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Aug 19 07:21

Russian Warships Launch Cruise Missiles on al-Nusra Front Targets in Syria

Russian warships of the Black Sea Fleet conducted three launches of the Kalibr cruise missiles on al-Nusra Front targets in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The strikes destroyed a terrorist command center and a base Dar-Taaza, as well as a major plant producing mortar ammunition and a large arms depot in the Aleppo province, the ministry said.

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Aug 18 14:23

War With Russia: The Goddamdest Stupid Idea Ever

"A good reason to vote for Trump ... is that he does not want a war with Russia. Hillary and her elite ventriloquists threaten just that. Note the anti-Russian hysteria coming from her and her remoras."

Aug 18 12:21

Turkish FM: NATO's Inaction Forces Ankara to Develop Military Ties With Russia

It’s a pity that peaceful civilians keep dying in Syria. Unfortunately, the earlier agreed ceasefire is being violated. We need to wage an all-out war against terrorist organizations in Syria. If we don’t flush them out, the wave or terrorism will keep spreading across the world, like an epidemic, threatening Turkey, Russia, Europe, the whole world.

A meeting of Russian and Turkish military officials in Ankara on Thursday was an important step toward prevention of airspace accidents, Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Kemal Aydin said.
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Turkey-Russia Committee on Syria to Hold 1st Meeting - Erdogan's Spokesman
That’s why we need to act together also on this track. We believe that the Syrian problem can be resolved if all countries come together in good faith. As we have said once and again, even during this period of crisis between us, without Russia there will be no lasting settlement in Syria. We keep insisting on this now.

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When President Obama's foreign policy goes wrong, it goes spectacularly wrong, as evidenced by Turkey's post-coup warming of relations with Russia, including issues of trade, and coming military cooperation.

That DC could, collectively think Erdogan wouldn't blame the US for the aborted coup was simply...magical thinking.

Aug 18 12:10

Following "Deadliest Month" In A Year, Ukraine President Warns Of "Full-Scale Russian Invasion"

The last month has seen Russia pull out of peace talks (citing attacks in Crimea and detention of key individuals) and an increasing mobilization of Ukraine troops near the Russian border, and now, after the deadliest month since last August, Ukraine president Poroshenko has warned he isn't ruling out a full-scale Russian invasion and may institute a military draft if the situation with its neighbor worsens.

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Right after being "installed and anointed" as Ukraine's President, Poroshenko has been crying wolf about a potential "Russian invasion" over the last two years, and yet ... no such invasion has come about.

My guess is that Russia's response to the attempted sabotage in Crimea by Ukrainian agents provocateurs will be asymmetric, and most probably economic in nature.

The Ukrainian economy is hanging by a thread right now, and could be pushed over the edge by some very clever maneuvering on Putin's part; that will get the Ukrainian people so outraged, that Poroshenko has failed them so badly economically, that they will throw the current bums out of office - possibly, quite literally.

Aug 18 12:03

HuffPo Goes Haywire Against Russia, For Hillary

As part of their campaign for Hillary Clinton to become President, Huffington Post bannered their home-page on the night of Tuesday August 16th, "TRUMP BRINGS KREMLIN APOLOGIST TO INTEL BRIEFING!”, and linked to their news story that’s headlined against Trump, "Donald Trump To Bring Adviser With Russia Ties To Classified Briefing: Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn will join Trump at Wednesday’s top-secret session.” Those “Russia Ties” consist of Flynn’s having appeared as a commenter at Russia’s international television network, RT, which is Russia’s equivalent of Britain’s BBC. This was the day’s big news? Really? Is there an editorial agenda here — or only a low-news day, when the Olympics are on, records are being broken, and the Presidential contest is getting under way?

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Thank God, someone out there is noticing this beside the folks at WRH!!!!!

Aug 18 11:19

Video: Russian Military Build up in and around Syria

The Russian aircraft-carrying missile cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov, with about 15 Su-33 and MiG-29K/KUB fighter aircraft and more than a dozen of Ka-52K, Ka-27 military helicopters and Ka-31 airborne early warning & control rotorcraft aboard, is also expected to be deployed to the eastern Mediterranean to conduct air strikes on terrorist targets in Syria and ensure the air defense of the Russian military grouping located at the Khmeimim Air Base.

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And what happens if Turkey "gifts" the base at Incerlik to the Russian military?!?

Things are moving quickly in this part of the world, and definitely NOT to Washington's liking.

Aug 18 10:44

John McCain NGO banned as ‘undesirable group’ in Russia

Russian prosecutors have recognized the International Republican Institute NGO headed by US Senator John McCain as an undesirable organization, banning the group’s operations in the country and forbidding Russian organizations and citizens from cooperating with it.

Aug 18 10:42

Dems: Future Leaks Might Be ‘Russian Lies

After hacker Guccifer 2.0 twice hacked significant Democratic Party targets, first releasing considerable information during the DNC and then hacking the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, party leadership appears to be getting a bit gunshy about future leaks embarrassing their presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. They’re also trying to get in front of such leaks by speculating that whatever they say might be “Russian lies” designed to make Hillary look bad.

Democrats have repeatedly speculated that Guccifer 2.0 amounts to the Russian government, and have suggested the hacks were a Russian plot to get the Republican nominee elected.

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Folks, such an accusation is desperation on the cusp of madness by the Democrats.

Aug 18 10:25

US: Russia’s Use of Iran Bases Could Violate UN Resolution: Russia Points Out That's Obviously Not the Case

The US State Department is claiming that the Russian use of an Iranian air base for strikes against ISIS in Syria could violate UN Security Council Resolution 2231, and claims to be consulting “our lawyers” to decide if it amounts to a violation.

Resolution 2231 bans Iran from obtaining nuclear-capable ballistic missiles or combat aircraft, though the State Department claims it can be used to do a lot of other things, and that Russia having military assets inside Iran might amount to the “transfer of military technologies” to them.

Russian officials are pointing out that’s obviously not the case, and that no aircraft or supplies are being transferred to Iran, they’re just using an Iranian base. The language of the resolution does not suggest any ban on Iran allowing the use of their air bases.

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A short message to the US State Department; the lies simply are not working, folks; you have far too many very thoroughly engaged, on-line citizens, who remember very clearly when the US and the world was fed that codswallop about "Iraq's weapons of Mass Destruction", and therefore can never believe anything the US government says, ever again.

Aug 18 10:20

Turkey considering military ties with Russia as NATO shows unwillingness to cooperate – Ankara

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has lashed out at NATO, saying the alliance is not fully cooperating with Ankara. In an interview with Sputnik, he hinted that Turkey would consider military cooperation with Russia.

Cavusoglu says that Ankara has become alarmed at the lack of willingness shown by NATO to cooperate with Turkey, which is a member of the alliance.

"It seems to us that NATO members behave in an evasive fashion on issues such as the exchange of technology and joint investments. Turkey intends to develop its own defense industry and strengthen its defense system,” he said in an interview with Sputnik.

“In this sense, if Russia were to treat this with interest, we are ready to consider the possibility of cooperation in this sector," Cavusoglu said when asked about the possibility of working with Russia in the defense sphere.

Aug 18 09:57

MILITARY ESCALATIONS IN UKRAINE

The situation is escalating in Ukraine after the failed attempt of terror attacks in Crimea planned by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. On August 10, the Russian Federal Security Service announced that it thwarted terrorist acts in the Republic of Crimea. On August 11, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered all military units on borders with Crimea and at the contact line in Donbass to be at the highest level of combat readiness. On August 12, reports appeared that the Ukrainian Armed Forces were forming shock troops at the borders with the Donbass People’s Republics and Crimea. A notable concentration of troops, self-propelled artillery platforms, main battle tanks, BM-21 Grads and infantry combat vehicles occurred right near the Crimean isthmus.

Aug 18 08:38

HuffPo Goes Haywire Against Russia, For Hillary

As part of their campaign for Hillary Clinton to become President, Huffington Post bannered their home-page on the night of Tuesday August 16th, “TRUMP BRINGS KREMLIN APOLOGIST TO INTEL BRIEFING!”, and linked to their news story that’s headlined against Trump, “Donald Trump To Bring Adviser With Russia Ties To Classified Briefing: Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn will join Trump at Wednesday’s top-secret session.” Those “Russia Ties” consist of Flynn’s having appeared as a commenter at Russia’s international television network, RT, which is Russia’s equivalent of Britain’s BBC. This was the day’s big news? Really? Is there an editorial agenda here — or only a low-news day, when the Olympics are on, records are being broken, and the Presidential contest is getting under way?

Aug 18 07:37

This Cloak Makes Russian Military Invisible to Enemy: “For First Time, These Weapons Do Exist”

A Russian defense company has created a “cloak,” which it says can make electronic objects invisible to enemy radar. The aim of the fiber technology, which is used in the cloak, is to make weapons invisible to prying eyes and detection systems.

The St. Petersburg-based company Roselectronics has come up with the invention and says it can make weapons that use thermal, infrared, and electromagnetic radar in targeting invisible.

“The main idea of the development is to create coverage that reduces radar visibility of the object both on the visible and microwave spectrums,” Georgy Medovnikov from Roselectronics told Ruptly, RT’s video agency.

Roselectronics believes the lightweight and flexible material can be used to protect armored vehicles, missile systems and warplanes. According to its creators, the material is unique in its ability to absorb radio-electronic signals and interfere with the distribution of electronic traces.

Aug 18 06:59

Europe lost the US-Russian war, two years ago already.

Yes, this was written two years ago today, in the wake of the Russian counter-sanctions. Some saw it, even then, and today, well, here we are.

War: you are either at war or you aren't. There is no pretending. For ignoring this simple fact, Europe is in the whirlwind, completely disoriented in search of benchmarks that it no longer has.

The war the US is waging against Russia is a war to the death. Europe, at once actor and at stake, does not want this outcome but, victim of its protective alliances and its historic, though now artificial status, is obliged and even ordered to take sides with its Great Protector. This war is not hers, but she has to do it. Then she makes believe, since both protagonists know the outcome can only be the total defeat of one or the other, reflected either in the full and complete submission of Russia or the US loss of any hegemony.

Aug 17 15:30

Expecting War? Russia Conducts “Armored Train Drills For First Time In 15 Years”

Perhaps these world events coincide with clear signals from the American election cycle that Hillary will be inserted as president whether the public likes it or not, and whether or not her corruption and dirty laundry have been hung out in full display to all passersby.

Aug 17 14:31

Crimea for Dummies

Aug 17 13:50

Matt Taibbi On Trump’s Position On NATO, Russia & His Campaign Head’s $13 Million Scandal In Ukraine

During Donald Trump’s speech in Youngstown, Ohio, on Monday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reversed his earlier threats to defy NATO treaties, and instead said he would work closely with the alliance to defeat ISIS.

Aug 17 13:01

Urban Wakeboarding: Month’s Worth Of Rain Falls In One Day In Moscow

Decades-old daily precipitation records have been broken as parts of Moscow were submerged following heavy rain, with hundreds of people having to be rescued.

Aug 17 12:54

Kiev estimates damage from Kremlin trade restrictions at $1bn

Ukraine's economy will lose nearly $1 billion this year due to Russian trade restrictions, according to the country's deputy economy minister, Natalya Mykolska.

Aug 17 12:49

Does Russia Need Turkish Incirlik Airbase for Operation in Syria?

A Turkish political analyst spoke to Sputnik about the Russian-Turkish cooperation in the fight against terrorism after Iran allowed Moscow to use its Hamadan airbase for strikes against Daesh and al-Nusra Front in Syria.

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Oops!

Aug 17 12:42

US Describes Russian Use Of Iranian Airbase As 'Unfortunate'

The United States has described as “unfortunate but not surprising” Russia’s announcement of using an Iranian airbase to launch airstrikes against terrorists in Syria.

US State Department Spokesman Mark Toner made the comments on Tuesday, saying, Washington is still assessing the extent of the Russian-Iranian cooperation over Syria’s conflict.

Aug 17 12:23

Expecting War? Russia Conducts Armored Train Drills For First Time In 15 Years

One could only conclude that Putin is not playing around anymore.

Instead, Russia is out and out prepared for war. It is likely enough that we should expect it, too. Can you feel things heating up?

These drills appear to be very serious training for the mobilization of a major force that intends to bring in vast numbers and superior equipment under cover from fire.

Watch carefully as this force readies to protect Putin’s army during transport to the point of conflict:

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Putin is sending a message: "Don't start something you can't finish."

Aug 17 11:23

Is Russia preparing for nuclear war? US intelligence says Putin is building dozens of underground bunkers capable of withstanding atomic blasts

In yet another troubling sign for America's tense relations with Russia, U.S. intelligence officials say Putin has began construction on new nuclear-proof underground bunkers.

Russia began building 'dozens' of underground bunkers across the country several years ago, the Washington Free Beacon reported citing US officials.
The U.S. and Russia have been working together to get rid of their nuclear weapons since the end of the Cold War, but the revelation coupled with Russia's recent surge in missile production suggests they are preparing for conflict.

'Russia is getting ready for a big war which they assume will go nuclear, with them launching the first attacks,' Mark Schneider, a former Pentagon nuclear policy official told the Free Beacon. 'We are not serious about preparing for a big war, much less a nuclear war.'

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Russian leadership may be many things, but one thing it is not is foolish about the gravity of NATO having pre-positioned troops and equipment in NATO countries on Russia's border.

As reported at the nytimes.com in May of this year:

NATO’s European missile defense system will go live on Thursday when a base in Romania becomes operational. The next day, Poland is scheduled to break ground on its NATO missile-defense base. The decision by the United States and its allies in Eastern Europe to proceed with ballistic missile defense in the face of increasingly loud Russian criticism is an important stage in the alliance’s new stance toward Moscow. Those deployments will be coupled this spring with major military exercises in Poland and the Baltics, with significant American participation, and a beefed-up rapid reaction force of up to 5,000 troops. Altogether, said Derek Chollet, a former United States assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, “There will be a quite robust display of military power in Europe and allied resolve, and hopefully Moscow will see it for what it is, an alliance improving its capabilities

I can assure you that the Russian leadership has noticed this. And this missile shield cannot possibly pertain to Iran, because the P5+1 agreement reached with Iran guarantees that it will not be developing nuclear missiles.

So what is the most logical conclusion Russian leadership can reach here, in light of the above?!?

That these missiles are most probably aimed at Russia, of course.

And we have that most reliable of warmongers, breitbart.com, spewing the usual codswallop, that Putin intends to invade Ukraine. As reported on 12 August of this year:

Large quantities of Russian military hardware are being deployed in Crimea, far more than would be justified by a single gunfight, or even a single terrorist attack. Columns of armored personnel carriers, military ambulances, fuel tankers, trucks, signals and engineering vehicles have been video-recorded in the port town of Kerch, which handles ferry arrivals from Russia. They have also been spotted in the Crimean regional capital of Simferopol, and outside a military training range near the southern town of Feodosia. Internet services have been cut in northern Crimea, with no explanation. Ukraine is denying Russia’s accusations, but in reaction to Russia’s actions, Ukraine’s army is reinforcing units in Kherson, the region just across the Crimean border.

Again, Putin may be many things, but stupid is not one of them.

My sense is that he has pre-positioned these Russian assets in Crimea to simply state, "Don't mess with us, either by attempts at sabotage, or an outright invasion!"

I think that his response to Ukraine will be both asymmetrical, and economic.

And Ukraine's economy is utterly on the ropes right now. It won't take much to push it over the edge. As reported on 2 August at www.focus-economics.com:

Ukraine Economic Outlook August 2, 2016 Ukraine’s battered economy disappointed in the first quarter, managing only a meagre expansion despite extremely supportive base effects. Recent data suggest that the economy closed Q2 on a weak note as industrial production returned to contraction after four months of increases. Despite some improvements in the state of the economy this year, the country remains reliant on external support, which continues to be delayed. In July, an expected payment of over USD 1 billion from the IMF was postponed over technical issues. Meanwhile, Ukraine will likely feel some Brexit pain through the expected slowdown in the European Union—a key export destination. In addition, the country’s political ambitions to become further integrated with the EU could be put on hold as the Union focuses on the UK’s withdrawal.

Bottom line here; the Ukrainian government is both broke, and as crooked as a dog's hind leg; the Ukrainian people deserve better than this!!

Aug 17 10:10

HuffPo Goes Haywire Against Russia, For Hillary

As part of their campaign for Hillary Clinton to become President, Huffington Post bannered their home-page on the night of Tuesday August 16th, “TRUMP BRINGS KREMLIN APOLOGIST TO INTEL BRIEFING!”, and linked to their news story that’s headlined against Trump, “Donald Trump To Bring Adviser With Russia Ties To Classified Briefing: Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn will join Trump at Wednesday’s top-secret session.”

Aug 17 08:32

US Scrambles for New Weapons to Counter Russian, Chinese Hypersonic Missiles

In April, Russia successfully carried out the first test flight of a hypersonic Yu-71 glider launched with the use of an RS-18A strategic ballistic missile in the Orenburg Region in the Ural Mountains. The missile accelerated up to 7,000 MPH. Defense analyst Bill Gertz labeled the glider "revolutionary."

Three days later, China conducted a similar experiment, launching its DF-ZF hypersonic glider from atop a missile traveling at speeds up to 7,672 miles per hour.

Commenting on the tests, Pentagon strategic forces policymaker Mark Schneider, conceded that "US programs involving hypersonic vehicles are modest by comparison.”

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Here we see the strategic failure of the Defense Department. They are repeating the same mistake made just before WW2, where the focus was on refining the star weapons of previous wars, the battleships, with little attention paid to the new paradigm being developed by other countries, the aircraft carrier.

The opening months of WW2 showed the fallacy of such fossilized thinking as it became obvious that the battleships were extremely vulnerable to air attack. While the sides of battleships were armored against shells arcing in from other warships, the upward facing decks were left thin and vulnerable to bombs falling straight down from aircraft. Fortunately, America's manufacturing might was able to overcome this initial disadvantage and produce large numbers of aircraft carriers, 167 in total, quickly enough to change the outcome of the war.

Today the vast majority of military spending is going to new versions of the weapons that won the last war. Huge aircraft carriers, such as the Gerald R. Ford, and better versions of combat aircraft such as the F-22 and F-35. But scant attention and funding has gone to the different paradigm this next war will likely follow. The US is well suited to refight WW2, but ill prepared for WW3. China and Russia know better than to fight the next war the way the US wants to fight it; carrier group on carrier group, and instead have focused on developing weapons specifically designed to get around the US defenses rather than pummel their way through them.

If we allow WW3 to start and if it goes nuclear, the US will be wide open to attack with these hypersonic and maneuverable delivery systems.

Aug 17 07:47

The UK to Normalize Relations with Russia in a Major Policy Shift

On August 9, Vladimir Putin and Theresa May spoke for the first time since the UK Prime Minister took office and both expressed dissatisfaction with the current state of Russian-British relations.

In the phone call, which was initiated by Great Britain, both leaders agreed to develop a dialogue between security agencies on issues related to aviation security, and made plans for a face-to-face meeting in the near future. The Prime Minister noted the importance of the relationship between the UK and Russia, and expressed hope that, despite differences on certain issues, they could communicate in an open and honest way about the issues that mattered most to them. The President of Russia again congratulated Theresa May on her appointment to the highest office. In a further sign of a thaw in relations between Britain and Russia the new British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson telephoned Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov on August 12 and apparently called for «normalization» of relations.

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"You can't DO that!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 17 07:40

Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi: Lessons for Erdogan

"Turkey and Russia have agreed that the next government in Syria must allow everyone to freely practice their beliefs, it must be comprehensive and secular", Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Cavusoglu said in an interview with Turkey's NTV.

"Our vision of the future of Syria coincides with the Russian one, - he continued. - The situation in Syria is getting worse every day. We have always said that it is only a political solution that can give Syria stability within the framework of saving the lives of civilians, distinguishing between moderate counteraction and terrorist groups and ensuring humanitarian aid."

Thus, it is clear that the Turkish side no longer insists on the immediate resignation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but it still support "moderate" insurgents. - See more at: http://www.pravdareport.com/world/asia/turkey/15-08-2016/135329-erdoga...

Aug 17 07:28

Lavrov-Steinmeier Pact: Will the Berlin-Moscow Axis prevail?

A meeting between the foreign ministers of Russia and Germany was held in Yekaterinburg a few days following the Crimean incident. Although the meeting was meant to discuss the Syrian and Ukrainian conflicts, last week’s events in Crimea created a special atmosphere for the meeting.

On August 10th, Vladimir Putin refused to participate in the Normandy Quartet meeting planned for September in China. On the same day, the French foreign ministry issued an essentially pro-Ukrainian statement calling on both sides to settle their disputes peacefully. When one side becomes the victim of a terrorist attack by the other, such a call can only be considered dubious. Russia might as well have called upon the government of France to sit down at the negotiating table with Islamists after the terrorist attacks in Paris and Nice.

Aug 17 06:58

Peter Lavelle: 10 good reasons to move to Russia

The western mainstream corporate media and the western political establishment already hate me, but on the upside this means I can speak my mind. I am liberated to say the most uncomfortable things – this is one of my callings in life. Unlike most in the west who call themselves a journalist (they aren’t – they are primarily liberal and/or neocon advocates of western hegemony), I am free to say what I wish. I do not follow a script; I am a person of conscience and convictions.

So, if you have had enough propaganda and lies, consider a life change – consider a big move – move to Russia. Here are ten reasons why:

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After reading reason #1, I am ready to go! :)

Aug 17 05:27

Russia to hide entire city in bizarre military drill – is Russia going through ‘dress rehearsal’ for war with the US? revisiting a ‘Russian insiders’ dire warning

The new story from Zero Hedge that Steve Quayle linked to Saturday morning tells us it has been revealed that the Russian military now has an ‘invisibility cloak’ that could give Russia the upper edge in clandestine operations and electronic warfare. “For the first time, these weapons do exist” we are told.

Aug 16 22:38

Iraq allows Russia access to their airspace

Iraq has given the Russian Air Force full access to their airspace in order to combat the terrorist forces like the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) that are occupying eastern Syria.

This move by the Iraqi government came just hours after the Russian Air Force landed their first fighter jets at the Hamedan Airbase in Iran.

Aug 16 22:31

'Russia anti-ISIS airstrikes from Iran base show model cooperation lacking in West'

Russia's new partnership with Iran is a model kind of military cooperation which has been lacking so far in the West regarding the Syrian conflict, and is the type of action needed to defeat the menace of Islamic State, says political commentator John Wight.

Aug 16 22:05

Russian Tu-22M3 'Backfire' long-range bombers strike ISIS from Iran's Hamadan airfield (VIDEO)

Didn't wait long did they!

Russia’s long-range Tu-22M3 bombers delivered their first airstrikes on terrorist targets in Syria operating from an Iranian airbase. Moscow and Tehran cooperation in Syria is “strategic,” confirmed the head of Iran’s National Security Council.

Aug 16 13:30

Boxing decision could lead to judging changes

Heavyweight Evgeny Tishchenko's gold-medal victory over Vassiliy Levit in a widely criticized decision is likely to be a catalyst for change during the International Boxing Association's next evaluation of its judging.

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Russia wins, everyone boos and they are now going to alter the rules?

Aug 16 12:15

China Sides With Russia In Syrian War, Will Provide "Aid And Military Training" To Assad

Ever since the return of the Syrian war in 2015, which has seen both US alliance forces and as - of last - September, Russian forces too, jousting for political influence in the region under the guise of fighting ISIS while in reality either seeking to oust or preserve the Assad regime, one major player was missing: China.

That is about to change as the last major superpower enters the world's most volatile - and dangerous - region.

Beijing and Damascus have agreed that the Chinese military will have closer ties with Syria, and provide humanitarian aid to the civil war torn nation, a high-ranking People's Liberation Army officer said, adding that the training of Syrian personnel by Chinese instructors has also been discussed, according to Xinhua.

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Aug 16 12:10

Russia’s “Permanent Military Base” in Syria: Moscow just tipped the Balance of Power in the Mediterranean

Though there has been remarkably little discussion of the subject in the Western media, Russia last week quietly acquired for the first time in its modern history a proper permanent base in the Mediterranean.

Following negotiations between the Syrian government and Russia an agreement dating to 2015 has now been ratified by Russia turning the Russian air base at Khmeimim in Syria into a permanent base. In other words Russia will retain the base at Khmeimim beyond the conclusion of the Syrian conflict, and its presence there has just been made permanent.

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IF in fact this is made permanent, this base is a true game-changer in the Middle East.

Aug 16 11:08

Putin deploys Russia’s most advanced air-defence missiles in Crimea as alarm grows war is imminent

The European Union said there was no independent confirmation of claims that Ukrainian agents had killed two Russian servicemen in Crimea. Putin pledged a “very serious” response as he blamed Kiev for pursuing “terror” activities. The 28-member bloc called on both sides to refrain from intensifying what has led to the worst diplomatic standoff between the two countries since a 2015 truce eased hostilities in Ukraine’s separatist conflict. Germany said that Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will meet his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, next week in Russia.

“We reiterate our condemnation and non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea,” European Commission spokesman Alexandre Polack said in Brussels on Friday. “There has been neither concrete evidence provided by Russia sustaining its claim nor any independent confirmation of the claims made by Russian authorities.”

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Apparently, the EU, as evidenced by the statement by their spokesperson, Polack, is still pursuing the narrative that somehow, Russia "annexed" Crimea.

This absolutely did not happen.

In 2014 when Yanukovich got thrown under the proverbial bus by the US, the EU, and NATO, and Poroshenko got "anointed" to the position of President, the Crimean people understood, without question, that there was no longer any legitimate government in Kiev.

Then, Crimea had a free and fair referendum, asking the Crimean people if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, or ask to become a part of the Russian Federation; they overwhelmingly voted to accept the latter. The referendum was presented to the Russian Federation, which accepted Crimea as a member at that time.

Russia has done absolutely nothing wrong here; and a short memo to EU Spokesperson Polack; the "big lie" doesn't work in this part of the 21st century. Someone at the EU should have sent you the memo on that!!

Aug 16 10:56

Russia and Ukraine Tensions Rise Over a Raid That May Not Have Happened

Mr. Steinmeier said both Russia and Ukraine should step back from a looming confrontation along their de facto border on the Crimean peninsula, where Russia said two of its soldiers died in a skirmish with a Ukrainian commando group that had slipped across.

Aug 16 10:55

Russia-Ukraine tensions rise over Crimea

Russia's security service has released footage purporting to show explosives hidden inside a vehicle stopped between Ukraine and the annexed territory of Crimea.

Ukraine has denied claims of a plot.

Aug 16 08:45

Russia, for First Time, Uses Iranian Base for Syria Campaign

Russian bombers launched attacks in Syria from an Iranian air base for the first time on Tuesday, potentially altering the political and military equation in the Middle East.

Long-range Tupolev-22M3 bombers, which would otherwise have to fly from Russia, used an Iranian base near Hamadan to hit a series of targets inside Syria, according to a brief statement from the Russian Defense Ministry.

The agreement to let Russia use the base significantly deepens the country’s military role in the region, most obviously in Iran. And it could help solidify Russia as the main broker of any future peace agreement in Syria.

Aug 16 07:48

Soros’ correspondence hacked: secret files on Ukraine revealed

Hackers from the DCLeaks organization published more than 300 closed files of the Soros Fund, relating to Ukraine as well as home and foreign policy of the US.

The documents also include lists of grants given to journalists and media centres. The papers describe work of about 100 journalists who would report on events in the Crimea and the east of Ukraine. It is noted in one of the documents that total sum intended for funding of the project makes up about 500,000 dollars a year. Such information portals as Krym.Realii, Hromadske TV and Ostrov are named among those cooperation contacts.

Aug 16 07:43

America’s Aristocracy Facing Resistance From American Public Regarding Russia

The subterranean reality of U.S. foreign policy is that it serves the U.S. aristocracy, the owners of controlling blocs of stock in America’s international corporations, which include especially Big Oil, Big Armaments, Big Ag, and Big Banks. The United States’ vast military-industrial complex uses the NATO anti-Russian military alliance as its major international marketing arm, and relies heavily on the Sunni Arabic — or “Gulf States” — the U.S.-affiliated oil-monarchies, as their major customers.

Aug 15 20:59

Russian Warships Attack Terrorists in Aleppo

The Russians have the terrorists between the devil and the deep blue sea!

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian naval force in the Mediterranean Sea targeted the terrorist groups stationed in the military academy region in Aleppo.
Al-Hadath news website quoted military sources as saying that the Russian warships launched cruise missile attacks against the terrorists' positions at the arms college in the military academy region.

Aug 15 20:54

Russia Responds To Loss Of Helicopter - Heavy Tu-22M3 Bombardments Of ISIS Positions In Syria

Published on Jul 14, 2016
Russia Responds To Loss Of Helicopter - Heavy Tu 22M3 Bombardments Of ISIS Positions In Syria

Now that some of these are being based in Iran it's a shorter trip to Syria with a bigger bomb load to kill terrorists.

Aug 15 20:48

Russia deploys jets at Iranian Airbase to combat insurgents in Syria (Pictures)

Game over! Russian Strategic Aviation will be flying out of Iran!

Al-Masdar News has obtained exclusive photos of Russian warplanes being deployed to the Hamedan Air Base in western Iran.

Currently, the strategic TU-22M3 bombers take flight from southern Russia at Modzok airfield; however, this newly signed military agreement with Iran will allow Russia to reduce flight time by 60%, saving the Kremlin both money and improving airstrike effectiveness.

Aug 15 18:25

RT Besieged by DDoS Attacks Days After US Think Tank Called for Cyber Terrorism

Hackers bombarded RT with a well-planned series of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks one week after the Atlantic Council wrote an article suggesting preemptive cyber terrorism against RT and the Moscow Metro.

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Welcome to my world.

Aug 15 16:23

Because WW3 is a great idea! : Russia Building New Underground Nuclear Command Posts

Russia is building large numbers of underground nuclear command bunkers in the latest sign Moscow is moving ahead with a major strategic forces modernization program.

Aug 15 15:46

America’s Aristocracy Facing Resistance From American Public Regarding Russia

The subterranean reality of U.S. foreign policy is that it serves the U.S. aristocracy, the owners of controlling blocs of stock in America’s international corporations, which include especially Big Oil, Big Armaments, Big Ag, and Big Banks. The United States’ vast military-industrial complex uses the NATO anti-Russian military alliance as its major international marketing arm, and relies heavily on the Sunni Arabic — or “Gulf States” — the U.S.-affiliated oil-monarchies, as their major customers.

Aug 15 15:42

Clash Of Titans! Best Moments Of Russia’s Epic Tank Biathlon 2016 Final

Tank Biathlon 2016, an impressive and breath-taking military race that is part of Russia’s large-scale International Army Games, has come to an end at the Alabino firing ground outside of Moscow.

Aug 15 15:41

George Soros Hacked, MSM Blames Russia; Many “Dissident” Orgs Revealed In Leaks

By Brandon Turbeville

George Soros has been hacked and, according to the Western mainstream press, the Russians did it! In fact, that is the entirety of the story for most of the mainstream outlets – that the Russians hacked such an important American figure and therefore made their power play over American elections yet again. This Russian hack comes after Russians hacked the DNC, Hillary Clinton, hired Donald Trump to destroy the country and invented a time machine enabling them to go back in time and prevent the election of Barack Obama. It doesn’t matter that there is as much evidence for the latter as there is for the former, the mainstream outlets are wild with speculation and neo-McCarthyism...

Aug 15 07:58

Russian Bombers Annihilate Jihadi Bases, Weapons Depots, Tanks in Syria

Six Russian long-range bombers hit Daesh (known colloquially as ISIS) positions outside Deir ez-Zor destroying the terror network’s command centers, ammunition depots, and numerous tanks. The terrorists suffered major casualties in the airstrike according to the Defense Ministry.

Aug 15 07:57

Russia Defense Ministry Unveils First Video of Amazing Next Gen T-50 Fighter Jet

On Friday, the Russian Defense Ministry published video footage of the PAK FA Sukhoi T-50 fifth-generation fighter jet to commemorate Russian Aerospace Force Day.

The super stealth fighter jet reaches a max speed of 1,516MPH (2,440kmh) with an astounding battle range of 3,418 miles with maneuverability and combat characteristics leading most defense analysts to deem the aircraft better than America’s F-22 Raptor which has long held the distinction as the most fearsome warplane to grace the skies.

Aug 15 07:53

Russian Air Force Gets New Anti-Stealth Fighter Jets and Multi-Purpose Aircraft

The Su-35S has been heralded by defense analysts for its enhanced combat capabilities against stealth fighter jets such as the F-22A Raptor. The Su-35S is equipped with an infra-red search and track system (IRST) with a 50 mile (80km) detection range capable of identifying stealth aircraft like the vaunted stealth F-22 Raptor which cannot be traced with conventional radar systems.

Aug 15 07:41

Rethinking The Cold War

The Cold War began during the Truman administration and lasted through the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and Carter administrations and was ended in Reagan’s second term when Reagan and Gorbachev came to an agreement that the conflict was dangerous, expensive, and pointless.

Aug 15 07:08

Main results of Syria truces: Terrorists add 7,000 to ranks, get arms & munitions – Lavrov

While agreeing that three-hour ceasefires are not enough to alleviate the humanitarian crises in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pointed out that earlier short-term truces had only helped terrorists replenish munitions and their ranks.
“The main issue is not that there’s anyone unwilling to alleviate the humanitarian situation, but it is of utmost importance that terrorists would not be getting reinforced with militants, guns and munition supplies under the humanitarian aid disguise,” Lavrov said.

The Russian FM said that Moscow and Washington had managed to enforce 48-hour or 72-hour truces in various parts of Syria before.

“The main results of those pauses was an insignificant relief in the humanitarian situation, while terrorists added 7,000 people to their ranks, not to mention huge amounts of arms and munitions they received,” he said.

Aug 15 06:40

Russia just tipped the balance of power in the Mediterranean

Though there has been remarkably little discussion of the subject in the Western media, Russia last week quietly acquired for the first time in its modern history a proper permanent base in the Mediterranean.

Aug 15 05:40

Flashback: The Clinton-Kremlin Connection

Regarding Hillary and Bill Clinton, the report says: "Many of the key figures in the Skolkovo process – on both the Russian and U.S. sides – had major financial ties to the Clintons. During the Russian reset, these figures and entities provided the Clintons with tens of millions of dollars, including contributions to the Clinton Foundation, paid for speeches by Bill Clinton, or investments in small start-up companies with deep Clinton ties."

Aug 14 14:19

Hillary, Trump, And War On Russia

Don’t look for a walk-over. The T14 Armata, Russia’s latest tank. You don’t want to fight this monster if you can think of a better idea, such as not fighting it. Russia once made large numbers of second-rate tanks. That worm has turned. This thing is way advanced and outguns the American M1A2, having a 125mm smoothbore firing APFSDS long rods to the Abrams 120mm.

Aug 14 09:09

Russian Media: US preparing chaos in Macedonia, Serbia and Greece to prevent Turkish Stream

Serbian daily Informer, citing Russian media has stated the nations of Macedonia, Serbia and Greece are "screwed" after the latest pact between Putn and Erdogan which decided to get the Turkish stream project back on track.

The only way for the United States to let the three Balkan nations live in peace is if they give up on their business partnership with Russia, regardless of how beneficial it may be for all three.

Aug 13 15:19

Hillary, Trump, and War on Russia — The stupidest idea I’ve ever heard, and I’ve lived in Washington

Such a war would be yet another example of the utter control of America by rich insiders. No normal American has anything at all to gain by such a war. And no normal American has the slightest influence over whether such a war takes place, except by voting for Trump. The military has become entirely the plaything of unaccountable elites.

Aug 13 11:16

Women burn burqas, men cut beards: Manbij celebrates liberation from ISIS (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

LIBERATION FROM US SPONSORED TERRORISTS!

Manbij women have been ripping off their burqas and burning them, smoking cigarettes, while men cut off their beards, all while rejoicing at their newly obtained freedom after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) drove jihadists from the Syrian city.

Aug 13 09:47

Hillary, Trump, and War with Russia: The Goddamdest Stupid Idea I Have Ever Heard, and I Have Lived in Washington

snip: A martial principle of great wisdom says that military stupidity comes in three grades: Ordinarily stupid; really, really, really stupid; and fighting Russia. Think Charles XII at Poltava, Napoleon after Borodino, Adolf, and Kursk.

Aug 13 08:49

US Calls On Russia To Allow Observation Of Its Military Drills

The United States has called on Russia to allow observation of its upcoming military exercises in the Black Sea amid growing tensions between Moscow and Ukraine over the security situation of the peninsula.

Aug 13 07:41

Turkey May Soon Join BRICS Powers After Putin-Erdogan Meeting in St. Petersburg

US analysts claim that Erdogan’s highly successful meeting with Putin in St. Petersburg could be the beginning of Turkey leaving NATO to join the BRICS.

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"Nuke the bastard!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 13 07:34

Putin Tells Everyone Exactly Who Created ISIS

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When Putin made this comment in October 2015, the US corporate media were quick to denounce him and scream, "How dare you? How DARE you?? How DARE you DARE ... to DARE?!?" But declassified State Department documents and the recent DNC email leaks confirm that Putin was telling the truth, and the corporate media, as usual, was full of bovine excrement.

Aug 13 07:22

Russia Rebuilding Military Airfields in Vietnam, Pacific Islands

Former Air Force Commander said that Russia is rebuilding its Soviet-era network of airfields in Vietnam and the northwestern Pacific island of Matua.

Aug 13 06:55

Bondarev: Russian Aerospace Forces operating in Syria have all necessary means to combat terrorism

Russian Aerospace Forces Commander Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev affirmed that the Russian Air Forces operating in Syria have all the requirements of the implementation of combating terrorism mission.

Aug 12 23:33

Rethinking The Cold War — Paul Craig Roberts

Rethinking The Cold War
and the new one

Paul Craig Roberts

The Cold War began during the Truman administration and lasted through the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and Carter administrations and was ended in Reagan’s second term when Reagan and Gorbachev came to an agreement that the conflict was dangerous, expensive, and pointless.

The Cold War did not cease for long—only from the last of Reagan’s second term and the four years of George H. W. Bush’s term. In the 1990s President Clinton restarted the Cold War by breaking America’s promise not to expend NATO into Eastern Europe. George W. Bush heated up the renewed Cold War by pulling the US out of the Anti-ABM Treaty, and Obama has made the war hotter with irresponsible rhetoric and by placing US missiles on Russia’s border and overthrowing the Ukrainian government.

Aug 12 23:31

Is Putin One of Us?

By Patrick J. Buchanan

Is Vladimir Putin a paleoconservative?

In the culture war for mankind’s future, is he one of us?

While such a question may be blasphemous in Western circles, consider the content of the Russian president’s state of the nation address.

With America clearly in mind, Putin declared, “In many countries today, moral and ethical norms are being reconsidered.”

Aug 12 23:10

The twilight of NATO

by Thierry Meyssan
The history of NATO and its current activities enables us to understand how the West has woven its lies and why it is now a prisoner of them. The elements contained in this articles are shocking, but it is impossible to deny the facts. The only other solution is to cling to the lies and persist in hanging on.

Aug 12 23:06

Yes! The System Is Rigged!

If 2016 taught us anything, it is that if the establishment’s hegemony is imperiled, it will come together in ferocious solidarity — for the preservation of their perks, privileges, and power.All the elements of that establishment — corporate, cultural, political, media — are today issuing an ultimatum to Middle America:Trump is unacceptable.

You want Trump out? How do we get you out?
But if Hillary Clinton takes power, and continues America on her present course, which a majority of Americans rejected in the primaries, there is going to a bad moon rising.

And the new protesters in the streets will not be overprivileged children from Ivy League campuses.

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable,” said John F. Kennedy.

Aug 12 22:53

Hillary, Trump, and War with Russia: The Goddamdest Stupid Idea I Have Ever Heard, and I Have Lived in Washington

A good reason to vote for Trump, a very good reason whatever his other intentions, is that he does not want a war with Russia. Hillary and her elite ventriloquists threaten just that. Note the anti-Russian hysteria coming from her and her remoras.

Such a war would be yet another example of the utter control of America by rich insiders. No normal American has anything at all to gain by such a war. And no normal American has the slightest influence over whether such a war takes place, except by voting for Trump. The military has become entirely the plaything of unaccountable elites.

A martial principle of great wisdom says that military stupidity comes in three grades: Ordinarily stupid; really, really, really stupid; and fighting Russia. Think Charles XII at Poltava, Napoleon after Borodino, Adolf and Kursk.

Aug 12 15:39

Diplomat: UN Security Council's meeting on Crimea was useful for RussiaMore:http://tass.ru/en/politics/893857

The Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin says he considers the meeting of the UN Security Council's meeting on Crimea useful for Russia.
"Many Security Council members called for full implementation of the Minsk agreements. "This is in line with our stance," the diplomat said. Churkin noted that the U.S. delegation had tried to present a one-sided picture of what is going on in Ukraine.

The diplomat has also stressed that the issue of Crimea's status was fully decided at the 2014 referendum, upon the results of which the peninsular region reunited with Russia, and it would not be raised again.
"The issue will never be taken up again," he said. "Crimea reunited with Russia two years ago after a referendum that was held there. As many as 93% of the residents there expressed their will to reunite with the Russian Federation and this was exactly that happened."

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Looks like Ukraine was desperately trying to change the subject here.

Aug 12 13:26

US Urges Ukraine-Russia Restraint Over Crimea

The United States has urged Ukraine and Russia to show restraint after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko deployed all forces near Crimea apparently in preparation for a confrontation with Moscow.

Aug 12 12:19

WW3: Russian Tanks Roll Into Crimea

Vladimir Putin has deployed 32 Russian tanks in northern Crimea this week, in a buildup that suggests a war between the two countries is about to break out.

Russia has closed its checkpoints along the Crimean border with Ukraine citing fears that the former Soviet state is planning to attack Russia.

NATO has condemned Russian “aggression”, saying the convoy of 32 tanks, 16 howitzer cannons and 30 trucks of troops and equipment could spark a World War 3 scenario with its neighbour.

Ukraine’s military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said in a televised briefing: “The deployment continues of military equipment and Russian mercenaries to the front lines.”

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This conflict is not going to wait until September to start.

If the war hawks, the DNC, and White House believe that Clinton is going down in flames in November, the war between Russia and Ukraine will be started now.

Aug 12 12:13

Tank Biathlon World Championship Semi-Finals Near Moscow

The semi-finals of the 2016 Tank Biathlon World Championship are currently being held in Alabino in the Moscow Region.

Aug 12 11:56

Russia Deploys S-400 Missile System To Crimea, As Tensions With Ukraine Soar

In the latest escalation between the Kremlin and Kiev, yesterday we reported that Ukraine had put its troops near the Russia border on combat alert, following an incident that according to Russia was an attempted terrorist attack. Recall that Russia’s secret service, the Federal Security Service, said on Wednesday that it had foiled “terrorist acts” prepared by Ukrainian military intelligence against infrastructure in the territory, with the aim of disrupting Russia’s parliamentary elections due on 18 September. Kiev denied the allegations. In response to the alleged operation, Putin said he was pulling out of international peace talks on the conflict in eastern Ukraine. He said he was no longer ready to meet his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, and German and French leaders in the so-called Normandy format, which has been used for negotiations.

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Please remember, as things heat up here: NATO and the US government have pledged their support to Ukraine in the case of any kind of military conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

I don't know what the Vegas odds are on how soon this donnybrook is going to start, but I am almost willing to bet that it will be sooner rather than later; a country cannot just keep its military at the highest alert level possible for days or weeks on end; that is too financially and emotionally taxing.

Aug 12 11:43

Russians are not joking: S-400 arrived to Crimea

Russian Ministry of Defence announced that an advanced missile system S-400 deployed in Crimea, transmitted world media.

In order to increase the professionalism and practical training of the officer corps in the base school center-air defense missile regiment of the 4th Army aerospace forces in Chenjingradsko authorities carried out the retraining of combat units to work on new forms of anti-aircraft missile weapons. At the polygon Kapustin jar personal composition of the people received military and special technique PVO S-400 - said in a statement the Ministry of Defense of Russia.

As stated, the polygon Kapustin jar is successful combat shooting. According to data of the press service, after training and transfer modernized Regiment will participate in the military exercises "Caucasus 2016".

Aug 12 11:17

Russia to hold naval drills near Syria from mid-August: agencies

Russia plans to start naval exercises in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea on Aug. 15, Russian news agencies reported on Thursday, citing the Russian defense ministry.

Russian warships The Serpukhov and The Zelyony Dol, which are equipped with Kalibr cruise missiles, will take part in the exercises, the defense ministry said.

The navy plans to test fire rockets during the drills, the agencies reported.

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A not-so-subtle threat for the US NOT to be messing with Syria militarily.

As reported at http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2016/05/24/kalibr-russia-naval-sys... in May of this year:

On the 9th of December 2015 Russia fired a group of 3M14K cruise missiles from Kalibr-PL system at Islamic State positions from the Improved Kilo-class submarine B-237 Rostov-on-Don deployed in the Mediterranean. It was the first real-world test of its Kalibr land attack cruise missile – a game changer, making Russia a member of the elite club of countries. By launching its first combat strikes from a submarine, Russia demonstrated to the West that it now has the capability formerly monopolized by the US and its allies. The Kalibr 3M-54 (NATO codename – «Sizzler», SS-N-30A) is a long-range, low-flying cruise missile capable of carrying conventional or nuclear warheads. It has land-attack, anti-ship and anti-submarine variants. The missile has a second stage that performs a supersonic sprint in the terminal approach to the target, reducing the time that target's defense systems have to react. The Kalibr is designed to share common parts between the surface and submarine-launched variants but each missile consists of different components, for example, the booster. The missile can be launched from a surface ship with a Vertical Launched System (VLS) and a booster with thrust vectoring capability. The missile launched from a submarine torpedo tube can use a conventional booster instead. The air launched version is held in a container to be dropped after the missile is fired. During its terminal phase, the missile locates its target through a mix of coordinates and onboard image recognition, essentially matching an uploaded image of the target to what the missile sees in front of it. If all goes to plan, the missile’s 1,000-pound payload of high-explosive is then guided straight to the target for a violent impact.

Pretty formidable, all right!!

Aug 12 10:52

Ukraine’s ‘October Surprise’– may be coming in September

In short, the leaders of Ukraine hate Trump, have continually denounced him, and are openly rooting for a Clinton victory in November: by launching a terrorist attack on Crimea, and before that trying to assassinate the President of the rebellious Luhansk Republic in eastern Ukraine – they put a bomb under his car, seriously injuring him – they hope to provoke Putin into taking military action. And voila!, we have an “October surprise” – with Hillary taking a hard-line anti-Russian stance, and Trump put in the position of seeming to defend Russian “aggression.”

It’s a perfect set up, for both the Ukrainians – who have been chafing at President Obama’s refusal to provide them with deadly arms – and for Hillary, whose McCarthyite campaign against Trump has taken on all the trappings of a cold war fear-fest of the sort we haven’t seen since the 1950s.

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As reported yesterday at rt.com:

Home News Ukrainian president orders forces on border with Crimea and eastern Ukraine on highest alert Published time: 11 Aug, 2016 11:51 Edited time: 12 Aug, 2016 00:00 Get short URL © Mikhail Palinchak / Ukrainian Presidential Press Service © Mikhail Palinchak / Ukrainian Presidential Press Service / Reuters Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has instructed all military units near Crimea and the eastern Ukrainian Donbass region to be at the highest level of combat readiness. Read more Federal Security Service (FSB) officers. © SputnikRussian FSB foils terrorist attacks plotted by Ukrainian intel agents in Crimea Poroshenko announced the order after a military meeting on Thursday. The Ukrainian security forces at the border with Crimea are ready "for any turn of events," the aide to the Ukrainian border service, Oleg Slobodyan, told journalists at the briefing. He added that "any tasks are carried out in collaboration with the military and the national police," as quoted by RIA Novosti. Poroshenko said he has ordered Ukraine's foreign minister to initiate phone conversations with Russia's President Putin, as well as the German, French, and US leaders, and the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk. The Ukrainian president also urged the country’s citizens to refrain from taking trips to Crimea “in connection with the provocations that are being carried out against the country’s people.” The UN Security Council discussed the escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia at Kiev’s request on Thursday. It comes after Russia’s security service said yesterday it had foiled a terrorist attack in Crimea plotted by Kiev.

Ever since the 2014 coup in Kiev, Ukraine has been screaming to the world that a Russian invasion was absolutely imminent.

But this time feels very different; one cannot keep a large contingent of troops at peak readiness without using them, and soon; this is too physically and financially exhausting to do.

And, as reported at infowars.com yesterday:

Online activists recently published videos on social media of Russian trains carrying army vehicles to the Kerch Strait, which lies directly between Crimea and southern Russia. Western media was quick to suggest Putin was preparing to use the cross border attack as justification for an all out invasion of Ukraine.

I frankly wouldn't bet against the coming military confrontation happening even before September, again, because it is too expensive, emotionally and financially, to just have troops stand at peak readiness, and do nothing.

But folks, something wicked this way comes; please prepare as best you can, as the US and NATO have pledged their allegiance, financially and militarily , to Ukraine.

Aug 12 09:38

PUTIN PREPARES FOR WAR AS UKRAINE INFILTRATES CRIMEA

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Ukraine is “playing a dangerous game” following a reported incursion by Ukrainian special forces into Crimea that left two Russian personnel dead.

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) announced it had thwarted two attempts by Ukrainian special forces to infiltrate Crimea and target critical infrastructure with explosive devices. Ammunition used by the Ukrainian Army’s special forces was reportedly discovered along the Crimea/Ukraine border, and clashes killed one Russian soldier and one FSB employee.

The FSB reported the attempts by Ukrainian forces to cross the border “were accompanied by massive covering fire from the neighboring state and from Ukrainian armored vehicles.”

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As a citizen of a country intimately acquainted with the horrors of war, Putin most likely is not looking at all-out war with Ukraine.

My guess would be the limited military incursion to set up a security corridor, coupled with Europe dropping the sanctions against Russia for Crimea's choice to joint the Russian Federation, rather than stay in Ukraine, post-putsch in 2014.

But however Putin plays this, the world is entering some dangerous geopolitical territory right now, and I am hoping - and praying - that saner heads will pull the world back from the brink of an horrific world war.

Unfortunately, if internal DNC and White House polls indicate that Trump will win the Presidential election in a landslide in November, the Democrats may have us into a war against both Russia and China before Trump takes the oath of office, to "gift" him with the two most horrible scenarios possible, coming into his presidency.

I hate to say this, but right now, I would not bet against such a thing happening.

Aug 12 09:14

RUSSIAN MILITARY’S INVISIBLE ‘CLOAK’ TO HIDE WEAPONS & HARDWARE FROM ENEMY RADAR

A Russian defense company has created a “cloak,” which it says can make electronic objects invisible to enemy radar. The aim of the fiber technology, which is used in the cloak, is to make weapons invisible to prying eyes and detection systems.

The St. Petersburg-based company Roselectronics has come up with the invention and says it can make weapons that use thermal, infrared, and electromagnetic radar in targeting invisible.

The technology works by placing the insulating object over electronic devices, which makes them undetectable.

“The main idea of the development is to create coverage that reduces radar visibility of the object both on the visible and microwave spectrums,” Georgy Medovnikov from Roselectronics told Ruptly, RT’s video agency.

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WOW!!

How quickly these days science fiction becomes science fact!!

Aug 12 08:00

Russia ready for war as Putin deploys air defence missile system to Crimea

VLADIMIR Putin has deployed the advanced S-400 air defence missile system to annexed Crimea, amid growing fears of a conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Aug 12 07:18

Russian Defense Ministry: Bombers destroyed ammunition warehouse and chemical ammunition plant for ISIS in Raqqa

Russian Defense Ministry announced on Thursday that long-range bombers hit a number of ISIS sites and fortified positions in Raqqa province, northern Syria.

The Ministry said in a statement that four long-range bombers Tupolev-22M3 “took off from a base in Russia to deal a pinpoint strike with high-explosive fragmentation bombs against facilities of the terrorist group called [ISIS] southeast, north and northwest of Raqqa.”

“The attack eliminated a large warehouse containing weapons, ammunition and fuel and lubricants near Raqqa, a chemical ammunition plant on the northwestern outskirts of the city, and a large field training camp. The terrorists suffered heavy material damage. A large number of militants were killed,” the Russian Defense Ministry added.

Aug 12 07:09

US urges Ukraine-Russia restraint over Crimea

The US State Department said on Thursday that “Crimea is part of Ukraine,” after Poroshenko ordered all Ukrainian army units near Crimea and in the eastern Donbass region to stand at the highest level of combat readiness.

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Dear State Department.

What Crimea is a part of is up to the Crimean people. That is in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As a member of the United Nations, the US (that means YOU) is obligated to accept Crimea's right to self-determination. To not do so makes the United States the rogue nation.

Aug 12 07:05

Turkey Is No Longer a Reliable Ally

The meeting this week between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin and their vow to expand bilateral relations is the latest sign of deteriorating U.S.-Turkish relations since Turkey’s failed coup last month.

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So now the US will attack Turkey????????

Aug 11 19:32

End of ISIS? Turkey forms super alliance with Russia to ANNIHILATE Islamic State in Syria

TURKEY has called for a partnership with Russia to help wipe the Islamic State off the face of the Earth.

Aug 11 15:51

Erdogan Threatens To Abandon US Dollar In Trade With Russia

But perhaps the most notable development was reported today by Turkey's Gunes newspaper, which said that as part of the discussion between Putin and Erdogan on Tuesday, the Turkish president suggested to abandon the US dollar in bilateral trade between Turkey and Russia, and instead to transact directly in lira and rubles. This would "benefit both Russia and Turkey", Erdogan allegedly said in his August 9 meeting in St Petersburg, adding that this would relieve the lira from the USD's upward pressure. The reason Erdogan is concerned about exchange rates is because recently Turkish inflation soared by nearly 8% Y/Y, and the recent devaluation of the TRY against the USD has only poured more oil on the fire.

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"INVADE! INVADE NOW! NOW! NOW! NOW!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 11 12:20

Was Report On Bad Guy Russia’s Military Superiority Deliberately Leaked To Score MoD Funding?

A leaked report suggests British military leaders are deeply concerned about Russia’s military capabilities, but questions have arisen over the nature of the leaks, as the UK has a history of dumping information into the public sphere for strategic effect.

Aug 11 10:55

Ukraine Masses Troops on Crimea Border

Ukrainian residents are reporting that their nation’s military is massing troops and heavy military equipment along the border with the Crimean Peninsula today, following reports from Russian officials of an attempted infiltration of the peninsula, which the Russians identified as a Ukrainian government incursion, and attempted terrorist plot. A Russian soldier and a member of the FSB security service were reported slain in that weekend incident.

Details of the weekend incident are still emerging, but Russian officials reported gunfire, and having captured several of the plotters, who they suspect of being with Ukrainian intelligence, who were aiming to set up a spy network to attack infrastructure in the peninsula.

Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko confirmed the buildup, amid claims of Russian helicopters spotted inside Crimean territory. He added that Ukrainians “should understand that at any minute” a large-scale war with Russia could begin.

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A short memo to Andriy Lysenko: After the US sponsored putsch in Kiev, which threw the then-President Yanukovich under the proverbial regime-change bus, Crimea petitioned to join the Russian Federation in a clear and fair referendum, and Russia accepted Crimea as a member of the Russian Federation in 2014, just in case you have conveniently forgotten that little factoid; therefore, it is perfectly logical to have Russian helicopters, or other military equipment, in Crimea at this point.

Ukraine and NATO have been military thumbing their collective noses at Russia by running massive war games in Ukraine in June of this year.

And this happened even though Ukraine is not at this point a formal member of NATO.

The US government is very much on board with a war against Russia, to stop the rise of the ruble, and the steady improvement of the Russian economy, in spite of US and European sanctions against it, for having "allegedly annexed" Crimea, which is not how this came down at all.

And the US government and military have been thinking, very hard, about how such a war would take place, using the Ukraine/Crimean "issue" as the justification, and then the spark. The article below gives a very careful analysis of how the US government expects to win such a war:

How The Pentagon Is Preparing For A Tank War With Russia

This was published on-line on 26 June of this year, right after the US and NATO exercises began in Ukraine.

I would strongly suspect that should the internal DC and White House polls indicated that Trump will win against Clinton in a landslide this November, you may well see wars with China and Russia initiated by the US as a "Welcome to the Presidency gift" from the DNC to Trump before he takes his Oath of Office.

And yes, the Democrats, who have absolutely zero collective moral compass, will play that dirty, no matter how many Americans get killed or maimed for life in such wars, to give Trump the worst possible scenarios with which to deal in his first days in office.

Aug 11 10:19

HomeNewsNearly 7,000 terrorists mass near Aleppo as Moscow brokers humanitarian ceasefires

Nearly 7,000 heavy armored terrorists have taken positions southeast of the key Syrian city of Aleppo, the Russian Defense Ministry says. The build-up comes as Moscow brokers a three-hour daily truce for the embattled city.
“The most alarming situation has unfolded in the southwest outskirts of Aleppo,” Lieutenant General Sergey Rudskoy, chief of the main operations department of the Russian General Staff, told reporters on Wednesday.

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A general view shows rising smoke from burning tyres, which activists said are used to create smoke cover from warplanes, in Aleppo, Syria August 1, 2016 Abdalrhman IsmailCivilians killed as terrorists shell Aleppo, use toxic gas – Syrian officials

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The Jihadists (and the US government) understand that once Aleppo falls, it is all over.

Aug 11 10:11

‘Kiev has turned to terrorism’: Putin on foiled sabotage plot in Crimea

Kiev has turned to the “practice of terrorism” instead of trying to peacefully resolve Ukraine’s crisis, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in commenting on an FSB report that it had foiled terrorist attacks in Crimea plotted by Ukrainian intelligence.
Ukraine is “playing a dangerous game,” the Russian leader said when talking to reporters on Wednesday, while calling Kiev’s actions “stupid and criminal.”

Moscow cannot turn a blind eye to the deaths of its servicemen who were killed during special operations to prevent terrorist attacks in Crimea, Putin said.

Given that the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine (HUR MOU) was allegedly behind the thwarted terrorist attacks in Crimea, it is “pointless” to meet with Ukraine’s current authorities to seek a solution to the country’s crisis, Putin said.

Aug 11 09:37

Turkey signals joint defense plan with Russia

Turkey and Russia will establish a joint military, intelligence and diplomacy mechanism, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Wednesday.

Aug 11 08:29

Russia’s Black Sea Fleet holds drills to counter underwater sabotage after foiled Crimea attack

Russia's Black Sea Fleet command has announced three-day anti-sabotage drills to counter potential underwater attacks on naval installations. This comes after the Russian security service said it foiled a terrorist attack on Crimea from Ukrainian territory.

Aug 11 06:55

Putin-Erdogan Meeting - Breakup, Breakdown

The priority is the commitment from Turkey to stop attempts at regime change in Syria, the Russian Caucasus, and the CIS states, including Armenia and Tajikistan. This means the expulsion of Chechen fighters from their havens in Turkey and areas under Turkish control; closure of the Turkish-Syrian border for ISIS and other jihadis; and an end to Turkish support for the Azeri war against Armenia and for Islamic oppositionists in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Crimea.

In return, the Turks want a Russian commitment not to support Kurdish groups to establish territorial autonomies or statelets along Turkey’s borders with Syria and Iraq, nor encourage the Kurds to fight their way back into Turkey to establish an independent Kurdistan.

Aug 11 06:53

Shootout in Crimea: Russia’s FSB vs Ukrainian Saboteurs

Anyone who has been following Ukraine related news over the last few days will be aware of reports of Russian troop movements in Crimea, of a shoot out there between the Russian security forces and alleged Ukrainian infiltrators which left several people dead, and of claims that Ukrainian sabotage groups had attempted to infiltrate the peninsula.

On 10th August 2016 came final confirmation of the incident from Russia’s counterintelligence and anti terrorism agency, the FSB (full statement attached below). It reported separate incidents involving three Ukrainian sabotage groups connected to the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine’s Defence Ministry, shoot outs between FSB operatives and the Russian military and the Ukrainian military across the border line, and the deaths of one FSB operative and of one Russian soldier caught up in the shoot outs.

Aug 11 06:45

Top Russian expert: Moscow has legal right to bomb "terrorist targets" in Ukraine

Insofar as Russia and Ukraine are not at war, the foray by Ukrainian saboteurs into Crimea should be regarded as a terrorist threat, not a military operation. This was stated by the renowned Russian military expert Viktor Murakhovsky in an interview with Moscow Komsomolets.

“A whole galaxy of armed groups operate in Ukraine which are not subject to the Ukrainian government or the General Staff. But I would not exclude that these people could be trained by the Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff, since the military-political leadership of Ukraine can’t exist in peaceful conditions. They can deny anything, but the fact is that the West is already tired of them. Ukrainian authorities understand that the less that the US and EU are interested in them, then the less these countries will provide them financial assistance. Using this incident, Kiev might try to reverse the tendency of declining aggression so as to beg the West for more support.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But that is what the US wants, to open the door to war with Russia. I am certain Putin is smart enough not to fall for the trap.

This sudden escalation in Ukraine may be because, despite corporate media propaganda and massive election fraud, Trump might win the election in November. The warhawk's chosen warrior queen, Hillary the First, is in visible decline, so the only way the warhawks can get their war is to start it before Trump can start his administration and complete his stated goal of returning to peaceful relations with Russia (and China).

Now then, a message to the various intelligence assets monitoring this site (I know you are out there). Go back and read Sun Tzu's "The Art of War." In chapter 1, Tzu lists the conditions that must be met to assure victory. One is a military that believes in the moral rightness of the war so that they will fight and if needed die in the conflict. Another requirement is a civilian population that believes in the moral rightness of the war so that they will bear the hardships war brings even to the victorious side. The United States has neither of these conditions, and will likely lose the war. The US Government may feel that their high-tech wonder weapons may overcome the reluctance of the troops and the people, but that is the same strategic blunder made by the Nazis, which led to their losing WW2.

Aug 11 06:34

Ex-CIA Analyst: Morell's Comments Predict 'Continuation of US Feckless Policy'

Former CIA Deputy-Head Michael Morell, who has thrown his support behind Hillary Clinton for the US presidency, said Tuesday during “CBS This Morning” that Russians and Iranians in Syria should be killed covertly to make their countries "pay a price."

Aug 11 06:34

Foreign mercs arrive to Crimean borders under the cover of NATO Sea Breeze exercises

Ukraine and NATO's Sea Breeze exercises in the Black Sea became a smokescreen to smuggle foreign mercenaries to Odessa and Kherson region, said former people's deputy Aleksey Zhuravko on air of program "Pravda."

According to him, such actions are directed against Russia and are a prepation for war.

Aug 11 06:32

Ukrainian president orders forces on border with Crimea and eastern Ukraine on highest alert

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has instructed all military units near Crimea and the eastern Ukrainian Donbass region to be at the highest level of combat readiness.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ukraine just tried to stage terrorist attacks in Crimea, and Russia's FSB caught them. Now Poroshenko is hoping Russia will retaliate in some way to really kick off the war. But I don't think Putin will fall for it.

Aug 11 06:18

Putin - Minsk negotiations now pointless in light of Crimea provocation

"This is very disturbing. Our security services have prevented penetration of sabotage-reconnaissance group of the Ukraine Ministry of Defense into Crimea. Of course, such actions mean that continuing talks in Normandy format is pointless, especially when it comes to the next meeting in China.

Because, apparently, the people who [violently] seized power in Kiev and continue to usurp it, don’t want negotiations. [snip] Now, instead of looking for ways to settle the conflict peacefully, they decided to try terrorism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another major foreign policy blunder!

Aug 10 16:14

The Propaganda War With Putin

If it had not already been apparent, the net effect of the DNC email hack has been to kick open the door to a deep American antagonism towards Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Aug 10 15:05

Putin And May Agree To Personal Meeting, Speak Of Mending Ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin and British PM Theresa May have agreed to meet in the near future to discuss a wide range of topics.

Aug 10 12:57

Is Ukraine Just About To Blow?

On Wednesday the FSB, the successor organization to the KGB, declared that it had prevented “terrorist attacks” in Crimea over the weekend.

According to the security service, an FSB agent was killed in a firefight with saboteurs on Saturday night near Russian-occupied Armyansk, a town close to the frontier with mainland Ukraine. Several Russian and Ukrainian citizens were arrested, the report claims, and a cache of explosives and weapons was discovered.

According to the FSB, some of the weaponry, which included improvised explosive devices and magnetic mines, belongs to Ukrainian special forces units. A Ukrainian citizen from Zaporizhia, one Yevgeny Panov, allegedly an agent of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR), was detained and is supposedly confessing to his captors.

Aug 10 10:26

Putin and Erdogan Vow to Repair Ties as West Watches Nervously

Against a backdrop of rising tensions between Turkey and the West, Presidents Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey pledged on Tuesday to repair relations after nine months of open antagonism.

Although their meeting in St. Petersburg on Tuesday produced little beyond vows of friendship and cooperation, the symbolism of the two former antagonists coming together for a friendly talk was enough to raise alarms in Western capitals. Besides being a member of the NATO alliance, Turkey is vital to Europe’s efforts to stanch the flow of migrants from Syria and Afghanistan.

Washington and Ankara, long at odds over American support of the Kurds in Syria and Iraq, have had a series of problems lately. Anti-Americanism has been on the rise in Turkey, amid accusations that the United States played a role in the failed coup in Turkey and widespread resentment of the White House’s criticism of the resulting crackdown.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this relationship continues to warm, militarily and economically, and Putin is able to throw Iran into the mix, such a relationship could well become a grand "Eurasian Axis", capable of preventing any outside military interference for either Turkey or Iran.

Oh, and BTW, as reported on 6 August 2016 at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/:

The U.S. Justice Department will send a technical delegation to Turkey this week over the government's request to extradite U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, the prime suspect behind the July 15 coup attempt according to Ankara. The Turkish Justice Ministry had invited a delegation from Washington to come to Turkey first to discuss Gülen's extradition. In return, a delegation from the Justice ministry will later depart for U.S. to discuss the extradition after the U.S. delegation's visit. Ankara has already lodged two extradition demands with the U.S. for Gülen, who lives a self-claimed exile in Pennsylvania.

And please remember; at Incerlik, Erdogan has his "bargaining chip" of thousands of US and NATO personnel on lockdown, along with 50 - 90 NATO thermonuclear bombs.

President Obama cannot afford to extradite CIA asset Gullen to Turkey, because he is a "live liability", so he will most probably meet with a "severe health challenge" which will take him out, before the body is returned to Turkey.

This Administration is no stranger to extrajudicial assassinations.

Aug 10 10:04

Georgian President Ready to Meet With Russian Leadership

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili said he is ready to meet with the Russian leadership if there is a mutual intention to hold such talks, local media reported.

Aug 10 09:30

FORMER CIA DIRECTOR AND HILLARY SUPPORTER: "WE SHOULD KILL RUSSIANS AND IRANIANS COVERTLY"

Attempting to justify what is essentially a conspiracy to commit acts of murder, terrorism and war, Morell compared his proposal to alleged covert operations waged against the US during its illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003 and onward. The difference between the US invasion of Iraq and that of Russia's intervention in Syria, however, is significant. The US invaded Iraq in 2003, predicated upon a premeditated lie, while Russia was invited to aid the acting government of Syria.

Here is the key exchange:

Morell: We need to make the Iranians pay the price in Syria; we need to make the Russians pay the price.

Rose: We make them pay the price by killing Russians and killing Iranians?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, in Morell's opinion, the covert assassination of Iranians and Russians will make relationships better with Iran and Russia?!?

Then what, please, will prevent Russia and Iran from doing the very same thing to American assets, in all regions?!?

The short answer is, absolutely nothing.

Morell obviously prefers assassinations to negotiations, and yes, to many people around the world, this country has become the "assassination nation", with all of its use of extrajudicial assassinations as a tool of its military policy.

But folks,the truth of the business here is that to be publicly advocating this position, demonstrates, painfully, that Morell has become mentally unhinged in the extreme, and has utterly lost his reality licence; and remember that if Clinton wins/steals the election, he most probably will have a place in her cabinet.

And that cabinet position, if named honestly, will most probably be the newly minted Secretary... of Geopolitical Insanity.

Aug 10 09:21

Shock Ministry of Defence report warns Russian forces could defeat us on the battlefield as Theresa May bids to thaw relations with Vladimir Putin

The Russian army can outgun British troops on the battlefield, according to a shock Ministry of Defence report.

The leaked assessment warns that rocket launchers and other weapons at Moscow's disposal are superior to ours - while its mastery of electronic warfare technology is 'game changing'.

Aug 10 08:44

Not Brussels! Hoax Report Of Russian Nuke Attack Sends Scottish Dad Into A Panic

A video of a Scottish man falling for a fake news bulletin announcing an imminent nuclear attack against the UK has gone viral.

Billy Fraser’s hilarious reaction to a staged news report warning that the world is about to end was filmed by his daughter, Dawn.

Aug 10 08:43

Russia and Turkey's new friendship is bad news for the West

But even before the attempted military take-over last month, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had decided he could no longer afford a cold war with Moscow and began making overtures to the Kremlin. The failed coup appears to have expedited matters: yesterday Mr Erdogan met with Vladimir Putin to agree to normalise relations between the two countries.

Aug 10 08:26

Western leaders ‘too slow’ on countering Russia – top NATO general

Politicians in NATO states are too slow in making decisions on confronting Russia, one of the bloc’s top military chiefs has complained. The hawkish remarks come after Moscow said it had offered to return to the table in a bid to ease tensions.

Aug 10 08:26

Sky News Investigation: Ukraine - a Hub for Weapons Trafficking to Europe

Ukraine is the origin for illegal arms trade through Romania to Western Europe, concluded the investigation of Sky News.

After talks with Romanian gangsters the journalists were offered to come to "a distant part of the country" in order to see the goods.

"We had the means to pay, so the members of the group didn't care who we are. During our meeting they said they will sell weapons to absolutely anyone - a bank robber, mass murderer or terrorist", - said the report.

Aug 10 08:25

Has the CIA’s Plot to “Covertly” Kill Russians in Syria Come to Pass?

Former acting director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Michael Morell during a televised interview with American talk show host Charlie Rose, openly conspired to commit a raft of war crimes in Syria, suggesting that the US should take measures to ”covertly” kill Russians and Iranians through armed proxies on the ground.

Aug 10 07:56

Putin and Erdogan Talks: Will Russia-Turkey Reset Spell the End of NATO, EU?

In his first foreign trip after the failed coup attempt in his country, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in St. Petersburg with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in the hopes of mending ties as Ankara is increasingly isolated from the West.

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