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Fox News anchor reveals media duplicity about Russian ‘election meddling’ (VIDEO)

For the media, the main attraction of the now 15 month old ‘scandal’ is the need to drive a narrative…ANY narrative

Seraphim Hanisch




In all the potpourri of news media networks covering the day-to-day activities of President Donald Trump, the one major news network that is relatively positive about Mr. Trump as President is Fox News.

Seen largely as a – no, the – conservative leaning news network, several anchors and guest analysts are usually quite positive about President Trump and his work. However, even here there is a lot of dissent in terms of how to handle the now 15-month-old pseudo-scandal regarding the notion that the Russian Federation somehow meddled with the American nation in the 2016 election.

As has been stated countless times, this is an allegation for which there has been shown ZERO proof of effect, and ZERO proof that the campaign to elect Donald Trump colluded in any way with Russian agents, knowingly or unknowingly. (It further is often stated that collusion itself is not even a crime, so the nothing-burger here is quite large and vacuous.)

But is truth enough for even Fox to drop this silly narrative? Apparently not. Watch.

Fox News’ Shepard Smith does make an important distinction that we must acknowledge. There are two issues regarding Russia. One is election meddling, and the other is campaign collusion.

Mr. Smith correctly states that the collusion matter is the subject of one investigation, and that the meddling issue is different, and being investigated differently. Both topics tend to run together, and President Trump himself has run the two together in his tweets, which were the subject of Shepard Smith’s rather tough-sounding address.

However, it seems that it is important to stop and take a few deep breaths, maybe have a cup of good old Russian black tea… and think.

The issue of “meddling” is absolutely moot. This can be stated with absolutely no worry of having to apologize for it later.

Why is this so?

There are several reasons. First, the American people are not incapable of using their brains. The 2016 campaign was malreported by almost all media sources, including Fox News, save for the steadfast honesty of a few reporters who never wavered on their stance about Mr. Trump or anyone else. The American people were treated to a constant narrative on all networks of, at best “the two most disliked candidates in modern election history…” regarding Mr. Trump and Hillary Clinton.

But this was not true. And not only is it not true, the Hillary people as well as the Trump people had huge numbers of very ardent supporters. They still do. If it were not the case, Hillary would have crashed and burned so badly on her victimhood book tour for What Happened that she would have seen it coming herself and never taken such a bold chance. She has not disintegrated because many people love her beyond reason.

A similar (but not necessarily the same) factor operates for Mr. Trump. Now, Hillary’s appeal to her base was largely emotionally based and full of reference to identity politics as befits the Democrat Party today. She was not policy-rich, and in fact, there was no significant policy move she is remembered for campaigning on.

Candidate Trump was extremely policy-rich, releasing his list of prospective Federal court nominees, proposing the border wall in no uncertain terms, campaigning to repeal and replace Obamacare, that disastrous and expensive weight around so many American necks, and also to make a major tax cut. These policy descriptions were so powerful that many Americans who were not enthusiastic about Mr. Trump did have to admit the man had ideas they could agree with, and it was either him and some change, or her, and none.

How could Russian agencies interfere or meddle with that?  With 3,000 Facebook ads?

And further, the MSM had the narrative – all across the board – for Hillary (again, including most of Fox News) and yet, due to skillful targeting, the Trump team pulled off a strong electoral victory. How does any foreign agent “meddle” in such a situation?

That has never been explained. Nor will it.

But there is still another aspect to this. America meddles with Russia policy as well. Not only does America do this with some success, George Soros and Co. does it with great success. Russia Today (RT) is seen as a pro-Russia (policy) network. But in this report on the Syrian / Afrin / Turkey affair, every interviewed person was either a Marxist or a Soros-related operative. And this in regards to a network that tries to represent the views of a nation in which George Soros and his Open Society Foundation is banned from entering.

Further, every world power has its own set of opinions about how things should be done, and they make free use of their own resources to express those opinions, and to try to convince others to see things from their point of view. How is that wrong? How is it even something that can or should be stopped?

Apparently for American politicians and political operatives the rule is “It’s okay if I mess with you, because I know better what is good for you… but you are not allowed to mess with me…”

James Woolsey, who was interviewed by Laura Ingraham, seems completely self-assured that the USA is right and the Russians are wrong. By definition. It is worth consideration that Ingraham’s questioning “what about China?” was brushed aside by Woolsey more than anything. This suggest that Mr. Woolsey has it in for Russia at all costs.

This is a problem with many people in the US government and former government apparatus, sometimes called the “deep state.” These people seem to be functionally unaware that the Cold War and Communism are over. They also seem to be determined, as Mr. Woolsey says in his own words, to “put Russia in its place.”  They also, in sometimes stunning examples of doublespeak simultaneously call Russia a Third World country and yet they act like the Russians are the most sophisticated spies and criminals on the planet.

And most of the listening public buys it at some level. That is why this talk of meddling is able to continue for fifteen months… because the narrative attracts viewers, readers, and listeners. It is not very well-played drama, but it is still drama for consumption.

The one effect it does have though, is to partially tie President Trump’s hands. Granted, he has gone much further than any conservative has in fighting fire with fire and denouncing his opponent’s lies and slander. He is very skilled at it, and in the longer run he always turns out correct. But at the same time, he is slowed down a bit from making the relationship change from a semi-hostile point of view towards Russia, based purely on nonsense and conjecture, to a cooperative stance based on the simple fact that Russia is the Great Power in the Eastern hemisphere, more so than China, and that Russia is actually trying to do right by other nations while preserving her own sovereignty.

In other words, Russia is practicing the “Trump Doctrine” in effect better than the USA is. And such a nation is a valued and valuable partner in helping things in the world. Why wouldn’t the USA want this kind of alliance?

This is the real question, and it is interesting to consider who is meddling with this process and preventing it from happening. One hint: It is sourced a lot closer to Washington, D.C. and New York than Moscow.

In further pieces, we hope to explore more of this why behind the what regarding American hysteria (mostly media and political hysteria) towards the Russian Federation. There is a clear set of reasons for this, but for now it is enough to consider that the real meddling is not coming from Russia, and the real meddling IS destructive.


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De-Dollarization Tops Agenda at Russia’s Eastern Economic Forum

The Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) was held in Vladivostok on Sept.11-13. Founded in 2015, the event has become a platform for planning and launching projects to strengthen business ties in the Asia-Pacific region.



Via Strategic Culture

This year, the EEF brought together delegations from over 60 countries to discuss the topic “The Far East: Expanding the Range of Possibilities”. A total of 100 business events involving over 6,000 participants were held during the three days.

1,357 media personnel worked to cover the forum. Last year, the number of participants was 5,000 with 1,000 media persons involved in reporting and broadcasting. The EEF-18 gathered 340 foreign and 383 Russian CEOs. Nearly 80 start-ups from across South-East Asia joined the meeting.

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This year, a total of 175 agreements worth of 2.9 trillion rubles (some $4.3 billion) were signed. For comparison, the sum was 2.5 trillion rubles (roughly $3.7 billion) in 2017.

They included the development of the Baimsky ore deposits in Chukotka, the construction of a terminal for Novatek LNG at Bechevinskaya Bay in Kamchatka and the investment of Asian countries in Russia’s agricultural projects in the Far East.

Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Mail.Ru Group, Megafon and Chinese Alibaba inked an agreement on establishing AliExpress trade joint venture. Rosneft and Chinese CNPC signed an oil exploration agreement.

The Chinese delegation was the largest (1,096 people), followed by the Japanese (570 members). The list of guests included the president of Mongolia and prime ministers of Japan and South Korea.

It was also the first time Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the event to meet his Russian counterpart. The issue of de-dollarization topped the agenda. Russia and China reaffirmed their interest in expanding the use of national currencies in bilateral deals.

During the forum, Kirill Dmitriev, the head of RDIF, said the fund intends to use only national currencies in its transactions with China starting from 2019. It will cooperate with the China Development Bank.

This “yuanification” is making visible progress with Shanghai crude futures increasing their share of oil markets up to 14 percent or even more. China has signed agreements with Canada and Qatar on national currencies exchange.

READ MORE: Eastern Economic Forum opens new chapter in US-Russia dialogue

De-dollarization is a trend that is picking up momentum across the world. A growing number of countries are interested in replacing the dollar. Russia is leading the race to protect itself from fluctuations, storms and US-waged trade wars and sanctions.

Moscow backs non-dollar trade with Ankara amid the ongoing lira crisis. Turkey is switching from the dollar to settlements in national currencies, including its trade with China and other countries. Ditching the US dollar is the issue topping the BRICS agenda. In April, Iran transferred all international payments to the euro.

The voices calling for de-dollarization are getting louder among America’s closest European allies. In August, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called for the creation of a new payments system independent of the US.

According to him, Europe should not allow the United States to act “over our heads and at our expense.” The official wants to strengthen European autonomy by establishing independent payment channels, creating a European Monetary Fund and building up an independent SWIFT system.

Presenting his annual program, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called on Sept. 12 for the European Union to promote the euro as a global currency to challenge the dollar.

According to him, “We must do more to allow our single currency to play its full role on the international scene.” Mr. Juncker believes “it is absurd that Europe pays for 80 percent of its energy import bill – worth 300 billion euros a year – in US dollars when only roughly 2 percent of our energy imports come from the United States.” He wants the raft of proposals made in his state of the union address to start being implemented before the European Parliament elections in May.

70% of all world trade transactions account for the dollar, while 20% are  settled in the euro, and the rest falls on the yuan and other Asian currencies. The dollar value is high to make the prices of consumer goods in the US artificially low. The demand for dollars allows refinancing the huge debt at low interest rates. The US policy of trade wars and sanctions has triggered the global process of de-dollarization.

Using punitive measures as a foreign policy tool is like shooting oneself in the foot. It prompts a backlash to undermine the dollar’s status as the world reserve currency – the basis of the US economic might. The aggressive policy undermines the US world standing to make it weaker, not stronger.

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Putin and Erdogan Plan Syria-Idlib DMZ

What the Putin-Erdogan DMZ decision means is that the 50,000 Turkish troops occupying Idlib will take control over that land, and have responsibility over the largest concentration of jihadists anywhere on the planet.

Eric Zuesse



As I recommended in a post on September 10th, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan jointly announced on September 17th, “We’ve agreed to create a demilitarized zone between the government troops and militants before October 15. The zone will be 15-20km wide,” which compares to the Korean DMZ’s 4-km width. I had had in mind the Korean experience, but obviously Putin and Erdogan are much better-informed about the situation than I am, and they have chosen a DMZ that’s four to five times wider. In any case, the consequences of such a decision will be momentous, unless U.S. President Donald Trump is so determined for there to be World War III as to stop at nothing in order to force it to happen no matter what Russia does or doesn’t do.

What the Putin-Erdogan DMZ decision means is that the 50,000 Turkish troops who now are occupying Idlib province of Syria will take control over that land, and will thus have the responsibility over the largest concentration of jihadists anywhere on the planet: Idlib. It contains the surviving Syrian Al Qaeda and ISIS fighters, including all of the ones throughout Syria who surrendered to the Syrian Army rather than be shot dead on the spot by Government forces.

For its part, the U.S. Government, backed by its allies and supported in this by high officials of the United Nations, had repeatedly threatened that if there occurs any chemical-weapons attack, or even any claimed chemical-weapons attack, inside Idlib, the U.S. and its allies will instantaneously blame the Syrian Government and bomb Syria, and will shoot down the planes of Syria and of Russia that oppose this bombing-campaign to conquer or ‘liberate’ Syria from its Government. The U.S. has announced its determination to protect what one high U.S. official — who is endorsing what Trump is doing there — “the largest Al Qaeda safe haven since 9/11.” He admits it, but he wants to protect them from being bombed by Syria and by Russia.

During recent weeks, the U.S. military has increasingly said that even if the jihadists they’ve been assisting to assemble the materials for a chemical-weapons attack fail to carry it out or to stage one, any attempt by Syrian and Russian forces to destroy the jihadists (which the U.S. side calls ‘rebels’) in Idlib will be met with overwhelming U.S.-and-allied firepower. That would spark WW III, because whichever side — Russia or U.S. — loses in the Syrian battlefield will nuclear-blitz-attack the other side so as to have the lesser damage from the nuclear war and thus (in military terms) ‘win’ WW III, because the blitz-attack will destroy many of the opposite side’s retaliatory weapons. In a nuclear war, the first side to attack will have a considerable advantage — reducing the number of weapons the other side can launch.

If, on the other hand, the DMZ-plan works, then Turkey’s forces will be responsible for vetting any of Idlib’s residents who try to leave, in order to prohibit jihadists and their supporters from leaving. Once that task (filtering out the non-dangerous inhabitants and retaining in Idlib only the jihadists and their supporters) is done, the entire world might be consulted on whether to exterminate the remaining residents or to set them free to return to the countries from which they came or to other countries. Presumably, no country would want those ‘refugees’. That would answer the question.

America’s Arab allies, the oil monarchies such as the Sauds who own Saudi Arabia and the Thanis who own Qatar, and which have funded Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood, would then be put on a spot, because if they say “Exterminate them!” then their clergy who have provided the moral imprimatur upon those families’ ownership of those nations, will either be in rebellion or else will themselves become overthrown either by their own followers or else by their monarch — overthrown from below or from above.

Alternatively, after Turkey’s forces in Idlib will have allowed release from Idlib of all who will be allowed out, Syria’s and Russia’s bombers will simply go in and slaughter the then-surrounded jihadists and take upon themselves the responsibility for that, regardless of what the leaders of the U.S. and its allied governments might say.

On the night of September 17th in Syria, there were missile-attacks “from the sea” against several Syrian cities; and those attacks could have come from either Israel’s or America’s ships, or from other U.S.-allied ships. Russian Television bannered, “Russian plane disappears from radars during Israeli attack on Syria’s Latakia – MoD” and reported:

A Russian military Il-20 aircraft with 14 service members on board went off the radars during an attack by four Israeli jets on Syria’s Latakia province, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
Air traffic controllers at the Khmeimim Air Base “lost contact” with the aircraft on Wednesday evening, during the attack of Israeli F-16 fighters on Latakia, said the MOD.Russian radars also registered the launch of missiles from a French frigate in the Mediterranean on the evening of September 17. …
The attack on Latakia came just hours after Russia and Turkey negotiated a partial demilitarization of the Idlib province

If the missiles were authorized by President Trump, then WW III has already begun in its pre-nuclear stage. However, if the attacks were launched by Israel’s Netanyahu, and/or by France’s Macron, without U.S. authorization, then the U.S. President might respond to them by siding against that aggressor(s) (and also against what he used to call “Radical Islamic Terrorists”), so as to prevent a nuclear war.

Late on September 17th, Al Masdar News bannered “NATO warships move towards Syrian coast” and reported “The NATO flotilla cruising off the Syrian coast reportedly consists of a Dutch frigate, the De Ruyter, a Canadian frigate, the Ville de Quebec, and a Greek cruiser, the Elli.” Al Qaeda and ISIS have influential protectors.

Ultimately, the decision will be U.S. President Trump’s as to whether he is willing to subject the planet to WW III and to its following nuclear winter and consequent die-off of agriculture and of everyone, in order to ‘win’ a nuclear war, such as America’s aristocracy has especially championed since the year 2006. The nuclear-victory concept is called “Nuclear Primacy” — the use of nuclear weapons so as to win a nuclear war against Russia, instead of to prevent a nuclear war. That concept’s predecessor, the “Mutually Assured Destruction” or “M.A.D.” meta-strategy, predominated even in the U.S. until 2006. Trump will have to decide whether the purpose of America’s nuclear-weapons stockpiles is to prevent WW III, or is to win WW III.

In Russia, the purpose has always been to have nuclear weapons in order to prevent WW III. But America’s President will be the person who will make the ultimate decision on this. And Idlib might be the spark. Netanyahu or Macron might be wanting to drag the U.S. into war even against Russia, but the final decision will be Trump’s.

The ultimate question is: How far will the U.S. go in order to continue the U.S. dollar as being the overwhelmingly dominant global currency?


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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Russian MoD: Il-20 downed by Syrian missile after attacking Israel’s F-16s used it as cover

Israeli pilots used the Russian plane as cover and set it up to be targeted by the Syrian air defense forces.

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Russia has stated that it “reserves right to response” after claiming that Israel’s actions led to downing of Il-20 by Syrian S-200 missiles.

The Russian military accused their Israeli counterparts for causing the downing of a Russian Il-20 plane by the Syrian air defense forces, which were responding to an Israeli air raid on Latakia.

Via RT

The Russian military say the Israeli raid on Syria triggered a chain of events, which led to the shooting down of a Russian Il-20 plane by a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile. Moscow reserves the right to respond accordingly.

On Monday evening four Israeli F-16 fighter jets attacked targets in Syria’s Latakia after approaching from the Mediterranean, a statement by the Russian defense ministry said on Tuesday. The Israeli warplanes came at a small altitude and “created a dangerous situation for other aircraft and vessels in the region”, it said.

The military said the French Navy’s frigate “Auvergne” as well as a Russian Il-20 plane were in the area of the Israeli operation.

“The Israeli pilots used the Russian plane as cover and set it up to be targeted by the Syrian air defense forces. As a consequence, the Il-20, which has radar cross-section much larger than the F-16, was shot down by an S-200 system missile,” the statement said.

The Russian ministry stressed that the Israelis must have known that the Russian plane was present in the area, which didn’t stop them from “the provocation”. Israel also failed to warn Russia about the planned operation in advance. The warning came a minute before the attack started, which “did not leave time to move the Russian plane to a safe area,” the statement said.

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