Saturday, August 18, 2018


"(((DuckDuckGo)))" "Why would someone trust DuckDuckGo or other providers with a similar privacy policy?" "Duck Duck Go: Illusion of Privacy".  Also.

"Some Hard Truth on Browder and Other Putin Enemies" (Butler).  Lots of details of the operation.

"Riding on Qatari wings, multipolarity arrives in the Middle East" (Bhadrakumar):
"Yet, the Qatar-Turkey axis will not project itself as a strategic defiance of the United States – although the Qatari emir is well aware of Erdogan’s face-off with the Trump administration. Nonetheless, what adds some spice to this heady brew is that the Trump administration has been unabashedly partial toward the Saudi-Emirati line-up in the Gulf region.

A recent American report even claimed that former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson lost his job because he stood in the way of a Saudi-Emirati plan to attack Qatar.

At any rate, the apt description for the Turkish-Qatari axis is that it is a manifestation of the arrival of multipolarity in the politics of the Middle East. Both Turkey and Qatar have good relations with Iran.

Although US Central Command is headquartered in Doha, Al-Thani also has a warm relationship Russian President Vladimir Putin, too.

In the power dynamic of the Middle East, the trend toward multipolarity is poised to accelerate. As time passes, conceivably, even Saudi Arabia and the UAE will see the attraction in strengthening their strategic autonomy.

It will be a fallacy, therefore, to continue viewing the Middle East through the Cold War prism, as most US analysts do, as an area of contestation between the big powers – as if the regional states don’t have a mind of their own or multiple options in developing their policies.

Simply put, Turkey or Iran may lean toward Russia, but can never forge a strategic alliance with Moscow. With a view to pushing back at US pressure, they may lean decidedly toward Moscow from time to time, but they have no intentions of surrendering their strategic autonomy.

But to caricature these countries as passive participants in Russia’s Eurasian integration processes will be delusional.

Russia understands this complicated reality, which is not surprising, given Moscow’s historical memory of its highly problematic relationships with Turkey and Iran through centuries in its imperial history. Thus, the Russian policy is not unduly demanding and is willing to accept their nationalist mindset.

On the other hand, the failure of the US policies lies in Washington’s inability to accept equal relationships and its obsession, ‘You’re either with us, or are against us.’

Make no mistake, the European capitals watch with exasperation the Trump administration’s handling of Erdogan – although he is by no means an easy customer to handle. The point is, European countries are closer to Russia in their appreciation of the complexities of the Middle East. Nor are European countries inclined to view Turkey through the Israeli prism.

Therefore, a concerted Western strategy toward Erdogan under US leadership will remain elusive. Germany’s decision to lift its sanctions against Turkey can be seen in this light. Equally, Erdogan is due to pay a state visit to Germany in September."
Again, it is amazing how all this is playing out.  Had MbS/MbZ not conspired against Qatar in a vicious attack, Qatar would be firmly on the sidelines.  Turkey was one of the few countries that stood up for Qatar (the MB connection), and now Qatar is paying Turkey back.

"On Erdogan’s Plan to Defy the US" (Sheikh).  He has some cards to play, and Turkish public opinion appears to be firmly with him.  As in the case in Iran, American over-extension of power has made it impossible to find any unpaid American supporters in the countries under attack.

"Escobar: All Hands On Deck As The Caspian Sails Toward Eurasia Integration" (Escobar).

"Hello – They Lied to You About Iran!" (Vltchek).  "If you Put an old W. Bush crony in Charge of Iran Policy, doesn’t it Signal a War-Like Intention?" (Cole).

"China is Strengthening its Efforts Aimed at Fighting International Terrorism" (Bokarev).  It is not an exaggeration to see the world breaking up into those who fight terrorism, and those, inspired by the Khazar concepts of false flag and pitting the goyim against each other, who abuse terrorism for geopolitical strategic purposes.  Note that China has recently been under a (((media))) PR attack for fighting terrorism: "Thousands of Uyghur Muslims detained in Chinese 'political education' camps" (Jiang) and "China flat out denies the mass incarceration of Xinjiang’s Uyghurs as testimonies trickle out" (Steger).

"Woman Escapes ISIS Sex Slavery Only To Bump Into Former Captor Walking Freely In Germany" (Durden).  Untouchable as he is a 'refugee', a state which puts him above the law.  We're starting to see the beginnings of the disgust at the politicians who have created, intentionally, this sorry state of affairs, which is only getting worse (e.g., importing the 'White Helmet' terrorists into western countries).

More Canadian virtue-signaling tweeting problems (though the suggested alternative - noisy diplomacy - is spectacularly worse)!:  "Canada’s quiet diplomacy imperils thousand of Uyghurs" (Elghawaby).
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