising for Trump's campaign, they will propel him to victory.

Here is an example: Networks on Trump: A 'Dark Speech' From a 'Vengeful' 'Demagogue' - Newsbuster
The three networks on Thursday night immediately derided Donald Trump's "dark speech" as one coming from a "vengeful" "demagogue."
The "dark speech" theme was obviously a canned response by the Clinton campaign. Her independent media (not) dutifully repeated it over and over. But that negative "dark speech" theme, supposed to condemn Trump, only makes his point. (Isn't it amazing how Putin can compel all U.S. media to parrot the very same message?)

Bad Guys

Anti-Corbyn billionaire Assem Allam urges rebel MPs to split Labour & form new party

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Assem Allam
Billionaire Labour donor Assem Allam has encouraged MPs opposed to party leader Jeremy Corbyn to defect and start a new party, after saying he will not support the embattled Labour chief or his leadership rival Owen Smith.

Businessman and Hull City football club owner Allam told reporters he had held conversations with several Labour representatives in the House of Commons when Corbyn first won the leadership race in September 2015.

Speaking about his meeting with four high-profile politicians, Allam told the Times: "They said, 'We agree with you, yes he will never win an election, yes he will never be a strong opposition leader — but we want to leave it for a year.' Their view was, 'We don't want to rock the boat.' I said, 'You are not doing your party or democracy a favour.' I have been proved right, unfortunately."

Allam now wants all of those disagreeing with Corbyn to sever ties with the Labour Party entirely and start a new political project. "Now is the time. We missed a year and look at the damage that has happened in that time. At prime minister's questions they are taking the mickey out of [Corbyn]," he added.

Comment: Divide and conquer. The oldest trick in the book and it still works.


Chess

NATO's bid for global dominance may cause another 'Cuban missile crisis'

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NATO vaara! NATO danger!
The policy of one-sided military dominance exercised by the US and its NATO allies could cause a major standoff similar to the Cuban missile crisis of the early 1960s, the head of the Russian Federation Council's International Affairs Committee has warned. Though the world is not currently facing the threat of a new nuclear crisis, Russia's opponents could make such a situation a reality, senator Konstantin Kosachev said in a major interview with popular daily Izvestia.

Kosachev noted that global security has passed through three stages and is currently at the beginning of a fourth period. The first stage took place in the 1950s and 1960s, when the national security of a state or group of states was secured by pure military dominance. Very soon this approach became universal and all major nations became involved in the arms race, perfecting their weapons systems and creating military blocs.

The second stage lasted throughout 1970s and 1980s, when nations understood the futility of their efforts to become the strongest and instead started to limit each other's military might through international treaties. This was the period of agreements securing the global balance of forces.

The third period started with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact. In the Paris Charter of the 1990s, world powers agreed to maintain the logic of the second stage and build a common security system through avoiding standoffs and mutual threats, acting like equal partners.

However, instead of following the principles of the Paris Charter, the United States and its NATO allies have returned to the first stage and are now attempting to secure their safety through ultimate military dominance, Kosachev stated. NATO is expanding, and its members are continuously increasing their military budgets and developing new types of weapons.

Comment: The interesting thing about the cycle of dominance and evil -- the same or worse always seems to come around again, perhaps different players, different stage, nothing learned.


Sheriff

Foreign minister says Turkey-US ties will suffer unless US extradites Gulen

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Barack Obama.
Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that the ties with the US could turn sour unless Washington extradites cleric Gulen, who, according to Ankara, is behind the failed coup.

His statement comes ahead of his trip to the US, and he said he would discuss the relations with US officials during the visit.

Washington has repeatedly said that Turkey must give clear evidence of Gulen's link with the attempted coup before discussing any possible extradition. Lawyers have said the process, if launched, may take years.


Comment: Funny, the Afghan Taliban refused to give up Osama bin Laden over the same issue of the U.S. providing evidence of bin Laden's involvement in 9/11. Look what happen to them. 'Rule of law' doesn't apply when the US makes the demands.


Cavusoglu also said Turkey may remove some ambassadors linked to the coup attempt.