Welcome to Sott.net
Sat, 30 Jul 2016
The World for People who Think

Puppet Masters

Red Flag

Will preemptive accusations against Russia be used to cover up voting fraud in the Presidential election?

The poisonous propaganda against Russia just never ends.
The Clinton campaign and some pseudo experts assert that Russia is somehow guilty of hacking the Democratic National Committee and of revealing DNC emails via Wikileaks. There is zero hard evidence for that. The Clinton campaign also claims that Trump asked Russia to hack Clinton's emails. That is also not the case.

But two "liberal" computer experts, who are taken serious in the security scene, now build on those false assertions to say that Russia might manipulate voting machines in the November 9 elections. It would do so, presumably, to change the vote count in favor of Trump.

A Bruce Schneier op ed in today's Washington Post is headlined: By November, Russian hackers could target voting machines.

That headline alone is already dumb. ANY hacker could target and manipulate the easy to deceive voting machines - should those be connected to the Internet. Local administrators of such machines can manipulate them any time.

Comment: As either an unintended consequence of the Wikileaks DNC email story (or by some machiavellian design?) this story has further escalated the propaganda level against Russia to an absolute fever pitch in the U.S. - and seems to have planted the seeds for much more.

See also:

Snakes in Suits

WikiLeaks confirmed mainstream media works directly with Hillary, DNC

© Steve Marcus/Reuters
Wikileaks' Friday leak of nearly 20,000 Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails reveals many nefarious activities. In light of new evidence the DNC intentionally sabotaged Bernie Sanders while DNC staffers mocked him, Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party continue to be hit with embarrassing revelations.

One of the most damning findings of the leak is the fact Clinton and the DNC have worked closely with, manipulated, and bullied media outlets.

One email revealed Politico reporter Ken Vogel sent an article discussing the DNC to the DNC before he sent it to his editors. Vogel attached his story in an email titled, "per agreement... any thoughts appreciated," sent April 30, 2016, to Mark Paustenbach, Deputy Communications Director for the Democratic National Committee.

Comment: Detailed list of findings in Wikileaks DNC document dump - money, moles and dirty tricks


Hilarious propaganda: U.S. concerned that Russian humanitarian op in Syria is actually humanitarian

© REUTERS/ Hosam Katan/File photo
The U.S. State Department has expressed concerns about what Russia is calling a "large-scale humanitarian operation" in Syria, saying Moscow's announcement appears to be a demand for the surrender of militant groups and the forced evacuation of civilians from the besieged city of Aleppo.

Comment: That's exactly what it is (almost, no one is forcing the civilians to leave - it's their choice). The U.S. State Department has totally lost the plot. They think the terrorists in Aleppo should stay armed, and that the civilians should be caught in the crossfire. Psychopaths pretending to be humanitarian. Meanwhile, the Russians and Syrians actually do it.

At the United Nations, U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said in a tweet that she was given a copy of a "chilling letter" that was being distributed to civilians who are trapped in opposition-held parts of eastern Aleppo.

Comment: Chilling? Seriously? Apparently Ms. Power can't help but shudder whenever she finds out her beloved terrorists are about to be destroyed, and innocent people saved. Terrifying, truly!

Power said the letter "warns Syrians to leave eastern Aleppo and entrust their lives to a government that has bombed and starved them."

Comment: BS. You're a liar, Samantha, plain and simple.

Meanwhile, the United Nation's humanitarian-aid chief, Stephen O'Brien, warned on July 28 that the so-called "humanitarian corridors" proposed by Russia to help Syrians leave Aleppo must be used voluntarily and that their protection must be guaranteed.

Comment: RFE/RL's anti-Russian bias is so strong and so obvious, it emits an odor that travels digitally. They just can't bring themselves to even admit that Syrians and Russians would open an actual humanitarian corridor. Guess that's because it's something propagandists like RFE/RL would never themselves do. Projection much?!

Георгиевская ленточка

Russia is more democratic than most in the West realize - and more democratic than the West itself

Russia is actually becoming a more democratic society than is true of many states in the West.

Democracy is to a politically curious man or woman what sex is to a young adolescent. They have all heard the word, they are intrigued by the concept, but only have a cursory idea of what it actually is. The latter is generally resolved through a natural process of biological and psycho-sexual maturity.

The former is only solved through education, no matter how old the particular student is. I'd like to explore some of the many manifestations of democracy throughout the world, paying close attention to the modern democratic process in the Russian Federation, a country which is vastly more democratic than many have been led to believe it is.

What is Democracy?

The English word democracy is derived from the ancient Greek word demokratia, itself a word which combined demos (the populace/people) with kratos (rule/strength). At the time this term came about there was no unified Hellenic state but rather multiple city states amongst the Hellenic peoples. Some, though not all were considered democracies, Athens being the most powerful and hence the best remembered.


Problem-reaction-solution: France to form National Guard in wake of terrorist attacks

© Pascal Rossignol / Reuters
French President Francois Hollande has announced that a National Guard will be set up to ensure additional protection after a series of terrorist attacks in the country.

Hollande said in an official statement that initial parliamentary talks on the formation of the force would take place in September, "so that this force can be created as fast as possible to protect the French."

"Training methods and the breakdown of the forces of protection across the territory" will be defined after the parliamentary consultations.

The French public and a number of politicians have expressed outrage at what they regard as a lack of necessary security measures to ensure people's safety, after a recent spate of terrorist attacks.

In Nice, heavily armed national police officers were absent at the entrance to a promenade, from where an attacker drove a truck and slammed through the crowd at Bastille Day celebrations on July 14, leaving 84 people dead.

Eye 2

UN calls out Australia for "torture and degrading treatment" of juvenile detainees at Darwin detention center

© ABC News (Australia) / YouTube
Abuse of juvenile detainees, teargassed and forcibly strapped to chairs at a Darwin detention center, in Australia's far north, could amount to "torture or cruel inhuman and degrading treatment," UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez says.

Acts shown in the disturbing video aired by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) earlier this week from the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre immediately earned comparisons to outrageous abuses at the Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay prisons. Claims of abuse of juvenile detainees at the facility have been either ignored or dismissed over years, ABC reported.

Graphic CCTV footage showed children at Don Dale being teargassed and forcibly strapped to chairs, among other things. One particular image - that of a 17-year-old boy Dylan Voller, hooded and shackled to a mechanical restraint chair, shirtless, helpless and motionless, has become synonymous with cruelty.

On the day in question, the teen was handcuffed, hooded and strapped down for two hours after he threatened to hurt himself while in the adult prison, according to the ABC. Voller, who is thought to have suffered several incidents of alleged abuse over a five-year period from October 2010, is one of six teens held in isolation cells at Don Dale.


British special forces poised to rescue UK citizens if Turkey suffers another coup attempt

© Jason Reed / Reuters
British special forces are ready to rescue UK citizens in Turkey in the event of a second coup attempt. The news comes as Amnesty International reports credible evidence of the rape and abuse of detained coup soldiers as part of the government crackdown.

The SAS, as well as the Special Forces Support Group (SFSG), are reportedly ready to deploy from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus should the need arise.

The Daily Express reported Monday that the missions would focus on areas popular with tourists and that troops would be cleared to use lethal force if the rescue operations were interfered with.


Aleppo residents begin safe retreat via humanitarian corridor created with Russia's help

The first group of residents trapped in eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, Syria's largest city before the civil war, have begun their escape through a humanitarian corridor created with Russia's help, Al Mayadeen TV has reported.

Leaflets with directions to the four safe passages out of the areas under siege have been distributed around the neighborhoods.

"To avoid unintended casualties among peaceful citizens, the Syrian government is asking you to leave the blocked areas. The Aleppo governor gives you an opportunity to exit through the routes specified in the scheme. Save your life and the lives of your loved ones," reads a leaflet obtained by RT.

Those fleeing Aleppo are advised to raise their hands with the leaflet while approaching checkpoints, to move slowly and to follow the commands of the Syrian military. Once near checkpoints, they will be required to turn around to demonstrate they do not have explosives on them.

Aleppo governor Mohammad Marwan Olabi said makeshift centers equipped with medical services are ready to take the refugees, SANA reported.


Russia and Syria launching large-scale humanitarian aid operation for residents of Aleppo

© Muzaffar Salman / Reuters
Residents queue to receive new and second-hand clothes as part of humanitarian aid at a school in Aleppo. File photo
Russia and Syria are launching a large-scale humanitarian operation for Aleppo residents, Russia's Defense Ministry said. Corridors for civilians and militants ready to lay down arms will be created to exit the city, which was Syria's largest before the war.

"We have repeatedly called on the warring parties to reconcile, but the militants violated the silence mode each time, shelled villages, attacked the positions of government troops. As a result, a tough humanitarian situation has developed in the city of Aleppo and its suburbs," Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Thursday.

"To assist civilians taken hostage by terrorists, as well as militants who chose to lay down their weapons, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties, together with Syrian authorities, will open three humanitarian corridors there," Shoigu added.

"I want to emphasize that we are taking this step, first and foremost, to ensure the safety of Aleppo residents," the minister said. He has also urged international organizations to take part in the humanitarian operation in Aleppo.

According to the minister, the fourth corridor for the passage of fighters in Aleppo is being set up only because the US has not provided Russia with data on the al-Nusra Front terrorist group, which has recently been attempting to merge with other armed opposition groups in Syria.

Comment: Russia and Syria launch mass humanitarian operation in Aleppo


Aleppo would be free by now if not for U.S. meddling

As the military commanders of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) issue an ultimatum to the jihadist groups located in Syria's largest city of Aleppo to lay down arms and leave the city, Russian media points out that the operation on the liberation of the settlement would have been long over if not for the US.

Russia and the Syrian government have launched a joint large-scale humanitarian relief operation in Aleppo, establishing three corridors for civilians and one for militants wishing to lay down arms, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Thursday.

Meanwhile Russian online newspaper Vzglyad notes that the operation on the liberation of Syria's largest city would have been long over if not for one problem - namely the US.

On Tuesday, an unnamed source told Sputnik that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) destroyed an al-Nusra Front command center located in the al-Zahraa neighborhood of Aleppo as Damascus-led forces were trying to take full control of the city.

Comment: More on the current situation in Aleppo: