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No less than 78.03% of Russians have just voted in support of constitutional amendments.

Among these, we find the paramount Atlanticist obsession: the possibility that Vladimir Putin will be able to run for two more presidential terms.

Predictably, anguished cries of “Dictator! Dictator!” have been lobbied like deadly shells all across the Beltway.

They might even silence the echoes of the latest CIA press release to the New York Times, based on “raw” intel, and supported by no evidence or proof whatsoever, that Russia had been paying bounties to the Afghan Taliban to kill US troops.

A crafty amalgamated headline in the Washington Post – the CIA/Jeff Bezos vehicle – gave away the game: “The only people dismissing the Russian bounties intel: The Taliban, Russia and Trump.”

Simpletons will easily fall for it. The message is clear. No one cares about the endless war in and on Afghanistan. The only thing that matters is whether President Trump knew months ago about the intel, and why the National Security Council did not unload another Himalaya of sanctions on Russia.

When in doubt, ask House speaker Nancy Pelosi, a notorious D.C. swamp dweller, who gave away the game with her famous, “With him, all roads lead to Putin. I don’t know what the Russians have on the president, politically, personally, or financially.”

Ray McGovern – who knows one or two things about the CIA – completely debunked the CIA plant. He included a key assessment by Scott Ritter – who knows a thing or two about US “intel” from his experience as a former UN weapons inspector in Iraq:

“Perhaps the biggest clue concerning the fragility of the New York Times’ report is contained in the one sentence it provides about sourcing — “The intelligence assessment is said to be based at least in part on interrogations of captured Afghan militants and criminals.” That sentence contains almost everything one needs to know about the intelligence in question, including the fact that the source of the information is most likely the Afghan government as reported through CIA channels.”

No wonder the Kremlin dismissed it for what it is: “an unsophisticated plant.” And fine, sophisticated Russian diplomacy did smell the proverbial rat: the framing of Trump, once again, as a Russian agent.

A delicious touch of mischief was added by a Taliban spokesman: “We” have conducted “target killings” for years “on our own resources.”

Anyone familiar with the Afghanistan quagmire knows that if Moscow wanted to raise hell on Americans, it could easily supply the Taliban with deadly surface and surface to air missiles – and end that endless war in a flash.

That, of course, would send NATO into a frenzy. As NATO is the weaponized arm of the EU, Russian-European relations would be sunk into eternal permafrost.

ORDER IT NOW

Russia simply does not need to expel the US from Afghanistan. As much as US bases such as Bagram keep an eye on everything happening in the strategic intersection between Central Asia and South Asia, Russia, China and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) keep an eye on the Americans.

What the SCO wants is to devise a realistic Afghan peace plan – already a work in progress – brokered by Asians, including India, Pakistan and SCO observers Iran and Afghanistan.

Russian diplomacy also clearly identifies the collateral damage of the CIA plant – in fact a meek Russiagate 2.0 attempt, but with perfect timing.

Everything that Putin and Trump had been negotiating – the oil market, arms control, the G-7, and of course Afghanistan – is now on hold. The only “winner” would be NATO’s wet dream of – hostile – power play, capable of thwarting the Eurasia integration project led in tandem by China and Russia’s “pivot to Asia”.

 

Meanwhile, in Hong Kong…

Hybrid War by the Deep State on Russia, a relentless affair, now proceeds in tandem with Hybrid War on China.

So cries of deep despair once again had to be lobbied all across the NATO spectrum when, 23 years after the Hong Kong handover, the special administrative region (SAR) finally started to be de facto decolonized.

The full text of the Hong Kong National Security Law is here. It got the seal of approval of President Xi Jinping only a few hours before midnight on June 30 – exactly 23 years after the handover.

Article 9 is particularly interesting: it stresses the necessity to “strengthen public communication, guidance, supervision and regulation over matters concerning national security, including those relating to schools, social organizations, the media and the internet.”

This means that if media and social media are let loose in Hong Kong, 5th columnists will run riot, as they do in any color revolution, and as they did during the “protests” last year, black blocs included. Now it’s a matter of being responsible, or otherwise landing in major legal trouble.

The new National Security Law is as much about preventing sedition – and Hybrid War tactics – as smashing money laundering by dodgy mainland characters. There is nothing extraordinary with Hong Kong now having legislation with a broad extrajudicial reach.

The US arbiters itself the privilege of being extrajudicial as it sees fit. Take the Julian Assange case, facing extradition to the US for the “crime” of acting as a publisher, committed outside US territory.

The Assange case – complete with psychological torture inflicted by British minions in a high-security prison fit for terrorists – reduces to ashes the whole US hysteria over Hong Kong.

And then there are European so-called leaders, in unison, condemning China over the “deplorable” security law.

The late, great Gore Vidal told me in London in 1987 that in the future Europe would be a mere, inconsequential boutique. Now Europe is in fact terrified that sooner rather than later it will be reduced into Far Western Asia. Talk about the revenge of history on those who named Asia “the Far East”.

(Republished from Asia Times by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. d dan says:

    “The full text of the Hong Kong National Security Law is here. It got the seal of approval of President Xi Jinping only a few hours before midnight on June 30 – exactly 23 years after the handover.”

    And with that seal, it ended the chapter on the history of Opium Wars originally started in 1839 – and there is no doubt who has finally won.

    There is simply nothing the western powers can do about it – that is why they are so mad.

  2. Hans says:

    Simultaneous or are they tag teaming us, Uncle Elmer & George Steel style?

  3. It is clear the US is on a collision course with a Sino-Russian front. War appears the only outcome. History shows empires perish though convinced they will prevail. 1945, and the birth of the atomic age, meant mankind can no longer fight world wars. Tragically, that message from history has been lost.
    https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

  4. There are “Russians”

    and

    There are Russians

    There are “Russians” from Russia

    and

    There are Russians from Russia

    There are “Russians” who are not Russians

    and

    There are Russians who are nor” Russians”

    Main scream media has no way of distinguishing Russians from “Russians”

    Once themasses [ding ding]

    find out that the “Russians” are “Russians” [ding ding]

    and not Russians

    then operation middle finger will be shut down

    PresidentTrump has the right Idea

    keep your friends …The Russians close

    but

    keep your enemies the “Russians ” even closer

    on the reserve with their main scream media ghetto blaster

    just thought I would clarify that

  5. Seems to me like 2020 the last swan song of Anglo-led western hegemony.

  6. Anon[295] • Disclaimer says:

    Like Ive said so many times: the AngloZionists know the time is short. If not stopped, Russia and China will have more military might in 20 years than the West. Other Eastern nations (especially India) will not want to buy the multiculti-corporate world-government future the West is seeking to force upon everyone. Thats why the DeepState AngloZions want a war now……while they still think they can win and impose peace terms (World Government thats really ruled by the West, replete with refugee population movements that will make all nations minority-majority, even China).

    • Replies: @Vidi
    , @antibeast
  7. Vidi says:
    @Anon

    If not stopped, Russia and China will have more military might in 20 years than the West.

    Russia and China do not need more military might than the West; the two countries only have to focus on defense — far cheaper than offence — to stop the Empire.

    Military doctrine holds that an attacker needs three to ten times the strength of the defender for a victory, especially if the victim has good defensive position. The West is not three times stronger militarily than the combination of Russia and China; and these countries are very defensible. Therefore any attack by the Empire will fail.

    The two countries know they only need a capable defense; I doubt they will waste their wealth on giant offensive armies.

    • Replies: @showmethereal
  8. The link to the National Security Law doesn’t seem to work.

  9. @Vidi

    “the two countries only have to focus on defense — far cheaper than offence”

    Yeah it always ceases to amaze me that people don’t get that concept in the US. invading Panama and Grenada is not the same as fighting Afghanistan or Korea or Vietnam. Putin realized the Soviet Unions folly of spending too much on weapons and went all in on asymmetric war. China learned that as well. Even the Pentagon admitted that regarding the South China Sea. China hugely built out it’s missile systems and built ships and subs that fit that area… They didn’t building to fight the US off California nor Florida.

    • Agree: Vidi
  10. @d dan

    True… And though they say “this seriously weakens Hong Kong autonomy” they can’t actually point to how it violates the Basic Law… That’s because it doesn’t. That has made them more angry – so they keep repeating charge with no evidence. They initiate sanctions and China just shrugs it’s shoulders. That makes the Anglos even more furious.

  11. DB Cooper says:
    @d dan

    The chapter of Opium war has ended. The next chapter is to deal with the traitorious piece of shit (that filth from Hunan) who colluded with the Soviet and lost Mongolia.

    The mainland narrative is that Mongolia has long lost. But if the CCP did not exist China would definitely have regained Mongolia especially with the onset of the cold war between the US and the Soviet Union shortly after WWII. But since the CCP’s patron was the Soviet and Russia was instrumental in carving out Mongolia that becomes a non-starter. Just to let you know in the early days after the CCP took over large portraits of Lenin, Marx and Engels were paraded across the Tiananmen square year after year. Absolutely shameless.

  12. antibeast says:
    @Anon

    If not stopped, Russia and China will have more military might in 20 years than the West.

    That’s not why they want to stop Russia/China. The West (NATO) has more firepower than Russia/China but they risk a nuclear war if they confront Russia/China militarily.

    That’s why the DeepState AngloZions want a war now……while they still think they can win and impose peace terms.

    The DeepState (and the AngloZionists) wants a war in the Middle East to control the world’s oil supply and maintain the Petrodollar system in order to prevent the collapse of the USA Empire. Putin’s intervention in Syria scuttled their NWO plans which explains the anti-Russian hysteria gripping the DeepState over the last five years.

    World Government that’s really ruled by the West, replete with refugee population movements that will make all nations minority-majority, even China.

    The DeepState didn’t expect that Xi’s rise to power would challenge their NWO plans after Xi purged the Dengist Kleptocracy who were in bed with the Wall Street Globalists. The DeepState has become hostile to Xi’s BRI because they fear it will marginalize the USA Empire.

    Lastly, this article didn’t even mention the visceral hostility that the DeepState has for Trump whose reelection would almost guarantee a hard coup by the DeepState against Trump. They would have to kill Trump if he wins this November 2020.

    • Replies: @Hiram of Tyre
  13. vot tak says:

    Did the zionazi-gays strike again? Seems rather obvious, doesn’t it.

    Suspected case of BUBONIC PLAGUE registered in China, days after Mongolian outbreak

    https://www.rt.com/news/493871-china-suspected-bubonic-plague/

    ” A suspected case of bubonic plague has been registered in China’s north, according to local health authorities. The news comes after two similar cases were detected in neighboring Mongolia.

    The case was registered at a hospital in China’s Inner Mongolia region, its health commission said in a statement on Sunday.

    This prompted a third-level warning of a potential epidemic in the region. The alert comes into force immediately and will be in place until the end of this year. It’s believed the patient in question is suffering from the bubonic form, which causes swollen lymph nodes, and is considered to be the most easily treated variant of the disease.

    The plague also has a pneumonic and an extra-deadly septicemic form that can kill a victim within a day.

    Earlier this week, two people also tested positive for the bubonic plague in neighboring Mongolia.”?

  14. @antibeast

    The DeepState (and the AngloZionists) wants a war in the Middle East to control the world’s oil supply and maintain the Petrodollar system in order to prevent the collapse of the USA Empire. Putin’s intervention in Syria scuttled their NWO plans which explains the anti-Russian hysteria gripping the DeepState over the last five years.

    I beg to differ on this one. The ruling class’ latest machination (in the works for a while actually) — the “Green” economy where trillions are being shifted into it to salvage the currently bankrupt system — is a sign that petrol is no longer THE commodity for them. And thus, the petrodollar would also be replaced by something else (likely, a digital currency). My understanding is that Trump wants to keep both the petrol and the US dollar dominant in making of the US the energy leader. His official of the Paris Climate Agreement is aligned with such scheme.

    The DeepState didn’t expect that Xi’s rise to power would challenge their NWO plans after Xi purged the Dengist Kleptocracy who were in bed with the Wall Street Globalists. The DeepState has become hostile to Xi’s BRI because they fear it will marginalize the USA Empire.

    This is interesting. At the same time, I can’t help but wonder about the City of London backing the Yuan as early as 1913 (coincidentally, the same year they created the US “Fed”). After all, I doubt the West-Deng alliance to industrialize China was out of love.

    https://www.voltairenet.org/article189193.html

    https://www.voltairenet.org/article189604.html

    https://www.voltairenet.org/article188566.html

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-imf-china-lagarde-idUSKBN1A922L

    • Replies: @antibeast
  15. antibeast says:
    @Hiram of Tyre

    I beg to differ on this one. The ruling class’ latest machination (in the works for a while actually) — the “Green” economy where trillions are being shifted into it to salvage the currently bankrupt system — is a sign that petrol is no longer THE commodity for them. And thus, the petrodollar would also be replaced by something else (likely, a digital currency). My understanding is that Trump wants to keep both the petrol and the US dollar dominant in making of the US the energy leader. His official of the Paris Climate Agreement is aligned with such scheme.

    The US financial economy is entirely dependent on the status of the USD as the world’s reserve currency which in turn is made possible by the Petrodollar System. That’s how Wall Street Globalist Elites exercise their financial power — by taking a cut out of every USD transaction in the global economy and using their privately-owned Fed to print trillions of USD to buyout everyone in the world. They don’t care who makes what where when as long as they get to take a cut and own their share of the profits in the global economy which makes the US Empire essentially a financial one backed by the US military. Trump is a moron who doesn’t understand how the global economy works. His economic policies don’t make much sense because they’re driven by political considerations not economic reasons.

    This is interesting. At the same time, I can’t help but wonder about the City of London backing the Yuan as early as 1913 (coincidentally, the same year they created the US “Fed”). After all, I doubt the West-Deng alliance to industrialize China was out of love.

    The US DeepState is hostile to China for geopolitical reasons but the Wall Street Globalist Elites want to continue doing business in/with China. Xi wants China to become a world power which is untenable to the US DeepState. Xi is trying to lure the Wall Street Globalist Elites to his side by offering them access to China’s financial markets. That also explains why China chose the City of London to internationalize the Yuan.

    Xi is doing this not out of love for Western Capitalists but out of the pragmatic realization that Western Capitalists need to invest their Capital somewhere outside the West. They can invest their Capital in China or in the non-West which requires infrastructure to connect them to the West. That’s explains Xi’s BRI which is a Win-Win for both sides.

    • Replies: @Hiram of Tyre
  16. Anon[165] • Disclaimer says:

    In his book Clash of Civilizations, Samuel Huntington divided the world into seven cultural spheres: The West (Five Eyes+Western Europe), Eastern Orthodox(Former Soviet Union), Islamic, Africa, Latin America(Mexico to Argentina), South Asia, Sino (Greater China, SEA, NK/SK), and possibly Japan as a separate entity. Huntington contended that future conflicts will occur between civilizations, with Islamic and Sino being the biggest “threats”. But he also said that the way to minimize conflict is for each country to restrict trade, immigration and interaction to within its own cultural sphere.

    It’s time we heed that advice. All trade, travel, immigration etc. should be restricted to within our own cultural sphere. If China/Russia wants to court the Islamic/African countries, let them have at it. Someday they will have their own 9/11. The US should stick to trading/immigration within the Western world. The Jew World Order needs to be completely dismantled to ensure long term peace and prosperity for the world.

    • Replies: @antibeast
  17. antibeast says:
    @Anon

    In his book Clash of Civilizations, Samuel Huntington divided the world into seven cultural spheres: The West (Five Eyes+Western Europe), Eastern Orthodox(Former Soviet Union), Islamic, Africa, Latin America(Mexico to Argentina), South Asia, Sino (Greater China, SEA, NK/SK), and possibly Japan as a separate entity. Huntington contended that future conflicts will occur between civilizations, with Islamic and Sino being the biggest “threats”. But he also said that the way to minimize conflict is for each country to restrict trade, immigration and interaction to within its own cultural sphere.

    Huntington thinks that Anglo-America represent the “West” which he defines as the English-speaking Anglo-Saxon countries (Five Eyes) plus Western Europe, ignoring the EU and the British Commonwealth. Huntington not only ignored the EU but also missed the creation of the Euro which directly challenges the USD as the world’s reserve currency. In the post-Cold War world order, the Europeans view the EU — not Anglo-America — to be representative of European Civilization. He also ignored the British Commonwealth of ex-British colonies (which includes Canada and Australia) with the UK — not the USA — as the center of that British Commonwealth.

    Huntington ignores the Petrodollar system which drives the geopolitics of the Middle East by letting his anti-Islamic prejudices color his worldview. Nor did he anticipate that Zionists would end up driving US foreign policy which was responsible for creating and supporting so-called “Islamic” terrorists such as the Al Qaeda and ISIS with funding from Saudi Arabia.

    But Huntington did predict the problems caused by Latino immigration in his book “Hispanic Challenge” wherein he posits the pessimistic scenario of the USA being divided into two distinct societies with English-speaking Anglo-American Protestants vs Spanish-speaking Hispanic Catholics. That’s why White Americans elected Trump who wants to build the border wall in order to stop the massive influx of Latino illegals into the USA. If Trump wins another term, he would probably continue his “America First” agenda of economic protectionism against ALL foreign competition, Western or not.

  18. @antibeast

    The US financial economy is entirely dependent on the status of the USD as the world’s reserve currency which in turn is made possible by the Petrodollar System. That’s how Wall Street Globalist Elites exercise their financial power — by taking a cut out of every USD transaction in the global economy and using their privately-owned Fed to print trillions of USD to buyout everyone in the world. They don’t care who makes what where when as long as they get to take a cut and own their share of the profits in the global economy which makes the US Empire essentially a financial one backed by the US military. Trump is a moron who doesn’t understand how the global economy works. His economic policies don’t make much sense because they’re driven by political considerations not economic reasons.

    Agreed but at the same time, there is a “Green” economy unrolling (to salvage the currently bankrupt financial system in shifting trillions into it) where fossil fuels would become obsolete. Without oil, I wonder what the Petrodollar will rely on.

    It is often said that the British Empire ceased to exist when in reality, it merely morphed to become the Anglo-American Empire. The ruling class of the City of London moved the capital (industry, economy (GBP to USD), military, etc) across the Atlantic to continue their modus operandi while maintaining the command center in England. Now that they exhausted the US (deindustrialized, broken, indebted, etc), they are, in my opinion, emulating a similar scenario with China. To address something you said afterwards: and so, in that sense, one does not chose the City of London, it choses one.

    It is true that Trump isn’t the brightest in the room. I can’t however help but wonder what was behind his exist of the Paris Climate Agreement and if his efforts to re-industrialize the US are honest or bluff — either which I think are unlikely to succeed.

    The US DeepState is hostile to China for geopolitical reasons but the Wall Street Globalist Elites want to continue doing business in/with China. Xi wants China to become a world power which is untenable to the US DeepState. Xi is trying to lure the Wall Street Globalist Elites to his side by offering them access to China’s financial markets. That also explains why China chose the City of London to internationalize the Yuan.

    Xi is doing this not out of love for Western Capitalists but out of the pragmatic realization that Western Capitalists need to invest their Capital somewhere outside the West. They can invest their Capital in China or in the non-West which requires infrastructure to connect them to the West. That’s explains Xi’s BRI which is a Win-Win for both sides.

    I would think Wall Street serves the Deep State. The way I see it is that the Western clique who waged the Opium wars on China (to weaken it, establish a foothold moving drugs (Jardines) and later built a banking network (HSBC)), who got rid of Sun Yat-Sen (to thwart his efforts for the development of the physi­cal infrastructure and the creation of a credit system necessary for successful agricultural and industrial progress (based on Leizbniz/Hamilton’s principles), who spread Communism in China (Maoism) with the enthronement of Mao (to further slow down the growth of China), etc is the same Western clique who made of China what it is today. A designed cycle of rise and fall.

    At the same time, I don’t understand the animosity against China and its BRI. If the City of London (whom I think is THE Deep State) supports China, it should its BRI as well. The wrestling could be fake in the same way the Cold War was. Otherwise, yes, it’s a win-win for all.

    • Replies: @antibeast
  19. antibeast says:
    @Hiram of Tyre

    Agreed but at the same time, there is a “Green” economy unrolling (to salvage the currently bankrupt financial system in shifting trillions into it) where fossil fuels would become obsolete. Without oil, I wonder what the Petrodollar will rely on.

    It is true that Trump isn’t the brightest in the room. I can’t however help but wonder what was behind his exist of the Paris Climate Agreement and if his efforts to re-industrialize the US are honest or bluff — either which I think are unlikely to succeed.

    Over the last ten years or so, China has bet the farm on developing its alternative energy industries to drive its current and future electric-powered mass transportation system, in order to reduce its dependence on fossil fuel imports as well as gas-powered autos. China has also decided to build new urban areas centered on trains rather than cars in order to achieve its stated goal of a “Green” economy as part of its national strategic plan, by 2050 if not earlier.

    But this is not the case with the Trump Administration which is doing the exact opposite by promoting the US Shale Oil&Gas industry and its associated petrochemical, steel, aluminium and other heavy manufacturing industries. Trump wants to revive those smokestack industries which China wants to relocate to other developing countries as part of its BRI project.

    At the same time, I don’t understand the animosity against China and its BRI. If the City of London (whom I think is THE Deep State) supports China, it should its BRI as well. The wrestling could be fake in the same way the Cold War was. Otherwise, yes, it’s a win-win for all.

    As I said in my earlier post, the US Deep State is hostile to China’s BRI because it undercuts the financial power of the WB/IMF over the Third World. There is also the need for the US Deep State to justify more defense spending for the US Military-Industrial Complex by raising the specter of the alleged China threat. The Wall Street/City-of-London Globalist Elites really don’t care much about the alleged China threat as long as they’re allowed to profit from China’s BRI. Their ideological conflict is real: neoconservatism in geopolitics vs neoliberalism in global economics. But since China is not in a geopolitical competition against the USA, the US Deep State has a hard time justifying its hostility to China’s BRI which actually benefits the global economy by building the necessary infrastructure to connect developing countries to world markets. What the US Deep State has done lately is to attack the national interests of China by staging a “Color Revolution” in HK, blaming China for the Covid-19 pandemic, slandering Huawei worldwide, blaming China’s BRI for alleged debt-trap diplomacy, inflaming tensions in the South China Sea, etc. In all these cases, the US has no strategic interests other than to harm China’s national interests all over the world. And to make things even more complicated, here comes Trump and his populist “America First” movement which seeks to withdraw the USA from both global politics and the global economy.

    • Thanks: Hiram of Tyre
  20. @Mary Marianne

    It surely looks like the jig is up, with the world now having figured out that big business and special interest groups are in charge of the government (Britain and the US), the strength of the American economy is based on and US projecting power through 800 military bases, and the real economy has been largely hollowed out. It really is starting to look like the British Empire which crashed and burned when another better model came along.

    With the corona virus, I just hope that the working class can make it through without losing their jobs, apartments, houses and savings.

  21. A clear explanation and comments on the SCS-situation. Thank you, Mr Escobar.

    Europe is IMO already and always been the Western Part of Eurasia.

    There you go.

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