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Friday, February 24, 2017

RUSSIA TODAY -- Putin says sending Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier group to Syria’s shores was his own idea

Putin says sending Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier group to Syria’s shores was his own idea

Putin says sending Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier group to Syria’s shores was his own idea
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the idea to send a Russian aircraft carrier group to Syria was his own, adding that Russia does not intend to interfere in Syria’s internal affairs, but wants to deal with the terrorists.
Russia’s aircraft carrier group from the Northern Fleet inflicted significant damage to extremist groups in Syria, Putin said at a meeting with the officers who distinguished themselves during the operation in the Mediterranean near Syria’s shores.
You have fulfilled all the tasks that were given to you and inflicted significant damage to the international terrorist groups by hitting their bases, ammunition storages, equipment, and infrastructure,” he said.
The Russian military has greatly contributed to international anti-terrorist efforts and helped to create conditions for the peace talks between the Syrian government and the armed opposition,” Putin said.
The Russian president added that Russia’s goal in Syria is to stabilize the legitimate government and to “put an end to the terrorist blight.”
Our goal is to stabilize the legitimate government and strike a decisive blow to the international terrorism,” Putin said, adding that “the sooner the country [Syria] will proceed with political settlement the more chances the international community will have in putting an end to the terrorist blight on the Syrian territory.”
He went on to say that more than 4,000 militants from Russia and 5,000 from the former USSR are fighting alongside extremists in Syria, citing Russian intelligence data.
The president said that this poses a serious threat to Russia’s security and thanked the officers for doing their duty to protect the country.
The officers who took part in the operation told Putin that the aircraft carrier group was closely followed by NATO vessels, both on its way to Syria and on its way back to their Russian port, noting that “at least eight NATO warships” were around constantly whose actions were “far from friendly.”
The Russian naval group headed by the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier made headlines in 2016 when it was deployed to fight jihadists in the Middle East.
It departed from the town of Severomorsk, which is the main base of Russia’s Northern fleet, in October of last year. A month later, it carried out its first combat mission in the Mediterranean.
Its flagship aircraft carrier – manned by nearly 2,500 crew members and carrying dozens of fighter jets and helicopters – is also a missile cruiser equipped to protect itself from incoming air attacks.
The group also included the Peter the Great battle cruiser and other military ships equipped with precision weapons, as well as Kamov helicopters capable of carring out anti-submarine warfare, and search and rescue missions.

Andrew Korybko -- THE SAHELIAN-SAHARAN SILK ROAD IS ONE OF CHINA’S MASTER PLANS FOR AFRICA

By fdecomite (Silk Road 1992), via Wikimedia Commons
23.02.2017
Strategic Background
The word “Africa” conjures vivid images in the minds of many, with most unaware non-Africans reactively recalling stereotypical images of war, famine, and poverty that they were introduced to on a wide scale during the 1990s “African World War” in the Congo, but the present-day reality is markedly different than what most people might imagine. Instead of being a ‘third world’ ‘basket case’ of all the world’s worst problems like the mainstream media persistently tried to present it as for decades, today’s Africa is relatively stable and boasts a high rate of growth which has attracted billions of dollars of Asian investment.
In the context of the New Cold War between the unipolar and multipolar worlds, Africa takes on a premier importance as an unavoidable proxy battleground between these two camps, economically led by the US and China, respectively. Each side wants to harness the continent’s production and consumption capabilities in order to tap into this promising marketplace, eager to take advantage of its cheap labor and growing need for diverse imports. This is less important for the US as it is for the EU, since Washington always has Latin America which it can rely on for this, but Brussels’ Eastern European and Balkan backwaters are no longer as sufficient as they once were in serving as dumping grounds for the Western EU’s excess products and as loosely regulated regions for cyclically producing even more of them. France is at the vanguard of the EU’s African policy, though the US behaves as the “Lead From Behind” ally in providing discrete military assistance whenever necessary, thus heightening its unipolar worth to the EU as a whole.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

THE TRUTH ABOUT “DIGITAL INDIA”


24.02.2017
India is descending into one of the most unfavorable entanglements since her independence. This historic conspiracy gripping the subcontinent is utter cosmic. Since the announcement of so-called “Demonetization,” we have come up with several articles shedding light on possible issues. Some of the theories and predictions drafted in the 3rd week of Demonetization seem to be becoming more true and are still gaining momentum. Surprisingly, the most intriguing information of all is the whole lot of Indian population inadvertently or knowingly continuing endorse this mission - most are unaware of the real plot while others are obsessed with irrational character adoration. The "soft coup" timetable initiated the United States is in action and Indians live in an exaggerated bubble which will soon be deflated. The Indian public is largely ignorant and unconcerned, and their reliance on fallible Indian mainstream media throttles further Information Blockade. A series of corroboratory reports rightly available but in bits and pieces need to be a pieced together for an aggregated view.
The threatening geopolitical environment posed by the Asian Block/BRICS union compelled the United States to initiate strategic partnership with India. This is intended to counter the Chinese military and economic dominance in Asia and elsewhere. During the reign of Obama, the Indian Prime Minister visited Washington over 18 times within a mere span of two years. USAID under the Obama Administration successfully plucked a deal with the Indian Finance Ministry. This ministry covering the banking sector is already facing a series of internal yet undisclosed crises. The deal was to destroy the cash ecosystem in India and push digital payment methods, a multifaceted program with several goals. The project’s catalyst was commissioned in November 2015 by the government of India and USAID in order to destroy cash, targeting low-income groups. It is not evidently clear if the CIA is directly involved, but the fact is prevalent that the CIA is a constant factor in USAID. Such aid agencies are covertly used for the CIA’s worldwide operations. An Indian espionage practitioner has admitted to “The Quint” that “It is not unknown that foreign intelligence agencies on many occasions use other agencies to promote the commercial interests of their respective countries’ companies”. India’s informal economy is large and operated mostly by cash, and it is a piece of cake for any global corporation to swamp.
James Corbett mentions the following: “In other words, the poorest of the poor and the previously unbanked have now been duly identified and branded as tax cattle, ripe for the fleecing (to mix a metaphor). No surprise there! “
Alok Gupta, the director of “The Catalyst,” says: “The project Incubation is one of the core members in creating the Digital Big Brother System or the Bio Metric Identification, popularly known as Unique Identification system. The Aadhar Badal Malick, vice president of  the snap-deal, is now the CEO of Catalyst and claims that the aim is to bring a “Holistic Ecosystem” but certain documents of Project Incubation talk of “destroying the cash ecosystem and drying it up later.” Four weeks before the announcement of the demonetization, Malick said: ”The goal is to take one city and increase the digital payments by 10 times in six to 12 months.” But in November, it was all clear that the whole country and its people will be subjected to this experimentation. Indian public life is more Inexpensive and available to be processed for imperial experimentation
Science and technology is open to all, and it is usually a citizen’s choice to use it or not. Aadhar’s implication that this demonetization is “New High Tech “, “Pro Science Progressive Digital Tech” is laughable. The same goes for any claims in the name of digitization. It is clear in Aadhar’s implication, this biometric system is compulsively a breach of citizens’ “privacy “ and violation of civil rights (In the name of progressiveness ).It will only end up in Digital Dictatorship controlled by the United States. This is a step towards accumulating the infamous “Big Data” with profile details of all Indian civilians.
This Catalyst is also meant to “support the goals of Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to streamline financial services for all Indian households.”
As new details and interpretations surface, things are getting murkier and the future is so daringly dense and unclear. Some assume that the deals were implied due to pressure by US agents, yet there is no precise explanation for the engrossed attempts made by the Indian Prime Minister for his travels to western countries, mainly to Washington. Due to all these occurrences, the credit volume has increased which can be loaned to corporations rather than let civilians use their own money. Compelling India to go cashless will let the US continue its dollar supremacy in international trade. The cash supremacy war between the EU bloc, the US-dominated alliance, and Asian competitors like China-India-Russia is threatening US supremacy. Indo – US strategic alliance will initiate US control over the Indian armed forces, resulting in a strengthening of a China-Russia-Pakistan alliance against India. It is interesting that the US is not yet a “legitimate” Indian Ally. In the worst case scenario, India will be obliged to accept being a junior disciple. the SAARC split benefited both China and the US. The destruction of BRICS is vital for the US to maintain dollar supremacy in world trade. India has submitted totally, all with the support of the voters. The views expressed by the rest of Asia speak to this as an act of betrayal.
Foreign aid from Western nations compounded  post-World War II with a new humanitarian face to continue Western corporate expansionism into Asia/Africa and elsewhere with a supplementary aim to contain Soviet Communist influence. The corporations listed in the “Better than Cash Alliance are “inclusive” of Bill and Melinda Gates which will incorporate their universal immunization program and other possible vaccinations. The US governments’ "abortion policy" is now an integral part of their foreign aid packages. The Indian government’s keen interest in incorporating Gates’ foundation for its future vaccination programs is utterly suspicious. United Nations ECO-92 Earth Charter reads: “The present vast overpopulation, now far beyond the world carrying capacity, cannot be answered by future reductions in the birth rate due to contraception, STERILISATION and ABORTION, but must be met in the present by the reduction of numbers presently existing. This must be done by whatever means necessary”.
Obama’s top science & technology advisory, John P. Holdren, has advocated the possibility of a “planetary regime” that would use a “global police force” to enforce totalitarian measures of population control, including forced abortions, mass sterilization programs conducted via the food and water supply, as well as mandatory bodily implants that would prevent couples from having children. Gates’ foundation is also involved in developing a new type of ultrasound which has been described as a “non-invasive, reversible form of birth control for men.” This would make a man infertile. The Gates Foundation is no stranger as far as Indians are concerned. They have already penetrated India by making medical trials/experiments on deprived and poor Indian children in the Southern state of Andhra Pradesh, which resulted in deaths. The purpose of the trial was to generate data to support the inclusion of the HPV vaccine in India's Universal Immunization Program (UIP).Targeting low-income, rural, largely tribal households, the trial was conducted on girls aged 10 to 14. Seven girls died, which led to the immediate suspension of the trial in 2010. The Indian Parliament's Standing Committee on Health says 'safety and rights of children were highly compromised and violated’. The dubious and unconvincing defense was that this wasn't a clinical trial, only an observational study of an already approved vaccine. The government of India decided legal action couldn't proceed based on its assessment of the country's prevailing laws. Gates’ concept is "fewer people = more resources" and that is exactly the relationship between economic growth and contraception. Gates also gave a talk in which he suggested that the solution to global warming is to have fewer people. Bill and Malinda Gates pledge millions of dollars to improve access to contraception in developing nations - a 20th century social engineering theory, suggesting that "we have an economic responsibility to ensure that there are fewer people.” Wendy Wright has rightly called this the “latest effort to blame children for poverty and women’s troubles.”  Bill shared how originally he “thought that the Malthusian principles applied at least in the developing countries.” Many of Gates’ vaccinations have caused mass infertility among women of “child-bearing “ age in South America, the Philippines and so on. Comite Pro Vida de Mexico, a Roman Catholic organization’s investigation, revealed that the WHO vaccines contained human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG), a natural hormone that is secreted during the initial stages of pregnancy. When this hormone is combined with the tetanus toxoid carrier, it tricks the body into thinking that hCG is an invading enemy, with the result that a woman’s body begins producing anti-hCG antibodies, Making it impossible for her to ever maintain a pregnancy.
This is defined as soft eugenics (as defined by Blom and Bell ): “For economic reasons governments should use taxpayer dollars to underwrite the decisions of citizens to pursue recreational sexual activity. The underlying economic assumption is that the prospective children of the poor citizens likely to utilize such government-funded programs would be likely to hamper economic growth if they are born.”
Digitization will allow the inclusion of personal profile details of Indians into the “Big Data.” This is a motive for surveillance power and mind-control of the masses resulting in a “digital police state” where mind-control technologies can devastate democracies by manipulating elections by the handlers while the corporate nexus will use it for Inhuman business gains under neo-liberal corporatism. This will enable US companies to continue International finance monitoring and take over control. Indians have to submit to US corporate laws rather Indian laws by compromising all sorts of privacy Information and civil rights.
Digitization and the act of demonetization is not all about cash, but has more to do with solid assets like property and gold. The collective volume of gold (legal and Illegal) held by Indians is the largest among any community possessions anywhere in the globe. It’s only a matter of time until these entities might go to the extent to legalize theft to confiscate such an overwhelming treasure. Already the Indian government has made gold Illegal for any possession above 500gms by married women. Sane Indians have begun emptying their possessions from safe deposits. Gold acquisitions are going to be tricky once the government sends a request to surrender gold in exchange for money. That fact that the governments already meddled with interest rates usually doesn’t come into peoples’ thinking. In usual cases, governments tend to increase negative interest rates, sending people to the bank to surrender gold possessions in exchange for money which will be paid in digital currency with a negative Interest rate, which means you are forbidden your right to exchange gold at the market value. The quantity of such covert profiting on a collective basis will be colossal. The amount will snowball. Here the state is only a Intermediate entity and temporary beneficiary between the people and global corporatism.
As for post-demonetization, here is what political/economic analyst Tyler Durden has to say about India: “India will become a police state, likely with the full support of most Indians. Nationalism will be the thread that weaves them together. But it is a fake thread, devoid of any value. Eventually, there will be far too many stresses in the system, whose institutions are already in an advance stage of decay. India as it exists today is a British creation. With the British now gone for 69 years, it is an entity has less and less reason to exist in its current form. The glue of reason that the British have applied is flaking, and it is doing so rapidly under the catalyst by name of Narendra Modi.”
Making India “cashless” by compulsive reforms is a cosmic conspiracy of all times. One has never seen such a treasonable act in the history of India. The Modi government has unblushingly bowed before globalist imperial banking cartels to let Indian wealth be legally plundered by actuating “financial Inclusion “ of the oppressed and the common class. The globalist colonization of the Indian economy will obliterate the future of more than a billion civilians, all for the sake of 1% of Indian corporations and Xeno hawks who will continue expropriate hard-earned, legitimate, yet informal possessions. This daylight theft initiated by Modi’s totalitarian regime will suffocate India’s economic independence perpetually.


F. William Engdahl -- GENETICS ARE THE NEW EUGENICS: HOW GMO’S REDUCE THE HUMAN POPULATION

GENETICS ARE THE NEW EUGENICS: HOW GMO’S REDUCE THE HUMAN POPULATION
 
Flickr.com/Miran Rijavec (public domain)
22.02.2017
The following is from an interview transcript 
Last year, we had a series of mergers in the agribusiness’ GMO-corporations worldwide. This has created an alarming concentration of corporate power in the hands of basically three corporate groups.
The first one is Bayer AG of Germany, which made a friendly takeover of Monsanto. The reason for this was that Monsanto became identified in the public mind as pure evil and everything bad about GMO’s, which was accurate. This became a burden on the whole GMO project. So, Bayer stepped in, which has a friendly image of an aspirin, harmless, nice company, but in fact is the company that invented heroin in the 1880’s and made gas for the ovens of Auschwitz during WWII. It's one of the dirtiest agribusiness companies in the world with a series of homicides and pesticides that killed off bee colonies and many other things that are essential to life and to nature.
ChemChina - China State Chemical giant - for some reason took over Swiss Syngenta, which makes weed-killers.
Then, Dow Chemicals and DuPont merged their GMO businesses together.
So, we have three gigantic corporate groups worldwide controlling the genetically-modified part of the human food chain. As dangerous as the GMO crops are and the more they sell, it is becoming more and more obvious that they are the chemicals that by contract must be applied to those GMO seeds by the corporations. They demand that if you buy roundup ready soybeans or corn, you must use Monsanto (now Bayer) roundup.
Therefore, this is giving more corporate power to the GMO industry than ever before and that’s an alarming trend. They are putting pressure on the bureaucracy in Brussels. One example: there was a massive public campaign against the renewal of the license of the European Commission for Glyphosate. Glyphosate is the most widely used weed-killer in the world. Glyphosate is the main ingredient in Monsanto’s roundup. The other ingredients are Monsanto’s corporate secret, but the combination of them is one of the most deadly weed-killers.
The World Health Organization’s body responsible for assessing genetic dangers made a ruling the last year that Glyphosate was a probable cancer-causing agent.
The license came up for automatic renewal last year – a 15-year license. The EU commission for health was prepared to automatically renew it for 15 years. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which is responsible allegedly for the health and safety of European citizens, recommended approval based on a German study by the German Food Safety Agency that was simply lifted 100% from studies given by the private corporation Monsanto! So, the whole chain was corrupt from the beginning and all the information was rigged. In reality tests have shown that in minuscule concentrations, lower than in recommended levels in Europe and in the US, Glyphosate causes kidney disease, liver disease, and other illnesses that are potentially fatal.
Now, Glyphosate has shown up in urine tests, in urban drinking water, in gardens, in ground water and so forth. And that gets into the system of childbearing women, for example, with embryo. It’s all in this!
The EU commission, despite a million petitions – this is a record setting - and despite recommendations from leading scientists around the world to not renew the license, made a compromise under huge industry pressure and renewed it for 18 months. Why did they renew it for that time? Because at the end of 18 months, they were told by Bayer and Monsanto that the takeover of those two giant corporations will be completed and Bayer is going to replace Glyphosate with another, likely more deadly toxin, but not so well-known as Glyphosate. So, they simply bought time. And that is just one example.
This agenda of GMO is not about the health and safety; it’s not about increasing crop yields - that’s a lie that has been proven in repeated tests in North America and all around the world. Crop yields for farmers, using GMO plants, may increase slightly for the first 1-2 harvest years, but ultimately decline after 3-4 years. And not only that! We’ve been promised by Monsanto and other GMO giants that the use of chemicals will be less, because of these “wonderful” traits that GMO plants resist. In fact, the weeds become resistant and you have super weeds, which are 5-6 feet in a height and choke out everything. It’s a catastrophe. So, farmers end up using added weed killers to kill the super weeds. This whole mad playing around with the genetic makeup of nature is a disaster from the beginning.
The real agenda of GMO, which I have documented in great detail in my book “Seeds of Destruction”, comes from the Rockefeller Foundation. It comes out of the 1920s-1930s Eugenics movement. The Rockefeller Foundation during the 1930’s, right up to the outbreak of World War II when it became politically embracing too, financed the Nazi Eugenics experiments of Kaiser Wilhelm Institute in Berlin and in Munich. Why did they do this? Their goal was the elimination of what they called “undesirable eaters”. That is called population reduction.
After the war, the head of the American Eugenic Society, who was a good friend of John D. Rockefeller, at the annual conference of the American Eugenic Society said: “From today, the new name of eugenics is genetics”. Moreover, if you keep that in mind – genetic engineering, the Human Genome Project and so forth – they all are scientific frauds. Russian scientists have proven that the entire Genome Project utterly disregarded 98% of the scientifically valuable data in favor of 2%  that was completely nonsense and a waste of billions of dollars.
Therefore, they have been obsessed with the idea of how to reduce human population in a way that would not be so obvious as simply going out and carrying out mass-sterilization.
Actually, they have done that in Central America together with the World Health Organization by giving certain vaccines that they cooked-up to have abortive effects. Therefore, the women of child-bearing age in Central America were given these vaccines against tetanus. The organization of the Catholic Church became suspicious because the shots were given only to women, not to men. And they found that there was buried in the vaccine an abortive effect that made it impossible for women to conceive and bear children. This is all covert population reduction.
These are the Western patriarchs who believe they are the gods, sitting on the throne with great dignity, controlling mankind. I think they are a bunch of fools, but they have this agenda of genetic manipulation. It’s against nature, it’s chemically unstable. And I have to congratulate the Russian Federation that they had the courage and the moral concern for their own population to ban GMO cultivation across Russia. That was a step forward for mankind. I would hope that Russia will use its influence to get China to do the similar thing, because their agriculture is in dire need of some healthy Russian input. But this step by Russia to make a GMO-free agriculture is a great step for mankind.

Paul Craig Roberts -- THE CIA PLOT AGAINST ALTERNATIVE MEDIA


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21.02.2017
The following is from an interview transcript

The methods for censoring independent media all come from the CIA; they all come from the intelligence services.
The CIA is accustomed to controlling the explanations that are given to the American people. They began controlling the American media in the 1950’s and I think today they have complete control over the print and TV media in the United States.
And we know that the same is true for all of the world. There are no significant journalists that the CIA doesn’t have a hand on. The CIA can rely on journalists in Europe as well as on journalists in the United States to give the CIA’s explanations of things. Therefore, this is how they control public attitudes, how they can go for their agendas. To serve their power and their profit.
The independent media is gaining so much influence and might gain enough power to displace the CIA control media. To prevent this threat, it was decided to shut independent media down or censor it in some way.
We know that, for example, the head of Google is on a governmental committee to help determine how the CIA can control information. So, this is Google.
The real question is:
Why don’t other countries create alternatives to Google? 
Why rely on the American-built Internet system that is now under attack of the CIA and is being taken over like print and TV media?
The rest of the world has got to start looking after itself and develop its own Internet, its own ways of putting out the information. Why do they all rely on American Twitter, Facebook, Google? We cannot rely on the American stuff! These are subjects of CIA manipulation. You don’t know what they can do! They managed to get RT off of Facebook for some time before Trump's inauguration.
Now the future of this fight depends on Trump, whether he is aware of it and in how it was explained to him. You know, he’s already been given a dozen difficult challenges. And if he could do at least one of those - it will be a miracle. So, does he have room to know about what’s happening to the alternative media, how it’s been subverted? I don’t know.
I think now is the best time for Russia, China, India, and all the countries of South America to just get their own systems. So there’s competition of the alternatives. 
Why does everybody feel that they have to rely only on the Americans? There is no reason for that. 
I think the rest of the world should do that – this will make it harder for the CIA to control them.
If Twitter, Facebook and Google will see that they have major competitors in other countries then they will have to stop being captives of the CIA. They will be forced to stay open in order to compete with the others.
So, I think this is a solution to the problem. I would like to see these things grow up in other parts of the world. Maybe in the future I could use a Russian Google?

Meeting with permanent members of the Security Council


Meeting with permanent members of the Security Council
Vladimir Putin held a meeting with permanent members of the Security Council to discuss current international problems and various issues on the domestic agenda.
February 23, 2017
14:00
The Kremlin, Moscow
Meeting with permanent members of the Security Council.
Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko, Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Anton Vaino, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, and Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin at a meeting with permanent members of the Security Council.
Meeting with permanent members of the Security Council.
The President also congratulated the meeting participants on the Defender of the Fatherland Day.

Attending the meeting were Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko, Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Anton Vaino, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, Director of the Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov, Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin, and Special Presidential Representative for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport Sergei Ivanov.

FINIAN CUNNINGHAM -- Double Standards over ‘Russian Interference’ in Western Elections

Double Standards over ‘Russian Interference’ in Western Elections
FINIAN CUNNINGHAM | 23.02.2017 | OPINION

Double Standards over ‘Russian Interference’ in Western Elections

Just as polls show Marine Le Pen of the Front National taking a decisive lead over her two main rivals, Francois Fillon of the Republicans, and Emmanuel Macron of the newly formed En Marche, the latter gets a high-profile reception in Downing Street with British prime minister Theresa May.
Fillon has no plans to make a similar visit to Britain, while Downing Street officially announced that it would not be receiving Le Pen, reported the Independent.
With only weeks to go to the first round of the French presidential elections in April, the British government’s hosting of Macron this week can be seen as an extraordinary endorsement of his candidacy.
One could express it even more strongly and say that Britain is evidently interfering in the French democratic process by elevating one candidate over another.
A spokesman for premier May said that Macron had requested the meeting at Downing Street and «we were able to accommodate».
A smiling Macron photographed on the doorsteps of Number 10 clearly showed him relishing the singular honor bestowed by the British prime minister.
One can imagine the media hullabaloo if Marine Le Pen were greeted in Moscow by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the Kremlin to then pointedly announce that her rival Macron would not be receiving a similar invitation. There would be howls of «Russian interference» in the French election.
Indeed, Russia is being accused of doing just that already on the basis of scant allegations. Emmanuel Macron has recently claimed that his campaign is being targeted by Russian hackers and «fake news». Macron’s campaign team is alleging – without providing any evidence – that its computers are being attacked by «Russian hackers».
The liberal pro-EU candidate is also claiming that «Kremlin-run news media» are mounting a fake news «influence campaign» to damage his credibility.
This follows the publication of a news article by the Sputnik outlet earlier this month which quoted French political rivals accusing Macron of being supported by global banking interests and a wealthy gay rights lobby.
Russian government-owned Sputnik has denied that it is trying to damage Macron’s candidacy, and that it was merely giving coverage to criticisms aired by French political rivals.
Based on such flimsy, partisan claims of political interference, the French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault earlier this week issued a warning to Russia to «stop meddling in the French presidential election».
Thus, a one-sided overblown claim by one of the presidential candidates is raised to a state level as if it is an established fact of Russian subversion of French sovereignty.
This narrative of Russian interference in foreign elections has evidently become contagious. Ever since American intelligence agencies, amplified by US media, began accusing Russia of hacking into the presidential elections to favor Donald Trump, the narrative has become a staple in other Western states.
Last week, German news outlet Deutsche Welle published this headline: «Is Moscow meddling in everything?» The article goes on to ask with insinuating tone: «Does Putin decide who wins elections in the West? Many believe that he cost Clinton the US presidency; now Macron is next France, and then Merkel will be in the line of fire».
The Russian government is legitimately entitled, as are other governments, to hold views on the outcome of foreign elections. After all, many European governments, including those of Germany and France, were adamantly opposed to Trump winning the US election, instead preferring his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. But they weren’t subjected to criticism that they were interfering in the American election.
Regarding France, Russian state interests might be best served by Marine Le Pen taking the presidency. She has expressed a desire to restore friendlier relations with Moscow and to jettison the NATO agenda of hostility towards Russia. Her anti-EU views would also help to undermine the Washington-led atlanticist axis which has driven enmity between Europe and Russia.
The Kremlin has been careful to not make any public statements on the outcome of the French election, nor of any other foreign election, maintaining that it does not interfere. Nevertheless, Moscow is entitled to have its own private assessment on what would serve its own national interests. There’s nothing untoward about that. It seems almost bizarre to have to explain that.
But such is the fever-pitch and hysteria about alleged Russian malfeasance that the slightest sign, such as a random news article airing critical comments as in the Macron example, is taken as «proof» of Kremlin interference.
This is in spite of the fact that no evidence is presented. German state intelligence, for instance, recently concluded that there was no evidence to support allegations that Russia was running a Trump-like influence campaign against Chancellor Merkel ahead of her country’s elections being held in September.
Perhaps the most egregious expression to date of the Russian interference narrative were claims made this week by Britain’s Telegraph newspaper that the Kremlin had sponsored a coup attempt against the government of Montenegro last October.
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov lambasted the evidence-free claims as «absurd». Lavrov said it «is just another one in a series of groundless assertions blaming our country for carrying out cyberattacks against the entire West, interfering in election campaigns in the bulk of Western countries as well as allegations pointing to the Trump administration’s ties with Russian secret services, among other things».
The height of absurdity is Britain this week hosting Emmanuel Macron at the Downing Street residence of Prime Minister Theresa May.
May’s intervention is a full-on endorsement of this one candidate at a crucial time in the French election which sees his main rival Marine Le Pen taking a decisive lead in the polls.
But where are the headlines denouncing «British interference» in French democracy?
Western media are too preoccupied digging up far-fetched stories claiming Russian interference based on the flimsiest speculation.
That double standard is clear evidence of the irrational Russophobia that is gripping Western governments and news media. Russophobia that has become a psychosis.

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