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    Shaming and Blaming: US Ambassador to UN Pretending to Be 'Mother Teresa'

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    US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power attacked Russia, Iran and Damascus for alleged "carnage" in Aleppo equating the countries' efforts to liberate the city to the Rwandan genocide. Russian envoy Vitaly Churkin's asked Power to stop pretending to be "Mother Teresa" and remember the role the US played in the Syrian crisis.

    A Tuesday UN Security Council meeting ended up with Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin and his American counterpart Samantha Power crossing swords over Syria.

    Churkin repelled Power's allegations regarding what she branded as "carnage" in Aleppo and reminded the US representative of Washington's long record of irresponsible policies in Iraq and Syria.

    Addressing the Security Council Power Tuesday claimed that "Aleppo will join the ranks of those events in world history that define modern evil."

    "Halabja, Rwanda, Srebrenica, and now, Aleppo," she said, putting the liberation of Aleppo on par with Iraq's chemical attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja back in 1988 and the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi in 1994.

    "To the Assad regime, Russia and Iran, your forces and proxies are carrying out these crimes…  Are you truly incapable of shame? Is there literally nothing that can shame you?" Power asked pathetically.

    However, Churkin's reply was not long in coming.

    "I do not want to remind the Western Troika [the US, France, the UK]… about its role in the creation of ISIL [Daesh] that came as a result of the American-British intervention in Iraq; the US policies in this country facilitated the emergence of ISIL. I do not want to remind about the role that these three countries played in inciting the Syrian crisis, which resulted in dire consequences and opened the door to terror spree in Syria and Iraq," the Russian envoy emphasized.

    What was even more astonishing, Churkin highlighted, that it was Samantha Power, the representative of the US, who hastened to lecture Russia, Iran and Syria on morality.

    "The US representative's speech has appeared particularly strange to me," Churkin pointed out, "she has made her statement as if she were Mother Teresa herself."

    "Remember which country you represent. Remember what the track record of your country [contains]," the Russian Ambassador told his American counterpart.

    On Tuesday Rupert Colville, spokesman for UN High Commissioner for Human Rights claimed that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) had allegedly killed at least 82 civilians in their offensive on Islamists-held districts of Aleppo.

    However, independent humanitarian organizations operating in Aleppo did not confirm the accusations regarding the SAA's alleged atrocities in the city.

    "By the way I know first-hand assessments of independent humanitarian organizations, which still have their representatives in east of Aleppo. None of them confirm reports about committed atrocities, kidnapping of people, who are escaping from eastern Aleppo," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters Wednesday.

    On December 13, Syrian government forces retook 98 percent of the city from extremists prompting Aleppo residents to take to the streets to celebrate the impending liberation of the city.

    Still, the US' stance on Syrian affairs leaves more questions than answers.

    Speaking to journalists Wednesday Lavrov emphasized that Washington's inconsistent position during the Russo-American negotiations over Syria could be only explained by the US seeking to protect al-Nusra Front terrorist group from attacks.

    "They continue to avoid taking aim at al-Nusra Front militants in every way possible," Lavrov remarked.

    As it turned out the "humanitarian pauses" demanded by Western countries were used by terrorists to rearm and regroup, the Russian top diplomat pointed out.

    Lavrov emphasized that the situation in Aleppo will be finally stabilized in the next few days and Syrian civilians will start returning to their normal life.

    "Only the intervention of our Russian Aerospace Forces allowed the Syrian to stop this threat [Daesh] with great difficulty and begin to push terrorists out. I hope that in the next two or three days the situation in eastern Aleppo will be resolved," Lavrov emphasized, stressing that Moscow and Damascus created humanitarian corridors which allowed tens of thousands to flee the embattled city.

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      marcanhalt
      The two moist important positions in Trump's administration, as far as I am concerned, is Secretary of State and UN Representative.This hussy will be out of the streets and "a good riddance to all!" Did you notice her hand gestures? Very similar to those of her present boss, Obama. Her words will never be sold on the streets for her to retire on.
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      amalgam
      Mr. Churkin is a very experienced diplomat, but there must be times when even he is staggered by the vitriolic comments from the US and its British /French acolytes.
      His job is almost impossible because he is trying to deal with fantasists completely devoid of the intellect required to discuss global problems.
      Never mind global issues, I doubt they have the intellect to help me across a busy road, with the traffic at a standstill.
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      belgradetower
      Samantha, it's final countdown for you and your neocon herd. Time for you to look for a good lawyer. You'll definitely need one.
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      belgradetowerin reply toJoyInStruggle(Show commentHide comment)
      JoyInStruggle, Oh, so well said.
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      elsa.zardiniin reply toJoyInStruggle(Show commentHide comment)
      JoyInStruggle, Laughing! Actually there is a name in the scientific world for what they do: Psychological Projection.

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_projection
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      mounir.assi
      American ship is sinking.
      Europe is sinking.
      New world order made by Russia.
      The Americano-Europeo-Gulf ship is taking water from everywhere, and there is no more place for tears.
    • avatar
      Andrew J
      That creature should wear a muzzle.
    • avatar
      anton
      Being so ugly is not easy in the western world so fixated on womens looks.
    • avatar
      Gospel
      The US is now using lies to smokescreen their previous lies – its become pathological.
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      tobi.gelandoin reply tobelgradetower(Show commentHide comment)
      belgradetower, I hope so !!!
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      tobi.gelando
      Mr.Churkin you are one of my Hero's !!!
      And Samantha Power is the devil in person for me !!!!
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      raptorabz
      Samantha powers and Angela merkel ,the wanna be Mother Theresa, look like bloody f.. Witches.
    • avatar
      kazer
      She does seem to be doing that for money.
    • avatar
      kazer
      As a well informed and educated diplomat, Mr. Churkin was nonetheless very gentle towards Samantha Power and the other two puppets from UK and France.
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      maxxus
      Margaret Mead and others used to say that bringing women into positions of power would also bring their maternal caring instincts into those positions. Nothing could be further from the truth. They have almost all been like girl gang members - deadlier than the males, forever trying to prove how tough and non-empathetic they are. Total moral ciphers.
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      maxxusin reply toJoyInStruggle(Show commentHide comment)
      JoyInStruggle, Ms. Power doesn't even have the excuse of being an actual psychopath as do some of the others.
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      michael
      the troika have an unfortunate acronym
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      demooij
      For the new born, with that special talent, used in war to cheat, lie, and murder, she is good teach, how to, specie.
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      goldcamshaft
      Samantha Power and the united states are disappointed that the conflict in Aleppo did not end up with Russians running to the top of houses and apartment buildings to be taken to safety by military helicopters, camps deserted and a run for life, as occurred in Vietnam.
      No Russian or Syrian deployed in Syria said "I'll be back" while running away from Syria at midnight from enemy fire, like a yellow-bellied polecat.
      Wipe the tears seeping to thine lying mouth, baby, for you are dealing with educated and professional politicians and we can empathize with you.
      The moon casts its clandestine shadows and controls the earth until the sunshine of truth takes its place in the sky.
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      Izzy
      Very good reply by mr. Churkin.
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