Sunday, 9 July 2017

Commentary on the G20 Putin-Trump agreement

Today is a day when there will be a lot of commentary on the ceasefire agreed on by Putin and Trump – except for those who want to distract us.

Here is some commentary from some of my favourite people. It’s really like a list of people I’d like to invite for a dinner party.

Russia and Putin are isolated”

First off is Putin’s G20 press conference where he is asked about his impressions of Trump

First and foremost among the voices I trust is Professor Stephen F. Cohen who only comments on things he has studied. Good policy!

Ex- CIA analyst, Ray McGovern tempers his enthusiasm with caution

Trump and Putin Agree on Syria, But Will Pentagon Go Along?

Listen to "Trump and Putin Agree on Syria, But Will Pentagon Go Along?" on Spreaker.

Loud and Clear

On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker is joined by Jane Cutter, editor of; by Ray McGovern, activist and former CIA analyst; and by journalist Ben Norton.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have met for the first time on the sidelines of the G20 Summit. The meeting comes a day after Trump called on Russia to end what he called ‘destabilizing activities’, and referred to a clash of civilizations. But the two leaders have reached an agreement to establish a ceasefire in southwestern Syria.

Dr Marcus Papadopoulos discussed with Press TV the Trump-Putin meeting

And then there are the ones who are not commentators but journalists

The Jummy Dore Show

Russia, Syria, & U.S. Declare CEASEFIRE! - Media Silent

The Jimmy Dore Show

From Pepe Escobar

With a ceasefire in southwestern Syria in the works, meeting proves diplomacy beats demonization

From the start, the “positive chemistry” in the Mother of All Sit-Downs was a given. The format – with only the four principals, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and two translators – prevented any leaks. What was originally scheduled for 35 minutes went on for 2 hours and 16 minutes, and not even an impromptu appearance by First Lady Melania Trump – they were late for the Elbphilharmonie pomp and circumstance – managed to stop the flow.

They needed to deliver. They needed headlines. They got plenty. Including a possible first step at real cooperation; a ceasefire deal in southwestern Syria. Yet the real headline is that diplomacy beats demonizati on.

Syrian President Bashar al Assad Trampled By US Russian Deal

President Trump no doubt means well in trying to Broker a cease fire in Syria with Russia, but clearly the Cease Fire does not benefit the Syrian people nor their leader President Bashar al Assad. The Cease fire is only in the South East of the country where the Syrian Army was retaking the land from ISIS and al Queda. This cease fire will allow regrouping rearming for future attack on the Capital


This was Mark Sleboda and Don DeBar of CPR News yesterday.

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