Mar 21 11:57

Death from above

Every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

Mar 21 09:41

Sweden Unveils Plans For 'Total Societal Mobilization' Against Russia

In yet another sign of what Russia expert Stephen Cohen has described as the escalating New Cold War, non-NATO aligned Sweden is initiating detailed plans to ready itself for total societal mobilization in response to military attack from a major external power. As Aaron Mehta points out in his exclusive for Defense News entitled Fortress Sweden: Inside the plan to mobilize Swedish society against Russia, that major external power is none other than Russia, whose heavily militarized port of Kaliningrad lies a little over 220 miles across the ocean from Sweden.

Mar 21 09:34


Mar 21 09:19

The Untold Story of My Lai: How and Why the Official Investigation Covered Up General Westmoreland’s Responsibility

Fifty years ago this month, on March 16, 1968, two companies of US Army troops belonging to the Americal Division entered the My Lai and My Khe hamlets of Son My village, in Quang Ngai province, and killed 504 Vietnamese civilians – overwhelmingly women, children, and old men – in cold blood. The national press and political elites have long learned to treat the massacre as a tragedy that did not reflect official US policy. And ever since the Peers Commission report on My Lai was finally released to the public in November 1974 (the completed report had been transmitted to the Army chief of staff in March 1970), the press and public have believed that the commission, led by Lieut. Gen. William Peers, not only revealed the extent of the massacre but exposed the cover-up, implicating officers all the way up to the commander of the Americal Division, Gen. Samuel Koster.

Mar 21 09:02

Senate Votes to Kill Bill Challenging Legality of Yemen War

SJ Res 54, the Senate’s War Powers Act challenge to the US military involvement in the Yemen War, was killed Tuesday by the Senate, meaning it will not get a direct floor vote. The bill noted that Congress never authorized the Yemen War, and would’ve compelled the US to withdraw its participation. The vote was 55-44.

Mar 21 09:00

Exclusive: Trump to boost exports of lethal drones to more U.S. allies - sources

President Donald Trump will soon make it easier to export some types of lethal U.S.-made drones to potentially dozens more allies and partners, according to people familiar with the plan.

Mar 21 08:49

Scoop: Merkel warned Netanyahu collapse of Iran deal could lead to war

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that a decision by President Trump to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal might lead to the collapse of the agreement and, as a result, could lead to a regional war. German officials told me Merkel made this position clear when she met Netanyahu at the world economic forum in Davos Switzerland on January 24th.

Mar 21 08:44

US Planning a Terrorist False Flag Chemical Attack in Syria: Russia Says It Will Respond

Events in Syria increasingly resemble a direct confrontation between major powers rather than a proxy war. Lavrov’s words, delivered a few days ago, reveal the critical phase of international relations the world is going through, with a potentially devastating conflict ready to ignite in the Middle East region.

Mar 21 08:36

Top nuclear commander says Russia and China are developing high-speed hypersonic weapons and America can't defend against them

A top nuclear commander warned that the US should add more nuclear weapons to its arsenal because Russia and China are actively developing a new high-speed hypersonic weapon.

US Air Force general John Hyten, commander of the US Strategic Command, said Tuesday that Russia and China are 'aggressively pursuing' hypersonic weapons, a type of nuclear missile that flies a a very high speed.

According to Hyten, the US doesn't have any type of nuclear weapon that can defend against a hypersonic missile so he suggests the country get to work.

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That, of course, means more money for the military!

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 08:17

Paul Craig Roberts: War Is On The Horizon

How else do we interpret the announcement by General Sergey Rudskoy, chief of the Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff, that

“we have reliable information at our disposal that US instructors have trained a number of militant groups in the vicinity of the town of At-Tanf, to stage provocations involving chemical warfare agents in southern Syria. They are preparing a series of chemical munitions explosions. This fact will be used to blame the government forces. The components to produce chemical munitions have been already delivered to the southern de-escalation zone under the guise of humanitarian convoys of a number of NGOs.

The provocations will be used as a pretext by the United States and its allies to launch strikes on military and government infrastructure in Syria.”

Don’t expect to hear anything about this in the totally discredited Western presstitute media, which is a propaganda ministry for war.

Mar 21 08:17

China Is Days Away From Killing the Petrodollar

China is rapidly displacing the US as the dominant global power. This shift is inevitable. China’s economy will be twice as large as the US economy by 2030.

This leaves the US with limited options…

It could kick back and let China displace it as the most powerful country in the world.

It could start a military war with China.

And it could push the current trade battle into an all-out economic war against China.

I think a full-blown economic war is the most likely. Under President Trump, it’s all but certain.

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 08:13

And The World's Biggest Postwar Arms Importer Is...

Nearly half of all U.S. arms exports over the past five years have gone to countries in the Middle East with Saudi Arabia in particular splurging on a host of sophisticated western weapon systems. With most states embroiled in conflict between 2013 and 2016, the region saw its arms imports double over the past 10 years and it accounted for 32 percent of all global arms imports from 2013 to 2017.

However, as Statista's Niall McCarthy notes, even though Saudi Arabia spent the most on importing military equipment in 2017, the long-term picture looks quite different...

Mar 21 08:12

Top US General Says American Troops Should Be Ready To Die For Israel

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same..." This is the oath of enlistment that every American military service member or federal employee takes upon entry into government service (with slight variation for commissioned officers).

With the largest joint U.S.-Israeli air defense exercise ever conducted having recently concluded, which involved over 2,500 American service personnel, and in the midst of heightened Israeli involvement in the Syrian war, we find ourselves asking...

Are US troops ready to fight and to die for America’s Israel's defense? ...We think not, but there are US generals out there enthusiastically promoting the idea.

Mar 21 07:51

Trump, Saudi leader discuss Houthi "threat" in Yemen

US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed the situation in war-torn Yemen during a meeting on Tuesday, including Houthi rebel and Iranian activity and the humanitarian crisis, the White House said.

Mar 21 07:29

Hall of mirrors: the psychology of false flags

False flags are staged events covertly planned and executed by one state or group which, by impersonating another state or group, incriminates the other in a terrible attack. An enemy is thus created where none existed. By pointing to the crime, the aggressor is able to demonize and justify war against the supposed enemy. The agenda is war.

Mar 20 11:16

Unmitigated Failure: Operation Iraqi Freedom, 15 Years Later

We were always caught in the middle. We still are. As a young man, a new lieutenant, and a true believer, I once led a US Army scout platoon just south of Baghdad. It was autumn 2006, and my platoon patrolled – mainly aimlessly – through the streets and surrounding fields of Salman Pak. To our north lay the vast Shia heartland of East Baghdad, to our south and east, the disgruntled and recently disempowered Sunnis of the rural hinterlands. Both sides executed teenagers caught on the wrong side of town, leaving the bodies for us to find. Each side sought to win American favor; both tried to kill us.

Mar 20 10:38

Ukraine Shows “Incomprehensible Laser Weapon” From Russia [Video]

The Ukrainian military has complained of an “incomprehensible device,” which disables their drones.

“An incomprehensible laser device was recently found by our reconnaissance. At first it seems that this is a simple flare reflected on glass. However, when the light went out and then on again, our drone no longer behaved according to the pilot’s commands.”

Mar 20 09:32

Fooling American masses with false-flag terror no longer easy

We now know for certain that the Ruling Cabal has been using USG and its secret factions in various agencies like DHS, FEMA, the FBI, the CIA, and foreign groups like the Mossad, DVD and other subcontractors, to repeatedly engineer and stage Gladio-style False-flag attacks.

More and more these Cabal ordered, USG run false-flag attacks are now being exposed for what they actually are, inside-job attacks on We The People. And they are being deployed in order to convince We The People to give up more Constitutional rights (especially the right to bear arms) in exchange for promises of increased safety from terror.

Mar 20 09:06

How to Survive a Civil War in America

The last battle fought on US soil was, arguably, the Aleutian Islands Campaign, which took place during the World War II, in the year 1942. Japanese Expeditionary forces landed on the islands of Attu and Kiska. However, if you define US soil as including “US territories” then the Philippines Campaign (1944–45) might be considered the last war fought on “US soil”. The wars that have occurred in our homeland have been the American Revolution (War of Independence), the War of 1812, the US Civil War – which I will challenge later, The Spanish-American War and there are disputes as to whether the Mexican-American War or the French and Indian Wars (as well as other colonist-native disputes) are considered ‘wars’ at all. We will leave that to the pundits.

Mar 19 17:17


The Israeli army quietly conducted a military exercise last week that simulated a multi-front war where Russia intervened to prevent Israel from attacking Syria, Haaretz reports. According to Haaretz, the drill involved the top-ranking officers of the Israeli Defence Force (IDF), as well as the headquarters staff of all the commands that would be required to successfully pursue a fight with Hezbollah, an Iranian-aligned militia based in Lebanon. Haaretz noted that Israel prepared for the scenario in which a war with Hezbollah in Lebanon would require the Israeli military to fight on other fronts — most likely Syria — where Hezbollah retains a significant military presence.

Mar 19 12:57

U.S. Military Working To Deploy Robot Ground Vehicles For Urban Combat By 2020

By Nicholas West

“Every year, more and more of the world’s population moves into cities. The number of megacities is growing exponentially. Both of these global patterns and their inevitable consequences for military operations are well documented. Yet we still do not have units that are even remotely prepared to operate in megacities. If we want to find success on the urban battlefields the US Army will inevitably find itself fighting on in the future, that needs to change.” — John Spencer, West Point scholar and former Ranger Instructor

The change referred to above by John Spencer appears to be rushing in upon us. There has been increasing urgency coming from the military in recent years about how to field troops in the unconventional terrain of where they expect future warfare to take place...

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 19 11:46

Erdogan vows to expand Syria offensive to eastern regions

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to further expand military operations against Kurdish militants in Syria to the eastern parts of the Arab country, even threatening to send troops to northern Iraq if Baghdad could not clear the region of the militants.

Speaking in Ankara a day after Turkish forces and their allies stormed and captured the northwestern Syrian city of Afrin, Erdogan said on Monday that his country’s military would target the Syrian city of Manbij, as well as Ayn al-Arab or Kobani, and towns along the border to the east of the Euphrates River.

"Now we will continue this process until we entirely eliminate this corridor, including in Manbij, Ayn al-Arab, Tal Abyad, Ra's al-Ayn and Qamishli," Erdogan said in his speech.

Mar 19 09:41

Neocon Specter of John Bolton Looms over Trump White House

There have been multiple reports that President Donald Trump is unhappy with his National Security Adviser, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster. As rumors increased about a McMaster departure so, too, did speculation that George W. Bush’s never-confirmed ambassador to the United Nations, the arch-neoconservative John Bolton, might be named as McMaster’s replacement. Bolton has reportedly been seen at the White House on several occasions briefing Trump and other high-level officials.

Mar 19 09:32

Report: Trump asked Saudi king $4bn for Syria goals

US President Donald Trump asked Saudi King Salman for $4 billion to spend on advancing Washington’s objectives in Syria, which Riyadh also shares, a report says.

US military newspaper Stars and Stripes carried the report on Friday, saying the demand was made by the US chief executive during a phone call with the Saudi monarch last December.

The money, it said, would be spent towards preventing the empowerment of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Syria’s allies, Iran and Russia. Washington would further the goal as far as bringing about “a political settlement of the war that ultimately includes the exit of both Assad and Iran,” it added.

It cited hawkish US Senator Lindsey Graham as reminding Gen. Joseph Votel, head of US Central Command earlier in the week of “the negative long-term impact that a win for Iran, Russia and Assad would have on US allies such as Israel and Jordan.”

Mar 19 09:25

War Is on the Horizon

Have Washington and its British vassal set a stage for testing whether Russia has the stomach for war?

How else do we interpret the announcement by General Sergey Rudskoy, chief of the Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff, that “we have reliable information at our disposal that US instructors have trained a number of militant groups in the vicinity of the town of At-Tanf, to stage provocations involving chemical warfare agents in southern Syria. They are preparing a series of chemical munitions explosions. This fact will be used to blame the government forces. The components to produce chemical munitions have been already delivered to the southern de-escalation zone under the guise of humanitarian convoys of a number of NGOs. The provocations will be used as a pretext by the United States and its allies to launch strikes on military and government infrastructure in Syria.” See here, here and here.

Mar 18 09:19

Trump Is Firing Everyone Who Could Stop a War With Iran

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, a favorite of the D.C. foreign policy establishment and one of the White House’s few top advisers left who could potentially stop Donald Trump from starting a war with Iran, is apparently a dead man walking.

The Washington Post reports that while McMaster hasn’t been officially fired yet, Trump has already decided he’s gone and is looking at potential replacements:

President Trump has decided to remove H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser and is actively discussing potential replacements, according to five people with knowledge of the plans, preparing to deliver yet another jolt to the senior ranks of his administration.

Trump is now comfortable with ousting McMaster, with whom he never personally gelled, but is willing to take time executing the move because he wants to ensure both that the three-star Army general is not humiliated and that there is a strong successor lined up, these people said.?

Mar 18 09:18

Lies Can Lead To War

Notice that the governments of the US, UK, France, and Germany did not require any evidence to decide that the Russian government used military-grade nerve gas to attack two people on an English park bench and a UK policeman. It makes no sense. There is no Russian motive.

Mar 18 09:15

Israel is 7th largest arms exporter in the world

Almost half of Israeli weapons exported over past 5 years to India, with other main buyers being Azerbaijan and Vietnam; in imports, Israel is 17th in the world, which increased its arms purchases by 125% over the past 5 years, buying 60% of its weapons from the US.

Mar 18 04:58

Hundreds of Israeli Forces Deployed in Iraq

The Arabic-language Palestinian al-Manar newspaper quoted an Iraqi source as saying that 250 to 300 Israeli soldiers are stationed at Taji military base, North of Baghdad, using American or Canadian passports to conceal their real identity.

Observers believe that the soldiers are indeed missioned to conduct terrorist operations and assassinate Iraqi figures>>>

(*and they're probably feeling a little cockey , with only 56 days left until Israel's most historic Independence Day since Biblical Times)

Mar 17 12:11

Pentagon and DARPA Seek Predictive A.I. to Uncover Enemy Thoughts

By Nicholas West

I’ve recently been covering the widening use of predictive algorithms in modern-day police work, which frequently has been compared to the “pre-crime” we have seen in dystopian fiction. However, what is not being discussed as often are the many examples of how faulty this data still is...

Nevertheless, according to an article in Defense One, the Pentagon wants to use these potentially flawed algorithms to read enemy intentions and perhaps even to take action based on the findings...

Mar 17 10:56

Are 'Novichok' Poisons Real? - May's Claims Fall Apart

The British Government's 'Novichok' Drama Was Written By Whom?
The Skripal incident is now, by chance or by design, part of a much larger campaign about 'western' dominance over 'the east'.

Russia, which ended the unilateral moment of U.S. nuclear primacy, is currently the main target. The situation is extremely dangerous as any further escalation, in the Middle East, the Ukraine ore elsewhere, might lead to a war between nuclear armed powers.

The government decreed 'truth' about the Skripal case has many discrepancies. The connection of the case to Russia is much weaker than the propaganda claims. But doubt and dissent about it are not allowed to prevail.

The political response to the incident around the British-Russian double-agent Sergej Skripal and his daughter started slowly. On Sunday, the 4th of March, Skripal and his daughter were found unconscious on a public bench in Salisbury, England. The local police and emergency services took care of them.

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That...is the whole point here: to create a narrative which will be "swallowed whole" by both the British and American public, as the "justification" for actual military combat against Russia.

But after the lies both our brother and sister Brits, and we Americans, had to swallow on Saddam Hussein's alledged, and non-existent, WMDS, the propagandists, who make their livelihood fabricating lies, are going to be hard-put to make either the American or British people believe that such a case can possibly be made here.

Mar 17 10:49

Syrian War For Dummies - Three Versions

As the Ghouta campaign continues to unfold, we should expect that both politicians and mainstream media will give us - in the words of philosopher and theologian Reinhold Niebuhr - "necessary illusion and emotionally potent oversimplifications" intended to shape our perceptions of events.

This worldview is what BBC filmmaker Adam Curtis accurately characterized as a 'goodies and baddies' dualistic vision of global events which keeps the Western public under the illusion that its own political leaders are perpetually driven by concern over human rights, defending the weak and oppressed, and spreading democracy over and against the unenlightened megalomaniac dictators of the world who are simply bent on brutalizing their own people.

Mar 17 10:11

In torture we trust: Trump nominees Mike Pompeo & Gina Haspel signal return to medieval Bush days

Just when it appeared that orange jumpsuits and waterboarding were out of fashion, Trump called up fresh recruits from the dungeon to fill key posts in his administration. Needless to say, human rights groups are not impressed.
This week, in one fell swoop, Donald Trump announced to his 49.1 million Twitter followers a shakeup of epic proportions in his revolving-door administration.

Mike Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), is to replace Rex Tillerson as the secretary of state, while the seldom-seen CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel got sent upstairs as director of the agency, an American answer to Britain’s M, if you will – James Bond’s female boss.

Mar 17 10:10

Israeli-Backed Ouster of Tillerson Moves US Closer to Exit From JCPOA - Analysts

The Israeli-influenced sacking of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may draw President Donald Trump even closer to withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that governs Iran’s nuclear program, analysts told Sputnik.

On Friday, after a meeting of the JCPOA commission in Vienna, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi held separate talks with US officials, local media reported. On Tuesday, Tillerson was dismissed via Twitter and replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo — a move Trump said was over disagreements on policy issues, including the JCPOA.

Mar 17 10:09

Russian nuclear subs quietly reached US coast & left undetected – Navy officer

Russian nuclear-powered submarines conducted an exercise near American military bases with the objective of avoiding detection as they came close to the US coast, a submarine squadron commander told a Russian military TV channel.

The stunning revelation was made in a military TV series set to air on Zvezda (‘Star’), the Russian Defense Ministry’s official broadcaster. The episode focuses on Akula-class Shchuka-B nuclear-powered attack submarines.

According to a submarine officer filmed in the show, the Navy command ordered to take position in the vicinity of US military bases during exercises.

“This mission has been accomplished, the submarines showed up in the set location in the ocean and returned to base,” the commander of the submarine squadron, Sergey Starshinov, told Zvezda.

Mar 17 10:06

In the USA/NATO grip

During the first half of March, two major war exercises are underway - one in the Mediterranean off the coast of Sicily, the other in Israel - both led and supported by USA/NATO commands and bases in Italy.

At the Dynamic Manta 2018 - a submarine war exercise, supported by the Sigonella and Augusta bases and the port of Catania in Sicily - naval forces from the United States, Canada, Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Greece and Turkey participate with 5,000 men, surface ships, sub-marines, airplanes and helicopters.

The exercise is led by the NATO Command headquartered in Lago Patria (JFC Naples), under the command of US Admiral James Foggo. Appointed by the Pentagon as his predecessors, at the same time he commands the U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa, whose headquarters are in Naples Capodichino.

Mar 17 09:57

In the USA/NATO Grip. War Games in the Mediterranean together with Israel

The exercise is led by the NATO Command headquartered in Lago Patria (JFC Naples), under the command of US Admiral James Foggo. Appointed by the Pentagon as his predecessors, at the same time he commands the U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa, whose headquarters are in Naples Capodichino.

Mar 17 09:51

Russia Claims US Deploys Warships For Imminent Attack On Syria, Trains Militants For False Flag Attack

Well, it appears that Assad is a relentless glutton for punishment, because not even a year later, the WaPo reported two weeks ago that the US is considering a new military action against Syria for - what else - retaliation against Assad's latest chemical attack, which took place several weeks earlier.

How do we know Assad (and apparently, Russia) was behind the attack? We don't: in fact, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in a moment of bizarre honesty, admitted that he really doesn't know much at all about "whoever conducted the attacks." But hey: just like it is "highly likely" that Russia poisoned the former Russian double agent in the UK - with no proof yet - so it is "highly likely" that a clearly irrational Assad was once again behind an attack which he knew would provoke violent and aggressive retaliation by the US, and once again destabilize his regime.

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IF in fact what General Rudskoy is stating is true, we are seriously looking at war with Russia over Syria.

The "President Whisperers" around President Trump have gently fed him the koolaid over time, probably on an industrial-strength IV drip, that the US could actually triumph over Russia in this circumcumstance, which is not at all certain, given the Russian military's understanding of terrain, and superior weapons systems, which have been tested, successfully, in Syria.

I am completely disgusted at a US government and American Deep State, which still believes they can lie to the American public with impunity, and get away with it; NOT THIS TIME!!

Because the logical question to ask is, why would Al Assad order a chemical attack against his own people, when his, and the Russian militaries, are winning the fight against the jihadists?!?!

The logical answer is, he would not, and has not.

Mar 17 09:48

Russia Tests Hypersonic Kinzhal Missile: President Putin Told the Truth

The new weapons described in President Putin’s March 1 state of the union address were dismissed by US officials and the mainstream media. Many Western analysts expressed skepticism. He was just bragging, wrote the Washington Post. White House spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the video he showed was “cheesy.”

But on March 11, the world saw the test of the new Kh-47M2 Kinzhal air-to-surface missile. The posted video footage is far from cheesy. It shows a MiG-31 aircraft launching a Kinzhal carried on its under-fuselage pylons. The missile is capable of traveling ten times faster than the speed of sound and is able to hit sea and land targets as far as 2,000 km away. The MiG-31B also boasts a speed of Mach 2.83 and a range of 1,450 km, or up to 2,200 km if the plane is refueled in flight. These features greatly increase the aircraft’s killing range and allow the missile to be transported rapidly to the launch area.

Mar 17 09:45

In Case of War With Russia or China It's Lights Out for US Satellites

“Foreign countries—particularly China and Russia—will continue to expand their space-based reconnaissance, communications, and navigation systems in terms of the numbers of satellites, the breadth of their capability, and the applications for use,” director of national intelligence Dan Coats said in his written testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 6. “Both Russia and China continue to pursue antisatellite (ASAT) weapons as a means to reduce US and allied military effectiveness.”

Coats noted that both Russia and China continue to press for restrictions on space weapons, but said that during a time of war, both Beijing and Moscow would justify the offensive space operations as a military necessity.

Mar 16 12:57


Iran's encroachment could pose a threat to Israel and could mean increasing Russian influence in Syria.

Mar 16 12:05

Drums Along The Potomac

The amateur psychologist in me suspects that the more the USA heaps Russia with censorious opprobrium and punishments, the closer this floundering polity actually is to completely losing its shit. Friday morning’s front-page headline in The New York Times appears to have been written by Pee Wee Herman:

"Finally, Trump has something bad to say about Russia."

I can just hear Vlad Putin blowing a raspberry out of the Kremlin: “Nyah, nyah, nyah… I know you are, but what am I…?” We’re also informed today by that august journal that U.S. Accuses Russia in Cyberattacks on Power Plants. (Oh, wait a second, they changed the headline at 8:02 to Russia Wormed Its Way Into Access at Power Plants, U.S. Says.)

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The hunger for a war against Russia is reaching a very intense place in the Bowels of Power in DC; not because it is morally right, but it might be something with which the US government wants to distract us. There is a financial collapse coming, and one might say, relatively soon.

But the US government is having one hell of a time, because this time, the American people are very skeptical, as they have every right to be, when it comes to its leadership declaring war, or just starting to attack, the allegedly bad government it doesn't like.

But the lost credibility of this government is causing its people to never believe anything it says, ever again. Credibility is delicate; and once it has been broken, and shown to be a sham, that goverment loses it forever.

Mar 16 11:47

Neocon Specter of John Bolton Looms Over Trump White House

John Bolton as National Security Adviser, with Nikki Haley in Bolton’s old job at the U.N. and fundamentalist Christian dominionist Mike Pompeo moving from CIA director to replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, means that the neocons — never happy with the prospects of a Trump administration – will, once again, be in the driver’s seat of American foreign policy after a nine-year hiatus. Bolton’s tenure at the U.N. was punctuated by his own undiplomatic outbursts, as well as those of his spokesman, Richard Grenell, Trump’s nominee to be US ambassador to Germany. Bolton strenuously pushed the neocon foreign policy line, as spelled out in the charter for the movement founded in 1997, the Project for the New American Century (PNAC).

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Should this happen, this will be officially horrible.

Mar 16 11:39

Saudis in Secret Peace Talks With Yemen’s Houthis

Publicly, Saudi Arabia has shown no sign of looking for a negotiated end to the war in Yemen. Behind the scenes, however, they’ve been in secret talks with the Shi’ite Houthis for the past two months.

Three years into the Saudi invasion, signs are that there is some war weariness, and that they’ve been making secretive approaches to the Houthis, by way of neighboring Oman, for the past two months. Diplomats say the Houthis are eager for a diplomatic agreement.

One senior Houthi confirmed that the talks have been underway, with spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam repeatedly traveling to Oman for meetings with Saudi officials, and trying to carve out a “comprehensive political solution.”

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IF, in fact, these reports are true, there may be a reason for hope in Yemen.

Mar 16 11:33

Return of the Neo-Cons: Mike Pompeo and the Death of Diplomacy

Secretary Tillerson was far from an ideal choice, but his anointed successor at the State Department – Mike Pompeo – may ditch diplomacy all together and start a war!

We both attended West Point. That’s where the commonalities end. I’ve been a soldier opposed to (endless) war; he’ll be a statesman opposed to peace. That should give us cause for pause.

So who is Mike Pompeo? The short answer: a startlingly hawkish Tea Party Republican oilman with a penchant for combative rhetoric and a near hysterical hatred for Iran. But he’s smart – valedictorian of his West Point class and a graduate of Harvard – and that makes him even more dangerous. His primary qualification, though, is his loyalty and propensity for mind-melding with his boss, Donald Trump. For the last year, he often personally delivered Trump’s presidential daily briefing (PDB) at the White House each morning and they agree on just about everything; as Trump says of Pompeo: "we’re always on the same wavelength."

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Under Pompeo's watch, we may well be looking at more wars, until we wind up in a war with Russia.

I would not be surprised at seeing an attempt at the reinstitution of the draft in this country, this time, coming for our young women as well as our young men.

Mar 16 11:24

GOP Leaders Want to Delay Yemen War Powers Vote

Expectations are that the Senate War Powers vote on the Yemen War, SJ Res 54, will come up for debate and a vote next week. That may not happen if the Republican leadership gets its way, however, as many are opposed to the bill, and are trying to stall a vote.

Some leaders are arguing the issue is too “divisive,” and that the matter should be sent back to a committee for closer study. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), by contrast, endorsed the Pentagon’s argument, saying the US does so much military engagement around the world that it would be dangerous to think the War Powers Act could apply to all of it.

But of course the whole point of the War Powers Act is that it does apply to any commitment of US forces overseas. It’s just that in recent years, presidents have relied on catch-all authorizations with vague limits to join some wars, and other times simply assumed Congress wouldn’t mind, as they generally have not minded.

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The reality of this situation is, having armed, and provided guidance and mid-air refueling to the Saudi military, the US government has colluded in Saudi war crimes in Yemen:

There is nothing "divisive" about this; it is as real a statement of fact as are all the other horrible facts about this sordid military campaign in Yemen, 3 years on, and with no resolution in sight:

Saudi coalition killed hundreds of children in Yemen, confidential UN report claims

Because Yemen cannot grow its own food, and it has to be imported, the Saudis, with US military assistance, have blockaded the ports, meaning that malnutrition is causing death, and a massive health crisis for the country.

Cholera (perhaps weaponised?!?) and diptheria now haunt Yemen:
Images: Yemen malnutrition has generated a cholera crisis

The skyrocketing increase in massive fetal abnormalites, cancers and stillbirths in Yemen indicate that the Saudis have used depleted uranium, with the predictable results on Yemen's children:

Image: Yemeni child exposed to du in the womb (image courtesy of RUPTLY

In my world, the poisoning of a child in the womb with this atrocious weapon, is criminal and inhuman beyond belief. And what gets me, is that the man who ordered this campaign, is not at all an uneducated man; Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, is very bright, university educated, has a law degree, and wound up 2nd in his class.

But could his hatred of the Iranian Shiias, who are acting as advisors to the Houthi rebels, be so great as to compel him to order the death, by direct military assaults; starvation, and disease, of non-combatants, and Yemen's children?!?

Sadly, the short answer here is "Yes"; and as a Christian pacifist activist, I will have to continue to bear witness to these atrocities on this site as long as I have breath.

When you destroy the children of a country, you destroy that country's future.

History will not be kind to this man; I understand that he is known by many honorifics in Saudi Arabia, because he is Saudi royalty.

History, however, will remember him as the Butcher of Yemen.

Senator Corker, the US government has to stop this madness; as you are perfectly aware, according to our Constitution, only Congress can declare war. It has not done so in Yemen.

I don't know what your portfolio holds in terms of weapons stocks, but I do know approximately, your net worth: Google has scrubbed the articles on this, but there are always other places to go to find such facts:

Senator Corker Undervalued his Wealth by Millions The story, from 2015, stated the following:

And Senator Schatz, whose office I called last week, to encourage you to vote for this bill, you, sir, owe me a return phone call!

Or have your alleged constituents with a point of view on this war different from that of your own, become....expendable and irrelevant in the State of Hawaii?!?

Just checking, sir.

Mar 16 10:46

McMaster: US Troops Will Stay Until Syria Is Stabilized

Despite conceding that the US and others had effectively liberated “100%” of ISIS-held territory in Syria, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster dismissed the idea that US forces might withdraw from the country any time soon.

“We have more work to do,” McMaster insisted, saying the US will stay “until ISIS is fully defeated, population centers are stabilized, and refugees can safely return home.” This vision of stability also appears to depend heavily on imposing a regime change in Syria.

Underscoring the focus on regime change, McMaster demanded that “all civilized nations” come together to punish both Russia and Iran for backing the Syrian government. He warned Assad would not have impunity, and neither would Russia or Iran.

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Translation of McMasterese: the US is going to "neutralize" Syria before it tackles regime change in Tehran, even if that potentially means war with Russia.

Mar 16 10:40

Syrian army captures key rebel stronghold in Eastern Ghouta as 12,500 civilians evacuate

The Syrian army captured the Hamouriyeh district in the capital Damascus' Eastern Ghouta countryside after the withdrawal of the Failaq al-Rahman rebel group as 12,500 people evacuated that area on Thursday, a monitor group reported.

The Syrian government forces have started deploying in Hamouriyeh and set up their positions in that area amid an ongoing evacuation process of civilians from that area, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

This comes amid heavy shelling from the government side on the remaining posts of Failaq al-Rahman in the towns of Jisreen, Zamalka, Kafar Batna and Saqba, said the London-based watchdog group.

The observatory added that 12,500 civilians have left the areas of Failaq al-Rahman rebels through Hamouriyeh on Thursday, marking the largest wave of evacuation from civilians since the Russian-backed humanitarian pause for the civilian evacuation started two weeks ago.

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Syria, with Russia's help, is winning this on the ground, and the Western/US jihadis are being expunged.

This is why you can most probably expect to see yet another chemical attack against civilians, to be blamed on the Syrians and Russia, as the US pretext for going in, full bore, and invading the country.

This means that we will most likely wind up in a shooting war with Russia in Syria, and it may well be a war that the US military cannot win; they don't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing, or the money to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia in Syria.

Mar 16 10:22

Putin ‘extremely concerned’ over UK’s ‘destructive, provocative’ stance in Skripal case – Kremlin

In his first public reaction to the UK measures against Russia in ex-spy Sergei Skripal’s poisoning, President Vladimir Putin said he was “extremely concerned” by the “destructive and provocative” stance of the UK.
A “detailed discussion” of the current crisis in Russian-UK relations was held when Putin met with top officials from the Russian government, military and security services on Thursday, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said. “Extreme concern was expressed about the destructive and provocative stance taken by the British side,” the spokesman added.

It was Putin’s first public reaction since the UK announced steps against Moscow on Wednesday. Accusing Russia of using a chemical weapon on British soil, Prime Minister Theresa May said the UK was expelling 23 diplomats, limiting ties and freezing Russian state assets.

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This attempted poisoning certainly does not have what I would characterize as a "Putin signature" on it.

Why would he order it done, and so sloppily that it hit over 20 people more than the intended victims, Skripal and his daughter?!?

What in heaven's name would he - or Russia - have gained by it, when the damage Skripal inflicted on the Russian intel infrastructure happened years ago?!?

The short answer is, nothing.

But we have a very embattled British Prime Minister, perhaps, intending to deflect some very real British rage and frustration about how she is handling the Brexit issue with the EU; perhaps she thought that blaming and shaming the Russian government for something it may well not have done was "just the ticket".

And what is that old phrase of Rom Emanuel's "Never let a good crisis go to waste"?!?

There are a large number of people who might have wanted to see Skripal dead.

We don't know enough about what really happened to lay the foundation for an evidence chain yet; that may only come about when Skripal and his daughter are conscious enough to give investigators a timeline about when they became ill, and what they noticed right before that happened.

But the dismissal of diplomats, coupled with sanctions, can be a very nasty prelude to a potential shooting war with Russia, which would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing in the world for the west to do right now, for innumerable reasons.

I am hoping Nato Secretary General Stoltenberg's refusal to "drink the Koolaid" on this issue yesterday, by NOT invocing Article 5 of the UN Charter, as May begged him to do yesterday, will through heaping amounts of ice-cold water over this whole "Russia did it" thing.

Article 5 of the NATO Charter

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 09:18

Chinese Jets Drill at High Altitude Near Western Border After Engine Upgrades

Recent footage of People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) jets flying in western China have caused Chinese military analysts to asses that the country is increasing its military presence near the border with India, and that the country has overcome some technical hurdles to become a more effective mountain combat force.

Xian JH-7 fighter-bombers, Chengdu J-10 multirole fighters and J-11 air superiority fighters flew at high altitudes above snow-capped mountains, signaling that the aircraft were conducting exercises over southwestern China, the South China Morning Post reported Thursday. The video was released by the PLAAF Monday.

Mar 16 09:17

US Pacific Command ‘Fully Supports’ Arming India With F-35s

In welcome news for Lockheed Martin and its shareholders, a high-ranking US military official has said the US armed forces support selling the F-35 aircraft to India, a country that has not yet agreed to pay for the expensive jets.

While the extent of New Delhi's interest in acquiring Lockheed Martin's stealthy aircraft is not yet clear, the head of US Pacific Command (US PACOM) nonetheless supports the sale in theory, which is one of the more important preliminary steps for a deal actually happening.

"At the moment, India is considering a number of US systems for purchase, all of which US PACOM fully supports." The systems include F-16s, F/A-18s and MH-60 Seahawks, "and [the] F-35 Joint Strike Fighter," Admiral Harry Harris told the US House Armed Services Committee last month.

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 11:07

Retired pilot John Lear: ‘When I was flying in Laos I got shot down, we were delivering ammunition to the forward troops’

Son of the maker of the Lear Jet and retired pilot John Lear appeared on The Shepard Ambellas Show Wednesday, where he told Shep that he was once shot down while delivering ammunition the U.S. troops occupying the front line during the Vietnam War.

Mar 15 11:03

Pilot and weapons officer are killed after United States Navy F-18 fighter jet 'bursts into flames and then plummets into the ocean' near Key West

Two people have died after a United States Navy F-18 fighter jet 'bursts into flames and plummeted into the ocean' near Key West.

The Hornet fighter jet, part of Strike Fighter Squadron 213, the 'Blacklions', apparently caught fire and plummeted into the ocean near Key West at around 4.30pm, Florida Keys News reported.

The pilot and and a weapons system officer were able to parachute to safety, Commander Dave Hecht, a spokesperson for the Key West Naval Air Station toldABC 10.

Both were rescued and taken to the Lower Keys Medical Center. They later died in the hospital.

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 09:04

Nation Trying to Figure out Gun Violence to Hold Military Parade Glorifying War

Every time a mass shooting rocks the United States, Americans demand their government do something. Whether it’s confiscating guns, arming teachers, or turning schools into prisons, neither politicians or the public can agree upon a solution to the ongoing violence, but they know their government should act.

With last month’s Valentine’s Day shooting in Parkland, Florida, most Americans are consumed with outrage targeted at guns, and conversely, those who want to ban guns. They have largely forgotten about the massive celebration of gun violence — and worse — that their president is planning one in the capital city for later this year.

Mar 15 08:52

Russia fleet holds HUGE military drill as tension with UK escalates

RUSSIA’S naval fleet has taken part in a huge military exercise to destroy drones as part of a show of military firepower amid the escalating row with Britain over the poisoning of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal.

Among those taking part was the huge missile ship Tatarstan and the stealth frigate Dagestan.

It saw drones being flown trough the sky and tracked using visual surveillance.

They were then blasted out of the air using mounted AK-630M guns.

Mar 15 08:49

US Navy: Floating US Military Base in Arctic Accompained by 3 Nuclear Submarines

Two American and one UK submarines on a military exercise in the Arctic are being supported by a temporary base on a moving sheet of ice that includes a dining hall for 50 staff, a runway for fixed-wing aircraft and toilets designed to protect the region’s fragile ecosystem from the impact of human waste.

"The advantage of having a camp on the ice floe is to provide a stable platform to deploy a tracking range, sensors and test equipment for the exercise," Arctic Submarine Laboratory Director Larry Estrada said on Wednesday. "For this year's exercise, the Navy needed a large and very stable ice flow to support the tracking range and a fixed-wing runway,"the US Navy said in a press release.

Estrada explained the runway allows daily aircraft flights to maintain a logistics lifeline with Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

Mar 15 08:39

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

Mar 15 08:24

English Lord Owen On Russia: Putin Saved The World Civilization; Trump Is New Reagan

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.

Mar 14 17:29

Breaking: Syrian Army enters East Ghouta suburb for first time in years

This is why Niki Haley has gone frantic.

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 A.M.) – For the first time in years, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has entered the Al-Hamouriyah suburb of the East Ghouta after several days of fighting against the Islamist rebels in the area.

Led by their elite Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army was able to overpower the militants at the eastern axis of Al-Hamouriyah, paving the way for their units to enter the town.

Mar 14 15:52

Further Signs of More War: A Most Dangerous Game

Donald Trump’s days of playing the passive/aggressive host of a reality-television game show are coming to an end. Either he fires all the apprentices who might slightly hesitate to wage a much larger world war and lets the bombs fly, or he will be replaced by one who will. Signs are that he has learned what his job entails and the world will suffer more death and destruction as a result.

Back in the days of the first Cold War – the late 1950s to early 1960s when our little world came close to extinction – my very large family appeared on many American television shows. Their names told the story of those times: “Who Do You Trust,” “To Tell the Truth,” “Charades,” “Play Your Hunch,” and “Beat the Clock,” to name a few. It was as if those silly game shows were unconsciously suggesting we probe a little deeper behind the headlines to discover what was really going on before the Doomsday Clock ran out.

Mar 14 12:36

BEX ALERT - U.S. Monitoring Possible North Korean Military Base in Syria

The United States is monitoring information indicating that North Korea may be running a large underground military base in Syria that could be used for advanced weaponry and nuclear-related work, according to regional reports and U.S. officials tracking the situation.

From a Lost Age... HORROR Crawls from the Depths of the Earth!

Mar 14 12:14

Here Comes The Main Event: Trade War With China, And What Is Section 301

The recently announced global steel and aluminum tariffs (with various exemptions) by the Trump administration were just a (Section 232) preview of the main event: Trump's imminent trade war with China, which as Credit Suisse previews, will be unveiled any moment in the form of tariffs and restrictions on trade with China, reportedly in retaliation for Chinese IP violations.

First, a reminder on the all-important Section 301:

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Mr. President, a word, please: with your desperately needing Beijing to be handholding Kim Jung Un in preparation for your talks with him before May of this year, the timing - and optics - of creating such tarriffs could possibly be worse, but I cannot tell you how.

Mar 14 11:56

Sergei Skripal – The Emerging Picture of a Desperate Government

The pieces of this entire story are slowly coming together. The picture that is emerging is erroneous and spurious at best, at worst, its shows a desperate government at work to save itself from a chaotic implosion.

Mar 14 11:44

World War III Is Approaching

Of course, there has not been any chlorine gas use unless by the Washington-supplied mercenaries. But facts are not important to Washington. What is important to Washington is Israel’s demand that Washington destroy Syria and Iran in order to get rid of Hezbollah’s supporters so that Israel can seize southern Lebanon.

No doubt that other interests are in on the plot. Oil companies that want to control the location of oil and gas pipelines, the crazed neocons married to their ideology of American World Hegemony, the military/security complex that needs enemies and conflicts to justify its massive budget. But it is Israel’s determination to expand its boundaries and water resources that set all of the Middle East conflict in motion.

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I fear that Paul Craig Robert's "Curse of Cassandra Logic", (the prophetess, in classical Greek mythology, who always got her visions right, but was constantly being ignored by the very people those visions were supposed to help) is right on target here.

There is a certain aura of inevitability about how this is shaping up, and I suspect that it will be a question of when, not if, the US and Russia lock horns over Syria.

I also fear that the outcome of such a conflict may not go well for this country.

Mar 14 11:29

NEWS/GAZA White House summit on Gaza aims to 'end Palestinian cause'

As the White House prepares to hold a conference aimed at resolving the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, Palestinians in the besieged enclave say the summit is an attempt at erasing the Palestinian cause and turning it into "an aid project".

Palestinian representatives, who declined the White House's invitation to attend, were absent at the conference happening on Tuesday in Washington, DC.

However, representatives from some 20 countries are among the attendees who will discuss Gaza's health challenges, its chronic contaminated water and electricity problem, as well as poverty and food security.

Countries and international bodies who attended the conference include Bahrain, Egypt, the European Union, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the United Nations, Japan, Cyprus, Canada and Israel.

The United States was expected to unveil several proposals that tackle some of these issues.

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I am sorry, but without any Palestinian representatives whatsoever, this conference is merely "sound and fury, signifying nothing",and is merely attempting to wallpaper over the horrific treatment of the Palestinians by the Israeli government.

But then, what can one expect of a wretchedly apartheid, self-declared theocracy with nuclear weapons, and its enablers, the US government now being the worst of the lot?!?

Mar 14 11:24

Mattis: US Seeking Victory in Afghanistan, Just ‘Not a Military Victory’

Defense Secretary James Mattis made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Tuesday, arriving at the Kabul Airport with little fanfare before offering rare public comments on the Afghan War. Mattis focused on what ‘victory’ would look like, and offered a glimpse into US strategy for achieving it.

Mattis confirmed in his comments that any victory in Afghanistan would be “not a military victory.” Rather, he sees victory coming in the form of political reconciliation. That’s not going to involve major peace talks, however, as Mattis called that “a bridge too far,” reflecting Trump’s opposition to such talks with the Taliban.

Instead, Mattis suggested that the strategy would mirror something that’s been tried repeatedly in Afghanistan, “peeling away” some Taliban factions by drawing them into talks. Mattis said the US has seen “interest” in such talks.

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Sec Def Mattis.... a word, please.

Continuing to attempt to do something entirely the same way as one has been doing it before, yet expecting a different outcome, is a classical definition of insanity.

The US government continues to do this in Afghanistan for two, very obvious, reasons; first, to demonstrate that it hasn't lost this war, 16 years on, and secondly, for US alphabet soup agencies to benefit from the huge amount of money which is made through the opium/heroin business, which is booming under US/NATO occupation.

Drug War? American Troops Are Protecting Afghan Opium. U.S. Occupation Leads to All-Time High Heroin Production

Sir, thinking Americans, and the world, know, that this is the truth here.

There is utterly no military metric by which the US/NATO occupation can be adjudged to have "won" this war.

The most intelligent thing the US government could possibly do at this point in time, is withdraw troops as quickly as safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul, for the oil pipeline rights, and the involvement in opium production rights.

Of course...THAT... would be logical.

Sir, as politely as I can say this, our country does not need one more American military person crucified, and killed, upon the cross of an insane US foreign policy which ignores both logic, and the best thing for our American, and NATO'S military, and ultimately, for the Afghani people.

Mar 14 11:18

Pentagon caught falsifying paperwork for weapons transfers to Syrian rebels

A new bombshell joint report issued by two international weapons monitoring groups Tuesday confirms that the Pentagon continues to ship record breaking amounts of weaponry into Syria and that the Department of Defense is scrubbing its own paper trail. On Tuesday the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Balkan Investigative ....

Mar 14 11:17

The Western war on truth

The “war on terror” has simultaneously been a war on truth. For fifteen years—from 9/11 to Saddam Hussein’s “weapons of mass destruction” and “al Qaeda connections,” “Iranian nukes,” “Assad’s use of chemical weapons,” endless lies about Gadaffi, “Russian invasion of Ukraine”—the governments of the so-called Western democracies

Mar 14 11:08

Russia Destroyed Stocks of Nerve Agent UK Claimed Was Used to Kill Ex-Spy - MP

- Russia not only stopped the production of the Novichok nerve agent, but also destroyed all its reserves, as confirmed by international observers of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), security services veteran, Russian upper house lawmaker Igor Morozov told Sputnik on Tuesday.

"Russia has not only stopped the production of nerve agents, including Novichok, but also completely destroyed all their reserves. This was done in accordance with international agreements under the control of OPCW international observers," Morozov said.

The statement comes after UK Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that Russia was "highly likely" responsible for suspected poisoning of former officer of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Sergei Skripal in the UK, adding that the substance, used in the poisoning, was identified as a military-grade nerve agent of the so-called Novichok group developed in Russia.

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IF, in fact, this article is true, then the UK's accusation against Russia for the attempted assassination of Skirpal, is beginning to fall apart at the seams, if a thorough documentation exists on such a destruction of this nerve agent exists.

So one has to ask; cui bono, who benefits from such an attempt?!?

It sure as heck is not Russia; I am still reserving judgement here, as I am beginning to see this as yet another demonisation of Russia, engineered to "play to the rafters" in the UK and beyond, and give people incapable of logical, critical thought, an alleged "justification" for more nasty steps against it.

Mar 14 10:38


Britain will expel 23 Russian diplomats in response to a nerve toxin attack on a Russian former double agent in southern England, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday, adding it was the biggest single expulsion in over 30 years.

May said Britain would also introduce new measures to strengthen defenses against hostile state activities, freeze Russian state assets wherever there was evidence of a threat and downgrade its attendance at the soccer World Cup in Russia this summer.

Russia, which has repeatedly denied any involvement in the nerve agent attack, said Britain should expect retaliation for its actions.

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This kind of act is generally a prelude to war; a war Britain is ill-equipped to fight, even with US military assistance.

Remember; there were a number of individuals who would have wanted to see Skirpal dead, and not all of them were necessarily Russian.

Mar 14 10:25

Defense Agency To Begin Moving Classified Data to Amazon's Secret Cloud After Protest

Microsoft withdrew a bid protest that allows U.S. Transportation Command to begin migrating data to Amazon’s secret cloud region.

Mar 14 10:25

Trump Thinks a Militarized ‘Space Force’ Is a ‘Great Idea’

During a speech delivered at San Diego’s Marine Corps Air Station Miramar on Tuesday, President Donald Trump said he was interested in establishing a “Space Force” to protect American military interests in outer space.

“My new strategy for space recognizes that space is a warfighting domain, just like the land, air, and sea,” Trump said. “You know I was saying it the other day, because we are doing a tremendous amount of work in space. I said, ‘maybe we need a new force, we can call it the Space Force,’ and I was not really serious, and then I said, ‘what a great idea, maybe we’ll have to do that. That could happen. That could be the big breaking story.’”

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To SOMEONE in President Trump's Administration who has his ear: please remind him that such a move will break innumerable treaties to which the US is a signatory, about not weaponising, but exploring, space.

Mar 14 10:10

UN: US Attack On Syrian Civilians Violated International Law

Last week, war crimes investigators at the United Nations charged a U.S.-led coalition with violating international humanitarian law last year when it launched airstrikes on a school in Syria that killed at least 150 civilians.

The war crimes investigators reported that internally displaced families had been sheltering in the school since 2012. The investigators said that U.S.-led coalition forces failed to take proper precautions to avoid the loss of civilian life during the attack, which took place in al-Mansoura, near Raqqa.

The investigators disputed the claims of high-level U.S. military officials that 30 Islamic State (ISIS or IS) fighters had been targeted and killed in the attack.

Mar 14 09:33

Russia says U.S. plans to strike Damascus, pledges military response

Russia said on Tuesday it had information that the United States planned to bomb the government quarter in Damascus on an invented pretext, and said it would respond militarily if it felt Russian lives were threatened by such an attack.

Valery Gerasimov, head of Russia’s General Staff, said Moscow had information that rebels in the enclave of eastern Ghouta were planning to fake a chemical weapons attack against civilians and blame it on the Syrian army.

He said the United States intended to use the fake attack as a pretext to bomb the government quarter in nearby Damascus where he said Russian military advisers, Russian military police and Russian ceasefire monitors were based.

“In the event of a threat to the lives of our servicemen, Russia’s armed forces will take retaliatory measures against the missiles and launchers used,” Gerasimov said in a statement.

Mar 14 09:01

This Is No ‘Cold War’; It’s Far Worse Than That.

During the Cold War, the two sides agreed that any war between the capitalist side and the communist side would escalate to nuclear war between the U.S. and the USSR and constitute Mutually Assured Destruction (M.A.D.). Therefore, because of this mutual acceptance of M.A.D., hot war didn’t develop during that entire period, from 1945 till the Soviet Union dissolved and ended its military alliance the Warsaw Pact, both of which ended in 1991. Throughout that 45-year period, called “the Cold War,” there was no hot war between the two nuclear superpowers, because both sides believed that any hot war would end in M.A.D. — mutual annihilation, and the end of civilization.

Mar 14 09:00

Why The Super-Rich Are Rushing To Buy Nuclear-Proof Bunkers

The rush amongst the super-rich started after the key event of 2014; this single stunning event suddenly sparked that rush by the super-rich to buy nuclear-proof bunkers, and the rush has been nonstop since that event. Though many news-media in The West have reported on the existence of this suddenly booming market for luxurious and supposedly nuclear-proof bunkers, none has reported on what actually caused it — the event that had sparked it. In fact, that event is still a secret in The West — not publicly mentioned here; it is, practically speaking, bannedfrom being publicly even mentioned, in The West.

Mar 14 08:59

Trump To Marines: "Very Soon We Are Going To Mars, We May Even Have A 'Space Force!'"

"Very soon we are going to Mars. You wouldn't have been going to Mars if my opponent won. That I can tell ya. You wouldn't even be thinking about it. Wouldn't be thinking about it... Space is a war-fighting domain. We may even have a space force... Think about it! SPACE FORCE!"

Mar 14 08:56

Putin poisoning plan backfires as world readies to wage World War 3 on Russia

VLADIMIR Putin’s alleged plot to poison a former Russian spy in the UK has seen world leaders rally behind Britain ready to respond as the threat of World War 3 grows.

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Read the comments. Nobody is buying this nonsense (except the paid shills).

Mar 14 08:54

“No Russia – No World!” – FULL MOVIE: WORLD ORDER 2018

“World Order 2018” is a new documentary movie by TV host, Vladimir Soloviev, in which he discusses with Russia’s President Putin all the major events of the past few years; the Syrian situation, the destruction of the Middle East, the expansion of NATO, the immigration crisis in Europe, the destabilisation of Eastern Ukraine and the situation in Crimea, US-Russian relations, and of course the nuclear arms race. They also touch on topics rarely answered by world leaders – the eradication of national identities, the re-writing of history, and the essence of the Holocaust.

The film is 1.5 hours long, so make sure you put some time aside, instead of your next Netflix doco! If you’re specifically looking for the quote in the title – it’s at 1:22:00.

Mar 14 08:52

The War In Donbass In Context: The Bigger Picture Of US Insanity

The war in Donbass has become one of the central links in the geopolitical tug-of-war between the main driving force of multipolarity – the Russian Federation – and the declining American superpower which, contrary to many analysts’ forecasts, has not – or has not been allowed to – discard its far-away “Project Ukraine” since Trump was elected.

Mar 14 08:51

Pompeo & Haspel: ‘Hardliners that will do as Trump says’

The newly appointed US Secretary of State and CIA Chief are hardliners who will obediently follow President Donald Trump’s course for an even more confrontational foreign policy, former CIA officials told RT.

The appointment of Mike Pompeo as the US Secretary of State and “hardliner” Gina Haspel, who was picked to be his replacement as the head of the CIA, “confirms that the administration is moving to the right; to a more confrontational and a more aggressive foreign policy,” Philip Giraldi, a former CIA intelligence officer, told RT.

Mar 14 08:15

USS Iwo Jima (LHD7) Wasp-class amphibious assault ship in Haifa. Images Haipo.

Mar 14 07:58

President Trump's Speech To Marines In San Diego Calif. (23 Minutes)

"The Trump administration is committed to a policy of peace through strength...We are now undertaking the largest military buildup since Ronald Reagan, one of the largest build-ups we've ever had in the history of our nation....We are also modernizzing out nuclear capabilities and re-building our nuclear infrastructure... it's a capability we never even want to think about using, but we have to be prepared ... we have no choice."

Mar 14 07:50

Myanmar building military bases over Rohingya villages: Amnesty

Myanmar clearing Rohingya villages to make way for construction of military installations, rights group says.

Mar 14 07:35

Putin’s Missiles: Deterring an American Attack?

Putin’s March 1st presentation of new Russian weapons has been greatly misunderstood as a declaration of strategic parity or triumphalism. There was a much more urgent need, namely, to prevent an imminent strike. This danger is not over yet, for a week later, on March, 7, President Putin emphasised his readiness to employ the nuclear weapons for retaliation purposes, even if it would end the world.

The sharply raised stakes were a game-changer. Who knows what will be the Russian response on this or other action of the Western allies? The warlike neocons say Russia is all talk, all bluff. Realists say that the US may suffer the humiliating and painful loss of its CSGs with thousands of lives at sea. The US President had enjoyed the previous strike of Syria with dozens of Tomahawks before returning to his beautiful chocolate cake. If the strike were revisited upon the striking SCGs – this is totally different matter.