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May 11 09:33

When Russian and American Soldiers Embraced as Brothers

That bright beautiful blooming April day—there by the ever-flowing Elbe--72 springs ago this spring. What a moment! They were all so happy! So hopeful! So united! So strong! With victory over fascism just around the corner! What could our two great nations, working together, not achieve?

May 11 09:30

Ukraine Soldiers Bombarded By 'Pinpoint Propaganda' Texts

Television journalist Julia Kirienko was sheltering with Ukrainian soldiers and medics two miles (three kilometers) from the front when their cellphones began buzzing over the noise of the shelling. Everyone got the same text message at the same time.

"Ukrainian soldiers," it warned, "they'll find your bodies when the snow melts."

Text messages like the one Kirienko received have been sent periodically to Ukrainian forces fighting pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the country. The threats and disinformation represent a new form of information warfare, the 21st-century equivalent of dropping leaflets on the battlefield.

"This is pinpoint propaganda," said Nancy Snow, a professor of public diplomacy at the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies.

May 11 08:50

Russia's Brand-New S-500 Missile System to Have Unprecedented Damage Radius

Earlier this week, Pavel Sozinov, chief engineer of the Russian defense corporation Almaz-Antey, said that Russia's next-generation S-500 surface-to-air missile system would be able to engage targets in the upper layer of the atmosphere, 100 kilometers [62 miles] above the Earth’s surface.
The S-500, designed by Almaz Antey, is said to have a range of 600 kilometers (more than 370 miles).

May 11 08:17

Mattis: Russian Deployments Near Baltic Borders ‘Destabilizing’

Defense Secretary James Mattis today issued a statement loudly condemning Russia for its military deployments within Russian territory, saying such moves were necessarily destabilizing, even though the deployments are part of a planned, upcoming wargames.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Who is putting their weapons along whose borders?!?

There are no Russian warships cruising the Gulf of Mexico or along the California coast. Russia is not deploying armored vehicles and missiles to Canada and Mexico. It is not Russia who is destabilizing the world!

May 11 08:04

Exclusive–James Comey ‘Threw the Reputation of the FBI Under the Bus,’ Says Bureau’s Former Assistant Director

The former assistant director of the FBI tells Breitbart News that President Donald Trump fired bureau director James Comey for legitimate reasons.

“He was fired for cause in my view,” James Kallstrom informs Breitbart News. “When the referral came to the bureau close to a year ago, Comey knew at that point, if not soon after, that the Justice Department had no interest in conducting a criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton. They would never approve a grand jury and they would never approve an indictment.”

Kallstrom faults Comey for presiding over a “sham” investigation of Clinton. From granting unnecessary immunity deals to conducting an interview of Clinton not under oath to too slickly issuing a document dump the day after the Fourth of July, the FBI deviated from standard-operating procedure during the investigation of the former secretary of state’s reliance on private servers to send and receive classified material, Kalstrom says.

May 10 12:31

US defense secretary wants military showdown with Russia: Analyst

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis is seeking to ignite a military “showdown” with Russia, American analyst Wayne Madsen says, citing the Pentagon chief’s latest remarks against Moscow.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, James...

May 10 12:30

US MAY SEND PATRIOT MISSILE TO LITHUANIA AMID MOSCOW THREAT

U.S. defense officials said a long-range Patriot missile battery may be deployed to the Baltic region later this year as part of a military exercise. The move, if finalized, would be temporary but signal staunch U.S. backing for Baltic nations concerned about the threat from Russia.

May 10 12:30

U.S. to Boost Surveillance For Russian Exercise

The U.S. will bolster its ability to observe Russia’s military in the Baltic Sea region ahead of a major exercise by Moscow, U.S. defense officials said.

May 10 11:56

“It’s Very Important We Hear What Putin Has To Say”

The man behind three films about American presidents, Oliver Stone, says his upcoming feature about Russian President Vladimir Putin “opens up a whole viewpoint that we as Americans haven’t heard,” and could help prevent “a dangerous situation – on the brink of war.”

May 10 11:06

Russian Foreign Minister And Trump Agree: No Need To Probe Election Meddling

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sergei Lavrov is truly "an adult in the room" of geopolitics, and I have a great respect for him, as a peace-centric diplomat.

The whole notion that Russian meddling was the "reason" for Clinton not winning the election is ridiculous on its face, and demonstrates that neither Clinton, nor the Democrats, will ever take responsibility for her loss.

At the end of the day, she was perceived as a rich, thoroughly corrupt, war-centric politician who could not relate to her base; had more baggage than does Kim Kardashian on a photo shoot, and absolutely did not have the temperament necessary to be a good President.

And until, and unless, the Democrats "get it", they are doomed to lose elections, on both a statewide and national basis.

And BTW, to the Democratic National Committee, there is one among you you should be thinking about "grooming" for 2020: her name is Tulsi Gabbard, the Congressional representative from Hawaii, who is pro-peace. Of course, the military/industrial complex won't let this happen, but if it did, it would be great news for the American people.

I'm just saying, think about it; We the People have had it up to HERE with endless years of war, starting with the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, 16 years on.

May 10 10:10

Flaqshback: Trump-Russia claims: No evidence of collusion - Nunes

There is no evidence so far that President Donald Trump's campaign team colluded with Russia during the 2016 US election, a top lawmaker says.

Devin Nunes, head of the House of Representatives intelligence committee, made the remark on Fox News.

May 10 09:43

'Report on alleged Russian hacking is embarrassment to US intelligence profession' - fmr CIA officer

Ray McGovern: There is very little evidence of this. Let me start by saying, I was five years old on Victory Day in 1945 and congratulations all around. I was twice that when Senator [Joseph] McCarthy held those hearings. And I remember vivid disputes in my living room between those who thought Senator McCarthy was on to the Red Menace, and those of a more persuasive character who said this was a fallacy, that it was a witch hunt.

Watching that hearing today was an embarrassment to me. It was sort of a reflection of what is called the 'Deep State' in our country. We had the CIA, the NSA, the FBI all sort of working behind the scenes, manipulating these senators, whose spokesperson, leading Senator in the Senate, Senator Chuck Schumer, said on air two months ago: “You know, Trump is very foolish to cross, or to go after the CIA." Rachel Maddow asked: “What do you mean?”“Well,” Schumer responded, “the CIA has six ways to Sunday to get back at you."

May 10 08:54

Russia's Victory Day Parade 2017: Best Moments

May 10 08:16

The Deadliest Aircraft in Russia's Arsenal You've Never Heard Of

The A-50 is a strategic airborne early warning and control aircraft based on the Il-76 airframe. The centerpiece of the A-50U variant is the Shmel-M or Izdeliye RM mission system, including the Shmel-M radar. Working in S-band, the latter features two antennas inside a dome with a 36-foot diameter mounted atop two pylons above the rear fuselage. The dome rotates at a rate of six revolutions per minute.

The Shmel radar works in a quasi-constant search mode for tracking aerial targets out to 600 kilometers, and in a pulse mode to track surface targets out to a range of around 300 kilometers. A combination of these two modes is possible too.

For processing, the A-50U carries digital computers, instead of the analogue systems that supported the earlier E-821 Shmel/Izdeliye R. Data displays on LCD screens instead of the earlier CRTs.

May 10 08:15

Skies over Moscow turn red as Russia concludes 72nd Victory Day celebration with a massive fireworks display to mark the defeat of Hitler

Thousands of Muscovites stood outside last night to witness a massive fireworks display to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the defeat of Nazism.

Earlier in the day, Vladimir Putin warned the world his Russian army can 'repel any potential aggression' after 10,000 troops marched through Red Square with a terrifying arsenal of missiles in a military parade.

The annual march in Moscow marks the defeat of Hitler in the Second World War, but the Russian president was using it today to showcase the Kremlin's modern military might.

Putin was personally taking the salute at the parade involving 10,000 troops and 114 units of military equipment.

May 09 16:51

Trump may meet top Russian diplomat in White House: official

President Donald Trump could meet with Vladimir Putin’s top diplomat at the White House on Wednesday, a U.S. official and a person with knowledge of the plans said, describing what would be the highest level, face-to-face contact with Russia of the American leader’s young presidency. It would also signal that the two countries have improved ties that Trump recently described as being at an “all-time low.”

Trump’s talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov would occur after the Russian’s meetings earlier in the day with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the official and the other person told The Associated Press. They weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity. The White House declined a request for confirmation.

May 09 14:47

Syria’s De-Escalation Zones Explained

By Brandon Turbeville

Understandably, many observers are wondering just what is taking place in Syria since the United States has long argued for “safe zones” and “no-fly zones” in Syria since very early on in the conflict. Now, “safe zones” are being established in Syria at the behest of Russia, with the cooperation of Iran and Syria. So what exactly is happening?

May 09 14:15

Wall Street funded Communists

Know your history. Communism is another Bankster Project!

Professor Sutton stated, “Western textbooks on Soviet economic development omit any description of the economic and financial aid given to the 1917 Revolution and subsequent economic development by Western Firms and banks.” “In the Bolshevik Revolution we have some of the world’s richest and most powerful men financing a movement which claims its very existence is based on the concept of stripping of their wealth,” declared Allen. “[M]en like the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, Schiffs, Warburgs, Morgans, Harrimans, and Milners.”

May 09 13:27

Putin Visits His Former KGB Boss On His 90th Birthday

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his former KGB colleagues visited an ex-East Germany station chief to wish their former boss well on his 90th birthday.

May 09 11:31

Trump Approves Plan To Directly Arm Kurds; Turkish Lira Tumbles

Update: Reuters confirms that the US arming of yet another ethnic group in the middle east is now a "go"

WHITE HOUSE APPROVES SUPPLYING WEAPONS TO YPG FIGHTERS IN SYRIA - U.S. OFFICIAL TELL REUTERS
WEAPONS TO HELP YPG FIGHTERS IN RAQQA OFFENSIVE, NO TIMELINE DISCLOSED FOR START OF SUPPLYING ARMS

Turkey's 'sultan for life' Erdogan will not be happy. NBC News is reporting that two US defense officials have confirmed President Trump has approved a plan to arm the Syrian Kurdish militia - an important U.S. ally in Syria in the fight against ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; re-drawing the maps in the Middle East to your liking may well have consequences you and your team may not have considered, and may well not be of your liking.

Your pretext here is having the Kurds fighting ISIS/ISIL, but it is a completely false premise.

ISIL/ISIS was a deliberate creation by the US government to prevent the Syrian government from continuing, and supposedly create regime change in Damascus.

Michael Flynn: The Rise of the “Islamic State” (ISIL) Was “A Willful Decision” of the Obama White House: Former DIA Chief

The creating of an Independent Kurdistan, to be cobbled together from territory currently claimed, respectively, by Turkey and Syria, will cost a great deal, in blood and money, and neither country is willing to give the territory up for the creation of such a country.

Al-Assad will either have to be assassinated, or regime changed by a vote; and Turkey's Erdogan may well pull Turkey out of NATO, which would put the alliance at great strategic discomfort.

And lastly, Mr. President, Russia's Putin will not stand idly by when the US and Kurdish forces attempt to carve up sovereign Syrian territory; this arming of the Syrian Kurdish militia in Syria will be seen as a definite attempt at Syrian destabilisation, and tantamount to an act of war it.

May 09 11:23

MEGA BEX - US watched Russia hack French systems during election

The United States watched Russians hack France's computer networks during the election and tipped off French officials before it became public, a U.S. cyber official told the Senate on Tuesday.

May 09 11:03

US Says We Fly Where We Want in Syria

Washington, Pentagon. The US has responded to Russia’s creation of “no fly zones” in Syria by indicating the US will fly “wherever it wants” and “whenever it pleases” according to Pentagon spokespersons.

The Coalition forces headed by the US will strike at the Islamic State anywhere in Syria, including in the security zones established by Russia, Turkey and Iran, In Russian news agency reports citing a Pentagon representative.

Earlier, Russia, Turkey and Iran signed a memorandum on the establishment of security zones in Syria. According to the memorandum, check points and observation centers will be established along the borders of these security zones. The zones exclude aircraft from hostile action.

When answering the question whether the Coalition will stop the flights over these security zones, the Pentagon official said that the Coalition will carry on with its operations as usual, with no regard for Russia’s plans to end air strikes in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, it sure as heck didn't take that long for Sec Def Mattis to come to his conclusions about flying through these security zones; which means that pilots flying through these regions risk getting shot down by Russian and Syrian ground forces or aircraft.

I am profoundly uncomfortable with the Pentagon making potential sacrificial lambs out of these pilots.

May 09 09:34

Syria rejects international forces in safe zones

Syria on Monday dismissed the idea of foreign forces patrolling four so-called de-escalation zones that are to be established under a deal struck by Russia, Iran and Turkey, suggesting Damascus would agree only to Russian "military police" who are already on the ground.

Syria planned to abide by the agreement signed in Kazakhstan last week, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem told reporters in the Syrian capital, but he cautioned it was "premature" to say whether the deal would succeed.

"There will be no presence by any international forces supervised by the United Nations," al-Moallem said. "The Russian guarantor has clarified that there will be military police and observation centers."

Though he did not specify who the military police would be, he appeared to be referring to Russian observers already in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: it appears that the US government and the rebels it has been arming and training, will completely ignore the de-escalation zones.

May 09 09:23

Dianne Feinstein & Joe Manchin admit: No evidence of Trump/Russia collusion

Democrats are desperate to show something - anything - that proves a link between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Russians. Every single left-wing media outlet has been focused on it while Dem-friendly surrogates, donors, and PACs have been searching for it. Democrat politicians, many with access to highly classified material, have made the accusations but still, to this day, there is simply no proof it ever happened.

That doesn’t stop them from getting in front of a camera and yakking about it, though. “Russian hackers” somehow “interfered” with Hillary’s rightful ascension, and that cannot be tolerated.

Enter Dianne Feinstein. Last week, she was on Wolf Blitzer’s show. There, she was asked directly if she had any proof to support the left-wing conspiracy theories.

...She does not.

May 09 09:01

'NO EVIDENCE RUSSIA INFLUENCING VOTER TALLIES IN...50 STATES' ? US EX-INTEL CHIEF

"Can we agree that the Russians attempted to influence the outcome of the election?” asked Senator John Neely Kennedy (R-Louisiana) during the Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism hearing on Monday.

Yes," Clapper and Yates replied.

"Did they succeed?" asked Kennedy.

“We could not make that call,” replied Clapper.

"The only thing we said was we saw no evidence of influencing voter tallies in any of the 50 states, but we were not in a position to judge whether ? what actual outcome on the election," added Clapper.

Kennedy then asked "Have you ever leaked?"

“Not wittingly or knowingly,” replied Clapper.

"Classified or unclassified?," said Kennedy.

“Unclassified is not leaking," remarked Clapper as laughter erupted in the room.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, at the end of the day, presenting sound and fury, signifying nothing, Clapper's proof that the Russians attempted to influence the outcome of the 2016 election is....zip, nada, nothing!!

This was simply a witchhunt, with Russia as the victim, in order to allow more demonisation against it.

And BTW, it is Clapper who needs to be educated on evidence and documentation of said evidence, which he absolutely did not have!!

May 09 08:53

SYRIA: THE NEW GOVERNMENT PLANS FOR MOVING EAST

The de-escalation agreement for four fighting zones in Syria has come into effect. The battles between Syrian government forces (red) and the foreign supported "rebels" (yellow) has ebbed in the north, in Idleb and north Hama, in the south round Deraa, around the besieged "rebel" enclaves north of Homs and east of Damascus in east-Ghouta. That does not mean that those areas are peaceful or safe. In the north Turkey is scrimishing with U.S. supported Kurds (purple), in Deraa governate ISIS is infighting with other Jihadi "rebels" and in east-Ghouta various "rebel" groups are trying to eliminate each other.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this can hold, it ultimately means victory for the Syria government, which is not the outcome those in the bowels of power in the Unhinged States of America want to see happen.

However, that being said, I wouldn't bet against an ultimately large contingent of American-backed rebels sticking a monkey wrench in the works on this soon.

May 08 11:58

Sally Yates and James Clapper Testifying on Capitol Hill

? Sally Q. Yates, the former acting attorney general, is scheduled to testify at 2:30 p.m. Monday before a Senate subcommittee.

? Her testimony could raise new questions about how President Trump responded to concerns that his first national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, had lied.

? Ms. Yates can tell a dramatic story — a rarity in congressional hearings — but Democrats who hope she will reveal new information about the investigation into Mr. Trump’s campaign and Russia are likely to be disappointed.

May 08 08:32

The McCarthyism of Russia-gate

Civil-liberties nightmares about the Surveillance State are coming true, but – since the victims are former Donald Trump advisers – many of the usual civil-liberties defenders are strikingly silent, reports Robert Parry.

May 08 08:32

Russia Says Deal Bars American Jets From Much of Syria’s Skies. U.S. Says No.

United States and allied aircraft will be banned from flying over much of Syria as part of a deal struck by Iran, Russia and Turkey to foster a cease-fire in the Syrian war, a senior Russian diplomat said Friday.

But a State Department spokesman later said that the agreement, which the United States did not sign, does not “preclude anyone from going after terrorists wherever they may be in Syria.” The spokesman, Edgar Vasquez, said Russian officials’ interpretation of their own agreement “makes no sense.”

May 08 08:03

Maria Zakharova: A Spokeswoman for Sanity

Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman has made a career out of deep-frying western baloney

May 08 07:44

A Victory For Theresa May Will See Britain Dragged Further Towards War With Russia

A Victory For Theresa May Will See Britain Dragged Further Towards War With Russia

May 08 07:42

Intelligence Official: Transcripts Of Flynn's Calls Don't Show Criminal Wrongdoing

A current U.S. intelligence official tells NPR's Mary Louise Kelly that there is no evidence of criminal wrongdoing in the transcripts of former national security adviser Michael Flynn's conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, although the official noted that doesn't rule out the possibility of illegal actions.

The official also says that there are recordings as well as transcripts of the calls, and that the transcripts don't suggest Flynn was acting under orders in his conversations.

May 08 07:28

Forget About Russia's S-300 or S-400 (The S-500 Is Coming)

Moscow has claimed the S-500 will enter service in 2016 or 2017 and has offered an impressive-seeming list of its capabilities. Appropriately nicknamed “Prometey”—Prometheus—the S-500 supposedly will have a maximum vertical altitude of 185 to two hundred kilometers, permitting it to swat down incoming Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles and low-orbit satellites in space. The Triumfator would also have a maximum range of six hundred kilometers, even further than the four-hundred-kilometer range of the S-400. Russian Air Force Commander Colonel General Viktor Bondarev claimed the S-500 would be able to engage up to ten missiles at the same time, with a reaction speed of three to four seconds—compared to six missiles and nine-second reaction times for the S-400.

May 08 07:27

Thousands in U.S. send messages of friendship to Russians

To the people of Russia:

We residents of the United States wish you, our brothers and sisters in Russia, nothing but well. We oppose the hostility and militarism of our government. We favor disarmament and peaceful cooperation. We desire greater friendship and cultural exchange between us. You should not believe everything you hear from the American corporate media. It is not a true representation of Americans. While we do not control any major media outlets, we are numerous. We oppose wars, sanctions, threats, and insults. We send you greetings of solidarity, trust, love, and hope for collaboration on building a better world safe from the dangers of nuclear, military, and environmental destruction.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ditto, expanded to all the people of the world now in the gun-sights of American imperialism.

May 08 07:27

Russian outlet Sputnik falls out of D.C. media orbit with denied bid for Capitol Hill credentials

Sputnik, a news service owned and operated by the Russian government, has lost its bid to be permanently credentialed on Capitol Hill over its direct ties to Moscow.
The Congressional Periodical Press Gallery has denied Sputnik’s request for a permanent media pass, Politico reported Friday, dashing for now the outlet’s odds of closer access to Washington’s movers and shakers.
Composed of a rotating group of accredited journalists, the Periodical Press Gallery assists bona fide print and digital correspondents with press-related questions and issues concerning the House and Senate, according to its website. Additionally, gallery membership also lends to approved outlets receiving greater access on Capitol Hill while also typically opening doors to other centers of power in Washington, like the White House and Supreme Court, Politico reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, this is a "canary in the coal mine moment" here, with regard to the further demonization of Russia in the Unhinged States of America, in preparation for war against it.

Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China

I will continue to read its English language version until it is made unavailable (and when that happens, you had better have your prep gear well and truly under control), as I find it very pragmatically fact-based, in most of the articles it carries.

May 07 10:56

What's Behind FBI Head Comey Calling Russia the 'Greatest Threat'

Earlier this week, during his testimony in the United States Senate, FBI Director James Comey said that Russia is the "greatest threat of any nation on Earth" to the democratic process in the United States.

During the hearing, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham asked Comey what kind of "threat" Russia presents to the "democratic process."

"Certainly, in my view the greatest threat of any nation on Earth, given their intention and their capability," Comey answered.

He also claimed that Moscow is still involved in attempts to influence politics in the United States.

Commenting on Comey’s remarks, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said at a press briefing: "I think that’s the view of the FBI. We rely on them and the rest of the intelligence community to provide the president with updates on what they are learning."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Comey did not elaborate on evidence against Russia; all he has are allegations, with utterly no substance behind them, with which to demonize Russia, because he understands that the American Deep State ultimately wants war against both Russia and China to destabilise the ruble and the yuan.

May 07 08:49

US Dismisses Ban on Aircraft Over Syrian Safe Zones

A day after the US gave tepid support for the establishment of Syrian safe zones to try to separate combatant forces and reduce the amount of fighting, they appear to have noticed that this might get in their way of their own attacks across the country, and are pledging to ignore the demilitarization of the zones.

Back when Turkey and the US were both super keen on the idea of safe zones, a big selling point was the imposition of no-fly zones over the areas, to keep the civilians within getting bombed. This was also a big obstacle, as the US wasn’t totally clear it could do this without declaring war on Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know what, precisely, the Vegas odds of the US government getting into direct military confrontation with Russia over Syria might be, but I would imagine, right now, that they are quite good.

May 07 08:38

Putin ‘orders Gazprom to start laying pipes along Turkish Stream’s sea route’

Gazprom will be ready to start laying pipes on the Turkish Stream offshore section in several days, the company’s CEO Alexei Miller told Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 4, as Russia’s TASS reported.

Putin has ordered Gazprom to start laying pipes on sea stretch of Turkish Stream pipeline.

“We will be ready to start laying the Turkish Stream gas pipeline in several days,” Miller said, as quoted by the Russian news agency.

The Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline project agreement between Turkey and Russia was signed on Oct. 10, 2016, and ratified by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Feb. 7.

The project, which was announced by Putin during a 2014 visit to Turkey, is set to carry gas from Russia under the Black Sea to Turkey’s Thrace region.

One line, with 15.75 billion cubic meters of capacity, is expected to supply the Turkish market, while a second line will carry gas to Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a big deal, in light of the US government's objections against such a pipeline, because of how it will benefit Russia, economically, particularly in light of the natural gas which will be sold to Russia.

May 07 08:30

RUSSIA DEPLOYS CRUISE MISSILE FRIGATE TO MEDITERRANEAN

Russia’s newest cruise-missile warship is on course to join Moscow’s naval forces off the Mediterranean coast of Syria, Russian news agency Interfax reported Friday.

The Ministry of Defense announced in a statement that the frigate, which has been at the navy’s disposal for less than a year, will join Russia’s Mediterranean naval forces while on its way from its previous area of deployment, the Baltic Sea, to its home port in the Black Sea.

Russia has no Mediterranean fleet unit and during the civil war in its ally Syria, has periodically sent ships from either its Black Sea or Baltic Sea bases in the waters nearby. Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw the formation of such a unit of up to 10 ships in 2013 that has relied on rotational deployments, supported by Russia’s Syrian port in Tartus.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This deployment is meant to serve as a signal to the US military to get out of Syria; unfortunately, it is deliberately not being heard by the Trump Administration. And on Friday also, we had the following development happen:

Pentagon Deploys Troops to Turkey's Border With Syria

How many more US ground troops are actually in Syria, we will never know, because US military deployments are no longer allowed to be released to the general public.

But there is something I do know, in terms of the geopolitical tensions between the US and Russia regarding Syria; something wicked this way comes.

It is only a matter of time before there is direct conflict between US and Russian forces in Syria, and there appears to be no way to ultimately prevent that from happening, since war against both Russia and China appear to be a long-planned goal of the US government, in order to maintain the dollar's world hegemony.

The people who will get killed, or maimed for life, globally, by such a war, are irrelevant to those slavishly supporting the money junkies to that end.

Please remember; in the USA, your votes mean nothing, and you are of no use, unless you are one of the richest portions of America's demographic; and those people have marvelously stylish, well-provisioned shelters in which to ride out the apocalypse.

The Deep American State, and its very martial agenda, continues, no matter how you voted.

As reported by Chris Osborn in thenationalinterest.com How the U.S. Army Plans to Go to War Against Russia, China and Iran (Their Weapons, That Is)

May 06 15:51

Wikileaks & the evidence suggests #MacronLeaks is a #FalseFlag, aimed at amplifying hostility against Russia

The timing is suspect – it cannot affect the result of the election. There is a media blackout of anything about the election or the candidates in French media. The only way French people would be able to find out about it, is from social media (or biased foreign news sites).

May 06 15:48

Top US general affirms pledge to 'de-conflicting' operations in Syria with Russian counterpart

The top U.S. military officer General Joseph Dunford and Russia’s military chief of staff affirmed their commitment to avoid clashes in the crowded airspace over Syria, the Pentagon said Saturday.

Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and General Valery Gerasimov chatted on the phone hours after a new Syria ceasefire plan creating “de-escalation” zones went into effect with the backing of Russia, Iran and NATO-ally Turkey.

The two generals agreed to maintain their “commitment to de-conflicting” their respective military operations in the war-ravaged country, Dunford spokesman Capt. Greg Hicks said in a brief statement.

Dunford and Gerazimov also discussed the new ceasefire plan and “both also agreed to maintain regular contact,” Hicks said.

May 06 09:35

‘Greatest threat to US democracy is its sham two-party system, not Russia’

The USA is supposed to be a Constitutional Republic not a Democracy. It is now a Tyrannical Oligarchy. But the Government in the district of criminals is a complete Sham and the enemy of every life form on the Planet Earth!

The FBI chief's statement about Russian threat to US democracy is hot air designed to obfuscate Clinton’s failure, while the attacks on WikiLeaks are fanning the flames of Julian Assange’s mistrial, says former MI5 intelligence officer Annie Machon.

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday the FBI chief, James Comey, lashed out at WikiLeaks while questioned by senators on the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails and Russia's alleged involvement in the US election.

May 06 08:47

Bad news for the Trump-Russia tinfoil-hat brigade

So there you have it. The conclusion that Russia tried to steal the election for Trump is based on pure speculation about how Putin thinks. The notion Trump was in Putin’s back pocket doesn’t even factor into it.

May 06 08:46

FLASHBACK - Key Democratic Officials Now Warning Base Not to Expect Evidence of Trump/Russia Collusion

Key Democratic officials are clearly worried about the expectations that have been purposely stoked and are now trying to tamp them down. Many of them have tried to signal that the beliefs the base has been led to adopt have no basis in reason or evidence.

The latest official to throw cold water on the MSNBC-led circus is President Obama’s former acting CIA chief Michael Morell. What makes him particularly notable in this context is that Morell was one of Clinton’s most vocal CIA surrogates. In August, he not only endorsed Clinton in the pages of the New York Times but also became the first high official to explicitly accuse Trump of disloyalty, claiming, “In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.”

May 06 08:41

Susan Rice’s refusal to testify to Congress exposes the “Russia hacking” lie

Tucker Carlson speaks to Democrat strategist Joshua Galper over Susan Rice’s refusal to testify before a Senate subcommittee about Russian meddling in the presidential election and ‘unmasking’ of Trump campaign staffers under surveillance.

Watching the video below, it is clear that Democrats and Galper are now trying to explain away, with dumbed down double speak, as to why Susan Rice (a central player in the Russian meddling fake news) refuses to testify to Congress.

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama planted a bomb under American Democracy with their witch hunt to destroy candidate Trump, leading to a made up story about Russian hackers to divert attention away from Obama’s White House spying on a presidential candidate.

Witness Tucker dismantle this Democrat party strategist…who has no answer to Carlson’s questioning.

May 05 23:30

Sauron Rules in Washington

A reader asked why neoconservatives push toward nuclear war when there can be no winners. If all die, what is the point?

Their insane plan is as follows: Washington will ring Russia and China with anti-ballistic missile bases in order to provide a shield against a retaliatory strike from Russia and China. Moreover, these US anti-ABM bases also can deploy nuclear attack missiles unknown to Russia and China, thus reducing the warning time to five minutes, leaving Washington’s victims little or no time in which to make a decision.

It is Washington that wants to snuff out human morality and beome the master of the planet. As I have previously written, Washington without any question is Sauron. The only important question is whether there is sufficient good left in the world to resist and overcome Washington’s evil.

May 05 15:29

A Victory For Theresa May Will See Britain Dragged Further Towards War With Russia

British Prime Minister Theresa May has been warned by various political leaders in Britain not to rush to attack Syrian government forces if she wins the general election in June. The Guardian reported that she might hold a vote on military action this summer. If this is the case, it would imply that she wants to press ahead without UN backing.

May 05 10:52

What the North Korean “Crisis” is Really About. Pretext to Nuke Both Russia and China?

So what is the demonization of N. Korea by the presstitutes and Trump administration about?

It is about the same thing that the demonization of Iran was about. The “Iranian threat” was an orchestration that was used as cover to put US anti-ballistic missile bases on Russia’s borders. An anti-ballistic missile (ABM) is intended to intercept and destroy nuclear-armed ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) and prevent them from reaching their targets.

Washington claimed that the anti-ABM bases were not directed at Russia, but were for the protection of Europe against Iran’s nuclear ICBMs. Insouciant Americans might have believed this, but the Russians surely did not as Iran has neither ICBMs nor nuclear weapons. The Russian government has made it clear that Russia understands the US bases are directed at preventing a Russian retaliation against a Washington first strike.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For many years now, I have been utterly appalled at the quality of thinking from the American deep state and government, no matter who allegedly "runs" the country (and after President Trump's flipflops, I can assure you, it is NOT our President).

It's like that dream of a slo-mo train wreck, from which I cannot awaken.

But to even be contemplating a nuclear first-strike against both Russia and China is horrifically, insanely hubristic in a way I cannot even begin to articulate.

And to the Russian and Chinese governments: thinking, moral Americans would never, ever want such a war to happen. Please understand that the American people no longer control their own destinies, but those destinies are, in large part,scripted by the American Deep State, where "Hegemony Uber Alles" rules supreme, no matter how many people on the planet will get killed or maimed for life in such a war.

Unfortunately, as has been borne out by history, just because something is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing for the US government to do, is absolutely no guarantee that it won't do it.

May 05 09:52

A Victory for Theresa May Will See Britain Dragged Further Towards War with Russia

The demonisation of Putin and Russia

Since Russia intervened at the behest of the Syrian government, the Syrian conflict has swung away from the opposition (terrorist) groups which the US has been supporting to defeat Assad, an ‘unspoken truth’ in the mainstream media (see ‘The Dirty War on Syria‘). However, the US seems increasingly desperate to intensify its military intervention to bring its plan for Syria and the wider Middle East region to fruition. This does not just mean attacking Syrian government forces. It also involves putting pressure on Russia to step aside.

Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin was told by the UK ambassador to the United Nations Matthew Rycroft that he is on the “wrong side of history” because of his support for the “barbaric” Syrian leader Bashar Assad. Rycroft added that supporting the Assad regime would result in “shame” and “humiliation” for Russia.

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"US and NATO being civilising forces in a barbaric world?!?"

What British "Ministry of Truth" intern cobbled THAT bit of codswallop together for Rycroft, I have to wonder?!?

The truth is the polar opposite of this statement, and all one has to do at look, objectively at the US-government generated carnage in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, and Syria to understand this.

the hard reality here is, US and UK are utterly NOT on the right side of history, to look at attempting to regime change Damascus; and I shudder to think of just what Russia will do, when that attempt is made, because Russia is in Syria at the behest of the Syrian government.

May 05 09:46

Russia Pushing For De-Escalation Zones In Syria To Shutdown The Deep State

Obamacare is collapsing at the same time Trump passed his health care via the House. Trumps pick for Army Secretary is pro-gun and says Americans should have the same weapons as the military.

May 05 09:07

US House Bill on Port Controls Amounts to 'Declaration of War' - Russian Senator

A US House of Representatives bill establishing control over the Russian Far East ports envisions a show of force and thus amounts to a declaration of war, the chairman of the Russian upper house of parliament's international committee told Sputnik.

"This bill, I hope will never be implemented because its implementation envisions a scenario of power with forced inspections of all vessels by US warships," Konstantin Kosachev said Friday.

His comments follow the reported passage on Thursday of a House bill enhancing sanctions against North Korea, outlining "inspection authorities" over Chinese, Iranian, Syrian and Russian ports. The latter include the ports of Nakhodka, Vanino and Vladivostok.

May 05 09:03

The Triumph of James Comey

This nonsensical Russophobia – like the Red Scare before it – is meant to distract us from the real threat to our democratic process – which comes, not from any foreign enemy, but originates right here at home, with Washington at its epicenter.

This was brought home later in the hearing, when Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska), brought up the question of WikiLeaks. Taking up where Sen. Graham left off, Sasse asked if we might expect the alleged Russian invasion of our politics to intensify, and Comey obliged him by answering in the affirmative – “especially” in 2020. The questioning continued along these same lines:

“SASSE: Do you believe any of WikiLeaks disclosures have endangered American lives and or put at risk American interests?

“COMEY: I believe both have been the result of some of their releases.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is that famous line from Pogo: "We have met the enemy and he...is us."

What Wikileaks has done has been to bring up the issues of where American agencies have fouled up mightily, and some bureaucrats are highly embarrassed.

But to conflate that with endangering American lives or put American interests in peril?!?!

You've got to be kidding me!!

May 05 08:46

A Victory For Theresa May Will See Britain Dragged Further Towards War With Russia

British Prime Minister Theresa May has been warned by various political leaders in Britain not to rush to attack Syrian government forces if she wins the general election in June. The Guardian reported that she might hold a vote on military action this summer. If this is the case, it would imply that she wants to press ahead without UN backing.

May 05 08:03

Russia says Syria safe zones closed to US-coalition jets

Jets from the U.S.-led coalition are barred from proposed safe zones in Syria set to be created under a deal inked by Russia, Iran and Turkey, Moscow's envoy said Friday.

"In terms of their actions in the de-escalation zones then from this moment these zones are closed for their flights," the Kremlin's envoy to peace talks in Kazakhstan Alexander Lavrentiev was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

"Aviation operations, especially by the international coalition forces, are absolutely not envisioned," he said.

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"You can't Do that!!! We can and will bomb anywhere we want to, because you guys are all aggressors, Aggressors, AGGRESSORS!!!! We are the GOOD guys! You are all the BAD guys! Our bombs are holy. Our bombs are righteous! Our bombs are beloved by GOD!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 05 07:10

Is Trump Really President?

IS TRUMP REALLY PRESIDENT ?

Is Trump being allowed to “play at President” for public consumption, while the generals, spooks, and financial pirates run the show?

May 05 06:16

U.S. AND TURKEY ON COLLISION COURSE OVER KURDISH FORCES IN SYRIA

A top adviser for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ilnur Cevik, warned on May 3 that United States troops and equipment risk being destroyed due to their proximity to Kurdish forces in Northern Syria.

Turkey claims those fighters are aligned with the Kurdish militant group the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been waging a guerrilla war in Turkey for years.

In a radio interview on Turkish media, Cevik was asked what would happen to U.S. forces that were working with Kurdish forces that Turkey wants to attack.

“It doesn’t matter whether they are patrolling there. If those PKK terrorists continue their activities within Turkey…you know they are infiltrating from Northern Syria (into Turkey.) That’s the region they infiltrate from,” Cevik replied.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how the US is planning to carve Syria up into little fiefdoms, one of which is engineered to exist as an independent Kurdistan.

Neither Erdogan nor Syria's Al Assad are going to be very happy about this, however. And Russian troops on the ground in Syria, appear to be expanding their mission to advise and assist, and we have reports of Russian troops on the ground in Northern Syria.

Russia expands its advise and assist in Syria.Images:
Russian soldiers arrive in Northern Syria.

May 04 13:11

How The Russia Spin Got So Much Torque

A new book about Hillary Clinton’s last campaign for president — Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign by journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes — has gotten a lot of publicity since it appeared two weeks ago. But major media have ignored a revealing passage near the end of the book.

May 04 08:39

America’s Top Scientists Confirm: U.S. Goal Now Is To Conquer Russia

The US nuclear forces modernization program has been portrayed to the public as an effort to ensure the reliability and safety of warheads in the US nuclear arsenal, rather than to enhance their military capabilities. In reality, however, that program has implemented revolutionary new technologies that will vastly increase the targeting capability of the US ballistic missile arsenal. This increase in capability is astonishing — boosting the overall killing power of existing US ballistic missile forces by a factor of roughly three — and it creates exactly what one would expect to see, if a nuclear-armed state were planning to have the capacity to fight and win a nuclear war by disarming enemies with a surprise first strike.

May 04 08:27

Russia, Iran, Turkey sign agreement on creation of Syria safe zones

Ceasefire guarantor states Russia, Iran and Turkey have adopted a memorandum on the creation of four security zones in Syria, during peace talks in the Kazakh capital of Astana.

The de-escalation zones were earlier proposed by Russia. They are aimed at separating extremist groups, including Islamic State terrorists (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Jabhat al-Nusra (Al-Nusra Front), from the moderate opposition.

Idlib, Latakia and Homs are included in the safe zones, as well as parts of Aleppo, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry. Under the memorandum, any fighting between government forces and armed opposition will cease within the safe zones.

May 04 08:25

Breaking. Russia Setting Up Military Installations in Northeastern Syria, in YPG-Held Area

A number of Russian troops and vehicles have entered the area of the Afrin Canton controlled by fighters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), according to photos and videos appearing online.

Pro-Kurdish media activists speculate that the Russian military is going to set up a military base or even a “joint military base” in the YPG-held area near the border with Turkey.

According to more neutral sources, Russian military servicemen are setting up two posts near the border in order to monitor possible clashes between Kurdish militias and the Turkish military.

This comes amid increasing US military activity along the Syrian-Turkish border. According to Kurdish sources in northeastern Syria, US troops have been patrolling the Kurdish-held areas bordering Turkey. Thus, US troops are a buffer force that should prevent Ankara from combating Kurdish militias in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is only a matter of time before US and Russian ground troops start to confront each other in Syria; and then, what?!?!?

May 04 08:01

U.S. Coast Guard Chief Warns of Russian ‘Checkmate’ in Arctic

The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard issued a stark warning on Wednesday that Russia was leagues ahead of Washington in the Arctic. And while the warming Arctic opens up, the United States could be caught flat-footed while other geopolitical rivals swiftly step in.

May 04 07:56

US Commander Asks for More Troops in Europe to ‘Counter Russia’

Speaking with the Senate Appropriations Committee, top US commander in Europe Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti pushed for more funding for “long-term investment” in US military facilities in Europe, able to support further escalations of US deployments of both ground troops and combat equipment onto the continent.

Gen. Scaparrotti played up the continued false narrative of “Russian aggression,” which has been securing the Pentagon so much extra funding in recent years, suggesting that the US needs more permanent deployments of combat troops around the Russian frontier to counter them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And Scaporotti's "proof" that such alleged "Russian aggression" exists is....completely non-existent.

May 04 07:48

What the N. Korean “Crisis” Is Really About

The North Korean “crisis” is a Washington orchestration. North Korea was last at war 1950-53. N. Korea has not attacked or invaded anyone in 64 years. N. Korea lacks the military strength to attack any country, such as South Korea and Japan, that is protected by the US. Moreover, China would not permit N. Korea to start a war.

So what is the demonization of N. Korea by the presstitutes and Trump administration about?

It is about the same thing that the demonization of Iran was about. The “Iranian threat” was an orchestration that was used as cover to put US anti-ballistic missile bases on Russia’s borders. An anti-ballistic missile (ABM) is intended to intercept and destroy nuclear-armed ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) and prevent them from reaching their targets.

May 03 18:42

Putin: We never interfere in other countries’ politics as others do

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin says Russia has never interfered in other countries’ political issues, though there have been such attempts towards Russia, he said at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Sochi.

May 03 10:20

Putin, Trump Speak By Phone, Discuss Syria, N.Korea – Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, held a phone call in which they have agreed to cooperate on promoting diplomatic progress in dealing with tensions on the Korean peninsula and in Syria, according to the Kremlin.

May 03 09:47

Putin: I discussed de-escalation zones in Syria with Trump, Erdogan

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has discussed introducing de-escalation zones in Syria with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during talks in Sochi on Wednesday and with US President Donald Trump in a phone call the previous day.

Consultations with Tehran and Damascus have also been held on the issue, Putin said.

"For the development of the political process [in Syria], a ceasefire must be provided... Russia, Turkey and Iran have all the time been thinking of how to secure this practice of a ceasefire. One of the methods is creating safe zones, or de-escalation zones," Putin said on Wednesday during a joint press conference with Turkish President Erdogan in Sochi.

May 03 08:29

BEX ALERT - Evidence of Russian Meddling in Election 'Overwhelming,' Clapper Says at IOP

Former Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper and former U.S. Representative Michael J. Rogers explored Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum Tuesday.

Kennedy School professor Graham T. Allison ’62—who moderated the event—paused after the two speakers were introduced to pull out a copy of the Boston Globe and display for the audience an April 2017 editorial titled “Keep your eyes on Russia” detailing allegations that the Russian government had tampered with last year’s presidential election.

“What do we know about ‘Russiagate’?” Allison asked the speakers.

Both Clapper and Rogers agreed that Russia aimed to undermine American democratic institutions this past election.

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May 02 19:06

Watch out Kim: Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin TEAM UP in plot to END North Korea conflict

According to the White House the two leaders agreed they must work together to end the threat posed by North Korea and its despotic leader Kim Jong-un.

They also discussed the Middle East, agreeing "all parties must do all they can to end the violence" and threat posed by Islamic terrorists.

The spokesperson added: "The conversation was a very good one, and included the discussion of safe, or de-escalation, zones to achieve lasting peace for humanitarian and many other reasons.”

Kremlin officials said the call was "business-like" and "constructive".

May 02 15:37

Drinking The Russia-Gate Kool-Aid

Russia-gate, the Democrats’ over-the-top attempt to blame the Kremlin for Hillary Clinton’s disastrous campaign, has become the party’s go-to excuse to avoid confronting how it lost touch with average Americans, says Norman Solomon.

May 02 12:04

Iran says will send more military advisors to Syria: IRGC commander

A senior commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the Islamic Republic will dispatch more military advisors to Syria to support the Syrian government and nation in their battle against terrorist groups.

“We will send advisors [to Syria] in every aspect so the resistance front is not breached and we will offer every assistance possible," Commander of IRGC’s Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour told Fars news agency.

He added that Iranian military advisors are currently in Syria and the Islamic Republic would deploy more “as long as there is a need” for advisory support.

He said Iran could not stand by and watch the enemies of Syria hatch plots to destroy a country that is at the forefront of resistance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Iran will NOT let the West (and particularly the US government ) create regime change in Damascus.

May 02 11:30

America’s Financial War Strategy

The three theatres of war that offer the best prospects for further escalation are Syria, Korea, and Iran. They are in two regions where significant quantities of dollars are owned and invested, offering the potential for capital flight, which should be kept in mind, when reading this article.

Trump is also seeking congressional approval for an increase in defence spending totaling $54bn, a massive increase which, to put it in perspective, compares with Russia’s total defence budget of $66bn.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When Karl Marx observed that all wars are economic in nature, he was as serious as is a heart attack.

Major-General Liang's analysis appears to be bang spot-on here.

May 02 11:26

Woodward: Trump Dossier Is a ‘Garbage Document’ — Intelligence Chiefs Should ‘Apologize’ to Trump

On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox New Sunday,” veteran journalist Bob Woodward said the unverified dossier about President-elect Donald Trump and Russia is a “garbage document.”

Woodward said, “I think what is under reported here is Trump’s point of view on it. You laid it out when those former CIA people said these things about Trump, that he was a recruited agent of the Russians, and a useful fool, they started this in Trump’s mind, He knows the old adage, once a CIA man, always a CIA man. No one came out and said those people shouldn’t be saying those things, So act two is the briefing when this dossier is put out.”

May 02 09:47

How the Russia Spin Got So Much Torque

Soon after Clinton’s defeat, top strategists decided where to place the blame. “Within 24 hours of her concession speech,” the authors report, campaign manager Robby Mook and campaign chair John Podesta “assembled her communications team at the Brooklyn headquarters to engineer the case that the election wasn’t entirely on the up-and-up. For a couple of hours, with Shake Shack containers littering the room, they went over the script they would pitch to the press and the public. Already, Russian hacking was the centerpiece of the argument.”

Six months later, that centerpiece of the argument is rampant – with claims often lurching from unsubstantiated overreach to outright demagoguery.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given Clinton's pathological inability to take responsibility for where she had screwed up, ever, the Russia bashing was almost inevitable; but the traction it got from there to today, is absoflippinglutely unbelievable.

The Deep American state got whatever Russophobic response it thought it could from beating the dead horse of Russian interventionism in November's elections, and the further demonisation of Russia and Putin; but at the end of the day, the utter absurdity of the charge was completely laughable.

May 02 09:11

Dem Party Strategists Finally Admit “Russia” Is Not Why Hillary Lost

Democratic Party strategists are finally admitting it was not Putin that caused Hillary’s demise.

Her base had zero enthusiasm for her, and Obama voters voted for Trump across the country.

Sorry, Rachel Maddow to ruin your Russia conspiracy theory.

May 02 08:56

SENATE QUIETLY DROPS RUSSIAN SANCTIONS BILL, FOCUSES ON IRAN CRACKDOWN

Much to the likely chagrin of the mainstream media, and Democratic Party blame narratives everywhere, Politico reports that the leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have reached a decision that’s sure to disappoint Russia hawks: They’re not taking up a Russia sanctions bill anytime soon.

Instead, Committee Chairman Bob Corker of Tennessee and ranking Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland have agreed to move forward on a measure to counter Russian influence in Eastern Europe without using sanctions as well as an Iran sanctions bill.

“The ranking member and I are in strong agreement on a pathway forward and that's what we're going to do. We're going to do an Iran sanctions bill. It'll be done toward the end of this work period. We're also working together on a bill to push back against Russia in Europe and what they're doing, and those are the two courses of action that we're taking.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And Russia is doing... precisely WHAT, please, in Europe which needs to be pushed back against?!?

Do these men not understand the degree to which NATO has surrounded Russia with their troops?!?

Is it, possibly, that European countries are angry about the sanctions against Russia, placed there by the US for what it ABSOLUTELY DID NOT DO, i. e., the alleged "annexation of Crimea", which, in the spirit of UN-sanctioned peaceful self-determination, decided to leave Ukraine after the 2014 US/EU/IMF/Soros-sponsored putsch left the corrupt kleptocrat Poroshenko in charge of the country?!?

Such anger at the economic strictures places on European businesses by these US and EU sanctions is both reasonable, economically, and completely justifiable.

And sanctioning Iran " in retaliation for Iran’s ballistic missile development, support for U.S.-designated terrorist groups and human rights violations."?!?!?

Precisely what are these US-designated terrorist groups they allegedly support?!?

Iran and state-sponsored terrorism

Yes, I can see the list; but where is the proof of such activities, which should be here?!?

And why in the world is Israel here, as a "victim" of alleged Iranian aggression?!? Israel has nuclear weapons, which Iran does not. Iran is a signatory to the NNPT, which Israel is not, but that's not the point.

In creating this bill, Bob Corker of Tennessee and ranking Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland have done the work requested of them by their Israeli masters, and that is to attempt to further demonise Iran in the eyes of Americans, as well as the world.

But gentlemen, a word, please; this is not working at all, and further cements the perception in both your states and of your brother and sister Americans, that you are completely under the thrall and control of a foreign government.

Israel consistently calls out Iran as its existential threat in the region; one which the US military must "regime change", and soon; but of course, this, in the eyes of the government of Tel Aviv, should only be done with American blood and money.

Both Bob Corker and Ben Cardin understand that Russia's support for Syria and Iran, is unwavering, and believe, cynically, that they can demonise Russia in the eyes of Americans by luring them into conflict with US troops in both countries; that is precisely what they want to see happen.

But I would like to strongly caution both Senators that this is an officially horrible idea; at this moment in its history, the American military doesn't have the troop strength; the weaponry; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia.

May 02 08:46

Trump’s alleged achievement: Has Washington ‘isolated’ Moscow at the UN?

A White House document claims that one of the key achievements of the Donald Trump administration’s first 100 days has been the further isolation of Syria and Russia at the United Nations “through successful diplomacy with President Xi Jinping of China.”

Jack Goldstone, an American sociologist, political expert and professor at George Mason University, told RBTH that Trump is probably referring to the United Nations Resolution of April 12 that condemned Syria for using chemical weapons on April 4. Drafted by the United Kingdom, France and the U.S., the resolution was vetoed by Russia.

China abstained from voting on the resolution, making the Americans see it as their achievement, says Alexey Fenenko, an associate professor at the Faculty of World Politics of the Moscow State University.

May 02 07:45

NO NAZIs In Kiev? Why Ukraine Thinks YOU Are A Moron Or A Fascist

Ukraine is having its coming out party in 2017. It’s a real trans’ democratic affair.

The flower of European values and democracy Petr Poroshenko, championed by Ukrainian ethnic Victoria Nuland as a model, has declared 2017 the Year of the UPA (Ukrainian Insurgent Army).

May 01 18:50

Vladimir Putin's sphere of influence edges closer to EU as Serbia accepts Russian weaponry

VLADIMIR Putin’s sphere of influence edged closer towards western Europe after Serbia announced plans to massively increase its defence industry and complete the purchase of Russian weaponry – despite the Balkan nation previously claiming it wanted to join the EU.

Zoran Djordjevic, the Serbian defence minister, proudly declared 800 new jobs would be created by the need for pilots and operating staff for the new Russian fighter jets, alongside the opening of two helicopter repair centres.

It follows the election of vocal Putin support Aleksandar Vu?i? as president.

May 01 11:05

Al-Qaeda says fighting alongside US-, Saudi-backed militia in Yemen

The leader of al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen says his forces have often fought alongside US- and Saudi-backed militia and supporters of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi against the Yemeni army and the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement.

Qasim al-Rimi, the ringleader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), made the remarks to the terrorist group's media arm al-Malahem from an undisclosed location in war-torn Yemen on Sunday, adding that his militants had teamed up with an array of other "factions," including Salafist groups and the "Muslim Brotherhood," who are both key militias on Hadi's side.

The AQAP is perceived as the most active branch of the al-Qaeda terrorist group and has been considered by the Pentagon as the most dangerous offshoot of the global terror network. Washington has already offered a $5 million prize for al-Rimi's capture.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So please give me a moment to wrap my head around this; the US government has a bounty on this guy's head, yet element of US troops are fighting with his troops in Yemen?!?

This is nothing short of bizzare!!

May 01 11:00

The Relentless Push Towards War: “What Could Possibly Go Wrong… How About EVERYTHING?”

Possible reasons range from an itchy military industrial complex that is disappointed that it cannot seem to goad the US into war with Russia and North Korea just happened to be next on the list, to the idea that Trump is really seeking trade deal concessions from South Korea and is using the North Korean situation as leverage.

The latter is not out of the realm of the possible, with Trump having said he wants South Korea to pay for the THAAD system being installed and that he wants to renegotiate our balance of trade with them, too.

Who says stuff like that at a time when war might break out? Someone who doesn’t really appreciate the gravity of the situation, I’d suggest. I mean, if it’s a negotiating tactic, it’s one that could end up with a lot of people losing their lives and a ruined economy. If it’s a negotiating tactic stapled to a crisis, it’s still an odd thing.

Conclusion

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope and pray that the Trump Administration will find a way, other than war, to deal with North Korea; but right now, as this article indicates, elements in the Deep American state are leading the drive toward a war against it.

And unfortunately,just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing our government could do, is absolutely no guarantee that it won't do it!!.

May 01 10:00

Cold War 2.0: There will be No Russophobia Reset

In the end, there was hardly a reset; rather a sort of tentative pause on Cold War 2.0. Interminable days of sound and fury were trudging along when President Trump finally decided NATO is “no longer obsolete”; still, he wants to “get along” with Russia.

Just ahead of meeting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Moscow, President Vladimir Putin had stressed on Russian TV that trust (between Russia and the US) is “at a workable level, especially in the military dimension, but it hasn’t improved. On the contrary, it has degraded.” Emphasis on a pedestrian “workable,” but most of all “degraded” – as in the National Security Council releasing a report essentially accusing Moscow of spreading fake news.

May 01 09:52

Video: US Armored Vehicles Arrive in Northern Syria. Is It An Invasion?

US armored vehicles arrived in Northern Syria with US convoy stationed near Darbasiyah Village.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, the short answer to the question posed by the title of the article is, yes.

The Trump administration has gone full-metal-jacket toward a regime change in Damascus, and it is only a matter of time before we are looking at direct confrontation with Russian ground troops, which are soon to be deployed there.
Russia ready to send ground troops to Syria, 25 April,
2017

May 01 09:31

Tensions Grow Between US, Turkey Along Syrian Border

The US responded to last week’s Turkish attacks on allied Kurdish forces in both Iraq and Syria by deploying a growing number of US troops in armored vehicles along the Syria-Turkey border, aiming to provide some sort of buffer and to prevent more Turkish attacks.

It doesn’t seem to be working, and if anything, tensions are now growing between the Turkish government and the US, with Turkish officials unhappy that the US is getting in their way, and seeing it as amounting to the US taking the side of the Kurds against them.

Turkish President Erdogan insisted he was “deeply saddened” to see the US flag flying alongside “terrorists” from the Kurdish YPG, saying he intends to demand President Trump stop supporting the Kurds in an upcoming White House visit, adding “this needs to be stopped right now.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question now becomes, just how far is the US government prepared to go, in preventing Turkey from interfering in the creating of an independent Kurdistan?!?

May 01 09:29

Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China

It is extremely dangerous to all of mankind for Washington to convince two nuclear powers that Washington is preparing a preemptive nuclear strike against them. It is impossible to imagine a more reckless and irresponsible act. Yet this is precisely what Washington has done.

May 01 08:59

US REPEATING SAME WAR CRIME IN SYRIA THAT STARVED 500,000 CHILDREN TO DEATH IN IRAQ

The Associated Press states that “any property or interest in property of the individuals’ sanctioned must be blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from dealing with them.” Also according to AP, “Three U.S. officials said that the sanctions are part of a broader effort to cut off funding and other support to Syria’s President Bashar Assad and his government amid the country’s escalating civil war. The U.S. blames Assad for a recent chemical attack on Syrian civilians, and responded earlier this month by launching missiles against a Syrian airfield.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Since taking the Oath of Office in January, President Trump has changed his position on so many issues, that he is giving me a severe case of intellectual whiplash; Syria is one of those issues, and I see more US troops on the ground here soon, to attempt regime change against Al Assad.

May 01 08:20

Trump says it 'could've been China' behind election hacks

"Knowing something about hacking, if you don't catch a hacker, OK, in the act, it's very hard to say who did the hacking," Trump said. "With that being said, I'll go along with Russia. Could've been China, could've been a lot of different groups."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Let's just nuke 'em all to be sure!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 01 08:13

British spy plane off Russian border 'tracked on mobile app'

A British spy plane was monitored through a mobile phone app as it carried out surveillance on Russian air defences.

Plane spotters were able to watch the £650m Rivet Joint through Flightradar24.com or Planefinder as it flew near the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, the Daily Mail reported.

They were able to monitor the aircraft’s speed, flight number and route as it flew off the coast.

Radar pictures shared on social media suggest the RAF aircraft, which was accompanied by US spy planes and F-35A stealth fighters, flew within 60 miles of the Russian base at a speed of 478 knots.

Apr 30 08:56

America’s War against the People of Korea: The Historical Record of US War Crimes

An armistice is an agreement by the warring parties to stop fighting. It does signify the end of war.

What underlies the 1953 Armistice Agreement is that one of the warring parties, namely the US has consistently threatened to wage war on the DPRK for the last 60 years.

The US has on countless occasions violated the Armistice Agreement. It has remained on a war footing. Casually ignored by the Western media and the international community, the US has actively deployed nuclear weapons targeted at North Korea for more than half a century in violation of article 13b) of the Armistice agreement.

The armistice remains in force. The US is still at war with Korea. It is not a peace treaty, a peace agreement was never signed.

Apr 29 11:52

BREAKING NEWS: Russia Backs China’s Call To Stop North Korea Nuke Tests In Exchange For Halt In US-South Korea Drills.

This is the key to stopping this war. We must stop military exercises with South Korea. Then Russia and China can get North Korea in line. North Korea has not accepted these exercises from the very beginning.

Apr 29 09:46

Russian Navy to Receive Biggest and Most Unique Nuclear Submarine in the World

The nuclear submarine Project 09852 (Belgorod) will become the largest submarine in the Russian Navy, Russian newspaper Izvestia reported. Its size will outperform the heavy nuclear-powered Typhoon missile cruiser Project 941, currently the largest nuclear submarine according to the Guinness World Records.

Project 09852 is designed to carry out research missions. It will carry uninhabited deep-sea vehicles and bathyscaphes, as well as special scientific equipment. It will be engaged in studying the bottom of the Russian Arctic shelf, searching for minerals at great depths, and also laying underwater communications.

The submarine is being developed based on the unfinished Antey-class strike missile carrier Project 949A. These boats were built in the USSR as a response to the deployment of US aircraft carrier compounds in the global ocean. Twenty “Granit” supersonic anti-ship cruise missile launchers were aboard.

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Russia is a world leader in ocean research. We are all familiar with the Keldysh, the "star" of James Cameron's "Titanic."

Apr 29 09:42

North Korea supports non-nuclear world and owes USA nothing

Can Donald Trump strike a nuclear blow on North Korea (the DPRK)? The analysis of the situation shows that the US can not ignore the positions of Moscow and Beijing that stand strongly against the US attack on the territory of the DPRK. At the same time, Moscow has distanced itself from the North Korean regime by saying that Russia does not accept Pyongyang's nuclear adventures. Nevertheless, Moscow has also warned Washington about the inadmissibility of taking a military action.

Apr 29 09:38

Beneath the waves: Has a sunken Russian ship been sabotaged?

Turkish divers could have found secret reconnaissance equipment and encryption codes on board The Liman after it mysteriously plummeted towards the sea bed in Turkish waters.

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This is a valid concern. As I pointed out in "Rivero challenges the NSA", the most difficult part of breaking an enemy code is to figure out the methodology. The Allies in WW2 were not able to break the German Enigma until they captured an actual machine. Once they had that, building another machine to brute force the keys was relatively easy (not to disrespect the work of the people at Bletchley Park, of course).

If I were Russia, I would be deploying updated encryption systems with altered methodologies right now, and in an age of computer codes and software, it is much easier than it would have been for Germany to re-engineer the Enigma and ship out new hardware.

Apr 29 08:31

US Deploys Troops in NE Syria as ‘Buffer’ Between Kurds, Turkey

The US has deployed a number of special forces troops and armored vehicles along the border between Kurdish-held northeast Syria and Turkey, with most of the troops sent to the area around Darbasiya, which was the site of heavy Turkish attacks earlier this week.

Officially, US commanders say the troops are there “monitoring the situation,” though Syrian Kurds say that in practice the US deployment is an attempt to establish a “buffer” to try to limit fighting between the two sides,, which has been raging since Turkey’s airstrikes were carried out.

From Turkey’s perspective, there are two trains of thought on their recent push to attack the Kurdish YPG, who they consider “terrorists.” On the one hand, there seems to be some hope that if they can displace the Kurds enough during the buildup to the invasion of the ISIS capital of Raqqa, the US might agree to change it to a joint US-Turkey operation.

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I think we will continue to see more US troops in Syria, as regime change is definitely back on the table here, in the thinking of the American deep state.

But what happens when US troops run into direct confrontation with the Russian ground troops, which are being deployed there very soon?!?

Russian Ground troops mobilising for deployment in Syria,
25 April, 2017

War with Russia over Syria?!?

This would be completely insane.

Apr 28 15:10

PUTIN UNVEILS "PROJECT 09852," HISTORIC WEAPON THAT PUTS THE ENTIRE WORLD ON NOTICE

Russian President Vladimir Putin has revealed plans to expand Russia’s military, and the additions could have serious implications for the rest of the world.

Apr 28 11:21

Russia says strike on North Korea ‘completely unacceptable’

Moscow tells UN Security Council meeting that any military action to address nuclear proliferation by Pyongyang could have catastrophic consequences.

Russia on Friday warned at the United Nations that military options to address the threat from North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic programs were “completely unacceptable” and would have “catastrophic consequences.”

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told the Security Council that China’s proposals to restart talks with North Korea should be seriously examined and that sanctions alone would not work.

North Korea “is conducting itself in an inappropriate way,” Gatilov told the council. “At the same time, options of using force are completely unacceptable and could lead to catastrophic consequences.”

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As reported by reuters this morning:

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Friday that failure to curb North Korea's nuclear and missile abilities could lead to 'catastrophic consequences,' while China and Russia cautioned Washington against threatening military force to solve the problem. While Washington has pressed Beijing to rein in its ally Pyongyang, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the U.N. Security Council that "the key to solving the nuclear issue on the peninsula does not lie in the hands of the Chinese side." Tillerson urged the 15-member body to act before North Korea does and called on states to sever diplomatic and financial ties with Pyongyang. He said that because China accounted for 90 percent of North Korean trade, its role was particularly important. "Failing to act now on the most pressing security issue in the world may bring catastrophic consequences," Tillerson said in his first remarks to the council as secretary of state. The United States was not pushing for regime change and preferred a negotiated solution, but Pyongyang, for its own sake, should dismantle its nuclear and missile programs, he said. "The threat of a nuclear attack on Seoul, or Tokyo, is real, and it's only a matter of time before North Korea develops the capability to strike the U.S. mainland," Tillerson said. While Tillerson repeated the Trump administration's position that all options are on the table if Pyongyang persists with its nuclear and missile development, Yi said military threats would not help.

The question is, with the South Korean elections just a little over a week away, and one of the front-runners being an avowed advocate of the "Sunshine Policy", which promotes engagement with North Korea, just how long will the US give the UN Security Council to vote for these sanctions they are demanding, with a sure and certain knowledge that Russia and China will either abstain, or vote no?!?

The Security Council process can be glacial.

Apr 28 10:06

9/11 Destroyed America Conspiracy Buzz — Paul Craig Roberts

In America, telling the truth has become more dangerous than ever … even deadly to one’s career. “It comes at a high cost that hardly any can afford.” Why have we allowed a tiny handful of neoconservatives to destroy multiple Middle Eastern countries, along with whatever civil liberties we once had in America? Neoconservatives are a tiny number of people. No more than a dozen are of any consequence. Yet they have used America to murder millions. And now they are fomenting war with Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea. The world would never survive such a war. Are Americans so insouciant that they will stand aside while a dozen neoconservatives destroy the world?

Apr 28 10:02

Mounting Incitements to War With Russia

Nation contributing editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. (Previous installments, now in their fourth year, are at TheNation.com). This installment expands upon last week’s, which focused on several highly questionable Washington narratives that imply the necessity of war with Russia. When later asked which of these allegations was the most dangerous, Cohen responds, in this installment, that their number is increasing and with them the risk of war. He itemizes the Cold War narratives, or allegations, now propounded by the US political-media establishment:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "blame Russia for everything not going right for American geopolitics" is both disingenuous in the extreme, and completely, utterly wrong.

But just because something is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing the US government could possibly do, unfortunately, is utterly no guarantee that the US government won't do it.

And a war with Russia right now would be idiotically suicidal for the American government to do, and I say this as someone who cares very much about the future of her country.

The reasons are painfully obvious; right now, the US military doesn't have the troop strength; the weaponry; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

And secondly, Americans have become very war-weary, and war-skeptical, in evaluating the horrific messes the US military has left in places like Afghanistan; Iraq; Somalia; and Libya.

And that fact that Americans understand, incontrovertibly, that they were lied to in order to start the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, means that they can never, ever trust anything agents of the US government say ever again.

So to all those who seem to have gone foaming-at-the-mouth, barking-dog mad, in terms of both government officials and their presstitutes, attempting to "sell" your Russophobia, a word, please; you have utterly flushed your credibility with your lies, and have therefore become completely irrelevant in terms of moving the American geopolitical process forward.

Apr 28 09:28

BREAKING: Personal message from Xi Jinping to Vladimir Putin: our friendship is unbreakable

Chinese President Xi Jinping sends personal message of friendship to Russian President Putin on China's behalf, scotching attempt by US to make trouble between them.

Apr 28 09:15

Sanctions War: Russia Loses $50Bln, West Loses $100Bln

Western countries have lost over $100 billion over three years from the sanctions applied against Russia over the Ukrainian crisis, compared with up to $55 billion lost by Russia, UN Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of the unilateral coercive measures Idriss Jazairy said Friday.

"The sanctioning countries lose more income from sanctions than the targeted country over $100 against $50-$55 billion. The loss of income of Russia from the sanctions, a very rough rule of thumb to apply would be to say that the GDP of Russia has lost about 1 percent as a result of sanctions. Since the GDP of Russia is about $1.7 trillion, the GDP loss of income over three years is about between $50-$55 billion," Jazairy said during a press conference.

Apr 28 09:14

Merkel Visits Sochi to Save Minsk Agreements As Kiev's Violations Continue

In order to save the Minsk Agreements which she was so instrumental in bringing about, the German Chancellor needs to change her position and put pressure on Kiev to fulfil its obligations, Alexander Rahr, director of the German-Russian Forum, told Sputnik Deutschland.

Apr 28 09:02

Russian ground forces in Syria?

Israel is getting more blatant about their support for anti-Assad jihadis. It's probably all part of the coalition plan. And I doubt we and the Turks have given up on that jihadi-filled festering sore around Idlib. As many of us know, the R+6 does not have the forces in place to address all these threats at once. The Russians need to tip the balance soon.

Apr 28 09:01

Russia, Japan call for resumption of talks on Korean settlement

Leaders of Russia and Japan have called for an urgent resumption of multi-party talks to find a solution to the current crisis in the Korean Peninsula.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday that they were seeking de-escalation in the Korean conflict, admitting that the situation had seriously deteriorated over the past weeks.

Putin urged all sides of the crisis to refrain from any provocation that could further deteriorate the situation. He also said the surge in hostilities had made it necessary for all stakeholders to embark on renewed efforts to find a solution to the conflict.

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Putin and Abe are behaving like the adults in the room right now.

However, that being said, I cannot imagine on what the Vegas odds are of talks restarting at this moment in time.

Last month, Secretary of State Tillerson rejected talks with North Korea until they stop their nuclear weapons program, which is absolutely a non-starter for North Korea, because such weapons have been developed as a deterrent to an American strike against it.

Rex Tillerson Rejects Talks With North Korea on Nuclear Program

The 9th of May, the date when South Korea holds its elections, is coming up quickly; it's one week from this Tuesday.

IF, in fact, the US is going to engineer a false flag to blame against North Korea as the "justification" for an attack against it, they are going to have to do it very, very soon, unless the US government is determined to bend the South Korean election results to its liking; and it appears that this is very much the case.

Because all of a sudden, out of no where, we have a "dark horse" candidate, Ahn Cheol-soo, who is "surging" in the polls. As reported at the New York Times on 14 April, 2017:

Mr. Ahn, a boyish former medical doctor and relative neophyte in politics, calls himself a champion of “new politics” who would heal a country disillusioned with what he describes as a corrupt and out-of-touch elite. But his detractors call him a “stooge” for old politics, beholden to conservative allies of former President Park Geun-hye, whose impeachment and ouster last month led to the election. Polling experts say that Mr. Ahn owed his recent popularity to people who shunned conservative candidates after Ms. Park’s corruption scandal but did not trust Mr. Moon either, especially in dealing with North Korea’s advancing military abilities. Mr. Ahn has wooed those people by attacking Ms. Park’s government while promising to honor its decision to allow the United States to deploy an advanced missile defense system in the country against the North, a decision that has infuriated China.

So, if this guy is able to pull off a "come from behind" win (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) the US will have a little more latitude in terms of timing on a military campaign, or taking other steps, against North Korea.

Rigging foreign elections is nothing new to the American deep state.

So the question becomes, will the American deep state take the chance that this man can actually win the South Korean election, or will the possibility he may not be able to, drive them to a pre-emptive strike?!?

We'll know very soon, I predict.

Apr 28 08:06

‘Putin is not Assad’s lawyer, he is advocate of international law’

Russian President Vladimir Putin is not a lawyer of Syrian leader Bashar Assad. Dmitry Peskov, an official spokesman for the Russian president, said that Putin was an "advocate and defender of international law."

It is the principles of international law, rather than interests of individual politicians, that the Russian president defends, Peskov added.

Russia's position in relation to Syria has not changed. According to Peskov, Russia excludes interference of third countries into internal affairs of sovereign states. It is only the people of Syria who can decide the fate of their country, Peskov added.

Apr 28 08:06

USA’s military pressure on North Korea threatens global catastrophe

"Switching from polemics to power actions is unacceptable. I do not think one has to be an expert to understand that the military scenario to resolve the situation on the Korean Peninsula will trigger a colossal global catastrophe in all dimensions," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova said.

Apr 28 07:55

Russia reacts to possible nuclear strike from USA

Russia will be able to give a tough answer to a nuclear strike that the United States may inflict on Russia, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, Franz Klintsevich said, RIA Novosti reports.

The senator has thus commented on the statement from first deputy head of the Main Operations Directorate of Russia's General Staff, Gen. Viktor Poznikhir. According to the general, the US missile defense system in Europe creates an opportunity for a sudden nuclear attack on Russia.

According to Klintsevich, the general sent a clear signal to the US leadership and warned the United States any any development of events will not come as a surprise to Russia. "I think that this reminder will not be superfluous. Let them know what we know, so to speak," the senator wrote on his Facebook page.

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The reason North Korea (and everyone else) want nuclear weapons; to PREVENT invasion and war!

Apr 28 05:57

Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China

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As I explained previously, the theory behind this insane scheme is that after America’s preemptive strike Russia will be so devastated that Russia would not retaliate with any remaining forces out of fear that Washington would launch a second major strike. Washington also plans to use agents in place to assassinate as many members as possible of the Russian government, thus leaving the government in confusion without leadership.

Yes, the insane American/Israeli neoconservatives are this determined to exercise hegemony over the world.

Thanks for the confirmation Paul, we are ruled by psycho-sociopaths! UP NEXT: The "CHARLIE MANSON - JEFFREY DAHMER COMMUNITY-FAMILY-CHILD-HEALTH CARE REFORM ACT" and how it will effect you.

Apr 27 15:09

New spin of North Korea-Syria ‘axis of evil’ points to US war

US media reports this week blamed North Korea for having a dastardly role in an alleged chemical weapons massacre in Syria. As if the two countries could not be demonized enough. The latest spin of the “axis of evil” suggests Washington is hell-bent on war.
Demonize, dehumanize, destroy. That’s the logic being throttled by the Trump administration toward both North Korea and Syria. This week war hawk US Senator Lyndsey Graham after a dinner with President Trump referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a “nutjob,” while Trump earlier labeled Syrian leader Bashar Assad an “animal.”

Now the two “evil dictators” are bonded in US media reports for complicity in the alleged chemical weapons attack earlier this month in Syria’s Idlib Province, where it is claimed Assad’s armed forces dropped toxic munitions on civilians, killing up to 80.

The supplier of the alleged chemical weapons in Syria is the “Kim Jong-un regime” in North Korea, according to US reports.

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The demonisation of Russia, North Korea, and Syria continues apace, in preparation for war.

The war against North Korea will have an incredibly horrific cost in blood and money.

The war against Syria will almost certainly lead to war against Russia, which is readying ground troops for Syria as I type this, and most probably the reinstatement of the US draft for both our young men and our young women.

But there is one factor the American Deep State is not considering; Americans have become war-weary, and war-skeptical, and may well not be willing to "buy into" war against either country, no matter how dramatic a next false flag the US creates to sell their wars may be.

Apr 27 11:47

At The Threshold Of War: “The Choice Is Not Up To Us Anymore… It Is Being Decided Upon At This Very Moment”

In the meantime, the Russians are beginning to redeploy ground troops to Syria. It appears that the U.S. is going to be pushed into a war in one theater or another by the progressives masquerading as conservatives. This brings to mind the ratiocination for the initiation of hostilities in either theater. For North Korea, it is simple: The North Koreans are one of the three nations not involved in the global banking cartel. In addition, a war will increase U.S. hegemony in the area regardless of what happens to South Korea or Japan in the aftermath.

Apr 27 11:39

‘Wishful thinking’: Kremlin dismisses reports of Putin-Trump meeting in May

No preparations are being made for a meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, the Kremlin spokesman said, commenting on media reports that the Russian and US presidents would meet in May.

“This isn’t the case,” Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said when addressed on the issue by journalists on Thursday.

He called reports on the planned meeting between Putin and Trump “wishful thinking” on the part of the authors.

Earlier, Putin said that Trump had failed to make good on his campaign promises to mend relations with Russia.

Apr 27 09:37

OH SNAP! REX TILLERSON JUST THREATENED PUTIN WITH SOMETHING HUGE! THIS IS IT...

Danny Gold for Liberty Writers reports, Today Rex Tillerson proved to the world that he has no great love for Russia by laying out an ultimatum that would shake even Putin to the core. The State Department revealed that in a late-night call Secretary Tillerson made his demands.

Apr 26 15:03

PUTIN WARNED BY US: Sanctions WILL continue until Crimea is returned, vows Tillerson

REX Tillerson has ramped up the rhetoric over Russia by claiming sanctions will not be lifted until Crimea is returned to Ukraine.

Apr 26 13:44

HOLY CRAP! RUSSIA IS COOKING UP SOMETHING MASSIVE IN THEIR SHIPYARDS! THIS IS BAD!!!

Russia has announced plans to build 'the world's biggest aircraft carrier' to take on America's Nimitz class ships. The new Shtorm craft, known as Project 23E000E, could cost up to $17.5billion each and enter service by 2030, state media reports

Apr 26 13:36

Monitor Killed In Eastern Ukraine After Mission Car Hits Mine – OSCE Chairman

A car belonging to the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) exploded after driving over a mine.

Apr 26 10:57

MILITARY COOPERATION superpowers: Russia began delivering S-400 to China

Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation confirmed the beginning of realization of the contract on the S-400 to China, said the press service of Russia FSVTS.
"FSVTS is confirmed that 'Rosoboronexport' acts in accordance with the terms of the contract signed", according to the FSVTS.

China has become the first customer for the S-400. Signing the contract was published in the spring of 2015. According to the media, the total sum of the deal was about $ 3 billion.
Earlier, the media, referring to the general director of "Rosoboronexport" Aleksandra Micah, said that Russia has begun to implement an agreement on deliveries of S-400 China.

Apr 26 10:36

‘No Data To Support Notion That Gen. Flynn Complied With The Law’ On Russia Disclosures

Disgraced former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn may have broken the law by failing to disclose payments from foreign governments on his clearance application, House Oversight Committee members have said, setting off a spat with the White House.

Apr 26 09:59

Is “Mad Dog” Planning to Invade East Syria?

The Pentagon’s plan for seizing and occupying territory in east Syria is beginning to take shape. According to a Fox News exclusive: “The Islamic State has essentially moved its so-called capital in Syria… ISIS is now centered in Deir ez-Zur, roughly 90 miles southeast of Raqqa, the officials said.” (“ISIS moves its capital in Syria”, FOX News )

The move by ISIS corresponds to the secretive massing of US troops and military equipment on the Syria-Jordan border. It creates the perfect pretext for a ground invasion followed by a long-term military occupation in an area that Washington has sought to control for the last 18 months. Here’s more on the topic from South Front:

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Ah, but there is one reality the author of this article fails to mention; that is the (invited) Russian military presence in Syria.

And I think the question that Sec-Def Mattis must address is, how far will the Russians go to defend the Al-Assad government against this American invasion of sovereign Syria?!?

My thought would be, as far as it takes, even if it literally going to war with the US over Syria.

And this is a war which our American military may well lose; and I say that because at this point in its history, the American military doesn't have the troop strength; the weaponry; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

Apr 26 09:05

Trump’s Aggressions In Syria Will Have Long-Term Consequences

As I have noted in response to the latest U.S. government aggressions in the Middle East, Donald Trump’s short-sighted military actions in Syria are not based on rational thought but on emotionalism, his feeling terrible about the children and other innocent victims of the chemical attack in Syria this week. But this is purely selective emotionalism, given that he doesn’t seem so concerned about all the innocent victims of his own drone bombings that he has been authorizing since he was sworn in as President.

Trump is also not concerned for the probable long-term results of his warmongering now. History indicates that the situation will only get worse from here, as we have seen with Iraq.

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What is most troubling to me, in Syria, is that it appears to be just a matter of time before Russia sends ground troops here, and Russia signalled its readiness to do so just yesterday:

Russia Ready To Send Ground Troops To Syria: FARS

US ground troops in combat with Russian ground troops in Syria?!?

I'm frankly not betting against this, at some near future point.

Apr 26 08:49

Turkey Cannot Fight PKK at Expense of Counter-Daesh Fight - US State Dept.

Turkey cannot fight the Kurdistan People’s Party (PKK) at the expense of the regional fight to defeat the Islamic State, also known as Daesh (banned in Russia), acting US Department of State spokesperson Mark Toner said in a briefing on Tuesday.

"We’re also cognizant of the threat that the PKK poses to Turkey but again the point we made to Turkey and I’m making now is that Turkey cannot pursue that fight at the expense of our common fight against the terrorists that threaten us all," Toner told reporters.

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IF the PKK were legitimised in Turkey, and given the opportunity for true representation, this would not be an issue; unfortunately, the Kurds have been persecuted and marginalised in every possible way, and Turkey is paying the price for it.

U.N. Accuses Turkey of Killing Hundreds of Kurds

Apr 26 08:29

Does Rachel Maddow Want Russia Bombed?

Maddow goes on and on demonizing Russia and Putin. She airs for free and in its entirety a television ad that refers to as fact “Putin’s attacks on our democracy.” Then she credits the ad, which asked no questions, with raising legitimate questions. Then Maddow declares that there will be an investigation into “Russia’s efforts to influence our election on Trump’s behalf,” which assumes as fact all the evidence-free claims and then piles on the claim to know Russia’s motivation. Yet, later Maddow’s theory devolves into just the possibility that some little fragment within all these evidence-free accusations could be true — and it would be over that fragment that a Russian was arrested for treason. Maddow struggles at this point to make the chronology work, since the arrest was in early December. Yet she asserts as simple fact that the treason arrest was in fact a response to U.S. election tampering.

Apr 26 07:59

MiG-31 interceptor crashes in Siberia, both pilots ejected – Russian MoD

A MiG-31 military plane has crashed in the Russian Republic of Buryatia, western Siberia. Both pilots managed to eject, the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding that their lives are not in danger.

Apr 26 07:11

‘Safe Zone’ In Syria: A Ploy to Ignite a New Battle Front

It hardly comes as a surprise anymore that the US and its allies in the Middle East are seeking to partition Syria in whichever means possible. However, the anti-American alliance of Syria, Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah dubbed the “Axis of Resistance” stands to oppose that division.

‘With Syria in pieces, it’s time to recognize Israel’s Annexation of the Golan’ read a headline at the Jerusalem Post on April 20 citing Israeli Deputy Minister for diplomacy Michael Oren who claimed that it is time for the world to recognize the Golan Heights as part of the Israeli entity. Even the Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reaffirmed his country’s claim over the Golan Heights during summit talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month on March 10, 2017. Netanyahu blatantly claimed that the occupied “Golan is part of Israel and we will stay there for the world to acknowledge it as so”.

Apr 26 07:08

'Depressing': Russia Sees No Attempts by NATO to Restore Dialogue

Russia does not see any attempts on the part of NATO to restore military dialogue with Moscow, Russia's Permanent Representative to NATO Alexander Grushko said Wednesday speaking at the Moscow Conference on International Security.

"The situation in this sense is depressing, we do not see any attempts to restore dialogue between the militaries on the part of the alliance," Grushko said.

Apr 26 07:02

Russia's All European Strategic Sites 'to Be in the Crosshairs' of US Tomahawks

All of European Russia's strategic sites will be in the crosshairs of US cruise missiles if its missile defense system in Poland is armed with Tomahawks, Russian Chief of General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov said Wednesday.

Gerasimov said that the global defense system's Aegis Ashore land-based component in Romania stations "universal launchers capable of launching not only interceptor missiles but also 'Tomahawk' cruise missiles."

Apr 26 06:42

Complete Control Established Over Palmyra, Terrorists Suffer Serious Damage

"In a month and a half, the [Syrian] government forces <…> completely destroyed a Daesh terror group, advanced more than 60 kilometers and established complete control over Palmyra. The terrorists suffered serious damage," Rudskoy said.

Apr 26 06:41

Russia Has Withdrawn Almost Half of Its Air Group From Syria's Hmeymim Airbase

Russia has withdrawn almost half of its air grouping originally based at the Hmeymim facility in Syria, the Russian General Staff said Wednesday.

Apr 26 06:38

Poroshenko hopes Trump will strike Donbass

Armed troops to the Donbass, which the Kiev administration immediately requested from the Americans, following the explosion of the OSCE vehicle n Lugansk. This is needed for the implementation of something that the Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly announced, a repetition of the "Croatian scenario." A cleansing of sorts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of its people.

Apr 26 06:37

Trump Wants Regime Change in Syria

In March 2011, Obama launched war on Syria to destroy its sovereignty and replace Assad with pro-Western puppet rule.

Trump upped the stakes. He escalated war, increased US terror-bombing, and doubled the number of US forces on the ground ahead of likely larger numbers coming.

His hugely dangerous war plan risks direct confrontation with Russia. Instead of governing responsibly, he’s recklessly risking possible nuclear war in the Middle East and on the Korean peninsula.

Apr 26 06:35

After Its Nuclear Attack, the UK Would be 'Wiped Off the Face of the Earth'

British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon recently confirmed that his Prime Minister Theresa May is prepared to use nuclear weapons in a first strike attack in "the most extreme circumstances." Commenting on the remark, Russian parliamentarian Frants Klintsevich warned of the devastating consequences of such an action.

Apr 25 22:39

This Could 'Sink' the U.S. Navy: Lethal Stealth Submarines

Recent history shows only too clearly the challenge the United States and other modern navies are facing from these heavily armed, ‘stealth’ submarines. Back as far as 2005, the U.S. Navy recognized the challenge and reached out to friends and allies for help. It was that year that the HMS Gotland, a modern AIP submarine serving in the Swedish Navy, made its home in California for a year.

Apr 25 20:11

Nuclear town set up to create weapons-grade plutonium in Russia engulfed in fire

A RUSSIAN nuclear town dubbed the ‘Iron City’ built to supply weapons-grade plutonium is ablaze after ferocious wildfires ripped through the area.

Apr 25 15:52

‘Nothing but fake news:’ Kremlin dismisses claims Russia-linked hackers 'targeted Macron campaign'

Moscow has dismissed allegations suggesting it is involved in cyber attacks against the campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron.

"It resembles the accusations made by Washington, which to this day remain hollow, doing no honor to the people making them," Russian presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said, as cited by TASS.

On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that Japan-based anti-virus research group Trend Micro said the campaign of Macron's En Marche! movement was "targeted by Russia-linked hackers."

Apr 25 15:32

US F-35 Fighter Jets Deploying To Estonia In Signal To Russia

The US Air Force is deploying F-35 jets to Estonia, putting the service’s newest fighter jets even closer to Russia’s doorstep.

F-35A stealth Joint Strike Fighters will fly from a base in the United Kingdom to Estonia, which has an almost 200-mile-long border with Russia, an official told CNN on condition of anonymity.

Apr 25 15:30

US F-35 fighter jets deploy to Estonia in signal to Russia

The US Air Force is deploying F-35 jets to Estonia, putting the service’s newest fighter jets even closer to Russia’s doorstep.

F-35A stealth Joint Strike Fighters flew from a base in the United Kingdom to Estonia, which has an almost 200-mile-long border with Russia.

The advanced aircraft flew from Hill Air Force Base in Utah to Royal Air Force’s Lakenheath airfield earlier this month.

Officials noted at the time that the Air Force also planned several “out and back” flights to other NATO nations that would help familiarize pilots with the region.

Apr 25 15:24

The Russians are Coming! No wait, it’s the Zombies! No, the Nazis are BACK!

According to Bloomberg, Vladimir Putin is “quietly” annexing the Donbass region into Mother Russia. Meanwhile, NATO is holding a parliamentary assembly in the middle of icebound nowhere. Here in Germany the geniuses in charge of the government have created a “Ministry of Truth” in order to suppress deadly populism. Terror still grips us, North Korea is set to start Armageddon, and America’s Rex Tillerson has an Exxon plan for Syria. In short, Trump changed nothing. Here we are, still caught in Alice’s Wonderland.

Apr 25 15:23

The Russians are Coming! No wait, it’s the Zombies! No, the Nazis are BACK!

According to Bloomberg, Vladimir Putin is “quietly” annexing the Donbass region into Mother Russia. Meanwhile, NATO is holding a parliamentary assembly in the middle of icebound nowhere. Here in Germany the geniuses in charge of the government have created a “Ministry of Truth” in order to suppress deadly populism. Terror still grips us, North Korea is set to start Armageddon, and America’s Rex Tillerson has an Exxon plan for Syria. In short, Trump changed nothing. Here we are, still caught in Alice’s Wonderland.

Apr 25 15:16

Why Washington is Terrified of Russia, China

The Russia-China strategic partnership, uniting the Pentagon's avowed top two "existential" threats to America, does not come with a formal treaty signed with pomp, circumstance - and a military parade.

Apr 25 10:38

Ukrainian Army Continues its Advance into Donbass

The Ukrainian army continues to increase its activity in the east of the country in the combat zone between the Ukrainian armed forces and the Luhansk People’s Republic’s units. Thus, in the morning of April 23 a patrol vehicle of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) blew up on a mine in not controlled by Kiev Slavyanoserbsky district of the Lugansk region. As a result of the explosion, a US citizen working as a medical officer of the mission was killed and two mission employees were injured.

Being unable to conduct active armed actions, Kiev focused its efforts on asymmetric combat operations against the Donbass insurgents through sabotage actions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So THIS is what Trump's White House, and Rex Tillerson are supporting by supporting the Ukraine?!? Assassinations and terroristic activities by Ukrainian troops?!?

These activities are a testament to the ultimate, inescapable reality that no matter who sits in the Oval Office, the American Deep State, and its paranoiac, warmongering nature, never changes.

This is why, when people from all areas of the political spectrum in this country believe that their votes will bring a change for more peaceful resolutions of geopolitical issues, what they get is ... more wars.

We are potentially looking at war against North Korea; more war in Yemen; war in Somalia; war against Iran; war in Syria; and ultimately, war against China and Russia, to prevent the rise of the yuan and the ruble against the American dollar.

Under President Trump's watch, I thoroughly expect to see the reinstitution of the draft; and this time, the government will not just be coming for our young men; they will be coming for our young women also.

Apr 25 09:21

Tillerson: Sanctions on Russia Will Remain ‘Until Crimea Is Returned’

Hopes that the US sanctions against Russia would be quickly rolled back when President Trump was elected in November didn’t pan out, and the latest comments from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggest that the administration has no intention of removing the sanctions at all.

Speaking with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko over the weekend, Tillerson reported told him that the US sanctions on Russia will remain wholly in place “until Russia returns control of the Crimean peninsula to Ukraine.” Needless to say, Russia isn’t going to do that.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Secretary of State Tillerson, a word, please.

The reason Crimea seceded from Ukraine, is that in 2014, the US/EU/IMF/Soros-backed putsch threw out the democratically elected Yanukovych as President, and - in an election more crooked than a dog's hind leg - replaced him with Poroshenko, a western-centric thug tasked with the agenda of moving Ukraine away from Russia's sphere of influence.

President Obama even admitted that the US government helped in this process.

Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

And Victoria Nuland publicly confessed how much money the US had spent to destabilise Ukraine.

Victoria Nuland's Admits Washington Has Spent $5 Billion to "Subvert Ukraine"

Mr. Tillerson, one cannot unsee/unhear the above incontrovertible facts.

It was because Crimean officials understood that after the "anointing" of Poroshenko, there was no legitimate government in Kiev, that they did the referendum, and petitioned the Russian Federation to become a member; cause and effect, sir.

And your not accepting that Crimea had the right to peaceful self-determination, which is enshrined in the the UN Charter, kind of makes this country look like a horse's rear end, to the rest of the world; the hypocrisy is palpable.

When a country is a signatory to the UN, that country cannot pick and choose which elements of the charter it will observe, and which ones it will not honor.

And BTW, are you aware that the sanctions have done nothing but help to Russia stabilise, economically, and draw Russia into a closer financial and military relationship with China?!?

IF those are NOT the results you wanted these sanctions to have, I would strongly suggest that you reconsider these sanctions, as they seem to have had the polar opposite effects from those which were originally intended.

Apr 25 08:55

US General Thinks Russia Must Be Arming the Taliban

The Afghan War is going extremely poorly, 16 years in, and the US military needs someone to blame for its failures. The first choice among a lot of top military figures seems to be Russia, and while they offer no evidence to back up their claims, several have alleged that Russia might conceivably be arming the Taliban.

US commandeer Gen. John Nicholson appeared to be joining that camp today during comments in Kabul, complaining about the “malign influence” of Russia in the country, and insisting that he was “not refuting” allegations of Russia shipping weapons to the Taliban.

“Not refuting” is a very weak version of alleging, in this case, as US officials have offered no evidence that this is the case, nor any plausible reason why Russia would conceivably do this, as Russia fought materially the same insurgency during the 1970s and 1980s.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reality here is that the war in Afghanistan was stupidly conceived, through a toxic combination of magical thinking, illogic, and a pathological inability to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion, and horribly executed, by the US and NATO, which still occupy the country today.

Blaming Russia for the US and NATO's failures in Afghanistan sound both like desperation on the cusp of madness, and a ramping up of the demonisation of Russia ahead of a potential attack against it, without any tangible evidence that these accusations are true.

What US and NATO leadership should do, from the most rational perspective, is to cut their losses; have all foreign troops leave Afghanistan, as quickly as it is safe to do so; then negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for pipeline rights, and access to Afghanistan's rich mineral deposits.

Of course, that....would be logical.

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