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Aug 19 09:25

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

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

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

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

Aug 18 15:18

Putin sides with Merkel on controversial Nord Stream 2 project despite US pressure

VLADIMIR Putin has vowed to work alongside Angela Merkel to complete a contentious gas pipeline which President Donald Trump has insisted will keep Germany “captive to Russia”.

Speaking ahead of bilateral talks with his German counterpart, Mr Putin insisted the Nord Stream 2 project is “purely economic”.

The multi-billion pound Nord Stream 2 will run through the Baltic Sea and supply gas to Germany and the EU.

Its construction is being funded by Russian state-owned giant Gazprom and a group of major European energy firms who say the project will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by providing cleaner fuel to Europe.

But Washington has criticised the project for making a mockery of Western sanctions imposed after Mr Putin’s annexation of Crimea.

Aug 18 13:25

Fate Of Key Gas Pipeline In The Balance As Putin, Merkel Begin Meeting

“Russian influence will flow through that pipeline right into Europe, and that is what we are going to prevent,” an unnamed U.S. official told the Wall Street Journal just as Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chancellor Angela Merkel meet outside of Berlin on Saturday centered on the two countries moving forward with the controversial Russian-German Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, but also involving issues from the Iran nuclear deal to ending the war in Syria.

Intense pressure from Washington is overshadowing the project, construction of which is already in advanced stages, as the WSJ cites current and former US officials who say sanctions are under discussion and could be mobilized in a mere matter of weeks.

These potential sanctions, ostensibly being discussed in response to US intelligence claims of Russian interference in the 2016 election, could target companies and financial firms involved in the massive pipeline's construction.

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Aug 18 04:56

MEDIA WAR: Ukrainian military discloses Donbass INVASION plans on live TV

The Ukrainian army has developed a plan to storm the positions of the armed forces of the DPR in the near future, according to a serviceman of the UAF, Karapinka. He made the statement on Ukrainian national television.

“I think that in the near future there will be an assault. Because the army is rebuilding, it is being reformed, the tactics and strategy of fighting are changing. In the near future, the assault is more than likely. Karapinka stressed;

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Aug 17 14:57

Ukraine Seeking Iran’s Help to Develop Infrastructure

Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan called on Iranian firms to help his country in road construction and share technical and engineering services with Ukraine.
"We need Iran's help in the infrastructure field to develop our roads," Omelyan said in a meeting with Iran's Ambassador to Ukraine Mohammad Beheshti Monfared on Friday.

The Ukrainian minister pointed to his upcoming visit to Tehran to attend Iran-Ukraine joint transportation workgroup, and said, "Documents will be signed by both sides on transportation cooperation."

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Aug 17 13:21

Four Years Into Sanctions US Still Can't End Addiction to Russian Rocket Engines

NASA is working hard to stop relying on Russian rocket engines, as said by Jim Bridenstine, the administrator of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

This is a result of the new sanctions on Russia announced by the Trump administration on August 8th. The sanctions were imposed due to the alleged use of chemical weapons against Russian ex-intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in the UK city of Salisbury in March.

Aug 17 10:46

NATO Repeats The Great Mistake Of The Warsaw Pact

Through the 1990s, during the terms of US President Bill Clinton, NATO relentlessly and inexorably expanded through Central Europe. Today, the expansion of that alliance eastward – encircling Russia with fiercely Russo-phobic regimes in one tiny country after another and in Ukraine, which is not tiny at all – continues.

Aug 17 10:10

'Surprise Guest' Putin Ruffles Feathers With Plan to Attend Euroskeptic Austrian FM Wedding

From security arrangements to choice of present to geopolitical implications, Western media is fascinated (and alarmed) by Vladimir Putin's decision to drop in on the wedding of Karin Kneissl – and some have demanded she resign.

Above all else, it appears that in almost two decades as an international political figure, this is the first time the Russian president has publicized his intention to go to a wedding party, much less one abroad. His long-time press secretary Dmitry Peskov insisted that Putin has visited foreign private events previously, but when pressed by reporters, struggled to recall a specific occasion.

Aug 17 10:09

France 2 Goes Overboard With Institutional Putinophobia

On the face of it, it appears almost comical: Putin here, Putin there, Putin behind rigged polls, behind syringes that go astray, behind adulterated vaccines, solar flares, air pollution, global warming, scammed bank accounts, manipulated elections, Femen who commit suicide, economies that climb, economies that collapse … the list goes on, marching into wacko-land.

In short, Putin the bogeyman. Putin the Bad, with a capital B.

In Europe, in the Western world and particularly in our country, “putinophobia” has become institutional. If you want to be counted among the good people and beautiful people, it is imperative to sacrifice to it. All or nothing. The Zeitgeist is not into subtle nuance.

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Aug 17 05:52

Is a GERMAN-RUSSIAN ALLIANCE on the Horizon?

The US is anxious over the upcoming meeting between Putin and Merkel to be held on September 18 in Berlin. The Americans have always feared a unification of Russian resources and German technology

In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper, the leader of the German Left party and Bundestag deputy Sarah Wagenknecht explained this: “The US is pursuing its own interests, and with the arrival of Trump, they have resorted to aggressive methods. Their interests are contrary to European interests on the most important issues – and not only economic ones. With its wars for resources, the United States has destabilized the Middle East and is continuing to do so in Iran. At the same time, Europe is the first to pay for such. We should not submit to a policy that is contrary to our interests,” she said.

According to Wagenknecht, bad relations with Russia also contradict Europe’s interests.

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(*I thought Donald Trump "sounded like" bad relations with Russia contradicted U.S. interests , too , when he was running for P.O.T.U.S. back in 2016 )

Aug 17 05:38

Ukraine Sells Military Tech to China

A source from the Russian Center for Analysis of the World Arms Trade says that the US is not likely to ignore Ukraine’s sale of Ukrainian aircraft engines to China. In response, Washington might freeze its program of military aid to Kiev, RusVesna reports.

This anonymous source’s testimony to major Russian media follows The Washington Times citing of reports in China Daily that the Ukrainian company Motor Sich has delivered 20 engines for 12 JL-10 combat-training aircraft to China.

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Aug 17 02:42

A Fever Pitch of Insanity and Fecklessness - Kunstler With an Excellent Rant on America's New Moscow Sanctions

The author is a prominent American social critic, blogger, and podcaster, and one of our all-time favorite pessimists. We carry his articles regularly on RI. His writing on Russia-gate has been highly entertaining. He is one of the better-known thinkers The New Yorker has dubbed 'The Dystopians' in an excellent 2009 profile, along with the brilliant Dmitry Orlov, another regular contributor to RI (archive). These theorists believe that modern society is headed for a jarring and painful crack-up. You can find his popular fiction and novels on this subject, here. To get a sense of how entertaining he is, watch this 2004 TED talk about the cruel misery of American urban design - it is one of the most-viewed on TED. Here is a recent audio interview with him which gives a good overview of his work...

Aug 17 02:39

'Surprise Guest' Putin Ruffles Feathers With Plan to Attend Euroskeptic Austrian FM Wedding

From security arrangements to choice of present to geopolitical implications, Western media is fascinated (and alarmed) by Vladimir Putin's decision to drop in on the wedding of Karin Kneissl – and some have demanded she resign. Above all else, it appears that in almost two decades as an international political figure, this is the first time the Russian president has publicized his intention to go to a wedding party, much less one abroad... Other Russian officials are also downplaying the significance of Putin's Saturday morning detour en-route to talks with Angela Merkel later the same day. The president's aide Yuri Ushakov said that Putin would "drop in to offer his congratulations," while Peskov presented the whole affair as a matter of common courtesy: Kneissl invited the Russian leader during his official visit in June, and Putin simply accepted. But for the German-language press, the announcement of the "surprise guest" has been a bombshell.

Aug 17 01:31

After visiting Butina in US jail, Russian diplomats to send note to Department of State

"On August 16, embassy officials once again visited Maria Butina in a Washington jail. After the visit, a note will be sent to the US Department of State with a demand to stop using psychological pressure and humiliation against the Russian citizen," the embassy said in a statement. "The prison administration has resumed the inhumane practice of regular night checks, made every 15 minutes. This practice is applied to inmates prone to suicide," the statement reads, adding that Butina "gave no reasons to be considered as such." "In breach of all humanitarian norms, Maria was denied the right to receive letters in Russian under the pretext that they contain ‘encrypted messages.’ However, as a matter of fact the prison administration just does not take the trouble to find a translator," the statement reads. "She is not receiving due medical assistance. Her leg, which has swollen due to constant low temperature in her cell, is getting worse.

Aug 17 01:27

Ukraine prepares draft decision to ban railroad communication with Russia

The Ukrainian Infrastructure Ministry has prepared draft decisions to ban passenger travel and railway communication with Russia that it will shortly refer to the government, Infrastructure Minister Vladimir Omelyan said on Thursday. Earlier, Omelyan said specialized agencies of the country were ready to halt railway communication with Russia, despite the fact that three out of five most gainful trains of Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railways) are travelling between Ukraine and Russia. The Russian Foreign Ministry dubbed the initiative of the Ukrainian minister absurd. His moves "are aimed at blocking any contacts between the citizens of Ukraine and Russia," Grigory Karasin, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, told TASS earlier... Omelyan earlier told the Ukrainian TV channel 1+1 live that Ukraine’s specialized agencies are still considering the possible termination of railroad communication with Russia, despite the high profitability of this transportation.

Aug 17 01:16

Kazakhstan to ratify Convention on Legal Status of Caspian Sea in near future

The presidents of the five Caspian states (Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkmenistan) singed the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea, which had been agreed on by the five states’ foreign ministers at their Moscow meeting in December 2017, at the Fifth Caspian summit held in Kazakhstan’s city of Aktau. Besides, several documents on regional cooperation were also signed... Kazakhstan plans to ratify the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea in the near future, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s Ambassador-at-Large Zulfiya Amanzholova said at a briefing on Friday. "We intend to ratify the convention in the near future. The Foreign Ministry will launch the necessary procedures immediately. We will submit the convention to the government, the time frame and all the procedures are determined, so I don’t think there will be any delays," she said. According to her, the Kazakh government will later pass the document to the parliament.

Aug 16 15:23

Putin's war games factory: Workers near completion of Russia's latest supersonic 1,400mph strike bombers ahead of test flights later this month

The Tu-22M3M is a 'deep moderisation' of the Tu-22M3 which Russia's air force has about 100 in service and used extensively in missions over Syria in support of the Assad regime.

The new planes can be navigated up to eight times better than the previous generation and target their improved missiles up to 10 times more accurately.

Crucially they will also be able to carry Kh-32 air-to-surface cruise missiles, which have a range of up to 370 miles flying up to 25 miles above the ground at Mach 5 - five times the speed of sound at 3,100mph.

Even bigger Kh-50 missiles will also be fitted to the new jets, which can carry six more than the Tu-22M3, that fly at almost 600mph and weigh a massive 1,600kg.

Aug 16 14:38

BREAKING: Ukrainian Army & Blackwater prepare use of radiation weapon on Donbass…

Rusvesna informs us of the following …

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The anti-coup, anti-Maidan hacker group “CyberBerkut” received information about the preparation by the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine of a terrorist act in the Donbass with the use of radioactive materials.

“Ukrainian saboteurs plan to infect with radioactive waste water in the channel” Seversky Donets – Donbass “, from where there is a withdrawal of water in the South Donbass water conduit, and blame the entire leadership of the DNR.
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In addition, we have reason to believe that the curator of this operation is Eric Prince, the former founder and owner of private military company Blackwater,>>>

Aug 16 14:31

US to Send More Marines to Norway, Angering Russia

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 16 14:04

US Military Spending Bill Could Target al-Jazeera as ‘Foreign Agent’

Foreign-owned media outlets that don’t always tow the line in the US could find themselves under dramatically increased scrutiny under the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), with analysts predicting that al-Jazeera will be the first news media outlet to fall victim.

The NDAA provisions were designed by groups openly hostile to al-Jazeera, and are aimed at forcing the news outlet, and others, to register as “foreign agents” because of their ties to overseas governments, and especially because of their content.

Al-Jazeera is already facing hostility across the Middle East, because they’re based in Qatar, and Saudi Arabia really doesn’t like Qatar. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and others called on the Justice Department to investigate al-Jazeera in particular for being “anti-semitic and anti-Israel,” saying they believe that makes it a ‘state-controlled propaganda arm.”

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but perfectly predictable from this government.

I would very much suggest to our readers and listeners that they read the foreign press in English is much as they can; it will give you some kind of clue about what the US government is doing that domestic outlets won't dare to mention (like the current US-enabled Saudi genocide in Yemen.)

Aug 16 13:05

US OFFICIALS WARN OF "DISTURBING" RUSSIAN SPACE WEAPONS AT UN CONFERENCE

US officials at a UN conference expressed “deep suspicion” of Russia for its advancement in the creation of “space weapons.”

Assistant Secretary of State Yleem Poblete called Russia’s developments “disturbing.”

Russian officials dismissed the claims as “unfounded and slanderous,” saying they want to avoid a new arms race in outer space. US officials say a new Russian satellite is acting “abnormal” and they are alleging that to be evidence of weaponry.

In reality, the US interest in hyping Russian space weapons is fairly transparently an attempt to bring new attention to the militarization of space, as President Trump has been very keen to establish an enormous Space Force, and failed to get Congressional funding.

Selling the Space Force to the public and the legislature is contingent on it being used for something.

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The only thing "disturbing" to the US government, is that the US military, apparently, doesn't have these alleged weapons yet.

Aug 16 08:55

Art of the Deal Russian-Style: Massive Win for Eurasian Integration as Moscow Resolves Status of Caspian Sea With Neighbors

The five states surrounding the sea – Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan – have reached difficult compromises on sovereign and exclusive rights as well as freedom of navigation

The long-awaited deal on the legal status of the Caspian Sea signed on Sunday in the Kazakh port of Aktau is a defining moment in the ongoing, massive drive towards Eurasia integration.

Aug 16 08:50

US ‘Concerned’ With ‘Abnormal’ Russian Satellite

The US is raising hue and cry about a Russian satellite exhibiting what it considers “abnormal” behavior, heavily implying it is a weapon of some sort. However, the US has repeatedly rejected out of hand attempts to prevent a space arms race via an international treaty and is developing its own hypersonic weapons capable of reaching space.

"We are concerned with what appears to be very abnormal behavior by a declared ‘space apparatus inspector,'" US Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Yleem Poblete said Tuesday at a UN conference on disarmament in Geneva, Switzerland. "Its behavior on-orbit was inconsistent with anything seen before from on-orbit inspection or space situational awareness capabilities, including other Russian inspection satellite activities."

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In other words, the Americans are angry that the Russians have an object in space they don't know everything about, and the cause of their ignorance is their own lack of interest in reaching a workable treaty governing weapons in outer space, based on dubious claims about the impossibility of verification. Conclusion? Must be another scary Russian weapon!

Aug 16 08:38

Russia to open Black Sea ferry line from Crimea to Turkey

The Crimean peninsula is ready to launch a ferry service to the Turkish Black Sea coast.

“Negotiations with the freight-shipping agents have been carried out. The Crimean ports involved in the Turkey-Crimea-Turkey ferry line will be announced soon,” said CEO of Crimean Sea Ports Aleksey Volkov. The line will be opened this fall, he added.

Aug 16 08:37

Fast, modern & ‘hyper-armed’: Russia rolls out upgraded supersonic strike bomber

The Tu-22M3M, a modification of the Russian supersonic strike bomber, is a new modern plane inside a classic shell, the manufacturer says. Having greater speed and range, it will reportedly be armed with hypersonic missiles.

Aug 16 08:14

Putin Invites North Korea To Boost Ties In Special Telegram To Kim Jong-Un

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said in a telegram to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that he is ready to meet with him in the near future to discuss “urgent” regional issues and bilateral ties, according to the text of the message published by the Korean Central News Agency on Wednesday.

Putin’s invitation to hold talks came as part of a message to Kim Jong-un congratulating the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on the 73rd anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese occupation.

Aug 16 06:57

WATCH: OSCE Spots Trucks on Russia-Donbass Border, Ukraine Throws a Tantrum

The OSCE has published a video showing cargo trucks on the Russian Federation’s side of the border with the Donetsk People’s Republic, which Ukraine has hastened to call “proof of military aggression

The Russian military analyst Boris Rozhin has offered his commentary to RusVesna on the potential significance of this “sighting”:

“It is worth noting that, as usual, this “evidence” once again lacks any facts showing military vehicles and equipment, which as always does not show up on the satellite images and is apparently shy. The Americans on this account usually say that they have such videos, but they will not show them to anyone, because they are a ‘secret.’>>>

(*The "Fact" That There Is A YouTube Video should be all the "evidence" one needs to Pick Up What The Russian Military Analyst Is Putting Down , Here ! )

Aug 16 05:19

To Lighten Things Up, Bolton To Meet Russians In Geneva

Trump adviser Bolton to meet Russians next week in Geneva

(*that should get them to shut up and start listening !)

Aug 16 01:22

Defense Ministry refutes reports on Russian bombers being intercepted over Black Sea

Earlier, a representative of the Royal Air Force said that on August 13, two RAF fighters were launched from their base in Romania to escort Russian planes over the Black Sea. The Russian Defense Ministry has denied a report of the UK Royal Air Force that six Russian bombers Su-24 were intercepted over the Black Sea on August 13. According to the ministry, four planes of the Russian Black Sea Fleet with no Su-24 bombers among them were conducting scheduled training flights over the Black Sea. "After completing their flight task in the designated area of airspace, the Russian aircraft spotted a warplane of a NATO country at a distance of more than 30 kilometers," the Defense Ministry said. "The plane was making no maneuvers, was not deviating from the route and was not approaching the Russian planes returning to their home base," it said.

Aug 16 01:17

US wants to limit Russia’s use of new technologies under Open Skies Treaty, expert says

The US is trying to limit Russia's use of modern technologies as part of the Open Skies Treaty, Daryl G. Kimball, Executive Director of the Arms Control Association (ACA) told TASS. He referred to the new version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDDA) which was drafted on the initiative of several congressmen. According to Kimball, the U.S. government is not suspending its implementation of the Open Skies Treaty, which is important for transparency and confidence-building for the U.S. and its NATO partners and for Russia. However, there is an ongoing dispute between Republican members of Congress about whether to upgrade the aging U.S. reconnaissance aircraft (OC-135s) that are used for U.S. Open Skies flights, the expert said. "Some Nebraska members of Congress, including Sen.

Aug 16 01:13

Russian company slams US sanctions as illegal

The US Department of the Treasury said earlier in a statement that the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) had designated the Profinet company and its director general. According to the statement, Profinet, which "provides loading, bunkering, supplying, and departure arrangements for vessels calling at the Russian ports of Nakhodka, Vostochny, Vladivostok, and Slavyanka… has provided port services on at least six separate occasions to DPRK-flagged vessels, including the sanctioned vessels Chon Myong 1 and Rye Song Gang 1, which have carried thousands of metric tons of refined oil products." "Profinet continued to offer its bunkering services to DPRK-flagged vessels even after its employees knew of oil-related sanctions on North Korea. Kolchanov was personally involved in North Korea-related deals and interacted directly with North Korean representatives in Russia," the US Treasury Department added. "We believe that our company has been sanctioned illegally," Kolchanov said.

Aug 16 00:54

US sanctions to kill Russian banks and sovereign debt?

The website of the US Congress published a new bill on anti-Russian sanctions. The document is called "Defending American Security from the Kremlin Aggression Act." This time, the US intends to take economic restrictions against Russia. In particular, it goes about prohibitions for standard dollar settlements through correspondent accounts in US banks for several Russian banks - Sberbank, VTB, Gazprombank, Bank of Moscow, Rosselkhozbank, Promsvyazbank and Vnesheconombank. The US also wants to prohibit US investors from working with the Russian national debt. It goes about the future public debt of the Russian Federation that US citizens will not be allowed to deal with after and if the law is adopted... The document also contains elements of the "political" agenda. For example, the National Intelligence director will need to provide a detailed report about the value of personal assets of President Vladimir Putin.

Aug 16 00:47

Russia starts Star Wars first. USA concerned and puzzled

The behavior of the Russian inspector satellite, which was launched in the autumn of 2017, puzzles military officials in the United States. Yleem D.S. Poblete, assistant secretary of state for arms control, verification, and compliance, said that the behavior of the satellite in orbit raised a number of questions. Inspector satellites are the spacecraft that maneuver in orbit and interact with other satellites. According to Poblete, the Russian spacecraft does not correspond to the functions that the Russian side had announced before. The satellite, the official added, does not execute its functions, but performs some other jobs, the details of which puzzle US specialists. The US is concerned about the satellite's behavior, as well as about Russia's developments in the field of anti-space defense systems. De facto, Yleem Poblete accused Russia of deploying weapons in space... To date, international law provides an opportunity to deploy standard arms systems in space.

Aug 15 08:08

Crimea ditches Visa & MasterCard in favor of Russian national payment system

US payment systems Visa and MasterCard are no longer present on Russia's Crimean Peninsula. The republic’s largest bank has finished the procedure of switching all plastic cards to Russia’s Mir payment system.

Aug 15 07:42

US Fails to Settle Int'l Conflicts

Russia: US Fails to Settle Int'l Conflicts

The United States, which all the way emphasizes its exclusiveness, has failed to cope with the role of the superman in settling international conflicts, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said while meeting participants in the international youth educational forum Baltartek.

She said many countries might have supported the concept of the United States’ exclusiveness, if only Washington was able to really bring more stability into this world, enhance security, make peace between countries, eliminate conflicts and prevent more ones, TASS reported.

"Who would’ve been against? It’s tremendous political, financial and moral responsibility," Zakharova said. "To be the superman who flies to the rescue, provides help and flies away."

"For some reasons the United States has failed to cope with this role,"

she said.

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Aug 15 06:52

Putin Invites North Korea to Boost Ties in Special Telegram to Kim Jong-Un

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said in a telegram to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that he is ready to meet with him in the near future to discuss “urgent” regional issues and bilateral ties, according to the text of the message published by the Korean Central News Agency on Wednesday.

Putin’s invitation to hold talks came as part of a message to Kim Jong-un congratulating the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on the 73rd anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese occupation.

“I affirm that I am ready to meet you at an early date to discuss urgent issues of bilateral relations and important matters of the region,” Putin said in the message.

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(*Somebody in The Trump Regime needs to Pay Attention , when it takes place , and Take Some Notes !)

Aug 15 01:44

DRR’s southern areas under intense mortar shelling by Ukrainian troops

Southern regions of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) came under intense mortar shelling by Ukrainian troops on Tuesday evening, a spokesman for the DPR’s operations command reported. "The villages of Kominternovo and Leninskoye in the south of our republic came under shelling by Ukraine’s 36th brigade. More than a hundred mines of various caliber were fired. Shelling was also conducted from weapons of armored infantry carriers and grenade launchers," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying. According to the spokesman, several buildings caught fire as a result of shelling. Since the autumn of 2014, more than 20 ceasefires have been agreed in Donbass, but none stayed in place for long, with Ukrainian troops violating them shorty after they came into effect. Notably, Ukrainian troops reportedly use heavy weapons that are to be pulled out of the buffer zone under the Minsk agreements.

Aug 15 01:37

Iran nuclear deal survives after US’ exit

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iran nuclear program continues to exist after the US ceased to be a part of it, Russia's Permanent Representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov told journalists on Wednesday, commenting on the measures taken by the EU to protect European businesses from US sanctions. "At the present moment, we can state that after the US’ exit, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action did not perish. The remaining five countries (Russia, China, France, UK, and Germany - TASS) continue to work on maintaining trade and economic cooperation with Iran in conditions of American sanctions," he noted. "As for Russia, we have never made it our goal to be friends with some in order to make enemies with others. Objectively, on this issue, the interests of Russia and the EU practically coincide. We have been co-authors of a fragile deal on the Iran nuclear program, which is why it is in our interest to maintain it," the Russian permanent representative added.

Aug 14 11:47

Russian Warship Said To Locate And Track US 'Stealth' Nuclear Sub For Hours

A major Russian daily newspaper on Friday revealed a classified incident wherein a Russian battleship located and tracked a 'stealth' US nuclear powered submarine.

It reportedly took place last April, near in time to when the US, UK, and France launched massive strikes from air and sea on targets in and around Damascus in response to the alleged government chemical attack on Douma.

The popular Russian-language daily Izvestia newspaper revealed the story, citing a source in the Russian Navy. While not itself state-owned, the historic newspaper was in the past owned by Gazprom prior to being sold, and has long had close ties to the government.

Currently it's impossible to independently verify the claims, but if true, it would be of monumental importance as it follows recent statements by Pentagon officials sounding the alarm over the rapid pace of Russian and Chinese advances in defense technology, including things like hypersonic weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Little known fact about subs. Nuclear boats are NOISY compared to diesel-electrics.

Aug 14 11:46

US Dropped Mutual Assurances of Non-Meddling from Helsinki Declaration – Reports

The United States rejected a Russian offer to include mutual assurances of non-interference in polls from a proposed joint declaration at the Helsinki summit, media said.

Russia suggested adding a clause that would call cyberattacks on critical infrastructure – power grids, water pumps, banks and hospitals – unacceptable, three Russian and US officials told the Kommersant newspaper.

Sources said Moscow had proposed "joint measures to prevent the use of cyberspace to destabilize internal political processes, including elections." The United States initially agreed to sign the joint declaration but then rowed back on it.

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Please note that it was the US government which rejected such language.

Aug 14 11:20

2016 Trump Tower Meeting Looks Increasingly Like a Setup by Russian and Clinton Operatives

The June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between high-ranking members of the Republican presidential campaign staff and a Russian lawyer with Kremlin ties remains the cornerstone of claims that Donald Trump colluded with Russia to steal the election.

A growing body of evidence, however, indicates that the meeting may have been a setup -- part of a broad effort to tarnish the Trump campaign involving Hillary Clinton operatives employed by Kremlin-linked figures and Department of Justice officials. This view, that the real collusion may have taken place among those who arranged the meeting rather than the Trump officials who agreed to attend it, is supported by two disparate lines of evidence pulled together for the first time here: newly released records and a pattern of efforts to connect the Trump campaign to Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And we have a companion piece to this, also from whatdoesitmean.com, with the headline reading as follows;

RUDY GIULIANI: EX-CIA DIRECTOR JOHN BRENNAN IS BEHIND THE ENTIRE INVESTIGATION

Color me thoroughly unsurprised at these revelations, as I am sure is everyone who has been paying even moderate attention.

Aug 14 09:50

Lithuania Builds NATO Polygon 60 Km From Russian Border

In the Lithuanian city of Kazlu Ruda, the construction of the first NATO-standardized air force training polygon in the Baltic region is nearing completion, the press service of the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense has announced.

The polygon will be located about 60 kilometers from the border with Russia and has the explicit mission of “contributing to the NATO policy of deterring Russia.” In it, military aircraft will be able to practice attacks against land targets. In addition, the structure will be used for the training of military pilots.

The construction of the polygon began in 2017 and its end is scheduled for the last quarter of this year. The project is being developed with the help of the US Air Force engineering unit, RED HORSE. Construction funding comes from the European Security Guarantees Initiative (ERI).

Aug 14 09:42

Washington Freezes Open Sky Treaty With Moscow in New Defense Bill

The United States will not obligate any funds to implement the Open Skies Treaty until penalties are imposed against Russia for previous violations, the 2019 NDAA revealed.

"None of the funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act… may be obligated or expended to carry out any activities to modify any United States aircraft for purposes of implementing the Open Skies Treaty," the legislation said on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You are not allowed to have better weapons than we have!!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 14 09:35

RUSSIAN MILITARY SPY SOFTWARE IS ON HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF HOME ROUTERS

The Russian military is inside hundreds of thousands of routers owned by Americans and others around the world, a top U.S. cybersecurity official said on Friday. The presence of Russian malware on the routers, first revealed in May, could enable the Kremlin to steal individuals’ data or enlist their devices in a massive attack intended to disrupt global economic activity or target institutions.

On May 27, Justice Department officials asked Americans to reboot their routers to stop the attack. Afterwards, the world largely forgot about it. That’s a mistake, said Rob Joyce, senior advisor to the director of the National Security Agency and the former White House cybersecurity coordinator.

“The Russian malware is still there,” said Joyce.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yet more demonization of Russia here in the US?!?

Because IF this is real, it appears to primarily be a problem for routers in Ukraine.

So then, how, please, did it become a problem for American computers, and what US agencies tasked with protecting Americans from this kind of problem, have failed the American people (yet again)?!?

Aug 14 09:25

A STRANGE MISSILE LAUNCH, AND AN EVEN STRANGER COMMENT FROM ...

Stock market go down? Blame Mr. Putin and Russia. Pension fund problems? Blame Mr. Putin and Russia. Having problems finding that missing $50,000,000,000,000 that you set aside? Blame Mr. Putin and Russia. Can't get reach customer non-service in India? Blame Mr. Putin and Russia. Flat tire? Blame Mr. Putin and Russia. Didn't get the grades from your professors you wanted? Blame Mr. Putin and Russia. Wrong person elected to the local animal shelter control board? Blame Mr. Putin and Russia. Spies didn't die when you laced their house with nerve agents? Blame Mr. Putin and Russia. (The last one is particularly useful, for it gives you the excuse to impose more sanctions.)

Aug 14 08:04

New US military budget halts Open Skies pact, almost blocks nuclear arms reduction deal with Russia

The US has suspended its Open Skies Treaty with Russia after President Donald Trump signed a giant 2019 defense budget bill. House lawmakers also tried to derail a milestone nuclear arms deal that has been in place since 2011.

Trump signed the $716 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Monday, meaning it will come into effect ahead of the new fiscal year in October. However, the House targeted some critical areas dealing with US-Russia relations. Some of them were saved in the Senate, but some were overturned.

The 1992 Open Skies Treaty, which allowed for mutual observation flights, was suspended until Russia is penalized for what the US claims are previous violations. Russia has always maintained its full compliance with the treaty.

Aug 13 19:08

US Sanctions Are Pushing Russia To War

The new round of sanctions this week unleashed by the United States on Russia has only one meaning: the US rulers want to crush Russia’s economy. By any definition, Washington is, in effect, declaring war on Russia.

The implemented economic measures may have a seemingly abstract or sterile quality about them: banning electronic exports to Russia, rattling financial markets, stock prices falling. But the material consequence is that American officials are intending to inflict physical damage on Russian society and Russian people.

It’s economic warfare on a sliding scale to military warfare, as the Prussian General Karl von Clausewitz would no doubt appreciate.

It seems all the more significant that this week also saw US internet services launching a major clampdown on anti-war websites, suggesting that the powers-that-be want to shut down any criticism or public awareness of their reckless warmongering.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is absolutely correct in his assessment.

Unfortunately, the the timing of this unloosing of the "dogs of war" against Russia, via these sanctions, and these attempts at silencing the independent media right now, which generally are pro-peace, were no accidents.

I cannot know when a physical false flag will be turned loose against Russia; I might suggest, potentially, that it may happen at the "drop-dead moment" President Trump has declared, as the absolute moratorium against all governments on the planet to stop buying oil from Iran; that "drop dead date", is Sunday, 4 November, the Sunday before the mid-term elections which happen in the US on Tuesday, 6 November.

This will be largely unenforceable, in light of the fact that Russia, China, and Turkey, have all spurned this veto against trade, and will continue to trade with Iran.

I would suggest that there may be something significant, happening either on Monday 5 November, on on the mid-term election date proper, against both Iran and Russia, although I see a potential attack against Iran coming sooner, as President Trump's pollsters may well see that there is a very real concern among the American people, that such an attack has absolutely no US legal "cover", (which it does not), so may feel they want to go in early, perhaps during, or right after the Labor Day holiday coming up, with yet another ginned up, concoction of lies, so that the American people will generally have just come back from a holiday, before they realize that their country has gone to war against Iran.

OF course, for the country of Israel, such a war against Iran cannot possibly happen soon enough.

For his next vacation this summer at any of the hotels he owns, I would politely suggest that President Trump should be reading Sun Tzu's "The Art of War." I have archived a version for him here, from the MIT classics Library.
Sun Tzu: The Art of War.

H needs to see where the US government and military stack up to any of the thoughts this military genius had about why wars are successfully won, or horrifically lost, then move accordingly.

I would like to politely remind President Trump, Congress, the Pentagon, Congress and the State Department, that right now in its history, the US military does not have the troop strength; the money; the manufacturing, or the weaponry to insure a successful outcome in a war against both Russia and /or China.

And when any wars the United States undertake, go nuclear, as may well go any wars against China or Russia by the United States, I would suggest extreme caution by President Trump in what he wishes for as the outcome, from such a conflagration; the results may well be both horrific..... and irreversible.

Aug 13 15:48

The Revenge Of Hillary: Senator Mark Warner Proposes The End Of Free Speech

Senate Democrats are circulating a proposal based upon their claim of Russian hacking that will completely takeover the internet and social media which has been leaked.

They are adopting the EU approach to silence political criticism. They claim it is necessary, just as the EU argued, that they must act to prevent Russian hackers and “restore” the people’s trust in our institutions, democracy, and the free press. They are proposing comprehensive GDPR-like data protection legislation following the EU.

They are calling it a proposal for “Regulation of Social Media and Technology Firms,” and the draft was created by Sen. Mark Warner.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the most peaceful, powerful, and responsible way possible, this legislation must be stopped in its tracks.

Aug 13 13:37

Russian Embassy in US Slams Claims About Moscow's Role in Charlottesville Events

The allegations, voiced by some US politicians, that Russia had a role in last year's violent clashes in the US city of Charlottesville, are absurd just like other US claims that Moscow had meddled in Washington's domestic affairs, the Russian embassy in the United States said.

Rep. Tom Garrett, the US lawmaker from the Republican Party, told the CNN broadcaster on Saturday, that he was told at a recent briefing with the FBI chief, Christopher Wray, that Russia’s interference had had to do with "fomenting the flames of what happened in Charlottesville."

Aug 13 10:36

FBI has Damning Dossier on Poroshenko,

The wanted former president of Georgia turned governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region following the Maidan coup, Mikhail Saakashvili, has publicly claimed that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is going to face criminal prosecution by his own patron state – the United States of America.

In an exclusive tell-all interview with the Ukrainian site Strana, Saakashvili was caught on video saying about Poroshenko: “As soon has he ceases to be president, not a single country will take him in for a moment. In America they will plant him [in prison] like Lazarenko, because the FBI has a dossier on him.”

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Aug 13 10:30

Russian Defense Ministry Declassifies WWII Stalin Order to Bomb Berlin

On the 106th anniversary of the Russian Aerospace Forces, Russia’s Ministry of Defense has published on its website a series of Central Archive documents, including a secret directive of Soviet leader Josef Stalin, dated 1941, ordering the counter-bombing of the German capital Berlin

A special place is occupied by the copy of a handwritten order of the State Defense Committee of the USSR, dictated by the Chairman of the Committee, Josef Stalin, at 2:00 am on August 9, 1941. The document ordered the commander of the 81st air division to carry out a bombardment against the heart of the Third Fascist Reich,” the publication says.

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Aug 13 10:27

EXPOSED! ‘Nazi’ Azov Battalion Receives Armaments From ISRAEL

An investigation into Ukrainian and Israeli armaments show a deep connection between the Zionist entity and the Nazi-Banderist Battalion, that is also now part of the police forces of the oligarchic and pro-Atlanticist regime of Kiev.

Aug 13 10:26

ISRAEL’S STRATEGIC COLLAPSE: How Putin Sandbagged Netanyahu

Resulting from Russia’s declaration that it would be establishing eight militarized outposts along the de facto Syria-Israel border, the UN has been prodded into action, and is re-engaging its own responsibilities to monitor the region. The UN previously was unable to perform, due to pressure from the US, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia chiefly, to pressure the UN not to guard the demilitarized zone.

The result of a lacking UN presence was that the area was more easily used by Israel to provide safe harbor, arms, equipment, and medical care to Al-Qaeda and ISIS groups, under these and several related brands. Russia has been looking for a solution ever since. With the US’s waning influence in the region, and significantly reduced force projection capacity, we entered into a new period.

Aug 13 10:22

Russia says will ditch U.S. securities amid sanctions: RIA

Russia will further decrease its holdings of U.S. securities in response to new sanctions against Moscow but has no plans to shut down U.S. companies in Russia, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on state TV on Sunday, RIA news agency reported.

Aug 13 10:17

Lenin Updated: ‘Turn the Globalist War into a Race War’

First US President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki and appears to make some progress towards his stated goal of putting ties between Washington and Moscow on a positive course. Immediately, all hell breaks loose. Trump is a called a traitor. The “sanctions bill from hell” is introduced in the Senate. Trump is forced on the defensive.

Next Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky visits Moscow, where he meets with Putin and gives him a letter from Trump proposing moderate steps towards rapprochement. Paul also talks with Russian Senators and invites them to come to Washington to continue the dialogue. Immediately, all hell breaks loose. Paul is called a traitor. The State Department “finds” the Russians guilty of the using illegal chemical weapons (CW) in the United Kingdom and imposes sanctions. Trump is forced even more on the defensive.

Aug 13 09:59

THE RUSSIAN-GEORGIAN WAR OF AUGUST 2008 WAS ACTUALLY THE RUSSIAN-‘ISRAELI’ WAR

Now ten years on, the Russo-Georgian War that began on this day in 2008 is one of the most lopsided but nevertheless important geopolitical events of the last 20 years. And all fingers point to the usurping Zionist entity as being the prime mover and shaker behind the bloodshed–despite such an awful few analysts and commentators digging deep enough to find the evidence.

Before tackling the battle itself however, a note needs to be made about just how the ground became fertile for conflict and it can be done in three words: The Rose Revolution. A destabilization operation bankrolled and pushed through by George Soros through his Open Society Foundation, Peter Ackerman through CANVAS, Peter Lewis, a frequent coreligionist partner of the first two regime-change-obsessed Zionists, USAID, the NDI, the NED and bloodthirsty Iraq Genocide architect Paul Wolfowitz.

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Aug 13 08:32

US, TURKEY DECLARE ECONOMIC WAR

Relations between the US and Turkey — a key American ally and home to NATO’s second-largest army — hit a new low on Friday, with the presidents of both countries rhetorically declaring economic war on each other. And over the course of a single day, the Turkish lira lost 17 percent of its value.

Within hours, early signs of panic spread to world financial markets. A European currency trader, who asked that his name not be published, told WhoWhatWhy on Sunday that he had never seen so much trade and volatility over a weekend, blaming it on the Turkey events.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

American foreign and economic policies should be used as a feather; rarely as a club.

Unfortunately, President Trump, DC's Merchant of Death in Chief (chief supporter of US arms sales to Saudi Arabia, for its genocide in Yemen) believes in the power of a "bully pulpit" from which he can force "Pax Americana" on an increasingly unwilling and hostile world, without really paying attention to the condition in which the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, finds itself, in this part of the 21st century.

We are a nation in decline; nearly destroyed by a National debt which can never be repaid; with US infrastructure crumbling, and a pronouncedly "third world" feel to our inner cities, primarily due to massive illegal immigration.

The US continues to do what has always done well, in the immortal words of George Carlin (paraphrased); we continue to kill brown people, because we're good at it!

And this is all in the name of expropriating resources, to which the US government has no moral right; regime change to insure that governments are US centric, and that those resources stolen from their countries of origin, will only be sold in US dollars.

And I have to wonder, with this feud between Erdogan and President Trump; did anyone happen to mention to him, that such activities were nearly bound to push Turkey into the economic/military sways of both China and Russia?!?

Was this the outcome actually wanted?!?

And if not, why the hell didn't someone around him suggest this possibility, which is about to morph into some huge embarrassments for the US in the Middle East and beyond?!?

Aug 13 08:08

RUSSIA TO DUMP MORE US TREASURIES IN RETALIATION AGAINST SANCTIONS

Moscow will continue selling off its holdings of US Treasury securities in response to the new penalties Washington is ready to introduce against Russia in the near future, according to Russia’s Finance Minister Anton Siluanov.
The minister added that the government will stick to the plan of moving away from the US dollar for international trade, as it recently proved to be a “risky” payment method.

“I do not rule it out,” Siluanov said in an interview with Rossiya 1 TV channel. “We have significantly reduced our investment in US assets. In fact, the dollar, which is considered to be the international currency, becomes a risky tool for payments.”

In 2010, Russia was among the top-10 holders of US debt at over $176 billion. With several rounds of US sanctions targeting Russia since 2014, Moscow began selling off its holdings to below $100 billion by October 2017.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Punishing a country for something that it didn't do (absolutely, in the case of Crimea, which was NEVER annexed by Russia, but held a referendum, asking their people if they wanted to stay with post-Putsch Ukraine, or petition the Russian Federation for Membership, or allegedly poisoning the Skripals, which has utterly no basis in fact of logic) will ultimately have real-world consequences, financial being among them.

The US government has just, financially and intellectually, kicked itself in the crotch with this stupid move, and the consequences are ultimately going to hurt both American and European business which have traded with Russia; but hurting Russia itself financially?!?

As with Iran, not unless and until the US can convince the rest of world not to trade with Russia will it ultimately feel the proverbial pinch, so this move is about as ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid as the current Administration can do.

Aug 13 05:56

Russia may introduce online voting as early as in 2021 - official

A member of Russia’s Central Elections Commission has told reporters that the country might introduce online voting, similar to systems used in Switzerland and Estonia, for the 2021 parliamentary elections.

“Considering the scale of the Russian Federation’s territory we have to start using internet voting. I think that we will possibly do something already in the next federal elections campaign – the 2021 State Duma elections,” Vasily Likhachev told reporters on Friday.

Aug 13 05:51

Russia to dump more US Treasuries in retaliation against sanctions

Moscow will continue selling off its holdings of US Treasury securities in response to the new penalties Washington is ready to introduce against Russia in the near future, according to Russia’s Finance Minister Anton Siluanov.

The minister added that the government will stick to the plan of moving away from the US dollar for international trade, as it recently proved to be a “risky” payment method.

Aug 12 10:05

Thiessen: Where’s the outrage over Clinton-Russia collusion

But as bad as the Trump Tower meeting was, it took place at the request of the Russians. They were the ones who approached the Trump campaign, not the other way around.

By contrast, the Clinton campaign proactively sought dirt on Trump from Russian government sources.

They did it through cutouts. In April 2016, Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias retained opposition research firm Fusion GPS to compile incriminating information on Trump. Fusion GPS in turn hired Christopher Steele, a former British MI6 operative with sources among Russian government officials. The result was the salacious dossier, whose sources included “a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure” and “a former top level intelligence officer still active in the Kremlin.” Steele’s work was paid for by Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee. That means a paid agent of the Clinton campaign approached Russian officials for damaging material on Trump.

Aug 12 08:39

Russian Warship Said To Locate And Track US 'Stealth' Nuclear Sub For Hours

Russian state-owned RT News translated sections of the exclusive Izvestia story, and describes the claimed April incident as follows:

The frigate Admiral Essen of the Russian Black Sea Fleet managed to track down one of the Ohio-class submarines currently in service with the US Navy, Izvestia newspaper revealed on Friday, citing a source in the Russian Navy. The Russian ship left Sevastopol, a major Black Sea port located on the Crimean Peninsula, on March 13 and returned on June 30. The frigate was deployed most of the time in the Mediterranean Sea.

RT touts the claimed success of the operation, echoing military sources, as follows:

The pursuit lasted more than two hours, during which the Russian ship recorded the basic parameters of the American submarine, which will be deciphered and added to the acoustic characteristics of the submarine...

Aug 12 07:02

WAR OR PEACE ?

American politicians provoke a slew of emotions, from tears of rage to tears of laughter. But perhaps the uppermost emotion is one of pity.

With a few honorable exceptions, it is such a pity that the American people are misled by such buffoons. It is such a pity that the American and Russian people — who have so much in common as human beings — are nevertheless being driven towards a state of war by these buffoonish politicians.

Senator Rand Paul, like his father Ron, is an honorable exception.

Paul was in Russia last week offering a hand of peace and dialogue.

Back home, however>>>

(*"What does he think he's doing ?"
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Aug 11 23:30

The Grand Irony of RussiaGate: The U.S. Becomes More Like the U.S.S.R. Every Day

When the Soviet regime exiled Sakharov in 1980, everybody assumed the USSR was permanent and impregnable to collapse. In other words, “it can’t happen here.” But it did happen, and believing “it can’t happen here” did nothing but hasten the collapse.

Aug 11 08:57

"US Risks Completely Losing Turkey": Erdogan Vows To Defy US "Threats" Over Pastor Brunson

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit back Saturday at US "threats" over detained American pastor Brunson which has escalated tensions between the two NATO allies, sent the Turkish currency into a historic nosedive on Friday and crashed Turkish capital markets.

"It is wrong to dare bring Turkey to its knees through threats over a pastor," Erdogan lashed out during a rally in the Black Sea town of Unye.

"I am calling on those in America again. Shame on you, shame on you. You are exchanging your strategic partner in NATO for a priest."

"They are threatening us. You cannot tame our people with threats" but perhaps a collapse in the stock market will suffice: the Turkish lira crashed as much as 20% against the dollar on Friday, its biggest drop on record, after President Trump announced he would double steel and aluminium tariffs on Turkey, adding to pressure to Turkey's troubled economy. The White House has said the newly-imposed sanctions would take effect from August 13.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yesterday, atimes.com, reported the following:

China will buy Turkey on the cheap.The article goes on to state:

"Turkey’s volatile president Recep Tayyip Erdogan might have put off the crisis, but instead decided to butt heads with US President Trump over the arrest of an American Protestant minister for alleged terrorism."

"Turkey will end up as “an economic satrapy of China,” as I predicted last November. President Erdogan in effect threw himself on the mercy of China in a barely-coherent speech earlier today.

Turkey’s economy is likely to shrink by 10% to 20% before the bleeding stops, as I predicted June 12. Erdogan’s supposed economic miracle followed the old formula of Third World kleptocracies of the past, namely massive domestic credit issuance supported by massive foreign borrowing. Turks bought foreign consumer goods with the proceeds and the country’s current account deficit swelled to 6.5% of national output. That’s close to where the Greek current account deficit stood in early 2012 when the country’s economy imploded."

Mr. President, just a question here; did you NOT understand that your economic threats were going to throw Erdogan into China's influence?!?

Because if not realizing that this would be the case, President Trump has just revealed himself to be an astonishingly ill-informed sitting President, eager to take bad advise which reinforces his view of the world, rather than asking for the uncomfortable truth, far too often.

Aug 11 08:47

Russia Slams UK Defence Secretary Over ‘Belligerent’ Anti-Russia Rhetoric

The Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom slammed anti-Russia rhetoric by UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, saying that his statements are aimed at justifying expansion of NATO states’ defense budgets.

Earlier in the week, Williamson, in his address at the Atlantic Council, accused Moscow of aggression, cyberattacks and the political sabotage.

"An unusually belligerent rhetoric of Gavin Williamson … sheds light on the true motives behind the forced increase in spending by NATO countries, expected to reach $1.26 trillion in 2018," the embassy’s spokesperson said on Friday.

Aug 11 08:24

RUSSIAN MILITARY CAMPAIGN IN SYRIA 2015-2018

The Russian military operation in Syria is nearing the end of its third year. Since 2015, Moscow has been employing its air power, military advisors and diplomatic resources to defeat a multitude of terrorist groups, to support the legitimate Syrian government, and to promote a peaceful dialogue across the country, thereby creating the framework for a diplomatic settlement of the conflict on the international and regional levels.

Aug 11 08:03

UN PUTS COST OF SYRIAN WAR DESTRUCTION AT NEARLY $400 BILLION

A group of United Nations experts have produced a figure which puts a price tag on seven years of war in Syria in terms of overall destruction to the country: nearly $400 billion.

The UN just concluded a two day meeting of over 50 Syrian and international experts in Lebanon who met under the aegis of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).

According to the AFP, the group of economic analysts concluded that the "volume of destruction in physical capital and its sectoral distribution" is estimated at more than $388 billion (334 billion euros).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And of course, the US government takes absolutely zero responsibility for the carnage it has caused here, by arming, funding, and training Syrian "rebels", aka ISIS.

Obama Authorises Secret Support for Syrian Rebels

ISIS weapons arsenal included some purchased by the US government

How ISIS got US weapons, and took them to use in Iraq and Syria

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

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Aug 11 07:03

RUSSIA HYSTERIA GAVE US SOCIAL MEDIA CENSORSHIP (VIDEO)

It started with Hillary Clinton floating out the big lie, that 17 US intelligence agencies are “confident” that Russia hacked DNC servers and John Podesta email accounts, in a Kremlin plot to elect Donald Trump as President of the United States.

Fast forward two years later and witness Silicon Valley tech giants colluding in a span of 12 hours to de-platform Infowars and Alex Jones.

These are not isolated incidences. The one gave us the other.

The Deep State’s chosen candidate, Hillary Clinton, lost to the ultimate outsider, Donald Trump. All eyes, and all lies, turned to the perennial scapegoat Russia.

This time the elitist plan was more sinister than ever. Why let a good lie like ‘Russia election meddling’ go to waste?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Right now, Russia.... is not my enemy; my enemy is the American Deep State, and its enablers, let us say, the 4th Estate writ large, in that unholy triumverate of Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube, which want to forbid me from choosing what I want to read, through algorithmically crushing down any dissenting opinion that steers too far from the US government's official narrative.

Aug 11 04:49

Mattis: Putin Is Trying To “Undermine America’s Moral Authority”

Mattis: Putin Is Trying To “Undermine America’s Moral Authority”

(*Can you see it ? The need for Alex Jones to dissect and explain what ever the h**l Mattis means , here ??)

Aug 10 10:29

Hello, Russia! Here’s a nice letter for your president, and a bird-flip from the US State Department

Wednesday was a day of mixed signals coming to Russia from the US. Hours apart, the Kremlin got two letters, one calling for closer ties and one notifiying more trade sanctions, imposed on what Moscow sees as a flimsy pretext.
A letter was brought to Moscow by Senator Rand Paul. In it, President Donald Trump reportedly suggested to President Vladimir Putin that the US and Russia should engage on issues like terrorism, legislative dialogue and cultural exchanges. Trump loves nice letters, for sure.

Aug 10 10:29

Neocons Demand ‘Crushing’ Sanctions on Russia

You can always count on the neocons in Congress to ignore reality, ignore evidence, and ignore common sense in their endless drive to get us involved in another war. Last week, for example, Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-NC), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and others joined up to introduce what Senator Graham called “the sanctions bill from hell,” aimed at applying “crushing” sanctions on Russia.

Senator Graham bragged that the bill would include “everything but the kitchen sink” in its attempt to ratchet up tensions with Russia.

Aug 10 10:06

Empty Boasts Aside the West Has No Real Defense Against Russia's Doomsday Torpedo

US and British navies could counter Russia’s nuclear-powered autonomous torpedo, Poseidon, by using undersea sensors and anti-submarine aircraft, writes Covert Shores website. But is this really a viable tactic?

The development of the Poseidon unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV), originally known as ‘Status-6’, was first mentioned in November 2015. Western media later dubbed the submarine drone a doomsday weapon.

Aug 10 10:01

Graham-McCain-Cardin Are Pushing for Escalation of Economic War vs Russia so Insane Even the US Treasury Is Against It

A proposed "crushing" bipartisan bill introduced by the US Senate on August 2 will not be debated until the autumn and many of the harsh terms could be considerably watered down, Luis Saenz, the co-head of equities at BCS Global Markets said in reaction to the latest round of blows between the two rivals.

A bill was presented that targets Russian debt and energy companies, designed to punish Russia for interfering in the US presidential election, that includes penalties on debt and energy projects as well as requiring a second “Kremlin Report” detailing president Vladimir Putin's wealth. The co-sponsors are three Republicans, including Arizona’s John McCain, and three Democrats.

Aug 10 09:54

Butina Case: Neo-McCarthyism Engulfs America

The United States Department of Justice would apparently have you believe that the Kremlin sought to subvert the five-million-member strong National Rifle Association (NRA) by having two Russian citizens take out life memberships in the organization with the intention of corrupting it and turning it into a mouthpiece for President Vladimir Putin.

Both of the Russians – Maria Butina and Alexander Torshin – have, by the way, long well documented histories as advocates for gun ownership and were founders of Right to Bear Arms, which is not an intelligence front organization of some kind and is rather a genuine lobbying group with an active membership and agenda.

Contrary to what has been reported in the mainstream media, Russians can own guns but the licensing and registration procedures are long and complicated, which Right to Bear Arms, modeling itself on the NRA, is seeking to change.

Aug 10 09:29

New US Sanctions on Russia and Iran Raise Tensions, May Backfire

The US has imposed a new round of sanctions on Russia over the Skripal poisoning in Britain, despite the absence to date of evidence. This follows the reimposition of Iran sanctions following Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. The sanctions will further bleed the targeted countries, but could they backfire?

Aug 10 07:57

China Helps Russia Thwart US Bid To Freeze Bank’s Assets Over ‘North Korea Sanctions Dodge’

Beijing and Moscow show willingness to cooperate after US request for UN sanctions committee to act against Russian bank and North Korean official

China and Russia blocked a request from the United States to add a Russian bank to a United Nations sanctions blacklist along with a Moscow-based North Korean banker and two companies on Friday, in the latest move showing Beijing and Moscow are strengthening their political ties amid tensions with Washington.

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Aug 10 06:13

Pompeo accuses Russia of North Korea sanctions violations

While Washington strives to maintain sanctions pressure on North Korea, fractures may be appearing in international unanimity

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Washington’s lead negotiator on North Korean denuclearization, said on Saturday that he believes Russia is violating international sanctions against North Korea.

"I want to remind every nation that has supported these resolutions that this is a serious issue and something that we will discuss with Moscow,” Pompeo told a news conference in Singapore, Reuters reported, “We expect the Russians and all countries to abide by the U.N. Security Council resolutions and enforce sanctions on North Korea.”

(*what , has Pompeo been boning up on former Secretary Clinton's state department notes & memos ?)

Aug 09 14:23

"Step Back From The Brink" UN Warns As Major War Looms After Overnight Gaza Airstrikes

In the third serious flare-up of violence in the last month, a major escalation began between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza overnight, which involved approximately 180 projectiles fired towards Israeli territory, and more than 150 Israeli airstrikes on targets inside Gaza, according to statements by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

Reports citing Israeli sources say of about 180 projectiles launched from Gaza overnight, the Iron Dome defense system intercepted over 30, while most hit open fields. However, official statements also noted strikes on playgrounds, houses, cars, and factories.

The BBC reports up to seven Israeli civilians wounded by the rocket and mortar fire, with Palestinian health officials confirming the death of a pregnant Palestinian woman and a toddler. The AFP identified the victims as 23-year old Enas Khammash and her 18-month-old daughter Bayan, killed in the Jafarawi area of central Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel wants this war, and it wants it now; Palestine is to be completely obliterated, and the formerly recognized Palestinians lands completely claimed by the settlers.

The problem facing Israel, is that it cannot control this war, and how far, or how rapidly it will spread.

It has the all the earmarks, right now, of a becoming a larger ranging regional war, with Israel, the US, Saudi Arabia, NATO on one side, and Iran, Russia, China, and Lebanon on the other.

I hope I am dreadfully wrong on this, but I think Israel believes that the timing is right for it to go in and kill as many Palestinians as is humanly possible.

Aug 09 10:32

Russia threatens to ban sale of key rocket engines to US as row over 'obnoxious' sanctions intensifies

Russia has threatened to ban sales of a key rocket engine to the United States in response to new sanctions over the Skripal poisoning.

Sergei Ryabukhin, head of the budget committee in the upper house of parliament, called the measures announced by the state department late on Wednesday the “most obnoxious and cynical behaviour on the market” and said Russia has the means to respond if leader Vladimir Putin wishes to do so.

“The United States needs to finally understand that it's useless to fight with Russia, including with the help of sanctions,” he said.

He said Russia could in particular stop exports to the United States of the RD-180 rocket engine, which powers the first stage of the Atlas 5 rocket made by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

Aug 09 10:22

Assange’s Senate testimony could ‘destroy conspiracy theory that Russia hacked DNC’ – journalist

If he accepts the Senate’s request to testify, Julian Assange may provide evidence that would upend allegations that Russia hacked the DNC, putting to rest two years of Russiagate hysteria, journalist Patrick Henningsen told RT.
The WikiLeaks founder should “absolutely” agree to speak with the US Senate Intelligence Committee – but his testimony may cause problems for devout followers of Russiagate’s main tenets, according to Henningsen, executive editor of 21st Century Wire. Assange could in fact provide information to the committee that would “destroy the sort of mainline conspiracy theory that the Russians hacked the DNC servers and stole the emails and handed them to WikiLeaks. The whole Russiagate case more or less hinges on that conspiracy theory.”

Aug 09 09:11

Kremlin Rejects US Claims of Skripal Case Links, Calls Sanctions 'Unacceptable'

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has addressed the most recent round of sanctions introduced by the US against Moscow.

"We consider the link between the sanctions introduced by the US and the Skripal case to be unacceptable," Peskov told journalists, adding that Moscow one more time denied "any accusations of Russia's engagement in the Salisbury incident."

According to the official, the possibility of Russia having used chemical weapons was "out of the question." Peskov harshly criticized London's approach, repeating that the UK refuses to present any evidence or at least share any information on the matter.

Aug 09 09:02

Germany And US Playing War In Georgia

German soldiers with the 391st Mechanized Infantry Battalion provided fire support during a combined Georgian Special Forces Exercise in Waziani Training Area, Georgia August 5, 2018.

Germany joined 12 other nations participating in Operation Noble Partner 18, an exercise where both should enhance the ability of participating nations to conduct multinational mission leadership, integration, execution and synchronization.

Aug 09 08:33

Sanctioning Russia for false link to UK poisonings ‘unacceptable & unlawful’ – Kremlin

Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of Russian President Vladimir Putin, says the use of a Russian link to recent UK poisoning incidents to justify fresh US sanctions against the Kremlin is a violation of international law.

“In general, of course it’s necessary to say that we consider it categorically unacceptable that the new restrictions, that we continue to consider unlawful, are associated with the Salisbury case,” Peskov said in his Thursday interview with reporters.

“The association with these events is unacceptable for us. And we are convinced that such restrictions, together with the ones that the American side has imposed preemptively, are totally unlawful and contradict international law.”

Aug 09 08:22

This is the Real, Americanized, Nazi-Dominated, Ukraine

In US corporate media, the overthrow and replacement of Ukraine’s democratically elected government was ‘the 2014 Ukrainian revolution’, not Obama’s coup in

Such important reality as is shown in this picture is virtually unpublishable in mainstream US ‘news’media, because US ‘news’media to deceive their public about the most important international realities — such as that the US imposed upon Ukraine a nazi regime against Russia, and the US now lies to accuse Russia for doing what Russia must do in order to protect itself from the US nazi regime next-door.>>>

(*Trump must have missed this section of Obama Legislation when he was trying to Shred Obama's Legacy Off The Face Of The Globe )

Aug 09 07:36

THE CASE FOR IMPOSING SANCTIONS ON DONALD TRUMP

(*THIS ARTICLE IS A CALL FOR THE WORLD TO BLACKLIST TRUMP , HIS ASSOCIATES AND HIS BUSINESSES . But the good news is it didn't resort to photoshopping anything that crosses the lines of unconditional freedom of speech .)

Aug 08 13:55

Julian Assange Asked To Testify In Front Of Senate

By Aaron Kesel

The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has been asked to testify before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee as part of their Russia investigation, according to a letter signed by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA) posted by the WikiLeaks Twitter account...

Aug 08 10:57

'We shall not fail!' — The US Navy's new submarine fleet commander vows to take on Russia and China

As the new commander of US Submarine Forces took the reins Friday, he stressed that America will continue to dominate beneath the waves.

Vice Adm. Charles A. Richard relieved Vice Adm. Joseph E. Tofalo as head of US Submarine Forces and Allied Submarine Command Friday at a ceremony aboard the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Washington, according to a Navy release.

"The mission of our Submarine Force today is clear," Richard said. "We are back in a world in the midst of major power competition. In that competition our strength undersea is a key advantage that we have. That will not change on my watch. With so much at stake, we cannot let up and must execute our mission with a continued sense of urgency."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: "We got the cold war back! Money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money!!!!!!!"

Aug 08 10:50

Rick Gates Testifies That Manafort Worked to Help Ukraine ‘Enter the EU'

Rick Gates, Paul Manafort's longtime business partner, took the witness stand in Manafort's financial crimes trial for the second time on Tuesday, this time revealing that the former Trump campaign chair had worked on policies to help bring Ukraine closer to the European Union.

According to Vice News, on the stand, Gates moved away from offering details on alleged financial crimes the two committed in their heyday and instead shed some light on Manafort's work as a campaign consultant for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in 2010.

Gates claimed that Manafort had signed an annual $4 million advisory agreement to give life to campaign pledges that Yanukovych had campaigned on. One of the policies that Manafort was reportedly working on was called "Engage Ukraine," a project meant to push Ukraine into the European Union, Vice reported.

Aug 08 09:51

Ten Years After Short But Costly War, Russian PM Warns of ‘Terrible Conflict’ if NATO Admits Georgia

As Georgia and its supporters mark the tenth anniversary of Russia’s invasion, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned Tuesday that any move by NATO to admit the former Soviet republic “could provoke a terrible conflict.”

Medvedev told the Kommersant daily that NATO leaders’ recent decision reaffirming that Georgia will someday become a member of the transatlantic security alliance was “an absolutely irresponsible position and a threat to peace.”

Aug 08 08:21

NATO fighter jet ‘accidentally’ fires live missile near Russian border

Spanish fighter jets taking part in a NATO Air policing mission over Estonia have been temporarily suspended from completing their duties, after one of the pilots erroneously fired an armed missile during a training flight.

A group of two Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon 2000 jets and two French Mirage 2000 jets were taking part in a training exercise over southwestern Estonia on Tuesday when one of the Spanish planes accidentally launched an air-to-air missile, the Spanish Defense Ministry said in a statement, adding that the projectile “did not hit any aircraft.”

All the jets then safely returned to their Saiuliai air base in Lithuania, the ministry said, adding that it has opened an investigation into the incident. Meanwhile, the Estonian authorities decided to ban the Spanish aircraft from taking part in the air policing missions over its territory for a while.

Aug 08 08:15

State Dept Demands Russia Withdraw From Georgia’s Separatist Regions

In comments on Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert called on Russia to withdraw its military entirely from the two breakaway Republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The US does not recognize the regions’ independence.

The comments come 10 years after the brief Russo-Georgian War, during which Georgia attempted to attack South Ossetia, ended up fighting Russian troops therein, and fairly quickly lost. In the aftermath, Russia recognized the independence of both regions.

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