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WAR/DRAFT/VETERAN AFFAIRS

Oct 31 10:37

Russia's only aircraft carrier damaged after crane falls on it

The Admiral Kuznetsov has seen action in Russia’s military campaign in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad with its planes carrying out air strikes against rebel forces.

It was being overhauled on one of the world’s biggest floating docks in the icy waters of the Kola Bay near Murmansk close to where Russia’s Northern Fleet is based and was due to go back into service in 2021.

Maria Kovtun, Murmansk’s governor, said in a statement that a rescue operation had been launched and 71 people evacuated after the floating dock holding the ship had begun to sink.

The warship had been successfully extracted from the dock before it completely sank, she said.

Oct 31 09:35

Why Poland wants a permanent US military base, and is willing to pay $2 billion for it

Poland’s government is interested in establishing a permanent U.S. military presence in their country and they’re willing to pay for it.

The Polish defense ministry said there is a “clear and present need for a permanent U.S. armored division deployed in Poland,” and is willing to provide financial backing to host the soldiers that could reach $2 billion, according to a copy of the proposal obtained by Polish news outlet Onet.

The ”clear and present need” outlined in the document appeared to be sparked by Russia.

“Establishing such a force is necessary to present an unequivocal challenge and deterrence to Russia’s increasingly emboldened and dangerous posture that threatens Europe,” the proposal reads.

Oct 30 15:51

FLASHBACK - Report: Israel Passes U.S. Military Technology to China

Secret U.S. missile and electro-optics technology was transferred to China recently by Israel, prompting anger from the U.S. and causing a senior Israeli defense official to resign.

The head of defense exports for the Israeli Defense Ministry resigned after a U.S. investigation concluded that technology, including a miniature refrigeration system manufactured by Ricor and used for missiles and in electro-optic equipment, was sent to China, according to the Israeli newspaper Maariv.

Another Israeli news site, Aretz Sheva, reports the U.S. is concerned the technology could ultimately find its way to Iran, which last year sought to buy military equipment from China for its nuclear program.

Oct 30 14:47

Canada Welcomes Al-Qaeda [White Helmets] from Syria: What You Need To Know

Canadian officials say the country is preparing to resettle a group of White Helmets, a Western-backed terrorist organization founded by James Le Mesurier, a British ex-mercenary, in 2013. The group has been lauded for its “humanitarian” efforts in Syria, but have functioned more as a logistics, chemical false flag, and propaganda arm of Syria’s al-Qaeda branch, complete with Financing from George Soros and the UK/US governments. Share this with your local MP and representatives.

Oct 30 13:25

China’s Xi tells military to prepare for war as US Navy warns of high seas encounters

One of the key responsibilities of the Southern Theater Command is protecting China’s interests in the South China Sea, where Beijing claims sovereignty over a number of islands. The sea is of strategic importance to Chinese trade. The US rejects the territorial claims and has been sending so-called Freedom of Navigation missions through the waters and airspace, which Beijing considers its own, as a gesture of defiance.

Chief of US Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson said Tuesday the US and China “will meet each other more and more on the high seas” as the two nations confront each other in the South China Sea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing it could possibly do, is utterly no guarantee that the US government will not do it.

Provoking China over these islands is definitely one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid things the US military could be doing right now.

As someone who sits on an Island which would be a first-strike target for China, if this war cranks up, you can color me extraordinarily nervous right now.

Oct 30 13:06

Russia Plans Missile-Firing Exercise Off Norway Amid NATO Drills

The Russian Navy plans to test missiles in international waters off Norway's coast this week, Norwegian and NATO officials say, as the Western military alliance conducts its largest military exercise since the end of the Cold War.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on October 29 the alliance was informed last week about the planned tests.

"Russia has a sizable presence in the north, also off Norway," Stoltenberg told the Norwegian news agency NTB.

"Large [Russian] forces take part in maneuvers and they practice regularly," he added.

Russian officials did not immediately comment on the planned missile tests, which come amid persistent tension between NATO and Russia, which seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and backs separatists in an ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine but accuses the alliance of provocative behavior near its borders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing indicates that Russia is simply warning NATO not to do something which could potentially go so far wrong, as to initiate an accidental clash, and create the outbreak of hostilities.

Oct 30 12:56

US Holds Thousands of Syrian Refugees Hostage, Establishes Military Bases in Northern Syria

Syria is Washington’s war, launched by Obama in March 2011, escalated by Trump, no end of it in prospect. It’s all about wanting pro-Western puppet rule replacing the Syrian government, isolating Iran, ahead of a similar scheme to topple its government.

Most Americans are mindless about what’s going on.

Syria is in the eye of the storm, war in its eighth year, Washington using ISIS and other terrorists as imperial proxies, supplemented by US-led terror-bombing, is responsible for massacring thousands of Syrian civilians.

US forces operate in Syria illegally, occupying northern and southern territory on “18 bases in the northeastern and eastern provinces of” the country, according to Fars News.

Russian military analyst Vladimir Kozin said

“the US is training terrorists in 19 military bases in Syria.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, no matter which of the Presidential candidates for whom Americans might vote, that perpetual and endless state of war,so loved and adored by the US Deep State, because it keeps the people who comprise it in power, will not allow its end.

Oct 30 12:35

Annotation of Sec. Pompeo’s Certification of Yemen War: Civilian Casualties and Saudi-Led Coalition

Last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo certified that the Saudi-led Coalition fighting a war in Yemen is taking sufficient steps to reduce civilian casualties in its military operations. The Secretary’s decision whether to issue a certification is required by a recent statute: section 1290 of the McCain National Defense Authorization Act. Under that provision, a failure to certify (or issue a waiver in its stead) would have automatically triggered suspension of congressional appropriations for the refueling of Coalition aircraft conducting missions in Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I doubt that they will get anything at all from Secretary of State Pompeo; and definitely not by tomorrow, which signals the months' end.

The lies will continue on his part, because it supports the incredible amount of money the Saudis are paying for their jets and bombs; it is just that simple.

Oct 30 12:30

America’s Bloody Ally

The U.S. continues to support the dictatorship of Saudi Arabia—as a key ally—even after the horrific murder of Jamal Khashoggi and the horrendous five-year bombing campaign on Yemen, writes Ann Wright.

The latest information leaking from the Turkish government indicates that the dismemberment of Khashoggi was filmed and Skyped to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s senior aide, Saud al-Qahtani, who has since been reportedly sacked from his position. Al-Qahtani was reportedly Mohammad bin Salman’s right-hand adviser/enforcer in the kidnapping and interrogation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and of the detention and shakedown of many wealthy Saudi elite in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Some media can certainly be portrayed in this way; but not all. And I hate the issue of ANYONE getting body slammed, for any reason.

But having said that, Ann Wright is one of the most principled, and moral woman, I have ever met, when she did speak here on Oahu, at an event Mike and I attended. I just wish there were more in government and Congress who had her strength of courage and witness; sadly, she is the exception which proves the rule, unfortunately.

Oct 30 12:12

US Says Raising Pressure on Saudi Arabia Over Qatar and Yemen

The White House is still “weighing options” on what to do about Saudi Arabia murdering US permanent resident Jamal Khashoggi. President Trump clearly isn’t inclined to do very much, but that doesn’t mean some pressure won’t come to bear.

Officials are already reporting some minor pressure on the Saudis, centered on 16-months of Saudi isolation of Qatar, a vital US ally. Administration officials are reportedly urging the Saudis to quickly resolve Qatar.

Officials also say they want the Saudis to take certain unspecified “steps” on the wildly unpopular war in Yemen. The US has been getting a lot of flack for backing that Saudi war, and the Saudis are committing a lot of war crimes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government is neck-deep in collusion with Saudi war crimes in Yemen; but the US companies don't want that so-lucrative Saudi money to go away, given all the bombs and fighter jets we keep selling them.

My sense is, once the Khashoggi affair is forgotten, the US/Saudi punishment of Yemen will continue, completely unabated. And here is what it looks like from the Yemeni side of the conflict(warning: graphic, horrific images)

Images: Yemeni children killed or crippled in US-enabled Saudi bombing runs

Image: Yemeni child starving to death, courtesy of US-Enabled Yemeni port blockades

Images: Yemeni children dying of cholera, possibly weaponised) courtesy of US/Saudi bombing of water infrastructure

And if you darn near lost your lunch over these horrific images, congrats; you haven't completely lost your humanity.

But folks, unless and until we can have a serious conversation with our (alleged) representatives, who work tirelessly for the corporations which own them, and convince them to have a very frank with our Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump, about how lousy the optics of this war are for his run in 2020, business in Yemen will continue as usual, with the collateral damage of innocent lives increasing.

Oct 30 11:00

Four US Soldiers Injured in Vehicle Pile-up in Norway Ahead of NATO Exercise

Three vehicles crashed one into another, while the fourth attempted to evade the pile-up, but slid from the road.

Four US soldiers were injured in an accident involving four vehicles in Norway, according to a statement by the US military.

"The accident occurred when three vehicles collided and a fourth vehicle slid off the pavement and overturned while trying to avoid the three vehicles that had collided," US officials said, according to Reuters.

Three of the soldiers remain hospitalized and under observations, but their condition is stable, the report says. The fourth soldier was released after a short hospitalization.

Oct 30 10:59

US Launches Global Military Exercises for Strategic Nuclear Forces

Strategic Command of the US Armed Forces (USSTRATCOM) has announced the beginning of its annual military exercises for strategic nuclear forces: “Global Thunder 2019”.

According to a statement made by USSTRATCOM on Monday, the war games are being conducted in order to “curb, locate and, if necessary, avert strategic attacks on the US and its allies.” The exercises aim to determine the readiness of the military units that focus on nuclear deterrence.

Oct 30 10:26

RUSSIA DEVELOPING 21ST CENTURY PULSE AND LASER WEAPONS TO DESTROY U.S SATELLITES

As we approach the third decade of the 21st century, the battle over space will feature prominently. We recall back in the 1980’s, the infamous war-hawk U.S president, Reagan, promised that the Americans would be able to produce a ‘Star Wars’ weapons system, and the program was based on the use of lasers.

But it’s Russia that has made leaps and bounds in the development of space weapons, and weapons that can reach space. The S-500 for example, can reach those objects in near earth orbit which we casually refer to as ‘space’.

Oct 30 09:46

Fuck the War Machine! Choosing the Courage to Defy Warmongers

Be violent against belief, thought and theory; be nonviolent against people and the environment.

Oct 30 08:56

Why American Leaders Persist In Waging Losing Wars

As America enters the 18th year of its war in Afghanistan and its 16th in Iraq, the war on terror continues in Yemen, Syria, and parts of Africa, including Libya, Niger, and Somalia. Meanwhile, the Trump administration threatens yet more war, this time with Iran. (And given these last years, just how do you imagine that’s likely to turn out?) Honestly, isn’t it time Americans gave a little more thought to why their leaders persist in waging losing wars across significant parts of the planet? So consider the rest of this piece my attempt to do just that.

Oct 30 08:55

Military Escalation In Europe Is Like Runaway Train: It's Time To Slow It Down

Much has been said about the Trident Juncture 2018 NATO exercise being held in the immediate vicinity of Russia’s borders. This is the largest training event since the Cold War, but it’s only part of a broader picture, in which military war preparations targeting Russia are in full swing. Exercises are being coordinated, along with infrastructure facilities that are being built, expanded, and modernized. For instance, last week the construction of an aircraft maintenance hangar at Estonia’s Amari Air Base, the first military project fully funded by the European Deterrence Initiative (EDI), was completed.

Oct 29 14:23

Mattis Attempts to Sell US Exit From INF Treaty to EU Allies

US President Donald Trump earlier announced that Washington would be withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, citing alleged violations by Moscow. Russia has firmly denied the accusations and expressed regret at the decision.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that the US is currently in talks with its EU partners over Washington's decision to withdraw from the INF Treaty.

"We are in consultations with our European counterparts, I was speaking about it the day before with the German defense minister, and so as I said the consultations continue," Mattis said.

Oct 29 10:00

Europe Will Become a Battlefield: Putin Bluntly Explains What Discarding INF Treaty Means

Oct 29 09:53

South Korean Patriot Missile ‘Self Destructs’ During Test-Fire

A South Korea Patriot surface-to-air missile (PAC-2) exploded seconds after launch at a South Korean firing range last Thursday.

The South Korean Air Force said that The PAC-2 missile ascended for about four seconds after blastoff at the seaside Daecheon range in South Chungcheong Province during an annual air defense guided missile practice, Yonhap News reported quoting an Air Force statement.

Oct 28 09:37

Trump Surrenders to John Bolton on Russia and Arms Control

Declaring that “there is a new strategic reality out there,” President Donald Trump’s hardline national security advisor John Bolton announced during a visit to Moscow earlier this week that the United States would be withdrawing from the 31-year-old Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. “This was a Cold War bilateral ballistic missile-related treaty,” Bolton said, “in a multi-polar ballistic missile world.”

“It is the American position that Russia is in violation,” Bolton told reporters after a 90-minute meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Russia’s position is that they aren’t. So one has to ask how to ask the Russians to come back into compliance with something they don’t think they’re violating.”

Oct 27 12:04

UN Committee Votes Against Russia’s Resolution on INF Treaty

Russia introduced a draft resolution aimed to preserve the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty to the UN General Assembly First Committee after the US announced a unilateral withdrawal from the pact.

The First Committee of the UN General Assembly, also known as Disarmament and International Security Committee, declined on Friday to hear Russia's draft resolution in support of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

Russia proposed the draft resolution to the committee, but the US delegation protested against it. On Friday, the committee voted on whether the resolution draft should be reviewed.

Oct 27 10:38

Who will save us from America? Trump's INF withdrawal is a neocon dream & global nightmare

Washington’s vow to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty poses again the question: Who will save us from America?

If complacency is the enemy of progress hubris is the harbinger of regress. And it is hubris of the most egregious kind that describes the unconscionable decision of the Trump administration to affect the unilateral withdrawal of the US from the 1987 INF nuclear treaty, one that at the time of its establishment Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev pointed out was “the first agreement in history on the mutually agreed destruction of an entire class of nuclear weapons.”

Oct 27 10:35

US delivers largest ammunition shipment to Europe since bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999

Ramstein Air Base in Germany has received around 100 containers of ammunition in the largest delivery of ordnance to the US forces in Europe since the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999.

The US Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa said that “a variety of munitions rolled into Ramstein during the month of October.” The delivery is intended to support NATO’s European Deterrence Initiative and pump up the resources available to US Air Force in Europe.

Oct 27 10:30

‘Russia Prepares for War, US Prepares a War’ – Diplomat on INF Treaty Withdrawal

Russian diplomat Andrei Belousov confirmed Friday that Russia is preparing to defend its territory against any aggression, while the unilateral withdrawal from the INF Treaty by the US signals that Washington is preparing for such aggression.

Andrei Belousov, deputy director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Department of Nonproliferation and Arms Control, commented on the US unilateral withdrawal from the INF Treaty by saying that Washington is "preparing a war," and that Russia has to get ready to defend its territory, principles and values.

"Recently at a meeting [of the committee], the US stated that Russia is preparing for war. Yes, Russia is preparing for war, I can confirm it," Belousov said after a failed UN First Committee vote on Russia's resolution in support of the INF.

Oct 26 11:35

NATION HYPNOTIZED IN HORROR BY TOY BOMBS WHILE KILLING CIVILIANS WITH REAL ONES

And of course it is a good thing that nobody has been hurt by these devices. Obviously targeting anyone with packages containing explosive materials is terrible, even if those devices were not rigged with the intention of detonating and harming anyone, and it is a good thing that not a single one of them has done so. It is a good thing that none of America’s political elites were targeted by the sort of explosive device that America drops on people in other countries every single day.

You know, the kind that actually explode.

Apparently some Acme comedy bombs mailed to a number of extremely rich people, which thankfully did not hurt anybody at all, are infinitely more newsworthy than the real bombs which maim and destroy children in Yemen on an industrial scale.

— Craig Murray (@CraigMurrayOrg) October 24, 2018

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a Christian Pacifist Activist, the disconnect the writer of this post sees, looking at what is happening around this world, with the US complicit in so many deaths, in Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya, Niger, Somalia, and Iraq, is utterly and painfully true.

Folks, when people in power in this talk about the "honor", "glory" and "defending the American way of life" as valid descriptions of the wars in which the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika is currently, and about to be, enmeshed, they are lying to you.

Simply put (and this guy was hopelessly wrong about a lot of things),when Karl Marx said that wars are economic in their origin, the man was absolutely, dead-on correct.

The war in Iraq?!? This was done to give the US and Western-centric corporations control over its oil.

The "undeclared war" in Yemen, where the US is enabling Saudi war crimes as I type this?!?

There is an issue that the article misses, in that controlling Yemen means controlling the waterways of Bab El Mandab; The Red Sea, and the Gulf of Aden, all points for moving oil in and out of the region.

The war in Libya?!? This was done to prevent Muammar Gaddafi from issuing a gold-backed currency, the gold dinar, which would have shredded the value of the US dollar in a heartbeat. New Hillary Emails reveal the true motive for Libya intervention.

The war in Afghanistan?!? To control the pipeline rights, rare mineral development, and control of the poppy crops, from which a booming market in illicit heroin is derived.

The coming war against Iran?!? First, this will be done to honor Trump's commitment to both Israel's Prime Minister, Bibi Netanyahu, and his biggest American Supporter, Sheldon Adelson, who has supported the Trump Campaign with millions in overt, and covert funding, and secondly, to force this country to always sell its oil only in US dollars, post-regime change.

Of course, both Netanyahu and Adelson fully expect this war to be fully executed.... only at the costs of only US blood, and US money, not Israeli

Let's take a look at this last issue, shall we?!?

In FY 2018 the federal deficit was $779 billion.

With its desire for more and more wars, with which to enrich the US government financially, we are looking a Federal deficit of almost 780 billion dollars in fiscal 2018; that's a huge number to wrap my head around.

Instead of limiting spending in a reasonable and rational way, the US government appears to be miring the US public in an absolutely unpayable debt structure, from which there is no way out. This falls on the backs of hard-working Americans, who are desperately struggling to keep food on the table, and a roof over their heads. The people creating this unpayable debt have armies of lawyers and accountants on speed-dial, to insure that they get the best break possible with taxes.

Russia and China, which may well come to Iran's aid, should it be invaded, have weaponry the US military can only wet-dream about; sorry for being blunt, but because of their close relationship with both the Pentagon and Congress, and contributing lavishly to the campaigns of politicians on both sides of the aisle, our military industrial complex has been consistently behind the 8 ball, in staying at least two steps ahead of where our international competitors are, in terms of developing lower cost weapons that just... do the job brilliantly.

Please understand; as a Christian pacifist activist, I hate war; but if such a war happens, I want to see our brothers and sisters in uniform equipped with the best, most brilliantly crafted weaponry that actually works as advertised, and beyond.

So, we have a the US government hopelessly indebted to its creditors, and a potential coming world war, where our military doesnt' have the money, the manufacturing, the troop strength, or weaponry to insure a positive outcome in a world war, ultimately against Russia, and China.

This is a potential recipe for a complete, unmitigated disaster for this country, the consequences of which may be both horrific... and irreversible.

And we have a companion piece this morning, from blackistednews.com:

Saudi-led airstrikes hit civilians in Yemen
If We, the People, do nothing, in the most peaceful, logical way possible, to get US involvement in these US-enabled Saudi war crimes in Yemen to stop, then We the People are also, absolutely and unequivocally, complicit in these war crimes as well.

Oct 26 11:31

Moveover, 355-ship Navy: New report calls for an even larger fleet

The U.S. is woefully short of ships and even the Navy’s target goal of 355 ships is well short of what the country needs to prepare for two simultaneous major conflicts and maintain its rotational presence requirements with excess capacity for surge operations and combat casualties.

That is the major finding of a new study from the conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation, an organization prominent in the Trump era because of its knack for influencing administration policy.

The study calls for a force of 400 ships, 40 percent larger than today’s force, and an increase of about 12 percent over the Navy’s current 30-year shipbuilding plan. The plan would require another $4 to $6 billion annually in the shipbuilding budget to get to 400 ships by 2039, the study estimates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the math error.

Oct 26 11:29

Who profits from the end of the mid-range nuclear treaty?

As they were discussing extremely serious issues such as implications of a dissolving INF Treaty, the perpetuation of anti-Russia sanctions, the risk of not extending a new START Treaty and the deployment, in Putin’s words, of “some elements of the missile shield in outer space”, the Russian President got into, well, arrows and olives:

“As I recall, there is a bald eagle pictured on the US coat of arms: it holds 13 arrows in one talon and an olive branch in the other as a symbol of peaceful policy: a branch with 13 olives. My question: has your eagle already eaten all the olives leaving only the arrows?”

Bolton’s response: “I didn’t bring any olives.”

Oct 26 11:16

Defense contractor will pay $3.5 million to settle allegations of substandard work on Navy warships

A Canada-based defense company has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle allegations that it “knowingly sold” defective helicopter landing systems for U.S. Navy warships.

Based in Ontario, Indal Technologies, Inc. produced the Recovery, Assist, Secure and Traverse, or RAST, system that has been attached to Arleigh Burke-class destroyers since the 1970s, according to an Oct. 15 settlement announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice.

RAST uses a device that locks a hovering helicopter onto a trolley and then guides it to the ship’s hangar but it must stay secured to track plates due to rough waves and high winds at sea, according to DOJ. And that’s why RAST systems require a specific type of steel that offers strength, corrosion protection and ruggedness.

Oct 26 10:06

TURKISH SURVEILLANCE UAVS OVER THE GREEK NAVY IN THE MEDITERRANEAN REGION – GREECE’S MILITARY DILEMMA

As Turkey escalates in the Eastern Mediterranean the real question is how determined Greece is to respond.

Greece is confronting a huge diplomatic and military dilemma after Turkey sent a seismic vessel to the eastern Mediterranean to allegedly explore the existence of natural gas deposits.

The vessel began investigating on Tuesday night (16.10.2018) before withdrawing temporarily after the Greek Navy sent a strict radio alert.

After the incident, Turkey sent three frigates and two patrol ships there to protect the movements of their own seismographic ship.

Turkey, however, seems to be pushing tension by sending Barbaros Hayreddin Pasa vessel to explore in an area that includes part of the continental shelf of Greece.

Oct 26 08:32

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 26, 2018: US MILITARY PLANE OPERATED UAVS THAT ATTACKED RUSSIAN AIRBASE IN SYRIA

A US Poseidon-8 reconnaissance plane operated 13 unmanned aerial vehicles that attacked Russia’s Hmeymim airbase in Syria on January 6, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Colonel General Alexander Fomin said at a plenary session of the Beijing Xiangshan Forum on security on October 25.

“Thirteen UAVs moved according to common combat battle deployment, operated by a single crew. During all this time the American Poseidon-8 reconnaissance plane patrolled the Mediterranean Sea area for eight hours,” Colonel General Alexander stated adding that when the UAVs faced Russian “electronic warfare screen, they moved away to some distance, received the corresponding orders and began to be operated out of space and receiving help in finding the so-called holes through which they started penetrating.”

Despite this, seven UAVs were downed, and control over six drones was gained through electronic warfare systems.

Oct 25 13:38

‘A Cruel Choice’: Why Israel Targets Palestinian Schools

What is truly uplifting, however, is that, despite the Israeli military Occupation and ongoing restrictions on Palestinian freedom, the Palestinian population remains one of the most educated in the Middle East.

According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the literacy rate in Palestine (estimated at 96.3%) is one of the highest in the Middle East and the illiteracy rate (3.7% among individuals over the age of 15) is one of the lowest in the world.

If these statistics are not heartening enough, bearing in mind the ongoing Israeli war on Palestinian school and curricula, consider this: the besieged and war-stricken Gaza Strip has an even higher literacy rate than the West Bank, as they both stand at 96.6% and 96% respectively.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, it really must take a really"butch" IDF member...to harass, and attack and sometimes maim a Palestinian student!!

Oct 25 13:18

Saudi King 'will have Crown Prince REPLACED to restore the credibility of the monarchy' after his disastrous handling of the Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia's King could have his Crown Prince son replaced to restore the credibility of the monarchy amid turmoil over the Jamal Khashoggi murder, Britain's former defence attaché to the kingdom has claimed.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has faced claims he may have been behind the death of the journalist who went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Saudi Arabia first denied any role in Khashoggi's disappearance before blaming his October 2 death on a botched attempt to return him to the kingdom.

As the Crown Prince battles to contain the fallout from the killing, Saudi prosecutors said today that the murder was pre-planned and suspects were being interrogated.

According to Colonel Brian Lees, once the UK's defence attaché to Saudi Arabia and Yemen, the Crown Prince's days as de facto ruler are numbered and his father, King Salman, may now look to replace him following his disastrous handling of the case

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this assessment proves true, at would absolutely corroborate what WRH has been suggesting that this was an "inside job", courtesy of "malice in the palace",because others in the Royal Family did not feel that their right to succession was duly considered, when the King appointed MbS as crown prince.

This will play itself out in private, and the House of Saud never wants other countries (or its own citizens) aware of how it handles such family feuds.

Oct 25 12:53

US Spy Plane Coordinated Drone Attack On Russian Base In Syria, Kremlin Says 

Over the past year Russia's chief military base in Syria, Khmeimim Air Base near Latakia (alternately Hmeimim), has come under sporadic waves of attack by small armed drones, which have appeared increasingly sophisticated.

Those attacks were assumed to have been the work of jihadists operating out of Idlib, such as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, who launched the small makeshift drones in an attempt to penetrate Russian defenses, even targeting the Russian naval facility at the Syrian port city of Tartus in addition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this is, in fact, true, the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika's Deep State, is led by people who have just succeeded in 1: scaring the living heck out of me, and 2: have been found to have zero respect, either for this country's people, or for the true horrors of war, which it seems,has every intention of creating with Russia, and 3: having all the morals of a dead tree trunk.

If ANYONE from Russia who reads this on a regular basis, I am begging you, please, to share with your government's leadership, at the highest level possible, the reality that the American people do not want war with it in the least.

We want to see cooperation in all areas of science, art, healing, and exchanges in discoveries which will profit both nations.

Also please let them know that after 9/11; after the invasion of Afghanistan; and after the invasions of Iraq and Libya, the American public is both very war-weary and war-skeptical, and most understand the reason for the current demonization of Russia, coupled with sanctions for things Russia never really did, like annex Ukraine, are being done deliberately to make this Russia appear as the "bad guys" in terms of international relations.

I am hopeful that this planned meeting between President Trump and President Putin, planned for next month, will take the world back from the precipice upon which it is standing right now; unfortunately, to be starkly realistic, there are too many who would profit from such a war, who will refuse to walk away from the madness.

Oct 25 11:49

Army Accidentally Drops Humvee from C-17 over Fort Bragg

Army testers accidentally dropped a Humvee from an Air Force C-17 Globemaster aircraft Wednesday, about a mile short of the intended drop zone on Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

The Airborne and Special operations Test Directorate was testing a new heavy-drop platform loaded with a Humvee, base spokesman Tom McCollum told Military.com.

"They were going in for a time-on-target on Sicily Drop Zone at 1 p.m.," McCollum said. "Everything was going well; they were at the one-minute mark to the drop zone.

"We don't know what happened, but the platform went out early and landed in a rural area. There was no one hurt. No private property was damaged."

Oct 25 11:24

US war with China is likely in 15 years, retired general says

The former commander of the U.S. Army in Europe says it’s likely the United States will be at war with China in 15 years.

Retired Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges said at a Warsaw security forum on Wednesday that European allies will have to do more to ensure their own defenses against Russia as Americans focus more on the Pacific.

Oct 25 11:24

Heavy seas damage Navy ship near Iceland

The amphibious dock landing ship Gunston Hall suffered damage Monday during heavy seas off Iceland, causing minor injuries to some sailors and casting into doubt whether the vessel will participate in upcoming NATO maneuvers.

The U.S. 6th Fleet reported that the Gunston Hall’s well deck and several landing craft boats were damaged on Monday evening, but the injured sailors were treated and returned to duty.

The 29-year-old Whidbey Island-class warship returned to port in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, for a damage assessment, according to 6th Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Kyle Raines.

Oct 25 11:20

Trump's 'Space Force' to take shape by 2020: White House seeks $13bn funding to bring military and civilian experts under one command in the 'battlefield' beyond the Earth

An American 'Space Force' proposed by President Trump will take shape within two years and bring military forces and civilian space security authorities under one roof, the White House has said.

Vice President Mike Pence said the Trump administration would look to secure funding for the proposed sixth branch of the military by 2020, the year of the next presidential election.

The new force would be designed to 'ensure that our warfighters have the freedom and flexibility they need to deter and defeat any threat to our security in the rapidly evolving battlefield of space,' he said.

The head of the US Air Force said in September that creating a Space Force would cost about $13 billion for a force of 13,000 people in the first five years.

Oct 25 10:45

At Least 19 Killed, 10 Injured in Saudi-Led Coalition Air Raid in Yemen - Report

At least 19 people have been killed and 10 others wounded by the US-Saudi air strikes on Yemen’s western city of Bayt al Faqih located in the vicinity of the port city of Al Hudaydah on Wednesday, local media reported.

The air raid had been held hours after the previous strikes that killed three civilians, including a minor child, and injured six other people, the Masirah TV channel reported.

A recent UN report said Saudi-led coalition airstrikes – which have hit open-air markets, health clinics, schools, funerals and weddings, according to published reports — have been blamed for most of more than 16,000 civilians killed or injured in the Yemen conflict over the past three years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You look at all the opportunistic faux wailing, and gnashing of teeth over the death of Khashoggi, and generally rightly so, but where is the outrage for the innocents who keep getting slain by this US/Saudi death machine in Yemen?!?

Sorry folks, this is nowhere to be found, and according to the corporate Presstitutes in the US, this doesn't even ping the radar for "important news", like a change in a celebrity's hairstyle.

But I will show you, in some very graphic images, what the US/Saudi war machine is doing, right now, in Yemen:

Yemeni children assassinated and maimed for life, courtesy of Saudi air strikes

Image: Yemeni child dying of malnutrition, courtesy of US/Saudi blockade, which is the only way to bring food into the country

Image: Yemeni children dying of cholera, courtesy of Saudi-destroyed water infrastructure, and a brutal (possibly weaponised)breakout of the disease

And as long as we Americans do not say something, in a peaceful, logical manner, and do something as one people, we become complicit in the Saudi-US war crimes in Yemen.

I am asking you to please forward this article to your Congressional Representatives, asking them if they believe the murder of children here is more than just collateral damage, and how they intend, personally, to urge President Trump to put a stop to this.

Make sure, politely, that they understand that if they are up for re-election next month, taking no action on this may well cost them their campaign, particularly in close races this November.

Oct 25 10:08

LAWSUIT: US MILITARY CONTRACTOR DYNCORP ACCUSED OF “ENSLAVING” AMERICAN EMPLOYEES IN KUWAITI TENT CITIES

A recently unsealed lawsuit has accused two U.S. military contractors of treating American citizens working as military translators in the Middle East like “slaves.” The two contractors — DynCorp and its subcontractor, Global Linguist Solutions (GLS) — are alleged to have housed American translators in Kuwait within a poorly maintained tent city and to have threatened the workers with prison time if they tried to escape. The suit is the second lawsuit to be made public this year that accuses a prominent military contractor of treating its employees as slaves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

DynCorp has had an unsavory reputation for doing things like this in the past; let us hope that there will be a penalty severe enough (like the executives who signed off on this treatment of translators doing hard time in jail) may be enough from preventing such actions in the future.

Oct 25 10:03

ARMS RACE: NATIONS HURRY TO DEVELOP HYPERSONIC WEAPONS

There is one big and glaring sign that the United States seeks to thrust the globe back into an arms race. John Bolton is in Moscow to discuss the United States’ intent to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

There is one big and glaring sign that the United States seeks to thrust the globe back into an arms race. John Bolton is in Moscow to discuss the United States’ intent to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

These types of weapons would have the ability to travel at five times the speed of sound or more. They could strike at a target while evading missile defenses and hit almost anywhere without any warning deep inside enemy territory.

In March, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his nation had successfully tested a hypersonic weapon known as the Kinzhal, the Russian word for “dagger.” The video below shows the Russian “Dagger” which is one of the hypersonic weapons currently being developed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The last statement rather perplexes me; I would like to ask Mike Griffin, if it is true that the US did the research, which had to be highly classified, how, please, did the Chinese and Russian arms makers get their hands on it?!?

Or, is it possible, that logic drove both countries to the conclusions as to how the science behind this technology works, without ever having seen the US research on it?

The withdrawal of the US from this arms treaty will be noted as a very sad day in the history of this planet; if there are any humans left from the last great war to mourn its happening, that is.

Oct 24 14:38

Military inadvertently plane drops Humvee over Harnett County neighborhood, officials say

A C-17 military plane dropped a Humvee prematurely over a neighborhood in Harnett County Wednesday afternoon, Fort Bragg officials confirmed.

No one was injured.

The neighborhood is in the town of Cameron. This incident occurred around 1 p.m. during a training exercise.

"A load of some kind was released early and we're looking into how it happened," said Michael Novogradac, a spokesman for the USArmy's Operational Test Command.

The C-17 aircraft carries supplies and equipment into war zones and, on Wednesday, the special operations team was practicing that type of scenario when the accident happened.

Oct 24 12:33

NATO Sends 50,000 Troops To Largest Exercise Since Cold War

US Marines are landing in Iceland and warplanes are flying overhead in Scandinavia, just days ahead of the kickoff of Trident Juncture. The annual exercise, focused on the Arctic Circle and Scandinavia, is set to be the largest operation since the Cold War.

Oct 24 12:08

‘JUST THE BEGINNING’: TOP NEOCON INSIDER CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR FACEBOOK PURGE, SAYS MORE TO COME

Purge of alt-media by FB is ‘us pushing back, just a beginning’ – censorship insider.

An employee of a leading Washington DC think tank has reportedly taken credit for the resent purge of alternative media by Facebook and Twitter, claiming it to be necessary to fight against ‘fake news’ from Russia and China.
In the latest act of apparent censorship of political speech online, US-based tech giants this month shut down hundreds of user accounts. Some belonged to well-established alternative media outlets with hundreds of thousands of followers, like The Free Thought Project or The Anti Media. A senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund, a leading think tank advocating US global supremacy, seems to have at least partially taken credit for this.

“Russia, China, and other foreign states take advantage of our open political system,” Jamie Fly said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder, just how much of Jamie Fly's portfolio is focused on defense stocks; I would be willing to think, quite a bit. So in this next global war, he is probably going to make quite a killing, literally and figuratively.

Folks, this is NOT about "Russia and China"; it is those in the very bowels of power in DC, who do not want you to know any reality, other than the codswallop they push down your throat, and expect you to swallow, whole.

It is their narrative they want listened to and followed, as an agenda which demands specific action; this is the reason they are attempting to sensor the Net, because when the next Big War comes, they are going to want you to just sleepwalk into it, with no complaints, and will, again come for your sons, but this time will come for your daughters, after a new military draft is installed.

Folks, we are already in the final phases of a new world war, with Iran, Russia, and China being demonized as the reason the war had to happen. But those at the top of the food chain understand that without a new war, the economy in this country will collapse like a deck of cards, under the weight of Washington's gross negligence, mismanagement, and corruption.

Use other alternative media, like the ones Daisy Luther suggested, and talk to your friends and your family. That unholy triumverate of Facebook, Twitter, and Google need to be put into the fiscal hell of not being used, period, end of discussion.

Oct 24 10:48

ISRAEL'S DEFENSE CHIEF SAYS "NO CHOICE BUT WAR" AS FORCES BUILD ALONG GAZA BORDER

We reported over the weekend that Israel has mustered its largest build-up of tanks and armored personnel carriers since 2014 at a deployment area along the border with Gaza and that "all-out war" looks inevitable after weeks of heightened tensions with Hamas. This after special UN envoy for the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov late last week warned the UN Security Council that "we remain on the brink of another potentially devastating conflict."

It now appears Israel is ready to act, as on Monday Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Israeli parliament that he's been left with "no choice" but to launch military action against Hamas militants. Last week rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip, with one landing dangerously near the densely populated city of Tel Aviv, and unrest along the border fence has continued largely unabated for months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I a betting woman, I would bet that the Israeli military will time their assault right around the US mid-terms and the invasion migration will be right at the US borders.

The only kind of "diplomacy" with Hamas of which Israel seems to be capable, is that of killing people dead, in the open air prison which is Gaza.

I have to wonder, how many schools will they blow up this time, harboring terrified children, women, and the medically fragile elderly?!?

That was their tactic in Operation Inherent Resolve in 2014, where a school, to which the IDF had been given the coordinates by the UN, was blown to smithereens.

Israeli Operation Inherent Resolve bombed a school where non-combatants were sheltered

Oct 24 10:46

"Prospect Of U.S.-China War Rising" After US Warships Sail Through Taiwan Strait

Just after U.S. warships again made a provocative passage through the Taiwan Strait on Monday, further making already strained tensions between the Washington and Beijing — currently in the midst of a trade war — even hotter, Steve LeVine at Axios poses the question long on the Western public's mind: what are the chances of a US-China war?

LeVine recently crossed paths with Graham Allison, who published his explosive "Destined For War: Can America And China Escape Thucydides Trap?" a year ago which detailed the reasons for a coming major war being all but inevitable, sparking a global debate about the Harvard professor's controversial thesis. LeVine followed up with Allison in relation to the recent uptick in tensions in the region of the South China Sea:

He said, if history holds, the U.S. and China appeared headed toward war.

Over the weekend, I asked him for an update — specifically whether the danger of the two going to war seems to have risen.

Oct 24 10:41

Arms Race: Nations Hurry To Develop Hypersonic Weapons

There is one big and glaring sign that the United States seeks to thrust the globe back into an arms race. John Bolton is in Moscow to discuss the United States’ intent to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

The end of the 31-year-old treaty signifies that potentially, world powers will return to an arms race mentality. But there are some that believe the arms race is already upon us. According to NPR, over the past year, the U.S., China, and Russia have all stepped up efforts to develop a new kind of missile; a weapon that can fly faster and farther than almost anything in existence. This kind of missile is known as a hypersonic weapon.

These types of weapons would have the ability to travel at five times the speed of sound or more. They could strike at a target while evading missile defenses and hit almost anywhere without any warning deep inside enemy territory.

Oct 24 10:39

US Seeks Advantage Over Russia by Deploying Missiles in Eastern Europe

Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the INF treaty will have a multilateral negative impact. Earlier, Trump committed to withdraw from the accord citing violations on the part of Moscow.

Sputnik discussed whether President Trump will actually go through with his plan to pull out the US from the treaty with Dr. George Szamuely, political analyst and author of "Bombs for Peace: NATO's Humanitarian War on Yugoslavia."

Oct 24 10:23

SAUDI ARABIA IMPOSES A TRAVEL BAN ON KHASHOGGI’S FAMILY

The Geneva Council for Human Rights and Justice yesterday called on the Saudi authorities to immediately lift a travel ban it has imposed on the family of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside his country’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Geneva Council, an international human rights organisation, expressed in a statement to Al-Khaleej Online its strong condemnation of the Riyadh authorities for banning Khashoggi’s family from travelling.

His son, Salah, was also “forced on Tuesday to receive condolences from Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.”

The rights body said Saudi’s actions are in violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Khashoggi's son was "forced to receive condolences" from the very guy who most likely ordered the hit on Khashoggi?!?

Lord, have mercy; if there were a contest for most dystopian and dysfunctional royal family on the face of this earth, it has to be the House of Saud, hands down.

Does Prince MbS not realize how horrific the optics are on this travel ban for the guy's family, and forcing his son to shake his hand?!?!?

Welcome to crazyville, coming to the world live and direct, right from the House of Saud in Riyadh!!

Oct 23 12:46

NATO Sends 50,000 Troops to Largest Exercise Since Cold War

US Marines are landing in Iceland and warplanes are flying overhead in Scandinavia, just days ahead of the kickoff of Trident Juncture. The annual exercise, focused on the Arctic Circle and Scandinavia, is set to be the largest operation since the Cold War.

31 countries are involved, 29 NATO members and Finland and Sweden. They will overall be sending 50,000 troops, 10,000 vehicles, 150 warplanes and 65 ships. Starting Thursday, the exercise will last a month.

And while officials insist it’s not strictly along the Russian border, Russian military officials say it is close enough, and clearly targeted at growing Russian interests in the Arctic Circle, as warmer temperatures open up new route.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF EVER, in its history, this country needed a Department of Peace, to determine how peaceful, hard won negotiations could win the day, rather than through war, it needs such a department right NOW!!

Oct 23 12:41

Poking the Russian Bear With the NATO Umbrella

Some terrible foreign policy ideas seem to have eternal life. One example is the proposal to expand NATO yet again by offering membership to Georgia and Ukraine. That campaign has gone on for more than a decade and is a significant factor in the West’s deteriorating relations with Russia.

Despite the intra-Alliance resistance to the Bush administration’s campaign to offer MAPs to Kiev and Tbilisi, though, the outcome of the Bucharest summit was not a total defeat for U.S. ambitions. The summit’s final declaration stated that “NATO welcomes Ukraine’s and Georgia’s Euro Atlantic aspirations for membership in NATO. We agreed today that these countries will become members of NATO.” There was no timetable but the ultimate outcome seemed clear.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pushing NATO into a war with Russia, and particularly at this juncture in history, is a terrible, terrible mistake.

Unfortunately for the US, just because something would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do, is utterly no guarantee that the US will not do it.

Oct 23 12:34

UN humanitarian chief: 8.4 million Yemenis need urgent aid

The U.N. humanitarian chief says the conflict in Yemen has left 8.4 million people dependent on emergency food assistance and 75 percent of its 22 million people requiring some form of aid.

Mark Lowcock warns in an analysis obtained Monday night by The Associated Press that humanitarian officials "estimate that 3.5 million to 4 million more people could become severely food insecure in the months ahead."

The analysis, which is to be the subject of a briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday, says 3 million Yemenis are malnourished, including 1.1 million pregnant women "and more than 400,000 severely acutely malnourished children."

In a worst case scenario, Lowcock warns that if current trends continue, food needs could increase "by as much as 62 percent."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Martin Lowcock, a word, please.

Because the Saudis and their US allies have blockaded Yemeni ports, the aid you describe will never be allowed to be delivered; that's just the first hard reality here.

You have to understand; from the Saudi perspective, the more Yemeni children assassinated; malnourished, and water-sickened who die under this siege, the happier the House of Saud is with this death and destruction: that is the second hard reality with which you will have to deal.

And all the above, coupled with your grievances, makes the UN look impotent to do anything to stop the carnage in Yemen. There is no international "muscle" in this organisation which can make the aid delivery happen. And here's what this looks like from the Yemeni perspective:

Images: Yemeni children killed or maimed for life from Saudi bombing runs

Images: starving Yemeni kids, dying of malnutrition, courtesy of US-enabled port blockades

Images: Yemeni children dying of cholera, courtesy of Saudi-destroyed water infrastructure plus a possibly weaponized version of the pathogen added to Yemeni water system

Folks, I know that there has been a great deal of attention placed on the assassination of Khashoggi recently. But where were the US politicians when these horrific war crimes against the Yemeni people were, and are continuing to be, perpetrated?!?

They have been no where; and why?!? Because our country's Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump, believes that the bomb sales this country has done, plus other weapons of war we have sold the Saudis are "good for business."

Economically, of course, he is quite right; people don't want to buy GMO-laced food, or products that break down one day after the product warranty expires, which is pretty much all we have to offer; except for the bombs and bullets we make reasonably well (next to those of China and Russia, of course), and supply them to the highest bidders.

I wish I did not live in a country whose government commits war crimes with impunity, and I wish, by making people aware enough of these war crimes, some peaceful, and reasonable change in the status of how this government does business, and with whom, might happen.

But that is going to take a national movement, which represents us all, for real change to invigorate a national dialogue which is way above party skirmishes; I sincerely hope that this can be accomplished.

Oct 23 07:46

Comparing the Russian Su-33 and Chinese J-15 fighters: Which one’s better?

The National Interest magazine compared the fourth generation Su-33 Russian fighters and the Chinese J-15 analogue.

>>>

Oct 22 13:54

Trump threatens to build up US nuclear arsenal until Russia, China 'come to their senses'

US President Donald Trump threatned Russia and China that Washington intends to build up its nuclear arsenal until “people come to their senses.”
The president said his words were directed towards Moscow and Beijing, as he prepared to unilaterally leave the Intermediate Nuclear Forces in Europe (INF) treaty. The US president implied China should be part of any new nuclear arms control treaty.

“Russia has not adhered to the agreement,” neither in form or in spirit, Trump told reporters outside the White House on Monday, before departing for a campaign rally in Texas.

Until people come to their senses, we will build it up

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US already has the world's largest nuclear arsenal!

Oct 22 12:51

Putin Announces New Hypersonic Weapon Will Be Deployed In "Months"

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Moscow would deploy new Avangard hypersonic glider warheads in the "coming months," adding that Russia's hypersonic program is the most advanced in the world, according to a new report from the Financial Times.

"We are improving our attack systems in response to the construction of a missile defense system by the United States. Some of them are already in service, and some will be supplied in the near future," said Putin, who was speaking at the Valdai Discussion Club in the Black Sea resort of Sochi Thursday, adding that Moscow's hypersonic weapons program was well ahead of China and the US.

"The Avangard system [will be deployed] in the next few months."

Oct 22 09:10

US Leaving INF Will Put Nuclear Non-Proliferation at Risk & May Lead to ‘Complete Chaos’

If the US ditches the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), it could collapse the entire nuclear non-proliferation system, and bring nuclear war even closer, Russian officials warn.

By ending the INF, Washington risks creating a domino effect which could endanger other landmark deals like the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) and collapse the existing non-proliferation mechanism as we know it, senior lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev said on Sunday.

The current iteration of the START treaty, which limits the deployment of all types of nuclear weapons, is due to expire in 2021. Kosachev, who chairs the Parliament’s Upper House Foreign Affairs Committee, warned that such an outcome pits mankind against “complete chaos in terms of nuclear weapons.”

Oct 22 07:37

The War Just Got Serious: US General Also Wounded in Kandahar Incident

The officials in the US Department Defense, Pentagon, have confirmed that a US General had also sustained injuries during last week’s deadly incident in Southern Kandahar province.

Oct 21 10:01

"Complete Chaos": Russia Slams "Dangerous" U.S. Pullout Of INF Treaty As "Blackmail"

Washington’s planned withdrawal from the international Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, announced by President Trump on Saturday, has been slammed by Russia as "a very dangerous step" which is ultimately part of "continuing attempts to achieve Russia’s concessions through blackmail" in statements made by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Sunday.

And Russian lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev, who chairs the Russian Parliament’s Upper House Foreign Affairs Committee, warned the move could create a domino effect endangering other landmark deals like the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). The lawmaker said such an outcome pits mankind against “complete chaos in terms of nuclear weapons.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Before President Trump goes ahead with this, I want to see irrefutable evidence that the Russians have actually been creating weapons which the treaty was supposed to have prevented both the US and Russia from creating.

Post President Bush, statements coming from a sitting president, do not mean that those statements are in any way correct in fact; anyone beside me remember Bush's charges about "Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction"?!?!?!?

Just saying, President Trump!!

Oct 21 09:55

Germany Suspends Arms Sales To Saudis Weeks After $500 Million Deal

Less than a month after Germany authorized a shipment of arms to Saudi Arabia and several of its allies, in violation of an arms-sales ban approved by lawmakers from the country's ruling coalition earlier this year, Germany has once again decided to "punish" the Saudis by putting future arms shipments on hold pending the results of an investigation into the death of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In late September, Germany violated its promise not to supply Saudi Arabia with arms and instead approved a 416.4 million euros ($477 billion) shipment to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Jordan. Though German economy minister Peter Altmair wrote a letter to parliament members explaining why Germany's government had approved the sales, the decision was still heavily criticized by the country's opposition, per Bloomberg.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Expect for this sound and fury against the Saudi government to dwindle in the coming weeks.

Countries selling them weapons with which they assassinate Houthi rebels, will ultimately feel the need to feed their economic "fix" of the money Saudi Arabia pays for their weapons from the UK, Germany, and the United States.

No matter how ridiculous the concept of a 60 year old guy getting into a "fistfight" with a number of Saudi intel people is, it will ultimately the narrative which the Saudis will "successfully sell",. particularly to those countries selling them weapons, like the US.

Oct 21 09:54

Itch for ‘better INF deal’? Trump’s treaty ‘withdrawal symptom’ destabilizes global order

By scrapping the crucial Cold War era nuclear agreement Trump is destabilizing global security, even if his ultimate goal is to negotiate a ‘better deal’ and to include other parties like China, geopolitical experts have told RT.

“The United States would rather pull out because of China. Right now it cannot develop new intermediate-range missiles to confront China, even though China is not a signatory to that agreement,” former Pentagon official Michael Maloof said, after Donald Trump announced the US intention to scrap the INF treaty.

“The US is engaged in an arms race with China in the Pacific Ocean, and China has a whole bunch of those missiles that are not covered,” Iranian political scientist Kaveh Afrasiabi added, calling Trump's announcement a “giant leap backward to the Cold War era.”

Oct 21 09:50

UK Ready to Back US Plans to Exit INF Treaty to Send 'Clear Message' to Russia

On Friday, The New York Times reported that the Trump administration was preparing to exit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty as soon as next week.

Speaking to The Financial Times, British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson has made it plain that London will support Washington's decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between the US and Russia.

"Our close and long-term ally, of course, is the United States, and we will be absolutely resolute with the United States in hammering home a clear message that Russia needs to respect the [INF] Treaty obligation that it signed," Williamson pointed out.

Oct 21 09:48

'If Bolton Could Nuke Russia, He Would, But He Works for Trump' - Journo

Moscow's offer to Washington to exchange written guarantees about non-interference in each other’s affairs earlier this year was rejected by the US. That’s what the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department of North America Georgy Borisenko told Sputnik in an interview. Sputnik discussed it with independent political analyst Stephen Ebert.

Oct 21 09:47

What’s INF & why does it matter? Trump wants to kill pivotal nuclear treaty that calmed the Cold War

The White House administration, which is pursuing a quite aggressive nuclear arsenal modernization strategy, has already authorized plans to develop what it initially called an ‘INF-compliant’ medium-range missile as outlined in the Trump Nuclear Posture Review, and now seems to look for excuses to pull out of the cornerstone nuclear arms agreement.

READ MORE: US defense bill authorizes development of ‘INF treaty-compliant’ mid-range missile

Claiming the move is crucial to counter the alleged growing threat from both Russia and China, US President Donald Trump stressed the situation was “unacceptable” and that the US will “have to develop those weapons.” Announcing his intention to scrap the INF commitments, Trump boasted:

“So we have a tremendous amount of money to play with our military.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We just end Social Security, Medicare, Infrastructure maintenance, and the education system and we can pay for these new nukes!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 20 12:44

This Is The Worst Case Scenario If Investors Dump Saudi Arabia

So many Wall Street CEOs and other titans of investing and industry have pulled out of next week's "Davos in the Desert" conference that even the Ritz-Carlton, owner of the Riyadh venue hosting the conference (as it did last year), has been slammed by human rights groups over its continued support for Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and his brutal regime. In perhaps the biggest blow to the conference's clout, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has opted not to attend, eve as President Trump has insisted that Saudi Arabia's story about the circumstances surrounding the (now confirmed) death of critical journalist (and former government insider) Jamal Khashoggi is "credible". To deflect blame away from MbS, the Saudi leadership has orchestrated a purge of the country's senior intelligence apparatus and arrested 18 other Saudi nationals for their "involvement" in orchestrating and carrying out the killing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This response reminds me of a line from the Gilbert & Sullivan Operetta, "The Mikado", where the principal states: "I'm very sorry, but it's an unjust world, and virtue is triumphant only in theatrical performances."

And in the coming weeks, we will continue to see the "theatrical performances" of countries and corporations kowtowing to the Saudi royal family and their minions, all for the sake of the money they represent; no crime too horrific, no horrors too excessive, that's just fine!!

And Saudi Arabia will be allowed explain every criminal offensive and repulsive thing that they have done, with the most utterly illogical way possible, like the excuse that Khashoggi died in a fistfight, and the Saudi royal family will expect the rest of the world to collectively swallow this codswallop, as though it were the nectar of the gods.

And we swallow; because... that's the cost of doing business with these people.

We will continue to see horrific human rights prosecutions in Saudi Arabia, particularly those of non-Muslims, enthusiastically pursued, with hands and limbs and throats cut. Christian persecution in Saudi Arabia

We will continue to see female genital mutilations performed in Saudi Arabia,
Female Genital Mutilation, Saudi Arabia

And we will continue to see the US-government-enabled Saudi war against the Houthi rebels in Yemen continue as though it is the most normal thing in the world, because for the US Merchants of Death, and their Merchant of Death in Chief, Donald Trump, war is good for business. After all, who do the Saudis buy their weapons from?!?

Well, folks, here is a birdseye view of this war from the Yemeni side (caution: painfully graphic images): and if you loose your lunch upon viewing these images, good; that means that there is some degree of humanity left in you.

Images: Yemeni kids murdered or maimed for life, courtesy of Saudi bombing runs

Yemeni children dying from starvation, courtesy of US/Saudi blockages of Yemeni ports

Images: Yemeni children dying of cholera, possibly weaponized

But we are so addicted to Saudi oil and Saudi money, we can turn our heads away from horrors this country inflicts on its own people, and the people of other countries, and just collectively shrug our shoulders and simply say to ourselves, "it's just the cost of doing business with these people".

what's wrong with this picture?!?

Bloody everything!!

Oct 20 11:13

Bolton heads to Moscow for high-stakes meeting with Russians

National security adviser John Bolton is traveling to Russia for talks early next week with top Russian officials that are likely to cover a variety of high-priority issues for the administration.

The trip is Bolton’s first to Moscow since he went to broker the details of the now infamous Helsinki summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin last July.

The visit comes amid high tensions with Moscow on several fronts, including the conflict in Syria and the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Britain earlier this year.

Bolton is expected in his meetings with Russian officials next week to further discussions on issues that Putin and Trump discussed in July, including Syria, where Moscow says it has delivered a S-300 missile defense system — in defiance of warnings from the Trump administration and Israel.

The talks are also likely to cover Iran, efforts to denuclearize North Korea, Israeli security and nuclear arms treaties.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whenever this thoroughly unhinged, and very vocal, gentleman racks up the "frequent flyer miles" in behalf of this government, I get very nervous.

And these charges against Elena Khusyaynova?!?

Spybosses warn of foreign interference as Feds unseal new Russia Charges

The NPR article goes on to state: Khusyaynova was charged in a criminal complaint in the Eastern District of Virginia on Friday. She, like the other Russians who have been charged in separate federal criminal cases, is not expected to stand trial in the United States.

"The government has chosen to use legal documents to lay out the case against the people who attacked the 2016 presidential election and have kept up a war of disinformation against the West."

And yet, she, and her alleged accomplices, will not be tried in the US. So what is this nonsense?!?

More Russia bashing, pure and simple. The US government both doesn't have a case, other than putting on a lengthy "show trial" here, upon which it will lavishly spend millions of taxpayer dollars on this sheer foolishness, all in the name of Russia bashing.

And where, please, has the evidence from, to accuse her of "...having kept up a war of disinformation against the West." ?!?!?

Don't the American people have the right to know what specifically she did, which so damaged the American reputation at home and abroad?!?

Or is that, also, "sealed" away from the prying eyes of the people she allegedly dishonored, citizens of the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika?!?

The place Bolton should be visiting right now, rather than Moscow, is Tel Aviv, to ask about the continued pressure from Jewish groups, both in Tel Aviv, and Washington, to keep a very tight wrap on American elections, and insure that only people Tel Aviv and AIPAC-centric will receive the nomination to highest office here in the US.

Of course, that will happen... when pigs discover they are aerodynamic.

Oct 20 10:44

China on notice as America’s next big enemy, right after Russia

One wonders what went on in Russian minds during last month’s spectacle of US President Trump raking Beijing over the coals on accusations of meddling, in the upcoming US midterm elections, to try to undermine his trade policies.
Certainly the Chinese, who evidently didn’t expect it, were shocked and outraged, but it was behavior to which Moscow was accustomed to being on the receiving end of – this time aimed at someone else for a change.

Geng Shuang, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, called Donald Trump’s claims “totally far-fetched and fictional,” and advised the “US side to stop its unwarranted accusations and slander against China and refrain from wrong words and deeds that might hurt our bilateral relations and fundamental interests.”

Oct 20 10:12

10 percent of American F-22 fighter jets damaged by Hurricane Michael

Part of the reason the F-22’s were left in the path of the storm is that they were broken and too expensive to fix or fly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hurricane Michael qualifies as an enemy ace!

Oct 20 10:08

Escobar: What Sanctions On Russia And China Really Mean

A crucial Pentagon report on the US defense industrial base and “supply chain resiliency” bluntly accuses China of “military expansion” and “a strategy of economic aggression,” mostly because Beijing is the only source for “a number of chemical products used in munitions and missiles.”

Russia is mentioned only once, but in a crucial paragraph: as a – what else – “threat,” alongside China, for the US defense industry.

Oct 20 08:41

The Insidious Wiles of Foreign Influence: Trump, Bin Salman, and Netanyahu

Even if the Saudi monarchy or Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in particular did not murder journalist Jamal Khashoggi, that regime is an especially evil one in both its domestic and international conduct. To see that, one need only consider the horrendous Saudi war against the people of Yemen, which has been backed by the U.S. government since Barack Obama was in office. That war, with its merciless killing of defenseless thousands, spread of disease, and inevitable benefits to al-Qaeda, is just the latest in a series Saudi atrocities.

Oct 19 14:53

Ex-US Navy Captain Charged for Sending Millions in Contracts to Her Own Business

Fired US Navy Capt. Heather E. Cole was charged with criminal conspiracy earlier this year after she failed to disclose her active-duty military status while negotiating high-priced contracts for her manufacturing firm.

Charge sheets recently obtained by the Navy Times state that contracts brokered by the servicemember between 2002 and 2015 for her Oklahoma-based firm, Worksaver Material Handling Equipment Company, Inc., amounted to some $635,000. At issue are five US Marine Corps contracts, two Defense Logistics Agency deals and one US Air Force order secured by the firm from 2002 to 2013.

Cole previously pleaded not guilty to the charges on June 26 after being ordered to a general court-martial. The matter is set to go to trial later this year in December.

Oct 19 13:21

Bolton Pushing Trump to Exit Nuclear Arms Treaty With Russia - Reports

Neither the White House, nor Bolton himself has commented on the reported recommendation letter.

John Bolton, US President Donald Trump’s third national security adviser, has issued a formal recommendation for withdrawal from the 1987 intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty referred to as INF, according to sources briefed on the initiative and cited by The Guardian.

Bolton reportedly said Russia has been violating the treaty by developing a new cruise missile.

Meanwhile, neither the White House, nor John Bolton has commented on the issue yet.

Oct 18 15:00

French Forces to Set Up Military Base in Raqqa

The Arabic-language Baladi News website affiliated to the terrorists reported on Thursday that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are busy with drilling operations in an area stretching from the Brigade 17 region to Sahlat al-Banat region in Northeast of Raqqa city and from Sahlat al-Banat region to the North of the Sugar plant in Northern Raqqa.

It added that operations to build the walls and construction of buildings in the area will start after drilling operations, noting that a military base is due to be set up for the French forces with the aim of supporting the SDF in Raqqa.

According to the report, the US military troops are in talks with the SDF to further equip al-Tabaqah airbase in Western Raqqa and turn it into their new military base in the region next year.

Sources in the past few months said that the French army has sent weapons, military equipment and forces to Raqqa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, let me get my head around this: The US military has invited the French military to further invade and disrupt life in Syria, and will not hesitate, against the will of the Syrian government, and their Russian and Iranian counterparts, to establish a permanent military base in Raqqa, in order to engage in military actions against all of them, as they see fit?!?

Folks, given that Russia is still very active here, and Israel has threatened to take out the newly installed S-300 self-defense systems, we may be a lot closer to war in Syria than many of us had wanted to believe

Oct 18 14:20

Putin: Russia Will Use Nukes Only if Someone Launches Strike on Its Territory

Russia's nuclear doctrine does not stipulate a preemptive strike, but Moscow is determined to respond to any first strike by a potential aggressor, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

"…about whether we are ready, whether I am ready, to use the weapons at our disposal, including weapons of mass destruction, to protect our interests. I will remind you what I said, and I said that in our concept of nuclear weapons use there is no notion of a preemptive strike," Putin said speaking at the Valdai Discussion Club forum.

Oct 18 14:00

USAF Frantically Stole Parts From One RC-135 To Get Another Airborne To Spy On A Missile Launch

t’s no secret that the U.S. Air Force’s aging, but vital RC-135 spy planes have been breaking down at an increasingly a worrisome rate for years now, often forcing the cancellation of important missions. Now, information from a declassified official unit history provides an especially clear example of how these problems can have cascading impacts on operational readiness and put the U.S. military’s ability to gather critical intelligence at risk when it matters most.

Oct 18 11:54

China To Unveil Next-Generation Stealth Bomber In 2019 

Last week, the Global Times confirmed that the Hong-20, China's newest long-range stealth bomber was ready for imminent trial flights.

Now, it seems Chinese media, as per Defense Blog, has indicated that the stealth bomber will be unveiled during a massive military parade in 2019.

Oct 18 11:10

Col. Larry Wilkerson: Unnecessary Wars Hurting Readiness to Fight Existential Wars

Given the array of really big threats out there, and the way we have spent our military on the peripheries of our empire, doing things less than existential — and in some cases, less than approved by the American people — can we do this or are we going to get caught short, and either have 10 or 15 or 20 times the casualties we should have?

“Or maybe, maybe even lose? That’s the ultimate question about what we’re doing today, and we aren’t ready yet to confront that question,”

Oct 17 15:08

Strike back Against Alt-Media Purge, 21’st Century Inquisition

Some 800 anti-establishment accounts and pages have been yanked from Facebook in a sweeping crackdown the social media giant framed as a fight against spammers. Among the hundreds of pages and accounts Facebook and Twitter took down were those both on the political left and right, ranging from conspiracy theorists and police brutality watchers, to news outlets with non-mainstream angles, While their content could be at times described as controversial, the bulk of the banished pages boasted large followings and outreach.

Oct 17 12:44

Royal Navy carrier jets will land differently than their American counterparts.

The Royal Navy is currently testing a landing system that will allow its F-35B Joint Strike Fighters to fly farther and with greater payloads. The shipborne rolling vertical landing will allow F-35Bs to land on the U.K.’s new carriers with larger payloads, eliminating the need to jettison expensive stores just to land on ships.

Oct 17 11:51

Jeff Bezos chides rivals, says Amazon will continue to work with Pentagon

While some tech companies are backing away from working with the Pentagon, Jeff Bezos says Amazon.com Inc. won’t be one of them.

Speaking in San Francisco at an event for Wired’s 25th anniversary Monday, Amazon’s chief executive said he was baffled that some companies have cut Pentagon ties after employee dissent.

“We are going to continue to support the DoD, and I think we should,” said Bezos. “One of the jobs of senior leadership is to make the right decision, even when it’s unpopular.”

Oct 17 11:50

NATO cyber command to be fully operational in 2023

A new NATO military command centre to deter computer hackers should be fully staffed in 2023 and able to mount its own cyber attacks but the alliance is still grappling with ground rules for doing so, a senior general said on Tuesday.

Oct 17 11:49

Is the new US drone base in Niger worth the cost?

For decades, large parts of Africa have been home to local radicals and militants. But these local radicals do not present a direct threat to U.S. national security — so does their mere existence justify the construction of a new drone base that has a price tag of $100 million?

The cost of operating the facility, located in the middle of the Sahara desert in Agadez, Niger, is estimated at $30 million a year. By the end of the 10-year agreement for the use of the site in 2024, named Nigerien Air Base 201, the U.S. will have spent around $280 million.

Oct 17 11:40

MILITARY OFFICIALS AREN’T SUPPOSED TO ASSOCIATE WITH HATE GROUPS. SO WHY ARE THESE GENERALS SPEAKING AT FRANK GAFFNEY’S CONFAB?

OVER THE PAST decade, the Center for Security Policy has emerged as one of the most notoriously bigoted and conspiratorial think tanks in Washington, D.C. Under its founder and president, Frank Gaffney, the organization regularly found itself in the news for promoting anti-Muslim conspiracies — including farcically paranoid ones. Yet, unlike similar organizations that remain on the political fringes, the Center for Security Policy is remarkably close to the halls of power — not just to President Donald Trump, for whom Gaffney was an informal adviser during the campaign, but also to the traditional power brokers of the defense establishment.

Oct 17 10:43

Jam-Resistant US Military Communications Satellite Lifts Off in Midnight-Hour Launch

An advanced U.S. military communications satellite soared into space in the midnight hour Wednesday (Oct. 17), lighting up the sky over Florida as it launched into orbit.

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket launched the satellite, known as Advanced Extremely High Frequency 4 (AEHF-4), at 12:15 a.m. EDT (0415 GMT) from a pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. AEHF-4 is an advanced jam-resistant and nuclear-hardened satellite designed "to provide survivable, global, secure, protected and jam-resistant communications for high-priority military forces," according to a U.S. Air force mission description.

Oct 17 10:32

SOCOM solicitation for ‘reverse engineered’ foreign weapons sparks Russian anger, warnings

the Russian firm renowned for designing the AK-47 assault rifle — was caught off guard by U.S. Special Operations Command’s desire to “reverse engineer” and “domestically produce” Russian-styled weapons.

In statements through state-controlled media, Russian leaders and industry officials warned the U.S. military not to copy its coveted weapon designs.

One problem: the solicitation is more than a year old and portions of the contract have already been awarded.

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