Jinri Toutiao, one of China’s largest media agencies, has unveiled an article arguing that while the conflict in Syria might seem like a civil war between government and opposition forces, it is in reality “a deadly battle between Russia and NATO countries.”
According to the publication, Syria is of “great strategic importance”, and Russia’s deployment of troops to Syrian territory has thwarted foreign occupation and prevented more drastic bloodshed in Syria and beyond. “Otherwise, Syria would have been immediately occupied by the forces of other states or by anti-government troops. Then several extremist groups would go to the south of Russia,” the article says.
The publication also highlighted the fact that when the Russians became involved in the conflict, the situation turned favorable for Syrian troops.
Further, Jinri Toutiao pointed out that the United States, Britain and France have recently launched aggressive attacks on Syria, and the US aircraft carrier USS Harry Truman has entered the Mediterranean Sea.
“It may seem that the aim of this maneuver is to carry out a new air strike. However, the main goal is to block the way to Syria across the Black Sea: since Russia has no common land border with Syria, through the sea,” the article analyzed.
According to Chinese media, the NATO maneuvers in the Black Sea that took place in May also aimed to “put pressure on Russia.”
In other words, the Chinese media giant has a firm grasp on the geopolitics of the Syrian conflict and Russia-NATO confrontation. This is an important indication of China’s orientation. What’s more, other analysts, in addition to the Chinese agency, have added to the discussion, pointing out that although NATO leaders assure that their actions are not directed against Russia, their operations demonstrate the opposite reality.
In particular, columnist Ted Galen Carpenter of the US magazine The National Interest believes that US and NATO leaders need to “take a more realistic attitude” toward Russia.
“Any nation would find NATO’s behavior decidedly hostile and even threatening if it occurred within its borders,” the American analyst pointed out.
For Carpenter, if the West continues with such activities, this could lead to a failure of understanding and a “catastrophic confrontation.”
Long before Donald Trump had declared himself a candidate for president, there was a “Deep State” which operated far outside the mainstream of America, in the shadows.
Members of the Deep State include the Pravda media, U.S. intelligence agencies, and federal law enforcement, all of which sort of lay down the law to Congress and incoming presidents that things are done a certain way in Washington, D.C., and the world, and anyone who tries to stray outside of established parameters gets crushed.
Few Americans were previously aware of such an entity, and with good reason: No one attempted to cross the Deep State, leaving its members free to continue operating in the shadows, pulling strings behind the scenes and calling the shots.
That was before Trump came on the scene.
Right away the Deep State saw him as different. Uncontrollable. Outside the mainstream.
He was self-funding his own candidacy. He wasn’t beholden to anyone. He wasn’t a ‘regular’ candidate, which means he was never the “establishment’s choice.”
Fearful of what he might do if he actually won, the Deep State launched an operation to derail his candidacy so that they could ‘anoint’ Hillary Clinton, a card-carrying member of the establishment “club” who knew the Deep State’s rules.
Shocked by her inability to defeat him, the Deep State then launched an “insurance policy” — an operation aimed at undermining POTUS Trump’s administration by taking away as much of his ability to govern the country as possible. The objectives were to sow division among the people by casting as much doubt as possible about the legitimacy of his victory. That effort continues today in the form of special counsel Robert Mueller’s “witch hunt” investigation and efforts by former Deep State operatives to continue spreading false narratives.
Now, Trump finds himself in the middle of a ‘war,’ so to speak, with a Deep State that abhors him — and fears him — as he works to dismantle their grip on power.
He knows he has to win this battle
In an interview with Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy last week, Trump made it clear exactly who and what he is up against.
“I beat Clinton dynasty. I beat Bush dynasty, and now, I guess, hopefully I’m in the process of beating very dishonest intelligence,” he said.
While he’s never going to be portrayed fairly by the Pravda media, in his interview Trump opined that he is very popular among rank-and-file FBI personnel, and by extension, rank-and-file intelligence community personnel, all of whom he has praised effusively.
The biggest problem has been with ranking members of the intelligence and federal law enforcement agencies — careerists who had hitched their wagon to Hillary Clinton because they’ve lived in the D.C. Swamp for so long they don’t know any other way. (Related: CONFIRMED: Barack Obama was running the entire Spygate operation that violated federal law to spy on Trump campaign officials.)
“[W]hat they did was incredible and a real insult to millions of people that voted in that election on both sides,” Trump said of the Deep State plot to undermine him, as Breitbart News reported.
In discussing the conclusion reached by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz in his report last week, which found fault with the FBI’s investigation into Hillary’s email scandal — that there was “no political bias” — the president was incredulous. It was obvious from texts exchanged between ranking agents and others working on the case that they were in it to clear Clinton so that she would be free to ‘beat Trump.’
But overall the discussion made it clear that Trump realizes fully he’s in a battle to save his presidency from forces in the media and the federal government who don’t accept his victory and will never accept his presidency.
It’s a ‘war’ he knows he has to win.
Read more about President Trump at Trump.news.
J.D. Heyes is editor of The National Sentinel and a senior writer for Natural News and News Target.
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“We pursue the policy of safe and diversified holdings,” CBR Governor Elvira Nabiullina said while answering questions before Russia’s lower house of parliament. “We assess financial, economic and geopolitical risks while allocating the country’s financial reserves.”
The comments came shortly after the latest statistics showed that in April, CBR dumped some $47bn-worth of US securities, accounting for nearly half of Russia’s overall holdings. The step moved Russia six places down to 22nd place on the list of major foreign holders of US debt. Nabiullina refused to say what the central bank did since April.
“We reveal the information about investments with a time lag of around six months. That’s the Central Bank’s policy.” she said. “We do not disclose the most recent information, as we are the biggest holder of Russia’s reserves. When we publish the data, the entire new structure will be clearly seen.”
A treasury bond is a fixed-interest government debt security with a maturity of more than 10 years. Treasury bonds make interest payments twice a year. The gradual sell-off of US sovereign debt started in 2011, and has intensified over recent years with numerous rounds of sanctions imposed by Washington against Moscow. So far, Russia has slashed its holding by more than two-thirds, from over $150 billion to less than $50 billion.
Global geopolitical tensions have forced some other countries to cut their deposits. Turkey, which started repatriating its gold from the US, nearly halved its US Treasury holdings from almost $62 billion in November to $38.2 billion in April. Norway has reduced its share by 40 percent since September 2017, from $64.1 billion to $39.3 billion in April.
For more stories on economy & finance visit RT’s business section
Washington, D.C. – In what is sure to be a surprise to President Trump’s base, who generally don’t support further entrenchment in Syria — but not entirely unexpected — the U.S. State Department on Thursday announced that the president had authorized $6.6 million in new funding for the controversial White Helmets group.
A State Department spokeswoman announced in a press release that President Trump had authorized $6.6 million to continue what it calls “the vital, life-saving operations of the Syrian Civil Defense, more commonly known as the White Helmets.”
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) June 14, 2018
“The United States Government strongly supports the White Helmets who have saved more than 100,000 lives since the conflict began including victims of Assad’s chemical weapons attacks,” the press release states.
The full statement reads:
The President has authorized the United States Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of State to release approximately $6.6 million for the continuation of the vital, life-saving operations of the Syrian Civil Defense, more commonly known as the White Helmets, and the UN’s International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM).
The United States Government strongly supports the White Helmets who have saved more than 100,000 lives since the conflict began, including victims of Assad’s chemical weapons attacks. These heroic first responders have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world and continue to be deliberately targeted by the Syrian regime and Russian airstrikes. Since 2013, more than 230 of these brave volunteers have been killed while working to save innocent Syrian civilians.
The IIIM’s work is vital to assisting the investigation and prosecution of persons responsible for the most serious crimes under international law committed in Syria since March 2011. Their mandate, collecting and analyzing evidence of violations of international humanitarian law and human rights abuses will help ensure those responsible for these crimes are ultimately held accountable.
The news will come as a surprise to many, as CBS News reported in early May that the White Helmets had reportedly stopped receiving funds from the US government, and that the group, formally known as the Syrian Civil Defense, had not received funds from the US weeks. At the time, the halt in funding was thought to be part of a strategic decision by Trump to freeze a reported $200 million in funding for Syrian recovery.
“We are actively reviewing our current Syria assistance programs at the President’s request, including U.S. support for the White Helmets,” a State Department official, who also noted that the United States has provided more than $33 million to the White Helmets since 2013, told CNN at the time.
“The US jointly supports the White Helmets with other donors and we expect their operations to continue as a result of additional multilateral donations. The President has been clear that partners and allies should assume a larger role in stabilizing Syria,” said the official.
CBS News explained at the time that “an internal State Department document said that its Near East Bureau needed confirmation from the administration to green light funding for the White Helmets in Syria by April 15th or the department would initiate ‘shut-down procedures on a rolling basis.’”
Despite the contentions by the State Department, it is indisputable fact that the group only operates within al-Qaeda and anti-Assad rebel held territory. This distinction has led critics of the group to claim that the White Helmets effectively act as “first responders” for terrorist groups — and are not “Syrian Civil Defense” as they purport to be to western audiences.
Additionally, the White Helmets are not even a native Syrian organization. Founded in 2013 by James Le Mesurier, a former British military intelligence officer and private security specialist, the group is largely funded by the U.S. and UK governments.
In contrast to the popularized characterization of the White Helmets as heroic saviors, independent investigative reporting has described the group as less of a humanitarian construct and more of a form of propaganda/intelligence operation deployed as a Syrian Civil Defense, but which operates only in rebel-held areas, as a news means of employing western soft power in the form of information warfare meant to forward a regime change operation.
Ironically, just days ago, the Russian Ministry of Defense warned that it has credible intelligence that United States special forces are assisting the western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) in preparation of an orchestrated “chemical attack provocation” involving chlorine gas to be staged in the Deir ez-Zor province in an effort to precipitate another round of U.S.-led strikes against Assad government forces and facilities meant to bolster a planned FSA offensive on eastern bank of the Euphrates River.
“Our intelligence confirmed by three independent Syrian sources says that commanders of the so-called ‘Free Syrian Army’, backed by the American Special Forces operators, are preparing a serious provocation involving chemical warfare agents in Deir ez-Zor province,” Russian Ministry of Defense Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement released on Monday.
It’s important to remember that the White Helmets were the sole organization to present alleged evidence used to blame Assad for a chemical attack on April 7 in the suburb of Douma, which resulted in a U.S.-backed western attack on Syrian government forces and territory. Reporting on the ground from Douma subsequently debunked the veracity of the claimed “chemical attack,” with alleged victims testifying in front of the OPWC that they had not suffered any chemical weapons attack.
Incidentally, prior to the alleged chemical attack in Douma on April 7th, Russia’s Chief of the General Staff of Armed Forces, Valery Gerasimov, warned on March 13 that Syrian rebels were preparing to use chemical weapons— to be blamed on the Syrian government— as a justification for U.S. strikes on Damascus.
To give some context, Raed Saleh, the head of the White Helmets, in 2016, was blocked entrance into the United States by the U.S. State Department after being invited to receive in NYC an award by USAID and NGOs that the US government finances. Saleh was reportedly barred entry into the U.S., due to having been placed on the no-fly list by the FBI as a known terrorist.
Even Pink Floyd’s great and political activist, Roger Waters, during a recent solo concert in Barcelona, called the White Helmets a “fake organization that exists only to create propaganda for jihadists and terrorists.”
“The White Helmets is a fake organization that exists only to create propaganda for jihadists and terrorists,” Waters said. “That’s my belief… If we were to listen to the propaganda of the White Helmets and others, we would be encouraged to encourage our governments to start dropping bombs on people in Syria. This would be a mistake of monumental proportions for us as human beings.”
Despite the Trump administration giving the White Helmets the nod of legitimacy, there is clearly more than meets the eye to the group once you begin to dig beneath the veneer of propaganda fed to the public. The weaponization of purported humanitarian organizations and NGOs is clearly happening. Stay vigilant Free Thinkers!
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