Russia Insider Daily Headlines for 12/22/2016

 

 

 

Russia Insider Daily Headlines for 12/22/2016

 


 

Thursday, December 22
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Today’s headlines

  1. The CIA Ordered Murder of Russian Ambassador – Turkish Media by Mark Nicholas
  2. Media Are ‘Corrupt Scum’ – Top US Journalist TELLS THE TRUTH (Video) by Oscar Platt
  3. Say Hi to Facebook’s ‘Fact Checkers’ – The CIA, Soros, Bezos, and Wash Post! by F. William Engdahl
  4. EXPOSED: Pentagon Sabotaged Syrian Deal with Back-Stabbing Airstrike by Enrico Braun
  5. Leading Alt-Right Podcast CRUSHES Russia Hacking Story (Audio – Fash the Nation) by Richard Brandt
  6. Another Neocon Setback – Japan Inks Billions in Deals with Russia by Simon North
  7. Lately Everything Has Being Going Russia’s Way by Mark Nicholas
  8. TREASON: Obama Gives Advanced Arms to Islamic Extremists to Hand Trump a Foreign Policy Headache by Mozez Birch
  9. Trump Will Lift Russia Sanctions in 2017 Say Top Analysts (Bloomberg Poll) by Paul Kaiser
  10. Turkey Hops Aboard the ‘Assad Will Stay’ Train in Moscow as Obama Prepares to Leave by Adam Hill
  11. Russia Hack Story Collapses – Even Mainstream TV Like CBS Are Ripping it Apart (Video) by Mark Becker
  12. Merkel Calls for More Censorship to Silence the Opposition by Jon Hellevig
  13. Samantha Power Lecturing on War Crimes is Like Quasimodo Lecturing on Posture by John Wight
  14. Syria’s Biggest ‘Moderate’ Rebel Group Just Voted on Whether to Merge With al-Qaeda by Adam Hill
  15. Japan’s Abe Proves No Match for Putin in Deal-Making by M. K. Bhadrakumar
  16. Who Profits From Turkey’s ‘Sarajevo Moment’? by Pepe Escobar
  17. Don’t Make Facebook the Ministry of Truth by Naoim Firsht
  18. OPEN DISCUSSION: Your Suggestions – Best Books About Russia? by Charles Bausman
  19. Highly Influential US Alt-Right is Staunchly Pro-Russia, Wants Alliance by Baron Von Steuben
  20. Russian Conservatives Push for Mandatory Family Values Classes in Schools by Philip Mollaret
  21. The Gloves Come Off: Media Tycoon Alex Jones to Sue Facebook and Wash Post by David Curry
  22. Jeff Bezos’ Neocon Washington Post is Basically a CIA Front by Carey Wedler
  23. Aleppo Looks Like Dresden in 1945 – Totally Gutted (Drone Video) by Anonymous
  24. Aleppo Has 1st Christmas Celebration in 4 Years – And It Gets Bombed! by Simon North
  25. Neocons in MELTDOWN: Leaked Trump Defense Memo Does Not Name Russia as a Threat by Enrico Braun

The CIA Ordered Murder of Russian Ambassador – Turkish Media

by Mark Nicholas on Thu, Dec 22, 2016
Newsweek has been scouring the Turkish press and reports an interesting fact. The pro-Erdogan media is desperate to deflect blame from Turkey, and is choosing western powers and the CIA as the likeliest culprit:Despite the anti-Russian sentiment voiced by hundreds of Turks who protested outside the Russian consulate in Istanbul last week—reflecting growing national anger over the actions of Putin’s forces in Aleppo—mainstream newspapers have been quick to deflect blame to Western powers for the assassination, channeling Erdogan’s hardening rhetoric against Western inaction in Syria.
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Media Are ‘Corrupt Scum’ – Top US Journalist TELLS THE TRUTH (Video)

by Oscar Platt on Thu, Dec 22, 2016
This video will make you want to stand up and cheer.James O’Keefe has got to be one of the true heroes of the 2016 election campaign.More than any other single investigative journalist, he and his team at the now legendary Project Veritas, exposed the appalling corruption festering in America’s political system, and successfully beat back a vicious smear campaign aimed at silencing him.  The main thrust of his argument was that the mainstream media is too corrupt to be able to defend itself against crusading investigative efforts like his, and that not only is it doomed, it is already dead.
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Say Hi to Facebook’s ‘Fact Checkers’ – The CIA, Soros, Bezos, and Wash Post!

by F. William Engdahl on Thu, Dec 22, 2016
The latest mantra of CIA-linked media since the “Pizzagate” leaks of data alleging that Hillary Clinton Campaign Manager John Podesta and other highly influential political persons in Washington were connected to an unusual pizza place near the White House run by a 41-year old James Achilles Alefantis called Comet Ping Pong, is the need to crack down (i.e. censorship) on what is being called “Fake News.”The latest step in this internet censorship drive is a decision by the murky social media organization called Facebook to hire special organizations to determine if Facebook messages are pushing Fake News or not. Now it comes out that the “fact check” private organizations used by Facebook are tied to the CIA and CIA-related NGO’s including George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.
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EXPOSED: Pentagon Sabotaged Syrian Deal with Back-Stabbing Airstrike

by Enrico Braun on Thu, Dec 22, 2016
John Kerry told The Boston Globe something recently which pretty well confirmed earlier suspicions that the Sept. 17th bombing of the Syrian army at Deir-Ez-Zor was and intentional effort by the Pentagon to sabotage negotiations with Russia. Here’s an excellent rundown by Moon of Alabama:In a recent interview Kerry admits that it was opposition from the Pentagon, not Moscow or Damascus, that had blown up his agreement with Russia over Syria:
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Leading Alt-Right Podcast CRUSHES Russia Hacking Story (Audio – Fash the Nation)

by Richard Brandt on Thu, Dec 22, 2016
This is interesting on a number of levels.First of all – the weekly Fash the Nation is something of a phenomenon in the podcast world.  It is growing by leaps and bounds, due to two factors – one is the intelligence and talent of the hosts, but as important is that they intepret the week’s political events from a new perspective that explains events differently from traditional conservatism.
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Another Neocon Setback – Japan Inks Billions in Deals with Russia

by Simon North on Thu, Dec 22, 2016
Vladimir Putin’s recent visit to Japan has proven quite lucrative. The two countries have closed 23 deals on offshore oil and LNG that are worth billions of dollars.Oilprice.com reported:Russia and Japan deepened ties between the neighboring countries over the weekend as Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan.
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Lately Everything Has Being Going Russia’s Way

by Mark Nicholas on Thu, Dec 22, 2016
A profound observation from Gordon M. Hahn; it seems that lately on the international stage everything has been going Russia’s way. Whichever part of the globe one looks at things are getting better, not worse for Russia.The ‘Near Abroad’:
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TREASON: Obama Gives Advanced Arms to Islamic Extremists to Hand Trump a Foreign Policy Headache

by Mozez Birch on Thu, Dec 22, 2016
News that Obama was approving advanced arms to the Syrian rebels, in other words, to Al Qaeda, was met with consternation when it was announced Dec. 9.  It was seen at the time as a last ditch effort to help extremist forces collapsing before the devastating Russia-Syria-Iran onslaught.Well, it didn’t work, and the fanatics has been pretty convincingly booted out of Syria.  But they aren’t out of the game just yet.A recent article in New Eastern Outlook makes the interesting case that another, more troubling result of the decision, will be to greatly complicate Trump’s ability to wind down hostilities in the Middle East, foil his efforts at rapprochement with Russia, and effectively ‘rescue’ the Islamic extremists from the Trumpster.
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Trump Will Lift Russia Sanctions in 2017 Say Top Analysts (Bloomberg Poll)

by Paul Kaiser on Thu, Dec 22, 2016
In an indication of how quickly the world is changing, most economic and finance specialists now believe US sanctions against Russia will be lifted or eased next year.From Bloomberg: The U.S. will start easing its penalties, imposed over the showdown in Ukraine in 2014, during the next 12 months, according to 55 percent of respondents in a Bloomberg survey, up from 10 percent in an October poll. Without the restrictions, Russia’s economic growth would get a boost equivalent to 0.2 percentage point of gross domestic product next year and 0.5 percentage point in 2018, according to the median estimates in the poll.
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Turkey Hops Aboard the ‘Assad Will Stay’ Train in Moscow as Obama Prepares to Leave

by Adam Hill on Thu, Dec 22, 2016
The New York Times reports on the Russia-Iran-Turkey talks on Syria earlier this week in Moscow:Russia, Iran and Turkey met in Moscow on Tuesday to work toward a political accord to end Syria’s nearly six-year war, leaving the United States on the sidelines as the countries sought to drive the conflict in ways that serve their interests.Secretary of State John Kerry was not invited. Nor was the United Nations consulted.
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Russia Hack Story Collapses – Even Mainstream TV Like CBS Are Ripping it Apart (Video)

by Mark Becker on Thu, Dec 22, 2016
You know you are in trouble when local mainstream TV affiliates start ripping up your narrative.Well, that is exactly what is happening out there in fly-over country, home to prowling tribes of ‘deplorables’.Really, this isn’t that surprising – the neocon establishment has gotten just about everything else wrong this year, why expect anything different just because a few weeks have passed.Grab some popcorn and enjoy watching this local Atlanta anchor explain to average Americans that it looks like the CIA is lying, which incidentally, they have a rich history of doing.Ouch.Text of his remarks follows:
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Merkel Calls for More Censorship to Silence the Opposition

by Jon Hellevig on Thu, Dec 22, 2016
Germany’s Angela Merkel has come under renewed criticism for her suicidal migration policies after a migrant committed a terrorist attack by driving a truck directly into the crowds at a Berlin Christmas market. Many see the terrorist attack as a direct consequence of Merkel’s vocal support for the EU’s deliberate policy of running down the national states of Europe by mass importation of migrants from the Middle East and North America. Instead of heeding the legitimate criticism, the opposition warns that Merkel will respond by doubling down on her government’s efforts to silence the opposition.
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Samantha Power Lecturing on War Crimes is Like Quasimodo Lecturing on Posture

by John Wight on Thu, Dec 22, 2016
What stood out most during the verbal broadside unleashed by Washington’s ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, at her Iranian, Syrian and Russian counterparts over the fighting in Aleppo, was her ability to do so with a straight face. It was testament to the ability of US exceptionalism to keep its proponents cocooned from reality.  « Aleppo will join the ranks of those events in world history that define modern evil, that stain our conscience decades later. Halabja, Rwanda, Srebrenica, and, now, Aleppo, » Power said, from the vantage point of a moral high ground resting on foundations of quicksand.
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Syria’s Biggest ‘Moderate’ Rebel Group Just Voted on Whether to Merge With al-Qaeda

by Adam Hill on Thu, Dec 22, 2016
This is straight down from Charles Lister, the Saudi-paid advocate for Syria’s radical Islamist rebels. The high council of Ahrar al-Sham which is the biggest rebel organisation in Syria held a vote on whether to merge with Jabhat Fateh al-Sham which is al-Qaeda’s Syria franchize and another large rebel organisation. Merger talks between JFS & Ahrar al-Sham are not due to resume, after Ahrar’s “no” vote last night.Impetus now shifts to FSA-led process.
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Japan’s Abe Proves No Match for Putin in Deal-Making

by M. K. Bhadrakumar on Thu, Dec 22, 2016
There is a pall of gloom in Tokyo regarding the outcome of the long-awaited visit to Japan by Russian President Vladimir Putin last week (December 15-16). The bitter disappointment is actually self-invited insofar as the hype in the run-up to the visit – as if Putin was coming with a magical formula to settle the territorial dispute over the Kuril Islands – was completely unrealistic.
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Who Profits From Turkey’s ‘Sarajevo Moment’?

by Pepe Escobar on Thu, Dec 22, 2016
Let’s cut to the chase: Ankara 2016 is not Sarajevo 1914. This is not a prelude to WWIII. Whoever plotted the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov – a cool, calm, collected old-school diplomat – risks a mighty blowback.The assassin, Mevlut Mert Altintas, was a 22-year-old police academy graduate. He was suspended from the Turkish National Police (TNP) over suspected links to the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETO) after the failed July 15 putsch against Erdogan but returned to duty in November.
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Don’t Make Facebook the Ministry of Truth

by Naoim Firsht on Thu, Dec 22, 2016
What did we do before Facebook? Thanks to the social-networking site, before you’ve even had your morning coffee, you can be up to date with all of the mundanities of your friends’ and friends’ friends’ lives. Facebook also offers great shopping suggestions: how about an elephant-shaped pillow or a new bikini? It keeps you up-to-date with the best the internet has to offer in the way of amusing cat videos. And, last week, Facebook announced it is now taking on the role of truthsayer by flagging up ‘fake news’ circulating on its network.
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OPEN DISCUSSION: Your Suggestions – Best Books About Russia?

by Charles Bausman on Wed, Dec 21, 2016
Dear readers,We are putting together a list of non-fiction books about Russia which we particularly recommend, both recent and past, which we want to feature on Russia Insider.There are so many awful and misleading books about Russia out there – we thought it would be a community service to point readers in the direction of what we believe to be worthwhile, many of which get very little publicity.
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Highly Influential US Alt-Right is Staunchly Pro-Russia, Wants Alliance

by Baron Von Steuben on Wed, Dec 21, 2016
The new kid on the block in American politics, the Alt-Right carries weight, and is influential well beyond its size, which is substantial, numbering in the millions of politically active young white men and active in social media.  The best article we have seen on this phenomenon, is the one written for RI, which gives details on just how large and influential the Alt-Right tsunami has become, where it came from, and why it is so influential.The original title of this article was: ‘A New Ostpolitik: An Alt-Right Agenda for Foreign Policy’ and appeared on a leading Alt-Right website, Fash the Nation.
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Russian Conservatives Push for Mandatory Family Values Classes in Schools

by Philip Mollaret on Wed, Dec 21, 2016
Here’s a victory in the culture war between conservative Russia and the fallen West.The Russian news agency Interfax reported on Monday that Russian schools may soon provide compulsory classes in family values. According to the report, the move is backed by the Russian Orthodox religious organization « The Sanctity of Motherhood. » The group was founded in 2006. The leader of the group, Natalia Yakunina, said that such classes were already being given in some regions of Russia.
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The Gloves Come Off: Media Tycoon Alex Jones to Sue Facebook and Wash Post

by David Curry on Wed, Dec 21, 2016
The threats are over, it’s showtime.

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