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Jun 26 09:42

Russia Has Bolstered Iran's Air Defenses With Technical Advisers

The Russian General Staff has reinforced the air defences for Russians at the Iranian nuclear reactor complex at Bushehr, on the Persian Gulf, according to sources in Moscow.

At the same time, Iran has allowed filming of the movement of several of its mobile S-300 air-defence missile batteries to the south, covering the Iranian coastline of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

More secretly, elements of Russian military intelligence, electronic warfare, and command and control advisers for Iran’s air defence systems have been mobilized to support Iran against US and allied attacks.

Jun 25 11:10

NATO Tells Russia To Destroy New Missile Or Face Consequences

NATO defense ministers will hold talks on Wednesday over their next move if Russia doesn't destroy a new missile system that could allow for short-notice nuclear attacks throughout Europe, which the United States has said violates the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), according to Reuters.

"We call on Russia to take the responsible path, but we have seen no indication that Russia intends to do so," said Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at a news conference, adding "We will need to respond."

While he declined to go into further detail, diplomats have said their defense ministers will consider allowing more flights over Europe by nuclear-capable US warplanes, as well as more military training and the strategic repositioning of US sea-based missiles.

The dispute has deepened a fissure in East-West ties that severely deteriorated after Russia’s seizure of Crimea and its involvement in Syria. -Reuters

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Reuters, you pitiful;codswallop-creating intellectually-crippled dolts: your revisionist history of what happened with Crimea, and Syria are falsehoods of such immense magnitude, that I barely know where to start. So let's do this YET AGAIN!!

In light of your seeming to still collectively be suffering from an almost pathological case of SMD, (Selective Memory Disorder), let's set the way-back machine to 2014. I promise to try to use small words, which hopefully won't confuse you too terribly.

In 2014, Ukraine suffered from an alleged"color revolution" (translation: the US and Western Europe, were fomenting unrest yet again), and the duly, and legally elected President of Ukraine, President Yanukovich, was officially "thrown under the proverbial bus", and - in an election which was more crooked than is a dog's hind leg - "anointed" Poroshenko (the Chocolate King, remember?!?) as his successor because he was nominally more western-centric than was his successor.

Apparently, Reuters, it has escaped your US collective government-centric gaze, that not only did Victoria Nuland share to a private audience, and was videoed, about the US Government, having spent $5 billion dollars of taxpayers' money to subvert Ukraine Victoria Nuland's Admits Washington Has Spent $5 Billion to "Subvert Ukraine", but none other than President Obama actually confessed, on a CNN interview with Fareed Zakaria, that he was a part of a group which made such subversion possible. Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

$5 billion dollars is not chump change, even in these spectacularly inflationary times. And one has to wonder, with Poroshenko having lost this years' election, if anyone of those accountable for this fiasco, have had a tiny bit of "Buyer's remorse" about getting this guy elected.

What Crimea did, which is at the heart of the UN charter, regarding peaceful self determination, when they understood that there was no viable, citizen-chosen government in Kiev, was two things; they had a free and fair referendum, asking the people of Crimea, post-coup, if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, or petition Russia to become a member of the Russian Federation; by an overwhelming majority, Crimeans voted to petition the Russian Federation to become a member of Russia, and the Russian Federation accepted their petition.

As you probably do not know this, as history was never your strong suite, collectively, but Crimea was a part of Russia, before it was annexed to Ukraine by Kruschev in 1954: The 1954 transfer of Crimea to Russia by Kruschev

Now, let's take a look at Syria, shall we?!?

Seeing just how "brilliantly" the American regime changes/occupations of Iraq; Afghanistan; and Libya were going, Russia's President Putin believed that he had a responsibility to make sure that the duly elected president of Syria, Bashar Al-Assad, had the opportunity to stay in office, and with the help of the Russian Military, Al-Assad's forces were able able to wipe out most of the US and Israeli-funded and trained jihadis there, leaving only a few small pockets of resistance.

"What, What,?!?" you say, in a gasp of faux surprise?!?, HOW CAN THIS BE?!? AREN'T THE JIHADISTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST, SUPPOSED TO BE THE US'S MOST HORRIBLE THREAT EVER?!? YES, REUTERS, YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY.

Inside Israel’s Secret Program to Back Syrian Rebels Fighters were armed and paid to keep Iranian-linked forces away from Israel’s border.How many Iranian linked forces were, and actually are, still in Syria, remains to be seen.

America Created Al-Qaeda and the Isis Terror Group

Reuters, can you please JUST STOP LYING, because I am going to embarrass the hell out of you with the facts, every damned time I can, if you continue to do this; and it has become pathological on your part, recently!!

Please count on it!!

Jun 25 09:27

Russia Warns US Buildup Risks Repeat of Cuban Missile Crisis

The US withdrawal from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty is raising concerns in Russia that it would lead to the deployment of land-based US missiles along their borders in Eastern Europe. Russian officials warn this could create a crisis comparable to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

This is not a totally unfounded concern. The INF treaty’s dissolution, and the expansion of NATO all the way to Russia’s border indeed would create such a possibility. Russian officials have made clear they would respond to try to maintain deterrence, and prevent NATO having an overwhelming nuclear advantage. Though there are no formal plans for such deployments by NATO announced publicly yet, the Eastern European members are overwhelmingly hostile to Russia, and would endorse such deployments.

Jun 25 09:25

No evidence Russia influenced Brexit via Facebook, says Clegg

There is “absolutely no evidence” that outside forces such as Russia used Facebook to target users and influence Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, the world’s biggest social network said on Monday.

Nick Clegg, head of global affairs at Facebook and Britain’s former deputy prime minister, said the network had run two full analyses of its data held in the run up to the 2016 referendum and found no evidence of a significant attempt by outside forces to influence the outcome.

Opponents of Brexit have repeatedly questioned whether the Kremlin played a role in the vote by promoting stories online on issues such as immigration in a bid to sway opinion. Britain has said it found no evidence that Russia interfered in the vote and Moscow has repeatedly denied even trying.

Jun 25 09:19

NATO Tells Russia To Destroy New Missile Or Face Consequences

NATO defense ministers will hold talks on Wednesday over their next move if Russia doesn't destroy a new missile system that could allow for short-notice nuclear attacks throughout Europe, which the United States has said violates the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), according to Reuters.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg
"We call on Russia to take the responsible path, but we have seen no indication that Russia intends to do so," said Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at a news conference, adding "We will need to respond."

While he declined to go into further detail, diplomats have said their defense ministers will consider allowing more flights over Europe by nuclear-capable US warplanes, as well as more military training and the strategic repositioning of US sea-based missiles.

Jun 25 09:18

Russian Warship Docks In Havana As Kremlin Sees New Cuban Missile Crisis

At the very moment a Russian warship has docked in Cuba — a mere one hundred miles off the American coast, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has slammed US build-up of its weapons systems in Europe by invoking comparisons to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

Ryabkov made his comments early Monday, the same day the frigate Admiral Gorshkov, armed with Kalibr missiles, entered the port of Havana.

Jun 24 11:00

US lawmakers: Nord Stream 2 'a terrible mistake'

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline will run straight through the Baltic Sea, delivering Russian natural gas directly to Germany. For once, Democrats and Republicans in the US agree on something: The project is a really bad idea.

Jun 24 08:11

Pentagon Blames Moscow For Overhauling The New World Order

The Pentagon responded to warnings from Russian politicians, who in turn criticized the US decision to send additional troops to the Middle East.

The Defense Department defends its decision to implement its troops saying that it is Russia that is trying to destabilize the situation in the Middle East .

“This deployment is not a provocation, the additional troops are for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East,” Lt. Col. Carla M. Gleason from the Pentagon’s Europe public affairs unit told CNBC in an email Tuesday.

“Russia seeks to revise the world order and reject the international system that has enabled peace for decades. Russia has sought to exploit chaos and advance its influence, expanding beyond its near abroad. And it has done so with particular focus in the Middle East,” she added.

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"Enabled peace for decades?!?"

Jun 24 08:07

All Putin’s contacts at G20 summit to be focused on international crises - Kremlin

However president's press secretary Dmitry Peskov refused to say whether the Russian leader would have a meeting with Donald Trump.

Jun 24 08:03

Russian and French Prime Ministers Hold Joint-Press Conference

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his French counterpart Edouard Philippe are holding talks in the port city of Le Havre in northern France, where they've discussed bilateral cooperation between the two countries as well as relevant international issues.

Dmitry Medvedev and Edouard Philippe held a joint press conference following bilateral talks.

According to the prime ministers' respective press offices, during the meeting, the two ministers discussed French-Russian cooperation in trade, energy, the economy, culture and other areas, as well as the ongoing crises in Syria and Ukraine. The joint press conference will be followed by a working dinner.

The French government said Medvedev's visit was an opportunity to continue the dialogue between the country at the level of their prime ministers two years after Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to France.

Jun 23 09:28

US wants low-yield nukes to blackmail dissident countries, not to deter Russia – Moscow

US generals are well aware that there’s no way of limiting the use of nuclear weapons in a war between superpowers, so the claim that some “low-yield” nukes are needed to match Russia is an outright lie, the Foreign Ministry said.
Moscow’s statement comes in response to the vice-chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Paul Selva, who vehemently promoted the modification of the warheads on Trident missiles, which are carried on Ohio-class submarines, in order for them to be able to carry low-yield nuclear weapons.

Jun 23 08:38

Putin Lays Wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on 78th Anniversary of Nazi Invasion of the USSR

Russian President Vladimir Putin is attending a commemoration ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow to mark the 78th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the USSR.

The annual ceremony, which remembers the start of the Great Patriotic War, is attended by war veterans and senior Russian politicians.

On 3 December 1966, in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the defeat of the German Nazi troops near Moscow, the ashes of an unknown soldier were transferred from a mass grave on the 41st kilometre of the Leningrad Highway and solemnly buried in the Alexander Garden near the Kremlin walls.

Jun 22 11:46

The Missile Capable Buyan-M Corvette: High Seas Hellraiser

Jun 22 11:06

Russia will help Iran with oil, banking if payment channel not launched

Russia has signaled its willingness to secure Iran's interests in the oil and banking sectors if Europe's non-dollar mechanism aimed at facilitating trade with the Islamic Republic is not launched.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Friday that Moscow is ready to help Iran export its crude and ease restrictions on its banking system if Europe fails to launch its mechanism, officially called the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), with Tehran.

The three European signatories to the 2015 nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), unveiled late in January the long-awaited direct non-dollar payment mechanism meant to safeguard their trade ties with Tehran following the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal and in the face of the "toughest ever" sanctions imposed by the United States against the Islamic Republic.

Jun 22 10:45

IRAN AND US OFFICIALS ATTEND A RUSSIAN SECURITY FORUM BUT NOBODY IS TALKING ABOUT IT

SOURCE: STRATEGIC-CULTURE.ORG

Authored by Federico Pieraccini via The Strategic Culture Foundation

The tenth international meeting on security has just concluded in the Russian the city of Ufa. The forum has been under-reported, but it represents one of the few global examples of multilateral meetings between high-level representatives of countries that are in conflict. Hundreds of representatives from as many as 120 countries attended the meeting over three days to discuss humanitarian crises, hybrid warfare, terrorist threats and ways to recover from armed conflict.

President Putin’s opening speech was read aloud by Russian Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev, which explained the forum’s agenda and objectives, namely, to create a positive atmosphere that should succeed in reducing various areas of tension between countries around the globe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I really think that Putin will be remembered reasonably kindly, historically, as someone who was always looking for dialogue, win/win outcomes, and ways in which trust/confidence building can create an environment where peace can, and will, be the order of the day.

Jun 21 11:16

Anti-Russia protests turn violent in Georgia

Georgian opposition leaders said they would hold mass protests until parliament was dissolved. Moscow condemned the rallies as "russophobic provocation" as a Russian delegation paid a visit.

Jun 21 09:26

We are 'probably the only great military power' to reduce its defense spending, Putin says

Russia manages to remain a great military power despite decreasing its defense budget, while other countries keep pumping money into their armies, Vladimir Putin said, during his annual Direct Line Q&A session.

“We are probably the only great military power that is reducing its defense spending,” the President pointed out.

At around $48 billion, “Russia is just seventh in the world in absolute value” when it comes to the size of the military budget, he reminded his audience.

“We are surpassed –sizably– by the US, which spends $720 billion dollars” and by other countries, including Saudi Arabia, UK, France and Japan, he said.

Jun 21 09:24

Preparing for dollar doomsday? Russia adds 6 more tons of gold to its coffers in May

The Central Bank of Russia (CBR) has purchased 200,000 troy ounces (6 tons) of gold in May, boosting bullion reserves to 2,190 tons.

Russia increased its gold reserves by 0.3 percent in one month from May 1 to June 1, the central bank reported on Thursday. In May, the regulator held some 2,183 tons of the precious metal.

Moscow has been actively beefing up bullion reserves in order to reduce reliance on the US dollar and to diversify its foreign exchange reserves. Russia’s international reserves are highly liquid foreign assets comprising stocks of monetary gold, foreign currencies and Special Drawing Right (SDR) assets, which are at the disposal of the Central Bank of Russia and the government.

Jun 20 11:21

Cutting Edge Russian Glonass-M Navigation Satellite to Begin Operation Soon - Statement

The Russian Glonass-M navigation satellite launched into orbit in late May will go into operation on 22 June, the GLONASS information centre said Wednesday, adding that a previous device has been transferred to an orbital reserve.

"According to GLONASS System Control Centre, the Glonass-M 758 (orbital slot 12) is set to enter the orbital constellation on 22 June 2019", the centre said in a statement.

The Glonass-M 758 satellite will replace Glonass-M satellite 723, which has exceeded its expected service life by some 50 percent.

Jun 20 11:19

We regret ‘baseless’ accusations by intl probe Russian military complicit in MH17 crash – Moscow

Russia called regrettable the “absolutely baseless” accusations made by the international investigation into the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, which said the Russian military was involved in the incident.

On Wednesday, the Dutch-led Joint Investigations Team (JIT) accused three Russians nationals and a Ukrainian of playing a significant role in the downing of MH17 over Ukraine in 2014. All 298 people onboard died back then.

The JIT said the individuals, who were fighting on the side of the rebel forces in eastern Ukraine, received a Buk surface-to-air missile from Russia, possibly provided by the Russian military. The Russian foreign ministry said such accusations “deserve only regret.”

On top of that, the allegations were not backed up by reliable evidence and followed a “not quite coherent” line of argument. At the same time, the ministry maintains, JIT still opts to ignore information provided by Moscow.

Jun 20 11:14

Iran, Russia square up to US sanctions with 12 accords

Iran and Russia have signed a dozen cooperation agreements covering energy, railway, agriculture, pharmaceuticals and tourism, with senior officials stressing the political will of the two countries to reinforce ties in the face of US sanctions.

The agreements were signed as Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak visited Iran with a delegation of 120 businesspeople, including representatives of private and public companies.

The two sides held their 15th meeting of the joint commission for economic and trade cooperation in Isfahan Tuesday, which was also attended by governors of several Iranian provinces and ministers of several Russian republics.

“Both Iran and Russia are affected by illegal sanctions. It is hoped that the sanctions can be used as an opportunity to expand ties and increase cooperation,” Iranian energy minister Reza Ardekanian said, stressing that there is “political will” on both sides to do that.

Jun 20 10:11

‘Can You Help? We Had A Hiccup Here While Militarily Threatening Your Country’ – Bad Weather Forces NATO Airbus To Make Emergency Landing In Russia

A German Air Force military transport plane, the A400M-100 Airbus, landed at the airport in the Russian city of Kemerovo, media reports said.

According to the Sibdepo portal, the aircraft flew from Asia to Europe with refueling provided at the Siberian airport of Novosibirsk, but due to bad weather, the Airbus ended up making an emergency landing in Kemerovo, Siberia.

Jun 20 08:36

Trump says will meet with Russian, Chinese counterparts during G20 summit

"I want to get along with Russia, and I think we will. I want to get along with China, and I think we will," he said

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"All we have to do is point enough nuclear weapons at them, and they'll be right peaceable!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 20 08:34

Deterrence works both ways: Russian diplomat says Pentagon needs to get a grip on reality

The creation and possible deployment by the United States of low-yield nuclear weapons in order to ‘contain’ Russia may actually result in using nuclear weapons, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told reporters.

The senior diplomat expressed concerns over the growing trend in the US, where the term "strategic stability" is used in a very loose way. He pointed out that strategic stability means that the emergence of preconditions for becoming the first to use nuclear weapons is unacceptable.

Jun 20 08:33

Lavrov proposes Switzerland mediate talks on lifting Donbass blockade

Russia will welcome Switzerland acting as a mediator in lifting the trade and economic blockade imposed on the Donbass Region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a press conference following talks with his Swiss counterpart Ignazio Cassis.

"Speaking of practical participation in the Ukrainian settlement, then, firstly, Switzerland takes part in the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission," Lavrov pointed out, answering a TASS question on the Swiss mediation on Ukraine. "Bern, as Minister Cassis underlined, believes that it is vital to fully implement the Minsk Agreements, including the humanitarian provisions."

Jun 19 12:33

Russian footage 'shows fighter jets intercepting US B-52 as it flies towards Crimea'

The is the moment Moscow claims two Su-27s fighter jets intercepted a US B-52 bomber as it flew towards Crimea.

Russia released footage of its warplanes allegedly heading off the USAF jet, claiming there were two incidents on Monday over the Black and Baltic Seas.

Non-Russian accounts said that one of the B-52s subsequently made an emergency landing at RAF Mildenhall in Britain following an unrelated in-flight emergency.

One of the US strategic bombers was reportedly flying direct for the Crimean peninsula over the Black Sea.

Jun 19 12:31

Russia's Most Modern Warship And Its Escorts Have Entered The Caribbean Sea

One of Russia's newest warships, the first-in-class Project 22350 frigate Admiral Gorshkov, is sailing in the Caribbean and may be headed toward Cuba. The ship's presence in the region might incite the ire of the United States, especially if it also makes a visit to a port in Venezuela, where the U.S. government and Russia continue to support competing political factions. Wherever it sails, its impact might be somewhat muted by the fact that the rest of its flotilla consists of three support ships, including a heavy tug that often shadowed the Russian Navy's accident-prone and now indefinitely out of commission aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov.

Jun 19 12:27

Declassified: The Sino-Russian Masterplan To End U.S. Dominance In Middle East

Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin’s early June 2019 summit in Moscow with People’s Republic of China (PRC) Pres. Xi Jinping seems likely to have a disproportionate influence on the next phases of the crises unfolding in the greater Middle East, and therefore on the future of the region.

The escalating confrontation between Iran and the US is both influencing and influenced by the mega-trends set by Russia and the PRC.

Jun 19 08:43

A Proactive Russia and China Could Prevent US War with Iran

There is so much disinformation that it is difficult to judge the Israeli news report below that the US is planning a military attack on Iran. Israel wants the US to attack Iran and the report could be an attempt to push events in that direction.

There is no valid reason for Washington to serve Israeli interests.

It would be extremely irresponsible for Washington to risk starting another war.

Jun 18 14:43

U.S. Sending $250M in Lethal Aid to Ukraine, Taxpayers On Hook For Total $1.5B Since 2014

It's important we all make sacrifices so that Ukraine can get more sniper rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and other high tech weaponry to fight the Russkies.

Jun 18 11:36

US Cyber Attack on Russia’s Power Grid Is an ‘Act of War’

Russia and the US are engaging in tit-for-tat hacking of each others’ power grid, the New York Times is reporting, in what is really a kind of cyber “cold war” where the hackers from each country’s military and intelligence services load electronic “explosives” in the computer systems of critical infrastructure of the other, that in a crisis or war could be “detonated” to create chaos or bring down electric grids.

The Times article, the publication of which President Trump decried in a tweet as “close to treason,” was disturbing for a number or reasons. One was that sources told the Times the hacking by the US Cyber Command of Russia’s power grid had been conducted without the president’s knowledge, for fear that he might act to prevent it or might disclose it.

Jun 18 09:08

Donald Trump Flips Out Over NYT Report On New US Aggression With Russia | Rachel Maddow |

Jun 18 09:00

Russia Thwarts US Cyber Attacks on Its Infrastructure

Expanding on weekend reports that the US had been carrying out cyberattacks against Russia’s electricity grid and other infrastructure, Russian news agencies are quoting unnamed security sources who say that the US attacks were thwarted.

Kremlin officials said they consider the reports “worrying,” and that a major cyber war was possible. Security officials said that so far they remain able to neutralize all of the US attempts to infiltrate and plant malware in the systems.

Jun 18 08:51

Iran and Russia sign memorandum of understanding on energy cooperation - SHANA

Iran and Russia have signed a memorandum of understanding over cooperation in the energy sector, the Iranian oil ministry’s SHANA news agency reported on Monday.

The preliminary agreement covering oil, gas, petrochemicals, electricity and nuclear power was signed in Tehran by Iran’s deputy oil minister, Amir Hossein Zamaninia, and his Russian counterpart, SHANA said.

Jun 17 14:31

HOLODOMOR :  The famine-genocide of Ukraine, 1932-1933.

In June of 1933, at the height of the Holodomor, 28,000 men, women and children in Ukraine were dying of starvation each day. The land that was known worldwide as the breadbasket of Europe was being ravaged by a man-made famine of unprecedented scale.

Stalin and his followers were determined to teach Ukraine’s farmers “a lesson they would not forget” for resisting collectivization, which meant giving up their own land to work on government controlled farms. Moreover, the famine was meant to deal “a crushing blow” to any aspirations for independence from the Soviet Union by the Ukrainians, 80 percent of whom worked the land.

While millions of people in Ukraine and in the mostly ethnically Ukrainian areas of the northern Caucasus were dying, the Soviet Union was denying the famine and exporting enough grain from Ukraine to have fed the entire population. For 50 years, surviving generations were forbidden to speak of it, until the Soviet Union was near collapse.

Jun 17 10:20

DOES S400 MAKES F 35 OBSOLETE ? FULL ANALYSIS

Jun 17 10:16

FBI NEVER SAW CROWDSTRIKE UNREDACTED OR FINAL REPORT ON ALLEGED RUSSIAN HACKING BECAUSE NONE WAS PRODUCED

SOURCE: CONSORTIUMNEWS.COM

The FBI relied on CrowdStrike’s “conclusion” to blame Russia for hacking DNC servers, though the private firm never produced a final report and the FBI never asked them to, as Ray McGovern explains.

By Ray McGovern

The revelation came in a court filing by the government in the pre-trial phase of Roger Stone, a long-time Republican operative who had an unofficial role in the campaign of candidate Donald Trump. Stone has been charged with misleading Congress, obstructing justice and intimidating a witness.

The filing was in response to a motion by Stone’s lawyers asking for “unredacted reports” from CrowdStrike in an effort to get the government to prove that Russia hacked the DNC server. “The government … does not possess the information the defendant seeks,” the filing says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ABSOFLIPPINGLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE!!!

Jun 16 10:05

More Than 500 Torture Cases Documented By UN In Ukraine Conflict

KYIV -- The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine has documented more than 500 cases of ill-treatment, incommunicado detention, and torture by both Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed separatists since the conflict erupted in April 2014, the mission’s head said in Kyiv on June 13.

“We believe, however, that this is the tip of the iceberg, as torture is a systemic issue in Ukraine that was exacerbated by the armed conflict,” Fiona Frazer told reporters at a press conference where she presented a new UN report.

In many instances, Frazer said, “the alleged perpetrators are the state security services and the so-called ‘ministries of state security’ of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, I know you are "juggling a zillion chain saws" right now, as we say in our colloquial English, meaning, you are dealing with a number of crises in Ukraine, and trying to triage them at this moment.

But please, as a human being first, and secondly, as a Ukrainian Jew, who understands the horrific depths of ,"faith based" lethal behaviour inflicted on your ancestors, you have to try to get this madness to stop.

I would like to commend to you a little historical study, about the German Nazi in World War II, who refused to torture his English-speaking prisoners of war. The man's name was Hanns-Joachim Gottlob Scharff.

Wikipedia: Hans Scharff

Between both World wars, Scharff studied English, and had a magnificent grasp of the language.

But rather than use the torture techniques well-known - and used - by the Nazi SS upon their prisoners, Scharff used only kindness, even inviting them out for day passes at cultural events. He was able to convince these prisoners that he already knew everything about them, and their operations, when he really didn't, and was a superb interrogator.

When the war concluded, the US military brass was so completely taken by him, that they invited him to give seminars about how his technique worked.

Because, Mr. President, torture...only gets the tortured person to say whatever his torturers want him to say, to get the torture to stop, even if the information is completely, and horribly, wrong.

So, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, I - and other thinking Americans - wish (and pray) you "God Speed" on this very tough set of situations you confront, in this "tightrope" walk between Russian, and Western, interests.

And may its resolution come about in a way that is good for all Ukrainians.

Jun 16 09:58

7 times Putin apparently trounced US at St. Petersburg Forum

Vladimir Putin had a lot to say about the US at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, warning that Washington's policies may turn global economy into battle royal and suggesting that dollar's role should be revised.

Even though the Russian president didn't always identify the US or the Donald Trump administration by name, he didn't mince words about America's aggressive economic policies either.

'US hegemony contradicts aims of humanity's future'

Jun 16 09:52

MP Lashes Out at Merkel for Doing Too Little to Repair Relations With Russia, Playing to US Tune

Ahead of a visit by German lawmakers to Russia, one of them, Gregor Gysi from the left-wing party Die Linke, has accused Angela Merkel of failing to steer relations between the two countries out of the impasse in which they’ve been mired for years.

The number 2 in the Bundestag’s German-Russian group, Gregor Gysi, from Die Linke has told Sputnik that lifting tit-for-tat sanctions would help to solve international conflicts.

“The sanctions, imposed by the West, further aggravated the situation [in relations with Russia]. Russia responded with sanctions, too. That is why lifting them bilaterally would be a condition for renewing active dynamics in the dialogue between Germany and Russia”, Gysi stated, noting this demands that the German government take a corresponding stance.

Jun 16 09:42

Russia Slams CBS News For Cooperating With Syrian Al-Qaeda In Idlib

The Russian embassy in Syria has slammed CBS News for sending its reporters into Idlib province, which is controlled by the al-Qaeda group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), at a moment of a stepped up joint Russian-Syrian aerial assault campaign over the northwestern territory.

Over the weekend the embassy tweeted of the CBS team's reporting from Idlib: CBS News crew + a "white helmet" (not wearing one, apparently) = another act of media warfare in the making.

Jun 16 08:06

‘Treason!’ Trump slams NYT claim of US cyberattacks on Russia’s power grid as harmful fake news

Following a bombastic report that US government hackers are targeting Russia’s power grid, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to accuse the NY Times of spreading fake news detrimental to US credibility and national security.
“This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country…” Trump tweeted on Saturday evening, before realizing that he forgot to actually dismiss the report of Washington increasingly targeting Moscow in a cyber-warfare campaign as “fake news.”

“.....ALSO, NOT TRUE!” he added in a follow-up tweet, without specifying whether the report was untrue in its entirety – or just the specifics like the targets of US cyber-offenses or their gravity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, here is the article in question:

US Escalates attacks on Russia's Power Grid<

David E. Sanger and Nicole Perlroth

the article goes on to state: "In interviews over the past three months, the officials described the previously unreported deployment of American computer code inside Russia’s grid and other targets as a classified companion to more publicly discussed action directed at Moscow’s disinformation and hacking units around the 2018 midterm elections."

Hey, Dave and Nicky, a word, please: the "loosey-goosey", non-validated, unattributed statements in your article, tell the public absolutely nothing about this situation; it is all inference, and totally unsubstantiated, which of course, your bosses at NYT, are encouraging you to continue slinging, like some non-descript, day's old hash, at your readers.

The attempted character assassinations by NYT against Trump, never end:

Why Trump Reigns as King Cyrus

A Drama of Trump’s Own Making Ends With a Familiar Hero

How to Defeat Trump in 2020

Excerpts From Trump’s Interview With The New York Times

5 Key Takeaways From Donald Trump's New York Times Interview

So let me give it to you straight: I am utterly no "Trumpophile", and if you had actually bothered to read any legitimate independent news resources, you would understand my concerns.

The US Military is now at the keening edge of engaging in potential military misadventures against Russia; China; and Iran.

I don't know about you two, but what I am seeing, and President Trump is merely a figurehead in this process, are all the symptoms of the American empire in decline, which can conjure no other way to resolve its geopolitical differences, other than through wars.

Having been "acquired" by Sheldon Adelson, through his massive campaign contributions to Trump's elections Trump has now outsourced US foreign policy in the Middle East to its former Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu Adelson, Who Donated Over $100 Million to the GOP, 'Watching' Results With Trump.In September, the Jewish billionaire Adelson couple pumped $32 million into the GOP

How this has translated into hard US foreign policy in the Middle East, is as follows:

US stops all aid to Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza

Trump Administration about to give Israel $3.8 billion dollars

US Withdraws from the joint comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran

President Trump will keep 400 troops in Syria

And now, fast-forwarding to current events:

President Trump blames Iran for current acts of terrorism in the Gulf of Oman

Iran slams US, calls claim of tanker attack "economic terrorism"

The pattern is very simple here; find a country with resources, which allows for those resources to be paid for other than US dollars; destabilize that country; regime-change, to make sure that the leadership remains US-centric; expropriate those resources to which the US has utterly no moral right; and insist on that country's only selling those resources... in US dollars.

Wash... rinse.... repeat.

I don't know what the Vegas odds are, concerning the resurrection of the draft in this country, but right now, I wouldn't bet against it.

Here are some interesting numbers about US military deployment:

2-2019: US military deployments

And even if these military deployments have been an epic fail, in terms of their stated objectives, and what has actually happened in these countries, the US is most likely, never leaving, as leaving, from the perspective of our military leadership, would suggest that the mission had been a "failure".

This... is why the US government's military is still in Afghanistan; Iraq; Yemen; Syria; Libya; the Congo; and Somalia.

And just to make sure you do both do not have a raging episode of "selective memory disorder" on this issue (SMD), let me gently remind you, that the President who got American troops enmeshed in Yemen, where they are continuing to aid and abet Saudi forces in their war crimes: Yes, Mr. Cool President Himself, Barak Hussein Obama!

As War on Yemen Hits the 4-Year Mark.
Here’s a Brief History of U.S. Involvement
(As the political tide in the United States finally turns against the war, we must not let its U.S. proponents whitewash their wrongdoing).

The image above the article is captioned: President Barack Obama speaks as King Salman bin Abd alAziz of Saudi Arabia looks on during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office of the White House September 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images) Notice how studiously each is avoiding looking at the other.

So in summation, gentlemen; President Trump can be defeated in 2020; so can we please, possibly let us stick to the facts in doing so, shall we?!?

Because there are plenty enough facts to condemn what he has done, both nationally, and internationally, in what I call "the real world".

And as to The Democrat's "Great Hope" in 2020?!?

Would one - or both of you - please think about doing an article on our Hawaiian Representative, now Presidential Candidate, Tulsi Gabbard, that isn't a "hit piece", because the US's military/industrial complex isn't going to like this woman one bit.

She's a Samoan- American Vet, who has seen combat, in Iraq; she's a very articulate, and level-headed woman, and will be infinitely less careless about throwing "US troops at geopolitical problems on the ground" than have been the previous two administrations.

You're welcome.

Jun 16 06:58

ARMY EXPECTS DELIVERY OF DIRECTED ENERGY, HYPERSONIC WEAPONS IN EARLY 2020S

SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE

The Army expects to procure its Multi-Mission High Energy Laser (MMHEL) by 2022 and a hypersonic weapon prototype by 2023, said Lt. Gen L. Neil Thurgood, director of hypersonics, directed energy, space, and rapid acquisition, reported Army News Service.

The MMHEL is a 50-kilowatt laser through a precision pointing, high-velocity target tracking beam control system. The new design will be mounted onto an IAV (Interim Armored Vehicle) Stryker, an eight-wheeled armored fighting vehicle, to increase the Army's short-range air defense capabilities, according to officials with the Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That might sound rather impressive, save for the following, sobering facts;

Russia moves 20 hypersonic weapons to testing site, signaling another milestone

And the questions those Foggy Bottomites, ladling out the contracts for this technology, need to ask themselves is, why is the US military, again, behind the proverbial 8-ball, with this technology?!?

Emerging China's Hypersonic weapons threat to surface vessels at sea.

Jun 16 05:44

The "Polar Silk Road" Could Be A Gamechanger For Natural Gas

It’s been well over a year since the then-United States Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis accused Russia and China of being “revisionist powers” each working its way toward making a power grab on the world stage and announced that the U.S. would be shifting its international relations focus away from fighting terrorism and instead prioritize what Mattis referred to as a "great power competition." Now, 17 months later, it looks like Mattis’ nightmares are coming true as Russia and China have increasingly worked together in defiance of the Trump administration in a kind of diplomatic ‘marriage of convenience’.

Jun 16 05:22

Why the S-400 Is a More Formidable Threat to US Arms Industry Than You Think

Generally, when discussing air-defense systems here, we are referring to Russian devices that have become famous in recent years, in particular the S-300 (and its variants) and the S-400. Their deployment in Syria has slowed down the ability of such advanced air forces as those of the United States and Israel to target the country, increasing as it does the embarrassing possibility of having their fourth- or fifth-generation fighters shot down.

Air-defense systems capable of bringing down fifth-generation aircraft would have a devastating effect on the marketability and sales of US military hardware, while simultaneously boosting the desirability and sales of Russian military hardware. As I have often pointed out in other analyses, Hollywood’s role in marketing to enemies and allies alike the belief that US military hardware is unbeatable (with allies being obliged to buy said hardware) is central to Washington’s strategies for war and power projection.

Jun 16 05:22

Hack away! NYT says US planted CYBER KILL SWITCH in Russian power grid… media shrugs

The best defense is a good offense: the US seems to have taken this maxim to its logical conclusion, and has “aggressively” hacked Russia’s power grid, according to a new report. God forbid the shoe were on the other foot.

An in-depth report in the New York Times on Saturday lays out an alleged ongoing US operation to penetrate and implant malware in Russia’s power grid, partly as “a warning” to Moscow, and partly to stake out the high ground should competition between the two powers one day spill over into outright cyber warfare.

Jun 16 05:18

US ramps up attacks on Russian power grid

The Pentagon is intensifying its attacks on Russia’s power grid in the latest sign of a growing cyber war between the U.S. and the Kremlin.

The U.S. has infiltrated Russia’s electric power grid among other unnamed targets, inserting American malware into the systems in response to heightened Russian cyber aggression and political meddling, including efforts to influence recent U.S. elections, according to the New York Times.

Although the Times provided few specific details on the attacks, officials said U.S. malware has the potential to cripple Russia’s electric infrastructure and is unprecedented in terms of its reach and aggressiveness.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish to remind everyone that the US has set a policy that a cyber attack on infrastructure would be considered an act of war.

Jun 15 07:42

Is The US Preparing For War With Russia?

Authored by Leonid Salvin via Oriental Review,

The RAND Corporation recently published a document entitled Overextending and Unbalancing Russia. Assessing the Impact of Cost-Imposing Options. The study is the collective effort of experienced diplomats, including former Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and US Ambassador to the European Union James Dobbins; a professor (Brookings Institution, American Enterprise Institute, National Defence University) and military intelligence branched lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, Raphael Cohen; and seven other RAND researchers who specialise in international relations, the military industry, intelligence, politics, and technology.

It is a practical recommendation for how the US can use Russia’s weakness and vulnerability to further limit its political and economic potential.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but since this seems to be a "public white paper, are the Russians not also reading it, to see what countermeasures they may pursue against the US as well?!?

Jun 15 06:58

Beyond Blaming Iran, Trump and Aides Divided on Next Step: Trump continues to say he wants diplomacy, not war

Given nothing more than a grainy video that doesn’t show much of anything, and a couple of tankers burning at sea, the Trump Administration has proven themselves united in a way rarely seen, declaring Iran wholly and directly to blame.

That’s where the unity appears to end, however. Officials are always keen to blame Iran for anything that might stick, and as for what to do after that, they all seem deeply divided, and their talking points vary wildly.

President Trump was quick to blame Iran, citing the dubious Centcom video as proof, and declaring that they are “in deep, deep trouble.” Beyond that, however, he reiterated that he wants to negotiate with Iran, and that he’s “in no rush” to actually have the talks. He also continues to say he’s not interested in a war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are two companion pieces, also appearing at antiwar.com today, and they are:

US SecDef wants to focus on building global consensus against Iran after tanker attacks

and MIKE POMPEO SAID CONGRESS DOESN’T NEED TO APPROVE WAR WITH IRAN. 2020

It would seem, to an impartial observer, that both men are working just as hard as they can for Israel, to insure that the Israeli-desired US/Iranian war happens right on cue, to give Netanyahu the best possible "lift", in advance of the snap Israeli elections in September.

So, I have a question: why have both men not registered as "foreign agents", in service to Israel?!?

Because right now, I would politely suggest that their goals and objectives, have absolutely nothing to do with the welfare of the American people, but everything to do with the sustaining of the current geopolitical power structure in Tel Aviv. That is just the reality.

And please remember, unlike the image of "Poor Little Israel" in which many American and Israeli politicians, like to frame Israel's current military capabilities,as though this country was completely and utterly incapable of taking care of themselves, this country is bristling with nuclear arms, and other weapons, courtesy of, you guessed it, the American Taxpayer!!!

And because Israel refuses to sign the NNPT (which Iran has, BTW), and allow their nuclear weapons to be inspected, they are, theoretically forbidden to get any weapons or money from the US under the Symington Amendment; but, of course, with Israel, is always that "special arrangement", which allows our politicians to break the law with impunity, and give it an embarrassment of riches, in terms of money, and new weapons.

So to sum up, Secretary of State Pompeo, and Presidential Advisor Bolton, if Israel believes Iran to be an "existential threat", let Israel take care of it militarily, because they can.

This is absolutely not our fight.

And should the US decide to fight Iran, what is to prevent Russia from stepping into the fray on Iran's side, seeing how well they have done in Syria, getting rid of the US trained/funded jihadis?!?

Gentlemen, right now, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the funding; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to any war against either Russia or Iran.

Oh, and BTW: when have you decided to bring back the draft?!? Just checking, gentlemen, just checking.

Jun 15 05:41

RUSSIA TO BAN VPN PROVIDERS THAT REFUSE TO AID CENSORSHIP

SOURCE: TECH DIRT
Back in 2016 Russia introduced a new surveillance bill promising to deliver greater security to the country. Of course, as with so many similar efforts around the world the bill actually did the exact opposite -- not only mandating new encryption backdoors, but also imposing harsh new data-retention requirements on ISPs and VPN providers. As a result, some VPN providers like Private Internet Access wound up leaving the country after finding their entire function eroded and having some of their servers seized.
Last March Russia upped the ante, demanding that VPN providers like NordVPN, ExpressVPN, IPVanish, and HideMyAss help block forbidden websites that have been added to Russia's censorship watchlist. Not surprisingly those companies balked at the request, and now Russia's moving on to what was the goal from the start: banning these companies from doing business entirely.

Jun 14 10:15

Unlike S-400, US-Made Patriot Doesn't Meet Turkey's Defence Needs – Ret. Gen.

Turkey is determined to acquire Russian-made S-400 SAMs despite US threats, says Erdogan Karakus, a retired Turkish Air Force lieutenant-general, explaining why Ankara does not consider the US' MIM-104 Patriot system to be a substitute for the S-400.

The US and NATO are continuing to exert pressure on Turkey over its planned acquisition of S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft missile systems, arguing that the weapon is incompatible with the NATO missile defence system and poses a security threat to the bloc.

Jun 14 09:28

EU and Russia Reportedly Agree to Ditch Greenback in Bilateral Transactions

The decision comes a few days after Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed the US dollar as a tool of pressure while speaking at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov and Maros Sefcovic, vice-president of the European Commission for the Energy Union, have agreed to set up a working group that will deal with a transition to using the rouble and euro in bilateral payments, Russian media outlets reported, citing Siluanov’s spokesman, Andrei Lavrov.

Both sides have reportedly emphasised that the use of national currencies will be mutually beneficial, as it reduces certain risks for entrepreneurs in Russia and the EU.

Jun 14 09:12

PEPE ESCOBAR: The Unipolar Moment is Over

The Russia-China strategic partnership, consolidated last week in Russia, has thrown U.S. elites into Supreme Paranoia mode, which is holding the whole world hostage.

Jun 14 09:04

Leading US Military Magazine Says Russia Years Ahead in Missile Technology

Russian TV regularly reports on the whole array of cutting edge weapons announced by Russia last year which have rendered much of the US arsenal irrelevant. An interesting report.

Jun 14 08:38

Turkey vs USA: Turkey issues huge THREAT to US over Russia's S-400 missiles

Foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said: "If the United States takes any negative actions towards us, we will also take reciprocal steps.

"We are determined on the S-400 issue. No matter what the results will be, we will not take a step back.”

The minister added that it is impossible to cancel the order from Russia.

Jun 14 08:35

Oil tanker attacks: Russia warns against blaming Iran

Russia on Thursday called for normalization with Iran and warned against accusing Tehran of attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

In a news conference in the capital Moscow, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the situation should not be used to escalate tensions with Iran.

"We need measures to normalize the situation around Iran, we need to calmly and impartially deal with what happened, not to make hasty conclusions. [...] We have recently seen a growing campaign of political, psychological and military pressure on Iran," he said.

"I would take the opportunity to warn against hasty conclusions, against attempts to lay the blame at the door of those we don't like," Ryabkov added.

Jun 14 08:22

SecDef: US Arms Saudis to Prevent Russia, China From Arming Them

Facing growing opposition from Congress on arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the Trump Administration’s officials are lining up to dismiss concerns about whether Saudi war crimes and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi might warrant ending those sales.

The go-to administration argument was expressed by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Wednesday, when he insisted the US must sell the Saudis all the arms they want or risk losing those sales to Russia and China.

Jun 14 08:16

EU and Russia Reportedly Agree to Ditch Greenback in Bilateral Transactions

The decision comes a few days after Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed the US dollar as a tool of pressure while speaking at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov and Maros Sefcovic, vice-president of the European Commission for the Energy Union, have agreed to set up a working group that will deal with a transition to using the rouble and euro in bilateral payments, Russian media outlets reported, citing Siluanov’s spokesman, Andrei Lavrov.

Both sides have reportedly emphasised that the use of national currencies will be mutually beneficial, as it reduces certain risks for entrepreneurs in Russia and the EU.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is huge, on the part of the EU.

Jun 14 06:51

The Caliphate Project, Made in America. Declassified U.S. Government Documents Confirm the US Supported the Creation of ISIS

Global Research Editor’s Note:

First published in May 2015, this article reveals not only that the ISIS is a creation of US intelligence, it also confirms that the Caliphate Project was designed in Washington.

The newly-declassified document continues:

Yes, you read that correctly:

… there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist Principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime ….

In other words, the powers supporting the Syrian opposition – the West, our Gulf allies, and Turkey wanted an Islamic caliphate in order to challenge Syrian president Assad.

Sure, top U.S. generals – and vice president Vice President Joe Biden – have said that America’s closest allies support ISIS. And mainstream American media have called for direct support of ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your tax dollars at work, folks; don't you just love it?!?

Jun 14 05:15

Russia Sees Through Trump’s Iran Bluster, but Has Middle East Problems of Its Own

By trying to isolate Russia and Iran, the US is only isolating itself.

President Donald Trump won’t go to war with Iran. That was the prediction of Russian experts I interviewed in Moscow during the height of the US-Iran crisis in May. They were right.

To date, Trump has threatened military action against North Korea, Venezuela, and Iran. But, while he has caused tremendous damage to ordinary people with tariffs and economic sanctions, he hasn’t started any new wars. Countries around the world can now, after two years of Trump, distinguish between genuine military aggression and bluster.

But Ivan Konovalov, head of the Center for Studies of Strategic Trends, notes that each country has its own political, military, and economic interests in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Netanyahu pushes a "false flag" in the Persian Gulf or beyond against Iran, Trump's hands may well be tied in trying to get out of it, without a war against it.

Jun 13 19:42

Putin warning: Russia-US relations ‘going downhill’ and ‘getting worse’

VLADIMIR PUTIN has warned Russia’s relationship with the US is “going downhill” and is “getting worse and worse” as relations between the two global superpowers continue to boil over.

Jun 13 13:43

Netanyahu Vows More Preemptive Attacks Against SyriaSays Israel will attack in a 'systematic and consistent manner'

Following Syrian reports that they’d foiled an Israeli attack near the Golan Heights, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to launch even more preemptive attacks against Syria into the future.

Netanyahu said Israel was facing “unending” tests, and that they would continue to attack in a “systematic and consistent manner” to ensure that Syria never establishes any capability to threaten Israel.

In practice Israel has been attacking targets in Syria on a regular basis for months now, and indeed has spent much of the Syrian War feigning neutrality while backing rebel groups, and attacking pro-government forces on every pretext, and often with no pretext at all.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how long Russia is going to put up with this nonsense, before it hits back, or threatens Israel in such a way, that it cannot refuse Russia's desire for Israel to stop these attacks?

Jun 13 13:03

12THE SELF-DESTRUCTIVE TRAJECTORY OF OVERLY SUCCESSFUL EMPIRES

It’s difficult not to see signs of this same trajectory in the U.S. since the fall of the Soviet Empire in 1990.

A recent comment by my friend and colleague, Dave Fairtex, on the Roman Empire’s self-destructive civil wars that precipitated the Western Empire’s decline and fall made me rethink what I’ve learned about the Roman Empire in the past few years of reading.

Dave’s comment (my paraphrase) described the amazement of neighboring nations that Rome would squander its strength on needless, inconclusive, self-inflicted civil conflicts over which political faction would gain control of the Imperial central state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every individual, like every civilization, has a life cycle; a beginning; a middle, and an end.

I do not see our alleged representatives actually doing nearly anything constructive in Congress; what I see... is the petulant, arrested development behaviour of people who are supposed to be taking care of their country, lost in the bubbling ooze, of their own personal and professional vendettas, and wanting to make that priceless "inside knowledge" they get, 24/7, to work for them, economically, as best they can.

Ladies and Gentlemen in Congress; we have infrastructure which is crumbling; Veterans sleeping rough in our streets, and a National Debt, which is horribly out of control. US:
NATIONAL DEBT: $22,025,629,973,683

Yes, you read that correctly: we are looking at a $22 trillion deficit.

So, Congress; a word, please; every time you pull another "Gotya!!" moment on the opposite side of the aisle, we understand that you are not doing what we hired you to do, which, I seem to believe, was assisting with the actual governance of the country.

Jun 13 12:45

2 TANKERS DAMAGED AFTER SUSPECTED TORPEDO ATTACK NEAR STRAIT OF HORMUZ; OIL SOARS

UPDATE: It appears earlier reports that the Front Altair had sunk were, in fact, incorrect. The ship’s captain has said that it is still afloat. VHF radio traffic confirmed that it is damaged but still afloat.

Hours have passed since the suspected attacks, and still, nobody has claimed responsibility. Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has noted how suspicious it is that a Japanese owned vessel would be attacked while Iranian leaders were meeting with the Japanese prime minister in Tehran.

And as one BBG analyst pointed out: “Fingers will certainly be pointed at Iran as the mastermind behind these events. But the potential benefits to the Persian Gulf nation are outweighed by the risks. And even if Tehran isn’t responsible, it will still suffer the consequences.”

Update: The Front Altair, the Marshall Islands flag tanker damaged in Thursday’s attacks, has now sunk, according to Iranian television. Later, others denied these reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The logical question which must be asked, and quickly, is, why in the name of Heaven, would Iran do something so pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid, when they are absolutely desperately trying to hold the US and Israel at bay, in terms of not starting a shooting war?!?

We the American people have to have the courage, to ask our alleged representatives, this question, and ask they if they are for a US-led shooting war against Iran?!?

The short answer is, they wouldn't.

So however this was done, I have a very nasty feeling in the pit of my gut, that this could well have happened, courtesy of an American, or Israeli, "false flag team", to make it appear that the Iranians would actually do something so idiotic, as to try to force a shooting war in the region.

The Iranian government members, may be many things; stupid, however, is not one of them.

Jun 13 12:15

UK's special forces set for new Russia mission

he SAS and other UK Special Forces (UKSF) are poised to receive a new mission countering Russian and other forces around the world.

The plan is called 'Special Operations Concept' and has been drawn up by the senior officer in charge of the special forces, the Director Special Forces (DSF).

According to people familiar with what's in it, part of the concept involves changing both the structure of the military's secretive units and what they do.

The plan is currently being considered by military chiefs, Whitehall insiders tell me, and will soon be sent to ministers and is likely to be approved.

Jun 13 11:49

US must develop ‘new way of war’ or risk ‘defeat’ to Russia & China – think tank

The Pentagon’s military posture based on post-Cold War dominance will not work against new Russian and Chinese strategies and must be urgently updated, or the US risks losing a war against either power, a new report warns.

America needs a “new way of war,” according to a report authored by Chris Dougherty of the Center for New American Security (CNAS) and published on Wednesday.

“For the first time in decades, it is possible to imagine the United States fighting—and possibly losing—a large-scale war with a great power,” Dougherty warns.

While the US remains stuck in the “implicit and explicit mental framework” for military strategy and operations that emerged during the 1991 Gulf War, he adds, China and Russia have been devising new strategies and weapons to defeat the US in war should that become necessary.

Jun 13 11:49

Trump considering sanctions against Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to ‘protect Germany from Russia’

US president Donald Trump says he is considering slapping sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project, insisting that the US has a much “better” alternative for Europe.

“[It’s] something that I’ve been looking at and I’m thinking about,” the US president said, answering a reporter’s question about using sanctions to block the project.

He added that he was the one who’d brought up “the pipeline problem,” referring to his earlier attacks against Russia’s energy supplies to Europe, and Germany in particular, as it is the entry point of the new export gas pipeline.

Jun 12 14:39

A Russian-American-Israeli Meeting of National Security Advisors in Jerusalem: Syria and Iran on the Table

This month of June, the National Security Advisors of Russia, the US, and Israel, Nikolay Patrushev, John Bolton and Meir Ben-Shabbat, respectively, are expected to meet in Jerusalem to talk about Iran and Syria and what Israel considers the “threat to its security” in the Levant.

High-ranking sources among decision-makers say this:

“Netanyahu runs to his allies to cry on their shoulders when he is the aggressor, as in every single problem in the Levant, particularly when the Israeli military exceeds the limits and crosses red lines. Last year, Russia agreed with Iran to create a kind of safety perimeter for the Russian military to take control along the Quneitra-Golan Heights front. That would have made it possible to ease the situation on the borders and allow President Assad and his allies to concentrate on other fronts. Iran responded positively to the Russian request, following the approval of President Assad”.

Jun 12 11:00

Zakharova: Enemy of My Enemy! China and Russia Now Close Allies Because of US Aggression!

Jun 11 10:24

RUSSIAN JETS CARRY OUT DEADLY BOMBINGS IN SYRIA'S IDLIB

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM
At least 25 people have been killed in aerial bombardment carried out by Russian jet fighters in Idlib region, with schools and medical centres knocked down during a continued Syrian military offensive.

The rebel stronghold of northwestern Syria despite being part of a buffer-zone deal has come under deadly regime bombardment in recent weeks, sparking fears for its roughly three million residents.

At least 13 people were killed, including women and children, after Russian Sukhoi jets dropped bombs on the village of Jabala in southern Idlib province, residents and civil rescuers told Reuters news agency.

Russian jets were also behind several raids that hit the town of Khan Sheikhoun, Kafr Battikh and several other villages that left at least another 12 civilians dead, according to another local rescuer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The one thing that Al Jazeera fails to mention, is that these rebels, aligned with Al Qaeda, are generally US funded and US trained.

But it looks as though Idlib is going to be the jihadists' "last stand" in Syria, and if they do not surrender, they will be bombed out of existence.

Jun 11 10:10

No US, no problem! Russia-China trade set to double & reach $200 billion soon

The trade volume between Russia and China is expected to continue to accelerate and reach new heights, doubling the current record level of $108 billion, the Russian economy ministry says.

Jun 11 06:56

DOJ Documents Show Bruce Ohr Was Given a $28,000 Bonus During Russiagate Investigation Plus a Raise.

By Catherine J. Frompovich

The press room at Judicial Watch sent out a Press Release June 7, 2019 wherein JW stated:

DOJ Documents Show Bruce Ohr Was Given a $28,000 Bonus During Russiagate Investigation Plus a Raise...

Jun 10 12:24

US Treasury Department Tightens Sanctions on Venezuela Oil SectorWashington is targeting diluent imports, hurting Venezuela’s ability to export oil and produce fuel.

The US Treasury Department has announced a hardening of measures against Venezuela’s oil industry.

In an amendment to the Venezuela sanctions published on Thursday, Washington stated that the existing licenses, which allow certain companies to continue dealing with Venezuela state oil company PDVSA for a given period, “do not authorize transactions or dealings related to the exportation or reexportation of diluents, directly or indirectly, to Venezuela.”

Venezuela relies on imports of diluents to blend its heavy crude into exportable grades, as well as produce gasoline and diesel for internal consumption.

Venezuela’s declining oil production was significantly worsened by the impact of US economic sanctions, with crude output dropping by 30 percent, from an average of 1.911 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2017 to 1.354 million in 2018, following the August 2017 financial sanctions imposed by the Treasury Department.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The motivation here is very simple; bring Venezuela, economically, to its knees, to the point where it becomes ripe, for "regime change".

But the question I have to ask is, how much longer will Russia and China, put up with this monkey business, before they intervene in some way or another, either economically, or militarily?!?

Jun 10 09:04

SYRIA - WESTERN MEDIA GLORIFICATION OF SYRIAN JIHADIST IS A SIGN THAT THE WAR IS FAR FROM ITS END

SOURCE: MOONOFALABAMA.ORG
Western media currently publish glorifying obituaries for a Syrian 'rebel' who is know for extreme sectarianism and for being a member of a Jihadi group that is aligned with al-Qaeda.

The Associated Press, the BBC, the Guardian and analysts all write of Abdul Baset al-Sarout who yesterday died of wounds he received two days earlier when his group attacked Syrian government forces.

AP:

Abdul Baset al-Sarout, 27, rose to fame as a goalkeeper for his home city of Homs and won international titles representing his country. When peaceful protests broke out against Mr. al-Assad in 2011, Mr. al-Sarout led rallies and became known as the “singer of the revolution” for his ballads.
When Syria slid into civil war, Mr. al-Sarout took up arms. He led a unit of fighters against government forces and survived the government siege of Homs.

The Guardian:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These stories, concerning "celebrated jihadists" in Syria, make me come to the conclusion of the war in Syria, may well not be over, courtesy of the US and Israel.

I believe that both countries will poke and prod until they find a perceived "weakness", then blast against it with all those remaining US funded equipped, and trained jihadis as they possibly can.

The big question, at that point, is what will Russia, and the Syrian government, do to combat this?!?

Jun 09 09:46

U.S. 7TH FLEET CRUISER IGNORES RULES AT SEA - NEARLY COLLIDES WITH RUSSIAN DESTROYER

It is evident from the picture that the U.S. navy cruiser had the Russian destroyer on its starboard side and that both ships were on a collision course. It was therefore the U.S. ship that had the duty to 'take early and substantial action' to keep out of the way and that it had to avoid crossing ahead of the Russian vessel. The Russian ship correctly kept its speed and course until the situation required a last-minute maneuver to avoid an imminent collision.

In the breathless video report of the incident the CNN Pentagon reporter explicitly says that Russian ship was on starboard of the U.S. ship, but repeats the nonsense claim by the U.S. navy spokesperson that the U.S. ship was in the right and that the Russian ship made an "unsafe maneuver".

The crew of the Chancellorsville should call itself lucky. Russian ships are build with a strong bow to travel in icy waters. Had the Admiral Vinogradov not made the emergency turn to its right, its bow would have cut their ship in half.

Jun 09 08:55

‘Deadly Serious’: Near-Misses Between US, Russian Ships No Accident, and No Joke

Provocations between US and Russians warships, similar to the incident that occurred Friday in the East China Sea, are extremely dangerous but all too common ? and any one could lead to disaster, Mark Sleboda, an international affairs and security analyst, told Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear.

On Friday, the US Navy released a video of the near-collision between Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov and US Navy cruiser USS Chancellorsville in the East China Sea. The Russian Pacific Fleet responded with a statement that the US ship had suddenly changed course and crossed the path of the Russian destroyer “just 50 meters away from the ship.” The US Seventh Fleet denied Russia’s version of events, blaming the Russian vessel for nearly causing a collision.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Right now, as the tensions between Russia and the US are ratcheting up to a new all-time high, it would behoove the military of BOTH countries to be very careful, when in close proximity to the other countries' military assets, on land, or on sea.

Jun 09 08:52

Three Russian warships to keep NATO Baltops-2019 exercise under observationMore:http://tass.com/defense/1062814

June 8. /TASS/. The Baltic Fleet’s warships will keep track of NATO’s Baltops-2019 maneuvers to begin in the Baltic Sea waters on June 9, a law enforcement source in Russia’s westernmost Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad told TASS on Saturday.

"The Stoikiy and the Boikiy corvettes, as well as the Liven small missile ship, will keep the NATO maneuvers under observation. Besides, reconnaissance assets will also be deployed," the source said.

TASS has been unable to officially confirm the information at the time of the publication.

The Baltops-2019 exercise will be held on June 9-21. It will involve up to 40 surface ships and submarines and 40 aircraft from 18 countries. For the first time, the US Second Fleet, re-established in 2018, will take part in the maneuvers. Staff members will run Baltops-2019 from the USS Mount Whitney command ship, which arrived to the Baltic Sea on May 30.

More:
http://tass.com/defense/1062814

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Considering the massive placement of NATO equipment and personnel, surrounding Russia right now, even at its doorstep, can anyone in their right mind condemn Russia for being concerned, about what NATO is doing right now?!?

Jun 09 08:52

Three Russian warships to keep NATO Baltops-2019 exercise under observationMore:http://tass.com/defense/1062814

June 8. /TASS/. The Baltic Fleet’s warships will keep track of NATO’s Baltops-2019 maneuvers to begin in the Baltic Sea waters on June 9, a law enforcement source in Russia’s westernmost Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad told TASS on Saturday.

"The Stoikiy and the Boikiy corvettes, as well as the Liven small missile ship, will keep the NATO maneuvers under observation. Besides, reconnaissance assets will also be deployed," the source said.

TASS has been unable to officially confirm the information at the time of the publication.

The Baltops-2019 exercise will be held on June 9-21. It will involve up to 40 surface ships and submarines and 40 aircraft from 18 countries. For the first time, the US Second Fleet, re-established in 2018, will take part in the maneuvers. Staff members will run Baltops-2019 from the USS Mount Whitney command ship, which arrived to the Baltic Sea on May 30.

More:
http://tass.com/defense/1062814

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Considering the massive placement of NATO equipment and personnel, surrounding Russia right now, even at its doorstep, can anyone in their right mind condemn Russia for being concerned, about what NATO is doing right now?!?

Jun 09 08:51

Three Russian warships to keep NATO Baltops-2019 exercise under observationMore:http://tass.com/defense/1062814

June 8. /TASS/. The Baltic Fleet’s warships will keep track of NATO’s Baltops-2019 maneuvers to begin in the Baltic Sea waters on June 9, a law enforcement source in Russia’s westernmost Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad told TASS on Saturday.

"The Stoikiy and the Boikiy corvettes, as well as the Liven small missile ship, will keep the NATO maneuvers under observation. Besides, reconnaissance assets will also be deployed," the source said.

TASS has been unable to officially confirm the information at the time of the publication.

The Baltops-2019 exercise will be held on June 9-21. It will involve up to 40 surface ships and submarines and 40 aircraft from 18 countries. For the first time, the US Second Fleet, re-established in 2018, will take part in the maneuvers. Staff members will run Baltops-2019 from the USS Mount Whitney command ship, which arrived to the Baltic Sea on May 30.

More:
http://tass.com/defense/1062814

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Considering the massive placement of NATO equipment and personnel, surrounding Russia right now, even at its doorstep, can anyone in their right mind condemn Russia for being concerned, about what NATO is doing right now?!?

Jun 09 07:32

IRAN UNVEILS HOMEBUILT AIR DEFENSE MISSILE SYSTEM TO DESTROY ‘STEALTH TARGETS’ (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

SOURCE: RT
Tehran’s military displayed a brand-new indigenous air defense missile system, capable of tracking and shooting down six targets at the same time. The weapon was rolled out amid growing tensions around the Persian Gulf.
Iran unveiled its new domestically-designed air defense missile system Khordad 15 on Sunday. Equipped with long-range Sayyad 3 missiles, it can shoot down enemy jets and combat drones at a range of 120 kilometers, Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said.

Full video of 15 khordad air defence system ( ?? ?????)pic.twitter.com/izgZKfBIBl

— ???s??? ????? (@persianintel) June 9, 2019
The complex can also track “stealth targets,” intercepting them 45 km away. Overall, the weapon can destroy six targets simultaneously, according to military officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Iranian civilian government and its military leadership, may be many things; that being said, foolish, and unprepared are not among those categories whatsoever.

They full well know, what may be in their future (a war with the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel), and want to guard against this, by creating the best military equipment which can be created by their weaponry engineers.

So I would like to, politely and strongly caution the White House, Pentagon, and State Department, that should the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel, mount some kind of attack against Iran, that Russia and China may well decide to join Iran in the fight.

And President Trump, no matter what verbal poison against Iran with which Bolton, Netanyahu, and Pompeo are filling your ears, there as to be another way, other than war, to achieve your geopolitical and financial goals here.

But your unilaterally pulling the US out of the P5+1, was an horrendous mistake, sir; and right now, to your utter embarrassment, the IAEA team, on the ground in Iran, are still saying, that the Iranians are complying with their side of the bargain.

Jun 08 09:24

TRUMP OKS ADVANCED BOMB PARTS TO BE BUILT IN SAUDI: NYT

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA

When US President Donald Trump bypassed Congress last month to approve a multibillion-dollar arms deal to Saudi Arabia, he also allowed the kingdom to develop complex precision-bomb parts, according to the New York Times.

Trump's emergency declaration allows American arms firm Raytheon to share technology with Riyadh that could allow Saudi Arabia to develop its own laser-guided bombs, the newspaper reported on Friday.

Among the components which the Saudis are now allowed to work on with the firm are the control systems and vital electronics for Raytheon's Paveway series of smart bombs. That technology was previously closely guarded by Washington.

The technology sharing is just one part of a sweeping arms package Trump bypassed Congress to push through by declaring a national emergency, citing tensions with Iran.

Outrage on Capitol Hill

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, please tell me that this is a belated April Fool's joke; because if it isn't, you may just have created the elements which can potentially turn into World War III; the current detente between Saudi Arabia and Israel could turn nasty at any second, and any attack against Iran by Saudi Arabia, could well be met with China and Russia taking sides with Iran.

Giving dictatorial kingdoms, which are self-proclaimed theocracies, is probably not ever a great idea; and I am referring, sir, to both Israel and Saudi Arabia.

This move does not augur well for peace, either in the region, or in the world.

Jun 08 08:05

MOSCOW UNVEILS ANTI-UAV DEVICE WHICH ‘FORCES’ DRONES TO LAND

SOURCE: RT
Russia’s Emergencies Ministry showed off a new device which intercepts and ‘grounds’ menacing drones that disrupt rescue operations in disaster areas.
The portable device was shown at a large-scale exercise during an international disaster response expo near Moscow on Saturday, local media reported.

The technology allows responders to intercept any “unauthorized” UAVs operating in disaster areas and bring them into “forced landings.” The presence of civilian drones during disasters has long been a problem for response teams since they risk disrupting the work of relief aircraft, like air tankers water-bombing or medevac helicopters.

The reports did not specify how exactly the new devices make drones land. Companies in different states provide various ways to combat UAVs, such as jamming their signal and taking control over the vehicles mid-flight. Others offer more ‘violent’ solutions, like shooting the drones down with nets and lasers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, the Russians do have what they claim they have, this is a not so subtle message to the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, to stop to stop flying over areas of the planet for which they are not given express permission to fly.

Jun 07 12:24

Key figure that Mueller report linked to Russia was a State Department intel source

In a key finding of the Mueller report, Ukrainian businessman Konstantin Kilimnik, who worked for Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, is tied to Russian intelligence.

But hundreds of pages of government documents — which special counsel Robert Mueller possessed since 2018 — describe Kilimnik as a “sensitive” intelligence source for the U.S. State Department who informed on Ukrainian and Russian matters.

Why Mueller’s team omitted that part of the Kilimnik narrative from its report and related court filings is not known. But the revelation of it comes as the accuracy of Mueller’s Russia conclusions face increased scrutiny.

The incomplete portrayal of Kilimnik is so important to Mueller’s overall narrative that it is raised in the opening of his report. “The FBI assesses” Kilimnik “to have ties to Russian intelligence,” Mueller’s team wrote on Page 6, putting a sinister light on every contact Kilimnik had with Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!!

Jun 07 11:48

China-Russia Partnership Threatens US Global Hegemony

The U.S. expected China to integrate into global capitalism as a subordinate power, but recent deals with Russia show China is moving towards equality in economic and military power

Jun 07 08:50

Kremlin castigates London: Russia won’t ‘change it ways’ at UK’s demand

Moscow has no intention to change its ways at the United Kingdom’s demand, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

"No, we won’t change our ways," he said.

Peskov pointed out that Russia sought mutually beneficial relations with Great Britain that would be based on respect for each other’s interests. "There is nothing wrong in this pattern of behavior," he said. "At the same time, there are some other things that damage bilateral relations, and we can see the consequence, including the state Russia-UK relations are in at the moment," the Kremlin spokesman emphasized.

Jun 07 08:49

Putin states crisis of world economic relations

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that the current model of world economic relations is in crisis, although the global economy has been growing in recent years.

"Formally, the recent growth of the global economy is marked by positive values: in 2011-2018, the annual growth averaged 2.8%, in recent years it was slightly more than 3%. But, in our opinion, the leaders of states, we all need to frankly admit: despite this growth, the existing model of international economic relations, unfortunately, is still in crisis," the head of state said at the plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

Jun 07 08:46

US attempt to push Huawei from global market is the first sign of looming tech war - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said US efforts to push Chinese tech giant Huawei out of the global market might be a sign that a new technological war is coming.

“Take the situation around the company Huawei, for example. There are attempts not even to challenge it, but to brazenly force it out of the global market,” Putin told the audience at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday. “In some circles it is even called the first technological war of the coming digital era.”

Jun 07 08:34

Israel's intelligence giant deployed to thwart Hezbollah

Two serious incidents on the on the Golan Heights put an end to any hope that the Israeli-Syrian border will be return to the calm of the pre-civil war days, now that Bashar Assad's army has cemented its control, with the help of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Shooting down that Russian plane didn't help.

Jun 07 08:32

MAJOR: U.S Proposes Path For Recognizing Crimea As Russian

The United States proposed a path to recognize Crimea as Russia by way of holding a U.S supervised or managed second referendum in the Crimea, even after the region has already been reunited with Russia. This, in particular, was offered to Moscow by ex-head of the State Department, John Kerry , but was refused, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov .

A contact group for Donbass met in Minsk and worked to prepare a new agreement on the establishment of a new ceasefire agreement on the contact line of the warring parties. Russia hopes that Kiev will fulfill its obligations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder if the US plans to use Diebold election machines for that second referendum. :)

Jun 07 08:21

Russia Accuses US Destroyer of Creating Dangerous Situation For Its Ship in East China Sea

The US Seventh Fleet, which is headquartered in Japan, refuted on Friday the accusations made by the Russian Pacific Fleet regarding a dangerous manoeuvre carried out by a US Navy cruiser near a Russian destroyer in the East China Sea, saying that it was the Russian vessel that nearly caused a collision between the ships.

"While USS Chancellorsville was recovering its helicopter on a steady course and speed when the Russian ship DD572 manoeuvred from behind and to the right of Chancellorsville accelerated and closed to an unsafe distance of approximately 50-100 feet. This unsafe action forced USS Chancellorsville to execute all engines back full and to manoeuvre to avoid collision", the Seventh Fleet said in a statement.

Jun 07 08:20

Danish Stand on Nord Stream 2 Contradicts European Laws - Schroeder

Denmark puts at risk timely completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline for delivering Russian gas to Europe, and Danish policy contradicts European laws, Gerhard Schroeder, the former German chancellor and the head of Nord Stream 2 operator's board of directors, said on Friday.

"Nord Stream 2 could be put into operation in the end of the year already in order to ensure safe deliveries of natural gas to Europe. However, there is a problem. For many months already, Danish policy has been putting at risk timely completion of the project", Schroeder said at a business breakfast dedicated to Nord Stream 2, held at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

Jun 07 08:08

UKRAINE'S NEW PRESIDENT COMMITS TO EU, NATO MEMBERSHIP

SOURCE: DW
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy intends to keep Ukraine "on the path of European and Euro-Atlantic integration." He also said he is ready to negotiate with Russia to end the war in Eastern Ukraine.

'Ukraine's strategic course remains unchanged'

During his visit to Brussels on Tuesday, newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said his country still aspires to being a member of both the European Union and the NATO military alliance and that he is open to peace talks with Russia.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg had been waiting to hear the foreign policy aims of the former comedian, who was sworn in as Ukraine's president last month.

What Zelenskiy said:

His government intends to keep Ukraine "on its strategic course ... to achieve fully-fledged membership in the EU and NATO." Membership of both entities "is the priority of our foreign policy."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Zelenskiy understands that he is walking a geopolitical tightrope, very much without a net, because his reaching out to Russia may cause NATO to spurn his desire to join it.

But IF he can work on these two objectives together, and better the lives of working Ukrainians, he will become a hero to his people; I, for one, hope that he can achieve this, and get rid of the wretched corruption, instigated and encouraged, by his predecessor, President Poroshenko (President Obama's and Victoria Nuland's "golden boy"), so that the nation can become functional again.

My fingers are crossed for this guy, that he is able to do what his country wants him to do, by "hiring" him as their President through the electoral process.

Jun 07 08:02

EU representatives approve decision to prolong sanctions against Russia over Crimea

Permanent representatives of EU member states have approved the prolongations of sanctions against Moscow over Crimea’s reunification with Russia, Bloomberg reported Wednesday, citing its sources.

If the decision is finally approved by the EU, the sanctions will be effective till June 23, 2020. The sanctions were initially imposed on Russia in 2014.

Jun 07 07:40

THE LONG ARM OF THE BILDERBERG GROUP. CREATED BY THE CIA AND MI6

The most important “personalities” participating this year, as usual, were those of the USA;

Clubs, Cartels and Bilderberg
Henry Kissinger, “historical figure” of the Group, closely linked to the late David Rockefeller (image right, died in 2017) who was founder of The Bilderberg and the Trilateral Commission:

Mike Pompeo, ex-head of the CIA and currently US Secretary of State[2];

General David Petraeus, ex-head of the CIA[3];

Jared Kushner, advisor (and son-in-law) of President Trump for the Middle East, and intimate friend of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Following on, Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO, who received a second mandate for services rendered to the USA.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You need to look very closely, at the statement from Henry Kissinger, one of the "dark, overlord princes" of this confab, who saw war as a way to fix anything which had gone wrong, or could possibly go wrong:

"Control oil, and you will control the world; control food, and you control people!!"

Then you look at the presidencies of Bush; Obama; and Trump, and you see how transparently this has translated into wars for resources, to which the US has absolutely no moral right.

So let me see if I have understood this correctly; regime change; occupation; and the selling of oil only in US petrodollars.

This policy... has become the despicable, unholy trinity, which moves American foreign policy forward.

And in terms of food, not being GMO?!? You can clearly see that this battle has been brewing for a long time, and at least, at this moment, it appears that the non-GMO proponents, have had some small victories; but not nearly enough to feed the US in the future, coupled with catastrophic floods, which means acreage which used to see the planting of crops right now, cannot be planted.

And folks, if you do not have a freezer right now, talk to your family, and neighbors; getting a freezer, and filling it with non-GMO food, might not be a bad idea. Mike and I went to the local grocery store last week, and the "sticker shock" was pretty amazing.

I swear, we weren't buying either caviar or champagne :-)

But seriously, you need to protect yourselves against the time when the excrement hits the ventilation system, in all possible ways. That means, potable water, storable food, and whatever medications are necessary, for you, your family, and for your pets.

The Mormon Church, does excellent work in this area, and urges their believers to be self-reliant on the issues of food. The following link may be helpful, if you have never considered doing it before:

Later Day Saints: Food Storage

Jun 07 07:04

Russia to double global food exports, ready to replace US agricultural products in China

Russian agricultural exports will continue to grow and are expected to reach $45 billion within the next five years, according to Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev.

He told reporters at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF): “I think we will achieve all of our goals.”

Boosting sales of agricultural products abroad is currently one of Russia’s top-priority tasks. Patrushev said that this year’s agricultural exports won’t be less than in 2018 when they reached almost $25 billion.

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