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Game changer? Bavaria's governor leads huge German delegation to Russia


Bavarian governor Horst Seehofer
Bavarian governor Horst Seehofer met Vladimir Putin last week. Did he bring any offer of a policy change from Berlin?

Besides French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's surprise meeting with Vladimir Putin today, another important meeting between German leaders and Russia's president happened last week, but has gone almost unreported outside German media.

Bavarian governor Horst Seehofer, who holds a powerful position in German politics, visited Moscow on March 16th, bringing with him a massive delegation of German political and business leaders.

Comment: See also: The West is becoming irrelevant, and the world is laughing


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Mosul SOS: City is strewn with corpses, and children cry as jets fly over (RT EXCLUSIVE)

RT's Murad Gazdiev inspected the bombed-out streets of Mosul to assess the impact of US-led coalition airstrikes targeting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), who have been luring jets by climbing on the rooftops of the few buildings still standing.

Despite losing hundreds of soldiers every day to fierce battles with jihadists, the Iraqi Army continues the strenuous effort to liberate western Mosul, wiping out militants with an intensive air campaign as well as in clashes on the battlefield.

"We were ready and our moral was high. We destroyed ISIS here. We have liberated 70 to 80 percent of Mosul," an Iraqi Army soldier told RT.

The bombing raids, which often do not distinguish between civilian and military targets, have resulted in heavy casualties, far exceeding the military losses. Luring warplanes to residential buildings so they will target the innocent has become a standard tactic of the jihadists.

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Former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union: The brou-ha-ha over contacts with Russian diplomats has all the earmarks of a witch hunt

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Former U.S. Ambassador Jack Matlock
Our press seems to be in a feeding frenzy regarding contacts that President Trump's supporters had with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak and with other Russian diplomats. The assumption seems to be that there was something sinister about these contacts, just because they were with Russian diplomats. As one who spent a 35-year diplomatic career working to open up the Soviet Union and to make communication between our diplomats and ordinary citizens a normal practice, I find the attitude of much of our political establishment and of some of our once respected media outlets quite incomprehensible. What in the world is wrong with consulting a foreign embassy about ways to improve relations? Anyone who aspires to advise an American president should do just that.

Yesterday I received four rather curious questions from Mariana Rambaldi of Univision Digital. I reproduce below the questions and the answers I have given.

Bad Guys

The West is becoming irrelevant, and the world is laughing

I was recently told by an Asian friend of mine who is working in Paris: "Lately I stopped following almost all that is happening politically in the United States, in the UK and even here in France. It all feels suddenly so irrelevant, a waste of time."

Statements like this would be unimaginable only one decade ago. In the past, what came from Washington and (to a smaller extent) from London was monitored with great attentiveness and fear, all over the world.

But all of a sudden, things have begun to change, rapidly. Despite the extremely violent nature of the Western-designed-and-manufactured global regime, which has been over-imposed on so many parts of the world for decades and centuries, increasing amounts of people in Asia, Latin America and Africa stopped worrying and went leisurely to the 'barricades', beginning to rebel against the perverseness of the 'world order'.

Did it all really happen 'all of a sudden'?

Or were there various catalysts at work, for already quite a substantial period of time?

Attention

UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights: Over 100 civilians killed in Yemen in March, mainly by coalition strikes

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People inspect a house destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike in the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
More than 100 civilians were killed in Yemen over the month, most of them by airstrikes and shelling conducted by the forces of the Saudi-led coalition, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday.

"Over the past month alone, 106 civilians have been killed, mostly by air strikes and shelling by Coalition war ships," the statement released by the Office said, adding that a certain number of Somali refugees were among the casualties, as well as Yemeni fishermen, women, and children.

"The violent deaths of refugees fleeing yet another war, of fishermen, of families in marketplaces - this is what the conflict in Yemen looks like two years after it began... utterly terrible, with little apparent regard for civilian lives and infrastructure," Prince Zeid bin Raad, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, said, as cited in the statement.

The Commissioner stressed that two years of conflict is "enough", and urged "all parties to the conflict, and those with influence, to work urgently towards a full ceasefire to bring this disastrous conflict to an end, and to facilitate rather than block the delivery of humanitarian assistance."

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North Korea: The real serious options on the table

The National People's Congress in Beijing made it clear that China in the 21st century as led by Xi Jinping now relies, as a state, on the "core" leader's "four comprehensives" as the letter of the law.

The "four comprehensives" are to build a moderately prosperous society; deepen economic reform; advance the law-based governance of China; and strengthen the Communist Party's self-governance.

No foreign-policy adventure/disaster should be allowed to interfere with the "four comprehensives," which, extrapolated, are also linked to the imperative success of the New Silk Roads (One Belt, One Road), China's ambitious outreach across Eurasia.

But then there's supremely unpredictable North Korea. And the notorious Lenin line resurfaces: "What is to be done?"

Attention

US Marshals sent to guard judge who blocked travel ban

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Judge Derrick Watson
The U.S. Marshals Service has flown in about a dozen deputies from the mainland to provide 24-hour protection to the federal judge whose order blocked the president's travel ban from taking effect.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson has received death threats after he issued a ruling last week.

Meanwhile, the FBI is also aware of the threats and are prepared to assist the U.S. Marshals Service if needed.

The FBI would not comment further on how the threats were made.

The agency would also not provide details on what states the threats are coming out of. However, sources say, they are coming from the mainland.

Former federal agent Tommy Aiu said it's not unusual for additional deputies to be brought in to help the local U.S. Marshals office with protection needs.

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Pepe Escobar - Daesh, creature of the West

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This image posted online on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, by supporters of the Islamic State militant group on an anonymous photo sharing website, purports to show a gunman firing at an unseen target, east of of Palmyra, east of Palmyra city, in Homs provence, Syria,
James Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Emerging Threats at NATO - now that's a lovely title - recently gave a talk at a private club in London on the Islamic State/Daesh. Shea, as many will remember, made his name as NATO's spokesman during the NATO war on Yugoslavia in 1999.

After his talk Shea engaged in a debate with a source I very much treasure. The source later gave me the lowdown.

According to Saudi intelligence, Daesh was invented by the US government - in Camp Bacca, near the Kuwait border, as many will remember — to essentially finish off the Shiite-majority Nouri al-Maliki government in Baghdad.

It didn't happen this way, of course. Then, years later, in the summer of 2014, Daesh routed the Iraqi Army on its way to conquer Mosul. The Iraqi Army fled. Daesh operatives then annexed ultra-modern weapons that took US instructors from six to twelve months to train the Iraqis in and...surprise! Daesh incorporated the weapons in their arsenals in 24 hours.

In the end, Shea frankly admitted to the source that Gen David Petraeus, conductor of the much-lauded 2007 surge, had trained these Sunnis now part of Daesh in Anbar province in Iraq.

Saudi intelligence still maintains that these Iraqi Sunnis were not US-trained - as Shea confirmed - because the Shiites in power in Baghdad didn't allow it. Not true. The fact is the Daesh core - most of them former commanders and soldiers in Saddam Hussein's army — is indeed a US-trained militia.

True to form, at the end of the debate, Shea went on to blame Russia for absolutely everything that's happening today - including Daesh terror.

USA

Davos for Democrats: DNC donors meet to plot the Trump resistance

The Daily Beast just published an article previewing what should be referred to from this day forth as Davos for Democrats; a big-money infused orgy of wealthy donors telling their political puppets what to do as they mingle at one of the most luxurious hotel chains in the world.

Clearly learning absolutely zero lessons from their recent election pummeling, the Democratic Party is simply doubling down on its hopelessly failed strategy. Namely, a focus on more cash, even more donor influence and an absence of any new or interesting ideas that could actually get frustrated and struggling American voters excited. The post referenced below reads like something out of The Onion and would be downright hilarious if it wasn't so pathetic and deranged.

From the article, Democratic Donors Gather in D.C. to Plot the Resistance:
The Democratic Party's top officials will meet with some of their wealthiest donors in Washington, D.C., this week to plot the Trump resistance, according to documents obtained by The Daily Beast.

Comment: Is it any wonder that the Democratic party can't come up with any new ideas? Psychopaths are sorely lacking in creativity.


Pirates

The Empire's Mission: Keeping the myth and Islamic State alive

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Joint Syrian-Russian-Iranian operations against foreign-funded and armed militant groups across Syrian territory have incrementally dismantled and frustrated the fighting capacity of groups including the so-called Islamic State, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda, and a myriad of other fronts coordinated and arrayed from abroad against Damascus.

With the Russian intervention in late 2015, considerable air power was applied to these militant fronts' logistical lines extending beyond Syria's borders. As the supplies were cut, Syrian forces and their allies were able to isolate and eliminate one stronghold after another.

Now, many of these groups face defeat within Syria, prompting their foreign sponsors into two courses of action - posing as the forces responsible for their defeat as the US and Turkey are attempting to do amid their respective, illegal incursions into Syrian territory, and creating a narrative to serve as cover for the evacuation and harboring of these militant groups elsewhere for future use.


Comment: These two courses of action are not mutually exclusive. Both can be in operation and achieved.


Comment: The plan has always been to metastasize terrorism far and wide until it consumes or destroys all self-determined governments, societies and ethnicities that refuse or refute the NWO.