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Feb 14 12:50

The Suicidal Empire

There are a lot of behaviors being exhibited by those in positions of power in the US that seem disparate and odd. We watch Trump who is imposing sanctions on country after country, dreaming of eradicating his country’s structural trade deficit with the rest of the world. We watch pretty much all of US Congress falling over each other in their attempt to impose the harshest possible sanctions on Russia. People in Turkey, a key NATO country, are literally burning US dollars and smashing iPhones in a fit of pique. Confronted with a new suite of Russian and Chinese weapons systems that largely neutralize the ability of the US to dominate the world militarily, the US is setting new records in the size of its already outrageously bloated yet manifestly ineffectual defense spending.

Feb 14 08:06

Young man killed in US-Syrian skirmish, further escalation stopped ‘only’ due to Russian mediation – Russian MOD

A 22-year-old Syrian was killed while another man was injured during an altercation between US troops and locals in northern Syria, the Russian military said. The showdown happened after a US convoy diverged from its patrol route.

Editor’s note: This article has been corrected to reflect the young man killed was 22, not 14 as initially reported.

The incident took place near the village of Khirbet Amo, east of the town of Qamishli on Wednesday. Clashes broke out after the American patrol veered off its expected route and was stopped at a Syrian Army checkpoint, the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prayers for this young man's family and friends; and that being said, can anyone, please, actually logically explain to me what the hell we are doing, militarily, in Syria, other than potentially annoying Russia so much with this military misadventure, that Moscow will see no other way of dealing with it, than to conduct a savage military campaign against American military resources here>?!?

Didn't think so.

Feb 14 07:29

SENATE PASSES WAR POWERS ACT LIMITING TRUMP’S AUTHORITY TO LAUNCH MILITARY OPERATIONS AGAINST IRAN

SOURCE: NBC NEWS

The Senate backed legislation Thursday to limit President Donald Trump’s ability to wage war against Iran, rebuking him after a strike against an Iranian military commander and Tehran’s retaliation last month raised fears of broader regional conflict.

Eight of Trump’s fellow Republicans joined Democrats to pass the war powers resolution by 55-45. The measure would require Trump to remove U.S. troops engaged in hostilities against Iran unless Congress declares war or passes a specific authorization for the use of military force.

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Trump has promised a veto and there is not expected to be enough support in the Senate to muster the two-thirds majority to override. Republicans in the chamber hold 53 of the 100 seats and rarely vote against the president.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Senate was absolutely correct in doing this, because the Constitution very unambiguously states that only Congress can declare war.

That being said, it is very unfortunate that President Trump's veto will be allowed to stand; because, sooner or later, in light of the reality that the President is pathologically incapable of seeing the country of Iran other than through the jaundiced eyes of one of his BFFs in the Middle East, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, we are looking at a US war against Iran.

I would politely like to remind the President, Congress, the State Department, and the Pentagon, of a promise made last summer, by a Russian Diplomat, at a Symposium attended by Iranian delegates. This headline, from the Moscow Times, English language edition, and was published on 26 June, 2019: Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

The article goes on to state: "“Iran will withstand this type of fight and Iran is not alone,” Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, said at a Russian-Iranian policy forum in Moscow."

Kabulov went on to say: "“But it’s not just Russia, many other countries sympathize and empathize with Iran,” the Kommersant business daily quoted him as saying. “Tehran won’t be alone if the U.S., God forbid, takes wild and irresponsible actions against it.”

So there you have it, folks; if the US invades Iran, Russia, and probably a number of yet-unspecified countries, will be willing to come to its aid against the US, and its consortium.

Zabulov, and other high Russian officials, when making statements like this, are making them because they are coming from both President Putin and the Russian Duma; I would like, please, for the officials in the US to remember this, as they are evolving a US Iran policy, which most likely will force the US to fight to "defend Israel", if the deal between Pompeo and Netanyahu, begun last December, comes to fruition this year: Netanyahu, Pompeo push forward with US-Israel defense pact

The JPost article goes on to state: "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made progress on a defense pact between their countries in their meeting in Lisbon this week, Netanyahu said on Thursday.

“The meeting with Pompeo was critical for Israeli security,” Netanyahu said of the discussion that took an hour and 45 minutes on Wednesday. “We agreed to promote a defense pact.”

Translation: this means that the US military would be forced to defend Israel in the region and beyond, even if Israel (as is so frequently the case) perpetrated some major mischief against its neighbors from which it cannot extricate itself, without US military assistance/aggression.

And BTW, if this gets passed after the annual AIPAC meeting in DC in March, does anyone in this country beside me, feel a draft?!?

Folks, particularly the parents, families, and friends, of American teenages; be afraid, be very afraid, should this legislation get passed.

Feb 13 22:15

What brought Iranian forces to Idlib front?

Iran’s involvement in Idlib appears to also have something to do with Iran’s grand regional plan following the killing of Soleimani, that is, attempting to expel US forces from the region. As the main concentration of the US forces in Syria is in the areas east of the Euphrates river controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces, Tehran wants the Syrian government operation in Idlib to be concluded successfully as soon as possible so that the next step in realizing Assad’s promise to “liberate every inch of Syrian territory” could be started in the east of the Euphrates. Referring to this issue, Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said in a press conference Jan. 30 that “the Syrian government and its allies from the resistance front will go from Idlib to the eastern Euphrates to expel the Americans.”

Feb 13 15:10

Russian politicians, military experts: The Syrian State has the right to use military force against terrorists on its land

MOSCOW, (ST)- Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian Federation Council Andrei Klimov has affirmed that Russia's position towards Syria is based on the basic principles of the international law which consider that all the military forces and armed groups operating on Syrian territories without the approval of the legitimate Syrian government , as occupation forces which have no mandate justifying their presence in Syria.

In a statement to SANA, Klimov said the Turkish regime has not implemented its commitments regarding the de-escalation zone in Idleb pursuant to the Sochi agreement, stressing that this Turkish behavior complicates the situation in this area.

Feb 13 10:32

Syria and Turkey Edge Toward All-Out War While Putin Smiles

There have been several clashes between Syrian and Turkish military forces in the last two weeks, as Syria attempts to retake Idlib province from rebel forces. Turkey has carved out a demilitarized zone in Idlib, which is supposed to be a safe zone for Syrian civilians. Their goal is to prevent a flood of refugees from crossing the Syrian border.

But Syria is ignoring the Moscow-negotiated cease-fire and driving hundreds of thousands of refugees toward Turkey, most of them in desperate straits.

The UN is warning of a humanitarian catastrophe as 700,000 Syrians are on the move with nowhere to go. But there are likely to be more refugees as Syria and Turkey have now come to blows, with President Erdogan promising to "punish" Syria for attacking Turkish positions in Idlib.

Washington Times:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Turkey is the US NATO ally in Syria; this could get profoundly ugly, and very quickly.

Feb 13 09:06

WATCH: US military convoy met with HAIL OF BULLETS in north Syria… and Russian convoy intervenes to break up the fight

Footage has emerged of US troops getting involved in a heated exchange and a shootout with angry locals in northern Syria, which reportedly saw one man killed. A Russian military convoy then moved to de-escalate the situation.

Feb 13 06:05

China, Russia to Defy US Sanctions Over Support to Venezuela

The Russian government rejected on Monday the U.S. threats to impose new sanctions against several Russian companies for their cooperation with Venezuela in the oil sector.

Last week, the United States special representative for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, warned Russia that its support for Venezuela will cost them econmically as Washington is looking to sanction them.

“We classify this practice as harmful, we believe that many countries suffer because of this practice, we consider it contrary to international law,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov told reporters Monday in regards to Washington’s plans.

“The United States, especially, and several other countries, unfortunately use these trade and other restrictions very frequently against third world countries, which are illegal under international law.”

Feb 13 06:03

US Sanctions Venezuelan State Airline, Threatens Russian Oil Giant

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rejected the sanctions regime as “outrageous.”

Feb 12 17:28

Russia & EU on path to cut out the dollar by boosting settlements in national currencies

With the number of non-dollar deals rising, Moscow and Brussels are discussing ways to boost the volume of settlements in euros or rubles, says Russia's envoy to the EU Vladimir Chizhov.

Feb 12 17:21

Trump Admin Gets on the Al-Qaeda Bandwagon to Deepen Wedge Between Russia and Turkey

The Trump administration is seizing the chance to egg Turkey on Syria. The farther Erdogan goes in his Idlib adventure the more pressure there is on Russian-Turkish relations, and the more the US can advertise its unquestioned support for Turkey contrasted with Russian opposition and resistance.

It would be clever politics but for the fact it means siding with al-Qaeda.

Now we have Turkey protecting Hayat Tahrir al-Sham from the Syrians, and the US offering to “coordinate” with Turkey (presumably to insulate it from Russian pressure and/or reaction) as it does that.

Feb 12 14:25

Regime Change wars have no basis in International Law.

A Syrian checkpoint denied entry to a US patrol near the village of Kherbet Ammo in al-Qamishli. The patrol consisted of 5 armored personnel carriers. When the US patrol threatened that they will pass by force, a group of local citizens opened machine-gun fire against the US patrol. When the US soldiers opened fire against the Syrian citizens, the SAA's checkpoint members deployed defensively and opened fire to cover the civilians in the area.

Feb 12 08:08

KEY WITNESS TOLD MUELLER TEAM THAT RUSSIA COLLUSION EVIDENCE FOUND IN UKRAINE WAS FABRICATED

SOURCE:
Authored by John Solomon via JustTheNews.com,

One of Robert Mueller’s pivotal trial witnesses told the special prosecutor’s team in spring 2018 that a key piece of Russia collusion evidence found in Ukraine known as the “black ledger” was fabricated, according to interviews and testimony.

The ledger document, which suddenly appeared in Kiev during the 2016 U.S. election, showed alleged cash payments from Russian-backed politicians in Ukraine to ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

“The ledger was completely made up,” cooperating witness and Manafort business partner Rick Gates told prosecutors and FBI agents, according to a written summary of an April 2018 special counsel’s interview.

In a brief interview with Just the News, Gates confirmed the information in the summary.

“The black ledger was a fabrication,” Gates said.

“It was never real, and this fact has since been proven true.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised by these revelations.

Feb 12 07:44

NEW LEAKS SHATTER OPCW’S ATTACKS ON DOUMA WHISTLEBLOWERS

SOURCE: THE GRAYZONE
Facing accusations that it issued a doctored report alleging a chemical attack in Syria, the OPCW has released an inquiry attacking two whistleblowers as rogue actors. Leaked documents obtained by The Grayzone reveal serious distortions in the OPCW inquiry as well as a campaign of intimidation against internal dissenters.

BY AARON MATÉ
For the past year, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has been roiled by allegations that it manipulated an investigation to falsely accuse the Syrian government of a chemical weapons attack. An OPCW report released in March 2019 lent credence to claims by Islamist militants and Western governments that the Syrian military killed around 40 civilians with toxic gas in the city of Douma in April 2018. The accusation against Damascus led to US-led military strikes on Syrian government sites that same month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These attacks against these whistleblowers, is nothing more, or less, than grade A level bovine excrement, squirted into the faces of those who will not follow the US-enabled agendas the OPCW is working to support, with this false narrative.

Feb 11 16:00

The Syrian Arab Army Secures the Entirety of Damascus – Aleppo Highway

The Syrian Arab Army SAA has completed its main task within the current military operation by securing the Damascus – Aleppo Highway aka M5 after weeks of heavy clashes and fast maneuvers.

Feb 11 13:43

The liberation of Saraqib | February 2020 | Syria

“War Diary” project | Saraqib, Idlib province, Syria | February 2020

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Feb 11 12:38

Russian scientists believe America created the Wuhan coronavirus to sabotage China

Acccording to William Ebbs, several Russian scientists believe America created the Wuhan coronavirus to sabotage China in order to make tonnes of money by subsequently coming up with an antidote or vaccine.

Russian media sources suggest the novel disease, provisionally known as 2019-nCoV, could be an American made bio-weapon designed to sabotage China.The claims have had significant airtime on mainstream Russian media and could be part of Vladimir Putin’s efforts to discredit U.S interests in the region.

“The Chinese believe the coronavirus is created by the Americans,” the popular Komsomolskaya Pravda reported, citing as proof that the virus was “genetically shaped in the American laboratories,” the claim that “all the infected are Asians!” and there are “no Europeans.”

Feb 11 12:01

The Door Is Open for the Crucial Trump-Putin-Xi Summit

“I have great respect for President Xi and great respect for China.” He also called President Xi Jinping last week to praise his all-forces effort to counter the novel coronavirus, while the whorish U.S. and European press are full of insane diatribes about China failing to deal with this global threat, or even accusing it of intentionally unleashing it. In fact, Trump repeatedly tells the throngs attending his rallies, as he does with his tweets to the American people, that he respects President Xi Jinping as a great leader of a great nation.

It is time that Pompeo got the Bolton treatment.

So it is, also, with Russia. There is no American who has not heard President Trump say, over and over, that “being friends with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing.” And yet the press, and the Congress, and even Trump’s Cabinet members, pump out daily diatribes against Russia and the allegedly “evil dictator” Vladimir Putin.

Feb 11 10:11

Implausible Denials: The Crime at Jabal al Tharda. US-led Air Raid on Behalf of ISIS-Daesh Against Syrian Forces

On 17 September 2016 a carefully planned US-led air raid on Jabal al Tharda (Mount Tharda), overlooking Deir Ezzor airport, slaughtered over 100 Syrian soldiers and delivered control of the mountain to DAESH / ISIS. After that surprise attack, the terrorist group held the mountain for almost a year, but did not manage to take the airport or the entire city. US-led forces admitted the attack but claimed it was all a ‘mistake’. However uncontested facts, eye witness accounts and critical circumstances show that was a lie. This article sets out the evidence of this crime, in context of Washington’s historical use of mercenaries for covert actions, linked to the doctrine of ‘plausible deniability’.

Feb 10 12:37

Fierce Clashes Between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham And Syrian Army Erupt West Of Saraqib. Turkish Artillery Strikes Reported

On February 10, fierce clashes erupted between the Syrian Army and forces led by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) near Nayrab, San and Afis in the province of Idlib. These villages are located just west of the town of Saraqib recently liberated by the Syrian Army from terrorists.

Feb 10 11:39

Turkey strikes Syrian Army positions after ‘5 troops killed in shelling’

Five Turkish troops were killed in the shelling of an observation post in Syria’s Idlib province, Ankara has said, blaming Damascus for the attack. Turkish forces then fired on Syrian Army positions.

Feb 10 08:35

Russia is ready to extend New START arms control treaty & negotiate on new weapons, yet US ignores the offers – Lavrov

Moscow is ready to prolong the crucial New Start arms control treaty without any preconditions – and even negotiate on its new, state-of-art weaponry – yet the US is dodging the talks, Russia’s FM Sergey Lavrov has said.

One of the last obstacles on the path of the unhinged nuclear arms race, the US-Russia Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) is set to expire in a year. Still Moscow and Washington have been unable to engage into any meaningful discussion on it yet, since the US has been ignoring the repeated calls for dialogue, Lavrov said during an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper.

Moscow’s position is clear – it’s ready to extend the existing treaty right away – and it has been repeatedly voiced by the top Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin. Instead of discussing the existing pact, however, the US has been insisting on dragging China into it.

Feb 09 10:20

Iraq, Russia discuss strengthening military ties amid US tensions

Iraq and Russia have discussed furthering military ties amid souring relations between Baghdad and Washington in the wake of US assassination of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi anti-terror commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

In a statement released on Thursday, Iraq's Defense Ministry announced a meeting between the army chief of staff, Lieutenant General Othman al-Ghanimi, and Russian Ambassador Maksim Maksimov, along with Moscow’s newly arrived defense attaché in Baghdad.

Feb 09 03:47

US East Coast No Longer "Safe Haven" Due To Russian Submarines, Admiral Warns

US Vice Admiral Andrew Lewis, the head of the Navy’s 2nd Fleet, raised eyebrows this week with alarming comments made at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event.

He told the think tank audience that a recent uptick of Russian submarine presence of the US East Coast means that the coastal area should no longer be considered "uncontested" nor should any longer be deemed a "safe haven" for US ships or submarines.

He noted recent increased Russian submarine activity in the Atlantic Ocean, especially Russia's utilization of more advanced and quieter types which go largely undetected.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The fact that Russia has "more advanced and quieter types" of subs is not Russia's problems; the problem is, why can the US not detect them, and why is the US military/industrial complex (again) behind the proverbial 8-ball here?!?

THAT.. is the question which must be asked, and answered, by the US defense industry.

Feb 09 02:57

Syria & Russia Publish Evidence Of US Weapons Recovered In Idlib 'Terrorist Enclave'

The Syrian Army is making major gains inside Idlib in a military offensive condemned by Turkey and the United States, over the weekend capturing the key town of Saraqib from al-Qaeda linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

Amid the military advance, the Syrian and Russian governments say they've recovered proof of US support for the anti-Assad al-Qaeda insurgent terrorists, publishing photographs of crates of weapons and supplies to state-run SANA:

Syrian Arab Army units have found US-made weapons and ammunition, and medicines made in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait at the positions and caches of terrorist organizations in the towns of Mardikh and Kafr Amim in Idleb southeastern countryside after crushing terrorism in them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but perfectly predictable from this government.

Feb 09 02:53

US Deploys "Mini-Nuke" In Deplorable Threat To World Peace

Via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

The Pentagon confirmed this week that it has, for the first time, armed some of its submarines with long-range nuclear missiles which have a lower destructive power compared with existing warheads. These so-called “mini-nukes” represent – despite the diminutive-sounding name – an increased risk of nuclear war.

The newly deployed W76-2 warhead fitted to the Trident missile system is reported to have an explosive yield of five kilotons, or about 1 per cent of the existing W76-1 weapon. The supposed lower-yield weapon is nevertheless an instrument of immense mass destruction, equivalent to approximately a third of the power of the bomb the US dropped on Hiroshima in August 1945 which killed tens of thousands of people. That puts in perspective the seemingly more usable “mini-nuke” missile.

However, with Dr Strangelove-type logic, Pentagon official John Rood, claimed

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, the deployment of such weapons does absolutely make us, or the world, more safe, but makes us very much less so.

And would someone please define what this government is calling "
Russia Aggression" for me?!? Forgive me, but I don't think I could ever be called an "intellectual slouch", but I'm just not seeing this.

Are the Russians and Chinese, in some areas, light years ahead of the US on weaponry, and are they getting a lot more "bank for their buck", in terms of weapons development?!>?

We know that the short answer is "Yes"; but instead of blaming Russia or China for their better evolution of weapons, should we not be defining the problems in US weapons development, and getting them fixed?!?

Folks, I'm just saying.....

Feb 08 20:42

Russia’s MiG-31 Foxhound Interceptors Bolstered By Growing Arsenal of Hypersonic Missiles

Russia’s MiG-31 Foxhound heavyweight interceptors continue to form the mainstay of its combat fleet alongside large numbers of Su-27 Flanker air superiority fighters, and have been extensively modernised into a number of enhanced variants foremost among which is the MiG-31BSM. The aircraft are equipped with some of the most powerful sensors of any combat jet in the world, and with the next generation Su-57 having yet to enter service they are still considered the most capable Russia jets in terms of air to air combat capacity.

Feb 08 07:53

Israel uses civilian flight as shield to raid Damascus after Syrian troops liberate Saraqib

'Israel using passenger jets as shields'

The spokesman stressed that Israel was well aware of civilian flights around Damascus and that such missions demonstrated the regime's reckless disregard for human lives.

"The Israeli general staff's use of passenger jets as a cover for its military operations or as a shield from Syrian missile system fire is becoming a typical trait of Israeli air force," he said.

Russia had previously warned that Israeli airstrikes against Damascus were endangering civilian jets.

Feb 08 07:50

Turkey preparing for war against Syria and Russia

Erdogan and his forces killed 4 Russian FSB officers. Time for Putin to put out The Dog!

In the afternoon, a suicide bomber from Hayat Tahrir al-Cham blew himself up in a building housing Russian forces. We are still unaware of the outcome of this operation, which we understand should be assumed by Turkey.

We are heading in the short term towards a conflict between Turkey, a member of NATO, and Russia, a member of the CSTO.

Feb 07 11:04

Operation Barbarossa II: Setting The Stage For War

I have written several times about the continuing NATO preparations for an attack on Russia, a second Operation Barbarossa, the code name for the Nazi invasion of the USSR in 1941. Circumstances prompt me to write about it again, for as of the last week in January the Americans and their gang of lieutenant nations in NATO have commenced the biggest military exercises in 25 years to take place in Europe. The code name for this operation is Defender-Europe 20 but we can interpret that as Attack-Russia 20; in effect a preparation for an attack on Russia comparable to the Nazi invasion in 1941 that killed 27 million Soviet citizens, wounded countless more and destroyed everything west of the Urals and led ultimately to the crushing of the Nazis that launched the attack.

Feb 07 09:44

Iraq considers deepening military ties with Russia

Associated Press
BAGHDAD: Iraq and Russia discussed prospects for deepening military coordination, Iraq's Defense Ministry said Thursday, amid a strain in Baghdad-Washington relations after a U.S. airstrike killed a top Iranian general inside Iraq.

The ministry statement followed a meeting in Baghdad between Iraqi army chief of staff Lt. Gen. Othman Al-Ghanimi and Iraq's Russian Ambassador Maksim Maksimov, as well as a newly arrived defense attache.

The meeting comes during an uncertain moment in the future of Iraq-U.S. military relations, following the Jan. 3 U .S. drone strike that killed Iran's most powerful military commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and Iraqi senior militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis near Baghdad airport. The attack continues to create friction, prompting powerful Shiite parties to call for an overhaul of the existing strategic set-up between Iraq and the U.S.-led coalition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Between this, potentially happening, and China's deal for development of Iraq's oil fields, reached in October of last year, Iraq, China launch 'oil for reconstruction' agreementone has to wonder; who, precisely, "won" Iraq, after all the blood and money spent by this country?!?!?

Feb 07 09:32

Israeli airstrikes on Damascus suburbs put at risk civilian flight with 172 passengers on board – Russian MoD

Israeli strikes on Damascus suburbs put a civilian aircraft in serious danger and forced it to divert to Russia’s Khmeimim airbase as the Syrian air defense was activated to repel the attack, the Russian military said.

Feb 07 09:30

Syrian Army blocks US military convoy from important highway in Hasakah

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – A unit from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) intercepted a military convoy of the U.S. military in the eastern part of the Euphrates River Valley after trying to enter a town in the Tel Tamr District of Al-Hasakah this week.

Feb 07 09:26

Our Military Is Clashing With Russians While Defending Syrian Oil. Why?

Trump seems to think it's okay to choose who controls resources and who doesn't in other people's countries.

Last month, American military forces physically blocked Russian troops from proceeding down a road near the town of Rmelan, Syria. U.S. troops were acting on orders of President Trump, who said back in October that Washington would be “protecting” oil fields currently under control of the anti-Assad, Kurdish Syrian Defense Forces.

Meanwhile, the Russians are acting on behalf of Syrian president Bashar Assad, who says the state is ultimately in control of those fields. While no shots were fired in this case, the next time Moscow’s forces might not go so quietly.

Feb 07 09:05

Turkey Demands Russia Stop Syria From Fighting in Idlib

Syrian forces enter al-Qaeda-held town or Saraqeb.

After the Turkish military attacked and killed scores of Syrian soldiers in the same area, Syria has launched a new offensive against al-Qaeda-held Saraqeb, and Syrian forces have reportedly entered the town.

Turkey is very averse to the idea of Syria taking any more territory from al-Qaeda, and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is demanding Russia immediately force Syria to stop all offensives in Idlib Province.

Cavusoglu said Russia must “immediately stop the regime,” and that Turkey considers Syria contesting these towns as a source of “humanitarian drama.”

Syria’s interest in Idlib, beyond it being part of Syria and just rife with Islamists, is that two towns, Maarat al-Numaan and Saraqeb, are on the main highway between Damascus and Aleppo. Syria would very much like full control of that highway, and having already taken the former town, they are pushing to take the later as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For Erdogan to be making these demands of Russia, it is obvious to me, that he doesn't know who he is dealing with, in Putin, and/or he has gone completely out of his mind.

I can understand why Damascus wants Idlib back, from a standpoint of
military control of the road linking Damascus and Aleppo, although the cost, in blood and money, is going to certainly be horrific.

Prayers, if you are so inclined to do so, that the civilian casualties will be as minimal as humanly possible.

Feb 07 08:55

Pragmatic agenda: Lavrov tours Latin America to foster cooperation, not to spite Washington

The Russian foreign minister’s three-day trip to Latin America has provoked nervous reactions in the US, where it is assumed to be part of an anti-American agenda even though Moscow has legitimate economic interests in the region.
During the trip that started on Wednesday, Sergey Lavrov is scheduled to pay one-day visits to Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela – setting the tongues wagging in Washington.

The Hill branded the whole trip a “show of support” for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, whom US President Donald Trump had just declared a “dictator” while offering support to self-proclaimed “interim leader” Juan Guaido.

Even Reuters has insinuated that Lavrov was “sent” by the Kremlin to Caracas to somehow “counteract” American sanctions. The standard line of mainstream media outlets seems to be that Moscow seeks to “strengthen influence in the region.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, please; this alleged "Russian menace" went out with the dribble glass and the whoopie cushion.

Russian business people are just that; business people, period, end of discussion. This is why Lavrov is traveling to these countries, to encourage more business ties and deals.

I would really appreciate it, if DC wouldn't insinuate "evil" in to everything the Russian government does; the Russian government is doing this to protect the people who hired them, by voting, to run their government.

Feb 07 08:49

Coronavirus food warning: PRICES DOUBLE in Russia’s Far East after Chinese border closed, vegetable supplies running scarce

By Jonny Tickle

Events in Russia's Far East rarely register on the global radar, but right now the remote region may serve as canary in the coalmine for dangers to food security if the new Chinese coronavirus goes global.
Prices of some products have doubled since Moscow ordered the closure of a series of border checkpoints last week. At the same time, supplies of vegetables have already started to dwindle, even though there is no official blanket ban on importing Chinese produce.

Speaking to Interfax, a spokesperson for Khabarovsk's largest retail chain Samberi confirmed that prices have risen throughout the Far East. The local Minister of Agriculture, Alexander Shkurin, told a government meeting that stores in the region have begun their search for alternative suppliers, including in distant Turkey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, at the risk of sounding like a chipped CD, this horrific coronavirus issue should get you thinking about prepping, and right the hell now, if you have not already.

Potable water; storable food; medicines; a way to cook if electricity goes out, etc., etc.

One of the finest authorities on this, is a lady who I hold in very high esteem; her name is Daisy Luther, and if you have not either read, nor purchased, some of her very sage advice on this subject, please, do yourself a favor, and do so now.

This lady makes sense in a way that makes absolute horse sense, and her advice is completely easy to understand, and to follow through upon.

Feb 07 08:18

A NEW SPACE RACE? US, CHINA, RUSSIA, AND EUROPE ALL PLAN FOR MOON BASES

One year ago in January, a Chinese robot landed on the dark side of the moon. Since then, the Chang’e 4 probe and the Yutu-2 rover it carried onboard have been busy photographing and scanning minerals, growing yeast, hatching fruit-fly eggs, and cultivating cotton, potato, and rapeseeds in the moon’s low gravity, according to the Daily Beast.

Now, China’s National Space Administration is quietly planning to launch yet another probe into space. Chang’e 5 could blast off as early as this year.

Last year, TMU reported that the Yutu-2 rover came across a strange “gel-like” substance which the Chinese began to study extensively.

The Chinese space agency has continued to work on its Tiangong 3 space station and is planning on testing a new manned spacecraft for deep-space missions. That permanent station will reach orbit aboard the country’s new Long March 5B rocket in the first half of 2020, AFP reported. The mission will not be associated with the International Space Station.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The very clearly articulated desire of the US government to "weaponize space", concerns me deeply.

Space exploration should be a place in which all countries around the world should be cooperating, and not competing; humankind, as a species, is never better than when it works together to share information, and insights, to give us a better understanding of where we stand, in our little blue island of Light, relative to the rest of the universe.

Feb 07 06:33

MAJOR: Non-Issuance Of US Visas To Russian Officials Undermining United Nations

“We regret to state that the situation with the non-issuance of visas to Russian officials heading to the US on official business not only does not improve, it continues to deteriorate,” the foreign ministry stated, TASS reported.

“Despite numerous requests from our side and our calls to lift the restrictions, there are mass refusals to grant visas from the side of US authorities. This is a conscious and intentional policy of Washington,” it added.

Feb 07 05:24

Israeli airstrikes on Damascus suburbs put at risk civilian flight with 172 passengers on board – Russian MoD

Israeli strikes on Damascus suburbs put a civilian aircraft in serious danger and forced it to divert to Russia’s Khmeimim airbase as the Syrian air defense was activated to repel the attack, the Russian military said.

An Airbus A320 flying from Tehran to the Syrian capital was forced to make an emergency landing following an Israeli missile attack, the Russian Defense Ministry said. It added that using civilian aircraft as a “shield” is “commonplace” for Israeli Air Force pilots.

Feb 06 13:39

Beyond Ukraine: America’s Coming (Losing) Battle for Eurasia

by Maj. Danny Sjursen, USA (ret.) Posted on February 06, 2020

Academic historians reject anything smacking of inevitably. Instead they emphasize the contingency of events as manifested through the inherent agency of human beings and the countless decisions they make. On the merits, such scholars are basically correct. That said, there was something – if not inevitable – highly probable, almost (forgive me) deterministic about the two cataclysmic world wars of the 20th century. Both, in retrospect, were driven, in large part, by collective – particularly Western – nations’ adherence to a series of geopolitical philosophies.

Feb 06 09:56

Syrian Army’s Offensive in Idlib Deepens Rift Between Russia and Turkey

Major strains are appearing in Russian-Turkish relations, particularly over the Syrian Army’s latest offensive against Turkish-backed jihadists in Idlib and Russia’s non-agreeance with Turkey’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood government based in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. Last week Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an made a massive outburst against Russia that has since only escalated. At the heights of relations, according to a November 2018 INR poll, 51% of Turks viewed Russia favourably. However, a poll published on Sunday by Turkey’s Daily Sabah found that only 16% of Turks trust Russia with the so-called mistrust because of Moscow’s Syria and Libya position.

Feb 06 09:23

Erdogan Says He Issued Ultimatum to Putin for Syria to Relinquish Gains or He’s Joining the War on AQ’s Side

I think Putin gave him an answer. His troops are now encircled.

Speaking to MPs from his party Erdogan said that in a recent telephone call with Putin he has issued a demand that the Russian President makes the Syrian army pull back to lines it held before the current Idlib offensive, as well as a preceding one carried out last August.

According to Erdogan he told Putin that if Russia will not make Syria retreat from its territory, the Turkish army and air force would. Again according to Erdogan’s word he has given the Russian president until the end of February to accomplish this.

Feb 06 09:20

‘Military Genius’ Erdogan Gets Hundreds More of His Troops Encircled in Syria

To stop the ongoing — and wildly successful — Russian-backed Syrian offensive Erdogan ordered hundreds of additional Turkish troops to pour into Syria’s al-Qaeda-held Idlib and put themselves in the way of the advancing Syrian army.

This first got 7 of his troops killed when the Syrians at night mistook the Turks for Islamist rebels, and now it has resulted in all of the new troops becoming encircled.

Feb 06 05:45

Russia to react to US-NATO exercise Defender 2020 in Europe — Lavrov

Moscow will react in a way that will not create unnecessary risks, according to the Russian top diplomat

Feb 05 09:59

Feel the ‘Sun Heat’: WATCH Russia’s fearsome heavy thermobaric flamethrower system in action

Russia’s Defense Ministry released a rare video of TOS-1A heavy flamethrower systems fired during military drills. The fearsome weapon packs 24 thermobaric missiles, capable of obliterating everything within 40,000 square meters.

Feb 05 06:08

Russian coronavirus test system to be used in China’s Wuhan

The Russian Academy of Sciences’ Far East Institute of Automation and Control Processes, supported by the Vladivostok University of Economics and Service, have developed a system that will assist the doctors in diagnosing diseases and pick the optimal therapy

Feb 04 13:53

Podcast – Episode #19 – Alistair Crooke and the Civilizational Wars of the U.S. and Europe

Alistair Crooke and I sit down for a wide-ranging chat on the loss of institutional legitimacy all across the West and the Middle East. Starting with Brexit and what it means for the U.K. and spanning the globe to include Europe, its relationship to Russia and the ideological wars being waged by various factions against Iran and China, this is an episode I don’t think anyone should miss.

I know that I am better served for having been a part of it. And, if in our own small way we can prevent further wars of this type, it will

Feb 03 05:21

Mysterious Russian spacecraft has maneuvered into orbit right behind a $4 billion US spy satellite - and the Pentagon is worried it could be preparing for an attack

A Russian 'inspector' spacecraft has changed its orbit to closely follow a secret American spy satellite.

On January 20, Cosmos 2542 maneuvered so it was behind USA 245, a satellite that gathers images for military and intelligence purposes for the $4billion KH-11 photo reconnaissance project.

Feb 01 07:31

US BOOSTS 'GLIDE BREAKER' PROGRAM TO SHOOT DOWN PUTIN'S "INVINCIBLE" HYPERSONIC MISSILES

But after over the past two years both Russia and China have hyped their own advancing programs (Putin has touted that his Avangard hypersonic missile as “invincible”), which many analysts believe could be further along than the US program, the more pressing worry is how to defend against the nearly impossible to stop high-tech weapon. Hypersonic missiles, such as the kind Russia has lately tested, “are hard to stop, they can maneuver, they’re unpredictable” and “hard to detect” so “you don’t have a lot of time” to respond — Mike White, the Defense Department’s assistant director for hypersonics was quoted this week as saying.

Toward this end, the Pentagon is pursuing experimental interceptor technology designed to take out possible incoming hypersonics.

Artist’s concept of a hypersonic vehicle. DARPA Image.
The military analysis site Defense One explains of the developing program, still in its infancy:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The bigger question which needs to be both asked, and intelligently answered by both the US military, and the US military/industrial complex is, why does it appear that the US weapons programs so perpetually behind the proverbial 8-ball, compared to those of Russia and China?!?

Why are they spending less, and getting better results, more quickly, than are American weapons programs.?!?

I think every taxpayer in this country, should have the right to know the answers to those questions.

Jan 31 08:26

President al-Assad: The American presence in Syria will generate military resistance which will exact losses among the Americans, consequently force them to leave

He pointed out that the American presence in Syria will generate a military resistance which will exact losses among the Americans, and consequently force them to leave. “However, America cannot believe that it will live comfortably in any area it occupies. We remind them of Iraq and Afghanistan, and Syria will not be an exception.”

President al-Assad indicated that the immediate and most effective solution is to unite as Syrians and as patriots and this would cause the Americans to leave the Syrian territory.

Jan 31 05:47

Authored by James Rickards via The Daily Reckoning,There’s no need to rehash the sordid politics of the U.S.-Russia relationship since 2014. That relationship became collateral damage to gross corruption in Ukraine.

The Western provinces (Kiev, Lviv) are Slavic, adhere to the Catholic Church and the Pope in Rome, and look to the EU and U.S. for investment and aid.

Prior to 2014, an uneasy truce existed between Washington and Moscow that allowed a pro-Russian President while at the same time permitting increasing contact with the EU. Then the U.S. and UK overreached by allowing the CIA and MI6 to foment a “color revolution” in Kiev called the “Euromaidan Revolution.”

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych resigned and fled to Moscow. Pro-EU protestors took over the government and signed an EU Association Agreement.

In response, Putin annexed Crimea and declared it part of Russia. He also infiltrated Donetsk and Luhansk and helped establish de facto pro-Russian regional governments. The U.S. and EU responded with harsh economic sanctions on Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rickards, dammit, you are better than this; in your idiotic spinning of what Russia allegedly did, you seem to be suffering from a very advanced case of selective memory disorder, or SMD, for short, a disease for which, sadly, there is no cure, other than swallowing a big, bitter gulp of the truth, and you appear to have a case developed far beyond its help for you.

When the US-sponsored coup happened in Kiev, President Obama confesses that he had been part of a deal to affect regime change in Ukraine the Crimean people knew that any possible moral, responsible government had been made impossible. So, the Crimean people did two things:

first, they had a referendum, asking the Crimean people if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, post -putsch, or petition the Russian federation to become a member. Crimean Status Refereundum

Overwhelmingly, the Crimean people voted to request that the Russian Federation accept Crimea as a member, which Russia did.

And Ricards, I would like to politely remind you, if your brain has become too pickled in your " KICKAPOO JOY-JUICE" you are attempting to get others to imbibe, by making this seriously flawed and false charge against Russia.that the right to peaceful self-determination is deeply embedded the language, and intent, of the UN Charter of the Rights of Man, to which the US, and Russia, are both signatories.

That move very much pissed off Ukraine and the US, even though it was the will of the Crimean people, and therefore harsh penalties as restrictions were placed against Russia... FOR SOMETHING IT ABSOLUTELY DID NOT DO, ANNEX CRIMEA.

When will you, and the others of your ilk, finally realize, that the "biglie" went out with the whoopie cushion, and the dribble glass?!?

SHAME ON YOU!!!!!

Jan 30 14:19

Poroshenko ‘most corrupt president ever,’ Hunter Biden’s board job may have been bribe for his father – UkraineGate documentary

ormer Ukrainian officials told a French journalist that President Petro Poroshenko was directly involved in corruption, and that Hunter Biden’s job at the gas company Burisma was a bribe to his father, the US vice president.
US President Donald Trump is currently on trial in the Senate, having been impeached by the House over Democrat allegations that withholding military aid to Ukraine over corruption concerns amounted to an abuse of power. Former Ukrainian officials and anti-corruption activists, however, have testified that not only was there corruption involving Burisma, the natural gas firm tied to former vice president and Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden’s son, but that it went all the way to the top.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised by these revelations.

Jan 30 13:35

IMPEACHMENT’S BIGGEST ABSURDITY: OUR TOXIC FIXATION ON USELESS AND CORRUPTING UKRAINE AID

The temporary postponement of the Ukrainian aid was practically irrelevant considering that US assistance efforts have long fueled the poxes they promised to eradicate – especially kleptocracy, or government by thieves. A 2002 American Economic Review analysis concluded that “increases in [foreign] aid are associated with contemporaneous increases in corruption” and that “corruption is positively correlated with aid received from the United States.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Continuing to give money to a government which is, in its very essence, flawed by massive corruption from which it will not extricate itself, is stunningly stupid, and has to be stopped.

Jan 30 09:44

Russia closes its Far East border with China in attempt to prevent spread of new coronavirus

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has signed an order to close the country's border with China in the Far East, Russia's largest and most remote region.

It follows instructions from Vladimir Putin on Wednesday for officials to do all they can to prevent the spread of the dangerous new Chinese coronavirus.

Jan 28 09:20

Sources: Murderer of Soleimanai Killed With Spy Plane Shot Down over Afghanistan(warning/unpleasant photos)

Let's see if the CIA trots this guy out alive.

The downed plane was the mobile CIA command for Michael D’ Andrea, head of operations against Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan, America’s most advanced spy platform and mobile command center with all equipment and documents now in enemy hands

VT Damascus: (Russian intelligence sources confirm) It has been reported that (Mike de Andrea) responsible for the assassination file of the martyr Major General Qassem Soleimani was killed in the accident of the American plane that was shot down in Afghanistan.

Jan 26 14:23

China’s New Coronavirus: An Examination of the Facts

Notable is that while SARS spread to about 40 countries, the infections in most countries were few and deaths almost zero, and it was exclusively (or almost exclusively) Chinese who were infected, those in Hong Kong most seriously, with Mainland China suffering little by comparison.
This appears to be precisely the case with this new virus, in that most of the infected persons (sofar) are Chinese. News reports speak of infections appearing in Thailand or the US, but those (at least to date of writing) were all Chinese who had been to Wuhan. There have been no cases so far of infected Caucasians.
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As with SARS, this new virus appears to be tightly-focused to Chinese. At this stage it is too early to draw specific conclusions.
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Jan 26 09:50

EurasiaDefenseHeadline News MAJOR: How a Russian Radar Managed to Detect six F-35 ‘Stealth’ Fighters From a Distance of Over 1500 km

MOSCOW – Russia’s next-generation long-range radar technology has been able to detect a group of 6 fifth-generation F-35 multirole fighter jets near the Iranian border. This was achieved by a radar that has a specific mode of operation which uses the ionosphere when scanning airspace.

Jan 25 15:52

US angry : Russian Is jamming American Fighter Jets Sent Near IRANIAN

Broken English. References to Israel.

Russian forces have been jamming GPS systems in the Midd East. The electronic-fight campaign affect U.S. forces gathering in the region in advance of potential on Iranian.

Jan 25 09:47

“The Eye of Moscow”: Russia’s new RDR equipment tracks NATO’s “stealth” vehicles

You know these secret USA satellites, those that still haven’t presented the west with a single image of the moskal hordes in the Donbass? What do you mean you don’t know about the secret satellites and the total dominance of the advanced Pentagon over backward Russia? You are probably just cursed vatniks that do not pay due attention to the filtered newsfeed of American propaganda.

There is no place where the might of the West is felt stronger than Zuckerbook, democratically moderated by euro-ukros, and sumerian websites like censor.net.ua. Whoever wants to immerse themselves in the wondrous fantasy world e.g. the War of the Rifle Against the Laser, can ask the forelocked ones and their imaginary colleagues like the fake Pentagon analyst David Jewberg.

All other people living in the real world, instead of their personalized newsfeed world, are kinda aware of the fact that the generally technical or specifically military superiority of the West over Russia is no more.

Jan 24 07:51

Trump Quietly Takes New Action Against Iran, Crushes Those Providing Concealed Support

The Trump administration quietly announced new crushing sanctions on Thursday against entities that have been providing concealed support to Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, “Iran’s petrochemical and petroleum sectors are primary sources of funding for the Iranian regime’s global terrorist activities and enable its persistent use of violence against its own people.”

One of the entities sanctioned by the Trump administration was Triliance Petrochemical Co. Ltd., a Hong-Kong based broker with branches in Iran, United Arab Emirates, China, and Germany:

The other companies that were sanctioned were “Hong Kong-based Sage Energy HK Ltd.; Shanghai-based Peakview Industry Co.; and Dubai-based Beneathco DMCC,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why is Iran being singled out for this kind of treatment?!?

Because Israel wants to see it broken up into little mini-statelets, with no power, and its oil getting controlled by Israeli/US interests.

And can someone, please, tell me, just how President Trump is going to enforce this?!?

I would like to politely remind him, and the others who crafted these sanctions, that interdiction at sea is tantamount to an act of war.

Jan 24 07:31

A-10 Warthogs Elephant Walk In Show Of Force, Weeks After 52 Stealth Fighters Taxied Down Runway 

The U.S. Air Force (USAF) conducted its second Elephant Walk within weeks, this time with ten Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II fighters at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, located in Harrison Township, Michigan, said Defense Blog.

Elephant walks are generally conducted right before a minimum interval takeoff (MITO), a technique used by USAF to scramble all jets to take off at twelve- and fifteen-second intervals.

The objective of the exercise is to get all fighters and bombers in the air within fifteen minutes of an alert of an incoming missile attack.

Defense Blog noted that an Elephant Walk "is a fundamental training element when preparing for global strike missions."

The 127th Wing's motto is "We Stand Ready," as the latest training exercise suggests the A-10s could be preparing for combat in the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder; was this exercise more for domestic, or international consumption?!?

Were I a betting woman, I would bet on the former, rather than the latter, because I am sure that Iran, working with Russian intelligence, has a pretty decent grip on the US's military resources.

Just please remember; in pushing for a war against Iran, the US is also pushing for a war against Russia.

Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

I truly believe that Iranian leadership can "take that promise to the bank.", should hostilities devolve into a shooting war.

People like Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, who made this statement last summer, rarely FART, without Putin's express approval.

Jan 23 14:02

US Troops Seen Blocking Russians From Syrian Oilfields In Series Of Dangerous Standoffs

Tense encounters could turn deadly, sparking a major clash of superpowers after third such incident within a week.

Jan 23 13:44

Russia would annihilate US in a nuclear war

by Jonas E. Alexis

Oliver Stone once again should be commended for asking Vladimir Putin thought-provoking questions. Back in 2017, Stone asked Putin: “In a hot war is the US dominant?” Without hesitation, Putin responded: “I don’t think anyone would survive such a conflict.”

In other words, the Neocons, the war machine, ethnic cleansers in the Middle East, and probably even Donald Trump would not survive a nuclear war with Russia. That means that if Trump is even thinking about attacking Russia, then he is digging his own grave.

Politicians in the United States, said Putin, have been living in a crazy or diabolical world since the beginning of time.

Jan 23 13:37

"This is a warning to all Russian forces": US Air Force sets Russia an ultimatum on Syria

After clashes between the Russian and American military, the US Air Force delivered an ultimatum to Russia.

A few hours ago, speaking to reporters in the Pentagon, Major General of the U.S. Air Force announced that Russia had been given a clear warning not to take any provocative measures and not to test the patience of the United States in Syria in areas where oil and gas are produced.

Jan 23 12:40

Putin Calls for a New System Guided by the UN Charter… But Is It Possible?

Putin is obviously in the bankers hip pocket if he wants The UN to be a global government. Russia still has a central bank controlled by the international bankers. He is a big promoter of the holocaust story. And like Trump he is hooked up with Chabad and Israel.

After speaking about Russia’s vision for internal improvements, Putin shifted towards the international arena saying:

“I am convinced that it is high time for a serious and direct discussion about the basic principles of a stable world order and the most acute problems that humanity is facing. It is necessary to show political will, wisdom and courage. The time demands an awareness of our shared responsibility and real actions.”

Jan 23 12:24

Russia’s New 22350m Frigate Will Have More Firepower than America’s Cruisers and Heavy Destroyers - Reports

While Russia has yet to lay down a new class of destroyer or heavy cruiser since the Soviet era, its expanding shipyards have laid down a number of new frigates under the ambitious Admiral Gorshkov Class warship program. Fifteen of the 5,400 ton ships are planned of which three have been completed and four more are under construction. Supplementing the original Project 22350 Gorshkov Class ships, the Russian Navy is planning to commission a heavy class of frigate which borders the weight range of destroyers, the 7,000 ton 22350m, which is also designated the Gorshkov Class.

Jan 19 21:24

George Washington’s Advice to Us Now

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org

U.S. President George Washington’s final words to his fellow Americans, upon leaving office, are now even more timely than when he spoke them, but have been ignored in practise for many decades; and the most recently published popular book about that speech ignores the most enduringly important part, so this part of Washington’s Farewell Address will be quoted from here, and will be placed into its historical context, so as to make clear what the central meaning in that speech is for our times, and for all times.

Jan 19 07:10

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) recorded about 690 explosions in Donbas on Friday.

In Donetsk region, the SMM recorded about 260 explosions, reads the OSCE SMM daily report.

“The majority of ceasefire violations, including the majority of explosions, were recorded in areas north and north-west of Debaltseve (non-government-controlled, 58km north-east of Donetsk) and near the disengagement area close to Petrivske (non-government-controlled, 41km south of Donetsk),” reads the report.

In Luhansk region, the SMM recorded about 430 explosions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope and pray, that things here are not about to get any more ugly than they already are, but these explosions indicate that they well may, and very quickly.

Jan 18 23:59

VIDEO: Russian Airborne Army Column Passes Through US Checkpoint in Northern Syria

A column of Russian paratroopers at the entrance of Tell Tamer in northeastern Syria. On the way in we met “partners”.

Jan 18 10:05

U.S. Forces Block Russian Patrol In Northeast Syria (Videos)

US Forces are in Syria illegally. Russian forces were invited in by the legitimate government. US Forces support terrorists like AlQaeda and ISIS. Russian Forces kill terrorists. What is wrong with this picture.

U.S. forces blocked on January 18 a convoy of the Russian Military Police in the northeastern countryside of Syria’s al-Hasakah.

Jan 18 05:25

RUSSIAN MPS CONFIRM MIKHAIL MISHUSTIN AS NEW PRIME MINISTER AFTER CABINET RESIGNATION

Mikhail Mishustin has been ratified as next Prime Minister of Russia by MPs, after the cabinet resigned on Wednesday. Vladimir Putin had earlier proposed Mishustin, formerly head of the Federal Tax Service, as a candidate.

Mishustin has already promised a major cabinet reshuffle, meaning that some fresh faces could emerge as new ministers. The incoming government must hold personal responsibility for the decisions they take to help economy grow, Mishustin told MPs ahead of the confirmation vote.

The first thing to do is to seriously engage in institutional and management reform, and, of course, bring in the most advanced information technologies.

To Mishustin, there are enough resources out there to achieve goals set by the President: "We have a fairly stable [economic] situation ... we do have inflation but I think it will not exceed 4 percent, this is obvious."

Jan 17 12:14

China’s booming new Silk Road trade hits $1.34 TRILLION

China’s trade with countries participating in its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been expanding and totaled 9.27 trillion yuan ($1.34 trillion) in 2019, customs data shows.

It has outpaced the country’s aggregate trade growth by 7.4 percentage points, according to the data.

More than $60 billion in investments have been promised under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), said Zou Zhiwu, vice minister of the General Administration of Customs.

Jan 16 23:51

The Russian Prime Minister Resigns And No One Knows Why

A curious 'regime change' happened in Russia today as the Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev and his whole cabinet resigned.

This morning President Vladimir Putin held his yearly speech to the Federal Assembly of Russia (English transcript). Putin spoke about Russia's demographic situation, its weaponry and the celebration of the upcoming 75th anniversary of its second world war victory.

But the most important part was about constitutional changes. A summary via TASS:

Jan 16 14:44

Battle of the Ages to stop Eurasian integration

The Raging Twenties started with a bang with the targeted assassination of Iran’s General Qasem Soleimani.

Yet a bigger bang awaits us throughout the decade: the myriad declinations of the New Great Game in Eurasia, which pits the US against Russia, China and Iran, the three major nodes of Eurasia integration.

Jan 11 12:02

The reality we must face: Our Country, the United States, is a Rogue Nation and Our Leaders are Criminals

For as long as I’ve been alive, my country has been a rogue state.

Actually, the US became a rogue state four years before my birth in 1949 when, in 1945, Washington decided to bomb two militarily insignificant cities in Japan with its new super weapon, the atomic bomb, instantly incinerating several hundred thousand Japanese civilians, including many, many children, and condemning at least that many more to slow agonizing deaths from resulting cancers and birth defects.

Jan 11 11:19

CCTV footage purports to show launch of Iranian missile that downed Ukrainian passenger jet (VIDEO)

A video has surfaced online, allegedly showing the actual launch of the anti-aircraft missile that downed a Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 outside Tehran, killing all 176 on board.

Jan 10 22:24

Iran Says It ‘Unintentionally’ Shot Down Ukrainian Jetliner

TEHRAN, Iran—Iran announced Saturday that its military ‘unintentionally’ shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 aboard.

Jan 10 18:22

Iraq Reopens Negotiations For Purchase Of Russian S-300 Air Defense Systems

With Iraq's airspace being frequently violated by American and even Israeli bombing raids against the country's paramilitary units backed by Iran of late, Iraq has for the last several months considered purchasing Russian air defense and missile systems, including both the S-300 and more advanced S-400, however, it has been met with fierce pressure from the US.

And now Russian media is reporting authorities in Baghdad have formally resumed talks to possibly acquire the S-300 systems.

Jan 10 09:53

Falsely Blaming Iran for Ukraine Airliner Crash

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Disinformation, Big Lies and fake news repeated enough get most people to believe the official (falsified) narrative.

That’s what state-sponsored propaganda is all about — supported by establishment media, operating as press agents for powerful interests, manipulating the public mind, suppressing hard truths on major issues.

On Wednesday, Ukraine Airlines Flight 752 crashed minutes after departing from Tehran’s International Airport.

All 167 passengers and nine crew members perished, including 135 Iranian and 32 foreign nationals.

Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization said the aircraft caught fire in flight shortly after takeoff.

Jan 10 09:08

After Missiles Fly, Iraq Becomes the Battleground

The future of the U.S.’s involvement in the Middle East is in Iraq. The exchange of hostilities between the U.S. and Iran occurred wholly on Iraqi soil and it has become the site on which that war will continue.

The defenders of Syria can soon transition into the rebuilders thereof, if allowed. And they didn’t do this alone, they had a silent partner in China the entire time.

And, if I look at this situation honestly, it was China stepping out from behind the shadows into the light that is your inciting incident for this chapter in Iraq’s story.

China moving in to sign a $10.1 billion deal with the Iraqi government to begin the reconstruction of its ruined oil and gas industry in exchange for oil is of vital importance.

Jan 09 21:17

Iran May Have a Fleet of Communist Killer Dolphins

Is it just me.....pun intended,or did somebody just jump the shark?

Iran has some surprising weapons at its disposal. In a 2002 U.S. military exercise that pitted Iran against an invasion from an American task force, the general in command of the opposition was retired Lt. Gen. Paul Van Riper. He used motorcycles, small fast-attack boats, land-based missile batteries and even suicide attacks against the Americans.

But he apparently forgot to use Iran's killer dolphin units.

Jan 09 15:22

Top IRGC General: Strikes on US Forces in Iraq Just Beginning of Full-Scale Op Across Region

Iran launched a missile strike on US positions in Iraq in retaliation for the assassination of its IRGC General Qasem Soleimani. According to US statements, this attack didn't result in any casualties and only caused minor damage to American bases.

Head of the Revolutionary Guards Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh has stated that the 8 January missile attack on American bases in neighbouring Iraq was only the start of a series of attacks that will take place across the entire region, Tasnim News Agency reported. The general further shared that the country had hundreds of missiles ready for launch, when it carried out strikes and added that Tehran conducted cyberattacks on the same day against American plane and drone navigation systems.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'm hoping and praying, that this is only hyperbole; unfortunately, my gut is telling me otherwise, and big-time.

Jan 09 14:09

Iraq Reopens Negotiations For Purchase Of Russian S-300 Air Defense Systems

With Iraq's airspace being frequently violated by American and even Israeli bombing raids against the country's paramilitary units backed by Iran of late, Iraq has for the last several months considered purchasing Russian air defense and missile systems, including both the S-300 and more advanced S-400, however, it has been met with fierce pressure from the US.

And now Russian media is reporting authorities in Baghdad have formally resumed talks to possibly acquire the S-300 systems. Head of the Iraqi Parliament’s Security and Defense Committee, Mohammad Reza, has indicated negotiations were renewed following the latest attacks initiated nearly two weeks ago on Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces.

"The issue was supposed to be solved several months ago after attacks on Shiite militia al-?ashd ash-Sha'bi [Popular Mobilization Forces, PMF] bases in Baghdad and other provinces created the need for such air defenses", the lawmaker was quoted in Russia's Sputnik as saying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And who in their right mind can blame Iraq for wanting the S-300 defensive system?!? It is battle-ready, and it has been shown in Syria to outclass anything the US has in its arsenal right now.

Jan 09 13:54

Major U.S. Military Contractors Stand to Reap Huge Windfalls from Escalation of Conflict with IranMeet the CEOs Raking It in from Trump’s Aggression toward Iran

I took a look at how the CEOs at the top five Pentagon contractors were affected by this surge, using the most recent SEC information on their stock holdings.

Northrop Grumman executives saw the biggest increase in the value of their stocks after the U.S. airstrike that killed Qasem Suleimani on January 2. Shares in the B-2 bomber maker rose 5.43 percent by the end of trading the following day.

Wesley Bush, who turned Northrop Grumman’s reins over to Kathy Warden last year, held 251,947 shares of company stock in various trusts as of his final SEC Form 4 filing in May 2019. (Companies must submit these reports when top executives and directors buy and sell company stock.) Assuming Bush is still sitting on that stockpile, he saw the value grow by $4.9 million to a total of $94.5 million last Friday.

New Northrop Grumman CEO Warden saw the 92,894 shares she’d accumulated as the firm’s COO expand in value by more than $2.7 million in just one day of post-assassination trading.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Karl Marx was absolutely not smoking opium, when he observed that all wars are economic in their origin.

Can you imagine how much these Merchants of Death will make, if Iran (and Russia) get into a shooting war with US military?!?

The short version is, a bundle!!

Jan 09 13:36

The State of the Iranian Crisis. Will Trump “Escalate” or “De-escalate”?

Possibly Trump will apply “crippling sanctions” as a cover for withdrawal from most of the Middle East. Iran wants the US out, and Trump’s original intention was to withdraw before Russiagate forced him to stay. Thus, both Trump and Iran have a common interest in US withdrawal. Although the Iranian missiles killed no one, they did demonstrate to Israel that the Iranian missiles have pin point accuracy. As Israel is a small land area, the accuracy of Iranian missiles possibly has changed Israel’s mind about provoking a war. If Israel also stands down, perhaps the crisis is over.

US Regional Presence Makes Middle East Peace and Stability Unattainable
On the other hand, the neoconservatives will be unhappy. They see chaos in Iran as a way of spreading instability into the Russian Federation. The military/security complex will be unhappy as US withdrawal would downsize their profits. US oil interests will be unhappy to lose the Iraqi oil.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's hoping (and in my case, praying) that Paul Craig Roberts is entirely correct in his assessment; but there is one wild-card still waiting to play its hand; and that wild card will be Israel.

I really have to wonder if Netanyahu didn't put President Trump up to this , and now, to attempt to take pressure off from his corruption accusations, since he won the Israeli Prime Minister spot handily in the last election.

Israeli intelligence makes it their business, to know the most they can about every political and wealthy figure, all over the globe; one has to wonder just what he, and/or Mossad, may have on the President which caused him to act so very irrationally a to assassinate Souleimani?

I don't think is over, by a long shot; but the US and/or Israel are going to have to work fast to get an escalation going before Congress restrains the President's war powers.

Jan 09 12:57

GOP Sen. Mike Lee: Trump Officials Told Senators Not to Debate War Authorization

After the Trump Administration’s 75-minute briefing to the US Senate on the assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) was deeply critical, calling it the worst briefing he’d gotten in his nine years in the Senate.

Saying the administration’s briefers offered little on the legal or practical justification for the attack, Sen. Lee particularly took umbrage at them warning the Senators that they must not debate the War Powers authorization for a war with Iran.

Those giving the briefing objected to the very idea of the Senate discussing the matter publicly, saying it would “embolden Iran.” Sen. Lee noted that this is a power Constitutionally reserved explicitly for the legislature.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To President Trump and his minions; I believe that I remember correctly, that only Congress has the power to declare war.

Any other use of any war authorization of force, is extra-judicial, and therefore illegal, as was the war against Iraq, and the war against Afghanistan.

and there is also a companion piece, in antiwar.com, dated yesterday, with the following headline:

'We Need Everyone in the Streets': More Than 180 Events Planned Across US to Protest Trump's March to War With Iran

I would like to remind our readers, particularly those who are too young to remember it, that the very huge, and peaceful, demonstration in DC ultimately stopped the war against Vietnam.

Jan 08 18:33

Russian politician warns Iran and US could spark NUCLEAR WAR if reciprocal attacks on each other continue

Vladimir Dzhabarov, a senior lawmaker in Russia's parliament, urged against escalation in the wake of Iranian ballistic missile strikes on Iraqi bases housing US troops in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The strike was in retaliation for the US killing Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on Friday night.

'Reciprocal strikes by the U.S. and Iran may lead to an all-out war in the region,' Dzhabarov said.

'If Washington sees that it can't achieve its goals, there's a danger of a nuclear war.'

The Russian lawmaker said the U.N. Security Council should get involved to prevent further escalation in the Middle East.

Jan 08 08:49

WW3 UPDATE: Two U.S. Bases Attacked By Iran, Civilian Ukraine Jet Crashes, Iran Hit By Earthquake At Nuclear Power Plant

By Aaron Kesel

Iran has unleashed a barrage of missile fire on military bases Al-Asad and Erbil in Iraq, leading many to speculate there is a greater response to come; and if the events in the past few days wasn’t a sign of war, this certainly is. Amid the attack, there was also a report of a civilian airliner crashing in Tehran that was heading to Kiev, showing what’s to come as innocents die as a casualty of war. And a nuclear plant in Iran was hit with an earthquake, raising suspicions about the timing...

Jan 07 17:01

U.S. military believes Iran will attempt to kill one of its commanders in 'tit-for-tat' response to the death of General Soleimani and expects a 'major' attack within two days

U.S. officials are braced for Iran to respond to the killing of its most powerful general, and are preparing for a possible 'tit-for-tat' attempt on the life of an American military commander.

President Donald Trump ordered the Jan. 2 strike against Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, after the death of an American contractor in Iraq.

Now, as the massive demonstrations of Iran's public mourning period for Soleimani come to a close, officials believe the next steps by America' longtime foe will determine the ultimate course of the latest crisis.

While officials say American intelligence isn't clear on whether Iran's latest military moves are designed to bolster Tehran´s defenses or prepare for an offensive strike, the U.S. is continuing to reinforce its own positions in the region, including repositioning some forces.

One official said the U.S. anticipated a 'major' attack of some type within the next day or two.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation; before Congress can try to limit President Trump's war authority, there probably will be some kind of "false flag", most probably conjured up by Mossad, and one of our military leaders will be "sacrificed" as the justification to go to war with Iran.

Am I actually that cynical that I believe something like this might
happen?!? Absoflippinglutely.

Notice the time frame, within the next 48 hours; also notice that whoever made these claims, were utterly not sourced.

Remember that phrase, ""never let a good crisis go to waste." as Winston Churchill once famously said?

We are seeing this being played out, big-time, in this incessant, non-stop demonization of Iran.

Jan 07 16:43

White House accused of cover-up after Saudi crown prince's brother reveals he had Oval Office meeting with Donald Trump and Jared Kushner in wake of death of Qassem Soleimani

President Trump hosted Saudi Arabia's Vice Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman in the Oval Office Monday - and didn't tell the press about it.

A photograph tweeted out by the prince - who is the brother of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman - shows him sitting alongside Jared Kushner, Robert O'Brien, Trump's national security adviser, and Victoria Coates, O'Brien's deputy.

Trump is seated at the Resolute Desk.

The meeting was not on the president's schedule, nor was the press pool informed that Prince Khalid was at the White House.

The White House Correspondents' Association slammed the White House for keeping it off-the-books.

'It is disturbing to see the government of Saudi Arabia have more transparency than the White House about a meeting with the president in the Oval Office,' said WHCA President Jonathan Karl in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised at this revelation.

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