Lavrov to West: Don’t allow your insane political war hawks to drag the world into war [entire post]
Russia’s Foreign Minister urged the international community to denounce the ‘philosophy of hegemony and one’s own exclusivity’ during the Sixth Moscow Conference on International Security. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has a simple, but beautiful idea: Let’s not allow insane war hawks to drag the world into open conflict.
Speaking at the Sixth Moscow Conference on International Security on Wednesday, Lavrov reminded the audience that “the entire world history shows that wars are not unleashed by generals but by politicians”. He also warned that “war hawks” are attempting to provoke escalation in Ukraine.
Lavrov commented on the worrying situations in Ukraine, the Korean Peninsula, and Syria. He finished his remarks by stating unequivocally that “Russia, jointly with its partners and like-minded countries, will continue to assert solid principles in global affairs and to form the entire new global governance system reflecting the 21st century imperatives. We are ready to work together, jointly search for various options to overcome our challenges on the basis of equality, mutual respect and consideration for each other’s interests. We urge all our partners to do this.”
Some highlights from his speech:
Provocations like the one that took place in Khan Sheikhoun on April 4 call for a professional investigation under the auspices of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and following a geographically balanced approach. This should be an open and transparent investigation. We are witnessing attempts to block this process, which only confirms our doubts in the good faith of those trying to exploit the April 4 incident in order to shift the agenda, abandon UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and advance with the long-standing idea of regime change in Syria.
If we look at another part of the world, the Euro-Atlantic region, one cannot but feel alarmed over its considerable residual conflict potential, which is largely fueled by NATO’s unilateral actions. Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu has just discussed this in great detail. The unilateral deployment of the US global missile defence system’s European segment is an extremely serious obstacle to strengthening strategic stability. This system is aimed at changing the balance of forces in the area of offensive arms. The deployment of an anti-missile umbrella can bolster the illusions of invulnerability and impunity and tempt one to make unilateral moves while addressing global and regional issues, including lowering the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons. The development of non-nuclear strategic weapons and efforts to prevent the conclusion of an agreement on the non-deployment of weapons in space have a negative impact on international security. The unwillingness or inability of the United States and some other countries to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) gives rise to more and more questions.
We are convinced that it is vital to establish a zone of equal and indivisible security from Vancouver to Vladivostok, as formalised by the decisions of OSCE summits and those of the Russia-NATO Council. More and more Europeans are advocating resumed dialogue in the interests of effectively addressing numerous issues for the purpose of establishing a European security architecture that would involve the Russian Federation.
The resolution of the intra-Ukrainian crisis by completely and consistently implementing the Minsk Package of Measures should help restore mutual trust. Unfortunately, the “war hawks” are gaining the upper hand in Kiev. Armed provocations continue along the demarcation line, as proved by reports of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. A blockade imposed against Donbass continues to have a negative impact on this region and the whole of Ukraine. We expect our partners, including our Normandy format partners, to more insistently and openly compel the Kiev authorities to honour their obligations assumed in Minsk.
The entire world history shows that wars are not unleashed by generals but by politicians, who have special responsibility for maintaining peace and security. Obviously, it is impossible to accomplish successfully global tasks such as the fight against international terrorism, drug trafficking, organised crime and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction without renouncing the philosophy of hegemony and one’s own exclusivity. It is high time we return to the basic principles of international life formalised in the UN Charter, including the sovereign equality of states, non-interference in domestic affairs and the resolution of disputes by peaceful means.
Russia, jointly with its partners and like-minded countries, will continue to assert solid principles in global affairs and to form the entire new global governance system reflecting the 21st century imperatives. We are ready to work together, jointly search for various options to overcome our challenges on the basis of equality, mutual respect and consideration for each other’s interests. We urge all our partners to do this. Any other road will inevitably lead us all into a dead end.
Sott Comment: From Lavrov’s lips to our ears…always wise, always gentlemanly and sincerely profound. Is the West even listening?
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Sec Tillerson Makes Case to UN for Action Against N. Korea : “The United States Cannot Stand Idly By” . . . this attitude toward another country, which is responding to a totally contrived, false situation against it, is chilling.
As you have read Lavrov’s words, and then looked at the article/videos of Tillerson at the UN and then faced the article below, I have to ask you how we as human beings can countenance what our country’s leaders are doing? When are we going to realize why they are dong this? I find myself forced to conclude this insanity continues because it’s being done totally in the name of Satan! When are we on this planet going to connect those dots and arrive at that conclusion? Soon enough, I hope, to prevent the brutal demise of the human species!
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US aids a genocide by mass starvation in Yemen, MSM silence . . . do you have as much trouble dealing with the following picture as I do?
Sott Comment: Horrific pictures of living skeletons with skin holding bodies together…how can we let this go on? They aren’t just hungry…they are dying alive. You don’t have to drop a bomb to kill people if you let them slowly and painfully starve to death as leverage for a regime change. Guilty of mass murder? Withholding life-saving supplies and news information is complicity.
A statement from Unicef and the World Food Programme released on Monday highlighted the increasing hunger epidemic in Yemen, with close to 2.2 million malnourished and 7 million people “not knowing where their next meal will come from and in desperate need of food assistance.”
“If we act now, many lives could be saved in Yemen. We call on the international community to urgently provide us with sufficient funding and to help us avert famine across Yemen,” said WFP’s Muhannad Hadi, according to the statement.
While Unicef’s statement and much of the mainstream media has called much-needed attention to the horrifying situation in Yemen, these reports have failed to address the United States’ role in Yemen’s plight. The media has instead chosen to use vague terminology such as “ongoing violence” and “administrative blockages” without taking a deeper look into the policies of our government that have lent support to unconscionable treatment of civilians in Yemen.
We need to encourage honesty above optimism. Once we can speak honestly, there is a foundation for optimism.
Psychoanalysis teaches that one cause of depression is repressed anger.
The rising tide of collective anger is visible in many places: road rage, violent street clashes between groups seething for a fight, the destruction of friendships for holding the “incorrect” ideological views, and so on. I Think We Can Safely Say The American Culture War Has Been Taken As Far As It Can Go.
A coarsening of the entire social order is increasingly visible: The Age of Rudeness.
This raises a larger question: are we as a society becoming depressed as we repress our righteous anger and our sense of powerlessness as economic and social inequality rises?
Depression is a complex phenomenon, but it typically includes a loss of hope and vitality, absence of goals, the reinforcement of negative internal dialogs, and anhedonia, the loss of the joy of living (joie de vivre).
Depressive thoughts (and the emotions they generate) tend to be self-reinforcing, and this is why it’s so difficult to break out of depression once in its grip.
One part of the healing process is to expose the sources of anger that we are repressing. As psychiatrist Karen Horney explained in her 1950 masterwork, Neurosis and Human Growth: The Struggle Towards Self-Realization, anger at ourselves sometimes arises from our failure to live up to the many “shoulds” we’ve internalized, and the idealized track we’ve laid out for ourselves and our lives.
The recent article, The American Dream Is Killing Us does a good job of explaining how our failure to obtain the expected rewards of “doing all the right things” (getting a college degree, working hard, etc.) breeds resentment and despair
Since we did the “right things,” the system “should” deliver the financial rewards and security we expected. This systemic failure to deliver the promised rewards is eroding social mobility and the social contract while generating frustration, anger, etc.
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Trump puts leash on out-of-control Nikki Haley – She must clear her comments with State Dept. before she makes them
… In a further sign that Haley is being brought to heel, Tillerson has signalled that he will personally attend and lead the US delegation at the UN Security Council session at which the North Korean issue will be discussed.
US growth hits 3-year low in Trump’s first quarter . . . and we all know the whole financial system is one great Ponzi scheme.
US economic growth has sunk to its lowest level in three years, a disappointing start to Donald Trump’s presidency on the eve of his first 100 days in office.
While this is dated today, I’m not sure the story is new . . . although, at this point in time, what else can be said?
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Having blasted the Trump administration for their hyprocritical flip-flop from “loving WikiLeaks” to “arrest Assange,” Ron Paul made his feelings very clear on what this signals: “If we allow this president to declare war on those who tell the truth, we have only ourselves to blame.” Today he sits down with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for a live interview…
“The CIA has been deeply humiliated as a result of our ongoing publications so this is a preemptive move by the CIA to try and discredit our publications and create a new category for Wikileaks and other national security reporters to strip them of First Amendment protections,“
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T-Rex Tillerson switches to economic pressure against N. Korea – Kim Jong caught laughing hysterically
SOTT comment: Seems like instead of “taking control” the US is backing down from military confrontation to threatening any country which has a diplomatic relationship with N. Korea. Most likely what happened is that Trump and his war hawk generals were merely talking tough about going after N. Korea and actually never had any plans to do anything but borrow from their obviously unsuccessful Russia strategy of using sanctions to force change. As with Russia, it’s not going to work. T-Rex Tillerson thinks the US still has a big bite, but he’s going to realize that US hegemonic dominance is not what it used to be.
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Trump On Being President: “This Is More Work Than In My Previous Life. I Thought It Would Be Easier”
Reflecting on his forst 100 days, President Trump appears to have come to the stark realization that managing the world’s largest economy, most warmongery military, and most divided body politik is ‘harder’ than being a billionaire real estate magnate/reality TV star.
Trump warns of ‘major conflict’ as Pyongyang seeks ASEAN’s help to avert ‘nuclear holocaust’ . . . first he says one thing, and then he says another. Very responsible, eh? The North Koreans have a memory of times past — even unto the 7th generation — so why should they believe what Washington says: they only want the North denuclearized. Why don’t they insist on the same for Israel? It looks to me, however, like this is a bully taunting someone who can’t fight back — not really, and enjoying it. Isn’t this what these people do?
Assad and Putin keep telling us the (very fair) terms under which they work in the world, but nobody is listening — not yet, anyway. I don’t have any idea what it will take, so all we can do is hang on for the ride as best we can.
US president Donald Trump is not a truly independent political leader but merely a puppet of US corporations, military and intelligence, and who serves their interests, Syrian President Bashar Assad has told the Latin American TeleSUR TV network.
Trump pursues “no own policies” but only executes the decisions made by the “intelligence agencies, the Pentagon, the big arms manufacturers, oil companies, and financial institutions,” the Syrian leader said in an exclusive interview with TeleSUR.
“As we have seen in the past few weeks, he changed his rhetoric completely and subjected himself to the terms of the deep American state, or the deep American regime,” Assad added.
He referred to the fact that Trump came to power on a political platform promising a departure from the interventionist policy of the previous US president, Barack Obama, but soon forgot his promises and ordered a missile strike against the Syrian air base following a chemical weapons incident in Syria’s Idlib province.
The Syrian president also said that it is “a complete waste of time to make an assessment of the American president’s foreign policy” as”he might say something” but what he really does depends on “what these [US military and business] institutions dictate to him.”
He also added that it “is not new” and “has been ongoing American policy for decades.”
“This is what characterizes American politicians: they lie on a daily basis… That’s why we shouldn’t believe what the Pentagon or any other American institution says because they say things which serve their policies, not things which reflect reality and the facts on the ground,” Assad told TeleSUR.
He went on to say that the US continues to pursue its age-long policy aimed at establishing and maintaining a global hegemony by turning all countries that oppose it into war zones.
“The United States always seeks to control all the states of the world without exception. It does not accept allies, regardless of whether they are developed states as those in the Western bloc or other states of the world,” the Syrian leader explained.
He also added that “what is happening to Syria, to Korea, to Iran, to Russia, and maybe to Venezuela now, aims at re-imposing American hegemony on the world because they believe that this hegemony is under threat now, which consequently threatens the interests of American economic and political elites.”
Assad expressed similar views in an interview with Russia’s Sputnik news agency about a week ago. “The regime in the United States hasn’t changed,” he said, adding, “since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States has been attacking different countries in different ways without taking into consideration the Security Council or the United Nations.”
He also said that for the US, “the end justifies the means, no values, no morals at all, anything could happen.”
Despite his criticism, Assad once again confirmed the readiness of the Syrian government to cooperate with the US if it could change its attitude towards respecting other countries’ sovereignty and that of Syria in particular.
Syria says it is negotiating with Russia to buy state-of-the-art Russian missile defense systems to help defend the Arab country against Israeli and American aggression.
… “It’s natural that we should have such systems,” said the Syrian leader. “Israel has been committing aggressions on the Arab states surrounding it since its creation in 1948,”he said.
Jared Kushner revealed as a secret financial partner with the Steinmetz family, once the richest in Israel
Jared Kushner, the First Son-in-Law, is secret financial partners with what was once the richest family in Israel — the billionaire Steinmetzes, whose leading figure has been linked to a massive bribery scandal in Africa.
Kushner’s hidden business ties, just revealed in the New York Times and Bloomberg, should prompt the same intense scrutiny that other Trump officials have gotten for their secret links to Russia. A federal grand jury has been investigating Beny Steinmetz, the Israeli billionaire family’s most prominent member, for bribing officials in Africa to steal mining concessions. How can Donald Trump’s Justice Department now be expected to conduct an honest probe of Steinmetz’s alleged crimes?
In fact, Alan Dershowitz, a criminal defense attorney for Beny Steinmetz, already told the Times that “he believed that the federal investigation of Mr. Steinmetz and his companies was no longer active.” Does Dershowitz already know something the American public doesn’t?
SOTT Comment: More on Soros and Steinmetz:
- Lawsuit accuses George Soros of threatening extortion and ‘puppeteering’ governments
- Dudley Do-Wrong: Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) is camouflage for Soros-funded war against Russian diamonds, African miners
- FBI arrests Israeli billionaire’s agent over bribery cover-up claim in battle over $10 billion iron ore mountain
For more on Jared Kushner:Jared Kushner: Friend or foe? Son of a gangster, son-in-law of President Trump
Last September we were among the first to note that Hillary’s “Oh Shit Guy” (a.k.a Paul Combetta), who was responsible for wiping her private server clean with BleachBit despite acknowledging he was aware of a Congressional subpoena demanding the preservation of all records, was looking like he would be the ‘fall guy’ to take the blame for Hillary’s various federal crimes.
For those of you who “do not recall” all of the specifics of Platte River’s involvement in the Hillary email scandal, here are a couple of refresher posts:
- The “Oh Shit” Moment: Hillary Wiped Her Server With BleachBit Despite Subpoena
- The “Oh Shit” Guy That Wiped Hillary’s Server With BleachBit Was Just Granted Immunity
- Dear FBI, This Is Intent: Hillary’s “Oh Shit” Guy Sought Reddit Advice On How To “Strip VIP’s Emails”
Well, as it turns out, Combetta was one of the Clinton aides offered an immunity deal by Comey which the “FBI was handing out like candy.”
That said, Platte River Networks’ CEO Treve Suazo was not offered such a deal and, after obstructing an investigation led by Rep. Lamar Smith (R – TX) of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee for the better part of year, he has just been referred to the DOJ for prosecution. Per The Washington Free Beacon . . .
Even beyond the campus those ‘snowflakes’ have chilling effects . . . I had no idea our young people were so compromised: Grown ups, we have created a real problem!
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Is this the smoking gun? (at about minute 5:30) When will we stop making excuses for Trump? He is deeply involved in pedogate, and I strongly question whether the present ‘warring around’ on the entire planet is all about avoiding pedogate, which I believe will ultimately bring them down — and they know it!