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Newsbud Roundtable- “A Turning Point in the Middle East & the Fall of an Empire!”

Newsbud Founder-Editor Sibel Edmonds joins foremost Middle East expert and analyst Prof. William Engdahl and top Russia-Balkans expert Professor Filip Kovacevic in a one-of-a-kind roundtable discussion on a Turning Point in the Middle East and the fall of the US Empire. Our distinguished panelists discuss Turkey’s major shift away from NATO and into further alliance with Russia, Iran and the rest of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the contentious coming Kurdish referendum, the recent Turkey-Germany spat, the CIA’s Fethullah Gulen’s infiltration of the German government, and much more.

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Show Notes

Turkey’s Shift from NATO Is Redrawing the Map

Turkey Urges Iraqi Kurds to Abandon Independence Vote

U.S. Urges Kurdistan to Delay Independence Referendum

Germany’s Juncker Says Erdogan’s Turkey Taking Giant Steps Away From EU

According to Germany’s Gabriel, “Turkey will never be EU member under Erdogan”

Berlin has been Intensifying Agitation against Turkey

Kurds Drive a Wedge between US and Turkey

US-Rebels Clash in Syria Becomes Attempt to 'Prevent Turkey from Entering Afrin'

Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 143

German Economics & Syriza's Dismal Options

Building on the previous podcast's discussion of Greece and Europe's crisis, this episode examines German economic orthodoxy, known as Ordoliberalism, and the effects this has on German policy and strategy, as well as that of the European Central Bank. In addition, this episode examines the context of Syriza's decision to capitulate to Germany and the Troika in negotiations over a third bailout. What are Syriza's options to get out of this mess?

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Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 142

Europe's Strategy to Topple Syriza

The anti-austerity Greek government of Syriza has signed on to the most invasive and harsh agreement of any Greek government to date: more austerity, more 'reform', and more control over Greece to its bailout creditors in Berlin, Frankfurt, Brussels and Washington. Greece is an occupied country that has been attempting to negotiate the terms of its liberation with the occupying powers. It has thus far failed. But this was the strategy of Germany and Europe all along: to sustain the crisis, increase the pressure, and gain the upper hand. Ideally, for Germany and the EU, the new agreement with Syriza would lead to a schism in the party and result in a collapse of the government, with elections bringing to power a puppet government that Europe would happily deal with. Until then, the strategy remains the same: increase the tension, increase the chances for regime change. This is what it means to live in a German dominated Europe.

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NATO’s new Cold War runs into trouble in Germany

Side Effects of Propaganda

Edward Bernays once famously promoted the “conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses” through the use of propaganda, which he considered an “important element in democratic society”.[1] Today’s so-called “liberal democracies” are testament to Bernays’ assertion. The “father of public relations” demonstrated early on that propaganda can be used for many different purposes, from selling cars to selling wars. Especially the latter has become the primary task of media in the United States and other NATO countries in recent years. With Iraq still burning, Western media played a decisive role in turning Libya and Syria into failed states as well. The propaganda was never particularly sophisticated. After “Saddam has weapons of mass destruction” came “Gaddafi is killing his own people” and eventually “Assad is like Hitler”. But mainstream media reporting got even worse during the Ukraine crisis and this could have unforeseen consequences for those in power.

In Ukraine bloodthirsty neo-Nazis became peaceful protesters, pro-Russian protesters became FSB agents and black became white. Anti-Russian propaganda is all-pervasive and the Western media narrative about events in Ukraine is more often than not diametrically opposed to the facts on the ground. NATO has been doing its best to provoke a new Cold War and the Obama administration, apparently believing its own spin, wants to pursue “an updated version of the Cold War strategy of containment” towards Russia.[2] This begs the question of what this is all about. Why is Washington determined to take on Russia?

As Pepe Escobar recently pointed out, the proposal of Russian President Vladimir Putin to German business and industry in late 2010 is the key to understanding the new Cold War.[3] In November 2010, Putin presented his vision of an economic community from Lisbon to Vladivostok in an editorial contribution to the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, in which he made the case for closer cooperation between the European Union and Russia culminating in “a unified continental market with a capacity worth trillions of euros”. Although the Russian President stressed that his proposal was not aimed at diminishing ties between the EU and its “traditional partners”,[4] Putin’s plan did not go down well with Washington. The United States has always tried to sabotage this kind of cooperation on the continent in favor of strong transatlantic ties in order to preserve its primacy in Eurasia. Up until now, this has worked to some extent but especially Russia’s dominant role in the European energy sector continues to be a thorn in Washington’s side. This issue became again the focus of attention during the Ukraine crisis. When U.S. President Barack Obama met with EU leaders in Brussels a few weeks ago to promote the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), he seized the opportunity to call once more for reducing Europe’s dependence on Russian gas.[5] But American efforts to impede trade and cooperation between the EU and the Russian Federation stand and fall with one European country, which has a very complex relationship with Russia: Germany.

Russian President Putin addressed German business and industry in November 2010 for a reason. The two countries have close economic ties, not only in the energy sector. About 6000 German companies operate in Russia with investments totaling 20 billion euros.[6] Therefore, representatives of the German economy were quick to oppose any serious sanctions against Russia.[7] This stance is supported by the overwhelming majority of Germans.[8] Nevertheless, even 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany is not a sovereign country and Washington’s fifth column wields massive influence, especially over German politics and media.[9] This has created an interesting situation, where an immense amount of propaganda is used to justify the actions of the Merkel-led government and its NATO allies in Ukraine and the new Cold War against Russia.

When the current CEO of Siemens AG, Joe Kaeser, followed through on a long-planned trip to Moscow in late March to discuss Siemens’ business in Russia with President Putin, he faced harsh criticism from the German government and media.[10] After his return, Kaeser was interviewed by Claus Kleber, host of a well-known news program and one of the foremost NATO propagandists on German television. Kleber tried desperately to portray the Siemens CEO as a traitor to his country thereby making a complete fool of himself.[11] Shortly thereafter, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble did the same when he compared “Putin’s annexation of Crimea” with Hitler’s land grab of the Sudetenland.[12] Both the government in Berlin as well as the German media did their best to demonize President Putin and Russia in order to drive a wedge between Germans and Russians.

In case anybody had not gotten the message at this point, Polish American journalist Anne Applebaum spelled it out in Die Welt, the intellectual flagship of the Axel Springer SE: “Germans, you have to relearn deterrence” because “talking with Russia is not enough”.[13] The Axel Springer SE is a vital part of Washington’s fifth column in Germany and publishes similar anti-Russian propaganda on a daily basis. Applebaum is married to Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, who was one of the signatories to the short-lived February 21 agreement. Both have worked at the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute and are among the strongest NATO advocates in Europe. Since Applebaum had already emphasized the importance of the information war in an earlier Telegraph article, in which she argued for a robust campaign “to counter Moscow’s lies”,[14] her inflammatory piece in Die Welt is not surprising at all. The anti-Russian propaganda campaign in Germany has now reached a point, where the well-respected Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung is publishing articles blaming Russia for the creation of al-Qaeda.[15]

Germans have put up with a lot of blatant lies and propaganda over the years but the reporting during the Ukraine crisis was the last straw. Never before in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany have such large segments of the population refused to buy the official narrative. The mainstream media has become the target of harsh criticism on a scale never seen before and this is very disturbing for the propagandists [emphasis mine]:

“In my 30 years of experience with debates, I have never seen anything like what is now happening in Germany in the dispute over Russia and Crimea. There have been issues that have deeply divided the nation, such as nuclear energy. And there have been those that have prompted millions to take to the streets over the years, such as the military buildup of NATO. Four years ago, there was even a discussion that saw – like now – a sharp confrontation between published and public opinions: the controversy surrounding Thilo Sarrazin’s comments on the impact of Muslim immigrants on German society. But in hindsight, measured against the current debate on Russia, the Sarrazin dustup seems easy to explain and understand.

Unless surveys are misleading, two-thirds of German citizens, voters and readers stand opposed to four-fifths of the political class – in other words, to the government, to the overwhelming majority of members of parliament and to most newspapers and broadcasters. But what does "stand" mean? Many are downright up in arms. And from what one can gauge from letters to the editor, the share of critics seems significantly higher now than what was triggered by Sarrazin’s inflammatory book back then.”[16]

Instead of addressing the valid criticism, editors and journalists blamed spreading anti-Americanism and conspiracy theories for the numerous critical letters and emails they have been receiving.

The German people vent their anger about the political class in various different ways. While some German citizens wrote a letter to Russian President Putin distancing themselves from anti-Russian sentiment in politics and media,[17] over 20.000 people signed a petition asking Russia Today to start broadcasting in German.[18] Furthermore, the famous Monday demonstrations, which came to prominence in East Germany in 1989, were revived in recent weeks and thousands have taken to the streets in several cities to call for peace. The people protest against the mainstream media, NATO aggression, the military industrial complex, the U.S. Federal Reserve, TTIP and many other things.[19] Predictably, Washington’s collaborators in Berlin are terrified and the media lost no time in discrediting the grassroots movement. According to German mainstream media, conspiracy theories, anti-Americanism, anti-Semitism and neo-Nazism are the driving forces behind the movement and therefore nobody should join the protests. So far, this transparent strategy has always worked for the German establishment but with the credibility of the mainstream media at an all-time low due to the catastrophic reporting during the Ukraine crisis, the ruling elite will sooner or later have to pay the price for all the lies and propaganda.

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Christoph Germann- BFP Contributing Author & Analyst
Christoph Germann is an independent analyst and researcher based in Germany, where he is currently studying political science. His work focuses on the New Great Game in Central Asia and the Caucasus region. You can visit his website here

[1] Edward Bernays and Mark Crispin Miller, Propaganda (New York: Ig Publishing, 2005) p. 37.

[2] Peter Baker, “In Cold War Echo, Obama Strategy Writes Off Putin,” The New York Times, 19.04.2014: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/20/world/europe/in-cold-war-echo-obama-strategy-writes-off-putin.html?_r=0.

[3] Pepe Escobar, “Obama’s ‘strategy’ against ‘pariah’ Russia,” Asia Times Online, 29.04.2014: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/CEN-01-290414.html.

[4] Vladimir Putin, “Putin: Plädoyer für Wirtschaftsgemeinschaft – Von Lissabon bis Wladiwostok,“ Süddeutsche Zeitung, 25.11.2010: http://www.sueddeutsche.de/wirtschaft/putin-plaedoyer-fuer-wirtschaftsgemeinschaft-von-lissabon-bis-wladiwostok-1.1027908.

[5] Robin Emmott and Jan Strupczewski, “Obama tells EU to do more to cut reliance on Russian gas,” Reuters, 26.03.2014: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/26/us-usa-eu-summit-idUSBREA2P0W220140326.

[6] Henrike Rossbach, “Das Who’s Who der deutschen Russland-Investoren,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 24.03.2014: http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/wirtschaftspolitik/krim-krise-das-who-s-who-der-deutschen-russland-investoren-12861619.html.

[7] Franziska Bossy, “Krim-Krise: Deutsche Wirtschaft warnt vor Sanktionen gegen Russland,” Der Spiegel, 12.03.2014: http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/unternehmen/krim-krise-wirtschaft-warnt-vor-sanktionen-gegen-russland-a-958268.html.

[8] Hardy Graupner, “Majority of Germans against anti-Russia economic sanctions,” Deutsche Welle, 07.03.2014: http://www.dw.de/majority-of-germans-against-anti-russia-economic-sanctions/a-17480983.

[9] Christoph Germann, “NSA Spying Scandal, TTIP and German Collaborators,” Boiling Frogs Post, 26.10.2013: http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2013/10/26/nsa-spying-scandal-ttip-and-german-collaborators-2/.

[10] Tony Czuczka, “Siemens CEO Rebuked as German Business Defends Putin Partnership,” Bloomberg, 31.03.2014: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-30/siemens-ceo-rebuked-as-german-business-defends-putin-partnership.html.

[11] Frank Schirrmacher, “Echtzeitjournalismus - Dr. Seltsam ist heute online,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 28.03.2014: http://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/debatten/echtzeitjournalismus-dr-seltsam-ist-heute-online-12867571.html.

[12] Christian Reiermann, “Fighting Words: Schäuble Says Putin's Crimea Plans Reminiscent of Hitler,” Der Spiegel, 31.03.2014: http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/schaeuble-compares-putin-moves-in-crimea-to-policies-of-hitler-a-961696.html.

[13] Anne Applebaum, “Ukraine-Krise: Deutsche, ihr müsst wieder Abschreckung lernen!,” Die Welt, 24.04.2014: http://www.welt.de/debatte/kommentare/article127262189/Deutsche-ihr-muesst-wieder-Abschreckung-lernen.html.

[14] Anne Applebaum, “Russia’s information warriors are on the march – we must respond,” The Telegraph, 07.03.2014: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/10683298/Russias-information-warriors-are-on-the-march-we-must-respond.html.

[15] Rainer Herman, “Al Quaida: Russische Aggression und saudische Ideologie,” Frankfurter Zeitung, 26.04.2014: http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/al-quaida-russische-aggression-und-saudische-ideologie-12910511.html.

[16] Bernd Ulrich, “The Germans and Russia: How Putin Divides,” Die Zeit, 10.04.2014: http://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2014-04/germans-russia-media-putin.

[17] Volker Bräutigam, “Offener Brief an Putin  - Zu den russlandfeindlichen Äußerungen unserer Massenmedien und Politiker,” Neue Rheinische Zeitung, 28.03.2014: http://www.nrhz.de/flyer/beitrag.php?id=20163.

[18] “Russia Today auf Deutsch Petition,” openPetition, 24.03.2014: https://www.openpetition.de/petition/online/russia-today-auf-deutsch-petition.

[19] Wulf Rohwedder, “Mahnwachen mit fragwürdigem Hintergrund - Für den Frieden, gegen die Fed,” tagesschau.de, 16.04.2014: http://www.tagesschau.de/inland/mahnwachen100.html.

EU fails to free Ukraine’s most famous criminal

The truth about Yulia Tymoshenko

As the EU summit of “Eastern Partnership” in Vilnius approaches, the European Union stepped up its pressure on the Ukrainian government. German chancellor Angela Merkel demanded once again the release of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko from prison and urged Kiev to take “credible steps” to overcome politically motivated “selective justice”. The Yanukovych-led government wanted to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union but Brussels set several conditions. In addition to Tymoshenko’s release and judicial reform, Ukraine’s electoral legislation had to be changed. [1] Apparently, there is some unease in the West about the latest election results in Ukraine. [Read more...]

NSA Spying Scandal, TTIP and German Collaborators

Germany Ruled by the Atlantik-Brücke

While Germany’s two largest parties, the center-right Christian Democrats (CDU /CSU) led by Angela Merkel and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), are negotiating terms to form a so-called “grand coalition” for the third time in history, one major policy is already predetermined, the strong transatlantic partnership with the United States. [Read more...]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 38

Managing the World: America, Germany and Japan

EPPIn the post-World War II period, the United States undertook a strategy aimed at building up Germany and Japan as the major industrial powers of their respective regions (Europe and East Asia), with the aim of integrating these regions, inevitably requiring them to undertake neo-colonial programs of domination and exploitation of surrounding areas (Africa and Southeast Asia). While the United States was to maintain dominance over and exploit Latin America, Germany and Europe were to exploit Africa (along with the US), while Japan was to exploit Southeast Asia (with US collusion).

German industrial expansion was aided by European integration into what is now the EU, while Japanese industrial expansion was aided primarily by the Korean and Vietnamese wars, respectively. As these two new centres of power emerged, following along the lines of their previous imperial designs as Nazi Germany's 'New Order' for Europe, and Japan's 'Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere', a new form of co-ordination was promoted among the three global industrial centres. This became the Trilateral Commission, which facilitated cooperation between Western Europe, North America, and Japan in their domination of the 'Third World', the true object of the 'Cold War', which was a battle between the North and South, not East and West.

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The EyeOpener- Terror in the Caucasus: US Sponsored, EU Hosted & Turkey Channeled

The West’s Active Funding, Training & Protection of the Caucasus’ Terrorists

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Turkish claims earlier this year that three Chechen militants who were gunned down in Istanbul were in fact killed by Russian agents hardly made a ripple in the mainstream western media. Seen as a minor footnote to the ongoing Russian edition of the so-called Global War on Terrorism, it seemed like an interesting but isolated incident. Far from being unusual, however, what this incident points to is only the latest data point on a graph that demonstrates protection of Chechen terrorists from the capital of Turkey right into the heart of Europe.

What this case and many others points to is the fundamental hypocrisy underlying the US-led, NATO-enforced, Western-backed "war on terror" paradigm; just as the self-same Afghan mujahedeen could be called "freedom fighters" by one American president and "evildoers" by another, so, too, authorities can use the "freedom fighter" excuse to justify looking the other way when Islamic extremists from the Northern Caucasus set up bases in Europe. Upon closer examination, however, the West has not been involved in merely tacit support of the terrorists in the Caucasus, but in active funding, training and protection of these terrorists.

This is our EyeOpener Report by James Corbett presenting the West’s continuous support and funding of terrorists in the Caucasus, Moscow's evident conviction that the Chechen terror organizations are being protected and supported by the West, and exploring the likely reasons behind the puzzling relative silence from the Kremlin on these still-hidden realities and facts behind the terror in the Caucasus.

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BFP Exclusive: US-NATO-Chechen Militia Joint Operations Base

Introducing UNC Terror Cooperation

checkenThe US media may be many awful things, but no one could ever accuse them of not being consistent- at least when it comes to certain subject areas; US-NATO-Chechen joint terrorism operations being one. The censorship of this topic goes to such extremes where even modified-sanitized-pasteurized versions of related events and facts are nowhere to be found in the US media. Let me list a few globally known and reported facts, then add a few twos and twos and twos together, and see whether you can find any traces of that in the US mainstream media:

Assassinations of Chechen Terrorist Leaders in Turkey

The following was reported by British paper Telegraph in September this year:

Kremlin hit squad 'assassinate Chechen Islamist in Istanbul'

The triple murder was carried out by a lone gunman in less than thirty seconds using a 9mm pistol fitted with a silencer. It brought the number of Chechens assassinated in the Turkish city in the last four years to at least six. The gunman pumped eleven bullets into the three men in a busy Istanbul street before speeding off in a black getaway car.

One of the murdered men, 33-year-old Berg-Haj Musayev, was said to be close to Doku Umarov, an Islamist terrorist leader who is Russia's most wanted man. The other two were said to be his bodyguards.

It was Umarov who claimed responsibility for the January suicide bombing of Moscow's busy Domodedovo airport, an atrocity that left 37 people dead. Musayev's widow Sehida said she was sure the Russian secret service was behind her husband's murder, a view echoed by Murat Ozer, head of a Chechen Diaspora group in Istanbul.

I am going to provide you with several cases like this, and go back several years, but for now keep this article in mind, and ask yourself: How did these notorious Chechen terrorist masterminds and leaders end up in Turkey? Why did all these high-level terrorists choose Turkey? How could they be allowed by the Turkish government to operate and carry out their terror operations from Turkey as their HQ-base? [Read more...]