RT.COM—Western governments condemned Minsk, accusing it of forcibly grounding the plane under a false pretext of a bomb threat. However, when, for example, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called the events a “brazen and shocking act” and demanded an international investigation, the call seemed hypocritical to some observers. After all, wasn’t that the same thing that the US and its allies did when they wanted to snatch NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden?
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Jimmy Dore: While defaming Aaron Maté, TYT’s Cenk Uygur & Ana Kasparian’s reveal themselves as misinformation agents of the centralised empire
PATRICE GREANVILLE—The Young Turks’ persistent smears of journalists who have exposed the Syrian disinformation campaign for what it is, cynical lies to justify the West’s regime change in Damascus, is discussed here by Jimmy Dore and one of TYT’s targets, Grayzone’s journalist Aaron Maté, currently in Syria on a fact-finding mission. The show is enlightening as usual, but a couple of things need mentioning. (1) Jimmy’s assumption that having mainstream corporate journalists on the ground in Syria would make them see the light, so to speak, and turn them into truthtellers, is terribly naive. Many of the careerist disinformers working for the West’s media know what they are doing, and a trip to Syria itself would likely not change their positions at all. It’s in fact quite possible to visualise such individuals returning to HQ to write even more “authoritative” exposés of “Assad’s crimes”. Let us recall that although the imperialist press degeneracy we see today is certainly scandalous and appalling in its cynicism and criminal performance, the US media and their counterparts in Western Europe have maintained (and some still do, such as the NYTimes as well as CNN, CBS, etc. ) “on the ground” correspondents for generations, and yet their barrage of outright lies, omissions of truth and distortions has never faltered.
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MoA—So there have been, if the officials are to be believed, two bomb threat emails. The first one at 12:25 local time (9:25 UTC) arrived five minutes before the Ryanair flight at 12:30 (9:30 UTC) entered Belorussian airspace. That would have left enough time to contact the air traffic controller who then warned the plane. The email in the screenshot received at would have been the second one.
The Ryanair pilot was warned of the bomb threat at 9:30 utc but declared Mayday only at 9:47 utc. It took him several more minutes to change the course. The sender of the emails might have watched the plane’s course on Flight Aware and prepared and sent the second email when the plane seemed not to react to the first one.
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Everyone is wrong about Israel-Palestine – here’s how the pursuit of huge gas reserves and money is fuelling the conflict
DARIUS SHAHTAHMASEBI—Israel barely has enough energy resources of its own to maintain its current exports. Following the discovery of the $4 billion worth of natural gas in Gaza in 2000, there were also later other monumental discoveries of gas in Syria and Lebanon, two known adversaries of the Israeli government. Israel has for some time now shown a keen eagerness to intervene in both countries (for completely unrelated reasons, I’m guessing).
Earlier this year, fresh rounds of talks had begun between Israel, the Palestinian Authority (PA), Qatar and the EU in respect of Israel’s goal of exporting Eastern Mediterranean gas to Europe. The problem has been, at least as far as the US and Israel are concerned, that Hamas has continued to present itself as a thorn in the side of these negotiations, denouncing their legitimacy entirely.
While many on both the left and right, including former US president Donald Trump, are quick to argue that the only reason the US has ventured into the Middle East was for oil and natural resources, very few seem capable of acknowledging the very same issues are also at the heart of the Middle East’s most explosive conflict.
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A most interesting analysis of British fatuousness and London’s sudden encounter with reality, as it is forced to withdraw plans for a provocation in the Black Sea, perhaps one of the most heavily fortified strategic areas in the whole planet. The Brits and the Americans were simply forced to back off and start behaving more rationally and humbly. Part of the explanation—a subject that has been brilliiantly discussed by Russian geostrategist Andrei Martyanov, and also by The Saker—is that Russia’s economy and unique ways of developing and procuring advanced military systems—perhaps a gift from the Soviet Union—is that her economic and military capabilities, not counting the intrinsic quality and morale of her soldiers, is far superior to NATO’s. That’s why bean counting is useless and actually misleading. Listen to Mercouris talk on Russia’s actual capabilities and the surprising vigor of her economy.