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Jun 20 04:03

EU losses from anti-Russia sanctions estimated at €100 bln — Die Welt

The sanctions imposed by the European Union against Russia over its stance on the Ukraine crisis and Moscow’s countermeasures will cost Europe €100 billion and endanger over 2 million jobs, influential German daily Die Welt reported on Friday.

Jun 20 03:06

Jens Stoltenberg: NATO’s Mr Zig-Zag

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s secretary-general, has a knack for intellectual zig-zagging. Indeed, the 56-year-old former Norwegian prime minister, can be said to have made a very successful career in public life owing precisely to his adept ability at expedient zig-zagging.

Jun 19 16:35

The war in Ukraine through the eyes of a soldier – serving in the DPR Army

The ceasefire that nobody even believed in is now in complete disarray. Massive artillery attacks from Ukrainian side were launched upon Gorlovka, Spartak, Maryinka, Shirokino and several areas of Donetsk. The added deployment and use of heavy artillery and tanks, leave no doubt that military operations have escalated to new levels.

Jun 19 15:35

Worst Nightmare for the US Air Force!

Jun 19 15:11

Alison Weir Replies to JVP Leaders’ McCarthy-like Attacks

I hope JVP will desist from its attacks on those it dislikes, and will instead focus on the often excellent work it is doing and that its members want.

I feel strongly that we all contribute important things to the movement for justice and peace in Palestine.It is time to stop fighting among ourselves, for JVP and others to stop their witch hunts against deeply committed writers and activists, for JVP to stop its attempted censorship and domination of the Palestine movement, and for all of us to get on with our desperately important work.

That’s what I intend to do.

—Alison Weir

Jun 19 13:46

NATO vs Russia

Escalating rhetoric and the doubling down on failed policies: this is one way of viewing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s opinion of the world.

Jun 19 13:44

IMF Humiliates Greece, Repeats It Will Keep Funding Ukraine Even If It Defaults

One week ago, we were stunned to learn just how low the political organization that is the mostly US-taxpayer funded IMF has stooped when, a day after its negotiators demonstratively stormed out of the Greek negotiations with "creditors", Hermes' ambassador-at-large Christone Lagarde said that the IMF "could lend to Ukraine even if Ukraine determines it cannot service its debt."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Talk about adding insult to injury with Greece.

but the IMF wants to put Ukraine squarely in the European sphere of influence, and wants the breakaway republics "neutralized" (more on that in an earlier post), because that's where the heart of manufacturing exists in Ukraine.

Jun 19 13:15

Robotic Warfare Part of Pentagon Strategy to Defeat Eurasia

Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work expounded upon the US’ military strategy in Eurasia during a speech at the Army War College Strategy Conference on 8 April, revealing critical insight into the Pentagon’s formal approach to forthcoming conflicts.

Work’s words should be read in full by any strategist endeavoring to understand the imperatives that guide the world’s most armed forces. He elaborates on the theoretical foundations of American military might, including how the Pentagon plans to counter the three types of wars supposedly being waged by Iran, Russia, and China.

The main strategic innovation being presented is something called the “Third Offset Strategy”, which in practice amounts to electromagnetic anti-missile rail guns and seamless combat integration between man and machine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work: why are you not preparing for peace?!? A peace that involves hard, good-faith negotiations, and people working together for the common good?!?

I come from San Francisco, and that's earthquake country. So are parts of China, and Iran. Can you imagine if the best experts from all these countries came together to create an affordable building material that was quake-resistant? What if they could develop an earthquake prediction system that really worked, so we can save lives?!?

You see, I do not want to live in the world it appears US Deputy Secretary of Defense Work wishes to build; a world of fear, manufactured hatred, and loathing, and ultimately war. I see the possibilities for collaboration on many scientific fronts, for example the use of 3D printing in the medical arena.

It seems to me that there is a horrifically communicable mental illness in DC, and this mental illness has to do the making of money through war at all costs, no matter how much the people of the warring countries have to suffer. And it is this simple:

"War's never fought for the reasons you're given,
those in power keep feeding you lies
And the reasons you're made to keep fighting and killing
should come as no big surprise.
It's not about freedom, or glory, or honor,
or preserving the American Way;
It's all about money, control, greed and power,
and making those who resist go away...
And making those who resist go away..."

(*From the soon to be released song by Claire Rivero, "War's never fought for the reasons you're given")

Jun 19 12:37

Kiev's Junta Forces Terror Bomb Donbass

Kiev war crimes include using banned chemical weapons, cluster bombs and white phosphorous in Donbass - including against civilian neighborhoods.

Reports indicate US experts are helping Ukraine produce chemical weapons for use against rebel forces. Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) intelligence learned they're being secretly developed for escalated dirty war.

On Tuesday, reported fuel-air (thermobaric) explosives targeted a Donetsk chemical plant - fired from junta held Kurahhovo village 30 kilometers away.

These weapons suck oxygen from open areas and human lungs. They generate intense, high-temperature explosions. They're much more destructive than conventional explosives of equal weight - especially when used against people in bunkers, shelters, caves and other enclosed places.

It's virtually impossible for civilians to shelter against their destructive effects. A Russian military scientist once called their capability comparable to low-yield radiological munitions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

People, IF, IN FACT THESE REPORTS ARE TRUE (and Lendman rarely gets this stuff wrong) WHERE THE HELL IS THE OUTRAGE HERE?!?!?

With so many problems here at home, and humanity seemingly on the brink of a world war (courtesy of the money junkies), that the guys in DC are spending a DIME of US taxpayer money on creating something which, when used, is a war crime, while the infrastructure in this country rots, makes me outraged.

There is a Biblical phrase which I am paraphrasing, and it is, "As you sow, so shall you reap". The US government is sowing destruction around the world at a frantic pace, and at some time, there will be payback, and it will not be pretty.

As a Christian Pacifist, understanding the depth of evil emanating from the bowels of power in this government can be more than a little ... disconcerting.

We need to stand up, collectively, and peacefully, and say "NO MORE!!!!"

Jun 19 12:03

Truth Has Been Murdered — Paul Craig Roberts

The Western media has created a fictional account of events in Ukraine. The coup organized by the Obama regime that overthrew the elected democratic government in Ukraine is never mentioned. The militias decked out in Nazi symbols are ignored. These militias are the principle source of the violence that has been inflicted on the Russian populations, resulting in the formation of the break-away republics. Instead of reporting this fact, the corrupt Western media delivers Washington’s propaganda that Russia has invaded and is annexing eastern and southern Ukraine. British and European politicians parrot Washington’s lies.

Jun 19 11:24

Russia Could Come to Greece’s Rescue. That’s Bad News for the United States and NATO.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A Russian rescue of the Greek economy, offering far better terms than the ECB would offer, would be an ironic twist to the coming "Grexit", and definitely swing Greece deeply into the Russian sphere of influence.

Unfortunately, however, the ECB has done this to itself, and of course there can be no backsliding to the horrific austerity into which it has put Greece, because then all the other nations indebted to the ECB will ask for better terms as well.

Jun 19 11:17

Russia Continues To Dump Dollars And Buy Gold

The enormous effort by eastern hemisphere countries to diversify their reserves out of the dollar and into physical gold is quite remarkable. The latest reports out of Russia show that is has cut its dollar exposure in half since January 2014 and appears to be accelerating its accumulation of gold:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin's explanation to the US is, "Everyone is doing it!"

Sadly, he is correct!

Jun 19 11:08

MOSCOW FURIOUS AFTER BOTH BELGIUM AND FRANCE FREEZE RUSSIAN STATE ASSETS

The Hague is not Vladimir Putin’s favorite place today. Following the “war crime” comments earlier, the arbitration court’s decision to rule in favor of Yukos shareholders (and thus against the allegedly “politically motivated” confiscation of the firm’s assets by the Russian government) with a $50 billion settlement (half what was sought) has prompted a quick and angry response from the Russian government. Blasting the “one-sided use of evidence,” and re-iterating the massive tax evasion that the leadership were involved in, Russia slams “the puzzling unprecedented amount of damages” awarded, claiming the process is “becoming increasingly politicized.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like Belgium and France are playing "Economic Picadors" with these moves; Putin has every right to be enraged at how Russia has been played in this.

The question is, how is Russia going to respond, and what will Putin do?!?

Jun 19 11:02

Pentagon Building Cruise Missile Shield To Defend US Cities From Russia

The Pentagon is quietly working to set up an elaborate network of defenses to protect American cities from a barrage of Russian cruise missiles.

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The plan calls for buying radars that would enable National Guard F-16 fighter jets to spot and shoot down fast and low-flying missiles. Top generals want to network those radars with sensor-laden aerostat balloons hovering over U.S. cities and with coastal warships equipped with sensors and interceptor missiles of their own.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I look around, both locally and at the mainland, and realize, painfully clearly, that We the People are getting looted to make more bombs, weapons, and planes which will not really make this country more secure in any tangible way.

The only things which will create safety for Americans are hard, good faith negotiations with countries this government doesn't really like, to create win-win situations, and the US not mucking about in other people's countries to attain resources to which the US government has no moral claim whatsoever.

Unfortunately, these are two courses of action this government is pathologically unable to navigate, and that reality will lead to either a complete financial breakdown in this country, or a world war.

I sincerely wish I could see the outcome differently, but right now, there appears to be no middle ground here.

Jun 19 08:28

Saudis to Offer Putin a Deal He Can’t Refuse?

It is reported that Saudi Arabia has sent a delegation to Moscow for the purpose of once again attempting to lure Russia away from its current interests in the Middle East, and into line behind Riyadh and its underwriters in Washington.

However, vacillating in the past between toothless threats and absurd promises of lavish economic deals, the Saudis have accomplished only one thing in their recent string of diplomatic maneuvering, that is to telegraph immense weakness and desperation ahead of their next visit.

Jun 19 08:08

EU extends trade and investment ban on Crimea

EU governments extended for a year a ban on trade and investment with Crimea on Friday, meaning European help for Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration and visits by European cruise ships will remain outlawed.

The measures were adopted following Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region in March last year and reinforce the EU's policy of not recognizing the annexation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One more time, and this time I will go ... real ... slow ... for the dim-witted people hired to write for the corporate media; Russia did not annex Crimea. Following the US-backed overthrow of the government of Ukraine in January 2014, Crimea VOTED to secede, as they did not want to live under a US puppet ruler (given the long and tragic history of other nations struggling under such US Juntas). Crimea had the legal right to do so under the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which grants all people the right to self-determination. Crimea then held a second election, and voted to merge with Russia. Crimea made that request and Russia accepted.

Now, we all know the presstitutes and whorespondents of the corporate media are paid liars. Following the collapse of the Sunday Times story that Russia and China had decoded Edward Snowden's files, placing intelligence assets at risk (the files were destroyed before Snowden went to Russia) one of the authors of the Sunday Times piece ducked the blame for the deception by claiming in a CNN interview that he just wrote what the government told him to write, so it wasn;t like he himself did a bad thing!

So, to all the presstitutes and whorespondents of the corporate media (and I know some of you read this web page); I know you are hired and paid to be mindless government stooges, but let's not abuse the policy!

Jun 19 07:55

Moscow will respond in kind to seizure of its assets abroad - FM Lavrov

Moscow will take reciprocal action in response to the seizure of its foreign assets, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned.

“Our response would be in kind. This is inevitable. This is the only way of acting in international affairs,” he told RBK-TV in an intervew.

Jun 19 07:36

Russia ‘ready to consider bailing out Greece’

‘Russia says it is ready to consider offering loans to debt-stricken Greece, which is struggling to secure financial aid from its Western creditors.

Jun 19 07:29

Ukraine’s Neo-Nazi’s Make an Endrun Around the Conyers-Soho Amendment

Last week the stand Congressmen John Conyers and Soho against providing weapons to Ukrainian nazi battalions should have been lauded by Americans because they stood up for our American values. The Ukrainian reaction to the amendment they attached on the support bill denying money to neo-Nazi groups in Ukraine provides the most telling look into Ukrainian nationalist politics the west has seen so far.

Jun 19 07:24

Putin: Unilateral US withdrawal from ABM treaty pushing Russia toward new arms race

Global decisions like the US pulling out of a treaty banning strategic anti-ballistic missile defenses are pushing the world towards a new Cold War, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. Military conflicts have a far lesser impact, he added.

“Not military conflicts but global decisions like the US unilateral withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty lead to a Cold War,” Putin said. “This more in fact pushes us to a new round of the arms race, because it changes the global security system.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Funny how the government insists that we all have to comply with the provisions of trade treaties negotiated in secret while at the same time they simply ignore treaties that get in the way of the war machine!

Jun 19 07:22

Oliver Stone: Ukrainians are suffering from US 'ideological crusade' against Russia

In response to those who took exception with his claims that the Ukrainian crisis involved “outside agitators,” Oliver Stone took to social media to advance his argument, saying that Ukrainians are the victims of a US strategy akin to Cold War 2.0.

This week, Stone stirred a political firestorm with his views on what he believed sparked the Ukrainian crisis, following a private interview with Viktor Yanukovich, the former Ukrainian president who was ousted in the February 2014 coup.

"It seems clear that the so-called ‘shooters’ who killed 14 policemen, wounded some 85 and killed 45 protesting civilians, were outside, third-party agitators,” Stone said, following his four-hour conversation with Yanukovich in Moscow. “Many witnesses, including Yanukovich and police officials, believe these foreign elements were introduced by pro-Western factions – with CIA fingerprints on it.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One of my regrets from my film career is that I never got to work with Stone. I have had the highest respect for the man since "JFK."

Wish I could get him on my radio show.

Jun 19 07:12

Picking on Putin: White House wannabes talk the talk in desperate points trawl

US presidential hopefuls might be campaigning on different platforms to gain voter loyalty – but many are choosing a ‘common enemy’ – Russia.

Jun 19 07:01

Anti-Russian sanctions hurt Europe harder than expected, threaten 2.5mn jobs – study

The sanctions imposed by the EU against Russia and Moscow's retaliation would cost Europeans 100 billion euros in economic development and jeopardize up to 2.5 million jobs, a new study said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Well, then, let's do more of the same thing! We'll prove to those Russians we can smack our own thumbs with a hammer as long as it takes until they see things OUR way!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 19 06:56

Holodomor: The Ukrainian Holocaust of 1933

The killing of 10 million Christians by the Jewish Bolsheviks under Joseph Stalin 1932-1933 in Ukraine. These events are also known as Holodomor.

Jun 18 22:06

‘True friend of Ukraine’ Tony Blair tapped by Poroshenko to join Kiev advisory council

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has invited former British PM Tony Blair to "share his experience of public administration" on an international council of European public figures advising Kiev on government reforms.

Jun 18 17:29

Whose propaganda should we be worried about?

Winning the battlefield called public opinion has never been so important nor so divisive. The western media’s assault on Russia approaches sensory overload, but is it effective? There is a vast ongoing propaganda war being played out – whose propaganda should we be worried about?

Jun 18 14:39

Stumbling into a New Cold War

U.S. expansion of NATO up to Russia’s borders and last year’s U.S.-backed coup in Ukraine have drawn reactions from Moscow and now counter-reactions from Washington, including a plan to preposition U.S. military hardware in the Baltic States. But is that the best option, asks ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

Jun 18 14:30

US Prepared to 'Increase Costs' on Russia With Further Sanctions

Director of the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control John Smith says that the United States is prepared to heighten economic pressure on Russia if conditions in Ukraine continue to deteriorate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Russian sanctions have caused more harm to Europe, South America, Canada, and the US, than to Russia, so by all MEANS let us do more of the same thing!!!!!

Jun 18 14:20

Tsipras to meet Putin over bailout loan as fears of Greek exit from EU mount

Alexis Tsipras will travel to Russia again on Friday to meet Vladimir Putin as questions swirl over whether Moscow could extend credit lines to bail out the Greek prime minister’s embattled economy.

Jun 18 13:59

Press-conference «Legal defence of the DPR citizens suffered from Kiev Government, in European Court of Human Rights»

Today, on the 18th of June, the members of Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation are coming to the Donetsk People`s Republic in order to collect information and file claims to the International Court of Justice.

Jun 18 13:58

Another Ukrainian offiial defected to Lugansk Repuplic

Former head of Ukrainian Customs in Lugansk Oleg Chernousov has defected to Lugansk People's Republic because he did not want to take part, even indirectly, in the so-called “Anti-Terrorist Operation” (ATO) in Donbass. It was announced by Chernousov at a press conference in Lugansk today.
“Clearly, the Ukrainian customs authorities collect taxes and duties going then into state budget, which they use to finance [the so-called ATO]. I’m through with that. My decision to return to Lugansk came after some time of watching and analysing the activities of the Ukrainian authorities. I didn’t agree with their politics, with what’s happening now in Ukraine. They’re completely denying our history, they deny that they’re fighting a civil war, they deny that their engagement in genocide of their own people residing in People's Republics. It has been piling up for some time and resulted in the decision not to take part in any of that. My family supported me,” – he said.

Jun 18 13:49

Minister says Russia got no Mistral technology from France

Russia has not received the technology for the Mistral class helicopter carriers’ construction from France, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov told journalists on Thursday.
"What technology we have received? - none as of today," he said, adding that "we already had the hull modular design technology, we just had no orders, and we supplied the stern section and the fore-body."

Jun 18 13:44

Congressman Rohrabacher: 'One-Third of Ukrainian Military Is on Oligarch's Payroll'

US Congressman from California tries to educate his colleagues on Ukraine paramilitaries:
“In the Ukrainian military, which was one-third made up of people who were not in the military, but were instead on the payroll of some oligarch,” Rohrabacher said. Rohrabacher noted he received the information while on a trip to Europe, where he met with people involved with intelligence agencies in various countries.
“They [the oligarch’s mercenaries] had heavy artillery and were indiscriminately shelling these separatists’ villages,” Rohrabacher added.
“If that coup, meaning violent overthrow of an elected government, had not happened, we would not be in this situation and the Ukrainians would have been spared this,” also US senator stated.

Jun 18 13:34

Russian Non-Invasion Causing Concern in European Capitals

Tensions across the Baltic States and Poland have reached fever pitch in recent days as it has become increasingly clear that the Russians have no plans whatsoever to attack any of these countries.
For the last year, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have been giving increasingly urgent warnings of Russian invasion and have been attempting to convince the rest of the world that it must act decisively in order to stop President Vladimir Putin carrying out his plan to recreate the Soviet Union, this time from Vladivostok to Johannesburg.
However, despite issuing repeated warnings of imminent peril, the Russians are still showing no signs of turning up and even seem to be saying that they’ve got better things to do with their time.

Jun 18 13:18

Russia-Greece military cooperation on agenda for talks in Moscow in July

Military and technical cooperation between Russia and Greece will be high on the agenda of an intergovernmental commission meeting scheduled to take place in Moscow next month, Russian delegates at the Paris Airshow said on Thursday.

Jun 18 13:12

Putin: government understands need to maintain dollar value against ruble at certain level

"I must say that the government supports this thesis, that you have now formed," said President Putin in a reply to the request by the head of an export-oriented enterprise to support the dollar at a high level for the next 2-3 years.
President Putin said that in the recent years some currency fluctuations with the ruble have occurred, and they have been multidirectional. But "it's all in the market area," he said.
While speaking about the government's position, President Putin said that "we all understand everything but what is important is not to overdo it. The excessive weakening of the national currency has its negative components". However, the "exchange rate difference is more potent and works more efficiently than budget support" for the real, export oriented production, the president said.

Jun 18 13:10

Foodstuffs getting scarce in Luhansk because of Donbas blockade

Department chief of the Luhansk administration Vadim Motroshilov, who supervises the sector of services and food supply to the city, has confirmed a tendency of a narrower assortment of Ukrainian products in Luhansk because of a blockade imposed by Kiev.
"The reserve of commodities and the assortment of Ukrainian products have been shrinking, which has caused price hikes on the consumer market," Motroshilov said. "After a vegetable and fruit season began the supply of vegetables and fruit to Luhansk shops sharply dropped. Usually, vegetables and fruit were delivered from private farms in the Stanichno-Luhansk district, but neither communication nor any contacts with it, including walking routes, exist anymore," Motroshilov said.

Jun 18 13:07

Russia becomes world’s largest recipient of asylum applications, UN says

"With a total of 274,700 registered individual asylum requests, the Russian Federation became the largest single recipient of new individual asylum claims worldwide in 2014," the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.
This figure includes about 7,000 applications for refugee status and some 267,800 applications for temporary asylum in Russia. "In previous years, the combined figure had never exceeded the 5,000 mark," the report reads.
The outbreak of conflict in eastern Ukraine had a major impact on the 2014 figures. A total of 271,200 or around 99% of claims in Russia were lodged by Ukrainians, it says.
"Of the 1.47 million initial individual asylum applications registered with either UNHCR or States worldwide during 2014, Ukrainians lodged 288,600 claims - on average, every fifth claim," according to the report.

Jun 18 12:50

Russian lawmaker slams UN Security Council draft resolution on Srebrenica

A draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council initiated by Britain to mark the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica events aims to legalize the NATO aggression against Yugoslavia and to punish Serbia for its current foreign policy, including for relations with Russia, Chairman of the Russian State Duma foreign affairs committee Alexey Pushkov told TASS on Thursday.

Jun 18 12:08

Russia Accuses US Of Placing Bio-Weapons Labs On Its Borders

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has accused the U.S. of using a Georgian “health center” to mask its activities in the field of biological weapons research close to Russian borders, according to a report in TASS.

The ministry’s comments came in a statement last week, where it slammed the U.S. for undermining international efforts to strengthen the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction.

Jun 18 09:01

Manufacturing Nonexistent Putin War on Ukraine

America, rogue EU partners and their go-along scoundrel media propaganda machine can’t stop beating a dead horse. Big Lies persist ad nauseam.

The whole world knows Russia didn’t invade Ukraine. It’s not waging war against any nation. It’s not supplying Donbass freedom fighters with weapons or other military support.

It’s the continent’s leading proponent of peace and stability. It shames America’s rage for endless wars of aggression against invented enemies.

Jun 18 08:25

Ukrainian soldiers confess to cold-blooded murder of 2 women ‘suspected of separatism’

Two Ukrainian servicemen have confessed to the murder of a mother and daughter in the Kiev-controlled portion of eastern Ukraine, the local prosecutor’s office reported on Wednesday. The soldiers shot the women in the head with a machine gun.

Jun 17 18:16

Anti-US mood rising among the Kiev locals

Anti-war march in central Kiev for resignation of Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk 06/17/2015

Jun 17 14:19

The Secret Racism of Obama’s Top Enforcer in Ukraine

U.S. President Barack Obama (via his State Department official Victoria Nuland, and Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt) relied chiefly upon Andrei Parubiy (“the Commandant of Maidan”) to be the CEO of the Ukrainian coup in February 2014, and upon Dmitriy Yarosh to be the coup’s COO — its Chief Operating Officer, which in this case was not so much an executive function as a military-organizing function.

Jun 17 14:18

Smerch MRLS missile hits Donetsk chemical plant — media

A chemical plant explosion that occurred in Donetsk’s Kuibyshevsky district last night had been caused by a fallen Smerch MRLS missile fired from the village of Kurakhovo, an army source of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic told the Donetsk news agency on Wednesday.
"The expertise of the explosive’s remains in the soil and the detailed analysis of the craters and vegetation in the hitting area are pointing to that," the source said.
According to him, the plant was shelled by fuel-air shells fired from Kurakhovo village located 30 kilometers away from Donetsk.
The Ukraine army used to shell the Donetsk chemical plant many times in the past.

Jun 17 13:31

The Bretton Woods Petrodollar System Just Took Another Hit From Russia And China

Sanctions imposed on Russia have little to do with Ukraine or the supposed aggressive behavior of Vladimir Putin.

They are a direct response to a Russian move out of the petrodollar system that has ruled since the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference that established the US Dollar as the global world currency and created the World Bank and the IMF as the institutions upholding its hegemonic rule.

Jun 17 12:56

Who can win World War Three if it can be won at all?

Is there a threat of the Third World War? Can this war be nuclear? Pravda.Ru editor-in-chief Inna Novikova interviewed Vladimir Kozin, the head of the group of advisors at the Russian Institute of Strategic Research about the nuclear parity between Russia and the United States and the lack of control over nuclear weapons.
"The Americans have used nuclear weapons twice after they built nuclear bombs in 1945. They had an intention to use nuclear weapons seven times in various regional conflicts. The American concept of a massive nuclear attack remains unchanged. The plan of attack exists to this day, and every US president modifies it to fit circumstances. At the end of 1945, the USA developed a plan to attack 17 cities of the Soviet Union. Today, the Americans have 3,500 targets in Russia.

Jun 17 12:54

Lessons of WWII teach how to kill millions the cheapest way in WWIII

"During the Soviet times, we were taught that the Great Patriotic War confirmed the advantage of the socialist economic system over state capitalism in Germany. Can we confirm this judgment in the de-ideologized world?"
"Well, there was the Soviet planned economy and their market economy. The German economy was very monopolized. They had a four-year indicative plan. During the first year of the war, the Soviet Union was outstripping the German economy, right since 1941. Economically, it was not just Germany that was waging war against the Soviet Union. In 1939, Germany included the territory of Austria and a part of Poland and the Czech Republic. In addition to Germany, the whole Western and Central Europe were at war with the USSR. Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Greece, other occupied countries, as well as Sweden, Spain, Portugal and Turkey - all of them were working for Germany.

Jun 17 12:51

Russia's new missiles to overcome any type of missile defense systems

Putin said at the opening of the international military-technical forum "Army 2015" that the new missiles would be capable of overcoming any, even most technically advanced missile defense systems.

Jun 17 12:38

U.S. May Position for a War Against Russia

On Saturday, June 13th, The New York Times bannered, “U.S. Is Poised to Put Heavy Weaponry in Eastern Europe,” and Russia’s response to the announcement wasn’t long in coming.

The Russian equivalent of America’s Wall Street Journal and Britain’s Financial Times, which is Kommersant (or Businessperson), headlined on June 15th, “US may redeploy heavy weapons to the borders of the Russian Federation,” and reported that, “According to sources in the Russian Government, the implementation of this plan will force Moscow to post on the border with the Baltic countries Russia’s own offensive military capability that can destroy US facilities in the event of a hypothetical conflict.”

Jun 17 12:26

Life in Ukraine Since the U.S. Coup There in Feb. 2014

The following is a reader-comment that was just posted from someone in Ukraine to an article whose links document America’s coup there in February 2014 in the formerly peaceable but corrupt country, and the subsequent ethnic cleansing to exterminate the people who live in the area of Ukraine which had voted more than 90% for the man whom Obama had overthrown:

Jun 17 12:03

CrossTalk: Whose propaganda should we be worried about?

Winning the battlefield called public opinion has never been so important nor so divisive. The western media’s assault on Russia approaches sensory overload, but is it effective?

There is a vast ongoing propaganda war being played out – whose propaganda should we be worried about? CrossTalking with James Jatras, Don DeBar, and Patrick Henningsen.

Jun 17 11:52

U.S. May Position for a War Against Russia?

The Soviet Union (and its communism, which the U.S. always said was the basis for the Cold War) ended in 1991. That was the same year when the Warsaw Pact — Russia’s equivalent of NATO — also ended. In Russia, the expectation was that that would be that — there would be no more hostility between the governments of the U.S.A. and Russia. Russian leaders had assumed this, but it turned out not to be the case. (Perhaps this explains part of the reason why it turned out not to be so: Dick Cheney’s Halliburton Corporation in the 1990s estimated that Russia has enormous oil deposits.)

Jun 17 11:51

Moscow Warns US Not to Store Military Hardware Near Russian Border

Washington was planning to store some 1,200 pieces of heavy military equipment in Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Estonia and, possibly, in Hungary, according to media reports.

Jun 17 11:41

The Secret Racism of Obama’s Top Enforcer in Ukraine

U.S. President Barack Obama (via his State Department official Victoria Nuland, and Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt) relied chiefly upon Andrei Parubiy (“the Commandant of Maidan”) to be the CEO of the Ukrainian coup in February 2014, and upon Dmitriy Yarosh to be the coup’s COO — its Chief Operating Officer, which in this case was not so much an executive function as a military-organizing function.

Jun 17 10:16

How The IMF Really Works

That’s how the IMF works. It loans billions to countries who it knows can’t pay back.

It’s a Jewish scam to ‘foreclose’ on a country’s assets.

Jun 17 10:13

“Vlad" Putin stars in the 2016 Presidential race as a boogieman

Jun 17 09:27

Ukrainian activists bring makeshift toilet bowl to parliament building

The protesters, wearing face masks featuring ex-Prosecutors General Vitaly Yarema, Oleg Makhnitsky and Acting Prosecutor Viktor Shokin, were turning over "investigation files" of criminal cases opened against former corrupt politicians, to a figure, which represented President Petro Poroshenko, who had been "washing the files away" into the lavatory bowl.
"The aim of the act is to show what might happen if the anti-corruption Prosecutor’s office is subordinated to the Prosecutor General," the protesters said.
SBU Chief Faces Dismissal for 'Uncompromising' Anti-Corruption Campaign:
Poroshenko is deeply committed to cracking down on corruption — but everyone knows that anti-corruption crusades require “compromise”. Especially in Ukraine. SBU Chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko did not know this, and now he is likely to be fired. Good deeds never go unpunished. http://russia-insider.com/en/sbu-chief-faces-dismissal-uncompromising-...

Jun 17 09:19

FANO Announces Joint Russian-Chinese Nuclear Research Center

The Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations (FANO) has announced plans to establish a Russian-Chinese Research Centre at the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics in Akademgorodok, Novosibirsk, TASS reported.

Jun 17 09:08

Children of the Donetsk People`s Republic went on holiday to Crimea

«The decision has already been made to send 12 thousands of children to Crimea, Krasnodar area, the Azov seaside. Now the funds are being collecting on the health improvement of further 3 thousands of children. A small part of children will go to the recreation on the Republic`s territory. These are the kids that due to medical problems or absence of documents cannot leave the territory», - the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs told. http://mid-dnr.ru/en/news/12-000-detej-respubliki-poedut-v-rossijskie-...

Jun 17 09:03

Ukraine Security Service bans public transport from crossing disengagement line in Donbas

The ban is contained in an updated version of "The provisional procedure to control movement of persons, vehicles and cargoes [goods] across the disengagement line within the boundaries of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions."
"Crossing the disengagement line by public passenger transport is prohibited, except for nonscheduled transportation for certain organized groups of people [refugees, children for rehabilitation and recreation] on relevant permits issued under a decision of the coordination center," the document said.
Six checkpoints: Lisichansk, Zaitsevo, Georgiyevka, Bugas, Gnutovo, Novoaidar will operate for crossing the disengagement line in Donbas inside vehicles. Checkpoints on the railroad will operate at the stations Krasny Liman, Konstantinovka, Pereyezdnaya and Volnovakha.

Jun 17 09:01

Russian Defense Ministry dismisses report on "plans to seize left-bank Ukraine"

The Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday ridiculed a Ukrainian deputy's report on "working plans of the Russian General Staff to seize left-bank Ukraine."
Earlier, Ukrainian parliament deputy and adviser to the interior minister Anton Gerashchenko posted on one of his websites allegedly "working plans of the General Staff of the Russian Federation to capture left-bank Ukraine."
"Judging by the appearance of this ‘secret’ paperwork, its author... is a military pensioner hired for ‘thirty pieces of silver’ who in Soviet times graduated from the Frunze Military Academy," Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

Jun 17 08:59

Cyprus sends humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine

The organizations of volunteers of Cyprus have sent relief supplies to the population of Donbas. The humanitarian aid has been delivered to Donbas by the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations, its press service told TASS. Clothes, food, hygienic stuff with an overall weight of 12 tons were delivered, it said.
The humanitarian cargo was shipped from Cyprus to Novorossiysk sea port in Russia, from where it was brought to Donetsk by trucks of the Russian ministry for emergencies. It was a second batch of relief supplies from Cyprus delivered to Donbas this year, after the first humanitarian five-ton cargo of clothes, footwear, and medications was brought to Donetsk and Luhansk in March.

Jun 17 08:58

Public activist attacked in south Ukraine's Odessa

Unknown persons have attacked and beaten Vera Shevchenko, one of the leaders of the People’s Rada of Bessarabia, the organization’s press service said on Wednesday.
"Attackers were waiting for the woman near her house and, taking advantage of the fact that she was alone, they struck her to the ground and beat her," the press service said.
Shevchenko received threats from Right Sector activists who repeatedly broke into the organization’s office, exerted psychological pressure on the people working there and distributed offensive pamphlets.
National minorities in the Odessa Region have set up the People’s Rada of Bessarabia organization in April this year. The organization brings together seven national communities prevalent in the Odessa Region - Bulgarian, Gagauz, Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Moldovan and Polish.

Jun 17 08:55

Military cooperation with Russia important for Belarusian security — defense minister

According to Belarusian Defense Minister Gen. Lt. Andrey Ravkov, the issue of stationing a Russian aviation base in Belarus is being considered in the political dimension.
Belarus in talks with Russia on supplies of S-400 missile systems http://tass.ru/en/russia/801267

Jun 17 08:51

US to end training of three Ukraine’s National Guard battalions in October — US commander

The Pentagon expects that the training of three battalions of Ukraine’s National Guard will be completed in October, US army commander in Europe, Lt-Gen Frederick "Ben" Hodges said in a telephone conversation with a TASS correspondent on Tuesday.
Hodges said "there are two more cycles to go" in the Lviv region, in western Ukraine. Instructors of the US 173rd Airborne Brigade have been working with Ukraine’s National Guard since April.
"Around 300-305" American soldiers take part in training three battalions in the city of Yavorov, in the Lviv region, Hodges said." I think it's been a very effective training experience for the Ukrainian National Guard," he added.

Jun 17 08:42

NATO accuses Moscow of dangerous 'sabre-rattling'

NATO's chief Jens Stoltenberg has said Russia's President Vladmir Putin was engaging in destabilizing and provocative activities. Moscow has announced it would add dozens more missiles to its nuclear Arsenal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NATO and the US pour offensive weapons into Europe, and Russia is the provocateur?!?

Jun 17 08:36

Stuxnet-Like Digital Attack on Iran Nuclear Talks May Have Come from Israel, Security Researchers Say

Moscow-based technical security company Kaspersky Lab last week revealed evidence of a new cyber attack on both its own network and those of several European hotels that hosted nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 (US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany) last year.

This follows a March 2015 Wall Street Journal report that revealed senior White House officials knew Israel was spying on talks surrounding Iran's nuclear program. The report explained, “the spying operation was part of a broader campaign by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government to penetrate the negotiations and then help build a case against the emerging terms of the deal.”

Jun 17 08:32

Dangerous propaganda

Winning the battlefield called public opinion has never been so important nor so divisive. The western media’s assault on Russia approaches sensory overload, but is it effective? There is a vast ongoing propaganda war being played out – whose propaganda should we be worried about?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Propaganda only works when the people being propagandized do not know it, and still trust their government and corporate media to tell the truth; two factors obviously absent in the US.

Jun 17 07:50

China Rising — Pepe Escobar

Americans have to eventually share their preeminent position with China.”

As intellectual acumen and cross-cultural expertise go, it would be hopeless to expect self-described “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” Obama administration foreign policy advisers — as well as Pentagon functionaries/hacks — to understand the complexities of China.

For instance, they would be incapable of evaluating all the myriad ramifications included in Professor Alfred McCoy’s masterful deconstruction of US-China geopolitics.

“The US cannot stop China’s rise. It just has to live with a bigger China, which will be completely novel for the US, as no country has ever been big enough to challenge its position. China will be able to do so in 20 to 30 years.” (Lee said that at the Future China Global Forum in Singapore, in 2011. Under Xi, China is already challenging the U.S.’s position.)

Jun 17 07:45

Russia Said to Extend EU Food Ban to Retaliate for Sanctions

Russia plans to mirror the European Union’s decision to extend sanctions by prolonging its food-import ban for six months, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

The issue was discussed by government officials in Moscow on Tuesday, one of the people said. Both of them asked not to be identified because the information isn’t yet public.

The conclusion was that Russia has already adjusted to the embargo and can maintain it as long as needed, according to the person.

Jun 17 07:35

Syriza: Plunder, Pillage and Prostration

How the ‘Hard Left’ embraces the policies of the Hard Right

Greece has been in the headlines of the world’s financial press for the past five months, as a newly elected leftist party, ‘Syriza’, which ostensibly opposes so-called ‘austerity measures’, faces off against the “Troika” (International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and European Central Bank).

Early on, the Syriza leadership, headed by Alexis Tsipras, adopted several strategic positions with fatal consequences – in terms of implementing their electoral promises to raise living standards, end vassalage to the ‘Troika’ and pursue an independent foreign policy.

We will proceed by outlining the initial systemic failures of Syriza and the subsequent concessions further eroding Greek living standards and deepening Greece’s role as an active collaborator of US and Israeli imperialism.

Winning Elections and Surrendering Power

Jun 17 07:32

American dreaming, from G1 to Bilderberg

G1 plus junior partners? Bilderberg? Get a job; you’re not the only show in town, any town.

What’s the connection between the G7 summit in Germany, President Putin’s visit to Italy, the Bilderberg club meeting in Austria, and the TTIP – the US-EU free trade deal – negotiations in Washington?

We start at the G7 in the Bavarian Alps – rather G1 with an added bunch of “junior partners” – as US President Barack Obama gloated about his neo-con induced feat; regiment the EU to soon extend sanctions on Russia even as the austerity-ravaged EU is arguably hurting even more than Russia.

The “civilized” G1 + junior partners could not possibly argue whether they would collectively risk a nuclear war on European soil over a Kiev-installed ‘Banderastan’, sorry, “Russian aggression.”

Jun 17 07:28

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich Interview with Al Etejah Iraqi TV: U.S. Manufactured Crisis in Iraq

The Iraqi government is calling for more foreign international assistance to help fight the Daesh terror group.

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich says.the United States created ISIL, aka Da esh, so why would they want to fight them. Every effort is being made to divide the Iraqis.

Also see:
Back to Iraq: The First 450 Soldiers Are on Their Way

Jun 16 22:01

Slovakia does not rule out connecting its power network to Turkish Stream — Foreign Minister

Slovakia is interested in keeping gas transit via Ukraine but does not rule out connecting its power network to the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Laichak said Tuesday.

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