Saturday, September 26, 2015

You have to hand it to Russia. In recent weeks, one move after another by Moscow over the Syrian crisis could be accompanied by the audible word “check”, leaving Washington and its minions grappling with disorientation about how to respond to the Russian moves.

At the heart of the West’s disorientation what is being exposed is its glaring criminal deceptions over Syria.
This week, Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zahkarova probed the Western rationale towards Syria with this incisive proposition.
She said that if Washington insists that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should stand down, then the United States government should henceforth remove its signature from the 2012 Geneva Communiqué. The same logical ultimatum applies to Britain and France.
That communiqué, signed three years ago by international governments, as well as the United Nations, European Union and Arab League, clearly states that “the political future of Syria must be determined by the Syrian people themselves”.
The binding document had followed lengthy negotiations between Russia, China and the Western powers, and it was signed in Geneva in the summer of 2012 under the auspices of then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Hillary Clinton was the US Secretary of State at the time.
Nowhere in the Geneva accord is it mentioned that Syria’s Assad should relinquish power.
It merely endorses a political process of dialogue among Syrian parties, the outcome of which is to be mandated by the Syrian people. In fact, two years after the communiqué was signed the Syrian people voted by a huge majority to re-elect Assad as the country’s leader.
Yet Western powers continue to assert that Assad “has to go”.
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel this week appeared to break the Western ranks when she said that Bashar al-Assad must be part of the political negotiations to solve the Syrian conflict.
Nevertheless, Washington, Britain and France remain implacable in their insistence that the Syrian president has to stand down. In other words, these Western powers are unilaterally demanding regime change in spite of the fact that they signed up to the Geneva Communiqué, which makes no such stipulation. With typical unreasonable arrogance, Washington and its allies appoint themselves to over-ride the sovereign right of the Syrian nation.
Last week, while in London, Clinton’s successor John Kerry repeated the American demand that “Assad must go”. Speaking alongside his British counterpart Philip Hammond, Kerry said he was open to talks with Russia on the Syrian crisis, but that the bottom-line for Washington and London was that the Syrian leader had to vacate office.
“We’re prepared to negotiate. Is Assad prepared to negotiate, really negotiate? Is Russia prepared to bring him to the table?” said Kerry.
The New York Times elucidated further Washington’s intentions. It reported: “[American] officials indicated that the larger goal was to draw the Russians into a political process that would ultimately replace Syria’s government of President Bashar al-Assad, a longtime ally of the Kremlin.”
Maria Zakharova, the Russian foreign ministry spokesman, has subsequently nailed that Western lie on Syria. If Washington insists on Assad’s removal, then the US government should repudiate the Geneva Communiqué. “Otherwise,” said Zakharova, “the US is deceiving everybody.” Check!
This follows the move earlier this month when Russia placed its support full square behind the Assad government. Moscow has delivered military aid to Damascus in line with legal bilateral agreements.
Russian President Vladimir Putin explained that the Syrian government is the primary offensive force against the terrorist networks tearing Syria apart.
Therefore, if Washington and its Western allies claim to be fighting against terrorism in Syria, then they should have no objection to Russia’s support for the government in Damascus. Check!
Again, the Russian move deftly exposes another Western deception.
Since Moscow beefed up its military support for Syria, Washington, London and Paris have been reeling from their own contradictions. The West says it is alarmed that Moscow is “shoring up the Assad regime”.
But if these powers were genuinely in the business of “degrading and defeating” the so-called Islamic State and other jihadist terror groups, then why should they be alarmed by Russia supporting the principal force – the Syrian government – in the battle against the terrorists?
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pointed out that the West’s logic is “upside-down”. He has also commented that the West’s “anti-terror” coalition bombing Syria and Iraq does not appear to be genuine in its ostensible aims. After a year of US-led air strikes on Syria and Iraq, the terror groups seem to be stronger than ever.
Clearly, the West’s “anti-terror” strategy is ineffective, suggesting that the real aim of the West is to further weaken the Syrian state.
Scrabbling around to find some cover for its naked upside-down logic, Washington, London and Paris are now saying that they fear that Russia’s military intervention in Syria “may lead to an escalation of the conflict” or to a clash with the US-led coalition.
John Kerry and his Western counterparts have even resorted to this oxymoron. Kerry said the “root cause” of the refugee crisis assailing Europe is the “conflict in Syria” and that is, in his view, further “rationale” for the removal of President Assad. How convoluted can you get?
The four-year-old conflict in Syria is so obviously the driver for millions of Syrian refugees. But the “root cause” that Kerry so deceptively misplaces is the criminal covert war of regime change that Washington has launched on that country, along with the collusion of Britain, France, Turkey and the Gulf Arab dictatorships of Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
That US-led regime-change war has involved unleashing thousands of terrorist mercenaries on Syria. It’s a well-worn American strategy played time and again in different parts of world down through the decades. Ukraine and Yemen are two other current case studies of Washington’s covert state-sponsored terrorism. Fiendishly, Western propaganda in the form of “Western news journalism” helps to mask what should be transparent criminality committed by Washington and its so-called allies and clients.
Deciphering the West’s lies and deceptions is not always an easy task.
But thanks to Russia’s logical policy, the West’s lies in Syria are at last being nailed. We might even say “Checkmated!”

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Sputnik.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

By Paul Street
The notion that the U.S. is the leading and true enemy of ISIS is widely assumed across the U.S. The notion is false. Continue

US Drones Attack Syria’s Military
By Stephen Lendman
Numerous civilians were killed. According to Syrian military sources, covert US drone strikes against its forces and positions happened before, part of Washington’s phony war on ISIS. Continue

What if Americans Had Known in 2013 that U.S. rejected Syria Deal in 2012?
By David Swanson
U.S. State Department cables released by WikiLeaks trace U.S. efforts in Syria to undermine the government back to at least 2006.  Continue

Obama's Response to the Refugee Crisis: Regime Change in Syria
By Shamus Cooke
Obama could end the refugee crisis by brokering peace in Syria, but instead he's pushing hard and fast for war. Continue

How to End the Refugee Flood
By Eric Margolis
How to stop today’s flood of political refugees?  Halt the western-led war against Syria. Today. Cease arming and funding the anti-Assad jihadis. Continue

By Tyler Durden

Former US Marine Blows Whistle On Syrian False Flag, Exposes Real Agenda

All of these players, these politicians are nothing more than puppets, they don’t serve the people there is no real democracy, they serve the rich and powerful who run the world and that would be the bankers who control the money supply. The bankers make huge amounts of money….wars are great for them and ultimately they control the politicians.
Psychopaths are running the world.”

Ken O’ Keefe is a former US Marine turned anti-war campaigner who appeared on a Press TV debate called Syria: War of Deception, against an opponent from the Center for American Progress.

Ken O’Keefe renounced US citizenship in 2001 and now holds Irish, Hawaiian & Palestinian citizenship. He says on his blog: 
“My ultimate allegiance is to my entire human family and to planet Earth.”

Video (21:09) 
Share this with anyone you know who is still under the illusion that the 
Western Empire is doing good in the world.

US War Theories Target Dissenters
By Todd E. Pierce

In the Orwellian world of Official Washington, the U.S. government is now wedded to the theory of “information warfare,” meaning that Americans who challenge national security policy may be treated as “unprivileged belligerents” under the new Law of War doctrine, retired JAG Major Todd E. Pierce writes. . . 


Putin seeks consolidation of Assad and opposition efforts to combat terror in Syria: "Obviously, it will be impossible to drive the terrorists out of this country and the region as a whole without the active involvement of the Syrian authorities and the military, without the Syrian army's involvement on this territory in the fight against Islamic State, as the military say," Putin said.

Russia calls on US for dialogue on Syria: Kremlin spokesman says talks between Moscow and Washington on solving Syria crisis are indispensable, Reuters reports.

Assad: Europe Must Stop Supporting Terrorists to End Migrant Crisis: "If you are worried about them, stop supporting terrorists. That’s what we think regarding the crisis. This is the core of the whole issue of refugees," Assad said in an interview with Russian reporters.

Friday, September 11, 2015

'US Planned To Oust Assad Long Before 2011 Uprising': Assange
By Daily Times
A cable from US Ambassador William Roebuck - who was stationed in Damascus - apparently discusses a plan for the overthrow of the Assad government in Syria. Continue

The Truth of US Foreign Policy is a Bitter Pill to Swallow
By Joseph Clifford

You need not be a “rocket Scientist” to conclude that the intended policy of the US is anarchy, and that millions are fleeing from it due to US policy. Continue

9/11 Fourteen Years Later
By Paul Craig Roberts

Directed by a beardy-guy from a cave in Afghanistan, nineteen hard-drinking, coke-snorting, devout Muslims enjoy lap dances before their mission to meet Allah. Continue

Thursday, September 10, 2015

There are a few things you should know about the Refugee Crisis. It's being used to bomb the country the refugees are running from. 

Watch this excellent VIDEO (13:24)

Refugee Crisis: What The Media Is Hiding
By Syrian Girl

A Refugee Crisis Made in America  

Will the U.S. accept responsibility for the humanitarian consequences of Washington-manufactured wars?

There are, in addition, millions of displaced persons who have lost their homes and livelihoods, many of whom are among the human wave currently engulfing Europe. There are currently an estimated 2,590,000 refugees who have fled their homes from Afghanistan, 370,000 from Iraq, 3,880,000 million from Syria, and 1,100,000 from Somalia. The United Nations Refugee Agency is expecting at least 130,000 refugees from Yemen as fighting in that country accelerates. Between 600,000 and one million Libyans are living precariously in neighboring Tunisia.
The number of internally displaced within each country is roughly double the number of those who have actually fled and are seeking to resettle outside their homelands. Many of the latter have wound up in temporary camps run by the United Nations while others are paying criminals to transport them into Europe.
Significantly, the countries that have generated most of the refugees are all places where the United States has invaded, overthrown governments, supported insurgencies, or intervened in a civil war...
...Though I recognize that the refugee problem cannot be completely blamed on only one party, many of those millions would be alive and the refugees would for the most part be in their homes if it had not been for the catastrophic interventionist policies pursued by both Democratic and Republican administrations in the United States.''...
It is perhaps past time for Washington to begin to become accountable for what it does. The millions of people living rough or in tents, if they are lucky, need help and it is not satisfactory for the White House to continue with its silence, a posture that suggests that the refugees are somehow somebody else’s problem. They are, in fact, our problem...
We Americans are in something approaching complete denial about how truly horrible our nation’s recent impact on the rest of the world has been. We are universally hated, even by those who have their hands out to receive their Danegeld, and the world is undoubtedly shaking its head as it listens to the bile coming out of the mouths of our presidential candidates. 
Shakespeare observed that the “evil that men do lives after them,” but he had no experience of the United States. We choose to dissimulate regarding the bad choices we make followed up with lies to justify and mitigate our crimes. And still later the evil we do disappears down the memory hole. Literally...

Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer, is executive director of the Council for the National Interest.
Read the complete article from The American Conservative, and public comments: 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Occupy Peace
Fight For Peace, Not For War

By Paul Craig Roberts

August 28, 2015 "Information Clearing House" - 

Commentators are bemoaning the death of the American peace movement. However, Gerald Celente is in the process of reviving it. 

You can participate on September 20 at High Noon in Kingston, New York, at the intersection of Crown and John Streets, the four most historic corners in the United States with pre-Revolutionary stone buildings on every corner. Many historic happenings occurred in Kingston.

This is not a mere rally or prayer meeting. Celente is giving a solution—an Action Plan. Go to and become acquainted with the program.

You don’t have to worry about being beaten by goon thugs or tasered, or tear gassed, or arrested, because the Mayor of Kingston, Shayne Gallo, is supporting Occupy Peace. The streets are legally blocked off by the Mayor of Kingston.

Check out this short VIDEO (1'35).
This is what you will miss if you are not there:

People are forever asking for solutions. Celente has solutions. Go and support them.

During the two days prior to Occupy Peace, the Trends Research Institute is holding a conference in Kingston that will examine the current trends unfolding in the world. I am speaking on Friday. The three days together provide a rare opportunity to both learn and to stand up for peace.

Listen to Steven Whitaker’s song: 

and show up at Gerald Celente’s Occupy Peace

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West and How America Was Lost.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Anyone who still thinks that Russia or Putin was responsible for shooting down Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 
should read this assessment by Ray McGovern, a 30-year veteran of the C.I.A. and U.S. Army intelligence, and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), and 
think again. . .

Propaganda, Intelligence and MH-17

Exclusive: Propaganda is the life-blood of life-destroying wars, and the U.S. government has reached new heights (or depths) in this art of perception management. 

A case in point is the media manipulation around last year’s Malaysia Airlines shoot-down over Ukraine, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Tuyen Quang meeting marks 70th anniversary of Tan Trao Congress

A grand meeting held in the northern mountainous province of Tuyen Quang's Tan Trao Commune yesterday celebrated the 70th anniversary of the 1945 Tan Trao Congress of People's Representatives which was chaired by President Ho Chi Minh.

National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung greets ethnic minority people at the meeting. Vietnamese majority and minority people united to bring about the popular 1945 August Revolution and seize power throughout the entire country. This was a largely bloodless Revolution, which should have ended French colonialism and delivered Independence, but foreign powers (Britain, USA and France) interfered to bring war to Viet Nam instead.

NDO – First runners up of the 2015 university entrance exam in Hanoi had an opportunity to listen to the stories of historical witnesses who experienced the August Revolution in 1945 at a seminar held in Hanoi on August 16.

NDO/VNA – Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with and listened to the expectations of prisoners in Xuan Loc prison in the southern province of Dong Nai on August 16, ahead of the amnesty release date in honour of National Day (September 2).

NDO – The Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee (HCYU) has planned a series of activities to mark the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19) and National Day (September 2), announced the HCYU at a press conference on August 13.

NDO/ VNA - Young people at home and abroad, and foreigners living in Vietnam, are encouraged to participate in a photo and video contest recently launched by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union

The contest aims to highlight love for the country, and the lives of young people, their dreams and challenges at work

NDO – A grand parade attracting around 2,500 artisans and artists will be staged in Hanoi in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day (1945 - 2015), announced the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on July 21.