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Apr 02 10:46

Putin's World War 3 threats are REAL - defence chief in Russia bomb warning

VLADIMIR Putin might trigger World War 3 if he continues trying to “subvert, undermine and influence countries around the world” - according to Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, you mean just like the West has done with its massive invasions of places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, and Syria, all of which are still going enormously badly, years on?!?

British Sec Def Williamson, a word, please; in Putin's statements and weaponry investments, he is telling the rest of the world, politely, not to test him, thank you very much.

He has invested in these weapons systems (which the world has seen working, brilliantly, in Syria, and for which they are beating a path to Moscow's doorstep), to simply keep the West at bay, and not even think about attempting to create any military confrontation against Russia.

And right now, it certainly appears that it is the West behaving badly, sir in the world, because it collectively attacks countries to expropriate resources to which it has no moral right, and leaving the people of those countries none the better off for it.

Your analysis of Putin's statements is dead-wrong, sir.

I would like to politely suggest that your turn your attention to what is going to benefit the British people, and protect your country and what is left of the Commonwealth, with the best fighting forces and weapons you can conjure.

Apr 02 07:31

How Our Country Was Stolen

Today is Easter, an important Christian holiday. But it is not marked on the calendar that is part of the Apple software that came with my Apple computer lap top. Today is also April Fools day, and that is marked on the Apple-supplied calendar. For Apple’s programmers, April Fools Day trumps Easter.

How can it be that an American company, Apple, can remember to mark on the calendar Cinco de Mayo (May 5), Mexico’s commemoration of a Mexican army victory of the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862, but not Easter?

A country without a unifying moral culture is no longer a country. Yet, what pretends to be a country, the US, is being led into war against Russia, a real country. There is no chance whatsoever of the US prevailing in the oncoming war.

Webmaster addition: The date for Easter "floats" around and varies for different churches.

Apr 01 08:00

Patriot Missile Interceptor Malfunctions and Misses, Raytheon Still Makes Billions

The US and its allies the world over are paying billions for medium-range missile interception systems without a track record of success.

(*We're selling those to suckers ...I MEAN; We're selling those suckers all over the world , forcryin'outloud . Do you want to make wall st. great again , or not ?
whitehorse souce)

Apr 01 07:10

Congress, Not Trump, Has the Authority Over War

(*So says US Senator Bernie Sanders [D-VT]. Trump probably should fact check this with his national security advisor)

Mar 31 17:16

2018-2028: The Most Dangerous Decade

By Chris Kanthan

Every 80 years, nations often experience colossal events. There are different theories about this cycle – for example, the Fourth Turning theory focuses on the cyclical strengths of institutions versus individuals. Others surmise that four generations after a major crisis, there are no more older people to warn the society, and the younger people take peace and prosperity for granted.

Well, exactly 80 years ago, America was mired in the Great Depression, and World War II was about to begin. Yet, predictably, most Americans and Europeans now cannot even fathom such scenarios repeating in their lifetime.

There are two major catalysts that can ignite catastrophic wars in the next decade...

Mar 31 11:22

Mysterious case handled by FBI still unsolved

We all know the United States of America is the best Superpower country in the world.
In the order, we all know about the world’s popular famous agency FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), formerly the Bureau of Investigation. FBI is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States of America.

Mar 31 10:38

New Satellite Imagery Shows Shocking Yemen Devastation As Saudi Crown Prince Tours US

Saudi Arabia and other oil rich Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) allied states like the UAE have long managed to escape the scrutiny of media and international human rights bodies thanks to their deep pockets and security relationship with the West. Their collective oil, weapons, and infrastructure investment interdependency with Britain and the US have generally translated into Western governments, media, and human rights organizations toeing the party line on the gulf sheikhdoms, content to (with a few sporadic exceptions) uncritically present them as some kind of “reform-minded” terror-fighting benevolent monarchies looking out for democratic interests and championing human rights.

Mar 31 10:36

US Navy: F-35C ‘at Risk’ of Missing Another Key Schedule Milestone

The US Navy’s F-35C has been scheduled to reach initial operational capability (IOC) in 2018 since at least 2013. However, in yet another turn in the expensive F-35 saga, the F-35C is now likely to miss its 2018 deadline.

In order for the Navy to officially say that the F-35C is ready for combat missions, it must have Block 3F software systems online. The F-35Cs Block 3F update, however, is actually being held up by the Pentagon, which has postponed Block 3F testing and evaluation until the fall of this year, meaning that spring 2019 is likely the earliest point at which the Navy could actually send the F-35C on missions.

Block 3F software is a vital component needed for the F-35 to be able to release its full arsenal of payloads in addition to its 25mm internal cannon. Without Block 3F systems, the aircraft is not mission-capable.

Mar 31 10:03

US Admits ‘Doing the Planning’ for Saudi Strikes in Yemen

In a new meeting with reporters, Defense Secretary James Mattis has offered new details about US involvement in the Saudi invasion of Yemen, providing specifics about what the US is doing that contradict long-standing claims of a very limited, non-combat involvement.

Mattis now admits the US is “doing the planning” in Yemen strikes, and has shown the Saudis how the concept of a no-strike zone is supposed to work, and engaged in a maturing process of “battlefield management” intended to see Saudi strikes killing fewer civilians.

Mattis also tried to spin the already established US involvement in mid-air refueling as beneficial for civilians being bombed. He warned Saudi bombers would make “rash or hasty decisions” if they had to worry about running out of fuel before bombing a place, and might take less time to avoid hitting civilian targets.

Mar 31 09:23

Patriot Missiles Are Made in America and Fail Everywhere

I talked to a fellow who worked at White Sands years ago about the Patriot. He called it the best 1950's tech that money could buy!

The point is there is no evidence that Saudi Arabia has intercepted any Houthi missiles during the Yemen conflict. And that raises a disquieting thought: Is there any reason to think the Patriot system even works?

Mar 30 15:33

Famous Russian Pundit on Top Talk Show: There Will be War With America (Video, Satanovsky)

Despite this choppy translation, he is worth listening to.

He explains how the current situation is reminiscent of Vietnam, why negotiations are a waste of time, how the US defense establishment will use Russia's new weapons to extract maximum funds from the budget, how well-informed Pompeo is (not very), how the US is in trouble in Afghanistan, and why he believes that US belligerence will end up in a military conflict with Russia either in Syra or the Ukraine, and that the US will lose, and only then realize its weakness and be willing to negotiate

Mar 30 12:26

"We're Entering A New And Dangerous Phase": US Soldier Killed In Syria

Two coalition personnel, including an American, were killed and five others wounded late on March 29, when a roadside bomb exploded in northern Syria, the U.S. military said Friday. While the military did not say where the attack took place or give the nationalities of the other casualties, it came hours after a local Syrian official said that a roadside bomb exploded in the Arab-Kurdish town of Manbij, not far from the border with Turkey.

A Department of Defense official in Washington said one of the two killed was an American service member and the other was of another nationality that the official would not specify. The killed American was the fourth US military member killed in Syria since the US became officially involved under the pretext of fighting ISIS in 2014.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am just hoping and praying that neither Turkish nor Russian military were involved here......

Mar 30 12:21

Salisbury Incident Report: Hard Evidence For Soft Minds

The UK government’s presentation on the Salisbury incident, which was repeatedly cited in recent days as an “ultimate proof” of Russia’s involvement into Skripal’s assassination attempt, was made public earlier today.

This 6-paged PDF is a powerful evidence of another intellectual low of British propaganda machine. Open it and you can tell that substantially it makes only two assertions on the Skripal case, and both are false:

First. Novichok is a group of agents developed only by Russia and not declared under the CWC” – a false statement. Novichok was originally developed in the USSR (Nukus Lab, today in Uzbekistan, site completely decommissioned according to the US-Uzbekistan agreement by 2002). One of its key developers, Vil Mirzayanov, defected to the United States in 1990s, its chemical formula and technology were openly published in a number of chemical journals outside Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was done to accuse Russia for a crime the Russian government, most likely, did not commit; with his election coming up, and the world cup, there was no logical reason for Putin to have done it.

The accusation is almost done in Code Napoleon fashion, meaning that Russia has been considered guilty until proven innocent, and there is no way it is being allowed to prove its innocence in this act; the British government is refusing to send a sample of the poison to the Kremlin for analysis at all.

Britain's Prime Minister May is under a lot of heat for mishandling the Brexit, and perhaps she and her advisors thought that this could be a great distraction; it isn't working at all for thinking people in the UK and beyond.

So what Prime Minister May has been left with is an accusation from which her government cannot walk back, plus support from the US in demonizing Russia.

The expulsion of Russian diplomats, even ones with credentials at the UN, cannot be seen as anything but a prelude to war against it.

I am certain the Russian government and military are taking steps to insure their defense against a stupid, unnecessary war by the US, the UK, and NATO.

And as witnessed by Russia's test of it's new ICBM weapon today, I am very concerned that the West will find itself far more militarily vulnerable than it had previously believed itself to be. And again, from zerohedge.com, we have the following story this morning:

Russian Missile Drill Planned With 10,000 Troops On "Highest Combat Alert" After Expulsions

Mar 30 12:01

Dahr Jamail | For Bolton, the Slaughter of 1 Million Iraqis Is a Job Qualification

The illegal 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq has, thus far, left approximately 1 million Iraqis dead. That is roughly 5 percent of the total population of that country.

If a foreign military superpower invaded and occupied the US and annihilated 5 percent of the total population here, that would be 16,300,000 dead US citizens.

President Donald Trump's incoming national security adviser, John Bolton, still thinks the mass destruction of Iraq was a good idea.

"We are confident that Saddam Hussein has hidden weapons of mass destruction [WMDs] and production facilities in Iraq," Bolton said in 2002 while he served as President George W. Bush's under secretary of state for arms control and international security. He did everything he could to prompt the launch of the US invasion -- under the pretext of WMDs that never existed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please: hiring a known war criminal is never, ever a great idea.

And if EVER, the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America ever needed a Department of Peace, to come up with non-martial ways to achieve its geopolitical agendas, the time is right the hell now.

Mar 30 11:55

Erdogan: Turkey Ready to Attack US-Backed Kurds in Manbij

Following a meeting of Turkey’s National Security Council, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a statement threatening to attack the Syrian city of Manbij unless Kurdish forces immediately and unconditionally withdraw.

They has been demanding the Kurdish YPG withdraw from Manbij since they captured it from ISIS, on the grounds that it is on the western shore of the Euphrates River, and Turkey doesn’t allow Kurds west of the river.

The US backed the Kurds in taking Manbij, however, and US forces are still embedded in the city. This was meant to dissuade Turkey, a fellow NATO member, from attacking. Erdogan, however, insists Turkey won’t hesitate to attack the city, even if it means a military confrontation with the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that President Trump got the memo on this; what happens if Turkish forces kill, and/or injure American troops embedded with the Kurds here?!?

What will the US response be then?!?

President Trump and Sec Def Mattis had better get this sorted, and quickly.

Mar 30 11:52

US Pledges Record $705 Million to Israel for Missile Defense Systems: Funding follows embarrassing $1 million Iron Dome error

The US gives Israel record military aid annually, and that aid is always growing. One of the biggest avenues for growth is funding for Israel’s missile defense systems. This year, Congress has committed $705 million to this scheme, up from just about $550 million last year.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman issued a statement of thanks to the US Congress for the funding, saying that Israel’s enemies would be “surprised” at how good the missile defense systems work with all this money.

While US officials have often emphasized the money going to longer-range missile defense for Israel, in practice much of the money goes to extremely short-range Iron Dome system, which is useful primarily for shooting down the makeshift rockets from the Gaza Strip.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To every (alleged) Congressional Representative who voted for this; please move to Israel and run for the Knesset.

You are far more concerned about this country than you are about your alleged constituents; and as long as there is one homeless Vet sleeping rough in our streets; as long as there is one child who graduates illiterate and innumerate from our failing public schools; and as long as the infrastructure in this country keeps crumbling, you are absolutely no friend of we the people.

US citizens are constantly told that government, at every level, doesn't have the money to fix that which is broken in this country; yet, you have decided that Israel's defense, TO THE TUNE OF $705 MILLION, is a far greater priority than the condition in which your own citizens find themselves, through no fault of their own.

What is wrong with this picture?!?

EVERYTHING!!

And every single Congressional Representative who voted for this, should be shown the door at the next possible election.

Mar 30 11:42

Washington Declares Russian Trade Envoy to US Persona Non Grata

Russian trade representative to the United States, Aleksander Stadnik, told Sputnik that Washington has declared him persona non grata.

Russia’s trade mission in Washington was one of three diplomatic properties that the Trump administration ordered closed last year in retaliation for Moscow's decision to cut US diplomatic staff by half over a similar move by the United State.

"After the Russian trade mission in the US was blocked last September the decision to add me to the list of expelled diplomats did not come as much of a surprise," the diplomat said.

The Russian representative said he had learned about the US decision while attending a ministerial meeting in Moscow.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The RT television show has been pulled from DC networks, and people in Canada are indicating that they cannot receive it either:

Russia's RT television network will go dark in Washington D.C

The CNN article goes on to state:

"MHz, the main distributor for RT's programming in Washington, D.C. announced earlier this month that it will cease with the network's broadcasts and cable distribution on April 1. The decision also affects other international networks such as France 24, China's CGTN and Germany's Deutsche Welle.

RT is placing part of the blame on the US Justice Department. RT said last year that the Justice Department had forced T&R Productions, the American company that produces the network's US broadcast, to register as a foreign agent. The American companies that work with the radio and online versions of the Russian government-funded radio network and website Sputnik were also required to register as foreign agents. Companies that register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, can continue broadcasting as they had been, but must submit regular updates and information related to the company's activities and disclose its registration as a foreign agent to its audience."

But the timing, here, is just too cute, with the accusations of Russian poisoning an ex-Russian spy escalating, with absolutely no evidence.
whatsoever.

One has to wonder if the timing of the pulling the plug from RT wasn't engineered to coincide with the accusations in the Skribal case, which would have meant the US either did the poisoning - or had prior knowledge - of when it was going to happen.

I have long ago stopped beleiving in "geopolitical coincidence".

Mar 30 11:40

Russia’s Game-Changing Weapons That Were Not Mentioned in Putin’s Speech

The military added Kh-32 air-to-surface missiles in 2016 to advance the operational capabilities of the Tu-22M3 Backfire. The weapon was created on the basis of radical updates to the Kh-22. After being launched, the Kh-32 climbs up to the stratosphere, reaching an altitude of 40 km (130,000 ft) for the midcourse phase of its flight. As it nears its target, it goes into a steep dive. The attack is too fast and the missile too maneuverable for the enemy to mount an air defense.

The approach can be flown at an altitude as low as five m, going undetected by a ship’s defense systems until a distance of about 10 km. This leaves a reaction window of roughly 10 seconds before this extremely agile target is hit. It doesn’t have a chance. This deadly weapon is a threat to any ground target.

Mar 30 11:27

"If You Want An Arms Race, We Can Do That" - Trump Challenged Putin During Phone Call

But once again, an NBC News report shows that there's more to one-sided stories like a report in the Washington Post claiming that Trump congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his recent electoral victory against the explicit advice of Trump's foreign policy advisors.

As it turns out, during the same conversation, President Trump didn't hesitate to challenge Putin to an arms race, and boasted that the US would almost inevitably win.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

....To which Putin responded by launching a test of Russia's new ICBM weapon yet again today.

Russia tests its new nuclear ICBM

President Trump, do you remember that old country song "You've got to know when to hold 'em" ?!? This is a moment when your silence on the issue of weapons parity would have been golden.

Yes, I know, you just couldn't help yourself from mouthing off, but should have; and with the Russian ICBM test today, you saw the result of your not being able to help yourself.

I would like to hope that this was a "teachable moment" for you; unfortunately, given your character, I doubt like hell that it was.

We are behind in weaponry, because the corporate culture of the military/industrial complex, which donates obscene amounts of money, both covertly, and overtly to both parties, is such that its leadership collectively, and consistently, believes it can offer shoddy product, late, and over budget, and that because of these contributions to both parties, this is perfectly fine.

In every present and future contract, it needs to be stipulated that if product doesn't work as promised, is late, or creates huge on cost overruns, that the leadership of the company will go to prison, and for hard time, for allowing this to happen; fines, Mr. President, are not enough.

Not making this happen by our weapons industry, is a form of "soft treason" against the US government and our military, Mr. President.

And the second thing which has to happen is, no more money should be accepted by political candidates from the military industrial complex, and that has to be written into law.

Mar 30 11:02

ISRAELI TROOPS KILL SEVEN PALESTINIANS, WOUND 500 AMID MASSIVE BORDER PROTESTS

Deadly clashes broke out on Friday afternoon along the Israeli-Gaza border after Israeli security forces killed at least seven Palestinians and injured up to 500, where as previewed yesterday, a series of massive protests took place along the security fence surrounding the Hamas-controlled Gaza strip.

Thousands of Palestinians in Gaza are taking part in protests along the Israeli border today. So far there have been clashes in several places pic.twitter.com/9ei35fMCug

— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 30, 2018
Thousands had gathered along the border for a six week-long "Great Return" protest when the violence broke out. IDF troops fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel pellets and tear gas at the protesters during the ongoing violence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look for the deaths and injuries of protesting Palestinians - even if they did absolutely nothing illegal - to quickly escalate, particularly the deaths of infants; toddlers; women (particularly pregnant Palestinian women - courtesy of Israel's unofficial "one shot two kills" policy).

Mar 30 10:11

"If You Want An Arms Race, We Can Do That" - Trump Challenged Putin During Phone Call

The mainstream media is convinced that all of the measures President Trump has taken to sanction Russia and push back on its expanding influence - in the Middle East and in its own back yard - have been mostly for show.

But once again, an NBC News report shows that there's more to one-sided stories like a report in the Washington Post claiming that Trump congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his recent electoral victory against the explicit advice of Trump's foreign policy advisors.

As it turns out, during the same conversation, President Trump didn't hesitate to challenge Putin to an arms race, and boasted that the US would almost inevitably win.

Mar 30 09:42

Skripal ‘lies’ from UK government could get us into another Iraq War, warns Neil Clark (VIDEO)

Neil Clark has issued a warning: the UK may be repeating its mistakes from 2003, when the government used bogus intel to stir up a war. Clark added that the UK’s Skripal ' theory has “more holes in it than a slab of swiss cheese”.

Clark sat down with RT to discuss the Britain’s blaming of Russia for the Sergei and Yulia Skripal poisoning, and to warn the public against repeating the same mistakes that were made nearly two decades ago.

Mar 29 15:04

Enabling War Crimes: Mattis Admits US Planning Saudi Airstrikes in Yemen

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has just offered new details about US involvement in the Saudi invasion of Yemen, providing specifics about what the US is doing that contradict long-standing claims of a very limited, non-combat involvement.
Mattis now admits the US is “doing the planning in Yemen strikes, and has shown the Saudis how the concept of a no-strike zone is supposed to work, and engaged in a maturing process of battlefield management” intended to see Saudi strikes killing limited civilians. Mattis has also tried to spin the already established US involvement in mid-air refueling as beneficial for civilians being bombed!

Obviously all this means the US has been enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen from day one, as US-backed Saudi airstrikes are still killing a shocking number of innocent bystanders, and the comments made by Mattis, some half-hearted attempts, cannot spin that criminal involvement:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, SecDef Mattis, and The BOY (The Butcher of Yemen), AKA Prince Mohammed Bin Salman), can possibly put lipstick on this pig of a war, and the war crimes in which the US military and government have been thoroughly involved with utter impunity.

I wish Mike and I were younger, and had the money to immigrate to a civilized country which doesn't do this kind of thing, we would do it tomorrow; unfortunately, and 65 and 68 respectively, and broke, I seriously doubt that there is a country which would accept us as immigrants right now.

The country of my birth has become, at the highest level of its society, happy and complacent with war criminals and war mongers at its helm.

I am absolutely not!!

Mar 29 14:38

Israeli Stealth Fighters Fly Over Iran Amid Speculation Of Imminent War

Ominously, the Kuwaiti newspaper also reports that the two jets went undetected by radar, including the Russian radar system located in Syria. It was unclear if the provocative Israeli operation was undertaken in coordination with the US army, which recently conducted joint exercises with the IDF (recall "Top US General Says American Troops Should Be Ready To Die For Israel")

In response to the Iranian drone, a senior Israeli official quoted by the JPost warned that Israel will react with force to Iran's efforts to entrench itself further in Syria: "the Iranians are determined to continue to establish themselves in Syria, and the next incident is only a matter of time,” he said, warning that Israel does not rule out that that the Islamic Republic will continue to try to attack Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If any Palestinian violence transpires, Israel will use it as the justification to simply carpet bomb Gaza; targets will most likely include Palestinian women, particularly if they are pregnant; children; infants; toddlers; and the medically fragile elderly. No one will be spared.

Mar 29 06:41

US Congressman Complains Russian, Chinese Hypersonic Arms Way Too Strong

The US military has admitted that the United States is lagging behind Russia and China when it comes to hypersonic weapons development, according to The Hill.

"Right now we are helpless," Republican US Senator James Inhofe, who sits on the Armed Services Committee, was quoted by The Hill as saying.

He was echoed by Thomas Karako from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank, who agreed that Russia and China are outpacing the United States in terms of developing "super-fast missile technology."

Mar 29 06:41

Space War? Theresa May must prepare RAF to battle Russia in SPACE, warns Air Force chief

"I don't foresee, if you like, a war in space, but I can see us being contested for use of space and for people trying to deny some of our specific capabilities.

"We already see that to a significant degree and we need to be prepared to deal with that threat."

Mar 29 06:21

US-Made Missile Defenses Spectacularly Failed in Saudi Arabia

At least five American-made Patriot missiles apparently missed, malfunctioned, or otherwise failed when Saudi forces tried to intercept a barrage of rockets targeting Riyadh on March 25.

That's bad news for the US military and its closest allies, who are counting on the Patriot to stop large-scale enemy attacks during a major war.

The ground-launched, radar-guided Patriot missile, which is 19 feet long in its basic version, has been controversial since shortly after its introduction in 1984. It missed many of its targets during the 1991 Gulf War. Twelve years later during the US-led invasion of Iraq, Patriot crews shot down two allied warplanes, killing three crew members.

Mar 29 02:25

Pentagon Admits Billions In US Funds Disappeared in Afghanistan To “Fraud, Waste And Abuse”

A new report from the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DoD IG) exposes even more fraud, waste and/or corruption in America’s ongoing war in Afghanistan. This latest report reveals that more than $3.1 billion of U.S. taxpayer funds provided to the Afghan Armed Forces from 2014 through 2017 was grossly mismanaged.

Mar 29 02:24

Facing the Music: High Costs Could Cut US Air Force F-35 Fleet By One Third

Like a hibernating bear awakening from a long wintry slumber, an internal United States military analysis has finally concluded that F-35 costs are so unbearably high that unless major cost savings are achieved, the US Air Force won’t be able to afford as many aircraft as it wants.

The report, obtained by Bloomberg, found that unless the US Air Force can find ways to trim F-35 operation and support costs by 38 percent over the next ten years, the military will only be about to buy around two-thirds of the 1,736 F-35s it has planned to acquire.

Mar 29 02:17

West seeking to avoid collapse by antagonizing Russia, says veteran nationalist

Western nations need the current conflict with Russia to consolidate the region in the face of the migrant crisis and looming collapse of the European Union, the leader of the Russian Liberal Democratic Party has said.

“The European Union is falling apart. How can they prevent this without an external threat? They need some fear factor,” Vladimir Zhirinovsky wrote in his Telegram messenger on Tuesday.

Mar 29 02:14

President Trump fires Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin

President Donald Trump is firing Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and replacing him with the White House doctor in the wake of a bruising ethics scandal and a mounting rebellion within the VA.

Trump tweets that he intends to nominate "highly respected Admiral Ronny L. Jackson, MD, as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs."

Trump says Robert Wilkie, an undersecretary at the Defense Department, will serve as acting VA secretary until Jackson is confirmed.

Mar 28 17:11

Army Major: The 'March' We Need Is 'A March for Peace'... Or At Least, De-Escalation

"Students march for gun control; women march for a variety of causes, and, well, against anything Trump; but who is marching for less American war in the Greater Middle East?"

Mar 28 16:30

Palestine will be FREE, Janna Jihad Ayyad Full Speech, Words of Worlds Youngest Journalist [IPCI]

A Palestinian Child, Janna Jihad, the worlds Youngest Journalist asks you to take to heart the message of her people and to take action to boycott Israeli Products. Please share far and wide.

Mar 28 12:04

Russia Warns West Risks "Hot War" After Mass Expulsion Of Diplomats

After a legion of western nations announced this week that they would expel Russian diplomats in solidarity with the UK, one Russian ambassador warned during an impromptu unscripted speech that, by hastily blaming Moscow for the poisoning of a former Russian spy at a shopping center in Salisbury, the West was risking a return to the Cold War. A second Russian ambassador took the warning a step further, and claimed the West has inadvertently risked a "hot war" with Russia.

So far, 23 countries have expelled over 130 Russian diplomats since the UK pointed the finger at Russia, accusing it of organizing an assassination plot that involved poisoning former Russian spy Sergei Skripal with a Soviet-era nerve agent called Novichok.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The risk of a shooting war with Russia has just been amplified by orders of magnitude with these expulsions; or, perhaps that is DC's "design objective", when accusing Russia of an act of menace and having utterly zero way to prove this.

It may have been an attempt at getting Putin to behave recklessly, and do something the West could "interpret" as a justification for a hot war against it. However, anyone in the bowels of power in the US or UK who actually believed this was going to work was a consummate idiot; Putin is a world class chess player, and simply wouldn't react in such a way.

And BTW, where the heck ARE the Skribals?!? Have they been put into "protective custody" by the UK, to make sure that they say nothing which would interfere with the British's government's narrative that "The Russians Did It"?!?!?

Are they still alive?!? And if so, why won't the British government produce them, so that the world has at least some proof that they are still with us on the planet?!?

This case simply gets more and more weird by the day.

But rest assured, the US and UK haven't given up on attempting to ignite a shooting war with Russia. The next thing to look for is a false flag, to be blamed on Russia, as the pretext for a war against it.

Mar 28 10:34

Is US Army Only Barely Smart Enough To Read Comic Books?

The Cyber ??Institute of the US Military Academy (ACI) has published a manual in the form of a comic book in which NATO forces lose a conflict with Russia. This is reported by IEEE Spectrum – a monthly magazine published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. It is noted that the illustrated manuals are created for the US military in order to encourage them to think about the wars of the future and how exactly preparations for such conflicts should be conducted. According to the story, it is set in 2027, where Moldova and Romania decide to unite and thereby cross Russia’s “red line”. The tension is exacerbated by the fact that NATO and Moscow are conducting exercises on different sides of the Russian border at this time. At some point, individual troops deviate from the pre-planned action plan, robots enter the battle and a full-scale conflict begins. The battle takes place quickly, as Russia has the capabilities to conduct a high-tech war.

Mar 28 06:42

More Lies from the Presstitutes

I have no doubt that gun control groups are organized by agents of the police state. The United States is falling apart.

The vast majority of Americans are being ground into the dirt by government at all levels. There is no democracy. There is only looting.

The One Percent fear that sooner or later even insouciant Americans might rise up. But they can’t if they are disarmed. That is all gun control is about.

Taking away guns gives control to governments. The founders of this
nation knew that regardless of the form of government, those in power
may become corrupt and seek to rule as the British did by trying to
disarm the populace of the colonies. It is not difficult to understand
that a disarmed populace is a controlled populace.

Mar 28 06:11

3 Recent Events That Could Send the US Hurtling Toward World War III

Recently, the news has been all abuzz with teen activists who want to take away our guns but refuse to use clear backpacks, the Facebook privacy scandal, and how someone bit Beyonce in the face. But there are three recent events that aren't getting much press which tell us it is entirely possible that we could be headed toward World War III at worst and toward an economic collapse at best.

Mar 27 15:28

CHINA MOVES TO DESTROY US DOLLAR AS THEY LAUNCH THE GOLD-BACKED PETRO-YUAN

In a massive move against the global dominance of the U.S. dollar, China’s highly anticipated Petro-Yuan has been launched in Shanghai. With China being the world’s largest consumer of oil, this new currency is an international game-changer that was a predicted move by China to directly compete—and subsequently devalue—the US dollar.

Analysts call the plan, announced by Beijing in September, a huge move against the dollar’s global dominance – and reserve currency status.

The Chinese government reportedly plans to allow the crude oil futures contract priced in yuan to be fully convertible into gold.

As TFTP reported at the time, in addition to serving as a hedging tool for Chinese companies, the contract will allow for increased use of the yuan in trade settlement.

These contracts will thus enable China’s trading partners to pay with gold or to convert yuan into gold without the necessity to keep money in Chinese assets or turn it into US dollars, according to Bloomberg.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice the US "War Engine" beginning to crank up on all cylinders, as a response to this move, and its future ramifications.

Mar 27 15:18

Western Day of the Long Knives

On March 26, Washington, 21 European nations, Canada and Australia expelled over 135 Russian diplomats as of Monday, a coordinated political conspiracy, including Britain ordering 23 Russian diplomats out of the country days earlier.

More Russophobic Western shoes are likely to drop ahead, anti-Russia political and economic war raging.

Each hostile action piled on previous ones risks heading things toward something much more serious.

Hostility by the West against the world’s dominant superpower is madness. If current actions lead to military ones, an increasing possibility, Russian super-weapons can turn Western nations to smoldering rubble overnight – easily penetrating defenses against them.

It remains to be seen what if any actions Moscow takes other than responding tit-for-tat against nations expelling its diplomats.

Mar 27 15:14

Why 55 U.S. Senators Voted for Genocide in Yemen

I use the phrase “end a war,” despite the fact that Saudi Arabia could continue its war without U.S. participation — in part, because it’s easier, and in part because experts have suggested that Saudi Arabia could not do anything like what it is doing without the participation of the U.S. military in identifying targets and refueling planes. It is of course also true that were the United States to go beyond what was under consideration on Tuesday and cease providing Saudi Arabia with planes and bombs, and use its influence as an oil customer and general war partner to pressure Saudi Arabia to end the war and lift the blockade, the war might end entirely. And millions of human lives might be spared.

So, a vote against one war is never just a vote against one war. It’s a vote to challenge, if ever so slightly, the power of the war machine. These Senators are paid not to do that.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US Congress no longer represents the will and concerns of We the People; it only represents those corporations who have bought and paid for their support: that is the big, fat, ugly, hairy open secret of American politics in this day and time.

Mar 27 14:49

Saudi Arabia Threatens Iran, Blaming Them for Yemeni Missiles

With Saudi airstrikes pounding northern Yemen, killing civilians left and right, their options for “retaliating” against Yemen for firing missiles into Saudi territory are limited. Saudi officials aren’t concerned, however, as they’re threatening to attack Iran over he missiles instead.

Saudi officials reported seven Yemeni missiles intercepted overnight, with debris from one of the missiles hitting a house and killing an Egyptian laborer. Saudi officials claim the missiles came from Iran, and that they have a “right” to respond militarily against Iran in the future.

The Shi’ite Houthis, who control northern Yemen, deny close ties to Iran, and have insisted in the past that missiles fired at Saudi Arabia are part of Yemen’s pre-war stockpile, and retaliation for Saudi airstrikes. Though the Saudis targeted some missile caches early in the invasion of Yemen, some missiles are known to have survived, and have been fired during the fighting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is completely insane, as the Saudi military cannot believe for a moment that they could last against Iran militarily, should they decide on a direct hit against it.

And one of the phone calls The BOY (Butcher of Yemen, AKA Prince Mohammed Bin Salman) needs to make before he decides to attack Iran, is very much to Russia's President Putin, to see if he can get him on the same page here, regarding his need to haul off against Iran.

I would doubt that the response to such a threat against Iran is going to be very warm and fuzzy, on Putin's part.

Without this, Russia may well look at a Saudi attack against Iran to be an attack against Russia, as Russian politicians and military personnel have consistently stated that should Iran be attacked militarily, it will come to Iran's aid.

Mar 27 14:04

ARMS RESEARCH "WATCHDOG GROUP" LOBBIES FOR WAR ON YEMEN AND IRAN

Looking into the AP report we find that the "watchdog group" is actually a for-profit company with an anti-Iran agenda and paid by the United Arab Emirates. The UAE, together with Saudis, the U.S. and Britain, is waging war on Yemen and sees Iran as an enemy

Mar 27 11:59

US Would Fight Without Air Support for Weeks if War With Russia Began

Senior U.S. Army officials on Monday mapped out a plan to dramatically increase the range of the service's artillery and missile systems to counter a Russian threat that would leave ground forces without air support in the "first few weeks" of a war in Europe.

The Army has named long-range precision fires as its top modernization priority in a reform effort aimed at replacing the service's major weapons platforms.

"We've got to push the maximum range of all systems under development for close, deep and strategic, and we have got to outgun the enemy," Gen. Robert Brown, commanding general of United States Army Pacific Command, told an audience during a panel discussion on "improving long-range precision fires" at the Association of the United States Army's Global Force Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama.

Mar 27 11:18

Zbigniew Brzezinski: It Is Infinitely Easier to Kill a Million People than it is to Control Them

Mar 27 11:16

Bolton Means Another War for Israel is Coming

With the appointment of leading neoconservative John Bolton as National Security Advisor, the Zionist war-party takeover of the White House is nearly complete. With Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State, Nikki Haley at the U.N. and now Bolton whispering in the President’s ear, we have a fully endowed war cabinet that will make sure the Mullahs, Russkies and Rocket Man begin to pay attention. As Haley laid down the law in the United Nations last week, “Our patience is not unlimited.”

Mar 27 10:55

Nothing Exceeds Like Excess - The Military-Industrial Complex Wins

Military spending is the second largest item in the US federal budget after Social Security. It has a habit of increasing significantly each year, and the proposed 2019 defense budget is $886 billion (roughly double what it was in 2003).

Mar 27 10:54

War Preparations: Leaked Images Allegedly Show US Military Tanks Arriving In Jordan

Sputnik news agency recently uncovered leaked images of U.S. military equipment arriving in Jordan’s Aqaba Industrial Port via the vehicle carrier ship “Liberty pride” for the upcoming participation in the annual war drill “Eager Lion.” During the unloading process, the images reveal the “M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks, the M113’s variation for medical evacuation and the M2A3 Bradley armored personnel carriers” were offloaded from the 199-meter (652 feet) military transport vessel, said Sputnik.

Mar 27 10:52

Dear America: Please Stop This Shit. Signed, The Rest Of The World.

They want you arguing over who should and shouldn't be called a terrorist based on what ideology you subscribe to and what color the latest killer's skin was.

They do not want you talking about the way the label "terrorist" itself is being used to justify unconstitutional detentions, torture, mass surveillance, and wars.

They want you arguing over whether to support the Democrats because the Republicans will take civil rights away from disempowered groups or Republicans because the Democrats will take away your guns and force you to bake gay wedding cakes.

They don't want you talking about the fact that both parties advance Orwellian surveillance, neoliberal exploitation and neoconservative bloodshed in a good cop/bad cop extortion scheme to keep Americans cheerleading for their own enslavement.

They want you arguing about whether Trump did or did not collude with Russia.

Mar 27 10:47

Bullhorns: War Party

With the appointment of John Bolton as the new National Security Adviser, should we expect more stupid wars of choice? Trump says he wants success, but policy failures are associated with Bolton’s name. The War Party is again in charge.

Mar 27 10:28

Enough Is Enough: If You Really Want to Save Lives, Take Aim at Government Violence

Curiously, however, although these young activists were vocal in calling for gun control legislation that requires stricter background checks and limits the kinds of weapons being bought and sold by members of the public, they were remarkably silent about the gun violence perpetrated by their own government.

Why is no one taking aim at the U.S. government as the greatest purveyor of violence in American society and around the world?

Mar 27 10:24

What happened to the West I was born in?!

Frankly, I am awed, amazed and even embarrassed. I was born in Switzerland, lived most of my life there, I also visited most of Europe, and I lived in the USA for over 20 years. Yet in my worst nightmares I could not have imagined the West sinking as low as it does now. I mean, yes, I know about the false flags, the corruption, the colonial wars, the NATO lies, the abject subservience of East Europeans, etc. I wrote about all that many times. But imperfect as they were, and that is putting it mildly, I remember Helmut Schmidt, Maggie Thatcher, Reagan, Mitterrand, even Chirac! And I remember what the Canard Enchaîné used to be, or even the BBC. During the Cold War the West was hardly a knight in white shining armor, but still – rule of law did matter, as did at least some degree of critical thinking.

I am now deeply embarrassed for the West. And very, very afraid.

All I see today is a submissive herd lead by true, bona fide, psychopaths (in a clinical sense of the word)

Mar 27 10:23

Jimmy Carter Calls Trump’s Hiring Of John Bolton His ‘Worst Mistake’ Yet

In a CBS interview scheduled to air Tuesday, Jimmy Carter did not mince words when denouncing President Donald Trump’s decision to hire John Bolton as his national security adviser.

“I have been concerned at some of the things he’s decided,” the 93-year-old former president told “CBS This Morning” host Norah O’Donnell, according to a press release from the network. “I think his last choice for national security adviser was very ill-advised. I think John Bolton has been the worst mistake he’s made.”

The excerpt CBS released on Monday did not include commentary from Carter on why he thought Trump had erred in hiring Bolton.

Mar 27 09:40

Two Failures In One Day - Missile Defense Is An Embaressment - It Won't Work

Two incidents last night provide again that missile defense is a waste fo money. It hardly ever works. Strategic missile defense, which the U.S. builds to take down intercontinental missiles, will not protect against the new weapons Russia is now pursuing. The U.S. military acknowledges this. After Putin announced the new weapon systems the Trump administration raised the white flag and suddenly asked for new arms control talks.

Mar 27 09:12

Neocons Are Back With a Big War Budget and Big War Plans

On Friday, President Trump signed the omnibus spending bill for 2018. The $1.3 trillion bill was so monstrous that it would have made the biggest spender in the Obama Administration blush. The image of leading Congressional Democrats Pelosi and Schumer grinning and gloating over getting everything they wanted – and then some – will likely come back to haunt Republicans at the midterm elections. If so, they will deserve it.

Even President Trump admitted the bill was horrible. As he said in the signing ceremony, “there are a lot of things that we shouldn’t have had in this bill, but we were, in a sense, forced – if we want to build our military…”

This is why I often say: forget about needing a third political party – we need a second political party! Trump is admitting that to fuel the warfare state and enrich the military-industrial complex, it was necessary to dump endless tax dollars into the welfare state.

Mar 27 09:02

US abusing its rights as host country by expelling Russian diplomats at UN – Russia’s UN envoy

Washington has abused its power as the host of the UN headquarters when it moved to expel 12 staffers from Russia’s mission at the UN, Moscow's envoy Vassily Nebenzia said. He called the decision an “extremely unfriendly” step.
"The expulsion of Russian diplomats as well as other recent unfriendly steps, such as restriction of access to Russian diplomatic property, visa denials to mission staff and other [measures], can be viewed as the US abusing its rights and privileges as the hosting country," Vassily Nebenzia said.

Nebenzia pointed out that the status of the staff at the permanent representations of the countries at the United Nations are regulated by UN conventions, namely the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations of 1946 and the Agreement Between the United Nations and the US Regarding the Headquarters of the United Nations, signed in 1947.

Mar 27 08:54

Virginia Senator Black: US’s Syria Campaign Is A Disgrace

Several weeks ago, NATO powers warned that Syria was going to use poison gas against East Ghouta—site of a massive, ongoing battle between Western-backed terrorists and the Syrian Army. [1]

The West knew full-well that terrorists in East Ghouta had all the necessary chemicals in place to stage a false-flag attack that the West could blame on the Syrian Army. This ploy has been used repeatedly by the CIA, British MI-6, and Turkish MIT throughout the Syrian War. Unfortunately for them, the Syrian Army advanced so fast that they overran the Sarin gas laboratory and captured it before the terrorists could execute their assigned plans.

Mar 27 08:53

Is Trump Assembling a War Cabinet?

The last man standing between the U.S. and war with Iran may be a four-star general affectionately known to his Marines as "Mad Dog."

Gen. James Mattis, the secretary of defense, appears to be the last man in the Situation Room who believes the Iran nuclear deal may be worth preserving and that war with Iran is a dreadful idea.

Yet, other than Mattis, President Donald Trump seems to be creating a war cabinet.

Mar 27 08:48

Trump Expels Russians - Poison Attack Or False Flag?

Mar 26 15:31

US Navy to arm Virginia submarines with nuclear warheads

The United States Navy is set to add nuclear warheads to its Virginia-class attack submarines as part of new plans in the administration of US President Donald Trump.

“While Virginia-class submarines can use conventional deterrence to keep adversaries in check, a sub-launched cruise missile with a nuclear warhead would be incorporated into Virginias and give national command authority additional escalation control,” Rear Admiral John Tammen, the director of Undersea Warfare Division, told US Congress on Monday.

The new add-on would amount to a mission expansion for the Virginia submarines, which can already fire Tomahawk missiles and torpedoes.

Mar 26 14:20

US expulsion of Russian diplomats is ‘declaration of war’ – George Galloway to RT

British politician, broadcaster, and writer George Galloway has slammed Donald Trump’s decision to expel 60 Russian diplomats and close the Russian consulate in Seattle. Galloway regards it as tantamount to a “declaration of war.”

Galloway contrasted the US’ actions with those of EU member states. Those EU countries who rushed to follow the lead of Britain and the US in response to the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal are simply acting as “vassal states,” doing what they are told.

Mar 26 13:58

Donald Trump’s Appointment of John Bolton Means Regime Change is Coming to Iran

By Derrick Broze

The latest neo-conservative warmonger to join the Trump Administration does not bode well for the people of Iran.

On Thursday Donald Trump announced that John Bolton, a former official in George W. Bush’s administration and former ambassador to the UN, would be his new National Security Advisor. Bolton is a warhawk who called for the invasion of Iraq in search of non-existent weapons of mass destruction and has for years called for the invasion of Iran...

Mar 26 12:57

China Launches Massive Military Drills "In Preparation For War"

Just hours after the latest close military encounter between the US and China, when the US navy sailed a destroyer to within 12 nautical miles of the contested Spratly Islands in the South China Sea as a "freedom of navigation" operation - a move that China condemned as a "severe provocation" just as the two countries launched an all-out trade war - the Chinese military launched its spring combat readiness drills with an air force exercise in the West Pacific and a joint combat patrol mission in the South China Sea.

The air force drills include H-6K bombers and Su-30 and Su-35 fighters, according to the PLA , and have a simple, if clear, purpose: "Air Force exercises are rehearsals for future wars and are the most direct preparation for war," the Chinese Air Force said on its Weibo account on Sunday, according to Reuters.

Mar 26 12:23

Paul Craig Roberts: Washington Has Declared Hegemony Or War

I agree with Stephen Lendman (below) that the Russian government’s efforts to deal with the West on the basis of evidence and law are futile. There is only one Western foreign policy and it is Washington’s. Washington’s “diplomacy” consists only of lies and force. It was a reasonable decision for Russia to attempt diplomatic engagement with the West on the basis of facts, evidence, and law, but it has been to no avail. For Russia to continue on this failed course is risky, not only to Russia but to the entire world.

Mar 26 12:21

Russia Vows Imminent Response: "The US Only Understands Force"

Update: RIA Novosti reports an unnamed foreign ministry official protested the decision by EU, NATO nations to expel envoys, and confirmed that Russia will respond to each country expelling diplomats, warning that the "expulsions won't go unanswered."

“Unfriendly” action won’t be left unanswered.

U.K.’s allies are “blindly following” principle of Euro-Atlantic unity at the expense of common sense.

Additionally, Russia's ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Antonov, said that, with regard to the US response, "US only understand force."

"I mentioned in my statement in the State Department that I consider these actions counterproductive," Antonov said.

"I said that the United States took a very bad step by cutting what very little still remains in terms of Russian-American relations."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ambassador Anatoly Antonov is correct in his assessment about the US having taken "...a very bad step by cutting what very little still remains in terms of Russian-American relations."

I do not remember the attribution, but it really applies right now in the Skribal case: "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, ultimately leaves everyone blind and toothless."

Less diplomatic communication leaves world leaders open for making a case for war when absolutely none exists; this is where we are headed right now.

We can hear the acceleration of war drums beating against both Russia and Iran. Both countries are being demonized for things they have not done, and are being sanctioned because of lies; we need a critically-thinking nation to even begin to avert these potential catastrophes, and need to advocate for a calm, logical, and moral approach to our diplomatic negotiations internationally.

Unfortuntately, however, I fear that we do not have enough time for such an approach to work, and prevent these wars.

And saying that, it is important that people reading this understand that it is because I care about my country, and her people, deeply, that I feel moved to criticize my country's leadership when I am certain that it is making to wrong moves, and praising it for when it makes what I feel are correct moves, both domestically and internationally.

The good moves so far in the Trump Administration: cutting back illegal immigration, and being open to negotiation with North Korea's Kim Jung Un.

The bad moves: doubling down on accusations against Russia in the Skribal case; expelling Russian diplomats; and making preparations for war against Iran, again premised on lies.

The men and women of the IAEA, who have consistently stated that Iran is complying with the P5+1 Agreement, are all very bright and distinguished scientists; when they say that Iran is in compliance with this deal, my tendency would be, based upon the premise that they are using science to make their evaluations, to believe them.

My "canaries in the coalmine" right now, in terms of what foreign websites in English, are allowed to be read by Americans, are: Sputnik International News; Russia Today; Press TV; and Fars News in English, the last two being Iranian websites. I encourage our readers to read them, while we still can, because even if you do not agree with the articles you may be reading, you can at least understand what foreign leadership is thinking, and doing.

Mar 26 12:02

How The Military Controls America

Unlike corporations that sell to consumers, Lockheed Martin and the other top contractors to the U.S. Government are highly if not totally dependent upon sales to governments, for their profits, especially sales to their own government, which they control - they control their home market, which is the U.S. Government, and they use it to sell to its allied governments, all of which foreign governments constitute the export markets for their products and services.

Mar 26 11:39

14 EU STATES ANNOUNCE MASS CO-ORDINATED EXPULSION OF RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS OVER SKRIPAL CASE

Fourteen members of the EU have decided to expel Russian diplomats over the Sergei Skripal case, European Council president Donald Tusk has confirmed. It comes despite zero evidence proving that Moscow was responsible.
Donald Tusk stated that further action could be taken.

Germany, France and Poland have expelled four diplomats each, respective foreign ministries confirmed on Monday. The Netherlands and Denmark will expel two diplomats each, their foreign ministries said.

Italy is expelling two Russian diplomats, while Lithuania has expelled three, according to that country’s foreign minister. The Czech Republic will expel the same number.

Meanwhile, Latvia is expelling one diplomat and an Aeroflot employee, and Estonia’s foreign minister has confirmed the country is expelling a military attaché at the Russian embassy. Finland is expelling one diplomat.

Ukraine has also jumped on board and announced it is expelling as many as 13 diplomats.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely remind the leaders of those 14 EU countries that such actions are frequently preludes to shooting wars.

And the other issue to question, greatly, is the reality that the UK has refused to send samples of the nerve agent allegedly used in this case to Russia; why not?!?!?

Something is going on here which absolutely stinks to high heaven, and it will not be resolved until all elements in this drama are examined with absolutely truth, logic, and the scientific method; of course, that is the polar opposite of what the UK's Prime Minister May wants to happen.

Villifying Russia for something it most probably did not do, is a big, tacky, hairy geopolitical "no-no", so one one has to wonder what final outcome is desired by #10 Downing Street and DC here; a war against Russia, for something it most probably didn't do, just like Suddam Hussein's didn't have the weapons of mass destruction he was accused by President Bush to have had?!?

And a short memo to both President Trump and Prime Mnister May; the people of both your countries have come to trust the independent media, when they want real news, and in the process, have becomeboth war-cynical and war weary; they collectively do not want another war based on lies; We the People (and our British cousins) have had our stomach-wrenching fill of that, thank you very much.

Mar 26 07:39

Here’s John Bolton Promising Regime Change in Iran by the End of 2018

“The outcome of the president’s policy review should be to determine that the Ayatollah Khomeini’s 1979 revolution will not last until its 40th birthday,” Bolton said. (The 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution will be on February 11, 2019.) “The declared policy of the United States should be the overthrow of the mullahs’ regime in Tehran,” Bolton added. “The behavior and the objectives of the regime are not going to change and, therefore, the only solution is to change the regime itself.”

Mar 25 09:37

Former IDF chief Mofaz: 'Bolton tried to convince me Israel should attack Iran'

Former IDF chief Shaul Mofaz said Sunday that US President Donald Trump's new National Security Adviser John Bolton "tried to convince me that Israel should attack in Iran," while he was serving as Washington's ambassador to the UN.

"I don't think it's a smart act—not for the Americans today, and not for anyone, until this threat is realized," Mofaz said at a conference organized by Ynet and Yedioth Ahronoth to celebrate 70 years of Israeli success.

Mofaz took part in a panel of former IDF chiefs at the conference, which also featured Moshe Ya'alon, Benny Gantz and Dan Halutz. All four said they were against canceling the Iranian nuclear deal.

Mar 25 09:36

Four Days to Declare a Cold War

The British government and certain of its allies, including US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, have attempted to launch a Cold War against Russia.

Their plan was to fabricate an attack against an ex-double agent in Salisbury and at the same time a chemical attack against the « moderate rebels » in the Ghouta. The conspirators’ intention was to profit from the efforts of Syria to liberate the suburbs of its capital city and the disorganisation of Russia on the occasion of its Presidential election. Had these manipulations worked, the United Kingdom would have pushed the USA to bomb Damascus, including the Presidential palace, and demand that the United Nations General Assembly exclude Russia from the Security Council.

However, the Syrian and Russian Intelligence Services got wind of what was being plotted. They realised that the US agents in the Ghouta who were preparing an attack against the Ghouta were not working for the Pentagon, but for another US agency.

Mar 25 09:12

Amnesty International: Trumpeting for War… Again

This is an unambiguous call and a justification for war; it seems that AI is calling for a NATO bombing campaign similar to the one staged in Libya in 2011. There is also no ambiguity as to who AI deems to be culpable and ought to be at the receiving end of a “humanitarian bombing” campaign. Before cheering yet another US/NATO war, it is useful to analyse Amnesty International’s record in assisting propaganda campaigns on the eve of wars. It is also worthwhile reviewing AI’s reporting on Syria, and how it compares with that on other countries in the area.

A sorry record

It is not the first time that Amnesty International has played a role in a propaganda campaign in the lead up to a war.

Mar 25 09:06

Two Americans Among Seven Westerners Killed by Turkish Forces in Syria

Two months ago, a 40-year-old Frenchman with a handlebar mustache stood in front of a ragtag group of foreign fighters and recorded a defiant video statement: “We fought Daesh in Raqqa,” he said, referring to the Islamic State. “Now it is the fascist Turkish state we are fighting, here in Afrin.”

A month later he was dead.

His name was Olivier Le Clainche, and he was the third of seven European and American citizens to die fighting Turkish forces in Syria—a coalition that includes dozens of jihadist militias in Aleppo province that Turkey has sponsored and directed for the last two years. Turkish forces invaded the Afrin district of Aleppo province on January 20, attacking a Kurdish militia that has numerous foreign fighters from western countries.

Mar 25 09:06

U.S Vs. Russia: Military Spending Difference, No Big Deal

Even just users of Internet forums are well aware that to compare budgets or salaries in different countries is simply meaningless without comparing the prices. The amount of money is not as important as quantity of goods and services that you can acquire with it!

We know that in the U.S. real estate prices in New York and medical and utility bills prices are high. But what about more global issues – prices in the defense sector?

Let’s look at some eloquent examples. For example, the cost of pride of the American aircraft builders- F-22 Raptor – is, according to various sources estimates from 350 to 411 million dollars per unit. And that’s not the most expensive aircraft. One B-2 Spirit bomber (taking R&D into account) costs U.S. taxpayers $ 2.1 billion dollars per unit, and without science – 1,157 billion dollars. Not cheap at all.

Mar 24 11:21

The Mysterious Frank Taylor Report: The 9/11 Document that Launched US-NATO’s “War on Terrorism” in the Middle East

We call them ‘the 9/11 wars’ – the seemingly unending destruction of the Middle East and North Africa which has been going on for the last seventeen years. As revealed by Gen. Wesley Clark,[1] these wars were already anticipated in September 2001.

The legal foundation for the invasion of Iraq in 2003 has been challenged in several countries. The best known is the Chilcot Inquiry in the UK, which began in 2009 and concluded in a report in 2016. The inquiry was not about the legality of military action, but the British government was strongly criticised for not having provided a legal basis for the attack.

Even though the invasion of Iraq was planned[2] prior to 9/11, most observers note that the attack on Afghanistan in 2001 was a required precursor.

However, the legal basis for attacking Afghanistan has attracted almost no attention. One obstacle in addressing this has been the assumption that the key document was still classified.[3][4]

Mar 24 11:16

It’s Time to Panic Now

John Bolton’s appointment as national security adviser puts us on a path to war.

Mar 24 11:15

Liberals Panic over John Bolton Appointment as National Security Advisor

The move was largely hailed by conservatives — even though some criticized his support for the Iraq War. Bolton is known to be a hawk on North Korea — he has even recommended a pre-emptive attack on the regime if it continues to threaten the U.S. — and his addition to Trump’s foreign policy team sends a strong message ahead of negotiations between the president and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

Mar 24 11:15

Donald Trump Signs Bloated $1.3 Trillion Omnibus Bill, Cites Military Funding

President Donald Trump signed Congress’s $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill on Friday afternoon, despite widespread criticism of the legislation from his supporters.

The president described the 2,232-page bill as “ridiculous” but said he felt the need to sign it because of his duty to protect the country.

“As a matter of national security, I’ve signed this omnibus budget bill,” Trump said. “There are a lot of things I’m unhappy about in this bill. I say to Congress: I will never sign another bill like this again.”

Mar 24 10:11

Trump Plans Expulsion of Russian Envoys Over U.K. Attack

National Security Council has prepared recommendations
White House has been divided over how to respond to Putin
President Donald Trump is preparing to expel dozens of Russian diplomats from the U.S. in response to the nerve-agent poisoning of a former Russian spy in the U.K., two people familiar with the matter said Saturday.

Trump agreed with the recommendation of advisers and the expulsions are likely to be announced on Monday, the people said, though they cautioned that Trump’s decision may not be final. Trump is prepared to act but wants to be sure European allies will take similar steps against Russia before doing so, aides said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but...has anyone in President Trump's inner circle managed to mention to him that such expulsion is generally considered a prelude to war, not just a war of words, but a shooting war?!?

Or, with Pompeo in at State, and Bolton appointed as NSA, is this, indeed, the plan?!?

And because Europe wants to trade with Russia, he has utterly zero assurances that they will be on the same page with him on this, other than the UK, whose leadership is desperate to distract the British people from its lousy performance so far.

Mar 24 09:53

Neocon Takeover of Washington Completed

Pompeo at State and Bolton as Trump’s national security advisor completed the neocon takeover of Trump’s geopolitical agenda – Wall Street running domestic affairs.

The combination represents a major setback for world peace and stability, greater aggression likely, along with the triumph of neoliberal harshness over social justice – a dismal and frightening state of affairs.

What to expect ahead? War in Syria is more likely to escalate than wind down, an unthinkable US/Russia confrontation ominously possible.

The Iran nuclear deal is either doomed, or likely to be gutted by Washington, accomplishing the same thing – with only tepid, ineffective opposition from P5+1 countries Britain, France and Germany.

The EU most often bends to US will when enough pressure is applied.

A relatively quiet Ukraine period could explode in greater Kiev war on Donbass, US-supplied heavy weapons and training aiding its aggression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At this defining moment in world history, I despair about the current trajectory of both domestic, and foreign policies, creating more income inequality at home, and more wars abroad.

And the worst thing about these coming wars is, that they may not be wars the US military is able to win, or from which it can extricate itself gracefully.

You can nearly bet on a return to the draft, which will be coming for both our young men and young women, but of course, not in an election ior mid-term election year.

Mar 24 09:46

Video: Israeli police destroy Palestinian tombstones in Jerusalem cemetery

Due to the fact that many slain Palestinians were buried in al-Mujahidin cemetery, it became a place where Palestinians from Jerusalem, and those visiting from the West Bank and elsewhere, would visit to pay their respects.

The tombstones of the slain Palestinians were engraved about a year-and-a-half ago with a verse from the Quran and the sentence “graves of heroic martyrs of the Intifada of Jerusalem.” Israeli authorities objected to the use of the word “hero,” and demanded the cemetery administration removed the new addition.

After the administration refused, the Israeli officers broke in in the middle of the night and destroyed the tombstones with hammers and other hand tools.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hammers and other hand tools became "weapons of mass destruction", in the hands of IDF officers who objected to how the Palestinians saw their recent history at Israeli hands.

Because to the Israeli mind set, if they don't like how the Palestinians see their recent history, they believe that they have every, perfect right to destroy those cultural elements to which they object; even...tombstones.

Mar 24 09:22

Afghanistan: Deadly car bombing near Helmand stadium

wounded in a car bomb explosion near a sports facility in southern Afghanistan, a health official has said.

Omar Zwak, spokesperson for the governor of Helmand province, said Friday's blast in the city of Lashkar Gah took place close to the Ghazi Muhammad Ayoub Khan stadium, where a wrestling match was taking place.

Aminuallah Abed, chief of the provincial public health department, said that 40 people who were wounded were receiving treatment at a local hospital.

The death toll is expected to rise, with hospital sources telling Al Jazeera that a number of wounded people were in serious condition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a good look at that kid in this image, bleeding out, as an older adult scrambles to get him care; looking at the paucity of medical care here, the kid just may not make it.

Welcome to the world of another young victim of the US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan, 17 years on.

And as someone who loves kids, and believes all kids should have a decent future, I cannot look at this child, and begin to use the word "collateral damage" with a straight face.

What the Trump admininstration and NATO should be doing right now, because there is absolutely no military metric by which either can say that the US has "won" in Afghanistan, is to have troops leave as safely as possible, then negotiate with whatever government is left in Kabul for the pipeline rights, and the opium field rights.

But of course, that.... would be logical.

Mar 24 09:13

Illegal Wars: The New American Way

The U.S. military stands astride the Greater Mideast region on behalf of an increasingly rogue-like regime in Washington, D.C. Worse still, this isn’t a Donald Trump problem, per se. No, three successive administrations – Democratic and Republican – have widened the scope of a global “war” on a tactic (terror), on the basis of two at best vague, and at worst extralegal, congressional authorizations for the use of force (AUMF). Indeed, the US is veritably addicted to waging undeclared, unwinnable wars with unconvincing legal sanction.

Mar 24 09:09

Britain urges Israel to improve treatment of detained Palestinian children

Britain called on Israel to improve the treatment of Palestinian children in military detention on Friday and said Israel should do more to safeguard vulnerable people in its care.

The Foreign Office issued a statement in the wake of the sentencing of Palestinian teenage girl Ahed Tamimi, who was arrested after kicking and slapping an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank in December.

Tamimi, who was 16 at the time of the incident, accepted a plea deal this week under which she will be sentenced to eight months in prison, her lawyer said.

Alistair Burt, Britain’s Minister for the Middle East, said in the statement: “The conviction and sentencing of Ahed Tamimi is emblematic of how the unresolved (Israeli-Palestinian) conflict is blighting the lives of a new generation who should be growing up together in peace, but continue to be divided.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love how Reuters, very carefully and conveniently, leaves out of this story, the reason why Ahed Tamimi slapped and kicked the IDF member:

The Story Behind Ahed Tamimi's Slap: Her Cousin's Head Shattered by Israeli Soldier's Bullet

The story goes on to state the following:

"Half a head.

The left side of his face is twisted, swollen, fragmented, scarred; theres congealed blood by his nose, stitches in his face; one eye is shut, a seam line stretches across his whole scalp. A boy's face turned scar-face. Some of his skull bones were removed in surgery and won't be returned to their place for another six months."

Now, the IDF apparently believes that such acts against Palestinian kids should be accepted, both by the Palestinians and the world, and that they should be allowed to continue to do these brutal acts with savage impunity.

Ahed Tamimi was of a different opinion on this, when she learned what had happened to her cousin at the hands of the IDF.

The IDF would kill every Palestinian child it has incarcerated, if they thought they could get away with it; fortunately, they cannot, at this point in Israeli history, because the unblinking gaze of a 24/7 news cycle is bearing down on them, and that is starting to make a difference.

Even Israeli Rabbis encourage complete ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians, their "Final Solution" for ridding Israel of them. Take a look at the following story from Tikun Olam last year:

Israeli Chief Rabbis Endorse Ethnic Cleansing, Palestinian Servitude

I can never advocate or condone violence; but I can understand why, when a people are so violently oppressed and their history systematically and pathologically erased, violence can happen.

Mar 24 08:50

War-loving, Muslim-hating John Bolton wants to give ‘pieces’ of Palestine to Jordan and Egypt

The appointment of John Bolton to be Donald Trump’s national security adviser represents the neoconservative restoration, firmly ending the chapter in which Trump claimed to be a non-interventionist. Even Never-Trump neocons are happy today. The intemperate and Islamophobic Bolton is fiercely opposed to the Iran Deal, is militantly opposed to Russian influence in the Middle East, has called for declaring war against Iran and North Korea, and has pronounced the two-state solution dead.

Many today fear that Trump will give us another war. Senator Ed Markey:

John Bolton supports proactively bombing Iran and conducting a first strike on North Korea without provocation. Appointing him to be Nat Sec Advisor is a grave danger to the American people and a clear message from @realDonaldTrump that he is gearing up for military conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This appointment of Bolton as President Trump's National Security Advisor, an appointment over which Congress has absolutely zero oversight, is officially horrible, and does not augur well for any kind of peace in the Middle East.

In fact, this appointment almost guarantees a war against Iran, which will almost inevitably mean war with Russia.

President Trump has morphed from the non-interventionist on the campaign trail to an avid supporter of war, as the only way in which the Unhinged Surveilled State of America can ever acheive its geopolitical goals.

The only reason we are looking at potential peace talks between the US and North Korea is that when Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu visited Washington for AIPAC earlier this month, he gave President Trump his marching orders, which were: "Forget about North Korea; regime change Tehran for me!!"

One has to wonder just what, precisely, Netanyahu has on President Trump, to make him so willing to sacrifice so much potential blood and money toward the achievement of this goal.

But like that architypical dream about a slo-mo train wreck, I can see this war coming, and soon.

I am bitterly disappointed with him for this, and think that, once again, the American people had utterly zero choice in the last election in 2016; it was warmonger vs/warmonger, both completely vetted, and blessed, by the Israeli political establishment, as their supreme candidates of choice, and the US military/industrial complex, as demonstrated by the passage of the omnibus spending bill yesterday.

Mar 24 08:31

Majority of $1.3 Trillion US Omnibus Spending Bill Goes to Military

The last minute signing of the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill in the US is a big windfall for the Pentagon, who will be getting the majority of the money, in the realm of $700 billion. This includes 14 new ships, 28 new helicopters, and 56 of the costly F-35 warplanes. This $700 billion does not include other military-related spending, including the VA.

This is part of a $61 billion spending increase over the previous year, and virtually every aspect of the Pentagon is getting more money, more equipment, higher pay, and just general boosts in funding. Which isn’t to say everyone’s happy.

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), the House Armed Services Committee chairman, complained that the massive increase is “not enough to fix our problems. Though the military budget is tentatively to swell to $716 next year, policy-makers seem to be setting the stage for another multi-month round of outdoing one another on increases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You cannot simply throw more money at the problem, which is little to no oversight of weapons manufacturers' programs, from concept to execution, and expect the problems here to magically go away.

In Russia and China, these governments are getting far better outcomes to their weaponry manufacturing for far less money than for the US government is spending.

As we have seen with Russia's campaign in Syria, Russian weapons work as advertised; they field test brilliantly; and the cost overruns are far less than we have here in the US.

But in every weapons procurement contract from henceforward, the executives of weapons manufacturing companies have to understand that if their product does not test out as advertised; if they are delivered far too late to be of real help, and have come with stiff over-rides on costs, someone is going to jail, because not doing this is a form of treason against our military, things will not change in the military/industrial complex culture.

And very unfortunately, because weapons companies are allowed to contribute lavishly to both sides of the aisle in this country, both overtly and covertly, this corporate culture in this industry will not change until pigs discover they are aerodynamic in nature.

This has to be stopped, but those congressional representatives feeding at the collective teat of these companies, will never want these practices to end.

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