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Jan 05 08:47

Ukrainian Il-76 Airlifter That Was Tracked Across U.S. Delivered Radar Asset To Utah Air Base

A Ukranian Air Force Il-76 'Candid' cargo plane has appeared at an Air National Guard facility attached to Salt Lake City International Airport. We now know that it has delivered an unspecified mobile radar system as part of a U.S. Air Force contract.

Online plane trackers first noticed the Il-76, of which the Ukrainian Air Force has around five in service in total, traveling westward from Ottawa/Macdonald–Cartier International Airport in eastern Canada on the morning of Dec. 3, 2019. The Candid was on the ground in Salt Lake City before 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am going to take a wild guess that Ukraine captured a Russian radar system which will be used to test if the F-35 is really stealthy enough to survive.

Jan 04 18:49

Netanyahu says he discussed military ‘coordination’ in Syria with Putin

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday to discuss Syria, and said the two leaders agreed to “continue security coordination” there. The Kremlin confirmed that the call happened and that Putin and Netanyahu discussed the situation in Syria in light of the announced pullout of US troops. The emphasis was on fully defeating terrorism in Syria and speeding up the process of political settlement, the Russian government said.

Jan 04 14:04

Israel acts at 'military level' amid US sanctions on Iran: Netanyahu

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says he had “insisted” that the US reimpose sanctions on Iran, adding Tel Aviv complements economic pressures with its own actions "at the military level.”

US President Donald Trump “is acting against Iran at the economic level and we here in Israel are acting against Iran at the military level,” Netanyahu said in an address to Israeli military cadets on Thursday.

By military actions, Netanyahu apparently meant airstrikes against what Israel calls Iranian positions in Syria. Damascus says the attacks are part of Israel's efforts to prop up terrorists in the face of army advances.

Last week, an Israeli intelligence website refuted Tel Aviv's claims that a recent aerial raid in Syria had targeted Iranian military advisers and Hezbollah fighters, saying the attack actually hit Syrian army positions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And here is the one thing which could make this really sticky; it's Russia, Russia's military position in Syria, and Putin's relationship with Syria's al Assad.

One must wonder; what happens when and Israeli and Russian fighter jets start attacking each other?!? Because should this happen, it would involve the US's presence in behalf of Israel, undoubtedly.

I hope that Russia's President Putin and Israel's Prime Minister, Netanyahu, have been having some conversations about preventing such a situation, which could evolve into a world war.

Jan 04 11:46

DEVELOPER LEAKS IMAGE OF NEW SELF-PROPELLED CANNON FOR RUSSIAN FORCES

TsNIITochMash, the Russian industrial design bureau tasked with designing and manufacturing new weapons for the modernization of Russian Armed Forces, has just leaked out new schematics of its next-generation air droppable artillery piece, slated for testing by the Airborne Forces and the Naval Infantry later this year.

The image of the new "Lotus," a self-propelled, tracked artillery system, appeared in the design bureau's 2019 corporate calendar, was leaked on social media via the bureau's Instagram account, and was first reported by Sputnik.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, the problem is not that the Russian will have this weaponry by the end of the year; the problem here, is that their Americans counterparts in the weapons business, will most likely not have anything anywhere near it.

Jan 04 08:55

‘Jealous’ US Upping Military Activity in Latin America to Counter Russia, China

The US has been stepping up its involvement in military exercises in Latin America in recent years, partly in response to growing regional influence by Russia and China. The US has long supported right-wing governments in the region to protect its interests and block Soviet influence; more recently, they’ve been a bulwark against the Pink Tide.

Almost since the country's inception, the United States has viewed Latin America as its own backyard, with US President James Monroe articulating that view in 1823 in a doctrine that came to be named after him. Ironically, that, too, was provoked by Russian expansion into the Americas, when it claimed land along North America's northwestern Pacific coast.

Jan 04 08:23

Developer Leaks Image Of New Self-Propelled Cannon For Russian Forces

TsNIITochMash, the Russian industrial design bureau tasked with designing and manufacturing new weapons for the modernization of Russian Armed Forces, has just leaked out new schematics of its next-generation airdroppable artillery piece, slated for testing by the Airborne Forces and the Naval Infantry later this year.

The image of the new "Lotus," a self-propelled, tracked artillery system, appeared in the design bureau's 2019 corporate calendar, was leaked on social media via the bureau's Instagram account, and was first reported by Sputnik.

Jan 03 11:02

US Demands Access To Former Marine Held On Spying Charges In Moscow

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said that the US wants immediate access to a former Marine who was arrested in Russia in December on espionage charges, and that "if the detention is not appropriate we will demand his immediate return," reports AP.

Paul Whelan, who is head of global security for a Michigan-based auto parts supplier, was arrested on Friday. In announcing the arrest three days later, the Russian Federal Security Service said he was caught “during an espionage operation,” but it gave no details.

Whelan, 48, was in Moscow to attend a wedding when he suddenly disappeared, his brother David Whelan said Tuesday.

Pompeo, speaking in Brazil, said the U.S. is “hopeful within the next hours we’ll get consular access to see him and get a chance to learn more.” -AP

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sure that Russia will allow access to Whelan ... just as soon as Russia is allowed access to the Skripals!

Jan 03 10:46

Russia Charges US Citizen With Espionage

After he was purportedly arrested while "carrying out an act of espionage", Russia has formally indicted US citizen Paul Whelan, a 48-year-old US Marine and security contractor, for being a spy, according to a report in Russian news agency Interfax being cited by US media.

Whelan was arrested by Russia’s security services Dec. 28 while in Moscow on a personal trip. Whelan's Russian lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov, who was appointed to represent him, said earlier Thursday that the American will remain in custody in Moscow until the end of February.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I sense that this guy is the "bargaining chip" Moscow is using to press the US into releasing Maria Butina, who was arrested and charged with infiltration; apparently, While not confirmed, there is a very interesting story, reported by rawstory.com on 31 December:

American "spy" captured by the Russians may be "payback" for the arrest and incarceration of Maria Butina

Jan 03 10:37

"Secret" Evidence Vindicates Michael Flynn's "Treasonous" Dinner With Putin

Over the last month we have learned much more about the circumstances surrounding the departure of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about a conversation with then-Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak; one on December 29, 2016 in which Flynn urged the Russians to "refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the US had imposed against Russia," and another conversation in which Kislyak told Flynn that Russia had decided to moderate its response following the request.

Nothing earth shattering, illegal, or collusive in the "witch hunt" sense - but Flynn was not forthcoming with the Justice Department, or Vice President Mike Pence. He was fired from his post and subsequently pleaded guilty in December 2017 to making false statements to the FBI.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the Dementocrats, power means everything... no matter what the cost to the nation, and to the individuals they are sliming, courtesy of Robert Mueller.

Jan 03 10:29

'He shunned pretty women': How Marine vet 'spy' aroused suspicion of Russian intelligence and was 'caught red-handed in Moscow hotel room with flash drive containing names of Russian secret agents'

Retired US Marine Paul Whelan was detained by Vladimir Putin's secret services because he received an electronic database with a list of 'secret' employees of a Russian agency, it was reported in Moscow.

The 48-year-old had fallen under suspicion on frequent visits to Russia because while saying he went to have 'fun' he shunned 'pretty women' and instead made contacts with males who might have access to confidential information.

Minutes after receiving a flash drive in his five-star hotel room in Moscow, armed Federal Security Service (FSB) operatives moved in and detained him, reported Rosbalt news service, which has close links to the security services.

'The American received an electronic carrier in the room with a list of all employees of one of the secret Russian departments,' said the first of several reports.

'Five minutes after the transfer, FSB officers broke into the room and detained a suspect of espionage.

Jan 03 10:20

Russia to expand Iskander arsenal in 2019, test 200 new weapons

The Russian military is slated to expand its arsenal of Iskander-M nuclear-capable missiles in 2019, one of the nearly 200 new weapons that Moscow continues to develop under its new state armament program.

"In 2019, the process of reequipping the missile troops of the Russian Ground Forces with the Iskander-M missile systems will be completed. In accordance with the state defense order, the manufacturer will hand a unit of the Iskander-M systems over to the Western Military District," the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

Capable of hitting targets 500 kilometers away, the precision-guided missile can be used against multiple-launch rocket systems, long-range artillery guns, command posts and communications centers.

The Iskander-M missiles are designed to perform special maneuvers at extreme speeds and release decoys to bypass all existing missile defense systems, according to the Russian defense ministry.

Jan 02 16:13

Exculpatory Russia evidence about Mike Flynn that US intel kept secret - By John Solomon,

Sometimes public silence can be deafening or, for that matter, misleading.

For nearly two years now, the intelligence community has kept secret evidence in the Russia collusion case that directly undercuts the portrayal of retired Army general and former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn as a Russian stooge.

Jan 02 12:27

Russian Physicists Come Closer to Plasma Engine for Superfast Space Travel

Scientists from Russia and around the world see plasma rocket technology as a crucial possible ingredient for speedy missions to Mars and beyond.

Physicists from the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Novosibirsk are preparing another round of experiments aimed at successfully harnessing the power of thermonuclear plasma for use in a rocket engine, institute deputy director Alexander Ivanov has told journalists.

The experiments, which will begin later this month, will follow up on earlier successful tests which confirmed the feasibility of confining plasma in an experimental setup using parameters suitable for a rocket engine, Ivanov said.

Jan 02 07:34

MH17 Turnabout: Ukraine's Guilt Now Proven

Finally, a clear and convincing - and unrefuted - case can now be presented to the public, as to precisely whom the guilty party was, that downed the MH17 Malaysian airliner over Ukraine on 17 July 2014, and why it was done. The complete case, which will be fully documented here, displays unequivocally who needed the MH17 murders (of 298 persons) to be perpetrated. This mass-murder was done for one leader’s very pressing obsession. For him, it simply had to be done, and done at that precise time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A long read but worth it. There are also videos.

Jan 01 11:45

The ONLY Meddling ‘Russian Bots’ Were Actually Democrat-Led ‘Experts’

Cybersecurity “experts” in the United States have long alleged that “Russian bots” were used to meddle in the 2016 elections. But, as it turns out, the authors of a Senate report on “Russian election meddling” actually ran the false flag meddling operation themselves.

A week before Christmas, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report accusing Russia of depressing Democrat voter turnout by targeting African-Americans on social media. Its authors, New Knowledge, quickly became a household name. Described by the New York Times as a group of “tech specialists who lean Democratic,” New Knowledge has ties to both the U.S. military and the intelligence agencies.

Jan 01 11:40

Powerful U.S. forces work against pullout of troops from Syria

President Donald Trump’s announcement on Dec. 20 that his administration would quickly pull some 2,000 troops from Syria and 7,000 of the 14,000 in Afghanistan seemed to have caught many high-ranking U.S. as well and U.S. allies around the globe off guard.

It is unclear, however, to what extent the pullout will be able to be implemented. Trump is under a lot of pressure from even his supporters to back off or slow down the plan.

This often happens throughout history, when the core beliefs of a country promulgated by elites are challenged — and in the case of the U.S., it is both Republican and Democratic elites. The dismay at the retirement of Secretary of Defense James Mattis indicates the many battles ahead for a rebalancing of U.S. foreign policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The writer of this op-ed misses one very critical fact; the "winner" from this draw-down of US forces in Syria, is Israel's Benyamin Netanyahu, now fighting for his political life because he is on the keening edge of potentially being indicted for corruption by Israel's Attorney General.

Netanyahu has recently dissolved the Knesset, and set the date of 9 April for the next round of elections.

As now both Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, he can now wreak whatever havoc he wants in Syria (or Lebanon, or Iran), for these next 4 months until the election, with US collusion and cooperation from the commanders and their troops still on the ground.

And I would like to politely mention to the writer of this op-ed, that there will be utterly zero "rebalancing' of US Foreign Policy, particularly in the Middle East, as long as Trump is outsourcing his Middle East Policy to Prime Minister Netanyahu.

There are moments where there are goals to be achieved with which we should be aligned with Israel; but a regional war against Syria, Iran, and Lebanon, (with Russia most likely to take the side of these countries)at the enormous costs, which Tel Aviv fully expects to be expended in American blood, and American money?!?

So President Trump, I feel the need to strongly caution you, that the use of US troops, fighting and dying for what can only be characterized as a wretchedly apartheid, rogue theocracy with nuclear weapons, is not the highest and best use of US troops right now.

And at its point in its history, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money, or the manufacturing to insure a victory in this kind of war.

you are welcome, President Trump

Jan 01 11:39

Russian Military Reveals New Tank Capable of Firing Depleted Uranium Rounds

The modernisation of the tank, last upgraded in 1985, has allowed it to be armed with kinetic energy anti-tank rounds made of depleted uranium. The latter increases the density of the round's material, making it more effective against steel armour.

The Russian Defence Ministry has published specifications for the latest model of Russia's T-80 tank (named T-80BVM) developed in 2017. It turned out that the tank has received a new auto-loader, allowing it to use new anti-tank ammo: Svinets-1 and Svinets-2 740 mm rounds. Although little is known about these rounds, reports suggest that one of them is made of an alloy, based on depleted uranium.

Jan 01 11:27

New Studies Show Pundits Are Wrong About Russian Social-Media Involvement in US Politics

The release of two Senate-commissioned reports has sparked a new round of panic about Russia manipulating a vulnerable American public on social media. Headlines warn that Russian trolls have tried to suppress the African-American vote, promote Green Party candidate Jill Stein, recruit “assets,” and “sow discord” or “hack the 2016 election” via sex-toy ads and Pokémon Go. “The studies,” writes David Ignatius of The Washington Post, “describe a sophisticated, multilevel Russian effort to use every available tool of our open society to create resentment, mistrust and social disorder,” demonstrating that the Russians, “thanks to the Internet…seem to be perfecting these dark arts.” According to Michelle Goldberg of The New York Times, “it looks increasingly as though” Russian disinformation “changed the direction of American history” in the narrowly decided 2016 election, when “Russian trolling easily could have made the difference.”

Jan 01 11:00

Blessed Are The Warmongers

As life on planet Earth enters its recorded year of 2019 the world has only one leader. He is Vladimir Putin, President of Russia. There are in office nowhere in the West any real leaders, only servants of the Oligarchy and vassals of the servants. Donald Trump intended to be otherwise and might yet break out of the orchestrated existence the military/security complex, Democratic Party and presstitute media have created for him.

Putin’s humanity and self-control, has maintained peace despite Washington’s aggression and provocative actions against Russia. It is Putin who has accepted insults that in the past would have resulted in war.

Putin has paid a price for his self-control. He has maintained peace at the expense of his standing in Russia, if a poll published on fort-russ.com is valid. According to the poll, Russians have “a lost sense of belonging to a great power.” https://www.fort-russ.com/2018/12/new-poll-66-of-russians-feel-nostalg...

Jan 01 10:32

‘CAUGHT IN THE ACT OF SPYING’: US CITIZEN DETAINED IN MOSCOW AHEAD OF NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS

An American citizen was apprehended during a “spying action” in Moscow, the Federal Security Service (FSB) said. He is currently being detained on suspicion of espionage.

FSB agents detained a US national named Paul Whelan on Friday during “a spying action,” the agency’s press office told TASS.

Criminal proceedings were launched against the man under Article 276 of the Russian Criminal Code, which covers the crime of espionage.

No details of the suspect’s identity or facts surrounding the operation were immediately disclosed.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the US Embassy in Moscow was notified of Whelan’s detention.

News of the American citizen’s arrest comes at a time of heightened tensions between the US and Russia. Washington has accused Moscow of meddling in its domestic affairs and of various spy activities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder if this guy is the "bargaining chip" the Russians want to trade for Maria Butina?!?

Russian woman charged with spying in the US

Dec 31 09:49

Russia to provide tit-for-tat response to placement of US missiles in Europe - Lavrov

Russia will provide a tit-for-tat response in case of placement of US missiles banned by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) in Europe, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated in an interview with the Rossiya-1 channel, published on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website.

"Unfortunately, our European colleagues, whose independence we wish to be reflected in their actions, are not very ready for it and follow the US even when it goes directly against their interests," Lavrov said. "An example: voting against the Russian resolution in support of maintaining the INF treaty."

"We have heard the largest amount of concerns over the US’ unilateral exit from this Treaty in Europe," the minister noted. "However, the entire EU has voted against our offer, that is, basically, in favor of the INF Treaty ceasing to exist and in favor of the recurring threat of placement of US missiles in Europe banned under this Treaty".

Dec 31 09:49

Poroshenko signs law extending Ukraine’s belt of coastal waters to 24 nautical miles

Ukraine’s President Pyotr Poroshenko has signed a law on legal status of the territorial sea extending it to 24 nautical miles, Poroshenko’s press service said on Saturday.

On December 6, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (parliament) passed a law on Ukraine’s territorial sea, which extends the coastal waters to 24 nautical miles from 12. The parliament said the law would help strengthen border controls and protection of the littoral area. Besides, the law stipulates that border guards have more authority to inspect fishing boats and to control Ukrainian and foreign commercial and naval ships there.

After the bill was approved on December 8, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stressed that its norms are unenforceable in the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov.

Dec 31 09:45

Putin Tells Trump That Russia Is Open For Dialogue On An "Extensive Agenda"

In the latest attempt by Russia to offer an olive branch to the US, on Sunday Russian President Vladimir Putin told his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump in a New Year letter that Moscow was ready for dialogue on "the most extensive agenda”, the Kremlin said following a series of failed attempts to hold a new summit, most recently in November, when Trump abruptly canceled a planned meeting with Putin on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Argentina, citing tensions about Russian forces opening fire on Ukrainian navy boats and then seizing them.

Trump and Putin also failed to hold a full-fledged meeting in Paris on the sidelines of the centenary commemoration of the Armistice. The two leaders held their one and only summit in Helsinki in July.

Dec 31 09:32

IS A 'LAND SWAP' BETWEEN TURKEY AND SYRIA BEING BROKERED BY RUSSIA?

According to a report by RT: [1] “A high-ranking Turkish delegation arrived in Moscow on Saturday, only a day after international media broke news on Kurdish militias inviting Syrian forces to enter Manbij before the Turks do. Syria’s military proclaimed they ‘raised the flag’ over Manbij, but there have been no independent reports confirming the moving of troops into the city.”

The report notes: “The Saturday Moscow meeting was key to preventing all actors of the Syrian war from locking horns over the Kurdish enclave, Middle East experts believe.”

“Obviously, Turkey will insist that it is their forces that should enter Manbij, Russia will of course insist the city should be handed over to Assad’s forces,” Kirill Semenov, an Islamic studies expert with Russia’s Institute for Innovative Development, told RT.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have hopes (and prayers) that this can be intelligently accomplished, so there is no more loss of life on any side; and IF Russia has actually brought Turkey and Syria to the bargaining table on this issue, my hat is off to them.

Dec 31 08:52

NATO Partisans Started a New Cold War With Russia

When historians examine the first few decades of the so-called post-Cold War era, they are likely to marvel at the clumsy and provocative policies that the United States and its NATO allies pursued toward Russia. Perceptive historians will conclude that a multitude of insensitive actions by those governments poisoned relations with Moscow, and by the latter years of the Obama administration, led to the onset of a new cold war. During the Trump administration, matters grew even worse, and that cold war threatened to turn hot.

Since the history of our era is still being written, we have an opportunity to avoid such a cataclysmic outcome. However, the behavior of America’s political, policy, and media elites in response to the latest parochial quarrel between Russia and Ukraine regarding the Kerch Strait suggests that they learned nothing from their previous blunders. Worse, they seem determined to intensify an already counterproductive, hardline policy toward Moscow.

Dec 31 08:38

BBC office fails to confirm data from its own publication - Russian diplomat

The British broadcaster BBC’s Moscow office has once again failed to confirm that it filed a complaint with the Russian foreign ministry following publication of the list of its 44 employees, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Sunday.

"On Sunday morning, we contacted the BBC office where we ran into a very strange situation because the office said it could not confirm data from its own publication. We asked to tell us when the complaint was lodged and by whom to, at least, figure out what the whole thing was about. As a result, correspondents from the office, or, to be more precise, not correspondents but office employees, were unable to say when and where the complaint was filed," she said in an interview with the Ekho Moskvy radio station.

According to the Russian diplomat, the office’s employees only "passed the buck to London saying that the entire information originates from there." What is now going on there is paradox and absurd, she stressed.

Dec 31 08:37

Merkel, Macron put forward unacceptable demands to Moscow — Russian Foreign Ministry

Moscow believes that demands concerning human rights in Crimea and tensions in the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov, put forward by Germany and France, are unacceptable, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, commenting on a joint statement German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron made on December 28.

According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the second part of the statement is regrettable, "in which Berlin and Paris flatly accuse Russia of violating human rights in Crimea and raising tensions in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, and also put forward unacceptable demands." "We would like to point out that attempts to question the legal status of Crimea and Sevastopol as Russian regions are useless, as people there made their choice freely and in accordance with international law. Russia will continue to resolutely protect its sovereignty and deter provocations," the ministry added.

Dec 31 08:25

Russia, Turkey reach ‘understanding’ over cooperation in Syria

Russian and Turkeish foreign ministers and senior officials have agreed to continue coordination in Syria, Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said on Saturday.

The move came several days after the US President Donald Trump decreed to fully withdraw his country’s troops from Syria.

Cavusoglu’s remarks followed a meeting between senior officials of the two countries in Moscow to discuss the situation in Syria after Trump’s decision.

“Ankara and Moscow share the opinion that it is necessary to destroy all terrorist organisations in Syria,” Anadolu Agency cited Cavusoglu. “We will continue close cooperation with Russia and Iran on Syria and regional issues,” he added.

Cavusoglu highlighted that Turkey and Russia also discussed issues related to terrorism. “We confirmed our readiness and determination to continue the fight in order to liberate Syria from this scourge,” Russian news agency TASS reported.

Dec 30 11:32

Kiev Claims of Taking Control Over Neutral Donbass Zone is Provocation - Moscow

Claims about Ukrainian army taking control over the neutral zone along the separation line in the Donbass sound like blatant provocation aimed at disrupting the peace process in conflict-hit eastern Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

"It is well known that the dangerous approach of the Ukrainian armed forces to the militia positions — and that is exactly what happens as a result of the seizure of the neutral zone by the Ukrainians — significantly increases the risk of direct military clashes… This looks like a blatant provocation aimed at disrupting the peace process," the ministry said in a commentary.

Meanwhile, the authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in Donbas later refuted Kiev’s claims about occupying the neutral zone, and called them "an attempt to provoke a conflict."

Dec 30 10:15

Pentagon "Panicking" After Successful Russian Hypersonic Missile Test According To Die Welt

Although the glider, able to carry megaton-class nuclear weapon, was presented along with SARMAT missile system tests, super-fast drone torpedoes, cruise missiles with nuclear power plants, the air missile system "Kinzhal" as well as laser and hyper-sonic weapons as one of the newest additions to the Russian arms complex in March, the newspaper claims it to be proof of sabre-rattling by the great powers in the wake of US President Donald Trump announcing his country's withdrawal from the 1987 INF Treaty in October.

What makes Avangard unique is its manoeuverability as the vehicle constantly changes its course and altitude while it flies through the atmosphere, zigzagging on its path to its target, making it impossible to predict the weapon's location, as former Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov revealed. This characteristic ensures that the target this hypersonic missile is actually heading to remains virtually secret, according to the US think tank Rand Corporation.

Dec 30 10:01

UK and US Always Knew Crimea Wanted to Re-join Russia – Archives

London and Washington knew of the overwhelming desire of Crimeans to re-unite with Russia from the early days of Ukraine's independence. UK and US diplomats predicted that Ukraine would split and that Crimea would look to Russia, British Cabinet papers released to the National Archives in London reveal.

In 1994 the British got a chance to learn first-hand about the strength of pro-Russian sentiments in Crimea. A visit by Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd to Ukraine and Russia coincided with a crisis in relations between Kiev and Simferopol, Crimea's capital. In May 1994, the Foreign Office informed Prime Minister John Major that the Crimean parliament, the Supreme Soviet, had "decided to renew the validity of the Crimean Constitution adopted in 1992". This, the FCO memo said, meant ending the legal status of Crimea as part of Ukraine.

Dec 30 09:22

SECURITYU.S. Navy to flex muscles in Arctic: 'Opportunity for conflict is only rising'

The U.S. Navy is preparing to take a page from its South China Sea strategy with plans to eventually carry out “freedom of navigation” missions through the Arctic as the geopolitical scramble for dominance heats up while long iced-in sea passages thaw.

Although the goal will be to send a clear signal to Russia and China that America is a force to be reckoned with in the race to control valuable territory at the top of the world, Pentagon leaders acknowledge that it could take years, and they stress that Washington has a lot of catching up to do.

Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer said this month that the U.S. is in danger of falling behind, specifically against increasingly provocative moves by the Russian navy, in the scramble for control over what may be the globe’s last major unexploited region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question in my mind is, how was the US military allowed to get this far behind Russia and China in exploration of these areas?!?

Dec 30 09:07

Syrian Army Deploys to Manbij in New Alliance With Kurds: Turkey says Kurds have no authority to invite Syrian army into major Syrian city

With Turkey’s imminent invasion of Kurdish territory in northeastern Syria expected to begin any day, the Kurdish YPG has quickly secured a new alliance with the Syrian government. Within short order, the Syrian Army has arrived in the city of Manibj, on the Euphrates River, to help with its defense.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is reporting that this first deployment is of over 300 Syrian troops, with military spokesmen saying they are to deploy on the city’s outskirts with the goal of “defeating all invaders and occupiers.” There are US and French troops still within the city of Manbij itself, and Turkish-backed rebels advancing on the city from the north, with the expectation that this will be the first target of the new Turkish invasion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Perhaps this consolidation between Kurds and the Syrian government will work well for both parties.

And I am sorry; the Turkish government has absolutely no right to chastise the Syrian government from doing anything it wants within its sovereign territory; but it will get dicey if Turkey, a NATO country, winds up attacking US, Another NATO country, or Iranian, or Russian troops still working in the area.

Dec 30 07:46

RUSSIA BANS $500 MILLION WORTH OF IMPORTS FROM UKRAINE IN RETALIATORY SANCTIONS

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a ban on the import of more than 50 Ukrainian goods, worth $510 million. The move comes in response to recently prolonged Kiev’s embargo on Russian products.

The list, published by the Russian government on Saturday, includes mainly industrial goods, agricultural products, raw materials, and food. The products that fell under the ban are wheat, sunflower oil, sweets, chocolate, bread, bakery, vegetables, fruits, beer, caviar, fish and canned fish, Sanctions also target engines and power generators, tractors, turbines, and some other equipment and goods.

“Russia has introduced a ban on imports of a number of Ukrainian goods. This is a retaliatory measure against Ukrainian restrictions. I signed the corresponding decree,” Medvedev wrote on Twitter Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What concerns me, is the rapidity with which an economic war, complete with sanctions and bans, can actually turn into a shooting war.

Dec 29 09:33

Fencing off intruders: Russia completes security barrier on Crimean border

The construction of a 60-kilometer fence on the border with Ukraine has been completed in Crimea, the press service of the Federal Security Service’s (FSB) Border Service for Russia’s Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol reported on Friday.

"The planned construction of engineering structures and the installation of an intricate system of alarm sensors has been completed in the area of the Isthmus of Perekop. Planning and developing the documentation started in 2015. The construction and installation of equipment ended in December 2018," the report says.

Dec 29 05:07

2019 Year of Failure of US Plots, Victory of Resistance Front

Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm newspaper, referred to the withdrawal of the US forces from Syria and the Arab states' decision to reopen their embassies in Damascus, stressing that 2019 will bring failure for Washington and victory for the resistance front.

"The year 2019 will be the year of victories (for the resistance) and failure for the US plots in the region and return of honor to the regional states," Atwan said in an interview on Friday.

"Syria won because it resisted and the Arab countries are happily reopening their embassies in Damascus>>>

US Fighter Jets, Helicopters Spotted over Manbij as Turkish Troops Cross Syria Border

Dec 28 14:38

Russia Tests Hypersonic "Avangard" State Of The Art Projectile; And Nuclear Capable Underwater Drone

By Aaron Kesel

Russia has tested its hypersonic weapons that Activist Post reported Putin had teased just last week. The hypersonic weapon’s name is Avangard, a state-of-the-art hypersonic projectile, that can travel at more than 30,000km/h, according to Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, RT reported.

Borisov told Rossiya 24 TV channel that the test of the weapon proved the hypersonic glider can travel an incredible speed at Mach 27, stating no known weapon can intercept it from hitting its target...

Dec 28 13:16

The “Self-Genocide” of the West, Preparing its Populations for War, By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts and Prof. Stephen F. Cohen

Russia as The Enemy.

The Democrats have an interest in the vilification of Russia as “Russiagate” explains Hillary’s loss of the 2016 Presidential election and gives Democrats hope of removing President Trump from office. The media lacks independence, knowledge, and integrity and is the tool used by the military/security complex to control explanations, a prostitution of the media that has made the term “presstitutes” an accurate description. As strategic and Russian studies are largely funded by the military/security complex, the universities are also complicit in the march toward nuclear war. Republicans are as dependent as Democrats on funding from the military/security complex and the Israel Lobby.

Dec 28 13:04

Thank Goodness for Trump, the Ugly American

Donald Trump is the Ugly American incarnate. More so than even Dick Cheney or George Bush the Younger. His boorish manners and in-your-face self-promotion puts to shame the servile European, Japanese and other spittle-lickers who have profited from their associations with Washington at the expense of their compatriots. These would-be friends of Washington have nowhere to hide from the disgrace Trump metes out to them before their own peoples. All of this is good and necessary medicine to set the world on its way towards a multipolar future. Far more than we “American dissidents” have been able to muster.

Therefore, I can only say “godspeed” to Donald Trump in the New Year 2019. May he willy-nilly continue to do God’s work.

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As a Christian pacifist activist, I have to confess; I do have a hug and a punch (more like a gentle tapping, nothing hurt) relationship with this President.

I am very morally concerned about how the US military's aided and abetted Saudi war crimes in Yemen, to which President Trump is particularly tone-deaf, when thousands of innocents have been murdered.

I am very hopeful, that this drawdown in Syria will make it possible for the country to return to some kind of normalcy, and all the rebuilding help it can get.

But getting immigration completely legal again; this is an area where I share President Trump's agenda. I love people, and agree that having good people immigrate to our country who have skills, and embrace the American ethos, is a wonderful thing. Please, just let them come legally, and healthy, is all I am asking.

I love those words, written by Emily Lazarus, emblazoned on plaque placed on the Stature of Liberty;

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

The issues here are that, A, we're living in the 21st century, and B, technology has taken over, big time, for what used to be done by unskilled labor.

OK, illegal immigrants have no money; they cannot speak the language of the country in which they want to live;; and may be desperately ill with diseases the US has barely seen in recent years, and have zero relevant job skills but expect that the US government is supposed to take care of you?!?

Forgive me, but on what planet do they think this is happening?!?

Trump Fact Check: how much does illegal immigration cost this country every year?

The article goes on to question: "What are the facts behind the economic impact of illegal immigrants? We checked his (Trump's) figures with immigration and tax policy experts across the political spectrum,who said he was exaggerating, at best.

Oh, Really?!?

"A little high," said Robert Rector, a senior research fellow with the Heritage Foundation.

Rector said his 2013 estimate pegged the cost of undocumented immigrants — the cost of services received minus their tax contributions — was about $54 billion a year.

A precise cost is nearly impossible to ascertain, many experts said. That's in part because undocumented immigrants operate within the shadows, leaving their full fiscal contributions — and use of taxpayer-funded resources — at least somewhat unknown.

"It's really hard to calculate anyone’s 'net cost' or 'net benefit.' We all use all kinds of services, from roads to military protection. How do we apportion what part of that is something I or you or an immigrant use?" said Kallick.

But let's say, for the sake of argument, the cost, currently, is around, +/- $54 billion; but that, in my world, is $54 billion too much, with our homeless Vets living rough in our streets, and our infrastructure crumbling, and there being "allegedly" no money to fix it.

I am very glad President Trump is attempting to do something about this, and the Dementocrats are looking, like disgruntled, petulant juveniles, through refusing the funding for a security wall at the border between the US and Mexico.

Dec 28 11:58

RUSSIA COMPLETES CRIMEA SECURITY FENCE

Russia has finished building a high-tech security fence along annexed Crimea's border with mainland Ukraine.

The fence, more than 60km (37 miles) long, is topped with barbed wire and has hundreds of sensors.

Russian forces annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in March 2014 - a move condemned internationally. Crimea has a Russian-speaking majority.

Russia's FSB security agency says the fence is necessary to prevent "infiltration attempts by saboteurs".

An FSB statement, quoted by Russia's RIA Novosti news agency, said the fence would also thwart smugglers trading in illegal weapons, drugs, alcohol and other contraband.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The BBC has gone from delivering excellence in journalism to consistently belching its putrid, foul codswallop upon the minds of its readers, constantly capitulating to the British and US government war-centric agenda over the truth, and thinking this will absolutely be received by their readers as reliable, gospel, solid-fact.

I would politely suggest that this might have been the case in the past, but is not the case at this point in the 21st century, because citizens of the UK and US are both war-weary, war-skeptical, and looking to independent resources (like WRH) to actually get the real news.

The current agenda is always sabre rattling, and the lies remain the same.

First, BBC, you lie when you use the word "annexed" in reference to Crimea; this never, ever happened.

And please note; no one at BBC, not even the night janitor, wanted to put their names to this ridiculous tale. So, in light of the fact that whoever put this up has a very severe case of SMD (Selective Memory Disorder), I will be happy to, once again, break this down for them, in small words, that even THEY can understand.

Let's set the "way-back" machine to 2014. This was the spring, which saw Yanukovich, the legitimately elected president of Ukraine, get thrown under the proverbial bus, and Poroshenko was "anointed" to replace him, as he was thought to be more "pro-western" than was Yanukovich. This election was more crooked than is a dog's hind leg, with massive vote fraud going on.

Facebook post: United States spent 5 billion on regime change in Ukraine

And no less an American icon than President Obama, himself confessed that the US had brokered a deal to effect "regime change" in Ukraine.

President Obama admits that the US brokered a deal in Support of Regime Change in Ukraine

President Obama admits US brokered a deal for regime change in Ukraine

You see, writers of this atrocious piece of tripe; I've got documentation on my side; you have absolutely no game, whatsoever.
The Crimeans knew that after this putsch, there was no legitimate representation in Kiev, so here is precisely want they did, in a fair, and transparent two-part referendum.

First, the Crimean people were asked, post putsch, if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, or ask the Russian federation to accept Crimea as a member.

Then, the Crimean people requested to become part of the Russian Federation, and Russia accepted the petition.

Crimea votes overwhelmingly to ask the Russian Federation to Join it

You see, BBC, I can back up what I say with facts; and the fact is, there was no annexation of Crimea by Russia; zero, zip, none.

Your use of the word "annexation" is a fact-free description of what happened here, as a means to demonizing Russia for what it did not do.

And we all know that demonization of a country, for what it absolutely did not do, and supporting that demonization through sanctions, again, for what it absolutely did not do, are generally a prelude to some kind of shooting war.

And I find it nearly hysterically funny (if it weren't for the oncoming war part), that you are, again, blissfully unaware of the UN Charter, to which, I believe, the UK is still a signatory)which states unequivocally, that all people are allowed the right of peaceful self-determination, which is precisely what Crimea did in this case.

So BBC thinks it can go on lying to demonize Russia, with no repercussions, but I politely beg to differ.

I would strongly suggest that those still reading this rag, cloaked in its antique, tattered reputation for truth telling, will be fact-checking in other places, and will start to ignore what you say completely, a situation you have totally brought upon yourself.

RIP, BBC: your capacity to describe anything correctly has just been broken into smithereens, big-time, by this piece, and your credibility has become a world-wide joke.

Dec 28 10:54

WAG THE DOG… BRITISH MEDIA WATCHDOG ACCUSES RUSSIA OF BIAS

Irony is dead when British state media controllers accuse Russian news outlets RT and Sputnik of “imbalance” over their reporting on the Skripal alleged poisoning affair.

In the past week, Ofcom, the British media watchdog, condemned seven programs aired during March and April this year following the apparent poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury. The Russian outlets may be fined or denied future broadcasting rights in Britain. The latter suggests what the real, ulterior agenda is all about.

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but purely predictable by the British press!

Dec 28 10:09

More sanctions please: Russia-EU trade turnover surges by almost 22%

The volume of trade between Russia and the European Union (EU) has been steadily growing since the beginning of 2017 despite mutual sanctions introduced almost five years ago, said Russian ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov.

“Since the beginning of 2017, mutual trade between Russia and the European Union’s countries showed a tendency towards dynamic growth, which consolidated this year,” the envoy told Izvestia newspaper.

He cited statistics that in the first three quarters of 2018, trade turnover between Russia and the EU increased by 21.5 percent compared to the same period of the previous year.

Dec 28 08:43

Islamic State in Ukraine: A Christmas present from the West – George Galloway

Islamist Chechen fighters who honed their combat skills at Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) training camps are at war against Ukrainian rebels, confirms the Times. Tumbleweed.

The report in British newspaper the Times, that Chechen Islamists, many reeling from defeat in Syria and Iraq amongst the alphabet soup of fanaticism, had indeed arrived at the war front in eastern Ukraine, woke me up from any Christmas torpor.

An earlier report in the New York Times had revealed that the Islamist Chechens were under the command of the fascist “Right Sector” and were there to “fight Russians” because “we like fighting Russians” and “will never stop fighting Russians.”

Dec 27 14:21

WHAT ARE THEY PREPARING FOR THE NY? Kiev won the "gray zone" in a few hours after the end of the state of war

Only a few hours after the abolition of the state of war, Ukrainian President's Advisor Yuri Birjukov announced that the Ukrainian forces occupied practically the entire "gray zone" - a country that separates Ukrainian forces from the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.
The boundaries of that zone are established by the Minsk Agreements, and any entry of troops into that territory represents a direct and gross violation of an important international document.

The "gray zone" existed to create a security zone and to avoid exchanging fire between the two warring parties.

Russian politologist Anton Bredihin does not rule out the possibility that after that event a new aggression on Donbas could follow, and this is on the eve of New Year's holidays.

Dec 27 13:12

Russia hails ‘successful’ test of new hypersonic weapons system

Russia has said it has successfully tested a new hypersonic nuclear weapon delivery system that President Vladimir Putin has dubbed a guided “fireball” that is practically invisible.

The country’s defence ministry said the new Avangard weapon was tested on Wednesday.

It is one of an array of new nukes that Putin announced in March and that is at the centre of a potential new arms war bubbling up between Russia and the US.

Dec 27 11:04

Russia warns Ukraine and NATO against sending ships through the Kerch Strait

Moscow called on Ukraine and its Western partners to abandon the new attempt to send naval ships through the Kerch Strait.

At a press briefing, the spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, called the possible passage of Ukrainian ships through the Kerch Strait "a reckless initiative", RIA Novosti reports.

Zakharova also noted that the "Western supervisors" of Kyiv should come up with a way of "reasoning with the ruling regime" in Ukraine in order to make them abandon the steps that could lead to escalation in the region.

According to Zakharova, the Russian Foreign Ministry believes that Ukraine’s plans to make a new attempt to send warships through the Kerch Strait are nothing more than a "provocation" in which Kyiv plans to involve NATO and the OSCE.

"Apparently, the recent incident with Ukrainian sailors, who became hostages of the aggressive policy of Kyiv authorities, did not teach anyone anything," Zakharova added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russian Foreign Minister Spokeswoman's Zakharova's voice is the voice of sweet reason here.

It appears that the US, NATO, and Ukraine, are hell-bent on causing a disturbance here, over Russia's response to Ukrainian military having not followed protocol about informing Russia that these ships were on their way ahead of time.

And further incidents in Kerch Strait, by Ukrainian, US, or NATO craft, may well be interpreted, and rightly so, as an act of war by Russia.

I am hoping (and praying) that the adults in the room in Brussels, Kiev, and DC, will have the horse-sense to back off here; the consequences of not doing so, may well lead to a world war.

I perceive that Putin is a cautious man, and will not take the first step toward a potential war; but there is a point past which he, and the Russian government, cannot be pushed without having to retaliate.

I hope that those clamoring for such an incident to happen, are absolutely, dead certain, of precisely where that point would be, in such a scenario, because I am absolutely not sure.

Dec 27 10:37

TURKISH-BACKED FIGHTERS PREPARING TO REPLACE US FORCES IN SYRIA - NEWS FROM ANTIWAR.COM

Turkey-backed rebel fighters in Syria are gearing up for a major deployment into northeastern Syria, with an eye on replacing the US ground troops in the area. Turkey is planning to invade in the course of this replacement, and is coordinating with the US and the pullout and deployment.

President Trump has said the withdrawal will be “slow,” and there has been no public timetable on troop movements. The rebels in question, however, are moving closer to the city of Manbij, which Turkey has indicated will be the first target.

Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu addressed the situation in comments to reporters on Tuesday, saying that while the timeline of deployment may be related to coordination with the US, Turkey remains “determined” to expel the Kurds from Syria’s northeast.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To where, please is Turkish FM Cavusoglu "determined" to expel the Kurds from Syria's Northeast?

I think the short, honest answer is, to the kingdom of genocide and slaughter, given the opportunity,given the reality that the Kurds are on both Turkey's and the US's terror watch list.

However, there was something President Trump said at Ramstein, which rather unnerved me, and it has taken time to find, because it has been nearly completely obliterated by most of the coverage of President and Mrs.Trump's trips to Iraq and Germany, given by the presstitutes. And bless "thelocal.de, for reporting it: https://www.thelocal.de/20181227/trumps-surprise-visit-to-germany

The statement is as follows:

"On Wednesday, Trump said "we've knocked them out," although he appeared to hedge his bets – following widespread criticism that his victory declaration is premature – when he added that Iraq might be used as a future base "if we wanted to do something in Syria".

This to me, begs the question: are some of the US military about to be tactically redeployed in Iraq, for some future attack against Syria, and is that statement supposed to "prep" the American people for its happening, shortly down the road?!?

President Trump may well believe he has time to make his case for this, in terms of more troops in Iraq, because the Iraqi government has become paralyzed between two Shiia Factions, as reported earlier this month by Reuters: Shi'ite rivalry paralyzes Iraq's government

But the question is, how long can he wait, if the war in Syria does not go the way he wants, even with the upcoming Turkish intervention?!?

Is the Turkish government looking to annex those areas of Syria's northeast?!?

We will have to see, as the situation unfolds; Israel, of course, is always the wild card here, and I am hoping (and praying) that the Russians, generally the adults in the room in the world of geopolitics, will have a calming effect long-term.

Dec 27 10:33

More sanctions please: Russia-EU trade turnover surges by almost 22%

The volume of trade between Russia and the European Union (EU) has been steadily growing since the beginning of 2017 despite mutual sanctions introduced almost five years ago, said Russian ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov.

“Since the beginning of 2017, mutual trade between Russia and the European Union’s countries showed a tendency towards dynamic growth, which consolidated this year,” the envoy told Izvestia newspaper.

He cited statistics that in the first three quarters of 2018, trade turnover between Russia and the EU increased by 21.5 percent compared to the same period of the previous year.

Dec 27 10:21

Russia’a top-notch Avangard hypersonic glider can travel at whopping 30,000km/h – deputy PM

An actual speed of Avangard, Russia’s state-of-the-art hypersonic projectile, is probably beyond the general public’s imagination as it can travel at more than 30,000km/h, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister revealed.

Little is verifiably known about the glider that was successfully test-launched by Russian military on Wednesday – essentially completing trials. Yet, Yuri Borisov threw some light on the secretive project, telling the Rossiya 24 TV channel that the latest test proved it can travel a whopping 27 Mach, which equals to over 30,000 km/h or 19,037 mph.

Dec 27 07:43

Russian Central Bank Buying Gold On The International Market?

For a number of years now and even more so during 2018, the central bank of the Russian Federation, the Bank of Russia, has remained in the spotlight as one of the world’s largest gold buyers, each month adding substantial amounts of gold to its monetary gold stockpiles.

Having bought another 37.3 tonnes of gold (1.2 million ounces) during November, and Bank of Russia now holds 2103 tonnes of monetary gold. On a year-to-date basis (for the 11 months from January to November 2018), the Russian central bank has added an incredible 264.3 tonnes of gold to its monetary reserve assets.

Dec 27 07:42

Putin promises government support for Russian businesses to defy sanctions pressure

Russian businesses facing “external restrictions” can rely on government support while competitors try to hide behind the “political screen,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin to the country's business leaders on Wednesday.

“The support of domestic business, increasing its capabilities is one of the most important tasks, especially today, when Russian companies are facing certain external restrictions," Putin said during the meeting in Moscow.

Referring to Western sanctions, the Russian president stressed that the Kremlin sees foreign players trying to hide behind the “political screen” that they use “in unfair competition, elimination of rivals and division of markets.”

Dec 26 15:17

Ukraine army’s Chechen allies openly admit having Islamic State links – report

Islamic State-trained militants are fighting alongside a state army in a European country, the Times reports – but that detail is buried in an article talking about how Putin is a common enemy of Ukrainians and Chechens.
Framed as an inside look at what’s driving Chechens to join Kiev’s “anti-terrorist operation” against the breakaway republics in the east of Ukraine, the Times article has a few juicy quotes from one Mansur, a member of a voluntary battalion made up of Chechens.

Putin is our common enemy… He brings only evil.

Author and veteran anti-Putin writer Marc Bennetts echoes the official message of Kiev and its Western allies, calling the eastern Ukrainian rebels “Kremlin-backed” and claiming Moscow is “preparing a full-scale invasion.”

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I hope that the Ukrainian government, NATO, which is equipping and training jihadists, and the US government are watching these relationships very closely; it is very possible that the Chechen fighters here have other agendas, perhaps like breaking away from Russia at some point, and declaring itself a republic.

Dec 26 12:40

Iranian Deputy DM: US Pullout from Syria Signifies New Failure for Trump

Iranian Deputy Defense Minister Brigadier General Qassem Taqizadeh in a meeting with Deputy Chief of the Russian Army's General Staff Vice-Admiral Igor Osipov underlined that US President Donald Trump's decision to pull troops out of Syria indicates failure of his policies.

The US military forces' evacuation from Syria is another failure for Trump's unwise policies in the region and the world, General Taqizadeh said at the meeting in Tehran on Wednesday.

He also stressed Iran's preparedness to further develop and deepen defense and military cooperation between the two countries.

General Osipov, for his part, described consolidation of military ties between Iran and Russia as important to regional and global security, and said, "Establishment of security and stability in the world and the region is possible in light of high-volume military cooperation and powerful interactions between the two countries in Syria."

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(*See ?
Trump said he had a better deal , then Obama's , for Iran . So , if everything works out , they better not even think of criticizing Trump Grandstanding , after all
they did to make it happen , because they're already on thin ice with the boss ! )

Dec 26 10:57

PUTIN OVERSEES FINAL HYPERSONIC MISSILE TEST BEFORE 2019 DEPLOYMENT

The Russian Defence Ministry, on special orders from President Vladimir Putin, on Wednesday conducted a successful final test launch of a new hypersonic glide missile system ahead of its official deployment in 2019, according to reports from Russian state media. The new weapon, called the Avangard, uses an intercontinental ballistic missile and a hypersonic glide vehicle and can travel 20 times the speed of sound.

In Wednesday's field exercise, the hypersonic weapon was launched from the Dombarovsky Air Base in the southern Ural Mountains. Moscow said the missile successfully struck a designated practice target on the Kura Missile Test Range, more than 3,700 miles away.

“Putin arrived at the National Defense Control Center and gave the command to start the tests,” the Kremlin’s press office said, according to Russian media outlet Sputnik. “The launch was conducted by combat troops of the Strategic Missile Forces from the Dombarovsky launch facility.”

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You see, the difference between Russian and American weaponry manufacturers is, that the Russians actually test their equipment before deploying them, to make absolutely certain that they work as they are supposed to; with American weapons manufacturers the results are .... somewhat less stellar.

As those of you who read my posts understand; as a Christian pacifist activist, I abhor war as a way for the US to achieve its geopolitical goals. That having been said, when our military are actually in a war environment, I want to see the best weaponry possible for them, and not fraught with the kinds of delays, foul-ups, bleeps, and blunders we see as a chronic problem in American weapons programs.

And as an example, I give you America's 21st century "Honorary Edsel" of a jet fighter, the Lockheed Martin F-35.

January 24, 2018: the F-35, the world's most expensive weapons system, still has plenty of problems

July 2018: WTF-35: How the Joint Strike Fighter Got to Be Such a Mess

F-35 flaws are being hidden, so that they can claim development phase is done

September, 2018: the F-35 still has unresolved design flaws

October 17, 2018: Heading into F-35 Operational test, threats of delays loom

You do, I am sure, catch my drift here; the necessary, and highly complex, process of solving these problems appears to be in its absolute infancy, and unless the process is intelligently addressed by both Martin Lockheed and the US military, this will continue to be the Edsel of US weaponry.

Dec 26 09:13

Iran, Russia in Quest for Widening Military Cooperation

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri underlined the need for Tehran and Moscow to further increase their military cooperation, adding that both countries are determined to confront existing threats.
"Success of the two countries' Armed Forces in the process of confronting terrorism in Syria and the failure of Takfiri terrorists and their supporters in the region indicates Iran and Russia's will and capacities to confront the existing threats," General Baqeri said in a meeting with Deputy Chief of the Russian Army General Staff Vice-Admiral Igor Osipov in Tehran on Tuesday.

"The geopolitical and geostrategic capacities of Iran and Russia necessitate the two countries' Armed Forces to devise and develop fields of cooperation through a long-term view, and manage and plan for them within the framework of the agreements made by the joint military commission," he added.

Dec 26 08:37

Russia: Hole drilled from inside International Space Station capsule

A Russian cosmonaut who explored a mysterious hole in a capsule docked to the International Space Station said Monday that the opening was drilled from inside the spacecraft and Russian law enforcement agencies are investigating what caused it.

Sergei Prokopyev said investigators were looking at samples he and crewmate Oleg Kononenko collected during a Dec. 12 spacewalk. Prokopyev and two other astronauts returned to Earth last week from a 197-day space station mission.

Dec 26 08:19

May Thanks Military for Keeping UK From "Russian Intrusion" in Christmas Address

The prime minister praised the Armed Forces in her Christmas speech for keeping the UK safe from Russia, defeating Daesh and “sending a message” to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May hailed the British Armed Forces in her Christmas address, praising their work on a variety of tasks, including, among other things, cleaning up the mess after the Salisbury incident and keeping UK "waters and skies" free from "Russian intrusion".

"Time and again you have stood up to aggression and those who flout the rules-based international order. You should be incredibly proud of all that you do — just as the whole country is proud of you", Theresa May said in the address.

Dec 26 08:16

RUSSIA CALLS ISRAELI STRIKES IN SYRIA 'PROVOCATIVE ACTS'

IAF air strikes against targets in Syria on Tuesday put two civilian airlines in “immediate danger,” said Russia’s Defense Ministry on Wednesday.

According to ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov, Israeli F-16s carried out air strikes on Syrian targets as two civilian flights were landing in Beirut and Damascus, putting the passengers at risk.

“Provocative acts by the Israeli air force endangered two passenger jets, when six of their F-16s carried out air strikes on Syria from Lebanese airspace,” he was quoted by RT news as saying.

Dec 26 07:55

Israel’s Christmas Attack on Syria Wasn’t Surprising but It Revealed an “Inconvenient Truth” About Russia’s S-300s Anti-Air Missiles

All the pieces were in place for it to happen sooner than later, but striking Syria on Christmas night sent a terrifying message that’s sure to backfire against “Israel” but will probably also get people to wonder why the S-300s didn’t deter this from happening in the first place.

Reports are streaming in that “Israel” launched an attack against Syria on Christmas night after a brief hiatus of a couple of months following what President Putin previously described as the “chain of tragic circumstances” that led to the downing of a Russian spy plane over the Arab Republic’s airspace in mid-September. Many people are shocked by the audacity of striking Syria on one of the world’s holiest days but a lot of those who have also been following the country’s conflict lately are surprised that it even happened at all.

Dec 26 07:24

Poroshenko Terminates Ukraine's Martial Law Imposed Over Kerch Strait Incident

In early December, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko introduced martial law in some Ukrainian regions located near the Russian border following the Kerch Strait incident, in which three Ukrainian vessels illegally crossed the Russian maritime border.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Wednesday he was terminating the period of the martial law imposed in several regions of the country shortly after the Kerch Strait incident.

"It is exactly 14:00 [Kiev time, 12:00 GMT]… and the martial law is terminated. This is my principal decision, it is based on the analysis of the current security situation in the state and despite the fact that the situation around Ukraine has not changed much," the president announced at a meeting of the National Security Council.

Dec 26 07:24

Russian PM expands list of Ukrainian individuals, companies under counter-sanctions

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree expanding the list of Ukrainian individuals and legal entities under counter-sanctions. “The list of Ukraine’s individuals and legal entities, with special restrictive measures to be applied against them, has been expanded. I signed the relevant decree,” Medvedev tweeted. “This was done to protect interests of the Russian state, companies and citizens of Russia,” he said. On November 1, Medvedev signed a decree introducing special economic measures against 322 Ukrainian citizens and 68 companies.

Dec 26 07:22

Ukrainian General: Kiev Virtually Lost Political Support From The West

Ukraine has virtually lost the support of Western countries because it creates problems for them, general and former Defense Minister of Ukraine Aleksandr Kuzmuk told 112 television.

“It’s not easy to make a frank assessment, it’s not a positive one,” said Kuzmuk, commenting on the reaction to the Kerch Strait incident and the situation in Ukraine. “We are becoming a nagging factor for Europe and the US.”

He noted that the West expects Kiev to solve its problems on its own.

“And the worst is that we are without political support,” the general concluded.

Dec 26 07:07

Bundestag Member: Nord Stream 2 Project to Result in EU-Russia Interdependence

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project will lead to mutual dependence of Russia and Europe rather than make the bloc unilaterally reliant on Russian energy supplies, Jurgen Trittin, a Greens lawmaker and member of the Bundestag's foreign affairs committee, said on Tuesday.

"The main argument [alleging] that they [European countries] will depend on Russia is wrong. The gas pipeline will lead to interdependence, because ties between a producer and a consumer are very strong," Trittin told Der Spiegel magazine, when asked whether the Nord Stream 2 project could be regarded as a threat to the security interests of Central and Eastern Europe.

Trittin stressed that a producer, as a rule, is even more dependent on its consumer since the latter has other sources of energy supplies.

Dec 26 07:04

IDF Strikes on Syria Created Direct Threat to Two Passenger Planes – Russian MoD

The Russian Defence Ministry has stated that neither of the passenger planes that were threatened due to an Israeli airstrike on Syria was related to Russian air carriers.

Six Israeli F-16 fighter jets directly threatened to two civil planes during a recent airstrike on Syria, Gen. Maj. Igor Konashenkov, the spokesman of the Russian Defence Ministry, said on Wednesday.

"Provocative actions of the Israeli Air Force on the evening of 25 December, when six F-16 aircraft launched an airstrike on the territory of Syria from the airspace of neighbouring Lebanon, created a direct threat to two passenger aircraft", the spokesman said.

Dec 26 06:56

Russian National Guard shows tender side with George Michael’s Last Christmas cover

Russia’s police rarely get news headlines for their artistic talents and joyful spirits, but everything is possible during Christmas. Just look at this music video for their cover of the 1984 hit by George Michael.

The chorus of the National Guard dressed in their best parade uniforms and convened at Red Square’s skating rink to present their rendition of Last Christmas. The deployment of the 120 police troops complete with their veteran leader, Gen. Maj. Victor Eliseev, seemed quite successful and enjoyed by all participants.

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Dec 25 19:27

Post-war Iraq wants to resume imports of Russian wheat – agriculture watchdog

Iraq, a major Middle East grain importer, is interested in purchasing Russia’s durum wheat, agriculture watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said in a statement following talks with officials from the Iraqi Trade Ministry.

According to the statement, the officials were asked to provide the Iraqi side with data on production volumes in different regions of Russia, as well as information about the types of wheat grown in Russia. The Moscow-based agency pledged to send all the necessary materials to the Iraqi trade ministry.

Dec 25 19:25

‘Shocking but hardly surprising’: Sputnik employees push back against Times hit piece

Johanna Ross, a producer at Sputnik, experienced “a bit of a shock” having seen her face printed on the pages of one of Britain’s leading papers. It was especially saddening that her profile was featured under the ‘Kremlin stooge’ headline.

“But it’s hardly surprising given the anti-Russian sentiment prevalent in all UK newspapers,” Ross told RT.

Johanna’s colleague, Daniel Powell was also “annoyed” to learn that the Times included him in the ‘stooge list.’ The paper was “being foolish and disrespectful to the staff,” Powell, said. He believes it is the controversies plaguing British domestic politics that make Russian-owned outlets easy targets.

Dec 25 14:44

Syrian state media report missile attack near Damascus

BEIRUT (AP) — Warplanes flying over Lebanon fired missiles toward areas near the Syrian capital of Damascus late Tuesday and some of the missiles were shot down by air defense units, Syrian state TV said. There was no immediate word on casualties.

Dec 25 14:14

Incoherent Thoughts from the Yankee Capital: Papua New Guinea Looks Better and Better II

Having just returned from two weeks in the curious environs of Washington, DC, I offer a few observations on the national lunacy deposit:

The de-Christianization of the country, or at least this part of it, is almost complete. I can think of hearing the word “Christmas” only twice in two weeks of trough-inciting retail advertising.

Culture shock: We stayed with friends who for various reasons, such as being in the business, always had a television on. At home in Mexico we got rid of the lobotomy box some fifteen years ago, seeing little advantage in paying seventy dollars a month for 250 channels, none worth watching, adorned with twenty minutes an hour of stupid commercials. Coming back to this was like jumping into raw sewage. Perhaps the worst of it was the contempt for the public manifested in running the same ad twice in one commercial break, and in the loving close-ups of pizzas with dripping cheese. Buy, buy, buy.

Dec 25 09:51

Putin to visit Serbia in January — Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to make a visit to Serbia in January 2019, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed.

"Preparations for the president’s visit to Serbia are underway, the visit is planned for January," Peskov said.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said earlier that he expected his Russian counterpart to visit Belgrade on January 17. The two leaders last met in Moscow on October 2, 2018

Dec 25 09:50

US military base in Poland would pose threat to Belarus’ security – Minsk

The possible creation of a US military base on Poland’s territory is a source of threat to the security of Belarus, according to the military in Minsk. On Tuesday, the Belarusian Defense Ministry commented on reports regarding plans for a permanent US military presence in Poland. Warsaw may make a decision on the base next spring. In November, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak met with Pentagon chief James Mattis to advance discussions over a new military base in Poland dubbed ‘Fort Trump.’ Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party wants to see concrete plans for increasing the presence of US troops on the country’s soil before national elections are held next autumn, according to analysts.

Dec 25 09:47

Zakharova: Ukraine May Attack In Coming Days

Moscow does not exclude that in the coming days, the Ukrainian army may move to full-scale hostilities in the Donbass, according to Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

Along the same lines, last week in an interview with Radio Komsomolskaya Pravda, as reported on FRN, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov expressed concern about the strengthening of the Ukrainian Armed Forces grouping in the Donbass, as well as Kiev’s active preparations for possible military actions against the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.

According to him, such steps of the Ukrainian authorities are aimed primarily at organizing armed provocations on the contact line, as well as on the Russian-Ukrainian border in the region of the Republic of Crimea, in order to extend martial law, which expires tomorrow on December 25th of this year.

Dec 25 09:47

Return Of The Green Jamahiriya? Gaddafi’s Son Asks Putin For Political Support

The son of the overthrown Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, has asked for political support from Russia.

This is with reference to a source in Moscow, Bloomberg reports.

The publication writes that 46-year-old Saif al-Islam, recently released from prison under an amnesty, sent a representative in early December to meet with Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Mikhail Bogdanov. The representative handed over a letter to the Russian diplomat for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

According to the publication, in the letter he welcomes Putin and the Russian government, reveals his vision of the situation in Libya and asks for support of his political ambitions.

Dec 25 09:38

British Government's Covert Anti-Russian Propaganda & The Skripal Case

It is worth starting by noting that a high percentage of the Integrity Initiative archive has been authenticated. The scheme has been admitted by the FCO and defended as legitimate government activity. Individual items like the minutes of the meeting with David Leask are authenticated. Not one of the documents has so far been disproven, or even denied.

Which tends to obscure some of the difficulties with the material. There is no metadata showing when each document was created, as opposed to when Anonymous made it into a PDF. Anonymous have released it in tranches and made plain there is more to come. The reason for this methodology is left obscure.

Most frustratingly, Anonymous’ comments on the releases indicate that they have vital information which is not, so far, revealed. The most important document of all appears to be a simple contact list, of a particular group within the hundreds of contacts revealed in the papers overall. This is it in full:

Dec 25 09:36

UK reaffirms support for Ukraine in face of Russia ‘aggression’

The UK has reaffirmed its support for Ukraine in the face of “Russian aggression,” as Moscow and Kiev continue to trade barbs over political and territorial disputes.

“The UK is a steadfast partner to Ukraine as it faces continued illegal acts of aggression against its sovereignty,” British Defense Minister Gavin Williamson said after meeting his Ukrainian counterpart, Stepan Poltorak, on a visit to Odessa on Friday.

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated earlier this year after Ukraine seized two Russian ships for port calls on Crimea, which rejoined Russia in a 2014 referendum.

The move prompted Russia to increase patrols in the Sea of Azov to guarantee free navigation for its ships.

The issue took a turn for worse last month, when Russia seized three Ukrainian navy ships off the coast of Crimea.

Dec 25 09:24

The Times names & shames Sputnik journalists in appalling McCarthyist hit-piece

The Times has hit a new Russia-bashing low, publishing a hit piece on the Moscow funded outlet Sputnik. The ‘name and shame’ article lists eight employees of Sputnik, complete with their photos and full names.

The story published on Sunday by one of the most respectable British newspapers is your usual attack on Russia and its foreign outreach efforts, described, of course, as propaganda. Technically it reports on the controversy over Integrity Initiative, the UK-funded psyop pushing London-favored narratives under the guise of fighting ‘Russian disinformation’. But it also focuses on the British-based branch of Sputnik, a news website and internet radio station funded by Moscow.

Dec 25 09:18

‘McCarthyism on steroids’: Scottish MP demands Sputnik journos’ assets to be seized

Dec 24 13:50

Do Russiagate promoters prefer impeaching Trump to avoiding war with Russia? - Stephen Cohen

Stephen Cohenreflects on major developments in 2018, in part drawing on themes in his new book War with Russia? From Putin and Ukraine to Trump and Russiagate.

The new Cold War is not a mere replica of its 40-year predecessor, which the world survived. In vital ways, it is more dangerous, more fraught with actual war, as illustrated by events in 2018, among them:

Dec 24 13:37

Russia plans to bring Fatah and Hamas together in Moscow

Senior Russian officials yesterday revealed Russia’s desire to convene a meeting between Fatah and Hamas in Moscow.

Speaking in the wake of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh’s invitation to visit Russia, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said: “We have invited [Haniyeh] and he accepted the invitation with gratitude. [The visit] is likely to take place early next year. Now, work is ongoing to agree on a date that is convenient for both parties to form a delegation,” Sputnik News reported.

Bogdanov hopes the planned meeting between Fatah and Hamas will contribute to the promotion of national reconciliation between the two sides, which have been engaged in a fierce feud since Fatah refused to hand over control of the government in the wake of Hamas’ 2006 election victory.

Dec 24 13:07

ISRAELI-RUSSIAN RELATIONS STRAINED FOLLOWING U.S. WITHDRAWAL FROM SYRIA

After airing out their disagreements at the U.N., Jerusalem and Moscow have signaled a willingness to move beyond crisis over beyond downed Russian plane.

Dec 24 13:06

Netanyahu rejected Russian plan to work with U.S. on Syria, Iran

More than three months ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin's national security adviser Nikolai Patrushev gave his Israeli counterpart a document. It contained an unofficial proposal for a deal between the U.S. and Russia on Syria and Iran intended to start a wider dialogue between Washington and Moscow to improve relations, two Israeli officials with direct knowledge tell me.

Why it matters: The Russian proposal would have tied a U.S. withdrawal from Syria to an Iranian exit from the country, and provided the U.S. and Israel more influence over a future political settlement in Syria. However, it also called for a freeze on U.S. sanctions on Iran — something Netanyahu found unacceptable. Ultimately, the U.S. gave up much of its leverage in Syria with President Trump's surprise announcement Wednesday of a unilateral withdrawal.

Dec 24 11:01

Ho Ho No?! Washington Bears Gifts For Kiev's Neo-Nazi Warmongering Regime

Authored by Finian Cunningham via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Oh what a lovely big stocking-filler for the Kiev regime this week from Washington. Just in time for Christmas too, and only weeks after President Petro Poroshenko tried to incite a war with Russia from a naval provocation in the Kerch Strait.

First we had US government envoy Kurt Volker announcing this week that an additional $250 million in military weapons were being packaged in Congress for Ukraine. Then the DC-based international lending institutions, the IMF and World Bank, signed off on multi-billion-dollar loans for Poroshenko’s regime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, this is one of those geopolitical issues, like Yemen, where we need to have a broad-based, fact-centric discussion, right out here in the open, to inquire of our government just what the heck is going on on Ukraine, and why the US government saw fit (under President Obama's watch, I may add)to have its duly elected President, Yanukovych thrown under the proverbial bus so that Poroshenko could be anointed as its saviour.

And please remember: President Obama admitted, in a TV interview on CNN, that the US had been part of the group responsible for brokering this deal.
President Obama admitted that Washington was behind Ukraine coup, and brokered a deal in support of regime change.

Of course, this is how Washington does business, and is not unique to Ukraine.

Please remember:

They did this to the Iranian people in 1953: 1953: CIA assisted coup overthrows the government of Iran
The US government actively aided and abetted the regime change in Chile in 1973 Chile's regime change

They supported governmental violence against its people in ArgentinaKissinger Supported Argentina's "dirty war"

The US invaded Afghanistan in 2001: The US war in Afghanistan started in 2001

The US government facilitated regime change in Iraq through invasion and occupation, beginning in 2003 US begins its war against Iraq, 2003

The US and NATO, invaded Libya in March 2011, and created regime change when
shortly thereafter with his extrajudicial assassination: Never forget why Muammar Gaddafi was killed: href="https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/libya/obamas-libya-debacle">Libya: Obama's debacle

They continue this policy with Bahrain, in supporting the dictatorial monarchy there, whose human rights stance is just to the right of Attila the Hun. Bahrain's silenced revolution

The US government still supports Saudi Arabia in its horrific treatment of its people America is fawning over Saudi Arabia’s repressive dictatorThe US government and military is still aiding and abetting Saudi war crimes in Yemen Why does the US government support Saudi war crimes in Yemen?!?

And of course, one of the most current attempts at "intervention and regime change" would be Syria, where, at least, President Trump has had the "come to Logic" moment, and has decided to get our troops out of there. President Trump orders US troop withdrawal from Syria And BTW, please remember: Bashar Al Asad never invited the US troops in the first place; Russia and Iran were invited to assist the the Syrian government with getting out the US funded/trained/equipped jihadis, and they did a wonderful job.

So looking all of this and taking it into consideration how long the US government has been doing this since the end of World War II, one reaches an inescapable conclusion: US military intervention and attempted regime change, is not an aberration for US foreign policy; it has become the norm.

And I would politely caution President Trump that a war against Russia right now, with some kind of "false flag" to be blamed against Russia happening somewhere in Ukraine, would be one of the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly idiotic things the US government could possibly do right now.

And I say this, because I care very deeply about this country, and the hard, cold reality here, is that this country's military doesn't have the troop strength, the money, the manufacturing, or the weaponry, to insure a positive result of a war against Russia at this time.

Dec 24 08:29

Timoshenko describes Ukraine’s local elections as Armageddon

The leader of Ukraine’s Batkivshchina party, Yulia Timoshenko, has pointed to mass violations in last Sunday’s elections of heads of territorial communities.

"The elections were terrible. I’ve been in politics for many years and I’ve seen many things. What I witnessed this time, though, was extraordinary," she said. "Ballot papers were photocopied, ballot papers were totally unprotected, a hundred faked ballot papers with marks suddenly emerged out of nowhere… Bribery was massive through all resources available to the current legislators who participated in the election from the current authorities."

Also, Timoshenko complained about the return of the notorious situation in which a large percentage of voters cast their ballots at home without any officially recognized excuses or certificates.

Dec 23 11:00

Ukrainian official invites British warship to cross Kerch Strait & see how Russia reacts

A deputy minister in Kiev suggested that the British Navy should send its warship to the Sea of Azov to test Russia’s response. Moscow described the idea as ‘bonkers.’

Dec 23 10:58

‘Shame on Boeing’: Elon Musk hails Russian-made rocket engine’s design as ‘brilliant’

SpaceX founder Elon Musk praised the Russian-built RD-180 rocket engine for looking awesome but said his bitter rivals Lockheed and Boeing ought to be ashamed of using it during their launches.

The eccentric tech billionaire said a few nice words about the RD-180 on Twitter, while mocking his competitors at the same time. “It’s embarrassing that Boeing and Lockheed need to use a Russian engine on Atlas,” the rocket-maker wrote on Saturday “but that engine design is brilliant.”

Dec 23 10:21

PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS: IF TRUTH CANNOT PREVAIL OVER MATERIAL AGENDAS WE ARE DOOMED

In 1974 a notorious cold warrior, Albert Wohlstetter, absurdly accused the CIA of underestimating the Soviet threat. As the CIA had every incentive for reasons of budget and power to overestimate the Soviet threat, and today the “Russian threat,” Wohlstetter’s accusation made no sense on its face. However he succeeded in stirring up enough concern that CIA director George H.W. Bush, later Vice President and President, agreed to a Team B to investigate the CIA’s assessment, headed by the Russiaphobic Harvard professor Richard Pipes. Team B concluded that the Soviets thought they could win a nuclear war and were building the forces with which to attack the US.

The report was mainly nonsense, and it must have have troubled Stephen Cohen to experience the setback to negotiations that Team B caused.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Neither Russia nor Putin are my enemies; lousy, misguided, short-sighted, not-thought -through, dart-board-style US foreign policies threatens me, and my brother and sister Americans, and the future of this country. infinitely more than does Russia or Putin.

Dec 23 10:21

PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS: IF TRUTH CANNOT PREVAIL OVER MATERIAL AGENDAS WE ARE DOOMED

In 1974 a notorious cold warrior, Albert Wohlstetter, absurdly accused the CIA of underestimating the Soviet threat. As the CIA had every incentive for reasons of budget and power to overestimate the Soviet threat, and today the “Russian threat,” Wohlstetter’s accusation made no sense on its face. However he succeeded in stirring up enough concern that CIA director George H.W. Bush, later Vice President and President, agreed to a Team B to investigate the CIA’s assessment, headed by the Russiaphobic Harvard professor Richard Pipes. Team B concluded that the Soviets thought they could win a nuclear war and were building the forces with which to attack the US.

The report was mainly nonsense, and it must have have troubled Stephen Cohen to experience the setback to negotiations that Team B caused.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Neither Russia nor Putin are my enemies; lousy, misguided, short-sighted, not-thought -through, dart-board-style US foreign policies threatens me, and my brother and sister Americans, and the future of this country. infinitely more than does Russia or Putin.

Dec 23 10:01

FACEBOOK SUSPENDS 'RESEARCHER' WHO FAKED RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN ALABAMA ELECTION

Facebook has suspended the account of Jonathon Morgan, the researcher behind a disinformation campaign against an Alabama Republican candidate who ended up losing the race for a Senate seat. Morgan claimed it was “research.”
Morgan, the CEO of New Knowledge, a social media research firm that published a major report on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections, has confirmed to The Washington Post that his Facebook account was suspended.

In a statement, Facebook said it had yanked "five accounts run by multiple individuals for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior" and was investigating them.

"We've removed thousands of Pages, Groups and accounts for this kind of behavior, as well as accounts that were violating our policies on spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior during the Alabama special election last year,"Facebook said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but perfectly predictable.

And remember, originally Facebook fell for this codswallop, hook, line and sinker.!!!

Dec 23 09:56

HILLARY CLINTON SCOLDS TRUMP OVER SYRIA, EXPLAINS WHY WE NEED PERMANENT WAR

Hillary Clinton gave a full-throated defense of the war machine Friday on Twitter while attacking President Trump for moving to pull out of Syria.

The Resistance icon said: "Actions have consequences, and whether we’re in Syria or not, the people who want to harm us are there & at war. Isolationism is weakness. Empowering ISIS is dangerous. Playing into Russia & Iran’s hands is foolish. This President is putting our national security at grave risk."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This woman is every US Deep State Warmonger's and military industrial complex's wet dream, and is desperately attempting to capitalize on Trump's pullout of Syria with Netenyahu and his cronies who see US perpetual war in the Middle East, (only to be fought, of course, with American blood and American money) as their only way to to accomplish their goals of complete annihilation of the Palestinian people, and the way forward toward building Eretz Israel.

Sorry, Mrs. Clinton: what may be seen as "good" for Israel, may definitely not good for the future of this country, and you seem pathologically incapable of distinguishing between the two, which means that as President, just as President Trump has done, up until he had that "come to logic moment" on Syria, you will be planning to outsource America's foreign policy in the Middle East to Israel.

This would continue to be immeasurably costly, because as you are well aware, Israel is a nuclear armed country bristling with American made weapons, and has the full capability of defending itself, should something nasty come down against it.

Dec 22 13:09

Russia Laughs Off US Claims It Defeated ISIS, Does Not Trust US Withdrawal From Syria

The presence of United States forces in Syria does not contribute to a political and diplomatic solution to the crisis in the Arab country, spokesman for the Russian presidency Dmitry Peskov said.

“The presence of the US forces on the Syrian soil does not help reach the political and diplomatic settlement. Of course, the involvement of Washington in the relevant talks under the UN bumbershoot, the harmonious work of the US officials with [UN Envoy for Syria Staffan] de Mistura in the interests of this settlement would contribute to reaching this final goal,” Peskov told Russia’s Channel One.

According to Peskov, the main efforts around Syria at the moment are focused on forming the commission that will rewrite the country’s constitution, which for the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, can be completed early next year.

Dec 22 13:08

Media’s hyping of Russia threat a ‘grotesque absurdity’ – John Pilger on RT’s Going Underground

Investigative journalist John Pilger has called out the “grotesque absurdity” of those in the Western media who hype the so-called threats from Russia and China to Cold War levels, in an interview with RT’s Going Underground.
Pilger told RT’s Afshin Rattansi that he finds it “difficult to believe” how some journalists “should go along, should allow themselves to be indulged by the British government at a time when there is a litany of lies about Russia, about China — about so many issues that endanger us.”

“I've never known such a grotesque absurdity as the elevation of Russia and China and the perceived enemies to the kind of Cold War status they had when I was a child,” he said.

Dec 22 13:04

Poroshenko Announces Troop Deployments To Azov Sea To Face Off Against Russia

Kiev is moving parachute units to the sea coast of Azov and the Black Sea, stated Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko during his visit to the part of the Donetsk region controlled by Ukrainian authorities.

According to the Ukrainian president, among others who will be dispatched by air include detachments of the 95th brigade, which will also strengthen the defense of the coast, a Ukrainian TV channel said.

Poroshenko added that after the imposition of martial law, the short-term training of the brigades that defended the most dangerous flank was carried out.

Dec 22 12:58

'British Deep State Obsessed With Creating Anti-Russian Propaganda' - Expert

Russian President Vladimir Putin held his annual end-of-the-year press conference on Thursday. The event was the first since the beginning of President Putin’s new presidential term, which began in May. A record number of journalists, over 1,700 had been accredited for the press conference, according to the Kremlin.

Dec 22 12:55

Britain sends Royal Navy ship to the Black Sea to help Ukraine stand up to Russia - but Putin hits back by dispatching warship to the region

Gavin Williamson today pledged Britain will stand with Ukraine against Russian aggression after a Royal Navy ship was sent to beef up defence in the Black Sea.

The Defence Secretary said he had dispatched HMS Echo to the region to show Britain's 'solidarity' with Kiev.

But in a sign tensions are rising in the region, Vladimir Putin hit back by sending a Russian warship towards the Azov Sea, just north of the Black Sea.

Dec 22 11:55

NATO To Up Funding Of Ukrainian Military, Antagonize Russia

KIEV, Ukraine – Several NATO countries have decided to allocate additional investments to the trust funds through which Ukraine receives military assistance.

This information was confirmed by the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Ivanna Klimpush-Tsintsadze, after the meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Commission at the level of ambassadors, reports Ukrinform agency .

“Several countries even announced today that they add additional resources to our programs, or to trust funds,” he said.

In particular, according to the policy, Norway has already announced the decision to provide additional 140,000 euros for the professional development program of NATO. In addition, the Minister of Defense of the Czech Republic also signed a decree on the allocation of additional funds to the logistics trust fund.

Germany also confirmed that it would make an additional contribution to the trust fund for the medical rehabilitation of Ukrainian military personnel, added the deputy prime minister.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I did a little bit of research on this, and the information is very interesting, regarding NATO'S and the US's involvement with Ukraine, both financially, and militarily.

NATO has 7 "Trust Funds" for Ukraine, which means it can most likely move money very quickly, from one to another, for any reason NATO HIGH COMMAND sees fit: One has to wonder just what the names of these funds mean, as opposed to what these funds are really used for.

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We know that over the past year, President Trump has approved several rather large sales of US military weapons to Ukraine.

President Trump Approves Lethal Weapons Sales to Ukraine

1 Mar 2018: U.S. steps up military assistance to Ukraine with plan to sell 210 anti-tank missiles

3 September, 2018:

October 25, 2018: Today, NATO begins a huge military exercise. Here’s what you need to know.

13 November, 2018:Ukraine looks west with air exercises, and high level discussions.

Look at the dates, and look how the timing of this aid/training seems to be escalating. There seems to be a very strong sense of tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalating, massively, at this point, most probably fanned on by NATO and the US government.

And now, right on cue, we have the Sea of Azov Incident: 26 November 2018: Russia's Sea of

And what did Poroshenko ask NATO to do, toward the last of November?!?29 November,2018: Ukraine President asks NATO to sen d ships to Sea of Azov

And here's where the situation is, as of the last of the last couple of days:

US to boost financing for Ukraine Navy after "Russian Attack" "The United States will provide an additional $10 million in military financing to Ukraine to bolster its navy after Russia captured three Ukrainian vessels at sea last month, in a "dangerous escalation," the State Department said on Friday."

And today, we have the following article, from bbc:

Gavin Williamson: UK ship in Ukraine 'sends message to Russia

And another article from the Kiev Post: Russian Fighter jets land in Crimea, amid Ukraine Tensions

And, in the World According to Google: "Under a 2003 treaty, Russia has the right to inspect any vessel sailing to or from the Sea of Azov. Ukraine has accused Russia of abusing that right. Ukraine has also opposed a Russian-constructed bridge that crosses the Kerch strait and connects Russia and Crimea.Nov 27, 2018"

Folks, something wicked this way comes, between Ukraine (and NATO and the US) and Russia, most probably in the very near future. And look at the characterisation of how Russia responded, as a "Russian Attack", when it was the Ukraine ships which refused to honor protocol, although they had been asked to several times by the Russians.

And I have to wonder how many American soldiers, leaving either Syria, or hopefully, soon, Afghanistan, will be re-deployed to Kiev.

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