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WAR/DRAFT/VETERAN AFFAIRS

Sep 05 08:25

The Official Story of the Collapse of WTC Building 7 Lies in Ruins

A research team at the University of Alaska’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, led by Dr. Leroy Hulsey, Dr. Zhili Quan, and Professor Feng Xiao, Department of Civil Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, released yesterday for public comment their findings from a four-year study of the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 on September 11, 2001. This is the first scientific investigation of the collapse of the building. Here is the conclusion:

Sep 05 07:50

US Military Experts Say “America Needs” A.I. to Control Nuclear Missiles

By Elias Marat

According to two U.S. military researchers, the United States needs a “Dead Hand” that would ensure an automated, rapid response to any nuclear threat.

Their solution? To fit the U.S. nuclear arsenal with artificial intelligence (AI) controls...

Sep 05 07:47

diversification attempts - Navy, Marine Corps Begin Arctic War Exercise To Counter Russia and China

The US Navy and Marine Corps are conducting a month-long war exercise in Alaska against the rising threats of Russia and China in the Arctic region.

A massive threat to the US is that Russia and China are trying to establish the Belt and Road Initiative in the Arctic, by developing new shipping lanes that are now more accessible thanks to global warming.

The US must continue to show force in the Arctic and not allow Russia and China from establishing the "Polar Silk Road."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; just how, can you tell the American people, that you are going to oppose the polar silk road, without a major military confrontation against both China and Russia?!? I cannot believe for a moment, that this is for either Chinese, or Russian consumption, because you; Xi Ping, and Russia's Putin, understand the realities here.

Russia and China are creating far superior weapons to those created by their American counterparts; and one, stingingly humiliating example of this is when Edrogan decided to buy the Russian S-400 Defense system, rather than the American alternative.

Russia and China still conscript; the US does not.

All of this, combined with the reality that the US military doesn't have the budget; the troop strength; the manufacturing, or the weaponry to ensure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia and/or China, should give you, and the others in the bowels of power in DC, pause to perhaps find a diplomatic solution here, rather than a military one.

And President Trump, please, consider the following realities

Sep 05 07:47

US offered ship captain money in bid to seize Iranian tanker in Gulf: Report

By MEE staff
Published date: 4 September 2019 17:21 UTC
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Last update: 17 hours 23 min ago
A senior US State Department official offered money to the captain of an Iranian tanker that was seized off the coast of Gibraltar in early July as part of the Trump administration's "maximum pressure" campaign, the Financial Times newspaper reported.

Sep 05 07:45

Empire America: Why Washington Can't Reduce Its Military Footprint

Thanks to the US Military,America is headed for total collapse,3rd world status and probable dismemberment.
The Founding Fathers warned us about a large standing military.
The officer corps of the US Military is destroying our country!

The U.S. military footprint in a client state becomes as permanent as if it were encased in concrete. Afghanistan is merely the latest arena in which that model is being used.

Sep 05 07:41

Israel said again mulling raid on Iran; thinks Trump, unlike Obama, won’t oppose

Israeli officials are currently considering the possibility of conducting a military strike on Iran, with or without the approval of the United States, The New York Times reported Wednesday. They believe US President Donald Trump could decide not to stand in the way of such an attack, unlike his predecessor Barack Obama, the paper reported Wednesday in an exposé that detailed the lows and highs of the Israel-US relationship in the face-off against the Islamic Republic over the past decade.

“Once again, more than a decade after they first raised the subject with American officials, Israeli officials have been considering the possibility of a unilateral strike against Iran,” said the report. “Unlike with Bush and Obama, there is greater confidence that Trump wouldn’t stand in the way."

Sep 05 07:20

Erdogan: We'll Flood Europe With Syrian Refugees Unless 'Safe Zone' Established

We will be forced to open the gates. We cannot be forced to handle the burden alone," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Thursday while demanding that European countries give political support to his controversial 'safe zone' plan in northern Syria.

Ankara is currently in tense negotiations with the United States over Erdogan's plan to militarily carve out a large swathe of territory along the Turkish-Syrian border which would serve as a buffer zone of sorts where US-backed Kurdish militias could not operate.

Erdogan said one million refugees could settle in the new buffer territory, thus alleviating the crisis on Turkish soil, and ultimately for Europe as well.
Turkey sees the YPG core of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as a terrorist extension of the outlawed PKK. Turkey has of late vowed to carve out the proposed 'safe' territory on a unilateral basis if it can't make progress with Washington.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And right now, the US government and military are in overwhelm elsewhere, a reality upon which Edrogan is counting heavily to have tipped his hand with this threat.

Sep 05 05:31

USS Gerald Ford – A $13 Billion Boondoggle

The US Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald Ford, is so over-budget and riddled with errors that it’s practically useless. Never is it asked whether we need such a ship for the defense of this country. It is about spending and maintaining steady growth in the defense industry. Our own safety and security are completely irrelevant to the military spending juggernaut. And it’s not just this carrier.

Sep 04 17:23

France Plans to Mount Guns and Lasers On Satellites By 2030 For Self-Defense

By B.N. Frank

Even scarier – France doesn’t seem to be the only one interested in turning their satellites into directed energy weapons...

Sep 03 14:03

US Military Surrounding Venezuela With New Deployment In Guyana

By Tyler Durden

The US military has effectively surrounded Venezuela, ahead of a possible military intervention. In the name of humanitarian outreach, of course...

Sep 03 13:48

ROBORDER: EU and U.S. Testing Drone Swarms to Handle “Illegal Border Activity”

By Nicholas West

Here comes Skynet.

Earlier this year in May it was reported by The Intercept that the EU had been working with member states to help roll out a system called ROBORDER that would employ swarms of autonomous drones to patrol air, land and sea for border violations.

The specifics were laid out in a mid-term review and progress report.

Now it appears that the U.S. is ready to announce its own plans for drone swarms at the border...

Sep 03 10:16

IRAN UNVEILS ANOTHER NEW DRONE AS PART OF GROWING ARSENAL

Iran publicly unveiled yet another new drone on Sunday, part of its growing arsenal of locally produced drones and munitions. The Islamic Republic has been on a surge recently in terms of showing off new military technology. It showed off a new radar on August 10 and a new missile defense system on August 22.

Sep 03 10:08

Breaking: Israel lied, a General died in Hezbollah ambush attack (updated)

Footage shows Hezbollah rocket attack on Israeli military vehicle in Avivim military headquarters

Introduction:

Hezbollah says they killed an Israeli general. Their unit had been in wait for days, outside Israel’s military headquarters in the north, the command center for military operations against Lebanon. Attack footage begins at 2:20…

Sep 02 08:50

One Last Ceasefire Before Oblivion for Jihadists in Syria

If the battle is won, in essence, and the jihadists on the run, why call a ceasefire now?

Simple. Turkey needs to be able to recall its troops from the area and disengage with the rebels it has been backing there for years. That was what Erdogan bargained for in Moscow, the lives of his troops.

That should tell you how serious Putin is about retaking Idlib and how little patience he has now for Erdogan’s nonsense.

Sep 02 07:32

West’s “Humanitarian” Claims Struggle as Syrian War Nears Endgame

Op-Ed by Tony Cartalucci

Headlines emanating from the West regarding Syria’s ongoing war have a common theme – allegations of Syria and Russia’s “ruthless barrage” of the northern region of Idlib.

So often, however, has the US and its allies falsely invoked “humanitarian concern” that these headlines fall on informed and discerning ears who not only reject it, but have cemented in their minds a familiarity with this ploy that will make it all but impossible to use it again on whatever battlefield the US shifts its foreign policy to next...

Aug 28 08:34

Did Defense Secretary James Mattis Commit War Crimes in Iraq?

In the years since, Mattis – called a “warrior monk” by his supporters – repeatedly has protected American service members who killed civilians, using his status as a division commander to wipe away criminal charges against Marines accused of massacring 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005 and granting clemency to some of those convicted in connection with the 2006 murder of a 52-year-old disabled Iraqi, who was taken outside his home and shot in the face four times.

These actions show a different side of Mattis, now 66, than has been featured in most profiles published since his nomination as President-elect Donald Trump’s defense secretary, which have portrayed him as a strong proponent of the Geneva Conventions and an anti-torture advocate.

Although Mattis argued against the siege of Fallujah beforehand, both international and U.S. law are clear: As the commanding general, he should be held accountable for atrocities committed by Marines under his command.

Aug 28 08:31

Mattis swipes at Trump, warns of ‘storm clouds gathering’ amid fractured alliances

This War Criminal should talk! We need a non-intervensionist Foreign Policy and the US Military needs to be reduced to a true defensive force with only about $100 billion a year in spending. Most of the Officer Corps needs to be court martialed and imprisoned for life for their crimes against humanity,The American People and The Constitution of the United States. And they should be forbidden to write books for profit or to serve on the boards of defense contractors or to lobby for same. Disgusting war criminal. Remember Haditha and Falluja!

Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis took several implicit swipes at President Trump’s leadership in an op-ed published Wednesday, warning about the fallout from fractured alliances and increasing divisiveness under the current administration.

Mattis’ comments were included in a lengthy essay adapted from a forthcoming book and published in The Wall Street Journal.

Aug 28 08:21

How Saudi Arabia And Israel Undermine The War On Terror

Who created ISIS and still supports them logistically speaking?
The Pentagram cries Crocodile tears!

https://www.newsweek.com/america-created-isis-top-iranian-official-cla...
https://www.globalresearch.ca/america-created-al-qaeda-and-the-isis-te...

A recent report from the Pentagon inspector general, warning of the “resurgence” of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS), highlights a fact that has become abundantly clear: Washington’s “war on terror” is a failure.

Despite the formation of a “Global Coalition” to fight ISIS back in September 2014, the Pentagon report estimates that there are still between 14,000 and 18,000 ISIS combatants in Iraq and Syria.

Aug 28 08:14

EXCLUSIVE: Israeli strikes in Iraq launched from SDF-held Syria, Baghdad believes

With the permission of Donald Trump and the stooges in the US Military who control those Kurdish groups and bases. Donald loves and supports the Saudis too!

Iraq’s intelligence services believe that five recent drone attacks on Iraqi paramilitaries were launched from bases under the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia’s control in north Syria, an official told Middle East Eye.

The Iraqi official, who has knowledge of the latest intelligence briefing from Baghdad’s security services, said the strikes were conducted by Israel, with the understanding of the SDF and backing of Saudi Arabia.

Aug 28 08:09

Pentagon Opposes Israeli Attacks on Iraq

More lies from the degenerate US Military Officer Corps!

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Defense released on Monday an official statement distancing the American administration from recent airstrikes in Iraq attributed to Israel, highlighting U.S. support for "Iraqi sovereignty" and opposition to "external actors."

U.S. officials have spoken out against the airstrikes over the past week, but so far mostly speaking anonymously to the media. Monday's statement, published by chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman, is the clearest sign yet that the American administration is troubled by the latest developments.

Aug 28 08:05

Russian Su-35 jets allegedly forced Israeli warplanes to abandon 2nd attack

While Israel managed to hit one of its main targets, a Russian publication reported that the Israeli Air Force was forced out of Syrian airspace as it was preparing for a second wave of strikes.

Aug 27 09:29

Commander: Iraqi Army Radars Turned Off by US during Israeli Attacks against Hashd al-Shaabi

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior commander at the Iraqi defense ministry revealed that the American forces disabled the radars which could trace the intruding Israeli drones during attacks on Hashd al-Shaabi (popular forces).
"The American radars that the Iraqi government imported to protect the country's airspace, are under the control of the US forces deployed in Iraq," the commander who called for anonymity told the Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website on Tuesday.

Aug 27 08:39

Israel’s Infamous USS Liberty Attack

On June 8, 1967, during Israel’s preemptive Six-Day War, an act of aggression, against regional Arab states planned years in advance, IDF pilots and navy attack boats provocatively struck the USS Liberty intelligence gathering ship, about 25.5 nautical miles northwest of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula in international waters.

The incident took 34 US lives, another 171 wounded, the vessel severely damaged, lucky to stay afloat.

Aug 27 08:24

Russian military surrounds Turkish observation post in Hama: video

Smart move.

At the same time, the Russian military police have moved their forces around the Turkish observation post to ease the tensions between the Turkish and Syrian troops in the area.

Aug 26 09:10

A Critical Threshold Has Just Been Crossed, And Things Will Never Be The Same Again...

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

Just when things seemed to be settling down a little bit, our conflict with China has suddenly escalated to a dangerous new phase.

This is not simply just a “trade war” any longer, and our relationship with China will never be the same again. As you will see below, President Trump just referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as our “enemy”, and this is something that the Chinese are going to take extremely seriously. In China, the national leader is a representation of the government as a whole, and the government as a whole is a representation of the entire county. So to the Chinese people, what Trump just said will be interpreted as “the United States and China are now enemies”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Right now, as a "diplomat", President Trump has very embarrassingly, painfully, and publicly demonstrated, not only to the nation, but also to the world, that he has just about as much class and intellect as does a reeking, greasy-haired used car salesperson, attempting to bully prospective customers into submission.

Jared, Ivanka, you are people the President trusts; can you not please explain to him, with small words, that language has consequences?!?

And that perhaps characterising China's President, Xi Jing-pin, as an "Enemy" might not have been his best approach to the trade impasse at which China and the US now stand?!?

This country is so not ready for a war against China, for the following reasons; our weaponry cannot compete with the current level of Chinese weapons manufacturing; our military troop strength is stretched very thinly, (China conscripts, and the US does not), and we have neither the manufacturing, nor the money, to insure a positive outcome to a conventional strike against China.

And Jared and Ivanka, that comment President Trump made last week, about being The Chosen One", even though he dismissed it as sarcasm, put this Presidency into 25th amendment territory.

Aug 26 08:17

Iraqi Parliament Group Calls Alleged Israeli Strikes 'Declaration of War', Demands US Troops Exit

The Fatah Coalition, an influential bloc in the Iraqi Parliament, has called recent airstrikes on the country, allegedly conducted by Israel, a “declaration of war” by the Jewish state and stated that it holds the US fully responsible for Tel Aviv's actions. In light of this, the coalition has called for the withdrawal of the about 5,000 remaining American soldiers from Iraq.

Aug 26 08:06

Lebanon's President Announces Israeli Attacks Are "Declaration Of War

After pro-Iran allies in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq were all hit in suspected Israeli strikes in the space of less than 24 hours, signalling a new aggression out of Tel Aviv and willingness to risk yet another major Middle East war, Arab capitals are now alerting their armed forces to be on a war footing.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Monday condemned the "Israeli assault on the southern suburbs of Beirut" and told the country's United Nations Special Coordinator, that the recent spate of drone strikes on Lebanon amount to a "declaration of war".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One had to be living under a rock, not to have seen this coming.

And the timing, in terms of Israeli elections, couldn't possibly be more transparent. As we understand, the next Israeli elections will happen as follows:
Israeli Elections will happen on 17 September, 2019, and all 120 Knesset seats are "up for grabs".

That's a whole 24 days from today, folks.

I'm almost surprised that Netanyahu didn't order Israeli media to livestream these attacks, with a heavy rock beat in the background, so the Israeli people would just fall on their knees in admiration of how "butch" he and the Israeli military are, and then loop them, with nothing else allowed to be shown on Israeli media, prior to September's election.

And I also have to wonder; was President Trump advised of these attacks beforehand; or only when they were already a "fait accompli"?!?

It very clearly appears that this hubristic megalomaniac, is perfectly comfortable in starting a regional, or world war, just to save his backside as Prime Minister.

People are generally reluctant to change leadership, in the middle of a shooting war, and that is the general reality, upon which Netanyahu is betting right now.

And do not think, for one millisecond, as the 2020 US campaign lurches forward, and devolves from Russiagate to "Racistgate", that President Trump, and the US will not be called upon to defend the allegedly "only democracy in the Middle East".

This is, of course, an absolute crock of codswallop, for those who unthinkingly wish to swallow it whole.

Aug 25 13:25

Big Tech, Russia and U.S. Under Fire for A.I. Weapons Programs; Campaign to Stop Killer Robots Coalition Doubles in Size

By Nicholas West

Renewed attention over artificial intelligence for use in warfare (“killer robots”) is being brought to the forefront with the recent Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) held this past week in Geneva, Switzerland.

The meeting coincidentally comes just one day after a Dutch NGO, Pax for Peace, released a report about Big Tech’s involvement with supplying A.I. systems to the military. Their report, “Don’t be evil?” (PDF), examined 50 companies across the world that are involved. They ranked 21 of these companies as “high concern” with Microsoft and Amazon leading the way...

Aug 25 09:30

NEW VIDEO EMERGES OF 6-TON RUSSIAN DRONE THAT CAN STAY ALOFT FOR 24-HOURS

The video starts off with the Altius-U drone taking off at an unknown airport, most likely, somewhere in Russia. Once airborne, the drone practices several flight maneuvers that were recorded by a separate aircraft and cameras mounted on the v-shape tail, wing, and belly of the drone. About halfway through the short video, the drone starts its descent and approach to the airport. Cameras on the drone and land captured the successful landing.

"The flight took place for 32 minutes at an altitude of up to 800 meters in fully automatic mode at one of the test aerodromes," the ministry said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the US military does not have something competitive, because.....?!?

And we have a sister article, also posted at blacklistednews.com, with the following headline:

RUSSIA’S ROSCOSMOS INVENTS ARMOR TO PROTECT SATELLITES FROM DEBRIS FLYING THROUGH SPACE

And the US military does not have similar technology because.......?!?

Folks, the US military is losing its edge to competing technologies from
Russia and China.

And so why is that?!? It is because, very plainly, those corporations which own the Presidency, believe it is perfectly fine to deliver products which are completely antiquated by the time they are field tested; that massive cost overruns are perfectly fine; and ultimately, that it doesn't matter if the end product is impossible to fix, once delivered; I give you Lockheed Martin's F-35, which is still experiencing massive problems which cannot, in 2019, yet be fixed.

The Pentagon is Battling the clock to fix serious, unreported F-35 problems

Supersonic Speeds could cause big problems for the F-35's stealth coating

The F-35 is still struggling with more than a dozen big problems

Marine's F-35 has afterburner trouble

The Pentagon’s Fighter Jet of the Future Is Causing a Whole Lot of Problems in the Present: But both parties have been reluctant to cut off Lockheed’s "gravy train"

And why?!? Contributors to the 2016 Trump Campaign

Political contributions, both overt and covert, buy contracts; it is as simple as that. And although the $45 thousand dollars and change
contribution from Lockheed Martin may seem paltry, there is a lot of "goes withness" attached to such a donation.

And if you look at Hillary Clinton's donation page, Cintributions to Hillary Clinton's 2016 electionthere is no mention of Lockheed Martin at all.

One of the worst Supreme Court decisions which was ever made was that of Citizens United Vs/ the Federal Election CommissionThe Wickipedia article here goes on to state:

"Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010), is a landmark United States Supreme Court case concerning campaign finance. The Court held that the free speech clause of the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting independent expenditures for political communications by corporations, including nonprofit corporations, labor unions, and other associations."

Translation; the government which you thought was YOUR actual government, is now officially an asset of the corporations big enough to buy influence.

There are moments when some Supreme Court decisions appear to be quite rational in their origin; unfortunately, this was not one of those moments.

But getting back to why the US military is so behind the 8 ball, in terms of products which at least meet, if not exceed, Russian and Chinese weaponry; this Supreme Court decision needs to be reversed, and quickly, because it has cause innumerable problems for our military in the field, when "less than" is perfectly normal, and political contributions make it stay that way.

As most of you who frequent this site understand; I am a Christian pacifist activist, and encourage our government to find ways of achieving its geopolitical goals other than war; however, if war happens, our military deserves the best of the best from our weapons manufacturers; and right now, they are not getting it!!!

Aug 25 08:15

SECRETIVE WARFARE TRAINING BEING STAGED IN 21 NORTH CAROLINA COUNTIES, ARMY SAYS

SOURCE: WBTV.COM
NORTH CAROLINA (Mark Price/Charlotte Observer) - A series of Special Forces military training exercises -- including gunfire with blanks -- is being staged across 21 North Carolina counties starting Aug. 30, and the Army is telling the public not to be alarmed at the suspicious-looking activity.

Known as Robin Sage training, the unconventional warfare exercises can be likened to live-action role playing in the extreme, with hostile engagement playing out between Special Forces students, volunteer civilians and soldiers out of Fort Bragg. It continues through Sept. 12, said a press release.

Heavily populated counties like Wake, Cumberland and Union counties are among training sites, according to the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg.

The students will match wits with more seasoned soldiers, who will “act as realistic opposing forces and guerrilla freedom fighters,” officials said in a release.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is pretty obvious, considering the urban nature of such training, that these exercises are leading up to some kind of decap strikes in the very near future; one has to wonder...against whom, and what hostile urban area, is the US's next "target"!?!?!?

I would politely suggest, that such a target is also in Israel's crosshairs, because at this moment in time, President Trump will not sneeze, unless he has permission to do so, from Tel Aviv.

Hell, President Trump has already been informed that Israel will be targeting alleged "Iranian forces" in Iraq; so color him impotent to prevent any Israeli military mischief in Syria; Lebanon; or Iran.

And since these countries have been on Israel's "to do" list for the longest time, please consider that it may be any one of these countries for which the US military is preparing to decap strike next.

However, there is one issue which I strongly urge the US government to consider, particularly in the case of Iran, which has had a close ongoing relationship with Russia for some time. The following statement was made by a senior Russian official, during a diplomatic session:

Iran will not be alone, if the US attacks

The article goes on to state: “Iran will withstand this type of fight and Iran is not alone,” Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, said at a Russian-Iranian policy forum in Moscow."

War with Russia?!? Over...Iran?!? Folks, this is precisely the scenario at which we are looking, should the US government order a decap strike against Tehran.

Aug 24 12:11

US Officials Confirm Israel Behind Unprecedented Airstrikes On Iraq

In an unprecedented escalation which could reshape alliances in the Middle East, American officials have confirmed that Israel was behind an airstrike on an Iraqi ammunition depot operated by a pro-Iran militia last month, according to The Associated Press:

Two American officials said Israel carried out an attack on an Iranian weapons depot in July that killed two Iranian military commanders. The U.S. officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter with the media.

The admission comes after two more mystery explosions rocked paramilitary bases in and around Baghdad within the last two weeks, resulting in multiple paramilitary members killed, at least one civilian death, and dozens of injured, and which prompted Iraq's Prime Minister Abdul-Mahdi to close the country's airspace to all “unauthorized flights"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if Prime Minister Netanyahu BOTHERED to let President Trump know this was happening, or only AFTER it was already a "fait accompli".

Aug 24 11:53

The New Arms Race Begins: Putin Orders Military To Respond In Kind To Post-INF US Missile Launch

After last Sunday's first ever Pentagon test of a previously banned ground-launched cruise missile with a range of over 500 km in a post-INF treaty world, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said he has ordered a reciprocal response, meaning the Kremlin will likely soon conduct its own highly visible land-based missile test.

In his remarks before Russia's Security Council on Friday, Putin was scathing in his reaction to the US missile test as well as American Defense Secretary Mark Esper's recent signalling of a possible missile deployment to Asia "sooner than later". Putin said any planned Asia-Pacific region US deployment "affects our core interests as it is close to Russia's borders".

"All this leaves no doubts that the real intention of the United States (in exiting the INF pact) was to... untie its hands to deploy previously banned missiles in different regions of the world," Putin said.

Aug 24 11:13

Iranian Tanker Showdown Heads To Turkey

The Iranian tanker which had been detained for the past five weeks in Gilbraltar has suddenly switched its ship data to show it is headed to a Turkish port, instead of arriving at waters off southern Greece, as previously planned.

Reuters has cited real-time ship tracking website MarineTraffic to show the change in the Adrian Darya's (formerly called Grace 1) destination. This after the US State Department threatened that should Greece provide any aid or facilities to the vessel carrying 2.1 million barrels of Iranian oil, it would be tantamount to "material support to terrorism".

The Unites States says the tanker is controlled by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and thus deems any state's interaction with it support of a formally designated terrorist group. There's still an active US seizure warrant for the vessel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, the excrement is about to hit the ventilation shaft, big-time, and quickly.

The US is already officially annoyed with Turkey's invasion and creation of a "buffer zone" which is supposed to help Syrians in Turkey return to their homeland.

Aug 23 10:27

The successes of Russian diplomacy in the Middle East

The political changes which have been transforming the Middle East for the last two months are not the result of the destruction of any of the protagonists, but the evolution of the Iranian, Turkish and Emirati points of view. Where the military might of the United States has failed, the subtlety of Russian diplomacy has succeeded. Refusing to comment on the crimes of one party or the other, Moscow is slowly managing pacify the region.

Aug 23 10:24

Lindsey Graham’s Blank Check. Why a Defense Agreement with Israel Would be a Disaster for Americans

Two world wars began because of unconditional pledges made by one country to come to assistance of another. On July 5, 1914, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany pledged his country’s complete support for whatever response Austria-Hungary would choose to make against Serbia after the June 28th assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by a Serbian nationalist during an official visit to Sarajevo, Bosnia. This fatal error went down in history as Germany’s carte blanche or “blank check,” assurance to Austria that led directly to WW I.

Aug 23 10:21

All along the watchtower: The follies of history

The ultimate American imperial dream is to engineer a Chinese vassal state

Aug 23 09:28

U.S. Army Tries to Calm Residents About Upcoming Wave of Military Drills in North Carolina

By Nicholas West

Nothing calms the public quite like gunfire in heavily populated areas. Nevertheless, the U.S. Army has plans to do just that starting August 30th and continuing to September 12th in 21 select counties in North Carolina...

Aug 23 07:45

How Amazon and Silicon Valley Seduced the Pentagon

By James Bandler, Anjali Tsui and Doris Burke

On Aug. 8, 2017, Roma Laster, a Pentagon employee responsible for policing conflicts of interest, emailed an urgent warning to the chief of staff of then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Several department employees had arranged for Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, to be sworn into an influential Pentagon advisory board despite the fact that, in the year since he’d been nominated, Bezos had never completed a required background check to obtain a security clearance.

Aug 22 17:16

Army bosses are recruiting poor teenagers into the most dangerous roles because of a lack of adults signing up, campaign group warns

The army is recruiting poor teenagers in its most dangerous roles because it cannot find adults to fill vacancies, a campaign group warned last night.

Almost 30 per cent of last year's new recruits were aged 16 or 17, the most in any year since the financial year ending 2011.

Data from the Child Rights International Network (CRIN) found that, alongside the increasing proportion of young people enlisting, army recruits often come from poorer backgrounds.

Aug 22 12:12

What a Nobel Peace Prize, the Federal Reserve, and Endless War Have in Common

By Joe Jarvis

It was ten years ago that Congressman Ron Paul released his book, End the Fed. It immediately shot to number six on the New York Times Bestsellers list.

Paul’s message was that the Federal Reserve was created to bail out banks. It privatized profits for them and socialized losses for the rest of us. He said the system works against us by killing competition among banks and hiding taxes through inflation.

War funding is the main reason the government needs this hidden tax power...

Aug 22 10:11

American Apocalypse: The Government’s Plot to Destabilize the Nation Is Working

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out … without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.” — H. L. Mencken

The U.S. government is working hard to destabilize the nation.

No, this is not another conspiracy theory.

Although it is certainly not far-fetched to suggest that the government might be engaged in nefarious activities that run counter to the best interests of the American people, doing so will likely brand me a domestic terrorist under the FBI’s new classification system.

Observe for yourself what is happening right before our eyes.

Aug 22 09:41

Russia acknowledges its ground troops are fighting in Idlib

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has acknowledged for the first time the presence of Russian military fighting alongside Syrian regime forces in the Idlib assault, confirming numerous earlier reports.

During a press conference he held following a meeting with Ghana’s Foreign Minister Shirley Botchway yesterday, Lavrov confirmed that “There are Russian soldiers on the ground in the Syrian province of Idlib,” stating that Russia would respond to any attack on its soldiers in Syria.

Aug 22 09:25

Impeachment Time

It is astonishing to observe some Americans twisting themselves into pretzels so they can continue to make excuses to explain the bizarre behavior of President Donald Trump on the world stage. The line most commonly heard is that he has “kept us out of new wars.” The reality is somewhat different. He has kept us in old wars in Afghanistan and Syria that he could have ended while also needlessly ratcheting up tension with countries like Russia, Venezuela, Iran and China that could easily escalate into armed conflict. The situation with Moscow is particularly dangerous as President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly warned that his country’s defense doctrine includes going nuclear if there is an attack on Russia by a superior force.

Aug 22 09:21

Yemen: Coalition Warships Attack Fishing Boats

(Beirut) – Saudi-led coalition naval forces have carried out at least five deadly attacks on Yemeni fishing boats since 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. Coalition warships and helicopters have been involved in attacks that killed at least 47 Yemeni fishermen, including 7 children, and the detention of more than 100 others, some of whom were tortured in custody in Saudi Arabia.

The coalition attacks on fishermen and fishing boats appear to be deliberate attacks on civilians and civilian objects in violation of the laws of war. Coalition officials who ordered or carried out the attacks or tortured detainees are most likely responsible for war crimes.

Aug 22 08:35

US Navy ‘ready’ for Venezuela mission, says a top commander

The US Navy is ready to “do what needs to be done” on Venezuela, a top commander said on Monday, as America ramps up pressure on the crisis-wracked country.

US Southern Command chief Admiral Craig Faller made the remarks in Rio de Janeiro as the United States kicked off its annual UNITAS maritime exercise involving nine Latin American countries as well as the UK, Portugal and Japan.

“I won’t speak to details of what we’re planning and what we’re doing, but we remain ready to implement policy decisions and we remain on the balls of our feet,” Faller told reporters.
I don't think so!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxu9eYhi9-g

Aug 22 08:27

Iranian Version of Russia's S-300 Missile Shield Unveiled

Bavar 373 was unveiled in a ceremony participated by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami.

"Bavar 373 is the most important indigenized missile defense system whose design and manufacturing started a few years ago and can engage multiple targets in high altitudes," General Hatami said, addressing the ceremony.

Aug 22 08:03

China to build military base near Chabahar?

BEIJING: US President Donald Trump’s recent outburst on Pakistan will further boost economic and defence ties between Beijing and Islamabad, including China acquiring a Pakistani military base close to Iran’s Chabahar port, an official media report said on Friday.
Trump’s January 1 Twitter attack against Pakistan where he accused it of providing safe havens to terrorists appears to be helping boost already close ties between Pakistan and China, a report in the state-run Global Times said. It attributed Islamabad’s decision to allow Chinese currency in bilateral trade and financing transactions as China has stepped up its investments in the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Aug 22 08:00

China and North Korea Pledge to Boost Military Ties For 'Peace and Stability' in Northeast Asia

In other words North Korea will have the full backing of China in any confrontation with the US.
Every thing Trump does,turns into poop!

General Zhang Youxia, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, has pledged that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will move to boost defence ties with the Korean People’s Army (KPA) in neighbouring North Korea. The announcement came shortly after a high level meeting between PLA and KPA delegations in Beijing, the latter headed by director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People’s Army Kim Su Gil. General Zhang stated regarding plans or closer ties: “The Chinese People’s Liberation Army is ready to work along North Korea to implement the important consensus, which was achieved by the leaders of our nations,” and that both countries were “ready to contribute to peace and stability in the region together.”

Aug 22 07:57

Russian Warships to Visit Venezuelan Ports After ‘Unacceptable’ U.S. Interference

No more cheap wins for the US over 3rd world nations. The US Military will be confronted by force wherever it ventures from now on.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Venezualan counterpart Vladimir Padrino Lopez signed an agreement in Moscow on August 15th 2019 to allow warships from both states to pay visits to one another’s ports. This comes amid comprehensive strengthening of defence ties between the two states following growing pressure from the Western Bloc on both parties - both militarily and economically. Russia has expressed strong solidarity with Venezuela amid a deteriorating economic situation, harsh economic sanctions and threats of a U.S. led invasion.

Aug 22 07:53

Russian Su-35s Intercept Turkish F-16s Over Syria’s Idlib - Reports

Two Russian Air Force Su-35 heavyweight air superiority fighters have reportedly intercepted Turkish F-16 Fighting Falcons over the southern countryside of Syria’s Idlib Governorate. Russia has deployed Su-35 fighters to Khmeimi Airbase in Syria’s Latakia province since January 2016, following the Turkish downing of a Russian Su-24 strike fighter near the Syrian-Turkish border the previous year. While the Su-24 lacked an air to air capability, and jets previously deployed such as the Su-25 and Su-34 were designed primarily for an air to ground role and deployed for airstrikes against Islamist militants, the Su-35 has been equipped from the outset with air to air missiles and is intended to defend Russian and to a lesser extent allied forces in the theatre.

Aug 22 07:39

What’s Russia Up to in the Iranian Port of Chabahar? The North-South Transport Corridor (NSTC)

There have been wild reports over the past few weeks about Russia’s activities in the Iranian port of Chabahar, with some sources even alleging that Moscow plans to open up a naval base there.

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An interesting sequence of events has recently taken place that makes many wonder what Russia’s up to in the Iranian port of Chabahar. It’s widely known that Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, and India are cooperating on the North-South Transport Corridor (NSTC) project to integrate each of their economies more closely together, with Chabahar being this initiative’s terminal port in connecting India to the other three and also Central Asia.

https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Iran-Aims-To-Start-...

https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Chinese-Constructio...

Aug 22 07:27

Amazon, Microsoft, 'putting world at risk of killer AI': study

Washington (AFP) - Amazon, Microsoft and Intel are among leading tech companies putting the world at risk through killer robot development, according to a report that surveyed major players from the sector about their stance on lethal autonomous weapons.

Aug 21 17:29

Former U.S. Naval Fighter Pilots Blame Exposure to WiFi Radiation and More for Causing Cancer and Deaths

By B.N. Frank

It’s horrible that this is happening to our service people – even worse when it may have been prevented.

In 1971, the U.S. Naval Medical Research Institute had already determined that exposure to non-ionizing radiation (more commonly referred to as cell phone radiation and WiFi) was harmful. More research conducted since then has determined the same – some of it funded by the American government...

Aug 21 09:40

Syria - Frontline Breach Opens Door To A Deep Battle For Idlib

During the last months the Syrian government made some progress in the norther part of Hama governorate on the border to the jihadi held Idlib governorate. The breach of the jihadi defense lines must now be used to develop a larger campaign.

The maps show the progress between May 15 2019 and today (Red - government control; Green - jihadi control).

The current operation is a pincer movement on the western and eastern side of Khan Shaykhun. It is designed to envelope the jihadi held towns Al Lataminah, Kafr Zayta, Khan Shaykhun and Morek.

The encirclement north of Khan Shaykhun will close within the next several days. The jihadis who stay within the cauldron will have little chance to survive.

Aug 21 07:32

TALIBAN PEACE TALKS MUST NOT IGNORE CIA-FUNDED AFGHAN MILITIAS, REPORT SAYS

SOURCE: THE INTERCEPT

After 18 years of war, and months of direct talks, the United States appears to be on the brink of reaching an unprecedented peace agreement with the Taliban that would bring about U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

A draft agreement was reached in March, and negotiators in Qatar have reportedly been ironing out the details ahead of a September 1 deadline — including exactly when U.S. troops will withdraw and when a permanent ceasefire between the parties will take effect. The U.S. is reportedly also seeking assurances from the Taliban that it won’t harbor foreign terror groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda and will engage in dialogue with the Afghan government after the U.S. military leaves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As much as President Trump desperately needs a win here, ahead of the 2020 elections, I am not holding my breath,, that an accord will actually be reached, before the 1 September deadline.

And the reason I say this, is that there are too many unexploited resources desired by the world's leaders, that they will really ever be willing to let Afghanistan go.

As stated by a Google Article regarding mining in Afghanistan:

"Afghanistan has over 1,400 mineral fields,[1][2][3] containing barite, chromite, coal, copper, gold, iron ore, lead, natural gas, petroleum, precious and semi-precious stones, salt, sulfur, talc, and zinc, among many other minerals.[1][4] Gemstones include high-quality emerald, lapis lazuli, red garnet and ruby. According to a joint study by The Pentagon and the United States Geological Survey, Afghanistan has an estimated US$3 trillion[5] of untapped minerals."

You have to look at this with the sang froid eye of a violently, unhinged, despotic government, which wants to regime change a country, to make it more western centric, and expropriate resources to which the US government has no right, then selling them only for US dollars.

This is the MO the US has taken, ever since the invasion of Iraq, and the consistent pattern is so in your face, that I become thoroughly amazed when Americans don't get it.

Don't get me wrong; I would love for peace to happen for Afghanistan; however, given the embarrassment of riches this country has, I wouldn't expect this peace to last very long.

But a country attempting to stabilize Afghanistan right after the US leaves, will be China.

And the interesting thing about that, is that China, in its growth, doesn't want to fire a single shot;they want to make deals, as their way of broadening their economic reach, and clout.

Slowly but Surely, China is moving into Afghanistan

Feature: Direct flights between China, Afghanistan promote trade, people-to-people exchanges

This should be a "teachable moment", to the US government, but most probably will not be.

And I say that, because relations between China and the US have absolutely plummeted, under the watch of President "Wreck-it Donald" Trump. The issues concerning the South China Sea, and the US treatment of Taiwan,have not earned him much support in Beijing, not to mention the sanctions and tariffs which have been placed against various Chinese individuals and corporations.

Losing Afghanistan, through a series of Afghani agreements with the Chinese, will prove to be one of the most stinging, dismal failures of President Trump's record, if the future trajectory of Chinese/Afghani relations continues to hold true.

Aug 21 06:38

RUSSIA ACKNOWLEDGES ITS GROUND TROOPS ARE FIGHTING IN IDLIB

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has acknowledged for the first time the presence of Russian military fighting alongside Syrian regime forces in the Idlib assault, confirming numerous earlier reports.

During a press conference he held following a meeting with Ghana’s Foreign Minister Shirley Botchway yesterday, Lavrov confirmed that “There are Russian soldiers on the ground in the Syrian province of Idlib,” stating that Russia would respond to any attack on its soldiers in Syria.

The acknowledgment by Russia of its direct military presence on the ground in the province is the first which has been made following months of speculation and reports of the troops’ presence over the past month, particularly after Syrian opposition forces sighted the deployment of Russian troops in July.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One cannot really blame Russia for this decision at this point in Syria's war against US trained/armed/funded jihadis.

An all-out decisive battle, with Syria and Russia winning, would most likely cut the heart out of any further support for future destabilization of Syria by the West, with two, local Middle East exceptions; and those would be Turkey, and Israel.
The following incident just happened a couple of days ago:

Turkey complains that one of its convoys got hit by a Syrian missile Strike

And Turkish President Erdogan, a word, please; if you invade a sovereign neighbor, against whom you have not declared war, nor has it declared war on you, I think you, and Turkey's military got off rather lightly, considering the circumstances. Additionally, it appears that the US government absolutely impotent to stop these incursions.

Additionally, Israel believes that it is justified in shelling Syria at any time they please, as indicated by this article, dated July 2019:

Israelis attack in Southern Syria

What really concerns me, is the very real eventuality of a US/Israeli dual pronged approach to preventing Syria's getting it country back, resulting in a potential decap strike on Damascus, which Russia, coordinating with the Syrian military, would have to happen at that point.

War with Russia... over Syria?!?

Folks, this is a lose/lose scenario for both the US, and Israel.

Aug 20 16:04

Too Many To Count” – America’s Endless Wars

round the world, America is involved in quarrels, clashes and confrontations with almost too many nations to count.

Aug 20 11:57

Despite record budgets, the US Navy is short hundreds of millions for maintenance

The U.S. Navy is short hundreds of millions of dollars for ship depot maintenance this year and is already looking at just shy of $1 billion in unfunded maintenance in 2020, shortfalls that threaten to upend progress toward improved readiness and clearing its maintenance backlog.

During a midyear review of 2019 budget spending, the Navy found it had more than $3 billion in emergency costs that needed to be covered, including nearly $1 billion for ship depot maintenance. And while it’s unclear to what degree the 2019 and 2020 shortfalls overlap, there is at the very least nearly $1 billion in unfunded ship repair, meaning the fleet will need to find money or defer to later dates, according to three sources who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Aug 20 11:56

US Navy to build £330m world’s largest robot warship to patrol the most dangerous seas

The huge ships referred to as Large Unmanned Surface Vehicles (LUSVs) would function as scouts for the main battle fleet, carrying radar and sonar as well as anti-air and cruise missiles.

Aug 20 09:51

Trump Regime Hardball with China a Losing Strategy

China is a major player on the world stage, geopolitical know-nothing Trump outclassed, outshined, and outwitted by its ruling authorities.

He’s an embarrassment compared to other major world leaders, a laughing stock geopolitical wrecking ball.

His regime’s unacceptable Indo/Pacific agenda made resolving major differences with China all the harder — notably US dirty hands all over months of disruptive protests in Hong Kong, along with selling F-16 warplanes and other heavy weapons to Taiwan.

Aug 20 09:49

Trump’s Anti-Iran Warrant

Time and again, hard evidence shows the US is a nation run by hawkish right-wing extremists, dismissive of the rule of law and democratic values they abhor and don’t tolerate.

Operating exclusively by their own rules, they maintain that UN Charter principles and other international law applies to other nations, not imperial USA.

All nations the US doesn’t control are on its target list for regime change, part of its longstanding plot to rule the world unchallenged, control its resources, and create ruler-serf societies everywhere — enforced by Pentagon-run NATO, operating as a global police force.

Since its 1979 revolution, ending a generation of US-installed fascist dictatorship, Iran has been a key target to transform back to US client state status — by brute force it that’s what it takes.

Aug 20 09:43

The Saudis Learn the Term “Asymmetric Response”

The Saudis just learned that some moments in history show their significance as they unfold. Iran shooting down a U.S. Global Hawk stealth drone and President Trump refusing his war-hawk cabinet in retaliating militarily is one of them.

I said then and still maintain that this was a turning point in the history of the world.

Any retaliation by the U.S. would be catastrophic for the world economy. It would unleash a regional conflict on multiple fronts which would not be any kind of controlled theater…

… That for all the might of the U.S. military and financial empire, its weaknesses are deep enough that even a relatively weak military and economy like Iran’s can stop it all dead cold because of basic things like geography, logistics and simple human resolve.

Aug 20 09:40

Breaking: Syrian Army enters Khan Sheikhoun to secure city

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has entered Khan Sheikhoun after the militants withdrew from the northern sector of the city this morning.

According to a military source in nearby Hama, the Syrian Arab Army entered the northern sector of the city after receiving the green light from their high command.

Aug 20 09:37

Russian Air Force unleashes large attack on ISIS in eastern Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force has unleashed a heavy assault on a number of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) hideouts and gathering points in Syria’s Deir Ezzor Governorate this afternoon.

Aug 20 09:35

US Planes Carry Aid to ISIL Base in Iraq's Salahuddin

TEHRAN (FNA)- The US planes have carried foodstuff and logistical aid to the ISIL terrorist group's most important base in Iraq's Salahuddin province, Iraqi sources said.
The Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website quoted Head of al-Sharqat City Council Salih al-Sha'alan as saying on Monday that the US planes have landed in regions near al-Makhoul mountain, which is one of the most important ISIL bases in Iraq.

He added that eyewitnesses have repeatedly reported that the US planes have landed in the region, noting that they supply foodstuff and other logistical aid to the terrorists.

Iraqi sources have repeatedly reported the US aircraft attempts to send military shipments to the ISIL in Salahuddin, Falluja, Mosul, and Diali and relocat the ISIL commanders to safe regions.

The director of the Badr Organization's office in al-Anbar province said in May that the US Army troops had sent aid shipments for the ISIL terrorists in Western al-Anbar.

Aug 20 08:37

Marianne Williamson: We Need to Stay in Afghanistan to Advance Feminism

Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Marianne Williamson said it's "unacceptable" for the Trump administration to consider pulling troops out of Afghanistan because we need to ensure "the rights and protection of women" who were abused by the Taliban.

Aug 19 09:13

American Capitalism Is Based on Plunder The plunder is getting worse

Capitalism is private monopoly,communism is government monopoly.
America is suppossed to be a Free Enterprise Country.
Capitalism,Communism and Fascism as well as Socialism are ALL gifts from ther International Banksters!

Paul Craig Roberts

American capitalism is based on plunder. With the continental USA plundered, American capitalism hoped to continue enriching itself by plundering Russia as it did under Yeltsin, carefully including the Russian “Atlanticist Integrationists” in the spoils in order to have support from the liberal, progressive forces in Russia for stripping Russia of its assets. But Putin more or less put a halt to the American/Israeli rape of Russia, although it still continues through the neoliberal economics that Harvard brainwashed into the Russian central bank and economics profession. Brainwashed Russian economists are the main reason Washington is able to punish a powerful country such as Russia with economic sanctions.

Aug 19 08:55

5 Yemeni missiles hit targets in Saudi Arabia’s Najran, Asir

Yemeni forces have targeted gatherings of Saudi-led mercenaries in Saudi Arabia’s southern provinces of Najran and Asir with at least five domestically-manufactured missiles.

Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah news website, citing a spokesman for the Yemeni army, reported that Yemeni missile defense units targeted the gatherings of the Saudi-led mercenaries in the al-Sadis area in Najran with two Zelzal-1 (Earthquake-1) missiles on Tuesday.

The report added that Yemeni forces also hit similar gatherings of Saudi-led mercenaries in the mountainous al-Majaz area of Asir with three missiles of the same type.

The source also told al-Masirah that all missiles successfully hit their designated targets, leaving an unspecified number of mercenaries either dead or wounded.

Aug 19 08:52

Syrian Army breaks through militant lines to advance on Khan Sheikhoun: video

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) scored a big advance in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this past week after cracking the militant lines near the key city of Khan Sheikhoun.

Aug 19 08:50

Syrian, Russian Fighter Jets Pound, Block Turkish Army's Military Convoy to Khan Sheikhoun

Russia's Documents Center quoted special sources as saying that as soon as the Turkish military convoy arrived near Ma'aret al-Numan from Saraqib region to support Tahrir al-Sham's movement towards Khan Sheikhoun city faced warning airstrikes near Khan Sheikhoun and was forced to bring to halt its movement.

The sources, meantime, pointed to a complete disconnection of the International Aleppo-Damascus Highway under Russian and Syrian airstrikes, and said that three Faylaq al-Sham terrorists, backed by the Turkish Army, who were moving through this route were killed.

The Turkish military convoy comprised 28 military vehicles, tanks and trucks carrying different types of weapons, missiles and military equipment as well as several armored personnel carriers.

Aug 19 08:30

Trump Privately Suggested Full Naval Blockade of Venezuela Suggested ships could stop all goods entering Venezuela

So Trump is in favor of starving children now!

Officially there is not a full naval blockade yet, though the US has made efforts to prevent shipments to Venezuela, and earlier this week was reported to have seized a ship full of food to prevent it getting to Venezuela.

Aug 18 17:42

UK military strength down for 9th straight year, is MoD’s ‘millennials’ recruitment drive failing?

Britain’s military strength has declined for the ninth consecutive year despite calls from officials for increased defense activity in the Gulf and Arctic and a recruitment strategy targeting ‘millennials’ over the past 12 months.

The British Army, Royal Navy and RAF have all seen dwindling numbers in their fully-trained personnel, with the army suffering the biggest losses, according to figures released by the Ministry of Defence.

In July, there were 74,440 army personnel, down 2,440 on the previous year’s total and 7,000 troops short of the UK government’s target.

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines numbers dropped to 29,090 of the required 30,600, despite rhetoric from British defense officials, past and present, signalling an increased military presence in hostile areas.

Aug 16 11:16

U.S. Military Designing A.I. Missiles to Seek and Destroy Targets from 40 Miles Away

By Nicholas West

Unlike my previous post that took a lighthearted look at the newest Robo-Dog on the market, which has a Doberman head filled with artificial intelligence, the U.S. Army’s newest plans for artificial intelligence aren’t even close to a laughing matter.

The U.S. military has long been obsessed with integrating artificial intelligence into weapons of war, and it appears that they are getting closer to the full-scale rollout of these systems...

Aug 15 10:04

In War And Weapons We Trust - Militarization Has Become America's National Religion

As attitudes toward war grow dangerously worshipful in the US, quitting our endless wars becomes all the more difficult...

Aug 13 10:06

It’s official: US Army inks Iron Dome deal

The contract to purchase two Iron Dome systems for the U.S. Army’s interim cruise missile defense capability has been finalized, according to the deputy in charge of the service’s air and missile defense modernization efforts.

Iron Dome was co-developed by American company Raytheon and Israeli defense firm Rafael. It is partly manufactured in the United States.

Aug 13 09:04

Booker dodges question about Netanyahu’s racism, says he went to Senate to defend Israel

In a response to a recent question inquiring whether or not Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is racist, New Jersey Senator and presidential hopeful Cory Booker said he entered the Senate to stand up for the state of Israel.

Booker was asked about Netanyahu at the Iowa State Fair on August 10 by Jewish Insider’s Ben Jacobs. Booker didn’t answer the question directly and seemingly objected to its premise. His response mainly focused on how he believes the Trump administration has endangered Israel. Booker told Jacobs:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but could Booker possibly be more pig-ignorant about what Trump has already done for Israel?!?

I am thinking, upon reading this, that the short answer is, HELL, NO!!

Everything both Netanyahu and Sheldon Adelson wanted, has been delivered; Trump has declared Israel's capital Jerusalem, and completely buckled on any possible, reasonable deal of getting nationhood for Palestine.

Would Booker and his senate colleagues want to declare war against Iran?!? A war for which the US government may well have to conscript, as we don't have the troop strength; the weaponry; the money, or the manufacturing to insure that such a campaign be successful, at any level?

Booker may be anxious, as this next Israeli election in September, may well be held under under the cloud of suspicious actions by both Netanyahu and his wife; what the Israeli wants, right now, is a full-blown invasion of Iran, as both a distraction, and putting the country into a favorable state of Netanyahu having actually "done something" here; but that may be more difficult than Booker could ever imagine, even on those days when he is able to think reasonably lucidly.

And there is, again, of course, that 2,000 lb gorilla in the living room, draped, napping, over the Bosendorfer piano; and this is the potential for the military presence of Russia, whose high level diplomat made the statement toward the US that "if Iran is attacked, it will not be alone."

If Iran is attacked, it will not be alone

The article, from the Moscow Times, was in a statement by a very high -ranking Russian Official, Iran “won’t be alone” if the United States decides to launch a military strike on the Islamic republic, a senior Russian diplomat said on Wednesday.

People in his position do not even FART, without the permission of President Putin, so if he made that statement, he was being an echo chamber for his boss, regarding any possible attack against Iran.

U.S. President Donald Trump targeted Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other top Iranian officials with sanctions on Monday. The dramatic step to increase pressure on Iran follows Tehran’s downing of an unmanned American drone last week, which Russia said had violated Iranian airspace. On Tuesday, Trump threatened to obliterate parts of Iran if it attacked "anything American," but later left the door open for talks.

Aug 13 08:11

Caught between an air blockade and southern suspicion, Yemeni patients are left to die

While the Saudi-led coalition imposes restrictions on Sanaa airport, forces in the south prevent those seeking treatment abroad from leaving through Aden.

Hussein Saeed, 45, has been suffering from liver cancer for the past year and has tried to receive proper treatment in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital currently held by Houthi rebels, without success.

The Saudi-led coalition battling the Houthis imposed restrictions on Sanaa airport on 9 August 2016, and with no commercial flights able to leave or enter, medicines cannot arrive in the city.

Over the past year, Saeed’s health has declined, and although he has been moved between several hospitals in the capital he has failed to receive proper healthcare.

Having heard of dozens of cancer patients dying in Sanaa, Saeed decided his best option would be to leave the country to receive medical treatment in India, where many other patients have received treatment for the disease.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, my dear readers, THIS is what our US alleged "leadership" has done for Yemen; apparently, it was not enough to be killing innocent children, women, and the medically fragile elderly, whose only "mistake" was being in the utterly wrong place, at the utterly wrong time; now, by not letting life-saving cancer drugs to get to its victims, the US is party to killing its cancer victims.

Hey, President Trump WAY TO GO!!

Killing cancer victims by not allowing medicine to get into the country, to kowtow to Saudi Arabia's grand scheme of killing innocent people because they were ill, WOW!! What an incredible choice!!

Mr. President, in this policy, people with even a modicum of intelligence understand, that you have utterly none, nor do you have any possible degree of compassion, to boot. In fact, you may well be a prototype bot, which is programmed to have companies in this country make as much money as they possibly can from war.

And regarding the 2020 campaign, considering the degree to which you allowed those independent voices in the press who stood up for you in 2016, get thrown under the proverbial bus, I do not understand anyone who would support you, other than those who have been making out like bandits, with magnificent profits soaring, courtesy of your being our country's Merchant of Death in Chief.

Aug 13 07:35

India Escalates Crackdown on Kashmir for Eid Holiday

Restrictions over the past eight days have been severe enough that a lot of Kashmiris have been all but confined to their homes. Indian forces went to the extent that reporters said the communications blackout meant some Kashmiris didn’t even know what was going on.

Indian forces expected that the Eid al-Adha holiday would lead to large protests in Kashmir, and in trying to prevent such demonstrations, the military imposed even more severe restrictions, including closing the largest mosque in Srinagar.

Muslims, who are the heavy majority of Kashmir, are allowed to go to mosques for the Eid, but only smaller mosques.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am chagrined at how the Indian government can be so bloody politically deaf, dumb, and blind as to what the Kashmiri people are asking for, which is an opportunity to create their own future.

That referendum, promised by Nehru, but never delivered upon by the Indian government, is a really big reason that Kashmiris do not believe that the Indian government doesn't care for them, in any reasonable or supportive way; unfortunately, that assessment has proven itself true, time after time.

Aug 13 07:20

Pakistan Mobilizing Forces At Kashmir Base Near Line Of Control: Report

India's Business Standard is reporting a major mobilization of Pakistani military forces underway along the border with India, citing government sources which talked to Asia's ANI news agency.

The contested Kashmir region is on edge following India last week taking the unprecedented step of revoking Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir's (J&K) autonomous status amid a military crackdown involving deployment of tens of thousands of Indian troops to the region.

"Three C-130 transport aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force were used on Saturday to ferry equipment to their Skardu air base opposite the Union Territory of Ladakh. The Indian agencies concerned are keeping a close eye on the movement of Pakistanis along the border areas," sources told ANI.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pakistani Prime Minister Khan, I beg you not to do this.

And there are millions of reasons why, including the following reality:

Nearly one million Indians left homeless by landslides and floods

You, and your country, have an opportunity to appear magnanimous, and helpful right now.

Please, re-establish your, and your country's, relations with the Indian government.

For Pakistan to appear helpful, under these circumstances, would be a way to go down a better path to peace and understanding between India and Pakistan; I am asking you to pick the "high ground" here, right now.

And yes, I know it will take a lot of courage on your part, and on the part of your government, to walk down this path; but the alternative, a nuclear exchange between Pakistan and India, is utterly unthinkable,sir.

And I would gently and politely ask you to remember, that in the Chinese language, the ideogram for "crisis" and "opportunity" , are one in the same.

You and your government, as you and your cabinet decide what to do now, in light of these horrific natural disasters India is experiencing, can choose to do some good; please take this opportunity to show kindness to people who really need it right now; and sir, the world is waiting to see what you will do next.

And as a Christian pacifist activist, I am waiting, and watching patiently, to see what your government decides to do next.

Please tell me that it is not more death and destruction; the people of Kashmir have suffered enough, and they need to be granted the right to peaceful self-determination, a concept enshrined in the UN Charter, to which your country, India, and the US are signatories.

Aug 13 06:38

Militants Continue Accumulating Manpower, Hardware in Syria’s Idlib - Russian Military

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Terrorist groups continue boosting their presence in the south of the Idlib de-escalation zone in Syria, having recently dispatched there about 470 militants and additional military hardware, the head of the Russian centre for Syrian reconciliation said on Saturday.

"There has been recorded a transfer of about 120 militants of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham* [terror group, formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra], three armoured vehicles and four pickups with mounted heavy machine guns from the area near the town of Hesh," Maj. Gen. Alexei Bakin said at a briefing.

In addition, the Ajnad al-Kavkaz* terrorist group has sent to the contact line about 200 militants, five armoured vehicles, 10 pickups mounted with weapons and two trucks filled with bombs.

Near the settlement of Knedde, militants have, meanwhile, deployed 150 members of the Islamic Party of Turkestan* and 13 pickups with mounted mortars, multiple launch rocket systems and heavy machine guns.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; are these militants being funded, armed, and trained by the US government?!?

Because who else has the power, the money at their command, to do this kind of thing?!? Very few state actors, that is for sure.

Aug 13 04:56

4 POLITICAL PARTIES IN TURKISH PARLIAMENT CALL FOR EXTRADITION OF GULEN FROM US

SOURCE: GEOPOLITICS ALERT
ANKARA (TM) – FOUR POLITICAL PARTIES IN THE TURKISH PARLIAMENT ISSUED A JOINT STATEMENT ON FRIDAY CALLING FOR THE EXTRADITION FROM THE US OF TURKISH-ISLAMIC CLERIC FETHULLAH GÜLEN, WHO IS ACCUSED BY THE TURKISH GOVERNMENT OF MASTERMINDING A FAILED COUP ATTEMPT ON JULY 15, 2016.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the Republican People’s Party (CHP), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the ?Y? (Good) Party said the US should take the necessary steps as soon as possible for Gülen’s extradition to Turkey.

Only the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) dissented.

Erdo?an accuses Gülen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the US for almost two decades, of masterminding the failed coup, which claimed the lives of 249 people, although Gülen strongly denies any involvement in the abortive putsch.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question I have to ask, is why has the US government, been so lapse in honoring a request from a NATO sister country?!?

And for what eventuality in Turkey, is this guy being protected?!? Does the Trump Administration, see him as a replacement for Erdogan?!? There are truly more questions than answers here.

Aug 12 19:46

Something Huge Seems to Have Happened Around Area 51 Over the Weekend

By Tyler Durden

It looks as though something big was taking place around Area 51 over the weekend, according to “fragmented reports from various sources” compiled by The Drive.

The report notes that “significant tests” could have been happening over the weekend after learning that Notices To Airman (NOTAMs) had been published that marked certain areas within the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) off limits to any air traffic at any altitude.

The NOTAMs are generally for military aircrews, not civilian or commercial air traffic. They were first pointed out by an aviation enthusiast on Twitter...

Aug 12 09:25

F-22 Fighter jets are getting extremely rusty!

Aug 12 08:46

Congressman claims evidence links Lyme disease to US military bioweapons research

A lawmaker who wants the Pentagon to investigate whether military biological weapons experiments with ticks cause Lyme disease insists he is not spreading conspiracy theories.

"Why wouldn't we want to know?" Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) told Task & Purpose. "Let the IG [inspector general's office] decide that — and put this to bed forever — if indeed it's a fable, if it's untrue."

Smith authored an amendment to the House version of the Fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act that would require the Pentagon to investigate if the military released infected ticks onto an unsuspecting American public "by accident or experiment design."

Aug 12 08:13

'Military strikes next' War fears as official reveals US and Israel could soon blitz Iran

ISRAEL and US are heading towards an outbreak of war with Iran, according to a leading US official, amid escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf.

Aug 11 10:41

In First Footage Of Kashmir Protests Under Lockdown, Live Fire Rings Out

Despite Indian-administered Kashmir now on a complete communications blackout and security lockdown after its autonomy was revoked last Monday, videos of major protests and clashes with Indian troops in the Muslim stronghold have begun to emerge.

One video from the Jammu and Kashmir's (J&K) largest city and capital of Srinagar appears to show live gun fire used by security forces to disperse demonstrators, at the end of a protest which western media described as initially involving tens of thousands.

Amid troops dispersing tear gas, automatic fire can also be heard in some of the early videos to come out.

BBC News (World)
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@BBCWorld
The BBC witnessed tear gas being used to disperse the largest protest since a lockdown was imposed in Indian-administered Kashmir – a protest the Indian government said didn’t happen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To Prime Ministers Modi and Khan; the people of Kashmir, deserve far better than they have been given, by the Indian government, or Pakistani agitators.

An I would like to modestly, and politely, suggest to India's Modi, that the Indian government could have gotten away with this, perhaps maybe 50 years ago, but not in the life of the 21st century's 24/7 news cycle.

That the the Indian government did not understand that the optics of such an attack, would ricochet around the world, with live footage, is a puzzle to me, because many of India's citizens become holders of US work visas because of their incredible knowledge wealth, and the way in which they are educated.

Aug 11 10:08

The US Air Force grounded over 100 workhorse C-130 transport planes after discovering unusual wing cracks

The US Air Force has decided to pull 123 C-130 transport aircraft out of service after "atypical cracks" were discovered on the wings, Air Mobility Command announced.

Aug 10 11:56

'F-35 hopeless, less battleworthy than Soviet jets from Cold War'

Aug 10 10:27

JEFFREY EPSTEIN TAKES HIS OWN LIFE IN HIS PRISON CELL

SOURCE: RT

Millionaire financier and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein has died in a Manhattan jail, with law enforcement sources saying he killed himself. Epstein was in custody pending trial for child sex trafficking and for conspiracy.

The incident comes two weeks after the 66-year-old was found “injured and in a fetal position” on the floor of his cell, with injuries to his neck. Epstein had been placed on suicide watch as a result.

Law enforcement sources told multiple news outlets that Epstein had committed suicide on Saturday morning, with his body wheeled out and taken to a New York hospital around 7:30am.

Epstein was arrested on July 6 and charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy. The charges against the millionaire allege that he'd abused dozens of young girls at his properties in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida, some of them as young as 14. Aside from the offenses alleged, rumors circulated of further child abuse at Epstein’s private Caribbean island.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Suicide, my ASTROLABE!!

So allegedly, his lifeless body was taken out of his cell, and taken to a New York Hospital, which remains unnamed in this article?!?

Forgive me, but if the guy was already dead, theoretically, why take him to a hospital?!? To cover up how he died, because the US government knew that this particular hospital, would be completely subservient to its wishes, and would not present any evidence, ever, of how the man really died?!?

Apparently, there were enough Russians in Epstein's rolldex (or computer files), to make those in the Russian Deep State sweat, that they characterized this as a suicide.

And one has to wonder; will there be an autopsy, and will the results of the autopsy be made public?!? Not one chance in hell; and let me share why with you; Jewish Morning

The article goes on to state the following:

'Why do Jewish funerals usually take place so soon after the death, and is it OK to wait longer to allow family members to travel?

"Traditional Jewish law requires that a person be buried within 24 hours."

Ever since the assassination of President Kennedy, in an incredible and complex dance between power and debauchery, the US, and Global Deep State, have shown their hands, time after time, because they have, over many years, earned their PH Ds (Washingtonese for: " crud piled higher and deeper") in "public misdirection", both nationally and globally.

And for those ready to swallow this codswallop whole, I have some of Saddam Hussein's (non-existent) weapons of mass destruction to sell you!!

But there may be those who will be sleeping a little more soundly, now that Epstein has been "neutralized"; perhaps the Gruesome Twosome, Bill and Hil?!?

Clinton's presidency, has been the only Presidency to date with a known body count; and please remember: Hillary mightily advocated for the assassination of Moamar Ghadaffi for having had the temerity to think about introducing a gold backed dinar, which would have wiped the floor with the US dollar.

Hillary Clinton Emails reveal the true motive for Libya intervention
Hillary Clinton Laughs about the assassination of Moammar Ghaddafi

There is a marvelous line from the cancelled TV show, "Elementary", in which Sherlock is characterizing his father to Joan Watson as someone who has "assassins on speed -dial"; such an observation may be far closer to the truth, than most Americans would want to admit.

Aug 10 09:32

JEFFREY EPSTEIN TAKES HIS OWN LIFE IN HIS PRISON CELL

SOURCE: RT

Millionaire financier and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein has died in a Manhattan jail, with law enforcement sources saying he killed himself. Epstein was in custody pending trial for child sex trafficking and for conspiracy.

The incident comes two weeks after the 66-year-old was found “injured and in a fetal position” on the floor of his cell, with injuries to his neck. Epstein had been placed on suicide watch as a result.

Law enforcement sources told multiple news outlets that Epstein had committed suicide on Saturday morning, with his body wheeled out and taken to a New York hospital around 7:30am.

Epstein was arrested on July 6 and charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy. The charges against the millionaire allege that he'd abused dozens of young girls at his properties in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida, some of them as young as 14. Aside from the offenses alleged, rumors circulated of further child abuse at Epstein’s private Caribbean island.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Suicide, my ASTROLABE!!

So allegedly, his lifeless body was taken out of his cell, and taken to a New York Hospital, which remains unnamed in this article?!?

Forgive me, but if the guy was already dead, theoretically, why take him to a hospital?!? To cover up how he died, because the US government knew that this particular hospital, would be completely subservient to its wishes, and would not present any evidence, ever, of how the man really died?!?

Apparently, there were enough Russians in Epstein's rolldex (or computer files), to make those in the Russian Deep State sweat, that they characterized this as a suicide.

And one has to wonder; will there be an autopsy, and will the results of the autopsy be made public?!? Not one chance in hell; and let me share why with you; Jewish Morning

The article goes on to state the following:

'Why do Jewish funerals usually take place so soon after the death, and is it OK to wait longer to allow family members to travel?

"Traditional Jewish law requires that a person be buried within 24 hours."

Ever since the assassination of President Kennedy, in an incredible and complex dance between power and debauchery, the US, and Global Deep State, have shown their hands, time after time, because they have, over many years, earned their PH Ds (Washingtonese for: " crud piled higher and deeper") in "public misdirection", both nationally and globally.

And for those ready to swallow this codswallop whole, I have some of Saddam Hussein's (non-existent) weapons of mass destruction to sell you!!

But there may be those who will be sleeping a little more soundly, now that Epstein has been "neutralized"; perhaps the Gruesome Twosome, Bill and Hil?!?

Clinton's presidency, has been the only Presidency to date with a known body count; and please remember: Hillary mightily advocated for the assassination of Moamar Ghadaffi for having had the temerity to think about introducing a gold backed dinar, which would have wiped the floor with the US dollar.

Hillary Clinton Emails reveal the true motive for Libya intervention
Hillary Clinton Laughs about the assassination of Moammar Ghaddafi

There is a marvelous line from the cancelled TV show, "Elementary", in which Sherlock is characterizing his father to Joan Watson as someone who has "assassins on speed -dial"; such an observation may be far closer to the truth, than most Americans would want to admit.

Aug 09 11:25

Nuclear threat looms 74 years after Hiroshima, Nagasaki

Aug 09 11:08

US Air Force pauses flight ops for more than a hundred C-130s over ‘atypical’ cracking

More than a quarter of Air Mobility Command’s C-130 Hercules fleet are being temporarily removed from service after “atypical” cracking was found.

During scheduled depot maintenance, the U.S. Air Force discovered cracking of the lower center wing joint — also known as the “rainbow fitting” — which led Air Mobility Command head Gen. Maryanne Miller to order an inspection of a portion of the fleet, according to an AMC statement released Wednesday evening.

A total of 123 of 450 C-130H and C-130J aircraft will be temporarily grounded while inspections occur. “This temporary removal of service will not impact ongoing C-130 support to overseas contingency operations,” AMC said in its statement.

Aug 09 10:40

The pilot shortage: The Army’s struggle to fix its aviation problems

Despite years of attempts to address the problem, the Army is struggling to deal with a shortage of about 700 pilots, a persistent manpower problem that could impact the readiness of the entire force.

Two years ago, the head of Army aviation told lawmakers that the Army was grappling with a hole in its warrant officer corps ? 731 pilots at the time ? and said the Army would tackle the problem through recruiting efforts, increasing seats at training schools and an aggressive push to retain seasoned aviators.

But in the two years since then, the Army has only added about 30 pilots, and has nearly 700 left to fill, according to data provided to Army Times.

Aug 09 10:33

INDIA TELLS PAKISTAN TO ‘ACCEPT REALITY’ AND STOP INTERFERING IN OTHER COUNTRIES’ INTERNAL AFFAIRS

SOURCE: RT
Pakistan must “accept reality” and stop poking its nose in the internal matters of other nations, New Delhi has said. The rebuke comes amid growing tensions over the disputed Kashmir territory.

A spokesman for India’s Ministry of External Affairs condemned Islamabad after it suspended the last rail line linking the two countries.

Raveesh Kumar said that Pakistan must “accept reality” and stop taking “unilateral actions.”

“This has been done without consulting us. We’ve urged them to reconsider their decision. Our sense is that whatever is being done by Pakistan is to present an alarming picture of bilateral relationship.”

On Monday, the New Delhi government revoked the special status of Indian-administered Kashmir, a move that has enraged Islamabad and led to a spike in tensions.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has insisted that the move would help stamp out “the separatism, corruption and terrorism” plaguing the disputed territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Modi has to understand the following:

Modi’s Kashmir Decision Is the Latest Step in Undoing Nehru’s Vision

To the Prime Ministers Modi and Khan and some of the "Adults in the Room" who are watching this escalation start to move out of control (and YES, Sergei Lavrov, I MEAN YOU!!)

Please: the people of Kashmir do not deserve a shooting war here; I would like to think that you all have what my late Grandfather would characterise as "Horse sense", to understand what a total calamity a war between a nuclear-armed Pakistan, and a nuclear-armed India would be.

So please, enough"male attribute measuring" from BOTH Prime Minister Khan, and Prime Minister Modi; and yes, I mean that, with all my heart.

Peace, throughout the entire region, is what needs to be attained here.

So Chinese President Xi Jinping; and America's President Trump, you both have to weigh in here, in an intelligent, reasonable way, and stop this madness from moving forward.

You both need to have your people working the bloody phones, 24/7, until you get assurances that both the leaders of Pakistan and India, will give peace, and confidence-building measures, another chance. The world is already unstable enough as it is, without an all-out, India/Pakistani nuclear war.

Aug 09 10:24

The scorched corpses of Nagasaki should be a grim restraint to the chest beating in India, America and Iran

Hiroshima was atomic-bombed 74 years ago on Tuesday, Nagasaki 74 years ago on Friday. Given the extent of the casualty figures, you’d think they’d be unforgettable. But we don’t quite know (nor ever will) what they were.

Aug 09 09:31

US: IRAN SHIPS POSE AS US WARHIPS TO JAM OIL TANKERS’ GPS

SOURCE: OILPRICE.COM
The U.S. Maritime Administration has issued a fresh warning regarding commercial shipping in the Persian Gulf and the key oil chokepoint the Strait of Hormuz, saying that vessels in the area may encounter GPS interference and “spoofed bridge-to-bridge communications from unknown entities falsely claiming to be U.S. or coalition warships.”

“Vessels operating in the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, and Gulf of Oman may also encounter GPS interference, bridge-to-bridge communications spoofing, and/or other communications jamming with little to no warning,” the latest advisory reads.

In at least two of the incidents in the Middle East in the past months, vessels reported GPS interference, according to the U.S. Maritime Administration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I seriously doubt like heck. that the Iranian government would have called for such careless, irresponsible actions from their Navy.

So because this is being preached as though it were "gospel", I cannot take these warnings seriously, as they appear, perhaps, to be part of a "false flag" operation by the US and the West, to get one of their ships in real trouble, and claim that the Iranians did it.

Aug 09 08:43

USA: THE TYRANNY OF THE POLICE STATE DISGUISED AS LAW-AND-ORDER

SOURCE: TRUEPUBLICA
By John W Whitehead – US Constitutional attorney, Charlottesville, Virginia: Enough with the distractions. Enough with the partisan jousting. Enough with the sniping and name-calling and mud-slinging that do nothing to make this country safer or freer or more just. We have let the government’s evil-doing, its abuses, power grabs, brutality, meanness, inhumanity, immorality, greed, corruption, debauchery and tyranny go on for too long. We are approaching a reckoning.

This is the point, as the poet W. B. Yeats warned, when things fall apart and anarchy is loosed upon the world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a Christian Pacifist Activist, I find Whitehead's work very definitive of how I feel, about what is going on right now, in terms of how the"kleptocracy", at every level of government, has turned the governing of this "democratic republic", literally on its head.

I refuse to resort to, or advocate, violence in my quest to perhaps awaken some of the people around me; hurting has never been an option for me, as long as I have been able to post to Mike's blog.

But all of us, united, need to bring this country back, peacefully, to the kind of nation our founding fathers (and the women who loved them) envisioned, even with our wizbang, incredible technology which they might not have been able to imagine, in their time.

Truly representative democracy, has never been so critical to this country, as it is today.

The lies of both the past, and the present, cannot be allowed to stand, as the basis for US foreign or domestic policy; every kid in this country deserves the kind of education they would get is they lived in Beverly Hills, or Hamilton New York.

We understand how kids succeed and how and why kids fail; why are those lessons not experienced in a vast majority of schools which do not give kids the tools to succeed?!?

If I ruled this country (not a concept I would ever seriously entertain at 70), logic, and critical thinking, would be introduced in kindergarten, and go from k to 12th grade.

This is not a time for division; it is a time to stand together, as one people, and, realize what a lousy hand this country has been dealt, by its leadership, for far too long.

It is time for the change the politicians in this country do not want to see happen; it is time that this government to actually take care of the people they govern, in a positive, enlightened, minimally invasive, and kind way; it is time for the "feudal warlordism ", which has informed US foreign policy for way too long, to dissolve, and be replaced by a pragmatist policy, which treats all nations with both respect and logic.

And yes, as I type this, I hear a number of our readers groan, and say that I am asking for the impossible; but sometimes, the impossible is actually within reach, if humankind goes about asking for it in the right way; and I am hoping (and praying) that my brother and sister Americans, understand this.

My two great heroes of the 20th century, are Mahatma Gandhi, and Dr. Martin Luther King; they could have chosen violence, as their way to get their voices heard, but both chose peaceful confrontation over violence in a consistent manner. That is why I respect the legacy of these men.

We who support both peace and prosperity, as the best possible outcomes to this nation's future, need to do the same.

Aug 08 11:13

AIR FORCE SET TO DEPLOY DRONE KILLING LASER WEAPON ON MILITARY DUNE BUGGIES

Raytheon published a company press release last week that detailed how it "will deploy two prototype high energy laser weapon systems" to the Air Force for a 12-month in-field operation against enemy drones.

The $23 million contract for two of Raytheon’s High Energy Laser Weapons Systems (HELWS) will be used by the Air Force in an unknown warzone overseas, most likely Syria for about one year.

"What we really want to do is figure out how we can deploy these systems in an environment where our warfighters work and train every day," said Evan Hunt, director of high energy laser and counter-UAS at Raytheon.

Aug 08 10:58

PAKISTAN TO DOWNGRADE DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS, SUSPEND BILATERAL TRADE WITH INDIA

SOURCE: RT
Pakistan says it’s going to downgrade diplomatic relations with India and suspend trade with the neighbor state. The move comes after New Delhi revoked the autonomous status of the disputed Kashmir region.
The statement by the Pakistani government vowed that the country will take the Kashmir issue to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

It also said that Prime Minister, Imran Khan, told the Pakistani military to “continue vigilance.”

On Tuesday, India’s lower house of parliament has voted to downgrades the status of Kashmir from a state to a union territory, which will prevent the Muslim-majority region from making its own legislation.

Islamabad also announced that India's envoy to Pakistan, Ajay Bisaria, will be expelled from the country as part of the response measures.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As I input this, there are already reports of fiercely heavy fighting, in some areas, along the Line of Control; this situation could go from bad to worse, in less than a heartbeat, for the following reasons:

2015: India and US seal nuclear deal as Modi hosts Obama

From March of this year: China backs ‘iron brother’ Pakistan with primary weapons and complex exercises

And from May of this year: Russia's looming arms sale to Pakistan sets up a dangerous game

Unfortunately, it will not take much for a real shooting conflict to take shape between a nuclear-armed Pakistan, and a nuclear-armed India over Kashmir.

And unfortunately, India has been deaf, dumb, and blind, to an early promise by its leadership, to allow the Kashmiris to determine if they want to stay with India, join Pakistan, or become an entity unto itself.

In 2016, the following op ed appeared in the Express Tribune Blog section: When Nehru Promised Kashmir Freedom, why is India still in denial?!?

So now, what we have in this already volatile area, are US "defense assurances" to India, based on Obama's 2015 trip here, countered by Russian and Chinese defense assurances, (and practical actions by the Chinese government and military) to Pakistan.

War with Pakistan, China, and Russia, with the US supporting India against them?!?

Please, Lord, NO!!

Because unless someone sane in the Bowels of Power in governments around the world is "working the phones", and is creating as direct a communication with both countries' leadership as is humanly possibly, and right the hell now, a shooting war, courtesy of the US and India, and also courtesy of Pakistan, Russia, and China, could well be on its way to this already troubled part of the planet.

Russian President Vlad (the NON-Impaler) Putin, and Sergei Lavrov, white courtesy telephone, please!! And yes we know that you, and your weapons developers love selling Russian military gear around the world (as does the US military industrial complex, and its President, love to sell their military hardware).

And President Trump, we know that you met with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan last week; please, let us get both parties on this to "Contain the Rage and Engage", at a meaningful level, so that a true, shooting war does not break out here; it is the absolutely last thing this world needs right now.

President Trump, we both know, that in the Chinese language, the ideogram for "Crisis" and "Opportunity", are one in the same; please see if we can turn this into an opportunity for peaceful engagement, and a furthering of ties recommences between India and Pakistan.

But you will need to convince the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, that promises, once made by its government, need to be fulfilled, and not repudiated.

If there was ever a critical time for a Kashmiri referendum, is right now, Mr. President: and you're welcome.

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