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Jan 04 20:24

Best Putin jokes

Jan 04 09:21

Global Warfare. Preparing for World War III, Targeting Iran

Recent news reports point to a so-called “secret plan” to destroy and destabilize Iran, the first step of which is a color revolution.

The fact of the matter is that these not so secret plans to wage war on Iran have been on the drawing board of the Pentagon since the mid-nineties as outlined in Michel Chossudovsky’s 2010 article published below (scroll down):

“The medium term strategic objective is to target Iran and neutralize Iran’s allies, through gunboat diplomacy. The longer term military objective is to directly target China and Russia.

Jan 04 08:41

Hero of Ukraine calls Syrian jihadists "allies of Ukraine"

Ukrainian Nationalist Levko Grigorovich Lukyanenko, known for his Russophobic and racist statements, has called the Syrian jihadist militants allies of Ukraine. He stated this during a press conference in Kiev, PolitNavigator reports.

Jan 04 08:41

The Russian army nullifies the efforts of the West - Ukrainian general

The anti-Russian sanctions introduced by the West will not have a significant impact on the adjustment of Moscow's foreign policy.

This was stated in an interview by the ex-head of the Security Service of Ukraine, the representative of Ukraine in the security subgroup of the tripartite contact group in Minsk, Army General Yevhen Marchuk.

Jan 04 08:30

McFaul denies endorsing call to kill Russian intel officers, apologizes for reposting fake video

Former US ambassador to Russia and ardent Kremlin critic Michael McFaul has apologized after sharing on Facebook a fake video post which called for the killing of Russian intel officers. He denied having endorsed the comment.

McFaul, who served as America's Ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, shared a post from the "Russian Regions" anti-government group, which have called for mass protests against the Kremlin, using Iran as an example.

Jan 04 08:02

NATO Doesn't Want a New Cold War With Russia - Stoltenberg

NATO doesn't want a new Cold War and will make every effort to maintain a political dialogue with Moscow, NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with DPA last week.

"We must take into account the fact that we are dealing with a more self-confident Russia. At the same time, it must be clear: we don't want a new Cold War and we don't want a new arms race. We want a political dialogue with Russia — even though it won't be easy," Stoltenberg said.

Jan 03 12:12

Neocons return to power

Neoconservative fingerprints all over Trump National Security Strategy document.

President Donald Trump’s 2017 National Security Strategy report tells us how he sees the world, or rather how the Washington foreign policy elites do.

From a candidate who ran on a message of change, it is striking that the report is essentially a defense of status quo policies and views.

Jan 03 10:59

2018 – War or No War? The Saker

Imbeciles and cowards. I also happen to think that they are traitors to their country and their people. Patriots they are not.

Trump Administration now has released a National Security Strategy which clearly show that the Empire is in “full paranoid” mode. It is plainly obvious that the Neocons are now back in total control of the White House, Congress and the US corporate media. Okay, maybe things are still not quite as bad as if Hillary had been elected, but they are bad enough to ask whether a major war is now inevitable next year.

Jan 03 08:55

How Much Death and Destruction Awaits Us in 2018? Paul Craig Roberts

Russia’s very cautious diplomacy has increased the likelihood that Washington will miscalculate and give the world a third world war.

Jan 02 13:53

Trump’s grandstanding on national security could end in tragedy

“Trump believes everyone will do his bidding because he says so. Hello!”

None of the capitals singled out in the Trump administration’s National Security Strategy as being the United States’ prime adversaries – Moscow, Beijing, Tehran, Pyongyang – appear to feel particularly threatened by the fire and brimstone in that document, which was unveiled on Monday.

Jan 02 12:00

How Much Death and Destruction Awaits Us in 2018? Paul Craig Roberts

The Anglo-Zionist empire is trying to overturn the Iranian agreement and to restart the attempt to overthrow the government of Syria.

The New Year is one full of economic, political, and war threats.

Jan 02 11:43

The President's Speech: New Year 2018 Greeting From Vladimir Putin (VIDEO)

Russian President Vladimir Putin is addressing the nation's nine time zones to offer his traditional New Year greeting, wishing happiness and prosperity to his fellow countrymen.

Jan 02 10:51

France Aims to Develop Moscow-Beijing Trade 'Backbone' Amid US-UK Uncertainty

France is keen to deepen trade ties with Russia and China, French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told the Wall Street Journal on Monday.

Jan 02 10:21

More Ukrainian New Year greetings to the world: Torchlight parades in honor of WWII collaborators; OUN March now official hymn of the Ukrainian Army

Throughout Ukraine, Pravy Sektor conducts torchlight parades today; OUN March becomes official hymn for the Ukrainian Army

Monday, January 1, marches will take place in honor of Bandera's birthday in 10 cities of Ukraine. This is reported on Pravy Sektor's Facebook page. [Pravy Sektor is banned in Russia.]

"On January 1, 2018, solemn torch marches Ukrainians will pass through the streets of Ukrainian cities to pay tribute to Stepan Bandera," the report said.

Jan 02 10:20

Chinese leader says Beijing is ready to increase trust, cooperation with Russia in 2018

"Chinese President Xi Jinping said Sunday he is ready to join his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in consolidating political and strategic mutual trust, and expanding bilateral all-around pragmatic cooperation," the agency wrote. "Xi made the pledge in his New Year greeting message to Putin. In the message, Xi, on behalf of the Chinese government and the people, extended his sincere greetings and fine wishes to President Putin and to the Russian people."

Jan 02 09:10

An Apology and Explanation - Robert Parry

The demonization of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia is just the most dangerous feature of this propaganda process – and this is where the neocons and the liberal interventionists most significantly come together. The U.S. media’s approach to Russia is now virtually 100 percent propaganda. Does any sentient human being read the New York Times’ or the Washington Post’s coverage of Russia and think that he or she is getting a neutral or unbiased treatment of the facts? For instance, the full story of the infamous Magnitsky case cannot be told in the West, nor can the objective reality of the Ukrane coup in 2014. The American people and the West in general are carefully shielded from hearing the “other side of the story.” Indeed to even suggest that there is another side to the story makes you a “Putin apologist” or “Kremlin stooge.”

Jan 02 08:52

Liberals Getting Back in Touch With Their Authoritarian Roots - Justin Raimondo

The left and the art of political witch-hunting.

“One of the unfortunate ironies of the manufactured ‘Russiagate’ controversy,” my colleague Sheldon Richman writes in his most recent column, is the perception of the FBI as a friend of liberty and justice.” He’s dead right about that, but just whom is he addressing?

Jan 02 08:31

Iranian Protesters Raise Stakes, Attacking Police Stations

Mr. Law and Order is egging on the Colored Revolution useful idiots to attack police stations and Iranian military bases.
Looks great for Israel and the Neocons. Makes the USA look like a Rogue State with an idiot in charge!

Violent crackdowns overnight on Sunday against protesters have led to a violent backlash in Iran, as some of the protesters look to raise the stakes with attacks of their own against police stations, with reports of some posts and stations being set ablaze.

Jan 02 08:07

‘US is watching!’: Trump warns Iran amid crackdown on protests (VIDEO)

Trump is a neocon idiot,who loves Israel and is in the process of getting our country destroyed. Everyone knows this is another attempt to overthrow the Iranian government using another Colored Revolution!

Donald Trump has issued a strongly worded tweet warning Iran that “the US is watching” following the deaths of 20 people in anti-government protests that are sweeping the country.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry has hit back at the US president, saying that Trump should focus on his own country rather than tweet about civil unrest abroad.

"Instead of wasting his time sending useless and insulting tweets regarding other countries, he would be better off seeing to the domestic issues of his own country such as daily killings of dozens of people... and the existence of millions of homeless and hungry people," Bahram Ghasemi said, according to AFP.

Jan 01 13:35

Dealing With North Korea

If I were President of the United States,this is how I would deal with Kim Jong-un and the North Korean situation.

First, realize that Un’s theatrics are, from his own point of view, perfectly rational. He is not stupid. He looks at what happened to Muammar Gaddafi of Libya; murdered by mobs after kow-towing to the Great Satan. He notes the demise of Saddam Hussain of Iraq, another country that got on the wrong side of our imperialist nation; a similar dismal end befell him, too. It does not take much brain power to realize that Un’s only hope of escaping a similar fate would be, roughly, the one he has adopted: belligerence, nuclear armament, bellicosity, etc.

Here is what to do about the situation.

Jan 01 08:10

External Interference in Iran's Internal Affairs Unacceptable - Russian MFA

The Russian Foreign Ministry has expressed hope that protests in Iran will noT turn violent, will not result in bloodshed.

Commenting on the current situation in Tehran, where the mass protests have entered their fifth day, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that interference from abroad in the situation in Iran is unacceptable.

"External interference [in Iran's internal affairs] which may destabilize the situation is unacceprable," the statement said.

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Dec 31 09:52

Russia denies North Korea sanctions breach

Senior European security sources have claimed that Russian tankers have undermined U.N. Security Council sanctions by transferring fuel to North Korean tankers in international waters.

Russia's Foreign Ministry vehemently denied the accusations Saturday, saying Russia has "fully and strictly observed the sanctions regime." A recent round of tighter sanctions unanimously passed by the U.N. Security Council sharply limits the amount of refined oil products that North Korea can import.

The reports came a day after China denied similar accusations. On Friday, President Trump claimed China had been caught "red-handed" transferring oil to North Korean vessels. Beijing has denied any wrongdoing and said it would punish any such actions, should they be found to have happened.

Dec 31 06:59

Re-reading the Greats: Jean Paul Sartre, Pepe Escobar, et. al.

For our bi-polar world....

I’ve been reading Pepe Escobar’s articles for over 30 years–since the time I would read re-prints of his “Asia Times” articles in The Japan Times–my daily reading when I lived in Japan. These days, I mostly catch his work at a number of excellent global websites.

Dec 31 06:46

Did the CIA stop a bloodbath in Saint Petersburg? The Saker

I am not holding my breath for the future, but any positive development deserves some recognition, especially in our otherwise very depressing times.

The Russian President Vladimir Putin has thanked his US counterpart Donald Trump for help in preventing a terrorist attack in St. Petersburg. Data provided by the CIA enabled Russian security services to find and detain terrorists

The Russian leader expressed his gratitude in a telephone call, adding that the Russian security services would also always share information with their US colleagues, were they to obtain data on any planned attacks on US soil.

Dec 30 11:02

There You Go Again: Yet Another 'Russian Invasion' Reported, Debunked in Norway

A Norwegian defense portal has caused a hullaballoo with its claims that Russia staged a mock invasion of the key Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, despite the Nordic country's own defense and intelligence bosses vehemently denying such assertions.

Dec 30 10:43

Anti-Russia spin pushed by those who lost US election & can't face reality – Putin to Le Figaro

A powerful bureaucracy is preventing US presidents from making changes, Vladimir Putin told Le Figaro, saying he’s not surprised Donald Trump hasn’t restored relations with Moscow amid a power struggle – just as Obama failed to shut down Guantanamo.

Despite early signals from the Trump administration that it would not mind improving relations with Russia, which seemed to hit rock bottom during the last months of the Obama presidency, Moscow “had no special expectations” with regards to the new US President Trump, the Russian leader said in an interview to be published in full Wednesday.

Dec 30 10:34

Russia puts Erdogan back in his place after he ludicrously called Assad a terrorist

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday that there is no legal basis to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan comments that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad is a terrorist.

"As for the fact that the Turkish president called Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad a terrorist, Syrian government representatives are at the UN and represent the Syrian government at the UN Security Council, so this [statement] has no legal basis whatsoever, even without additional assessments and arguments," Zakharova said.

"I will not talk about the moral aspect. From the legal point of view, such statements are unsubstantiated," the diplomat added.

Dec 30 10:31

Hermitage Capital CEO Browder Urges Interpol to Suspend Russia's Membership

William Browder claims that it’s time for Interpol to suspend Russia’s membership, after he was sentenced in Russia in absentia for tax dodging.

Dec 30 10:31

Hostage Situation in Ukraine's Kharkiv: Six People Held by Man With Explosives

A man claiming to have explosives has taken hostages in a post office in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, according to local media reports citing police spokesman Yaroslav Trakalo.

Dec 30 10:28

First tanker of Russian gas arrives in UK to keep Britons from freezing this winter

Russian tanker Christophe de Margerie has brought the first batch of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Yamal to the United Kingdom. London had to urgently turn to Russian gas targeted by US sanctions due to supply outages.

Dec 30 10:26

Putin signs law establishing register of officials sacked over corruption

The Russian president has signed into law a bill requiring all officials fired from their posts over involvement in corruption to be placed in a nationwide internet register to prevent them from re-entering public service.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good idea. We need that here!

Dec 30 09:14

Moscow ready to repair ties with US despite ‘regrettable’ security strategy – Ambassador to US

Moscow is ready to “build bridges” with Washington despite the new US national security strategy, which designates Russia as a threat to US security, Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said.

“We have carefully studied this strategy... we will probably continue scrutinizing all the words and expressions mentioned there, our magnifying lens in hand. I can only say this: the first impression of it is that this strategy https://www.rt.com/news/413774-russia-security-trump-strategy/ is highly regrettable. Regrettable in the context of the Russia-US relations. We see many flawed points in it, but we are ready to work and build ties with the United States, regardless of this, I should say, unfriendly strategy, which the new of national security strategy really is,” he said in an interview with RTVi on Friday.

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Dec 30 07:48

Russian Ships Accused of Selling Fuel to North Korea

Adding to the allegations coming from unnamed Western sources of North Korean sanctions violations, officials are now accusing a pair of private, Russia-flagged ships of having sold fuel to North Korean vessels on the open sea, and are saying this violates UN sanctions. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-russia-oil-excl...

Details on what was sold and how much of it are scant, and one such instance saw the ship in question only carrying crude oil, which would not be illegal to sell to North Korea in the first place.>>>

(*so we could be talking about a nothing burger/heavy on the bex , here )

Dec 30 07:33

Putin: Russia To Continue To Defend Syria

The Kremlin said on Saturday that Putin had conveyed a congratulatory message to the Syrian head of state, Bashar al-Assad, on the occasion of the New Year, presstv reported.

In that message, Putin stressed that Russia would “continue to render every assistance to Syria in the protection of state sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity, in the promotion of a political settlement process, as well as in efforts to restore the national economy.

Russia started delivering aerial support for Syrian military operations against rampant extremism in September 2015

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Dec 29 12:41

Russian Federation ready to act as mediator for USA and North Korea

"The two discussed concerns related to the DPRK's destabilizing nuclear program and emphasized that neither the United States nor Russian Federation accepts the DPRK as a nuclear power", Nauert said in a statement, using the acronym for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Meanwhile, the latest USA sanctions target North Korean officials Kim Jong Sik and Ri Pyong Chol, who are believed to be heavily involved in the country's intercontinental ballistic missile program, by seizing any assets within US jurisdiction and prohibiting American citizens from dealing with them.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday urged the United States and North Korea to start a dialogue and said the U.S. should make the first move.

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The US just rejected Russia's offer to act as mediator.

Dec 29 09:17

Russian satellite lost after being set to launch from wrong spaceport

Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Wednesday the loss of a 2.6bn-rouble ($45m) satellite launched last month was due to an embarrassing programming error.

Russian space agency Roscosmos said last month it had lost contact with the newly launched weather satellite – the Meteor-M – after it blasted off from Russia’s new Vostochny cosmodrome in the country’s far east.
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Speaking to Rossiya 24 state TV channel, Rogozin said the failure had been caused by human error. The rocket carrying the satellites had been programmed with the wrong coordinates, he said, saying it had been given bearings for take-off from a different cosmodrome – Baikonur – which Moscow leases from Kazakhstan.

“The rocket was really programmed as if it was taking off from Baikonur,” said Rogozin. “They didn’t get the coordinates right.”

Dec 29 07:44

'I Like Putin, I Would Have Voted for Him' - Ex-Deputy Head of German CSU

In an exclusive interview with Sputnik, Peter Gauweiler, the former deputy head of the Christian-Social Union of Germany, spoke about the prospects of a coalition government, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chances of staying in power and Russia’s relations with the EU and Germany. He also called for an early end to anti-Russian sanctions.

Dec 29 07:12

Crimea For Dummies (RT Documentary)

Dec 29 07:02

Russian hackers plan to 'RULE WORLD' using Ukraine as 'training ground' for UK attack

Vladimir Putin is believed to be using Ukraine as a “training ground” to learn how to attack other countries as part of his bid to “control the world”.

Ukraine has fallen victim to a number of cyber infringements over the last two years, including an attack in June that cut all power in houses and rendered vital public services such as the post office and ATMs unusable for days.

Dec 29 06:58

Russia warns ties with Japan to be affected by deployment of US missile defense systems

The deployment of US-made Aegis Ashore land-based missile defense systems in Japan will affect ties between Moscow and Tokyo, the Russian Foreign Ministry warned on Thursday. Tokyo’s decision causes “deep regrets and major concerns,” TASS quoted the ministry’s spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, as saying. Such actions “will negatively influence the general atmosphere in bilateral relations, including negotiations on a peace treaty,” according to Zakharova.

Dec 29 04:58

Putin's Epiphany: US 'pretending' to fight Islamic State in Iraq

Moscow accused the US of reducing its airstrikes on the Islamic State group in Iraq on Tuesday, to allow militants to enter Syria and fight the Russian-backed Syrian army.

The United States is pretending to fight the Islamic State [IS] group, Moscow alleged, claiming Washington has deliberately reduced airstrikes in Iraq in an attempt to allow the militants to flow into Syria, where the Russian-backed Syrian army continues to advance against IS.
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"The actions of the Pentagon and the coalition demand an explanation. Is their change of tack a desire to complicate as much as they can the Syrian army’s operation, backed by the Russian air force, to take back Syrian territory to the east of the Euphrates?”>>>

Dec 28 08:56

Top Russian General Accuses US Of Training ISIS At Syrian Border Base

According to a new Reuters report, the chief of the Russian General Staff has accused the United States of hosting a training facility for ISIS fighters in Syria along the Syria-Iraq border. Al-Tanf base on Syria's southeast side has been under the control of the US-backed "New Syrian Army" and their US special forces advisers since the area was captured from ISIS in August of 2016.

Russia has previously called the base a 100km wide “black hole” operated by the US wherein an assortment of unaccountable armed groups and militants can operate freely. That American troops have long been deployed there was previously confirmed through multiple photographs and videos released early in the summer of 2017 which showed US elite soldiers on active patrols with Syrian rebel factions associated with the Free Syrian Army (or FSA, elements of which were more recently renamed the New Syrian Army).

Dec 28 08:39

NATO Expansion: What Gorbachev Heard

U.S. Secretary of State James Baker’s famous “not one inch eastward” assurance about NATO expansion in his meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on February 9, 1990, was part of a cascade of assurances about Soviet security given by Western leaders to Gorbachev and other Soviet officials throughout the process of German unification in 1990 and on into 1991, according to declassified U.S., Soviet, German, British and French documents posted today by the National Security Archive at George Washington University (http://nsarchive.gwu.edu).

Dec 28 08:16

Russian Foreign Ministry Signals Change in Donbass Policy

With regards to recognizing the DPR and LPR, Karasin said: “According to the Minsk Agreements, Donbass should be granted a special status within Ukraine. In reality, we are seeing the opposite process. Instead of reintegrating the region into a common political and economic space, the Ukrainian leadership itself is actually pushing the South-East out of the country.” Karasin here mentions not only military operations, but also socio-economic measures.

Dec 28 07:04

Russia Notifies US of Rejection of Several Agreements Within Open Skies Treaty

The Treaty on Open Skies, adopted in 2002 (*The BushII Era) within 34 states, establishes a program of unarmed aerial surveillance flights over the entire territory of its participants.

Russia has notified the US of rejecting several agreements within the Open Skies Treaty, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday.

"Continuing the general policy seeking to further degrade relations with Russia, Washington absolutely groundlessly accused the Russian Federation of violating the Treaty on Open Skies and took unilateral steps to create obstacles to the Russian 'Open Skies' missions conducted over the territory of the United States. In this regard, and based on the principle of reciprocity, Russia was forced to take adequate measures that are procedural in nature," Zakharova told reporters.

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Dec 27 09:38

PREPARING FOR WW3? Russia cosies up to Turkey after agreeing £1.8 BILLION arms deal

TURKEY has snubbed its Nato allies by agreeing to buy a Russian missile system in a deal worth £1.8billion ($2.5bn).

Moscow will supply Ankara with four divisions of S-400 surface-to-air missile divisions once the agreement is finalised.

The system, designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, can engage targets at a distance of 250 miles.

But the arms deal has caused concern in the West because the weapons cannot be integrated into Nato's defences.

Dec 27 08:39

Christmas Gifts – Good News from Around the World

The world is full of good news, suitable for Yuletide.

Merry Christmas to you, dear readers! It is a beautiful and serene time of hope, when the darkest time of the year is already behind us. Though the light is still not perceptible, but we know and feel that the change is coming.

The recent vote in the United Nations has been such a glimpse of light, a harbinger of Sun.

Dec 27 05:51

BIDEN TOLD EX-UKRAINE PRESIDENT YANUKOVICH TO RESIGN, FORMER VP REVEALS IN MEMOIRS

Joe Biden bluntly demanded that former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich resign back in 2014, the former US vice president revealed. He also confirmed the US was deeply involved in Kiev’s affairs during that year’s crisis.

From the very beginning of the Ukrainian crisis, the US sought to direct Yanukovich in his handling of the riots on Maidan Square that eventually led to a coup in Ukraine, Biden says in his new book titled “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship And Purpose,” which was published in November, but has now been brought into the media spotlight in connection with the US’s role in the crisis. Biden reveals that he repeatedly called the then-Ukrainian president, telling him what he should or should not do.

Dec 26 17:35

US To Officially Send "Lethal Arms" To Ukraine, Russia Says US "Crossed The Line" - But US Has Been Arming Kiev For Years

By Brandon Turbeville

After its horrendous decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, the Trump administration is showing signs of its intention to provide anti-tank missiles and possibly even the Javelin missile system to Ukrainian fascist forces in their fight against the Donbass separatists and, according to the State Department itself, Russia.

Earlier, the Trump administration had announced that it would be providing “lethal aid” to Ukraine, which the U.S. characterizes as “defensive” in nature...

Dec 26 14:08

IS IT TIME FOR A UKRAINE COUP REDUX? YOU BET IT IS

Ukraine will very soon become a no-man’s land if American influences there are allowed to continue. News the Trump administration approved the export of lethal weapons to the Kiev junta will only lead to more useless killing. The news of the decision broke as the Treasury Department announced further sanctions under the Magnitsky Act against five individuals for alleged human rights abuses in Russia. Trump ratcheting up the pressure on Russia at the moment the Poroshenko regime is set to disintegrate carries a new foreboding. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova made appropriate quips about the western coalition forces in the Middle East making claims America and allies destroyed ISIS in Syria. The hard nose Russian dignitary poked at western coalition partners about their “successes” in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan in recent years. Now the Trump administration seems ready to double-down on chaotic idiocy by opening the door to full scale war in Ukraine.

Dec 26 13:31

Lavrov and Tillerson discuss Syrian national dialogue congress

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed further steps to settle the Syrian conflict, including a Syrian national dialogue congress to be held in Russia’s Sochi, the Russian foreign ministry said on Tuesday after their telephone conversation. The conversation was initiated by the US side. "The sides discussed further steps to overcome the Syrian conflict with preservation of that country’s territorial integrity. Among the topics discussed was an intra-Syrian national dialogue congress in Sochi as part of efforts to promote settlement on the basis of United Nations Security Council resolution 2254 and encourage direct talks between the Syrian government and the opposition in Geneva without preliminary conditions," the ministry said.

Dec 26 13:02

Russia to introduce "family values" classes into schools

On Tuesday, the Russian president's authorized representative for child rights, Anna Kuznetsova, announced the completion of the development of the school course "Family Studies." During the press conference, Kuznetsova explained that the course was developed at the Russian Academy of Education, and negotiations were also held about its implementation with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. Experts have not yet determined the final form of such a course in schools; an optional lesson or modular courses within existing humanitarian subjects. Kuznetsova expressed the idea of ??creating a course called "Family Studies" or "Lessons of Family Happiness" this summer. So, according to her proposal, classes should be aimed at promoting traditional family values ??and promote the protection of motherhood and childhood.

Dec 26 12:56

Russia's Ministry of Defense clear-out: 30 officials convicted for embezzlement

More than 30 people have been convicted of embezzlement cases at the Ministry of Defense - in the framework of these investigations, almost all property of the state was returned, spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said. Recalling the case of former Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, who was charged and released under an amnesty, Petrenko reported that Serdyukov had acknowledged the crime. "The case did not end in nothing, our military investigators conducted a global investigation," she said on the air of the Vesti FM radio station. According to Petrenko, several dozens criminal cases were investigated, and many officials were brought to responsibility for these cases.

Dec 26 12:40

Russian security chief says economic development key to Afghanistan overcoming woes

Russia anticipates economic development and the implementation of joint ventures will help improve the current dismal state that Afghanistan is still mired in, Russian Security Council chief Nikolay Patrushev said in an interview with the weekly newspaper, Argumenty I Fakty, on Tuesday. "We are confident that carrying out joint projects can serve as an efficient tool in fighting the spread of terrorism and the ideology of extremism," the security chief said reminding readers about recent consultations between the security agencies and his talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. "A number of solid deals followed, including in the energy, agricultural, military-technical and other sectors. About 30 Russian companies have voiced their interest in working on the Afghan trajectory," Patrushev said. He regretted "ongoing terrorist attacks in Afghanistan".

Dec 26 12:31

Russian media watchdog expects Facebook, Instagram to clarify reasons for banning Kadyrov, the head of Chechnya, Roskomnadzor’s press service told TASS on Monday

Chairman of the Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) Committee for Information Policy, Information Technologies and Communications Leonid Levin said earlier that he planned to request clarification from Facebook and Instagram in regard to the banning of Kadyrov’s accounts. According to Levin, the Committee and Roskomnadzor may issue a joint request. "Roskomnadzor supports the initiative put forward by Leonid Levin to send a request to Facebook and Instagram. If the social networks fail to clarify their reasons for banning in the near future, the request will be submitted," a source in the media watchdog said. On Saturday, Facebook and Instagram blocked the access to Kadyrov’s accounts. On the same day, the head of Chechnya announced that a new social network, named Mylistory, was being tested in the region, which "is just as good" as foreign social networks.

Dec 26 11:19

Bus driver, who killed pedestrians in Moscow, suffers brain haemorrhage because of state of shock

The 59-year-old bus driver, who killed people in a tragic and bizarre accident in Moscow on December 25 by crashing a commuter bus into an underground passage in Moscow, was hospitalised with a brain haemorrhage. His condition remains complicated, and investigators are no longer allowed to interrogate the man. It was previously reported that the driver of the bus was in a state of shock after the terrible accident, in which he killed four people, including a child, under the circumstances, the details of which are yet to be established. The man was hospitalised to the Botkin Hospital, where other victims of the accident are staying. Three others remain at the intensive care unit of the Sklifosofsky Research Institute. The Investigative Committee will look into every version of the terrible accident, including the driver's version, who said that the bus started moving uncontrollably and he could not stop the vehicle due to the failure of the brakes system.

Dec 26 11:17

Something big explodes in the sky over Crimea

A powerful explosion occurred in the sky over the city of Simferopol, the Crimea, on December 26. The origin of the explosion remains unknown; EMERCOM officials are trying to look into circumstances. Local residents have posted a few photos taken in first minutes after the explosion. The photos depict a white trail in the sky, which usually remains behind a flying plane, but it is not straight. Some people assumed that the explosion could be related to fighter aircraft and their aerobatic stunts. Interestingly, many residents of Simferopol heard a similar explosion in the area of the village of Kamenka. Residents of Sudak and Belogorsk heard the explosion too. A source at air traffic control circles confirmed that there were no incidents with aircraft in the Crimea. The powerful explosion in the sky over Simferopol was a meteorite. "Residents of Simferopol witnessed an unusual phenomenon. They say that something fell from the sky.

Dec 26 11:17

From Snowden To Russia-gate - The CIA And The Media

The promotion of the alleged Russian election hacking in certain media may have grown from the successful attempts of U.S. intelligence services to limit the publication of the NSA files obtained by Edward Snowden. In May 2013 Edward Snowden fled to Hongkong and handed internal documents from the National Security Agency (NSA) to four journalists, Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Ewen MacAskill of the Guardian and separately to Barton Gellman who worked for the Washington Post. Some of those documents were published by Glenn Greenwald in the Guardian, others by Barton Gellman in the Washington Post. Several other international news site published additional material though the mass of NSA papers that Snowden allegedly acquired never saw public daylight.

Dec 26 10:26

Robert Mueller Took Uranium to Russians on Tarmac in 2009

Robert Mueller, who is the special counsel in charge of the Russia investigation, oversaw the FBI when the agency allegedly hid evidence it had collected that showed that Russian officials were engaged in a bribery scheme aimed at growing their atomic energy business inside the United States. (Ryan Saavedra/ Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call; Getty Images)

Why did Robert Mueller hand deliver a HEU (Highly Enriched Uranium) Sample to the Russians on the tarmac of the Moscow airport in a secret “plane-side” meeting on September 21, 2009?

Dec 26 10:06

The Strangelovian Russia-Gate Myth

The effects of humankind created climate chaos are proving to be more devastating than even the grimmest predictions. Today’s wealth inequity is worse than in the Gilded Age. Around the world, the U.S. empire wages perpetual war, hot and cold, overt and covert, including military brinksmanship with the nuclear power, the Russian Federation.

Speaking of the latter, the U.S. media retails a storyline that would be considered risible if it was not so dangerously inflammatory i.e., L’affaire du Russia-gate, wherein, according to the lurid tale, the sinister Vladimir Putin, applying techniques from the Russian handbook for international intrigue, Rasputin Mind Control For Dummies, has wrested control of the U.S. Executive Branch of government and bends its policies to his diabolical will.

Dec 26 09:52

SHOCK VIDEO | 5 Dead As Bus Plows Into Crowd In Moscow

Very disturbing video. As you will see, this was not an accident.

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Dec 26 09:40

Epiphany: Lithuania thinks it might be better to cooperate with Russia

President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite, summing up the results of 2017 and describing the future of the republic, stated that it is necessary to cooperate with Russia, not to fight it.

"Relations with our neighbor will remain difficult in the coming years. If the current leadership continues in the country, the situation will not chang "she said.

She noted that Lithuania should not abandon its own values, but it should be understood that the geopolitical situation is changing, so, if necessary, you can revise the position on some issues.

Dec 26 09:24

Putin seeks harsher laws on NGOs acting as foreign agents

The Russian law on foreign agents needs to be improved, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday.

"Of course, this law needs improvement, it is necessary to ensure that it is aimed at the solution of the task for which it was created, namely, to exclude all interference in our domestic political life from outside directly or through third parties, by financing their activities within the country." Putin said, speaking at a meeting with the leadership of the chambers of the Federal Assembly.

Dec 26 06:53

Moscow ready to act as mediator between US, North Korea, says Kremlin

Moscow is ready to act as a mediator between the United States and North Korea, but the conflicting sides should give their consent to this, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday. "Russia is ready if both sides need it and want it," Peskov said. "It is impossible to become a mediator between two parties only if one side seeks so, the will of two sides is needed here. As the exchange of confrontational rhetoric is between Pyongyang and Washington, therefore Russia’s readiness is rather evident to open the way for de-escalating tensions."

Dec 26 06:44

Almost 70 advisors from NATO states employed by Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, says minister

Almost 70 advisors from NATO member countries work for the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said on Tuesday. "A total of 66 foreign advisors from 14 NATO member countries work for the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the Defense Ministry, six of them are top-level advisors," the defense minister wrote in his Facebook account in comments on the activity of his agency in 2017. According to Poltorak, ten battalions, 25 squadrons and more than 1,400 instructors have been trained this year in accordance with NATO standards. Also the number of brigade and battalion tactical exercises has grown this year, he wrote. A total of 112 command-and-staff exercises have been held under NATO standards, as well as 32 brigade tactical exercises and 12 tactical flight trainings. He said Ukrainian military drills "use 668 NATO standards, and 40% of Ukrainian Armed Forces’ General Staff structures have been brought into compliance with the typical structure of NATO's command units".

Dec 26 06:40

Russia’s National Guard kills nearly 80 terrorists in North Caucasus this year

Nearly 80 terrorists have been killed by members of Russia’s National Guard in the North Caucasus Federal District this year, the agency’s deputy director Sergey Melikov said on Tuesday. The officers have seized more than 600 small arms and 500 hunting weapons, and also 60 grenade launchers. More than 260 infrastructure facilities of armed groups have been destroyed.
Russian senate approves law imposing life sentences on terrorist recruiters... - http://tass.com/politics/983058

Dec 26 06:26

Russia's security chief points out most bomb scares traced to overseas origin

Secretary of Russia’s Security Council Nikolay Patrushev has said that calls on bombs allegedly planted in 2,500 facilities in Russia had been received from "telephone terrorists" in the United States, Ukraine, Turkey and Japan. "About one million people have been evacuated from more than 2,500 facilities across Russia since September because of hoax bomb calls," he said in an interview with Russia’s Argumenti i Fakty newspaper. "Fake bomb calls were received in 75 regions of Russia." The investigation showed that the overwhelming majority of calls came from abroad via IP telephony, in particular, from Turkey, Ukraine, the US and Japan," Patrushev added...

Dec 26 06:17

Putin to NWO agents in Syria: You ain’t seen nothing yet

Vladimir Putin has stunned New World Order agents and terrorist apologists when he said that his work in Syria is not done yet. He gives the impression that he is not going to leave Assad in the lion’s den without backup. Putin still has his back against the wall and is fighting New World Order agents.

By defending Syria, Putin seems to be saying, he is indirectly fighting against diabolical forces which seek to bring down anything reasonable and orderly. If he doesn’t exterminate Israel/US terrorists in Syria, then the diabolical fire will spread, and soon or later Russia might be a victim. Putin has seen what happened In Iraq, Afghanistan, and even Libya.

Putin has seen how terrorist activities continue to rule those countries, despite the fact that the United States and Israel promised “democracy” and “freedom” in those countries. No one, with an ounce of common sense, can say that regime change has brought peace in those countries. In fact, the Pentagon has recently admitted that 9.7 million dollars have been lost in Afghanistan.[1]

Moreover, there is a widespread “lack of accountability” among US officials in places like Afghanistan>>>

Dec 25 10:23

Putin names 'bureaucratic corruption' as biggest threat to Russia's stability

Speaking at the congress of "United Russia" President Vladimir Putin made several important statements.

"Together we created United Russia," Putin said, "doing this at a very difficult and crucial stage in the life of our state, when for confident development, strengthening of statehood, solving large-scale tasks, a powerful unifying political force was needed. United Russia fulfilled , fulfills and continues to fulfill this task."

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