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Russian Deputy FM meets with Palestinian Fatah delegation
Ukraine’s Military continues buildup on Donetsk border
Obama’s Empty Farewell Speech
A French General’s view of NATO

Moscow: We don’t blame Washington for US originating cyber attacks [Video]

Posted: 15 Jan 2017 09:40 AM PST
January 15th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
– RIA – translated by J. Flores –

Despite repeatedly seeing attempts to hack the site of the Russian Presidential Administration from the United States of America [and not raising a problem, ed], Washington accuses Russia of hacking into its servers, said spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov.

« Look, we’re sitting in the Russian presidential administration building, and in the next room is the central office of the presidential website, the site of President of Russia. And this website is attacked hundreds and sometimes thousands of times a day by hackers. A number of these hacker attacks on this website come from the United states, from China, from the territory of India, European countries and so on « , said Peskov in an interview with US television channel NBC News. [ <— Watch the NBC video in the link]

"But this does not lead to a situation where we say, "We know this has been ordered by President (Barack) Obama and the White House is behind these attacks. If we'd say it, you'd think, "Oh, these are Russians, they must be crazy" , said the spokesman for the Russian president.

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Russian Deputy FM meets with Palestinian Fatah delegation

Posted: 15 Jan 2017 09:05 AM PST
January 15th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
– RIA – translated by J. Flores –

Editor's note – Russia's success in intensifying its relationship with Iran over the last ten years, and its success in helping bringing stability to the region including a sane policy on Syria, has seen Russia increasingly positioned to resolve the long-standing Israel-Palestine conflict.

The prospects for rebuilding national unity in Palestine, were discussed on Saturday in Moscow, when Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov met with a delegation of the Palestinian Fatah movement, headed by a member of its Central Committee, Azzam Ahmed, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in an official press release yesterday.

"The focus of the talks was the tasks of overcoming intra-divisions and restoring national unity. Bogdanov reaffirmed the principled position of Russia in support of the unity of Palestinian ranks on the platform of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which is indispensable to the practical realization of the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people to establish their own independent state ", the Russian Federation's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement published on its website.

The Fatah delegation arrived in Moscow to participate in an inter-Palestinian high-level meeting organized by the Institute of Oriental Studies for the 15th-17th of January.

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Ukraine's Military continues buildup on Donetsk border

Posted: 15 Jan 2017 08:53 AM PST
January 15th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
– RIA – translated by J. Flores –

Editor's note – this build up has been going on continually since August, and increased around the time of the US presidential election, leading many experts to conclude that elements from within the US, alongside Ukraine, were attempting goose along an increased conflict that would place it as the central focus as election day neared in November.

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Scouts from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) has identified 12 tanks near the contact line, and new artillery pieces and mortars of the UAF (Ukrainian Armed Forces), the deputy commander of the operational command of the DPR, Eduard Basurin, said Saturday the 14th of January.

"Our intelligence continues to record the strengthening of the position near the contact line between the UAF – for example, in the area of ​​the village called Kodema, we located six tanks and eight armored personnel carriers and 25 units of motor vehicles with ammunition.", Eduard Basurin said.

According to him, in the area Svetlodarsk Grigorovka they found three gun mounts and three mortars.

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Obama's Empty Farewell Speech

Posted: 15 Jan 2017 08:16 AM PST
January 15th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
– Katehon – by Alexander Azagdan –

Before I commence, I would like to emphatically and categorically state that the critique that I am about to give is not a personal attack on Mr. Obama's personality whatsoever. I think he is a gentle, loving, family man and a very intelligent academician as well as a charismatic and deeply inspiring human being. My critique solely focuses on his public persona and his domestic and foreign policies during the past eight years. However, I will be very stern and objective in my critical analysis.

Now, let me go right into the crux of the matter:

President Obama’s farewell address was very conciliatory. He tried hard to bring people together and create a spirit of unity and solidarity that unfortunately is deeply missing in America today. Interestingly, he delicately and poignantly pointed out some of the mistakes that were made during this electoral process by the Democratic Party and quite possibly by Hillary Clinton herself especially her ethical shortcomings. He didn’t name her at all and this slight reference was in fact very subtle.

All together, it was a speech that ended on a beautifully emotional note, especially when he praised the patience and the aptitude of his wonderful daughters, Malia and Sasha, as well as the First Lady Michelle Obama, one of the most highly respected First Ladies.

Throughout his speech, Mr. Obama attempted to unite a very divided and angry nation. He also emphasized that the transition of power must go as smoothly and as peacefully as possible. The peoples of the world as well as the voters here in America are quite nervous by Mr. Trump's arrival and his unpredictable behavior and rash policies.

President Obama also invoked the old and internationally controversial concept of “American Exceptionalism”. For now, Mr. Obama’s assertions are correct in that we are still the wealthiest and the most powerful nation on earth. Our military might is simply awe striking. But, as I always say, any civilization that has lost its power of persuasion and solely relies on its muscle power is no longer a civilization neither is it powerful. Based on Washington’s behavior, especially during the past 16 years ever since those despicable events on 9-11-2001, our power of persuasion has drastically decreased and our reliance on bullying and intimidation tactics (militarily and economically) has dangerously increased. We are depending way too much on hounding and harassing other nations and even looking down on other superpowers. We are increasingly, unwittingly, unwantedly, and intrusively intervening in the internal affairs of many nations, even Russia. Are these not a perfect recipe for more hatred, longer lasting inter-generational resentment, and even disastrous hostilities?

Allow me to briefly expand on this concept of “American Exceptionalism” which goes back to the beginning of the founding of our nation. The founding fathers dreamed of a shining city upon a hill. They meant that not in a sense of arrogance and hubris, but that our democratic values and certainly our constitution were based on higher values such as freedom, self-determination, democratic governance, and the pursuit of happiness. Following our disastrous defeat in Vietnam in 1975, this “American Exceptionalism” concept had a resurgence in 1980 when President Reagan came to power with his advertisement slogan, “It’s a new morning in America” as a deeply needed morale booster.

But now, after all our mindless and intrusive interventions everywhere, the peoples of the world not only not subscribe to this theory of “American Exceptionalism”, but they are actually resentful towards it like no other time in our history. What was once an innocent American Dream has turned into an American nightmare. We have proven that if we are exceptional in anything, it is how to wage war and bring about chaos and anarchy in other people's countries.

Another point of achievement according to President Obama was when said, “The good news is that today the economy is growing again. Wages, incomes, home values, and retirement accounts are all rising. Poverty is falling."

But that is not entirely true either, except for the rise in home values, for example in my own home state of California, among some other states but not necessarily everywhere. As far as poverty declining, again that was an over-exaggeration. And as far as the unemployment rates, the official figures do not account millions of citizens who have now become habitually reliant on food stamp and other government social and programs, but especially those who are unemployed because they have exhausted all their efforts in looking for a job, not to mention those who are grossly under-employed, especially many of the college educated youth.

Courtesy of the non-egalitarian phenomenon of globalization, the top 1% is doing quite well at the expense of the ever-shrinking middle class who are very much struggling. One of the unreasonable justifications why many in the middle and lower classes voted for a predatory billionaire capitalist like Donald Trump was the systematic outsourcing and mass exporting of jobs to places like China and India. Therefore, regardless of how rosy of a picture President Obama tried to paint in his farewell speech, the reality is otherwise and people feel this general socio-economic malaise and gross injustice. There is a sense of tremendous worry about the future.

In walks in Mr. Trump with his chauvinistic, over-confident attitude to “drain the swamp” that Washington has become and to “bring jobs back” and “make America great again” – whatever that means. He never provided any solid specificity.

In his speech, President Obama also emphasized and highlighted his achievements in his foreign policy such as “opening up a new chapter with the ‘Cuban people’, shutting down Iran’s nuclear weapons program without firing a shot and taking out the mastermind of 9-11.”

First of all, there is no such thing as an “Iranian nuclear weapons program”! There is, however, a peaceful use of nuclear technology by the Iranians. This phrase, “The Iranian nuclear weapons program”, is a lie and a neurolinguistic programming technique to needlessly frighten the ignorant masses. It was a propaganda and brain-washing tool that the radical elements within the Republican party are a master of. I’m talking about super Zionist deep-pocketed radical right-wing Republicans such as Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida, and the always predictable war-monger Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and his boyfriend John McCain of Arizona who has clearly demonstrated to have many marbles loose in his no-longer functioning brain!

As far as “shutting down the Iranian nuclear program”, nobody shut down anything! The Iranians voluntarily agreed to the JCPOA (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), i.e. the nuclear agreement. Many people thought this was a done deal until Trump and other lunatic right-wing Republicans openly challenged it during the presidential race. Mr. Trump even exaggeratingly calls it, “the worst deal in human history”, an utterly ridiculous assertion which should have its own category of sheer foolishness. Furthermore, around 10 days before the election, President Obama in his usual politically coward shrewdness, decided not to veto the Zionist-influenced ISA (Iran Sanctions Act) passed by the House and ratified by the Senate. He just chose not to sign it, implying neither vetoing or endorsing it. This reckless behavior, both on behalf of the president as well as the Congress, imposed another 10 years of sanctions on Iran which in concordance and in consideration of the JCPOA agreement could be argued to be illegal from an international law perspective – a perspective that the Iranians may pursue at the World Court at the Hague or with the other five signatories of the P5+1. When this law passed in late October 2016, the people and the leadership cadre in Iran were absolutely outraged. They were angered by such blatant reneging and breaking of promises since they sacrificed so much in their nuclear advancements. And ISA is what they got for it?!

As far as the normalization with “the Cuban people”, I think this statement was also very bizarre. The normalization of relations were between the US / Cuban government AND the Cuban people, not just with the Cuban people alone! Such intentionally divisive statement [regularly used by Washington politicians towards their foe states] is another example of psychological language tools to create a false perception and separate the people from their governments in order to drive a wedge between them. They have used that technique repeatedly with the Iranians as well.

All together, Mr. Obama’s goal in his farewell address was to calm down people’s nerves (especially for his still hypnotized supporters) as well craft his own legacy in his own words. Unfortunately, and I hope people remember since we suffer from political Alzheimer's in America, Mr. Obama proved to be a president who literally towards the last few weeks of his presidency created yet another layer on a mindless war of words with Russia by creating a diplomatic crisis, all based on lies and false accusations of Russia hacking our elections, again without providing ANY empirical evidence whatsoever. These carefully crafted deceptions were of course fully spread and supported by a well orchestrated liberal media stunt, with the mainstream media always obediently serving as the tricky entertainment division of the military industrial complex.

Regardless of his efforts, Mr. Obama’s legacy will be written by his misadventures in Syria, his gross and dangerous interventionist policies in Ukraine and how he and his political cohorts in Western Europe tried so hard to push NATO farther and farther to the East and directly threatening Russia.

But in all fairness, he also achieved some good things. These would be the JCPOA agreement between Iran and P5+1, proceeded by that fact that throughout his administrations, Mr. Obama repeatedly and beautifully dissed the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a thug and a murderer. And in a very striking maneuver literally towards the last days of his presidency, the Obama Administration was instrumental is passing a UN Resolution (for the first time without the US backing Israel) which strongly condemned and illegalized all the Israeli “settlements” – the correct word would be occupation – throughout the West Bank as well as East Jerusalem and elsewhere. This was a great achievement for international justice in a sense that for the first time Washington backed down from blindly supporting Israel, a nation of occupiers and usurpers for most part. It could be strongly argued that the above-mentioned two items were two of the greatest foreign policy achievements of the Obama Administration.

In conclusion, we must again apply further measures of fairness to President Obama and his administration. They in fact did inherit an absolute mess from President Bush, quite possibly the most incompetent president in the history of the United States. The expectations from President Obama were very high, even to the point of unrealistic. In many ways, his efforts did rescue the free-falling US economy from 2007 to 2010, the so-called “Great Recession” which in fact was an economic depression, although the term was never used because of psychological purposes.

However, when it came to international relations, especially his administration’s erroneous policies Russia and the Middle East, history will judge him as a dismal failure and a hegemonic instigator. President Obama's biggest concern about his legacy, as he himself stated himself before and shortly after his election, was the choice to become a successful one-term president rather than a mediocre one. Unfortunately, I believe history will judge him similar to President Woodrow Wilson from the beginning of the 20th century, as a president who was complicit and instrumental not in creating positive changes that he continually bragged about in his pre-presidential political slogans, but one who contributed to increasing the already existing geopolitical hostilities in the realm of international relations, especially the handling of Russia. In those aspects, he will be judged not just as a mediocre president but a corrosive one.

Having said that, and back to the future, when Donald Trump gets in the Oval Office, people will look back and miss President Obama who after all was an intelligent, pro-compromise, cold but charismatic, and a genuine academic – all of which are qualities that the scandalous, inexperienced, rabble-rousing, chauvinistic Donald Trump deeply lacks in his presidential character.

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Alexander Azadgan is a multi-awarded professor of Strategic Global Management & International Political Economy. He is also a senior geopolitical analyst with Iran’s Press TV, Russia’s Sputnik Radio as well as other alternative global radio & TV outlets. He has also won numerous teaching awards, including the prestigious “Influential Educator Recognition Award” at UCI (University of California Irvine). Professor Azadgan is an American of Iranian descent and is based in Laguna Beach, California, USA.

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A French General's view of NATO

Posted: 14 Jan 2017 02:09 PM PST
January 14, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– Sputnik France Translated by Tom Winter –

"NATO aggressive to Russia. A French general attests"
[From March 14, 2014. Yes, more than two years old, but so insightful, that it is still worth putting into English today, and certainly worth the reading — tr.]

France is cheerfully attacking Russia along with NATO. The mission of this military structure has evolved since the Soviet era. We asked the General of the French Army Jean du Verdier for his analysis of the history of NATO which has just celebrated its 65th anniversary.

General Jean du Verdier: "Originally NATO was created as a military organization to deal with the Soviet threat. We were very scared at the time of an attack by the Soviet army. There was a phrase running all around the time: "The Soviet tanks are at a stage of the Tour de France in Strasbourg!"

At that time we accepted the help of the Americans and there was an agreement in Lisbon: the Americans gave 600 million dollars to equip the French army at the time … And in exchange, they received some bases in France and a liaison between the Atlantic and Germany. That is where we were in the late 1950s!

And at that moment General de Gaulle came in who was going to want to get out of the American grip. Because he could not accept that the mechanisms of NATO — which were automatic — could engage France in an unwanted war. So, from '58, France was completely free of NATO. There were two attitudes at that time: it is too bad to split from the Americans who are at the forefront of progress; And the others believed that de Gaulle was right. For me personally, this disengagement of de Gaulle vis-à-vis the United States had unpleasant consequences because I was set to go to stay in the United States for a training course in the US. But it did not work out, which I regret!

At that time all the Americans had left France. We began by pulling French units, especially naval ones, out of NATO, and we got out step by step. … And we never accepted nuclear weapons on French soil! In the 60's the withdrawal to was completed. Thus the French were in the Alliance but were no longer in the military system."

The Voice of Russia: Has France fully accepted this return to NATO's military disposition?

General Jean du Verdier. "Personally, I was totally against this return to NATO! From the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall, there was no longer any need for NATO. It had lost its raison d'etre. This was a defensive organization for the countries of Western Europe and as soon as the Soviets dissolved the Warsaw Pact, Russia ceased to pose a threat to the Western peoples.

Me and my comrades, we became completely anti-NATO. Because this organization had become an offensive one directed against Russia!

The Voice of Russia: What is your appreciation of the current stage, sending warships, including French ones, into the Black Sea?

General Jean du Verdier. "This stage is very aggressive vis-à-vis Russia, without understanding where this stage is coming from. The French are Russophile, but I think they are intoxicated by the media and they are suspicious vis-à-vis Vladimir Putin. I think that is the general trend.

I think NATO's aggressiveness was revealed at the time of the Gulf War that France took part in. It was the first war against Iraq. But then, in 1995, at the time of the Second Gulf War, Chirac had a somewhat Gaullian reaction and did not follow along.

And then there was an absolutely unacceptable intervention in Kosovo. NATO may have a UN mission, but NATO was not created to serve as a policeman for the benefit of the UN. This Kosovo operation was planned to break Serbia, allied with the Russians too! Historically this country has always been in the Russian orbit. So it may have been done to restore order in Kosovo, but of course it was not even clear that there was disorder in Kosovo! But this was also done to weaken the positions of Russia in the Balkans.

The Voice of Russia: How do you see the policy of Sarkozy who was doing with one hand what he undid with the other with his integration in the military disposition of NATO and at the same time his sale of the Mistral to the Russians? What would he do if he returned to power?

General Jean du Verdier: "I think that the return to NATO was almost imposed with our participation in operations like that of Kosovo. From the moment we were involved in NATO operations, we were already obliged to submit to US procedures and we could no longer get away from it. Sarkozy accepted Kosovo participation and by this very act he accepted reintegration in NATO!

So why is NATO so hostile to Russia? This question, I have not resolved. NATO still wants to weaken Russia … But why? It is an element of balance in the present world and there is no point in weakening Russia! Russia is protecting us from the South East against immigration and all the Islamic threats that may come from that side! Russia is our natural ally! Why be anti-Russian?

I believe that there is a kind of memory of the Cold War that no longer exists today. This is ideological. Russia is very attached to its traditions and very attached to its religion since it became "Russia" again. And this does not appeal to Western ideologists today. One senses a stubbornness against Russia that is noted in the media. This is at the origin of the Crimean case, in particular. We interviewed people on the street who believed that the Russians in the Crimea were perfectly right. Only intellectuals such as BHL think otherwise. All the people I meet around me side with the Russians. What do we have to do in the Crimea, Ukraine and Georgia? It is NATO wanting to settle in Georgia, on the Russia's south-eastern flank.

The Voice of Russia: What is the future of NATO?

General Jean du Verdier: "The economic ties between France and Russia are developing. France used to be the 20th exporter toRussia, and has become the third! There was also the Russian contract for building two "Mistrals." One got the impression of movement in the direction of a rapprochement with Russia.

And now because of this Crimean affair the anti-Russians are in the process of damaging relations. But we still see that Europe basically did not follow the Americans. When Obama passed by, we made him a lot of bows, but we did not follow. The English and the French said yes with the lips, but they did not follow! And this is a NATO weakness."

The Voice of Russia: What do you think of the possibility of creating a European armed forces without American involvement, on the basis of the Franco-German brigade?

General Jean du Verdier: "I think that would be quite desirable! But on the other hand, a decade ago NATO created an intervention force to intervene quickly on the theaters where the Americans wanted to do something … So here is what I say: I will be quite favorable to the development of a European force but it will still be equipped with American equipment. The Germans have American planes. Only the French have French planes! There will always be an addiction because we have never managed to get out of the grip of American industry.

They did everything to block the development of the Rafales and to prevent us from becoming independent. The military transport aircraft is a European success but for combat aircraft it is American material!

In Ukraine they tried to line up the Ukrainians against Russia. They made them embrace membership in Europe; But we have no interest. Their economy is in such a situation that they can not expect anything from Europe! But they are trying to detach them from Russia. Ukraine was part of the whole of Russia!

Why did Ukraine become an independent state? Because at the time of the Yalta Conference, Roosevelt had arrived with his plan for the creation of the UN … Stalin, at that time, said yes but provided Ukraine and Belarus were considered separate states because it gave him two more votes at the UN! And that's why at that time we created the fiction of an independent Ukraine. At the time of the dislocation of the USSR it was said that Ukraine was truly independent. And that is why Ukraine was separated from Russia, a consequence of the Yalta Conference."

The Voice of Russia: Is there a chance that France will leave NATO?

General Jean du Verdier. "Relations with NATO were never stable. For the time being this NATO detachment, I do not even see it pointing there. I think the opposite is happening. Now, in terms of international politics, I would also like to note that there is the analogy between the policy of Vladimir Putin and Karl Schmidt, who developed the idea of large groups independent of one another and not intervening In relation to each other. According to this theory, Russia has the control of all the countries that surround it. [I read this as our "sphere of influence' — tr.] I think this is a view that is peaceful.

There are some large ensembles which are each independent of one another, but at present they are intervening in Russian space. When one gets involved in business in Georgia, one enters the sphere naturally controlled by Russia! So it's aggressive. Putin has never shown any intention towards the European or American space! He only claims to control the sphere around him. It's not aggressive! It is normal for Russia to defend itself.

Russia is a country-martyr since the Mongols and the invasions of the Poles, Napoleon, and the Germans! [The General omits Sweden under Charles XII! — tr.] She never assaulted anyone! But she has always been assaulted! It is normal for Russian society to develop a will to guarantee its security and create this glacis around its territory! I maintain that Russia is a victim-country!"
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