World Order 2018: Vladimir Putin.

St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra – Palmyra, Syria 2016

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n these times of uncertainty and concern over unsettled international relations on Earth, particularly relations between East and West, greater understanding between the people is vital to establish peace. Increased awareness and understanding of views from all sides of major debated issues is important, in that more beneficial actions and resulting outcomes become possible.

American editor and writer Norman Cousins (1912-1990), in his 1953 book titled “Who Speaks For Man?”, wrote: “War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace.” May the high spirit and power of Norman Cousins’ wise words now flood the Earth.

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(Thank you to Russia Insight at YouTube, Inessa S for English translation)

Editor’s note: The video documentary originally published at Russia Insight and here was taken down at YouTube, for reasons we have not determined.

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“If we look at the trends for development in the world, then it’s best to have Russia as your ally. We’re a great power. Nobody likes competition. Competitors are kept at bay – but I think in the long run, we will win. Few expected that we would act so quickly, decisively, boldly. I have some very good anchors – those anchors are the interests of the Russian Federation and its people.”

“World Order – 2018”

amburg, Tehran, Beijing, Paris, Moscow; difficult, sometimes very difficult negotiations … Press conferences, flights – our crew have filmed the President on business trips for over a year … Working with various kinds of people; allies and opponents, politicians and diplomats; the interests of Russia, the interests of the world; principles and contradictions. Everything is as usual – handshakes, photos; 1-on-1 meetings, or in teams … Speaking with journalists.

What happens behind closed doors? What does it take to achieve each new step toward mutual understanding? When he has a chance, Putin answers our questions, explains the logic behind his decisions. Everything that has taken place over the past few years – the difficult search for agreement between different peoples, leaders, states.

“Vladimir Vladimirovich: Who makes Russian foreign policy? Is it you, or is there a team of people? Are there dominant figures, or are they inclined toward various forms of dialogue? How does it happen in the context of daily changing situations?

“You want me to reveal all the secrets?

“That would be very interesting!

“I think it would be wrong. It’s a sacred thing. But you described it as it is – there are different points of view in our teams; different approaches, different proposals. Shall we do it like this or like that? There are times when we are in full agreement – for example during the events in Crimea. But it happens differently more often – discussions, exchange of opinion, but in the end I have to make a final decision. It can’t be any other way…

“The burden of power!

“Well, burden or not, it’s a responsibility. Once a decision is taken, then everyone works to make it happen.”

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Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria. [Sochi, 2017] He faced the fate of Hussein and Gaddafi; that of his country – Iraq or Libya. “From the people of Syria – I would like to express my gratitude for what you have done. We will not forget it.”

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WATCH: Putin’s FULL Interview with Megyn Kelly on NBC

Since the television was invented, few broadcast media events have reached the level of becoming remembered as of historic importance for humanity. The full interview of President Vladimir Putin of Russia by American journalist Megyn Kelly is truly historic.

Humanity looks forward to President Donald Trump of the United States being interviewed in equally historic manner by a popular woman journalist from Russia.

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Vladimir Putin interviewed by NBC anchor Megyn Kelly. The interview was recorded in the Kremlin on March 1, 2018, and in Kaliningrad on March 2, 2018. NBC showed an edited version only. The following transcript is courtesy of the Kremlin office of the President of Russia.

Transcript

Part 1. The Kremlin, Moscow, March 1, 2018

Megyn Kelly:So, thank you very much for doing this, Mr President. I thought that we’d start with some of the news you made today at your State of the Nation Address, then we will move into some facts about you in preparation for our long piece that we are putting together, and then tomorrow when we will have a longer time together, we will talk about more substantive issues together, if that is ok with you.

Vladimir Putin: Fine.

Megyn Kelly:You announced today that Russia has developed new nuclear-capable weapons systems, including an intercontinental ballistic missile that you say renders defence systems useless…

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MLK’s Nobel Peace Prize Speech: 1964 Wisdom For 2018.

By Jerry Alatalo

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

  • MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. – Strength and Love (1963)

orn in 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) would be 89-years old today – had he lived. One can only imagine what he might have accomplished had he not been shot dead in 1968 at the age of 39, in the decades of his forties, fifties, sixties, seventies, and eighties. People can only imagine what MLK would be saying today, days before the annual celebration of the national holiday Martin Luther King Day – Monday January 15, 2018.

Given certain current American developments and international events making headline news, it is especially fascinating to think about how the 89-year old MLK would react and/or respond. He was only 35-years old when honored with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, four short years before his murder in Memphis, Tennessee.

In a 1999 civil trial attorney William Pepper, a close friend of Martin Luther King Jr. in the last year of his life, agreed to accept an invitation and represented the King family. American history books have yet to get it right by noting the 1999 Memphis civil trial where a jury concluded that alleged lone assassin James Earl Ray was innocent, and that government, military and law enforcement elements inside the United States were responsible for the political assassination of MLK.

People can get a very good idea what MLK would be saying today given the current state of world affairs by reading his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech … delivered more than five decades ago.

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Martin Luther King’s Acceptance Speech, on the occasion of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, December 10, 1964

Your Majesty, Your Royal Highness, Mr. President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen:

I accept the Nobel Prize for Peace at a moment when 22 million Negroes of the United States of America are engaged in a creative battle to end the long night of racial injustice. I accept this award on behalf of a civil rights movement which is moving with determination and a majestic scorn for risk and danger to establish a reign of freedom and a rule of justice. I am mindful that only yesterday in Birmingham, Alabama, our children, crying out for brotherhood, were answered with fire hoses, snarling dogs and even death. I am mindful that only yesterday in Philadelphia, Mississippi, young people seeking to secure the right to vote were brutalized and murdered. And only yesterday more than 40 houses of worship in the State of Mississippi alone were bombed or burned because they offered a sanctuary to those who would not accept segregation. I am mindful that debilitating and grinding poverty afflicts my people and chains them to the lowest rung of the economic ladder.

Therefore, I must ask why this prize is awarded to a movement which is beleaguered and committed to unrelenting struggle; to a movement which has not won the very peace and brotherhood which is the essence of the Nobel Prize.

Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace …

After contemplation, I conclude that this award which I receive on behalf of that movement is a profound recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time – the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression. Civilization and violence are antithetical concepts. Negroes of the United States, following the people of India, have demonstrated that nonviolence is not sterile passivity, but a powerful moral force which makes for social transformation. Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

The tortuous road which has led from Montgomery, Alabama to Oslo bears witness to this truth. This is a road over which millions of Negroes are travelling to find a new sense of dignity. This same road has opened for all Americans a new era of progress and hope. It has led to a new Civil Rights Bill, and it will, I am convinced, be widened and lengthened into a super highway of justice as Negro and white men in increasing numbers create alliances to overcome their common problems.

I accept this award today with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind. I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the idea that the “isness” of man’s present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal “oughtness” that forever confronts him. I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsom and jetsom in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.

I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of thermonuclear destruction. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. I believe that even amid today’s mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow. I believe that wounded justice, lying prostrate on the blood-flowing streets of our nations, can be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men. I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down men other-centered can build up. I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive good will proclaim the rule of the land. “And the lion and the lamb shall lie down together and every man shall sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid.” I still believe that We Shall overcome!

This faith can give us courage to face the uncertainties of the future. It will give our tired feet new strength as we continue our forward stride toward the city of freedom. When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds and our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, we will know that we are living in the creative turmoil of a genuine civilization struggling to be born.

Today I come to Oslo as a trustee, inspired and with renewed dedication to humanity. I accept this prize on behalf of all men who love peace and brotherhood. I say I come as a trustee, for in the depths of my heart I am aware that this prize is much more than an honor to me personally.

Every time I take a flight, I am always mindful of the many people who make a successful journey possible – the known pilots and the unknown ground crew.

So you honor the dedicated pilots of our struggle who have sat at the controls as the freedom movement soared into orbit. You honor, once again, Chief Lutuli of South Africa, whose struggles with and for his people, are still met with the most brutal expression of man’s inhumanity to man. You honor the ground crew without whose labor and sacrifices the jet flights to freedom could never have left the earth. Most of these people will never make the headline and their names will not appear in Who’s Who. Yet when years have rolled past and when the blazing light of truth is focused on this marvelous age in which we live – men and women will know and children will be taught that we have a finer land, a better people, a more noble civilization – because these humble children of God were willing to suffer for righteousness’ sake.

… peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold.

I think Alfred Nobel would know what I mean when I say that I accept this award in the spirit of a curator of some precious heirloom which he holds in trust for its true owners – all those to whom beauty is truth and truth beauty – and in whose eyes the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold.

U.S.-Israel ‘Greater Kurdistan’ Plan: From Iran To The Mediterranean Sea.

By Jerry Alatalo

The following interview is hosted by Mr. Kevork Almassian – with Dr. Jamal Wasim, one of Lebanon’s most respected academics and professor of International Relations at Lebanon International University. They discuss the recent movement of Turkish military/armed forces toward the mercenary-held city of Idlib in northwest Syria.

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The description of Mr. Almassian’s YouTube channel is reprinted below:

(YouTube – Syriana Analysis – Joined January 13, 2017 | 12,659 subscribers – 2,193,216 views) This YouTube Channel is managed by Kevork Almassian. He is currently a Masters student at the University of Balamand’s Political Science and International Affairs Department. He is originally from Syria and was sponsored by Kalamoon University’s International Relations and Diplomacy Department to pursue his studies at Science’s Po/Paris European Affairs Department. As an expert in International Relations, Almassian publishes research articles and reports to multiple leading newspapers. Almassian created Syriana Analysis Channel to bring the voices of the silenced majority in Syria, to debunk the fake news by the Mainstream Media, and to address the greater geopolitical issues that affect the global peace.

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What the two men and former colleagues in academia reveal is a potential agreement between Syrian, Iranian, Russian and Turkish leaders to prevent the establishment of a “Greater Kurdistan”, consisting of northern Iraq, northern Syria, a portion of western Iran and parts of southeast Turkey – an evolving geopolitical goal, according to Dr. Wasim, of the United States, Israel and its allies since the outbreak of war in Syria-2011 and Iraq-2015.

If what Dr. Wasim conveys represents an accurate analysis, any optimistic perceptions holding that ISIS, al Nusra and other terrorist groups operating since 2011 are nearing defeat might need modifying, and the possibility of war escalation by the U.S./Israel/Saudi-led forces, whose “investment” in the Syrian, Iraqi and Yemeni conflicts has totaled in the $billions, remains worrying.

After U.S. President Donald Trump’s Friday October 13 address signaled his intention of essentially scrapping the 2015 P5+1 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) which guaranteed Iran’s incapacity to produce a nuclear weapon until 2025, the response from nearly all world leaders has been to strongly oppose Trump. While most observers talk about Trump’s actions as only reducing in the eyes of the world community U.S. trustworthiness, status and remaining good reputation, one could describe the current situation by pointing out that Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu have become positioned, or perhaps more accurately they have painted themselves, into a corner.

Mr. Trump’s repeated, 1984-style, and false allegations against leaders of Syria, Iran, Russia and the Lebanese militia Hezbollah, in particular pointing the finger of blame for state-sponsored terrorism at those nations doing the bulk of direct combat against terrorism in the region, are rapidly becoming known across the Earth for what they truly represent: blatant, outrageous and, indeed, massive criminal lies.

The negative blow-back Mr. Trump – and through association Mr. Netanyahu, have already received in just 24 hours is going to only increase with rising levels of intensity as awareness spreads. The U.S. and Israeli leaders are left with two options: 1) attempting to continue the obfuscation of the truth, ramping up plans for further escalation of violence, and risking world war, or 2) coming to the realization that people across the planet know what their criminal intentions mean with regard to more horrific violence in the region, devastating for millions of innocents already severely injured from the totally engineered, 16-year psychological operation called the “War on Terror”.

Their options are plainly and simply war or peace, and the lives of millions, potentially billions, hang in the balance. Enabled by the greatest false flag state-terror event in history, the now infamous 9/11, what is perhaps the 2nd largest “Big Lie” of all time – the “War on Terror” – is with increased and multiplying  speed falling apart.

Wise men and women in all regions of the world are now faced with the impossibility of choosing continued silence and/or inaction when the stakes could not be higher or more severe, and especially after choosing the immoral stance of maintaining silence for the past 16 years of heart-breaking, unnecessary, and criminal harm.

Now is the time to expose the lies of 9/11 and the “War on Terror”. At the same time, the lie that nuclear weapons have somehow benefited humanity must also become exposed, followed by righteous, worldwide, collective actions leading to the total elimination of nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth. Future generations have to become seriously considered, and factored in, during every debate and discussion of major Earthly importance … Starting at this moment.

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(Thank you to Syriana Analysis at YouTube)