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Feb 03 12:03

New UN Ambassador Threatens Russia Over Ukraine Violence, Demands ‘Return of Crimea’

But today marks an own-goal hat trick! Today, President Trump’s Ambassador to the United Nations, former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley used her first appearance before the UN Security Council to condemn Russia for the renewed violence in eastern Ukraine.

Haley told the Security Council:

I consider it unfortunate that the occasion of my first appearance is one in which I must condemn the aggressive actions of Russia. It is unfortunate because it is a replay of too many instances over many years in which United States representatives have had to do that.

What were the “aggressive actions of Russia”? She did not say. Does she accuse Russia of another “invasion” of Ukraine, as Obama’s mouthpieces endlessly claimed without proof? What exactly did she mean?

But it got even stranger.

Haley went on to tell the Council that US sanctions on Russia would not be lifted until Crimea is returned to Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Ambassador Haley; your narrative could not possibly be more ham-fistedly, pig-headedly far from the truth.

The world, and your brother and sister Americans are recoiling at the hysterical idiocy of this premise, that Russia, in some way, "annexed" Ukraine.

It would actually be funny, if it weren't so deadly serious, in terms of such a statement being a potential prelude to a war against Russia.

And I can firmly assure you, Ambassador Haley, that neither Americans or the world have SMD (selective memory disorder) as to why Crimea had the referendum to decide whether to stay with Ukraine, post-putsch, or join the Russian Federation.

Let me take you back to the events of 2014, when the US/IMF/EU/NATO initiated a coup in Kiev, during which the more Russian-centric Yanukovich was thrown under proverbial bus, and Poroshenko, the pro-western puppet, was "installed" in an election more crooked than a dog's hind leg. Obama actually admitted this publicly:

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

And let me remind you, Madam Ambassador, of Victoria Nuland's very public "gloat" about how much the US had spent to regime change Kiev:

Regime Change in Kiev: Victoria Nuland Admits: US Has Invested $5 Billion In The Development of Ukrainian, "Democratic Institutions"

And sorry, Madam Ambassador, neither I, or the world, can unsee the video of that presentation.

When Crimean leadership understood that there was no more legitimate government in Kiev, they did to things.

First, in an honest, and free, referendum, it asked its people whether they wanted to stay with the US regime-changed government in Kiev, or join the Russian Federation. Overwhelmingly, the people of Crimea voted to petition Russia to join the Russian Federation.

95.7% of Crimeans in referendum voted to join Russia - preliminary results

There was no "annexation" of Crimea by Russia; the Crimean people, in an exercise of peaceful self-determination, as sanctioned by the UN charter (something with which you should, my dear, at least peripherally acquaint yourself), held a referendum, and decided to petition the Russian Federation to become a part of it, which it did.

Madam Secretary, I am simply an American citizen, with a deep respect for actual history, and the truth; and if in fact, I can put this together, using publicly available resources, why is your ultimatum to Russia at the UN so completely, utterly, fact-free?!?

This is the kind of threat which is a prelude to war; it is a war that neither the American people, nor the Russia people want at all.

But of course, that is of utterly no matter to the American Deep State, to which you have proven, through these utterances at the UN, to be your ultimate master.

Another very troubling evaluation of these moves comes to us from Steven Lendman, from global research.ca:

Trump's policy on Ukraine could lead to war with Russia, and it states, very honestly, that Haley's rhetoric sounds like Samantha Powers had never left the UN.

Feb 03 11:35

US Defends Yemen Raid as Death Toll Rises

The weekend raid by SEAL Team 6 against the home of a suspected al-Qaeda collaborator in Yemen is facing mounting criticism both domestically and internationally, as even the Pentagon concedes that there were civilians deaths in the attack, which ended up destroying nearly an entire village.

The same raid had reportedly been proposed to the Obama Administration and they deferred to Trump. The Pentagon was keen to do the raid on a moonless night to have the element of surprise, but the large US drone presence over the village tipped off the raid long before ground troops arrived and gave locals a chance to organize substantial resistance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, killing innocent women and children is cool; hell, our compadres in this fight, the Saudi Military, do it every day!!" - official Trump White House Souse.

And I apologise for the horrifically graphic images I have chosen to accompany this story, but it is the design intent here, that once you see these, you cannot unsee them, to truly understand the magnitude of the moral evils of this horrific war against the Yemeni people.

Images: Yemeni children killed or wounded by Saudi bombing raids

It deeply concerns me that the US government has been a proud partner in war crimes, from the moment it decided to aid and abet Saudi war crimes in Yemen, and into President Trump's presidency.

And as a Christian Pacifist activist, who never advocates violence, throughout all of this, my job is to watch; witness; analyze; and get the facts as straight as I possibly can.

Feb 03 11:15

Pentagon: Houthi Attack on Saudi Ship Intended for US Seacraft

A recent maritime suicide bombing off the coast of the Yemen may have been a “dress rehearsal” for a comparable attack on US destroyers patrolling waterways in the Middle East.

Defense analysts believe that not only might the attack have been a practice round for bigger fish, like the Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Cole, but also that the attack was from a manned suicide vessel, as opposed to a missile or rocket strike. Multiple suicide ships may have caused the strike.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice that these alleged Pentagon "analysts" are not sourced.

So I have to wonder; is this "fake news", in order to "groom" the American people to accept a larger role in the horrific, US-enabled Saudi war on Yemen, should there be an "incident" where an American military ship is hit with a false flag, and the Houthi rebels are blamed?!?

The Saudis are consistently committing war crimes with almost unimaginable barbarity, as the following documentation shows; their military are killing children, and causing children to starve, courtesy of their naval blockade of Yemen.

Images: Yemeni children killed and wounded in Saudi bombing raids

images of starving Yemeni children

The US government has been, and continues to be, under President Trump, proudly complicit in war crimes in Yemen; do you not believe that the US government would do anything to "speed up" the process of returning Yemen to the rule of a western-centric government, where resources are sold only in the US dollar?!?

I don't think such an analysis is far fetched at all, in terms of the US government's history of creating false flags, or in terms of what the American Deep State wants, in terms of reasserting its financial power over Yemen.

Additionally, such a false flag may give the US government and military the "excuse" to attack Iran, because Iran is suspected of providing some military assistance to the Houthi rebels.

Of course, this nearly, inevitably, will mean war with China and Russia, as they have flatly stated that an attack on Iran will be an attack on their countries as well.

Finally, please remember: to the American Deep State, killed or wounded American military service members are simply collateral damage, to be used toward strengthening private corporate profit, no matter the price in blood or money.

And in a related and troubling development, as reported in zerohedge.com:

Pentagon dispatches the USS Cole off the coast of Yemen as tensions with Iran rise

Feb 03 10:51

Putin on E. Ukraine flare-up: Kiev trying to extort US, EU cash by playing the victim

The Kiev government provoked the latest escalation of violence in east Ukraine as it needs money from its Western partners, which is easier to achieve when a nation pretends to be a victim and facing aggression, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.
“The Ukrainian leadership today needs money, and the best way to extort money is [to do that] from the European Union, from certain countries in Europe, from the United States and international institutions, presenting itself as a victim of aggression,” Putin said.

The Russian leader made the comments during a joint press conference with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Budapest.

Putin also noted that after supporting a particular candidate in the US presidential elections – apparently hinting at Hillary Clinton – the Ukrainian government is now seeking to establish closer ties with the new administration under Donald Trump.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Poroshenko is desperately trying to goad Russia into some kind of an attack posture, and this is absolutely not working on Putin one single bit.

Putin understands that if he can just wait long enough, Poroshenko's government is going to collapse under the weight of its own corruption and misjudgment, and there will not be much the US can do about preventing it from happening, unless its goal is all out war against Russia (a spectacularly idiotic idea).

Feb 03 10:36

White House Defends Al-Qaeda Raid In Yemen That Left Civilians Dead

The administration of President Donald Trump has defended a US Special Forces raid in Yemen as a “success by all standards,” despite the death of multiple civilians and children.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday that the intelligence gathered during the raid would ultimately protect American lives.

Feb 03 10:27

U.S. Warns North Korea Of ‘Overwhelming’ Response If They Use Nukes

U.S. President Donald Trump’s defense secretary warned North Korea on Friday of an “effective and overwhelming” response if it chose to use nuclear weapons, as he reassured South Korea of steadfast U.S. support.

“Any attack on the United States, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons would be met with a response that would be effective and overwhelming,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said at South Korea’s defense ministry, at the end of a two-day visit.

Mattis’ remarks come amid concern that North Korea could be readying to test a new ballistic missile, in what could be an early challenge for Trump’s administration.

North Korea, which regularly threatens to destroy South Korea and its main ally, the United States, conducted more than 20 missile tests last year, as well as two nuclear tests, in defiance of U.N. resolutions and sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Sec-Def Mattis; sir, there is an entirely differently way to go about resolving this, rather than threatening war, which will almost inevitably result in war with China, with which, as you should know, the American military is woefully unprepared to cope.

It may well be useful if the US government and military drop its collective bellicosity, and work quietly, behind the scenes, with China, to get North Korea, South Korea, China and the US into negotiations about replacing the Armistice with a full-on peace treaty, guaranteeing trade and freedom of navigation in exchange for stopping their nuclear weapons development program.

And you're welcome for that idea, sir!! :-)

Feb 03 10:09

THE U.S. PLAN TO TOPPLE ALL 7 COUNTRIES ON TRUMP’S REFUGEE BAN LIST

According to four-star General Wesley Clark, shortly after the attacks of 9/11, the Pentagon adopted a plan to topple the governments of seven countries; Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran.

According to Reuters, Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order that would include a temporary refugee ban and a suspension of visas for citizens of Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries.

The list is expected to include Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. If those countries are starting to sound familiar, there’s a reason for that.

According to four-star General Wesley Clark, shortly after the attacks of 9/11, the Pentagon adopted a plan to topple the governments of seven countries; Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The more I look at the first actions of the Trump presidency, the more I am terrifyingly convinced that the real winner of last November's election was the power-hungry, money mad, and deeply psychotic, American Deep State.

The hard, inescapable reality here is that the American Deep State is all about expropriating resources from countries to which it has no moral right; insuring those countries are run by US/Western-centric governments; and insuring that those resources are only sold for the US dollar.

The blood and money spent is of no consequence to those people running the American deep state, as long as their financial/geopolitical objectives are obtained.

And those American military killed or maimed for life in the process of achieving their financial goals?!? Merely collateral damage, for the sake of private corporate profit.

Of course, politicians cannot possibly say that to grieving families and friends of those killed or maimed; they are assured with such nostrums as "They died to protect this country and the American way of life."

No; these military died and were maimed for life to protect and enrich private corporate profit.

That is simply the bottom line here.

Feb 03 08:52

Asininity From McCain "Send Weapons To Ukraine"

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is calling on President Trump to send lethal aid to Ukraine after attacks this week were blamed on Russia-backed rebels.

“Vladimir Putin’s violent campaign to destabilize and dismember the sovereign nation of Ukraine will not stop unless and until he meets a strong and determined response,” wrote McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Send McCain to Ukraine! They love songbirds over there!

Feb 03 08:25

RUSSIA WARNS: Serbs, beware, plan from hell is prepared for an attack on you

Judging by the information provided by the Russian intelligence provided to our secret services, Albanians are preparing to invade the north of Kosovo, while Croats are preparing the same scenario for the western part of the Republic of Serbian(Bosnia and Hercegovina)!

In this wicked plan allegedly involved some NATO officials.

The plan is to carry out attacks in the next two weeks and at the same time, in order to prevent Serbia to react and protect their compatriots.

Their intention is to direct false motives for the attacks, but the goal is that in the next 24 hours Albanian special forces come to Jarinje, and Croatian Army Republic of Serbian cut in two!

For fear of a possible alliance between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, they want as quickly as possible to implement his plan to work, because they realize that this is perhaps the last good moment to attack.

Feb 03 08:04

US Press Secretary Sean Spicer Falsely Accuses Iran Of Attacking U.S. Navy Vessel, An Act Of War – Video

The White House press corps wanted to know what being put “on notice” entailed, and Spicer responded by claiming that Iran’s government took actions against a U.S. naval vessel, which would be an act of war. “I think General Flynn was really clear yesterday that Iran has violated the Joint Resolution, that Iran’s additional hostile actions that it took against our Navy vessel are ones that we are very clear are not going to sit by and take,” he said. “I think that we will have further updates for you on those additional actions.”

Major Garrett of CBS News quietly corrected him, saying “a Saudi vessel,” and Spicer then responded almost inaudibly: “Sorry, thank you, yes a Saudi vessel. Yes, that’s right.” He did not in any way address his false claim that it was an Iranian attack, however.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a very bad sign. Maybe. More on today's radio show.

Feb 03 07:58

'Germany, not Donald Trump, is biggest threat to the EU'

We were told Germany would never be allowed to rearm. They now have got 300,000-400,000 men and arms, and they are now moving tanks into Lithuania. Why? To confront Russia. But Russia isn’t the threat, Graham Moore, political commentator, told RT.

President of the European Council Donald Tusk on Wednesday called US President Donald Trump one of the major external threats to the EU.

Feb 03 07:44

NATO Warning to Russia German Panzergrenadier Battalion Deploys Next Door to Russia 2017

Feb 02 16:59

Our war with China another Vietnam War in the making

A disastrous, purposeless war with China to defend the global credibility of the United States is imminent. Only vocal citizen opposition to the war communicated to the Congress and the White House can prevent our self-ruination. It happened in 2013 to prevent President Obama from another trillion-dollar fool’s errand against Syria. The system still works, if citizens will use it.

Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson testified on Jan. 11, 2017, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the United States would deny China access to islands in the South China Sea over which China claims sovereignty. (The artificial islands are thousands of miles from the continental United States and irrelevant to invincible self-defense). Mr. Tillerson declared that China’s building and militarization of the islands was “akin to Russia’s taking Crimea” from Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, bear in mind that this oculd be "Confirmation talk"; Tillerson telling the Senate Foreign Relations Committee what he thinks they want to hear!

But if not ...

An urgent, honest memo to Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson; your narrative on Crimea is so utterly, amazingly and stupidly incorrect as to have the US looking at war with both Russia and China, which would be a disastrous outcome for US foreign policy.

In 2014, we had the Soros/IMF/US-backed revolution which threw the duly elected Ukrainian Russian-centric president Yanukovich under the proverbial bus, and "anointed" Petro Poroshenko to take over, in an election more crooked than a dog's hind leg.

I would like to believe, sir, that you are aware that Victoria Nuland bragged, in a presentation, of how much money the US had spent to destabilize Ukraine, and you can, if you have not seen it, see it here, because there are too many private copies for America and the World to "unsee" this video:

Regime Change in Kiev

Victoria Nuland Admits: US Has Invested $5 Billion In The Development of Ukrainian, "Democratic Institutions"

When the Crimean government realized that there was no legitimate government in Kiev, due to the US-sponsored coup, they petitioned their people as to whether they wanted to stay with Ukraine, or join the Russian Federation. Overwhelmingly, the Crimean people, who were part of Russia before being annexed to Ukraine by Ukrainian USSR President Khrushchev, voted overwhelmingly to petition the Russian Federation to become a part of it, and the Russian Federation accepted.

There was utterly no "annexation" by Russia whatsoflippingever, and it very much concerns me that your perception is so far away from documented reality on this issue.

Has anyone happened to mention to you the history of these Islands in China, which were originally awarded to China after World War 2?!?!?

China Awarded the Islands in the South China Sea after World War 2, via the Cairo Agreement

Sir, forgive me, but if I understand this, as a private American citizen, I am very alarmed that you seem to not understand this at all.

And Secretary Tillerson, the US military is so not ready for a war against either China , and/or Russia. We don't have the money, the manufacturing, the troop strength, or the weaponry to insure a positive outcome to any kind of a war against these two countries.

When US weapons are delivered, they are sometimes so late as to be obsolete; they don't work as advertised, and are obscenely over-budget. The Chinese and Russian military are not spending any where near what the US government is spending for our weapons, but getting far more bank for their collective weapons buck.

Before you start making noises which may lead to war, Mr. Secretary, I think you need one hell of a good briefing from General Mattis about our military's general state of readiness, at all levels.

Please.

The fate of this country, and this world, depends upon your having a realistic and honest grasp of the scenarios generated by this country's "deep State", with a clear understanding of where these scenarios diverge from reality.

Also please remember; you have a war-skeptic, war-weary American population which remembers, very clearly, the lie that "Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction." The presstitutes and whorespondents ran with that lie, and far too much blood and money has been spent on wars.

And just so you have it straight, I am a Christian pacifist activist, who constantly exhorts her country to resolve its geopolitical differences in ways other than wars. I never advocate violence; only hard-won, good faith negotiations.

DEAL WITH IT!!

Feb 02 16:45

Hundreds ‘Wrongly Placed On Terrorism Watch List’ Could Sue Reuters

Hundreds of people could sue international news and information company Thomson Reuters after it admitted wrongly listing a north London mosque on its global database of potential terrorists, it has emerged.

In a statement to the High Court, Thomson Reuters apologized for listing Finsbury Park Mosque in the terrorism category of its World-Check database. The system is used by banks and other financial services to screen for “high-risk” clients.

Feb 02 16:07

Mattis Memo Reveals Plans For Leaner Pentagon, More Money To Fight ISIS

The US Department of Defense will ask for additional funds in 2017 to step up operations against Islamic State and to improve battle readiness, while planning for sweeping reforms to improve efficiency, says a memo from the new Pentagon chief.

Feb 02 14:22

Flying Trump flag is a military violation

The Colorado Republican Party posted a photo on its official Facebook page showing a military Humvee on a Kentucky highway flying a flag in support of President Donald Trump.

And next to the flag, the posting noted that the incident was under investigation – and asked visitors to the page a simple question: “Do you believe the Pentagon should investigate the East Coast-based SEAL unit for flying a ‘Trump flag?’”

As a result, VERIFY – a new project of 9NEWS – set out to determine two things: Whether the incident really was under investigation, and whether the service members flying the flag violated any military regulation.

The answer in both cases was yes.

Feb 02 12:02

For hardline West Bank settlers, Jared Kushner's their man

For many in the Israeli settlement of Bet El, deep in the occupied West Bank, Donald Trump's choice of Jared Kushner as his senior adviser on the Middle East is a sign of politics shifting in their favor.

They regard Kushner, whose family's charitable foundation has donated tens of thousands of dollars to their settlement, as part of a diplomatic rebalancing after what they view as eight years of anti-Israel bias under the U.S. administration of Barack Obama.

"He will stand up for our interests. I suppose he will lean in our favor," said Avi Lavi, 46, who has lived in Bet El for more than 40 years. "He'll be fair, as opposed to Obama, whose policy leaned always towards the Arabs."

Feb 02 11:12

US ‘Likely’ Killed Yemeni Civilians, Kids In Recent Qaeda Raid

A recent US attack on al-Qaeda terrorists in impoverished Yemen “likely” left civilians dead, says the United States Central Command.

In a statement on Wednesday, CENTCOM added that the January 29 raid casualties also included children.

Feb 02 10:11

Mad Dog on the Prowl: the Blood-soaked Career of General James Mattis

By Gary G. Kohls, MD
“It is clear that Trump’s secretary of defense selection of Mattis, an unprosecuted war criminal, is yet another egregious act against justice and the rule of international law. Mattis was a high-level marine commander overseeing both sieges of Fallujah who then played an active role in making sure eight marines involved in a massacre walked away from any appropriate punishment.” – Dahr Jamail (http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/38620-james-mattis-is-a-war-crimina...)Jamail wrote:

Feb 02 10:10

IF AMERICANS TRULY CARED ABOUT MUSLIMS, THEY WOULD STOP KILLING THEM BY THE MILLIONS

In the most dramatic expression of insider opposition to a sitting administration’s policies in generations, over 1,000 U.S. State Department employees signed on to a memo protesting President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on people from seven predominantly Muslim countries setting foot on U.S. soil. Another recent high point in dissent among the State Department’s 18,000 worldwide employees occurred in June of last year, when 51 diplomats called for U.S. air strikes against the Syrian government of President Bashar al Assad.

Feb 02 06:41

Exports Booming for German Weapons Manufacturers

A decrease in orders from its own military has led Germany's arms industry to turn the focus of its sales efforts abroad. It has recently enjoyed amazing successes despite seemingly strict export controls.

Feb 02 00:30

Trump Is Being Sabotaged by the Pentagon — Paul Craig Roberts

How is Trump going to normalize relations with Russia when the commander of US forces in Europe is threatening Russia with words and deeds?

The Pentagon has also sent armored vehicles to “moderate rebels” in Syria, according to Penagon spokesman Col. John Dorrian. Unable to prevent Russia and Syria from winning the war against ISIS, the Pentagon is busy at work derailing the peace negotiations.

The military/security complex is using its puppets-on-a-string in the House and Senate to generate renewed conflict with Iran and to continue threats against China.......

Feb 02 00:23

Trump to Mexico: Take care of 'bad hombres' or US might

CNN is reporting Trump offered Mexico aid not troops. My guess is carrot and stick.
Both stories are half of the truth even though both countries are denying the reports from AP and CNN. Brilliant the way it was released. After some Mexican politician threatened to unleash the cartels on the US a few days ago, I have been waiting for the Hammer of Don to drop!

By VIVIAN SALAMA
1 hour ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump warned in a phone call with his Mexican counterpart that he was ready to send U.S. troops to stop "bad hombres down there" unless the Mexican military does more to control them, according to an excerpt of a transcript of the conversation obtained by The Associated Press.

Feb 01 22:42

Tracked Warcrimes by the US backed, Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen

All that, after being told by the Americans that no one would intervene militarily in Yemeni affairs, contradicting the announcement made by the Government of Saudi Arabia that the military operation was a response to Hadis request.
Since then and until this moment thousands of airstrikes are attacking different areas in different Yemeni governorates, not only military targets, but everything Yemeni whether they are innocent people or a livestock.

Constructors, government, health, education facilities, economic facilities and infrastructures, bridges, roads, airports, seaports, Power Stations, water systems, sanitation and stores for food, finishing off with direct targeting residential quarters and ordinary neighborhoods.
Committing hundreds of the most heinous crimes and massacres against innocents who were killed in their homes, markets, weddings, funeral, and IDP camps.

Feb 01 22:32

US Raid Destroyed Most of Yemen Village, FM Blasts ‘Extrajudicial Killing’

The SEALS,the elite couldn't beat women defending their village so they called in airstrikes and helicopter gunships and destroyed a whole village.
Trump needs to look into why these"elite forces",can't outfight women without relying on airpower. Pathetic! And our puppets condemned the raid also.

The weekend raid by SEAL Team 6 forces into Yemen to target what was described as “al-Qaeda headquarters,” was championed by the administration as a great success in the initial wake of it, but subsequent accounts have instead shown a complete disaster, with losses among the attack US forces and substantial harm to civilians, virtually destroying the entire village and leading Yemen’s Foreign Minister to fault the attack as “extrajudicial killings.”

Feb 01 17:18

NATO Chief: World War 3 With Russia “Very Likely”

U.S. Army and NATO Generals have warned that the planet is teetering on the brink of World War 3 between the U.S. and Russia.

Feb 01 16:32

US Navy Cruiser Damages Propellers, Spills Oil Into Tokyo Bay

An American guided-missile cruiser, the USS Antietam has run aground in Japan reportedly spilling hundreds of gallons of oil in Tokyo Bay. The Navy is assessing the cause of the incident and the impact on the environment.

“The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) damaged its propellers while anchoring in Tokyo Bay in the vicinity of Yokosuka, Japan, Jan. 31,” the US Pacific Fleet said in a statement. “The incident did result in the discharge of hydraulic oil into the water.”

Feb 01 16:07

‘Too Many Yemen Hospitals Caught Up In Bombings’ – Doctors Without Borders Ex-Head Of Mission

A report by Doctors Without Borders has complied the experiences of medics working in Yemen.

Feb 01 11:23

18 U.S. Code § 2331 - Definitions

The democrats are in full coup mode. They are even advocating the assassination of President Trump. I have put up the pertinent statutes. These traitors and Insurrectionists need to be indicted convicted and imprisoned FOREVER!

(5) the term “domestic terrorism” means activities that—
(A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State;
(B) appear to be intended—
(i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
(ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
(iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and
(C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.

Feb 01 11:18

18 U.S. Code § 2381 - Treason

It is high time to start prosecuting these Insurrectionists. Which is why they are holding up all the cabinet nominations,especially Jeff Sessions. The man has his work cut out for him. He shouldn't have any time to mess with medical pot. There are better things to do!

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

Feb 01 11:15

18 U.S. Code § 2382 - Misprision of treason

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States and having knowledge of the commission of any treason against them, conceals and does not, as soon as may be, disclose and make known the same to the President or to some judge of the United States, or to the governor or to some judge or justice of a particular State, is guilty of misprision of treason and shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than seven years, or both.

Feb 01 11:13

18 U.S. Code § 2384 - Seditious conspiracy

If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

Feb 01 11:12

18 U.S. Code § 2385 - Advocating overthrow of Government

Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government; or

Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts to do so; or

Feb 01 10:29

Robocall Bomb Threats Target Jewish Centers Across US For Third Time

For the third time in a month, at least 17 Jewish community centers across the US were evacuated after receiving simultaneous bomb threats, according to reports.

At least 17 Jewish centers in California, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Mexico, Utah and Wisconsin received bomb threats within hours of each other Tuesday morning, according to Paul Goldenberg, director of Secure Community Network which advises Jewish groups and institutions.

Feb 01 09:16

Droning On: More US Bombs On Yemen?

Why is President Trump continuing the failed Middle East policy of President Obama? Last weekend’s drone strike on Yemen was supposedly aimed at al-Qaeda operatives, but it also killed a significant number of innocent women and children. And al-Qaeda?

Feb 01 08:36

Security flaws in Pentagon systems "easily" exploited by hackers

Hackers are likely exploiting the easy-to-find vulnerabilities, according to the security researcher who warned the Pentagon of the flaws months ago.

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All that money and they can't keep their computers locked up?!?

Feb 01 08:19

Pre-Emptive Attack Iran Bill Active in US House

You will often see potentially important pieces of legislation languish in the US House. A bill will remain active, meaning that it can be brought to the Floor at any time. But it flies just under the radar. Other times the language floats around Washington for years until a "crisis" necessitates its activation and passage. As we know well, what eventually became the PATRIOT Act -- one of the single greatest attacks on civil liberties in US history -- started out and spent much of its early life as a sugar-plumb fairy dancing in neocon fantasies. Then came 9/11 and it was dusted off and imposed on the American people. And the United States has never been -- and may never be -- the same. Either way, these measures are important if seldom seen.

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Feb 01 07:09

CHINA’S TYPE 055 DESTROYER: FROM BLUEPRINT TO REALITY

When the PLA Navy first eluded to its intention to build another class of guided missile destroyer (DDG) to follow the Type 052D, there was much speculation as to the dimensions, displacement, and intended role of such a vessel. In March of 2014, images began to circulate on the internet that clearly illustrated a test-bed mock-up of the new vessel’s superstructure at the PLA Navy’s testing center at Wuhan, in southern China. Military analysts and enthusiasts keep a watchful eye on the Wuhan facility, as mock-ups for China’s Liaoning CV-16 aircraft carrier, and now the follow-on CV-17 have provided a useful tool by which to extrapolate the eventual size and weapons and systems complement of the finished vessels. Comparing the Type 055 mock-up at Wuhan to the hull modules currently being constructed at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, gives a relatively accurate estimation of total size and displacement.

Feb 01 00:33

In light of US warship going aground, lets review what happened last time same type ship went 'soft aground'. [TL;DR: A complete write-off, and a WW2 destroyer would win in a 1 on 1 fight, hands down!] Heartbreaking.

OMG!
You won't believe this report of the USS Port Royal, an Aegis Ticonderoga class cruiser, ran aground on a coral reef just offshore of Honolulu International Airport on Feb. 5, 2009.

...Mind, BLOWN!
We could look down on the ship from our back porch. They ultimately had to dump the raw sewage from the tanks from the head right onto the protected reef to get the ship light enough to float free!

Jan 31 21:17

Navy cruiser runs aground, gushes oil into Tokyo Bay

A Navy probe into an accident involving the guided-missile cruiser Antietam continued on Tuesday, a day after the warship ran aground and gushed oil into Tokyo Bay.

The Ticonderoga-class vessel experienced an “engineering incident” while anchored near Fleet Activities Yokosuka around 8:56 a.m. on Monday, according to a statement issued Tuesday morning by the U.S. Pacific Fleet headquarters in Hawaii.

Jan 31 21:12

Senator: Army Corp told to approve Dakota pipeline easement

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Acting Secretary of the Army has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with an easement necessary to complete the Dakota Access pipeline, North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven said on Tuesday.

Jan 31 17:46

Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Antietam ran aground, wrecked its propellers and ripped a hole in its hull spilling 1,000 + gallons of oil.

Tokyo Bay

>"" Ship grounded after anchoring out in high winds, - Crew noticed the ship was dragging its anchor. - Got back underway. Shortly after, the crew felt the ship shudder and lose all pitch control in both propellers.

https://www.navytimes.com/articles/officials-navy-cruiser-ran-aground-...

>"" Antietam was unable to maneuver on its own and was brought back to into port with tugs.

https://news.usni.org/2017/01/31/cruiser-uss-antietam-runs-aground-tok...

>"" Dumped 1,100 gallons of oil as a result of the incident. Navy divers are inspecting the ship to determine damage

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/01/31/oil-spill-tokyo-bay-navy...

Jan 31 14:51

Trident Nuclear Missiles Have History Of Failure, US Documents Show

Newly-released US documents show Trident nuclear missiles have a track record of failure. The revelations come weeks after it emerged a British test-fired missile malfunctioned in June 2016 and veered off course towards the US coast.

Jan 31 10:49

ISIS Blows Up The Tetrapylon And Roman Amphitheatre In The Ancient City Of Palmyra

ISIS militants have destroyed the historic Tetrapylon and ‘significantly damaged’ the Roman Theater at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Palmyra, in Syria.

Satellite images, taken on January 10, show the monuments of huge cultural importance lying in ruins after the jihadist group recaptured Palmyra on December 11, 2016, when Syrian armed forces pulled out.

Jan 31 10:10

When Trump Does Something Right, We Must Back Him As With The Executive Order Ban On Muslims Entering The US

Just remember,it is the criminal actions of dc and Israel that have caused these massive flows of refugees. It is the NWO Clash of Civilizations.

I cannot believe the anti-Trump protests at airports and across the nation. Trump is trying to prevent the historic killing and terror events which are a major part of muslim 'culture'. Imposing even a 90 day ban on incoming muslims from murder and terror states like Somalia Iraq & Sudan is strictly logical and represents a bare minimum of common sense. What are White Americans thinking of protesting someone who is making good on part of his promises to the voters to protect them from terrorist butchery? These Muslims want to kill us and subjugate out culture to theirs. They have defiled Europe and Australia already. Their history is horrifying in its sheer death and violence.

Jan 31 08:13

Chinese Army Commander: War With US Increasing Reality

Amid heightening tensions surrounding US President Donald Trump’s protectionist stance, the possibility of a trade war and even physical combat between the world’s two largest economies has become a full-fledged "reality."

Jan 31 08:01

US troops hold joint drills in Poland to ensure ‘unlikely attack from East even more unlikely’

US and Polish soldiers, alongside newly delivered American military hardware, have conducted joint drills as part of the biggest US deployment in Europe since the end of the Cold War.

Jan 31 07:26

Poland's elites clap as US Army wreaks havoc on Polish streets

On January 12th, a thousand US soldiers arrayed in columns of tanks, armored vehicles, and transport trucks - one of the largest offensive troop movements to the East since Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa - poured onto Polish soil. They were greeted more than enthusiastically by Polish Prime Minister Szydlo, herself a graduate of the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership program, who declared: “This is a great holiday on which I can say that the government which I have the honor to stand at the head of, has fulfilled the obligation it took before Poles to defend our countrymen and our fatherland…the country welcomes representatives of the most wonderful army in the world.”

Jan 31 07:25

Star Wars 2.0: Pentagon at Full Throttle Toward Militarization of Space

US Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten's statement that Russia and China will soon pose a threat to American spacecraft resembles nothing so much as an attempt to justify the militarization of space by the Pentagon, Russian military expert Konstantin Sivkov told RIA Novosti.

Jan 31 07:25

Global Warfare: “We’re going to take out 7 countries in 5 years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran..”

It is worth noting that 6 out of these 7 countries (with the exception of Lebanon) identified by General Wesley Clark “to be taken out” are now the object of President Trump’s ban on Muslims’ entry to the US: Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, Iran and Yemen.

All of these countries are on the Pentagon’s drawing board. These countries have been directly or indirectly been the object of US aggression.

Jan 31 05:29

US Sends Military Supplies To Syrian Alliance In First Under Trump Admin

Confirming that the US role in the Syrian conflict is likely to expand in the coming months, Reuters reported that the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State has supplied its Syrian allies with armored vehicles for the first time, expanding support since U.S. President Donald Trump came to office.

The armored vehicles and troop carriers had arrived four or five days ago, said Talal Silo, spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance, which includes the Kurdish YPG militia.

Jan 30 18:50

Russia Willing To Cooperate With U.S. On Syria “Safe Zone” If Syrian Gov’t Is Consulted

By Brandon Turbeville

The Trump administration caused major consternation amid the pro-Syria community when it announced, in the context of Trump’s executive order on refugees, that it was directing the Pentagon and Department of Defense to begin drawing up a plan to create “safe zones” in Syria under the guise of repatriating refugees that have settled in the United States and other countries. Trump’s plan sounds eerily similar to the many names given to the concept of a “No-Fly Zone” in Syria, a plan which will amount to nothing short of war with Syria and most likely Russia if ever implemented.

The terminology of the previous administration has changed several times; from No-Fly Zone, to ISIL-Free Zone, to Safe Zone but it always meant the same thing – Libya 2.0...

Jan 30 15:26

Trump Says McCain, Graham Are Eager To Start World War III

US President Donald Trump has lashed out at Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham for criticizing his immigration policies, saying they “always” look to start a world war.

Jan 30 14:50

‘Focus On ISIS, Not Starting WWIII’: Trump Blasts Senators McCain & Graham

The latest targets of US President Donald Trump’s ire are fellow Republican Senators John McCain & Lindsey Graham, who Trump says should focus on important issues “instead of always looking to start World War III.”

Jan 30 13:35

Gabbard allies rush to her defense after Assad meeting

Allies of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard are pushing back hard against sharp attacks accusing the Hawaii Democrat of legitimizing a tyrant by meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Those who joined Gabbard on her swing through the Middle East this month — including former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) — said the trip was simply a "fact-finding" mission designed to bring a peaceful end to the bloody civil war that's devastated Syria for more than five years.

Gabbard's judgment that current U.S. policy is only inflaming the conflict is correct, they say, hailing her as a courageous voice taking on the entrenched interventionist forces of Washington.

"She is absolutely, 100 percent spot-on," Kucinich said Friday by phone. "In Washington, truth is never decided by consensus; truth stands on its own. And she's telling the truth."

Jan 30 12:13

Mikhail Gorbachev: ‘World Is Preparing for War’

Mikhail Gorbachev warns of the possibility of an imminent global conflict.

“it all looks as if the world is preparing for war,” he warned on Friday.

Gorbachev was the last of the Soviet leaders and the winner of the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize.

Jan 30 12:01

A “color revolution” is under way in the United States

It amazes me to see that the very same people which have demonized Putin for years are now demonizing Trump using exactly the same methods.

A hatred of what I would call the “simple America” or the “daily America”

While I did predict that “The USA are about to face the worst crisis of their history” as far back as October of last year, a month before the elections, I have to admit that I am surprised and amazed at the magnitude of struggle which we see taking place before our eyes. It is now clear that the Neocons did declare war on Trump and some, like Paul Craig Roberts, believe that Trump has now returned them the favor. I sure hope that he is right.

Jan 30 12:00

UK Activists Detained For Disarming Saudi-Bound Warplanes To Prevent ‘War Crimes’ In Yemen

Two men have been arrested in Lancashire, UK for trying to disarm and prevent Saudi-bound warplanes from taking off and delivering weapons that they say would be used to bomb Yemen. They are being held on suspicion of criminal damage.

The two men detained on Sunday had somehow gained entry into the BAE Systems site in Warton, where the planes were reportedly awaiting departure. The men – Reverend Dan Woodhouse, a Methodist minister in Leeds, and Sam Walton, a Quaker – say their actions were intended to “save lives,” in a statement on Facebook.

Jan 30 10:50

13 of Trump’s Cabinet Nominees Await Senate Approval, Leaving Agencies Without a Leader

Congress seems to have joined the Soros Colored Revolution Insurrection!

President Donald Trump moved at a blistering pace to fulfill several campaign promises during his first week in the White House. At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, however, 13 of his Cabinet nominees continue to wait for confirmation votes.

Obama had 11 of his 15 Cabinet secretaries in place after his first week. Trump has two.

Jan 30 09:54

Rand Paul Challenges Nikki Haley on Going to War Without Congress

"I will go one step further in that many say, 'well we should have the advice of Congress, or we ought to go down there occasionally and pat 'em on the back and talk to 'em.' No, No. The rules are pretty specific. We don't go to war really unless Congress votes on war... No U.S. solider should ever fight under any international banner without a vote from Congress and I can't state that strong enough. Because that is a check. That is a check and a balance to try and prevent unnecessary war," Rand Paul says

Jan 30 08:41

SCANDAL SHAKES GERMANY raped soldiers in the barracks to make them "hardened"

After the scandalous disclosures about psychological and physical abuse in the barracks in Pfuledorfu (German province of Baden-Württemberg), suspended seven soldiers, who will be immediately excluded from the army.

Soldiers hours tied to a chair and watering hoses, recruits who are forced to undress in front of his friends to help them then the other curves crammed into the anus and all recorded ... On Friday night at the site of daily "Der Spiegel" published an article about the scandal of sexual violence, mobbing and humiliation of soldiers.

Chief Inspector ordered the launch of several displinskih procedures and transfer of, inter alia, the commander of the barracks in Pfullendorf, Colonel Thomas Heinrich Schmidt.

Defence Minister Ursula von der Lajen told "Bild am Sonntag" (BAMS):
- Events in Pfullendorf are completely unacceptable and the worst possible way violate the principles of internal management.

Jan 30 07:44

Fake News:Protesters march at Portland International Airport decrying Trump refugee ban

According to the Oregonian,this was a peaceful demonstration.

Several police officers watched the peaceful demonstration but didn't intervene as people marched down stairs and by ticket gates inside and on sidewalks by cars dropping off and picking up travelers outside. The protest began with about two dozen people but swelled to around 100 at one point.

As they marched, several travelers at the airport joined them, marching alongside the crowd with their suitcases in tow, Martinez said. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf008xA1x1Q

Jan 29 14:19

The Drone Assassination Assault On Democracy

What do Reyaad Khan, Ruhul Amin, Samir Khan, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, Junaid Hussain and Micah Xavier Johnson have in common? All of these young, brown-skinned males were killed extrajudicially through the use of remote-control technology under authorization by their very own government.

Jan 29 14:18

Trump Gives Pentagon 30 Days To Develop Strategy To Defeat ISIS In Iraq & Syria

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order directing the US military to develop a preliminary plan to defeat Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria. He discussed the issue earlier in a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Jan 29 11:05

US Should Orient Its Military Towards Defense: Analyst

Considering what Donald Trump said in the run-up to the US 2016 presidential election, “restructuring” of the US military makes sense only if it is oriented towards maintaining good relations with Russia and China as well as launching an effective military campaign against the Daesh Takfiri terrorists, an analyst says.

Jan 29 09:21

Perhaps President Donald Trump Needs To Chill Out A Bit

We are not dealing with “widgets” here, but with people

These Refugee/Immigration Executive Orders appear to be knee-jerk, fear-based, and xenophobic acts of reflexive anger and emotional “lashing out,” rather than well-thought out policy and heavily researched executive action.

The last few Executive Orders pertaining to Refugees and Immigration appear to not have been very well thought through, and the etiology/genesis of the refugee crisis and immigration issues were either completely ignored, or Trump and his administration don’t understand it very well.

Jan 29 08:25

Trump orders ISIS plan, talks with Putin and gives Bannon national security role

President Trump on Saturday ordered the Pentagon to devise a strategy to defeat the Islamic State and restructured the National Security Council to include his controversial top political adviser as he forged a partnership with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin in their first official phone call.

Trump and Putin spoke for one hour and vowed to join forces to fight terrorism in Syria and elsewhere, according to the White House and the Kremlin, signaling a potential shift in U.S.-Russian relations that have been marked by high tension.

Jan 29 07:42

Think Tanks Stage Massive Computer Simulation of War With Russia in Warsaw

Defiantly demonstrating that nothing has changed since President Donald Trump's election, organizers of the wargames told Gazeta Wyborcza that the games were held "to help the West understand the essence of the military threat from Russia."

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Computer simulations were used to show what would happen from human-caused global warming ... but that never happened. Russia will not invade Europe.

Jan 29 07:31

The U.S. Had A Plan To Topple All 7 Countries On Trump’s Refugee Ban List

According to Reuters, Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order that would include a temporary refugee ban and a suspension of visas for citizens of Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries.

The list is expected to include Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. If those countries are starting to sound familiar, there’s a reason for that.

According to four-star General Wesley Clark, shortly after the attacks of 9/11, the Pentagon adopted a plan to topple the governments of seven countries; Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran.

Jan 28 11:43

Trump Will Defer to Mattis on Torture Ban

In comments that signal a shift away from his talk earlier this week over the US resuming the use of torture on detainees, President Trump today confirmed in comments during a joint conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May, saying he is leaving the torture question up to Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Mattis has made clear his opposition to torture, and his belief that it isn’t effective, and despite Trump once again today insisting he believes torture works, he will defer to Mattis, and Trump says he expects Mattis to keep the ban in place.

This makes the entire discussion over the week about torture, with Trump insisting top intelligence chiefs had assured him torture was a great way to extract information, pretty pointless, as both Mattis and CIA Director Mike Pompeo had made clear their opposition to the practice, and Trump apparently did not intend to overrule them.

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GOOD!!

Jan 28 11:38

Trump Signs Order for ‘Great Rebuilding’ of US Military

During his first post-inauguration visit to the Pentagon, President Trump today signed an executive order for what he described as the start of a “great rebuilding of the Armed Forces,” seeking to increase the size of the US military, which already spends roughly as much as the eight next largest militaries in the world.

Trump promised the plan would include new warplanes, new ships, new resources, and in increase in the number of special forces. The order calls for the Pentagon and Office of Management and Budget to work jointly on increasing military spending in the next fiscal year, and in ways that will give the Pentagon chief more flexibility on spending.

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The question I want to ask is, for a country which is at least 20 trillion dollars in debt (that we know of), where is the money for this revamp coming from, please?!?

Jan 28 07:40

Star Wars 2.0: Pentagon at Full Throttle Toward Militarization of Space

US Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten’s statement that Russia and China will soon pose a threat to American spacecraft resembles nothing so much as an attempt to justify the militarization of space by the Pentagon, Russian military expert Konstantin Sivkov told RIA Novosti.

Jan 27 14:50

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard interviewed after her trip to Syria

It is clear now more than ever: this regime change war does not serve America’s interest.

“Their message to the American people was powerful and consistent: There is no difference between “moderate” rebels and al-Qaeda (al-Nusra) or ISIS?—?they are all the same. This is a war between terrorists under the command of groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda and the Syrian government. They cry out for the U.S. and other countries to stop supporting those who are destroying Syria and her people.”

Jan 27 13:55

Karl Rove’s Prophecy

If you are a journalist and depend for your income on a mainstream newspaper or are hired by a TV company, you run the risk of losing your job if you do not engage in self-censorship.

In a famous exchange between a high official at the court of George W. Bush and journalist Ron Suskind, the official – later acknowledged to have been Karl Rove – takes the journalist to task for working in “the reality-based community.” He defined that as believing “that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.”

Jan 27 13:51

America Has A Moral Obligation To Help Rebuild The Ravaged Middle East

“Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none” - Thomas Jefferson

It is unfortunately incumbent upon the new administration to also pay the proverbial bill, and to fix and rectify the mistakes of the past.

It would be altogether grossly irresponsible and cruel to now leave the entire world in smoke and shambles, burning embers of once great civilizations that have often existed for thousands of years uninterrupted and unmolested.

Jan 27 13:45

Trump’s First Big Mistake – Justin Raimondo

Syrian “safe zones”: a disaster waiting to happen

This idea is a disaster waiting to happen, and could augur the unraveling of the President’s “America First” foreign policy, which supposedly abjures regime change operations in the Middle East and elsewhere. In 2013 testimony submitted to Congress by then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, the reality of what this would have to mean was outlined:

“Thousands of U.S. ground forces would be needed, even if positioned outside Syria, to support those physically defending the zones. A limited no-fly zone coupled with US ground forces would push the costs over one billion dollars per month.”

Jan 27 09:41

Give War A Chance: Murdered MP’s Report Backs UK Military Intervention

War should always be an available option for Britain, according to a report initiated by murdered Labour MP Jo Cox and finished by a former military intelligence officer-turned-Tory backbencher.

Due to be launched on Thursday by former prime minister Gordon Brown at the Policy Exchange think-tank, the study titled ‘The Cost of Doing Nothing’ seeks to recondition Britain’s ability to intervene militarily in the affairs of other nations.

Jan 27 09:40

The Year In Drones: 2016

Barack Obama’s final year in office began with the incarceration of a 59-year old grandmother. In what must be a first in the annals of crime, Mary Anne Grady Flores was sentenced to six months in jail for a foot fault. While photographing a peaceful demonstration by her group, the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars, Grady Flores had accidentally stepped onto Hancock Field Air National Guard Base outside Syracuse, NY. Her momentary presence on the base violated an Order of Protection a local court had granted the base commander.

Jan 27 09:34

Democratic Congresswoman Destroys CNN Narrative on Syria

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is a combat veteran, and member of the House Armed Services Committee.

She recently introduced a bill to stop funding terrorists (what a novel idea!).

She just came back from a fact-finding mission to Syria … and destroyed CNN’s tired propaganda on “moderate rebels”:

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If the DNC is smart, they will run this woman in 2020!

Jan 27 09:14

Violence costs world economy almost $14 trillion a year

The economic impact of violence and conflict to the global economy was $13.6 trillion in 2015, according to a report from the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). The figure is equivalent to 13.3 percent of the world GDP, it said.

Jan 27 08:42

Death Of The Syrian ‘Moderate’ Fantasy

Neocons and liberal hawks sold the fantasy that Syrian “moderate” rebels were a viable option when all they did was help arm Al Qaeda jihadists and worsen the bloodshed, as Jonathan Marshall explains.

Jan 27 08:27

Kushner's (AKA Trump) Syrian Safe Zone A Spit At Russia and Assad - Morris

Published on Jan 26, 2017

Any US sponsored safe zones will be recruiting places for mercenaries to destabilise the Middle East and increase the sectarianism.

Jan 27 05:38

THE INSTITUTES OF TECHNOLOGY EXPOSED: ACADEMIA’S SURPRISING ROLE IN WAR, SCIENCE AND THE SYSTEM

With a new face on the American empire, people are looking to vent their frustration on this icon: but who is truly responsible for creating tyranny and suffering in this world? What government, corporate, and institutional entities are truly responsible for shaping life to be hell on Earth for our “bottom” class of people, and how do they do it? Answering this question, “who is morally culpable for degrading our world,” is critical for any person’s understanding of where we are at as a species.

Jan 26 18:26

Fight Fire With Fire: Trump Outlines His Plan For ISIS

By Derrick Broze

President Trump is ready to waterboard members of ISIS. Is he bringing torture back or just continuing the tradition?

“As far as I’m concerned, we have to fight fire with fire,” President Donald Trump said on Wednesday night in an interview with ABC News. In his first televised interview since being sworn in on January 20, Trump covered a wide range of topics. The comments regarding fighting fire with fire were in relation to the president’s view on how to combat the terror group Daesh (also known as ISIS).

Trump was questioned about his previous statements in support of the use of torture, specifically the simulated drowning technique known as waterboarding. Trump said he believes waterboarding works and is considering reinstating the technique. However, Trump did admit that he will yield to the recommendations made by Defense Secretary James Mattis and CIA Director Mike Pompeo...

Jan 26 17:21

Israeli Defense Chief Says Army Will Go ‘Full Force’ In Future Wars

The Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the Israeli army will be ordered to “go in full force” in future wars.

Jan 26 14:52

Secret Visit To Syria: Tulsi Gabbard CNN

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard tells CNN "America must stop financing terrorists in Syria."

Jan 26 14:32

US And India Sharing Intelligence On Chinese Submarine And Ship Movements

India and the US are exchanging intelligence on Chinese submarine and ship movements in the Indian Ocean, the head of the US Pacific Command, Admiral Harry Harris, told a press conference in New Delhi last week.

“There is sharing of information regarding Chinese maritime movement in the Indian Ocean,” Harris said, following an address to an Indian government-sponsored security conference.

Jan 26 14:22

Persuasion and ISIS: Scott Adams' Thoughts on Safe Zones in Syria

I called my idea for a persuasion play against ISIS a “filter fence.” Trump calls his persuasion play “safe zones.” Same thing.

Jan 26 14:04

US Must End Support For Terrorism, Says Lawmaker After Secret Assad Meeting

The United States must stop support for terrorism either through Turkey and Saudi Arabia or direct funding of Daesh, says an American lawmaker, returning from a secret meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat at the Republican-controlled US House of Representatives, made the remarks in a statement issued Wednesday.

Jan 26 12:44

CIA Files: US & Soviet Nuclear Sub Crash Off Scotland ‘Could Have Sparked Global War’

Newly declassified CIA files indicate that a US submarine laden with 160 warheads collided with a Soviet vessel off the coast of Scotland in 1974. Experts say it could easily have caused nuclear war.

The files seem to confirm the long-rumored Cold War incident occurred near Holy Loch, Argyll, where the US once had a permanent nuclear base. Chillingly, the crash took place just 30 miles (48km) off the coast of Glasgow.

Jan 26 11:14

Get Ready, NATO: The Secret Reason Why Russia's New T-90M Tank Could Be a Total Monster

Russia is developing a new modernized version of the T-90—the third major iteration of the long-serving main battle tank.

Called the T-90M, the new tank will likely feature many of the technologies developed for Russia’s revolutionary T-14 Armata. However, compared to the T-14, the T-90M—most of which will be remanufactured from Russia’s existing fleet of T-90As—will be far less costly than the fearsome, but expensive, Armata.

Jan 26 11:09

How To Really Reform Military Spending: Is Cutting Waste Enough?

Washington is talking about military spending reform…again. Much of the noise emanating from the think tanks on this subject is intended to maintain the policy status quo at all costs while giving the impression that money is being spent more carefully. But the issue is not whether the practice of charging $800 for hammer can be eliminated, but rather whether the United States really needs to maintain 800 military bases overseas. Real reform versus phony reform in today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

Jan 26 11:04

Russia is getting superfighter MiG-35 that will carry the laser weapon

• President George OAK Slyusareva: "It is designed specifically for the air combat in terms of the intensity of the conflict intensified in the presence of high density PVO opponent. So far, that has shown excellent results thanks to its avionics and a new optical-lokacionoj station and several times reduced visibility to own other people's radars. Instead of six, there are eight "points" to carry missiles "
• Belongs to a generation "4 ++". Can develop speeds up to Mach 2.23, and tomorrow will be the first time pokzan potential foreign buyers
Russian Armed Forces have begun flight testing super-fighter MiG-35.
Its international promotion will be tomorrow, and Vladimir Putin today said the MiG-35 has a "good export potential."
The Russian leader - performing in the session of the Military-Industrial Commission - emphasized that this plane will substantially improve the impact strength aerospace RF power.

Jan 26 08:45

Establishing safe zones in Syria would mark an escalation in America’s military involvement there

As part of his blitz of latest executive orders, which as reported yesterday would institute sweeping changes to U.S. refugee and immigration policies including a ban on people from countries in the Middle East and North Africa deemed as a “terror risk”, a separate order also lays the groundwork for an escalation of U.S. military involvement in Syria by directing the Pentagon and the State Department to craft a plan to create safe zones for civilians fleeing the conflict there.

Jan 26 08:06

‘Trump didn’t consult Moscow on Syria safe zone plan, should consider all consequences’ – Kremlin

First Trump says he wont take sanctions off Russia unless they give up some nukes. The Russians consider those sanctions unjustified and onerous and now this. Anything good this guy might do will be destroyed by war with Russia.
The Donald is going south and fast!

Moscow has reacted to Donald Trump’s plans on establishing ‘safe zones’ for Syrian refugees, with the Kremlin spokesman saying the question had not been raised with Russia, while also suggesting the US should consider the possible consequences of such a move.
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Islamic State, Syria unrest

“Our American partners did not consult with Russia [regarding the ‘safe zones’]. It is their sovereign decision,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters on Thursday.

He noted the importance of considering all the possible outcomes of taking such a step.

Jan 25 14:06

The Never-Ending Indian Wars

The world has been shocked by North Dakota’s violent reaction to the anti-oil pipeline resistance at Standing Rock. For the better part of a year, people have watched via social media, then increasingly on conventional media outlets, as heavily armed law enforcement officers and private contractors attacked unarmed civilians with rubber bullets, mace, tear gas, batons, and water cannons in sub-freezing temperatures. Water protectors, as the demonstrators call themselves, have been dragged from prayer ceremonies, injured, and arrested. More than 100 have been hospitalized.

Jan 25 13:29

Norad Responds after Russian Bombers Zoom around Japan

Old propeller powered Russian bombers "ZOOM" around Japan. GASP! I'm so scared! (Russian patrols are nothing compared to U.S. patrols, and the Ruskies aren't shitting themselves.)

Jan 25 12:00

Chelsea’s Freedom

Tears flowed freely down my face as I told my partner that Chelsea’s imprisonment is commuted.

Contradictions galore! The jingoist nation’s most warring president just committed the one decent thing in his eight years of war-making against seven nations, conjuring up false enemies with competing capitalist states Russia and China, and harsh treatment against all the whistle-blowers during his contentious term.

Jan 25 11:01

Nuke Rebuke: Bill Requires Declaration Of War Before Trump Can Launch Nuclear Attack

Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Representative Ted Lieu of California introduced the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017 on Tuesday, which Lieu’s office said was “more urgent than ever now that President Donald Trump has the power to launch a nuclear war at a moment’s notice.”

Jan 25 10:09

FLASHBACK - VA caught sending veterans' mail to the shredder

The government watchdog for the Department of Veterans Affairs reported Monday that it was able to substantiate claims that the VA's Los Angeles office was sending mail from veterans to the shredder.

The VA's Office of Inspector General said it launched an "unannounced inspection" of the Los Angeles office after hearing allegations that the VA staff there was shredding mail related to veterans' disability compensation claims. Though the OIG said it can't measure how often this might have happened, it did say it found some examples of mail lined up for the shredder that instead should have been opened and read.

Jan 25 09:44

The US Navy: A History Of Waste And Corruption

The conclusion we can draw from this is simple, but it can’t be emphasized enough: when entrepreneurs risk their own necks in the market, they help to create a flourishing commercial society. But when politicians and bureaucrats play market without bearing the consequences, they create a bloated and destructive network of economic privilege that begins with bribes and ends with bombs.

Jan 25 08:02

Israel's Shadowy Role in Guatemala's Dirty War

Israel allegedly provided military advisers, as well as weapons, during Guatemala's dirty war against campesinos and workers.

An investigative report issued by the Electronic Intifada recalls the well-documented but completely overlooked role of Israel in the Guatemalan dirty war of the 1980s.

Jan 24 16:18

'Trump’s Desire To Work With Russia Against Daesh Is Hopeful'

US President Donald Trump’s willingness to conduct joint airstrikes between US and Russian forces against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group in Syria “is a hopeful indication,” says a former US Senate policy adviser and diplomat.

“The United States, under the Trump administration, is willing to work with the Russians,” said James Jatras, who is also a specialist in international relations and legislative politics in Washington.

Jan 24 16:11

Trident Whistleblower Tells RT He ‘Witnessed 4 Unreported Missile Test Failures’

Royal Navy whistleblower William McNeilly leaked details about a number of serious test fire issues aboard Britain’s Trident nuclear submarine fleet a whole year before the June 2016 misfire that sent a missile careening towards the US.

McNeilly published a dossier highlighting a range of safety and security failures aboard Trident submarines in May 2015 – more than a year before the latest mishap.

Jan 24 13:42

Islamist Who Murdered British Soldier Lee Rigby Seeks $25k For Teeth Knocked Out In Jail

Michael Adebolajo, an Islamic extremist who ruthlessly murdered Lee Rigby, has found a lawyer to seek £20,000 in compensation after his teeth were knocked out by guards at HMP Belmarsh. Rigby’s family met the news with disgust, calling it “blood money.”

The 32-year-old Adebolajo, while on remand in July 2013 at Belmarsh – a high-security prison in southeast London – lashed out at guards as they escorted him to his cell. His head was allegedly knocked against a window, and the Islamist lost two front teeth, Daily Mail reported.

Jan 24 13:05

There Is A War Going On But It's Not Between The U.S. And Russia

Trump signs executive order to ease Obamacare and will let states decide to keep it or not. WikiLeaks says they will hack Trump to expose his tax returns. President Trump Attorney General will keep the surveillance state.

Jan 24 09:00

Waking Up To Possible War With China? Team Trump Vows To STOP Beijing in the South China Sea!

I think what the American people need to realize right now, President Trump and his Team mean business...to say when they speak they mean it. I think we have become accustomed to lack of action in the Obama Presidency.

Jan 24 08:43

Europe at risk of INVASION FROM PUTIN if Trump pulls troops from continent, general warns

EUROPE is at risk of invasion from Vladimir Putin if Donald Trump withdraws US troops from Nato’s operation on Russia’s border, a senior defence general based in Europe has chillingly warned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, Europe would miss all those US forces shopping in their stores and propping up Europe's economy with US tax dollars!

Jan 23 15:47

1st US Drone Strikes On Trump’s Watch Hit Al-Qaeda In Yemen & ISIS

US drones have killed five Al-Qaeda operatives in central Yemen, the first such operation after Donald Trump was inaugurated as president. The US-led coalition against Islamic State continued bombing in Syria and Iraq as well.

The “targeted drone strikes” took place in the town of Bayda, in the eponymous governorate in south-central Yemen, according to US Navy Captain Jeff Davis, spokesman for the Pentagon.

Jan 23 11:05

ISIS Destroys Part Of Roman Theater In Palmyra – Syrian Antiquities Chief

Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists have destroyed part of a Roman theater and the legendary four-column structure ‘Tetrapylon’ in the ancient city of Palmyra, Syrian TV reports.

Jan 23 09:26

‘FAKE NEWS’? TIME TO CHOOSE: CORPORATE MEDIA FAKES US INTO SUPPORTING ISRAEL’S ORWELLIAN ILLEGAL WAR OF AGGRESSION ON GAZA

“When we now know that all claims for war with Iraq were known lies as they were told (and verbally explained here), and CNN provides similar innuendo for war by an unsourced alleged report with concerns of what might occur in the future allegedly stated by an unnamed US source reporting on an unnamed foreign source, this is propaganda and not news.”

Jan 23 08:51

Democrat Congresswoman Just Confirmed America’s Worst Nightmare – Trump Was Right Since Day One!

CONGRESSWOMAN GABBARD CONFIRMED THAT OBAMA’S ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN FUNNELING MONEY TO ISIS THROUGH THE CIA AND SAUDI ARABIA!

Jan 23 00:32

Sidestepping the Military Leviathan: Make Money, Not War

Is Washington really going to start a trade war with China, or is it just huffing and puffing for position? I don’t know. Mr. Trump has inexplicably failed to brief me. A point worth bearing in mind:

The United States cannot compete commercially with a developed Asia, or China.

America has nowhere to go. It is a fully developed economy that cannot grow rapidly if it grows at all. America is also a country of only medium size with a white and Asian population of a bit more than two hundred million who do all the brain work. It has a decaying system of education, declining living standards, and an economy crippled by huge military expenditures.

By contrast China has a billion Han Chinese, intelligent government, a great deal of room to grow and high rates of doing so. The combined land mass, population, and economic potential of Asia are staggering. In differing degrees, Asian nations are growing.

Jan 22 11:19

Pakistan Threatens To Use Nuclear Weapons If India Attacks

Pakistan has announced that it will use all the weapons at its disposal to defend the country and that includes nuclear weapons.

Jan 22 10:15

BREAKING: They Won’t Be Missing Him! The US Military Just Gave Obama The Most Embarrassing Send Off!

Well during a ceremony earlier today at Joint Base Myer in Arlington, Virginia Barack Obama was given the Department of Defense Medal of Distinguished Public Service, the best part comes when you look at the “enormous” crowd that came out to see the event.

Jan 22 10:10

‘Fake news’? Time to choose: Corporate media fakes us into supporting Israel’s Orwellian illegal War of Aggression on Gaza

“First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. And then you win.” ~ unsourced, and attributed to Gandhi’s analysis of British empire response to having their hypocrisy exposed: claiming to bring Christian love and progress while looting resources with forced local labor.

Jan 21 18:59

‘Now the journey begins!’

It is a historic day in America. Power is back with the American people (the forgotten men and women).

Trump vowed to deliver on his promise to take on the establishment in Washington and deliver results for Americans forgotten by their leaders.

“We are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people,” he said as rain fell over the nation’s capital.

Now the Work begins... and we are going to be producing results...President Trump said.

Jan 21 18:53

Trump’s Declaration of War – Paul Craig Roberts

If truth can be said, President Trump has declared a war far more dangerous to himself than if he had declared war against Russia or China.

Trump made it abundantly clear that Americans’ enemies are right here at home: globalists, neoliberal economists, neoconservatives and other unilateralists accustomed to imposing the US on the world and involving us in endless and expensive wars, politicians who serve the Ruling Establishment rather than the American people, indeed, the entire canopy of private interests that have run America into the ground while getting rich in the process.

Jan 21 07:36

Melbourne Car Ramming Terrorist A Muslim Kurd

The perpetrator of the car ramming terrorist attack carried out in Melbourne, Australia, on Friday, January 20, has been identified as a legal immigrant Muslim Kurd using a Greek-sounding name.

Jan 20 13:26

US Drone Strikes Killed 117 Civilians During Obama’s Presidency: Report

Outgoing President Barack Obama ordered at least 526 drone strikes during his presidency, killing as many as 117 civilians, according to a new report by US intelligence agencies.

Jan 20 13:11

The Sound of 103 Micro Drones Launched from an F/A-18 Will Give You Nightmares

The United States military successfully launched what it’s calling “one of the world’s largest micro-drone swarms” in October.

At a test site in California, the 103 Perdix drones released from three F/A-18 Super Hornets demonstrated sophisticated swarming behaviors, including collective decision-making, adaptive formation flying, and self-healing, according to a Department of Defense press release. The feat is one of the most significant tests of the military’s autonomous flying systems, and was documented in a “60 Minutes” segment Sunday.

The DoD shared a video of the test online, and from the ground the sound is terrifying.

Jan 20 13:08

British Tanks Sent Through Channel Tunnel To Prepare For War

Tanks have been sent through the Channel Tunnel in a secret midnight training operation to prepare for war in Europe.

Five vehicles in total were loaded onto trains, sent through, and then returned to the UK overnight on Wednesday.

Jan 20 12:00

Video: Gen. James Mattis’s Role In Fallujah & Haditha Massacre, Views On Women & LGBT In Military

Watch our extended interview with Aaron Glantz, a senior reporter at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting.

Jan 20 11:22

'Show Of Force’: National Guard Deploy Surface-To-Air Missile Systems At DAPL Protest

Two surface-to-air missile systems set up near the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protest at Standing Rock are there to send a clear message, “leave,” according to Lorenzo Serna, journalist with the Unicorn Riot media collective.

Jan 20 11:01

Obama’s Unnecessary Wars and ‘Humanitarian’ Interventionism

The U.S. intervened in Libya in 2011 in the name of the “responsibility to protect.” No one even tried to pretend that U.S. interests were at stake in the Libyan war, and yet Obama committed the U.S. to an avoidable war anyway. The U.S. started ISIS bombing targets in Iraq and then in Syria. ISIS didn’t pose a threat to the U.S. then and still doesn’t, but Obama ordered a bombing campaign against them all the same. The U.S. wasn’t threatened by the Houthis in Yemen, but Obama has backed the Saudi-led war on Yemen in order to “reassure” Riyadh even though it is making the region more unstable and it is making America more enemies than we had before. The direct costs to the U.S. of all these bad decisions have so far been limited, but they are all costs that the U.S. didn’t need to pay for wars that we shouldn’t have been fighting. This is why I have difficulty crediting Obama as a “reluctant” hawk when someone genuinely reluctant to resort to force would not have involved the U.S.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Larson is wrong about there being no interest by the US government in toppling Qaddafi, because that reason was economic, and had nothing to do with protecting the Libyan people whatsoever.

As reported in theecologist.com in March of last year:

Of the 3,000 emails released from Hillary Clinton's private email server in late December 2015, about a third were from her close confidante Sidney Blumenthal, the attorney who defended her husband in the Monica Lewinsky case. One of these emails, dated April 2, 2011, reads in part: "Qaddafi's government holds 143 tons of gold, and a similar amount in silver ... This gold was accumulated prior to the current rebellion and was intended to be used to establish a pan-African currency based on the Libyan golden Dinar. This plan was designed to provide the Francophone African Countries with an alternative to the French franc (CFA)."

The US government couldn't allow that kind of competition to either the US dollar or the Euro; that was why Qaddafi had to be assassinated, to eliminate the economic threat from the gold-backed dinar.

But he is generally correct about "humanitarian intervention" simply being a ploy for the US military to go in, and expropriate resources to which the US government, and its corporate minions, have absolutely no moral right; make sure that those countries are only controlled by US-centric governments, and those resources only sold in US dollars.

Jan 20 10:45

North Korea may be readying missile test, timing unclear: U.S. officials

The United States has seen indications that North Korea may be preparing for a new missile test-launch in the coming days or weeks, U.S. officials said on Thursday, in what could be an early test of President-elect Donald Trump's administration.

South Korean media, citing intelligence agencies, said Pyongyang may be readying a test of a new, upgraded prototype of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) as early as Friday, the day Trump is inaugurated.

U.S. officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, cautioned however that they did not have such precise information about the range or potential timing of Pyongyang's missile test, should it happen.

One official suggested Pyongyang could be largely seeking to provoke the Trump administration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to President Trump: please tread carefully here.

One guy you need to get on your speed-dial, and right the heck now, is China's President Xi Jinping.

And I say this because what needs to happen here is the US working with China and South Korea to get North Korea back to the negotiation table, and to substitute the current armistice with a true peace treaty, with trade guarantees, in exchange for North Korea's walking away from their nuclear weapons development.

Any US military response will almost inevitably bring China into war on North Korea's side, and we are so horrifically unprepared for such a war, that you will find it incredible, as you are briefed on US military readiness.

We do not have the troop strength; the weaponry; the manufacturing; or the money to successfully fight a conventional war against Russia and/or China right now.

And while you and your administration wil need to fix this mess, regarding US military readiness, bringing North Korea back to the negotiating table would truly be a victory for your administration, and one that is absolutely doable.

Jan 20 10:33

Before You Go, Obama: 'Has Any Other Nobel Peace Prize Winner Dropped 100k Bombs?'

President Barack Obama’s legacy is a hot topic on his last day in office. Many on Twitter are not allowing others to forget that the 44th commander-in-chief won the Nobel Peace Prize, before becoming the first to bomb several countries over eight years.

Jan 20 10:16

Cold Start: India to Deploy Massive Tank Army Along Border With Pakistan

The Indian Army is set to deploy over 460 new T-90SM main battle tanks (MBTs) along India’s border with Pakistan, senior Indian defense officials told IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly on January 19.

The new T-90SM MBT (other designations T-90AM or T-90MS) is the latest and most modern version of the T-90 (which in turn is a modernized variant of the T-72 MBT), and has specifically been designed for export by Russia.

According to IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly, the newly ordered MBTs will supplement 850-900 license-built T-90S Bhishma tanks, divided into 18 regiments, and currently deployed in the Indian states of Rajasthan and Punjab. It is unclear how many T-90S and T-90SM in total are currently in service with the Indian Army. (Estimates vary from 800 to 1,200 MBTs in various stages of operational readiness.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to the Indian and Pakistani governments; in light of the fact that you are both nuclear-armed countries, with a history of mortal conflict, and wars, please both of you, step back from the brink, and do whatever you can do to ratchet down the tensions here.

A war between you would very probably go nuclear in a heartbeat, and the results of this would be unthinkable, and the consequences, catastrophic... and irreversible.

So, please: you need to open communications at the highest levels possible, and find a way to back away from war.

Jan 20 09:51

Obama’s Drone Report Omits Civilians Slain in Iraq, Afghanistan

The Obama Administration has made a habit of dramatically underreporting civilian deaths in its assorted military operations around the world, but took things to a whole new level in what will presumably be their last such document, claiming only one civilian killed all year in US drone strikes “worldwide.”

The report, which Obama requires by executive order, nominally for the sake of transparency, claims a massive decrease from the number of civilians killed the year prior in drone strikes, and managed to achieve this by deliberately excluding the overwhelming majority of the US drone strikes carried out in 2016 from the report’s definition of “worldwide.” Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan are not counted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Typical: I am completely unsurprised by this.

Jan 20 09:21

In Last Farewell, Russia Slams Obama Whose "Dumb" Actions "Claimed Tens Of Thousands Of Lives"

In a scathing Facebook post, Russia's former president and current Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev (who less than five years ago was assured by Obama that "he would have more flexibility") gave his final assessment of US-Russia relations during the Obama administration, and lashed out at the outgoing US president, accusing him of destroying relations "between the United States and Russia, which are at their lowest point in decades" and predicting that "this is its key foreign policy mistake which will be remembered by history."

Medvedev was relentless, saying “US-Russia relations completely fell apart by the end of the second term of the Obama administration,” which has shown itself to be “short-sighted on such an important and complex issue as relations with Russia."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Medvedev is, unfortunately, entirely correct in his assessment here; our Nobel Peace Prize winning President has been the consistent Warmonger-In-Chief from day 1, and the US government's doubling down on Afghanistan; Syria; Iraq; Somalia; Yemen; and Libya has cost thousands of lives.

Jan 20 07:29

Secret 1983 CIA intelligence report suggested America should encourage Saddam Hussein to attack Syria to secure oil pipeline to Med and Gulf 

America urged Saddam Hussein to attack Hafez al-Assad's Syria because of the closure of Iraq's oil pipeline, a secret 1983 intelligence report has revealed.

A report, by former senior CIA official Graham Fuller, said the US should consider 'urging Iraq to take the war to Syria', noting that Saddam was 'fighting for his life' in the Iran-Iraq campaign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Probably Saddam didn't go along with attacking Syria because the war with Iran had also been "encouraged" by the US Government!

Jan 19 14:08

Peace Out, Obama

In the final days of his presidency, Barack Obama deployed 3,500 US troops, 87 tanks and 144 Bradley fighting vehicles to Poland, and 330 Marines to Norway. He also signed 'milestone' agreements with Estonia and Lithuania enabling a broad range of defense-related activities.

Jan 19 10:58

Will Donald Trump rein in US’s military’s overreach?

One of the most striking – though unreported – aspects of Donald Trump’s interview with The London Times and Bild-Zeitung is what Trump had to say about the state of the US military and of the US defence budget.

It is hardly a secret that the US has completely lost control of its defence spending, and as a businessman conscious of the importance of controlling costs, Trump has homed in on this. His immediate target has been the troubled F-35 fighter bomber programme – about which he has tweeted repeatedly – whose costs have spiralled out of control, and whose capabilities are questioned by many experts.

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Jan 19 10:55

Mainstream British Press Propaganda Ramps Up Dangerous War Rhetoric against Russia

The British press are in full hysteria propaganda mode when it comes to demonising our new greatest threat on planet earth; not climate change, a global pandemic, international terrorism, or America’s new foe in the South China Sea – but Russia.

In all of these newspaper reports, and there are plenty more of them, not a single scrap of actual evidence other than hearsay is published. In the case of the Express story, it’s allegations are backed up with the statement “It is entirely feasible that Russia has targeted Tornadoes and Typhoons in this way,” said air defence expert Justin Bronk, of the Royal United Services Institute think-tank.” This is not evidence.

In the case of the Telegraph, this fairy-tail has been 100% debunked as pure propaganda and the original report from the Washington Post ended with a full-on apology by its editor. The Telegraph has printed no such amendment or apology for its totally fictitious article.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now that it is very clear that Hillary Clinton will not be the US's next President, but Trump will be,, it appears that the Deep State in both this Country and the UK are desperate to cook up some kind of war with Russia, if possible, even before Trump takes the Oath of Office tomorrow.

But the Deep State in both countries has been unsuccessful, because the massive, hysterical propaganda by their countries' respective presstitutes and whoreespondents have, to large part, fallen on deaf American and British ears.

In both countries and beyond, people are tuning into the independent media, like WRH, because they understand that the independent media, in large part, has no vested interests in the military/industrial complex, so war is not something they generally support.

Jan 19 10:44

Obama: 'Moment may be passing' for two-state solution

The prospects for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are waning because of growing Israeli settlement of the West Bank, Barack Obama has said in his final press conference as US president.

Obama said on Wednesday that his administration did not block a UN resolution on Israeli settlement activity last month because it felt a two-state solution was the only option for peace.

"The goal of the resolution was to simply say that the ... growth of the settlements are creating a reality on the ground that increasingly will make a two-state solution impossible," he said.

"It was important for us to send a signal, a wakeup call that this moment may be passing."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to President Obama; the moment you are describing never, ever existed for the Israeli government; to believe that it ever did demonstrates an absolutely delusional grasp of the existing facts on the ground.

The placement of these Jewish-only settlements means that there is no possibility for a contiguous Palestinian state to exist, ever, and the placement of these settlements was engineered to insure that would be the case.

Jan 19 10:40

Fiercest ISIS Offensive: Islamists Cut Off Syrian Deir Ez-Zor Airbase

Islamic State has launched a large-scale offensive against a key government air base in the Syrian province of Dier Ez-Zor.

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