NYT Cheerleads US Color Revolution Attempt in Hong Kong

By Stephen Lendman

August 16, 2019 “Information Clearing House” – China’s official People’s Daily broadsheet minced no words, saying: “There is no question that the (Trump regime) has its hand in what is going on in Hong Kong.”

It “signaled its support for protesters in” the city, what’s been ongoing for months, an attempt to destabilize the country at a time of Trump regime-instigated trade war — initiated to undermine its industrial, economic, and technological development.

China’s Global Times asked: “Is a color revolution taking place in Hong Kong? We think so…(rioters involved in the) ruthless destruction of the city’s rule of law.”

“Radical protesters want to paralyze the city, undermine the authority of the government and police.”

“Demonstrations are no longer a complementary way of expressing demands under the legal framework, but an attempt to overthrow the rule of law and reshape the city’s power structure. This is a typical color revolution.”

A statement by the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region said the following:

“The distortion of reality, the blind observance of double standards by American politicians is already close to hysteria,” adding:

“They conspired with radical criminal elements and are insanely involved in anti-Chinese criminal cases in Hong Kong” — indicating Beijing’s fury toward the Trump regime over what’s going on and likely intention to respond in its own way at its own time.

China’s envoy to Moscow Zhang Hanhui warned foreign nations, notably the US, against “stick(ing) their noses in our affairs.”

In an August 13 article, I suggested what’s going on is a Trump regime attempt to destabilize China by targeting it soft Hong Kong underbelly — many residents in the city pro-Western.

US dirty hands likely orchestrated and manipulated pro-Western 5th column elements Hong Kong to riot against its ruling authorities and Beijing.

Geopolitical/economic know-nothing Trump most likely doesn’t know or understand what’s going on in parts of the world disruptively because of his regime’s actions — run by Pompeo, Bolton and their henchmen.

On Tuesday, he nonsensically tweeted: “Many are blaming me, and the United States, for the problems going on in Hong Kong. I can’t imagine why?”

On Wednesday, he suggested a meeting with China’s Xi Jinping to discuss the ongoing protests, what won’t resolve a thing if held.

Beijing wants US meddling in its internal affairs stopped. US dirty hands are all over what’s going on in the city. The ball is in the court of Trump regime hardliners running his hostile geopolitical agenda.

The NYT never met a US war of aggression, color revolution, old-fashioned coup, or other hostile actions by its ruling authorities on the world stage it didn’t wholeheartedly support.

Addressing what’s happening in the city, its hostile to peace and stability right-wing editors turned truth on its head, calling US-manipulated/radicalized rioters largely “young people…who ardently don’t want to come further under the repressive rule of the Chinese Communists.”

So-called “Chinese Communists” are free market capitalists, heading the nation toward becoming the world’s leading economy one day.

Its successful system created longterm economic growth and development. Ellen Brown quoted Michael Hudson saying the US demands “economic regime change” in China, wanting it conforming to the failed Western model it rejects, adding:

“They should have the same kind of free market that has wrecked the US (and other Western) econom(ies).”

China embarrasses them by the efficiency and effectiveness of its economic and financial model it’s not about to let US bullying change.

Beijing’s system is “an economic threat to the Western neoliberal model, and it is this existential threat that is the target of the (Trump regime’s) trade and currency wars today,” Ellen Brown explained.

US color revolution tactics in Hong Kong, its ongoing trade war, and the Obama regime’s Asia pivot, continued by Trump, to establish a greater Pentagon military footprint in the Indo/Pacific are part of Washington’s war by other means on China.

The NYT pretends otherwise, supporting Hong Kong rioters, falsely claiming unacceptable disruptive tactics reflect free expression dissent.

If violent protests erupted in US cities and continued for days, especially if orchestrated and manipulated by a foreign power, they’d be state-sponsored blood in the streets putting them down.

Stephen Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient. Visit his web site: – stephenlendman.org (Home – Stephen Lendman). Contact atlendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. Stephen’s newest book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” –www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

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Hong Kong, Kashmir: a Tale of Two Occupations

August 09, 2019

Hong Kong, Kashmir: a Tale of Two Occupations

By Pepe Escobar : with permission and crossposted with Strategic Culture

Readers from myriad latitudes have been asking me about Hong Kong. They know it’s one of my previous homes. I developed a complex, multi-faceted relationship with Hong Kong ever since the 1997 handover, which I covered extensively. Right now, if you allow me, I’d rather cut to the chase.

Much to the distress of neocons and humanitarian imperialists, there won’t be a bloody mainland China crackdown on protesters in Hong Kong – a Tiananmen 2.0. Why? Because it’s not worth it.

Beijing has clearly identified the color revolution provocation inbuilt in the protests – with the NED excelling as CIA soft, facilitating the sprawl of fifth columnists even in the civil service.

There are other components, of course. The fact that Hong Kongers are right to be angry about what is a de facto Tycoon Club oligarchy controlling every nook and cranny of the economy. The local backlash against “the invasion of the mainlanders”. And the relentless cultural war of Cantonese vs. Beijing, north vs. south, province vs. political center.

What these protests have accelerated is Beijing’s conviction that Hong Kong is not worth its trust as a key node in China’s massive integration/development project. Beijing invested no less than $18.8 billion to build the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, as part of the Greater Bay Area, to integrate Hong Kong with the mainland, not to snub it.

Now a bunch of useful idiots at least has graphically proven they don’t deserve any sort of preferential treatment anymore.

The big story in Hong Kong is not even the savage, counter-productive protests (imagine if this was in France, where Macron’s army is actually maiming and even killing Gilets Jaunes/Yellow Vests). The big story is the rot consuming HSBC – which has all the makings of the new Deutsche Bank scandal.

HSBC holds $2.6 trillion in assets and an intergalactic horde of cockroaches in their basement – asking serious questions about money laundering and dodgy deals operated by global turbo-capitalist elites.

In the end, Hong Kong will be left to its own internally corroding devices – slowly degrading to its final tawdry status as a Chinese Disneyland with a Western veneer. Shanghai is already in the process of being boosted as China’s top financial center. And Shenzhen already is the top high-tech hub. Hong Kong will be just an afterthought.

Brace for blowback

While China identified “Occupy Hong Kong” as a mere Western-instilled and instrumentalized plot, India, for its part, decided to go for Full Occupy in Kashmir.

Curfew was imposed all across the Kashmir valley. Internet was cut off. All Kashmiri politicians were rounded up and arrested. In fact all Kashmiris – loyalists (to India), nationalists, secessionists, independentists, apolitical – were branded as The Enemy. Welcome to Indian “democracy” under the crypto-fascist Hindutva.

“Jammu and Kashmir”, as we know it, is no more. They are now two distinct entities. Geologically spectacular Ladakh will be administered directly by New Delhi. Blowback is guaranteed. Resistance committees are already springing up.

In Kashmir, blowback will be even bigger because there will be no elections anytime soon. New Delhi does not want that kind of nuisance – as in dealing with legitimate representatives. It wants full control, period.

Starting in the early 1990s, I’ve been to both sides of Kashmir a few times. The Pakistani side does feel like Azad (“Free”) Kashmir. The Indian side is unmistakably Occupied Kashmir. This analysis is as good as it gets portraying what it means to live in IOK (Indian-occupied Kashmir).

BJP minions in India scream that Pakistan “illegally” designated Gilgit-Baltistan – or the Northern Areas – as a federally administered area. There’s nothing illegal about it. I was reporting in Gilgit-Baltistan late last year, following the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Nobody was complaining about any “illegality”.

Pakistan officially said it “will exercise all possible options to counter [India’s] illegal steps” in Kashmir. That’s extremely diplomatic. Imran Khan does not want confrontation – even as he knows full well Modi is pandering to Hindutva fanatics, aiming to turn a Muslim-majority province into a Hindu-majority province. In the long run though, something inevitable is bound to emerge – fragmented, as a guerrilla war or as a united front.

Welcome to the Kashmiri Intifada.

الرابح والخاسر في لقاء المصارحة والمصالحة؟

 

أغسطس 10, 2019

ناصر قنديل

– من طبيعة التسويات أنها لا تمنح الأطراف المتنازعة ربحاً كاملاً لجهة وخسارة كاملة لجهة مقابلة. ومن طبيعة التسويات أن يخرج أطرافها بعد بدء مسارها بالاستعداد لكيفية مخاطبة الجمهور الذي تمّت تعبئته تحت سقوف مرتفعة وخطابات تصعيدية لتبرير القبول بالتسوية ونفي اعتبارها تراجعاً أو خسارة، لذلك ينشغل الأطراف المعنيون بتحضير الإجابات عن الأسئلة التي تنتظرهم، فينشغل الحزب الديمقراطي اللبناني بالبحث عن تفسير لقبوله بتسوية لن يكون بموجبها البند الأول على طاولة أول اجتماع حكومي إحالة حادثة قبرشمون إلى المجلس العدلي وطرحها على التصويت. وينشغل الحزب التقدمي الاشتراكي بتحضير الإجابات على أسئلة تطال ما قاله عن حرب انتقام ضده تمّ تحضيرها في دمشق ويقودها حزب الله ويشكل رئيس الجمهورية رأس حربتها، وعما قاله بحق المحكمة العسكرية والعودة لارتضائها مرجعاً مقبولاً، وترك الباب مفتوحاً لفرضية الإحالة إلى المجلس العدلي في ضوء تحقيقات المحكمة العسكرية. وسينشغل التيار الوطني الحر بالبحث عن أجوبة حول إصراره على اعتبار الحادثة كميناً مدبّراً لاغتيال رئيسه، وتفسير غياب رئيسه عن المصالحة، التي قالت إن الأزمة هي بين الحزبين الاشتراكي والديمقراطي.

– بالمقابل سيستطيع الحزب الديمقراطي القول إنه لم يصل إلى المجلس العدلي فوراً، لكنه سيصل لاحقاً، وإنه أثبت ندية موازية مقابل الحزب الاشتراكي بوجه حرب إلغاء كانت قبرشمون إيذاناً بها بينما سيستطيع الحزب الإشتراكي القول إنه نجح بتأكيد اولوية البعد السياسي على البعد القضائي للقضية وتثبيت اعتبار الحوار مدخلاً للحل السياسي في قضايا تخصه وتعنيه وفرض التشاور معه حولها من بوابة التسليم بالمصالحة مدخلاً لإنهاء الأزمة. وسيستطيع التيار الوطني الحر القول إنه ردّ الاعتبار لموقع رئاسة الجمهورية كحكم، وإسقاط الادعاءات الاشتراكية بحق الرئاسة ووزراء التيار والقضاء، بدليل قبول الاشتراكي لموقع الرئاسة حكماً سياسياً وللمحكمة العسكرية إطاراً قضائياً.

– اللبنانيّون وفي طليعتهم الحريصون على السلم الأهلي، والقلقون من التدخلات الخارجية، والمعنيّون برؤية كل تصعيد للعصبيّات الطائفية، خطراً يفتح الباب للفتن التي ينتظرها العدو الإسرائيلي للعبث بالنسيج الوطني والاجتماعي وتحضير المسرح لحرب يراهن على الفوز بها من باب التفتيت الاستباقي، هؤلاء يرون السلم الأهلي رابحاً وحيداً، والأمان الوطني بوجه التدخلات والفتن والمشاريع الأجنبية والإسرائيلية، المنتصر الوحيد، فهؤلاء كانوا يتفادون المشاركة في جوقات التصعيد، ويضعون ثقل مواقفهم مع مساعي رئيس المجلس النيابي نبيه بري الذي شكّل صمام الأمان للتهدئة وصناعة المصالحة وإغلاق الأبواب أمام مشاريع الفتن وهزّ السلم الأهلي.

– إذا كان هناك مشروع خارجي عبّر عنه بيان السفارة الأميركية، وإذا كان هناك مناخ إقليمي لاستعمال لبنان ساحة تحمية ومقايضة عشية الحسم العسكري السوري المتوقع في إدلب، فإن الخروج بتسوية سياسية لأحداث الجبل هو انتصار وطني لبناني، قال إن لا كانتونات ولا مناطق مغلقة ولا آفاق لرهانات على خارج مجرَّب لن يفعل سوى التلاعب بالأطراف المحليّة وتوريطها، وإن ضمانة الجميع هي بالجميع، وإن التسوية القائمة على تثقيل لغة الحوار والتهدئة ليست هزيمة لأحد بل هي انتصار للجميع على أنفسهم أولاً، وعبرهم على مَن يتربّصون بالبلد.

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أغسطس 10, 2019

محمد صادق الحسيني

بداية لا بدّ من القول إنه يجب على كلّ متابع للشأن الصيني، وبالتالي لجهود الصين المشتركة مع روسيا وإيران وغيرهما من الدول لإنهاء سيطرة القطب الأميركي الواحد على العالم، ان يتذكر أنّ ما ينفذه الرئيس الأميركي ترامب ضدّ الصين، من إجراءات اقتصادية/ مالية وسياسية وعسكرية، ليست بالإجراءات الأميركية الجديدة إطلاقاً.

اذ انّ العداء الأميركي لجمهورية الصين الشعبية قد بدأ منذ نشأة هذه الدولة، سنة 1949، ومنذ أن قام الجنرال تشين كاي تشيك، زعيم ما كان يُعرف بالكومينتانغ واثر هزيمة قواته امام قوات التحرير الشعبيه الصينية، بقيادة الزعيم الصيني ماوتسي تونغ في نهاية الحرب الأهلية الصينية، التي استمرت من سنة 1945 حتى 1949، نقول حيث قام زعيم الكومينتانغ، مع فلول قواته، بالهرب من البر الصيني المحرر الى جزيرة فورموزا تايوان وسيطر عليها، من خلال وحدات الكومينتانغ العميلة للولايات المتحدة، والتي تمكنت من ذلك بمساعدة عسكرية أميركية مباشرة.

وقد تمادت الولايات المتحدة في عدوانها على جمهورية الصين الشعبية بدعمها هذا الكيان اللقيط، الذي أطلقت عليه اسم تايوان، ومنحته ليس فقط عضوية الأمم المتحدة، وإنما عضوية دائمة في مجلس الأمن الدولي. أيّ انها أصبحت دولة تتمتع بحق الفيتو في ما كانت جمهورية الصين الشعبية محرومة من حق العضوية في منظمة الامم المتحدة بالمطلق، وذلك حتى سنة 1971 عندما بدأت الولايات المتحدة بتطبيق سياسة انفتاح مبرمج على الصين.

ولكن المخططات الأميركية، المعادية لاستقلالية القرار الصيني والهادفة الى وقف التطور الاقتصادي الصيني، لم تتغيّر مطلقاً، طوال سبعينيات وثمانينيات القرن الماضي التي شهدت إقامة علاقات دبلوماسية بين الدولتين. وقد وصلت مؤامرات الولايات المتحدة، ضدّ الصين، قمتها في ربيع سنة 1989، عندما أطلقت واشنطن حملة سياسية وإعلامية دولية ضدّ جمهورية الصين الشعبية، تحت حجة دعم مطالب شعبية صينية، كان قد طرحها محتجون صينيون عبر تظاهرات في عدة مدن صينية، خاصة في ميدان تيان ان مين، الذي شهد احتجاجات وصدامات، منذ أوائل شهر نيسان وحتى أواسط حزيران سنة 1989، بين المحتجين وقوات الأمن الصينية. تلك الصدامات التي انتهت بإعادة فرض النظام في كلّ مكان والقضاء على ظاهرة الثوره الملوّنة في مهدها.

وها هي الولايات المتحدة، ومعها بقايا ما كان يطلق عليه مسمّى بريطانيا العظمى، تحاول إثارة المتاعب أمام الحكومة الصينية المركزية، وذلك عبر إثارة الشغب وحالات الفوضى في جزيرة هونغ كونغ، التي اضطرت بريطانيا الى إعادتها الى الوطن الأمّ، الصين الشعبية، عام 1997، مستخدمة مجموعات محلية مرتبطة بمخططات خارجية، يتمّ تسييرها وتوجيهها من قبل أجهزة مخابرات أميركية وبريطانيا منذ ما يقارب الشهرين، دون أن تقوم قوات الأمن الصينية بأكثر من الحدّ الأدنى لحفظ النظام.

ولكن استمرار هذه السياسة الانجلوأميركية وتزامنها مع استمرار التحشيد العسكري الأميركي، في البحار القريبة من الصين كشرق المحيط الهندي وبحر الصين الجنوبي وخليج البنغال وبحر اليابان وغيرها من البحار، وصولاً الى إرسال حاملة الطائرات الأميركية رونالد ريغان الى بحر الصين الجنوبي، في خطوة استفزازية للصين، نقول انّ استمرار هذه السياسة الأميركية، الى جانب العقوبات الاقتصادية والمالية التي فرضت على الصين، وفِي ظلّ قدسية الحفاظ على وحدة وسيادة جمهورية الصين الشعبية على كافة أراضيها، فقد أصدر المتحدث باسم مكتب شؤون هونغ كونغ وماكاو تصريحاً شديد اللهجة قال فيه: بودّنا التوضيح لمجموعة صغيرة من المجرمين العنيفين عديمي الضمير ومن يقف وراءهم انّ من يلعب بالنار سيُقتل بها.لا ترتكبوا خطأ في تقييم الوضع. ولا تعتبروا ممارستنا لضبط النفس ضعفاً .

إذن… هذه رسالة صينية نارية واضحة وصريحة، لا بل أمر عمليات، موجّه لليانكي الأميركي، وليس فقط لبعض أذناب الاستعمار في هونغ كونغ، من سواحل بحر الصين الجنوبي، مفادها: لا تلعبوا بالنار…

وما يزيد أمر العمليات الصيني هذا زخماً وقوة، هو صدوره بعد الجولة الفاشلة، التي قام بها وزيرا الحرب والخارجية الأميركيان، في استراليا وعدد من دول المحيط الهادئ، في محاولة منهما لإقناع تلك الدول بالموافقة على نشر صواريخ أميركية، موجهة الى الصين، على أراضيها ورفض جميع الدول المعنية لهذه الفكرة الأميركية الهدامة. كما انّ أمر العمليات هذا قد تزامن مع وصول حاملة الطائرات الأميركية، رونالد ريغان، الى بحر الصين الجنوبي كما أسلفنا.

إذن وكما جرت العادة فإنّ الولايات المتحدة، ممثلة برئيسها ورئيس دبلوماسيتها، تمارس الكذب والتضليل بشكل فاضح وخطير. ففي الوقت الذي تشنّ فيه إدارة الرئيس ترامب حملتها التضليلية الكاذبة، حول ضرورة الحفاظ على أمن الخليج ومضيق هرمز، وحماية السفن التجارية التي تبحر فيهما فإنها تطلق قنابل دخانية للتغطية على خطواتها الأكثر خطورة على الأمن الدولي، المتمثلة في تعزيز الحشد العسكري الاستراتيجي ضدّ كلّ من روسيا والصين الشعبية، وذلك من خلال:

1 ـ مواصلة إرسال حاملات الطائرات، ابراهام لينكولن ورونالد ريغان، ومجموعتيهما البحريتين الى مناطق عمليات أكثر قرباً من الصين.

2 ـ سحب قاذفات القنابل الأميركية الاستراتيجية، من طراز /B 52/ التي كانت ترابط في قاعدة العيديد القطرية ونقلها الى قاعدة دييغو غارسيا في المحيط الهندي، غرب المحيط الهندي.

3 ـ مواصلة الولايات المتحدة لمناوراتها المشتركة مع كوريا الجنوبية والتي لا تشكل استفزازاً لكوريا الشمالية فحسب، وإنما لجمهورية الصين الشعبية أيضاً، وذلك لأنها تفضي إلى مزيد من الحضور العسكري الأميركي في المحيط القريب من الصين.

وفي إطار قنابل الدخان هذه، فإنّ القنبلة الأكثر إثارة للسخرية هي الهراء الذي أطلقه وزير خارجية نتن ياهو، ايسرائيل كاتس، يوم امس الأول حول احتمال مشاركة إسرائيل في التحالف البحري الذي دعت الولايات المتحدة لإقامته في الخليج.

ولكن هذا الوزير نسي انّ دولته لا تعتبر دولة تملك قوة بحرية ذات قيمة على الصعيد الدولي، على الرغم من امتلاكها غواصات دولفين، الألمانية الصنع، والقادرة على حمل رؤوس نووية، والخاضعة لمراقبة سلاح البحرية الإيراني على مدار الساعه والعديمة القدرة على المناورة ضدّ إيران في أيّ من بحار المنطقة، لأسباب لا مجال للتوسع في شرحها.

اذن هذه التصريحات الإسرائيلية لا يمكن اعتبارها أكثر من قنبلة دخان انتخابية لصالح نتن ياهو ليس إلا. ولا تدخل حتى في استراتيجية الولايات المتحدة الأكثر شمولية. ولمزيد من التوضيح فانّ هذا الوزير، كاتس، كان كمن أراد الاستجارة من الرمضاء بالنار، أيّ أنه أراد أن يغطي على فشل كيانه في مواجهة حلف المقاومة وعلى رأسه إيران بحشر أنف إسرائيل في وضع الخليج، مستنداً الى الوجود الأمني الإسرائيلي الواسع في السعودية ودول الخليج العربية الأخرى.

هذا الوجود الذي تعود جذوره إلى أكثر من عشرين عاماً، أيّ إلى نهاية تسعينيات القرن الماضي، حيث بدأت السعودية والإمارات بإبرام عقود حماية أمنية، للمنشآت النفطية في البلدين، مع شركات أمن إسرائيلية، وهو الأمر الذي مكَّن هذه الشركات الإسرائيلية، وهي في الحقيقة أذرع لجهاز الموساد الإسرائيلي، من إقامة بنية تحتية استخبارية كاملة تخدم الأهداف الإسرائيلية. علماً أنّ هذا الوجود الاستخباري الإسرائيلي الكثيف لا يمثل أيّ قيمة لها تأثير على موازين القوى في ميادين القتال. حيث انّ مناطق هذا الوجود، أيّ السعودية ودوّل الخليج، لم يكن يوماً جزءاً من ميادين القتال ضدّ الجيش الإسرائيلي ، وعليه فإنه وجود لا يختلف عن وجود العصافير في القفص، لا قيمة له ميدانية أو عملية إطلاقاً.

لكلّ نبأ مستقرّ.

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The dialectic of the Moscow Protests Hoax

The dialectic of the Moscow Protests Hoax

August 09, 2019

by Scott Humor for The Saker Blog

Bureaucracy is not alien to democracy

If compared to the Bolotnaya Square color revolution attempt in 2011-2012, the Moscow Protests Hoax 2019 had a sunnier disposition, and went on playfully. The powers to be showed sense of humor and refinement not seen prior. The similarities, however, remain. The US Ambassador was sacked, again, for crude attempt to instill a riot. Scores of demonstrators were detained, some arrested and a dozen ended up in jail.

This year, an unexpected new player showed up. I am talking about the military. They just showed up unannounced amidst all that excitement and started checking detained for their military records, medical records and draft status. Meaning those dodging draft by claiming fake disabilities. This seemed to be a crucial moment when everything went down the hill for the participants and the crowds started swiftly dispersing only to discover the military with the police officers waiting for them at home.

Parents of underage rioters received phone calls from the local police departments, or участковый, as they are called in Russian. The parents were fined according to a recently passed law banning involvement of minors in unauthorized demonstrations. Children will also get notes in their school records.

The army recruitment officers checked the July 27th riots detainees for their military records and found 134 draft dodgers. Many social media observers found this fact to be as funny as all get-out. They were offered a choice of two years in jail or a service in the army, in a clear demonstration that bureaucracy is not alien to democracy

1/5 of all arrested demonstrators were single men of 25 and younger who weren’t employed anywhere, many didn’t live in places they officially claimed. Altogether all detained had combined 26 million rubles debt, which is about $400,000. This week, the court appointed debt collectors started going from place to place collecting anything of value to be auctioned away to satisfy the debtors.

And these are number only for those arrested on July 27th.

The total amount of debts of persons detained earlier on the uncoordinated action on July 27 in the center of the capital is about 26 million rubles.

According to the TV channel “Moscow 24”, the public was informed by the Deputy head of the Federal bailiff service in Moscow Evgenia Klimenko.

According to her, the main amount of debt of 16 million rubles, are credit obligations, 6 million – all sorts of penalties in favor of individuals and legal entities, almost 2 million in unpaid taxes, fines and alimony amount to 800 thousand, debt on housing and communal services — 600 thousand rubles.

According to Klimenko, almost 20% of debtors are unemployed men under the age of 25.

Earlier it was reported that the Moscow courts sent under administrative arrest 89 participants of the uncoordinated action on July 27

Moscow elections of deputies to the capital’s Parliament are scheduled for September 8. The Election Committee registered 233 candidates including 171 from different parties and 62 independent candidates. Registration was denied to 57 candidates from 18 parties and to 39 independent candidates. Three parliamentary parties have 129 people running for offices in this elections: from the Communist party – 44 candidates, from the LDPR – 45 candidates and from the party “Fair Russia” – 40 candidates. Also candidates were registered from the parties “Yabloko,” “Communists of Russia,” “Rodina,” “Greens” and the “Party of Growth.”

On August 3rd, when 1,500 people went to riot in the center of Moscow:

– 500,000 people visited the celebration of anniversary of s a permanent general purpose trade Exhibition VSKhV.

– 305,000 people visited a food and music festival “Shashlik. Live” in Park Gorkogo.

Overall, it turned out to be a very useful and positive experiment. The government heard people’s opinions, the budget got some income, and the military got some new recruits. As for the actors provocateurs themselves, they were reminded that they live in a law and order society, that they have obligations to this society that they can’t avoid, that the country they live in has problems that need solutions, and that the riots have nothing to do with finding those solutions.

Voices from the sewage

“It’s a pity that most of the protesters — not Muscovites.”

Needless to say that many opposition figures, (let’s for clarity call them pro-Western anti-Russian activists) managed to get enough signatures and get registered without much ado. Among them, Valeria Kasamara. Vice Rector of HSE the Higher School of Economics, a private institution with murky international backing. My thoughts about the HSE can be found here.

I wrote about the HSE here and here.

An interview of an eligible candidate to the Moscow city Duma Valeria Kasamara to the Meduza (considered a foreign agent in Russia) contained several mind blowing revelations that are all ignored by the mainstream media.

Here is a sample

“ — So you’re more excited about it?

— That’s good news for me. It is a pity that the majority of participants of demonstrations are not Muscovites and aren’t our voters.

— Do you also support this rather manipulative thesis that the majority of those who came to the rally were not Muscovites?

— For me, a Muscovite is a person who is registered in Moscow: registered in Moscow and can vote. People at the rally were often not registered in Moscow.

— But if I live in Moscow, work in Moscow, rent an apartment, shouldn’t I be also interested in what is happening in Moscow?

[Non residents of Moscow cannot vote in Moscow elections, obviously. Scott]

— Look, if you are a nonresident, renting an apartment in Moscow and you show up at the rally, then the agenda goes beyond Moscow. This considering, of course, that you weren’t brought here on a bus, and you came by yourself.

— Did people at the rallies were brought on buses? Where did you get this information?

— This information came from people that I trust. Maybe [those who were brought on buses] they sincerely support the candidates, who didn’t get on the ballots, and they were just helped by someone to come [to Moscow on the buses. Scott]. Or they paid the fare themselves.

— Did you see the buses? On the basis of what have you acquired this opinion?

— I’m talking about expert feelings and conversations with experts, that’s why I say so. I didn’t see buses myself. Maybe, they [participants of the protest from other regions] were interested in the agenda. Or, maybe, their leaders spoke [during the city authorized rally on July 20] on Sakharov Avenue, and they [the non-Moscow resident protesters] regretted that their leaders weren’t running for their regional parliaments. My colleagues were interested that many [protesters] arrived, took selfies and just left.

— I took selfies, also. Is that a crime?

— They passed the frame [of the metal detector installed in front of the entrance, where the number of those who came to the demonstration is usually recorded], they didn’t even go to the stage area and left. Agree, it is strange.

— Is there any evidence that people did this? You do understand that what you are saying is a rather irresponsible statement [that the participants of the Moscow protests are an artificially organized crowd]?

— This is strictly showed by surveillance. I can’t say that it was done en masse.”

Kasamara also said:

1. The majority of the participants of the MPH [Moscow Protests Hoax] weren’t Moscovites, meaning, they weren’t registered in Moscow, didn’t own any property in Moscow and didn’t have the right to vote for the Moscow government.

2. The crowd was artificially created and sustained by busing people from other regions, and by people going through the metal detectors with automatic counters, taking their selfies for the social media and leaving without actually being present at the demonstration.

3. Those activists who were rejected for cheating and forging the election materials could actually gather signatures easily, no one stood in their way.

4. On average three to five candidates have registered for one job, it means that the elections have diversity and cannot be called uncontested.

5. The HSE was initially politically engaged catering exclusively to the members of the pro-Western Anti-Russia activists. They had Navalny and Sobchak to have town-hall style meetings with their students. However, it all was closed down for reasons she refused to elaborate.

I wrote about another western backed institution that organized meetings for their students with opposition candidate before the presidential elections. You can read about schemes involved here and here.

In both cases considering the foreign sponsorship of the organizations these sort of partnerships are highly illegal and unethical.

The disclosure made by Kasamara of some dirty crowd management tricks is unsurprising. Kasamara, Vice-rector of the Higher school of Economics — is a registered candidate in the elections to the Moscow city Duma. She runs for office at the same 45-th electoral district in which another opposition candidate, Ilya Yashin would run if he got his application approved by the election committee.

Other results of the Moscow Protests Hoax

The Investigative Committee opened the case against Navalny’s Foundation for his NGO the Fight Against Corruption in case of 1 billion rubles laundering scheme. This, probably, was the main remaining source of the “color revolution” financing, which is now by all means finished. All the accused in the scheme are either in jail awaiting trial or on the way there.

These were not Navalny’s personal bank accounts that Moscow’s Zamoskvoretsky Court unblocked to satisfy a motion filed by blogger Alexei Navalny’s lawyer on May 23. Those assets had been frozen during the investigation into the Yves Rocher case.

As the RT reported, members of the foundation, as well as other individuals “linked to its activities” are suspected of laundering the hefty sum of 1 billion rubles ($15.3 million) over the past three years, Russia’s Investigative Committee said on Saturday.

As the Investigative Committee reported.

“The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened a criminal case on financial transactions with funds knowingly acquired by other persons by criminal means (p. “b” part 4 of article 174 of the Criminal Code) base on the materials on the legalization of funds in the amount of about 1 billion rubles. Materials were received from the Ministry of internal Affairs of Russia.” the IC (or Sledcom) stated in its press release.

“According to the investigation, from January 2016 to December 2018, persons related to the activities of the non-profit organization “anti-corruption Fund” (FBK), including employees of the Fund, received from third parties a large amount of money in rubles and foreign currency, which they knew were acquired for them by criminal means.

To give a legal form to the sums of money, for use and disposal of funds obtained by criminal means, accomplices used a known Cash-in and Recycle scheme with ATMs in Moscow. They have deposited same amounts of money to the accounts of several banks. After that, they organized transfer of credited funds to the current accounts of the FBK, having financed the activities of this non-profit organization, thus completing joint criminal actions for their legalization.”

”… within the framework of the criminal case, searches are conducted, including at the place of residence of a number of employees of the FBK, in the office of the organization itself and other places. During searches, items and documents relevant to the investigation have been seized. A number of employees of the FBK summoned to the IC of Russia for questioning in a criminal case.

Court orders of seizure of accounts of non-profit organizations the “Anti-corruption Fund” and the “Protection of citizens’ rights,” as well as more than 100 accounts belonging to a number of individuals and legal entities, have been transferred for execution to credit organizations. Cash flow on all accounts is blocked.”

On January 22, the court satisfied a motion filed by the Ministry of Justice to liquidate the the Fifth Season Foundation, through which Navalny’s campaign was financed. A prominent lawyer and member of the Public Chamber of Russia Ilya Remeslo published documents of the Ministry of Justice, which clarify who and how much money was collected and spent on Navalny’s campaign.

Here you can find a link to the materials of this case and the explanation of the Navaly’s camp (they claim they are unfairly treated). You can also find here a more detailed explanation of how the money laundering scheme worked.

The key violation, which Navalny’s lawyers are silent about, was the Foundation’s spending money on non-statutory activities, which is expressly prohibited by paragraph 1 of article 24 of the Federal law “On NGOs”.

According to the Foundation Charter, its main activity is media support. Instead, the Fund financed Navalny’s political campaign. This was pointed out by the Ministry of Justice in its lawsuit:

Until the trial it won’t be possible to estimate how much out of 100 million Navalny and company spent on the political activism and how much was used for their personal needs.

Another issue, Navalny and Volkov’s lawyers denied that they had received bitcoin donations. There is nothing to deny: Volkov’s report posted on his personal website shows the share of bitcoins accounts for 20% of all donations, see the link above.

The timing of the Navalny’s foundation arrests is not at all a coincidence. They were watched by the law enforcement and everything was ready to go, and the start of the MPH [Moscow protests Hoax] triggered the beginning of their end.

Finally, the most interesting question: who actually financed Navalny’s activities.

We know that

– from the beginning of activity to 31 October 2017, the Foundation received 96 million rubles;

– of these 96 million of the total 47 million was donated personally by Volkov, who was collected donations for the campaign;

– another 4 million came from another account that belonged to the Foundation in the Bank “Otkritie”;

– other 4 million donated by the head of the FBK Rubanov;

– and most interesting: 33 million received from Ruslan Samedinov and Anna Chekhovich .

Both of them work for Navalny’s Foundation.

Samedinov was a press secretary of Navalny’s campaign, and host of “Cactus”, Chekhovich – an ordinary employee of the Moscow headquarters. They have no other significant sources of income. Even the Director of the FBK Rubanov’s official salary does not allow to donate to the campaign 4 million rubles, this would be his salary for several years of work.

Can’t wait till the trial to see what exactly the Sledcom dug up and how it all is connected to the US Ambassador Huntsman sudden departure.

Huntsman is the second McFaul

On August 7th, the United States Embassy in Moscow has confirmed that US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman has tendered resignation. However, it appeared that the decision for him to leave was made on or after Trump’s midnight phone call to Putin on July 31st.

Huntsman was accused by the members of Russia’s Duma in supporting an anti-government “color revolution,” in election interfering, and interfering into country’s domestic affairs. Same claims were made by the US themselves when Obama administration expelled Russian diplomats and stole Russia’s state owned diplomatic real estate. Russia, so far, sacked one ambassador. Judging by the Embassy twitter account, they didn’t take down those offensive tweet.

These are a few of those pondering statements

https://twitter.com/USEmbRu/status/1157951154644496384

https://twitter.com/USEmbRuPress/status/1157936184766750721

https://twitter.com/USEmbRuPress/status/1155396739567955968

https://twitter.com/USEmbRuPress/status/1154761370874863617

Their last tweet was on August 4th.

https://twitter.com/USEmbRu/status/1157951154644496384

The Embassy also posted a tweet with the map of Moscow and the routes for demonstration to follow with the exact timing.

The White House confirmed that Trump had received Huntsman’s letter.

“We appreciate his service to the nation, applaud his dedicated work toward improving the U.S.- Russia relationship, and wish him the best in the next chapter,” a White House official told The Salt Lake Tribune.

How Russians will remember this impressive intelligently looking man?

Perhaps with his following statements:

“…each US aircraft carrier represents 100,000 tons of international diplomacy.”

“The real secret of diplomats is that we are trained to say something when we have nothing to say and say nothing when we have something to say.”

“When America closes its doors, so does everyone else. We are the main engine of growth in the world, we are the ones who illuminate the path to free trade and open markets.”

“Frankly, I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.”

“I am a deeply religious person and proud of my Mormon roots.”

Judging by the chatter on their twitter account, they have absolutely nothing to say.

The Dead Souls

In total, dead people left 339 signatures in their support of the opposition candidates. Still 14,201 signature were left by people with non-existent passports.

Chairman of the Moscow city election Committee Valentin Gorbunov said that the signatures of the deceased Muscovites were found in 22 candidates for deputies of the capital’s Parliament.

He explained that, for example, the candidate Lyubov Sobol submitted a signature of the former Secretary of the election Commission of Arbat district Lilia Simankova, who died in May 16, 2019.

The police found weapons on a number of “peace walk” participants of ” in particular, knives and traumatic guns.

Responding to the complaints filed by the rejected candidates, the Moscow election Committee brought in Police graphology and document specialists, to check on the work of the election committee employees and volunteers under the leadership of Ilya Remeslo. The Police corrected a dozen of inconsistencies, but the overall forgery count remands the same.

The Moscow election Commission upheld the decision to refuse registration for a number of candidates, including Dmitry Gudkov, Ivan Zhdanov, Konstantin Yankauskas, Yulia Serebryanskaya, Konstantin Lisitsa, Elena Rusakova, Lyubov Sobol and Ilya Yashin. Some of them appealed the decision to the CEC.

At the meeting on August 1, the CEC refused to satisfy the complaint of Lisitsyn the decision to refuse registration due to the lack of reliable signatures of voters. Serebryanskaya withdrew her complaint at the same meeting.

On August 19, the state Duma Council may gather for an eergency session to consider the establishment of a working group to investigate the facts of external interference in the Russian elections. A proposal on this topic was made by the head of the Communist party Gennady Zyuganov.

“I suggest to hold urgently on August 19 meetings of Council where to consider a question of foreign intervention in our election campaign.” The politician explained that this applies not only to the election campaign in Moscow, but also to other cities with over one million in population.

“We already have documentary confirmation, I looked at the website of the American Embassy,” – Zyuganov said. “all routes, points of collection, the order of financing” and other organizational information concerning the holding of unauthorized actions in Moscow on August 3.

“I looked into who dumped money on them: only on one account nearly one billion rubles were directed for these purposes.” He proposed to investigate “those who serve as a cover for this operation”

About Yegor Zhukov

In interviewer that I discussed above, with Valeria Kasamara, the Vice Rector of HSE the Higher School of Economics, placed the school’s full support behind their student, Yegor Zhukov, who was arrested.

In her interview, Kasamara also claims that the “entire university community of Moscow is fully behind the actions of arrested HSE student Yegor Zhukov.”

Some light on this particular reaction of the academic community was shed during the emergency meeting of the Federation Council on considering possible foreign interference in the elections to the Moscow Duma.

The member of Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation and the President of the Board of the union of private security companies “Peacemaker Community” Mikhail Anichkin:

See video of the emergency meeting starting at 20:58

“Because of such unregistered “politician” in parentheses as Yegor Zhukov, a serious pressure is being applied to the referent persons in his case. For example, in the scientific community they use interest of our scientists to further continue with the international practices of being invited to give lectures and being published. In other words, there are constant threats of sanctions against them if they won’t come out in support of certain individuals. We witness a routine forward driven work that we must to give an adequate response. Considering that in the past behind this work were diplomats, politicians and such, now this work is being performed by the humanitarian and other organizations. Such organization as Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. I just learned that this is a company that is being conducting the pressure on our referent citizens [in academic community. Scott].”

Russia’s academic community members are threatened if they won’t support Yegor Zhukov.

Let’s see what Valeria Kasamara says about all that.

“— You gave a guarantee for an unregistered candidate for the Moscow city Duma, a video blogger, a student of the Higher school of Economics Yegor Zhukov, arrested for mass riots. Why did you do that?

— It is completely natural for me. I’m his teacher, I know him personally. I sincerely believe that there are no grounds for keeping Yegor in the detention center. He has done nothing special, not enough to arrest him.

— In this current situation, when everyone is divided into two camps, the support of him looks almost heroic.

— In his case, we have a lot of heroes. Yegor received the support of the entire University community. The guarantee letters we handed to the lawyers. My colleagues were coming with their letters, left in the campaign headquarters mine letter also.

— Did you try to negotiate with the Moscow government to somehow resolve the issue with Yegor at this level?

— You see, the Moscow government has nothing to do with it now. Now it is completely a diocese of law enforcement. It actually would look funny if we ask the mayor of Moscow for help. If you want to do nothing, create the appearance of activity — then, of course, this method would be the best.

— Returning to Yegor Zhukov, many people ask why the HSE leadership is silent, why rector Yaroslav Kuzminov will not speak about his detention?

— First of all, I am also the management of the University. So if you’re asking for guidance, here it is, in front of you. Secondly, the position of the University is on the website of the Higher school of Economics. Every time something like this happens to students, we remind them of it: the rector once said that we do not punish anyone for participating in rallies. Moreover, if students get in trouble, we do provide assistance, including providing legal aid, if required. This position has not changed. Because memory a short, guys are beginning to doubt. Once again: we never punish for participation in any meetings and would never expel for this. We provide legal assistance on request.

I’m in touch with Yegor’s lawyers, I asked them what was required. We’re ready. There were no additional requests for assistance. The University itself cannot act as a lawyer.”

Source: Meduza

Who is Yegor Zhukov?

According to some investigative social media accounts, detained HSE student Yegor Zhukov learned to manage protests at the American courses in Montenegro and during the velvet revolution in Yerevan, for the past four years.

The arrested rioter was trained on the Maidan in Armenia

From April 27 to may 01, during the “velvet revolution” in Yerevan, Yegor Zhukov was gaining intelligence, crowd control skills, and color revolution experience at the US Embassy sponsored courses. He even had a video about it in his video blog, “Why did Armenia succeed?”[in overthrowing its democratically elected government, that is. Scott]

In video instruction from Zhukov, the guy tells how to better organize provocations during anti-government actions.

A video of Zhukov directing the mob during the Moscow Protests Hoax

He says in his Why did Armenia succeed? video: “Blocking roads is the most important tactic, which means to block the movement of blood through the body of the city. Any city lives thanks to its logistics system, that’s why mass interference in its functioning very often ends fatally.” See the REN TV link above.

On the video posted by the REN TV, you can see how Yegor Zhukov directed the mob against the law enforcement,silencing those who doubted his actions.

But that’s not all. In the period from March 04 to 08, Zhukov took part in the “Forum of young leaders” in Montenegro, organized by the “NED National Institute for Democracy of the United States.” And in early March 2019 he flew to the conference “Open Russia” in Riga.

He is a student. He doesn’t work. His parents are not rich.

An interesting character, you must admit. An investigation of him is just started and so much was already unearthed.

I don’t know if Yegor Zhukov excelled as a student, he missed so much school for the riot training. I only know that he got very bad teachers. Good teachers want their students to succeed, to have a future.

If I were to teach Yegor Zhukov, the way I used to teach in college, I would explain him how Armenia is different from Russia, and why a putsch in Russia can never take place. It has been so for quite some time now, but no one in the academic community in Russia caught up, yet.

Here is the deal.

According to the New Military doctrine, adopted in 2010 and revised in 2014, any anti-government revolt or a putsch is considered to be equal to a ground invasion of Russia. Any ground invasion of Russia will guaranteed a retaliatory strike against the adversaries, their command centers, and main objects of infrastructure. This is from the publicly available part of the military doctrine, so its already set up down the chain of command in the classified part of the doctrine. If an elected government is toppled, no new government would be able to cancel this order or to order troops to stand down.

That’s why the military politely muscled in on the traditional law enforcement turf and showed up where they have never seen before, at the pro-American agents provocateurs riots. This is a signal to all of us that now on, all anti-government activities are nothing but stages of enemy’s invasion. That’s why the military showed up, magically.

And that’s how the Moscow Protests Hoax dialectic works.

P.S. On the featured image: during the riot, Navalny’s bodyguard posed as a “young mother with a stroller.”

تدخُّل السفارات ليس مفخرة… ومن يتعظ يعلم

أغسطس 8, 2019

ناصر قنديل

– ليست أول مرة تدخل فيها السفارات بإشارة بدء من السفارة الأميركية، في شأن داخلي خلافي لتقديم الدعم السياسي لفريق محلي تعلن تبنيه بين سطور بيان السفارة الأميركية، وصولاً للتمادي في توجيه الرسائل للقضاء وللعب على حبل التوازنات الطائفية والسياسية، لكن كم من مرة وصل الذين دعمتهم السفارة الأميركية ومن يسير على دربها من الغرب والعرب إلى تحقيق مكاسب؟ وماذا يقول التاريخ عن مصير الذين وقعوا في أوهام التفوق بقوة هذه التدخلات، وآخر هذه التدخلات كان التحريض على شبكة اتصالات المقاومة التي أوهمت أعضاء حكومة الرئيس فؤاد السنيورة أنهم ليسوا وحدهم إذا شمّروا عن سواعدهم وهاجموا هذه الشبكة بنية اقتلاعها، والنتيجة معلومة عند الجميع، خصوصاً النائب السابق وليد جنبلاط الذي شكل رأس الحربة في حرب حكومة السنيورة على المقاومة يومها، بقوة وهم ما يعنيه تدخّل السفارة.

– تدخل السفارة الأميركية ومن سيسلك الدرب وراءها يجب أن يكون جرس إنذار للجميع بأن اللعبة المحلية ليست إلا رأس جبل الجليد للعبة دولية إقليمية كبرى، ربما تكون وقفت وراء ترتيب حادثة قبرشمون، أو في أحسن الأحوال ركبت موجتها ولا تزال تحرك دفتها للسير بلبنان إلى حيث تستثمر على الشقاق والأزمات والخلافات، حتى تمر المرحلة التي تريدها لتوجيه الرسائل الدولية والإقليمية التفاوضية من منصة أزماتنا، وبعدها لا يهم السفارة ولا مَن يقف خلفها من يربح ومن يخسر وماذا يحل بالذين بدت أنها تنتصر لهم وتلعب بأوهامهم ببيانات التدخل.

– الأسئلة الكبرى التي يفترض بالحزب التقدمي الاشتراكي عدم التسرّع بالقفز فوقها، هي قبل كل شيء: هل يمكن الجمع بين الحفاظ على دعم رئيس الحكومة وعلى بقاء الحكومة معاً على قاعدة المعركة المفتوحة مع رئيس الجمهورية؟ وهل من الممكن أن يخوض رئيس الحكومة معركة إسقاط حكومته، وإن حدث هذا تحت شعار وحدة قوى الرابع عشر من آذار الذي تنادي به السفارات بقوة حربها على المقاومة، والدعوة للفصل بين حزب الله والدولة، فهل يمكن الحفاظ على الموقع الوسط لرئيس المجلس النيابي، والداعم لإحاطة الحزب الاشتراكي بالعناية والرعاية، رغم خلاف الاشتراكي مع حزب الله، الحليف الاستراتيجي لرئيس المجلس وحركة أمل؟ وإن سقطت الحكومة هل سيُترك البلد دون حكومة؟ وهل سيكون مشهد وجود أغلبية يمكن تشكيلها من خلال السؤال من هم حلفاء حزب الله ومن هم خصومه، في زمن الحرب الأميركية عليه مستحيلاً؟ وهل سيكون الوضع عندها أفضل للذين يحظون بدعم السفارة؟

– في العام 2000 إستبق جنبلاط التوقيت الأميركي للحرب على العراق واستهدافها لسورية بإعلان المواجهة المبكرة مع دمشق، ثم اضطر رغم بيان مشابه من السفارة الأميركية بدعمه، إلى التراجع والبحث عن مخارج، وربما يكون اليوم يستبق حرباً أخرى لكن الفارق أن الحروب الأميركية كلها اليوم خاسرة، والفارق الأهم أن الأغلبية التي يعتقد الإشتراكي أنها تشاركه الخيار الرئاسي المقبل لن تتشكل الآن، ولا يمكن تشكيلها تحت شعار ترسمه السفارة الأميركية للمواجهة مع حزب الله، ويبقى الفارق ثلاث سنوات في المرتين.

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U.S. Embassy in Lebanon Violates Diplomatic Norms, Issues Statement on Local Incident

August 7, 2019

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In a blatant interference in Lebanon’s local politics, the US embassy in Beirut issued on Wednesday a statement on Qabrshmoun incident.

“The United States supports fair and transparent judicial review without any political interference. Any attempt to use the tragic June 30 event in Qabrshmoun to advance political objectives should be rejected. The US has conveyed in clear terms to Lebanese authorities our expectation that they will handle this matter in a way that achieves justice without politically motivated inflammation of sectarian or communal tensions,” the statement read.

Source: Al-Manar English Website and NNA

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