The End Of The Nagorno-Karabakh War: Retrospection, Clarification, And Forecast

The End Of The Nagorno-Karabakh War: Retrospection, Clarification, And Forecast

10 NOVEMBER 2020

The End Of The Nagorno-Karabakh War: Retrospection, Clarification, And Forecast

The end of the Nagorno-Karabakh War that was brought about by Armenia’s sudden Russian-facilitated surrender following its total defeat on the battlefield is the perfect time for reviewing why so many folks in the Alt-Media Community got it all wrong, clarifying the state of affairs as they exist after this conflict’s conclusion, and forecasting what might come next for the South Caucasus.

Azerbaijan’s Glorious Victory

The Nagorno-Karbakh War finally ended as a result of Armenia’s sudden Russian-facilitated surrender following its total defeat on the battlefield. The agreement that was reached between the Azerbaijani, Russian, and Armenian leaders can be read here on the official website of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It provides for the deployment of Russian peacekeepers along the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh and the Lachin Corridor in parallel with the Armenian forces‘ withdrawal from the universally recognized Azerbaijani territory that it had illegally occupied for nearly three decades. The Russian peacekeepers will remain there for five years but could have their mission extended for more five-year intervals pending the approval of both Armenia and Azerbaijan. Either one of them, however, can declare their intent to terminate the agreement six months prior to the expiration of its term (as is likely to happen). Although not mentioned in the actual deal itself, Azerbaijani President Aliyev also said that Turkish peacekeepers will jointly carry out activities with Russia.

Additionally, the agreement allows for the return of all refugees and internally displaced people to the formerly occupied territories, as well as an exchange of prisoners, bodies, and other such humanitarian procedures. It can therefore be said that the deal will inevitably result in the full implementation of the four UNSC Resolutions on the matter (822, 853, 874, 884), but it interestingly goes a bit further than just that. The last of the nine terms concerns the creation of a corridor between the western regions of Azerbaijan and its Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic via southern Armenia. Control over transport communication will be carried out by the Russian Border Guard Service, which highlights the crucial role that the Eurasian Great Power is playing in this visionary arrangement. All told, the deal represents an amazing victory for Azerbaijan, one which wouldn’t have happened without perfect unity between its President, Armed Forces, and people. They stood strong for nearly 30 years, concentrated on liberating their occupied territories, and finally fulfilled this legendary task.

A Clear Track Record Of Analytical Accuracy

The author took a very keen interest in their ultimately victorious counteroffensive since it began in late September, publishing 36 analytical articles about everything from the conflict’s history to the latest military dynamics and even the grand strategic factors at play. With humbleness and thanking God for the insight that He inspired, the author produced stunningly accurate analyses which even predicted the joint Russian-Turkish peacekeeping mission in mid-October at a time when most of the world was convinced that those two countries were destined to clash with one another. For the purpose of enlightening his readers, he’s sharing the chronological sequence of his work so that they can follow the evolution of his thoughts during this time and hopefully learn how to improve their own analyses in the event that they’re so inclined. His clear track record of analytical accuracy should also be contrasted with the commentary published by his peers in the Alt-Media Community, many of whom not only got everything totally wrong, but even in some cases completely discredited themselves after pushing propaganda that has since been conclusively debunked by the facts:

27 September: Azerbaijan’s Counteroffensive Is Legal But Might Inadvertently Spiral Out Of Control

28 September: Debunking The Top Five Fake News Narratives About Nagorno-Karabakh

29 September: Azerbaijan Has The Legal Right To Request Turkish Military Assistance In Nagorno-Karabakh

29 September: Why Armenia & Azerbaijan Could Be At The Center Of The Next Global Crisis

30 September: Armenia & Its Supporters‘ Insincere Infowar Narrative Stance Spoils A Unique Opportunity

30 September: What’s The Difference Between Nagorno-Karabakh & Kashmir?

1 October: Iranian Geostrategic Calculations In The Nagorno-Karabakh Crisis

4 October: Five Ways That An Azerbaijani Victory Over Armenia Would Advance Russian Interests

4 October: Armenia’s Going For Broke By Attacking Azerbaijan’s Ganja

5 October: Exposing Armenia’s Five-Phase Infowar Strategy Against Azerbaijan

5 October: Iran’s Official Support Of Azerbaijan Proves That Mutual Suspicions Can Be Overcome

6 October: Russia Can Benefit From Azerbaijan’s Strengthened Relations With Iran & Pakistan

8 October: Explaining The Incongruence Between The Iranian & Syrian Stances Towards Nagorno-Karabakh

8 October: India’s Nagorno-Karabakh Crisis Conundrum

8 October: Does Damascus Regard The Syrian Armenians Reportedly Fighting In Azerbaijan As Traitors?

11 October: Several Observations About The Russian-Brokered Armenian-Azerbaijani Ceasefire

11 October: It’s Armenia, Not Azerbaijan, That’s Waging A Genocidal War

14 October: Scenario Forecasting: What Could A Russian Military Intervention In Nagorno-Karabakh Look Like?

17 October: Armenia vs. Azerbaijan: Who Crossed The Escalation Threshold First?

17 October: The International Community Must Urgently Unite To Stop Armenia’s War Crime Spree

19 October: “Neo-Ottomanism” vs. “Greater Armenia”: What Caused The War In Nagorno-Karabakh?

20 October: An Interview With Andrew Korybko

20 October: Are Afghan “Terrorist Mercenaries” Really Going To Azerbaijan To Fight Armenia?

22 October: Armenia’s Attacks On Azerbaijan Prove That Terrorism Can Be Committed By Anyone

23 October: Armenia’s Anti-Russian Duplicity Was On Full Display In Brussels

24 October: What’s Nagorno-Karabakh’s Importance (If Any) In The Realm Of Energy Geopolitics?

26 October: Azerbaijan Teaches The World A Lesson To Be Learned

27 October: Was Russia’s Airstrike In Syria A Message To Turkey In Azerbaijan?

28 October: Is Armenia’s Pashinyan To Blame For The Suffering In Nagorno-Karabakh?

28 October: Armenia’s Three-Phase Terrorist Strategy Is Worthwhile Studying

29 October: Who Is Behind Claims Of Pakistani Fighters In Azerbaijan?

30 October: Russia Should Publicly React To Its “Military Diplomacy” Backfiring In The South Caucasus

2 November: The Long Arm Of The Armenian Lobby Extends To Biden

5 November: Russia’s Red Lines On Nagorno-Karabakh Work Out In Azerbaijan’s Favor

9 November: Scenarios For Nagorno-Karabakh After Shusha’s Liberation

10 November: Hold Alt-Media To Account For Getting It Wrong About Armenia & Azerbaijan!

What Went Wrong?

Having proven his credibility and credentials to authoritatively speak on this topic, the author will now engage in some retrospection in order to educate everyone about the reasons why so many others got almost everything about this conflict so terribly wrong. It’s important to understand that media literacy played a huge role in why many people were deceived. They lacked the ability to differentiate between the various information products freely available to them such as journalism, investigations, analyses, op-eds, activism, propaganda, and even fake news, which he elaborated upon earlier in a piece about how “Media Literacy, Not Intimidation & Censorship, Is The Best Way To Fight So-Called Propaganda”. Better media literacy could have resulted in folks realizing that they were being deceived by certain supposedly “credible” sources, which in turn wouldn’t have led to so many false expectations about the course of this conflict. Equally important, however, was the effect of “wishful thinking”, “groupthink”, and “political correctness” in misleading the masses.

Pro-Armenian supporters “wishfully thought” that they’d continue to indefinitely perpetuate their illegal occupation of Azerbaijani territory, which led to them believing now-debunked reports which fed into their “confirmation bias”. Many analysts, however, were wrongly caught up in the dynamics of “groupthink” after convincing themselves that Russia and Turkey were “competing” in the South Caucasus, which blinded them to the reality of their tacit coordination during this conflict that ultimately resulted in their planned joint peacekeeping mission as announced by President Aliyev. Still others were aware of the truth but felt uncomfortable publicly sharing their views about it due to the heavy pressure put upon them by their peers to abide by the totalitarian concept of so-called “political correctness”. Taken together, these three factors led to ridiculously inaccurate claims being made about the most recent phase of the Nagorno-Karabakh War. Most of these mistakes were “innocent”, but some might have been deliberately committed in order to deceive others.

The Immediate Consequences

The world is quickly waking up to the new reality that the Russian-Turkish Strategic Partnership is one of the most important forces in the so-called “Greater Middle East”, from Azerbaijan down through Syria and even as far afield as Libya. It used to be that those such as the author who analyzed this emerging geopolitical fact were regarded as “conspiracy theorists” or worse by their peers, but now the only “conspiracy theorists” are those who deny the transregional significance of their bilateral relations. The Alt-Media Community is mostly discredited now and will have to work extremely hard to rebuild the trust that it lost among its audience after unintentionally or deliberately deceiving them regarding this conflict. The same holds true for the Mainstream Media and think tanks, some of which might have in hindsight been functioning as undeclared lobbyists of the once-powerful Armenian diaspora that has actually been defanged as a result of these developments after proving itself unable to manipulate others into intervening in the conflict to save their colonial project.

Their emotional fearmongering that Azerbaijan was preparing to commit an imminent “genocide” against the Armenians was revealed to have been nothing more than a manipulative infoar narrative intended to provoke a larger war. It’ll arguably go down in history as being just as infamous as Bush Jr’s‘ equally false “Weapons of Mass Destruction” claim which was made for the same reason but regrettably actually ended up resulting in the desired military outcome. Armenians are furious at being deceived by their “intellectuals” (both at home and abroad), as well as Pashinyan who suddenly capitulated despite reassuring everyone on an almost daily basis that there hadn’t been any losses whatsoever and that “total victory is within reach”. So enraged were they that they even stormed the national parliament the night that their country’s de-facto surrender was announced, which was incredibly ironic since it hints that a patriotic protest movement might eventually overthrow the same man who came to power on the back of a Soros-driven pro-Western Color Revolution.

What Comes Next?

It’s unclear whether Pashinyan will resign (and possibly flee abroad), be overthrown (and consequently risk suffering a fate as dark as Ceausescu’s), or somehow manage to retain power (albeit as a figurehead leader), but it’s obvious that his political capital isn’t anything like what it used to be. He’s personally responsible for sending potentially thousands of Armenian men into the Azerbaijani meat grinder over the past seven weeks for what ended up being no reason at all, hence why his people are so furious with him. Furthermore, his government is responsible for committing war crimes against the Azerbaijani people so he might even face justice as The Hague, especially if his people and/or military overthrow him (the latter possibly with an intent to receive reduced sentences and/or immunity for their own crimes by handing him over). Azerbaijan will also likely see to it that Armenia pays restitution for its years of illegal occupation. As for Russia, it might stop discussing reports of “mercenaries” in Nagorno-Karabakh since it seems that it was all just an Armenian lie.

Armenia’s Russian-facilitated surrender might soon lead to a rapprochement with neighboring Turkey too, which when paired with the Western Azerbaijan-Nakhchivan Corridor, could unlock the South Caucasus‘ potential to serve as one of the most geostrategically crucial connectivity crossroads in the world. Azerbaijan already benefits from both the “Middle Corridor” connecting East-West trade between China and Europe via Central Asia, the Caspian Sea, the South Caucasus, and Turkey as well as the North-South Transport Corridor connecting Russia with India via Azerbaijan and Iran, but now Armenia could excitedly be integrated into the mix in order to take advantage of the landlocked country’s “land-linked” capability (to borrow the term that similarly positioned Laos uses). For that promising future to happen, though, Armenians must denounce their fascist ideology of “Greater Armenia” just like Nazi Germany denounced its own genocidal expansionism after its war, make meaningful amends for their crimes, and earnestly embrace reconciliation with their neighbors.

Concluding Thoughts

The sudden end of the Nagorno-Karabakh War is a moment of reckoning for all. Azerbaijan single-handedly showed the international community that a united nation can indeed succeed in unilaterally implementing UNSC Resolutions which had hitherto been ignored out of “political convenience”. This powerfully proves that international law is still alive and well across the world despite what critics claim. Moreover, Russia’s mature response to the rapidly unfolding developments in remaining neutral despite intense pressure by the Armenian diaspora lobby and their surrogates to intervene in Yerevan’s support and Moscow’s pivotal role in facilitating Armenia’s de-facto surrender speak to the success of its (sometimes imperfectly executed) “balancing” act, which confirms its status both a peacemaker and also one of the world’s most important Great Powers. Nevertheless, it can be expected that some ultra-nationalist forces might wrongly try to blame Russia for Armenia’s seemingly “unexpected” loss in order to unconvincingly deflect blame from their own leaders.

It’s not just ultra-nationalist Armenians who might cling to this literal “conspiracy theory”, but perhaps even those non-Armenians in the Alt-Media and analytical communities whose work has been almost completely discredited by none other than their own hand after they submitted to “wishful thinking”, “groupthink”, “political correctness”, and/or willingly functioned as undeclared lobbyists of the previously powerful Armenian diaspora. Those supposedly Russian-friendly voices might now resort to political Russophobia out of desperation to save their own reputations instead of publicly accounting for their analytical errors and/or even apologizing for deceiving those who trusted them. In any case, their likely infowar meddling won’t have any meaningful impact on derailing the bright future that awaits the South Caucasus. This geostrategic region can now fulfill its destiny in serving as the crucial node for connecting North-South and East-West trade across Eurasia, which will bring immense benefits to its many people and greatly accelerate the reconstruction of Nagorno-Karabakh as well.

Full text you will read here:

A. KORYBKO The End Of The Nagorno-Karabakh War 20201110

‘The Emails Are Russian’ Will Be The Narrative, Regardless Of Facts Or Evidence

‘The Emails Are Russian’ Will Be The Narrative, Regardless Of Facts Or Evidence

By Caitlin Johnstone

October 20, 2020 „Information Clearing House“ –  Fight it all you want, but there’s nothing you can do. “The emails are Russian” is going to be the official dominant narrative in mainstream political discourse, and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. Resistance is futile.

Like the Russian hacking narrative, the Trump-Russia collusion narrative, the Russian bounties in Afghanistan narrative, and any other evidence-free framing of events that simultaneously advances pre-planned cold war agendas, is politically convenient for the Democratic party and generates clicks and ratings, the narrative that the New York Postpublication of Hunter Biden’s emails is a Russian operation is going to be hammered and hammered and hammered until it becomes the mainstream consensus. This will happen regardless of facts and evidence, up to and including rock solid evidence that Hunter Biden’s emails were not published as a result of a Russian operation. (…)

America Escalates its “Democratic” Oil War in the Near East — The Vineyard of the Saker

by Michael Hudson exclusively for the Saker Blog The mainstream media are carefully sidestepping the method behind America’s seeming madness in assassinating Islamic Revolutionary Guard general Qassim Suleimani to start

über America Escalates its “Democratic” Oil War in the Near East — The Vineyard of the Saker

Tareq HADDAD Lies, Newsweek and Control of the Media Narrative: First-Hand Account


A mafia runs editors. Freedom of the press is dead. Journalists and ordinary people must stand up.

Quelle: Lies, Newsweek and Control of the Media Narrative: First-Hand Account


Until several days ago, I was a journalist at Newsweek. I decided to hand my resignation in because, in essence, I was given a simple choice. On one hand, I could continue to be employed by the company, stay in their chic London offices and earn a steady salary—only if I adhered to what could or could not be reported and suppressed vital facts. Alternatively, I could leave the company and tell the truth. (…)

Full blog article here: tareqhaddad lies newsweek 20191214

The Media Navigator 2019 – Swiss Propaganda Research

The Media Navigator classifies more than 60 news outlets based on their political stance and their relationship to power. In many cases, the latter is more significant.

Quelle: The Media Navigator 2019 – Swiss Propaganda Research

The Media Navigator has been developed based on an in-depth analysis of news coverage, commentary, media ownership and financing. There is also a European edition available.

About the authors

Swiss Propaganda Research (SPR) is an independent non-profit research group investigating geopolitical propaganda in Swiss and international media. You can contact us here.

The Age Of Trump Clearly Shows That Narrative Is Everything – Caitlin JOHNSTONE


Yesterday President Donald Trump tweeted the following: “Endless Wars, especially those which are fought out of judgement mistakes that were made many years ago, & those where we are gett…

Quelle: The Age Of Trump Clearly Shows That Narrative Is Everything

The Real Reason Western Media & CIA Turned Against Saudi’s MbS – ZeroHedge 

 Authored by Darius Shahtamasebi,14.12.2018Forces are aligning against Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, lead by elements within the CIA and strong players in the mainstream media. But what is really behind this deterioration in relationship, and what are its implications?

Quelle: The Real Reason Western Media & CIA Turned Against Saudi’s MbS

Das gegenwärtig anscheinend undurchschaubare Gewirr von Interessen gegenüber dem saudischen Königshaus – sowohl was verschiedene Lager in den USA angeht, als auch der RF – entwirrt dieser Artikel recht gut. Konkret stehen sich derzeit nicht nur Trump und Putin als Kontrahenten gegenüber sondern in den USA der Präsident und das Pentagon auf der einen und die CIA und das Parlament/Senat mit den Medien auf der anderen Seite. In den sozialen Medien wurden bereits Wetten aufgestellt, wer wohl gewinnen wird. Der Fall KASHOGGI bildet auf den ersten Blick nur den Anlass für einen Wandel der Haltung gegenüber dem derzeitigen Kronprinz. StB

„Feliks“ ist enttarnt (Mitglied der LINKEN) — NDS-Text von Dirk POHLMANN: „Wie das Wikipedia-Monopol zur Desinformation genutzt wird“

Gesendet: Montag, 10. September 2018 um 12:33 Uhr
Von: „Thomas Immanuel Steinberg“ <>
Betreff: Tr: „Feliks“ ist enttarnt (Mitglied der LINKEN)
Eine der aufregendsten Enttarnungen der letzten Jahre …
Thomas Immanuel Steinberg
Burchardstraße 20
20095 Hamburg
Allemagne+4940 76 75 75 15

Envoyé: dimanche 9 septembre 2018 à 10:45
De: „Doris Pumphrey“ <>
À: Verborgene_Empfaenger:;
Objet: „Feliks“ ist enttarnt (Mitglied der LINKEN)

„Feliks“ ist enttarnt – Wie das Wikipedia-Monopol zur Desinformation genutzt wird.
Von Dirk Pohlmann, 8. September 2018

Zum ganzen Artikel:


Wikipedia hat sich selbst zum Ziel gesetzt, eine „freie und hochwertige Enzyklopädie zu schaffen und damit lexikalisches Wissen zu verbreiten.“ Mittlerweile belegt das Online-Lexikon auf der Rangliste der meistbesuchten Webseiten Platz 5. Es ist also weltweit eine der wichtigsten Informationsquellen im Internet.
Dem eigenen Anspruch kann Wikipedia aber trotz seiner Popularität nicht genügen. Obwohl unter Autoren und Benutzern die Kritik an der Einseitigkeit wichtiger Artikel zu politisch relevanten Themen zunimmt, wurden die Problemfälle bisher als unvermeidliche Folge der Offenheit der Wikipedia interpretiert, die ja gleichzeitig ihr Erfolgsgeheimnis sei. Wenn jeder mitmachen könne, gäbe es eben manchmal Probleme.

Aber nicht der freie Zugang ist die Ursache der Einseitigkeit, sondern die in Wirklichkeit sehr hierarchische Struktur des Online-Lexikons. Sie hat die feindliche Übernahme des in der Öffentlichkeit als Musterbeispiel für ein offenes, demokratisches Zusammenarbeiten geltenden Projekts durch eine Gruppe ermöglicht, die wikipedia-intern als „Politbüro“ bezeichnet wird, und die wir die „Junta“ nennen. Sie herrscht mit „Vandalismusmeldungen“ in Wikipedia und bestraft Unbotmäßigkeiten ihr gegenüber, Einträge, die ihrer Ansicht zuwiderlaufen und sogar die Nennung unserer Youtube Sendung „Geschichten aus Wikihausen“ mit Sperren, teilweise sofort auf Lebenszeit. Die Gruppe hat ihre eigenen Administratoren, also Wikipedia Schiedsrichter und ist damit Täter, Ankläger, Verteidiger, Staatsanwalt und Richter in Personalunion. Das sind groteske Verhältnisse, die nicht dem sorgsam gepflegten öffentlichen Image entsprechen.(…)

(…) Es ist nicht erstaunlich, dass diese Machtkonzentration Personen, Gruppen, Institutionen und staatliche Stellen anlockt. Als Markus Fiedler und ich für unsere YouTube Sendung „Wikihausen“ recherchierten, wer Champion bei der Manipulation von Wikipedia ist, landeten wir nicht in Russland, sondern in Israel. Alleine das israelische „Ministerium für strategische Angelegenheiten“ (Ministry for Strategic Affairs, im deutschen Wikipedia als “Ministerium für internationale Beziehungen” übersetzt!) gibt über 70 Millionen Dollar für eine Kampagne aus, um mit den Worten der Direktorin General Sima Vaknin-Gil „eine Gemeinschaft von Kämpfern zu schaffen“ die Aktivitäten „anti-israelischer Aktivisten zum Erliegen bringen“ und “das Internet” mit pro-israelischen Inhalten „überfluten“ soll.Diese Summe ist aber nur ein Bruchteil der aufgewendeten Gelder, die vom israelischen Militär, staatlichen und privaten Stellen sowie NGOs für diese Zwecke aufgewendet werden, wie wir in der 4. Folge von Wikihausen gezeigt haben.

Wird das in den Mainstream-Medien thematisiert, die sich ja große Sorgen wegen der angeblichen russischen Manipulationen machen? Nein. Wird dagegen juristisch und diplomatisch vorgegangen? Nein. Kümmert sich Wikipedia selbst um dieses Problem? Nein. Aber warum sind solche Doppelstandards möglich? Und welche Folgen haben sie? Interessiert das wirklich niemand? (…)

(…) Feliks war Markus Fiedler bereits bei den Recherchen zu seinen beiden Filmen „Die dunkle Seite der Wikipedia“ und „Zensur – die organisierte Manipulation der Wikipedia und anderer Medien“ aufgefallen. (…)
(…) Die Enttarnung von Feliks war ein investigatives Puzzlespiel, das uns letztlich durch einen Hinweis gelang, in welcher Schule er Abitur gemacht hatte. In Kombination mit anderen, von uns recherchierten Daten brachte uns das auf seine Spur.

Mittlerweile ist klar, wer Feliks ist:Er hieß früher Jörg Egerer und hat sich nach 2015 in Jörg Matthias Claudius Grünewald umbenannt. Egerer ist Beamter, von Beruf Rechtspfleger und konvertierte irgendwann ab 2012 vom katholischen Glauben zum Judentum. Egerer/Grünewald ist Mitglied der Linken, wird den „Antideutschen“ zugeordnet, ist ein politischer Freund von Klaus Lederer, war Bundestagskandidat der bayrischen Linken und war dort als Landesschatzmeister dem Vorstand beigeordnet. In seiner Amtszeit kam es zu Unregelmäßigkeiten, die nach seinem Rücktritt bekannt wurden, aber nach Angaben von Parteimitgliedern aus parteitaktischen Erwägungen nie juristisch aufgeklärt wurden. Es wurden Spendenquittungen an das „Forum kommunistischer Arbeitskreise“ ausgestellt, die trotz des Namens heute dem rechten Flügel der Linken angehören, das Geld blieb aber nicht in der Partei, sondern wurde weitergeleitet.

Es fällt auf, dass Egerer/Grünewald Einträge zu Mitgliedern der Linken nach Nähe zu seinen politischen Positionen durch selektive Auswahl detaillierter Angaben entweder diskreditiert, etwa bei den Bundestagsmitgliedern Diether Dehm, Annette Groth, Inge Höger, Alexander Süßmaier, Kornelia Möller oder Oskar Lafontaine, oder positiv darstellt, wie bei Klaus Ernst oder Eva Bulling-Schröter, deren Webseite er auch betreut hat. Die negative Darstellung in Wikipedia durch Feliks gilt insbesondere für Linke, die sich kritisch zur derzeitigen israelischen Außenpolitik äußern.

Das könnte damit zusammenhängen, dass Jörg Egerer mehrfach Teilnehmer bei Sar-El war, einem Freiwilligenprogramm der israelischen Streitkräfte für Ausländer, bei dem allerdings kein Dienst in aktiven Kampfeinheiten geleistet wird. Mehrere Linke haben uns aber berichtet, dass es ein Foto von Jörg Egerer in israelischer Uniform mit einer Uzi-Maschinenpistole gibt.

Egerer/Grünewald ist außerdem Oberleutnant der Reserve der Bundeswehr und Mitglied im „Bund jüdischer Soldaten e.V.“, wo er auch Kassenprüfer ist. Er hat militärische Fallschirmabzeichen der US Army, der tschechischen, kroatischen und belgischen Streitkräfte. Davon wusste aber keiner der Linkenpolitiker, mit denen wir gesprochen haben. (…)

Caitlin Johnstone dismantles the false flag in Douma: Dust no Gas – Weakening Narrative – Consent Required; Apr 16, 2018

globalcrisis/globalchange NEWS
Martin Zeis 17.04.2018 17:10

Caitlin Johnstone dismantles the false flag in Douma – Dust no Gas – Weakening Narrative – Consent Required.


Syrian ‘Chemical Victims’ Suffered from Dust Inhalation, Reports Say

April 16, 2018

A report by the Independent’s veteran Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk quotes doctors in Douma saying victims suffered from dust inhalation and that a member of the White Helmets caused panic by falsely shouting, “Gas!” in a triage center. The White Helmets were then bused out with other jihadists, as Caitlin Johnstone explains.

By Caitlin Johnstone

We are now being told (and I assure you I am not making this up) that if the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons doesn’t find evidence that the Syrian government conducted a chemical weapons attack in Douma last week, it’s because Russia hid the evidence.

“It is our understanding the Russians may have visited the attack site,” reports U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Ward. “It is our concern that they may have tampered with it with the intent of thwarting the efforts of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission to conduct an effective investigation.”

I guess the idea is that this international top-level investigative team on which tremendous credibility has been placed by the western world can be thwarted by Russians showing up with a Hoover and spraying some Febreze in the air like a teenage stoner when mom comes home? I’m not sure, but given the immense dearth of evidence we’ve been seeing in support of the establishment Douma narrative and the mounting pile of evidence contradicting it, it sure does sound fishy.

Now that the jihadist-occupied suburb of Douma has been retaken by the Syrian government, western journalists have been allowed in to poke around and start asking questions, and so far it isn’t looking great for the propaganda machine

Dust Not Gas

The Independent‘s Robert Fisk has published a report which affirms the story so many westerners have been dismissing as Kremlin propaganda for days now after interviewing a doctor from the hospital of the area where the Douma attack was supposed to have occurred. Dr Assim Rahaibani told Fisk that what was in actuality an outbreak of respiratory distress among occupants of a dusty oxygen-deprived tunnel was made to look like the aftereffects of a chemical weapons attack when a member of the White Helmets started shouting about a gas attack in front of a bunch of video cameras. Everyone panicked and started hosing themselves down, but in the video, according to Rahaibani, “what you see are people suffering from hypoxia—not gas poisoning.”

This report was independently backed up by a reporter from One America News Network named Pearson Sharp, who gave a detailed account of his interviews with officials, doctors, as well as many civilians on the street Sharp says he deliberately selected at random in order to avoid accusations of bias. Many people hadn’t even heard that a chemical weapons attack had taken place, and the ones who had said it was staged by Jaysh al-Islam. The staff at the hospital, including a medic-in-training who was an eyewitness to the incident, gave the same story as the account in Fisk’s report. (Fisk also reported that the White Helmets in Duma had joined jihadists on Syrian government buses on the way to Idlib province.)

Weakening Narrative

The increasing confidence with which these unapproved narratives are being voiced and the increasing discomfort being exhibited by empire loyalists like Ambassador Ward indicate a weakening narrative in the greater propaganda campaign against the Assad government and its allies, but don’t hold your breath for the part where Fox News and the BBC turn around and start asking critical questions of the governments that they are meant to be holding to account.

The journalists who have been advancing the establishment narrative on Syria aren’t about to start reporting that they’ve gotten the entire yria story backward and have been promoting a version of events manufactured for the benefit of CIA-MI6-Mossad agendas. You’re not about to see CNN, who last year staged a fake scripted interview with a seven year-old Syrian girl to manufacture support for escalations against Assad, suddenly turn around and start asking if we’re being told the full story about what’s happening Syria.

Watch them closely. Watch how they steadfastly ignore the growing mountain of evidence and keep promoting the Syrian regime change agenda that the western empire has been working toward for decades. Watch them dismiss all evidence they can’t ignore as Kremlin propaganda and shift the narrative whenever things start to look bad for them. Those riding the crest of the wave of establishment media are too far gone into the blob to ever admit error and change. The least among us aren’t about to stop constructing a public reality tunnel which depicts them as heroes of truth, tear it all down, and start advancing a narrative which makes them look like fools at best and villains at worst. It will not happen.

Luckily for us, it doesn’t need to. Internet censorship is still far from closing the door on our ability to network and share information, and we’ve been very effective at sowing skepticism among the masses. The war propagandists are not nearly as good at their jobs as they want to believe, and we can beat them.

Consent Required

They work so hard to manufacture support for war because they require that consent. If the oligarchs try to launch a war against a disobedient nation amidst very clear opposition from the public, they will shatter the illusion of freedom and democracy that their entire empire is built upon, and then they’re exposed. Corporatist oligarchy has succeeded in weaving its web of dominance because its oppression has thus far remained hidden and its depravity disguised as humanitarianism. They cannot expose themselves by transgressing a loud NO from the public or else the masses will realize that everything they used to believe about their country, their government and their world is a lie.

They won’t risk that. We can force them into retreating from open war by circulating facts and information and keeping a healthy level of skepticism circulating among the public. Watch them squirm, move goalposts and shift narratives, and point and yell about it whenever it happens. We can win the media war against the propagandists. We have truth on our side.

Caitlin Johnstone is a rogue journalist, poet, and utopia prepper who publishes regularly at Medium. Follow her work on Facebook, Twitter, or her website. She has a podcast and a new book Woke: A Field Guide for Utopia Preppers. This article was re-published with permission.


Martin Zeis

Die Übersetzung ins Deutsche besorgten die Nachdenkseiten:


Russia’s Alleged Meddling in Catalan Vote: Playing the Blame Game — articles by Ralf Streck and Alex Gorka

globalcrisis/globalchange NEWS
Martin Zeis, 15.11.2017

Dear all,

concurrently with Ralf STRECK’s article „Die Russen sollen sich auch in Katalonien eingemischt haben“(1) Alex GORKA published „Russia’s Alleged Meddling in Catalan Vote: Playing the Blame Game“.(2) He demonstrates how the Spanish government + media, the EU, the NATO leadership increasingly blame/d Russia interfering in and operating Catalonian affairs.

E x t r a c t s

„Few people are able to recognize their own mistakes. Many prefer to deny the truth becoming willfully oblivious to obvious facts. Why assume responsibility if there is such a thing as blame shifting – a true-and-tried method to get away with it? Pointing a finger at someone else to divert attention serves the purpose. There is method to this madness and Western politicians have been resorting to blame-shifting tactic increasingly often. Each and everything going awry in the world is the fault of Russia. The drive of peoples for independence is a good example. Take Catalonia to illustrate the point. (3)


Can anyone of sane mind believe that Russia’s “meddling” is the real reason to make over 40 percent of Catalans support independence?

  • Has Russia been behind the 95-year-old independence movement in Catalonia
  • Has Russia made the Catalans’ language and culture distinct?
  • Did Russia make Francisco Franco oppress the Catalan people?
  • Has Russia provoked the economic crisis in Spain, which has served to magnify calls for Catalan independence?
  • Has Russia made Catalans believe that the current tax structure is unfair?
  • Has Russia made Madrid unwilling to renegotiate Catalonia’s autonomy agreement?
  • Has Russia written Spain’s constitution, which expressly prohibits a region from breaking away unilaterally?
  • Did Moscow order Spanish police to use brutal force, while preventing the unconstitutional vote?
  • If it didn’t count, why take such pains to stop it?
  • Several world leaders and political figures condemned the violence specifically. Did Russia make them do it?
  • Did Russia make the EU abstain from mediation effort? And, finally, does Russia stand to gain from an independent Catalonia?

With many publications on the issue, no evidence has been produced to demonstrate a link between the Russian government and Catalonia vote. Obviously, the use of the „Russian meddling“ narrative seems to work as a distraction from the wrongdoing of the Spanish government. The fantasy provides a convenient scapegoat to avoid responsibility of the Spanish government for missing opportunities to launch meaningful political dialogue with Catalonia and mishandling of the vote. (…)


(1) Telepolis, 14.11.2017 —

(2)  Strategic Culture Foundation, 14.11.2017  —

(3) The same Western blame-games are evident related to the last US-presidential elections, the unspeakable crimes of the US-created IS-mercenaries, the Brexit  …