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Trump wants Sessions to probe 'Russian meddling' on Obama's watch

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President Trump and AG Jeff Sessions
President Donald Trump has urged his attorney-general to probe why Barack Obama failed to stop alleged Russian election meddling on his watch. That followed a string of Trump tweets accusing his predecessor of inaction.

Ever since Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 vote, Democrats have accused Russia of influencing the election and colluding with Trump to defeat their candidate, widely considered to be an absolute favorite to win the White House.

"If all of the Russian meddling took place during the Obama Administration... why aren't they the subject of the investigation?" Trump asked in an early morning tweet on Wednesday.



Over the previous two days, Trump had tweeted that he had been "much tougher on Russia than Obama," who initially dismissed the notion that a foreign country could influence a US election because "he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win and he didn't want to 'rock the boat'," according to Trump.

Comment: 'Obama's watch' should have been the first stop on this blame train. Why wasn't it? Report on record shows the US has directly meddled in some 81 elections and has influenced many more.

See also: Government's data reveals US interfered in 81 foreign elections


Attention

Lavrov: US' game of provocation caused military conflict in Afrin, no peace nor stability to Afghans

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has blamed US policy in Syria for the conflict between Turkey and Kurdish militias in Afrin, saying that the recent clashes were caused by US actions that look like "deliberate provocation."

For many months, the US has been engaged in a political "game" on the territories to the east from the Euphrates River, Lavrov said at a joint press conference with the Pakistani Foreign Minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, in Moscow. The Russian minister apparently referred to the US' continued support of the Kurdish militias and its plans to create a 30,000-strong Border Security Force (BSF) in Syria, half of which was expected to be made up of the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance.

The US policy in Syria has long been questionable, Lavrov said, but given the ongoing developments in the Afrin region, it started to "increasingly look like a deliberate provocation," he added. Shortly after the US announced its plans to create the BSF, Turkey launched its Operation Olive Branch against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) controlling the Syrian enclave of Afrin.

Arrow Down

Russia says that UN Security Council fails to agree on ceasefire across Syria

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia
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Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia speaks at a Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria on February 22, 2018
Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia made the announcement on Thursday after a council meeting on a draft resolution demanding a 30-day truce in Syria amid renewed violence in Syria's Eastern Ghouta region.

Sweden and Kuwait, two non-permanent members of the Security Council, had proposed the ceasefire measure in Syria to allow deliveries of humanitarian aid and medical evacuations.

On Wednesday, Nebenzia presented amendments to the draft resolution, saying, "We cannot simply decide that there is a ceasefire."

Comment: This means more bloodshed, more weapons supplying, killing more civilians...Exactly what US wants!


Propaganda

Mass Media Reaches New Low Stoking Russiaphobia in Wake of Florida School Shooting

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Hysteria over alleged Russian meddling in US affairs hit a new low this week, with claims that Kremlin-controlled internet agents are exploiting the Florida gun massacre.

The New York Times' top story in its online edition Tuesday was headlined: "After Florida School Shooting, Russian 'Bot' Army Pounced".

Other US news media also gave prominent coverage to unsubstantiated claims that Kremlin-orchestrated internet agents, known as "trolls" or "bots", were heartlessly exploiting American public grief over the mass shooting.

The NY Times report stated: "Any news event - no matter how tragic - has become fodder to spread inflammatory messages in what is believed to be a far-reaching Russian disinformation campaign."

Footprints

Merkel leaves parliamentary session as AfD slams her migration quota system

Chancellor Angela Merkel
© Axel Schmidt / Reuters
Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the German parliament on February 22, 2018
German Chancellor Angela Merkel walked out of a parliamentary session after a leader from the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party criticized her support of a proposed EU refugee distribution system.

While Merkel and AfD have never been friends, one particular comment by the party's co-founder, Alexander Gauland, prompted her to leave the Bundestag on Thursday. That remark slammed the chancellor's support for an EU quota system for accepting refugees.

Countries want to decide for themselves who they take in. There is no national duty with regard to multiculturalism," Gauland said.

Comment: Go and never come back, because your place it's not in politics...Try fishing!


Propaganda

Kremlin spokesman Peskov: Russia denies role in deadly air strikes on Syria's Eastern Ghouta

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© AP Photo/ Save the Children
Man walks with a pair of children in hand hand through the rubble in Eastern Ghouta, Syria
The Kremlin on Wednesday denied involvement in air strikes on Syria's rebel-held Eastern Ghouta enclave that monitors say have killed at least 250 civilians since the start of the week.

"These are groundless accusations. It is not clear what they are based on. No specific data has been given. We do not agree (with them)," said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov in response to a US briefing saying that Russia was responsible for the attacks.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has also blamed Russian warplanes for the strikes.

Comment: Russia suspects that western countries want to shift focus away from the necessity of starting the Geneva talks to launching plan "B" in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated.
The minister went on by expressing concern over the proposed UN Security Council resolution on Syria, saying that it may aim to accuse Damascus of everything and to protect the militants.

The top diplomatic official noted, however, that Russia was ready to consider the draft resolution.

"The resolution that we are suggested to adopt ..., we are ready to consider this proposal," Lavrov said, noting that at the same time the ceasefire regime "must not at all" reach the Daesh and the Jabhat al-Nusra terror groups (both banned in Russia) and those factions that are cooperating with them and systematically firing on the residential areas of Damascus.

The minister was commenting on the draft resolution, on the introduction of a 30-day ceasefire in Syria for the delivery of humanitarian aid and medical evacuation, proposed by the delegations of Sweden and Kuwait to the Security Council. The voting on the draft is expected to take place on Thursday.

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He reminded that Russia had called for the Thursday UN meeting.

"We offered to consider the situation in Eastern Ghouta and the situation around it. If our arguments are ignored yet again, we will have no other choice but to believe that the authors of this initiative yet again want to blame Damascus and protect terrorist groups," he said.

Eastern Ghouta is one of four Syrian de-escalation zones created during the Astana talks on Syrian reconciliation. Three states: Russia, Iran and Turkey serve as guarantors of the de-escalation deals, which apply to all sides except those linked to the al-Qaeda terrorist group (banned in Russia).



Question

3 questions from Trump that Jeff Session(s) really needs to answer

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President Trump and Attorney General Sessions
President Trump is not letting up in his efforts to see 'justice' with regard years of 'Russian meddling' accusations and Deep State intervention.

In a relatively calmly-worded tweet this morning, Trump pressured Attorney General Jeff Session (sic.) to open an investigation into the Obama administration over Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
"Question: If all of the Russian meddling took place during the Obama Administration, right up to January 20th, why aren't they the subject of the investigation?"

"Why didn't Obama do something about the meddling? Why aren't Dem crimes under investigation?

Ask Jeff Session!"

Comment:


Dollar

US Federal Reserve raises alarm about America's soaring debt

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© Chris Helgren / Reuters
The US deficit stands at $20 trillion and will rise to $30 trillion in a decade. That should be a reason for concern, according to the US Fed.
"I believe the Federal Reserve should be gradually and patiently raising the federal funds rate during 2018," Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Robert Kaplan said on Wednesday.

"History suggests that if the Fed waits too long to remove accommodation at this stage in the economic cycle, excesses and imbalances begin to build, and the Fed ultimately has to play catch-up."

Comment: US Wars Fund The Welfare State Which Finances The Liberal March Towards Totalitarianism


Bad Guys

US engaged in confirmed political interference in Thailand's upcoming elections

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Thaksin Shinawatra, Former Prime Minister of Thailand
As the United States intensifies its accusations against Russia for alleged interference in the 2016 US Presidential Elections, the United States itself is found engaged in confirmed political interference worldwide.

This includes in Southeast Asia where Washington is attempting to rush elections in Thailand in hopes of returning their proxy Thaksin Shinawatra and his Pheu Thai Party (PTP) to power.

US efforts to rush elections have included a concerted effort to dismiss those pointing out Shinawatra's continued influence in Thai politics, his continued leadership role over PTP and his intentions to use PTP to return to power.

Bad Guys

Russiagate conspiracy theorists have failed to meet their burden of proof

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Let us not tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories
The establishment Russia narrative is soul-wiltingly dull. Oh hey a shocking shocking bombshell revelation about something Russia did, everyone freaks out, then people actually look into the nature of the allegation and it turns out it's nothing. Lather, rinse, repeat. An interminable addition of zeros, day after day after day after day.

Boring.

One of the very few interesting specks of light on this scene has been Aaron Maté and his unusual knack for convincing promulgators of the establishment Russia narrative to debate him, shining a big spotlight on just how weak the argument is. In December he famously debated "Collusion" author Luke Harding in a beatdown that was the verbal equivalent of watching a prime Mike Tyson fight Bruno Mars, and he recently had a more low-key but equally revealing interview with John Feffer of Lobelog and Foreign Policy in Focus.