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"The Making of Juan Guaidó: US Regime-Change Laboratory Created Venezuela’s Coup Leader"

Dan Cohen und Max Blumenthal haben keinen Zweifel daran, dass Oppositionsführer Juan Guaidó das "Produkt" einer seit Jahren aus Washington gesteuerten Kampagne sei. "While Guaidó is today sold as the face of democratic restoration, he spent his career in the most violent faction of Venezuela’s most radical opposition party, positioning himself at the forefront of one destabilization campaign after another. His party has been widely discredited inside Venezuela, and is held partly responsible for fragmenting a badly weakened opposition. 'These radical leaders have no more than 20 percent in opinion polls,' wrote Luis Vicente León, Venezuela’s leading pollster. According to Leon, Guaidó’s party remains isolated because the majority of the population does not want war. 'What they want is a solution.' But this is precisely why Guaidó was selected by Washington: he is not expected to lead Venezuela towards democracy, but to collapse a country that for the past two decades has been a bulwark of resistance to U.S. hegemony."

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"US Media is Losing Its Mind Over Trump-Putin Press Conference"

Joe Lauria hält die Reaktionen führender US-Medien auf das Gipfeltreffen in Helsinki für "atemberaubend", da sich viele Kommentatoren nahezu ausschließlich mit dem "Russia-Gate"-Skandal beschäftigt hätten. "The American president said the U.S. has been 'foolish' not to attempt dialogue with Russia before, to cooperate on a range of issues. (...) This main reason for summits between Russian and American leaders was also ignored: to use diplomacy to reduce dangerous tensions. 'I really think the world wants to see us get along,' Trump said. 'We are the two great nuclear powers. We have 90 percent of the nuclear. And that’s not a good thing, it’s a bad thing.' Preventing good relations between the two countries appears to be the heart of the matter for U.S. intelligence and their media assets. So Trump was vilified for even trying. Obsessed as they are with the 'interference' story, the media virtually ignored the other crucial issues that came up at the summit, such as the Middle East."

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"A Coming Russia-Ukraine War?"

Das ukrainische Parlament hat Russland in einem neuen Gesetz als "Aggressor" und "Besatzer" eingestuft. Gilbert Doctorow schreibt, dass nun möglicherweise eine gefährliche Eskalation des Konflikts im Osten des Landes drohe. "Although observers in the United States and Western Europe may have missed it, many Russians believe this development amounts to a declaration of war. Dmitri Kiselyov, head of all Russian television and radio news services, offered a sober analysis of the emotionally charged development on his Sunday evening news wrap-up today. According to Kiselyov, the new law, which awaits Poroshenko’s signature, makes preparations for war and includes language indicating a bellicose new approach to the conflict. The mission in Donbass is no longer described as an 'anti-terrorist operation.' Rather, the mission now is to send armed forces against 'military formations of the Russian Federation' in Donbass."

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"The McCarthyism of Russia-gate"

Robert Parry wirft den amerikanischen Gegnern Donald Trumps vor, bei ihren Bemühungen, den US-Präsidenten wegen angeblicher Russland-Kontakte zu Fall zu bringen, einen Eifer an den Tag zu legen, der an den McCarthyismus erinnere. Dabei würden auch Praktiken des Überwachungsstaates akzeptiert, die früher kategorisch abgelehnt worden seien. "Many Democrats, liberals and even some progressives appear excited over the prospect of wielding this new McCarthyism against Trump’s advisers with the hope that Russia-gate can be built up into a case for Trump’s impeachment. But the precedents that are being set could be very dangerous for the long term. If Americans can be put under invasive FISA warrants for going abroad and criticizing U.S. policies or if intercepted phone calls can be used to test the memories of citizens during FBI interviews, many of the warnings from civil libertarians about the dangers of 'war on terror' surveillance powers being applied more broadly may be coming true."

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"Neocons Have Trump on His Knees"

Robert Parry schreibt, dass es die US-Demokraten mit ihrer "Hysterie" über die angeblichen Russlandverbindungen Donald Trumps geschafft hätten, den US-Präsidenten in die Arme der Neokonservativen in Washington zu treiben. "After slapping Donald Trump around for several months to make him surrender his hopes for a more cooperative relationship with Russia, the neocons and their liberal-interventionist allies are now telling the battered President what he must do next: escalate war in the Middle East and ratchet up tensions with nuclear-armed Russia. Star neocon Robert Kagan (...) is already looking ahead. Having pocketed Trump’s capitulation last week on Syria, Kagan has shifted his sights onto the much juicier targets of Russia and Iran. (...) 'Let’s hope that the Trump administration is prepared for the next move. If it is, then there is a real chance of reversing the course of global retreat that Obama began. A strong U.S. response in Syria would make it clear to the likes of Putin, Xi Jinping, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Kim Jong Un that the days of American passivity are over.'"

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"Donald Trump v. the Spooks"

Annie Machon, frühere Mitarbeiterin des britischen Geheimdienstes, charakterisiert den Konflikt zwischen dem gewählten US-Präsidenten Donald Trump und den US-Geheimdiensten als "Schwergewichtskampf des Jahrhunderts". "In that corner, we have a deal-making, billionaire 'man of the people' who, to European sensibilities at least, reputedly espouses some of the madder domestic obsessions and yet has seemed to offer hope to many aggrieved Americans. But it is his professed position on building a rapprochement with Russia and cooperating with Moscow to sort out the Syrian mess that caught my attention and that of many other independent commentators internationally. In the opposite corner, Trump’s opponents have pushed the CIA into the ring to deliver the knock-out blow, but this has yet to land. Despite jab after jab, Trump keeps evading the blows and comes rattling back against all odds. One has to admire the guy’s footwork. (...) This match has already gone into the middle rounds with Trump still bouncing around on his toes and still relishing the fight. It would be ironic if out of this nasty prize fight came greater world peace and safely for us all."

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"Good Deaths in Mosul, Bad Deaths in Aleppo"

Robert Parry erwartet, dass es bei der Schlacht um Mosul viele Zivilopfer geben wird. Im Gegensatz zu Aleppo werde dies in den meisten US-Medien jedoch den terroristischen Besatzern der Stadt und nicht den irakischen Truppen angelastet werden. "In the case of Mosul, the million-plus residents are not portrayed as likely victims of American airstrikes and Iraqi government ground assaults, though surely many will die during the offensive. Instead, the civilians are said to be eagerly awaiting liberation from the Islamic State terrorists and their head-chopping brutality. (...) the message is clear: if the inevitable happens and the U.S.-backed offensive kills a number of Mosul’s civilians, including children, The New York Times’ readers have been hardened to accept this 'collateral damage' as necessary to free the city from blood-thirsty extremists. The fight to crush these crazies is worth it, even if there are significant numbers of civilians killed in the 'cross-fire.'"

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"Trump’s Lies About a Nuke 'Gap'"

Donald Trump verbreite seit einiger Zeit eine Lüge, die weder von seinen politischen Gegnern, noch von seiner Konkurrentin Hillary Clinton korrigiert worden sei, schreibt Jonathan Marshall. Russland habe sich Trump zufolge einen Vorsprung bei der Entwicklung von Atomwaffen herausgearbeitet, den die USA unbedingt aufholen müssten. "Fear-mongering about Russia’s military and the Baltics reflects a classic imperial mentality — that the United States must be capable of prevailing militarily anywhere on the globe, no matter how far removed from our real security interests. It’s time to recognize that relentless calls for greater military spending, constant agitation for a new Cold War, and the staging of provocative military exercises so close to Russia’s borders are creating the real threats to U.S. security and well-being. Donald Trump’s lies about Russia’s military superiority are feeding those threats. It’s long overdue for his opponent and the news media to call him out."

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"The 'Hybrid War' of Economic Sanctions"

Der frühere britische Diplomat Alastair Crooke schreibt, dass der Westen mit seiner Sanktionspolitik seit Jahren einen eigenen "hybriden Krieg" gegen außenpolitische Rivalen führe. Der übermäßige Einsatz von Finanz- und Wirtschaftssanktionen habe allerdings dazu geführt, dass Länder wie Russland und China dabei seien, effektive Gegenmaßnahmen in Form von alternativen Institutionen zu entwickeln. "The tables are turning: in fact, the U.S. and Europe may be becoming more vulnerable to retaliation (e.g. Europe, with Russia’s retaliatory sanctions on European agricultural products) than China and Russia are, to unilateral Treasury or Fed warfare. This is the new hybrid war (and not the hot air issuing from NATO). [U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew] and [David Ignatius of The Washington Post] know that a parallel 'architecture' is under construction, and that Congress’ addiction to new sanctions is just speeding it into place."

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"Ukraine War: A Reverse Cuban Missile Crisis"

Der frühere US-Diplomat William R. Polk fürchtet, dass die Krise zwischen den USA und Russland in der Ukraine einer ähnlichen Eskalationslogik unterliegen könnte wie die Kubakrise 1962. Die USA hätten Kuba damals als Teil ihrer Einflusssphäre behandelt, die Ukraine werde von Russland heute ähnlich betrachtet. "So what to do? In a word: stop. What we are now doing and what we contemplate doing is not in our interest or in the interests of the Ukrainians and is perceived as a threat by the Russians. We cannot deliver on the policy we would encourage the Ukrainians to adopt by arming them without a war. Economic sanctions are a form of that war, but they are unlikely to accomplish what we have been proclaiming. So, the logic of events could force the Russians and us to the next step and that step also to the next and so on. Our moves in this direction could cause massive death and destruction. We should stop doing what does not work and is not in our interests nor in the interests of either the Ukrainians or the Russians."

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"Who’s Telling the 'Big Lie' on Ukraine?"

In Washington werde der Ukraine-Konflikt im schlichten Schwarz-Weiß-Muster dargestellt, beklagt Robert Parry. Offenbar habe sich erneut eine Art "Gruppendenken" durchgesetzt, das auf unbelegten Geheimdienstbehauptungen basiere und die komplexe Realität des Ukraine-Konflikts ignoriere. "(...) the U.S. mainstream news media’s distortion of the Ukraine crisis is something that a real totalitarian could only dream about. Virtually absent from major U.S. news outlets – across the political spectrum – has been any significant effort to tell the other side of the story or to point out the many times when the West’s 'fair and factual version of events' has been false or deceptive, starting with the issue of who started this crisis. (...) Concerned about the latest rush to judgment about the 'invasion,' the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, a group of former U.S. intelligence officials and analysts, took the unusual step of sending a memo to German Chancellor Angela Merkel warning her of a possible replay of the false claims that led to the Iraq War. 'You need to know,' the group wrote, 'that accusations of a major Russian 'invasion' of Ukraine appear not to be supported by reliable intelligence. Rather, the 'intelligence' seems to be of the same dubious, politically 'fixed' kind used 12 years ago to 'justify' the U.S.-led attack on Iraq.'"

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"The Mystery of a Ukrainian Army 'Defector'"

Amerikanische Satellitenaufnahmen deuten Robert Parry zufolge darauf hin, dass ukrainische Soldaten für den Abschuss des malaysischen Passagierflugzeugs verantwortlich sein könnten. Die US-Regierung habe deshalb mit der Veröffentlichung der Aufnahmen gezögert, nun wiesen US-Geheimdienstmitarbeiter auf angebliche Überläufer der ukrainischen Armee hin. "That statement about a possible 'defector' might explain why some analysts thought they saw soldiers in Ukrainian army uniforms tending to the missile battery in eastern Ukraine. But there is another obvious explanation that the U.S. intelligence community seems unwilling to accept: that the missile may have been launched by someone working for the Ukrainian military. In other words, we may be seeing another case of the U.S. government 'fixing the intelligence' around a desired policy outcome, as occurred in the run-up to war with Iraq."

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"Will Ukraine Be NYT’s Waterloo?"

Auch in den USA gibt es eine Debatte über die Ukraine-Berichterstattung von Leitmedien wie der New York Times. Robert Parry wirft der Times vor, in ihren Berichten einen parteiischen Standpunkt zu vertreten, der die Übergangsregierung in Kiew in gutem Licht erscheinen lassen soll. "(...) the Times’ prejudice over the Ukraine crisis has reached new levels of extreme as the 'newspaper of record' routinely carries water for the neocons and other hawks who still dominate the U.S. State Department. Everything that the Times writes about Ukraine is so polluted with propaganda that it requires a very strong filter, along with additives from more independent news sources, to get anything approaching an accurate understanding of events. (...) when put in the context of the Times’ unrelenting bias in its coverage of the Ukraine crisis – how the Times hypes every fact (and even non-facts) that reflect negatively on the anti-coup side – you have to think that the Times is spinning its readers, again."

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