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Nov 05 11:02

Sisi UK visit: London police arrest Egyptian president opponents outside Downing Street

Police physically removed protesters who were demonstrating against the visit of Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to Downing Street. Rival groups of demonstrators shouted slogans, with banners from supporters lauding the Egyptian president for fighting terrorism, while opponents who accuse him of murdering and illegally detaining hundreds of political opponents shouted for him to step down, and denounced him as a murderer.

Nov 05 10:41

ISIS Forgot How They Brought Down the Russian Jet

This entire story is so obviously made up.

When I say "made up," please don't get me wrong here. I know we live in a world where the lunatics running the asylum would blow up 224 innocent civilians without a second thought to continue their agenda (which in this case appears to be a completely orchestrated proxy war with Russia they want to ramp up into a completely orchestrated World War III).

It's just that what they are trying to make us believe happened in the case of this Russian plane crash is such complete and utter bull.

On top of that, since our intelligence chief was just saying IS didn't do it, only to have some of our government sources come out today and say no wait they did, just proves that the entire post-9/11 security apparatus they've built up around everyone is completely worthless by their own (totally unbelievable) version of the story!

Nov 05 08:29

Stoking Fear of Flying to Russia

Comments now making headlines are pure speculation - irresponsible until at least early investigative results are known. Russia’s assessment will be definitive.

Yet major media reports now circulating say US and UK sources claim information they have suggests a bomb planted aboard the aircraft downed it.

AP: “Bomb May Have Downed Russian Jet, US, UK Officials Say.”

The New York Times published the AP report.

Reuters: “Bomb by Islamic State likely caused Russian plane crash: security sources”

Washington Post: “Britain suspends flights from Sinai, citing bomb fears”

It’s a short leap to suspending flights to Russia or discouraging travelers from going there. Would fear-mongering follow a US airliner crash, whatever the possible cause? Normal activities always resume.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is hard to see the Metrojet crash as justification not to fly to Russia as in the case of a bomb, it is the departure airport in Egypt that would be seen as the scene of the crime, not the destination in Russia which was never reached.

Nov 05 08:11

BEX ALERT - US intelligence: A bomb planted by ISIS most likely brought down the crashed Russian plane

The intelligence is reportedly based partly on monitoring of internal ISIS messages.

Islamic State, which controls swathes of Iraq and Syria and is battling the Egyptian army in the Sinai Peninsula, said again on Wednesday it brought down the airplane, adding it would eventually tell the world how it carried out the attack.

Investigations are ongoing, however, and US and European officials haven't made any formal conclusions yet.

"There is a definite feeling it was an explosive device planted in luggage or somewhere on the plane," an unnamed official told CNN.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At this point it is very obvious that "terror" is being pushed very hard even though the "evidence" presented by the west (who are not actually involved in the investigation of the crash) is flimsy. This isn't reporting; this is a sales pitch! This feels like a propaganda campaign. Leading to what? The new 9-11 Lindsey Graham was talking about in Congress while pushing for more wars?

Nov 05 08:05

Russia complains about lack of Egypt crash information from Britain

The Russian foreign ministry complained about Britain's failure to hand over information about Saturday's deadly plane crash in Egypt, after London said there was a significant possibility that Islamists had planted a bomb onboard.

"The British government has not given us any information about the plane crash," Maria Zakharova, a foreign ministry spokeswoman, told reporters, according to the TASS news agency.

"If they have information and they are not presenting it that is shocking," she added, saying it was surprising that the representative of a foreign government rather than experts were putting forward theories about the plane's fate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So far, the claims that there was a bomb on board are admitted to be based on "timing", supposedly intercepted chatter, and the videos (some of which are obviously fake) claiming ISIS shot down the plane. Russia asks for Britain's proof there was a bomb and is refused! Both Egypt and Russia are saying the plane suffered a mechanical failure, yet the west is pushing this terror theme as hard as they can. One is left wondering if some false-flag attacks on airplanes are being planned and someone decided to seize in a genuine accident to "pre-sell" that false-flag.

Nov 05 07:50

Revelations Over Cause of Russian Plane Crash Deal Humiliating Blow to Egypt

Britain announced it is halting Sinai flights as Egyptian President Sissi arrived in London; inauspicious timing suggests that there is solid evidence that bomb brought down Russian passenger jet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the comment that the "suspicious" timing is the basis for "suggesting" there was a bomb. This is pure spin, and the terrorist angle is being pushed very hard right when Wikileaks Ukraine is saying there are plans for a false-flag and Lindsey Graham is claiming to know that the next 9-11 is coming From Syria.

If I were the suspicious type I would be thinking there is a new false-flag terror hoax in the works to try and re-ignite war fever in the American people!

Nov 04 18:46

Did a U.S. Sentinel Drone Hit Doomed Russian Metrojet?

Look, the U.S. has been saying for years now that drones are presenting a threat to air traffic. And that’s the smaller ones, the size of pigeons and hawks that they’re talking about. In fact, at a recent Southern California wildfire, firefighters couldn’t bring in air tankers due to private drone traffic around the scene. The drones that the U.S. military uses are substantially larger. Therefore, if an airliner struck a drone the size of the ones the U.S. military uses, it would certainly be capable of fatally disabling the aircraft.

Nov 04 16:08

Egypt is Flooding Gaza Border Tunnels With Seawater, Poisoning Water Supply

Egypt has been pumping salt water from the Mediterranean into Gaza's underground tunnels, which Cairo says have been used to smuggle weapons to Islamist insurgents in the Sinai desert.

But more than destroying the tunnels, the flooding is contaminating water supplies and threatening to wreck farmland and spread disease, Palestinian officials say.

"One cubic meter of seawater pollutes 40 cubic meters of underground water," said Tamer al-Sleibi, a water department director in Gaza.

He worries that the water could weaken the foundations of homes and spoil the land for agriculture. Additionally, as the water turns stagnant, mosquitoes and other disease carriers will breed.

Nov 04 13:49

For the first time since 1948, Egypt votes for Israel at UN

Egypt’s representative at United Nations voted on Friday in support of Israel’s bid for membership of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Israeli media reported. Since the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 and its acceptance to membership of the UN, Egypt had never voted in its favour at the UN before last Friday.

Nov 04 11:59

BEX ALERT - UK suspends Sinai flights, says Russian jet may have been brought down by explosive device

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Egypt is saying mechanical failure. Russia is saying Mechanical failure. The flight data recorder indicates an explosion in the engine as the cause. No traces of explosive residue have been found on the aircraft or the bodies. The only people screaming "terrorist" are Metrojet, which is trying to avoid liability and negligence lawsuits, and the western press, which is desperate to resell ISIS as an enemy to offset recent revelations that ISIS works for the US Government!

Nov 04 10:46

UK Prepares to Welcome Another Brutal Dictator

In spite of human rights organisations’ widespread condemnation of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Britain is preparing to show support for his dictatorship by rolling out the red carpet for the coup leader later this week.

Nov 04 10:08

Sinai plane crash: co-pilot complained about airbus before flight – video

The co-pilot of the Russian plane that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula had complained about the technical condition of the aircraft, his wife has told Russian media. Natalya Trukhacheva, wife of Sergy Trukhacheva. the co-pilot of Airbus A321 Sergey Trukhacheva, also told Russian television channel NTV that her husband, Sergey, would have landed the plane “if any chance existed.”

Nov 04 09:46

Media: The cause of the crash A321 was an explosion in the engine

As a result of decoding the black box is installed cause of the collapse of the Airbus A321. These flight recorders confirm the technical failure in the airplane. Namely, that there was a fire in the engine, which led to the explosion. He writes about this edition of the Egyptian Almasryalyoum.

Causes of fire in the engine is now installed by experts. Also, citing an anonymous source in the Prosecutor General of Egypt publication reports that the version of the attack on the plane finally rejected.

Today it became known first data obtained after the decoding of the flight recorders Airbus A321. Preliminary analysis of the contents of the black boxes showed that pilots in the conversation were no reports of technical malfunctions on board.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, that seems to settle that!

The lesson to take away from this tragedy is how many people, governments, and corporate media institutions tried to wave these bloody shirts for their own political agendas. Keep this in mind when the next big story breaks!

Nov 03 23:12

Towards a reversal of the situation in the Near East

The days of the « Arab Spring » are almost over. As of now, the White House and the Kremlin are redesigning the contours of the « Greater Middle East ». However, their agreement, which was concluded before the Russian military intervention in Syria, could still be modified by the changes in the balance of power. There is no proof that Moscow will accept the stabilisation of Syria or ignore the partition of Turkey and Saudi Arabia which are soon to begin. In any event, the coming upheaval will modify the status quo which has been in place for the last five years. Most of the powers implicated are therefore scrambling to change sides before the other players.

Nov 03 19:05

ISRAEL CAUSED RUSSIAN METROJET CRASH IN EGYPT?

An American infra-red satellite detected a heat flash seconds before the Russian plane fell from the sky, suggesting there was some sort of explosion on board.

The passengers "in the tail section of the liner died because of so-called blast injuries."

"Several military experts say a small bomb - either with a timer, or triggered by altitude - now appears to be the most likely cause of the Russian plane crash in Egypt's Sinai desert."

Nov 03 15:34

Ron Paul: Russian Plane Down Over Egyptian Blowback?

The apparent downing of a Russian passenger plane over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula over the weekend has, as could be predicted, produced no shortage of theories as to who or what is behind it. Was it ISIS-affiliated Islamist terrorists who control much of the area? They took “credit” for the attack but do not seem to have the technical means to carry it out.

Nov 03 14:17

Investigation of the Russian plane crash in Egypt. Chronicle of events

23:28:27 Russian and Egyptian experts during the preliminary examination didn't reveal mine-explosive traces on bodies of victims of a plane crash A321 at Sinai. About this TASS said a source in the Center of judicial medical expertise

Nov 03 12:58

Russian plane crash in Sinai: Flight recorders reveal ‘unusual sounds’ moment before jet disappeared

The disappearance of the Russian airliner which crashed in Sinai on Saturday was preceded by sounds in the cockpit “uncharacteristic of a standard flight”, according to Russian media.

The Interfax news agency quoted officials in Cairo as providing a first insight into audio recordings from the Airbus 321’s “black box” recorders.

They reported that after a period of routine discussions between crew members, “the recordings show sounds uncharacteristic of a standard flight precede the moment of the airliner’s disappearance”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, something altered the plane's flight characteristics, but did not produce an explosive sound which would have been captured on the recorder before the sounds "uncharacteristic of a standard flight."

Recall that the altitude data provided by flightradar24.com showed a sudden climb preceding the dive. This and the recorded sounds would suggest that the tail of the aircraft started to separate, starting at the bottom of the fuselage. This would lower the angle of attack of the horizontal stabilizers, which in turn would cause the aircraft to climb. The added turbulence from the out-of-alignment empennage would account for the sound.

Nov 03 12:07

Fatigue Crack Might Be Cause of Deadly A321 Crash in Egypt

"I saw the APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) is somewhere in the desert, separated from the main wreckage, and you can see a clear cut, as if this part was separated from the aircraft like by a saw.. So it’s definitely not a sign of an explosion. It could be a fatigue crack," Karel Mundel, a Czech pilot employed by the Airbus Company, stated after watching a video of an aerial view of the wreckage of the plane.

Nov 03 11:19

Russian plane 'broke up in air' before Sinai crash

Russian aviation official says inspection of wreckage in Egypt shows plane broke apart but this does not necessarily indicate bomb.

Russia’s transport safety watchdog, Rostransnadzor, said it had ordered the Kogalymavia airline, which is also known as Metrojet, to ground its fleet of Airbus A321s until the cause of the disaster was established, according to the Russian news agency Interfax.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Russians get the benefit of the doubt here, because from Russia's point of view, the plane being brought down by ISIS justifies escalation of Russia's activities in Iraq and Syria.

Nov 03 10:59

Satellite Shows Heat Flash When Russian Metrojet Plane Crashed, But No Missile: U.S. Officials

A senior defense official told NBC News late Monday that an American infrared satellite detected a heat flash at the same time and in the same vicinity over the Sinai where the Russian passenger plane crashed.

According to the official, U.S. intelligence analysts believe it could have been some kind of explosion on the aircraft itself, either a fuel tank or a bomb, but that there's no indication that a surface-to-air missile brought the plane down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As this article points out, the exploding aircraft itself would produce a heat flash, but the propaganda push is still towards act of terror, both to bolster the war fever and (from Metrojet's point of view) block potential liability and negligence lawsuits. At that point in its flight, the aircraft would have still had half of its fuel load still in the tanks.

Funny how quickly we get the black box and satallite data as compared with MH17, isn't it?

Nov 03 09:59

BEX ALERT - Horror at 30,000ft and how Putin's playing a ruthless game in the Middle East that should terrify the West

Vladimir Putin’s Syrian soap opera has filled Russian television screens for weeks. The sight of sophisticated missiles smashing into terrorist hide-outs has sent the Russian leader’s popularity soaring to previously unseen heights.

Now, reality is intruding. The crash of Flight 7K9268 — with an onboard bomb planted by supporters of the so-called Islamic State as the most likely cause — highlights the potential cost of Russia’s interference in the Middle Eastern powder-keg.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The flight data recorder says there was no outside impact and so far no explosive residue has been found on the plane, but the corporate media is pushing ISIS terrorism and as was the case with MH370, dropping the blame on Putin!

Nov 03 09:20

No Traces of Explosives Found at Analyzed Parts of Crashed A321 Plane

No traces of explosive substances have so far been discovered on the debris of Kogalymavia's A321 plane that crashed in Sinai on Saturday, a source familiar with the investigation said Monday.

Nov 03 08:40

Crash victims' injuries show midair explosion likely caused A321 crash - investigator

The nature of passengers’ injuries from the Russian jet that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai on Saturday may indicate that an explosion took place aboard before the plane hit the ground, an Egyptian doctor who examined the bodies said, Sputnik news agency reported.

"A large number of body parts may indicate that a powerful explosion took place aboard the plane before it hit the ground," an Egyptian forensic expert told the agency.

Nov 03 07:12

Heat flash over Sinai prior to Russian plane crash reportedly detected by US satellite

Just before a Russian passenger airliner crashed in Egypt’s Sinai on Saturday, a US infrared satellite reportedly detected a heat flash in the same vicinity, indicating that an explosion may have happened on board.

The US intelligence community believes that a fuel tank or bomb may have been the source of the heat signature, NBC News reported. The same satellite ruled out a missile attack, as it didn’t detect a heat trail that a rocket engine would have produced, the channel’s source said.

The heat flash may not be related to the crash since the Sinai Peninsula is a volatile place with regular military activity, a Pentagon official told ABC News.

Nov 02 16:32

No Traces of Explosives Found at Analyzed Parts of Crashed A321 Plane

No traces of explosive substances have so far been discovered on the debris of Kogalymavia's A321 plane that crashed in Sinai on Saturday, a source familiar with the investigation said Monday.

Nov 02 13:30

There is growing speculation and versions about the cause of the crash over Sinai

Crashed in Egypt Airbus hit the runway tail when landing in Cairo in 2001. Information was confirmed in "Kogalymavia". Such contact is considered an incident. But after years later the depressurization could occur. Similar case the in 1985 with the aircraft of Japanese airlines and in 2002 with "Boeing 747" of Chinese airlines. In both cases, the planes broke up in the air. The reason - the poor maintenance after the tail touch the runway for a few years before.

"Some, perhaps, elements of a received residual deformation, which was undetected during inspection and repair. It is quite possible, therefore, for these years that have passed, 14 years after the incident, has accumulated some fatigue permanent deformation, and it could happen," says the honored pilot of the Russian Federation Sergey Kruglik.

Nov 02 12:57

Russian plane crash: Final moments of doomed airliner revealed in flight data as it emerges crew went unpaid for two months

Disaster which killed 224 people caused by 'external impact on plane' as it emerges Metrojet airline had not paid employees for two months

Nov 02 12:53

Numerous violations were found in the airline "Kogalymavia" before the fire, the Tu-154 in Surgut - prosecutors

The supervisory authorities have identified numerous violations of the airline "Kogalymavia", whose plane caught fire on January 1 at the airport of Surgut, told the Ural Transport Prosecutor Paul Kukushkin.

"Last year was carried out checks in the airline-related preflight training. Revealed a number of violations. There is a question very hard to understand how the inspections were conducted, why not inspected," - said the prosecutor at a press conference in Yekaterinburg on Thursday.

P.Kukushkin noted that the final version of what happened will be announced after the completion of the audit of the International Aviation Committee on 18 February, "but it is clear that there were problems with the wiring of the aircraft."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The airline flying the Airbus which crashed has a long record of safety violations!

Nov 02 12:35

Suspicions about the Russian Plane Crash

The October 31 crash of the Russian Metrojet passenger aircraft in the Sinai Desert, near the border of Egypt and Israel, raises some well-founded suspicions of foul play being involved in the downing of the plane. Although it is too early to say what caused the crash, there are some clear indications that suggest the plane was remotely sabotaged - via its connection to the Internet.

Nov 02 10:57

ISIS shoots down Russian airliner killing 220?

“The Russian jetliner that crashed shortly after takeoff from an Egyptian resort city broke up at high altitude, scattering fragments of wreckage over a wide area in the Sinai Peninsula, Russia’s top aviation official said Sunday as search teams raced to recover the bodies of the 224 people who died.”

Nov 02 09:18

Putin calls for ‘objective picture’ of Russian plane crash in Sinai

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on investigators to sketch an "objective picture" of the recent deadly crash of a Russian Airbus A321 in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

"I would like to once again express my condolences to the families and relatives of the victims," Putin said Monday, adding, "Without any doubt everything should be done so that an objective picture of what happened is created, so that we know what happened."

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov had earlier in the day said that all possibilities about the cause of the incident are being considered. “No theory could yet be ruled out,” he said when asked whether the crash could have been the result of a terrorist attack.

Nov 02 08:09

Ordinary Chinese blame America for the Russian plane crash

"America's revenge did not take long." (480 likes) Jiangsu, Nantong

"The hand of American gangsters is behind all this!" (145 likes), Tianjin

"Mourning for the victims of the Russian people" (129 likes) Henan Nanyang

"99% it is connected to the USA" (38 likes) Jiangsu Wuxi

Webmaster's Commentary: 

US is not much loved around the world these days!

Nov 02 07:50

Israel hosts its largest-ever international air force exercise

The “Blue Flag” exercise, which is continuing through November 3, pits the Israeli Air Force, the United States Air Force, Greece’s Hellenic Air Force and the Polish Air Force against a fictional enemy state, the captain in charge of all IAF exercises told The Times of Israel Thursday night.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Did something "get away" from them and hit the Russian jetliner? That was the case with TWA 800, likely the case with MH370, and military accidents killing passengers jets are a little-reported fact of life!

Nov 02 07:43

Russian airline reveals holiday jet crash could only have been caused by a 'mechanical impact' and NOT a technical fault or pilot error... as evidence points towards a bomb

Fears were growing today that a bomb could have destroyed the Russian holiday jet that crashed in Egypt killing all 224 people on board.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess someone wanted revenge on Russia for going into Syria. Now who could that be? One thing we know is that it is not ISIS as the photos and video put forward have all been exposed as fakes. This is a classic false-flag. There is one report. not yet confirmed, that security at the departure airport is handled by an Israeli company. It needs to be remembered that Israeli companies were also in charge of security at the airports used by the Shoe Bomber, the Crotch bomber, and all the 9-11 flights.

Nov 01 17:52

Flight 7K9268: What we do and don’t know about Russia’s deadliest-ever air crash

As experts prepare to analyze the flight recorders, the number of theories speculating about the demise of the Russian plane crash that killed 224 people on Saturday is proliferating by the hour. RT separates the facts from the conjecture.

Nov 01 15:34

ISRAEL CAUSED RUSSIAN METROJET CRASH IN EGYPT?

It looks as though Israel and its friends may have brought down the Russian Metrojet plane which crashed in Egypt on 31 October 2015. Israel is angry that Russia has been frustrating its plans for Syria.

Nov 01 10:32

Anti-New York Times / 11/1 Russian Plane Crash?

We here at The Anti-New York Times have always been averse to jumping to hasty conclusions. But we have no qualms about quickly forming hypotheses based on preliminary data, possible motives, means, and known historical precedent.

With regard to the Halloween crash over Egypt of Russian Airbus A321, operated by Metrojet, we hereby present some pieces of the puzzle that appear, at this point - to lead to a 'conspiracy theory' involving 'the usual suspects' (cough-cough).

Webmaster addition: I reject the obvious propaganda that ISIS shot down the Russian aircraft, and am still leaning towards failure of the rear pressure bulkhead as the cause of the accident. But this article makes a suggestion that should not be dismissed out of hand which is that the plane was bombed by CIA/Mossad as "punishment" for Russia's success in Syria.

Oct 31 20:08

Terrorists, non-state actors had no capacity to down Russian plane, security & aviation experts say

While the investigation into the causes of the Russian passenger jet crash over the Sinai Peninsula continues, civil aviation and security experts agree that theories that the plane was downed by a militant group can be ruled out, despite terrorists making such claims.

All 224 people on board the Kolavia airline’s flight from resort area Sharm El-Sheikh to Russia’s St. Petersburg died after the aircraft crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Saturday. Experts are still decoding the flight recorders, and the Russian Air Transport Agency has said that there is no point in hypothesizing about the cause of the crash until there is reliable data on the circumstances.

Oct 31 16:36

The Latest: Co-pilot’s wife: He complained about plane

State-controlled NTV ran an interview Saturday with Natalya Trukhacheva, identified as the wife of co-pilot Sergei Trukachev. She said that a daughter “called him up before he flew out. He complained before the flight that the technical condition of the aircraft left much to be desired.”

An Egyptian official had previously said that before the plane lost contact with air traffic controllers the pilot had radioed and said the aircraft was experiencing technical problems and that he intended to try and land at the nearest airport.

Oct 31 14:07

Did Accident From 14 Years Ago Doom Russian Plane Over Egypt?

What does, however, jump out from this particular airplane’s record is an accident that it suffered on November 16, 2001 while landing at Cairo (while owned and operated by Middle East Airlines). As it touched down the nose was pointing at too high an angle and the tail hit the tarmac – heavily enough to cause substantial damage.

Tail strikes like this are not uncommon. The airplane was repaired and would have been rigorously inspected then and during subsequent maintenance checks. Nonetheless investigators who will soon have access to the Airbus’s flight data recorder will take a hard look at what is called the rear pressure bulkhead, a critical seal in the cabin’s pressurization system. Images from the wreckage in the Sinai show parts of the tail and rear fuselage near the site of this bulkhead lying clear of the rest of the debris, suggesting a possible break-up in flight.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There was an air crash in Japan some years ago which was caused by a faulty repair to the rear pressure bulkhead letting go at altitude.

Oct 31 12:51

No-Guerra No-NATO Peace Conference in Rome

A Tribute to the “No-Guerra No-NATO” and pro-Peace Demonstration in Rome on Monday 26 October 2015

We, the people of Europe have to stand up against NATO. We must not let go.

As we know by now, the Soviet threat was a farce the western people – mostly the people of the US and Europe – were made to believe by a massive and continuous propaganda campaign, a western propaganda of lies – not unlike today’s anti-Russia, anti-China supra-multi-billion dollars Zionist-Anglo-Saxon media misinformation.

Oct 31 12:47

US sponsored ISIS Burning

Russia is putting on a display of fire power in Syria that is shocking the world and embarrassing the Obama administration.

“The tide of the conflict in Syria seems to be turning fast because the Russians have stepped in… The militants are in total panic. 600 militants have abandoned their positions… The Russian Airforce has been bombing the living daylights out of ISIS…”

Oct 31 12:44

Politics Extension of US-led War on Syria

If Washington and its allies were sincere about a political resolution to the conflict then why don’t they reaffirm their commitment to the Geneva Communique?

Russia’s military intervention in Syria is proving a decisive turning point in stabilizing the government of Bashar al-Assad, while racking up serious defeats against the sundry extremist mercenary groups. That is the assessment of US top military officer General Joseph F Dunford. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week:

«The balance of forces right now are in Assad’s advantage».

Oct 31 11:16

First official images from Sinai crash scene emerge

The remains of a Russian airliner which crashed is seen in central Sinai near El Arish city, north Egypt, October 31, 2015. © Reuters

Oct 31 10:09

Russian A321 fell 'almost vertically', technical fault behind crash


According to Egypt's security forces a technical fault was to blame for the crash of flight 7K9268 in Sinai. The sources say the aircraft took almost a vertical trajectory as it plummeted down. Large parts of the fuselage burned in the process.

Oct 31 09:19

BEX TSUNAMI WARNING - IS claims responsibility for Russian plane crash in Egypt

A militant group affiliated to Islamic State in Egypt claimed responsibility for the downing of a Russian passenger plane that crashed in Egypt's Sinai peninsula on Saturday, the group said in a statement circulated by supporters on Twitter.

Egyptian security sources earlier on Saturday said early investigations suggested the plane crashed due to a technical fault.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What would be the motive for ISIS to kill a Russian plane over the Sinai? To hand Russia justification to start bombing one of their safe havens? What would ISIS have that can hit a passenger jet at MSL 335? It is too soon to know what happened, but clearly all of the propagandists are already cranking up the spin!

Oct 31 08:58

BEX Alert!!! - "ISIS claims responsibility for Russian jet crash"

ISIS has claimed responsibility for destroying a Russian passenger jet in response to Vladimir Putin's decision to bomb Jihadi targets in Syria, although both Moscow and Egypt have denied any possible terrorism link. . .

. . . It crashed in the Hassana area, south of Arish. Security forces discovered the crash wreckage in a remote mountainous area in a region containing many ISIS-affiliated terrorists.

Egyptian sources are claiming that wreckage has been spread over a three-mile area while an ISIS-affiliate has tried to claim responsibility for the disaster.

According to the statement: 'The soldiers of the caliphate succeeded in bringing down a Russian plane in Sinai.' However, Russian transport ministry sources dismissed the claim suggesting 'they cannot be accurate'.

Oct 31 08:10

Russian airliner with 224 aboard crashes in Egypt’s Sinai

A Russian airliner carrying 224 passengers and crew crashed in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula on Saturday, and a security officer at the scene said most passengers appeared to have been killed. The Airbus A321, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia under the brand name Metrojet, was flying from the Sinai Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg in Russia when it went down in a desolate mountainous area of central Sinai soon after daybreak, the aviation ministry said.

Oct 31 07:04

A Russian plane carrying more than 200 passengers from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh has crashed in central Sinai, killing all of those on board, Egyptian officials have said.

The jet, operated by the Russian company Kogalymavia and branded as Metrojet, had initially been reported as being “completely destroyed with all on board likely to have died”, according to a security officer from the search and rescue team.

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Destined for St Petersburg, the plane was carrying 224 people, including 17 children and seven crew members.

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Northern Sinai is home to groups of Islamist militants, many affiliated to Islamic State, but there were no indications the plane was shot down, Egyptian security sources told Reuters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even though the Egyptian authorities are saying there is no evidence of a shoot down, this article tries to imply a link with Islamic Jihadists, while known propaganda front Debkafile is already claiming the plane was shot down by a missile!

Here is a possibility we should consider. While the Egyptian authorities are saying there is no sign of an outside attack, it is too soon to rule out an on-board sabotage such as likely brought down Ron Brown's aircraft. The plane's flight path would have taken it over the eastern Mediterranean right off of the coast of Syria. Had the plane crashed there, it could have been blamed on Syria to strain relations between Damascus and Moscow. I wonder if this aircraft was delayed leaving the airport.

Oct 31 01:08

Russian Airliner Crashes in Central Sinai - Egyptian PM

A Russian airliner has crashed in central Sinai with more than 200 people on board, the office of Egypt's prime minister has confirmed.

Oct 30 13:27

Politics Extension of US-led War on Syria

If Washington and its allies were sincere about a political resolution to the conflict then why don’t they reaffirm their commitment to the Geneva Communique?

Russia’s military intervention in Syria is proving a decisive turning point in stabilizing the government of Bashar al-Assad, while racking up serious defeats against the sundry extremist mercenary groups. That is the assessment of US top military officer General Joseph F Dunford. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week:

«The balance of forces right now are in Assad’s advantage».

Oct 30 13:25

The Empire of Chaos is in a Jam

The no-fly zone in Syria already exists. It is run by Russia and Washington is unable to jam it.

NATO is desperate. The Pentagon is desperate. Imagine waking up one day in Washington and Brussels just to realize Russia has the ability to electronically jam — detect, trace, disable, destroy — NATO electronics within a 600 km range across Syria (and southern Turkey).

Imagine the nightmare of row after row of Russian Richag-AV radar and sonar jamming systems mounted on helicopters and ships jamming everything in sight and finding every available source of electromagnetic radiation. Not only in Syria but also in Ukraine.

Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army units in Europe, was even forced to qualify Russian electronic warfare capabilities in Ukraine as “eye-watering.”

Oct 24 20:26

How regime changers use "nonviolent" tactics in a typical regime change operation.

The architects of regime change insist on the use of “nonviolent” tactics specifically because they pose a much thornier problem for the authorities than an outright revolt. If the government faces an armed uprising, it knows exactly what to do: put it down. But when the youth of the nation parades around in matching T-shirts (that have been mysteriously shipped in from abroad) shouting deliberately anodyne, aspirational slogans, and the entire happening takes on the air of a festival, then the government's ability to maintain public order gradually melts away.

When the conditions are right, the regime changers fly in the mercenaries with the sniper rifles, carry out a public massacre, and blame it on the government. These snipers appeared in Egypt in 2011 during the effort to topple Hosni Mubarak. They also appeared in Vilnius in 1991 and in Moscow in 1993. In Tunisia in 2011 they actually got detained. They had Swedish passports and Northern European faces. They said that they were there to hunt wild boar—with sniper rifles, in Tunis.

Let us not allow ourselves to be misled: all three types of political technologies the US uses against the rest of the world are types of warfare—hybrid warfare—and “nonviolent warfare” is an oxymoron. “Nonviolence” is a misnomer; with respect to Orange Revolutions, the correct term is “delayed use of violence.”

Oct 24 08:27

Secrets of the Syrian War: October 2015

The greatest secrets: the West has no people on the ground in Syria to take over the liberated territories; the Russians still seek partnership, Erdogan has bitten more than he can chew, and ISIS is a phantom, after all.

Russians are enjoying their Syrian adventure. Twenty days after its start, their entry into the Syrian war has paid off and brought some dividends.

Putin has been very popular before the war, with 86% support in the ratings, and now his public support has gone through the roof.

Oct 24 08:24

The tide is turning against Zionist extremism

These changing perceptions are the result of the rise of alternative forms of media, which have broken through the mainstream media’s imbalanced and inaccurate portrayal of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

For decades, the one issue that has been the exception to the broadly progressive streak within American Judaism has been Israel. The Jewish state has received unchallenged support by most Jews despite its decades-long occupation of the West Bank and the pursuit of policies toward Palestinians that, were they practiced by any other country, would be overwhelmingly opposed by American Jews.

Oct 24 08:21

Merkel’s Faustian embrace of Turkey

If the EU, under Merkel’s direction, accedes to Turkey’s demand for setting up safe zones in northern Syria, then that has ominous implications.

Turkey is pressuring Germany to create “safe zones” inside Syria as a “price” for alleviating the EU’s refugee crisis. It’s a Faustian bargain that could escalate the Syrian conflict, where NATO forces could end up pitted against Russia’s military.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hot-footing to Istanbul last weekend was capped with a U-turn regarding Turkey’s much sought-after membership of the European Union. In a surprise move, Merkel announcedthat she was now in favor of pushing for Turkey’s accession to the EU, when only a few weeks ago she had reiterated her opposition to its membership.

Oct 23 08:06

Rep. Jim Jordan vs. Hillary Clinton: Why Did You Tell Egyptians Benghazi Was a Terrorist Attack But Not The American People?

At a House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing Thursday, Rep. Jim Jordan introduced e-mails that show then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya terrorism to family and the Egyptian prime minister.

Jordan then questioned why she told Americans the Benghazi attack was a response to an infamous YouTube clip mocking Muslims but e-mailed it was a terrorist attack to the Egyptian prime minister and family.

"You can tell the Egyptian prime minister it’s a terrorist attack, but you can’t tell your own people," Jordan scolded Clinton.

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Basically, Hillary admitted to lying to the American people, and apparently thinks it is politically incorrect for us to notice it!

Oct 20 08:21

EGYPTIAN TV NEWS USES VIDEO GAME FOOTAGE AS PROOF OF RUSSIAN PRECISION STRIKES AGAINST ISIL

Attention news agencies of Planet Earth. This is an all points bulletin for your benefit: stop passing off video game footage as real-life-happenings. Yes, what seems like a thing that shouldn't be able to happen has actually happened several times in the past, from video game footage passed off as a terrorist attack to state news agencies passing off video game footage as a potential threat to a nation's enemies. Some nations appear to even be trying to take advantage of it all, such as when Russia tried to sucker world news groups into thinking that it had found proof that America is arming Ukrainians with video game footage of a weapons cache. And, yet, it keeps happening.

Oct 20 06:15

NATO BLIND: Top Secret Russian Air Defence System Deployed in Syria

You are only as good as those you fight. The US military is great for gunning down innocent men,women and children all over the planet for their corporate and neocon masters.
They are absolutely no good for defending the USA from attack and are at this moment training to attack the American people. And they have now been caught not only giving aid and comfort to America's enemies,they the Pentagram creates Americas enemies out of whole cloth! Shameful!

Thierry Meyssan, a French journalist who has been based in Damascus for some years now, is reporting that Russia has deployed its most advanced, top secret air defence system in Syria, which has essentially “left NATO blind.”

While the West has been completely embarrassed by Russia’s swift and effective operation in Syria, it has now been utterly outclassed; so greatly that, as we shall hear below, even NATO Commanders are ‘worried’.

Oct 19 17:40

Cairo Airport confiscates 200 KG of Sudanese cow brains

And ya'll thought the TSA was nit picky!

CAIRO: The Cairo Airport confiscated and disposed of 200 kilograms of cow brains that were being transported by six Sudanese passengers coming from Khartoum Monday, Youm7 reported.

Oct 18 14:18

"Spattered By Israeli Gunfire": National Security Agency (NSA) Posts Vintage Photos of the USS Liberty On Their Website

The NSA National Security Agency, (in years past jokingly referred to as "no such agency,") includes twenty-eight declassified photos of the USS Liberty attack on their official website. Captions for the photos include such titles as "Spattered by Isreali Gunfire," "Ships Bridge was Clobbered," "Shock Damage Above Torpedo Hit," CDR McGonagle Israeli Bullet, CDR and Staff Confer Post-attack, USS Liberty in Drydock, USS Liberty Main Blast Area, USS Liberty Pierside Malta, USS Liberty Primary Blast Area, Clean-up Operations of Blast Area, Damaged Machine Gun Mount Damaged Signal Light on Bridge, and Fire Damage Port Side Amidships."

Oct 18 12:41

Egypt delegation will come to Moscow to discuss buying Russian hardware from Mistral

"After the 20th, in about a week, a delegation from Egypt will come to us to discuss possible supplies of certain blocks of radio-electronic equipment for the Mistrals, which Egypt has bought from France," the source said. The source said the Russian military equipment export authority, Rosoboronexport, had a meeting, devoted to further use of the equipment. Egypt signed a contract on two Mistral-class helicopter carriers on October 10. The vessels may be supplied to Egypt in summer, 2016 along with storm boats.

Oct 17 17:17

A Very Heavy Agenda Part 1 : A Catalyzing Event [Trailer] (Neocons exposed)

Post-9/11, the War on Terror had outlived its usefulness.
The minds behind the think tanks that drive America’s interventionist foreign policy decided that the U.S. needed a new enemy, so they chose an old one -- Russia.

Part 1: A Catalyzing Event 1hr 25mins

Cheney, Wolfowitz and Rumsfeld were ubiquitous in the news media as they took every available opportunity to market to America an aggressive preemptive war policy. But from where did their ideas originate? The answer is a tightly knit and eminently well placed group of neoconservative thought leaders, chief among them Bill Kristol and Robert Kagan. Part 1 begins in the panicked weeks after 9/11, as Kagan et al. seized upon the hysteria surrounding the anthrax letter attacks to further shape America’s perception of reality, planting the seeds for endless future military engagements. George W. Bush may have been understandably perceived as an idiot, but watching these wonks and academics drive the ideological engine for his administration belies a much more sophisticated strategy at play.

(Embedded trailer for Part1 at link.)

Oct 17 11:48

Why US fears Putin success in Syria

Russia is conducting operations that are lawful under international law with the full consent of the Syrian government – unlike the US-led coalition which is bombing the country illegally.

Last week, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter darkly predicted that Russia would suffer blowback from its intervention in Syria with acts of terrorism being committed on “Russian soil.”

Oct 17 10:07

Egypt to Resume Military Tanks Production After U.S. Agreement

Minister of State for Military Production Mohamed al-Assar met Thursday with US ambassador Robert Stephen Beecroft and Donald Schenk, vice chairman of General Dynamics, agreeing to provide the necessary components to resume the production of tanks in Egypt.

Oct 12 08:46

Yemeni Forces Drown another Saudi-Led Coalition Warship

Yemeni army and Ansarullah revolutionary forces fired rockets at a Saudi-led coalition warship and destroyed it near al-Mukha coast in the Yemeni province of Ta'iz.

Informed sources also said on Saturday that the warship named "al-Mahrousa" belonged to the Egyptian army.

On Thursday, Yemeni army and popular forces also fired missiles at a Saudi warship, and destroyed it in Bab al-Mandab Strait.

The warship was wrecked off the Southwestern coast of Yemen, in the Bab al-Mandab Strait, which connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden.

Oct 11 14:55

Putin and the Press: The Demonology School of Journalism

Western media is engaged in an intense long-term propaganda campaign to demonize President Putin. Demonology offers no allies, no solutions and no positive path to peace and co-existence.

he major influential western print media are engaged in a prolonged, large-scale effort to demonize Russian President Putin, his politics and persona. There is an article (or several articles) every day in which he is personally stigmatized as a dictator, authoritarian, czar, ‘former KGB operative’ and Soviet-style ruler; anything but the repeatedly elected President of Russia.

Oct 07 11:10

How Putin will Win in Syria

By most accounts, the conflict had deteriorated into a stalemate. Now, with Russia in the picture, that’s changed. Now the table is clearly tilted in Syria’s favor.…

The reason Putin will succeed where the US failed in its war on ISIS, is because the Russian air-strikes are going to be accompanied by a formidable mop-up operation that will overpower the jihadi groups on the ground. This is already happening as we speak. The Russian Air Force has been pounding terrorist targets across the Idlib Governorate for the last few days as well as ISIS strongholds in the East at Raffa. Putin is going to cut through these guys like crap through a goose.

Putin is not going to stop for anything or anyone. He’s going to nail these guys while he has them in his gun-sights, then he’s going to wrap it up and go home.

Oct 07 07:48

Sisi, Putin call for anti-terror Mideast coalition – Al Arayabiay

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi on Wednesday called for a coalition to combat terrorism in the Middle East.

Opening a meeting with Putin in Moscow, Sisi said “the Egyptian people” are hoping for broader ties with Russia in all areas, particularly in fighting terrorism in the Middle East.

Putin told reporters after the talks that regional powers should join their efforts to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.

Oct 07 06:42

Russia To The Rescue

Happy Birthday President Putin.Wish America had a leader like you!

If Syria has now effectively become a Russian protectorate, it follows logically that NO planes ought henceforth to be allowed to fly over Syrian air space without Assad’s consent and Russian approval. This will apply not only to Israeli planes but, by extension, to American planes, British planes and French planes. The distinction between the “good terrorists” (the so-called Syrian “rebels” backed by the West) and the “bad terrorists” and their affiliates (ISIS and their kind) will soon disappear.

The Russian aim is to support the Assad regime. As such, all the Western-backed “rebel” forces in Syria will henceforth be regarded as deadly enemies of Syria and will probably be destroyed. Putin has every right to bomb the Muslim mercenaries on the American payroll. A

Oct 07 04:21

How Putin will Win in Syria

The reason Putin will succeed where the US failed in its war on ISIS, is because the Russian air-strikes are going to be accompanied by a formidable mop-up operation that will overpower the jihadi groups on the ground. This is already happening as we speak. The Russian Air Force has been pounding terrorist targets across the Idlib Governorate for the last few days as well as ISIS strongholds in the East at Raffa. Putin is going to cut through these guys like crap through a goose.

So the Russian people are proud of the way Putin is fighting the war on terror. Is there something wrong with that? Many Americans are old enough to remember a time when they were proud of their own country too, when it actually stood up for the principles it espouses in its founding documents. That was quite a while ago though, sometime back in the “pre-Gitmo” era”.

Oct 05 11:29

Five Leaders Challenging Western Imperialism through Diplomacy, Persuasion,and Public Pressure: Pope Francis, Vladimir Putin, Xi, Jinping, Hassan Rouhani, and Jeremy Corbyn

These five protagonists of a new global agenda differ from past critics from the left both in the style and substance of their politics.

Western imperialism, in all of its manifestation, is being challenged by five political leaders, through diplomacy, moral persuasion and public pressure.

In recent time, Pope Francis, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn have raised fundamental questions concerning (1) war and peace in the Middle East and the Caucuses; (2) climate change and the destruction of the environment; (3) economic sanctions, military threats and confrontation; and (4) growing inequalities of class, gender and race.

Oct 04 14:03

Obama Accuses Russia of Going After America’s “Good Guy Terrorists”

Moscow is supporting both countries (Syria and Iraq) in their proxy war against the ISIL which is supported by the US and its allies.

Until recently, the ISIS was known as Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). In 2014, it was renamed the Islamic State (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).

Russia is Now Involved in the War on Terrorism

A major turning point in the dynamics of the Syria-Iraq war is unfolding. Russia is now directly involved in the counter-terrorism campaign in coordination with the Syrian and Iraqi governments.

Oct 04 09:35

Egypt backs Russian airstrikes in Syria

Egypt says Russia’s anti-terror airstrikes in Syria will restrict the spread of terrorism and deal a major blow to the Daesh group in the violence-torn Arab country.

Oct 03 19:58

How The US Helped To Create Al Qaeda and ISIS

by Garikai Chengu

Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region.

The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history.

Lest we forget, the CIA gave birth to Osama Bin Laden and breastfed his organization during the 1980?s. Former British Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, told the House of Commons that Al Qaeda was unquestionably a product of Western intelligence agencies. Mr. Cook explained that Al Qaeda, which literally means an abbreviation of “the database” in Arabic, was originally the computer database of the thousands of Islamist extremists, who were trained by the CIA and funded by the Saudis, in order to defeat the Russians in Afghanistan.

Oct 03 09:26

Kaleidoscope of Power Games in the Middle-East

So it is alright for the CIA to train anti- Assad terrorists, but not for Russia to fight them on behalf of a democratically elected leader of a sovereign country?

How dare the Syrians elect a President whom a foreign nation – the US of A– wants to remove by it’s traditional ‘regime change’ approach for reasons of (US) ‘national security’ – what an outright BS! – It is no longer a secret that the PNAC (Plan for A New American Century) needs Syria to fall into equal disarray and chaos as did Iraq and Libya – and Sudan, Somalia, Central Africa; Lebanon and of course Iran – and on goes the list – for the ultimate goal: America’s absolute hegemony.

Oct 02 12:05

Vladimir Putin’s Address to the United Nations Security Council. Video and Transcript

The UN General Assembly is the United Nations Organisation’s main consultative body and examines the principles for cooperation in ensuring international peace and security.

?The 70th anniversary of the United Nations is a good occasion to both take stock of history and talk about our common future.

THE VIDEO AND COMPLETE TRANSCRIPT OF PRESIDENT PUTIN’S ADDRESS?:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2015/10/vladimir-putins-address-to-the-united...

Oct 02 12:02

The Mind of Mr. Putin

Perhaps it is time to climb down off our ideological high horse and start respecting the vital interests of other sovereign nations, even as we protect and defend our own.

If America’s elites continue to assert their right to intervene in the internal affairs of nations, to make them conform to a U.S. ideal of what is a good society and legitimate government, then we are headed for endless conflict. And, one day, this will inevitably result in war, as more and more nations resist America’s moral imperialism.

Nations have a right to be themselves, Putin is saying.

Oct 01 15:12

Showdown at the UN Corral – Raimondo

If there was any doubt that Washington has learned absolutely nothing since George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq, then President Obama’s address to the United Nations has confirmed the world’s worst fears. It was an oration that combined the most egregious lies with the wooly-minded “idealism” that has been such a destructive force in world affairs since the days of Woodrow Wilson.

Question: Were these US-funded Good Guys (in Syria) always Bad Guys in an ill-fitting disguise?

Sep 30 10:36

The Warmonger Presidential Candidates

...the compromised presidential candidates will never gain the guts to set into motion a true America First foreign policy.

In order to fully understand the primal betrayal of genuine American interests, our society has to face the hard reality that the NeoCons and Zionist Israel-First fifth column that controls the bureaucracy of selective orthodox government is the enemy of our own people.

Standing with Israel is a primary reason for the demise of the American Republic.

Illustrating this point, the debate statement from Carly Fiorina, Crackpot Warmonger, exposes the utter absurdity of subordinating our true interests to a rogue regime designed to cause chaos as the meanings to achieve regional dominance.

“On Day One in the Oval Office, I will make two phone calls, the first to my good friend Bibi Netanyahu to reassure him we will stand with the state of Israel.”

Sep 30 10:30

Obama’s Syria

Ending Syria’s horrific civil war is possible, but the political will to do so remains elusive.

Over the years the facts on the ground have changed in Syria – with the rise of the Islamic State being the deadliest new reality. But Washington and its regional allies remain focused on an illegal regime change in Damascus. The west is fighting the wrong war and will surely lose the peace.

Sep 30 10:10

Regime Change as American as Apple Pie

US President Barack Obama is someone to almost pity. For he has the unenviable task of standing before the nations of the world and smugly spout endless falsehoods — as he did, yet again, during his address to the UN General Assembly.

Clandestine American-led interventions have fuelled the explosion in terror networks across the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. Yet amid this American legacy of international violence, Obama was charged with painting a rose-tinted view of the world that was breath-taking in its distortion and absurdity.

Sep 27 09:06

Egypt To Buy 50 Ka-52 Helicopter From Russia

Russia and Egypt have reportedly signed a deal for the 50 Ka-52 helicopters possibly meant to be stationed on the Mistral carrier.

Sep 27 06:07

Obama, Putin to meet at a defining moment

The Russian state agency TASS is not given to speculating on the Kremlin leader’s activities. It is a ground rule set by Joseph Stalin when the agency was created in 1925. Therefore, we must accept as ‘breaking news’ the TASS’ Washington dateline report quoting ‘an informed source’ to the effect that a meeting between Russian president Vladimir Putin and US resident Barack Obama will take place next week on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session.

Obama will do well to cut his way through the neocon shibboleth and comprehend that Russia has been largely reactive – be it in Ukraine, Syria or Afghanistan or on missile defence and the global strategic stability – whereas, the US has trampled on Russia’s vital and legitimate interests and core concerns like a rogue elephant. Amends need to be made. For far too long, Obama chose to tread the trodden path set by Bill Clinton and George W. Bush in the direction of ‘containment’ of Russia.

Sep 25 21:22

Iran’s ‘take’ on Russian build-up in Syria

Things were going splendidly for Israel until Russia arrived on the scene as the great ‘spoiler’.

The first detailed Iranian commentary on the Russian military build-up in Syria appeared in a Fars news agency piece.

The Iranian interpretation runs counter to the story being spread by Israel and right-wing American propagandists that the Russian forces intend to join the war in Syria.

The Israeli media even claimed that the Russian intervention in Syria is in active collaboration with the so-called Quds Force of the IRGC. The Israeli disinformation aims to put pressure on the Barack Obama administration not to coordinate with Russia over Syria.

Sep 25 06:56

Sisi destroys thousands of Egyptian homes in anti-Palestinian campaign

On 27 October 2014, soldiers knocked on the door of an elderly woman in the Egyptian town of Rafah, near the border with the Gaza Strip.

According to Um Muhammad, a neighbor and eyewitness, an officer told the elderly woman that the army would be blowing up her house the next day.

When the woman responded that she and her family had lived there all their lives, the officer said: “That’s it, there’s no time to talk. Move your things from this moment.”

If she didn’t, the officer said, “we’ll below it up with everything inside.”

The woman said a prayer and then told the officer: “You’re kicking us out of our homeland.”

“Go look for another homeland,” the officer retorted. “I don’t want to hear another word.”

Sep 24 12:33

AIPAC’s Democrat Problems Go Beyond Obama

Last week, journalists Josh Rogin and Eli Lake published a piece at Bloomberg Businessweek explaining how the influential pro-Israel lobby AIPAC came to be defeated in the biggest fight in a generation. The story holds important truths. It’s essentially about the tough spot AIPAC was put in by the Obama administration’s hardball tactics to protect the achievement of the nuclear deal with Iran, hardly a surprise given the stakes at hand.

Sep 24 12:22

What the Church could learn from Harley-Davidson

Cut the frills, leave out the unnecessary. Keep it simple, honest and uncompromising...

Give us a new bare-bones, stripped-back, “Dark Custom” Christianity

It’s the journey, not the destination

A million bikers with attitude could tear up the tarmac and thunder through Westminster and Washington to express civil society’s disgust… if they had a mind to.

To quote Harley : “Let’s ride. Grab life by the throttle!”

Sep 23 08:40

Mohamed Fahmy, Canadian journalist, pardoned by Egyptian president

Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who last month lost his second trial on terrorism-related charges, has been pardoned by Egyptian President Adbel Fattah el-Sisi.

Fahmy's wife, Marwa Omara, said she got to break the good news to her husband while she was visiting him in prison earlier today. She had been leaving the facility at the end of their time together when she saw the news of the pardon on television, so she asked the guards to bring Fahmy back.

"Once I told him, he was so happy. He was ... thanking God and he was really smiling," she said.

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