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MSM finally concedes defeat on Yemen and ceases its blackout of coverage

CNN Yemen
Last month, an article by Fair.org went viral in republications by popular alternative media outlets ranging from Salon to Zero Hedge to Alternet to Truthdig, among many others. The article was initially titled "ACTION ALERT: It's Been Over a Year Since MSNBC Has Mentioned US War in Yemen", but many subsequent republications went with variations on the more attention-grabbing headline, "MSNBC has done 455 Stormy Daniels segments in the last year - but none on U.S. war in Yemen".

The centerpiece of the article was the following graphic, which I saw shared on its own many times in my social media feeds:

Arrow Down

Retired Ukrainian Colonel says the Ukrainian Army 'is on the verge of collapse'

Ukraine army
The Ukrainian military has never been able to turn into a battle-worthy army of the modern type, which the Ukrainian experts hoped for in 2014.

Regarding this, a correspondent for "Political Navigator" got these comments and others from retired colonel, ex-officer of the General Staff of the Supreme Council of Ukraine, Oleg Zhdanov, whose opinion is cited by the Kiev magazine "Focus".
"I had hopes that the volunteer battalions formed in 2014 and the newly created National Guard would form the basis of a fundamentally new system for building an army of the modern type. But this did not happen. Now the situation is close to the one that was in 2013 "

2 + 2 = 4

'Be Careful About What You Believe' - Ken Livingstone on US, UK Media Bias & Lies

Media manipulation
Today it seems like we are in another Cold War. It was breathtaking to watch our PM Theresa May immediately blaming Russia for the poisoning of the Skripals before the police had conducted their investigation into the evidence.

Growing up after the Second World War our news was dominated by the threat from the Soviet Union, but when the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991 I don't think anyone could have guessed that just over two decades later we would be once again talking about the threat from Russia. Anyone who only gets their news from the British or American media is kept in ignorance of the truth; the endless accusations about the Skirpal poisoning or the conflict over Crimea is presented in a completely biased way in which most of the facts are ignored. But there is nothing new about this: dishonest reporting and lies dominated the whole of the Cold War in the days of the Soviet Union.

Although President John Kennedy in the United States started out with quite a right-wing agenda with one of his 1960 election promises being to close the missile gap with the Soviet Union, he rapidly changed and began to throw the weight of his administration behind the struggle to end racism in America's deep south. Also, if he hadn't been assassinated, he was planning to withdraw American troops from Vietnam if he had been re-elected in 1964 because he realized a full-scale war in Vietnam would be a disaster.

Bizarro Earth

Imagine if the world started using US logic in its relations with America

US Marine Hussein
© Goran Tomasevic / Reuters
A US Marine covers the face of a statue of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein with a US flag, Baghdad, April 9, 2003
You're sanctioned! You're bombed! You're invaded! The US has plenty of punishments lined up for states which it claims are doing things wrong. But what if the rest of the world held the US to the same standards?

Last Thursday was quite an unusual day. The US didn't impose new sanctions on anyone. Not unless I missed it while I was lying on my sofa with tendonitis (cured after a day, I'm pleased to say, by my wife's 'Two-Pointing').

At present the US operates active sanctions programs against almost 20 countries: from Belarus to Zimbabwe. And guess what? By and large the reasons the US gives for sanctioning these countries could just as equally be used to sanction the US.

Let's look at the recently re-imposed sanctions on Iran, some of which came into force on August 6, with others set for November 4. The financial punishments don't just target Iran. In a particularly nasty, school playground-style bullying tactic they target countries and foreign financial institutions which trade with Iran too. The Islamic Republic is accused of "malign behavior." Of being a leading, sorry, make that "THE world's leading state sponsor of terror."

In fact Tehran's crime has been to help defeat the terrorism, euphemistically described as "rebel activity,"supported by the US and its regional allies in Syria.

Comment: If the US is exceptional at anything it would be constant lies, hypocrisy, war, oppression, usurpation, terror, betrayal, immorality and all out destruction - both at home and abroad. See also:


Attention

Memo outlines how Soros funded groups plan to work with Facebook and Twitter to eliminate Conservative content

Shareblue
In January 2017 after Hillary Clinton was shellacked in the November 2016 election top Democrat operatives at Media Matters, Share Blue, American Bridge, and CREW came together and released their two-year plan to take back power in Washington DC.

Share Blue is a far left website that works with the Democrat party and claims to reach 140 million people a month.

The Washington Free Beacon obtained a copy of this document

The Free Beacon published this lengthy document by David Brock, the founder of Soros-funded Media Matters website, from a January donor retreat.

The 49 page memo outlined how the George Soros-funded groups Media Matters, American Bridge, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and Shareblue planned to undermine President Trump's agenda and help Democrats win control of Congress and the White House by 2020.

On page two of the plan these top far left organizations announced their strategy. They will work with the tech giants to eliminate "right wing propaganda and fake news."

Comment: See also:


Bizarro Earth

Russia confirms Taliban's participation in Afghanistan reconciliation meeting

taliban
© REUTERS/Stringer
Representatives of the Taliban movement will attend the Moscow format of Afghan reconciliation talks scheduled for September 4, Russian Foreign Ministry's Second Asian Department Director Zamir Kabulov said Monday.

On Monday, Kabulov told Sputnik that Russia expected the Taliban to participate in the upcoming conference. Later in the day, the Wall Steet Journal reported citing sources that Taliban representatives had agreed to participate in this meeting. Afghan Ambassador to Russia Abdul Qayyum Kochai told Sputnik that Kabul did not mind the participation of the Taliban in the meeting.

"Yes, they will come on September 4. Preparation for the meeting is now underway," Kabulov told the Izvestiya newspaper.

Russian Foreign Ministry noted that Moscow maintains contacts with the Taliban only to ensure the safety of Russian citizens in Afghanistan and to encourage this group to join the process of national reconciliation. In March 2018, Kabulov said that contacts between Moscow and the Taliban had been established several years ago, when Russia was seriously concerned about the possibility of terrorist threats to Russian overseas institutions and citizens. The diplomat stressed the importance to clarify the plans of the Taliban leadership towards the Russians, and Moscow received assurances that the Taliban had no hostile intentions towards Russian citizens and institutions.

Comment: As with Syria, Russia is doing all it can to involve all willing groups in discussion in a bid to quell the violence, and that includes the Western-backed terrorists. But if Russia's experience of ISIS in Syria is anything to go by, the ceasefire is likely to suffer repeated sabotage:


Smoking

Australia abandons emissions targets agreed at Paris climate change conference

Malcolm Turnbull
© EPA
Malcolm Turnbull tells MPs his government has dropped plans to put an emissions reduction target into legislation
Embattled Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has abandoned plans to set a new emissions reduction target, following a revolt by MPs in his own government amid a potential leadership challenge.

Mr Turnbull's signature energy policy - the National Energy Guarantee - contained a pledge to cut Australia's emissions by 26 per cent, based on 2005 levels, by 2030. The laws would have helped the country meet its obligations under the Paris climate agreement.

But after rebel Liberal Party MPs led by former prime minister Tony Abbott threatened to vote against the legislation - which would have triggered a crisis of confidence in Mr Turnbull - the PM decided to back down.

Comment: Drought conditions do not equal global warming - rebranded as anthropogenic climate change. Like vast swathes of the planet, Australia is experiencing extreme drought conditions, but, like the other vast swathes of our planet, it's also seeing record breaking cold temperatures, snow and flooding: Also check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?


Rocket

Dozen missiles fired at Presidential Palace, diplomatic zone in Kabul

Rockets fired towards diplomatic area near presidential palace in Kabul
© RT
Rockets fired towards diplomatic area near presidential palace in Kabul
At least a dozen missiles have been fired in Kabul, with some targeting the Presidential Palace and diplomatic zone in the capital of Afghanistan. The attack came as President Ashraf Ghani was speaking at an Eid prayer ceremony.

The attack on the palace and the diplomatic zone occurred early on Tuesday, according to Tolo news. The outlet said, citing officials, that at least 12 missiles exploded in the area, adding that locals say there might have been more than 20.

The first rocket hit somewhere near the presidency, the second near a NATO compound and the US Embassy in Kabul, AP reported citing a police official. Black smoke was seen rising from the buildings as military helicopters were flying above the city's old quarter, where clashes are reportedly ongoing.

Chess

As new poll claims 75% of Americans believe Russia meddled, Trump says he "wouldn't even consider, not even for a moment" lifting sanctions

US President Donald Trump
© Leah Millis / Reuters
US President Donald Trump set tongues wagging when he admitted he could potentially "consider" lifting sanctions on Russia if Moscow ever makes concessions and does something "good" for Washington on issues like Syria and Ukraine.

"I haven't thought about it. But no, I'm not considering it at all," Trump responded to Reuters' question about whether he would consider lifting sanctions against Russia. "I would consider it if they do something that would be good for us. But I wouldn't consider it without that," he added. "In other words, I wouldn't consider it, even for a moment, unless something was go - we have a lot of things in common. We have a lot of things we can do good for each other."

Trump made the comment during an interview with Reuters at the Oval Office on Monday, which covered a range of topics from social media censorship and tensions with Turkey to the Federal Reserve and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 'Russiagate' probe. It was unclear which sanctions Trump might have been referring to, just as it wasn't clear what exactly Russia would need to do to get them lifted.

Comment: Nearly 60 percent of Americans reject Washington's punitive sanctions and pressure approach towards Moscow, and believe the US should focus on repairing relations with Russia, according to a new poll.
Despite the ever-tightening ratchet of US sanctions, only 36 percent of responders believe such a strategy could improve bilateral ties between Washington and Moscow, the Gallup poll revealed Monday. In defiance of the mass hysteria surrounding the supposed Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections, 58 percent of Americans think improving relations with Russia is more important than applying punitive economic and diplomatic measures.

However, despite the lack of any concrete evidence of Russian interference in the US elections, most Americans (75 percent) still fell victim to the mass media reports that see a Kremlin hand in bringing President Donald Trump to power. Some 39 percent of Americans believe that Russian interference changed the outcome of the vote, while 36 percent believe that Russia tried but failed to change the election outcome. Only 16 percent of responders, polled August 1-12, said Russia had nothing to do with US democratic process.



Magic Wand

Wishful thinking: Atlantic Council fantasizes about how Russia 'probably' will influence US politics

Evelyn Farkas Atlantic Council

Evelyn Farkas, former Obama Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and Atlantic Council member
Russia is "likely" using a "three-pronged" strategy to influence US politics, according to bombshell speculation by the Atlantic Council. RT interviewing newsworthy people is even cited as evidence of this dangerous plot.

The article, "We Regret to Inform You That Russia Is (Probably) At It Again," is co-authored by none other than Evelyn Farkas, a dutiful Russia-basher and senior fellow at the NATO-funded Atlantic Council. Her particular skillset was put to good use when she served as former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia during the Obama administration. True to form, Farkas employs generous dollops of "may," "could," and "likely" as she offers up three "likely" tactics which Moscow "may" use to impose its political will on the hapless American people. In some cases, the piece - which was published by The Atlantic - provides deep insight into Moscow's oiled-up meddling machine.

Comment: The Atlantic Council, purveyors of only the highest quality propaganda.