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Aug 25 10:07

US Navy Re-establishes Atlantic Fleet to Confront Russia

The US Navy has announced on Friday that they are formally reactivating the 2nd Fleet, which is the Atlantic Ocean fleet for the US, and had been deactivated in 2011. The fleet will be based in Norfolk, Virginia.

Officials had spoken of plans to make such a move before, and Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson said that the move reflects the need for the US to maintain “a large-scale ocean maneuver warfare” unit in the Atlantic.

Other officials said that there are growing numbers of Russian submarines in the Atlantic, and that the US feels challenged by both Russia and China. The new fleet is intended primarily to confront Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are still looking at a question of "when", rather than if, such a war against both Russia and China will be happening.

IF ever there was a country on this planet which desperately needed a Department of Peace, to examine ways of obtaining a country's geopolitical objectives without waging wars, is is the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, and right the hell now!!

Aug 25 10:01

WEAPONIZING THE US DOLLAR IS ACCELERATING GLOBAL DE-DOLLARIZATION

Observing the consequences of these political choices in the months since, it is easy to see how the world has reacted in a more or less similar fashion, which has been by ignoring the United States and emphasizing cooperation amongst themselves. The TPP, with its agreements between 11 countries, has remained in place without Washington. The development of relations between ASEAN and China continues on without Washington’s participation. While the TTIP has been halted, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), is in its final approval stage, an agreement between Canada and the EU that bypasses the American-inspired TTIP. The Iran deal remains in force despite Washington's cowardly withdrawal, and the five countries remaining in the Iranian nuclear agreement have every intention of respecting the JCPOA, which had been negotiated over a number of years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please note that these actions, on the part of the Trump administration, have caused other countries to dump the use of the US dollar all together in their trade, and turn back to gold, as have Russia and China.

What good is an alleged "premier world currency" when other countries just won't use it?!?

Aug 25 09:54

MASSIVE RUSSIAN-CHINESE JOINT WAR GAMES WILL FEATURE NUCLEAR EXERCISES

Over the past half year the West has increasingly taken note of the significantly heightened pace of both Chinese and Russian military spending and surprising leaps forward in terms defense tech advances.

Even when Chinese or Russian systems fail, as with recent news of a nuclear-powered cruise missile touted by Putin as having "unlimited range" but now apparently lost at the bottom of the sea, Western press takes notice, and a number of Pentagon officials have also warned especially of rapidly advancing Chinese systems.

Increasingly, the two powers are cooperating more directly as with Russia's upcoming military games, said to be the largest such exercise since the Soviet Union, where China is set to participate my sending a mass contingency of elite troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

US officials need to take note of how the integration of Chinese and Russian troop strength and weaponry, makes a stronger fighting force than each nation could offer on its own.

Aug 25 09:44

WHY THE UNITED STATES WILL NOT LEAVE AFGHANISTAN VOLUNTARILY

Rather than bringing ‘peace and stability’, training Afghans to a mythical self-sufficiency, or helping rebuild Afghanistan’s shattered infrastructure, the time is long past for an honest appraisal of what western Allied forces are really trying to achieve in Afghanistan. There are a number of motives that readily reveal themselves.

The first relates to Afghanistan’s geography. It is strategically located in close proximity to, or bordering upon, the United States’ designated enemies, China, Iran and Russia. A map of US military bases shows that they closely follow the pipeline route, and are readily accessible to the poppy fields that once again produce more than 90% of the world’s heroin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, now you know; this is a war, based on lies, which will keep going ad infinitum, because of Afghanistan's proximity to Chinese, Iranian, and Russian (branded: US enemies' borders); because of its embarrassment of riches, in rare earths, petroleum pipelines; and the processing and selling of its opium poppies.

When are you going to get tired of being lied to all the time by this Government, no matter which party is allegedly in control; its Deep State; and the Corporate Warrespondents and presstitutes, whose very job is to lie to you?!?

Aug 25 09:41

CHINESE NAVAL EXPANSION HITS HIGH GEAR

While there was much fanfare and attention given to the July 3rd launch of two Type 055 guided missile destroyers at the Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. (DISC) shipyard in Dalian, very little mention has been made of the many other warships that the PLAN has launched or commissioned since the beginning of the year. Although the Type 055 DDG is the PLAN’s most powerful surface combatant, and the largest such vessel constructed by an Asian nation since World War II, they are one component in a steadily growing naval force structure. While the addition of three Type 055 DDGs this year, added to the first vessel in class which rolled into the water from Dalian just over a year ago in June of 2017, showcase China’s growing capabilities not only in producing powerful and modern warships, they also illustrate the maturity and stunning capacity of the Chinese ship building industry. This industry has launched and/or commissioned 15 modern warships in just the first seven months of 2018.

Aug 25 09:32

TRUMP JUST CANCELLED POMPEO'S TRIP TO NORTH KOREA. THAT'S NOT A GOOD THING.

In a flurry of Tweets on Friday, President Trump has announced that he has told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to cancel next week’s trip to North Korea, which he announced just yesterday. Trump cited a lack of progress on denuclearization as his reasoning.

This is an unusual position to take, as the administration had long insisted there was no rush on denuclearization. A sudden desire to speed things up would also seemingly be a reason to send US officials, including new special envoy Stephen Biegun, for whom this was to be his first visit.

This also comes just days after North Korean state media issued a statement accusing some foes of President Trump of trying to slow progress, and urging Trump to make “bold” moves to advance the cause of peace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please: a war with China, over either North Korea, or the China trade issue, would be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do right now.

Unfortunately, of course, there is no guarantee, just because it would be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for this government to do, that it will just not haul off and do it.

I would strongly caution you, please, to exercise at least a modicum of restraint, in your dealings with both countries.

Aug 25 09:18

US-BACKED SAUDI AIRSTRIKE KILLS AT LEAST 31 CIVILIANS IN YEMEN, MOSTLY CHILDREN

Saudi warplanes carried out an airstrike against the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah on Thursday, hitting a camp for internally displaced people, and killed at least 31 civilians. The slain included 22 children. 79 civilians were wounded, again overwhelmingly children.

According to reporters, multiple attacks took place against the camp. The initial strike sent children scrambling for an evacuation bus, then a subsequent strike hit the bus itself.

Saudi coalition officials claimed the Houthis, who are in control of the city, attacked the camp themselves. This is not possible, of course, because the Houthis don’t have any warplanes in the first place.

This marks the second major incident of the Saudi-led coalition killing large numbers of children in Yemen in recent weeks, both of the attacks involving attacking a bus. The previous attack, in Saada, killed 51 civilians, 42 of them children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though the Amerikan Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump, and one of his two BFFS in the Middle East, the B.O.Y. (AKA, the Butcher of Yemen, Saudi Prince Bin Salman) cannot get enough assassinations of Yemeni children with the US-Military's Much Beloved "Double Strike Tap", which has been used with such deadly efficiency against innocent wedding guests in places like Afghanistan.

And this, folks, is what these attacks look like, from standpoint of innocent Yemeni families and children (warning: horrific graphics)

Images: assassinated, and wounded Yemeni children, courtesy of US-enabled Saudi bombing runs in Yemen

My brother and sister Americans, we are citizens of a country enabling war crimes in Yemen. And I have to ask, please: where the hell is the moral outrage?!?

I would like to believe that it is primarily because the corporate warrespondents and presstitutes have been giving their marching orders to NOT show you readily available images of what the Saudi genocide in Yemen looks like; it might be "bad for the future of morally indefensible covert activities our Deep State is conjuring right now", as you might actually start to have conversations with each other, over lunch, as to why your country is participating in war crimes in Yemen, and what, in the most peaceful and legal way possible, can possibly be done to stop it.

And right now, all I can think is to let your alleged Congressional Representatives know, peacefully, and logically, that you know.... what is going on in Yemen, and want American participation in this madness, stopped.

Make these people accountable: share the image above, and ask them if they truly believe that it is right and moral for the US to participate in the Saudi genocide in Yemen; to cause kids to starve to death through the malnutrition caused by the blockade of Yemen's ports; and the huge epidemic of cholera, possibly weaponised, brought about by the bombing of water infrastructure to absolute rubble?!?

Unfortunately, I am expecting to see much more carnage here in Yemen next week, while Americans are distracted with the upcoming Labor Day holiday, and the "sales" merchandisers are hawking for their products.

Aug 24 11:17

Bolton calls on Al-Qaeda to stage more chemical attacks in Syria

In a move that was entirely predictable, the US administration is once again threatening to bomb Syria if there is a “chemical weapons attack”.
This was entirely predictable because that chemical attack script has been read out, with salty crocodile tears, fake concern, and mocked indignation by US talking heads over the years - since 2012, in fact, when former US President Obama himself drew his red line on Syria.

The latest script-reader to toe the chemical hoax line is President Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, who on August 22, stated: “...if the Syrian regime uses chemical weapons we will respond very strongly and they really ought to think about this a long time.”

Beyond the tattered veil of moral superiority that is US war propaganda, Bolton's words were clearly a very public command to Al-Qaeda and co-extremists to stage yet another fake chemical attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, we are being set up - yet again - by this administration for a further "justification" for an enhanced US military presence in Syria.

Please do not believe, for one millisecond, that Al Assad is profoundly stupid enough to poison his own people with chemicals.

Aug 24 11:05

Saudi-led Strikes Kill Dozens of Yemeni Children, Trapped by Hodeidah Fighting

Dozens of members of the same extended family trying to flee air strikes in Hodeidah were killed on Thursday when their vehicle was targeted by a purported Saudi strike, according to a health official.

The deaths of 27 civilians, mostly children, followed an earlier strike on Wednesday night targeting a residential neighbourhood in al-Duraihimi district in the coastal city, killing four people and wounding others.

The district has been under siege from Saudi- and UAE-backed forces loyal to President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi. Battles have raged in and around Hodeidah for weeks as pro-government fighters try to recapture the strategic port city from Houthi rebels. Civilians have been trapped in the city by the fighting.

On Thursday morning, relatives of the victims of Wednesday’s air strike decided to flee the area, which has seen intense fighting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am completely amazed that the B.O.Y. (AKA, the Butcher of Yemen, Saudi Crown Prince Bin Salman) just hasn't carpet bombed Yemen in its entirety.

The Americans are completely distracted right now, between all the puss-filled sleaze oozing out of DC, and an upcoming national holiday, so they probably won't be paying attention.

Hundreds of thousands more "brown people" getting genocided by the Saudi War Machine?!? Hey, no problem for the Great, Unawakened Masses of Americans, getting ready for their Labor Day holiday next weekend!!

After all, his BFF, Amerika's Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump, will authorize the sale of all the Raytheon bombs he wants for the job.

The people not paying attention here are those still clinging to the idiotic belief that .... outlets like CNN, and its sister presstitutes, can be trusted by them to tell the truth.

But as a Christian pacifist activist, I have an obligation to bear witness to the reality that war crimes are being committed in our names, by this government's enabling of Saudi Arabia's genocide in Yemen.

Aug 24 10:50

The War Being Hidden From You: Yemeni Tragedy in Three Photos

Fast forward to the present when tragedy struck. That’s the middle photo. On August 9th, the monstrous, blood-drenched House of Saud bombed a school bus full of children in Dahyan as it passed through a market back to summer camp where Yemeni youths were learning and memorizing the Holy Qur’an. At least 51 children–most of them under 10–were slaughtered and more than 79 others were wounded in the massacre carried out by the Saudi “royals” with US-ZOG-provided armaments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the kind of US-enabled, Saudi genocide which has become Yemen's "new normal."

And as a Christian Pacifist Activist, I am very ashamed of my country for doing this.

I wish Mike and I had the money, and the youth, to immigrate to a country which doesn't engage in war crimes; unfortunately, we are both too old, and too broke, to even be considered.

But it is going to take more than shame, and frustration, to change the equation here.

This is why I am asking every Rivero's Ranger out there, to peacefully, logically, and non-threateningly, call the offices of their alleged Congressional Representatives, and ask them for this carnage to end; and that continued Congressional support for this Yemeni genocide will be an election year breaker for them, particularly those up for re-election this November.

Aug 24 08:05

‘A good satellite does what it is told’: US warns Turkey & other allies against buying Russian S-400

Once again warning Turkey against buying Russian S-400 air-defense systems, the US State Department has gone a step further, to virtually threaten all its NATO and other allies with sanctions should they consider similar deals.

Noting that the ahead-of-schedule S-400 deliveries to Turkey would be another “concern” for the US, the State Department's Heather Nauert stressed that Washington rejects other nations’ plans to diversify their defense system supplies. Earlier this week Rosoboronexport confirmed that the first batch of launchers will be transferred to Ankara in 2019.

Aug 23 14:25

EU Earmarks $20Mln for Iran in Effort to Offset US Sanctions

The European Union allocated 18 million euros ($20.6 million) in aid for Iran on Thursday, including for the country’s private sector in an effort to lessen the impact of US sanctions and encourage Tehran to stay in the 2015 nuclear agreement aimed at curbing its nuclear program, Reuters reported.

The bailout is part of a 50 million euro ($58 million) aid package that Brussels has set aside for Iran in its budget.

Faced with a US threat to punish foreign companies that refuse to join Washington’s sanctions and continue doing business with Iran, the EU has activated the so-called “blocking statute” and has been taking other measures to meet Tehran’s demand for practical guarantees that its economic ties with Europe will not suffer as a result of the US sanctions.

In a statement on Thursday, the EU’s foreign policy commissioner, Federica Mogherini, said that Brussels remained fully committed to mutually —rewarding cooperation with Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So if the EU is going to do this for Iran, what is the US going to do to the EU?!?!?

Aug 23 14:23

State Dept Warns of Possible Sanctions on Any Country Purchasing Russia's S-400

US State Department's spokesperson Heather Nauert said during briefing that Washington was against a possible purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems by its allies around the world.

Aug 23 13:59

Iran Again Threatens Strike On US, Israel After Bolton Warns "Maximum Pressure" Coming

In what now seems like a weekly occurrence, Iran on Wednesday warned its military wouldn't hesitate to strike American and Israeli targets should it be attacked by the United States after previous words from the US national security advisor warning that "maximum pressure" will be brought to bear against Tehran.

The words were issued during a public speech in Tehran by a senior cleric who works closely with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei named Ahmad Khatami. He told a congregation during Eid prayers in Tehran, "The price of a war with Iran is very high for America."

Khatami said, "They know if they harm this country and this state in the slightest way the United States and its main ally in the region, the Zionist regime (Israel), would be targeted.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A war with Iran is the absolute last thing this country needs right now.

Aug 23 13:52

Marines Need Special Lightning Rods To Shield Their F-35s In Japan From Storms

Among a number of residual issues that remain with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the matter of the jet’s defenses against lightning strikes, or lack thereof, continues to be a particularly vexing issue. For the U.S. Marine Corps and its F-35B variant, thunderstorms are still such a problem that the service is buying special portable lightning rods to help shield the jets when they’re parked outside at bases that otherwise don’t have the necessary infrastructure, which includes Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan.

Aug 23 11:39

Don’t Let Erik Prince Anywhere Near The War In Afghanistan

With more than $700 billion spent (and at least $15.5 billion outright wasted) on America’s long war in Afghanistan, it’s easy to understand why President Donald Trump might pursue unusual options to finally bring the 17-year-old conflict to a close.

Allowing Erik Prince to take over the war effort should not be one of them.

Prince’s priorities in Afghanistan don’t seem to align with the Pentagon’s. Just consider his leaked Afghan war plan published by BuzzFeed News back in December 2017, in which he proposed plundering Helmand Province of approximately $1 trillion worth of lithium, uranium, phosphorus, and other rare elements.

Doing that would risk reversing whatever progress American troops have made in the region thus far by fueling the jihadi narrative that the U.S. government is a purely predatory, imperial force focused on enriching itself and weakening Muslim countries.

Aug 23 09:57

Senate Blocks Voting on Amendment to Defund Yemen War

Sen. Chris Murphy’s (D-CT) amendment to withdraw all funding for the US involvement in the war in Yemen was blocked by Senate leadership on Wednesday, preventing it from getting a vote for inclusion in the 2019 Defense Appropriations Act.

There was language aiming to limit US involvement in Yemen in the 2019 NDAA, but President Trump’s signing statement indicated that he doesn’t intend to comply with that. This meant using control over the funding, through the appropriations act, was the next real chance to require compliance.

Senate leaders complaining they felt that the appropriations act was too important to pass to allow it to be cluttered by amendments that limit where the war funding included in it goes. This means, barring another bid for a War Powers Act challenge, the unauthorized US involvement in the war will continue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Our Merchant of Death in Chief, AKA President Trump, is, I am certain, congratulating himself heavily, as he constantly repeats his manifesto, that war is "good for American business."

Raytheon and Lockheed's executive management are most probably having economic orgasms right now, understanding that the unmitigated sale of their weaponry to Saudi Arabia in its US-enabled genocide of Yemen will continue, unabated.

And this, folks, is what that genocide looks like: (warning: highly graphic images)

Images: Yemeni children murdered by Saudi bombing raids

Images: dead and injured Yemeni kids, killed by a US-manufactured, Saudi-dropped bomb on a school bus.

Doesn't it just warm your heart, and make you prouder than CRAP to be an American, understanding what is being done in your name, and with your tax dollars, seeing all these dead kids, courtesy of the US-enabled Saudi war crimes in Yemen?!?

We have to have some quiet, peaceful conversations with our alleged Congressional Representatives, who are surely getting compensated by the military industrial complex at home, and the Saudi government abroad, and ask them, politely, when the killing here will be made to stop.

Aug 23 09:33

Russia forced to respond to US missile defenses near its borders, Putin emphasizes

In reply to a question from a Finnish journalist Putin said that NATO’s military infrastructures were moving towards Russia’s borders and the amount of the alliance’s military equipment and personnel, as well as the number of military exercises near Russia’s borders were growing.

"Naturally, we have to keep an eye on what is going on there and to strengthen our infrastructures. We must respond to the emergence of components of the US missile defense systems near our borders," Putin said, adding that those missile defense systems could be used for launching intermediate range missiles.

Whatever the case, Putin said, "We welcome the Finnish president’s proposal for easing any tensions in the region. This concerns flights by combat aircraft (activation of their transponders - TASS)." Putin recalled that the International Civil Aviation Organization had formulated certain rules but they do not apply to military aircraft. "The rules have the status of recommendations," he recalled.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And NATO is refusing to discuss the "mission creep" of more fighter jets, troops, and components shadowing Russia's border?!?

I would like to hope that this changes, but doubt that it will; the US is on a tear about demonizing Russia, and this demonization, coupled with an increase of troops and equipment at a country's border, is always the first step toward a shooting war.

Aug 23 09:26

F-35 landing gear collapses after in-flight emergency

After a mid-air emergency forced an F-35A fighter jet to return to Eglin Air Force Base, the plane’s nose landing gear collapsed, leaving the fifth-generation fighter face down on the runway.

The incident happened around 12:50 p.m. Wednesday. Fire crews responded immediately, and the pilot suffered no injuries, according to the Air Force. The plane is assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron, and the service has launched an investigation into the incident.

Photos captured by local news outlets show the plane sitting safely on the runway, with its nose down on the ground. What damage may have resulted from the incident, and the costs associated with repairing it, is unclear; the service did not share details on the initial incident which required the plane to return to base early.

Aug 23 09:14

US NAVY RELEASES VIDEO OF SYSTEM TO COUNTER RUSSIA AND CHINA 'SHIP-KILLER' MISSILES

As China and Russia continue to build up their arsenal of “ship-killer” missiles, the United States Navy apparently has plans to counter the weapons. Officials have said that the Navy and numerous NATO partners are firing a new, high-tech ship defense weapon that can identify, track, and attack maneuvering anti-ship missiles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia and China already have these weapons; the US and NATO.... "have plans" to develop such weapons.

What's wrong with this picture?!? Bloody everything!!

Aug 23 08:31

 NETANYAHU URGES US TO RECOGNISE ISRAEL’S RIGHT TO GOLAN

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today said that he would not back down on his demand that the US recognise Israel’s right to the occupied Golan Heights.

“I will not give up our expectation that the United States recognise Israeli sovereignty over Golan,” he said in a statement.

Netanyahu’s remarks come one day after US National Security Adviser John Bolton told Reuters that the US administration was “not considering the possibility” of recognising Israel’s right to the Syrian area.

Israel occupied the Syrian Golan Heights during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, when it also occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

The UN continues to describe the Israel-held Golan Heights as “occupied” territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prime Minister Netanyahu, a word, please: "demanding" and "expecting" the US to recognize occupied Golan Heights as Israeli(and the attendant oil and natural gas under its ground to also be Israeli) is not .....urging.

Aug 22 09:32

NATO Launches Largest War Games In Decades To Be Staged In Latvia

NATO has launched the largest war games to ever take place in Latvia since the country became independent in 1918. The military games, which have been in preparation for four years, are scheduled to include military and police addressing “spontaneous” unrest in Russian-populated towns, reports RT.

Aug 22 08:51

Yemen school-bus airstrike: Theresa May’s husband’s company has shares in firm that made bomb

Capital Group, the company that employs Theresa May’s husband, owns a large number of shares in the company that produced a bomb which killed 40 Yemeni children in a Saudi Arabian attack on a school bus.

A Saudi military jet fired a laser-guided missile at a stationary school bus on August 9. A total of 51 people were killed, including 40 children aged between six and 11. Some 79 others were injured, including 56 children.

Aug 22 08:48

Russia Derangement Syndrome Hasn't Gotten to Most Americans. Absolute Majority Wants More Diplomacy

The absolute majority still wants more diplomacy, Trump is on the right side of the public opinion when he talks with Moscow, on the wrong side when he ratchets up tensions

Aug 22 08:43

Vostok-2018 exercise to be unprecedented in scale — Russian defense minister

The forthcoming international military exercise Vostok-2018 will be unprecedented in scale, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday.

In accordance with the training plan the exercise is due in September.

"It is going to be the largest one since Zapad-81. It will be unprecedented in terms of geographic scope and the strength of command and control centers and forces due to participate," Shoigu said.

Aug 22 08:41

The warmonger’s response to negotiation

The conflict between transnational financial capitalism and productive national capitalism has entered into a paroxystic phase. On one side, Presidents Trump and Putin are negotiating the joint defence of their national interests. On the other, the major daily newspaper for the US and the world is accusing the US President of high treason, while the armed forces of the US and NATO are preparing for war with Russia and China.

Aug 21 13:47

5 reasons the nightmarish war in Yemen should never be forgotten (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

With the death toll in the tens of thousands, millions displaced and on the brink of famine, one would think the war in Yemen should be on every front page. It’s not, and here are just some of the reasons why that’s wrong.
The ongoing conflict, nominally a civil war started by Houthi rebels who ousted the government, saw the Saudi-led, Western-backed coalition of Arab nations intervene in the very first days. With massive civilian casualties and a humanitarian blockade, the war has now become a catastrophe with millions of victims.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I want to have everyone look at the very disturbing images of this US-enabled Saudi genocide in Yemen, and ask themselves; how can the US government possibly be on right side of history, and enabling Saudi war crimes simultaneously here in Yemen?!?

I will give you the short answer; the two are mutually exclusive.

Aug 21 13:37

China And Russia Are Building ‘SHIP-KILLER’ Missiles - Mac Slavo

As China and Russia continue to build up their arsenal of “ship-killer” missiles, the United States Navy apparently has plans to counter the weapons. Officials have said that the Navy and numerous NATO partners are firing a new, high-tech ship defense weapon that can identify, track, and attack maneuvering anti-ship missiles.

Using an active seeker which enables the missile to change course in flight, is the method of “attack” against the anti-ship missiles of the Chinese and the Russians, service officials have said, according to National Interest.

The Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile Block II, or ESSM, is a new version of an existing Sea Sparrow weapons system currently protecting aircraft carriers, destroyers, cruisers, amphibious assault ships and other vessels against anti-ship missiles and other surface and airborne short-range threats to ships.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the Russians and Chinese have this technology now; the US and NATO companies are evolving the technology, but don't have it now.

Aug 21 12:50

Murphy Amendment Would Defund US Involvement in Yemen War

Recently signed by President Trump, the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) sought to place limits on US involvement in the Yemen War, and mandated new reports to Congress regarding involvement. President Trump said in his signing statement he won’t honor those limits, arguing that the war limits violate his role as commander in chief, and the reports put an undue burden on the Pentagon.

This week, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) is taking another crack at defunding the war, with an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Act of 2019, which is coming up for debate in the Senate. This amendment withdraws all funding, prohibiting the Pentagon from spending any money on the Yemen War.

This is the only realistic recourse Congress has to President Trump’s refusal to abide by NDAA limitations, The power of the purse allows Congress to defund conflicts, and Sen. Murphy says it is particularly vital in this case, because the war is unconstitutional and never authorized by Congress.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would love to see this get passed, but frankly, don't think it has the chance of an ice cube surviving in hell.

The US has been enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen, and that has to be stopped.

Aug 21 12:47

Taliban Rejects Afghan Ceasefire Offer

On Sunday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced his intentions to offer a ceasefire to the Taliban for the Eid al-Adha holiday. Having pushed them for a response, the Taliban rejected the proposal Monday.

Analysts had previously predicted that while a public Taliban acceptance was unlikely, it wasn’t clear they’d actually reject the deal. Ghani officials demanded the Taliban publicly take a position on Monday, however, and that position was a “no.”

This means that the fighting will be continuing on both sides. One Taliban commander, asked to explain the decision, said that the leadership believes the ceasefire only benefits the US, and would prolong the US military presence in the country. The Taliban had repeatedly said no peace is possible while US troops remain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF US and NATO leadership had two brain cells to rub together on this issue, they would collectively evacuate troops as quickly as was safe, then negotiate with whatever government was still standing in Kabul for oil pipeline, and rare earth mineral rights, plus rights to the opium poppy production.

Of course, such negotiations... would be logical, and we can never have Americans seen as acting logically, can we?!?

Aug 21 12:39

Putin turns screw on EU and demands Brussels PAYS UP to rebuild Syria

RUSSIA President Vladimir Putin has called on the European Union to contribute to the rebuilding of Syria to allow the millions of people forced out of the country by the civil war to return to their homes.

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This is a more than reasonable request on the part of Russian President Putin.

Aug 21 12:24

HOW THE MEDIA KEEPS AMERICANS IN THE DARK ABOUT THE SLAUGHTER IN YEMEN

Moments later every single one of these kids were killed, vaporized by a Saudi fired missile.

This atrocity took place on 9 August, leaving 51 dead, 40 of whom were children, with most victims under the age of 10, while another 77 were seriously injured, according to the International Red Cross.

The US Department of Defense has tried to downplay the United States role in what must surely constitute a war crime and/or a crime against humanity by either arguing it’s still investigating the matter or by disingenuously minimizing its involvement.

“We may never know if the munition [used] was one that the US sold to them,” Army Maj. Josh Jacques, a spokesperson for US Central Command, told Vox. “We don’t have a lot of people on the ground.”

Well, we do know who sold Saudi Arabia the missile, and there are plenty of Yemeni journalists and international aid agencies in Yemen “on the ground.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US-enabled war Saudi war crimes in Yemen never seem to end, three years on, and therein lies the problem.

But the Saudi genocide against Yemeni children neither started, nor ended with this incident. Let's take a look at the following (warning: very graphic) images of Yemeni children being killed by Saudi bombing; kids dying of starvation, courtesy of the US/Saudi blockage of Yemeni ports; and a huge outbreak of cholera, possibly weaponised.

Images: Yemeni children assassinated by Saudi bombing runs

Images: Yemeni children starving due to Saudi port blockade

Images: Yemeni children sickened and dying from cholera, perhaps weaponized

These are, obviously, images that the US Deep State absolutely does not want its citizens seeing, as they don't want people questioning the rightness of this genocide, in light of the fact that the US government is abetting/encouraging it here in Yemen; however, as a Christian pacifist activist, and an American who cares about the future of her country, I find that I must bear witness to these acts, done in our names, and with our tax dollars.

Folks, we need to be paying attention here, and having a peaceful, national conversation as to whether such acts are really in the best interests of the future of this country.

I for one, say no.

Who is with me, here, please, and who will have the courage to contact your alleged Congressional Representatives, and tell them that supporting this continued genocide in Yemen is an election breaker?!?

Aug 21 11:50

US Senators Want Answers After +1,000 Kids Poisoned by Lead on Army Bases

A group of US senators has expressed concern to the US Army over revelations that lead paint in on-base Army housing has had life-changing medical consequences for young children living there.

Heavy metal inside an officer's house at Fort Benning, Georgia, where one Colonel J. Cale Brown served as a battalion commander, led to the metal poisoning of 10-month-old JC Brown, the young son of the colonel and his wife, Darlena.

Aug 20 11:15

Dollar Hegemony, Financial Warfare: Russia, China and Turkey Build up their Gold Reserves

China: Largest Gold Producer

China is currently the World’s largest gold producer followed by Australia and Russia. “It has long been assumed that China is surreptitiously building up its gold reserves through buying local production”. But it is also investing in several gold producing countries.

Chinese companies are investing in gold mining in different regions of the World (including South Africa and Australia), largely with a view to establishing a global hegemony on the supply side. While China’s domestic production is high, its reserves are significantly lower than those of Australia, Russia and the U.S.

Major Chinese firms will ramp up investment in foreign gold mines, ….
Chinese firm Shandong Gold purchase of a 50% stake in the Veladero mine in Argentina from Barrick Gold for USD960mn. …

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why China and Russia are being targeted by the US economically; to date, there is no substitution for gold as a secure part of a country's portfolio, and economic future.

But what is terrifying in all this, is the way economic and currency wars can move in the direction of shooting wars, and with a staggering rapidity.

Aug 20 10:52

Pentagon Spokesman: US to Stay in Iraq as Long as Needed

Col Sean Ryan, a spokesman for the US-led coalition in Iraq, says that US troops are intending to remain in Iraq “as long as we think they’re needed.” He says this is vital to the stabilization efforts in post-ISIS Iraq.

This is in keeping with other comments out of the Pentagon, where officials more or less uniformly envision a permanent US military presence in Iraq, and have not been shy in saying so. President Trump, however, disagrees, and has said he’s keen to withdraw troops once ISIS is defeated.

It’s not unusual for President Trump not to see eye to eye with the military brass on long-term troop deployments. Iraq seems to be unusual, in that instead of openly disagreeing with the president, the Pentagon’s comments appear to totally discount his opinion, and present their own plans as a foregone conclusion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Col. Sean Ryan, a word, please: has anyone run this "We'll be in Iraq forever" memo past Iraq's current elected leader, Muqtada Al Sadr?!?

Aug 20 10:50

Congress, White House Reaching Breaking Point On Yemen?

Soon after a Saudi-led coalition strike on a bus killed 40 children on August 9, a CENTCOM spokesperson stated to Vox, “We may never know if the munition [used] was one that the U.S. sold to them.” This feigned ignorance is particularly fatiguing. CENTCOM commander General Joseph Votel professed the same know-nothingness in March when he told Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that CENTCOM cannot track whether coalition missions burning US fuel and firing US munitions are responsible for strikes against civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The war in Yemen is ANYTHING but a civil war; Saudi Arabia has attempted, with US enabling, to put down the Houthi rebellion for over 3 years now, with precious little success.

And the steerable bomb, used in this assassination of children, was supplied by the US. Jim Carrey got it right with his cartoon:

Jim Carrey Takes Aim at Yemen School Bus Bombing as Crime of US.

Here is the image of packaging for the bomb:

Bomb that killed 40 children in Yemen was supplied by the US

But you see, this isn't the first time children have been assassinated in Yemen, courtesy of US bombs, used by the Saudis in Yemen, using US "guidance", or mid-air refueling: and I warn you; the images are very graphic.

Images: Yemeni children assassinated by Saudi bombing runs.

Congress should show some collective "male attributes" and repudiate the use of US forces or weaons for these actions; but chances are, President Trump being President Trump, that Congress will be over-ridden by an Executive Order, continuing these practices.

After all, Trump's two BFFs in the Middle East are the Butcher of Yemen (Saudi Arabia's Prince Bin Salman), and the Butcher of Gaza, Prime Minister Netanyahu. There is something about the sheer raw power necessary to order people assassinated which fascinates, and attracts, this President.

Aug 20 10:25

Ongoing Purge Of Dissenting Voices Almost Claims Another Victim

Since Julian Assange was gagged earlier this year, state-sponsored censorship has attempted to snuff out the light of independent and alternative media voices from across the political spectrum. In the first half of August, this process appeared to escalate drastically. As Disobedient Media reported earlier this week, outlets from Infowars to Telesur have faced the wrath of technocratic social media giants.

The escalation of establishment censorship has been stunning. Just last week, former State Department official and whistleblower Peter Van Buren's Twitter account was suspended under dubious circumstances. Consortium News wrote of his suspension:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Who are the corporate presstitutes other than "pushers" of the US Deep State agenda, which is generally a narrative preparatory to justifying some new war?!?

Van Buren simply stated the obvious, with his challenge, and was summarily punished for it.

And the reason for the timing of this purging has to be to subvert and silence as many anti-war independent voices as possible, in preparation for the coming war against Iran.

Aug 20 08:34

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Nothing More Than A Pile of Heavy, Metallic Mediocrity!!

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the most expensive weapon in the history of the world. Lockheed Martin promised it would design an aircraft that could do it all: conventional takeoff & landing (CTOL), short takeoff & landing (STOVL), operations from an aircraft carrier, ground attack, dogfighting, bombing, and more. The war corporation promised everything, but came through with nothing more than a pile of heavy, metallic mediocrity.

Aug 20 08:15

Kosovo at Delicate Crossroads Between East and West

The people of Kosovo were and still are cheering for joy. The European Commission (EC) recently decided that Kosovars won’t need visas any more to visit EU countries. Up to now, getting such visas was a horrendously complicated and bureaucratic procedure, especially hurtful, since Kosovo, with a population of about 1.8 million Kosovars living in Kosovo, has a diaspora estimated at 800,000 to a million, most of them in western Europe. For Kosovars, with close-knit families, 90+ percent Albanian Muslims, being able to visit their relatives and friends is a priority. So, this sudden EU opening up, was a great “gift” and a tremendous relief. – But, at what price? What happened? Why did it happen this turnabout by the treacherous EU?

Let’s go back to a bit of history.

Aug 20 07:15

Two 7th ID sergeants found dead

Two 7th Infantry Division sergeants were found dead Thursday in what officials say are unrelated incidents.

Officials at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, found Sgt. Joseph Martin dead at his on-post quarters Thursday
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Also Thursday, Sgt. Lewis Clay was found dead at an off-base location, officials said.

Aug 19 09:47

Sanctions, Sanctions, Sanctions – The Final Demise Of The Dollar Hegemony? Authored by Peter Koenig via The Saker Blog,

What is really transpiring is that Washington is isolating itself, that the uni-polar world is moving towards a multipolar world, one that increasingly disregards and disrespects the United States, despises her bullying and warmongering – killing and shedding misery over hundreds of millions of people, most of them defenseless children, women and elderly, by direct military force or by proxy-led conflicts –

Yemen is just one recent examples, causing endless human suffering to people who have never done any harm to their neighbors, let alone to Americans. Who could have any respect left for such a nation, called the United States of America, for the people behind such lying monsters?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that there will be a war, or at least some very large, and hostile US/Israeli military attack against Iran to attempt to save US dollar hegemony by Monday, 5 November, and this is why.

The US Deep State's goal, for decades now, is to control all the oil in the Middle East, and insure that such oil is only sold for US dollars.

Sunday, 4 November, is the "drop dead date" given by President Trump for the world to stop buying Iranian crude oil. Some countries have already stated that they will refuse to honor that date, such as China, and will continue to buy oil from Iran.

I think that the US will start with sanctions, but move to a Naval blockade in the Persian Gulf very quickly, to insure that no Iranian oil can get out of that particular bottleneck. I see the US forward deploying from Saudi Arabia; Bahrain, currently home to the 6th fleet; Qatar, and the UAE. Israeli forces, will be used for intelligence, rather than battle forces.

The regime change in Tehran, if it is accomplished, will put a great deal of the world's oil wealth under the command and control of the US, which will insure that it is only sold ... for US dollars.

Aug 19 09:25

Are Russia's New Super Nukes 'All Bark And No Bite?' While America's Nuclear Deterrent Has Aged To The Point Of Near Obsolescence, Russia Has Changed The Entire 'Game'

Fox News on the Web should be deeply embarrassed by Perry Chiaramonte and Alex Diaz’s August 8 article “Russia’s Nuclear Arsenal: All Bark and No Bite?”

“Amid fears of a new Cold War, an examination of Russia’s nuclear arsenal by Fox News shows that there may be no need to worry about a devastating nuclear attack,” Mr. Chiaramonte and Mr. Diaz write chirpily.

Mr. Chiaramonte and Mr. Diaz clearly know nothing about Russia’s nuclear capabilities or the fundamentals of nuclear strategy. Their article is blissfully uninformed by the findings of the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community’s Nuclear Posture Review.

Aug 19 09:19

UN CHIEF SUGGESTS DEPLOYING UN-MANDATED ARMED FORCES TO PROTECT PALESTINIANS

The protection of Palestinian civilians could be improved by the deployment of UN-mandated armed forces or unarmed observers, a beefed-up UN civilian presence or expanded UN assistance, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote in a report on Friday.

The United Nations General Assembly requested the report in a resolution adopted in June that condemned Israel for excessive force against Palestinian civilians and denounced the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israeli civilian areas.

The resolution asked for proposals to ensure “the safety, protection and well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation, including … recommendations regarding an international protection mechanism.”

Guterres outlined four options, but he did not make a specific recommendation. He noted that all options would need the cooperation of both parties, a sustained cessation of hostilities and additional resources to ensure they were viable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

UN Secretary Gutteres, this will only happen... when pigs discover they are aerodynamic.

Israel will not allow this to happen, period, end of discussion.

Aug 19 09:14

ACTOR JIM CARREY'S ART GOES VIRAL: "OUR MISSILE, OUR CRIME" IN YEMEN

Responding to the now confirmed fact that it was a laser-guided MK 82 bomb made by Lockheed Martin that killed 40 children while they were riding inside a school bus in northern Yemen over a week ago, actor Jim Carrey has highlighted the crime in his latest art.

In a now viral tweet posted to his official account Friday afternoon, Carrey wrote, "40 innocent children killed on a bus in Yemen." And added, "Our ally. Our missile. Our crime."

Carrey referenced the US-Saudi coalition in Yemen responsible for dropping the 500-pound bomb on the bus as it made its way through a crowded market in Dahyan in Saada province on August 9th, which both the US State Department and the Saudis had defended as a "legitimate military operation".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I really have to wonder why the B.O.Y. (the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Saudi Prince Salman) hasn't simply carpet bombed the country yet; I would imagine that this is probably his "next step" in the Saudi genocide against the country.

But Carrey is absolutely correct here; the US is a country complicit in Saudi war crimes in Yemen, and that means that every single US citizen has been made complicit in these war crimes.

I keep hoping that Americans are going to wake up to the absolute mess this government has continued to make in the Middle East, by this alliance with Saudi Arabia against Yemen; unfortunately, most of my brother and sister Americans are too mired in their everyday lives to be paying attention.

Aug 19 07:46

Xi requires strengthening CPC leadership, Party building in military

BEIJING -- President Xi Jinping has called for efforts to comprehensively strengthen the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Party building in the country's armed forces to ensure a solid political guarantee for the building of a strong military.

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Aug 19 07:16

Trump: Fewer Military Parades Means More “Jet Fighters”

On Thursday, the Pentagon announced that the parade would not move forward this year, after estimates for the events cost jumped more than 600 percent from previous proposals.
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On Thursday, the Pentagon announced that the parade would not move forward this year, after estimates for the events cost jumped more than 600 percent from previous proposals. Officials told the Associated Press that the parade was expected to cost $92 million, up from the initial estimate of $12 million.

Trump quickly blamed the local government in Washington, D.C. for estimating the exorbitant cost>>>

(*it would be a communist conspiracy to put it towards any Domestic Urban Renewal Projects )

Aug 18 11:19

‘Fat Leonard’ scandal grows with indictment of three more retired Navy officials

The worst corruption scandal in Navy history reached new heights Friday as federal prosecutors announced bribery and fraud charges against three retired sailors, including an officer who allegedly took part in a wild two-day party with prostitutes in Tokyo that cost $75,000.

A grand jury in San Diego indicted retired Capt. David W. Haas, 50, of Kailua, Hawaii, on charges that he took $145,000 in bribes from Leonard Glenn Francis, a Singapore-based defense contractor known as “Fat Leonard” in Navy circles.

Aug 18 10:39

ISIS GIVEN ‘BREATHING SPACE’ IN PARTS OF SYRIA UNDER US-BACKED FORCES' CONTROL

Islamic State managed to regain access to Syrian oil fields and make profits from selling oil, a new UN report reveals. While the UN did not point fingers, the IS reemergence seems to occur in areas held by the US-backed forces.
“Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant [IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS], having been defeated militarily in Iraq and most of the Syrian Arab Republic during 2017, rallied in early 2018. This was the result of a loss of momentum by forces fighting it in the east of the Syrian Arab Republic,” the recent report from the UN Security Council’s Sanctions Monitoring Team reads. The document is dated July 27, but was only released to the public this week.

The slow-down gave IS “breathing space to prepare for the next phase of its evolution into a global covert network.” As of June 2018, the terrorist group has been controlling “small pockets of territory in the Syrian Arab Republic on the Iraqi border,” effectively carrying on with its quasi-state ways.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I singularly unsurprised at this development?!?

Aug 18 08:55

Sandhurst waterboarding scandal as two officer cadets are probed for 'pinning down another recruit and pouring water over a cloth on his face'

Police are investigating claims a recruit was waterboarded at world-renowned military academy Sandhurst.

Two officer cadets are alleged to have pinned down their victim before pouring water over a cloth covering his face, the Sun reported.

The process induces the feeling of drowning.

The Royal Military Police were called into Sandhurst - which was once attended by Princes William and Harry - when allegations were reported to senior officers.

A source told the paper: 'Everyone in the Army is talking about this.

'To allegedly happen somewhere like Sandhurst makes it all the more shocking.'

Aug 17 11:06

The Blue Angels Are Getting 'New' Jets

The Blues are transitioning from Hornets to Super Hornets and passing on the F-35.

Aug 17 10:44

America, The Punitive

There has been a dramatic shift in how the United States government carries out its business internationally. Admittedly, Washington has had a tendency to employ force to get what it has wanted ever since 9/11, but it also sometimes recognized that other countries had legitimate interests and accepted there was a place for diplomacy to resolve issues short of armed conflict. The Bush Administration reluctance to broaden its engagement in the Middle East after it recognized that it had blundered with Iraq followed by Obama’s relaxation of tensions with Cuba and his negotiation of a nuclear agreement with Iran demonstrated that sanity sometimes prevailed in the West Wing.

Aug 17 10:28

You won't believe this judge's response to a veteran receiving a parking ticket!

Aug 17 10:04

Philip May profiting from wife’s military policies

Enter stage right our Prime Minister’s husband, Philip John May. May is a banker and pension fund expert. He is a senior executive at Capital Group, a US investment company that controls $1.4 trillion in assets.

Capital Group’s portfolio includes JP Morgan Chase, ($7bn) Philip Morris International ($9bn), McDonald’s ($5bn) and significant investments in Amazon and Starbucks. Selling books, coffee, burgers and fags is not a crime, although some of these companies’ tax avoidance scams might be.

Since 2009, Capital Group has declared a turnover of £467 million, but declared losses of £125 million. Despite what might be considered a colossal business failure, in the same period Mr May and other Capital Group directors have pocketed £43million in salaries, pensions and other benefits.

Even the Daily Mail has said, ‘It’s very odd a business can pay substantial amounts to directors while not turning a profit.’

Aug 17 10:03

Germany On Verge Of Signing New MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR Missile Defence System Contract | World | News

The German Defence Ministry, led by Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, called on Lockheed Martin Corp and Europe’s MBDA to develop final proposals for the next generation of missile defence systems in order to replace the country’s current MIM-104 Patriot models.

The move was hailed as a vital step towards the official signing of the contract, which is currently slated for 2019.

A spokesman for the German Ministry of Defence, said: “This is another step forward towards a final contract in 2019.”

Roland Kuntze, spokesman for MDBA, added: “This is a significant milestone toward achieving a contract award.

Aug 17 08:27

SYRIA - PENTAGON PLANTS HIGH ISIS NUMBERS TO JUSTIFY OCCUPATION

The U.S. aim in Syria is still 'regime change'. The Pentagon has made it clear that it wants to stay in the country even after the Islamic State vanished. A little propaganda trick is now used to create a justification for its continuing occupation. The report by the UN Security Council's Sanctions Monitoring Team on ISIS, in parts discussed here, includes a number that smells of bullshit and manipulation

Aug 16 15:20

Turkey Stocks, Lira Slide After Mnuchin Threatens More Sanctions

The Lira and Turkish stocks are sliding notably after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned that Washington is preparing more sanctions for Turkey due to the lack of progress on the release of Pastor Brunson.

Following a Turkish court's refusal yesterday to release American pastor Andrew Brunson, Mnuchin warned at a White House cabinet meeting today that U.S. has more sanctions prepared for Turkey if Brunson isn't quickly released.

Additionally, as Bloomberg reports, President Donald Trump said during a Cabinet meeting at the White House on Thursday that Turkey hasn’t turned out to be a great friend to the U.S., and he complained that his administration secured the release of a Turkish citizen from an unnamed country on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s behalf.

“We got somebody out for him,” Trump said, from “some place,” but Turkey continues to hold pastor Andrew Brunson. It’s “not right” and a “terrible thing,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I might suggest that Turkey's Edrogan back down here; if economic destabilization does not work, look for DC to try something more drastic.

Aug 16 15:12

Pompeo Forms "Iran Action Group" To Coordinate All Iran Strategy, Reports Directly To White House

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday that the United States has formed an "Iran Action Group" within the State Department to guide Washington's post-nuclear deal policy. The group will coordinate all activity and policy related to Iran, including inter-agency initiatives after President Trump withdrew the US from the 2015 nuclear deal in May.

Pompeo told reporters the action group would be "directing, reviewing and coordinating all aspects of the State Department's Iran-related activity."

It is to be headed by current State Department director of policy planning Brian Hook, who will in turn report directly to Pompeo. Hook has been a lead negotiator attempting to pressure European allies to significantly alter prior commitments related to the international deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look for the brilliantly coordinated demonization propaganda to start rolling out of the White House, Pentagon, State Department in huge fertilizer tubs soon, most probably after the Labor Day holiday.

What the hell has Iran actually done to deserve so much attention from the US government?!?!?

The short answer is, absolutely nothing; but of course, that will not be good enough for Israel, which wants to see Iran regime changed and balkanized.

But of course, Israel is ordering these actions from the US government only at the costs.... of American blood and American money.

Aug 16 15:03

Chinese bombers likely training for US strikes: Pentagon

Chinese bombers are likely training for strikes against US and allied targets in the Pacific, according to a new Pentagon report that also details how Beijing is transforming its ground forces to "fight and win."

The annual report to Congress, released Thursday, highlights China's growing military, economic and diplomatic clout and how Beijing is leveraging this to rapidly build its international footprint and establish regional dominance.

In the case of China's air power, the report states that Chinese bombers are developing capabilities to hit targets as far from China as possible.

"Over the last three years, the PLA (People's Liberation Army) has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime regions and likely training for strikes against US and allied targets," the document states, noting how China is pushing its operations out into the Pacific.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And of course, the US military is planning no such strikes against China or her allies in the Pacific?!?

Are we to congratulate the Pentagon for its magnificent grasp of the obvious?!?

Aug 16 14:31

US to Send More Marines to Norway, Angering Russia

In a move Russian officials immediately labeled as “unfriendly,” the Norwegian Defense Ministry has announced that the US will be more than doubling the number of Marines stationed inside Norway, bringing yet more combat troops to Russia’s northern border.

Officially, the US says the troops are there only for “training purposes.” Initially this was presented as a chance for the Marines to learn how to ski, in the event they are at some point doing alpine conflict. Norway’s officials similarly say this is not intended to target Russia.

Yet the US has, for years, been adding more and more troops to countries all along Russia’s frontier, and these deployments to Norway are expected to last at least five years, a long time to learn how to ski if they don’t figure that might include skiing into Russia for a war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Uh.... to teach US marines skiing?!?

This doesn't pass the "smell test"; sorry, Pentagon.

Aug 16 13:58

Saudis Spinning the Optics of Dead Schoolchildren

Why do Americans help manage their PR? This week in particular, our role has been shameful.

It has been a trying couple of weeks for Saudi Arabia. First, a tweet from an account associated with the Saudi government appeared to threaten Canada with a 9/11-style attack if they continued to “stick their nose where it doesn’t belong.” The infographic within the tweet featured an Air Canada jet flying towards the Toronto skyline.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, the Saudis, with US "guidance" and mid-air refueling, bomb hospitals, schools, and school buses all the time in Yemen; in their minds, the assassination of innocent school children is utterly no big deal.

To paraphrase the American poet Gertrude Stein, "A genocide... is a genocide.. is a genocide.", pure and simple.

And with a genocide, you kill everyone you possibly can kill, right?!? Schoolkids, women, and the medically fragile elderly; all grist for the US-enabled Saudi death machine, right?!?

I don't know about you, but the cold, hard reality that the US government and military are enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen, troubles me very deeply.

Unfortunately, Mike and I are too broke, and too old, to take up residence in a country with the kind of moral compass which would never allow such a thing to happen.

And given that the Yemeni Houthi rebels have proven so resilient over the last 3 years, I have to wonder just why the B.O.Y. (AKA the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Saudi Arabia's Prince bin Salman) has not ordered a complete carpet bombing of the country; I am quite sure that his BFF, Amerika's Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump, would authorize Raytheon's selling him thousands more bombs in a heartbeat if he wanted them... with which to kill more school children; women, and the medically fragile elderly.

And we have a companion piece to this, also courtesy of antiwar.com:

Slain bus full of children raises questions about the US role in Yemen war

Looks for those questions to go completely unanswered by this administration, which very much believes in killing for profit, and by the mantra "War is good for business!!"

Aug 16 13:41

Taliban Overrun Another Afghan Military Base, Killing 45 Troops

For the second time this week, Taliban insurgents attacked and overran an Afghan Army base in the country’s north, this time in Baghlan Province. The offensive lasted about five hours, and left the Taliban in control of the military base and a nearby police checkpoint.

Starting before dawn, Taliban fighters quickly overwhelmed the police checkpoint, killing nine police, then moved on to the army base. They got to the base in Baghlan-e Markazi District and took that as well, killing another 36 troops.

Baghlan Governor Abdul Hai Nemati says that reinforcements have been sent to try to recapture the area. Checkpoints in the area were reportedly set on fire by the Taliban, however, so not everything can be recovered

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this administration, coupled with NATO, had two brain cells to rub together on this issue, they would immediately evacuate their troops in Afghanistan out of the country as quickly as was safely possible, negotiating with whatever government was left standing in Kabul for the rights to the oil pipelines, rare earth minerals, and poppy production.

Of course... that... would be logical.

Aug 16 12:58

LOCKHEED MARTIN AWARDED OVER $3 BILLION IN GOVT CONTRACTS IN JUST TWO DAYS, AS MILITARY FRETS ABOUT RUSSIAN, CHINESE ADVANCES

The U.S. Air Force announced within the span of two days earlier this week that it had awarded over $3.3 billion in contracts to U.S. weapons giant Lockheed Martin. The first of these contracts, totaling $480 million, was announced on Monday and tasked Lockheed with designing a new “hypersonic” missile. The new missile, known as the Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW), is the second “hypersonic” missile under development at Lockheed, as the U.S. Air Force awarded a $928 million contract to the company this past April to develop the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon (HCSW) program.

The second contract, totaling a sizable $2.9 billion, was awarded to Lockheed on Tuesday and tasks the company with creating three missile-warning satellites, with each satellite set to cost just under $1 billion each.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem isn't that the Russians and Chinese military have these weapons; the problem is the US defense industry has felt no compulsion to provide this country with the "edge" it needs to stay a step ahead of these Russian and Chinese weaponry developments.

Aug 15 15:48

We literally just killed 56 kids in Yemen, who's supposed to bomb us now? MSNBC

So now when Assad supposedly attacked and killed 30 people with chemicals, we were supposed to bomb Assad and Syria. We literally just killed 56 kids in Yemen, who's supposed to bomb us now? When do we get bombed? When does someone call us "butchers". When does that happen? Where are we supposed to bomb in the US? If we're moral, we're supposed to bomb right?

MSNBC Covers Yemen For First Time In Over A Year After Saudi Arabia Bombed School Bus Killing Dozens Of CHILDREN.

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Aug 14 15:31

IN TIMES OF WAR: A PRAYER FOR PEACE - CLAIRE K. RIVERO

Aug 14 14:19

Hawaiian town rocked by up to 800 earthquakes daily as volcano erupts

It’s been a strange three months for the Hawaii island village of Volcano, where thousands of earthquakes have rattled the residents of this small mountainside town since Kilauea began erupting in May. Now, after a week of waning quakes, residents are holding their breath, waiting to see if this, finally, could signal the end of the eruption that has crippled the easternmost part of the island.

Volcano, a tiny tourist town nestled in a high elevation forest, is a scant five miles from the caldera of Kilauea volcano. Its location makes it especially vulnerable to earthquakes, which during July sometimes numbered as high as 800 a day, according to Kyle Anderson, a seismologist with US Geological Survey.

Aug 14 12:34

Cooperate Or Die: In Private Meeting, Top Facebook Exec Threatened News Outlets

During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoth's efforts to "revitalize journalism" will leave media outlets dying "like in a hospice."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why the independent media is really important right now, and so worthy of support, both informationally and financially.

Because Brown's call to "revitalize journalism", is nothing more than a not so subtle, in your face threat, that the presstitutes and whorespondents can be broken, forever, by not adhering completely to the narrative of the nation-state, and any countering argument to that narrative must be ground down into the dirt, permanently and immediately.

So no, Mr. Brown: WRH refuses to do this, and we have suffered intensely from the financial, social, and intellectual stigmas associated with not carrying the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika's water for it.

Yes, the siren song of the money, and opportunities available after becoming "the US Deep State's bitch" can still be heard, sotto voce; but just like listening to the song of a mermaid, trying to lure a sailor to their death, when you understand how completely expendable ordinary working people are to the inner workings of the monied who rule this country, the ethical costs of such a switch in perspective, are simply too great to bear.

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 11:37

U.S. destroyer Carney enters Black Sea

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) entered the Black Sea on August 12, according to the press office of the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet.

The ship will "conduct maritime security operations and enhance capability and interoperability with allies and partners in the region."

"Carney's arrival in the Black Sea demonstrates our continued commitment to security and stability in the region. Our time spent here will help us improve interoperability and the sharing of information and experiences with our partner nations," said Commander Tyson Young, commanding officer of Carney.

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 09:38

Insanely Stupid & Expensive 'Space Force' Prioritized Over Healthcare

Aug 14 09:18

Lesson from Iran

American companies that have invested so much in the fracking technology are interested in raising the price of crude oil. It can only be done if the largest producers agree on the quantities that they put on the world market. Iran since the time when the pro-American shah was deposed has not been on friendly terms with the United States and so it will not go hand in hand with American plans. That is the reason why it must be put out of the equation, and that is also why Washington is looking for pretexts to go to war with Tehran.

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 18:01

Sweden Is Burning: Migrant Gangs Unleash Coordinated Fire-Bomb Rampage Across Multiple Cities

Many Swedes were horrified in early 2017 when U.S. President Donald Trump linked immigration to rising crime in Sweden, but an increasing number now agree with him.

Amid soaring crime rates, gang violence, complaints about education, and pregnant mothers even being turned away from maternity wards due to a lack of capacity, resentment in Sweden has built over the influx of more than 600,000 immigrants over the past five years.

And tonight is one of the worst night for violence in recent history as police report multiple gangs of masked youths rampaging across three major Swedish cities, setting cars on fire in what seems like a coordinated action.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prayers for the Swedish people, dealing with this violence; but also, prayers - and votes - that Swedish legislators get the message, and never, ever again allow unvetted immigration, which is turning Sweden into a massive funeral pyre for the Swedish people.

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 07:50

UAE: UP TO 25 YEARS IN JAIL FOR CYBER CRIMINALS

The UAE has made an amendment to a 2012 Cyber Crime law, increasing financial penalties and extending jail terms to up to 25 years for terrorism related activity, WAM Agency reported today.

Those engaging in cybercrimes in the UAE can be sent to jail for a period not exceeding 25 years in addition to a fine up to some $1 million.

The terrorism related activity includes: “whoever establishes, manages or runs a website or publishes information on the computer network or information technology means for the interest of a terrorist group or any unauthorised group, association, organisation”, the WAM Agency statement read.

‘HATE CRIMES’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why does it not surprise me, that this same country, terrified of what its own people may think about its government, is torturing in Yemen?!?

That has to be part of the three-legged stool, is it not, of surveillance, threatening those who do not believe the government, posting alternative viewpoints, and then using torture to reinforce the consequences of the first two acts.

This is all as logical as it is deplorable.

Aug 13 07:45

SECRET REPORT REVEALS TORTURE USED IN SAUDI-LED COALITION PRISONS IN YEMEN

Al Jazeera received a secret report prepared by former military officials who worked with the Saudi-UAE alliance in Yemen on the conditions of prisons and secret detention centres and forced disappearances.

The information in the report matched the testimonies of prisoners and abductees given to human rights activists. Such details also reinforced what had been revealed by the Associated Press in previous investigations.

The report revealed some of the atrocities taking place in these secret UAE-controlled prisons situated in southern Yemen. The violations range from murdering detainees and abductees to torture and deprivation. Moreover, the report listed sites and names of secret graves, detainees tortured to death and missing persons, as well as identities of the torturers and the details of interrogations

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember when Gina Haspel, now head of the CIA, assured Congressional Representatives, that torture would never happen again on her watch, no matter where in the world?!?

Who is arming, funding, and advising the Saudis on their genocide in Yemen?!?

Were I the same Congressional Representatives who interviewed her, and heard those promises in English she made about never having this happen again, and understanding what was now going on in Yemen, Courtesy of the UAE, and I would put her back side right back into the investigative chair, and ask her why she is allowing the UAE to do this.

Or, perhaps, given the proclivities of some members of the US Deep State to "get off" on this kind of torture, psychologically, one might say that, perhaps, she has already been given a "get out of jail, fee" card, with her defense as being given that "she is not in control" of UAE torture in Yemen.

While this may be technically true, that Haspel, apparently, is making absolutely zero moves to stop this, while the best intellects in intelligence work, claim, irrefutably, that torture does not work, and only gets the tortured person to say what the torturers to say to get the torture to stop, means that she is, personally, ethically and morally, cheering the torturers on.

The leadership of this country had a choice with her nomination; they could have chosen a Hanns Scharrf-like character, a German-born American and British world War II hero, who never used torture to get intelligence from his prisoners, but was unfailingly kind, and used to get them day passes for cultural events, or someone with the human rights sensitivities just to the right of those of Attila the Hun.

You have seen the direction this Government has chosen to go, with Haspel's confirmation, and that makes me very much fear for the future of my country.

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 07:32

China’s hypersonic aircraft can fire nukes at 6 times the speed of sound

China’s hypersonic aircraft, Starry Sky-2, could be used to carry nuclear missiles at six times the speed of sound
First test flight of experimental design, which rides its own shock waves, deemed a ‘huge success’

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(*RELAX: Trump has a Secret Weapon of his own !)

Aug 11 09:10

May, Hunt silent as UK's best arms customer kills dozens of children in Yemen bus attack

After a Saudi-led attack in Yemen killed and injured dozens of children, the public is again questioning London's arms sales to Riyadh. Officials have kept silent, helped by the MSM which fails to question the UK's involvement.
According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the body count from Thursday's attack sits at 51, including 40 children. Seventy-nine others were also injured in the attack, 56 of whom were children. It is understood that the bus was bringing children home from a picnic when it was attacked.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, these kids were just "collateral damage", not real people, and fully deserved to have the crap bombed out of them with British munitions!!" - Official #12 Downing Street spokes-slush.

Aug 11 09:00

World Remains Blind To "Ticking Time Bomb" Counting Down To War On Australia's Doorstep

Asia is at risk of descending into a region-wide crisis with global implications, a leading expert in Asia-Pacific affairs has warned.

Dr Brendan Taylor, Associate Professor at ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, argues Asia is at a dangerous crossroads in his new book The Four Flashpoints: How Asia Goes to War.

A lot is happening in the northeast. China is set to overtake the United States as the world’s dominant power over the next decade. Questions remain over Kim Jong-un’s supposed dismantling of his nuclear arsenal. Japan is building up its military power again, and regional battles for ownership of lucrative oceans are intensifying.

Dr Taylor argues there are four key “flashpoints” — politically unstable areas with the potential to erupt into sudden conflict — and all are situated within the continent.

Aug 11 08:32

Saudi Coalition Promises Investigation Into Strike on Yemen Schoolbus

The Saudi-led coalition attacking Yemen has promised that they will carry out an investigation following Thursday’s attack in the Saada Province. In the strike, Saudi warplanes attacked a schoolbus outside of a crowded marketplace, killing at least 50, mostly children.

The coalition says they are “firmly committed to investigating all claims regarding mistakes or violations of international law.” This statement was made through the Saudi press despite officials insisting on Thursday that the killings were a “legitimate military action” and perfectly legal.

Gory photos of dead children that followed, however, fueled a lot of calls from the international community to investigate the matter. UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutterres condemned the strike and urged an “independent and prompt investigation.” The Houthis, who control northern Yemen, backed the call.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This just makes me sick to my stomach.

IF the Saudis are the only ones allegedly "investigating" this massacre, the conclusion will be that all the alleged "children" who were murdered, or maimed, for life, were actually, genetically, very small Houthi rebels, disguised as children, who they had the absolute right to murder on this school bus.

Just wait for it: I am betting that what I have just stated, won't be very far from the Saudi conclusions on this slaughter.

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).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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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The U.S. Has Troops in Syria. So Do the Russians and Iranians. Here’s Where

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Aug 11 07:49

NEOCONS HYPE THREAT OF “IRANIAN HACKERS” TO JUSTIFY PREEMPTIVE “COUNTERATTACK”

Several reports in both American and Israeli media have recently been circulating the claim that Iran is increasingly likely to respond to draconian U.S.-imposed sanctions by conducting “cyberattacks” against the United States. According to this narrative, “Iranian hackers have laid the groundwork to carry out extensive cyberattacks on U.S. and European infrastructure and on private companies,” prompting the U.S. to consider launching a preemptive “counterattack” in response.

Quoting anonymous U.S. government officials, think tanks and “experts,” these articles assert that the sanctions the U.S. re-imposed on Iran this Tuesday are “likely to push that country to intensify state-sponsored cyber-threat activities,” activities that one expert called “the most consequential, costly and aggressive in the history of the internet, more so than Russia.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel has been trying to goad both the US and Saudi Arabia in a potentially brutal attack against Iran, in the name of "regime change" in this country, and they are thoroughly frustrated that all their collective propaganda in this area, cannot seem to get the American people, now war-weary, and very war skeptical, after 17 years of America's failures in places like Afghanistan; Somalia; Iraq; and Libya, on it s"Bomb, Bomb Iran" War Train.

And I find it ironic, in looking at the region, that those who so deeply advocate war against Iran, are those countries in desperate need of regime change themselves.

Let's start with Israel, with its current and its painfully corrupt Prime Minister Netanyahu, who must always keep Israel's citizens in a psychological attitude of fear, and dread, against both the Palestinians, and against all their neighbors, who, it is said, want to kill them all, and create a 2nd holocaust.

Never mind that Israel appears pathologically incapable of getting along with its neighbors, and is always advocating regime change; never mind that it is constantly trying to figure out how to assassinate more Palestinians, and get away with it without the world noticing.

Then, let's shift to Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's thoroughly embarrassing 21st century autocratic ruler, and the current Butcher of Yemen, who the United States is assisting militarily in Saudi War Crimes in Yemen.

Let's take a look at what the "good Prince" has caused to happen in Yemen, shall we?!? Warning: graphic images.

Images: Yemeni infants and children being killed, courtesy of Saudi bombing Runs

Starvation and disease (possibly weaponised cholera) are running rampant in Yemen, courtesy of joint US/Saudi bombing of the Yemeni ports, so food cannot get in.

Images:
Yemeni children starving to death, courtesy of US/Saudi port blockades

And please do not forget that Prince Salman, one of President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East, has ordered the use of depleted uranium weapons in Yemen:
Video:
Saudis using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

And the use of these DU weapons in Yemen, is having the same effect as they had in Iraq, both on Iraqis... and American military professionals, who discovered to their horror, that their children were born, just as maimed and deformed, as were their Iraqi counterparts.

Images: Yemeni children born with massive deformities due to their parents' exposure to DU

So to our very own Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump, who has authorized the sale of billions of dollars of weapons to Saudi Arabia, and to His Highness, the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Prince bin Salman, , all I have for you both is the polite, reiteration of two profoundly insightful sayings.

The first by the late US President John F. Kennedy, who said: "When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable."

And the second, by philosopher George Santayana, observes: ""Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.".

Just some food for thought, gentlemen.

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 10:00

US Warmachine Seeks New Pretext in Syria to Bring War to Iran

General Votel would state unequivocally when asked what the “arrangement” was regarding Syria, that:

Our mission is very, very clear: It is focusing on the defeat of ISIS and then helping our partners in both Iraq and Syria stabilize the situation and specifically in Iraq to help create a platform that can lead to a long-term political solution through the U.N. process.

Several aspects of this statement make it clear what the US was doing in Syria to begin with, and what it seeks to do now.

Aug 10 09:57

"War In Front Of Me" - New Chinese Military Video Shows Off Range Of Advanced Weaponry

A new video produced by China's military that features the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) showing off a wide range of the country's latest military technology has gone viral after its publication to social media on August 1st, the day China commemorated 'Army Day'.

The just over two-minute video, called "I am a Chinese soldier" is an over the top patriotic tribute emphasizing a combination of personal sacrifice, loyalty, and a sense of esprit de corps in belonging to an elite, modernized military.

The National Interest has provided a translation of the popular Chinese language footage, which is described as follows:

The video is brimful with the grandiosity that is now associated with the military under Xi Jinping: a lot of ammunition is fired, and the very latest in China’s military technology — combat aircraft, a carrier battle group, long-range ballistic missiles, submarines and armored vehicles — is on full, proud, active display.

Aug 10 08:22

U.S. 'FINE TUNING' OF SAUDI AIRSTRIKE TARGET LIST CREATES RESULTS

U.S. Deepens Role in Yemen Fight, Offers Gulf Allies Airstrike-Target Assistance

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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 14:12

Saudi Coalition Attacks School Bus A Day After State Department Justifies Airstrikes On Yemeni Towns

Though we are no longer shocked at the callous and indiscriminate nature of Saudi coalition attacks on Yemeni towns, we are surprised that major US networks like CNN have actually decided to cover coalition war crimes for a change.

Early on Thursday a coalition air attack scored a direct hit on a school bus packed with children as it drove through a crowded market place.

CNN provides the following disturbing details:

The bus was struck as it was driving through a market in the rebel-held province of Saada, according to the Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV.

At least 43 people were killed and 63 injured in the strike, according to the Houthi-held health ministry.

The International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) said that a hospital it supports in Saada had received 29 dead bodies of "mainly children" under 15 years of age, and 40 injured, including 30 children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, these are precisely the images Americans need to see to understand how the US military is enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen, and I have a couple of oldies but goodies I want our readers to see (very graphic and disturbing):

Images: Yemeni children being assassinated by Saudi bombings

Images; Yemeni children starving courtesy of US/Saudi blockades of Yemen ports.

This is precisely why the independent media is needed, now more than ever, to peacefully, and honestly witness to this kind of Saudi/US activity here, and bringing attention to those issues which those who want to algorithm the independent news out of existence, don't want us you to see.

Don't these images make you proud to be an American, to understand what the Saudi and US are doing there?!? Don't these war crimes in Yemen make you just burst with pride?!?

Because if they don't, we need to start having a peaceful conversation, both among each other, and with the Federal Government, as to why the US is colluding with the Butcher of Yemen (AKA the Saudi Prince Bin Salman) in creating war crimes in this country.

This is a genocide, pure and simple, and the US is deeply complicit in creating this genocide, and it must be made to stop.

And here... is a companion story, from sputnik.com:

USA Urges Saudis Probe on Bus Strike

And wasn't this right just after the following headline: "Saudi Coalition Attacks School Bus A Day After State Department Justifies Airstrikes On Yemeni Towns"?!?

I guess the Saudis, after evaluating that statement from our State Department, figured innocent little Yemeni kids, just trying to get to school for something passing for an education, were simply "fair game", so they bombed the crap out of the bus.

The assassination of Yemeni children is thoroughly normal for the Saudi military: and they do it absolutely brilliantly, as the above images prove.

And one has to wonder: did the US military provide "guidance" for the strike here?!?

Aug 09 10:24

US Navy’s Attack Subs Have Welding Issues in Their Missile Tubes

The US Navy’s newest submarines under construction have a problem with the welds on their missile tubes, a potentially costly issue to repair that could delay their completion.

Problems were found in a dozen vertical missile launch tubes to be used in the next version of the US Navy's Virginia-class attack submarines, the Block V, as well as the USN's upcoming Columbia-class and the British Royal Navy's Dreadnought-class, both ballistic missile submarines.

A dozen such tubes, manufactured by BWXT Inc, were found to have substandard welds, Defense News reported Tuesday. None had been installed on submarines yet, but the problem could delay construction timelines for the three boat classes.

Aug 09 09:50

US Military Spending $576 Million Training for Underground Warfare

Despite cooling tensions with North Korea, the US Army isn’t turning down the heat on its underground combat training programs, funneling over half a billion dollars into the effort.

The US Army is slowly accepting that its next war, which may be against “peer competitors” like Russia, China, or North Korea, will probably involve a wonderful deal of underground fighting. Many of the world’s most powerful militaries maintain vast subterranean facilities built to house command units, shield forces from nuclear or conventional attack, and to deliver unsuspecting sneak attacks on forces above ground — one estimate last year place the number at 10,000 worldwide.

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 08:16

GOVERNMENT ETHICS WATCHDOGS FEAR AMAZON’S WEB OF INFLUENCE MAY HAVE TAINTED PENTAGON’S $10 BILLION JEDI CLOUD DEAL

A former senior adviser to Secretary of Defense James Mattis was receiving payments from her sale of a consulting firm she founded that worked with Amazon’s cloud computing arm, while the Pentagon simultaneously crafted a $10 billion contract that many say is tilted in favor of the tech giant, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation has found.

Sally Donnelly’s financial disclosure filings do not clearly state that she was receiving payments from the purchaser of her firm during her stay at the Pentagon, nor did she file a written recusal from involvement with the Department of Defense’s cloud computing contract. Government ethics experts say those factors taint the landmark deal with the specter of impropriety.

“It sounds that she was not fully paid off, which would be a violation of conflicts of interest if she took any official action that affected that business,” government affairs lobbyist Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a liberal watchdog, told TheDCNF.

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