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Why they hate Rex Tillerson

Posted by seumasach on December 14, 2016

Justin Raimundo

antiwar.com

14th December, 2016

While the Democrats morph into a neoconservative party of paranoiacs whose main issue is hating on Russia, and the John McCain-Lindsey Graham duo arises to make its last stand in a Trumpified GOP, Rex Tillerson is the perfect target of their ire. Seeking to delegitimize the President-elect as a Russian-controlled Manchurian candidate, the CIA-Clinton-Saudi axis of “resistance” is on the warpath, and Tillerson’s alleged ties to Vladimir Putin are taking center stage in what is bound to turn into a knock-down drag-out fight on the Senate floor.

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Why the recent developments in Syria show that the Obama Administration is in a state of confused agony

Posted by seumasach on September 25, 2016

The Saker

23rd September, 2016

The latest developments in Syria are not, I believe, the result of some deliberate plan of the USA to help their “moderate terrorist” allies on the ground, but they are the symptom of something even worse: the complete loss of control of the USA over the situation in Syria and, possibly, elsewhere.  Let me just re-state what just happened:

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Hillary Clinton and her hawks

Posted by seumasach on July 30, 2016

The hawks and harpies coalescing around Clinton are making threatening noises but their options on the ground in Syria are very limited and have just become a lot more limited with the loss of Turkey to Russian diplomacy. It all boils down to whether they are prepared to challenge Russia directly, risking all out confrontation. The rather lukewarm warmongering proposals below suggest not. Trump is the man of the moment in that sense: his policy of engagement with Russia against ISIS is consistent with the deeper underlying shifts in the global balance of forces. His Russia policy may be “controversial” but it is logical and realistic for an America in terminal decline.

Antiwar.com

As Hillary Clinton begins her final charge for the White House, her advisers are already recommending air strikes and other new military measures against the Assad regime in Syria.

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With Washington’s Syria policy in disarray, Kerry goes to Moscow…again

Posted by seumasach on July 15, 2016

RT

15th July, 2016

Five years ago, Barack Obama confidently told the world that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s days were numbered. It was only a matter of time before he’d be pushed out, whether he liked it or not, the conventional wisdom went.

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How May’s appointment as British PM will change UK-Russian relations

Posted by seumasach on July 15, 2016

“Speaking for myself, I have a particular reason to think well of Theresa May.  She was a strong opponent of the setting up of the Public Inquiry into Litvinenko’s death, initially refusing permission for it until overruled by the High Court… When the Inquiry finally delivered its report — saying Putin and the Russian authorities ‘probably’ murdered Litvinenko — her response was notably unenthusiastic, suggesting that she continued to hold to her original view,” Mercouris underscores.

Sputnik News

12th July, 2016

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Why a thaw between Russia and NATO is possible

Posted by seumasach on July 15, 2016

Sputnik News

15th July, 2016

There are signs indicating a slight shift in NATO’s strategy towards Russia. Western Europe now does not believe in the “Russian menace” while some Western politicians have called upon the EU to regard Moscow as an ally rather than a geopolitical rival.

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Endgame for sanctions? Russia and the West move towards common ground

Posted by seumasach on January 31, 2016

Another dark cloud arrived courtesy of a ridiculous interview from Britain’s state-controlled BBC last week where Putin was accused of corruption by a US Treasury official. No actual evidence was presented and the Kremlin labelled it “pure fiction.” Of course, this programme was filmed long before the recent improvement in dialogue between Russia and the West.

Despite these concerns, due to the seniority of the European officials publicly discussing a reversal in policy, feelings of hope seem well founded. Germany’s vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel also called for detente in early January. He admitted that some “forces” in Europe and the US wanted sanctions to cripple Russia, which would “risk a conflagration.”

Bryan MacDonald

RT

30th January, 2016

When there’s a natural rapport between leaders, relationships are easy. In such an atmosphere, negotiating is a doddle. Of course, when the opposite is the case, the reverse often happens. Small disagreements can explode into furious arguments.

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