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Jan 23 15:47

1st US Drone Strikes On Trump’s Watch Hit Al-Qaeda In Yemen & ISIS

US drones have killed five Al-Qaeda operatives in central Yemen, the first such operation after Donald Trump was inaugurated as president. The US-led coalition against Islamic State continued bombing in Syria and Iraq as well.

The “targeted drone strikes” took place in the town of Bayda, in the eponymous governorate in south-central Yemen, according to US Navy Captain Jeff Davis, spokesman for the Pentagon.

Jan 23 11:05

ISIS Destroys Part Of Roman Theater In Palmyra – Syrian Antiquities Chief

Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists have destroyed part of a Roman theater and the legendary four-column structure ‘Tetrapylon’ in the ancient city of Palmyra, Syrian TV reports.

Jan 23 09:26

‘FAKE NEWS’? TIME TO CHOOSE: CORPORATE MEDIA FAKES US INTO SUPPORTING ISRAEL’S ORWELLIAN ILLEGAL WAR OF AGGRESSION ON GAZA

“When we now know that all claims for war with Iraq were known lies as they were told (and verbally explained here), and CNN provides similar innuendo for war by an unsourced alleged report with concerns of what might occur in the future allegedly stated by an unnamed US source reporting on an unnamed foreign source, this is propaganda and not news.”

Jan 23 08:51

Democrat Congresswoman Just Confirmed America’s Worst Nightmare – Trump Was Right Since Day One!

CONGRESSWOMAN GABBARD CONFIRMED THAT OBAMA’S ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN FUNNELING MONEY TO ISIS THROUGH THE CIA AND SAUDI ARABIA!

Jan 23 00:32

Sidestepping the Military Leviathan: Make Money, Not War

Is Washington really going to start a trade war with China, or is it just huffing and puffing for position? I don’t know. Mr. Trump has inexplicably failed to brief me. A point worth bearing in mind:

The United States cannot compete commercially with a developed Asia, or China.

America has nowhere to go. It is a fully developed economy that cannot grow rapidly if it grows at all. America is also a country of only medium size with a white and Asian population of a bit more than two hundred million who do all the brain work. It has a decaying system of education, declining living standards, and an economy crippled by huge military expenditures.

By contrast China has a billion Han Chinese, intelligent government, a great deal of room to grow and high rates of doing so. The combined land mass, population, and economic potential of Asia are staggering. In differing degrees, Asian nations are growing.

Jan 22 11:19

Pakistan Threatens To Use Nuclear Weapons If India Attacks

Pakistan has announced that it will use all the weapons at its disposal to defend the country and that includes nuclear weapons.

Jan 22 10:15

BREAKING: They Won’t Be Missing Him! The US Military Just Gave Obama The Most Embarrassing Send Off!

Well during a ceremony earlier today at Joint Base Myer in Arlington, Virginia Barack Obama was given the Department of Defense Medal of Distinguished Public Service, the best part comes when you look at the “enormous” crowd that came out to see the event.

Jan 22 10:10

‘Fake news’? Time to choose: Corporate media fakes us into supporting Israel’s Orwellian illegal War of Aggression on Gaza

“First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. And then you win.” ~ unsourced, and attributed to Gandhi’s analysis of British empire response to having their hypocrisy exposed: claiming to bring Christian love and progress while looting resources with forced local labor.

Jan 21 18:59

‘Now the journey begins!’

It is a historic day in America. Power is back with the American people (the forgotten men and women).

Trump vowed to deliver on his promise to take on the establishment in Washington and deliver results for Americans forgotten by their leaders.

“We are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people,” he said as rain fell over the nation’s capital.

Now the Work begins... and we are going to be producing results...President Trump said.

Jan 21 18:53

Trump’s Declaration of War – Paul Craig Roberts

If truth can be said, President Trump has declared a war far more dangerous to himself than if he had declared war against Russia or China.

Trump made it abundantly clear that Americans’ enemies are right here at home: globalists, neoliberal economists, neoconservatives and other unilateralists accustomed to imposing the US on the world and involving us in endless and expensive wars, politicians who serve the Ruling Establishment rather than the American people, indeed, the entire canopy of private interests that have run America into the ground while getting rich in the process.

Jan 21 07:36

Melbourne Car Ramming Terrorist A Muslim Kurd

The perpetrator of the car ramming terrorist attack carried out in Melbourne, Australia, on Friday, January 20, has been identified as a legal immigrant Muslim Kurd using a Greek-sounding name.

Jan 20 13:26

US Drone Strikes Killed 117 Civilians During Obama’s Presidency: Report

Outgoing President Barack Obama ordered at least 526 drone strikes during his presidency, killing as many as 117 civilians, according to a new report by US intelligence agencies.

Jan 20 13:11

The Sound of 103 Micro Drones Launched from an F/A-18 Will Give You Nightmares

The United States military successfully launched what it’s calling “one of the world’s largest micro-drone swarms” in October.

At a test site in California, the 103 Perdix drones released from three F/A-18 Super Hornets demonstrated sophisticated swarming behaviors, including collective decision-making, adaptive formation flying, and self-healing, according to a Department of Defense press release. The feat is one of the most significant tests of the military’s autonomous flying systems, and was documented in a “60 Minutes” segment Sunday.

The DoD shared a video of the test online, and from the ground the sound is terrifying.

Jan 20 13:08

British Tanks Sent Through Channel Tunnel To Prepare For War

Tanks have been sent through the Channel Tunnel in a secret midnight training operation to prepare for war in Europe.

Five vehicles in total were loaded onto trains, sent through, and then returned to the UK overnight on Wednesday.

Jan 20 12:00

Video: Gen. James Mattis’s Role In Fallujah & Haditha Massacre, Views On Women & LGBT In Military

Watch our extended interview with Aaron Glantz, a senior reporter at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting.

Jan 20 11:22

'Show Of Force’: National Guard Deploy Surface-To-Air Missile Systems At DAPL Protest

Two surface-to-air missile systems set up near the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protest at Standing Rock are there to send a clear message, “leave,” according to Lorenzo Serna, journalist with the Unicorn Riot media collective.

Jan 20 11:01

Obama’s Unnecessary Wars and ‘Humanitarian’ Interventionism

The U.S. intervened in Libya in 2011 in the name of the “responsibility to protect.” No one even tried to pretend that U.S. interests were at stake in the Libyan war, and yet Obama committed the U.S. to an avoidable war anyway. The U.S. started ISIS bombing targets in Iraq and then in Syria. ISIS didn’t pose a threat to the U.S. then and still doesn’t, but Obama ordered a bombing campaign against them all the same. The U.S. wasn’t threatened by the Houthis in Yemen, but Obama has backed the Saudi-led war on Yemen in order to “reassure” Riyadh even though it is making the region more unstable and it is making America more enemies than we had before. The direct costs to the U.S. of all these bad decisions have so far been limited, but they are all costs that the U.S. didn’t need to pay for wars that we shouldn’t have been fighting. This is why I have difficulty crediting Obama as a “reluctant” hawk when someone genuinely reluctant to resort to force would not have involved the U.S.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Larson is wrong about there being no interest by the US government in toppling Qaddafi, because that reason was economic, and had nothing to do with protecting the Libyan people whatsoever.

As reported in theecologist.com in March of last year:

Of the 3,000 emails released from Hillary Clinton's private email server in late December 2015, about a third were from her close confidante Sidney Blumenthal, the attorney who defended her husband in the Monica Lewinsky case. One of these emails, dated April 2, 2011, reads in part: "Qaddafi's government holds 143 tons of gold, and a similar amount in silver ... This gold was accumulated prior to the current rebellion and was intended to be used to establish a pan-African currency based on the Libyan golden Dinar. This plan was designed to provide the Francophone African Countries with an alternative to the French franc (CFA)."

The US government couldn't allow that kind of competition to either the US dollar or the Euro; that was why Qaddafi had to be assassinated, to eliminate the economic threat from the gold-backed dinar.

But he is generally correct about "humanitarian intervention" simply being a ploy for the US military to go in, and expropriate resources to which the US government, and its corporate minions, have absolutely no moral right; make sure that those countries are only controlled by US-centric governments, and those resources only sold in US dollars.

Jan 20 10:45

North Korea may be readying missile test, timing unclear: U.S. officials

The United States has seen indications that North Korea may be preparing for a new missile test-launch in the coming days or weeks, U.S. officials said on Thursday, in what could be an early test of President-elect Donald Trump's administration.

South Korean media, citing intelligence agencies, said Pyongyang may be readying a test of a new, upgraded prototype of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) as early as Friday, the day Trump is inaugurated.

U.S. officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, cautioned however that they did not have such precise information about the range or potential timing of Pyongyang's missile test, should it happen.

One official suggested Pyongyang could be largely seeking to provoke the Trump administration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to President Trump: please tread carefully here.

One guy you need to get on your speed-dial, and right the heck now, is China's President Xi Jinping.

And I say this because what needs to happen here is the US working with China and South Korea to get North Korea back to the negotiation table, and to substitute the current armistice with a true peace treaty, with trade guarantees, in exchange for North Korea's walking away from their nuclear weapons development.

Any US military response will almost inevitably bring China into war on North Korea's side, and we are so horrifically unprepared for such a war, that you will find it incredible, as you are briefed on US military readiness.

We do not have the troop strength; the weaponry; the manufacturing; or the money to successfully fight a conventional war against Russia and/or China right now.

And while you and your administration wil need to fix this mess, regarding US military readiness, bringing North Korea back to the negotiating table would truly be a victory for your administration, and one that is absolutely doable.

Jan 20 10:33

Before You Go, Obama: 'Has Any Other Nobel Peace Prize Winner Dropped 100k Bombs?'

President Barack Obama’s legacy is a hot topic on his last day in office. Many on Twitter are not allowing others to forget that the 44th commander-in-chief won the Nobel Peace Prize, before becoming the first to bomb several countries over eight years.

Jan 20 10:16

Cold Start: India to Deploy Massive Tank Army Along Border With Pakistan

The Indian Army is set to deploy over 460 new T-90SM main battle tanks (MBTs) along India’s border with Pakistan, senior Indian defense officials told IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly on January 19.

The new T-90SM MBT (other designations T-90AM or T-90MS) is the latest and most modern version of the T-90 (which in turn is a modernized variant of the T-72 MBT), and has specifically been designed for export by Russia.

According to IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly, the newly ordered MBTs will supplement 850-900 license-built T-90S Bhishma tanks, divided into 18 regiments, and currently deployed in the Indian states of Rajasthan and Punjab. It is unclear how many T-90S and T-90SM in total are currently in service with the Indian Army. (Estimates vary from 800 to 1,200 MBTs in various stages of operational readiness.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to the Indian and Pakistani governments; in light of the fact that you are both nuclear-armed countries, with a history of mortal conflict, and wars, please both of you, step back from the brink, and do whatever you can do to ratchet down the tensions here.

A war between you would very probably go nuclear in a heartbeat, and the results of this would be unthinkable, and the consequences, catastrophic... and irreversible.

So, please: you need to open communications at the highest levels possible, and find a way to back away from war.

Jan 20 09:51

Obama’s Drone Report Omits Civilians Slain in Iraq, Afghanistan

The Obama Administration has made a habit of dramatically underreporting civilian deaths in its assorted military operations around the world, but took things to a whole new level in what will presumably be their last such document, claiming only one civilian killed all year in US drone strikes “worldwide.”

The report, which Obama requires by executive order, nominally for the sake of transparency, claims a massive decrease from the number of civilians killed the year prior in drone strikes, and managed to achieve this by deliberately excluding the overwhelming majority of the US drone strikes carried out in 2016 from the report’s definition of “worldwide.” Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan are not counted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Typical: I am completely unsurprised by this.

Jan 20 09:21

In Last Farewell, Russia Slams Obama Whose "Dumb" Actions "Claimed Tens Of Thousands Of Lives"

In a scathing Facebook post, Russia's former president and current Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev (who less than five years ago was assured by Obama that "he would have more flexibility") gave his final assessment of US-Russia relations during the Obama administration, and lashed out at the outgoing US president, accusing him of destroying relations "between the United States and Russia, which are at their lowest point in decades" and predicting that "this is its key foreign policy mistake which will be remembered by history."

Medvedev was relentless, saying “US-Russia relations completely fell apart by the end of the second term of the Obama administration,” which has shown itself to be “short-sighted on such an important and complex issue as relations with Russia."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Medvedev is, unfortunately, entirely correct in his assessment here; our Nobel Peace Prize winning President has been the consistent Warmonger-In-Chief from day 1, and the US government's doubling down on Afghanistan; Syria; Iraq; Somalia; Yemen; and Libya has cost thousands of lives.

Jan 20 07:29

Secret 1983 CIA intelligence report suggested America should encourage Saddam Hussein to attack Syria to secure oil pipeline to Med and Gulf 

America urged Saddam Hussein to attack Hafez al-Assad's Syria because of the closure of Iraq's oil pipeline, a secret 1983 intelligence report has revealed.

A report, by former senior CIA official Graham Fuller, said the US should consider 'urging Iraq to take the war to Syria', noting that Saddam was 'fighting for his life' in the Iran-Iraq campaign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Probably Saddam didn't go along with attacking Syria because the war with Iran had also been "encouraged" by the US Government!

Jan 19 14:08

Peace Out, Obama

In the final days of his presidency, Barack Obama deployed 3,500 US troops, 87 tanks and 144 Bradley fighting vehicles to Poland, and 330 Marines to Norway. He also signed 'milestone' agreements with Estonia and Lithuania enabling a broad range of defense-related activities.

Jan 19 10:58

Will Donald Trump rein in US’s military’s overreach?

One of the most striking – though unreported – aspects of Donald Trump’s interview with The London Times and Bild-Zeitung is what Trump had to say about the state of the US military and of the US defence budget.

It is hardly a secret that the US has completely lost control of its defence spending, and as a businessman conscious of the importance of controlling costs, Trump has homed in on this. His immediate target has been the troubled F-35 fighter bomber programme – about which he has tweeted repeatedly – whose costs have spiralled out of control, and whose capabilities are questioned by many experts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Jan 19 10:55

Mainstream British Press Propaganda Ramps Up Dangerous War Rhetoric against Russia

The British press are in full hysteria propaganda mode when it comes to demonising our new greatest threat on planet earth; not climate change, a global pandemic, international terrorism, or America’s new foe in the South China Sea – but Russia.

In all of these newspaper reports, and there are plenty more of them, not a single scrap of actual evidence other than hearsay is published. In the case of the Express story, it’s allegations are backed up with the statement “It is entirely feasible that Russia has targeted Tornadoes and Typhoons in this way,” said air defence expert Justin Bronk, of the Royal United Services Institute think-tank.” This is not evidence.

In the case of the Telegraph, this fairy-tail has been 100% debunked as pure propaganda and the original report from the Washington Post ended with a full-on apology by its editor. The Telegraph has printed no such amendment or apology for its totally fictitious article.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now that it is very clear that Hillary Clinton will not be the US's next President, but Trump will be,, it appears that the Deep State in both this Country and the UK are desperate to cook up some kind of war with Russia, if possible, even before Trump takes the Oath of Office tomorrow.

But the Deep State in both countries has been unsuccessful, because the massive, hysterical propaganda by their countries' respective presstitutes and whoreespondents have, to large part, fallen on deaf American and British ears.

In both countries and beyond, people are tuning into the independent media, like WRH, because they understand that the independent media, in large part, has no vested interests in the military/industrial complex, so war is not something they generally support.

Jan 19 10:44

Obama: 'Moment may be passing' for two-state solution

The prospects for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are waning because of growing Israeli settlement of the West Bank, Barack Obama has said in his final press conference as US president.

Obama said on Wednesday that his administration did not block a UN resolution on Israeli settlement activity last month because it felt a two-state solution was the only option for peace.

"The goal of the resolution was to simply say that the ... growth of the settlements are creating a reality on the ground that increasingly will make a two-state solution impossible," he said.

"It was important for us to send a signal, a wakeup call that this moment may be passing."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to President Obama; the moment you are describing never, ever existed for the Israeli government; to believe that it ever did demonstrates an absolutely delusional grasp of the existing facts on the ground.

The placement of these Jewish-only settlements means that there is no possibility for a contiguous Palestinian state to exist, ever, and the placement of these settlements was engineered to insure that would be the case.

Jan 19 10:40

Fiercest ISIS Offensive: Islamists Cut Off Syrian Deir Ez-Zor Airbase

Islamic State has launched a large-scale offensive against a key government air base in the Syrian province of Dier Ez-Zor.

Jan 19 10:36

Will Trump Attack North Korea?

In his New Year’s Day address, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un said his nation was close to testing an ICBM which could hit the United States. Put a nuclear warhead on top and the North will have developed an effective deterrent against the global superpower.
Predictably, President-elect Donald Trump responded via tweet: “It won’t happen.”
Which means precisely what? He doesn’t believe the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea will be able to develop such a missile or miniaturize such a weapon? That’s unlikely, since Pyongyang’s weapons programs have developed further and faster than had been predicted. American officials might hope for technical difficulties, but it would be foolish to make hope the basis of U.S. policy toward the North.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What President-Elect Trump should do here is not rattling sabres (which would most likely mean an unwinnable war against China), but working directly with the Chinese government to get North Korea back to the negotiating table, and developing a real peace deal, which offers iron-clad guarantees regarding trade in exchange for North Korea stopping its nuclear weapons development program.

At the end of the day, negotiations here are the only real solution, coupled with the replacement of the armistice (which is simply a cessation of fighting between North and South Korean) by a true peace treaty.

Jan 19 10:16

Alibaba'a Jack Ma Drops a Redpill in Davos: The U.S. Wasted $14 Trillion on Wars Over the Past 30 Years

And there it is, the unvarnished, raw, truth about how everything went wrong for middle class America.

Since the Vietnam war, more than 45 years ago, the US has embarked on a neocon strategy of war in an effort to build a global empire. The result of that strategy has left American infrastructure second rate, its school system in shambles, and its healthcare system a complete and utter joke.

Just imagine what America could've done with $14t of investable dollars, instead of waging wars.

Aside from the wars, America spends more than 50% of its discretionary budget on the military, per annum, 16% of its overall budget.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ma is utterly, devastatingly correct in his assessment.

Jan 19 09:45

Israel deploys 'Star Wars' missile killer system

Israel's upgraded ballistic missile shield became operational on Wednesday, in a "Star Wars"-like extension of its capabilities to outer space where incoming missiles can be safely destroyed.

The Defence Ministry said the U.S.-funded Arrow 3 system, jointly developed by state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries and U.S. firm Boeing Co. , was handed over the Israeli Air Force.

The Arrow 3, together with the Arrow 2, which has been operational since 2000, would "significantly reduce the possibilities of ballistic missiles" hitting Israel, the ministry said in a statement.

The Arrow 2 is designed to intercept projectiles high and low within the atmosphere. Arrow 3 missiles will fly into space, where their warheads detach to become "kamikaze" satellites that track and slam into their targets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A little logic here; why in heaven's name, would Iran attack Israel, understanding full well that such an attack would result in Iran's becoming a large puddle of molten glass from the US/Israeli counterstrike?!?

The short answer is, they wouldn't.

Jan 19 08:47

CNN: Assassinating Trump Could Keep Obama Administration in Power

CNN needs to be shut down and Wol Blitzer needs to be arrested!

As the nation prepares for the peaceful transfer of power on Inauguration Day, CNN is dreaming up scenarios whereby the Obama administration can keep power if President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence were blown up as they prepared to take to oath of office.

On the Wednesday, January 18 broadcast of CNN’s The Situation Room, host Wolf Blitzer aired a segment with a chyron featuring the headline “Developing Now.” During that “developing” segment, Blitzer and correspondent Brian Todd discussed what would happen if the unthinkable occurred on January 20.

Jan 18 15:14

Machine Guns, RPGs & Kids: Yemen Female Fighters Stage Massive Anti-Saudi ‘Peace Rally’

More than 3000 women staged a demonstration today in Sanaa to protest against Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the conflict in Yemen.

Jan 18 15:13

Drone Proliferation Ramps Up

AND THICK AND FAST THEY CAME AT LAST,
AND MORE AND MORE AND MORE—

— LEWIS CARROLL, “THE WALRUS AND THE CARPENTER” (1871)

Over 75 states possess unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly called drones. We know of fifteen states which possessed armed drones at the end of 2016. They are the US, UK, China, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Africa, and Turkey.

Jan 18 12:13

Body Count: Judith Miller Slammed On Twitter For Saying Manning Leaks Killed People

Judith Miller, who through her reporting advocated invading Iraq in 2003, has been blasted on Twitter after criticizing President Barack Obama’s decision to commute Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence.

“How many people have died” as a result of Manning’s leaks?, Miller tweeted.

Miller, now a Fox News contributor, was a New York Times journalist who cited dodgy, unnamed sources in her reporting on the nonexistent weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq, leading up to the war that cost the lives of 4,424 US troops with 31,952 of them wounded.

Jan 18 11:52

56 Years Ago Today, Eisenhower Warned Americans Of "The Unwarranted Influence" Of The Deep State

In his farewell address to the nation 56 years ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned the American people for the first time to keep a careful eye on what he called the "military-industrial complex" that had developed in the post-World War II years. Fiscally conservative Eisenhower had been concerned about the growing size and cost of the American defense establishment since he became president in 1953, and as History.com notes, in his last presidential address to the American people, he expressed those concerns in terms that shocked many of his listeners.

Jan 18 11:04

Peter Van Buren Asks: Would You Have Chelsea Manning’s Courage When Called?

Chelsea will be free in May!

With more than a little irony, while I was in Iraq working for the State Department, Chelsea Manning’s office was across the hall from mine. While I was winning the war by writing emails to the embassy, Manning was across the hall capturing the texts of hundreds of thousands of State Department cables, famously released by Wikileaks, showing that was could never be won.

Jan 17 16:14

US Increasing Airdrops Of Military Supplies To Militants In Syria: Report

The United States is increasing airdrops of weapons, ammunition and other equipment to foreign-backed militant forces in the northeastern Syrian city of Raqqah, according to a report.

“Our expanded precision airdrop capability is helping ground forces take the offensive to (Daesh) and efforts to retake Raqqah,” Gen. Carlton Everhart, commander of the US Air Force’s Air Mobility Command, was quoted by USA Today as saying.

Jan 17 13:57

Video: ‘Pointless’ Peace Parley : Israel, Palestine Don’t Take Part In Middle East Summit

Foreign Ministers from around 70 nations have taken part in a Middle East peace summit in Paris - urging Israeli and Palestinian leaders to reaffirm their commitment to resolving the conflict.

Jan 17 13:41

Tunisia Terrorist Attack: Inquests Open Into Deaths Of 30 British Tourists

Inquests into the deaths of 30 British tourists killed in the Tunisian beach massacre of 2015 are due to start on Monday at the Royal Courts of Justice in central London.

Presided over by judge and coroner Nicholas Loraine-Smith, the inquests are expected to last around seven weeks.

Jan 17 12:06

US Deploys Troops To Norway Despite Warnings From Russia

After angering Russia by sending thousands of troops to Poland, the United States has now deployed nearly 300 Marines to Norway, prompting serious warnings from Moscow.

The troops arrived in Norway on Monday and will be stationed at a garrison in Vaernes, nearly 1,500 kilometers (900 miles) from Russia. They will be replaced on a six-month rotational basis for at least a year.

Jan 17 11:13

Is this proof America is preparing for war with Russia? US plane is spotted in a mock dogfight with a Russian jet above the top secret Area 51 base

The 42-year-old enthusiast from Hampshire in the UK said he thinks his images are the first of such an encounter in the United States.

He said the Russian jet was a Su-27P Flanker-B - which has never been officially imported into the United States.

'This aircraft was anonymous and unidentifiable, apart from the Soviet style camouflage it wore,' he said. 'After they finished their mission they flew into Groom Lake's highly restricted airspace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the US is in possession of a Russian fighter jet, painted in Russian colors. Imagine the false-flag they could pull using this "deniable" asset!

Jan 17 10:30

HOW THE U.S. ENABLED ISIS TO TAKE DEIR EZZOR

The city of Deir Ezzor (Deir ez-Zur) in east-Syria is on the verge of falling into the hands of the Takfiris of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). More than 100,000 civilian inhabitants of Deir Ezzor and thousands of soldiers defending them are in immediate danger of being murdered by the savage ISIS forces. The current situation is a direct consequence of U.S. military action against the SAA and non-action against ISIS.

Deir Ezzor is besieged by ISIS since September 2015. But the city was well defended by its garrison of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and all further attacks by ISIS were repelled. Supply to the city was hauled in by air through the Deir Ezzor airport and through air drops by the Syrian and Russian airforces. Relief by ground forces and ground supplies are not possible as Deir Ezzor is more than 100 km away from the nearest SAA positions west of Palmyra and as the desert in between is under the control of ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will only be a few days (hopefully) until the blood-soaked Obama regime is gone.

I hope Trump and his advisors are thinking about a way to deal with Syria which does not involve US boots on the ground, because that will almost inevitably lead to Russia boots on the ground here.

Jan 17 10:00

Trump, Kissinger and Ma playing on a crowded chessboard

Place your bets on who will be the major partner in the Trump, Kissinger and Ma law firm.

Kissinger has drafted a plan to officially recognize Crimea as part of Russia and lift the Obama administration’s economic sanctions.

The plan fits into Kissinger’s overall strategy — call it a traditional British Balance of Power, or Divide and Rule, approach — of breaking up the Eurasian front (Russia-China-Iran) that constitutes the real “threat” to what Mattis defines as the “established world order.”

Jan 17 08:59

F-35 Has 276 Deficiencies And Counting, Unfit For Combat Operations – Pentagon Report

The F-35 stealth fighter jet suffers from hundreds of problems and won’t be fully combat-capable before 2020, says a scathing report from the Pentagon’s top evaluator. New issues keep cropping up, and fixing them all may cost over $1 billion.

Jan 17 02:35

Hundreds of U.S. Marines Land in Norway, Irking Russia

Some 300 U.S. Marines landed in Norway on Monday for a six-month deployment, the first time since World War Two that foreign troops have been allowed to be stationed there, in a deployment which has irked Norway's Arctic neighbor Russia.

Jan 16 18:28

Can Trump Take Back The Presidency From The CIA? — Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts

If Trump intends to survive, he must break the CIA into a thousand pieces as President John F. Kennedy intended before the CIA assassinated him. Trump must arrest for treason the neoconservatives and put them on trial. Trump must curtail NSA’s spying, which is in complete violation of the US Constitution, on all communications of all Americans. Trump’s oath of office is to the Constitution, not to war on the American public. Trump must ban all presstitute print and TV media from White House press conferences and only give credentials to the alternative Internet media. The print and TV media are operatives of the CIA and are totally devoid of integrity. Indeed, perhaps the presstitutes should be arrested for treason and put on trial along with the neoconservatives and the CIA.

Jan 16 17:00

A Likely Way that Trump Would Be Forced Out of Office

It is clear, from the overwhelming opposition to Donald Trump’s taking office on January 20th as the U.S. President, opposition on the part of the entire U.S. Establishment — the aristocrats and their agents in the government and media and think tanks — that any opportunity to replace Trump with the Democratic Party’s Establishment Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, or any other Establishmentarian, would be welcomed by the Establishment.

Trump has appointed, as being far over a majority of the principal officers of the executive departments — i.e., majority of his 15-person Cabinet — Establishment Republicans, who favor continuation of the Cold War against Russia.

But now, could come the tactic that actually has the highest likelihood of succeeding, and it would replace Trump with his own Establishment Republican Vice President, Mike Pence. Here’s how it would work:

Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution asserts:

Jan 16 16:04

Russia's navy is engaging in its highest level of activity for more than 25 years, Britain's First Sea Lord warns as Putin prepares for war 

The Royal Navy is facing its greatest challenge from Russia in more than 25 years, the First Sea Lord has warned.

Admiral Sir Philip Jones told his sailors that the Navy was dealing with the highest level of activity from submarines and warships since the end of the Cold War.
He added that the Navy was having to make 'difficult' cuts to equipment as Vladimir Putin's fleet had increased its activity.

In a New Year message to the Navy, Sir Philip said: 'In northern Europe and the Baltic, we are responding to the highest level of Russian naval activity since the end of the Cold War.'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Admiral Sir Philip Jones: sir, you seem to be developing a severe case of SMD (Selective Memory Disorder), and I would like to politely mention US and NATO troop movements of the last couple of weeks, available from public and common sources:

100’s of US tanks, heavy equipment flow into Europe to counter ‘Russian aggression’

Poland welcomes thousands of US troops in NATO show of force

US MARINES LAND IN NORWAY, SIGNALING DEPARTURE FROM POST-WW2 COMMITMENT TO RUSSIA

So what can we possibly assume that Vlad (the NON-impaler) and the Kremlin are thinking?!? Perhaps, in response to all these US/NATO movement of troops and equipment, current Russian naval deployments are possibly intended to keep Russia's options open, in case there is a false flag or direct attack against it?!?

Some bloggers have certainly been asking the question of whether the design intent of the deployment of all these NATO and US troops to Russia's borders, and even Blogger Mac Slavo has asked the question:

Is This The Coup In America? “U.S. Troops On Russian Border” To Start War Before Inauguration

I would politely suggest to Admiral Sir Philip Jones that it is highly possible that current Russian Naval activities may well be an asymmetrical response to the massive numbers of troops sent by the US and NATO to Russia's borders.

Jan 16 14:47

Oman Accepts 10 Gitmo Inmates At Obama’s Request

The United States has released 10 more inmates from its military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and transferred them to Oman, a last-ditch effort by the outgoing administration of President Barack Obama to deliver on a years-old pledge to shutter the controversial facility.

Jan 16 14:34

2mn People Freed From ISIS Rule In Last Year, Fallon Claims

Two million people have been liberated from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) rule in the last 12 months, according to UK Defense Secretary Sir Michael Fallon.

In a Ministry of Defense (MoD) statement, Fallon said the US-led coalition has made substantial progress in Syria and Iraq.

Jan 16 12:17

Moscow Cautiously Reacts to Trump's Idea on Lifting Anti-Russian Sanctions

Trump is trying to use Obama's sanctions as a stick to get the Russians to sign an arms deal. Wont work. The Russians consider the sanctions undeserved and an insult to Russia as a whole. The Donald ain't so smart!

Russian officials commented on the proposal of US President-elect Donald Trump to lift sanctions against Russia in exchange for a bilateral agreement on the reduction of the nuclear arsenal, saying that Moscow is currently not considering the possibility of reducing its nuclear arsenal in exchange for a sanctions deal.

In interview with newspapers Das Bild and The Times, Trump suggested that the sanctions against Russia could be lifted if both countries sign a nuclear disarmament agreement. However, the proposal caused a cautious reaction in Moscow.

Jan 16 09:53

Belgium Police’s Special Units Launch Anti-Terror Raid In Molenbeek District, Brussels

Federal Police’s special units were deployed to the Brussels’ Molenbeek district at the request of the Prosecutor’s Office.

Jan 16 09:06

The War On Terror And The Global Security State – Who Pays?

By Gail Malone

Across the Western world, countries have succumbed to pressure and incrementally introduced the paraphernalia of a security state. Albeit without the promised security and massive breaches of privacy and other hard won human rights. The rise of the security state has implications across the planet from austerity measures, the militarisation of police forces and copious amounts of tax dollars funnelled into the Military Industrial Complex. This, we are told, is needed to fight the farcical ‘War on Terror’ (WoT), a euphemism for rapacious imperialism. But is the world any safer?...

Jan 16 07:48

America’s Self-Destructive Obsessions

Captain Ahab’s obsessive hunt for Moby Dick was driven by the thirst for revenge. The great white whale had maimed Ahab – in soul as well as body. Ahab was consumed by the passion to restore his sense of self, and make himself whole again, by killing his nemesis – a compulsion that his wooden leg never lets weaken.

Jan 16 07:31

"It Can't Happen Here" - Color Revolution By Force

This has been, all together, a well though out propaganda campaign to reinforce the scheme Clinton and her overlords have been pushing for quite some time: Russia is bad and a danger. Trump is aligned with Russia. Something needs to be done against Trump but most importantly against Russia.

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Jan 16 06:35

Congresswoman Says US Is Arming ISIS, Introduces Bill to Stop It

Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has broken free of the corporate media’s narrative by accusing the United States of funding and arming terror groups al-Qaeda and ISIS.

“If you or I gave money, weapons or support to al-Qaeda or ISIS, we would be thrown in jail,” Gabbard tweeted on Saturday.

Jan 16 06:28

Can the great war be prevented …

The sheer size of the exercise and the chosen region might already be interpreted as a clear warning to the West not to lay undue strain on the question of the “annexation of the Crimea” and not to test the patience of Russia in the Donbass area unduly. At the same time, we are informed that a coastal defence is to be constructed on the outermost eastern tip of Russia by 2018. One week before the start of the “Caucasus 2016” exercise, the Russian defence minister Shoigu confirmed the plans for the establishment of a special troop unit in the Chukotka region. The decision to do so was made in 2015 and is “part of a plan for the establishment of a unified system of coastal defence from the Arctic in the north to the Premorja territory in the south”. This is intended to secure the Kuriles and the Bering Sea as well as cover the routes of the fleets in the Pacific, and thus also to increase the combat power of Russia’s nuclear-strategic naval forces.

Jan 15 16:54

Washington Declares New Sanctions On Syrian Military, Officials, Tech Firm

The United States has declared new sanctions against the Syrian military, 18 government officials and a tech company, just days before having to give up its rule to Republican President-elect Donald Trump.

The US State Department claimed in a statement cited Saturday in an AP report that the fresh sanctions were imposed “in response to the use of chemical weapons” by the Syrian government without pointing to a specific case and years after Damascus gave up its remaining stockpile of chemical weapons, which were transferred out of the country by UN inspectors for eventual destruction at sea.

Jan 15 16:52

Poland Officially Welcomes NATO Deployment Of US Troops

The Polish government has officially welcomed thousands of US soldiers who have recently arrived in the country as part of a NATO deployment.

The troops, along with a large amount of military equipment, are part of a planned NATO operation aimed at bolstering its Eastern European allies. The deployment is the largest movement of an armed US military brigade to Europe since the conclusion of the Cold War. Moscow has labeled the move as “truly aggressive” and says the soldiers’ presence is a direct threat to Russia.

Jan 15 15:00

Gaza comedian arrested after video on electricity crisis

Authorities in Gaza arrested a Palestinian singer-comedian Wednesday, a source said, after he made a video about the electricity crisis in the enclave.

Jan 15 10:10

Poll: Americans Come Out of Election More Scared of Russia

A new Reuters/IPSOS poll shows a growing number of Americans seeing US-Russia relations as “back to the old days of the Cold War,” with far more Americans seeing the Russian Federation as a bigger threat after the 2016 election campaign.

It should come as no surprise, of course, as the Clinton campaign spent the better part of the election claiming Russia was “hacking the vote,” and hysteria around US-Russia hostilities seemed to grow precipitously every day through the election, and continued as a headline story well after the vote itself.

The polls show exactly what the campaign did to the American psyche, however, with a nearly 10% increase in the number of Americans identifying Russia as a “threat to the United States” between early 2015 and today. It’s worth noting that the early 2015 figures were themselves already heightened by hype surrounding the East Ukraine civil war, and claims by US officials that a Russian invasion of Eastern Europe was imminent.

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Americans have far less to worry about coming from Russia than they do from the "deep state" elements of their own government.

Jan 15 09:41

Poland welcomes thousands of US troops in NATO show of force

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo welcomed US troops to her country at a formal ceremony Saturday, saying it was a "great day" that would help ensure Poland's security.

Some 4,000 US soldiers have been deployed as part of troop rotations to Europe that the Pentagon has said are intended to bolster ties with NATO allies and send a clear message to Russia.
Russia has criticized the continuous deployments as a threat to Russian security.
"It's a great day today when we can welcome, here in Zagan, American soldiers who represent the best, the greatest army in the world," Szydlo said at the ceremony in the snowy western town of Zagan.

Speaking after the Polish leader, Paul Jones, the US ambassador to Poland, said the troops arriving in Poland were "America's most capable force," embodying an "iron-clad commitment" to defend NATO allies.

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Take a good look at the image at the top of this article. And yes, I can see that there's snow on the ground, which isn't that unusual for Poland in the wintertime.

But look at the puny crowd of onlookers, center-left. I have to wonder if they were "forcefully invited", because they were families of Polish military members, or if it was a "rent a crowd" for hire.

The Polish government may want these troops here; the Polish military may want these troops here; but I really have to wonder about the Polish people wanting these troops here.

They have a first-hand history of wars being fought on their soil, and I strongly doubt that they want to see another war on Polish soil, courtesy of a US/NATO false flag against Russia.

Jan 15 06:23

Dark Shadows: Secret Wars, And Covert Ops

“Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.” — Claudius1

Thirty years ago the United States government was embroiled in a scandal whose repercussions are felt today in a perverse variation on the idea that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. We have been repeating Iran-Contra operations in various forms and guises ever since only now they’re not a scandalous aberration but standard operating procedure of the Deep State.

Jan 15 04:39

Can Trump Fix the Economy In 2017?

Paul Craig Roberts (born April 3, 1939) is an American economist, journalist, blogger and former civil servant. He reached the height of his government career when he became the United States Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under President Reagan in 1981.

Dr. Roberts elucidates how Trump can fix the the Economy.

I cannot assure you that Trump is not another fake like Obama. But it is a mistake to begin with this assumption. Why write off in advance the only person with the courage to put his life on the line and take on the corrupt and evil Washington establishment?

Jan 14 16:18

China expert: Tillerson's plan for the South China Sea would 'certainly end up in a shooting war with China' Business Insider

(Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
President-elect Donald Trump's secretary of state nominee, Rex Tillerson, made waves internationally on Thursday by suggesting that the US should "send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops, and second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed."
Suggesting China stop its building of artificial islands and militarizing them doesn't sharply break with the policy of President Barack Obama's administration, but suggesting a blockade — or forcefully stopping China from sailing to its land features in the South China Sea — does.
China's response, at first muted, has come back strong, with Chinese media saying that "unless Washington plans to wage a large-scale war in the South China Sea, any other approaches to prevent Chinese access to the islands will be foolish."

Jan 14 13:35

Is Trump Already Finished? — Paul Craig Roberts

January 13, 2017
Is Trump Already Finished?

Paul Craig Roberts

It did not take long before we knew there was no hope of change from President Obama. But at least he went into his inauguration with an unprecedented number of Americans on the Mall showing their support for the President of Change. Hope was abundant.

But with Trump, we are already losing faith, if not yet with him, at least with his choice of those who comprise his government even before Trump is inaugurated.

Trump’s choice for Secretary of State not only sounds like the neoconservatives in declaring Russia to be a threat to the United States and all of Europe, but also sounds like Hillary Clinton in declaring the South China Sea to be an area of US dominance. One would think that the chaiman of Exxon was not an idiot, but I am no longer sure. In his confirmation hearing, Rex Tillerson said that China’s access to its own South China Sea is “not going to be allowed.”

Jan 14 13:15

Is Trump About to Debunk the Media’s ‘Putin-gate’ Conspiracy Theory?

So get out the popcorn, and put your feet up: the entertainment is about to begin!

Cold war drama fizzling fast

“It wouldn’t be a bad opening for a Tom Clancy novel about the Cold War” – that’s how the Los Angeles Times described the sequence of events leading up to the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats (“spies”) and the latest face-off between Washington and Moscow.

Indeed the whole episode of has about it a fictional aura, which is, after all, only appropriate, since the entire basis of this latest cold war drama is pure invention.

Jan 14 13:12

The Establishment Is Trying To Steal The Presidency From Trump And the Liberal-Left Is Helping

Where is the liberal-left’s moral conscience?

The US military, the CIA, and their whores in the US media are undemocratically pursuing their own agenda independent of the policy of the president-elect.

We could dismiss Trump’s admission as throwing a bone to the CIA so they can feel vindicated and get off his back, and the statements by Tillerson and Mattis could be dismissed as what has to be said in order to be confirmed.

Jan 14 13:05

US Intel Agencies Try to Strong-Arm Trump Into War with Russia

The big shots who run the country are trying to strong-arm ‘the Donald’ into carrying their water so the depredations can continue...

Powerful elites are using the credibility of the US Intelligence agencies to demonize Russia and prepare the country for war.

Last week’s 25-page report, that was released by the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, illustrates to what extent intelligence is being “fixed around the policy”.

The Intelligence Community has been coerced into compromising its credibility to incite fear of Russia and to advance the geopolitical ambitions of deep state powerbrokers.

Jan 14 12:59

Risks and Opportunities for 2017

Just a few days into 2017 and we can already say with a great degree of confidence that 2017 will be a historical year. Furthermore, I submit that 2017 will be the “Year of Trump” because one of roughly three things will happen: either Trump will fully deliver on his threats and promises, or Trump deliver on some, but far from all, his threats and promises or, finally, Trump will be neutralized by the Neocon-run Congress, media, intelligence community. He might even be impeached or murdered.

Of course, there is an infinity of sub-possibilities here, but for the purpose of this discussion I will call the first option “Trump heavy”, the second one “Trump light” and the third one “Trump down”.

Jan 14 12:55

Let Trump Be Trump?

Could Trump redefine the presidency?

Donald Trump may be a historic figure, but that does not mean he is easy to understand or anticipate. One thing is for sure – he has a unique style and form of communication.

Jan 14 12:30

Snowden: NSA ‘Unchained’ – Obama Grants Unprecedented Spy Powers

Whistleblower Edward Snowden warns President Obama has just ‘Unchained’ the NSA by granting the agency unprecedented spying powers through executive order just before President-elect Trump takes office.

Jan 14 12:30

Israel bombs Syria – Airport in capitol Damascus engulfed in flames

Just as the Syrian proxy war showed some hopeful signs of finally dying down, the Syrian army command said on Friday that Israeli jets have bombed the Mezzeh military airport west of Damascus, accusing Tel Aviv of supporting terrorism, and warned Tel Aviv of repercussions of what it called a “flagrant” attack.

Jan 14 11:01

Ron Paul Classic: "We've Been Neo-Conned!" (2003 Video)

"The modern-day, limited-government movement has been co-opted. The conservatives have failed in their effort to shrink the size of government. There has not been, nor will there soon be, a conservative revolution in Washington. Political party control of the federal government has changed, but the inexorable growth in the size and scope of government has continued unabated. The liberal arguments for limited government in personal affairs and foreign military adventurism were never seriously considered as part of this revolution. Since the change of the political party in charge has not made a difference, who's really in charge? If the particular party in power makes little difference, whose policy is it that permits expanded government programs, increased spending, huge deficits, nation building and the pervasive invasion of our privacy, with fewer Fourth Amendment protections than ever before?

Jan 14 10:56

CONGRESSWOMAN SAYS US GOVERNMENT IS ARMING ISIS, INTRODUCES BILL TO STOP IT

Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has broken free of the corporate media’s narrative by accusing the United States of funding and arming terror groups al-Qaeda and ISIS.

“If you or I gave money, weapons or support to al-Qaeda or ISIS, we would be thrown in jail,” Gabbard tweeted on Saturday.

Most importantly, however, is her introduction of the “Stop Arming Terrorists Act,” which she presented last Thursday. In her presentation of the bill, Gabbard cited prominent publications such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to show that the rebels the U.S. is supporting in Syria are aligned with al-Nusra (which is essentially al-Qaeda in Syria).

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Wakie, Wakie, DNC!!

If you have two collective brain cells you can rub together, you need to be paying attention to this pro-peace Democrat from Hawaii, and look at running her for President in 2020.

A minority female from Hawaii with some sense of ethics and morality?!?

Hey, it just might work next time around!!!

Jan 14 10:09

Trump to Keep Russia Sanctions ‘for Now’

Trump thinks he can get Putin to do good things for us by holding the sanctions over the man's head. This is Trump's first really big mistake. Putin's response...deploy a very capable SAM system around Moscow that can take out planes,cruise missiles and ballistic missile warheads. Trump just wrecked ANY chance for better relations with Russia! Trump is a Chump!

In a far-reaching foreign policy interview with the Wall Street Journal, President-elect Donald Trump is taking it more clear where he stands on policy with respect to both China and Russia. In particularly with respect to Russia, he appeared to be backing away from previous talks of quick normalization of ties.

Jan 14 09:24

Why Is Obama Moving Troops Into Poland And Provoking A War With Russia Right Before The Inauguration?

January 20th cannot come soon enough. Instead of stepping back and trying to ensure a smooth transition for Donald Trump, Barack Obama has decided to go hog wild and use every ounce of presidential power still available to him. He has been establishing a bunch of new national monuments, he just stabbed Israel in the back at the United Nations, and on Thursday he even took time to give Joe Biden a Presidential Medal of Freedom. But one of the things that has people the most concerned is his endless provoking of Russia. Every few days it seems like Obama is doing something else to aggravate Russia, and if he wasn’t leaving office in about a week I am sure that the mainstream media would be full of speculation about a possible war.

Jan 13 16:30

Obama signs 4 more executive orders in last 24 hours

(INTELLIHUB) — Four more executive orders were signed by President Barack Obama in the past 24 hours, in what can only be described as abnormal behavior for a president who is soon to be exiting office.

Jan 13 13:59

US-NATO ‘Buildup on Russian Border Could Lead to Nuclear War’ – Nobel Laureate

On Thursday, US Secretary of Defense nominee James Mattis told a Senate committee in confirmation hearings that NATO must build capacity in eastern Europe to deter Russia’s alleged aggression. This came a day after Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson testified that the United States would defend NATO member states if Russia invaded.

“There is little or no evidence that Russia is being aggressive towards the NATO countries,” Caldicott, co-winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, told Sputnik. “That is a lie that the United States insists on maintaining.”

Caldicott pointed out, however, that it was the United States and NATO, not Russia, that was building up its armed forces to unprecedented levels in central and eastern Europe and exacerbating tensions in the region.

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The Caldicott to whom this article refers, is Dr. Helen Caldicott, the founder of the organisation "Physicians for Social Responsibility",and a woman for whom I have the highest respect.

Coupled with NATO's and the US's encirclement of Russia, with troops and materials pouring on to Russia's border, I have that nasty taste in my mouth, indicating that we are getting psychologically "prepped" for a huge false flag to be blamed on Russia, and off we go to World War 3.

Oh, and if you haven't picked up on it, several American and NATO Generals gave a news conference today, and this was what they said:

The US is ready for war against Russia in Europe!!

Just thought you should know, as we are being distracted by various US agencies who are investigating the activities of other agencies regarding the investigations of the Clinton email scandal.

Just like right before we were misdirected ("Conditized") with all the focus on the terrible death of Chandra Levy, a Congressional aide to Gary Condit right before 9/11, we are now getting "Clintonized" to distract our attention from a coming war with Russia.

Folks, something wicked this way comes; please pay attention to what is going on out there.

Jan 13 13:45

Obama: The War Criminal Butcherer Of Women And Children

There is no doubt that US President Barak Obama is a war criminal as are his military and intelligence officials and most of the House and Senate.

Obama is the first president to keep the US at war for the entirety of his eight-year regime. During 2016 alone the US dropped 26,171 bombs on wedding parties, funerals, kid’s soccer games, hospitals, schools, people in their homes and walking their streets, and farmers tilling their fields in seven countries: Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan.

Jan 13 13:11

China, Russia agree on more 'countermeasures' against U.S. anti-missile system: Xinhua

China and Russia have agreed to take further unspecified "countermeasures" in response to a U.S. plan to deploy an anti-missile system in South Korea, state news agency Xinhua reported on Friday.

The countermeasures "will be aimed at safeguarding interests of China and Russia and the strategic balance in the region", Xinhua said, citing a statement released after a China-Russia security meeting.

China and Russia held a joint anti-missile drill last May after Washington and Seoul began discussions over installing the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to counter any North Korean threats.

THAAD is now due to be deployed on a South Korean golf course, unsettling Moscow and Beijing, which worry that the system's powerful radar will compromise their security and do nothing to lower tensions on the Korean peninsula.

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(Sigh, hair-tearing out noises): What the US government should be doing right now is working with China and Russia to get North Korea back to the negotiating table to create a peace treaty, which gives North Korea assurances on trade, in exchange for them stopping their nuclear weapons program.

But of course...THAT...would be logical.

And unfortunately, the US government hasn't had a really on-going relationship with logic for quite some time now.

Jan 13 13:08

After Tanks the Boots: Thousands of US Troops Touch Ground in Europe on Way to Russian Frontier

A US armored brigade (3rd Armored Brigade, 4th Infantry Division) is on the move to Russia's Baltic border. After its equipment begun arriving in Europe last week so now have its soldiers.

The move is so big it will require 37 trains and over one thousand rail cars to transport from Germany to Poland.

A US armored brigade fields over 400 tracked and over 1300 wheeled vehicles including 80 62-ton Abrams tanks, 140 Bradley armored fighting vehicles and 400 humvees.

Jan 13 13:05

US watched ISIS rise in Syria and hoped to ‘manage’ it — Kerry on leaked tape

The New York Times got a hold of the tape back in September and wrote a story about it. So did CNN. More on their accounts later.

The thrust of the conversation was the mutual frustration of Kerry and the Syrians that Bashar al-Assad was still in power and able to commit atrocities with the support of the Russians, who don’t adhere to international law the way we Americans do. I’d recommend listening to the whole tape; but the conversation went something like this:

The Syrians complained we aren’t helping enough. Kerry and his associates said we and the Saudis and Qatar and Turkey had provided huge amounts of aid to the rebels, who unfortunately were sort of aligned with extremists.

“Nusra makes it hard,” Kerry said, referring to Jabhat al-Nusra, the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria. “Nusra and Daesh [ISIS] both make it hard, because you have this extreme element out there and unfortunately some of the opposition has kind of chosen to work with them.”

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable; the US government allowed ISIS to grow to destabilise the Syrian government, believing it would push Al-Assad to the negotiating table, and then would resign; but Al-Assad called for Russian help, which has been the major factor in getting most of the jihadists out of Syria successfully.

And no one in the White House, Pentagon, or State Department saw Russian help coming, if Al Assad asked for it?!?

THAT...was a catastrophic failure of imagination on the part of the US government, and very much demonstrates an almost pathological inability of US government analysts to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion.

Jan 13 13:04

Who Benefits from War with Russia?

There is absolutely no upside to any conflict with Russia when it comes to 99.9% of us. The fact so many pundits, anonymous intelligence officials and Hillary Clinton cultists are encouraging such an outcome based on zero publicly available evidence that Russia hacked the DNC/John Podesta and provided it to Wikileaks for the purpose of electing Trump, should be seen as the gigantic red flag that it is. So what’s actually going on? As is so often the case, it is all about money and power.

Jan 13 12:52

US Forces Massacred Afghan Civilians ‘In Self Defense’

In early November incident in the northern Kunduz Province of Afghanistan resulted in the deaths of 33 Afghan civilians, a Pentagon military investigation concluded in a new report issued today. The troops ordered airstrikes against the village of Boz, and the bombings killed large numbers of civilians within.

The report was quick to shrug off the civilian casualties, insisting that the troops “acted in self defense,” and that they are clearing the troops of any wrongdoing for calling in airstrikes against civilian homes within a village, presenting it as an appropriate response.

The investigation centered its justification on claims that Taliban forces had fired on troops, and might well have been within any given house in the village, concluding that bombing all the houses was the “minimum force required” to neutralize “various threats” they might conceivably be under.

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So now, slaughter and assassination of innocent non-combatants is defined by the US military as "self defense"?!?!?

This very much reminds me of the response of the Papal legate, during the Catholic Church's genocide against the French Cathars.

When apprised that there were women and children with the men at Mont Segeur, he responded: "Kill them all: God will find his own."

Jan 13 12:45

Rex Tillerson Wants to Provide Saudi Arabia With More Help to Bomb Yemen

FOR 21 MONTHS, a coalition of nations led by Saudi Arabia has been relentlessly bombing Yemen, using U.S.- and U.K.-produced weapons and intelligence in a war that has devastated Yemen and killed well over 10,000 civilians.

There is abundant evidence that the high civilian death toll in Yemen is the result of deliberate — not accidental — strikes by Saudi Arabia. During its air campaign, Saudi Arabia has bombed endless civilian targets — including homes, farms, markets, factories, water infrastructure, hospitals, and children’s schools — and has even gone so far as to use internationally banned cluster weapons, which are designed to inflict damage over a wide area and often remain lethal years after being dropped.

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Rex, Rex, Rex, REX REX!!!!!!

I am having an industrial strength, palm to forehead moment, reading this, at warp speed!

Are you happy that the US has been complicit in Saudi war crimes by selling them the bullets and bombs to make their destruction of Yemen as complete as possible, including the bombing to death and starving to death Yemen's children?!?!?

Please, for God's sake, tell me no!!

And whoever on the TTT (Trump Transition Team) who is following this blog, please share the following images with Mr. Tillerson, so he "gets it", as to what the real issue here is, which can ultimately only be resolved through political negotiation by all sides.

This is what life looks like to a Yemeni kid these days:

Images: starving Yemeni children, as a result of the Saudi naval blockade of Yemen

Images: Killed and wounded children, courtesy of Saudi bombing raids in Yemen

I would like to politely point out that the Saudi "Scorched earth" policy in Yemen has not been working.

And one of the most classic definitions of insanity is to do the same thing, in precisely the same way, yet expecting a different outcome; so it is with the US government's enabling the Saudi war against Yemen.

Jan 13 12:39

Dahr Jamail | James Mattis Is a War Criminal: I Experienced His Attack on Fallujah Firsthand

In November 2005 US marines in Iraq committed a massacre of 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians. The slaughtering of unarmed men, women, children and elderly people, shot multiple times at close range, was retribution for a roadside bomb attack on a convoy of marines. The war crimes were extremely well documented and the atrocity garnered international attention.

Mattis went on to dismiss all of the charges leveled against the marines who had been accused of killing the civilians and of the eight originally charged, only one still faces possible prosecution, but one can guess how that will end up.
Mattis was the head of Camp Pendleton's 1st Marine Division in Iraq and played a lead role during both of the US sieges of Fallujah in 2004.
While reporting from inside Fallujah during that siege, I personally witnessed women, children, elderly people and ambulances being targeted by US snipers under Mattis' command. Needless to say, all of these are war crimes.

Jan 13 11:26

US says its ready for WAR in Europe! Port Operations Press Briefing

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How do ordinary people in Europe, especially those living along the natural invasion routes, feel about all this?

Jan 13 11:18

Thousands of US Troops, Tanks Advance Toward Russian Border

Having arrived in Germany a few days ago, a mass of over 3,000 US ground troops backed by a large column of American tanks are advancing eastward toward the Russian border today, heading across Poland as part of a major NATO operation called Atlantic Resolve.

Unlike a lot of more specific war-games simulating explicit wars on certain fronts, Atlantic Resolve was initially launched just to spite Russia over the civil war in Eastern Ukraine, and seems to be designed more or less to simply antagonize Russia militarily.

And it’s doing it’s job, in that event, as Russian officials expressed serious concern over the matter, saying they believe the advance of a large number of US troops heading toward Russia is a threat to national security. They also added that they don’t appreciate having a large number of troops massed on their European border by a nation that isn’t even European.

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A short memo to NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg; your efforts at attempting to "...lock President-Elect Trump into a policy of hostility toward Russia." is headed toward an epic fail.

There's only one week before Trump gets inaugurated, and after that point, he and his team will, hopefully, make the right decisions for the future of this country vis a vis Russia, and I can tell you, with very little fear of contradiction, that their Russian policy will NOT be war-centric, as is NATO's.

Jan 13 10:29

ISRAELI JETS BOMB DAMASCUS MILITARY AIRPORT; SYRIA VOWS IT WILL RESPOND TO "FLAGRANT ATTACK"

Just as the Syrian proxy war showed some hopeful signs of finally dying down, the Syrian army command said on Friday that Israeli jets have bombed the Mezzeh military airport west of Damascus, accusing Tel Aviv of supporting terrorism, and warned Tel Aviv of repercussions of what it called a "flagrant" attack. Syrian state TV quoted the army as saying several rockets were fired from an area near Lake Tiberias in northern Israel just after midnight which landed in the compound of the airport, a major facility for elite Republican Guards and special forces. The airport was rocked by multiple explosions, some of which were captured by social media.

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A memo to Russia's President Vladimir Putin; the Israeli government is doing its damnedest to get you to respond militarily here, as the "excuse" for all that manpower and weaponry with which the US and NATO have stockpiled on your borders to be allowed to be unleashed, and describe it as their response to "Russian aggression."

Please don't take the bait, President Putin; it is only, thankfully, one week before the inauguration of Donald Trump.

And when that happens, I strongly suspect that the relationship between our two countries will become infinitely more pragmatic, and business-like, which is the way sensible, mature countries treat each other.

And finally,sir: no matter how prodigious the amounts of horse manure this government and their presstitutes are attempting to rain down in their futile, and fact-free, attempts to demonise Russia, in order to get Americans whipped up into a "wargasm", trumpeting the necessity of a war against Russia for false, and stunningly stupid, claims against it, no thinking American I know wants war with Russia.

And to President Al-Assad; please be very careful and cautious about how you answer this vicious, unprovoked Israeli attack.

This attack, in the dead of night, speaks volumes about the character, and complete, and utter, absence of morality, of the current Israeli government in Tel Aviv.

Jan 13 10:03

Obama Averaged 3 Bombs An Hour 24/7 In 2016

According to estimated figures the Obama administration dropped nearly three bombs per hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, during 2016 on countries that were mostly poor and desolate.

Jan 13 09:35

Peter Schweizer: Your money is being used to help bankroll the World Economic Forum in Davos. Why?

Later this month hundreds of private jets are expected to descend on a small town in the canton of Graubünden, Switzerland, for a few brief days.

They will be carrying the elite of the elite, who will be attending the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Held in the beautiful Alpine mountain resort of Davos-Klosters, attendance is strictly by invitation only. Basic membership in the WEF costs $50,000. A premium membership can set you back $500,000. But in recent years the WEF has enjoyed another source of income. Since 2013, the Obama administration has been sending foreign assistance dollars to the WEF through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). According to government records, the tab to taxpayers thus far is $26 million.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama has been sending $26 million dollars to WEF since 2013, while homeless Veterans still sleep in our streets?!?

ABSOFLIPPINGLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE!!

This is one hell of an outrage, when we have so many urgently pressing problems here at home, and I hope Trump cures the problem, and quickly.

Jan 13 09:20

Poland acquires missiles from USA that can strike deep inside Russian territory

A NATO Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense site is to be positioned in Poland in 2018. A direct and provocative threat to Russia’s security.

Poland will host rapid response troops starting in 2017, and has demanded a permanent NATO base.

Not being reported by the main stream media…Poland has just sealed a deal to acquire 70 AGM-158B JASSM-ER (extended range) missiles from the United States, which boast an operational range of 1000+km and the capability of knocking out key stationary infrastructure sites located deep inside Russia’s territory.

Jan 13 09:15

Trump risks 'war' with Beijing if US blocks access to South China Sea, state media warns

The US risks a “large-scale war” with China if it attempts to blockade islands in the South China Sea, Chinese state media has said, adding that if recent statements become policy when Donald Trump takes over as president “the two sides had better prepare for a military clash”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay children; settle down!

Jan 13 03:57

Review of The CIA As Organized Crime

The kind of revelation that Valentine has provided needs to be presented judiciously and dispassionately as it is shocking to the uninitiated.

If you want to learn about the CIA as a deep state within the surface state, read this book.

Priceless explanations abound in paragraphs. Valentine writes that the government wages psywar against the American public in various ways for various purposes.

Jan 13 03:54

The Neocon’s declaration of war against Trump

This is a political coup d’etat...an attempt at removing Donald Trump from the White House.

After several rather lame false starts, the Neocons have now taken a step which can only be called a declaration of war against Donald Trump.

It all began with CNN published an article entitled “Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him”

Within one short week we went from allegations of “Russian hacking” to “having a traitor sitting in the White House”

Jan 12 17:02

After Tanks the Boots: Thousands of US Troops Touch Ground in Europe on Way to Russian Frontier

A US armored brigade (3rd Armored Brigade, 4th Infantry Division) is on the move to Russia's Baltic border. After its equipment begun arriving in Europe last week so now have its soldiers.

The move is so big it will require 37 trains and over one thousand rail cars to transport from Germany to Poland.

A US armored brigade fields over 400 tracked and over 1300 wheeled vehicles including 80 62-ton Abrams tanks, 140 Bradley armored fighting vehicles and 400 humvees.

Jan 12 16:39

Is This The Coup In America? “U.S. Troops On Russian Border” To Start War Before Inauguration ? By Mac Slavo

Is there a coup underway, while America is in the transition period, and before Trump swears in as the 45th president of the United States?

How real is the clash between the rogue Manhattan billionaire and the intelligence gang behind the throne? Who will win the struggle for power over foreign policy? These are serious times and require serious considerations.

The U.S. sent an entire armored brigade to the Russian border, and Vladimir Putin is preparing as if for war. Missile defense systems are raised; tall claims and serious charges have been leveled; diplomatic relations have chilled to a permafrost. Several Russian diplomats have turned up dead recently, including one murdered in front of cameras during a dramatic assassination in Turkey. Russia has bucked U.S. order in the Middle East, and carved out a potential peace deal in Syria without their consultation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This scenario is not as outlandish as you might want to believe; the pieces are in place as I type this commentary, and all it will take is either one catastrophic wrong move (or a deliberate false flag) to get things rolling before Trump even has the opportunity to take the Oath of Office.

I am watching the feed from Faux News, and McCaul is stating that "there must be consequences for what Russia is doing", when there is absolutely zero proof that Russia has done anything to either swing last year's election in Trump's direction, or blackmail Trump to do its bidding.

And what really has gotten the hair at the back of my neck up, and has gotten it break dancing (a very odd feat for the hair of someone who is right handed/left eye dominant)is the following article:

Russia puts Moscow S-400s on combat alert: Video

The two words which alarm me in that headline are: "COMBAT ALERT".

Whatever the Russian government is expecting, it must be pretty horrific for this equipment to be deployed, just outside of Moscow.

Jan 12 16:38

War? Obama Amassing Soldiers, Tanks At Russia's Doorstep In Poland

Is Obama going to start a war with Russia to sabotage Donald Trump?

Why is he doing this when he only has eight days left in office and he knows Trump wants to make peace with Russia?

Jan 12 14:25

Let's Pass A War Powers Resolution For Meddling In Other People's Elections

Let’s pass a War Powers Resolution for “election meddling” in other people’s countries. In other words, let’s pass a law that before the executive branch can meddle in elections in other people’s countries; a proposal to do so has to be debated and authorized — or rejected — by Congress.

Historically, from the point of view of many people in Washington, meddling in other people’s elections was a free hit.

Jan 12 13:52

Let's Pass A War Powers Resolution For Meddling In Other People's Elections

Let’s pass a War Powers Resolution for “election meddling” in other people’s countries. In other words, let’s pass a law that before the executive branch can meddle in elections in other people’s countries; a proposal to do so has to be debated and authorized — or rejected — by Congress.

Jan 12 13:10

Obama’s ‘Farewell To Arms’ As War Presidency Ends

Self-declared liberal Americans consider Bush to be a warmongering disaster, yet somehow they hail Obama as some kind of progressive «peace president».

Eight straight years of warmongering come to an end as US President Barack Obama bows out with his «farewell to the nation» speech this week, as fawning American media dubbed his valediction.

In reality, Obama’s outgoing address should have been billed as a «farewell to arms» made by arguably one of the most belligerent presidents to ever have occupied the White House.

Only in exceptionally delusional America could such a pernicious paradox be presented as something honorable and sentimental.

Jan 12 13:05

Stephen F Cohen: Who Are the Real Enemies of US National Security?

If anti-Trump American forces are behind untrue allegations of this magnitude, those forces are the primary enemies of US national security and should be investigated fully and publicly.

Cohen raises the following issues, which he and Batchelor discuss:

Two conflicting interpretations are suggested, says Cohen. Either Trump is about to become a potentially seditious American president. Or powerful US forces are trying to destroy his presidency before it begins, perhaps even prevent him from taking office.

Jan 12 11:20

Gen. Mattis: "Russia Is The Principal Threat To US Security"

“Our Armed Forces must remain the best led, best equipped, and most ready force in the world,” Mattis told the Senate. “We must also embrace our international alliances and security partnerships. History is clear: nations with strong allies thrive and those without them wither.”

“My watchwords will be solvency and security in providing for the protection of our people and the survival of our freedoms,” Mattis said. “America has two fundamental powers. One is intimidation,” Mattis told Senator Gary Peters (D-Michigan). “The other power, which we’ve used less in the last 20 years, is the power of inspiration.” The US should not be turning to military power as the answer to all of its concerns around the world, the retired Marine general added.

Here are some of the key highlights so far:

Russia Is "Principal Threat" To US Security

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would be curious as to understand in what context Mattis believes Russia is our "principal threat"?!?

Because in looking at Putin's behaviour, I just don't see it. What I see is a master chess player, who has generally been one hundred moves ahead of his American and European counterparts.

Jan 12 11:10

UK Adoption Of US Drone Assassination Model ‘Shocking’ – Campaigners

Britain will look to the US drone assassination model as it seeks to update its own rules of war, a move campaigners say is deeply concerning.

Sir Jeremy Wright QC, the government’s senior lawyer, will give a speech on the law as it relates to targeted killing. Wright will speak at the International Institute for Strategic Studies on Wednesday.

Jan 12 10:30

US troops enter Poland, 1st deployment at Russia's doorstep

American soldiers rolled into Poland on Thursday, fulfilling a dream some Poles have had since the fall of communism in 1989 to have U.S. troops on their soil as a deterrent against Russia.

Some people waved and held up American flags as U.S. troops in tanks and other vehicles crossed into southwestern Poland from Germany and headed toward the town of Zagan, where they will be based. Poland's prime minister and defense minister will welcome them in an official ceremony Saturday.

"This is the fulfillment of a dream," said Michal Baranowski, director of the German Marshall Fund think tank in Warsaw. "And this is not just a symbolic presence but one with a real capability."

U.S. and other Western nations have carried out exercises on NATO's eastern flank in past years, but the new deployment — which includes some 3,500 U.S. troops — marks the first-ever continuous deployment to the region by a NATO ally.

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Oh yes, i am SURE the Poles go to sleep at night dreaming of the return of US occupation forces!

Russia never annexed Crimea; it was the the US/IMF/NATO putsch which threw the duly elected President of Ukraine under the proverbial bus in 2014 which made the Crimeans "deeply nervous", because there was no representative government in Kiev after the western-centric thug* Poroshenko was "anointed" as President in a election more crooked than a dog's hind leg.

*Weapons, Prostitutes and Drugs –These are Things Petro Poroshenko is Associated With

Jan 12 10:03

Historical Legacy of Obama The War Criminal, Butcherer of Women and Children, US Dropped 26,171 Bombs in 2016

There is no doubt that US President Barak Obama is a war criminal as are his military and intelligence officials and most of the House and Senate.

Obama is the first president to keep the US at war for the entirety of his eight-year regime. During 2016 alone the US dropped 26,171 bombs on wedding parties, funerals, kid’s soccer games, hospitals, schools, people in their homes and walking their streets, and farmers tilling their fields in seven countries: Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan.

http://blogs.cfr.org/zenko/2017/01/05/bombs-dropped-in-2016/

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a Christian pacifist activist, I am hopeful that President-Elect Trump understands that there are more ways to pursue the geopolitical agenda of this country other than wars and pre-emptive invasions.

Only time will tell, however.

Jan 12 09:48

Obama’s Farewell Address. Nuclear Proliferation, Killing Bin Laden, Reversing the “Great Recession” …

During the speech he listed a series of accomplishments that represent, in his view, the high marks of his presidency: As he put it, he ‘reversed the Great Recession, rebooted the auto industry, generated the longest job creation period in Us economic history, got 20 million people health insurance coverage, halved US dependency on foreign oil, negotiated the Iran nuclear proliferation deal, killed Osama Bin Laden, prevented foreign terrorist attacks on the US homeland, ended torture, passed laws to protect citizens from surveillance, and worked to close GITMO.’ Sounds good, unless one considers the facts behind the ‘hurrah for me’ claims.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This farewell speech demonstrates, yet again, the huge, astonishing chasm between Obama's perception of reality, and reality itself.

What about the 95 million Americans not participating in the labor force? What does he have to say to console them?!?

95 million Americans not participating in the US labor force

And to his assertion that his Seal Team "took out Bin Laden in Abbotabad" under his watch; Bin Laden died in 2001.

Osama Bin Ladin died in 2001

And not a word about the wars he has caused to happen, or expand upon, in such countries such as Yemen; Libya; Somalia; Afghanistan; and Iraq.

Jan 12 09:15

How Obama Spread The Mideast Fires

With President Obama down to less than two weeks in office, everyone is busy assessing his legacy. So let’s begin with the Arab world. Not since the Vietnam War, we can safely say, has an administration left a region in ruins the way Obama has left the Middle East (although it’s true that George W. Bush contributed mightily to the mess).

Jan 12 08:34

In Absence Of Evidence, Media Evoke ISIS In Jerusalem Attack

A Palestinian man rammed a truck into a crowd of Israeli soldiers boarding a bus in Jerusalem on Sunday, killing four and injuring 17 others. Immediately after the news broke, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared the suspect “ISIS” without offering an ounce of proof.

Jan 12 05:39

FLASHBACK - Audit Reveals The Pentagon Doesn’t Know Where $6.5 Trillion Dollars Has Gone

A new Department of Defense Inspector General’s report, released last week, has left Americans stunned at the jaw-dropping lack of accountability and oversight. The glaring report revealed the Pentagon couldn’t account for $6.5 trillion dollars worth of Army general fund transactions and data, according to a report by the Fiscal Times.

Jan 12 04:15

The biggest moments from Donald Trump’s fiery press conference

“It’s all fake news. It’s phony stuff. It didn’t happen, and it was gotten by opponents of ours, as you know..."

President-elect Donald Trump held his first press conference Wednesday since winning the election and answered questions about his relationship with Russia, arrangements for the future of his business, and some of his plans for the first days of his administration. Trump vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare within the “same hour,”. He also promised to name a Supreme Court nominee within the first two weeks after he takes office. The event was marked by tense exchanges...

Jan 11 23:19

Shadow play: the New Great Game in Eurasia

There you have it, over and over again: Divide and Rule, to counteract the unruly “threats”.

That will be the key story to follow further on down the (New Silk) roads.

Yeats memorably wrote that, “mirror on mirror mirrored is all the show.” Yet the show always must go on — dalangs East and West let loose in deep niskala.

Welcome to the 21st century Tournament of Shadows.

Jan 11 20:09

Obama’s Unkept Promise On Nuclear War

With little more than a week left in President Obama’s last term, arms control experts still hope he will finally make good on a promise he made in 2008: to make America safer by taking our weapons of mass destruction off hair-trigger alert.

Jan 11 18:12

Realities of War Against Syria

As soon as Aleppo was liberated this month; December 2016, an aggressive fake news campaign was launched to demonize this liberation as a war crime against Syrian civilians perpetrated by Syrian, Russian and Iranian forces. All the western media networks are recruiting so-called Syrian expert, who had never been in Syria, describing Bashar Assad, who was democratically elected in 2014 and again in 2016, as a “brutal dictator” intent on slaughtering his own people.

Jan 11 16:23

CNN Challenges Trump Over Buzz Feed Fake News Coverage

As previously reported, Donald Trump blasted a CNN anchor as Fake News during his first press conference since the election for their coverage of the Buzz Feed Russia memos, which CNN has had for months without being able to corroborate, outrageously claimed Russia has been cultivating Trump for years and they were blackmailing him with a "Golden Showers" sex tape.

CNN has since responded to Trump, challenging Trump to point out inaccuracies claiming their reporting was matched by other news organizations and noted that claiming they only published “carefully sourced reporting about the operations of our government” which in fact, as shown below in CNN's own reporting is entirely false.

Jan 11 15:44

Obama Covered Up Years Of US Navy Seal Team 6 War Crimes

Obama's legacy will be forever tainted the Intercept reveals years of war crimes committed by the U.S. Navy Seals, including one the whole world knew he witnessed live, yet covered it up.

Jan 11 15:17

US Marine Corps Sends Ten F-35 Fighter Jets To Japan

The US Marine Corps has sent a squadron of its newest fighter jets to Japan, marking the first permanent overseas deployment of the joint strike fighter.

Ten F-35B fighter jets from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121) departed Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona on Monday and flew to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni on Honshu Island in Japan.

Jan 11 12:13

Myanmar activists say thousands flee airstrikes, fighting

More than 3,000 people have fled airstrikes and heavy fighting in northern Myanmar since the weekend as the government tries to flush out rebel positions, activists said Wednesday.

The government prevented a U.N. official from visiting the area on Tuesday as waves of people crossed the border into China to escape the turmoil.

Jan 11 10:45

US Navy Ship Fired Warning Shots At Iranian Vessels In Strait Of Hormuz – Report

A US Navy ship fired three warning shots at four vessels of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard after they closed in at high speed in the Strait of Hormuz.

Jan 11 10:31

Stopping a North Korean missile with US defense system is no sure thing, tester says

The United States' $36 billion system of ground-based interceptors can't yet be counted on to shoot down a nuclear-armed missile aimed at the West Coast by the likes of North Korea or Iran, the Pentagon's weapons testing office says.

Jan 11 10:22

Report: “Distinct Possibility Obama Will Initiate Measures To Place Us Into A War With Russia”

The U.S. intelligence agencies, spearheaded by James Clapper have been preparing to release declassified reports that allegedly prove Russian culpability in influencing the U.S. presidential election. This has been going on back and forth since before the election; however, it is starting to take on a new complexion. Obama has quietly been deploying more troops and shifting around assets. There is a distinct possibility that before he departs, Obama will initiate measures to place us into a war with Russia, and at the bare minimum attempt to sour relations even further prior to Trump taking office.

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Jan 11 10:03

Former Girlfriend: VA ‘Didn’t Do Anything’ About Ft. Lauderdale Shooter’s Mental Illness

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) had been aware of, but did nothing about, the mental problems afflicting Esteban Santiago Ruiz before he attacked Florida’s Ft. Lauderdale international airport.

Ruiz is a veteran of both the Alaska and Puerto Rico National Guard and had sought treatment for mental illness at the VA, according to the shooter’s former girlfriend.

“We had let Veterans [Affairs] know that he was having some mental problems, that he wasn’t feeling all right, and they did nothing,” Esteban’s former girlfriend Michelle Quiñones told ABC News. “They didn’t do anything.”

Jan 11 09:57

Deaf 6-Year-Old Who Escaped ISIS Execution To Be Deported From Britain

A six-year-old deaf boy who fled Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq to seek asylum in the UK has been told he will be deported by the British government.

Lawand Hamadamin and his family have appealed to the High Court following the decision to deport them to Germany.

The Home Office says it will not accept asylum applications from people who should have claimed it in another European country.

Jan 11 08:55

How The Mainstream Media Turned Al Qaeda Into A US Ally In Syria

Exposing the propaganda that transformed Al Qaeda terrorists in Syria into “moderate rebels” that the west provided funding, training and weapons in an effort to overthrow the government of Syria

Jan 11 08:02

US Troops Deployment 'Turning Europe Into a Tinderbox Ready to Ignite'

US troops and military equipment have arrived in Poland. Military expert Vladimir Kozin described the eastward deployment by NATO as unprecedented since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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I do not like the look of this!

Jan 11 08:01

US troops begin arriving in southeast Poland

Thousands of US troops are massing in Poland as part of a planned NATO operation in what has been touted by Washington as “defense against Russian aggression," a provocative move that recalls the hay days of the Cold War era.

Jan 11 08:00

EERY: Watch Scores of US Tanks Roll Into Germany on Way to Russian Border

An armored brigade with 3,500 men 87 Abrams heavy tanks and 144 Bradley armored fighting vehicles is on its way. The first transport ship arrived over the weekend to the German harbour of Bremerhaven bringing hundreds of vehicles including scores of the 60-ton Abrams tanks.

There they were loaded up on trains and sent rumbling eastward. Madness.

Jan 11 08:00

Thousands Of US Troops Arrive In Europe In "One Of Largest Deployments Since The Cold War"

Just days after we reported that the US had begun deploying some 2,800 tanks, trucks and other military equipment to Germany, from where they would be transported by rail and road to Eastern Europe as part of a buildup of NATO reinforcements against "Russian expansion", the next US deployment has made its way to Europe over the weekend, when some 4,000 US troops arrived in the German port of Bremerheven, on their way to Wroclaw, Poland under a planned NATO operation to "reassure the alliance’s Eastern European allies" in the face of what NATO has dubbed mounting Russian aggression.

Jan 10 16:20

Terrorism Victims' Families Sue Twitter, Claiming It Helped ISIS Spread

The family members of three Americans killed in attacks by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) have taken Twitter to court, accusing the company of aiding the terrorist group by turning a blind eye to its tweets.

Jan 10 12:33

RUSSIAN SCIENTISTS OBTAIN UNIQUE MATERIAL TO MAKE COMBAT VEHICLES INVISIBLE

Basharin said that thanks to the special shape and configuration of these cells the scientists managed to obtain metamaterial with absolutely unique properties. This metamaterial can be used to make supersensitive sensors to detect explosives and chemical weapons.

“An addition of a nonlinear semiconductor will turn the metamaterial into an adjustable screen for stealth technologies, which make fighting vehicles less visible in radio, infrared and other bands,” the NUST MISIS press service said in a statement.

Jan 10 09:21

ISIS, AL-QAEDA AND THE U.S. AIRFORCE WAGE WAR ON SYRIA'S PUBLIC UTILITIES

There are doubts that the U.S. was only watching from afar. The beginning and growth of ISIS was financed by U.S. Gulf "allies" which are subordinated to U.S. wishes. When the Obama administration had to start bombing ISIS after it killed a U.S. journalist the few bombs its airforce dropped were hitting an "ISIS fighting position" or an "ISIS excavator". That wasn't a serious campaign. Meanwhile thousands of Turkish tanker trucks were waiting in the deserts to load oil from ISIS controlled wells to sell it to Turkey. Only after the Russian President Putin showed satellite pictures of those huge truck columns to his colleagues at a G20 meeting did the U.S. start to attack this major source of ISIS finances.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported by zerohedge.com in January of last year:

ISIS: The 'Enemy' The US Created, Armed, & Funded

And as for the Takfiri forces; as reported at iranreview.org in 2014:

Throughout the crisis in Syria, the terrorist Takfiri groups enjoyed full political support of the United States as well as direct military, financial and logistical support from countries that are considered as US allies in the region. In addition, the Zionist regime of Israel provided Takfiri forces with direct training, consultation, and medical services, in such areas as the occupied Golan Heights, Quneitra, Utaiba, and other regions along its border with Syria and even inside Israel.

This is not just a US-sponsored fight to regime change Damascus; it is a fight against the Syrian people themselves, and their ability to control their own destiny.

The government of this country I care deeply about, my United States of America, has mutated into a war-crimes centric monster; and the hideous irony here is that it has accelerated rapidly on this path under the leadership of our Nobel Peace Prize-winning President, President Barak Obama.

And as long as I have breath, as a Christian pacifist activist, I have the moral obligation to bear peaceful, logical witness to the great evils my government continues to perpetrate, with utter impunity, and zero regard for the lives of the people against whom these war crimes have been committed.

Jan 10 08:52

Israeli cable admits that, like the US, they had no evidence of Iraq WMDs

In a diplomatic cable from Tel Aviv, dated April 6, 2005 (05TELAVIV2125_a), Israeli officials professed that they had ‘no evidence’ of Saddam Hussein developing WMDs, and that the Iraqi regime ‘would never support al-Qaeda’ or ‘jihad’.

Israel, generally considered to be one of the US’ closest military allies in the ‘war against terror’, therefore secretly maintained an intelligence-rooted position that directly contradicted the stated assertions of the War in Iraq – that Hussein harbored members of Al-Qaedi and was in possession of WMDs.

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Jan 09 17:24

Two Dozen Apache Choppers En Route To Seoul Over Growing Threats from Pyongyang

A US battalion of two dozen AH-64D Apache heavy attack choppers and 360 US troops will replace a division of 30 observation and light arms helicopters currently in service at Camp Humphreys in South Korea.

"The rotational deployment of Apache helicopters is a demonstration of strong US will in implementing its security commitments," US Army Col. Rob Manning said recently. The move is expected to "significantly strengthen" military capabilities aimed at deterring North Korea’s leaders from maliciously launching an intercontinental ballistic missile, the colonel added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to the White House State Department, and the Pentagon: please, folks; collectively, cool your jets; any direct attack against North Korea will, almost absolutely, insure a shooting war with China.

And looking at Chinese weaponry vs/ US weaponry right now, this is a place the US government and military should not go.

What is desperately needed here, is to reach out to China to get them to get their recalcitrant client state, North Korea, to come back to the negotiating table, and express a concrete willingness to forego their nuclear weapons program for trade and safety guarantees.

This peace agreement, replacing the armistice which has been in existence for over 60 years, would be laying the groundwork for a more peaceful Asia, and this is absolutely not a bad thing.

I mean, folks; we've been trading with Vietnam for 23 years, for Pete's sake!!

Jan 09 16:10

Military Training More Traumatizing Than War, Say British Army Veterans

Military training may do more psychological damage than war itself, particularly to the British Army’s child recruits, a veterans’ group claims.

A group of former military personnel will hand a letter to the Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Monday, calling for an end to what it sees as the brutalizing recruitment and training of 16 and 17-year-olds. The delivery of the letter coincides with the release of a video testimony by soldiers themselves.

Jan 09 16:02

Woman Died from the Cold was an Army Veteran

Milwaukee County Medical Examiner released more information on the woman that died from extremely cold home.

According to the medical examiner’s report, the woman had not paid her rent in three months and her sister had not been in contact for three months.

The woman was found on January 5.

She had served in the army for six years.

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