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Aug 16 01:22

Defense Ministry refutes reports on Russian bombers being intercepted over Black Sea

Earlier, a representative of the Royal Air Force said that on August 13, two RAF fighters were launched from their base in Romania to escort Russian planes over the Black Sea. The Russian Defense Ministry has denied a report of the UK Royal Air Force that six Russian bombers Su-24 were intercepted over the Black Sea on August 13. According to the ministry, four planes of the Russian Black Sea Fleet with no Su-24 bombers among them were conducting scheduled training flights over the Black Sea. "After completing their flight task in the designated area of airspace, the Russian aircraft spotted a warplane of a NATO country at a distance of more than 30 kilometers," the Defense Ministry said. "The plane was making no maneuvers, was not deviating from the route and was not approaching the Russian planes returning to their home base," it said.

Aug 16 01:17

US wants to limit Russia’s use of new technologies under Open Skies Treaty, expert says

The US is trying to limit Russia's use of modern technologies as part of the Open Skies Treaty, Daryl G. Kimball, Executive Director of the Arms Control Association (ACA) told TASS. He referred to the new version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDDA) which was drafted on the initiative of several congressmen. According to Kimball, the U.S. government is not suspending its implementation of the Open Skies Treaty, which is important for transparency and confidence-building for the U.S. and its NATO partners and for Russia. However, there is an ongoing dispute between Republican members of Congress about whether to upgrade the aging U.S. reconnaissance aircraft (OC-135s) that are used for U.S. Open Skies flights, the expert said. "Some Nebraska members of Congress, including Sen.

Aug 16 01:13

Russian company slams US sanctions as illegal

The US Department of the Treasury said earlier in a statement that the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) had designated the Profinet company and its director general. According to the statement, Profinet, which "provides loading, bunkering, supplying, and departure arrangements for vessels calling at the Russian ports of Nakhodka, Vostochny, Vladivostok, and Slavyanka… has provided port services on at least six separate occasions to DPRK-flagged vessels, including the sanctioned vessels Chon Myong 1 and Rye Song Gang 1, which have carried thousands of metric tons of refined oil products." "Profinet continued to offer its bunkering services to DPRK-flagged vessels even after its employees knew of oil-related sanctions on North Korea. Kolchanov was personally involved in North Korea-related deals and interacted directly with North Korean representatives in Russia," the US Treasury Department added. "We believe that our company has been sanctioned illegally," Kolchanov said.

Aug 16 00:54

US sanctions to kill Russian banks and sovereign debt?

The website of the US Congress published a new bill on anti-Russian sanctions. The document is called "Defending American Security from the Kremlin Aggression Act." This time, the US intends to take economic restrictions against Russia. In particular, it goes about prohibitions for standard dollar settlements through correspondent accounts in US banks for several Russian banks - Sberbank, VTB, Gazprombank, Bank of Moscow, Rosselkhozbank, Promsvyazbank and Vnesheconombank. The US also wants to prohibit US investors from working with the Russian national debt. It goes about the future public debt of the Russian Federation that US citizens will not be allowed to deal with after and if the law is adopted... The document also contains elements of the "political" agenda. For example, the National Intelligence director will need to provide a detailed report about the value of personal assets of President Vladimir Putin.

Aug 16 00:47

Russia starts Star Wars first. USA concerned and puzzled

The behavior of the Russian inspector satellite, which was launched in the autumn of 2017, puzzles military officials in the United States. Yleem D.S. Poblete, assistant secretary of state for arms control, verification, and compliance, said that the behavior of the satellite in orbit raised a number of questions. Inspector satellites are the spacecraft that maneuver in orbit and interact with other satellites. According to Poblete, the Russian spacecraft does not correspond to the functions that the Russian side had announced before. The satellite, the official added, does not execute its functions, but performs some other jobs, the details of which puzzle US specialists. The US is concerned about the satellite's behavior, as well as about Russia's developments in the field of anti-space defense systems. De facto, Yleem Poblete accused Russia of deploying weapons in space... To date, international law provides an opportunity to deploy standard arms systems in space.

Aug 15 08:08

Crimea ditches Visa & MasterCard in favor of Russian national payment system

US payment systems Visa and MasterCard are no longer present on Russia's Crimean Peninsula. The republic’s largest bank has finished the procedure of switching all plastic cards to Russia’s Mir payment system.

Aug 15 07:42

US Fails to Settle Int'l Conflicts

Russia: US Fails to Settle Int'l Conflicts

The United States, which all the way emphasizes its exclusiveness, has failed to cope with the role of the superman in settling international conflicts, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said while meeting participants in the international youth educational forum Baltartek.

She said many countries might have supported the concept of the United States’ exclusiveness, if only Washington was able to really bring more stability into this world, enhance security, make peace between countries, eliminate conflicts and prevent more ones, TASS reported.

"Who would’ve been against? It’s tremendous political, financial and moral responsibility," Zakharova said. "To be the superman who flies to the rescue, provides help and flies away."

"For some reasons the United States has failed to cope with this role,"

she said.

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Aug 15 06:52

Putin Invites North Korea to Boost Ties in Special Telegram to Kim Jong-Un

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said in a telegram to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that he is ready to meet with him in the near future to discuss “urgent” regional issues and bilateral ties, according to the text of the message published by the Korean Central News Agency on Wednesday.

Putin’s invitation to hold talks came as part of a message to Kim Jong-un congratulating the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on the 73rd anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese occupation.

“I affirm that I am ready to meet you at an early date to discuss urgent issues of bilateral relations and important matters of the region,” Putin said in the message.

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(*Somebody in The Trump Regime needs to Pay Attention , when it takes place , and Take Some Notes !)

Aug 15 01:44

DRR’s southern areas under intense mortar shelling by Ukrainian troops

Southern regions of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) came under intense mortar shelling by Ukrainian troops on Tuesday evening, a spokesman for the DPR’s operations command reported. "The villages of Kominternovo and Leninskoye in the south of our republic came under shelling by Ukraine’s 36th brigade. More than a hundred mines of various caliber were fired. Shelling was also conducted from weapons of armored infantry carriers and grenade launchers," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying. According to the spokesman, several buildings caught fire as a result of shelling. Since the autumn of 2014, more than 20 ceasefires have been agreed in Donbass, but none stayed in place for long, with Ukrainian troops violating them shorty after they came into effect. Notably, Ukrainian troops reportedly use heavy weapons that are to be pulled out of the buffer zone under the Minsk agreements.

Aug 15 01:37

Iran nuclear deal survives after US’ exit

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iran nuclear program continues to exist after the US ceased to be a part of it, Russia's Permanent Representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov told journalists on Wednesday, commenting on the measures taken by the EU to protect European businesses from US sanctions. "At the present moment, we can state that after the US’ exit, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action did not perish. The remaining five countries (Russia, China, France, UK, and Germany - TASS) continue to work on maintaining trade and economic cooperation with Iran in conditions of American sanctions," he noted. "As for Russia, we have never made it our goal to be friends with some in order to make enemies with others. Objectively, on this issue, the interests of Russia and the EU practically coincide. We have been co-authors of a fragile deal on the Iran nuclear program, which is why it is in our interest to maintain it," the Russian permanent representative added.

Aug 14 11:47

Russian Warship Said To Locate And Track US 'Stealth' Nuclear Sub For Hours

A major Russian daily newspaper on Friday revealed a classified incident wherein a Russian battleship located and tracked a 'stealth' US nuclear powered submarine.

It reportedly took place last April, near in time to when the US, UK, and France launched massive strikes from air and sea on targets in and around Damascus in response to the alleged government chemical attack on Douma.

The popular Russian-language daily Izvestia newspaper revealed the story, citing a source in the Russian Navy. While not itself state-owned, the historic newspaper was in the past owned by Gazprom prior to being sold, and has long had close ties to the government.

Currently it's impossible to independently verify the claims, but if true, it would be of monumental importance as it follows recent statements by Pentagon officials sounding the alarm over the rapid pace of Russian and Chinese advances in defense technology, including things like hypersonic weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Little known fact about subs. Nuclear boats are NOISY compared to diesel-electrics.

Aug 14 11:46

US Dropped Mutual Assurances of Non-Meddling from Helsinki Declaration – Reports

The United States rejected a Russian offer to include mutual assurances of non-interference in polls from a proposed joint declaration at the Helsinki summit, media said.

Russia suggested adding a clause that would call cyberattacks on critical infrastructure – power grids, water pumps, banks and hospitals – unacceptable, three Russian and US officials told the Kommersant newspaper.

Sources said Moscow had proposed "joint measures to prevent the use of cyberspace to destabilize internal political processes, including elections." The United States initially agreed to sign the joint declaration but then rowed back on it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please note that it was the US government which rejected such language.

Aug 14 11:20

2016 Trump Tower Meeting Looks Increasingly Like a Setup by Russian and Clinton Operatives

The June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between high-ranking members of the Republican presidential campaign staff and a Russian lawyer with Kremlin ties remains the cornerstone of claims that Donald Trump colluded with Russia to steal the election.

A growing body of evidence, however, indicates that the meeting may have been a setup -- part of a broad effort to tarnish the Trump campaign involving Hillary Clinton operatives employed by Kremlin-linked figures and Department of Justice officials. This view, that the real collusion may have taken place among those who arranged the meeting rather than the Trump officials who agreed to attend it, is supported by two disparate lines of evidence pulled together for the first time here: newly released records and a pattern of efforts to connect the Trump campaign to Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And we have a companion piece to this, also from whatdoesitmean.com, with the headline reading as follows;

RUDY GIULIANI: EX-CIA DIRECTOR JOHN BRENNAN IS BEHIND THE ENTIRE INVESTIGATION

Color me thoroughly unsurprised at these revelations, as I am sure is everyone who has been paying even moderate attention.

Aug 14 09:50

Lithuania Builds NATO Polygon 60 Km From Russian Border

In the Lithuanian city of Kazlu Ruda, the construction of the first NATO-standardized air force training polygon in the Baltic region is nearing completion, the press service of the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense has announced.

The polygon will be located about 60 kilometers from the border with Russia and has the explicit mission of “contributing to the NATO policy of deterring Russia.” In it, military aircraft will be able to practice attacks against land targets. In addition, the structure will be used for the training of military pilots.

The construction of the polygon began in 2017 and its end is scheduled for the last quarter of this year. The project is being developed with the help of the US Air Force engineering unit, RED HORSE. Construction funding comes from the European Security Guarantees Initiative (ERI).

Aug 14 09:42

Washington Freezes Open Sky Treaty With Moscow in New Defense Bill

The United States will not obligate any funds to implement the Open Skies Treaty until penalties are imposed against Russia for previous violations, the 2019 NDAA revealed.

"None of the funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act… may be obligated or expended to carry out any activities to modify any United States aircraft for purposes of implementing the Open Skies Treaty," the legislation said on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You are not allowed to have better weapons than we have!!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 14 09:35

RUSSIAN MILITARY SPY SOFTWARE IS ON HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF HOME ROUTERS

The Russian military is inside hundreds of thousands of routers owned by Americans and others around the world, a top U.S. cybersecurity official said on Friday. The presence of Russian malware on the routers, first revealed in May, could enable the Kremlin to steal individuals’ data or enlist their devices in a massive attack intended to disrupt global economic activity or target institutions.

On May 27, Justice Department officials asked Americans to reboot their routers to stop the attack. Afterwards, the world largely forgot about it. That’s a mistake, said Rob Joyce, senior advisor to the director of the National Security Agency and the former White House cybersecurity coordinator.

“The Russian malware is still there,” said Joyce.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yet more demonization of Russia here in the US?!?

Because IF this is real, it appears to primarily be a problem for routers in Ukraine.

So then, how, please, did it become a problem for American computers, and what US agencies tasked with protecting Americans from this kind of problem, have failed the American people (yet again)?!?

Aug 14 09:25

A STRANGE MISSILE LAUNCH, AND AN EVEN STRANGER COMMENT FROM ...

Stock market go down? Blame Mr. Putin and Russia. Pension fund problems? Blame Mr. Putin and Russia. Having problems finding that missing $50,000,000,000,000 that you set aside? Blame Mr. Putin and Russia. Can't get reach customer non-service in India? Blame Mr. Putin and Russia. Flat tire? Blame Mr. Putin and Russia. Didn't get the grades from your professors you wanted? Blame Mr. Putin and Russia. Wrong person elected to the local animal shelter control board? Blame Mr. Putin and Russia. Spies didn't die when you laced their house with nerve agents? Blame Mr. Putin and Russia. (The last one is particularly useful, for it gives you the excuse to impose more sanctions.)

Aug 14 08:04

New US military budget halts Open Skies pact, almost blocks nuclear arms reduction deal with Russia

The US has suspended its Open Skies Treaty with Russia after President Donald Trump signed a giant 2019 defense budget bill. House lawmakers also tried to derail a milestone nuclear arms deal that has been in place since 2011.

Trump signed the $716 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Monday, meaning it will come into effect ahead of the new fiscal year in October. However, the House targeted some critical areas dealing with US-Russia relations. Some of them were saved in the Senate, but some were overturned.

The 1992 Open Skies Treaty, which allowed for mutual observation flights, was suspended until Russia is penalized for what the US claims are previous violations. Russia has always maintained its full compliance with the treaty.

Aug 13 19:08

US Sanctions Are Pushing Russia To War

The new round of sanctions this week unleashed by the United States on Russia has only one meaning: the US rulers want to crush Russia’s economy. By any definition, Washington is, in effect, declaring war on Russia.

The implemented economic measures may have a seemingly abstract or sterile quality about them: banning electronic exports to Russia, rattling financial markets, stock prices falling. But the material consequence is that American officials are intending to inflict physical damage on Russian society and Russian people.

It’s economic warfare on a sliding scale to military warfare, as the Prussian General Karl von Clausewitz would no doubt appreciate.

It seems all the more significant that this week also saw US internet services launching a major clampdown on anti-war websites, suggesting that the powers-that-be want to shut down any criticism or public awareness of their reckless warmongering.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is absolutely correct in his assessment.

Unfortunately, the the timing of this unloosing of the "dogs of war" against Russia, via these sanctions, and these attempts at silencing the independent media right now, which generally are pro-peace, were no accidents.

I cannot know when a physical false flag will be turned loose against Russia; I might suggest, potentially, that it may happen at the "drop-dead moment" President Trump has declared, as the absolute moratorium against all governments on the planet to stop buying oil from Iran; that "drop dead date", is Sunday, 4 November, the Sunday before the mid-term elections which happen in the US on Tuesday, 6 November.

This will be largely unenforceable, in light of the fact that Russia, China, and Turkey, have all spurned this veto against trade, and will continue to trade with Iran.

I would suggest that there may be something significant, happening either on Monday 5 November, on on the mid-term election date proper, against both Iran and Russia, although I see a potential attack against Iran coming sooner, as President Trump's pollsters may well see that there is a very real concern among the American people, that such an attack has absolutely no US legal "cover", (which it does not), so may feel they want to go in early, perhaps during, or right after the Labor Day holiday coming up, with yet another ginned up, concoction of lies, so that the American people will generally have just come back from a holiday, before they realize that their country has gone to war against Iran.

OF course, for the country of Israel, such a war against Iran cannot possibly happen soon enough.

For his next vacation this summer at any of the hotels he owns, I would politely suggest that President Trump should be reading Sun Tzu's "The Art of War." I have archived a version for him here, from the MIT classics Library.
Sun Tzu: The Art of War.

H needs to see where the US government and military stack up to any of the thoughts this military genius had about why wars are successfully won, or horrifically lost, then move accordingly.

I would like to politely remind President Trump, Congress, the Pentagon, Congress and the State Department, that right now in its history, the US military does not have the troop strength; the money; the manufacturing, or the weaponry to insure a successful outcome in a war against both Russia and /or China.

And when any wars the United States undertake, go nuclear, as may well go any wars against China or Russia by the United States, I would suggest extreme caution by President Trump in what he wishes for as the outcome, from such a conflagration; the results may well be both horrific..... and irreversible.

Aug 13 15:48

The Revenge Of Hillary: Senator Mark Warner Proposes The End Of Free Speech

Senate Democrats are circulating a proposal based upon their claim of Russian hacking that will completely takeover the internet and social media which has been leaked.

They are adopting the EU approach to silence political criticism. They claim it is necessary, just as the EU argued, that they must act to prevent Russian hackers and “restore” the people’s trust in our institutions, democracy, and the free press. They are proposing comprehensive GDPR-like data protection legislation following the EU.

They are calling it a proposal for “Regulation of Social Media and Technology Firms,” and the draft was created by Sen. Mark Warner.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the most peaceful, powerful, and responsible way possible, this legislation must be stopped in its tracks.

Aug 13 13:37

Russian Embassy in US Slams Claims About Moscow's Role in Charlottesville Events

The allegations, voiced by some US politicians, that Russia had a role in last year's violent clashes in the US city of Charlottesville, are absurd just like other US claims that Moscow had meddled in Washington's domestic affairs, the Russian embassy in the United States said.

Rep. Tom Garrett, the US lawmaker from the Republican Party, told the CNN broadcaster on Saturday, that he was told at a recent briefing with the FBI chief, Christopher Wray, that Russia’s interference had had to do with "fomenting the flames of what happened in Charlottesville."

Aug 13 10:36

FBI has Damning Dossier on Poroshenko,

The wanted former president of Georgia turned governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region following the Maidan coup, Mikhail Saakashvili, has publicly claimed that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is going to face criminal prosecution by his own patron state – the United States of America.

In an exclusive tell-all interview with the Ukrainian site Strana, Saakashvili was caught on video saying about Poroshenko: “As soon has he ceases to be president, not a single country will take him in for a moment. In America they will plant him [in prison] like Lazarenko, because the FBI has a dossier on him.”

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Aug 13 10:30

Russian Defense Ministry Declassifies WWII Stalin Order to Bomb Berlin

On the 106th anniversary of the Russian Aerospace Forces, Russia’s Ministry of Defense has published on its website a series of Central Archive documents, including a secret directive of Soviet leader Josef Stalin, dated 1941, ordering the counter-bombing of the German capital Berlin

A special place is occupied by the copy of a handwritten order of the State Defense Committee of the USSR, dictated by the Chairman of the Committee, Josef Stalin, at 2:00 am on August 9, 1941. The document ordered the commander of the 81st air division to carry out a bombardment against the heart of the Third Fascist Reich,” the publication says.

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Aug 13 10:27

EXPOSED! ‘Nazi’ Azov Battalion Receives Armaments From ISRAEL

An investigation into Ukrainian and Israeli armaments show a deep connection between the Zionist entity and the Nazi-Banderist Battalion, that is also now part of the police forces of the oligarchic and pro-Atlanticist regime of Kiev.

Aug 13 10:26

ISRAEL’S STRATEGIC COLLAPSE: How Putin Sandbagged Netanyahu

Resulting from Russia’s declaration that it would be establishing eight militarized outposts along the de facto Syria-Israel border, the UN has been prodded into action, and is re-engaging its own responsibilities to monitor the region. The UN previously was unable to perform, due to pressure from the US, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia chiefly, to pressure the UN not to guard the demilitarized zone.

The result of a lacking UN presence was that the area was more easily used by Israel to provide safe harbor, arms, equipment, and medical care to Al-Qaeda and ISIS groups, under these and several related brands. Russia has been looking for a solution ever since. With the US’s waning influence in the region, and significantly reduced force projection capacity, we entered into a new period.

Aug 13 10:22

Russia says will ditch U.S. securities amid sanctions: RIA

Russia will further decrease its holdings of U.S. securities in response to new sanctions against Moscow but has no plans to shut down U.S. companies in Russia, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on state TV on Sunday, RIA news agency reported.

Aug 13 10:17

Lenin Updated: ‘Turn the Globalist War into a Race War’

First US President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki and appears to make some progress towards his stated goal of putting ties between Washington and Moscow on a positive course. Immediately, all hell breaks loose. Trump is a called a traitor. The “sanctions bill from hell” is introduced in the Senate. Trump is forced on the defensive.

Next Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky visits Moscow, where he meets with Putin and gives him a letter from Trump proposing moderate steps towards rapprochement. Paul also talks with Russian Senators and invites them to come to Washington to continue the dialogue. Immediately, all hell breaks loose. Paul is called a traitor. The State Department “finds” the Russians guilty of the using illegal chemical weapons (CW) in the United Kingdom and imposes sanctions. Trump is forced even more on the defensive.

Aug 13 09:59

THE RUSSIAN-GEORGIAN WAR OF AUGUST 2008 WAS ACTUALLY THE RUSSIAN-‘ISRAELI’ WAR

Now ten years on, the Russo-Georgian War that began on this day in 2008 is one of the most lopsided but nevertheless important geopolitical events of the last 20 years. And all fingers point to the usurping Zionist entity as being the prime mover and shaker behind the bloodshed–despite such an awful few analysts and commentators digging deep enough to find the evidence.

Before tackling the battle itself however, a note needs to be made about just how the ground became fertile for conflict and it can be done in three words: The Rose Revolution. A destabilization operation bankrolled and pushed through by George Soros through his Open Society Foundation, Peter Ackerman through CANVAS, Peter Lewis, a frequent coreligionist partner of the first two regime-change-obsessed Zionists, USAID, the NDI, the NED and bloodthirsty Iraq Genocide architect Paul Wolfowitz.

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Aug 13 08:32

US, TURKEY DECLARE ECONOMIC WAR

Relations between the US and Turkey — a key American ally and home to NATO’s second-largest army — hit a new low on Friday, with the presidents of both countries rhetorically declaring economic war on each other. And over the course of a single day, the Turkish lira lost 17 percent of its value.

Within hours, early signs of panic spread to world financial markets. A European currency trader, who asked that his name not be published, told WhoWhatWhy on Sunday that he had never seen so much trade and volatility over a weekend, blaming it on the Turkey events.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

American foreign and economic policies should be used as a feather; rarely as a club.

Unfortunately, President Trump, DC's Merchant of Death in Chief (chief supporter of US arms sales to Saudi Arabia, for its genocide in Yemen) believes in the power of a "bully pulpit" from which he can force "Pax Americana" on an increasingly unwilling and hostile world, without really paying attention to the condition in which the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, finds itself, in this part of the 21st century.

We are a nation in decline; nearly destroyed by a National debt which can never be repaid; with US infrastructure crumbling, and a pronouncedly "third world" feel to our inner cities, primarily due to massive illegal immigration.

The US continues to do what has always done well, in the immortal words of George Carlin (paraphrased); we continue to kill brown people, because we're good at it!

And this is all in the name of expropriating resources, to which the US government has no moral right; regime change to insure that governments are US centric, and that those resources stolen from their countries of origin, will only be sold in US dollars.

And I have to wonder, with this feud between Erdogan and President Trump; did anyone happen to mention to him, that such activities were nearly bound to push Turkey into the economic/military sways of both China and Russia?!?

Was this the outcome actually wanted?!?

And if not, why the hell didn't someone around him suggest this possibility, which is about to morph into some huge embarrassments for the US in the Middle East and beyond?!?

Aug 13 08:08

RUSSIA TO DUMP MORE US TREASURIES IN RETALIATION AGAINST SANCTIONS

Moscow will continue selling off its holdings of US Treasury securities in response to the new penalties Washington is ready to introduce against Russia in the near future, according to Russia’s Finance Minister Anton Siluanov.
The minister added that the government will stick to the plan of moving away from the US dollar for international trade, as it recently proved to be a “risky” payment method.

“I do not rule it out,” Siluanov said in an interview with Rossiya 1 TV channel. “We have significantly reduced our investment in US assets. In fact, the dollar, which is considered to be the international currency, becomes a risky tool for payments.”

In 2010, Russia was among the top-10 holders of US debt at over $176 billion. With several rounds of US sanctions targeting Russia since 2014, Moscow began selling off its holdings to below $100 billion by October 2017.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Punishing a country for something that it didn't do (absolutely, in the case of Crimea, which was NEVER annexed by Russia, but held a referendum, asking their people if they wanted to stay with post-Putsch Ukraine, or petition the Russian Federation for Membership, or allegedly poisoning the Skripals, which has utterly no basis in fact of logic) will ultimately have real-world consequences, financial being among them.

The US government has just, financially and intellectually, kicked itself in the crotch with this stupid move, and the consequences are ultimately going to hurt both American and European business which have traded with Russia; but hurting Russia itself financially?!?

As with Iran, not unless and until the US can convince the rest of world not to trade with Russia will it ultimately feel the proverbial pinch, so this move is about as ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid as the current Administration can do.

Aug 13 05:56

Russia may introduce online voting as early as in 2021 - official

A member of Russia’s Central Elections Commission has told reporters that the country might introduce online voting, similar to systems used in Switzerland and Estonia, for the 2021 parliamentary elections.

“Considering the scale of the Russian Federation’s territory we have to start using internet voting. I think that we will possibly do something already in the next federal elections campaign – the 2021 State Duma elections,” Vasily Likhachev told reporters on Friday.

Aug 13 05:51

Russia to dump more US Treasuries in retaliation against sanctions

Moscow will continue selling off its holdings of US Treasury securities in response to the new penalties Washington is ready to introduce against Russia in the near future, according to Russia’s Finance Minister Anton Siluanov.

The minister added that the government will stick to the plan of moving away from the US dollar for international trade, as it recently proved to be a “risky” payment method.

Aug 12 10:05

Thiessen: Where’s the outrage over Clinton-Russia collusion

But as bad as the Trump Tower meeting was, it took place at the request of the Russians. They were the ones who approached the Trump campaign, not the other way around.

By contrast, the Clinton campaign proactively sought dirt on Trump from Russian government sources.

They did it through cutouts. In April 2016, Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias retained opposition research firm Fusion GPS to compile incriminating information on Trump. Fusion GPS in turn hired Christopher Steele, a former British MI6 operative with sources among Russian government officials. The result was the salacious dossier, whose sources included “a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure” and “a former top level intelligence officer still active in the Kremlin.” Steele’s work was paid for by Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee. That means a paid agent of the Clinton campaign approached Russian officials for damaging material on Trump.

Aug 12 08:39

Russian Warship Said To Locate And Track US 'Stealth' Nuclear Sub For Hours

Russian state-owned RT News translated sections of the exclusive Izvestia story, and describes the claimed April incident as follows:

The frigate Admiral Essen of the Russian Black Sea Fleet managed to track down one of the Ohio-class submarines currently in service with the US Navy, Izvestia newspaper revealed on Friday, citing a source in the Russian Navy. The Russian ship left Sevastopol, a major Black Sea port located on the Crimean Peninsula, on March 13 and returned on June 30. The frigate was deployed most of the time in the Mediterranean Sea.

RT touts the claimed success of the operation, echoing military sources, as follows:

The pursuit lasted more than two hours, during which the Russian ship recorded the basic parameters of the American submarine, which will be deciphered and added to the acoustic characteristics of the submarine...

Aug 12 07:02

WAR OR PEACE ?

American politicians provoke a slew of emotions, from tears of rage to tears of laughter. But perhaps the uppermost emotion is one of pity.

With a few honorable exceptions, it is such a pity that the American people are misled by such buffoons. It is such a pity that the American and Russian people — who have so much in common as human beings — are nevertheless being driven towards a state of war by these buffoonish politicians.

Senator Rand Paul, like his father Ron, is an honorable exception.

Paul was in Russia last week offering a hand of peace and dialogue.

Back home, however>>>

(*"What does he think he's doing ?"
whitehorse souce )

Aug 11 23:30

The Grand Irony of RussiaGate: The U.S. Becomes More Like the U.S.S.R. Every Day

When the Soviet regime exiled Sakharov in 1980, everybody assumed the USSR was permanent and impregnable to collapse. In other words, “it can’t happen here.” But it did happen, and believing “it can’t happen here” did nothing but hasten the collapse.

Aug 11 08:57

"US Risks Completely Losing Turkey": Erdogan Vows To Defy US "Threats" Over Pastor Brunson

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit back Saturday at US "threats" over detained American pastor Brunson which has escalated tensions between the two NATO allies, sent the Turkish currency into a historic nosedive on Friday and crashed Turkish capital markets.

"It is wrong to dare bring Turkey to its knees through threats over a pastor," Erdogan lashed out during a rally in the Black Sea town of Unye.

"I am calling on those in America again. Shame on you, shame on you. You are exchanging your strategic partner in NATO for a priest."

"They are threatening us. You cannot tame our people with threats" but perhaps a collapse in the stock market will suffice: the Turkish lira crashed as much as 20% against the dollar on Friday, its biggest drop on record, after President Trump announced he would double steel and aluminium tariffs on Turkey, adding to pressure to Turkey's troubled economy. The White House has said the newly-imposed sanctions would take effect from August 13.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yesterday, atimes.com, reported the following:

China will buy Turkey on the cheap.The article goes on to state:

"Turkey’s volatile president Recep Tayyip Erdogan might have put off the crisis, but instead decided to butt heads with US President Trump over the arrest of an American Protestant minister for alleged terrorism."

"Turkey will end up as “an economic satrapy of China,” as I predicted last November. President Erdogan in effect threw himself on the mercy of China in a barely-coherent speech earlier today.

Turkey’s economy is likely to shrink by 10% to 20% before the bleeding stops, as I predicted June 12. Erdogan’s supposed economic miracle followed the old formula of Third World kleptocracies of the past, namely massive domestic credit issuance supported by massive foreign borrowing. Turks bought foreign consumer goods with the proceeds and the country’s current account deficit swelled to 6.5% of national output. That’s close to where the Greek current account deficit stood in early 2012 when the country’s economy imploded."

Mr. President, just a question here; did you NOT understand that your economic threats were going to throw Erdogan into China's influence?!?

Because if not realizing that this would be the case, President Trump has just revealed himself to be an astonishingly ill-informed sitting President, eager to take bad advise which reinforces his view of the world, rather than asking for the uncomfortable truth, far too often.

Aug 11 08:47

Russia Slams UK Defence Secretary Over ‘Belligerent’ Anti-Russia Rhetoric

The Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom slammed anti-Russia rhetoric by UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, saying that his statements are aimed at justifying expansion of NATO states’ defense budgets.

Earlier in the week, Williamson, in his address at the Atlantic Council, accused Moscow of aggression, cyberattacks and the political sabotage.

"An unusually belligerent rhetoric of Gavin Williamson … sheds light on the true motives behind the forced increase in spending by NATO countries, expected to reach $1.26 trillion in 2018," the embassy’s spokesperson said on Friday.

Aug 11 08:24

RUSSIAN MILITARY CAMPAIGN IN SYRIA 2015-2018

The Russian military operation in Syria is nearing the end of its third year. Since 2015, Moscow has been employing its air power, military advisors and diplomatic resources to defeat a multitude of terrorist groups, to support the legitimate Syrian government, and to promote a peaceful dialogue across the country, thereby creating the framework for a diplomatic settlement of the conflict on the international and regional levels.

Aug 11 08:03

UN PUTS COST OF SYRIAN WAR DESTRUCTION AT NEARLY $400 BILLION

A group of United Nations experts have produced a figure which puts a price tag on seven years of war in Syria in terms of overall destruction to the country: nearly $400 billion.

The UN just concluded a two day meeting of over 50 Syrian and international experts in Lebanon who met under the aegis of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).

According to the AFP, the group of economic analysts concluded that the "volume of destruction in physical capital and its sectoral distribution" is estimated at more than $388 billion (334 billion euros).

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And of course, the US government takes absolutely zero responsibility for the carnage it has caused here, by arming, funding, and training Syrian "rebels", aka ISIS.

Obama Authorises Secret Support for Syrian Rebels

ISIS weapons arsenal included some purchased by the US government

How ISIS got US weapons, and took them to use in Iraq and Syria

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Aug 11 07:03

RUSSIA HYSTERIA GAVE US SOCIAL MEDIA CENSORSHIP (VIDEO)

It started with Hillary Clinton floating out the big lie, that 17 US intelligence agencies are “confident” that Russia hacked DNC servers and John Podesta email accounts, in a Kremlin plot to elect Donald Trump as President of the United States.

Fast forward two years later and witness Silicon Valley tech giants colluding in a span of 12 hours to de-platform Infowars and Alex Jones.

These are not isolated incidences. The one gave us the other.

The Deep State’s chosen candidate, Hillary Clinton, lost to the ultimate outsider, Donald Trump. All eyes, and all lies, turned to the perennial scapegoat Russia.

This time the elitist plan was more sinister than ever. Why let a good lie like ‘Russia election meddling’ go to waste?

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Right now, Russia.... is not my enemy; my enemy is the American Deep State, and its enablers, let us say, the 4th Estate writ large, in that unholy triumverate of Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube, which want to forbid me from choosing what I want to read, through algorithmically crushing down any dissenting opinion that steers too far from the US government's official narrative.

Aug 11 04:49

Mattis: Putin Is Trying To “Undermine America’s Moral Authority”

Mattis: Putin Is Trying To “Undermine America’s Moral Authority”

(*Can you see it ? The need for Alex Jones to dissect and explain what ever the h**l Mattis means , here ??)

Aug 10 10:29

Hello, Russia! Here’s a nice letter for your president, and a bird-flip from the US State Department

Wednesday was a day of mixed signals coming to Russia from the US. Hours apart, the Kremlin got two letters, one calling for closer ties and one notifiying more trade sanctions, imposed on what Moscow sees as a flimsy pretext.
A letter was brought to Moscow by Senator Rand Paul. In it, President Donald Trump reportedly suggested to President Vladimir Putin that the US and Russia should engage on issues like terrorism, legislative dialogue and cultural exchanges. Trump loves nice letters, for sure.

Aug 10 10:29

Neocons Demand ‘Crushing’ Sanctions on Russia

You can always count on the neocons in Congress to ignore reality, ignore evidence, and ignore common sense in their endless drive to get us involved in another war. Last week, for example, Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-NC), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and others joined up to introduce what Senator Graham called “the sanctions bill from hell,” aimed at applying “crushing” sanctions on Russia.

Senator Graham bragged that the bill would include “everything but the kitchen sink” in its attempt to ratchet up tensions with Russia.

Aug 10 10:06

Empty Boasts Aside the West Has No Real Defense Against Russia's Doomsday Torpedo

US and British navies could counter Russia’s nuclear-powered autonomous torpedo, Poseidon, by using undersea sensors and anti-submarine aircraft, writes Covert Shores website. But is this really a viable tactic?

The development of the Poseidon unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV), originally known as ‘Status-6’, was first mentioned in November 2015. Western media later dubbed the submarine drone a doomsday weapon.

Aug 10 10:01

Graham-McCain-Cardin Are Pushing for Escalation of Economic War vs Russia so Insane Even the US Treasury Is Against It

A proposed "crushing" bipartisan bill introduced by the US Senate on August 2 will not be debated until the autumn and many of the harsh terms could be considerably watered down, Luis Saenz, the co-head of equities at BCS Global Markets said in reaction to the latest round of blows between the two rivals.

A bill was presented that targets Russian debt and energy companies, designed to punish Russia for interfering in the US presidential election, that includes penalties on debt and energy projects as well as requiring a second “Kremlin Report” detailing president Vladimir Putin's wealth. The co-sponsors are three Republicans, including Arizona’s John McCain, and three Democrats.

Aug 10 09:54

Butina Case: Neo-McCarthyism Engulfs America

The United States Department of Justice would apparently have you believe that the Kremlin sought to subvert the five-million-member strong National Rifle Association (NRA) by having two Russian citizens take out life memberships in the organization with the intention of corrupting it and turning it into a mouthpiece for President Vladimir Putin.

Both of the Russians – Maria Butina and Alexander Torshin – have, by the way, long well documented histories as advocates for gun ownership and were founders of Right to Bear Arms, which is not an intelligence front organization of some kind and is rather a genuine lobbying group with an active membership and agenda.

Contrary to what has been reported in the mainstream media, Russians can own guns but the licensing and registration procedures are long and complicated, which Right to Bear Arms, modeling itself on the NRA, is seeking to change.

Aug 10 09:29

New US Sanctions on Russia and Iran Raise Tensions, May Backfire

The US has imposed a new round of sanctions on Russia over the Skripal poisoning in Britain, despite the absence to date of evidence. This follows the reimposition of Iran sanctions following Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. The sanctions will further bleed the targeted countries, but could they backfire?

Aug 10 07:57

China Helps Russia Thwart US Bid To Freeze Bank’s Assets Over ‘North Korea Sanctions Dodge’

Beijing and Moscow show willingness to cooperate after US request for UN sanctions committee to act against Russian bank and North Korean official

China and Russia blocked a request from the United States to add a Russian bank to a United Nations sanctions blacklist along with a Moscow-based North Korean banker and two companies on Friday, in the latest move showing Beijing and Moscow are strengthening their political ties amid tensions with Washington.

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Aug 10 06:13

Pompeo accuses Russia of North Korea sanctions violations

While Washington strives to maintain sanctions pressure on North Korea, fractures may be appearing in international unanimity

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Washington’s lead negotiator on North Korean denuclearization, said on Saturday that he believes Russia is violating international sanctions against North Korea.

"I want to remind every nation that has supported these resolutions that this is a serious issue and something that we will discuss with Moscow,” Pompeo told a news conference in Singapore, Reuters reported, “We expect the Russians and all countries to abide by the U.N. Security Council resolutions and enforce sanctions on North Korea.”

(*what , has Pompeo been boning up on former Secretary Clinton's state department notes & memos ?)

Aug 09 14:23

"Step Back From The Brink" UN Warns As Major War Looms After Overnight Gaza Airstrikes

In the third serious flare-up of violence in the last month, a major escalation began between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza overnight, which involved approximately 180 projectiles fired towards Israeli territory, and more than 150 Israeli airstrikes on targets inside Gaza, according to statements by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

Reports citing Israeli sources say of about 180 projectiles launched from Gaza overnight, the Iron Dome defense system intercepted over 30, while most hit open fields. However, official statements also noted strikes on playgrounds, houses, cars, and factories.

The BBC reports up to seven Israeli civilians wounded by the rocket and mortar fire, with Palestinian health officials confirming the death of a pregnant Palestinian woman and a toddler. The AFP identified the victims as 23-year old Enas Khammash and her 18-month-old daughter Bayan, killed in the Jafarawi area of central Gaza.

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Israel wants this war, and it wants it now; Palestine is to be completely obliterated, and the formerly recognized Palestinians lands completely claimed by the settlers.

The problem facing Israel, is that it cannot control this war, and how far, or how rapidly it will spread.

It has the all the earmarks, right now, of a becoming a larger ranging regional war, with Israel, the US, Saudi Arabia, NATO on one side, and Iran, Russia, China, and Lebanon on the other.

I hope I am dreadfully wrong on this, but I think Israel believes that the timing is right for it to go in and kill as many Palestinians as is humanly possible.

Aug 09 10:32

Russia threatens to ban sale of key rocket engines to US as row over 'obnoxious' sanctions intensifies

Russia has threatened to ban sales of a key rocket engine to the United States in response to new sanctions over the Skripal poisoning.

Sergei Ryabukhin, head of the budget committee in the upper house of parliament, called the measures announced by the state department late on Wednesday the “most obnoxious and cynical behaviour on the market” and said Russia has the means to respond if leader Vladimir Putin wishes to do so.

“The United States needs to finally understand that it's useless to fight with Russia, including with the help of sanctions,” he said.

He said Russia could in particular stop exports to the United States of the RD-180 rocket engine, which powers the first stage of the Atlas 5 rocket made by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

Aug 09 10:22

Assange’s Senate testimony could ‘destroy conspiracy theory that Russia hacked DNC’ – journalist

If he accepts the Senate’s request to testify, Julian Assange may provide evidence that would upend allegations that Russia hacked the DNC, putting to rest two years of Russiagate hysteria, journalist Patrick Henningsen told RT.
The WikiLeaks founder should “absolutely” agree to speak with the US Senate Intelligence Committee – but his testimony may cause problems for devout followers of Russiagate’s main tenets, according to Henningsen, executive editor of 21st Century Wire. Assange could in fact provide information to the committee that would “destroy the sort of mainline conspiracy theory that the Russians hacked the DNC servers and stole the emails and handed them to WikiLeaks. The whole Russiagate case more or less hinges on that conspiracy theory.”

Aug 09 09:11

Kremlin Rejects US Claims of Skripal Case Links, Calls Sanctions 'Unacceptable'

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has addressed the most recent round of sanctions introduced by the US against Moscow.

"We consider the link between the sanctions introduced by the US and the Skripal case to be unacceptable," Peskov told journalists, adding that Moscow one more time denied "any accusations of Russia's engagement in the Salisbury incident."

According to the official, the possibility of Russia having used chemical weapons was "out of the question." Peskov harshly criticized London's approach, repeating that the UK refuses to present any evidence or at least share any information on the matter.

Aug 09 09:02

Germany And US Playing War In Georgia

German soldiers with the 391st Mechanized Infantry Battalion provided fire support during a combined Georgian Special Forces Exercise in Waziani Training Area, Georgia August 5, 2018.

Germany joined 12 other nations participating in Operation Noble Partner 18, an exercise where both should enhance the ability of participating nations to conduct multinational mission leadership, integration, execution and synchronization.

Aug 09 08:33

Sanctioning Russia for false link to UK poisonings ‘unacceptable & unlawful’ – Kremlin

Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of Russian President Vladimir Putin, says the use of a Russian link to recent UK poisoning incidents to justify fresh US sanctions against the Kremlin is a violation of international law.

“In general, of course it’s necessary to say that we consider it categorically unacceptable that the new restrictions, that we continue to consider unlawful, are associated with the Salisbury case,” Peskov said in his Thursday interview with reporters.

“The association with these events is unacceptable for us. And we are convinced that such restrictions, together with the ones that the American side has imposed preemptively, are totally unlawful and contradict international law.”

Aug 09 08:22

This is the Real, Americanized, Nazi-Dominated, Ukraine

In US corporate media, the overthrow and replacement of Ukraine’s democratically elected government was ‘the 2014 Ukrainian revolution’, not Obama’s coup in

Such important reality as is shown in this picture is virtually unpublishable in mainstream US ‘news’media, because US ‘news’media to deceive their public about the most important international realities — such as that the US imposed upon Ukraine a nazi regime against Russia, and the US now lies to accuse Russia for doing what Russia must do in order to protect itself from the US nazi regime next-door.>>>

(*Trump must have missed this section of Obama Legislation when he was trying to Shred Obama's Legacy Off The Face Of The Globe )

Aug 09 07:36

THE CASE FOR IMPOSING SANCTIONS ON DONALD TRUMP

(*THIS ARTICLE IS A CALL FOR THE WORLD TO BLACKLIST TRUMP , HIS ASSOCIATES AND HIS BUSINESSES . But the good news is it didn't resort to photoshopping anything that crosses the lines of unconditional freedom of speech .)

Aug 08 13:55

Julian Assange Asked To Testify In Front Of Senate

By Aaron Kesel

The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has been asked to testify before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee as part of their Russia investigation, according to a letter signed by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA) posted by the WikiLeaks Twitter account...

Aug 08 10:57

'We shall not fail!' — The US Navy's new submarine fleet commander vows to take on Russia and China

As the new commander of US Submarine Forces took the reins Friday, he stressed that America will continue to dominate beneath the waves.

Vice Adm. Charles A. Richard relieved Vice Adm. Joseph E. Tofalo as head of US Submarine Forces and Allied Submarine Command Friday at a ceremony aboard the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Washington, according to a Navy release.

"The mission of our Submarine Force today is clear," Richard said. "We are back in a world in the midst of major power competition. In that competition our strength undersea is a key advantage that we have. That will not change on my watch. With so much at stake, we cannot let up and must execute our mission with a continued sense of urgency."

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Translation: "We got the cold war back! Money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money!!!!!!!"

Aug 08 10:50

Rick Gates Testifies That Manafort Worked to Help Ukraine ‘Enter the EU'

Rick Gates, Paul Manafort's longtime business partner, took the witness stand in Manafort's financial crimes trial for the second time on Tuesday, this time revealing that the former Trump campaign chair had worked on policies to help bring Ukraine closer to the European Union.

According to Vice News, on the stand, Gates moved away from offering details on alleged financial crimes the two committed in their heyday and instead shed some light on Manafort's work as a campaign consultant for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in 2010.

Gates claimed that Manafort had signed an annual $4 million advisory agreement to give life to campaign pledges that Yanukovych had campaigned on. One of the policies that Manafort was reportedly working on was called "Engage Ukraine," a project meant to push Ukraine into the European Union, Vice reported.

Aug 08 09:51

Ten Years After Short But Costly War, Russian PM Warns of ‘Terrible Conflict’ if NATO Admits Georgia

As Georgia and its supporters mark the tenth anniversary of Russia’s invasion, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned Tuesday that any move by NATO to admit the former Soviet republic “could provoke a terrible conflict.”

Medvedev told the Kommersant daily that NATO leaders’ recent decision reaffirming that Georgia will someday become a member of the transatlantic security alliance was “an absolutely irresponsible position and a threat to peace.”

Aug 08 08:21

NATO fighter jet ‘accidentally’ fires live missile near Russian border

Spanish fighter jets taking part in a NATO Air policing mission over Estonia have been temporarily suspended from completing their duties, after one of the pilots erroneously fired an armed missile during a training flight.

A group of two Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon 2000 jets and two French Mirage 2000 jets were taking part in a training exercise over southwestern Estonia on Tuesday when one of the Spanish planes accidentally launched an air-to-air missile, the Spanish Defense Ministry said in a statement, adding that the projectile “did not hit any aircraft.”

All the jets then safely returned to their Saiuliai air base in Lithuania, the ministry said, adding that it has opened an investigation into the incident. Meanwhile, the Estonian authorities decided to ban the Spanish aircraft from taking part in the air policing missions over its territory for a while.

Aug 08 08:15

State Dept Demands Russia Withdraw From Georgia’s Separatist Regions

In comments on Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert called on Russia to withdraw its military entirely from the two breakaway Republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The US does not recognize the regions’ independence.

The comments come 10 years after the brief Russo-Georgian War, during which Georgia attempted to attack South Ossetia, ended up fighting Russian troops therein, and fairly quickly lost. In the aftermath, Russia recognized the independence of both regions.

Aug 08 08:10

A Russian-American Alliance vs China Is an Absurd Proposition. The US Is a Declining Power With Little to Offer

The hostile American market is of no importance to Russia next to the opportunities offered by the booming Middle Kingdom

Aug 08 07:48

Europe Seeking to Boost Ties With Russia, Turkey Apart From the US – Analysts

Turkey is seeking to host a new Syria summit without the US, which indicates the beginning of the end of Washington's influence in Syria, Turkish analysts told Sputnik, further suggesting that France and Germany are also interested in expanding ties with Russia and Turkey.

The upcoming Istanbul summit on the Syrian crisis will leave Washington out in the cold, Turkish analysts told Sputnik Turkey.

According to Can Unver, a Turkish security analyst, the summit that will take place on September 7 will become "one of the most important diplomatic and political steps of the last period of time, carried out without the participation of the United States."

Aug 08 07:47

BenallaGate: French Politicians, Pundits Trying to Play 'Russia Card' – Analyst

The recent political scandal involving French President Emmanuel Macron and his former bodyguard Alexandre Benalla prompted some media pundits and politicians to accuse Russia of spinning the case out.

Aug 08 07:46

EU Counts Losses as Russia Marks 4th Anniversary of Embargo on Western Food

Tuesday marks the fourth anniversary of the Russian import ban on certain Western products in response to Ukraine-related sanctions, as some EU countries continue to struggle to change the anti-Russia policy to revive trade.

On August 7, 2014, Russia imposed a food embargo on countries that adopted sanctions against Moscow over Crimea's reunification with Russia and alleged interference in the conflict in Ukraine. The food embargo banned the imports of meat, fish and seafood, vegetables, fruit and dairy products from the EU countries, the United States and several other states. The ban has recently been prolonged until the end of 2019.

Aug 08 07:43

Zuesse: This Is The Real, Americanized, Nazi-Dominated Ukraine

Such important reality as is shown in this picture below is virtually unpublishable in mainstream US ‘news’media, because US ‘news’media need to deceive their public about the most important international realities — such as that the US imposed upon Ukraine a nazi regime against Russia, and the US now lies to accuse Russia for doing what Russia must do in order to protect itself from the US nazi regime next-door.

This picture is among many which were originally published in the excellent 4 July 2018 article by Asa Winstanley at The Electronic Intifada. His article was headlined "Israel is arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine”. That article focuses upon Israel’s strong support for the racist-fascist (or ideologically nazi) Government of Ukraine. (Click onto it to see the documentation — it’s Israeli nazis, against Russians, not against Jews, though they’re allied with ones that are against both, which is why the US did this — aiming to conquer ultimately Russia.)

Aug 07 10:15

Moscow says Iran’s nuclear deal durable, US decision to re-impose sanctions ‘disappointing’

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program has sufficient durability, and its participants are able to overcome difficulties they encounter, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry published the comment in connection with the restoration of US sanctions against Iran, adding that Moscow reaffirms its commitment to the JCPOA. “We are deeply disappointed by the steps taken by the US to re-impose its national sanctions against Iran,” the statement said. “We condemn any unilateral sanctions bypassing the decisions of the UN Security Council, especially when they are of extraterritorial nature and affect the interests of third countries.”

Aug 07 10:12

‘Perpetual’ reactor for next-gen nuclear subs trialled in Russia

A Rosatom subsidiary said it has developed and successfully tested a “perpetual reactor” capable of powering Russia’s newest nuclear submarines during their entire lifetime – without having to be refueled.

The new nuclear reactor will be able to run during the whole lifecycle of a next-generation submarine, Afrikantov Design Bureau, a Rosatom subsidiary, said in an annual report. It said the company upgraded and tested newer design of the so-called ‘active zone’ – a heart of every reactor – allowing it to generate more power than its predecessors.

Aug 07 10:07

DOLLAR DICTATORSHIP THE FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN EMPIRE - IRAN'S AHMADINEJAD

Former two-term Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the dollar is one of the major pillars of US dominance over global finance and trade. He has called for change in the current world order.

“Things need to change, current orders should be reordered,” the former leader of the Islamic Republic tweeted on Monday, hours before the first round of the US sanctions came into effect.

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I hate it when I guy I don't particularly like, is absolutely, undeniably correct in his assessment.

But dedollarization is continuing apace, with Russia and China using domestic currencies in place of the dollar, and China softening its currency in order to make it a more attractive medium of trade.

Aug 07 09:51

Martin Armstrong: Why Has The Magnitsky Film Been Banned In USA & Europe?

The Magnitsky Act Behind the Scenes has been pulled from everywhere. You do not ban a film in Europe and the United States if it is wrong. This is perhaps a huge cover-up that goes really beyond comprehension. The film was funded by ZDF TV in Europe and they have the power to prevent it from being shown despite the fact that they are taking a huge loss. They would not do that unless there was political pressure behind it.

Aug 06 18:34

ERASED HISTORY: HOW ROCKEFELLER BANKROLLED SOVIET RUSSIA

In 1971, Gary Allen published his book, None Dare Call it Conspiracy. It quickly became an unofficial best seller.

Over the years, several million copies have been sold.

Allen’s thesis was stark: super-rich American capitalists were financing socialism. This bizarre paradox was resolved when socialism was properly understood—not as “power to the people”—but as elite power over the people. In other words, as a hoax.

These days, the socialist hoax is still unknown to most of the population.

Cloak a global power grab as progress for all of humanity.

Here, from chapter six of None Dare Call it Conspiracy, “The Rockefellers and the Reds,” is a devastating passage commenting on the period just after the Russian Revolution of 1917:

“The Rockefellers assigned their public relations agent, Ivy Lee, to sell the American public the idea that the Bolsheviks were merely misunderstood idealists who were actually kind benefactors of mankind.”

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but understanding the wealth to be harvested, it is no surprise that wealthy industrialists did this.

Aug 06 10:26

America's About To Unleash Its NOPEC 'Superweapon' Against The Russians & Saudis

Officially called the “No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act”, NOPEC is the definition of so-called “lawfare” because it enables the US to extra-territorially impose its domestic legislation on others by giving the government the right to sue OPEC and OPEC+ countries like Russia because of their coordinated efforts to control oil prices.

Lawsuits, however, are unenforceable, which is why the targeted states’ refusal to abide by the US courts’ likely predetermined judgement against them will probably be used to trigger sanctions under the worst-case scenario, with this chain of events being catalyzed in order to achieve several strategic objectives.

The first is that the US wants to break up the Russian-Saudi axis that forms the core of OPEC+, which leads to the second goal of then unravelling the entire OPEC structure and heralding in the free market liberalization of the global energy industry.

Aug 06 10:09

There Will Be No American-Russian Alliance Against China

Since 1991 and the formal end of the first Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, the world has experienced an American “unipolar moment” as the bipartisan US policy establishment sought to consolidate and perpetuate its hegemonic control over the entire plant. Doomed to fail even before it received its fullest articulation in 1996 by neoconservative ideologists William Kristol and Robert Kagan (misleadingly billed as “Toward a Neo-Reaganite Foreign Policy”), that misbegotten moment thankfully is coming to an end.

Aug 06 10:09

Russian Embassy Expresses Regret Over State Dept Summoning Country's Diplomat

The Russian Embassy to the United States has said that it regrets the US State Department's decision to summon Dmitry Zhirnov, the embassy’s minister-counselor, over allegations of Moscow using social media to foment division in the United States.

“We can only regret the fact that the State Department has once again resorted to ‘megaphone diplomacy’… In fact, it turns out that the foreign affairs department favors those forces in the US establishment that are pushing forward the agenda of ‘Russia's interference’ in the political processes of the United States in their own interests,” the embassy wrote on Facebook.

Aug 06 10:08

The "Magnitsky Trio" Pushes For War With Russia With New Sanctions

If half of what I have come to understand about the Curious Case of Bill Browder is true, then the “Magnitsky Trio” of Senators John McCain, Lindsay Graham and Ben Cardin are guilty of espionage, at a minimum.

Why? Because they know that Browder’s story about Sergei Magnitsky is a lie. And that means that when you tie in the Trump Dossier, Christopher Steele, Fusion GPS, the Skripal poisoning and the rest of this mess, these men are consorting with foreign governments and agencies against the sitting President.

As Lee Stranahan pointed out recently on Fault Lines, Cardin invited Browder to testify to Congress in 2017 to push through last year’s sanctions bill, a more stringent version of the expiring Magnitsky Act of 2011, which has since been used to ratchet up pressure on Russia.

Aug 06 09:43

Kremlin plans to turn annexed Crimea into cultural capital

Six masterpieces from Russia’s top art galleries and museums will be moved to Crimea to be housed in a new cultural center on the peninsula, according to a project presented to President Vladimir Putin.

The planned arts center is another step integrating Crimea, annexed from Ukraine in 2014, into the Russian state, after a major bridge linking the peninsula and the Russian mainland was opened in May.

The project, outlined by Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets, will feature an opera and ballet theater, a museum, a cinema and a school of dance, the politician told Putin in a conversation transcribed on the Kremlin website.

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Can't get it straight, can you, Reuters?!? Or are the staff writers who cobbled this bit of codswallop together collectively suffering a debilitating bout of SMD? (selective memory disorder)

So let's get this straight, shall we, Reuters?!?

Let's set the "wayback machine" to 2014, when the US/Western putsch toppled the duly elected President of Ukraine, President Yanukovich, and replaced him with the "anointed" Peter Poroshenko, who won in an election more crooked than is a dog's hind leg.

President Obama admitted, publicly, that the US was a part of that putsch.
President Obama admits that the US Brokered a Deal in Support of Regime Change in Ukraine

This was in a TV interview with Fareed Zakaria on CNN.

Had you bothered to fact-check, Reuters, you would have known that this was true.

Then, the Crimean government did two things: it held a free and fair referendum, post-putsch, asking their people if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, which had no lawful government in Kiev, or petition Russia to become a member of the Russian Federation.

Overwhelmingly, the people of Crimea voted to request a membership in the Russian Federation, and that petition was accepted by the Russian Federation.

There was no annexation, period, end of discussion; congrats, Reuters, on winning the "Sloppy, Fact-Free Alleged Reporting" for lousy journalism, completely unrelated to the facts as they unfolded!!

You guys MUST feel great, for continuing to pervert reality to the US government's narrative here, which has no basis in reality whatsoever.

Aug 06 08:56

UN ACCUSES CHINA & RUSSIA OF DPRK OF SANCTIONS VIOLATIONS IN NEW REPORT

According to the United States, the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) is violating United Nations Security Council (UNSC) restrictions concerning their nuclear testing and missile development programs. These accusations come from a six-month report released last week by the UN which claims Pyongyang is violating restrictions on both of these programs according to new intelligence gathered.

Besides the alleged violations of the UNSC restrictions on the DPRK’s arms development, Korea has also been accused of violating economic sanctions “through a massive increase in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products, as well as through transfers of coal at sea during 2018.” The UNSC also claimed that the DPRK was assisting the governments of Syria with weapons as well as attempting to sell arms to the Ansarullah movement (Houthis) in Yemen.

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One has to wonder if the Trump administration is about to do a "volte" (about-face) relative to North Korea, because it appears that what was promised by Kim Jung Un and his government at the Singapore Summit may well not be about to materialize, and definitely, at no point in time soon.

The timing of the release of these accusations is very interesting.

Aug 06 06:48

Russia sets standards for organic food production

President Vladimir Putin has signed a new law regulating production, storing and transportation of organic produce in Russia. The decree bans agrochemicals, pesticides, antibiotics growth stimulators and hormones.

Aug 05 11:02

Russia appoints action star Steven Seagal as special envoy to US in hopes of 'facilitating humanitarian ties' between Moscow and Washington'

The Foreign Ministry announced the move Saturday on its Facebook page.

The statement reads that Seagal's portfolio in the unpaid position would be to 'facilitate relations between Russia and the United States in the humanitarian field, including cooperation in culture, arts, public and youth exchanges.'

Aug 05 08:33

THIRD WHEEL: TRUMP, PUTIN OR XI JINPING?

In recent years, relations between Russia and the US have deteriorated significantly reaching the level of the times of the Caribbean crisis. Washington openly declares that it considers Moscow to be the main threat, Russia also considers the United States a likely enemy. However, the chance to change the situation came after the meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

Aug 05 06:04

U.S. SENATORS INTRODUCE RUSSIA SANCTIONS BILL FROM HELL

(*The big take away is how convincingly the U.S. senators can make themselves look busy , when it comes to screwing with other countries .
But when it comes to actually doing anything convincingly positive here in our own country , ...)

Aug 05 05:34

Russia Slams Leak Of Secret Memo On US-Moscow Cooperation in Syria

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On Friday Reuters published a bombshell report based on a leaked US government memo revealing a secret deal possibly in the works between top Russian and American generals initiated by the Russian side last month during the very week that President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki .

Russia has since slammed the leak, but has confirmed it confidentially extended the hand of cooperation on Syria.

According to the Reuters report, Russia has used a closely guarded communications channel with America’s top general "to propose the two former Cold War foes cooperate to rebuild Syria and repatriate refugees to the war-torn country, according to a U.S. government memo."

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Aug 04 10:12

US Secret Service Slams UK Media Report on "Russian Spy" as Irresponsible

The report says the US Embassy in Moscow fired her quietly last year to avoid embarrassment.

A Russian woman allegedly spied on the US Secret Service on behalf of Russian counterintelligence while she was working at the US Embassy in Moscow, says a report by The Guardian, citing an unnamed source in US intelligence.

According to the report, the woman was hired by the US State Department and worked for the Secret Service as a part of her duties at the embassy. As a consequence of those duties, she had access to the embassy's intranet and email systems, which could have possibly enabled her to access highly confidential material, such as the schedules of the US president and vice president.

Aug 04 10:05

Russian Bank Hit With Sanctions For Helping North Korea

The Treasury Department slapped sanctions on a Russian bank on Friday, accusing it of processing transactions for North Korea in violation of United Nations sanctions.

Agrosoyuz Commercial Bank knowingly facilitated "a significant transaction" on behalf of a person affiliated with North Korea's weapons of mass destruction, the agency said in a statement.

The individual was named as Han Jang Su, the Moscow-based chief representative of North Korea's primary foreign exchange bank, the Foreign Trade Bank.

The statement also detailed a long relationship between the Russian bank and North Korea. The bank held, processed and transferred millions of dollars for North Korea, despite sanctions which are meant to isolate it economically.

Aug 04 09:24

Russian MoD ‘disappointed’ by US leak, but confirms confidential offer on Syria cooperation

Regarding the leak, Moscow said “the inability of the US side to comply with the agreement on publicizing the contacts [between the two militaries] only with the consent of both sides is disappointing."

“We expect that the US side will be able to take the necessary measures to prevent further violations of mutual agreements in the future.”

The Russian MoD also expanded on the content of its offer. Moscow is open “to work with the Syrian authorities on providing security guarantees to the refugees from the Rukban camp in the US-controlled area of al-Tanf and creating necessary conditions for their return home.”

Aug 03 17:14

Russia’s move to ditch dollar in favor of gold minimizes risk of US political blackmail

Bank of Russia data shows the country’s gold holdings are approaching 2,000 tons, nearly quadrupling over the recent decade and rising to 17 percent of the nation’s total foreign reserves.
By opting to purchase precious metals and liquidating holdings of US Treasury securities, Russia has been playing it smart, precious metals market analyst Dimitri Speck said, commenting on the latest steps by the country’s central bank.

(*we tried it , but along came the revolution , Kennedy got whacked , Nixon through us back on The Rothchild Dollar , everybody who blames the Democrats started hoarding the former commonwealth currency , even to this day , though its not used as currency anymore , it's privatized for consumer retail , so Trump's plan , along with his associates in the Government is to do what they can spend like it's his personal bank account , to crush The Rothchild dollar , that they have forced us to use ever since the Republican's tricky Dick put us back on it .)

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