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In an interview with RT in 2015, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uttered perhaps one of his most intriguing statements since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011. Assad stated:

“Western propaganda has, from the very beginning, been about the cause of the problem being the president. Why? Because they want to portray the whole problem in Syria lies in one individual; and consequently the natural reaction for many people is that, if the problem lies in one individual, that individual should not be more important than the entire homeland. So let that individual go and things will be alright. That’s how they oversimplify things in the West.” [emphasis added]

He continued:

“Notice what happened in the Western media since the coup in Ukraine. What happened? President Putin was transformed from a friend of the West to a foe and, yet again, he was characterized as a tsar…This is Western propaganda. They say that if the president went things will get better.” [emphasis added]

Putting aside Assad’s vast and extensive list of war crimes and crimes against humanity, Assad highlighted one of the major flaws in Western thinking regarding America’s hostile policies toward a number of independent states.

Just look at the current to-and-fro-ing between North Korea and the United States to gather an accurate picture of what is being referred to here. The problem of North Korea is consistently portrayed in the media as caused by one person (current leader Kim Jong-un), a narrative that ultimately ignores the role America and its allies have played in this current crisis. As Anti-Media previously highlighted:

 

“…the problem [North Korean crisis] is constantly framed as one caused by North Korea alone, not the United States. ‘How to Deal With North Korea,’ the Atlantic explains. ‘What Can Trump Do About North Korea?’ the New York Times asks. ‘What Can Possibly Be Done About North Korea,’ the Huffington Post queries. Time provides 6 experts discussing ‘How We Can Solve the Problem’ (of North Korea). ‘North Korea – what can the outside world do?’ asks the BBC.”

What the media is really advancing here – particularly when one talks about a military option as a response to dealing with North Korea’s rogue actions – is the notion that if the U.S. could only take out Kim Jong-un, the problem of North Korea would disappear.

Would the death of one man rid every single North Korean of the hostility and hatred they harbor toward the United States when many know full well that in the early 1950s the U.S. bombed North Korea so relentlessly they eventually ran out of targets to hit — that the U.S. military killed off at least 20 percent of the civilian population?

If Kim Jong-un is removed, will North Koreans suddenly forget that nearly every North Korean alive today has a family relative that was killed by the United States in the 1950s?

In the simple corporate media narrative, yes they will. Killing that one person and removing them from office will not only save the country they brutalize but will also provide security and stability for the rest of the world.

Never mind that prior to the U.S.-NATO onslaught of Libya in 2011, Libya had the highest standard of living in the African continent. The Times once admitted that its healthcare system was the “envy of the region.” Now, the country has completely collapsed, with well over two million children out of school, countless migrants drowning in its waters, extremism running unchecked and unchallenged, and traders openly selling slaves like a commodity.

Let’s suppose every single accusation against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was true (they weren’t); how can it be said that destroying a country’s infrastructure and assassinating its leader in flagrant disregard of international law is a realistic solution to any problem? If you oppose Donald Trump, would a Russian-led military intervention solve your problems with the country he rules over?

Forget what you think you know about Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi, Kim Jong-un, Bashar al-Assad, Vladimir Putin, and Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro – the narrative Western governments and their media mouthpieces have promulgated for the last few decades remains completely nonsensical. You can’t solve Syria’s or Venezuela’s problems by removing their current leaders, especially if you attempt to do it by force. Anyone who claims this is possible is lying to you and is also too naïve and indolent to bother researching the current situations in Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, Iraq – to name a few.

The fact that the U.S. evidently doesn’t want to solve any problems at all – that it merely seeks to overthrow leaders that don’t succumb to its wishes – is a topic for a separate article but is certainly worth mentioning here as well.

The same can ultimately be said of Donald Trump. Since his election victory, many celebrities, media pundits, and members of the intelligence community have sought to unseat and discredit him. Yet Donald Trump is merely a horrifying symptom of America’s problems; to think he alone caused them and that by removing him from office the U.S. would suddenly become a safe-haven of freedom and liberty is nothing short of idiotic.

If you agree with the latter sentiment, you must also concede that the problems facing North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, and elsewhere could never be solved by the U.S. forcibly removing their leaders.

If Assad was removed from Syria, would extremism disappear or would it thrive in the political vacuum as it did in Iraq? Could Syria’s internal issues — which are much more extensive than the corporate media would have us believe — be solved by something as simple as removing its current leader? Can anyone name a country where this has been tried and tested as a true model for solving a sovereign nation’s internal crises? Anyone who truly believes a country’s problems can be solved in this facile way needs to do a bit more reading.

If you can recognize this dilemma, you can agree that it’s time for the media to completely undo the simplicity in its coverage of these issues and start reporting on the genuine diplomatic options that could be pursued, instead.

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In his first foreign trip after the failed coup attempt in his country, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in St. Petersburg with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in the hopes of mending ties as Ankara is increasingly isolated from the West.

On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg, Russia, with a public goal of reestablishing between the countries diplomatic and economic relations frayed in the wake of a Russian bomber aircraft shot down along the Turkish-Syrian border. At the time, Russia contended that its bomber was over Syrian airspace, while Turkey claimed the aircraft drifted some meters into Turkish airspace for all of 16 seconds.In the wake of the failed coup attempt against Erdogan, Turkey is now reconsidering that decision, as well as its friends and allies around the world. Erdogan has repeatedly accused the United States, alongside his leading Turkish ministers, of playing an active role in the failed overthrow attempt or sympathizing with coup plotters. The Turkish leader at one point referred to his former ally Fethullah Gulen, now the number one candidate for Erdogan’s ire, as only “a pawn.”

The United States, for its part, provided no warning to the Turkish regime, if it did indeed know prior to events that there was a threat of overthrow, and had been hesitant to provide an endorsement of the Erdogan regime, until it became clear that the government would survive the coup plot.

Turkey has similarly received a cold shoulder from European Union member states, who refuse to consider fast-tracking Ankara’s accession into the EU or providing visa-free travel to its citizens, citing what they view as the Erdogan regime’s human rights violations in the post-coup attempt purge that has led to the arrest of some 18,000 soldiers and judges and the firing of nearly 100,000 people for purportedly sympathizing with the coup from all sectors of civil service.

Scorned by those he once considered his closest foreign allies, facing growing hostility from neighboring states for supporting the US-led effort against Assad in Syria, and dealing with the difficult aftermath of conducting society after an attempted government overthrow, Erdogan now looks to Russian President Vladimir Putin as perhaps his last resort.

On Monday, Loud & Clear’s Brian Becker sat down with security analyst Mark Sleboda to discuss the implications of the thaw in relations between Turkey and Russia, as well as what can be expected from a meeting between Putin and Erdogan.

“Well, it would be false to say that it is without significance, but I think that the press in both Turkey and Russia, and to some extent the West, are blowing this out of proportion,” said Sleboda. “I think that the best that can be expected, not only out of this meeting, because this is only the beginning of a process, would be the restoration of ties between the two countries — something approximate to what it was before last November, when Turkey shot down a Russian plane along the Syrian-Turkish border, but not quite to that same level.”

Does Putin have the upper-hand as Erdogan has become scorned by the West?

“It has to be remembered that for a long time now, and particularly in the beginning years of Erdogan’s regime in Turkey, Ankara has had a policy of no problems with their neighbors, peace abroad and peace at home was their mantra,” said Sleboda. “However, as a result of Turkey siding with the US, Saudi Arabia, and the EU in the attempt to overthrow the Syrian government with this proxy war, they have managed to alienate everyone, all of their neighbors, their partners in NATO, the EU, and Russia, who was an important economic partner.”

From right: Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Constantine Palace

“Erdogan was already seeking to improve relations with Russia before the coup took place, as well as Israel and Egypt. But there can be no doubt that after the coup these plans were vastly accelerated.”

“I don’t think the West had a direct hand in orchestrating it, as Erdogan himself and members of his party have put out or insinuated, not very subtly, but I believe the West knew about it, and while it was going on they stood back and didn’t provide the assistance to a NATO member, as they have done in previous coups of Turkey,” said Sleboda. “They stood back to see what would happen before they very belatedly announced their support for Erdogan’s government.”

“Erdogan finds himself in a much tighter place now.”

In his first foreign trip after the failed coup attempt in his country, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in St. Petersburg with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in the hopes of mending ties as Ankara is increasingly isolated from the West.

On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg, Russia, with a public goal of reestablishing between the countries diplomatic and economic relations frayed in the wake of a Russian bomber aircraft shot down along the Turkish-Syrian border. At the time, Russia contended that its bomber was over Syrian airspace, while Turkey claimed the aircraft drifted some meters into Turkish airspace for all of 16 seconds.In the wake of the failed coup attempt against Erdogan, Turkey is now reconsidering that decision, as well as its friends and allies around the world. Erdogan has repeatedly accused the United States, alongside his leading Turkish ministers, of playing an active role in the failed overthrow attempt or sympathizing with coup plotters. The Turkish leader at one point referred to his former ally Fethullah Gulen, now the number one candidate for Erdogan’s ire, as only “a pawn.”

The United States, for its part, provided no warning to the Turkish regime, if it did indeed know prior to events that there was a threat of overthrow, and had been hesitant to provide an endorsement of the Erdogan regime, until it became clear that the government would survive the coup plot.

Turkey has similarly received a cold shoulder from European Union member states, who refuse to consider fast-tracking Ankara’s accession into the EU or providing visa-free travel to its citizens, citing what they view as the Erdogan regime’s human rights violations in the post-coup attempt purge that has led to the arrest of some 18,000 soldiers and judges and the firing of nearly 100,000 people for purportedly sympathizing with the coup from all sectors of civil service.

Scorned by those he once considered his closest foreign allies, facing growing hostility from neighboring states for supporting the US-led effort against Assad in Syria, and dealing with the difficult aftermath of conducting society after an attempted government overthrow, Erdogan now looks to Russian President Vladimir Putin as perhaps his last resort.

On Monday, Loud & Clear’s Brian Becker sat down with security analyst Mark Sleboda to discuss the implications of the thaw in relations between Turkey and Russia, as well as what can be expected from a meeting between Putin and Erdogan.

“Well, it would be false to say that it is without significance, but I think that the press in both Turkey and Russia, and to some extent the West, are blowing this out of proportion,” said Sleboda. “I think that the best that can be expected, not only out of this meeting, because this is only the beginning of a process, would be the restoration of ties between the two countries — something approximate to what it was before last November, when Turkey shot down a Russian plane along the Syrian-Turkish border, but not quite to that same level.”

Does Putin have the upper-hand as Erdogan has become scorned by the West?

“It has to be remembered that for a long time now, and particularly in the beginning years of Erdogan’s regime in Turkey, Ankara has had a policy of no problems with their neighbors, peace abroad and peace at home was their mantra,” said Sleboda. “However, as a result of Turkey siding with the US, Saudi Arabia, and the EU in the attempt to overthrow the Syrian government with this proxy war, they have managed to alienate everyone, all of their neighbors, their partners in NATO, the EU, and Russia, who was an important economic partner.”

“Erdogan was already seeking to improve relations with Russia before the coup took place, as well as Israel and Egypt. But there can be no doubt that after the coup these plans were vastly accelerated.”

“I don’t think the West had a direct hand in orchestrating it, as Erdogan himself and members of his party have put out or insinuated, not very subtly, but I believe the West knew about it, and while it was going on they stood back and didn’t provide the assistance to a NATO member, as they have done in previous coups of Turkey,” said Sleboda. “They stood back to see what would happen before they very belatedly announced their support for Erdogan’s government.”

“Erdogan finds himself in a much tighter place now.”

 

By V. The Guerrilla Economist

 

The New Trade Order

As the sun sets on the American empire, the reality that it is fated to end up on the trash heap of history comes ever more into focus. Allow me to highlight the latest moves on the global economic chessboard that further cement this reality.

For years now, The Guerrilla has howled that most countries will refuse to participate in so-called “trade pacts” like the Toilet Paper Protocol (TPP). Look, for example, at the difficulties Exceptionalistan is having when it comes to getting even Europe’s neutered pantywaists to accept the TTP’s ugly stepsister, the Transatlantic Trash Investment Partnership (TTIP). What a joke these pieces of diplomatic garbage are. The idiocrats leading the Empire of Stupid still operate like the year is 1980 and the Cold War is in full swing. They seem to believe that other nations have no choice but to worship at the feet of King Dollar.

Ah, but Exceptionalistan’s delusional neocons have a poor understanding of the modern world! In their hubris they think they hold all the cards and that the rest of the world cannot figure out their dastardly schemes. They are soon going to find out just how wrong they are.

 

The Bear in Judea

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Russian Spetsnaz Special Operations Forces

 

Recently, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Nutzinyahoo (aka Netanyahu, aka Mileikowsky) visited with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. They met in private and judging by their statements afterward both men seemed very pleased by what they discussed. The Guerrilla has said for years that Israel will transition from being a war economy that engages in the bankster practice of perpetual war to an independent economy that is not living off U.S. largesse. In his speech after the meeting Nutzinyahoo said, “Russia is a world power and the relationship between us is getting closer all the time. I’m working to tighten this connection; it serves us and our NATIONAL SECURITY  at this time, and has also prevented superfluous and dangerous confrontations on our northern border.”

 

In other words, Nutz and Putin are both happier than pigs in sh** that Russia got involved in Syria. What’s more, Nutz also revealed that Russia’s Gazprom will help develop the Leviathan energy feild. He also noted that additional defense deals were possible. It’s really no wonder that political leaders and the press in Israel are calling their nation’s new relationship with Russia a “budding romance.” The truth of the matter is that trade, security, and diplomatic relations between Russia and Israel are the friendliest they’ve ever been thanks to the masterful policies of the Odumbo administration.

 

Mark my words, it will only be a matter of time before we see Russian military equipment in the hands of the Israeli Defense Force. It helps that Avigdor Liberman, the current Israeli Defense Minister, is a Russophile who’s had a keen interest in Russo-Israeli integration since 2009 when Agent Zero took the White House. The Israelis are quite pleased with how the Russians handled the Daesh-bags (USIS) and how their northern border with Syria is now quiet.

 

The other angle here is that Israel is being wooed by Russia to act as a buffer against the terror kingpin that is now Turkey. Hamas has a forward operating base on the Turkish border where it receives the Erdogan government’s full military and financial support. What better way is there for Putin to stick a finger into the eye of the Atlanticists and get Ankara back for shooting down a Russian jet than to cozy up to Israel?

Putin vs The Turd In The Hummus Bowl Erdogan

 

With the large number of Russian-Jews in Israel, many of whom have relatives that happen to be part of the “-stan” nations on the New Silk Road, what The Guerrilla has been saying since 2013 is coming to pass. Israel will integrate with the New Silk Road and the new Suez Canal development.

The Suez Canal expansion project is integral not only to trade and integration into the New Silk Road, it is also key for developing the Leviathan energy fields. Peace in the Middle East will be a reality as soon as King Dollar rasps out his last dying breath.

It’s not a perfect union, but Russia is playing a stronger role than the West is in maintaining a peaceful Middle East, a role that includes keeping all of the region’s actors, including Israel, in check. The point is that for the first time in decades the U.S. and the UK are on the outside looking in at the Middle East and there is nothing they can do about it.

The Russian-Israeli rapprochement takes place within the context of other moves involving Iran that The Guerrilla believes are related. Basically, Iran is courting Europe by announcing that they will accept petro-payments made in euros. Teheran’s game here is to work with Russia to shore up their combined share of the European energy market. This move prevents the Atlanticists from presenting an alternative (e.g., Qatar) to energy-hungry Europeans. Iran’s offer also leaves Russia free to work with Israel and it’s Leviathan energy fields as a way of crushing the Saudis. Do you see how things have changed, dear readers? Do you see how Russia has been one step ahead of the amateurs at work in the Empire of Stupid?

Royal Flush

The House of Fraud, I mean The House of Saud, has lost the oil war in spectacular fashion, just as The Guerrilla predicted it would years ago. The original intent of the oil war started by the Atlanticists with the collusion in July 2014 of a dying King Abdullah and his merry oil minister, Ali Al-Naimi, was to cripple both Russia and the booming U.S. shale oil business.

I can see my readers shaking your heads now. Why on earth, you wonder, would the Atlanticists want to hurt oil business in the United States? The reason is simple – because the petrodollar has less to do with oil than it does with keeping the debt-based Ponzi scheme going. Remember, the Anglo-American power players have no loyalty to any country, not even their own. They are loyal only to the paper wealth their system generates and the schemes they employ to leverage the power of that paper. It is the philosopher’s stone realized!

Fast forward from 2014 to today and what we see is Saudi Arabia circling the toilet bowl of irrelevance. Everything that she and the corrupt West have done to undermine Russia’s economy, markets, and her oil production has backfired. Is anyone surprised by this? They shouldn’t be. The Empire of Chaos doesn’t care what happens to it’s allies. What it cares about is full spectrum dominance over the worlds resources, a goal it achieves through economic hitmen, assassinations, coups, color revolutions, and outright invasions, what it calls “kinetic actions.” This has been American foreign policy for the last few decades no matter who has occupied the White House.

The Guerrilla remembers with disgust the moves made in 2001-2002 to maintain Exceptionalistan’s preeminence on the global stage. Recall for instance General Wesley Clark’s revelation at the California Commonwealth Club in October 2007 when he said that the decision to go to war with Iraq had been made “on or about the 20th of September” in 2001. Clark explained further that his contact in the Joint Staff informed him a few days later of a memo he had received from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, a memo that described how the U.S. was “going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off with Iran.”

Can we now lay the “American troops are fighting for your freedom” BS to the side?

Since King Salman came to power in Saudi Arabia he has tried, but failed, to reverse the disastrous course set by Abdullah. His first order of business was to fire Ali Al-Naimi and put in an ARAMCO chairman named Khalid Al-Falih to shore up the Kingdom’s bleeding finances. Alas, Al-Falih, surely inspired by western central banks, decided to keep the “pump to oblivion” strategy of his predecessor in place. As a result, the Saudis are only months from a total collapse.

The cards are stacked against them. U.S. shale oil firms are still in operation, having come up with new technologies to lower the cost of drilling and exploration. This will buy them 5 to 10 years at the most (shale oil fields are short-lived) before they go belly up, but by that time the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will have also bitten the dust. The Kingdom is hemorrhaging the foreign currency reserves that it uses to keep the riyal pegged to the U.S. dollar. This has ruined domestic social programs, leading to unrest and now the House of Saud is facing a popular revolt because it pissed away its wealth on some harebrained scheme cooked up by idiots in Mogadishu-on-the-Potomac.

Over the last year and especially in the last few months, the exchange rate of the riyal has been swinging wildly. Recent Fed talk of rate hikes have not helped the situation either. At some point, the Saudis will be forced to de-peg the Riyal from the USD. When that happens they will need to sell U.S. dollars on the open market from their sovereign wealth fund. The more the Fed flirts with interest rate increases, the more the Saudis will deplete their reserves … until they run out of dollars. Of course, another option is keep the peg, but this will kill the Kingdom’s growth by forcing it to raise its interbank rates, prompting a drain on its GDP. Add to this soap opera the fact that Iran has rejected the OPEC demands to cap oil production, further lowering the price of oil. What’s more, Iran plans to increase oil production to 4 million barrels a day through March 2017!

Yes, my friends, heed what The Guerrilla is saying. Blood is in the water! The House of Saud is in serious financial trouble from which it cannot escape without maximum pain. While mainstream talking heads and lesser analysts focus on the funds and pegs of the Kingdom, The Guerrilla reminds his fans to recall the untold billions of dollars that Saudi Arabia has dumped into proxy wars in Syria and Yemen. Those wars are the Kingdom’s Vietnam. They are bleeding out the last remaining wealth the Kingdom has.

Then there is the U.S. Federal Reserve, headed by that troll, Janet Yellen. Thanks to the Riyal-Dollar peg, the last Fed interest rate hike caused the Saudis to raise their rates thereby wreaking havoc on the Riyal in the process. Saudi Arabia also sold billion in bonds to shore up the holes in its books. The Kingdom is about to learn the hard way that raising rates while oil prices plummet doesn’t work out too well in Dollar pegged Gulf Cooperation Council countries. As corporate and household borrowing costs begin to rise Saudi Arabia will experience credit contraction and a liquidity crisis the likes of which the Kingdom has never seen. Throw in social-political unrest and Riyal devaluation, de-pegging, and Dollar dumping are right around the corner.

In conclusion, the policy of chaos employed by the Empire of Chaos is about to come full circle. Exceptionalistan is about to meet the snarling bitch that is karma head-on. The drooling slack-jawed morons that run the U.S. are in for a rude awakening soon … very, very soon.