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Oct 22 12:00

Israeli Merkava Hit by Hezbollah in 2006

This is what Hezbollah fighters did to Merkava MBT's in 2006 with Kornet ATGM's. The Israelis advanced up valleys without clearing the ridges. The Kornet outranged the Israeli's tank guns by over 1,000 meters and the Israelis couldn't elevate their tank cannons enough to shoot back anyway. They were out thought and out fought.
The IDF has been fighting unarmed people in the main since 1973. Hezbollah,the Iranians and Syrians are experienced blooded fighters with good weapons and tactics as well as strategy and they are backed up by The Bear. All the Israelis have left are nukes and the weakened US.
A very dangerous situation for the Planet and the People indeed..

Oct 22 08:43

The Real Danger of Refusing to Certify the Iran Deal

President Trump’s decision not to certify the Iran nuclear deal is reckless and dangerous. By all accounts—including that of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), America’s European allies, the U.S. intelligence community and Trump’s national security team—Iran has complied with the restrictive terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and significantly rolled back its nuclear program, while subjecting itself to the most intrusive inspections regime in the world.
Undermining a successful nonproliferation agreement in this way isolates America, sows doubt about its credibility and trustworthiness, signals to other rogue regimes, like North Korea, the imperative of a nuclear deterrent, and worst of all, needlessly puts the United States and Iran back on the road to confrontation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, the hubristic rantings of one of Trump's "President Whisperers", Israel's Bibi Nentanyahu, have driven President Trump over the edge of reason, and into a closed mindset that only a successful, regime-changing war against Iran will stop it from developing nuclear weapons past the point of no return.

There are three major factors absent President Trump's calculus on this; first, that Russia will, most certainly, come to Iran's aid if militarily attacked.

Secondly, the people of this country have become war weary and war sceptical about yet another potential military misadventure in the Middle East or other places, when the wars in Afghanistan; Iraq; Yemen; Libya; and Niger, continue to go horribly badly for this country.

And third, and perhaps most importantly, although President Trump has been getting much cheerleading for a potential attack against Iran by Israel and Saudi Arabia, the horrific costs of such an invasion will be borne only in American blood and American money.

As a businessman, President Trump needs, right now, to be thinking cost/benefit ratio for such a war; if he does not, the potential harm to this country, from such an attempted invasion and occupation if the US doesn't win it, will be extraordinary bad.

Oct 22 06:25

US-Backed Syrian Kurds Transfer Key Gas Field To Russians After Secret Talks

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The gas field, which had the largest capacity of any in Syria prior to the conflict, is capable of producing 450 million cubic feet (13 million cubic meters) of natural gas per day. It is named for the American company which first discovered gas reserves and built a processing plant at the location, however, ConocoPhillips turned the facility over to the state-run Syrian Gas Company in 2005 and has no current association with it.

Beirut-based al-Masdar News broke the story based on Syrian military sources:

Nonetheless the unexpected transfer of the Conoco Gas Field by the SDF to the Syrian government does now raise questions as to whether or not the hitherto competition the Syrian Arab Army and Kurdish-led militias to seize control of the much larger Al-Omar Oil Field from ISIS further south is still on .>>>

Oct 21 10:11

What Do Hillary, Uranium One, And An FBI Bust Of A Deep Cover Russian Spy Network Have In Common?

In 2010, shortly after Hillary Clinton assumed her position as Secretary of State in the Obama administration, the FBI broke up a deep-cover Russian spy ring that had been operating in the U.S. for decades. The operation, code named "Ghost Stories," was a huge bust for the FBI that handed the U.S. intelligence community 10 highly trained, deep-cover, Russian spies presumably with immensely valuable insights into Russia's covert operations in the homeland. All of which is why its so confounding that Hillary, as Secretary of State, "worked so feverishly" to retun them all to Moscow posthaste rather than exploit their intelligence value to the fullest extent possible.

As the Daily Caller points out today, the FBI's bust couldn't have come at a worse time for the Clintons as it came literally the day before Bill Clinton delivered a $500,000 speech in Moscow on behalf of a Russian bank with an interest in securing approval of the controversial Uranium One deal...oh the tangled webs...

Oct 21 10:11

Emails Reveal Bill Clinton Met With Vladimir Putin Just Before Uranium One Deal

If President Trump or anyone even remotely close to his presidency, including his best friend from 2nd grade that he hadn't seen in 40 years, sought to meet with key Russian nuclear officials, in Moscow, just months before the federal government approved a very controversial deal handing Vladimir Putin 20% of U.S. uranium reserves, despite an ongoing investigation into Russian fraud, bribery, extortion and money laundering, it would be the only story played on a 24 x 7 loop on CNN and MSNBC.

Ironically, that is exactly what new emails dug up by The Hill show that Bill Clinton did in June 2010, just months before the Uranium One deal was approved by a committee on which his wife, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, sat. Oh, and did we mention that Bill's Clinton Foundation just happened to collect millions of dollars in bribes donations from Russian sources and Uranium One shareholders shortly after his Moscow meetings?

Oct 21 09:45

Putin Slams US: "The Biggest Mistake Russia Ever Made Was To Trust You"

Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet formally declared his intention to seek another term as leader of Russia, but many observers noted that a sweeping speech he gave at the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi this week served as a template for his campaign ahead of the March election.

The speech’s overarching theme was to burnish Putin’s accomplishments as the man who restored “power and respect” to Russia. But in doing so, he heaped abuse on the US and its western allies, accusing them of selectively adhering to international law, and of taking advantage of Russia during the 1990s when the country was struggling to rebuild following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Bloomberg reported.

He accused the US of abusing Russia’s trust, and seeking to take advantage of the political and economic chaos that persisted for much of the 1990s and early 2000s, according to Russia Today.

Oct 21 09:42

Putin: "Russia will not allow Donbass to be massacred"

On October 19th, at a session of the Valdai discussion club, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a number of important and even programmatic statements concerning not only current issues, but also the conceptual foundations of relations between Russia and the West. While these statements deserve a separate, larger article altogether, here we will limit ourselves to analyzing President Putin’s statements on the situation in and around Donbass.

According to Putin, Ukraine must grant the Donbass republics a special status and adopt an amnesty law in order to resolve the conflict in East Ukraine. If this is not done, he argued, then any seizure of the border between Russia and the unrecognized republics would lead only to a tragedy comparable to the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and Herzegovina. “There would be a massacre. But we will not allow this,” Putin said.

Oct 21 09:38

Trump Orders Administration to Deter Conflict With Russia

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster announced that Rex Tillerson has been given the lead in the area of fostering cooperation with Russia.

Oct 21 09:35

Top senator expects US will exert ‘unprecedented pressure’ to influence Russian presidential polls

The Chair of Russia’s Foreign Affairs Committee expects that the US will seek to influence the country’s presidential election next year, saying Washington will only settle for victory by a pro-Western candidate.

“The United States recognizes elections as fair and democratic only when they are won by pro-western candidates,” Senator Konstantin Kosachev wrote on his Facebook page on Friday.

“In the case of any other outcome, election procedures and results are anathema to them,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nikki Haley says interfering in another nation's elections is an act of war. So, according to her, the US Government has just declared war on Russia!

Oct 21 09:19

FBI informant blocked from telling Congress about Russia nuclear corruption case, lawyer says

An American businessman who worked for years undercover as an FBI confidential witness was blocked by the Obama Justice Department from telling Congress about conversations and transactions he witnessed related to the Russian nuclear industry's efforts to win favor with Bill and Hillary Clinton and influence Obama administration decisions, his lawyer tells The Hill.

Attorney Victoria Toensing, a former Reagan Justice Department official and former chief counsel of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday she is working with members of Congress to see if they can get the Trump Justice Department or the FBI to free her client to talk to lawmakers.

“All of the information about this corruption has not come out,” she said in an interview Tuesday. “And so my client, the same part of my client that made him go into the FBI in the first place, says, 'This is wrong. What should I do about it?'”

Oct 21 09:16

US-Backed Syrian Kurds Transfer Key Gas Field To Russians After Secret Talks

In a move that surprised many observers of the ongoing war for Deir Ezzor province, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) handed over one of Syria's largest gas fields to Russian forces on Thursday, possibly as the result of unprecedented direct talks between high ranking Russian officials and Kurdish leaders in Qamishli in northeastern Syria.

Oct 21 09:07

Ministers weigh plans to broaden Iran-Russia defense ties

Iranian and Russian defense ministers explored avenues for the enhancement of military cooperation between Tehran and Moscow in the fight against terrorism and extremism.

Oct 21 08:26

China to ‘Compel’ Saudi Arabia to Trade Oil in Yuan – Ending Petrodollar as World Reserve Currency

The jig is up for the NWO gang that murdered JFK back in 1963 and has run America into the ground ever since.Their day is ending!

This week, a leading economist predicted a major paradigm shift, as Carl Weinberg, chief economist and managing director at High Frequency Economics told CNBC that China will “compel” Saudi Arabia to abandon the petrodollar, and instead, begin trading oil in yuan—a move he says is likely to precipitate the rest of the oil market following suit and abandoning the U.S. dollar as the global reserve currency.

Weinberg noted that China is poised to clearly dominate the global landscape in terms of oil demand since surpassing the U.S. as the “biggest oil importer on the planet,” adding that Saudi Arabia will “pay attention to this because even as much as one or two years from now, Chinese demand will dwarf U.S. demand.”

Oct 21 06:08

Why is Jeff Sessions hiding the Uranium One informant?

Perhaps as startling as the revelation that the FBI was investigating the Hillary Clinton/Russia/Uranium One collusion and that key figures like Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe knew about it and said nothing, is the refusal by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to remove the non-disclosure agreement gag order on the FBI informant who arguably could put Bill and Hillary Clinton and a few others in federal prison.

It was said the Jeff Sessions recused himself from all things Russian because of election campaign conflicts but is it really because he thought it would insulate him from having to divulge what he knew about Uranium One and the people who at the very least knew about the deal, some who approved the deal, including past and present members of the FBI, the DOJ, and Special Counsel Robert Miller’s team? Is Jeff Sessions part of the Uranium One cover-up?>>>

Oct 20 09:35

Nikki Haley Absolutely Smashes It on Russian Interference

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Thursday that interference in U.S. elections by another nation “is warfare,” telling an audience in New York that such meddling has become Russia’s go-to tactic.

“I will tell you that when a country can come interfere in another country’s elections, that is warfare. It really is, because you’re making sure that the democracy shifts from what the people want to giving out that misinformation,” Haley said Thursday at a forum hosted in New York by the George W. Bush institute. ”And we didn’t just see it here. You can look at France and you can look at other countries. They are doing this everywhere. This is their new weapon of choice. And we have to make sure we get in front of it.”

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Oct 20 08:17

‘We gave you uranium, you repaid us by bombing Belgrade’: Putin slams US over nuclear treaties

Vladimir Putin has criticized the US for failing to keep their end of the bargain in a host of international disarmament agreements. He says Moscow will not exit any existing treaties, but promised an “instant, symmetrical response” if Washington decides to quit first.

Speaking during a Q & A session at the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi, an annual meeting with international journalists and Russia experts, Putin began by recalling the Megatons to Megawatts program, which ran between 1993 and 2013, and saw Russia downblend enriched uranium from the equivalent of about 20,000 of its nuclear warheads into low-enriched uranium to be used as fuel by US power stations.

Oct 20 08:07

Abandoned by Trump and Cornered by Iran, Kurds Sign Oil Deal with Russia

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq announced it had signed a deal with the Russian state-owned oil corporation Rosneft that would allow the company to begin developing oil blocks worth a potential $400 million to the Kurds.

Oct 20 07:38

Uranium & Diarrhea, Inc

The big story this week is that the FBI uncovered a Moscow bribery plot just before the Obama Administration approved the transfer of 20 per cent of American uranium into the hands of the Russians.

And who precisely were the Russkies trying to bribe?

They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton's charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.

The racketeering scheme was conducted "with the consent of higher level officials" in Russia who "shared the proceeds" from the kickbacks, one agent declared in an affidavit years later.

Fancy that! A racketeering scheme centered on the Clintons! Who'da thunk it? Other names in the story have a weary familiarity, too:

Oct 20 07:34

Nikki Haley: ‘Election meddling’ was warfare

US envoy to UN ratchets up anti-Russian rhetoric: ‘Election meddling’ was warfare

The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has raised the stakes in Washington's war of words against Russia, describing its unproven “meddling” in the 2016 election as “warfare,” just as the head of the CIA said it had no effect on the vote.
"When a country can come interfere in another country’s elections, that is warfare," Haley declared>>>
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Election meddling, according to Haley, is Russia's "weapon of choice and we have to make sure we get in front of it."

And it's not just the US the Kremlin is waging war against, Haley said. It's "everywhere">>>
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Oct 20 06:13

Press review: Putin's Valdai speech takeaways and Rosneft's Kurdistan oil deals in danger

Political Scientist Gleb Kuznetsov, who is a member of the board of directors at the Expert Institute of Social Studies, told Izvestia that Putin’s speech is "a direct answer to Trump on his ideas of reforming the United Nations"...
On Thursday, Iraq said all agreements on developing oil and gas fields, if they had not been endorsed by Baghdad’s oil ministry, are illegal, Vedomosti writes. On October 18, Russia’s Rosneft announced that it had inked a deal with the government of Iraqi Kurdistan on buying an 80% share in five oil deposits in the region. The deal is worth $400 mln and the reserves at the fields total around 670 mln barrels of oil. http://tass.com/pressreview/971705

Oct 20 06:02

Russia has no plans to join treaty on nuclear weapons prohibition — Lavrov

Russia has no intention to join the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons as it is of destabilizing nature, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the Moscow non-proliferation conference on Friday. "We are concerned over the fact that we are approaching the 2020 review conference under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons with disquieting results so far," the minister noted. "The destructive actions by some states, which have broken the consensus on the draft final document of the previous conference in 2015 have done considerable damage to the viability of the treaty and have prompted a numerous group of countries towards the intensified development of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that was recently opened for signing," Lavrov said. "We do not intend to join the Treaty on the prohibition of these weapons.

Oct 20 05:06

Riots spark in Ukraine again, but people will not die for idiots this time

Is there another Maidan brewing in Ukraine now with the help of former Governor of the Odessa region and exiled President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili? On the one hand, there is a crowd of protesters, there are tents and field kitchens, people demand a change of power again. On the other hand, the number of protesters is too small in comparison with the riots that Kiev saw in the winter of 2013-2014. Today, there are no burning tyres, no Molotov cocktails, and no (thank God) victims. Only three protesters and one police officer were hurt. Mikhail Saakashvili came to Kiev's central square to speak, but he could speak for only 10-15 minutes. Some people in the crowd started shouting: "Saakashvili is our president!" They were obviously paid for that. In his emotional speech, the ex-President of Georgia urged sitting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to step down.

Oct 19 18:46

Video: US Sanctions Bill Vs Russia Built On Fraudster’s Political Lobbying – Russian Lawyer

Natalya Veselnitskaya, dubbed a "Kremlin lawyer" in the US media because of her meeting with President Trump's son, has told RT that the Magnitsky Act against Russian officials came about as the result of a fraudulent investor's political maneuvering.

Oct 19 15:38

Senate To Grill FBI Agent Over Russia-Clinton Case

The US Senate Judiciary Committee has sought permission to interview an informant of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) who helped uncover an alleged Russian nuclear bribery case that also involves former US Secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

Oct 19 12:02

Russian parliamentarian says Ukraine owes Russia compensation for Crimea

The Ukrainian authorities should pay compensation to Russia for Crimea which Ukraine had used illegitimately for more than 20 years, a parliamentarian from the Russian State Duma lower house told TASS on Thursday. President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman said on October 10 that Crimea’s reunification with Russia was already an "accomplished fact" and any Ukraine’s attempts to return the Black Sea peninsula would trigger a European war. The Czech leader added that Russia could pay compensation to Ukraine "in financial form or in oil and gas." He said that if Ukraine disagrees, it would mean a "European war." He also criticized Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev’s decision on handing over Crimea to Ukraine in 1954. "Speaking about who owes whom and how much, it is rather Ukraine that should pay Russia for ‘the lease’ of Crimea, as it had used the territory for more than 20 years without sufficient legal grounds," said Andrei Kozenko.

Oct 19 11:33

Russian ambassador rebukes US, Israel for ignoring Palestinian problem

Russia’s Ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya leveled sharp criticism at Israel and the US on Friday for ignoring the Palestinian problem in the course of debates on Middle East peace settlement at the UN Security Council. As he took the floor at the meeting, he warned that in the absence of a peace process on the political horizon in the region, a dangerously explosive potential was accumulating there and it could produce an explosion at any moment. Israeli ambassador Danny Danon and US ambassador Nikki Haley bypassed the Palestinian issue in their speeches and concentrated on Iran’s activity instead, accusing it of destabilization in the region. The Israeli diplomat tried on the role of an arbiter by reading out the charges with global support for terrorism, encroachments on human rights, instigation of anti-Semitism, and the aspirations to annihilate Israel that he ascribed to Teheran. After listing these accusations, Danon passed a guilty verdict on Iran.

Oct 19 11:24

Putin: US failing to honor commitments for plutonium disposal

Russia has honored all its commitments for plutonium disposal whereas the United States has not fulfilled its part of obligations and is behaving ‘inappropriately,’ Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a final plenary session of the Valdai Discussion Club on Thursday. "The US, which was once the initiator of the Convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons and on international security and initiated these agreements itself, is not fulfilling its commitments and up to date remains the sole and the most powerful possessor of this type of mass destruction weapons," Putin said. "Moreover, the US has shifted the deadline for eliminating its chemical weapons from 2007 to as late as 2023. This is inappropriate for a country proclaiming itself as the champion in armaments non-proliferation and control," the Russian president stressed. In Russia, this process was fully completed on September 27, 2017, Putin said.

Oct 19 11:07

Russia to give immediate mirrored response to US withdrawal from INF Treaty

Moscow will give an immediate mirrored response to Washington’s withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club. "If our US counterparts wish to pull out of the [INF] treaty, then we will give an immediate response, and a mirrored one, too - I would like to make it clear right away," he said. "We have been abiding by it and will continue to do that until our counterparts comply with our previous agreements," Putin added. The Russian leader pointed to accusations against Moscow of violating the treaty by developing new missiles. "We may have been tempted to do so if we did not have airborne missiles and sea-based ones," Putin stressed, adding that the INF Treaty applied only to land-based missiles.

Oct 19 09:48

IRGC vows enhanced Iranian missile power in face of threats

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has sharply denounced the US president’s hostile policies and insults against the Iranian nation, vowing that the country will speed up its conventional missile program and regional role in response to enemy threats.

In a Thursday statement, the IRGC stressed the Guards’ resolve to defend the Iranian nation’s security and emphasized that it will not waver in its resolve to stand against the global “hegemonic system” and “the vicious network of international Zionism.”

The elite Iranian force further stressed that the Islamic Republic’s regional influence and missile program, which came to fruition under tough sanctions, will incessantly continue to expand.

The IRGC statement slammed the “rogue” and “lightheaded” president of the US, Donald Trump, for insulting the Iranian nation and paving the way for cruel sanctions against Iran’s Guards in his mid-October speech.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look, if you had a powerful foreign leader PUBLICLY threaten your country at the UN with the possibility of a war and national extinction against your people, wouldn't you take the precise same steps as Iran and North Korea are doing?!?

Logic says, HELL YES!!

Unfortunately, these statements from the IRGC are going to play right into Trump's and Netanyahu's plans to further demonize Iran, as a prelude to a war against it.

But Americans had better wake up to the stark reality that the costs of this war, which may well include war with Russia, whose leadership have long pledged military support of Iran should it be attacked, will only be paid in American blood and American money.

Oct 19 09:29

Putin: Moscow will respond immediately if Washington moves against Russian media

Russia will swiftly implement tit-for-tat measures if the US imposes restrictions on Russian media, President Vladimir Putin said.

“We will act only symmetrically and quite swiftly,” Putin said. “As soon as we see concrete steps limiting the activities of our mass media [in the US], a tit-for-tat response will follow immediately.”

Oct 19 09:27

Trump: Russian Uranium Deal "Is The Biggest Story That Fake Media Doesn't Want To Follow"

Recall that on Wednesday it was reported that the Senate Judiciary Committee launched a full-scale probe into a Russian nuclear bribery case, demanding several federal agencies disclose whether they knew the FBI had uncovered the corruption before the Obama administration in 2010 approved a controversial uranium deal with Moscow. Sen. Chuck Grassley, the committee chairman, gets his first chance to raise the issue in public on Wednesday when he questions Attorney General Jeff Sessions during an oversight hearing.

"It has recently come to the Committee’s attention that employees of Rosatom were involved in a criminal enterprise involving a conspiracy to commit extortion and money laundering during the time of the CFIUS transaction," Grassley wrote in one such letter addressed to Sessions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

the independent Media was way out in front on this story that now the presstitute corpoprate media is, reluctantly, forced to cover.

Yes, there has been collusion with the Russians; then-Secretary Clinton made it happen, courtesy of a nice Russian financial greasing of her palm!!

Oct 19 09:11

Putin on North Korea Crisis: Don’t Back Kim Jong Un Into a Corner

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Thursday that North Korea must not be "backed into a corner" and urged dialogue to end its nuclear standoff with the U.S.

Tensions have increased between Pyongyang and Washington in recent weeks, with President Donald Trump promising in August that North Korea would be met with "fire and fury" if it threatens the U.S. and calling Kim Jong Un, the North's leader, "rocket man" in a speech at the U.N. last month.

Putin did not mention the U.S. specifically on Thursday, but warned of the growing possibility of conflict and pointed out that North Korea is a "sovereign country."

"Problems should be solved in dialogue, and North Korea should not be backed into a corner," Putin said in a speech to the elite of Russia’s foreign policy establishment and foreign guests at a meeting organized by the Valdai Discussion Club near the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin is thoroughy correct on this, which means President Trump will not listen to a word he has said, and will continue to provoke until North Korea either does something rash, or has it done for them, courtesy of a US-invoked false flag.

Oct 19 08:59

WSWS told how in 1996 the Americans and Clinton forged the victory of Yeltsin

The victory of Boris Yeltsin in 1996 - the merit of American political technologists and personally Bill Clinton, writes World Socialist Web Site. Not only did they supervise the election program of the Russian president and monitor the ratings, but according to some signs, we can assume that those elections were falsified at all, and Gennady Zyuganov won them a real victory, the author explains.

Oct 19 08:48

America’s Predictable Betrayal of the Iran Deal

In a 2009 report titled, “Which Path to Persia?: Options for a New American Strategy Toward Iran” (PDF), corporate-financier funded US policy think tank the Brookings Institution would explicitly call for a deal to be offered by the US to Iran only to be intentionally broken and used as a pretext for direct military confrontation.

The report would propose (emphasis added):

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A war against Iran will most likely mean a war with Russia, whose military and civilian leadership have long pledged to defend it, should it get attacked.

Oh yes, Saudi Arabia and Israel will "cheer the US military on", should such a confrontation begin; but Americans had better damned well wake up to the cold, hard reality here that the costs of such a war will be borne only through American blood and American money.

In connection with this upcoming war, I see the reinstitution of the draft in the US as a defninite probability in the near future; and this time, the US military will not only be coming for our young men, but also our young women as well.

Oct 19 08:27

U.S. Pushes For Quick UN Vote On Syrian Gas-Attack Inspections, Defying Russia

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said on October 18 that she was circulating a resolution that would extend by another year the work of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), and she called for a vote on the extension before a scheduled October 26 report by the group on who is responsible for an April 4 sarin-gas attack on Khan Sheikhun that killed nearly 90 people.

Haley said that "there's overwhelming support" on the council for her proposed extension of the JIM's inspection mandate, which expires in mid-November, but she expects Russia to object to any rushed vote.

Russian Ambassador Mikhail Ulyanov, who heads the country's delegation to the UN General Assembly's disarmament committee, said last week that Russia wanted to wait to see the report on the Khan Sheikhun attack before deciding whether to extend the inspectors' mandate.

Oct 19 08:23

How Netanyahu Pulls Trump’s Strings

Over the summer, Trump listened to advice about a possible major overhaul of U.S. foreign policy that would have checked Israeli/Saudi regional ambitions, opened diplomatic doors to Iran, and addressed the Korean crisis by brokering negotiations between the North and the South over some form of loose confederation.

There was even the possibility of a Nixon-goes-to-China moment with tough-guy Trump meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the two countries restoring diplomatic ties, a process that could have given U.S. companies a better chance to compete in the Iranian market.

Those proposed moves had the advantage of reducing international tensions, saving the U.S. government money on future military adventures, and freeing U.S. corporations from the tangle of economic sanctions – exactly the “America First” strategy that Trump had promised his working-class base.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The level of absolute betrayal that I, and much of his base, felt at President Trump's martial rantings at the UN, threatening both North Korea and Iran with war and extinction, is so intense as to be absolutely unconveyable.

So I am hoping that some folks in the White House, Pentagon, State Department and Congress are asking themselves, quite seriously: is the US government actually prepared to go to war with both Iran and Russia, egged on by the Israeli cheerleaded in chief Netanyahu, when it is a dead moral certainty that the costs will be borne only in American blood, and with American money?!?

I would hope that a measured, collective answer to that question is, HELL, NO!!

But then again, I do not know what kind of Svengali hold Netanyahu has over President Trump, in terms of intel or background to which the American public is not privy.

Unfortunately, just because an action on the part of the US government could be the most ham-fistely, pig-headedly stupid thing it could do, is no guarantee that it will not do it.

And do take note; there have been absolutely no missile tests by North Korea over this last week of intense military exercises between South Korea and the US military off the Korean peninsula. Even though North Korea's Ambassador to the UN made the following statement on 16 October "Nuclear War May Break Out at Any Moment, these exercises are due to end tomorrow, and yet North Korea has not carried out its threats.

38north.org, an organisation under the auspices of John Hopins University, which studies North Korean actions by analyzing satellite imagery, has made no mentions of any movements of missiles to their testing site as of yesterday, 18 October, and this is my "canary in the coal mine" resource when it comes to North Korean military activity.

I doubt that this will ever happen in my lifetime, but what this country desperately needs right now, is a Department of Peace, to counter the warmongers in our government, and create options for resolving this country's geopolitical issues through intelligent, moral, hard-won negotiations, rather than through war.

Oct 19 04:25

Commission for Military to Consider Draft,

Commission for Modern Military to Consider Skills-Based Draft, Women's Roles, Millennial Recruitment

A U.S. commission on national service has been impaneled to provide Congress and the White House with the experts’ opinion on revamping a proposed gender-neutral military draft.
Congress also wants the U.S. National Commission on Military, National and Public Service to suggest methods to close the cultural gap between the conscript-free armed forces and private citizens by inspiring millennials to join.

(*Strike While The Iron's HOT , and Patriotism is high !)

Oct 18 12:40

Senate Judiciary opens probe into Obama-era Russian nuclear bribery case

The Senate Judiciary Committee has launched a probe into a Russian nuclear bribery case, demanding several federal agencies disclose whether they knew the FBI had uncovered the corruption before the Obama administration in 2010 approved a controversial uranium deal with Moscow.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the committee chairman, on Wednesday raised the issue in public during questioning of Attorney General Jeff Sessions during an oversight hearing.

The senator cited a series of The Hill stories that showed the FBI had evidence that Russian nuclear officials were involved in a racketeering scheme as early as 2009, well before the uranium deal was approved.

Oct 18 11:24

Benjamin Netanyahu: 'Israel will not allow' Iranian bases in Syria

Israel says it "will not allow" Iran to build up a long-term military position on its borders, according to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu delivered the warning to Russia, which has been Iran's partner in backing Syrian President Bashar Assad, during a meeting in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. The talks occurred as coalition forces are nearly finished liberating the Islamic State's capital of Raqqa as key world powers try to secure long-term strategic gains out of the Syrian civil war.

"Iran is attempting to establish itself militarily in Syria," Netanyahu tweeted Tuesday after a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. "I told [Shoigu]: Iran needs to understand that Israel will not allow this."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel will do anything it can to start an all out war against Syria and Iran, with the US government sleepwalking into such a war before it realizes what has happened, and that is precisely what Netanyahu wants to engineer, with these moves.

Such a war could well see the US military fighting the Russian military in Syria; and if Israel and the US go into Iran, you will most probably see Russia fighting against US forces here as well.

I have felt that we are on the keening edge of either a total financial breakdown, or world war for quite some time; I don't know which will be first, but the current geopolitical and financial situations cannot stand as they are for much longer.

Oct 18 11:03

ISRAEL IS HIDING THAT ITS STATE-OF-ART F-35 WARPLANE WAS HIT BY SYRIAN S-200 MISSILE - REPORTS

According to the available information, the Syrian Defense Forces used a S-200 missile against the Israeli warplane. This Soviet-made missile is the most advanced long range anti-aircraft system opearated by the Syrian military. Even in this case, it’s old-fashioned in terms of the modern warfare. Despite this, the Syrian Defense Ministry said in its statement that government forces responded to the violation of the airspace and “directly hit one of the jets, forcing [Israeli aircraft] to retreat.”
It looks that the Israeli “demonstration of power” during the recent visit of Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has turned into a total failure.

On October 16, Shoigu arrived Israel for meetings with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The sides were reportedly set to discuss the situation in the region, including Syria, the fight against terrorism as well as military and technical cooperation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I expect the IDF to lie to their collective teeth as to whether or not the F-35 got hit; but unfortunately, the F-35, that Frankenstinian monster created by Lockheed Martin has never worked properly, and is neither an air-worthy, nor agile.

Oct 18 10:27

Hillary Clinton Desperately Tries to Distract From Bombshell Russia-Uranium One Report

As previously reported, the FBI had evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were involved in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering in order to benefit Vladimir Putin prior to Obama admin handing over 20% of America’s Uranium to Russia, according to a devastating report by John Solomon via The Hill.

Who was right in the middle of it all? HILLARY CLINTON. MILLIONS of dollars flowed to the Clinton Foundation as our Uranium rights were sold to Russia while she was Secretary of State.

Late Monday evening Sean Hannity and Circa News’ Sara Carter hinted that a bombshell was going to drop Tuesday morning involving Russia, Hillary and an informant. In fact, Hannity said that fake news and Hillary ‘won’t be sleeping well tonight’.

Oct 18 09:32

Hannity, Game Over. Nuclear Bribery. Stand or Fall

Oct 18 09:00

Putin can't stop laughing when minister suggests Russia should export PORK to Muslim-majority Indonesia

During the meeting, which was held on Friday last week, Alexander Tkachov compared Russia's exporting figures to Germany and made the suggestion as a way to increase overseas trade.

Footage shows Mr Tkachov saying: 'They (Germany) send half their pork to export. Look at Germany’s numbers: five and a half million tonnes of pork produced a year, of that almost three million is exported to all countries, to China, to Indonesia, to Japan, Korea, and so on.'

Mr Putin responds: 'Indonesia is a Muslim country. They do not eat pork there,' while chuckling.

Mr Tkachov jokes: 'They will,' before the president says: 'No, they will not,' and starts laughing hysterically while covering his face with his hands.

Oct 18 08:57

America's Global Dishonesty Will End the $US as a Reserve Currency

"Washington, instead of operating a fair system, uses its world currency role to dominate other countries. Russia and China are too strong to be dominated, and, thus, are throwing off the dollar system."

Oct 18 08:41

The Real Russia-Gate Will Take Down Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton is going to prison. Mark my words. And Julian Assange is the architect of her destruction. How do I know this? Simple. The dam is breaking.

This morning’s article in The Hill lays out in no uncertain terms the collusion between Hillary’s State Department and high-level Russian officials in selling a large portion of the United States’ uranium production to Rosatom, the Russian state nuclear energy giant.

The whole article is damning. I can’t quote any one part because it’s all explosive. You should read it in full and consider the gravity what it lays out.

Oct 18 07:56

FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow(Russian nuke officials routed millions to Clinton Foundation)

Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.

Oct 18 07:45

Saakashvili leads mass anti-government rally in Ukrainian capital

Around three thousand people gathered outside main parliament building in Kiev on Tuesday, protesting against the government of President Petro Poroshenko and his policies.

Some protesters chanted slogans against Poroshenko and called on him to resign in the face of growing economic woes in Ukraine. The number of protesters dwindled in the afternoon to a few hundred people. Some vowed to stay in tents overnight to push with their demands.

Saakashvili, who has become a major anti-government figure on the back of growing differences with Poroshenko, said the president was responsible for persistent poverty in Ukraine.

Oct 17 16:26

FBI Uncovered Russian Bribery Plot Before Obama Administration Approved Controversial Nuclear Deal with Moscow

Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

Oct 17 11:25

FBI Uncovered Russian Bribery Plot Before Obama Approved Uranium One Deal, Netting Clintons Millions

As the mainstream media continues to obsess over $100,000 worth Facebook ads allegedly purchased by Russian spies in 2016 seeking to throw the presidential election, we're almost certain they'll ignore the much larger Russian bombshell dropped today in the form of newly released FBI documents that reveal for the very first time that the Obama administration was well aware of illegal bribery, extortion and money laundering schemes being conducted by the Russians to get a foothold in the atomic energy business in the U.S. before approving a deal that handed them 20% of America's uranium reserves...and resulted in a windfall of donations to the Clinton Foundation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is fact; it is real; it happened; and yet no one in the government is investigating?!?!?

Oct 16 15:08

Ukrainian Nationalists Hold March In Kiev To Mark Anniversary Of Creation Of Nazi-Linked Group

Thousands of far-right activists including members of far-right nationalist groups such as Svoboda, participated in a torch-lit procession through the streets of Kiev, Saturday, to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA).

Oct 16 14:17

The Unraveling of American/Russian Relations

It is time to move on to another unraveling—that of US/Russian relations. This unraveling is far more serious as it threatens life on earth. I have warned of the consequences of Washington threatening Russia’s security by breaking agreement after agreement, by placing missile bases on Russia’s borders, by orchestrating anti-Russian coups in former Soviet provinces, and by a continuing volley of false accusations against Russia. There is no act more reckless and irresponsible than to make one nuclear power fear nuclear attack from another.

Oct 16 12:31

Clinton Calls WikiLeaks Chief ‘Tool Of Russia’

Former US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has called WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange a “tool of Russian intelligence.”

In an interview with an Australian state broadcaster on Monday, Clinton said Assange had “become a kind of nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator,” referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Oct 16 11:08

A hero around the world - Pro-Putin graffiti appears in Catalonia, Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Syria and throughout the 3rd World

The man has serious support around the world. Many of them are wishing him a happy birthday.

Why is it that no American president of recent memory would inspire this sort of thing?

Check out these pictures, and the video below, - and check out the last one - from Syria - it's good.

Oct 16 11:00

The Soviet Story (with translations)


Written and directed by Edv?ns Šnore (2008), this is the unsanitized story of Soviet Communism and Soviet-German collaboration prior to 1941. The film features interviews with Western and Russian historians including Norman Davies and Boris Sokolov, Russian writer Viktor Suvorov, Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky, members of the European Parliament and participants, as well as survivors of the rampaging, bloodlusted Soviet terror machine.

"Only by understanding the genocides of the past, can we hope to prevent others from occurring in our lifetime." - The Soviet Story

Oct 16 08:43

ISRAELI FIGHTER JETS LAUNCH AIR STRIKE ON SYRIAN AIR DEFENSE BATTERY NEAR DAMASCUS

After years of undermining the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al Assad, an effort that has seen Israel countenance ISIS training camps near its borders and launch recurring missile strikes on Syrian territory and its army bases while threatening to bomb Assad's palace, the simmering conflict between the two nations broke out into the open once again overnight.

The Israeli Defense Forces confirmed that Israeli Air Force fighters conducted a missile strike against a Syrian base after a missile was fired at Israeli jets on a routine aerial reconnaissance mission in Lebanese airspace, Russia's news agency Sputnik reports. No people were in injured, and the Israeli jets returned safely, but not before attacking an anti-aircraft battery east of the Syrian capital of Damascus. As usual, The IDF blamed the Syrian government for the incident, however, presenting no proof to support the claim. Damascus has yet to comment on the situation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The IDF most probably cannot present "proof" because there is none.

And remember that the attack happened over Lebanese air space; not Syrian air space.

I hope to heck Russian President Putin is working the phones like crazy, to inform his counterpart, Prime Minister Netanyahu, that events like this will no longer be tolerated by the Syrian or Russian airspace.

Oct 16 06:33

Paul Craig Roberts: The Unraveling of American/Russian Relations

Dear Readers: I agree that the official Las Vegas story seems to be unraveling. A public mass shooting should be transparent, not opaque. I think we explored the story long enough to discover that without knowing the facts, we cannot arrive at an explanation with confidence.

It is time to move on to another unraveling—that of US/Russian relations.>>>

Oct 14 10:22

Norway plans to send armored unit close to Russian border

Norway said on Friday it planned to send an armored battalion near its arctic border with Russia and buy more tanks and artillery to respond to growing threats.

Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide did not mention Russia as she described her minority government’s defense plan, and said she did not see a specific, current military threat.

But the NATO member and other nearby countries have grown increasingly alarmed about Moscow’s ambitions, particularly following its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region in 2014 and its naval and air force maneuvers in the region

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note when I have talked about narrative supporting the US deep State's agenda; Russia is again being charged with "annexing Crimea" by Reuters, which is an absolute, complete lie. Caught you AGAIN, Reuters!

President Obama administ that Washington brokered a deal in Ukraine in support of regime change

Didn't quite get to that factoid, did you Reuters?!?

After the "coup-coup-ca-CHEW" in Kiev, which replaced Yanukovych with Poroshenko, Crimean officials understood that there was no legitimate government in Ukraine. The then held a free and fair referendum, asking their people if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, post-coup, or petition the Russian government to become a member of the Russian Federation. they overwhelmingly voted to petition the Russian government to become part of the Russian Federation:

Crimea applies to be part of Russian Federation after vote to leave Ukraine

THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA WHATSOEVER, FOLKS!!

But you see, these well-documented facts do NOT support the demonization against Russia, leading ultimately toward a war against it; so Reuters just continues to lie about the facts of the matter, because the demonization is engineered to support the agenda of a war against Russia.

You can't lie to thinking Americans any more, Reuters; that is just not going to work. And whatever it is that the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika are paying you, it cannot be enough!!

And if you think I'm "over-reacting" on this, please read the following article By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts about the ultimate American intensions of wars with Russia and China:

Washington plans to nuke Russia and China

This guy is about as sobering as a heart attack, with impeccible credentials, and a strong, analytic way of pulling information together.

Oct 14 08:40

Russia Says Trump's Iran Deal Actions Are 'Doomed to Fail'

(*ASTONISHING: There's always somebody somewhere , ready to rain on Trump's parade !)

Oct 13 11:47

Berlin: Possible Unification of Europe and Russia against the USA

German Foreign Minister Zigmar Gabriel believes that the US's potential withdrawal from a nuclear deal with Iran will distance Europe from Washington and bring it closer to Russia and China.

Oct 13 11:42

Russia says U.S. military in Baltic contradicts Russia-NATO agreement

Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday that the U.S. military presence in the Baltic states contradicts the Russia-NATO agreement, RIA news agency quoted it as saying.

The ministry was quoted as saying that the United States has, in effect, deployed a division of its forces in the Baltic states, near Russia’s borders.

Oct 13 08:22

US Military Sends Troops to Russian Border

The U.S. has sent troops to within 100 miles of the border of Russia’s military enclave of Kaliningrad to bolster a NATO outpost in Poland, Newsweek reported.

The news did not sit well with Russia, which claimed the move threatened its security and warnd it would consider adding nuclear-capable Iskander ballistic missiles on its side of the border as a deterrent to the U.S., the magazine stated.

Oct 13 07:23

Julian Assange on Roger Stone & Accusations About WikiLeaks and Trump Campaign Ties to Russia

Microsoft has joined Facebook in saying it is investigating whether Russian operatives paid for “inappropriate” pro-Trump ads on its Bing search engine and other platforms. Social media giant Facebook has said a Russian company placed thousands of ads on their network at a cost of more than $100,000, including some that targeted states crucial to Trump’s victory.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo has blasted Wikileaks as a hostile intelligence service that is often abetted by state actors like Russia, and Trump adviser Roger Stone declined to confirm to the House Intelligence Committee that he was directly in contact with WikiLeaks about damaging information on then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

We get response from Julian Assange, the founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks.

Oct 13 07:21

Putin promises to create better environment for foreign business in Russia

President Vladimir Putin has pledged to improve conditions for foreign companies working in Russia, including removing obstacles and reforming the legal system.

Oct 13 07:19

Where’s the Beef? The Senate Intel Committee and Russia

The basic claim of Russia meddling that has yet to be proved.

Burr’s statement is an example of “confirmation bias” which is the tendency to interpret information in a way that confirms one’s own preexisting beliefs. In this case, Burr and his co-chair, Senator Mark Warner have already accepted the findings of a hastily slapped-together Intelligence report that was the work of “hand-picked” analysts who were likely chosen to produce conclusions that jibed with a particular political agenda. In other words, the intelligence was fixed to fit the policy.

Oct 13 06:56

DOLLAR BLOW: China Launches New ‘Yuan-Ruble’ Payment Mechanism

The US received a major blow to its global hegemony, and one which is sure to trigger more fighting talk from hawks in Washington.

This week it was announced that China has established a ‘payment versus payment‘ (PVP) system to clear Chinese yuan and Russian ruble transactions. The aim, we’re told, is to to “reduce risks and improve the efficiency” of its foreign exchange system.

The new mechanism, which could rival the long-held monopoly of the US SWIFT inter-bank payment system (allowing for simultaneous settlement of transactions in two different currencies) was launched on Monday after receiving approval from China’s central bank, according to a statement by the country’s foreign exchange trading system.

Oct 12 10:45

Trump Expected to Designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as Terrorists

President Trump will announce his decertification of the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran this week, and the White House has said he will provide details on his overall strategy for Iran going forward.

Today, we may have our first idea what this might entail, as officials are being quoted as saying President Trump is “likely” to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization.

This would be the first time the US has ever designated a branch of another country’s military as “terrorists,” and would be hugely problematic, signaling growing US hostility toward Iran. Opponents of the move warn it risks provoking an Iranian retaliation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

About what alleged "bad behavour" is President Trump speaking, when he and his cronies can offer utterly no "proof" of such activities, and Iran is documented by the IAEA to be conforming to the P5+1 treaty completely?!?

I will chance a prediciction here, and hope to heaven that I am wrong; the US will be at war against Iran within the year, and the OUSSA (Occupied, Unhinged, Survieilled States of Amerika) will be reinstituting the draft, for both our young men, and our young women in this time frame.

I don't want to be "Mrs. Chicken Little of Oahu" here, but the tempo, and scope, of potential war against both North Korea and Iran, seem to be compounding incrementally.

Note that relatively recently (back in September), President Trump made the accusation that North Korea and Iran were colluding on their mutual weapons program.

Iran colluding with N. Korea on nukes: Trump

This linkage is truly troubling, and telegraphs clearly that he and his "Presidential Whisperers" have some very clear and present plans for attacking both countries militarily, although were I a betting person, I would bet that North Korea will be the first to be targeted in this manner.

I cannot believe that the President's advisors would have any confidence in doing two attempted decap strikes simultaneously,and expecting both of them to succeed.

Oct 12 10:31

US Lawmakers, European Nations Scramble to Save Iran Deal From Trump

President Trump is expected to decertify the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran this week, pushing the issue to Congress for a vote. With Iran not having violated the deal, Trump’s efforts to kill it are fueling a lot of reaction at home and abroad.

European nations are looking down the road for ways to save the deal, saying that it would be difficult to keep the deal in place if the US withdraws. The nations are planning to issue a joint statement in support of the deal, and also commit to lobbying Congress on the matter.

Congress was broadly opposed to the deal two years ago, but it’s not clear that’s the case anymore. Heavy Israeli lobbying was making it a very divisive issue back then, and while the lobby still has some opposition to the deal, it’s not clear it’s as vocal, nor necessarily something the EU couldn’t counter with its own lobbying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Killing this deal, as President Trump is expected to do, will result in three outcomes.

1. IF Iran walks away from the deal, as much as Europe and the countries of the Middle East want it to stay, it will most probably go back to its nuclear development program.

2. If that happens, that will be the "justification" the US and Israel will use as the excuse for a military campaign against it (which Russia will most probably join on the Iranian side).

3. The world will understand that the Occupied, Unhinged, States of Amerika can never be trusted to keep any geopolitical treaty or promises whatsoever, so negotiating with this country is utterly useless, and a complete waste of time.

Trump's unholy Triumverate of "President Whisperers", Kelly, Mc Master, and Mattis, understand this perfectly well, but will not mention this to him, in fear of losing another opportunity to wage war, which seems to be the only answer they collectively have to any geopolitical challenges.

Oct 12 09:57

US withdraws from Unesco over 'anti-Israel bias'

The United States has withdrawn from Unesco over what it claims is the organisation's "continuing anti-Israel bias".

The US State Department recently announced its intention to withdraw from the UN's cultural, scientific and educational organisation and become a permanent observer instead.

"This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at Unesco, the need for fundamental reform in the organisation, and continuing anti-Israel bias at Unesco," the State Department said in a statement.

The country hopes to remain a non-member observer state, in order to contribute US opinions and expertise on issues like press freedoms and protecting world heritage, according to the Department. The decision will take effect at the end of 2018.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, in President Trump's world view, no matter how many Palestinian homes are demolished in the West Bank or East Jerusalem; no matter how many Palestinian children are killed or tortured in jail by the IDF in order to exact "confessions" from them; no matter how deeply Israel's "final solution" to the "Palestinian Problem prevents Palestinians from getting desperately needed medical care outside of Gaza; the government of Israel, fronted by their evil incarnate Prime Minister Netanyahu, can do utterly no wrong.

With that being said, and understanding that Netanyahu is one of the most influential of President Trump's "whisperers", look for a US-sponsored war against Iran to begin in the not too distant future, bringing back the draft, and engaging with Russia over Iran, as Russian military and civilian leaders have sworn to protect it, should it come under US attack.

Israel has been cheerleading for decades for regime change in Tehran; what President Trump needs to understand, and sadly, does not, is that Tel Aviv is counting on the costs of such a war to be primarily borne by American blood and American money.

Oct 12 09:32

US Army Shifts Focus to Fighting Technologically Advanced Near-Peer Foes

After nearly 20 years of combat operations in South Asia and the Middle East, the Pentagon has updated its fighting manual in the event that the US goes to war with a large military boasting high-tech capabilities like the ones featured in the US arsenal, Stars and Stripes reports.
The new manual, called "[Field Manual] 3-0 Operations" is intended to prepare US warfighters for confronting opponents with drones, cyber-attack abilities and sophisticated conventional equipment such as tanks and artillery, the newspaper said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Meaning Russia and China.

Oct 12 09:07

NATO LAUNCHES NEW BLACK SEA FORCE TO TARGET RUSSIA

NATO has announced the launching of their multinational Black Sea Force, based in Romania, and including an entire Romanian brigade of 4,000 troops. The force is there to target Russia in the Black Sea region.

Romania insisted the deployment is “not a threat to Russia” and that the purpose of having more troops there to “target” Russia is “peace, not war.” 900 US troops were deployed to Romania to participate in this force.

Since Russia doesn’t border NATO anywhere in the Black Sea region, the force appears to be largely pointless, except for additional grandstanding about NATO’s “readiness” for a fight with “invading” Russian forces, in an invasion that’s been predicted for years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The politicians of Romania appear to be incapable of logic; why in the name of heaven would Russia want to invade Romania, and risk a war with NATO because of doing such a thing?!?

The short answer is, Putin would never do this.

This NATO naval fleet is simply another annoyance and provocation of Russia, which has done absoutely nothing to earn it.

Oct 12 09:00

Armed Robots Could Soon Be Seen in Ukraine Conflict

Are we on the verge of entering the age of robotic warfare?

Russian-backed troops in Ukraine could soon be facing armed ground robots in battle. Ukrainian military leaders proudly displayed their Phantom robot at the Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on Monday, Defense One reports. The robot is currently in an experimental phase, but reportedly could be used in combat in Ukraine as early as next year.

Depending on the terrain, the Phantom (also spelled Fantom) can be outfitted with treads like a tank or wheels. It can also be armed with anti-tank weapons, grenade launchers or machine guns.

The Phantom is also equipped with a backup microwave-communication link, which allows it to continue operating even if its connection with the operator has been jammed or hacked.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is this article telegraphing that the Government of the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of America will be at war with Russia in Ukraine the biginning of next year?!?

I sincerely hope not!!

Oct 12 03:19

Russia Protests 'Shameful' US Theft of Consulate Flags

Russia protested to the United States on Wednesday after it said Russian flags were stolen from its consulate in San Francisco, a charge that Washington immediately
disputed.
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“The latest shameful event. In San Francisco (Russian) flags have been stolen from the building of @ConsulRussiaSF >>> We demand the American authorities return our state symbols”>>>

(*no tag for PETTY LARCENY)

Oct 11 13:59

Russia kicks off major missile drills in Siberia

More than 4,000 servicemen and 400 pieces of military hardware, including the Topol-M ICBM mobile launchers, were taking part in the exercise, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday.

Russian supersonic fighter jets were also participating in the drills, which were expected to fuel an ongoing missile row between Russia and the US.

Oct 11 10:43

The House of Saud bows to the House of Putin – Pepe Escobar

Saudi Arabia pivots to Russia, the new sheriff in town.

What a difference a year – an eternity in geopolitics – makes. No one could see this coming; the ideological matrix of all strands of Salafi-jihadi terror – which Russia fights no holds barred, from ISIS/Daesh to the Caucasus Emirate – beating a path to the Kremlin and about to embrace Russia as a strategic ally.

The House of Saud was horrified by Russia’s successful campaign to prevent regime change in Syria. Moscow was solidifying its alliance with Tehran. Hawks in the Obama administration were imposing on Saudi Arabia a strategy of keeping oil prices down to hurt the Russian economy.

Oct 11 10:35

Sputnik and RT Under Investigation – Philip Giraldi

Is it news or propaganda? And what about the First Amendment?

News organizations are normally considered to be exempt from the requirements of FARA. The Department of Justice action against the two Russian major media outlets is unprecedented.

Somehow everything keeps coming back around to Russia. In one of its recent initiatives, the Justice Department (DOJ) appears to be attacking the First Amendment as part of the apparent bipartisan program to make Vladimir Putin the fall guy for everything that goes wrong in Washington.

Oct 10 14:44

Russia-Gate Jumps The Shark

A key distinction between propaganda and journalism is that manipulative propaganda relies on exaggeration and deceit while honest journalism provides context and perspective. But what happens when the major news outlets of the world’s superpower become simply conveyor belts for warmongering propaganda?

Oct 10 10:21

Lavrov: Russia insists on return of its diplomatic property ‘illegally seized’ by US

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Moscow insists on the return of its diplomatic properties “illegally seized” by the US, warning of legal consequences and possible retaliation.

Oct 10 10:06

Russia gets ready for USA's interference in 2018 presidential election

Attempts to interfere in Russia's internal affairs continue, and this process is not going to fade in light of the upcoming presidential election in Russia in March of 2018.

Officials with the Federation Council Commission for the Protection of State Sovereignty concluded during a meeting on Monday that attempts to interfere in Russia's internal affairs were noticeable during the regional elections in September of this year, even though they did not show much influence on the outcome of the elections.

Oct 10 09:37

WikiLeaks Releases Moscow’s Surveillance Files

By Aaron Kesel

The international whistleblower coalition WikiLeaks who have had their sights on the CIA, pivoted their focus to Russia’s own surveillance, offering a look at technical details of how Moscow spies on its citizens’ mobile data online...

Oct 10 05:49

Kremlin Issues Stern Warning to Washington Over Its Help for Terrorists in Syria

(*Another Day , Another Stern Warning From The Kremlin . Another Huge win for Trump !
If that's all they've got , Trump should be able to slice through Syria with a butter knife !)

Oct 09 15:35

World War 3: Russia orders US to ABANDON North Korea fight as major conflict looms

Sergey Lavrov told his US counterpart, Rex Tillerson, the escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula is unacceptable.

Russia's foreign ministry, said: "Lavrov underlined the inadmissibility of any escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula, to which the USA's military preparations lead, and called for contradictions to be resolved by diplomatic means only."

Oct 09 09:37

Russia Threatens Retaliatory Restrictions on US Media Outlets

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova is warning that Russia is considering applying restrictions to certain US media outlets in retaliation for recent US measures taken against Russia’s RT news channel.

Last month, the US Justice Department ordered RT to register as a “foreign agent,” which requires them to make a massive number of disclosures. The Foreign Agent Registration Act was meant to target foreign lobbyists and politicians, and had virtually never been used against journalists before.

US lawmakers had been hyping RT as a “propaganda” network, complaining about their narrative being dissimilar on key issues from domestic US media. Yet other nations’ media across the world often differs with US media priorities, and the moves against RT are unheard of.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I link to the English-edition of rt.com and sputniknews.com on a nearly daily basis.

I find the reporting and analysis of world events in these blogs rather calm; most generally level-headed, and non-warmongering, which one can certainly not say about the presstitutes and whorespondents in the corporate media of this country, faithfully regurgitating government propaganda.

Oct 09 09:12

Red Scare redux? US imposes World War II-era ‘foreign agents’ designation on Russia media

The Soviet-era McCarthyism that swept America in the mid-20th century was mere child's play compared to the Russophobic hysteria now running amok in the land, where Russian media is even being required to identify itself with a Nazi-era designation.

The most disturbing aspect about the spectacular crash and burn of US-Russia relations in the last year is not necessarily the lightning speed with which it occurred, but that it was a deliberate, premeditated act of political violence that was absolutely avoidable.

The all-out anti-Russia campaign arrived with such swift, unwarranted ferocity that it would have made the late US Senator Joseph McCarthy - whose name is practically synonymous with witch hunts - sit up and take note. And just when you think we've hit rock bottom in the bilateral relationship, a trap door swings open below your feet, revealing yet another precipitous drop.

Oct 09 09:10

3,000 people evacuated, helicopters deployed as market outside Moscow erupts in flames (VIDEOS)

A fire has broken out at a busy building supplies market just outside of Moscow to the north-west. Plumes of black smoke could be seen rising from the site, with around 55,000 square meters (592,000 square feet) of the premises reportedly ablaze.

Oct 08 07:58

RUSSIA PILES UP GOLD RESERVES IN CONTINUED PUSH AWAY FROM US DOLLAR

The Central Bank of Russia (CBR) has more than doubled the pace of gold purchases over the past decade, adding more than 1,250 tons to its gold reserves according to World Gold Council data.

In the second quarter alone, it accounted for 38 percent of all gold purchased by central banks. The gold rush has allowed the CBR to continue piling its reserves while abstaining from purchases of foreign currency (particularly, the US dollar) for more than two years.

“The sixth largest gold reserves in the world, they constitute 17 percent of the nation’s wealth,” said the report. It added that if buying continues at a similar pace, the full year increase in 2017 “could closely match” the 200 tons purchased annually in 2015 and 2016.

Oct 07 10:43

Over 100,000 People Evacuated in Moscow Over False Bomb Explosion Warnings

A wave of anonymous calls over bomb threats in education facilities, shopping centers and administrative buildings has led to a mass evacuation in Moscow on Friday.

More than 100,000 people were evacuated in the Russian capital over false warnings of explosive devices.

The warnings had not been confirmed, but the police had to evacuate Moscow residents due to security reasons.

"More than 130 reports of explosion threats have been received from law enforcement agencies since the beginning of the day, about 100,000 people have been evacuated from all buildings," a source said on condition of anonymity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This appears to be highly coordinated; but by whom, and for what purpose?!? The destabilization of Russia, with a thought toward "regime change" in Moscow?!?

Wars can be psycological, as well as physical. If 100,000 people are evacuated on false threats of bombings, it will be very hard for those people to really trust that the Russian government can actually protect them in a real emergency.

Was this the purpose?!? To cause the Russian people to lose trust in their government, and very specifically, Vladimir Putin?!? Only time will tell.

Oct 07 09:11

Kaspersky Lab Denies WSJ Allegations of Hacking NSA

Consistently at or near the top of security software maker rankings, Russian-based Kaspersky Lab continues to attract suspicion, based on little to no evidence, of being a “threat” to US national security.

This week, the allegations came out of the Wall Street Journal, which claimed that an NSA contractor who ran Kaspersky antivirus on his computer was hacked, and immediately concluded that Kaspersky hacked him to get NSA data for the Russian government.

Kaspersky founder Eugene Kaspersky mocked the claim as “like the script of a C movie.” He offered an alternate explanation for the data loss, that the NSA tools on the computer were correctly identified as new forms of malware by Kaspersky’s software.

The supposition that being a security software company and Russia-based makes them tantamount to Russian spies has been enough of an excuse for US officials to increasingly demonize the company, despite the lack of real evidence of wrongdoing, let alone culpability.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the Wall Street Jerks' article provided was absolutely no tangible proof of their allegations whatsoever, and there was utterly no sourcing to these allegations.

Mike and I have used Kaspersky security products, and consider them excellent; but of course, we're not the ones desperately trying to demonize Russia toward the goal of starting a shooting war against it!!

Oct 07 09:01

Trump Threatens as Iran Says Missile Program Not Up for Negotiation

Following up on yesterday’s report that President Trump is going to decertify the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran on the grounds it is “not in America’s interests,” he is stepping up threats against Iran, promising a “broad strategy” to punish Iran for all of its bad behavior.

Decertification would lead to a vote in Congress, which Trump appears to believe will lead to the US withdrawing from the P5+1. This isn’t going to take place until next week, however,which has fueled speculation Iran might be coerced into making new concessions to placate him.

Iran, however, says that this is not the case. Noting that they’re complying with the nuclear deal as it is, Iran has denied reports they’d be willing to negotiate on their conventional missile program, saying they believe demands for more concessions are a violation of the UN Security Council resolution on the nuclear deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As I mentioned yesterday, a US decertification of the P5+1 deal, would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid decision the Trump administration could make, at this point.

Of course, with President Whisperer, Israel's Benyamin Netanyahu constantly cheerleading for "regime change" in Tehran, the purpose of the decertification is to leave the US open to attempt a regime change by force.

I would like to strongly caution President Trump that Israel fully expects the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika to do this for him, but primarily at the costs of American blood and American money.

And Mr. President, I would like to politely remind you that Russian diplomats and chief military officers have consistently stated, that if Iran is attacked, Russia will come to its aid miilitarily.

Do you, sir, really want a war with Russia over regime change in Tehran?!?

I would suggest, sir, that if Mattis, McMaster and Kelly are being painfully honest with you, they will urge extreme caution, and tell you to your face that this is one hell of a lousy option, no matter how much Netanyahu screams at you on the phone that you MUST do it, to destroy its existential enemy, Iran.

I would also like to politely remind you, that Iran has not initiated a war in over 200 years.

Oct 07 07:44

North Korea WARNING: New HYPERSONIC missile technology could spark global warfare

MISSILES being developed by Russia and China which will be 25 times faster than an aeroplane could cause serious instability in regions such as North Korea - prompting huge World War Three fears.

Oct 07 07:41

Warmongering Galore: Kiev wants UN to send NATO bombers to Donbass

At the recent meeting of the UN Security Council, Ukraine’s envoy, Vladimir Yelchenko, announced that the peacekeeping contingent to be deployed to Donbass should be equipped with combat aircraft and vehicles. Yelchenko also added that peacekeeping forces should be guaranteed necessary funding and advanced reconnaissance technologies.

Oct 07 05:16

Kaspersky Lab Denies WSJ Allegations of Hacking NSA

Consistently at or near the top of security software maker rankings, Russian-based Kaspersky Lab continues to attract suspicion, based on little to no evidence, of being a “threat” to US national security.

This week, the allegations came out of the Wall Street Journal, which claimed that an NSA contractor who ran Kaspersky antivirus on his computer was hacked, and immediately concluded that Kaspersky hacked him to get NSA data for the Russian government.

Kaspersky founder Eugene Kaspersky mocked the claim as “like the script of a C movie.” He offered an alternate explanation for the data loss>>>

Oct 06 13:13

Holy Tasteless! New Batman Video Game Depicts Murdered Russian Diplomat’s Body

The newest video game from developer Telltale Games’ series “Batman: The Enemy Within” features a photo of the corpse of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov, who was assassinated in December 2016.

Karlov, a veteran diplomat who at one point served as the director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Department of Consular Affairs (which provides passport and visa services), was killed during a scheduled speech at an art exhibition celebrating Turkish-Russian friendship. He was shot in the back by Mevlüt Mert Alt?nta?, a Turkish police officer who yelled "Allahu Akbar" and "Do not forget Aleppo, do not forget Syria" before being gunned down himself by Turkish security forces.

Footage and photos of Altintas standing over Karlov's body, shouting and brandishing his pistol, widely circulated online. One picture, taken by Hasam Kilic, seems to have found its way into an unexpected place: a crime scene being investigated by Batman in a video game.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Military/intelligence assets work hand in hand with the video/computer game industry every day.

So I have to wonder if the founders of this company, Dan Connors, Kevin Bruner and Troy Molander, are, perhaps, covert CIA/US military assets, who understand that if you are going to demonize a country (Let's say, for the sake of explanation, Russia) to your population, particularly to the young people who will be ultimately drafted to fight that country, you start with the young men, who are the primary players of computer games, to demonize that country which is ultimately going to be the recipient of an American military attack.

This has been rather recently released, so I wonder about the timing of an actual war with Russia, vis a vis the release of this video game, and how the owners of Telltale bet on the release of this game to continue the demonization in which the corporate presstitutes are collaborating so cheerfully.

Oct 06 12:45

Iran, Iraq, And Turkey Unite To Block Kurdish Oil Exports

Iraq, Iran, and Turkey are taking a unified stance against Kurdistan’s oil sector after the region elected to seek independence from Baghdad in a referendum in September, according to a new report by Rudaw.

“In the case of northern Iraq; Iran, Iraq and Turkey will form a tripartite mechanism and will decide on shutting down the oil,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after a meeting with leaders from the other two nations on Thursday.

A day before the vote, the Iraqi central government issued a statement calling on “neighboring countries and countries of the world” to stop buying crude oil directly from Kurdistan and only deal with Baghdad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How, practically, are Iran, Turkey, and Iraq going to do this, without literally blowing up the oil rigs?!?

And please remember: Russia has just signed off on an independent deal with Kurdistan regarding its oil; these countries have better tread very softly on any Russian resolved to see an independent Kurdistan happen.

Oct 06 12:38

Russian Hackers Win Again: John Kelly's Personal Cell Allegedly "Compromised" For Months

Is John Kelly the latest victim of the now infamous, pesky, yet extremely elusive, 'Russian hackers' that cost Hillary Clinton the 2016 election and are slowly taking over the world? According to Politico, he just might be...

White House officials believe that chief of staff John Kelly’s personal cellphone was compromised, potentially as long ago as December, according to three U.S. government officials.

The discovery raises concerns that hackers or foreign governments may have had access to data on Kelly’s phone while he was secretary of Homeland Security and after he joined the West Wing.

Tech support staff discovered the suspected breach after Kelly turned his phone in to White House tech support this summer complaining that it wasn’t working or updating software properly.

Kelly told the staffers the phone hadn’t been working properly for months, according to the officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, let's track the logic; Kelly's personal phone misbehaves for months, and he doesn't have the horse sense to get it checked when it originally stopped working the way it should have?!?

And it is THIS guy who has the ear of the President of the United States?!?

Be afraid, people; be very afraid!!

Oct 06 12:12

Yevgeny Ivanov appointed as new Russian Deputy Foreign Minister by Putin

Yevgeny Ivanov has been appointed as new Deputy Foreign Minister by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Born in 1974, Yevgeny Ivanov is a graduate of Moscow State Institute of International relations and speaks English and Polish.

Oct 06 12:11

Ukraine's Bill on Donbass Means Kiev Scrapping Minsk Accord - German Lawmaker

According to a member of German The Left Party, the adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of the bill on the reintegration of Donbass in its current version shows that Kiev would abandon the Minsk accord.

Oct 06 12:11

It's My Party! Putin Does Not Intend Talking to Trump on Birthday

"No, [the phone conversation is] not planned," Peskov told reporters when answering a question on whether a telephone conversation between Putin and Trump had been planned for Saturday.

Oct 06 12:10

Putin and Saudi king turn the page on decades of tensions

King Salman meets with President Putin, urging him to act against Iranian involvement in the region and stressing his support for a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital.

Oct 06 11:41

Venezuela raises possibility of Russian military help to counter US

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Wednesday raised the possibility of getting military support from Russia to boost its defensive capabilities after President Donald Trump threatened to use force against the South American nation.

Speaking at an energy forum in Moscow, Maduro said his administration will discuss increased military cooperation with the Russian government during his visit this week.

“I am sure, even if we do not ask, we will be given even more support to boost Venezuela’s defense capacity and sovereignty," Maduro said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A war with Russia over Venezuela's bounteous oil reserves?!?

PLEASE, GOD, NO!!!!

Oct 06 09:39

PUTIN STRIKES AGAIN: RUSSIAN HACKERS REPORTEDLY STOLE NSA DATA ON CYBER DEFENSE

Looks like Russian President Vladimir Putin is back at it.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that hackers working for the Russian government have stolen data describing how US intelligence agencies infiltrate foreign computer networks and how they defend against cyberattacks. The data was stolen after a National Security Agency contractor removed the highly classified material and put it on his home computer, according to WSJ’s anonymous sources.

News of the hack, which hasn’t been exposed previously, explains the federal government’s abrupt crackdown on Moscow-based security firms Kaspersky Labs. As WSJ explains, the contractor may have been targeted after hackers identified the files thanks to the contractor’s use of a popular antivirus software created by Kaspersky.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No sourcing?!?

Since, please, did WSJ get so completely sloppy in their "alleged" reporting?!?

And what moronic National Security Agency contractor would have been so completely stupid as to put sensitive material like that on their home computer?!?

Is the major prerequisite necessary to working for the NSA complete, and abysmal technological stupidity?!?

OK, WSJ: either source, and do what is supposed to be your job, or shut the flip up; this is simply more anonymous demonization of Russia, which we all understand is part of the prelude to a shooting war against it.

And to your Editor in Chief, Gerard Baker, a word, please, sir; whatever compensation you are getting, overtly or covertly, from elements of the Deep State in this country, desperate to see this country at war with Russia (and China) to cut off the rise of the ruble and yuan in international trade, it cannot possibly be enough!!

Oct 06 09:04

SYRIA - RUSSIA ISSUES THIRD WARNING AGAINST U.S. COOPERATION WITH TERRORISTS

The Syrian Army was on its way across the Euphrates river to liberate the oil- and gas-fields east of Deir Ezzor city. The U.S. countered the move. It sent a small forces of Arab tribal mercenaries who were earlier allied with the Islamic State (ISIS). These proxy forces came from a northern direction and moved through Islamic State held areas without fighting and casualties up to the walls of Deir Ezzor city.

The Syrian army was about to win the race when it started to cross the Euphrates. But it suddenly was surprised by a large al-Qaeda attack in southern Idleb province. That area had been quiet for months. 29 Russian troops who were supervising a deescalation zone there were nearly encircled by al-Qaeda forces. They only escape after an emergency relief operation had cut through al-Qaeda lines. The Russian Ministry of Defense accused the U.S. of having communicated the position of the Russian platoon to al-Qaeda.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears as though the Deep Staters in the Bowels of Power in the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika, have decided that a shooting war against Russia in Syria is a brilliant idea.

Oct 06 08:52

Kremlin doesn’t rule out tit-for-tat measures if US continues crackdown on Russian media

Moscow has not ruled out retaliatory measures if Washington continues its crackdown on Russian media outlets in the US, the Kremlin said. It added that US pressure on Russian media violates freedom of speech.

Oct 05 13:54

Facebook admits it works with government, as efforts to blame Russia for everything intensify

US President Donald Trump has accused the media of bias over a continuing “Russia hoax.” The statement comes on the heels of a Facebook investigation into alleged Russia-linked ads on the social network during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“The Russia hoax continues, now it’s ads on Facebook,” Trump tweeted on Friday.

Apart from allegations, no evidence has been presented.

Oct 05 11:38

SAUDIS ROCK US ALLIANCE, SAY THEY’LL BUY RUSSIA’S TOP PLANE KILLER, S-400

That rumble under your feet you sensed this morning was the earthquake caused by the decision of one of America’s closest allies, Saudis Arabia, to join Turkey in buying Russia’s vaunted S-400 surface to air missile system. The announcement carried extra diplomatic weight as Saudi King Salman was visiting Russia when the Saudis made the announcement. Former NATO and European Command leader, retired Adm. James Stavridis, called the sale “a step backwards in US foreign and defense policy.” Since World War II, when President Roosevelt agreed with King Faisal that we would guarantee Saudi sovereignty in return for access to their oil, the kingdom has been one of our closest allies, notwithstanding the 911 attacks led by Saudi citizens.

Oct 05 09:04

Russia, Saudi Arabia Announce Billons In Energy Deals, S-400 Missile System Purchase

Two days ago, when we previewed the first ever visit by a Saudi King to the Russian capital - a move which prompted Bloomberg to call Russian president Putin the "new master of the Middle East" - we pointed out that according to Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak, a joint Russian-Saudi fund to invest in the energy sector will be announced during the forthcoming visit of the Saudi King to Moscow, and that the preliminary agreement to establish the $1 billion fund has already been reached.

Fast forward to today when diplomatic history was made on Thursday, when Putin met with the King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud - the first state visit to Russia by a reigning Saudi monarch - and the launch of a new level of relations between the countries, as well as billions in new energy-focused deals (for more on the strategic implications from the summit, please read this).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look for a potential follow-on deal for more weapons, to be purchased in the not too distant future from Russia, rather than from the US; in the Syrian theatre of war, these Russian weapons have proven themselves to function as advertised, in real-time combat.

One has to wonder; just how soon will Saudi Arabia completely leave the geopolitical orbit of the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika, because it has found better deals, and ultimately better support, elsewhere?!?

Oct 05 06:32

Listen to the Joke Putin Told Today About an Israeli Soldier

oday, Putin was at Russian Energy Week Forum in Moscow. When all the questions were directed at him and feeling outnumbered, he turned to humor.

Oct 05 05:56

Sputnik at 60: How Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos Started a New Space Age

On this day, six decades ago, the old Space Age began with the launch of the first orbital satellite. Partly because it wasn’t delivered to orbit by Americans, it got the era off on entirely the wrong foot.

In 1957, at the height of the Cold War, the beeping of Sputnik in the radios of thousands of American ham operators seemed ominous. While it wasn’t a surprise to the Eisenhower administration (the Soviet launch actually established a legal precedent for overflight that we could then use for our own spy satellites)>>>

Oct 05 05:52

MADURO VISITS PUTIN, PROPOSES GLOBAL OIL TRADE IN RUBLES, YUAN

Three weeks after the US imposed financial sanctions on Venezuela in an effort to cripple its economy and choke the Maduro regime, which in turn prompted Caracas to announce it would no longer receive or send payments in dollars, and that those who wished to trade Venezuelan crude would have to do so in Chinese Yuan, today during an energy summit held in Moscow, Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro proposed to expand his own personal blockade of the US, by proposing that all oil producing countries discuss creating a currency basket for trading crude and refined products. One which is no longer reliant on the (petro)dollar.

“Developing a new mechanism of controlling the oil market is necessary,” Maduro said on Wednesday at the Russian Energy Forum, being held in Moscow this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nicholas Maduro has just painted a bullseye on his back, gotten on his knees, and begged for a decap strike, courtesy of the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika.

How they would pull this off, I do not know; however, I would be reasonably certain that those Deep Staters in the Bowels of Power in this country are weighing numerous military options to "restore Venezuelan Democracy to the Venezeulan people" (AKA: supporting a Western-centric coup here, so that Venezuela's oil is controlled only by US-centric politicians and only be sold for US dollars.)

Oct 04 16:12

RussiaGate — Whose bright idea was that? Article by Paul Craig Roberts.

Washington is fully aware that there was no Russian interference in the presidential election or in the state elections. The military/security complex, the neoconservatives, and the Democratic Party are merely using the accusations to serve their own agendas. These selfish agendas are a dire threat to life on earth.

Oct 04 11:17

US Senate Panel: No Vote Totals Affected as Result of Russia's Alleged Meddling

The US Intelligence Committee chief Richard Burr has said that the probe into alleged Russia's meddling into the 2016 US Presidential election has not come to a definitive conclusion, however no vote totals were affected.

Oct 04 10:50

Moscow: US Staging Fatal Provocations Against Russian Personnel in Syria

"The US-led forces’ activities in Syria cause many questions. In some cases these forces mounts allegedly accidental strikes against the Syrian Armed Forces, after which the Islamic State [Daesh terrorist group] counterattacks, in other cases they inspire other terrorists to attack strategic locations over which official Damascus has restored its legitimate authority, or stage fatal provocations against our military personnel. I would also mention numerous ‘accidental’ strikes against civilian infrastructure that have taken hundreds of civilian lives," he told the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

Earlier, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stated that the recent death of a Russian Lt. Gen. Valery Asapov, who headed a group of Russian military advisers in Syria during a mortar attack by terrorists, is the price that Russia paid for the duplicity of the United States in actions aimed at resolving the crisis in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sergei Lavrov is not the kind of guy who just flaps his gums to hear himself speak; if he is making these allegations, the man is absolutely sure of his evidence.

So one has to wonder: is the US looking to start a shooting war with Russia over Syria?!?

Oct 04 08:56

Americans suspected of involvement in ammunition depot bombing

"In explosions at artillery warehouses near Vinnytsya, Kiev accused Russian saboteurs," Netkachev recalled. - However, this could be done by the new NATO allies of Ukraine, and maybe by the Ukrainian authorities themselves, in order to launch the production of ammunition in this country according to the standards of the alliance. Why do they need Soviet second-hand weapons if NATO offers its own and almost for nothing. "

Oct 04 08:56

Moscow: US Staging Fatal Provocations Against Russian Personnel in Syria

"The US-led forces’ activities in Syria cause many questions. In some cases these forces mounts allegedly accidental strikes against the Syrian Armed Forces, after which the Islamic State [Daesh terrorist group] counterattacks, in other cases they inspire other terrorists to attack strategic locations over which official Damascus has restored its legitimate authority, or stage fatal provocations against our military personnel. I would also mention numerous ‘accidental’ strikes against civilian infrastructure that have taken hundreds of civilian lives," he told the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

Oct 03 16:18

Russia threatens retaliation over U.S. ‘break-in’ at San Francisco consulate

The Russian Foreign Ministry said U.S. officials had broken into residences at Russia’s consulate in San Francisco, and threatened retaliation over what it called an illegal act. Russian staff had left the consulate last month, after Washington ordered Moscow to vacate some of its diplomatic properties, part of a series of tit-for-tat actions during a thorny phase in bilateral relations.

Oct 03 14:06

Are You Ready To Die? Paul Craig Roberts on the US’s plan for you.

Russia is not going to be hung like Saddam Hussein or murdered like Gaddafi. I have written many times that provoking nuclear powers such as Russia and China is the most extreme form of recklessness and irresponsibility. The crazed morons in Washington are risking the life of the planet. The presstitutes are worse than the whores that they are. They never question the path to war; they only amplify it. Washington’s craven, cowardly, moronic vassal states in UK, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, and the rest of the EU/NATO idiots are, by their cooperation with Washington, begging for their own destruction. Nowhere in the West is there a sign of intelligence. Will Washington follow Adolf Hitler’s folly and march into Russia?

Oct 03 10:29

Are You Ready to Die?

In other words, the United States no longer has a media. It has a propaganda ministry for the military/security complex, the neoconservatives, and the Israel Lobby. And the idiot Americans sit in front of the TV and absorb the propaganda, and they read the New York Times and think that they are sophisticated and in the know.

If you were the Russian government, would you conclude that your country was the next to be attacked militarily by Washington? If you were the Russian government, you would know that Washington/NATO cannot possibly attack Russia except by surprise nuclear strike. Knowing this, if you were the Russian government, would you sit there and wait on the strike? Imagine yourself the Russian government listening day in, day out, to endless wild improbable charges against Russia. What can Russia possibly conclude other than this is preparation of Western peoples for a nuclear attack on Russia?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, a word, here; WRH and you are precisely on the same page on this issue, so please don't use that damned statement "Nowhere in the West is there a sign of intelligence"; a lot of the independent media, like us, are deeply concerned about what seems to be unfolding at the national and international level, and sharing this information with the public, the best we can can.

Of course, for these efforts we are shunned, laughed at, and having to deal with 10 to 30 attacks against Mike's server, daily.

The cold, hard reality is that we live in an unjust, corrupted (alleged) civilisation: so the telling of truth is always associated with paying a heavy price for doing so.

Trust me, Dr. Roberts, we understand this, because we live with paying that price... on a daily basis.

Oct 03 09:56

New York Army National Guard soldiers head to Ukraine for training mission

More than 200 soldiers from the New York Army National Guard departed Monday for a nine-month mission to Ukraine.

The soldiers — most of whom are from 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry Regiment, stationed at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station in Niagara Falls, New York — will join the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine, according to a press release from the New York Division of Military and Naval Affairs.

Also deploying with the group are soldiers from the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team headquarters and other National Guard units from across New York.

The training group teaches tactics and staff work to five Ukrainian army battalions at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, near Yavoriv, Ukraine. They are joining troops from Canada, Denmark, Lithuania, Poland and the United Kingdom on the training mission.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How many troops, actually, from these countries, plus US troops, are actually in Ukraine at this time?!?

And what, precisely, are these Western trainers training the Ukrainian Army to do?!? Whatever the flowery language used by Col. Dennis Deeley, this appears to be about one thing, and one thing only; Ukraine's and NATO's military ultimately engaging Russia in war, as a US proxy.

Oct 03 07:56

"More powerful than a nuclear bomb" - Russian weapon scares the West

The British "Daily Star" is seriously concerned about the new weapons of the Russian army. They were specifically struck by the radio-electronic missile of the complex, they called, "Alabuga". They write that "Alabuga" is capable of disabling entire armies.

The "secret weapon" of Russians by means of high-frequency radiation disconnects all communication systems, the author of the Daily Star states.

"Alabuga" is more powerful than a nuclear bomb, it will make useless all NATO technology in a radius of 3.5 kilometers."

Oct 02 11:01

Assange Offers To Debunk Russia Narrative If Pardoned

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has offered to provide evidence that the Russian collusion narrative is false in exchange for a pardon from President Trump.

Oct 01 11:11

Washington’s Iron Curtain on the Euphrates

Washington has delayed its project to throw up an iron curtain along the eastern banks of the Euphrates River in order to deploy its Kurdish shock troops deep into Deir Ezzor province. The Syrian Defense Forces or SDF have been blitzing southward for nearly a week to head off the steady advance of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their elite Tiger Forces. The SAA’s stunning triumph in Deir Ezzor has knocked Washington for a loop triggering all manner of erratic behavior including rocket and mortar attacks on SAA troop positions, a US-coordinated stealth attack in Idlib province, and numerous other provocations meant to divert attention from the main strategic objective, the lucrative Euphrates Valley oil fields.

Oct 01 08:48

The Chinese-Russian wide-body aircraft named CR929

There are three versions of the aircraft: CR929-500, CR929-600 and CR929-700. The CR929-600 has 280 seats and a range of 12,000 kilometers, which will be the baseline version, with the 230-seat CR929-500 being a shorter version and the 320-seat CR929-700 as a stretch.
With advanced aerodynamic design, composite materials and a new generation high bypass ratio turbofan engine, all the performance indicators of the wide-body aircraft will be largely improved, contributing to a lower direct operating cost than similar models.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Boeing, already facing fierce competition from Euro Airbus, will not be happy about this!

Sep 30 11:34

The U.S. and Russia Plan To “Build” A Moon Base Together

By Aaron Kesel

The two nations that have been seen as bitter rivals since the Cold War and especially after the American 2016 election which Russia was accused without evidence of hacking are now moving to build a moon base together according to NASA.

NASA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos have announced a new partnership for human exploration of the moon and deep space. Both agencies signed a joint statement on the collaborative effort. It all stems from NASA’s “deep-space gateway” concept, a mission architecture designed to send astronauts into lunar orbit by 2020 (the statement sets a mid-2020s goal for beginning the project.)...

Sep 30 10:20

The explosion in Kalinovsky broke the spine of Ukrainian artillery

A late-night fire broke out in the tanker of the Ukrainian Army, about 20 kilometers away from the city of Vinica with 370,000 inhabitants. Because of the force of explosion, authorities have ordered the closure of the airspace within 50 kilometers and the evacuation of the local population. Among the first, evacuated locals from the nearby Kalinovka, and later all nearby villages. A total of about 30,000 people were evacuated.

According to the first reports, there were 188,000 tons of ammunition in Kalilnovki's ammunition depot . Later figures ranged from 80,000 to 300,000 tonnes, depending on the sources.

Prime Minister Vladimir Grosman said after the visit he was "a foreign factor" for the war, referring to the sabotage planned and carried out by the Russian services.

Sep 30 09:11

Yet Another Major Russia Story Falls Apart. Is Skepticism Permissible Yet?

LAST FRIDAY, most major media outlets touted a major story about Russian attempts to hack into U.S. voting systems, based exclusively on claims made by the Department of Homeland Security. “Russians attempted to hack elections systems in 21 states in the run-up to last year’s presidential election, officials said Friday,” began the USA Today story, similar to how most other outlets presented this extraordinary claim.

So what was wrong with this story? Just one small thing: it was false. The story began to fall apart yesterday when Associated Press reported that Wisconsin – one of the states included in the original report that, for obvious reasons, caused the most excitement – did not, in fact, have its election systems targeted by Russian hackers:

Sometimes stories end up debunked. There’s nothing particularly shocking about that. If this were an isolated incident, one could chalk it up to basic human error that has no broader meaning.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Conflicting elements of the US government lie to us on a consistent basis, to shove their agendas down our collective throats; that is simply the way those in the Bowels of Power in the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of America practice their politics.

Sep 30 08:32

Russia dismisses Ukrainian claims that it has "hidden" soldiers in Belarus

Spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry Igor Konashenkov told reporters on Saturday that all Russian military personnel who participated in the Zapad-2017 joint military exercise with Belarus returned to their permanent deployment areas despite claims by Ukraine’s Chief of General Staff Viktor Muzhenko.

Sep 30 08:19

Why US, EU Falsify Memory of Russia's Role in Defeating Nazi Germany

The genuine history of World War II has fallen prey to numerous falsifications aimed at downplaying and erasing the predominate role of the Red Army in destroying Nazi Germany from people's memories, Michael Jabara Carley, a professor of history at the Université de Montréal and the author of "Silent Conflict: A Hidden History of Early Soviet-Western Relations," told Sputnik.

Sep 30 08:18

Terrorist Groups Continue Receiving Outside Support - Russian Foreign Ministry

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov, responsible for counter-terrorism coordination stated that despite steps taken by the UN, Daesh and other terror groups keep receiving weapons, ammunition, military equipment, political cover, 'using counter-terror issues to achieve cynical political and geopolitical objectives'.

Sep 30 08:05

Pressure on Russian Media Abroad Unacceptable - Putin

According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin called the current pressure on Russia-based media abroad unacceptable.

Sep 30 08:04

America Is Getting Outclassed by Russian Electronic Warfare

Russian daily Svobodnaya Pressa published an analysis of Russian EW capabilities as they stand today, with a possible nod towards the “Zapad-2017” military exercise and NATO’s resulting anxiety. The paper notes that Russia's qualitative EW superiority vis-a-vis the West is also quantitative—during the past decade, more than a dozen systems underwent state trials and evaluations: “Borisoglebsk-2,” “Algurit,” “Rtut-BM,” “Infauna,” “Krasuha-4,” “Moskva-1,” “Parodist,” “Lorandit-M,” “Leer-3,” “Lesochek,” “Less,” “Magnyi-REB,” “Pole-21,” “Hibini” and “Vitebsk.” Among these are systems designed for localized short-range action; those that protect aircraft, ships and soldiers in a given area of operations; along with systems that neutralize explosive detonators in IEDs and other devices.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, so Russia has made a breakthrough in generating powerful radio waves.

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