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The sudden resignation of Mikheil Saakashvili as Governor of Odessa and his accompanying tirade of accusations of corruption and treason against the Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko and his coterie in Kiev came as a bombshell for the Western media on 7th November. But it was a strangely bland bombshell.Yes, the voices of the West – the BBC, CNN, the New York Times, Wall St. Journal, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – mentioned that the former Georgian President, who had been brought in to combat corruption in Ukraine’s key port and one of its major Russian-speaking cities, had resigned, even that he criticised his patron and old university chum, Poroshenko, for being on the take. But the reportage has been strangely opaque.
We had expected a Syrian Army « Election Campaign », a large size attack on Al Bab or east-Aleppo. That did not happen despite the right « assets » being in place and I have heard no reason yet why it was delayed. The Russian aircraft carrier group, which was expected last Friday along the Syrian coast, will only arrive this evening. It must have intentionally slowed its travel. There has been no single Syrian or Russian airstrike on east-Aleppo in last 21 days. « Rebel » shelling of west-Aleppo has not stopped for a day and caused many casualties. That will now change.
Mainstream media, how stupid do you feel right about now? Just how embarrassed are you now about all your idiotic stories of Donald Trump as a Kremlin stooge, Putin’s agent and Russian spy, that I know you never actually believed?Yea I understand, you had a job to do and the name of that job was getting Hillary into the White House. But look, it didn’t even work!You kept up six months of the most construed, idiotic and cringeworthy hatchetry seen by man, pissing away the last shred of credibility you still had, and it didn’t even work!Hillary still didn’t get the presidency! Americans still went out and voted for Donald Trump who you had told them was a Russian spy!
Russian President Vladimir Putin accepted letters of credence from newly appointed ambassadors to Russia this morning in Moscow.The ceremony was held just a short time after news broke in the mid-morning Moscow time, of Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 US presidential election.Vladimir Putin made the following remarks on the result of Mr. Trump’s historic election:
In recent years, The New York Times has behaved as if whatever the Establishment claims is true must be true, failing to show thoughtful skepticism whether the findings are coming from a congressional report, an intelligence assessment, a criminal investigation or even an outfit as disreputable as the National Football League.
Hillary Clinton’s leaked emails, the gifts that keep on giving, have revealed some horrifying facts about the potential future president — just days after Wikileaks founder Julian Assange announced that Clinton is funded by the same money that funds ISIS.Hillary Clinton was also well aware that she was assisting radical Islamists, including al-Qaeda, in their rise to power in Libya in 2011.
The most fateful chapter of the war in northern Syria may be deemed to have commenced on Sunday with the launch of the offensive by Syrian Kurdish militia, backed by American and French Special Forces, to retake control of Raqqa, ‘capital’ of the Islamic State, situated almost mid-point between Aleppo and Mosul. (Japan Times)
A source from Russia’s Ministry of Defense said that the Navy’s aircraft carrier group is prepared to launch strikes on terrorists in Aleppo, Syria, within the next 24 hours, Gazeta.ru reported.According to the source, the group has completed its transfer to the Mediterranean Sea and is preparing for airstrikes. The group includes Russia’s ‘Admiral Kuznetsov’ aircraft carrier, ‘Pyotr Veliky’ nuclear power guided missile cruiser and two destroyers.“The group’s main goal is to carry out missile strikes on terrorists outside of Aleppo that are attempting to get into the city”, the source said.
In a message to Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed confidence that the dialogue between Moscow and Washington, in keeping with each other’s views, meets the interests of both Russia and the US.Putin also expressed hope over the joint efforts on bringing Russian-American relations out of their current crisis.The Russian leader noted in the message that he hopes to address some “burning issues that are currently on the international agenda, and search for effective responses to the challenges of the global security,” RIA Novosti reported.
At least 74 civilians, including 25 children, have been killed in an eight-day rebel offensive on the government-held part of Aleppo city, the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said.Opposition fighters have launched a protracted attack on the western edge of government-held Aleppo, aiming to break a months-long government siege on the rebel-held east of the city.The city has been divided between opposition control in the east and government control in the west since 2012.Al Jazeera could not independently verify the Observatory figures. Opposition groups have come under increasing criticism for indiscriminate shelling of western Aleppo resulting in civilian deaths, including by the United Nations’ Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura.
As we approach the final months of the Obama presidency, it’s clear that the “change” in foreign
policy that candidate Obama promised voters has not materialized. His pledges to end the Iraq War, to pursue a nuclear-free world, to improve relations with Russia, to act as an honest broker between Israel and Palestine, and to improve relations with the Arab world have all been left unfulfilled. That his likely successor, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, is to the right of the president on matters of national security is, in a way, an all-too-fitting monument to an era of dashed expectations.
If the group of allied “moderate” rebels defeated ISIS and occupied Raqqa, they would be an island within a sea of civil war. They would still be the enemies of the Syrian regime and would again be targeted by Damascus and its allies. Would the United States then set up a no-fly zone and use lethal power to defend the rebels in the city from Syria and its allies? Doing so might put the United States in military opposition to Russian and Iranian military personnel, and require the UN.
This is what happens when a loose cannon backfires. Eighteen months after he arrived in Odessa promising to reform the notoriously corrupt region, Mikhail Saakashvili has exited his post as governor.While I’m writing this, a song by Swedish rockers The Hives is bouncing around my brain. It’s called Hate to Say I Told You So. The tune is apt right now, because what everyone who understands Ukraine – and doesn’t live in cloud cuckoo land – warned would eventually happen is happening. Maidan is eating itself. And it hasn’t taken very long either.
As much as The New York Times and the mainstream U.S. media have become propaganda outlets on most foreign policy issues, like the one-sided coverage of the bloody Syrian war, sometimes the truth seeps through in on-the-ground reporting by correspondents, even ones who usually are pushing the “propo.”Such was the case with Anne Barnard’s new reporting from inside west Aleppo, the major portion of the city which is in government hands and copes with regular terror rocket and mortar attacks from rebel-held east Aleppo where Al Qaeda militants and U.S.-armed-and-funded “moderate” rebels fight side-by-side.
We still don’t know the outcome of the 2016 election, in which our “democratic process” has produced two candidates widely despised by the American people, but we do know the race’s biggest loser: reporters and the profession of journalism, which has been reduced to surrogacy, largely on behalf of Hillary Clinton.
On Tuesday, Americans will head to the polls to have their say in who will take over the Oval Office as the next US President. Ahead of the decision, RT sums up how the world perceives both Democrat Hillary Clinton and her Republican rival Donald Trump.GermanyGerman media appears to favor Hillary Clinton as victor. “It should be clear that Donald Trump, who scores with nothing but populism, must be prevented from becoming the most powerful man in the world,” Wetzlarer Neue Zeitung wrote.
The author is chairman, Disciplinary Committee, National Association of Corporate Directors, Russia
8.jpg Anniversary of the 1941 military parade on Red Square in Moscow was opened by soldiers who marched with the flags of regiments that defended the Russian capital 75 years ago.
The outcome of the 2016 presidential election will show that the American political system – as we have known it – will apparently cease to exist. Trump is nothing like those Republican pawns who, along with the puppets of the Democratic party, have spent the last 40 years erecting the facade of American democracy. It really looks like he is ready to make good on the threat he made even prior to the Republican National Convention – to send millions of his supporters into the streets.
The list of Russian cultural figures banned from entering Ukraine includes nearly 140 people, Ukrainian State Security Service (SBU) said in an official statement published by The Ukrainian parliament, Verkhovna Rada, deputy Olga Chervakova on Nov. 4. »Ukraine’s State Security Service banned nearly 140 Russian cultural figures from entering the country, including 50 of them who have been banned from entering since 3 December 2015, » the document, dated October 29, 2016, said. The document signed by SBU head Vasily Gritsak says that the ban was imposed because the activities and statements of Russian cultural figures contradict Ukraine’s interests.
Rob Urie is an artist and political economist. His book Zen Economics is published by CounterPunch BooksThe U.S. is entering a dangerous political phase where a distant and cloistered political class threatens the use of state power to legitimize itself in the face of declining popular support and serial military calamities of its own making. In 2001 the George W. Bush administration used the opaque and as yet not fully explained events of 9/11 to claim legitimacy as faux protector of the American people as it launched catastrophic wars that destroyed Iraq and Afghanistan and unleashed ongoing chaos across the Middle East.