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Notes from Putin and Erdogan meeting: High hopes for Syria and condemnation for Trump

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with Russia's President Vladimir Putin, left, prior to their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Declaring a victory against "terrorists" in Syria, Putin earlier on Monday visited a Russian military air base in the country and announced a partial pullout of Russian forces from the Mideast nation.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, after what has been a whirlwind day for the Russian President. Earlier he met with Persident al-Assad in Syria and President el-Sisi in Egypt.

During the press conference, both Putin and Erdogan spoke of their positive feelings regarding a sharp increase in bilateral trade between the two nations.

Both leaders also praised the recovery of Turkey's tourist industry which is heavily reliant on Russians.

Russia's bilateral relations with Turkey, include an agreement whereby Russian experts will construct what will be Turkey's first ever nuclear power plant. Both leaders expressed their positive views on this while President Putin also spoke highly of the progress made on the Turk Strem gas pipeline which will deliver Russian natural gas to both Turkey and Europe.

Comment: Turkey twists the truth: There isn't going to be a joint anti-Kurdish op with Russia


Mr. Potato

The Russia investigation circus is over. Will they hold a parade?

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You will recall that former Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper, today's P.T. Barnum, set the stage for this circus when he claimed that the intelligence Community was unanimous in its assessment that Russia influenced the election. For months the Democrats and the media - but I repeat myself - told us that 17 intelligence agencies agreed. They did not, of course. The only agencies involved were the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency - and the NSA had only moderate confidence in the estimate.

Later Clapper admitted that the conclusion was not even arrived at by the agencies, but by a handful of selected players in these agencies.

I'm willing to bet that the FBI's head of counterintelligence, Peter Strzok, was one of those players.

This entire narrative rests on the assertion that Russia hacked the Democrat National Committee computer server and released, over the course of the campaign, emails that put Mrs. Clinton in a bad light.

How do we know that? Why, we took the word of the private company hired by the DNC attorneys who told us that.

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Washington's visa suspension for Cubans "seriously hampering" ties

Josefina Vidal
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Cuba's Foreign Ministry Chief for U.S. Affairs, Josefina Vidal
"Politics always ends up affecting the poorest, the people," said Jessica Aguila, a Cuban worker planning to visit her family in the United States.

Cuban officials have told their U.S. counterparts that Washington's decision to reduce its embassy staff in Havana by more than half and suspend visa processing is "seriously hampering" ties between the two countries, as well as causing distress for family members. Josefina Vidal, Cuba's Foreign Ministry Chief for U.S. Affairs, and John Creamer, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, headed the talks, according to PressTV.

Cuba's Foreign Ministry released a public statement after the meeting which read, in part, that "the Cuban delegation expressed deep concern over the negative impact that the unilateral, unfounded and politically motivated decisions adopted by the US government... have on migration relations between both countries."

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Last-Ditch Effort: As Russiagate Falters, MSM and Soros Try to #MeToo Trump

Trump posed for this photograph during the Miss Universe pageant

Miss Universe pageant, Moscow, November 2013.
Globalist operation 'Git Trump' continues apace. Russiagate turned up nothing but Democratic collusion with dodgy British and Ukrainian foreign agents, so now they're back to leveraging popular appetite for salacious scandal.

Yesterday, TV airhead Megyn Kelly interviewed Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey, and Rachel Crooks, all of whom accused Donald Trump of "sexual harassment" during the crescendo to last year's astonishing US presidential campaign.

This comes as Democrats are being plagued by an avalanche of similar accusations, and as the Trump witch-hunt, otherwise known as Mueller's "Russian collusion probe", has probed further than the average proctologist and come up with a whole lot of nothing. Anyone with a passing interest in mental health will notice that these two trends have something in common: hysteria.

Collusion is bad (hello, Israel), and rape is evil. But the anti-Russia and #MeToo hysteria(s) go far beyond their declared bounds, conflating unwanted sexual advances with assault, and ordinary diplomacy with criminal conspiracy. And often, there's actually nothing behind the accusations in either category.

The sexual accusations against Trump came before Weinstein-gate unintentionally initiated #MeToo, but it was only a matter of time before the mainstream media rehashed old 'news' and dressed it up for the new fad.

Here's a clip of Kelly's show:


Snakes in Suits

Glenn Greenwald: CNN's "multiple sources" spreading fake news are actually Congress members (VIDEO)

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Glenn Greenwald delivered a blistering rebuke of mainstream media and the lies they consistently disseminate...from ABC to CNN and even Fox News, where Greenwald was appearing on the Ingraham Angle...no one was spared from Greenwald's criticism.

After CNN's latest fake news debacle, Greenwald rightly believes that the "multiple sources" used by CNN (all of whom coincidently misread the date passed on to CNN), need to be outed.

Best of all, Greenwald believes these anonymous "multiple sources" to be US House and Senate members.

Propaganda

You don't need to spend a week to read the Guardian - It's full of s**t!

The Guardian newspaper
© Suzanne Plunkett / Reuters
British daily newspaper The Guardian
Formerly a socialist-leaning newspaper from provincial Manchester, today's Guardian is the London-based mouthpiece of Britain's Oxbridge-educated Liberal elite. After reading its website for a week, I'm wondering if this is the best all that expensive education can produce?

According to its fans, the Guardian is the world's leading "progressive" news outlet. A place full of latter-day Sydney Schanbergs shining light where darkness prevails. They contend it stands apart from the corporate press, due to being controlled by the Scott Trust, and cite its open-access website as proof of its commitment to freedom of information. Successful campaigns on gay marriage and transgender rights are also used to illustrate how the paper often captures the zeitgeist.

However, its detractors have a different point of view. Spewing bile at "Guardianistas" and the "Grauniad" itself, they brand it an issues-led rag which nobody actually reads. They correctly point out that the Guardian 'boasts' the lowest daily sale of any UK national newspaper. This stood at 156,756 copies in January of this year. By contrast, the conservative Daily Mail still flogs 1,511,357 a day, on average. The Mail also trumps the Guardian online, when it comes to popularity.

Guardian online, which also uses content from its Sunday sibling The Observer, was launched in 1999 and used to be known as "Guardian Unlimited." The name, which sounded like a 90's pop song, was quietly dropped. Today the site is a strange hybrid of genuinely excellent sports coverage, often overblown features that pander to liberal obsessions, a one-note comment section and the odd bit of breaking news.

Star of David

Trump's and Netanyahu's pedagogy of oppression: A lesson on the nature of facts and fact-creation

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In this Sept. 25, 2016 photo, Donald Trump shakes hand with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York.
Think what you may of their incendiary words and actions, Donald Trump and Binyamin Netanyahu continue to give us a series of political and philosophical lessons. This past week, the theme of their pedagogy of oppression (to paraphrase the great Brazilian philosopher Paulo Freire, who coined the term the pedagogy of the oppressed) was neither Jerusalem nor the long-dead Israeli-Palestinian peace process nor, even, the meaning of international recognition and legitimacy. They taught us about the nature of facts.

In his declaration, Trump emphasized that Jerusalem was in fact the capital of Israel: "Israel is a sovereign nation with the right like every other sovereign nation to determine its own capital. Acknowledging this as a fact is a necessary condition for achieving peace." He implied that his decision was merely closing the gap between what was de facto the case and a de jure formality. More than that, he made the fact transcendental in the Kantian sense by identifying in it "a necessary condition" for peace. He only forgot to mention that granting the sovereign right to determine the capital to Israel but not to Palestine was a necessary condition of impossibility, rather than that of the possibility, as far as their future coexistence is concerned.

Comment: Such 'fact-making" would not have been possible without the protection of the United States and the collusion of the mainstream media which for decades carefully hid the process of Palestinian dispossession, long past a point where it could have been stopped.


Pirates

How murder of Palestinian children is justified by Zionist media

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Headlines that appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal on December 8 and 9, 2017.
On Friday, Israel commenced yet another bombing campaign in the Gaza Strip. The Independent (London) began its report with a note from the IDF that it had "bombed militant targets." The story then explained that six children were injured.

The third paragraph completed the picture: "The Israeli military said it had carried out the strikes on a Hamas training camp and on a weapons depot in response to rockets fired earlier from Gaza at Israeli towns. Witnesses told Reuters that most of the wounded were residents of a building near the camp."

What first looks like standard reportage-a delivery of apparent facts, complete with views from both sides-is actually stock dissimulation that (intentionally or not) confers responsibility for harming children not on the Israeli bombers, but on the people who endured their detonation. A more pessimistic reading can make a reasonable case that the Independent actually blames the children for their own injuries.

How can it be that Israel targeted "militants" while also injuring children? Four possibilities emerge:
  1. Either the Israeli or Palestinian sources are lying
  2. Children were hanging out with the militants
  3. The militants put themselves in the company of children
  4. It is difficult to target militants in Gaza without collateral damage

Comment: A great example of "Hasbara" in action:
Hasbara has its roots in earlier concepts of propaganda, agitprop, and censorship. Like them, it is communication calculated to influence cognition and behavior by manipulating perceptions of a cause or position with one-sided arguments, prejudicial substance, and emotional appeals. Unlike its progenitors, however, hasbara does not seek merely to burnish or tarnish national images of concern to it or to supply information favorable to its theses. It also seeks actively to inculcate canons of political correctness in domestic and foreign media and audiences that will promote self-censorship by them. It strives thereby to decrease the willingness of audiences to consider information linked to politically unacceptable viewpoints, individuals, and groups and to inhibit the circulation of adverse information in social networks.
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Turkey twists the truth: There isn't going to be a joint anti-Kurdish op with Russia

Putin Erdogan
© Kayhan Ozer/Associated Press
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with Russia's President Vladimir Putin, left, prior to their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017.
Turkey is engaging in a cunning display of perception management techniques in hinting that it might coordinate a joint anti-Kurdish operation with Russia because it wants to put maximum pressure on the PYD-YPG Syrian Kurds in the run-up to next year's "Syrian National Dialogue Congress"

Smashing "Political Correctness" In The War On Syria

The international media was hit with a bombshell earlier today when Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu declared that his government no longer considers Damascus as a "threat", thereby opening the door for a possible rapprochement between these once-close partners. The announcement comes less than 24 hours after President Putin traveled to Turkey to meet with President Erdogan, implying that Moscow had some role in convincing Ankara over the necessity in making this statement. After all, President Putin's whirlwind three-country tour of the Mideast yesterday was largely designed to pave the way for next year's "Syrian National Dialogue Congress", the Russian leader's personal initiative to bring about a "political solution" to the War on Syria.

Keeping in line with President Putin's active diplomacy in laying the groundwork for this landmark event next year, it's reasonable to presume that he did indeed convince his Turkish counterpart to publicly announce what keen observers were already well aware of ever since the failed pro-American coup attempt last summer and especially following the January commencement of the Astana peace process, namely that Ankara no longer has any real issues with Damascus. Of course, it was difficult for Turkey to openly admit this over the past 18 months due to domestic and international political reasons, but all the same, this "open secret" is now officially public knowledge. By making such an overture towards Syria, Turkey - likely in coordination with Russia - is now implicitly pressuring Damascus to reciprocate in taking the next step by legally accepting the presence of Turkish military forces in the "de-escalation zones" (DEZs).

Arrow Down

#Russiagate "scandal" bites the dust with single Assange tweet

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WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange has been very active on Twitter lately, even for him. Between his frequent posts about the fight for Catalan independence from Spain and about WikiLeaks' latest release on Russian domestic surveillance tactics, it's easy to inadvertently skim past a single post unrelated to either of those topics when reading through his Twitter page. Luckily due to its immense significance it's enjoying some circulation, and my primary goal with this article is to get even more eyes on it.

This one tweet completely invalidates the notion that Robert Mueller has been conducting a legitimate investigation into the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections. Regardless of the degree of suspicion in which Assange is held, there is absolutely no excuse for the people responsible for investigating Russia not to have had any interaction of any kind whatsoever with one of the central characters in the official narrative about what Russia is supposed to have done.

If his job was to find out what actually happened last year, Mueller would have spoken with Assange personally, and he would have done so long ago. But finding out what happened last year is not Mueller's job. Mueller's job is to enforce a pre-existing narrative. It is painfully obvious at this point that the Senate Intelligence Committee and Mueller's team have been avoiding Assange the way Hillary Clinton avoids personal responsibility because Assange has said multiple times that the Russian government is not the source of the DNC leaks or the Podesta emails released last year.

Comment: A fair assessment of Mueller's actions at the time. It's borne out by the pathetically low-level charges the Mueller team has been able to make stick.