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German Politicians Want US Ambassador Out Over His Criticism of Berlin’s NATO Military Contributions

  • RT Published on Mar 21, 2019
    While Angela Merkel says Berlin is ‘committed’ to boosting military expenses, figures from the budget draft proposal suggest Germany’s efforts are still way below what NATO expects. German military expenses are in the public eye this week as a budget draft proposal is due to be presented on Wednesday. Alongside the other 28 NATO members, Berlin pledged to spend a minimum of 2% of GDP on defense back in 2014, but so far failed to exceed the 1.24% mark. READ MORE:

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March 22, 2019 Posted by | EndTimes, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Professor Stephen Cohen: US Cold Warriors Escalate Toward Actual War with Russia

  • Professor Stephen Cohen: US Cold Warriors Escalate Toward Actual War with Russia
    Heedless of the consequences, or perhaps welcoming them, America’s Cold Warriors and their media platforms have recently escalated their rhetoric against Russia, especially in March.

    Anyone who has lived through or studied the preceding forty-year Cold War will recognize the ominous echoes of its most dangerous periods, when actual war was on the horizon or a policy option. Here are only a few random but representative examples:

    — In a March 8 Washington Post opinion article, two American professors, neither with any apparent substantive knowledge of Russia or Cold War history, warned that the Kremlin is trying “to undermine our trust in the institutions that sustain a strong nation and a strong democracy. The media, science, academia and the electoral process are all regular targets.” Decades ago, J. Edgar Hoover, the policeman of that Cold War, said the same, indeed made it an operational doctrine.

    — Nor is the purported threat to America only. According to (retired) General David Petraeus and sitting Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, also in the Post on the following day, the “world is once again polarized between two competing visions for how to organize society.” For Putin’s Kremlin, “the existence of the United States’ rule-of-law world is intrinsically threatening.” This is an “intensifying worldwide struggle.” So much for those who dismissed post–Soviet Russia as merely a “regional” power, including former President Barack Obama, and for the myopic notion that a new Cold War was not possible.

    — But the preceding Cold War was driven by an intense ideological conflict between Soviet Communism and Western capitalism. Where is the ideological threat today, considering that post–Soviet Russia is also a capitalist country? In a perhaps unprecedented nearly 10,000-word manifesto from March 14 in the front news pages of (again) the Post, Robert Kagan provided the answer: “Today, authoritarianism has emerged as the greatest challenge facing the liberal democratic world—a profound ideological, as well as strategic, challenge.” That is, “authoritarianism” has replaced Soviet Communism in our times, with Russia again in the forefront.

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March 22, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Russian FM Lavrov Warns of Nuclear War Break-Out

March 21, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Neocons Want Brazil in NATO to Undermine Venezuela – Daniel McAdams

  • RT America Published on Mar 20, 2019
    Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Institute joins News.Views.Hughes to discuss Trump’s apparent 180 degree turn on NATO. While once he was outspoken in his criticism, President Trump now wants to expand the alliance by bringing Brazil into the fold. He argues that Trump has “neocons whispering in his ear” and that NATO is “an expensive meeting club” that has outlived its purpose.


March 21, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Alliance Should Be Unconditional’: NATO Under Pressure from Washington to Buy US Weapons

March 20, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

US Largest Deployment of Nuclear Capable Bombers to the UK in More Than a Decade

  • RT Published on Mar 18, 2019
    The B-52 strategic bombers, which are capable of carrying nuclear weapons, are to take part in NATO drills in Georgia – close to Russia’s southern border. They touched down just days after the Pentagon spoke on the possibility of a nuclear strike against Russia.


March 19, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It Started in Daraa on March 17, 2011: The US-NATO-Israel Sponsored Al Qaeda Insurgency in Syria. Who Was Behind the 2011 “Protest Movement”?

  • It Started in Daraa on March 17, 2011: The US-NATO-Israel Sponsored Al Qaeda Insurgency in Syria. Who Was Behind the 2011 “Protest Movement”?
    by Prof Michel Chossudovsky,
    Author’s note
    The war on Syria started eight years ago in Daraa  on the 17th of March 2011.

    The following article first published in May 2011 examines the inception of the jihadist terrorist insurgency. It recounts the events of March 17-18, 2011 in Daraa, a small border town with Jordan. Media reports have finally acknowledged that the so-called “protest movement” in Syria was instigated by Washington. This was known and documented from the very inception of the Syrian crisis in March 2011.

    It was not a protest movement, it was an armed insurgency integrated by US-Israeli and allied supported “jihadist” death squads?
    From Day One, the Islamist “freedom fighters” were supported, trained and equipped by NATO and Turkey’s High Command. According to Israeli intelligence sources (Debka, August14, 2011):

    NATO headquarters in Brussels and the Turkish high command are meanwhile drawing up plans for their first military step in Syria
    , which is to arm the rebels with weapons for combating the tanks and helicopters spearheading the Assad regime’s crackdown on dissent. … NATO strategists are thinking more in terms of pouring large quantities of anti-tank and anti-air rockets, mortars and heavy machine guns into the protest centers for beating back the government armored forces. (DEBKAfile, NATO to give rebels anti-tank weapons, August 14, 2011)

    This initiative, which was also supported by Saudi Arabia and Qatar, involved a process of organized recruitment of thousands of jihadist “freedom fighters”, reminiscent of  the enlistment of  Mujahideen to wage the CIA’s jihad (holy war) in the heyday of the Soviet-Afghan war:

    Also discussed in Brussels and Ankara, our sources report, is a campaign to enlist thousands of Muslim volunteers in Middle East countries and the Muslim world to fight alongside the Syrian rebels. The Turkish army would house these volunteers, train them and secure their passage into Syria. (Ibid, emphasis added)

    These mercenaries were subsequently integrated into US and allied sponsored terrorist organizations including Al Nusrah and ISIS.

    The Daraa “protest movement” on March 17-18 had all the appearances of a staged event involving covert support to Islamic terrorists by Mossad and/or Western intelligence.
    Government sources pointed to the role of radical Salafist groups (supported by Israel). In chorus, the Western media described the events in Daraa as a protest movement against Bashar Al Assad.

    In a bitter irony, the deaths of policemen were higher than those of demonstrators”. In Daraa, roof top snipers were targeting both police and demonstrators.

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March 18, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics, History | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mike Pence Wanted Angela Merkel to Provoke Naval Conflict with Russia

  • Can Mike Pence be trusted? NO! Why is he attempting to ignite the Illuminist’s ‘limited’ nuclear war, WW3,  in Eastern Europe with Russia?
  • The Duran Published on Mar 10, 2019
    The Duran Quick Take: Episode 100. The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss a stunning revelation reported by Bloomberg that states US President Mike Pence was lobbying German Chancellor Angela Merkel to provoke the Russian navy by sending in German warships into the Kerch Straits. See: Pence Asked Merkel to Provoke Russia by Sending Warships to Crimea…


March 12, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Whistling Past NATO’s Graveyard, With Special Guest Tom Luongo

  • RonPaulLibertyReport Streamed live on Feb 19, 2019
    The recent Warsaw and Munich summits have proven disastrous to Trump’s foreign policy as pursued by his neocon top advisors. They were supposed to line up for war on Iran and further isolation of Russia and China, yet none of the war bugles sounded. Have the Europeans had enough of “US global dominance”? Geopolitical analyst Tom Luongo joins today’s Liberty Report to discuss. Read Tom’s blog at


February 21, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Integrity Initiative Leak: Make Muslims Love NATO, Target Anti-Frackers, Plan for Nuclear War

  • New Integrity Initiative Leak: Make Muslims Love NATO, Target Anti-Frackers, Plan for Nuclear War
    A new batch of leaked files from the covert influence network exposes how the Integrity Initiative recruits high-flying businessmen for intel ops, shows UK Muslims “why NATO matters” and prepares for nuclear conflict with Russia.

    With the UK Foreign Office and NATO-backed organization still reeling from previous leaks whose authenticity it has not attempted to disprove, the fifth tranche of internal communications was uploaded to a public server this week under the name of hacktivist group Anonymous.

    As before, it features the London-based group clandestinely meddling in various areas of civilian life for the benefit of its own undeclared objectives.

    Top business executives on ‘patriot’ list
    The Integrity Initiative’s network of loyal journalists and academics has already been uncovered, but “speaking notes” for an address given in Israel in the summer of 2018 by its director, Daniel Lafayeedney, show that its scope of intelligence asset recruitment is much broader.

    Additionally, his words blow apart the group’s half-hearted assertions that it is not a branch of military intelligence by another name, but simply a public organization fighting Russian disinformation.

    Straight-faced discussion of post-nuclear conflict with Russia
    It is not inherently morally dubious to analyze possible conflict scenarios. But leaked minutes from what appears to be a high-powered “joint workshop” for the Institute for Statecraft (the Integrity Initiative’s parent organization, and the Center for Naval Analyses – the top Pentagon-affiliated military think tank) show a readiness to contemplate a possible full-scale nuclear war with Russia that would be hair-raising even for Cold War veterans.

    One of the most alarming aspects is the apparent overstatement of Russia’s hostile intent within this bubble – believing that your enemy wants to destroy you justifies almost any action from your own side, and leads to a mutual escalation of mistrust.

    “The reality of the Russian nuclear doctrine is that it will not back down. Especially after the amount Russia has invested, how much core Russian capital is tied into nuclear capabilities,”reads the assessment of Moscow’s nuclear policy, formulated in the aftermath of the Russian Zapad exercises in 2017, which provoked an outburst of fearmongering in the West.

    “Where the West would eventually bring enough forces to push a Russian advance back [in case of a localized conflict], in that push. There would be an assessment, and the conclusion would be that regime change was in motion – It is widely believed, in that instance, they would resort to nuclear weapons.”

    The most chilling part of the assessment is not just the apparent readiness to deploy the West’s own weapons of mass destruction, but the logical jump to post-nuclear war combat.

    “War games usually start with Russia about to, or using a nuclear weapon. We need to think about, what is Russia’s response after using a nuclear weapon,”
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January 30, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Real ‘Bombshell’: France and Germany Unite!

AACHEN, GERMANY – JANUARY 22: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron sign the Aachen Treaty on January 22, 2019 in Aachen, Germany. The treaty is meant to deepen cooperation between the countries as a means to also strengthen the European Union. It comes 56 years to the day after then German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and French President Charles de Gaulle signed the Elysee Treaty, or Joint Declaration of Franco-German Friendship. (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images)

  • The Real ‘Bombshell’: France and Germany Unite!
    American journalists love to report “bombshells.” Bombshell news about a celebrity. Bombshell news about a “miracle cure.” Bombshell news about President Donald Trump. But there was a much bigger bombshell on January 22, and most journalists didn’t even notice that it had gone off!

    The biggest bombshell of January was the Aachen Treaty. The Times of London reported that the January 22 treaty includes “shared defense, foreign and economic policies in an unprecedented ‘twinning’ pact regarded as a prototype for the future of the European Union.”

    In some of the most important aspects of national power, France is bolting itself to Germany. And people think that other EU nations should do the same. The Times wrote that the treaty enables Germany and France “to present a united diplomatic front and act jointly in peacekeeping missions. … Some officials regard these experiments as a petri dish for the integration of the EU.”

    This is a real bombshell! Europe’s second-most powerful nation is giving its power over to Europe’s most powerful nation, and this might be just the beginning.

    The Aachen Treaty does not shy away from the issue of military cooperation. After signing the treaty, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said its provisions will build a “common military culture” between France and Germany and “contribute to the creation of a European army.” French President Emmanuel Macron said, “[A]uthoritarian powers are emerging everywhere … let’s build a real European army to protect ourselves and have a real foreign policy.”

    The treaty also contains a mutual defense clause. If either France or Germany is attacked, the other nation will come to its defense. The nato alliance, which includes the United States, already provides these two nations with guaranteed defense in case of attack. So why are they making an independent agreement about it? The treaty indicates that these two countries are already looking past nato. If America pulls out of nato or the agreement otherwise falls apart, Europe will have to protect itself without American firepower.

    My father’s cover article for the February 2019 Trumpet is “France Rejects America—and Empowers Germany!” In November and December 2018, he gave three Key of Davidprograms on the subject. The series was sparked by Macron’s comments in November, when he called for a real European army, praised a Nazi collaborator from World War ii, and publicly rebuked Donald Trump as not being a true patriot. At the same time, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire called for a European “empire” and urged Germany to take the lead. Merkel joined the chorus and called for a “real, true European army.” Then Macron visited Berlin and told the German parliament, “France loves Germany.”

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Daniel 7:7 – ” … behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.”

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January 30, 2019 Posted by | EndTimes, GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Permanent War: Congress Forbids NATO Withdrawal

  • RonPaulLibertyReport Streamed live on Jan 23, 2019
    The Democrat-controlled House followed the Senate yesterday in passing legislation forbidding the president from withdrawing from NATO and affirming undying US support for the outdated Cold War alliance. Is NATO really about defense? Or is it a jobs program for the military industrial complex?

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January 25, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fake News Media FREAK OUT Over Trump and NATO

  • NATO is a Globalist institution, not for peace but to foment war in Europe. It is a tool of the western Illuminati to exert hegemony over Europe. The reason why the leftist liberal media is going crazy and attacking Trump is because he threatens to end NATO and thus end the western hegemony. Trump better watch out because it is a dangerous move. It ends the western Illuminati’s global hegemony. It also removes the major obstacle towards closer ties between Europe and Russia.
  • The Duran Published on Jan 22, 2019
    The Duran – News in Review – Episode 171 The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the media meltdown over remarks that U.S. President Trump may have made with regard to NATO, and how neo-liberal war hawks championing the alliance as some sort of foreign policy projection of peace and democracy, are really just supporting aggression, war, and the eventual weakening of the United States.


January 24, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bloody Loss For US; ‘We Can’t Beat Taliban’ – NATO General

  • Did Afghanistan attack America? NO! Are they a threat to America? NO! Were they involved in 9/11? NO! So what is America doing in Afghanistan? Clearly waging a war of aggression!
  • The real reason is the: Opium trade. Afghanistan produces well over 90+% of opium after the US-NATO invasion. Before that the Taliban issued a religious edict for all opium crops/production to be destroyed, and the Afghans did so. The US-NATO war in Afghanistan is NOT meant to be won. If US-NATO wins the war, then they will have no pretext to remain in Afghanistan and control the opium production.
  • By fomenting war (Al Qaeda is really the CIA jihadists), they have the pretext they need. If any Afghan government arises that opposes US-NATO occupation, Al Qaeda will be used against them: “Those damned terrorists just killed all these Afghan leaders! Heheheh!”. It is easy to commit crime, grand theft and mass murder in a country ruled by chaos and lawlessness. Just blame Al Qaeda (CIA jihadists). Use Al Qaeda to kill anyone that opposes them.
  • RT America Published on Jan 21, 2019
    Rick Sanchez discusses a recent decimating attack that wiped out an entire company of Afghan Security Forces, part of a consistent pattern of the retreat of US and its proxies in the face of a resurgent Taliban. He reports on the grotesque reason for continuing US presence in Afghanistan – that no matter the death and suffering in the conflict, US military contractors and the politicians in their pocket make millions of dollars in blood money. In this “privatized war,” there are twice as many military contractors as there are soldiers. He is then joined by activist, author and journalist David Swanson, who argues that the real enemy is “the institution of war” and not the supposed “bad guys” designated by any government.

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It’s about drugs, oil/gas pipelines and world conquest! The global drug trade is controlled by the 13 Satanic bloodlines!

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American wars are SCAMS! None of these countries attacked America nor threatened American interests: Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq …. Click on image for article.

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January 23, 2019 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Trump Wants Out of NATO: A Gift to Russia, Or a Gift to Germany?

U.S. President Donald Trump, NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium July 12, 2018. © REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

  • Trump Wants Out of NATO: A Gift to Russia, Or a Gift to Germany?
    by Darius Shahtahmasebi,
    A report has emerged which claims the US president has been incessantly attempting to pull the US out of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Western media has portrayed this idea as a gift to Russia, and not much else.

    Just this week, the New York Times released an explosive report which alleged that US President Donald Trump had “suggested a move tantamount to destroying NATO: the withdrawal of the United States.” Relying on the advice of anonymous senior administration officials, Trump reportedly said he wanted to withdraw from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization throughout the past year.

    As the Times notes, Trump sees little value in NATO and views it as a drain on the United States. So, if true, in the president’s estimate, he wants his country out of the organization. What’s the big deal?

    Well, according to the Times, “[t]here are few things that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia desires more than the weakening of NATO.” In an effort to make what is essentially a one-paragraph story into a full-length feature, the Times also interviewed Michèle A. Flournoy, under-secretary of defence under Barack Obama, who explained that a US withdrawal from NATO “would be the wildest success that Vladimir Putin could dream of.”

    Flournoy was joined by retired Admiral James G. Stavridis, the former supreme allied commander of NATO, who eloquently noted that merely discussing the idea of leaving NATO – “let alone doing so – would be the gift of the century for Putin.”

    But that’s not all. Vox’s Emily Stewart was kind enough to express that “Trump has reportedly discussed withdrawing from NATO. That would be great for Russia.” Not just great for Russia, but as MSNBC has indulged, it is in fact a “dream of Putin.” According to some of those lovely fellows in the Democrat camp, the removal of the US from NATO would be grounds for impeachment.

    This is what I love most about this conundrum. It is supposedly grounds for impeachment if a sitting US president wants to withdraw his nation from a military alliance. It is NOT grounds for impeachment, however, for a sitting US president to head this organization while it bombs 70 percent of Libya’s water supply – an apparently deliberate war crime. It is not grounds for impeachment (or even imprisonment) for a US president to provide the full resources of his country’s military as the “backbone” of almost every (if not every) NATO offensive in the onslaught of a country which, up until this bombardment, had the highest standard of living on the entire African continent.

    No – the big crime in all of this is a president who has decided that his openly flaunted doctrine of “America first” – an apparent campaign promise – involves the US not taking part in international treaty organizations that he sees little value in.

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January 18, 2019 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Comments Off on Trump Wants Out of NATO: A Gift to Russia, Or a Gift to Germany?