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May 13 12:54

NATO Initiates Hotline With Moscow, But Sends Russian Diplomats Out

NATO set up a hotline with the Kremlin and Russia’s Defense Ministry in Moscow in order to avoid "misunderstandings", yet at the same time has begun removing Russian diplomats from the NATO headquarters.

May 13 12:00

Everyone Calm Down, No Threat of Nuclear War - US State Department Official

The White House does not believe the Ukrainian conflict will lead to a nuclear war, said Rose Gottenmoeller, the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security for the US State Department.

May 13 09:23

'Nuclear war our likely future': Russia & China won't accept US hegemony, Reagan official warns

The White House is determined to block the rise of the key nuclear-armed nations, Russia and China, neither of whom will join the "world’s acceptance of Washington’s hegemony," says head of the Institute for Political Economy, Paul Craig Roberts.

The former US assistant secretary of the Treasury for economic policy, Dr Paul Craig Roberts, has written on his blog that Beijing is currently "confronted with the Pivot to Asia and the construction of new US naval and air bases to ensure Washington’s control of the South China Sea, now defined as an area of American National Interests."

Roberts writes that Washington’s commitment to contain Russia is the reason “for the crisis that Washington has created in Ukraine and for its use as anti-Russian propaganda.”

May 13 09:13

Hell Unleashed — Paul Craig Roberts

This is what the arrogant morons who comprise the US government have stirred up: Watch this video for its entire 1 hour 20 minutes, and then ask yourself if Washington is making a good decision by driving us into conflict with Russia. (You might have to use your cursor to push
the circle with the dot back to the beginning of the video.)

May 13 08:32

Yet another huge diplomatic victory for Russia

Unless you read Russian or monitor the free blogosphere, you might not have noticed this, but something big just happened in Russia: Kerry, Nuland and a large State Department delegation have traveled to Sochi were they met with Foreign Minister Lavrov and then with President Putin. With the latter they spent over 4 hours. Not only that, but Kerry made a few rather interesting remarks, saying that the Minsk-2 Agreement (M2A) was the only way forward and that he would strongly caution Poroshenko against the idea of renewing military operations.
Kerry Putin

To say that this is a stunning development would be an understatement.

For one thing, this means that the so-called “isolation of Russia” is now officially over, even for the “Indispensable Empire”.

Second, this is, as far as I know, the first official US endorsement of M2A. This is rather humiliating for the US considering that M2A was negotiated without the Americans.

May 13 07:47

Kiev Demands Russia Pay $350 Billion for Destruction Its Own Aggression Caused in Donbass

US-installed Kiev fascist putschists find new ways to elevate chutzpah to a higher level.

In April 2014, they launched premeditated US proxy naked aggression against their own people in Donbass for wanting democratic rights everyone deserves.

Mass slaughter and destruction followed. Civilians by far suffered most.

May 13 07:31

Ukraine’s Poroshenko Wants Russians Interned in Prison Camps

Ukraine is a US-installed Nazi-infested fascist police state - waging war on its own people.

Criticizing regime policy is strictly forbidden. Anyone opposing state policies is targeted for elimination - by imprisonment or cold-blooded murder.

Free and open media don't exist. Authorities want only their own views disseminated. Reporting hard truths on issues mattering most is criminalized.

May 12 21:53

America as Dangerous Flailing Beast

Despite pretty talk about “democracy” and “human rights,” U.S. leaders have become the world’s chief purveyors of chaos and death – from Vietnam through Iraq, Libya, Syria, Ukraine and many other unfortunate nations.

May 12 12:36

PSYCHOPATHS, 9/11 AND EVERLASTING WAR

The lie of 9/11 has provided the pretext for the most terrible wars on the Muslim peoples in defiance of the Nuremberg Protocols and the UN Charter.

Unless that lie is laid bare by truth, 9/11 will be seen as the crucible from which World War Three erupted. There will be no way back from the smoking ruins for those unfortunate enough who survive. The images from Hiroshima and Nagasaki are there to warn us.

I cannot recall when I became certain that 19 Muslims with box cutters were NOT responsible for these events.

May 12 10:15

Maduro: US Made Russia A Target Because They Are Losing Power In The World

Washington is losing its weight in the universal enclosure and this makes it target Russia and Venezuela, and also endeavor to diminish China’s development, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told RT’s Spanish-dialect direct in a selective meeting.

http://whatisusa.info/maduro-us-made-russia-a-target-because-they-are-...

May 12 09:14

Ruble-yuan settlements booming, set to reshape global finance

Settlements in local currencies between Russia and China now account for 7 percent of the bilateral trade, but the potential for growth is tremendous, experts tell RT. Yuan-ruble trade in Russia has grown 700 percent in a year.

Growing cooperation between Russia and China has become one of the hottest topics in the global economy. It is signaling the emergence of a strong alliance of one the world’s richest and strongest economies, which is expected to reshape the existing western-dominated economic model.

May 12 04:37

Some questions and answers on Ukraine

Following is a collection of questions posed by westerners against the freedom fighters in Donbass and replies to typical questions levelled against Russia by those who are ignorant of the Ukraine situation.

May 12 04:30

Russians have psychotronic weapon to zombie people

Major-general of the reserve of the Russian Federal Custodial Service Boris Ratnikov tells that Russia and other countries work on making special devices that turn humans into zombies.
It was already twenty years ago that mass media first mentioned the strange word combination ‘psychotronic weapon’. All information about such weapons arrived from military men transferred to the reserve and from researchers that were not officially recognized by the Russian Academy of Sciences. They usually told about some generators that could make people muddleheaded even when they were distanced at hundreds of kilometers.

May 12 04:25

Typhoon submarine unveils secrets

Russia has been weakened a lot over the recent year. Yet, it is still capable of claiming to be one of the leading powers in the world. One reason can be found in the Russian city of Severodvinsk, the center of the Russian ship-building industry. This city is celebrated for the defense technology that was built on its docks.
Before we went on board the Typhoon submarine, there was a short message in the press about a successful missile launch from this nuclear submarine. “The nuclear submarine launched a ballistic missile from the target area of the White Sea. The missile hit the target with precision.”
The nuclear submarine missile cruiser TK-20 is the sixth (the last) of the Typhoon series that were built on Sevmash Enterprise in Severodvinsk. The TK-20 Typhoon submarine was returning from the White Sea. A group of PRAVDA.Ru journalists was the only group of web-reporters that was allowed to go onboard the sub in the city of Severodvinsk.

May 12 04:01

Russia to develop tracked modular robot for combat, Arctic expeditions

The United Instrument-Making Corporation integrated into Russia’s state hi-tech firm Rostec is developing a universal tracked modular robotized platform for combat, fire-extinguishing operations and Arctic expeditions, a Russian defense official said on Tuesday.
"The platform was fully designed by Russian engineers and can carry two tons of payload. It moves at a speed of 40 km/hr [25 miles per hour] and has a unique control system and dimensions allowing for its use in urban conditions," the defense official said.
The developer intends to use the URP-01G platform to produce complexes for reconnaissance and delivering strikes, protection and patrolling, vehicles for mine and obstacle clearing, radiation and chemical reconnaissance, as well as vehicles for police and Arctic expeditions.

May 12 03:56

Kremlin confirms Putin is to meet Kerry Tuesday

Russian President Vladimir Putin on tuesday will receive US Secretary of State John Kerry in southern Russia's resort city of Sochi, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.
According to the spokesman, the agenda of the talks is wide and includes mostly issues of bilateral relations. Sanctions are not on the agenda but the topic may be raised by the US side.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will be present at the talks.
Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said he considers John Kerry’s decision to hold talks with Sergey Lavrov a positive step.
US State Secretary John Kerry has arrived in Sochi on Tuesday.

May 12 03:53

Russian emergencies ministry send drinking water to quake-hit Nepal

Russia’s emergencies ministry has sent 30 tonnes of bottled water to quake-hit Nepal, a ministry spokesman told TASS on Sunday.
Russian rescuers finalise work in Nepal - http://tass.ru/en/russia/793928
Nepal’s government has announced officially the search-rescue mission in the republic is over. The Russian rescuers had examined 96 buildings, worked at 59 locations, studied 109 square kilometres of territories and cleared 53,956 square metres of debris. Doctors offered assistance to almost 300 Nepalese in Kathmandu and other areas close to the capital city.
The bodies of two Russian tourists killed in a devastating quake in Nepal have been airlifted to Russia, Tass reports - http://tass.ru/en/russia/794086

May 11 22:09

Maduro: US Made Russia A Target Because They Are Losing Power In The World

Washington is losing its weight in the universal enclosure and this makes it target Russia and Venezuela, and also endeavor to diminish China's development, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told RT's Spanish-dialect direct in a selective meeting.

http://whatisusa.info/maduro-us-made-russia-a-target-because-they-are-...

May 11 15:45

US Desperate to Steer Greece Away From Russian-Turkish Pipeline Project

Greece’s Syriza government is interested in a Moscow-backed ‘Turkish Stream’ natural gas pipeline project, bringing gas from the Black Sea through Turkey and into Greece.

The U.S. has moved in to block this option, selling an alternative plan to the Greeks – a ‘Trans-Adriatic’ pipeline project, bringing Azerbaijan’s gas from the Caspian Sea before entering into Europe, possible via Greece, and eventually to Italy.

May 11 14:05

Baltic Fortress 2015: NATO warships start drills off Lithuanian coast

Around 20 vessels representing nine NATO member states have begun the Baltic Fortress 2015 exercises, taking place off the Lithuanian Baltic Sea coast.

Warships from Belgium, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland and the UK are participating in the exercises, accompanied by a Lithuanian Navy submarine unit and two airplanes from the country’s Air Force.

The maneuvers in the Lithuanian territorial waters are scheduled to last until May 14, Lithuania’s Ministry of National Defense said.

May 11 14:04

US Troops Conduct Military Maneuvers in Russia's 'Backyard'

Georgian troops are currently conducting military maneuvers with mechanized US units in order to make Georgia’s army strong enough to provide a company for rapid NATO Response Force, Die Presse reported.

May 11 13:08

Kiev Demands Russia Pay $350 Billion for Destruction Its Own Aggression Caused in Donbass

US-installed Kiev fascist putschists find new ways to elevate chutzpah to a higher level.

In April 2014, they launched premeditated US proxy naked aggression against their own people in Donbass for wanting democratic rights everyone deserves.

Mass slaughter and destruction followed. Civilians by far suffered most.

May 11 12:02

Russia Asks Greece To Join BRICS Bank

As if the discussions in Brussels and Athens were not mired in enough uncertainty, Bloomberg reports that a Greek official confirms:

*STORCHAK ASKED TSIPRAS FOR GREECE TO JOIN BRICS BANK: OFFICIAL
The pivot appears to continue. Reportedly, Tsipras was pleasantly surprised by the proposal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As usual, Putin is about 90,0000 chess moves ahead of his European counterparts.

This will, indeed, be a game changer.

May 11 09:43

War Threat Rises As Economy Declines — Paul Craig Roberts,

On the foreign policy front, the hubris and arrogance of America’s self-image as the “exceptional, indispensable” country with hegemonic rights over other countries means that the world is primed for war. Neither Russia nor China will accept the vassalage status accepted by the UK, Germany, France and the rest of Europe, Canada, Japan and Australia. The Wolfowitz Doctrine makes it clear that the price of world peace is the world’s acceptance of Washington’s hegemony.

Therefore, unless the dollar and with it US power collapses or Europe finds the courage to break with Washington and to pursue an independent foreign policy, saying good-bye to NATO, nuclear war is our likely future.

May 11 09:12

US Will Withdraw Its Ambassador From Greece Because Of The Malfunction

US openly opposed gas supplies from Russia to the EU via Greece

The U.S. state Department chose to withdraw its ambassador in Athens in the year prior period because of the way that neglecting to educate Washington about the bill on legal change received by the Greek Parliament. On it advises Agency Sputnik with reference to the Greek daily paper Kathimerini.

http://whatisusa.info/us-will-withdraw-its-ambassador-from-greece-beca...

May 11 06:07

US Openly Opposed Gas Supplies From Russia To The EU Via Greece

The U.S. state Department chose to withdraw its ambassador in Athens in the year prior period because of the way that neglecting to educate Washington about the bill on legal change received by the Greek Parliament. On it advises Agency Sputnik with reference to the Greek daily paper Kathimerini.

http://whatisusa.info/us-will-withdraw-its-ambassador-from-greece-beca...

May 10 22:16

US Openly Opposed Gas Supplies From Russia To The EU Via Greece

The U.S. state Department chose to withdraw its ambassador in Athens in the year prior period because of the way that neglecting to educate Washington about the bill on legal change received by the Greek Parliament. On it advises Agency Sputnik with reference to the Greek daily paper Kathimerini.

http://whatisusa.info/us-will-withdraw-its-ambassador-from-greece-beca...

May 10 14:57

From Energy War to Currency War: America’s Attack on the Russian Ruble

A multi-spectrum war is being waged against Moscow by Washington. If there are any doubts about this, they should be put to rest. Geopolitics, science and technology, speculation, financial markets, information streams, large business conglomerates, intelligentsia, mass communication, social media, the internet, popular culture, news networks, international institutions, sanctions, audiences, public opinion, nationalism, different governmental bodies and agencies, identity politics, proxy wars, diplomacy, countervailing international alliances, major business agreements, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), human rights, prestige, military personnel, capital, and psychological tactics are all involved in this multi-spectrum war.

May 10 11:14

The New York Times does its government’s bidding: Here’s what you’re not being told about U.S. troops in Ukraine

There is one fact now, and it is this: Americans are being led blindfolded very near the brink of war with Russia.

May 10 10:51

Reader Photos: V-Day in St. Petersburg

May 10 10:19

Santorum to Obama: ‘Iran, enemy. Israel, friend’

Rick Santorum hinted Saturday in South Carolina that he is close to announcing whether he will again run for president, telling a gathering of conservative activists he’s driven by what he called President Barack Obama’s failures on national security.

“Russia, China and yes, radical Islam, is threatening our country,” the former Pennsylvania senator said. “Heck, I would just be happy if our president would be able to tell the difference between our friends and enemies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rick, we're all intelligent adults out here. We can decide for ourselves who our enemies are or are not.

Iran, not.

Russia, not.

China, not.

Private Central Banks? ENEMY!

Politicians willing to sell our children as mercenaries for Israel in exchange for campaign money? ENEMY!

But if you really feel that strongly about it, Rick, here's your rifle. Here's your parachute. We ran out of the camo but here is a bright da-glo orange jumpsuit left over from the CIA torture dungeons. Watch your head climbing into that transport plane ad we will call the Russians, Chinese, and Iranians to let them know you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But the rest of us, sick of endless wars launched with endless lies, will sit this one out and keep our kids here safe at home.

May 10 10:16

Obama’s Petulant WWII Snub of Russia

Russia will celebrate the Allied victory over Nazism on Saturday without U.S. President Obama and other Western leaders present, as they demean the extraordinary sacrifice of the Russian people in winning World War II – a gesture intended to humiliate President Putin.

May 10 09:49

Eternal Shame to "America," Germany and Europe

One hardly knows where to begin when listing all the examples of the shame and disgrace that the US, Germany and Europe have brought upon themselves. They have failed every test for humanity, especially and including their monotonous demand for obedience, that one and all are to follow their prescribed model of freedom and democracy.

May 10 09:46

Israel seeking to trigger US war with Russia, Iran: Analyst

Israel is working to create a military confrontation between the United States and Russia by worsening tensions and pressuring Washington to attack Iran, a US activist and commentator in Idaho says.

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May 10 09:19

May SNOWFALL hits Chelyabinsk in Russia, thousands left without power (PHOTOS)

Chelyabinsk, the Russian city that made headlines with its meteorite, triple sun and blue snow, has been hit by a new natural phenomenon. The city in the Southern Urals marked May 9 with a sudden snowfall so thick it left 39,000 people without power.

May 10 09:13

Eternal Shame to "America," Germany and Europe

One hardly knows where to begin when listing all the examples of the shame and disgrace that the US, Germany and Europe have brought upon themselves. They have failed every test for humanity, especially and including their monotonous demand for obedience, that one and all are to follow their prescribed model of freedom and democracy.
One year ago, on 2 May, an untold number of individuals (from 48 to as many as 100) were savagely burned alive or beaten to death with the full encouragement of the Kiev junta and their western handlers. Washington and the west have since played deaf, dumb and blind to this most egregious war crime which began the genocidal murder campaign against all opposition to the fascist Kiev junta.
To this day, there has been no investigation of this war crime. Indeed, even a Kiev Rada Deputy was filmed dancing on burned bodies on Odessa's Kulikovo Polie during on May 2, 2014.

May 10 09:11

Russia to create PAK DA fifth-generation strategic bomber

In near future, Russia will come to grips on its own security. The country will not focus on the current moment, but predict the situation for 15-20 years ahead. Such plans generated heated debate. Thus, the project to develop a fifth-generation strategic bomber has triggered discussions on the top level.

May 10 09:00

A new world order? Putin and Xi put friendship on display

At first sight, things look very different now. When President Xi Jinping of China took pride of place next to Vladimir Putin of Russia on Saturday, they looked like any other modern world leaders: pragmatic men-in-suits, full of smiles, temporary possessors of power rather than dictators-for-life.

But the two events, six decades apart, have a clear parallel. Once again, the Russia-China axis is the main threat to the West's vision of peaceful and prosperous international relations.

The line-up of leaders alongside the two men was a walking representation of a new anti-American alliance that has formed bit by bit since the invasion of Iraq demonstrated the frightening ease with which Washington could destroy hostile leaders far away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has the author of this article gone absolutely barking mad, to have written this?!? Has he actually imbibed the Koolaid, or has he been told by his editors that he had to slant the article to demonize Russia and China?!?

The US government, with the Israeli government nipping at its heals to do this, invaded and occupied Iraq for the oil, and to make sure that the oil was only sold in US dollars.

The mess,the massive physical illnesses, courtesy of the use of depleted uranium, and tragedy of Sunni turning upon Shiite in this country, can all be laid at the feet of the US invasion and occupation. And we left Iraq because Muqtada al Sadr, leader of the Mahdi Army, threatened that if the US did not leave, every US soldier would be a target.

Russia and China have moved closer together because of the US sanctions against Russia over Ukraine, from which Russia is recovering, quite nicely, economically, thank you very much.

And no, the US does NOT sponsor "...western style democracy." It sponsors tinpot dictators, like Yemen's Al-Hadi, whose people have shown him the door, and the Al-Khalifa monarchy in Bahrain, who continually oppresses its own people who are merely asking for a constitutional monarchy. They are teargassed and beaten, and when first responders attempt to help them with medical attention, in order to attempt to save their lives, those first responders are themselves tortured into confession, convicted in a kangaroo court, and sentenced to long prison sentences.

The US supports and enables both the House of Saud, in its murderous attack against Yemen, where women, children, and hospitals are fair game for targeting, and enables the Israeli government in their serial genocide of the Palestinians.

That phrase "Mr Putin and his allies all have their reasons for disliking the West's tendency to set a high store on open elections, a free press and "cooperative" foreign policies."

Free elections?!? How about elections which are rigged so outrageously as to have had to have been screwed into the ballot box?!? Does this person come from such a deprived film appreciation background that he has never seen the brilliant film "Recount", or the documentary by Bev Harris, "Hacking Democracy" ?!?!?

And an alleged "free press"?!? Oh yes, the corporate presstitutes are free to say whatever their corporate masters tell them to say. One tiny straying off the path of correctness, and your career is done for.

Does this man remember when Helen Thomas asked President Obama at a press conference which countries in the Middle East had nuclear weapons, which we know Israel does?!? She was silenced, and never had that opportunity again.

Russia and China have moved closer together because they have been pushed there by a horrifically myopic US foreign policy, which has all the hallmarks of being crafted by a group of people who are pathologically incapable of thinking a scenario through to its logical conclusion.

The US government now has troops on the ground in Ukraine, and is doing everything possible to provoke Putin into military action against it. IF that does not work, look for a potential false flag event, to be blamed on Russia as the beginning of World War III.

And lastly, please be aware that there is a bill, still sitting in committee for the last two years, introduced by Charlie Rangel, the senior representative from New York, which will bring back the draft, not only for our young men, but also our young women as well.

Something wicked this way comes folks, but it is NOT the fault of Russia and China. The US government, instead of making deals and winning friends, is waging wars, and continuing to plan for more wars, to get what it wants, geopolitically.

May 10 05:27

flashback: How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power

The debate over Prescott Bush's behaviour has been bubbling under the surface for some time. There has been a steady internet chatter about the "Bush/Nazi" connection

(*Submitted not so much as a 'hit' on J.E.B. , as much as a timely reminder as the west disses Russia's VDay celebration , and lends support to Poroshenko's reveling in Neo Nazi celebrations , at the same time http://whatreallyhappened.com/content/ukraine-commemorates-v-day-wagin... )

May 10 03:43

Sino-Russia Relations a Growing Threat to Euro Market

Martin Charmoy, head of Prosperity Capital Management fund in London, predicted that trade between Russia and China will reach $200 billion in the next several years.

May 10 03:31

South African President takes swipe at West for Victory Day boycott

South African President Jacob Zuma has hit back at the West’s boycott of the Victory Day celebrations in Moscow, saying Saturday’s events “defines how the globe stands today”.

May 10 03:05

Enforcing the Ukraine ‘Group Think’

U.S.-taxpayer-funded Radio Liberty has a checkered history that includes hiring Nazi sympathizers as Cold War commentators. Now, one of its current writers has used the platform to bash an American scholar who won’t join Official Washington’s “group think” on Ukraine.

May 10 02:45

Egyptian president is in Moscow to attend VE Day festivities

Egypt and Russia could cooperate on a lot of common projects for the prosperity and the benefit of both countries, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi told his Russian counterpart on Saturday in Moscow.
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The Russian president meanwhile thanked his Egyptian counterpart for participating in the celebrations in Moscow.
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Western leaders largely stayed away from the Russian festivities due to differences with Putin over the conflict in Ukraine, while leaders from China, Cuba and Venezuela were present.

May 10 02:41

NATO membership among Ukraine’s top priorities — foreign ministry

"Our current task is to achieve standards and compatibility with the alliance," a Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Spokesman said.

May 09 14:38

U.S. & Europe Boycott Russia's Celebration of Its 9 May 1945 Victory Over Hitler

At first, a few progressive heads-of-state in Europe were appalled at U.S. President Barack Obama’s pressure for them to reject Russia’s invitation to an upcoming 9 May 2015 celebration of victory against Hitler, and Czech President Milos Zeman even came out publicly saying, in a conspicuous face-slap to Obama, on 3 January 2015, that the U.S. overthrow of Ukraine’s democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014 had been a coup and that “only poorly informed people” were comparing that to Czechoslovakia’s own “Velvet Revolution” against communism on 29 December 1989. Zeman even said that Ukraine’s 22 February 2014 U.S. overthrow of Yanukovych, or the event (under the cover of public demonstrations at the) “Maidan, was not a democratic revolution” but instead a coup.

May 09 13:24

Today’s Victory Day celebrations in Moscow mark a turning point in Russian history

Today is truly a historical day. For the first time ever the West has boycotted the Victory Day Parade in Moscow and, also for the first time ever, Chinese forces have marched on the Beautiful Square (“Red” square is a mistranslation – the “Red Square” ought be called the “Beautiful Square”) with the Russians. I believe that this is a profoundly symbolic shift and one which makes perfectly good sense.

May 09 09:30

The New York Times does its government’s bidding: Here’s what you’re not being told about U.S. troops in Ukraine

At first I thought I had written what newspaper people call a double-barreled lead: American soldiers in Ukraine, American media not saying much about it. Two facts.

Wrong. There is one fact now, and it is this: Americans are being led blindfolded very near the brink of war with Russia.

One cannot predict there will be one. And, of course, right-thinking people hope things will never come to one. In March, President Obama dismissed any such idea as if to suggest it was silly. “They’re not interested in a military confrontation with us,” Obama said of the Russians—wisely. Then he added, unwisely: “We don’t need a war.”

Don’t need a war to get what done, Mr. President? This is our question. Then this one: Washington is going to stop at exactly what as it manipulates its latest set of puppets in disadvantaged countries, this time pretending there is absolutely nothing thoughtless or miscalculated about doing so on Russia’s historically sensitive western border?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The demonization of Russia is continuing right on cue.

And the reasons certain elements in Foggy Bottom are cheerleading for war against Russia are purely economic. Destabilizing Moscow and the ruble to prop up the US Petrodollar for just a little longer seems attractive to these people.

Of course the blood and carnage represented by such a potential war means nothing to them; after all, it will be other people's kids who will fight, get maimed for life, and probably die, and they are not in these folks' social circles.

As the author of this article aptly points out, Putin has demonstrated incredible restraint in the face of these provocations by the US; however, there may well be a point in time where he, and his cabinet, feel they have no alternative but a military response. In fact, the US government may well invoke a "false flag" to be blamed on Russia to get things going.

But I want to strongly caution everyone in DC who thinks, possibly, for whatever reason, that a war with Russia would be a "good thing", to destabilize Moscow and undermine the ruble.

The US military does not have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia.

And in terms of munitions, the Russians have spent money wisely on systems that actually work in combat, unlike that albatross of an aircraft, Lockheed's F-35, with its litanies of shortcomings, its hideous expense, and its ridiculously behind schedule deliveries. And you can read about those here:
http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/27824-15-trillion-...

Please consider: the unintended consequences of such a war could be both horrific ...and irreversible.

May 09 08:31

US Tells Greece To Reject Putin Pipeline Marking Return To Cold War Politics

In short order, it leaked that Moscow was set to advance Greece $5 billion against the future potential profits from the pipeline, a payment which we characterized as a get-out-of-Troika-jail free card and although conflicting reports emerged thereafter regarding just how soon money would actually be flowing from Moscow to Athens, discussions around the pipeline continued to move forward when Gazprom chief Alexei Miller visited Greece late last month to discuss “current energy issues of interest.”

That visit proved more than Europe could bear, and so the European Commission promptly filed antitrust charges against the Russian gas giant in an absurdly transparent attempt to punish the Kremlin for interfering in negotiations between the EU and its Aegean debt serf.

May 09 07:51

70 for Victory: Armata tanks, nuclear bombers, intl boots in Moscow for V-Day

The parade opened with solemn carrying of two flags, that of Russia and the historic banner that was raised over the Reichstag building back in 1945 to declare that it was taken by the Red Army.
Troops from all arms of the service were lined up on Red Square. Those include young cadets from Suvorov military school and visiting foreign troops from 10 countries. Inspecting the ranks, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin, who is Commander-in-Chief of the Russian armed forces, that the troops are ready for the parade to start.
“Wherever veterans of the WWII live now, they must know that here in Russia we value greatly their courage, resolve and loyalty to the frontline brotherhood,” Putin said in a congratulatory speech. Putin praised the many peoples of Soviet Union, allies from Europe, across the Atlantic and Asia, which fought on one side against the Axis powers during the war.

May 09 07:45

Russia displays military might in WWII ‘Victory Day’ parade

Russia displays military might in WWII ‘Victory Day’ parade; Indian, Chinese troops take part

THE TIMES OF INDIA: MOSCOW: Russia on Saturday staged a grand military parade here to commemorate the 70th anniversary of its victory over Nazi Germany in the presence of several world leaders, including President Pranab Mukherjee, even as western powers boycotted the event due to a stand-off over Ukraine.

Nearly 10,000 soldiers, including an Indian Army contingent and China's People's Liberation Army (PLA), took part in the parade on the iconic Red Square here which lasted for over 90 minutes.

Russian President Vladimir Putin witnessed the parade along with President Mukherjee, Chinese President Xi Jinping and UN secretary general Ben Ki-moon.
(*even as western powers boycotted the event due to a stand-off over Ukraine. )

May 09 07:44

Teenage girl soldier hailed as Ukraine's 'Joan of Arc' by Elle magazine is revealed as neo-Nazi and is arrested over cop killing

A neo-Nazi portrayed as Ukraine's version of Joan of Arc by French fashion magazine Elle for her 'brave' fight against the Russian separatists has been arrested in connection with the deaths of two policemen. Vita Zaverukha was taken into custody after two officers were killed and three more injured on May 4, following a gang's failed attempt to rob a petrol station in the capital Kiev.

May 09 06:41

‘Immortal Regiment’ marches on: World celebrates Victory Day (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Thousands of people around Russia and abroad have joined Victory Day parades and celebrations to mark 70 years since victory over Nazi Germany in WWII. Many of them gathered to march with the so-called “Immortal Regiment” to honor the veterans of the war.
Crowds of people carrying photographs of veterans who went through World War II have come to rally across Russia in a symbolic action known as the Immortal Regiment (Bessmertny Polk) march.
“They must march on victoriously at all times,” says the statement on the event’s web page.

May 08 22:40

V-DAY: Russia’s Perpetual Fight Against Fascism

70 years since the great Victory! 70 years since Soviet people saved the world by smashing Nazism.

All accords with Russia were broken, whenever it suited invaders. The Scandinavians wiped out countless Russian lives, and so did the Germans, French, Poles, Brits, North Americans and Czechs, to name just a few. Russians never really ‘punished’ anybody, in the Protestant, Anglo-Saxon way. Punishment is mainly puritan, Protestant rubbish; the Russian way of thinking is too quixotic for that.

The West lied to Lenin, to Stalin, to Khrushchev and finally to Gorbachev. The West has been lying to Putin and about Putin.

May 08 19:06

7,000 civilians killed in east Ukraine: Poroshenko

Nearly 7,000 civilians have lost their lives in the year-long war in eastern Ukraine between government troops and pro-Russian forces, Ukraine's president says.

More than 1,000 people also remained unaccounted for and 1,657 Ukrainian troops died in combat, added Petro Poroshenko in an address before the parliament on Friday.

May 08 14:23

Project 677 Lada class Diesel-Electric Torpedo Submarine

Some of these boats are being fitted with a new air independent propulsion system.

The Project 677 or Lada class is a diesel-electric patrol submarine, developed by the Rubin design bureau. It is an improved version of the Kilo class, fitted with an air-independent propulsion and new combat systems. It is claimed that the Lada class is much quieter than it's predecessor. It is worth mentioning that the Kilo class achieved respectable export sales. It's major operators are China, India and Iran.
Sweden already has at least one.

http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/sweden-has-a-sub-thats-so-deadly-the-...

May 08 14:05

Crimea's Massandra winery expands first time in 20 years

The state-run enterprise is planning to involve private investors to boost development and production and considers a possibility of public-private partnership

May 08 14:02

PANIC IN CROATIA: Russian nuclear submarine near Dubrovnik

Slobodna Dalmacija published that very probably the question of Russian submarines, as the Russians and the Chinese recently announced joint naval exercises in the Mediterranean.

- The signal is very likely recorded net sonar. There is no other method that would more accurately be used to confirm the presence of the submarine. And since in Italy, especially in its south, is the whole constellation of NATO institutions, starting from the base to the various military complexes, it is expected that the Ibar for many years supervised in such a way - said Igor Tabak, a military analyst at Obris.org.

May 08 11:54

Kiev May Be Getting Ready to Give up on Donbass

Amid charges and counter-charges between capitals, the conflict more and more looks—deceptively—like a confrontation between Russia and the United States. However, the dynamics of this conflict are far more complicated and driven as much by Ukrainian domestic affairs and local commanders’ decisions in the conflict zone as they are by any Cold War-style stand-off between East and West.

May 08 11:48

In Kiev, Ukrainians Demand Justice for Odessa Massacre Victims

May 2nd in Ukraine marked the first anniversary of the tragedy in Odessa. A year ago an unspeakable tragedy occurred, resulting in horrific deaths. Some suffocated by acrid smoke that came from homemade Napalm bombs, others were stoned and beaten to death after trying to escape the hellish scene. People were murdered, brutally murdered, to suppress peaceful dissent. It was planned and executed with cruel precision. The meaning was straightforward and can’t be concealed. Even people who are not politically minded talk about it.

May 08 11:40

Russia's New Military Doctrine Shows Putin's Geopolitical Ambitions

Russia signed its new military doctrine into practice on Dec. 26 last year. The new doctrine had an explicit focus on the expansion NATO as the country's main external threat, coupled with the need for Russia to extend its influence into the Arctic while building ties with rising non-western nations like China and Brazil.

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Take a good look at the map of the arctic. Russia is staying on their side of the north pole. It is the US and Europe that is pushing in across to the opposite hemisphere.

May 08 10:51

Does Russia Really Own 20% of US Uranium Reserves?

It’s relatively old news, but a recent Times report and an upcoming book from the Hoover Institute’s Peter Schweizer have refocused attention on a 2008 blockbuster uranium deal involving Russia, the United States, and a Canadian company Uranium One. Pushing connections and presidential candidacies aside – the Clintons’ complicity is still very much speculation at this point – lets return to the deal and take a look at the US nuclear industry and, globally, the rise of Rosatom.

May 08 10:24

Putin just dismissed nearly 20 generals

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed nearly 20 generals just a day before Moscow was set to host a Victory Day parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany, RIA Novosti reports.

The generals were dismissed by a presidential decree. Among those let go was the lieutenant general of police, Sergey Lavrov, as well as the head of media relations in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Andrei Pilipchuk.

The first deputy commander of the central regional military command, Vladimir Padalko, was also dismissed, according to the Gazeta.

The timing of the shakeup is curious. The Kremlin is set to host world leaders in Moscow for the anniversary parade on May 9. The Victory Day parade features Russian military equipment and members of the Russian military play a major role in the celebrations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Weeding out the hacks, nepotists, and dullards!

May 08 10:00

Putin’s Brilliant Diplomacy to Bring West, Iran to Negotiations Table

Le Huffington Post columnist Didier Chaudet analyzed Russia’s decision to sell Iran the S-300 missile defense system. The deal is not about mere economics, but a series of complex, chess-like moves successfully implemented by the Russian government to bring the West and Iran to the negotiation table.

May 08 10:00

He Who Hesitates is Lost: US Enters Arctic 'Energy War'

Washington may lose the race for Arctic energy resources to its main geopolitical competitors – Russia and China – US Colonel David Hunt insisted, urging Washington to focus on Arctic energy development.

May 08 09:59

Ukraine lacks 75 mln euro to complete construction of shelter at Chernobyl nuclear plant

Ukraine’s Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Igor Shevchenko said a sum of 615 million euro was needed to finance the construction of a shelter at the Chernobyl nuclear plant. "We have 540 million euro. So, we need 75 million euro more." The minister said he had taken part in a conference on fund raising for the shelter project. In his words, participants had agreed to allocate 350 million euro from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the rest of the sum was to be provided by donor countries.
"We have 18 months for that," Shevchenko said obviously referring to Ukraine’s efforst to find sponsors. He said the Ukrainian side expected that this sum of 75 million euro would come from donor countries. "Talks are underway with some countries, which have not yet provided a clear answer," he said.
However, in his words, the available sum of 540 million euro was enough to continue the construction for about one year.

May 08 09:59

Crying Wolf: Western Hawks Invent Myths of Russia's Baltic Advance

Instead of blaming the Kremlin for aggravating tensions between Russia and the Baltic states, Western hawks should just look in the mirror, Neil Clark noted, adding that "crude Russophobia" demonstrated by some politicians is inexcusable.

May 08 09:55

Two Chinese Warships Enter The Black Sea

On Friday we reported that for the first time in history, Chinese and Russian navies will begin a significant joint naval exercise in The Mediterranean Sea in mid-May.

May 08 09:50

Ukrainian veterans offended and humiliated by actions of Kiev authorities

Ukrainian veterans of the Great Patriotic War are offended and humiliated morally and socially by actions of the current authorities, head of Kiev’s city veteran organization Nikolay Martynov told TASS on Friday.
In particular, veterans are discontent with ban on Soviet symbols, transfer of the Defender of the Fatherland Day, cut in social payments, Martynov added. "We are very hurt that they practically took away the Defender of the Fatherland Day from us by transferring it to October 14 - day of establishing the Ukrainian Insurgent Army. They practically took away the meaning of the Great Patriotic War by replacing it with expulsion of Nazi occupants from Europe. A Verkhovna Rada law prohibits us from using symbols of our great victory," the veteran noted.
The crisis in Ukraine definitely affects the social welfare of veterans, he added. Eighty-five percent of veterans live in poverty, Martynov reminded.

May 08 09:15

Russia to adjust program of flights to space station - source

Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos plans to adjust the program of flights to the International Space Station (ISS) due to the recent accident involving the Progress M-27M spacecraft, a rocket and space industry source told TASS.
"It is suggested that the return from orbit of the expedition which is currently there be postponed from May 14 to June, then, in late June - early July, a Progress cargo spacecraft be blasted off to the ISS, and then, in the last ten days of July, a manned Soyuz launch be made," the source said.
In connection with the fact that according to preliminary conclusions of the state commission, the Progress accident was caused by an emergency situation at the third stage of the Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket, more time will be needed to check already manufactured rockets.

May 08 09:10

Fighters of Ukraine's dispbanded special police unit ask Crimean authorities for asylum

Twenty five former members of Ukraine's disbanded Berkut special police force unit from Kharkiv have asked the Crimean authorities to grant them asylum, speaker of the Crimean State Council Vladimir Konstantinov told journalists on Thursday.
"Yesterday we received a letter from Kharkiv from the Berkut fighters who ask us to grant them political asylum," Konstantinov said.
The State Council speaker also cited the letter from the Berkut representatives. "We have made a decision to request you to grant us political asylum. We - 25 people, members of the Berkut unit who are persecuted in Ukraine, those of us who go to interrogations are tortured. It’s impossible for us to live there any longer," the letter says, in particular.
According to Konstantinov, Crimean authorities intended to help the Berkut fighters to get asylum.

May 08 09:07

Spokesman says Kremlin didn’t make Russian businesses withdraw capital from UK

The Kremlin didn’t force the Russian businesses to withdraw capital from the UK, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
"No, it wasn’t the Kremlin’s initiative," he said, answering a question on whether the large-scale withdrawal of capital from Britain was linked with orders from above. "We tend to think capital doesn’t live in captivity and doesn’t live in a dangerous place."
Peskov noted that Britain began paying undue attention to "some individuals and legal entities in terms of their financial assets."
"Naturally, when capital feels certain danger, insecurity, a threat of politicized, biased treatment, the capital outflow begins," the presidential spokesman said. "We indeed took a note of unprecedentedly large sums being withdrawn."

May 08 08:11

Washington’s NATO Envoy: ‘I get most info on Ukraine conflict from social networks’

This story proves that our ‘diplomats’ do not have a clue what they’re doing, much less what really happening.

May 08 07:36

Russia: NATO Intel Posing as OSCE is Unacceptable

Russia deems it inadmissible to use the OSCE “flag” in the work of military observers from NATO member-countries in eastern Ukraine, Russia’s envoy to OSCE Andrey Kelin told reporters on Thursday.

“Such initiatives under the ‘flag’ of the OSCE are absolutely unacceptable, they are unilateral and biased, it’s an abuse of confidence-building measures,” he said.

According to Kelin, “initiatives have emerged when some people operate under the OSCE flag, but, in actual fact, they have nothing to do with the OSCE.” “In particular, I am referring to a group of military officers led by Denmark that comprises representatives of Canada, Poland and Moldova who are to travel to the military operation area to familiarize with the situation and later to submit their report to the OSCE,” he said.

May 08 07:13

A warning from the generals of the former GDR: "Haven’t the recent US/NATO wars brought enough grief ?"

In the years of the Cold War, in which we lived through long stretches of confrontation and militarization right up to the edge of open conflict, we employed our military expertise for the maintenance of peace and the protection of our socialist German Democratic Republic. The National People’s Army was not involved for a single day in armed conflict, and in the events of 1989-90 it played a leading role in seeing to it that no arms came into use. Peace was always the number one maxim of our dealings. And that is why we firmly oppose using the military factor as an instrument of policy. Experience makes clear that the burning questions of our time are not to be solved by military means.

May 08 06:50

More Neocon-Zionist Theater in Texas

Gellar’s ‘Draw the Prophet’ charade was the perfect bait for any would-be radical trying to make a name for himself, yet they allowed the provocation to proceed under the pretext of ‘upholding the first amendment.’

As the Garland police spokesman confessed, this had all been pre-planned months beforehand. Only the very naïve or hopelessly deluded will put any faith in the FBI’s lame-duck denials that they deliberately allow attacks of these sorts to take place, or organize them directly by way of informants, such as the one linked to Simpson.

May 07 23:06

Cracks Appearing in U.S.-Ukraine Relationship

Ever since the Maidan Revolution which overthrew Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych early last year, Ukraine and Russia have been locked in a war on both the battlefield and the court of world opinion. The Kremlin in particular has been emphasizing the nationalist roots of organizations involved in the post-Maidan government as well as among some of Ukraine's volunteer private battalions.

May 07 15:12

Putin "all by himself in Red Square" -- with the leaders of half the planet

Yesterday’s headline in Le Journal du dimanche: “Putin all alone in Red Square.”

Alone? Really?

May 07 14:54

A 'Sinn Fein' Solution for Donbas - In Horlovka, Eastern Ukraine, a Donetsk Republic Rises

One hundred and ten years ago, the left-wing Irish Republicans (people with varying political views, including some quite controversial) created a political movement for independence. It has a poetic name, ‘Sinn Fein’, meaning, ‘ourselves, together‘. These words reflect very well the feelings of our residents as the Ukrainian army and right-wing militias refuse to let us pass to a nearby town without paying a bribe or asking special permission, and as Kiev cuts off the pensions earned by our fathers and mothers.

May 07 13:32

The Indelible Mark of World War II on Modern Russia

President Vladimir Putin recently tapped into this widespread sentimentality with a rare act: he penned a family history, published in this month’s edition of Russkiy Pioner magazine, recounting the harrowing tale of his own family’s struggle to survive.
...the elder Putin was deployed to Nevsky Pyatachok, one of the Leningrad siege’s most blood-soaked battlefields. He was gravely wounded there. For the rest of his life, shrapnel would remain embedded in his leg.
During a period spent recovering in a Leningrad hospital, his son — Putin’s brother — succumbed to diphtheria. He was buried in the city’s Piskaryovskoye Cemetery, where the remains of some 470,000 civilians and soldiers remain amassed among dozens of mass graves.
When Putin visits St. Petersburg, he often lays flowers at one of the cemetery’s mass graves, where his brother is believed to be buried.
Leningrad endured the deadliest siege in history. Starvation claimed hundreds of thousands of lives between 1941 and 1944.

May 07 13:29

Russia is ready to restore partnership with NATO - Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow is ready to renew its strategic partnership with NATO and has been receiving appropriate signals from the Alliance.

Lavrov told a media conference on Thursday that Russia will welcome a revived partnership:“I want to say with all honesty: we are receiving signals from our NATO partners that it wouldn't hurt to renew cooperation between our military departments. If there are any specific proposals to that end, we will certainly react in a constructive way,”he assured.

May 07 13:29

NATO and Russia Activate "Red Phone"

The U.S. has apparently postponed its plans for further escalation with Russia: NATO and Russia have activated a direct communication link of the armed forces for mutual information exchange. The EU is not incorporated in the “hotline” and remains dependent on U.S. information.
After a long silence due to the Ukraine conflict, NATO has a direct connection to the Russian military again. “NATO and the Russian military authorities maintain communication links. Both the Supreme Commander for Europe and the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee have permission to contact their Russian colleagues,” confirmed a NATO spokesman on Sunday in Brussels.
The defense ministers of the western military alliance have already emphasized in December that regular contact between high-ranking military officials of both sides is reasonable, especially in times like these. They could also be used to avoid possible ‘misunderstandings’ in the context of military activity.

May 07 13:22

Is American Military Aid to Ukraine Effective?

...At present Kiev does not have sufficient resources to organize large scale attacks. Another fifth wave of partial mobilization is leading more frequently to largely covert resistance.
The motivation to continue military operations is possessed not only by volunteer battalions in the territories being defended. It is even more based on the high wages provided by Ukraine’s oligarchs. It is their will that will be carried out, and not that of the military or political leadership of the country. For this reason, the Kiev authorities probably fear their own volunteer battalions more than the armed forces in Novorossiya.

May 07 13:05

US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher Points Out That US Demonization Of Putin And Russia Is Counter-Productive

May 07 11:08

Kiev Embarrasses US With Claim US Troops Will Train Azov Neo-Nazis

As part of its effort to support Ukraine, the U.S. military is sending 290 troops from the 173rd Airborne Brigade based in Italy to train elements of the Ukrainian National Guard.
Unfortunately however, thanks to a Facebook post by Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, the 173rd’s training effort has been overshadowed by another controversy.
In his post, Avakov stated that one of the organizations the U.S. would be training is the infamous Azov battalion — a claim firmly contradicted by a spokesperson for the American Embassy in Kiev.
The reason Interior Minister Avakov would want to see the Azov battalion trained by American forces is clear. Avakov has been a prime sponsor of the Azov battalion, and has had a longstanding relationship with Azov’s leadership dating back to his time as governor of the Kharkiv region.
The problem though is that while making this association may be in Avakov’s interest, it is certainly not in the broader interests of either Ukraine or the U.S

May 07 09:56

Russian security doctrine to be adjusted after Arab Spring, Ukraine turmoil – official

The head of Russia’s Security Council has promised that the authorities will adjust the nation’s security doctrine after learning the lessons of the latest political crises in the Middle East and Ukraine.

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