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Jan 22 08:08

Missoula Doolittle Raider Thatcher to join Living Legends of Aviation

Missoula’s David Thatcher, one of two remaining crew members of the famed Doolittle Raiders of World War II, will be feted again Friday night.

Thatcher and his wife, Dawn, are in Beverly Hills, California, where he’ll be inducted into the Living Legends of Aviation at a $5,000-a-plate dinner ceremony hosted by John Travolta.

Thatcher, 94, will be joined by the other Doolittle survivor, Dick Cole of Texas, who turned 100 in September.

Jan 21 06:05

Every false flag in the making is detected ahead of time by somebody’s intelligence services

Every false flag in the making is detected ahead of time by somebody’s intelligence services—usually more than one country—because spying today is so effective and so universal. Officials in possession of this secret information often pass it on to the country that’s targeted, in the sincere belief that a heads-up will be appreciated.

But often the information isn’t welcomed—-because the fix is already in. Treasonous assets within the targeted country’s chain of command, who are prepared for the possibility of a leak, take measures to block the information from reaching those who might act on it in a meaningful way.

Jan 21 05:50

Terrorists interested in recruiting adherents among prisoners — CIS anti-terrorism center

"The expert meeting was held not only due to a general increase in terrorist activities in the world and the activities of international terrorist and extremist organizations but also due to the need to promptly track and prevent major threats to the national security for CIS member-countries in Central Asia," the Anti-Terrorism Center said. "Currently, we register interest of international terrorist organizations in recruiting adherents from among prisoners with a view to using the destructive potential of criminal elements while committing acts of violence up to incitement to carrying out terrorist attacks and involvement in anti-constitutional actions."

Jan 20 14:45

Planet of Fear

same silliness different day

snip: And that once again feeds the warmongering hordes, for which that «good old-fashioned world war» is the easiest ticket out. Cancel all the old debt; issue loads of new debt; turn ploughshares and iPhones into cannons. And after a little thermonuclear exchange, welcome to full employment and a new (waste)land of opportunity.

Jan 19 23:29

Offensive propaganda or new propaganda offensives?

Obama administration announced new online initiatives to bolster its foreign policy narratives and as a means to counter others, for example, this network, RT.

Maybe a better course of action would be for the US State Department to ask itself why fewer and fewer people trust and believe it?

CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Don DeBar and James Carden.

Also see: Uncle Sam Got a Shiny New Propaganda Bullhorn for Christmas

Jan 19 23:25

Russian Red Scare No Longer Works

The EU has no-one else to blame for its present stresses and strains but itself, owing to its craven subservience to Washington's reckless policies.

The American and British governments are launching yet another media campaign to demonize Russia, with tall claims that the Kremlin is infiltrating European political parties and news media. The dastardly Russian aim, we are told, is to destroy the European Union.

Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Washington and its trusty sidekick in London are desperately seeking to turn back the clock to the “good old days” when they could control their public through scare stories.

Jan 19 04:13

More Islamic State Terrorism in Jakarta, Indonesia? A First Glance Only Raises Questions

Though the actual people pulling the triggers in these terror acts may be Islamic extremists, in every case there are invisible imperialistic government forces from the West that are pulling the strings from behind the scenes, most often CIA handlers who coordinate state sponsored covert operations working directly with the alleged terrorist patsies, financing, arming and training them. Former career military intelligence and CIA officer and whistleblower Robert David Steele said:

Most terrorists are false flag terrorists, or are created by our own security services. In the United States, every single terrorist incident we have had has been a false flag, or has been an informant pushed on by the FBI. In fact, we now have citizens taking out restraining orders against FBI informants that are trying to incite terrorism. We’ve become a lunatic asylum.

Regarding the violence in Jakarta, Robert David Steele believes that the CIA cannot be discounted as possible perpetrators. Several months ago his open source intelligence network "documented expectations that CIA planned to begin covert operations in Indonesia to further inflame the equation of Islam with terrorism."

Jan 18 13:19

Japan demands Russia's return to G8

The Japanese PM Shinzo Abe claimed about necessary return of Russia into the ranks of world leading economies. According to the Financial Times, Abe recognized an important role Moscow plays in the Middle Eastern affairs as well as those of the whole world. He also added that it is indispensable to improve constructive cooperation with Vladimir Putin to solve dispute over the Kuril Islands. Abe announced about his intention to set off to Moscow as the G7 representative or to invite the Russian President Vladimir Putin to Tokyo.
He noted that Russia should take part in the settlement of such problems as tensions between Iran and the Saudi Arabia, war in Syria, and threat of radical Islamism.

Jan 18 08:41

The "Putin Is Isolated" Meme Officially Dies As Japan Calls For Closer Ties With Russia

One of the great ironies of the Obama administration’s foreign policy record is the extent to which Washington started 2009 with designs on normalizing frosty relations with Russia and started 2015 with the worst US-Russo dynamic since the Cold War.

To be sure, not all of that was Washington’s fault - but most of it was.

Jan 17 11:49

This land is our land: American democracy, at a theater near you

Democracy has been projected on to a fictitious screen of good guy and bad guys. The people watch as impotent spectators, no longer even aware of the real story out there.

Ever since armed white ranchers took over federal property in Oregon the unfolding drama has resembled a parody of a Hollywood Western. Trouble is, no-one is quite sure who’s wearing the white hats as opposed to the black ones.

Jan 16 15:15

ISIS: US-Saudi Plague Reaches Indonesia?

By Tony Cartalucci

Coordinated bombings and mass shootings struck Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta on Thursday leaving several dead and many more wounded. The pattern matched that of attacks carried out last year in Paris, France, where known terrorists Western intelligence agencies were tracking, some for years, were somehow allowed to mobilize large caches of weapons in Belgium and execute their coordinated mass murder with virtually no effort to stop them ahead of the attacks.

The so-called “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” quickly claimed responsibility for the attack and the Western media has begun stoking fears that the terrorist organization has now spread to Southeast Asia...

Jan 15 09:28

More Islamic State Terrorism in Jakarta, Indonesia? Who is Pulling the Strings?

And why? Where does Indonesia fit into the “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria?” According to the West’s official narrative, Indonesia doesn’t fit in at all except in the most abstract, ideological way imaginable.

But if you understand that:

1. The US and its allies created ISIS on purpose to fight its proxy wars in the Middle East, North Africa, Central, East, and Southeast Asia for it;

2. The US is NOT fighting ISIS by any means, and is only using the organization’s existence in Syria and beyond to justify extraterritorial military aggression and meddling across the globe;

3. Indonesia has been defying US pressure to join Washington’s proxy conflict with China in the South China Sea and;

4. Indonesia has been fostering closer economic and military ties instead with China itself …

…then ISIS attacking Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta makes perfect sense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ISIS is the Frankenstein monster, created by a US foreign policy, which is wielded like a club against any country which would dare to take steps to distance itself from American hegemony.

Jan 15 09:15

Philippines urges patrols with U.S. amid sea dispute with China

The Philippines has asked the United States to hold joint naval patrols, a defense ministry spokesman said on Thursday, amid a territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea.

Foreign and defense ministers from the United States and the Philippines met in Washington this week for the second time in more than three years to discuss trade and security, focusing on the South China Sea.

"We are suggesting that we also patrol the area together," Peter Paul Galvez told reporters in Manila. "There is a need for a more collaborative presence in the South China Sea."

U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus underscored the importance of the U.S.-Philippine relationship, but declined to comment on the Philippine request for joint patrols.

A Pentagon spokesman, Commander Bill Urban, said the United States engaged "in numerous joint defense activities" year round with its ally, including exercises, capacity building, training, and intelligence sharing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These joint patrols would be a poke in the eye to China; and there is only so far it can be provoked without the government believing that it has to respond, perhaps militarily.

Unfortunately, just because a tactic is potentially the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government can do, is absolutely no guarantee that it will not do it.

Apparently, with a stock market in flux, and the economy collapsing ( the Dow Jones average is below 400 as I type this), the Administration is looking for a war, any war, with which to deflect the anger of Americans about the horrific economic mismanagement, courtesy of the Fed, which has led to this horrendous moment in the US economy.

When Wall Mart is closing 154 stores in the US (as was announced today), you know that the financial excrement is about to hit the ventilation system, and in an industrial-strength way.

Jan 15 08:14

Jakarta Blasts: ISIS Inc Strikes Again

By Tony Cartalucci

We are to believe that the “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” (ISIS) – named so because it allegedly exists and primarily operates in Iraq and Syria – is fighting the Syrian government, nonexistent moderates the US claims it is arming and funding to the tune of several billions of dollars a year since 2011, the Iraqi government, the Kurds, Russia, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, and Iran. And also, allegedly, ISIS is fighting the combined military power of the United States, France, England, Germany, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Qatar.

Yet we are expected to believe that ISIS has the time, energy, resources, and inclination to attack Indonesia in a spectacular, large-scale bombing and mass shooting?...

Jan 13 18:25

Asia stocks extend losses, Nikkei tumbles 4%

Major Asian stock markets tumbled Thursday morning, following a massive sell-off on Wall Street overnight, pressured by concerns over a global economic slowdown and low oil prices.

Jan 13 11:51

Japan Threatens East China Sea Stability, Plans to “Drive away Chinese Naval Ships”

Japan plans to use Self-Defense Force units to drive away “Chinese naval ships” from waters near the disputed Diaoyu Islands, a move that experts say will break the currently controlled status-quo and may lead to escalated tensions or even open confrontation in the East China Sea.

Analysts have also said that Japan may want to play up East China Sea tensions to suppress the domestic opposition before its controversial security bill comes into effect in March.

Responding to Japan’s warning, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said Tuesday that China’s resolve in upholding territorial sovereignty is unswerving when it comes to the Diaoyu Islands but urged Japan to exercise restraint.

“An escalation of tensions in the East China Sea is the last thing we want to see. We are willing to properly manage and settle the relevant issue through dialogue and consultations,” Hong said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would really like to hope that cooler heads in Japan's Abe government will prevail.

Yes, I understand that there is a defense treaty between the US government and that of Japan; unfortunately, however, the US military cannot guarantee a positive outcome to a conventional war against China, because it does not have the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the money to insure such an outcome.

I hope the Japanese leadership thinks about this very seriously before they embark on such a tactic.

Jan 13 11:24

Pentagon Cheers as Philippines High Court Approves US Deployments

Pentagon officials are touting a great victory today as the Philippines Supreme Court voted 10-4 to approve a deal that will allow the return of US troops and weapons to military bases inside the Philippines. This ruling was related to a 2014 deal on the return of US forces, which had been challenged in court.

The agreement was related to territorial disputes between the Philippines and China in the South China Sea, with the Philippine government hoping to use US military forces to enforce their claim. Already, Philippines military officials are calling for US deployments to the contested islands, citing “flashing flights” from China as a military challenge.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yet another poke in the eye to China, I see.

Jan 12 18:23

The Hypocrisy of Obama’s Gun Control Crusade

snip: the US government poses a far greater threat to innocent children and other civilians around the world than all of the crazed gunmen in the United States put together. [...]
Israel used US weapons to kill more than 1,500 Palestinian children between 2000 and 2013, which averages out to one child killed every three days. And the carnage wrought by US weaponry isn’t restricted to children. The US-backed Colombian military has become the primary human rights violator in that country’s armed conflict. According to Human Rights Watch, it has been responsible for at least 3,000 civilian deaths since 2002.

Jan 12 10:39

U.S. Dropped 23,144 Bombs on Muslim Countries in 2015

Council of Foreign Relations resident skeptic Micah Zenko recently tallied up how many bombs the United States has dropped on other countries and the results are as depressing as one would think. Zenko figured that since Jan. 1, 2015, the U.S. has dropped around 23,144 bombs on Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, all countries that are majority Muslim.

The chart, provided by the generally pro-State Department think tank, puts in stark terms how much destruction the U.S. has leveled on other countries. Whether or not one thinks such bombing is justified, it’s a blunt illustration of how much raw damage the United States inflicts on the Muslim world:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sick to my stomach, looking at those numbers.

As someone with a very clear recollection of the Vietnam War, the waste, the folly, and the moral darkness of the US government pursuing that war, with countless lives needlessly lost on both sides, I am, now at 66, an ardent Christian pacifist.

I believe in good faith negotiations to create a positive situation for all countries willing to engage in this process; unfortunately, my government continues to take the "slash, bomb, regime change, and burn" approach to geopolitics.

I would also observe that doing something the same way, over and over, yet expecting a different outcome, is one of the classical definitions of insanity.

And also unfortunately, there is a point at which there is an equal, and opposite force against such immoral behaviour.

The Hindus call it Karma; what goes around comes around; in Christianity, there is a statement by Jesus that "What you sew, you shall also reap".

Right now, geopolitically, the United States Government is reaping an industrial strength whirlwind of retribution against it, for the lousy choices it has made, and continues to make, and it will be We the People who will wind up paying for this, big-time.

People who know me understand that I am an optimist by nature, but looking at those numbers, optimism can be just a little hard to come by right now.

Jan 11 16:22

Russian air force provides support for 7,000 Syrian rebels advancing on ISIS – General Staff

The Russians are now flying air support for the Anti-Assad pro Syrian FSA against ISIS and their capital Raaqa! This is big. The days of Obama's terrorist army are about over!

Russia’s air force has hit 1,100 jihadist targets in Syria since the start of the year, enabling “patriotic” Syrian rebels to mount an offensive against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) strongholds in Raqqa and Palmyra.

“Russian aviation is providing support for all the patriotic forces fighting against international terrorists on Syria’s territory. Today, we are attacking targets on behalf of 11 democratic opposition militias, numbering over 7,000 in total,” Lieutenant General Sergey Rudskoy, chief of the main operations department of the Russian General Staff, said during a televised press briefing in Moscow.

Jan 11 11:52

International Atomic Energy Agency starts inspection at Japan’s nuclear facilities

IAEA’s special commission will assess the actions of officials supervising the nuclear sphere in the country in close coordination with Japanese Nuclear Safety Commission. The inspection is expected to be finished by January 22. After that, IAEA will assess the work that has been completed and issue recommendations. During the inspection, specialists will also visit Fukushima I NPP and Takahama NPP in Fukui Prefecture. In summer and autumn of last year two reactors at Sendai NPP in Kagoshima Prefecture were restarted.

Jan 10 14:53

Australia First to Receive Electricity Using Zero-emission Wave Energy Generators

Waking Times

Wave energy technology has finally proved its feasibility to provide renewable, clean energy on a mass scale.

Dec 30 11:29

Dad Arrested, Two-Year-Old Daughter Taken, for Successfully Treating Her Cancer with Cannabis Oil

By John Vibes

As cannabis is taken more seriously as a medicine and a treatment, more people are taking a chance and using it as a treatment for terminal illnesses. This treatment has had overwhelmingly positive results for countless people who had no other hope of recovery. Every day more stories and scientific studies are appearing from all over the world where people of all ages, even young children, are cured of life-threatening illnesses with cannabis oil.

More often than not, these patients face legal penalties and even jail time for trying to better their lives. In the case of parents with children who have terminal illnesses, they are forced to break laws to get their kids the treatment that they need...

Dec 30 10:14

A United Eurasia From Minsk to Manila

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev built upon President Putin's earlier suggestion and formally proposed a grand multilateral economic partnership during his trip to China.

Russia has historically been known for thinking big, so what the Prime Minister proposed is totally in line with the country's political culture. While in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou to partake in the SCO Council of Heads of Government, Medvedev ambitiously stated that:

"Russia proposes starting consultations with the Eurasian Economic Union and Shanghai Cooperation Organization, including the counties joining the alliance, and with countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on the creation of an economic partnership based on the principles of equality and mutual interests."

This suggestion corresponds to what President Putin said during his 3 December Address to the Federal Assembly, when he announced that:

Dec 28 08:40

Abenomics Is Dead - Japanese Data Collapses Across The Board

With recent JPY strength not helping, last week ended on a down-note for Japan as its jobless rate ticked up from 3.1% to 3.3% (the biggest rise since January) and Household spending collapsed. However, as the last week of the year begins, things have not improved as a double whammy of awfulness just hit the shores of Abe's nation with retail sales (worst since the tsunami) and industrial production ugly and missing across the board. We are sure, of course, that just one more dose of faith-based QE will fix this.

Dec 26 17:33

Employees In This Office Space Share Their Cubicles With An Urban Farm

By Amanda Froelich

The last place you might expect to see an urban garden is in the heights of a city skyscraper, but that’s exactly what you’ll be surprised with if you visit Pasona Inc. in Japan...

Dec 26 08:07

If We Don't Change the Way Money Is Created and Distributed, We Change Nothing

The only real solution in my view is to create and distribute money at the base of the pyramid rather than to those in the top of the pyramid. Many well-intended people want to reform the status quo for all sorts of worthy reasons: to reduce wealth inequality, restore democracy, create good-paying jobs, and so on. All these goals are laudable, but if we don't change the way money is created and distributed, nothing really changes: wealth inequality will keep rising, governance will remain a bidding process of the wealthy, wages will continue stagnating, etc.

Dec 24 09:27

Empire of Chaos preparing for more fireworks in 2016

In his seminal 'Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization,' Bryan Ward-Perkins writes, "Romans before the fall were as certain as we are today that their world would continue forever... They were wrong. We would be wise not to repeat their complacency.”

The Empire of Chaos, today, is not about complacency. It’s about hubris – and fear. Ever since the start of the Cold War the crucial question has been who would control the great trading networks of Eurasia - or the “heartland”, according to Sir Halford John Mackinder (1861–1947), the father of geopolitics.

We could say that for the Empire of Chaos, the game really started with the CIA-backed coup in Iran in 1953, when the US finally encountered, face to face, that famed Eurasia crisscrossed for centuries by the Silk Road(s), and set out to conquer them all.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin is a master chess player, and at this moment in world history, appears to be at least 1,000 moves ahead of DC.

Dec 24 08:02

Strategic Moves in East Asia Leave US Policymakers in a Panic

Affiliated with the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), one of Washington's key think tanks on military affairs, Shevin-Coetzee and Hellman warned that "as Russia manages to straddle" the fine line between crisis management and strategic planning, managing "immediate crises and investing in future partnerships," US policymakers must attempt to do the same.
World cities. Harbin
© SPUTNIK/ SERGEY MAMONTOV
China to Open New Russia-China Cooperation Area in Harbin
In particular, mindful of the Obama administration's long-standing intention to 'pivot' toward Asia, and of Moscow's new, more assertive stand, the analysts suggest that "policymakers cannot afford to neglect the Asia-Pacific [region] and the increasing role that Russia is playing there. Home to vibrant economies, emerging powers and more than half the world's population, the region holds significant economic promise."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Could someone at the State Department and Pentagon, have possibly reminded President Obama that the setting up of sanctions against Russia for "allegedly" annexing Crimea (which Russia did NOT do) would set the stage for a vast Sino-Russian reset, economically, and with regard to enhanced military cooperation?!?

Why does the US government, collectively, seem to value, as one of its primary criteria for hiring people, the almost pathological inability to see anything through to its logical conclusion?!?

IF I, as an ordinary US citizen, could have seen this coming from miles away, why couldn't the US government?!?

Dec 22 12:58

Philippines vows stronger military to back South China Sea claim

Philippine President Benigno Aquino vowed on Monday to leave behind a stronger and a more capable armed forces to face maritime challenges in the South China Sea when he leaves office next year.

Aquino, ineligible to run for re-election under the constitution, promised to spend about 83.90 billion pesos ($1.77 billion) in a five-year period until 2017 to strengthen the military as China asserts its claims to most of the waters.

The spending plan was only approved this year, meaning the bulk of that money will be spent in coming months.

China has overlapping claims with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei in the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. The Philippines has challenged Beijing before the arbitration court in The Hague, a case Beijing has not recognized.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So now, the US government is signing off on the Philippines playing picador against China?!?

And of course, great assurances have been uttered that the US will defend the Philippines at any and all costs?!?

Considering how horrifically botched Obama's present and past military misadventures have gone, and the degree to which he has left our military vulnerable, I am very nervous about his starting yet another military flustercluck against China.

And when I make that statement about leaving our military vulnerable, let me explain.

As much as I detest war, as a Christian pacifist, when our military personnel are engaged in combat, I want them to have the finest, most functional equipment with them at every step of the way.

For China and Russia, there is an implicit understanding between these governments and their weapons producers that when weapons are deployed in the field, they work precisely as, or better than, advertised.

With the US and its large weapons manufacturers, it is not that way at all. Weapons companies fund election cycles very lavishly, as the Clinton campaign managers will surely admit.

Unfortunately, when US-made weapons are deployed, our military has utterly no guarantee that these weapons, planes, or ships, will work as advertised.

Many times they are defective; not well conceived, horrifically over budget, and horribly behind schedule.

IF the US government is seriously looking at going to war with China, using the Philippines' claim to the South China Sea as the "bait" here, I would like to politely suggest that they cure this problem first, before looking at a head-on military collision with China.

Dec 21 18:10

China and Japan dump billions of dollars

Dec 20 11:29

A group of extremists preparing terrorist attacks detained in Indonesia

"We have arrested six people suspected of preparation of explosions on the Islands of Java and Sumatra. Fortunately, we managed to intercept them before they committed these acts. This was a mixed group, whose members are connected with the ISIS". According to the newspaper The Jakarta Globe, Saturday night counter-terrorism unit of the national police detained a resident of West Java province named Abu Kareem. He was part of a group of extremists preparing terrorist attacks. They were supposed to happen "soon". In the house of the detainee found the materials for making explosive devices. According to the Indonesian intelligence Agency, more than 100 supporters of the Islamic state returned from Syria and Iraq on the territory of the Republic, reports TASS. "We have information about the likelihood of terrorist attacks in the near future", — said earlier the Minister-coordinator for politics, justice and security Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.

Dec 18 08:14

Japanese Jawboning Fail - Nikkei Crashes 1000 Points From Overnight Highs

For a brief few minutes, overnight saw exactly the reaction that central planners had hoped for when The Bank Of Japan announced it would buy 'moar' stock ETFs and extend bond duration buying ad nauseum. However, within just 15 minutes something happened that we haven't seen since the world embarked on this experimental nightmare. Despite the front-ran promises to buy Japanese stocks "whatever it takes" traders sold... and sold large.

Dec 17 10:35

Putin Throws Down the Gauntlet

This isn’t a game, it’s a fight for survival; Russia’s survival as a sovereign country. That’s what the stakes are. That’s not something Putin takes lightly.

Would you be willing to defend your country against a foreign invasion?

That’s all Putin is doing in Syria. He’s just preempting the tidal wave of jihadis that’ll be coming his way once the current fracas is over. He figures it’s better to exterminate these US-backed maniacs in Syria now than face them in Chechnya, St Petersburg and Moscow sometime in the future. Can you blame him? After all, if Washington’s strategy works in Syria, then you can bet they’ll try the same thing in Beirut, Tehran and Moscow.

So what choice does Putin have?

Dec 14 17:42

Taiwan Just Banned GMOs In School Cafeteria Lunches

Today in Taiwan, the Legislature effectively banned the use of genetically modified food ingredients – or processed food with such ingredients – in school meals. Some amendments were made to the School Health Act by the amendment sponsors that would halt the use of GMOs in food prepared for students. The Central…

Dec 14 11:21

Australia Pulls Nurofen Products From Shelves

Nurofen Back Pain, Period Pain, Migraine Pain and Tension Headache products are in fact identical, an Australian court has ruled.

Dec 10 11:56

Azerbaijani tanks shell breakaway region killing one: rebels

- Azerbaijani tanks on Wednesday shelled positions in the breakaway Nagorno Karabakh region for the first time in more than 20 years, the rebel defence ministry said, as Armenia arrested a former army officer accused of spying for its archfoe.

Armenia and Azerbaijan fought a bloody conflict over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh territory in the 1990s before reaching a tenuous ceasefire in 1994 but they have not signed a peace deal and clashes erupt regularly.

The ethnic Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan enjoys the backing of the Armenian authorities.

"For the first time since the ceasefire, Azerbaijan has used tanks on the Karabakh frontline," killing one soldier, the rebel defence ministry said in a statement.

"Some 1,500 shots were fired from tanks and grenade-launchers," the statement added.

Azerbaijan offered a different version of events, saying Armenia had fired mortar rounds at settlements in Azerbaijan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is another tinder box, just waiting for a match to explode it.

And if Moscow is supporting Armenia in this issue (as it has many troops and military supplies here), is the US arming and supporting Azerbaijan in making this move now, to generate yet another proxy war against Russia?

As reported in April, 2015 at www.nationalinterest.com:

Diplomacy is barely keeping the lid on a conventional war in Ukraine; from Nigeria to the Fertile Crescent war is about as common as peace. But to make accurate predictions about tomorrow’s conflicts, we need to look away from the preoccupations of the moment and turn our attention to the places that trouble is festering unnoticed. To that end, let me introduce readers to my choice for 2015’s sleeper hotspot: Nagorno-Karabakh. What is it that makes Nagorno-Karabakh particularly dangerous? First, there is virtually no room for compromise between the two sides: Azerbaijan refuses to settle for anything less than full control of the entire area, while Armenia will not countenance anything more than a purely symbolic restoration of Azeri sovereignty. It is difficult to imagine Azerbaijan surrendering its claim to almost one-fifth of Azerbaijan’s official territory for any reason. Azeri President Ilham Aliyev continues to assert Azerbaijan’s claim with increasing forcefulness. Armenia is also unlikely to relinquish any land, because Nagorno-Karabakh effectively increases the size of Armenian territory by one-third, which is very valuable for a small, thin and landlocked nation with little strategic depth and historic enemies on almost all sides. The Karabakh conflict is a zero-sum game.

I could find no specific evidence of Azerbaijan buying weapons from the US government, but the reason for this may be that the UK is taking care of this for the US; please note, as documented at https://www.caat.org.uk/issues/arms-fairs/dsei/it-starts-here/azerbaijan from November of this year, that Azerbaijan was invited, directly by the British government,to their Arms Fair:

Issues Arms Fairs DSEI It Starts Here It starts here - Azerbaijan and DSEI 2015 Three uniformed police officers holding back a protester Police repression in Azerbaijan, 2012 Emma Hughes of Platform on Azerbaijan's invitation to DSEI 2015 So our government have invited Azerbaijan to attend the London Arms Fair. To those of us who know people fighting for democracy in Azerbaijan it doesn't come as a surprise. The Aliyev family have been in power in Azerbaijan since the early 1990s. In 2003 Heydar Aliyev died and was replaced by his son Ilham Aliyev ensuring the continuation of this brutal dynasty. The family have ruled through a combination, of rigged elections, a tightly controlled media and a determination to stamp out dissent – which means anyone who opposes the government is likely to find themselves in a cell or a hospital. The Aliyev's rule has been cemented by the oil company BP. In 1994 the British oil company signed a deal with the Azerbaijani government that allowed them to extract oil from beneath the Caspian sea. known as the Contract of the century this deal bought huge wealth and influence to the Aliyevs. One government over whom they have the most influence are the UK who for twenty years have been cheer leaders for the Aliyev regime. What will be on Azerbaijan's shopping list at the arms fair? A personal shopper from Hacking Team might have some suggestions...Hacking Team work with governments and corporations to increase their surveillance capability. This means monitoring the communications of internet users, deciphering encrypted files and emails, recording skype conversations and remotely activating microphones and cameras. The company has been heavily criticised for providing their products to governments with seriously shady human rights records. They'll no doubt find some more at the Arms fair – including an old customer – the Aliyev regime. Azerbaijan's invite comes on the back of a terrible crackdown in the country that has seen lawyers, activists, journalists, politicians, historians, bloggers and human rights defenders imprisoned, including Platform allies like the talented human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev and the charismatic democracy activist Rasul Jafarov. In August the peace activist Leyla Yunus and her husband Arif Yunus were sentenced to 8.5 and 7 years respectively. Both Leyla and Arif are in extremely poor health. There are growing concerns they will die in jail. And just over a week ago investigative journalist Khadija Ismayil was imprisoned for seven and a half years

So the bottom line here is that the UK is pimping its war wears to a country with a human rights record JUST to the right of that of Attila the Hun, and we are surprised to see this kind of aggression against Nagorno Karabakh right now, when Azerbaijan understands that brand new instruments of death and destruction are on their way, courtesy of the British government, and their weapons manufacturers?!?

I have long since abandoned the notion of "coincidence" when it comes to geopolitics.

Dec 10 10:19

China and Japan Just Dumped Billions of Dollars

Recent signs suggest that the dollar’s rally may be coming to an end. Among them, is the fact that China and Japan, the world’s two largest holders of U.S. Treasury Debt, have just dumped a ton of dollars.

Dec 10 09:15

The Taboo of Radiation Exposure in Japan: The Social Effects of Fukushima

By Erin O’Flaherty

It is understood that radiation is physically harmful to those who are exposed to it. However, it is also harmful on a social level. Those who become exposed to radiation form a new class within society, one that is discriminated against and even feared by many ordinary people. This has certainly been the case with the Fukushima nuclear incident. This discrimination is worsened by the government and mainstream media’s treatment of the incident. This essay will discuss the social effects of the Fukushima incident by comparing it with the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It will also explain how the media play into this discrimination and attempt to understand why Japanese society is reacting in such a way...

Dec 09 10:16

US naval base in Japan to be used as Disneyland

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference in Tokyo that the government of the country was ready to help transform the US military base into an amusement park, like Disneyland, the South China Morning Post newspaper wrote. The official had had a meeting with mayor of Ginowan in Okinawa, Atsushi Sakima, and received an offer from the authorities to build a theme park on the territory that is currently taken by a US naval base. The base will be relocated. During the meeting, Suga said the the Japanese government would support this idea. The mayor of Ginowan was introduced to representatives of Oriental Land Co. Ltd. - the company that operates Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea under the license from Disney Company. The US naval base in Ginowan is likely to be closed and relocated by 2019. Most likely, the base will be moved to Henoko district in the coastal part of the city of Nago, although the decision caused protests among local residents.

Dec 04 11:19

Thai Baht Preparing to Collapse?

Dec 04 08:52

Britain Dive-Bombs into Another Disastrous War

British addition of more warplanes to the already-crowded Syrian conflict is wholly wrong, just as the Americans and French are. Their underlying criminal objectives of regime change preclude them from bringing any good to the situation.

Dec 02 21:32

FLASHBACK:The World's Foremost Terrorist - The US Government

I asked. "Why would a tough special ops soldier be crying? Loss of a fellow soldier, loss of a leg or limb, or God-forbid his genitals, or face unrecognizable anymore?"

Response: "Because of what they were sent to do, once they figured out what the real mission was."

I asked "Like what? What was enough to make the toughest US soldiers cry? Protecting the high and mighty Americans from the "terrorists"?

Response: "No, they were sent to be the terrorists and it is why they were sent that had them crying. Some of them were afraid that God would never forgive them, and, I think they might be right at times. There were some attacks on the US soldiers by people who do not want us there and some 'pay back' attacks after US forces had attacked them, but for the most part what I was being told about was the US conducting intimidation and terrorism operations against civilians. to get their oil and gas."

Dec 02 09:02

The Nuremberg Principles

Can you smell the putrid aroma of bloody hypocrisy emanting from Foggy Bottom!

The main legal principles from the Nuremberg Trials were later declared general principles of international law by the United Nations: the “Nuremberg Principles.” With these principles, in 1950 the international community of nations demanded for the first time that crimes against international law should no longer go unpunished. From now on, no one should be above the law. The Nuremberg Trials and Nuremberg Principles thus laid the foundation for modern international criminal law.

Dec 01 00:06

Iranian Supreme Leader Sends Crucial Message to World Audience on Terrorism

People at zerohedge are questioning the authenticity of this letter.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-11-29/irans-ayatollah-pens-letter-w...

For those of a cynical persuasion, it’s difficult to ignore the similarities between Islamic State’s brand of puritanical Islam and Saudi Arabia’s propagation of Wahhabism. Put simply, indoctrinating the masses with an ultra orthodox ideal that breeds intolerance sows the seeds of extremism and on that score, Riyadh and Raqqa are really no different.

To the Youth in Western Countries,

The bitter events brought about by blind terrorism in France have once again, moved me to speak to you young people. For me, it is unfortunate that such incidents would have to create the framework for a conversation, however the truth is that if painful matters do not create the grounds for finding solutions and mutual consultation, then the damage caused will be multiplied.

Nov 29 21:23

Iranian Supreme Leader Sends Crucial Message to World Audience on Terrorism

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei released an important message to the world youth on global terrorism, including the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.
Here is the full text of the letter:
In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

To the Youth in Western Countries,
Today, there are very few people who are uninformed about the role of the United States of America in creating, nurturing and arming al-Qaeda, the Taliban and their inauspicious successors. Besides this direct support, the overt and well-known supporters of takfiri terrorism- despite having the most backward political systems- are standing arrayed as allies of the west while the most pioneering, brightest and most dynamic democrats in the region are suppressed mercilessly.
The other side of these contradictory policies is seen in supporting the state terrorism of Israel.

Nov 28 20:19

Meet the man who funds ISIS: the son of Turkey’s President, Bilal Erdogan

The son of Turkey’s president (and thus, the father) is the silent mastermind who has been responsible for converting millions of barrels of Syrian Oil into hundreds of millions of dollars of Islamic State revenue.

Russia’s Sergey Lavrov is not one foreign minister known to mince his words.

Just earlier today, 24 hours after a Russian plane was brought down by the country whose president three years ago said “a short-term border violation can never be a pretext for an attack”, had this to say:

“We have serious doubts this was an unintended incident and believe this is a planned provocation” by Turkey.

But even that was tame compared to what Lavrov said to his Turkish counterparty Mevlut Cavusoglu earlier today during a phone call between the two (Lavrov who was supposed to travel to Turkey has since canceled such plans).

Nov 28 10:34

A Feast of Scandal – Justin Raimondo

We’re grateful for and to Patrick J. Fitzgerald, whose existence proves that the old America yet lives.

We have a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving

I’m thankful for so many things this Thanksgiving that it’s going to take me an entire column just to adequately describe them. Indeed, I’m already so loaded down with gifts that I don’t need Christmas. My cup runneth over! For an old libertarian “isolationist” like me this holiday season is a bountiful time, one that yields so much that it seems like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and my birthday all rolled into one. Take a gander at this wonderful cornucopia of plenty:

Nov 28 05:42

An Invisible US Hand Leading to War? Turkey’s Downing of a Russian Jet was an Act of Madness

It is all terribly dangerous and it is hard to predict where things will lead.

This outrageous shootdown of a Russian plane that was in no way posing a threat to Turkey or Turkish forces, will not end here, because Russia and President Putin cannot allow Turkey and NATO to so blatantly act against Russia and its pilots and go unpunished, particularly as it is Russia that is acting legally in Syria, while the US, Turkey and other nations backing rebel forces there are in all acting blatant violation of international law.

Unless saner heads start prevailing in Washington, this could all quickly spiral into the kind of situation in 1914, where a lot of ill-conceived treaties led to a minor incident in the Balkans turning inexorably into World War I.

Nov 26 06:07

Is Turkey Starting a Proxi-War for NATO?

It is clear, Turkey hosting the recent G20 meeting and subscribing to the east-west ‘coalition’ of fighting the ISIS / DAESH / Al Qaeda terror, was a loosely disguised farce.

Did Turkey just provoke a proxi-war on behalf of NATO against Russia? – Turkey knew very well that the Russian SU-24 fighter jet was inside Syria’s borders and that even as it may have been close to Turkey it was no threat for Turkey. Russia’s mission was clear to all the 19 nations which attended the G20 meeting some 10 days ago in Antalya, Turkey, when the entire group unanimously decided to cooperate in fighting the Islamic State (IS – or Daesh, according to its Arabic acronym).

Nov 26 06:04

Turkey Shoots Down More Than Just a Russian Jet

It is only a matter of time before the rhetorical shell game conducted by the terrorist sponsors comes unstuck.

Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian fighter jet this week was likely aimed at a bigger political target – to deal a blow to the proposal of a grand anti-terror coalition between the West and Russia for fighting the Islamic State extremist network in Syria.

Such a coalition might seem reasonable, even desirable, to most people. But it is profoundly unacceptable, tacitly, to Washington because it would further expose the criminal nature of the Western-sponsored regime-change operation in Syria.

Washington and its allies do not want Russia to participate in an effective military coalition that would accelerate the destruction of the mercenary terror army that the Western powers have covertly invested in. In that regard, French President Francois Hollande seems to have momentarily lost the devious plot by proposing such an alliance with Russia.

Nov 26 06:02

Manufacturing a phony caliphate

Carefully-orchestrated snuff films directed by media experts.

Image is the most important element of the vaunted but fictional “new caliphate”. This thing is largely smoke and mirrors: manufacturing a phony “caliphate” out of nothing but a misfit band of thugs collected from many disparate countries—all wearing matching black outfits and masks (so that you can’t identify ethnicity), driving identical shiny Toyota trucks by the hundreds, flying identical mass-produced flags and sporting slick logos—supplied by whom?

Nov 23 22:13

CrossTalk: Talking Syria and the Remaking of the Middle East

Join host Peter LaVelle for an amazing talk about the future of the Middle East

After a series of horrific terrorist attacks, a truly global coalition to fight and destroy ISIS is in the making. At the same time Washington continues to ignore those who are really doing the fighting, particularly Russia. Are arrogance and false pride the real barriers to peace in Syria?

CrossTalking with Pepe Escobar, Richard Murphy and Mark Bruzonsky.

Nov 23 22:04

Manufacturing a phony “caliphate”

"This thing is largely smoke and mirrors: manufacturing a phony “caliphate” out of nothing but a misfit band of thugs collected from many disparate countries—all wearing matching black outfits and masks (so that you can’t identify ethnicity), driving identical shiny Toyota trucks by the hundreds, flying identical mass-produced flags and sporting slick logos—supplied by whom?"

"When has a genuine grassroots rebellion ever looked like this? These guys are well-funded by sophisticated backers. And those backers are no friends of the Muslim world.

Nov 21 10:18

US approves sale of Global Hawk drones to Japan

The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of three unmanned drones worth $1.2 billion to Japan, the Pentagon said Friday.

Nov 19 05:09

Rohingya and the Burmese Generals: How to Forge a Democracy and Get Away with It

With Burma climbing to the world top five countries in terms of proven oil and gas reserves, terms such as genocides, military juntas and human rights are abruptly and largely omitted from the new discourse.

Indeed, a whole new narrative is being conveniently drafted, written jointly by the Burmese army, nationalist parties, Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD, western investors and anyone else who stands to benefit from the treasures of one of the world’s worst human rights violators.

Nov 17 02:12

From Pol Pot to ISIS: "Anything that flies on everything that moves"

In transmitting President Richard Nixon's orders for a "massive" bombing of Cambodia in 1969, Henry Kissinger said, "Anything that flies on everything that moves". As Barack Obama wages his seventh war against the Muslim world since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and Francois Hollande promises a "merciless" attack on that ruined country, the orchestrated hysteria and lies make one almost nostalgic for Kissinger's murderous honesty.

As a witness to the human consequences of aerial savagery - including the beheading of victims, their parts festooning trees and fields - I am not surprised by the disregard of memory and history, yet again. A telling example is the rise to power of Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge, who had much in common with today's Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). They, too, were ruthless medievalists who began as a small sect. They, too, were the product of an American-made apocalypse, this time in Asia.

Nov 16 11:52

‘Million Cancer Deaths From Fukushima Expected in Japan,’ New Report Reveals

Waking Times

A shocking new report defies the chronically underestimated impacts of the Fukushima’s triple meltdown on the risk of cancer in exposed populations, which does not just include Japan, but arguably the entire world.

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