The FT Defends Soros Against Conspiracy-Theory-Peddling Propagandists

For a new generation of nationalists (by which they clearly imply tin-foil-hat wearing, nazi-sympathizing, probably-drug-taking, conspiracy-theory-loving wonks), The FT’s Gideon Rachman explains – for those not willing to think for themselves, or follow the money, that the billionaire investor has become the perfect villain…
George Soros, the billionaire investor and philanthropist, has had a busy year.
Since the beginning of 2017, he has faked a chemical attack in Syria, funded anti-Trump marches in Washington, come up with the ‘Soros plan’ to flood Hungary with refugees, forced a change of government in Macedonia, undermined the Israeli prime minister and got several key White House aides sacked.
Not bad for a man of 87.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 2, 2017.

Here’s How Much of Your Taxes Have Gone To Pay For Wars Since 9/11

Previously unreported Pentagon data shows how much the average U. S. taxpayer has paid for combat operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Syria. According to the two page report summary, the cumulative estimated cost of the 16 year war in the Middle East has cost each taxpayer $7,500.
According to Defense One, Americans paid the most for the wars in 2010, an average of $767 per taxpayer. Since the peak, the annual amount has declined to $289 this fiscal year and $281 projected for 2018. By October of 2018, the Pentagon’s share of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and now Syria will have collectively cost taxpayers more than $1.5 trillion, according to the Department of Defense.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 1, 2017.

Episode #204 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘International Norms’ with guests Annie Machon, Adam Garrie, Syrian Partisan Girl

Episode #204 of SUNDAY WIRE SHOW resumes on Oct 1st, 2017 as host Patrick Henningsen brings you this week’s LIVE broadcast on the Alternate Current Radio Network (ACR) – covering all the top news stories both at home and internationally…
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This week the SUNDAY WIRE is broadcasting LIVE from the UK as host Patrick Henningsen joined is in-studio by special guest, Adam Garrie, editor of the The Duran, covering the biggest stories internationally. In the first hour, we’ll cover the fall-out from the recent Kurdish referendum, as well as London’s Uber taxi controversy. In the first hour we’ll also connect with former M15 whistleblower Annie Machon, to discuss the state and corporation’s tightening noose around civil liberties and the restriction free access of information, and we’ll look at how mainstream Russiaphobia and America’s Russiagate are pushing the West back into a New Cold War. In the second hour we’ll connect with Syrian and blogger and activist Mimi Al-Lahamaka Syrian Partisan Girl, to her 7 year battle to get the truth out about her home country and the Middle East, as well as discuss ISIS in retreat in Deir Ezzor, Syria, and also the Kurdish issue. Later, we’ll also connect with on of London’s premier street poets, artist Bryan ‘Beedy Man’ Wilson, for a live spit about poli-tricks and the wars in our name. Enjoy the show…

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*NOTE: THIS EPISODE MAY CONTAIN STRONG LANGUAGE AND MATURE THEMES*

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on OCTOBER 1, 2017.

The Syrian Outcome Has Departed the Script

The Syrian Outcome Has Departed the Script
The CIA and presstitutes will re-write the history
Stephen Lendman sums up the success of Russian and Syrian militaries against Washington-supported ISIS. Washington claims to be fighting ISIS, but doesn’t. Remember, U. S. General Flynn, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, revealed on television that it was the ‘willful decision’ of the Obama regime to use ISIS to overthrow the Assad government. General Flynn said the decision was made over his objection. News agencies and writers should stop referring to ISIS and any of the other groups as ‘terrorists.’ The term ‘terrorists’ connotes an independence that the ‘terrorists’ do not have. These so-called ‘terrorists’ are organized, financed, and armed by Washington and Washington’s vassals. Washington uses ‘terrorists’ as a foreign policy tool. This has been going on for decades. Yes, sometimes the ‘terrorists’ escape Washington’s control. Washington supported Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan to help organize the Mujahideen to fight against the Soviet occupying force. Everyone knows this, or, perhaps I should say, fomerly knew it prior to the presstitutes helping Washington bury all the facts and replace them with fake news.

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on October 1, 2017.

‘Russia Did It’ – The New Age of McCarthyism

Make no mistake about it: the United States has entered an era of a New McCarthyism that blames nearly every political problem on Russia and has begun targeting American citizens who don’t go along with this New Cold War propaganda.
A difference, however, from the McCarthyism of the 1950s is that this New McCarthyism has enlisted Democrats, liberals and even progressives in the cause because of their disgust with President Trump; the 1950s version was driven by Republicans and the Right with much of the Left on the receiving end, maligned by the likes of Sen. Joe McCarthy as ‘un-American’ and as Communism’s ‘fellow travelers.’
The real winners in this New McCarthyism appear to be the neoconservatives who have leveraged the Democratic/liberal hatred of Trump to draw much of the Left into the political hysteria that sees the controversy over alleged Russian political ‘meddling’ as an opportunity to ‘get Trump.’
Already, the neocons and their allies have exploited the anti-Russian frenzy to extract tens of millions of dollars more from the taxpayers for programs to ‘combat Russian propaganda,’ i.e., funding of non-governmental organizations and ‘scholars’ who target dissident Americans for challenging the justifications for this New Cold War.
The Washington Post, which for years has served as the flagship for neocon propaganda, is again charting the new course for America, much as it did in rallying U. S. public backing for the 2003 invasion of Iraq and in building sympathy for abortive ‘regime change’ projects aimed at Syria and Iran. The Post has begun blaming almost every unpleasant development in the world on Russia! Russia! Russia!

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on SEPTEMBER 29, 2017.

Dear World: Inside the ‘Bana of Aleppo’ Propaganda Story

Remember the West’s regime change mascot, Bana of Aleppo? She has a book deal…
As J. K. Rowling’s publisher Simon & Schuster prepares to cash-in on the soon-to-be bestselling book claiming to be the thoughts and words of 8 year-old Syrian child, Bana Alabed – more facts are emerging about her parents’ extremist and terrorist connections. Still, the Western media continue to exploit and force-feed politicized speech through this unwitting child for profit, but more importantly – to advance the US and UK ‘regime change’ propaganda narrative against Syria. This and more…
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This post was published at 21st Century Wire on SEPTEMBER 29, 2017.

Victims of Rashideen Betrayed & Politicized by Western Media, Exploited by the White Helmets – Part One

‘They sieged us, starved us, mocked us and then tempted our children with potato chips before blowing them up. Have they no heart?’
That was a question asked by many of the survivors of the tragic Rashideen massacre that took place in the western outskirts of liberated Aleppo on the 15th April 2017. I had arrived in Aleppo on the evening of that fateful day and just as I entered the doors of the hotel I received the news of this horrifying attack by US Coalition ‘rebel’ proxies, two savages gangs, Ahrar al Sham and Nusra Front.
The magnitude of this crime against these already starved, persecuted and ethnically cleansed people who lived in the villages of Kafarya and Foua hit me hard.
Along with independent journalist, Eva Bartlett, I had been following, very closely, the history of the terrorist siege of these two Shia Muslim villages, marooned in Idlib and surrounded by hostile extremist factions, funded and armed by the US Coalition, for over two years. This sectarian identification is not in keeping with the peaceful co-existence between sects that flourished, prior to the NATO-state-driven war in Syria that has caused powerful rifts among these communities. It is, however, central to the narrative, so I apologise in advance, for using this sectarian terminology that is anathema to the majority of Syrian society.
Since March 2015 the siege had tightened to a full lock-down, with daily shelling, sniping and intimidation by the Army of Conquest (Jaish al Fatah, comprising Ahrar al Sham, Nusra Front & additional entities).

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on SEPTEMBER 29, 2017.

About Half 2.5 million Refugees Still Waiting for Approval for Asylum

According to Eurostat, at the end of 2016 there were almost 1.2 million migrants waiting for a decision on their asylum applications. Already, about 880,000 people were granted asylum with only 66,000 being returned to their home country. Then there were 110,000 people whose whereabouts are just unknown. This means that by the end of 2016, some 52% of 2.5 million refugees were still waiting for their asylum to be granted. The bulk or 53% of all asylum seekers come from only 3 countries – Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, according to what they claimed. About 50% of all asylum applications were filed in Germany.
Armstrong Economics

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on Sep 29, 2017.

US-Backed Forces And Syrian Government Trade Blame For Supporting ISIS

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On September 27th, a top commander of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Rojda Felat, claimed in a video statement that 100 ISIS terrorists, dressed as SDF members, attacked the SDF. The incident took place on September 26th and the SDF leader alleges that ISIS members came from some government-held area near Deir Ezzor. Felat added that this is a ‘sign’ that the Syrian government supported the attack. Twenty-eight SDF members were killed in the clashes with ISIS. The statement came a few days after the Russian Defense Ministry released pictures of US Speical Operations Forces positions deep inside the ISIS-held area near Deir Ezzor city as well as provided information that no clashes had been observed there between ISIS and the SDF.
Meanwhile, the SDF continued clashing with ISIS near al-Suwar with an aim to establish a foothold for further operations on the eastern bank of the Euphrates. In Raqqah city, the SDF captured the al-Nawawi mosque in al-Nahdah district from ISIS and continued developing momentum in the area. The SDF repelled the ISIS raids in al-Sinaa and al-Mashleb neighborhoods. However, some 45 SDF members were reportedly killed in the clashes.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 29, 2017.

‘All Sections of Syrian Society Should be Treated Equally Under the Syrian Flag’

21st Century Wire says…
The article we are republishing, was written in April 2016 and appears particularly prescient in the light of recent events in and surrounding Deir Ezzor and Raqqa in Syria.
‘It’s extremely doubtful to imagine that Arabs of any political disposition would rather live in a Kurdish-dominated statelet as second-class citizens than as equal ones within the Syrian Arab Republic, so the chances of the Kurds peacefully annexing Raqqa into their ‘federation’ via a plebiscite are close to nil. However, if the Arabs were forced out of their homes due to egregious war crimes by the US such as indiscriminate bombing and the widespread use of chemical weapons, then it becomes much easier to ‘hack the vote’ and create a public/international pretense of ‘legitimacy’. ~ Andrew Korybko for Global Village Space
The aforementioned article is by Maram Susli for Global Research:
‘The following points present a few simple reasons why PYD/YPG claims to federal autonomy and attempts to annex Syrian land are illegitimate, undemocratic, and could lead to genocide’
1. Kurds are not a majority in the Area PYD/YPG are attempting to annex
The region of Al Hasakah, which the Kurdish Nationalist Party (PYD) and its military wing YPG have declared a federal Kurdish state, does not have a Kurdish majority. Al Hasakah Governorate is a mosaic of Assyrian Christians, Armenians, Turkmen, Kurds and Bedouin Arabs. Of the 1.5 million population of Al Hasakah, only 40% are ethnically Kurdish. Moreover, parts of Al Hasakah Governorate, such as Al Hasakah district, is less than 15% Kurdish (!). In the other large minorities in the area the Arabs and Assyrian Christians form a majority. Declaring a small area with a wide array of ethnic groups as belonging to a specific ethnic minority is a recipe for oppression.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on SEPTEMBER 27, 2017.

‘KURDISTAN’- Redrawing the Middle East or the ‘New Middle East’ Project

21st Century Wire says…
In the light of the recent, hotly contested Kurdish referendum in Iraq, we have decided to republish a series of articles that have been written previously, concerning the history and evolution of the bid for independence by the Kurdish factions seeking to carve Kurdistan from territory belonging to Iran, Turkey, Iraq and Syria.
The first of these articles was written by eminent specialist in Middle East affairs, Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, for Global Research back in 2006:
Plans for Redrawing the Middle East: The Project for a ‘New Middle East’
‘Hegemony is as old as Mankind…’ -Zbigniew Brzezinski, former U. S. National Security Advisor
The term ‘New Middle East’ was introduced to the world in June 2006 in Tel Aviv by U. S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (who was credited by the Western media for coining the term) in replacement of the older and more imposing term, the ‘Greater Middle East.’
This shift in foreign policy phraseology coincided with the inauguration of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) Oil Terminal in the Eastern Mediterranean. The term and conceptualization of the ‘New Middle East,’ was subsequently heralded by the U. S. Secretary of State and the Israeli Prime Minister at the height of the Anglo-American sponsored Israeli siege of Lebanon. Prime Minister Olmert and Secretary Rice had informed the international media that a project for a ‘New Middle East’ was being launched from Lebanon.
This announcement was a confirmation of an Anglo-American-Israeli ‘military roadmap’ in the Middle East. This project, which has been in the planning stages for several years, consists in creating an arc of instability, chaos, and violence extending from Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria to Iraq, the Persian Gulf, Iran, and the borders of NATO-garrisoned Afghanistan.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on September 27, 2017.

EXPLAINED: The West’s NGO ‘Human Rights’ Scam

Just look around the world and throughout recent history, and you will find a number of compelling cases where western-backed NGOs have been frequently acted as enablers for the military interventions, sanctions and economic blockades that followed. Look at Iraq, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, Iran and Sudan – all were given the ‘human rights’ treatment prior to aggressive western actions. In most cases, claims of human rights violations and exaggerated atrocity reports preceded western action.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on SEPTEMBER 27, 2017.

A Failing Empire, Part 1: Russia & China’s Military Strategy To Contain The US

Looking at the global political landscape over the last month, two trends are becoming more apparent.
The infamous military and economic power at America’s disposal is declining, whereas in the multipolar field, an acceleration has occurred in the creation of a series of infrastructures, mechanisms and procedures to contain and limit the negative effects of America’s declining unipolar moment. This series of three articles will focus firstly on the military aspect of these ongoing changes, then the economics at play, and finally, how and why smaller countries are transitioning from the unipolar camp to the multipolar field.
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One of the most tangible consequences of the decline of US military power can be observed in the Syrian conflict. Over the past few weeks, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have completed the historic and strategic liberation of Deir ez-Zor, a city besieged for more than five years by Islamists belonging to Al Qaeda and Daesh. The focus has now shifted to the oilfields south of the liberated city, with a frantic rush by both the US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the SAA to free territories still held by Daesh. The final goal is to claim Syria’s resources and strengthen a weak US position (the US is not even part of the Astana peace talks) in future negotiations concerning the country’s future. To understand how much the US dream of partitioning Syria is failing, one only need note repeated US failures as seen in the liberation of Aleppo and then Deir Ez-Zor, and now the crossing of the Euphrates river. In spite of American intimidation, threats, and sometimes even direct aggression, the Syrian army continued to work against Daesh in the province of Deir Ez-Zor, advancing on oil rich sites. Thanks to the protection given by the Russian Federation Air Force during the conflict, Damascus has obtained a protective umbrella necessary to withstand attempts by the US of balkanize the country.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 26, 2017.

Russia Blames US For Death Of Top General In Syria

The aerial photos of ISIS' territory north of #Deir_ez_Zor where #USA special operation troops are seen pic.twitter.com/gjqlQubi9o
— (@mod_russia) September 24, 2017

Shortly after Russia disclosed on Sunday that a top Russian military commander, Lieutenant General Valery Asapov – who was serving as one of Russia’s “military advisers” in Syria – was fatally wounded by an exploding shell in a mortar attack by ISIS terrorists, on Monday the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that the ‘two-faced policy’ of the United States was to blame for the death of the Russian General in Syria.
‘The death of the Russian commander is the price, the bloody price, for two-faced American policy in Syria,’ Ryabkov told reporters, according to RIA.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 25, 2017.

SYRIA: Full Text of Syrian Deputy Prime Minister’s Speech at UNGA

21st Century Wire says…
Above the bluster and posturing of western world leaders at the UNGA, rose the voices from nations that are most under attack from these neo-colonialist entities…
Syrian Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem delivered a speech at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, in which he affirmed that Syria is marching steadily towards the goal of rooting out terrorism, and that any solution in Syria must respect Syria’s non-negotiable principles, which include the territorial unity of Syria and its people, and the rejection of any external interference.
Minister al-Moallem affirmed that Syria is determined to scale up reconciliation efforts, and that it is committed to the memorandum on de-escalation zones, the establishment of which is a temporary arrangement, adding that the Syrian government reaffirms its commitment to the Geneva process.
Following is the full text of the speech from SANA:
President of the seventy-second session of the United Nations General Assembly, I would like to congratulate you on your election as President of the current session of the General Assembly and wish you all the success. I would also like to thank your predecessor for his important role at the helm of the General Assembly during the previous session. I congratulate Mr. Antonio Guterres on his appointment as Secretary-General of the United Nations and wish him the best in carrying out his responsibilities in service of the principles and purposes of the UN Charter.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on SEPTEMBER 25, 2017.

JK Rowling, Clooney, Trudeau: put immigrants in your homes

Millions of people want to boost an open-borders policy for the whole world.
For them, things are moving too slowly.
I have the solution. But there is an unfathomable glitch…
Charity begins at home, doesn’t it?
Let’s call it ‘proof of concept.’
People like George Clooney, JK Rowling, and Justin Trudeau have plenty of money and plenty of room in their houses. They all support open borders, don’t they?
Why should they insist governments find homes for illegal immigrants, when they won’t provide homes for them? What’s the problem here? You would think these high-profile celebrities would want to set an example for others to follow.
Are they afraid? Are they too busy to attend to the needs of migrants? They can assign that job to their staffs. By taking new arrivals into their homes, they can make a huge symbolic difference for all migrants from Nigeria, Somalia, and Syria.
They could start a trend. They could shame their fellow celebrities into following suit. This could be the start of something big.

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on September 25, 2017.

Russia Releases Photos Showing US Special Ops At ISIS Positions In Syria

The Russian Defense Ministry has released aerial images allegedly showing ISIS, the SDF, and US special forces working side-by-side on the battlefield against Syrian and Russian forces in Dier ez-Zor, Syria.
The aerial photos of ISIS' territory north of #Deir_ez_Zor where #USA special operation troops are seen pic.twitter.com/gjqlQubi9o
— (@mod_russia) September 24, 2017

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 24, 2017.

From Baghdad to Istanbul: How Iraqi Kurds Could End Up Under De facto Turkish Rule

21st Century Wire says…
After seven years of war in Syria, and three years of ISIS marauding through Iraq, one thing is for sure: Iraqi Kurdistan is not what it was five years ago – when its geopolitical chaperone in Washington was still militarily occupying Iraq, and with oil pegged above $100 per barrel and its capital Erbil was a booming economic powerhouse. Back then, unimpeded progress was the order of the day. Not so today.
Politically and economically, Iraqi Kurdistan is fractured, which opens the door for a number of issues yet to unfold after this week’s historic move for independence.
As writer Adam Garrie points out in this piece below, the referendum is only the first step. Afterwards, some very serious problems are likely to follow.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised heavy sanctions against parts of northern Iraq, should Kurdish secessionists go through with their threat to hold a referendum for ‘independence’ in two days time.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on SEPTEMBER 24, 2017.

SYRIA: The Strategic Importance of Deir Ezzor and SAA, SDF Relations

21st Century Wire says…
As the Syrian Arab Army establishes its presence in and around the liberated areas of Deir Ezzor, including the crossing of the Euphrates, Russian MOD has been reporting some bizarre anomalies regarding the interaction between the US-backed SDF [Kurdish separatists] and ISIS forces.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on SEPTEMBER 24, 2017 B.