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Apr 09 09:58

AEOI Chief: Iran Able to Resume 20% Enrichment in Fordo in 4 Days

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said his organization enjoys the capability to restore 20-percent uranium enrichment at its Fordo nuclear facility in just 4 days if the 2015 nuclear deal is discarded by the other side.

"If senior Islamic Republic officials issue an order to resume the 20% enrichment, we can do it in Fordo within 4 days," Salehi told reporters in Tehran on Sunday.

He said this statement should be seen as a warning by the other side against discarding the nuclear deal, stressing that Iran can even show more extensive progress in other parts of its nuclear activities to go beyond the previous levels.

Iran had also warned last July that it enjoyed the capability to restore its uranium enrichment operations and even develop its capacity to 100,000 SWUs (Separative Work Units) if the nuclear deal with the world powers failed as a result of the US non-compliance with its undertakings.

Apr 08 17:39

Flashback April 06: Russian top brass warn al-Nusra, Free Syrian Army plotting chemical attacks in Syria

Jabhat al-Nusra (a group outlawed in Russia) and the Free Syrian Army are planning chemical attacks with the use of chlorine in areas under their control, including Daraa’s district of Al-Balad, the chief of Russia’s center for the reconciliation of conflicting parties in Syria, Major-General Yuri Yevtushenko, said on Friday.

"The ringleaders of Jabhat al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army, which are acting together, are plotting explosions of makeshift chemical charges containing chlorine in a number of areas under their control, including Al Balad in Daraa," he said.

Tipoffs about preparations being made for provocations in the south of Syria, including the use of chemical warfare agents, Yevtushenko said, had been received from the group Jaish Ahrar Al-Ashair, which has taken the government’s side.

Apr 08 17:38

Flashback March 13: US planning missile and bombing raid against Damascus — top brass

Militants are preparing a provocation with the use of chemical agents in Syria to justify a massive US strike against Damascus’ government neighborhoods, Chief of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov said on Tuesday.

According to Gerasimov, Russia has hard facts about preparations for staging the use of chemical weapons against civilians by the government forces.

After the provocation, the US plans to accuse Syria’s government forces of using chemical weapons. He added that the United States plans to "furnish the so-called ‘evidence’ of the alleged mass civilian deaths through the fault of the Syrian government and the Russian leadership supporting it."

Apr 08 17:27

Syrians Rejoice as Jaish al-Islam Capitulates – Mainstream Media Pushes Chemical Weapons Meme Instead

By Bas Spliet

Damascus – Around 4 PM yesterday, 8 April, I was having a very interesting conversation with a tiny Damascene handcraft shop owner who makes traditional Arab oud instruments when the news broke that a deal was struck between Jaish al-Islam – the last remaining rebel group in Douma – and the Syrian government. Under the ceasefire agreement, the militants will release all prisoners in exchange for being provided a safe exit to the northern Aleppean city of Jarabulus within 48 hours. As this meant the final halt of the seven-year-long indiscriminate shelling of the city centre by the Islamist rebels, which has always been largely ignored by the mass media, people reflooded the streets of the capital with a smile on their faces. Finally, they can live in peace...

Apr 08 14:11

Flashback: US Now Admits Syrian "Rebels" Have Used Chemical Weapons

From the first moment chemical weapons were used on the Syrian battlefield, the American public was led to believe that only one side could possibly be responsible. The constant refrain in the echo chamber of US government officials and the mainstream media was that only the Assad government possessed chemical stockpiles and the technological capability of deploying such heinous weapons, therefore blame for each and every chemical attack from Ghouta to Khan Sheikhoun was laid at the feet of Assad and the Syrian military.

And yet last Wednesday, for the first time, the US State Department casually dropped an important admission into its official Syria travel warning for American citizens: that the core rebel group currently operating in northwest Syria not only possesses but has used chemical weapons - to the point that the State Department considers it a major enough threat to publicly warn citizens about.

Apr 08 11:52

Flashback: Syria deal shines light on suspected Israeli chemical weapons program

The U.S.-Russian plan to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons is drawing attention to Israel's own suspected chemical stockpile and could raise pressure on the Jewish state to come clean about its capabilities.

Israel signed the landmark international treaty banning the production or use of chemical weapons two decades ago, but it is among a handful of nations that have never ratified the deal. While foreign experts widely believe that Israel likely possesses a stockpile of chemical and biological weapons, Israeli officials refuse to confirm or deny the existence of any such arsenal.

Apr 08 11:49

Flashback: Does Israel Have Chemical Weapons Too?

Reports have circulated in arms control circles for almost 20 years that Israel secretly manufactured a stockpile of chemical and biological weapons to complement its nuclear arsenal. Much of the attention has been focused on the research and development work being conducted at the Israeli government’s secretive Israel Institute for Biological Research at Ness Ziona, located 20 kilometers south of Tel Aviv.

But little, if any, hard evidence has ever been published to indicate that Israel possesses a stockpile of chemical or biological weapons. This secret 1983 CIA intelligence estimate may be the strongest indication yet.

According to the document, American spy satellites uncovered in 1982 "a probable CW [chemical weapon] nerve agent production facility and a storage facility… at the Dimona Sensitive Storage Area in the Negev Desert. Other CW production is believed to exist within a well-developed Israeli chemical industry."

Apr 08 08:37

'Star Wars Architect' Reveals Means to Destroy Russia's New Superweapons

Announced by then-US President Ronald Reagan in 1983, SDI (Strategic Defense Initiative) stipulated the deployment of space-based systems aimed at destroying enemy intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Angelo Codevilla, one of the architects of Washington's now moth-balled Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), has suggested that some SDI elements could help contain the latest Russian and Chinese weapons, including hypersonic ones, according to the news website Asia Times.

Codevilla believes that only two space-based systems are capable of countering sophisticated Russian and Chinese intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM). These include orbital optical sensors detecting ground launches and space-based lasers to destroy missiles.

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Which are ineffective against the autonomous underwater drone.

Apr 08 08:09

US holds Russia ‘ultimately responsible’ amid reports of dozens gassed in Syria’s Douma

The US once again said Russia is "ultimately bearing responsibility" for all chemical incidents in Syria, regardless of who carried them out, after rebel sources accused Damascus of gassing dozens in Eastern Ghouta's Douma.

"The regime's history of using chemical weapons against its own people is not in dispute," said the US State Department, indicating, however, that it was relying on "reports," being unable to confirm the incident. "Russia ultimately bears responsibility for the brutal targeting of countless Syrians with chemical weapons."

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Apr 08 07:55

Trump Slams Putin, Iran for Backing "Animal Assad" Amid Chemical Attack Claims

One of President Donald Trump's top homeland security advisers has said that the US will not rule out launching a missile attack in response to news reports about a chemical attack on a rebel-held town in Eastern Ghouta, Syria.

"If President Obama had crossed his stated Red Line In The Sand, the Syrian disaster would have ended long ago! Animal Assad would have been history!" Donald Trump wrote on Twitter.

Apr 08 07:45

Merton’s Message Resonates as Nuclear Holocaust Looms

The days of the fallout shelters with their supplies of long-lasting food to nurture us after the bombs had dropped and the school drills with children taking cover under their desks are long behind us. That was back during the height of the Cold War, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, when world Communism was still on the march and only the assurance of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) was believed to prevent a hot war between the United States and the Soviet Union. Then, in 1964, the great Stanley Kubrick movie, Dr. Strangelove, or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb, came out, and we began to come to our senses. We were shown graphically how, through a series of misunderstandings, the nuclear hair-trigger could be pulled and the world annihilated.

Apr 07 06:16

The Salisbury Incident. Manipulating Fear, Heightening Hysteria of a Russian Threat. The Need for a Genuine Anti-war Movement

There is no doubt that Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Amber Rudd, et al, have worked hard to achieve a consensus amongst NATO and EU states, and has had some success in persuading other leaders to condemn and react to the unproven Russian involvement.

Many of these leaders, perhaps, have reasons of their own for latching on to such a flimsy agreement. France, Germany, Italy, and Holland are among a number of nations reeling from their own domestic political turbulence. Collapsing centrist parties have watched their traditional voter bases divide and file off to the left and right, as all over Europe the political polarisation hardens. Being seen to be part of a new unified front will, they hope, strengthen their domestic positions. It is a familiar response from desperate neoliberal administrations; instead of taking responsibility for the declining interest in their policies, they would rather fall back on the policy of fear in a dangerous attempt to appear ‘strong and stable’.

Apr 06 12:54

US Has Over 400,000 Troops in Asia-Pacific Region – Russian Intelligence

The United States has deployed more than 200 military facilities in the Asia-Pacific region, where over 400,000 servicemen are stationed, First Deputy Chief of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Igor Kostyukov said Thursday.

“To implement its guidelines, including creating conditions for the projection of force through the rapid deployment of troops anywhere in the Asia-Pacific region, the United States has created a contingent of more than 400,000 troops. At the moment, more than 50 large military bases are operating in the region, there are more than 200 US military facilities,” Kostyukov said at the Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS).

READ MORE: US Expands Military Capabilities in Northeast Asia — Russian Envoy to Seoul

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Those are one heck of a lot of military assets to keep maintained, and at key readiness.

Apr 06 12:26

Civilian Casualties and Effectiveness of U.S. Drone Strikes in Yemen

In 2017, the United States military said that it carried out more than 120 strikes in Yemen, more than three times as many as strikes as 2016. For many years, we at the Mwatana Organization for Human Rights documented the impact of U.S. drone strikes in Yemen through detailed field research. In 2017 we investigated eight drone strikes and ground operations and found that U.S. operations were responsible for the deaths of at least 32 civilians – including 16 children and six women – and injured ten others, including five children. (The results of these investigations will be released in a forthcoming report.)

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IF there was a way to insure perpetual war, to satiate the monied blood-craving elites of the US military/industrial complex, the US government has certainly gotten this recipe down to a science.

And from Reuters, we have a companion piece, about the US government approving more weapons sales to Saudi Arabia with which to perfect its genocide in Yemen:

U.S. State Dept approves possible $1.3 billion artillery sale to Saudi Arabia

Doesn't it just make you feel ever-so-proud to be an American, understanding that your government has absolutely zero problem partipating in Saudi war crimes in Yemen?!?

Apr 06 12:10

Trump's Establishment-Defying Plan to Exit Syria Likely to De-Escalate Conflict

President Donald Trump’s pledge to withdraw all US forces from Syria reveals his continuing determination to defy Washington’s national security establishment to scale down the war in Syria, analysts told Sputnik.

Last week, Trump said that the United States would pull its forces from Syria "very soon," but CNN reported that this decision is probably opposed by some high-ranking officials in the president's administration.

Incoming US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford have recommended that Trump not immediately withdraw troops from Syria, as the move would go against national interests, local media reported on Thursday.

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President Trump has the absolutely correct idea here.

So I would like to politely ask incoming Sec State Pompeo, and Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dunford the following question: precisely whose "national interests" in Syria is served by the continuing US presence in here?!?

Because it is certainly are not those of the American people.

Is it because Israel wants regime change in Damascus, but only at the costs in American blood, and American money?!?

If in fact that is the case, I would politely suggest that the Israeli military invade Syria, and just see what Russia is going to do about it; because Russia most certainly will not let such nonsense stand for very long.

Apr 06 11:47

'IF MY PLANE EXPLODES, ASK THE CIA’ – DUTERTE AFTER REQUESTING ARMS FROM RUSSIA & CHINA

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte isn’t ruling out that the US might be very annoyed and consider his decision to procure weapons from China and Russia a threat, after Washington refused to supply Manila with arms.
The Philippines has been seeking modern weapons and small arms to step up combat against ISIS-linked Islamists, ever since Duterte assumed office in June 2016. However, Washington’s refusal to sell assault rifles, over concerns about the country’s human rights record amid the ongoing war on drugs, has forced Duterte to seek new suppliers. Manila, which has long depended on the US for weapons, turned to China and Russia to fill the gap.

READ MORE: Philippines ‘very seriously’ concerned that US intelligence tags Duterte a ‘threat to democracy’

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Duterte has a very clear grasp of how the United States government deals with governments it does not like.

Apr 06 10:26

US lowering threshold for using nukes causes deepest concern – Lavrov

Russia is worried the US could respond with nuclear weapons to a wider range of circumstances and that its priorities lie in establishing “military supremacy and upsetting parity” when it comes to “strategic stability.”

“The US policy of lowering the threshold of using nuclear weapons causes the deepest concern,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the Moscow Conference on International Security. Washington’s latest Nuclear Posture Review expands a number of scenarios in which a nuclear response would be considered.

Apr 06 09:49

Pentagon Admits 60,000 Black Soldiers Used in Human Experiment

The U.S. Government used Black soldiers as human guinea pigs in chemical experiments during World War II, according to a new NPR report.

Around 60,000 U.S. soldiers were enlisted in a classified chemical weapons testing program in which soldiers were enclosed in gas chambers and exposed to chemicals.

“They said we were being tested to see what effect these gases would have on Black skins,” Rollins Edwards, a U.S. Army soldier during World War II told NPR.

“You had no choice. You did not know where you were going. They didn’t tell you anything,” Edwards added.

Edwards testimony in the NPR investigative report helped reveal that the experiments carried out by the U.S. Defense Department were conducted on the basis of race.

Apr 06 09:11

EXCL: CORNELL CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR: “NOVICHOK SO SIMPLE MANY LABS COULD DO IT”

Boris Johnson is on a hook of his own making after he was exposed as making a false claim in an interview that Porton Down chemical weapons facility had ‘categorically’ told him there was no doubt that Russia was the source of the poison used in the Salisbury attack. Porton Down’s CEO yesterday told Sky News that the facility had not identified the source.

Johnson’s embarrassment has been compounded by the revelation that the Foreign Office (FCO) – which initially dismissed Johnson’s falsehood by saying he ‘misspoke – had also tweeted the claim. The FCO deleted that tweet yesterday when Porton Down’s admission was garnering attention.

The Establishment machine has kicked in to try to exonerate Johnson, with the BBC editing video to make Johnson’s lie less obvious and claiming that it can’t find footage it has only just shown.

Apr 06 06:01

US Approves $1.3bln Artillery Sale to Saudi Arabia

The US State Department said Thursday that it has approved to sell about 1.3 billion US dollars in artillery to Saudi Arabia.
The sale package contained about 180 Paladin medium self-propelled howitzer systems, according to a statement released by the State Department, Xinhua reported, adding that the artillery-firing vehicles launch 155mm shells.

The move came as visiting Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was wrapping up his weeks-long trip in the United States.

US President Donald Trump, during his meeting with Salman at the White House on March 20, touted multi-billion-US-dollar defense sale to Saudi Arabia.

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Apr 05 15:49

Coming Attraction: Lunatic Loose in West Wing

John Bolton’s March 22 appointment-by-tweet as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser has given “March Madness” a new and ominous meaning. There is less than a week left to batten down the hatches before Bolton makes U.S. foreign policy worse that it already is.

During a recent interview with The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill (minutes 35 to 51) I mentioned that Bolton fits seamlessly into a group of take-no-prisoners zealots once widely known in Washington circles as “the crazies,” and now more commonly referred to as “neocons.”

Apr 05 09:29

The world is on the brink of 'the last war in the history of mankind', warns Russian ex-general, as tensions between Putin and the West intensify amid fallout over Salisbury spy poisoning

A Russian former general has warned the world is on the brink of 'the last war in the history of mankind' amid the diplomatic fallout over the poisoning of a UK spy.

Evgeny Buzhinskiy, who served 41 years in the Russian military, said expelling diplomats from the EU and US after Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in Salisbury is creating a situation which is 'worse than the Cold War'.

Asked to explain himself, Mr Buzhinskiy added: 'A real war. Worse than the Cold War is a real war. It will be the last war in the history of mankind.'

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Apr 04 10:37

OPCW will provide Russia with findings on Skripal case only if UK shows ‘goodwill’

OPCW said it can provide Moscow with data on the Skripal case only if the UK shows “goodwill,” says Russia’s permanent representative to the chemical weapons watchdog. London, however, is not expected to do so, the official said.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has refused to provide Russia with any facts on the investigation into the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, permanent representative to the organization Aleksandr Shulgin said.

Any data can be provided only if the UK shows “goodwill” on the matter, which, however, is unlikely, given London’s behavior, Shulgin said.

Apr 04 09:18

Donald Trump has power to 'utterly annihilate' North Korea and DEFEAT Russia, says expert

DONALD TRUMP has the power to “utterly annihilate” North Korea and neutralise Russia amid warnings that the two nations have the military capability to strike the United States, according to US Senator Lindsey Graham.

Apr 04 08:59

Every nuclear bomb explosion in history

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This animation fails to include the "Vela incident" which occurred near the Prince Edward Islands off Antarctica on September 22, 1979 and is thought to have been a joint Israel/South African nuclear test.

Apr 03 12:04

Report: U.S. Dropped Plague-infected Fleas on North Korea in March 1952

There is a great deal of misunderstanding between the people of the United States and North Korea. This is largely due to the lack of information the average U.S. citizen has about the suffering endured by Koreans during the Korean War, including war crimes committed by U.S. forces.

Apr 03 09:50

Iran: ‘Israel must be forced to join NPT

Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo has stressed that the Tel Aviv regime’s warlike policies are hampering efforts to denuclearize the Middle East.

“Forcing Israel to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty and putting all of its nuclear activities and facilities under the safeguard of the International Atomic Energy Agency must be one of the commission’s main recommendations,” said Khoshroo while addressing the disarmament committee in New York on Monday.

He further called for an increase in international action aimed at protecting global peace and security in the face of the nuclear arms race.

Apr 03 07:37

Hollywood Has No Idea How Nukes Work

Nothing offers more drama than the ticking countdown to a devastating bomb, and the bigger the bomb, the bigger the thrills. That's why nuclear weapons often show up in cinema as the ultimate threat to our heroes—and humanity.

You wouldn't expect the movies to depict nuclear weapons with perfect realism, but some blockbusters do a much better job than others. Here’s a guide that separates the good from the useless when it comes to fictional treatments of nukes.

Apr 03 07:04

Fact: Russia's Capital Has a Nuclear Missile Shield

Fact: Russia's Capital Has a Nuclear Missile Shield
A US-Russian treaty allowed each nation to set up one anti-ballistic missile site. US set up its own over its nuclear weapons, Russia over its biggest concentration of people

The most heavily defended city in the world is not Washington DC , It's Moscow. While the District of Columbia has legions of Secret Service and Homeland Security police defending it, the Russian capital is the only one in the world—that we know of—defended with nuclear-tipped missiles.>>>

Apr 03 04:53

Art of the Arms Deal: Trump Is Peddling Arms as If There Were No Tomorrow

It’s one of those stories of the century that somehow never gets treated that way. For an astounding 25 of the past 26 years, the United States has been the leading arms dealer on the planet, at some moments in near monopolistic fashion. Its major weapons-producers, including Boeing, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin, regularly pour the latest in high-tech arms and munitions into the most explosive areas of the planet with ample assistance from the Pentagon. In recent years, the bulk of those arms have gone to the Greater Middle East. Donald Trump is only the latest American president to preside over a global arms sales bonanza
With remarkable enthusiasm, he’s appointed himself America’s number one weapons salesman and he couldn’t be prouder of the job he’s doing.

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Apr 01 08:00

Patriot Missile Interceptor Malfunctions and Misses, Raytheon Still Makes Billions

The US and its allies the world over are paying billions for medium-range missile interception systems without a track record of success.

(*We're selling those to suckers ...I MEAN; We're selling those suckers all over the world , forcryin'outloud . Do you want to make wall st. great again , or not ?
whitehorse souce)

Mar 30 12:37

FLASHBACK - Lawsuit says US aid to Israel illegal under 1976 law

American aid to Israel is illegal under a decades-old law that prohibits aid to nuclear powers that have not signed the international Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington, DC.

The lawsuit, filed this week by Grant Smith, the director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, comes as the US and Israel have closed many of the gaps in negotiations over a new 10-year military aid package worth tens of billions of dollars.

Discussing the lawsuit in an interview with Court House News, Smith said the US has provided Israel an estimated $234 billion in foreign assistance since Congress passed the International Security Assistance and Arms Export Control Act in 1976, which bans aid to non-signatories of the NPT that posses nuclear weapons.

Mar 30 12:31

Israel Deploys Tear-Gas Drones On Gaza Protesters

Just last week, we highlighted dramatic new footage showing Israeli forces using a weaponized unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) against a Hamas rally in the Gaza Strip, according to the Times of Israel.

The UAV is seen flying through the skies above hundreds of protestors, while operators of the aircraft drop chemical weapons into the crowd. The Times of Israel states that the UAV released tear gas, formally known as a lachrymator agent, which causes severe eye and respiratory pain, skin inflammation, bleeding, and even blindness.

Israeli Border Police Deputy Commissioner Yaakov Shabtai, the government official behind the deployment of the weaponized unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), told Hadashot TV news that the tear gas drone provides security forces with an extended range to hurl chemical weapons at protestors.

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Unbelievable!!

Chemical weapons and teargas being used, even against peaceful Palestinian protestors?!?

The Israeli military are becoming what the original founders of Israel would have found to be an abomination.

Mar 30 12:21

Salisbury Incident Report: Hard Evidence For Soft Minds

The UK government’s presentation on the Salisbury incident, which was repeatedly cited in recent days as an “ultimate proof” of Russia’s involvement into Skripal’s assassination attempt, was made public earlier today.

This 6-paged PDF is a powerful evidence of another intellectual low of British propaganda machine. Open it and you can tell that substantially it makes only two assertions on the Skripal case, and both are false:

First. Novichok is a group of agents developed only by Russia and not declared under the CWC” – a false statement. Novichok was originally developed in the USSR (Nukus Lab, today in Uzbekistan, site completely decommissioned according to the US-Uzbekistan agreement by 2002). One of its key developers, Vil Mirzayanov, defected to the United States in 1990s, its chemical formula and technology were openly published in a number of chemical journals outside Russia.

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This was done to accuse Russia for a crime the Russian government, most likely, did not commit; with his election coming up, and the world cup, there was no logical reason for Putin to have done it.

The accusation is almost done in Code Napoleon fashion, meaning that Russia has been considered guilty until proven innocent, and there is no way it is being allowed to prove its innocence in this act; the British government is refusing to send a sample of the poison to the Kremlin for analysis at all.

Britain's Prime Minister May is under a lot of heat for mishandling the Brexit, and perhaps she and her advisors thought that this could be a great distraction; it isn't working at all for thinking people in the UK and beyond.

So what Prime Minister May has been left with is an accusation from which her government cannot walk back, plus support from the US in demonizing Russia.

The expulsion of Russian diplomats, even ones with credentials at the UN, cannot be seen as anything but a prelude to war against it.

I am certain the Russian government and military are taking steps to insure their defense against a stupid, unnecessary war by the US, the UK, and NATO.

And as witnessed by Russia's test of it's new ICBM weapon today, I am very concerned that the West will find itself far more militarily vulnerable than it had previously believed itself to be. And again, from zerohedge.com, we have the following story this morning:

Russian Missile Drill Planned With 10,000 Troops On "Highest Combat Alert" After Expulsions

Mar 30 12:01

Dahr Jamail | For Bolton, the Slaughter of 1 Million Iraqis Is a Job Qualification

The illegal 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq has, thus far, left approximately 1 million Iraqis dead. That is roughly 5 percent of the total population of that country.

If a foreign military superpower invaded and occupied the US and annihilated 5 percent of the total population here, that would be 16,300,000 dead US citizens.

President Donald Trump's incoming national security adviser, John Bolton, still thinks the mass destruction of Iraq was a good idea.

"We are confident that Saddam Hussein has hidden weapons of mass destruction [WMDs] and production facilities in Iraq," Bolton said in 2002 while he served as President George W. Bush's under secretary of state for arms control and international security. He did everything he could to prompt the launch of the US invasion -- under the pretext of WMDs that never existed.

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Mr. President, a word, please: hiring a known war criminal is never, ever a great idea.

And if EVER, the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America ever needed a Department of Peace, to come up with non-martial ways to achieve its geopolitical agendas, the time is right the hell now.

Mar 30 11:52

US Pledges Record $705 Million to Israel for Missile Defense Systems: Funding follows embarrassing $1 million Iron Dome error

The US gives Israel record military aid annually, and that aid is always growing. One of the biggest avenues for growth is funding for Israel’s missile defense systems. This year, Congress has committed $705 million to this scheme, up from just about $550 million last year.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman issued a statement of thanks to the US Congress for the funding, saying that Israel’s enemies would be “surprised” at how good the missile defense systems work with all this money.

While US officials have often emphasized the money going to longer-range missile defense for Israel, in practice much of the money goes to extremely short-range Iron Dome system, which is useful primarily for shooting down the makeshift rockets from the Gaza Strip.

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To every (alleged) Congressional Representative who voted for this; please move to Israel and run for the Knesset.

You are far more concerned about this country than you are about your alleged constituents; and as long as there is one homeless Vet sleeping rough in our streets; as long as there is one child who graduates illiterate and innumerate from our failing public schools; and as long as the infrastructure in this country keeps crumbling, you are absolutely no friend of we the people.

US citizens are constantly told that government, at every level, doesn't have the money to fix that which is broken in this country; yet, you have decided that Israel's defense, TO THE TUNE OF $705 MILLION, is a far greater priority than the condition in which your own citizens find themselves, through no fault of their own.

What is wrong with this picture?!?

EVERYTHING!!

And every single Congressional Representative who voted for this, should be shown the door at the next possible election.

Mar 30 11:27

"If You Want An Arms Race, We Can Do That" - Trump Challenged Putin During Phone Call

But once again, an NBC News report shows that there's more to one-sided stories like a report in the Washington Post claiming that Trump congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his recent electoral victory against the explicit advice of Trump's foreign policy advisors.

As it turns out, during the same conversation, President Trump didn't hesitate to challenge Putin to an arms race, and boasted that the US would almost inevitably win.

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....To which Putin responded by launching a test of Russia's new ICBM weapon yet again today.

Russia tests its new nuclear ICBM

President Trump, do you remember that old country song "You've got to know when to hold 'em" ?!? This is a moment when your silence on the issue of weapons parity would have been golden.

Yes, I know, you just couldn't help yourself from mouthing off, but should have; and with the Russian ICBM test today, you saw the result of your not being able to help yourself.

I would like to hope that this was a "teachable moment" for you; unfortunately, given your character, I doubt like hell that it was.

We are behind in weaponry, because the corporate culture of the military/industrial complex, which donates obscene amounts of money, both covertly, and overtly to both parties, is such that its leadership collectively, and consistently, believes it can offer shoddy product, late, and over budget, and that because of these contributions to both parties, this is perfectly fine.

In every present and future contract, it needs to be stipulated that if product doesn't work as promised, is late, or creates huge on cost overruns, that the leadership of the company will go to prison, and for hard time, for allowing this to happen; fines, Mr. President, are not enough.

Not making this happen by our weapons industry, is a form of "soft treason" against the US government and our military, Mr. President.

And the second thing which has to happen is, no more money should be accepted by political candidates from the military industrial complex, and that has to be written into law.

Mar 30 11:02

ISRAELI TROOPS KILL SEVEN PALESTINIANS, WOUND 500 AMID MASSIVE BORDER PROTESTS

Deadly clashes broke out on Friday afternoon along the Israeli-Gaza border after Israeli security forces killed at least seven Palestinians and injured up to 500, where as previewed yesterday, a series of massive protests took place along the security fence surrounding the Hamas-controlled Gaza strip.

Thousands of Palestinians in Gaza are taking part in protests along the Israeli border today. So far there have been clashes in several places pic.twitter.com/9ei35fMCug

— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 30, 2018
Thousands had gathered along the border for a six week-long "Great Return" protest when the violence broke out. IDF troops fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel pellets and tear gas at the protesters during the ongoing violence.

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Look for the deaths and injuries of protesting Palestinians - even if they did absolutely nothing illegal - to quickly escalate, particularly the deaths of infants; toddlers; women (particularly pregnant Palestinian women - courtesy of Israel's unofficial "one shot two kills" policy).

Mar 30 09:48

Insight - Porton Down Dorset Biological Warfare Experiments

Mar 30 09:45

The Microbiological Research Establishment at Porton

Mar 30 07:27

Putin tests 'invincible' hypersonic intercontinental missile that can carry 24 nuclear warheads at mach TWENTY making them impossible to intercept

The ICMB was fired for the second time since tests began last December, say Moscow officials.

The Sarmat has a speed of Mach 20, and a payload of about ten tonnes, meaning it can carry up to 24 of Russia's new Avangard hypersonic glide vehicles.

The Avangard is capable of an altered trajectory, able to make high-speed evasive maneuvers, and according to Putin himself strikes 'like a meteorite, like a fireball'.

Mar 28 20:57

The USS Gerald R. Ford Aircraft Carrier Has a Seriously Big Problems

The U.S. Navy's New $13 Billion Aircraft Carrier Has Some Serious Problems.

At the current reliability, Ford’s cats only have “a 9 percent chance of completing the 4-day surge and a 70 percent chance of completing a day of sustained operations as defined in the design reference mission without critical failure.” That’s on a good day, with a deck full of trained-up sailors; the Ford class was designed to reduce manning requirements but is “sensitive to manpower fluctuations” simply because the next-generation technologies it embraces “are not well understood,” the report states

Mar 28 18:07

High Alert: The U.S. Air Force Gen. John Hyten Strongly WARNS Russia & China Military Buildup

Hyten has realised that US will loose a missile war. Running the war machine for the maximum return of profit hasn't worked out so well.

Mar 27 17:24

Russia, China eclipse US in hypersonic missiles, prompting fears

At the time of Putin’s announcement, the Pentagon said it was “not surprised” by the report and assured the public that it is “fully prepared” to respond to such a threat.

But in congressional testimony last week, Hyten conceded U.S. missile defense cannot stop hypersonics. He said that the U.S. is instead relying on nuclear deterrence, or the threat of a retaliatory U.S. strike, as its defense against such missiles.

“We don't have any defense that could deny the employment of such a weapon against us, so our response would be our deterrent force, which would be the triad and the nuclear capabilities that we have to respond to such a threat,” Hyten told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Mar 27 16:58

US-Made Missile Defenses Spectacularly Failed in Saudi Arabia

At least five American-made Patriot missiles apparently missed, malfunctioned, or otherwise failed when Saudi forces tried to intercept a barrage of rockets targeting Riyadh on March 25.

That's bad news for the US military and its closest allies, who are counting on the Patriot to stop large-scale enemy attacks during a major war.

"It's nothing but an unbroken trail of disasters with this weapon system," Theodore Postol, an MIT physicist and prominent critic of US missile defenses, told me.

Mar 27 16:51

Who Is John Bolton And Why Did President Trump Appoint Him National Security Advisor?

To many observers, the appointment of John Bolton as national security advisor is the functional equivalent of appointing the Anti-Christ–or maybe worse. Indeed, these observers would, when comparing the two, find grudging favor with the Anti-Christ.

Bolton is a founding member of the neoliberal, neoconservative, neo-colonial interventionist Globalist wing of the Deep State. The antipathy he inspires is partly due to the enjoyment he takes in wielding power. (Note that the Anti-Christ is not a victim–he enjoys being the Anti-Christ.)

Mar 27 14:49

Saudi Arabia Threatens Iran, Blaming Them for Yemeni Missiles

With Saudi airstrikes pounding northern Yemen, killing civilians left and right, their options for “retaliating” against Yemen for firing missiles into Saudi territory are limited. Saudi officials aren’t concerned, however, as they’re threatening to attack Iran over he missiles instead.

Saudi officials reported seven Yemeni missiles intercepted overnight, with debris from one of the missiles hitting a house and killing an Egyptian laborer. Saudi officials claim the missiles came from Iran, and that they have a “right” to respond militarily against Iran in the future.

The Shi’ite Houthis, who control northern Yemen, deny close ties to Iran, and have insisted in the past that missiles fired at Saudi Arabia are part of Yemen’s pre-war stockpile, and retaliation for Saudi airstrikes. Though the Saudis targeted some missile caches early in the invasion of Yemen, some missiles are known to have survived, and have been fired during the fighting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is completely insane, as the Saudi military cannot believe for a moment that they could last against Iran militarily, should they decide on a direct hit against it.

And one of the phone calls The BOY (Butcher of Yemen, AKA Prince Mohammed Bin Salman) needs to make before he decides to attack Iran, is very much to Russia's President Putin, to see if he can get him on the same page here, regarding his need to haul off against Iran.

I would doubt that the response to such a threat against Iran is going to be very warm and fuzzy, on Putin's part.

Without this, Russia may well look at a Saudi attack against Iran to be an attack against Russia, as Russian politicians and military personnel have consistently stated that should Iran be attacked militarily, it will come to Iran's aid.

Mar 27 10:49

Beijing Sold Islamabad Sophisticated Missile Tech

The Chinese Academy of Sciences recently announced the sale of ballistic missile tracking technology to Pakistan.

The equipment is touted as a sophisticated optical monitoring system capable of collecting useful data and glean better insight into ballistic missile tests. The South China Morning Post reported last week that the equipment would accelerate Islamabad's development of multi-warhead ballistic missiles.

Particularly, the equipment includes cameras capable of tracking multiple warheads simultaneously, the Diplomat notes, which could be especially helpful for Pakistan's first MIRV-capable missile. Multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle (MIRV) capability was recently tested on China's DF-41 missile, which can carry up to ten warheads.

Mar 27 10:24

What happened to the West I was born in?!

Frankly, I am awed, amazed and even embarrassed. I was born in Switzerland, lived most of my life there, I also visited most of Europe, and I lived in the USA for over 20 years. Yet in my worst nightmares I could not have imagined the West sinking as low as it does now. I mean, yes, I know about the false flags, the corruption, the colonial wars, the NATO lies, the abject subservience of East Europeans, etc. I wrote about all that many times. But imperfect as they were, and that is putting it mildly, I remember Helmut Schmidt, Maggie Thatcher, Reagan, Mitterrand, even Chirac! And I remember what the Canard Enchaîné used to be, or even the BBC. During the Cold War the West was hardly a knight in white shining armor, but still – rule of law did matter, as did at least some degree of critical thinking.

I am now deeply embarrassed for the West. And very, very afraid.

All I see today is a submissive herd lead by true, bona fide, psychopaths (in a clinical sense of the word)

Mar 27 09:12

Neocons Are Back With a Big War Budget and Big War Plans

On Friday, President Trump signed the omnibus spending bill for 2018. The $1.3 trillion bill was so monstrous that it would have made the biggest spender in the Obama Administration blush. The image of leading Congressional Democrats Pelosi and Schumer grinning and gloating over getting everything they wanted – and then some – will likely come back to haunt Republicans at the midterm elections. If so, they will deserve it.

Even President Trump admitted the bill was horrible. As he said in the signing ceremony, “there are a lot of things that we shouldn’t have had in this bill, but we were, in a sense, forced – if we want to build our military…”

This is why I often say: forget about needing a third political party – we need a second political party! Trump is admitting that to fuel the warfare state and enrich the military-industrial complex, it was necessary to dump endless tax dollars into the welfare state.

Mar 27 08:54

Virginia Senator Black: US’s Syria Campaign Is A Disgrace

Several weeks ago, NATO powers warned that Syria was going to use poison gas against East Ghouta—site of a massive, ongoing battle between Western-backed terrorists and the Syrian Army. [1]

The West knew full-well that terrorists in East Ghouta had all the necessary chemicals in place to stage a false-flag attack that the West could blame on the Syrian Army. This ploy has been used repeatedly by the CIA, British MI-6, and Turkish MIT throughout the Syrian War. Unfortunately for them, the Syrian Army advanced so fast that they overran the Sarin gas laboratory and captured it before the terrorists could execute their assigned plans.

Mar 27 00:29

Ron Paul:Neocons Are Back With a Big War Budget and Big War Plans

But no one “forced” President Trump to sign the bill. His party controls both houses of Congress. He knows that no one in Washington cares about deficits so he was more than willing to spread some Fed-created money at home to get his massive war spending boost.

And about the militarism funded by the bill? Defense Secretary James Mattis said at the same press conference that, “As the President noted, today we received the largest military budget in history, reversing many years of decline and unpredictable funding.”

Mar 26 15:31

US Navy to arm Virginia submarines with nuclear warheads

The United States Navy is set to add nuclear warheads to its Virginia-class attack submarines as part of new plans in the administration of US President Donald Trump.

“While Virginia-class submarines can use conventional deterrence to keep adversaries in check, a sub-launched cruise missile with a nuclear warhead would be incorporated into Virginias and give national command authority additional escalation control,” Rear Admiral John Tammen, the director of Undersea Warfare Division, told US Congress on Monday.

The new add-on would amount to a mission expansion for the Virginia submarines, which can already fire Tomahawk missiles and torpedoes.

Mar 26 11:02

‘No way’ nerve agent could escape UK lab? Russia demands info on Porton Down toxin research

Porton Down lab claims no toxins could have escaped it’s “four walls,” but has never denied the possession of the nerve agent used on the Skripals, the Russian Embassy said, urging the UK to disclose its chemical warfare program.

The origin of the mysterious nerve agent, used on March 4 to poison former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, has been the main point of contention in the unraveling international scandal. While Britain claims that the alleged A-234 nerve agent – also known as Novichok – was a Soviet development and thus could only have been used by Russia, Moscow contends that the chemical has since been studied by numerous parties and could have been re-engineered elsewhere, including in the UK itself.

Mar 26 07:39

Here’s John Bolton Promising Regime Change in Iran by the End of 2018

“The outcome of the president’s policy review should be to determine that the Ayatollah Khomeini’s 1979 revolution will not last until its 40th birthday,” Bolton said. (The 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution will be on February 11, 2019.) “The declared policy of the United States should be the overthrow of the mullahs’ regime in Tehran,” Bolton added. “The behavior and the objectives of the regime are not going to change and, therefore, the only solution is to change the regime itself.”

Mar 25 16:56

Bolton Expected to ‘Clean House’

Cry 'Havoc!', and let slip the dogs of war

On Thursday evening, just hours after Trump tapped him for the job, Bolton held a call with longtime advisors, including Matthew Freedman, a Republican consultant who once advised Bolton at the State Department and the United Nations. Freedman is currently helping manage the transition, according to a source familiar with the call.

Only dual nationals need apply.

Mar 25 14:53

Pentagon’s Arms-Research Chief Eyes Space-Based Directed Energy Weapons

The Western Federation really needs a 'Death Star'

Mar 25 09:42

Caught On Camera: Israel Targets Civilians With A Chemical Weapon Drone

For the first time, Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen TV released new dramatic footage showing Israeli forces using a weaponized unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) against a Hamas rally in the Gaza Strip, according to the Times of Israel.

Mar 24 20:26

Chickenhawk excrement John Bolton laughs after hearing the facts on the slaughter in Iraq.l

Having Bomber Bolton inside Trump's brain is very scary.

Chris Matthew red pills neocon John Bolton

Mar 24 20:01

John Bolton says he is proud of being a liar

One of the symptoms of a sociopath is their inability to accept responsibility of their actions. These videos prove this in his own words.
John Bolton lying to congress about his role in starting the iraq war

Jeremy Paxton is bewildered by the disconnect of John Bolton's mind from the slaughter in Iraq
John Bolton washes his hands of any responsibilty for destroying Iraq.

Good interview with Chickenhawk Bolton. He claims no insight into torture techniques but defends them anyway.
John Bolton pretends not to know about US Torture practises

Mar 24 10:00

Calling for Arms Talks with Russia, Is the U.S. Raising a White Flag?

Vladimir Putin’s presentation of Russia’s new weapons systems during his address to the Federal Assembly on March 1 seems to have finally elicited the desired response from its target audience in Washington, D.C. In that presentation, Putin spoke about strategic weapons systems employing cutting-edge technology that, he claimed, is more than a decade ahead of U.S. and other competition.

He scored a direct hit in the Pentagon, where senior generals were left dumbfounded. But, as is normally the case, when these gentlemen need time to collect their wits, we heard first only denial: that the Russians were bluffing, that they really have nothing ready, that these are only projects, and that the U.S. already has all of the same, but is holding it back in reserve.

Of course, not everyone among the U.S. political elite bought into this stop-gap response.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This does give one just the slightest hint of hope in a return to a more enlightend US/Russia relationship; but I will believe those talks will bear fruit when I see it.

Mar 24 09:53

Neocon Takeover of Washington Completed

Pompeo at State and Bolton as Trump’s national security advisor completed the neocon takeover of Trump’s geopolitical agenda – Wall Street running domestic affairs.

The combination represents a major setback for world peace and stability, greater aggression likely, along with the triumph of neoliberal harshness over social justice – a dismal and frightening state of affairs.

What to expect ahead? War in Syria is more likely to escalate than wind down, an unthinkable US/Russia confrontation ominously possible.

The Iran nuclear deal is either doomed, or likely to be gutted by Washington, accomplishing the same thing – with only tepid, ineffective opposition from P5+1 countries Britain, France and Germany.

The EU most often bends to US will when enough pressure is applied.

A relatively quiet Ukraine period could explode in greater Kiev war on Donbass, US-supplied heavy weapons and training aiding its aggression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At this defining moment in world history, I despair about the current trajectory of both domestic, and foreign policies, creating more income inequality at home, and more wars abroad.

And the worst thing about these coming wars is, that they may not be wars the US military is able to win, or from which it can extricate itself gracefully.

You can nearly bet on a return to the draft, which will be coming for both our young men and young women, but of course, not in an election ior mid-term election year.

Mar 24 09:46

Video: Israeli police destroy Palestinian tombstones in Jerusalem cemetery

Due to the fact that many slain Palestinians were buried in al-Mujahidin cemetery, it became a place where Palestinians from Jerusalem, and those visiting from the West Bank and elsewhere, would visit to pay their respects.

The tombstones of the slain Palestinians were engraved about a year-and-a-half ago with a verse from the Quran and the sentence “graves of heroic martyrs of the Intifada of Jerusalem.” Israeli authorities objected to the use of the word “hero,” and demanded the cemetery administration removed the new addition.

After the administration refused, the Israeli officers broke in in the middle of the night and destroyed the tombstones with hammers and other hand tools.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hammers and other hand tools became "weapons of mass destruction", in the hands of IDF officers who objected to how the Palestinians saw their recent history at Israeli hands.

Because to the Israeli mind set, if they don't like how the Palestinians see their recent history, they believe that they have every, perfect right to destroy those cultural elements to which they object; even...tombstones.

Mar 24 09:37

UK's Porton Down denies it could have been source of nerve agent that poisoned ex-spy

Britain's military research facility at Porton Down said it could not have been the source of the nerve agent that poisoned Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the city of Salisbury this month, the BBC reported on Friday.

The BBC quoted Porton Down Chief Executive Gary Aitkenhead as saying there was "no way" the substance could have come from its laboratories as Russia has suggested.

He said the laboratory had the "highest levels" of controls and security, the BBC said.

Russia denies any involvement in the attack on the pair who have been critical in hospital since they were found unconscious on March 4 on a bench in Salisbury.

Russia's EU ambassador Vladimir Chizhov noted in an interview with the BBC earlier this week that the Porton Down lab is only eight miles (11km) from Salisbury, insinuating that may have been the source

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Porton Down Chief Executive Gary Aitkenhead is making this statement, one has to wonder then, if its leadership was given orders from the highest level of the British government to make this happen, as something to be blamed on Russia.

And of course, one has to recall Porton Down's egregious history, when it came to experiments on human beings:

There are also examples of government-run research that took advantage of the vulnerability of the subjects to ensure their participation and which resulted in the subjects experiencing severe harms, such as the Tuskegee Syphilis trials or the UK-run Porton Down chemical experiments in which 11,000 military personnel were exposed to mustard and nerve gas between 1939 and 1989.

Wait, am I reading this correctly?!? 11,000 guys were exposed at Porton Down to these chemicals?!?

Mengele would have been so proud!!

So NO, Porton Down Chief Executive Gary Aitkenhead; morally "squeaky clean", and the institution you represent are mutually exclusive, and for damned good historical reason.

And the question no one is asking is, why would Putin do this, so many years after the damage had been done to Russian intelligence?!?

The short answer is, he wouldn't; Prime Minister Theresa May is playing this for all it's worth, because Brexit is falling apart at the seams, and she is desperate for a distraction.

I can tell you, Prime Minister May, this is absolutely not working.

Mar 24 09:22

Afghanistan: Deadly car bombing near Helmand stadium

wounded in a car bomb explosion near a sports facility in southern Afghanistan, a health official has said.

Omar Zwak, spokesperson for the governor of Helmand province, said Friday's blast in the city of Lashkar Gah took place close to the Ghazi Muhammad Ayoub Khan stadium, where a wrestling match was taking place.

Aminuallah Abed, chief of the provincial public health department, said that 40 people who were wounded were receiving treatment at a local hospital.

The death toll is expected to rise, with hospital sources telling Al Jazeera that a number of wounded people were in serious condition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a good look at that kid in this image, bleeding out, as an older adult scrambles to get him care; looking at the paucity of medical care here, the kid just may not make it.

Welcome to the world of another young victim of the US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan, 17 years on.

And as someone who loves kids, and believes all kids should have a decent future, I cannot look at this child, and begin to use the word "collateral damage" with a straight face.

What the Trump admininstration and NATO should be doing right now, because there is absolutely no military metric by which either can say that the US has "won" in Afghanistan, is to have troops leave as safely as possible, then negotiate with whatever government is left in Kabul for the pipeline rights, and the opium field rights.

But of course, that.... would be logical.

Mar 24 09:13

Illegal Wars: The New American Way

The U.S. military stands astride the Greater Mideast region on behalf of an increasingly rogue-like regime in Washington, D.C. Worse still, this isn’t a Donald Trump problem, per se. No, three successive administrations – Democratic and Republican – have widened the scope of a global “war” on a tactic (terror), on the basis of two at best vague, and at worst extralegal, congressional authorizations for the use of force (AUMF). Indeed, the US is veritably addicted to waging undeclared, unwinnable wars with unconvincing legal sanction.

Mar 24 08:31

Majority of $1.3 Trillion US Omnibus Spending Bill Goes to Military

The last minute signing of the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill in the US is a big windfall for the Pentagon, who will be getting the majority of the money, in the realm of $700 billion. This includes 14 new ships, 28 new helicopters, and 56 of the costly F-35 warplanes. This $700 billion does not include other military-related spending, including the VA.

This is part of a $61 billion spending increase over the previous year, and virtually every aspect of the Pentagon is getting more money, more equipment, higher pay, and just general boosts in funding. Which isn’t to say everyone’s happy.

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), the House Armed Services Committee chairman, complained that the massive increase is “not enough to fix our problems. Though the military budget is tentatively to swell to $716 next year, policy-makers seem to be setting the stage for another multi-month round of outdoing one another on increases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You cannot simply throw more money at the problem, which is little to no oversight of weapons manufacturers' programs, from concept to execution, and expect the problems here to magically go away.

In Russia and China, these governments are getting far better outcomes to their weaponry manufacturing for far less money than for the US government is spending.

As we have seen with Russia's campaign in Syria, Russian weapons work as advertised; they field test brilliantly; and the cost overruns are far less than we have here in the US.

But in every weapons procurement contract from henceforward, the executives of weapons manufacturing companies have to understand that if their product does not test out as advertised; if they are delivered far too late to be of real help, and have come with stiff over-rides on costs, someone is going to jail, because not doing this is a form of treason against our military, things will not change in the military/industrial complex culture.

And very unfortunately, because weapons companies are allowed to contribute lavishly to both sides of the aisle in this country, both overtly and covertly, this corporate culture in this industry will not change until pigs discover they are aerodynamic in nature.

This has to be stopped, but those congressional representatives feeding at the collective teat of these companies, will never want these practices to end.

Mar 23 10:52

Russia: Chemical warfare drill begins in Kursk

Russian military personnel from the radiation, chemical and biological defence corps carried out successful clean-up drills at the Marshal Zhukov range in Kursk Region on Thursday.

In a simulation, a tactical ballistic missile OTR-21 Tochka hit the infrastructure and command posts of the terrorists who returned fire with high-precision missiles.

The troops covered OTR-21 Tochka with thermal smoke while radiation, chemical and biological defence troops conducted reconnaissance of the contaminated area.

After mapping the contamination zone, Thermal TMS-65D machines alongside radiation, chemical and biological defence troops, cleaned up the area and contaminated equipment.

Mar 22 20:15

Tucker Carlson interviews former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton (3-8-18).

Everything Bolton says in this clip is bullshit to advance a war agenda. To have this sociopath as National Security Advisor is an existential threat to humanity.

Mar 22 18:09

John Bolton File

John Bolton is a long time leader of the War Party, was a major promoter of the lies about Iraq which fostered our war, was former Vice President of the neocon nesting American Enterprise Institute and advisor to JINSA (Likud Think Tank in Washington which long urged Israel to violate Oslo accords). Bolton never gained congressional approval, the is legitimacy for his "Ambassadorship" to the UN and is despised by most of the outside world's nations.

America is not safer being hated and represented to the world by one of the main architects of the policies which led to such hatred. Every time he speaks he is a symbol of go-it-alone America and a lightening rod for hate against America.

Mar 22 17:46

Kim Jong-un "gave his word" to South Korea

From the North Korea Times

South Korea's foreign minister has said that North Korea's leader has 'given his word' that he is committed to denuclearization, a prime condition for a potential summit with President Donald Trump in May.

Trump has agreed to what would be historic talks after South Korean officials relayed that Kim Jong-un was committed to ridding the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons and was willing to halt nuclear and missile tests.

Mar 22 10:46

US Can't Stop Hypersonic Weapons, Air Force General Says

March 21, 2018 "Information Clearing House" - Missiles that spit out warheads traveling up to 20 times the speed of sound and with the ability to perform elusive acrobatics may be too much for U.S. defenses to block.

That's according to the head of the U.S. Strategic Command, Air Force Gen. John Hyten, who testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday (March 20).

When asked by Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., what kind of defenses the U.S. has against hypersonic weapons, Hyten replied: "We have a very difficult — well, our defense is our deterrent capability. We don't have any defense that could deny the employment of such a weapon against us, so our response would be our deterrent force, which would be the triad and the nuclear capabilities that we have to respond to such a threat,"

Mar 21 08:27

40 tons of chemical weapons left by militants found in Syria – Russian MoD

Chemical weapon production facilities have been discovered in the areas liberated from militants in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry says.

More than 40 tons of chemical weapons were abandoned by retreating militants in the war-ravaged country, the ministry said on Wednesday. “The Syrian Foreign Ministry pointed out that more than 40 tons of poisonous substances were found on the territories, liberated from terrorists,” Igor Kirillov, the commander of Russia’s Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection Forces, said on Wednesday.

Mar 21 08:18

WORLD WAR 3 is COMING: Biblical analyst David Meade says ‘insane’ nuclear conflict looms

WORLD War 3 is on its way, according to Christians who claim that “politicians of the US and Britain are driving the world to nuclear war”.

Mar 21 08:16

Trump voices concerns to Putin over new Russian armaments - report

US President Donald Trump expressed concerns over new Russian armaments in a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, The New York Times reported citing sources in the US administration.

During their call, "a senior official said, Mr. Trump told Mr. Putin he had been concerned by a recent speech in which Mr. Putin talked about Russia developing an "invincible" intercontinental cruise missile and a nuclear torpedo that could outsmart all American defenses," the report said.

The US leader also "raised the nuclear threat" in phone conversations with UK Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to the paper.

Mar 21 06:33

“It Was a Crime”: 15 Years After U.S. Invasion, Iraqis Still Face Trauma, Destruction & Violence

It was 15 years ago today when the U.S. invaded Iraq on the false pretense that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was hiding weapons of mass destruction. The attack came despite worldwide protest and a lack of authorization from the United Nations Security Council. At around 5:30 a.m. in Baghdad on March 20, 2003, air raid sirens were heard as the U.S. invasion began. The fighting has yet to end, and the death toll may never be known.>>>

Mar 20 16:27

Pentagon Trained Syria’s Al Qaeda “Rebels” in the Use of Chemical Weapons, Confirmed by CNN

In a bitter irony, Moscow’s allegations directed against the U.S. are confirmed by CNN.

While the Western media casually upholds Washington’s narrative which consists in blaming Bashar Al Assad of killing his own people, coincidently they also refute their own lies. Not only do they confirm that the Pentagon has been training the terrorists in the use of chemical weapons for more than five years. they also acknowledge the existence of a not so secret “US-backed plan to launch a chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad’s regime”

Mar 19 21:40

'Skripal case is a carefully-constructed drama' - John Pilger

"Watch John Pilger in this commentary on the British Government’s accusations against Russia over the poisoning of the double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, not far from the Porton Down facility where chemical weapons are developed."

Mar 19 15:22

First Recorded Successful Novichok Synthesis Was in 2016 – by Iran, in Cooperation With OPCW

The line that novichoks can only be produced by Russia is now proven to be a complete lie. As I previously proved by referencing their publications, in 2013 the OPCW scientific advisory committee note the evidence was sparse that novichoks had ever been successfully produced, and that was still the line being published by Porton Down in 2016. You can find the hard evidence of all that here.

Mar 19 12:07

Official Washington flocking to Doomsday Camps

A building network of backwoods doomsday camps around the country are pulling in members from affluent areas and even Washington national security officials as the threats grow from nuclear war, an EMP or virus attack.

Called Fortitude Ranch, the outposts promise protection and a year’s supply of food for those unable to build their own bunker. What’s more, until a crisis strikes, they are being used for prepper training and vacations.

Mar 19 12:01

Assessing Russia's Military Strength

There is a popular point of view in some of Russia’s political circles, especially among those who profess monarchist views and cling to a famous meme of 1913 Tsarist Russia development statistics, that WW I was started by Germany to forestall Russia’s industrial development which would inevitably challenge Germany’s plans on domination of Europe. A somewhat similar argument could be made for the WW II, but, in general, preventive wars are nothing new in human history. While “preventive” argument may or may not be a valid one regarding WW I, there is no doubt that it could be used, among others, when explaining the origins of a war.

Mar 18 17:07

Flashback: Russia destroys last Cold War-era chemical weapons

Russia completed dismantling its Cold War-era chemical weapons arsenal on Wednesday, according to Russian officials and the head of the international chemical weapons watchdog.

"Russia has fulfilled the undertaken obligations to dispose of all of its stockpiles of this deadly type of weapons - about 40,000 tons ahead of schedule," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Russia's news agency, TASS.

The head of the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ahmet Uzumcu, praised the announcement. "The completion of the verified destruction of Russia's chemical weapons program is a major milestone in the achievement of the goals of the Chemical Weapons Convention," he said.

Mar 18 17:05

Flashback: Russia Becomes First Country To Destroy All Of Its Chemical Weapons

Russia has become the first country in the world to destroy all of its chemical weapons, with the very last of its cache set to be destroyed by the end of 2017.

According to the head of Russia’s Federal Administration for the Safe Storage and Destruction of Chemical Weapons, Major General Valery Kapashin, only one percent of Russia’s chemical weapons stockpile is left to be destroyed.

Some “99 percent of the chemical weapons stored in Russia have been destroyed,” Major Kapashin said.

Rt.com reports: The remaining 400 tons of weaponized chemicals is currently “at the last facility in operation to store and destroy the chemical weapons, in the Kizner village in the Udmurt region,” Kapashin added.

Consequently, Russia meets the conditions stipulated in the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which it joined 20 years ago.

Mar 17 20:00

Toxic Rain - The Legacy of Agent Orange in Vietnam.

There is still ~100,000 babies a year born in Vietnam with genetic defects caused by the dioxin in agent orange. The tragedy is that the dioxin could have been removed from the herbicide but this would have lowered the profits for Monsanto and Dow.

An under reported situation is that the people on Okinawa are suffering from dioxin the US military sprayed there.
Agent Orange Okinawa documentary

The affects are still being felt in Australia and New Zealand.
Jungle Rain The NZ story of Agent Orange and the Vietnam War

Mar 17 18:54

Chemical weapons expert says nerve agent used to poison Russian spy could not have been smuggled in his daughter's bag as it would have ‘killed hundreds on the plane’

The poisoning happened a few miles from the government's research laboratory at Porton Down, he said.

'Seventeen years ago in the same small town of Salisbury, where Skripal was poisoned, under mysterious circumstances, another Russian defector, biologist Vladimir Pasechnik was killed,' he said.

'The deaths of local, British scientists are taking place there with a frightening frequency.'

He did not give examples but tarred Skripal with smuggling chemical weapons.

'Perhaps he needed money, and given his past in the secret services, he somehow participated in the smuggling of chemical weapons?

'This version cannot be excluded. At the very least, it explains why traces of the warfare agent were found not only in the restaurant, but also at Skripal's house, on his things.'

Mar 17 18:51

America's Nerve Gas Arsenal

This is insane.

NBC News 1st Tuesday 1973. The military had a Nerve Gas leak in Okinawa and a test in Utah killed 4500 Sheep 40 miles away from the target grid. The Military invited Correspondent Tom Petit to verify America's biological warfare dismantling and the biological materials destroyed is the first of three Documentaries. America's Nerve Gas Arsenal, the 2nd documentary won an Emmy for Outstanding Achievements for Regularly Scheduled Magazine-Type Programs 1973. The three documentaries cover Biological, Nerve Gas and Herbicides

Mar 17 10:26

US SENATE WARNS RUSSIA OF SANCTIONS IF S-400 SOLD TO ANY FOREIGN NATIONS

A group of US lawmakers led by Senator Bob Menendez told the State Department in a letter that any sale of Russian S-400 air defense system should lead to new punitive measures as stipulated in the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

“We are writing today to specifically inquire about reported negotiations between Russia and certain countries over sales of the Russian government’s S-400 air defense system and whether these reported deals could trigger mandatory CAATSA sanctions,” the letter said on Friday. “Under any circumstance, a S-400 sale would be considered a ‘significant transaction’ and we expect that any sale would result in designations.”

The lawmakers also requested that the State Department provide detailed analysis on the current status of Russian S-400 talks with China, Turkey, India, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and any other country.

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In that last statement, Senator Menendez is definitely heading into "pot...kettle...black" territory.

Does the Senator suffer from such a bad case of SMD (selective memory disorder), that he cannot remember that in 2014, the US sponsored the coup in Ukraine which unseated the duly elected President Yanukovich, and replaced him with Western Centric Poroshenko, a gentleman most likely with family mob connections, and assassins on speed dial?!?

President Obama admitted as much, as reported from globalresearch.ca in the following article:

Obama admits that the US brokered a deal in support of regime change in Ukraine

Now, as to preventing other nations in dialogue with Russia about the S-400 weaponry, such as China, Turky, India Saudia Arabia and Qatar; the system works far better, and is a lot cheaper than anything the US has to offer.

As described in Wikipedia:

The S-400 has been described, as of 2017, as "one of the best air-defence systems currently made."

The fact that the US's military industrial complex appears to be incapable of producing anything, to date, which can best it, is not Russia's fault.

To deny these countries access to it, is a form of international restraint of trade, and sanction Russia for selling this to them, creates insult added to injury, as though relations with Russia are not bad enough at the moment.

I would politely suggest, Senator, that what you COULD do, from an American perspective, is go on a fact-finding mission, as to why the American military complex, at this point, has nothing really to compete with the S-400, and just what they intend to do about it.

Of course, THAT... would be logical.

Mar 17 10:18

Exclusive: Does Israel Have Chemical Weapons Too?

Syria’s reported use of chemical weapons is threatening to turn the civil war there into a wider conflict. But the Bashar al-Assad government may not be the only one in the region with a nerve gas stockpile. A newly discovered CIA document indicates that Israel likely built up a chemical arsenal of its own.

It is almost universally believed in intelligence circles here in Washington that Israel possesses a stockpile of several hundred fission nuclear weapons, and perhaps even some high-yield thermonuclear weapons. Analysts believe the Israeli government built the nuclear stockpile in the 1960s and 1970s as a hedge against the remote possibility that the armies of its Arab neighbors could someday overwhelm the Israeli military. But nuclear weapons are not the only weapon of mass destruction that Israel has constructed.

Mar 16 09:46

The Neocon Full Court Press For War Is Here

The events of the past two weeks have been stunning. Since Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled new ‘doomsday’ weapon systems at his State of the Union address, the West has gone completely bonkers.

In the words of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, “I simply don’t have any normal terms left to describe all this,”

With the U.K. expelling Russian diplomats over the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury last week, the push to isolate Russia and create conditions for a World War is here.

The questions are Who is behind this? And Why?

Theresa May’s response is a joke. This is a woman who can’t stand up to EU shakedown artists over the mildest of disagreements in Brexit talks but can grandstand to high heaven over an incident with no evidence of Russian action.

Mar 16 07:15

As Trump Moves Toward War, "The Resistance" Refuses To Resist

Tuesday’s post, It’s Impossible to Overstate How Terrible Mike Pompeo Is, laid out the view that Trump’s firing of Rex Tillerson represents a major shift toward war footing for the Trump administration, with Iran the specific target. This pivot was easily predictable, and I wrote numerous articles doing just that during 2017. Nevertheless, forecasting it and then seeing the disastrous pieces being moved into place are two different things.

Trump’s push to install Mike Pompeo as U.S. Secretary of State is a crystal clear indication that he’s begun the process of building his war cabinet. The next steps, likely to begin over the course of 2018, is to walk away from the Iran deal. I suspect relentless war propaganda to be unleashed simultaneously as the neocon/neoliberal/mass media war-monger alliance plays its well established role in selling the American public on another pointless and destructive war.

Mar 16 07:14

Queen Elizabeth II Has A WW3 Speech Written And It's Ready To Deliver

The Queen of England has a pre-written speech prepared for the outbreak of World War 3. As tensions between Russia and the United Kingdom continue to flare, the Queen’s speech is sparking fears of a nuclear war.

An Austrailian news source, News.Com.Au, reported that some people already fear a nuclear war is more likely that during the Cold War era. The speech was prepared for her back in the 1980s. It was originally revealed in 2013, but no one paid much attention until now. The address was written in the event nuclear war does occur, and she needs to address the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

Mar 15 16:57

Framing Putin – Saga of the Spy and the Nerve Agent

By Chris Kanthan

How dumb are the masses of the world? One just has to look at the brazen, obvious false flag incidents that the elites keep piling on. Trained to be consumers of sensational news, the idiotic population of the West simply accepts allegations without thinking or analysis.

Let’s take a brief look at the claim that Putin/Kremlin/Russia used a deadly chemical weapon (called “Novichok”) against an ex-Russian spy who has been living in the UK for eight years. Within hours after the incident, the UK foreign minister – bozo Boris Johnson – claimed that Russia was behind the attack. Then Theresa May said it’s “highly likely” that Russia did it; and everyone translated that into “definitely Russia did it.” Now, of course, crazed warmonger Nikki Haley has joined the chorus and even tells people that Russia may use chemical weapons in New York...

Mar 15 14:23

Saudi Crown Prince Says Will Develop Nuclear Bomb If Iran Gets One; Compares Ayatollah To Hitler

In a "60 Minutes" interview set to air on Sunday, the de facto leader of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, said his country would quickly obtain a nuclear bomb - if arch rival Iran successfully develops its own nuclear weapon.

The Saudi crown prince, currently on a whirlwind global PR tour to relieve his western allies of the bitter aftertaste that resulted from last year's unprecedented extortion crackdown on Saudi Royals, which left many of them imprisoned in the Riyadh Ritz Carlton for months until they "agreed" to hand over their loot to the cash-depleted government, said that "Saudi Arabia doesn’t want to own a nuclear bomb. But without a doubt, if Iran develops a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible.”

Mar 15 09:14

Russian to Judgment: Who Poisoned Sergei Skripal?

The absurdity of this was inadvertently underscored by the comments of Vil Mirzayanov, the Russian-born chemist who first revealed the existence of “Novichok,” the nerve agent developed by the Russians. Mirzayanov came to the United States in 1995: in 2007, he published a book, State Secrets, which tells his story as a chemist working in Russia’s secret chemical weapons facilities. Now 83, he gives the following explanation for the attack on Skripal:

“‘Only the Russians’ developed this class of nerve agents, said the chemist. ‘They kept it and are still keeping it in secrecy.’

“The only other possibility, he said, would be that someone used the formulas in his book to make such a weapon.”

Oh, but what kind of a person would do that? Why, that would have to mean that they were trying to frame the Russians by making it look like the work of the FSB, the Russian intelligence agency. And we all know that’s just not possible – right?

Mar 15 09:13

Russia on brink of WAR threat: Kremlin warns UK is walking a 'dangerous' and 'INSANE' path

RUSSIA has described Theresa May’s claims that Vladimir Putin's Moscow was to blame for the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia as “insane” as tensions between the UK and the Kremlin prompt fears of World War 3.

Mar 15 08:39

CHECKMATE: The US Just Lost an Arms Race It Had No Idea Was Happening

Mar 15 08:18

Britain’s presumption of guilt towards Russia invites conflict and chaos

Britain’s abandonment of due process has taken a dangerous and reckless leap, with Theresa May declaring economic sanctions and diplomatic expulsions for Russia’s “failure” to respond to allegations over the Skripal poisoning.
Provocatively, Moscow was given a 24-hour deadline to “answer” charges leveled by the British government that it was responsible for the attempted murder of a Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal, who had been living in England since 2010 after a spy-swap deal.

Skripal (66) and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia were apparently stricken with a deadly nerve agent in his adopted hometown of Salisbury on March 4 while strolling through a public park. The pair have been receiving treatment in intensive care ever since.

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