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Jan 04 07:12

Good News: Washington Frozen Out of Syria Peace Plan

As the US mainstream media obsessed last week about Russia's supposed “hacking” of the US elections and President Obama’s final round of Russia sanctions in response, something very important was taking place under the media radar. As a result of a meeting between foreign ministers of Russia, Iran, and Turkey last month, a ceasefire in Syria has been worked out and is being implemented. So far it appears to be holding, and after nearly six years of horrible warfare the people of Syria are finally facing the possibility of rebuilding their lives.

What is so important about this particular ceasefire? It was planned, agreed to, and implemented without the participation of the United States Government.

Jan 03 15:56

US Special Operations Troop Deployments In Africa Surged In 2016

At the close of 2016, Africa saw a dramatic surge in the number of US Special Operation forces deployed across the continent. Since 2006, the US military has increased its operations in Africa from just 1 percent of overall global Special Operations to more than 17 percent.

Jan 03 14:50

British Military’s Online Trolling Unit Fails To Attract Enough Recruits

The British military’s secretive internet trolling unit has failed to meet its recruitment targets despite a high-profile campaign, according to new figures.

Freedom of information requests by the Register show that the much-hyped unit is 40 percent understrength.

Jan 03 13:43

U.S. To Build A “Weaponized Narrative” Into The Future of War

By Nicholas West

A new project has been announced by Arizona State University’s Center on the Future of War and think tank New America. This collaboration has created a subset within ASU titled, “The Weaponized Narrative Initiative.” Two Co-directors, Brad Allenby and Joel Garreau, have penned a must-read opinion piece at Defense One, wherein they have employed the Orwellian catchphrase of “weaponized narrative” to replace what’s commonly known as propaganda...

Jan 03 13:42

How Your New Smartphone Funds Africa's Deadliest War

The minerals used to power your smartphone are helping fund Africa's deadliest war. How is the world fighting this conflict-funded industry?

Jan 03 12:18

The Absolutely Essential Distinction: Wars Of Aggression Are Not Equivalent To Wars Of Self-Defense

War is an abomination. War is anathema. However, not all forms of war are the same. To understand war, and to assign culpability with clear conscience for the war and its outcomes, it is absolutely critical to differentiate between waging wars of aggression and wars of self-defense. One form of warfare, self-defense, is brought about by the imposition of the other form, war of aggression. Hence, any artificial equivalency is unacceptable between the two forms of war or between/among the warring parties.

Jan 03 09:27

Arms Trade Treaty Falling Down In Yemen

Two years after the UN Arms Trade Treaty entered into force, many of the governments which championed the treaty are failing to uphold it, especially when it comes to the conflict in Yemen.

“In terms of implementation, the big disappointment is Yemen,” Anna Macdonald, Director of Control Arms, a civil society organisation dedicated to the treaty, told IPS.

Jan 03 07:40

SITTING DUCKS? ALL ACTIVE U.S. NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIERS CURRENTLY SITTING IN PORT AGAINST PROTOCOL

In what can only be described as a disproportionate appropriation of U.S. Navy assets, a blatant breach of standard protocol, and a possible set up for a false flag operation — the entire U.S. Navy aircraft carrier group, 10 active carriers, have returned to port and are now all sitting ducks.

Jan 03 06:58

Globalists Reveal Alarming Predictions FOR 2017!!! Are The Elite Preparing FOR WAR?

On Tuesday, December 13th, 2016, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) released a very cryptic publication — detailing their top international "concerns" for 2017.

Jan 02 17:28

2016: The Year of Russia’s Triumph – The Saker

2016 has been a fantastic year for Russia. Putin’s policy of slow, low-key and deliberate move and counter-move has proven to be extremely effective.

Just like European maps place Europe in the center of the planet, so do most western commentators look at the past year from a US/Europe-centered perspective. Which is fair enough. Furthermore, the AngloZionist Empire has just suffered two major disasters, the Brexit and the election of Trump.

The credit for the election of Donald Trump goes first and foremost to the American people to whom I sincerely believe the entire planet owe a heartfelt and loud “THANK YOU!!!!!”.

Not only did the British people defy the Empire and vote for a Brexit, but now the Imperial Homeland has “backstabbed” them by electing a patriot who is not interested in maintaining the global empire (or so he says, at least for the time being).

Jan 02 13:12

Pentagon Warns North Korea Against Testing Nuclear-Capable Missile

The United States government has warned North Korea against carrying out any “provocative actions,” after Pyongyang said it was putting the final touches on a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the US mainland.

The Pentagon issued a toughly worded statement on Sunday, asking “all states” to react and show the North that its actions would have “consequences.”

Jan 02 13:04

Taiwan: Ignorance, Danger Of War And A High School Nazi Parade

At the end of December 2016, both Taiwan and the world were shaken to the core, when images appeared in the local press and online, depicting students parading in Nazi uniforms proudly raising their hands in salute, an act banned in most countries of the world. Mail Online reported:

A SCHOOL IN TAIWAN HAS BEEN CONDEMNED AFTER STUDENTS WAVED NAZI FLAGS AND SHOUTED ‘SIEG HEIL’ AS TEACHERS STOOD BY SALUTING THEM. THE IMAGES WERE TAKEN AT HSINCHU KUANG FU HIGH SCHOOL IN WESTERN TAIWAN WHERE A HISTORY TEACHER CAN BE SEEN DRESSED AS ADOLF HITLER.

Jan 02 09:04

Putin’s Bear to Obama’s Turkey

Putin's stoic statesmanship speaks for itself.

Not for the first time, the contrast in character between Putin and Obama was illustrated in the latest diplomatic spat over alleged Russian hacking.

For one thing, Putin’s gracious magnanimity always in the face of American provocations shows the Russian leader to be a fine statesman and human being; whereas Obama looks like a pathetic, cheap nonentity.

President Putin made a surprise attack:

He said that his government would not take retaliatory measures. Indeed, he went further by offering seasonal goodwill greetings to President Obama, his family and the people of America, as well as repeating invitations to the children of accredited US diplomats in Russia to festivities being held at the Kremlin.

Jan 02 08:58

Russia Delays Retaliation – Trump: “Great Move” By “Very Smart” Putin – Special Report

The bad losers Democrats are STILL shell shocked about the fact that they lost and are throwing a temper tantrum, trying to cloud President-elect Trump’s incoming policies.

The Truth is that the US as a nation need to now move past the NeoCon era, the warmonger era...

Jan 02 08:47

Obama Plans New Year War With Russia Within 20 Days

The elites who control America are going all out on a plan to start a war with Russia and stonewall Donald Trump before he takes office in January.

Jan 01 22:27

No US carrier at sea leaves gap in Middle East

Further attribution on the Carrier Task Force stand-down. If you have debunking articles, please link to them.

Jan 01 16:53

ISIS Aims To Launch ‘Mass-Casualty Chemical Attacks’ In UK – Security Minister

Islamic State militants are keen to launch “mass-casualty attacks” on targets in the UK, as well as overseas, UK Security Minister Ben Wallace said, adding that the terrorists have “no moral objection to using chemical weapons.”

“The ambition of IS or Daesh [Arabic acronym of Islamic State] is definitely mass-casualty attacks,” Wallace said in an interview with the Sunday Times newspaper, adding that “they want to harm as many people as possible and terrorize as many people as possible.”

Jan 01 11:08

What is Henry Kissinger Up To? — Paul Craig Roberts

Until Trump relegates 'the neocons' to the ideological backwaters, Russia and China had best hold on to their strategic alliance.

Kissinger, an old cold warrior, is working to use Trump’s commitment to better relations with Russia in order to separate Russia from its strategic alliance with China.

China’s military buildup is a response to US provocations against China and US claims to the South China Sea as an area of US national interests. China does not intend to attack the US and certainly not Russia.

Jan 01 10:51

Back to the Future: From the USSR to the Eurasian Century

Get ready, because the thick of the action starts now.

The 2008 casino capitalism-provoked financial crisis, plus the American “resolve” to remake the so-called Greater Middle East through wars of choice, regime change and covert ops miserably failed.

As we wait for the dawn of the Trump era – an almost intergalactic geopolitical question mark – what’s certain is that the War Party US deep state won’t admit defeat. And the key geopolitical riddle to be answered is how strident internal American tensions will deal with the hub of progressive Eurasia integration: Russia, China and Iran.

Jan 01 08:53

Gunman Kills At Least 39 In Attack On Istanbul Nightclub

A gunman opened fire on New Year revelers at a packed nightclub on the shores of Istanbul’s Bosphorus waterway on Sunday killing at least 39 people, including many foreigners, then fled the scene.

Some people jumped into the Bosphorus waters to save themselves after the attacker opened fire at random in the Reina nightclub just over an hour into the new year. Officials spoke of a single attacker but some reports, including on social media, suggested there may have been more.

The attack shook NATO member Turkey as it tries to recover from a failed July coup and a series of deadly bombings in cities including Istanbul and the capital Ankara, some blamed on Islamic State and others claimed by Kurdish militants.
The Hurriyet newspaper cited witnesses as saying the attackers shouted in Arabic as they opened fire at Reina.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

First, condolences to the families and friends of those where were slain here, and prayers for those wounded, that they get the best of care, and recover soon.

But this attack follows an all-too-familiar, and terrifying, pattern; a gunman (or gunmen) enters a crowded place, and start killing people at random, then disappears into the night.

So I have to ask, in a very cold-blooded way, cui bono?!? Who benefits?!?

Jihadists, attempting to destabilise Turkey?!? Or the Turkish government itself, because now, as after the failed coup in July, they have an even larger "justification" for clamping down on human rights, and minorities?!? Or an attempt by Western nations to destabilise Turkey, because it sees, and feels,Turkey's shifting to become more Russia-Centric?!?

As reported at the atlantic.com last month:

For weeks, the main shopping areas of Turkey’s capital city have been eerily vacant. On October 29, the U.S. government advised family members of embassy staff to leave the country, while other nations sent out warnings, recommending their citizens avoid streets with high foot traffic throughout the month of December, in response to intelligence indicating a likely attack by the Islamic State. With two bombings and one assassination over the past ten days, everyone expected an attack of some sort in Ankara. But few would have predicted the form it would take, when, on Monday night, a 22-year-old police officer named Melvut Mert Altintas gunned down Andrey Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey. “God is great!” he shouted in Arabic, and “Don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria!” in Turkish, as he stood over Karlov’s motionless body. For months, Turkey has been unraveling. Shortly after the attempted coup of July 15, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government announced a state of emergency to remove any lingering threats from supporters of Fethullah Gulen, the exiled religious and political leader who the state blames for orchestrating the failed putsch, as well as people affiliated with the Kurdish movement. Mass purges touched nearly all job sectors, with education and the state judicial system taking the biggest hits. Anyone suspected of a crime could be held for 30 days without charge in detention centers where inmates are reportedly being tortured. RELATED STORY Flag-wrapped coffin of late Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov is carried to a plane during a ceremony at Esenboga airport in Ankara, Turkey on December 20, 2016. 'Russia Through Turks' Eyes' Even the most mundane rituals changed. An extra security check was installed in airports, just after the second set of x-ray machines, where Turkish citizens—as opposed to foreigners—are closely monitored. In the corners of once-bustling restaurants, the prospect of civil war with the Kurds is a common topic of discussion; the slowing economy is another, as the Turkish lira breaks its own record lows against the U.S. dollar from one week to the next. A vacuum salesman told me he no longer made a profit at the current exchange rate; a wine seller said he’s on the verge of closing his shop.

We cannot know for certain who orchestrated this crime; but my sense, right now, is that it was an outside state actor of some kind, who has a goal of completely destabilising the Turkish government.

Dec 31 13:14

The Same Idiots Who Pushed the Iraq War Are Now Stirring Up Hysteria About Russia

The propaganda about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction was one of the most blatant examples of “fake news” in American history.

Now, many of the same idiots who pushed the Iraq war lies are stirring up hysteria about Russia.

Dec 31 08:08

Senator John McCain Demands “Act of War” Against Russia…

Some things never change. In full alignment with President Obama, the ever faithful war monger Senator John McCain calls for a declaration of war against Russia.

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Dec 30 14:39

Middle East Now Without a US Carrier

The Dwight D. Eisenhower carrier strike group chopped out of the European theater of operations Dec. 26 and headed home to Norfolk after months of operating in the Arabian Gulf and the Mediterranean, where the strike jets of Carrier Air Wing 3 flew hundreds of missions against Islamic State group targets in Syria and Iraq. The homecoming is set for Dec. 30 — two days shy of the Navy’s stated goal of bringing the group home in seven months.

US carrier groups regularly relieve each other in theater, often handing off duties within sight of the other in the Arabian Gulf or Arabian Sea. But this time, no carrier is in the Eisenhower’s wake.

Dec 30 13:59

No More Holiday Gifts for Repressive Regimes

While the world has been transfixed on the epic tragedy in Syria, another tragedy – a hidden one – has been consuming the children of Yemen.

Battered by the twin evils of war and hunger, every 10 minutes a child in Yemen dies from malnutrition, diarrhea, or respiratory-tract infections, UNICEF reports. And without immediate medical attention, over 400,000 kids suffering from severe acute malnutrition could die, too.

Why are so many of Yemen’s children going hungry and dying?

Since 2014, Yemen has been wracked by a civil war – a war that’s been exacerbated by intervention from Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally. Since 2015, the Saudis have been pounding this nation, the poorest in the Middle East, with cluster bombs and explosives.

And the US has been helping, selling the Saudis advanced weapons and providing intelligence and logistical support.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I didn't think, when I was a kid growing up, that I would ever consider the government of my country complicit in war crimes; unfortunately, it is a well-documented reality right now. And the following images demonstrate, very clearly, what daily life is like in Yemen these days: (warning: very graphic)

Images: Yemeni children wounded and killed by Saudi bombings

Images: Yemeni children starving due to Saudi port Blockade

Dec 30 12:39

VETERAN DIES WITH MAGGOTS IN WOUNDS, 4 VA STAFF MEMBERS RESIGN IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS

A veteran died after live maggots were found in his infected wounds.

A 73-year-old veteran, Owen Reese Peterson, died after being treated at a veterans’ hospital in rural Oklahoma for several weeks. The Talihina Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed that Peterson had live maggots in his wounds prior to his death in October.

The director of the Department, Myles Deering, confirmed this but also stated that Peterson’s death was not related to the maggots and that he instead died of sepsis.

Peterson entered the facility with an infection that needed serious treatment and wound up with sepsis, a potentially life-threatening complication with an infection. Raymie Parker, who was Peterson’s son, told Tulsa World,

“During the 21 days I was there… I pled with the medical staff, the senior medical staff, to increase his meds so his bandages could be changed. I was met with a stonewall for much of that time.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The entire staff of this facility should be fired, and those responsible for this man's care charged with manslaughter.

The rest of the patients should be transferred to other VA facilities, where they might get some semblance of reasonable care.

But for this to be happening to even one of our Vets is utterly inexcusable.

Although I hate, and abhor, the wars which cause our Vets injury; that having been said, I firmly believe that they should be afforded the same level of care that Dick Cheney gets: they have earned it.

Dec 30 08:43

World War III Has Begun....Trump Tweets Can Stop WWIII

The war of the future will not be fought on the battlefields of yore, but in the minds and across the airwaves.

Dec 30 07:36

Selling Death: US Weapons Kill a Yemeni Child Every 10 Minutes

While the world has been transfixed on the epic tragedy in Syria, another tragedy — a hidden one — has been consuming the children of Yemen.

Battered by the twin evils of war and hunger, every 10 minutes a child in Yemen dies from malnutrition, diarrhea, or respiratory-tract infections, UNICEF reports. And without immediate medical attention, over 400,000 kids suffering from severe acute malnutrition could die, too.

Why are so many of Yemen’s children going hungry and dying?

Dec 30 07:28

Obama incites second Cold War with Russia, acts on unproven allegations

Outgoing President Barack Obama has ordered the expulsion of 35 suspected Russian spies and imposed sanctions on two Russian intelligence agencies over unsubstantiated allegations that they were involved in hacking during the 2016 presidential election.

Dec 30 07:13

BREAKING: OBAMA MAKES DEAL WITH SAUDI ARABIA TO ALLOW THEIR ISIS SOLDIERS TO RETREAT TO SAFETY

In September 2014, the then Director of the US National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), Matthew Olsen, said Islamic State controlled an area similar in size to the United Kingdom, or about 210,000 square kilometers (81,000 sq. miles).

A year later, the U.S Department of Defense (DoD) declared that IS frontlines in much of northern and central Iraq and northern Syria had been pushed back significantly by U.S led air strikes and ground operations. The DoD estimated that IS had lost approximately 30-37% of what it controlled in August 2014, and 5-10% in Syria.

Even at that point, critics accused America of not telling the truth about their attacks on IS. Some suggested that Obama might be deliberately hindering the efforts because of his relationship with the terror organization.

Dec 30 06:47

WIKILEAKS: Obama May Have Violated Vienna Convention by Expelling Russians

Wikileaks released a series of tweets this afternoon following the latest move by Obama. Wikileaks says Obama many have violated the Vienna Convention by expelling the Russian diplomats.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dec 30 06:37

OBAMA HELLBENT ON WW3 WITH RUSSIA TO TOPPLE TRUMP VICTORY

Obama To Start Huge War To Block Trump Policies

Dec 29 22:14

Here's What Russia Had to Say About Obama, Hacking Accusations, and US Sanctions

President Obama and the US Congress have taken drastic measures to provoke Russia during the last days of the administration. They've accused Russia of interfering with the election in an attempt to delegitimize Trump's election and they kicked 35 Russian diplomats and their families out of the US today.

Congressmen on both sides of the aisle are chomping at the bit, positively salivating over the idea of war with Russia. Today, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan expressed his support of Obama's actions.

Here is Russia's response.

Dec 29 15:57

John McCain Calls For Permanent U.S. Military Presence In The Baltic States

Speaking from Riga, Latvia, Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham called for a permanent U.S. military presence in the Baltic States in order to deter Russian aggression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here are your rifles...

Dec 29 15:29

Obama amends 2015 executive order to ‘counter malicious cyber-enabled activities that undermine democratic processes or institutions’

Executive Order 13694 originally enacted on April 1, 2015 was amended Thursday “in order to take additional steps to deal with the national emergency with respect to significant malicious cyber-enabled activities declared […] in view of the increasing use of such activities to undermine democratic processes or institutions.”

Dec 29 14:37

Japan minister visits controversial shrine honoring war dead after Pearl Harbor trip

Japan's defense minister visited a controversial shrine to Japan's war dead on Thursday, just after accompanying Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on a historic visit to Pearl Harbor, where Japan's attack brought the United States into World War Two.

Television footage showed a smiling Tomomi Inada in a black jacket and skirt arriving at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, which honors Japanese who lost their lives in the country's wars, including several leaders executed for war crimes.

Visits to the shrine by prominent Japanese officials anger neighbors China and South Korea, which consider Yasukuni a symbol of Japan's militarism and a reminder of its wartime atrocities.

China and South Korea again voiced their disapproval on Thursday, with China saying it would make "solemn representations" to Japan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Japanese Defense Minister Inada; right after the Pearl Harbor visit, the optics of a visit to the Yasukuni Shrine was just...ugly, geopolitically, and insensitive; and I am utterly gobsmacked that you didn't understand this.

Can you please tell Japanese voters just what you intended to signal, with this trip?!? Because I sure as heck do not understand what this is all about.

I do, absolutely, understand why governmental spokespeople from China and South Korea expressed their displeasure so publicly with this trip.

The dynamic future of Asia has to be built on countries in the Asia/Pacific region working together, and collaborating, and building strength, economically and socially, through peaceful trade.

Dec 29 14:24

Obama’s drone war is a black mark on his legacy that cannot be ignored

President Obama’s last weeks in office have been marked by a series of exit interviews, conversations that are often as inherently fascinating as any discussion with a man soon to quit the most powerful job on the globe must be.

In one such interview, a thought-provoking piece from The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates, Obama raised the issue of drone warfare, which has become a signature policy of his administration:

“The truth is that this technology really began to take off right at the beginning of my presidency. And it wasn’t until about a year, year and a half in where I began to realize that the Pentagon and our national-security apparatus and the CIA were all getting too comfortable with the technology as a tool to fight terrorism, and not being mindful enough about how that technology is being used and the dangers of a form of warfare that is so detached from what is actually happening on the ground.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Extrajudicial assassinations cannot be tolerated or "normalized" by any civilized country, as a way to wage warfare, while simultaneously priding itself on being a country which is governed by the rule of law.

The two, rule of law, and extrajudicial assassinations, are mutually, and morally exclusive.

President Obama, of course, just doesn't want to see this, and has "lawyered up" with people who have been ordered to give him "legal cover" for these assassinations but what I am saying is the absolute, honest, if uncomfortable truth.

And in terms of practical effect, the consequences are that people who have their children, wives, moms, aunties and grandparents, murdered in this way, are going to find jihad against western assets and elements very attractive.

In fact, sometimes, I have to wonder if these extrajudicial assassinations are actually done simply to keep military conflicts in which the US military is enmeshed around the world, continuing and expanding, keeping the military-industrial complex happy.

Dec 29 13:13

Get Ready, America: Russia's Lethal Su-35 Fighter Is Now Part of China's Air Force

Russia has apparently delivered an initial batch of four advanced Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E jet fighters to China.

The aircraft appropriately arrived at the People's Liberation Army Air Force training center in Cangzhou, in China’s Hebei province, on Christmas day from the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association (KnAAPO) plant in Russia according to the BMPB blog—which is produced by Centre for the Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow.

Dec 29 13:12

US announces retaliation against Russia over election-related hacking

President Barack Obama has imposed sanctions on Russian officials and intelligence services in retaliation for Russia's interference in the U.S. presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts.

The State Department also has kicked out 35 Russian diplomats from its embassy in Washington and consulate in San Francisco, giving them and their families 72 hours to leave the U.S. The diplomats were declared persona non grata for acting in a "manner inconsistent with their diplomatic status."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Expulsions and sanctions are meaningless after January 20th. Between now and then, possibly this weekend, there will be a false-flag, possibly the take-down of the internet (to silence all those pesky truth-tellers) and Russia will be blamed, followed by an attack.

Dec 29 12:53

US Denies It Created ISIS, Accuses Turkey Of Spreading "Fake News"

Two days ago, Turkey's outspoken president Erdogan, now grudgingly pivoting into the Russian sphere of influence and away from NATO, accused the US of supporting and arming ISIS and said he has "confirmed evidence" to back up his claim: "They give support to terrorist groups including ISIS" Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara on Tuesday, adding that US coalition forces "give support to terrorist groups including Daesh, YPG, PYD. It's very clear. We have confirmed evidence, with pictures, photos and videos."

Naturally, the US could not possibly let this allegation go without responding, which it did on Wednesday when it denied Erdogan's allegations, and accusing Turkey of spreading "fake news."

Dec 29 12:42

U.S. expels 35 Russian diplomats, closes two compounds: official

The United States expelled 35 Russian diplomats and closed two Russian compounds in New York and Maryland in response to a campaign of harassment against American diplomats in Moscow, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

The move against the diplomats from the Russian embassy in Washington and consulate in San Francisco is part of a series of actions announced on Thursday to punish Russia for a campaign of intimidation of American diplomats in Moscow and interference in the U.S. election.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US Government is going to start a war with Russia and push it past the point of no return before Trump can take office.

Dec 29 12:39

Washington Warmongers Make 11th Hour Attempt To Start a War With Russia

In the final days of Barack Obama's presidency, the warmongers in Washington, DC are hell-bent on causing as much chaos as possible. If they don't manage to start a war with Russia before Donald Trump is sworn in, it won't be for lack of trying.

The Military Industrial Complex stands to profit by billions of dollars if this comes to fruition. War is very profitable for politicians and their corporate cronies, but for the rest of us, it would inflict a heavy toll.

Two Republicans, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, and a Democrat, Amy Klobuchar, all voiced their support for action to be taken against Russia for "meddling with the presidential election" in November. The three are currently on a tour of NATO countries near Russia's western border.

Dec 29 09:48

Fifth Anniversary of NDAA “Indefinite Detention”

On December 31, 2011, New Year’s Eve, President Barack Obama signed into law the most constitutionally damaging law in American history, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. This New Year’s Eve we note its 5th Anniversary. Previous annual appropriations bills funding national defense were mostly procedural but it was the addition of two sections, buried deep within the over 600 page document, that potentially gutted the Bill of Rights for American citizens thought by the President to be assisting the enemy, that so upset constitutionalists and libertarians.

Dec 29 09:16

RUSSIAN ALLIES DISCUSS SPLITTING SYRIA INTO 3 DE-FACTO STATES TO END CIVIL WAR “

Russia, Turkey, and Iran are reportedly discussing splitting Syria into three autonomous sub-states in a final deal to end the ongoing Syrian civil war, Reuters reports.

The three sub-states would be regionally autonomous and nominally remain under the power of a federal administrative system. This federal system would retain Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in the beginning, before a less divisive figure took the helm. Assad’s religious sect, Shiite Alawites, would remain in charge of the federal system and have their own zone of influence under the terms of the deal.

The Syrian proposal hearkens back to Vice President Joe Biden’s 2006 proposal to split Iraq into three autonomous sub-states in lieu of pursuing the 2007 troop surge. Biden termed the proposal, “Unity through Autonomy.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The absolute, dysfunctional, and colossal "failure of imagination" the US government demonstrated, in their lust for regime change in Damascus, is scarily amazing, and shows, yet again, that those Americans in government are pathologically incapable of thinking any scenario through to its potential conclusions.

And the ultimate outcomes of this war against the Syrian government, could have played out many ways; there wasn't just one possibility of resolution here.

And yet, no one in DC saw, for one moment, that the potential for Russian and Iranian involvement would be game-changers which would not give them the outcome they desired.

Dec 28 14:58

Turkish President Erdogan Claims He Has “Confirmed Evidence” US-led Forces Supported ISIS

Obviously Erdogan feels the US has screwed Turkey over to be suddenly changing his tune. Actually, he’s been acting different towards his “allies” ever since Turkey accused the US of being behind the failed coup attempt and took over the Incirlik US air base.

Dec 28 14:56

MSNBC Warns That Trump’s Comments Could “Literally” Trigger Nuclear War

You have to feel sorry for anyone who truly believes MSNBC is delivering “news” and not propaganda… those people have got to be living in a waking nightmare where we’re all going to spend the next 1,460 days walking on eggshells to “literally” avoid nuclear war, and all because Trump has vocal chords.

Dec 28 10:34

Behind the Real US Strategic Blunder in Syria

President Barack Obama has long been under fire from the US national security elite and the media for failing to intervene aggressively against the Assad regime.

But the real strategic blunder was not that Barack Obama didn’t launch yet another war in Syria, but that he decided to go along with the ambitions of America’s Sunni allies to create and arm a Syrian opposition army to overthrow the regime in the first place.

Now a former Obama administration official who is knowledgeable on the internal discussions on Syria policy, speaking to this writer on condition of anonymity, has shed new light on how and why that fateful decision was made.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact this account is true, President's Obama's catastrophic failure regarding Syria, and that of his entire team, was a pathological inability to think through a scenario to its potential logical conclusions.

There was no "single way" in which the war in Syria could have ended; there were multiple possibilities, and that Obama and his team didn't understand that, has grave implications for other huge foreign policy failures on the part of his administration, which President-Elect Trump will now inherit and have to clean up.

Dec 28 10:13

PUTIN'S HIT TEAMS OF "CHECHEN KILLERS" HEAD FOR SYRIA

Having recently won the crucial battle for Aleppo, which has changed the layout of the ongoing Syrian proxy war between the Assad regime (with the Kremlin's backing), and "rebel" forces including various Al-Qaeda elements (supported by the US-led alliance), hardly content with this crucial victory Russian president Vladimir Putin is only just getting started, and as the Daily Beast confirms reports that had previously circulated in the Russian press, dozens of highly trained "Chechen killer" Russian special military units in red berets are being transported to Syria. Their mission there is largely a mystery.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that Putin is calling in his best to handle mop-up operations of any jihadist organisations stupid enough to remain in Syria at this time.

Dec 28 08:31

Obama Set To Announce Economic Sanctions And "Covert Cyber Ops" Against Russia For "Election Hacking"

Just a week after Obama held a press conference announcing that he sent a stern warning to Vladamir Putin regarding his alleged "election hacking" efforts (see "Obama Told Putin To "Cut It Out" On Hacking"), the Washington Post is reporting that the Obama administration is close to announcing a series of economic sanctions and other measures to punish Russia for its "interference" in the 2016 presidential election. Quoting "U.S. officials," WaPo said that an announcement from the Obama administration could come as early as this week and would likely include "covert cyber operations."

Dec 27 15:40

British Generals and Military Advisers in Syria to Recruit Retreating Aleppo Terrorists

A group of British Generals and military advisors have arrived in Syria to recruit and train the terrorist groups which have withdrawn from Aleppo, a Russian daily reported.
The Izvestia newspaper reported that UK Defense Minister Michael Fallon had earlier said that 20 British military instructors have already arrived in Syria to “restore the combat capability of units of the moderate opposition which has retreated from Aleppo”.

Earlier reports, in October, said that Britain had sent its military experts to Syria before Aleppo’s liberation by the Syrian army to train the fresh terrorists for combat, first medical aid and defuse bombs.

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Izvestia is usually pretty no-nonsense about what they report; however, IF these reports are true, this "mission" had to have been signed off on at the highest level of the British government.

So, IF these reports are true, this a clear, and thoroughly disturbing, revelation that the British government, from Prime Minister May on down, has collectively lost their mind to the point where they believe that a war with Russia over Syria is a perfectly acceptable outcome of these actions, in order to regime change Damascus.

ABSOFLIPPINGLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE!!

Dec 27 14:42

Can Laws the Globalist Made Be Used to take Down New World Order’s Treasonous Subversives Under a Trump Administration?

All I can say to our next President. Even though we want him to be tough taking down the traitors and criminals who have undermined our constitutional republic by hook and by crook. We also have to remind the Attorney General and the President that there is a presumption of innocence for the accused no matter how repulsive they are to the American people. They are entitled to the same constitutional rights to a speedy public and fair trial with a jury of their peers with the right to assistance of counsel for a vigorous defense as we enjoy. If we attack their rights, We attack our own meaning we will fall into the pit we are digging too. We must not forget that ever.

History will judge us not by the outcome. But in the way we carry it out. So we must take the moral high ground so we set a good example for future generation to come and not stoop to their globalist level when dealing with these traitors.

Dec 27 13:35

Turkey Announces Proof U.S. is Supporting ISIS

Turkey’s President set to release confirmed evidence with pictures, photos and videos proving the United States supporting ISIS.

Dec 27 10:39

While Americans Were Celebrating The Christmas Holidays OBAMA Was Busy Working Against Us, Infuriating China Over Taiwan, And Further Arming Of Syrian Rebels Leading Russia To Declare It As A Hostile Act!

I imagine you are wondering why I said Obama was working against the American people by signing in the 2017 Defense Bill. I will explain. This is a huge bill, and he worked in the a provision to establish as US “ministry of truth” and media propaganda.

Dec 27 10:34

CBS Reveals The True Origin of ISIS

CBS news reports on the true origin ISIS and how “direct” action funded and armed the terrorists rebels in Syria to launch a 30 year war.

Dec 26 12:28

The Good That Trump Could Do – Robert Parry

Trump Challenge

Can Trump withstand the barrage of slings and arrows if he rejects the neocons’ “regime change” ambitions?

Eight years ago, President Barack Obama had a similar opportunity but chose to accommodate the Establishment and empower the neocons and liberal hawks...

Dec 26 10:17

CBS: Facts National Media Isn’t Telling You About Aleppo

CBS news reports on the facts the national media isn’t telling the public about Syria’s fight against ISIS and Al Qaeda terrorists.

Dec 26 10:16

CIA has interfered with over 81 foreign elections in the past century

These acts, carried out in secret two-thirds of the time, include funding the election campaigns of specific parties, disseminating misinformation and propaganda...

The CIA has accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 presidential election (with absolutely zero evidence) by hacking into Democratic and Republican computer networks and selectively releasing emails.

But critics might point out the U.S. has done similar things.

Dec 26 10:16

Video: ISIS Burns Alive 2 Chained Turkish Soldiers in Aleppo

Syria rebel terrorists, members of ISIS, have released a video of two Turkish soldiers being burned alive following the fall of Aleppo.

Dec 26 10:15

“ISIS Fighter” With Gun and Flag Walks Through German Border Checkpoint

A Danish man, dressed as an ISIS fighter carrying a fake gun and the ISIS flag, walks across a Danish German border checkpoint.

Dec 26 07:46

Okinawa governor rescinds action against US base relocation

The governor of Okinawa has reportedly rescinded an action against the relocation of a US airbase, despite being an extremely vocal critic against the presence of American troops on the Japanese island, according to sources cited by Kyodo News.

Governor Takeshi Onaga's apparent decision follows his defeat last week in a lawsuit filed by the central government over a plan to move the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station from Ginowan to the less-populated area of Henoko, in Nago.

Japan’s Supreme Court found that it was illegal for Onaga to revoke the approval granted by his predecessor, Hirokazu Nakaima, for land reclamation required to build replacement runways at the new base.

Dec 25 22:59

Aleppo celebrates Christmas, shares stories of joy & loss

Syrians in the liberated city of Aleppo are celebrating Christmas…

‘We had 4 years of pain, of war & blood’

Christians in Syria have largely rallied behind the secular government, seeing it as their protector.

This year, many people in the liberated city of Aleppo are celebrating for the first time since the war began. RT’s Lizzie Phelan talked with residents of the war-ravaged city now recovering from its wounds.

Dec 25 10:04

Advocate hopes to help homeless female veterans struggling to 'get back on their feet'

A Canadian veterans' advocate is looking to the U.S. for advice on how to help female veterans living on the streets.

Jim Lowther, the founder of Dartmouth, N.S.-based Veteran Emergency Transition Services or VETS Canada, says more female former service members — many of them single mothers — are finding themselves on the streets, looking for help.

"We're seeing a lot of female vets with children, and it's growing. We have three this month alone," Lowther said.

Dec 24 15:17

Anis Amri Berlin Terror Failures: Germany’s Next Puppet President Frank-Walter Steinmeier Schtum

From: Berlin terror attack: Who is suspect Anis Amri?

Dec 24 14:34

Pro-ISIS Groups Call For Attacks On Holiday Gatherings, Churches – Feds

Despite no known specific, credible threats, the FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security have warned law enforcement agencies that sympathizers of jihadist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) could strike holiday events in the US.

In a bulletin sent to US law enforcement and private security agencies, the FBI and DHS said individualS loyal to Islamic State “continue aspirational calls for attacks on holiday gatherings, including targeting churches,” CNN reported Friday.

Dec 24 14:25

FBI Warns Of Daesh Attacks On Christmas

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned American citizens about possible Daesh-inspired terrorist attacks during the New Year holidays.

In a joint bulletin with the Department of Homeland Security on Friday, the FBI told local law enforcement that churches and holiday gatherings were the prime targets for the attacks, CNN reported.

Dec 24 11:10

Suddenly Liberals Are The Ones Stockpiling Guns, Food And Supplies

Fearing Trump’s presidency could rapidly evolve into a “Trumpocalypse”, a significant number of leftists are stockpiling food, guns and emergency supplies.

Dec 24 11:09

Obama Dismantles 9/11 Terrorist Database To Sabotage Trump

President Obama dismantles U.S. Muslim database registry in place since 9/11 to prevent terrorism to sabotage Donald Trump’s presidency.

Dec 24 10:30

RUSSIA SUPPORTING LIBYAN GENERAL WHO IS A FORMER CIA ASSET

Gen. Khalifa Hifter, the head of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), has had a long list of allies. Starting as a participant in Gadhafi’s 1969 military coup, he rose steadily through the ranks before being captured by Chad during the 1987 war. He was disavowed by Gadhafi, but by 1988 was a top figure in the CIA-backed rebels.

The rebel force was short-lived, however, and Hifter was brought to the US as a CIA supported “refugee” in 1990. He participated in at least one other failed rebellion before the 2011 Arab Spring, when he claimed to be the head of the post-Gadhafi military. Power struggles led to him announcing a military coup in 2014 before finally being named the head of the LNA, a faction allied with the Tobruk government.

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How deliciously ironic that the greatest "winner" in US-backed destabilisation in both Syria and Libya has proven to be....Russia!!!!!

Dec 24 09:52

BRITISH GOVT-FUNDED OUTLET OFFERED JOURNALIST $17,000 A MONTH TO PRODUCE PROPAGANDA FOR SYRIAN REBELS

The Revolutionary Forces of Syria (RFS) media office, a major Syrian opposition media outfit and frequent source of information for Western media, is funded by the British government and is managed by Westerners operating out of Turkey, according to emails provided to AlterNet by a Middle East reporter RFS tried to recruit.

The outlet stirred controversy this November when it released a video at the height of the Mannequin Challenge, a pop culture craze in which people compete for how long they can freeze in place on video. The RFS video depicted a staged rescue by the White Helmets, the Western-funded rescue group that operates exclusively in rebel-held territory. RFS quickly removed the video and issued an apology out of apparent concern that the staged rescue could raise questions about the authenticity of other videos by the White Helmets.

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More proof that the primary purveyors, and purchasers, of fake news are governments, this time that of the UK!!

Dec 24 09:46

WELFARE JIHAD: DOZENS OF DANISH ISIS FIGHTERS RECEIVED STATE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

Denmark has discovered that dozens of its citizens fighting for Islamic State have continued to receive cash benefits. According to local media the government somehow expects jihadists to pay the improperly distributed funds back.

At least 36 people who are known by authorities to have left Denmark to allegedly to join the ranks of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) continued to receive welfare payments, according to the Ekstra Bladet newspaper.

Thirty-four alleged jihadists received cash benefits from municipal authorities, and two others from private but heavily state-subsidized funds. The newspaper obtained the figures from the Danish Employment Ministry through a freedom of information request.

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To the Danish government: how the darned heck did this happen?!?!?!?

Dec 24 09:02

Godfather Of The New Deal

Herbert Hoover was worth $4 million in 1914 as a mining engineer and mine owner. This was before World War I, when the dollar bought 25 times more than it does today. He was good at what he did in the private sector.

Dec 23 15:37

Underage Jihad: Terrorists Brainwash Children To Carry Out Bombings In Europe

The attack in Berlin comes less than a month after a 12-year-old boy attempted to detonate a bomb at another Christmas market in western Germany.

Dec 23 14:54

U.S. To Deploy 4,000 Troops To Russian Border Next Month

The troops’ deployment coincides with the deployment of 300,000 NATO troops that have been on “high alert” since last month. Is this a sign that Cold War 2.0 will go hot in 2017?

Dec 23 10:57

The Real Reason The West is Pushing War With Russia

By Vin Armani

In this video, Vin Armani explains the real reason the West is risking war with Russia for regime change in Syria. HINT – It’s the same reason they sponsored a coup in Ukraine. And it’s why Russia has dug its heals in and is standing in the way. Check out the maps in the video.

Dec 23 10:08

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard - "End illegal, counterproductive regime-change wars."

It's just break's my heart, truly, that Tulsi Gabbard is so right, time and time again, and does not get the respect and admiration she deserves.

Dec 23 09:43

Made-in-America Weapons, War Crimes, and the Outcry Over Yemen

As the US limits some arms sales to Saudi Arabia, human rights groups present 'overwhelming evidence' pointing back at Washington.

Yemen’s 21-month war has devastated the country and sparked a humanitarian catastrophe. The UN recorded 4,014 killed and thousands more injured by Saudi-led coalition air strikes between March 2015 and September 2016, carried out with the backing of the US and UK.

The war has displaced 2.2 million Yemenis, while an additional 180,000 have fled the country (refugees are so desperate, some are fleeing to Somalia). Yemen, already one of the poorest countries in the Middle East, was pulled into this crisis after Houthi rebels ousted President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi in early 2015. Alarmed by the Houthi rebel advances in Yemen, neighboring Saudi Arabia and its allies in the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council called for the United Nations to bring an end to the “coup” (pdf).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At this point, Saudi Arabia, The United States Government, the UK Government and (as reported at this blog yesterday) the Canadian government are neck deep in war crimes.

The House of Saud, apparently, believes that committing utterly genocidal war crimes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, killing scores of innocents n the process, is no big deal.

The Saudi military hits schools, hospitals, and open-air markets, all civilian targets, with impunity.

Their scorched earth approach to this campaign, against their brother and sister Muslims in Yemen, reminds me of what the Papal Legate, Pierre de Castelnau, said to his military in the church's persecution of French Cathars at the siege of Languedoc, upon hearing that women and children were also with the men who had taken refuge there.

And what was that infamous statement?

It was: "kill them all: God will find his own."

I don't quite know how this translates into Arabic, but you catch my drift.

However, the images I am about to share don't lie. And I will warn you: they are intensely graphic, so if you have a problem with real images of the war in Yemen, please go no further in reading this article.

And did I mention that the Saudi blockade of Yemeni ports, which means food cannot get into this country, has translated into starvation for thousands of Yemen's kids?!?

At this moment in history, my brother and sister Brits, Canadians, and Americans share more in common than our English heritage; we are all governed by administrations who are complicit in war crimes courtesy of these weapons sales, used for genocide in Yemen, to Saudi Arabia.

I don't know how it makes the rest of you feel; but right now, come January, I think that the citizens all these countries need to have a peaceful, focused dialogue with those who allegedly represent us, and let them know that these weapons sales cannot continue, because their use, in the Saudi war in Yemen, is obscenely immoral, and if they want another term in office, they will, collectively, stop this.

Dec 23 08:06

‘Tremendous cost!’ $379bn F-35 project in doubt as Trump asks to ‘price-out’ cheaper F-18s

The US President-elect slammed the huge cost of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 stealth fighter jet, saying in a tweet that he asked Boeing, the manufacturer of the F-18, to offer a lower price for the “comparable” aircraft.

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Dec 22 14:22

SYRIA: Dr Bouthaina Shaaban’s Message to the West, ‘Corporate Media has Caused Death and Destruction in Syria’

Dr Shaaban spoke with evident emotion, of the liberation of East Aleppo, and above all, of the exploitation of children over the last four and a half years to maintain the faux humanitarian pretext for flooding the eastern districts of Aleppo with more Nusra Front-led mercenaries, more arms, more missiles and more suffering for the Syrian people trapped in the East and being targeted in the West of the city, by all manner of limb lacerating mortars, hell cannon missiles, explosive bullets fired by the Nusra Front-led terrorist and mercenary gangs, and of course the random suicide bomb attacks.

Dr Shaaban spoke of the Zionist project to erase Arab identity and to destroy Arab culture, society, history, infrastructure and civilization in order to claim history for Israel and eradicate all trace of the Arab peoples.

Dec 22 14:17

NATO Ramps Up Ukraine War After Defeat in Syria

The timing of the large-scale attacks on Donbas comes just as the US and its NATO allies incur a strategic setback in their covert war for regime change in Syria.

A surge in military attacks this week by NATO-backed Kiev regime forces on the breakaway eastern Ukraine regions is no mere coincidence.

It is the reaction to events in Syria by the US-led military alliance in its hybrid warfare against Russia.

Dec 22 14:14

Bipartisan War – A new study urges more U.S. interventions

Written before the presidential election, the co-authors could not have anticipated a Donald Trump victory, but they might be hoping that the report would serve as a guideline for the new administration.

Hopefully they will be wrong in that expectation, but it is difficult at this point to see where the next White House will be going with its Middle Eastern policy.

There are a number of things wrong with the report from my perspective. Most significant, it assigns to the United States the responsibility to set and enforce standards of governance in parts of the world where the American people have little in the way of actual interests.

Dec 22 14:08

Chilling Speech by Syrian Ambassador to UN

“I’m an eye witness, I work at the UN and I know what I am talking about…”

“The British Intelligence facilitated the creation of this Radical Islamic Movement”

“I am Muslim myself and I am proud to be Muslim, but I have nothing to do with this garbage.” Nothing to do.”

“You will never hear any of this in the Main Stream Media…Reporters from all over the world accredited to the UN, boycott my speeches… when I take the floor, next to the Security Council…, 50 of them disappear, they leave because they don’t want to hear, if they hear, they will have to report.”

Dec 22 13:36

The Real Saboteurs of a Trump Foreign Policy

The real danger may be that a new Trump foreign policy could be hijacked or scuttled by anti-Trump Republicans, not only on Capitol Hill but inside the executive branch itself.

Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sees Russian hacking as a way to put a cloud over the administration before it begins. But it is the uber-hawks hereabouts who are after the really big game.

If the War Party can convert this “fake story” into the real story of 2016, then they can scuttle any Trump effort to attain the rapprochement with Russia that Trump promised to try to achieve.

Dec 22 12:18

A Reconciliation at Pearl Harbor

This year, next week, just after Christmas, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will become the first Japanese leader to travel to Pearl Harbor. He and President Obama will visit the USS Arizona Memorial.

“This visit is to comfort the souls of the victims,” Abe said. “We’d like to send messages about the importance of reconciliation.”

The mushroom cloud from the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945.
The two leaders’ visit comes at an important time. Back in May, both men visited Hiroshima — the first time a sitting American president had come to the place where we dropped the first atomic bomb in August 1945, killing more than 125,000. With these visits we seek to heal old profound grievances.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Michael Winship; sir, I live on Oahu, just moments from Pearl Harbor.
Mike and I have been to the Arizona Memorial many times.

One of the most powerful moments there, was watching both Japanese and American Veterans of World War II, who have come to know each other, throw flowers into the water together, and cry at the insanity which is war,and I completely concur with that sentiment.

But that being said, I must thoroughly disagree with you that Trump represents what you characterise as a part of some "...far-right populist movements", or that "nationalism" is a dirty word.

Yes, the US is part of a (terribly dysfunctional) family of nations right now, and we need to get that sorted, in a peaceful, rational way, through intelligent, moral, hard-won negotiations.

But the cold, hard reality is that the transnationalism which has caused Americans to lose their jobs to offshoring and outsourcing, has been very economically great for the corporations shopping work to the lowest bidder, but one oozing gash in the gut for what's left of the American middle class.

It is no wonder that people in terribly economically disadvantaged states voted overwhelmingly for Trump over Clinton. These areas may be euphemistically characterised as "flyover country" by dismissive politicians and their advisors; I can assure you, however, that the people living in these areas are NOT "flyover people"; they wanted their real needs and concerns addressed, and did not see or hear anything from Clinton which made them feel that was going to happen on her watch.

And I do take umbrage at your not terribly thinly veiled dig at Trump as someone who will be the kind of President who will "... force march us into darkness."

I think quite the contrary; in listening to everything the man has said, I hear someone who, at the end of the day, will be judged by history as a no-nonsense centrist, who will work to accomplish peace through trade, and an intelligently strong military, which is used with restraint.

And finally, Mr. Winslip, I would like to politely point out the following; the Obama administration is conducting wars, overt and covert, in Somalia; Yemen (via a Saudi proxy); Afghanistan; Yemen; Syria; Libya and Iraq, that we know of.

I would hardly call these wars a "positive legacy" from his two terms in office, and I seriously doubt that any rational person could either.

Dec 22 11:33

Canada Admits Weapons Sold to Riyadh May Have Been Used In Yemen

The Canadian government has admitted that weapons it sold to Saudi Arabia were used in Riyadh’s invasion of Yemen, even while denouncing the conflict publicly. Ottawa is being sued by Daniel Turp, a Universite de Montreal professor, alleging that Canada’s $15 billion weapons-export deal with the kingdom is assisting with its involvement in Sana’a.

In a Montreal federal court, Canada is contending that the authority to decide what constitutes a legal weapons sale lies not with the court, but with Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion. Ottawa maintains that this should be the case even if the country’s Light Armored Vehicles (LAVs) are used in a war responsible for the death of thousands of civilians.

In April, Dion admitted to pushing the Saudi weapons sale through, and told an editorial board that he acted with only one other minister and did not receive counsel from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or other advisors.

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Hey, Canadians; congrats for your country's government having become complicit in Saudi Arabia's genocidal war crimes in Yemen!

And just as with your corporate American brothers and sisters, it's "war profits uber alles!"

Doesn't it make you feel proud to be a Canadian?!?

The Saudi Arabian military has bombed marketplaces; schools; and hospitals with impunity, employing what may well be called a "scorched earth" approach.

It kind of reminds me of what the Catholic prelate said, during the siege of Montsegur in the campaign to exterminate the Cathars, when informed that there were women and children with the men who had taken refuge there.

And what he said was, "Kill them all; God will find his own."

And here is some of what the Canadian government's "contribution" to the Saudi war in Yemen may well have accomplished,and I warn you: these images are the most graphic you will see from this wretched generally unreported, war:

Images: Yemeni children wounded and killed by Saudi bombing

Images: Yemeni children starving to death due to the Saudi naval blockade

It is very much time for Canadian citizenry, as well as American citizenry, to have a peaceful, specific dialogue with your (alleged) representatives in Parliament or Congress, and telling them firmly that their governments have utterly no business, and no right, in partnering with countries which commit war crimes.

Dec 22 10:51

HOW THE MILITARY EXCLUDED THE WHITE HOUSE FROM INTERNATIONAL SYRIA NEGOTIATIONS

Russia kicked the U.S. out of any further talks about Syria after the U.S. blew a deal which, after long delaying negotiations, Kerry had made with the Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov.

In a recent interview Kerry admits that it was opposition from the Pentagon, not Moscow or Damascus, that had blown up his agreement with Russia over Syria:

More recently, he has clashed inside the administration with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. Kerry negotiated an agreement with Russia to share joint military operations, but it fell apart.

“Unfortunately we had divisions within our own ranks that made the implementation of that extremely hard to accomplish,” Kerry said. “But I believe in it, I think it can work, could have worked."

Kerry's agreement with Russia did not just "fell apart". The Pentagon actively sabotaged it by intentionally and perfidiously attacking the Syrian army.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I seem to recall noting last June, that there seemed to be a war going on in Obama's administration between the Pentagon and the White House: this article certainly appears to confirm it.

A rogue US military is a very dangerous thing; and in this period of transition, I cannot foretell what the Pentagon, coupled with the US "deep state" has in mind, to insure that President-elect Trump has a hot war on his hands even before he takes the oath of office, as their "gift" to him.

However, in that leaked memo about Trump's defense priorities, it is very reassuring to know that Russia was not mentioned.

So a short memo to Russia's President Vladimir Putin: please hang in there until Trump assumes the Presidency of the United States.

I have a strong sense that the relationship between our two countries is about to become a lot less stressed after this happens.

Dec 22 08:59

Simple Loose Bracket Caused Troubled F-35 to Go Up in Flames

It is an increasingly unpopular fighter plane that can go up in flames due to a loose bracket, and with the $1.45 trillion the US is expected to pour into the F-35 program over the course of its life, America could forgive every penny of its crippling student loan debt.

Dec 22 08:45

“It feels like a slap in the face,” Oklahoma veteran trying to change law that requires repaying severance

Service members are often given severance when the military downsizes and closes bases, but now in some cases years later the government is taking that money back.

Under federal law, until veterans pay back their involuntary separation pay, they can have their VA disability withheld.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But the Pentagon can lose $6 trillion and it's no big deal.

Dec 22 01:35

Bomb Found in Augsburg, Germany: 50,000 Affected by Evacuation

A bomb has been found in the Jakobervorstadt. As the city of Augsburg announced on Wednesday in a press conference, a large part of the inner city must be evacuated for the defuse of the air bomb. The evacuation is scheduled for the first Christmas holiday.

3.8 tonnes: The largest air bomb of the post-war period

Dec 21 16:32

US Military Preparing For Biggest Okinawa Land Return In Over 40 Years

The US military announced it is preparing to return thousands of hectares of land in Okinawa to Japan, marking the largest such transfer since 1972. It follows numerous demonstrations against the military’s presence on the Japanese island.

Dec 21 15:40

US Returns Part Of Okinawa’s WWII-Occupied Land To Japan

The United States government has officially returned a large chunk of occupied land on the Okinawa Island to Japan, but is pushing ahead with plans to stay on the prefecture despite public outrage.

Dec 21 15:04

Video: Mosul Combat Footage: ISIS Clashing With Iraqi Government Troops

Footage released by ISIS purportedly shows Islamic State militants clashing with government troops in Mosul.

Dec 21 14:58

‘Unmitigated Disaster’: US Navy’s Zumwalt Destroyer Project Blasted As Wasteful & Incapable

The US Navy’s Zumwalt-class destroyer is yet another military project suffering from cost ballooning and performance issues created by a flawed procurement system that encourages such creations, the conservative National Review magazine wrote.

Dec 21 12:59

The Front Line of This War Runs Through Art Galleries in Ankara and Christmas Festivities in Berlin

Dr. Sebastian Gorka studies the war on terrorism as a profession, and I consider him to be the source to go to for answers on this subject. The heart-breaking attacks we have just witnessed is a step up in the war. The tactics are beginning to penetrate and intrude into the joys of living in a civilized society.

Dec 21 10:21

War or Peace? Addressing the Prospects

The evidence is compelling: The stock market’s price action is a reliable indicator of war and peace. Even the U.S. Revolutionary War began at the bottom of a long bear market. On the other hand, bull markets correlate with peace. What about today?

Dec 21 10:15

ARE ASSASSINATION OF RUSSIA’S AMBASSADOR IN TURKEY & BERLIN MARKET ATTACK A US PLAN TO START WW3 BEFORE TRUMP TAKES OFFICE?

After Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov was assassinated while giving a speech at an art exhibition in Ankara on Monday, many people on social media compared the moment — and what could result from it — to a similar event that happened more than a century ago: the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914, which most historians cite as the beginning of World War I.

Dec 21 09:20

KREMLIN WARNS OF RESPONSE TO LATEST US SANCTIONS, SAYS "ALMOST ALL COMMUNICATION WITH US IS FROZEN"

In response to the latest imposition of US sanctions on Russia, the Kremlin said on Wednesday that the new sanctions would further damage relations between the two countries and that Moscow would respond with its own measures. "We regret that Washington is continuing on this destructive path," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call.

As a reminder, on Tuesday the United States widened sanctions against Russian businessmen and companies adopted after Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the conflict in Ukraine.

"We believe this damages bilateral relations ... Russia will take commensurate measures."

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This lack of communication between Russia and the United States government could, potentially, lead potentially lead to war; perhaps, that is by design, courtesy of the outgoing Administration.

Dec 20 19:08

NY DAILY NEWS COLUMNIST MAKES CASE FOR ASSASSINATING RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS

Wherein I make a case for political assassinations ... when the victim works for Putin or Hitler, that is. http://nydn.us/2gYlolK
5:44 AM - 20 Dec 2016

He compares Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov to Ernst vom Rath, the Nazi ambassador to France who was assassinated in 1938.

Like Karlov, Rath was the public face of atrocity — in this case, Adolf Hitler’s genocide, anti-Semitism and coming global aggression.

That era’s politicians fiddled while Hitler burned down Europe, so it took a nobody named Herschel Grynszpan to stand up for freedom and make a powerful statement that evil must be fought whether in a conference room or on a battlefield.

Kunstman then defends the Turkish gunman, Mevlut Mert Altintas. He believes history has vindicated Grynszpan and it may do the same with Altintas.

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When I first read this headline, I thought I had to be mistaken; but no, I was absolutely correct.

I am utterly horrified and perplexed that Kuntsman would even begin to compare Putin with Adolph Hitler, and express the notion that the assassination any Russian is completely justified because of it, and what it has done in Syria, at the invitation of the Syrian government, I might remind him.

And regarding Putin's alleged "anti-semitism"?!?

WHY IS ISRAEL’S BENJAMIN NETANYAHU WARMING TO RUSSIA'S VLADIMIR PUTIN?

Putin to Netanyahu: Israel, Russia 'unconditional allies' in war against terror

Israel and Russia: BFFs? Netanyahu’s budding ‘bromance’ with Putin

Putin backs ‘just’ solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

If there is any anti-Semitism exhibited by Putin, in the above-referenced articles, I would be more than happy to have Mr. Kuntsman point it out to me.

Journalistic credibility is a delicate thing, and easily lost forever; by his editors at the NY Daily News having signed off on this article, it is painfully obvious that they have decided that their credibility no longer matters to them.

The apparent bloodlust this man holds against Russia's government is more than frightening; it frankly borders on the pathological.

In his anger (dare I say, madness?!?) I don't think he really thought this scenario through to its logical conclusion, which is that if the US press starts to openly advocate for the assassination of diplomats, no matter their alleged "justification", it may be unleashing an "open season" policy on American diplomats as well.

I have to wonder; was this actually the design intent of the article, to have American diplomats assassinated, as a way to kicking up a war?!?

Dec 20 16:13

West Directed Killer’s Hand in Assassination of Russian Ambassador

Virtually everything that Western official sources have been saying about Aleppo, and the Syrian war more generally, is seen to be a grotesque lie.

The climax of condemnation reached unconscionable heights last week when Washington, its Western allies and the UN – all amplified unquestioningly by the Western news media – vilified Russia for allegedly slaughtering civilians in east Aleppo. American ambassador Samantha Power specifically cited unverified reports of children being killed in a basement by Syria and Russian forces.

Dec 20 15:32

Pentagon Falling Behind In Advancing US Military-Tech Superiority – Report

The technical superiority of the US military is at risk if the Pentagon’s future leaders do not incentivize technology innovation among potential partners in Silicon Valley and other public and private benefactors of Pentagon cash, a report says.

A new report by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) says the US Department of Defense (DoD) is falling behind in capitalizing on the nation’s “intellectual, financial, and institutional advantages sufficient to maintain its military-technical superiority.”

Dec 20 13:47

NDAA 2016: "Fake News" Sites Are Subject to Treason Investigations

The 2016 NDAA now lists alternative news sites as fake news and targets of espionage investigations originally intended for Al Qaeda linked enemy combatants

Dec 20 13:12

CFR’s Preventive Priorities Survey for 2017 Fails to Mention the Main Thing

Nobody else but the US itself has created the security problems it faces.

On December 13, the Council on Foreign Relations released its annual Preventive Priorities Survey to help policymakers plan for potential contingencies. The document evaluates ongoing and potential violent conflicts and sources of instability based on the impact they would have on US interests as well as their likelihood of occurring in 2017.

Dec 20 13:07

Council on Foreign Relations – The Power Behind Big News (Fake News)

This is a video on NEWS FABRiCATiON and also about the powers that REALLY run the big media. It is no secret.

From World War II to the present the Establishment has maintained it’s LOCK grip on the Presidency. The subservient media keeps such information from becoming news.

The Elite however, occasionally have difficulty ruling themselves.

Dec 20 11:35

Hanukkah: Creeping Totalitarianism

With Hannukah falling this year on Christmas Eve, Americans are being bombarded with showers of affection for the “religious holiday” called “Hannukah”.

What few understand is that “Hannukah” is not nor ever has been a “religious holiday”: Hannukah has always been a political statement, a means to mold and steel Jews into a ritual intended to bring about the fall of Western civilization.

Dec 20 10:15

The Striking Audacity of the Coup-in-Process – Paul Craig Roberts

Unsubstantiated stories have been planted throughout the presstitute media by anonymous CIA officials that Donald Trump’s electoral victory was the result of Russian intervention. This absurd claim has now been elevated to the even more absurd claim that Putin himself oversaw and even conducted the manipulation of the US presidential election.

No evidence has been provided for these amazing claims.

As a result of the prestitutes’ lies, millions of peoples have been killed and dislocated.

Only a Counter-Coup Can Save American Democracy — Paul Craig Roberts

Dec 20 09:45

World Better Not Pry Into How We Decide To Pull Trigger On Someone – Ex-Chief Of Mossad

In a world where terrorism can strike at any moment – where terrorists resort to stabbing, ramming attacks, and mass shooting – no one is safe from the threat of extremism.

Dec 20 09:44

How the Navy’s Zumwalt-Class Destroyers Ran Aground

The Zumwalt is an unmitigated disaster. Clearly it is not a good fit as a frontline warship. With its guns neutered, its role as a primary anti-submarine-warfare asset in question, its anti-air-warfare capabilities inferior to those of our current workhorse, the Arleigh Burke–class destroyers, and its stealth not nearly as advantageous as advertised, the Zumwalt seems to be a ship without a mission.

If that’s the case, how will the Navy use the Zumwalt? Eric Wertheim, author and editor of the U.S. Naval Institute’s Guide to Combat Fleets of the World, noted that “with only three ships, the class of destroyers could become something of a [very expensive] technology demonstration project.” He is not alone in this verdict.

Dec 20 09:06

Donald Trump vows to ‘pick up Hotline’ on VA reform

The incoming president is “not inclined” to keep the department’s current secretary Bob McDonald in his administration. Instead, Trump is considering several potential successors who would align more with the sweeping VA overhaul Trump championed on the campaign trail as he railed against what he called the “most corrupt” and “most incompetently run agency in the United States.”

Jason Miller, communications director for the transition team, insisted that the delay is a result of an extra attention on the position, not disinterest.“This is an area that he cares deeply about, reforming VA and making sure the person who comes in has the appropriate skill set to address the many challenges,” said transition team spokesman Sean Spicer, communications director for the Republican National Committee. “This is an area near and dear to his heart.”

Dec 20 09:03

A few initial short thoughts on the murder of the Russian Ambassador to Ankara

Okay, so tonight we have the name of the assassin, it is Mevlut Mert Aydintas, a 22 year old policeman who had been recently fired following the anti-Gulenist crackdown of Erdogan against the forces which had attempted to overthrow him recently.

When such an event occurs it is also important to ask cui bono – whom does it benefit?

Alas, both the Turks and the Russians have a long tradition of secrecy and we might never find out who, if anybody, really was behind Mevlut Mert Aydintas.

Dec 19 18:23

War Reporter: There Is No Genocide In Syria, MSM Are Lying

Brave independent journalist Eva Bartlett, one of the few reporters to actually set foot on Syrian soil during the bloody war, has returned to North America and declared that “Whatever you hear in the corporate media is completely opposite to reality.”

Dec 19 17:12

The Bad Losers (And What They Fear Losing)

As the worst loser in American electoral history, she must blame Russia, rather than recognize that there were multiple reasons to vote against her.

If the 2016 presidential campaign was a national disgrace, the reaction of the losers is an even more disgraceful spectacle. It seems that the political machine backing Hillary Clinton can’t stand losing an election.

And why is that?

Because they are determined to impose “exceptional” America’s hegemony on the entire world, using military-backed regime changes, and Donald Trump seems poised to spoil their plans.

Dec 19 15:28

US Spy Planes, Drone Shadowed 10 Chinese Jets Near Taiwan: Report

Two US spy aircraft were dispatched last week to closely follow a fleet of at least 10 Chinese warplanes as they flew close to Taiwan’s airspace, a Taiwanese official has revealed.

Dec 19 14:47

Russophobia and Sinophobia – Pepe Escobar

As the asinine regime change attempt on Trump fades into the annals of failed color revolutions, keep your focus on the South China Sea.

It’s by now crystal clear the coup-in-progress against Donald Trump is a made in USA regime change op using standard hybrid war techniques such as manipulation of public opinion by mainstream media.

The coup has been articulated by the usual suspects, from neocons to neoliberalcons, “humanitarian” imperialists included, with a special starring role for their pet agency, the CIA, which during the Bush-Obama continuum further specialized in fake “intelligence”.

Dec 19 12:08

Scott Adams: Persuasian and ISIS

Experts say ISIS can’t be beaten by military means alone. You have to get to the “deep” causes. Here are two experts saying just that, including a former head of the CIA. The problem is that observers seem to have different ideas of what is at the root of it all.

Dec 19 10:18

COMMANDOS WITHOUT BORDERS: THE US'S ELITE TROOPS PARTNER WITH AFRICAN FORCES BUT PURSUE US AIMS

A SOCAFRICA planning document obtained by TomDispatch offers a window onto the scope of these "multi-national, collective actions" carried out by America's most elite troops in Africa. The declassified but heavily redacted secret report, covering the years 2012-2017 and acquired via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), details nearly 20 programs and activities -- from training exercises to security cooperation engagements -- utilized by SOCAFRICA across the continent. This wide array of low-profile missions, in addition to named operations and quasi-wars, attests to the growing influence and sprawling nature of US Special Operations forces (SOF) in Africa.

Dec 19 09:37

Yemen edging nearer famine as war takes toll

Yemen edging nearer famine as war takes toll
More than half of the population are now food insecure with 7 million enduring hunger
Image Credit: Reuters
A woman puts her malnourished son on a scale at a malnutrition intensive care unit in the RedSea port city of Houdeidah yesterday.
Published: 17:05 December 16, 2016 Gulf News
Reuters

Geneva: Yemen’s humanitarian catastrophe is set to worsen as the war has ruined the economy and is stopping food supplies getting through, driving the country to the brink of famine, the top UN aid official in the country told Reuters.
“Throughout the whole of this country kids are dying,” said Jamie McGoldrick. UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen.
Nearly two years of war between a Saudi-led Arab coalition and the Iran-backed Al Houthi movement has left more than half of Yemen’s 28 million people “food insecure”, with 7 million of them enduring hunger, according to the United Nations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congratulations, Prime Ministers Cameron, and May, and President Obama, on having made the US and UK complicit in genocide against the Yemeni people and their children, by aiding and abetting the Saudi war against it; looking at images like those below must make you all feel very happy at this "accomplishment".

But then again, it is understood that when a politician comes to power in a country, before that happens, they have their conscience surgically removed, as I am certain you have done:

images starving yemeni children, 2016

And if you don't like me posting these images, to witness to the world the magnitude of humanitarian catastrophe you are creating in Yemen, then stop the bloody enabling of the Saudi military!!

Dec 19 09:28

America’s Elite Troops Partner With African Forces But Pursue US Aims By Nick Turse

Publicly, the command claims that it conducts its operations to "promote regional stability and prosperity," while Bolduc emphasizes that its missions are geared toward serving the needs of African allies. The FOIA files make clear, however, that U.S. interests are the command’s principal and primary concern – a policy in keeping with the America First mindset and mandate of incoming commander-in-chief Donald J. Trump – and that support to "partner nations" is prioritized to suit American, not African, needs and policy goals.

Shades of Gray

Bolduc is fond of saying that his troops – Navy SEALs and Army Green Berets, among others – operate in the "gray zone," or what he calls "the spectrum of conflict between war and peace." Another of his favored stock phrases is: "In Africa, we are not the kinetic solution" – that is, not pulling triggers and dropping bombs. He also regularly takes pains to say that "we are not at war in Africa – but our African partners certainly are."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, US government troops are in combat in Yemen; Iraq; Syria; Afghanistan; Libya; Somalia; Cameroon, Djibouti; South Sudan; and Niger?!?

Forgive me, but am I having a "senior moment", in recollecting, Constitutionally, that only the US Congress has the power to declare war?!? Well, checking my facts, I found this at Wikipedia:

War Powers Clause

But under the Bushbama Presidencies, and particularly after 9/11, all of a sudden, you have Congress abandoning this responsibility entirely, and from the moment of the passage of the "Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq" in 2002, you have seen the ability to start, or enhance wars, swiftly move from the Legislative branch of the American government to the Executive branch.

Africa has an abundance of riches, in terms of its natural resources; and ultimately, all wars are economic.

These military actions in Africa, by the US military, are certainly not about African nations being able to fulfill their own destinies, and develop their economies to take care of their citizens.

They are created to expropriate the continent's resources, to which the US government has absolutely no moral right; make insure that they are controlled by US/Western-centric leaders and corporations; and only sold in US dollars.

Dec 19 08:00

‘Fake News’ Psyop Exposed! Mainstream Media Caught Red-handed! Guilty of Massive Cover-ups!

Volumes of Fake News Manufactured by the MSM to Support USA Warmongering for More Than a Century
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Major Networks and Newspapers of Record have conspired to
cover up numerous acts of high treason, war crimes, genocide,
and crimes against humanity

Dec 19 07:51

BRITISH CLUSTER BOMBS USED IN SAUDI ARABIA’S YEMEN CAMPAIGN, RESEARCH FINDS

Despite strenuous denials, UK-made cluster bombs are indeed being used by Britain’s theocratic ally Saudi Arabia in its war on impoverished Yemen, according to the government’s own inquiries.

The new details have emerged through a leak to the Guardian from sources which claim that internal investigations support claims in the media that the outlawed munitions are in use.

The source said that the findings had been known by the government for up to a month.

However, the paper has also been told that Saudi Arabia – a major UK ally and one of its top arms customers – has not confirmed itself that the banned munitions are being used.

The revelations seem set to pile even more pressure on the UK to stop selling arms to the authoritarian regime.

The UK is a signatory to the 2010 treaty banning cluster munitions, which drop many tiny bomblets from the main device and can create what is in effect a minefield.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ah yes, cluster bombs: to little children, they look almost the same, and the coloration on them is identical, to that of humanitarian food packages. And when there is no adult around to tell them not to touch the bombs, they can shred curious children who touch them into almost non-recoverable bits.

images: cluster bombs and food aid packages

This is what cluster bombs have done to children in Yemen: (warning: this image is very graphic and disturbing, but needs to be shared)

Results of Saudi use of cluster bombs in Yemen

And a small memo to the UK's Prime Minister May; congratulations; the UK is now complicit in war crimes, just as are your American cousins in the US government!

I am certain you are quite proud of your arms industry, Prime Minister, and it is obvious that this illegal sale of cluster munitions made someone in the UK a killing; literally.

But hey, profits uber alles, right?!? No matter how many innocent children and non-combatants these weapons kill, that's the only thing which matters.

You and your predecessor, David Cameron, should be standing in the docks in Old Bailey for crimes against humanity here, in aiding and abetting the Saudi Government by having supplied them with these weapons; all the more so, because the UK is a signatory to the 2010 treaty, banning cluster munitions.

Unfortunately, this will only happen when pigs fly, because politically, power protects the criminals who have used it for ill purposes.

You might want to ask Bill Clinton about that, particularly with his little "runway encounter" with Loretta Lynch, to "persuade" her to not charge Hillary Clinton for having mishandled classified documents with her personal email server.

Dec 18 17:17

DHS Election Hacking Scandal Spreads to More States

In response to an inquiry from Georgia 4 more states confirm traffic from the DHS network that hacked Georgia’s election system.

Dec 18 16:32

Neocon Panic and Agony – THE SAKER

This is not a Democrat vs Republican issue, but a “deep state vs The People of the USA” issue.

There are clear signs that the Neocons running the AngloZionist Empire and its “deep state” are in a state of near panic and their actions indicate they are truly terrified.

On the home front, the Neocons have resorted to every possible dirty trick on the book to try to prevent Donald Trump from ever getting into the White House
Most experts agree that none of these tactics are going to work. So this begs the question of whether the Neocons are stupid, whether they think that they can succeed or what their true objective is.

Dec 18 16:22

Trump Sets the Cat Among the Jewish Pigeons

Palestine/Israel will be transformed into a democratic state, where Jews and Palestinians will live happily ever after, as equals.

The nomination of David Friedman horrified liberal Israelis, cheered Palestinian activists, befogged the Israeli and Palestinian officials, and created a great rift among US Jews. With one brilliant stroke Donald Trump made more mischief than one would think possible. If you have no time for details, I’ll tell you: it is a good, even very good development for Palestine and Palestinians, and it is likely to save Trump’s skin back home.

Dec 18 08:38

‘Russia Card’ Vendetta

Hack or Leak ?

When it comes to American politics specifically and European politics in general, there is nothing like playing the Russia card. If there is something wrong or there is something you don’t like, simply blame Vladimir Putin.That is exactly what the CIA is doing.

CrossTalking with Former Intelligence Analyst Ray McGovern, Former CIA Philip Giraldi, and James Jatras

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2016/12/russia-card-vendetta/

Dec 18 08:32

From ‘Fake News’ to ‘Fake Intelligence’ – Wayne Madsen

The real headlines should read: «CIA interfered in presidential election by supporting Clinton over Trump».

Never in the history of the Central Intelligence Agency has it and its surrogates so blatantly and boldly interfered in a U.S. election.

The U.S. media, in a matter of hours, altered course from concentrating on «fake news» about innocent pizzerias being linked to child sexual exploitation to spotlighting «fake intelligence» about Russia’s alleged cyber-espionage operation designed to elect Donald Trump president. The CIA leaked to The Washington Post, the owner of which has a $600 million contract with the CIA to provide cloud computing, findings of a secret report on Russia’s alleged «fixing» of the 2016 U.S. presidential election to favor Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Dec 17 16:20

Trump’s people ignore Electoral College threat at their electoral peril

We'll see in a few days how the Electoral College gambit (Hillary's "Plan D" - the first three being rig the election [A], recounts [B] and Russia [C], all failed) plays out.

Anyone who has access to the Trump transition team needs to get one clear message through to them. This is, that the 2016 election is NOT YET over, and Trump could find himself on the evening of December 19th with the new President-elect, Hillary Clinton, having a majority of the votes in the Electoral College which votes that day; or having the election sent to the US House of Representative for the outcome to be determined, as happened in 1800, 1824 and 1876 (for different reasons).

Dec 17 12:21

14 US-Led Coalition Military Advisors Captured by Syrian Special Forces in Aleppo

14 US-Led military advisors assisting the rebel terrorists have been reportedly captured in a bunker by Syrian Special Forces in Aleppo.

Dec 17 11:00

UN to debate 'killer robot' ban next year as experts warn time is running out to stop AI weapons

Over 100 nations that are part of the international Convention on Conventional Weapons will debate a ban on so called 'killer robots' next year, it has been announced.

At their five-year review conference in Geneva, the 123 nations that are part of the international Convention on Conventional Weapons, agreed to formalize their efforts next year to deal with the challenges raised by weapons systems that would select and attack targets without meaningful human control.

It comes as experts warn 'time is running out' for controls on the technology.

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