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...
As the Russia Analyst, V and the team of contributors predicted here at RogueMoney, the push by Big Hollywood B and C list actors, George Soros (G)NGOs and the Democrats' presstitute propaganda machine failed miserably. These once mighty and now collapsing legacy media forces could not persuade all but a tiny majority of Electoral College delegates to change their vote. In the end on December 19th only two Republican delegates from Texas, one of them (Chris Suprun) an accused 9/11 stolen valor case and general sleazebag, followed through on threats not to back Trump.
On the Democratic side, the efforts by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's daughter Christine Pelosi to make electors switch their votes or demand an intelligence briefing on Russia's alleged hacking of the election before following through backfired. In yet another sign of just how many millions of Democrats couldn't stand the entitled 'it's my turn' Hillary, four Washington State delegates wrote in Colin Powell and Faith Spotted Eagle of the Yankton Sioux Nation. One Dem delegate from Hawaii backed Bernie Sanders, the Vermont socialist that Hillary blames Russian hackers and Wikileaks for exposing how she cheated out of the Democratic nomination. Another Democrat from Maine tried to back Bernie only to be told he could not do so by law in his state.
Thoughts from V the Guerrilla Economist on the collapse of old media and the rise of alt/new media, including the milestone that 3 million viewing minutes have been spent on RM's YouTube channels in the last 28 days. Related thoughts to Vox Day and Stefan Molyneux's presentation on alt-tech sites such as Gab (which has a backlog of nearly a million people waiting in a virtual line to join) challenging the censorship of Twitter can be found here and here.
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?'
But meanwhile, those who worship the paper markets within the paper pews, those very markets that actually don’t exist anymore, are about to tell me, “But WG, we had equities rising in Europe and in the US. All right after the anti-establishment vote from Italy, and to top that off WG, oil skyrocketed in the face of announced production increases to boot, so you are the one that doesn’t have a clue, WG!” And as you put your ear muffs on, I will say once again, “The paper markets are fraudulent, so their paper indicators are meaningless except to those still assembling in the pews of paper system worship. Singing the praises of their quarterly statements.
A RogueMoney reader alerted the Russia Analyst to F. William Engdahl's piece at the New Eastern Outlook (NEO) about the globalists potentially using the Trump Administration as a trojan horse for their plans. Below are some responses to that question from the Guerrilla and three other sources we respect. - JWS
At long last, the end game for Aleppo if not the Syria war is in sight. After over five years of fighting and fourteen months of a Russian air campaign, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its Lebanese Hezbollah, Palestinian, Iraqi Shi'a militia and Iranian allies have achieved a decisive victory in Aleppo. For the Syrian government, victory in Aleppo's bloody urban battle is their Stalingrad -- and for the jihadists sponsors in Riyadh, Doha, Ankara as well as London, Paris and Washington -- a stinging defeat.
Over the weekend jihadist lines collapsed in northern Aleppo, resulting in the loss of 40% of the territory the takfiris controlled in the eastern part of the city. With a Trump presidency eliminating hope of any Hillary Clinton imposed no fly zone and the failure of multiple counteroffensives intended to break the SAA's siege, the 'rebranded' Al-Qaeda/Jabhat Fateh al-Sham-led coalition in the eastern part of city has been bled of fighters, ammo and above all, morale.
Few magazine covers titillate the Alt-Media Webiverse more than The Economist's supra-symbolic vision of the year ahead. The Rothschilds never fail to disappoint us. However, we must smirk at the fact that the 2016 cover failed to display even a hint of one Donald J. Trump, an omission that the magazine itself now admits. The editors have now made up for that omission, in spades, by presenting not just one "Trump" but EIGHT of them.
The humor of President-elect Donald J. Trump, the world's greatest troll. - JWS