While President elect Donald J. Trump continued to troll the legacy media and his detractors on Friday, the Jeff Bezos Amazon.com billionaire owned-Washington Post aka Pravda on the Potomac aka the CIA's favorite stenographers of all time published another piece of #FakeNews.
This time, the major 'scoop' was embraced by the Governor of Vermont Peter Shumlin and the Green Mountain State's ranking Sen. Patrick Leahy, both Democrats, as further proof of the dastardly Rooskies that have President literally Hitler Drumpf in their hip pocket. The only problem? Just about every aspect of the story turned out to be false, from the notion that the malicious code found on a laptop belonging to Burlington Electric belonged to Russian state sponsored hackers as opposed to off the shelf 'script kiddie' malware, to the laptop itself having ever been connected to the electrical grid.
S novom godom Jeff Bezos and The Washington (Com)Post. Here's to many more Cold War 2.0 pushing fake news fails in 2017! - JWS
Soviet dictator Josef Stalin allegedly said, "One death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic". Had Stalin lived to see the strange proxy war played out in Ukraine between Washington and Moscow since 2014, he'd probably say an addendum, which is that several Russian servicemen's disavowed combat deaths in the Donbass are big news. Whereas the thousands of 'missing' (actually dead) Ukrainian soldiers and volunteer battalion members are irrelevant to advancing the US/NATO Narrative, and therefore remain (hidden) statistics...which the media outlets promoting Bellingcat's latest 'report' on Russian rocket and artillery fire at Ukrainian Army units back in 2014 have refused to properly investigate. But as we enter 2017, the great Ukrainian combat deaths cover up is about to catch up with the mainstream media and the U.S.-propped up regime in Kiev, because the incoming Trump Administration is not going to be inclined to do the likes of Sens. McCain and Graham the favor of sustaining the cover up inherited from the Obama Administration...
Back in mid-July after the failed putsch against Turkish president turned dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Team RogueMoney and other alt-media gave extensive coverage to what was going on at the Incirlik Air Base, where many of the alleged coup plotters in Turkey's military served alongside U.S. counterparts before being arrested for treason. One of the oddities we noticed at the time was how some military oriented media such as Stars and Stripes were forced into covering the cutoff of electricity to the base, a key installation for the hosting of American B61 tactical nuclear bombs in Europe, due to the legitimate concerns of family and friends about the U.S. servicemen sweating in the summer heat without air conditioning at the facility.
However, to read articles published by Clinton Watts or Andrew Weisburd written for War on the Rocks (WoTR) and The Daily Beast, you'd think any doubts expressed on Facebook or Twitter about the security of Incirlik, its large tactical nuclear arsenal and the American servicemen and women there were all fabricated by sophisticated Russian propaganda trolls. In the aftermath of a Turkish policeman's assassination of a Russian Ambassador raising the question of Islamist if not ISIS infiltration of Turkey's security forces, and the prospect of the next attack (one that won't be sickeningly welcomed by a columnist for the NY Daily News) being against a U.S. diplomat or facility like Incirlik, Watts' and Weisburd's poo-pooing of last July's power cutoff merits another look. So too, does the faux Atlanticist, globalist agenda the two men are pushing -- which comes perilously close to advocating a fulltime, U.S. government run propaganda machine to attack the alt-media in real time for allegedly repeating Russian government-produced agitprop.
This is an open thread to discuss the assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov on Monday December 19 by a reported (ex?) Turkish police officer, Mevlut Mert Altintas, in Ankara.
The Russia Analyst was saddened but not surprised by the news that the infamous Turkish Deep State and its not so hidden backers, humiliated by the defeat of their jihadi proxies in Aleppo, would create a provocation to sabotage the negotiations between the Kremlin and the turd in the hummus bowl, aka Anatolian dictator Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. However, we were expecting an incident similar to the shoot down of the SU-24 bomber by allegedly rogue, Gulenist-inspired elements of the Turkish military last November, not the assassination of a Russian chief of diplomatic mission on camera. The brazenness of the attack and the killer's rant about Aleppo as well as making the single finger salute of ISIS and other assorted jihadist terrorists in Syria before he was (conveniently) shot dead by police have already fueled speculation in Moscow as to who or what forces are ultimately behind the perp...
V the Guerrilla Economist interviews Mimi al Laham aka Syrian Girl from Australia on her views of the proxy war that has ravaged her homeland over the last six years. Al-Laham is a Muslim who defends a secular, multiconfessional Syrian state, whose family was persecuted by the father of the current President Bashir al-Assad, Hafez al-Assad.
For the last few years through her Twitter feed and Youtube channel, Syrian Girl has exposed the U.S/UK government funded propaganda supporting Washington's Saudi/Qatari backed jihadist takfiris posing as moderate rebels fighting Assad. She also worked with MIT professor/arms control expert Dr. Ted Postol to expose the August 2013 East Ghouta sarin attack as a false flag operation blamed on the Syrian Arab Army. Mimi has appeared on numerous media platforms including Infowars, Russia Today and Iran's Press TV. - JWS
Although RogueMoney.net is an economics focused site, what sets us apart from many other sites in this field is that we don't lose sight of the spiritual dimensions to geoeconomic conflicts. One of the things that will be necessary to build a new world from the ashes of the failing fiat-fueled bonfire is forgiveness, followed by reconciliation.
One example of that occurred this past week, when a group of Army veterans, including four year veteran Wesley Clark Junior, joined weeks-long protests that helped to convince the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deny an easement for part of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Clark Jr., who has worked as a screenwriter in Los Angeles, spoke on camera, asking the Lakota Nation for forgiveness on behalf of the U.S. Army, which historically forced the tribe onto their present Standing Rock reservation straddling the North-South Dakota state line.
During the Cold War 2.0 standoff between Russia and the U.S. in Ukraine, NATO and Washington insisted on the following Narrative: the Russians have sent combat troops to support their proxies in the Donbass, and lied about it when some of them came home in coffins. But no NATO army, much less the Americans, has sent troops or even recently discharged from active duty veterans or private military contractors (PMCs) aka mercenaries to fight alongside the Ukrainian Army. It's assumed that no NATO combatants have bled or died alongside Kiev's soldiers, or even been placed in harms' way within range of enemy artillery fire.
However, longtime Vineyard of the Saker editor and contributor 'Scott', who tweets at @ScottsHumor, tweeted out a video this week purporting to show American soldiers training their Ukrainian counterparts in the so-called 'ATO' zone of the Donbass, much closer to the front lines than the Pentagon has ever shown or admitted. If the footage can be independently authenticated, it would
A) prove that the U.S. Dept. of Defense and NATO have been lying about the extent of their involvement in the 2 1/2 year old Donbass War
B) potentially represent another escalation designed to provoke the Russians ahead of President elect Donald Trump being able to implement his campaign promise of detente with Moscow.
The latter point is what most interests the Russia Analyst, seeking answers to the question of 'why are we seeing this now?'
75 years ago, soldiers of Hitler's Wehrmacht were close enough to the Kremlin to see its church domes through their scopes. But the spearheads of a 'Europe united against Bolshevism', who had led the largest invasion in history numbering some 3.5 million men a few months before, would advance no further. Today an anti-tank barrier stands along the highway through the northwest side suburb of Khimki, marking the spot of the closest German approach to the Russian capitol.
Aided by the superb intelligence of deep cover agent Richard Sorge in Japan, the Soviets knew the Imperial Japanese would not attack in the Far East on behalf of their Axis allies. That enabled Stalin and his top commander Georgy Zhukov to transfer "15 infantry divisions, 3 cavalry divisions, 1,700 tanks, and 1,500 aircraft from the Far East to the European front in November 1941" and to turn the tables on a Wehrmacht that for two years had dominated Europe and known only victory.
U.S. News and World Report says several news outlets and aggregators smeared as conduits for 'Russian propaganda' to reach at least 15 million Americans are preparing legal action against the people behind @PropOrNot. It isn't clear from the US News article if these individuals are also weighing a libel lawsuit against the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), the neoconservative-dominated, Cold War 2.0 promoting think tank based in Philadelphia and Washington that pushed @PropOrNot's 'methodology' to Washington Post reporter Craig Timberg. Turning the tables when it comes to the use of anonymity, a private citizen who wishes to remain anonymous is offering a $10,000 reward, payable in bitcoin, for verified exposure of the identities behind @PropOrNot...
After a heated war of words this week over Syria, signs this weekend are that Moscow's warning that any more bombings 'accidental' or deliberate of combined Syrian/Russian forces would result in the shoot down of American-led coalition aircraft has cooled off Washington's war hawks somewhat. Or more accurately, having exploited the Russian card with a politicized report from the intelligence community officially blaming Moscow for the 'hack' (insider leak, cough cough) of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Friday, it isn't clear whether the Obama Administration intends or needs a direct clash of arms in Syria before Election Day. However, the dark side or 'dirty Deep State' as with the Maidan snipers killings, the Odessa massacre in Ukraine or the false flag shoot down of MH17 in the Donbass may have other ideas...and could be preparing a nasty October Surprise.