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Jun 08 09:55

Attempt to Hinder Russia-EU Gas Trade 'Part of Broader US Strategy' – Analyst

The US ruling establishment is seeking to split Russia from Europe at all costs, Jon Hellevig, geopolitical analyst and managing partner at Awara Group told Sputnik, commenting on Washington's growing pressure against the Russian-led Nord Stream 2.

The US push against Nord Stream 2 is not primarily about the US endeavor to grab the gas trade for itself, says Jon Hellevig, geopolitical analyst and managing partner of the Awara Group, a leading business administration and outsourcing firm in Russia.

Jun 08 09:02

Israel ends drill for full-scale war on Gaza: Paper

Israeli air and ground forces have finished a week-long exercise to prepare for a full-scale war on the besieged Gaza Strip.

The maneuvers, which were carried out “in preparation for war in the North and South,” ended on Thursday, enlisting hundreds of warplanes and gunships, the Jerusalem Post said.

The drills, the daily wrote, included actual airstrikes of large numbers of targets across the coastal territory.

“My squadron today returned from a mission in Gaza. We have successfully met all these challenges and we are ready for any threat,” it quoted the commander of the 105th Squadron as saying.

“We met all the objectives we set for ourselves, in full coordination with the Southern Command and with the air force’s coordination and control organizations,” he added.

Israeli aircraft, meanwhile, dropped leaflets in Gaza, which warned Palestinians of an imminent war, saying they had to refuse to protest near the fence separating the enclave from the occupied territories.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Netanyahu will be looking for a time to do this, when both Russia and US leadership is otherwise occupied; he may well feel that next week will be perfect timing, as President Trump will be meeting with North Korea's Kim Jung Un on Tuesday, 12 June in Singapore, and President Putin will be on hand for the opening ceremonies of the FIFA world cup, which starts Thursday, June 14th in Moscow, and runs until July 15, with the World Cup Champion team acclaimed at that time.

These venues will include Moscow; St. Petersburg; Kazan; Sochi; Nizhny Kovgorodn; Kaliningrad; Volgograd; Rostov on Don; Ekaterinburg; Samara; and Saransk; that is a lot of security to create, to keep things under control, and a lot of opportunities for mischief-making by highly emotional fans, who are very highly factionalized about the teams they care about, occasionally, nearly coming to blows with fans of other teams.

But Netanyahu is going need to do this quickly, if he is going to do it; first, he cannot keep his military at a high state of alert, without using them, because "readiness fatigue" will quickly set in, and secondly, international public outcry is going to be horrific, should he go ahead with such a war against Gaza, but once Gaza is burned to the ground, he figures the outcry will stop, and "business as usual" will return for Israel.

On that last one, however, he is dead wrong.

Jun 08 08:50

Russian Embassy Lambasts UK Plans to Create 'Rapid Response Unit' Against Moscow

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will use the G7 summit in Canada to sound out fellow leaders on a multinational rapid reaction force to counter Russia’s alleged aggression, US media said.

The Russian Embassy in London reacted to the proposal of a new anti-Russian bloc, the creation of which British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson allegedly intends to discuss at the forthcoming G7 summit.

Jun 08 08:01

Is Putin Really Ditching Iran and Siding With Netanyahu in Syria?

The undeniable truth is that Putin foiled the initial Israel plan for Syria.

In fact, Hezbollah and Iran had already intervened in Syria and were desperately “plugging holes” in a collapsing Syrian front. So, if anything, Putin has to be the one to be credited for forcing the Israelis to give up on their “plan A” and go to plan “B” which I described here and which can be summarized as follows:

Jun 08 07:57

India Calls Washington's Bluff, Will Buy Russia's S-400 Despite Empty Sanctions Threat

India will press ahead with the procurement of five regiments of Russian-made S-400 Triumf advanced Air Defense Systems (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) intended for service in the Indian military notwithstanding U.S. sanctions, Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said at a recent press conference.

Speaking to the press on June 5, the defense minister emphasized the close defense ties between India and Russia. “In all our engagements with the U.S., we have clearly explained how India and Russia’s defense cooperation has been going on for a long time and that it is a time-tested relationship,” Sitharaman said. “We have mentioned that CAATSA cannot impact the India-Russia defense cooperation.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is the US government going to do, declare war on India for having gone ahead with a purchase of a Russian defensive system far superior to anything the US military industrial complex could have provided to them?!?

Jun 08 07:38

Russia-China trade to reach record $100bn by year-end as ties grow in all sectors – Putin

Trade between Moscow and Beijing has grown 31 percent this year and is projected to reach the $100 billion target, said Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing.

China is and will continue to be Russia’s number one foreign trade partner, says Putin.

Energy is the key sector of cooperation between the two countries, according to Putin. “Russia remains the largest supplier of fuel to the Chinese market. Last year, we supplied more than 50 million tons of oil. By April, this number increased by another 26 percent,” said the Russian president.

Work on the construction of the Eastern Route pipeline from Russia to China is on schedule, and companies from both countries are participating at Russia’s $27 billion LNG plant in Yamal, Putin added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And remember: Russia and China are gradually ditching the US dollar in bilateral trade. As reported at rt.com in April of this year:

Russia & China gradually ditching US dollar in favor of domestic currencies as trade booms

Jun 08 07:15

Pepe Escobar: How Singapore, Astana, & St.Petersburg Preview A New World Order

Key economic forums in cities across Eurasia point the way to new power structures rising to challenge Western dominance...

Ahead of the crucial Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Qingdao this coming weekend, three other recent events have offered clues on how the new world order is coming about.

The Astana Economic Forum in Kazakhstan centered on how mega-partnerships are changing world trade. Participants included the president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Jin Liqun; Andrew Belyaninov from the Eurasian Development Bank; former Italian Prime Minister and president of the EU Commission Romano Prodi; deputy director-general of the WTO Alan Wolff; and Glenn Diesen from the University of Western Sydney.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the US government, in its last gasp of Empire, will fight this tooth and nail, until every single war which can be fought, will be fought to stop this progressing; but ultimately it cannot win such an economic war through military means, that is, unless it indends to blow up the entire planet.

Jun 08 06:26

NATO aircraft start policing Montenegro's airspace

ATO aircraft have started policing Montenegro's airspace, a year after the small Adriatic state became a member of the Western military alliance despite strong opposition from Russia.

Italian and Greek warplanes held an exercise in the skies over Montenegro's capital, Podgorica, on Tuesday. They intercepted an "intruder" aircraft and forced it to land in a symbolic start of the mission.

Defense Minister Predrag Boskovic said "from now on, our skies and the sea are protected."

Montenegro joined NATO a year ago as the military alliance's 29th member despite opposition from Moscow which considers the Adriatic country a historic Slavic ally and is opposed to NATO's enlargement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question is, why now start these NATO flights, to "guard" the country?!?

Let's look at a map:

Map of Montenegro

Because the Adriatic sea, which borders Montenegro, feeds into the Mediterranean Sea, Montengro is very well positioned to give NATO quick access to the Mediterranean, or Eastern Europe, if they were staging some kind of military offensive from there.

And looking at how desperately lousy both NATO's and the US's relationship has been with Moscow, I have to wonder if this is the reason that Montengro has suddently been receiving so much NATO attention.

Jun 07 15:58

From WWIII to domestic issues: Putin annual Q&A in 5 mins

The Russian President wrapped up his annual televised Q&A with the public in the last hour. With questions ranging from domestic issues to the prospect of WWIII.

And What If Kiev Attacks During World Cup? Putin Promises That Ukraine Will Rue the Day

Jun 07 15:15

Russian reserve fund to get a $35 billion boost - Finance Ministry

The fund’s goal is to help balance the budget of the Pension Fund of Russia, absorb excessive liquidity, reduce inflationary pressure and insulate the economy from volatility of oil & gas export earnings.

Russia also has foreign reserves, which consist of foreign currency, Special Drawing Rights (SDR) holdings, reserve position in the IMF and physical gold. Russia has been ramping up the purchases of physical gold. In May, the country's gold reserved surged to 1,909 tons and the share of gold rose to 17.64 percent. Just a decade ago the reserves stood at 450 tons.

Jun 07 15:13

Consumer prices to fall in Crimea with new bridge link to Russian mainland – Putin

“Some prices are higher in Crimea than in the neighboring Krasnodar and Rostov regions,” Putin said during his Q&A session on Thursday. The situation will change when the Crimean Bridge is opened for trucks, the president said.

Before the bridge was built, the only connections between Crimea and the other parts of Russia were through ferry services and air traffic. This inevitably led to a spike in consumer prices on the peninsula. The 19-kilometer Crimean Bridge, the longest in Europe, was opened in May.

Jun 07 14:36

War in Ukraine 2018 - One Day in Ukrainian Trenches

War in Ukraine 2018 - One Day in Ukrainian Trenches

Ukraine War 2018 - One typical Day of Ukrainian soldiers on the frontline filmed

Jun 07 11:00

SYRIA NOT ‘IMMUNE’, ISRAEL WILL DESTROY ASSAD’S FORCES IF ATTACKED, SAYS NETANYAHU

Israel will “destroy” any Syrian forces that attempt an attack against Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned. He also cautioned President Assad against inviting Iranian troops into Syria.

“Now the war is nearly over he invites Iran in? He is no longer immune. If he fires, we'll destroy his forces,” Netanyahu said in London on Thursday.

In May, Israel launched several missiles at what it claimed were Iranian military targets inside Syria. Tel Aviv is believed to be responsible for numerous airstrikes on Syrian territory, but the Israeli military rarely comments on such cases.

Last month Netanyahu warned that Israel considers all Iranian forces inside Syria – not just troops near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights – as targets.

“We will continue to act against [Iran’s] intention to establish a military presence in Syria opposite us, not just opposite the Golan Heights but anywhere in Syria,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though Netanyahu is getting ready to create a false flag operation, to be blamed against both Syria, and Iran, as the "justification" for an attack against both countries, with the US military steppng in closely thereafter/

But I think, if this is what he is planning, he and his cabinet need think, to very seriously, about just what Russia will do, if he does this.

Russia's military prowess has already been very much proven in the Syrian theatre of war, and has historically sworn to defend Iran, should it get attacked militarily.

Jun 07 10:43

Putin teases new arms: Lasers & hypersonic missiles in service, but ‘that’s not all’

“The hypersonic air-deployed Kinzhal system – the missile which can travel at 10 Mach speed – is already used by our troops in the South Federal District,” Putin said. “A laser combat system is in service as well.”

Two other novelties – the hypersonic Avangard system and Sarmat ICBM – will be put into service in 2019 and 2020 respectively. The Avangard hypersonic glider system, which can exceed the speed of sound 20 times during final approach, has been already put into serial production, the president revealed.

“I don’t think that any other country will develop such weapon [as Avangard]. Naturally, it will emerge at some point, but, as I’ve said already, it won’t bother us, since we already have it,” he said.

Jun 06 15:13

Russian Defense Minister invites CIS allies to take part in Syria settlement

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has told his colleagues from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) bloc that their nations are welcome to participate in restoring peaceful life in Syria.

Jun 06 10:13

The Absence of Diplomacy Is Isolating Washington

The dissolution of the Soviet Union removed the constraint on Washington’s unilateralism. The neoconservatives, who had just risen to power, seized the opportunity and replaced diplomacy with threat and coercion. One infamous example is from the George W. Bush regime when the Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage, told Pakistan to do as you are told or you will be bombed into the stone age. We have this on the authority of the president of Pakistan himself, who did as he was told.

In the case of Russia during the Putin era, this level of threat is excessive as Russia can bomb back. So the threat has been reduced to: do as you are told or we will impose sanctions.

Jun 06 10:12

US Planned Nuclear Attacks on Every City in the USSR and China

In mid-December 1960, a conference was held at Strategic Air Command headquarters near Omaha, Nebraska, to outline America’s nuclear war strategy. During the meeting, plans were revealed whereby Moscow alone would be hit by 40 megatons of nuclear weapons. That is: about 4,000 times the force of the atomic bomb that leveled Hiroshima, on 6 August 1945.

Forty megatons also exceeded, by up to 30 times over, the full outlay of Allied conventional bombing during the Second World War. US General Thomas Power, commander-in-chief of Strategic Air Command, outlined at this meeting that radioactive fallout from the bombings would kill about 100 million Soviet citizens – roughly four times the total wiped out by the Nazis. The 100 million death toll was from radioactive fallout alone, not taking into account the further millions that would be killed by the bombs’ direct impact and blast radius.

Jun 06 10:11

Russia Building The Trans-Arabian Railway Will Make The Saudis More Multipolar

The CEO of Russian Railways, the state-backed leader in this industry, announced his company’s intent in participating in the Trans-Arabian Railway during last week’s Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), thus drawing attention to a project that’s been on the drawing board for a few years already but has failed to get off the ground.

Jun 06 10:10

Putin Praises "Courageous And Mature" Trump For Agreeing To Meet With North Korea

Russian President Vladimir Putin praised US President Donald Trump for agreeing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un about the possibility of denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. After calling Trump "courageous and mature", Putin added that he's expecting a "positive outcome" from the June 12 summit, which is set to take place in Singapore.

"I still hope that this meeting – a very courageous and mature decision U.S. President Donald Trump has made, to have direct contacts with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un – will take place, and we all expect a positive outcome," Putin said in an interview with China Media Group ahead of a planned summit in Shanghai later this week.

Putin and Trump are said to be planning a summit, and the two leaders have met twice in person since Trump took office.

Jun 06 09:52

Today it’s the Golan Heights, tomorrow it will be Medina

If the Europeans thought this was as bad as it could get they were mistaken. This week they would have to pretend it’s business as usual and welcome the Israeli prime minister. He is on a charm offensive to convince European leaders why they should also withdraw from the JCPA.

But this is not all, there will be other demands. In recent days, Israeli politicians have been stepping up pressure on the Trump administration to recognise Israel’s “sovereignty” over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights.

As the saying goes, there is no smoke without fire. The flurry of diplomatic activity in Tehran, Moscow, Tel Aviv, Damascus and Amman all suggest that something is amiss. Although the details still remain secret, the reality is that Israel wants firm guarantees that there will be no Iranian presence in south Syria. So Russia’s Vladimir Putin has provided the assurance that only Syrian troops will be stationed there and more importantly, there will be no Syrian belligerency or irredentism.

Jun 06 08:51

Hating Russia Is a Full-Time Job.“Who is Driving the Hostility towards Russia?”

Having just returned from a trip to Russia, I am pleased to report that the Russian people and the officialdom that I encountered displayed none of the vitriol towards Americans that I half expected as a response to the vilifying of Moscow and all its works that pervades the U.S. media and Establishment.

To be sure, many Russians I spoke with were quick to criticize the Trump Administration for its hot and cold performance vis-à-vis the bilateral ties to Moscow while also expressing mystification over why the relationship had gone south so quickly, but this anger over foreign policy did not necessarily translate into contempt for the American people and way of life that characterized the Soviet period. At least not yet.

Jun 06 08:44

EU Cannot Resist US Policies Without Russia's Help, German Media Says

In their ongoing trade dispute with the United States European countries now realize the need to mend fences with Russia.

Europe needs to join forces with Russia and China to effectively stand up to US pressure, Rupert Sternath wrote in Sunday’s issue of Suddeutsche Zeitung, underscoring the need for Germany work in sync with the other signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

Sternath believes that Washington’s attitude towards Europe is unlikely to change any time soon and if Europeans keep kowtowing to the US, this attitude will only change for the worse.

“All the countries that signed the nuclear agreement with Iran, including Russia and China, should come together and if they do, other countries, such as India and those in Asia and South America, will join in,” Rupert Sternath wrote, adding that this also called for lifting sanctions on Russia.

Jun 06 08:03

‘Only world leader I celebrated my birthday with’ – Putin reveals his relationship with Xi Jinping

Vladimir Putin has described his Chinese President Xi Jinping as a “reliable partner and good friend,” striving for the good of his people. They even celebrated Putin’s birthday together once, by having a shot of vodka, naturally.
Russia’s president shared his thoughts on the special relationship with China’s leader in an exclusive interview with the China Media Group.

“I think Chairman Xi Jinping is the only one among all the world leaders, to have celebrated my birthday with me,” Putin said, referring to his 61st birthday, which he marked at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum on Bali back in 2013. “I won’t hide it, we had a shot of vodka, sliced some sausage.”

Jun 06 06:48

India to proceed with purchase of Russian S-400 units despite possible US sanctions

India will proceed with the purchase of Russia's S-400 surface-to-air missile units despite possible US sanctions, the country's defense minister has confirmed, citing a “time tested” relationship between Delhi and Moscow.

Jun 05 17:24

No need for Europe to buy US gas at triple the price, will continue imports from Russia – Austria

The US is force-feeding Europe its liquefied natural gas, which is three times more expensive that buying it from Russia, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said after signing a gas-supply contract with Moscow until 2040.

While US politicians are accusing Europe of being dependent on Russian gas, they forget that “American liquefied gas is two or three times more expensive than Russian gas. Under such circumstances, it makes little sense in purely economic terms to replace Russian gas with American LNG,” Van der Bellen said at a press conference after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vienna on Tuesday.

Jun 05 13:03

Netanyahu is in Europe as Trump's lobbyist-in-chief

Before taking off for Berlin on Monday morning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was very clear what was on the agenda of his meetings with Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and Theresa May. And no, it’s not the cultural festival marking 70 years of Israel-France relations.

Netanyahu is on his umpteenth round of talks with the European leaders to try to convince them to ditch the nuclear deal with Iran. But he knows there’s no chance of them doing so. He basically admitted that before taking off when he said, “It may not have a consensus right now, but over time I think such an understanding will be formed.”

Both Israeli and Western diplomats who have been involved in behind-the-scenes discussions over the future of the Iran deal concur with that assessment.

Jun 05 12:03

NATO Deploys 30,000 Troops To Eastern Europe, Launches Massive Drill To Confront "Russian Threat"

The U.S. Army Europe said Monday that Saber Strike 18 exercise has commenced, and "brings full-scale battle simulations for the service members involved to enhance their real-world military occupations and deployment logistics strategies.

The war drill will take place in the Baltic states from June 03-15 as “a demonstration of the commitment and solidarity of the Alliance" at a time when Russia’s military is "increasingly threatening NATO members."

Jun 05 11:53

US to cut special forces in Africa to counter China, Russia: Report

The United States plans to sharply reduce the number of American Special Operations forces in Africa as part of a new Pentagon strategy that focuses on countering “rising threats” from Russia and China, according to a report.

Defense Secretary James Mattis has ordered a review of America’s elite commando missions in recent weeks which could see counterterrorism forces in Africa slashed by as much as half over the next three years, The New York Times reported on Monday.

The review was issued amid an ongoing assessment of Special Operations forces worldwide after four American service members were killed during an ambush in Niger last year.

Jun 05 11:48

‘Is this not democracy?’: No conditions will make Russia return Crimea to Ukraine rule – Putin

Moscow will never return Crimea to Ukraine, because the republic overwhelmingly opted to reunite with Russia in a free referendum, Vladimir Putin has told Austrian ORF broadcaster, in an exclusive interview.

“There are no such conditions and there can never be” for Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine, Putin, who is to visit Austria on Tuesday, said. Russia was forced to act in Crimea because of the “unconstitutional armed coup,” which took place in Ukraine in February 2014.

The President addressed the issue of Russian military presence on the peninsula at that time by saying that “our army was legally deployed in Crimea – under the agreement on our military base there.”

Jun 05 11:47

US about to slap disobedient European firms with sanctions over Russian gas project

The White House is on the verge of introducing penalties against companies engaged in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which will deliver Russian natural gas to the EU across the Baltic Sea.

The US government is planning to sanction European corporations that joined the pipeline project, which is led by Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom, three sources close to the issue told Foreign Policy news magazine. Apart from Gazprom, the project is being undertaken by German energy firms Wintershall and Uniper, French multinational Engie, British-Dutch oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell, and Austrian energy company OMV.

Jun 05 11:34

Amid ‘Russiagate’ Hysteria, What Are the Facts?

The New York Times, of course, is not the only offender. Its editorial attitude has been duplicated or exaggerated by most other media outlets in the United States, electronic and print. Unless there is a mass shooting in progress, it can be hard to find a discussion of anything else on CNN. Increasingly, both in Congress and in our media, it has been accepted as a fact that “Russia” interfered in the 2016 election.

So what are the facts?

Jun 05 11:18

U.S. AIRSTRIKES VIOLATED INTERNATIONAL LAW IN “WAR OF ANNIHILATION” IN RAQQA, SYRIA, SAYS AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

AS THE BATTLE for Raqqa, Syria, raged last October, a family in the Harat al-Badu neighborhood bunkered down in their home in an attempt to survive the fighting between the U.S.-led coalition and Islamic State militants. Mohammed Fayad, a man in his 80s, had lived in the same home in Harat al-Badu for the past 50 years. When the fighting began, Fayad refused to flee the property that he had put a lifetime of labor into, remaining in the home with his daughters and other relatives. As coalition airstrikes began pounding the city, Fayad’s home also became a refuge for other terrified neighbors and their families seeking safety from the attacks.

Their safe haven would not last. On the night of October 11, a coalition airstrike hit Fayad’s home. As Ali Habib, a local man who had been sheltering his family with Fayad, later told researchers from Amnesty International:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US war against Syria, in its attempt to effect regime change in Damascus, is both immoral, and insane; unfortunately, the US government does not care what destruction its war crimes leave in the wake of attacks like this.

In the mindset of the the US government, "The end justifies the means".

Now, let me see; from where have we heard that before?!?!

And here is a companion piece, this one from theindependent.co.uk:

US, Britain and France inflicted worst destruction 'in decades' killing civilians in Isis-held city of Raqqa, report says There is a very difficult video to watch here, but I encourage all thinking Americans and Brits to see this; this is what has been done to Syria, with your tax dollars, and in your name.

Jun 05 11:14

IRAN BEGINS TO BUILD ADVANCED CENTRIFUGES

Iran has begun working on infrastructure for building advanced centrifuges at its Natanz facility, Ali Akbar Salehi, the director of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation said today.

Iran’s nuclear activities would remain within the framework of the 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, Salehi said.

Salehi also said Iran had developed infrastructure to produce electricity at Natanz.

Last month, the US pulled out of what it referred to as the “defective” nuclear deal signed between the P5+1 states in 2015. The move has put the future of the deal at risk and left European leaders scrambling to ensure Iran complies with its terms and companies wondering if they should do business with Tehran as the US threatens to apply unilateral sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the IAEA, which is still inspecting Iran's facilities, and is comprised of a bunch of very bright people, tells the world that this work complies with the P5+1 deal framework, I would tend to believe them.

Of course, the US, Saudia Arabia and Israel will scream that Iran is getting ready to produce nuclear weapons, even if this move is simply for developing additional energy resources,and use it as their "justification" for an attack against Iran.

Were I the heads of these countries, however, I would seriously want to explore what the Russian response would be, before beginning any such attack; historically, Russia has promised to support Iran militarily against any foreign attacker, and as we have seen in Syria, Russia's military capabilies are very formidable, at this point in its history.

Jun 05 10:56

DHS TO GIVE ANTI-GOVERNMENT STORIES 'SENTIMENT' RATINGS

I once thought the police state couldn't get any worse but then I read an article in Media Lite and discovered that I was wrong, very wrong.

According to the Media Lite, DHS plans on giving ant-government stories 'sentiment' ratings.

"A DHS spokesperson told Mediaite in a discussion that awareness of whether a report is positive or negative would help decision makers to monitor how the public feels about certain policies and if needed, clear up misconceptions."

According to DHS, story “sentiment” is exactly what its database will track. Sentiment analysis will help DHS decide how the public feels about the government.

DHS wants to track "any and all media coverage related to the Department of Homeland Security or a particular event."

DHS: Critics are “conspiracy theorists”

DHS Press Secretary Tyler Houlton, claims critics of their new spying on the media policy are "tinfoil hat-wearing, black-helicopter conspiracy theorists."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, DHS, Press Secretary Houlton, here is the deal for me.

I am a Christian Pacifist Activist, who is constantly,and peacefully
( never advocating violence), exhorting her government to find ways other than war to achieve its geopolitical objectives.

The US government responds by upping its war propaganda. It appears to be preparing for endless wars around the world, and for the following reason.

When Karl Marx made the observation that all wars are economic in their origins, he was entirely correct.

The US consistently wages wars to expropriate resources from other countries, to which it has utterly no moral right, and to insure that those resources are only sold in the US Petrodollar.

Take the war in Iraq, into which the American people were lied into believing, by the Bush Administration, that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction; he never did, but that was the premise upon which that war was sold to the American people.

And of course, the real "winner" of that war, this year, was BP, which won the rights to develop the biggest oil fields in the country earlier this year, and only sell Iraq's oil in US dollars, rather than Euros, or other international currencies.

BP signs deal to develop Kirkuk Oil

This US Federal government is, and has been, for some time one collective, lying sack of excrement.

Propaganda is spewed by corporate presstitute media to advance a Federal Governmental narrative, in a very Orwellian manner, which is almost always war-centric.

Let's take Crimea, for example.

President Obama admitted that the US was part of the 2014 Putsch which threw the legally elected Ukrainian President Yanukovych, under the proverbial bus, and "installed" President Poroshenko Ukraine's President.

President Obama admitted that Washington was behing Ukrainian coup, and had brokered a deal in support of regime change

He did this very publicly, in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakiria.

When Crimea's leadership realized that there was no legitimate leadership in Kiev, they did two things; they held a referendum, asking Crimea's people if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, post-Putsch, or petition the Russian Federation to become a member. Overwhelmingly, in a free and fair referendum,, the Crimean people chose to leave Ukraine, and petition the Russian Federation to become a member, and the Russian Federation accepted that petition. It was done completely legally, and completely in accordance with the UN Charter (to which, Mr. Houlton, the US is still, allegedly a signatory), which guarantees the notion of peaceful self-determination for any people.

But when that happened, Russia was, and still is, accused by the US and NATO of "annexing" Crimea, an action which never, in fact, happened. Russia has been severely economically punished by the US government, through sanctions, for something it did not do.

As we both know, the coupling of sanctions with demonization are generally a prelude to war. And there are those in the bowels of power in DC, who have their bunkers well and safely in place, who see a nuclear war against Russia and China as real, doable, and inevitable, as the only way to insure the continued hegemony of the US dollar.

Paul Craig Roberts: Washington plans to nuke Russia and China

I can assure you, Mr. Houlton, that this man is just about as sound and serious as is a heart attack. He is utterly no nutter, but a respected contributor to the US government in the areas of economic policy, and respected publications and blogs.

So in conclusion, Mr. Houlton, the real conspirators and tin foil hatters are you, and the US government officials, whose actions you are paid to protect and defend, which are generally in complete opposition to the real needs and concerns of the American people.

This government is broke, in large part, through its participation in these horrific wars, and the American people are both war-weary and war-skeptical.

And with the rise of the independent media, Mr. Houlton, your lies have the shelf-life of the time represented by an egg timer.

So, you could stop lying to the American people and the world about the true agendas of the Federal government; of course, for sociopaths addicted to power (and they come, of course, from both sides of the aisle, and from the corporations which have purchased them), that is seriously difficult.

But understand, sir; the lies of this government are going to be continuously unmasked, no matter who is in power in DC. And if I have any hand in doing that, peacefully and logically as I have done in this article, I will continue to witness to the destruction of those lies, whatever they may be, against We the People.

Jun 05 10:50

Building bridges: Putin visits Austria in first foreign trip after re-election

Russian President Vladimir Putin is visiting Austria on Tuesday – a country that traditionally has good relations with Moscow. His trip, however, might have wider implications for a Europe that seems to be at a crossroads.

Austria has had constructive and pragmatic –if not friendly– relations with Russia and its predecessor, the Soviet Union, since the establishment of the Second Republic back in 1955. Vienna has also strived to keep it that way through the recent turbulent years, marked by increased tensions between Russia and Europe.

Even though it had to join anti-Russian sanctions after Russia’s reunification with Crimea and the start of the Ukraine crisis, Austria repeatedly called for easing or even lifting the restrictions, pointing at their ineffectiveness and utter futility.

Jun 05 10:50

Ukraine claims Dutch assets of Russia’s Gazprom seized as part of $2.6bn compensation ruling

Ukrainian state energy company Naftogaz claims the Dutch assets of Russia's Gazprom have been seized in compliance with the decision of the Stockholm arbitration court.

In February, the Stockholm court demanded that the Russian company pay for a shortfall in the delivery of gas to Ukraine, awarding Naftogaz $2.6 billion in compensation. Gazprom said that the decision created an imbalance in favor of Kiev. The Russian firm appealed the verdict, and notified Naftogaz that it had launched a procedure for the termination of gas-delivery contracts.

Jun 05 10:44

Cannon Fodder Exodus: Ukie AWOL Rate SKYROCKETS

Not only do Ukrainian soldiers continue to desert Kiev’s war against Donbass en masse, but an increasing number are crossing over to the Donbass side. Such are the findings of a recent investigation by Strana.ua, which has also pointed to some admissions in a recent Tweet by the editor-in-chief of Censor.Net, Yuri Butusov.

On May 29th, Butusov revealed: “In May alone, four servicemen of the Ukrainian Armed Forces – one from the 36th marines brigade, two from the 14th brigade, and one from the 30th brigade, have crossed the frontline over to the enemy. This means that they are deserters.”

Jun 05 10:43

Putin In China: What Will Be Agreed To?

Moscow and Beijing plan to approve a package of agreements during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s upcoming visit to China, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday.

Putin should pay a visit to China between June 9 and 10. The Russian president will attend the meeting of leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

What will be agreed to? There has been little public discussion on what the likely outcome or purpose of this meeting exactly is. Russia and China have increasingly worked together both economically and militarily, and combined – on supply-line security issues.

Jun 05 10:39

Syria, Russia Warn Of Potential Chemical Weapons False Flag Staged By US, Terrorists

By Brandon Turbeville

As Syria prepares to liberate the southwestern portion of the country still held by Western-backed terrorists, the United States is repeatedly threatening “firm and appropriate” responses against the Syrian government, proving yet again that the U.S. is nothing more than al-Qaeda’s air force. However, while most of the world has come to the conclusion that the biggest threat to peace and stability is actually America, not Syria or Iran, the public of the United States and Western Europe continue to somnambulently absorb the propaganda spewed by their governments and corporate media outlets...

Jun 05 00:31

Naftogaz says court has seized Dutch assets of Russia’s Gazprom over $2.6bn compensation bill

A court has seized the Dutch assets of Russian energy major Gazprom to pay $2.56 billion in compensation to Naftogaz, the Ukrainian company has said.

In February, the Stockholm arbitration court demanded that the Russian company pay for a shortfall in the delivery of gas to Ukraine. Gazprom said that the decision created an imbalance in favor of Kiev. The Russian firm appealed the verdict, and notified Naftogaz that it had launched a procedure for the termination of gas-delivery contracts.

Jun 04 10:30

Russia Could Become Second Biggest Gold Producer

Major Russian gold mining companies are planning to almost double production. The increase could make Russia the world’s second largest producer of the precious metal.

The country is currently third in the global rating of gold miners after Australia and China.

Jun 04 09:29

United States Wants Inflame Russia Tensions With Powerful Missile Shield

The United States is looking to establish a powerful missile shield in Germany in a potential move that would further inflame tensions with both Moscow and Tehran.

Jun 04 09:26

Two men busted in Ukraine’s “fake murder” ruse, turn out to be Ukrainian Intelligence

Ukraine’s “fake murder” hoax of journalist Arkady Babachenko is turning into an international embarrassment for Ukraine and its security services.

The two men ensnared in Ukraine’s “clever” ruse to weed out Putin’s assassins have turned out to be former Ukrainian counterintelligence officials, who despise Russia, and pledge allegiance to radical, ultra-right neo-Nazi group “”Right Sector”.

If Ukraine’s authorities had bothered to do a quick search on Facebook, they would have realized that the two men they threw under the bus, in this PR disaster, were the two least likely people in all Ukraine to have worked with Russia to carry out such an assassination.

Jun 04 07:55

Almost 100 Local Tribes Form Coalition to Expel US Forces From Syria - Reports

In excess of 70 Syrian tribal leaders met in the Aleppo Governorate, specifically the city of Deir Hafer, over the weekend to discuss plans and coordinate with one another to remove US forces from Syria, Al-Masdar News reported on Sunday

Jun 04 07:26

Too Much Bad News Can Make You Sick, Say Researchers

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) – With every news alert or breaking story, our world seems to be pushed further and further into crisis. It is taking a serious toll on our environment but also on our mental health.

The world has always been stressful, but experiencing acute events occurring thousands of miles away is a new and challenging phenomenon. On any given day, it feels like the world is falling apart.

How can we brace for disaster and find the strength to withstand it? How will we adapt to our greater exposure to trauma? And will our mental health be sacrificed in the process?

Jun 04 05:43

Is Ukraine Planning To Invade Donbas?

In the eighty-fourth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the frontpage articles from four Russian newspapers: Komsomolskaya Pravda, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Izvestia, and Moskovsky Komsomolets.

Jun 04 03:59

How workers in Ukraine are fighting for wages, rights and democracy

The past year has seen a wave of mobilisation inside Kryvyi Rih's mining and metal complex, particularly at the flagship foreign ArcelorMittal plant, one of the largest metal plants in the world. After weeks of negotiations, workers officially announced a labour dispute in late March. Then, on 14 May, railway workers in Kremenchug started a work-to-rule action over conditions and pay, which was then taken up in soldidarity by railway workers at AMKR on 16 May.

Jun 03 18:04

Russia Could Become Second Biggest Gold Producer

Major Russian gold mining companies are planning to almost double production. The increase could make Russia the world's second largest producer of the precious metal.

Jun 03 16:40

United States Wants Inflame Russia Tensions With Powerful Missile Shield

The United States is looking to establish a powerful missile shield in Germany in a potential move that would further inflame tensions with both Moscow and Tehran.

Jun 03 12:28

Is Ukraine Planning To Invade Donbas?

In the eighty-fourth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the frontpage articles from four Russian newspapers: Komsomolskaya Pravda, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Izvestia, and Moskovsky Komsomolets.

Jun 02 09:45

US in Early Discussions for Potential Meeting Between Trump, Putin - Reports

Planning for a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump is potentially underway, media reported.

White House staffers are planning the possible summit, the Wall Street Journal said on Friday, citing "people familiar with the efforts," but provided no details on timing or locations.

Jun 02 09:43

‘WMD free zone:’ Russia & UAE agree to join forces on Middle East non-proliferation

Moscow and Abu Dhabi have said they would take “active” efforts to turn Middle East into a zone free from any weapons of mass destruction. The ambitious goal was stated in a newly signed strategic partnership declaration.

“Turning Middle East into a zone free from weapons of mass destruction” was listed as one of the major aims in a declaration on strategic partnership between Russia and the United Arab Emirates signed on June 1. The goal is seen as part of a wider effort aimed at enhancing international security.

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Good luck on getting Israel to disarm!

Jun 02 09:42

Time to end ‘Russia-bashing’ – EU Commission chief Juncker

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker has said it’s time for the EU to reconnect with Russia and stop “bashing” it, in surprising contrast to those in the West who have been piling blame and sanctions on Moscow.

Juncker spoke to an audience at a Brussels think tank event on EU reform. Though his statement had a few catches, the overall message was conciliatory.

Jun 02 09:32

Putin: ‘Europe depends on US for defense. Don’t worry about it – we will help’

Jun 02 06:25

'WE FOUND RUSSIAN HIT-LIST OF 47 PEOPLE', UKRAINE TELLS ALLIES, AFTER FAKING THE MURDER OF A RUSSIAN DISSIDENT.

Ukraine, seeking to reassure its Western allies after faking the murder of a Russian dissident to thwart what it said was a plot on his life, told them on Friday its ruse led to the discovery of a hit-list of 47 people whom Russia planned to kill abroad.

Jun 01 11:12

'Russia-US direct conflict in Syria was close, but avoided' – Assad to RT (EXCLUSIVE)

Jun 01 08:09

Moscow Details Subversive NGO Activities in Russia and Around the World

It’s no secret that the CIA and some wealthy business magnates have been funding and using Non Governmental Organizations to alter the political landscapes inside nations all around the world, whether through meddling in elections or through plotting coups.

A detailed report has come out the Russian Parliament about how these NGOs attempted to meddle in recent elections in Russia.

Jun 01 07:18

US Commander in Europe: We Need More Troops to Fight The Russians

US Commander of the Europe Command, Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, has called for thousands more US troops to “deter Russian aggression” in Europe. He has even suggested that the US troops should be pulled off of counter-terrorism duty and sent to Europe. Meanwhile, the Pentagon announced a massive shipment of military equipment to Europe, including tanks and other tracked vehicles. Do US military officials really believe that Russia is about to invade western Europe? Are we back in the 1940s? Or is Washington’s military-industrial complex looking for new ways to justify an ever-expanding military budget?

Jun 01 07:07

An Oil Storm Is Coming, and Russia, the Saudis and Iran Hold All the Cards

Russia and the Saudis are now in a position to decide whether oil price comes down or continues its rise, meanwhile Iran if attacked by the US-Saudi-Israeli axis can plunge the world's oil supply into chaos and its financial markets with it

May 31 11:40

Malaysia: There is no evidence that Russia is to blame for the collapse of our plane over Donbas

Transport Minister of Malaysia - Entoni Lok - said his country does not see that there is any convincing evidence that Russia is responsible for the collapse of its passenger plane in August 2014 over Donbass.

He added: "No, there is no convincing evidence that would make Russia responsible for the tragedy of Boeing Malaysia Airlines . We do not see such evidence so far in what the international investigation team came to be. "

He added: "On the basis of everything that has come to date it can not be argued that Russia is guilty of this catastrophe."

Lok said that Malaysia will only keep "indisputable evidence" in everything that will continue.

This is, no doubt, a shock for the United States that immediately took the fall of the Malaysian Boeing to charge Moscow and introduce new anti-sanctions.

Australia and the Netherlands, which officially accused Russia of being at least responsible, were found in the blast.

May 31 11:04

Failed False Flag? Anti-Putin Journalist’s Death Admitted Faked By Ukraine As Geopolitical Situation Heats Up

By Aaron Kesel

...So here you see the geopolitical games at play going from blaming Russia for the murder of a journalist to accusing Russia of wanting to stage terror attacks in Ukraine.

Russia denied any involvement in any murder plot, while Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova later said Moscow was glad to hear Babchenko was alive but criticized Ukraine for staging a potential “provocation.”...

May 31 10:44

In the Middle East, Putin Has a Lot to Thank Trump For

Vladimir Putin will have paid very close attention to the location of the Syrian artillery battery where four Russian soldiers lost their lives at the weekend. The desert around Deir ez-Zour remains a dangerous place – politically as well as physically – in which the Americans and Russians play an extremely risky game of war.

Putin still suspects the Americans helped the artillery guidance of a mortar battery which killed the commander of the Russian Far East 5th Army in Deir ez-Zour, lieutenant general Valery Asapov, less than a year ago. Was the mortar fired by pro-American Kurdish fighters? Or by Isis? The Russians say that Isis mobile attackers stormed the Syrian artillery position this weekend at night – the Islamists’ normal routine, streaming out of the desert wadis in suicide trucks and motorcycles – even though the little Syrian forts, hillocks of sand and cement strewn across the vast sand plateaus, are supposed to be invulnerable.

May 31 09:41

‘Don’t interfere!’ Mike Pompeo warns Russia to STOP MEDDLING in US domestic affairs

US SECRETARY of State Mike Pompeo berated Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a phone call on Wednesday, and warned the Kremlin against interfering in US policies, in a sign of rising tensions between the two nations.

May 31 09:25

Russia will support any concrete agreement that benefits all parties of Korea peace talks – Lavrov

The ultimate goal of Korean denuclearization cannot be reached as long as sanctions against Pyongyang are in place, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following talks with his North Korean counterpart.

Amid ongoing negotiations on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Lavrov flew to Pyongyang on Thursday to hold talks with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho.

“In regards to sanctions, it is absolutely obvious that starting the whole conversation about the solution of the nuclear problem of the Korean Peninsula, we proceed from the fact that it cannot be complete until the sanctions are abolished,” Lavrov said following the talks.

Stressing that it is “impossible” to ensure denuclearization in one move, the Russian foreign minister urged North Korean and US diplomats to use the “art of diplomacy” to achieve the desired outcome step by step.

May 31 09:25

‘We were close to direct conflict between Russia & US inside Syria’ – Bashar Assad

Syrian President Bashar Assad says Moscow deterred the West from launching a devastating country-wide air strike last month, and believes that Damascus has nearly won the seven-year war, despite continued US “interference.”

“With every move forward for the Syrian Army, and for the political process, and for the whole situation, our enemies and our opponents, mainly the West led by the United States and their puppets in Europe and in our region, they try to make it farther – either by supporting more terrorism, bringing more terrorists to Syria, or by hindering the political process,” Assad told RT correspondent Murad Gazdiev, during a sit-down interview in Damascus, noting that without outside funding his opponents inside the country could be subdued “within a year.”

May 31 09:22

Saudi Envoy to Russia: Riyadh Supports Political Solution in Yemen, Syria

Saudi Ambassador to Russia Rayed Krimly, in an interview with Sputnik journalist Anastasia Dmitrieva, commented on the Russian Direct Investment Fund, foreign troops in Syria and the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

May 31 09:21

Saudi King Arrives in Moscow for First Ever Visit

King Salman of Saudi Arabia arrived in Russia on Wednesday on a first visit by a reigning Saudi monarch in the history of bilateral relations, a Sputnik correspondent reports from Moscow's Vnukovo airport.

King Salman will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on October 5 to discuss a number of issues, including the stabilization of the situation in the Middle East. A Russian-Saudi investment forum will be held before the meeting of the two states' leaders, with more than 200 Russian and Saudi companies expected to attend the event.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will also meet with King Salman on October 6 to discuss joint investment projects.

May 31 09:19

‘President was clear about RT’: Journalist barred from Elysee Palace despite having credentials

An RT journalist has been barred from attending a conference hosted by Emmanuel Macron in Elysee palace. The reporter was told that the president “was clear” about RT: access for the channel’s staff is denied.

Kyrill Kotikov, working for RT France, was stopped by security at the gates of the palace where Macron was due to give a speech at the international conference on Libya on Tuesday.

Kotikov had the conversation recorded. “The president was clear about Russia Today,” one of the officers is heard saying after journalist’s documents were checked. Kotikov was carrying a press card as instructed by the palaces’ press office.

May 31 09:19

Obelisk to Russian soldiers unveiled in France at site of WWI battles

French and Russian officials on Tuesday unveiled an obelisk commemorating the Russian soldiers, who defended France during the harsh battles of World War I.

It has been installed in the commune of Aguilcourt, department of Aisne. Regional officials, French military, Russian diplomats, and the successors of the soldiers and officers of the 3rd Brigade of the Russian Expeditionary Corps, which Russia dispatched to assist its military allies, attended the ceremony.

The monument is located on Mont Espin height that the Russian soldiers seized from the German forces after three-years-long occupation.

"The exploit of the Russian soldiers will never be forgotten," said Aguilcourt Mayor Gerard Prevost.

He recalled that the Russian battalions stormed the unassailable stronghold on Mont Espin in spring 1917. They faced a numerically stronger enemy.

May 31 09:18

Lavrov: Obama asked Putin not to deter ousted Ukrainian leader from 2014 opposition deal

During the 2014 demonstrations in Kiev, former US President Barack Obama asked Russian President Vladimir Putin not to dissuade his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovich from signing an agreement with the opposition, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov informed on Tuesday, during his speech at the Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of the President of Belarus in Minsk.

May 30 21:13

Will Putin’s Policy of Concession Succeed?

Paul Craig Roberts

Russian president Vladimir Putin’s speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Conference last weekend shows the Russian government’s ensnarement by neoliberal economic policy. Putin defended globalism and free trade, and he warned that crisis will result from the breakup of the global system.

In fact, crisis is the result of globalism and neoliberal economics. For Russia neoliberal economics means both economic and political crisis. https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/05/25/americas-fifth-column-will...

May 30 11:14

Moscow: Staged journo murder in Kiev 'obvious anti-Russian provocation'

The staged assassination of a Russian journalist in Kiev by the Ukrainian law enforcement was an obvious anti-Russian provocation, the latest in a long string, the Russian foreign ministry said.

The remarks on Wednesday came in response to the news that the shooting death of Arkady Babchenko on Tuesday had been staged by Ukraine’s national security service, SBU. The Russian ministry said that Ukraine “deceived the entire international community” with the ruse, which was now clearly exposed as a publicity stunt meant to smear Russia.

May 30 10:56

MH-17 Probe Follows Frame-Up Process of Skripal Poisoning

The latest report by a Dutch-led investigation into the downing of a Malaysian airliner in 2014 casting blame on Russia for the disaster follows the same reprehensible flouting of due process as the Skripal poison affair.

No credible evidence is ever presented. The charges leveled against Russia largely rely on assertion and innuendo. And despite the grave implications for the accused, Russia is not permitted to access the investigation file independently to form an adequate defense against the claims.

This is far from the standard of due legal process. Ironically, by Western governments that claim to be paragons of law and jurisprudence. It is more akin to an inquisition where guilt is presumed from the outset, and where the prosecution is tilted heavily in favor of the accusers.

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My theory remains that Ukraine tried to shoot down Putin's presidential aircraft (returning from a 6 day trip to South America) and confused by the similar livery on MH 17 shot the wrong plane down.

May 30 10:15

Su-57 Jets Perform Maneuvers at Military Aviation Contest in Russia

The Sukhoi Su-57 stealth air superiority fighter is a super-maneuverable fifth-generation warplane which can carry a wide array of weaponry allowing it to engage airborne, ground and naval targets.

The Russian news network Zvezda has published a video of the Su-57 fighters' combat maneuvers during a stage of the Aviadarts-2018 all-army competition.

Made by an unmanned aerial vehicle, the footage showed a pair of Su-57s carrying out an attack on ground targets of a simulated enemy.

May 29 14:52

‘They’re out to kill gay football fans’: UK tabloids ramp up Russia World Cup fear campaign (VIDEO)

Despite the British tabloid’s best attempt at undermining the World Cup host nation, UK head of Football Policing Mark Roberts previously said that he has faith in Russia’s ability to host a safe and enjoyable event.

“We’ve been engaging now for the past two years… to try and seek those reassurances from the Russian authorities,” he said. “Every time we've met them there is the consistent reassurance that their aspiration is to put on a safe event that shows Russia to the best of its abilities,” said Roberts.

“Our security team have been impressed by what they have seen on the ground,” added Robert Sullivan of the English Football Association.

May 29 11:53

Poland offers $2bn for permanent US base, Moscow warns of ‘dangerous’ consequences

Poland is reportedly willing to pay $2bn for permanent presence of US troops in the country. Moscow called the initiative “dangerous”, saying it won’t benefit European security.
The document dubbed ‘Proposal for a US Permanent Presence in Poland’ by the country’s Defense Ministry was leaked online by local media and Politico Europe group at the weekend.

The 39-page document discusses how “extraordinarily strong” Poland-US relations throughout history have been: how Polish people were “remarkably pro-Western” during the Cold war, how they fought against communism and disliked the Soviet Union.

To prove the point, the ministry draws examples of Donald Trumps’ statements, in particular his “landmark” Warsaw address, calling to confront “dire threats to our security.” “A permanent presence of a US armored division in Poland – on dedicated US military installations – will help achieve that goal [set by Trump],” the document read.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why Poland, that is ridiculous; I mean, to imagine that the US could actually build a military base in Poland for only a measly two billion dollars, that is!!

Yes, Poland threw off its Communist yolk years ago; but Russia today is not the old Soviet Union; it has reinvented itself in a modern, progressive way, and there is no threat that Putin would even begin to, or want to, annex Poland.

I think this knee-jerk gesture, on the part of the Polish government, is not seeing Russia for what it has become, but seeing it through the lens of its past activities, and its Soviet history, in the 20th century.

May 29 11:37

World War 3: Russian aircraft 'INTERCEPT' Israeli FIGHTER JETS over Libyan capital

RUSSIAN Su-34 aircraft “intercepted” Israeli F-16 fighter jets over Tripoli airspace despite a mechanism to avoid conflicts between Moscow and Jerusalem, it has been reported.

Reports including Israeli, Lebanese and Russian media outlets claim two Israeli Air Force F-16 planes were challenged by Sukhoi Su-34 jets over Libya.

Video circulated of Russian planes flying over Lebanon but the clip did not show any Israeli jets.

However, Moscow denied the allegations and said it does not conduct missions in Lebanese airspace.

The Russian Defence Ministry said: “The information spread by one of the Israeli news outlets about an alleged ‘interception' of two Israeli F-16s by a Russian Su-34 in Lebanese airspace is amateur nonsense.

May 29 11:19

CHINESE FIRM TO INVEST $2B IN OIL REFINERY IN IRAN

A Chinese investment firm will spend US$2 billion on building an oil refinery in the Iranian northern province of Mazandaran, the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported on Monday, quoting the deputy head of the province’s center for attracting foreign investment, Mousa Qasem-Pisheh.

The Chinese company has already been issued the license to build the oil refinery, Iranian media report, without specifying the name of the Chinese firm involved in the project.

Chinese and Russian firms are expected to continue to invest in Iran, and to actually benefit from the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, especially after European companies are very cautious regarding projects and investments in Iran, for fear of inadvertently breaking some sanction policy as U.S. sanctions on Tehran return.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Way to go, Mr. President, in withdrawing the US from the P5+1 Iran Deal!!

Now, you have both enraged our European allies with reimposition of the sanctions, and brought China, Russia, and Iran, into an even closer relationship; now, what if that relationship extends, which it logically should, to enhanced defense cooperation between all three countries?!?

Did you imagine, when you decided to withdraw from the treaty, that Russia and China would actually benefit, financially from the withdrawal of the US, and this economic boon might lead to better multilateral defense ties between all three countries?!?

Oh, and what else do these countries have in common?!? Let's see: they either have ditched, or will shortly ditch, all use of the US dollar in their international transactions.

A triple play here, Mr. President, and congratulations .... on your outstanding, pathalogical inability to understand what the ultimate ramifications of your decision here would be!!!

May 29 11:09

US “Does Not Approve” Of Russia Arming Iran, Wants UNSC Case

According to US Secretary of State Thomas Shannon, Washington does not agree with Russia’s sale of Su-30 fighters and S-300 anti-aircraft defense systems to Iran and believes that such transactions can only be made upon approval by the UN Security Council.

“We will not give our approval”, Shannon stressed in reply to the question whether the US will use its veto power if this issue is taken to the UN Security Council.

In addition, he noted that possible deliveries of S-300 systems also worry Washington.

“It is obvious that we are not interested in Iran having advanced fighters and ground systems. We will use all available means to oppose any systems that Iran may use for offensive purposes,” Shannon said.

May 29 11:07

Ukrainian Vice Foreign Minister Hopes Sanctions Will “Destroy Russia Like USSR”

Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georgy Tuk, has suggested how he thinks Russia can be “destroyed” like the Soviet Union.

“We need to put pressure on Russia with sanctions – that’s how they destroyed the Soviet Union,” the Ukrainian foreign policy official asserted. This is how the Ukrainian politician answered questions from journalists about his attitude towards resolving the conflict in Donbass.

“I count on there being a rise in pressure on Russia, a reinforcement of sanctions, and the destruction of the Russian economy … we all have a good example from our lifetime. There was the largest empire in the world that was destroyed by this means without a single shot,” the deputy minister told the TV channel NewsOne .

May 29 11:07

Growing Pressure On Merkel To Normalize Ties With Russia

Several politicians from the ruling party in Germany advocated the immediate abolition of anti-Russian sanctions. The pressure on Angela Merkel is growing not only from the Social Democrats (SPD), but also from her own faction (CDU), and her “Bavarian sister” (the CSU).

In Europe, the number of supporters of restoring relations with Russia is growing. Their voices are getting louder. They are now talking about normalizing relations with our country not only in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, but also in the countries of Western Europe.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurtz openly supports the lifting of sanctions against Russia, saying today that the United States is “unreliable” for Europe. In Italy, the parliamentary elections were won by parties that set similar goals for the future government.

May 29 10:58

Russia wants Iran out of Syria. Iranians aren't so happy about that

First, Moscow said all foreign forces should leave Syria. Now only Syrian soldiers should be on Israel's border. Iranians ask: Can Putin be trusted?

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Putin is trying to yank the rug out from under Israel's aggression against Syria.

May 29 10:33

US FORCES CYPRIOT BANKS TO CRACK DOWN ON ACCOUNTS OF RUSSIAN CLIENTS – REPORT

Russians keeping their cash in Cypriot banks have been caught up in a massive audit of accounts by lenders and watchdogs in the island state. The step was reportedly triggered by pressure from Washington.
Banks in Cyprus now require Russian customers to confirm earnings and tax payments, to produce bank statements for the past year, as well as estate documents, title deeds of business ownership, and a detailed description of their enterprise, according to financial writer Elena Tofanyuk, as quoted by Russian daily Business FM. Previously, Russian clientele were required to produce only a passport and utility bills.

Cypriot banks offer their Russian customers a choice: either to close their accounts or to transfer their funds to Russian Commercial Bank, a subsidiary of Russian state-run lender VTB, the reporter said, citing interviewees who have bank accounts in the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More Russian harrassment/demonization, this time in the Cypress banking system, courtesy of the US government.

What deeply concerns me is how frequently demonization of this kind becomes a prelude to a shooting war, which many in Congress and the Deep State want to have happen against both Russia and China, and soon. Paul Craig Roberts: Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China

Paul Craig Roberts is no "Chicken Little", declaring that the sky is going to fall; he is one of the most sober-sided, peace-centric political analysts around, and if he is making statements like this in public, it is because he absolutely, and incontrovertibly, believes this to be true.

May 29 10:27

RUSSIA ASKS APPLE TO HELP IT ENFORCE BAN ON TELEGRAM

Russia's communications regulator says it has asked U.S. technology giant Apple to help it block the popular messaging service Telegram in Russia.

Roskomnadzor's press service on May 28 said the regulator sent a letter to Apple asking it to block push notifications for Telegram users in Russia, ensuring that Apple phone and tablet users do not receive alerts about new messages and rendering the application less useful.

The regulator, which started enforcing a court ban on Telegram on April 16 after the company refused to give Russia's Federal Security Service access to private conversations, also asked Apple to no longer make the free Telegram app available for download in the country.

Also on May 28, Russian state news agency TASS reported that Roskomnadzor was working with U.S. technology giant Google to implement the ban against Telegram.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, but that last bit, about "the service has been used used in the planning of terror attacks around the world" is probably true of every internet communications service in the world.

So the question which should be asked instead is, can governments around the world manage to go about their business without doing things which instigate the rage that leads to terrorist reprisals, like expropriating resources, to which they have no moral right, and deterimining who controls those resources, and in what currencies they will be sold?!?

This mindset is, primarily, the source for all reprisal terrorism, folks; it is a combination of a baroquely colonial mindset, primarily in the Western world, which believes that might makes right, and that "some countries", by some kind of 21st century "royal decree" (or, in the case of the US government, alleged "American exceptionalism") gives them the right to do this kind of thing.

The Iraq war was about controling the oil, and in what demonination it was sold; and we all know who the "winner" of that conflict was: British Petroleum, which earlier this year, won the rights for exploration and development. The Ministry of Oil has announced that BP has signed a contract to develop the Kirkuk oil fields. According to Reuters, the deal with the North Oil Company (NOC) will see BP will boost output capacity from the six fields in the Kirkuk region to more than 1 million barrels of oil

The same is true for the war in Afghanistan, to control the oil pipelines, the currency in which it is sold, and the opium; the same is true for the horrific war in Libya; the same will be true for the coming war against Iran.

The quickest way to insure that terrorism stops, is to stop mucking about in other people's countries to control their resources; it is just that simple.

But, of course, it is also logical, which is why the US government will reject it out of hand, and trumpet loudly, that it has done NOTHING to incur the wrath of local populations while it steals resources, and prices them in US dollars.

But that being said, the day of the hegemonic US dollar may well be in decline; Russia and China are dumping the dollar in their trade; Russia and Venezuela are going to Venezuela's cryptocurrency as a medium of exchange; and Iran is set to dump the dollar very soon in all of its international business transactions.

So what is the US government going to do, declare war on the entire world, because they refuse to use the US dollar?!? Sadly, the answer may well be a resounding "Yes!" on the part of US politicians who have not yet figured out that the endgame is nearly over.

May 29 10:08

Russia Hints ISIS-Linked Forces Operating In US-Controlled Zones In Syria — Photos Already Show US Protecting Terrorists In Tanf

By Brandon Turbeville

Previous reports that the United States is protecting and harboring ISIS near its positions in al-Tanf have been given even more credence with the recent statements of the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov...

May 29 09:01

Israel, Russia said to reach secret deal on pushing Iran away from Syria border

Reported agreement will see Israel consent to return of Assad's army to Syrian Golan Heights, in exchange for Russia ensuring no Iranian or Hezbollah troops there

May 29 08:52

Russian electronic warfare firm to upgrade products after studying US Tomahawks downed in Syria

The missile, delivered to Russia after the tri-party night attack on Syrian government targets by the US, the UK and France in April, is of particular interest to KRET, a leading developer of electronic equipment for the Russian military, according to Vladimir Mikheev, an aide to the company’s First Deputy Director Vladimir Zverev.

“Our new equipment needs to cover all spectra, optical and radio, which we found in the products of our counterparts,” Mikheev told Radio Sputnik.

“As specialists we were very interested in seeing the real-life use of various weapon systems in Syria, including the Tomahawks. Now having this missile in our hands we clearly know what channels it uses to communicate control, navigation and geolocation information,” he explained.

May 29 05:11

Conflict In Eastern Ukraine Can Soon Turn Into Open War

This week the military situation in eastern Ukraine has once again escalated as forces loyal to the Kiev government have advanced on positions controlled by defense forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DRP) near the city of Gorlovka.

Gorlovka is the DPR-controlled town, located north of the DPR capital of Donetsk. Its pre-war population was about 256,000 people.

On May 21, pro-Kiev troops, backed up by artillery and machine guns fire, stormed positions of DPR forces at the settlement of Golmovskiy, north of Gorlovka. They failed to overrun the DPR defense but killed at least 1 DPR fighter and captured 3 others. At least 10 Kiev soldiers were killed and 4 others were injured, according to the DPR side.

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May 28 12:05

Europe to Criticize New Italian Gov't in Case of New Accords With Moscow

The new Italian cabinet will face a wave of critical statements across Europe if it signs agreements with Russia, Paolo Grimoldi, a member of the Italian parliament representing the Lega party, told Sputnik on Saturday.

"Why everyone is silent when France signs accords with Russia? If we sign the agreements with Russia we will be targeted by political attacks in Europe. Everyone is doing business with Russia," Grimoldi said on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), citing the recent visit of French President Emmanuel Macron that had resulted in the signing of a number of accords.

The lawmaker said that the Italian government would like to have a good relationship with Russia.

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