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Nov 11 10:56

And the Armies That Remained Suffer’d: Veterans, Moral Injury and Suicide

by Matthew Hoh

In a 2015 New York Times story a Marine Corps infantry unit that was tracked after coming home from war saw suicide rates among its young men 4 times greater than other young male veterans and 14 times that of civilians. This increased risk of suicide for veterans who served during war holds true for all generations of veterans, including the Greatest Generation. A study in 2010 by The Bay Citizen and New America Media, as reported by Aaron Glantz, found the current suicide rate for WWII veterans to be 4 times higher than for their civilian peers, while VA data, released since 2015, show rates for WWII veterans well elevated above their civilian peers. A 2012 VA study found that Vietnam veterans with killing experiences had twice the odds of suicidal ideation than those with lower or no killing experiences, even after adjusting for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse and depression.

Nov 11 10:51

Most veterans believe the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan weren’t worth fighting

The majority of U.S. military veterans say America's most recent wars were not worth fighting, according to the results of a recent Pew Research Center survey published ahead of Veterans Day.

Nov 11 10:42

Syrian President gives rare in-depth interview in English: video

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – In an interview with Russia Today’s UK channel, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad discussed a number of topics regarding his country.

Nov 10 18:36

Russian Air Force Expecting Delivery of First Serially Produced Su-57 Fighter - Factory Footage Published

Russian state media has published photos of the country’s first serially produced Su-57 next generation air superiority fighter - which is currently undergoing final checks at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur aircraft plant before being delivered to the Russian Air Force.

Nov 10 14:50

US F-35 stealth jets to deploy near main Russian military base in Syria: media

This will not end well!

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – The U.S. Air Force will deploy its F-35 stealth jets to Israel in order to maintain a strong presence in the region, the Israeli publication 9TV reported, as quoted by the Russian publication Avia.Pro on Sunday.

“The Americans will place a huge number of hangars for their F-35 fighters on the territory of the Jewish state.

Nov 10 13:11

Let’s Invade Mexico!

Another Entry in the Tourney of Damn Fool Ideas

I suppose that by now everyone has heard of Trump’s offer to send the American military to “wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth,” which he asserts can be done “quickly and effectively. “

Trump phrased this as an offer to help, not a threat to invade, which is reassuring. AMLO, Mexico’s president, wisely declined the offer.

If AMLO were to invite the Americans into Mexico, he would be lynched. Few Americans are aware of how much the United States is hated in Latin America, and for that matter in most of the world. They don’t know of the long series of military interventions, brutal dictators imposed and supported, and economic rapine. Somoza, Pinochet, the Mexican-American War, detachment of Panama from Colombia, bombardment of Veracruz, Patton’s incursion–the list could go on for pages. The Mexican public would look upon American troops not as saviors but as invaders. Which they would be.

Nov 10 06:55

US Threatens Sanctions On Serbia, Scrambles To Thwart Possible S-400 Purchase

In a largely unreported but hugely important story that played out this week in the Balkans, Washington is putting immense pressure on Serbia to shelve future plans for acquiring Russia's advanced S-400 air defense missile systems.

The controversy began Wednesday when Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told a public television broadcaster in an interview that he had a desire to purchase the S-400 but lacked the funding to do so, and at one point said "Serbia was ready to accept S-400s from Russia as a gift," according to TASS.

"You know, when you have such a weapon, no one would attack you. Neither US nor any other pilots fly where S-400s are operational: Israeli pilots do not fly either over Turkey or Syria, except for the Golan Heights. We have aviation, which the strongest than ever before. We will be strengthening the air defense with Pantsyr systems and other things, which are not on the sanctions list," Vucic said in the interview.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) Mr. President, a word, please: we know that Russia's S-400 performs brilliantly in the field.

That having been said, weaponry from American companies has been deployed by American forces and their allies long before they were really ready; the example that comes to mind, Mr. President, is that of the Lockheed-Martin F-35.

https://www.defensenews.com/air/2019/06/12/the-pentagon-is-battling-the-clock-to-fix-serious-unreported-f-35-problems/

and BTW, I really need to ask; what were this company's contributions to your campaign in 2016?!?

Is THAT why these flaws have not yet been addressed?!? Because your campaign took the money on the promise that these issues would be fixed by the time you took your Oath of Office in 2017?!? Sir, if in fact, that was the case, you got lied to, big-time.

This is precisely why no weaponry company should ever, EVER, be allowed to contribute to Presidential campaigns, because it makes their CEOS more "relaxed" by problems which should have been fixed before the Pentagon ever signed off and using it in real warfare situations.

Just asking, Mr. President..because NONE of our men and women in uniform deserve shoddy weapons when called by Congress to go to war; not one, thank you very much.

Nov 09 10:14

Russia’s Short March to Food Security

America used to be self-sufficient in food. It isn't any more. In event of a war with Russia and China,Americans will starve.

When I wrote my China’s long march to total food security NEO article last month, I had intended to dovetail it with Russia’s accomplishment of being more self-dependent on feeding its people. What they both shared was having to deal with US sanctions before they reached their goal.

Russia was hit with everything but the kitchen sink, with diplomatic sanctions initially and quickly moving into defense, energy and the financial arena, limiting access to foreign investment and attractive interest rate loans. Exxon Oil had to withdraw from some major Russian partnership deals, suffering big losses.

Nov 09 07:28

America's Endless Wars: "At West Point, Graduation Day Felt More Like A Tragedy Than A Triumph"

Authored by US Army Major Danny Sjursen (ret.) via TheNation.com,

Patches, pins, medals, and badges are the visible signs of an exclusive military culture, a silent language by which soldiers and officers judge each other’s experiences, accomplishments, and general worth. In July 2001, when I first walked through the gate of the US Military Academy at West Point at the ripe young age of 17, the “combat patch” on one’s right shoulder - evidence of a deployment with a specific unit - had more resonance than colorful medals like Ranger badges reflecting specific skills. Back then, before the 9/11 attacks ushered in a series of revenge wars “on terror,” the vast majority of officers stationed at West Point didn’t boast a right shoulder patch. Those who did were mostly veterans of modest combat in the first Gulf War of 1990–91. Nonetheless, even those officers were regarded by the likes of me as gods. After all, they’d seen “the elephant.”

Nov 09 06:44

Father of Julian Assange Fears His Son Will Die in Prison: UN Rapporteur on Torture Warned Assange May Lose his Life

John Shipton, the father of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, told reporters on Friday that he needs to “face the bitter truth” that his son “may die in jail.” Shipton spoke with reporters in Geneva two days after he visited Assange in Belmarsh prison in London.

“This is not the bitter disappointment of a father, this is simply fact,” Shipton said. “Julian may die in jail over a nine-year persecution for revealing the truth of war crimes. It is beyond obscene.”

Shipton’s comments come a week after UN special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer said, “Unless the UK urgently changes course and alleviates his inhumane situation, Mr. Assange’s continued exposure to arbitrariness and abuse may soon end up costing his life.” Melzer has previously warned that Assange had been subject to psychological torture.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I believe that Assange's dad is absolutely, horrifically correct.

Assange's info has never been hit as falsification; he has simply been a "thorn in the side" of the US government, and I cannot for a moment doubt, that he has been the victim of both physical and psychological torture, while held at Belmarsh.

IF he does make it into an American prison (which I sincerely doubt will happen), he will, most likely, be too ill to speak in his own defense, and wind up dead of some weaponized disease, one of the effects of which is hallucinatory behaviour and thoughts, which will become part and parcel of how his "legacy" will be screwed by the US/British intelligence agencies in years to come, for telling the truth.

Nov 09 06:34

More Iraqi Protesters Killed, Sistani Says Time for Govt to Meet DemandsSistani aide: No longer can government procrastinate

Iraqi security forces continued to crack down on protests Friday, with security forces killing at least 10 people in Basra, where the protesters have been keeping the country’s main Gulf port closed for days.

Live gunfire and killing protesters hasn’t worked in the past, nor is there any sign it’s going to work here. The biggest issue is likely to be Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani’s sermon, which is now saying the government must immediately meet demands of protesters.

The top religious leader in Iraq, Sistani has long warned against using force against the protesters, and now says it is time to just meet the demands of the protesters immediately. His aide Sheikh Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalaie, added that their position is that the Iraqi government can not “procrastinate on this issue because of the great risks facing the country.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To Iraq's Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, I have three words for you, and they are BLESS YOU SIR!!

Speaking out against corruption in government is not an easy task (and trust me, sir, as an American, I do know just a tiny bit about this); I understand that this took a lot of moral courage on your part, but you absolutely did the right thing here.

Because if policy makers in Baghdad do not listen to you, we may well be looking at a bloody revolution in Iraq, with a government permanently aligned with other than American interests, and that influence would most likely coming from...Iran.

Unfortunately, the Iranian-born Shiite Cleric, Muktada Al Sadr, whose party created a significant coalition in the last Parliamentary elections, is now seen as part of the problem, because his influence really did nothing to create a cure for Iraq's corruption, even though he has railed against it frequently.

Nov 09 06:14

Pentagon’s East Syria Operation About More Than Taking the Oil

Whether to control the oil or flat out take the oil, US statements on the new military mission in Syria are heavily oil-themed. Other reports, however, suggest that the operation is a lot more complicated than that.

In reality, a lot of the goal is nation-building, with US forces meant to both keep the Syrian government out of this part of Syria, and try to “bring prosperity” to the region, propping up a potential territory of rebels.

This is again built around the assumption that the US can manufacture an autonomous, prosperous region, using the oilfields as the revenue source, and then steer that region toward hostility with the rest of Syria.

This will likely end up being a plan easier for the Trump Administration to sell than overt theft of oil, as it allows the US to retain its primary focus, military hostility toward Syria with an eye toward eventual regime change.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) to those in the Pentagon who actually believe that this is a reasonable, logical way of moving forward in Syria; I really don't know if you need a hug, some calcium magnesium; some milk and a happy-ending bedtime story, or at least one American, a Christian pacifist activist, who never encourages violence (folks, that's me) to gently suggest to you that such an approach is completely, as in barking-dog mad, rubber-room-esque insane.

What homogeneous group are you going to give this region to, now that the Kurds have pledged fealty to the Syrian government?!?

The Kurds’ commander in chief explains why his forces are finally ready to partner with Assad and Putin.

My big question is, how long Russia's Putin will be willing to put up with this foolishness before Russian (plus Kurdish plus Syrian) troops uncork on US positions in Syria?!?

And folks, for me, that is the ultimate nightmare scenario. The two headlines right under this at antiwar.com, give me no comfort on this issue either.

Pentagon Claims US Authority to Shoot Any Syrian Govt Official Who Tries to Take Control of Syrian Oil and the headline under this, Erdogan: Turkey Won’t Leave Syria Until Every Other Country Does: Says Turkey will not let up on offensive against Kurdish militants

Does the US position here even remotely resemble a reasonable, sane, responsible,and moral moment of conflict resolution?!?

The short answer, of course, is: HELL, NO!!!

Nov 08 12:39

Iran Reportedly Shoots Down "Foreign Drone" Over Southern Port City Of Mahshahr

Moments ago, local Iranian news outlets confirmed the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran have shot down a drone from a "foreign country."

IRANIAN OFFICIAL CONFIRMS DOWNING OF A DRONE BY ARMY, SAYS IT BELONGS TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY - YOUNG JOURNALISTS CLUB

COMMANDER OF IRAN ARMY AIR DEFENSE SABAHIFARD SAYS THE DRONE WAS SHOT DOWN "BEFORE REACHING SENSITIVE SITES" OF THE COUNTRY - IRAN FRONT PAGE
The unidentified drone was downed near the port of Bandar-e-Mahshahr on the Gulf coast, ISNA and Tasnim, reported.

Iran Front Page's Reza Khaasteh said, "Mahshahr is home to Iran's Petrochemical Special Economic Zone (Petzone), where a major part of the country's petchem plants are located."

Reza Khaasteh
@Khaaasteh
Mahshahr is home to Iran's Petrochemical Special Economic Zone (Petzone), where a major part of the country's petchem plants are located.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At this particular time, I would not bet against either Israel, or the US, as being the origin of this drone.

Nov 08 11:12

Momentum stalls in Congress for aid to ailing national parks

Our country is headed for 3rd world status. Mainly because of all the money the Defense Department and their Israeli masters suck out of our economy for their incessant wars.

DENVER, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Momentum in Congress has sputtered for bills that would help the U.S. National Park Service finance a $12 billion backlog in maintenance needs.

Even though it has wide bipartisan support, the Restore Our Parks legislation that would send $6.5 billion over five years to improve park infrastructure is lingering in legislative limbo. The money would come from offshore and onshore royalty revenues for oil and gas on public lands.

"This legislation represents one of the most significant investments in the 100-year history of the Park Service," co-lead author Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said in an email. "The longer we kick the can on the deferred maintenance backlog, the more we'll hold back communities that rely on visitors to help generate economic activity."

Nov 08 11:02

Pentagon: Revenue From Syrian Oil Will Go to Kurdish SDF, Not US

Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told reporters on Thursday that while the US continues to expand its presence in and around east Syria with an aim of protecting and controlling the oil fields, the US won’t be keeping the money.

“The revenue from this is not going to the US, this is going to the SDF,” Hoffman said, suggesting the US-backed Kurds will get all the money. That’s still entirely speculative, however, because no US company has expressed any willingness to extract the oil in the first place.

It’s also not what has been sold to the US by President Trump. Trump has insisted that the US would be keeping some of the oil for itself, telling crowds recently that it would amount to $45 million a month and that it was always his intention to “keep the oil.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly think that the Pentagon is "shopping the scenario" of the Kurds getting the money from these oil fields, to try to compensate for the lousy "taste in the mouth" from smaller countries world wide, who are wondering right now; "OK, if the US has decided it can expropriate/steal Syria's oil with no backlash, and since we don't have much of a "standing army", when will the US invade our country for our resources?!?"

The question is absolutely legitimate, given the current US international policies right now.

Nov 08 10:51

US Claims Iran Preparing ‘Nuclear Breakout: Pompeo demands world powers act against Iran

Iran restarted enrichment at the underground Fordow site overnight on Wednesday, and on Thursday US officials were accusing Iran of preparing a “nuclear breakout” situation the international community must unite against.

The concept of the “nuclear breakout” has always been ill-defined, but rests on the notion that at some point Iran would have such a substantial civilian nuclear program that it would be tantamount to an irreversible military program. Though it’s not clear that’s even theoretically possible, as nations like Canada and Japan have never been accused of approaching a “breakout” despite huge nuclear programs, attaching the label to Iran has been popular with US hawks and Israel.

The breakout idea is meant to push a narrative in which action, presumably a war, needs to be launched quickly. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took the lead in urging other world powers to do something to force Iran back into compliance with the P5+1 deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh)Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike; please who rescinded their agreement to the PO5 +1 agreement, initially?!? Are you having a hard time remembering this, and would you like something approximating rational logic with which you can examine Iran's reasons for doing what it is doing?!?, as you look at this situation?

Well, sir, perhaps not, given your recent penchant for hubristic tirades about everything, but let me brake it down for you, if you are having a problem.

On May 8th, 2018, President Trump rescinded US support for the P5 + 1 agreement, and dropped out of the agreement.

It’s official: President Trump is pulling the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal.

This was, of course, premised on statements made by then-Israeli Premier, who , of course, charged, Iran with "having lied" about its nuclear program (as if Netanyahu was not always lying, or, equivocating on Israel's nuclear program; I smell some very choice A, bovine excrement about to hit the ventilation shaft, but let's see what Netanyahu had to say back in April 2018 on this): Netanyahu/Israel says IOran lied on nuclear arms, and pressures the US to scrap the deal

The article goes on to state: " Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled on Monday what he said was evidence of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program that could step up pressure on the United States to pull out of a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran."

"U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the information showed that Iran’s leaders lied to their people about a nuclear weapons program known as “Project Amad”. But Pompeo declined to say whether the documents provided evidence of a violation of the nuclear deal."

Intelligence experts and diplomats said Netanyahu’s presentation, in a prime-time television presentation, did not seem to have a “smoking gun” showing a violation by Iran but it could strengthen the hand of advisers to U.S. President Donald Trump who want to scrap the nuclear agreement.

Which was why this j'accuse/dossier was created in the first place.

Most of the purported evidence Netanyahu presented dated to the period before the 2015 accord was signed, although he said Iran had also kept important files on nuclear technology since then, and continued adding to its “nuclear weapons knowledge”.

None of the foregoing was strong enough actually be considered "real evidence"; we are looking at hearsay; half-truths; and material allegedly documenting some of Iran's nuclear programs which were developed way before the 2015 Agreement.

So Secretary of State Pompeo, I have (shudder, sir, here it comes) a logical question; if the US has rescinded its support for the P5 +1 deal, why should Iran abide by it?!? Forgive me, Secretary, but where is the logic, the quid pro quo in this threat against Iran?!?

The short answer, sir, is that there is no logic in the US's position that Iran should observe the treaty, while the US has withdrawn from it; sorry, but it makes absolutely zero sense to thinking people.

And Secretary Pompeo, I would respectfully suggest, that if the US government is thinking about a war against Iran, including a decap-strike against Tehran, that perhaps they should just suck it up, and not do it.

The reason I am making this statement, is the reality that one of Russia's top officials, last June, which made the observation that if Iran is attacked by the US, that Russia would come to its aid.

Iran won't be a lone if the US Attacks, Russian Official Says. This promise was made to Iran by Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, said at a Russian-Iranian policy forum in Moscow.

And trust me, Sec Def Pompeo; this man hardly inhales air, before Putin tells him it is OK to exhale.

Nov 08 06:34

The Foam damaged a new F-35 fighter jet!

Nov 07 06:45

TRUMP OKS WIDER SYRIA OIL MISSION, RAISING LEGAL QUESTIONS

Legal questions. That’s hilarious.

I just want to remember the good old days, when they felt the need to dazzle us with yellow cake uranium fraud before they stole the oil.

Via: Military Times – AP:

President Donald Trump has approved an expanded military mission to secure an expanse of oil fields across eastern Syria, raising a number of difficult legal questions about whether U.S. troops can launch strikes against Syrian, Russian or other forces if they threaten the oil, U.S. officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know how many international treaties, to which the US is also a signatory, the US government has breached by taking this position, that they have every full, and legal right to control and sell Syria's oil, but I am betting that the number is potentially staggering.

My near-bet would be on Israel staging an horrendous false flag, causing many US service members to be killed or maimed for life, to be blamed on both Russia and Syria.

At that point, Trump will have his alleged "justification" for a war against both Syria and Russia; but Mr. President, if you allow yourself to be cornered into taking this action, it will be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly idiotic things you could possibly do at this time.

I would like to suggest a scenario which has probably been war-gamed to death by the IDF, but let us look at the following; if Russia, the US, Iran, and Saudi Arabia are in hot conflicts around the world, and become broken by the conflicts, militarily and monetarily, who potentially gets control of the Mid-eastern oil, and I mean, all of it, once the dust settles?!?

Israel.

Mr. President, please do not consider Bibi Netanyahu your friend; at best, he, and Tel Aviv, are more like Frenemies.

Nov 07 05:53

UNDER SHROUD OF SECRECY US WEAPONS ARRIVE IN YEMEN DESPITE CONGRESSIONAL OUTRAGE

SOURCE: KRDO
The awkward camera angle is meant to hide the fact that the owner of the phone is filming, but there is no mistaking the outlines of the heavy cargo being deposited on the dock in the Yemeni port of Aden last week.

The distinctive shape of the US-made Oshkosh armored vehicle stands out in the early morning darkness, a piece of military hardware that is currently at the heart of a standoff between some American lawmakers and President Donald Trump’s administration.

Aden is controlled by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, whose main partners are continuing to ship American-made weapons into the country despite bipartisan outrage in Congress over the way the US is backing Riyadh in this bloody and bitter conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's the long and short of it; the US government has been allowing sales of billions of dollars' worth of US-weapons to the Saudi Arabian military for its genocide in Yemen, and I would imagine that, given the intensity of the size of this delivery, that the Saudis are about to embark upon a "scorched earth, scorched non-combatants" policy.

And of course, you will never see or hear a word of it on US Presstitute Corporate Channels, because such honest reportage would "put the US and Saudi Arabia in a really bad light."

There are times when courageous men and women, need to put the acts of war criminal nations into the light of public awareness; and looking at what the US and Saudi governments are doing in Yemen now is, definitely one of those times.

And IF Congressional representatives were REALLY " that outraged", they would have passed veto-proof bills, in both houses of Congress, long ago, refusing to allow the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia; they only want to appear to be outraged, because some responsible Americans are paying attention to this, and sharing information, just as we do here at WRH.

Trust me, the outrage isn't any where near as intense as Congressional Representatives would want you to believe; particularly if weapons companies are donating heavily (both overtly and covertly) to their upcoming political campaigns.

Nov 06 18:35

Ambush in Mexico: What we know about the deaths, the LeBaron family, the investigation and Trump

Mexican authorities confirmed Tuesday morning that nine people — three mothers and six children — were killed Monday when they were attacked by gunmen.
Four young children were also wounded in the attack, Mexican authorities reported. All were members of families who live in Mexico and have dual U.S. citizenship, a relative told The Arizona Republic.
A man was also arrested as part of the ongoing investigation, Mexican authorities said.

Here is what we know now.

Nov 06 13:48

Knock Knock. Who's There? Rightful Owner! Syrian Army Reportedly Reclaims Long Lost Oil Field

The majority of the country's oil fields are currently controlled by the US military, illegally stationed in the Arab Republic, and the Kurdish militia. Washington recently reaffirmed its intentions to "keep" the Syrian oil, despite objections from Moscow.

The Syrian Army started deploying its forces near the city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria, and specifically near the village of Mulla Abbas, claiming the Rumailan oilfield, which was lost to Damascus several years ago, during the civil war, SANA news agency reported. The area is located on the Turkish-Syrian border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This illegal commandeering of Syria's oil fields by the US, may well mean that the current administration has its eyes on a shooting war with Russia over Syria's oil.

And if the US doesn't seem to be "aggressive enough" in its posture to suit its parasitic client state in the Middle East, (Israel) I am very certain that Israel's Shin Bet, would be delighted to create a false flag for us, insuring the deaths and woundings of many American service members, in order to "get the American people on board" for a nasty war against Russia.

And please remember; just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for this administration to do, is utterly no guarantee that it won't do it.

Nov 06 13:29

US Constructing Two New Bases In Syria's Oil-Rich Region: Report

Turkey's state-run media is reporting the United States is planning two new military bases in Syria's oil-rich Deir ez-Zor province, which are currently under construction, after US special forces convoys were seen patrolling the area in the past days.

Anadolu Agency, citing local sources, said the bases were under construction as evidenced by the influx of heavy equipment:

While the footage captured by Anadolu Agency showed that much construction equipment is being put into action, it was learnt the U.S. has sent 250 to 300 additional soldiers, armored vehicles, heavy weapons and ammunition to the region.

The reported added: “The military bases are being built in the 113th Brigade area and near al-Sur region,” according to the sources.

Syria's largest oil fields, which historically account for most of its domestic energy needs, are located in Deir Ezzor, including Al-Omar, Conoco, and Rumeilan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF these reports are true, it appears that the US government is "digging down" against potential Russian attacks against US facilities.

Folks, we are headed, unfortunately toward a wild geopolitical ride, potentially including a shooting war with Russia over Syria, courtesy of this administration.

This would not be a bad time to make sure you have extra storable food; extra meds for yourself and your family; and potable water.

Nov 05 09:53

The Navy reportedly asked Carnival Cruise Line for help with its ongoing aircraft carrier maintenance issues

Navy officials enlisted the help of executives with the Florida-based Carnival Cruise Line, the largest cruise company in the world, to identify solutions for the ongoing maintenance issues that have stranded a majority of the service's aircraft carriers in non-deployable status, Business Insider reports.

Naval Sea Systems Command chief Vice Adm. Tom Moore "a few months back" met with several members of the Carnival Cruise Line team (including retired Vice Adm. William Burke, now the company's chief maritime officer) to discuss "how we have been able to do shipyard maintenance as quickly and effectively as we do," a Carnival spokesman told Business Insider.

Nov 05 09:19

The Coming Middle East Conflagration

he senior ministers of the Israeli government met twice last week to discuss the possibility of open war with Iran. They were mindful of the Iranian plan for a drone attack from Syria in August, aborted at the last minute by an Israeli air strike, as well as Iran’s need to deflect attention from the mass protests against Hezbollah’s rule in Lebanon. The ministers also reviewed the recent attack by Iranian drones and cruise missiles on two Saudi oil installations, reportedly concluding that a similar assault could be mounted against Israel from Iraq.

Nov 05 09:11

China Breaks the Western Debt Stranglehold on the World

The west has colonized, exploited, ravaged and assassinated the people of the Global South for hundreds of years.
Up to the mid-20th Century Europe has occupied Africa, and large parts of Asia.

Latin America is waking up – and so is Africa.

In Latin America, street protests against the US / IMF imposed debt trap and the consequential austerity programs, making the rich richer and the poor poorer, are raging in Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina and even in Brazil. In Argentina,In Latin America, though much of the sub-Continent was “freed” from Spain and Portugal in the 19th Century – a new kind of colonization followed by the new Empire of the United States – under the so-called Monroe Doctrine, named after President James Monroe (1817 -1825), forbidding Europeans to interfere in any “American territory”. Latin America was then and is again today considered Washington’s Backyard.

Nov 05 09:06

H. CON. RES. 70

Directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to remove United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Syrian Arab Republic that have not been authorized by Congress.

Nov 05 08:36

Aegis makes submarines more important than ever

On October 29th, the Norwegian news-outlet NRK broke the story that between 8 and 10 Russian submarines, including Sierra II class submarines, had begun naval exercises in the North Atlantic. This is one of the largest Russian naval exercises focused on submarine-warfare since the end of the cold war. It is likely that one of the core purposes of this exercise is to test the stealth-capability of the Russian subs, and of NATO forces’ abilities to track them as they push through the Greenland-Iceland-United Kingdom gap (abbreviated “GUIK-gap”), a closely monitored strategic bottleneck. The Sierra II class sub has a titanium hull, enabling it to submerge to greater depths than steel-hulled submarines, and it is also much quieter than most other submarines.

Nov 04 10:04

Nowhere to hide: Has China won the stealth war?

It seems unlikely Beijing has such a capability, but it cannot be fully ruled out — can China track the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter, America’s airborne tip of the spear?

According to the Global Times, China’s “meter wave radar can be deployed on vehicles, on land and warships, creating a dense web that gives hostile stealth aircraft nowhere to hide.”

In addition, it also functions as a fire control radar that can guide missiles toward stealthy jets like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Nov 04 10:00

Kushner gave Saudi Crown Prince Bin Salman permission to arrest Khashoggi: report

Troops went back in and the story is out.

US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner gave permission to his friend, Saudi Arabia’s de-facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) to arrest the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi before he was brutally murdered last year, a whistleblower alleges.

Weekly British magazine The Spectator said investigators on the US House Intelligence Committee were aware of the whistleblower's claims and were planning to dig further into them.

According to The Spectator, the Turkish intelligence intercepted a call between Kushner and bin Salman, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan then used it to force Trump to withdraw his troops from northern Syria.

Nov 04 06:16

Islamic State Exacts Revenge On Turkey For Selling Out Al-Baghdadi

Submitted by Nauman Sadiq, an Islamabad-based attorney, columnist and geopolitical analyst focused on the politics of Af-Pak and Middle East regions, neocolonialism and petro-imperialism.

A car bomb exploded in northern Syria killing 13 and wounding 20. The blast on Saturday ripped through a crowded market in Tal Abyad, a town recently occupied by Turkish-backed militant proxies. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the blast targeted pro-Turkey fighters and civilians were also among the dead.

Even though the Turkish Defense Ministry promptly laid the finger of blame on Turkey’s arch-foe, the Kurdish YPG militia, without conducting an investigation, car bombing as a tactic for causing widespread fear is generally employed by jihadist groups and not by the Kurds.

Nov 04 06:06

Rebuilding Syria... Without Syria's Oil?

Compare US pillaging with Russia-Iran-Turkey’s active involvement in a political solution to normalize Syria..

What happened in Geneva this Wednesday, in terms of finally bringing peace to Syria, could not be more significant: the first session of the Syrian Constitutional Committee.

The Syrian Constitutional Committee sprang out of a resolution passed in January 2018 in Sochi, Russia, by a body called the Syrian National Dialogue Congress.

The 150-strong committee breaks down as 50 members of the Syrian opposition, 50 representing the government in Damascus and 50 representatives of civil society. Each group named 15 experts for the meetings in Geneva, held behind closed doors.

This development is a direct consequence of the laborious Astana process – articulated by Russia, Iran and Turkey. Essential initial input came from former UN Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. Now UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen is working as a sort of mediator.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This development has been conveniently left out of nearly all accounts in the West of what is going on in Syria, and yet, is one of the most significant developments of the last year.

Nov 04 05:35

Pentagon Expands Permanent Africa Presence With $110M Drone Base In Niger

Signaling what will be a major uptick in US drone activity across western Africa, US African Command (AFRICOM) announced Friday its airbase Agadez, Niger has gone operational, not just flying surveillance drones as was originally expected, but also armed combat drones.

Flights from the base, called Air Base 201, began last week and the patrols are to aid US-Nigerien military patrols in rooting out regional ISIS militants and other Islamist factions which have been threatening the area. Specifically US officials say the armed drone program is badly needed due to prior ISIS ambushes on US-Nigerien troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, you mean the US backed, trained, and funded ISIS the US has been throwing about to create chaos from which only the US military can possibly save the population of that country affected by that same chaos?!?

Just doing a reality check here.

It's all about the resources, folks.

First, go in and either regime that country's government which is not to your liking, or scare them into giving permission for the US to establish military bases in that country, to "save them from the evil ISIS" (as has been done here); expropriate the resources to which the US has absolutely no moral right, then insure that those resources are only sold in US dollars.

Anyone who cannot see the pattern here, is just not flipping looking!!

Nov 03 12:54

The Real US Mission in Syria

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

US involvement in Syria has nothing to do with regional peace, stability and security, nothing to do with combating ISIS.

It’s all about killing a nation, destroying its sovereignty, partitioning it for easier control, removing its legitimate leadership, installing puppet rule, plundering it, exploiting its people, eliminating an Israeli rival, isolating Iran, and enriching the US military, industrial, security complex from endless aggression.

Nov 03 05:15

US troops back at military bases in northeast Syria

US troops are reportedly back in military bases in northeastern Syria which they had previously evacuated ahead of Turkey's military action against Kurdish forces in the area.

Turkey's Anadolu Agency has reported that American forces arrived in the west of Syria’s northern province of Raqqa on Saturday to rebuild their military base.

A US military convoy, including a personnel carrier armored vehicle, a mine flail and a utility vehicle, arrived in Jazira base located west of Raqqa via Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah.

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Color me completely unsurprised by this move.

Nov 03 04:40

Netanyahu Accuses Hamas of Firing Rockets at Israel From Gaza

On Friday, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said that a total of 10 rockets had been fired from Gaza, including eight projectiles that had been intercepted by the Iron Dome air defence system.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Hamas was responsible for all rocket attacks against Israel from Gaza.

“We are in a very sensitive security period, that is explosive in several spheres in the east, north, and south,” Netanyahu said.
“Immediately after the rocket fire on the Gaza envelope, I convened a top level security meeting in the military headquarters in Tel Aviv,” he stressed.

The Israeli military reported that the rockets were fired late on Friday. Eight of them were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome air defence system. One of the rockets hit a residential building in southern Israel, damaging it.

Tensions near the Gaza Strip border heightened on Friday amid the 81st anti-Israeli protest, dubbed the Great March of Return.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One can only wonder at what targets the IDF will hit in Gaza, or elsewhere, when it uncorks the next time; I am having a sense, however, that the next time may well be very soon; the crisis in Lebanon, with Al-Harari's resignation last Tuesday, may,, for Tel Aviv's taste, be just... too good NOT to attempt some kind of intense disturbance there.

Nov 03 02:14

RUSSIA CLAIMS U.S. WILL SMUGGLE $30 MILLION OF OIL OUT OF SYRIA EVERY MONTH UNDER TRUMP'S 'CRIMINAL' PLAN

Russia's foreign ministry spokesperson has accused the U.S. of "criminal activity" with regards to President Donald Trump's plan to deploy troops to guard oil fields in eastern Syria.

Maria Zakharova said Friday that the Trump administration was engaging in illegal smuggling, and estimated Washington stands to make tens of millions of dollars every month from the oil extracted in the region.

According to state news agency Tass, Zakharova said the U.S. was "bypassing its own sanctions" to take the oil—"worth over $30 million per month"—from Syria. She also suggested the U.S. forces deployed "are not going to leave these areas in the near future."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly think that the Russian estimate, may be just a little too conservative.

But the on-going question, and one which I hope is keeping at least a few of our people in power in Foggy Bottom is, just how long is Russia going to allow this to continue, before it uncorks with its own military response to kick the US out of Syria?!?

We have invaded a sovereign country, into which we were not invited; funded and trained its enemy jihadists toward the goal of regime change in Damascus, and now... we're processing its oil?!?

What is wrong with this picture?!?

BLOODY EVERYTHING!!

Nov 03 01:36

Assad Calls Trump "Best US President" Ever For "Transparency" Of Real US Motives

Assad's commentary on the latest White House policy to "secure the oil" in Syria, for which US troops have already been redeployed to some of the largest oil fields in the Deir Ezzor region, was the biggest pressing question. The Syrian president's response was unexpected and is now driving headlines, given what he said directly about Trump, calling him the "best American president" ever – because he’s the "most transparent."

“When it comes to Trump you may ask me a question and I’ll give you an answer which might seem strange. I tell you he’s the best American president,” Assad said, according to a translation provided by NBC.

“All American presidents commit crimes and end up taking the Nobel Prize and appear as a defender of human rights and the ‘unique’ and ‘brilliant’ American or Western principles. But all they are is a group of criminals who only represent the interests of the American lobbies of large corporations in weapons, oil and others,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Al Assad gets how power politics get played in this country better, unfortunately, than many of its citizens do.

Nov 03 01:24

Trump Freezes Lebanon Military Aid After Israel Voiced Concerns 

Amid recent statements by both Iranian and Hezbollah leaders accusing the United States of hijacking the massive anti-corruption protests which have gridlocked Lebanon for over the past two weeks, the White House has made the dramatic and unexpected move of freezing US military aid to the Lebanese Army.

The money, part of a military aid package totaling $105 million, had been approved by Congress and the State Department, and requested by the Pentagon. Interestingly, proponents of the package argued that it would allow the Lebanese Army to grow more independent, making it less cooperative with Hezbollah.

According to Reuters the aid was frozen two days following Tuesday's resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, who in a parting speech admitted he'd "reached a dead end" amid the protests which have reportedly involved one million people, or up to 25% of Lebanon's total population, and further called on "all Lebanese to protect civil peace".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ultimately, it was Winston Churchill who originally made the statement, "Never let a good crisis go to waste", echoed many years later by Rahm Emanuel, during the Clinton years.

The crisis, has been the corruption by Lebanon's government, leading to the resignation of Al-Hariri, last Tuesday.

Israel's government, and military, have collectively been itching for a reason to invade, and do a decap strike against Hezbollah, and Beirut simultaneously, creating a "regime change" to their liking.

All that is needed now, is some kind of "justification" to make this happen, and I would suggest that the timing may well be sooner rather than later; after all, the Litani River is only 5 kilometers away from the Israeli border, and the Israelis have had their eye on this resource for quite some time now.

With the current Lebanese government now in very visible meltdown from this resignation, Tel Aviv may well believe that they have their chance now to invade, and this is most probably the reason the military aid from the US was to the Lebanese military was gutted.

Nov 03 00:01

THE MISSING PIECES OF AL-BAGHDADI’S EXECUTION PUZZLE

Here, let me try to dispel a myth peddled by the corporate media and foreign policy think tanks that the Islamic State originated from al-Qaeda in Iraq. Many biased political commentators of the mainstream media deliberately try to muddle the reality in order to link the emergence of the Islamic State to the ill-conceived invasion of Iraq in 2003 by the Republican Bush administration.

Their motive behind this chicanery is to absolve the Obama administration’s policy of nurturing the Syrian opposition against the Syrian government since the beginning of Syria’s proxy war in 2011 until June 2014, when the Islamic State overran Mosul in Iraq and the Obama administration made a volte-face on its previous “regime change” policy of providing indiscriminate support to Syrian militants and declared a war against a faction of Syrian rebel groups, the Islamic State.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whatever President Obama did, with regard to the Middle East, he generally did "on the sly"; this article places him at the very epicenter of attempts to take Syria's President Al Assad down with US trained, funded, and armed jihadists.

Nov 02 13:18

Israel is not sure they will accomplish the long planned terrorist attack in Seattle on 3-11-2019: Lieberman

Former Israeli minister of military affairs Avigdor Lieberman says the regime is in an “emergency situation” amid heightened tensions in the Middle East means that it is now vulnerable more than ever.

Nov 02 13:16

Israels next terrorist attack: Seattle Football Game - November 3, 2019 |

Predictive Programming or Coincidence? We are about to find out tomorrow

Nov 02 10:13

Warning to NATO: Russian Navy Deploys Ten Submarines to North Atlantic for Massive Combat Exercises

The Russian Navy has deployed 10 submarines from a range of classes to the northern Atlantic Ocean for large scale military exercises. The drills will involve eight nuclear powered submarines, and shortly follow the deployment of Russian Air Force Tu-160 intercontinental range strategic bombers to South Africa after a thirteen hour flight over the Indian Ocean. The intention of both of these exercises is thought to be a demonstration of the country’s ability to rapidly redeploy assets to project power overseas - including the deployment of survivable high endurance nuclear assets.

Nov 02 05:33

HOW CONTROLLING SYRIA’S OIL SERVES WASHINGTON’S STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES?

SOURCE: NAUMAN SADIQ, BLACKLISTED NEWS

Although Donald Trump claimed credit for expropriating Syria’s oil wealth, it bears mentioning that “scorched earth” policy is not a business strategy, it is the institutional logic of the deep state. President Trump is known to be a businessman and at least ostensibly follows a non-interventionist ideology; being a novice in the craft of international diplomacy, however, he has time and again been misled by the Pentagon and Washington’s national security establishment.

Nov 02 04:45

FIVE YEARS ON, SAUDI ATTACKS ON YEMEN'S FARMERS ARE PUSHING THE WHOLE COUNTRY INTO FAMINE

SOURCE: MINT PRESS

HODEIDA, YEMEN — The country of Yemen, known in the medieval period as “Green Yemen,” is one of the most extensively terraced areas of the world. There, Yemeni farmers transformed rugged mountain slopes into terraces and built dams like the Great Marib, a structure whose history spans long enough that it was mentioned in the Quran. During the medieval period, Yemen had one of the widest ranges of agricultural crops in all of the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely remind Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, that a collective punishment of a people, by denying them food and causing them to starve and die, is a war crime.

And yes, I do understand that America's Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump, has been aiding and abetting your cause militarily in Yemen, making my government complicit in war crimes as well, the moral rightness of so doing utterly never occuring to the man, because "it makes money" for the US's military/industrial complex, and of course, that makes it right, in Trump's eyes.

And sir, I really don't know what goes on in that royal head of yours, but there is one thing of which I am absolutely, thoroughly convinced; in spite of your billions, history will not remember you or your minions kindly at all.

In fact, they will have a name for you, and this is how you will be remembered; The Butcher of Yemen.

Not quite what you had imagined, is it, as your "legacy"?!? Then stop killing, poisoning, and sickening the Yemeni people!!

Anyone with just two brain cells to rub together, understands that the only way out of this mess, initiated by your government almost 5 years ago, is through intelligent, hard-won, and ethical negotiations with the Houthi rebels; God knows, you have tried everything else, and the military conflict still comes to a draw, and we have seen how capable the Houthis have become at effectively fighting back, and hitting Saudi targets.

Nov 01 22:27

Those Scary Russians?

We didn’t realize at first that we were working with a Russian “roof,” otherwise known as a Russian mafia. We didn’t even know what one was – – –

Think of someone as an enemy and you will treat them as an enemy. Reacting to your treatment, they will treat you likewise.

By the way it keeps treating Russia and Russians, it’s clear the Deep State desperately wants Russia as it’s enemy and essential villain.

Unabashed gun-rights activist and enthusiastic fan of America Maria Butina, for example. Although created into a promiscuous Russian spy by the lascivious presstitutes of our fully owned CIA subsidiary the MSM, the best the “Justice” Department branch could do was plea-blackmail her into an “Unregistered Lobbyist.”

Nov 01 09:25

Five Years On, Saudi Attacks on Yemen’s Farmers Are Pushing the Whole Country into Famine

Trump and his friends in the Pentagon and Riyadh are responsible for this.

HODEIDA, YEMEN — The country of Yemen, known in the medieval period as “Green Yemen,” is one of the most extensively terraced areas of the world. There, Yemeni farmers transformed rugged mountain slopes into terraces and built dams like the Great Marib, a structure whose history spans long enough that it was mentioned in the Quran. During the medieval period, Yemen had one of the widest ranges of agricultural crops in all of the Middle East.

Farhan Mohammed is one of the richest farmers in Qama’el, a rural village in the region of Baqim in northwestern Yemen. He owns 50 hectares of land which he uses to cultivate corn, pomegranates, and apples. Now, Farhan is struggling to keep his farm afloat after Saudi airstrikes targeted his fields, burning his crops and rendering the soil so toxic that it’s no longer able to sustain life.

Nov 01 07:18

Trump Slides an American Foot in the Door in Syria: In a shocking reversal in Syria, President Trump has ordered the US military to occupy the oil field at Deir Ez Zor, in eastern Syria.

The US occupation of the oil production facility at Deir Ez Zor is strategic for the US, and EU foreign policy on Syria, which depends on sanctions to keep the Syrian civilians and government from importing any necessary supplies to repair and re-build Syria, now that the war is over. Syrians are prevented from importing oil due to the sanctions, and without oil, the country cannot re-build. If the Syrian oil production facilities were to be in the hands of the legal owners, the Syrian Ministry of Oil, then repairs could be carried out and Syria would no longer need to import oil, and they could go back to being energy sufficient, as they were before 2011.

Russian Defense Ministry, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov spoke about satellite images in Syria which show the extent of past US involvement in the oil smuggling business, which was conducted with the Kurds using a US company “Sadcab”, and the profits were funneled through US private military contractors.

Nov 01 07:02

More than 100,000 people killed in Yemen war, says new report

More than 100,000 people have died as a result of the war in Yemen, according to an explosive new report by an American NGO.

Based on data collected from a variety of sources, including the United Nations, the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data project (ACLED) said the death toll from the four-year-long war was considerably higher than most previous estimates.

Out of the over 100,000 people estimated to have been killed since a Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen's war in 2015 against the Houthi movement, at least 12,000 civilians were killed in direct attacks, the ACLED said.

Already, 2019 has so far been the second deadliest year of the conflict, with more than 20,000 deaths reported. By 2020, ACLED estimated that 102,000 will have been killed as a direct result of violence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course, zero mention here about the US government aiding and abetting Saudi war crimes in Yemen; people may just start thinking "double ungood thoughts" about their government gone rogue.

Nov 01 06:57

Hezbollah Fires Anti-Aircraft Missile At Israeli Drone Over Lebanese Airspace

A major incident has unfolded along Lebanon's southern border with Israel on Thursday involving an Israeli drone. Hours ago Lebanese media reported that Hezbollah operatives shot down an Israeli aircraft, identified as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), likely with an anti aircraft missile, specifically a MANPAD (or man-portable air-defense system).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember when I commented last week that nature abhors a vacuum, particularly where geopolitics are involved, and made the observation that with Harriri retiring, Israel might just hawl off and attack Lebanon?!?

This could have been a real incident, but my gut tells me that this stinks of a false flag, to be blamed on Hezbollah, as the "justification" for Israel starting a military attack against Lebanon.

Nov 01 06:31

Televangelist Paula White joins White House staff

Televangelist Paula White, President Trump’s spiritual adviser, is reportedly joining the White House staff.

White, who has known Trump since 2002 and who has visited the White House several times, will work in the Office of Public Liaison, which oversees outreach to groups that help organize parts of the president’s base, The New York Times reports.

Her specific role will reportedly be advising the Trump administration’s Faith and Opportunity Initiative that aims to boost the voice of religious groups in certain government programs, The Times notes.

The Times notes that the move comes as Trump looks to maintain support from religious conservatives in the months leading up to the 2020 presidential election.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I just had a palm to forehead moment, upon reading that last paragraph, which came at warp speed.

The following article, from theguardian.com, on this lady, sheds at least a little light on this appointment.

Paula White: the pastor who helps Trump hear 'what God has to say'

I then had this sickening lurch in my stomach; is she telling President Trump to go to war with Iran, because "Israel wants it, and God says, Make it so!!"?!?

About as closely as I can come to any documentation on this, is the following, which comes to us via the National Catholic Reporter back in March of this year:

How the White House is Courting Evangelicals on its Israeli/Palestinian Peace Plan The article states:

"A few of Trump's evangelical supporters tweeted about the March 7 meeting, including pastors Paula White, who has attended many meetings and events at the White House and has been called the president's spiritual adviser, and John Hagee, the head of Christians United for Israel, which Rosenberg described as the "Christian AIPAC."

White characterized the meeting as a "listening session."

"As in so many circumstances on so many issues, the White House wanted to hear directly from Christian leaders," she told Religion News Service.

"In this case, they brought together leaders who have a great deal of experience as it relates to Israel," she said. "Many of these leaders almost consider the country a second home, and they know it inside and out. The White House wanted to hear their thoughts, and field their questions in order to make sure they fully understood their point of view on the prospect of peace."

OK, well, in looking at the leaked text of the accord, there sure is one group to whom this administration has pointedly not listened at all; and that group happens to be the leadership ...of the Palestinian People;

So there is no wonder that it became an "echo chamber meeting" rather than an authentic listening meeting.

But there is another, very disturbing article out of thedailybeast.com, from last year, and kind of spells out the following:

Why Evangelicals Love Israel This article goes on to state:

"Ever since it was announced, the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem has been fraught with controversy. Its opening this week prompted a wave of violence in which at least 50 Palestinian protesters were killed by Israeli soldiers. So it might be surprising to learn that some evangelical Christians are not only supporting, they are celebrating, this event.

Robert Jeffress, the Baptist pastor chosen to pray during the blessing of the embassy on Monday, praised President Trump as someone who “stands on the right side of you, O God, when it comes to Israel.” And the man known for his discriminatory views of Mormons and Muslims described Israel as blessing the world by pointing it to God “through the message of her prophets, the Scriptures, and the Messiah.”

I don't know if these people scare the stuffing out of you as much as they do me, a person who defines herself as a Christian, but very differently than these people do. I see my job here on earth as a combination of loving... and telling the truth the best as I can see it.

IF Reverend White believes that horrific wars need to come before a triumphant return of Jesus, I just cannot buy it; I would, however, think that the wars, known and unknown, present and coming, may well be a part of White's influence over President Trump.

And THAT should be of great concern over all thinking Christians.

Nov 01 05:23

Baghdadi raid video released as US general warns of Isis reprisal attacks: General Kenneth McKenzie says Isis will remain a threat as he shows footage of raid on leader’s Syria hideout

McKenzie said the US was under no illusions it had destroyed Isis, and warned the group would try to take revenge.

“They will be dangerous. We suspect they will try some form of retribution attack,” he said. “We don’t see a bloodless future because unfortunately this ideology is going to be out there.”

However McKenzie predicted that the campaign against Baghdadi would grind down Isis capabilities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... And if ISIS doesn't provide a "retribution attack", one can be reasonably certain that the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika has something to cobble together to make it appear that ISIS has done a "retribution attack" against US forces in Syria, causing the US, of course, to have to bring in "yet more "troops and equipment" with which to "guard" (translation: steal) Syria's oil.

And were I a betting woman, I would suggest that such an attack may well happen sooner, rather than later, before the American public, with their intense, collective, and raging case of ADHD, forgets that it was US forces who finally "felled Al-Baghdadi" in Syria.

And would someone, still in their right mind, from this madness, explain to me what the hell we are still doing in Syria?!?

Were we invited by the Syrian Government?!? Uh....no.

Were we invited in by the Russian Government, assisting the Al Assad Presidency in fighting the US trained and equipped jihadis, who were desperately trying to take out his government?!? Uh.....no.

So folks, here is the butt-ugly truth of this situation; the Trump Regime has ordered our military to invade a sovereign country, with which the US government is not at all, technically, in any degree of war against, and it has decided that stealing, and selling, Syrian oil is the highest of all possible actions we can take here, while also protecting Israel's "divine right" to squash any alleged "Iranian forces" it imagines/believes are in the country, as they see fit.

What's wrong with this picture?!? Why, absolutely nothing, if putting US troops into harm's way for no lawful, legal purpose, and wanting to engender unending war in the region are this government's goals, there is absolutely nothing wrong here; nothing to see; just don't pay attention.

But I just have to wonder how long Russia's Putin will allow this nonsense to fester, before making it crystal clear that US troops will have to vacate Syria, and permanently.

And please remember; just because a scenario is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing President Trump could do right now, like ordering our troops to attempt to clobber Russia in Syria for its oil, is utterly no guarantee that he will not do it; God only knows, he needs some distraction from the "Impeachment Frenzy", which culminated yesterday (Halloween) in the passage of the the Dementocrat's ginned-up rules for presenting evidence in this process.

Mr. President, I must strongly caution you; please don't do this, as in sending our troops to fight both Russian and Syrian troops for Syria's oil; this would be a really bad choice, sir, one one that would permanently, even further, stain the reputation of this country as a force for good, and for peace.

Nov 01 04:28

THE NEW WORLD IS EMERGING BEFORE US

In February 1943, the Soviet victory over the Nazi Reich marked the turnaround of the Second World War. The next steps were inevitable. It was not until the Anglo-American landing in Normandy (June 1944), the Yalta conference (February 1945), the suicide of Chancellor Hitler (February 1945) and finally the surrender of the Reich (8 May 1945) that this new world emerged. In one year (June 44-May 45), the Great Reich had been replaced by the Soviet-US duopoly. The United Kingdom and France, which were still the world’s two leading powers twelve years earlier, were to witness the decolonization of their empires.

It is a moment like this that we are experiencing today.

Oct 31 10:04

“Terrorizing the Populace”: Report Finds CIA-Backed Death Squads in Afghanistan Committing War Crimes, Atrocities

By Eoin Higgins

CIA-backed death squads in Afghanistan have committed a number of human rights violations over the last year, a Human Rights Watch report found Thursday, and the militant groups are likely to be the lasting legacy of the U.S. war in the country.

“They do counterinsurgency the old-fashioned way,” tweeted Daily Beast national security reporter Spencer Ackerman, “terrorizing the populace.”...

Oct 30 14:46

The Horten Flying Wings

Nothing New Under The Sun...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjXr5w3M4mc

When the newest American super-bomber, the Northrop B-2, was revealed to the public at Palmdale, California on November 22, 1988, many aviation history enthusiasts must have noted that the configuration selected by the aircraft's designers, namely that of the "flying wing," had been resurrected from the dead, as it were. Although present day experience has shown that the all-wing configuration is the best one for avoiding detection by enemy radar (aided by the latest technology in materials, electronics and computers), the same configuration has been in practical use since about 1930. The first jet-powered all-wing aircraft flew in Germany on February 2, 1945, and at the time was also virtually undetectable by radar, partly on account of its mixed construction (wooden wings).

Oct 30 12:17

ACE Elevator Company 9/11 Questions and Research How could explosives be planted in the WTC?

Although we do not know exactly how explosives could have been planted in the World Trade Center prior to 9/11, without detection, we do know two things for sure. Other possible explanations were not considered in the 9/11 Commission or NIST Reports. Key people were not even mentioned in the final reports.

The possibility of controlled demolition was not seriously considered in the Nine Eleven Official Conspiracy Theory (NEOCT). There were workers with unfettered access to parts of the builds that were perfect for the planting of explosives, such as in the elevators shafts next to the vertical support columns, and above the ceiling panels next to the horizontal beams. There were also fireproofing renovation workers.

Oct 30 10:35

USS Liberty Survivor Slams Charlie Kirk For “Insulting” Survivors As “Conspiracy Theorists”

By Chris Menahan

A survivor of Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty penned an open letter slamming Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk for “insult[ing]” survivors of the June 8, 1967 attack as “conspiracy theorists” during a Q&A session last week.

The USS Liberty Veterans Association shared USS Liberty survivor Joe Meadors’ letter Tuesday...

Oct 30 10:33

Leader: US, West spy services inciting unrest in regional states

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has warned that the United States and Western spy services, funded by certain reactionary countries of the region, have been fomenting turmoil and insecurity in other regional states, calling for vigilance against such enemy plots.

Ayatollah Khamenei described insecurity as “the biggest damage” a country could suffer, warning against plots being pursued by the enemies to rob regional countries of security.

The elements instigating such “dangerous hostilities” are known, said the Leader, adding that “the US and the Western intelligence services, financed by certain reactionary countries of the region, are behind such incidents.”

Oct 30 10:27

Fake Narratives as Cover For High Crimes

Western stories about Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi are meant to confuse, to distract, and to strengthen fake narratives.

First, the West supports Daesh in Syria (and beyond). It isn’t a secret.

Finally, it fortifies the fake “War on Terror” myth which inverts the truth, which is that the West supports terrorism in all its forms as it commits war crimes as policy.

The political spectacles, the transparent war lies, the fake narratives, obscure foundational issues.The Right to Self-Determination is foundational to International Law.

Syria has every right to take any and all necessary measures to regain ITS OWN OIL FIELDS. Washington has ZERO rights to steal the oil.Second, it provides a distraction from what is really happening in Syria. Whereas the West has been destroying Syria and stealing its resources throughout the war, now Washington is basically admitting that it is stealing Syrian resources.

Oct 30 10:22

Trump’s Syria Trifecta?

According to Friedman, “(t)he job of the (US) president is to…oppose any foe to ensure the survival of freedom with the fact that US interests and values still require us to remain engaged around the world in a sustainable way.”

Translation: Preemptive wars on targeted nations threatening no one are OK as long as waged by Pentagon and allied forces, the rule of law a nonissue.Fact: The so-called global war on terrorism is a colossal hoax. It’s war OF terrorism on humanity at home and abroad, not on it.

Fact: ISIS and likeminded terrorist groups are used as US imperial foot soldiers in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and virtually anywhere else where the Pentagon and CIA want them deployed.

The notion of involvement by US forces in combatting ISIS is one of the biggest Big Lies about US wars of aggression.

Oct 30 10:15

The USA’s History Of Controlling The OPCW To Promote Regime Change

You wouldn’t know it from today’s news headlines, but there’s a major scandal unfolding with potentially far-reaching consequences for the entire international community. The political/media class has been dead silent about the fact that there are now two whistleblowers whose revelations have cast serious doubts on a chemical weapons watchdog group that is widely regarded as authoritative, despite the fact that this same political/media class has been crowing all month about how important whistleblowers are and how they need to be protected ever since a CIA spook exposed some dirt on the Trump administration.

Oct 30 07:27

US Military Envisions Broad Defense of Syrian Oilfields: Esper says US will keep Syrian government away from Syrian oil.

The Pentagon intends to retain control of Syria’s oilfields going forward, and says they will repel anyone else trying to take that oil with “overwhelming force.” This has become the chief, and materially only, military goal of the US military operation in Syria.

Since President Trump announced his intention to control the oil, and conceivably to try to take some of it on behalf of the US, the Pentagon has been revising the Syria mission around controlling the oil. This has included sending more troops and tanks.

Pentagon officials have tried to build this narrative around keeping ISIS from reclaiming the oilfields, since they held them once. With ISIS barely existing anymore, that’s not a realistic threat, and Defense Secretary Mark Esper conceded on Monday that the deployments of US forces are meant to “deny access” to the oil to either Russia or the Syrian government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sec Def Esper and President Trump, a word, please: have you collectively gone barking mad, to have made this statement>?!?

This.... is brigandry writ large, and completely against all logic, and all international norms. I don't know how many international treaties we are ditching by doing this, but I would almost bet, quite a few.

And Mr. President, now long do you think you have before Putin makes a decision that the theft of Syrian oil will not be allowed to stand, after taking such care to bring a positive outcome to Bashir Al-Assad;'s government, against US trained, armed, and funded jihadis?!?

Mr. President, I am no politician; just a composer with a little bit of logic.

I don't know who is advising you on this issue, but all the legalistic codswallop they have been feeding you, to justify the unjustifiable, is nothing short of thoroughly, as in soft rubber-room to prevent self-harm, insane.

I would very much like you to reconsider this, Mr. President; at this point in our military's existence, we don't have the troop strength; the weaponry; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia over Syria's oil.

Please; the naked irrationality of this act, gives the US government the well-deserved moniker "unhinged"; and I feel that I must strongly caution you, that if you push Russia hard enough, I can almost guarantee you a push back; can that really be the design objective of this lunatic move?!?

War with Russia over Syria's oil?!? Let's not go there.

Oct 30 06:50

WORLD LEADERS FLOCK TO RIYADH A YEAR AFTER KHASHOGGI’S MURDER 

CROWN PRINCE OF SAUDI ARABIA MOHAMMAD BIN SALMAN (L) IS WELCOMED INDIAN PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI (R) WITH AN OFFICIAL WELCOMING CEREMONY AT PRESIDENTIAL PALACE IN NEW DELHI, INDIA ON FEBRUARY 20, 2019 [INDIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY/HANDOUT/ANADOLU AGENCY]
Just one year after Saudi journalists Jamal Khashoggi’s brutal murder in his country’s Consulate in Istanbul, world leaders are flocking to Riyadh to attend a flagship investor meeting known as “Davos in the desert”.
Although there has been very little progress in bringing those responsible for the grisly murder to justice, the CIA and several other intelligence agencies believe that the killing was authorised by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, the de facto ruler of the Kingdom.

Five presidents and the heads of some of the world’s biggest banks and arms manufacturers are reported to be among those heading to Saudi Arabia for the potentially lucrative event.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, for all of these attendees, money trumps state-sponsored assassinations any day.

Oct 30 06:46

THE NEVER-ENDING WARS ON TERRORISM AND DRUGS

SOURCE: JACOB G. HORNBERGER
Not long after President George W. Bush declared a “war on terrorism,” I wrote that this war would end up being as perpetual as the federal government’s war on drugs. Some 18 years later, the U.S. government’s killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria confirms how right I was.

After all, given all the media hype about the killing, you would think that the war on terrorism had been won and had finally been brought to an end. Some people were undoubtedly even getting ready for a ticker-tape parade in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the end of the war on terrorism.

Alas, not even close! Despite the much-ballyhooed killing of Baghdadi, there are still lots more terrorists, both big and little, in the world to kill. After 18 years of terrorism warfare, the Pentagon and the CIA are just getting a good start killing terrorists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This reminds me, and in the gravest manner possible, that George Orwell's masterpiece "1984" was a cautionary tale; not a how-to manual.

There are reasons why drugs will never become declassified in this country; and that is, a lot of people - including those execs at the banks currently laundering drug money, are making a killing - both literally, with the drugs, and economically- from the money laundering.

The perpetual "War on Terror" gets the military industrial complex fat with profits (and not always with first-class weapons, I might add), but any potential Presidential candidate who is not to their liking, if they are not war-centric in their thinking, so as to believe unflinchingly that wars are the only way to maintain American hegemony, will be "marginalized" to the point where they don't even exist in just enough primaries, as to be eliminated from the race.

Just look at what is happening to Democratic Candidate Tulsi Gabbard right now, if you do not believe me, and in the DNC's throwing her under the proverbial bus, they are marginalizing any gains in 2020, including their chance to win the Presidency (Tom Perez, DNC Chair, do you really, please, understand, what is happening?!?)

Oct 30 06:19

‘THIS CHARGE IS 100% FALSE’: GRAYZONE EDITOR MAX BLUMENTHAL ARRESTED MONTHS AFTER REPORTING ON VENEZUELAN OPPOSITION VIOLENCE

BY BEN NORTON
Max Blumenthal, the editor of the news site The Grayzone, was arrested on the morning of October 25 on a fabricated charge related to the siege of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC that took place between April and May.

A team of DC police officers appeared at Blumenthal’s door at just after 9 AM, demanding entry and threatening to break his door down. A number of officers had taken positions on the side of his home as though they were prepared for a SWAT-style raid.

Blumenthal was hauled into a police van and ultimately taken to DC central jail, where he was held for two days in various cells and cages. He was shackled by his hands and ankles for over five hours in one such cage along with other inmates. His request for a phone call was denied by DC police and corrections officers, effectively denying him access to the outside world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, reporting on facts has become passe in the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, and truth which is not appreciated by the people in power, don't want anyone to know who and what the US government is supporting to ultimately supplant Maduro in Venezuela.

And there is a very disturbing companion piece, also in blacklistednews.com, which gives me cause for concern about the state, and future, of free speech in this country, IF, in fact, it is true;

"Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

More than half of Americans want the government to censor

The Article goes on to state:

The results of a new survey are truly disturbing. It was discovered that more than half of Americans want themselves, others, and the media censored by the government. Unfortunately, instead of learning from history, people are actually asking for a repeat of Nazi Germany or the gulags of the Soviet Union.

The First Amendment, which guarantees Americans freedom of speech, should be overhauled to reflect current cultural norms, according to 51 percent of the respondents to a survey published on Wednesday by the Campaign for Free Speech. The campaign is hoping to call attention to the dire state of Americans’ preeminent civil rights with the poll, which breaks down opposition along gender, race, class, and educational lines."

Sometimes, the truth is just butt-ugly, and there are moments when my heart breaks, to see the evil of which humankind is incredibly capable, particularly when it involves in war crimes, as is happening in Yemen right now.

But as a Christian Pacifist Activist, I do not have the luxury of either blinking,and turning away or, crying; I have to be disciplined enough to understand that the American people need to have a peaceful, and rational conversation about how the ongoing genocide in Yemen, is actually "making Amerika more safe", or "Protecting the American way of life.

That's just part of my job.

So I will continue to post those pictures some in this country despise, because ... they represent the truth of military might gone mad, and what the consequences of that continue to be.

Images: Yemeni children killed, or maimed for life, courtesy of Saudi airstrikes

Sorry; but in my world, there is no such thing as "collateral damage"; particularly when it comes to non-combatants.

Oct 29 23:14

Network of tunnels that contain weapons, left by Daesh, discovered in Qurea town in Deir Ezzor

29 October? 2019
Deir Ezzor, SANA- Competent authorities in Deir Ezzor discovered a network of tunnels that contain weapons and munitions, some of them are of Israeli-made, left by Daesh terrorists, in al-Qurea town in Deir Ezzor eastern countryside, SANA reporter said on Tuesday.

Oct 29 23:11

‘Arrogant & illegal’: Lavrov denounces US military’s oil moves in Syria at Russian-Turkish-Iranian press event

The US was “arrogant” to send its troops to guard oilfields in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said, adding that it remains unclear from whom the installations need to be protected.

The actions of the Americans in Syria violate international law, as their presence in the country is “illegal,” Lavrov reiterated, appearing alongside his Iranian and Turkish counterparts at a press-conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

Oct 29 23:01

America Has Been at War 93% of the Time – 222 out of 239 Years – Since 1776

First published by Washington’s Blog and Global Research in February 2015

The U.S. Has Only Been At Peace For 21 Years Total Since Its Birth

In 2011, Danios wrote:

Below, I have reproduced a year-by-year timeline of America’s wars, which reveals something quite interesting: since the United States was founded in 1776, she has been at war during 214 out of her 235 calendar years of existence. In other words, there were only 21 calendar years in which the U.S. did not wage any wars.

To put this in perspective:

Oct 29 14:35

Lebanese PM Hariri submits his resignation amid ongoing anti-govt. protests

Embattled Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has submitted his resignation as people remain on the streets across Lebanon for the thirteenth day of anti-government demonstrations against the country’s economic crisis.

“I have reached a dead end today. I will head to the Baabda Palace to submit the government's resignation to President Michel Aoun,” Hariri said as he addressed the Lebanese nation in a televised speech on Tuesday evening.

“Posts are not important; what’s important is the country's dignity and safety,” he added, calling upon people from all strata of the Lebanese society to preserve the stability and security of the country.

Hariri highlighted that he wants to make a “positive shock,” saying, “No one is bigger than his country.”

He also told Lebanese political parties that “It is our responsibility to protect Lebanon.

Under the constitution, Hariri’s cabinet would stay on in a caretaker capacity until a new government is formed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given the timing of this resignation, I would not bet against Israel using this Lebanese crisis as "the moment" for an attempted decap strike against Beirut, claiming that Hezbollah has triumphed in this resignation, and must now be put down.

Oct 29 14:11

‘Side with India and face our missiles’ – Pakistan’s minister for Kashmir issues stark warning to all friends of its enemy

Countries who side with India in its standoff with Pakistan over the disputed Kashmir region face being at the receiving end of the Islamic Republic’s missiles, according to the country’s minister for Kashmir affairs.

Speaking at a function on Monday, Minister Ali Amin Gandapur warned that Pakistan was willing to go to war over the contested territory. “If the tension with India escalates on the issue of Kashmir, Pakistan will be forced into a war,” he said.

Gandapur added that he regrets that the world has done nothing to resolve the issue and issued a stark warning to countries considering supporting India in the dispute.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This does not bode well for peace in the region.

And unfortunately, there seem to be no interested set of mature third parties willing to step in, and ratchet down the tensions here.

Oct 29 14:02

US Navy Audit Uncovers $126 Million in Aircraft Parts Stored in Unknown Warehouse

The US Navy’s inventory tracking issues recently reached a new level after around $126 million worth of aircraft parts needed for repairs were discovered in a warehouse Navy officials did not even know existed.

Undersecretary of the Navy Thomas Modly announced last week that Navy aircraft sidelined last year may have received necessary parts ahead of schedule following a Navy-wide audit that both identified and located the whereabouts of aircraft parts for the P-8 Poseidon, P-3 Orion and F-14 Tomcat.

"Not only did we not know that the parts existed, we didn't even know the warehouse existed," Modly said at the Military Reporters and Editors conference in Washington, DC, reported Military.com. The warehouse in question is located in Jacksonville, Florida.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yikes, ouch!!

Oct 29 14:00

Video: Jordanian Woman Locked Up in Israel Sent to Hospital After Monthlong Hunger Strike

Jordanian woman Heba al-Labadi was admitted to the Bnei Zion Hospital in the city of Haifa Thursday, after going on a monthlong hunger strike to protest her detention without trial by Israeli officials.

According to a report by The Times of Israel, Labadi, 32, received fluids at the hospital on Thursday and Monday before being sent back to the Kishon Prison in northern Israel where she is being held. She was arrested by Israeli officials on August 20 at the Allenby Bridge that connects the West Bank with Jordan “because of suspicion of her involvement in serious security violations,” according to the Israeli Shin Bet security service.

Labadi has been held in administrative detention for months without any formal charges, with Israeli authorities claiming that she is a danger to the country’s security.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Indefinite detention, coupled with torture and solitary confinement, without any real shred of something approximating evidence, is a common set of tools used by Shin Bet.

Oct 29 13:56

Every Single US East Coast Aircraft Carrier is Docked for Repairs

Amid a heap of repairs, refuelings and overhauls, all six of the US Navy’s aircraft carriers assigned to the East Coast are in port at the same time. The Navy is pulling itself increasingly thin in an effort to accomodate the Pentagon’s program for “great power competition” with Russia and China.

As of this article’s publishing, not one of the US Navy’s carriers on the Atlantic coast is ready for deployment - all six are tied up dockside in Norfolk, Virginia. Earlier this year, several of the huge, 100,000-ton warships returned to Norfolk for a series of overhauls, but others have encountered unexpected problems.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am no military strategist, but color me very concerned that this was allowed to happen, and was not rolled out a carefully graduated schedule.

Oct 29 05:09

Wikileaks Reveals OPCW Falsified Reports to Blame Syrian Government Instead of Western Backed-Jihadis!

Federico Pieraccini
October 29, 2019

The revelations – studiously ignored by the mainstream media – shed a light on the tangled web weaved by the complicit media and the West’s shameless hypocrisy, involving the OPCW, Wikileaks and Julian Assange’s illegal detention.

A whistleblower from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) delivered to Wikileaks authentic documents to do with investigations into the Douma bombing in Syria in 2018.

Oct 29 05:05

Something Stinks in Syria’s Oil Fields

When the US “withdrew” from Syria, Donald Trump announced that he had secured Syria’s oil from ISIS and was protecting it.
Further announcements indicated the US was leaving 500 troops there and would be moving in heavy armor, this being done well outside the purview of agreements with Russia and certainly in violation of Syria’s sovereignty.

Behind it all, we have the very long history of oil theft in the region but first we are going to touch on recent statements made by President Assad who asserted that Turkey, under Erdogan, had stolen billions in Syrian assets, entire factories, oil, wheat, antiquities, and more.

I had gone over existing lists with Dr. Najm, then Minister of Justice, now a law professor in Damascus and columnist for Veterans Today.

Oct 29 04:58

ISIS Leader Killed? Trump’s Dubious Announcement

Whether Baghdadi or others headed ISIS leaves unexplained that the terror group was created, supported and controlled by the US, their fighters used as proxy troops, deployed to Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and elsewhere, aided by Pentagon terror-bombing.

Trump’s Sunday announcement about the alleged elimination of Baghdadi was a political stunt, diverting attention momentarily from Dem efforts to remove him by impeachment, along with aiming to boost his reelection campaign — by falsely claiming he’s combatting terrorism, the scourge created and supported by the US.

Oct 29 04:33

The End of Accountable Government Is Close at Hand

For about 70 years the CIA has been undermining a free press. It began with Operation Mockingbird, a Cold War operation against communism. The CIA recruited journalists into a propaganda network. The CIA paid journalists to write fake stories or to publish stories written by the CIA in order to control explanations that served the agency’s agendas. Student and cultural organizations and intellectual magazines, such as Encounter, were suborned into the CIA’s propaganda network. Thanks to the German journalist, Udo Ulfkotte, we know that every European journalist of any significance is a CIA asset.

Oct 28 20:45

‘Disposal complete’: ISIS chief al-Baghdadi buried at sea, like bin Laden, but photo & video proof remains classified – Pentagon

The US got rid of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s body mere hours after a swift DNA test confirmed the terrorist’s identity, Pentagon officials said, adding that all evidence of the raid and his burial at sea remains classified

Oct 28 18:56

Trump tweets photo of military dog wounded in Baghdadi raid

Here's one for you animal lovers! Is it just me or are they stackin it really high?

In this photo provided by the White House via the Twitter account of President Donald Trump after it was declassified by Trump, a photo of the military working dog that was injured tracking down Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a tunnel beneath his compound in Syria.

Oct 28 18:33

The Strange Case of Baghdadi, Was He the Jewish Head of a Mossad Run ISIS?

One might assert that accusing Israel of training agents to infiltrate Arab organizations is “anti-Semitic” with this exception, they admit that not only do they do it all the time, but that this is a primary Mossad purpose.

Israeli operatives fill the ranks of Hamas and Hezbollah, ISIS and al Qaeda. In some cases dozens have been executed but, as had come to the surface in 2014, one stood out above the rest, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi or has he had been exposed, Shimon Elliot.

Oct 28 18:22

Dissidents' Media Outlets Voice Suspicion about Trump's Claim of Killing Al-Baghdadi

Radio Mohafezat Idlib, a telegram channel, wrote on Sunday that the house that the US claims al-Baghdadi resided in with his family belonged to Commander of Horras al-Din group and he (and not Baghdadi) was killed in the attack along with his wife and 5 children.

The Russian military on Sunday questioned the official US account of the military raid that killed al-Baghdadi, saying it was not aware of any US military operations in the region.

Oct 28 11:11

How US Flooded the World with Psyops

Special Report: The mainstream U.S. media obsesses over Russian “propaganda” yet the U.S. government created a “psyops” bureaucracy three decades ago to flood the world with dubious information, reports Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

Newly declassified documents from the Reagan presidential library help explain how the U.S. government developed its sophisticated psychological operations capabilities that – over the past three decades – have created an alternative reality both for people in targeted countries and for American citizens, a structure that expanded U.S. influence abroad and quieted dissent at home.

Oct 28 11:10

Globalist Trump Fake Left-Right Paradigm Psyop Against Real Truthers Continues

Some food for thought.

What you're seeing in the controlled opposition fake internet war is a continued attempt by Bilderberg Kissenger-Trump. To completely co-opt the conspiracy movement. Which they tried before. When Edifying Others original main channel was censored and never brought back. Over reporting on the globalists Trump wanting a sole Trump fake conspiracy channel. Now again, the globalist are faking another fake Alex Jones shutdown. As the pretext to shutdown real truther channels exposing the masonic paradigm fraud. While desiring to leave their controlled opposition as the sole outlets for news. In an attempt to continue globalist Trump faking his way through his duplicitous presidency as a nationalist, only to promote globalist wars and their agenda.
https://steemit.com/freedom/@newsandviews/the-trump-q-anon-psyop-good-...

Oct 28 09:26

Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US "Created" ISIS As A "Tool" To Overthrow Syria's President Assad

That may all have changed now when a declassified secret US government document obtained by the public interest law firm, Judicial Watch, shows that Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to topple Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad.

According to investigative reporter Nafeez Ahmed in Medium, the "leaked document reveals that in coordination with the Gulf states and Turkey, the West intentionally sponsored violent Islamist groups to destabilize Assad, despite anticipating that doing so could lead to the emergence of an ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

According to the newly declassified US document, the Pentagon foresaw the likely rise of the ‘Islamic State’ as a direct consequence of the strategy, but described this outcome as a strategic opportunity to “isolate the Syrian regime.”

Oct 28 09:20

Top 10 Indications or Proofs ISIS is a US-Israeli Creation

ISIS is a US-Israeli creation,

a fact as clear as the sky is blue. It’s a truth as black and white as the colors on their flag. For many alternative news readers, this may be patently obvious, but this article is written for the large majority of people in the world who still have no idea who is really behind the rise of ISIS. No matter which name they go by – ISIS, ISIL, IS or Daesh – the group has been deliberately engineered by the US and Israel to achieve certain geopolitical goals. T

Oct 28 09:14

ISIS: a Frankenstein monster created by the US and Israel

ISIS is terrorist organization controlled and financed by the US and Israel in order to destabilize the Middle East and advance Israeli interests.

They call themselves Islamic State (IS). They pretend to be a new caliphate.

But their behavior is radically un-Islamic… even satanic. And their so-called caliphate is actually a false-flag operation against Islam.

Oct 28 09:06

Military Situation In Syria On October 28, 2019 (Map Update)

A brief overview of the recent developments in Syria:

Units of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are withdrawing from the border with Turkey in accordance with the Russian-Turkish agreement;
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has deployed on the Turkish border, east of Ras al-Ayn;
A new Russian military convoy was spotted in the town of Tell Tamr;
A US-led coalition strike allegedly eliminated ISIS spokesman Abul-Hasan al-Muhajir in the village of Ein al-Baydah;
Another US convoy entered Syria en route to the Omar oil fields.

Oct 28 09:02

U.S. Is Looting Syrian Oil Fields To Fund Mercenaries And Intelligence Operations

Absolutely all hydrocarbon accumulations and other mineral resources located on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic do not belong to the IS terrorists, and definitely not to the “American defenders from IS terrorists”, but exclusively to the Syrian Arab Republic.

Neither in international law, nor in American law itself — there has never been and there will never be a single legitimate task for the American troops — to protect and defend the hydrocarbon accumulations of Syria from Syria itself and its people.

Therefore, what Washington is doing now, the seizure and armed control of oil fields in Eastern Syria, is, put it simply, an international state banditry.

Oct 28 06:02

As Secret Pentagon Spending Rises, Defense Firms Cash in

Classified spending has edged up faster than overall defense budget requests, and accounts for nearly 11 percent of the $716 billion proposed for 2020.

The share of Pentagon spending hidden from public view is rising, as are defense contractors’ revenues from it.

The U.S. Defense Department’s overall budget request increased nearly 5 percent from 2019 to 2020, but classified spending rose 6 percent, according to the consulting firm Avascent. It accounts for about $76 billion, or almost 11%, of the $718 billion requested for the current fiscal year.

Military officials say they can’t talk about classified aircraft, space, and missile projects, lest they cede advantage to America’s enemies. (Critics, including House Armed Services Committee Chair Adam Smith, D-Wash., say excessive hidden spending hinders oversight, leads to waste, and undermines public trust.)

Oct 28 04:42

Saudi Prince Tells U.S. Congress to Get Over Its Frustrations

Prince Turki criticized congressional representatives on Wednesday for the “horror” and “disdain” they express for Saudi Arabia, saying U.S. lawmakers are unable to perform their jobs to address “issues of racism and racial inequality” and to reform gun ownership laws. He also said that most U.S. media has a “consistently blinkered view” of Saudi Arabia, one that portrays negative events in the kingdom as “being the norm.”

The murder last year of Khashoggi, a U.S resident and Washington Post columnist, as well as the long-running war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen and the detention of Saudi female activists have all strained the kingdom’s relations with much of the Washington establishment outside the White House. Senior lawmakers in both parties remain unified on the issue of punishing the kingdom.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prince Turki, a moment of your time, please; you see, unlike your Kingdom, where people have utterly no right to either dissent, or to have any choice in those who represent them, there is something to be said about the way in which the US government was originally set up, as a representative government.

It is not that way now, but it used to be.

Yes, this country has a long way to go to deliver on many of its promises to all of its citizens.

But that being said, your Grace, it appears to many Americans that what you are experiencing, in Saudi Arabia, is a moment where intense, unbridaled tribal Feudalism is butting heads heads with 21st century, and the results just look pretty damned ugly, particularly with a 24/7 news cycle, which does, occasionally get it right about your country.

Shall we go over some of those issues, before I get to Yemen, please?!? Gee, I KNEW would understand, Prince; thanks.

Saudi "therapist" advises men on how to beat their wives

Saudi Arabia; 10 reasons why women flee

Religion in Saudi Arabia (where practitioners of other faiths are forced to worship in private, and can get assassinated for attempting to convert a Muslim away from their faith

And of course, there's that wonderful nicety your country's "flavor" of Wahhabism still encourages, that of female genital mutilation.

The Prevelance of Femail Genital Mutialtion in Saudi Arabia

Do I have your attention, right now, Prince Turki?!?

Can you tell me, Your Highness, that NONE of the above is true, with a straight face, when you understand that the entire world, looks at your country aghast, because of its denials of basic human rights, particularly when it comes peaceful freedom of expression; faith; to representative government, and to women?!?

So now, let's "talk turkey", Prince Turki, about your country's latest meltdown, and I am addressing the war in Yemen; three years on, and even with the best US-enabled weaponry and military assistance, you have not been able to get Yemen forces to yield.

In fact, as of late, you have experienced some rather horriific bombings on home turf, which apparently you never expected.

Yemeni women, children, and the medically fragile elderly all are getting assassinated with absolutely zero discrimination; and sir, I will have to tell you, I hate putting up the following images of what life looks like on the ground for the Yemeni people you are killing; but I promise that I will stop posting these the moment you stop assassinating children, women, and the medically infirm in this country, OK?!?

Yemeni Children, getting blown up with Saudi bombs and killed outright, or crippled for life

Yemeni children, dying of hunger, courtesy of Saudi/US Port blockades, so no desperately needed food can come through

Images: Yemeni children dying of cholera, because Yemen's water infrastructure has been destroyed, and the water possibly weaponized

Finally, Prince Turki, I would suggest to you, and this is something you most probably already understand; everything has a life cycle, from people; to governments; to planets; and for the stars themselves.

But I can promise you that history .... will not be particularly kind to you, nor toward the incessantly brutal regime for which you are "carrying water", here in the US.

Oh yes, later this week, the weapons makers will take your money for their bombs, and convince themselves that they have done "something of value" for "stability" in the region; of course, the sheer, stark reality here is, they have done nothing of the kind, except to insure that this genocide in Yemen is going to continue, and God only knows for how long.

So it is fine with me, if you scold our (theoretically) elected government officials, and those corporations they serve; to "get over it" regarding the assassination of Kashoggi and your war in Yemen; as we both understand, any reasonable read of US history suggests that assassinations have been part of statescraft for the US for some time.

but please, sir, do NOT tell me, as a Christian Pacifist Activist to "get over it" when, by collaborating with Saudi Forces in Yemen, this country, whose nationality I share, becomes guilty of war crimes. as it unfortunately has many times over in its history.

Oct 28 03:26

95 Demonstrators Injured in Gaza Protests: Protests Mark the 80th Friday of the Great March of Return

This past Friday marked the 80th Great March of Return in the occupied Gaza Strip. Since March 2018, protesters have gathered near the Israel border fence every Friday. Israeli forces have killed over 300 Gazans since the protests started, most near the border fence.

At the most recent demonstrations, 95 protesters were injured, among them 43 children, 2 paramedics, and a journalist. 36 of those wounded were shot with live bullets, the rest either hit with rubber bullets or tear gas canisters.

Demonstrators are demanding an end to the blockade that has been in effect since 2007. The economy of Gaza is in dire straits, unemployment is around 50 percent, and about 70 percent for the occupied territories’ youth.

Israeli forces have killed children, journalists, paramedics, and disabled people since the protests began. In February, the UN released a report accusing Israeli soldiers of war crimes for how they targeted the civilian protesters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What else can we expect from a hideously apartheid, self-declared theocracy with nuclear weapons?!?

This is why the BDS movement needs to move forward, and rapidly; most Israelis speak Hebrew, but are bilingual in economics.

Oct 28 03:19

India, Pakistan Slowly Inching Towards Limited Scale Military Conflict

New Delhi (Sputnik): India and Pakistan are doing little to deescalate their border conflict, and the situation on the ground appears to be worsening with each passing week.

At least four civilians have been killed since Thursday and several injured in heavy shelling and firing at different sectors along the Line of Control (LoC), the de-facto border that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

A worrying development is the high and consistent use of artillery by both sides. In previous periods of tension the use of artillery was quite limited and would usually end up with a flag-meet. But this time, the situation seems different.

Pakistan administered Kashmir a Terrorist Controlled Country: Indian Army chief

Speaking at an army function in New Delhi on Friday, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat categorically stated that Pakistan administered Kashmir is “illegally occupied by Pakistan and being controlled by terrorists.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hoping that some of the folks I look on as "The Adults in the Room" on geopolitics, will work the phones like crazy to calm the environment down here, and get each country to back off this prelude/dance toward war.

(Russia's President Putin) Vlad, and Sergei (His Foreign Secretary, Lavrov) you gentlemen know what I mean; please.

Such a war would be an absolute and unthinkable horror for not only for the region, but would also most probably set the entire world on fire.

Oct 28 03:08

IRAQ DEPLOYS ELITE COUNTER-TERRORISM UNIT TO PROTECT STATE BUILDINGS AS CHAOTIC PROTESTS ROCK BAGHDAD

SOURCE: RT
As anti-government unrest in Iraq continues, authorities have ordered a counter-terrorism force to help restore security in Baghdad. The turmoil is the latest political crisis to hit Iraq after the US-led invasion in 2003.
"Counter-Terrorism Service forces have been deployed in some areas of Baghdad to protect state buildings from undisciplined elements taking advantage of security forces being busy with protecting protests and protesters," the unit said in a statement.

Two sources who spoke to Reuters said the elite troops had been instructed to "use all necessary measures" to end ongoing protests against Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s government.

As many as 67 Iraqis have been killed in two days of protests, according to reports. The anti-government demonstrations, which began in early October, are believed to have already killed more than 100 people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Cui Bono?!?

Who benefits from this unrest?!?

As these demonstrations attest, someone is hell-bent to remove any last facade as to how non brilliantly the US "Pacification" of Iraq has gone, with the country's people experiencing daily slides into more poverty, corruption, and more skirmishes with government officials.

But even these alleged "Elite Units" of the Iraqi Military security forces, are having trouble, holding their own, as witnessed by this article, published barely 24 hours ago:

Anti-Government Protestors Defy Bloody Crackdown in Iraq

And what if these Iraqi forces are unable to put down the unrest, what does the US government's military say to Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s government?!?

It will most probably say, that in light of the fact that Iraq still cannot protect itself from protestors, US troops will remain in Iraq on a (semi) permanent basis.

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