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Trilateral meeting in Sochi: Putin, Erdogan & Rouhani agree on holding Syrian national dialogue congress

Sochi November 22, 2017
© Michael Klimentyev / Sputnik
Sochi November 22, 2017
An all-Syrian congress which will see wide representation of the country's opposition is to be held in Sochi, Vladimir Putin said after talks with the Turkish and Iranian presidents, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani, who backed the idea.

"The presidents of Iran and Turkey supported the initiative to convene an all-Syrian forum-congress of the national dialogue in Syria. We agreed to hold this important event at the proper level and ensure the participation of representatives of different sectors of Syrian society," Putin said after the talks in Sochi on Wednesday.

"We've tasked the Foreign Ministries, the representatives of special services and Defense Departments to work out the list of participants and the timing of the congress to be held here, in Sochi," the Russian president added.

The all-Syrian congress is aimed at "gathering delegates from various political parties, internal and external opposition, ethnic and confessional groups at the negotiating table," Putin said.

Comment: See also: Russia, Iran and Syria work on diplomacy while insane US Deep State pushes for war


Propaganda

Russia follows America's lead, approves 'foreign agents' media law, starts with CIA propaganda outlet 'Radio Free Europe'

Radio Free europe Radio Liberty
© Alexey Vitvitsky / Sputnik
The upper house of the Russian parliament has overwhelmingly supported a landmark bill requiring foreign media outlets such as Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty to register as foreign agents.

The Federation Council supported the legislation during a vote on Wednesday. Under the law, any foreign-funded media outlet may be designated a foreign agent by the Justice Ministry. The status stipulates that those outlets must comply with the requirements of the new law.

The bill was introduced to the State Duma, the lower house, and adopted by MPs on November 15. In the bill, "foreign media performing the functions of a foreign agent," are defined as entities distributing "to unlimited audience, print, audio, audiovisual and other messages and materials."

Vader

Exporting American values: Why is the US facilitating Saudi Arabia's genocide in Yemen?

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It's remarkable that whenever you read an article about Yemen in the mainstream media, the central role of Saudi Arabia and the United States in the tragedy is glossed over or completely ignored. A recent Washington Post article purporting to tell us "how things got so bad" explains to us that, "it's a complicated story" involving "warring regional superpowers, terrorism, oil, and an impending climate catastrophe."

No, Washington Post, it's simpler than that. The tragedy in Yemen is the result of foreign military intervention in the internal affairs of that country. It started with the "Arab Spring" which had all the fingerprints of State Department meddling, and it escalated with 2015's unprovoked Saudi attack on the country to re-install Riyadh's preferred leader. Thousands of innocent civilians have been killed and millions more are at risk as starvation and cholera rage.

We are told that US foreign policy should reflect American values. So how can Washington support Saudi Arabia - a tyrannical state with one of the worst human rights record on earth - as it commits by what any measure is a genocide against the Yemeni people? The UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs warned just last week that Yemen faces "the largest famine the world has seen for many decades with millions of victims." The Red Cross has just estimated that a million people are vulnerable in the cholera epidemic that rages through Yemen.

And why is there a cholera epidemic? Because the Saudi government - with US support - has blocked every port of entry to prevent critical medicine from reaching suffering Yemenis. This is not a war. It is cruel murder.

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Sherlock

Credible account? Witnesses debunk key details of Beverly Nelson and Gloria Allred's accusation against Roy Moore

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Last Monday far left attorney Gloria Allred held a press conference with Beverly Nelson in New York City.

Allred and Nelson accused Republican Roy Moore of attempted rape 38 years ago.

We now know that EVERY SINGLE DETAIL of their public accusation was a LIE. Republican Judge Roy Moore released testimony Monday night that proves far left Attorney Gloria Allred, accuser Beverly Nelson and the national media were lying about the allegations against Judge Roy Moore.

The Moore campaign published a report on Monday that shows the accusers, Gloria Allred and Beverly Nelson, were not telling the truth on the accusations against Judge Moore.

Gloria Allred was lying and so was the national media.

Comment: See also: Remember Allred? Here's a refresher:



Cult

Sweden's Liberal Party - which advocates incest, necrophilia, and child porn - submits proposal for handing over sovereignty to 'United Europe'

Sweden Swedish flag
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Sweden will be abolished as a sovereign nation state and become part of the US-like European Federation ruled from Brussels. Well, at least if the Nordic nation's Liberal Party has its way.

At its recent national meeting, Sweden's Liberal Party adopted a landmark proposal to step up work for the European Union to become a federation steered from Brussels. Should this scheme be implemented in full, Sweden will cease to exist as an independent state, ceding its sovereignty to a supranational entity.

The proposal was submitted by the Liberal youth wing (LUF). In the motion called "It's time for a federation," the party pledged to push the European Union, at present still a conglomerate of independent nations, becoming a federation.

Comment: These predators aren't even in the shadows anymore. And not only are they out in the open, they're getting heaps of praise! It seems about time for planet earth to do a major detox.


Vader

Fmr Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic slams UN kangaroo court after being convicted of war crimes

General Ratko Mladic
© Michel Porro / Getty Images
General Ratko Mladic
A United Nations tribunal has convicted General Ratko Mladic on 10 out of 11 counts of crimes he was accused of committing during the Balkan Wars of the 1990s. Critics of the prosecution of crimes during the violent collapse of Yugoslavia question its fairness.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) handed down its verdict on Wednesday. The justices found Mladic guilty on most of the allegations dating back to the 1992-1995 war, including the massacre of Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica. Mladic pleaded not guilty on all charges.

Presiding Judge Alphons Orie said the court found that Mladic's actions during the war were "among the most heinous known to humankind" and amounted to genocide. The court sentenced the Serb to life in prison.

Mladic heard the verdict from a separate room, having been ousted by bailiffs after an outburst of criticism against the judges. The former general said in the courtroom that everything the judges said was a lie, the general's son, Darko, told TASS. According to Darko, his father said: "This is all lies, this is a NATO court!"

Comment: The US and NATO bombed Yugoslavia back to the Stone Age, killing countless numbers of innocent civilians, while at the same time funneling weapons to their proxy armies in order to destabilize the entire region and allow it to become under the control of the US Empire. The conviction of the Bosnian general is complete BS. As other analysts have pointed out, the conviction was likely determined before the court even convened. This isn't about bringing a war criminal to justice, it's about continuing the US/NATO narrative of demonizing the Serbs . The 'trial' of Mladic is just another tool used by them to do that. For more on the imperial takeover of Yugoslavia, see:


Stock Down

Economic geniuses in Poland pay double for US LNG to tackle 'Russian gas domination'

LNG liquid natural gas ship
© Issei Kato / Reuters
The Polish PGNiG energy group has signed a five-year contract with British firm Centrica to deliver liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the US. The signing comes despite warnings from European energy companies that American LNG is twice as expensive as Russian pipeline gas.

"This agreement is the first PGNiG contract entered into under the medium term LNG contract portfolio. Most of them will serve to provide diversified gas supplies to Poland and Central and Eastern Europe to increase the energy security of the region, historically dominated by Russian gas," said Piotr Wozniak, President of the Management Board of PGNiG.

The contract with the British firm was preceded by a long-term supply deal for gas from Qatar and spot deliveries made in 2016 and 2017, he said.

Comment: Poland appears to be cutting off its nose to spite its face.


Info

Four members of WH military staff removed after "improper contact with foreign women" during Trump's Asia trip

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© Jonathan Ernst / Reuters
Military personnel with the White House Communications Agency are under investigation after alleged improper contact with women in Vietnam.
Three members of a White House team staffed by military personnel have been removed from their positions after being accused of improper contact with foreign women during President Donald Trump's recent trip through Asia, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

The unnamed members of the White House Communications Agency, a military unit that provides secure communication channels for Trump and others, are currently being investigated, a spokesman for the Department of Defense told the Post.

The alleged incident reportedly happened while Trump was in Vietnam as part of his 12-day tour of Asia.

The Secret Service directed media inquiries to the WHCA. HuffPost has reached out to the agency for comment.

The Washington Post noted that if the staffers are found guilty, they could lose their security clearances or be subject to disciplinary measures, including court martial. The WHCA, a branch of the White House Military Office, is staffed by former military service personnel, according to The Hill.

Comment: Apparently these guys have never heard of a honey trap. But that's absurd - of course they have. Trump is reportedly smart enough to know how to behave on visits to foreign countries. If members of his staff aren't, the solution is fairly simple: "you're fired".


Propaganda

'They hate us for our Game of Thrones!' DOJ strikes comedic gold by claiming Iranian HBO hacker has links to Tehran

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© AP Photo/ HBO, Macall B. Polay
The US Justice Department has charged an Iranian national with leaking unaired Game of Thrones episodes as part of the Trump Administration's effort to press forward with its anti-Iran agenda.

This Tuesday, federal prosecutors announced that they have opened the case against Behzad Mesri, whose aliases include Skote Vahshat and Mr. Smith.

Mesri is charged with hacking into the HBO cable network and stealing a significant amount of sensitive company information, such as corporate emails and new episodes of a number of the network's TV series.

Comment: Since the whole 'ballistic missile' charade wasn't riling enough anti-Iranian sentiment, a new strategy as disclosed by WaPo has been implemented in order to strike fear into the hearts of the average American: 'Let's tell them Iran is going after our Game of Thrones! That's sure to work!'


Network

Turkey will receive first deliveries of Russian S-400 missile systems in 2019

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© Sergey Malgavko / Sputnik
Under a contract with Russia, Turkey will receive first deliveries of the S-400 long-range anti-aircraft system in 2019, the Turkish defense minister told lawmakers. The two countries have an option agreement for extra purchase of the air defense hardware.

Nurettin Canikli on Wednesday gave details of the high-profile arms deal - which was criticized by NATO - to the Turkish Parliament's budget commission. The purchase of the Russian advanced long-range missile system was addressing Turkey's urgent need to boost its defense, he said as cited by the Turkish media.

The minister reiterated that with down payment already made for the contract, the decision to buy the system was "complete." He added that Ankara has purchased one S-400 battery from Russia and has an option for a second one.