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December 27, 2019
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December 27, 2019 Special Dispatch No. 8440

Turkish Pro-Government Daily Yeni Akit: 'The "Great Satan" [The U.S.] Is Occupying The World With Bases'

December 27, 2019
Turkey | Special Dispatch No. 8440
A December 26, 2019 article in the Turkish daily Yeni Akit, titled "There Is No Place Left That They Have Not Messed Up! The 'Great Satan' Is Occupying The World With Bases" read: "The U.S., which brings disasters to the places it sees with drunken shouts of 'we are bringing humanity!' and is turning the Middle East into a place of fire, has 800 military bases around the world." The article gives a list of the major U.S. military bases in the Middle East and elsewhere.[1] Turkish media have been discussing the U.S. bases in Turkey following Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's statement in a December 15, 2019 interview that "if it needs to be shut down, we will shut down Incirlik [Airbase]. If it needs to be shut down, we will shut down Kürecik [Radar Station]" (see MEMRI TV Clip No. 7661 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: We Have The Authority To Shut Down U.S.-Run Airbase, Radar Station In Turkey; If Measures Such As Sanctions Are Taken Against Us, We Will Respond As Necessary, December 15, 2019). Following is the text of the Yeni Akit article: "There Are About 180,000 Military Personnel At These Bases, With 60,000 To 70,000 In The Middle East" "In recent years, despite having bases covering regions including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria, the U.S. has approximately 800 bases around the world, some of which are small radar stations, others are the size of cities. Maintaining these bases costs 200 billion dollars. According to data from the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. bases cost 749 billion dollars in 2018. "The U.S. bases include all U.S. military structures connected to the Department of Defense, from enemy observation points to naval supply points, from training bases to radar bases. There are about 180,000 military personnel at these bases, with 60,000 to 70,000 in the Middle East. These numbers become more important when it is understood that they are found primarily in 17 countries that have permanent bases, and approximately 70 countries in total." "In The List Of Countries With U.S. Bases, Turkey Comes Ninth With Nine Military Structures" "It appears that the basic reason why the number of U.S. bases is so high is that the U.S. rarely abandons a base that it establishes in a country. The U.S.'s Ramstein base in Germany is an example of this. This base, which the U.S. established in 1949 after the Second World War, still serves the U.S. Air Force and, with 53,000 personnel, it is the U.S.'s largest base outside of its territory. "Aside from Ramstein, the U.S. has 87 more bases in Germany. Germany is also the country, aside from the U.S., that has the most U.S. bases. After Germany comes Japan with 86, South Korea with 64, Italy with 29, and the U.K. with 16. In the list of countries with U.S. bases, Turkey comes ninth with nine military structures. Incirlik Airbase is the largest and most well-known military structure in Turkey. There are about 2,500 personnel and units belonging to the U.S. Air Force at the base, which was established in the 1950s after Turkey joined NATO." "The U.S.'s Colossal Bases That Are Spreading Around The World Are Frequently Protested" "The U.S.'s colossal bases that are spreading around the world are frequently protested, with 70,000 people demonstrating in Okinawa, Japan in 2018 and thousands of people in front of Germany's Ramstein Airbase. According to data from the U.S. Department of Defense, while the capacity of the existing bases is 21 percent more than the need, 30 percent of the infrastructure of these bases is weak or collapsing. The annual cost of only the unused bases is more than $500 million. "The large, permanent bases around the world are as follows: "Afghanistan: Bagram Air Base, Camp Dwyer, Camp Leatherneck, FOB Delaram, Kandahar Int. Airport, Shindand Airbase. "Bahrain: NRCC Bahrain, NSA Bahrain. "Belgium: USAG Benelux, USAG Brussels. "Bulgaria: Aitos Logistics Center, Bezmer Air Base, Graf Ignatievo Air Base, Novo Selo Range. "Cuba: Guantanamo Bay. "Djibouti: Camp Lemonnier. "Germany: Campbell Barracks, Landstuhl Medical Center, NATO Base Geilenkirchen, Panzer Kaserne, Patrick Henry Village, Ramstein AB, Spangdahlem Air Base, USAG Ansbach, USAG Bamberg, USAG Baumholder, USAG Darmstadt, USAG Garmisch, USAG Grafenwoehr, USAG Heidelberg, USAG Hessen, USAG Hohenfels, USAG Kaiserslautern, USAG Mannheim, USAG Schweinfurt, USAG Stuttgart, USAG Wiesbaden. "Greece: NSA Souda Bay. "Greenland: Thule Air Base, Guam, Andersen AFB, Naval Base Guam, Naval Forces Marianas. "Iraq: Camp Baharia, Camp Banzai, Camp Bucca, Camp Fallujah, Camp Taji, Camp Victory, COP Shocker, FOB Abu Ghraib, FOB Grizzly, FOB Sykes, Joint Base Balad, Victory Base Complex. "Italy: Aviano AB, Camp Darby, Caserma Ederle, NAS Sigonella, NSA Gaeta, NSA La Maddalena, NSA Naples. "Japan: Camp Courtney, Camp Foster, Camp Fuji, Camp Gonsalves, Camp Hansen, Camp Kinser, Camp Lester, Camp McTureous, Camp S.D. Butler, Camp Schwab, Camp Zama, Fleet Activities Okinawa, Fleet Activities Sasebo, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Fort Buckner, Kadena Air Base, MCAS Futenma, MCAS Iwakuni, Misawa Air Base, Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Torii Station, Yokota Air Base, Yontan Airfield. "Kosovo: Camp Bondsteel. "Kuwait: Ali Al Salem Airbase, Camp Arifjan, Camp Buehring, Camp Doha, Camp New York, Camp Patriot, Camp Spearhead, Camp Virginia. "Kyrgyzstan: Transit Center at Manas. "The Netherlands: Joint Force Command, USAG Schinnen. "Peru: Naval Medical Research Unit Six. "Portugal: Lajes Field, Porto Riko, Fort Buchanan. "Qatar: Al Udeid Air Base. "Saudi Arabia: Eskan Village Air Base, King Abdul Aziz Air Base, King Fahd Air Base, King Khalid Air Base, Riyadh Air Base. "Singapore: COMLOG WESTPAC. "South Korea: Camp Carroll, Camp Casey, Camp Castle, Camp Eagle, Camp Hovey, Camp Humphreys, Camp Market, Camp Red Cloud, Camp Stanley, Fleet Activities Chinhae, K-16 Air Base, Kunsan Air Base, Osan Air Base, USAG Daegu, USAG Yongsan. "Spain: Morn Air Base, Naval Station Rota. "Turkey: Incirlik Air Base, Izmir Air Base. "United Kingdom: RAF Alconbury, RAF Croughton, RAF Fairford, RAF Lakenheath, RAF Menwith Hill, RAF Mildenhall."   [1] Yeniakit.com.tr/haber/karistirmadiklari-yer-kalmadi-buyuk-seytan-dunyayi-uslerle-isgal-ediyor-979714.html, December 26, 2019.

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December 27, 2019 Special Dispatch No. 8439

Turkey's Government Sentences Six Turkish Journalists From Leading Opposition Daily 'Sözcü' To Prison

December 27, 2019
Turkey | Special Dispatch No. 8439
On December 27, 2019, Turkey's state-run news agency Anadolu Ajansı reported that Istanbul's 37th criminal court had sentenced six journalists and one other staff member from the leading Turkish opposition daily Sözcü, known for its secular stance, to prison for their alleged connections to the "Fetullah Gülen Terror Organization." Writers Emin Çölaşan and Necati Doğru were both sentenced to three years, six months, and 15 days in prison. Metin Yılmaz, the paper's editor in chief, and Mustafa Çetin, editor of the newspaper's website, were both sentenced to three years and four months in prison. Yücel Arı, a news coordinator, Bekir Gökmen Ulu, an Izmir-based reporter, and Yonca Yücekaleli, the daily's financial affairs manager, were each sentenced to two years and one month in prison.[1] From top left: Emin Çölaşan, Necati Doğru, Metin Yılmaz, Mustafa Çetin, Yücel Arı, and Bekir Gökmen Ulu. Sözcü Writer Emin Çölaşan Criticized President Erdoğan In Two Recent Articles (See MEMRI Translation) Sözcü is one of the few remaining Turkish dailies that objectively criticizes AKP government policy while many other Turkish news outlets, which are controlled either by the government directly or by large holding companies whose other subsidiaries depend on government contracts, generally echo the government position on events. Others have been shut down: 45 news outlets were shut down following the July 15, 2016 attempted coup.[2] MEMRI recently translated two articles by Emin Çölaşan in which he mocked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and expressed his view that the Turkish government should not send troops to support the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya (see MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 8364 Ahead Of Trump-Erdoğan Meeting In Washington, Referring To Him As 'Mr. Recep,' Turkish Journalist Satirizes Erdoğan: 'When He Roars "Oh America, Oh EU, Oh Assad," The World Starts To Quake And Tremble', November 13, 2019; and MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 8419 Turkish Journalist On President Erdoğan's Statements Regarding Sending Troops To Libya: 'How Can He Speak So Irresponsibly?' 'By Now The Whole World Knows That This Government Uses Our Army For Other Purposes', December 17, 2019). Necati Doğru's recent articles include "The People Love The One Who Works Honestly!" in which he wrote about allegations of corruption by the AKP government in Istanbul, and "Barons of Ankara!" in which he wrote about corruption in Ankara.[3] After he was indicted in December 2018, Çölaşan wrote: "Dear readers, being a journalist in Turkey is getting more and more difficult. And if you are not a pro-government journalist, anything can happen at any time. Whoever you are, in this period you are going to be a 'partisan.' It does not matter if you are a journalist, a businessman, a bureaucrat, etc. You are going to support the government with your entire material and spiritual being, you will be a bootlicker, you will never bring to the agenda its errors, corruptions, and profiteering!... I am a soldier of Mustafa Kemal [Atatürk], my path is that path, my line is that line."[4] TRT World Broadcasts AKP Government Message While Turkish Journalists Are Imprisoned Turkey's AKP government suppresses free speech in Turkey even as that same government uses its English-language television channel TRT World, which has offices in Washington, D.C., as one of its main vehicles by which it spreads its message in the U.S. and abroad (see MEMRI Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 1490 Turkish President Erdoğan Continues To Crush Free Media In Turkey As He Expands Messaging Efforts In Washington, D.C. Through His English-Language TV Channel TRT World, Which Was Recently Given Media Award By Al-Qaeda Affiliate, November 26, 2019).   [1] Aa.com.tr/tr/turkiye/emin-colasan-ve-necati-dogruya-fetoye-yardim-sucundan-hapis-cezasi/1685225, December 27, 2019; Sozcu.com.tr/2019/gundem/iddianamedeki-buyuk-celiski-yucel-ari-detayi-3173461, January 18, 2019; Milliyet.com.tr/yerel-haberler/istanbul/sozcu-gazetesi-mali-isler-muduru-yonca-yucekaleli-gozaltina-alindi-12060873, May 23, 2017; M.bianet.org/bianet/media/191337-defendants-make-statement-of-defence-in-sozcu-trial-hearing-continues-today, November 8, 2017. [2] Mynet.com/kapatilan-gazeteler-hangileri-iste-kapatilan-gazeteler-listesi-110102561710, July 30, 2016. [3] Sozcu.com.tr/2019/yazarlar/necati-dogru/halk-durust-calisani-sever-5305394, August 29, 2019; Sozcu.com.tr/2019/yazarlar/necati-dogru/ankara-baronlari-5528984, December 25, 2019. [4] Sozcu.com.tr/2018/yazarlar/emin-colasan/biz-de-fetocu-olduk-2790297, December 12, 2018.

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At Conference In Herat, Afghan Islamic Clerics' Organization Demands Representation In Proposed Intra-Afghan Talks With The Taliban, Calls For Ceasefire

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Taliban Affairs Expert Rahimullah Yusufzai Assesses The Current State Of The U.S.-Taliban Negotiations On Future Of Afghanistan

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December 27, 2019 Special Dispatch No. 8438

In Libya, Criticism Of Increasingly Close Relationship Between Turkey And Al-Sarraj's Government Of National Accord (GNA): Erdogan Wants To Bring Back The Ottoman Empire, Al-Sarraj's GNA Is Like The Vichy Government

December 27, 2019
Libya, Turkey | Special Dispatch No. 8438
Turkey's involvement in Libya and its signing of maritime and security Memoranda of Understandings (MOUs) with the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Fayez Al-Sarraj,[1] is being harshly criticized inside Libya by elements opposed to the GNA. The criticism, on both social media and in the Libyan, news media following statements by senior Turkish officials, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, about Turkey's readiness to dispatch military forces to Libya to assist in the fighting against Libyan Gen. Khalifa Haftar, who controls the eastern part of the country, and particularly following Erdogan's recent statement that millions of Turks reside in Libya. In a December 22, 2019 speech at a ceremony inaugurating a new Turkish-made submarine, Erdogan said that Turkey would not back out of its security MOU with Libya, which, he noted, does not violate international law. Emphasizing that Turkey was prepared to increase its military aid to Libya if necessary, and rejecting the criticism in Turkey about his regional policy, he added: "If Libya wasn't interested in us, then what was [Turkish Republic founder Mustafa Kemal] Ataturk doing there?... Libya is a place we are duty-bound to support when necessary, even if it costs us lives. Like anywhere else in North Africa, our people living in Libya number in the millions, who view themselves as the brothers of the Turkish people."[2]  In response, 'Aqila Salah, speaker of the Libyan parliament of the Tobruk-based government in the east of the country, released a statement condemning Erdogan's comments and calling them an attempt to "harm the social fabric of the united Libyan people and foment civil war among the citizens" and also "to justify the Turkish military attack on Libya. He then demanded that the international community take a firm stance against Erdogan's statements.[3] Erdogan's statements also prompted many enraged responses on social media in Libya, and the creation of a hashtag, "I Am Libyan But Not One Of The Million," referring to Erdogan's claim about the Turks in Libya. Libyan Twitter user WafaaAltaib shared the hashtag with an image of a foot stomping on the Turkish flag with Erdogan's face on it. Twitter.com/vaya_Tb14/status/1208840667696381953, December 22, 2019. Likewise, Twitter user Matog Saleh tweeted: "We must thank Fayez Al-Sarraj and Erdogan – the former who has lost the only thing he had that gave him international recognition, and the latter who has clarified his true intentions with regard to Libya – that is, a return to the Ottoman state, not protecting the 'state of freedom and democracy' [in Libya] as he claims. Thanks to both you madmen."[4] In a similar vein, the Facebook page of the Libyan news website Ewan posted a summary of Turkey's numerous conquests, writing, inter alia: "...Today, when Erdogan says that there are a million Turks in Libya, he contradicts himself, falsifies history, and alters the facts that prove the opposite. It is Turkey that occupies Arab lands with millions of Arabs, and we are obligated to seek their rights and restore the lands that [Turkey] conquered from them…"[5] Libyan Writer: With His Relationship With Erdogan, Al-Sarraj Is Committing Treason Against The Libyan State – Like The Vichy Government Did To France In a December 22, 2019 article, Libyan writer and poet Salam Al-'Awkali also attacked the increasingly close relationship between Erdogan and the GNA, accusing Al-Sarraj of treason against the Libyan state. Comparing the GNA to the World War II Nazi-collaborator Vichy government in France, he also attacked Erdogan's claim that millions of Turks were living in Libya, and compared him to Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini who justified Italy's presence in Libya by saying that he was returning to the land of his Roman forefathers. Salam Al-'Awkali (Source: 218tv.net, December 22, 2019) The following are translated excerpts of Al-Awkali's article: "...Now, after [GNA Prime Minister Fayez] Al-Sarraj has thrown himself into the arms of Erdogan, contributing to the ingress of tens of thousands of terrorists into Syria and leading it to destruction, it is clear that he is unaware of history. [This is because] he has chosen to be like the Vichy government's prime minister [Gen. Philippe Pétain, that threw French history into the garbage – or like those Libyans who joined the Italian Fascists and very quickly sowed destruction [in Libya] and tortured and slaughtered their [fellow] Libyans... "The moment Al-Sarraj [and the GNA] received international legitimacy, he abandoned Tobruk [controlled by Gen. Haftar] and did not return to it. Moreover, he never [went back] even once to eastern [Libya], although he is the head of what is mockingly called the 'Government of [National] Accord'... "He never took [my] advice to learn from history,[6] and with regard to treason, the ramifications will be felt by his children and his children's children. If we are to define the treason [that you, Al-Sarraj, have committed], it is the fact that you are taking advantage of your rule to allow the criminals controlling the capital [i.e. your cronies and the militias that support you] to continue with their murders, corruption, and looting, while establishing [Turkey's] interference in a written agreement – like the Vichy government did with the Nazi occupier. "[U.S. President Donald] Trump will be tried and convicted only because of a phone conversation he held with the president of another country [i.e. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky], by means of which he wanted to raise doubts regarding his [Democratic] rival, candidate [Joe Biden]. If that is the case, what is [the verdict] for a prime minister [i.e. Al-Sarraj] who turns to the [Turkish] government that once occupied the country [Libya] with a request to equip it with arms and fighters so that it can fight [Gen. Haftar's] Libyan army...[?] "I cannot explain the bizarre alliance with the insane regime whose deeds in Syria and Iraq right now we know... Just as Erdogan once justified his interference in Syria by saying 'We must defend our Turkmen brothers who are under threat of ethnic cleansing,' so [today] he justifies his interference in Libya by saying 'We are entitled to aid our brothers there' – that is, his Libyan brothers of Turkish origin – as part of his statements underlining that Libya is a former Turkish colony. But Libya's society – except for its original residents from the ancient Libyan tribes – is made up also of [people of] Hejazi and Nejadi origin [i.e. from the kingdom of Nejd and Hejaz, today's Saudi Arabia], including this writer, and of Syrian, Greek, Tunisian, Moroccan, Algerian, Chadian, Nigerian, Circassian, Balkan, and Jewish origin... and so on. If every one of these nations had to help build Libya, World War III would break out on its soil. Libya came together geographically, historically, and socially of this fabric, and therefore any emotional manipulation of it by external elements will endanger everyone. "Many countries are interfering in Libya based on their own interests. But none of them has declared that it is entitled [to operate] in Libya, or [that Libya has on its soil] brothers whom it seeks to help. None of these countries has worked with [Libya's] legitimate authorities [to sign] an agreement that threatens Libya's national security. "Erdogan's statements remind me of the fascist Mussolini's speech when he invaded Libya and justified doing so by saying that he was entitled to return to the land of his Roman forefathers."[7]   [1] See MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 8418, Media Of Egypt And Its Allies: Memoranda Of Understanding (MOUs) Between Turkey And Libya's Government Of National Accord (GNA) Reflect Turkey's Hegemonic Ambitions, Warmongering, December 17, 2019. [2] Aa.com.tr/ar, December 22, 2019. [3] Al-Marsad  (Libya), December 25, 2019. [4] Twitter.com/MatogSaleh, December 22, 2019. [5] Facebook.com/EwanlibyaOfficial, December 22, 2019. [6] A reference to advice to Al-Sarraj dispensed by the author himself in a 2016 article. [7] 218tv.net/, December 22, 2019. Italy ruled Libya beginning in 1912 as a result of the Lausanne Treaty with the Ottoman Empire. In 1931, Mussolini sent additional forces to Libya to subdue a local revolt.

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Egyptian philosopher Mourad Wahba said in an October 29, 2019 interview on Ten TV (Egypt) that religious fundamentalism has spread quickly in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia because these regions lack secular movements. He said that fundamentalism must be criticized in order to create an environment that a new movement can develop in, and he expressed criticism of those who fight terrorism without simultaneously fighting religious fundamentalism. In another interview on November 5, Wahba said that the peace agreement between Egypt and Israel requires all relations to be normalized, but that Egyptians' pickiness about what constitutes normalization is an indication that they do not want to normalize relations at all. Arguing that Egyptians need to live by the agreement that they signed, he said that grudges Egyptians hold against Israel were only valid arguments against normalization before the peace agreement was signed.

 

Ten TV Interviewer: "Why has religious fundamentalism thrived in the Middle East more than in other regions of the world?"

 

Mourad Wahba: "Bravo! Very good. This is an essential question. [Religious fundamentalism] has spread quickly in countries that lack secularism, mainly in Africa and in Asia. In Europe, it took some time because there is a secular movement, but in Africa and Asia, there is no such secular movement. This is why fundamentalism spread there easily. I have been frequently invited to Africa and Asia and I have witnessed the rise of fundamentalism – especially Islamic fundamentalism in Africa and Asia.

 

[...]

 

"Fundamentalism has shattered the world and wrecked the state. This is why it must be criticized. When it is criticized, an environment is created for discourse about a new movement. This new movement needs, first and foremost, a clear ideology. This will enable it to develop into a movement. As of now, there is no secular movement [in the region]. There is, however, a secular ideology that is trying to turn into a movement in order to replace the movements of religious fundamentalism. So far, nobody has targeted religious fundamentalism at its core. We ignore it and settle for fighting terrorism. But this is an illusion. Whoever says that he is fighting terrorism must also say that he is fighting religious fundamentalism as well. If you reject this part and settle for fighting terrorism, it has no meaning and you will not achieve anything..."

 

Ten TV Interviewer: "This is what the country is trying to do with the renewal of religious discourse."

 

Mourad Wahba: "Exactly! They are running away. Those who work on the renewal of religious discourse are running away from criticizing religious fundamentalism. They concentrate on [fighting] terrorism. They use general slogans like: 'We oppose terrorism! They have no religion! We are the ones that have religion!' These are all meaningless words. You must define exactly who the enemy is.

 

[...]

 

"A peace agreement was signed in 1979 between Egypt and Israel. The third clause in the third article of the agreement says that all relations will be normalized. But, of course, we started to get picky regarding what 'normalization' is. What does it mean? This means that we refuse to normalize cultural relations [with Israel].

 

[...]

 

"Universities in Israel are just like universities in Egypt or England. They are open [to others] because knowledge knows no geographical boundaries."

 

Ten TV Interviewer: "Yes, but even you said that the issue is sensitive because of the past."

 

Mourad Wahba: "There are remnants from the past, yes..."

 

Ten TV Interviewer: "Every Egyptian family has a martyr as a result of our many wars against the Israeli enemy. This is why I cannot visit a university in Israel the same way I visit a university in Brazil, for example."

 

Mourad Wahba: "This was only a valid argument before the peace agreement was signed.

 

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"You cannot sign a peace agreement and then say: 'But be advised, I still live in a time prior to the agreement...' You can't do that. If you sign a peace agreement, you should live by it."

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Russian Political Expert Sergei Mikheyev: Greta Thunberg Is A 'Lunatic'; 'The U.S. Should Become The First Green Economy Producing Nothing – In That Sense, I Cynically Support Thunberg'

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On Vecher ("Evening") with Russian host Vladimir Solovyov, Russian political expert Sergei Mikheyev strongly criticized Western liberalism, asking "What does the enemy of the human race want?" He added, sarcastically: "Let's stop raising children, let's allow homosexuals couples to reproduce, no matter how they do that. The don't care how they do it, by the way, as long as it happens."

 

Criticizing environmental activism and calling it a "radical" ideology that is threatening Europe, he said: "Let's not exhale carbon dioxide, let's kill people so they don't breathe. They ruined the environment by breathing. The next step of the radicals is to commit mass suicides to cleanse the planet." He also stressed that teen environmental activism leader Greta Thunberg may have been nominated for a Nobel Prize but is nonetheless a "lunatic."

 

"I get the impression that someone is managing this process," Mikheyev said, hinting at the liberal elite. Assessing that the ultimate goal of the liberal elite is the destruction of the nation-state, maximum globalization, elimination of all possible borders, and bringing the world to another kind of world order, he said: "And it has to be different, outside nationalities, outside sovereignty, outside the borders. Everything must be destroyed, no matter under what slogans. Fighting for the environment would do [this]..."

 

He noted that should the West choose a "suicidal" way of life, it may be good for Russia: "It will put an end to them as our rivals." He added: "If Greta Thunberg advocates against pollution and for the environment, let her call on the U.S. to unilaterally abandon nuclear weapons. I'm all for it. Let the U.S. unilaterally abandon nuclear weapons so as not to pollute the planet... Let it refuse to extract oil, and from liquefied gas too... I think the U.S. should become the first green economy to produce nothing. In that sense, I cynically support Greta Thunberg."

 

Saying that Russia should not allow such a "progressive" mindset to entrench itself in the country, he added that were Russia to embrace such an approach, it would die before the West. "We'll be done for sure, because we don't have the reserves [the West has]... It will take them a long time to consume [all] their resources... Let's destroy the remnants of our economy. Let's start growing weed. And we are done... If, in the guise of good intentions, another wave of progress, and free thought, this is brought to us... we'll be done sooner than they [the West] will."

 

Russian host Vladimir Solovyov added that the model Thunberg is proposing is the absolute annihilation of everything existing in the world.

 

The video was translated into English by Vesti.

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ISIS Fighter In TikTok Video Says that ISIS Will Endure Despite Online Clampdown

December 26, 2019

On December 24, 2019, an ISIS supporter posted a TikTok video featuring an audio message by an unknown ISIS fighter vowing that "the Islamic State will remain" despite the online clampdown. "If you close one channel, we will open 10 and if you close 10, we will return with 100," he warns Telegram. The video concludes with a recording Al-Baghdadi's voice, in which he says: "Steadfastness, and no retreat."

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