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The Imperial Propaganda Machine: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

It’s important to avoid fake news, Russian media or conspiracy theorists. We must only trust those reputable news outlets who tell us that neoliberalism is working fine, that US foreign policy is perfectly sane, and that protests are only happening in Hong Kong and nowhere else.

The difference between state media and western media is that in state media the government controls what information the public is given about what’s going on in the world in order to prevent political dissent, whereas in western media this is instead done by billionaires.

Any attempt to understand the world which fails to take into account the fact that extremely powerful people are pouring massive amounts of money and resources into manipulating your understanding of the world will necessarily result in a distorted worldview.

Whenever news media reports unsubstantiated assertions from anonymous sources in government agencies, just mentally insert “Here is something the government told us to tell you:” into the beginning of the report, because that’s all they’re doing.

Russia and China haven’t become any more of a threat to you than they were three years ago, yet you think about them many times more often than you did back then. That’s propaganda at work, FYI.

All the establishment loyalists you argue with are ever really saying is, “No! The TV would NEVER lie to me!”

Sometimes all I can do is stare in awe at the power and efficiency of the imperial propaganda machine. When I first started this gig in 2016 Assange had way more support, from Berners, Greens, Trumpers, all across the spectrum. Now a large amount of that support has been eroded. For Trumpers Assange is being extradited for his own good to bring down the Deep State. For liberals he’s a Russian asset. For leftists he’s a rapist and fascist enabler. There’s a narrative for everyone, no matter where you are on the political spectrum. It’s really impressive.

I love alternative media, but we’re fucking idiots sometimes. You never see MSM doing our job for us, but we do their job for them all the time by attacking other alternative media figures, circulating CIA/CNN narratives about targeted nations and targeted individuals, etc. The only reason to ever do mainstream media’s work for them is if you’re looking for a job in MSM. If you actually want to participate in alternative media it’s your job to make things harder for establishment narrative managers, not easier. They get paid enough to do their own work.

Dominant power structures are corrupt beyond the possibility of salvation and humanity is driving itself toward miriad cataclysmic disasters all at once, yet many are more worried about those who share their basic ideology but have slightly different opinions. This is stupid.

There’s no separation between the personal struggle to free yourself from untruth and the collective struggle to free the world from untruth, in the same way there’s no separation between an antibody attacking an individual pathogen and the entire body recovering from a sickness.

Anyone who wants Silicon Valley oligarchs to censor the flow of information in any way is a drooling idiot.

MSM’s official position appears to be that there is no ideological difference whatsoever between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, other than the fact that you have permission to elect Warren but not Sanders. Apart from that, though, they’re exactly the same.

There’s a difference between Democrats and Republicans, in the sense that there’s a difference between the jab and the cross in boxing. The jab is often used to set up the more damaging cross, but they’re both wielded by the same boxer, and they’re both punching you in the face.

The “feud” between mainstream Republican pundits and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fits perfectly within the Overton window of establishment-approved debate, and can therefore be safely ignored.

Remember when voters in 2016 were like “can we please have even one major candidate who doesn’t have something seriously wrong with them?”, and the entire US political system was all “LOL nope,” and then nobody burned that system to the ground and flushed it down the toilet? Good times.

War is the worst thing in the world. It’s worse than economic injustice. It’s worse than the war on drugs. It’s worse than racism, xenophobia, homophobia and sexism. Those things are bad. War is worse. The priorities of leftists and progressives should reflect this, as should the priorities of anyone who claims to care about their fellow humans.

Trump: I am ending wars!
Neocons/liberal hawks: Oh no it sure is bad and horrible that this isolationist president is ending all the wars!
Wars: [continue completely unabated]

Imagine someone coming up to you with a money jar saying “Excuse me, we’re raising funds to build another military base in Somalia, would you care to make a donation?” No one would ever knowingly put money toward such an endeavor. Yet taxpayers do this unwittingly all the time.

Nobody comes out of the womb demanding to go to war. Left unmolested it would never occur to a normal human brain that strangers on the other side of the planet need to have explosives dropped on them by overpriced airplanes. The problem isn’t democracy, it’s propaganda.

Back when the wealthy had less wealth and ordinary citizens could support a family on a single income, the rich had a concept called “noblesse oblige” meaning their status came with obligations to society. Now the wealth gap is much greater, and the rich feel no obligation to anyone.

Less contempt for imaginary “Putin apologists”, more contempt for actual billionaire apologists.

The narrative that Gabbard is preparing a third party run is revealing, in that there’s zero evidence for it whatsoever yet they keep bringing it up. It’s literally just something pundits started saying in an authoritative tone of voice, and it was magically transformed into accepted orthodoxy. It’s a great illustration of how effective the establishment narrative managers are; they can create the illusion of a fact out of thin air just by saying something over and over again in an assertive tone.

Here’s a crazy thought: If “the troops” are constantly feeling the need to commit suicide after doing what they’ve been ordered to do while deployed, maybe what they’re doing over there isn’t so great and noble after all.

It sure is cute how we’ve known for years that the US and its allies armed actual, literal terrorists in Syria with the goal of effecting regime change, yet the only Syria controversy we’re ever allowed to acknowledge is whether there are an adequate number of US troops there.

I’m still tripping on how we’ve been fed all these wildly different narratives about why the US needs a military presence in Syria, from humanitarianism to Kurds to ISIS to Iran to Russia to chemical weapons to oil, yet this isn’t immediately extremely suspicious to everyone. I mean, if some guy was constantly calling me up and giving me a whole range of wildly different reasons why he needs my bank account number, I’d immediately assume that what he actually wants is my bank account number, you know?

 

So many of spiritual-type people’s highest values would work fine in a world without sociopaths. Forgiveness, humility, trust, seeing people’s basic innocence, etc, they work fine until you run into a manipulator with no empathy. In this world they require much more nuanced use.

Things are getting stranger and stranger. Things getting stranger and stranger is what it looks like when long-fixed patterns begin to dissolve. For a species that has been on a trajectory toward self-destruction, patterns dissolving can only be a good thing. We’ll win this.

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  • Caitlin mentioned the idea of what life could be like if everyone on earth had a “normal” human brain. This planet was not designed to be a world with a stable and unified population, without sociopaths or deviants. That’s what makes earth such a challenge. Earth offers an opportunity for spiritual growth that is unmatched by any other place in the entire universe! It’s a grand genetic and spiritual experiment meant to contribute to the overall ascension of the entire universe. It’s hard to comprehend this if you happen to live here, tho.

  • “So many of spiritual-type people’s highest values would work fine in a world without sociopaths. Forgiveness, humility, trust, seeing people’s basic innocence, etc, they work fine until you run into a manipulator with no empathy. In this world they require much more nuanced use.”
    Precisely. The dynamic between normal empathetic people and sociopaths is the perfect playing field for the sociopaths.

  • Life is good, proof of which is that I immensely enjoyed reading this article. Perhaps I found it pleasing because it rings so true, which as the article points out seems to be a quite rare commodity throughout what is loosely deemed “media” today. I detect altruism at work along perhaps with a smidgen of magic, as from another Aussie…

  • Great article Caitlin.
    Beautifully written.
    Donation coming..
    Thank you!

  • ‘ ‘, , , , , Those things are bad. War is worse.’ ‘

    I learned this the hard way from 21-months in Viet-Nam.
    Those who haven’t been in combat don’t get to experience kill or be killed, don’t get to see artillery and bombs rain down on civilian villages, don’t get to see children burned with napalm and white phosphorus, don’t get to see all the dead bodies bulldozed into a massive trench, don’t get to see their co-pilot slammed with a 50-caliber round, and his blood splattered all over the plexiglass.

    Thank you Caitlin for speaking truth about war.

  • This is Caitlin at her finest, so I just stopped by to say:

    “This is Caitlin at her finest!” :+)

  • Yep

  • The roads, the bridges, the schools, etc. inside of these United States are falling apart but our government spends our money on this instead:
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52484.htm

  • Why can all the readers and commentors tell you how right you are on fake news and false narratives on Syria etc. but swallow fake political data on climate change and carbon footprint nonsense. Look at the motive behind the push. Stop believing the fake crap. The media and the scientists are bought and paid for. They suck up at the trough of scientific grants. Free money for research just be sure you reach the conclusions we ask for.

    • it’s not fake. look at the motive behind the fossil fuel corporation propaganda you have swallowed whole. it’s $. the fossil fuel companies are some of the richest and most powerful in the world. their own scientists told them that science is sound. that is not what they wanted to hear, so they went the propaganda route.

      • Stop listening to people. Look at historical charts. That your problem. Crack open a history book on weather 300 or 500 years ago. History doesn’t lie but everyone else today does. Look closely at the bracketing of climate data. Quit believing anything you hear and research it yourself.

        • Objectively measurable and statistically significant changes in the climate have been and still are taking place. People who deny this ignore the evidence, including NASA’s research. Others accept that the climate is changing but deny obvious major impacts of man-made changes to the earth’s biosphere, such as on-going deforestation and air pollution. Deniers confuse the issues and claim that all changes are simply the work of Mother Nature. I would take these deniers seriously if they presented scientific evidence and alternative statistical analysis to predict their view of the future. Then I would apply my skills as a well-qualified scientist to check if the deniers have sufficient insight and training to know what they are talking about.

        • Objectively measurable and statistically significant changes in the climate have been and still are taking place. People who deny this ignore the evidence, including NASA’s research. Others accept that the climate is changing but deny obvious major impacts of man-made changes to the earth’s biosphere, such as on-going deforestation and air pollution. Deniers confuse the issues and claim that all changes are simply the work of Mother Nature. I would take these deniers seriously if they presented scientific evidence and alternative statistical analysis to predict their view of the future. Then I would apply my skills as a well-qualified scientist to check if the deniers have sufficient insight and training to know what they are talking about

  • As an old man I could list many many pages of things that where never taught or discussed in public schools and I went to public schools in Boston where it was pretty good. At any rate I read this article this morning and I have been thinking about it all day. Please peruse it here:
    https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/11/05/living-under-the-spectre-of-hyperinflation-1923-weimar-and-today/

  • another recent example of narrative control
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/abc-news-jeffrey-epstein-amy-robach-buckingham-palace-173025977.html

    that’s how it’s done, or donahue being taken off the air for criticising the iraq war, etc. etc. etc. never ends.

  • Caitlin is a clairsentient (clear-seer). I hope who folks who are able are supporting her on Patreon. (see button under article)

  • Please – how can we start Caitlin/info meet ups around the world? It’s lonely out here. We need to find each other. Caitlin please consider a way to do this on your website.

    • I think Caitlin’s stuff is really great. It mirrors / reflects, and many cases educates, my view on so may matters. I hope to spread the good news.

    • Good idea! I’m in the Portland area and would love to meet up with Caitlin readers to discuss issues.

      Caitlin might tell us we need to go and do it.

      • People who read her articles would need to know about it and only she can assist with that.

    • A well-known possibility to find or create local groups is Meetup.com (free for members, paid for organizers). It seems there aren’t any Caitlin Johnstone groups at this moment, however there are for example a few Free Assange groups already:

      Assange | Find your people | Meetup
      https://www.meetup.com/find/?keywords=Assange&radius=Infinity

      • Yeah meetup.com is worthless for something like this – at least in my area of the world. It would have to be through Caitlin or someone working with her permission to set it up. I hope Caitlin will see the value of small groups coming together with like minds.

      • You can also try to search for local groups on topics related to Caitlin’s writings, such as truth, freedom, peace, etc.
        .
        For example, the search “truth” gives a large number of local groups around the world. Some of them could be relevant for what you are looking for:
        .
        Truth | Find your people | Meetup
        https://www.meetup.com/find/?keywords=truth&radius=Infinity

        • I am looking for a way for people who like Caitlin’s work to find each other. I’ve never had any luck with meetup.com. When I search for the words you suggested only religious groups come up. I like that Caitlin discusses spiritual concepts, but I am not interested in a purely religious perspective. There is a podcast called No Agenda and they started their own meet-ups for people around the world. Its pretty successful in that people who like the show can find one another in these small groups. I hope that Caitlin will find a way to add this to her website.

  • Caitlyn, you’re on fire with your last two essays! I love you so much! So many told gold nuggets here. This is my favorite:

    Any attempt to understand the world which fails to take into account the fact that extremely powerful people are pouring massive amounts of money and resources into manipulating your understanding of the world will necessarily result in a distorted worldview.

    So well put! Rock on! I’m so happy to support you on Patreon.

  • MSM, the last M standing for Media, also includes Hollywood. Just see how twisted the Venezuela situation is presented in the latest Jack Ryan episode entitled Cargo on Amazon. If a person wasn’t informed by the likes of Caitlan Johnstone, Max Blumenthal or Arron Mate before watching, you’d come away with a clearly biased impression. I was a child during the Cold War and many of us had one recurring nightmare, missiles raining down on us and mushroom clouds. MSM is replaying the same scare tactics.

    • The CIA and NSA have had “consultants” in Hollywood for decades. Hollywood is their best propaganda machine — and it also works for “soft disclosure.” SOME of what you see presented as science fiction is actually true. Fox’s “The X-Files” screenplays were sourced from within the alphabet agencies.

  • Pro-war propaganda wrapped in a mercenaries-are-heroes veneer from corporation, government, and viewers-like-you funded NPR/PBS is in overdrive right now. PTSD is sad, but unavoidable, so no course correction is required. 20+ vet suicides per day is an acceptable cost of spreading democracy and freedom (doing business). Millions of displaced and murdered innocent humans pales in comparison to the gumption of a few impotent wheelchair basketball stars. This piece by Caitlin (and Tim) makes me want to start soliciting sidewalk donations: “Support your wars! Don’t be a traitor!” At the end of each day, I will dutifully take the haul to a recruiting office. I’ll have to be unironically featured favorably in the local news media and VOA, but a little sarcastic shaming has the potential to go a long way. After you give me your bank account number, I will protect you from identity theft.

  • I read your blog because you are one of the few that recognize, understand and explain propaganda. Please keep it up.

  • It would be foolish NOT to follow “conspiracy theorists”. SOME of those conspiracy theories are created with factual information that is ignored and never mentioned by anyone other observers than “conspiracy theorists”.
    You don’t have too believe the theories, but it’s very worthwhile to become a conspiracy ANALYST, look at ALL the evidence and decide for yourself.
    How many here still believe 911 was a terrorist attack from the middle east? And Lee Harvey Oswald and Sirhan Sirhan acted alone? If you avoid conspiracy theories, you’ll never get the truth.

    • i think 911 was a terrorist attack from the middle east, that was allowed to happen by the bush administration. i have no idea who assassinated jfk, could have been cia, but it wasn’t because jfk was going to fight the machine he helped build. the cia prefers to use the propaganda campaign technique, as they did with carter and are doing now with trump, and they have been inept as a whole at covert action including assassination0–castro’s beard didn’t fall out, his cigar didn’t explode, etc. i don’t know why bobby kennedy was whacked, but i don’t think he was as much of a threat to the system as mcgovern or mccarthy at that time. wellstone, otoh, imo, probably was later on, and i think his plane was rigged to crash.

      • You proved my point. Nothing is as it seems, and there is always another level that remains hidden to all but the diligent. The rabbit hole goes far, far deeper than you realize, or can even imagine. You really cannot imagine, even though you are shown glimpses of it in the entertainment media all the time, presented as fiction.

        • no you are just proving that you have no more idea of what is going on than i do. what is presented in the entertainment media is presented as fiction, and it usually is. i don’t believe all the same conspiracy theories you do, and because the evidence is ambiguous that is what one would expect. the most believable fiction about the spy world i’ve seen is by john lecarre. i personally find it ridiculous that anyone would believe the buildings were rigged to explode when the same result could be so much more easily achieved by letting the plot go forward in the first place. but it indeed would make a more exciting movie, if that’s what you’re looking for.

          • I find it ridiculous that anyone would believe that 2 planes brought down 3 skyscrapers that were designed to withstand just such an occurance, and there was nothing left of them but a pile of rubble barely 2 stories high. I don’t claim to know the full truth about everything, but i’m several levels ahead of you on that count. https://www.ae911truth.org/

            “Truth is stranger than fiction because fiction has to make sense.” – Albert Einstein

  • Paul Craig Roberts wrote:

    “Today the Western World is based not on TRUTH but on LIES.
    A world based on lies is a false world, and that is what the Western World is today. It is a LIE.”

    https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2019/11/05/an-obituary-of-the-western-world/

    Good article by Mr Roberts but it won’t change anything.

    Noah also tried to reason with the people of his time in vain.

    There is only one thing left and it it the prayer of the Rosary to hasten the return of Jesus to put an end to all the bullshit.

    • This entire human experience is a made-up fiction that we as souls agreed to undertake for our benefit – and for the benefit of others like us. Nothing is as it seems.

  • Love this analogy!
    I’m still tripping on how we’ve been fed all these wildly different narratives about why the US needs a military presence in Syria, from humanitarianism to Kurds to ISIS to Iran to Russia to chemical weapons to oil, yet this isn’t immediately extremely suspicious to everyone. I mean, if some guy was constantly calling me up and giving me a whole range of wildly different reasons why he needs my bank account number, I’d immediately assume that what he actually wants is my bank account number, you know?

  • It’s the government stupid

  • Thanks so much for your work. I appreciate it enormously. One small item here: Antibodies don’t ‘attack’ foreign matter. They simply identify it. The narrative about antibodies being markers of immunity is a stretch. It’s more complex than that.

  • … the only Syria controversy we’re ever allowed to acknowledge is whether there are an adequate number of US troops there.

    Actually, that is never discussed. There were about 200 Marines there in 2016, a couple of artillery companies and support troops, cooks, clerks, mechanics, drivers, etc. Then we sent an unknown number, but probably less than a thousand, Special Operators, who engaged in kidnapping and killing people, but who never actually fought ISIS military units. Then some of them and maybe some more ordinary infantrymen were stationed in small fixed camps along the Turkish border. Maybe about a hundred men (and women?) in each camp. Believe me, they did not engage in combat operations against ISIS, because they were too few in number. At its height ISIS were said to have about 50,000 soldiers ( we should ask the Saudis — they were paying the salaries so should have some idea how many there were). Even if they only numbered 5,000, the American soldiers in Syria (illegally) would not have engaged them, being too much at a disadvantage. Many Americans think our soldiers destroyed ISIS, but even the air attacks against them had little effect. Our air forces didn’t even try to interdict the ISIS truck convoys carrying oil to Turkey until they were shamed into it by the Russian example.

  • Nano, micro and macro are all the same thing. Mollecular, personal and the world.
    There is no inside and outside. There is only one. There is only what is.
    Love you Caitlin.

  • IF an opening for victory is appearing as things become stranger and stranger, then what? Is there any single coherent organized opposition ready with a viable and fully-supported-by-all-revolutionary-parties plan to replace the current system? A blueprint for something better that all revolutionaries approve and endorse? Isn’t it more likely that we would have essentially a replay of the French Revolution’s chaos, followed not long after by a Napoleon to restore order?

    This industrial technoplex is a lifeform that cannot be destroyed by our political revolutions (essentially just internal rebalancing mechanisms) that only break its stride for a few moments before it pulls itself together again to march onward. It will only fall apart if its basic economic input needs (energy, food, water, etc) can no longer be met at a high-enough level to maintain its highly complex and hence dehumanizing form. No revolution for/against any “-ism” or class is going to save us from our own basic drives and technological abilities.

    Only nature. the basic laws of physics can restrain us to a more human level of organization like we had when we were hunting and gathering, but it’s far from sure that we have reached those limits just yet. The technologies of renewable energy and all the others of earth resource (ER) sustainable economics may just carry the technoplex up to higher levels of complexity and dehumanization and we may become even more Borglike. Should we just assimilate in blissful ignorance, or will we have to be drugged even more than we are now and genetically re-engineered? Will the more resistant need to die off?

    Maybe what we should really hope is that the technoplex will fail in making the transition to ER sustainable economics? But, how many of us want that to happen?

    OK, for now let there be the needed revolt to get things back in balance, and we’ll see what happens next.

  • The question is not “Excuse me, we’re raising funds to build another military base in Somalia, would you care to make a donation?”, but “Excuse me, we’re raising funds to buy arms for Somalis to defend themselves from the US occupiers, to drive them out of our country. Would you care to make a donation?” “Yes” is the only principled answer to that.

    But pacifists, like Pontius Pilate, wash their hands.

    • Spoken like a true arms dealer or armaments manufacturer or share-holder – win win, both sides buy more from us. How about, ‘Excuse me, we’re raising funds to hold a peace conference with all involved parties fairly represented and a small team of neutral moderators to make sure the process is fair to all.’ This is the only principled question and ‘yes’ is the only principled answer.

      • Name one peace conference that has stopped a war not already decided by the victory of one side over the other? Name one imperialist power that has decided, on the strength of ‘fair representation’ and ‘neutral moderators’ of a peace conference, to desist from its depredation when not already defeated. Historically, the saying ‘the road to war is paved with peace conferences’, has proven to be all too true.

        Sorry, not an arms dealer, manufacturer or shareholder. Just a realist. And a defeat for the imperialist military at the hands of its colonial or neo-colonial victim is a victory for all the oppressed.

  • Thank god for you Caitlin! (purely an expression of gratitude nothing of the sort about a make believe sky monster)

    Your words are literally the one and only source of complete and accurate thoughts that mirror my own. No where else do I receive true and complete acknowledgement for my understanding and beliefs all the way around, through and through. Not family, not friends, certainly not anywhere in media. Nowhere else do I feel so validated and so heard and known. I usually feel so alone. Thanks for being you, thanks for being so expressive, thanks for being so available, thanks for your words coming regularly and timely right to my email!

  • Either way ” we the people ” always lose. Please peruse this great article:
    The Enemy Within by Chris Hedges
    https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-enemy-within/

  • Coke adds life it’s the real thing

    • I’d trade 2nd amendment for voluntary taxes…..although right after we gave up the 2nd I’m sure that volunteer taxes would go away.

  • Meanwhile, the PM of Australia wants to ban all climate change protests:

    https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Australias-PM-to-Ban-Climate-Boycotts-20191103-0016.html

    • Someone doing something sensible for once.

  • I truly wish that you are correct Ms Johnstone. You ” see ” reality as I do and you see a better future. I wish for a better future but from the humanity that I see things are getting worse every single day. Ethics and morality have been removed from the ” back burners ” and thrown into the trash where are masters and owners desire them to be. Me and money are the only thoughts to be permitted among the masses; cognitive thought is not allowed anymore. Greed and control is the order of the day; everything else is folly.

  • Let’s put the Tulsi/3rd Party thing to bed for now:
    https://youtu.be/JHXiLEP5Qto

    Not a big fan of Steve Bannon but I have respect for his political analysis.
    Here he has praise and admiration for Tulsi Gabbard and her knowledge of foreign policy – skip to 12:30 minutes in:
    https://youtu.be/Z5e7Hk_grNo

  • More than 60 years ago a wise old man told me to watch what politicians do and not to listen what they say. Then he proceded to show me how to read the newspaper. He said if there is any truth it will usually be in the last 2 paragraphs. He saved many wasted hours reading and listening to politicians or voting for a dem or a rep for president.
    https://www.corbettreport.com/bigoil/
    This video details how the psychopathic billionaires have taken over almost all aspects of civilization. They have been very successful controlling yet their greatest nightmare is that the 99% will awaken and take back their power.

    • That was the sage advice given by John Mitchell, Nixon’s first Attorney General to corporate donors worried about Nixon’s professed desire for peace in SE Asia.

  • “Tulsi Demands Truth, Send it to Her” > VeteransToday(.)com
    Finally, the false flag WTC vaporization declassified

    • ” Veterans Today is a pro-Kremlin and anti-Semitic conspiracy theory and fake news website. ” The prologue to Wikipedia’s depiction of the site.

      • Finest endorsement there could be!

        • indeed.

  • “So many of spiritual-type people’s highest values would work fine in a world without sociopaths. Forgiveness, humility, trust, seeing people’s basic innocence, etc, they work fine until you run into a manipulator with no empathy. In this world they require much more nuanced use.”

    For the sake of necessity we abandon those values that we imagine make us ‘weak.’ It is always the necessary and expedient thing that in our extremity, our black and white cartoon view of things, that we think we must do.

    And so it begins– we become what we fear and hate.

    • That is not what Caitlin is saying. Don’t be naive.

  • Why the blackout on the Ukraine peace initiative under Zelensky?

    • What peace initiative? The only thing I could find on the Internets was the comedian posturing about peace, but at the same time saying that he would not follow the Minsk agreements negotiated by his predecessor. He said no way to autonomy for the freedom fighters (early Oct), but insisted that they’d be under the rule and control of the people who’ve been trying to kill them for years. I’m guessing that won’t go very far.

    • What peace initiative?

      • blackout must be a welcome sign that the Deep State’s pressititues don’t have monopoly on information and communication any more.

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