Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel take to the stage during a meeting at the German government guesthouse in Meseberg. Photo: AFP/Sergey Guneev/Sputnik

From Baltic Sea to Black Sea, Russia Aims for a Win-Win

When Russian President Vladimir Putin, fresh from his star turn at the wedding of Austrian Prime Minister Karin Kneissl, showed up at the 18th century Meseberg Palace north of Berlin on Saturday afternoon for a face-to-face with German chancellor Angela Merkel, that was a surprise of sorts; the meeting had been announced only a few …

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A US Trade War with Turkey Over a Pastor? Don’t Believe It

It needs a stroke of genius to soften the heart for poor old Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Those of us who have always believed that Erdogan is a bit off his rocker must still be appalled that a US president infinitely more cracked than the Turkish variety is trying to impoverish Nato’s second largest military ally. True, …

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China Should Work with Pakistan to Stop Disinformation about Xinjiang’s Uighur Population

China’s Muslim Uighur majority Xinjiang province has long been a target of manifold information wars designed to demonise China in the eyes of the wider Muslim world in which China has many successful partnerships and looks to make many more such partnerships in the context of the One Belt–One Road initiative. There are no prizes for …

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China’s Soft Power Shortcomings Make It Vulnerable to Uighur Infowar Attacks

A sketchy statement from a UN official alleged that China is presently holding a whopping one million Uighur Muslims in so-called “re-education camps”. Gay McDougall, a member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, cited what she claimed were unspecified “credible reports” for making this dramatic claim, which is likely a …

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The CIA Owns the US and European Media

William Blum shares with us his correspondence with Washington Post presstitute Michael Birnbaum. As you can tell from Birnbaum’s replies, he comes across as either very stupid or as a CIA asset. When I received my briefing as staff associate, House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, which required top secret clearance, I was told by senior members …

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Georgia: A War Before Its Time

At the time it happened and shortly after its conclusion, the brief war between Georgia, the breakaway republics, and Russia, has had relatively limited international political consequences, commensurate with the conflict’s brevity and comparatively low level of violence which can hardly be compared with the prolonged and far bloodier wars in Libya, Syria, or even …

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Dollar Hegemony, Financial Warfare: Russia, China and Turkey Build up their Gold Reserves

Central banks in several regions of the World are building up their gold reserves. A large part of these Central Bank purchases of gold bullion are not disclosed. They are undertaken through third party contracting companies, with utmost discretion.  The evidence amply suggests that US dollar holdings and US dollar denominated debt instruments are being …

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