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Egypt’s U-Turn on Iraq and Syria*

Egypt’s U-Turn on Iraq and Syria*

By Peter Korzun

The Middle East geopolitical scenarios are going through rapid changes with new factors emerging on the regional chessboard.

Cairo’s foreign policy has been given a new twist. It has been announced recently that Egypt is set to receive one million barrels of petroleum per day from Iraq. Saudi Arabia had informed Egypt that shipments of oil products expected under a $23 billion aid deal were been halted indefinitely, suggesting a deepening rift between the countries. From now on, Egypt will enjoy as much oil as it needs at a lower cost, compared to Saudi pricing.

Egyptian President Al-Sisi rejected the Saudi-backed efforts to overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad. He is also reaching out to former-Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh and to his Houthi allies Saudi Arabia is fighting since March 2015. Cairo opened diplomatic channels with the pro-Iranian Lebanese Hezbollah, fighting on the side of President Assad in Syria against the rebel groups supported by Riyadh.

Iraq will provide Egypt with 1 million barrels of Basra light oil each month. The agreement involves extending an oil pipeline from Iraq to Egypt via Jordan. In December, Iraqi petroleum minister Ali al-Luiabi met with the heads of major oil and natural gas companies in Cairo, inviting them to contribute into developing the industry in his country.

Egypt is about to train four Iraqi army units on war against terrorism, in the light of the rapprochement between Egypt and the Iraqi-Iranian axis in the region.

It also mulls sending peacekeeping troops to Syria during the coming days to support the ceasefire agreement under the auspices of Russia, Iran, and Turkey. It has been reported that a unit of Egyptian ground forces might deploy to Syria this month. Last October, Syrian National Security Bureau head Ali Mamlouk visited Cairo to meet Khaled Fawzy, the head of Egypt’s General Intelligence Service. The two sides agreed to coordinate political positions and strengthen cooperation in «the fight against terror».

Egypt is a predominantly Sunni nation. Its open support of the Russia-backed coalition in Syria is a game changing event of fundamental importance. It makes the sectarian interpretation of the Syria’s conflict not valid anymore.

Middle East Observer quotes Nziv Net, an Israeli outlet close to intelligence sources, saying that

«Egypt has sent a group of officers to Syria for the first time since the relations have frozen during Morsi’s reign».

Last December, Ibrahim al-Eshaiker al-Jaafari, the Iraqi Foreign Minister, called on Egypt to participate in «a strategic project to fight terrorism», which includes Iran.

In September, Egyptian Foreign Minister Samih Shoukry met for the first time with his Iranian counterpart, Jawad Zarif, during their visits to New York to attend the U.N. General Assembly.

In October, Egypt backed a Russian-backed motion in the U.N. calling for a ceasefire in Syria. The move angered Saudi Arabia, which suspended oil shipments to Cairo.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi publicly affirmed his support for the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The relations between Russia and Egypt have been on the rise. In February 2015, Egypt signed a breakthrough agreement on establishing a free trade zone with the Russia’s Eurasian Economic Union.

The progress in military cooperation is tangible. Egypt signed arms deals with Russia worth up to $5 billion by 2015 to include 50 MiG-29M combat aircraft, Buk-M2E and Antey-2500 long range air defense systems and about 50Ka-52K helicopters for Egypt’s new Mistral-class assault ships bought in France. The ships will receive the originally planned Russian helicopters and electronics suite.

The two countries signed several agreements for the renovation of military production factories in Egypt. A protocol is signed to grant Egypt access to GLONASS, the Russian global satellite positioning system. In September, Minister of Defense Sedky Sobhy visited Russia to discuss the issues related to long-term close security relationship. Last October, the militaries held a joint exercise.

Egypt is the most populous country in North Africa and the Arab world, the third-most populous in Africa and the fifteenth-most populous in the world. Last year, the country’s population has just reached 92 million. Its policy shift is well-substantiated. Cairo is fighting the Islamic State on the Sinai Peninsula. The fierce fighting there seldom hits media headlines but the IS poses a grave threat to Egypt. IS militants can also strike Egypt from Libya. The IS presence in Libya brings Egypt and Algeria together as the two great nations face the same threat.

The emerging Iran, Iraq, Russia and Turkey alliance may also include Algeria. In response to the growing menace, Algiers is strengthening ties with Moscow. It has recently purchased 14 Su-30MKA fighters and 40 Mi-28 «Night Hunter» attack helicopters from Russia. Last February, Russia and Algeria laid out a roadmap for deepening bilateral economic and military cooperation during Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s visit to Algeria.

Russia’s cooperation with Egypt, Algeria and other countries of the Middle East and North Africa reflects Moscow’s growing clout in the region.

With the Astana process making progress, other large and influential actors, such as Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Algeria, may join the emerging Russia, Iran, Turkey coalition to make the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region face tectonic and dramatic changes.

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Egypt Says No to Saudi, Drafts Generals and Pilots to Fight alongside Syrian Army against ISIS*

When Syria, Palestine and Egypt were there for Europeans in their Time of Need*

Mohamed Morsi Life Sentence Quashed by Egypt Court*

Qaradawi Responds to Violations of al-Sheikh and the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars with al-Azhar, Cairo*

U.S. Withdraws Troops from Sinai, Warns of Coming Egyptian Coup*

Egypt’s Sisi under Fire for Giving Away Red Sea Islands*

Israel Conducted Drone Raids in Egypt’s Sinai*

Saudi Arabia Facing Flack from both Sunni and Shia Leaders*

 

Russia Hammers ISIS in Deir Ez-zor, Airlifts Syrian Troops There*

Russia Hammers ISIS in Deir Ez-zor, Airlifts Syrian Troops There*

Russian air force conducts huge bombing campaign against ISIS forces besieging eastern Syrian desert town of Deir Ez-zor, and flies Syrian reinforcements to the town and its besieged airport

By Alexander Mercouris

The extent of Russia’s determination to prevent ISIS from overrunning the Syrian army’s defences in the besieged eastern desert town of Deir Ez-zor is becoming increasingly clear.

Yesterday Russian TU22M3 bombers bombed ISIS positions near Deir Ez-zor for the fourth time in five days.  A report by the normally reliable Al-Masdar news agency claims that the Russian air force in fact carried out no fewer than 50 air strikes on ISIS positions near Deir Ez-zor yesterday.  The report is sourced from the Syrian military in Deir Ez-zor, and given Al-Masdar’s known close contacts with the Syrian military is probably true.

Al-Masdar also reports that on 23rd January 2017 the Russian air force airlifted Syrian army reinforcements – including paratroopers – to Deir Ezzor.  The Al-Masdar report, which is based on a report in the Russian newspaper Izvestia, says the Russians transported the troops to Deir Ezzor by IL76 transports and MI17 helicopters.  This suggests that the Russians transported the troops both to the besieged airport (by IL76) and to the town itself (by MI17 helicopter).

The fact that ISIS – which is known to possess shoulder armed surface to air missiles (“MANPADS”) – is in close proximity to the landing zones, apparently meant that the airlift required “special technology” which only the Russians have.  That strongly suggests the air lift was carried out at night.

Given the extent of Russia’s commitment to the defence of Deir Ez-zor, ISIS’s chances of overrunning either the town or its airport must be dwindling.  Moreover ISIS must be suffering increasingly heavy losses by trying to sustain its attacks there.

There must be some ISIS commanders who are starting to question the logic of continuing with the attempts to capture Deir Ez-zor.  ISIS has up to now consistently avoided getting drawn into battles of attrition, in which it throws away the lives of its fighters by trying to overrun strong defences.  Instead – as in Mosul and Al-Bab – it tries to use attrition against its enemies.  However in Deir Ez-zor it is precisely a battle of attrition that ISIS is now in danger of finding itself in.  There must be some ISIS commanders who are warning against the wisdom of persisting with it.

Meanwhile, possibly in an attempt to relieve the pressure it is increasingly coming under, ISIS yesterday attempted to cut the Khanasser road – the main road linking Aleppo to the government controlled areas in central and southern Syria.  Latest reports however suggest that the Syrian army has successfully repulsed this attack, driving ISIS away from the road, which is once again securely under the Syrian army’s control.

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Related Topics:

Syrian Army Kills Scores of ISIS and al-Nusra Terrorists in Deir Ez-Zor and Homs*

Clean Water Returns to Damascus as Syria Reclaims Key Water Source from Terrorists*

U.S. Coalition Airstrikes Killed More Civilians in Syria*

Israel Bombs Syrian Military Airport near Assad’s Presidential Palace*

U.S. Intensifies Operations in Syria and Iraq amidst Syrian Truce*

ISIS, Al-Qaeda and the U.S. Waging War on Syria’s Public Utilities*

Pentagon Re-Packages Al-Qaeda as ‘Khorasan Group’ to Sell Attack on Syria*

British Generals Arrive in Syria to Recruit Aleppo Terrorists*

Cuba Delivers Vaccines against Meningitis to Syrian People*

U.S and its Partners in Crime Suffer ‘Meltdown of Sanity’ over Syria’s Aleppo Victory*

14+ U.S. Coalition Military Officers Captured by Syrian Special Forces in East Aleppo Bunker*

Russia Foiled 70 million Cyber Attacks in 2016*

Russia Foiled 70 million Cyber Attacks in 2016*

By Jim W. Dean

[Editor’s Note: This story reminds me of the old grandma saying, “Better late than never”. I had always been wondering why the Russians, which I assumed to be under constant massive cyber attacks, did not put out the statistics on them. They finally have.

Of course Western media will have no interest in this revelation whatsoever, as 70 million attacks are primarily Western attacks, with the motherload coming from the U.S. Note the last paragraph mentioning where most of the servers are located.

I was dreaming that I might see at least a mention for Israel, but alas Moscow continues to have a blind eye to what the hardcore Zionists to do them, along with everyone else on the planet, conduct war against them by all means possible.

The short story there is Israel being a wholesale espionage operation, going not only after stuff that is critical to them, but everything it can get its hands on to sell or trade, to defer the cost of it all.

Don’t hold your breath on seeing a Congressional investigation on this anomaly any time soon. We could not even investigate 9-11 competently due to insider corruption. Going back to the glory days of IBM, the US always had a big lead on all things computer-wise, and that naturally expanded into cyber offensive operations.

Those on the receiving end were back on their heels for the many years it took for them to catch up, but they are up to speed now. That is why you are seeing what coverage their is now, with one huge exception. In the West, with its free press, there are no stories about Western or NATO cyberwarfare. Imagine that. I guess all the investigative journalists and big media houses just must have been too busy.

There was the token exception on the Iranian nuclear reprocessing plant attack, which was proven to be a peaceful program, but could have resulted in a major nuclear contamination attack as it was designed to destroy the working centrifuges. As Gordon would say, “Welcome to how the world really works.”Jim W. Dean ]

… from Press TV

Russia’s principal security service says the country has fended off 70 million cyber attacks targeting its critical information infrastructure over the past year, mostly from abroad.

“Seventy million cyberattacks [targeted] relevant facilities of the Russian Federation during this year,” said Nikolay Murashov, a spokesman for Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), on Tuesday.

He was testifying before a State Duma committee for information policy.

“At present, Russia has sufficient potential in the development of means of information security,” Murashov said, RT reported Wednesday.

The development came after recent claims by the administration of former U.S. president Barack Obama that Russia hacked into computer networks linked to the Democratic Party to tilt the 2016 presidential election in favor of the then-candidate Donald Trump. Obama vowed unspecific counter-measures.

According to the report, the parliamentary committee meeting which Murashov was testifying at deliberated over a bill that requires all companies deemed to be a part of Russia’s critical infrastructure to be equipped with tools to counter potential cyberattacks.

The bill is titled “On the Security of Critical Infrastructure of the Russian Federation” and stipulates that companies listed as belonging to critical infrastructure also report potential hacking attempts against them to relevant state institutions and cooperate in subsequent investigations.

Earlier this month, chief of Russia’s Security Council Nikolay Patrushev told the daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta that Moscow had witnessed “a growing number of attempts to inflict damage on Russian information systems from abroad” by means of hacking attacks and unlawful collection of personal data.

Patrushev said that while the former Obama administration was constantly accusing Russia of hacking,

“all major internet servers are located on U.S. territory and are used by Washington for intelligence and other purposes aimed at retaining [U.S.] dominance in the world.”

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Related Topics:

Sweeping Cyber Attack By U.S/ Gov’t on WIKILEAKS/TWITTER…Not RUSSIA!

Cyber Intelligence Law Passed by House of Representatives

The U.S. Expanding its Domain to Space and Cyberspace*

U.K. Ambassador “I’ve met the person who leaked them [Podesta emails]…not Russian and it’s an insider”*

BRICS Under Attack: Western Banks, Governments Launch Full-Spectrum Assault On Russia*

Russian Interior Ministry Foiled Mass Robbery of All National Banks*

China Blast Linked to Cyber-Warfare*

U.S. Cyber-attack on Iran Foiled*

U.S. Players are behind Hacked Clinton Emails*

A Zionist to Head U.S.’s Economic Warfare Division*

 

Palestinian Factions Fatah and Hamas unite in Moscow*

Palestinian Factions Fatah and Hamas unite in Moscow*

It serves Israel for them to be divided, so we’ll see what happens when they return home to Palestine…

By Adam Garrie

The implications of today’s agreement are far reaching and confirm Moscow’s leading role as an even-handed geo-political peace broker.

Leaders of the two main rival Palestinian political groups, Fatah and Hamas have met in Moscow where they agreed to form a unity ‘all-Palestine’ government.

Although many symbolic talks between Fatah and Hamas have resulted in meaningless deadlock, today’s agreement could pave the way for a future peace conference between a united Palestine and Israel.

In a further blow to U.S. regional prestige, it is clear that in respect of Palestine both main factions as well as smaller Palestinian parties see Moscow’s approach to the conflict as one that offers an even hand with a pragmatic goal; a penultimate resolution to this seemingly never ending conflict.

For Israel’s part, Tel Aviv has numerous trade deals with Russia, the importance of which has only been strengthened by anti-Russian E.U. sanctions. With Moscow seen as a crucial partner but importantly, also an impartial arbiter by both sides, there may be a chance to reach a meaningful settlement that thus far the U.S. has only made increasingly unworkable.

Palestinian sources cite Donald Trump’s recent election as one of the motivations to create a united front. However, in spite of Donald Trump’s rhetorically unambiguous support of Israel, like with many things concerning Trump, his business acumen and pragmatic approach to geo-political conflicts, could work in the best interests of all sides in the conflict.

An important parallel can be derived from an understanding of the trilateral peace conference for Syria, which is about to take place in Astana. There, Russia, Iran and Turkey set out clear goals to create a lasting peace in Syria. In spite of Turkey’s well known support of jihadist terrorist groups in Syria, Ankara too – at least on paper – has signed up to the common pledge to respect Syria’s territorial integrity and her legitimate government.

Were Moscow to organise a peace conference on the Israel-Palestine conflict, as Russia has wanted to do for some time, one could envisage a similar scenario.

In such a situation, there could be a Russian drafted agreement signed off for by a united Palestinian leadership and an Israeli government, with the US more or less agreeing to the terms without having an active hand in overseeing let alone enforcing the agreement.

Not only is this now plausible under a Trump Presidency, but it would help legitimise the agreement in the eyes of most Palestinians and even many Israelis who have felt equally let down by the Obama administration.

The template is there, and Russia’s role as a leading geo-political mediator is now beyond doubt.

Will the U.S. impede or accept this new reality?

This is in the hands of Donald Trump, a pragmatist far more trustworthy than Obama the ideologue.

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Related Topics:

70 Nations in Paris to Discuss Two-state Solution without Palestine and Israel*

Abbas Rejected Biden’s New U.S. Peace Initiative, which Makes Palestine Jewish*

Why has Abbas Refused to sign the Rome Statute?

Hamas Asks Russia to Help Stop Israeli Aggression*

Former Israeli Foreign Minister, Livni, Reveals Israel – Egypt Pact to Strangle Hamas*

Operation Protective Edge: The Dead Have Names*

The Israeli Invasion and Gaza’s Offshore Gas Fields*

Condemnation of Unelected Palestinian Leadership

On Gaza, Gaza, Defense Minister Says ‘Next War Will Be The Last’*

Netanyahu halts Israeli Funding of 5 U.N. Bodies in Revenge for Settlement Freeze Demand*

#Arabs4BlackPower Releases Movement for Black Lives Solidarity Statement*

 

German Newspaper Editor Who Exposed CIA Found Dead*

German Newspaper Editor Who Exposed CIA Found Dead*

By Gordon Logan

Director of Central Intelligence, John Brennan, and Barack Obama used to hold meetings on Tuesday mornings in order to review the week’s list of victims to be droned or otherwise eliminated. Even wedding guests in Pakistan were murdered en masse. This article describes another death that can be laid at the door of the usual suspects. I survived two plans to kill me, in 2002 and 2005. Both were initiated by an American colleague for implementation by MI6. So this sort of thing is fairly commonplace. Read this article and find out why the British press and TV are crap. – Gordon Logan.

The former editor of Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung, the largest newspaper in Germany, revealed that the CIA pays journalists in Germany, France, Britain, Australia and New Zealand to plant fake stories – and the CIA is trying to bring war to Russia

By Baxter Dmitry

Dr Udo Ulfkotte, the former German newspaper editor whose bestselling book exposed how the CIA controls German media, has been found dead. He was 56

Ulfkotte was an editor at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of the largest newspapers in Germany, when he published Bought Journalists, the bestselling book that cost him his job and perhaps his life.

German media, who were banned from reporting on his work in recent years, are reporting he died of “heart failure”.

Acknowledging that his life was under threat, Ulfkotte explained that he was in a better position than most journalists to expose the truth because he didn’t have any children who could be threatened.

Speaking to the Russian newspaper Russian Insider, Ulkfotte said:

When I told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Ulfkotte’s newspaper) that I would publish the book, their lawyers sent me a letter threatening with all legal consequences if I would publish any names or secrets – but I don’t mind. You see, I don’t have children to take care of.

His fears for a war in Europe, lead him to his decision to tell the truth about corporate media being controlled by intelligence services on behalf of the financial class.

I’ve been a journalist for about 25 years, and I’ve been educated to lie, to betray, and not to tell the truth to the public,” Ulfkotte told Russia Today.

I was supported by the Central Intelligence Agency, the CIA. Why? Because I am pro-American.

The German and American media tries to bring war to the people in Europe, to bring war to Russia. This is a point of no return, and I am going to stand up and say… it is not right what I have done in the past, to manipulate people, to make propaganda against Russia.”

Ulfkotte said most corporate media journalists in the United States and Europe are “so-called non-official cover,” meaning that they work for an intelligence agency.

I think it is especially the case with British journalists, because they have a much closer relationship. It is especially the case with Israeli journalists. Of course with French journalists. … It is the case for Australians, [with] journalists from New Zealand, from Taiwan, well, there is many countries,” he said.

Ulfkotte’s book Bought Journalists became a bestseller in Germany but, in a bizarre twist which Ulfkotte says characterizes the disconnect caused by CIA control of the western media, the book cannot be reported on by the German press.

Ulfkotte said: “No German mainstream journalist is allowed to report about [my] book. Otherwise he or she will be sacked. So we have a bestseller now that no German journalist is allowed to write or talk about.

Among the stories Ulfkotte says he was ordered by the CIA to plant in his newspaper was a fake story that Libyan President Moammar Gaddafi was building poison gas factories in 2011.

The German and American media tries to bring war to the people in Europe, to bring war to Russia,” he told RT.

This is a point of no return, and I am going to stand up and say … it is not right what I have done in the past, to manipulate people, to make propaganda against Russia, and it is not right what my colleagues do, and have done in the past, because they are bribed to betray the people not only in Germany, all over Europe. … I am very fearful of a new war in Europe, and I don’t like to have this situation again, because war is never coming from itself, there is always people who push for war, and this is not only politicians, it is journalists too. … We have betrayed our readers, just to push for war. … I don’t want this anymore; I’m fed up with this propaganda. We live in a banana republic, and not in a democratic country where we have press freedom.

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Top German Journalist: We All Lie For the CIA*

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NSA’s Medical Intelligence Hit List*

‘Google is Doing Things the CIA Cannot*

There Were 88 Media Companies & Now There Are 6 which get their News from Rothschild*

As Rothschilds Did to China, the CIA is Drug Running in the Philippines*

CIA Covert Operations in Tibet*

FBI not Allowed in Iceland!

U.S. Promises $3mn to Family of Innocent Killed by CIA Drones*

How the CIA Used LSD to Destroy the New Left*

CIA “Journalist” Spy with Al-Qaeda Arrested In Turkey*

CIA Pays each Terrorist in Syria $1000*

Jeremy Corbyn Accused of Being Russian “Collaborator” for Questioning NATO Troop Build-Up on Border*

Jeremy Corbyn Accused of Being Russian “Collaborator” for Questioning NATO Troop Build-Up on Border*

By Glenn Grenwald

The leader of the U.K.’s Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, called for a “de-escalation” of tensions between NATO and Russia, adding in a BBC interview on Thursday:

“I want to see a de-militarisation of the border between them.”

Along with the U.S., the UK has been rapidly building up its military presence in the Baltic region, including states which border Russia, and is now about to send another 800 troops to Estonia, 500 of which will be permanently based.

In response, Russia has moved its own troops within its country near those borders, causing serious military tensions to rise among multiple nuclear-armed powers. Throughout 2016, the Russian and U.S. militaries have engaged in increasingly provocative and aggressive maneuvers against one another. This week, the U.S. began deploying 4,000 troops to Poland, “the biggest deployment of U.S. troops in Europe since the end of the cold war.”

It was in this context that Corbyn said it is

“unfortunate that troops have gone up to the border on both sides,” adding that

“he wanted to see better relations between Russia, NATO and the E.U.” The Labour leader explained that while Russia has engaged in serious human rights abuses both domestically and in Syria, there must be a “better relationships between both sides . . .  there cannot be a return to a Cold War mentality.”

The response to Corbyn’s call for better relations and de-escalation of tensions with Moscow was swift and predictable. The armed forces minister for Britain’s right-wing government, Mike Penning, accused Corbyn of being a collaborator with the Kremlin:

“These comments suggest that the Labour leader would rather collaborate with Russian aggression than mutually support Britain’s Nato allies. As with Trident, everything Labour says and does shows that they cannot be trusted with Britain’s national security.”

This is the same propagandistic formulation that has been used for decades in the west to equate opposition to militarism with some form of disloyalty or treason: if you oppose military confrontation with a foreign adversary or advocate better relations with it, then you are accused of harboring secret sympathy and even support for those foreign leaders, and are often suspected of being an active “collaborator” with (or “stooge” for) them.

This lowly smear tactic was, of course, deployed over and over during the Cold War with regard to those who argued for improved relations or a reduction of conflict with Moscow, but it has been repeatedly used since then as well every time it comes time to confront a new Foreign Villain (those opposed to the invasion of Iraq were pro-Saddam, those who opposed intervention in Libya were Gaddafi apologists, those who objected to War on Terror programs are terrorist-sympathizers, etc. etc.).

But this template has recently become super-charged, more widely invoked than ever, as a result of the starring role Russia now plays in U.S. domestic politics, where many Democrats blame them for Hillary Clinton’s defeat. Putin now occupies the role of Prime Villain in western discourse, and this Cold War rhetorical template – anyone opposing confrontation is a Kremlin operative or stooge – has thus been resurrected with extraordinary speed and ease.

The compelling justifications for Corbyn’s concerns about NATO/Russia tensions are self-evident. The U.S. and Russia have massive arsenals of nuclear weapons. As Lawrence Krauss detailed in the New Yorker in October, the two countries have come horrendously close to full-on, earth-destroying nuclear war on several occasions in the past, and the systems they still maintain are conducive to apocalyptic error through miscommunication, misperception and error, let alone direct military confrontation. As Krauss noted:

“In general, during the Obama Presidency, we have only deepened our dangerous embrace of nuclear weapons. At the moment, around a thousand nuclear weapons are still on a hair-trigger alert; as they were during the Cold War, they are ready to be launched in minutes in response to a warning of imminent attack.”

It is not hyperbole to say that perhaps nothing is more reckless, more dangerous, than ratcheting up tensions between these two countries. That’s what makes it so repellent and toxic to demonize those such as Corbyn as “collaborators” or traitors merely because they oppose this escalation and belligerence. But this is the script that – once again – is quickly becoming mainstream orthodoxy in both Washington and London.

Let us, for a moment, imagine if this framework were applied consistently rather than manipulatively. Democrats have been alarmed – rightfully so – by the preliminary belligerence of Trump and his top aides toward nuclear-armed China: accepting a call from Taiwan’s president, openly questioning the decades-old “One China” policy, suggesting the U.S. would militarily intervene to prevent Chinese control over nearby uninhabited islands (the latter was also suggested by the current head of the U.S. Pacific fleet).

But applying the prevailing Russia logic to these concerns, should one not accuse these Democrats objecting to confrontation with China of being “collaborators” with and apologists for the dictatorial regime in Beijing, which imprisons dissidents and tortures ethnic and religious minorities? Should we publicly ponder whether the liberal writers demanding that Trump cease his aggressive posture are being clandestinely paid by the Chinese Politburo or merely acting as “useful idiots” for it? Should those objecting to Trump’s belligerent policies be accused of siding with a dictatorial regime over their own President and country?

Of course none of those things should happen, because it is not only rational but morally compulsory to be deeply wary of those who seek to escalate tensions between countries with large nuclear arsenals. At the very least, one should be free to debate these policies without being smeared as a traitor. That applies to China, and it applies to Russia. And those who voice such concerns should not, as Corbyn just was, have their loyalties and integrity be impugned by our new Cold Warriors.

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For the crucial context on NATO/Russia tension that is very rarely heard in the western press, I highly recommend these two items:

(1) This Foreign Affairs article by University of Chicago political scientist John J. Mearsheimer on the west’s relentless, aggressive march eastward up to Russian borders and its consequences;

(2) The passage of this interview with Noam Chomsky by German journalist Tilo Jung – beginning at 40:30 – that explains the crucial historical context of NATO’s march eastward toward Russia, how that is perceived in Moscow, and, most important of all, why the dangers this behavior creates are incomparable:

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Related Topics:

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Pro-Israel Donor Suspended by U.K.’s Labour Party*

How the Israel Lobby Manufactured U.K. Labour Party’s Anti-Semitism Crisis*

The Elite’s Cultural Marxist Agenda

Russia Today Shut Down By U.K. Government*

The Syrian oil fields targeted in U.K. airstrikes were already “obliterated” by Russia*

Russian ‘Spies’ Kicked Out Of U.S. Include Sick Kids and Pregnant Mums*

City of London’s Imperialist Designs on Russia

American Civil War: When Russia Blocked British-led Intervention against the Union

90yo Claimant to Head Romanov Family Dies in Denmark*

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NATO Auditor Who Discovered U.S. Funds ISIS Found Murdered*

NATO the Formless Entity of the Cabal and the U.S*

World Leaders Agree to Merge NATO and E.U.*

U.S., NATO Deploy Troops to Russia in WWIII Build-up*

 

Minimal Aid from the U.N. for Aleppo Civilians*

Minimal Aid from the U.N. for Aleppo Civilians*

By R. Milhem/Ghossoun

Russian Defense Ministry said that the international humanitarian organizations did not provide any real assistance to Aleppo residents though the city has been liberated from terrorism and terrorists for a month already.

Spokesman of the Defense Ministry Major General Igor Konashenkov said Saturday in a statement “Surprisingly, after the period of super-close attention to Aleppo from international organizations, involved in humanitarian demining, a month later there are no initiatives to offer assistance to the people in that city.”

“Is the U.N. authority on demining and the Geneva international centre for humanitarian demining aware of the fact working in Aleppo since mid-December does not risk lives, and all roads to the city are absolutely free and safe? They do know, for sure,” Konashenkov added.

“This is also well known to UNISEF representatives and to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, which are the U.N. key bodies for assistance to children and adults, who suffer from military actions”, he said.

Konashenkov pointed out that the Russian Coordination Centre, International Committee of the Red Cross and Syrian Arab Red Crescent provide the basic needs including medicines, food, potable water and clothes to Aleppo residents regularly.

Engineering units of the Syrian Army worked in cooperation with the Russian experts on combing the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city in preparation for the return of residents to their houses after the city was liberated from terrorists on 22nd December of the past year.

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U.S.-Made Weapons in Aleppo in Terrorists Arms Cache*

British Generals Arrive in Syria to Recruit Aleppo Terrorists*

Aleppo Citizens Celebrate Liberation of City*

Canadian Activist Exposes Western Media Lies on the Genocide in Aleppo*

Syria Raps U.N.’s Security Council for Meeting in Support of Terrorists*

U.N. Passes Resolution Urging Israel to Leave Syria’s Golan Heights*

U.N. Removes U.S. Charges against Russia and Syria on Humanitarian Convoy Air Strike*

Russia Blocks U.N.’s Syria Sanctions Attempt over Questionable Chemical Attack Report*

Russia Escorts U.N. Aid Delivery to ISIS-besieged Syrian Town*

U.N. Vaccine Program has Deliberately Killed Syrian Kids*

U.N. Scam: Rotten Food, Expired Drugs for Syrian Refugees*