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Sep 16 07:52

Syrian Army Receives Advanced Artillery Tracker System from Russia

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

Sep 16 07:35

FBI Director: US Could Be Retaliating Against Russia Secretly

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 15 11:45

Russian-Iranian bank may ditch the US dollar

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

Sep 15 11:00

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Sep 15 09:39

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 15 08:00

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

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

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

Sep 15 07:59

LYING AT ALL COSTS – HOW MEDIA IN MONTENEGRO TARNISHES RUSSIA

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

Sep 15 07:45

German foreign minister visits junta-occupied Donbass

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

Sep 14 13:54

Dusseldorf Court rejects individual appeals of 94 banned Russian Paralympians

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

Sep 14 13:49

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

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

Sep 14 13:42

EU Council admits link between Russian company, MH17 crash unestablished

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

Sep 14 13:38

US Concerned About Russian Hacking: NSA Chief

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

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

Sep 14 13:38

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

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

Sep 14 13:37

Four civilians wounded in Donbass during Kiev forces shelling

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

Sep 14 13:19

Army 2016 forum: Top 8 newest Russian weapons

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

Sep 14 12:18

Russia and Turkey restart Turkish Stream construction

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

Sep 14 12:16

German foreign minister visits junta-occupied Donbass

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

Sep 14 11:57

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

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

Sep 14 08:57

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

His administration has:

1. Complete control over the corporate/presstitute media.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 14 08:21

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now THERE'S a good idea!

Sep 14 07:55

Russia calls for 48-hour extension of Syrian ceasefire

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

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

Sep 14 07:41

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

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

Sep 14 06:41

Putin Politely Expresses His Amazement At Western Stupidity

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

Sep 13 13:01

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

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

Sep 13 12:39

This is outright gas sliding

Fake polls and propaganda.

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

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

Sep 13 12:12

Moscow calls for publishing agreement with US on Syria — Lavrov

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

Sep 13 12:01

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

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

Sep 13 11:54

Kiev plans to file lawsuit against Russia over Crimea

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

Sep 13 11:45

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

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

Sep 13 11:32

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

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

Sep 13 11:16

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

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

Sep 13 11:05

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

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

Sep 13 10:46

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

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

Sep 13 10:43

Desperate measures: US lifts sanctions against Russian defense exporter

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

Sep 13 08:15

Greece wants Russia to invest in its coal industry

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

Sep 13 07:44

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

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

Its creators are losing control of Putin Derangement Syndrome.

Sep 13 07:15

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

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

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

Sep 12 15:30

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

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

Sep 12 13:51

Russia readies Crimea for Invasion (PHOTOS + VIDEO)

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

Sep 12 13:45

Will Transnistria be Russia's Crimea 2.0?

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

Sep 12 13:43

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

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

Sep 12 13:38

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

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

Sep 12 12:31

Kalashnikov light firearms give Russia’s special forces new options

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

Sep 12 12:27

Muslims mark Eid al-Adha in Moscow

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

Sep 12 11:27

Lavrov, Steinmeier discuss security of Russian diplomatic missions in Ukraine

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

Sep 12 11:19

Donetsk claims Kiev recruits teenagers for sabotage acts in republic

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

Sep 12 11:17

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

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

Sep 12 11:10

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

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

Sep 12 10:45

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

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

Sep 12 10:43

Russian-Chinese naval drills start in South China Sea

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

Sep 12 09:49

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

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Sep 12 01:25

Israeli Black Operations in the USA – Operation Honeypot

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

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

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

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

Sep 12 00:53

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

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

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

Sep 11 11:55

Free land program gathers pace in Russia's Far East

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

Sep 11 11:53

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

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

Sep 11 11:06

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

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

Sep 11 10:52

Kiev refuses to organize Russian elections in Ukraine - president

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

Sep 11 10:43

Plotnitsky awards Jeff Monson Lugansk passport (Video)

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

Sep 11 08:06

Attempts to influence decisions on candidates for UN head position unacceptable

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

Sep 10 10:26

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

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

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

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

Sep 10 09:58

Iran, Russia start construction of new Iranian nuclear plant

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 10 09:54

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

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

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

Sep 10 09:47

Ukraine's President Warns Of European Appeasement Of Russia

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Says the man who stole Ukraine!

Sep 10 09:12

Russia and US reach tentative agreement for Syria ceasefire

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 09 15:52

Kerry Meeting With Russian Counterpart To Discuss Syria

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

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

Sep 09 13:03

Is Putin a Lousy Dancer?

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

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

Sep 09 10:31

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 09 10:07

Russian Jets Intercept US Spy Planes Approaching Border With Transponders Off

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

Sep 09 08:14

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Bio: John Abizaid

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

Sep 09 06:44

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 09 06:09

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 09 05:57

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

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

Sep 09 05:56

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 09 05:50

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

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

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

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

Sep 08 15:45

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

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

Sep 08 15:29

Pentagon Chief Accuses Russia Of Spreading Global Instability

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

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

Sep 08 10:45

Turkey May Go Deeper in Syria, Citing Kurdish Forces

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Sep 08 10:39

US Defense Secretary Slams Russia for ‘Eroding International Order’

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 08 09:58

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

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

Read more at SHTF

Sep 08 09:06

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

Russian Paralympians speak out after Rio 2016 ban.

Sep 08 07:29

Russia ‘Gravely Concerned’ About Turkish Advance in Syria

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

Sep 08 07:23

Ash Carter: Russia sowing seeds of global instability

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

And RUSSIA is destabilizing the world?!?

Sep 07 22:30

Pentagon And CIA at War in Syria

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

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

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

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

Sep 07 22:25

It’s All About Russia

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

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

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

Sep 07 22:20

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

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

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

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

Sep 07 17:12

Vladimir Putin Murder Plot?

VLAD MURDER PLOT? Vladimir Putin’s chauffeur who died in horror smash ‘was assassinated by Western spies to send a violent message to Russian president’

Sep 07 13:29

US spy planes intercepted near Russian border had transponders off – Russian MoD

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

“On September 7, the US P-8 Poseidon surveillance airplanes tried to approach the Russian border twice… with their transponders off,” Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

Sep 07 10:55

Bad Luck and Worse Manners Tarnish Obama’s Asia Trip

Mr. Obama is dealing with other headwinds, not least that he is a lame-duck leader in the last five months of his term. Back home, his struggles are viewed through the unforgiving lens of election-year politics. Donald J. Trump, the Republican nominee, tweeted that the Chinese snubbed Mr. Obama and that Mr. Duterte called him a “?‘son of a whore.’ Terrible!”

For a president eager to burnish his legacy, the trip has in fact yielded progress on several fronts, most notably climate change. But the miscues illustrate how poor planning, or even plain bad luck, can undermine a president’s performance abroad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are a couple of really, unforgivable gaffes on the President's part at the G-20 which NYT refuses to discuss, and they are as follows:

Obama Crashes G20 by Warning Beijing of ‘Consequences’ in the South China Sea


This was the geopolitical equivalent to "relieving oneself" in a host's pool or tub, then assuring them it was raining.

And then, he had the following exchange with Russia's President Putin:

Obama Threatens Cyber War on Russia at G20

Why, in the name of heaven, and in the hosting country of China, he could have been so terribly, brazenly petulant at the leaders of both China and Russia is a mystery.

But there is one scenario in which these accusations and insults make sense; and this is, if the White House and DNC polls show Trump winning the election in November by a landslide, the current administration would love to "gift" President Trump with one or perhaps two wars, before he has even taken the Oath of Office.

Sep 07 10:54

Clinton’s Finger-Pointing Could Make US-Russia Ties ‘Much Worse’

Allegations by US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton against Russia could end up damaging ties between the two world powers, an analyst says, describing her claims on Russian hacking “dangerous political talk.”

Former counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer Philip Giraldi told Press TV on Tuesday that Clinton’s accusation of Russia over interference in the US electoral process could make Washington-Moscow ties “much worse.”

Sep 07 10:33

TURKEY CALLS FOR “BUFFER ZONE” IN SYRIA AS MILITARY SEIZES TERRITORY CALLED FOR BY BROOKINGS, MSM

With this invasion, Turkey has solidified its willingness to risk outright war with Syria and perhaps even Russia in order to fulfill the goals of NATO and Anglo-American powers who have sought to destroy Syria from the beginning.

Part of this strategy is the creation of “buffer zones” and “safe zones” in the north, precisely the concepts that were re-floated and discussed by the United States and U.K. only days before the invasion. Note that the invasion and operations are centering around Jarablus, the eastern border of the famed Jarablus corridor which, bordered by Afrin and Azaz in the West, make up the last fully functioning terrorist supply routes coming in from Turkey.

Sep 07 08:36

Erdogan proposes no-fly zone in northern Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday he had proposed, to the US and Russia, the setting up of a no-fly zone in northern Syria, after Ankara-backed fighters pushed the Islamic State (IS) group from the border area.

"We are working for this region to be declared no-fly zone," Erdogan said at the G20 meeting in China, referring to the land extending from Jarabulus to Azaz in northern Syria seized from IS militants.

"This is my proposal to Mr Putin and Mr Obama. This can be done with coalition forces," he added in televised comments.

Turkey launched an operation inside Syria on 24 August, sending tanks and special forces in to back opposition fighters.

On Sunday, IS were expelled from their last positions along the Turkish-Syrian border depriving the group of a key transit point for recruits and supplies.

Sep 07 08:36

Trump: Putin Looks At Clinton and Laughs... Most Of Her Decisions Have Been Losers

"Hillary likes to play tough with Russia," he said. "Putin looks at her, and he laughs. He laughs, Putin looks at Hillary Clinton and he smiles. Boy, would that be easy."

"Because look at her decisions," he said about Clinton. "Virtually all of her decisions have been losers. But, wouldn't it be nice, honestly, becuase Russia doesn't like ISIS any more than we do. Wouldn't it be nice if we actually got along with Russia and we could knock them out together. Wouldn't that be a good thing?"

"As opposed to 'tough talk.' She tries to do the tough talk and then she leaves. I watched it yesterday on the airplane, he talking tough about Russia, and then she turned around and sat down, you know," he said.

"We have to get along with people, we have to get along with certain nations, because it would be awfully good to have Russia and others with us on major attacks on ISIS."

Sep 07 07:41

Putin is ‘DELIBERATELY destabilising’ the world: US defence chief issues Russia warning

RUSSIA'S Vladimir Putin is making deliberate attempts to destabilise the rest of the world, the US Defence Secretary has warned during a visit to the UK.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, so let me see if I have this straight. US invades Afghanistan in 2003 (blaming them for 9-11). US attacks Yemen in 2002. US sends troops to the Philippines in 2002. US sends troops to Columbia in 2003. US invades Iraq in 2003 (blaming them for 9-11). US sends troops to Liberia in 2003 to effect regime change. US sends troops to Haiti in 2004 to effect regime change. US bombs Pakistan in 2005. US sends troops to Somalia in 2006 to effect regime change. US attacks Syria in 2008 to effect regime change. US attacks Yemen (again) in 2009 to effect regime change. US attacks Libya in 2011 to effect regime change. US attacks Iraq (again) in 2014. US attacks Syria (again) in 2014 to effect regime change...

And PUTIN is destabilizing the world?!?

I wonder if the presstitutes and whorespondents at The Express realize how silly they look!

Sep 06 12:34

Putin Warms China Relations With Ice Cream

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has brought a box of Russian ice-cream as a gift to Chinese leader Xi Jinping, to the bilateral meeting in Hangzhou.

Sep 06 08:54

Obama Threatens Cyber War on Russia Turning G20 Summit Into a Political Event

President Barack Obama took a hardline during discussions with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 Summit parroting the theory of Hillary and the Democrats that Moscow has nothing better to do than intervene in America’s election.

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Mr. President, forgive me, but I must ask: was there any world leader at the G-20 who you FAILED to insult?!?

This ill-timed, petulant challenge to Putin is NOT going to gain you any cooperation whatsoever on those issues where the US and Russian governments desperately need to be working together.

And sir, in making that statement "And frankly, we’ve got more capacity than anybody, both offensively and defensively.", it is apparent that I need to politely remind you of the following, just in case you are suffering from SMD (selective memory disorder):

RUSSIANS DISABLE U.S. GUIDED MISSILE DESTROYER

Russian Jamming System Blocks All NATO Electronics Inside Bubble 600 Km in Diameter over Syria

Pentagon: Russia, China Closing Tech Gap In Conventional, Asymmetric Warfare

US Worried That Military Advantage Over Russia, China Getting Ever Smaller

US worried that Military Advantage over Russia and China are getting even Smaller

The last two articles were written this year, sir.

So, Mr. President, if, in fact, these incidents happened (which they did, under your watch, sir), and the US military is getting very worried about losing any kind of electronics and weaponry superiority against Russia and China, (which they are, under your watch), who, sir, is to blame for the US's sorry state of military weaponry and electronics?!?

You are, sir, as our Commander in Chief; and no amount of petulant dissing of a very significant world leader, Russian President Putin, will change this in any way.

Sep 06 08:53

Russia Begins Massive War Games Involving Crimea and Russia’s Black Sea Fleet

The exercise codenamed as Caucasus2016 follows a period of heightened tensions between Russia and Ukraine after the Kremlin accused Kiev of plotting terror attacks against Russians in Crimea.

Sep 06 08:43

Three Big Lies That Pervade America's 'News' Media

The Big Lies that pervade the U.S. ‘news’ media are the ones that are essential to sustain in order for the deceived American public to accept the fraudulent basis upon which the U.S. regime of Barack Obama has ‘justified’ his economic sanctions against Russia, and his pouring of U.S. troops and weapons onto and near Russia’s borders:

Sep 06 08:23

Russia Posing Serious Threat To US Election Campaign: Clinton

US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton says the alleged Russian hacking into the country’s election campaign is posing serious “threats,” calling it “almost unthinkable.”

The hacking “raises some grave questions about potential Russian interference with our electoral process,” Clinton said on Monday.

Sep 06 08:14

Obama: 'Gaps of trust' preventing Syria cease-fire

President Obama said Monday that negotiations between the United States and Russia to reach a peace deal in Syria are hampered by "gaps of trust."

"We haven't yet closed the gaps in a way where we think it would actually work," Obama said after he met for 90 minutes with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "Typically the tone of our meetings is candid, blunt, businesslike. This was no different."

Obama, speaking at a news conference in Hangzhou, China, at the end of the Group of 20 economic summit, said the two leaders failed to make a breakthrough for a cease-fire in the 5-year-old Syrian conflict. Obama said he instructed Secretary of State John Kerry to continue meeting with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, to work toward an agreement in the coming days.

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His Duplicitousness, President Obama, calls the inability to reach an understand about a peace deal in Syria the result of "gaps of trust", when the real reason for this problem is not this at all.

The Obama Administration's agenda is regime change in Syria, ASAP, and by any means necessary.

This is why the US has continued to fund, equip, and train the alleged "moderate rebels" (of which there are none).

The Russian Government's agenda is to stabilize the Syrian government, and get rid of all jihadists, no matter if they are US funded, sponsored, and equipped or not.

Russia is in Syria at the request of the Al-Assad government: the US government has not been invited.

The Russia military has done a pretty good job of getting rid of a large swath of rebels.

The big question, now that Turkey is cooperating with Russia, just where that is going to go from here, and what is the US going to do with the Kurds, now that they appear to have "outlived their usefulness" for the American government?!?

Sep 06 07:15

VLAD'S DRIVER KILLED Putin’s official presidential car involved in head-on horror crash in Moscow, killing Russian president’s ‘favourite chauffeur’

A Mercedes could be seen veering from the other side of the road before smashing into Putin’s BMW

It is not known if the driver of the other vehicle was injured in the crash.

Sep 06 07:07

Russia earns more from agriculture than arms sales

"In recent years, the share of agriculture in the Russian economy has increased, contrary to the global trend. In the past year, Russia for the first time earned from agricultural exports more than from the sale of arms," the report said.

Grain production rose over the last six years and in 2015 Russia unseated the US as the world’s biggest wheat producer and exporter.

According to the Russian Ministry of Agriculture this year’s harvest will be at least 110 million metric tons. At the moment, Russia exports 22.5 million metric tons of grain and this is expected to increase by 4.5 million tons for 2016/17.

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And Russia's produce is GMO-free!

Sep 06 06:57

Russia and Qatar sign military cooperation agreement

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and Qatar’s State Minister for Defense Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah signed a military cooperation agreement on Tuesday.

"The signing of this document will contribute to strengthening the Russia-Qatar military cooperation," Shoigu said at the signing ceremony, which took place on the sidelines of the Army-2016 International Military-Technical Forum in Kubinka near Moscow and will be open until September 11.

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"Oops!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 06 06:44

Top US Navy Admiral Says Russia, China Defenseless Against US Aircraft Carriers

In an interview with National Interest, Admiral John Richardson claimed that US aircraft carriers could operate unscathed within China and Russia’s anti-access area denial (A2/AD) zones boasting about the long standing naval superiority of America’s Pacific Fleet.

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You know, like the Gerald R. Ford!

Sep 06 06:35

Popov on the G20: A Geopolitical Stalemate

Today, the G20 meeting in Huangzhou, China concluded. Russian President Vladimir Putin spent the day in very intensive meetings and negotiations. Let us briefly examine some of the issues discussed at the bilateral meetings.

Sep 06 06:34

Rasmussen: NATO to re-arm Ukraine, ''Lethal Weapons''

Former NATO Secretary General, Advisor to the President of Ukraine, Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that the West will give Ukraine lethal weapons in the event that Russia "destabilizes eastern Ukraine."

Sep 06 06:33

G20: Putin takes revenge, enjoys MVP status

Vladimir Putin can feel avenged. At the G20 summit in China, he attained everything that he was denied two years ago following the events in Crimea, and was paid special attention and respect by other leaders. The special attitude towards the Russian president was evident even during the concert program in which the only foreign melody played in addition to national ones was “Swan Lake” by Tchaikovsky. Meanwhile, the Chinese made Barack Obama feel like he is henceforth a “lame duck.”....

Sep 06 06:32

Poroshenko and Kolomoysky cover up secret negotiations

According to local journalists, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoysky have met on an Italian island in secret. Journalists have claimed that the reason for the meeting is the president’s desire to acquire 50% of the oligarch’s shares in the TV channel 1+1. In turn, Kolomoysky asked the head of state for certain preferences for his business, in particular for the activities of PrivatBank.

Sep 06 06:32

US Arms Makers Invest in a New Cold War

The Air Force and Marines have both declared the Joint Strike Fighter ready for combat, and Congress is now forking over billions of dollars a year to acquire what is slated to become a fleet of 2,400 jets.

Yet the world’s most expensive fighter bomber still doesn’t work properly and may never perform as advertised. That’s not “dezinformatsiya” from Russian “information warfare” specialists. That’s the official opinion of the Pentagon’s top weapons evaluator, Michael Gilmore.

Sep 06 06:29

Tear Drop “A Gift From the People of Russia to the USA”. Why were we not told about Tear Drop?

I got to admit – I didn’t even know this memorial existed. However, it took me two seconds to realise why – it received zero publicity. Now why do you suppose that? Why hasn’t the media expressed their gratitude? Name me another country that’s done more? This is a stunning memorial which pales into insignificance whatever the real terrorist gangsters are trying to do at ground zero. The very thought of Larry Silverstein & Frank Lowy having anything to do with the memorial for 9/11 victims is positively gut-wrenching!

Sep 06 06:27

After Snubbing Obama, China Gives Putin Red Carpet Treatment, Warns Against Protectionism At G-20

Roughly at the same time as China's infamous snub of Obama's arrival at Hangzhou for the G-20 summit, when the G-20 host nation's delegation first made sure there was no staircase for Obama to exit the plane and descend on the red carpet; forcing the president of the world's most powerful nation to use an emergency exit...

... followed by a shouting match by a Chinese official who unleashed on the US Press corps and national security advisor Susan Rice, blocking them from crossing a blue rope holding back press and saying "This is our country. This is our airport", Chinese officials had no such problems greeting Russian president Vladimir Putin with full honors, whose arrival - on the red carpet - took place without a glitch.

Sep 05 21:23

Fact-Check — Top 20 Lies in Hillary’s ‘Alt-Right’ Speech

In his book, Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!, Andrew recalled how he warned the Tea Party what lay ahead for them: “I said that they’d be labeled racists and hate mongers and violent criminals, that they’d be depicted as the dregs of society, people to be excluded from dinner parties because of their made-up closet KKK status. They were about to be targeted.”

Andrew added:

“They need to marginalize and demonize those that would stand up to their hardball, toxic, and antidemocratic tactics … But it won’t work. Given a fair hearing, given just the slightest exposure — and the American people will rise to the occasion. They see these tactics for what they are.”

Sep 05 09:19

US, Russia Again Fail to Reach Syria Deal

Despite repeated claims in recent weeks that a deal was all but imminent, the US and Russia have once again failed to reach a deal in their attempts to negotiate the start of a new ceasefire within Syria, with President Obama claiming “grave differences” yet remain.

Exactly what the differences are isn’t totally clear, but previous US interests in launching a joint military operation against the Nusra Front appear to have evaporated with Nusra’s official rebranding, which ended their official status as an al-Qaeda affiliate.

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Imagine my (absence) of surprise!!!!!

It also validates my thought that should it appear, in DNC and White House polling, that Trump is going to win in November in a landslide, the DNC will "gift" him with one (if not several) wars before Trump even takes the Oath of Office in January.

Sep 04 12:01

The Importance for the USA to Join Hands with the World

If America truly believes in its “exceptionalism,” then it should, with supreme confidence, enter the world as an active participant, and not as a spoiled “bully in the school yard.”

Now that former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski has openly declared that the United States of America should abandon their quest for global hegemony, American leadership should take heed and amend their foreign policy objectives accordingly.

Sep 04 11:50

Muslim Press interviews American poet, writer, and columnist Gary Corseri

We live in an Age of Distractions--false premises, false promises.
‘Not only neocons but “neo-liberals” see no space between the interests of the US and Israel!’

Was the human race fated to make the same stupid mistakes over and over? War after war after war?

Sep 04 11:07

The Neocon in the Oval Office

Neoconservatives are wedded to war, death and destruction. It is the foundation of their policy and it dominates the culture that they have created.

If Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes US President, she will be the first neoconservative to actually occupy that office.

Israel and its supporters were inseparable from the neoconservative movement from the beginning.

Many neocons were already Zionist or pro-Zionist, and their support for aggressive militarism was largely indistinguishable from Israel’s own strategic plans.

To the extent that the neocon movement could sell Israel’s views as solidly American, it could bend the resources of the most powerful military on earth for Israel’s own ends.

Sep 04 09:10

PUTIN MEETS ERDOGAN IN CHINA

Russian President met Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the official G20 activities.

During the meeting, Vladimir Putin said that with him in Hangzhou there are ministers and heads of energy companies.
- But our foreign ministers, too, will compete in eloquence, - the Russian president said.

Erdogan said, in turn, that with him also arrived in China with a large delegation, which included Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Energy and a representative of intelligence.

- Even intelligence service? We have nothing to say, it is probably all already reported - joked the president.

Sep 04 08:42

'It's not our fault': Vladimir Putin insists Moscow is not to blame for their 'frozen' relations with the US, and he doesn't see any 'thawing' if Hillary becomes president

Vladimir Putin has insisted Russia's strained ties with the United States are not Moscow's fault.

The Russian President said relations with Washington were in a 'frozen state' during the 2nd Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.

The leader said if their 'logic' persisted, then there won't be any 'thawing' of the cold links if Hillary Clinton wins the presidential election.

He made the remarks just 24 hours before Barack Obama insisted the pair were negotiating 'around the clock' to stop the violence in Syria.

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Sep 04 07:51

McCarthyism Of The Left? Clinton Supporters Use Anti-Russia Rhetoric To Bash Opponents

They’re not donning poodle skirts or leather jackets, but to many Democrats and liberals, it seems the 1950s never went out of fashion. “Neo-McCarthyism” is how some describe a tactic widely adopted by Clinton supporters affiliating Trump with the Kremlin.

Sep 03 11:14

Russian Airstrike Killed Senior ISIS Leader Al-Adnani In Aleppo – Moscow

The killing of a top figure in the terrorist group Islamic State, Abu Muhammed al-Adnani, was the result of an airstrike conducted by a Russian Su-34 bomber.

Sep 03 07:22

Putin: I dare you to open Pandora's box, but WWII is over

At the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 1st, Russian President Vladimir Putin once again slammed attempts at revising the history and results of World War II. In an interview with Bloomberg, Putin said that reviving territorial disputes could lead to unpredictable consequences and are tantamount to “opening Pandora’s box.”

“If someone wants to start revising the outcomes of the Second World War, then let’s try discussing the topic. But then we’d have to talk not so much about Kaliningrad as the eastern lands of Germany and all the way up to Lvov, which was part of Poland, and so on and so on. There’s also Hungary and Romania there too,” Putin said.

He continued: “If someone wants to open this Pandora’s box and start working with it, then, please, flag in hand, go ahead.”

Sep 03 07:19

2nd Eastern Economic Forum kick starts in Vladivostok

The two-day-long Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) aimed at attracting billions in international investments for the Russian economy, has begun making deals on Russky Island, off the coast of Vladivostok, in Russia’s east.

Sep 03 07:19

What Will Happen if the U.S. Nukes Russia First - "Dead hand of Moscow"

During the Cold War, Russia created a fail-safe device for their nuclear weapons arsenal to ensure a second strike capability even if all command and control were to be destroyed. The system (code-named Dead Hand) utilized seismic, light, radioactivity, and pressure sensors to detect an incoming nuclear attack and retaliate if necessary. The best part? The system is almost certainly still operational.

The main command and control of the strategic missiles is called Kazbek. It is famous for its nuclear briefcase codenamed Cheget. Perimeter is an alternative command system of Russia's nuclear forces. It was designed to automatically control a massive nuclear attack.

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Did someone watch a rerun of "Dr. Strangelove?" :)

Sep 03 07:17

The Art of New Generation Russian Warfare

As Sun Tzu has stated on these issues of short or long wars “There has ever been a state that benefited from an extended war. Hence, if one is not fully cognizant of the evils of waging war, he cannot be fully cognizant either of how to turn it to best account… Hence, in war prize the quick victory, not the protracted engagement” No amount of high-tech media and generations of propaganda warfare, including guerrilla warfare that is tied to “the popular elements of war” will win an ultimate victory against an adversary.

Sep 03 07:09

ECONOMY: RUSSIA AND IRAN SIGN NEW BANKING COOPERATION PACT

Senior Iranian and Russian officials signed an agreement to expand their banking cooperation and financial relations.

The cooperation was singed between Vice-Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Gholamali Kamyab and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Skoblekin in Tehran on Thursday.

Based on the cooperation pact, the two sides agreed to fight money laundering and financial support of terrorism.

The agreement will also facilitate execution of the Bilateral Currency Swap agreements reached between the two countries.

In June, Iran confirmed reports that Russia plans to open a $5 billion credit line for Iran to help finance projects and exports in the country.

Sep 03 06:35

John Pilger: Provoking nuclear war by media (longread)

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague has quietly cleared the late Serbian president, Slobodan Milosevic, of war crimes committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, including the massacre at Srebrenica.

Far from conspiring with the convicted Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, Milosevic actually "condemned ethnic cleansing", opposed Karadzic and tried to stop the war that dismembered Yugoslavia. Buried near the end of a 2,590 page judgement on Karadzic last February, this truth further demolishes the propaganda that justified Nato's illegal onslaught on Serbia in 1999.

Sep 03 06:33

Russia plans to deploy troops about 50 miles from Alaska

Russia plans to deploy troops as part of a coastal defense division in Chukotka, the country’s far northeastern region, slightly more than 50 miles from Alaska, a U.S. state situated in the northwest extremity of the Americas.

The move, announced by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu last week, was reportedly taken to form a unified system of coastal defense from the Primorye Territory — located between the Sea of Japan to the east and northeastern China to the west — to the Arctic.

“There are plans to form a coastal defense division in 2018 on the Chukotka operational direction,” Business Insider quoted Shoigu as saying. He added that the troops would be deployed “to ensure control of the closed sea zones of the Kuril Islands and the Bering Strait, cover the routes of Pacific Fleet forces' deployment in the Far Eastern and Northern sea zones, and increase the combat viability of naval strategic nuclear forces.”

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Considering the degree to which NATO has ringed Russia in with weapons and troops, can one, with any shred of intelligence, blame the Russian military for this move?!?

Sep 02 10:17

US Arms Makers Invest in a New Cold War

The U.S. military has won only a single major war since the end of World War II (the Gulf War of 1990-91). But U.S. military contractors continue to win major budget wars in Congress nearly every year, proving that no force on earth can resist their lobbying prowess and political clout.

Consider the steady march to victory of the biggest single weapons program in history — the planned purchase of advanced Lockheed-Martin F-35 jets by the Air Force, Navy, and Marines at a total projected cost of more than $1 trillion.

The Air Force and Marines have both declared the Joint Strike Fighter ready for combat, and Congress is now forking over billions of dollars a year to acquire what is slated to become a fleet of 2,400 jets.

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Hype does not win wars; a combination of weapons that actually work, coupled with brilliant tactics, and a thorough knowledge of one's enemies, win wars.

As stated later in this article:

Think tanks like the Lexington Institute are prime movers behind the domestic propaganda campaign to revive the Cold War against the diminished Russian state and justify weapons programs like the F-35. As Lee Fang observed recently in The Intercept, “The escalating anti-Russian rhetoric in the U.S. presidential campaign comes in the midst of a major push by military contractors to position Moscow as a potent enemy that must be countered with a drastic increase in military spending by NATO countries.” Thus the Lockheed-funded Aerospace Industries Association warns that the Obama administration is failing to spend enough on “aircraft, ship and ground combat systems” to adequately address “Russian aggression on NATO’s doorstep.” The Lockheed- and Pentagon-funded Center for European Policy Analysis issues a stream of alarmist reports about Russian military threats to Eastern Europe. And the highly influential Atlantic Council — funded by Lockheed-Martin, Raytheon, the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines, and even the Ukrainian World Congress — promotes articles like “Why Peace is Impossible with Putin” and declares that NATO must “commit to greater military spending” to deal with “a revanchist Russia.”

That the warmongers in the military/industrial complex are driving US foreign policy is no secret; but unfortunately, the "cold war" after which they lust, could very quickly turn into a hot war around the world, in places like the South China Sea; Ukraine; Syria; and beyond.

The F-35 is symptomatic of everything that is completely wrong with the US government's weapons procurement program, and demonstrates, painfully clearly, the incestuous relationship between weapons manufacturers, and those congressional representatives who green light their contracts, yet get heavy elections contributions from those same weapons manufacturers.

This has to stop, for the weapons procurement programs to function effectively.

But unfortunately, this "much-challenged" F-35 could well prove the US military's "Waterloo", if deployed without getting these engineering deficits sorted in short order.

And Lockheed-Martin should pay for their fixes out of their own pocket, having gouged the American taxpayer for a fighter jet costing one trillion dollars which does not function.

Sep 02 10:02

Putin’s spokesman comments on US sanctions expansion, recalls reciprocity principle

He said the sanctions rhetoric is a dead-end track. "We are not talking about sanctions," Peskov said. "We do not consider such rhetoric constructive, promising and one contributing to solution of any problems."

The U.S. government on Thursday once again expanded the list of Russian individuals and legal entities subject to unilateral American economic sanctions, including sectoral, in connection with the conflict in Ukraine. The list has been supplemented with 17 individuals and 19 companies. The list of those subject to sectoral sanctions has in particular been expanded to include a number of Russian energy giant Gazprom subsidiaries.

Sep 02 10:01

US spreads its anti-Russian sanctions to several shipbuilding, logistics companies

U.S. Department of the Treasury has expanded the list of Russian companies and organizations embraced by the anti-Russian sanctions.

The new entries added to it are the Zvyozdochka shipbuilding yard in the Arkhangelsk region and the Sovrakht-Sovmortrans logistics group.

The sanctions also target the Zaliv shipyard in the Crimean port city of Kerch and the STM-Krym logistics company.

The DoT said the epxansion of the sanctions list targeting several dozen individuals and legal entities had been enacted in the wake of the conflict in Ukraine.

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A conflict started by the US!

Sep 02 09:50

The Other Speech: Hillary the Hawk Spreads Her Wings: Did she threaten to attack Russia?

Toward the end of her speech, Hillary really bares her fangs and gives us an indication of what life is going to be like under the Clinton Restoration. While claiming that she’ll only use military force as “a last resort” – the typical rhetoric of warmongers – she hints at what the future holds:

“You’ve seen reports. Russia’s hacked into a lot of things. China’s hacked into a lot of things. Russia even hacked into the Democratic National Committee, maybe even some state election systems. So, we’ve got to step up our game. Make sure we are well defended and able to take the fight to those who go after us.

“As President, I will make it clear, that the United States will treat cyber attacks just like any other attack. We will be ready with serious political, economic and military responses.”

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So the woman who did not password protect her emails is on a mission to attack Russia for allegedly hacking into DNC servers?!?

Shocking Deposition: Hillary Clueless On Using Computer Emails

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/05/26/shocking-deposition-hillary-clueless-on-using-computer-emails/#ixzz4J7KMGn2T

Clinton is owned by the Neocons; the military/industrial complex; the banks, and Wall Street.

All of these entities profit from war.

So you see, for someone like Hillary Clinton, the excuse for the war doesn't matter; it is that the war is achieved by any means with which she, and the people around her, think they can "sell" such a war to the American public.

But as a public which has become war weary and war skeptical, having been fed the lies that Saddam Hussein possessed WMDS, the American people are not going to be quick to sign off on yet another war, considering how "spectacularly well" the declared, and undeclared wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, and Libya have gone.

Perhaps Huma Abedin could mention that to her.

And then, there are the horrific risks of such a war, which the US may well lose.

Right now, the US military doesn't have the money; the weaponry; the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

The weapons procurement process is utterly incestuous; the same Congressional representatives who "green light" weapons and equipment contracts are also the same representatives who are well-funded by those same companies for election campaigns.

What this means to our men and women in uniform is that, by the time the weapons and equipment are field-deployed, they are generally not working as advertised; they are late, with huge cost over-runs; and many times, by the time they get delivered to our military are already obsolete.

I would frankly, very strongly caution Hillary's handlers to not allow her to go down this road toward a war against Russia, if she wins/steals this election; the results could well be both horrific... and irreversible.

Sep 02 09:36

Farage: Clinton Has ‘Lost The Plot’ By Claiming UKIP Funded By Russia

Nigel Farage hit back at accusations by a Clinton crony that the Russian government “openly fund[s]” “far-right” UKIP. Mr. Farage observed that the negative campaigning from the Clinton camp is “almost the mirror image” of Remain’s ‘Project Fear’ in the lead up to the European Union (EU) referendum.

Sep 02 09:35

Putin on DNC hack: Let’s talk content, not hackers’ identity

“I wouldn’t know anything about it. You know, there are so many hackers today and they work with such finesse, planting a trail where and when they need. Not even their own trail but masquerade their actions as those of other hackers acting from other territories, nations. It’s difficult to trace, if even possible,” Putin said.

“Anyway, we certainly don’t do such things on the state level,” he added.

Putin suggested that the debate over who hacked election-related computer networks in the US draws attention away from the nature of the leaked documents.

“The important thing here is what the public was shown. That is what the discussion should focus on. One shouldn’t draw the public attention from the core of the issue by replacing it with secondary details like who did it,” the Russian president suggested.

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