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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Views Reflect Sentiments Of The People

NATO is an outdated, toothless black hole sucking in U.S. taxpayer dollars at an unsustainable rate and should now be relegated to the Cold War history books  

STRATEGIC CULTURE FOUNDATION
By Andrei Akulov
03/30/2016

On March 22, Donald Trump carried delegate-rich Arizona by a wide margin. He easily defeated his opponent (Ted Cruz), taking all 58 of its Republican delegates and adding to his delegate lead despite Mr Cruz’s easy victory in Utah.


Those Republicans who hoped to stop Mr Trump suffered another blow. If not defeated in Wisconsin in two weeks, he is unlikely to be stopped from clinching the Republican nomination in June.

Fully three-quarters of Republican primary voters expect Mr Trump to be their party’s nominee.

Having won in eighteen states, the candidate is close to nearly forty-eight percent of the delegates.

It brings into focus Mr. Trump’s stance on key foreign policy issues.


In his interview with CNN ahead of March 22 Western Tuesday vote (Arizona, Idaho and Utah), Donald Trump said the US should rethink its involvement in NATO because the defense alliance costs too much money. "Frankly, they have to put up more money," he noted. "We are paying disproportionately. It's too much, and frankly it's a different world than it was when we originally conceived of the idea," emphasized the Republican presidential hopeful.

He elaborated on the subject with the Washington Post editorial board on March 21, questioning the sacrosanctity of the US's global military commitments, and asking why Washington is so insistent on leading a potential third world war against Russia.




The Republican frontrunner advocates a light footprint in the world. According to him, "in spite of unrest abroad… the United States must look inward and steer its resources toward rebuilding domestic infrastructure."

Trump said that US involvement in NATO may need to be significantly diminished in the coming years, breaking with nearly seven decades of consensus in Washington. "We certainly can’t afford to do this anymore," Trump said, adding later, "NATO is costing us a fortune, and yes, we’re protecting Europe with NATO, but we’re spending a lot of money." He questioned the United States’ continued involvement in NATO and, on the subject of Ukraine, said America’s allies are "not doing anything."

"Ukraine is a country that affects us far less than it affects other countries in NATO, and yet we’re doing all of the lifting," Trump said. "They’re not doing anything. And I say: 'Why is it that Germany’s not dealing with NATO on Ukraine? Why is it that other countries that are in the vicinity of Ukraine, why aren’t they dealing? Why are we always the one that’s leading, potentially the third world war with Russia," the candidate noted.




Trump also held a press conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday 21 against the backdrop of a hotel he is building at the Old Post Office just blocks from the White House, which he hopes to occupy come January 2017.

Asked if he wanted a better relationship with Russia, Trump seemed to be open to the idea.

"I want a better relationship with everybody. And with Russia, yeah," he said. "If we can get along with Russia, that’s very good."

"Russian President Vladimir] Putin says very nice things about me. I think that’s very nice. It has no effect on me, other than I think it’s very nice," the Republican frontrunner added.




One needs to pick up more pieces to get a broader picture of what his stance on Russia would be like.

On Feb. 26, Reuters reported that Trump’s advisor on Russia was Michael Flynn, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, who supports closer cooperation between Moscow and Washington.

The newly named team of Trump’s foreign policy advisors includes one expert who may bring Russia and the US closer once again.

Carter Page is a former executive with Merrill Lynch who now runs his own international investment firm and teaches energy policy at Bard College. He is a specialist on Russia highly critical of the United States role in Ukraine, and with a long history of skepticism toward what he regards as unnecessarily antagonistic US policy toward Moscow. When Page was with Merrill Lynch, he formed lasting relationships with his Russian counterparts and expressed the belief that the US could accomplish more in its relationship with Russia by seeking a partnership rather than resorting to threats.

In a 2014 piece he wrote for the Center for National Policy, a Washington think tank, Page argued that the US instigated the Ukrainian uprising in February 2014.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump have exchanged favorable opinions of each other.

The advantage of Donald Trump for Russia is the fact that he is a non-systemic candidate - he is not a member of Washington's establishment. He can reset the balance of bilateral relationship, turn the page and start a new chapter.

Donald Trump is a businessman; his stance is not based on emotions, but rather calculations. He knows well the expediency of US shouldering the burden of NATO is questioned among American experts and people.

Recently, Trump has started to pay more attention to foreign policy issues. He can use Hillary Clinton’s poor foreign policy record to his advantage. 

More broadly, he questions the financial logic behind Washington's military commitments across the globe and advocates non-interventionism. Meeting the Washington Post’s editorial board, he emphasized that the world was different and the US should not be nation-building anymore. "I think it’s proven not to work, and we have a different country than we did then. We have $19 trillion in debt. We’re sitting, probably, on a bubble. And it’s a bubble that if it breaks, it’s going to be very nasty. I just think we have to rebuild our country," Trump said.




The events like the March 22 bombings in Brussels seem as though they'd naturally reinforce Trump's position. His policy on terrorism isn't particularly nuanced, and it clearly plays well with an electorate that's worried about the threat of a terror attack. In Gallup polling from the end of February, Trump was seen as the strongest GOP candidate on defense and terrorism, with nearly half of Republicans surveyed identifying him as the best at dealing with those issues. (The rest of the responses were about evenly split between Cruz and Marco Rubio.)

The possibility of a President Trump should be taken seriously. It means that next January the highest political office in the US can be taken by a man who is uninterested in what the Washington’s establishment thinks. Trump can be a game changer able to introduce drastic changes into the US foreign policy reshaping the traditional pattern. 

It all takes place against a particular international background. Americans aren’t the only ones who find their alliances burdensome. The next French presidential election is scheduled to be held in April and May 2017. One of the front-runners, Marine Le Pen of the National Front, has promised to leave both NATO and the EU, to nationalize French companies, and to restrict foreign investors. Like Trump, she foresees a special relationship with Russia.

By the time that happens, the UK may also be on the way out. In June, it is to vote in a referendum to leave the EU. It’s possible the UK will unmoor from Europe to drift away from the transatlantic alliance as well.




With France out, the EU will not be the same. It will cease to exist as a single market. Without the UK, NATO will never be the same. It may cease to exist as a close-knit military and political alliance. 

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán speaks of leaving the West in favor of a strategic alliance with Istanbul or Moscow. And there are serious divisions inside the EU.

The phenomenon of Donald Trump reflects the changes in the mood of voters. The burden of keeping the US-led West united along with all the overseas commitments appears to become a too heavy load for America. It may change the US and its foreign policy at the very same time when the West in general may be in for drastic changes. The broader process will impact the West’s global vision, including the relationship with Russia. Even if Trump loses the nomination or election, the very fact so many people support him is enough to make a compelling case for change, including the revision of foreign policy priorities.




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ExxonMobil Shares To Be Sold By Rockefeller Family Fund

Big oil on the skids - there will be no recovery; American public revolts at gas pump rape  

ZACKS EQUITY RESEARCH
03/24/2016

ExxonMobil Corporation XOM has found itself in troubled waters after being accused of misleading the public about climate change risks. 


Obama isn't laughing now
Following such grave allegations, the Rockefeller Family Fund, announced its decision to divest its holdings in the company as well as all other fossil fuels investments immediately. Per the director of the Rockefeller Family Fund, Lee Wasserman, about 6% of the New York-based philanthropic foundation’s $130 million in holdings is invested in fossil fuels. With the holdings in ExxonMobil already divested, the trust has now instructed third-party managers to reduce its indirect holdings of these types of investments to less than 1% of its total portfolio. 


The charity also intends to sell assets in coal and Canadian oil sands.

The Rockefeller Family Fund concluded that it does not find any rational basis for companies to explore for oil using methods that are dangerous for humans and natural ecosystems, particularly, when the government is imploring companies to cut down on carbon emissions.


Exxon Valdez oil spill destroyed Prince William Sound Alaska

ExxonMobil was the only company selected by the Rockefeller Family Fund for its unacceptable conduct. A number of articles issued last year by InsideClimate News alleged that the oil giant knew about global warming since the 1970s but attempted to hide information from investors, policymakers and the public.

However, ExxonMobil retaliated against the Rockefeller Family Fund’s decision by terming it “a conspiracy.” 




The Rockefeller Family Fund and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund both are listed as financial backers of InsideClimate News on its website. Per ExxonMobil, InsideClimate News and Columbia University Journalism School are known to have knowingly produced inaccurate and deliberately misleading stories about ExxonMobil's history of climate research.

Proceeds raised from the liquidation of fossil-fuel investments will be redirected into appropriate channels in socially responsible investing space.




Currently, ExxonMobil carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell). Some better-ranked players from the energy sector are SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. SEDG, Braskem S.A. BAK and Enviva Partners, LP EVA. Each of these stocks sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).



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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Turkey's Links With Islamic State : New Evidence Provided By Russia

Erdogan, oil and CIA/ISIS    

STRATEGIC CULTURE FOUNDATION
By Alex Gorka
03/29/2015

The Brussels bombings have accelerated efforts to close off the last remaining Islamic State (IS) route out of Syria through Turkey, which officials suspect was the main thoroughfare for militants who carried out deadly attacks in Belgium and France.


CIA poodle Erdogan
On March 23, the day US State Secretary John Kerry arrived to Russia top US diplomats pressed Turkey to embrace a proposal to rely on American-backed Kurdish fighters to shut down the highway, which the group uses to send dozens of attackers across Europe. "After our Aerospace Forces initiated the operation to terminate the illegal traffic, particularly of oil and oil products, from Syria… to Turkey, this traffic has decreased substantially," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during his recent meeting with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who visited Moscow on the same day (March 23) to discuss Syria and other issues with Russian leaders.


"We insist on compliance with UN Security Council resolutions demanding to stop trade with the IS and other terrorists just as resolutions demanding an end to the flow of foreign terrorists, gunmen via Turkish territory to Syria," Lavrov added. "In general, although this flow has not run dry altogether, it has decreased considerably," the Minister noted. "Nevertheless, it is still there. The sector of the border between two Kurdish enclaves in northern Syria is actively used," he said.

The Russian top diplomat stressed that when the Kurds were trying to win back territory from the Islamic State group, "artillery bombardments of Kurdish positions were conducted from the Turkish side thus hampering their fight against this terrorist group."




The next day (March 24), Igor Konashenkov, Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman, said the Russian military had received new documents confirming cooperation of the Turkish authorities with the Islamic State militants.

Last December the Russian military presented evidence to corroborate the fact that Turkey is the main consumer of oil smuggled by Islamic State from Syria and Iraq, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his family were involved in the criminal business.


Son of Turkish President Bilal Erdogan linked to ISIL terrorists and controls the Syrian oil flow to Turkey; Russian massive airstrikes on oil fields the last straw for Erdogan and prompted shoot-down of Russian aircraft

The Ministry’s evidence is confirmed by the documentary report on the results of investigation conducted by Russia Today (RT). It was made public on March 24.

The RT website published an eight-minute excerpt from the documentary. The full version, which contains "unique footage from the Syrian cities of Al-Shadadi, Romulan, al-Qamishli and tel Abyad freed from Islamic state, interviews with locals who worked on the refining of crude oil for IS, and with captured terrorists" will be aired in April this year.

The report says, Turkey benefits from the Islamic State because the terrorist group provides it with cheap oil and is fighting both Syria’s government and the Syrian Kurds. This is an opinion shared by both the Kurds and their mortal enemies from the jihadist organization. The IS documents obtained by RT may provide additional evidence revealing the dirty game being played by the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Syria. Another set of documents was found at the IS Tell Abyad checkpoint. Among many other things (such as vehicle numbers and the weight of transported materials), the documents listed the names of passengers who had reportedly travelled to Mosul, Raqqa, Istanbul, and Ankara.




The illegal ties between Turkey and Islamic State have become an open secret since a long time ago.

In late 2015, David L. Phillips, Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights, Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights, published a report on the results of his investigation to prove Turkey and the IS were involved in illegal business.


Last December Norwegian daily Klassekampen leaked details of the report, which was put together by Rystad Energy, an independent oil and gas consulting firm, at the request of the Norwegian Foreign Ministry.

"Large amounts of oil have been smuggled across the border to Turkey from IS-controlled areas in Syria and Iraq." Klassekampen cited the report as saying. 


"[The] oil is sent by tankers via smuggling routes across the border [and] is sold at greatly reduced prices, from $25 to $45 a barrel."

The crude was reportedly sold on the black market at greatly reduced prices ($13-14), while the Brent benchmark was trading at $35-$50 per barrel. To compile the report, which is dated from July, Rystad Energy used its own database as well as sources in the region. "Exports happen in a well-established black market via Turkey," the paper concluded. "Many of the smugglers and corrupt border guards, who helped Saddam Hussein avoid international sanctions, are now helping IS export oil and import cash."

Dmitry Evstafiev, an expert of Russian PIR-Center, says, the IS has lost much of the revenue (from 200 thousand to 60 thousand barrels daily) as it was ceding big chunks of Syria’s territory.




According to the expert’s estimates, 60 thousand is the amount it can produce in the northern part of Iraq still under its control.

With the IS losing ground, the oil from Syria and Iraq can be exported through Turkey by other non-state actors. The overall amount of smuggled oil from Syria and Iraq (350-400 thousand barrels a day) is enough to influence world markets.

It should be noted that it is easy to identify where exactly the oil originates from. Europeans don’t mind buying smuggled oil. They have not raised the issue with Turkey – the country that controls the illegal oil flows.


Erdogan with handlers  Merkel and Obama:  "fuel me twice"

Kurdish militia can deprive Islamic State fighters of the logistical route that has been used by the group to bring in supplies and foreign recruits. This idea has been floated for some time.

According to the Military Times, for now, the US has agreed not to support Syrian Kurdish operations west of the Euphrates River.

However, if Turkey fails to seal off its side of the border, the US could move to help the Syrian Kurdish forces try to block IS formations in that zone.

The powerful Syrian Kurdish militia and its local allies have already drawn up plans for a major attack to seize the final stretch of the Syrian-Turkish border held by Islamic State fighters.

The idea has been supported by Russia. The Russian Foreign Minister believes that "With Kurdish militia on the ground, there is a realistic way to shut off the illegal flow of oil from Syria to Turkey."



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Pentagon, State Department Evacuating Americans From Turkey

Obama, Pentagon preparations for WWIII?

RT
03/29/2016

Citing security concerns in Turkey, the Department of Defense has ordered the evacuation of US military families and civilians from Adana, Izmir and Mugla, as well as the Incirlik air base. Nearly 700 dependents are affected by the order. 


This decision “allows for the deliberate, safe return of family members from these areas due to continued security concerns in the region,” the US European Command (EUCOM) said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. According to EUCOM chief General Philip M. Breedlove, the decision was made in consultation with the Turkish government, the State Department and the US Secretary of Defense. “We understand this is disruptive to our military families, but we must keep them safe and ensure the combat effectiveness of our forces to support our strong ally Turkey in the fight against terrorism,” Breedlove said.


Families of US diplomats are also being evacuated after the State Department restricted official travel to “mission critical” cases and issued a travel advisory for Turkey.


NATO psycho Breedlove
There are currently 770 military family members in Turkey, mostly at the Incirlik Air Base in the country’s south-east, EUCOM spokeswoman Julie Weckerlein told the military newspaper Stars and Stripes. About 670 will be evacuated, along with 287 pets. The remaining hundred have mission-essential jobs. 

According to Military Times, after the government in Ankara decided to allow the use of Incirlik for air strikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and Syria last June, the size of the US contingent at the base increased from around 1,300 to about 2,500.



Concerns about terrorism prompted military officials to lock down the base in July 2015, prohibiting almost 5,000 American troops, civilian contractors and dependents from patronizing the kabob shops, carpet merchants and other stores in the “American Alley” just outside the main gate.

Security concerns prompted the closure of the on-base school on March 9, as the base imposed additional protective measures, the Military Times reported. As only 80 dependents took up the Pentagon’s offer of a voluntary evacuation last September, the remaining families will not have a choice this time.


CIA poodle Erdogan 
It is hard to tell whether the evacuation is linked to IS activity, or to Turkey’s ongoing crackdown against the restive Kurdish minority along the southeastern border with Syria and Iraq. In addition to Incirlik and Adana, which are close to the Syrian border, the order also affects dependents in Izmir and Mugla, located in western Turkey. On Monday, Israel warned its citizens to leave Turkey as soon as possible and avoid any travel to the country.

IS claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed 4 people and injured 36 in Istanbul on March 19. 


Two car bombs struck Ankara on March 13 and February 17, killing a total of 62 people and injuring almost 200; a splinter faction of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which Turkey has designated a terrorist organization, claimed responsibility.

Turkey is conducting a massive military operation in the southeast of the country, aimed at crushing the PKK. 




The crackdown has resulted in widespread devastation and civilian casualties in cities like Diyarbakir and Cizre, among others, and prompted calls to investigate human rights abuses against the Kurds.



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The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

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The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

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By Robert S. Finnegan

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