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Jul 14 11:22

Begala: We Should ‘Debate Whether We Should Blow Up’ Russia

Long-time Clinton family ally Paul Begala on Wednesday evening seemingly suggested President Trump should consider bombing Russia in response to the Kremlin’s meddling in the 2016 election. Speaking with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, the former adviser to Bill Clinton lamented how Trump supporters don’t seem particularly outraged about Russia’s meddling in American affairs. “We were and are under attack by a hostile foreign power,” he said, “and... we should be debating how many sanctions we should place on Russia or whether we should blow up the KGB, GSU, or GRU [Russia’s foreign intelligence agency].” He continued: “If I was Trump, I would be mad because it has tainted his victory.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Begala, forgive me, but I must ask; have you gone absolutely foaming at the mouth, mad-dog insane, to suggest such a thing?!?

And sir, did you not get the memo the the "Big Lie" went out with the whoopie cushion, and the dribble glass?!?

As to the evidence, the Democrats not only have not presented a shred of evidence that this happened, but they also will not allow top US investigators into their private servers; so what's up here?!?

Jul 14 11:06

How Russia-Gate Met The Magnitsky Myth

Near the center of the current furor over Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016 is a documentary that almost no one in the West has been allowed to see, a film that flips the script on the story of the late Sergei Magnitsky and his employer, hedge-fund operator William Browder.

Jul 14 09:07

How the Clintons Longstanding Ukrainian Donor Allegedly Sponsored Hillary's Run

CyberBerkut hackers believe that the Clinton Foundation's donor Victor Pinchuk, a son-in-law of former Ukrainian President Kuchma, could have been behind the money laundering scheme involving IMF funds intended for Ukraine. The hackers alleged that these funds were then redistributed to the Clinton charity through offshores.

While the American mainstream media is struggling to find Russian "traces" in the US 2016 presidential campaign, the story of the Ukrainian interference in the election remains largely neglected.

Jul 14 08:55

‘Fraud News Wrong Again’: CNN Host Falsely Claims President Trump Would Have Approved Hillary-Backed Uranium One Deal

This time, anchor Alisyn Camerota falsely claimed in an exchange with ex-Trump campaign communications director Jason Miller that President Trump would have approved the Uranium One deal that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pushed through. That deal saw the Russians gain control of nuclear energy company Uranium One through multiple transactions over several years, as a steady stream of millions of dollars poured into the Clinton Foundation. Clinton, as Secretary of State, approved the transaction that placed the Uranium One assets in Russian control as the donations were being made to her family’s foundation.

Jul 14 08:21

John McCain WasThe Globalist Point Man In Efforts To Destroy Trump Campaign

Check out this excerpt from a now breaking report by the Daily Mail:

“…McCain dispatched a ‘trusted emissary’ who flew across the Atlantic to meet the source of the documents at an airport that the Guardian did not name.

The aide was instructed to look for a man with a copy of the Financial Times and that’s how the individuals met, with the source taking McCain’s emissary back to his house and giving the American a copy of the documents.

Within 24 hours, the dossier was in Washington, though the contents of the file couldn’t be verified without an investigation.

McCain, the Guardian said, was worried that his actions might be interpreted as revenge for some of the controversial comments Trump made about him – such as knocking the fact that the longtime senator had been a prisoner of war.

However, McCain decided to hand over the documents to FBI Director James Comey on December 9.

Jul 14 08:20

US set to approve $4 billion defense sale to Romania

The US State Department says it is ready to approve the sale of Patriot missile defense systems to Romania. The purchase is a further signal that Bucharest is concerned about the Kremlin's role in the Black Sea area.

Jul 14 08:19

Throwing a Curveball at ‘Intelligence Community Consensus’ on ‘Russia Meddling’

A January intelligence product has served as the basis for a series of Congressional hearings into the issue of Russian meddling into American elections—and has taken on a near canonical quality that precludes any critical questioning of either the authors or their findings. There is one major problem, however: the supposedly definitive assessment was not that which it proclaimed to be.

Jul 14 08:17

NEOCONS GET IN HERE: TUCKER CARLSON JUST HUMILIATED MAX BOOT ON NATIONAL TV

Over the past 30 years, the neocons have presided over the worst foreign policies in American history -- pursuing their Trotskyite schemes of war that have accelerated to an ebb tide that peaked during Bush the Idiot's reign.

Men like Max Boot, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Bill Kristol, Richard Perle, and many others, have attached themselves to the republican party like a cancerous tumor -- transforming it from a checkered pants, cigar smoked room, boys club into a satanic cult out for the blood of the indigenous.

At the root of the neocon "plan", being disciples of Trotsky, is the destruction of "Mother Russia." It's in their blood -- because they're still mad at Stalin. This has been a constant since the 50's. It was only after the Berlin Wall fell and there was a detente between the United States and Russia in the 90s did these revolutionaries affix themselves to the GOP with real energy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I just listened to this, and it is priceless.

Tucker just handed this guy his hat, and I deeply appreciate how he handled the interview.

Jul 14 08:13

Hillary campaign spokesman internally bragged about “killing” Bloomberg story linking $500,000 HRC Moscow cash to Magnitsky bill

Jul 14 07:43

Mainstream Media Finally Exposes The Truth About Trump Jr. Scandal!

As Reuters points out today, absent any tangible evidence to the contrary, the media's breathless Russian coverage has done little to turn the pro-Trump sections of middle America against the President...if anything, it has only served to bolster their support of the President and further erode their confidence in the media.

Jul 14 07:01

US May Return Russian Diplomatic Property Confiscated by Obama Admin to Improve Relations

The US may hand two diplomatic compounds confiscated by the Obama administration back to Moscow if it sees “acts of good faith” from the Kremlin, similar to the recently brokered ceasefire in Syria, Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Trump, says.

By considering a release of the Russian diplomatic compounds that have remained sealed since December, Washington wants to leave the door open for rapprochement with Russia, Gorka told CNN in an interview on Thursday.

Jul 13 13:42

Probe On Russia’s Role In US Presidential Election No Witch Hunt: Trump’s Pick For FBI

The US president’s pick to lead the FBI says unlike Donald Trump he does not believe the federal investigation into Russia’s role in the US presidential election is a “witch hunt.”

Jul 13 12:16

Who Is Russian Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya?

By Aaron Kesel

On Sunday, The New York Times followed up with a report that stated Trump Jr. “was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton before agreeing to meet with the Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign.”

Those in attendance of the meeting besides Trump Jr. included — Paul Manafort, President Trump’s campaign manager at the time, and Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and current advisor according to The Times...

Jul 13 10:49

Russia's response to Trump leak reports: don't read U.S. newspapers

A Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman on Tuesday advised that people don't read American newspapers, in response to U.S. media reports that President Donald Trump had disclosed classified intelligence at a meeting with Russian officials.

The spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said she had received dozens of messages asking about the reports, which have been denied by the White House.

Jul 13 08:07

Russia Sends 'Devastating Monster' to Syria

The Terminator 2 is a tank that is designed to protect other tanks, specially in urban areas. It’s built from refurbished hulls from the venerable T-72 main battle tank. But instead of mounting a big 125-millimeter cannon, the BMPT-72 is armed a remarkably diverse suite of weapons that includes two thirty-millimeter cannon, four Ataka-T antitank missiles and a heavy machine gun. This gives the Terminator 2 the capability to engage infantry and light armored vehicles with its cannon, and tanks and buildings with its guided antitank missiles.

The first version of the Terminator was designed in the late 1990s. It was a five-man vehicle based on the chassis of the T-90 tank, according to Russian media.

Jul 13 08:01

'Bad News': What if US 'Digs Into' Ukraine's Alleged Meddling in 2016 Election?

Future FBI Director Cristopher Wray said that he would be interested to look into Kiev’s alleged meddling in the electoral process in the United States. According to political analyst Alexei Zudin, this is another alarming signal from Washington to the Ukrainian government.

Jul 13 07:52

Russian Censors Pull Down a Major Russian Nationalist Site

Sputnik i Pogrom (SiP), the premier online resource of the Russian nationalists has just been blocked by Roskomnadzor.

It was done on the request of the General Prosecutor, along with five other nationalist sites. They claim to have found evidence of them “justifying” Right Sector, the Islamic State, Al-Nusra, and other terrorist groups, fighting in Syria. Formulaic reminder about how the Islamic State is banned on the territory of the Russian Federation, in case anyone forgot. The resources in question “propagandize the ideas of national and religious discord, which constitute a threat to social peace and incite extremism.”

Jul 13 07:51

Lindsey Graham, Nikki Haley and the Pope Enjoy a Russophobic Threesome

What do Lindsey Graham, the Pope and Nikki Haley have in common? All three excel at poisoning Mother Earth with their insufferable Russophobic bile.

Allow us to demonstrate.

Jul 13 07:51

Recipe for Famine: Ukraine to face up to 50% food price hikes

On July 1st, the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers' Resolution No. 394 from June 7th went into effect, thereby ending state regulation of food prices.

Jul 12 21:56

Stop WWIII! They Shot Their Wad; We Now are in Negative Nothing Burger Time to Counterattack July 12, 2017

The latest hot dummy bombshell directed at the U.S. population about President Trump concerns— hold your breath—the fact that Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner met for 20 minutes soon after Trump won the Republican nomination with a Russian lawyer who, it was claimed, would offer damning information on Hillary Clinton's illicit Russian contacts.

Jul 12 10:59

US Approves $3.9 Billion Patriot Missile System For Romania; Putin: "We Will Be Forced To Respond"

On Tuesday the State Department approved the sale of $3.9 billion in patriot missile systems to NATO-member Romania after prior Russia warnings that such actions could be met with severe reprisals.

Jul 12 10:57

Russia Plans to Create a Joint Investment Forum with the Bank of China

Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Kremlin on Tuesday during which the two leaders held wide-ranging talks on a host of issues including bilateral ties and international hotspots like Syria and North Korea.

“We invariably have economic matters at the top of our agenda, but they are not the only issues we address. We also coordinate our efforts on the international stage, in the area of security and in the fight against modern threats and challenges,” Putin said.

Putin also announced Russian plans to create a joint investment forum with the Bank of China at a joint press conference following talks with the Chinese President.

The Russian Direct Investment Fund and the China Development Bank (CDB) also agreed to establish a Russian-Chinese investment fund worth 68 billion yuan ($10 billion).

Jul 12 09:07

"We Are Forced To Strike Back": Russia Set To Expel 30 US Diplomats, Seize US Assets

When Obama announced the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats and the seizure of Russian diplomatic compounds in Maryland last December, in response to alleged Russian interference in the election, Putin just smiled and said Russia would not retaliate, expecting that relations between Russia and the US would normalize under president Trump. Six months later, relations have not only not normalized but have deteriorated further following the latest round of sanctions against Russia despite daily allegations that Trump colluded with the Kremlin to convince several million Americans to vote against Hillary.

And, as a result, Putin's patience appears to have run out, and according to Russian newspaper Izvestiya, the Kremlin is set to expel around 30 US diplomats and freeze some US assets in a retaliatory move against Washington.

Jul 12 08:01

EXCLUSIVE–Polish Govt: Trump’s Perceived ‘Friendliness’ With Russia No Concern After Warsaw Speech

Polish government sources have told Breitbart News the nation’s concerns over President Trump’s relationship with Russia “evaporated” during his recent trip to Warsaw.

The President–who spoke for 35 minutes in the Polish capital last week–still faces claims of “Russian collusion” from the U.S. and British press. Meanwhile, those on the NATO front lines in Europe have declared their belief that the U.S. President will continue to stand with America’s NATO allies.

Speaking to Breitbart News, Sen. Anna Maria Anders, who also serves as the Polish government’s Plenipotentiary for International Dialogue said: “President Trump was incredibly well received. There was a huge amount of excitement and anticipation about his visit and we were not disappointed.

Jul 12 07:34

Was Trump Junior Framed?

As a storm breaks over Washington, and the details of foreign “collusion” and intrigue over the 2016 presidential election break out into the open, I just happened to be re-reading Gore Vidal’s The Golden Age, a novel set in the run up to World War II in which pretty much the same plot line plays out on the same terrain.
There is Don Junior, the fresh-faced and rather obtuse presidential progeny, who walks straight into the arms of the clownish Bob Goldstone, a former British tabloid journalist and events promoter, who set up the fateful meeting. There is Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer who previously worked with Fusion GPS, the dirty tricks firm employed by the Never Trump crowd that came up with the salacious “dirty dossier,” claiming that Trump had been compromised by Russian intelligence.

Jul 11 18:26

America & Russia on a KNIFE EDGE: Moscow to EXPEL 30 US diplomats as relations deteriorate

Two diplomatic compounds in Maryland belonging to the Kremlin were shut down last year as part of the sanctions introduced by Barack Obama's administration.

The former president also announced the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, in a row over Russia's alleged interference in the US presidential election.

Although Moscow has repeatedly denied the claims, the sanctions have been upheld - with relations even deteriorating over repeated claims Donald Trump colluded with the state to secure victory.

Now it seems Russia has had enough, as the state has finally hit back and has announced it is considered kicking out 30 diplomats and seizing some US assets in a brutal retaliation plan.

A Russian Foreign Ministry Source claimed the move is due to the failure of the US to reach an agreement with Moscow on the compounds being returned.

Jul 11 13:30

Russian Defense Adviser Killed in Militant Attack in Hama, Syria

Military adviser Nicholai Afanasov was fatally wounded by artillery shells in Hama, the Russian Ministry of Defense said.

"As a result of a sudden mortar attack by militants the town of Syrian Government troops in Hama province killed Russian military adviser Captain Nikolai Afanasov," the MoD added. Afanasov was stationed in Syria to assist and advise in the training of ground forces.

Jul 11 12:09

Advice firm promoting Ukrainian property fund goes bust

Cumulus Investment Management, a UK investment firm which has previously come under fire for advising clients to invest in a high-risk Ukrainian property scheme, has officially been dissolved.

Jul 11 12:00

Russia To Continue Cooperation With US On De-Escalation Zones In Syria – Lavrov

Russia will continue cooperation with the US on de-escalation zones in southern Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, adding that although a ceasefire agreement came into force on Sunday, it needs to be consolidated.

Jul 11 11:53

US Deploys Advanced Anti-Aircraft Missiles in Baltics for First Time

Lithuania’s Defense Ministry has made a surprise announcement today that the United States has deployed an unspecified number of Patriot missile batteries into Lithuania, nominally for a military drill that is ongoing for the next two weeks.

This marks the first time such advanced US anti-aircraft weapons have been deployed into one of the Baltic states, and the deployment is expected to last beyond the current exercise, with Lithuanian officials saying it proves the US military commitment to them.

Lithuanian officials have the impression the missiles would be there at least through Russia’s own military exercises in the region in September, which are expected to be held near the NATO border regions, and which Lithuanian officials have been hyping as a “threat.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WHAT Russian threat is there to Lithuania, or Poland, please?!?

In a word, non-existent.

However, what we are seeing is a string of NATO detachments, encircling Russia; toward what final end, perhaps, a NATO war against Russia?!?

Jul 11 11:49

Russia may retaliate expulsion of diplomats under Obama

Sources in the Russian Foreign Ministry say Moscow may finally expel some 30 American diplomats in retaliation for a similar measure adopted in the previous US administration.

In a report published on Tuesday , the pro-Kremlin newspaper Izvestia quoted officials as saying that if the US does not correct a decision by former President Barack Obama on expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats and seizure of Russia’s diplomatic compounds, Russia could retaliate in the foreseeable future.

Jul 11 11:15

GOP Senator Calls For Interviewing Trump Jr. In Russia Probe

A US Republican senator is calling for an interview of President Donald Trump’s son as part of an investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Jul 11 11:04

Titanic blitz offensive by pro-Syria forces sees 3,000 km2 liberated in just 12 hours: Map update

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:55 P.M.) – No less than twelve hours ago the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and allied pro-government militias, after weeks of military build-up, undertook a titanic trans-provincial offensive in the western Syrian Badia. Since then the SAA and its allies have liberated twenty key sites represented by towns and hilltops over a breathtaking area of 3000 kilometers squared (km2). The entire strategic operation is aimed at expelling US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) mercenaries which operate in the eastern regions of As-Suwayda and Rif Dimashq Governonates.

This offensive launched by pro-government forces today represents the second phase of Operation Big Dawn.

Jul 11 11:03

Roger Stone: Donald Trump Jr Did His Job Investigating Hillary Russia Ties

Roger Stone reveals who the fake news media are going to target next, and it looks like it's going to be Trump's children.

Jul 11 10:28

FLASHBACK - George Soros admits to funding the Ukraine crisis

George Soros told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria over the weekend he is responsible for establishing a foundation in Ukraine that ultimately contributed to the overthrow of the country’s elected leader and the installation of a junta handpicked by the State Department.

“First on Ukraine, one of the things that many people recognized about you was that you during the revolutions of 1989 funded a lot of dissident activities, civil society groups in eastern Europe and Poland, the Czech Republic. Are you doing similar things in Ukraine?” Zakaria asked Soros.

“Well, I set up a foundation in Ukraine before Ukraine became independent of Russia. And the foundation has been functioning ever since and played an important part in events now,” Soros responded.

Jul 11 08:44

New Research Shows Guccifer 2.0 Files Were Copied Locally Suggesting DNC Not "Hacked By Russians"

New meta-analysis has emerged from a document published today by an independent researcher known as The Forensicator, which suggests that files eventually published by the Guccifer 2.0 persona were likely initially downloaded by a person with physical access to a computer possibly connected to the internal DNC network. The individual most likely used a USB drive to copy the information. The groundbreaking new analysis irrevocably destroys the Russian hacking narrative, and calls the actions of Crowdstrike and the DNC into question.

The document supplied to Disobedient Media via Adam Carter was authored by an individual known as The Forensicator. The full document referenced here has been published on their blog. Their analysis indicates the data was almost certainly not accessed initially by a remote hacker, much less one in Russia. If true, this analysis obliterates the Russian hacking narrative completely.

Jul 11 08:25

Sea Breeze: US sends missile warships, Navy SEALs to massive war games off Ukraine coast

Several US missile warships, over 800 sailors and a Navy SEALs team have arrived in the Black Sea to take part in the 12-day Sea Breeze 2017 naval exercise off Ukraine, which will include maritime forces from 16 countries.

The multinational war games are taking place in the northwestern part of the Black Sea near the Ukrainian port city of Odessa. They will feature 31 vessels, 29 aircraft and over 3,000 troops, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said on Monday.

Jul 11 07:30

Nikki Haley’s Latest Ravings

Her ravings at the UN and in other public remarks make her appear unhinged.

She’s a diplomatic embarrassment to the office she holds, part of Washington’s lunatic fringe. She contradicts Trump and Tillerson, an unrestrained reckless loose cannon.

Her Sunday remarks on CBS News’ Face the Nation were beginning-to-end bald-faced lies combined with unacceptable threats.

Haley: “…Russia…meddle(d) in the (US) elections…Trump wanted to make sure that President Putin was aware that he was acknowledging it, that he knew it.”

Fact: No meddling occurred. Trump, Putin and Haley know it. Russia’s president clearly explained it in Hamburg and earlier.

Fact: Trump tries having things both ways - at times denying Russian hacking, other times suggesting it occurred.

Jul 10 14:48

Senators McCain, Graham Blast Tillerson’s Russia Stance

Senior US Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have expressed concern over Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s commending of Russia’s “right approach” in Syria.

Jul 10 13:48

Ten Problems With Anti-Russian Obsession

The U.S. mainstream media and Democratic Party politicians have built a major “scandal” out of accusing Russia of “meddling” in the U.S. election to help Donald Trump win the presidency and possibly even colluding with his campaign to do so. The charges began as “allegations” but now are routinely asserted as facts.

Jul 10 09:35

South Syria Ceasefire Takes Effect, Is Holding

US and Russian officials both heralded the official start of the new ceasefire in southern Syria, which they agreed upon Friday, with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster saying the deal is an important “anti-terrorism” move, and Russian President Vladimir Putin saying it signals a more pragmatic US position on Syria.

From the US position, the goal is to prevent further defeats of rebels in southern Syria, and to prevent the Syrian government from connecting a land route to neighboring Iraq, a policy seen as particularly important to both Israel and Jordan.

With Syria having a narrow de facto link to Iraq already, however, the Russian government sees the move primarily as aimed at preventing the US from carrying out any more attacks against Syrian government forces and their allies, something the US has almost exclusively done in the new ceasefire zone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me slightly hopeful on this.

Jul 10 09:23

Russia significantly speeds up serial production zenith missile system S-500

• British media have already warned that the S-500 do "terrifying arsenal" to (for NATO) constitute a "grave threat". No wonder: S-500 will be able to destroy the "targets" away up to 600 kilometers and 100 kilometers above the Earth

Russia has decided to speed up preparations for mass production zenith rocket systems S-500.

Deputy Director General of concern "Almaz-Antey" Aleksandar Vedrovo so he could declare:

"Mass production will start already in 2019".

Previously, the RF Ministry of Defense promised that the first `samples` S-500 be the yield of" 2020 ". This means that the S-500 appears as the real size of the entire war two years earlier.

For the first `samples’ mass production are not the same, and among
them will be the acceleration of the year.

From the Group in April announced that the S-500 will be able to destroy the "targets" at altitudes up to 100 kilometers above the Earth.

Jul 10 09:20

McCain Blasts Tillerson for Suggesting Russia Could Have ‘Right Approach’ in Syria

Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) roasted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Sunday for suggesting Russia might have the "right approach" in resolving the Syrian conflict, saying he had "divorced a fundamental of American democracy."

Tillerson told reporters on Friday that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin spent a significant amount of time at their meeting Friday in Germany discussing Syria, where the Russians back the Bashar al-Assad regime and the U.S. backs anti-Assad rebels.

"And I would tell you that, by and large, our objectives are exactly the same," Tillerson said. "How we get there, we each have a view. But there's a lot more commonality to that than there are differences … Maybe they've got the right approach and we've got the wrong approach."

After CBS host John Dickerson played the audio clip on "Face The Nation," McCain said, "You can't make that up."

Jul 10 08:35

China, Russia Alliance Deepens Against American Overstretch

This move by Trump is not uncommon. He has seemingly flip-flopped since his election campaign on working alongside or against the world’s two other superpowers, Russia and China. When it comes to Russia, Trump’s less-than-slick management of his special White House advisory team has meant that the US President has not got far with Putin.

Jul 10 08:31

81yo imam jailed for sexually assaulting girls in Welsh mosque

An 81-year-old imam has been jailed for 13 years for sexually assaulting young girls during Koran lessons at a mosque in Wales.

Mohammed Haji Sadiqque was found guilty of six counts of indecent assault and eight counts of sexual assault on four girls aged between five and 11 years old.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Posted for those who say I only pick on the Catholics!

Jul 10 08:15

Encouraged With its Recent Victories Against ISIS, Iraq Strikes a Huge Military Deal With Russia

The Iraqi government has signed a huge military deal with Russia.

On Saturday, the day when the Iraqi forces finally liberated Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, from the grip of ISIS, the Iraqi Ministry of Defense made an official announcement, saying it has made a deal with Russia on delivering 73 T-90 tanks to Iraqi Army, following months of negotiations with Russian military officials.

The T-90S MBT and T-90SK battle tanks will reportedly greatly improve the arsenal of the Iraqi Army, which has, until now, predominantly relied on T-72, T-55 and BMP-1 armored vehicles, as well as the American-made M1A1 Abrams, and which were also used in recent campaign against ISIS.

Jul 10 08:10

MSM Runs with Claim of Russia Hacking Nuclear Plants Despite Admitting to Zero Evidence

By Aaron Kesel

MSM ran with a report about “Russians hacking nuclear plants” – there is just one problem, the report they are all citing explicitly states within the first paragraph that there is no evidence of hacking.

The report originating from the Washington Post ran the headline “U.S. officials say Russian government hackers have penetrated energy and nuclear company business networks,” the key problem is it’s absolute pure clickbait fake news that debunks itself as you read...

Jul 09 16:52

Donald Trump: Time to work more constructively with Russia

US President Donald Trump says it is time to work "constructively" with Russia after his meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Jul 09 08:18

Donald Trump says time to work 'constructively' with Russia

US President Donald Trump said today it was time to work "constructively" with Russia, saying his counterpart Vladimir Putin had "vehemently denied" meddling in the 2016 election.
"I strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling in our election," Trump said after returning from Europe where he met Putin for the first time. "He vehemently denied it. I've already given my opinion....."

Jul 08 15:40

Putin says Syria ceasefire agreed thanks to Trump as he’s ‘different than on TV’

Mr Putin said the truce was the result of the US changing its stance and becoming more pragmatic about the situation there.

Speaking at a news conference at the G20 summit in Hamburg, the Russian leader was referring to a ceasefire and "de-escalation agreement" for southwestern Syria reached by the United States, Russia and Jordan.

Mr Putin also welcomed the news that the US had appointed a new envoy to try to solve the Ukraine crisis.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has chosen Kurt Volker, a former US Ambassador to NATO, to lead US diplomacy on the Ukraine crisis, saying he had moved to fill the position after being urged to do so by the Russian leader.

Mr Putin said "certain precursors" had been established for improved relations between Russia and the US.

Jul 08 10:56

Putin’s Assessment of Trump at the G-20 Will Determine Our Future

The backdrops to the Putin/Trump meeting are the aspirations of Israel and the neoconservatives. It is these aspirations that drive US foreign policy.

What is Syria about? Why is Washington so focused on overthrowing the elected president of Syria? What explains the sudden 21st century appearance of “the Muslim threat”? How is Washington’s preoccupation with “the Muslim threat” consistent with Washington’s wars against Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, and Assad, leaders who suppressed jihadism? What explains the sudden appearance of “the Russian threat” which has been hyped into dangerous Russophobia without any basis in fact?

The Muslim threat, the Russian threat, and the lies used to destroy Iraq, Libya, and parts of Syria are all orchestrations to serve Israeli and neoconservative aspirations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope and pray that when each man took the measure of the other, that each respected the substance they saw in the other, and will both signal a willingness to work together for peace and justice; if not, Paul Craig Robert's last statement in the above article may, unfortunately, prove prophetic.

Jul 08 10:19

Did Putin fear NATO would SHOOT HIS JET as he flew to G20? Records show his plane took 300 mile detour to avoid flying in NATO air space

A plane carrying Russian President Vladimir Putin made a 300 mile detour to avoid flying over Poland and the Baltic States on his way to the G20 summit, it has emerged.

It has raised questions about whether Putin feared being shot down amid heightened tensions with NATO.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This would make sense in light of my theory that Malaysian Airlines flight 13 was accidentally shot down by Ukraine during an attempt to shoot Putin's plane down.

Jul 08 10:14

Putin calls for cool heads over North Korea in veiled warning to Trump as he says nuclear crisis must be dealt with in a 'pragmatic' manner following South Korean call for tough action

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for cool heads in the North Korea crisis, saying nuclear-armed Pyongyang should be dealt with in a 'pragmatic' manner.

He described the nuclear problem as 'serious' to South Korean President Moon Jae-In at a meeting in Hamburg today.

Moon has called for tough sanctions against Kim Jong-un's secretive regime following the test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday.

US President Donald Trump has called on the international community to deal with the threat from North Korea, and tensions have risen in recent weeks over the deployment of US warships in the Korean peninsular.

Jul 08 10:07

Trump: Meeting with Putin was ‘tremendous’

US President Donald Trump said that his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday was “tremendous.” The first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders lasted for more than two hours on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg.

“I had a tremendous meeting yesterday with President Putin,” Trump said while speaking with UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday.

Jul 08 10:05

Putin’s delegation finds out from media that guards at his Hamburg hotel were assaulted

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TASS on Friday he was unaware of an incident at a hotel in the German city of Hamburg where Russian President Vladimir Putin is staying during the G20 summit.

"We’ve heard about this for the first time," Peskov said when asked to comment on media reports that the hotel’s security guards were attacked.

The German newspaper Bild reported on its website that unknown men assaulted security guards at the hotel where Putin and his delegation are staying. According to the report, the attack was carried out against security at the Park Hyatt hotel.

Jul 08 09:59

France and Russia vow to put aside differences and fight extremism

"International terrorism is our number one enemy and combatting it means really putting to side all the rest," Russia's Sergei Lavrov after meeting French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris.

Jul 08 09:27

Putin and Trump discuss anti-terror efforts, cyber security, Ukrainian and Syrian crisesMore:http://tass.com/politics/955262

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he discussed the Ukraine and Syria crises, the fight against terrorism and cybercrimes along with cyber security at his talks with US President Donald Trump.

"I have had a lengthy conversation with the US president. Loads of questions have accumulated including both Ukraine and Syria along with other issues, some bilateral issues," Putin said at his meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. "We have returned to discussing the fight against terrorism and cybersecurity."

Putin apologized to Abe for making him wait for about an hour.
"Both I and he [US president] owe you an apology," he said.
The 135-minute meeting was held on the sidelines of the Group of Twenty summit in Germany’s Hamburg. Until today, the two leaders had had only telephone conversations.

At the beginning of the talks, Putin and Trump spoke in favor of dialogue. The meeting was held behind closed doors and was attended only by the two countries’ top diplomats.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Somehow, the world seems just a little bit less on the keening edge of a world war than it did before these two gentlemen actually met, and talked.

I see reasons to be cautiously optimistic here.

Jul 08 09:06

RUSSIA SAYS ISIS PLANNING TO GAS SYRIAN CIVILIANS, FRAME ASSAD, TO JUSTIFY US INVASION

Moscow, Russia – On Thursday, during a weekly press briefing by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, spokeswoman Maria Zakharova explained that their intelligence has revealed active terrorist plots to stage chemical attacks in Syria in order to justify and precipitate U.S. strikes and increased intervention in the Syrian civil war.

The information exposes ongoing plans by Syrian terrorist groups to stage chemical weapons attacks, to be blamed on the Assad government, in an effort to justify U.S. attacks against Syrian government forces.

“According to information available [to us], Syrian terrorist groups plan staged provocative actions with the use of chemical poison gases to justify US strikes against the positions of the Syrian government forces,” Zakharova said at a weekly press briefing.

The intelligence reveals that ISIS has deployed laboratories and equipment for manufacturing chemical weapons from its capital of Raqqa to Deir ez-Zor, according to Zakharova.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... was before Russia's President Putin and the US's President Trump met for two hours yesterday. I think the current situation in Syria - and elsewhere - will be a great deal more calm because of this meeting.

Jul 07 15:54

Lavrov gives Moscow's version of Trump-Putin talks

These guys can't even agree to what they said or agreed to.

While Secretary of State Rex Tillerson emerged from the sit-down between President Trump and Vladimir Putin claiming the U.S. president confronted the Russian leader on election meddling, it didn't take long for Tillerson's counterpart to provide Moscow's version of events.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters on Friday that Trump had actually “accepted” Putin’s assurances that Moscow was not behind the meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump administration officials quickly pushed back, telling reporters at the G-20 summit in Germany that Lavrov's account was not accurate.

Jul 07 14:38

7 things you need to know about the results of the Trump-Putin meeting

1. Syria: The United States, Russia and Jordan will implement and guarantee a ceasefire in south-western Syria, covering Daraa, Quneitra and Sweida.

2. Ukraine–Donbass War and Crimean Peninsula: The discussions will work towards implementing the Minsk agreements for a ceasefire in the Donbass war.

3. Russiagate and Cyber-security: Sergey Lavrov stated that Donald Trump accepted President Putin’s assurances that Russia played no part in any hacking or meddling in the recent US Presidential election.

4. North Korea: Sergey Lavrov and Rex Tillerson will be in close communication over the issue of de-escalation on the Korean peninsula.

5. Russian Ambassadors/property in the US and Russian nationals in US prisons: Donald Trump has promised to work with Russia to expedite the process of bringing new Russian ambassadors and embassy staff to the United States after Barack Obama kicked them out late in Obama’s final period in power.

Jul 07 10:55

Ten Problems With The Anti-Russia Obsession

Western media and Democratic Party politicians have made a major campaign accusing Russia of “meddling” in the U.S. election, colluding with and helping Trump win the Presidency. The charges began as “allegations” but now are routinely asserted as facts.

Jul 07 10:48

New York Times Backs Calls For Catalan Independence Referendum

Barely two weeks after Catalan regional Premier Carles Puigdemont announced a referendum on the independence of Catalonia from Spain in October, the New York Timespublished an editorial in defence of the plebiscite under the title “Catalonia’s Challenge to Spain.”

Jul 07 10:43

Maria Bartiromo Was Right – John Podesta Lied about Russia Ties – Time to Open an Investigation

Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager John Podesta Lied to Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo last week when confronted about his ties to Russia.

Bartiromo brought up Podesta’s ties to the Russians and Podesta said he had none. Bartiromo also brought up how the Democrats have stronger ties to the Russians.

Jul 07 10:28

US Senators Warn Trump Against Returning Seized Russian Diplomatic Compounds

Three US senators warned President Donald Trump against making any deal with his counterpart Russian President Vladimir Putin to return two seized Russian diplomatic compounds, according to a letter from the lawmakers.

Jul 07 10:27

Russia's Successful Test of Bulava ICBM 'Sends a Message to the West'

Russia’s Yuri Dolgoruky nuclear-powered submarine launched a Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Monday from a submerged position in the Barents Sea. The missile's mock warheads successfully hit their designated targets thousands of kilometers away, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Jul 07 10:26

US & Russia agree ceasefire in southwest Syria - Lavrov

This source I trust. US unnamed officials.....NO!

The US and Russia have agreed on a ceasefire in southwest Syria, set to take effect on July 9 at noon Damascus time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has announced.

Jul 07 10:16

Russia denies ‘blocking’ UNSC statement on N. Korea missile test, condemns leak & misinterpretation

Reports of Moscow “blocking” the US-drafted condemnation of the recent North Korean missile launch are false, Russia’s United Nations mission has clarified in a statement, while condemning the leak and media misinterpretation of internal UN conversations.

The claim that Russia allegedly “blocked” the draft Security Council statement was reported earlier on Thursday by Reuters, which cited unnamed diplomats who leaked an internal email conversation between Russian representatives to the UN and their “Security Council colleagues.”

Jul 07 09:57

US, Russia prepared to announce cease-fire in southwest Syria starting Sunday

The United States and Russia have reached agreement on a cease-fire in southwest Syria, three U.S. officials said Friday as President Donald Trump held his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The deal marks a new level of involvement for the U.S. in trying to resolve Syria's civil war. Although details about the agreement and how it will be implemented weren't immediately available, the cease-fire is set to take effect Sunday at noon Damascus time, said the officials, who weren't authorized to discuss the cease-fire publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Jul 07 09:47

"Russia, help!" - Ukrainian farmers appeal trade blockade with the Crimea

Farmers in the Kherson region wrote a letter to the Crimea n authorities with an appeal to restore the "mutually beneficial long-term trade relations."

Authors of the appeal complain that after the introduction of the blockade of Crimea by the authorities of Ukraine, Kherson farmers were left without markets for products.

Jul 07 09:46

Ukrainian scientist threatens 'sedative weapons' to end the war in Donbass

Ukrainian scientists propose to introduce a "unique weapon" that would allow the Ukrainian army to sedate and arrest the militias of the DPR and LPR. This was stated at a press conference in Kiev, by the general director of the consortium "Innovative Technology Group", one of the authors of scientific developments, Alexander Seversky.

According to him, Ukrainian engineers are able to develop this kind of weapon, but the government and the Defense Ministry does not currently want to use their services.

Jul 07 08:46

Russia uses more Kh-101 cruise missiles in Syria

The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 5 July that Tupolov Tu-95MS bombers had launched Kh-101 stealth cruise missiles at targets in Syria.

The MoD said the bombers took off from Engels airbase and used the missiles to destroy Islamic State facilities in Akerbat (probably a reference to Uqayribat in Hamah province). It also released aerial footage showing three targets being destroyed.

Jul 07 08:32

The handshake the world was waiting for: Trump and Putin finally meet at G20 after US president tweets they have 'much to discuss'

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down for their much-anticipated first meeting on Friday on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

The two exchanged brief pleasantries and a friendly handshake earlier at the start of the summit in Hamburg, Germany, but waited hours before they could speak privately.

As their meeting kicked off, Trump said 'It's an honor to be with you', while Putin told the US leader: 'I'm delighted to meet you.'

Trump said he anticipates 'a lot of positive things happening, for Russia, for the United States', adding that their talks on 'various things' were 'going very, very well'.

Jul 06 20:04

Donald Trump calls out Russia, cites efforts to subvert Western civilization

President Donald Trump affirmed U.S. commitment to the defence of NATO allies on Thursday in a Warsaw speech that gently criticized Russia, and said Western civilization must stand up to "those who would subvert and destroy it".
In his second trip to Europe as president and shortly before leaving for a potentially fractious G20 meeting in Germany, Trump appeared at pains to soothe US allies after unnerving them in May by failing to endorse the principle of collective defence enshrined in Article Five of the NATO treaty.

Jul 06 08:58

Uncovering the Russia ties of Hillary’s campaign chief

Lawmakers failed to seize on an alarming development in the Russia collusion story last week, one that should spark serious and immediate congressional inquiry.

But it didn’t involve President Trump or his administration.

During a heated Fox Business interview with Maria Bartiromo, Hillary Clinton’s former campaign chief John Podesta made a series of misleading statements when questioned about his involvement in a company that received $35 million from the Russian government while Clinton served as secretary of state.

On Jan. 18, 2011, a small green-energy company named Joule Unlimited announced Podesta’s appointment to its board. Months later, Rusnano, a Kremlin-backed investment fund founded by Vladimir Putin, pumped $35 million into Joule. Serving alongside Podesta on Joule’s board were senior Russian official Anatoly Chubais and oligarch Ruben Vardanyan, who has been appointed by Putin to a Russian economic modernization council.

Jul 06 08:19

MEGA BEX ALERT - ‘Those two committed treason’: Conspiracy bloggers say CNN has damning transcripts of Kushner and Bannon

“I have a series of quotes from Senior CNN Executives candidly describing their Network, relationship with WH and what they know..follows,” Taylor wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

According to the blogger, one CNN executive was quoted saying, “We have seen and have copies of transcripts of calls between Kushner, Bannon and high level Russian official.”

The CNN executive allegedly added: “At the least, those two committed treason, and it’s hard to believe Trump wasn’t part of it”

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Jul 06 07:57

Donald Trump takes swipe at Russia's 'destabilising behaviour'

Donald Trump has called Russia "destabilising" but suggested "other people and/or countries" could also have also hacked the US election.

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Other people ..... like Hillary? Why is nobody investigating her?

Jul 06 07:56

SYRIAN KURDS EXPECT WAR WITH TURKEY ‘WITHIN DAYS’

Citing a continued military buildup along their frontier in northern Syria, the Kurdish YPG’s leadership says they believe an attack by Turkey, leading to open warfare, is imminent, and will likely begin “within days.”

Turkey and the YPG are hostile toward one another, with Turkey repeatedly declaring the Kurds “terrorists,” and attacking Kurdish targets in Afrin District. YPG commanders have openly talked about invading Turkish-held parts of Syria and “liberating” them into the Kurdish autonomous region of Rojave.

Turkish Deputy PM Numaan Kurtulmus denied that Turkey was “declaring war” against the YPG, but did insist that they are “making preparations” to protect Turkish independence from the “threat” posed by the continued existence of the YPG on their border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The main flaw in US war planning here, was the "illusion" that the US could, in any way, control the Kurd's desire for a real homeland, carving up bits of Syria to obtain it, and that Turkey would allow that to happen.

Unfortunately, this is followed up by a very troubling article out of blacklistednews.com:

Turkey warns it is ready for a Military Intervention in Syria

Jul 06 07:55

Trump backs NATO defense pact, criticizes Russia

U.S. President Donald Trump affirmed America’s commitment to NATO’s mutual defense pact on a visit to Poland on Wednesday and called on Russia to end “destabilizing activities” and “support for hostile regimes.”

“The United States has demonstrated not merely with words but with its actions that we stand firmly behind Article 5, the mutual defense commitment,” Trump said in a speech in Warsaw, near a monument to the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, when Poles fought for two months against overwhelming German forces during World War II.

On his last trip to Europe, in May, Trump did not state his commitment to the mutual defense clause, causing disquiet among U.S. allies — particularly as the president was highly critical of NATO during his election campaign.

Trump later said in Washington that the U.S. stood by the clause, which states that an attack on one NATO member is considered an attack on all of them. But his remarks in Warsaw were the first time he had done so on European soil.

Jul 06 07:34

Trump finally turns on Russia as he warns Putin to STOP his aggression in Syria and Ukraine as he issues full-throated attack on radical Islamic terrorism AND government bureaucracy to delight of thousands of Poles who chant his name

President Donald Trump browbeat Russia on Thursday for its 'destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere and its support for hostile regimes including Syria and Iran' and urged Vladimir Putin's government to join the US and its allies in the fight against violent extremism.

Trump had refused earlier in the day to pin election hacking last year in the US on the Kremlin, saying he thinks it was Putin's government, but it 'could have been other people in other countries.'

And he did not mention Russia by name in his remarks to the Polish people when he committed the US making sure they are 'never again held hostage to a single supplier of energy.'

But turning to threats against the West later in his speech in front a memorial to the Warsaw Uprising, Trump railed against 'the steady creep of government bureaucracy,' 'radical Islamic terrorism' and 'powers that seek to test our will, undermine our confidence and challenge our interests.'

Jul 06 06:49

Donald Trump says Russia 'could have' interfered with US vote

US President Donald Trump today conceded that Russia may have interfered in the 2016 election that brought him to power but said other countries may also have been involved.

"I've said it very simply. I think it could very well have been Russia. I think it could well have been other countries. I won't be specific. But I think a lot of people interfere," Trump said during a visit to Warsaw.

Jul 06 06:43

Siemens turbines delivered to Crimea despite sanctions - sources

Russia has delivered electricity turbines made by Germany's Siemens to Crimea, a region subject to European Union sanctions barring EU firms from supplying it with energy technology, three sources with knowledge of the delivery told Reuters.

Reuters was unable to determine if Siemens knew of or condoned the equipment transfer, but the move exposes the German company to potential accusations of indirect sanctions-busting and of not taking sufficient safeguards to ensure its equipment does not end up on territory most countries view as illegally annexed, say legal experts.

Jul 05 20:14

US ready to work with Russia on Syria `no-fly zones`: Rex Tillerson

The United States is prepared to work with Russia on establishing "no-fly zones" in Syria as part of a joint effort to stabilize the war-ravaged country, America`s top diplomat said Wednesday, ahead of President Donald Trump`s first face-to-face with Vladimir Putin.
In a wide-ranging statement, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Russia had a "special responsibility" to help create stability on the ground -- or risk hobbling the fight against the Islamic State group.

Jul 05 12:47

Russia, China: N. Korea Must Freeze Nuclear Activities, US Halt THAAD Deployment

Moscow and Beijing have agreed that North Korea should freeze its nuclear and missile programs, while the US and South Korea should abstain from holding war games in the region, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

Jul 05 10:31

Made In Russia SITREP IV

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An overview of recent technological/economic/medical developments in Russia.

Jul 05 09:03

Top aides worry about what Trump will say in Putin meeting: report

Top aides to President Trump are worried what Trump will say during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin when the two leaders meet at the upcoming G-20 summit.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that top aides to Trump are worried the president is "unwittingly" allying himself with Putin and that the two leaders will bond over their distrust of the media. Experts say that would be disastrous for Trump's administration.

Jul 05 08:39

Trump, Putin talk to be ‘fully fledged’ bilateral meeting in Germany

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are scheduled to have a “full-fledged sit-down” bilateral meeting Friday on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, Russian and White House officials confirmed.

The two leaders were expected to meet while in Germany, but representatives confirmed Tuesday that instead of a brief side meeting, the two will have a full bilateral talk, Russia’s state-run news agency Tass reported.

Jul 05 08:30

The Great Power Shift: a Russia-China Alliance

Top Russian and Chinese leaders are busy comparing notes, coordinating their approach to President Donald Trump at the G20 summit in Hamburg this weekend. Both sides are heralding the degree to which ties between the two countries have improved in recent years, as Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visits Moscow on his way to the G20. And, they are not just blowing smoke; there is ample substance behind the rhetoric.

Whether or not Official Washington fully appreciates the gradual – but profound – change in America’s triangular relationship with Russia and China over recent decades, what is clear is that the U.S. has made itself into the big loser.

Jul 05 08:29

Poland & the Coal Collapse: We’ll Have to Import from Russia

According to the publication Rzeczpospolita, the Polish company Weglokoks plans to import Russian coal and has already received permission from the government of the country to do so.

This decision is dictated by "a huge backlog in production," notes Rzeczpospolita: this year Poland, which itself is a large coal country, may not have the 5 million tons of coal required to meet demand. Miners should produce 150,000 tons of coal per day, but at present the production capacity is 80-110 thousand tons.

Jul 04 13:05

Poland Wants Trump Vow of Ongoing Protection From Russia

Officially, Poland is seeking protection from “Russian activities” for so long as Russia has activities. In practice, the government’s push for “assurances” from President Trump center on getting a commitment to keep US and NATO troops there permanently.

That’s been a priority for Polish governments since they joined NATO, with many envisioning a financial windfall from hosting foreign troops, and openly complaining when that didn’t immediately materialize after they joined.

Poland finally got some US and NATO troops in the past year, with the establishment of a “spearhead” force pointed at the Russian frontier, nominally to respond to any “threats” Russia might make. Polish officials clearly see the risk of losing the foreign deployments if calm is restored.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks to me as though the Polish government is attempting to make "financial hay" from a permanent US and NATO deployment; that is the real reason, while alleged "Russian aggression, coupled with a potential invasion, is the "good reason".

Jul 04 12:23

Over 5,000 troops and around 100 aircraft involved in drills in Russia’s WestMore:http://tass.com/defense/954501

A massive command and staff exercise in aviation and troops management has begun in Russia’s Western Military District, the District’s press service said in a statement. The military drills involve more than 5,000 troops, as well as around 100 planes and helicopters.

"The drills particularly involve aviation, air defense units, missile forces and artillery, radar troops using electronic warfare, as well as special forces deployed to the Western Military District," the press service elaborated.

During the exercise, the troops are supposed to fight off a simulated enemy’s missile strikes and airstrikes. Combined units will escape the strikes, while aviation units and radar troops will eliminate various targets simulating cruise and ballistic missiles, combat and surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as warplanes and helicopters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's no accident that these military drills are taking place in the Western part of Russia.

Take a look at the following map:

Map of Russia and Surrounding Countries

Notice that you have Ukraine on Russia's Western border, which it itching for a fight after Crimea held the referendum to petition the Russian Federation to allow it to be accepted as a member in 2014.

Notice that you have Estonia, which is hosting at least 800 British Troops to "deter Russia" (whatever the heck that means)

British Troops in Estonia to "Deter Russia"

Notice that you have NATO troops deployed to Poland this year:

NATO troops deployed to Poland to "deter Russia"

Notice that NATO has recently held massive military exercises in Eastern Europe:

Eurpean Troops Open Massive Navy, Baltic Sea Exercises

Notice that even little old Finland has upped its troop strength in response to "alleged Russian aggression."

Finland to ramp up troop levels amid heightened Russian tensions

Were I Russia's President Putin, looking at all of these elements, taken together, would I be having intense military drills in the western portion of my country?!?

You bet your sweet bippy, I would!!

Jul 04 11:51

Russia details agenda for Putin's meeting with Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin will demand the return of two diplomatic compounds seized by the United States when he meets in Germany this week with President Trump for the first time, the Kremlin said, as a senior Russian official warned that Moscow’s patience on the issue was running out.

Putin’s foreign affairs adviser Yuri Ushakov said his government showed “unusual flexibility” by not retaliating in December when then-President Obama confiscated the two compounds, in New York state and Maryland, and expelled 35 Russian diplomats as punishment for Moscow’s alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Ushakov urged Washington to “free Russia from the need to take retaliatory moves,” according to The Associated Press.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope that these meetings are substantive in nature, and will help to ratchet international tensions down on issues like the US illegal intervention in Syria; removing sanctions against Russia for something it absolutely DID NOT DO (read; the alleged "annexation" of Crimea, which never happened) and the NATO encirclement of Russia.

Jul 04 11:11

Trump Hopes To Quietly Steal Putin's Natgas Business In Europe

One month ago, after the shocking collapse of the Gulf nation status quo with the announcement of the diplomatic, naval and financial blockade of Qatar by the Saudi alliance, we said that while it is unclear how this latest political fiasco plays out, one thing was certain: with Saudi Arabia and Qatar suddenly adversaries, any likelihood of a Qatari natural gas pipeline crossing Syria - the fundamental cause behind the Syria proxy war in the first place - was gone.

But one key question remained: why would Europe vacate all hopes of an alternative provider of cheap, copious LNG and concede the role of quasi-monopolist supplier of this critical for Europe resource to Gazprom, and thus Russia whose leverage over the continent would only grow as a result.

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The question has to be here; how do you get the US's LNG to Europe, and still keep it affordable?!? That's the one bit the Trump administration has to figure out, to make this work.

Jul 04 10:14

Trump to promote U.S. natgas exports in Russia's backyard

President Donald Trump will use fast-growing supplies of U.S. natural gas as a political tool when he meets in Warsaw on Thursday with leaders of a dozen countries that are captive to Russia for their energy needs.

In recent years, Moscow has cut off gas shipments during pricing disputes with neighboring countries in winter months. Exports from the United States would help reduce their dependence on Russia.

Trump will tell the group that Washington wants to help allies by making it as easy as possible for U.S. companies to ship more liquefied natural gas (LNG) to central and eastern Europe, the White House said.

Jul 04 10:10

Ex-Ukrainian defense minister calls for terror attacks in Russia

Former Ukrainian defense minister, Anatoly Gritsenko, has urged Kiev to stage its own terror attacks in Russia in response to car bomb attacks targeting Ukrainian security officials which he unsubstantially blamed on Moscow.

The ex-minister accused Moscow of masterminding the attack on Colonel Maksim Shapoval of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s Chief Intelligence Directorate who was killed in a car bomb explosion last week.

Gritsenko said what’s happening between Ukraine and Russia is “war,” while appearing on the broadcaster, 121 Ukraina.

Jul 04 10:03

Lavrov criticised by liberal reporters at Kissinger meeting

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke about the criticism of Russia because of the conflict in the Donbass and in Syria. He stated this at the second International scientific-expert forum "Primakov readings" in Moscow, a transcript of which is published on the website Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During the event, Lavrov was asked about Russia's ability to make compromises in international politics: "Kissinger has a phrase, that says Russia in a historical perspective often could not compromise and got defeated on various issues Do you not think that "we're not playing in our own league, if it really was a number of issues we were defeated in"? - Lavrov was asked.

Jul 04 09:46

Turkish President Erdogan meets Russia’s defense minister in Istanbul

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has received Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu in Istanbul, the Turkish presidential press service said in a statement.

The meeting took place in Istanbul’s Tarabya Presidential Residence, the press office said.

Jul 04 07:31

Russia, China: N. Korean must freeze nuclear activities, US halt THAAD deployment

Moscow and Beijing have agreed that North Korea should freeze its nuclear and missile programs, while the US and South Korea should abstain from holding war games in the region, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

“We’ve agreed to promote our joint initiative, based on Russian step-by-step Korean settlement plan and Chinese ideas to simultaneously freeze North Korean nuclear and missile activities, and US and South Korean joint military drills,” Putin said at a press conference after meeting with China’s leader, Xi Jinping, in Moscow.

Jul 03 17:58

Russia ready to start building fifth-generation submarines

The new submarine will be armed with hypersonic Zircon missiles, which currently remain invulnerable to all air defence systems in the world. The main advantage of the Husky submarine is not even its stealthiness, speed or hypersonic missile weapons. This is a universal submarine.

Jul 03 13:01

Foisting Blame For Cyber-Hacking On Russia

Recent hearings by the Senate and House Intelligence Committees reflected the rising tide of Russian-election-hacking hysteria and contributed further to it. Both Democrats and Republicans on the two committees appeared to share the alarmist assumptions about Russian hacking, and the officials who testified did nothing to discourage the politicians.

Jul 03 11:07

Russia calls Britain’s new aircraft carrier ‘convenient target’

The Russians could also have pointed out that the F-35 strike fighters the new carrier will deploy are a load of rubbish and beset with so many problems they are years behind schedule and the programme billions over budget.

It also remains to be seen whether the aircraft carrier is an obsolete sitting duck or not, in the new naval environment where hypersonic artificially intelligent cruise missiles are being introduced.

Jul 03 10:44

Washington’s New Threat Against Syria, Russia and Iran: Invitation to False Flag Operation

On Monday 26th June, the White House released a statement saying that the United States had “identified potential preparations for another chemical attack by the Assad regime…” It went on to say: “If, however, Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price.”

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, followed that statement by tweeting,

“Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own people.”

On Tuesday morning, speaking on BBC 4 Today programme, the British Defence Minister Sir Michael Fallon was asked how Britain would respond to another American attack on Syria, and he responded “we will support” future US action in response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Jul 03 10:41

Tillerson: Russia Should Decide Assad's Fate

And so, three months after the US State Department famously flip-flopped, when first at the end of March Rex Tillerson said at a news conference that “the longer term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people" adding that "our priority is no longer to sit and focus on getting Assad out" only to follow one week later with Tillerson's warning to Russia that "coalition steps are underway to remove Assad" which in turn segued into the first US attack on Syrian soil with the launch of no less than 59 cruise missiles, the US has done it again and according to Foreign Policy, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has once again told the U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres that the fate of Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad now lies in the hands of Russia, and that the Trump administration’s priority is limited to defeating the Islamic State.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF true...hallelujah!!

But it appears that US policy on Syria is very disjunct, because of what we heard earlier today from the Commanding Officer, General Townsend:

US Won't leave Syria after the Islamic state is defeated, says Commander of US forces in Syria/Iraq

Jul 03 10:26

Kiev Regime Conducted Special Operation to Destroy Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17

Newspaper journalists have obtained a map, namely a secret flight plan, that was made and personally signed the day before the flight, on July 16, 2014, by the pilot of the 299th tactical aviation brigade, Captain Vladislav Voloshin. The plan was also approved by commander of the A4104 military unit, Colonel Gennady Dubovik.

Ukraine persistently claims that there was no military aircraft flying in the area the day when the tragedy occurred. Yet, the newly published documents prove that Ukrainian officials lie.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I still think they were actually after Putin's plane, which looks similar to Malaysian livery and was in the same area at the time, returning form Putin's visit to South America.

Jul 03 10:11

Putin-Trump G20 Meeting to Become the Key to the Future of US-Russian Relations

The first ever Putin-Trump meeting could become the key to the future of Russian-American relations, Russian political analyst Anatoly Petrenko told Radio Sputnik. Although the meeting is unlikely to solve all the burning issues it could contribute to the formation of personal trust between the presidents, the analyst believes.

Jul 03 09:57

Lavrov: No visible difference between NATO forces in constant rotation and permanent positioning of NATO forces

NATO has repeatedly increased its military presence in those parts of Europe where there was an agreement not to, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a news conference.

"Your question is about the need for restraint in the issues of arms buildup between NATO and Russia: there are statistics, at least, and no one has denied it, we have presented it more than once that NATO has repeatedly increased its presence in those parts of Europe where it was agreed not to build up the armed forces on a permanent basis. NATO says that this is being done on the basis of rotation, constant ongoing rotation. Therefore, there is no difference between permanent deployment and the rotational deployment in the current NATO plans. We don't see it, "- said the Minister.

He also noted that the number of NATO exercises has increased many times, while the rationale for these exercises is of the nature of deterring the Russian Federation.

Jul 03 09:49

Tillerson Says Assad's Fate In Hands Of Russia: Report

The United States reportedly wants Russia to influence the future leadership of Syria as Damascus regains full control of the Middle Eastern Arab state.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson relayed this message to the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, according to Foreign Policy magazine.

Jul 03 09:34

The Economic Motive for America’s Current Wars

Around half of Russia’s gas and oil into the EU is transported there via pipelines that traverse Ukraine, and this is a major reason why the Obama Administration (which was in service to the owners of the U.S.-based international corporations and even to the Koch brothers who heavily fund the Republican Party against Obama’s Democratic Party) started, by no later than 2011, its preparations for a coup in Ukraine, which occurred in February 2014, to overthrow the democratically elected President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, who, as had been planned and expected by the U.S. government, turned down the EU’s offer of membership because the highly uneconomic arrangement that the EU was offering would have cost Ukraine an estimated $160 billion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When Karl Marx made the observation that "All wars are economic in nature", the guy wasn't kidding!!

Jul 03 09:11

US Media Sells Disorder in Eastern Syria: US "progress" in eastern Syria is a prelude to protracted conflict, not peace and prosperity.

The Washington Post in a piece penned by David Ignatius, attempts to showcase US progress in eastern Syria where it admittedly and intentionally created the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (ISIS) and where it now claims it is fighting and defeating it with proxies on the ground as well as an expanding US air and ground presence.

Titled, “As the Islamic State falls in Syria, one city offers a preview of the country’s future,” the piece attempts to portray efforts by the US to fill the vacuum left in the wake of a shrinking ISIS as being filled by stability brought by US proxies – primarily Kurdish militias.

Jul 03 09:04

US Won’t Leave Syria After The Islamic State (ISIS) Is Defeated, Says Commander of US Forces: Commander of the US-led anti-ISIS coalition anticipates a lengthy occupation of Syria in Syria, Iraq

he three-star US general in command of American forces in Syria and Iraq says the US will leave Syria as soon as ISIS is defeated, but not really. Actually, they will stick around, because after the ISIS state is defeated there will still be ISIS guerrillas to deal with:

Gen. Townsend promoted a young officer to first lieutenant on Wednesday — and he acknowledged to CBS News that U.S. troops won’t be leaving Syria any time soon.

“I think U.S. troops will start leaving Syria when ISIS is defeated,” Townsend said.

But will ISIS turn into an insurgency when they’ve lost all their territory?
“I think that’s the next stage of ISIS,” Townsend said.

“We call that ISIS 2.0 — an insurgency, rural. So I think we’ll still be here dealing with that problem set for a while.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please, give me just a moment to wrap my head around this; so the illegal invasion of a sovereign country is going to continue as an illegal American occupation, ultimately leading to regime change in Damascus?!?

And forgive me, but have Bashar Al Assad's people gotten the memo on this?!?

And how is Russia's President Putin going to respond to this?!?!

Jul 03 08:47

When Will Russia Challenge US and Israeli Aggression in Syria?

Washington, Israel and their rogue allies are at war on Syria – naked aggression against a sovereign independent state threatening no one.

Both countries supply ISIS and other terrorists with arms, munitions and other material support – supported by terror-bombing, daily by US warplanes, Israel at its discretion, its sixth attack in the last 10 days occurring Saturday, an unjustifiably pretext cited like all previous incidents, saying:
“In response to projectiles launched earlier today at Israel from Syria, Israeli forces targeted the Syrian military artillery position that was the source of the previous fire.”

No casualties or damage was reported. So-called errant mortar fire or other projectiles almost certainly came from US and Israeli-supported terrorists – providing unjustifiable justification for IDF aggression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Stephen Lendman is a fine writer, but I think he misses the heart of the intent by those in the bowels of power in the Unhinged Surveilled State of America, and that intent is to create a false flag, either in Syria or elsewhere, to be blamed on Russia, as the "justification" to start a war against it, as completely mad as such a scenario might be.

Otherwise, why would NATO have encircled Russia with its troops and equipment, as it has been for the last several years?!?

Jul 03 08:35

Trump: Right About Fake News Media, Wrong About Most Everything Else

Support the Constitution and The Bill of Rights!

At a Saturday rally, Trump was right, saying the “dishonest media(’s) agenda is not your(s)” – omitting self-criticism, failing to explain his agenda serves wealth, power and privilege exclusively.

Long forgotten are inaugural day promises. He’s a warrior president servant of power like his predecessors.

Saying he’d “fight for you with every breath in (his) body, and never, ever let you down” proved hollow rhetoric.

So was promising noninterventionism. He escalated Obama’s wars, perhaps intends new ones on Iran and/or North Korea.

Jul 03 07:20

Saudi Arabia’s Ruthless Crown Prince Threatens Neighbors, Unsettles Middle East

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is horrific here, is how completely "taken in" President Trump appeared to be by the Saudi royal presence, after his trip to Riyadh earlier this year.

This could well translate as a Saudi US-supported war against Iran, which would probably spiral into a war against Russia, which would be a terrible mistake.

Jul 03 06:36

Russia Shared Plan on Solving Korean Issue Stipulating US Abandoning Escalation

Russia elaborated a plan of the Korean issue settlement, which stipulates that the United States do not escalate the situation and move toward easing tensions, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told the Izvestiya newspaper in an interview.

"We have certain ideas put in a concrete plan, which we shared with the participants of this process. We propose that the United States abandon the vicious logic of the escalation… First of all, it is necessary to freeze the situation, to reach some status quo and then reduce tension step by step and increase the dynamics of political solutions," Ryabkov said.

On Tuesday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov told Sputnik that Russia coordinates its road map of the settlement of the North Korean issue with China. He highlighted that Moscow supports Beijing's "double freeze" proposal to simultaneously halt North Korean nuclear missile tests and US-South Korean military drills.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov is suggesting is completely reasonable, which is why the US government will ignore it completely.

Reason - and US foreign policy - have not had an ongoing relationship for decades.

Jul 02 09:01

US Falsely Accuses Iran of Violating Nuclear Deal

It’s very difficult to accuse Iran of being in violation of the P5+1 nuclear deal, because they are plainly not. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is responsible for policing the deal, confirms on a monthly basis that this remains the case, and that Iran has not been in violation of the pact.

That’s an inconvenience for the Trump Administration, which has repeatedly condemned the deal and insisted Iran would violate it. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley appears to have decided that the path of least resistance is overt lying, today claiming at the UN Security Council that Iran had “repeated violations” of the deal.

The claim was made literally during a meeting at which all the other permanent members of the Security Council were talking up how great it is that the deal is in place, and that Iran is showing such a deep commitment to its continued participation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With her blatant, and unrelentingly slavish support for Israel, which means she feels obligated to lie about Iran's compliance with the P5+1 Accord, Haley is fast approaching the VISS (Village Idiot Syndrome Status) with her brother and sister diplomats, who are doing everything to ignore her unrestrained rantings and ravings the best they can.

But please understand; there are elements with the Deep American State who will not rest until, to placate Israel, there is a US war against Iran in order to accomplish regime change in Tehran, no matter if this also means a war against Russia, which such a war against Iran, will probably create.

Jul 02 08:52

Ukraine becomes an associate member of CERN

Today, Ukraine becomes an associate member State of CERN. This follows official notification to CERN that Ukraine’s Parliament has ratified the agreement, signed with CERN in October 2013, granting Ukraine that associate member status.

"Our hard and consistent work over the past two decades has been crowned today by a remarkable event - granting Ukraine the status of CERN associate member. It is an extremely important step on the way of Ukraine's European integration," said Yurii Klymenko, Ukraine’s Ambassador to the UN in Geneva.

"It is a great pleasure to warmly welcome Ukraine into the CERN family. The laboratory has worked closely with Ukrainian colleagues over many years, and we look forward to strengthening this collaboration in the framework of associate membership," said CERN Director General, Fabiola Gianotti.

Jul 02 08:44

Russia's Military Might Lies in Its Troll Armies, Says Pentagon

The Pentagon's new 'Russia Military Power' report pays considerable attention to the national security threat supposedly posed by Russia's non-military capabilities, including media, bots, and trolls on social media. Russian commentators couldn't contain their amusement over the DoD's claims about the mighty power of Russia's troll armies.

Jul 02 08:33

Trump is Russia’s Worst Nightmare

With the Trump-Russia narrative dying a well deserved death it is time to acknowledge reality.

Jul 02 08:09

Syrian Kurds Plan to Liberate Northern Part of Syria From 'Turkish Invasion'

YPG Commander Sipan Hemo said that Syrian Kurdish militia does not recognize the Turkish "invasion" to the north of Syria and will "liberate" that part of the country.

Syrian Kurdish militia People's Protection Units (YPG) does not recognize the Turkish "invasion" to the north of Syria and will "liberate" that part of the country, YPG Commander Sipan Hemo said Friday.

"We don’t accept the Turkish state’s presence or invasion in this region in any form. I want to stress that we don’t recognize their alliances either. Our goal and struggle to liberate the Azaz-Jarablus area will continue," Hemo said, as quoted by the Firat new agency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Have Syria's Al-Assad and Russia's Putin received the memo, that this is where the YPG intends to establish an independent Kurdistan?!?

Jul 01 14:58

U.S. War As Foreign Policy

Trump has authorized his war generals to bomb whomever , whenever , and however they please>>>

Jul 01 09:21

Ukraine Can Join NATO When Society Completely Ready - Defense Minister

Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak stated that NATO fully supported the reforms of Ukraine's Armed Forces and the reforms in the country in general.

Jul 01 09:18

Washington and Berlin on a Collision Course

The Russia sanctions bill that passed the US Senate by 98:2 on June 15 is a bombshell; it directly demonizes the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, under the Baltic Sea, which is bound to double Gazprom’s energy capacity to supply gas to Europe.

The 9.5 billion euro pipeline is being financed by five companies; Germany's Uniper and Wintershall; Austria's OMV; France’s Engie; and Anglo-Dutch Shell. All these majors operate in Russia, and have, or will establish, pipeline contracts with Gazprom.

Jul 01 09:00

Russia Deploys More Modern Weapons Systems in Syria as US Raises Rhetoric

Photos and images of the recent visit of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to the Russia-administered Humeimim airbase in Lattakia province show that the Russian Air Force has deployed more modern warplanes and missiles in Syria recently.

Jul 01 08:58

Russia to Send More Fighter Jets to Syria War

A protocol to reinvigorate the Russian Air Force in Syria was presented to President Vladimir Putin for approval after the recent US threats against the Damascus government.

Jun 30 15:41

Video: US Senate Accuses Russia, RT & Putin In Election Meddling, Gives No Evidence

The U.S. Senate has devoted an entire hearing to alleged Russian meddling in last year’s election.

Jun 30 13:35

‘Let’s Get Back To Russia’: Media’s Interest In Narrowing The Trump Story

James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas released a heavily edited video on Tuesday that quoted CNN health producer John Bonifield expressing skepticism about his network’s priorities. Despite O’Keefe’s well-deserved reputation for sleaze, lies and deceptive editing, the video does show a continuous shot of Bonifield complaining about his network’s insistence on continually pushing the did-Trump-collude-with-Putin? scandal to the headlines:

Jun 30 10:03

Is the US Really Ready for 'Unprecedented Actions' in Syria?

Commenting on the above report, Alexander Gusev, a political analyst and director of the Institute for Strategic Planning noted to Sputnik Radio that the US broadcaster has previously discredited itself more than once, however this time the information might be truthful.

He pointed out that CNN reported on the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, along with two destroyers and two cruisers being deployed in the eastern Mediterranean Sea for routine patrol positions.

"The destroyers and cruisers could fire Tomahawk missiles without putting pilots in manned aircraft at risk. In addition, dozens of aircraft already in the Middle East for operations against ISIS (Daesh) in Syria and Iraq could be used in a potential strike," the broadcaster said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Everything I am seeing points to only one conclusion: war with Russia over Syria and Iran.

Jun 30 09:44

Putin signs decree extending ban on Western food imports

Russia has renewed retaliatory sanctions against the European Union after the bloc extended bans against Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Friday, extending the counter-sanctions until the end of 2018.

The decree extends a ban on Western food imports for another 18 months.

On Wednesday, the EU formally extended its economic sanctions against Russia, which were imposed in July 2014 after the Crimea region separated from Ukraine and rejoined Russia after holding a referendum on the issue.

In a related move, Russia on Friday said it was suspending its contributions to the Council of Europe for 2017.

The suspension comes after a lengthy dispute regarding delegates from the country who were stripped of authority after Crimea's reunification.

The Kremlin said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had informed the Council of Europe's Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland of the decision in a phone conversation.

Jun 30 09:31

Israeli aircraft bombs Syrian army positions in occupied Golan

An Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle has reportedly targeted Syrian army positions in Golan Heights after a projectile allegedly fired from Syria landed in the occupied territory.

Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Manar television network reported on Friday that the drone struck a Syrian battle tank as well as a 105mm cannon in Syria’s strategic southwestern region of Quneitra near the border with Israeli-controlled Palestinian territories.

Earlier, the Israeli army had announced in a statement that “an errant projectile fired from Syria had hit an open area in the northern Golan Heights,” noting that the round was “a result of internal fighting in Syria.”

It is the fourth time in a week that projectiles from Syria have hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder just how long before the Syrian army strikes back at Israel; unfortunately, however, it would be just the "justification" Israel needs to provide public "cover" for attacking Syria further into its interior, and away from the Golan Heights.

Jun 30 08:34

U.S. Retreats From Al-Tanf – Gives Up on Occupying South East Syria

The U.S. plan was to move from al-Tanf north towards the Euphrates river and to thereby capture and control the whole south-east of Syria. But Syria and its allies made an unexpected move and prevented that plan. The invaders are now cut off from the Euphrates by a Syrian west-to-east line that ends at the Iraqi border. On the Iraqi side elements of the Popular Military Unites under the command of the Iraqi government are moving to meet the Syrian forces at the border.The U.S. invaders are now sitting in the mid of a piece of rather useless desert around al-Tanf where their only option is to die of boredom or to move back to Jordan from where they came.

Syria Summary – The End Of The War Is Now In Sight – June 13

Jun 30 08:28

Make No Mistake, We Are Already at War in Syria

The war began in earnest when the Obama administration began building bases and sending Special Ops into Syria in the late summer of 2015, after the White House announced that it would “allow airstrikes to defend Syrian rebels trained by the U.S. military from any attackers, even if the enemies hail from forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.”

Jun 30 08:10

6 Trigger Points: How the Conflict Between the United States and Iran Is Fast Escalating Toward War

The long-simmering conflict between the United States and Iran is fast escalating toward war. The battlefield is the desert expanse of eastern Syria where civil war has raged for the last five years. Tehran wants to keep U.S. forces out of the area, while Washington wants to use the region to wage war against Iran’s ally, Syria.

After 15 years of unsuccessful war in Afghanistan and Iraq, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the Trump administration is pursuing a policy of "regime change" in Iran that might lead to a third U.S. ground war in the Middle East since 2001.

Restraint is breaking down. While President Obama resisted U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war, Trump has approved it. While Obama pursued dialog with Iran, Trump has embraced the new Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, who laid down his country’s new, harsher line in April. ‘We will not wait until the battle is in Saudi Arabia," he said, "but we will work so the battle is there in Iran."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The short answer to that last question is, undoubtedly, yes.

But there is, in the Iran War scenario, the 6,000 lb gorilla, draped over the Bosendorfer, and snoozing for the moment; that 6,000 lb gorilla is Russia, which has promised, through the last decades, to come to Iran's aid, militarily, should it be attacked.

War with Russia over Syria and Iran?!? The thought of this is nothing more than sheer, absolute, foaming at the mouth, dog-mad insanity; and yet, that ...appears to be the direction in which the US government and military are headed here.

This is reckless in the extreme, and I say this because at this moment in the US's military preparedness, it does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia, so the timing is utterly insane.

Russia has been making incredible strides, recently, in its weapons capability:

Russia's deadliest War Machines

IMPRESSIVE: Russian Weapons at Aero India Expo 2017

Russia bolsters its Naval arsenal, and unveils its most powerful nuclear sub ever

Assessing Russia's reorganised and rearmed military

And what technology is getting foisted off on our American military?!? Ladies and gentlemen, I give you...Lockheed Martin's F-35.

F-35 GROUNDED INDEFINITELY OVER OXYGEN PROBLEMS

The F-35 program is once again in trouble, with full flight tests delayed until at least 2018

The F-35 Is a $1.4 Trillion Dollar National Disaster

Is the F-35 a trillion dollar mistake?!?

The F-35 won't have a real chance in combat

The F-35, amazingly, has even more problems than we thought

You catch my drift here. The US government and military has to spend smarter on its weapons and fighter programs; not just necessarily spend more money here.

American weapons manufacturers have to be disabused of the notion that whatever they produce, even if it doesn't function at all in the field, is still acceptable to the American government and military, and will ultimately paid for by US taxpayers.

In fact, some hard jail time for executives of corporations which fail to deliver as advertised, might go a long way toward curing the problem.

Jun 30 07:25

General: US Troops ‘Just Getting Started Good’ in Raqqa

US commander Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend today told CBS News that he believes only about 25-30% of the military campaign for the ISIS capital city of Raqqa has happened, talking up the massive US military buildup in the area, and insisting that US troops are “just getting started good” in the city’s invasion.

This is all happening without the permission of the Syrian government, of course, but Townsend downplayed the risk of clashes with Syria or Russia over that fact, saying that he believes they’re comfortable with focusing on the rest of the country while the US invades Raqqa, and that he doesn’t anticipate any conflicts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, General Townsend speaks English as a second language, which comes rather as a surprise to me; to characterise the activities of US troops as “just getting started good” is a little unnerving.

If his thought processes are as sloppy as is his English, we are in deep trouble in this immoral and illegal invasion of Syria.

Unfortunately, it is only a question of time before there is a military clash between the US/Syrian/Russian forces.

Russia has warned us that any attack on any Syrian/Russian aircraft by the US military will bring a "proportional response". The potential for a full-scale war between the US and Russia over Syria remains as serious as a heart attack right now.

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