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Jun 13 11:32

SYRIAN TROOPS MOVE CLOSER TO RAQQA AS THE US DROPS CHEMICAL WEAPONS ON THE CITY

RECENT VIDEO HAS EMERGED OF THE US DROPPING WHAT APPEARS TO BE TOXIC WHITE PHOSPHORUS MUNITIONS ON THE CITY.

The Syrian Arab Army has captured villages in Al-Raqqa Governorate for the first time since ISIS forced Syrian troops to abandon the region to terrorists in 2013.

Syria’s elite Tiger Forces have been making remarkable progress in the race to Raqqa while the United States is also trying to get a piece of the largely symbolic self-proclaimed capital of the so-called Islamic State.

Just as they had done in their Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, ISIS fighters in Raqqa have been fleeing the city with Deir ez-Zor being their primary destination.

This comes as the US planes have been filmed dropping what appears to be the illegal chemical weapon white phosphorus on the city.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, according to the current regime in DC, the infliction of hot, flaming death, by bombing with white phosphorous, which eats and devours flesh to the bone, is only a war crime when other countries do it.

I don't know about you, but I am very emotionally and morally tired of being a citizen of a country so thoroughly comfortable with committing war crimes around the planet.

I can assure you that the next set of images are horrifically, stomach-churningly graphic, but I think you really need to see some real-world examples of what is being done in your name, and with your tax dollars, in Syria.

Images: injuries from white phosphorous bombing

Jun 13 11:01

RUSSIA WARNS THE US TO NOT LAUNCH ANOTHER MILITARY STRIKE ON SYRIAN FORCES

According to Reuters, Russia has warned the U.S. not to attack Syrian-aligned troops again in the war-torn country. Reuters reports that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov relayed the message to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a phone call on Saturday — a phone call the U.S. reportedly initiated.
“Lavrov expressed his categorical disagreement with the U.S. strikes on pro-government forces and called on him to take concrete measures to prevent similar incidents in future,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said, as reported by Reuters.The U.S. has struck pro-Syrian troops numerous times in recent weeks and just recently shot down a Syrian drone — blatant acts of war against a sovereign nation. A Russian general also claimed that the U.S. may even be colluding with ISIS, allowing them safe passage to leave Raqqa as the U.S. military besieges the Syrian city.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope President Trump understands that he is playing with Russian fire, with this illegal intrusion on the war in Syria; but perhaps, that is just the point, to engage Syria and Russia so recklessly that Putin will have no choice but to respond militarily.

Unfortunately, just because a move isn't the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do, is absolutely no guarantee that it will not do it.

Jun 13 10:51

QATARI CURRENCY HITS 19-YEAR LOW AS DIPLOMATIC CRISIS DEEPENS

With increasing diplomatic and economic pressure from its Arab neighbors, Qatar’s national currency, the riyal, has reached its lowest exchange rate against the US dollar since 1998.
The Qatar Central Bank is currently trying to keep the riyal fixed at around 3.64 per dollar, but the Saudi-led boycott raises concerns that the regulator will have to weaken the currency.

“I don’t think there is any reason that people need to be concerned about what’s happening or any speculation on the Qatari riyal,” the Emirate’s finance minister, Ali Shareef Al Emadi, said in an interview with CNBC earlier this week.

“We have the assets and the security that we need. Our foreign assets and our foreign investment is more than 250 percent of our GDP. So we are very much comfortable. We know we can defend the currency or we can defend the economy,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Financial sanctions are frequently a prelude to war.

Jun 13 09:36

F-35 grounding at Arizona base extended indefinitely amid hypoxia probe

The decision to ground all F-35 fighters at the Luke Air Force Base in Arizona was extended indefinitely, as special teams of experts struggled to figure out what caused multiple incidents of pilots reporting oxygen deprivation.
Brigadier General Brook Leonard, commander of the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke, suspended flight operations on Friday after reports of five “physiological incidents” since May 2. Flights were supposed to resume. Monday, but the ground stop remained in place.

Jun 13 08:08

Three US nuclear-capable bombers fly towards Russian border

Three American strategic nuclear-capable bombers are heading towards the border of the Russian Federation. On Friday morning, the aircraft left Fairford airbase in the UK and headed to the Russian border in the Baltic region.
It goes about two B-1B bombers and one B-52N bomber. The aircraft are said to carry out a routine mission in the Baltic. Several days ago, the bombers took part in training flights in the region.

Jun 12 15:19

BBC is not Impartial – Yemen, Saudi and GE2017

A key function of BBC propaganda is to present the perspective of ‘the West’ on the wars and conflicts of the world. Thus, in a recent online report, BBC News once again gave prominence to the Pentagon propaganda version of yet more US killings in Yemen. The headline stated:

Jun 12 14:07

Manning leaked documents for ‘disengaged Americans’

Chelsea Manning has spoken with the Guardian newspaper, following her release from prison. In 2010 she downloaded and leaked 400,000 documents on the illegal Iraq War, and a further 91,000 documents about the illegal Afghanistan war.

Jun 12 13:48

VIDEO: SYRIAN TROOPS MOVE CLOSER TO RAQQA AS THE US DROPS CHEMICAL WEAPONS ON THE CITY

Recent video has emerged of the US dropping what appears to be toxic white phosphorus munitions on the city.

Jun 12 12:31

Settlement, Soft Coup, Realignment or Regional War: 4 Scenarios for Qatar Crisis

The Russian International Affairs Council, a powerful Moscow-based think tank, estimates that there are four scenarios for resolving the ongoing diplomatic conflict between Qatar and other Arab and Muslim states. Written by renowned Middle East observer Vitaly Naumkin, the report outlines what Russia and its regional allies should be prepared for.

Under the first scenario, the parties resolve their differences as a result of mediation by regional and world powers. Doha will be forced to make some concessions, but will not be asked to sacrifice its key foreign policy initiatives, including friendly relations with Iran, and links to the Muslim Brotherhood.
The second scenario sees mediation efforts fail, and pressure on Qatar escalate. Amid threats of even more severe struggle, the emirate's leadership is forced to resign, and is replaced in a soft change of power scenario.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One thing Naumkin does not take into consideration here, is the absolute blood lust shared by Israel; Saudi Arabia; and the US government for regime change in Tehran, and soon.

And the US government and military are very excellent at maintaining wars which should have been over months and years ago, save for US military involvement; Naumkin should ask Syria's Bashar Al-Assad about that.

Regime changing Qatar's government, and making it more antagonistic toward Iran, and using the 11,000 US troops serving there, together with Saudi troops, plus the US Navy's 5th Fleet, stationed in Bahrain, could mount up to a formidable fighting force against Iran.

But the big question which people in Riyadh; DC, and Tel Aviv need to be asking themselves is, if the US goes up against Iran militarily, what will Russia do?!?

In this case, I am not of the opinion that the Duma is just going to sit around and sing "Kumbyah", but will authorise immediate military action on Iran's side, should the US and Saudi Arabia attempt to invade Iran, supported by Israeli intelligence.

Jun 12 12:10

Bratton thinks Europe-like terror attacks are headed for the US

Recent acts of terror in Europe are the “new normal” — and surely coming soon to the United States, former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton ominously warned Sunday.

Evildoers have stepped up attacks on soft targets — such as London Bridge, Manchester Arena and Bastille Day in Nice — in the past 12 months, making a similar terrorist strike on American soil inevitable, Bratton told “The Cats Roundtable.”

“(European-style terror attacks are) going to be the new normal in our world,” Bratton told interviewer John Catsimatidis on AM 970. “The pace of terrorist attacks, certainly in Europe, has been increasing.” Bratton warned: “That type of attack is quite likely to occur in the United States at some point in time.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bill Bratton, a word, please; Heaven forbid, should such attacks happen in the US, they will demonstrate, incontrovertibly, and conclusively, that all the surveillance which has been put into place; all the gropedowns by TSA goons at the airports; and all the alleged "security" which has been put into place, has been impotently useless, and a complete, utter waste of taxpayer time and money.

Jun 12 12:03

Manning leaked documents for 'disengaged Americans'

Chelsea Manning has spoken with the Guardian newspaper, following her release from prison. In 2010 she downloaded and leaked 400,000 documents on the illegal Iraq War, and a further 91,000 documents about the illegal Afghanistan war.

Jun 12 11:57

Trump Just Dropped Chemical Weapons in a Major City, 100,000 Civilians Trapped

President Trump is now doing the unthinkable – in his war on terror, he has resorted to the use of chemical weapons.

Multiple reports are confirming that a US-led Coalition used white phosphorus-loaded ammunition in heavily populated cities of Iraq and Syria. Thousands of civilians are known to be in the areas where the weapons were used according to The Washington Post.

Use of such weapons violates international humanitarian law due to the types of injuries it can cause when other weapons are available to do the job. While white phosphorus isn’t exactly outlawed by the Geneva Convention, it is still illegal to use in densely populated areas. And, here’s why:

“When a white phosphorus shell explodes, the chemical inside reacts with the air, creating a thick white cloud. When it comes in contact with flesh, it can maim and kill by burning to the bone.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, has anyone happened to mention to you that the use of such weapons, particularly against heavy concentrations of civilians, is a war crime?!?

Well, Mr. President, I JUST DID!!!

And I must tell you also; I am profoundly unhappy about being a citizen of a country whose leadership is very comfortable committing war crimes!!

Jun 12 11:51

Israeli soldiers shoot from towers across fence into Gaza protest, killing Palestinian

Israeli soldiers kill one Palestinian, injure ten others, in Gaza

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW, those IDF members are SUCH "manly men"; they love assassinating unarmed Palestinians, peacefully protesting, who live literally caged in Gaza.

Must be like shooting fish in a barrel!

And they know that there will be absolutely no negative outcomes from their government from these assassinations and wounding of Palestinians.

This is just one component of Tel Aviv's multi-faceted "Final Solution" to the "Palestinian Problem."

Jun 12 11:43

Russian FM Warns US Not to Strike Syrian Pro-Government Forces

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in a phone call Saturday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, warned that Russia considers the recent US attacks on pro-government forces in southern Syria categorically unacceptable, and said the US must take steps to prevent any further clashes of this sort.

The US had multiple recent incidents in which they’ve attacked Shi’ite militia forces in southern Syria, accusing them of getting too close to a rebel base which has US personnel stationed in it. The indications, however, are that the Shi’ite militias in the region have been attacking ISIS and al-Qaeda forces, not the US-backed rebels at al-Tanf.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope Trump's administration is listening, here; one more (deliberate) slip up, and the US government and military could well find itself at war with Russia over Syria; or, has that been the plan all along?!?

I don't know what the Vegas odds are here of the US and Russia going to war in Syria against each other might be, but I would suggest that we may be looking at a "when" issue here, rather than an "if" issue right now.

Jun 12 11:24

"Burn Them And Their Families": As ISIS Crumbles, Vigilantes Run Amok in Iraq

Authored by Daniel Lang via SHTFplan.com

It’s hard to appreciate the effect ISIS has had on ordinary Iraqis and Syrians who wanted nothing to do with the terror group.

There are cities in these countries that have been ruled by these monsters for several years. Monsters whose cruelty and depravity knows no bounds. Most people in the West can’t imagine what that must be like, because the vast majority of us have never lived under those conditions.

So what does happens to people who have been living under ISIS for so long?

Well, try to imagine what you would do if a bunch of lunatics had been running your community for several years. Imagine if they had cut you off from the outside world, tortured and killed family members and neighbors, sold female relatives into sexual slavery, and indoctrinated your children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a direct result, and consequence, of the both US military's invasions of Iraq and the current strikes against the Syrian army, loyal to Al-Assad.

Jun 12 10:56

Pentagon Uses New Authority to Strike Somali Terrorist Outpost

The U.S. military used the expanded authority President Donald Trump granted to the Pentagon in March to strike a terrorist outpost in Somalia on Sunday, officials said.

Together with Somali partners, the Pentagon used a drone to target a command and control and logistics hub 185 miles southwest of Mogadishu — the nation’s capital — to kill multiple fighters with al-Shabab, a terrorist organization aligned with al-Qaeda, according to the Pentagon.

The outpost was described by a military official as a mid-level operation, not a high value target.

According to Pentagon Chief Spokeswoman Dana W. White, the bombing was in response to al-Shabab’s recent attacks on the Somali military and used the new authority the Department of Defense received from Trump.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are told, by the presstitutes, that the US military is in Somalia to, allegedly "fight terror".

However, the painfully honest reasons for the US intervening in Somalia are the same for all other US military interventions; to regime change a government if it is not to the US government's liking (or protect it, if it is); expropriating that country's resources to which neither the US government, nor its minion multinational corporations have any moral right; and make sure that those resources are only sold in American dollars.

And if you don't believe me, please take a good, long look at the following article from indexmundi.com:

Somali natural resources

Jun 12 10:46

IRAN CLAIMS PROOF OF 'DIRECT US SUPPORT" FOR ISIS DAYS AFTER CONGRESSMAN DANA ROHRABACHER FLOATS THE IDEA

Last Thursday, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher praised ISIS for coordinated terrorist attacks in Tehran which left 17 civilians dead - then suggested that the United States should support the terrorist organization in their endeavors to bring regime change to Iran, comparing the situation to working with Stalin's Russia to get Hitler.

Rohrabacher: Isn't it a good thing for us to have Untied States finally backing up Sunnis who will attack Hezbollah and the Shiite threat to us? Isn't that a good thing? And if so, maybe this is a Trump strategy of actually supporting one group against another considering that you have terrorist organizations.

Maybe it's a good idea to have radical Muslim terrorists fighting each other?

Dr. Asher: Having coordinated the economic warfare plan against the Islamic State, I would not condone an attack by the Islamic State. I would be determined to destroy them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

General Izadi is absolutely correct in his assessment here.

And it is a damned shame that there is no Congressional equivalent to the 25th Amendment, when congress critters can no longer perform their jobs for their alleged constituents.

Because when Congressman Rohrabacher lauds an assassination attack against innocent Iranians, he is not doing his job for his constituents; all violence, as a way to resolve geopolitical issues, must be universally condemned, period, end of discussion.

And I really want to know; what is this alleged "Shiite threat" to which he alludes in these statements?!?

To the best of my knowledge, Iranians just want to be left alone, compete for business, fairly, in the world marketplace, and raise their children to be intellectually capable, and land decent, well-paying jobs.

When in the name of heaven did these desires become a "threat", except to Israel and Saudi Arabi, which consider Iran an alleged "existential threat", and wants regime change to happen here in the worst way, but insists that this only be brought about with American blood and American money, but not their own?!?

And does Congressman Rohrabacher remember which Middle Eastern country had an election recently?!? (Hint: it was NOT Saudi Arabia, sir!!)

Jun 12 09:37

SAUDI ARABIA BECOMES PRO-KURDISH AFTER TURKEY SIDES WITH QATAR

This could be the beginning of a new alignment that will elevate the Russian position in the region while diminishing the influence of the United States.

The new and seemingly prolonged row between Saudi Arabia and Qatar is having some curious and almost shocking knock-on effects.

The most interesting is that Syrian media has been reporting that attacks and even mobilisations from many Gulfi funded terrorists in Syria have declined.

Likewise, state-run Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera has suddenly discovered the extent of Saudi war crimes in Yemen after ignoring the story until last week when Qatar’s exit from the Saudi coalition was formalised.

But by far the most strange development thus far is the newfound Saudi love for the cause of Kurdish nationalism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These re-alignments remind me of the phrase, very common in the Middle East, that "The enemy of my enemy is my friend!"

Jun 12 09:04

Air Force base halts flights of F-35s after pilots report 'hypoxia-like symptoms'

Luke Air Force Base in Arizona halted flights of its F-35 fighter jets on Friday after an increase in the number of pilots experiencing "hypoxia-like symptoms."

Five pilots have reported the symptoms since May 2, leading the base to cancel flying operations and review the concerns with pilots, the Air Force said. In each of the five instances, the pilots were able to use the aircraft's back-up oxygen system and land safely.

Jun 12 09:01

Psychiatric Hospital Chain Under Department of Defense & FBI Investigation

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have joined the multi-Federal agency investigations into the largest psychiatric hospital chain owned by Universal Health Services (UHS). The agencies are “scrutinizing UHS’s billings to Tricare, the insurance plan for active military and their families,” according to the latest BuzzFeed News expose.[1] Rosalind Adams, an award-winning journalist with BuzzFeedNews, conducted an independent investigation into UHS saying that investigators have cited “troubling reports suggesting a pattern of quality of care issues” or “harm to patients” in some UHS facilities operating in a dozen states.

Jun 12 08:51

All Islamic Terrorism Is Perpetrated By Fundamentalist Sunnis

My examination of 54 prominent international examples of what U.S. President Donald Trump is presumably referring to when he uses his often-repeated but never defined phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” indicates that it is exclusively a phenomenon that is financed by the U.S. government’s Sunni fundamentalist royal Arab ‘allies’ and their subordinates, and not at all by Iran or its allies or any Shiites at all. Each of the perpetrators was either funded by those royals, or else inspired by the organizations, such as Al Qaeda and ISIS, that those royals fund, and which are often also armed by U.S.-made weapons that were funded by those royals. In other words: the U.S. government is allied with the perpetrators.

Jun 12 08:47

Jihad 2.0: the Making of the Next Nightmare

The Balkans may be about to explode – all over again. Yet with a twist; unlike 1999, NATO won’t get away with bombing a defenseless Belgrade for 78 days. A new generation of Russian missiles would easily prevent it.

Jun 12 08:05

Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte 'not aware' of US forces joining battle in besieged city of Marawi

President Rodrigo Duterte has said he was “not aware” US special forces had joined the battle to defeat Isis militants besieging a town in the southern Philippines.

Mr Duterte said he had “never approached America” for help and was “not aware of that until they arrived,” when he was asked about US support to fight the pro-Isis militants in Marawi City, on the island of Mindanao.

The cooperation between the longtime allies in the battle is significant because Mr Duterte, who came to power a year ago, has taken a hostile stance towards Washington and has vowed to eject US military trainers and advisers from his country.

Jun 12 07:41

BREAKING: Duterte did NOT approach US for military assistance in Philippines

Yesterday, Reuters broke a story calming that the US has agreed to a Philippine request to assist Philippines in the war against ISIS, a story confirmed by both a military spokesman for Philippines and the United States. The story has now been directly contradicted by Philippines President Duterte, also according to Reuters. Duterte claims that he “never approached U.S”.

Duterte further stated,

“I am not aware of that (any request for US assistance) until they (US forces) arrived”.

Jun 12 07:30

Such a “Surprise” in the UK!

If those smart Ivy and Oxbridge-type guys and gals in the prestige media were telling us time and again that our societies were all fundamentally center-right collectives with a deep suspicion of government action (except, that is, when it came to making unceasing war on a world-wide scale) who was I, an obscure analyst of Iberian nationalisms and other sundry issues, to say anything about it?

Jun 11 11:53

Al-Nusra’s Name has been Removed from Terror List after Rebranding:

The US State Department is hesitant to label Tahrir al-Sham a terror group, despite the group’s link to al-Qaeda, as the US government has directly funded and armed the Zenki Brigade, one of the constituents of Tahrir al-Sham, with sophisticated weaponry including the US-made antitank TOW missiles.

Jun 11 09:47

F-35s Grounded at Luke AFB After Pilots Report Hypoxia-Like Symptoms

The Air Force has grounded all F-35 Joint Strike Fighters at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, after pilots complained of hypoxia-related issues, officials said Friday.

"The 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, canceled local flying operations today for F-35A Lightning II aircraft due to a series of five incidents in which pilots have experienced hypoxia-like symptoms," Air Force spokesman Capt. Mark Graff said in an email.

A total of 48 aircraft and 49 pilots are affected by the temporary stand-down, according to Maj. Rebecca Heyse, a spokeswoman for the base.

"Flying operations are planned to resume Monday, June 12," she said in an email.

The incident is "limited to Luke" at this time, meaning other bases aren't affected by the order, Graff said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a Jean-Luc Picard, double face palm moment, upon reading this;

Jean Luc Picard double facepalm

When, in heaven's name, is Lockheed Martin EVER going to get this aircraft to perform?!?

And President Trump (and/or whoever monitors this site for him), Lockheed Martin should be penalized millions of dollars every day this aircraft fails to perform.

As the current President of the company, Marillyn A. Hewson needs to be paying critical attention to these issues and get them sorted, right the heck now.

Jun 11 09:23

Qatar Will Pay John Ashcroft $2.5 Million To Defend Against Terrorism Accusations

As a reminder, Ashcroft was U.S. attorney general under President George W. Bush from February 2001 to February 2005, years in which US policies and laws were reshaped by the so-called war on terrorism that followed the 2001 al Qaeda attacks. Under Ashcroft the US spawned the "Patriot Act", trampling over civil rights everywhere, and made pervasive spying on virtually everyone the norm, courtesy of the NSA.

Perhaps relying on the assumption that Qatar can simply bribe its way again into America's good graces - recall Qatar give Bill Clinton a $1 million "present" for his Birthday, and was one of the biggest foreign "donors" of the Clinton Foundation even when Hillary was still at the State Department...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly do not believe, for a moment, that Saudi Arabia and the US will give Qatar the "grace period" for which it has asked; if, in fact, both countries are looking at war against Iran, things have to move swiftly, and without delay.

So look for some very terrible false flag to happen very soon to be blamed on the Qatari government, and then we are...off and running into a war against Iran, which will most probably mean a war with Russia.

Jun 11 08:40

Cool Qatar: Riyadh plan backfires after Trump flip-flop & Turkey ruse

Saudi Arabia’s standoff against Qatar was fraught with miscalculations and comically ill-conceived notions from the start. But now the crisis is becoming a threat to Riyadh’s own prominence and security in the Middle East.

Jun 11 07:12

US troops join fight in southern Philippines

American Special Operations Forces have joined Philippine troops battling Daesh terrorists in a town in the southern Philippines.

The Philippine military said on Saturday that the US special forces would be providing “technical assistance” to the operations against Daesh in Marawi City on Mindanao Island and would not participate in the actual fighting there.

Jun 10 09:16

WHY IS ISIS ATTACKING THE PHILIPPINES?

As ISIS moves across the world, conveniently popping up wherever America wants to touch down, the fact that the terrorist organization is an American creation is becoming more and more obvious to many people. Regardless, the news that ISIS recently managed not only to conduct terror attacks in the Philippines but was able to seize and occupy an entire city caught many people by surprise. Indeed, for those who are unaware of the nature and history of the terrorist organization and what role American imperialism plays in regards to its activity, the recent events in the Philippines no doubt have many Americans absolutely befuddled.

As the Independent article “ISIS-Linked Militants Behead Police Chief And Take Priest And Churchgoers Hostage In Philippines City,” reported on May 24,

A Catholic priest and churchgoers have been taken hostage by Isis-linked militants attempting to seize control of a city in the Philippines, while the local police chief has been beheaded.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Duterte could not be "controlled" by the US and the West; therefore, he is being "made to pay the price" for his independence.

Jun 10 09:09

WHY HAS THE GCC AND EGYPT TURNED ON QATAR?

It is important to note which countries in the anti-Syria coalition are not part of the anti-Qatar coalition, specifically Turkey. The one thing Turkey and Qatar have in common besides funding and facilitating terrorists for the purpose of overthrowing the Syrian government, is support for the Muslim Brotherhood. After all, Turkey’s Erdogan has long supported the MB and has maintained close ties with them for years. Turkey is also currently debating the possibility of deploying Turkish troops to a base in Qatar.

So what we are seeing is, in part, an anti-Muslim Brotherhood coalition with the focus being placed on Qatar, the country which is seen as being perhaps the biggest patron of the organization.

The Iranian Element

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All of these elements, taken together, appear to be leading toward an ultimate Saudi proxy war against Iran, supported by the US and Israel, which will, almost inevitably, lead to a war against Russia, whose military and political class have, very publicly, stated that any attack on Iran will have Russia come to defend it, militarily.

And I very frankly think that we are looking at a question of "when", rather than "if".

The current regimes in DC, Tel Aviv, and Riyadh want to see the current regime in Tehran crushed, and by any means necessary, in order to install a western-centric puppet, as the US military and intelligence agencies did in 1953, and renew the curse of private central banking in this country.

President Rouhani, the Iranian Parliament, and the Iranian military, have every reason to be concerned about this demonisation of Qatar, and where it might be leading, geopolitically and militarily.

Jun 10 09:00

The Three Superpowers Shape Up For War

“I don’t think anyone would survive such a conflict.”
— Vladimir Putin

Jun 10 07:21

VA Head comes out in support of medical marijuana for vets with PTSD

President Donald Trump’s stance on legalizing medical cannabis is a big question mark, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions hates marijuana and has expressed his intent to stiffen drug penalties. But there is at least one person in the government who sees the potential of marijuana as a medicine, and that person is Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin.

Jun 09 16:22

Seoul Will Honor THAAD Agreement with US - South Korean Security Chief

South Korea’s national security adviser has said that Seoul will abide by its agreement with the US on deploying the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD), as North Korea continues to pose “very serious and urgent threat.”

This statement follows North Korea’s claim that it has tested a new type of missile that could strike South Korean and US warships "at will" if attacked.

Four missiles were fired Thursday that traveled 125 miles before landing in the sea off North Korea’s east coast, according to South Korea national security head Chung Eui-yong.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow, that was a huge, and amazing turnaround, on the part of the South Korean Government...

Jun 09 16:19

President Trump Demands Qatar Stop Funding Terrorists

"Stop funding, stop teaching hate, and stop the killing," US President Donald Trump said Friday during a news conference with the Romanian president after alleging that Doha has propped up Islamist extremists.

"No more funding," Trump emphasized. His comments come following the diplomatic row that erupted last week between Qatar and major Middle East powers like Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Mattis Aware of Steps Planned to Isolate Qatar - Pentagon
The "high level" of support — whether it be financial, logistical or moral — for terror groups originating in Doha must stop, the president said.

"I want to call on all of the nations to stop immediately supporting terrorism," Trump reiterated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is painfully obvious that Tillerson's remarks earlier today were simply for American public consumption, as though the US government had absolutely nothing to do with greenlighting this coming war.

We are in a place now, where there can be no speculation about "if" a war against Qatar, and ultimately Iran, is going to happen; we are in a place of "when" such a war will happen.

My gut is telling me, sooner rather than later.

I have to wonder what the orders are for those 11,000 US service members in Qatar are going to be, once the fertilizer hits the ventilation shaft.

Jun 09 15:53

Revealed: Terrorists were looking for targets in New York and Panama

Two men from Michigan and New York City were tasked by a terrorist organization with looking for potential terrorism targets in New York and Panama, U.S. authorities said Thursday as they announced the suspects’ recent arrests.

Jun 09 13:41

US “Jihadi Express”: Indonesia – Afghanistan – Syria – Philippines

For quite some time, professor Iman Soleh and I discussed the link between the ‘old guard’ Southeast Asian (mainly Indonesians and Malaysians) jihadi cadres, so-called ‘Afghan alumni’, and the vanguard, a ‘new wave’, that which is now trying to destabilize, even destroy both Syria and the Philippines.

While the name ‘jihad’ itself has been used habitually and ‘liberally’ all over the Western mainstream media, it was clear to all of us at the table that behind the brutal combat as well as most of the horrors unleashed in such places like Syria and Philippines, hidden are the geopolitical interests of the West in general and of the United States in particular.

Professor Soleh has explained the latest ‘dynamics’:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have to take a look at the "big picture", to see how the use of radical religious jihadis has been central to the US government's attempts at destabilisation around the world, to regime change governments to its liking, and make certain that the resources of those countries are only sold in American dollars.

Jun 09 13:29

Kim Jong-un Isn’t Crazy and China Doesn’t Have a Solution

No one who pays attention to the Korean Peninsula believes that there is an easy answer to the challenge of a nuclear North Korea. But finding solutions will become even harder if the problem is misdiagnosed.
The North’s leaders, starting with founder Kim Il-sung, appear to be eminently rational. His son, Kim Jong-il, wore platform shoes, had bouffant hair, donned oversized sunglasses and was particularly easy to caricature (think “Team America”). Nevertheless, Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il and descendent Kim Jong-un have skillfully wielded power, maintained control, deterred the United States and turned their small country into a Weltmacht of sorts.

The human cost has been great, but that’s no different than in the Soviet Union and People’s Republic of China. In those countries equally ruthless parties and leaders took control and made nations. The North’s political system is sui generis, but its participants act in an understandable and predictable fashion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish Rex Tillerson would drop the position of "no negotiation until North Korea's denuclearisation."

IF the US, China, and South Korea came together with North Korea to hammer out a peace deal with which to replace the existing armistice, with the guarantee for peaceful, unrestrained trade in exchange for letting go if its weapons program, THAT would be treating him like a "civilised person."

Of course, that...would be logical.

Jun 09 13:18

ISIS Ramps Up Attacks on Civilians; 477 Killed in Iraq

The United Nations said the organization is investigating airstrikes that took place on May 31 in Mosul. At the time, it was unclear whether they occurred or which forces were behind what was described as a “carpet bombing.” About 50-80 people were killed; 47 deaths were previously recorded. The U.N. also reported hundreds more Islamic State killings in recent weeks.

Conditions at the Khazir displacement camp near Mosul are deteriorating with summer coming on. Uncomfortable heat, increasing numbers of insects and reptiles, and an outbreak of scabies are making residents miserable and ill.

The United States criticized the upcoming Kurdish independence referendum as a distraction from more important issues such as the war against the Islamic State militants. Germany expressed concern that the referendum could worsen sectarian tension. Meanwhile, the Iraqi Turkoman Front (ITF), an umbrella group of political parties, rejected the referendum.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is officially horrible, and the numbers are probably far worse than these estimates.

And as to the Kurdish Referendum coming in September, we will most likely see yet more civil war in Iraq, because the Kurdish referendum is completely against the will of what is left of the Iraqi government.

And we may see regime change in Baghdad, coming from within.

Anyone out there remember the fiery cleric, Muqtada Al Sadr?!? The guy who ultimately told the US that they had to get out of town in Iraq, at precisely the date and time stated by the SOFA agreement, or else he was going to send his Mahdi army after every American in Iraq?!?

Yeah, that guy!!

Well, he is looking - and sounding - as though he wants to make a run for the
next Iraqi election. Here is what he said regarding Macron's election, this last May:

Iraqi prominent cleric Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr said on Sunday he was looking forward to an "interfaith and inter-civilization dialogue" with France under newly-elected president Emmanuel Macron. The leader of Sadrist Movement described Macron's presidential win as a victory for the moderate politicians in Europe. In a statement, al-Sadr said, "Despite the recent ascend of evil powers in Europe, we find the extremist ideology recessed with the victory of Macron in France, and it is a very important European country". He also expressed hopes the latest developments would lead to expelling all extremist figures from Europe.

Call me silly, but I find this outreach for dialogue, very intelligent; reasonable; and he can hardly do worse than the current President of Iraq, Fuad Masum.

Of course, the US would be horrifically upset if Al-Sadr actually won the election, because there would be no guarantee that Iraq's oil would be US controlled and sold only in the US dollar, as it is now.

Jun 09 12:48

UN Investigates Reports Of Up To 80 Civilians Killed By Airstrike In ISIS-Held Part Of Mosul

The UN is investigating reports which say up to 80 civilians have been killed by an airstrike in a terrorist-held part of western Mosul. It also accused the jihadists of killing at least 231 residents attempting to flee the Iraqi city.

Jun 09 12:27

US-BACKED FORCES ENTER RAQQA AS COALITION DROPS WHITE PHOSPHORUS BOMBS

In what some speculate may be the beginning of the end for Daesh (ISIS), the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) entered Raqqa – Daesh’s Syrian stronghold – for the first time on Tuesday. SDF commander Rojda Felat told the AFP news agency that the group is “fighting street battles inside Raqqa now, and we have experience in urban warfare.” The advance came after heavy airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition, which killed more than 20 civilians trying to flee the offensive by boat.

The push for the U.S.-backed SDF to claim Raqqa from Daesh has been in the works for over seven months, having only been made possible by U.S.-led coalition air support, thousands of military advisers and deliveries of heavy weapons. While the U.S.-led coalition, particularly the U.S. itself, claims that this support is all for the common cause of eradicating Daesh, their plans for Raqqa following a Daesh defeat could make the future goal of a united Syria all but impossible to achieve.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but if these reports about the purported US use of white phosphorous and cluster bomb weapons are true, isn't the use of both white phosphorus and cluster bomb weapons banned, internationally, for use against civilians?!?

It appears that the US military is rapidly going rogue, with an "ends justify the means" attitude (now, where have we heard THAT before?!?), and a completely cavalier "Assassinations R Us" level of insensitivity to civilian deaths.

Jun 09 11:49

A LONDON ATTACKER’S LINKS TO UK COVERT OPERATIONS IN SYRIA AND LIBYA

Evidence suggests that one of the London attackers, Rachid Redouane, was part of the broad UK-backed covert strategy to oust Syria’s Assad, following his similar role in Libya in 2011.

It is distinctly possible that Redouane was trained by Qatar special forces in Libya in 2011, as part of a broad UK-approved covert operation. Indeed, it is possible that this training was presided over by UK and US ‘liaison’ officers.

The analysis below is based on mainstream media sources, all in the public domain.

Evidence suggests that one London attacker, Rachid Redouane, was part of the broad UK-backed covert strategy to oust Syria’s Assad, following his similar role in Libya in 2011.

The Telegraph reports that London attacker Rachid Redouane fought in the 2011 British/NATO war against Qaddafi – as did Salman Abedi, the Manchester bomber – and joined a militia which went on to send jihadist fighters to Syria. In Libya, he is believed to have fought with the Liwa al Ummah unit.[1]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

And the British government didn't expect there to be blowback, when all was said and done?!?

Apparently, the pathological inability to think a scenario all the way through to its logical conclusion, is not only a disease of American government, but also also infects the British government intensely as well.

Jun 09 11:49

WWII Bomb Detonated In Waters Off Sevastopol, Russia

A 1000 kilogram bomb dating back to World War II was detonated in the sea near the shores of Sevastopol, Russia.

Jun 09 11:48

U.S. “Jihadi Express”: Indonesia, Afghanistan, Syria, Philippines

It was late at night but the new Terminal 3 at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport outside Jakarta was still bustling with families and friends waiting for their loved ones returning from abroad.

Jun 09 10:39

The Evil of Killing Children

What type of person could ever knowingly kill innocent children? If a private individual were to intentionally kill innocent children, my hunch is that most everyone would recognize that as the epitome of evil. Yet, strangely, I hardly ever come across an U.S. op-ed or an editorial commenting on the evil of killing Iraqi children with the sanctions that the U.S. government enforced for more than 10 years.

Jun 09 10:35

Trump faces growing Senate resistance on Saudi arms deal

As President Donald Trump aligns with Saudi Arabia amid a fresh dispute among Gulf nations, senators in both parties as soon as Thursday will try to block him from selling more than $500 million in offensive weapons to Riyadh.

The Senate bid to stop the Saudi arms sales — a small portion of what the White House claims will be a $110 billion package — is likely to fail. But the push to tie Trump's hands will probably find more support than a similar brushback pitch directed at President Barack Obama last year, as Democrats are far more united behind the proposal. Not only do Democrats have little reason to give Trump a win on any front, they're also stepping up their outcry over Saudi involvement in Yemen’s worsening civil war.

Jun 09 10:22

World War Three looms closer (it's actually already begun)

North Korea fired four anti-ship missiles into the sea east of the Korean Peninsula Thursday. The South Korean military said this new test was intended to demonstrate North Korea’s advancements in “precise targeting capability.”

As tensions continue to rise between the United States and the rogue nation of North Korea, the missile tests conducted also continue. This is now Kim Jong-Un’s fourth missile test in one month, as the volatile North Korean dictator continues to balk at the United Nations sanctions against his country. In fact, this is the nation’s first missile test since the UN implemented more, harsher, sanctions on the fascist nation.

Jun 09 09:03

'Deterrence in Action': US, Allies to Launch Huge War Games Near Russian Borders

Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania will play host to a huge military training exercise involving tens of thousands of troops – as tensions between NATO and Moscow are already running high.

Jun 08 15:59

In "Clear Escalation", Arab Countries Release List Of Terrorists Supported By Qatar

In what commentators have dubbed a "clear escalation", moments ago Arab states including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, have released a list that designates 59 individuals and 12 entities in Qatar as terrorist. The complete list of those named includes Qataris, Jordanians, Egyptians, Kuwaitis, Libyans.

The four countries released the names in “light of their commitment to fighting terrorism, drying up their sources of funding, combating extremist ideology and its dissemination and working together to eradicate it and immunize communities,” according to a statement made available to Al Arabiya.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, I am very concerned that, seeing how these countries are lining up to demonize Qatar (this includes the UAE; Saudi Arabia; Egypt, and Bahrain), will probably be working in concert (along with the US military) to attack it.

Right now, it doesn't feel that we are in an "if" moment, that it can, with negotiations, be remedied; it feels like we are in a "when" moment, and that moment could happen at any time.

On the Qatari side, we see Turkey and Iran siding with Qatar.

And while some of the people enumerated on this list may well be terrorists, Qatar is really getting punished for its dominance in natural gas, where it shares underground reservoirs with Iran in the North Field; the Saudis want this for themselves, as their oil reserves are beginning to tap out, which means that their economy may ultimately tank, unless they can control Qatar's natural gas.

So ultimately, this is about regime change in Doha, which will most probably mean at least an attempted regime change in Tehran.

Backing up to really see the "big picture" here, I am very much reminded of the Moriarty speech at the end of the 2nd Sherlock Homes movie, "A Game of Shadows". He makes the observation that a war is coming, and he wants a lock on both the bullets and the bandages.

We are seeing an escalating situation in Syria; a war approaching against Qatar,and potentially, against Iran (which most probably means, war with Russia).

Jun 08 15:12

Piers Morgan Slams London Mayor On Terrorism

Piers Morgan subjected London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s to a litany of questions regarding the number of terrorists returning to London during an appearance on “Good Morning Britain” Tuesday.

Jun 08 12:11

Turkey scrambles for regional footing as Qatar debacle expands

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan broke his silence over the crisis engulfing his country’s closest Arab ally Qatar today, condemning the actions of the group of Gulf countries that cut off ties with the emirate over its alleged support for extremist groups and Iran. In a related move, Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has decided to fast-track bills to deploy Turkish forces in Qatar and train Qatari troops in its legislative agenda. Turkey is building a base in Qatar that will eventually host up to 10,000 troops under an accord in which Turkey pledged to defend the Gulf state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let me get my head around this; in one corner, we have Turkey; Iran (and with it, most probably, Russia); and Qatar; in the other corner, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and the United States.

In looking at the facts and developments on the ground, what I am seeing is a prelude to pitting Iran against Saudi Arabia in a war, then attempting to regime-change Tehran, as the US government did in 1953, and insure that the country becomes balkanised, just as is happening in Iraq, to prevent it from having its current power and weight in the Middle East any longer.

This will, of course, make Israel very happy, because it doesn't like competing economically with Iran, and has declared it an "existential threat" to Israel's existence (which is is not: Iran hasn't started a war in over 200 years).

However, there are a couple of caveats to be considered in any such action.

First, the Iran of 2017 is not the Iran of 1953; Iranians are a very geopolitically sophisticated, tech-embracing people, who remember their history, and are determined to not allow it to be repeated.

Secondly, the large, militarily-capable gorilla, snoozing on Bosendorfer Grand in the living room...is Russia. Russian political and military leaders have a very excellent relationship with Iran, and have been very vocal about coming to its aid, militarily, should it get attacked.

Russia and Iran's growing cooperation hints at a new Middle East, March, 2017

So, a war against Iran is most probably going to mean war against Russia.

I cannot think of a more ham-fisted, pig-headed move the US/Saudi consortium could make at this time, than a war against Russia over Iran.

However, unfortunately, just because a military attack against Russia is the most ham-fisted, pig-headed move the US/Saudi consortium could make, is utterly no guarantee that they won't do it.

Jun 08 11:44

Iraqi Kurds plan independence referendum on Sept. 25

Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region on Wednesday announced it would hold a referendum on independence, in a move the central government in Baghdad is likely to oppose strongly.

"I am pleased to announce that the date for the independence referendum has been set for Monday, Sept. 25, 2017," Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani said on Twitter.

Barzani's assistant Hemin Hawrami tweeted that voting would take place in the disputed region of Kirkuk and three other areas also claimed by the central government; Makhmour in the north, Sinjar in the northwest and Khanaqin in the east.

The president of Iraq's ruling Shi'ite coalition told Reuters in April it would oppose a Kurdish referendum. Ammar al-Hakim especially warned the Kurds against any move to annex oil-rich Kirkuk.

The referendum date was set after a meeting of Kurdish political parties chaired by Barzani, who heads the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If this referendum goes forward, and the Kurds vote for an independent Kurdistan, look for yet another civil war in Iraq.

Jun 08 11:40

PURPORTED ‘US AID WORKER’ KIDNAPPED IN YEMEN WAS COORDINATING WEAPONS SHIPMENTS

In 2015, US logistics coordinator Scott Darden was captured by Houthi forces in the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa, and held for six months before his release. During that time, he was presented purely as participating in helping the delivery of humanitarian aid into the country.

He did that, as part of his employment for New Orleans-based Transoceanic Development was overseeing the transportation of humanitarian aid to the nation, which in the midst of a Saudi invasion is struggling with a nascent famine. Today, however, the New York Times is reporting that his job also had him delivering shipments of war materiel to US special forces operating in Yemen.

Some officials were willing to confirm the broad details of this, but they and Darden himself were unwilling to provide specifics, citing its “highly classified” nature. This is fueling new calls within the House Armed Services Committee to exercise at least some oversight over what was being done.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not completely surprised at the US Military's "business as usual" in Yemen, hiding behind the facade of "humanitarian aid" to distribute weapons to Al-Hadi loyalists?!?

Jun 08 10:58

DECLASSIFIED DOCS PROVE US GOV’T KNOWINGLY ARMED ISIS, CLAIMED WEAPONS WERE ‘LOST’

After an audit from the Department of Defense revealed that the Pentagon couldn’t account for over $1 billion in weapons and equipment that was meant for fighters in Iraq, the question remains: Did ISIS gain $1 BILLION in weapons and equipment as a result?

The September 2016 audit was declassified after the human rights organization Amnesty International filed a Freedom of Information Act request. It revealed that the Pentagon “did not have accurate, up-to-date records on the quantity and location” of the majority of the equipment that was meant for the Iraqi Train & Equip Program.

The missing equipment came from the $1.6 billion budget Congress allocated for the program in 2015. The budget was approved in the name of fighting the Islamic State of Iraq & Syria—a group of militants that didn’t exist until nearly a decade after the United States invaded Iraq in 2003.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a Jean-luc Picard, double-face-palm moment, at warp speed, upon reading this.

Jean-Luc Picard double face-palm moment

Since when, please, did American military in Iraq become simply "collateral damage" to the DOD?!?

As much as I hate the economic reasons for this war, and all the other wars in which the US military has become enmeshed, those in government who signed off on this should be charged with, and tried, for treason.

Jun 08 10:36

US IS NOW BASICALLY IN AN ILLEGAL UNDECLARED WAR WITH SYRIA AND NOBODY’S TALKING ABOUT IT

And the cold hard truth needs to come to light: the U.S. has illegally invaded Syria’s territory. The fact that the Syrian military cannot realistically drive the U.S. military out (especially while it is embroiled in numerous battles with ISIS and other radical guerrilla forces) does not constitute tacit acceptance of the U.S. military presence there. In fact, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has called the U.S. and its associated forces “invaders” numerous times because the U.S. has no legal basis to operate inside Syrian territory.

On top of this unwarranted invasion, the U.S. claims it has the right to defend itself from troops loyal to Syria’s current government. It also claims it has the right to defend forces that operate under the control of the U.S.-led coalition. This is not a new proposal under Donald Trump; Barack Obama authorized U.S. air power to defend the U.S.-trained fighting forces in Syria, even if that meant attacking Syrian government troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My dear Antimedia.com: WRH has been covering this illegal and immoral war on the part of the US government for quite some time now!!

But having said that, what concerns me deeply is, just how long it will take for the US military to be in direct conflict with Russian and/or Iranian troops in Syria, who were invited, at the behest of the Syrian government, to get rid of the jihadists fighting against it.

Just yesterday, as reported at zerohedge.com:

Pro-Iranian militia in Syria threatens to attack US positions there

The question to US military engagement with pro-Al-Assad, Russian, and Iranian forces is not a question of if; it has become a question of when.

Welcome to World War III, started, courtesy of the US government!!

Jun 08 10:20

FLASHBACK: New revelations in attack on American spy ship

By John Crewdson
Tribune senior correspondent

OCTOBER 2, 2007

Bryce Lockwood, Marine staff sergeant, Russian-language expert, recipient of the Silver Star for heroism, ordained Baptist minister, is shouting into the phone.

"I'm angry! I'm seething with anger! Forty years, and I'm seething with anger!"

Jun 08 10:17

FATHER OF ICONIC ALEPPO BOY SUPPORTS ASSAD, SAYS SON WAS USED 'FOR PROPAGANDA'

The father of the iconic "Syrian Ambulance boy," whose photograph was plastered all over the Western media as an excuse to overthrow Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, says he supports Assad and his son was used by the media "for the sake of propaganda."

From RT:

Omran Daqneesh was rescued from the rubble in the aftermath of a bombing in the rebel-held Qaterji district of Aleppo in August 2016. The controversial Syrian Civil Defense group, better known as the White Helmets soon released harrowing footage of Omran sitting in an ambulance chair.

The White Helmets group has a controversial reputation. While they are hailed as hero volunteers by the Western mainstream media, and even have an Academy Award-winning documentary about them, their reputation on the ground in Syria is much more sinister.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congrats, Western media; this was fake news at its "fakiest"!!

Jun 08 09:23

Syria's Cauldron: One Step Away from Major Showdown

Syrian rebels from Eastern Lions and Ahmad al-Abdo Army formations – the elements of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) - state that they are «intensely» attacking Iranian-backed pro-government militias in the eastern Syrian desert in an operation dubbed «The Land is Ours». The forces’ strength is around four thousand. The main enemies are the Islamic State (IS), Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Syrian government-allied forces. The operation is conducted near Syria’s borders with Iraq and Jordan. This time, the mission is to squeeze the SAA and its allies out from the desert areas.

Evidently, one of the goals pursued by the escalation of hostilities is to demonstrate that the armed opposition is a force to reckon with at a time the crisis management talks are held in Astana and Geneva. Obviously, this is an attempt to subvert the ongoing international peace efforts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The unanswered question here is, just how long will it be, before US and Russian forces engage in direct combat in Syria?!?

I don't know what the Vegas odds on such an event taking place, but were I a betting woman, I would bet that the odds, unfortunately, are quite good, that this will happen, and my hunch would be, sooner rather than later.

Jun 08 09:14

Military Probe Finds Mistakes In US Airstrike On Syrian Mosque, Declares It ‘Blow To Al-Qaeda’

A military investigation into a US airstrike on a mosque in Syria’s Aleppo province found that the strike was “lawful,” even though it likely resulted in the death of a civilian. More than 40 people died in the attack, which targeted an Al-Qaeda meeting.

Jun 08 09:08

The Pivot? Qatar Foreign Minister To Visit Moscow On Saturday

With Gulf tensions still rising, and culminating with last night's report on Arabia CNN that Qatar has put its armed forces on the highest military preparedness level, the small nation may be preparing to unveil its "Eastern pivot": moments ago Russia's RIA news agency reported that the Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani will Visit Moscow on Saturday where he will hold talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

"Negotiations will be held on Saturday," a Russian foreign ministry official said. However, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Vladimir Putin does not yet plan to meet with al-Thani.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lavrov is a realist, par excellence. I am very convinced that if asked, Russia will come to Qatar's aid in a very reasonable, and responsible way.

That having been said, I would like to urge Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, and the Qatari government, to take every practical precaution to insure that your plane does get to Moscow; this port blockade could well escalate into an air/sea blockade in a heartbeat.

You may well need to "get out of Dodge" (leave before this happens) sooner than your Saturday meeting, by a route that neither Saudi Arabia and its US government partner in war crimes, can detect.

Jun 08 08:43

Qatar Says "We Will Never Surrender", Welcomes Turkish Troops As Iran Offers Food, Ports

Even as the world's attention turns to the Comey testimony for the next few hours, the Qatar diplomatic crisis (where CNN's "report" of Russian hacking now appears long forgotten) continues, and moments ago a barrage of headlines from Qatar suggests that the small nation, which may or may not be preparing for military action, is happy to welcome the Turkish troops that will be arriving soon as reported yesterday, with its foreign minister stating that "we are not ready to surrender and will never compromise the independence of our foreign policy." Also, and perhaps even more critically, Qatar - whose foreign minister is set to fly to Moscow on Saturday - also announced that Iran is ready to help with food and that three of Iran's ports will be designated for use for Qatar.

From the wires:

QATAR FM SAYS IRAN SAID THEY ARE READY TO HELP QATAR WITH FOOD & 3 OF THEIR PORTS WILL BE DESIGNATED FOR QATAR: RTRS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This wouldn't have happened at all, if Saudi Arabia didn't believe it did not have the full backing of the US, to pull this stunt.

Trump's offer to assist in a "resolution" of the conflict is pure, Trumpian theatre; full of sound and fury, but signifying .... absolutely nothing. This geopolitical kerfuffle is largely of his own making.

Folks, keep your eyes on the ball here; the real target, in all of this, is Iran, and conjuring some kind of "justification" for a war against it; please do not let that reality out of your sight for a moment, because it ultimately will be your kids, getting drafted, and on the front lines of such a war.

Jun 08 08:31

Baby, Please Don’t Go: US Army to Give Troops $90K Bonuses to Re-Enlist

The US Army is offering soldiers up to $90,000 in bonuses to re-join its ranks in an attempt to reverse the military downsizing that occurred during Barack Obama’s presidency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The return of the draft is next.

Jun 08 07:47

How Britain aided Israel’s 1967 war

The Centurion was the main British battle tank for around two decades following the Second World War and Israel had already placed orders for it before Eshkol’s trip.

By July 1965, Britain supplied Israel with more than 180 such tanks. Another 150 were transported between that month and May 1967.

They were not the only weapons that Britain gave Israel. Just one week before Eshkol’s government made a surprise attack against Egypt on 5 June 1967, a ship brimming with machine guns, tank shells and armored vehicles sailed to present-day Israel from the English port of Felixstowe. It was among a series of secret weapons deliveries.

Jun 08 07:30

US, Israel aim to divide and conquer Middle East

In a recent broadcast, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes denounced the sordid attempts of 16 leading Democratic lawmakers who, under the influence of the Israeli lobby, are pushing to impose new economic sanctions on Iran, which is designed to sabotage Obama’s rapprochement with the Islamic Republic.

Although this condemnation of the Zionist lobby’s implacable warmongering is admirable, in the strictly confined discourse we see on the mainstream media presenters of this caliber refuse to state the obvious, which is that the United States has no right whatsoever to tell any country what to do on any matter, either foreign or domestic. Economic sanctions are an act of war, yet the US has imposed crippling economic sanctions on dozens of countries around the world, strangling the life out of them like a deadly python suffocating its victims.

Jun 08 05:03

Bryce Lockwood "50 Years On & My Govt. Still Covers Up The Israeli Attack On The USS Liberty." - The Richie Allen Show

Comment: Given the attack lasted 75 minutes one has to ask why the Israelis did not outrightly sink the U.S.S. LIBERTY. Was it incompetence or were there other objectives in play?

Jun 07 19:26

Declassified Docs Prove US Gov’t Knowingly Armed ISIS, Claimed Weapons Were ‘Lost’

After an audit from the Department of Defense revealed that the Pentagon couldn’t account for over $1 billion in weapons and equipment that was meant for fighters in Iraq, the question remains: Did ISIS gain $1 BILLION in weapons and equipment as a result?

The September 2016 audit was declassified after the human rights organization Amnesty International filed a Freedom of Information Act request. It revealed that the Pentagon “did not have accurate, up-to-date records on the quantity and location” of the majority of the equipment that was meant for the Iraqi Train & Equip Program.

Jun 07 17:15

US Marines, Apaches Provide ‘Psychological Edge’ As Kurdish-Led Militia Begins Siege Of Raqqa

The US military is providing active support for the Syrian Democratic Forces in the form of Marine Howitzers and “valuable close-air support” from Apache helicopters in the SDF’s attack on Raqqa, the so-called capital of Islamic State.

Jun 07 12:04

HOW THE US LOST TRACK OF $2 BILLION WORTH OF WEAPONS SENT TO FIGHT ISIS

In 2014, as ISIS rampaged through large swaths of Syria and Iraq, a concerned U.S. Congress appropriated an extra $2.3 billion to arm Iraqis and Kurds fighting the Islamic State.

Jun 07 11:25

ISIS RECRUITER WHO RADICALISED LONDON BRIDGE ATTACKERS WAS PROTECTED BY MI5

The terrorists who rampaged across London on the night of 3 June were part of a wider extremist network closely monitored by MI5 for decades. The same network was heavily involved in recruiting Britons to fight with jihadist groups in Syria, Iraq and Libya.

Police have confirmed that Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba were the three terrorists shot dead after participating in a brutal van and knife attack in the London Bridge area.

According to press reports, both Butt and Redouane were longstanding members of the proscribed extremist network formerly known as al-Muhajiroun. After 9/11, the group operated under different names such as Shariah4UK, Muslims4Crusades and Islam4UK. Originally founded by Lebanese firebrand, Omar Bakri Mohammed, who was banned from returning the UK after the 7/7 attacks, the network was later run by Bakri’s deputy, Anjem Choudary.

RED FLAGS, MISSED

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Then why were British intelligence and police unable to stop this from happening?!?

The biggest question now, is, cui bono?!? Who benefits from allowing terrorists to strike at random in the UK?!?

Let's just say that those in the bowels of power in the UK, fronted by Prime Minister May, have benefited greatly, and see their wish of putting the internet under total government control coming nearer;
THERESA MAY TO CREATE NEW INTERNET THAT WOULD BE CONTROLLED AND REGULATED BY GOVERNMENT; The British Deep State has passed a bill to abolish cryptography; Cryptography killed by back-door legislation; and wants to toss human rights laws that hurt terror suppression. Theresa May rip up human rights laws which impede new terror legislation.

And how does one accomplish creating fertile ground in the minds of the British voters to accept such draconian laws which may be shaping up here?!?

It is very simple; by allowing terror to happen, then using the dead and wounded bodies as a "bloody shirt" to wave at the crowds, while you are demanding these changes in the law.

And Prime Minister May, a word here, please; the kinds of legislation you have both passed, and are proposing, will not alleviate
the kinds of terror attacks under which the UK, and Europe, have been suffering.

When the countries from which many of these refugees come have been regime changed, generally through war, and those wars have left them with absolutely no power over their own personal and national destiny; when people have been broken, by the sheer depth and breadth of their dispossession, courtesy of countries like the US and UK, which have a pretty dismal track record of accusing a country of doing something it didn't; invading and regime changing that country in order to expropriate resources to which they have utterly no moral right, such individuals are ripe for radicalisation and violence.

You, and the rest of the British government, must understand that to expect otherwise is both disingenuous, and very dangerous for your people, as recent events have proven.

The biggest resource that your country, and the US, want to control, are energy resources in the Middle East and Africa.

And here is my proposal, which is guaranteed to ratchet down your, and my, country's eternal lust for controlling fossil fuels.

Both countries have some of the best scientists and engineers in the world; I suggest that the US and UK develop an energy consortium, and challenge scientists and engineers from both countries to develop workable, alternative energy solutions, then patent the result and sell it, dividing the resources equitably, and making sure that the universities which were the brain trust on this get handsomely compensated for their efforts.

Both your and my countries can do this; if there is a will, there is a way, Madam Prime Minister.

But if there is no push toward such a solution, the world will know that random terror attacks in the UK and beyond are, in your perspective, "just the cost of doing business" in your country's militant resource-scrambling and extraction around the world.

Jun 07 10:59

ISIS Was Allegedly Behind the London Bridge Attacks, Who Is Behind ISIS?

The Islamic State (ISIS) was originally an Al Qaeda affiliated entity created by US intelligence with the support of Britain's MI6, Israel's Mossad, Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Saudi Arabia's General Intelligence Presidency (GIP).

The origins of Al Qaeda date back to the Soviet-Afghan war. The Koranic schools in Afghanistan used to train Al Qaeda recruits were financed by the CIA, using textbooks published by the University of Nebraska. That's where the evil ideology of Islamist extremism referred to by PM May originated: The Global War on Terrorism is a lie, Islamic terrorism is a product of US foreign policy which claims to be spreading Western civilization.

Jun 07 10:35

US’ plan to destabilize Iran: “Dark Prince” appointed as head of the CIA

The Trump administration, this week, appeared to take a potential step closer to backing efforts plotted by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to destabilize Iran; possibly topple its Islamic government; and force Qatar to fall into line with Gulf policies that target Iran, political Islam, and militants; with the appointment of a seasoned covert operations officer as head of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Iran operations.

Saudi support of militant groups in Pakistani Baluchistan that operate across the border in the Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchistan is abetted by a US policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This information, coupled with that I have posted earlier this morning, points to a definite escalation of military and economic actions against Iran, as a prelude to a war against it.

I do not know where the USS Ronald Reagan or the USS Carl Vinson have been re-assigned, after leaving the Korean Peninsula, but my best bet would be, ultimately to the Persian Gulf.

And when they are in position is the moment we may well see all hell breaking loose in the Middle East.

Jun 07 09:53

‘I’m Going To Be A Terrorist,’ 3rd London Bridge Attacker Told Authorities

The Moroccan-Italian man identified as the third London attacker told Italian authorities “I’m going to be a terrorist” when he was stopped at Bologna Airport last year trying to travel to Syria, it has been reported.

Jun 07 09:47

US Investigators Blame ‘Russian Hackers’ for Qatar Split With Saudis

While President Trump has personally claimed credit for the split between Qatar and the other Gulf Arab states, some US investigators are engaged in particularly wild speculation today, aiming to make the whole situation a plot carried out by Russian hackers.

A little over a week into the latest row, tensions between Qatar and other Gulf states is a hugely complicating factor for US foreign policy in the region, particularly since Qatar hosts the largest US military base in the Middle East. Qatar’s split is something that’s been an ongoing issue for years, based around differing views on the Arab Spring.

Fake news helped though, too, as while that row between Qatar and the Saudis has been a thing for years, this latest escalation centered around a report in the Qatar state media, right after President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia to make hawkish speeches about Iran, quoted the Qatari Emir warning against seeking military confrontation toward Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump cannot have this situation both ways.

Either he was responsible for the blockade, and the Saudi ultimatum against Qatar, or he was not; it's sort of like being pregnant; one either is, or is not, period, end of discussion.

But in the collusion of events within the last 24 hours, one can see the opening salvos of a war against Iran coming, and coming quickly. Fast forward to this morning:

Turkey approves a bill to send troops to Qatar

Assad's military alliance threatens strike against US forces in Syria.

Qatari riyal crashes after Saudi Arabia orders their banks to cut exposure to it

Iran blames Saudi Arabia for terrorist attack,
Vows revenge.

UAE threatens 15 years jail time for publishing statements sympathetic to Qatar

Tehran Stock Exchange down 76% after terror attack

All of these situations, evaluated together, most probably mean a coming war against Iran, which possibly means war with Russia, and sooner rather than later.

Jun 07 09:37

Putin on War With US: 'No One Would Survive'

Russian President Vladimir Putin has given a series of interviews to renowned film director Oliver Stone, answering the questions on the most controversial issues of modern-day international politics. Talking on a possible military conflict between Russia and the United States, the Russian leader said that no one on Earth would survive it.

Jun 07 09:09

Ex-Islamist Leader: ‘Stop Saying Violence Has Nothing To Do With Islam’

British Muslims have been urged to “stop pretending” violence and terrorism are completely alien to Islam. The call was made by Maajid Nawaz, a former leader of the UK branch of the hardline Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir (HuT).

Jun 07 08:53

Putin on War With US: 'No One Would Survive'

Putin said in an interview with US film director Oliver Stone that no one would survive if a war began between Russia and the United States.

"I think no one would survive [such a conflict]," Putin said answering a question if the United States would be dominant in a "hot war" with Russia. The part of the interview was partially released by the US Showtime TV channel.

Putin added that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is constantly looking for an enemy to justify its existence.

"There is no longer an Eastern Bloc, no more Soviet Union. Therefore, why does NATO keep existing? My impression is that in order to justify its existence, NATO has a need of an external foe, there is a constant search for the foe, or some acts of provocation to name someone as an adversary."

However, Putin said that the hope for normalization of the Russia-US relations still exists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin was being his usual, blunt self in this interview, and on the issue of a "hot war" between the US and Russia, he is absolutely correct; most of humankind would most likely not survive.

And this is why I still hold fast to the concept of honest, hard-won negotiations between countries as a way to ratchet down geopolitical tensions, before someone, somewhere, does something incredibly stupid, and we are looking at World War III for certain.

Jun 07 08:45

Trump Takes Credit for Saudi Move Against Qatar, a U.S. Military Partner

President Trump thrust himself into a bitter Persian Gulf dispute on Tuesday, taking credit for Saudi Arabia’s move to isolate its smaller neighbor, Qatar, and rattling his national security staff by upending a critical American strategic relationship.

In a series of tweets, Mr. Trump said his call for an end to the financing of radical groups had prompted Saudi Arabia and four other countries to act this week against Qatar, a tiny, energy-rich emirate that is arguably America’s most important military outpost in the Middle East.

“During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology,” he wrote in a midmorning post. “Leaders pointed to Qatar — look!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you are looking at with the coordination of the following events together:

The naval blockade of Qatar:

Saudi Arabia and UAE impose a naval blockade on Qatar

The 24 hour ultimatum from Saudi Arabia that Qatar abide by its decrees, or else, face a military attack:

Saudi Arabia gives Qatar a 24 hour Window to Meet its Ultimatum

The US Siege of Raqqa, Syria:
US Apaches provide Kurdish troops the psychological edge to their siege in Raqqa

And the attack against the Iranian Parliament today:

TERRORISTS RAID IRAN PARLIAMENT, MAUSOLEUM; GUNMEN, SUICIDE BOMBERS LEAVE AT LEAST SEVEN DEAD

When you put all these events in context, you are looking at the opening salvos of a war against Iran.

If Qatar does not respond to Saudi Arabia's demands, after being somewhat defensive toward Iran, it will be regime changed.

Regime change in Damascus is on, to isolate Iran even further.

What really concerns me, in all of this, is how soon the US and Russia will be locked in combat, either over Syria and/or Iran. And right now, the US military does not have the troop strength; the money; the weaponry; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war with Russia (and/or China).

Jun 07 08:19

Iran’s parliament, Imam Khomeini's Mausoleum come under attack

They are blaming Saudi and Trump for this terrorist act.

The attack on the parliament happened when at least four gunmen, disguised as women, entered the visitors' hall of the building, opening fire on the security guards there. According to an Interior Ministry statement, the terrorists were all killed before they could make it to the administrative building of the parliament.

The assault has forced a lockdown on the legislature.

Jun 07 08:16

Saudi Arabia Behind Deadly Attacks in Tehran - Iran's Revolutionary Guards

Iran's Revolutionary Guards accused Saudi Arabia of being behind the twin terrorist attacks in Tehran.

"This terrorist attack happened only a week after the meeting between the US president [Donald Trump] and the [Saudi] backward leaders who support terrorists. The fact that Daesh has claimed responsibility proves that they were involved in the brutal attack," a statement read as quoted by Reuters.

Earlier in the day, a group of four people in women's clothes opened fire in the building of the Iranian Parliament, with a subsequent explosion. Another attack involving an explosion took place near the Imam Khomeini shrine.

Jun 07 07:59

America’s Reign of Terror: A Nation Reaps What It Sows

The shadow government’s tyranny has made the U.S. the biggest purveyor of terrorism on the planet. And it’s the American people suffering the consequences.

By John Whitehead

“The means of defense against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.” ? James Madison

Who designed the malware worm that is now wreaking havoc on tens of thousands of computers internationally by hackers demanding a king’s ransom? The U.S. government.

Who is the biggest black market buyer and stockpiler of cyberweapons (weaponized malware that can be used to hack into computer systems, spy on citizens, and destabilize vast computer networks)? The U.S. government.

What country has one the deadliest arsenals of weapons of mass destruction? The U.S. government.

Who is the largest weapons manufacturer and exporter in the world, such that they are literally arming the world? The U.S. government.

Jun 07 07:51

Senate to vote on new Iran sanctions

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is turning the Senate toward passing tougher Iran sanctions, potentially renewing a fight over financial penalties against Russia.

The Kentucky Republican teed up a procedural vote for Wednesday on the Iran Destabilizing Activities Act. If lawmakers drag out debate on the legislation, a final vote could take place as late as Thursday evening.

Jun 06 13:55

Terrorist Threat Now ‘Completely Different,’ New Strategy Needed – Police Chief

Britain must come up with a new strategy combining spies, tech firms, police and communities to deal with the unprecedented danger now posed by extremism, the UK’s top counterterrorism officer says.

Jun 06 11:41

3 QUESTIONS YOU’RE NEVER SUPPOSED TO ASK AFTER A TERRORIST ATTACK

In a world where defense budgets are astronomical and wars of occupation and destabilization never end, political leaders in the UK and in Europe want you to accept street-level terror as the new everyday normal. The attacks are unstoppable, they say, and the world must embrace this hopelessness with faith that the government is doing all it can to create a better, safer world. Run, hide, and call the authorities, for you are helpless in this reality, so they say. But who creates and sustains this reality?

Jun 06 11:18

FIFA BEING USED TO PRESSURE QATAR, AS WORLD CUP 2022 IS NOW UNDER SCRUTINY

It is very clear that the recent tension and blockade between Gulf States (lead by Saudi Arabia) and Qatar have absolutely nothing to do with terrorism, and everything to do with natural gas and energy dominance.

Zerohedge notes…

–as often happens, the official narrative is traditionally a convenient smokescreen from the real underlying tensions.

The real reason behind the diplomatic fallout may be far simpler, and once again has to do with a long-running and controversial topic, namely Qatar’s regional natural gas dominance.

*****

As a result of the tiny nation’s growing financial and political “independence”, its neighbors grew increasingly frustrated and concerned: “Qatar used to be a kind of Saudi vassal state, but it used the autonomy that its gas wealth created to carve out an independent role for itself,” said Jim Krane, energy research fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute, quoted by Bloomberg.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When Karl Marx made the observation that all wars are economic in their origin, one cannot think of a better example that this kerfuffle over Qatar.

So what are the US and Saudi Arabia going to do now, invade Qatar as the prelude for invading Iran?!?

Because right now, were I a betting woman, I would not bet against it; those in the bowels of power in the Unhinged, Surveilled States of American know an economic crash is coming, and desperately want to get a war going as a distraction from that crash.

And the following, very disturbing article appears in sputniknews.com, with a dateline of today:

Next Step - Invasion? Why Saudi Arabia Moved to Cut Ties With Qatar

Jun 06 10:32

Tory Record On Terrorism ‘Very Weak, Deeply Worrying,’ Security Expert Tells RT

The Tories’ “very weak” record on terrorism can be partly blamed on policies introduced by Theresa May when she was home secretary, a former Home Office counterterrorism officer told RT.

Jun 06 10:26

DISTURBING IMAGES EMERGE OF TORTURE IN ‘LIBERATED’ IRAQ

When Saddam Hussein came to power in 1979, he maintained this balance of power, even though the western encouraged and totally misguided war that Saddam Hussein waged on Iran helped to drive some Shi’a Muslims away from the more overtly anti-Iranian Sunni population.

Nevertheless, in spite of the pressures from the 1990 war on Iraq and a crippling western imposed sanctions regime in the 1990s, Iraq still managed to hold together against tremendous odds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Warning: very disturbing, graphic images of torture here.

But unfortunately, this.... is the outcome of the US invasion; occupation; and American use of torture in Iraq.

But you see, to those in the bowels of power in the Unhinged Surveilled States of America, and the corporate cronies who own them, this does not matter at all, as long as Iraqi oil is only sold in US dollars.

Jun 06 10:17

EU agrees to hand over £43MILLION to fund new counter-terrorism force in Africa

EU chiefs have agreed to dish out a whopping £43 million (€ 50 million) to fund a new African joint military force as part of a counter terrorism offensive.

In a bid to combat jihadist groups active in the Sahel region, the EU pledged to fund a force made up of troops from Mauritania, Mali, Chad, Burkina Faso and Niger – known as the Sahel G-5.

The force will also attempt to tackle trafficking networks and illegal migration in the region.

In the Mali capital Bamako, Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy chief, said: “Stability and development of the Sahel region are crucial not only for Africa but also for Europe.”

Abdoulaye Diop, Mali’s foreign minister, said on Monday the new force would have some 10,000 soldiers and police officers and would become operational by the end of the year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Natural Resources: Mauritania

Natural resources: Mali

Natural Resources: Chad

Natural Resources: Burkina Faso

Natural Resources:
Niger

In looking at the above information, it is impossible to conclude that this alleged "war on terror", courtesy of the EU, is not actually a war for resources, in this "embarrassment of riches" area of Africa, located in the Sahel

The pattern here is painfully clear. Invade; regime change those governments not to their liking; expropriating resources to which the EU has utterly no moral right; and making certain those resources are only sold in specific currencies, and only sold to specific countries.

And the lot of the countries, and people, which will experience this resource theft, courtesy of the EU?!?

I would suggest that their quality of life will be much worse than they are experiencing today. After all, take a good, hard look at those countries the US has invaded, like Iraq; Libya; Afghanistan, and Somalia; what happened there will most probably be repeated in the Sahel.

But of course, for Brussels, it's "profits uber alles, baby!!", and who cares about the "collateral damage" against those who actually live in those countries about to get stripped and financially raped for their wealth?!?

Jun 06 09:55

LONDON BRIDGE TERRORIST WAS ALLOWED TO WORK AT WESTMINSTER STATION DESPITE KNOWN JIHADIST VIEWS

Khuram Shazad Butt, one of the three London Bridge attackers, was allowed to work at Westminster Tube station, even after he featured in a TV documentary about British jihadists in which he prayed to a black flag in Regent’s Park.
He was also free to carry out Saturday’s atrocity despite working for a man accused of helping to train the 7/7 bombings ringleader, and being investigated by police and MI5, it has emerged.

The third terrorist behind the London Bridge attack has been named as Youssef Zaghba. It emerged he was arrested last year trying to reach Syria, yet was still able to get into the UK. Reports in the Italian media said Zaghba was stopped in Bologna. His mother is Italian and still lives there.

Butt, 27, from Barking, East London, was deemed “low priority” by the Metropolitan Police despite being reported to them at least twice. He had slipped down in priority because there was no intelligence he was planning an attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What, unfortunately, appears to be "low priority" for the British government and police, is the safety of the British people.

Jun 06 09:49

FIFTY YEARS LATER, NSA KEEPS DETAILS OF ISRAEL’S USS LIBERTY ATTACK SECRET

On June 8, 1967, an Israeli torpedo tore through the side of the unarmed American naval vessel USS Liberty, approximately a dozen miles off the Sinai coast. The ship, whose crew was under command of the National Security Agency, was intercepting communications at the height of the Six Day War when it came under direct Israeli aerial and naval assault.
Reverberations from the torpedo blast sent crewman Ernie Gallo flying across the radio research room where he was stationed. Gallo, a communications technician aboard the Liberty, found himself and his fellow shipmates in the midst of an attack that would leave 34 Americans dead and 171 wounded.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was no "mistake" on the part of the Israeli government; they knew, incontrovertibly, that the vessel they attacked was a US Navy vessel, and wanted to blame Egypt for the attack.

Israel attempted to blame Egypt for its attack on the USS Liberty

Jun 06 09:41

ISIS Threatens New Attacks In France

An ISIS-linked media group threatened new attacks in France Monday just days after three jihadists killed seven people in London.

Jun 06 09:41

"FORGET TERRORISM": THE REAL REASON BEHIND THE QATAR CRISIS IS NATURAL GAS

The real reason behind the diplomatic fallout may be far simpler, and once again has to do with a long-running and controversial topic, namely Qatar's regional natural gas dominance.

Recall that many have speculated (with evidence going back as far back as 2012) that one of the reasons for the long-running Syria proxy war was nothing more complex than competing gas pipelines, with Qatar eager to pass its own pipeline, connecting Europe to its vast natural gas deposits, however as that would put Gazprom's monopoly of European LNG supply in jeopardy, Russia had been firmly, and violently, against this strategy from the beginning and explains Putin's firm support of the Assad regime and the Kremlin's desire to prevent the replacement of the Syrian government with a puppet regime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, the pieces are falling into place,and making sense, for this geopolitical kerfuffle.

As Deep Throat was fond of saying to Woodward and Bernstein, "Follow the money!!"

and I have to wonder; is this going to be the "justification" used by the American Deep State, in concert with the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America, to go to war against both Qatar and ultimately, Iran?!?

To gain control of this natural gas resource for Saudi Arabia?!?

Also, please consider the following:

Qatar hosts the largest military base in the Middle East

Are the American forces now going to be fighting its host country, and what signals does that send to all the other countries around the world where American bases have been strategically located?!?

The short answer here, is not great signals at all; any US military strike against Qatar will be viewed as a complete violation of US Military/host country protocol, and make government overseas very nervous about how quickly the US government is ready and willing to turn from friend to enemy.

Jun 06 08:45

Britain can’t launch wars abroad and be safe at home: Robert Fisk

Fisk, who has been primarily based in Beirut, Lebanon, for nearly three decades, made the remarks in an article published by The Independent on Monday, following a deadly attack in central London.

On Saturday night, three attackers targeted the heart of London. Seven people were killed and 48 injured when the assailants in a white van mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing a police officer and revelers in bars around Borough Market.

Addressing the British people on Sunday morning, May stressed the need for change, both in people’s tolerance of extremism and in the government’s counter-terrorism strategy.

She vowed to fight what she called the “evil ideology of Islamist extremism,” and declared “enough is enough.”

Jun 05 16:13

Reality Leigh Winner: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

She was in the Air Force as a linguist, and speaks Pashto, Farsi and Dari.

Jun 05 16:12

Feds Arrest Woman Who Leaked Classified Information To The Media

A criminal complaint was filed in the Southern District of Georgia today charging Reality Leigh Winner, 25, a federal contractor from Augusta, Georgia, with removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet.

Jun 05 15:45

UK Police Release All Detained Over London Terror Act Without Charges

The UK Police have released without charges all those detained over the deadly terrorist attack in London that claimed lives of five people and injured dozens more on Saturday.

Jun 05 13:49

Video: At Least 484 Civilians Killed By US-Led Coalition Strikes Since Start Of Campaign Against ISIS

A new Operation Inherent Resolve report has upped the official civilian death toll of the US-led aerial bombing campaign in Syria and Iraq by more than a third.

Jun 05 13:48

Power To The People Vs. Power To The Bomb: Alternatives To Nuclear Domination

Even before the first atomic bomb exploded, the United States government had a single, simple principle to guide it through the nuclear age: domination. We would prevent other nations from getting the bomb.

Jun 05 13:48

Design Fault: Counterterrorism’s Egregious Failures Don’t Trouble Our Leaders At All

I think anyone who takes an objective view of the abysmal record of failure on the part of the official who as Home Secretary and Prime Minister has been in charge of UK counterterrorism policy for many years must agree with the declaration of Theresa May following the London attacks: “enough is enough.” Well said, Mrs. May. We must repudiate these failed policies and all those who have pushed them, of whatever party or ideological stripe.

Jun 05 13:27

Trump Vows To Prevent Future Terrorist Strikes In US

US President Donald Trump has vowed to prevent future terrorist strikes in the United States, following an attack in central London that left dozens of casualties.

“We renew our resolve, stronger than ever before, to protect the United States and its allies from a vile enemy that has waged war on innocent life. And it has gone on too long,” Trump said during a speech in Washington, DC, on Sunday night.

Jun 05 11:27

NATO Splinters: Germany Says "Has No Choice But To Pull Out" Troops From Turkey's Incirlik Airbase

The scandal erupted last Thursday, when Turkey's foreign minister said it is not possible to allow German lawmakers to visit troops stationed at Turkey's Incirlik air base now, although he said Ankara may reconsider if it sees "positive steps" from Berlin. It was not immediately clear just what Turkey's "demands" or expectations, monetary or otherwise, were from Merkel for it to change its view. Ties between the NATO allies deteriorated sharply in the run-up to Turkey's April 16 referendum that handed President Tayyip Erdogan stronger presidential powers.

"We see that Germany supports everything that is against Turkey," Mevlut Cavusoglu told a news conference in Ankara last week. "Under these circumstances it is not possible for us to open Incirlik to German lawmakers right now ... If they take positive steps in the future we can reconsider."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a really bad patch for NATO, and may well have Turkish leadership consider re-aligning itself with the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation,and become part of the BRIC economic community.

THAT could be a real game changer, for both Turkey and the world.

Jun 05 11:14

Mattis: US Remains Committed to Global Intervention

Speaking over the weekend at a conference in Singapore, Defense Secretary James Mattis urged the world to “bear with” the US as they adjust to the election of a new president, insisting that the US remains committed to engaging in global intervention, and that it is “very deeply rooted in the American psyche.”

Mattis insisted the 20th century ended any idea of America not constantly intervening in the world, and that Americans knew it would be “a crummy world” if they weren’t constantly involved in other countries’ affairs.

The comments were mostly directed at an audience of US allies who don’t like President Trump, and while he tried to assure them that nothing with respect to US policy had changed, other officials said they had the sense that what Mattis was saying was far different that what Trump himself is saying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sec-Def (or should I say, perhaps, more accurately, Secretary of War) Mattis, a word, please.

Have these multiple interventions in places like Iraq; Syria; Somalia; Libya; and Afghanistan made Americans any more safe, both at home around the world?!?

The short answer, sir, is absoflippinglutely not.

The reasons for these wars are always the same; to invade a country in order to regime change the government to the Unhinged Surveillance State of America's liking; to expropriate resources to which it, and its corporate cronies have utterly no moral right; and to insure that those resources are only sold to specific countries only for the US dollar.

I get it.

Of course, we both know, that as Karl Marx observed, all wars are economic in origin.

These wars, of course, have made members of the military/industrial complex, and their stockholders, enormously rich, but have not done much for the rest of us.

At the same time, the decently paying jobs continue to be outsourced/offshored, and many people are now scrambling with 3 minimum wage jobs just in in order to barely survive, and have no economic future, whatsoever.

There is something fundamentally wrong with this picture, Sec-Def Mattis, and this picture needs to change, and quickly. It almost feels to me as if society is tearing itself apart at the seams, and the center cannot hold.

As a Christian pacifist activist, who never advocates violence, I am constantly exhorting the government of the Unhinged Surveillance States of America to get what it needs through fair, hard-won, and moral negotiations, rather than through wars.

I used to be able to believe that the US government was capable of doing this; unfortunately, it now uses war as a first resort, rather than negotiations, and you are the perfect pitch-man for America's deep state, to assure your international colleagues that the US will continue to use "war first" policy to get what it wants.

Jun 05 10:58

Intra-elite Warfare: Oligarchs Succeed! Only the People Suffer!

For the first time in US history, the incumbent elected president struggles on a daily basis to wield state power. The opposition-controlled state (National Public Radio) and corporate organs of mass propaganda are pitted against the presidential regime. Factions of the military elite and business oligarchy face off in the domestic and international arena. The oligarchs debate and insult each other. They falsify charges, plot and deceive. Their political acolytes, who witness these momentous conflicts, are mute, dumb and blind to the real interests at stake.

Jun 05 10:45

43 CIVILIANS KILLED AFTER US AIRSTRIKES HIT APARTMENT BUILDING IN SYRIA

The civilian death toll of the US air war against ISIS continues to soar today, with the latest US strikes against the ISIS capital city of Raqqa leveled a large apartment building in the residential area of the city, killing at least 43 civilians and wounding many others.
US airstrikes killing dozens of civilians in Iraq or Syria have been nearly daily occurrences at this point, as officials continue to escalate the rate of strikes to try to “pressure” ISIS, and end up killing a soaring number of innocent bystanders.

As usual, the US has not publicly commented on today strike, nor indeed have they yet commented on destroying a hospital yesterday in the same part of Raqqa. Such incidents rarely make it into the official Pentagon list of civilian casualties in the two nations, which is usually around 10% of the actual death toll as calculated by private NGOs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The late comedian George Carlin, in retrospect, was somewhat of a prophet.

And if you are easily offended at "bad language", I suggest strongly that you don't watch this clip:

American Foreign Policy: Bombing Brown People

The wars; invasions; regime changes; occupations; the expropriating of foreign resources to which the Unhinged Surveillance States of America has utterly no moral right; and the selling of those resources to only select countries, only for US dollars, continues, apace.

And the innocent civilians who get slaughtered in this whitewashed, rinse, and repeat in-the-next-country-to-be-conquered cycle, like these Syrian civilians, are of absolutely no consequence, whatsoever, to those in the bowels of power in DC who want to regime change Damascus in order to regime-change Tehran.

George, please rest in peace; you were the conscience of a country which, in large measure, didn't like what you had to say, but needed to hear it anyway.

Jun 05 09:20

NKorea Boasts: US Can’t Stop “Shower Of Nuclear Strikes”

Pyongyang condemned the successful US ballistic missile interceptor test from earlier this week as a “risky move” which “will only bring earlier the day when the US mainland will turn into ashes.”

Jun 05 09:07

Russia tests Zircon hypersonic missile system, which it says makes U.S. defenses obsolete

Russia declared today its first test of a hypersonic missile, a year ahead of schedule. Defense analysts proclaimed the test made U.S. missile defense systems obsolete.

American missile defense has been a thorn in the side of the Kremlin since the days of Ronald Reagan’s SDI, or Strategic Defense Initiative. One could argue that SDI broke the back of the Soviet Union financially and technologically and forced Gorbachev to realize the U.S.S.R. could not beat America in a missile defense arms race.

The Russian international news site Sputnik suggested the missile, named Zircon, could be installed on Pyotr Veliky, the country’s nuclear-powered missile strike ship. Analysts stated the missile concept can fly at 4,600 miles per hour — that’s 6 times the speed of sound — and would be practically impervious to missile defense systems, reported The Independent.

Jun 05 07:07

A 50-Year Occupation: Israel’s Six Day War Started With a Lie

“The existence of the Israeli state hung by a thread,” the country’s prime minister, Levi Eshkol, claimed two days after the war was over, “but the hopes of the Arab leaders to annihilate Israel were dashed.” Genocide, went the argument, had been prevented; another Holocaust of the Jews averted.

There is, however, a problem with this argument: it is complete fiction, a self-serving fantasy constructed after the event to justify a war of aggression and conquest. Don’t take my word for it: “The thesis according to which the danger of genocide hung over us in June 1967, and according to which Israel was fighting for her very physical survival, was nothing but a bluff which was born and bred after the war,” declared General Matituahu Peled, Chief of Logistical Command during the war and one of 12 members of Israel’s General Staff, in March 1972.

Jun 04 08:55

The Real Legacy of the US Wars in the Mideast — Never-Ending Debt

The longer U.S. troops remain in Iraq and Afghanistan, the greater the financial costs to the United States. Taken together, the cost of those wars could be as high as $6 trillion, including medical and disability care for vets and all their families and a host of other expenses such as rising interest charges on the debt that finances military operations.

The sobering analysis comes from a 2013 paper by Linda J. Bilmes of the Harvard Kennedy School, “The Financial Legacy of Iraq and Afghanistan: How Wartime Spending Decisions Will Constrain Future National Security Budgets.” Bilmes contends that the money spent on these wars since 2001 will “dominate future federal budgets for decades to come.”

Jun 03 22:46

Jack Posobiec: Why does CNN cover-up Antifa?

Double-plus ungood. Try it yourself. Seems odd to me.

Jun 03 11:15

Escalated US War on Syria Likely

In March 2011, Obama launched war on Syria, using ISIS, al-Nusra and other terrorists as imperial foot soldiers.

The aim then and now is destroying Syrian sovereignty, ousting Assad, replacing him with a pro-Western puppet, eliminating an Israeli rival, isolating Iran ahead of a similar scheme against its government, and claiming another US imperial trophy.

That’s what the war is all about, orchestrated by Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. There’s nothing civil about it – one of many Big Lies about what’s going on.

Russia’s good faith efforts to resolve things diplomatically are consistently undermined by Washington and its rogue allies – NATO, Turkey, the Saudis, Israel and others.

NATO’s announced escalated “fight against terrorism” beyond its current involvement in Syria and elsewhere, along with the enormous arms deal Trump arranged with Riyadh is bad news for hoped for Middle East peace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know what the Vegas odds are concerning US/Russian military starting to trade fire in Syria, but were I a betting person, I would bet that those odds are pretty good for something like this happening, and soon, unfortunately.

I have a really hard time believing that the senior NATO Command really wants a war with Russia over Syria, but apparently, and most unfortunately, this is where things appear to be headed right now.

Jun 03 11:03

Mattis calls North Korea's threats 'clear and present danger,' criticizes ally China

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in no uncertain terms Saturday that North Korea presented a "clear and present danger," while also criticizing China for ratcheting up the tension over contested islands in the South China Sea.

His sharp words for both countries suggested he believed China would, out of self-interest, pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear and missile programs even as Washington pushes Beijing to change course in the South China Sea.

Speaking at an international security conference in Singapore, Mattis said the Trump administration was encouraged by China's renewed commitment to working with the U.S. and others to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons. He also said he thought Beijing ultimately would see Kim Jong Un's regime as a liability rather than an asset.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I cannot tell you the number of huge military aircraft which we can hear coming over the island of Oahu; but those flights have been very intense, of late.

I am expecting the war drums to heat up regarding North Korea in a very short time, and have to wonder if President Trump will give Chinese President Xi Jingping the "100 days to sort the problem" that he promised him, which would theoretically end at the end of this month.

I hope we are not also headed toward a war with China, because Mike and I are situated very close to a first-strike target here!

Jun 03 10:50

The Atrocious U.S.-Backed War on Yemen Continues

Horrific conditions in Yemen continue to grow worse:

Cholera deaths in war-torn Yemen have surged into the hundreds, more than a quarter of Yemenis face famine, and parents are selling girls into marriage to buy food, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US-enabled, Saudi-led occupation of Yemen has produced human tragedy, death, and disease in monumental proportions.

Mr. President, I am singularly, morally uncomfortable with my country being complicit in war crimes, as it is in Yemen.

And sir, do you happen to remember how many names were on the ballot when Al-Hadi, the corrupt, former President was "elected" ?!?

Only one; that of Al-Hadi.

Jun 03 07:57

The Manchester Bombing as Blowback: The latest evidence

The evidence suggests that the barbaric Manchester bombing, which killed 22 innocent people on May 22nd, is a case of blowback on British citizens arising at least partly from the overt and covert actions of British governments. The British state therefore has a serious case to answer. We focus primarily here on UK policies towards Libya but also touch on some of those related to Iraq and Syria.

Jun 03 07:33

Former State Dept Officials Brag They Derailed Normalization of US-Russia Ties

Obama-era State Department officials engaged in what they are describing as an “intense,” behind-the-scenes campaign to prevent President Trump from normalization US relations with Russia shortly after he took office. The officials, who include former Obama Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski, claim to have been the impetus behind the Senate resolution which aimed to forbid easing sanctions on Russia without Congressional permission.

Though President Trump made much of his intention to normalize ties with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, he had publicly abandoned that proposal by the late-January, early-February period during which this effort supposedly happened, insisting he was holding off on sanctions relief on Russia for concessions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Such actions are not something about which to "brag", because they set this country on a potential collision course which could lead to a shooting war with Russia, something for which the American military is sorely unprepared.

And I say this because right now, our military does not have the troop strength; the weaponry; the money, or the manufacturing to insure success in a conventional war against Russia.

Jun 03 07:20

CIA’s New Iran Chief Is a Sign of Trump’s ‘Hard Line’ on Iran

The CIA has appointed Michael D’Andrea, who is colloquially known as “Ayatollah Mike,” as the new chief of their anti-Iran operations. D’Andrea had previously participated in the hunt for bin Laden, was said to be heavily involved in the CIA’s torture program against al-Qaeda detainees, and then oversaw the CIA drone war worldwide, with its huge death toll of both civilians and “suspects.”

As someone who oversaw torture and widespread killing by CIA forces, and is seen as a particularly aggressive figure, D’Andrea’s appointment to the Iran post is seen as a sign that the Trump Administration is taking a “hard line” toward Iran.

Exactly what a hard line toward Iran means, in the midst of repeated international confirmations that Iran is complying with its requirements under the P5+1 nuclear deal, is not clear, though Trump has repeatedly expressed opposition to the P5+1 deal, and may still be looking for an out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This appointment is absolutely sending the wrong message.

President Trump, a word, please.

Iran hasn't started a war in over 200 years. Yes, it is a theocracy, but one which does have elections, and a Constitution.

Israel has no Constitution, after over 60 years of existence.

Over 50% of Iran's scientists are women.

They have managed to grow their economy, even in spite of Western sanctions against it, and its economic growth is somewhere around 5.5% (a lot better than the US economy is doing right now, thank you very much).

Iran’s Long Economic Journey

Mr. President, I am deeply concerned that you have thrown the US's geopolitical lot in the Middle East with Saudi Arabia, a country which has a human rights record which would make Attila the Hun look downright compassionate.

And I understand that your anti-Iran rhetoric is being spoon-fed to you right now by both Saudi Arabia, and Israel, which both see Iran as an "existential threat", when all it has done is to create a theocratic, functioning state, and whose people are living very much better than they did under the US puppet, the Shah.

I respectfully request that you re-think this CIA appointment. On American TV, you are noted for two words: "You're fired!" This is what you most probably need to say to Michael D’Andrea, before any further damage can be done to US/Iranian relations (and those relations are bad enough already, sir).

Any military combat against Iran will almost certainly mean a war with Russia, and the US military does not have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia over Iran.

Jun 03 06:51

NATO Might Invoke Article 5 Over a Serious Cyberattack

NATO officials at a conference in Estonia are discussing the risks of cyberattacks, and talking up the possibility of invoking Article 5, an alliance-wide obligation for member nations to come to the military defense of the attacked nation, in the event of “certain” cyberattacks.

CyberProject Director Catherine Lotrionte said there would need to be a “legal threshold” for the triggering of Article 5, and that such an action would need to only be considered in the case of a “grave threat” which is also “current,” and not in retaliation for something that happened years ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is NATO telegraphing a coming computer "false flag" to be blamed on the "villain du jure" ?!?

Take your pick; a DOS attack to be blamed on Russia, Iran, or perhaps North Korea, as an "excuse" to fight back, and with actual military combat?!?

Nothing would surprise me here.

Jun 02 12:06

CIVILIAN DEATH TOLL RISES TO 484 FROM US-LED COALITION STRIKES IN IRAQ & SYRIA

A new Operation Inherent Resolve report has upped the official civilian death toll of the US-led aerial bombing campaign in Syria and Iraq by more than a third, confirming 484 civilian deaths – while activists claim the figure is several times higher.

“To date, based on information available, CJTF-OIR [Combined Joint Task Force] assesses that, it is more likely than not, at least 484 civilians have been unintentionally killed by Coalition strikes since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve,” a statement released on Friday reads.

The coalition analyzes each individual report and bases its official civilian death toll only on those it finds “credible.”

According to the coalition, in the period between August 2014 and April 2017, 21,035 airstrikes were carried out, which could be broken down into 44,330 separate engagements.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the people of Iraq and Syria; my heart goes out to the innocents killed, their families, and their friends, but please understand the following.

The people of the Unhinged, Surveillance States of America (the USSA) have utterly no control over the actions of our alleged representative government; the only "people" in this country who are represented, are the huge corporations, with a lock on the bullets, bombs, bandages, and banking services (all countries have to borrow money to finance wars) to be used for the benefit of this country's moneyed class.

And what is painful to realize, for me, at 68, is that Americans continually vote for change, away from the wars; away from the carnage; away from the excesses of empire; away from the crushing National debt, and yet, the kinds of changes We the People want very rarely happen.

When Karl Marx made the observation that all wars are economic, he was telling the truth.

The war in Iraq continues to be about control of the production of its oil, to whom it is sold, globally, and insuring that the oil is only sold in US dollars.

The war in Syria is being engineered to create regime change in Damascus, because it will be far easier to regime change Tehran (Israel and Saudi Arabia's geopolitical "wet dream") with Al-Assad gone.

But the question has to be asked, regarding Syria, is just how far Russia, which is aligned with the Al-Assad presidency, will allow US supported jihadists, as well as US troops on the ground in Syria, to go, before they lay down the proverbial "line in the sand" here?!? And President Trump has just approved the addition of more troops for southern Syria.
US hikes "combat power" in Southern Syria

Right now, it looks like it is only a matter of time before we see real combat between the Russians and US forces in Syria; this is a completely insane scenario, yet that is precisely where the US government and military want to be, apparently.

Jun 02 11:18

AFGHANISTAN: FROM SOVIET OCCUPATION TO AMERICAN ‘LIBERATION’

During the election campaign of 2008 before he was elected as the president, Barack Obama made an artificial distinction between the “just war” in Afghanistan and the unjust war in Iraq. In accordance with the flawed distinction, he pledged that he would withdraw American troops stationed in Iraq.

More to the point, however, when President Obama decided to withdraw American troops from the unjust war in Iraq, at the same time, he pledged that he would commit additional American troops and resources into the purportedly “just war” in Afghanistan. And consequently, the number of US troops in Afghanistan jumped from 30,000 during the Bush Administration to more than 100,000 during the supposedly “pacifist” Obama Administration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One of the classic definitions of insanity, is doing the same thing, precisely the same way, yet expecting a different outcome.

This is precisely where we are with the US government's policy toward Afghanistan in 2017; doing the same thing, precisely the same way, yet expecting a different outcome.

the US policy in Afghanistan has been an utter, epic fail; there is absolutely no military metric by which this 16 year, brutal stalemate of a war, can be adjudged as a "success."

The Cost of War: Deaths in Afghanistan

Of course, it continues to be a great revenue stream for the folks who manufacture the bombs,bullets, and bandages. President Trump seems to be of the opinion that war is "good for business".

Our military waste game suddenly seems prophetic

And also, the alphabet soup agencies who are profiting greatly from the overwhelming growth of the opium poppy business, are very much in favor of the war continuing, because they use the opium poppy profits for "off the shelf" operations over which Congress has absolutely no supervision:


Images: American soldiers guarding the opium poppy fields in Afghan

Everything I used to believe this country stood for, peace, honor, individual and collective responsibility, human rights,and human decency, has been absolutely turned upside down by this insane war, not to mention the credibility of the US government which, through my eyes, has absolutely none, and does not speak to the real needs and concerns of We the People.

It's all about the money, just as it was with Iraq, and its oil pipelines, which are now under a government which is nominally Western-centric, and its oil is only sold in US dollars.

President Trump (and those reading this site on his administration's behalf), a word, please. There are significant, fact-based reasons why this country is called "the graveyard of empires."

The British found this out, with much blood and money spent; so did Soviet Russia.

The uncomfortable, inescapable truth here is, that those who cannot learn from history, are doomed to repeat it. This is the conclusion to which the US government and NATO must ultimately come; I simply hope and pray, as a Christian pacifist activist, that such a conclusion will come sooner, rather than later.

So what should the US government and NATO do at this point in Afghanistan?!?

Remove US and NATO troops as quickly as is safely possible, declare "victory", and negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the oil pipeline and mineral rights.

Let's call a spade a spade here; it was the failed negotiation between the Bush administration and the Taliban over the oil pipeline routes which got the Us government into this mess in the first place.

A 1998 memo written by al-Qaida military chief Mohammed Atef reveals that Osama bin Laden’s group had detailed knowledge of negotiations that were taking place between Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban and American government and business leaders over plans for a U.S. oil and gas pipeline across that Central Asian country. The e-mail memo was found in 1998 on a computer seized by the FBI during its investigation into the 1998 African embassy bombings, which were sponsored by al-Qaida. Atef’s memo was discovered by FBI counter-terrorism expert John O’Neill, who left the bureau in 2001, complaining that U.S. oil interests were hindering his investigation into al-Qaida. O’Neill, who became security chief at the World Trade Center, died in the Sept. 11 attack.

Atef’s memo shines new light on what al-Qaida knew about U.S. efforts to normalize relations with the Taliban in exchange for the fundamentalist government’s supporting the construction of an oil and gas pipeline across Afghanistan.

This was the real reason the US military went into Afghanistan; it was not because the Taliban "wouldn't give up Ben Laden" ; Ben Laden died of natural causes in December of 2001:

Bin Laden’s Obituary Notice

That was simply the "excuse", post 9/11, that the Bush administration thought the American people would buy off on, as excuse to invade the country, to control its oil pipelines, and mineral wealth.

Jun 02 11:01

Cuban Missile Crisis 2.0: 'Russia's surrounded by NATO bases and US missile systems’

Dangerous provocations between Russia and the West - similar to that of the Cold War period - are now taking place on Russia's border, yet nobody seems to be concerned as what the implications could be, author Martin Summers told RT.
Amid heightening tensions between Russia and the West, Vladimir Putin has again faced questions about hacking and influence over the upcoming election in Germany. It came as he met foreign journalists on the sidelines of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Speaking about US missile systems now stationed in Alaska and South Korea, the Russian leader said, “They have elements in their ABM system in Alaska and now in South Korea. Do we have to look at this helplessly and do the same in Eastern Europe? Of course not. We contemplate our response to this challenge.”

Jun 02 10:36

US HIKES ‘COMBAT POWER’ IN SOUTHERN SYRIA

Pentagon officials are reporting that they are hiking the US military “footpriint” as well as “combat power” in southern Syria in recent days, sending more troops into the area with a specific eye toward fighting against the Shi’ite militias that are trying to advance, hoping to connect Syrian government territory to the Iraqi border.

Shi’ite militias who had been involved in the Mosul invasion in Iraq have been making for the Syrian border, looking to help the Shi’ite militias inside Syria with fighting ISIS. The problem is that US-backed rebels are smack in the middle of these two sides, and the US has even targeted the militias inside syria to some extent to keep them away from the border region, accusing them of “threatening” the rebel territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US attempt at regime change in Damascus is on, and, most likely, this will happen sooner rather than later.

I don't know what the Vegas odds are now on US/Russian military conflict in Syria, but, were I a betting woman, I would think that this possibility is far closer than has been before, with this increase in US troop strength in southern Syria.

Jun 02 09:55

MDPD Wants to Record Entire County From the Sky Using Iraq War Technology

After the Freddie Gray riots in 2015, Baltimore residents began noticing small planes circling the city. As reporters later uncovered, Baltimore Police had quietly begun using a "wide-area surveillance" system, which deploys Cessna planes to constantly record the movements of an entire metro area. Police never bothered to tell the public they were using the invasive technology, which had been developed by the U.S. Air Force to help soldiers fight in the Middle East.

Now Miami-Dade Police are quietly trying to deploy the same system. In a county document posted online Tuesday, MDPD revealed the force has applied for Department of Justice funds to begin using wide-area surveillance (WAS) tools throughout the county. In a move that echoes Baltimore's lack of disclosure to the public, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has already applied for the grant — and the county is now asking commissioners to sign off on the act retroactively at its next meeting June 6.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to ask; what have been the benefits to the Baltimore PD from this activity, and how does the Miami Dade police expect to actually benefit from the use of this surveillance?!?

There's a war going on in this country to eviscerate what precious few civil liberties we have left, and such surveillance reeks of this process.

Miami Dade Mayor Gimenez understands that, otherwise, he wouldn't have asked his city commissioners to sigh off on this act retroactively.

And if this allegedly about "reducing crime", let me tell you what investments will work far better than a bunch of airplanes surveilling your city as they do in a war zone.

First, create a functional educational system, which will prepare kids for the jobs in the later 21st century, which will look nothing like the jobs we have now, particularly when it comes to manual labor, which will be a thing of the past very shortly, due to automation.

And no matter what language kids speak at home, they must learn a functional English, in order to qualify for the better jobs. In 6 Baltimore schools, not a single student could pass the proficiency test for either English, or math.

Encourage start-ups and entrepreneurs locally, by having a system of taxation which doesn't strangle them just as they are starting out.

And finally, decriminalise drugs, to take the financial incentive out of joining a gang completely away.

Portugal did this, and their progress in the area of preventing drug use in teens and beyond was nothing short of amazing.

Portugal: what happened after their decriminalisation of drugs, from weed to heroin.

Of course, this is apt to happen in this country when pigs discover their ability to fly, as drug money is laundered by some of the world's biggest banks, and they don't want to give up that profit stream.Banks Launder Billions of Illegal Cartel Money While Snubbing Legal Marijuana Businesses

And many political campaigns are partially funded by drug criminals:
Image: Hillary Clinton posing with convicted drug felon, Jorge Cabrera, at a White House Christmas event

And please don't tell me she didn't know what his background was; she knew, but only the money he was able to provide her husband's campaign mattered, no matter how dirty and drug tainted it was.

Jun 02 09:53

The Crusades When Christianity Pushed Back after Four Centuries of Being Attacked: Charles "The Hammer" Martel

The year is 732 A.D., and Europe is under assault. Islam, born a mere 110 years earlier, is already in its adolescence, and the Muslim Moors are on the march.

Growing in leaps and bounds, the Caliphate, as the Islamic realm is known, has thus far subdued much of Christendom, conquering the old Christian lands of the Mideast and North Africa in short order. Syria and Iraq fell in 636; Palestine in 638; and Egypt, which was not even an Arab land, fell in 642. North Africa, also not Arab, was under Muslim control by 709.

The only thing the Frankish and Burgundian European forces have going for them is their leader, Charles of Herstal, grandfather of Charlemagne. He is a brilliant military tactician who, after losing his very first battle, is enjoying an unbroken 16-year streak of victories.

Jun 02 03:42

Assessing The Reasons For The Attack On The USSLiberty - Ernie Gallo


Published on Jun 1, 2017 Ernie Gallo President – Liberty Veterans Association
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Gag orders were issued to stop the survivors talking.

Jun 01 15:19

Kabul Blast A Reminder That Civilians Bearing Brunt Of War, Says Expert

The deadly truck bombing that struck the diplomatic area Afghanistan’s capital during rush hour on Wednesday is a grim reminder of the ongoing horrors of war felt by Afghan civilians, says one expert.

Jun 01 14:09

The Problem With Dividing ‘Good Muslims’ From ‘Bad Muslims’

All right, America. We need to have a talk.

The president recently returned from Saudi Arabia, where he gave his Muslim hosts a speech about the threats of “radical Islamist terrorism.”

Jun 01 10:31

Forget Peace & Stability - Washington's Policy In The South China Sea Is Confrontational

The American guided missile destroyer USS Dewey was reported as having carried out a ‘freedom of navigation operation’ or FONOP in the South China Sea on May 24. According to the US Naval Institute the undertaking involved manoeuvres «within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef for about 90 minutes zig-zagging in the water near the installation. At one point during the operation, the ship’s crew conducted a man overboard drill».

Mischief Reef is 900 miles from the mainland of China, and 12,000 miles from the mainland of the United States. It has been built up by China from a sandy pile of rock into a habitable base and lies in the Spratly Island chain which is claimed by the Philippines and Vietnam, both members of the Association of South East Asian Nations, ASEAN.

Jun 01 10:31

Russian Lawmaker Issues Sobering Threat: We're Willing To Use Nukes To Defend Crimea

As of late, the media has forgotten about tensions between Ukraine, NATO, and Russia. Crimea and the conflict in Eastern Ukraine have largely left the public’s awareness. However, that shouldn’t be the case, because this region is still a powder keg that could blow at any time. And if it does, it could easily result in another world war.

If you don’t think the situation in Ukraine could still explode into a wider conflict, take a look at what this member of Russia’s parliament recently said at an international security conference.

“On the issue of NATO expansion on our borders, at some point I heard from the Russian military — and I think they are right — If U.S. forces, NATO forces, are, were, in the Crimea, in eastern Ukraine, Russia is undefendable militarily in case of conflict without using nuclear weapons in the early stage of the conflict,” Russian parliamentarian Vyacheslav Alekseyevich Nikonov told attendees at the GLOBSEC 2017 forum in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Jun 01 10:21

RUSSIA READY TO SUPPLY S-400 MISSILE SYSTEMS TO TURKEY – PUTIN

Russia is ready to sell its S-400 air defense systems to Turkey, President Vladimir Putin said at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). He added the issue was discussed earlier with his Turkish counterpart.

“We discussed the possibility of selling S-400s [to Turkey]. We are ready for this,” Putin said in answer to a question from a Turkish media reporter.

Speaking about cooperation between Moscow and Ankara in assembling the defense systems in Turkey, he said it depends on the readiness of local manufacturing industry.

“At the moment, we don't produce those systems abroad,” Putin added.

“We are ready to deliver these newest and most efficient systems. President [Recep Tayip] Erdogan and our countries’ militaries are aware of it.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whether produced in Russia or Turkey, such a defensive capability for Turkey would be an absolute game-changer.

Jun 01 10:13

Secretive Bilderberg Group to talk Russia, Trump & ‘war on information’

Many of the world's most powerful people are gathering for the annual meeting of the mysterious Bilderberg Group this week. Russia, the Trump administration and ‘The war on information’ are among key topics up for discussion.

Jun 01 10:09

NATO LAUNCHES ITS OWN OPERATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST

The recent NATO summit took a decision to formally become a member of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS), in addition to its training mission in Iraq.

Despite all the speeches ringing alarm bells about the deadly threat coming from the IS – the mortal enemy of the West that vowed to fight it till it exists – the bloc’s combat ready forces are deploying…against Russia in the Eastern Europe! As a result, the alliance has seen no need to counter the IS plans to create a caliphate. It stubbornly turns a blind eye on the peril coming from the South.

Migrant flows are flooding the territories of European alliance members, terrorist acts are committed to kill citizens of the NATO member states, US and Turkish military are fighting the extremists on the ground but the bloc largely limits itself to words of condemnation while demonizing Russia – the country which says it does not want to provoke confrontation and calls for a dialogue!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It has become painfully clear, that the obvious intent of this military intervention, is regime change in Syria.

And the question must be asked; how long before NATO and US forces are in direct conflict with Russia over Syria?!?

And the way I see it, the short answer is, not long.

Jun 01 09:29

SECRETIVE BILDERBERG GROUP TO TALK RUSSIA, TRUMP & ‘WAR ON INFORMATION’

This year’s event marks the 65th meeting of the infamously-secretive group which has met every year since 1954. Denis Healey, Joseph Retinger, David Rockefeller and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands were the group’s founders.

The group says the conference is “designed to foster dialogue between Europe and North America.” Each year it’s attended by people from the fields of politics, industry, finance, media and academia. About two thirds of the participants come from Europe and the rest from North America.

As well of some of Trump’s top brass, other attendees this year include Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, Republican senators Tom Cotton and Lindsey Graham, and Chinese Ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai.

Editors, and chief commentators, from several world famous publications including Bloomberg, The Economist, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera and the London Evening Standard will also be in attendance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These meetings are about three things; control (financial and informational); wealth building; and war.

And when Karl Marx made the observation that all wars are economic in origin, the man was not far from the truth at all.

Jun 01 08:22

US starts providing weapons to Syrian Kurds

Kurdish fighters received small arms and vehicles from the US military in a war plan that has angered Turkey

Jun 01 07:20

US EYES $1.1 TRILLION NATIONAL SECURITY BUDGET FOR 2018

The most recent figures related to President Trump’s proposed increases in Pentagon spending, along with cuts at the State Department, show the general national security budget of the United States rising once again, with the 2018 proposal in the ballpark of $1.1 trillion. Needless to say, that’s the biggest military budget on the planet by a far measure. As the figures are broken down into their component parts, however, it becomes particularly shocking just how money is disappearing not just into the general war-fighting budget, but into related costs of having such a massive military for so long.

May 31 17:53

How The 1989 War On Manuel Noriega’s Panama Super-Charged US Militarism

Manuel Noriega is dead at 83. He seems like a sad footnote to the last disastrous quarter century, but the December 1989 US invasion of Panama really was a permission slip for Washington—led by both Republicans and Democrats—to waste whatever potential benefits the end of the Cold War might have brought. Remember the “peace dividend”? The Berlin Wall had just fallen on November 9, and George H.W. Bush, the “realist,” was quick to use Panama to leverage the collapse of Soviet rule in Eastern Europe, declaring the end of “sovereignty” and the right of the United States to invade other countries in the name of “democracy” and “human rights.”

May 31 13:46

Inside Embattled Marawi: Ravaged & Abandoned Streets As Clashes With ISIS-Linked Militants Rage On

Damages inflicted by clashes between Islamist militants and Philippines security forces could be seen on the streets of Marawi, Monday.

May 31 12:20

TRUMP DUMPS PRETENSION OF ALTRUISM FROM U.S. FOREIGN POLICY

For decades the U.S. foreign policy elite and its presidents played the farce of an altruistic United States that acts for the global good and in the interest of humanity. That was always a lie. Wherever one takes a deeper look the U.S. acted solely in its (perceived) self interests. But the rhetoric helped to drag others along. Tributary governments could pretend they worked for the "universal good" when they in fact just followed orders from Washington DC. U.S. pressure was applied behind the curtain - through bribes, threats of revealing private secrets or, if necessary, via well managed "democratic" coups.

May 31 08:12

‘Veterans for Peace’ confront President Trump about endless wars

A contingent of antiwar protesters in the hundreds, gathered Tuesday for a rally, at 11 a.m., at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. They were led by the president of the Veterans for Peace, Barry Ladendorf. They demanded a “stop to the endless war,” and a start to a genuine “peace-building movement.”

A coalition of about ten other antiwar, peace and justice organizations joined with the Veterans for Peace in the spirited demonstration. Nine speakers participated in the two-hour program, along with music provided by Pat Scanlon, the Fugs and others.

The speakers raised their voices about the endless U.S. related conflicts around the globe in Afghanistan, Iraq and in Syria. They put emphasis on the war drums beating daily for a conflict with North Korea, and also, thanks to the hawkish Neocons and our influential Military-Industrial Complex, a possible U.S. war, starting in 2017, with Iran.

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