Russia Accuses US Of White Phosphorus Attack In Syria

Completely unsubstantiated allegations to the effect that President Assad of Syria has already authorised the use of illegal weapons (poison gas) in the coming assault on Idlib, continue to proliferate in western media (the fake news industry,) and are repeated by talking heads on TV and radio. Idlib province in north west Syria borders Turkey and is the last stronghold of the ISIS / Al Nusra rebels who, armed, trained and funded by Washington and its NATO allies and The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia, have been trying to ovrthrow the Assad regime for the past four years. In a last desperate attempt by the US Deep State to prevent the total defeat of it’s proxy war on Russia and Iran, the US appears to be trying once more to justify direct intervention in the Syrian war.

Unfortunately all the previous allegations of illegal weapons use by the Assad regime, made by Trump and his predecessor, the mass murderer and war criminal Barack Hussein Obama, have been proved to be false flag events or simply fake news.

President Trump has threatened Syrian and Russian forces currently preparing to take back the terrorist-controlled stronghold in northwestern Syria, potentially bringing the world to the brink of World War III, because Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously demonstrated he will not allow Assad to fall. But Trump’s tweets about the potential “humanitarian catastrophe” and what the US response might be have exposed a guiding principle of the US’s involvement in Syria (and indeed across the Middle East): Use of illegal weapons attack is only a humanitarian “catastrophe” if it’s carried out by opponents of US geopolitical hegemony.

In what Russian officials have been warning of since mid August, Washington officials are already blaming Assad for an attack that has not taken place yet. Russia’s foreign ministry has claimed several times its sources in Syria knew  another US-approved false flag attack was being prepared to justify direct military action.

Today we learn from independent sources that on Saturday US F15 jets reportedly dropped white phosphorus (an illegal weapon,) on Hajin, a Syrian town in the Deir Ez-Zor province. When it comes in contact with oxygen, white phosphorus can cause massive fires. Because of this, it’s banned by the Geneva Convention for use in combat. Russian officials said they’re still waiting for information on casualties.

Here’s more from RT:

Two F-15 jets on Saturday bombed the town of Hajin with white phosphorus incendiary munitions, banned under the Geneva Convention, according to the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria.

“Following the strikes, large fires were observed in the area,” Lieutenant-General Vladimir Savchenko said Sunday. There’s still no information on casualties caused by the bombing run, he added.

The US promptly denied responsibility for the attack and expects the world to believe its denials. Yet when Washington accuses Syria or Russia of war crimes, their denials are met with derision. Well we would be foolish to believe without question anything Russia or the Assad government said, which is who independent inspectors from the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons hve visited sites of alleged chemical weapon attacks and found no evidence to link the assad regime to the use of poison gas.

A Pentagon spokesperson denied the allegations of dropping white phosphorus bombs. “At this time, we have not received any reports of any use of white phosphorous,” Commander Sean Robertson told the media on Sunday. “None of the military units in the area are even equipped with white phosphorous munitions of any kind.”

Despite these outraged denials by US military and Department of Defense officials, photos of the attack have emerged on social media. Note the bright white flames of the incendiary mareial, an indicator that the substance is phosphorous :

Islamic State still controls a pocket of territory in Deir Ezzor between the Euphrates River and the Iraqi border, and also has scattered bases across Syrian’s eastern desert desert. The use of any incendiary munitions in populated civilian areas was banned by Protocol III of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, which the US signed the protocol back in 2009.

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Assad Prepping Chemical Weapons; US Diplomat claims. Russia Threatens Attack On US Base

The situation in Syria is deteriorating rapidly in Syria as the Assad government prepares for its final assault on Idlib, the last stronghold of the head amputating, journalist roasting, murdering, torturing, sex slave taking, raping, thieving, kiddie fiddling  ISIS / Al Nusra extremists (better known perhaps as Barack Obama’s beloved moderate rebels.)  Russian jets have been bombarding rebel positions in Idlib Province as the Syrian Army initiates a ground invasion which Damascus has described as coming in a “phased” approach.

The White House responded to the Syrian and Russian bombing campaign by vowing it would act “swiftly and vigorously” should chemical weapons be used, conveniently forgetting that in other cases where the US has alleged the Assad regime has used gas against its own people, in efforts to justify direct intervention in Syria, Putin has faced down The Pentagon, while subsequent investigations by the independent OPCW (Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons) inspectors has found no evidence of the Assad government’s involvement, and on the famous ocasion when the cildbrain Barack Hussein Obama claimed he had irrefutable evidence that Assad was responsible for a poison gas incident, the inspectors found very strong evidence that the gas cannisters were fired by the rebels into a civilian area under the control of the Assad government. Furthermore the gas used was discovered to have originated in the USA.

Just a day ago US diplomats claimed there’s “lots of evidence” chemical weapons are being prepared by the Syrian forces, citing intelligence of such activities. We remind you again that at the end of last month and early this month the Russian government was warning that a false flag gas attack was being prepared by US agents to justify interference in the final defeat of the CIA sponsored bid to oust Assad and replace him with a government beholden to the Islamic fundamentalist monarchy of Saudi Arabia. Readers should also bear in mind that as with previous allegations of illegal weapon use by the Syrian regime, the “US Intelligence” comes from the rebels themselves, hardly what a sane person would call a reliable source (although the mass murderer and war criminal Obama was happy to believe their every word.

America’s top general has now confirmed the Pentagon is drawing up military options to attack Syria and is in currently in close discussion with the White House over the plans.  Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters on Saturday during a trip to India, according to Reuters:

he was involved in “routine dialogue” with the White House about military options should Syria ignore U.S. warnings against using chemical weapons in an expected assault on the enclave of Idlib.

President Trump has already ordered Tomahawk missile attacks on Syria twice, in the past 2 Aprils.

However, Gen. Dunford noted that no decision has been made to intervene militarily in response to Idlib. “But we are in a dialogue, a routine dialogue, with the president to make sure he knows where we are with regard to planning in the event that chemical weapons are used,” he told a group of reporters.

Dunford added in reference to his talks with President Trump: “He expects us to have military options and we have provided updates to him on the development of those military options.”

The fact that Russia has stationed a flotilla of warships in the eastern Mediterranean, off Syria, may influence the final decision of the Pentagon and the Department of Defense of course, as it has before.

Trump had previously bombed Syria twice after allegations that Assad ordered a chemical weapons attack  in April 2017 and April 2018 the former was in response to a claimed sarin attack on Idlib.

White House officials have vowed to hold Assad responsible for any chemical attack allegations that emerge. Given that all previous allegations of chemical weapons use has not been proved, it seems to this publication the USA is simply desperate for war.

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The narrative of Russian intelligence attacking state and local election boards and interfering with the outcome of U.S. elections has achieved near-universal acceptance among establishment media and political organisations.  And now it has been accepted by the Trump administration’s intelligence chief, Dan Coats, as well.

But the real story behind that narrative reveals that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) created and developed an account of events that was designed deliberately to spread false information and cause fear and panic. 

DHS staff, in collusion with people whose involvement in industrial espionage, compiled a report suggesting hackers linked to the Russian government could have targeted voter-related websites in many states and then leaked a sensational story of Russian attacks on those sites. Had it been made clear that the whole thing was fabricated, yes they COULD have hacked the system, security was lax at best, but there is no evidence anyone did interfere with voting. The facts would have revealed a different story. When state election officials began asking questions, they discovered that the DHS claims were false and, in at least one case, laughable.

The National Security Agency and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigating team, which has been conducting a witch hunt against the Trump administration since shortly after the election in 2016, have also claimed evidence that Russian military intelligence was behind election infrastructure hacking, but on closer examination, those claims turn out to be speculative and misleading as well. Mueller’s indictment of 12 GRU military intelligence officers does not cite any violations of U.S. election laws though it claims Russia interfered with the 2016 election.

On Sept. 29, 2016, a few weeks after the hacking of political websites in Illinois and Arizona, ABC News sensationalised the story with a headline: “Russian Hackers Targeted Nearly Half of States’ Voter Registration Systems, Successfully Infiltrated 4.” The story itself reported that “more than 20 state election systems” had been hacked, and four states had been “breached” by hackers suspected of working for the Russian government. The story cited only sources “knowledgeable” about the matter, hinting that those who were pushing the story were eager to hide the institutional origins of the information. Again no evidence was offered to support the allegations.

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Another nutty rant by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan got the week off to a good start. His ire was aimed as usual at the USA, this time he threatened that Ankara would abandon the US dollar in transactions with Russia and other nations, accusing the US of behaving like “wild wolves.”

“America behaves like wild wolves. Don’t believe them,” Erdogan told a business forum during the Turkey-Kyrgyzstan Business Forum in Kyrgyzstan, according to AFP.

Erdogan’s latest outburst is a further sign that he is taking Turkey away from the west and strengthening ties with Russia, China and Iran. It echoed the dedollarization call from Russia’s deputy foreign minister Serkey Ryabkov, saying said that Turkey country was in negotiations with Russia over non-dollar trade. As we have reported elsewhere China has made the most significant move in this currency war by opening a maket for traded oil futures on the Shanghair stock exchange, thus challenging the supremacy of the US dollar in the world’s most traded commodity.

Using the dollar only damages us. We will not give up. We will be victorious,” Erdogan said, addressing a meeting attended by Kyrgyz and Turkish businessmen as well as government officials.

On August 24, Moscow said it would respond to Washington’s latest sanctions by accelerating efforts to abandon the American currency in trade transactions: “The time has come when we need to go from words to actions, and get rid of the dollar as a means of mutual settlements, and look for other alternatives,” said Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov.

Erdogan further stirred the pot by saying that Ankara doesn’t need permission from anyone to purchase Russian S-400 missile systems, just days after the US once again warned the country against buying the highly advanced air-defense system.

“We have made S-400 deal with Russia. Someone is offended by it. We don’t need permission from anybody,” the Turkish leader said in Kyrgyzstan.

Last week US Defense Secretary James Mattis warned Turkey, a member of NATO but not a client state of Washington, against buying the Russian systems. “Turkey had a choice to make, a sovereign decision to make. But clearly Turkey bringing a Russian anti-aircraft, anti-missile system into a NATO country, we cannot integrate that into NATO,” Mattis said. “Yes, it does concern us and we do not recommend that.”

Russian S400 air defence system (picture: RT )

At the same time Erdogan’s government is trying to complete the purchase of American F-35 jets, which US lawmakers are trying to block due to Ankara’s S-400 deal.

Erdogan’s statement shows that Turkey is shaping its defense policy without any regard to the US, Igor Korotchenko, editor-in-chief of National Defense magazine, told RT. For Turkey, the purchase of these weapons means getting “a new geopolitical status of a country” that is able to fully control its airspace and, if necessary, use such weapons against its enemies, he said.

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Russia Says Time Has Come To Ditch The Dollar

Saturday 25 August

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As the US State Department unveiled the latest round of sanctions on Russia yesterday,  while the trade war with China that has seen tariffs imposed on a wide range of Chinese goods shows no sign of easing, Moscow signalled its intention to respond to this latest attack on its economy. In particular, the Russian government announced it is accelerating efforts to abandon the American currency in trade transactions, according to Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

The time has come when we need to go from words to actions, and get rid of the dollar as a means of mutual settlements, and look for other alternatives,” he said in an interview with International Affairs magazine, he told RT.

“Thank God, this is happening, and we will speed up this work,” Ryabkov said, explaining the move would come in addition to other “retaliatory measures” as a response to a growing list of US sanctions. It is time mainstream media in the west started reporting accurately what is going on. The official position of the US is that their sanctions are in retaliation for various Russian acts such as meddling in the US election process, but in reality the USA is trying to protect its position as issuers of the reserve currency, while Russia, China and a number of emerging economies resent the way the US uses the reserve currency to dictate matters in global trade.

Previously, Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak has said that a growing number of countries are interested in replacing the dollar as a medium in global oil trades and other transactions.

“There is a common understanding that we need to move towards the use of national currencies in our settlements. There is a need for this, as well as the wish of the parties,” Novak said.

According to the minister, it concerns both Turkey and Iran, with more countries likely to join the growing dedollarization wave.

Our reporting of this long running news thread tends to confirm his view.

“We are considering an option of payment in national currencies with them. This requires certain adjustments in the financial, economic, and banking sectors,” he said. Last week, we reported that the Kremlin was interested in trading with Ankara using the Russian ruble and the Turkish lira. India has also vowed to pay for Iranian oil in rupees. Some economists argue that modern technology removes the need for a reserve, the speed with which computer systems handle currency trades and conversions eliminated administrative bottlenecks.

Meanwhile, the world’s rapidly growing second-largest economy and Washington’s trade nemesis, China, has been taking steps to challenge the greenback’s dominance with the launch of an oil futures contract backed by Chinese currency, the petro-yuan. This is fully reported elsewhere in this page. China and Iran have already agreed to stop using the dollar in global trade as China has ramped up purchases of Iranian oil in defiance of US sanctions. India, Pakistan, the EU, Australia and Japan are also known to have made petr-yuan contracts.

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Maas may have stopped short of openly supporting the Russia / China bid to replace the US dollar, but and independent European settlements system would have to exclude the dollar in trades between European nations and the BRICS bloc.

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German foreign minister Heiko Maas (Picture: Zero Hedge )

Belgium basedSwift, global payment network owned by a consortium of banks, enables financial institutions worldwide to send and receive information about financial transactions. Swift is supposedly politically neutral and independent but it has been used to block transactions and enforce US sanctions against various countries, most notably Iran.

In 2012, the Danish newspaper Berlingske wrote that US authorities seized money being transferred from a Danish businessman to a German bank via the system for a batch of US-sanctioned Cuban cigars. The transaction was made in US dollars, which allowed Washington to block it although the USA has no legal or moral right to stop sovereign nations trading with any country they want to.

Thorsten Benner, director of the Global Public Policy Institute, a Berlin-based think-tank supported Maas’s, saying his intervention was the “strongest call yet for EU financial and monetary autonomy vis-à-vis US.”

The German foreign minister’s words emphasise the dilemma facing European politicians as they struggle to maintain trade relations with Iran while coping with the fallout of US sanctions imposed by the US against companies doing business with Tehran.

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Official Report On Douma Gas Attack Discredits Warmongers’s Propaganda.

One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived,”
Niccolo Machiavelli

syria-chemical-attack-douma-1302933“I was lured with cookies and then sprayed with water,” says alleged child victim of the Douma chemical attack (Picture: Express news )

 

The thoughts of the Renaissance-era’s most famous political philosopher’s are often as relevant today as when he first published them in the sixteenth century and the above quotation describe perfectly the politically motivated allegation that Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al Assad launched a chemical weapon attack on the city of Douma, 10km northeast of Damascus, with nerve gas on April 7, 2018.

More concerning perhaps than the fabrication of the story by Salafist (Islamic extremist) groups (possibly in collaboration with the intelligence agencies of western governments,)  and the ulterior motive behind it, to provoke armed conflict betwen military superpowers, was the readiness of western political establishments and media to believe it. The ISIS / Al Nusra rebels were at the time struggling to hang on to territory that had been occupied by their Islamic State fundamentalist rebellion for seven years, and was under siege by the Syrian Arab Army with Iranian and Russian support. Assad and his allies were on the brink of victory, they had absolutely nothing to gain from an act that could only arouse hostility in the rest of the world.

And yet, apart from the usual chorus of claims from alt_media sources that it was a false flag incident there was little analysis from the mainstream news organisations to point out the inconsistencies in the official narrative.

The last ditch effort to outrage world opinion and put the West on a collision course with Russia, Iran and probably China almost worked when the Trump administration, supported by France’s Emmanuel Macron and Britain’s Theresa May, decided to launch a missile strike against Syria on the back of it.

The last time the major nuclear powers had been so close to direct conflict was the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. The fact that the attack came after years of US / NATO provocations of Russia, from the blatant breach of a treaty signed at the break up of the Soviet Union in 1991, in which NATO and the EU agreed they would not seek to recruit former Soviet Union states (e.g. Lithuania, Ukraine) or Warsaw Pact members such as Poland and Hungary to western economic and military alliances. In return Russia would allow those states full independence to transform themselves into democracies.

Now many former Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact members have full membership of NATO and the EU, with others seeking to join. Further provocations have included the CIA engineered destabilisation of Ukraine, the imposition of economic sanctions and military interventions in third world nations.

In the world view of neocons, neo – liberals cultural Marxists and other regime-change enthusiasts the world is reduced to a gunfight-at-the-OK-corral simplicity in which non-Western nations, the guys in black hats, and the western powers which like to think of themselves as liberal democracies though in reality they are corporate meritocracies, wear white hats. People, individuals and human communities are of no more significance than toy cowboys in a child’s game. In this game however, players are manoeuvring for wealth and power and it is real lives they sacrifice, not plastic toys.

Independent commentators have always maintained that the rebellion in Syria was backed by the USA, NATO and Saudi Arabia. Syria is Russia’s only ally with a Mediterranean coastline and geopolitical strategists see the fulfillment of Saudi Arabia’s long term ambition to build an oil and gas pipeline from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean via Jordan, Syria and Turkey as a way to undermine Russia’s oil trade with Europe.

It was due only to the astute leadership of Vladimir and the Russian government to tolerate a loss of face by offering no response to what was undoubtedly an act of war by Washington and its allies against an ally of Russia and China, that armed conflict, with the possibility of escalation to nuclear warfare, was avoided.

Instead it was agreed that both sides would accept the result of an inquiry conducted by the internationally recognised Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons, (OPCW).

Now the initial findings of the OPCW inspectors have been published in an interim report, based on the results of its on-site investigations into claims made mainly by British and French political figures and reported in the most lurid terms by mainstream media that a nerve gas attack took place in Douma on April 7, and it makes grim reading for the army of warmongers on both the left and right of the political spectrum as it does for those with financial interests in the military / industrial complex and the strange, insubstantial creatures who hate capitalism but yearn for a global, authoritarian government.  Many left wing ideologues who’ve made a career out of defending the indefensible, and their brainwashed followers as going to end up looking extremely foolish after asserting that there was irrefutable evidence that Assad’s forces carried out the attack, just as they did after previous allegations of war crimes by ‘fascist dictators’ who stood in the way of US / EU economic hegemony.

The short snippet below, from the interim report, shows it will make very grim reading for those who urged direct western intervention in the Syrian war, and will in the long term damage the case for economic imperialism.

“The results show that no organophosphorous nerve agents or their degradation products [emphasis added] were detected in the environmental samples or in the plasma samples taken from alleged casualties.”

NO NERVE AGENTS? The gas attack on the strength of which we were meant to go to war was not even a false flag, but a pure propaganda lie aimed at starting a war that would have killed millions in order to remove a dictator who according to the evidence we have, is supported by more than half his people, not because they think his authoritarian government is wonderful but because they know, as we all do now after seeing news coverage of the atrocities inflicted by ISIS and Al Nusra rebels on innocent people, that the government most likely to take over if Assad fell would be more brutal, more theocratic and, in every way, worse.

People who have supported efforts to impose ‘freedom and democracy’ i.e. American style meritocracy on Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Ukraine and all the way back to Vietnam in the 1960s, in their orgies of self righteousness and virtue signalling forget that in a truly free nation, the people should be able to choose their own course into the future. Freedom to accept the model imposed by external powers is not freedom at all.

When Winston Churchill, a dyed-in-the-wool colonialist, expressed the opinion  that, “In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies,” he exposed the way propaganda (fake news to employ the currently fashionable term,) has always been used to mislead the public and manipulate opinion in favour of  perpetual wars waged by the West in the interests of maintaining the elite’s grip on power and ensuring the bulk
of wealth remains concentrated in the hands of a few powerful families.

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