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Nov 25 08:45

How the U.S. Military Envisions the Future Fight Against Terrorists

The future U.S. fight against terrorists will be to train and advise partner militaries to take them on and prevent them from establishing safe havens in their countries, according to top U.S. officials.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford laid out that vision at a little-reported gathering of chiefs of defense of more than 70 nations at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, last month.

As the Islamic State (ISIS) loses its strongholds in Iraq and Syria, the terrorist group is searching for new safe havens in ungoverned spaces, officials said. The group first unsuccessfully tried to re-establish itself in Libya, then the Philippines, and is now trying to re-establish itself elsewhere in Africa, Dunford said.

Nov 24 10:11

Nasrallah Accuses US Of "Daesh Conspiracy" As Feared 'Tehran-To-Beirut Land Bridge' Is Established

Washington's past decade of Syria policy has been driven by fears of the so-called "Shia crescent" or Iranian land bridge which would conceivably connect Tehran with the Mediterranean in a continuous arch of influence. With events rapidly unfolding in Iraq and Syria, foremost among them the defeat of ISIS and the connection of Syrian and Iraqi national forces at the shared border, that land bridge has now been established for the first time in recent history.

But now as 2017 comes to a close, the Syria-Hezbollah-Iran alliance appears victorious, and it's the House of Saud and US-backed alliance that is fragmented and in shambles. And consistent with what Hersh predicted all the way back in 2007, the US has for years supported a jihadist corridor in Syria in order to "isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran)."

Nov 24 09:36

Israel’s Military Detention of Palestinian Children. Motion against Israel in Britain’s Parliament

Half a dozen British parliamentarians have launched a parliamentary Early Day Motion (EDM) condemning the military detention of Palestinian children at the hands of Israeli authorities.

The primary sponsor of the EDM, officially tabled on Monday, is Labour MP Richard Burden, joined by five co-sponsors: Labour’s Lisa Nandy, Andy Slaughter, and Grahame Morris, along with the Liberal Democrats’ Alistair Carmichael, and SNP MP Tommy Sheppard.

The EDM begins by noting “with concern that hundreds of Palestinian children continue to be arrested, detained and tried in Israeli military courts, despite the practice involving widespread and systematic violations of international law and being widely condemned.”

The motion also notes “allegations of ill-treatment at the hands of Israeli authorities include blindfolding, physical violence and arrest at night”, and “the disparity between the treatment of Israeli and Palestinian children by Israeli authorities”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is how Israel wages phschological - and physical - war on Palestinian children.

Nov 24 08:48

How Russia Hawks Are Selling Trump On Sending Weapons To Ukraine

President Donald Trump’s top advisers are closer now to achieving what seemed unthinkable at the start of his presidency: Shipping millions of dollars of US weapons to Ukraine’s embattled military.

The president, whose former campaign associates nixed language supporting arms to Ukraine in the GOP’s party platform in 2016, was never going to be an easy sell on the issue.

Approving the measure would likely enrage Moscow and jeopardize Trump's hopes of cultivating better ties with the Cold War adversary. Key US allies including Germany oppose the decision out of concern that it could trigger Russia to step up its military intervention in Ukraine in ways that spiral out of control.

But US officials tell BuzzFeed News that they have a pitch they believe can win the president’s approval of providing $40-50 million in arms to the war-torn country, including powerful Javelin anti-tank missiles. Officials said the president could be presented with the proposal in the coming weeks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please: this is an officially horrible idea, and one which may set the region up in flames.

IF this is not the outcome you want, then please don't do this arms deal.

And sir, Kiev is broke; where are they going to find the money to pay for even a bit of this?!?

Nov 24 08:37

U.S., South Korea to hold joint air force drill in early December

The air forces of South Korea and the United States are scheduled to hold a regular joint drill next month, deploying six F-22 Raptor stealth fighters in the exercise, a South Korean defense ministry official said on Friday.

The drill, called Vigilant Ace, will run from Dec. 4 to 8, the official told Reuters. The F-22 stealth fighters will be joined by F-35 aircraft, a U.S. Air Force official said.

The Vigilant Ace drill is held regularly by the United States and South Korea to simulate wartime defenses.

About 12,000 U.S. personnel will participate with South Korean troops while 230 aircraft will be flown at eight U.S. and South Korean military installations, the U.S. Seventh Air Force said in a news statement.

U.S. Marine Corps and Navy troops will also participate, it added.

“This realistic combat exercise is designed to enhance interoperability between U.S. and Republic of Korea forces and increase the combat effectiveness of both nations,” it said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government is thoroughly pathological in its refusal to give China's diplomats anything which could conceivably be presented as an "olive branch" to get North Korea to the table, in terms of negotiations to stop its nuclear weapons program.

Nov 24 08:32

THE REVERSE MIDAS TOUCH OF SAUDI ARABIA’S CROWN PRINCE IS TURNING THE MIDDLE EAST TO DUST

Both MBS, as he has come to be known, and his elderly father King Salman, the BND analysts wrote, want Saudi Arabia to be seen as “the leader of the Arab world” with a foreign policy built on “a strong military component.” Yet the memo also pointed out that the consolidation of so much power in a single young prince’s hands “harbors a latent risk that in seeking to establish himself in the line of succession in his father’s lifetime, he may overreach,” adding: “Relations with friendly and above all allied countries in the region could be overstretched.”

And so it has come to pass. In fact, despite being repudiated at the time by a German government more concerned about diplomatic and commercial relations with Riyadh, the BND warning turned out to be eerily prophetic.

Nov 24 08:21

NEW COLD WAR? IRAN SENDS WARSHIPS TO GULF OF MEXICO

Iranian warships are set to leave the waters of the Persian Gulf to sail across the world and tour another gulf—the one that lies between the U.S. and Mexico.

At a time when Iran is looking to expand and modernize its military in the face of what is seen as a growing U.S. threat, its newly appointed navy commander, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, held his first press conference Wednesday, announcing that a fleet of Iranian ships would soon depart for the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico en route to visits to a number of South American countries, Iran’s semiofficial Tasnim News Agency reported. The move is reportedly part of a push to project Iran’s military on a more global scale and establish international ties as President Donald Trump and his allies, including Israel and Saudi Arabia, seek to isolate the revolutionary Shiite Muslim power.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iranian Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, a word, please:

I can understand why you would want to do this, and there should be no reason why you, and the Iranian Navy, should not be doing this. I mean, after all, the US Navy is doing "freedom of navigation" tours in disputed Chinese waters, right?!?

But I would politely suggest to you, and to Iranian President Rouhani, that the timing- and optics - may be way off right now.

Do you realize that such a journey would open your ships up to a potential US/Israeli-created "false flag",to be blamed on Iran as the "justification" for an attack against it?!?

Sir, I thought I would share this observation, to give you a chance to reconsider.

You are welcome.

Nov 24 07:45

Ground Control to Major Tom: USAF Hopes to Own Space, But Faces Big Problems

Despite Congress officially banning the creation of a US Space Corps, the incentive to put more effort into space technology has not disappeared.

There will be no Space Corps for a time being, officially. Congress has come to the conclusion that creating a separate branch of the Air Force — in a way similar way to US Navy's Marines — will only add more layers of bureaucracy, and the USAF is struggling with various legacy issues, one being a huge latency in procurement time.

According to a report by Defense One, if the USAF needs a new satellite job and cannot re-task an existing satellite, it is worse than a mere inconvenience. Unlike other businesses, USAF chiefs cannot tell their contractors that they need a satellite yesterday.

Nov 24 07:43

SAUDI ARABIA TO BUY $7BN-WORTH OF US PRECISION WEAPONS FROM RAYTHEON & BOEING

As part of the mammoth $110-billion deal brokered by Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia is purchasing precision arms worth $7 billion from US manufacturers Raytheon and Boeing, a media report says. This is in spite of concerns over the toll on Yemen’s civilians.

Raytheon and Boeing are the two defense contractors selected to produce precision-guided munitions for the Saudi Arabian military, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing sources familiar with the matter. The deal is part of the giant $110-billion weapons agreement inked by Trump and the Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz in May.

Neither the corporations nor Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the US, Prince Khalid bin Salman, chose to comment on the precision weapons sale. The Saudi diplomat said, however, that his country will follow the agreement signed by Trump and King Salman.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How terrific for the Yemeni people, in light of the fact that these arms are going to be used to continue the two year-plus Saudi Arabian-led, US militarily-enabled genocide in Yemen, courtesy of the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Prince Salman, which is looking something like this, these days:

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

Images: Yemeni chidren dying from malnutrition

Images: Yemeni children dying of cholera

In your names, folks, and with your tax dollars; how does that make you feel?!? Are you proud to be an American, whose country is colluding in war crimes with the Saudi government and military?!?

Because as an American citizen, I am, very honestly, morally outraged to be a citizen of a country which enables, and endorses war crimes against innocent civilians!!

I am honestly amazed that Prince Salman has not yet ordered a complete saturation/carpet bombing of Yemen, so that not one Yemeni individual is left standing. But perhaps he as "saved" that tactic as the next one for Yemen.

I am absolutely confident that both Sec Def Mattis and President Trump would sign off on it, and immediately, in a "Larry the Cable Guy" Get "Er Done!" kind of way.

Nov 24 07:41

£1bn Royal Navy destroyer aborts Gulf mission after breakdown

One of the most advanced Royal Navy warships, which cost around £1 billion, had to abort its mission in the Persian Gulf and return to the UK. This leaves the country without a seaworthy destroyer as five other vessels are already undergoing maintenance.

The HMS Diamond Type 45 destroyer, which was on a 9-month mission to protect trade routes in the region, was forced to head home after just two months. “We can confirm HMS Diamond has experienced technical issues, but we do not discuss the detailed material state of our operational ships and are unable to comment further,” a Navy spokesman said.

Nov 24 06:50

Saudis Get $7B in US Arms for Yemen War

(*but if you so much as photoshop an image to demonstrate your disdane for this allotment , here in the land of the free ...)

Nov 24 05:59

US, South Korea to Hold Joint Air Force Drill in Early December

The air forces of South Korea and the United States are scheduled to hold a regular joint drill next month, deploying six F-22 Raptor stealth fighters in the exercise, a South Korean defense ministry official said on Friday.
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The exercise comes as North Korea continues to press forward with developing its nuclear and missile program, in defiance of global condemnation and sanctions, though it has not held tests for two months.

Pyongyang strongly protests against joint drills of this nature, which it views as aggression against the isolated state.

Nov 23 08:01

Did the US allow ISIS to escape to keep the fighting going?

Americans have been living in a country that has not known peace since 9/11, when President George W. Bush and his posse of neoconservatives delivered the message to the world that “you are either with us or against us.” The threat was coupled with flurry of hastily conceived legislation that opened the door to the unconstitutional “war on terror” carried out at the whim of the Chief Executive, a conflict which was from the start conceived of as a global military engagement without end.

Nov 23 05:25

Did The Putin/Assad Meeting Cement The End Of America's Mid-East Dominance?

I’m not a terribly religious man. But, I’d like to believe there is a special corner in Hell reserved for those that fomented the Syrian Civil War.

From its beginnings in Libya with gun-funneling through the U.S. embassy in Benghazi to yesterday’s meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, this entire affair will be remembered as one of the most cynical and abusive periods of history.

Putin Won’t Gloat

The big question is, however, what price will be extracted from the U.S. for their part in all of this. Putin will not put Trump in a bad position. The loss of face for the U.S. has already occurred internationally.

The Obama administration’s complicity in this sorry chapter of Middle East history has been mostly laid bare for anyone with eyes open enough to see.

Nov 23 05:21

US Navy Abolishes Practice of Pepper Spraying its Sailors Every Three Years

The US Navy has officially dropped the practice of blowing pepper spray in the faces of its sailors every three years as part of its training by order of Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.

Nov 23 05:11

Israel may ‘target’ Iran activity in Syria, Netanyahu said to tell Macron

Israel sees Iranian activity in Syria as “a target” for its forces, and may carry out strikes against Iranian objectives if security needs require it, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told French President Emmanuel Macron in a phone call this week.

Channel 10 reported Wednesday that it had obtained a transcript of Sunday’s call. In it, Netanyahu is said to have told the French leader that “from now on, Israel sees Iran’s activities in Syria as a target. We will not hesitate to act, if our security needs require us to do so.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Israel is going to declare war on Syria, as a way of "baiting" Iran to strike back, ultimately as the justification for going to war against Iran.

But rest assured; Israel will expect the costs of such a war to be borne only in American blood and American money, and will be prepared to fight to the last American standing.

But the larger question is, with ISIS nearly mopped up in Syria, in great part due to Russian military assistance, just how long is Russia going to put up with Israel playing picador in Syria?!?

Nov 23 05:05

TOP SAMANTHA POWER AIDE IS NOW LOBBYING TO UNDERMINE OPPONENTS OF YEMEN WAR

STARVING CHILDREN WITH haunting eyes and emaciated bodies. Bombed-out hospitals and homes. A cholera epidemic that is the largest and fastest-spreading in modern history. These scenes have sparked outrage and a flurry of denunciations of the U.S.-backed war in Yemen, which is led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

But that’s not to say the war has no defenders in the United States. In fact, a public relations consultant and former U.S. diplomat enlisted by the UAE has worked to discredit U.S.-based groups raising awareness of atrocities in Yemen.

Hagar Chemali previously served as a top spokesperson for Samantha Power, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Now, she is paid six figures to shape the debate about the war at the U.N., including by discrediting NGOs that advance evidence of human rights violations in Yemen, according to public disclosures and emails obtained by The Intercept.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are people on this planet who will do anything for money, including whoring for genocide; this is precisely what Hagar Chemali is doing right now, in her enabling the Butcher of Yemen, Prince Salman, to get closer to his goal of complete anihilation of the Yemeni people, assisted by the US military.

Nov 23 05:00

JFK Files Reveal Bobby Kennedy And CIA Plotted False Flag War With USSR

False flag conspiracy theories have arisen from thousands of global tragedies ever since pirates allegedly spawned the term by flying the flag of the home country they were preparing to attack. Of course, these "conspiracy theories" would be far easier to discredit if they'd stop coming true...

Alas, a recently revealed document from the so-called 'JFK Files' will only serve to stoke the flames of conspiracy theorists as it very clearly confirms a plot crafted by then Attorney General Robert Kennedy and the CIA to carry out a false attack that could be pinned on the USSR and serve as a basis for a U.S. "counterattack".

Nov 23 04:51

Putin orders Russian companies to be ready for urgent transition to war-time operations

Russian President Vladimir Putin says that all major Russian companies, both state-owned and private, must be ready for a rapid transition to war-time operations, adding that the capability is crucial to national security.
According to the Kremlin press service, the Russian president made the statement on Wednesday at a conference with senior defense ministry officials and top managers of major defense companies.

“I would like to note that the ability of any economy to rapidly increase the output of defense products and services when it is needed is one of the most important conditions of the nation’s military security. All strategic and… large enterprises must be ready for this,” Putin stated.

The Russian leader added that he and senior defense officials already discussed the issue in 2015 and 2016, and asked those attending the meeting to report which problems of the previous years had been dealt with and which had not.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looking at the moves by the US in the Middle East, and NATO in Europe, Russia and Putin know what is ultimately coming.

Paul Craig Roberts wrote about this last spring, but no one was paying any attention:

Paul Craig Roberts: Washington plans to nuke Russia and China

It is perhaps time that we did, as insane as such a scenario sounds.

Nov 22 14:40

Canada: Is Trudeau Ready for a Middle East War?

For the Saudis, the ultimate target is Shiite Iran and its significant influence in the Middle East and presence, directly or indirectly, in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen. When bin Salman declared that a rocket attack on Riyadh by Yemeni rebels could be seen as an act of war by Iran, the U.S. backed him up, implicitly giving the Saudi dictator a green light for more aggressive action.

Nov 22 14:16

Boy, Is This Stupid or What?nDid the US allow ISIS to escape to keep the fighting going?

The shambles of American policy as it applies to the Middle East was highlighted by yet another similar and particularly bizarre episode that was revealed initially by the BBC on Monday of last week. In early October, when the Syrians and Russians were closing in from the west on Raqqa, the “capital” of the ISIS caliphate while the U.S supported Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which predominantly consists of the Kurdish militias, was closing in from the east, a deal was reportedly struck to permit an evacuation of the remaining ISIS fighters and their families.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let me get this straight; the US brokered a deal to get ISIS out of Raqqa, and sent them packing, to live and fight another day?!?

Anyone who says that the US government has not been supporting, funding, and training ISIS just has not been paying attention!!

Nov 22 13:53

Translated Doc Debunks Narrative of Al Qaeda-Iran ‘Alliance’

For many years, major U.S. institutions ranging from the Pentagon to the 9/11 Commission have been pushing the line that Iran secretly cooperated with Al Qaeda both before and after the 9/11 terror attacks. But the evidence for those claims remained either secret or sketchy, and always highly questionable.

In early November, however, the mainstream media claimed to have its “smoking gun”—a CIA document written by an unidentified Al Qaeda official and released in conjunction with 47,000 never-before-seen documents seized from Osama bin Laden’s house in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This piece of codswallop, dutifully regurgitated by the corporate presstitutes, and configured to make it look like it was something it wasn't is typical of the collusion between the American Deep State, and its presstitutes.

What was happening here, was the creation of a narrative to further and agenda, i.e., that Iran colluded with Al Qaeda, is therefore bad and must be invaded and regime changed.

Very fortunately, it exploded, metaphorically, in their, and the government's collective faces, like a bad trick, cigar.

But don't expect, for a millisecond, that the government and corporate media will stop attempting to lie this country into another war, this time against Iran, which may well mean a war against Russia, whose politicians and military leadership have sworn to defend it, should it be attacked militarily.

Nov 22 13:34

Everywhere Surge: US Mideast Deployments Up 33% in Four Months

The Pentagon isn’t always honest about troop levels overseas, but their quarterly reports have shown a precipitous rise in ground troop deployments across the Middle East since June. Perhaps most interestingly, these deployments came entirely after the announced escalations in Iraq and Syria had already taken place.

US troop levels are up some 33% across the 14 nations included in the report, and rose in every single one of those countries. This spans a region covering all nations from Turkey to Egypt, down to Yemen, and over to Iraq and Kuwait.

The largest deployments are some of the most surprising, with the US presence in Qatar more than double over the past report (3,164 to 6,671), and nearly tripled in the United Arab Emirates (1,531 to 4,240). It is particularly noteworthy that troops continued to be added to nations in which seemingly nothing is happening, like Oman and Lebanon, suggesting the US is determined to just escalate everywhere at all times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Escalations like this don't happen for utterly no reason: logistics like this take time, and planning.

I would suggest that this bump in troop strength in the Middle East may well b may well be a pre-positioning of resources in advance of an attack against Iran, possibly tag teaming with both Israel and Saudi Arabia.

This could get very nasty, very quickly, as Russian political and military leaders have consistently vowed to come to Iran's aid militarily, should it be attacked.

Nov 22 10:31

THE DRONE WAR UNDER TRUMP: KILLING MORE PEOPLE, HIDING MORE FACTS

President Donald Trump seems determined to undo just about everything Barack Obama has done. There is one area, however, in which he is following the lead of his predecessor: drone warfare.
Not that the public would know anything about it — or the dangerously loose oversight involved. And that’s by design.

The Trump administration is not only expanding the use of drones, it is also obscuring the facts about how many drones are being used, how many people are being killed by them, and where.

“Think back when the US pursued the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Troops weren’t allowed to engage, but there was no prohibition on drones. The same thing is happening in Niger, even before the recent attacks on US troops stationed there.”

“The government has all but officially suppressed information coming out about US policy concerning drone warfare,” Nick Mottern, veteran reporter and founder of the anti-drone activist site KnowDrones, told WhoWhatWhy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Extrajudicial assassinations, which is what the drone strikes are, are illegal, period, end of discussion, no matter how much weasel wording well-paid attorneys try to bend language which makes it so.

They are also a magnificent recruitment tool in terms of getting thos people left standing radicalized, insuring that a state of perpetual war exists for the American people.

The US military/Industrial Complex just have to love this!!

Nov 22 07:52

Faux Outrage: Reuters Says Tillerson Violating "Child Soldier Laws"; Ignores Same Policies Under Clinton-Obama

Late last night, Reuters published an "exclusive" report which was undoubtedly intended to be a "gotcha" hit piece on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, courtesy of some disgruntled Obama/Clinton holdovers at the State Department. The report from Reuters came after they got their hands on a confidential "dissent" memo, signed by " a dozen U.S. State Department officials" accusing Tillerson of violating the "Child Soldiers Prevention Act."

Nov 22 07:27

The Cardinal Sin of International Finance

As Doug Casey has correctly noted, the prime directive of any organism—whether it’s an amoeba or a person or a corporation or a government—is to survive.

That’s why the US government protects the petrodollar so zealously. It needs the system to survive.

World leaders who have challenged the petrodollar recently have ended up dead…

Nov 22 07:07

John F. Kennedy 1963 “American University Peace Speech”

It’s time to once again listen to JFK’s words and move “not towards a strategy of annihilation, but towards a strategy of peace.”

It is remarkable that this speech is still relevant today. JFK remembered that his generation had had enough of war. Apparently the chicken hawks now in
charge have not really personally suffered the devastation of war and had to stage 911 to actually push America into the war on terror. JFK talks about the cold war, but it really doesn’t matter, it’s any war that the cabal needs to thrive and survive.

What JFK says about Russia and the cold war is still true today! It was this speech, as much as anything, that caused the cabal (which seems to be loosing it’s grip) to kill Kennedy just 6 months later. All the killing that has gone on since his assassination 54 years ago has not changed the world one bit for the better.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was the last speech Kennedy made before he was assassinated.

Nov 21 16:48

Killer robots which use facial recognition before slaughtering people 'will be devastating to humankind'

Killer robots capable of using facial recognition before slaughtering people 'will be devastating to humankind', a top professor warned.

Professor Stuart Russell, a leading artificial intelligence (AI) expert at the University of California, said allowing machines to kill humans would endanger freedom and security.

Nov 21 15:17

Undercounting The Civilian Dead

During the “war on terror,” the U.S. government has understated the number of civilians killed (all the better to manage positive perceptions back home). But a new report underscores the truth, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

Nov 21 11:55

RUSSIA IN SYRIA - MILITARY 'FAILURE' SETS OFF INTENSE DIPLOMACY

Western media predicted that the Russian military campaign in Syria would end in `failure`. That - presumably - has been achieved. Now follows a push of diplomatic efforts to settle the war.

Nov 21 11:14

Putin Holds Surprise Meeting With Assad, Will Call Trump By Phone Later Tuesday

One day before meeting with the leaders of Iran and Turkey in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a surprise meeting with his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, kicking off a diplomatic drive this week to outline the terms of an end to the Middle Eastern country’s bloody civil war. The two leaders discussed the political process in Syria, with the Russian leader saying that the fight against terrorism in the crisis-stricken country is close to completion. Perhaps even more notably, Putin said he would speak by phone with President Donald Trump later Tuesday.

Assad’s visit, which wasn’t publicly announced until the following day, echoed a similar trip to Russia that he made in 2015 shortly after Putin launched his air and ground campaign in Syria. The campaign turned the tide in the war in favor of the embattled Syrian president, whom western nations have long sought to see removed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Would I love to be a fly on that wall in the room where President Trump takes that call from Putin!

I wonder what will happen to the following claim, made by Sec Def Mattis on the 17th of this month:

Despite the defeat of ISIS, Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters this week that U.S. forces will remain in Syria

It will indeed be interesting to see where that is going!

Nov 21 11:07

Lebanese Army On "Full Combat Readiness" At Southern Border To Counter "Israeli Enemy"

Two days after Israel provided the first ever official confirmation of covert ties with Saudi Arabia, a step many analysts see as a precursor to future conflict in the Middle East involving adversaries Iran and Lebanon, on Tuesday the head of the Lebanese Army told the military to be at “full combat readiness” to face “the Israeli enemy” at the country's southern border. The announcement comes as Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia, vow to tighten their grip on Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It would not surprise me much if both Saudi Arabia and Israel went into Lebanon this weekend, with Americans collectively sedated from all the tryptophane in the turkey they consumed for Thanksgiving, and focused on football and Christmas shopping.

I hope that I am wrong, but I am intuiting a massive buildup in tensions in the Middle East, from the Saudi purge, and the its government's statements that both Lebanon and Iran had begun a war against it.

You cannot keep any army on highest alert for a long period of time without sacrificing energy and awareness of those troops; I suspect that some movement from Israel and/or Saudi Arabia against Lebanon may well be imminent.

Nov 21 10:11

U.S. MILITARY SHOULD ‘CHOKE’ NORTH KOREA TO ‘SUBMISSION,’ RETIRED NAVY LIEUTENANT SAYS

President Donald Trump should deploy a naval blockade against North Korea in order to stop its nuclear weapons program, argues retired Navy Lieutenant Commander Gregory Keely.

Keely, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was also a senior advisor to the House Armed Services Committee and House Foreign Relations Committee, believes that a naval blockade is the best tactic to get Kim Jon Un to abandon his drive to obtain nuclear warheads that reach the U.S.

“Like sanctions, blockades are designed to slowly choke the recalcitrant nation to submission,” he writes in a recent op-ed for The Hill. “Unlike sanctions, a blockade provides the capabilities to monitor, intercept and enforce restrictions on what can go in and out of the target nation while providing a powerful psychological and diplomatic instrument.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a double Jon-Luc Picard facepalm, at warp speed, upon reading this.

Apparently, this retired Navy Lieutenant Commander Gregory Keely suffers from an acute intellectual deficiency shared others in civilian and military leadership, and this is the pathological inability to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion.

I would very much like to politely ask the gentleman, please, how this is NOT going to get China at war, on North Korea's side, should such a blockade be undertaken by the US military?!?

Nov 21 10:00

A million children orphaned by the Syrian war

As many as a million children have been orphaned by the war in Syria which is in its sixth year.

The UN has warned against the dangers facing children without parents such as lack of education, trafficking and being indoctrinated by armed groups.

Many children are living in orphanages being run by local charities both inside Syria and abroad.

"I was five years old when Shabiha attacked and rounded everyone up," said Mariam al Shalan, an orphan from Homs.

"Then they opened fire and killed everyone. My mother came in fornt of us and took the bullets.

"My mother asked me for water. When I came back, she was dead. Me and my brother spent two days under the blood and the bodies."

In a centre for orphans in the opposition-controlled city of Idlib, almost every child that has been affected by the war suffers from trauma and psychological stress

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a huge degree of responsibility the US government should bear for creating so many orphans in Syria, by backing, funding, and training the alleged "moderate rebels" (of which there were none), and getting so many Syrian moms, dads, and family members assassinated, in their attempt to destabilize the Al Assad government.

Of course, it won't; in the minds of Pentagon, State Department, and White House Planners, "The Ends Justify the means", even when the means translates to the slaughter of innocents; the people killed are not even people anymore, just "collateral damage."

Nov 21 09:40

Why Are We Helping Saudi Arabia Destroy Yemen?

It’s remarkable that whenever you read an article about Yemen in the mainstream media, the central role of Saudi Arabia and the United States in the tragedy is glossed over or completely ignored. A recent Washington Post article purporting to tell us “how things got so bad” explains to us that, “it’s a complicated story” involving “warring regional superpowers, terrorism, oil, and an impending climate catastrophe.”

No, Washington Post, it’s simpler than that. The tragedy in Yemen is the result of foreign military intervention in the internal affairs of that country. It started with the “Arab Spring” which had all the fingerprints of State Department meddling, and it escalated with 2015’s unprovoked Saudi attack on the country to reinstall Riyadh’s preferred leader. Thousands of innocent civilians have been killed and millions more are at risk as starvation and cholera rage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dr. Paul, some of us, particularly contributors to WRH, HAVE been paying attention.

And what we are seeing, is a clear case of the US government colluding in Saudi war crimes; the assassinations and maiming of Yemeni children; starvation of Yemeni children to death, and the introduction of (perhaps weaponized) cholera to the country, which has slain, and will slay, countless more.

In fact, I am somewhat amazed that Prince Bin Salman hasn't ordered an all-out carpet bombing of the country, not allowing one one Yemeni individual to survive.

Perhaps that is the next step in the Butcher of Yemen's strategy.

The analogy of which I am most clearly reminded, is that if the response by the Papal Legate, who ordered a seige of the the Cathars, holding out at Montsegeur, France. When informed by his soldiers that women, children, and infants, were with the beseiged men, he gave the following order: "Kill them all; God will find his own."

But I can tell you that I am profoundly morally uncomfortable, being a citizen of a country for whose leadership, the commission of war crimes in Yemen "is no big deal"; but then again, I have always known, or at least intuited, that those on their way to seizing and consolidating political, financial, or military power in this country, have had their consciences surgically removed.

Nov 21 09:32

Australia welcomes scrapping of French wind farm on WW1 killing fields

Canberra Tuesday welcomed as "very touching" the scrapping of a planned French wind farm on the site of a World War I battlefield where thousands of Australian soldiers died.

French energy company Engie Green had planned to erect turbines on the grounds of the former Bullecourt killing fields in northern France, where some 10,000 Australians were killed or wounded in 1917.

Many bodies were never found, and the planned site for the wind farm is a natural burial ground near the Bullecourt memorial that is visited regularly by Australian families.

Nov 21 08:25

THE DRONE WAR UNDER TRUMP: KILLING MORE PEOPLE, HIDING MORE FACTS

President Donald Trump seems determined to undo just about everything Barack Obama has done. There is one area, however, in which he is following the lead of his predecessor: drone warfare. Not that the public would know anything about it — or the dangerously loose oversight involved. And that’s by design. The Trump administration is not only expanding the use of drones, it is also obscuring the facts about how many drones are being used, how many people are being killed by them, and where

Nov 21 08:22

Chinese Media Reveals New Multi-Nuke Missile to Strike ‘Anywhere in the World'

As early as the first half of 2018, China’s People’s Liberation Army is slated to commission a new multi-warhead intercontinental ballistic missile, the Dongfeng-41, that can target “anywhere in the world,” the Global Times reports.

Speaking before 2,300 delegates of the Chinese Community Party, President Xi Jinping declared that Beijing "would strive to fully transform the people's armed forces into a world-class military by the mid-21st century," worrying some of China's neighbors.

The Dongfeng-41 can reportedly reach speeds up to Mach 10 and uses dummy flares to throw off enemy air defense systems.

Nov 21 08:02

The Real Cost Of War: Three Times More Than The Government Admits

Imagine if the $5.6 trillion that it is now estimated to have been spent on 16 years of US global wars had been put to better use?

Nov 20 11:42

White House Declares North Korea A State Sponsor Of Terror

Following comments by the White House last week that the administration would soon bring more pressure on North Korea, President Donald Trump has confirmed as much to a crowd of reporters, adding that, as of today, that North Korea would once again be designated a terror sponsor.

Trump cited the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's estranged half brother in a Malaysian airport earlier this year, as well as the North’s horrific treatment of Ohio college student Otto Warmbier, as justifications for the sanctions.

“North Korea has supported acts of international terrorism, including assassinations on foreign soil,” Trump said.

During remarks at the start of a cabinet meeting at the White House, Trump said the Treasury Department will announce on Tuesday additional sanctions against North Korea, describing the moves as “a very large one.” The sanctions will be imposed over the next two weeks, Trump said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please: what is this actually going to accomplish, please, in terms of getting North Korea to denuclearize?!?

The short answer is, nothing.

Nov 20 11:12

Hidden Camera Shows How WWII Veteran Died After Calling For Help, Gasping For Air

A decorated World War II veteran died gasping for breath while staff at his nursing home laughed in front of him, according to hidden camera video revealed in a lawsuit against the facility.

Nov 20 08:26

Not That Invisible: Russian Radars Spot Overhyped French Stealth Frigate

The French stealth frigate La Fayette has been tracked by the radar stations of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, a Crimean security source told RIA Novosti on Monday.

According to the source, Russian radars are capable of detecting ships of this class hundreds of kilometers away.

"The much-hyped stealth technology [of the French frigate] has been disrupted by the Russian radioelectronic industry. The Black Sea's electronic warfare units detected the La Fayette frigate as it passed through the Bosporus," the source said, adding that the warship is still under surveillance.

Nov 20 08:19

Coming to grips with the fear of war in Lebanon

Ahmad Tajeldin Abdullah remembers when his neighbourhood was filled with dead bodies. Three years ago, on the streets of Tripoli, he witnessed snipers shoot children on their walk to school, homes destroyed by explosions, and women being shot while hanging laundry outside.

Abdullah was starting to get used to peace in his country, but now he is terrified that it is about to end.

"I can already see a war coming," he says. "I have a daughter who's just 13 days old. I'm afraid for my children's lives."

OPINION
Is Lebanon on the verge of another conflict?
Halim Shebaya
by Halim Shebaya
His fear stems from a political crisis brewing in Lebanon.

It started on November 4, when Prime Minister Saad Hariri abruptly resigned.

He made the announcement from Saudi Arabia, fell off the radar for eight days, and then broke his silence in a televised interview, again from Saudi.

The series of events fueled rumours that Saudi forced Hariri to resign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is not only Iran and Saudi Arabia vying for political power here; it is also Israel as well.

Nov 20 07:53

US Quietly Builds Up Troops in Somalia

One of the many quiet escalations in countries where US military operations on the ground hadn’t really been well publicized in the first place, officials say that the US has more than doubled the number of ground troops in Somalia this year, and now have over 500 troops there.

This is the most troops the US have had in the country since 1993, when the Black Hawk Down incident killed 18 US soldiers and led to a quick withdrawal from the nation. This year was also the first year since 1993 that any US troops died in Somalia.

This escalation has involved a soaring number of US airstrikes in Somalia, not to mention a number of joint ground operations with Somali forces, mostly against al-Shabaab fighters, but many of them with very unclear goals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "goals" of this escalation are entirely clear, if one knows where to look for them:

Natural resources: uranium and largely unexploited reserves of iron ore, tin, gypsum, bauxite, copper, salt, natural gas, likely oil reserves
Definition: This entry lists a country's mineral, petroleum, hydropower, and other resources of commercial importance.

You can see the words "largely unexploited"; that is the whole point;
the US government wants to get to those resources before Russia/China can lay claim to them; it is just that simple.

Nov 20 07:46

60 Minutes, barred from Yemen, still got the footage

This week on 60 Minutes, correspondent Scott Pelley reports on the dire conditions for children in Yemen. The situation is so severe that, according to the U.N., a child in Yemen dies every ten minutes. But the widespread starvation is an underreported story because, as Pelley explains, the Saudi-led blockade that's cutting off food supplies is also blocking journalists from entering Yemen.

"As soon as we got to Djibouti, the Saudis rescinded the permission that they had given us to be on the ship," Pelley says. So the team started asking questions. Was the ship being held in port? No, they were told. It was still going; they were not.

From the window in their hotel room, they watched the ship depart without them.

Though physically blocked, the team was not deterred.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bravo to 60 minutes for actually getting the footage out of Yemen they did; they were very ingenious and very inventive in making this work.

However, that being said, the US government's fealty here is to Saudi Arabia, in what can only be characterized as a genocide in Yemen, courtesy of its Butcher in Chief, Saudi Arabia's Prince Salman, who appears to be taking over as King this week, while Americans will be dozing from the L-tryptophane in their turkey.

I am profoundly morally uncomfortable being a citizen of a country colluding with the Saudis in war crimes in Yemen, and firmly believe that US citizens need to be having a very public, and peaceful, but loud and detailed, conversation about why this country's leadership is completely morally comfortable in their participation in war crimes in Yemen.

Because in my world, one Yemeni kid who has been assassinated by Saudi airstrikes, with US military "guidance"; one Yemeni kid who has died from complications of malnutration; or one Yemeni kid who has been killed by exposure to cholera (possibly weaponised), is one Yemeni kid too many.

Nov 20 07:34

US War Zone Deaths Rising for First Time in Six Years

Escalations in US operations across the world have led to an increase in the number of US troops being killed in war zones, with 2017 the first time the year-over-year deaths have risen in six years.

26 soldiers were killed in 2016, down from 28 in 2015. This year still has a month and a half to go, and the figure is already up to 31. That death toll does not include a number of sailors killed in ship collisions, which were not inside war zones.

This is not close to the number of US combat deaths during the height of the US occupation of Iraq, with over 1,000 troops killed in 2007. Still, there is every reason to believe that the trend will be continued increases in deaths.

That’s because deployments aren’t just being done in the usual warzones of Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, but increasingly US troops are finding themselves in harms way is places like Niger, where they are in small numbers with little access to backup when things turn bad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When Karl Marx made the observation that "all wars are economic" in origin, the guy wasn't smoking opium.

These are all wars for resources; not wars for "defending the American way of life"; not for patriotism; not for "freedom", however that may be defined in the USA in the 21st century, with every keystroke, and every telephone call surveilled, and every physical movement you make recorded from your phone's GPS.

These are all about regime-change; forcing foreign governments to become more US/Western centric; expropriating resources to which neither the US government, nor the corporations which own it, have any moral right; and then insuring that these resources are all only sold to "approved " countries and only for the US dollar.

Nov 20 07:20

Hezbollah On "High Alert", Says It Will Be Blamed For 'False Flag' Assassination Attempt

Hezbollah has raised its military readiness on the whole Lebanese territory in the last few days and put its forces on high alert in the light of the threats it has received from a number of countries, and especially from Israel and Saudi Arabia. Hezbollah forces have been mobilized in the event of any hostile activity on the borders or in the country, notwithstanding the ongoing conviction of its leadership that Israel will not wage a direct war in the near or distant future.

According to well informed sources, Hezbollah fears the possible assassination of a well-known Lebanese figure, Sunni or Christian, similar to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005. The aim would be to re-mix the cards on the Lebanese scene, accuse Hezbollah and to embarrass President Michel Aoun.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hezbollah and Lebanon have every reason to be concerned about this possibility, particularly with Prince Salman's grand designs on the region, which may well include war against both Lebanon and Iran.

The entire Middle East appears to be one big tinderbox right at this moment, just waiting for someone, or something, to set it alight.

Nov 19 09:08

UC Berkeley professor's 'Slaughterbots' video goes viral

Stuart Russell and the Future of Life Institute created this eerie video that depicts a future in which humanity develops lethal drones. Media: Future of Life Institute

Nov 19 08:50

NATO Adds to Turkey’s Chagrin. Turkish Good-Bye to NATO?

There has long been speculation about a Turkish good-bye to NATO.

The U.S. and its military proxy organization in Europe are doing their best to further such a move:

The image of Atatürk was displayed as a target during the drill at NATO’s Joint Warfare Center in Stavanger, Norway held between Nov. 8 and Nov. 17, while a NATO soldier posted defamatory words about Erdo?an on the social media.

Atatürk is the founder of the secular Turkey. He was designated as “target” during a desk-top drill. NATO’s Joint Warfare Center is not a low level school but an elite officer training institution led by a Major-General. The 40 Turkish soldiers who attended the training course were immediately ordered back home.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Turkey now appears, both economically, and militarily, to be moving toward a more Russian/Chinese orbit, and NATO has no one but itself to blame for this.

Nov 19 08:48

The US-led War Against ISIS Is Killing 31 Times More Civilians Than Claimed. Report

The Pentagon claims that its air war against ISIS is one of the most accurate in history and that it is so careful in who it targets that the 14,000 US airstrikes in Iraq have killed just 89 civilians.

It turns out that the military’s assertion is a stunning underestimation of the true human cost of Washington’s three-year-old war against ISIS. An 18-month-long investigation by the New York Times has found that the US-led military coalition is killing civilians in Iraq at a rate 31 times higher than it’s admitting.

“It is at such a distance from official claims that, in terms of civilian deaths, this may be the least transparent war in recent American history,” Azmat Khan and Anand Gopal report.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not surprised here?!?

The US government collectively lies through its teeth on everything else it tells American citizens, and the world!!

Nov 19 08:32

Another US Navy Warship Crashes

Over the summer there were two accidental collisions involving the 7th fleet, and a total of 4 similar incidents this year... until today as yet another US Navy warship collided with a Japanese tug boat during exercises.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This one appears to be the fault of the tugboat.

Nov 19 08:19

North Korea’s Submarine Ballistic Missile Program Moves Ahead: Indications of Shipbuilding and Missile Ejection Testing

Commercial satellite imagery of the Sinpo South Shipyard from November 5 indicates that North Korea is on an aggressive schedule to build and deploy its first operational ballistic missile submarine.

The continued movement of parts and components into and out of the parts yards adjacent to the construction halls indicates an ongoing shipbuilding program. The presence of what appear to be sections of a submarine’s pressure hull in the yards suggests construction of a new submarine, possibly the SINPO-C ballistic missile submarine (SSB)[1]—the follow-on to the current SINPO-class experimental ballistic missile submarine (SSBA).[2]

A probable launch canister support, or launch canister, appears to be present within the service tower at the missile test stand suggesting the ongoing ejection testing of submarine launch ballistic missiles (SLBM). Such testing could support the continued development of SLBMs, a new ballistic missile submarine or a combination of both.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In light of the fact that the land around their missile test site has been geologically compromised, this would be a very logical thing which North Korean scientists would want to do.

Nov 19 08:11

Saudi 'Corruption' Probe Widens: Dozens Of Military Officials Arrested

After jailing dozens of members of the royal family, and extorting numerous prominent businessmen, 32-year-old Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman has widened his so-called 'corruption' probe further still.

The Wall Street Journal reports that at least two dozen military officers, including multiple commanders, recently have been rounded up in connection to the Saudi government’s sweeping corruption investigation, according to two senior advisers to the Saudi government.

Additionally, several prominent businessmen also were taken in by Saudi authorities in recent days.

A number of businessmen including Loai Nasser, Mansour al-Balawi, Zuhair Fayez and Abdulrahman Fakieh also were rounded up in recent days, the people said.

Attempts to reach the businessmen or their associates were unsuccessful.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would observe that these arrests of Saudi military are to consolidate power absolutely, so there is not a one of his COs who will not be behind him, one hundred percent, ultimately, for a strike against Iran.

I would like to hope that some of his trusted advisors have at least mentioned that this will most probably mean a war against Russia as well, as Russian military and civilian leadership have consistently stated that should Iran be attacked militarily, Russia will come to its aid.

Nov 19 08:07

Don’t alienate your allies, you’ll need them to face China – Tony Blair warns Donald Trump

With the emergence of China as a global superpower, it is essential for the US to keep its allies close, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has warned Donald Trump. The ex-Labour leader has long been an advocate of the UK-US ‘special relationship.’

Nov 19 08:00

Japanese boat crashes into US Navy destroyer in Pacific Fleet’s 5th collision this year

A US Navy destroyer has collided with a Japanese tugboat in Sagami Bay, off the east coast of Japan, making it the fifth such incident involving the Pacific Fleet this year.

An official statement from the US Navy's 7th Fleet said the tugboat lost its propulsion and drifted into the USS Benfold on Saturday, sustaining minor damage.

The U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain is seen after a collision, in Singapore waters August 21, 2017. © Ahmad MasoodUS Navy proposes more sleep & training for sailors after ‘avoidable’ ship collisions
“No one was injured on either vessel and Benfold sustained minimal damage, including scrapes on its side, pending a full damage assessment,” the statement read. The USS Benfold remains at sea while the Japanese boat was towed to a port in Yokosuka. The Navy said that the incident would be investigated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That this keeps happening with the US Navy is unsettling in the extreme; more care, and more training seems to be what is necessary to prevent further incidents of this kind from happening.

Nov 19 07:51

Ministry warns Russians about possible terror attacks in US, EU during New Year holidaysMore:http://tass.com/society/976271

The Russian Foreign Ministry has warned Russian nationals about possible terrorist attacks in large European and American cities during the Christmas and New Year holiday season. A statement to this effect was made by the ministry’s Crisis Management Center Department on Friday.

"There is a high probability of terrorist attacks in big cities in Europe and the United States during the New Year holidays from December 20 to January 20," the ministry tweeted.

The Russian Foreign Ministry’s Crisis Management Center Department has been set up with a view to responding to emergency situations connected with life, health and safety hazards for Russian citizens abroad.

More:
http://tass.com/society/976271

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hoping to heck that the Russian Foreign Ministry's Crisis Management Center Department is absolutely wrong; unfortunately, however, the Deep State of the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika is desperate for some kind of horrific crisis (read: domestic or international false flag) around which to galvanize public opinion about who is the villain du jour is, and that whatever country it is, it needs to be militarily whacked about the head and shoulders for "having been so evil" as to have done that.

Nov 18 14:27

National Defense Versus Global (In)Security

Our government likes to talk about global security, which in their minds is basically synonymous with homeland security. They argue that the best defense is a good offense, that “leaning forward in the foxhole,” or always being ready to attack, is the best way to keep Americans safe. Hence the 800 U.S. military bases in foreign countries, the deployment of special operations units to 130+ countries, and the never-ending “war on terror.”

Nov 18 09:44

Turkey withdraws troops from Norway after Erdogan is listed as ‘enemy’ during NATO drills

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the country’s troops have left ongoing NATO war games ahead of schedule, after his name appeared in an “enemy chart.” The move comes amid tensions between the US and Turkey within the military bloc.

Nov 18 09:33

Trump to be presented with $47M deal to arm Ukraine against Russia

President Donald Trump will be presented with the recommendation to finance and sell anti-tank missiles to the Ukrainian government — a move aimed at deterring aggression from pro-Russian separatists, a State Department official told ABC News.

The National Security Council decided during a meeting on Tuesday to greenlight the presentation of a $47 million grant package to the Ukrainian government to purchase American defense arms, including the powerful Javelin anti-tank missiles.

The president and Congress must approve the sale of anti-tank missiles. The Javelin, a portable missile with a steep price-tag, has been described as "The American Military's Anti-Tank Killer."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NO, ABC, this was not a "popular uprising"; can you manage, for one millisecond, not to be regurgitating the official government line, and tell the truth here?!?

This was a US sponsored putsch, which threw Yanukovych under the proverbial bus, and "annointed" the Western-centric darling of the moment, Poroshenko, as president, in an election more crooked than a dog's hind leg.

President Obama himself admitted this in an interview in 2015:

Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

And to the "author" of this piece of stinking codswallop; When ABC's "alleged journalists" continue to lie like this, then wonder why their ratings and credibility are well and truly flushed, they have no one to blame but themselves!!

Nov 18 09:06

REVEALED: US troops made 26,000 sexual allegations against their colleagues in just four years

US troops have made almost 26,000 reports of sexual assault over the last four years, with the highest number of complaints being filed from the Air Force.

The figures come from a report by the Defense Department's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office which was released on Friday.

It found that between 2013 and 2016, 8,896 complaints of sexual assault were made in the Air Force and almost as many, 8,294, were made in the Army, the largest branch of the Armed Forces.

Nov 18 09:02

US Warns Of Holiday Terror Threat In Europe

The US government has updated its advice to American citizens travelling to Europe, warning of an increased terrorist threat over the Christmas and New Year holiday season.

Nov 18 08:59

Over Half of Bundeswehr's Leopard 2 Tanks Not Operational

At the moment, the Bundeswehr has 244 tanks of this type in service, but only 95 of them are in full combat readiness, the Focus magazine has reported. Meanwhile, 53 tanks are reportedly being upgraded, seven are at test sites, and multiple others cannot be repaired due to lack of spare parts.

Nov 18 08:39

US Senate Hearing Exposes Danger Of Nuclear War

Tuesday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the use of nuclear weapons highlighted the acute danger of the eruption of a war that could kill hundreds of millions or even billions of people.

Nov 17 17:53

America’s Renegade Warfare

Seventy-seven million people in North and South Korea find themselves directly in the line of fire from the threat of a Second Korean War. The rest of the world is recoiling in horror from the scale of civilian casualties such a war would cause and the unthinkable prospect that either side might actually use nuclear weapons.

Nov 17 16:21

US Media Focuses Exclusivly On Sex Allegations

The growing allegations of sexual misconduct against Republican US Senate candidate Roy Moore highlights the double standards in Washington and is distracting attention from the Trump administration’s military interventions around the world, a former US Senate candidate says.

Nov 17 16:15

National Defense Versus Global (In)Security

Our government likes to talk about global security, which in their minds is basically synonymous with homeland security. They argue that the best defense is a good offense, that “leaning forward in the foxhole,” or always being ready to attack, is the best way to keep Americans safe. Hence the 800 U.S. military bases in foreign countries, the deployment of special operations units to 130+ countries, and the never-ending “war on terror.”

Nov 17 15:46

US Warns Of Holiday Terror Threat In Europe

The US government has updated its advice to American citizens travelling to Europe, warning of an increased terrorist threat over the Christmas and New Year holiday season.

Nov 17 15:07

US Senate Hearing Exposes Danger Of Nuclear War

Tuesday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the use of nuclear weapons highlighted the acute danger of the eruption of a war that could kill hundreds of millions or even billions of people.

Nov 17 12:43

US Sends Aircraft Carrier, Destroyers And 14,000 Servicemen Into Seas Near North Korea

The US has sent an aircraft carrier, destroyers and other ships carrying 14,000 servicemen to waters near Japan for a war drill that has set North Korea’s teeth on edge.

Nov 17 12:15

Pentagon Moves to Develop Banned Intermediate Missile

The U.S. is laying the groundwork to build a type of missile banned by a Cold War-era pact unless Russia abandons its own pursuit of the weapons, U.S. officials said.

The U.S. military’s preliminary research and development, previously undisclosed, is aimed at potentially reviving an arsenal of prohibited ground-based, intermediate-range missiles if Moscow continues violating the pact, the officials said.

Nov 17 12:05

America’s Renegade Warfare

Seventy-seven million people in North and South Korea find themselves directly in the line of fire from the threat of a Second Korean War. The rest of the world is recoiling in horror from the scale of civilian casualties such a war would cause and the unthinkable prospect that either side might actually use nuclear weapons.

Nov 17 11:25

ERDOGAN: America gave DAES a bunch of dollars

Turkish President Rexhep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the US of financial support to DAEŠ.

"The US has disappointed us a lot. They said they were fighting DAES, and what did they do? They gave DAES a bunch of dollars, "Erdogan said. He added that Ankara does not want to co-operate with Washington "about Africa," because the United States "has consistently violated" the agreement.

Nov 17 10:33

US Now Has Significantly More Troops In Somalia

The Pentagon has revealed that the United States now has some 500 troops on the ground in Somalia even as it denies a “build-up” of forces in the African country.

Nov 16 17:12

US Military And CIA Leaders May Be Investigated For War Crimes

On November 3, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) informed the court’s Pre-Trial Chamber, “[T]here is a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed in connection with the armed conflict in Afghanistan.”

Nov 16 15:42

The Biggest Threat To World Peace Is NATO

On November 8th, Britain’s Daily Mail bannered “NATO tells Europe to prepare for ‘rapid deployment’:” and sub-headed “Defence chiefs say roads, bridges and rail links must be improved in case tanks and heavy vehicles need to be quickly mobilised” (to invade Russia, but the newspaper’s slant was instead that this must be done purely defensively: “In October, NATO accused Russia of misleading them, saying that Moscow had deliberately violated international rules of military drills”).

Nov 16 15:02

‘Fair Mix’ In US Military To Foil Nuclear War

“Individuals” holding key positions in the US military and the intelligence community are the ones to truly decide about launching a nuclear war against North Korea, an analyst suggests.

Nov 16 14:17

Son Of Sally Jones ‘Still Alive’ After ‘White Widow’ Killed In US Drone

Syrian sources claim the son of British jihadist Sally Jones, dubbed the ‘White Widow’ by the media, is alive and well. Joe ‘Jojo’ Dixon, 12, was thought to have been killed alongside his mother in a CIA Reaper drone strike in June.

Initial reports suggested the British woman used her indoctrinated son as a human shield while trying to flee the Syrian city of Raqqa. The Kent mother took her son and travelled to Syria in 2012 to join her new husband Junaid Hussein and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). She quickly rose through the ranks of IS to become a top recruiter, and is said to have recruited hundreds of UK women to become jihadi brides.

Nov 16 13:11

US Army Fail To Report Up To 20% Of Crimes To FBI

After an Air Force veteran with a criminal history was able to buy guns and kill 29 people in a Texas church, a Pentagon-wide investigation found that the Army is failing to alert the FBI about soldiers’ criminal histories in a “significant amount” of cases.

On Wednesday, Gen. Mark Milley, the Army chief of staff, told Pentagon reporters that there have been “gaps and failures” on on the part of the Army to report the criminal activity of soldiers to federal civilian law enforcement agencies.

Nov 16 11:51

US Military Stokes N Korea Flames With ‘Secret Nuclear Silos’ Claim

The US military has backed claims its B-1 bombers can drop nuclear weapons and that it possesses “secret silos” of nuclear hardware amid fears it will raise tensions with North Korea.

US Strategic Command, which is responsible for the Department of Defense’s global operations, shared a KPNX article on Twitter Wednesday, prompting a furious backlash and accusations it’s spreading fake news.

Nov 16 11:11

US Troops Taught For Years Child Sex Abuse Is ‘Culturally Accepted’ In Afghanistan

U.S. troops deploying to Afghanistan were taught for years that child sex abuse is a “culturally accepted practice” in the country, and were provided no guidance that it constituted a violation of the law and human rights until late 2015.

A new Pentagon inspector general report reveals that although troops weren’t explicitly discouraged from reporting cases of child sex abuse, the issue was not discussed until numerous media outlets reported that troops were encouraged to ignore local Afghan officials abusing little boys.

Interviews of troops from the report suggest that military officials didn’t really care much about stopping child sex abuse.

Nov 16 11:08

US Rescue Of ISIS In Raqqa Exposed

An investigative report by the BBC titled “Raqqa’s dirty secret” has confirmed earlier charges by Iran, Russia and the Syrian government that the Pentagon has colluded with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the evacuation of ISIS fighters from cities and towns under US military siege.

Nov 16 10:31

Alaska Prepares For War With North Korea: Missiles Will Take Only 20 Minutes To Reach The State - Mac Slavo

The state of Alaska is preparing for a potential war with North Korea. The Alaskans are being urged not to evacuate, though should Kim Jong-Un launch a missile toward Alaska, it would only take 20 minutes to get there.

Emergency planners in Alaska have warned it will not attempt evacuations if a warhead is fired because time would not be on their side. Jeremy Zidek, from the state’s disaster planning team, will urge locals to find shelter rather than risk being caught in the open. He also urged families to have an emergency stash of food and water, flashlights and radios, and medical supplies including the anti-radiation pill Prussian Blue – medication that lessens the radiological impacts on your body.

Nov 16 10:16

Saudi Arabia Offers Arrested Royals A Deal: Your Freedom For Lots Of Cash

As we noted shortly after the Crown Prince’s purge of potential rivals within Saudi Arabia’s sprawling ruling family, while the dozens of arrests were made under the pretext of an "anti-corruption crackdown", Mohammed bin Salman’s ulterior motive was something else entirely: Replenishing the Kingdom’s depleted foreign reserves, which have been hammered for the past three years by low oil prices, with some estimating that the current purge could potentially bring in up to $800 billion in proceeds.

Furthermore, the geopolitical turmoil unleashed by the unprecedented crackdown helped push oil prices higher, creating an ancillary benefit for both the kingdom’s rulers and the upcoming IPO of Aramco.

And, in the latest confirmation that the crackdown was all about cash, the Financial Times reports today that the Saudi government has offered the new occupants of the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton a way out.... and it’s going to cost them: In some cases, as much as 70% of their net worth.

Nov 16 09:44

Revealed – Saudis Plan to Give Up Palestine – For War on Iran

The left-wing Lebanese paper Al-Akhbar has obtained a copy of the plan (Arabic) in form of a memorandum by the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir to the Saudi clown prince Mohammed Bin Salman (English machine translation):

The document, which is being unveiled for the first time, proves all that has been leaked since President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia last May on the launch of US efforts to sign a peace treaty between Saudi Arabia and Israel. This was followed by information on the exchange of visits between Riyadh and Tel Aviv, the most important being the visit of the Saudi Crown Prince to the Zionist entity.The document reveals the size of concessions that Riyadh intends to present in the context of the liquidation of the Palestinian issue, and its concern to get in return the elements of power against Iran and the resistance, led by Hezbollah.

The Saudi foreign ministry memo starts by laying out its strategic perspective:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, this report is true, Palestinian leadership has to understand the level and depth to which they have been deceived and betrayed, by Saudi, American, and Israeli leadership.

Nov 16 09:36

Bahrain says deadly bus attack engineered by Iran

Bahrain said on Wednesday a bomb attack on a police bus which killed an officer and wounded nine last month was carried out by a militant cell trained by its arch-foe Iran.

After authorities quashed Shi‘ite Muslim-led ”Arab Spring” protests on the Sunni-ruled island in 2011, militants have launched deadly bombing and shooting attacks against security forces that Bahrain blames on Tehran’s Shi‘ite theocracy.

Iran denies any role in Bahrain’s unrest.

There was no immediate Iranian reaction to Wednesday’s Bahraini interior ministry statement, which added that authorities had arrested one member of the cell while others were fugitives in Iran.

“The terrorist cell received extensive training in Iranian Revolutionary Guard camps on the use and manufacture of explosives and firearms, as well as material and logistical support,” the ministry said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And of course, the Sunni government of Bahrain, with a human rights record just to the right of that of Attila the Hun, couldn't possibly have any of its predominanly Shiite population be the least bit upset, whatsoever, at its complete repression of its citizens' basic human rights, could it?!?

The Bahrainis LOVE their government, particularly as it tortures confessions out of peaceful protestors who are simply asking for a constitutional monarchy; throws them into prisons for inordinantely long sentences for crimes they did not commit; and denies their humanity, simply because they practice a different version of Islam than that of the Al Khalifa monarchy.

What could POSSIBLY go wrong here, with these horrifically lousy situations, except everything?!?

Looks as though geopolitically, when in doubt these days, and people don't want to take responsibility for the consequences of their actions, the game here is, blame Iran, or blame Russia!!

Nov 16 09:20

China sending special envoy to North Korea days after Trump's visit

Following President Trump’s visit to Beijing, China said Wednesday that it would send a high-level special envoy to North Korea amid an extended chill in relations between the neighbors over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and missile programs.

Song Tao, the head of China’s ruling Communist Party’s International Department, will travel to Pyongyang on Friday to report on outcomes of the party’s national congress held last month, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Xinhua said Song, as president and party leader Xi Jinping’s special envoy, would carry out a “visit” in addition to delivering his report, but gave no details about his itinerary or meetings. It also made no mention of Trump’s trip to Beijing or the North’s weapons programs, although Trump has repeatedly called on Beijing to do more to use its influence to pressure Pyongyang into altering its behavior.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed here......

Nov 16 09:15

17 million in Yemen need food - now hospitals and water pumps will run out of fuel in three weeks

THE UNITED NATIONS warned today that fuel supplies needed to run Yemen’s hospital generators and pump clean water will run out in less than three weeks unless the Saudi-led coalition lifts its blockade.
The dire forecast came as Yemen battles one of the world’s worst outbreaks of cholera, with nearly one million people infected. Some 2,200 people have died.
Adding to the woes of aid workers on the ground, stocks of diphtheria vaccines will be emptied in two weeks unless aid deliveries are once again allowed in the country, UN spokesman Farhan Haq said.

The Saudi-led military coalition shut down Yemen’s sea and air ports as well as borders on 6 November in response to a missile attack by the Iran-backed Huthi rebels near Riyadh.

UN aid chief Mark Lowcock warned last week that unless the blockade was lifted, Yemen will face “the largest famine the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have to understand; this is precisely the outcome the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Saudi Arabia's Prince Salman, wants to see happen; a Yemeni genocide, courtesy of massive malnutrition and disease.

Nov 16 08:58

US to Continue Refueling Saudi Warplanes During Yemen Attacks

The US Air Force plans to keep refueling Saudi Arabian warplanes committing atrocities in Yemen that have led to the world’s most pressing humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations.
The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in support of House Resolution 599 Monday, passing the measure by a vote of 366-30. The bipartisan bill does not prevent US tankers from providing fuel to Saudi warplanes but does call for a political solution to the crisis, which House Democrats apparently saw as a compromise.

People stand at the site of an airstrike which witnesses said was by Saudi-led coalition aircraft on mourners at a hall where a wake for the father of Jalal al-Roweishan, the interior minister in the Houthi-dominated Yemeni government, was being held, in Sanaa, Yemen October 8, 2016
© REUTERS/ KHALED ABDULLAH
Riyadh Secretly Recognizes Coalition Plane Bombed Funeral in Yemen's Sanaa

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Compromise", MY ASTROLABE!!

It is financially very profitable for the US merchants of death to continue to supply Saudi Arabia with the bombs and bullets which kill, and maim for life, innocent infants, toddlers, women, and the medically fragile elderly.

These same corporations, the heads of which have all had their consciences surgically removed before taking office, contribute generously to both parties, so why shouldn't the assassinations of Yemeni innocents continue, as long as they are profitable?!? That is the only thing that matters anymore in American society, profitability, right?!?

Here is what that "profitability" is looking like to Yemeni kids these days:

Images: Yemeni children, killed or maimed for life from Saudi bombings

More images: Yemeni Children being killed and maimed for life from Saudi Bombings

And BTW, dear reader, how does it make you feel to be a citizen of a country colluding with Saudi Arabia in crimes in Yemen?!?

This is a question every thinking American needs to be asking themselves right now.

Nov 16 07:59

‘Fresh US Drone Strike Kills Several In Somalia’

The United States military says it has killed “several militants” in yet another drone strike in Somalia, bringing to 28 the total of such raids this year.

Nov 16 06:54

Steve Bannon: If America Doesn’t Thwart These Five Things, China Will Be a Hegemonic Power

Breitbart News Executive Chairman and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon warned Monday that America’s attention needs to be focused on China, or it will be left behind in the communist country’s wake.

“Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, since our great victory over communist ideology…we’ve been on a strategic holiday, y’know ‘the end of history’ – we acted as if we are a hyperpower with nothing else to worry about,” Bannon told attendees at a Gatestone Institute event in New York City.

He pointed to recent developments in Beijing, specifically a recent three and a half hour speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the 19th Party Congress. He noted that, at the same time, a Brown University study found that since 2001 the cost of the global war on terror is $5.6 trillion.

“This is how you see great powers collapse,” he warned.

Nov 16 06:22

U.S. Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force to conduct Annual Exercise

The 2017 edition of Annual Exercise, a bilateral maritime field training exercise involving the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and U.S. Navy (USN), will be conducted Nov. 16-26.

Nov 16 06:21

BEX ALERT - 49% Favor Mandatory Military Service For US Youth

Nearly half of Americans favor mandatory military service for the country’s youth, according to a recent poll from Gallup.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here comes the propaganda to sell you on a draft!

Nov 16 00:20

Dr Marcus Papadopoulos Rocks

Dr Marcus Papadopoulos discussing whether RT is a foreign agent.
According to the US Department of Justice, RT – this channel – is an agent of a foreign, even hostile, power. All the while, the DOJ refuses to explain why this is the case or even cite what laws we may have broken. But something else is in play: critics warn RT is a test case for a wider campaign of media suppression.

CrossTalking with Lee Stranahan, Rocky Anderson and Marcus Papadopoulos.

Nov 15 23:44

Rigged Politics

Rigged politics – that’s what many are saying after the DNC’s acting chair Donna Brazile claimed Bernie Sanders was cheated in the primary.

But the rigging goes further. The GOP establishment didn’t embrace Trump then nor now. Are both parties at war with themselves?

Nov 15 15:32

New UK Defense Secretary Supports Assassination Of UK-Born ISIS Fighters

Britain’s new Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson has taken a tough line on British-born members of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) – Kill them and be done with it. His comments are the latest in an ongoing debate over whether disillusioned jihadists could be reintegrated.

In a bold interview with The Sun, the freshly appointed minister vowed to hunt down and kill British IS fighters with drones.

Nov 15 15:24

US Military To Reject ‘Illegal’ Nuclear Strike Order

US military commanders would reject to follow a presidential order to carry out a nuclear first strike they view as illegal, senators were told during a hearing.

Nov 15 15:13

General Says British Army ’20 Years Out Of Date’

A retired British military chief has warned that his country’s army is “20 years out of date” due to defense cuts and falling behind other comparative nations in the face of terror threats.

Nov 15 11:30

Mother's boyfriend, 29, 'killed three-year-old girl with a kick to the head for getting out of her car seat then dumped her body in the woods'

A Florida man has been charged with murder after his girlfriend told the authorities that the 29-year-old kicked her three-year-old daughter in the head, killing the toddler, as punishment for getting out of her car seat.
An autopsy has revealed that Adelynn Merrell, whose body was found in a wooded area in Crestview last week, died from a skull fracture to the back of the head caused by blunt force trauma.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has now added a count of murder to the initial charge of aggravated child abuse against Cory Hagwell.
Mother-of-three Destinee Merrell, 23, was charged as accessory after the factThe Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office in Florida arrested Cory Hagwell, 29, for killing his girlfriend's daughter

Nov 15 10:58

Saudi-Israeli Collusion? Is Israel Seeking Role as Leader of the Sunni Bloc?

Israel has instructed its overseas embassies to lobby their respective host countries in support of Saudi Arabia and its apparent efforts to destabilise Lebanon, a recently leaked diplomatic cable shows.

The cable appears to be the first formal confirmation of rumours that Israel and Saudi Arabia are colluding to stoke tensions in the region.

Sent by the Israeli foreign ministry and disclosed by Israel’s Channel 10 news this week, the cable demanded that diplomats stress Iran and Hezbollah’s engagement in “regional subversion”.

That closely echoes accusations Riyadh levelled against Tehran and the Lebanese faction in recent days.

Analysts have noted that diplomatic moves by Israel to intervene directly in a seemingly internal Arab matter are “very rare”.

Yossi Alpher, a former adviser to Ehud Barak when he was Israeli prime minister, called the cable “extremely presumptuous”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have to remember that Netanyahu is facing a bribery/corruption charge at home. this makes him a very politically vulnerable "wounded animal" in Israeli politics, and and all wounded animals are dangerous.

This new purge by Prince Salman may have been interpreted by Netanyahu as a "the enemy of my enemy (Iran/Hezbullah) is my friend" moment, to further factionalize the Middle East, and potentially give him the momentum to attack both Lebanon and Iran, to misdirect political attention away from his corruption issues, and toward those countries which have been declared Israel's "existential enemies" in the region.

Nov 15 10:07

Netanyahu: Israel Will Act Alone to Force Iran Out of Syria

On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov confirmed that the most recent ceasefire announcement did not involve any commitment for Russia to force Iran out of Syria, saying that Iran can maintain a legitimate presence in Syria.

This isn’t sitting well with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who urged the world to unite and force Iran out of Syria at all costs. Now, he’s saying Israel is prepared to act alone to ensure Iran has no permanent presence there.

The narrative of Iran even wanting a “permanent” presence in Syria seems to be more or less wholly an Israeli creation, based on reports of building at a Syrian military facility somehow being extrapolated to it being an “Iranian base.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Israel's Netanyahu has just declared war on Syria.

But of course, in light of the reality that Netanyahu's corruption trial is about to move forward,
Netanyahu to see bribery charges, what can one reasonably expect him to do, sit down and hum "Kumbiya"?!?

He is a politically wounded animal at this point; and politically wounded animals are highly dangerous.

Do not rule out some incredibly brazen Israeli military actions against Iran, Lebanon, or Syria, at this point, and rather immediately.

Nov 15 09:57

House Passes $700 Billion Military Spending Bill

The House and Senate had some differences on the 2018 military spending bill, but reached a compromise last week. The House passed this $700 billion spending and policy bill Tuesday with a 356-70 vote.

The bill includes $634 billion for “core operations,” and $66 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). The OCO budget is notoriously used by the Pentagon to shift money around to various programs as officials see fit without having to ask Congress to fund them.

This massive bill is the culmination of months of officials trying to outspend one another, with President Trump proposing what he described as one of the biggest increases ever, followed by both houses of Congress outdoing that, and then trying to outdo each other.

This bill includes funding for myriad new research schemes, including the possibility of creating a new Space Corps and fighting wars in space. It also attempts to assert more Armed Services Committee oversight over military cyber operations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We have reached a phase in American governance where US legislators no longer represent their alleged constituents; they only represent the corporations which own them, and a large swathe of them are from the military/industrial complex.

I am sure that many of these CEOS are absolutely and thoroughly delighted in how their current "legislative assets" have paid off, royally, for them.

Nov 15 09:46

UN General Assembly Adopts Resolution Condemning Crimea Human Rights Violations

The UN General Assembly’s Third Committee adopted a resolution on Tuesday condemning human rights violations against the residents of Crimea by the Russian Federation in the move described by Anatoly Viktorov, Russian human rights authority, as another Ukraine's attempt to move forward its own political agenda by distorting the reality.

Crimea seceded from Ukraine and reunified with Russia after 96 percent of its residents supported the move in a referendum in March 2014. The vote was held after new authorities took power in Kiev after what many considered to be a coup.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME?!?!?

Is "peaceful self-determination" NOT enshrined in the UN Charter, a reality which all UN members must accept, even Ukraine?!?

Now, what?!?

A declaration of war against Russia for Crimea having held a free and fair referendum, petitioning the Russian Federation to accept Crimea as a member?!?

the words "Stupid, insane, and over the top" come very quickly. to mind here.

And please remember: President Obama admitted that the US government had participated in this putsch very strongly, in order to get Poroshenko "enthroned" as President, in an alleged election more crooked than a dog's hind leg:

Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

Nov 15 09:45

US Army fails to provide medical care to experiment subject soldiers

Veterans’ rights groups are claiming the US Army is withholding crucial information about chemical and biological agents veterans were exposed to in experimentation.

“The Army still has not provided notice to test subject veterans regarding the specific chemical and biological tests to which they were subjected — and their possible health effects,” attorney Ben Patterson of the law firm Morrison and Foerster told NPR.

The military conducted these experiments because it wanted to learn how to induce “fear, panic, hysteria and hallucinations” in enemy soldiers, an Army scientist told NPR.

At least 70,000 troops were used in the experiments, a 2015 NPR report found.

Nov 15 09:40

US Military Role In Yemen War Unauthorized: House

The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a resolution clearly stating that US military assistance to Saudi Arabia in its war against neighboring Yemen is not authorized by Congress.

Nov 15 08:43

Dennis Kucinich Discusses the ‘Permanent Government’ behind US Foreign Intervention

In a recent interview with host Wilmer Leon at the Inside the Issues show, former presidential candidate and United States House of Representatives Member Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) discussed how what Kucinich terms the “permanent government” has worked to ensure the United States continues pursuing destructive foreign interventions and to keep America “at the precipice of a much wider war” irrespective of who is president.

“There’s an unbroken line going back over the last 30 years where American presidents have continued to proceed with an interventionism that has been counterproductive,” states Kucinich. This “continued commitment to a failed foreign policy of interventionism, of unilateralism, of first strike,” Kucinich continues, “imperils America,” “does not make us safer,” “separates us from the world community,” “has people looking to extract vengeance on Americans,” and “has made the world a more dangerous place.”

Nov 15 08:05

Iraq: A War For Israel

As the world now knows, Iraq had no dangerous "weapons of mass destruction," and posed no threat to the US. Moreover, alarmist suggestions that the Baghdad regime was working with the al-Qaeda terror network likewise proved to be without foundation.

So if the official reasons given for the war were untrue, why did the United States attack Iraq?

Whatever the secondary reasons for the war, the crucial factor in President Bush's decision to attack was to help Israel. With support from Israel and America's Jewish-Zionist lobby, and prodded by Jewish "neo-conservatives" holding high-level positions in his administration, President Bush - who was already fervently committed to Israel - resolved to invade and subdue one of Israel's chief regional enemies.

Nov 15 04:49

US Military to Disobey Trump's 'Illegal' Nuclear Strike Order

Sputnik International: During Tuesday’s hearing, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee examined President Donald Trump’s authority to launch a nuclear strike amid rising tensions with North Korea.
"We are concerned that the president of the United States is so unstable, is so volatile, has a decision-making process that is so quixotic, that he might order a nuclear strike that is widely out of step with US national security interests," Democratic Senator Chris Murphy said during the hearing.

The committee's chairman, Senator Bob Corker, a Republican, warned that "once that order is given and verified, there is no way to revoke it."

Former senior Pentagon officials, invited to testify before the committee, told Senators that while President Trump has the authority to order a retaliatory nuclear strike, he is not allowed by law to launch a pre-emptive one.

>>>

Nov 14 18:07

US Military Role In Yemen War Unauthorized: House

The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a resolution clearly stating that US military assistance to Saudi Arabia in its war against neighboring Yemen is not authorized by Congress.

Nov 14 15:37

US Military Role In Yemen War Unauthorized: House

The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a resolution clearly stating that US military assistance to Saudi Arabia in its war against neighboring Yemen is not authorized by Congress.

Nov 14 12:12

Saudi alliance bombs Sanaa airport, blocking aid access

Houthi officials told Al Jazeera two air strikes targeted Sanaa's international airport in the rebel-held capital early on Tuesday, making it unusable for aid flights and further complicating humanitarian efforts into the country.

"This attack is intended to cause maximum damage and deprive millions of Yemenis from receiving life-saving food and medicines," Mohammed, a Houthi official who declined to give his surname, said.

The Saudi-led coalition forced the closure of Sanaa airport in August 2016 to all but a few UN aid flights.

The Houthi-run General Authority for Civil Aviation said in a statement the air strike "led to the total destruction of the VOR/DME radio navigation system, taking it offline and thus halting the only flights at Sanaa airport - those of the UN and other international organisations delivering humanitarian assistance".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am still rather surprised, after the aborted Houthi missile reaching Riadh ast week, that Saudi Arabia has just not hauled off and carpet bombed all of the major cities left standing in Yemen.

That might, however, be the next move on Prince Salman's part, in his ongoing frustration with the intense stalemate going on here in Yemen.

Nov 14 12:03

Saudi Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomes Lebanese Patriarch

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Lebanese Patriarch Bechara Boutros al Rahi, Tuesday, reported Saudi Press Agency.

Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz received earlier today the Lebanese Maronite Patriarch at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The meeting tackled brotherly relations between the Saudi kingdom and Lebanon and confirmed the importance of different religions and cultures in strengthening tolerance, rejecting violence, extremism and terrorism and achieving peace and security for the region’s people and the world.

A number of Saudi ministers including Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and Gulf Affairs Minister Thamer al-Sabhan attended the reception.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Great optics for the Prince; but I have to wonder why in the Sam Hill Lebanese Maronite Patriarch Al Rahi actually consented to meet with Prince Salman in the first place.

After all, Saudi Arabia is a country where the profession of Christianity is treated as a crime, potentially punishable by death.

The following article goes on to state:

"here are more than a million Roman Catholics in Saudi Arabia. Most of them are expatriate Filipinos who work there, but are not Saudi Arabian citizens.[1][6] The percentage of Christians of all denominations among the roughly 1.2 million Filipinos in Saudi Arabia likely exceeds 60%.[7] There are also Christians from Canada, the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Greece, South Korea, Ireland, the United Kingdom, India, China, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and as well a number of Christians from sub-Saharan countries who are working in the Saudi Kingdom.[7]

Saudi Arabia allows Christians to enter the country as foreign workers for temporary work, but does not allow them to practice their faith openly.

Because of that Christians generally only worship within private homes.[7] Items and articles belonging to religions other than Islam are prohibited.[7] These include Bibles, crucifixes, statues, carvings, items with religious symbols, and others.[7]

The Saudi Arabian Mutaween (Arabic: مطوعين‎‎), or Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (i.e., the religious police) prohibits the practice of any religion other than Islam.[7] Conversion of a Muslim to another religion is considered apostasy,[7] a crime punishable by death if the accused does not recant. There have been no confirmed reports of executions for either crime in modern times.

[7] The Government does not permit non-Muslim clergy to enter the country for the purpose of conducting religious services.[7] In spite of this, a 2015 study estimates that there are some 60,000 Christians with a Muslim background living in the country, though that does not mean that all of those are citizens of the country.[8]

International Christian Concern (ICC) protested what it reported as the 2001 detention of 11 Christians in Saudi Arabia, for practicing their religion in their homes.[9] In June 2004, at least 46 Christians were arrested in what the ICC described as a "pogrom-like" action by Saudi police. The arrests took place shortly after the media reported that a Quran had been desecrated in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.[10]

Christians and other non-Muslims are prohibited from entering the cities of Mecca and Medina, Islam's holiest cities.[7]"

Nov 14 11:59

Russia looks to sell MiG-35 fighters in more than 30 countries

Over 30 nations are ready to upgrade their aging warplanes with Russia’s new multirole MiG-35 planes, according to the Director General of Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG Ilya Tarasenko. The fighter jets are currently under testing.

Nov 14 11:28

Ban On Killer Robots Urgently Needed, Say Scientists

A military firm unveils a tiny drone that hunts and kills with ruthless efficiency.

Nov 14 09:38

Red Star/White Star: Why the Lockheed F-35 Should Fear Russia’s Su-35

The Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet should avoid contact with the Russian-built Su-35 attack aircraft, and there are a number of reasons to support this comparison between the two high tech warcraft.

Nov 14 09:28

Psychiatrist: US Doesn't Need People 'Hearing Voices' Leading Troops Into Battle

The US army has expanded its waivers for recruits with a history of particular mental health issues. People with a history of self-injuring, bipolar disorder, depression and addiction are now free to sign up. Dr. Elspeth Ritchie, a former chief psychiatrist in the army explained why such a decision has been made and what the risks of it are.
Sputnik: What’s your general take on the reports? Is there any reason for concern or is it rather a victory for people who have had historical mental disorders?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This decision should win the award for one of the most brain-dead decisions ever made by the US military, but what it demonstrates is painfully telling; the US military is running out of qualified volunteers to become US service members.

Can a US draft, of both our young men and our young women, be very far behind?!?

I would think not.

Nov 14 09:24

Damascus: Uninvited US Presence in Syria Constitutes Act of Aggression

The Syrian Foreign Ministry has commented on the remarks by the Pentagon chiefs who said that the presence of the United States in Syria had been approved by the United Nations as Washington is fighting Daesh terrorists.
On Tuesday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry commented on US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis' statements about the US presence in Syria, who said that US forces won't leave the Middle East country until they achieve their goals there.

"Syria once again declares that the presence of American forces or any other military presence in Syria without the consent of the Syrian government is an aggressive violation of Syria's sovereignty and a flagrant contravention of the UN's foundations," the Syrian Foreign Ministry said in response to Mattis.

This Saturday, April. 29, 2017 still taken from video, shows Kurdish fighters of the People's Protection Units (YPG) standing guard as U.S. forces take up positions in the northern village of Darbasiyah, Syria
© AP PHOTO/ APTV

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The big question now, is, what are Damascus and Moscow actually prepared to do to get the American troops out?!?

Nov 14 09:23

IN PHOTOS ~~ VETERANS’ DAY IN NEW YORK

On November 11th, Veterans Day thousands of people marched up Manhattan’s 5th Avenue. Many shouldered rifles and represented the militaristic attitude so prevalent in the United States. But there was one contingent, a hundred people strong: The Veterans For Peace, Vietnam Veterans Against War, the Granny Peace Brigade, The Raging Grannies (a singing group who sang peace songs all along 5th Avenue) and other individuals who joined and also marched as the voice for peace.

Nov 14 09:19

Military Coup Reportedly Under Way In Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is on edge amid speculation that a military coup is in progress, with army tanks seen outside the capital a day after the army commander threatened to "step in" to calm political tensions over the president's firing of his vice president. The Associated Press said it saw three tanks with several soldiers in a convoy on a road heading toward an army barracks just outside the capital, Harare, while Reuters reported that four tanks were seen heading toward the capital.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A coup; or a coming civil war in Zimbabwe?!? Only time will tell how this will play out.

Nov 14 09:16

Bombshell Report Confirms US Coalition Struck A Deal With ISIS

At a moment of widespread acknowledgement that the short-lived Islamic State is no longer a reality, and as ISIS is about to be defeated by the Syrian Army in its last urban holdout of Abu Kamal City in eastern Syria, the US is signalling an open-ended military presence in Syria. On Monday Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon that the US is preparing for a long term military commitment in Syria to fight ISIS "as long as they want to fight."

Mattis indicated that even should ISIS loose all of its territory there would still be a dangerous insurgency that could morph into an "ISIS 2.0" which he said the US would seek to prevent. “The enemy hasn’t declared that they’re done with the area yet, so we’ll keep fighting as long as they want to fight,” Mattis said. “We’re not just going to walk away right now before the Geneva process has traction.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is apparent that, in Sec Def Mattis' weltanschauung, there is no such thing as a sovereign country whatsoever, and the US government and military have the "divine right" to build military bases where ever it sees fit, never mind the political will of the government which actually runs that country.

Has Al Assad gotten the memo on this, and almost as importantly, has Russia's Putin received the memo on this?!?

Is Mattis gaming for war against Russia in Syria?!? Because THAT... would, indeed, be a nasty turn of events, if true.

Nov 14 08:58

Yemen – Having Lost the War Saudis Try Genocide – Media Complicit

Fakenews:

Saudi Arabia ends its blockade of Yemen’s ports and airports – Daily Mail
Saudi-led coalition says will reopen Yemen ports – Anadolu
Yemeni ports to reopen for aid, says Saudi Arabia – Deutsche Welle

From the last link:

Saudi Arabia reacting to UN famine warnings says ports in Yemen it controls will reopen for aid deliveries. Riyadh shut them down last week after a missile attack blamed on Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Saudi Arabia, enabled by the US military, has been committing war crimes in Yemen over the last 3 years, and it is high time that the American public had a conversation about whether it wants its government to be continuing to commit war crimes, and aiding the Saudis in their genocide of Yemen.

Nov 14 08:52

Will America Survive Washington? Is the US Preparing a Nuclear First Strike on Russia?

Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznihir, Deputy Chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces, stated at the Moscow International Security Conference that the Operations Command of the Russian General Staff has concluded that Washington is preparing a nuclear first strike on Russia.

The other is the report that the US is collecting Russian DNA for the US Air Force weapons laboratory, the implication being that the US intends to research if a bio-weapon can be created that only targets Russians.

As far as I can ascertain, neither of these startling developments were reported in the US media. One would think that the White House would have been on the telephone to Putin giving reassurances that the US is not planning a surprise nuclear attack on Russia. One would think that the publication of US contracts for Russian DNA and Putin’s public statement about it would have immediately resulted in President Trump ordering a halt to the Russian DNA project.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the immortal words of the American commedian Ron White, "You can't fix stupid"; and indeed, stupid is what the US government, collectively appears to be stuck on right now, both in terms of domestic and international policies.

Nov 14 08:51

US Deploys Final Missile Interceptor In Alaska, Efficiency Claims Remain Dubious

The 44th and final interceptor in the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system was installed in Alaska under an Obama-era order, months before a deadline. The Trump administration is now seeking 20 more despite the system’s dubious success record.

Nov 14 08:50

Gordon Brown Claims the Pentagon Knew Saddam Hussein Didn't Have Weapons of Mass Destruction

Nov 14 08:30

MIDEAST TURMOIL: FOLLOW THE OIL, FOLLOW THE MONEY

In this scenario, time is running out for Saudi Arabia's free-spending royalty and state - and for all the other free-spending oil exporters.

While there are numerous dynamics at work in the turmoil roiling Saudi Arabia and by extension, the Mideast, one way to cut to the chase is to follow the oil, follow the money. Correspondent B.D. recently posited a factor that has been largely overlooked in the geopolitical / fate-of-the-petrodollar discussions:

Perhaps the core dynamic is a technical one of diminished oil production. Here is Bart's commentary:

"I think the Saudis may be quickly running out of profitable oil to produce/export.

I think they tried to over-produce for a while to damage the competition... and they now have production issues resulting from that. (As has happened in the past)

Nov 14 08:12

US Spent $5.6 Trillion On Wars Since 9/11 – Study

Washington has expended a whopping $5.6 trillion on wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan since 2001, according to a new study. That figure is more than three times what the Pentagon has claimed in official estimates.

Nov 14 08:04

Super-Human Future Super Soldiers Scare Vladimir Putin,

So Maybe They Should Scare US, Too

Nov 14 07:58

US Aircraft Carriers Raise Nuclear War Threat: DPRK

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) says the deployment of three nuclear-capable US aircraft carriers to the Korean Peninsula has increased the risk of a nuclear war.

Nov 13 19:01

US Aircraft Carriers Raise Nuclear War Threat: DPRK

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) says the deployment of three nuclear-capable US aircraft carriers to the Korean Peninsula has increased the risk of a nuclear war.

Nov 13 17:26

WWII: Singpore used as base to spread bubonic plague that killed thousands of people in China

Rat fleas carrying the bubonic plague that killed thousands of people in China during World War II were bred in Singapore. A branch of the nefarious Japanese biological and chemical warfare research and development Unit 731 was housed in the College of Medicine Building during WWII.

Nov 13 16:59

US Spent $5.6 Trillion On Wars Since 9/11 – Study

Washington has expended a whopping $5.6 trillion on wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan since 2001, according to a new study. That figure is more than three times what the Pentagon has claimed in official estimates.

Research from the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University found that as of late September, the US wars combined with “additional spending on Homeland Security and the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs”had totaled more than $4.3 trillion since the 9/11 attacks in 2001. That number surged to $5.6 trillion once likely costs were added for fiscal year 2018, along with estimated future spending on veterans. 

Nov 13 16:45

US Deploys Final Missile Interceptor In Alaska, Efficiency Claims Remain Dubious

The 44th and final interceptor in the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system was installed in Alaska under an Obama-era order, months before a deadline. The Trump administration is now seeking 20 more despite the system’s dubious success record.

Nov 13 15:01

US To Perform $5bn Upgrade At Nuke Missile Base

The US government is planning to spend up to $5 billion in order to upgrade an ageing nuclear missile system in the state of Wyoming, as part of an ongoing modernization program accelerated under President Donald Trump.

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