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Jan 18 10:44

Kerry Advises Trump Against Scrapping Iran Nuclear Deal

Departing US Secretary of State John Kerry says he believes the Iran nuclear agreement will survive and has warned President-elect Donald Trump that canceling the deal would harm the US in an irreparable way.

Speaking on Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Kerry said unraveling the achievements of outgoing President Barack Obama will take Trump longer than he expects.

Jan 18 09:09

Iran wants joint action with Riyadh in Syria similarly to Lebanon

DAVOS, Switzerland: Iran and Saudi Arabia should be able to work together to help end conflicts in Syria and Yemen, after successfully cooperating over Lebanon last year, Iran's foreign minister said.

Jan 17 12:55

One Year Ago Yesterday: Iran Releases Prisoners Two Weeks After Bold Trump Threat: "THEY WILL BE OUT BEFORE I TAKE OFFICE, I will tell you that much right now."

A mere two weeks after Donald Trump made a bold threat to Iran about the four "hostages" that Trump said Iran was holding, Iran did indeed release the prisoners. The four Americans released were reporter Jason Rezaian, former Marine Amir Hekmati, pastor Saeed Abedini and Nosratollah Khosrawi. Seven Iranians were released from U.S. custody in exchange. At a full-house rally in Biloxi Mississpi on January 2, 2016, Trump boldly vowed that the four would be released before he took office.
"THEY WILL BE OUT BEFORE I TAKE OFFICE. I will tell you that much right now. They will be out," Trump angrily said.

Jan 17 10:00

Trump, Kissinger and Ma playing on a crowded chessboard

Place your bets on who will be the major partner in the Trump, Kissinger and Ma law firm.

Kissinger has drafted a plan to officially recognize Crimea as part of Russia and lift the Obama administration’s economic sanctions.

The plan fits into Kissinger’s overall strategy — call it a traditional British Balance of Power, or Divide and Rule, approach — of breaking up the Eurasian front (Russia-China-Iran) that constitutes the real “threat” to what Mattis defines as the “established world order.”

Jan 16 16:08

Obama Marks Iran Deal Anniversary With Warning To Trump

US President Barack Obama is marking the first anniversary of the historic nuclear agreement with Iran by warning the incoming Donald Trump administration not to undermine the internationally-negotiated accord.

Jan 15 09:42

S. Arabia Seeks Talks with Iran after Defeats in Syria, Yemen

Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah announced that his country is due to submit a message to high-ranking Iranian officials on behalf of represent the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC), al-Rai al-Youm reported.

The contents of the message have not been disclosed to the public yet but it is fully clear that the PGCC is interested in talks with Iran, the leading Arab newspaper wrote on Saturday.

Jan 15 04:39

Can Trump Fix the Economy In 2017?

Paul Craig Roberts (born April 3, 1939) is an American economist, journalist, blogger and former civil servant. He reached the height of his government career when he became the United States Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under President Reagan in 1981.

Dr. Roberts elucidates how Trump can fix the the Economy.

I cannot assure you that Trump is not another fake like Obama. But it is a mistake to begin with this assumption. Why write off in advance the only person with the courage to put his life on the line and take on the corrupt and evil Washington establishment?

Jan 14 13:15

Is Trump About to Debunk the Media’s ‘Putin-gate’ Conspiracy Theory?

So get out the popcorn, and put your feet up: the entertainment is about to begin!

Cold war drama fizzling fast

“It wouldn’t be a bad opening for a Tom Clancy novel about the Cold War” – that’s how the Los Angeles Times described the sequence of events leading up to the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats (“spies”) and the latest face-off between Washington and Moscow.

Indeed the whole episode of has about it a fictional aura, which is, after all, only appropriate, since the entire basis of this latest cold war drama is pure invention.

Jan 14 13:12

The Establishment Is Trying To Steal The Presidency From Trump And the Liberal-Left Is Helping

Where is the liberal-left’s moral conscience?

The US military, the CIA, and their whores in the US media are undemocratically pursuing their own agenda independent of the policy of the president-elect.

We could dismiss Trump’s admission as throwing a bone to the CIA so they can feel vindicated and get off his back, and the statements by Tillerson and Mattis could be dismissed as what has to be said in order to be confirmed.

Jan 14 13:05

US Intel Agencies Try to Strong-Arm Trump Into War with Russia

The big shots who run the country are trying to strong-arm ‘the Donald’ into carrying their water so the depredations can continue...

Powerful elites are using the credibility of the US Intelligence agencies to demonize Russia and prepare the country for war.

Last week’s 25-page report, that was released by the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, illustrates to what extent intelligence is being “fixed around the policy”.

The Intelligence Community has been coerced into compromising its credibility to incite fear of Russia and to advance the geopolitical ambitions of deep state powerbrokers.

Jan 14 12:59

Risks and Opportunities for 2017

Just a few days into 2017 and we can already say with a great degree of confidence that 2017 will be a historical year. Furthermore, I submit that 2017 will be the “Year of Trump” because one of roughly three things will happen: either Trump will fully deliver on his threats and promises, or Trump deliver on some, but far from all, his threats and promises or, finally, Trump will be neutralized by the Neocon-run Congress, media, intelligence community. He might even be impeached or murdered.

Of course, there is an infinity of sub-possibilities here, but for the purpose of this discussion I will call the first option “Trump heavy”, the second one “Trump light” and the third one “Trump down”.

Jan 14 12:55

Let Trump Be Trump?

Could Trump redefine the presidency?

Donald Trump may be a historic figure, but that does not mean he is easy to understand or anticipate. One thing is for sure – he has a unique style and form of communication.

Jan 13 14:35

The Biggest Destabilizing Force in Middle East - Guess Who? It's US

The international crooks are at it again. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Defense Department, retired Marine General James Mattis, claims Iran is the “biggest destabilizing force in the Middle East.” During his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday, “Mad Dog” Mattis said the United States needs to forge a strategy to “checkmate Iran’s goal for regional hegemony,” adding that "Iran is the biggest destabilizing force in the Middle East and its policies are contrary to our interests.” Once again, Mathis - just like the outgoing international crooks at the White House - failed to offer any evidence to support his baseless allegations. He was unable to substantiate as to why Iran’s regional policies are destabilizing. Instead, he mostly focussed on Iran's lawful support for the Regional Resistance Front as well as involvement in the war against ISIL and Al-Qaeda in Iraq and Syria, which he rightly said are contrary to US interests.

Jan 13 11:11

Trump Team Targets Iran

Saudi Arabia dominates above all other nations as a supplier of suicide bombers, and its royal family dominates as the world’s top financial backer of Al Qaeda and other jihadist groups, but incoming President Donald Trump has chosen to lead his national-security team, only people who blame Iran and not Saudi Arabia, as being the main source of international terrorism.

Jan 13 03:57

Review of The CIA As Organized Crime

The kind of revelation that Valentine has provided needs to be presented judiciously and dispassionately as it is shocking to the uninitiated.

If you want to learn about the CIA as a deep state within the surface state, read this book.

Priceless explanations abound in paragraphs. Valentine writes that the government wages psywar against the American public in various ways for various purposes.

Jan 13 03:54

The Neocon’s declaration of war against Trump

This is a political coup d’etat...an attempt at removing Donald Trump from the White House.

After several rather lame false starts, the Neocons have now taken a step which can only be called a declaration of war against Donald Trump.

It all began with CNN published an article entitled “Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him”

Within one short week we went from allegations of “Russian hacking” to “having a traitor sitting in the White House”

Jan 13 02:07

Obama Okays Massive Shipment of Uranium to Iran That Could Produce 10 Nukes (Video)

With just 7 days left until Barack Obama’s second term in office is “scheduled” to come to an end, we can now add one more shocking unprecedented abuse of power to an already very long list of abuses. It seems just when we thought the Iran nuclear deal could not possibly get any worse, President Obama has once again managed to undermine our national security, make Americans less safe, and he’s done so without even the slightest challenge from anyone in the mainstream media, aka the “fake news.”

Article III, Section 3 of the United States Constitution:

-- Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

Jan 12 13:10

Obama’s ‘Farewell To Arms’ As War Presidency Ends

Self-declared liberal Americans consider Bush to be a warmongering disaster, yet somehow they hail Obama as some kind of progressive «peace president».

Eight straight years of warmongering come to an end as US President Barack Obama bows out with his «farewell to the nation» speech this week, as fawning American media dubbed his valediction.

In reality, Obama’s outgoing address should have been billed as a «farewell to arms» made by arguably one of the most belligerent presidents to ever have occupied the White House.

Only in exceptionally delusional America could such a pernicious paradox be presented as something honorable and sentimental.

Jan 12 13:05

Stephen F Cohen: Who Are the Real Enemies of US National Security?

If anti-Trump American forces are behind untrue allegations of this magnitude, those forces are the primary enemies of US national security and should be investigated fully and publicly.

Cohen raises the following issues, which he and Batchelor discuss:

Two conflicting interpretations are suggested, says Cohen. Either Trump is about to become a potentially seditious American president. Or powerful US forces are trying to destroy his presidency before it begins, perhaps even prevent him from taking office.

Jan 12 04:15

The biggest moments from Donald Trump’s fiery press conference

“It’s all fake news. It’s phony stuff. It didn’t happen, and it was gotten by opponents of ours, as you know..."

President-elect Donald Trump held his first press conference Wednesday since winning the election and answered questions about his relationship with Russia, arrangements for the future of his business, and some of his plans for the first days of his administration. Trump vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare within the “same hour,”. He also promised to name a Supreme Court nominee within the first two weeks after he takes office. The event was marked by tense exchanges...

Jan 11 23:19

Shadow play: the New Great Game in Eurasia

There you have it, over and over again: Divide and Rule, to counteract the unruly “threats”.

That will be the key story to follow further on down the (New Silk) roads.

Yeats memorably wrote that, “mirror on mirror mirrored is all the show.” Yet the show always must go on — dalangs East and West let loose in deep niskala.

Welcome to the 21st century Tournament of Shadows.

Jan 10 16:04

US Destroyer Fires Warning Shots At Iranian Patrol Boats

A US guided missile destroyer fired warning shots at Iranian patrol boats on Sunday, which, US defence officials claimed, engaged in “harassing” behaviour. The incident underscores the volatile situation in the Middle East and the potential for a rapid rise of US-Iranian tensions once Donald Trump assumes the US presidency.

Jan 09 15:28

IRAN TO EXPAND MILITARY SPENDING, DEVELOP MISSILES

Jan 08 10:14

Supreme Leader: US, Britain, Zionists, Plutocrats Main Enemies of Iran

"The US, Britain, the international plutocrats and the Zionists are the main enemies of the independent and progressive Iran," Ayatollah Khamenei said in Tehran on Sunday, addressing a large gathering of the Iranian people from the Central city of Qom. Warning that Britain has returned to the region again to meet its interests by means of the regional countries, he said, "Therefore, although it is a real threat itself, it claims that Iran is a threat. Also, the British circles are plotting and making decision for the regional states and Iran and one of their goals is disintegration of Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya and they pursue the same goal in Iran too but don’t speak about it because they are strongly afraid of the country's public opinion.

Jan 08 09:14

Arab Analyst Underlines Riyadh's All-Out Failure, Iran's Increased Power in Region

Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm newspaper, stressed that 2016 was a bad year for Saudi Arabia and generally all members of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) but it brought chance and success to Iran. "Riyadh and other PGCC members have buried their heads in the sand as the war in Yemen is entering its third year and the financial and humanitarian costs are increasing rapidly without any sign of peaceful solution to the crisis," Atwan wrote on Saturday. He added that Turkey's turn to the Russia-Iran alliance to settle the crisis in Syria, limitation of Riyadh's role in Syria and Lebanon, darkened bilateral ties with Egypt and decreasing oil output are among the developments which made 2016 a bad year for Saudi Arabia and weakened its role in the region. "Instead, Iran is gaining achievements one after another; while Saudi Arabia's losses increase, the power and clout of the Russian-Iranian coalition also boosts," Atwan wrote.

Jan 08 09:11

Iran: No Place for Terrorist Groups in Syria Talks

The Iranian foreign ministry underlined Tehran, Moscow and Ankara's efforts to find a roadmap to resolve the crisis in Syria, and announced that the terrorist groups are not welcomed in the Syrian peace talks. "The terrorist groups which have been blacklisted by the UN or are known by Iran and Russia as militant groups and terrorist groups will certainly have no place in the talks, and negotiations with them is useless because they have fully clear stances; they cannot adopt any measure but terrorist acts and aren’t interested in people's fate, life and properties and Syria's basic and economic infrastructures," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said in an interview with the Iran-based Arabic-language al-Alam news channel on Sunday.

Jan 07 19:17

Kerry Praises Nuclear Agreement With Iran In His Departure Memo

US Secretary of State John Kerry has hailed the outgoing Obama administration for its efforts to sign the landmark nuclear agreement with Iran.

In his departure memo issued on Thursday, Kerry said the 2015 deal cut off all pathways for Iran to develop what he called a nuclear weapon.

Jan 07 16:43

Kerry Admits US Let ISIS Grow To Force Assad To Negotiate Over Syria

John Kerry admits Russia went into Syria to fight ISIS and the U.S. allowed ISIS to grow because it threatened Assad and would force him to negotiate in an allegedly leaked audio tape.

Jan 06 08:50

Iran ready to aid Lebanese Army: Senior Iranian MP

Senior Iranian lawmaker Alaeddin Boroujerdi said Friday that his country was serious in its offer to arm the Lebanese military.

Jan 04 08:12

Liberate the Whistleblowers Now

The only test to determine if one qualifies for heroic whistleblower status is whether or not more people were affected positively than negatively.

The Founding Fathers knew exactly the heroism and personal self-sacrifice of those who gave up their life, liberty and pursuit of happiness for the sake of freedom for all.

Jan 02 17:28

2016: The Year of Russia’s Triumph – The Saker

2016 has been a fantastic year for Russia. Putin’s policy of slow, low-key and deliberate move and counter-move has proven to be extremely effective.

Just like European maps place Europe in the center of the planet, so do most western commentators look at the past year from a US/Europe-centered perspective. Which is fair enough. Furthermore, the AngloZionist Empire has just suffered two major disasters, the Brexit and the election of Trump.

The credit for the election of Donald Trump goes first and foremost to the American people to whom I sincerely believe the entire planet owe a heartfelt and loud “THANK YOU!!!!!”.

Not only did the British people defy the Empire and vote for a Brexit, but now the Imperial Homeland has “backstabbed” them by electing a patriot who is not interested in maintaining the global empire (or so he says, at least for the time being).

Jan 02 09:04

Putin’s Bear to Obama’s Turkey

Putin's stoic statesmanship speaks for itself.

Not for the first time, the contrast in character between Putin and Obama was illustrated in the latest diplomatic spat over alleged Russian hacking.

For one thing, Putin’s gracious magnanimity always in the face of American provocations shows the Russian leader to be a fine statesman and human being; whereas Obama looks like a pathetic, cheap nonentity.

President Putin made a surprise attack:

He said that his government would not take retaliatory measures. Indeed, he went further by offering seasonal goodwill greetings to President Obama, his family and the people of America, as well as repeating invitations to the children of accredited US diplomats in Russia to festivities being held at the Kremlin.

Jan 02 08:58

Russia Delays Retaliation – Trump: “Great Move” By “Very Smart” Putin – Special Report

The bad losers Democrats are STILL shell shocked about the fact that they lost and are throwing a temper tantrum, trying to cloud President-elect Trump’s incoming policies.

The Truth is that the US as a nation need to now move past the NeoCon era, the warmonger era...

Jan 01 11:08

What is Henry Kissinger Up To? — Paul Craig Roberts

Until Trump relegates 'the neocons' to the ideological backwaters, Russia and China had best hold on to their strategic alliance.

Kissinger, an old cold warrior, is working to use Trump’s commitment to better relations with Russia in order to separate Russia from its strategic alliance with China.

China’s military buildup is a response to US provocations against China and US claims to the South China Sea as an area of US national interests. China does not intend to attack the US and certainly not Russia.

Jan 01 10:51

Back to the Future: From the USSR to the Eurasian Century

Get ready, because the thick of the action starts now.

The 2008 casino capitalism-provoked financial crisis, plus the American “resolve” to remake the so-called Greater Middle East through wars of choice, regime change and covert ops miserably failed.

As we wait for the dawn of the Trump era – an almost intergalactic geopolitical question mark – what’s certain is that the War Party US deep state won’t admit defeat. And the key geopolitical riddle to be answered is how strident internal American tensions will deal with the hub of progressive Eurasia integration: Russia, China and Iran.

Dec 29 09:16

RUSSIAN ALLIES DISCUSS SPLITTING SYRIA INTO 3 DE-FACTO STATES TO END CIVIL WAR “

Russia, Turkey, and Iran are reportedly discussing splitting Syria into three autonomous sub-states in a final deal to end the ongoing Syrian civil war, Reuters reports.

The three sub-states would be regionally autonomous and nominally remain under the power of a federal administrative system. This federal system would retain Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in the beginning, before a less divisive figure took the helm. Assad’s religious sect, Shiite Alawites, would remain in charge of the federal system and have their own zone of influence under the terms of the deal.

The Syrian proposal hearkens back to Vice President Joe Biden’s 2006 proposal to split Iraq into three autonomous sub-states in lieu of pursuing the 2007 troop surge. Biden termed the proposal, “Unity through Autonomy.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The absolute, dysfunctional, and colossal "failure of imagination" the US government demonstrated, in their lust for regime change in Damascus, is scarily amazing, and shows, yet again, that those Americans in government are pathologically incapable of thinking any scenario through to its potential conclusions.

And the ultimate outcomes of this war against the Syrian government, could have played out many ways; there wasn't just one possibility of resolution here.

And yet, no one in DC saw, for one moment, that the potential for Russian and Iranian involvement would be game-changers which would not give them the outcome they desired.

Dec 26 12:28

The Good That Trump Could Do – Robert Parry

Trump Challenge

Can Trump withstand the barrage of slings and arrows if he rejects the neocons’ “regime change” ambitions?

Eight years ago, President Barack Obama had a similar opportunity but chose to accommodate the Establishment and empower the neocons and liberal hawks...

Dec 26 10:16

CIA has interfered with over 81 foreign elections in the past century

These acts, carried out in secret two-thirds of the time, include funding the election campaigns of specific parties, disseminating misinformation and propaganda...

The CIA has accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 presidential election (with absolutely zero evidence) by hacking into Democratic and Republican computer networks and selectively releasing emails.

But critics might point out the U.S. has done similar things.

Dec 26 09:26

Tehran gets cut-price Boeing deal

Iran says it's paying half the list price on its order of Boeing airliners. Earlier in the month the planemaker signed a contract to supply Iran with 80 planes worth $16.6 billion.

Dec 26 07:25

Obama Just Positioned Israel and Entire Middle East For a Horribly Bloody War (Video)

Since the day he first took office, Barack Obama has thumbed his nose at virtually every long standing U.S. tradition, upended decades worth of foreign policy decisions that were paid for with the lives of thousands of our nation’s finest as well as trillions of dollars in American taxpayers’ money (back when they all still had jobs), has divided this country in a way unlike anything I’ve seen during my 40 years on this planet, and he’s done all of it with the full support of a grossly corrupt and dishonest mainstream media that didn’t tell Americans the truth about virtually any of it.

Dec 25 22:59

Aleppo celebrates Christmas, shares stories of joy & loss

Syrians in the liberated city of Aleppo are celebrating Christmas…

‘We had 4 years of pain, of war & blood’

Christians in Syria have largely rallied behind the secular government, seeing it as their protector.

This year, many people in the liberated city of Aleppo are celebrating for the first time since the war began. RT’s Lizzie Phelan talked with residents of the war-ravaged city now recovering from its wounds.

Dec 25 12:09

Iran Offers Condolences to Russia over Deadly Plane Crash

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi expressed deep sympathy with the Russian government and nation, as well as the families of the victims.

The Russian Tu-154 plane with 92 people on board, including a famed army choir, crashed into the Black Sea shortly after taking off on Sunday morning. The military plane had departed from the southern Russian city of Adler and was heading toward Latakia in Syria.

Dec 25 12:09

Christians in Tehran Go Shopping on Christmas

There are a number of streets and neighbourhoods in the Iranian capital where Christians, mostly Armenians and Assyrians, are in the majority. Christians, and even Muslims, annually go shopping on these streets ahead of new Christian year.

Dec 23 16:28

Don't Tell My Mother I'm In Iran

Dec 23 15:11

Iran: Regional Crises Solely Benefits Israel

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari blasted the Western countries for supporting terrorist groups in the region for the sake of preserving Israel's interests in the Middle East. "Warfare in the Middle East only benefits Israel through undermining the resources of regional nations," Jaberi Ansari told reporters after his meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Beirut on Friday. He reiterated the need for peaceful settlement of regional issues, and said, "The solution to the regional crises is not a military one." Ansari described his talks with Hariri as “constructive", and said, "We discussed regional affairs as well as the expansion of Tehran-Beirut ties during our meeting." Jaberi Ansari arrived in Lebanon via Syria, where he had met separately with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Prime Minister Imad Khamis and Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem.

Dec 22 15:33

Former CIA Director: U.S. should start killing Russians and Iranians

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, asshole!

Dec 22 14:14

Bipartisan War – A new study urges more U.S. interventions

Written before the presidential election, the co-authors could not have anticipated a Donald Trump victory, but they might be hoping that the report would serve as a guideline for the new administration.

Hopefully they will be wrong in that expectation, but it is difficult at this point to see where the next White House will be going with its Middle Eastern policy.

There are a number of things wrong with the report from my perspective. Most significant, it assigns to the United States the responsibility to set and enforce standards of governance in parts of the world where the American people have little in the way of actual interests.

Dec 22 14:08

Chilling Speech by Syrian Ambassador to UN

“I’m an eye witness, I work at the UN and I know what I am talking about…”

“The British Intelligence facilitated the creation of this Radical Islamic Movement”

“I am Muslim myself and I am proud to be Muslim, but I have nothing to do with this garbage.” Nothing to do.”

“You will never hear any of this in the Main Stream Media…Reporters from all over the world accredited to the UN, boycott my speeches… when I take the floor, next to the Security Council…, 50 of them disappear, they leave because they don’t want to hear, if they hear, they will have to report.”

Dec 22 13:36

The Real Saboteurs of a Trump Foreign Policy

The real danger may be that a new Trump foreign policy could be hijacked or scuttled by anti-Trump Republicans, not only on Capitol Hill but inside the executive branch itself.

Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sees Russian hacking as a way to put a cloud over the administration before it begins. But it is the uber-hawks hereabouts who are after the really big game.

If the War Party can convert this “fake story” into the real story of 2016, then they can scuttle any Trump effort to attain the rapprochement with Russia that Trump promised to try to achieve.

Dec 22 10:19

IRAN IS NOT THE BIGGEST NUCLEAR CHEATER — GUESS WHO IS

If you think Iran presents the greatest danger of nuclear war today, think again.

It is none other than the United States that has consistently violated the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty—and it’s these violations that are one of the main drivers of the spread of nuclear weapons and the threat of nuclear war across the world.

While some worry about inspecting Iran’s nuclear facilities, Americans should be pushing first for inspecting something nearer to home: the embarrassing and dangerous record of nuclear treaty violations committed by the US and its fellow nuclear states.

And there’s something else that bears closer inspection: how the mainstream media’s misreporting about nuclear armaments played a key role in justifying the Iraq war and other recent conflicts.

Dec 20 16:13

West Directed Killer’s Hand in Assassination of Russian Ambassador

Virtually everything that Western official sources have been saying about Aleppo, and the Syrian war more generally, is seen to be a grotesque lie.

The climax of condemnation reached unconscionable heights last week when Washington, its Western allies and the UN – all amplified unquestioningly by the Western news media – vilified Russia for allegedly slaughtering civilians in east Aleppo. American ambassador Samantha Power specifically cited unverified reports of children being killed in a basement by Syria and Russian forces.

Dec 20 13:12

CFR’s Preventive Priorities Survey for 2017 Fails to Mention the Main Thing

Nobody else but the US itself has created the security problems it faces.

On December 13, the Council on Foreign Relations released its annual Preventive Priorities Survey to help policymakers plan for potential contingencies. The document evaluates ongoing and potential violent conflicts and sources of instability based on the impact they would have on US interests as well as their likelihood of occurring in 2017.

Dec 20 11:47

Not Burning Bridges: Iran ‘Ready’ For Counter Measures Against Possible Violations To Nuke Deal

Iran says it is ready to take counter measures against possible violations last year’s hard won nuclear deal accusing Washington of breaking the agreement.

Dec 20 09:03

A few initial short thoughts on the murder of the Russian Ambassador to Ankara

Okay, so tonight we have the name of the assassin, it is Mevlut Mert Aydintas, a 22 year old policeman who had been recently fired following the anti-Gulenist crackdown of Erdogan against the forces which had attempted to overthrow him recently.

When such an event occurs it is also important to ask cui bono – whom does it benefit?

Alas, both the Turks and the Russians have a long tradition of secrecy and we might never find out who, if anybody, really was behind Mevlut Mert Aydintas.

Dec 20 08:38

Russia, Turkey & Iran ready to be guarantors in resolving Syrian crisis – Russian defense minister

A text of the Moscow declaration on immediate steps in resolving the Syrian crisis is being prepared. Moscow, Ankara and Tehran are ready to be guarantors of its implementation, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said.

Dec 19 17:12

The Bad Losers (And What They Fear Losing)

As the worst loser in American electoral history, she must blame Russia, rather than recognize that there were multiple reasons to vote against her.

If the 2016 presidential campaign was a national disgrace, the reaction of the losers is an even more disgraceful spectacle. It seems that the political machine backing Hillary Clinton can’t stand losing an election.

And why is that?

Because they are determined to impose “exceptional” America’s hegemony on the entire world, using military-backed regime changes, and Donald Trump seems poised to spoil their plans.

Dec 19 14:47

Russophobia and Sinophobia – Pepe Escobar

As the asinine regime change attempt on Trump fades into the annals of failed color revolutions, keep your focus on the South China Sea.

It’s by now crystal clear the coup-in-progress against Donald Trump is a made in USA regime change op using standard hybrid war techniques such as manipulation of public opinion by mainstream media.

The coup has been articulated by the usual suspects, from neocons to neoliberalcons, “humanitarian” imperialists included, with a special starring role for their pet agency, the CIA, which during the Bush-Obama continuum further specialized in fake “intelligence”.

Dec 18 16:32

Neocon Panic and Agony – THE SAKER

This is not a Democrat vs Republican issue, but a “deep state vs The People of the USA” issue.

There are clear signs that the Neocons running the AngloZionist Empire and its “deep state” are in a state of near panic and their actions indicate they are truly terrified.

On the home front, the Neocons have resorted to every possible dirty trick on the book to try to prevent Donald Trump from ever getting into the White House
Most experts agree that none of these tactics are going to work. So this begs the question of whether the Neocons are stupid, whether they think that they can succeed or what their true objective is.

Dec 18 16:22

Trump Sets the Cat Among the Jewish Pigeons

Palestine/Israel will be transformed into a democratic state, where Jews and Palestinians will live happily ever after, as equals.

The nomination of David Friedman horrified liberal Israelis, cheered Palestinian activists, befogged the Israeli and Palestinian officials, and created a great rift among US Jews. With one brilliant stroke Donald Trump made more mischief than one would think possible. If you have no time for details, I’ll tell you: it is a good, even very good development for Palestine and Palestinians, and it is likely to save Trump’s skin back home.

Dec 18 08:38

‘Russia Card’ Vendetta

Hack or Leak ?

When it comes to American politics specifically and European politics in general, there is nothing like playing the Russia card. If there is something wrong or there is something you don’t like, simply blame Vladimir Putin.That is exactly what the CIA is doing.

CrossTalking with Former Intelligence Analyst Ray McGovern, Former CIA Philip Giraldi, and James Jatras

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2016/12/russia-card-vendetta/

Dec 18 08:32

From ‘Fake News’ to ‘Fake Intelligence’ – Wayne Madsen

The real headlines should read: «CIA interfered in presidential election by supporting Clinton over Trump».

Never in the history of the Central Intelligence Agency has it and its surrogates so blatantly and boldly interfered in a U.S. election.

The U.S. media, in a matter of hours, altered course from concentrating on «fake news» about innocent pizzerias being linked to child sexual exploitation to spotlighting «fake intelligence» about Russia’s alleged cyber-espionage operation designed to elect Donald Trump president. The CIA leaked to The Washington Post, the owner of which has a $600 million contract with the CIA to provide cloud computing, findings of a secret report on Russia’s alleged «fixing» of the 2016 U.S. presidential election to favor Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Dec 17 16:20

Trump’s people ignore Electoral College threat at their electoral peril

We'll see in a few days how the Electoral College gambit (Hillary's "Plan D" - the first three being rig the election [A], recounts [B] and Russia [C], all failed) plays out.

Anyone who has access to the Trump transition team needs to get one clear message through to them. This is, that the 2016 election is NOT YET over, and Trump could find himself on the evening of December 19th with the new President-elect, Hillary Clinton, having a majority of the votes in the Electoral College which votes that day; or having the election sent to the US House of Representative for the outcome to be determined, as happened in 1800, 1824 and 1876 (for different reasons).

Dec 16 11:02

Russia Concerned US Extension of Iran Sanctions Act Threatens Deal

The Russian Foreign Ministry has issued a statement today criticizing the US extension of the Iran Sanctions Act, saying they are “disappointed” in the US move, and fear it could jeopardize the entire P5+1 nuclear deal between the international community and Iran.

The bill which extends the act became law today, without President Obama’s signature. The overwhelming majority of both houses of Congress passed the bill, presumably veto-proofing it, but Obama still didn’t want to have his signature on the matter.

Despite Iran’s warnings about the bill, and the new concerns from Russia, the extension doesn’t technically violate the P5+1 nuclear deal itself, as it imposes no new sanctions on Iran. Rather, the bill makes it more straightforward for future presidents to impose such sanctions on Iran, nominally in the case of a violation by Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Sergei Lavrov: the point of this legislation, sir, IS to destroy the P5+1 Agreement with Iran, as a prelude to war against it!

Dec 15 14:03

How does it feel being interfered with, America?

Stuart Littlewood highlights the irony of Americans complaining about alleged Russian meddling in their elections when the US and its UK ally seem to have set themselves regime change as a standard foreign policy goal.

Dec 15 07:30

THE ULTIMATE “FAKE NEWS” LIST

Isn’t it ironic how the mainstream media has the nerve to lecture everyone else about “fake news” when they are the primary source of fake news on a consistent basis stretching back years?

Fake news stories and fake narratives put out by the mainstream media have resulted in deaths, destruction and people’s lives being ruined.

The most harmful fake news is routinely published by the mainstream media.

They are the main progenitors of fake news.

Dec 14 10:16

Iran Increasingly Sees IS as Threat to Islamic Republic

In an unusual display of public candor, Iranian authorities have said in recent speeches that Islamic State infiltrators are becoming a growing threat to the Islamic Republic.

At least three times in recent months, Iranian officials have spoken about breaking up IS-related terror cells and arresting IS-affiliated militants planning attacks inside Iran.

The claims lack many details, including when the alleged incidents took place, the identity of most suspects and concrete links to IS. And at times, the information has conflicted with other accounts.

But the growing emphasis by Iranian officials on the militant group's possible threat has caught the attention of Western analysts who monitor developments in Iran and offer varying views on the extent of the threat and Iran's aim by speaking publicly about them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although concrete details have not been released, the Iranian government has every reason to be concerned about such infiltration; and the reason is as follows:

ISIS USED AS TOOL BY SAUDIS, US & TURKEY WHEN IT SUITS THEIR INTERESTS – US SENATOR

There is nothing that would be more satisfying to some US and Saudi officials than to see regime change in Tehran, and both countries would certainly not be above using ISIS to do it, as a proxy force, in order to keep their own troops' hands clean, as much as possible.

Dec 12 23:12

Exclusive Interview with President-elect Donald Trump Dec 11 2016

The Trump Wave – Chris Wallace with President-elect Donald Trump

When asked why would the CIA put out the story that the Russians wanted you to win, Trump said I don’t think it is the CIA, I think it is the Democrat’s,because they suffered one of the greatest defeats in the history of politics.

I am open-minded… I’m somebody that gets it…other countries are eating our lunch…the great American people have been forgotten…millions of people have given up looking for work… I understand our country – Donald J Trump

Dec 12 13:22

Obama Out Not With a Bang, But a Whimp

The whimpering Obama administration is not over yet. Expect more sensational CIA exploits; more demonization of Russia; more weaponizing of “moderate” Syrian “rebels”; and even the odd false flag.

Clinton’s campaign – fully supported by President Obama — spent a whopping $1.2 billion and floundered ignominiously at the US presidential election. So Obama decided that the consolation “prize” is to order the “intelligence community” – a contradiction in terms – to conduct a “full review” of how the evil Russians handed out the Big Prize to Donald Trump.

Dec 12 13:16

Stop the CIA Coup – The Deep State versus Donald Trump

The CIA is up to its old tricks: overthrowing a democratically elected government. Only this time it’s our government.

“The CIA presentation to senators about Russia’s intentions fell short of a formal US assessment produced by all 17 intelligence agencies. A senior US official said there were minor disagreements among intelligence officials about the agency’s assessment, in part because some questions remain unanswered.” [emphasis added]

Dec 12 07:09

Boeing agrees $16.6bn deal to sell 80 jets to Iran as sanction ease

Boeing has agreed to sell a fleet of jets to Iran in a $16.6bn (£13.2m) deal that marks a new departure in attempts by the Islamic Republic to rejoin the global economy.

The US plane-maker will sell 50 of its workhorse 737 single-aisle airliners, along with 30 of its “mini-jumbo” 777 aircraft to carrier Iran Air.

Deliveries should start in 2018. The deal follows an agreement last year that the Tehran government stops developing nuclear technology in return for an end to international sanctions.

Dec 11 12:38

Fake News and War Party Lies – Pat Buchanan

Now, Americans should be on guard against “fake news” and foreign meddling in U.S. elections.

Yet it is often our own allies, like the Brits, and our own leaders who mislead and lie us into unnecessary wars. And is not meddling in the internal affairs, including the elections, of regimes we do not like, pretty much the job description of the CIA and the National Endowment for Democracy?

Dec 11 12:32

‘Total respect!’ Troops show their love for Trump at Army-Navy game; check out the video, photos

This is the year of breaking records, Army beating Navy after 14 years
The annual Army-Navy game is a proud American tradition often attended by U.S. Presidents ever since Theodore Roosevelt first attended a snow-filled event in 1901.

The 117th annual game, however, saw the first president-elect on record in attendance.

If you were at the game or watching on television, you couldn’t have missed Trump’s entrance thanks to the massive cheers coming from the military cadets in attendance.

Dec 10 17:27

President-elect Trump Delivers Remarks At “Thank You” Rally In Michigan

President-elect Trump Kicks Off Victory Tour in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“You the American people will be in-charge. Your voice will never fall on deaf ears again.”

“Thank you Michigan. We are going to bring back your jobs & together, we will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

Dec 10 17:23

Marine Generals on Trump’s Team

"Mad Dog" Mattis Plays no Games" - Donald Trump

Former members of the Marines, the military’s smallest but proudest branch have gone on to become senators, governors, and senior government officials. But never has a former Marine become president of the United States. Perhaps with the elevation of these Marines into senior foreign policy roles, that could change.

Dec 10 00:44

Rolling Back the Empire: Washington’s Proxy-Army Faces Decisive Defeat in Aleppo

It appears that the battle of Aleppo is about to end and the Syrian Army is on the “verge of total victory.”

Syrian Army helicopters dropped leaflets on parts of eastern Aleppo on Sunday warning anti-government fighters to surrender while they still had the chance. Hundreds of jihadists have already laid down their weapons and surrendered while a hardline corps of deadenders continue to fend off the rapidly advancing army.

Dec 09 14:06

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsNo Evidence, But Pentagon Tries to Convince Turkey Iran Killed Their Troops

A late November attack on Turkish soldiers in northern Syria, which killed four troops, was initially and falsely blamed on a Syrian airstrike by Turkish officials. Turkey met with Russia over the matter, who confirmed that this wasn’t the case, and indeed that the indication was that the attack wasn’t an airstrike at all, but an ISIS suicide bombing.

ISIS was quick to take credit for the bombing the day it happened, so it wasn’t clear why Turkey needed a solid week to concede that their initial claim of an airstrike was wrong. The Pentagon, however, is trying to sell Turkey on the idea that everyone is wrong and Iran attacked them for no apparent reason.

Unnamed Pentagon officials quoted in the Turkish press offered no evidence of Iranian involvement, but noted that the site of the attack, which again apparently was an ISIS suicide attack, was sort of close to some places where Shi’ite militias are located, and since Iran is a Shi’ite state “it might be Iran.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is what the Pentagon has become in the 21st century; a fact-challenged, conspiratorial false narrator, attempting to anger Turkey against Iran, when there is not a shred of evidence to support it's claim.

Folks, this makes me very nervous!!

And who are these alleged "Pentagon officials" which made this accusation ?!?

IF in fact Turkish officials spoke to them, I want them named, and interviewed by responsible independent journalists.

Want to talk about fake news and fake accusations?!?

The US government takes the cake, hands-down, on this!!.

Dec 09 13:55

US Hawks Lay Out Plan for Getting Into a War With Iran

United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI), an organization packed to the gills with a bipartisan who’s who of hawkish figures, held an event on the “Future of Iran Policy” in Washington DC. Unsurprising, given the list of attendees, the future they envision is war, and lots of it.

The event headlined by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R – FL) and former Sen. Joe Lieberman saw calls to “restore coercion” against Iran, with several figures advocating that the US accept the limits of sanctions alone by sinking Iranian naval vessels in the Persian Gulf.

This call, pushed by Lieberman and Foundation for Defense of Democracies head Mark Dubowitz, who sought to parlay those intermittent events in which the US warships parked off Iran’s coast complain Iran’s boats, inside Iran’s territorial waters, are “too close” by simply attacking and sinking those boats at every opportunity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel has long been demanding some kind of US attack against Iran, even to the point of threatening to do it themselves, which will inevitably lead to US into war against both Iran and Russia.

"Israeli speculation over Iran strike reaches fever pitch"(Guardian, August 14, 2016)

One has to wonder if that huge military aid package from the US to Israel U.S. $38B military aid package to Israel sends a message was the secret component of a quid pro quo for Israel not attacking Iran.

But the Israeli firsters are not giving up, and this call to "restore coercion" against Iran is nothing less than total insanity; I am sorry, but these folks have collectively lost their reality licenses,to be advocating such reckless US military actions, and need to be gently housed in soft, locked facilities with soft toys preventing any choking hazards.

The P5+1 deal may be many things, and is certainly not perfect, by anyone's standards; but going to war against Iran (which will almost inevitably mean going to war with Russia), right after Trump is inaugurated, is one of the most idiotic things I have heard

Dec 09 10:05

Big Money Intends To Shut Down Our Website — Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts

Big Money and the US government controlled by Big Money intend to close down Internet truthtellers. As Trump intends to reduce the tensions between nuclear powers, the 200 List prepared by the shadowy Internet site, PropOrNot, is in Trump’s way. Either Trump will be apprised and convinced of the “Russian threat,” or the dissident websites will be promoted to “Muslim apologists” and fall under the ire of Trump’s Iranophobic generals.

Dec 08 09:27

The Tide Is Turning Against the Oligarchs — Paul Craig Roberts

The ruling oligarchy and their presstitute media have become desperate now that they are losing control over explanations and Americans’ minds. Thus, they charge independent Internet journalists such as myself with being Russian agents peddling fake news.

Recent legislation in the House of Representatives, the list of 200 alleged Russian agents, and the attacks on president-elect Trump from within the US intelligence community make it clear that pressures on truthtellers are increasing.

Dec 08 09:24

Is Peace Possible? A Dialogue With Johan Galtung On Ukraine; Trump, Putin, And…

I expect these two men to cooperate — Johan Galtung

JG: I think there is a big difference in the campaigner Donald Trump, with his horrible remarks, and all his prejudices, and the President-Elect—who announces himself as the President for all Americans! While we are focusing on Ukraine, I was particularly interested in a statement made by a member of the Trump team about the 200-year relationship between Russia and the United States: the point was made that Russia supported what became the United States, against the French and the English empires. And that was Tsar Alexander I!...

It helps to have a long time-perspective! This is the first time in my life that I have heard of a President-Elect, or a President, having an historical perspective!

Dec 07 16:17

Trump Can Walk Away From Iran Nuclear Deal: US State Department

The US State Department has said that President-elect Donald Trump will have the power to revoke the nuclear deal reached between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries.

Iran and the P5+1 group – the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany – reached the agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in July 2015.

Dec 07 12:43

Can Trump Leash His Pentagon ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis?

President-elect Donald Trump formally introduced his pick to lead the defense department Tuesday, as he brought his “thank you” tour to Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Will the mad dog be leashed? Ron Paul Liberty Report weighs in:

Dec 07 12:38

‘Mad Dog’ Mattis and the Spirit of Trumpism

When it comes to foreign policy, the incoming Trump administration displays a split personality.

Mattis exemplifies the dual nature of the new administration.
This was readily apparent during the campaign, when, on the one hand, Donald Trump told us we were lied into the Iraq war, that NATO is “obsolete,” and that we have no business supporting regime change in Syria – and, on the other hand, he declared that he would crush ISIS, that it was a mistake to leave Iraq, and that we have to “rebuild our military,” as if we don’t already spend as much as the top ten defense spenders.

Dec 07 11:48

Warmongering 99 – Common Sense 0: The Senate’s Unanimous Renewable Of Iran Sanctions Act

The Senate just renewed the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 for another ten years. President Obama has indicated that he will not veto the bill, as the margin of 99-0 makes the resolution veto proof. The extension of the H. R. 6297 comes at the heels of Trump’s election; he has already declared in no uncertain terms that he will repeal the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Dec 07 09:22

British Premier To Talk Of Iran Nuclear Deal In Bahrain

British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to talk to Arab leaders of the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council that the nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers, including Britain, is crucial for security in the Middle East.

Dec 07 05:33

Can Trump Leash His Pentagon ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis?

President-elect Donald Trump formally introduced his pick to lead the defense department Tuesday, as he brought his “thank you” tour to Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Will the mad dog be leashed? Ron Paul Liberty Report weighs in:

Dec 06 13:01

Iranophobes on Parade – Philip Giraldi

Will Iran be the target of the Trump regime?

Hopefully someone will convince Donald Trump that the real answer to eliminating the “Iranian threat” is not war.

One of the most discouraging aspects of the filling out of the Donald Trump cabinet is the array of Iran haters that seem to be lining up in the foreign policy and national security areas.Trump has been personally advocating sensible policies relating to Russia and Syria but he appears to have gone off the rails regarding Iran, which just might be attributed to those who are giving him advice.

Dec 06 12:50

Ron Paul: Trump's Promised 'New Foreign Policy' Must Abandon Regime Change for Iran

During his 'thank you' tour in the midwest, Trump had this to say: "We will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past. We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments. In our dealings with other countries we will seek shared interests wherever possible..."
If this is really to be President Trump's foreign policy, it would be a welcome change from the destructive path pursued by the two previous administrations. Such a foreign policy would go a long way toward making us safer and more prosperous, as we would greatly reduce the possibility of a 'blowback' attack from abroad, and we would save untold billions with a foreign policy of restraint.

Dec 06 11:40

Mr. Trump: Use Your America-First Instincts to Pick a Secretary of State

These five men taken individually or together amount to a poisonous dog’s breakfast of intervention, war-mongering, deeper bankruptcy, and Israel First.

There is not an America First-bone in any of them, and they would work against your often-stated goal of reforming U.S. foreign policy in the direction the Founders intended, and ending the influence of the passions of Neoconservatives and Israel Firsters for involving the republic in endless, unnecessary wars.

Dec 06 11:31

Failed EU – Means an Expanded Dictatorship

Mass movements frequently take on a life of their own.

As the people of the world awaken to the pernicious nature and destructive wreckage of European civilization, the EU technocrats and oligarchs respond with even greater measures of control, repression and intimidation. Yet the prospects that they will be able to maintain their autocratic rule lessons with each populist rebellion against the beasts from Brussels. Induced panic is a tool used to scare the peasants into additional submission. The most obvious method will be a major economic and monetary implosion designed to create fear so that their revered and lauded interdependency necessitates another surrender of national sovereignty.

Dec 06 08:50

CIA Chief Mike Pompeo Says Comment About The "Zionist-Controlled Media" Is "Offensive" and "A Deeply Troubling Statement."

A very interesting clip has surfaced in which Rep. Mike Pompeo, whom President-elect Trump has picked to head the CIA, was questioned on live TV by 'a Jewish American' caller who asked about Israel's nuclear weapons. The caller went on to mention "the Zionist-controlled media" and their false claims that Iran's former president Ahmadenajad wanted to "wipe Israel off the map."

Dec 05 11:12

Second billionaire sentenced to death in Iran

today another iranian billionaire Babak Zanjani (42) was sentenced to death for "Corruption during the ahmadinejad presidency",

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We need some of that here!

Dec 05 06:15

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts Is A Former Treasury Secretary Who Actually Cares

Here’s an idea – how about appointing a US Treasury Secretary who actually cares for the ultimate welfare of the American People and the United States of America for a change, as opposed to using his position as a “revolving door” a la the cadre of treasonous “America-last” gaggle of premeditated criminals merely taking a leave of absence from their full-time jobs at Goldman Sachs and Covington & Burling LLP?

The American economy and its engineered 2008 crash wrought by such “financial luminaries” as Robert Rubin, Larry Summers, Gene Sperling, Hank Paulson, Tim Geithner, and others, has left a lasting effect, if not almost the total destruction of, the American Economy.

Dec 05 05:05

Donald Trump: Thank you Ohio!

Awesome after Election rally.

Keep it up, Trump supporters! NO to Lobbyists! No to Regime Change Wars! No to the Neocons! We want a foreign policy that puts #AmericaFirst

Thank you Ohio! Together, we made history – and now, the real work begins. America will start winning again! #AmericaFirst

Full Speech: President-Elect Donald Trump 'VICTORY' Rally in Cincinnati, OH 12/1/16

Dec 04 13:07

Iran Sanctions Re-Imposition Symbol Of American ‘Black And White’ Thinking

The US Congress re-imposition of sanctions against Iran on pretexts such as human rights and support for terrorism shows the American “black and white” mode of thinking, given the generally accepted fact that Saudi Arabia is the leading state sponsor of terrorism, says a former US Senate foreign policy analyst.

Dec 03 15:26

Bush’s Iraq Lies, Uncontested, Will Haunt Us Under Trump

The CODEPINK Tribunal taking place December 1 and 2, and live streamed by The Real News, is a historic collection of testimonies about the lies and costs of the Iraq war. It takes on new meaning with the incoming Trump administration, and the hawks who are flocking to join that administration with their sights set on starting yet another war in the Middle East, this time in Iran.

Dec 02 13:20

Iran Threatens to Walk Away From Nuke Deal, Retaliate Against U.S. for New Sanctions

Iran is threatening to walk away from the nuclear deal with the United States and pursue forms of retaliation, including a national boycott of American goods, as a result of Congress’s overwhelming vote on Thursday to level new sanctions against Iran for another 10 years, according to multiple comments by senior Iranian officials.

Following the Senate’s 99-0 vote to renew economic sanctions on Tehran, senior Iranian officials said the United States is in violation of last summer’s nuclear deal and that Iran is prepared to retaliate, which could include abandoning the agreement.

The comments come as the Obama administration scrambles to preserve the deal in its final months in office, ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, who has been assembling a cabinet filled with fierce opponents of the accord.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This appears to have been a very carefully crafted tactic by the US Senate to anger the Iranians to the point where they walk away from the P5+1 nuclear deal, and restart their nuclear weapons program as the "justification" for the US declaring war against Iran (which will almost certainly mean war with Russia.)

If I could ever craft an amendment to the Constitution it would be this; when all Congressional candidates declare their candidacy, that is the moment that one of their kids must enlist in the Armed Forces, in units most likely to see front-line action.

I am almost willing to bet that this will dampen Congressional ardor and lust for war, because, this time, with their kids tasked to participate in combat, ...it's personal. It's not just "other people's kids", getting killed and maimed for life, ultimately, for corporate profit; but will potentially be their own.

Dec 02 13:09

Senate Extends Idiotic Iran Sanctions By 99-0 Vote!

Forget that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA) agreed between Iran and the so-called P5+1 consisting of the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, and the European Union has by all accounts been one of the few real foreign policy successes in the eight years of an otherwise war-dominated the Obama Administration. Forget that the promise of normalizing trade relations with Iran would produce untold wealth – and jobs – for both the US and Iran.

Dec 02 12:04

US Senate passes bill to extend Iran sanctions

The US Senate has almost unanimously passed a bill to extend sanctions against Iran by another 10 years. A total of 99 senators voted in favor, one abstained Thursday. The document authorizes the US president to impose restrictions on individuals and entities involved in the ballistic missile program, supporting terrorism and human rights abuses. It is yet to be signed by US President Barack Obama. Sources in his administration earlier said that the president would not support initiatives that might undermine the nuclear deal with Tehran. However, White House spokesman Josh Earnest failed to give any definite answer about the future of the bill. "We'll take a look at what bill is passed and determine whether or not the President will sign it," he told reporters. The Hill said, citing unnamed White House sources, that the president is likely to sign the bill.

Dec 01 14:06

What is behind the conflicts in the Arab world?

James Dorsey examines some of the key fundamental issues behind the conflicts and disintegration that have been wracking the Middle East and North Africa especially since the onset of the Arab Nightmare in 2011.

Nov 30 16:04

CIA Chief Warns Trump: Scrapping Iran Deal ‘Disastrous’

CIA Director John Brennan says it would be “the height of folly” for US President-elect Donald Trump to sabotage the nuclear agreement with Iran reached under the Obama administration.

“I think it would be disastrous. It really would,” Brennan said in an interview with the BBC published on its website on Wednesday.

Nov 30 13:01

Senate To Vote On Renewal Of Iran Sanctions Act: Republican Leader

The US Senate will vote this week on legislation to renew sanctions on Iran for 10 years, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.

“Preserving these sanctions is critical given Iran’s disturbing pattern of aggression and its persistent efforts to expand its sphere of influence across the Middle East,” McConnell said on Tuesday.

Nov 30 06:50

Iran Nearly Provokes WW3 After US Military Helicopter Flies off the Coast of Iran

So, to recap:

A U.S. military helicopter was cruising off the coast of Iran.

Some sort of weapon, from some sort of Iranian vessel, was pointed at said U.S. military helicopter, which, again, was flying off the coast of Iran.

"At no point did the crew of the helicopter feel threatened".

Bomb Iran. Early and often.

Nov 29 12:58

Official: IRGC Navy to Continue Missions with No Care for US Ballyhoos

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy will continue its missions in the Persian Gulf seriously without any attention to the Pentagon officials' ballyhoos, an informed IRGC Navy official said on Tuesday. The official's remarks came after Pentagon officials claimed that on November 26, US Navy SH-60 helicopter approached Iranian warships in the Strait of Hormuz. The distance to one of them was not more than 800 meters, while the other one was about 2 kilometers away. The crew of one of the Iranian warships aimed an anti-aircraft weapon at the US helicopter to stop it from approaching the Iranian vessels further. "Every now and then, some US officials raise such claims shows that they are in pursuit of certain objectives through their propaganda moves; therefore, we emphasize: ballyhoos are forbidden; you are the problem," the IRGC Navy official said.

Nov 29 12:18

Iran Ready to Allow Russian Jets to Use Hamadan Base for 'Takeoff and Refueling'

The use of the Hamadan airfield by the Russian aviation in August was the first time when Iranian territory had been used by foreign military forces since 1946. Last week, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan said that Tehran could allow Russia's use of the Noje Airbase in Hamadan for the aerial campaign against terrorists in Syria if the situation demanded it. "If the situation and conditions [in Syria] demand to provide the support, we will do this job," Dehqan said. In an interview with Sputnik Persian, Hossein Sheikholeslam, an adviser to the Iranian foreign minister, commented on the possible option for the Russian Aerospace Forces at the Hamadan airfield. "I’d like to emphasize that Iran never gave to Russia full control over the Noje base in Hamadan. This airbase belongs to Iran and all activities at the base are controlled by Tehran," Sheikholeslam said. In mid-August, Iran already allowed Russian jets to operate from a base in the Hamadan province.

Nov 29 06:10

Iran humiliates US Navy yet again

Pentagon officials made an announcement about unprofessional and dangerous actions of the crew of a warship of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). On November 26, US Navy SH-60 helicopter approached Iranian warships in the Strait of Hormuz. The distance to one of them was not more than 800 meters, while the other one was about 2 kilometers away. The crew of one of the Iranian warships aimed an anti-aircraft weapon at the US helicopter to stop it from approaching the Iranian vessels further. The crew of the helicopter did not feel the danger, but decided to turn in the opposite direction, Reuters reports. Pentagon officials did not expand on the "lack of professionalism" of the Iranian sailors. It would have been strange, if the crew of ship would have showed no reaction to the approaching US military helicopter. However, US officials believe that the incident in the Strait of Hormuz may have negative consequences for Iran.

Nov 28 00:11

Foibles, Fables and Failures – The Financial Press and its Keepers

The Presidential elections made millions of American voters starkly aware of the mendacity of the mass media and the corruption of the Clinton political elite.

The world’s largest billionaire bankers had bankrolled Secretary Hillary Clinton, the ‘million-dollar-a-speech’ War Goddess. They had bet heavily against the populist-nationalist Donald Trump and they lost. Their pre-paid political manifestos, addressed to the readers of the NY Times, flopped and sputtered: Most readers and investors in domestic markets had placed their bets on ‘The Donald’. Their domestic celebrations pumped up the market after the election.

The unimaginable had happened: George Soros had bet and lost! The ‘deplorable’ electorate preferred the obnoxious nationalist to the obnoxious speculator. ‘Who’d a thunk it?’

Nov 27 23:53

Trump the Great — Paul Craig Roberts

If Trump can defeat the oligarchy and save America, he can go down in history as Trump the Great.

What we don’t know is why groups that allegedly are liberal-progressive-leftwing are such fervent supporters of Hillary.

To the extent any of the Trump protesters are sincere and not merely paid tools of oligarchs, such as George Soros, military and financial interests, and global capitalists, they should consider that false claims and unjustified criticism can cause Trump and his supporters to close their ears to all criticism and make it easier for neoconservatives to influence Trump by offering support.

Nov 27 17:09

After Warning US With "Retaliation" Iran Plans Russian Fighter Jet Purchase, Naval Bases In Syria, Yemen

According to Reuters, earlier today Iran's Defense Minister said that the country plans to purchase Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighter planes to modernise its air force. More troubling to the US, the Iranian minister also threatened that Tehran might again allow Russia to use an Iranian air base for its operations in Syria.

Nov 26 18:00

The Iran-Russia-China Strategic Triangle

21 November 2016
By F. William Engdahl

The developing economic, political and military links binding Iran, China and Russia in what I see as an emerging Golden Triangle in Eurasia, are continuing to deepen insignificant areas. This, while it seems to be US geopolitical strategy in a prospective Trump Administration to distance Washington from both Iran and from China, while dangling the carrot of lessened confrontation between Washington and Moscow–classic Halford Mackinder or Kissinger geopolitics of avoiding a two-front war that was colossally backfiring on Washington by trying to shift the power balance. At present, the dynamic of the past several years of closer cooperation by the three pivotal states of the Eurasian Heartland is gaining strategic momentum. The latest is the visit of China’s Minister of Defense and of Russian senior officials to Teheran

Nov 26 14:15

The Hidden Communist History of the Neo-Conservatives (“Neo Cons”)

Neo-conservatism fully began to rear its ugly head in the 1990’s when they thoroughly infiltrated the once patriotic and pro-America Republican party.

At the helm of this nightmarish and Frankenstein-like transformation of the USA into something more akin to the former USSR and/or NAZI Germany, is the “National Security State/Military Industrial Complex,” spearheaded by the Deep State Plutocrat/Oligarch Elite, using their most effective “useful idiot” agents, the Neo-Conservative (“Neo-Con”) movement.

Nov 26 08:59

Moscow may use Iran's airbase in absence of Admiral Kuznetsov

Russia could use Iran's Hamadan airbase in case the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier used for anti-terror strikes in Syria moves away from the Syrian borders for a new mission, the Russian upper house of parliament's defense committee chair said Saturday.

Nov 25 09:37

West Aims to Revise Nuclear Deal With Iran Ahead of Trump Inauguration

While the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran has been in place for almost a year now, and the only real compliance questions center around the US not following through on all the pledged lifting of sanctions they were supposed to do, officials now say the Obama Administration and the rest of the West are pushing to add even more restrictions on Iran.

It’s not so much that there’s a technical justification for any of these new restrictions. Rather, officials say the goal is to even further limit Iran’s civilian nuclear program before US President-elect Donald Trump takes office, in hopes that it will eliminate any excuse he has to scrap the pact.

Though Trump campaigned on the idea of ripping up the Iran deal if elected, though since then his aides have said the focus will be on strict enforcement of the pact. This enforcement strategy is also being advocated by Republicans and the Israeli leadership, both of whom previously opposed the deal on any terms.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Scrapping the pact may well ultimately lead to war with both Iran AND Russia; this would be a truly lousy outcome, and not something President-elect Trump should even be thinking about right now.

Forget for a moment, that a US-led, Israeli-enabled invasion of Iran would definitely put us absolutely on the wrong side of history here; unfortunately, right now, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war with Russia.

Nov 24 09:00

Trump loses half his transition team in purge of lobbyists

Donald Trump has repeatedly promised to ‘drain the swamp’ of Washington ...
The Trump transition team has lost nearly half its staff and volunteers in a matter of days since instituting a ban on registered lobbyists at the end of last week, the Daily Mail has learned.

‘All the lobbyists are gone,’ said one source familiar with the transition. ‘Lobbyists were the vast majority. Now, today you go in and you could count [them] maybe on one hand.’

The source estimated that the number of staffers and volunteers working on the transition plummeted from around 250 late last week to less than 125 on Tuesday.

Nov 24 08:57

West Already Weaponizing Fake News

Maybe the internet will not succumb to the latest Western crusade against “fake news”.
You really know that masses of people are living within a mind-control matrix when the greatest, most pervasive purveyors of fake news denounce others for the practice.

And yet they do so without the slightest hint of awareness about their own monstrous hypocrisy.

“Fake news” has become a hot issue following the surprise US election victory of maverick business tycoon Donald Trump. Supposedly serious Western media outlets have highlighted the spread of hoax stories purporting to be news reports as having swayed the presidential race in Trump’s favor against his rival, Democrat career politician Hillary Clinton.

Nov 24 08:55

The Upcoming War On The Alternative Media By The Deep State Mainstream Media

This declaration of war was typified by Google and FaceBook
The Mainstream Media (“MSM”), fully owned and co-opted by the Deep State Plutocrat/ Oligarch Elite, are extremely unhappy that Donald Trump won the 2016 Election.

They did not bank on this, and were completely and totally confident that their trillions of dollars of money issued by the Federal Reserve and international central banks, control of the National Security State as represented by the Military Industrial Complex, and bought and paid for representatives in the United States Legislature (Congress and Senate), Executive Branch, and Judiciary would have ensured their victory.

So what turned this election around, to upset the proverbial apple cart and deliver the Presidency to Donald J. Trump?

Nov 24 08:52

‘We are at war with Russia’: EU Parliament resolution to counter Russian media

The resolution is a sign of the “political degradation” of the western “idea of democracy” - Putin

For decades the EU has been lecturing Russia and touting freedom of speech as one of its core principles, but hypocritically dismissed it as an unnecessary luxury once their narrative was challenged, RT’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said.

“We of course are extremely disappointed, this is really outrageous,” Simonyan said on the subject of the EU’s so-called anti-Russia propaganda resolution.

Nov 23 12:40

UK To Soften Trump Over Iran Deal: Johnson

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says he will try to soften US President-elect Donald Trump’s opposition to the nuclear deal reached between Iran and P5+1 in July 2015.

Boris also said that the British government is committed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) struck between Iran and the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany.

Nov 23 12:33

Obama Not To Sign Bills To 'Undermine' Iran Deal

The administration of outgoing President Barack Obama will avoid signing any bill in its final months that would “undermine” the Iran nuclear agreement, the White House says.

Nov 23 12:21

The Liberation of the Slaves

Donald Trump can find better Jewish allies than Zionists or liberal NWO Jews.

Donald Trump’s electoral victory unleashed pent-up tectonic energies on an unprecedented scale.

The world has been changed, much more than could be expected from any election of a US president. Just a short time has passed since election day, but it appears that the New World Order has received a shattering blow. There is a great feeling of freedom in the air, as if the vote broke the chains of a generation, and we suddenly found ourselves free.

Nov 23 04:47

Iran, Russia sign agreement on simpler rules of visa issuance for tour groups

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hasan Rouhani signed to the document on November 23, 2015 during Putin’s visit to Teheran. It envisions simpler regulations for the obtaining of visas by businessmen, cultural personalities, researchers, teachers, students, and tourists.

Nov 22 13:31

Fall and Rise of the Forgotten ‘Deplorables’

We’re in for a few surprises, for better or worse...

As might be anticipated, in the wake of Trump’s historic victory — a win that for all sorts of reasons has shaken the Beltway establishment and beyond to its core, and one that political junkies will be fixating on for years — there’s been much handwringing about how so many folks got the outcome so wrong. All of this has been accompanied by the obligatory hyperventilating and existential angst about what Trump’s election portends for the future.

Nov 21 16:51

US President Obama Seeks To Fortify Iran Deal Before Leaving Office: Officials

The administration of US President Barack Obama is planning to take measures in its last months in office to “strengthen” a multi-lateral nuclear deal with Iran, amid the probability that an incoming American president and his hawkish possible appointees may act to undermine the international agreement and the US stature as a result, American officials say.

Nov 21 12:13

Dear President Trump: Just Say No to the Neocons

President-elect Donald Trump in his April 27 foreign policy speech, in which he said:

“My goal is to establish a foreign policy that will endure for several generations. That’s why I also look and have to look for talented experts with approaches and practical ideas, rather than surrounding myself with those who have perfect résumés but very little to brag about except responsibility for a long history of failed policies and continued losses at war. We have to look to new people.

“We have to look to new people because many of the old people frankly don’t know what they’re doing, even though they may look awfully good writing in The New York Times or being watched on television.”

Nov 21 12:10

The Upcoming War On The Alternative Media By The Deep State Mainstream Media

This declaration of war was typified by Google and FaceBook

The Mainstream Media (“MSM”), fully owned and co-opted by the Deep State Plutocrat/ Oligarch Elite, are extremely unhappy that Donald Trump won the 2016 Election.

They did not bank on this, and were completely and totally confident that their trillions of dollars of money issued by the Federal Reserve and international central banks, control of the National Security State as represented by the Military Industrial Complex, and bought and paid for representatives in the United States Legislature (Congress and Senate), Executive Branch, and Judiciary would have ensured their victory.

So what turned this election around, to upset the proverbial apple cart and deliver the Presidency to Donald J. Trump?

Nov 21 11:58

Trump Prepares to Take Over the Fed

Now their little party is coming to an end.

In Donald Trump’s first four years as president, he will not only choose three judges for the Supreme Court, he’ll also pick five of the seven members on the Fed Board of Governors. It would be impossible to overstate the effect this is going to have on the nation’s economic future. With both houses of Congress firmly in the GOP’s grip, we could see the most powerful central bank in the world transformed into a purely political institution that follows the diktats of one man.

Nov 20 13:05

Netanyahu to Tell Trump Not to Cancel Iran Nuclear Deal

Listen to this guy Donald. Those guys you appointed,not so much!

Israeli officials have told reporters that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is talking with his national security team on making plans for exactly what they’re going to demand President-elect Donald Trump do to Iran. Surprisingly, it’s not going to include killing the P5+1 nuclear deal.

Nov 19 08:16

IRAN: 12 TOP OFFICIALS ARRESTED FOR SPYING

MP Hussein Ali Haji Degana said at least 12 officials, occupying high positions, were arrested on suspicion of spying, while, almost all of them participated in the signing of a nuclear agreement in 2015.

Moreover, most of the detainees have dual citizenship. Thus there are citizens of the United Kingdom and Canada. But it is not yet known, if there are some US citizens among them or not.

During recent times, there is evidence that Washington is going to avoid this agreement, that’s why Tehran continues to express its protest. Hussein Ali Haji Degana said that the White House would have to pay dearly for the termination of this transaction.

Nov 18 12:07

US House Halts Commercial Airline Deals With Iran Approved By Obama Administration

House Republicans, joined by a handful of Democrats, blocked a sale of Boeing and Airbus airliners to Iran, which was previously approved by the White House in accordance with the international deal on Iran’s civilian nuclear program.

Nov 18 08:40

John Bolton Calls for US to Impose Regime Change on Iran

Still considered among the candidates for President-elect Donald Trump’s Secretary of State, John Bolton is continuing to underscore his longstanding aversion of trying to come up with diplomatic solutions by urging the US to impose a regime change on Iran.

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Nov 17 16:53

US House Passes Bill To Block Commercial Aircraft Sales To Iran

The US House of Representatives has voted to bar the sale of commercial Boeing and Airbus airplanes to Iran.

On Thursday, the Republican-controlled House voted 243-174 to pass the legislation to prohibit the Treasury Department from issuing the licenses US banks would need to complete the transactions.

Nov 17 15:59

US Senate Set To Extend Iran Sanctions: McConnell

US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that the legislative body is set to renew the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) before the year ends.

McConnell made the remarks on Wednesday, a day after the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted almost unanimously to extend the ISA for 10 more years.

Nov 17 11:34

Iran Deal Opponents to Trump: Enforce, Don’t Tear Up Nuclear Deal

This is good.

Long-Time Critics Says Scrapping Deal Would Do More Harm Than Good
by Jason Ditz, November 16, 2016

Large numbers of influential hawks in both parties were outspoken opponents of the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, and went on to try to destroy the deal in Congress, though President Obama ultimately vetoed the bills, keeping the deal intact.

Nov 16 14:41

Will Trump Resist War Hawks On Iran?

Post-election comments on Middle East policy last week by President-elect Donald Trump and one his campaign advisers have provoked speculation about whether Trump will upend two main foreign policy lines of the Obama administration in the Middle East.

Nov 16 11:48

US House Renews Sanctions On Iran, Sets Sanctions On Syria

The GOP-controlled US House of Representatives has passed bills to renew sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran and to impose sanctions on Syria.

The lawmakers on Tuesday voted 419 to one for a 10-year reauthorization of the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA), which was initially adopted in 1996 on the unfounded accusation that Tehran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Nov 12 10:06

Trump Won’t Rip Up Iran Deal, Adviser Confirms

Key Trump foreign policy adviser Walid Phares today offered clarification on the president-elect’s plans for the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, confirming that he intends to “review” the deal, but has no intention of trying to unilaterally rip it up.

Nov 12 09:03

Trump & Woolsey: Was There a Bait-and-Switch?

The day after Trump’s election, Woolsey was interviewed by the CBC and asked about U.S. national security priorities. Woolsey responded that it was necessary “to get straight who our friends and adversaries are.” He asserted that “Israel is our friend,” while he called Iran “the world’s leading terrorist state” and insisted that the nuclear agreement with Iran “is so bad it needs to go.” Tehran reached a deal with world powers (including the U.S.) on its nuclear program in July 2015. The Israel lobby has reportedly been trying to undermine the agreement ever since by linking Iran with ISIS terrorism.

Woolsey also called Russia and North Korea “problem states,” and when asked if a new relationship with Russia could be possible under Trump as president, he answered that it “has to be based on Russian performances, not Russian promises,” adding that “Russia’s got to stop conquering its neighbours, like Ukraine.”

Nov 11 13:37

Adviser says Trump won’t rip up Iran deal, signals he may not move embassy

The Israeli view.

Appearing to walk back statements made by president-elect and other advisers, Walid Phares says nuclear pact will be ‘renegotiated,’ US mission will only be moved to Jerusalem under ‘consensus,’ brokering Israeli-Palestinian peace deal will be top priority

Nov 11 13:15

Trump adviser: He might rethink Israel, Iran plans

Excellent Donald! Excellent! Bravo and Huzzah!

President-elect Donald Trump might not move too quickly to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and rip up the Iran nuclear agreement — two actions he promised during his campaign, a top adviser said.

Trump will instead focus on brokering an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, foreign policy adviser Walid Phares said.

Nov 10 06:07

US Committed To Iran Nuclear Deal ‘Through January 20th'

The United States says the outgoing administration of Democratic President Barack Obama will remain committed to a nuclear deal with Tehran until the end of the commander-in-chief’s tenure.

Nov 08 07:59

Donald Trump’s Final Rally: Grand Rapids, MI 11/7/16

“Do you want America to be ruled by the corrupt political class or do you want America to be ruled again by the people?” Trump asked.

“I want the entire corrupt Washington establishment to hear the words we are about to say. When we win on November 8, we are going to drain the swamp” Trump said.

“Tomorrow the American working class will strike back.” Trump said.

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Nov 06 13:33

A Digital 9/11 If Trump Wins

Brace yourselves folks. The Globalists are trembling in their boots.

It is a green light for a coup d’état by the Deep State forces who found that they could not win through the “normal” rigging methods.

There are disturbing signs that a digital 9/11 terror attack is being readied for election day in the US to ensure that Donald Trump does not win.

Such an attack – involving widespread internet and power outage – would have nothing to do with Russia or any other foreign state. It would be furnished by agencies of the US Deep State in a classic “false flag” covert manner. But the resulting chaos and “assault on American democracy” will be conveniently blamed on Russia.

Nov 05 12:38

The billion-dollar gold rush to tap into Iranian oil

Another obstacle is Iran's new model oil contract. Iran's oil ministry took more than two years to draft the new model, which continues to face political opposition from conservative hardliners. Up until now, investors have operated under short-term, fixed-fee contracts called buybacks that give them no share in the profits. The new system allows foreign oil majors to form joint ventures with Iranian companies and participate in production activity. They were previously limited to exploration and development. The change gives foreign firms the opportunity to improve ultimate recovery and reap higher returns by coordinating early stage output and using advanced methods to squeeze oil and gas from maturing fields.

Nov 04 18:21

I envy you, American citizens

I envy you, American citizens. I do not care about your military might, nor for your supreme currency, the US dollar. I envy your chance to deal on 11/8 a decisive blow to the rule of the Masters of Discourse.

Yes, the onslaught of the media upon Trump has been exceedingly unfair, but he survived it.

What is even more important, you survived it, it does not matter what the polls say: they say what the newspapers tell them to say. Even people answer the polls according to the media prognoses: they are shy of saying they would vote for a man who … But at the moment of actual vote, they do what they know is right for them. You have a very good chance to win, and to defeat the witch and her supporters.

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