Putin Wins New Presidential Term. MSM Is In Rage

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Putin Wins New Presidential Term. MSM Is In Rage

The mainstream media (MSM) is in rage as Vladimir Putin has de-facto secured a new presidential term with 76.66% of votes [voter turnout is currently 67.98%] after 99.84% of ballots have been processed.

The Washington Post (source):

Vladi­mir Putin cruised to victory Sunday for another six-year presidential term after an election that was long on spectacle and short on suspense. 

From the Arctic to the International Space Station, Russia rolled out an elaborate election-day display designed to show the breadth of Putin’s public support as he extended his tenure for a fourth term to 2024.

The New York Times (source):

State employees, pensioners and residents of rural areas, all of whom depend heavily on the government, tend to vote for Mr. Putin out of a combination of enthusiasm, habit and blackmail.

There were scattered reports of the usual election irregularities, with a few observers harassed or beaten and video cameras catching some ballot-box stuffing.

Mr. Putin, a former Soviet intelligence officer, barely bothered to campaign, except to stress his constant theme that Russia was a besieged fortress and that he was the only man to keep it safe by rebuilding its arsenal and projecting power beyond its borders, especially in challenging the United States.

CNN, in an article entitled “Voting underway in Russia as Putin seeks tighter grip“, writes:

Opposition activists as well as the non-governmental election monitoring group Golos were reporting voting irregularities on Sunday afternoon.

By early evening, Golos had counted 2,000 incidents, including observers prevented from carrying out their work.

A wave of anti-government protests in the past year suggests growing fatigue with corruption scandals seeping through the Kremlin and Putin’s inner circle of oligarchs.

Nonetheless, Putin is genuinely a popular figure among many Russians, who see him as a strongman who lifted the country out of post-Soviet chaos to stability.

Reuters (source):

Russian President Vladimir Putin basked in his biggest ever election victory on Monday, extending his rule over the world’s largest country for another six years at a time when his ties with the West are on a hostile trajectory.

Putin’s victory will take his political dominance of Russia to nearly a quarter of a century, until 2024, making him the longest ruler since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Putin, who will be 71 at the end of his term, has promised to beef up Russia’s defenses against the West and raise living standards.

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  • jerry hamilton

    Will you please tell it how it is… MSM IS IN RAGE. You mean THE JEWS ARE IN RAGE.

    • Nou toe nou

      MSM=ZIONISTS

      • Hisham Saber

        actually, MSM = bitter, miserable Talmudic Kabbalistic whiners. They know that as soon as Syria is fully liberated, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Hezbollah will role up the acres all the way to the satanic capital of the Zionist entity Tel Aviv.

        • Hisham Saber

          also, modern day Judaism is essentially a mutiny against God, the almighty.

          the writing is on the wall for the Zionist entity occupying Palestine. With the battle hardened Hezbollah, SAA and Iraqi militias, the pathetic Jewish squatters in Palestine better have an exit plan, as Israels days are numbered in a few years.

          good riddance to these Talmudic kabbalistic child killers. present day IDF stand no chance in the coming conflict.

  • Ariel Cohen

    New York Times, Washington Post and CNN . . . all a bunch of Zio-Bolshevik propaganda outlets. Well we’ve got news for all you shitsheets…. we are all becoming more and more aware of your dirty filthy tactics, lies, distortions and smears. It doesn’t work anymore, at least on us Southfront readers and other astute citizens. We’re not swallowing your shit anymore . . .go to HELL and roast there!

    • FlorianGeyer

      Nicely put Ariel :)

      • velociraptor

        Ariel is jewish provocator. Who push like, will be hunted by Mossad.

        • Langaniso Mhlobo

          It is true.

        • Bob

          Are you advocating for that outcome? If so, that would be targeted harassment and online threatening behavior.

  • Claire Langoulant

    Now Kadyrov prime minister and all these jewry will die !

  • KennyB

    The usual stuff from the MSM. No imagination, no originality. It’s long on innuendo, short on proof, but that’s what we expect from them.

    So, Russia’s presidential election isn’t particularly representative or democratic. Just like the USA, UK, Germany, France…

    • Barba_Papa

      Well, in those countries any presidential election will usually see a result closer to slightly above 50%. Anything bigger then 55% is usually called a massive landslide. So in that sense getting 3/4 of the votes probably seems suspect.

      • KennyB

        In the global context, it’s irrelevant. Why should we hold Russia to a higher standard than we do countries like the USA, UK, France and Germany?

        Is Russia a fine example of a democracy? No, but people who live in glass houses should change clothes in the basement.

        • velociraptor

          because in last election putin got also 54%. now was changed the law in his favour and senteced all really challengers. THIS IS DICTATORSHIP!

          • Barba_Papa

            From what I could gather he got 69% of the votes last time. And comparable votes before. And how is it less of a dictatorship then the US where you can become president and not even win the popular vote? Where political parties basically pick up voters and deliver them to poling stations? And law suits are fought over whether or not certain groups of voters should be excluded or not? Jerrymandering? Every time I watch a US election I’m utterly dumbfounded that a nation that put a man on the moon can’t organize a decently working election system.

          • velociraptor

            Look, in usa, france, uk there is majority election system. This is also legal part. in usa are defendend the interests of smaller states, therefore there weight is higher themn their real participation on whole population. Can have 3% population and have 5% votes. this is very correct. therefore automatically come presidents, who have less then 50% of whole population.
            superdemocratic!
            everybody knows the rules, the rules are not changed every 4 years.

            thos is not in russia. in russia was the election law several times changed and fit oon putin. this IS NOT democracy. this is manipulation!

          • Boris Kazlov

            You want more manipulation than in USAIPAC, where AIpac puts its money on candidates and engineers scandals to discredit, superdemocratic, AIPAC always wins.

          • TiredOfBsToo

            Accurate except for the misunderstanding of the electoral system. While it’d be hard to state the last time there was an honest election in the US, the electoral system was put in place, I think wisely so, so that no one area of the country would ride roughshod over the rest. In this case, the urban centers in say California and New York benefiting from plundering the country’s wealth (finance centers, IT etc.) over the heartland which provides the agricultural base and used to provide manufacturing as well. In other words, the electoral process was setup so that one region of the country wouldn’t dominate all others.

          • Barba_Papa

            I hear that a lot from Americans. And yet somehow the system STILL seems to be all about who wins the big states. And the urban centers of New York and California STILL run roughshot over the countryside parts of those states. The electoral system currently gives above normal influence to big states and swing states. You might as well do away with it altogether. After all, every other country on Earth has the same problems, and they seem to do alright with their systems, only the US electoral system is at worst the laughing stock of the world and at best something that bewilders the rest of humanity.

          • TiredOfBsToo

            ” You might as well do away with it altogether. After all, every other country on Earth has the same problems, and they seem to do alright..”

            Funny, all I see of the EU states system’s of governance is a big mess, what with the leaders of those countries refusing to follow the will of their populations, so I don’t see any advantages there in their voting systems, Russia being the exception. There I think the difference is that the Russian citizens are comparing where they are today vs where they were in the ’90s; that and the vicious attacks from the ‘west’ to attempt to overthrow their government and steal their resources, otherwise they’d reap the same results as the Europeans. Now, back to the electoral system. Clinton would’ve won the election and we would already be in a world war with Russia and who knows who else without it. This is not to say that the Deep State won’t cause it to happen, but it has been delayed…. for now. Trump received the vote intended for Sanders from people like me. The assault on him for over a 1.5 years is exactly because he wasn’t the choice of the Deep State and he wasn’t supposed to win; so the electoral system worked as intended and California and New York were denied their Deep State queen. He stated things like no foreign interventions, getting along with Russia and bringing jobs to the US. What he didn’t count on was the huge Deep State apparatus which governs the country and which was responsible for murdering JFK when he sought to govern as intended by the Founders of the country. I suspect he’s being lied to by his advisors and/or has had his life threatened if he doesn’t do as he’s told. I hear that Trump prefers his own security detail to the Secret Service and chooses where he’s going to eat impromptu. I get the feeling he’s concerned about the Deep State too. To get a feel for the chief member agency of the Deep State, I suggest you read ‘The Devil’s Chessboard’ by David Talbot.

          • Boris Kazlov

            Your only problem is that moon landing is a hoax to counter Russian successes in space

          • jerry hamilton

            I have often wondered about that. The pictures don’t add up.
            I can’t help thinking the Russians would have said if it was fake.

          • Boris Kazlov

            Nyet, the Russians are also aware that 911 is a false flag but, to what purpose say it? this was a trillion dollar operation and they would find themselves engaging in a war of words that nobody hears or believes, Murikans are completely dumbed down, imagine Russians using a chemical that can be traced down to them, yet people believe such absurdities.
            Have you met many people who know about building 7, that’s because they don’t show it, only show towers, but building 7 fell in freefall without being touched by a plane, how about that?
            I expect velociraptor to counter me with carefully prepared objections by the CIA.

          • jerry hamilton

            Oh the Americans think they are the worlds Police force.
            They think they are incredibly important people.
            All Superman and Wonder Woman.
            Not many Brit’s believe their government about the poisoning.
            I know many in America don’t believe.

            Yes I knew about building 7, infact I studied 9/11.
            There was nothing that I found to support any of the official story.
            There is one thing that I have wondered about.
            There is video footage of a plane going into the building and it doesn’t even slow down as it hits the steel wall. Impossible.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgXOUHuHCtM

          • AlexanderAmproz

            A colorful flag floating on the Moon
            where there is none wind and water(none color) !

          • Barba_Papa

            I find your believe in that nonsense an insult to the human spirit. If human beings set their mind to something there is nothing we cannot accomplish.

          • FlorianGeyer

            In the UK a voter only needs to state their name and address at the polling station with NO identity proof required. This of course is abused as is the postal vote system.

            It would be a simple thing to enforce if every voter had to show an official photo ID , that was then checked on a database to prevent voter fraud. Britain does not wish to do this, ergo Britain is not concerned about voter fraud, ergo the government in power likely corrupts the system.

            Russia demands personal ID to vote ,plus there are now video cameras recording in real time the events in polling stations and as we witnessed yesterday the few infractions that did occur were spotted and dealt with.

            I find it odd that a handful of voting officials were willing to ‘stuff ‘ a few votes in ballot boxes when they were fully aware they were being filmed in real time.
            It is my opinion that they did this in an attempt to discredit the system for their own political reasons or were given bribes.

          • jerry hamilton

            I can confirm that no ID is required.
            If you go to your local polling station and give your name, they will look it up.
            As long as you are registered to vote at that particular polling station. You can.

          • FlorianGeyer

            It seems completely barmy doesn’t it Jerry. :)
            They all look the same too me :)

          • Barba_Papa

            In the UK, that’s my impression at least as an outsider, voter fraud is harder to organize nationally. With all those districts the system seems more decentralized. Instead of hacking one organization you’d have to hack hundreds. On the plus side you’d only have to target the marginal seats, where even a small shift can make a difference.

            >>I find it odd that a handful of voting officials were willing to ‘stuff ‘
            a few votes in ballot boxes when they were fully aware they were being
            filmed in real time.<<

            Hmm, never underestimate human stupidity I'd say. There's not much point though in doing this as Putin was always slated to have a huge win. Stuffing additional ballots would only serve to add a few percentages at best to Putin's win. Not much to be gained for Putin, at the risk for the allegations taking away from his election victory.

          • FlorianGeyer

            The Russian Polling Station cameras were also freely available to watch in real time on the internet and banks of these monitors were displayed in public places as well. It is my opinion that the ‘stuffers’ who were well aware of the cameras , broke the election laws to purposely give ammunition to the US/EU media.

            As for the UK, since we have been greatly ‘enriched’ with immigration over the last few decades ,election fraud has become more apparent during that time , particularly with the local elections in our ‘enriched’ cities.

            The UK Election process is no longer fit for purpose, except the ‘Common Purpose’ of our Zionist masters.

          • KennyB

            Probably. So what? It’s the Russian people’s problem. We should not be going about the world seeking to depose dictators, nor should we be responsible for putting dictators in power, which the USA has done on numerous occasions.

            That Russia’s elections are a sham is no reason for anyone in the West to feel smug. Our electoral systems are rigged too.

            The USA is full of examples where laws have been passed to favour a single party and the Republicans have been playing fast and loose with the voter registration laws in many states for years in order to disqualify Democratic Party voters. In the UK, delimitation of constituencies is a tool used to favour one or other party.

            Once we have representative democracy in the West, then only can we criticise Russia.

          • Boris Kazlov

            The only sentenced is Navalny by a Court, not by Putin, all the rest could run.

          • Tudor Miron

            Who are those real challengers?

        • Barba_Papa

          I wasn’t really trying to defend the MSM, far from it. Just an observation that to a casual observer in the West, used to close Western election results, getting 76% of the votes looks funny.

          But you’re completely right of course.

      • velociraptor

        read may answers above and below

    • velociraptor

      In none of by you mentiond western countries change the election law in favour of one candiate. so, yes, in west are free election, in byzantian russia is tyiatr.

      • Boris Kazlov

        How was the election law changed to favor Putin, please explain instead of your usual USAIPAC diarrhes.

        • velociraptor

          3x

  • Γ.ΤΟΜΠΡΟΣ

    In Greek we say let them drink vinegar to calm down their sorrow and anger

  • MD Ranix

    God bless Russia under Mr Putin

    • Starlight

      Short term, Putin has been great for Russia (especially ensuring Russia can throw nukes better than the rest in the Final Conflict). Mid-term and Putin has fallen for every zionist trick in the book. Long term, and Putin has groomed the US military to become ever more malicious and murderous- ensuring that the Iran War will happen soon, and shortly after WW3.

      There were many Putins in the run up to WW1 and WW2. History now regards them as “fools”, since regardless of moral position, they simply acted as “enablers” to the war mongers.

      -Putin voted for America’s obscene anti-N-Korea sanctions at the UNSC, even as America was ramping up sanctions on Russia.

      -Putin gave explicit permission for NATO (Turkey) to invade Syria- against Assad’s loudly expressed outrage.

      -Putin gave explcit permission for the Americans to butcher the Russian irregulars.

      Putin has never stood in the way of the Deep State. Syria is actually ruined- set back decades- and that is 99% of what Israel wanted. Putin has explicitly refused to sell s-400 air defense systems to Syria or Iran, but has offered the same to Israel, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

      Putin is now ending a war in Syria that he allowed to happen in the first place. But so incompetent is Putin, even here the british, french and americans are on the verge of a massive air and missile blitz of all significant facilities in Syria.

      As the screws continue to turn on Russia, all Putin the Great will do is move Russia increasingly to the most efficient nuclear weapon economy the planet has ever witnessed. A bear backed into a corner with laser eyes, and claws of adamantium. Just as the demons of the Deep State want and need.

      • Hisham Saber

        spoken like a true Zionist jew blowjob, in fact, if I had your address , I would send you pillows to kneel on while you serviced your Israeli cousins.

        pathetic. Russia, under Putin will never offer Israel a damn thing. Pure fantasy.

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      • HighLord Gaz

        “Putin gave explcit permission for the Americans to butcher the Russian irregulars.”

        Thanks for confirming that you’re a total icking fudiot. How infected with the hasbarat virus must one be to utter such an outrageous absurdity.

  • FlorianGeyer

    Congratulations from all the sane minds in Britain President Putin.

    If you were our Prime Minister Britain would not be in the debt laden crisis we are in.
    The British national Debt now equates to £36,000 for every subject ( children included) and that debt can be doubled when all the state pension liability’s are taken into account.

    We do have a shiny new aircraft carrier ( with a leak ) and one more on the way though. They will be without aircraft for a few years though as the US F35 is late arriving due to ‘ issues’. :)

    • Barba_Papa

      ‘F-35 issues’ -> translation -> Lockheed Martin is trying to extort more money.

    • velociraptor

      more, more, traitor of UK! this is not enough, you shoul more lick putins ass. this is for gulag only. :DDDDDD

      • Boris Kazlov

        That is the last straw, to brand somebody who sees through the obvious plot as a traitor to UK, nothing less can be expected from a USAIPAC troll.

        • Turbofan

          what did he say?.. I blocked him weeks ago

          • jerry hamilton

            I would block him too but he makes me laugh.

          • AlexanderAmproz

            Me too,

            we didn’t need such impertinent unpleasant insects…

      • Bob

        ‘traitor of UK’ – your usual hyperbolic tosh. What, for having an objective and analytical economic and performance based response to the most expensive piece of conventional military hardware in the short to medium term UK forecast military budget – which is of course purchased from a secondary and foreign nation? Actually, it would be
        far more traitorous of UK national interests not to look into these matters – and to highlight the glaring shortcomings and profound lack of value for sunk investment.

    • TiredOfBsToo

      There’s even a rumor that the F35s may be made capable of flying even when a bird is present. :-)

      • FlorianGeyer

        Britain has many species of birds, so this will be important. Perhaps a picture of a Bird of Prey needs to be painted on the nose of the F35’s to keep the smaller birds away :)

      • Bob
        • TiredOfBsToo

          Thanks for the links…….Ahhh, but after they’re retrofitted they’ll continue to move on to the next problem which they may not detect until they attempt to target Russia. Can you imagine NATO being armed with a fleet of these turkeys and finding out how many problems they really have, after they’ve launched an attack on Russia and her allies….

          • AM Hants

            Talking of that, have you heard about the German General who got the sack, because he kept begging Germany to buy the expensive rubbish?

            We Warned You: German Air Force Chief Ousted for Promoting F-35 Acquisition… https://sputniknews.com/military/201803191062705376-luftwaffe-chief-ousted-f-35-acquisition/

          • TiredOfBsToo

            Yeah, I saw that. He was warned and whoops…… :-) I guess Von Der Leyen believes if you’re going to buy war planes, they should be able to fly in all kinds of conditions. Leave it to the Germans to be brave enough to defy the Empire’s desires. I can understand why. I love German engineering. My VW has 315,000 miles on it and I’ve never done any engine or transmission work on it, a few sensors, spark plugs, coils, brake pads common wear items. If I’d owned an American automobile, it would’ve been at the junk yard before 100,000 miles on the odometer (from past experience).

            Thanks for the link though, I’d seen it earlier.

          • AM Hants

            What is even funnier, is another German politician, wants to share Russian defence systems, in a German/Russian partnership? This is whilst the new Foreign Minister is going around telling everybody that Russia has to hand back Crimea and also adhere to Minsk II?????? Guess, he has not read Minsk II and has not idea if Russia has to adhere to it, then so do France and Germany, as they are also guarantors?

            The lunatics have certainly taken over the asylums, over in Europe.

          • TiredOfBsToo

            I agree, “The lunatics have certainly taken over the asylums, over in Europe.”
            And these are supposed to be the representatives and professional leadership…. I wonder if Germany, I think one of only 2 or three EU countries to congratulate Putin on his election win, is starting to think about it’s own needs instead of what the EU bureaucracy desires; things like the Nordstream 2 pipeline, that nuts like Poland and Ukraine want to scuttle in order to buy expensive gas from the US arriving on ships during fair weather, and having planes that fly.

          • AM Hants

            I cannot make out Germany. You have the Foreign Minister, today, going on about Russia, having to give up Crimea and adhere to Minsk II, bearing in mind that Russia is a guarantor, just like Germany and France. No doubt, he will soon get sick of Ukraine.

            Then you have Merkel, who is siding with May, with regards Russia.

            Followed by a sane one, who wants to get a decent relationship with Russia, back on track. Plus, as you say Nord Stream II, and Merkel could not care less, about it, however, the German Business men/women demand different.

            What I could not understand, was why the EU was being so nice to the UK today and just what have we offered them? No doubt, everything they were asking for, but, we will not hear about it.

            There again, there is a seriously interesting article on Moon of Alabama, which says that the EU nations, were spinning words and not quite so behind the UK, as originally claimed.

            “No Patients Have Experienced Symptoms Of Nerve Agent Poisoning In Salisbury”
            There have been some interesting developments in the alleged poisoning case of the British-Russian double-agent Sergej Skripal and his daughter.

            The British governments standing on the issue is getting worse as more inconsistencies and doubts on its statements come to light. The international support for its claims is weakening… http://www.moonofalabama.org/

          • TiredOfBsToo

            Germany is a puzzle alright, look how long it took them to assemble a government after that last election, plus they now have the growing AFD movement; which I suspect will be much stronger next time if they don’t start making some serious changes. I believe the circus environment is due to a combination of the effect of reverse sanctions and the demands to make things worse by the Empire, the influx of refuges and migrants, the dictates of the EU to dump the pipeline and I’m sure that Merkel, in spite of how she acts towards Russia in public, suspects what this bs about poisoning is all about. I think she also has a good understanding of what Russia is about and though Germany is still occupied, doesn’t want to make matters worse between Germany and Russia, though she has to be careful in what she says and does due to the occupation and the herd like environment among EU leaders. At least that’s my take on it.

            Re. the EU / Uk words…. I don’t really know what’s going on between the EU and UK only that it sounds like they’re trying to show unity among the member nations by supporting the UK but at the same time wanting to see some real facts. The EU is still requesting that Russia answer UK’s charges which I think is unreasonable at this point. I had heard that Russia states that for the UK to identify the compound, they would have to have a reference to compare it to. Well yeah, that’s just common sense, but at the time that was stated, I didn’t realize that Russia had never developed the toxin therefore, it would be impossible for it to be of Russian origin. The chemists for Uzbekistan working on it moved to the US and the development continued among the countries of the US & UK. So I don’t really understand the point of the EU telling Russia to answer the charges whereby the UK won’t provide a sample or any information about the victims. I do suspect though that the EU wants to be careful and not get itself into some kind of hot intervention. They may also suspect that it’s all just theater for demonzing Russia, but just need to show solidarity until that Colin Powell moment.

            As for what the UK offered the EU…. I saw an article regarding Brexit 1 year for deadline and 2year agreement of something or other but haven’t read it yet. Anyway, each day brings new developments or acts of stupidity and I have to admit, Boris is starting to have the same effect on me as Haley, whereby I can’t even stand to see his face much less hear his voice. Meanwhile, the Empire’s navy has Syria in it’s sites and I just don’t know what Russia will do about another act of stupidity from Yosemite Sam.

    • TheLulzWarrior

      1998: “RASHA is DONE!! Hahahahaha!”
      2018: *Screeching in autistic rage*
      https://i.imgur.com/0Aqybym.jpg

    • Hisham Saber

      F-35, the worlds first flying garbage truck.

      Also the F-16 of the ISraeli Airforce recently shot down by Syrians was hit by a SAM-5, 60’s technology.

      • FlorianGeyer

        Garbage trucks do not need 50 man hours maintenance for every hour of flight though :)

      • gustavo

        If this happen with old soviet technology, you must have a good idea what will happen when S-300, S-400 and S-500 be operating. If for USA fighter the SAM system in North Viet-Nam was a nightmare, these new Russian systems will be a sure suicide hell.

    • AM Hants

      Well said and ditto.

  • Onno Frowein

    The west & its presstitutes are SOUR that President Putin won AGAIN in a landslide, Thank God. President Putin shows the world what democracy is all about & why the Russian people support him. There is NO leader in the West who protects their nation or their people like Putin. On top of that he stands for world peace in contrast to the warmongers in Washington & their vassals in Brussels.

    • jerry hamilton

      That’s sure to piss off velocrapter

    • velociraptor

      you know nothing. west WANTs pootin, the loser. he is god read and we know, he is shitman :DDDD zhirinovskij would be worse for us.

      • Alex

        If the west wants Putin, why are you so worked up then, if he’s your man, enjoy it quietly, stop running around like a headless chicken all over the site.

        • velociraptor

          i wish better future for russian people

          • Boris Kazlov

            You wish nothing but the pre-Putin chaos

          • velociraptor

            for you sure :DDDDDDDDDDD

          • Alex

            right… we’ll manage , thnx

          • Tudor Miron

            Now that was a bold statement :D With such friends as this creature, there’s no need for enemies.

          • velociraptor

            Putin is NOT ENOUGH good. This is my message. You should find among you better leaders. Who are able to ignite the economy. Putin tried. I know lot of about this. But he failed. For this is not good.

          • velociraptor

            Cam you help me with something?

          • jerry hamilton

            To be honest. I think you are beyond help.

          • Hisham Saber

            ya, so long as they let the international jewish criminal syndicate rule Russia.

            I am almost certain that Russia has a few SARMAT ICBM’S targeted at Tel Aviv, Haifa and the rest of the occupied Palestinian territories. Since ISrahell is the center of global discord. pathetic jews never learn. that’s why the have been expelled from 184 countries and provinces since 250 A.D. Carthage all the way to 1948 Arab countries. sometines exiled and expelled repeatedly. they are a scourge to the human race. these direct descendants of Cain, and agents of Satan. Afterall, Judaism is essentially a mutiny from God almighty. The writing is on the wall for the international jews and their occupation a Palestine.

  • Sakaramanga

    I believe what I see; Russia is losing territory since 1980’s. Also peace in RF and its neeighbours is being continuously threatened by the uprisings in ex-Soviet Nations which no doubt are organized by the West. Putin is the only leader who have taken a solid stand against the West. (remember -or check- the essential speech Putin gave 2014 at Sochi). He is therefore attacked from left,right and front by the West and its MSM and puppets. Majority of the world population is aloof, ignorant or knocked up by MSM lies and can’t see what is obvious.

    Congratulations Putin!

    • velociraptor

      russia loses territories since 1905. that year was the largest the russian empire. this lose of territories will continue. russia will lose caucasus, and later asian parts. already now there are 3-5 million illegal chinese. china can take easily the far east, which tokk russians from china in the 19th century.

      • AJ

        It still remains the biggest country on earth with the greatest known natural resources

        • velociraptor

          and? they are nto able to manage that land. only take resources, sell them. if instead of russians were there germans …

          • KennyB

            The Russians fought long and hard to stop the Germans in 1941-1945, and in Syria, the world is again indebted to Russia for fighting the current Evil Empire.

          • velociraptor

            Gamans had huge losses in 2 wws. But i pointed on differences in menthality. Russian mentality is use something and throw away. germans are creators and builders. I was between russians in tayga. So primitive buildings… laizy people, do the least necessary things. Therefore is no real development. Stalin understood this. He put a gun to their head and told: either you will work normal or die. eventually gulag.

          • KennyB

            Well, you seem to be a bit of a dinosaur yourself, so perhaps your criticism is misplaced.

          • Tudor Miron

            Germans tryed :) Didn’t work too well for them. Current Germans cant even defend their own woman.

        • TiredOfBsToo

          With the ‘west’ as envious of this and at the same time attempting to steal those anyway they can; only one thing stands in their way, the New revitalized Russia with Putin at the helm.

      • Boris Kazlov

        Russia is recovering from bolshevism and Brest-Litovsk, countries are coming back to Russia, not he other way round.

        • velociraptor

          bolshevism enganced the territory. stalin kisses you.

          • jerry hamilton

            Bolshevism was the most evil thing to be seen on planet Earth.

          • velociraptor

            putin is big bolshevik. what do you think, whom was allowed to be an officer of KGB? moreover, putin is jew, zionist. so, shit yourself!

          • jerry hamilton

            Hmmm… his mother was a devoted Christian and his father was an atheist.
            Yes I can see where you are heading with this.
            I had figured your age to be about 12.
            I think I might have been a bit generous.

          • velociraptor
          • jerry hamilton

            Ha ha ha ha ha. You are funny but not intellectually so.
            Yes, they said the same about Hitler too.
            There is some funny stuff about it on the internet but only an idiot would believe it.
            http://www.dancor.sumy.ua/forum/obshchestvo/160806

          • BMWA1

            Shelom alernative for Kurgan (шелом = курган) or in English, “mound”, although Kurgan a more common word, both Russian not Yiddish in origin. Term applied to burial mound (e.g., Early Bronze Age Kurgan Culture, cf. works of Gimbutas, Telegin, etc.). So mother was family from leso-step region with burial mounds, probably in Middle Ages. Similar to Kurganov.

          • Lealeo

            Shelom can be derived from “Salam”, Is Putin Arabic Muslim?
            Hahahaha. You are so didiculous, kid.

            Shelom from Shlem – the helmet.

            And don’t think i can’t read Russian.

            Her mother is Maria. That’s just fact that Jesus’s mother is Maria.
            Jews will never use this name, as long as Jews are antichristian.

        • TheLulzWarrior

          Nope. Bolshevism and civil war was caused by the continuation of the war by the (((February Revolution))).

      • Tudor Miron

        Keep typing creature. Work harder :)

        • BMWA1

          He is “enganced” like Pan Gitler.

      • Hisham Saber

        Russia is still the largest country in the world. Russia is not losing territory, but actually the opposite, as in Abkhazia and South Ostia, never mind the Crimea.

        Dream on, because through Russia, Syria, Hezbollah, Iraq , Iran are very powerful and more than enough to liberate Palestine. And rid the Middle-East from the nefarious child killing Israel. The IDF attacked Lebanon in 2006, got kicked in the teeth so bad they were begging the U.S, U.N. for cessation of hostilities because their much touted IDF was in essence routed. They even discontinued the Merkava MBT because it proved to be a sad example of a modern MBT. So much for the so-called ‘chariot of god’.

  • antoun

    ahah the opposition vlassof is totaly out!!! and their leaders occidentals cry of rage ahaha victory russia!!

  • Wolfgang Wolf

    congrats Mr. President! live well and prosper and kick some western idiot´s asses :)

  • velociraptor

    Only swine can be happy from such fraudfully elections as were in russia. Only swines applaud putin, who eliminated all persons who criticized his person. only swines can hail russia, where the election law is contunuously changed for election of putin. only idiots can be happy, that the russian constitution was raped, for reason, that one megathief, oligarch could be unlawfully again elected.
    if russia has nobody else, only thief putin, then they have no future. if putin is the best of 140 000 000, then they are less then bantu nigga. poor russian muzhiks, they need dictator/tsar over their heads. russians are asians, mentally do not belong in europe. sorry, the cultural rift between this byzanto-tatar mentality and broad-mindnessed west is too giant. russia should build its asian state, and EU forget russia.

    maybe in 24th century ruskies enter the level ov civilized nations. maybe. maybe arabs first.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=8_CziKLuKIs

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZynEF5Dbktc

    i wish a happy wodka day for all ruskie fans :)))

    • jerry hamilton

      Every countries ballots are accused of being rigged. This is normal.
      Putin is still the one man that can make the Earth a safer place.

    • Nou toe nou

      And in the US they don’t even check your ID in many election wards. I saw similar changes in US where thousands of illegals probably voted and using an electronic system that can never be truly audited like a piece of paper.
      Only a fool can doubt Putin’s popularity. Anyone can see he is a leader unlike the prostitutes, elected by brainwashed sheep in the west that sell out their own populations to “refugees”.

      • velociraptor

        there is no id card

        • Nou toe nou

          So how can you call it a democracy if you don’t even check that the citizenry vote and not illegal foreigners?

          • velociraptor

            This is THE FREEDOM!

            The state is here for you, not you for state!

          • Nou toe nou

            I don’t think so that is being dominated and ruled by foreigners.

    • Sakaramanga

      rachmaninov, tchaikovsky, dostoyevsky, tolstoy, borodin, lenin, gagarin …..dont make a fool of yourself.

      • velociraptor

        lenin is cock.

        i wrote in one of my comments, 10% of russians are on high level.

        • Sakaramanga

          For argument’s sake guess 10% is a lot. Dont think that can be the case for any Nation in the world. Then again, criteria seems to be subjective. I say any ordinary -even low class- Russian is good at least in 1 thing apart from his/her business…eg. balet/piano etc. I had time to check this to satisfy me of my such verdict.

          Point is; If the West would let them be, they’ll just mind their own business, Nobody asking you or me to like them, in fact they want to live with themselves. And Putin has only one option; be strict, authoritarian to keep the country intact, otherwise greedy West will eat RF up in a blink.

          Lenin; everyone knows his cock, not yours, nor mine.

          • velociraptor

            10% is not lot, if the rest is stupid. while in western antions the intelligence is according to gaussian curve, in russia is the L-type curve. few intelligents, terrible amount of primitives.

        • AJ

          Dont forget the millions of illegal unregistered voters who voted for Hillary lol

    • TiredOfBsToo

      You’ll notice that it was caught on camera, reported by RT, results thrown out and people arrested. Such things would never happen in the ‘west’ where such skull duggery always passes as a fair election, no one get’s prosecuted, and results are worked over by computer programs that don’t leave a trail. Another thing one notices about Russian elections is that they use paper ballots read by machines thus allowing for any tallies to be verified as needed, unlike in the ‘west’ and especially the US. Another thing to notice is that while there’s no limit to spying among the citizens of the ‘west’, especially the US, you won’t find cameras protecting the vote centers.

      Congratulations Putin on a fair election observed by 1500 foreign observers.

  • paul ( original )

    Ihave certainly not read everything about this election. Putin stood
    as an independent candidate rather that a candidate of United Russia.
    I could certainly use some understanding of the ramification of this
    decision. Could it be that it increased Putin’s popularity? Does this
    foretell some future change of emphasis ?

    • Tudor Miron

      What it actually means is that now he is not tied with the elites (United Russia) and there are no obligations to them. This is simbolic but important.

      • paul ( original )

        This is what I suspect. These things can be more complicated that someone far away can properly understand.

  • Michał Hunicz

    The last one (Reuters) is actually pretty funny and more accurate. I don’t see too much propaganda here.

    • TiredOfBsToo

      Too much being the operating word. They had to throw in ‘dictator’.

    • Turbofan

      Propaganda from Reuters and the BBC(in the past) is more subtle..Always keep that in mind

  • Nou toe nou

    Why are the Zionist MSM never complaining about the dictatorships that are allied to the USA for example Saudi Arabia ? Pathetic double standards. The US should sort out it’s own problems and leave the Russians to determine their own destiny.

    • jerry hamilton

      That would mean the US not interfering. That will never happen.

    • jade villaceran

      as long as saudi royals is kissing american ass, usa not bothered bringing freedom bomb in saudi arabia

  • AJ

    6 more years of western foaming at the mouth derangement!

  • Rob

    In Washington the majority of politicians are corrupt and that is why the voters turnout is so low. To be honest if I was eligible for Russian election then definitely I would cast vote for Mr. Putin. He is so kind and genius president. He is successful because Mr. Putin is not corrupt. While the politicians in Washington, UK, France etc. are corrupt and can be defeated and humaliated easily.

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      It happens to all paid whores, at the end my friend and they are the biggest ones, in the globe.

  • EoF

    Now Putin has six years to fix the world. I’m backing you Putin. Start with Ukraine. Good luck. Slava Russia.

  • TiredOfBsToo

    Jealousy and envy from the lame stream media non-entities who long ago forgot what fact based reporting was all about. The Russian people’s pride of their nation with the man who resuscitated their country after the US plundered it in the ’90s, was on display throughout Russia. 1500 foreign observers took part in observing the election process. Cameras were put in place to observe no skull-duggery took place. Locations where ballot stuffing took place even appeared on RT along with the electoral body stating that such locations would be disqualified and people arrested. Compare that with the skull-duggery of the past elections in the US and especially the last one where an overwhelmingly popular candidate (Sanders) of a political party was shafted during it’s primary in favor of the most Deep State supported candidate. Look at too the overwhelming support of leadership in the ‘west’ especially the extremely low ratings of the US Congress and President, as well as the leadership throughout the EU; the British and German governments don’t seem to have done too well in their last elections either. So you really can’t blame the media controlled by the losers in the ‘west’ for crying about Putin’s win. Putin’s numbers reflect what he’s done for his people in numbers that the so-called leaders in the ‘west’ can only dream about. Putin’s numbers displays the difference between what working for the benefit of the people and one’s country can achieve vs what’s is done in the ‘west’ where the leadership goes to the highest bidder.

    • jerry hamilton

      Good post.

      • TiredOfBsToo

        :-)

  • Lena Jones

    The jew media can stfu!

    Many congratulations to Mr. Putin and to the Russian people from this American. A sane vote for a sane leader.

    A leader who won’t bow and kiss the global jew ring.

  • PeakyBlinder

    Well, just another shining example of the writers of this site. The site claims to be neutral, but is far from it. I do not see “rage” in any of those western articles. Everyone in the MSM knew Putin was going to win. Yet Southfront writers will lead you to believe that the west is in shock and rage over this. As an American I can confirm that most people in America do not dislike Putin. But according to most of the people on this site, as an American I basically have a picture of Putin up by my bed and I shoot it with my gun every morning when I wake up. If you do not believe me that this site is very anti-westerm and not nuetral, read the articles. These articles quote TASS and RT like they are the bible, but discount every single western media source as biased. The Russian press is just as biased in the other direction.

    Southfront writers, I like your maps and you have great updates, just please be neutral, and report things as if you dont support either side. :)

    • Ronald

      Every media source is biased. Rothschild owns Reuters and the Associated Press, Murdock owns most of the rest in the west, so yes they are biased.
      RT , Sputnik , BBC , CBC etc., having government funding are yes biased.
      Neutrality is difficult to achieve, but you can look at both views and achieve some sort of balanced understanding. Reliability is the key in judging witnesses.
      SF does make an effort at presenting different sides that have some reliability, from around the world, and that is why they have a large American following. Enjoy your day.

      • PeakyBlinder

        Oh I agree that every news source is biased and that you have to read both. What bothers me is that at least a good portion of the contributors on this site are biased against one side or the other. I’ on this site because I just want one place were people look at things as objectively as possible. There have been some great pieces on here, but in my opinion, more than half of these pieces are written against one side or the other. This piece being a prime example. Saying that the MSM is in a rage is completely false, and the purpose of this article is to 1. get clicks (fair enough) and 2. to give off the impression that the west has this massive vendetta against Putin (which is only partially true imho). I just feel frustrated when this site feels so biased, the potential here is amazing!

        Thanks for the well thought out reply, that is rare and very welcomed :)

    • FlorianGeyer

      You will find that the Russian press is actually far more adversarial that the Western press today.
      Humans learn from experience, for a generation or so anyway.

      Russia from 1917 to 1991 had a state controlled media that for years had used ‘ state propaganda and silence ‘ to crush any opposition. Enforcement against alternative ideas and opinions were punished severely and ‘ political correctness ‘ was often the chosen weapon on the state. The Russian people are better able to recognise bullshit when they see it now

      The West today is in many ways similar to the USSR . There are no gulags in the West apart from the ghetto’s BUT it is almost impossible to have a career unless one bows to the views of the establishment. Especially in the media, military,finance, medical care, police,jewdiciary, charities, etc.

      Being a trucker, a burger flipper, construction worker ,prisoner etc are careers a dissident can have :)

      You should google ‘ The Frankfurt School ‘ of thought from the 1920’s to date . It makes informed reading for an open mind.

      • PeakyBlinder

        Will look into, thanks!

        • FlorianGeyer

          Although is all to obvious to state that all negative propaganda is designed to put blame on others whilst erecting a smoke screen around the the broadcaster to prevent the target audience looking at what the broadcaster is actually doing.

          It is logical for a any nation with great problems to erect a smoke screen and blame another but it does not solve or better the living conditions of the general public who are not embedded with the nations regime.

          Bullshit all to often does baffle brains. That is the power of propaganda but the propaganda of today does seem as emotive infantile as that of yesterday. Apart from a few enlightened citizens of the world , some of whom congregate here who have learned to see through the smoke..

  • John

    Sour grapes by the usual suspects. What else could have been expected?

  • Langaniso Mhlobo

    Congratulations to my friend Vladimir V. Putin.The great nation of pride have speak through ballot boxes.Russia will eventually become the most powerful rich and only strong democratic nation on earth.NATO,May and Stoldenberg criticisms have failed.Russia and Iran has converted all sanctions in success.Putin you are slow but very alertfull and intelligent.Trump is so stupid like Boris, Stoldenberg,May,Niki and Satanyahu.

    Their failed to be associated with the least brilliant people like Putin and allies.

  • Mountains

    There is really not much to congratulation him on hence The Russians properties and livelihood is being stolen in Ukraine he put his country on a dengerous path and humiliation plus into a war they can’t win even tho I agree they could technically if he chose his people before himself.

    Yesterday the Russian embassy said that the ukrains were even denying russian citizens even entering the Russian embassy areas. Ukraine army is mobilizing to rid them of Europe and they can’t move and these russian men in Donbass are literally forced to be there because if they leave many of them will lose their houses and they are literally in another Ghouta pocket and Putin has abandoned them.

    Putin has done literally nothing to prove himself and if I were him I this issues would not have happened because I would have defended the rights of the russians who are stranded in Ukraine like that

  • AlexanderAmproz

    US/Israel/NATO arrogant bravado selfishness is tiring,
    Europe should prise Putin and left the NATO
    with the Cow-Boys boots and Torah …

    One of the best action taken by the French General Charles de Gaulle
    was to left the NATO, but Niclas Sarkozy, a French Jew traitor did the opposite !

    Operation Sarkozy : how the CIA placed one of its agents
    at the presidency of the French Republic
    http://www.voltairenet.org/article157821.html
    ==================================

    http://www.voltairenet.org/article200068.html

    Putin’s warning: The new Russian nuclear weapons

    by Manlio Dinucci

    The President Putin’s speech on the State of the Nation [1], dedicated to domestic and international issues, aroused little political-media interest and some ironic remarks in Italy. Yet it should be listened to with great attention.

    Avoiding diplomatic roundabout expressions, Putin lays his cards on the table. He denounces the fact that in the past 15 years the United States fueled the nuclear arms race, trying to acquire a strategic advantage over Russia.

    This is confirmed by the Federation of American Scientists: through revolutionary technologies, the US has tripled the destructive capability of their nuclear attack ballistic missiles.

    At the same time – Putin underlines – the US withdrew from the ABM Treaty and deployed a global system of “missile defense” to neutralize the Russian ability to retaliate against a nuclear first strike.

    In the wake of NATO’s expansion to the East, they installed missile sites in Romania and Poland, while other launching systems (not only of interceptor missiles but also of attack missiles) are on 18 warships dislocated in areas close to the Russian territory.

    Russia had many times warned the United States and European NATO member states that reciprocal measures would be taken in response to the deployment of the US global missile defense system.

    Russia has many times warned the United States and European NATO member states that, in response to this deployment, it would have taken counter-measures. “But no one was listening to us, so listen now,” warned Putin. He then passes to the language of force, the only one evidently understood in Washington.

    After recalling that after the fall of the USSR, 44.6% of its military potential and that the US and its allies were convinced that it would no longer be able to rebuild it, Putin shows up, on two large screens, the new types of strategic weapons developed by Russia:

    – A cruise missile launched from the air armed with a nuclear warhead, with practically unlimited range being powered by nuclear energy, an unpredictable course and the ability to penetrate through any anti-missile defense.

    – Kinzhal and Avangard missiles with hypersonic speed (over 10 times that of sound).

    – The 200-ton Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile on a mobile platform, with a range of 18,000 km, armed with more than 10 nuclear warheads maneuvering at hypersonic speed to escape interceptor missiles.

    – A submarine drone faster than a torpedo that, powered by nuclear energy, covers intercontinental distances at great depths, hitting coastal ports and fortifications with a large-scale nuclear warhead.

    Putin reveals the characteristics of these weapons because he knows that the United States is developing similar weapons and wants to warn them that Russia is now at their level or at a higher level.

    This confirms that the nuclear arms race takes place not on quantity but, increasingly, on the quality of weapons, that is on the type of vectors and on the offensive capabilities of nuclear warheads.

    At the same time, it confirms the growing danger we are running, because of U.S. nuclear weapons and strategic stations, such as the MUOS and the JTAGS in Sicily, deployed on our territory.

    Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, denounces that “non-nuclear European NATO member states, in grave violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, are trained by the U.S. in the use of tactical nuclear weapons against Russia”.

    The warning is clear, for Italy too. But none of the main parties took note of this, erasing any reference to NATO and nuclear weapons from the electoral campaign, with a sort of tacit agreement. As if this had nothing to do with our future and our life itself.

    Manlio Dinucci

    Source

    Il Manifesto (Italy)

    [1] “Vladimir Putin Address to the Russian Federal Assembly”, by Vladimir Putin, Voltaire Network, 1 March 2018.

  • Mats Öhlén

    I am not really sure if I agree with the headline “in rage”. These were rather sober reports in my view.

  • HighLord Gaz

    Our MSM are such a untrustworthy bunch of liars and scoundrels…

  • SnowCatzor

    6 years?? That’s way too much for a term. Frankly Putin shouldn’t even be able to run, as he’s been in power too long. I guess it was too much to hope that he’d finally step down and let someone new take over.

  • Redadmiral

    So msm are having a meltdown, Putin the Dictator, former KGB agent, Criminal and Megalomaniac, was elected by a landslide. While in Real Democracies this doesn’t happen. Dubya lost 2 elections yet he still ended up President for 8 years, his Pappy won one and lost one but was ne’er lambasted for being a CIA operative if anything it would have been regarded as a positive. Particularly, since the majority of US citizens still remain unaware that George H is seriously implicated in the conspiracy to murder JFK. That aside, msm did get into a tizzy when the Honey-Orange-Haired Orang-outang got elected, Putin of course was to blame for that too. However, when we take a close look at Democracy in the Empire of Illusion, we can clearly see it’s limitations. 5 Private contractor firms run the voting machines and they are their own overseers. All over Europe Exit Polls predict within 0.2% the number of votes a Party or the result a Referendum will get. While back Stateside they can be up to 16% off. This was glaring in the 2016 US Presidential Election, particularly in swing states. Estimated Turnout (ET) of illegible voters in US PE (note: I wrote illegible voters rather than registered
    voters)*. ET was 55%., of which Hilary Clinton won 27.4 and Donald Trump
    27.1, the other 0.5 was consumed by the other 2 candidates. When we
    look at the % totals for registered voters the turnout was 47.8%,
    however, when we view the number of people not on the election registrar
    it is almost 40% more than the 250million turnout in 2016. So, the
    leader of “the free world” was elected with 19.3% of the adult
    population voting for him and he was the voters second choice. It
    interesting to note that between the two of them they got less than 40%
    of the adult vote. For further info you might be interested in visiting the Carter Centre; https://www.cartercenter.org/peace/democracy/observed.html & or Read Jonathan Simon’s: Code Red, Computerized Election Theft

  • gustavo

    Congratulation to Putin. Russian people recognizes his excellent work to protect and continue constructing his country as a superpower, a president who care of his people. Russia and China represents something different for the humanity which is imposing by western power.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/26/the-simulacra-democracy/

    The Simulacra Democracy

    by JOHN STEPPLING FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

    … a nation in which 87 percent of eighteen- to twenty-four year olds (according to a 2002 National Geographic Society/Roper Poll survey) cannot locate Iran or Iraq on a world map and 11 percent cannot locate the United States (!) is not merely “intellectually sluggish.” It would be more accurate to call it moronic, capable of being fooled into believing anything …”

    — Morris Berman

    I cannot remember U.S. culture ever being quite so compromised by ruling class control. Hollywood turns out one jingoistic and militaristic and racist film and TV show after another. Corporate news is completely controlled by the same forces that run Hollywood. It is the complete capitulation of the liberal class to the interests of the increasingly fascistic U.S. elite. And this didn’t start with Donald Trump. Certainly in its current incarnation it goes back at least to Bill Clinton, and really it goes back to the end of World War Two. The ideological trajectory was formed under the Dulles brothers and military industrial complex — representing U.S. business interests and exhibiting a demand for global hegemony. But once the Soviet Union collapsed, the project was accelerated and intensified.

    Another starting point might well be the 1960 Bay of Pigs fiasco, or the 1961 CIA (and MI6) assassination of Patrice Lumumba. Or Kennedy’s 1962 speech at American University calling for the end of Pax Americana. We know what happened to Kennedy soon after that. Pick any of these incidents. But it was the fall of the U.S.S.R. that signaled to the governing class, the proprietor class, that the last real obstacle to global domination had been removed. In the interim, one finds the Iran/Contra affair, and the invasion of Iraq. The real and the symbolic meaning of the Soviet Union is forgotten today, I think. Its meaning for the developing world, especially.

    The next conscious trial balloon was Clinton’s attack on the former Yugoslavia. A test run for expanding NATO. And it worked. The propaganda machine has never been as successful as it was when it demonized the Serbs and Milosevic. Then came 9/11. And the well honed PR machine spewed an endless barrage of hyper-patriotic rhetoric and disinformation. American exceptionalism was given full credibility. And remember Colin Powell and his cartoon visual teaching aids at the UN? Nobody was going to argue. Certainly not the white liberal class. And Hollywood upped its game in churning out military fantasies. And in just churning out fantasies. A genre that lent itself to obvious neo-colonial messages. By 2007, when Barack Obama announces he will run for President, the master narrative for America was firmly entrenched. The biggest hit from Hollywood in this period is Avatar (2009), a neo-colonial fable that fit seamlessly with Obama’s reconquest of Africa.

    Dan Glazebrook recently wrote:

    The year 2009, two years before Gaddafi’s murder, was a pivotal one for US-African relations. First, because China surpassed the US as the continent’s largest trading partner; and second, because Gaddafi was elected President of the African Union. The significance of both for the decline of US influence on the continent could not be clearer. Whilst Gaddafi was spearheading attempts to unite Africa politically, committing serious amounts of Libyan oil wealth to make this dream a reality, China was quietly smashing the West’s monopoly over export markets and investment finance. Africa no longer had to go cap-in-hand to the IMF for loans, agreeing to whatever self-defeating terms were on offer, but could turn to China – or indeed Libya – for investment. And if the US threatened to cut them off from their markets, China would happily buy up whatever was on offer. Western economic domination of Africa was under threat as never before.

    The US response was to increase base building, upgrade AFRICOM, and then murder Gadaffi. Hollywood hits from this period include The Hurt Locker and The Dark Knight. Meanwhile domestically Obama was giving the OK for militarizing of police departments across the country. On another front….Danny Haiphong wrote…

    What isn’t discussed often enough is how Obama has worked tirelessly to protect and fulfill the interests of the corporate healthcare system. In 2009, he collaborated with the monopoly health insurance industry and its pharmaceutical counterparts to repress the demand for single payer healthcare. The conditions at the time appeared ripe for a single payer system. Popular discontent with Republican Party rule was at its highest point. A relatively organized movement for single payer care was represented by organizations such as Healthcare Now. The Democratic Party possessed a majority in both the House and Senate.

    Obama came to power as Wall Street went into meltdown, 2008. But instead of hope and change we got almost 5 trillion dollars moving to the top 1% of the financial elite. Poverty increased every year under Obama, as did inequality. Social Network came out in 2010 and Wolf of Wall Street in 2013. Both were big hits. The message from Hollywood never changed. And part of that message is that wealth is its own justification and a symbol of virtue. Hollywood, and U.S. liberals just naturally gravitate toward the rich.

    Obama attacked Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen. And it is perhaps that last venture that will prove to be his most significant. Arming, training, and coordinating the Saudi aggression (and now that has escalated to boots on the ground) against the helpless Yemen has resulted in the largest humanitarian catastrophe in five decades.

    The U.S. now has all but formally criminalized dissent, especially if that dissent is aimed at Israel.

    None of this is to create exact corollaries between political action and studio product. But rather that the overriding message of Hollywood in both film and TV is to validate U.S. exceptionalism. And to hedge criticism with faint token protest. But its not just Hollywood, its theatre and fiction and all the rest of the arts. The erasure of the working class is the most pronounced truth in American culture today. There are no Clifford Odets (a high school drop out) anymore; they have been replaced by a steady stream of well groomed compliant MFA grads. Mostly from elite and expensive schools. Hemingway and James Baldwin were not college grads, nor was Tennessee Williams, the son of a traveling shoe salesman. Even more recent authors such as Thomas Pynchon were college drop outs (to join the Navy), but the point is that today mass culture is carefully controlled. Dreiser was a college drop out, and Twain was a typesetters apprentice. Others like Faulkner, went to University, but also worked. In Faulkner’s case as a postman. Same profession as Henry Miller and Charles Bukowski. Stephen Crane and Hemingway worked as journalists, when that was an honorable profession.

    The decision makers in mass culture are mostly firmly entrenched in the Democratic Party ethos (witness stuff like House of Cards, Madame Secretary, or Veep). If one only gets one’s news from MSNBC or FOX or CNN then one will take away mostly pure propaganda. Rachel Maddow has a career based on craven parroting of DNC approved talking points and conclusions. Bill Maher, whose show is on HBO, is of late pimping for war. Sunday news talk shows do not invite radical voices, not ever. Michael Parenti isn’t on those shows, nor are Ajamu Baraka or Glen Ford Mike Whitney or Ed Curtin or Dan Glazebrook or Stephen Gowans. No, but there are plenty of retired generals and politicians. This is a media that exerts absolute control of message.

    The loss of the working class, of class diversity, has been a far bigger blow to the health of the culture than anything else. One might argue that culture has always been, in the modern era, a province of the bourgeoisie, and that’s true. But there is still a rather pronounced change that has taken place. But Americans are discouraged from thinking in terms of class. They see individualism and identity. Get me more women directors they cry….which would give us more versions of Zero Dark Thirty, I guess. Gender equality matters, something every single socialist country in history has emphasized. Something Chavez saw fit to write into the Bolivarian constitution on day one. Chavez, who liberal avatar Bernie Sanders dismissed as a “dead communist dictator”. Chavez, who feminist avatar Hillary Clinton worked overtime to oust from power.

    People are shocked…shocked I say…that US soldiers are killed in Niger. Darn that Donald Trump. When it is pointed out that it was Obama who sent troops there in his pivot to Africa, one is met with blank stares. The concern over U.S. soldiers dying is simply mind numbing in its hypocrisy and blinkered exceptionalism. I mean just count the numbers of dead civilians due to U.S. drone strikes from just one year. Pick any year you like.

    Under Obama, the US African Command (AFRICOM) has penetrated every African country but Zimbabwe and Eritrea. AFRICOM has locked African nations into military subservience. In 2014, the US conducted 674 military operations in Africa . According to a recent Freedom of Information Act request by Intercept, the US currently has Special Forces deployed in more than twenty African nations.

    Danny Haiphong

    People are terrified today lest they be called conspiracy theorists. No single pejorative term has exercised such disproportionate power. There is a subterranean subject position associated with this, too. A masculine identity that connects with the presentation of those accepting of the official version of things. It is ‘no nonsense, mature, and sort of tough guy’ pose. Only weak and muddled (feminine you see!) would bother to question official narratives of…well, anything. It is staggering, really, why so few ask why is it OK to assassinate people without due process? Why is it whistleblowers, truth tellers, are being locked away and shunned? Why are there 900 plus US military bases around the world. Why, given the growing poverty in the U.S. do we need an updated nuclear arsenal that will cost trillions? In fact why is the defense budget over 4 billion a day? The liberal educated class seem not to ask such questions. Let alone ask is the U.S. arming takfiri jihadists in Syria? Most of what people call conspiracy is just perfectly reasonable skepticism. Given a history that includes COINTELPRO, Operation Northwoods, Gladio, MKUltra, and Operation AJAX. This is also relevant in terms of the coming war on *fake news*. An idea put forward by Obama and now in enthusiastic Orwellian operation by Facebook, YouTube, and Google. In the U.K. Theresa May proudly announces the government SHOULD control what one can see on the internet. Censorship is pitched as protection.

    And then we come to NATO and Europe. Why does NATO even exist one might ask? I mean the USSR doesn’t exist anymore. Well, the answer has been under construction for a few years now, and that answer is the extraordinary anti Putin propaganda of the U.S. The “Russian Threat” is now an accepted trope in public discourse. Or the anti Iranian disinformation. In fact Iran is far more democratic and less a global threat (actually its NO global threat) than U.S. boon allies Israel and Saudi Arabia. Which brings us back to Yemen. The utter destruction of Yemen, poorest Arab country in the world, and now one with the largest Cholera outbreak in history, posed no threat to ANYONE. Certainly not to the United States. Are we to believe the House of Saud is worth supporting? They behead homosexuals and witches in Saudi Arabia. The leader of KSA is a 32 year old psychopath named Mohammed Bin Salman. Someone please explain the U.S. support for this country?

    Or Venezuela. The U.S. has waged various campaigns against this sovereign nation for over a decade now. A democracy. But a disobedient one. Where is the outcry? When people are going on about Harvey Weinstein, a troglodyte movie producer that literally everyone knew was a serial abuser, I wonder that the women of Venezuela seem not to count. Or of Libya, or Haiti, or Puerto Rico, or hell, the women of Houston right now. Poor women. Ah, but that is class again. Now perhaps the Weinstein affair will yield good results and some form of collective protection and maybe even unionizing will take place to limit the power of rich white men. I doubt it, but maybe. Still, given that the liberal class today applaud the idea of making it OK for women to bomb defenseless villages in Afghanistan or Iraq or Yemen, just like men, and given that most of these horrified by Weinstein were and are solidly behind Hillary Clinton and the DNC, and laud adulation on figures like Maddie Albright, it seems hard to imagine.

    David Rosen:

    Sexual abuse and violence in the U.S. is as old as the country. America’s patriarchal culture long legitimized sexual abuse and violence toward women — and children — whether conducted at the workplace, at home, a nightclub or on a deserted street. During the nation’s earliest days, the custom of sexual abuse and violence was legitimized through the notion of “chastisement.” This was a feature of Anglo-American common law that recognized the husband as master of “his” household and, thus, permitted him to subject “his” wife to corporal punishment, including rape, so long as he did not inflict permanent injury upon her. Sexual abuse was institutionalized in the rape of African and later African-American female slaves. As the legal scholar Adrienne Davis notes, “U.S. slavery compelled enslaved black women to labor in three markets – productive, reproductive, and slavery – crucial to the political economy.”

    One need only note the sexual violence that takes place in the U.S. military (See Kirby Dick’s The Invisible War). But that is not the military you see in this season’s TV shows such as SEAL Team or Valor or The Brave. The current Tom Cruise film American Made is a sort of comedy about Barry Seal who worked as a pilot for the CIA, and with various cartels in South America. Yeah, nothing funnier than squashing a socialist government like in Nicaragua. There is not a single Spanish speaking character who is not either a drunk, a sadist, or just incompetent. This stunningly racist revisionism was called “jaunty and bouncy” by the Hollywood Reporter.

    The liberal class will always side with the status quo. Always. They do not care if the status quo is fascist. And its suits them much more to lay out bromides about male abuse of women, as long as this doesn’t mean having to untangle the complexity of women in unfamiliar non tourist visited nations like Yemen or Libya or Honduras. Just like the fact that U.S. domestic police departments murdered over a thousand black men in 2015. And continue to do so, along with increasing numbers of black women. That’s just not a jaunty bouncy story, I guess. Obama has never been comfortable talking about or to black people. He did manage to scold Colin Kaepernick recently though, about the pain he, Kaepernick, might be causing. The pain of white billionaire sports team owners I guess. The Uncle Tomism of what Glen Ford called black misleadership has never been greater. And that’s another crime we can lay, largely, at the feet of Barack Obama.

    The U.S. House voted unanimously to sanction Iran and North Korea, an absurdity and a crime, and yet one that barely registered on the media Richter scale. What has Iran or North Korea ever done to hurt anyone in the United States? It is Saudi Arabia and Israel that fear a democratic nation like Iran and the influence they wield in the region. Iran is accused of fomenting instability but evidence is never given. Russia is said to control U.S. public opinion, but evidence is never given. The U.S. doesn’t even bother to really try and make claims about Venzeuela, because its just part of inherited wisdom that they are *bad*. Like Castro was bad, like Gadaffi, like Aristide, like anyone exhibiting independence. The world according to media entertainment is made up of bad guys and good guys. Mike Pompeo, head of the CIA, recently stated that his agency would become a “much more vicious agency” in fighting its enemies. Its actually hard to imagine what that might look like given CIA history. More vicious than rendition, drone killing and black site torture? Remember it was the U.S. and its School of the Americas that trained those death squads in Central America. Hollywood makes comedies about this.

    In any event nobody in Hollywood complains. Just as none of the actresses assaulted by Weinstein (and countless others) said anything lest they lose career opportunities. Just as nobody complains about the racism and demonizing of Muslims or Serbs or North Koreans or Russians lest they not get the job. Coercion is silent and a given. It is also absolute. Most actors and directors simply don’t think about it, and most know little beyond what they hear on corporate news or read in the NYTimes. But I understand. People have to eat, have to feed their families. The real problem is that power is ever more consolidated. Distribution of films is monopolized. And for most Americans, foreign policy remains a giant black hole about which they know very little. Tell someone Milosovic was actually a good guy and they will laugh at you (this still happens on the left, too, rather depressingly). Tell them Russia is not threatening the U.S. or Europe, and they will laugh at you. Try to explain what Imperialism is and means, and you get that bored look of irritation. A good rule of thumb is if the U.S. targets a country or leader, then its worth questioning the western generated propagated propaganda in mainstream media about said country or leader (think Syria, Gadaffi, Aristide, Milosovic, Iran, North Korea). The U.S. does not go after countries who welcome western capital.

    One of the things I’ve noticed about Hollywood film is the extraordinary amount of self pity from most characters. Self pity, entitlement, and sarcasm. The people who produce and make film and TV today, by and large, tacitly censor themselves. Some don’t have to, of course. But there is a general group think at work. And it extends to the way characters are written. The problems of affluent white people is the template here. Few examine the wider world, and mostly when they do it is seen as a world of threat and menace. An uncivilized place in need of guidance from the civilized white West (The Lost City of Z comes to mind, which made all the approved anti colonial notes while still creating a colonial narrative anyway.). But it is even more narrow than that. Everything resembles a studio; political discussions, even if they take place in outer space, resemble studio executives discussing opening weekend profits, or Neilson ratings. And since Hollywood itself ever more resembles Wall Street, or some corporate headquarters, that is increasingly what the world looks like. It is a profound loss of imagination. Westerns look and sound the same as melodramas set in Santa Monica or New York. Fantasy worlds resemble corporate headquarters or corporate motivational weekends. It is a world created by writers under thirty, largely, and certainly under forty. These are worlds created by people who themselves know very little of the world. They know even less about having to work for a living. The entire universe of film is absent any class awareness. History is simplified the better to appeal to a wider audience. Everything feels and sounds the same. And it is stultifying. There are films and TV from Europe, even from the U.K. that have merit, have heterogeneous sensibilities, but not from Hollywood. Like White House press conferences, the idea is to stay on message. Black characters sound white (or are given caricature *black* dialect and dialogue), brown characters sound white (or are given caricature barrio dialects), and Muslims sound dangerous and devious. Asians seem lifted from Fu Manchu serials or Charlie Chan. Strange when I hear people make fun of ethnic cliches from the 1940s, because it is really no different today (and check the recent TV incarnation of the venerable Star Trek franchise where the Klingon villains are very dark, live in dark spaceships and utter a guttural invented language all of which suggests something oddly racist and like nothing so much as colonial portraits of savages from darkest Africa).

    Fixation on Trump’s crimes distracts from a system in which crime is a built-in factor. Clinton, Bush, Obama, and Trump. They are only the figureheads that carry water for the system. And the system is the property of the ruling class. People vote as if it crucially matters, and they vote for who they like. Not for policy because mostly they have no idea of policy. Trump is an obvious target, but that’s the problem in a sense. America didn’t become racist and violent overnight. The forces of social unrest have been building for decades. Trump was inevitable. His lack of basic literacy mirrors the nation he nominally heads, and his vulgarity mirrors the vulgarity of America, as does his misogyny and racism. The same advisors are in place and if Hillary had won, those openly fascist thugs applauding Trump would still be committing hate crimes. Has Trump empowered them? To a degree, yes. But an HRC win would likely have provided motivation of a different sort and the same violence would be taking place. You cannot sustain, as a country, this level of inequality. And as more super hurricanes descend on us, as the bio-sphere collapses, none of this may end up mattering. There is something disturbing, actually, about the relentless attacks on Trump. Its like beating up a special needs kid. Where was this hatred and outrage before? I mean Trump’s America, a term I hear a lot, is just America. We have over 2 million people in prison in the U.S. Far and away leaders in the world. Infant mortality however puts the U.S. between 26th and 51st, depending on who is counting. There is no Universal Heath Care, no union protection for workers, no maternity leave, no free education. What is there to feel so special about, exactly? Trump was very popular on his moronic reality TV show. I’m guessing more than few now outraged by this buffoonish reactionary watched that show. I mean it did last fifteen years I believe. Who did they think he was? There is nothing wrong with identifying the crimes of Trump’s administration. But there is something deeply wrong in not recognizing it as a continuation of prevailing policy. Yes, it is worse in many areas. The environment for one. But then again, 47% of the world’s pollution is caused by the military. And the U.S. has a military bigger than the next ten largest militaries in the world. And every president since the first Bush has increased the military budget. The nightmare did not begin with the swearing in of Donald Trump. But nobody likes him. They liked Obama. And that is why he was able to do so much harm. Trump is dangerous not because of what he thinks (he mostly doesn’t) but because of his ignorance and weakness (and fear). And that weakness generated his welcoming hand to the Pentagon. Foreign policy is really in the hands of a man nicknamed ‘Mad Dog’. One cannot blame this catastrophic situation on one man. This is the creation of American history.

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    John Steppling is an original founding member of the Padua Hills Playwrights Festival, a two-time NEA recipient, Rockefeller Fellow in theatre, and PEN-West winner for playwriting. Plays produced in LA, NYC, SF, Louisville, and at universities across the US, as well in Warsaw, Lodz, Paris, London and Krakow. Taught screenwriting and curated the cinematheque for five years at the Polish National Film School in Lodz, Poland. A collection of plays, Sea of Cortez & Other Plays was published in 1999, and his book on aesthetics, Aesthetic Resistance and Dis-Interest was published this year by Mimesis International.

  • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

    ROSSIYA! ROSSIYA! ROSSIYA!!!

  • “From the Arctic to the International Space Station, Russia rolled out an elaborate election-day display designed to show the breadth of Putin’s public support as he extended his tenure for a fourth term to 2024.” [Wapo]
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    And WOW – did they do just that!

  • “By early evening, Golos had counted 2,000 incidents, including observers prevented from carrying out their work.” [CNN]
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    The only point that’s important there CNN is – how many were not dealt with?
    Now you know there were 2000 – how many did the Russians ignore?

    BTW – how many incidents of election fraud did you have in the last US election – and – were ANY of them actually corrected? You know – extra names on lists, registered names on lists not there, gerrymandering. limited stations in all the wrong areas, the DNC cheating to not put up the people’s choice etc etc? That electoral college thingie? Just wondering.

  • John Whitehot

    “and projecting power beyond its borders”

    never heard Putin make such claim.

    Perhaps is time for the MsM and the sunday afternoon analysts they employ to stop seeing Russia as another USA. In fact, they should stop seeing every other country in that way: the US model applies only to the US.

    It’s also ludicrous that european journalists tend to follow the above wrong reasoning; it’s a sign on how they renounced their will to perform independent analysis, utilizing their own measures, in favor of the “standard US MsM” meter.

    We can only hope that the whole package of garbage press and analysis gets dumped alltogether, and that the upcoming generations of younger journalists would take the challenge of interpreting the world under their own perspective.

    It’s a difficult thing to do no doubt, it’s much easier to accept the established directives of thought and just write gibberish along the predetermined lines.

    But it will also be blessing, for those that will face the fact that this contraption has failed to bring any truth to the readers, to know that they are the ones that have that task now.

    The only real journalist is the honest one.

  • goingbrokes

    CONGRATULATIONS!