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RUSSIA/UKRAINE

Sep 19 11:51

Future aid to Ukraine in jeopardy over gas monopoly takeover

Ukraine may lose hundreds of millions of dollars in aid after a surprise decision by the government to take direct control over the country's gas production and transportation company.

The takeover may be in violation of the $17.5 billion bailout deal with international creditors and comes just days after Kiev received a $1 billion tranche from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

“If all the facts we have learned from third parties are confirmed, we are very disturbed and this development is very serious,” said Anton Usov, a spokesperson for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, quoted by the Financial Times.

According to the newspaper, another lender to Ukraine, the World Bank, is also concerned about the situation with Naftogaz.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ukrainians are not going to be happy in dealing with high energy costs (if they can even get it) coupled with freezing temperatures this winter!!

Sep 19 11:37

US Desperately Pumps "Humanitarian" Smokescreen For Failing Syria Ceasefire

Washington’s lie about seeking a genuine ceasefire in Syria is in danger of being exposed for the world to see. So, hilariously, a charade is being hurriedly orchestrated in order to hide this ignominy. As usual, the Syrian government is being scapegoated for the real cause of violence in the country. That real cause is Washington’s state-sponsored terrorist-fueled war for regime change.

After four days of continuing deadly breaches by US-backed «rebels» since the Kerry-Lavrov ceasefire deal was implemented last Monday, Washington and the dutiful Western mainstream media are preparing the inevitable excuses.

Rather than focusing on ongoing «rebel» violence in contravention of the truce, US Secretary of State John Kerry fingered the Syrian government for preventing humanitarian access to insurgent-held eastern Aleppo as the reason for why the ceasefire is in danger of collapsing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wounded animals are dangerous.

And right now, the Clinton Cartel and their minions are feeling ...desperately wounded, by what might appear to some as a resounding, potential presidential triumph by Donald Trump.

Unfortunately, the closer it appears that Trump will win this election handily, the closer we are to a potential war against Russia, China, and Korea, as "payback" to Trump, even before he has had the opportunity to take the Oath of Office in January.

Democratic operatives will be ruthless in setting up Trump to fail, even if it means starting shooting wars with Russia, China, and Korea.

Sep 19 11:04

Russia Condemns Obama’s Decision to Conduct Illegal Air Strikes against Syrian Forces, Washington’s Objective was to Protect ISIS Terrorists

“It is highly suspicious that the United States chose to conduct this particular air strike at this time,” Russia’s ambassador Vitaly Churkin said.

“It was quite significant and not accidental that it happened just two days before the Russian-American arrangements were supposed to come into full force,” Churkin added.

“The beginning of work of the Joint Implementation Group was supposed to be September 19. So if the US wanted to conduct an effective strike on Al-Nusra or ISIS, in Deir ez-Zor or anywhere else, they could wait two more days and coordinate with our military and be sure that they are striking the right people.”

“Instead they chose to conduct this reckless operation,”

“So it may well be, one has to conclude, that the airstrike has been conducted in order to derail the operation of the Joint Implementation Group and actually prevent it from being set in motion,” …

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I a betting woman, I would almost be willing to bet that such US/Israeli/Australian attacks against Syrian forces, and perhaps - soon - against Russian forces in Syria- will be happening as well.

The goal of these attacks will be to goad Russia into a military response against US military assets, and the moment that happens, we will be looking at war with Russia.

Also, as reported at globalresearch.ca yesterday:

The ISIS launched attacks on the Syrian army positions in Deir Ezzor only 7 minutes after the US-led coalition’s airstrikes on Saturday, a military source said, adding that the air and ground assault were highly coordinated, According to FNA report. The source said after the coalition’s pounding of the Syrian army near Deir Ezzor airbase, the ISIS could take full control of al-Tharda mountain and then Deir Ezzor military base, adding that the army and national defense forces deployed near the airbase immediately won it back from the terrorists by launching a counterattack. Noting that Deir Ezzor is now almost in tranquility and no change has occurred in the military map of the region, the source said by attacking the Syrian army positions, the US seeks to prevent military operations to break the terrorists’ siege on the city.

And I have to ask myself; how could this not be true, if it only took ISIS 7 minutes after the US-lead coalition bombing attacks to attack this position?!?

Sep 19 11:00

The Threat of World War III: The Great Unmentionable in the 2016 Campaign

The most important issue in the US presidential election is the one neither of the two main capitalist candidates, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, is talking about: the increasing likelihood that the next US president will order direct military action against Russia, China or North Korea, all countries that possess nuclear weapons.

The mounting danger of such a war was underscored by the US bombing of a Syrian government military post on Saturday, killing dozens of Syrian army soldiers. The US claim that this was done accidentally—against a major, well-known Syrian military installation, the Deir ez-Zor Air Base—has no credibility. A similar US “mistake” could easily lead to the death of Russian soldiers and escalate into a full-scale military confrontation between the two powers that control 93 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

On his last paragraph, the writer is absolutely dead wrong; it was Hillary Clinton's campaign in 2008 where those rumors originated.

Of the two candidates, at this moment, Clinton seems the more war-centric, particularly against Iran, and Trump appears to want to ratchet down tensions with (at least) Russia, and perhaps Korea and China as well.

I am not exceptionally "giddy with joy" concerning the choices US voters have in our Presidential election; but right now, I am very much edging toward Trump, because he is a businessman, and is not part of the DC establishment.

I frankly think our country needs that right now.

And although I do want to see a woman president of this country, and soon, that woman most fit to run this country is not Hillary Clinton; she comes with more moral, financial, and emotional "baggage" than does Kim Kardashian on a photo shoot!!

Sep 19 09:36

ISIS Overruns Syrian Army Base After US Bombings

In the defense of the Deir Ezzor Airport, the Syrian military has long depended on an army base in Jebel Tharda to repel ISIS advances. That base has been lost this weekend, after a disastrous series of US-led airstrikes killed a large number of Syrian troops defending the base, and ISIS quickly overran what was left.

For over 20 minutes, the coalition warplanes attacked the base. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the attack killed at least 83 Syrian troops and wounded 120 others. The US Central Command claimed they thought the base belonged to ISIS.

It does now. With the forces decimated by the US attack, ISIS quickly overran the base. Syrian state media claimed an ongoing effort to recover the site, but it does not appear to have been successful yet, as ISIS managed to shoot down a Syrian warplane, flying out of Deir Ezzor Airport, over Jebel Tharda.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though this is just the outcome the US and Israel wanted to see happen here.

Sep 19 09:32

Payback? Syrian Armed Forces Reportedly Shoot Down US Spy Drone Over Deir ez-Zor

A US Air Force surveillance aircraft was reportedly downed on Sunday in the province of Deir ez-Zor, where American jets bombed Syrian forces encircled by Daesh militants a day earlier, killing 62 personnel.

According to Press TV, the Syrian Army brought down a UAV that was spotted hovering over mountains in the Jabal Therdeh area in the east of the province. AMN new agency, presenting itself a source of news from the Arabian world, specified that shots were fired by the Syrian Arab Army's 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Tank Division, though noting that drone managed to leave the Syrian airspace.

Sep 19 08:57

Syrian military declares U.S.-Russia-led ceasefire over

Syria’s military on Monday declared the seven-day initial period for a ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia over, without indicating whether the truce would reinstated.

It said in a statement that “terrorist groups,” a term the Syrian government uses to refer to all insurgents fighting against it, had failed to commit to any of the provisions of the deal, and had used the ceasefire to rearm while violating it 300 times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is precisely the response the US government was hoping for, after its bombing of Syrian troops at Deir Ezzor.

Were I a betting woman, I would not bet against many more incursions into Syria, against both Syrian and Russian troops, by the US military.

Sep 19 08:52

U.S., ISRAEL LAUNCH AIRSTRIKES ON SYRIAN GOVERNMENT FORCES - DIRECTLY SUPPORTING ISIS AND AL-QAEDA

Earlier today the Syrian Arab Army had announced that 1,000 fresh soldiers arrived in Deir Ezzor to liberate it from ISIS.

The U.S. planes came from Erbil in the Kurdish separatist region of Iraq.

The Syrian troops were holding positions on Jabal Tharda, a mountain that overlooks Deir Ezzor's airport. The mountain is now fully under Islamic State control. With this IS has firecontrol over the airport and the Deir Ezzor garrison as well as more than 150,000 civilians living under government protection are thereby cut off from supplies and any further reinforcements. Government forces have launched a counterattack to regain the vital position.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So let me get my head around the reality that the US is working with Israeli in supporting Isis and Al Qaeda in Syria: any questions?!?!?

And that performance by U.S. Ambassador Power at the UN on Saturday at the emergency meeting called by Russia over the incident was extraordinarily cringeworthy, to say the least, and engineered to try to get a rise out of the Russian Ambassador, Churkin; the only thing that happened was, at one point, he walked out of the room.

And if Power was going to elaborate on atrocities, how about the atrocities committed by the US/Israeli enabled and funded Isis and Al Qaeda?!?

Sep 19 08:31

Putin Casts Vote In Russian State Duma Election

Voting is underway in Russia’s nationwide election day for positions in the federal parliament and dozens of municipal and regional bodies.

Sep 19 08:18

Samantha Power walks out during UN Russian speech over US bombing of Syrian army

And I understand him. One look at Samantha Power is enough to understand, that there's just trouble in that head. Diplomat, the representative of the leading country at the highest international body, comes out for solo performance looking not like a diplomat but an old tramp that was just dragged out of bed, with a hangover. It's clear that this did not escape the eye of all the participants of the meeting of the Security Council. They just diplomatically talked about something else. Including the inappropriate behavior.

According to Churkin, when he began to share with the audience his concerns over Syria (a US strike in Deir ez-Zor on SAR troops), Samantha Power did not listen. Instead, she walked out to talk to the press, where she began to spit out nonsense about Russian-bombed hospitals and a breach of agreements - saying the moderates are bombed. Clearly, the woman had a hangover, had nothing to say, but did not have the energy to listen to criticism. So she exploded.

Sep 19 08:09

Obama arrives for UN General Assembly meeting amid tensions with Putin: The President lands in New York as furious Russia condemns 'accidental' US airstrike on Assad's forces in Syria 

President Barack Obama arrived in New York for his final appearance at the U.N. General Assembly - as the Syrian cease-fire agreement with Russia teeters on on the verge of collapse.

Just over a week after Obama and Vladimir Putin's tense 'pull-aside' meetings on the bloody conflict at the G20 summit in China, the President flew into Manhattan ahead of his speech at the United Nations on Tuesday.

The Syrian conflict will be a major topic of concerns at the assembly, after the UN security council was forced to call an emergency meeting Saturday over air strikes by the US-led coalition.

Sep 19 08:07

Reports: Russia gives Syria green light to shoot down Israeli planes

After Israel attacked the Assad regime’s military positions in response to projectiles fired from Syria that exploded inside Israel, Russia called on Israel to show restraint and has allegedly given Syria permission to shoot down Israeli planes that cross into its territory.

Sep 19 07:56

Russia denies knowledge of US airstrikes that killed tens of Syrian soldiers

An earlier CENTCOM Press Release claimed that Russia had knowledge that the United States were going to begin airstrikes in areas of Deir Ezzor. This has been flatly denied by the Russian side.

In response, Moscow has called for an urgent United Nations Security Council meeting and for Washington to explain its actions.

“If the airstrike was caused by the wrong coordinates of targets than it’s a direct consequence of the stubborn unwillingness of the American side to coordinate with Russia in its actions against terrorist groups in Syria,” Konashenkov of Russia's Defense Ministry said.

Sep 19 07:26

Vladimir Putin’s party wins landslide victory in Duma elections

With over 50% of the votes counted in Russia’s parliamentary elections Putin’s party United Russia appears to be heading for a landslide win with around 53% of the votes.

The winner-takes-all nature of the first past the post system being used in the single member constituencies which make up half the total of seats in the Duma meanwhile means that with 53% of the vote United Russia is sweeping the great majority of these constituencies.

Sep 19 07:12

Top NATO Chief Says Balkans Threatened by Islamic Terrorism, Russian Influence

Chairman of NATO Military Committee General Petr Pavel has claimed at the alliance’s conference in Croatia that the Balkans are “far from stable,” saying that the region is both threatened by Islamic terrorism and Russian influence.

Pavel, who became the first committee chief from the former Eastern bloc, said that the military alliance should be able to deter opponents and defend the members of NATO, Croatian HINA news agency reported.

"NATO must have the ability, strength and resources to distract opponents and defend its members against any threat," he said at a press briefing in Split on Saturday following a conference of the Military Committee of NATO.

Sep 18 19:09

Truce teeters after raids on Aleppo, Syria troops

Check the comments. We are winning the Information War.

zoltan12 hours ago
I doubt that any of this was accidental. The US is clearly still commited to the regime change policy which already killed over 400,000 Syrians and led to the destabilization of the entire region, including the EU.

Andrew5 hours ago
The White House is trying to smuggle weapons to the TERRORISTS and Russia is trying to stop it.
It makes you wonder WHO is the "State Sponsor Of TERROR"

Philip7 hours ago
In looking through the comments on this article, it is very gratifying to see that my fellow Americans are on to the racist, genocidal actions of our illegitimate US government; which does NOT exist to serve "We the People", but rather, to serve the interests of the Zionists who succeeded in hijacking our government and morphing it into a privately-owned, for-profit CORPORATION.

Sep 18 17:04

U.S., Israel Launch Airstrikes On Syrian Government Forces - Directly Supporting ISIS And Al-Qaeda

The U.S.

refuses to publish the details of the agreement with Russia about the ceasefire in Syria
has done nothing over the last days to separate, as promised, the "moderate rebels" it supports in Syria from al-Qaeda
today bombed a Syrian army position in support of an Islamic State attack in Deir Ezzor.

Sep 18 14:49

Video: ISIS militants cheer atop Syrian soldiers killed by US air strikes

In the following video, ISIS militants are seen gloating over the corpses of the Syrian Army personnel killed by the USAF as they pronounce that this 'conquest' sets the foundation for cleansing the province from the 'Nusayris', a term both ISIS and the US-backed Islamists used for Allawites who are considered by neither as Muslims.

Sep 18 13:01

Actress Kimberlin Brown : Business Women for Trump

“One third of small businesses are owned by women…

“To the 9.5 million women business owners, who employ about 8 million workers, adding value about 1.5 trillion dollars to our economy; I urge you to think about how important this election is for your future…

“Who do you think better understands your challenges ?

“A career Washington insider… OR A successful businessman who knows how to make a pay roll…?

Sep 18 12:56

If Trumps Wins, Hillary and Bill Clinton Go To Jail!

The gloves are off and Hillary is being pummeled. This is much more than death by a thousand cuts.

The events of the past week have made it clear that this is not only a fight for who becomes president.

Sep 18 12:50

Israel To Get 38 Billion Dollars US Aid Package — Good Idea ?

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) — President Barack Obama‘s administration pledged the United States’ largest-ever military aid package to Israel on Wednesday — nearly $40 billion over 10 years.

Philip Giraldi joins today’s Liberty Report to break down the agreement and discuss whether it really does, as Rice claims, benefit US security.

A "memorandum of understanding" committing the US to providing $38 billion in military aid to Israel over the next ten years.

Sep 18 10:41

Timing & other aspects of US strike on Syrian army suggest intentional provocation – Churkin

The US’ sudden attempt to “help” the Syrian army fighting ISIS in the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor, which resulted in a strike that killed and injured dozens of soldiers, does not look like an honest mistake, Russia’s UN envoy told journalists at the UNSC meeting.
“It is highly suspicious that the United States chose to conduct this particular air strike at this time,” Russia’s ambassador Vitaly Churkin said.

Churkin questioned why the US suddenly chose to “help” the Syrian army defend Deir ez-Zor after all these years, recalling how American forces just observed terrorists’ movements and did “nothing when ISIS advanced on Palmyra.”

“It was quite significant and not accidental that it happened just two days before the Russian-American arrangements were supposed to come into full force,” Churkin added.

Sep 18 09:48

Merkel demands that Poroshenko make "a decisive step" and implement Minsk Agreement

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a telephone conversation with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, called upon him to make a decisive step in the implementation of the Minsk agreements, to resolve the situation in Ukraine and she noted that the political will for reconciliation should be shown by both sides of the conflict, as was stated publicly on Saturday by the official representative of the Cabinet of Germany, Ulrike Demmer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Merkel is grandstanding to distract from her own melt-down at home!

Sep 18 09:36

George Soros: A psychopath’s psychopath

According to Soros, Russia’s strategy is to “avoid collapse by making the EU implode first – by exacerbating the migration crisis and stoking Islamophobia”.

On February 11, the Guardian ran an article by George Soros which had run a day earlier here entitled “Putin is a bigger threat to Europe’s existence than Isis.”

After a quick check of my vital signs, I confirmed that I was indeed awake and the article was real and in the Guardian not The Onion. Before I look at the tissue of untruths which make up the substance of Soros’ article, a few general words about psychopaths are in order.

Sep 18 09:28

U.S. Blasts Russia for Calling Emergency U.N. Meeting Over Syria Bombing

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power tonight blasted Russia for calling an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council in response to a U.S.-led coalition airstrike that mistakenly killed over 60 Syrian regime troops, and wounded 100 more, according to numbers provided by the Russian Defense Ministry.

Speaking at the U.N headquarters in New York, Power said "even by Russia's standards, tonight's stunt, a stunt replete with moralism and grand-standing is uniquely cynical and hypocritical."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is called the "How DARE you" defense.

Sep 18 09:22

Russia, U.S. Tensions Spill Over At UN Security Council Meeting

Tensions between Russian and U.S. diplomats have spilled over at the United Nations Security Council after Russian officials demanded to know whether the United States intentionally supported Islamic State (IS) militants with air strikes that hit Syrian government troops.

Sep 18 09:15

CNN: RUSSIA Calls For UN Security Meeting Claiming US is Colluding w/ ISIS!

‘US is defending ISIS’: Russia convenes UNSC meeting after US coalition strike on Syrian army

Moscow has called an urgent UN Security Council meeting after US-led coalition hit Syrian forces, killing 62 soldiers and wounding 100 more. The Russian FM spokeswoman blasted Washington over the indiscriminate airstrike that she said serves the interests of ISIS terrorists.
“If previously we had suspicions that Al-Nusra Front is protected this way, now, after today’s airstrikes on the Syrian army we come to a really terrifying conclusion for the entire world: The White House is defending IS [Islamic State, formerly ISIS/ISIL],”Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Rossiya 24.

“We demand a full and detailed explanation from Washington. That explanation must be given at the UN Security Council,”Zakharova added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Oh, look. Look! There has been a bomb in New York! Pay attention to that!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 18 09:08

The Ukrainian attack on Russia’s embassy is an attack on democracy

The attack on Russia's embassy in Kiev and the official Ukrainian obstruction of Russian attempts to organise voting in the Duma elections by Russian citizens at the Russian embassy are not minor harassment. They are gross violations of international law and interference in the democratic right of Russian citizens to participate in the elections in their country.

Sep 18 08:17

Moscow says strikes on Syria army threaten U.S.-Russia ceasefire plan

Moscow stepped up its war of words with Washington on Sunday, saying air strikes by a U.S.-led coalition on the Syrian army threatened the implementation of a U.S.-Russian ceasefire plan for Syria and bordered on connivance with Islamic State.

Sep 17 15:08

Syrian Army recovers territory in Deir Ezzor after US attacks their positions

DEIR EZZOR, SYRIA (8:50 P.M.) - Soldiers from the Qassem Units (Special Forces) of the Syrian Arab Army told Al-Masdar moments ago that their forces have recaptured several points in Jabal Thardeh after retreating due U.S. airstrikes on their positions.

Sep 17 14:07

Russia Wants Emergency UN Security Council Session on US Bombing of Syrian Army

On Saturday, Russia convened an emergency session of the UN Security Council to discuss the US-led coalition airstrikes that the SANA news agency reports killed at least 80 Assad regime soldiers. The US admits that they inadvertently targeted the Syrian forces, but claim that in a statement by the US Central Command claim that they warned Russia prior to the bombing.

USA HAS NOT ANNOUNCED PLANS TO CONDUCT OPERATIONS IN THE AREA OF DEIR EZ-ZOR — THE RF FOREIGN MINISTRY https://ria.ru/syria/20160917/1477219091.html

Sep 17 13:45

9/11: 15 Years Of A Transparent Lie — Paul Craig Roberts

There are many conspiracy theories about 9/11. The US government’s own expanation of 9/11 is a conspiracy theory in which a few Saudi Arabians outwitted the American national security state. Little doubt that many of the more imaginative conspiracy theories were created for the purpose of stigmatizing any skepticism, no matter how well reasoned and supported, of the official story.

These groups of qualified and experienced people say that the official story of 9/11 is false.

Sep 17 13:35

Illegitimate Russian Duma Elections in Occupied Crimea

Press Statement
John Kirby
Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
September 16, 2016
The United States does not recognize the legitimacy, and will not recognize the outcome, of the Russian Duma elections planned for Russian-occupied Crimea on September 18th. Our position on Crimea is clear: the peninsula remains an integral part of Ukraine. Crimea-related sanctions against Russia will remain until Russia returns control of Crimea to Ukraine. We also continue to be deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in Crimea, including the status of the ethnic Tatar community and widespread reports of missing persons and human rights abuses.

Sep 17 13:11

FBI grilled over handling of Clinton investigation

As lawmakers continued to probe Hillary Clinton’s private email use, the aide who set up the service declined to appear before the House committee. FBI officials had to be given a summons to produce documents on the investigation.

On Tuesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee summoned contractors and former State Department officials who set up and maintained Clinton’s email servers and mobile devices. However, the key Clinton aide, Bryan Pagliano, did not show up for the hearing, pleading Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination.

The afternoon before, the committee dressed down FBI’s Acting Assistant Director for Congressional Affairs Jason Herring, who was at pains to explain his absence from a major meeting last week and the bureau’s reluctance to hand over unredacted investigation documents.

Sep 17 11:39

Russia says 60 Syrian forces killed in US-led coalition raids on army positions

Russia says 60 Syrian forces have been killed in airstrikes by US-led coalition jets on army positions near Dayr al-Zawr military airport.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable; apparently, the US government and military are completely impotent to prevent this from happening, and has zero control over the actions of the alleged "moderate" rebels, who are funded and equipped by the US government.

This is absolutely disgusting, but a perfectly predictable outcome from an American foreign policy on Syria which was obviously hatched through major interaction with either a Ouija board, or a dart board, or BOTH!!

What is wrong with this incident?!? FLIPPING EVERYTHING

Sep 17 11:23

US & US-controlled forces haven't fulfilled any Syria ceasefire deal obligations - Russian Army

The US is still reluctant to take measures to force rebels under its control to implement the Syrian ceasefire, Russia’s Defense Ministry said, adding that if things do not change, Washington will be the sole side responsible for the failure of the truce.

After five days of the ceasefire, it has to be noted that only the Russian and Syrian sides have been fully implementing their commitments. On its own initiative, Russia prolonged the cessation of hostilities for 48 hours, and yesterday it was extended for another 72 hours,” senior Russian General Staff official, Viktor Poznikhir, said at a briefing in Moscow.

But, according to Poznikhir, it is very different on the American side as “the US and the so-called moderate groups under their control didn’t fulfill a single commitment undertaken in the framework of the Geneva arrangements.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, THAT sure as heck didn't take long!

Sep 17 11:18

One Billion USD Capital Flows Into Russia in August

World interest rates are about zero or even negative, while yields of Russian Federal Loan Bonds remain fairly attractive to world investors. The Russian stock market remains one of the cheapest in the world, corporate management and financial results are good. The devaluation of the ruble strongly depreciated labor costs and other expenses for Russian companies. In August, the Moscow Central Stock Exchange index was +1,81%, and the Russian Trading System Stock Exchange was +3,03%. Like the majority of other emerging markets, the Russian stock market depends heavily on foreigners; but most importantly, the business world realizes that sanctions failed to isolate Russia and ruin its economy. Russia is not Iraq. Of course, the situation can change in the near future. The increase the Federal Reserve rate, or a sharp, sudden decrease in the rate of the Central Bank of Russia can temporally change investors’ mood. However, it would not reverse the situation.

Sep 17 10:29

Ukrainian radicals attack Russian Embassy on eve of parliamentary election

Overnight a group of some 20 radical Ukrainian nationalists, attacked the Russian Embassy in Kiev with fireworks. The embassy is bracing itself for potential trouble on election day.

Sep 17 10:23

US forces IMF to change the rules over Ukraine, setting a time bomb under global financial system

Let me remind you that we are talking about the money in the framework of loan agreement to Ukraine for a total amount of $17.5 billion. It is provided under a four-year program of reforms of Ukrainian economy, compiled with the active participation of the IMF. The total amount of external funding, including the fund loan - $40 billion. Under this program, Kiev received the first tranche of $5 billion, then the second ($1.7 billion) and was expecting more. However, the third tranche did not arrive before the end of 2015. The process has stalled. The official explanation was that Ukraine is not able to perform its obligations... For reference, I note that to date Ukraine managed to obtain about $20 billion from the IMF (since 1994). If you look at the files from those years, you will find: Ukraine never fulfilled its obligations, but received the money without delay. So the dog is buried somewhere else.

Sep 17 10:22

They Lied to You About Iraq, they Lied to You About Libya. Do You Think They're Lying to You About Russia?

After the British report exposing falsehoods to justify invading Iraq in 2003, a new U.K. inquiry found similar misconduct in the 2011 attack on Libya, but no lessons are learned for the West’s new propaganda about Russia

Sep 17 10:21

Rift Appears Between US DoS and Pentagon Over Syrian Deal With Russia

Tensions are simmering in Washington regarding the deal struck by US Secretary of State Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov over Syria. There appears to be a rift within the Obama administration with the "party of war" opposing the idea of US-Russian cooperation.

Sep 17 10:12

With Hillary as President 'We are Looking at Nuclear War With Russia or China'

James George Jatras also explained the rationale behind the harsh comments about Trump from the Democratic camp and the overall attitude towards the Republican nominee.

Hillary is the candidate of the "deep state", of the oligarchy, he said. In effect. the way the script was supposed to run was that the corresponding co-candidate should have been Jeb Bush so that "we have "Tweedledee – Tweedledum" choices like we usually get."

He also pointed out one reason why people are really concerned about Hillary's political and physical viability and might not want to see her go is that they realize there will be "blood bath in the Democratic party while deciding who succeeds her."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Terrifying, but quite true.

Sep 17 10:06

Putin's Adviser: Why Eurasian Union is a Better Deal Than the European Union

...The President's speech emphasized that the broad Eurasian integration, or Greater Eurasia, involves the concept of multi-speed integration, which we used in the framework of the CIS. Countries that were more focused on integration, created the Customs Union. At first, only three states: Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan. Today there is also Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. In parallel, we have a large number of economic agreements within the CIS, including the free trade area, which includes all the CIS States. And the same model is offered by our president for the greater Eurasian integration. Within this model, there are clusters of more cohesive countries, such as a single economic space, for example, of the Eurasian Union. With China's there is emphasis on joint investment projects, which is why, in fact, China initiated the establishment of an international infrastructure investment bank.

Sep 17 09:58

Russia Says UN Meeting Cancelled Over US Objections

A hastily scheduled Security Council meeting was canceled because the U.S. does not want to make public details of the Syrian cease-fire deal, Russia's ambassador to the United Nations said Friday.

Vitaly Churkin said there was no point in briefing the council if the U.S. did not want to say exactly what was in the documents outlining the deal hammered out last week by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

"This briefing is not going to happen and mostly likely we're not going to have a resolution of the Security Council because the United States does not want to share those documents with the members of the Security Council and we believe that we cannot ask them to support a document which they haven't seen," Churkin said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is the US government so terrified of here, that they didn't want details of this agreement made public?!?

Sep 17 09:52

Ukraine: Where Rape is "Patriotic" and worth 100 Euros

The Ukrainian publication “Korrespondent” has analyzed what, in Ukrainian reality, happens to people who dare to criticize the Kiev government and its policies. The results are shocking, especially given that thieves and pedophile-rapists live at large in today’s Ukraine as long as they are “heroes of the ATO.” Freedom-loving European journalists call criticism of the current Kiev regime, which came to power through a coup d’etat, “anti-Ukrainian activity.” The facts collected by “Korrespondent” will stop anyone in their tracks...

Sep 17 09:50

Like WADA's double standards, IMF breaks its own rules to give Ukraine CPR

The IMF came to the aid of Ukraine because the United States still needs it. The total collapse of Ukraine now would be disastrous for American plans. Ukraine is already clinically dead, and doctors in the pay of the US, occasionally inject the country with a doping cocktail for it to have at least, faute de mieux, the appearance of the walking dead. This is why the IMF provided this slice in utter violation of its rules and statutes. This situation does not seem to embarrass the financial institution, even though they have refused loans to other countries (such as Greece and Argentina) for less than that. Indeed according to the same IMF Articles of Agreement, it can not normally lend to:
- A country that has little chance of repaying, or
- A country in default, or
- A country at war.

Sep 17 09:41

Narva gets ‘Irish scenario’

The US prepares a new hotbed of tension in the chaos belt around Russia. It will be the Russian-speaking Estonian Narva. A 'secret report' of the Estonian government Commission on Security has been cited in the Eesti Ekspress. The provocation is dangerous because it can trigger a world war. The report warns that events in the Ida-Viru County, the capital of which is Narva (80% of population are Russians), may develop under scenario of the Eastern Ukraine or Northern Ireland. 'Russification is going on in Ida-Viru,' the Delfi wrote. 'Unless we undertake certain steps, we will lose the county, and in case of a conflict with Russia, we won't be able to control situation in the cities of Ida-Viru'. According to estimations of the report, '60,000 people will passively support such conflict, while 1,500 residents are possible active adherents of the conflict.' The Irish scenario presupposes 'presence of a local terror net, which is supported overseas.

Sep 17 09:23

ISRAËL VIOLATES THE CEASE-FIRE IN SYRIA AND LOSES TWO PLANES

On 13 September 2016, at 1 a.m., although the cease-fire had just come into force, the Israëli aviation attempted to destroy a combat position in the South of Syria and certain military installations near Damascus.

The Syrian Arab Army fired at and hit the planes with new generation missiles. One of the planes crashed in jihadist-held territory, the other managed to land in Israël.

Tsahal at first denied the two incidents, then recognised having violated Syrian air space and admitted that Syria had fired on their planes.

The available information does not enable us to know exactly what the Israêli planes were (F-15, F-16, or F-35), nor if the missiles were fired by Hezbollah or by the Syrian Arab Army, nor what type of missiles they were or who built them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, whatever weapons which were fired at the Israeli fighters were able to target them with a very certain degree of precision; something upon which the IDF had not counted, in ordering the strike into sovereign Syrian territory.

Sep 17 09:07

Moscow insists on publishing agreements on Syria to assess their implementation

"We hope the US will stop shying away from publication of the documents it undersigned and the whole world will learn then about obligations of the sides under these documents and will be able to give unbiased assessments to how each side fulfills the agreements," Zakharova said. As she commented on a statement by the US Department after a telephone conversation between State Secretary John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, she said this was not the first time that the US came up with an interpretation of a document endorsed in Geneva. Kerry said earlier on Friday Washington would set up a center for coordination of strikes jointly with Russia only after the conditions for humanitarian access in Syria featured in the Geneva accords were fulfilled.

Sep 17 02:21

Russian UN envoy hopes UN SC will adopt resolution calling for ban of nuclear tests

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1996. It was signed by 183 countries and adopted by 164, including Russia. However, CTBT has not yet entered into force because the eight countries that possess nuclear weapons or potential for making them, had not yet ratified it. Among those countries are Egypt, Israel, India, Iran, China, North Korea, Pakistan and the United States. Russian Ambassador to UN Vitaly Churkin hopes that the UN Security Council will adopt a resolution next week calling on countries to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). "There were some good changes, and now hopefully that resolution is going to be adopted," Churkin told journalists on Saturday. "And to us, the main element of that resolution will be calling on everybody to ratify CTBT because the only way to be on solid ground is to ratification of CTBT," he added.

Sep 17 02:18

Russian Emergencies Ministry’s convoy delivers humanitarian aid to Macedonia

The humanitarian aid was delivered to Skopje by the order of the Russian government, at the request of the Macedonian authorities. Over 20 people were killed and another 100 injured in floods that hit Skopje overnight to August 7. Over 5,000 houses and farms were partially or completely damaged by floods. "A convoy with humanitarian aid for Macedonia’s population has arrived in Skopje. Five trucks brought mobile electric stations, pumps and food - canned fish and meat," a spokesperson for the Emergencies Ministry said. The convoy was on the road for a week. Setting off from the ministry’s Noginsk rescue center in the Moscow Region, the convoy went to Novorossiysk. From there, it passed over 850 kilometers of the Black Sea by a ferry to reach Bulgaria’s Burgas. The convoy came to Skopje from there.

Sep 16 08:03

Putin Bans Rothschilds From Russia

Putin played the New World Order game long enough to climb as high as the position of President - then he abruptly turned his back on them, prompting Jacob Rothschild to accuse him of being a "traitor to the New World Order."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And that was the moment Russia went from being a friend of the USA to the top of the US Government's Special High Interest Targets list!

Sep 16 07:52

Syrian Army Receives Advanced Artillery Tracker System from Russia

Damascus appreciated the Russian Defense Ministry for delivering an advanced model of "Aist?nok" artillery-missile tracker system to the Syrian Army to reinvigorate its truce-monitoring capabilities, the spokesman for the Syrian army said.

Sep 16 07:35

FBI Director: US Could Be Retaliating Against Russia Secretly

Speaking today at an event in Washington DC, FBI Director James Comey rejected the idea that the US was not doing anything about “Russian cyber threats” and allegations of hacks by Russia against US interests, saying that the lack of public response doesn’t mean the US isn’t doing anything.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course Russia, which knows they are not the hackers that embarrassed the DNC, will view any cyber-actions by the FBI as offensive provocations!

Sep 15 11:45

Russian-Iranian bank may ditch the US dollar

Moscow and Tehran are actively working on opening a joint bank with plans to carry out operations in national currencies, according to the former president of the Russia-Iran Friendship Society Bahram Amirahmadiyan.

Sep 15 11:00

Here's What Moscow Plans to Do About North Korea's Nuclear Ambitions

Pyongyang has managed to tick off even China, which had always been a natural ally to North Korea in the past, the journalist emphasized. "Beijing had good communication with Kim Jong-un's father, and restrained Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions. But Kim Jong-un has managed to significantly complicate relations not only with world powers, but also with their closest neighbor."

In this regard, it's notable, according to the journalist, that Kim has never made an official visit to China, or even met with Chinese President Xi Jinping. "Russia and China are the only two countries that continue to engage in dialog with Pyongyang. The recent nuclear test in the peninsula has complicated the already delicate regional balance. Everyone understands that a war on the Korean peninsula would have far-reaching and unpredictable consequences."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why the leadership from China, South Korea, Japan, and the US need to meet, and develop a peaceful plan for de-escalating the military situation in South Korea, in return for North Korea stopping their development of nuclear weapons.

Sanctions and further Western "male attributes waving", through a show of military force against North Korea will only further exacerbate the situation.

Sep 15 09:39

Homeland Security Chair Claims He "Misspoke" - 'Russians' Did Not Hack RNC

As Politico reports, House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul said Wednesday that Russian hackers have penetrated the computer systems of the Republican National Committee.

"It’s important to note, Wolf, that they have hacked not only hacked into the DNC but also into the RNC,” McCaul (R-Texas) said in an appearance on CNN.

“So they are not discriminating one party against the others. The Russians have basically hacked into both parties at the national level and that gives us all concern about what their motivations are.”
But a top RNC official disputed McCaul.

"There has been no known breach of the RNC's cyber network," said Sean Cairncross, the RNC's chief operating officer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"They did, TOO!!!!" -- Grand Old Poops

Sep 15 08:00

Unholy Alliance: Russia's Pro-Western Opposition Openly Joins Forces With The Far-Right

“Exposed: Who Wants To Dismantle Russia?” is a REN TV documentary that uses factual evidence (publicly available video, interviews, or in some cases paparazzi tactics) to expose the recent merger between Russia’s pro-Western neoliberals (Mikhail KASIANOV, his “PARNAS” political party, and their backers like KHODORKOVSKY) and the far-right nationalists/Neo-Nazis.

Of course, this movie is intended to influence the Russian Duma elections, on September 18th, hence its publication on the 9th.

Sep 15 07:59

LYING AT ALL COSTS – HOW MEDIA IN MONTENEGRO TARNISHES RUSSIA

Russia is compared with a cancer that will soon occupy the Baltic countries. Putin is called a cruel dictator who unjustly takes away property from innocent businessmen. Two months later, they released a ridiculous article about the dictators who loved gold. It was about the wealth of the former leaders of Libya, Iraq, Ukraine, Turkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan. In the end of the article, they wrote about President Putin. According to their friends from Russian the opposition, Mr. Putin has a private jet with a golden toilet, at the cost of 75 thousand dollars. As you can see, in an attempt to humiliate and denigrate Russia, pro-Western media are ready to use any means, even publishing absurdities.

Sep 15 07:45

German foreign minister visits junta-occupied Donbass

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will visit Kramatorsk in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, the German foreign ministry has announced. Earlier on Wednesday, the deputy commander of the Donetsk People’s Republic operative command, Eduard Basurin, stated that the situation in Donbass has sharply deteriorated.

Sep 14 13:54

Dusseldorf Court rejects individual appeals of 94 banned Russian Paralympians

The Court of Dusseldorf rejected individual lawsuits of 94 Russian Paralympians, who appealed against their suspension from the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games in Brazil, the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) announced on Wednesday. The RPC added that the Russian side already appealed the verdict of the court in Dusseldorf with the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany asking to review the case as soon as possible.

Sep 14 13:49

Moscow concerned over violations of adopted children’s rights in US: the facts when Russian orphans were traded online

"We are seriously concerned over the information coming from the United States on the growing number of facts when the rights and legal interests of Russian children adopted by US citizens are violated," Dolgov said. The diplomat reminded that many inquiries of Russia’s law enforcers through the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Investigative Committee remain without answer in breach of the US international commitments, including the 1999 Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters. Russia did not receive "any clear answers" from Washington regarding the violations during the Russian-US consultations in Moscow on Wednesday, the diplomat said.

Sep 14 13:42

EU Council admits link between Russian company, MH17 crash unestablished

Council on Tuesday admitted the absence of whatever established connections between the Russian corporation Almaz-Antei and the MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine in July 2014, the corporation’s Deputy Director General for legal issues and corporate policies, Vladimir Konovalov, told TASS. EU Council representatives made the admission at court hearings on the corporation’s lawsuit, wherein it demanded the repeal of sanctions against it as ungrounded and the unfreezing of its European assets. The hearings were held in the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, which will pass a ruling on the lawsuit before the yearend. "The EU representative stated that the sanctions didn’t come across as a punitive measure but meant much rather an assessment of risks and a precaution for the future," Konovalov said. "It’s plainly obvious this position is political, not legal. New hearings haven’t been appointed so far but they still can be appointed".

Sep 14 13:38

US Concerned About Russian Hacking: NSA Chief

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has expressed concerns over reports that some foreign governments may launch cyber attacks to undercut the November presidential election.

“We continue to be actively concerned,” NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers said at a Senate hearing on Tuesday.

Sep 14 13:38

Ukrainian president to be soon questioned over Euromaidan crimes - prosecutor general

Investigators of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office will soon summon President Pyotr Poroshenko for questioning over Euromaidan crimes, Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko said Wednesday. "The questioning has been delayed. I think it will take place soon," Lutsenko said when asked when the head of state will be questioned as an eyewitness...

Sep 14 13:37

Four civilians wounded in Donbass during Kiev forces shelling

"According to updated information, the night shelling left four people wounded, two were hospitalized, one of them was severely injured," the Donetsk News Agency quotes the press service as saying. DPR officials also reported that the artillery bombardment damaged 15 buildings, including a school. About 190 people remain without electricity and gas. "The night shelling damaged a gas pipeline, while five cases of damage to power lines were recorded. At the moment, 90 people remain without gas and 100 without electricity," the press service said...

Sep 14 13:19

Army 2016 forum: Top 8 newest Russian weapons

Russian weapons designers have presented over 11,000 items of modern weaponry and equipment at the Army 2016 international military and technology forum in the Moscow Region. We’ve selected eight of the most exciting pieces on show.

Sep 14 12:18

Russia and Turkey restart Turkish Stream construction

Through diplomatic channels, Gazprom has received the first permission from Turkish authorities to construct the offshore section of the Turkish Stream pipeline, the company’s report says. A week earlier, Gazprom reported that it had received the “first permits to realize Turkish Stream” but did not specify the documents... Gazprom has now specified that it has received permission not just for surveying, but for the construction of the pipeline’s offshore section. “We would like to note the efficiency and coherence of work with our Turkish partners at the first stage of the Turkish Stream project’s realization,” Gazprom head Alexey Miller is quoted as saying in the report.

Sep 14 12:16

German foreign minister visits junta-occupied Donbass

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will visit Kramatorsk in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, the German foreign ministry has announced. Earlier on Wednesday, the deputy commander of the Donetsk People’s Republic operative command, Eduard Basurin, stated that the situation in Donbass has sharply deteriorated. Even based on this extremely limited information, the conclusion can be drawn that the Western members of the “Normandy Four” are taking a unilateral position in support of Kiev. The French foreign minister, however, was not such a hypocrite and limited his trip only to Kiev. Steinmeier’s visit to Kramatorsk in the rear represents a cheap re-enactment of attempts at an “objective analysis of the situation” in the conflict zone. In fact, he is guaranteed to see nothing but a costume play and “peacekeeping” prop put on by the Kiev government with no opportunity to meet reality.

Sep 14 11:57

'Isolated Russia' to Hold Its First Ever Military Exercise With Pakistan

Relations have been warming for some time now and recently the first arms deals have been concluded as well. Around 200 military personnel from Russia and Pakistan will participate in the exercise, a senior Pakistani defense official told The Express Tribune. Both sides have revealed little else about the drill, dubbed Friendship 2016, except that it will take place in mountainous areas. Neither the exact time of the exercise nor its precise location are known.

Sep 14 08:57

Obama slams Trump’s appearance on RT, compares Putin to Saddam Hussein

Barack Obama slammed Donald Trump for his appearance on RT last week, accusing the Republican nominee of trying to “curry favor” with the Russian president, whom he compared to Saddam Hussein in one of his harshest comments yet about Vladimir Putin.

Obama blasted Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump for offering a soundbite to the Larry King Politicking Show that airs on RT.

When the interviewer asks him [Trump], ‘why do you support this guy [Putin]?’ He says, ‘He is a strong guy. Look, he’s got an 82 percent poll rating.’ Well, yes, Saddam Hussein had a 90 percent poll rating. If you control the media and you’ve taken away everybody's civil liberties, and you jail dissidents, that's what happens,” Obama claimed, addressing the crowd at a Hillary Clinton campaign event in Philadelphia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is something deliciously ironic about the statements Obama has made here.

His administration has:

1. Complete control over the corporate/presstitute media.


7 THINGS ABOUT THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA THAT THEY DO NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW

2. The Obama Administration has jailed more whistleblowers than has any other administration.

Obama Has Sentenced Whistleblowers to 31 Times the Jail Time of All Prior U.S. Presidents COMBINED

3. Under President Obama's watch, the US has bombed 7 countries:

Barack Obama: The Nobel Peace Prize Winner Who’s Bombed 7 Countries

4. Under President Obama's watch, the national debt has skyrocketed.

US Debt Crisis: National Debt Nearly Doubles In 7 Years, Student Loan Debt Grows $2,000 Per Second, Ontario Is Now The World’s Most Indebted Sub-sovereign Borrower… Taxes to SKYROCKET

5. Under President Obama's watch, poverty in this country has exploded.


That’s rich: Poverty level under Obama breaks 50-year record

6. Under President Obama's watch, tent cities of America's homeless continue to rise.

Tent Cities Full Of Homeless People Are Booming In Cities All Over America As Poverty Spikes

In conclusion, we can see, writ large, that it has been President Obama who

"... invades smaller countries, jails his opponents, controls the press, and drives his economy into a recession."

Sorry, Mr. President, but you don't get a ride on your own abysmal failures as President by sniping at what Trump had to say on President Putin.

Sep 14 08:21

PUTIN HAS SUGGESTED NOT TO ALLOW BANKERS SUSPECTED OF ILLEGAL OPERATIONS TO EXIT THE COUNTRY

Vladimir Putin proposed not to let abroad the bankers, who are suspected of illegal operations and to withdraw their assets in other countries.

This topic has become one of the main discussions during a working meeting with the Chairman of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina, according to TASS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now THERE'S a good idea!

Sep 14 07:55

Russia calls for 48-hour extension of Syrian ceasefire

Moscow has called for the ceasefire in Syria, in place since late Monday, to be extended for another 48 hours, the Russian General Staff says. It adds that militants have violated the ceasefire 60 times since it began.
"In accordance with the Russian-US agreements, the existing 48-hour ceasefire is expiring today at 7pm [Moscow time – 16:00 GMT]. We note that recently the cessation of hostilities was observed in full. As of this morning the overall number of violations by the militants has reached 60,” Russian General Staff official Viktor Poznikhir said on Wednesday.

He added that Russia understands the necessity of the full implementation of the agreements reached, and that it is “in favor of extending the ceasefire across Syria for another 48 hours.”

Sep 14 07:41

Russia: Russia-US pact on Syria should be published to avoid misinterpretations

Russian Foreign Ministry asserted that the recent Russian-US conditional ceasefire agreement in Syria should be made public to avoid wrong interpretations of its content.

Sep 14 06:41

Putin Politely Expresses His Amazement At Western Stupidity

...

“As far as expanding our zone of influence is concerned, it took me nine hours to fly to Vladivostok from Moscow. This is about the same from Moscow to New York, through all of Eastern and Western Europe and the Atlantic Ocean. Do you think we need to expand something?”

Sep 13 13:01

WADA awaits explanations from IBU on its choice of Russia for 2021 World Championship

The International Biathlon Union (IBU) must offer explanations regarding its recent vote to select the Russian Siberian city of Tyumen as the venue for the 2021 Biathlon World Championship, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said in its statement addressed to TASS. Following the secret ballot by the IBU members during the closing day of the organization’s Congress, held earlier in the month in the Moldovan capital of Chisinau, Tyumen was chosen to host the global biathlon tournament in five years. Numerous media reports suggested that after the decision in favor of Russia, WADA could possibly accuse the IBU of violating the anti-doping code...

Sep 13 12:39

This is outright gas sliding

Fake polls and propaganda.

Continue to expose the sinister Hillary Clinton campaign for what it is: a wildly failed attempt by a handful of elites to seize power. They were hoping for a home run by rigging the corporate media, instead they’ve struck out – word of Hillary Clinton’s poor health and erratic behavior has gone mainstream, and will continue to do so.

Vicious warmongers in favor of surveillance, wars for profit, and centralized financial authorities.

Sep 13 12:12

Moscow calls for publishing agreement with US on Syria — Lavrov

Moscow is for the publication of its agreement with the United States on Syria and for seeking its approval by the UN Security Council without any amendments, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said. "We hear Washington say it is not sure whether Russia will comply with the agreements in their original form, the way they were written down," Lavrov said. "This is a strange statement, especially if one bears in mind that the agreements incorporate the United States’ reaffirmed obligations to separate terrorists from the moderate opposition." The United States, he recalled, assumed that obligation early this year. "Soon it will be twelve months since then. Nothing has been done..."

Sep 13 12:01

Donbass militia leaders forbid their military to open fire in response to provocations

Heads of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky have prohibited their military units to open fire in response to provocations from Kiev-controlled forces.
The Contact Group on settlement in eastern Ukraine is holding a video conference on Tuesday, Darya Olifer, a spokesperson for Kiev’s envoy to the group, Leonid Kuchma, said. The consultations are also attended by the representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, she said. Ambassador Martin Sajdik, the special representative of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), told TASS that Tuesday’s talks will focus on the implementation of the ceasefire that entered into force on September 1. http://tass.com/world/899460

Sep 13 11:54

Kiev plans to file lawsuit against Russia over Crimea

Ukraine will file a lawsuit against Russia this week over Russia’s alleged violation of the Convention of the Law of the Sea, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin said on Monday. "The first big suit will be lodged this week. It will concern the Convention of the law of the Sea. It will be a comprehensive document as it incorporates such fundamental issues as the use of the sea space, violation of environmental security, as well as cultural heritage sites," he said in an interview with the ICTV television channel. He said it will be a "large-scope suit" but provided no further details.
Kremlin comments on Kiev's intention to file lawsuit against Russia http://tass.com/politics/899495
Ukraine may refuse to work at PACE if Russia’s powers are restored http://tass.com/world/899416
Russian lawmaker accuses Kiev of 'blackmailing' PACE http://tass.com/politics/899448

Sep 13 11:45

Russia’s Central Bank may ban bad faith bankers from travelling abroad

Russia’s Central Bank may impose a ban on trips abroad bad faith bankers, head of the regulator Elvira Nabiullina said at the meeting with President Vladimir Putin. Currently, the Russian authorities use such a measure against debtors on utilities or fines to road police, she said. Nabiullina said that there are "many cases when bankers go abroad, move out their assets there and these assets must be returned." But to punish bad faith bankers it is necessary to bring them home from abroad. In response, the head of state said that it is better if the Central Bank does not let such bankers go outside Russia. "Maybe we could think about it on the level of legislation, because now citizens who do not pay for utilities or fines to traffic police may be banned from going abroad. But when bankers with such huge debts leave the country so easily... It is clear that in two days it is impossible to get a judicial decision but it is necessary to think about this system," Nabiullina said.

Sep 13 11:32

Russian crew at ISS to be curtailed as of spring 2017 until commissioning of new module

The Russian state space corporation Roscosmos has to downsize the ISS mission crew as the number of Progress cargo ships launched to the ISS annually will be reduced to three from four at present in the wake of NASA's refusal to continue using the Progresses and to change over to new U.S. cargo carriers instead, the source said, adding that three Progresses a year is not enough to support three cosmonauts working at the ISS permanently. In this connection, the Russian missile corporation Energiya is developing a new cargo ship that will have a greater payload...

Sep 13 11:16

World Anti-Doping Agency blames Russia for hacking its ADAMS database. Kremlin says Russia's role in hacker attack on WADA ruled out

Fancybear.net web portal of hackers announced earlier that it hacked the ADAMS and leaked documents proving that WADA allowed US tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams as well as US four-time Olympic Champion in gymnastics Simone Biles and women’s basketball player Elena Dolle Donne taking banned performance enhancing drugs. "The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirms that a Russian cyber espionage group operator by the name of Tsar Team (APT28), also known as Fancy Bear, illegally gained access to WADA’s Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) database via an International Olympic Committee (IOC)-created account for the Rio 2016 Games," the agency said in its statement.
Russia's involvement in hacker attack on the WADA anti-doping system is definitively ruled out, the Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday. http://tass.com/sport/899642

Sep 13 11:05

Murdered Journalist's 2013 Prophecy: The EU Will Destroy Ukraine (Video)

Euro integration will destroy Ukraine’s industries, energy rates will sky rocket, travel will become unaffordable, and Ukrainians will never get a visa free regime with the European Union. These predictions were made in October 2013, when the country was eagerly anticipating the signing of the Euro association agreement by then President Victor Yanukovich. When he failed to do so he was overthrown in a violent coup in February 2014. The prophet, a famous Ukrainian author and historian Oles Buzina, was assassinated in what looked like a ritual killing by Neo Nazis at the door of his house in April 2015. The criminals were not found. The 2013-2014 promises of Paradise on Earth are long forgotten. Ukrainians are being mobilized to resist ‘Russian aggression’ and Vladimir Putin is blamed for the collapse of the Ukrainian economy. But Oles Buzina’s detailed predictions of the disaster to come is here for all to see...

Sep 13 10:46

Siluanov: Russia will vote against giving Ukraine the next IMF tranche

The Finance Ministry on Monday will give the necessary instructions to the Russian representative at the IMF to register a vote against granting Ukraine an additional tranche from the IMF, said Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov. "Today, we will give the necessary orders to our representative at the International Monetary Fund that when considering the extension of credit tranche of the IMF to Ukraine, we will vote against this decision, because we believe that it is taken in non-compliance with the rules in force", Siluanov said at a briefing at MIA "Russia today".
Background - Ukraine owes Russia money as part of its sovereign debt, which Ukraine has been allowed so far by the IMF to go unaddressed, with the half-claim that the debt is private debt, though this has not been entirely put forward and so it cannot be entirely challenged. At issue right now is that the IMF is breaking its own rules in several ways.

Sep 13 10:43

Desperate measures: US lifts sanctions against Russian defense exporter

The US has lifted part of its sanctions against Moscow affecting cooperation with the Rosoboronexport ("Russian Defense Export") helicopter project. This was announced by the Russian president’s special representative on Afghanistan and the director of the Second Asia Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zamir Kabulov. He remarked that the US spends billions of dollars on supplying vehicles and equipment to Afghani authorities while Kabul is interested in Russian weapons. “President Vladimir Putin said: ‘let’s make an agreement and we can deliver some things for free’, such as small arms and ammunition. But it’s necessary to pay for advanced technology. Yet this is not happening. The Americans declare that, because of sanctions over Ukraine, they cannot cooperate with Russia on arms supplies to Afghanistan. But nothing prevents the US from lifting sanctions against Rosoboronexport in regards to helicopter supplies to Afghanistan.

Sep 13 08:15

Greece wants Russia to invest in its coal industry

Athens has offered Russia’s Gazprom the opportunity to invest up to $900 million in the country’s coal industry, business daily Kommersant reports, citing its sources.

Sep 13 07:44

Putin Demonizers Have Lost Control of Their Meme - Now It Is Hurting Them

What follows was put into my head by a piece claiming that in Syria “Russia [was] using advanced weapons system developed through a secret agreement with extraterrestrial visitors“. I’m not suggesting that anyone take this seriously but notice the assumption that Putin is in the superhuman category.

Its creators are losing control of Putin Derangement Syndrome.

Sep 13 07:15

Results are in: US troops in Syria are defenseless vs. Russian tanks

According to a recently published report by the US Congress’ research services, at least 8 different anti-tank missiles are in use on the battlefield in Syria. The most dangerous of them are those of Russian origin. This observation by analysts’ is especially relevant for American military advisers and instructors in Syria. In effect, it means that the US Army is in need of a modernized tank defense system. As the newspaper notes, the Abrams tank, for example, lacks a dynamic protection system.

What’s more, it’s difficult enough to equip US infantry and Marines with active defense weapons, Business Insider adds. Even if the Americans decided to purchase and adopt battle-tested Israeli Trophy systems, this would not solve the problem.

Sep 12 15:30

China and Russia launch BIGGEST ever joint naval drills in BRUTAL show of strength

MOSCOW and Beijing have begun eight days of naval drills involving Chinese bombers, Russian submarines and marines from both navies in the hotly-contested South China Sea.

Sep 12 13:51

Russia readies Crimea for Invasion (PHOTOS + VIDEO)

The Russian army is testing Crimea’s defenses against a simulated enemy. Maneuvers are being held over the course of the final stage of the “Caucasus-2016” exercises. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has arrived in Crimea to monitor them. “The scenario is simply - the peninsula comes under attack. The Russian army beats the attack back and goes on the offensive... So many aircraft, artillery, both conventional and reactive, vehicles, everything... I have never seen so many, and in training arenas there hasn’t been such [large exercises] for 20 years. What’s more, so that there are no insinuations, the exercises were planned. And what’s interesting is that the Syrian experience is being taken into consideration. There are modern carts, armored bulldozers, and graders that simulated the ‘Syrian roll’ in 5 minutes. And there are “Calibers” and “Baly” and others... this is no joke, these are now already the standard weapons of the Russian army...

Sep 12 13:45

Will Transnistria be Russia's Crimea 2.0?

Pre-election passions are generating sensations not only in Russia and America. On September 9th, the small, unrecognized republic of Transnistria was lit up by the news that the acting president had signed a decree on accession to Russia. The document is entitled “On realizing the outcome of the republican referendum held on September 17th, 2006” and was signed with the aim of “realizing the will of the people of Transnistria on freely unifying with the Russian Federation.” In fact, media embellished the event, but later the republic’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a significant update. Evgeny Shevchuk, it turns out, had merely issued a decree on “harmonizing Transnistrian legislation” so it would comply with the laws of the Russian Federation, as follows from the published decree. Nevertheless, this was enough for the news itself to have a bombshell effect. Should Russia be preparing for a Crimea 2.0?..

Sep 12 13:43

How US Support for a Hardline Kiev May Be Setting up Ukraine for Disintegration

US wants post-Maidan Uktaine as militarized and bellicose anti-Russian Sparta. If that's the case Moscow may prefer to break-up the divided republic rather than deal with a mad all-powerful Kiev... South Front offers a good summary of the current situation. I strongly recommend you watch the video presentation. The conclusion of this South Front report is as follows: "The developments in Ukraine indicate that US-backed Kiev regime is actively seeking to find a cause to escalate the situation in the region and has already prepared a significant military force for this. Amid the military and diplomatic setbacks in Syria under the pressure of Russian-Syrian-Iranian alliance, the United States, mostly the so-called “Hillary block” of military and diplomatic establishment, is now need to create a hot point in Europe in order to draw the Russian attention from the Middle East and unite again the dispersed allies under own rule.

Sep 12 13:38

Putin Blasts Western Stupidity About 'Expansionist' Russia in Vladivostok Interview

“...As far as expanding our zone of influence is concerned, it took me nine hours to fly to Vladivostok from Moscow. This is about the same from Moscow to New York, through all of Eastern and Western Europe and the Atlantic Ocean. Do you think we need to expand something?”

Sep 12 12:31

Kalashnikov light firearms give Russia’s special forces new options

During the Army 2016 Military-Technological Forum (held on Sept. 6-11 near Moscow) the Kalashnikov Concern presented a range of new small firearms. Among them are the RPK-16 assault hand machine gun and tested models of the semiautomatic SVK sniper rifle. The new 5.45mm RPK-16 light hand machine gun is a radical modernization of the Soviet RPK-74. According to Andrei Kirisenko, advisor to Kalashnikov's general director, the 40-year-old weapon was effective but it had some flaws. "With the magazine's capacity of only 45 rounds the former model was too cumbersome and got in the way when the soldier got out of an armored personnel carrier. However, the machine gun was a reliable weapon in combat in all weather and climatic conditions. That is why we decided not to invent anything new but just rework the model according to today's requirements," said Kirisenko. The RPK became a "round-the-clock" machine gun.

Sep 12 12:27

Muslims mark Eid al-Adha in Moscow

On Sept. 12, Moscow’s Muslims mark Eid al-Adha, a major religious holiday. The festival is called Kurban Bayram in Russia. Kurban is derived from the Arabic qurban, meaning sacrifice, while bayram means feast in Turkish... Immediately after the prayers, Muslims rush to perform the sacrifice ritual. The Moscow authorities have allocated 14 sites for the slaughter of goats. “The rite of sacrifice marks the humanity and mercy of the Most High, who did not want the shedding of human blood,” Rushan Abbyasov, First Deputy Chairman of the Russian Muftis Council told Rossiyskaya Gazeta. Every year, many Russians travel to Mecca to perform the Hajj pilgrimage. This year, 15,000 Russian citizens are performing the Haji. Russian President Vladimir Putin greeted the country’s Muslims on the occasion of the holiday. Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Chechnya, Adygea, Karachay-Cherkessia and Crimea have declared a public holiday on Sept. 12, since it is forbidden for Muslims to work on Eid al-Adha.

Sep 12 11:27

Lavrov, Steinmeier discuss security of Russian diplomatic missions in Ukraine

Lavrov called on Steinmeier, who is the current Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), to use the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine to monitor the situation around the Russian embassy in Kiev and consulates general in Lvov, Odessa and Kharkov. "Sergei Lavrov called to use the OSCE SMM’s possibilities to monitor the situation around the Russian embassy in Kiev and consulates general in Lvov, Odessa and Kharkov on the voting day," the ministry said. On September 10, Ukraine’s President Pyotr Poroshenko ordered to notify Russia it is impossible to organize the Russian parliamentary elections in Ukraine on September 18, the president’s press secretary Svyatoslav Tsegolko said. Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maryana Betsa said that voting for the candidates to the State Duma on the premises of Russia’s diplomatic and consular missions would run counter to the Ukrainian and international legislation.

Sep 12 11:19

Donetsk claims Kiev recruits teenagers for sabotage acts in republic

"The DPR’s Ministry of State Security has uncovered an espionage ring of Ukraine’s special services and curbed the activity of a sabotage group active on the republic’s territory," the Donetsk News Agency reported citing the ministry. The group consists of seven teenagers who first received some 5,000 hryvnia ($187) from the Ukrainian special services and then were blackmailed for the crimes they already committed, the ministry said. Between May 2015 and June 2016, the group blew up civilian cars, military vehicles and multipurpose lightly-armored transporters, service cars of a police department in Yasinovataya and of other civilian and military facilities, it said. An investigation to identify all members of the group and establish their guilt is ongoing. The ministry has called on international human rights organizations to condemn Kiev’s move to involve teenagers in the criminal activity.

Sep 12 11:17

Donetsk Republic reports 108 episodes of shelling by Ukrainian troops in past day

"During the past day, Ukrainian troops violated the ceasefire regime 108 times. In all, 58 mines of 120mm and 82mm caliber were fired at DPR settlements," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying. According to the DPR defense ministry, shelling was conducted at the villages of Vasilyevka and Spartak near Donetsk, the city’s western suburbs, the city of Dokuchayevsk and the settlements of Sakhanka and Linskoye in the DPR’s southern areas.
Over 23,000 houses damaged in Donetsk republic since start of conflict http://tass.com/world/899216

Sep 12 11:10

EU Council to consider visa-free regime for Ukraine in October

The Council of the European Union is planning to again consider visa-free travel for Ukraine at a meeting in Luxembourg on October 13-14. However, there are still many problems preventing this problem from being solved, a diplomatic source in the one the EU member-countries told TASS on Monday. "The issue of a visa-free regime for Ukraine as well as for Georgia, Kosovo and Turkey will be raised at the meeting of interior ministers in Luxembourg on October 13-14. Alas, many problems remain as far as Ukraine is concerned," he said. He expressed doubt that the problem can be solved at the meeting in Luxembourg. "I do not expect any practical decisions to be made in October," the diplomat said. "The EU is currently developing a mechanism for freezing the visa-free regime in the event of abuse on the part of third countries. I think it will be possible to conclude new visa-free travel agreements only after it comes into effect."

Sep 12 10:45

Russian military units arrive in Kyrgyzstan to take part in SCO drills

Russian military units have arrived in Kyrgyzstan to take part in the upcoming drills of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member countries dubbed "Peaceful Mission-2016," the information department of Kyrgyzstan’s General Staff told TASS on Monday. "Russians arrived to the country with their own military equipment. We also expect contingents from Kazakhstan, China and Tajikistan to arrive in the next two days," the General Staff noted. Joint anti-terrorist drills of SCO member countries will be held on September 15-21 at the Edelveis training range in the mountainous Issyk-Kul Region. Among members of SCO are Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Sep 12 10:43

Russian-Chinese naval drills start in South China Sea

"The group of Pacific Fleet’s combat ships will take part in the Russian-Chinese naval drills ‘Sea Cooperation-2016" which will take place on September 12-19 in the north-western part of the South China Sea near the shore of the Chinese province Guangdog," Dygalo, Captain 1st rank, said. The naval drills of the two countries will take place against the backdrop of deteriorating situation around the South China Sea. However, as Dygalo stressed, "naval maneuvers are not directed against other countries and not connected with any changes in the military-political situation in this region." The spokesman said the drills have become a tradition and are being held for the fifth time. "’Sea Cooperation’ will become another joint Russian-Chinese contribution to strengthening security in the Asia Pacific," he added. Last year the drills took place in the Sea of Japan.

Sep 12 09:49

'Negative consequences' Putin sends CHILLING warning to North Korea after nuclear test

The Russian leader has pledged to work with its allies to "solve" the worrying North Korea problem.

Pyongyang has rattled the world by holding a nuclear warhead test, which triggered a massive 5.3 magnitude earthquake on Thursday morning.

The North Korean state media confirmed it had carried out the test and revealed the country has a strategic ballistic missile it is ready to use.

But Putin has hit back at Kim Jong-Un's ambitious dictatorship, with a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry stating: "Such demonstrative disregard for international law and opinion of the international community deserves the strongest condemnation.

"North Korea’s actions, aimed at undermining the global non-proliferation regime, pose a serious threat to peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and in the Asia-Pacific Region. This will have negative consequences primarily for North Korea itself.

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I would like to hope that North Korean leader Kim Jung Un is listening; Putin doesn't make idle threats, he makes promises.

Unfortunately, however, Kim Jung Un appears to be marching to the beat of his own drummer; and that guy's on bagpipes!!

Sep 12 01:25

Israeli Black Operations in the USA – Operation Honeypot

It is well known that the Israeli Mossad using their Sayanim network in the United States routinely engage in Black Operations (“Black Ops”) against US Citizens here in the United States.

They usually target anyone who they deem to be antithetical or non-supportive of Israeli domestic and foreign policy.

There is virtually no escape from this type of black op once a target has been selected.

They routinely target senators, congressmen, politicians, celebrities, CEOs, academics, intellectuals, journalists, diplomats, or anyone of relative importance in American society.

Sep 12 00:53

LEMOA – Logistics Exchange Memorandum Agreement Signed by India with the United States

LEMOA adversely impacts India, Asia, Africa, Eurasia and The Non–Aligned Movement

If this decision is not reversed by the Indian or the American people, the signing of these agreements will be another turning point in the political history of India already covertly overrun by Zionist financial and security companies and covert agencies.

Sep 11 11:55

Free land program gathers pace in Russia's Far East

More than 6,000 people have taken advantage of a new government initiative to help develop the economy in Russia's Far East by applying for a free hectare of land in region, according to Far East Development Deputy Minister Kirill Stepanov. According to Stepanov, who made the announcement at the Eastern Economic Forum in Russia’s Pacific city of Vladivostok in early September, over 120 plots of land have already been transferred for use, and residents will receive another 250 plots in the near future. "The law gives people a new degree of freedom," said Stepanov. "It is important that it has straightened all the bureaucratic corridors. A citizen gets land without coming into contact with the officials." According to him, the time limit for the transfer of plots is around 16 to 25 days. This is sufficient to validate the application, make a decision on the transfer of a plot and determine that no one else has claims on the land.

Sep 11 11:53

Back to the drawing board: Russia revives futuristic laser gun projec

Russia has renewed work on developing a new-generation laser that can be mounted on an aircraft. The project has been known since Soviet times as A-60 (A-60SE). Russia is working on a plane equipped with a new-generation laser, a source in the Russian defense industry has said in an interview with the TASS news agency. "The defense industry is working on a new-generation air-based laser," said the source. In his words, the plane with the laser is being referred to as the A-60. Earlier, the mass media reported (in Russian) that the weapon is being realized as part of the Sokol-Eshelon project. However, this is not the first time that Russia has tried to develop an effective plane-mounted laser weapon, and reflects the resurrection of an old project begun in the Soviet era. Work on the air-based laser system (LKAB) began in the Almaz scientific-productive association in June 1965...

Sep 11 11:06

Kerry sends pizza to Lavrov "to apologize for pause in talks" — Foreign Ministry

The pizza that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gave to journalists as they were expecting the end of talks on Syria was presented to him by the US delegation to apologize for the prolonged pause in negotiations, Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on her Facebook page on Saturday.

Sep 11 10:52

Kiev refuses to organize Russian elections in Ukraine - president

Ukraine’s President Pyotr Poroshenko ordered to notify Russia it is impossible to organize the Russian parliamentary elections in Ukraine on September 18, the president’s press secretary Svyatoslav Tsegolko said on Saturday.
...80,000 Russian citizens, who are now in Ukraine, would be unable to participate in the elections to the State Duma. Only staff of Russian diplomatic missions in Ukraine may vote in Ukraine - official http://tass.com/politics/899051

Sep 11 10:43

Plotnitsky awards Jeff Monson Lugansk passport (Video)

The head of the LPR, Igor Plotnitsky, ceremonially handed over a passport of the republic to the American mixed martial arts fighter Jeff Monson at a mass concert in Lugansk dedicated to the city’s 221st anniversary. “A famous person has come to us, but one not famous thanks to his specific profession or his choice, but famous for his good deeds, kind and big heart, and understanding and desire to help us as a republic,” Plotnitsky remarked. He recalled that Monson earlier had personally appealed to him with the request to obtain a passport of the republic. “If such people want to be LPR citizens, open a school here, and train our children not only in fitness and sports, but in defending their Homeland and being victors, then such people deserve to be citizens of our republic. Therefore, today the decision has been taken to accept a new citizen of the LPR,” the LPR head stressed...

Sep 11 08:06

Attempts to influence decisions on candidates for UN head position unacceptable

The attempts to influence decision of countries as they initiate candidates for the position of the UN secretary general are unacceptable, and the information in the Bulgarian media, claiming Russia could support actions of the kind, are lies, spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said on Sunday in response to a request from TASS to comment on reports in the Bulgarian media saying Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel allegedly had persuaded Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to support Bulgaria’s candidate Kristalina Georgieva instead of Sofia’s earlier initiated candidature of Irina Bokova...

Sep 10 10:26

'Negative consequences' Putin sends CHILLING warning to North Korea after nuclear test

But Putin has hit back at Kim Jong-Un's ambitious dictatorship, with a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry stating: "Such demonstrative disregard for international law and opinion of the international community deserves the strongest condemnation.

"North Korea’s actions, aimed at undermining the global non-proliferation regime, pose a serious threat to peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and in the Asia-Pacific Region. This will have negative consequences primarily for North Korea itself.

"We insist that the North Korean side end its dangerous and reckless misadventures, comply in good faith with all UN Security Council directives, completely abandon its nuclear missile programmes and return to the NPT regime."

Sep 10 09:58

Iran, Russia start construction of new Iranian nuclear plant

Iran began building a second nuclear plant with Russian help on Saturday, in a $10 billion project which follows Tehran's landmark nuclear deal with world powers last year, state media reported.

State television showed Iranian and Russian officials at launching ceremonies for the 10-year project which will include two power plants with a total capacity of more than 1,000 megawatts after their completion.

Iran already runs one Russian-built nuclear reactor at Bushehr, its first. Russia signed a deal with Iran in 2014 to build up to eight more reactors in the country.

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"More targets for us to BOMB!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Sep 10 09:54

Meet ‘Brig. Gen. Joel Harding’ - NATO’s Online Troll Extraodinaire

Meet “Brig. Gen.” Joel Harding. His exploits from the Cold War and since are classified, but anyone can visit his bare-knuckled WordPress-based blog to read about the deeds of this maestro of all “dark arts.”

He sees himself as one of the 10 men standing between the “free world” and a totalitarian world mind-controlled by the FSB-GRU-SVR and Vladimir Putin, and his mission is the same as it was in his glory days.

Sep 10 09:47

Ukraine's President Warns Of European Appeasement Of Russia

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has warned European allies against the dangers of appeasement in the face of "Russian aggression."

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Says the man who stole Ukraine!

Sep 10 09:12

Russia and US reach tentative agreement for Syria ceasefire

Pause in fighting to begin on Monday night, allowing humanitarian aid to flow – with Russian and US forces set to launch joint airstrikes against extremists

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US is struggling to remain relevant in Syria and not look like they are losing their fight to replace Assad.

Sep 09 15:52

Kerry Meeting With Russian Counterpart To Discuss Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Geneva for high-level talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to try to arrange a ceasefire in Syria.

The State Department said the meeting on Friday would focus on “reducing violence, expanding humanitarian assistance for the Syrian people and moving towards a political solution needed to end the civil war.”

Sep 09 13:03

Is Putin a Lousy Dancer?

A lousy dancer blames the uneven floor, and Mme Clinton had proven to be an unexpectedly lousy dancer in the competition for the presidency against the blundering New York tycoon. We would expect her to win or lose graciously, as befits a former First Lady, but gosh, she is clumsy – and blames her lack of grace on poor Mr Putin.

Caesar was renowned for his multitasking; he could dictate seven letters at once, wrote Pliny. But even Caesar lookalike Putin can’t play the role prepared for him by Ms Clinton and other mainstream Western politicians, that is to bear blame for all their shortcomings.

Sep 09 10:31

Rift Appears Within NATO Over the Bloc's Provocative Policy Toward Russia

NATO is taking every effort to justify its raison d'etre. However, the Alliance's saber-rattling on Russia's doorstep is triggering deep concern and anxiety among its members. Although "the marriage of interests" still holds, cracks are appearing among the bloc's members.

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NATO European leaders understand full well that the US is looking for some kind of an excuse to exploit to start a "hot" war against Russia, through which it believes it can rescue its tanking economy.

NATO European leaders have had a ringside seat to wars on their very front lawns; they do not want to see that happen ever, again.

NATO leadership, which continually whines and moans about alleged "Russian aggression", is completely out of touch with its member states, and all parties need to sit down, and plot a rational, sane course for NATO's future which does not involve spoiling for a fight with Russia.

Unfortunately, the Obama Administration may just not allow that to happen.

If internal White House and DNC polls demonstrate that Trump is going to cream Clinton in the November elections, the US government may well do something to provoke a war against Russia, even before Trump can take the Oath of Office in January.

Sep 09 10:07

Russian Jets Intercept US Spy Planes Approaching Border With Transponders Off

US spy planes have twice tried to approach the Russian border over the Black Sea with their transponders off, the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding that SU-27 fighter jets were scrambled in response.

Sep 09 08:14

U.S. agrees to help enhance Ukrainian forces, dispatches adviser

The United States and Ukraine on Thursday agreed to cooperate on defense technology and improve Ukraine's forces in a move aimed at boosting Ukrainian defense and enhancing U.S. assistance, the Pentagon said.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter also named naming a senior U.S. adviser to oversee the effort.

Carter and Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak signed the partnership agreement at a meeting in London in which they also discussed the conflict in eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian government forces confront Russian-backed separatists.

The partnership aims "to enhance the defense capacity of Ukraine's forces, advance critical Ukrainian defense reforms, improve resource management processes and boost defense technology cooperation," the Pentagon said in a statement following the meeting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given General Abizaid's background, I sincerely doubt that the response of the US to Ukraine's request for military aid, is going to stay "...focused on defensive support." for very much longer.

His bio indicates that this man is a very formidable leader and manager, particularly in war situations.

Bio: John Abizaid

With this appointment, look for things in Ukraine to start heating up, and most probably very quickly; the US military is not likely going to appoint someone with a background like his, and not utilize him in developing a shooting war scenario, to make it look like it's start was "Russia's fault".

Sep 09 06:44

SECURITY VET: 'SMOKING GUN' EMAIL SHOULD PUT HILLARY IN PRISON

The handling of an email to Hillary Clinton from longtime adviser Sidney Blumenthal discovered in a new release of documents is a “smoking gun” violation of national security laws requiring a prison sentence, charges a former military intelligence officer.

Clinton forwarded the Aug. 8, 2009, email – clearly marked “Classified” – to a personal, nonsecure email address registered to aide Huma Abedin, huma@clintonemail.com. Abedin then forwarded the message to another personal, nonsecure account, humamabedin@yahoo.com.

The exchange from Blumenthal to Clinton concerned the “disastrous nature” of an Obama trip to Germany, charging the U.S. was “totally out of the loop in Berlin – no ambassador,” resulting in the expectation that “Germans and Russians will now cut their own separate deals on energy, regional security, etc.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Behind the clear Title 18 violations is the displayed attitude that all deals between nations must go through Washington DC!

Sep 09 06:09

US says Russian jet flew 10ft from plane over Black Sea

The Pentagon says a Russian fighter plane flew within about 10ft (3m) of one of its reconnaissance aircraft operating over the Black Sea.

US officials described the intercept by the SU-27 jet on Wednesday as "dangerous and unprofessional".

Russia's defence ministry said the US plane had been approaching Russian territory and the SU-27 pilots had adhered to international rules.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US planes had their radar transponders turned off, a violation of international rules of flight and something done only when the aircraft are on a nefarious mission.

Sep 09 05:57

Pinatel interview, Part one: If Europe and Russia were allied, they would challenge US world hegemony

Figarovox/big interview -- after the misfired coup d'Etat in Turkey, Erdogan is making overtures to Putin while Moscow and Washington seem to have found some equilibrium in Syria. For General Pinatel, the European countries should pay attention to this new state of affairs.

Sep 09 05:56

US appoints Iraq War general & ex-CENTCOM chief as Ukraine senior defense adviser

General John Abizaid, former head of the US Central Command, has been appointed senior defense adviser to Ukraine’s top military brass, with the stated goal of bringing it “in line with Western principles and standards.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You know; drone strikes on innocents, cluster bombs, torture, etc.

Sep 09 05:50

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – SEPTEMBER 9, 2016: IRANIAN FIGHTERS ARRIVE ALEPPO CITY

September 8, 2016 saw heavy action for the Islamic State in eastern Qalamoun, Damascus. Faylaq al-Rahman, the Alabdo Martyr brigade and the Islamic State exchanged fire near the capital on Thursday. The Islamic State was reported to have lost a 23 mm gun to a TOW missile strike from Faylaq al-Rahman during combat.

The so-called ‘Free Syrian Army’ captured Qunra, Mirzah and Tel Ali from the Islamic State. Aided by Turkish airstrikes, the rebel factions wrested control of the Turkish border region from Daesh’s grasp.

Turkey reinforced its border forces by deploying 43 Armored Personnel Carriers with 180 fresh troops to Gaziantep. In Islahiye, north of Afrin, a Turkish army convoy deployed a number of T-155 F?rt?na self-propelled howitzers.

Sep 08 15:45

Guccifer 2.0 Angry About His DNC Hack Being Blamed On Russians – WSJ

A person claiming to be the hacker responsible for leaking confidential materials from the Democratic Party told the Wall Street Journal that he is not connected to Russia and is angry that Moscow is getting all the credit for his actions.

Sep 08 15:29

Pentagon Chief Accuses Russia Of Spreading Global Instability

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has accused Russia of spreading global instability and questioned whether Moscow genuinely seeks a ceasefire in Syria.

In a speech at Oxford University in England on Wednesday, Carter downplayed hopes of reaching an agreement with Russia regarding peace in Syria.

Sep 08 10:45

Turkey May Go Deeper in Syria, Citing Kurdish Forces

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli today suggested that the Turkish military, which invaded northern Syria two weeks ago, is preparing to go deeper into Syrian territory in the near future, suggesting that Turkey may ultimately want a deeper slice of Syria than just the 90 km border stretch.

While this would include some ISIS territory deeper into the country, Canikli’s comments centered heavily on the Kurdish YPG, and continued Turkish annoyance that they have forces west of the Euphrates River, and have not totally withdrawn.

Turkey made a big point, during their initial invasion, of saying that a major factor was the Kurdish expansion across the river, which Turkey had long insisted was a “red line.” The main Kurdish territory on the west side of the river is in and around Manbij.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This "slicing off" pieces of Syria by Turkey is bound to complicate the Syrian civil war intensely.

And what happens to the Kurds, who have been strong allies and resourceful fighters for the US?!? Unfortunately, I am afraid that they will be thrown under the proverbial bus by the US, and their dreams for an independent Kurdistan will be dashed yet one more time.

Sep 08 10:39

US Defense Secretary Slams Russia for ‘Eroding International Order’

US officials have been coming up with excuses for military confrontation with Russia for some time now, and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter seems to be the latest beating that increasingly tired war-drum, declaring Russia both a threat to “collective security” and of plotting to erode “international order.”

Carter’s complaints, like so many others in recent months, centered around supposition and allegations, claiming that Russia’s support for the Syrian government means they are “prolonging” the war, and similarly making the conflict “more dangerous.”

Carter even played up the dubious allegations of Russia trying to “hack the election,” even though the comments come just a couple of days after intelligence officials were conceding that there was no real evidence to support these claims, insisting the US would not tolerate Russia’s “attempts to interfere with our democratic processes.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Ash Carter; sir, the language of diplomacy should contain logic, weight, elegance, and power.

This Russia-bashing, in which you have so petulantly and childishly indulged, has absolutely none of that; in fact, these Russiophobic fantasies you have conjured sound like desperation on the cusp of madness.

But you must understand that because Americans were lied to about "Saddam Hussein's weapons of Mass Destruction" to sell them the Iraq war, you have a war-weary, war-skeptical nation which ABSOLUTELY WILL NOT be sold codswallop about Russia being the "bad guy", when it is the US military continuing to surround Russia with troops and arms in Eastern Europe.

Of course, if the White House and DNC numbers show that Donald Trump will win this upcoming Presidential election in a landslide, this administration is certainly not above beginning a war with Russia and/or China with which to "gift" Donald Trump even before he takes the Oath of Office in January, is it?!?

Forgive my cynicism, Sec Def Carter, but this administration has completely earned it!

Were President Obama to come back to Oahu for a visit, knock on my door, and tell me the sun was shining, I would be morally obligated to walk outside and see for myself.

Sep 08 09:58

Someone Just Sent A Message: “Putin’s Favorite Chauffer” Killed While Driving Presidential Limo

Someone had to know it was coming. Take a look at this footage of the deadly accident that reportedly killed Vladimir Putin’s “favorite” chauffeur during a horrible crash in Moscow.

Read more at SHTF

Sep 08 09:06

‘They Don’t Know What Real Despair Means:’ Russian Paralympians Buck Up Under Ban

Russian Paralympians speak out after Rio 2016 ban.

Sep 08 07:29

Russia ‘Gravely Concerned’ About Turkish Advance in Syria

The Foreign Ministry of Russia on Wednesday expressed “grave concern” regarding the movement of Turkish troops and Ankara-backed Syrian opposition groups on Syrian territory, emphasizing that the actions have not been approved by the legitimate Syrian government or the UN Security Council.

Sep 08 07:23

Ash Carter: Russia sowing seeds of global instability

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter accused Russia on Wednesday of sowing seeds of global instability and questioned whether Moscow genuinely wants a viable cease-fire in Syria.
In a hard-hitting speech at Oxford University, Carter emphasized deep skepticism about Russian intentions in Syria, even as US Secretary of State John Kerry prepared to fly to Geneva for more talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Their discussions last weekend, on the sidelines of an economic summit in China, failed to produce a nationwide cease-fire in Syria or a US-Russian military cooperation agreement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Basically, the US demanded Russia step back and let the US install a puppet government in Syria. Russia said "nyet", and Carter is trying to portray Russia as the bad guy. But ...The US attacks Yemen in 2002. US sends troops to the Philippines in 2002. US sends troops to Columbia in 2003. US invades Iraq in 2003 (blaming them for 9-11). US sends troops to Liberia in 2003 to effect regime change. US sends troops to Haiti in 2004 to effect regime change. US bombs Pakistan in 2005. US sends troops to Somalia in 2006 to effect regime change. US attacks Syria in 2008 to effect regime change. US attacks Yemen (again) in 2009 to effect regime change. US attacks Libya in 2011 to effect regime change. US attacks Iraq (again) in 2014. US attacks Syria (again) in 2014 to effect regime change...

And RUSSIA is destabilizing the world?!?

Sep 07 22:30

Pentagon And CIA at War in Syria

What a mess! In the crazy Syrian war, US-backed and armed groups are fighting other US-backed rebel groups. How can this be?

It is so because the Obama White House had stirred up war in Syria but then lost control of the process. When the US has a strong president, he can usually keep the military and intelligence agencies on a tight leash.
But the Obama administration has had a weak secretary of defense and a bunch of lady strategists who are the worst military commanders since Louis XV, who put his mistress, Madame de Pompadour, in charge of French military forces during the Seven Year’s War.

As a result, the two arms of offensive US strategic power, the Pentagon and CIA, went separate ways in Syria. Growing competition between the US military and militarized CIA broke into the open in Syria.

Fed up with the astounding incompetence of the White House, the US military launched and supported its own rebel groups in Syria, while CIA did the same.

Sep 07 22:25

It’s All About Russia

In the real world both Hillary and Wolfie sometimes visit, there is renewed enthusiasm for jumping on the hate Russia bandwagon.

Many issues characteristically beloved by Democrats are being raised to disparage Donald Trump.

Hillary, who has held nearly every senior government office that a human being can reasonably aspire to but the one she is currently lusting after, is unlike Trump only sufficiently deranged to kill people if they live somewhere in the third world and can’t do anything about it.

Sep 07 22:20

The Tide is Turning: The Official Story Is Now The Conspiracy Theory — Paul Craig Roberts

The question is: who are the real conspiracy kooks, the majority who disbelieve the official lies or the minority who believe the official lies?

In a few days it will be the 15th anniversary of 9/11, and this November 13 will be the 53rd anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. These two state crimes against democracy destroyed American democracy, accountable government, and the Constitution’s protections of civil liberty.

Years after the damage done by these events the American people no longer believe the official stories. Neither does the government, but the government will never validate the distrust that Americans now share of “their” government by acknowledging the truth.

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