The Far Right's Love of the Kremlin’s Policies

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Postby American Dream » Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:10 am

The Ghouta Slaughter and Arab Responsibility

Robin Yassin-Kassab
Posted on March 6, 2018


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In 2011, people in the eastern Ghouta (and throughout Syria) protested for freedom, dignity and social justice. The Assad regime replied with gunfire, mass arrests, torture and rape. The people formed self-defence militias in response. Then the regime escalated harder, deploying artillery and warplanes against densely-packed neighbourhoods. In August 2013 it choked over a thousand people to death with sarin gas. Since then the area has been besieged so tightly that infants and the elderly die of malnutrition.

Seven years into this process – first counter-revolutionary and now exterminatory – the Ghouta has tumbled to the lowest pit of hell. This didn’t have to happen. Nor was it an accident. Local, regional and global powers created the tragedy, by their acts and their failures to act. And Arab and international public opinion has contributed, by its apathy and relative silence.

Blame must be apportioned first to the regime, and next to its imperialist sponsors. Russia shares the skies with Assad’s bombers, and is an equal partner in war crime after war crime, targeting schools, hospitals, first responders and residential blocks.

Then Iran, which kept Assad afloat by providing both a financial lifeline and a killing machine. Iran’s transnational militias provided 80% of Assad’s troops around Aleppo, and some surround the Ghouta today. Their participation in the strategic cleansing of rebellious (and overwhelmingly Sunni) populations helped boost a Sunni jihadist backlash and will continue to provoke sectarian conflict in the future.

But the blame stretches further. American condemnations of the current slaughter, for instance, ring very hollow in Syrian ears. The Obama administration, focused on achieving a nuclear deal with Iran, ignored Iran’s build-up in Syria. It also ensured the Free Syrian Army was starved of the weapons needed to defend liberated zones. And by signalling his disengagement after the 2013 sarin atrocity, Obama indirectly but clearly invited greater Russian intervention. Since the rise of ISIS, the United States has focused myopically on its ‘war on terror’, bombing terrorists – demolishing cities and killing civilians in the process – but never deploying its vast military might in a concerted manner to protect civilians. Objectively, despite the rhetoric, the US has collaborated with Russia and Iran.

French President Emmanuel Macron, meanwhile, called for a humanitarian truce to allow civilians to evacuate. This sounds humane, and if the fall of Aleppo is any guide, it’s probably the best scenario Ghouta residents can expect. But the proposal’s lack of ambition illustrates the current dysfunction of the global system. Instead of acting to stop the slaughter and siege, European statesmen support mass population expulsion, requesting only that it be done as gently as possible.

Despite Syria’s contribution to the west’s refugee and terrorism scares, western leaders are under no public pressure to act. The crowds who protested the Iraq war and Israeli assaults on Gaza do not protest Syria’s subjugation. Such people, if they notice the Ghouta at all, often adopt the security rhetoric pioneered by Sharon, Blair and Bush, then polished by Putin and Assad. According to this reading, Syrian civilians are terrorists, the White Helmets are an al-Qaida front, and Assad is restoring order.

The muted western response has many causes, including a general decline in political discourse, a proliferation of pro-Kremlin propaganda, orientalist and Islamophobic prejudices, and simple apathy.


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Re: The Far Right's Love of the Kremlin’s Policies

Postby American Dream » Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:29 pm

The multipolar spin: how fascists operationalize left-wing resentment

March 09, 2018 Alexander Reid Ross

During his recent tour of Europe, disgraced former Trump strategist Steve Bannon declared “Italy is in the lead.”

Amid the historic resurgence of the Italian far right that returned right-wing populist Silvio Berlusconi to prominence, Bannon fantasized about “the ultimate dream” of unifying the anti-establishment Five Star Movement with the far-right League (formerly the Northern League) through a populist movement. Bannon’s international vision of nationalist populist movements is locked into the Kremlin’s geopolitical ideology of a “multipolar world.”

The League is tied through a cooperation pact to Putin’s Russia, and its deputy in charge of relations with foreign parties, Claudio D’Amico, explicitly called for a “multipolar world” in Katehon, a think tank created by fascist ideologue Aleksandr Dugin. Following the ideological line Dugin put forward in his text, Foundations of Geopolitics, Katehon calls for uniting a “Eurasian” bloc in constant struggle against “Atlanticist” countries. For Dugin, the “21st century gamble” is to create a “multipolar” confederation of “Traditionalist” regional empires united under Russian sovereignty that will overthrow the “unipolar” empire of “postmodern” democracies.

Shortly after Putin’s election in 2000, the Kremlin released a set of foreign policy guidelines calling for a “multipolar world order” against the “strengthening tendency towards the formation of a unipolar world under financial and military domination by the United States.” Escalating with the Ukrainian Orange Revolution in 2004, the Kremlin’s production of soft-power networks throughout Europe and the United States involves- think tanks, loans, forums, propaganda outlets and cooperation agreements with far-right parties like the Austrian Freedom Party and the League. From Russia to Iran to Western Europe and the U.S., this international movement uses conspiracy theories and “gray material” to warp the political spectrum into a populist referendum along “geopolitical” terms set by fascist engagées.

Red and brown polarities

As a recent major report on syncretic networks exposed, the modern fascist movement’s obsession with geopolitics emerged in force amid the post-Cold War antiglobalization movement. In 2002, a front group formed out of the U.S.-based Workers’ World Party known as the International Action Center joined forces with the Assisi-based “Campo Antimperialista.” As Duginists infiltrated the Campo, opening a journal called Eurasia that garnered the influential involvement of Campo participant Costanza Preve, the International Action Center continued their cooperation.

Soon, a similar Russian group called the Anti-Globalist Resistance began to repost the Campo’s dispatches. Sharing support for Milosevic with the Campo and the International Action Center, the Anti-Globalist Resistance emerged simultaneously with the same tendency to fight globalization by linking far-right to hard-left. In 2008, they brought the Campo to Moscow for the third “All-Russia Anti-Globalist Forum,” introduced by long-time U.S. fascist Lyndon LaRouche. The next year’s conference included Duginist leaders like Leonid Savin and retired General Leonid Ivashov, along with LaRouche and Holocaust denier Israel Shamir.

As their work continued, the Campo and Anti-Globalist Resistance drew more anti-globalization activists into their syncretic orbit. In 2012, a group came together at a Campo Antimperialista event in Assisi and developed what would become the Syria Solidarity Movement. The movement’s steering committee came to include top figures from groups from the U.S. hard left, including the Workers World Party, its affiliate, ANSWER and a spinoff of the latter group called the Party of Socialism and Liberation.

After changing their name to the Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia, the group drew people from the Syria Solidarity Movement’s network to a conference called the “Right of Peoples to Self-Determination and Building a Multipolar World” in 2014. A delegate from the International Action Center attended, along with delegates from another Workers World Party front group called United Anti-War Coalition, including an editor with the Black Agenda Report named Margaret Kimberly. Among the conference’s other attendees were Michael Hill of the neo-Confederate League of the South and the Texas Nationalist Movement, as well as the far-right Republika of Srpska and National Bolshevik Italian Communitarian Party.

The following year, the Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia met with a purported Cherokee Nation elder named “Mashu White Feather” and a representative of the Uhuru Movement, also connected to the Black Agenda Report. They then organized a state-funded conference that drew members of the fascist Italian group Millenium, Mutti’s associate Antonio Grego, and a leading member of the far-right Rodina party, as well as representatives of separatist groups like the Texas Nationalist Movement and the Catalan Solidarity for Independence party. The now-notorious troll factory, the Internet Research Agency, would later invite the Texas Nationalist Movement to join an armed, Islamophobic protest launched by the fake “Heart of Texas,” while also inciting counter-protestors.

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This network map shows the flow of movement building from parties to front groups to participation in and creation of syncretic coalitions.

The Syria connection

The Syria Solidarity Movement lists on its steering committee a host of syncretic figures like Duginist, Navid Nasr and an Australian representative of the fascist-modeled Syrian Social Nationalist Party affiliate, Mussalaha. Before a report revealed her associations with Global Research, Ron Paul and the right-wing British Constitution Party, conspiracy theorist Vanessa Beeley held a position on the steering committee as well.

As an editor at the alt-right-associated conspiracy theory site, 21stCenturyWire, Beeley’s repeated conspiracy articles attempting to link the White Helmets to al Qaeda and George Soros earned her a visit with Assad in Damascus and senior Russian officials in Moscow; however, they have been thoroughly debunked. A defender of right-wing Hungarian president Viktor Orban, Beeley promotes antisemites like Gilad Atzmon and Dieudonné, even speaking at a conference hosted by the latter in partnership with notorious Holocaust denier Laurent Louis. Regardless, the Syrian Solidarity Movement and the associated Hands Off Syria Coalition recommend Beeley’s work.

Along with members of the Syria Solidarity Movement, delegates who attended the Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia’s “Multipolar World” conference sit on the Hands off Syria Coalition’s steering committee. Showing its commitments and affinities, in January 2016, the Hands Off Syria Coalition published a “Multipolar World Against War” statement signed by the leader of the Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia, Alexander Ionov.

Similarly, the Hands Off Syria Coalition website publicizes self-described Marxist, Tim Anderson, who has an interesting record of attending far-right conferences. In 2015, Anderson attended the far-right Brandherd Syrien Congress, and the next year he was at Defend Our Heritage’s Leura Forum, chaired by a leader of far-right party Alternative for Germany. Following that, Anderson’s pet project, Center of Counter Hegemonic Studies, convened a conference that brought in Paul Antonopoulos, an editor for the Duginist website Fort Russ.

The Hands Off Syria Coalition advertises Anderson’s book, The Dirty War on Syria, which is published by syncretic conspiracist site Global Research. Multiple “Research Associates” of Global Research sit on the “scientific committee” of the Campo-linked Duginist journal Geopolitica, and the site lists as its “partner media group” the Voltaire Network. Publishing LaRouchite and Duginist articles, the Voltaire Network boasts the Syrian Social Nationalist Party’s Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs as its Vice President. One of the Voltaire Network’s leading contributors is Mikhail Leontyev, an associate of Dugin who has moved from prominent media personality to the role of spokesman for Russian state oil company, Rosneft. The Syria Solidarity Movement publishes Voltaire Network articles by founder Thierry Meyssan, a contributor to Campo-linked journal Eurasia who associates with Holocaust deniers and open fascists, among others.

Hands Off Syria Coalition steering committee member Issa Chaer joined Meyssan on a panel at the Second New Horizons conference in Iran in 2012. Conference speakers that year included World Workers Party member Caleb Maupin, Alt Right journalist Tim Pool,

Holocaust denier Kevin Barrett, and Duginists like Voltaire Network associate Mateusz Piskorski, German editor Manuel Ochsenreiter, Leonid Savin, and Claudio Mutti the leading fascist infiltrator of the Campo Antimperialista. The banner image for last year’s New Horizon features Aleksandr Dugin.

Multipolar propaganda

According to the metrics search engine BuzzSumo, most of the leading articles with the terms “multipolar world” and “multi-polar world” in the title come from an interconnected network of sites, including Global Research, The Duran and Sign of the Times. With an estimated six million unique daily views per month, the biggest and most influential in this network is the Russian state-run media site Sputnik News.

Billing itself as pointing “the way to a multipolar world that respects every country’s national interests, culture, history and traditions,” Sputnik frequently publishes Piskorski, Ochsenreiter, Mutti’s fellow Campo infiltrator Tiberio Graziani, commentator Andrew Korybko and Fort Russ editor Joaquin Flores. Furthermore, Sputnik has joined RT in consistently using dubious sources affiliated with the Syria Solidarity Network to attack the White Helmets and throw doubt on the Assad regime’s war crimes, for instance its use of chemical weapons.

A syncretic hub on Sputnik, anti-imperialist John Wight’s podcast, “Hard Facts,” promotes the same figures associated with the pro-Assad network in the West, including Beeley, Anderson, and Nasr. Perhaps most interestingly, Wight also hosted trans-national far-right figure, Edward Lozansky during the 2016 election and again early the next year.

With more than 30 years of involvement in the U.S. and Russian far right, Lozansky is perhaps most known as the creator of the American University in Moscow. Boasting a number of Fellows involved in pro-Kremlin media outlets like The Duran, RT and Russia Insider, the American University in Moscow appears to be an ideological center in the concerted social media campaign associated with the Internet Research Agency to boost anti-Clinton, pro-Kremlin propaganda in the U.S. Lozansky also hosts conferences with known fascist ideologues and an annual “Russia Forum” featuring far-right politicians and left-wing media operators from Russia and the U.S.

During both of his pro-Putin, pro-Trump interviews with Lozansky on “Hard Facts,” Wight advocated “a multipolar alternative to the unipolar world,” insisting, “we’re talking about a struggle for a multipolar world to replace the unipolarity that has wreaked so much havoc since the demise of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.”

The most important anti-imperialist hub on Sputnik, however, is hosted by Brian Becker, whose fellow party member and brother sits on the steering committee for the Syria Solidarity Movement. The leader of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, Becker regularly hosts Fellows of the American University in Moscow on his Sputnik podcast, “Loud & Clear.”

“Loud & Clear”’s Lozansky-affiliated guests include far-right PR man Jim Jatras, Mark Sleboda of the Dugin-founded Center for Conservative Studies, the Ron Paul Institute’s Daniel McAdams and Alexander Mercouris of the syncretic conspiracist site, The Duran. The program also provides a platform to a variety of explicitly far-right guests, including Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, antisemite Alberto Garcia Watson, alt-right figure Cassandra Fairbanks and militia movement leader Larry Pratt.

Aside from marginal guests, Loud & Clear can bring on some heavy hitters. During his two appearances on “Loud & Clear” in late 2017, bestselling author Max Blumenthal called the red-brown radio show “the finest public affairs programming” and declared, “I am increasingly turning to RT America for sanity.” No stranger to Sputnik, Blumenthal also went on “Hard Facts” that August, claiming that notorious ISIS militant Mohammed Emwazi was ushered into the Syria conflict by the CIA via a “rat line” from Saudi Arabia.


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Re: The Far Right's Love of the Kremlin’s Policies

Postby MacCruiskeen » Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:35 pm

You are a warmonger and an inveterate troll. Stop spamming this Discussion Board.
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Re: The Far Right's Love of the Kremlin’s Policies

Postby Jerky » Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:46 pm

Excellent article, AD. Spot-on, and on-point.

MacC, I'm assuming you'll be getting a couple weeks cooling off time for your unmitigated shittiness, above. I suggest you use the time wisely, to rethink your life.

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Re: The Far Right's Love of the Kremlin’s Policies

Postby Jerky » Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:50 pm

https://washingtonmonthly.com/2018/03/0 ... in-london/

"The Russians believe in deterrence, and intelligence officers who cross over and spy for their enemies aren’t ever going to feel safe walking down the street in London or Washington, D.C. They’ll never have comfort that their children are safe. There will be an investigation and it may drag on or even be inconclusive. But there’s absolutely no reason to doubt that Putin would order something like this. He’s done it before and he’ll continue to do it."
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Re: The Far Right's Love of the Kremlin’s Policies

Postby stillrobertpaulsen » Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:38 pm

Jerky » Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:46 pm wrote:MacC, I'm assuming you'll be getting a couple weeks cooling off time for your unmitigated shittiness, above. I suggest you use the time wisely, to rethink your life.


No, he will not be getting a couple weeks off.

1. 82_28 and I don't intend to rule RI with an iron punitive fist. Suspensions should be a method of last resort.

2. Nobody hit the alert button. If you think someone is in violation of the rules, please follow the correct procedure.

3. Mac is correct, in my personal opinion, in describing what AD is doing as spamming GD. Prior to Mac's comment, the previous 20 consecutive posts were by AD in what is popularly described as copypasta. AD is allowed to do this, as is everyone else, because there are no rules against it. 82_28 and I are currently discussing ways to amend the situation. Please be patient with us.
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Re: The Far Right's Love of the Kremlin’s Policies

Postby Cordelia » Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:41 pm

^^^I, for one, appreciate you nipping this in the bud before another childish brawl.

(Also voting for giving the new moderators support* by being on our best semi-adult behavior and not calling other members names and/or getting personal.)

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Re: The Far Right's Love of the Kremlin’s Policies

Postby American Dream » Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:51 pm

When we get further down that road, I'd like to discuss a little bit my perspective regarding posting on this board- not here on this thread, as it isn't the right place. Definitely though, I'd like to explain my point of view some, in an appropriate place- because it definitely has bearing.
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Re: The Far Right's Love of the Kremlin’s Policies

Postby 82_28 » Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:02 pm

By all means, AD. Start a thread about it. (That is, if you haven't already -- I haven't checked.) We'll just move it somewhere else if everybody decides General Discussion is not the right place. :sun:
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Re: The Far Right's Love of the Kremlin’s Policies

Postby MacCruiskeen » Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:02 pm

Cordelia » Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:41 pm wrote:^^^I, for one, appreciate you nipping this in the bud before another childish brawl.

(Also voting for giving the new moderators support* by being on our best semi-adult behavior and not calling other members names and/or getting personal.)

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I deleted the accusation out of respect for the new mods, who are (in striking contrast to their predecessor) a) honest, b) present, and c) actually moderating rather than just pretending to do so.

I, for one, appreciate you nipping this in the bud before another childish brawl.


Well, Cordelia, I for one, would appreciate it if you would desist (at long last) from this repeated performance of regal superiority. It is very easy for a bet-hedging spectator to observe a vehement disagreement and act all superior to it, especially from a safe distance and in the plush comfort of the Royal Box. So I would appreciate if you didn't call me childish every time I object to American Dream's warmongering propaganda and his incessant and unparalleled abuse of this board, two matters about which you are careful to express no opinion whatsoever.

Thank you, ma'am.

For the record: the moderator Wombaticus Rex was no less vehement in his rejection of American Dream's bullshit way back in the year 2014 - as was the non-moderator stillrobertpaulsen:.


Post by MacCruiskeen » Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:54 pm

From the memory hole: the moderator Wombaticus Rex to American Dream, in October 2014, calling AD a troll and explaining to him why he had been suspended. Emphasis added.

Wombaticus Rex » Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:07 pm wrote:

That's a very funny question! You got suspended because of your entire online MO -- the passive aggressive snipes at people, stirring shit up and then acting like you don't see people responding, and overall, maintaining your stellar track record of being the most intelligent and subtle troll we've ever had here at Rigorous Intuition to date (with the possible exception of Jeff Wells, of course -- jury is still out on that one).

A great way to reverse that trend would be to treat the people in this thread who are asking you questions like normal human beings, who are just as smart as you, don't have "problematic" or "questionable" motivations, and would earnestly like answers from you! Give it a shot! Could be exciting
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That was 31 months ago.

Note too the response from stillrobertpaulsen, one of the politest, friendliest and most reasonable posters on this board:

stillrobertpaulsen wrote:[...] Too bad the intended recipient refused to [take] the advice of our esteemed mod and continues stirring shit up even after proclaiming he is "ready now to move on to more compelling things in my own life." So move the fuck on already!


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Emphases added, Cordelia. I await your condemnation of that particular "childish brawl" (sic), though I have a strong suspicion I'll have to wait forever.
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Re: The Far Right's Love of the Kremlin’s Policies

Postby MacCruiskeen » Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:44 pm

American Dream » Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:51 pm wrote:When we get further down that road, I'd like to discuss a little bit my perspective regarding posting on this board- not here on this thread, as it isn't the right place. Definitely though, I'd like to explain my point of view some, in an appropriate place- because it definitely has bearing.



What? Really? :shock: That is one of the creepiest things anyone has ever written on this Discussion Board, and christ knows that's saying something. A complete refusal to communicate with anyone here, except with the mods, in private, and at a time and place of your own choosing? WTF?

What honest bona-fide RI member would even write such a thing? It sounds very like a barely-veiled threat.

What are you up to here, "American Dream"? Here, on this Discussion Board?
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Re: The Far Right's Love of the Kremlin’s Policies

Postby 82_28 » Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:15 pm

It's not like that Mac. If everyone can -- kindly return to the subject. This, I surmise, is why AD felt this thread was not the best place.
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Re: The Far Right's Love of the Kremlin’s Policies

Postby Jerky » Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:25 pm

MacCruiskeen » 10 Mar 2018 00:44 wrote:
American Dream » Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:51 pm wrote:When we get further down that road, I'd like to discuss a little bit my perspective regarding posting on this board- not here on this thread, as it isn't the right place. Definitely though, I'd like to explain my point of view some, in an appropriate place- because it definitely has bearing.



What? Really? :shock: That is one of the creepiest things anyone has ever written on this Discussion Board, and christ knows that's saying something. A complete refusal to communicate with anyone here, except with the mods, in private, and at a time and place of your own choosing? WTF?

What honest bona-fide RI member would even write such a thing? It sounds very like a barely-veiled threat.

What are you up to here, "American Dream"? Here, on this Discussion Board?


And THAT, boys and girls, is what you call a beautiful, textbook example of the kind of insane, bad faith over-reaction that MacC and his ilk have been pouring all over AD and SLAD and other far superior, far more valuable contributors to this board for years now.

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Re: The Far Right's Love of the Kremlin’s Policies

Postby Jerky » Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:44 pm

Would you please define what "copypasta" means to you, in this instance? Posting excellent articles of interest containing quality information... articles that are specifically related to the subject at hand (the emerging and robust Kremlin / Far Right nexus and its global implications)... is THAT copypasta? Because if it is, then I suggest you DON'T "rethink" the current position on it, because the fact that all this excellent information is being collated and shared in this space is one of the things that makes it so valuable. Particularly in comparison to the "contributions" of some of the deluded dupes here who appear to be Useful (?) Idiots in thrall to the New Fascist International.

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stillrobertpaulsen » 09 Mar 2018 21:38 wrote:
Jerky » Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:46 pm wrote:MacC, I'm assuming you'll be getting a couple weeks cooling off time for your unmitigated shittiness, above. I suggest you use the time wisely, to rethink your life.


No, he will not be getting a couple weeks off.

1. 82_28 and I don't intend to rule RI with an iron punitive fist. Suspensions should be a method of last resort.

2. Nobody hit the alert button. If you think someone is in violation of the rules, please follow the correct procedure.

3. Mac is correct, in my personal opinion, in describing what AD is doing as spamming GD. Prior to Mac's comment, the previous 20 consecutive posts were by AD in what is popularly described as copypasta. AD is allowed to do this, as is everyone else, because there are no rules against it. 82_28 and I are currently discussing ways to amend the situation. Please be patient with us.

4. Mac, I would appreciate it if you could delete the word spook in reference to AD. This is highly suggestive of a paid agent accusation, which is against the rules. Thank you.
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Re: The Far Right's Love of the Kremlin’s Policies

Postby streeb » Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:45 pm

What? Really? :shock: That is one of the creepiest things anyone has ever written on this Discussion Board, and christ knows that's saying something. A complete refusal to communicate with anyone here, except with the mods, in private, and at a time and place of your own choosing? WTF?


Actually Mac is bang on. What is it, now? A decade of evasiveness followed by a declaration of more evasiveness? If AD's copypasta was left to speak for itself, and it is, it speaks very poorly of him/her/them. Gross. Transparent. Absolute rubbish.
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