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The "Russian Influence" Story Falls Apart - A New Fairy Tale Is Needed

Wed, 2017-09-27 00:50
The Obama White House and some Democratic officials pressed Facebook to find evidence for alleged "Russian interference" in the U.S. election. When Facebook found none, the pressure increased. Facebook went back, again found nothing and political pressure increase further. Congress...
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Syria - U.S. CentCom Declares War On Russia

Mon, 2017-09-25 16:22
Yesterday three high ranking Russian officers were killed in an "ISIS attack" in eastern-Syrian. It is likely that they were killed by U.S. special forces or insurgents under U.S. special forces control. The incident will be understood as a declaration...
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A German Election Analysis

Mon, 2017-09-25 00:40
As your host is German you may want to read his opinion about today's federal election results in Germany. German election results (ARD 6pm exit poll): CDU/CSU - 32.5% SPD - 20.0% AfD - 13.5% FDP - 10.5% Left -...
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NATO's Fakenews Russia Scare Increases Defense Waste

Sat, 2017-09-23 23:39
The military of the Russian Federation is organized in four districts - west, central, east and south. Each year one of the districts will stage a division size maneuver. 10,000 to 15,000 soldiers leave their quarters to move against imaginary...
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Syria - <S>Crap Hits Fan As U.S. Proxies Kill Russia's Allies</S> - SEE UPDATE

Sat, 2017-09-23 03:15
UPDATE - 5:55PM: The alleged incident did NOT happen. (At least not the way describe below.) No SAA soldiers were killed by the U.S. proxy force near Deir Ezzor. I am sorry for the false alarm and any irritation it...
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Open Thread 2017-35

Fri, 2017-09-22 22:27
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Syria - Russia Accusing U.S. Of Attacks, Abduction Attempts, Team-play With Al-Qaeda

Thu, 2017-09-21 19:42
The situation in Syria is reaching another critical point. There is an increased possibility of a large scale clash between U.S. and Russian forces. We had warned of such a clash over control of the rich fields east of Deir...
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Samantha Power - Faking History To Warn Of Fake News

Thu, 2017-09-21 13:27
While warning of Russian influenced fake news and hacking, Samantha Power, Obama's banshee and ambassador at the UN, spreads fake news about "Russian hacking". Power starts off by retelling fiction as historic fact: Soviet agents were instructed to infiltrate party...
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"The Vietnam War" - Documentary Or Epic Of Fiction?

Wed, 2017-09-20 19:44
Arte TV yesterday showed the first parts of The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. It also runs on PBS. The first three parts of the ten part "documentary" are a whitewash of the motives of the politicians...
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"Sovereign Nations" Is Main Theme Of Trump's UN Speech

Wed, 2017-09-20 00:05
Today the President of the United States Donald Trump spoke (rush transcript) to the United Nations General Assembly. The speech's main theme was sovereignty. The word occurs 18(!) times. It emphasized Westphalian principles. [W]e do expect all nations to uphold...
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How The Military Defeated Trump's Insurgency

Mon, 2017-09-18 22:20
Trump was seen as a presidential candidate who would possibly move towards a less interventionist foreign policy. That hope is gone. The insurgency that brought Trump to the top was defeated by a counter-insurgency campaign waged by the U.S. military....
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Syria Summary - Eliminating ISIS' Remains

Sun, 2017-09-17 18:58
The last Syria Summary was headlined A New Clash Looms in Syria's East. It stated: Critical oil fields are north and east of Mayadin. The Omar oil field in the east is the biggest one in all Syria. The U.S....
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Afghanistan - U.S. Resolved To Repeat Failures

Fri, 2017-09-15 21:33
The U.S. military and political leadership is so devoid of learning capability that it does not fight multiyear long wars. Instead it fights one disconnected campaign after the other on the very same battlefield. Each of these campaigns will repeat...
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Links On And Of Propaganda

Wed, 2017-09-13 23:07
(Some bug caught up with me. I am too incapacitated to compose a decent blog post. A few links around the issue of propaganda shall substitute for it.) Remember the sensational front page news about "Russian doping" during the Sochi...
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Syria Summary - A New Clash Looms in Syria's East

Mon, 2017-09-11 23:25
When the Islamic State siege on Deir Ezzor was broken by the Syrian Arab Army we asked: Will the SAA cross the Euphrates at Deir Ezzor to retake the valuable oilfields east of it? Or will it stay south of...
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Open Thread 2017-34

Sun, 2017-09-10 21:55
News & views ...
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How <I>The Intercept</I> Smears Syria By Mistranslating An Assad Speech

Sat, 2017-09-09 19:13
There have long been attempts in the anti-Syrian media to claim alignment of the socialist and anti-sectarian Syrian government with western fascist and religious supremacist elements. The latest in this propaganda genre is the just published Intercept piece Why White...
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Michael Brenner - A Lexicon Of Politics

Fri, 2017-09-08 20:52
by Michael Brenner Every sphere of life has its own vocabulary. Surely that is true of the political world. Certain words and phrases repeat themselves with striking frequency. They serve as a sort of shorthand for the cognoscenti who instinctively...
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Facebook - Fraudulent Ad-Sales Blamed On Russia

Thu, 2017-09-07 17:14
A typically political and business strategy to lessen public attention of an evolving scandal is to launch a diversion campaign. A well designed counter campaign makes sensational claims about an unrelated issue. It is intended to take the media attention...
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Uncivilised People

Thu, 2017-09-07 01:42
The leaflets distributed by U.S. forces in Parwan province, north of Kabul, on Tuesday depicted a lion, representing the U.S.-led coalition, chasing a dog with a section of the Taliban’s banner, containing a passage from the Koran in Arabic superimposed...
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