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Apr 29 11:52

BREAKING NEWS: Russia Backs China’s Call To Stop North Korea Nuke Tests In Exchange For Halt In US-South Korea Drills.

This is the key to stopping this war. We must stop military exercises with South Korea. Then Russia and China can get North Korea in line. North Korea has not accepted these exercises from the very beginning.

Apr 29 09:46

Russian Navy to Receive Biggest and Most Unique Nuclear Submarine in the World

The nuclear submarine Project 09852 (Belgorod) will become the largest submarine in the Russian Navy, Russian newspaper Izvestia reported. Its size will outperform the heavy nuclear-powered Typhoon missile cruiser Project 941, currently the largest nuclear submarine according to the Guinness World Records.

Project 09852 is designed to carry out research missions. It will carry uninhabited deep-sea vehicles and bathyscaphes, as well as special scientific equipment. It will be engaged in studying the bottom of the Russian Arctic shelf, searching for minerals at great depths, and also laying underwater communications.

The submarine is being developed based on the unfinished Antey-class strike missile carrier Project 949A. These boats were built in the USSR as a response to the deployment of US aircraft carrier compounds in the global ocean. Twenty “Granit” supersonic anti-ship cruise missile launchers were aboard.

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Russia is a world leader in ocean research. We are all familiar with the Keldysh, the "star" of James Cameron's "Titanic."

Apr 29 09:42

North Korea supports non-nuclear world and owes USA nothing

Can Donald Trump strike a nuclear blow on North Korea (the DPRK)? The analysis of the situation shows that the US can not ignore the positions of Moscow and Beijing that stand strongly against the US attack on the territory of the DPRK. At the same time, Moscow has distanced itself from the North Korean regime by saying that Russia does not accept Pyongyang's nuclear adventures. Nevertheless, Moscow has also warned Washington about the inadmissibility of taking a military action.

Apr 29 09:38

Beneath the waves: Has a sunken Russian ship been sabotaged?

Turkish divers could have found secret reconnaissance equipment and encryption codes on board The Liman after it mysteriously plummeted towards the sea bed in Turkish waters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a valid concern. As I pointed out in "Rivero challenges the NSA", the most difficult part of breaking an enemy code is to figure out the methodology. The Allies in WW2 were not able to break the German Enigma until they captured an actual machine. Once they had that, building another machine to brute force the keys was relatively easy (not to disrespect the work of the people at Bletchley Park, of course).

If I were Russia, I would be deploying updated encryption systems with altered methodologies right now, and in an age of computer codes and software, it is much easier than it would have been for Germany to re-engineer the Enigma and ship out new hardware.

Apr 29 08:31

US Deploys Troops in NE Syria as ‘Buffer’ Between Kurds, Turkey

The US has deployed a number of special forces troops and armored vehicles along the border between Kurdish-held northeast Syria and Turkey, with most of the troops sent to the area around Darbasiya, which was the site of heavy Turkish attacks earlier this week.

Officially, US commanders say the troops are there “monitoring the situation,” though Syrian Kurds say that in practice the US deployment is an attempt to establish a “buffer” to try to limit fighting between the two sides,, which has been raging since Turkey’s airstrikes were carried out.

From Turkey’s perspective, there are two trains of thought on their recent push to attack the Kurdish YPG, who they consider “terrorists.” On the one hand, there seems to be some hope that if they can displace the Kurds enough during the buildup to the invasion of the ISIS capital of Raqqa, the US might agree to change it to a joint US-Turkey operation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think we will continue to see more US troops in Syria, as regime change is definitely back on the table here, in the thinking of the American deep state.

But what happens when US troops run into direct confrontation with the Russian ground troops, which are being deployed there very soon?!?

Russian Ground troops mobilising for deployment in Syria,
25 April, 2017

War with Russia over Syria?!?

This would be completely insane.

Apr 28 15:10

PUTIN UNVEILS "PROJECT 09852," HISTORIC WEAPON THAT PUTS THE ENTIRE WORLD ON NOTICE

Russian President Vladimir Putin has revealed plans to expand Russia’s military, and the additions could have serious implications for the rest of the world.

Apr 28 11:21

Russia says strike on North Korea ‘completely unacceptable’

Moscow tells UN Security Council meeting that any military action to address nuclear proliferation by Pyongyang could have catastrophic consequences.

Russia on Friday warned at the United Nations that military options to address the threat from North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic programs were “completely unacceptable” and would have “catastrophic consequences.”

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told the Security Council that China’s proposals to restart talks with North Korea should be seriously examined and that sanctions alone would not work.

North Korea “is conducting itself in an inappropriate way,” Gatilov told the council. “At the same time, options of using force are completely unacceptable and could lead to catastrophic consequences.”

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As reported by reuters this morning:

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Friday that failure to curb North Korea's nuclear and missile abilities could lead to 'catastrophic consequences,' while China and Russia cautioned Washington against threatening military force to solve the problem. While Washington has pressed Beijing to rein in its ally Pyongyang, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the U.N. Security Council that "the key to solving the nuclear issue on the peninsula does not lie in the hands of the Chinese side." Tillerson urged the 15-member body to act before North Korea does and called on states to sever diplomatic and financial ties with Pyongyang. He said that because China accounted for 90 percent of North Korean trade, its role was particularly important. "Failing to act now on the most pressing security issue in the world may bring catastrophic consequences," Tillerson said in his first remarks to the council as secretary of state. The United States was not pushing for regime change and preferred a negotiated solution, but Pyongyang, for its own sake, should dismantle its nuclear and missile programs, he said. "The threat of a nuclear attack on Seoul, or Tokyo, is real, and it's only a matter of time before North Korea develops the capability to strike the U.S. mainland," Tillerson said. While Tillerson repeated the Trump administration's position that all options are on the table if Pyongyang persists with its nuclear and missile development, Yi said military threats would not help.

The question is, with the South Korean elections just a little over a week away, and one of the front-runners being an avowed advocate of the "Sunshine Policy", which promotes engagement with North Korea, just how long will the US give the UN Security Council to vote for these sanctions they are demanding, with a sure and certain knowledge that Russia and China will either abstain, or vote no?!?

The Security Council process can be glacial.

Apr 28 10:06

9/11 Destroyed America Conspiracy Buzz — Paul Craig Roberts

In America, telling the truth has become more dangerous than ever … even deadly to one’s career. “It comes at a high cost that hardly any can afford.” Why have we allowed a tiny handful of neoconservatives to destroy multiple Middle Eastern countries, along with whatever civil liberties we once had in America? Neoconservatives are a tiny number of people. No more than a dozen are of any consequence. Yet they have used America to murder millions. And now they are fomenting war with Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea. The world would never survive such a war. Are Americans so insouciant that they will stand aside while a dozen neoconservatives destroy the world?

Apr 28 10:02

Mounting Incitements to War With Russia

Nation contributing editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. (Previous installments, now in their fourth year, are at TheNation.com). This installment expands upon last week’s, which focused on several highly questionable Washington narratives that imply the necessity of war with Russia. When later asked which of these allegations was the most dangerous, Cohen responds, in this installment, that their number is increasing and with them the risk of war. He itemizes the Cold War narratives, or allegations, now propounded by the US political-media establishment:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "blame Russia for everything not going right for American geopolitics" is both disingenuous in the extreme, and completely, utterly wrong.

But just because something is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing the US government could possibly do, unfortunately, is utterly no guarantee that the US government won't do it.

And a war with Russia right now would be idiotically suicidal for the American government to do, and I say this as someone who cares very much about the future of her country.

The reasons are painfully obvious; right now, the US military doesn't have the troop strength; the weaponry; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

And secondly, Americans have become very war-weary, and war-skeptical, in evaluating the horrific messes the US military has left in places like Afghanistan; Iraq; Somalia; and Libya.

And that fact that Americans understand, incontrovertibly, that they were lied to in order to start the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, means that they can never, ever trust anything agents of the US government say ever again.

So to all those who seem to have gone foaming-at-the-mouth, barking-dog mad, in terms of both government officials and their presstitutes, attempting to "sell" your Russophobia, a word, please; you have utterly flushed your credibility with your lies, and have therefore become completely irrelevant in terms of moving the American geopolitical process forward.

Apr 28 09:28

BREAKING: Personal message from Xi Jinping to Vladimir Putin: our friendship is unbreakable

Chinese President Xi Jinping sends personal message of friendship to Russian President Putin on China's behalf, scotching attempt by US to make trouble between them.

Apr 28 09:15

Sanctions War: Russia Loses $50Bln, West Loses $100Bln

Western countries have lost over $100 billion over three years from the sanctions applied against Russia over the Ukrainian crisis, compared with up to $55 billion lost by Russia, UN Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of the unilateral coercive measures Idriss Jazairy said Friday.

"The sanctioning countries lose more income from sanctions than the targeted country over $100 against $50-$55 billion. The loss of income of Russia from the sanctions, a very rough rule of thumb to apply would be to say that the GDP of Russia has lost about 1 percent as a result of sanctions. Since the GDP of Russia is about $1.7 trillion, the GDP loss of income over three years is about between $50-$55 billion," Jazairy said during a press conference.

Apr 28 09:14

Merkel Visits Sochi to Save Minsk Agreements As Kiev's Violations Continue

In order to save the Minsk Agreements which she was so instrumental in bringing about, the German Chancellor needs to change her position and put pressure on Kiev to fulfil its obligations, Alexander Rahr, director of the German-Russian Forum, told Sputnik Deutschland.

Apr 28 09:02

Russian ground forces in Syria?

Israel is getting more blatant about their support for anti-Assad jihadis. It's probably all part of the coalition plan. And I doubt we and the Turks have given up on that jihadi-filled festering sore around Idlib. As many of us know, the R+6 does not have the forces in place to address all these threats at once. The Russians need to tip the balance soon.

Apr 28 09:01

Russia, Japan call for resumption of talks on Korean settlement

Leaders of Russia and Japan have called for an urgent resumption of multi-party talks to find a solution to the current crisis in the Korean Peninsula.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday that they were seeking de-escalation in the Korean conflict, admitting that the situation had seriously deteriorated over the past weeks.

Putin urged all sides of the crisis to refrain from any provocation that could further deteriorate the situation. He also said the surge in hostilities had made it necessary for all stakeholders to embark on renewed efforts to find a solution to the conflict.

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Putin and Abe are behaving like the adults in the room right now.

However, that being said, I cannot imagine on what the Vegas odds are of talks restarting at this moment in time.

Last month, Secretary of State Tillerson rejected talks with North Korea until they stop their nuclear weapons program, which is absolutely a non-starter for North Korea, because such weapons have been developed as a deterrent to an American strike against it.

Rex Tillerson Rejects Talks With North Korea on Nuclear Program

The 9th of May, the date when South Korea holds its elections, is coming up quickly; it's one week from this Tuesday.

IF, in fact, the US is going to engineer a false flag to blame against North Korea as the "justification" for an attack against it, they are going to have to do it very, very soon, unless the US government is determined to bend the South Korean election results to its liking; and it appears that this is very much the case.

Because all of a sudden, out of no where, we have a "dark horse" candidate, Ahn Cheol-soo, who is "surging" in the polls. As reported at the New York Times on 14 April, 2017:

Mr. Ahn, a boyish former medical doctor and relative neophyte in politics, calls himself a champion of “new politics” who would heal a country disillusioned with what he describes as a corrupt and out-of-touch elite. But his detractors call him a “stooge” for old politics, beholden to conservative allies of former President Park Geun-hye, whose impeachment and ouster last month led to the election. Polling experts say that Mr. Ahn owed his recent popularity to people who shunned conservative candidates after Ms. Park’s corruption scandal but did not trust Mr. Moon either, especially in dealing with North Korea’s advancing military abilities. Mr. Ahn has wooed those people by attacking Ms. Park’s government while promising to honor its decision to allow the United States to deploy an advanced missile defense system in the country against the North, a decision that has infuriated China.

So, if this guy is able to pull off a "come from behind" win (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) the US will have a little more latitude in terms of timing on a military campaign, or taking other steps, against North Korea.

Rigging foreign elections is nothing new to the American deep state.

So the question becomes, will the American deep state take the chance that this man can actually win the South Korean election, or will the possibility he may not be able to, drive them to a pre-emptive strike?!?

We'll know very soon, I predict.

Apr 28 08:06

‘Putin is not Assad’s lawyer, he is advocate of international law’

Russian President Vladimir Putin is not a lawyer of Syrian leader Bashar Assad. Dmitry Peskov, an official spokesman for the Russian president, said that Putin was an "advocate and defender of international law."

It is the principles of international law, rather than interests of individual politicians, that the Russian president defends, Peskov added.

Russia's position in relation to Syria has not changed. According to Peskov, Russia excludes interference of third countries into internal affairs of sovereign states. It is only the people of Syria who can decide the fate of their country, Peskov added.

Apr 28 08:06

USA’s military pressure on North Korea threatens global catastrophe

"Switching from polemics to power actions is unacceptable. I do not think one has to be an expert to understand that the military scenario to resolve the situation on the Korean Peninsula will trigger a colossal global catastrophe in all dimensions," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova said.

Apr 28 07:55

Russia reacts to possible nuclear strike from USA

Russia will be able to give a tough answer to a nuclear strike that the United States may inflict on Russia, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, Franz Klintsevich said, RIA Novosti reports.

The senator has thus commented on the statement from first deputy head of the Main Operations Directorate of Russia's General Staff, Gen. Viktor Poznikhir. According to the general, the US missile defense system in Europe creates an opportunity for a sudden nuclear attack on Russia.

According to Klintsevich, the general sent a clear signal to the US leadership and warned the United States any any development of events will not come as a surprise to Russia. "I think that this reminder will not be superfluous. Let them know what we know, so to speak," the senator wrote on his Facebook page.

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The reason North Korea (and everyone else) want nuclear weapons; to PREVENT invasion and war!

Apr 28 05:57

Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China

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As I explained previously, the theory behind this insane scheme is that after America’s preemptive strike Russia will be so devastated that Russia would not retaliate with any remaining forces out of fear that Washington would launch a second major strike. Washington also plans to use agents in place to assassinate as many members as possible of the Russian government, thus leaving the government in confusion without leadership.

Yes, the insane American/Israeli neoconservatives are this determined to exercise hegemony over the world.

Thanks for the confirmation Paul, we are ruled by psycho-sociopaths! UP NEXT: The "CHARLIE MANSON - JEFFREY DAHMER COMMUNITY-FAMILY-CHILD-HEALTH CARE REFORM ACT" and how it will effect you.

Apr 27 15:09

New spin of North Korea-Syria ‘axis of evil’ points to US war

US media reports this week blamed North Korea for having a dastardly role in an alleged chemical weapons massacre in Syria. As if the two countries could not be demonized enough. The latest spin of the “axis of evil” suggests Washington is hell-bent on war.
Demonize, dehumanize, destroy. That’s the logic being throttled by the Trump administration toward both North Korea and Syria. This week war hawk US Senator Lyndsey Graham after a dinner with President Trump referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a “nutjob,” while Trump earlier labeled Syrian leader Bashar Assad an “animal.”

Now the two “evil dictators” are bonded in US media reports for complicity in the alleged chemical weapons attack earlier this month in Syria’s Idlib Province, where it is claimed Assad’s armed forces dropped toxic munitions on civilians, killing up to 80.

The supplier of the alleged chemical weapons in Syria is the “Kim Jong-un regime” in North Korea, according to US reports.

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The demonisation of Russia, North Korea, and Syria continues apace, in preparation for war.

The war against North Korea will have an incredibly horrific cost in blood and money.

The war against Syria will almost certainly lead to war against Russia, which is readying ground troops for Syria as I type this, and most probably the reinstatement of the US draft for both our young men and our young women.

But there is one factor the American Deep State is not considering; Americans have become war-weary, and war-skeptical, and may well not be willing to "buy into" war against either country, no matter how dramatic a next false flag the US creates to sell their wars may be.

Apr 27 11:47

At The Threshold Of War: “The Choice Is Not Up To Us Anymore… It Is Being Decided Upon At This Very Moment”

In the meantime, the Russians are beginning to redeploy ground troops to Syria. It appears that the U.S. is going to be pushed into a war in one theater or another by the progressives masquerading as conservatives. This brings to mind the ratiocination for the initiation of hostilities in either theater. For North Korea, it is simple: The North Koreans are one of the three nations not involved in the global banking cartel. In addition, a war will increase U.S. hegemony in the area regardless of what happens to South Korea or Japan in the aftermath.

Apr 27 11:39

‘Wishful thinking’: Kremlin dismisses reports of Putin-Trump meeting in May

No preparations are being made for a meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, the Kremlin spokesman said, commenting on media reports that the Russian and US presidents would meet in May.

“This isn’t the case,” Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said when addressed on the issue by journalists on Thursday.

He called reports on the planned meeting between Putin and Trump “wishful thinking” on the part of the authors.

Earlier, Putin said that Trump had failed to make good on his campaign promises to mend relations with Russia.

Apr 27 09:37

OH SNAP! REX TILLERSON JUST THREATENED PUTIN WITH SOMETHING HUGE! THIS IS IT...

Danny Gold for Liberty Writers reports, Today Rex Tillerson proved to the world that he has no great love for Russia by laying out an ultimatum that would shake even Putin to the core. The State Department revealed that in a late-night call Secretary Tillerson made his demands.

Apr 26 15:03

PUTIN WARNED BY US: Sanctions WILL continue until Crimea is returned, vows Tillerson

REX Tillerson has ramped up the rhetoric over Russia by claiming sanctions will not be lifted until Crimea is returned to Ukraine.

Apr 26 13:44

HOLY CRAP! RUSSIA IS COOKING UP SOMETHING MASSIVE IN THEIR SHIPYARDS! THIS IS BAD!!!

Russia has announced plans to build 'the world's biggest aircraft carrier' to take on America's Nimitz class ships. The new Shtorm craft, known as Project 23E000E, could cost up to $17.5billion each and enter service by 2030, state media reports

Apr 26 13:36

Monitor Killed In Eastern Ukraine After Mission Car Hits Mine – OSCE Chairman

A car belonging to the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) exploded after driving over a mine.

Apr 26 10:57

MILITARY COOPERATION superpowers: Russia began delivering S-400 to China

Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation confirmed the beginning of realization of the contract on the S-400 to China, said the press service of Russia FSVTS.
"FSVTS is confirmed that 'Rosoboronexport' acts in accordance with the terms of the contract signed", according to the FSVTS.

China has become the first customer for the S-400. Signing the contract was published in the spring of 2015. According to the media, the total sum of the deal was about $ 3 billion.
Earlier, the media, referring to the general director of "Rosoboronexport" Aleksandra Micah, said that Russia has begun to implement an agreement on deliveries of S-400 China.

Apr 26 10:36

‘No Data To Support Notion That Gen. Flynn Complied With The Law’ On Russia Disclosures

Disgraced former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn may have broken the law by failing to disclose payments from foreign governments on his clearance application, House Oversight Committee members have said, setting off a spat with the White House.

Apr 26 09:59

Is “Mad Dog” Planning to Invade East Syria?

The Pentagon’s plan for seizing and occupying territory in east Syria is beginning to take shape. According to a Fox News exclusive: “The Islamic State has essentially moved its so-called capital in Syria… ISIS is now centered in Deir ez-Zur, roughly 90 miles southeast of Raqqa, the officials said.” (“ISIS moves its capital in Syria”, FOX News )

The move by ISIS corresponds to the secretive massing of US troops and military equipment on the Syria-Jordan border. It creates the perfect pretext for a ground invasion followed by a long-term military occupation in an area that Washington has sought to control for the last 18 months. Here’s more on the topic from South Front:

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Ah, but there is one reality the author of this article fails to mention; that is the (invited) Russian military presence in Syria.

And I think the question that Sec-Def Mattis must address is, how far will the Russians go to defend the Al-Assad government against this American invasion of sovereign Syria?!?

My thought would be, as far as it takes, even if it literally going to war with the US over Syria.

And this is a war which our American military may well lose; and I say that because at this point in its history, the American military doesn't have the troop strength; the weaponry; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

Apr 26 09:05

Trump’s Aggressions In Syria Will Have Long-Term Consequences

As I have noted in response to the latest U.S. government aggressions in the Middle East, Donald Trump’s short-sighted military actions in Syria are not based on rational thought but on emotionalism, his feeling terrible about the children and other innocent victims of the chemical attack in Syria this week. But this is purely selective emotionalism, given that he doesn’t seem so concerned about all the innocent victims of his own drone bombings that he has been authorizing since he was sworn in as President.

Trump is also not concerned for the probable long-term results of his warmongering now. History indicates that the situation will only get worse from here, as we have seen with Iraq.

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What is most troubling to me, in Syria, is that it appears to be just a matter of time before Russia sends ground troops here, and Russia signalled its readiness to do so just yesterday:

Russia Ready To Send Ground Troops To Syria: FARS

US ground troops in combat with Russian ground troops in Syria?!?

I'm frankly not betting against this, at some near future point.

Apr 26 08:49

Turkey Cannot Fight PKK at Expense of Counter-Daesh Fight - US State Dept.

Turkey cannot fight the Kurdistan People’s Party (PKK) at the expense of the regional fight to defeat the Islamic State, also known as Daesh (banned in Russia), acting US Department of State spokesperson Mark Toner said in a briefing on Tuesday.

"We’re also cognizant of the threat that the PKK poses to Turkey but again the point we made to Turkey and I’m making now is that Turkey cannot pursue that fight at the expense of our common fight against the terrorists that threaten us all," Toner told reporters.

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IF the PKK were legitimised in Turkey, and given the opportunity for true representation, this would not be an issue; unfortunately, the Kurds have been persecuted and marginalised in every possible way, and Turkey is paying the price for it.

U.N. Accuses Turkey of Killing Hundreds of Kurds

Apr 26 08:29

Does Rachel Maddow Want Russia Bombed?

Maddow goes on and on demonizing Russia and Putin. She airs for free and in its entirety a television ad that refers to as fact “Putin’s attacks on our democracy.” Then she credits the ad, which asked no questions, with raising legitimate questions. Then Maddow declares that there will be an investigation into “Russia’s efforts to influence our election on Trump’s behalf,” which assumes as fact all the evidence-free claims and then piles on the claim to know Russia’s motivation. Yet, later Maddow’s theory devolves into just the possibility that some little fragment within all these evidence-free accusations could be true — and it would be over that fragment that a Russian was arrested for treason. Maddow struggles at this point to make the chronology work, since the arrest was in early December. Yet she asserts as simple fact that the treason arrest was in fact a response to U.S. election tampering.

Apr 26 07:59

MiG-31 interceptor crashes in Siberia, both pilots ejected – Russian MoD

A MiG-31 military plane has crashed in the Russian Republic of Buryatia, western Siberia. Both pilots managed to eject, the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding that their lives are not in danger.

Apr 26 07:11

‘Safe Zone’ In Syria: A Ploy to Ignite a New Battle Front

It hardly comes as a surprise anymore that the US and its allies in the Middle East are seeking to partition Syria in whichever means possible. However, the anti-American alliance of Syria, Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah dubbed the “Axis of Resistance” stands to oppose that division.

‘With Syria in pieces, it’s time to recognize Israel’s Annexation of the Golan’ read a headline at the Jerusalem Post on April 20 citing Israeli Deputy Minister for diplomacy Michael Oren who claimed that it is time for the world to recognize the Golan Heights as part of the Israeli entity. Even the Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reaffirmed his country’s claim over the Golan Heights during summit talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month on March 10, 2017. Netanyahu blatantly claimed that the occupied “Golan is part of Israel and we will stay there for the world to acknowledge it as so”.

Apr 26 07:08

'Depressing': Russia Sees No Attempts by NATO to Restore Dialogue

Russia does not see any attempts on the part of NATO to restore military dialogue with Moscow, Russia's Permanent Representative to NATO Alexander Grushko said Wednesday speaking at the Moscow Conference on International Security.

"The situation in this sense is depressing, we do not see any attempts to restore dialogue between the militaries on the part of the alliance," Grushko said.

Apr 26 07:02

Russia's All European Strategic Sites 'to Be in the Crosshairs' of US Tomahawks

All of European Russia's strategic sites will be in the crosshairs of US cruise missiles if its missile defense system in Poland is armed with Tomahawks, Russian Chief of General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov said Wednesday.

Gerasimov said that the global defense system's Aegis Ashore land-based component in Romania stations "universal launchers capable of launching not only interceptor missiles but also 'Tomahawk' cruise missiles."

Apr 26 06:42

Complete Control Established Over Palmyra, Terrorists Suffer Serious Damage

"In a month and a half, the [Syrian] government forces <…> completely destroyed a Daesh terror group, advanced more than 60 kilometers and established complete control over Palmyra. The terrorists suffered serious damage," Rudskoy said.

Apr 26 06:41

Russia Has Withdrawn Almost Half of Its Air Group From Syria's Hmeymim Airbase

Russia has withdrawn almost half of its air grouping originally based at the Hmeymim facility in Syria, the Russian General Staff said Wednesday.

Apr 26 06:38

Poroshenko hopes Trump will strike Donbass

Armed troops to the Donbass, which the Kiev administration immediately requested from the Americans, following the explosion of the OSCE vehicle n Lugansk. This is needed for the implementation of something that the Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly announced, a repetition of the "Croatian scenario." A cleansing of sorts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of its people.

Apr 26 06:37

Trump Wants Regime Change in Syria

In March 2011, Obama launched war on Syria to destroy its sovereignty and replace Assad with pro-Western puppet rule.

Trump upped the stakes. He escalated war, increased US terror-bombing, and doubled the number of US forces on the ground ahead of likely larger numbers coming.

His hugely dangerous war plan risks direct confrontation with Russia. Instead of governing responsibly, he’s recklessly risking possible nuclear war in the Middle East and on the Korean peninsula.

Apr 26 06:35

After Its Nuclear Attack, the UK Would be 'Wiped Off the Face of the Earth'

British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon recently confirmed that his Prime Minister Theresa May is prepared to use nuclear weapons in a first strike attack in "the most extreme circumstances." Commenting on the remark, Russian parliamentarian Frants Klintsevich warned of the devastating consequences of such an action.

Apr 25 22:39

This Could 'Sink' the U.S. Navy: Lethal Stealth Submarines

Recent history shows only too clearly the challenge the United States and other modern navies are facing from these heavily armed, ‘stealth’ submarines. Back as far as 2005, the U.S. Navy recognized the challenge and reached out to friends and allies for help. It was that year that the HMS Gotland, a modern AIP submarine serving in the Swedish Navy, made its home in California for a year.

Apr 25 20:11

Nuclear town set up to create weapons-grade plutonium in Russia engulfed in fire

A RUSSIAN nuclear town dubbed the ‘Iron City’ built to supply weapons-grade plutonium is ablaze after ferocious wildfires ripped through the area.

Apr 25 15:52

‘Nothing but fake news:’ Kremlin dismisses claims Russia-linked hackers 'targeted Macron campaign'

Moscow has dismissed allegations suggesting it is involved in cyber attacks against the campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron.

"It resembles the accusations made by Washington, which to this day remain hollow, doing no honor to the people making them," Russian presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said, as cited by TASS.

On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that Japan-based anti-virus research group Trend Micro said the campaign of Macron's En Marche! movement was "targeted by Russia-linked hackers."

Apr 25 15:32

US F-35 Fighter Jets Deploying To Estonia In Signal To Russia

The US Air Force is deploying F-35 jets to Estonia, putting the service’s newest fighter jets even closer to Russia’s doorstep.

F-35A stealth Joint Strike Fighters will fly from a base in the United Kingdom to Estonia, which has an almost 200-mile-long border with Russia, an official told CNN on condition of anonymity.

Apr 25 15:30

US F-35 fighter jets deploy to Estonia in signal to Russia

The US Air Force is deploying F-35 jets to Estonia, putting the service’s newest fighter jets even closer to Russia’s doorstep.

F-35A stealth Joint Strike Fighters flew from a base in the United Kingdom to Estonia, which has an almost 200-mile-long border with Russia.

The advanced aircraft flew from Hill Air Force Base in Utah to Royal Air Force’s Lakenheath airfield earlier this month.

Officials noted at the time that the Air Force also planned several “out and back” flights to other NATO nations that would help familiarize pilots with the region.

Apr 25 15:24

The Russians are Coming! No wait, it’s the Zombies! No, the Nazis are BACK!

According to Bloomberg, Vladimir Putin is “quietly” annexing the Donbass region into Mother Russia. Meanwhile, NATO is holding a parliamentary assembly in the middle of icebound nowhere. Here in Germany the geniuses in charge of the government have created a “Ministry of Truth” in order to suppress deadly populism. Terror still grips us, North Korea is set to start Armageddon, and America’s Rex Tillerson has an Exxon plan for Syria. In short, Trump changed nothing. Here we are, still caught in Alice’s Wonderland.

Apr 25 15:23

The Russians are Coming! No wait, it’s the Zombies! No, the Nazis are BACK!

According to Bloomberg, Vladimir Putin is “quietly” annexing the Donbass region into Mother Russia. Meanwhile, NATO is holding a parliamentary assembly in the middle of icebound nowhere. Here in Germany the geniuses in charge of the government have created a “Ministry of Truth” in order to suppress deadly populism. Terror still grips us, North Korea is set to start Armageddon, and America’s Rex Tillerson has an Exxon plan for Syria. In short, Trump changed nothing. Here we are, still caught in Alice’s Wonderland.

Apr 25 15:16

Why Washington is Terrified of Russia, China

The Russia-China strategic partnership, uniting the Pentagon's avowed top two "existential" threats to America, does not come with a formal treaty signed with pomp, circumstance - and a military parade.

Apr 25 10:38

Ukrainian Army Continues its Advance into Donbass

The Ukrainian army continues to increase its activity in the east of the country in the combat zone between the Ukrainian armed forces and the Luhansk People’s Republic’s units. Thus, in the morning of April 23 a patrol vehicle of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) blew up on a mine in not controlled by Kiev Slavyanoserbsky district of the Lugansk region. As a result of the explosion, a US citizen working as a medical officer of the mission was killed and two mission employees were injured.

Being unable to conduct active armed actions, Kiev focused its efforts on asymmetric combat operations against the Donbass insurgents through sabotage actions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So THIS is what Trump's White House, and Rex Tillerson are supporting by supporting the Ukraine?!? Assassinations and terroristic activities by Ukrainian troops?!?

These activities are a testament to the ultimate, inescapable reality that no matter who sits in the Oval Office, the American Deep State, and its paranoiac, warmongering nature, never changes.

This is why, when people from all areas of the political spectrum in this country believe that their votes will bring a change for more peaceful resolutions of geopolitical issues, what they get is ... more wars.

We are potentially looking at war against North Korea; more war in Yemen; war in Somalia; war against Iran; war in Syria; and ultimately, war against China and Russia, to prevent the rise of the yuan and the ruble against the American dollar.

Under President Trump's watch, I thoroughly expect to see the reinstitution of the draft; and this time, the government will not just be coming for our young men; they will be coming for our young women also.

Apr 25 09:21

Tillerson: Sanctions on Russia Will Remain ‘Until Crimea Is Returned’

Hopes that the US sanctions against Russia would be quickly rolled back when President Trump was elected in November didn’t pan out, and the latest comments from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggest that the administration has no intention of removing the sanctions at all.

Speaking with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko over the weekend, Tillerson reported told him that the US sanctions on Russia will remain wholly in place “until Russia returns control of the Crimean peninsula to Ukraine.” Needless to say, Russia isn’t going to do that.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Secretary of State Tillerson, a word, please.

The reason Crimea seceded from Ukraine, is that in 2014, the US/EU/IMF/Soros-backed putsch threw out the democratically elected Yanukovych as President, and - in an election more crooked than a dog's hind leg - replaced him with Poroshenko, a western-centric thug tasked with the agenda of moving Ukraine away from Russia's sphere of influence.

President Obama even admitted that the US government helped in this process.

Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

And Victoria Nuland publicly confessed how much money the US had spent to destabilise Ukraine.

Victoria Nuland's Admits Washington Has Spent $5 Billion to "Subvert Ukraine"

Mr. Tillerson, one cannot unsee/unhear the above incontrovertible facts.

It was because Crimean officials understood that after the "anointing" of Poroshenko, there was no legitimate government in Kiev, that they did the referendum, and petitioned the Russian Federation to become a member; cause and effect, sir.

And your not accepting that Crimea had the right to peaceful self-determination, which is enshrined in the the UN Charter, kind of makes this country look like a horse's rear end, to the rest of the world; the hypocrisy is palpable.

When a country is a signatory to the UN, that country cannot pick and choose which elements of the charter it will observe, and which ones it will not honor.

And BTW, are you aware that the sanctions have done nothing but help to Russia stabilise, economically, and draw Russia into a closer financial and military relationship with China?!?

IF those are NOT the results you wanted these sanctions to have, I would strongly suggest that you reconsider these sanctions, as they seem to have had the polar opposite effects from those which were originally intended.

Apr 25 08:55

US General Thinks Russia Must Be Arming the Taliban

The Afghan War is going extremely poorly, 16 years in, and the US military needs someone to blame for its failures. The first choice among a lot of top military figures seems to be Russia, and while they offer no evidence to back up their claims, several have alleged that Russia might conceivably be arming the Taliban.

US commandeer Gen. John Nicholson appeared to be joining that camp today during comments in Kabul, complaining about the “malign influence” of Russia in the country, and insisting that he was “not refuting” allegations of Russia shipping weapons to the Taliban.

“Not refuting” is a very weak version of alleging, in this case, as US officials have offered no evidence that this is the case, nor any plausible reason why Russia would conceivably do this, as Russia fought materially the same insurgency during the 1970s and 1980s.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reality here is that the war in Afghanistan was stupidly conceived, through a toxic combination of magical thinking, illogic, and a pathological inability to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion, and horribly executed, by the US and NATO, which still occupy the country today.

Blaming Russia for the US and NATO's failures in Afghanistan sound both like desperation on the cusp of madness, and a ramping up of the demonisation of Russia ahead of a potential attack against it, without any tangible evidence that these accusations are true.

What US and NATO leadership should do, from the most rational perspective, is to cut their losses; have all foreign troops leave Afghanistan, as quickly as it is safe to do so; then negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for pipeline rights, and access to Afghanistan's rich mineral deposits.

Of course, that....would be logical.

Apr 25 08:13

More war drums, and a big Russian threat

Glazyev wagers that the U.S. is currently conducting “a hybrid war with the entire world to shift their debt burden on to other countries, to confine everyone to the dollar and weaken territories they cannot control.” -- He added: “In this context, the anti-Russian hysteria and growing Russophobia can be seen as a long-term factor linked with the specific interests of the United States’ ruling elite.”

Apr 25 07:50

FORMER CIA CHIEF JUST DROPPED RUSSIA BOMBSHELL THAT NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT

As tensions between the U.S. and Russia continue to escalate, former CIA and National Security Director Michael Hayden says Russia has a lot more to lose if a conflict were to break out.

Apr 25 07:46

Russian FM Lavrov: The world is on the edge of destruction

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov believes that the current situation in international relations is harder than it was at the peak of the Cold War.

"Of course, it is tougher now ... Then there were two empires: the Western and the Soviet one, and each of them was fueling conflicts with the rival on the territory of third countries, but never within its borders and never directly. Even the public rhetoric was softer. The two camps did not cross the bounds of what was permitted. Today, there are no more rules," Sergei Lavrov told Esquire magazine.

Apr 25 07:35

UK threat of nuclear strike deserves harsh response: Russia MP

A Russian lawmaker has reacted sharply to remarks by British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon about the UK’s readiness to launch a preemptive nuclear strike against “enemies,” stressing that the comments deserve a “tough response.”

Apr 24 15:25

31% Of Americans View Russia As ‘Greatest Danger’ To US, Highest Rate In 3 Decades – Poll

Answering an open-ended question, 31% of Americans said Russia currently represents the “greatest danger” to the US, according to a new poll. It is the highest percentage of Americans expressing this sentiment in nearly three decades.

Apr 24 11:57

Why Washington is Terrified of Russia, China

Russia and China already have established systems to do global trade bypassing the US dollar. What Washington did to Iran — cutting their banks off SWIFT – is now unthinkable against Russia and China.

So we're already on our way, slowly but surely, towards a BRICS "gold marketplace." A "new financial architecture" is being built. That will imply the eventual inability of the US Fed to export inflation to other nations – especially those included in BRICS, EEU and SCO.

The Hollow Men

Retired U.S. Marine Corps General James Mattis testifies before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination to serve as defense secretary in Washington, U.S. January 12, 2017
© REUTERS/ JONATHAN ERNST
US Defense Secretary Accuses Damascus of Retaining Chemical Weapons

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hoping - and praying - that Escobar is correct in his assessment; however, there are too many people in the bowels of power in DC who want to see this war with North Korea happen, followed by regime change in Pyongyang.

Apr 24 11:15

Russia’s Support For E Ukraine ‘Obstacle’ In Washington-Moscow Ties

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Russia’s “actions” in eastern Ukraine serve as an “obstacle” in ties between the administration of US President Donald Trump and the Kremlin.

Apr 24 08:25

Confronting Russophobia

There is a paranoid, hysterical quality to the public discourse on Russia and all things Russian in today’s America. The corporate media machine and its Deep State handlers have abdicated reason and common decency in favor of raw hate and fear-mongering. We have not seen anything like it before, even in the darkest days of the Cold War.

Apr 24 07:46

How the U.S. Government Spins the Story

Sounds like we’ve heard it all before, because we have, back in August 2013, and that turned out to be less than convincing. Skepticism is likewise mounting over current White House claims that Damascus used a chemical weapon against civilians in the village of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province on April 4th. Shortly after the more recent incident, President Donald Trump, possibly deriving his information from television news reports, abruptly stated that the government of President Bashar al-Assad had ordered the attack. He also noted that the use of chemicals had “crossed many red lines” and hinted that Damascus would be held accountable. Twenty-four hours later retribution came in the form of the launch of 59 cruise missiles directed against the Syrian airbase at Sharyat. The number of casualties, if any, remains unclear and the base itself sustained only minor damage amidst allegations that many of the missiles had missed their target.

Apr 24 07:19

Iran ready for Shanghai Pact full membership – Russian FM Lavrov

Russia strongly backs Iranian membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), now that UN Security Council sanctions have been lifted from the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.

Iran is ready to become a full-fledged member of the organization, Lavrov said Friday during an SCO Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in Astana. Tehran has “settled the problem of the UN Security Council sanctions and hence fully meets the SCO membership criteria,” according to Lavrov.

Apr 24 07:11

Liberté d'expression? RT crew blocked from Macron HQ despite press requests

RT was not allowed into the headquarters of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, despite earlier being promised accreditation by his team.

Correction: Initially, it was incorrectly stated in the story that the Ruptly crew was also denied access. It eventually turned out that RT's video agency received press credentials moments before voting began.

Apr 24 00:28

Is the FBI Spying on Ron Paul?

Why should we not expect the FBI to bear down upon outspoken critics of U.S. foreign policy like Ron Paul?

Apr 23 07:51

Kremlin advisor reveals 'cure for US aggression'

"The more aggressive the Americans are the sooner they will see the final collapse of the dollar as the only way for the victims of American aggression to stop this aggression is to get rid of the dollar. As soon as we and China are through with the dollar, it will be the end of the United States’ military might," Sergey Glazyev said in an interview with TASS.

Apr 23 07:34

Did Russia Shoot Down US Missiles In Syria

In an exclusive video interview with RiskHedge, a long-time geopolitical expert says there is an alternate story making the rounds about the United States’ April 7 missile strike on Syria’s Shayrat Airbase in response to the Syrian regime’s alleged use of sarin gas on its own people.

“Not all missiles made their target,” says Dr. Theodore Karasik, a senior advisor to Gulf State Analytics. “There were supposed to be 60. One malfunctioned on one of the ships. 36 made target, the remainder did not. And, there’s a question of where did they go?”

Dr. Karasik, a former senior political scientist in the International Policy and Security Group at RAND Corporation, spent the last decade in the Middle East and retains an extensive network in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, 36 missed. Only 23 made the target. Of the 36 that missed, some are known to have hit three nearby villages.

Apr 22 20:24

US House Speaker Paul Ryan: Russia probe will help US allies

US House Speaker Paul Ryan says one of the reasons the US Congress has launched a thorough investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 US election is to "prevent the same kind of thing happening" to its NATO and other allies.

Apr 22 11:37

FOR SECOND DAY IN A ROW, PUTIN SENDS STRONG MESSAGE TO TRUMP THAT HAS THE AIR FORCE ON ALERT

For the second day in a row, two long-range Russian bombers were spotted off the coast of Alaska Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. military announced.

Apr 22 09:37

Netanyahu Meets Mattis, Lauds 'Change in U.S. Leadership, Policy' in Mideast

Meeting took place after U.S. defense chief Mattis sat down with Israeli counterpart in Tel Aviv, said Iran continues to threaten Israel with ballistic missiles.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Jerusalem on Friday.

Prior to the meeting Netanyahu said that he sees a "great change" in the direction of U.S. policy in the Middle East, lauding Mattis and President Donald Trump's recent statements on Iran as well as U.S. action against Syria's use of chemical weapons. "It's appreciated around the world and in our region," Netanyahu said, according to a press release. 

"I think this is a welcome change, a strategic change in U.S. leadership and policy," the prime minister said, according to the press release.
Netanyahu also said that Israel and the U.S. both face the "double threat" of "radical Islam," referring to Iran and ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I've just done a double-palmed faceplant, at warp speed, upon reading this.

IF Tehran has ballistic missiles pointed at Israel, don't tell me for one second that Israel doesn't have ballistic missiles pointed at Iran!!

And to conflate the Wahhabi-flavored radicalised Islam of ISIS with the moderate Shia Islam of Iran?!?

Does Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu begin to comprehend how completely idiotic this comparison sounds, for anyone with two brain cells to rub together?!?

And as I mentioned in a previous post yesterday, from the Israeli government's perspective, it is the US government which must, with its blood and money, achieve Israel's regional geopolitical objectives, and that includes "neutralising" Iran for it.

But between Iran's robust self-defense posture and capabilities, and the reality that if attacked militarily, Russia will come to its aid, this Israeli demand to the US may be too great a chasm to cross, at least for the moment.

Apr 22 08:34

Western states block Russia’s initiatives to investigate Syria chemical attack

Russia continues to insist on investigation into the chemical attack in Syria's Idlib Province. However, Western countries block Russia's initiatives on the matter. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, without explanation, blocked Russia's suggestions to send experts to the area of the alleged chemical attack, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

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Apr 22 08:15

US Democrats’ Hysterical New Low: Vladimir Putin Is Laughing at Us!

A Democratic organization is attempting to pressure Republicans to support their Russian witch hunt with a series of absurdly cartoonish radio ads claiming that Russian President Vladimir Putin is “laughing at us".

The organization, American Bridge 21st Century Foundation, is running the ads in the districts of three House Republicans – Rep. Martha McSally, Rep. Will Hurd and Rep. John Katko – in the hopes that they will support an investigation into US President Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.

Apr 22 08:04

"Russia Today" cancels contract with Reuters, too many lies

"Russia Today" is cancelling their contract with Reuters after the British news agency published an article titled "Russian intervention in US elections" with unsubstantiated accusations against News agency Sputnik .

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We all need to stop doing business with the liars!

Apr 22 07:53

Why Washington is Terrified of Russia, China

Diplomats, off the record, occasionally let it slip there may have been a coded message delivered to NATO to the effect that if one of the strategic members is seriously harassed — be it in Ukraine or in the South China Sea – NATO will have to deal with both.

Apr 22 07:52

'Putin ready to QUIT' - Russian leader refuses to deny letter claiming he will stand aside

He is ready to anoint Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of the Russian parliament, as his chosen successor as president, it is suggested, but there are fears the text could be a dirty trick involving warring rivals close to the powerful leader.

President Putin was evidently caught by surprise when confronted with the claim at a public Kremlin session.

Apr 22 07:36

Russia says metro bomber funded by 'international terrorists' in Turkey: RIA

Russian investigators said on Thursday that the man suspected of detonating a bomb on the St. Petersburg metro earlier this month had received money from an "international terrorist group" in Turkey, the RIA news agency reported.

Apr 22 07:13

Russia denies it is moving troops close to North Korea

Russian authorities are denying reports that they are moving troops to the border with North Korea over growing tensions in the Korean peninsula.

The Interfax news agency on Friday quoted Alexander Gordeyev, spokesman for the Far Eastern Military district, as saying that the movement of heavy weaponry, caught on film and widely distributed on social media, is part of "absolutely scheduled maneuvers of combat readiness." Gordeyev said the military hardware was on its way back from drills elsewhere and denied any connection to the tensions around North Korea's nuclear program.

Apr 21 15:35

The Democratic Party’s Anti-Bernie Elites Have A Huge Stake In Blaming Russia

After Hillary Clinton’s devastating loss nearly six months ago, her most powerful Democratic allies feared losing control of the party. Efforts to lip-synch economic populism while remaining closely tied to Wall Street had led to a catastrophic defeat. In the aftermath, the party’s progressive base – personified by Bernie Sanders – was in position to start flipping over the corporate game board.

Apr 21 12:19

Pentagon chief in Israel to discuss Iran, Syria

US Defense Secretary General James Mattis has arrived in Israel for talks expected to focus on Iran and Syria as well the strategic relations between Tel Aviv and Washington.

Mattis arrived in Tel Aviv Thursday afternoon from Cairo on the third leg of a week-long tour of the US allies in the Middle East.

Marking the first time he has visited Israel as the Pentagon chief, Mattis was greeted by an official honor guard at army headquarters in Tel Aviv on Friday morning.

He then met the Israeli minister for military affairs, Avigdor Lieberman, and is scheduled to hold talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin.

Mattis hopes to hear directly from Israeli leaders their concerns about regional issues, with Iran’s influence topping the list.

'No doubt Syria has chemical weapons'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the corporate presstitutes demonising Iran this last week (for what specifically, I cannot tell you, because the IAEA has stated that they are still in compliance with the P5+1 deal), I'm not surprised by Sec-Def Mattis' trip to Israel.

What I know, just as certainly as I'm sitting here typing this, is that the Israeli government will make every effort to urge Mattis to "regime change" both Iran and Syria, and just as soon as humanly possible, and with the minimal Israeli military involvement.

Because from the Israeli government's perspective, it should always be American blood and money spent to achieve Israel's geopolitical objectives in the region.

But, as I mentioned in a previous article, there's a 6,000 lb gorilla, resting comfortably on the Bosendorfer; and that 6,000 lb gorilla is... Russia.

American meddling on the ground in Syria may well push al-Assad to invite Russian ground troops into the fray; and Russian political and military leaders have consistently stressed that should Iran be attacked, that Russia would come to its aid militarily.

Sec-Def Mattis, you know what kinds of arms and training the Russians have; would you bet the future existence of the United States against this?!?

Sir, I am hoping - and praying - that the short answer here is...no.

Apr 21 11:00

What's Behind US, EU's Reluctance to Investigate Idlib Chemical Incident

It is hardly surprising that the US and EU policymakers turn a deaf ear to Russia and Damascus's plea to conduct a scrupulous investigation into the suspected use of the chemical weapons in Khan Shaykhun, Russian political analyst Stanislav Tarasov told Radio Sputnik, explaining why the West is uninterested in carrying out such an inquiry.

While American and European politicians remain surprisingly reluctant to the idea to investigate the suspected chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun, political analyst, and head of the Middle East-Caucasus think-tank Stanislav Tarasov suggests that "the West" is by no means interested in conducting such an inquiry.
Speaking to Sputnik on Thursday Syrian President Bashar al-Assad emphasized that Western countries are deliberately blocking attempts to investigate the Idlib chemical incident.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, Al Assad is absolutely bang spot-on with his analysis.

Apr 21 10:19

It's Not Over - House Intel Panel Calls Comey, Clapper, Rogers, Brennan, & Yates To Testify On Russia

Just when you thought it was over - after Trump 'Tomahawks' Putin's pal Assad, and Tillerson trounces Lavrov - and the media had stopped the constant "Russia did it" narrative, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (which seems like as big an oxymoron as can occur) has called numerous current (and former) officials to testify once again on Russia's "active measures during the 2016 election."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trying to create a "there", which was never there, is absoflippinglutely unbelievable, and reeks of desperation on the cusp of madness.

Apr 21 08:37

RUSSIA WANTS TO MAKE IRAN A MEMBER OF ASIAN POWER BLOC, THE SHANGHAI FIVE

Russia would support Iran joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, an emerging economic and political alliance led by China, often considered a counterweight to Western alliance organizations. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Iran fully fits the criteria for membership of the so-called Shanghai Five and said that discussions on its bid to join will happen this summer.

Apr 21 08:24

Putin sends troops to Russia's border with North Korea after China also sends soldiers to its boundary over fears Trump will attack Kim Jong-un, sparking a tidal wave of refugees

Vladimir Putin is sending troops and equipment to Russia's border with North Korea over fears the US is preparing to attack Kim Jong-un.

The Russian President fears there will be a huge exodus of North Korean refugees if his American counterpart, Donald Trump, launches military action against Pyongyang.

It comes days after it emerged that China is also sending 150,000 soldiers to its southern frontier to cope with the tidal wave of North Koreans Beijing fears would flee across the border if war breaks out.

This morning, footage emerged appearing to show how Putin is reinforcing his 11-mile border with North Korea by relocating troops and equipment.

Apr 21 08:10

Turkey says close to S-400 missile purchase deal with Russia

Turkey's talks with Russia about the purchase of the S-400 air missile defense system have reached the "final stage," Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said on Friday.

"It is clear that Turkey needs a missile defense system but NATO member countries have not presented on offer which is financially effective," Isik said during a news conference in Ankara, local broadcaster CNNTurk reported.

"Work on the S-400 has reached a final point. But the final stage does not mean let's sign a deal tomorrow morning," he added.

Apr 21 08:09

Russia, Syria Holding Talks on Supplies of More Air Defense Systems

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Russian media that Moscow and Damascus are holding talks on the supplies of additional air defense systems to the war-torn country.

Apr 21 06:57

Assad Not Ruling Out Russian Ground Troops' Help in Syria

Syrian President Bashar Assad told Sputnik in an interview that he is not ruling out Russian ground troops' assistance in case the number of terrorists from around the world rises in Syria.

Apr 21 06:36

Ukraine National Bank: We Never Promised to Protect International Investors

The state is paying for nationalization of this bank absolutely incredible amount of money,” Gontareva stated on Thursday. “For you to understand, we’d like to protect our small and medium business, we’d like to protect pensioners, we’d like to protect 20 million Ukrainian small depositors. We never promised to protect international investment, professional investors. It was absolutely clear in our legislation.”

Apr 21 06:22

OPCW Rejects Russian and Iranian Proposals on Khan Sheikhoun Incident

The Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has rejected the proposals made by Russia and Iran, regarding the investigation into the alleged Khan Sheikhoun chemical assault.

Previously, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that the goal of the American aggression on Syrian airbase was not the destruction of the Syrian chemical weapons, but rather a show-off of force and intimidation.

Apr 20 13:21

Russia To Help Build 2 Nuclear Power Plants In Iran

Russian experts will help the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran build two 1,000-MW nuclear power plants, Iran’s Energy Minister told media. Construction will start soon, Hamid Chitchian also said, adding that a third joint power plant construction project with Russia, which will have a capacity of 1,400 MW, has already begun.

Apr 20 10:08

FLASHBACK - Special Report : Aircraft carriers, championed by Trump, are vulnerable to attack

Roger Thompson, a defense analyst and professor at Kyung Hee University in South Korea, says the array of powerful anti-ship weapons developed in recent years by potential U.S. enemies, including China, Russia and Iran, increase carriers’ vulnerability.

The new weapons include land-based ballistic missiles, such as China’s Dong Feng-21 anti-ship missile, which has a claimed range of 1,100 miles (1,770 kilometers) and moves at 10 times the speed of sound. Certain Russian and Chinese submarines can fire salvoes of precision-guided cruise missiles from afar, potentially overwhelming carrier-fleet anti-missile defense.

Russia, China, Iran and other countries also have so-called super-cavitating torpedoes. These form an air bubble in front of them, enabling them to travel at hundreds of miles per hour. The torpedoes cannot be guided, but if aimed straight at a ship they are difficult to avoid.

Apr 20 10:04

Trump’s missile attack on Syria was justified with fake intelligence: experts

On April 7, President Trump committed his first “act of war,” attacking Syria with missiles in response to what he said was a poison gas attack by the Syrian government that killed dozens. But the White House’s subsequent intelligence report offering its proof of Syria’s role was “false” and “fraudulent,” suggesting a “coverup” by a president acting without any intelligence and intentionally lying to the public.

These are the characterizations of two longtime experts in war studies and missile systems, which—along with coordinated comments by Vice President Mike Pence in South Korea and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Russia that America’s “strategic patience” is ending—suggest Trump may be seeking a war of choice, even if it involves fabricated intelligence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not surprised here?!?

Apr 20 09:58

Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US "Created" ISIS As A "Tool" To Overthrow Syria's President Assad

From the first sudden, and quite dramatic, appearance of the fanatical Islamic group known as ISIS which was largely unheard of until a year ago, on the world's stage and which promptly replaced the worn out and tired al Qaeda as the world's terrorist bogeyman, we suggested that the "straight to beheading YouTube clip" purpose behind the Saudi Arabia-funded Islamic State was a simple one: use the Jihadists as the vehicle of choice to achieve a political goal: depose of Syria's president Assad, who for years has stood in the way of a critical Qatari natural gas pipeline, one which could dethrone Russia as Europe's dominant - and belligerent - source of energy, reaching an interim climax with the unsuccessful Mediterranean Sea military build up of 2013, which nearly resulted in quasi-world war.

The narrative and the plotline were so transparent, even Russia saw right through them. Recall from September of last year:

Apr 20 09:48

US Senator McCain Says Exxon 'Crazy' for Trying to Resume Business With Russia

McCain claims that Exxon Mobil must be mentally unstable to apply for a waiver from US sanctions on Russia to resume its business with the Russian oil giant Rosneft.

Apr 20 09:36

‘Hard to say no’: Johnson hints parliament vote against Syria invasion may be ignored at US request

British Foreign Secretary Johnson was on Tuesday briefing MPs on the situation in Syria and North Korea, when he was posed with a question by former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Conservative MP, Alistair Burt. Burt asked what the UK government’s reaction would have been if, instead of just hitting Syria’s Shayrat airfield on April 7, Washington decided to first enlist military help from Britain.

When asked if he and the British government consider themselves to be “bound” by the past decision not to intervene in Syria and plan to reinvigorate the parliamentary debate or “if not, what might the United Kingdom be able to do to demonstrate its force and resolve,” Johnson hinted that the UK is ready to back Washington not only politically but also militarily.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So Foreign Secretary Johnson would be willing to ignore the stated will of Parliament on Syria, to please his American counterparts, who will most probably want, and ask for, British military help in Syria?!?

This is hubris, writ large.

So what happens when British troops wind up in direct military conflict with the Russian troops, which have been invited by the Syrian government to deal with the jihadists?!?

War with Russia?!?!?

Or have you actually thought it through to that point, just where military aid to the US in Syria was ultimately leading, Secretary Johnson?!?

If I could, I would want to make it a universal law that those opting for wars should consistently have their kids in the front lines, catching flack.

I honestly think that this would be a way to diminish the lust for war as "the only way" through which countries could settle their geopolitical differences.

Apr 20 09:09

McMaster Is Deluded, Trump Hasn't Divided China and Russia

The inexperienced Trump admin is giving itself too much credit. Russia-China ties are on a completely different level from US-Chinese contacts

Apr 20 08:55

U.S. Bombed a Mosque in Syria, Killing Dozens of Civilians, Investigators Conclude

As my colleague Alex Emmons reported last month, Syrian activists and first responders accused the United States of killing dozens of civilians in an airstrike that mistakenly targeted a mosque in the rebel-held village of al-Jinah on the evening of March 16.

Confronted with these claims, a Pentagon spokesman, Navy Captain Jeff Davis, told The Intercept that they were mistaken. “The area was extensively surveilled prior to the strike in order to minimize civilian casualties,” Davis said. “We deliberately did not target the mosque.”

As evidence, Davis provided an aerial photograph of the building destroyed in the attack, identified by U.S. officials as a “partially constructed community meeting hall.”

“The mosque in the left edge of the photo was not targeted,” Davis stressed in a briefing for reporters the next day. “Military officials believe dozens of al-Qaida terrorist leaders were killed in the strike.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We know, incontrovertibly, when any member of the US government is lying; they open their mouths...and words come out of them.

Apr 20 08:41

The Glorious Achievement of US's Ukropia

One of the greatest achievements of US State Department (Ms. Nuland in particular) and the mass media propaganda machine (NYT and WaPo in particular), was the Ukrainian mess.

Russophobia, hatred, paranoia, violence, rehabilitation of nazi ideology. It all worked in unison and created an entity that split Europe in half, as it itself got split. But Russia was clearly weakened, and so was its cooperation with Europe.

So why stop there? We know that bad examples are extremely infectious. Stupid politicians and the press that has engendered Ukistan, have decided to re-apply the methodology to the States and Europe. If it worked so well within the culture that used to treat Russians like brothers, it would surely work even better among traditionally Russophobic cultures, like Polish, British, or American. It is now working at full speed in Germany and Sweden.

Apr 20 08:41

Eurovision by candlelight? Ukraine on the brink of energy catastrophe

On April 19th, Ukraine’s Ministry of Energy and Coal submitted a document to the country’s government on banning coal imports from the Russian Federation, the ministry’s head, Igor Nasalik, has announced. According to Nasalik, “the ban concerns importing the coal energy group from the Russian side.” The minister also reported that Ukraine hopes to sign a contract on anthracite coal deliveries from the US, as the Americans are ready to ensure a cheap price for coal. The volume of coal supplies from the US was enthusiastically announced to amount to 3.5-4 million tons a year.

Apr 20 08:38

Vanity Fair suggests Russians are 'hopeless primitives' from a medieval country

Vanity Fair apparently believes Russians are 'hopeless primitives' who rejected the attempts of smart people to ‘civilize’ them. Specifically folk like Bill Clinton, Boris Yeltsin, and Jeffrey Sachs.

Ignorance is bliss. Don’t take my word for it. Just observe really stupid people. Or read Vanity Fair’s Russia coverage. Which is much the same thing. So far this year the magazine has plumbed new depths of foolish, doltish and half-baked analysis.

Apr 20 08:37

Russian Defense Ministry Questions Videos Of Syria Chemical Attack

The Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday cast doubt on videos by the White Helmets showing the chemical attack in Syria.

The White Helmets, or the Syria Civil Defense, is a volunteer organization that operates in parts of rebel-controlled Syria. The White Helmets receive funding from the United States, the United Kingdom and other western governments.

In a statement on Facebook, the Russian Defense Ministry said that two weeks have passed after “the alleged use of chemical weapons in Khan Sheikhoun. However, two videos made by the White Helmets are the only ‘evidence’ of the chemical weapon use.”

Within 63 hours of reports about a chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in the Syrian province of Idlib which killed approximately 80 people including children, on April 4, US ships in the eastern Mediterranean sent 59 Tomahawk missiles aimed at the Shayrat air base from which, the US claims, the aircraft that carried out the attack took off.

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Apr 20 08:35

Russia Blocks U.S.-Drafted UN Statement Condemning North Korea Tests

Russia has blocked the UN Security Council from condemning North Korea's latest missile test even though China had backed the strongly-worded statement drafted by the United States, diplomats said.

The proposed statement on April 19 would have demanded that North Korea "conduct no further nuclear tests" and halt missile launches after Pyongyang carried out a failed test over the weekend.

Russia wanted to include language contained in a previous resolution stressing the need to achieve a solution through dialogue, council diplomats said.

Apr 20 07:41

UN court rejects Kyiv's claims that Russia supports terrorists

Ukraine launched its suit in The Hague in January, accusing Russia of “interfering militarily in Ukraine, financing acts of terrorism, and violating the human rights of millions of Ukraine’s citizens, including, for all too many, their right to life”.

But the UN court said Kyiv was unable to prove that the Kremlin sends weapons, soldiers or money to Ukraine, also questioning whether rebels were "terrorists."

Apr 19 17:04

Oliver Stone Rages Against The Deep State's "Wonderful Job Of Throwing America Into Chaos"

"There are intelligent people in Washington/New York, but they’ve lost their minds as they’ve been stampeded into a Syrian-Russian groupthink, a consensus without asking -- ‘Who benefits from this latest gas attack?’"

Apr 19 09:42

Russian media claim its military is now capable of neutralising US warships with electronic jamming devices

News report hails the capabilities of the 'Russian Electronic Warfare' system

Report claims system can 'neutralise any target from a ship's system and a radar'

US warship was left helpless when Russian plane used technology, report claims

Apr 19 09:20

Lavrov: US Spreads Chaos, Russia Puts out the Fires

You know who probably has the world's most thankless job? Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Imagine what he goes through every day. He wakes up, learns about some new, stupid thing that Washington has done, and then gets on the phone and begins the adult supervision.

Rinse. Repeat. Every day. Even holidays.

Apr 19 09:19

Egypt turns to Russia to equip the French Mistrals

Remember the Mistrals, those helicopter-ships that France refused to hand over to Russia, thus unilaterally breaking its contract because of the war that Kiev launched against the people of Donbass?

Now Egypt is negotiating with Russia to equip them. French diplomacy is truly up to every challenge!

Apr 19 09:18

Zakharova: US leading the world into Catastrophe

Apr 19 09:05

Russia Stands Behind Assad After Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack

Russia is standing firmly behind the regime of Bashar Assad in Syria, despite growing international outrage over the latest chemical weapons attack.

Russia’s attempts to blame the gas attack on rebel weapons reportedly angered the U.N. Security Council, per the BBC. Russia claims the Syrian government did conduct airstrikes against the town of Khan Sheikhoun, but the strikes accidentally hit a compound that was producing illegal chemical weapons for the rebels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let's recap. Assad was winning on all fronts, including diplomatic. He had all but beaten the US-backed rebels. Peace talks were about to start that would allow him to run for re-election. Even the White House stated they were ready to accept the continued Presidency of Assad.

So, someone tell me why Assad would do the one thing that would cross a red line and reverse his fortunes, using a banned chemical weapon on civilians (instead of the rebels) in a militarily insignificant target! He has nothing to gain. It is the rebels and US warhawks who gain.

And please remember that back in 2013 and 2014, the US Government ( the same US Government who told you Saddam had nuclear weapons) claimed Assad gassed his own people, only to have the UN chemical weapons inspectors report that it was the US-backed rebels who carried out the attacks to frame Assad.

Fool me once...

Apr 19 08:25

RUSSIA UNVEILS NEW ARCTIC MILITARY BASE COMPLETE WITH NUCLEAR-READY WARPLANES AND IS LOOKING FOR OIL

RUSSIA HAS UNVEILED A NEW ARCTIC MILITARY BASE CAPABLE OF HOUSING 150 TROOPS AS WELL AS NUCLEAR-READY WARPLANES.

Apr 19 08:21

Merkel's Dossier on Putin Unlikely to Offer UK Intelligence Any Juicy Info

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is under fire for taking briefings from UK intelligence rather than her own security services. Merkel also shared the results of German intelligence investigations with the UK, without telling her German colleagues.

Apr 19 08:20

Russian Warships' Jaunt Through English Channel Sends UK Tabloids Into a Frenzy

Over the weekend, a British Royal Navy frigate escorted four Russian ships as they sailed through the English Channel on their way to the Atlantic Ocean. The Russian ships were using the free right of transit passage through the body of water. However, British tabloids soon attempted to blow the non-story up into a major diplomatic incident.

Apr 19 08:20

US Stealth Fighters Intercept Russian Bombers Near Alaska

The US military has intercepted a pair of Russian bombers flying off the coast of Alaska, a Pentagon official says amid escalating tension between Moscow and Washington over a recent US strike on Syria.

Pentagon spokesman Commander Gary Ross made the announcement on Tuesday, saying that two US Air Force F-22 Raptor aircraft had intercepted the Russian TU-95 Bear bombers within 160 kilometers of Alaska’s Kodiak Island a day earlier.

Apr 18 14:50

US F-35s Arrive In UK To Deter ‘Russian Aggression’

The United States has deployed several of its F-35 aircraft to the UK on their first operational mission to Europe, as part of an initiative to protect the NATO military pact against what Washington and its allies call “Russian aggression.”

Apr 18 11:17

Is A Major Ukrainian Offensive Against The Rebels Looming?

The Minsk ceasefire agreement completely collapsed in January 2015, with renewed heavy fighting across the conflict zone, including Donetsk International Airport and Debaltsovo. A new ceasefire, called Minsk II, was agreed to on 12 February 2015.

Minsk II largely held if you don’t count near-daily artillery fire and periodic small-unit actions that have killed many hundreds on each side. However, there are numerous signs another major outbreak might be at hand.

Speculation on a renewed major outbreak comes from an April 9 Website Post by Alexander Khodakovsky.

That poster, from the preceding link, is reminiscent of a WWII call to arms. The message on the poster translates as “Join the Peoples’ Militia!”

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If a major Ukrainian offensive is eminent, the US military is in no position to assist Ukrainian troops, as our troop strength has been rendered paper-thin by multiple deployments in numerous places around the world.

Apr 18 09:24

Russian bombers fly near Alaska; Air Force scrambles jets

A pair of Russian nuclear-capable bombers flew near Alaska Monday night, two U.S. officials told Fox News, coming as close as 100 miles from Kodiak Island -- the first time since President Trump took office that Moscow has sent bombers so close to the U.S.

The two Russian Tu-95 “Bear” bombers flew roughly 280 miles southwest of Elmendorf Air Force Base, within the Air Defense Identification Zone of the United States.

The U.S. Air Force scrambled two F-22 stealth fighter jets and an E-3 airborne early warning plane to intercept the Russian bombers.

The American jets flew alongside the Russian bombers for 12 minutes, before the Russian bombers reversed course and headed back to their base in eastern Russia.

Apr 18 08:49

Almost a third of Russians see possibility of war with US – poll

Thirty percent of Russians think that war between Russia and the US is possible, according to a recent survey. Russians have also changed their attitude to Donald Trump following the US strike on Syria.

The survey, conducted by state-run public opinion research center VTSIOM on April 11-12, reveals that, among those who answered ‘yes’ to the question about the possibility of war, 16 percent consider war between the two world powers to be “highly possible,” while another 14 percent believe that a war is already underway.

Apr 18 08:47

Russia Warns U.S. Not To Act Unilaterally Against North Korea

In response to the US vice president, Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said that Mike Pence’s statement on the US running out of “strategic patience”
towards Pyongyang does not contribute to resolving the crisis. The top Russian diplomat also voiced hope there will be no repeat of the US strike on Syria in North Korea.

On Monday, speaking from the DMZ, Mike Pence said the world has witnessed the “strength and resolve of Trump in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan,” and threatened North Korea “not to test” this resolve or “or the strength of the armed forces of the United States.”

Apr 18 08:46

Putin the boot in! Trump’s supersonic stealth fighters land in Britain to boost Nato and face off Russian aggression

Donald Trump has sent supersonic stealth fighters to Britain in his latest move to ward off Russian aggression.

Six F-35A Lightning IIs have been filmed landing at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk ahead of Nato training drills across Europe over the coming weeks.

And the US Air Force tweeted: ‘Next step for #F35 in #USAF! Great flying in UK!’

It is believed the jets have been sent to the UK to reassure eastern European nations of the US’s commitment to Nato amid high tensions with Russia and president Vladimir Putin.

Apr 18 07:15

Google Russia agrees to pay $8mn antitrust fine

US technology firm Google has agreed to pay 438 million rubles (nearly $8 million) in fines for antitrust violations in the Russian mobile applications market. The company was found guilty of abusing its dominant position in the market for mobile devices running on Android.

Apr 18 07:06

Lavrov Politely Reminds US How Adults Are Supposed to Behave

Every time the pyromaniacs in Washington start a geopolitical fire, Russia has to rush to the scene with a bucket of sanity.

It's becoming a bit tiresome.

The latest example: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has gently reminded the US that taking unilateral action against North Korea is highly inadvisable. (In our humble opinion, the panic over North Korea is a manufactured crisis meant to distract from tangible threats to humanity, such as the United States, but that's a separate topic for a different time.)

And in Syria, Russia continues to distinguish itself as a country guided by radical concepts such as "international consensus" and "diplomacy":

Apr 18 07:03

Russia's Electronic Weapons Can Easily Neutralize the U.S. Air Force And Ships

Apr 18 06:47

Russia blows a fuse - UN, NBC, Sean Spicer get told

Apr 17 17:07

Russia warns US against unilateral strike on North Korea

Russia today warned Washington against launching a unilateral strike on North Korea, after US Vice President Mike Pence said the era of "strategic patience" with Pyongyang was over.
"This is a very risky path," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a news conference in Moscow.

Apr 17 16:36

Russia agrees to Syrian peace talks with UN and United States

HOPES were raised of a breakthrough in the Syrian crisis today after Russia said it plans to hold talks with United States and United Nations officials in Geneva next week.

Russia’s deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov said discussions were aimed at kick-starting moves to bring peace to the war-torn country.

He said Moscow was waiting for confirmation from Washington that the meeting would take place.

If the meeting does go ahead, the talks, scheduled for April 24, will be the first such contact since Donald Trump became president.

UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has reportedly agreed to attend.

The development comes days after President Trump revealed his hopes of a fresh dialogue with Russia.

Apr 17 14:30

RUSSIA GIVES US AIRPLANE A NASTY SURPRISE... TRIES TO KEEP MEDIA SILENT

To say that U.S.-Russia relations have become more tense since the U.S. missile strike on a Syrian airbase would be a bit of an understatement, and while there are plenty of jokes to be made about the sudden death of the mainstream media’s “Trump hearts Putin” narrative, in all actuality this is a rather big deal.

Apr 17 13:13

What Russia-Gate Has Wrought

Democrats, liberals and some progressives might be feeling a little perplexed over what has happened to Russia-gate, the story that pounded Donald Trump every day since his election last November – until April 4, that is.

Apr 17 11:58

Russia And China Preparing Alternative Banking Architecture

It may have arrived with little fanfare, but Russia’s SWIFT alternative has, more or less, arrived. Speaking in no uncertain terms at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin late last month, Elvira Nabiullina, the Governor of Russia’s central bank, stated: “We have finished working on our own payment system, and if something happens, all operations in SWIFT format will work inside the country. We have created an alternative.”

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Apr 17 09:07

Jon Rappoport: Why Russia has become the number-one target in the US press

As David Icke stated on the Richie Allen show a few days ago, Russia was the player who was standing in the way of the long-term goal to get rid of Assad in Syria and turn the country into an oil producing hellhole like Libya.

The US government and its allies (Israel) had created, funded, and armed the group called ISIS, the proxy force for, among other operations, wiping out the Assad government in Syria. The Syria op was a slam-dunk...until it wasn't. Until Putin stepped in and gave air support to Assad's troops and turned the war around, bringing it to the brink of, God forbid, actual peace negotiations.

That outcome was definitely NOT on the agenda of the US Project for a New American Century, the neocon playbook for destabilizing the Middle East.

Putin was standing in the way. He was screwing up The NWO Plan. He was winning.

Apr 17 09:06

McMaster ‘Doubts’ US Will Send More Troops to Syria

In comments today on ABC’s “This Week,” National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster downplayed the chances of the US sending more ground troops to Syria, saying that it still “remains to be seen” if more troops are needed, but that he doubts the US will have to send any more.

President Trump had appeared to rule out such deployments last week, insisting “we’re not going into Syria,” though of course US forces are already in Syria, and there are proposals still coming in calling for additional US troops to be deployed.

The indications had been that McMaster was leading the push for more troops, however, and had even argued in favor of a deployment of some 50,000 US ground troops to fight in Syria. That McMaster is the one downplaying more troops now may suggest he’s been overruled.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This at least temporarily ratchets down the possibility of direct US/Russian military confrontation in Syria; but for how long, if regime change continues not to be accomplished in Damascus, which is the end goal of US foreign policy here?!?

And so far, the arming of both the Kurdish YPG, and various anti-government rebels hasn't worked at all; in fact, these appear to be historically failed US policies.

Apr 17 08:40

Putin moves missiles to North Korea border as Russia gets ready for WAR

VIDEO footage appears to show Russian military forces being moved on mass to the border with North Korea as the world edges closer to World War 3.Russia has reportedly moved weapons towards Vladivostok, just eight miles from the border with North Korea.The city is within striking distance of Kim Jong-un’s secretive state.

Although unconfirmed by the Russian government, the movement of tanks and missiles was spotted by terrified people living in the border city and posted on social media.According to reports, the military convoy caught on camera included eight surface-to-air missiles, all part of Russian Air Defence.

Vladimir Putin already has a major navy base in Vladivostok.

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IF, in fact, these reports are true, we are looking at things getting out of control on the Korean Peninsula very, very quickly.

The distance between Russia and the North Korean border is very short.

The border between Russia and North Korea, according to the official Russian definition, consists of 17 kilometres (11 mi) of "terrestrial border" and 22.1 km (12 nautical miles) of "maritime border". It is the shortest of the international borders of Russia

Apr 17 08:25

Japan's jets deployed in response to Russian bombers

Japanese fighter jets were scrambled to warn six incoming Russian aircraft flying near Tokyo-claimed airspace, NHK reported Wednesday, local time.

Apr 17 08:24

Russia & Iran Order U.S. To Leave Syria As False Flag Evidence Emerges

Russia, Syria and Iran have warned President Trump to end military intervention in Syria, following revelations that the chemical attack was false flag orchestrated by the West.

Following a meeting between foreign ministers in Moscow on Friday, all three countries have accused Trump of undermining Syria’s sovereignty .

“We have reiterated our position and were united in stating that the attack was an act of aggression, which blatantly violated the principles of international law and the UN Charter,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

“We call on the US and its allies to respect Syria’s sovereignty and refrain from actions similar to what happened on April 7, and which have serious ramification not only for regional, but also global security,” he added.

Apr 17 07:55

Three US Aircraft Carriers Directed Toward South Korean Shores

Three US aircraft carriers, USS Carl Vinson, USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz, will enter the Sea of Japan next week, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing a South Korean government source.

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Add in the Chinese and Russian ships keeping an eye on the US forces, and all it will take is one hothead to trigger the biggest naval battle since the Jutland!

Apr 17 06:42

Breaking News! China and Russia Send Ships After United States Aircraft Carrier Moving Toward North Korea.

This is news that we just don’t need to hear right now! Nevertheless, it is another piece in the pattern of chaos which is steadily exploding before us. China and Russia have dispatched ships from their navies to track the USS Carl Vinson nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, which is moving toward waters near the Korean Peninsula.

Apr 16 15:57

Syria: Horrific Onslaught on Aramaic Christian Community of Ma’aloula at Hands of Western Backed “Moderate” Terrorists

A dear, humble man with the most beautiful smile sang the Lord’s Prayer for us in Aramaic on Good Friday.

Ma’aloula has been a Christian village since there were such things.

But it was almost gone.

America’s “moderate rebels” of the Free Syrian Army attacked it with a vengeance alongside Al Qaeda…as they always do.

Our “moderates” executed many who would not convert to their fake, twisted, violent, completely intolerant version of “Islam”.

Apr 16 15:03

How to bring down the elephant in the room

The reason why I decided to tackle this issue today is that the forces who broke Trump in less than a month are also the very same forces who have forced him into a political 180: the Neocons and the US deep state. However, I think that these two concepts can be fused into on I would call the “Ziocons”: basically Zionists plus some rabid Anglo imperialists à la Cheney or McCain. These are the folks who control the US corporate media, Hollywood, Congress, most of academia, etc. These are the folks who organized a ferocious assault on the “nationalist” or “patriotic” wing of Trump supporters and ousted Flynn and Bannon and these are the folks who basically staged a color revolution against Trump. There is some pretty good evidence that the person in charge of this quiet coup is Jared Kushner, a rabid Zionist. Maybe. Maybe not.

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