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US Fine for Deutsche Bank Will DESTROY EU Economy Stability, Warns Eurozone Finance Chief

http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/718862/Eurozone-financial-EU-economic-stability-US-fine-Deutsche-Bank

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A “Cat 5” Financial System Hurricane Swirls Offshore

Global financial storm approaching!

Global financial storm approaching!

  • A “Cat 5” Financial System Hurricane Swirls Offshore
    by Dave Kranzler, http://investmentresearchdynamics.com/  
    One of the biggest benefits I get from writing newsletters (Mining Stock and Short Seller’s Journal) is that I get “grassroots Main Street” intel from subscribers.  This has led to some invavluable insights into the housing market and the general economy all over the country. Yesterday I received this email:

    Heard from a friend east of the Atlantic that things are worse than are even being reported by alternative media. I bet the only thing the banks would like more is if the Chinese took another week off! I also heard next week could be big trouble.

    ‎My friend’s employer is a financial institution in Europe – you can probably guess which country.  Words used were “chaos” and “possible shutdown.” Advised to buy silver as much as possible.

    I tried to pull more info out of him but he was understandably compelled to pass on generalities in order to protect the identity of his friend. Having said that, the information is consistent with what is unfolding at Deutche Bank.  It also dovetails with the systematic take-down of gold.  I’ll have more on that later today.   Interestingly, the media attention has focused on DB.  But the stock market is telling us that Credit Suisse has huge balance sheet problems as well …

    Both DB and CS have significantly underperformed the benchmark bank index since early March. The index is composed of U.S. Too Big To Fail and super-regional banks. With all the “smoke” coming from DB, it’s entirely possible that Credit Suisse is either inextricably tied to the fate of DB via a perilous derivatives counterparty relationship or CS has catastrophic problems of its own that swirling around but receiving less media attention.

    The reality is that all of the U.S. Too Big To Fail banks are also inextricably tied to DB through OTC derivatives counterparty relationships. DB was excessively aggressive in underwriting exotic energy-related derivatives both in the U.S. and Canada (this comes from an inside source of mine), which means that JP Morgan and Citi, specifically among several others, are tied to DB’s fate.

    As detailed here, Deutsche Bank received two bailouts from the Fed and the Government approaching $100 billion in 2008: U.S. Taxpayers Bailout DB. Without question, this is because the big U.S. banks are tied at the hip to the fate of DB.

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Hillary Will Bring Us WW3 — Harley Schlanger

  • Published on Oct 7, 2016
    Hillary Clinton is Rothschild’s pick for President and according to Harley Schlanger, Clinton will take the United States in the same direction as Obama, directly into World War 3. The conflict with Russia in Syria is becoming red hot and Hillary is pushing for war with the Russians. Trump wants a dialogue with Putin, which save us from Armageddon.

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Does The Attack On Gold & Silver Signal An Imminent Bank Collapse

  • Does The Attack On Gold Signal An Imminent Bank Collapse
    by Dave Kranzler, http://investmentresearchdynamics.com/  
    Since August, the gold price managers – aka “the gold cartel” – have been regularly dumping a lot of paper gold onto the Comex when the Comex floor opens at 8:20 a.m. EST. It’s been their standard operating procedure for the better part of the last 15 years.  The fact that the world’s largest gold buyer – China – is closed all week for a holiday observance takes away the biggest physical market bid for five trading days, making it easier to smash down the price of gold using fraudulent fiat paper gold.

    It’s hard to ignore that the events in the financial and economic system unfolding now are not unlike the events that occurred prior to the 2008 “great financial collapse,” which was a de facto western banking system collapse.  The U.S. and European economies are contracting, the housing market is beginning to crumble (see this – link – for instance), the auto market is headed south as auto loan defaults are headed north and it would appear that the middle class consumer is out of disposable income.  There are plenty of other factors that make this time around much worse than 2008, but we’ll save discussion of those for another day.

    It’s also hard to ignore “quacking” coming from Deutsche Bank.  It would appear that DB is on the ropes financially.  The incessantly repetitive denials of any problems coming from Central Bankers and the DB upper brass  make the “quacking” even harder to ignore.  If it looks, sounds and operates like a collapsing bank…well, it’s probably a collapsing bank.

    There’s no doubt that the recent take-down of gold and silver  – especially today’s – is inextricably connected to some sort of financial system disaster brewing.  In today’s Shadow of Truth, we discuss the massive hit put on gold and reasons why it’s likely an operation implemented to prevent gold from alerting the public that a potentially catastrophic financial hurricane is swirling around “offshore.”  After all, it is hurricane season.

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Israeli Settlements Illegal Under International Law

  • Published on Oct 7, 2016
    The European Union has joined the United Nations and the U-S in slamming Israel’s decision to further expand its settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. The EU’s diplomatic service said in a statement that the plans weaken prospects for a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The European Union Action Service added that Israel had broken with its own public statements not to continue settlement building and expansion. On Wednesday, the U.S. State Department strongly condemned Israel and called the construction of new settler units Quote deeply troubling partly because of its timing. Just last month, Washington agreed to give Israel 38 billion dollars in military aid over the next decade. Outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban ki-moon has also condemned the Israel settlement construction. Ban called on Tel Aviv to halt its plan, under which Israel will build up to 300 new settler units and a new industrial zone in the West Bank. All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israel-government-tortures-children-by-keeping-them-in-cages-human-rights-group-says-9032826.html

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/10135157/Israel-furious-at-UN-report-detailing-torture-of-Palestinian-children.html

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http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/a-special-place-in-hell/.premium-1.671538

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https://socioecohistory.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/ashkenazis-self-styled-jews-are-not-the-descendants-of-the-ancient-israelites/

Revelation 2:9 – …. and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.

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https://socioecohistory.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/ashkenazis-self-styled-jews-are-not-the-descendants-of-the-ancient-israelites/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/tales-from-gaza-what-is-life-really-like-in-the-worlds-largest-outdoor-prison-8567611.html

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http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3595097,00.html

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https://socioecohistory.wordpress.com/2011/05/26/ashkenazi-jews-are-not-descendents-of-the-biblical-israelites-2/

Revelation 2:9 – …. and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.

  • “In 2001, Dr. Ariella Oppenheim, of Hebrew University, a biologist, published the first extensive study of DNA and the origin of the Jews. Her research found that virtually all the Jews came from Khazar blood. Not only that but Oppenheim discovered that the Palestinians—the very people whom the Jews had been persecuting and ejecting from Israel’s land since 1948—had more Israelite blood than did the Jews. In sum, the vast majority of the Jews were not Jews; some of the Palestinians were. Some of the Palestinians even had a DNA chromosome which established that they were “Cohens”—workers at the ancient Temple and synagogues of the Jews.” – Quote
https://socioecohistory.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/professor-noam-chomsky-jew-my-visit-to-gaza-the-worlds-largest-open-air-prison/

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http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/10059/20131009/dna-samples-confirm-ashkenazi-jews-are-of-european-descent-study.htm

Ashkenazi Khazar Jews are not semitic people and not the real Jews of the Bible! Not the descendents of the 12 sons of Jacob/Israel !Click on image for article!

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Russia Moves Nuke Bombers to US Border: Putin Using Cold War Tactics Amid WW3 Threat! Russia Launches No Fly Zone – Threatens War With US

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/551450/World-War-3-Vladimir-Putin-Russia-US-Nuke-Borders-Moved-Border-Hawaii-Guam

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Nuclear War With Russia Closer Than Ever MSM Admits

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1907902/russia-holds-massive-nuclear-war-exercise-involving-40million-people-as-military-tensions-rise-with-us/

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http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/550542/russia-nuclear-world-war-3-us-civil-defence-drill-40-million-people-vladimir-putin-bunkers

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October Surprise WWIII Begins To Boil

  • Published on Oct 7, 2016
    All eyes are on Syria as the globalists, fearing a populist uprising, are pushing the narrative of World War 3 on humanity. Mounting tensions with possible Nuclear outcomes are world wide. We are sliding into a new Cold War with Russia as Russia ships new anti missile systems into Syria. This after Russia held a Nuclear War exercise of 40 million Russians, mobilizing 200,000 emergency services and soldiers and 50,000 pieces of equipment.


    Meanwhile nuclear tensions have risen between Pakistan and India after a jihadi attack on an Indian Army base left 19 soldiers dead. India then entered Pakistan and surgically struck terrorist camps in Kashmir.

    Breitbart reports ” It is becoming increasingly clear that something serious has changed in relations between Pakistan and India, as a result of repeated acts of violence in the Indian-controlled region of Kashmir. It is clear that each country, in a generational Crisis era, is on a trend line to become increasing nationalistic and belligerent towards the other, and it is also clear that these trend lines will continue on the same path until they result in war. From the point of view of Generational Dynamics, it is not a question of “if”, but of “when,” and with the rapid rise in nationalism on both sides, “when” may not be too far off.
  • October Surprise Coming – Gerald Celente
    “Trends researcher Gerald Celente sees an “October surprise” coming for the economy, terror or war. … either a terror strike, false flag or real … Also, war because they are heating it up, and they are putting out more war talk.  The anti-Russian propaganda is like nothing we have ever seen before, and it continues.”
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/04/india-builds-underground-bunkers-on-kashmir-frontier-as-border-c/

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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1883306/pakistan-threatens-to-destroy-india-with-nuclear-bomb-as-atomic-enemies-edge-to-the-brink-of-war/

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http://sputniknews.com/asia/20160724/1043540049/india-pakistan-nawaz-modi-kashmir.html

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Alex Jones Full Show: US And Russia Prepare For Global War / Trump Hillary Debate Pt. 2

  • Published on Oct 7, 2016
    On this Friday, October 7th 2016 broadcast of the Alex Jones Show, the corporate press excoriates media pioneer Matt Drudge for daring to question the truthfulness behind Hurricane Matthew weather reports. And new leaked emails show the Clinton Foundation was in contact with HBO comedian John Oliver. On today’s show, author Steve Quayle breaks down why he thinks secret billionaires claim humanity could be trapped within a video game. We’ll also look at the latest “Bill Clinton is a rapist” videos.

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‘No Wonder US Blaming Russians for Cyber Attacks’ – Security Expert. Pretext for War

  • Published on Oct 7, 2016
    Hackers have been a major theme in the U.S. presidential election – and mainstream media have turned Russia into a key cyber war adversary. However just a couple of years ago Washington’s main online threat had a different name, which now seems to have fallen into the shade.
https://twitter.com/NATOpress/status/742765843835129856

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https://twitter.com/NATODepSpox/status/742769700829040640

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Former CIA Officer: “Every Single Terrorist Attack In US Was A False Flag Attack”

  • Interview with ex CIA officer David Steele begins at the 12:22 mark in the above video.
  • Former CIA Officer: “Every Single Terrorist Attack In US Was A False Flag Attack”
    by Jay Syrmopoulos, http://thefreethoughtproject.com/  
    Washington, D.C. — While it is a commonly know fact that the CIA utilizes foreign terror groups to destabilize governments targeted by the United States, a much lesser known fact is that numerous whistleblowers have come forward to claim that U.S. intelligence services not only use terrorism to achieve foreign policy goals, but to actually create domestic terror incidents to “blind the masses.”

    The most recent intelligence whistleblower is David Steele, a 20-year Marine Corps intelligence officer, and the second-highest-ranking civilian in the U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence. Steele, a former CIA clandestine services case officer, had this to say:

    “Most terrorists are false flag terrorists, or are created by our own security services. In the United States, every single terrorist incident we have had has been a false flag, or has been an informant pushed on by the FBI. In fact, we now have citizens taking out restraining orders against FBI informants that are trying to incite terrorism. We’ve become a lunatic asylum.”

    Many people are confused as to what a false flag attack entails. A commonly held misperception is that there is no actual incident/event and it was all staged, but this definition is critically flawed, as a false flag attack actually describes a covert operation that is designed to deceive in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by entities, groups, or nations other than those who actually planned and executed them.

    An example of a false flag attack is Operation Northwoods, which was a proposed operation against the Cuban government that originated within the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) of the United States government in 1962. The proposals called for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or other U.S. government operatives to commit acts of terrorism against American civilians and military targets, blaming it on the Cuban government, and using it to justify a war against Cuba. The proposals made it all the way to the president’s desk, where they were rejected by John F. Kennedy.

    Many people believe the attacks of 9/11 to be a false flag event, perhaps orchestrated by U.S. intelligence services or an entity that operates above the level of government entities (commonly referred to as the deep state/military industrial complex.)

    The alleged purpose of this false flag attack was to justify the invasion of other countries, and usher in a heightened state of “national security,” precipitating the curtailing of civil liberties in the name of “safety.”

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  • Lawfare: the use of the law as a weapon of war  
    The study shows that the war on terror has been largely a charade designed to make the American public believe that a terrorist army is loose in the U.S., when the truth is that most of the people convicted of terrorism related crimes posed no danger to the U.S. and were entrapped by a preventive strategy known as preemptive prosecution. ” Overall, 94.2% of all the terrorism-related convictions on the DOJ list have been either preemptive prosecution cases or cases that involved elements of preemptive prosecution.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/opinion/sunday/terrorist-plots-helped-along-by-the-fbi.html

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http://www.salon.com/2011/09/29/fbi_terror/

If Terrorism is so rampant and there are Muslim terrorists out to get you all the time, why does the FBI manufacture these fake terrorism plots? Shouldn’t they be arresting real terrorists? The Global War on Terror (GWOT) is an Illuminist HOAX, Psyop! Click on image to goto article!

http://www.amazon.com/The-Terror-Factory-Manufactured-Terrorism/dp/1935439618#_

A groundbreaking work of investigative journalism, The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism exposes how the FBI has, under the guise of engaging in counterterrorism since 9/11, built a network of more than 15,000 informants whose primary purpose is to infiltrate Muslim communities to create and facilitate phony terrorist plots so that the Bureau can then claim it is winning the war on terror.

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TERROR WARNING: Al-Qaeda Plotting Waves of Attacks on BRITAIN And Across Europe as Part of Deadly Resurgence

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/718152/al-qaeda-osama-bin-laden-resurgence-attacks-britain-isis

Why are the serpents pushing Al Qaeda instead of ISIS? Because ISIS is now being decimated, soundly defeated by the Russians in Syria. Click on image for article.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1775496/massive-european-civil-war-predicted-by-scholar-of-islam-who-says-jobless-young-muslims-are-increasingly-turning-to-radical-groups/

ISIS, Al Qaeda … = CIA Jihadists. Click on image for article.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/709871/Terror-Europe-Germany-France-thousands-jihadists-plotting-attacks

French and German Govts: “We know for certain because we let them in!” Click on image for article.

http://www.infowars.com/isis-document-reportedly-discovered-by-think-tank-calls-for-end-of-the-world-battle/

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http://www.examiner.com/article/obama-ordered-cia-to-train-isis-jihadists-declassified-documents

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New ‘Group Think’ for War with Syria/Russia

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/world-war-three-extremely-lethal-8987162

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  • New ‘Group Think’ for War with Syria/Russia
    by https://consortiumnews.com/  
    Exclusive: Official Washington has a new “group think” that is even more dangerous than the one that led to the Iraq War. This one calls for U.S. escalation of conflicts against Syria and nuclear-armed Russia, writes Robert Parry.

    By Robert Parry
    Not since the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq has Official Washington’s political/punditry class clamored more single-mindedly – and openly – for the U.S. government to commit a gross violation of international law, now urging a major military assault on the government of Syria while also escalating tensions with nuclear-armed Russia.

    And, like the frenzied war fever of 2002-2003, today’s lawless consensus is operating on a mix of selective, dubious and false information – while excluding from the public debate voices that might dare challenge the prevailing “group think.” It’s as if nothing was learned from the previous disaster in Iraq.

    Most notably, there are two key facts about Syria that Americans are not being told: one, U.S. regional “allies” have been funding and arming radical jihadist groups, including Al Qaeda terrorists, there almost since the conflict began in 2011 and, two, the claim about “moderate” Syrian rebels is a fraud; the “moderates” have served essentially as a P.R. cut-out for the U.S. and its “allies” to supply Al Qaeda and its allies with sophisticated weapons while pretending not to.

    For Americans who may find those two points hard to believe, they should remember that the United States and Saudi Arabia went in 50/50 with billions of dollars to finance the jihadist mujahedeen in Afghanistan in the 1980s, viewing these religious fanatics as a useful “tip of the spear” to kill Soviet troops who were defending the leftist secular regime then governing in Kabul.

    That exercise in U.S.-Saudi realpolitik gave birth to the modern jihadist movement, bringing together a network of foreign jihadists, led by Saudi Arabia’s Osama bin Laden (which morphed into Al Qaeda), with Afghan/Pakistani extremists who evolved into the Taliban.

    Though U.S. officials eventually came to fear this Frankenstein monster that they had helped create, Saudi intelligence continued to work with Al Qaeda and its affiliates, using them as a kind of international paramilitary force to punish Saudi enemies, particularly Shiite-dominated governments, from Iran to Syria to now Iraq.

    The Saudis also began collaborating with Israel, which shared Riyadh’s view that Iran and the “Shiite crescent” represented a strategic threat. Between Saudi money and Israeli political clout, the two countries could fend off occasional fits of U.S. anger, even to the point of getting the U.S. government to hide a 29-page chapter about Saudi financing for the 9/11 hijackers from the congressional 9/11 report for a dozen years.

    For the past five years, the principal target of this powerful coalition has been Syria, with President Obama occasionally joining in – as he did in authorizing “covert” CIA and Pentagon programs to arm “moderate” rebels – and occasionally bowing out – as he did in resisting pressure to bomb the Syrian military after a mysterious sarin gas attack outside Damascus on Aug. 21, 2013.

    In summer 2014, when Al Qaeda’s spin-off, the Islamic State, began beheading Western hostages, Obama authorized bombing inside Syria but only against the Islamic State, which also had overrun large sections of Iraq and threatened the Shiite-dominated regime in Baghdad. (Obama’s bombing inside Syria was not authorized by the Syrian government so it was illegal under international law but Syria didn’t press the point as long as the U.S. coalition was attacking forces regarded as terrorists.)

    New U.S. Hysteria
    This more complex reality is completely missing in the new round of political/press hysteria in the United States. The neocons and their liberal-hawk sidekicks only talk about stopping the “barbarism” of the Syrian government and its Russian allies as they try to finally wipe out Al Qaeda’s jihadists and their “moderate” allies holed up in eastern Aleppo.


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http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2005/jul/08/july7.development

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/going-after-the-islamic-state/5401439

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http://newsvoice.se/2015/05/27/swedish-politician-us-is-the-cause-of-refugees-from-the-middle-east/

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http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=79634

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http://www.forbes.com/2001/09/14/0914whoisobl.html

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/155236.stm

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‘WW3 is Guaranteed’ U.S. General Says Country WILL Have ‘Lethal And Fast’ War with Russia

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/551270/us-Army-general-world-war-3-mark-milley-william-hix-joseph-anderson-putin-russia-cold-war

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http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/718539/Syria-russia-shoot-down-us-warplanes-assad

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http://www.infowars.com/u-s-army-chief-threatens-war-with-russia/

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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1913898/russian-state-newspapers-predict-direct-military-conflict-with-us-as-it-compares-syria-stalemate-to-cuban-missile-crisis/

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http://theantimedia.org/russian-40-million-citizens-nuclear-war/

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Professor Stephen Cohen: Slouching Toward War With Russia in Syria?

  • Professor Stephen Cohen: Slouching Toward War With Russia in Syria?
    by Stephen F. Cohen , https://www.thenation.com/
    The proposed Obama-Putin cooperation was killed by its enemies in Washington, with dire implications.

    Nation Contributing Editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War.


    The focus is on the Obama administration’s termination of months-long negotiations with Moscow for a joint US-Russian campaign against jihad terrorist forces in Syria. The discussion ranges from Syria to other fronts in the new Cold War, with Cohen making the following points:

    § Cooperation in Syria would have been the first major episode of détente in the new Cold War, indeed the first US-Russian military alliance since World War II, whose spirit might have spread to the dangerous conflicts in Ukraine and on Russia’s border with Eastern Europe, where NATO continues to build up its forces. The long-negotiated Syrian agreement was sabotaged not by Russia, as is alleged in Washington and by the mainstream media, but by American enemies of détente, first and foremost in the Department of Defense. DOD’s opposition was so intense that one of its spokesmen told the press it might disobey a presidential order to share intelligence with Moscow, as called for by the agreement, in flagrant violation of the US constitution. (A New York Times editorial not only failed to protest this threat but seemed to endorse it. Other major media seemed not even to notice the possibility of such a constitutional crisis, another indication of how badly the new Cold War, and the demonization of Russian President Putin, has degraded the US political-media establishment.)

    § The consequences of failed diplomacy in Syria are already evident. American politicians and media are calling for military action against Russian-Syrian forces, in particular, imposition of a “no-fly zone,” which would almost certainly lead to war with Russia. Others call for more economic sanctions against Russia, perhaps to ward off growing West European attitudes favoring an end to existing sanctions. In any event, developments in Syria have now deepened the new Cold War in words and deeds, and this is the case in Moscow as well. Putin, who has long pursued negotiations with the West over the objections of his own high-level hardliners, now seems resolved to destroy the jihadist forces encamped in Aleppo without the American partner he had hoped for. Meanwhile, talk of war also fills Russian media, and the Putin government has just began a highly unusual nation-wide “civil defense” exercise to prepare the country for that eventuality.

    § In short, the collapse of diplomacy in Syria has fully remilitarized US-Russian relations and brought the countries closer to war than at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis. Unlike during the preceding Cold War, none of this is being discussed critically in establishment American media. The Times and The Washington Post, for example, publish articles and editorials, one after the other, declaring Putin to be an “outlaw” and “rogue” leader unfit to be an American partner on any front. In the mainstream, no one proposes § or is permitted to propose—any rethinking of US policies that may have contributed to this dire situation. No one asks, for example, if the Kremlin might be right in insisting that the overthrow of the Assad government, the primary US goal, would only strengthen terrorist forces in Syria, whose defeat is Moscow’s primary objective. In this connection, Moscow charges that détente in Syria failed in large part because Washington and its allies continue to arm and coddle, directly or indirectly, Syrian terrorists and their “moderate” anti-Assad abettors. This factor, for which there is considerable evidence, also is not explored or discussed in the US media, even in a presidential election year. Instead, CBS News’s 60 Minutes, which, like the Times, was once a gold standard of professional American journalism, recently broadcast a nuclear warmongering segment giddily marveling that the United States would soon have more “usable” nuclear weapons to deploy against Russia.

    § Cohen and Batchelor end by wondering, yet again, where was the publicly silent President Obama while his proposed détente was being killed by members of his own administration? Russians and West Europeans are also asking this question.
http://archive.larouchepac.com/node/31544

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http://sputniknews.com/analysis/20150820/1025983307.html

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