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NATO masses troops along Russian border, war becomes possible scenario - peace movement leader

NATO masses troops along Russian border, war becomes possible scenario - peace movement leader | Saif al Islam |
NATO could expand its presence - again, this time with Montenegro bidding for membership of the alliance. The country's government insists the decision is supported by the majority of the people, but polls show otherwise - almost half of Montenegro is against the idea. Memories of the Yugoslavian conflict, where the people were bombed by NATO planes, are still alive. So why is the government going for membership? And will it become a blessing - or another problem? We ask journalist and a member of the "No to war - No to NATO " peace movement. Gojko Raicevic is on Sophie&Co today.

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Sophie Shevardnadze: Gojko Raicevic, leader of the “No to War - No to Nato” peace movement which advocates for Montenegro’s neutrality, welcome to the show, it’s really great to have you with us. Now, Gojko, Montenegro just signed a NATO Accession Protocol, and country’s PM Milo Đukanović is saying Montenegro has made its choice and it’s going West, no matter what. But study shows that around half of Montenegro’s population is against joining NATO. Why is mr. Đukanović so sure the country has made the right choice?

GR: First of all you have to understand that mr. Đukanović is not a trustworthy person. Đukanović, for 27 years since he’s in his post, he changed his politics ever so often. Remember, that he was part of the military action on Dubrovnik and then afterwards he was regretting it and being involved in a cigarette smuggling afterwards, he was a victim of Brussels and Washington’s blackmailing, so he has to do whatever Washington and Brussels are asking. So, I wouldn’t think of Đukanović and his attitude as something that is even permanent, it is something that could be changed and it has been proven in the past. So, I wouldn’t rely on whatever he said - you just don’t do it.

SS: NATO says accepting Montenegro means expanding its security umbrella - what kind of protection will NATO offer to Montenegro? Does the country need external protection from anything?

GR: NATO is a source of problems, NATO is not a solution to any problems. That’s the fact, and we know that very well, living in Balkans, and having experienced NATO for the last 20 years, when they started the action - more than 20 years ago, in Republika Srpska and later on with their bombing campaign against Yugoslavia - so NATO is just not the solution. We have a problem with NATO and we don’t see NATO as a solution to the problem.

SS: I know, but can NATO offer Montenegro a protection in any shape or form? What about global threats like terrorism? Or the refugee crisis that’s unraveling next door? Does Montenegro need assistance to resist these dangers?

GR: First of all, you have to know that the NATO made this crisis - that’s NATO policy. The refugees are not a sudden thing to happen, it’s something that has been very well planned in order to weaken Europe, by the U.S. plans, and then becoming a solution to a problem. So, even in NATO, I have been witnessing it as an activist of “No to War - No to Nato” in Brussels recently, when one of the officials said that on top of their priorities, it’s not the refugee crisis neither the terrorism. The top priority for NATO is the danger coming from the East, from Russia. So, they don’t know what’s going on with refugee crisis, especially they don’t see a problem that Montenegro would eventually have due to refugees. So, I think it’s just a change of thesis.

SS: Now, the memories of the ‘99 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia which Montenegro was part of, are still very fresh. Do people feel like joining NATO is like joining their former enemy? How does that sit with them?

GR: First of all, we have to know that people in Montenegro are very much against NATO, and the same thing is in Serbia, or in Republika Srpska. So,it’s just simply because we experienced that very well. People were, from the very beginning, against this idea, but on the other side, you have a very strong campaign going for it, especially in the last 10 years since Montenegro got independence, that we have daily campaign from TV, press, other media, telling us how good is the idea of becoming part of NATO. People in Montenegro are very much aware that the target for NATO is Russia and, as people of Montenegro and Slavs generally, we are very much attached to Russia and most of us found Russia as a cradle, as a native place where we came from. On the other side, the civilization values would work against any idea that a civilized person would vote - on potential eventual referendum - for NATO, so…
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REPORT by AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL LIBYA RULE OF LAW OR RULE OF MILITIA mde190122012en.pdf - Google Drive | Saif al Islam |
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Amnesty removed the report from their web site ... I kept a Copy of Amnesty PDF. Pls check and see what is Amnesty hidding from you. Ask @Amnesty why they removed the report. Ask @Amnesty why they want by hidding Libya reality? How far they go on Helping Torture as a HumanRight for Libya Rebels? How Torture can become a sport with @Amnesty help. 

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Musicians flee Libya for 'right to rap'

Musicians flee Libya for 'right to rap' | Saif al Islam |
A group of rappers who say they had to flee Libya for their art were on their way to Italy Wednesday after being rescued by a charity boat.Th

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Prisão do mais importante cientista nuclear brasileiro é questionada por políticos | Brasil de Fato

Prisão do mais importante cientista nuclear brasileiro é questionada por políticos | Brasil de Fato | Saif al Islam |
Deputado federal Wadih Damous (PT) pede pena alternativa ou indulto ao almirante Othon Luiz Pinheiro da Silva
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ISIS-linked hackers release 9,000-name ‘kill list’ for US & UK

ISIS-linked hackers release 9,000-name ‘kill list’ for US & UK | Saif al Islam |
A group of hackers supporting Islamic State have released a “kill list” with the names of 8,786 people primarily from the US and UK, inciting violence against them, and also leaving a threatening message for Donald Trump.
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D. Rockefeller’s Gruesome Legacy | New Eastern Outlook

D. Rockefeller’s Gruesome Legacy | New Eastern Outlook | Saif al Islam |

The death of David Rockefeller, the de facto Patriarch of the American establishment, at age 101, is being greeted by establishment media with praise for his alleged philanthropy. I would like to contribute to a more honest picture…
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Total Screen: How Baudrillard Anticipated Trump

Total Screen: How Baudrillard Anticipated Trump | Saif al Islam |
It was, indeed, a Trumpquake. And the sequel was a given; the whole world, transfixed, in real time, 24/7, hanging on every word, tirade, feeding frenzy oozing from the swamp and its various flesh-eating monsters and manmade pathogens, deep state-related or otherwise.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, along with his family and running mate Mike Pence, addresses supporters during his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016
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The Trump presidency is the ultimate larger-than-life – for many the only – show on earth. It's open to debate whether the vicious civil war currently in effect between Team Trump and powerful deep state factions enmeshed with the neocon/neoliberalcon galaxy is just shadowplay; or whether this is the real deal underlining the eventual crash and burn of the American Empire.

That's all too predictable, when a reality TV star becomes president. When "post-truth" pseudo and/or non-events on screen 24/7 make a mockery of "reality." When the screen determines the perception of truth; if an "event" is not on show, it never happened.

The "post-truth" battle happens – where else – on a vortex of digital screens. And that's why US corporate media is freaking out. Because now there are no limits to how much it can suppress/repress/digress; what ideas are "appropriate" to be discussed; and what taboos cannot be broken, as debating the pernicious effects of neoliberalism, globalism or the industrial-military-intelligence-security complex.

And what a pity that the neo-Gibbon who could track this Decline and Fall to perfection – in fact did it, decades in advance, died 10 years ago, on March 6, 2007.

What to do after the orgy?

Since 1970, when he published The Consumer Society, the West's Deconstructor-in-Chief Jean Baudrillard had been nothing but consistent. After he identified marketing as the supreme ideology and shopping as the new moral standard/modern concept of happiness, we have come to understand ourselves primarily as reified prisoners in The System of Objects (another one of his classics), duly alienated by a non-stop demented deluge of merchandise.

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with county sheriffs in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington
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In 1990, in The Transparency of Evil, Baudrillard went one up, stressing how after the 1970s, everything had been liberated: "It was a total orgy of the real, the rational, the sexual, the critical." So, he asked with a pure dadaist/surrealist sense of humor, what is to be done "after the orgy"?

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Former NSA Whistleblower: "Trump Is Absolutely Right, Everything Was Being Monitored" | Zero Hedge

Former NSA Whistleblower: "Trump Is Absolutely Right, Everything Was Being Monitored" | Zero Hedge | Saif al Islam |
Legendary NSA whistleblower William Binney (and creator of NSA's global surveillance system) confirmed to Fox News, that President Trump is "absolutely right" to claim he was wiretapped and monitored... he was.
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Mass murder in the Middle East is funded by our friends the Saudis

Mass murder in the Middle East is funded by our friends the Saudis | Saif al Islam |
Donors in Saudi Arabia have notoriously played a pivotal role in creating and maintaining Sunni jihadist groups over the past 30 years. But, for all the supposed determination of the United States and its allies since 9/11 to fight "the war on terror", they have showed astonishing restraint when it comes to pressuring Saudi Arabia and the Gulf monarchies to turn off the financial tap that keeps the jihadists in business.

Compare two US pronouncements stressing the significance of these donations and basing their conclusions on the best intelligence available to the US government. The first is in the 9/11 Commission Report which found that Osama bin Laden did not fund al-Qa'ida because from 1994 he had little money of his own but relied on his ties to wealthy Saudi individuals established during the Afghan war in the 1980s. Quoting, among other sources, a CIA analytic report dated 14 November 2002, the commission concluded that "al-Qa'ida appears to have relied on a core group of financial facilitators who raised money from a variety of donors and other fund-raisers primarily in the Gulf countries and particularly in Saudi Arabia".
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You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia

You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia | Saif al Islam |
BEIRUT — The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed — and horrified — by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia’s ambivalence in the face of this manifestation both troubling and inexplicable, wondering, “Don’t the Saudis understand that ISIS threatens them, too?”

It appears — even now — that Saudi Arabia’s ruling elite is divided. Some applaud that ISIS is fighting Iranian Shiite “fire” with Sunni “fire”; that a new Sunni state is taking shape at the very heart of what they regard as a historical Sunni patrimony; and they are drawn by Da’ish’s strict Salafist ideology.

Other Saudis are more fearful, and recall the history of the revolt against Abd-al Aziz by the Wahhabist Ikhwan (Disclaimer: this Ikhwan has nothing to do with the Muslim Brotherhood Ikhwan — please note, all further references hereafter are to the Wahhabist Ikhwan, and not to the Muslim Brotherhood Ikhwan), but which nearly imploded Wahhabism and the al-Saud in the late 1920s.

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Artista que pichou ‘Doria’ perde casa após ‘visita’ do Deic | Ponte Jornalismo

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Gaddafi son's trial unfair, should be sent to ICC: U.N.  - ICC should be targeting @UN for Crimes Against Libya

Gaddafi son's trial unfair, should be sent to ICC: U.N.  - ICC should be targeting @UN for Crimes Against Libya | Saif al Islam |
The trial of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, a son of the ousted Libyan leader sentenced to death in absentia, did not meet international standards and he should face murder charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC), the United Nations said on Tuesday.
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Gen. Mike Flynn: Why Hillary's record on Libya is even worse than you think

Gen. Mike Flynn: Why Hillary's record on Libya is even worse than you think | Saif al Islam |
A failed state, a terrorist haven, four dead Americans – this is the Hillary Clinton record in Libya we know about.

But new evidence -- and a review of the public record -- reveals that Hillary Clinton’s actions in Libya were not just disastrous policy, but a violation of U.S. anti-terrorism law.

A recent report to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the British House of Commons concluded that Western intervention in Libya was based on "inaccurate intelligence" and "erroneous assumptions." Advocates failed to recognize that “the threat to civilians was overstated and that the rebels included a significant Islamist element," and the failure to plan for a post-Qaddafi Libya led to the "growth of ISIL" in North Africa.

However, “inaccurate intelligence” doesn’t fully describe the whole story. A closer examination of the run-up to the Libya debacle on September 11, 2012 leads to the irrefutable conclusion that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knowingly armed radical Islamist terrorists in Libya.

False pretenses

The American public was told that the intervention in Libya was necessary to prevent a humanitarian crisis. But just as Hillary Clinton would describe the attack on our Benghazi diplomats as a spontaneous protest over a video, the military intervention that led inexorably to the debacle in Benghazi was sold on false pretenses: to prevent an imminent massacre of civilians engaged in a pro-democracy uprising.

Hillary Clinton described the 2011 Arab Spring rebellion in eastern Libya as a spontaneous pro-democracy uprising, but the Libyan connection to radical Islamic extremist groups was well known long before 2011.

The region where the rebellion began was a fervid recruiting ground for jihadis who killed American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The leaders of the “civilian uprising” that Hillary Clinton supported were members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) who had pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda. They refused to take orders from non-Islamist commanders and assassinated the then leader of the rebel army, Abdel Fattah Younes.

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Opinion | Brazil’s Democracy Pushed Into the Abyss

Opinion | Brazil’s Democracy Pushed Into the Abyss | Saif al Islam |
There is little pretense that the court will be impartial in Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s trial.
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Modern day 'slave markets' in Libya, Newshour - BBC World Service #Podcast #Libya

Modern day 'slave markets' in Libya, Newshour - BBC World Service #Podcast #Libya | Saif al Islam |
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Ron Paul knows that the "chemical attack" in Syria is clearly a false flag (Video)

Ron Paul knows that the "chemical attack" in Syria is clearly a false flag (Video) | Saif al Islam |

Ron Paul knows that the “chemical attack” in Syria is clearly a false flag (Video)
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Something is Not Adding Up In Idlib Chemical Weapons Attack

Something is Not Adding Up In Idlib Chemical Weapons Attack | Saif al Islam |
“At least 58 people were killed in an alleged horrific gas attack in the Idlib Governorate this morning“. However, even before investigations could be conducted and for evidence to emerge, Federica Mogherini, the Italian politician High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, condemned the Syrian government stating that the “Assad regime bears responsibility for ‘awful’ Syria ‘chemical’ attack.”

The immediate accusation from a high ranking EU official serves as a dangerous precedent where public outcry can be made even before the truth surrounding the tragedy can emerge

Israeli President, Benjamin Netanyahu, joined in on the condemnation, as did Amnesty International.

Merely hours after the alleged chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhun, supposedly by the Syrian government, holes are beginning to emerge from opposition sources, discrediting the Al-Qaeda affiliated White Helmets claims.

For one, seen in the above picture, the White Helmets are handling the corpses of people without sufficient safety gear, most particularly with the masks mostly used , as well as no gloves. Although this may seem insignificant, understanding the nature of sarin gas that the opposition claim was used, only opens questions.

Within seconds of exposure to sarin, the affects of the gas begins to target the muscle and nervous system. There is an almost immediate release of the bowels and the bladder, and vomiting is induced. When sarin is used in a concentrated area, it has the likelihood of killing thousands of people. Yet, such a dangerous gas, and the White Helmets are treating bodies with little concern to their exposed skin. This has to raise questions.

It also raises the question why a doctor in a hospital full of victims of sarin gas has the time to tweet and make video calls. This will probably be dismissed and forgotten however.
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Pepe Escobar: Grande Muralha de Ferro contra Nova Rota da Seda?

Pepe Escobar: Grande Muralha de Ferro contra Nova Rota da Seda? | Saif al Islam |
16/3/2017, Pepe Escobar,  Asia Times Quando o zum-zum em torno do  encontro Trump-Xi  converter-se numa
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Pepe Escobar; Oh, That Traitorous WikiTrump

Pepe Escobar; Oh, That Traitorous WikiTrump | Saif al Islam |
The massive WikiLeaks Vault 7 release is an extremely important public service. It’s hard to find anyone not concerned by a secret CIA hacking program targeting virtually the whole planet – using malware capable of bypassing encryption protection on any device from iOS to Android, and from Windows to Samsung TVs.

In a series of tweets, Edward Snowden confirmed the CIA program and said code names in the documents are real; that they could only be known by a “cleared insider;” the FBI and CIA knew all about the digital loopholes, but kept them open to spy; and that the leaks provided the “first public evidence” that the US government secretly paid to keep US software unsafe.

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If that’s not serious enough, WikiLeaks alleges that “the CIA has lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal;” several hundred million lines of code — more than what is used to run Facebook.

Someone among the former US government hackers and contractors ended up leaking portions of the CIA archive (Snowden II?). WikiLeaks also stressed how the CIA had created, in effect, its “own NSA” – maximum unaccountability included.

Even though millions already knew – without the technical details – that they were being spied upon by their iPhone or their 4K Samsung, the Vault 7 revelations are far more relevant – and practical – to the average citizen than the 24/7 hysteria fingering President Trump as a Putin puppet. Intel sources are volunteering the – still unexplored – Vault 7 treasure trove is more crucial than what Snowden himself revealed.
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Moneyed Saudis, the CIA and the arming of Syrian rebels

Moneyed Saudis, the CIA and the arming of Syrian rebels | Saif al Islam |
Support for the Syrian insurgents fighting President Bashar al-Assad is only the latest chapter in the decades-long relationship between the espionage services of Saudi Arabia and the United States

When President Barack Obama secretly authorised the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to begin arming Syria’s embattled rebels in 2013, the spy agency knew it would have a willing partner to help pay for the covert operation. It was the same partner the CIA has relied on for decades for money and discretion in far-off conflicts: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Since then, the CIA and its Saudi counterpart have maintained an unusual arrangement for the rebel-training mission, which the Americans have code-named Timber Sycamore. Under the deal, current and former administration officials said, the Saudis contribute both weapons and large sums of money, and the CIA takes the lead in training the rebels on AK-47 assault rifles and tank-destroying missiles.

The support for the Syrian rebels is only the latest chapter in the decades-long relationship between the spy services of Saudi Arabia and the United States, an alliance that has endured through the Iran-Contra scandal, support for the mujahedeen against the Soviets in Afghanistan and proxy fights in Africa. Sometimes, as in Syria, the two countries have worked in concert. In others, Saudi Arabia has simply written cheques underwriting U.S. covert activities.

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A destruição do Brasil e sua decomposição moral

A destruição do Brasil e sua decomposição moral | Saif al Islam |
A consequência mais trágica do golpe [o impeachment da presidente Roussef em 2016, NR] é a destruição do Brasil enquanto nação e a decomposição moral das suas instituições. Se o impeachment em si representou um ataque aos fundamentos democráticos e republicanos da Constituição, o trabalho de sapa do governo ilegítimo [de Temer, NR] consiste em destruir de forma implacável e impiedosa o sentido social que o país vinha construindo desde a Constituição de 1988. As medidas do governo falam por si e se sintetizam na PEC dos gastos [Proposta de Emenda Constitucional destinada a congelar as despesas públicas durante 20 anos, NR], nas propostas de Reforma da Previdência e Trabalhista e na lenta destruição de programas sociais como o Prouni [bolsa de acesso ao ensino superior, NR], Minha Casa Minha Vida [programa de habitação popular, NR], o Bolsa Família [subsídio familiar, NR], o financiamento estudantil etc.
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5 facts that prove Lavrov is correct when he says Ukraine is 'dancing to pipe of neo-Nazis'

5 facts that prove Lavrov is correct when he says Ukraine is 'dancing to pipe of neo-Nazis' | Saif al Islam |
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is correct to note that Ukraine is a failed state run by neo-nazis.
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M of A - The Flynn Defenestration Will Hamper Trump's Foreign Policy

Trump's National Security Advisor Flynn resigned after only three weeks in office. While I am certainly no fan of Flynn or of Trump I find this defenestration a dangerous event. It will hamper any big change in U.S. foreign policy that Trump may envision.

The resignation followed a highly orchestrated campaign against Flynn by intelligence officials, the media and some people within the White House.

After the election and Trump's unexpected win the Obama administration slapped sanctions on Russia and sent Russian embassy officials back to Moscow. This move was intended to blockade a Trump policy of better relations with Russia. Flynn talked with the Russian ambassador and, as a direct result, the Russian's did not respond tit for tat for the sanctions and expulsions. This was an absolutely positive move and in full accordance with announced Trump policies. Henry Kissinger made a similar move and visited the Russian embassy weeks before he became Nixon's NSC. During the 2012 election Obama made a similar "deal" with the Russians in a comparable situation:

President Barack Obama was caught on camera on Monday assuring outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he will have "more flexibility" to deal with contentious issues like missile defense after the U.S. presidential election.

Despite tens or hundreds of claimed White House leaks in the media I am still not sure what really happened next. Trump's enemies and some intelligence officials accused Flynn of lying about the phone calls with the Russian ambassador. It is unclear what the alleged lies really are and especially why they should matter. Obfuscation is part of any White House business. If Flynn had secretly talked with the Israeli ambassador (which he probably did) no one would have attacked him.

So why was Flynn really under pressure and why didn't Trump back him? It would have been easy for Trump to say: "I ordered Flynn to do that. Obama did similar. In both cases it was a GREAT success. USA! USA! USA!" Nobody would have been able to further attack Flynn over the issue after such a protective move.

But Trump, completely against his style, held his mouth and did nothing. What else happened in the White House that let him refrain from backing Flynn?

Sure, the real beef other people have with Flynn is not about Russia but other issues, like his plans to reform the intelligence services. But by throwing Flynn out like this Trump opened himself to further attacks.

As it looks now a rather small gang of current and former intelligence officials - with the help of the anti-Trump media - leaked Flynn out of his office. They will not stop there.

Now blood is in the street and the hyenas will lust for more. The Trump magic is broken. He has shown vulnerability. Now they will go after their next target within the Trump administration and then the next and the next until they have Trump isolated and by the balls. He just invited them to proceed. All major foreign policy moves he planned will be hampered. The detente with Russia has probably ended before it even started.

There is another, overlooked country where Flynn's position as NSC influenced policy decisions. Flynn had at times lobbied for Turkey and good relations with the Erdogan government. Even on the very day of the presidential election an op-ed of his damning Erdogan's enemy Gülen and lauding Turkey was published.

After Trump was inaugurated and again talked of no-fly-zones the Turkish president Erdogan made another of his famous 180 degree turns.

Erdogan had wanted a no-fly-zones (aka a Turkish protectorate) in Syria from the very beginning of the war. The Obama administration would not give him one and in the later years shunned him. Erdogan turned to Russia but was told that he would have to limit his ambitions in Syria: no no-fly-zone, no Turkish march to Manbij or Raqqa. Erdogan agreed. But after Trump talked of new sanctions and Flynn was installed as NSC Erdogan again changed his position. He is now again calling for a no-fly-zone and is again promising to conquer Manbij (held by Kurds) and Raqqa (held by the Islamic State). (Any such attempt would be hopeless. The Turkish army and its Islamist proxy forces have tried to conquer the much smaller Al-Bab, held by the Islamic State, for over four month now and still fail at it.)

The Russian's will have taken note of such unreliable behavior. One wonders how Erdogan now feels as his lobbyist in a top position of the Trump administration is gone. If the Trump administration now acts against his plans will he creep back to Putin and ask for forgiveness? Would that be accepted?

Flynn is no big loss for the world, the U.S. or the Trump administration. But Trump has now lost the initiative. He long managed to set the media agenda for the day by this or that "outrageous" tweet or remark. Now this advantage has been taken away from him over some nonsense allegations and his lack of backing for one of his top people.

He will soon rue the day he let this happen.

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Are Saudi Jihadis Entitled to a "Safe Zone"? By Pepe Escobar

Are Saudi Jihadis Entitled to a "Safe Zone"? By Pepe Escobar | Saif al Islam |
Straight after the “extreme vetting” blitzkrieg – which, technically, is not a “Muslim ban” - President Trump called the lucidity-impaired King Salman of Saudi Arabia and “requested, and the king agreed to support” (in the words of the White House), safe zones in Syria and Yemen.

No wonder serial eyebrows were raised facing the prospect of a Trump/House of Saud alliance in Syria — which the Saudis have been destroying for years via weaponizing/cash support for “rebels” – and Yemen – which the Saudis have been bombing in an unwinnable war.

Trump and King Salman did not exchange a single word on the “Muslim ban”. And why should they? Saudi Arabia is mercifully excluded from the “Muslim ban”.

The official White House statement did mention a Saudi request for Trump to lead "an effort" not only to "defeat terrorism" but also to improve the Middle East socially and economically. This could be easily interpreted as the House of Saud asking Trump to lead the Arab world. It will be no doubt exciting to monitor how the pan-Arab street will manifest its “approval”.

As for the safe zones, everyone is waiting for the Trump-ordered Pentagon assessment, to be led by “Mad Dog” Mattis, on how they would be enforced. Drones? Multiple Black Hawk patrols? Squadrons of fighter jets? Boots on the ground?

Certified jihadis with Saudi passports, meanwhile, enthusiastically turbo-charge their celebrations.

I’ll bomb your visa to ashes

On the “Muslim ban”, let’s cut to the chase. Trump’s seven-nation list is the Obama administration’s list. These nations were “rounded up” by the Obama administration already in 2011, and are included in Obama's Terrorist Travel Protection Act 2015.

Homeland Security was already targeting these seven nations as “countries of concern”. Customs and Border Protection, detailing the “Visa Waiver Program and Terrorist Travel Protection Act of 2015”, even explicitly mentioned the seven nations. The whole package was signed into law on December 18, 2015, as part of the Omnibus Appropriations Act of fiscal year 2016.

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Hated by those who hate Russia | The Vineyard of the Saker

Hated by those who hate Russia | The Vineyard of the Saker | Saif al Islam |
Recently Marie Krarup, a member of the Danish Parliament for the Danish People’s Party – contacted me to say that the EU task force East Stratcom has placed me on a list branding me as a pro-Russian propagandist and is accusing me of spreading Russian disinformation.

This organisation was set up in March 2015 by the European Council to implement an action plan on strategic communication to address what it labels ”Russia’s on-going disinformation campaigns”, allegedly aiming to destabilize European democracy. To this end, East StratCom ”publishes two public weekly newsletters to stay up to date with the latest disinformation stores and narratives”. Have a look at EastStratcoms website.

This was shocking news to me. Marie Krarup requested a consultation with Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Anders Samuelsen. She found that the task force accusation violated my constitutional rights under Danish law to exercise freedom of speech, and found this to be stark evidence of the EU usurping undemocratic and totalitarian privilege to list commentators, pundits and journalists that criticize EU policies and EU leaders.

The minister disagreed. He stated that Iben Thranholm deserved her listing as a pro-Russian agent and should remain so listed. He indicated that I was hired by the Kremlin to destabilize Europe. Despite the consultation, this remains his position. No action has been taken to amend the list. No further comment has been offered on the case in the media.

The consequences may be dire. If the conflict with Russia escalates, the state will have the right to imprison me as an enemy of the state. Already now I have been branded a traitor and unpatriotic. Many opinion leaders and colleagues have composed and published an open letter criticizing the ministry. Social media have been brimming with support, but my government remains stubborn in its accusation that I am a Russian agent. This means that I am no longer protected by the state of which I am a national.