Web Research Links for the Week of 12/23/19

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Narrative Managers Claim White Helmets Founder Was Driven To Suicide By Syria Skeptics – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/narrative-managers-claim-white-helmets-founder-was-driven-suicide-syria-skeptics – “But of course, no one really believes that accusations of conducting propaganda actually drive people to suicide. If that were so, people like me would have thrown ourselves off a building years ago… I am accused of being a propagandist nearly every day. At the height of Russiagate hysteria it happened many times a day in my blog post comments and social media notifications. Depending on what’s in the news and how I’ve responded to it I’ve been accused of writing paid propaganda for the Kremlin, Assad, the Iranian government, Palestinians, Pyongyang, Beijing, Maduro, the alt-right, George Soros, and WikiLeaks, just off the top of my head… Every anti-imperialist, anti-interventionist, and antiwar activist with any kind of platform has had this experience. Ever since the new McCarthyism of establishment-driven Russia hysteria took off, accusing people who question imperialist narratives of conducting psyops for foreign governments has become the norm in political discourse. It’s created an extremely hostile and vitriolic environment in which productive conversations are vanishingly rare… Where’s our PBS special? Does anyone care? Is there any compassion from these hand-wringing establishment loyalists for the fact that Vanessa Beeley and the members of the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media are hounded day in and day out by establishment narrative managers and their brainwashed followers with accusations of spreading propaganda, supporting genocide, and embracing war crimes? I know I’ve never had a garment-rending Idrees Ahmad thread written about concerns for my psychological well being, and I’ve been targeted by multiple online harassment campaigns over the years.”

2020: The Year Of The Oil Bankruptcies – by Alex Kimanihttps://www.zerohedge.com/energy/2020-year-oil-bankruptcies – “A bankruptcy boom has hit the oil and gas industry, and it’s just getting started. Investors have lost their appetite for shale, and energy debt has become among the least desirable in the market… The industry has been teetering on the verge of mass hysteria for much of 2019 as a record number of energy companies folded.”

US Conducts Air Strikes In Iraq And Syria, Targeting Iran-Backed Militia After US Contractor Killed – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/us-conducts-air-strikes-iraq-and-syria-targeting-iran-backed-milita-after-us-contractor – “Iraqi security and militia sources said at least 18 militia fighters were killed and more than 50 wounded following three U.S. air strikes in Iraq on Sunday evening, with Reuters reporting that at least four local Kataib Hezbollah commanders were among the dead, adding that one of the strikes had targeted the militia group’s headquarters near the western Qaim district on the border with Syria… The Pentagon said it had targeted three locations of the Iranian-backed Shi’ite Muslim militia group in Iraq and two in Syria. The locations included weapons storage facilities and command and control locations the group had used to plan and execute attacks on coalition forces… The US has accused Kataib Hezbollah of carrying out a strike involving more than 30 rockets on Friday which killed a US civilian contractor and injured four US service members and two members of the Iraqi Security Forces near the oil-rich city of Kirkuk… And in what may perhaps be an early response to this question, shortly after news of the air strikes, the US evacuated all staff from the Iraq embassy in Baghdad following speculation that Kataib Hezbollah might carry-out a rocket attack in retaliation… And while we wait to see if an attack will indeed take place against the US embassy in Baghdad, there were unconfirmed reports that Kataib Hezbollah had fired four 107mm rockets at Camp Taji where US troops are present and the Iraqi Air Force has a base; the attack was in response to the US airstrike targeting the Kataib Hezbollah’s local HQ.” – Rhetorical question: Does the U.S. Chain-of-Command care if people are killed in the process of their propaganda warfare?

Assad plans to sue the US over ‘stealing’ Syria’s oilhttps://www.rt.com/business/476931-syria-assad-oil-lawsuit-us/ – “Syria’s government is considering suing the United States in an international court over what a senior advisor to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad referred to as the ‘stealing’ of Syria’s oil… ‘Syria is looking into the possibility of filing an international lawsuit against the United States, due to the fact that they steal Syrian oil,’ Bouthaina Shaaban, Syrian Presidential Adviser, told Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen TV in an interview, carried by Iran’s Fars news agency.”

France’s part in rigging OPCW reporthttps://www.voltairenet.org/article208709.html – “On 27 December 2019, Wikileaks released a new batch of internal documents from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). [1] An email among them reveals that Inspector Ian Henderson’s report was pulled by order of the OPCW’s chief of cabinet Sébastien Braha… The French diplomat is an “officer of the Orient” (high ranking official of the French Foreign Affairs Ministry) who was seconded to the OPCW three months after the alleged chemical attack on Douma in order to oversee the organization’s investigation.”

FCC Approves Faster Satellite Deployment of SpaceX Broadband Despite Warnings From Experts – by B.N. Frank – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/12/fcc-approves-faster-satellite-deployment-of-spacex-broadband-despite-warnings-from-experts.html – “The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is supposed to protect the public by regulating the telecom industry. So even though: ● Astronomers keep warning satellites will interfere with their ability to study space, ● and Scientists keep warning about increasing amounts of space junk causing catastrophic events, ● and Additional scientists keep warning there are serious biological and environmental risks associated with WiFi and 5G being blasted at Earth from space,  ● and Rocket fuel is highly polluting, this “Captured Agency” keeps approving more satellites.  Why?  Because they seem to believe that humans having access to high-speed internet is more important than all of the above… From TechTimes:: FCC has approved SpaceX’s request to increase the number of rings that its satellite constellation can orbit. Approved by FCC last Dec. 19, SpaceX can now occupy 72 rings, three times as many rings as last approved. FCC hopes that this will allow SpaceX to accelerate deployment to deliver its broadband service throughout the United States more quickly.”

U.S. Announces Strikes Against ‘Iranian-backed Forces’ In Iraq, Syria – from Reuters – https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/us-strikes-target-5-facilities-linked-to-iranian-backed-shia-militia-in-iraq-syria-119123000026_1.html – “The KH has been blamed by American officials for their attacks including the one which took place on a base near Kirkuk in Iraq on Friday, where a US civilian contractor died and injured four other US service members… Hoffman said that the group has connections to Iranian forces… ‘KH has a strong linkage with Iran’s Quds Force and has repeatedly received lethal aid and other support from Iran that it has used to attack OIR coalition forces,’ he said… (This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Turkish Artillery Shells Syrian Army Position In Northern Raqqa, Kills Several Soldiershttps://southfront.org/turkish-artillery-shells-syrian-army-position-in-northern-raqqa-kills-several-soldiers/ – “On December 29 afternoon, the Turkish military shelled a position of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near the town of Bir Issa in the northern Raqqa countryside… According to Hawar News Agency (ANHA), the army sustained serious losses as a result of the artillery strike. Several service members were killed or injured and three military vehicles were destroyed.”

Russian Government To Pay Off Mortage Of Killed Service Members’ Familieshttps://southfront.org/russian-government-to-pay-off-mortage-of-killed-service-members-families/ – “On December 28, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law for early repayment of mortgages in connection with the death or killing of a soldier… Under the law, the Ministry of Defense of Russia will repay a mortgage loan ahead of schedule within 30 days from the day of receiving a written application by the family or other legal successors. Therefore, the entire loan will be repaid in a single payment and the legal successors of the dead or killed soldier will have no financial obligations or limitations regarding the property obtained in the framework of the  military mortgage program.

Scapegoats for Jamal Khashoggi – by Dr. Binoy Kampmark – https://southfront.org/scapegoats-for-jamal-khashoggi/ – “In her report, Callarmard concluded that whatever theory might lie behind the death of Khashoggi, state responsibility had to be attributed to Saudi Arabia.  ‘His killing was the result of elaborate planning involving extensive coordination and significant human and financial resources.  It was overseen, planned and endorsed by high-level officials.  It was premeditated.’.. Once the shocks have worn off, Callamard and her band of legally interested observers will have to accept that the Khashoggi affair, from the start, was one of a bold if bungled assassination (in so far as it could not be concealed), one executed at the behest of a regime suffering from intense hubris.  The crown prince, who has found an ear in every significant forum of consequence on the world stage, had a hiccup, and has, since then, been trying to cure himself of it.  That it will take the deaths of another five men and prison sentences for three others says much about the man.”

Erdogan Stirs the Pot…Again – by Steve Brown – https://theduran.com/erdogan-stirs-the-pot-again/ – “The Second Libyan War is being fought between the United Nations-recognized Government of National Accord (Tripolitania) or GNA in the west, versus Khalifa Belqasim Haftar’s Libyan National Army or LNA of the east (Tobruk – Cyrenaica) where both factions are largely supported by Libyan oil production, and weaponry supplied by all. Besides the two major factions, the Government of National Accord (GNA) vs the Libyan National Army (LNA) there is considerable support for Saif al Islam, son of the former Libyan leader who was assassinated in collusion with the United States government… Of the two major factions — GNA and LNA — the GNA is supported by Turkey and Qatar. The LNA is supported by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, France, Belgium, and the United Arab Emirates. The United States and Russia have taken a hands-off view regarding the Libyan debacle for now, although the Russian leadership has expressed some support for Saif al Islam in the background, should he ever be free to campaign… On Erdogan, the Maghreb Orient Courier reported on the direction of Turkey’s leadership just after the 2018 election: ‘This heavy-handed, arbitrary system grants all decision-making power to a narrow team in the presidential palace, relegates Parliament to be the president’s notary and the judiciary as his obedient servant. The system privileges quick fixes above consultation, deliberation, transparency and accountability.’ Now Erdogan’s latest bravado in landing boots on the ground on behalf of the GNA in Libya is a direct affront to Algeria, with Tunis caught in the middle. Again, Erdogan must sense weakness in the west and in North Africa, but Erdogan’s militarist move in Tripolitania is still an enormous gamble… On Erdogan, the Maghreb Orient Courier reported on the direction of Turkey’s leadership just after the 2018 election: ‘This heavy-handed, arbitrary system grants all decision-making power to a narrow team in the presidential palace, relegates Parliament to be the president’s notary and the judiciary as his obedient servant. The system privileges quick fixes above consultation, deliberation, transparency and accountability’ ”

Disaster Looms as Antibiotics Lose Their Efficacy – by Dr. Robert J. Rowen – https://healthimpactnews.com/2019/disaster-looms-as-antibiotics-lose-their-efficacy/ – “A few months ago, I told you of a friend, an anesthesiologist, who broke his skin scuba diving. Days later, an infection developed on his finger which we knew could be super serious… He started on antibiotics but the wound continued to progress. Already a patron of our work, he rushed to get ozone and ultraviolet blood irradiation therapy, and hyperbaric oxygen. As soon as he was established on these, the crater turned around and ultimately healed… Within a few days, when a journal gets out its latest issue, I will provide a link to an article I authored detailing ozone therapy as a missing link in the war on infection… This article will be a first in medicine as it directly addresses the evil paradigm, which controls medicine today: ‘Condemned to die, with no right to try.’.. I named this paradigm in honor of a man who was left to die in a Texas hospital, which hospital would not permit an attempt to save his life from an untreatable infection with ozone, requested by his family… He died in front of them, not long afterwards.”

What’s Your Social Credit Score? (39 min) – by Truthstream Media – Comment: What is happening in China now beggars belief. But it seems powerful forces in the U.S. want to bring similar systems here…

Cops Give DUIs to People Not Even Driving a Car, Including People Using Uber – by Matt Agorist – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/12/cops-give-duis-to-people-not-even-driving-a-car-including-people-using-uber.html – “This insanity is the result of police officers’ interpretation of an ill-defined law. As KUTV reports, in Utah, a person cannot drive, operate, or be in “actual physical control” of a car while under the influence or alcohol or drugs. There are a lot of factors that are looked at to determine if a person is in “actual physical control” of the car… “Actual physical control isn’t defined, it’s whatever the cop says it is,” said David Rosenbloom, a DUI defense attorney… This broad interpretation has led to people getting a DUI and they never got behind the wheel. Most DUI laws are in place to prevent folks from driving drunk and causing harm, but leaving cops in charge of such a broad paintbrush in Utah is a problem… ‘You don’t have to be sitting in your car to get a DUI in Utah. You could be camping. If the keys are in the car and you’re listening to the radio, that’s a DUI,’ he said… Rosenbloom knows this because he has represented people arrested for that very reason. Apparently cops will stake out camp sites and wait for people grab something from their car or listen to the radio and then sweep in to arrest them… This is not keeping anyone safe. It is predatory and it is wrong. Nevertheless, it happens at an increasing rate.

Media’s Deafening Silence On Latest WikiLeaks Drops Is Its Own Scandal – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/medias-deafening-silence-on-latest-wikileaks-drops-is-its-own-scandal-ad0d28fe0c5c – “This is getting really, really, really weird… WikiLeaks has published yet another set of leaked internal documents from within the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) adding even more material to the mountain of evidence that we’ve been lied to about an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria last year which resulted in airstrikes upon that nation from the US, UK and France… This new WikiLeaks drop includes an email from the OPCW Chief of Cabinet Sebastien Braha (who is reportedly so detested by organisation inspectors that they code named him “Voldemort”) throwing a fit over the Ian Henderson Engineering Assessment which found that the Douma incident was likely a staged event. Braha is seen ordering OPCW staff to “remove all traces, if any, of its delivery/storage/whatever” from the organisation’s secure registry… Make no mistake about it: this is insane. The fact that an extremely important news story of immense geopolitical consequence is not getting any mainstream news media coverage, at all, is absolutely stark raving insane.”

From the “U.S.”-Perspective Desk: Turkey To Send Troops To Libya Amid Warnings From Russiahttps://www.rferl.org/a/erdogan-turkish-troops-libya-russia-opposition/30346782.html – “Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country will send troops to Libya at Tripoli’s request as soon as January, a move that could put them face-to-face with Kremlin-linked mercenaries allegedly fighting in the troubled North African country… An official in Tripoli confirmed on December 26 that a formal request had been made to Ankara for the Turkish military’s air, ground, and sea support… Libya’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in the capital, Tripoli, is struggling to maintain control against General Khalifa Haftar’s eastern-based Libyan National Army, which is reportedly backed by Russia, China, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan… The GNA was set up in 2016 as part of a UN-brokered deal after Libya was plunged into chaos following the ouster of longtime dictator Muammar Qaddafi in a 2011 NATO-backed uprising… Moscow has warned Turkey against its pending deployment to Libya.”

Turkey to send Syrian rebel fighters to battle Haftar in Libya – Sultan Murad Division, Suqour al-Sham Brigades and Faylaq al-Sham among the armed groups to be deployed in North – by Ragip Soylu –  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52767.htm – “Turkey will deploy Syrian rebel fighters in Libya to fight against the forces of Khalifa Haftar, sources told Middle East Eye on Friday… Ankara had already reached out to several allied Syrian rebel groups about the deployment, a senior Syrian opposition source told MEE… A Turkish source said that the Sultan Murad Division, an armed group made up of Syrian Turkmen fighters, is among the groups set to be sent to North Africa… The Syrian opposition source said that the Suqour al-Sham Brigades, a faction founded to fight Syrian government forces early in Syria’s war, had already accepted the plan and transferred some of its forces to Turkey ahead of deployment… Faylaq al-Sham, a rebel group with close ties to Ankara, is expected to take the lead due to its members’ previous partnership with Libyan forces… ‘Tripoli-based forces previously sent weapons and ammunition to help Syrian rebels in 2011. They even sent some commanders to help them,’ the Syrian source said… The opposition Syrian Interim Government (Western-funded Terrorist administration) denied it would be sending any troops to Libya… ‘We categorically deny sending any of our forces and military formations to Libya, and our priority in the Syrian National Army is to protect our Syrian people from the regime’s militias and its Russian and Iranian supporters,’ it said in a statement.”

Seattle Forces Public School Students To Get Vaccinated During Winter Break – Individual rights continue to be destroyed in Democrat-run cities – by Kelen McBreen – https://www.newswars.com/seattle-forces-public-school-students-to-get-vaccinated-during-winter-break/ – “A notice sent to parents by Seattle Public Schools warns that thousands of students could be banned from returning to school after Christmas break if they are not up to date on their vaccinations… The school district’s notice reads, ‘Student records must reflect updated immunization status by January 8, 2020, or students cannot attend school until the required information is provided to the school nurse.’.. “Personal” or “philosophical” exemptions for the MMR vaccine were eliminated by state lawmakers in May of 2019… The MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine is the main immunization the school district is focusing on before allowing students to return to class.”

From the Wagging-The-Pitbull Desk: U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel – by Glenn Greenwald, Ryan Grim – https://theintercept.com/2017/07/19/u-s-lawmakers-seek-to-criminally-outlaw-support-for-boycott-campaign-against-israel/ – “…now, a group of 43 senators — 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats — wants to implement a law that would make it a felony for Americans to support the international  boycott against Israel, which was launched in protest of that country’s decades-old occupation of Palestine. The two primary sponsors of the bill are Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland and Republican Rob Portman of Ohio. Perhaps the most shocking aspect is the punishment: Anyone guilty of violating the prohibitions will face a minimum civil penalty of $250,000 and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prisonThe proposed measure, called the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720), was introduced by Cardin on March 23. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports that the bill “was drafted with the assistance of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.” Indeed, AIPAC, in its 2017 lobbying agenda, identified passage of this bill as one of its top lobbying priorities for the year… (emphasis added)

Russia’s RuNet Successfully Passed Its Stability Tests Against External Threatshttps://southfront.org/russias-runet-successfully-passed-its-stability-tests-against-external-threats/“(Alexei Sokolov, who led the exercise) clarified that the scenarios were implemented over several days, and on December 23rd the results were summed up. The exercises were held in Moscow, Rostov, Vladimir and other constituent entities of the Russian Federation… During the exercises, he said, several scenarios were played out… One of them was related to the integrity and security order of the stability of the Internet in the Russian Federation, including as a result of external negative influences… The second concerned the security of cellular subscribers, including the protection of their personal data, the ability to intercept traffic and disclose information about their location. In addition, the risks and vulnerabilities of the Internet of Things devices were investigated, including when used at critical infrastructure facilities… Sokolov emphasized that the exercises aimed to ‘ensure the smooth operation of the Internet in the Russian Federation under any circumstances.’ ”

Trump-Bidens-Russia-Ukraine: A systemic interpretation – To understand the Trump-Bidens-Russia-Ukraine fiasco clearly, we have to park the moral, constitutional and legal issues – by Padraig McGrath – https://theduran.com/trump-bidens-russia-ukraine-a-systemic-interpretation/  – “Here’s what’s really happening: Trump’s role as a political outsider in Washington is, in this context, manifested in the point that he still thinks like a businessman, not like a geo-strategic planner. As Ukraine is simply too dysfunctional to be turned into a profitable US colony, Trump simply has no meaningful interest in Ukraine. Trump has most probably never bothered reading Halford Mackinder or George Kennan. His critics and political enemies will argue that, as a mere businessman, Trump doesn’t understand is that the game is not about “Ukraine” – the game is about Eurasia.”

This Christmas, Israel Intensifies Its War on Christians in The Holy Land – by Patrick Henningsen – https://21stcenturywire.com/2019/12/25/this-christmas-israel-intensifies-its-war-on-christians-in-the-holy-land/ – “Israel grants Gaza’s Christians permits to travel abroad but not to the rest of their homeland in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem and Bethlehem, where many of their holy sites are located. I’ve seen one report today that the decision has been suddenly reversed after pleadings by Christian leaders, but no confirmations so far. Of course, it should not be necessary to plead in such matters… Nor is it just about religion. This is also a struggle between justice and a criminal conspiracy of huge international proportions, the tentacles of which spread far beyond the Holy Land and impact on all of us, even here in the deepest recesses of Britain’s green and pleasant land… Our politicians are either paralysed or deliberately obstructive, or complicit in Israel’s thuggery. In the New Year civil society must resolve to DO SOMETHING about it, one way or another, before the evil spins irreversibly out of control.” – Comment: Good luck with that!

Large, Non-Government Drones Flying In Mysterious Grid Pattern Over Colorado – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/large-non-government-drones-flying-mysterious-grid-pattern-over-colorado – “The FAA does say that drones weighing under 55 lbs must be flown during daylight hours, within sight of the pilot, under 400 feet, and not directly over people. Pilots can apply for waivers… It’s also not clear whether the drones over Phillips and Yuma counties would be governed by those regulations. A drone the size of the ones spotted over the counties likely would weigh more than 55 pounds, Moss said. That means the drone operator would be flying commercially and would likely need to be a “manned aviator” — an actual pilot, Moss said… Chuck Adams, CEO of 1Up Aerial Drone Services in Golden, said that he wasn’t sure who might be flying the drones, but said his company does offer “drone defense” systems that can help people on the ground discover where drones are being flown from. -Denver Post… We just want to know if one lands, if we can get our hands on it, or if they see someone operating them, that’s what we’re looking for now,” he said. “We know they exist.

Virginia Activates Official Militia After Gun Confiscation Threats. Lawmakers Want To Make This A Felony – by Daisy Luther – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/virginia-activates-official-militia-after-gun-confiscation-threats-lawmakers-want-make – “Here’s the summary on what’s happening in Virginia: Let’s look at all these facts together… ●  With Michael Bloomberg’s help, the Democrats took over the Virginia state congress. ● There’s an anti-paramilitary bill that would disallow armed people to gather or teach others how to use firearms or any technique that could cause injury or death. ● There’s a bill that would make semi-automatic weapons illegal… Nearly the entire state (aside from the highly populated areas that elected these yahoos) has balked and formed Second Amendment sanctuaries. ● A legislator threatened the sanctuaries with the National Guard.● The sanctuaries responded by activating an organized militia… The only real way to prevent bloodshed and save face for the congress and governor is for these bills not to pass… That would be difficult, though, given the fact that Bloomberg dumped millions of dollars into getting people elected who promised to pass strict gun control bills. If they suddenly vote against the bill, they will have to face their angry constituents and the wrath of Bloomberg… Rural Virginians seem unlikely to back down and are willing to fight. They have another month to get organized to defend their communities… What will happen next remains to be seen, but it is no exaggeration to say that the future of our country is now riding on the response of Virginians, should these unconstitutional laws pass.

Turkey Just Sold Its Proxies In Syria’s Idlib For Russian Restraint In Libyahttps://southfront.org/turkey-just-sold-its-proxies-in-syrias-idlib-for-russian-restraint-in-libya/ – “Additionally, it should be noted that Turkish top officials demonstrated a surprising moderation and made almost now harsh or loud statements regarding the Syrian Army operation in Idlib. During all the previous operations by the Damascus government and its allies, Turkish top officials made multiple statements and comments blaiming and shaming the “regime”, Iran and Russia for supposed civilian casualties and violations of the agreements. Turkish media outlets also limited their hate-speech and accusations towards the “Assad regime”. So, their current coverage of and accusations against actions the Syrian Army remained on the level observed before December 19. Even the Turkish observation post in Surman, which was surrounded  by Syrian Army troops, is out of the Turkish mainstream agenda. Furthermore, the Turkish military did not try to deploy more troops in Idlib in order to stop the Syrian Army advance…  By indirectly allowing the Syrian Army, Turkey will improve its relations with Russia even further and open a corridor for a possible political solution of the conflict in the existing formats involving Ankara, Moscow, Tehran and Damascus. This solution was not possible while the terrorists were the main power in the “opposition-held part” of Idlib.”

Syria: Trump Administration Builds Military Base in Oil Fieldhttps://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Syria-Trump-Administration-Builds-Military-Base-in-Oil-Field-20191224-0005.html – ” ‘The U.S. is equipping the base to serve as the command headquarters for the international coalition’s operations,’ the Syria Now portal reported… Besides fortifying the field with logistic and military reinforcements, the U.S. Army is building airstrips for its helicopters, which will be used to monitor oil wells from the air… According to Syrian analysts, Washington is working to find a mechanism that makes it easier to extract as much Syrian oil as quickly as possible.​​​​​​​.. To do so, the U.S. is moving electrical equipment to put the electricity network into operation at the oil fields, which would allow it to begin to exploit them.”

Russian Foreign Minister On Relations With United States, NATO And Collapse Of International Defense Treatieshttps://southfront.org/russian-foreign-minister-on-relations-with-united-states-nato-and-collapse-of-international-defense-treaties/Russian Foreign Minister On Relations With United States, NATO And Collapse Of International Defense TreatiesComment: A comprehensive set of responses by Sergei Lavrov on Russian diplomatic relations

Government Forces Liberated Jarjnaz. Road On Maarat Al-Numan Is Openedhttps://southfront.org/government-forces-liberated-jarjnaz-road-on-maarat-al-numan-is-opened/ – “In the evening of December 23, the Syrian Army and its allies liberated the town of Jarjnaz and several nearby points thus encircling the Turkish observation post near Surman and opening a corridor to advance on Maarat al-Numan…According to pro-government sources, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other militant groups are right now negotiating a surrender of Maarat al-Numan to the Damascus government and the reopening of the M5 highway in an attempt to stop the further army advance by ‘diplomatic measures’… In the near future, government forces will likely consolidate their gains in southern Idlib and push to liberate the town of Maarat al-Numan by force. This will become an important step in clearing the entire southern Idlib from the terrorist threat.” (underlined emphasis added)Note: Jarjnaz is less than 6 miles from Maarat al Numan, one of the biggest towns in Idlib, which is right on the M5 highway from Damascus to Aleppo. The Syrian Arab Army is approaching the M5 from the current contact line north of Khan Shaykun almost to Maarat al Numan.

In Video: Putin Opens Crimea Bridge To Rail Traffichttps://southfront.org/in-video-putin-opens-crimea-bridge-to-rail-traffic/

Company Laying Pipes For Nord Stream 2 Withdrew Vessels From Baltic Sea. What Now?https://southfront.org/company-laying-pipes-for-nord-stream-2-withdrew-vessels-from-baltic-sea-what-now/ – “Allseas, a Swiss-Dutch company set to lay underwater tubes for the German-Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline off the Danish coast, has withdrawn both of its pipelaying vessels Pioneering Spirit and Solitaire from the Baltic Sea… Allseas decided to halt its operations and exit the $11 billion project just after the US sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream gas pipelines came into force on December 20. According to the imposed snanctions, assets of the company involved in the US would be frozen, employees’ visas revoked and the firm itself being put on the blacklist… In this situation, the Nord Stream 2 would have to seek alternative vessels and contractors to complete the remaining section of pipe (around 50km) in Danish waters. There are Russian contractors with expertise in the construction of offshore pipelines – OJSC Mezhregiontruboprovodstroi and Gazprom.”

Peru-Based Mercenaries Attacked Venezuelan Soldiers: Arreazahttps://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Peru-Based-Mercenaries-Attacked-Venezuelan-Soldiers-Arreaza-20191223-0001.html – ” ‘We denounce the group of mercenaries that have sought to generate violence and today, they assaulted the military unit in Gran Sabana; they have their base of operations in Peru,’ (foreign minister Jorge) Arreaza tweeted… He said that ‘the Peruvian authorities are at least complicit by allowing these terrorists to organize with impunity.’.. In another message, Arreaza said that ‘from Peru they enter through Colombia and receive support also in Brazil.’.. ‘These destabilizing actions seek to keep the people of Venezuela in anxiety. (The Bolivian National Armed Forces) remain alert to any threat that threatens our beloved homeland. We will continue to preserve the peace of the nation,’ he said… During the assault a member of the Bolivarian Army died, Rodriguez said.”

Tucker Carlson On “Conservative” Groups Helping Anti-Conservative Big Tech Companies (6 min) – “Tucker Carlson slammed the Heritage Foundation and other so-called conservative organizations funded by the Koch family network that actively help to thwart the abolition of censorship of conservatives by Google, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter. A former Koch employee revealed that the Koch organizations receive money from Big Tech to protect the media giants from oversight. Carlson said that Google has given money to at least 22 right-leaning Koch-funded institutions, including Americans for Prosperity, the American Conservative Union, the American Enterprise Institute, the National Review Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation and the Mercatus Center.” -G.Edward Griffin

French Leftists Label Children in Nativity Play ‘Fascists’ – by Chris Tomlinson – https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/12/18/french-leftists-label-children-in-nativity-play-fascists/ – “A group of around 50 far-left activists stormed a nativity play involving children in Toulouse, shouting at the children and telling them they were “fascists”… The mob of leftist extremists interrupted the nativity play at around 4 pm at the Place Saint-Georges and yelled, “stop the fascists!” along with “we are the anticapitalists!” and a torrent of insults towards the young children and the organisers, La Depeche reports… As the young children became frightened, the nativity play was shut down a full two hours ahead of schedule and only an hour after it had begun.”

Hong Kong Police Arrest 4 Alleged Financiers Of The Protest Movement – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/hong-kong-police-arrest-4-alleged-financiers-protest-movement – “…police described the four as leaders of Spark Alliance, a mysterious organization that has been one of the main financiers of the protest movement, including by bailing protesters out of jail and helping to defray their legal fees… Police seized HK$70 million ($9 million) in bank deposits and personal insurance products from Spark, claiming that the group broke laws about money laundering… In a response posted to its FB group, Spark blasted the police, accusing them of deliberately trying to cut off one of the most important avenues of financing in the protest movement…On Thursday evening, police announced the  arrests of four people connected with Spark Alliance for suspected money laundering, the first cases brought over financing the demonstrations after six months of protests against China’s tightening grip over Hong Kong. Authorities froze HK$70 million of bank deposits and personal insurance products linked to the fund, while also seizing HK$130,000 in cash…‘The police attempted, through false statements, to distort the work of Spark Alliance as money laundering for malicious uses,’ the group said in a statement on Facebook. ‘Spark Alliance condemns this kind of defamatory action.’

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