The Pravda.Ru and NEO (New Eastern Outlook) websites are part of a network of Russian media outlets in English. In two virulently anti-American articles published on these sites, the writers draw a comparison between the U.S. and Nazi Germany, describing the battle over Syria as the Stalingrad of our times.
In the first article, the writer employs the propaganda tactic of speaking in the name of Americans, taking the blame for the U.S.'s allegedly Nazi behavior using such phrases as "we describe", "we want," "our many distant conquests" and "our foreign policy."
The following are excerpts from the articles:
'Christmas 2015: Will Syria & Iraq Become Washington's Stalingrad?'
The first article, titled "Christmas 2015: Will Syria & Iraq Become Washington's Stalingrad?", by Ronald Holland, says:
"Germany excelled at propaganda, as does the establishment cable and print news media in the United States today.
"Now on Christmas 2015 there is a Washington military effort also stretched too far among our many distant conquests, peacekeeping missions, occupations and attempts to secure oil resources and pipelines. Our foreign policy is designed to perpetuate the failing petrodollar system. Like the Germans 70 plus years ago, our allies and local populations generally hate us and our attempts to go after local resistance groups only results in the growth of more anti-American groups we describe as terrorists.
"In America today political correctness is just fascism by another name. American soldiers are not permitted to promote Christianity because in the modern US military soldiers are often court martialed even for failing to remove Bible verses from their computers.
"But there are some scary parallels between the Nazi Empire of the 1940's and the Washington Empire and conquests today that revolve around the Petrodollar system that has maintained the dollar reserve currency status since the end of World War Two. This dollar world reserve currency model required that oil was only priced and sold in dollars forced all foreign nations buying and importing oil to keep major dollar reserves to pay for their oil imports guaranteed a permanent and expanding demand for dollars around the world.
"Three Middle East countries first broke the oil/dollar requirement and threatened the petrodollar system including Iraq, Libya and Iran hence the US military attempts to violently overthrow these governments to maintain Washington hegemony and the dollarÔÇª
"Also a war scenario will allow Washington, Wall Street and the Federal Reserve to transfer the blame for the looming death of the Petrodollar to foreign adversaries like Russia, China and Iran. This will provide political cover to a decade long recession and dramatically reduced economic growth and prosperity as the death of the petrodollar works its way through the US economy over the next few years.
"Like the Germans 70 plus years earlier we want to control oil and gas reserves, resources and pipelines while keeping the military pressure on China, Russia and Iran. Our previous actions have already destroyed the countries of Iraq and Syria and more nations in the Middle East are now considering switching to Russia over the US.
"Today the Washington Petrodollar system is in terminal collapse with China, Russia, Iran and many nations trading oil and natural gas with a wide variety of currencies and credits. In addition, the refugees from our Middle East actions have weakened the euro and now threaten the stability of Europe. "
"Washington is in a race to create instability, possibly a military incident and even a limited war before the final Petrodollar collapse in order to put the blame of a future dollar and debt crisis on a foreign adversary rather at than at home where it belongs.
"I hope I'm wrong but I fear Washington is trying to provoke a war in the Middle East to cover the coming collapse of the Petrodollar system and the American economy when the dollar is no longer the world reserve currency. The war is necessary to blame the coming dollar and debt collapse on Russia and China rather where it belongs on Wall Street, the central banking cartel and Washington political establishment."
'Syria is the Middle Eastern Stalingrad'
The second article, titled "Syria is the Middle Eastern Stalingrad", by Andre Vltchek, states:
"Day and night, for years, an overwhelming force has been battering this quiet nation, one of the cradles of human civilization.
"The only reason why the West began its horrible destabilization campaign, was because it "could not tolerate" Syria's disobedience and the socialist nature of its state. In short, the way the Syrian establishment was putting the welfare of its people above the interests of multi-national corporations.
"I have witnessed the total collapse of the Middle East. There was nothing standing there anymore. Countries that opted for their own paths were literally leveled to the ground. Countries that succumbed to the dictates of the West lost their soul, culture and essence and were turned into some of the most miserable places on earth. And the Syrians knew it: were they to surrender, they would be converted into another Iraq, Yemen or Libya, even Afghanistan. And so Syria rose. It decided to fight, for itself and for its part of the world."
"Again and again, it retained itself through the elections of its government. It leaned on its army. Whatever the West says, whatever the treasonous NGOs write, the simple logic just proves it all.
"But it is undeniable that whilst the Soviet forces stopped the advance of the German Nazis at Stalingrad, the Syrians have managed to stop the fascist forces of Western allies in its part of the world.
"Of course Russia got directly involved. Of course China stood by, although often in the shadow. And Iran provided support. And Lebanon-based Hezbollah put up, what I often describe as, an epic fight on behalf of Damascus against the extremist monsters invented and armed by the West, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
"And as is being widely reported, after the Russian armed forces came to the rescue of the Syrian nation, more than 1 million Syrian people were able to return homeÔÇª often to encounter only ashes and devastation, but home.
"But the devastation is not because of those who are defending our human raceÔÇª It is because of the imperialist monsters and their servants.
"In Stalingrad, millions died so we could live. Nothing was left of the city, except some melted steel, scattered bricks and an ocean of corpses. Nazism was stopped. Western expansionism began its retreat, that time towards Berlin.
"Now Syria, quietly but stoically and heroically, stands against Western, Qatari, Saudi, Israeli and Turkish plans to finish the Middle East.
"And the Syrian people have won. For how long, I don't know. But it has proven that an Arab country can still defeat the mightiest murderous hordes."
 Pravda.Ru is a pro-government news and opinion website. According to its former CEO, Vadim Gorshenin, it is the successor of Pravda, the official mouthpiece of the Soviet Union's Communist Party. It was founded by prominent members of Pravda's editorial staff who left it in 1999, and today it is privately owned by Pravda.ru Holding, of which Gorshenin is the head. Its current Director General, Inna Novikova, is Gorshenin's wife.
Pravda.Ru publishes in four languages, Russian, English, Italian, Portuguese, and has more than 200,000 visitors daily. According Gorshenin, the English version is the second most popular English-language Russian website, after Russia Today (Pravda.ru, September 16, 2013).
 NEO is the journal of the Russian Academy of Science's Institute of Oriental Studies, a leading research institution dealing with Asian and African countries and cultures. NEO presents itself as follows: "We cover political and religious issues, economic and ideological trends, regional security topics and social problems. We are committed to develop NEO into a notable international networking platform offering unbiased expert opinions and open dialogue among all thinking people worldwide regardless of their nationality, race or religionÔÇª We are focused on creating a new culture of partnership where opinions influence decisions." (Journal-neo.org, "About" section, accessed January 12, 2016).
 Ronald Holland is the author of several books and numerous reports and articles on finance, investment, history and politics, and a frequent speaker at conferences on finance and free markets. He lives and works in the United States, Switzerland and Canada. (Pravda.ru, August 17, 2015).
 Pravdareport.com, December 22, 2015.
 Andre Vltchek is a novelist, philosopher, investigative journalist, filmmaker, photographer and playwright. He has covered dozens of war zones and conflicts from Bosnia and Peru to Sri Lanka, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Timor-Leste. After living for many years in Latin America and Oceania, he presently resides and works in Asia and Africa. (Andrevitchek.weebly.com/about-me.html, accessed January 13, 2016)
 Journal-neo.org, January 2, 2016.