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Whitewash - The 'Last Bastion Of Freedom' Is An Al-Qaeda Infested Town

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This week the New Yorker published a long piece on Saraqib, a town in Idleb governorate in Syria. Syria’s Last Bastion of Freedom Amid the brutal civil war, a town fought off the regime and the fundamentalists—and dared to hold...

Neocons Sabotage Trump's Trade Talks - Huawei CFO Taken Hostage To Blackmail China

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CNN reports that White House chief of staff John Kelly is expected to resign soon. There have been similar rumors before, but this time the news may actually be true. That is bad for Trump and U.S. policies. Kelly is...

Les Déplorables Demand The Fall Of The Regime

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Today we will again (read the comments) see large, and mostly peaceful gilets jaunes gatherings all over France to protest the neo-liberal policies of the Macron regime. The biggest ones will naturally occur in the capital Paris. They are likely...

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2018-66

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Last week's posts on Moon of Alabama: December 3 - The People Of France Reject Macron's Policies - How Long Can He Survive? December 7 - Les Déplorables Demand The Fall Of The Regime Official numbers show a downtrend of...

William Blum Died

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William Blum died yesterday at the age of 85. He has written about the misdeeds of the U.S. government since the late 1960s. I have read many, many of his pieces and benefited from his knowledge. I especially liked his...

Open Thread 2018-67

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Short Term Thinking Dooms U.S. Anti-China Strategy

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The United States issued an arrest warrant against the chief financial officer and heir apparent of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou. At issue is a six years old alleged violation of sanctions against Iran. Mrs. Meng was arrested in Canada. She has...

British Spies Infiltrated Bernie Sanders' Campaign?

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The Integrity Initiative, a British pseudo-NGO tasked with running anti-Russian propaganda operation, was recently exposed. Further digging into it revealed a much wider operation. It seems to involve a mole British spies inserted into the Bernie Sanders campaign. Three weeks...

Newly Released 'Integrity Initiative' Papers Include Proposal For Large Disinformation Campaigns

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The person(s) who first published documents of the shady UK organization Integrity Initiative decided that the discussion is about the Initiative is not yet sufficient and published more documents. The first dump on the Cyberguerilla site happened on November 5....

The 'Integrity Initiative' - A Military Intelligence Operation, Disguised As Charity, To Create The "Russian Threat"

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The British government financed Integrity Initiative is tasked with spreading anti-Russian propaganda and thereby with influencing the public, military and governments of a number of countries. What follows is an contextual analysis of the third batch of the Initiative's internal...

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2018-68

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Last week's posts on Moon of Alabama: December 10 - William Blum Died December 12 - Short Term Thinking Dooms U.S. Anti-China Strategy When reading about the 'Integrity Initiative' please keep in mind that it is only one of many...

How Putin's Russia Weaponizes X

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Q: What do humor, health information, giant squids, robotic cockroaches, tedium and postmodernism have in common? A: Russia weaponized them. Back in March 2016 we created a list of news items that accused Russia and its bear riding president Vladimir...

Senate Reports On 'Russian Influence Campaign' Fail To Discuss Its Only Known Motive

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U.S. media is again making a big fuzz about the alleged 'Russian' attempts to 'influence' the presidential elections in 2016. In March the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee commissioned two reports about the alleged 'Russian influence' via social media. Those reports...

Report: U.S. To Leave Syria Immediately - Updated

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Updated below --- The Wall Street Journal just reported that U.S. troops prepare to leave northeast Syria: WASHINGTON—In an abrupt reversal, the U.S. military is preparing to withdraw its forces from northeastern Syria, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday,...

Why Trump Decided To Remove U.S. Troops From Syria

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Last Friday President Trump had another long phonecall with the Turkish President Erdogan. Thereafter he overruled all his advisors and decided to remove the U.S. boots from Syria and to also end the air war. This was the first time...

Fallout Of Trump's Syria Withdrawal - Why Erdogan Does Not Want To Invade

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President Trump's strategic decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria creates some significant fallout. The U.S. and international borg is enraged that Trump ends an occupation that is illegal under international as well as U.S. domestic law. "That's un-American!" Defense...

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2018-69

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Last week's posts on Moon of Alabama: December 17 - How Putin's Russia Weaponizes X December 18 - Senate Reports On 'Russian Influence Campaign' Fail To Discuss Its Only Known Motive One of the two companies who wrote the Senate...

Christmas

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Long before Christianity evolved, people celebrated the winter solstice as the end of the dark times and the coming of light. Roman Christianity moved the day on which it commemorates the birth of Jesus to the winter solstice. It replaced...

Open Thread 2018-70

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Syria Sitrep - Army To Regain Northeastern Territory - Political Isolation Ends

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The fallout from U.S. president Trump's decision to retreat from Syria develops as expected. Trump had announced a rapid draw down of U.S. troops in Syria. Later he spoke of a controlled process that would allow Turkey to take over...

To Win The 2020 Race Trump Will Need To Fire More Of His Staff

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We pointed out that overruling his advisors by ending the U.S. war on Syria was a decision that will define Trump's presidency: This was the first time Trump took a decisive stand against the borg, the permanent neoconservative and interventionist...

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2018-71

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Last week's posts on Moon of Alabama: December 24 - Christmas Thanks for all your wishes and greetings. Over the Christmas days I had much fun with my extended family. It kept me busy and away from the blog. As...

Syria - 'Country Of The Year' 2018

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George Galloway is right: George Galloway @georgegalloway - 11:46 utc - 31 Dec 2018 The defeat of the imperialist armies and their head-chopping auxiliaries in the alphabet soup of Islamist extremism by the Syrian Arab Army and its allies was...

A Happy 2019 To All Moonkind

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Dear readers and commentators, thank you for coming here, reading and discussing about the events of our world. I wish for a happy new year for you and everyone else.

World Food Program, Bribed By Saudis, Threatens Yemenis With More Famine

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The United Nation's World Food Program is supposed to relief populations in urgent need of food supplies. It is not supposed to be a partisan organization. But in the war on Yemen it has now taken one side of the...

The War On Syria Strengthened The Anti-Zionist 'Resistance'

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Veteran Middle East correspondent Elijah Magnier predicts the further development of the war on Syria. The U.S. is leaving and the Arab Gulf states are coming back to Damascus to balance against Turkey. The Kurds will stay with Syria and...

The Goddess, The Jade Rabbit And The Magpie Bridge - Chinese Culture On The Far Side Of The Moon

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An extraordinary mission by the China National Space Administration helps us to learn a bit of ancient and modern Chinese culture. Today at 2:26 utc the lunar lander module Chang'e-4 and its six wheel rover Yutu-2 landed on the far...

'Integrity Initiative' - New Documents From Shady NGO Released

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The British Government runs an anti-Russian smear campaign through the pseudo non-government-organization Integrity Initiative. Some person, operating under the 'Anonymous' label, obtained internal papers of the Initiative and publishes those in several batches. Moon of Alabama was one of the...

Syria - Turkey Fails In Idleb, Is Unwilling To Take The Northeast

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The neoconservatives in the Trump administration, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Advisor John Bolton and the Syria envoy James Jeffery, are scrambling to save their plans for Syria that President Trump disposed of when he ordered a complete...

The Moon of Alabama Week In Review - Open Thread 2019-01

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Last week's posts on Moon of Alabama: December 31 - World Food Program, Bribed By Saudis, Threatens Yemenis With More Famine The war on Yemen continues despite the ceasefire agreement in Sweden: Ceasefire in Al Hudaydah with the Taste of...

Fake News Reports Blamed Cuba, Russia And China Of 'Sonic Attack' On U.S. Diplomats - The Culprits Were Crickets

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In the autumn of 2016 U.S. diplomats stationed in Cuba started to complain about being affected by some mysterious noise. Twenty four embassy staff and family claimed a bizarre list of symptoms - from headaches, dizziness and sleeping difficulties to...

Turkey Rejects New U.S. Syria Plan - Humiliates John Bolton

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On Sunday National Security Advisor John Bolton tried to set conditions for a U.S. retreat from Syria: Bolton, on a trip to Israel and Turkey, said he would stress in talks with Turkish officials, including President Tayyip Erdogan, that Kurdish...

Stuff To Read: Integrity Initiative, Skripal, Kaspersky ...

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The is no original piece ready to post today, but here are some interesting links: The Russian anti-virus company Kaspersky was contacted by someone who it found to be related to the U.S. National Security Agency. Kaspersky immediately told the...

Pompeo's Middle East Speech - A Blustering Promise Of Less U.S. Involvement

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Today Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State, visited Egypt. He held a somewhat delusional speech at the American University in Cairo. It is headlined: A Force for Good: America Reinvigorated in the Middle East: There is little in the...

NYT Laments U.S. Disengagement Even As There Is None

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On its frontpage the New York Times delivers an utterly deranged 'News Analysis' of the possible end of the illegal occupation of east Syria by the United States military: As U.S. Exits Syria, Mideast Faces a Post-American Era When Turkey,...

The Trump-Russia Scam - How Obama Enabled The FBI To Spy On Trump

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Despite the loss of major narratives, the war of the deep state against U.S. President Trump continues unabated. The main of tool in this war are allegations of relations between Trump and anything Russia. The war runs along several parallel...

The Moon of Alabama Week In Review - Open Thread 2019-03

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Last week's posts on Moon of Alabama: January 7 - Fake News Reports Blamed Cuba, Russia And China Of 'Sonic Attack' On U.S. Diplomats - The Culprits Were Crickets January 8 - Turkey Rejects New U.S. Syria Plan - Humiliates...

Putin Asks And Trump Delivers - A List Of All The Good Things Trump Did For Russia

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Slate's Fred Kaplan writes: The Washington Post’s Greg Miller reported Sunday that President Donald Trump’s confiscation of the translator’s notes from a one-on-one conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2017 was “unusual.” This is incorrect. It was unprecedented. There...

A Turkish 'Security Zone' In Northeast Syria Is A Bad Idea

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U.S. President Trump wants U.S. troops to leave northeast Syria. His National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tried to sabotage that move. Trump came up with idea to hand northeast Syria to Turkey, but soon...

Seymour Hersh: George H.W. Bush Team Leaked To Media To Reveal CIA's Iran-Contra Affair

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A new piece by Seymour Hersh in the London Review of Books gives some insight into secret U.S. operations during the Reagan administration. The Vice President’s Men includes a quite sensational claim of who revealed the Iran-Contra affair. According to...

Reagan Wannabe Relaunches Reagan's Star Wars

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On December 12 2001 then President Bush pulled out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty. Under the 1972 ABM treaty the Soviet Union and the United States had agreed to deploy only one anti-ballistic missile system each. With that limit gone...

Coincidence? - Chief Nurse Of British Army Was First To Arrive At Novichoked Skripal Scene

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On March 4 2018 the British/Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found incapacitated on a bench in Salisbury. The British government asserts that they were affected by a chemical poison of the so called Novichok group....

The MoA Week In Review - Open Thread 2019-04

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Last week's posts on Moon of Alabama: January 15 - Putin Asks And Trump Delivers - A List Of All The Good Things Trump Did For Russia This week saw another fake story about Trump and Russia. A newly released...

Disunity Of U.S. Command Lets Afghan Rebels Win The War

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The U.S. war on Afghanistan continues to fail. Disunity of command and lack of political foresight guarantee that the U.S. will be losing it. Throughout the last months the 'moderate rebels' in Afghanistan made great strides against the U.S. sponsored...

'Strategic Threat' To Israel - Progressives Lose Fear Of Speaking Out On Palestine

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Two weeks ago the Zionist lobby targeted civil rights activist Angela Davis for her support of the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions movement (BDS). Following lobby pressure the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama canceled its annual gala at which Davis was to receive...

Venezuela - U.S. Again Tries Regime Change Which Is Again Likely To Fail

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The U.S. has been intervening in oil-rich Venezuela since at least the early 2000. Several U.S. backed attempts to oust the elected socialist government, first under Chavez and then under Maduro, failed. But the economic sanctions by the U.S. and...

Venezuela - The U.S. Game Plan For 'Regime Change' And How To Respond To It

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Yesterday the U.S. recognized a right-wing 'leader of the opposition' in Venezuela Juan Guaido as the president of the country. A number of right-wing led countries in South America joined in that move. Cuba, Bolivia and Mexico rejected it. Russia,...

Venezuela - Trump's Coup Plan Has Big Flaws

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The U.S. led coup attempt against the government of Venezuela under President Maduro is based on a plan that is similar to this one (vid). bigger While U.S. coup plotting against Venezuela goes back to at least 1998 when the...

Pelosi Aghast - Stone Indictment Proves That Trump Campaign Deliberately Campaigned For Trump

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On Friday Roger Stone, a political consultant who in 2016 publicly supported the Trump campaign, was arrested on criminal charges filed by special counsel Robert Mueller. He has since been released on bail. Stone is indicted (pdf) in five cases...

These Media Claims About Venezuela Are Lies Or Misconceptions

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The U.S. mainstream media is suddenly discovering Venezuela. Without having any actual knowledge of the country, all dirt the writers can think of is thrown against its government. Don't expect to get any facts from them. Most is just propaganda...
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