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Nov 04 08:56

US Military Reportedly Concerned It Won't Be Able to 'Repel Iran's Missiles'

Unnamed military sources, quoted by The Washington Post, have expressed alarm over Iran’s unpredictable reaction to US economic and diplomatic pressure.

The Washington Post has cited several military officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, as expressing concern that reducing the US military presence in the Middle East has dealt a blow to their ability to react to potential Iranian threats amid what they called an increased potential for confrontation due to the sanctions.

The military reportedly believes that it’s the current administration’s policy to deter Iran, including Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the landmark nuclear deal and efforts to eliminate what National Security Adviser John Bolton branded as “the Iranian menace” in Syria and in the region as a whole that has increased the likelihood of military confrontation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The whole point of the US military and economic posture against Iran, is to insure that it does create a "justification" for war against it.

Nov 04 07:42

North Korea Warns Of Return To Nuclear Policy

Pyongyang expresses frustration over the slow progress of the lifting of sanctions while US insists on denuclearisation.

North Korea has warned the United States it will "seriously" consider returning to a state policy aimed at building nuclear weapons if Washington does not end tough economic sanctions against the impoverished regime.

In a statement issued late on Friday, the North's foreign ministry said Pyongyang could revert to its former policy if the US did not change its stance over sanctions.

"The word 'byungjin' may appear again and the change of the line could be seriously reconsidered," said the statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.

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Nov 03 12:25

Moscow Initiates De-dollarization: India To Pay For S-400 Systems In Rubles

Since it became evident last summer that India was moving forward with purchase of at least five of Russia's S-400 air defense systems, the controversial initiative which is part of India's big ambitions for regional dominance immediately ruffled relations with Washington, resulting in the complete cancellation of at least one planned visit of Mike Pompeo and Jim Mattis to New Delhi.

The S-400s can detect, track and destroy supersonic bombers, drones, fifth-generation fighters, spy planes, and supersonic missiles at a range of up to 400km and altitude of 30km - in what many Indian officials have praised as a game-changing military acquisition which has further cemented the Russian-Indian defense relationship which includes Moscow now accounting for 62 percent of New Delhi’s arms imports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That Trump and his people couldn't see this coming, in terms of the rapidity with which the US dollar is being shunned in favor of other currencies, is nearly terrifying.

Nov 03 12:02

Video: Syrian Army Discovers ISIS Depot with US-Supplied Ammunition

On November 1, Hayat Tahir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) announced that its members had attacked positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near the village of Abu Qamis in southeastern Idlib. Three SAA soldiers were reportedly killed.

A source in the SAA told SouthFront that clashes had erupted near the village, but declined to provide additional details. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least one Hayat Tahrir al-Sham member was killed.

Later on the same day, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and another al-Qaeda-linked group, Horas al-Din, shelled multiple SAA positions in northern Hama and western Aleppo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised by this development.

Nov 03 12:00

The Next Generation of Warfare: Genetically Engineered Viruses: Mac Slavo

Genetically engineered viruses could very well become the next generation of warfare. Deadly viruses modified in labs could be released eliminating entire communities of people as they infect making them a valuable asset to militaries worldwide.

As dystopian as that sounds, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is already working on a project called Insect Allies which will use insects to infect crops with genetically modified viruses that edit the crops’ genetic profile to make them more resilient against disease, as well as natural and manufactured threats to the food supply.

Nov 03 11:07

U.S. Navy’s Costliest Carrier Was Delivered Without Elevators to Lift Bombs

The $13 billion Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier, the U.S. Navy’s costliest warship, was delivered last year without elevators needed to lift bombs from below deck magazines for loading on fighter jets.

Previously undisclosed problems with the 11 elevators for the ship built by Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. add to long-standing reliability and technical problems with two other core systems -- the electromagnetic system to launch planes and the arresting gear to catch them when they land.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME?!?

Why were no phased engineering checks being done by the Navy, before they took delivery of a $13 billion dollar aircraft carrier that doesn't work?!?!?

And why aren't Mike Petters, Andy Green, and Kris Kastner of Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc getting grilled by Congress, in open session, about why their products have become so damned unreliable, that our military professionals' lives are being threatened by this avalanche of both extraordinarily bad decisions, and massive operational defects?!?

Forgive me, but this makes absolutely zero sense to me.

Nov 01 11:01

DARPA SEEKS FAA APPROVAL FOR MILITARY DRONES OVER AMERICAN CITIES

Just a little over 10 years after drone surveillance inside U.S. borders was declared a conspiracy theory, it is now an indisputable fact of life. So, too, are military grade drones along the “border,” which in reality constitutes a 100-mile-wide swath that encircles the continental United States and 2/3 of its population.

According to a new report from Defense One, this level of access is still seen as a restriction by the DARPA-directed military apparatus. As new forms of autonomous aircraft take to the skies such as the latest Blackhawk helicopter drones that could be ready by 2019, DARPA and aircraft developers want permission to fly over large cities as needed. Utilizing a new artificial intelligence system that is literally called MATRIX, developers see an opportunity for more flexibility in potential use. Of course, surveillance isn’t mentioned among those uses:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This will lead to 24/7 surveillance on every man, woman, and child in this country; and possibly, if the government doesn't particularly like and individual and what they have to say, these units can be perfectly outfitted for extrajudicial assassinations.

When it comes to law, such a surveillance system can be ruthlessly lawless; no judge; no jury; no presumption of innocence; just death, for the outspoken and those with alternative facts and/or opinions.

Nov 01 10:05

U.S. Military’s Self-Flying Helicopter Program Passes Critical Test

After nearly four years of research and development, the U.S.military is closer to helicopters that can fly themselves through unpredictable terrain and execute difficult missions with virtually no human input. It’s part of the Pentagon’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System, or ALIAS, program. Helicopter maker Sikorsky passed a key test earlier this month during an experiment at Fort Eustis, Virginia, involving an S-76B helicopter. The test demonstrated that Sikorsky’s software, called MATRIX, could take off, fly in difficult winds and at low altitude, avoid wires and other obstacles, and even make determinations about whether or not it is safe to land in one place or another. The goal, now, is to integrate the technology onto a Black Hawk helicopter next year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As awesome as this technology has to be, I wish our country were more capable of creating AI systems which heal, rather than shoot to kill, or maim, which is most probably how these systems will be advanced.

Oct 31 11:43

Cuban Crisis 2.0: Russia "Assessing" Military Base In Cuba After US INF Pullout

A senior Russian official proposed that his country is seriously considering establishing a military base in Cuba in response to Trump’s plan to quit the INF treaty, predicting that "a new Cuban crisis" could erupt if the US and Russia fail to come to terms.

According to General Vladimir Shamanov, the head of the Russian lower house of parliament's defense committee and a former airborne troops commander, with the US planning on walking away from the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force (INF) treaty, Russia's response should be in the "spirit of those times", by reactivating Russian military facilities in Cuba.

The U.S. and Russia have accused one another of violating the agreement, but President Donald Trump has announced his intention to now end it, paving the way for new nuclear and conventional weapons systems at a time of heightened tensions, Newsweek reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lord, please...NO!!!

Oct 31 11:19

MATTIS: US NEEDS "OFFENSIVE WEAPONS IN SPACE" FOR DEFENSE

Secretary of Defense James Mattis claims that it’s not enough for the United States to have advanced weapons on Earth, but in order for the nation to be safe, the country needs weapons in space. Mattis alleges that in order to protect the American way of life, the Pentagon must be prepared for the deployment and usage of offensive weapons in space.

“We are going to have to be prepared to use offensive weapons in space should someone decide to militarize it and go on the offensive,” said the retired Marine who took over the Pentagon in January 2017, according to RT. In any competitive sport in the world, “you cannot simply play defense and win,” Mattis added. “This is not an area that we want to be second-place in.”

Space is “critical to our economy, it’s critical to our way of life, we’ve grown reliant on it,” Mattis said. In addition to the surveillance and military intelligence roles, US satellites are used for navigation, communication, commerce, and banking.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President and Sec Def Mattis, a word, please: walking away from this Outer Space Treaty of 67 is a really, really bad idea, and incurring the costs, at the expense of Americans already marginalized by the "great migration" of American jobs which have been offshored/outsourced over the past 20 years, will not "endear" this administration with its base.

I would like you to both, please, consider both the consequences, and the costs, to this country, both in terms of its international reputation (which appears to be going through an industrial-strength shredder as I type this), and the coming geopolitical cycle for 2020.

Oct 31 09:46

Hitler Wouldn’t Risk Doomsday, But The United States Did  – Daniel Ellsberg on RAI

Hitler ended the German nuclear weapons program in 1942 when told it could end life on Earth—the Americans were willing to take the risk; since the end of WWII the Cold War was to a very large extent, from beginning to end, a marketing campaign for subsidization of the aerospace industry, says Daniel Ellsberg

Oct 30 14:47

Canada Welcomes Al-Qaeda [White Helmets] from Syria: What You Need To Know

Canadian officials say the country is preparing to resettle a group of White Helmets, a Western-backed terrorist organization founded by James Le Mesurier, a British ex-mercenary, in 2013. The group has been lauded for its “humanitarian” efforts in Syria, but have functioned more as a logistics, chemical false flag, and propaganda arm of Syria’s al-Qaeda branch, complete with Financing from George Soros and the UK/US governments. Share this with your local MP and representatives.

Oct 30 13:25

China’s Xi tells military to prepare for war as US Navy warns of high seas encounters

One of the key responsibilities of the Southern Theater Command is protecting China’s interests in the South China Sea, where Beijing claims sovereignty over a number of islands. The sea is of strategic importance to Chinese trade. The US rejects the territorial claims and has been sending so-called Freedom of Navigation missions through the waters and airspace, which Beijing considers its own, as a gesture of defiance.

Chief of US Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson said Tuesday the US and China “will meet each other more and more on the high seas” as the two nations confront each other in the South China Sea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing it could possibly do, is utterly no guarantee that the US government will not do it.

Provoking China over these islands is definitely one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid things the US military could be doing right now.

As someone who sits on an Island which would be a first-strike target for China, if this war cranks up, you can color me extraordinarily nervous right now.

Oct 30 10:59

US Launches Global Military Exercises for Strategic Nuclear Forces

Strategic Command of the US Armed Forces (USSTRATCOM) has announced the beginning of its annual military exercises for strategic nuclear forces: “Global Thunder 2019”.

According to a statement made by USSTRATCOM on Monday, the war games are being conducted in order to “curb, locate and, if necessary, avert strategic attacks on the US and its allies.” The exercises aim to determine the readiness of the military units that focus on nuclear deterrence.

Oct 29 14:23

Mattis Attempts to Sell US Exit From INF Treaty to EU Allies

US President Donald Trump earlier announced that Washington would be withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, citing alleged violations by Moscow. Russia has firmly denied the accusations and expressed regret at the decision.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that the US is currently in talks with its EU partners over Washington's decision to withdraw from the INF Treaty.

"We are in consultations with our European counterparts, I was speaking about it the day before with the German defense minister, and so as I said the consultations continue," Mattis said.

Oct 29 11:39

Khashoggi was to disclose Saudi use of chemical weapons in Yemen: source

Dissident Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, who was recently murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, was about to disclose details of Saudi Arabia’s use of banned chemical weapons in its imposed war on Yemen days before he was killed, a report says.

Oct 29 10:00

Europe Will Become a Battlefield: Putin Bluntly Explains What Discarding INF Treaty Means

Oct 28 09:37

Trump Surrenders to John Bolton on Russia and Arms Control

Declaring that “there is a new strategic reality out there,” President Donald Trump’s hardline national security advisor John Bolton announced during a visit to Moscow earlier this week that the United States would be withdrawing from the 31-year-old Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. “This was a Cold War bilateral ballistic missile-related treaty,” Bolton said, “in a multi-polar ballistic missile world.”

“It is the American position that Russia is in violation,” Bolton told reporters after a 90-minute meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Russia’s position is that they aren’t. So one has to ask how to ask the Russians to come back into compliance with something they don’t think they’re violating.”

Oct 27 12:04

UN Committee Votes Against Russia’s Resolution on INF Treaty

Russia introduced a draft resolution aimed to preserve the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty to the UN General Assembly First Committee after the US announced a unilateral withdrawal from the pact.

The First Committee of the UN General Assembly, also known as Disarmament and International Security Committee, declined on Friday to hear Russia's draft resolution in support of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

Russia proposed the draft resolution to the committee, but the US delegation protested against it. On Friday, the committee voted on whether the resolution draft should be reviewed.

Oct 27 10:38

Who will save us from America? Trump's INF withdrawal is a neocon dream & global nightmare

Washington’s vow to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty poses again the question: Who will save us from America?

If complacency is the enemy of progress hubris is the harbinger of regress. And it is hubris of the most egregious kind that describes the unconscionable decision of the Trump administration to affect the unilateral withdrawal of the US from the 1987 INF nuclear treaty, one that at the time of its establishment Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev pointed out was “the first agreement in history on the mutually agreed destruction of an entire class of nuclear weapons.”

Oct 26 11:29

Who profits from the end of the mid-range nuclear treaty?

As they were discussing extremely serious issues such as implications of a dissolving INF Treaty, the perpetuation of anti-Russia sanctions, the risk of not extending a new START Treaty and the deployment, in Putin’s words, of “some elements of the missile shield in outer space”, the Russian President got into, well, arrows and olives:

“As I recall, there is a bald eagle pictured on the US coat of arms: it holds 13 arrows in one talon and an olive branch in the other as a symbol of peaceful policy: a branch with 13 olives. My question: has your eagle already eaten all the olives leaving only the arrows?”

Bolton’s response: “I didn’t bring any olives.”

Oct 26 10:19

"No Chance INF Will Be Renegotiated" Says Top Russian Official Ahead Of Trump-Putin Meeting

On Wednesday a top Russian defense official warned that it's impossible that Moscow will renegotiate the the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF), said to likely be at the top of the agenda when Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump are set to meet in Paris on November 11 on the sidelines of commemorative events of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Chairman of the Defense Committee of the State Duma, Vladimir Shamanov, is reported to have said there's "no chances that the nuclear treaty will be renegotiated" citing Russia's position of there being "no turning point" away from the Reagan and Soviet-era 1987 treaty placing restrictions on nuclear-capable missiles and outlining arms reduction agreements.

Oct 26 10:06

Neocons Pulling Trump's Strings to Axe Reagan's INF Treaty – Ex-US Official

The Trump administration is pushing ahead with its withdrawal from the INF Treaty. Speaking to Sputnik, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, former US Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under President Ronald Reagan, shared his views on the apparent motives and driving forces behind the latest US gambit.

"This is yet another concession to the military-security complex, which is feeding its huge profits with orchestrated fear of Russia, which is then used to secure support from the American people and Congress for more military spending to counter the 'Russian threat'," said Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, commenting on Donald Trump's intention to quit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The American economist and author served as the US Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under President Ronald Reagan.

Oct 25 10:03

ARMS RACE: NATIONS HURRY TO DEVELOP HYPERSONIC WEAPONS

There is one big and glaring sign that the United States seeks to thrust the globe back into an arms race. John Bolton is in Moscow to discuss the United States’ intent to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

There is one big and glaring sign that the United States seeks to thrust the globe back into an arms race. John Bolton is in Moscow to discuss the United States’ intent to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

These types of weapons would have the ability to travel at five times the speed of sound or more. They could strike at a target while evading missile defenses and hit almost anywhere without any warning deep inside enemy territory.

In March, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his nation had successfully tested a hypersonic weapon known as the Kinzhal, the Russian word for “dagger.” The video below shows the Russian “Dagger” which is one of the hypersonic weapons currently being developed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The last statement rather perplexes me; I would like to ask Mike Griffin, if it is true that the US did the research, which had to be highly classified, how, please, did the Chinese and Russian arms makers get their hands on it?!?

Or, is it possible, that logic drove both countries to the conclusions as to how the science behind this technology works, without ever having seen the US research on it?

The withdrawal of the US from this arms treaty will be noted as a very sad day in the history of this planet; if there are any humans left from the last great war to mourn its happening, that is.

Oct 25 05:26

ISHCHENKO: PUTIN’S NUCLEAR WARNING WAS NO MERE ACCIDENT

I think that it’s not by chance that Vladimir Putin in Valdai spoke about the increased danger of a nuclear war, repeated the axiom about Russia’s readiness to take the whole world with itself and discussed the right to a preventive strike.
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Let me also remind you that Russia in its time stated the possibility of its withdrawal from the INF Treaty in response to the withdrawal of the Americans from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. I think that the way out was therefore not carried out, that it turned out to be more efficient to develop and put into service a new high-precision weapon, which allows not to violate the Treaty and at the same time not be particularly connected with it from a strategic point of view.

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Oct 24 10:41

Arms Race: Nations Hurry To Develop Hypersonic Weapons

There is one big and glaring sign that the United States seeks to thrust the globe back into an arms race. John Bolton is in Moscow to discuss the United States’ intent to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

The end of the 31-year-old treaty signifies that potentially, world powers will return to an arms race mentality. But there are some that believe the arms race is already upon us. According to NPR, over the past year, the U.S., China, and Russia have all stepped up efforts to develop a new kind of missile; a weapon that can fly faster and farther than almost anything in existence. This kind of missile is known as a hypersonic weapon.

These types of weapons would have the ability to travel at five times the speed of sound or more. They could strike at a target while evading missile defenses and hit almost anywhere without any warning deep inside enemy territory.

Oct 24 10:39

US Seeks Advantage Over Russia by Deploying Missiles in Eastern Europe

Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the INF treaty will have a multilateral negative impact. Earlier, Trump committed to withdraw from the accord citing violations on the part of Moscow.

Sputnik discussed whether President Trump will actually go through with his plan to pull out the US from the treaty with Dr. George Szamuely, political analyst and author of "Bombs for Peace: NATO's Humanitarian War on Yugoslavia."

Oct 24 09:05

What Asia thinks (but won’t say) about Trump ditching INF Treaty

US president’s intention to withdraw from the INF Treaty with Russia dents perceptions of American reliability. It also raises the prospect of an arms race in China’s backyard

Asian nations have for the most part stayed silent over a threat by the United States to withdraw from a disarmament treaty with Russia that has kept nuclear proliferation in check for the past three decades.

But analysts warn that US President Donald Trump’s announcement last week about his intention to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty – a move he made without forewarning Asian allies – will have dented perceptions of America’s reliability as a defence partner.

Naoko Aoki, Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at The Rand Corporation, said the credibility of the US rested on two pillars: its “capability and resolve”.

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Oct 23 12:53

It Is Like A Western Movie: A Showdown Is In The Making

It Is Like A Western Movie: A Showdown Is In The Making

Paul Craig Roberts

It has taken the US military/security complex 31 years to get rid of President Reagan’s last nuclear disarmament achievement—the INF Treaty that President Reagan and Soviet President Gorbachev achieved in 1987.

Oct 23 09:15

PRE-WAR HYSTERIA: TRUMP VOWS TO BOOST NUCLEAR FORCES, WITHDRAW FROM INF TREATY

Tensions in the diplomatic relations between the United States and Russia seem to be ramping up to a potentially pre-war level. The increasingly thought diplomatic rhetoric of both Moscow and Washington as well as hostile US actions against Russia and an active pro-war propaganda campaign within the US military are openly signaling that the sides may posslby soon find themselves on the verge of open regional war.

On October 20, US President Donald Trump declared that the US would be abandoning the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty claiming that the decision comes as response to multiple Russian violations of the treaty, which had put a stop to the development of nuclear and conventional missiles, as well as their launchers, with ranges of 500–1,000 and 1,000–5,500 km.

Oct 23 07:46

Comparing the Russian Su-33 and Chinese J-15 fighters: Which one’s better?

The National Interest magazine compared the fourth generation Su-33 Russian fighters and the Chinese J-15 analogue.

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Oct 23 06:44

'US has weapons to destroy the world 10 times over, but they want more because of China'

The former Republican congressman and head of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity told RT that he doesn't believe a potential US withdrawal from the 1987 treaty would do anything to enhance US security.

Trump, if he follows through with his threat and tears down the landmark treaty, signed between US President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, "won't do us any good," Paul said.

The US military industrial complex will try to justify the nuclear build-up by pointing to China's militarization, a growing source of concern for the military establishment.

"It means that the American government, the military industrial complex wants to make a lot more weapons, because it is the Chinese: 'The Chinese are making all those weapons, why can't' we?'"

Oct 22 13:54

Trump threatens to build up US nuclear arsenal until Russia, China 'come to their senses'

US President Donald Trump threatned Russia and China that Washington intends to build up its nuclear arsenal until “people come to their senses.”
The president said his words were directed towards Moscow and Beijing, as he prepared to unilaterally leave the Intermediate Nuclear Forces in Europe (INF) treaty. The US president implied China should be part of any new nuclear arms control treaty.

“Russia has not adhered to the agreement,” neither in form or in spirit, Trump told reporters outside the White House on Monday, before departing for a campaign rally in Texas.

Until people come to their senses, we will build it up

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US already has the world's largest nuclear arsenal!

Oct 22 09:10

US Leaving INF Will Put Nuclear Non-Proliferation at Risk & May Lead to ‘Complete Chaos’

If the US ditches the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), it could collapse the entire nuclear non-proliferation system, and bring nuclear war even closer, Russian officials warn.

By ending the INF, Washington risks creating a domino effect which could endanger other landmark deals like the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) and collapse the existing non-proliferation mechanism as we know it, senior lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev said on Sunday.

The current iteration of the START treaty, which limits the deployment of all types of nuclear weapons, is due to expire in 2021. Kosachev, who chairs the Parliament’s Upper House Foreign Affairs Committee, warned that such an outcome pits mankind against “complete chaos in terms of nuclear weapons.”

Oct 22 06:13

US hasn’t yet formally begun withdrawal from INF treaty, Russia ready to renew New START – Lavrov

The US has not yet formally begun to implement the procedure for withdrawing from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) arms control deal, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday. “The treaty itself contains a procedure which provides for the possibility of withdrawing from the treaty. But this procedure hasn’t yet been initiated,” the minister said. The possible withdrawal would be met with opposition from Russia, Lavrov said, adding that strategic stability can only be achieved on the basis of parity. “Such parity will be preserved in all circumstances. We are responsible for global stability, and hope that the US will not give up its share of responsibility as well,” Sputnik quoted Lavrov as saying. He added that Russia was ready to renew the New START Treaty, and was prepared for dialogue with Washington on the issue.

Oct 21 18:07

Russia nuclear treaty: Gorbachev warns Trump plan will undermine disarmament

Mr Gorbachev - who signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with President Reagan in 1987 - questioned the plan's intelligence.

Mr Trump said Russia had been "violating [the INF] for many years".

Russia has condemned the plans and threatened to retaliate.

The Kremlin said President Vladimir Putin would be seeking an explanation from visiting US National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Germany was the first US ally to criticise the move, with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas urging Washington to consider the consequences both for Europe and for future disarmament efforts.

Oct 21 10:18

UK Ready to Back US Plans to Exit INF Treaty to Send 'Clear Message' to Russia

On Friday, The New York Times reported that the Trump administration was preparing to exit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty as soon as next week.

Speaking to The Financial Times, British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson has made it plain that London will support Washington's decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between the US and Russia.

"Our close and long-term ally, of course, is the United States, and we will be absolutely resolute with the United States in hammering home a clear message that Russia needs to respect the [INF] Treaty obligation that it signed," Williamson pointed out.

Oct 21 10:01

"Complete Chaos": Russia Slams "Dangerous" U.S. Pullout Of INF Treaty As "Blackmail"

Washington’s planned withdrawal from the international Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, announced by President Trump on Saturday, has been slammed by Russia as "a very dangerous step" which is ultimately part of "continuing attempts to achieve Russia’s concessions through blackmail" in statements made by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Sunday.

And Russian lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev, who chairs the Russian Parliament’s Upper House Foreign Affairs Committee, warned the move could create a domino effect endangering other landmark deals like the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). The lawmaker said such an outcome pits mankind against “complete chaos in terms of nuclear weapons.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Before President Trump goes ahead with this, I want to see irrefutable evidence that the Russians have actually been creating weapons which the treaty was supposed to have prevented both the US and Russia from creating.

Post President Bush, statements coming from a sitting president, do not mean that those statements are in any way correct in fact; anyone beside me remember Bush's charges about "Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction"?!?!?!?

Just saying, President Trump!!

Oct 21 09:54

Itch for ‘better INF deal’? Trump’s treaty ‘withdrawal symptom’ destabilizes global order

By scrapping the crucial Cold War era nuclear agreement Trump is destabilizing global security, even if his ultimate goal is to negotiate a ‘better deal’ and to include other parties like China, geopolitical experts have told RT.

“The United States would rather pull out because of China. Right now it cannot develop new intermediate-range missiles to confront China, even though China is not a signatory to that agreement,” former Pentagon official Michael Maloof said, after Donald Trump announced the US intention to scrap the INF treaty.

“The US is engaged in an arms race with China in the Pacific Ocean, and China has a whole bunch of those missiles that are not covered,” Iranian political scientist Kaveh Afrasiabi added, calling Trump's announcement a “giant leap backward to the Cold War era.”

Oct 21 09:50

UK Ready to Back US Plans to Exit INF Treaty to Send 'Clear Message' to Russia

On Friday, The New York Times reported that the Trump administration was preparing to exit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty as soon as next week.

Speaking to The Financial Times, British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson has made it plain that London will support Washington's decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between the US and Russia.

"Our close and long-term ally, of course, is the United States, and we will be absolutely resolute with the United States in hammering home a clear message that Russia needs to respect the [INF] Treaty obligation that it signed," Williamson pointed out.

Oct 21 09:48

'If Bolton Could Nuke Russia, He Would, But He Works for Trump' - Journo

Moscow's offer to Washington to exchange written guarantees about non-interference in each other’s affairs earlier this year was rejected by the US. That’s what the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department of North America Georgy Borisenko told Sputnik in an interview. Sputnik discussed it with independent political analyst Stephen Ebert.

Oct 21 09:47

What’s INF & why does it matter? Trump wants to kill pivotal nuclear treaty that calmed the Cold War

The White House administration, which is pursuing a quite aggressive nuclear arsenal modernization strategy, has already authorized plans to develop what it initially called an ‘INF-compliant’ medium-range missile as outlined in the Trump Nuclear Posture Review, and now seems to look for excuses to pull out of the cornerstone nuclear arms agreement.

READ MORE: US defense bill authorizes development of ‘INF treaty-compliant’ mid-range missile

Claiming the move is crucial to counter the alleged growing threat from both Russia and China, US President Donald Trump stressed the situation was “unacceptable” and that the US will “have to develop those weapons.” Announcing his intention to scrap the INF commitments, Trump boasted:

“So we have a tremendous amount of money to play with our military.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We just end Social Security, Medicare, Infrastructure maintenance, and the education system and we can pay for these new nukes!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 20 11:13

Bolton heads to Moscow for high-stakes meeting with Russians

National security adviser John Bolton is traveling to Russia for talks early next week with top Russian officials that are likely to cover a variety of high-priority issues for the administration.

The trip is Bolton’s first to Moscow since he went to broker the details of the now infamous Helsinki summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin last July.

The visit comes amid high tensions with Moscow on several fronts, including the conflict in Syria and the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Britain earlier this year.

Bolton is expected in his meetings with Russian officials next week to further discussions on issues that Putin and Trump discussed in July, including Syria, where Moscow says it has delivered a S-300 missile defense system — in defiance of warnings from the Trump administration and Israel.

The talks are also likely to cover Iran, efforts to denuclearize North Korea, Israeli security and nuclear arms treaties.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whenever this thoroughly unhinged, and very vocal, gentleman racks up the "frequent flyer miles" in behalf of this government, I get very nervous.

And these charges against Elena Khusyaynova?!?

Spybosses warn of foreign interference as Feds unseal new Russia Charges

The NPR article goes on to state: Khusyaynova was charged in a criminal complaint in the Eastern District of Virginia on Friday. She, like the other Russians who have been charged in separate federal criminal cases, is not expected to stand trial in the United States.

"The government has chosen to use legal documents to lay out the case against the people who attacked the 2016 presidential election and have kept up a war of disinformation against the West."

And yet, she, and her alleged accomplices, will not be tried in the US. So what is this nonsense?!?

More Russia bashing, pure and simple. The US government both doesn't have a case, other than putting on a lengthy "show trial" here, upon which it will lavishly spend millions of taxpayer dollars on this sheer foolishness, all in the name of Russia bashing.

And where, please, has the evidence from, to accuse her of "...having kept up a war of disinformation against the West." ?!?!?

Don't the American people have the right to know what specifically she did, which so damaged the American reputation at home and abroad?!?

Or is that, also, "sealed" away from the prying eyes of the people she allegedly dishonored, citizens of the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika?!?

The place Bolton should be visiting right now, rather than Moscow, is Tel Aviv, to ask about the continued pressure from Jewish groups, both in Tel Aviv, and Washington, to keep a very tight wrap on American elections, and insure that only people Tel Aviv and AIPAC-centric will receive the nomination to highest office here in the US.

Of course, that will happen... when pigs discover they are aerodynamic.

Oct 20 10:43

US NAVY INVESTIGATING TWO MYSTERIOUS HELICOPTER CRASHES AMID RASH OF SUSPICIOUS INCIDENTS

The USS Ronald Reagan has resumed flight operations Friday morning after a mysterious incident where a MH-60R Seahawk helicopter crashed while making an emergency landing on the ship's flight deck shortly after taking off at 9 am on Oct. 19. The Navy said it is investigating the crash after the helicopter, a member of the "Saberhawks" Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron, crash landed shortly after lifting off from the ship's deck at approximately 9 am on Oct. 19.

The carrier, a member of the Navy's 7th fleet, was situated off the coast of the Philippines at the time of the crash.

Meanwhile, Stars and Stripes reported Friday in a different article that the Navy is investigating the cause of another crash involving a HH-60H Seahawk helicopter, which crashed into another helicopter on an Okinawa runway on Oct. 9.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that the manufacturers of these choppers haven't cut corners in their production lines; as much as I hate war as a way of the US government resolving its geopolitical differences with other countries, when equipment is delivered to our men and women in uniform, it needs to work better than advertised, period, end of discussion.

Oct 20 10:34

JOHN BOLTON PUSHES TRUMP TO WITHDRAW FROM RUSSIAN NUCLEAR TREATY

Years of US allegations that Russia is violating the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) may be coming to a head, with John Bolton reportedly pushing hard for President Trump to withdraw outright from the pact.

Instead of negotiating over the questions, Bolton wants the US to just withdraw outright, despite that being a major escalation on tensions with Russia. State Department and Pentagon officials are both opposed to this.

The administration was to have talks on Monday to discuss Bolton’s idea, but this has been postponed, at least for now. Still, Congress is also pushing for action on Russia, as part of general hostility toward Russia.

US Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison suggested that the US was preparing to preemptively attack Russia and “take out” the missiles they consider a violation. Bolton’s pullout, while intended as a provocation, appears to be at least somewhat less-so than attacking Russia outright.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The pattern here is clear and consistent; bashing a foreign country, without giving it the time and grace to even begin to respond to the charges leveled against it, coupled with sanctions most generally translates as the US government's prelude to a war.

Oct 20 08:18

NEO – The Syrian War will go Nuclear

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Events that have transpired in and around Syria and the Middle East with the defeat of ISIS during the fall of 2018 clearly prove one thing. The US and Israel, and under Trump the two are inseparable, intend to push Russia and China to nuclear confrontation.

The Pentagon is fully behind this, wanting to stop Russia and China before new weapons systems are fully deployed and America’s perceived nuclear advantage is gone forever. There are other reasons as well, indicating insanity among both American and Israeli commands.

Israel has millions of Palestinian hostages while the US has, over the last two decades, built nuclear shelters in Israel for up to 250,000 Jewish citizens, shelters that include ICBM silos with missiles that can hit anywhere in Europe.

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Oct 19 13:21

Bolton Pushing Trump to Exit Nuclear Arms Treaty With Russia - Reports

Neither the White House, nor Bolton himself has commented on the reported recommendation letter.

John Bolton, US President Donald Trump’s third national security adviser, has issued a formal recommendation for withdrawal from the 1987 intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty referred to as INF, according to sources briefed on the initiative and cited by The Guardian.

Bolton reportedly said Russia has been violating the treaty by developing a new cruise missile.

Meanwhile, neither the White House, nor John Bolton has commented on the issue yet.

Oct 18 14:20

Putin: Russia Will Use Nukes Only if Someone Launches Strike on Its Territory

Russia's nuclear doctrine does not stipulate a preemptive strike, but Moscow is determined to respond to any first strike by a potential aggressor, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

"…about whether we are ready, whether I am ready, to use the weapons at our disposal, including weapons of mass destruction, to protect our interests. I will remind you what I said, and I said that in our concept of nuclear weapons use there is no notion of a preemptive strike," Putin said speaking at the Valdai Discussion Club forum.

Oct 18 10:33

After nuclear holocaust, we’ll go to heaven as martyrs; attackers will die as sinners – Putin

If any nation decides to attack Russia with nuclear weapons, it may end life on Earth; but unlike the aggressors, the Russians are sure to go to heaven, President Vladimir Putin has said.

“Any aggressor should know that retribution will be inevitable and he will be destroyed. And since we will be the victims of his aggression, we will be going to heaven as martyrs. They will simply drop dead, won’t even have time to repent,” Putin said during a session of the Valdai Club in Sochi.

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Oct 18 06:22

POTUS VICTIMIZED: US Lawmakers Propose Bill To Block Saudi Arms Sale

US Lawmakers Propose Bill to Block Saudi Arms Sale Amid Khashoggi Murder Allegations

Oct 16 13:19

ISRAEL, US SECRETLY TRAINED AGAINST RUSSIA’S MISSILE SYSTEM IN UKRAINE

Israel and the US sent secret military delegations to Ukraine to train against the Russian S-300 missile defence system which was shipped to Syria last month.us

The Israeli and US delegations arrived in Ukraine, where members of the Ukrainian military allegedly instructed them on “the capabilities of the [S-300] system, as well as running through various possible scenarios,” the Times of Israel reported.

The claim was first reported by Israel’s Hadashot TV yesterday, which cited Syrian and Russian news outlets as its source. The Times of Israel added that “one Russian report said F-15 planes are training in Ukraine against the S-300 as part of an international exercise that includes Israeli pilots.” Neither Israel nor the US were willing to comment on the reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, this actually happened, then the war for Syria is by no means over for the US and Israel

Oct 16 11:22

The United States Did It Again: Its Warplanes Use White Phosphorous Munitions in Syria

The US-led coalition used white phosphorus (WP) munitions while delivering air strikes against the Syrian province of Deir Ez-Zor on Oct. 13. The attack resulted in civilian casualties. Last month, WP munitions were also used by two US Air Force (USAF) F-15s in an attack on the town of Hajin in Deir-ez-Zor. The Syrian government has repeatedly condemned the US-led coalition, which claims that the need to fight ISIS justifies its military actions, while denying the fact it is using white phosphorous projectiles.

Oct 15 13:56

Outbreak: A World Threatened by Proliferation

By the end of the summer of 2018, an unreported standoff between the US and Russia began over alleged biological and chemical weapon production facilities in Georgia and other states bordering on Russia.

Key to understanding the issue is understanding the mechanisms of enforcement, mechanisms of reporting, of accountability and of criminal punishment of the guilty and the utter lack thereof.

You see, if the world has gone mad, nuclear, biological and chemical weapon proliferation, as only high-level insiders seem to be aware, with occasional “bleed through” to the media, then we are faced with questions, with issues, with threats, none of which can be addressed with mechanisms in existence.

Today governments caught in wrongdoing simply deny. Buying politicians, rigging elections in the so-called democracies is simple. Controlling the world’s corrupt corporate press is even easier.

Killing off organizations such as the UNHRC, the OPCW or the ICC at The Hague was done by the US achieved with rants, decrees and threats.>>>>

Oct 15 11:11

THE PENTAGON’S PUSH TO PROGRAM SOLDIERS’ BRAINS

The Biological Technologies Office, created in 2014, is the newest of DARPA’s six main divisions. This is the office headed by Justin Sanchez. One purpose of the office is to “restore and maintain warfighter abilities” by various means, including many that emphasize neurotechnology—applying engineering principles to the biology of the nervous system. For instance, the Restoring Active Memory program develops neuroprosthetics—tiny electronic components implanted in brain tissue—that aim to alter memory formation so as to counteract traumatic brain injury. Does DARPA also run secret biological programs? In the past, the Department of Defense has done such things. It has conducted tests on human subjects that were questionable, unethical, or, many have argued, illegal. The Big Boy protocol, for example, compared radiation exposure of sailors who worked above and below deck on a battleship, never informing the sailors that they were part of an experiment.

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IF DARPA actually achieves these goals, how will it not be sought to "pacify" an angry public, sick and tired of wars, manipulated events and information, and the offshoring/outsourcing of American jobs, all created in order that the monied become even more wealthy?!?

We cannot forget that there is a very dark, ethical "underbelly" of this kind of research, and the implications may well lead to a very dystopian future for all citizens of this country.

Oct 14 08:27

CANADA IS 'CONCERNED' WITH KHASHOGGI'S FATE BUT WILL SELL ARMS TO SAUDIS ANYWAY – TRUDEAU

Ottawa will keep its $15bn arms deal with Riyadh despite concerns over Saudi involvement in the disappearance of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the diplomatic row over human rights, Prime Minister Trudeau said.
"We respected that contract," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters on Friday, adding that his cabinet has put forward measures to make the arms sales more transparent.

"We are making sure Canadians' expectations and laws are always being followed," he said.

The contract was signed in 2014 by the previous conservative government, and has since been upheld by Trudeau. The specifics of the sales were originally not disclosed by the parties.

According to documents obtained by CBC News last month, a Canadian company is to ship 742 LAV-6 light armored vehicles to Riyadh. The same outlet revealed in March that hundreds of the LAV-6s will be outfitted as "heavy assault" and "anti-tank" types.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When ever a country wants to put on a great face, smelling mounds of bovine excrement in their excuses to allow arms sales to continue to flow,and wants to keep on taking another unhinged country's money for weapons, this is precisely the word the word that government uses, and that's "concerned".

How it translates, in diplospeak, to the leadership of that unhinged country is: we know you're assassinating non-combatants, killing infants, children, toddlers, and the medically infirm with the weapons you have purchased from us, but we really don't care, as long as the money keeps flowing to our weaponry manufacturers.

Trudeau is just as much a piece of revolting work on this issue as has been President Trump.

Oct 13 10:23

Outside In: The Trump administration’s plan to remake the Middle East

The only promise that is new about the promised peace plan is the way it will be forced on the Palestinians: no one has promised that the plan itself will be new. With Saudi Arabia and Egypt—the outside—brought onside with the promise of continued military aid despite their crimes against humanity and violations of international law and the Palestinians weakened by being silenced, economically crushed and stripped of any friends to help them, the United States and Israel are now free to attempt to impose a peace plan on the Palestinians.

Oct 12 12:07

UN REPORTS OVER 8,000 AFGHAN CIVILIANS KILLED IN 2018, MOSTLY WOMEN AND CHILDREN

Adding to a growing list of UN reports released recently all showing a surge in Afghan civilian casualties in different manners, a Wednesday report was released showing that civilian deaths are surging from US and Afghan government airstrikes.

This has been ongoing through the year, with a decrease in US airstrikes in Iraq and Syria leading to more warplanes committed to bombings in Afghanistan. More US strikes means more civilians getting hit, meaning the casualty figures are at multi-year highs.

The UN figures show 649 civilian casualties in the US and Afghan airstrikes in 2018’s first nine months. This is 39% more than the same period in 2017, as well as more than the whole of last year. 60% of the casualties are women and children.

All these reports on all these different sorts of civilian casualties caused by the war show a general increase in violence against civilians on all fronts, with no signs of the violence slowing down any time soon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

17 years in Afghanistan, which have brought about nothing but more violence and misery for the Afghani people.

But the US government will not leave, because if our and NATO's military stay, we haven't lost this war.

This ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid rationale for keeping our military in Afghanistan will cost one hell of a lot more lives, both US and Afghani, until we finally get someone into the White House who realizes what an abysmal failure this war has been, and makes the right, moral decision.

That decision would be to evacuate US and NATO troops just as quickly as is safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the pipeline rights; the rare earth mineral rights; and the rights to the opium poppy trade, which has skyrocketed since the inception o the US/UN invasion and occupation.

And I will assure you that, no, the images I am sharing below, have not been photoshopped.

Images: US military guarding Afghan poppy fields

Oct 12 11:07

US-funded “Disinformation Oversight” of Bio Weapons Prevention Programmes in Georgia

The Richard Lugar Lab is fast becoming a topic of household conversation in both Georgia and the Russian Federation, because increasing numbers of people care that it is not a public health facility, as claimed, but a threat to the population and humanity as we know it.

The Caucasus region is an ideal location for the United States to outsource its ‘grey zone’ research to. Many of the most ‘attractive’ viruses and bacteria for weaponisation occur naturally in this region, so they can be studied in their natural habitat. The region is also known for its thriving black market economy and trafficking, as the lack of democracy and a civil society makes it easier to hide things from the world.

Oct 12 09:12

Russia tests its NUKES in large-scale drillsPublished time: 11 Oct, 2

The Russian military has tested components of its nuclear deterrence, including land-launched nuclear missiles, nuclear-armed submarines and strategic aircraft with nuclear bombs, intended for retaliation against enemy attack.

All three components of the Russian nuclear triad were involved in the exercise on Thursday.

Oct 11 13:29

Scott Ritter: Benjamin Netanyahu Is No Friend to USA

Benjamin Netanyahu is no stranger to the American spotlight. A career Israeli politician who attended school in the United States, he specializes in the kind of rhetoric that his American counterparts revel in—a kind of narcissism that’s more used car salesman than educator.

Netanyahu specializes in selling danger to the American people.>>>

(*RELATED:) New Evidence Of Chinese Spy Hardware Found By Ex-Mossad Investigators

Oct 11 13:13

International Team of Researchers Concerned Over US Efforts to Create Biological Weapons


The time is right to ask the US to stop dodging awkward questions and provide some clear answers

In 1969, US President Richard Nixon ended all offensive aspects of the US bio-weapons program — the first category of weapons prohibited by an international treaty. In 1975, the US ratified both the 1925 Geneva Protocol and the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) — the international treaties outlawing biological warfare. But many reports from different sources offer reason to believe that the US military is developing a new generation of weapons in violation of the international treaties Washington is a party to.

An opinion paper published on Oct. 4 in the journal Science, written by an international group of researchers led by Richard Guy Reeves from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Germany, claims the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is potentially developing insects as a means of delivering a “new class of biological weapon.”

The official goal of Insect Allies, an ongoing research program, is to disperse infectious, genetically modified viruses that have been engineered to edit crop chromosomes directly in the field. But there is a reason to believe that the program is actually an effort to develop biological agents and a means of delivery intended for hostile purposes. If true, this would constitute a breach of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).

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Oct 11 10:37

“Porcine Plague” epidemic in Belgium: trigger is Pentagon experiments in Georgia

General Igor Kirillov is the lead for the biological, chemical and nuclear fight in the Russian Ministry of Defence. He considers that the strains found in the animals that died from the “porcine plague” epidemic in Russia in 2007-18, are identical to those of the Richard Lugar Centre known by the name Georgie-2007.

The “porcine plague” epidemic has spread during the decade from Georgia to China on the one hand and Russia and the Baltic countries on the other. It could therefore originate, intentionally or by chance, from the experiments carried out by Gilead Sciences.

Oct 11 06:48

Scientists: Pentagon’s Plant-Virus Research Could Endanger World’s Food Supply

European geneticists and legal scholars last week accused the U.S. military of funding research that could help adversaries develop biological weapons. But Defense Department officials say their work is necessary to protect crops, and is proceeding with appropriate safeguards and oversight.

The controversial two-year-old program, called Insect Allies, seeks “plant transformation technologies” — essentially, bespoke viruses that can be spread by insects to change plant genes on an unprecedented scale.

“Plant viruses hold significant promise as carriers of gene editing circuitry and are a natural partner for an insect-transmitted delivery platform,” officials of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, wrote in a 2016 broad agency announcement. Since then, the program has awarded $27 million in research grants.

Oct 10 17:42

‘Crimes against humanity:’ France to face lawsuit in ICC over nuclear tests in French Polynesia

The move was announced by the French Polynesia’s former president, Oscar Temaru, at a meeting of the UN commission focused on decolonization."This case aims to hold all the living French presidents accountable for the nuclear tests against our country,” he said, as cited by AFP.

Temaru slammed all the tests as “crimes against humanity.” He said that he sees “French nuclear tests as no less than the direct result of colonization” and added that filing a lawsuit was a moral duty to “all the people who died from the consequences of nuclear colonialism.”

The tests had provoked 368 instances of radioactive fallout, Maxime Chan, a member of a local association for the protection of the environment, told the UN committee, adding that the radioactive waste had also been dumped into the ocean in violation of the international rules.

Oct 10 17:40

ISIS seizes chlorine canisters in attack on Al-Nusra & White Helmets – Russian MoD

Deadly chemicals have ended up in the hands of Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) after pro-IS terrorists attacked a northern Syrian HQ of Al-Nusra, killing several militants and White Helmets and capturing canisters with chlorine.

The Russian Defense Ministry reported on the attack on Wednesday, accusing the militant-allied Western countries of helping the terrorists acquire chemical agents. The “irresponsible actions” of these states in Syria have led to the situation, in which “chemical agents ended up in the hands of Islamic State terrorists, whose actions are impossible to predict,” the head of the Russian Reconciliation Center, Major General Vladimir Savchenko, said in a statement.

Oct 09 13:43

Fun at the United Nations and in Congress: Israel Wins the Comedy Competition

The same creative thinking that produced the bomb with its lit fuse had come up with a different kind of delayed action joke that Bibi knew would confuse his audience before being revealed for what it was, trumping Trump’s attempt at humor, so to speak.

Netanyahu produced a series of large photos taken near Tehran by Israeli intelligence showing a wall and a gate. He said it was an Iranian “secret atomic warehouse for storing massive amounts of equipment and material for Iran’s secret nuclear weapons program.”

The audience gasped, clearly impressed by Bibi’s unexpected rollout of a hitherto unknown top secret installation, but the joke came the next day when it was revealed that the complex inside the wall actually contained a number of businesses, including a scrap metal dealership and a carpet cleaning service.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Premier Netanyahu, a word, please; your current attempted fakeout of the UN reminds me of the following phrase: to do something over and over again, in much the same way, yet expecting a different outcome, is a classic definition of insanity.

How in the name of logic did you expect to get away with this, and be believed by Ambassadors at the UN?!?

Oct 09 12:25

North Korea Will Allow Inspections at Nuclear Test Site, Pompeo Confirms

Secretary of State Mike Pomepo confirmed to reporters in Seoul that Kim Jong Un has agreed to allow international inspectors to visit Punggye-ri, the dismantled nuclear teting site. A date has not yet been set, but Pompeo says that is just a question of logistics.

Punggye-ri was a hollowed up series of tunnels under a mountain, wherein the North Korean government conducted several successful nuclear weapons tests over the past 12 years. The site was dismantled in April and May, as part of a deal to move toward denuclearization.

While reporters were welcomed to oversee the collapsing of the site, some critics complained that international inspectors were never allowed to conduct close-up inspections to confirm the site was totally unusable. Ironically, many of those same critics are now dismissing the invitation for inspectors as meaningless, since the site was already dismantled months ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF these reports are true, it indicates that North Korea is moving in a positive direction, and that should be applauded.

President Trump took one heck of a leap of faith here, and should be commended for having had the courage in believing that there was absolutely another outcome, other than war, which could be made to happen.

I wish he could have taken the same road with Iran; unfortunately, now, however, being firmly in the unyielding grasp of the Neocons, he will never attempt that kind of approach with it.

Oct 09 12:15

S-300s in Syria Will Be Able to 'See' America's 5th-Gen Jets

The delivery of Russia's S-300s to Syria has prompted US media to speculate that the US Air Force may deploy its F-22 stealth fighters to take out the country's air defenses. Meanwhile, Washington also promised to supply Israel with more F-35s. But will the 5th gen planes be able to evade the Russian air defense system? Not likely, analysts say.

Referring to the S-300 deployment as a "token capability" and suggesting that the Pentagon might employ its F-22s and F-16CJ Vipers to suppress or destroy Syria's air defenses, as they were prepared to do at the start of the US campaign of airstrikes in Syria and Iraq in 2014, The Drive argued that the US "may have to return to such tactics" after the delivery of the Russian air defense system.

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This is the worst possible nightmare for both the US government and its military industrial complex; that the alleged "stealthiness" of the F-35 isn't really that stealthy at all, and could prove to be fatally flawed, for all the world to see, if they try this.

But what deeply concerns me, here, is that there is still talk in the US press about potentially taking out the Russian S-300s in Syria with other types of fighter jets; this would, incontrovertibly, be an act of war against the sovereign nations of Syria and Russia, and one which Russia's President Putin would almost have to answer in kind.

Oct 09 10:47

UKRAINE EVACUATING 10,000 AFTER AMMO DEPOT BLASTS

Multiple blasts and an ensuing fire at an ammunition depot in northern Ukraine has prompted the compulsory evacuation of nearly 10,000 people in the area.

The fiery incident occurred early Tuesday morning at a Ukrainian Defense Ministry depot near the city of Chernigov, about 180 kilometers east of the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, officials said.

The area was placed on lockdown for air and land travel immediately following the explosions, they added.

No casualties have so far been reported as a result of the incident, and it was not instantly clear whether the blasts were the outcome of an accident or sabotage.

According to a statement by Ukraine’s emergency services, the airspace within a 20-kilometer radius of the military site has been closed and road and rail transport in the immediate vicinity has also been suspended.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder here: carelessness....or sabotage?!?

Oct 08 08:19

UK SENDING 800 TROOPS TO THE ARCTIC TO TARGET RUSSIA

The British Defense Secretary announced that 800 commandos are being deployed into Norway starting next year, and continuing every winter for at least a decade. The troops will join US and Dutch troops there, and are targeting Russia.

Speaking before travelling to Birmingham to make the speech, Mr Williamson said:

“We see Russian submarine activity very close to the level that it was at the Cold War, and it’s right that we start responding to that.

“If we could turn back the clock 10 years many people thought that the era of submarine activity in the High North, in the North Atlantic, and the threat that it posed did disappear with the fall of the Berlin Wall. This threat has really come back to the fore.”

The program is built around claims of Russian aggression, and the idea that global warming will lead Russia to stake out new claims in the far north, near where old Soviet-era bases exist, for natural resources.

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The goal of this continuous deployment, is aggravating Russia until its leadership does something colossally stupid; and what the British military and civilian leadership have conveniently forgotten, is that, at least under Putin's watch, this probably won't happen.

Putin, on the international stage, and in real life, is a consummate chess player, and is at least 20 moves ahead of anything the US and UK can possibly do to deter him.

Oct 08 08:00

‘WE’RE INDEPENDENT’: INDIA DEFIES US SANCTIONS OVER BILLION-WORTH S-400 DEAL WITH RUSSIA

India’s not cowed by US threats of sanctions for buying Russia’s S-400 missile systems, as it follows an “independent policy,” an army chief said, adding that his country had to think of what is “strategically important.”
General Bipin Rawat implied that his country is no vassal state, and it has every right to go ahead with a $5.4 billion purchase of five surface-to-air missile systems from Russia.

He spoke at the General K V Krishna Rao inaugural memorial lecture in the Indian capital, New Delhi.

“When Russians asked about the American sanctions, my reply was, ‘yes, we do appreciate that there could be sanctions on us, but we follow an independent policy,’” the general said after a six-day visit to Russia, during which he met a string of top Armed Forces officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are a number of countries which are eager to ditch both the dollar, and the SWIFT system of exchange, in order to do what is best for their countries and economies, and buy Russian-made military equipment.

This threat of sanctions will only push India and Russia close together, just as have sanctions on Iran pushed it closer to Russia and China.

Sorry, but I don't think that this was the design intent of those in the bowels of power in DC, who decided that sanctions....could resolve everything; in fact, these sanctions appear to be exploding, collectively, like a box of bad trick cigars, right in their faces.

Oct 07 12:10

CHINESE ‘AGGRESSIVE INDUSTRY’ THREATENS US MILITARY COMPLEX, ‘STABLE BUDGET’ NEEDED – PENTAGON

A new Pentagon report calls China the main threat to the US military-industrial complex, sounding alarm over the decline of some “critical defense functions,” due to Beijing’s actions, workforce shortages and “unstable” funding.
“While multiple countries pursue policies to bolster their economies at the expense of America’s manufacturing sector, none has targeted our industrial base as successfully as China,” the report, titled ‘Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States,’ says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Pentagon: a word, please.

Understanding that China is on many US radars, as part of the US's "to do" list for regime change, Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and Chinacan you honestly blame China for wanting to be on the cutting edge of equipment, skilled personnel, and material which might be used to prevent that from happening?!? I

If not, then I must regretfully observe that the Pentagon has suffered from a catastrophic failure of imagination, with regard to China.

So, Pentagon, please: as they used to say in NASA, "Work the Problem".?

It is painfully obvious you fully appreciate what has to be done; so it is high time, get these issues sorted, and with a industrial-strength, titanium-shielded timeline you won't allow to slip in terms of taking care of this.

The American people count on you to do what is right, in terms of taking care of us, and shielding us from harm other nations may plot against us.

So instead of blaming the Chinese government and military for having had a magnificent grasp of the obvious here, let's move forward to make sure that We the People are kept safe.

Having read this document, and living here on Oahu, I understand that one Chinese bomb could decimate it; so color me more than a little nervous if things between the US and China escalate from trade war to a shooting war.

Oct 07 10:39

US general made preparations behind president’s back to nuke Vietnam, declassified memo shows

The commander of US forces in Vietnam had devised a secret plan to use nuclear warheads against the communist North during the Vietnam War, before President Johnson halted the ongoing preparations, declassified documents reveal.

General William Westmoreland, who commanded American military operations in the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1968 had authorized a nuclear weapons transfer to the Southeast Asian nation, before national security advisor, Walt W. Rostow, notified the White House, prompting President Lyndon Johnson to immediately cancel the secret deployment of weapons, which could have sparked World War III, the New York Times reports, citing declassified documents.

Oct 06 09:44

Ebola: Genetically Modified Organism developed in US Biowarfare Laboratories in Africa.

Experts have brought to the public’s attention that ebola is a genetically modified organism developed in US biowarfare laboratories in Africa.

In the two articles below reproduced from Tom Feeley’s Information Clearing House (a good site worthy of your support), Dr. Francis Boyle of the University of Illinois and Dr. Cyril Broderick of the University of Liberia and the University of Delaware provide their fact-based assessments. Dr. Boyle drafted the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, the US implementing legislation for the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention.

For speaking out, both Boyle and Broderick will be viciously attacked by the US print and TV media. Remember the case of Gary Webb who exposed the CIA’s drug-running that supported the Contras in Nicaragua. The cocaine that launched the War on Drugs was brought in by the CIA.

Oct 05 11:02

Mattis: US to Respond to ‘Blatant’ Russia Violation of Arms Treaty

Just days after US Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison threatened to start a war against Russia by preemptively destroying a certain type of Russian missiles over a perceived violation of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, Defense Secretary James Mattis is continuing the saber-rattling.

Mattis claimed Russia is “in blatant violation” of INF, and that the US will not allow the “cavalier disregard” to continue. He says the US is reviewing a series of potential diplomatic and military options to be taken about it, and that not taking action is “untenable.”

The INF treaty issue has been ongoing for years, with the US objecting to a certain Russian test. Russia insists the missiles in no way violate INF, and there appears to have been little attempt to discuss the matter at all between the two countries, with the US just claiming violations in increasingly desperate terms, and threatening to take what would seem to be very reckless actions in response.

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Does Mattis have any specifics to which he can refer when talking to the American people?!?!

Because in my world, particularly when you are dealing with a world power, as Russia is, you had better have some very specific reasons for making these accusations, or you will make yourself look like a laughing stock, and potentially find yourself on the receiving end of a world war.

Oct 05 09:35

CONFIRMED: U.S CREATING BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS IN TBILISI, GEORGIA – RUSSIA ORDERS ‘STOP’

Russia has filed an official information request with the United States to explain experiments with biological and chemical weapons in Georgia, with Russian officials giving an ultimatum to Washington that Moscow will not tolerate the housing or experimentation of such weapons near its borders.

Oct 05 09:13

Scientists: US military program could be seen as bioweapon

A research arm of the U.S. military is exploring the possibility of deploying insects to make plants more resilient by altering their genes. Some experts say the work may be seen as a potential biological weapon.

In an opinion paper published Thursday in the journal Science, the authors say the U.S. needs to provide greater justification for the peace-time purpose of its Insect Allies project to avoid being perceived as hostile to other countries. Other experts expressed ethical and security concerns with the research, which seeks to transmit protective traits to crops already growing in the field.

That would mark a departure from the current widely used procedure of genetically modifying seeds for crops such as corn and soy, before they grow into plants.

Oct 05 09:05

US General Warns of Rising Afghan Battlefield Losses

In his latest comments to reporters, US Central Commander Gen. Joseph Votel confirmed that the Afghan military and police and facing increasingly high numbers of battlefield casualties, following what he termed a “difficult and bloody summer.”

This has been well-documented in recent months, with the Afghan military losing ground significantly to the Taliban. The casualties are further exacerbating Afghan military shortfalls, caused by poor recruiting, and large numbers of “ghost troops” who exist only on paper.

Gen. Votel sought to downplay this to the reporters, however, saying Afghan officials have acknowledged the casualties but have said they “will not deter them.” Votel is also keen to see the Afghan military abandon attempts to defend territory and hold military checkpoints.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This has been a fluster-cluck of unimaginable proportions.

IF the NATO high command and US military and civilian leadership had half a brain together, they would get our and their troops out of this country as quickly as is safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government was left standing for rights to the pipelines; the rare earth minerals; and the opium crops.

Of course, that... would be logical. And unfortunately, logic and the geopolitical decisions made by our highest ranking officials in this country, have not had too close a relationship in a lot of years.

Oct 05 08:36

JOHN MCAFEE'S WARNING ABOUT THAT PRESIDENTIAL ALERT

The activists filed the suit last week in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, arguing that the system violates their free speech rights and constitutes an unconstitutional seizure of their electronic devices…

…Wireless phone users have the ability to opt out of most alerts sent under the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. While some users can choose not to receive regional messages and so-called Amber Alerts regarding missing or endangered children, under federal rules, receipt of the top-level “presidential alerts“ is mandatory.

In the new lawsuit, J.B. Nicholas, Kristine Rakowsky and Liane Nikitovich contend that the system will effectively turn them into “government loudspeakers” that would allow Trump or others to disseminate propaganda. (source)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As this was just a maiden test of the system, we have to wonder in what context the system will be used; and that is where I hope that those governing remember that George Orwell's brilliant novel, "1984" was a cautionary tale, not a how-to primer.

Oct 05 08:31

NEWSScathing Report Accuses the Pentagon of Developing an Agricultural Bioweapon

A new technology in which insects are used to genetically modify crops could be converted into a dangerous, and possibly illegal, bioweapon, alleges a Science Policy Forum report released today. Naturally, the organization leading the research says it’s doing nothing of the sort.

The report is a response to a ongoing research program funded by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Dubbed “Insect Allies,” the idea is to create more resilient crops to help farmers deal with climate change, drought, frost, floods, salinity, and disease. But instead of modifying seeds in a lab, farmers would send fleets of insects into their crops, where the genetically modified bugs would do their work, “infecting” the plants with a special virus that passes along the new resilience genes.

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I know one country which would love to get their hands on this technology, if it is not working already on it; that would be Israel, to completely, and quickly wipe out all crops tended by the Palestinians, and leave them starving on the streets.

Oct 05 08:19

MATTIS SAYS RUSSIAN GRU CAUGHT RED-HANDED HACKING OPCW, VOWS CYBER SUPPORT TO ALLIES

Russia is facing new multiple wide-ranging charges of hacking as Western officials on Wednesday alleged its intelligence agencies conducted four high profile cyber attacks, including an attempt to spy on the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is the independent body responsible for investigating chemical attacks in Syria and in the UK.

The OPCW is headquartered the Netherlands, and according to breaking reports a group that the Dutch government has alleged are Russian operatives may have been caught red-handed in the act.

Moscow has dismissed the charges as but more "Western spy mania" while leveling its own accusations that the Pentagon is conducting an illegal and dangerous germ and bio-weapons research program near Russia's borders.

The four suspects identified by Dutch officials had diplomatic passports and included two IT experts and two support agents, officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing of the leveling of these charges, coupled with the very clumsy way in which the evidence was left out for US, Dutch, and NATO operatives to find, and hurtle down the "J'accuse!" was just too cute.

And please remember this; this happened just 24 hours after Mattis had told NATO that he would give them the best of the US's spycraft, if they wanted and needed it.

Things appear to be moving, geopolitically, between Russia, NATO, and the US which is going to lead to war, unless someone mans up, and draws these geopolitical competitors away from the abyss of war. This article from SouthFront, datelined June of this year, demonstrating what NATO and the West's plans are for Ukraine, and what has been done to move that agenda along:

US Involvement in Ukraine: NATO expansion through proxy war

There is a chance, growing exponentially, that NATO and the US are planning to test Moscow with attacks on the breakaway republics, like Donbass, which do not want to submit again to Ukrainian control.

An article appearing in Tass just yesterday seems to confirm this, in a very jarring manner:

Kiev moving air defense systems to contact line in Donbass — Russian OSCE envoy

The timing of this move, I think, may well be gravely significant, and augur
badly for peace in the region.

Then, we have current developments in Syria, which require serious consideration and attention.

This morning, courtesy of blacklistednews.com, we have the following headline:

US Sends Marines into Eastern Syria to join major battle. The article goes on to state:

"US Marines are now being sent into the area to join the ground offensive. Previously, the US was offering only air support. This is the first ground troop deployment of this latest military push.

So we now have documented evidence of US boots on the ground in Syria; it is only a matter of time before we have Russian and Syrian troops tangling with US troops, and there appears to be no deconfliction area for where these troops are fighting.

So, we have one potential theatre of war in and around Ukraine, with the other in Syria, where Israel has vowed to strike again against any Iranian units on the ground might be, in spite of Russia having installed their truly capable S-300 defensive system for the Syrians.

What could possibly go wrong?!?

Bloody everything!!!

Oct 04 18:57

US Navy Wants Major War Exercise in South China Sea - Report

Following a dramatic close call between US and Chinese destroyers in the South China Sea, the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet wants to put on a major show of force in the body of water before the end of the year.

Military officials told CNN Wednesday that the Navy wanted to send warships and aircraft through the South China Sea — and close to Chinese-claimed islands — in November to send a message to Beijing.

Sanctions against Russia and the information war carried out by the West are not helping to resolve the crisis in eastern Ukraine, the Russian Foreign

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, these US military officials do not want "war games"; they actually have the hubris to believe that the US could make mincemeat of the Chinese military, in a very quick and totally humiliating way.

I, for one, do not see that outcome from these "war games", I would like to hope that we have at least a few "adults in the room", in both Beijing and DC, to insure that both the US and China walk back from the brink of this military misadventure, this coming vortex of bombs and bullets, to which we are apparently being dragged.

I, for one, do not want to see this happen, and I think adult Americans and Chinese do not want to see this happening, either.

Oct 04 18:43

US Hacking Charges, Sharing Cyberweapons With NATO Inflame Danger of ‘Real War’

US, UK and Dutch authorities levied heavy accusations against Russian intelligence officials Thursday, alleging that seven Russians had hacked various agencies, organizations and institutions. The accusations come just one day after the US announced it would share offensive cyberwar technology with NATO allies “if asked.”

"We announce an indictment charging seven Russian military officers with violation of several US criminal laws for malicious cyber activities against the United States and its allies," US Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers told reporters Thursday. Four of the accused are allegedly GRU agents, Russian military intelligence, who were previously expelled from the Netherlands, the Los Angeles Times reported.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis, at a meeting with NATO allies in Brussels, said Russia would "have to be held to account."

Timing of UK, Dutch Accusations Against Russia Point to 'Closely Coordinated Action' – Scholar

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, we appear to be on the brink of a world war almost more intensely than at almost any other time in my life..

And at this juncture of the process, understanding that sophisticated AI can very probably be weaponised, and caused to lash out in a devastating cyber war which could, quickly, become a shooting war,

I really think that now - and right the HELL now- is the time the representatives for Russia, NATO, and the US to please check their testosterone before they walk into that hopefully upcoming meeting with each other to ramp tensions down.

Unfortunately, however, it is very hard for me to see that the folks controlling the Unhinged, Surveilled, State of Amerika really wants peace.

These alleged actions, right after the US has sanctioned Russia for its alleged poisoning of Skripal and his daughter, is too abrupt not to be characterized like the ink of a squid, which uses it to create what magicians would call "misdirection".

This misdirection on the part of Europe and the US is to further, and very quickly, demonize Russia before people ask themselves the question; why would the Russian state do something like this when the odds of getting away with the project be nearly slim to none, and done so clumsily to boot, that greasy digital "fingerprints" were left all over the place for the US to "discover"?!?

And please remember; tThese revelations were made just one day after United States Sec Def Mattis "... promised US allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) the use of its offensive cyberwarfare technology if they so desired."

I frankly suspect that this was a digital "false flag", to marginalize and demonize Russia to the rest of the world, in order to "groom" the world, and the American people, for a bloody war against it.

The preparations for such a war have been set up in the outlying reaches of Ukraine, which has been prepped for such a conflict, generously armed and trained by both NATO and the United States military.

It appears to me that the question will be one of "when", rather than "if" with such a potentially explosive conflict looming.

Oct 04 18:42

US Hacking Charges, Sharing Cyberweapons With NATO Inflame Danger of ‘Real War’

US, UK and Dutch authorities levied heavy accusations against Russian intelligence officials Thursday, alleging that seven Russians had hacked various agencies, organizations and institutions. The accusations come just one day after the US announced it would share offensive cyberwar technology with NATO allies “if asked.”

"We announce an indictment charging seven Russian military officers with violation of several US criminal laws for malicious cyber activities against the United States and its allies," US Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers told reporters Thursday. Four of the accused are allegedly GRU agents, Russian military intelligence, who were previously expelled from the Netherlands, the Los Angeles Times reported.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis, at a meeting with NATO allies in Brussels, said Russia would "have to be held to account."

Timing of UK, Dutch Accusations Against Russia Point to 'Closely Coordinated Action' – Scholar

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, we appear to be on the brink of a world war almost more intensely than at almost any other time in my life..

And at this juncture of the process, understanding that sophisticated AI can very probably be weaponised, and caused to lash out in a devastating cyber war which could, quickly, become a shooting war,

I really think that now - and right the HELL now- is the time the representatives for Russia, NATO, and the US to please check their testosterone before they walk into that hopefully upcoming meeting with each other to ramp tensions down.

Unfortunately, however, it is very hard for me to see that the folks controlling the Unhinged, Surveilled, State of Amerika really wants peace.

These alleged actions, right after the US has sanctioned Russia for its alleged poisoning of Skripal and his daughter, is too abrupt not to be characterized like the ink of a squid, which uses it to create what magicians would call "misdirection".

This misdirection on the part of Europe and the US is to further, and very quickly, demonize Russia before people ask themselves the question; why would the Russian state do something like this when the odds of getting away with the project be nearly slim to none, and done so clumsily to boot, that greasy digital "fingerprints" were left all over the place for the US to "discover"?!?

And please remember; tThese revelations were made just one day after United States Sec Def Mattis "... promised US allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) the use of its offensive cyberwarfare technology if they so desired."

I frankly suspect that this was a digital "false flag", to marginalize and demonize Russia to the rest of the world, in order to "groom" the world, and the American people, for a bloody war against it.

The preparations for such a war have been set up in the outlying reaches of Ukraine, which has been prepped for such a conflict, generously armed and trained by both NATO and the United States military.

It appears to me that the question will be one of "when", rather than "if" with such a potentially explosive conflict looming.

Oct 04 07:56

Dozens of Georgians likely killed by US toxin or bioweapon disguised as drug research – Russian MoD

A US-funded biomedical laboratory in Georgia may have conducted bioweapons research under the guise of a drug test, which claimed the lives of at least 73 subjects, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The question of what really might have taken place at the secretive US-sponsored research facility hosted by Russia’s southern neighbor was raised by the Russian military on Thursday after they studied files published online by a former Georgian minister.

The documents record the deaths of 73 people over a short period of time, indicating a test of “a highly toxic chemical or biological agents with high lethality rate,” said Igor Kirillov, commander of the Russian military branch responsible for defending troops from radiological, chemical and biological weapons.

Oct 04 07:38

Israeli Minister: S-300 Systems 'Cannot Detect Our Stealth Fighters'

Israeli stealth fighters will be able to avoid being hit by the S-300 missile systems that have just been supplied to Syria by Russia and can possibly destroy them right on the ground, an Israeli official said.

“You know that we have stealth fighters, the best planes in the world. These batteries are not even able to detect them," Tzachi Hanegbi, the country's regional cooperation minister and a non-voting member of its security cabinet, said on Wednesday, referring to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighters that Israel has been getting from the US.

"The operational abilities of the air force are such that those (S-300) batteries really do not constrain the air force's abilities to act," Hanegbi told Israel's Army Radio.

On Tuesday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Moscow had delivered S-300 missile systems to Syria in order to increase the security of Russian military personnel in the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The real unknown, and the primal nightmare, for American and Israeli military is, what if these S-300s are equipped to successfully detect stealth technology?!?

Oct 04 07:15

Pence set to accuse China of trying to undermine Trump

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday plans to accuse China of trying to undermine President Donald Trump as the administration deploys tough new rhetoric over Chinese trade, economic, and foreign policies.

In a speech to the Hudson Institute, Pence will say China is using its power in “more proactive and coercive ways to interfere in the domestic policies and politics of the United States.”

“China wants a different American president,” Pence will say, according to excerpts of prepared remarks from his office.

Pence’s speech comes a week after the Republican president accused China during a meeting of the U.N. Security Council of interfering in American elections to help his Democratic rivals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported at zerohedge.com this morning, there are some elements of truth in these charges. at Bloomberg business news today, the following charges were levied:

Explosive report details Chinese infiltration of Apple, Amazon, and the CIA

The report goes on to state:

"One week ago, President Trump stood up at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council and accused China of attempting to tamper with US elections - mimicking some of the same allegations that had first been levied against Russia nearly two years prior. In his speech, Trump claimed that China was working to undermine Republicans, and even the president himself, warning that "it's not just Russia, it's China and Russia." While the media largely shrugged off this proclamation as more presidential bombast probably inspired by the burgeoning US-China trade beef, the administration continued to insist that it was taking a harder line against Chinese efforts to subvert American companies to aide the Communist Party's sprawling intelligence apparatus. As if to underline Trump's point, the FBI had arrested a Taiwanese national in Chicago the day before Trump's speech, accusing the 27-year-old suspect of trying to help China flip eight defense contractors who could have provided crucial intelligence on sensitive defense-related technology.

But in a game-changing report published Thursday morning, Bloomberg Businessweek exposed a sprawling multi-year investigation into China's infiltration of US corporate and defense infrastructure. Most notably, it confirmed that, in addition to efforts designed to sway US elections, China' intelligence community orchestrated a pervasive infiltration of servers used to power everything from MRI machines to the drones used by the CIA and army. They accomplished this using a tiny microchip no bigger than a grain of rice.

BBG published the report just hours before Vice President Mike Pence was expected to "string together a narrative of Chinese aggression" during a speech at the Hudson Institute in Washington. According to excerpts leaked to the New York Times, his speech was expected to focus on examples of China's "aggressive moves against American warships, of predatory behavior against their neighbors, and of a sophisticated influence campaign to tilt the midterms and 2020 elections against President Trump". His speech is also expected to focus on how China leverages debt and its capital markets to force foreign governments to submit to its will (something that has happened in Bangladesh and the Czech Republic)."

IF these charges prove to be true, the US government has got to rethink its entire relationship with China, from trade to how the US military is dealing with its Chinese counterparts.

Oct 04 07:04

Kay Bailey Hutchison Must Resign– because starting World War III isn’t what Americans voted for

by Justin Raimondo Posted on October 04, 2018
How crazy-stupid do you have to be to get up there on the podium and openly threaten Russia with a “preemptive” first strike? You don’t have to be Kay Bailey Hutchison, but it helps.

Our “Ambassador” to NATO – as if NATO is an actual country rather than a supra-national parasite – claims that Moscow is in violation of the INF treaty, and that, while she’s willing to give diplomacy a try, she is “prepared to consider a military strike if development of the medium-range system continued.”

So now the “Ambassador” to NATO is empowered to start World War III. Next we’ll have the Postmaster General ordering an invasion of Iran. The Ambassadress has exceeded her authority and caused an international incident that may come to haunt us: certainly she has endangered us all. In a civilized country like Japan, she would literally fall on her sword, but I’ll settle for her resignation.

Oct 04 06:37

Syrian military to be trained to use Russian S-300 systems within three months

It will take three months to train Syrian specialists to use Russian S-300 air defense systems, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday at a Russian Security Council meeting chaired by President Vladimir Putin.

"We have finished personnel recruitment and have begun to train them," he said.

So far, Russia has supplied Syria with 49 equipment pieces as part of delivery of the S-300 air defense system, Shoigu said.

"In conformity with the presidential decision, we have begun to carry out a number of measures to reinforce Syria’s air defense systems in order to ensure better protection for our servicemen. We have completed the delivery of S-300 systems. It included 49 pieces of equipment, including radars, control vehicles and four launchers," he told a Russian Security Council meeting chaired by President Vladimir Putin.

According to the minister, the delivery was finished a day ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation; until the transition has begun to hand off the system to trained Syrian military, it will be Russian military personnel who will be operating this equipment.

I would like to hope that both the US and Israel are not stupid enough to believe that they can continue to strike targets within Syria with impunity, and without running the risks of having their jets blown out of the sky.

These systems are suggested to be able, potentially, to detect stealth vehicles from a considerable distance away, and neutralize them:

S-400 Triumf 5P85TE2 SA-21 Growler Surface-to-Air defense missile

Oct 02 14:13

US Threatens To Destroy Russian Nuclear-Capable Missile System If Necessary

U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison on Tuesday warned that the U.S. could be forced to "take out" missiles Russia is developing that violate a Cold War-era treaty. If completed, the 9M729 Russian missile system could give it the capability to launch a missile strike on Europe with little or no notice, the Associated Press reported.

"It is time now for Russia to come to the table and stop the violations," Hutchison told reporters in Brussels, where US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis would later meet his NATO counterparts. She added that if the system became operational, the U.S. "would then be looking at the capability to take out a missile that could hit any of our countries in Europe and hit America."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Does she not understand that the targeting of such a Russia weapon, whether or not is has been enabled, is an act of war?!?!

Oct 02 14:02

Video: Israel-Iran Conflict Escalates Further as Netanyahu Comes with New Accusations Against Tehran

On September 27, during a speech to the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that Iran has a secret “atomic warehouse” near Tehran, which has contained as much as whopping 300 tons of “nuclear-related material.”

Netanyahu also stated that Hezbollah has established three precision missile sites near the Beirut airport.

“In Lebanon, Iran is directing Hezbollah to build secret sites to convert inaccurate projectiles into precision-guided missiles, missiles that can target deep inside Israel within an accuracy of 10 meters,” he stated.

Following the statement, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) released photos showing alleged Hezbollah sites in Beirut that the IDF said are being used to hide underground precision missile production facilities. The IDF claimed that these sites are currently being constructed with Iranian assistance.

According to the Israeli version, Hezbollah began working on these surface-to-surface missile facilities last year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation; Netanyahu will say and/or do anything to get President Trump to sign off on the US military attacking Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Iran.

These statements, made 27 September, feel as though they are a prelude to some kind of a false flag, probably coming soon, to be blamed upon one of the one of the above "usual suspects" (most likely, Iran), and we'll be off and running on a war for Israel, but with the primarily costs in blood and money, to be exacted from US troops.

Oct 02 13:49

One Click Closer to Nuclear Annihilation

There are a number of things exaggerated or incorrect in Trump’s description of Iran as well as in the conclusions he draws. The Middle East and other adjacent Muslim countries are in chaos because the United States has destabilized the region starting with the empowering of the Islamist Mujaheddin in the war against Soviet Afghanistan in the 1980s. It then invaded Afghanistan in 2001 followed by Iraq in 2003, enabling the rise of ISIS and giving local al-Qaeda affiliates a new lease on life, before turning on Damascus with the Syria Accountability Act later in the same year and then destroying the Libyan government under Barack Obama. These were, not coincidentally, policies promoted by Israel that received, as a result, bipartisan support in Congress.

Oct 02 13:45

‘I felt unable to move an inch, I fell on the ground,’ says sister of 12-year old Palestinian killed in deadliest day in Gaza in weeks

Friday marked one of the deadliest days at the fence that divides the Gaza Strip from Israel since protests began in Gaza last March, as Israeli forced killed seven including two children.

Four of the seven were shot dead east of Gaza City in circumstances where it appears the demonstrators posed no threat to Israeli soldiers. “Amateur videos showed them kneeling down and kissing the ground on the Israeli side as gunfire could be heard,” the AP reported.

The youngest casualties on Friday were Mohammed al-Houm, 14, and Nasser Mosabeh, 12.

The Israeli military estimated around 20,000 Palestinians protested on Friday at multiple sites along the fence. At least 509 were injured, three in serious condition, according to Gaza’s ministry of health. Additionally four paramedics, four journalists and 90 children were shot with live ammunition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Warning: potent graphics) Please scroll all the way down to view all the images, and let that figure sink in about how many children were shot with live ammo last Friday.

What country on God's earth, has the collective mindset which allows for the shooting of even one child, let alone 90 kids, and considers it to be perfectly normal, and justifiable?!?

Only Israel's government believes that it can do so with impunity against Palestinian children, and that there will never be a price to be paid for these actions.

But there is a Biblical injunction to which Tel Aviv needs to pay attention, and particularly at this moment in their history, even through they don't believe in that offshoot of Judaism which became Christianity: "That which you sow, you will also reap."

Oct 02 13:22

Afghanistan Will Not Allow ‘Foreign Mercenaries': Ghani

President Ghani says Afghan forces have enough potential and have managed to save the country from “collapse”.

In reaction to the possibility of privatizing the Afghan war, President Ashraf Ghani said he will not allow “foreign mercenaries” to operate in Afghanistan.

Addressing the 3rd Mayors National Conference, the president said the Afghan government forces have enough potential and have managed to save the country from “collapse”.

“You should know that the work which is done by Afghans cannot be done by any foreign mercenary and foreign mercenaries will never be allowed in this soil,” Ghani said.

Ghani’s remarks come days after Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater security company, in an interview with TOLOnews, insisted the Afghan war will end “a few months” using his plan to send in few thousand contracted mentors to Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope and pray that President Trump will not take Prince up on his proposal; that would simply inflame the feelings of the Afghani people to the point where many more US and UN military will wind up getting shot at, maimed, and/or killed.

Oct 02 13:15

Saudi Arabia Admits ‘Mistakes’ in Targeting in Yemen: Investigators ask how many times Saudis can accidentally bomb same civilian targets

Addressing the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on Monday with respect to the massive civilian death toll in the Saudi invasion of Yemen, Saudi officials made rare admissions of fault, saying that they had made “mistakes” in targeting and were working hard to rectify the problem.

Saudi officials were clearly trying to use this to get a pass on the ten thousand-plus killed civilians, insisting that the internal investigations note the “mistakes,” and that perpetrators will be “held to account,” despite little evidence that this ever happened.

The UN committee didn’t appear to be sold on this idea either, with members noting the war has been going on since 2015 with no sign of prosecutions for civilian deaths. Panel chairwoman Renate Winter noted that an awfully large number of these “mistakes” had hit the same civilian targets, with several schools and hospitals hit myriad times. She asked how many times the Saudis could possibly keep making that same mistake.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Saudis will keep on making the "same mistake", because the B.O.Y. (the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Crown Prince Bin Salman) and his BFF in the Middle East, Amerika's Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump, want to see as many kids, schools, and hospitals blown up as humanly possible, because they don't want future Yemenis growing up with a memory that Yemen, at one point, had both an independent history, and national trajectory other, than through Saudi control.

And we have a companion piece, again from antiwar.com, with the following headline: US Air Force keeps refueling Saudi warplanes in Yemen

Oct 02 09:33

One Click Closer to Annihilation

The nuclear war doomsday clock maintained on the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists website has advanced to two minutes before midnight, the closest point to possible atomic apocalypse since the end of the Cold War. In 1995 the clock was at fourteen minutes to midnight, but the opportunity to set it back even further was lost as the United States and its European allies took advantage of a weakened Russia to advance NATO into Eastern Europe, setting the stage for a new cold war, which is now underway.

It is difficult to imagine how the United States might avoid a new war in the Middle East given the recent statements that have come out of Washington, and, given that the Russians are also active in the region, a rapid and massive escalation of something that starts out as a minor incident should not be ruled out.

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