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Will Russia Leave the West?   -   by Stephen F Cohen (and podcast)

https://www.thenation.com/article/will-russia-leave-the-west/

"The new Cold War could drive the planet's largest country, long anchored politically in both geopolitical worlds, eastward to stay..."

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'Playing With Fire'

https://on.rt.com/8na8

"Upper House speaker blasts Washington's attempts to dominate foreign nations..."

 

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We We Can't Trust Facebook's Story About Russian Ads

https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/8/16277144/facebook-russian-ads-politica...

 

Google Says It Found No Trace of Russia's Interference in US Election on its Ad Platform

https://www.rt.com/usa/402410-google-no-russia-election-ads/

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Stanislav Petrov, 'The Man Who Saved The World,' Dies At 77

 

Stanislav Petrov, a former Soviet military officer, poses at his home in 2015 near Moscow. In 1983, he was on duty when the Soviet Union's early warning satellite indicated the U.S. had fired nuclear weapons at his country. He suspected, correctly, it was a false alarm and did not immediately send the report up the chain of command. Petrov died at age 77.

Pavel Golovkin/AP

 

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/18/551792129/stanislav-pe...

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His colleagues were all professional soldiers with purely military training and, following instructions, would have reported a missile strike if they had been on his shift.[6]

There is some confusion as to precisely what Petrov's military role was in this incident. Petrov, as an individual, was not in a position where he could single-handedly have launched any of the Soviet missile arsenal. His sole duty was to monitor satellite surveillance equipment and report missile attack warnings up the chain of command; top Soviet leadership would have decided whether to launch a retaliatory attack against the West. But Petrov's role was crucial in providing information to make that decision.[12] According to Bruce Blair, a Cold War nuclear strategies expert and nuclear disarmament advocate, formerly with the Center for Defense Information, "The top leadership, given only a couple of minutes to decide, told that an attack had been launched, would make a decision to retaliate."[13]

Petrov later said "I had obviously never imagined that I would ever face that situation. It was the first and, as far as I know, also the last time that such a thing had happened, except for simulated practice scenarios."[12]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislav_Petrov

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Morgan Freeman Declares War

https://twitter.com/InTheNow_tweet/status/910654839939489796

 

TRNN: Neocons & Hollywood Liberals Go To 'War' on Russia

https://t.co/ggj1gGTaQa

"You're basically looking at a gigantic scam."

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How NATO's Fake-News Russia Scare Increases Defense Waste

https://t.co/16pBBr3QXb

"Zapad 2017 was publicly announced and foreign military observers were invited to watch it. NATO and its associated media used the occasion to launch a gigantic fear and warmongering campaign."

 

Russian Food Producers Boom in Wake of Western Sanctions

https://youtu.be/zDmRa4RY8h4

"100% natural and no chemicals..."

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Sheriff Clarke ‘Attacked Black Lives Matter on Deripaska’s Orders’

 

 

https://patribotics.blog/2017/06/25/exclusive-sheriff-clarke-attacked-bl...

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Blumenthal: ‘99 percent sure’ of Russia indictments

Manafort and Flynn are among the Trump aides likely to face criminal charges, says the Connecticut senator and former state attorney general.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/26/indictments-michael-flynn-paul-...

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Senators say they'll protect Mueller if Trump's Russia ire heats up

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/26/senators-protect-robert-mueller...

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Sheriff Clarke ‘Attacked Black Lives Matter on Deripaska’s Orders’

https://patribotics.blog/2017/06/25/exclusive-sheriff-clarke-attacked-bl...

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'Deripaska is a key lieutenant of Mr Putin's' LOL. But since you're interested in OD, here's more.

John Helmer: Did Hillary Clinton Take Money From Russia Oligarch Oleg Deripaska for a favour in GM-Opel Deal?

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2016/09/john-helmer-did-hillary-clinton-...

"Some of the issues Helmer highlights include the curious practice of Clinton's staff members of referring to a pending sale of GM's Opel operations to a German/Russian consortium as 'Magna', which was the name of a Canadian car parts company owned by a Canadian 'of Austrian origin.' Magna made a donation of between $500,000 and $1 Million to the Clinton Foundation..."

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"Yet another Russia conspiracy story retracted. Anyone keeping track of how many so far?"

https://twitter.com/MarkAmesExiled/status/912763829192454144

No shortage on 'Red Dawn' Rabble...

NorthReport

Is this supposed to be news as it was obvious who the Russians did not want to win?

Russian-funded Facebook ads backed Stein, Sanders and Trump

At least one touted Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate, who Clinton says "may well have thrown the election to Trump."

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/26/facebook-russia-trump-sanders-s...

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"As is the case with so many Russiagate reports, you read past the headline and the premise of the story falls apart."

https://twitter.com/MaxBlumenthal/status/912865563852099584

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The Rise of the New McCarthyism   -   by Robert Parry

https://www.newcoldwar.org/rise-new-mccarthyism/

"Make no mistake about it. The United States [and Canada] have 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.

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.'"

josh

If it were a "New McCarthyism," it would have something to do with "Reds."  It doesn't.  Also McCarthyism did not involve blaming Russia for everything, but in terrorizing U.S. citizens.

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Was a Trump Server Communicating With Russia?

This spring, a group of computer scientists set out to determine whether hackers were interfering with the Trump campaign. They found something they weren’t expecting.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/cover_story/2016/10/was_...

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Russophobia: RT Rates the Top Ten

https://on.rt.com/8og2

"The 'knee-jerk Russophobia' is being propelled by a furious few, some of them making a very good living from it, thank you very much..."

 

Putin Watches Russia Destroy Last Batch of Chemical Weapons

https://youtu.be/CSYXvuCIdzc

Meanwhile, USA has the largest stockpile of chemical weapons on the planet.

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contrarianna

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">http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-russia-wargames-20170914-story...

Would it be too much to ask for people to actually do research before parroting whatever the dominant anti-Russian fearmongering stream is generating? 

A joke rhetorical question, it is definitely too much to ask.

It's not really necessary to single out this LA Times article (The Zapad exercise finished on the 20th and the troops have returned).  One could also visit all the other  "Newspapers of Record" (eg see the NYT) for numerous renditions of the same false news--not to mention the hundreds of lesser "authorative" media renditions of the same disinformation, often even more hysterical, in both senses.

The gist of all these stories is:

The treacherous Russians are not really carrying out the usual Zapad war games, which happen ever few years as counter to the far more numerous NATO war games on their borders.

Be very afraid, the Russians are really:

1)Going to field 100,000 troups instead of the 12,000 or 13,000 stated
2)they may be using this deceptively HUGE "exercise", as cover to invade the West.

From the above linked LAT article:
Headline:
The enemies are fake, but Russia's war games are real. So is the alarm.

However, military analysts following the preparation ahead of the drills have estimated that Russia could be sending in as many as 100,000 troops, along with tanks, artillery units, aircraft, and other equipment.
....
“That would be three troops per carriage … that’s fairly luxurious for moving in 13,000 troops,” said Piers Cazalet, a deputy spokesman in NATO’s press office. The real issue is Russia’s lack of transparency with the other signers of the Vienna Document, he said.

NATO and its allies regularly invite Russia to its exercises, and Russia regularly sends observers. But there’s never been a Russian exercise opened up for observation, Cazalet said.
....
http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-russia-wargames-20170914-story...

How does this compare with reality?

Sept 27 from Deutsche Welle:

Zapad-2017: 'Normal military business'

Was the recent Russian and Belarussian Zapad-2017 military exercise really preparation for a major conflict as some neighbors feared? 
DW spoke with Thomas Möller, a Swedish army observer who was there.

DW: What brought you to Belarus to watch Zapad-2017?

Thomas Möller: 
In accordance with the Vienna document (2011 OSCE agreement aimed at strengthening trust in security area – Ed) seven countries were invited on voluntary basis from the Belarus side to observe the Belarus part of the exercise. There were two of us from each country. We were in Belarus from September 16-21 observing the exercises.
....
DW: Before the exercise, Western politicians voiced concern. One of the critical points was the number of soldiers. Some estimated that the actual number was almost 100,000. What were your impressions? 

Thomas Möller: You can always discuss the numbers of soldiers. The Vienna document is mainly about land forces. What the Belarus verification agency reported – 12,700 Russian and Belarus soldiers – is a correct number I think. In Sweden we are conducting a similar exercise at the moment. The media talks of about 19- 20,000 participants. We reported about 12,400. But that's what you have to report according to the Vienna document, because you don't count anything to do with the navy or air force. When you come to Russia and Belarus you don't talk about strategic rocket forces, railroad and interior troops. From an observer's point of view I would say it is impossible to tell if it was 12,700 or 13,061. I believe the Belarus agency....

http://www.dw.com/en/zapad-2017-normal-military-business/a-40710010

See also the the Independent,
Russia was the target of Nato's own fake news

Military and media reports hyped the Zapad military exercise as a major threat. In fact, what took place was nothing as dramatic as the West's warnings would have led you to believe
....
So what happened? Zapad-2017 concluded earlier this week, by which time it had seriously fizzled out, in Western media terms at least. All that made the news was footage of President Vladimir Putin observing the scene through binoculars, and a report that three people had been injured when a Russian helicopter accidentally fired on spectators. The numbers are put, even by Western analysts, at somewhere between 10,000 and 17,000 troops taking part. No one has been invaded.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/russia-zapad-2017-putin-west-fake-ne...

Search for post-Zapad media emendations from the major "Newspapers of Record" generators of this crap? Good luck. You will just find more fearmongering. 

We can add this story to the question aptly put by Glenn Greenwald regarding the tsumami of disinformation:

Yet Another Major Russia Story Falls Apart. Is Skepticism Permissible Yet?

https://theintercept.com/2017/09/28/yet-another-major-russia-story-falls...

 

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The treacherous Russians are not really carrying out the usual Zapad war games, which happen ever few years as counter to the far more numerous NATO war games on their borders.

Seems to me:

- if you don't support them, they're conducting "war games".  Death is just a human version of being "crowned" in checkers, TO THEM.

- if you support them, they're conducting  completely understandable "military exercises" to counter someone else's "war games".

Sameanywhere.  Ukraine, DPRK, wherever.

NDPP

"American regime propagandist Dylan Byers essentially calls Baltimore & Ferguson uprisings a Russia op that 'undermine's democracy.'

https://twitter.com/MaxBlumenthal/status/913592555308281856

 

The Russia Blamers Think You're Stupid

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/09/29/the-russia-blamers-think-youre-s...

"Evidence? Who needs evidence?"

 

 

contrarianna

Mr. Magoo wrote:

Quote:
The treacherous Russians are not really carrying out the usual Zapad war games, which happen ever few years as counter to the far more numerous NATO war games on their borders.

Seems to me:

- if you don't support them, they're conducting "war games".  Death is just a human version of being "crowned" in checkers, TO THEM.

- if you support them, they're conducting  completely understandable "military exercises" to counter someone else's "war games".

Sameanywhere.  Ukraine, DPRK, wherever.

You can call them "war games" (as I did for both sides, in the  line you quoted) or " military exercises". They are, in all the instances referred to, interchangeable terms.  Since both sides hold war games at either side of the Russian border they are obviously "countering" each other.

Your quibble here on "war games"/"military exercises" is a (deliberate?) distraction from the factual evidence of yet another massive  propaganda fraud from the respected "authoritative"  media that so many here treat as gospel. 

 

 

 

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US Staging 'Fatal Provocations' Against Russian Forces in Syria - Lavrov

https://on.rt.com/8oyc

"Washington is playing a dangerous game of encouraging terrorists in Syria to attack government forces and the Russian military, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov has said..."

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The Latest: France Says No Trace of Russian Hacking Macron

https://t.co/JCz7SAcphO

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BAR: Russiagate Targets Black People

https://blackagendareport.com/freedom-rider-russiagate-targets-black-people

"There is no last refuge for the scoundrels intent on stoking cold and possibly hot war against Russia. Neocons in both parties and the corporate media have all spent years demonizing Russia's president even as they commit and abet horrific crimes against humanity at home and abroad. Vladimir Putin is a sinister projection of the American rap-sheet..."

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Russian Senator Blasts New Canadian Sanctions Bill as Undermining International Law

https://on.rt.com/8p3p

"...They increasingly resemble some liberal analogues of the Soviet Union in which foreign policy was determined by ideology. I cannot even decide which trait of this recently passed act is more bizarre - the blind imitation of their 'big brother's' actions that makes the whole action a blatant parody, or their bombastic yet still provincial claim for the status of a global ombudsman,' Kosachev said."

josh

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BAR: Russiagate Targets Black People

https://blackagendareport.com/freedom-rider-russiagate-targets-black-people

"There is no last refuge for the scoundrels intent on stoking cold and possibly hot war against Russia. Neocons in both parties and the corporate media have all spent years demonizing Russia's president even as they commit and abet horrific crimes against humanity at home and abroad. Vladimir Putin is a sinister projection of the American rap-sheet..."

LOL.

Mobo2000

From article linked above -

"The latest and most shameful charge is that Russia has targeted black Americans in an effort to “sow division” in the United States via social media. We are told that the Russian government spent a grand total of $100,000 to undermine the election and American society. Twitter and Facebook posts on issues ranging from the second amendment to police murder are now said to be tools of Russian espionage.

The cynical plot kills several birds with one stone. Democrats can explain away their dismal electoral failures. Democrats and Republicans make the case for imperialism. Now a phony concern for the plight of black Americans will be the rationale for targeting not only the Russian government, but all leftists in this country. From the Propornot campaign to changes in search engine algorithms, leftists and even progressive Democrats are being censored. That attack is committed under the guise of fighting Vladimir Putin and the effort is completely bipartisan."

It is somewhat amazing to me that corporate commitments to equality, LGBT rights, affirmative action from Facebook and Google have rehabilitated the image of the large transnational corporation to some of the left.  

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contrarianna wrote:

Mr. Magoo wrote:

Quote:
The treacherous Russians are not really carrying out the usual Zapad war games, which happen ever few years as counter to the far more numerous NATO war games on their borders.

Seems to me:

- if you don't support them, they're conducting "war games".  Death is just a human version of being "crowned" in checkers, TO THEM.

- if you support them, they're conducting  completely understandable "military exercises" to counter someone else's "war games".

Sameanywhere.  Ukraine, DPRK, wherever.

You can call them "war games" (as I did for both sides, in the  line you quoted) or " military exercises". They are, in all the instances referred to, interchangeable terms.  Since both sides hold war games at either side of the Russian border they are obviously "countering" each other.

Your quibble here on "war games"/"military exercises" is a (deliberate?) distraction from the factual evidence of yet another massive  propaganda fraud from the respected "authoritative"  media that so many here treat as gospel. 

Russian military exercises are a provocation to all of Europe and by extension to the US and must be taken very seriously as a threat. On the other hand the North Korean leadership is certifiably insane for being frightened of the US military exercises that mimic an invasion by air, sea and land.

US media is so biased that it has reached the point of absurdity. Only a people who have been propagandized into knee jerk nationalism could believe such incoherent ideas. 

NDPP

Max Blumenthal on the Collapse of Watchdog Journalism

https://t.co/ify72VlCq5

"Lee Camp and Max Blumenthal discuss corporate media's role in manufacturing consent for endless interventionist militarism and its effectiveness in smearing any voices that stray from such mainstream narratives..."

 

Trump Escalating Hillary-Obama Era Stoking of Hostility Against Russia - Dan Glazebrook

https://youtu.be/vy-AJ7hd4JY

"Moscow has not ruled out retaliatory measures if Washington continues its crackdown on Russian media outlets in the US, the Kremlin said. It added that US pressure on Russia media violates freedom of speech..."

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Well some Americans are standing up for them. That's a little ray of sunshine: 

They also chanted: “The South will rise again. Russia is our friend. The South will rise again. Woo-hoo! Wooo.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/10/07/richard-sp...

Maybe they are getting a similar deal to Front National, Jobbik, UKip and AfD. Gotta pay for those tiki torches and cheap suits somehow.

NDPP

The Mystery of the Russiagate Facebook Puppies   -    by Robert Parry

https://consortiumnews.com/2017/10/04/the-mystery-of-the-russia-gate-pup...

"Like all good conspiracy theories, once one allegation is dismissed as meaningless, it is replaced by another."

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Russia Insists on Return of its Diplomatic Property 'Illegally Seized' by US - Lavrov

https://on.rt.com/8pea

"Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Moscow insists on the return of its diplomatic property 'illegally seized' by the US, warning of legal consequences and possible retaliation..."

 

'Defensive Actions?' NATO Launches New Multinational Force To Counter Russia

https://on.rt.com/8pdm

"Here in Romania, our multinational brigade is now operational...Our deployments are a direct response to Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine,' Stoltenberg said, speaking at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in the Romanian capital.

The Russian permanent representative to NATO, Aleksandr Grushko, meanwhile noted in July that NATO activities in Eastern Europe, 'not only ensure a reinforced military presence of the allies in the immediate vicinity of Russia's borders but in fact represent an intensive mastery of the potential theater of military operations..."

josh
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A Bernie Sanders Veteran Advises Surging Opposition Movement in Russia

https://twitter.com/PostWorldNews/status/918013828704727040

 

Russia-Gate Jumps the Shark

https://t.co/6XYl3VuPe2

"Russia-gate has jumped the shark with laughable new claims about a tiny number of 'Russia-linked' social media ads, but the US mainstream media is determined to keep a straight face, reports Robert Parry."

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Russiagate: The Lie Implodes  -  by Glen Ford

https://blackagendareport.com/russiagate-lie-implodes

"To promote war without end we got lies without end, all orbiting around the black, empty hole called Russiagate."

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The House of Saud Bows To The House of Putin

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/12/the-house-of-saud-bows-to-the-ho...

"...What's also clear is that the House of Saud has realized it cannot be left to watching camels as the great Eurasia integration caravan picks up speed..."

NDPP

Interview: Magnitsky Act Comes To Canada

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/10/15/interview-magnitsky-ac...

"Perhaps it is a case of willful blindness."

 

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Russian TV Says US Breaks Peace Treaty   -  by Eric Zuesse

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2017/10/russian-tv-says-u-s-breaks-peace-...

"Headlining 'More US Troops at our borders' - Russian Defense Ministry,' Russian Television (whose US broadcasts the US Government is considering to ban) reported on Friday, October 13th, that 'On Thursday, the US announced the presence of a second [US] regiment in the already tense Baltic region and Poland, and that's a move which Moscow claims violates that fundamental peace treaty signed between Russia and NATO.'

Under US President Obama, and now continuing under US President Trump, the NATO Founding Act has itself been nullified, and there no longer exists what had been the only peace treaty that the US ever signed with Russia..."

*This is an extremly important and very alarming development. Yet another which few Canadians seem to either realize or appreciate the gravity of. 

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Prof Stephen Cohen: The New Cold War is Already More Dangerous Than Was Its Predecessor

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/48032.htm

"Today's America-Russia confrontation is developing in unprecedented ways - the US political/media establishment, seems not to care. However much US politicians and media loathe Trump, Cohen adds they should fear the possibility of war with Russia, more."

josh

Speaking at the Valdai forum in Sochi, Putin said Trump’s political adversaries “haven’t allowed him to fulfill any of his election platforms and plans.”

He emphasized that Trump won an honest victory thanks to his talents, adding that the lack of respect for Trump and his voters that was demonstrated by his foes is a “deplorable element of the U.S. political system.”

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/putin-trump-foes-prevent-him-on-fulfilling-plans?utm_content=bufferf68e1&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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John Helmer: Lunatic Russia-Hating in Washington is 70 Years Old. 

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/10/john-helmer-lunatic-russia-hatin...

"For them, Russia was a suitable target..."

And is again.

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