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The Guardian peddles "poverty porn," touts $3,500 crisis tourism to Greece

A favorite of globalists the world over, The Guardian has never come across “crisis pornography” it disapproves of when it comes to Greece.

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The Guardian, the globalist rag that has supported every major war Britain has been involved in and which habitually enlists its highly paid presstitutes in its desire to monetize everything, has in a vicious article, begun offering seven-day “poverty porn” vacations to Greece at a cost of £2,500 ($3,500). Highlights of this “crisis fantasy camp,” set to take place in 2019, include visits to the migrant camps in the island of Samos and poverty stricken Greek families in Athens.
Taking into account SYRIZA is supposedly “leaving poverty behind” in the summer of 2018 as the “troika” (European Union, European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund) is… departing and unemployment is “going down,” it is ironic they have set a 2019 date for these “tours” to start. Did they ask the islanders on Samos, or are they just neo-colonial subjects like the Iraqis, the bombing of whose country The Guardian celebrated?
It is also ironic, as Helena Smith — a public figure with a seeming grand total of two photos on the internet — has been covering Greece for as far back as I can remember. One of her classic comments I recall was when she was cheering the anti-Serbian propaganda of the 1990’s and her support for the bombing of ex-Yugoslavia, by alleging Greeks were deranged and were characterizing Tony Blair as being  “gay” for supporting Clinton. In other words, the issue with Greeks is that they don’t cheer on wars like herself and her paper, they don’t believe in a free ride taking others’ livelihoods for free or expecting Arabs, for instance, to part with their oil because the mighty Americans arrived on the scene under dubious reasons such as 9/11.
The trip, according to RT, is being pitched as being “educational and informative” and is to be led by Helena Smith and a local correspondent, Manos Stefanakis. One wonders if they are going to offer extra services, such as where to purchase drugs from migrant gangs that are infamous for it, or other types of services, e.g. sexual. It was RT again that produced a documentary about migrant gangs selling sex a block or two away from the central Athenian square of Omonoia turning central Athens into a minor version of the sex areas of Thailand.

The Guardian with an exclusive offer to its readers to enjoy “crisis tourism.”


Crisis pornography is not new for The Guardian or for Helena Smith. In 2011, the paper reported that Greek families were giving up their babies en masse as a result of the crisis. That same year, the paper also falsely reported that 1.2 million people emigrated out of Greece, again due to the crisis. In 2012, the failure of Greece’s basketball team to qualify for the Olympic Games in London was described by Helena Smith as an “unprecedented failure” and ascribed to the crisis — even though Greece had also failed to qualify in 2000, 1992, and other prior competitions. The damage from such reporting is already done though. The supposedly “reputable” Skai.gr portal in Greece, for instance, continues to report The Guardian’s 1.2 million figure to this day, even though corrections were sent to its editorial department.
At the same time that The Guardian peddles such overexaggerated and sensational “woe is me” stories from “crisis-hit Greece,” the real costs of the crisis are ignored and the neoliberal austerity policies of SYRIZA and the troika are celebrated.
After all, The Guardian has had to enforce severe austerity cuts of its own. It has reduced its size, increased its price to a ridiculous amount, and it spews NWO propaganda funded by government advertisements as a main source of income. On its board are Rothschild bankers, and individuals it has used in the past that have questioned Greek shipowners during the Euro crisis have been sidelined.
There are limits, of course, to a “free press.” They begin and end with the oligarchy. The Guardian, for instance, subsequently recruited the now-infamous journalist Paul Mason who sold SYRIZA as if he was on their payroll, at least until the time of their election. Then he disappeared, as the austerity narrative continued and his work was done, going on to bigger and better pastures anew around Britain’s premier “anti-austerity” Labour party, run by Jeremy Corbyn, whom he advises.
Since the Greek crisis erupted, everyone has tried to “save” Greece. From Merkel, the ECB, and the IMF to an assortment of “solidarity” groups who have used the same language, they have all sought to save Greece by focusing, like The Guardian does, on the financial and the alleged “refugee” crisis. One classic group in the UK, the “Solidarity with Greece,” run by ex-trade union leaders based in London, was set up after a call by Mikist Theodorakis and Manolis Glezos, but whom they haven’t mentioned since. They instead spend all their time hanging about with SYRIZA Labour Ministers in joint meetings with the Labour Party, no doubt how to market renewed austerity in the UK if and when the Labour Party takes power. They have justified SYRIZA’s neoliberal austerity measures with campaigns such as “This Is A Coup,” blaming the evil Europeans which however are not evil enough to justify a “Grexit.”
The Guardian notes that one can look at the refugee crisis in Samos, where “small boats from Turkey bring their human cargo from Palestine and Syria in the dark to the island,” implying refugees from war are the ONLY ones arriving, when on a recent list there were “refugees” from as far as Indonesia and Colombia. But hey, why let small facts get in the way of the marketing of a great holiday? Next stop Kabul…
Update: Following the significant outcry on social media which followed The Guardian’s marketing of this “vacation” package, the package has been rescinded.
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Tape recorded evidence of Clinton-Ukraine meddling in US election surfaces (Video)

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RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou take a look at new evidence to surface from Ukraine that exposes a plot by the US Embassy in Kiev and the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) to leak Paul Manafort’s corrupt dealings in the country, all for the benefit of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has launched an investigation into the head of the Ukrainian National Anti-Corruption Bureau for allegedly attempting to help Hillary Clinton defeat Donald Trump during the 2016 US election by releasing damaging information about a “black ledger” of illegal business dealings by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

The Hill’s John Solomon, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko

“Today we will launch a criminal investigation about this and we will give legal assessment of this information,” Lutsenko said last week, according to The Hill

Lutsenko is probing a claim from a member of the Ukrainian parliament that the director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), Artem Sytnyk, attempted to the benefit of the 2016 U.S. presidential election on behalf of Hillary Clinton.

A State Department spokesman told Hill.TV that officials aware of news reports regarding Sytnyk. –The Hill

“According to the member of parliament of Ukraine, he got the court decision that the NABU official conducted an illegal intrusion into the American election campaign,” said Lutsenko, speaking with The Hill’s John Solomon about the anti-corruption bureau chief, Artem Sytnyk.

“It means that we think Mr. Sytnyk, the NABU director, officially talked about criminal investigation with Mr. [Paul] Manafort, and at the same time, Mr. Sytnyk stressed that in such a way, he wanted to assist the campaign of Ms. Clinton,” Lutsenko continued.

Solomon asked Lutsenko about reports that a member of Ukraine’s parliament obtained a tape of the current head of the NABU saying that he was attempting to help Clinton win the 2016 presidential election, as well as connections that helped release the black-ledger files that exposed Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort‘s wrongdoing in Ukraine.

“This member of parliament even attached the audio tape where several men, one of which had a voice similar to the voice of Mr. Sytnyk, discussed the matter.” –The Hill

What The Hill doesn’t mention is that Sytnyk released Manafort’s Black Book with Ukrainian lawmaker Serhiy Leshchenko – discussed in great length by former Breitbart investigator Lee Stranahan, who has been closely monitoring this case.

Serhiy Leshchenko

T]he main spokesman for these accusations was Serhiy Leshchenko, a Ukrainian politician and journalist who works closely with both top Hillary Clinton donors George Soros and Victor Pinchuk, as well as to the US Embassy in Kyiv.

James Comey should be asked about this source that Leshchenko would not identify. Was the source someone connected to US government, either the State Department or the Department of Justice?

The New York Times should also explain why they didn’t mention that Leshchenko had direct connections to two of Hillary Clinton biggest financial backers. Victor Pinchuk, the largest donor to the Clinton Foundation at a staggering $8.6 million also happened to have paid for Leshchenko’s expenses to go to international conferences. George Soros, whose also founded the International Renaissance Foundationthat worked closely with Hillary Clinton’s State Department in Ukraine, also contributed at least $8 million to Hillary affiliated super PACs in the 2016 campaign cycle. –Lee Stranahan via Medium

Meanwhile, according to former Fusion GPS contractor Nellie Ohr, Leshchenko was a source for opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which commissioned the infamous Trump-Russia dossier.

Nellie Ohr, a former contractor for the Washington, D.C.-based Fusion GPS, testified on Oct. 19 that Serhiy Leshchenko, a former investigative journalist turned Ukrainian lawmaker, was a source for Fusion GPS during the 2016 campaign.

“I recall … they were mentioning someone named Serhiy Leshchenko, a Ukrainian,” Ohr said when asked who Fusion GPS’s sources were, according to portions of Ohr’s testimony confirmed by The Daily Caller News Foundation. –Daily Caller

Also absent from The Hill report is the fact that Leshchenko was convicted in December by a Kiev court of interfering in the 2016 US election.

A Kyiv court said that a Ukrainian lawmaker and a top anticorruption official’s decision in 2016 to publish documents linked to President Donald Trump’s then-campaign chairman amounted to interference in the U.S. presidential election.

The December 11 finding came in response to a complaint filed by another Ukrainian lawmaker, who alleged that Serhiy Leshchenko and Artem Sytnyk illegally released the documents in August 2016, showing payments by a Ukrainian political party to Trump’s then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

The documents, excerpts from a secret ledger of payments by the Party of Regions, led to Manafort being fired by Trump’s election campaign.

The Kyiv court said that the documents published by Leshchenko and Sytnyk were part of an ongoing pretrial investigation in Ukraine into the operations of the pro-Russian Party of Regions. The party’s head had been President Viktor Yanukovych until he fled the country amid mass protests two years earlier.

-RadioFreeEurope/Radio Liberty (funded by the US govt.).

So while Lutsenko – Solomon’s guest and Ukrainian Prosecutor is currently going after Artem Sytnyk, it should be noted that Leshchenko was already found to have meddled in the 2016 US election.

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Meanwhile, you can also check out Stranahan’s take on Leshchenko being left out of the loop.

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‘I will take over as Brexit Party leader’: Nigel Farage back on the frontline

Nigel Farage says that if the UK takes part in European elections, he will lead his new Brexit Party.

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Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has announced that he will lead his new Brexit Party into the European elections if UK MPs decide to delay Brexit beyond May 22.

Farage, who has ostensibly appointed himself leader, told various media, including the BBC and Sky News on Friday morning: “I will take over as leader of the Brexit Party and lead it into the European Elections.”

It comes after the Brexit Party’s leader, Catherine Blaiklock, quit over a series of alleged Islamophobic statements and retweets of far-right figures on social media.

It is not yet thought that Farage has officially been elected as leader, as the party does not, as yet, have a formal infrastructure to conduct such a vote.

The right-wing MEP vowed to put out a whole host of Brexit Party candidates if the UK participates in the upcoming EU elections in May, adding: “If we fight those elections, we will fight them on trust.”

On Thursday night, the EU agreed to PM May’s request for a delaying to Brexit beyond the March 29 deadline. Brussels announced two new exit dates depending on what happens next week in the UK parliament.

The UK will have to leave the bloc on April 12 unless British MPs agree to May’s Brexit deal. If the withdrawal agreement is passed by next week, EU leaders have agreed to grant an extension until May 22.

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Baltics cannot rely on Germany any more

The matter is NATO today is not as strong as it is supposed to be. And it is not only because of leadership blunders.

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On March 29 Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will celebrate 15 years of becoming NATO member states. The way to the alliance membership was not simple for newly born independent countries. They have reached great success in fulfilling many of NATO demands: they have considerably increased their defence expenditures, renewed armaments and increased the number of military personnel.

In turn, they get used to rely on more powerful member states, their advice, help and even decision making. All these 15 years they felt more or less safe because of proclaimed European NATO allies’ capabilities.

Unfortunately, now it is high time to doubt. The matter is NATO today is not as strong as it supposed to be. And it is not only because of leadership’s blunders. Every member state does a bit. As for the Baltic states, they are particularly vulnerable, because they fully depend on other NATO member states in their defence. Thus, Germany, Canada and Britain are leading nations of the NATO battle group stationed in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia respectively.

But the state of national armed forces in Germany, for example, raises doubts and makes it impossible not only defend the Baltics against Russia, but Germany itself.

It turned out, that Germany itself remains dissatisfied with its combat readiness and minister of defence’s ability to perform her duties. Things are so bad, that the military’s annual readiness report would be kept classified for the first time for “security reasons.”

“Apparently the readiness of the Bundeswehr is so bad that the public should not be allowed to know about it,” said Tobias Lindner, a Greens member who serves on the budget and defense committees.

Inspector General Eberhard Zorn said (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-arms/germany-not-satisfied-with-readiness-of-submarines-some-aircraft-idUSKBN1QS1G7) the average readiness of the country’s nearly 10,000 weapons systems stood at about 70 percent in 2018, which meant Germany was able to fulfill its military obligations despite increasing responsibilities.

No overall comparison figure was available for 2017, but last year’s report revealed readiness rates of under 50 percent for specific weapons such as the aging CH-53 heavy-lift helicopters and the Tornado fighter jets.

Zorn said this year’s report was more comprehensive and included details on five main weapons systems used by the cyber command, and eight arms critical for NATO’s high readiness task force, which Germany heads this year.

“The overall view allows such concrete conclusions about the current readiness of the Bundeswehr that knowledge by unauthorized individuals would harm the security interests of the Federal Republic of Germany,” he wrote.

Critics are sure of incompetence of the Federal Minister of Defence, Ursula von der Leyen. Though she has occupied the upper echelons of German politics for 14 years now — and shows no sign of success. This mother of seven, gynecologist by profession, by some miracle for a long time has been remaining in power, though has no trust even among German military elites. Despite numerous scandals she tries to manage the Armed Forces as a housewife does and, of course, the results are devastating for German military capabilities. The same statement could be easily apply for the Baltic States, which highly dependent on Germany in military sphere.

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