Trumping NATO

It’s rare to see a politician follow through on his campaign rhetoric — even more rare when said statements have drawn the ire of the entire trans-Atlantic political/security apparat for exposing their game. Nonetheless, despite some verbal hints at retreat since January, Donald J. Trump came into NATO headquarters in Brussels Thursday and called the bluff of the EUrocrat freeloaders proclaiming that we should all be fearful of revanchist Russia, stating that most Euro-NATOists haven’t been placing their taxpayers’ money where their Cold War 2 proclaiming mouths are.

In other words, Trump exposed the Atlanticist con that we should all be very very afraid of Vlad the Bad’s resurgent evil empire, even as the suicide bombing blowback from NATO’s 2011 adventure in Libya left 22 dead at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

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Iran’s President Leaves Door Open for Saner U.S. Policy, Reminds Americans of 9/11

Newly re-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani responded calmly to the Saudi-Trump summit, calling it a “theatrical gathering with no practical or political value,” and refusing to take it as the last word from the Trump Administration—while also reminding Americans of the Saudi role in 9/11. Rouhani’s response came in his press conference on Monday, after winning re-election with a firm 57% of the vote.

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Manchester’s Missing Shoes and Dangerous Women

The familiar pattern of Problem-Reaction-Solution is unfolding in Westminster as the British people unite to demand more security in the wake of the Manchester bombing. Are there any clues that sinister occult forces were once again directing the event? There is certainly an array of symbols that the mainstream media want your subconscious mind to see.

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Fear of Strategic Breakout Fuels Drive For Trump Impeachment

One would think that these first steps toward U.S. engagement in the BRI process, combined with the growing collaboration between the Trump administration and Russia, would be a cause for celebration. Instead of increasing tension, blustering threats, senseless sanctions, and deployments of military forces to the South China Sea and the western borders of Russia, which heightened the war danger under the direction of Obama and endorsed by Hillary Clinton, Trump is making a determined effort to break from this dangerous geopolitical geometry and shift relations toward dialogue based on mutual interests.

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Syraq SITREP 15: Russian Flags Fluttering in the Syraqi Border Breeze?

On May 18 U.S. jets attacked a convoy of Syrian military National Defense Forces and Shi’a Hezbollah/Iraqi allies west of the al-Tanf border crossing, which has been seized by American and British special forces. The air strike killed six pro-Syrian government combatants, and was claimed by the Americans to have targeted Iranian backed Shi’a militia rather than the Syrian Arab Army. However, the next time U.S. jets based in Jordan try to bomb Syrian forces in the area, they may spot the distinct profile of Sukhoi 30s on the horizon or hear the growl warning of Pantsir SAM radars in their headsets…

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With China’s Belt and Road conference, few noticed the AIIB added another 7 nations to its coalition

The Belt and Road Forum had both Russia’s President Vladimir Putin meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping on the progress of the Silk Road project, and on other programs the two leaders of the BRICS coalition have underway. And while the U.S. chose to send only a token representative to this historic conference, an interesting thing occurred outside of the Forum that signals the continuing global movement away from U.S. hegemony.

And that event was the acceptance of seven more countries into the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB), which brings the total now to 77 nations signed up for China’s version of the IMF.

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While Trump Visits Saudi Arabia, Houthis Continue Attacks on Saudi Forces

On Sunday President Donald J. Trump gave a historic speech in front of his Saudi and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) hosts, declaring that the U.S. was not against Islam nor seeking to impose the American values on other nations, while calling on Muslims to unite against the scourge of terrorism. While the legacy media focused on Trump, first lady Melania’s demure non-form fitting black pantsuit or lack of a headscarve, or the massive arms and infrastructure deals announced with the pomp and ceremony of a bigly visit to Riyadh, numerous issues lurked behind the scenes. Including questions of persistent low oil prices drastically curtailing the Saudis ambitions to reinvent their country’s hydrocarbon based economy and the obsession with rival Iran fueling a military quagmire in Yemen.

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Tuning Up the Silk Road

During the weekend of May 14-16, 2017, world leaders who have set their sights on a brilliant multi-polar future gathered in Beijing. Once again, Xi and Putin have transparently told us exactly what they are planning to do. And, once again, I will be spending the next week answering the same old question from my neighbors: a road made out of silk? (Sigh.) Read Putin’s and Xi’s own words here.

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Belt and Road Forum Impact—A ‘Wonderful Change in History’

A guest post from our good friend Harley Schalnger, a release from the Executive Intelligence Review.

Monday concluded the “Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation” in Beijing, after two days of deliberation, with representation from 130 nations, in a process which the host, Pres. Xi Jinping, described as working together, for a “shared future of mankind.” A joint communique was issued this afternoon, after the Leaders Roundtable of the Belt and Road Forum, in which 29 heads of state participated. Pres. Xi gave a press conference afterward, as did Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin, the guest of honor. Xi announced that the second international forum will be in 2019 in China.

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Questions Surrounding US-led Coalition Airstrike On Assad’s Forces in Syria

This is a guest post from our good friend Sophie Mangal from Inside Syria Media Center.

On May 18, the moving convoy of the Syrian pro-government forces consisted of militias was hit by a massive airstrike of the U.S.-led international coalition. The accident occurred at the Syrian-Jordanian border near the settlement of At-Tanfa.

As reported by the official representative of the U.S. Central command Josh Jakes, the Pentagon did not have any information about the number of casualties as a result of the airstrike.

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