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Feb 21 14:18

US Keeps Stealing Iraq’s Oil Despite Mattis Comments: Analyst

Despite remarks by Defense Secretary James Mattis, US presence in Iraq is aimed at “stealing oil,” an analyst says.

Gordon Duff, senior editor at Veterans Today, made the statement while commenting on remarks by Mattis ahead of an unannounced visit to the war-ravaged country.

Feb 21 10:34

Democratic Ex-Dove Proposes War on Iran

Rep. Alcee Hastings has sponsored a bill to authorize President Trump to attack Iran. Hastings reintroduced H J Res 10, the “Authorization of Use of Force Against Iran Resolution” on Jan. 3, the first day of the new Congress after President Trump’s election.

Hastings’s bill has come as a shock to constituents and people who have followed his career as a 13-term Democratic Member of Congress from South Florida. Miami Beach resident Michael Gruener called Hastings’s bill, “extraordinarily dangerous,” and asked, “Does Hastings even consider to whom he is giving this authorization?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder just how Rep. Hastings feels about having been "purchased" by Israel to do its bidding in Iran.

But I think that he will find that his transformation into a war hawk will not earn him more votes if he runs for re-election, even with massive AIPAC assistance.

Moreover, I am astonished that what he does not understand is that any war with Iran will almost inevitably lead to a war with Russia; perhaps with his future financial security having been "made" through his utter obeisance to Israel, he doesn't really give a damn about his constituents any more.

Because at this point in its history, the American military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing; or the money to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

Feb 20 15:08

President Trump: Diplomacy and Democracy in America

Win or lose, the Trump Administration has opened a debate on the possibilities of peace with a nuclear superpower, a re-examination of the huge trade deficit and the necessity to stand-up for democracy against authoritarian threats from the so-called ‘intelligence community’ against an elected President.

By the end of the first month of President Trump’s Administration we are in a better position to evaluate the policies and direction of the new President. An examination of foreign and domestic policy, particularly from a historical and comparative perspective will provide insights about whether America is heading for a catastrophe as the mass media claim or toward greater realism and rationality.

We will proceed by examining whether Trump pursues diplomacy over warfare.

Feb 20 15:04

Democratic Ex-Dove Proposes War On Iran

Rep. Alcee Hastings has sponsored a bill to authorize President Trump to attack Iran. Hastings reintroduced H J Res 10, the “Authorization of Use of Force Against Iran Resolution” on Jan. 3, the first day of the new Congress after President Trump’s election.

Feb 20 14:56

McCain in Munich: The War Party Fights Back

The battle over US foreign policy is taking center stage. Sen. John McCain, the Senate’s leading warmonger, is at the forefront of the fight.

The Munich conference held over the weekend – an annual event that brings the leaders of the Atlantic alliance together to celebrate their hegemonic pretensions – was anything but celebratory this time around.

Despite the assurances of Vice President Pence that America’s commitment to NATO is “unwavering,” the Euro-crats in the audience were miffed that he failed to mention the European Union.

Feb 20 10:13

TRUMP GETS READY TO PICK JOHN BOLTON AS ADVISOR

White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters that Trump will speak to former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, acting national security adviser Gen. Keith Kellogg, West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who directs the Army Capabilities Integration Center, and “potentially more” candidates. Those meetings will take place Sunday, Spicer said.

Two other candidates, former Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal and former CIA Director David Petraeus, are no longer in the mix, sources told CNN Friday night. The front-runner for the post, Vice Adm. Bob Harward, dropped out of consideration apparently over concerns that he could not bring his own staff to the National Security Council.
For my take on Kellogg, read this, and Bolton here.

The Bolton selection is being pushed by Ted Cruz.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Holy crud, President Trump, please tell me that it's NOT, please going to be Bolton!!

This man never met a war he didn't embrace whole-heartedly, and any attack against Iran will nearly automatically guarantee war with Russia.

And right now, and please, heaven someone tell President Trump this, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war with Russia.

Feb 20 08:23

Iran launches ‘smart & advanced’ rockets during military exercises

Iran's Revolutionary Guards have launched sophisticated rockets during military exercises, according to Tasnim news agency. It comes just weeks after the US put Iran "on notice" after it test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile.

The "smart and advanced" rockets were launched during three-day military drills which began on Monday in Iran's central desert, AP cited the semi-official Iranian news agency as saying.

Feb 19 15:37

FLASHBACK : The Roots of the Refugee Crisis Caused by the West

“The reason so many are fleeing places such as Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, and Iraq is that U.S. and European interventionist foreign policy has left these countries destabilized with no hopes of economic recovery,”explainedformer congressman and three-time presidential contender Ron Paul, a leading voice for a constitutional, non-interventionist U.S. foreign policy. “This mass migration from the Middle East and beyond is a direct result of the neocon foreign policy of regime change, invasion, and pushing ‘democracy’ at the barrel of a gun.”

“Contrary to what one might expect, U.S. military aid doesn’t produce willing, cooperative, or effective security partners. Instead, it incentivizes bad behavior and drives the sources of terrorism: corruption, violence, and poor governance. Unwittingly, this policy is creating its own enemies,” writes Jeremy Ravinsky.

Feb 19 15:28

US Senators Consider New Sanctions Against Iran Over Its Missile Program

US Republican senators in Congress plan to introduce legislation to impose new sanctions against Iran over its missile program and for seeking to “destabilize” the Middle East.

Feb 18 10:39

Insanity of NATO 2.0 for MidEast

If this is to be the new NATO for the Middle East then the world is truly about to descend into barbarism on a scale not seen since the Second World War.

As US President Donald Trump hosts Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House this week on the agenda is the formation of a “NATO-style” alliance for the Middle East, according to reports.

As if one US-led warmongering alliance in Europe and the North Atlantic were not enough. Now the world will see a clone of NATO let loose on the already conflict-torn Middle East region, if the reported discussions materialize.

Feb 17 10:58

Trump Accuses Iran Of Supporting Terrorism

US President Donald Trump has once again accused Iran of “supporting terrorism” and described Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers as the “worst agreement.”

“We have imposed new sanctions on the nation of Iran who’s totally taken advantage of our previous administration,” Trump said Thursday during a press conference at the White House.

Feb 17 09:36

Israeli PM hails 'grand mission' with Donald Trump to CONFRONT Iran

The politician, who met with Donald Trump on Wednesday, told Fox News Iranian aggression towards Israel was to mask its anti-American intentions.

He told viewers Iran saw the United States as the “Great Satan” in world politics.

“They want to have [intercontinental ballistic missiles] that can reach your country. That’s what they’re working on right now. Remember, you’re the Great Satan [to them]," he said.

"They believe that they’re destined to govern the world. Anybody that doesn’t agree with them, they’ll be able to subjugate or kill, and they’re working on the means to achieve that."

Feb 17 07:49

Behind Israel’s Hostility toward Iran

Western news media has feasted on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s talk and the reactions to it as a rare political spectacle rich in personalities in conflict. But the real story of Netanyahu’s speech is that he is continuing a long tradition in Israeli politics of demonizing Iran to advance domestic and foreign policy interests.

The history of that practice, in which Netanyahu has played a central role going back nearly two decades, shows that it has been based on a conscious strategy of vastly exaggerating the threat from Iran.

Feb 15 21:33

Flashback: 2009 Brookings Institution Analysis Paper - WHICH PATH TO PERSIA? Options for a New American Strategy toward Iran [PDF]

The best way to minimize international opprobrium and maximize support (however, grudging or covert) is to strike only when there is a widespread conviction that the Iranians were given but then rejected a superb offer—one so good that only a regime determined to acquire nuclear weapons and acquire them for the wrong reasons would turn it down. Under those circumstances, the United States (or Israel) could portray its operations as taken in sorrow, not anger, and at least some in the international community would conclude that the Iranians “brought it on themselves” by refusing a very good deal.

Part 1 of this script was enacted by President Obama. Is part 2 going to be enacted by President Trump?

Feb 15 16:44

Saudi Arabia Named As ‘Number One’ Terrorist State – Not Iran

President Trump’s claim that Iran is the “number one terrorist state” has been proved false, as leaks originating from within the White House secretly acknowledge that Saudi Arabia is the world’s biggest sponsor of terrorism.

Feb 14 09:36

Monster oil & gas deposits discovered in Iran - local media reports

Iran has found a dozen new oil fields that could produce 30 billion barrels of crude and 128 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, according to Press TV quoting officials in Tehran.

Feb 13 16:21

World Owes Iran Debt Of Gratitude For Sacrifices It Has Made In Struggle Against Terrorism: Writer

Scottish writer and journalist John Wight says it is time that the world, including the United States, acknowledges that it owes Iran a debt of gratitude for the sacrifices it has made in the struggle against terrorism.

Wight made the remarks in an article, titled Trump is Wrong – Saudi Arabia, Not Iran is the World’s ‘Number One Terrorist State’, published by Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity and Russia Today (RT).

Feb 12 21:52

Different Names - Same Masters: The David Icke Dot-Connector Videocast

I hope he's wrong, but I fear he's right.

Feb 12 17:31

Eleven Ominous Signs That We Are Racing Towards War with Iran

Before we get to the all the signs indicating that war with Iran is on the books, it is important to remember why the US and its masters are targeting Iran. Firstly, Iran has become the arch-enemy of the Saudi-Israeli alliance because it is the one country militarily and economically strong enough to challenge their dominance of the Middle Eastern region. There is no love lost between Israel and Iran, who have traded insults and threats for decades; meanwhile, Saudi Arabia and Iran are home to the 2 sides of the Sunni-Shia conflict within the Muslim world (Saudi Arabia – Sunni, Iran – Shia). Trump is a Zionist down to his very bone marrow and DNA, and evidently also afraid to take on the Saudis who were conspicuously omitted from EO immigration ban of 7 nations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran hasn't been the problem, in terms of supporting terrorism in the Middle East; the main culprits here have been Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Feb 12 09:29

THE NEOCONS’ BACK-DOOR TO TRUMP

President Trump’s foreign policy is sliding toward neoconservative orthodoxy on the Middle East because White House insiders are aligning with Israeli-Saudi interests and vowing undying hostility toward Iran, which they falsely insist is the chief sponsor of terrorism.

I’m told that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, privately at least, recognizes that Saudi Arabia and its Sunni-led Gulf state allies are the prime backers of Al Qaeda and Islamic State – with Iran actually fighting these major terror groups – but close advisers to President Trump, including son-in-law Jared Kushner and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, appear wedded to Official Washington’s “group think” blaming Iran for pretty much everything that’s gone wrong in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It pains me to see just how quickly President Trump swallowed the koolaid, and has fallen into this trap, which may well lead to war with Iran, which will almost inevitably lead to war with Russia.

So a memo to President Trump.

Mr. President, it is not the Iranians who are killing women, children, and the medically infirm and elderly in Yemen with impunity: it is the Saudis, and you, sir, have just signed off on their war crimes and continued to made the US government complicit in them by approving the sale of more weapons to them.

Trump Approves Weapons Sales To Saudi Arabia And Bahrain

Additionally, you therefore have just followed in the footsteps of your predecessor, President Obama, in continuing to make the US government complicit in the starvation deaths of Yemeni children, because the Saudis are blocking the Yemeni ports, preventing food from coming in.

Images: wounded and Killed Yemeni children, from Saudi air strikes

Images: starving Yemeni children, courtesy of Saudi military blocking Yemen ports

And I must very candidly tell you that I never believed that just three weeks into your presidency, you would, again, continue to make the US government complicit in Saudi war crimes in Yemen; but, yet, here we are, sir, and I, and many of my brother and sister Americans, are singularly distressed at this turn of events.

Feb 11 10:09

The Trump Administration’s Iran Obsession and Yemen

Philip Giraldi does an excellent job of summarizing Flynn’s warped worldview and its role in encouraging the Trump administration’s Iran obsession:

But the situation is actually much more dangerous than the usual Washington groupthink: Flynn and Ledeen have constructed a narrative in which the world is at war with a great evil and Iran is the central player on the enemy side. It is a viewpoint that is, unfortunately, shared at least in part by the new secretaries of defense and state and endorsed by many in Congress. This has consequently developed into a new sensibility about U.S. national security that is apparently driving the Trump administration’s responses to Iranian behavior.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is very disturbing to me, in light of the reality that should the US government decide to go to war relatively soon against Iran, Russia will most likely aid Iran militarily.

And at the moment, as I have reiterated like a chipped CD, the US military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia.

And Mr. President, as a Christian witness, I am calling you out on ANY further aid to Saudi Arabia, vis a vis Yemen.

Saudi Arabia is gleefully committing war crimes here, of an astronomical, and ghastly nature; women, children, and the medically fragile elderly are getting slaughtered, and the infrastructure is getting absolutely destroyed by Saudi forces. Additionally, Yemeni children are starving to death, because the Saudis have completely blockaded the ports, so food doesn't get in.

Do I need to remind you, Mr. President, that collective punishment is a war crime?!?

So you, and your staff, had better take a good hard look at the following images; this is what your "good buddy", Saudi Arabia, is doing right now in Yemen, and yes, the word "genocide" does come to mind:

Images: Yemeni children starving to death, courtesy of the Saudi Yemen ports blockade

Images: wounded and killed Yemeni children from Saudi air strikes

By choosing to participate in assisting the Saudi military with their war crimes, by selling them the weapons with which to do so, and providing targeting, you have made the US government complicit in these war crimes as well.

And whoever told you that this was a battle against Iran that the US military could "win" in Yemen, is thoroughly delusional, sir; there's no "there" there.

No, Yemen’s Houthis actually aren’t Iranian puppets

Feb 11 09:21

Trump: Iran’s Rouhani ‘Better Be Careful’ in Comments

Continuing his ratcheting up of tensions with Iran, President Trump today responded to quotes by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who had warned that people who approach Iran with “the language of threats” would come to regret doing so.

Trump responded to the report by declaring that Rouhani “better be careful” about what he says. Trump has previously announced Iran to be “on notice,” and insisted he would not rule out military action against Iran in the future.

The Trump Administration began picking up anti-Iran rhetoric two weeks ago, following an Iranian test of a medium-range ballistic missile. US officials initially suggested the test might have been a violation of a UN resolution, though this ultimately was not the case.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to President Trump; sir, was this statement an attempt to get get the Iranian government to back of dropping the use of the US dollar in trade on 21 March?!?

Because if not, the timing of your escalation in your rhetoric against Iran....is utterly, and amazingly, lousy.

And just in case Sec Def Mattis hasn't clued you in, the reason I am making this observation is that should there be a US military attack against Iran, Russia is most likely to assist them militarily.

And right now, the US military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money; or the manufacturing to ensure a successful outcome to a war against both Iran and Russia.

I would therefore like to politely suggest that you cool the rhetoric until such time as this situation can be remedied; otherwise, you may be signing a collective death sentence to our men and women in uniform by throwing them into military hostilities with which they may well be unable to cope immediately.

And if no one on your team has had the intestinal fortitude to mention this to you, I felt I compelled to do so.

The Russians and Chinese don't spend anywhere near as much on their weapons as does the US government, but they are getting far better "bang" for their weaponry bucks, quite literally.

The corporate heads of weapons manufacturing companies here in the US think it is perfectly fine to deliver their products so behind schedule as to be obsolete, upon field delivery; this equipment rarely functions as promised (just think the debacle which is the F-35); and cost overruns into the millions of dollars are simply normal.

This, sir, has to change, and quickly.

As a Christian pacifist activist, who never advocates violence, I would much rather my government achieve its geopolitical goals by hard-won, good-faith, ethical negotiations.

But if a decision is made by this government to wage war, our men and women in uniform deserve, and must have, the best possible weapons equipment, delivered on-time, completely functional, and done without massive cost over-runs, which US taxpayers have to pay.

Feb 10 14:23

Iran pledges missile retaliation to 'confront' US warning 'DARK DAYS' ahead for Trump

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sneered at Trump's threats over Iran's nuclear programme after the Middle Eastern power fired a missile last week.

Trump had warned Iran was "on notice" and "playing with fire" but Tehran is continuing its missile drills – firing another weapon on Sunday.

Tehran has now warned the US and Iran have "dark days ahead" as thousands flooded the streets with banners reading "Down with USA".

Earlier this week Khamenei struck back after a meeting with his military leaders and promised the nation is planning to respond to mark today's anniversary of the Iran's revolution in 1979.

Since then Trump's administration has threatened to blacklist Iran's elite military force the Revolutionary Guard as terrorists as tensions continue to brew.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to President "The Art of the Deal" Trump: I hope to heck that you've got Vlad (the non-impaler) Putin's direct cell number on speed-dial right now.

And I say that because, if you ever needed a partner in de-escalating this situation with Iran, through quiet, back-channel negotiations, it is right the darned heck now!!

Any outright attack against Iran will almost inevitably get Russia involved, militarily, on Iran 's side, and the US military does not have the weaponry, the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia right now.

Feb 10 12:29

Iran Hawks Take the White House

The United States is adding new sanctions on Iran over that country’s alleged misdeeds, and nearly all of those allegations are either out-and-out lies or half-truths. It has a familiar ring to it, as demonizing Tehran has been rather more the norm than not since 1979, a phenomenon that has included fabricated claims that the Iranians killed American soldiers after the U.S.’s armed interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq. This time around, the administration focused on the perfectly legal Iranian test of a non-nuclear-capable, medium-range ballistic missile and the reported attack on what was initially claimed to be a U.S. warship by allegedly Iranian-backed Yemeni Houthi fighters. The ship was later revealed to be a Saudi frigate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reality that such a move would be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid things this administration could do, unfortunately, is utterly no guarantee that they will not do it.

Because such a military action against Iran would almost certainly guarantee that Russia would come in on the side of Iran against the US.

And at this moment in its history, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia.

And the weaponry issue is a big one. Both Russia and China spend far less on their weaponry, but within the last decade, have been coming up with amazing feats of weaponry engineering.

Unfortunately, here in the US, the collective weapons executive culture believes it is perfectly fine to create weapons which are obsolete upon field delivery; that do not operate as advertised; and cost wildly over original budget estimates.

That has to change, and quickly.

But I'm a bit lost on what Flynn is characterising as "...Iran’s hostile and belligerent actions toward the United States and the world community."

What, precisely, has Iran done, please, to inflame the General's ire?!?

Is it that the standard of living has improved over 67% since the ousting of the US puppet, the Shah or Iran?

36 years after the revolution, where is Iran now?

Is it perchance that Iran's science and engineering students are overwhelmingly female?

How did Iran manage to get 70% of its engineering and science graduates to be women?

Is it that its health care is rated the 30th most efficient health care systems in the world?!?

Health Care in Iran

Is it that Iran has informed the US that it will drop the dollar in its oil trade as of the 21st of next month?!?

Iran will officially ditch the dollar as of 21 March, 2017

BINGO!!!

I don't know what odds the Vegas bookies are taking on their being some kind of an "incident/false flag" happening before that date, as the excuse for attacking Iran; but if I were a betting woman, I would not bet against it.

Feb 10 07:52

Trump Plays Cat and Mouse with Iran

Iran needs to shrug off the provocations, and keep up their end of the deal. That’s it; just hang tight and stay cool.

Why is the Trump administration threatening Iran?

On February 1, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn announced that the administration was “putting Iran on notice” after it tested a ballistic missile which the US sees as a violation of Iran’s treaty obligations. Flynn’s frigid tone made it clear that the administration is considering the use of military force. But why?

Feb 10 07:49

We Thank Trump for Exposing the Reality of the U.S – Ayatollah Khamenei

In its 200 years of expansionism, the US has paused too seldom and too briefly to consider the culture, history, lives and dignity of other lands.

Leader Khamenei stressed a “dignified” response to threats and bullying.…

In his February 7th speech, Leader Khamenei has wisely rejected the “threats” already issuing from the Trump Administration. Leader Khamenei stressed a “dignified” response to threats and bullying. I wholeheartedly applaud the emphasis on “dignity” and respect—respect for treaties between democratic governments, respect for the cultures and lives of citizens of this fragile, shrinking planet.

Feb 09 14:31

A warning to Trump? Russia floats return to Iran’s Hamadan air base

In further sign of Russia's backing for Iran, Russian ambassador to Tehran floats possibility of Russian air force deployments to Iran and Russian sales of SU27 fighters to Iran.

Feb 09 07:48

How Trump Can Defeat ISIS

Attacking Iran will not win the war on terror. Working with Russia and Syria might.

If you recall, Trump came roaring off the campaign trail with the foreign policy priority of defeating ISIS, so why the sudden confrontation with the Islamic Republic of Iran? Though Flynn apparently thinks otherwise, ISIS and Iran are not the same thing at all—they are the exact antithesis of each other.

Feb 08 14:52

US May Designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a Terrorist Group

As part of US President Donald Trump’s pledge to end the threat of radical Islamic terrorists, the White House is reportedly in talks to designate Iran’s highly-capable Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a bona fide terrorist organization.

Trump and his cabinet regard Iran as "the clearest danger to US interests," a senior aide told Reuters. "They’ve been looking for ways to turn up the heat," the official added.

Feb 08 12:39

Netanyahu’s Hysterical Rhetoric on Iran Is Just Diversion from West Bank

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave Theresa May a frightening account during their meeting of the threat posed by Iranian aggression to Israel and everybody else. In Mr Netanyahu’s eyes, Iran is a much more dangerous enemy than Isis or al-Qaeda, seeking “to annihilate Israel, it seeks to conquer the Middle East, it threatens Europe, it threatens the West, it threatens the world.”

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Feb 08 11:29

On Iran, SPLC’s ‘Extremist’ Is NPR’s ‘Expert’

Last week, the Trump administration began ratcheting up hostilities with Iran, nominally in response to a ballistic missile test in late January. NPR (2/2/17) dutifully reported Trump’s announcement of new sanctions on Iran, framing the issue as the Trump White House responding to an Iranian “provocation” in regards to Iran’s agreement with the UN, rather than simply executing long-held plans. A follow-up explainer by international correspondent Peter Kenyon (2/3/17) would muddy the waters further and use an incredibly dodgy source to do so.

Feb 08 11:10

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION APPARENTLY HEADING FOR WAR AS IRAN DUMPS U.S. DOLLAR

While many were hoping against all odds that a Trump administration would live up to some of its campaign rhetoric and begin to back away from imperialistic foreign adventures, it seems those hopes are being dashed by the day as Trump and his team are giving every indication that they are moving toward war with Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to President Trump:

Mr. President, I am begging you to listen to me; such a war is apt to go very badly for the US government and its allies.

It appears, and I am very concerned if this in fact is true, that your Administration has taken a page from the following Brookings Institute report:

WHICH PATH TO PERSIA?

In it, the suggestion is made to give Iran a real "sweetheart deal" (as happened with the P5+1 and President Obama), then make the Iranian government look "ungrateful" for the deal they have been given, as a pretext for war against it.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, and even in one today, should the US attack Iran, the Iranian government will most likely get extensive military aid from Russia.

And the US military does not have the weaponry; the money; the manufacturing; or the troop strength to insure a successful outcome to war against Russia and/or China.

President Trump, please don't get fooled by the people who want this war, many times because they will profit economically from such a war. Please remember that it is only the President who has to put his affairs into a blind trust, upon accepting the position of President; the rest of any cabinet members can make a killing (both literally and figuratively) by investing in the military/industrial complex.

Banks also love wars, as all sides borrow - at huge interest rates - to keep the war machines going, and to rebuild afterward.

I am hoping and praying that this is simply a strategy to get the P5+1 deal renegotiated; otherwise, God help this country, lurching into what may well be an unwinnable war that never should have been fought in the first place.

Feb 08 10:41

US AND OTHER GLOBAL POWERS CONDUCT WAR GAMES 50 MILES OFF IRAN’S COAST

As U.S. tensions with Iran rose last week, 17 ships from the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Australia launched a major war game just 50 miles from the Iranian coast.
Smack dab in the middle of the gulf, the ships steamed together in wedge formation in the first iteration of the exercise dubbed “Unified Trident.”

HMS Ocean, a British amphibious assault ship carrying about 750 personnel, 150 of them Royal Marines, led the way.

About 500 yards behind was the French destroyer FS Forbin, and about 500 yards behind was the U.S. destroyer USS Mahan. Another 500 yards behind was the Australian destroyer HMAS Arunta. Each carried about 300 sailors.

Another destroyer, an Aegis cruiser, a supply ship, mine sweepers, patrol boats, and Coast Guard cutters made up the flanks.

The ships cast dark gray silhouettes against a light gray sky and a bluish-gray sea, which was fairly calm, though the winds started to pick up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are those in the deep state in the US who feverishly want war against Iran, and one can see that playing out on Fox this morning, where they are commenting that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei insulted President Trump yesterday by describing him as "The newcomer" (I wish I had a friend who speaks Farsi, who could tell me precisely what the guy said).

I would like to hope that President Trump will proceed with absolute caution regarding Iran.

Because a war against Iran will almost certainly involve Russia coming to its aid militarily. And I hope that President Trump clearly understands how completely, and woefully, unprepared the US military is to fight and win a war against Russia.

At this point in its history, the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to have a positive outcome even to a conventional war.

And the weaponry issue is huge. Many times, after equipment is delivered to our troops, it is delivered so late as to be obsolete; not performing as promised, and hideously over budget. The culture of American weapons manufacturers needs to change, and rapidly, if these issues are to be intelligently addressed.

But far ahead of any potential military hostilities I hope that the US, Russia, China, and Iran can negotiate their differences with morally clean, honest negotiations which will give all of these countries something significant to take home with them.

As a Christian pacifist activist, this is what I exhort the US government to do consistently.

And selfishly, Tehran is absolutely on my "bucket list" of places I would love to see, for the history; the art; the music; and the food, and to let the Iranian people know that Americans don't hate them, but that the US government can REALLY hold a grudge for the fact they ousted it's puppet, the Shah of Iran, in 1979.

Feb 07 18:51

Looks like Team Trump just made Iran blink

It looks like Iran just blinked in the face of tough talk — and new economic sanctions — from the Trump administration.

Fox News reports that new satellite imagery, verified by US officials, shows Iran has abruptly removed a new missile that was being prepared for launch as recently as Friday.

It was a long-range Safir missile — a class that Tehran last launched into space two years ago, and that uses the same components as those needed for an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Feb 07 17:29

Iranian Oil Will Not Be Stopped By Trump

Despite new sanctions by the Trump Administration and an escalating war of words regarding its ballistic missile program, Iran is continuing to push ahead with plans to maintain oil production at around 3.8 million bpd, the level agreed upon at the November OPEC meeting last year. In order to do so, Iran will need to attract billions in new investment, as its current production is based on aging fields and crumbling infrastructure.

Feb 07 15:13

As Tensions with Iran Escalate, US Launches Major War Game Just 50 Miles off the Iranian Coast

The exercise was called “Unified Trident”… and supposedly it was planned two months ago, but the timing sure was swell as it just so happened to coincide with Trump and his administration putting Iran “on notice” and slapping the country with fresh sanctions.

What a “coincidence” huh?

Feb 07 11:51

Video: Iran Tests Missile & Radar Systems, Vows To Fire ‘Roaring Missiles’ If Threatened

Iran has conducted missile and radar tests, with the military vowing to fire “roaring missiles” if the country is threatened.

Feb 07 10:29

Trump Administration Apparently Heading For War As Iran Dumps U.S. Dollar

By Brandon Turbeville

While many were hoping against all odds that a Trump administration would live up to some of its campaign rhetoric and begin to back away from imperialistic foreign adventures, it seems those hopes are being dashed by the day as Trump and his team are giving every indication that they are moving toward war with Iran...

Feb 06 13:46

Senior MP: Iran to Demolish US Base in Bahrain in Case of Aggression

A senior member of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission and former Islamic Revolution Guards Corps official warned that the slightest aggression by Washington against Iran will be responded by razing to the ground the US military base in Bahrain.

Feb 06 11:14

Democrats Back Trump Administration’s New Sanctions Against Iran

Top Democrats have thrown their support behind new sanctions announced by US President Donald Trump against Iran, part of an aggressive foreign policy shift of the incoming administration.

Feb 06 07:55

Netanyahu fans the flames of war

"We face challenges, very clear, from militant Islam and especially from Iran. Iran seeks to annihilate Israel. It says so openly."

Feb 05 22:17

Breaking: Ballistic missile strikes Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

According to emerging reports from Yemen, a surface-to-surface missile fired by the Yemeni Army has hit Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.

The missile was launched on Sunday evening, and sources in Yemen have described the missile test as successful. It is unclear exactly what missile was used, and casualty figures, if any, are yet to be reported.

Saudi Arabia militarily intervened in the Yemeni Conflict in 2015, leading a coalition of almost 10 Middle Eastern countries. In October 2016, a Yemeni activist warned that Riyadh was the next target for a Yemeni missile attack.

Update 1: More information has emerged, suggesting that the missile was a variant of a Russian Scud, known as the “Borkan” surface-to-surface missile.

Update 2: Sources indicate that the missile struck a military base West of Riyadh, in Mazahimiyah.

Update 3: On social media, a Saudi attempts to cover-up the attack, saying that the sound of the explosion in Riyadh was an earthquake or meteor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, the Yemen military appears to be blamed for this attack.

But who, in the Middle East, has some variation on the “Borkan” surface-to-surface missile?!"?

We need to be very, very careful about to whom we ascribe the blame in this attack.

The Houthi rebels are not precisely supported by people who have a lot of money to spend on this kind of technology, which means that most likely, Iran is going to be blamed for this attack.

Remember on Friday, when I mentioned on this blog, that something needed to happen, to "justify" the US military's further involvement in Yemen?!?

Unfortunately, that appeared to have just happened. Whether it was direct Israeli or American involvement here, in order to escalate the situation in Yemen, I do not know, but one thing I do intuit, is that something wicked this way comes, in terms of more intense US military action against Yemen.

I hope to heck I am mistaken, but given the intensity of the American "deep state" wish to regime change Tehran, I do not think that I am.

Feb 05 12:00

Taking the Long View – Justin Raimondo

Dismantling the empire (war party) won’t happen overnight

The other day on Twitter someone tweeted me the news of the latest drone strike in Yemen, with the taunting message: “Congrats, @JustinRaimondo.” I had to laugh, and bemoan my fate: “I am now to be held responsible for everything the Trump administration does, especially their failure to go full pacifist!” Of course, you don’t have to be a pacifist to oppose our drone campaign, in Yemen or elsewhere, as I do, but the comment and my response underscore a basic flaw in the thinking of Trump’s anti-interventionist critics.

Feb 05 09:33

SOME POLITOONS TO START THE WEEK

Israel, Washington’s closest ally in the Middle East, is armed to the teeth with the aid and assistance of the United States, and has built its own substantial nuclear arsenal. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who bitterly opposed the 2015 nuclear agreement, immediately condemned the Iranian missile test on Monday. He said he would press the Trump administration to renew economic sanctions on Tehran when he visits Washington this month.

Feb 05 07:47

3-minute video: Trump, US rogue state imperialists escalate lies for war on Iran. US military & public: either demand .01% arrests for ongoing illegal Wars of Aggression or be used as sub-human minions & work animals always ‘Hoping for change’

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

hat tip: David Icke

Melissa Dykes of The Daily Sheeple’s sharp three minutes:

Documentation of recent US actions and rhetoric for more lie-started and illegal war on Iran:

US Secretary of Defense calls Iran “single biggest state sponsor of terrorism” despite the US initiating over 200 illegal military armed attacks around the world since WW2, with war and poverty-murders totally ~400 million in just the last 20 years. The US population is a little over 300 million.

White House Press Secretary lying to the world’s media that Iran attacked the US Navy to initiate war. The actual facts include US armed attacks on Yemen backing Saudi attacks followed by a Yemen-supporting group attacking a Saudi naval vessel.

Trump’s National Security Advisor put “Iran on notice” in ongoing war rhetoric despite Iran violating no law, and as documented below, constant US and Israel violations that have killed over a million Iranians.

Feb 04 15:30

How the US Helped Create Al Qaeda and ISIS

Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region.

The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history.

Feb 04 08:43

Clinton Gang Push for War with Iran

So what are the Clinton gang doing while Trump introduces anti-Muslim immigration discrimination? Oh, they are pushing for war with Iran, which might give pause to some who think the world would have been less awful had Hillary won.

Feb 03 15:50

US Preparing New Sanctions Over Iran's Missile Test

The Donald Trump administration is expected to announce new sanctions against Iran to ratchet up pressure on the country over its missile program.

The Treasury Department is expected to announce the sanctions on Friday, a day after President Trump said “nothing is off the table” in terms of a response to Iran’s latest ballistic missile test.

Feb 03 15:28

Ex-US Diplomat Calls Trump Administration’s Threats Against Iran ‘Bluster’

A former top aide to ex-US president Barack Obama says the new US administration’s recent hostile posturing vis-à-vis Iran amounts to “bluster.”

Feb 03 13:34

US Betrays Iran Deal as Predicted – Edges Closer to War

As the world remains mesmerized by the antics of US President Donald Trump, his national security adviser Michael Flynn brazenly linked Iran to Yemeni fighters who attacked a Saudi warship, as well as cited an Iranian missile test as grounds to reverse course on US rapprochement with Tehran, concluding that Iran was “put on notice.”

US corporate-financier funded think tank, the Brookings Institution, in a 2009 policy paper titled, “Which Path to Persia? Options for a New American Strategy Toward Iran” (.pdf) would lay out in detail various means of provoking war and regime change against Iran.

In it, Brookings explicitly revealed how a “superb offer” would be given to Iran, only to be intentionally revoked in a manner portraying Iran as ungrateful:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to National Security Advisor Flynn; if the US goes forward with this war against Iran, what do you intend to do about Russia, which will almost inevitably go to Iran's aid?!?

I would politely suggest, Sir, that before you go about sabre-rattling against Iran, that you have a very, very long talk with Sec-Def Mattis about just what are US capabilities against Russia and/or China; I think his response will be that of counseling patience, while the many problems with the American military posture are resolved.

Feb 03 13:19

The US may have to consider firing on Iranian boats after latest Houthi attack

This is complete insanity. This will start a war! I didn't vote for this!

But according to Brennan, the US may not allow hostile, unresponsive ships to get so close to Navy vessels after a force associated with Iran used suicide boats to kill two Saudi sailors.

"The overarching duty of self-defense mandates revision of the ROE to provide a sufficient 'bubble' to prevent the risk of a suicide attack, particularly from swarming boats," Brennan said in an email to Business Insider.

Feb 03 13:07

Trump Favors Military Escalation: Washington’s War Threat Against Iran

It is just two weeks since President Donald Trump was sworn into office after delivering an inaugural address proclaiming his policy of “America First” and vowing to defend the United States against “the ravages of other countries.”

Any illusions that this policy spelled a turn away from the unending wars waged by the US over the past quarter of a century in favor of isolationism have been rapidly dispelled. Trump and his advisors have staged one bellicose provocation after another in a sharp escalation of the longstanding militarist policy of American imperialism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

An honest, and urgent, memo to President Trump; sir, if in fact you choose to go to war against Iran, goaded by Israel's Netanyahu, that it is "the right thing to do", you will be leading the American people, who you claim to "love and fight for" into the absolute, and abominable, hell of a war the US military might not be able to win.

And it is completely conceivable that war against Iran will ultimately lead to a war with Russia.

Please understand I have the utmost respect for every single man and woman in uniform; but our military has been badly shortchanged by short-sighted governmental policies, over decades, which has left them without the troop strength; the money; the manufacturing; or the weaponry to achieve a successful outcome of a conventional war with Russia.

The Russians spend far less on military equipment than does the US military, but are getting way more "bang" for their weaponry buck than does the US military.

The culture of US weapons manufactures makes their CEOs believe that it is perfectly fine to deliver weapons late, to the point of being obsolete; not functioning anywhere NEAR specs (take a look at the debacle which has been the F-35, for a marvelous case in point), and bill the government an obscene amount of cost-overruns for obsolete, non-functioning equipment, because... that's the way it's always been.

Mr. President if we are to go to war with ANYONE, all these issues have to be addressed intelligently and rationally, and with consequences for those CEOS who slide back to business as usual.

Please have some long talks with Sec-Def Mattis on this, to get his take on American readiness for war, at every level of this government's and military's preparedness.

Were I a betting woman, my bet would be that Sec-Def Mattis will counsel restraint against any military action against Iran.

Feb 03 13:02

US expands blacklists on Iran

The United States has added 13 individuals, including foreign citizens, and also 12 organizations to its blacklist on Iran, the US Department of Treasury said on its website on Friday. These restrictions are being imposed on those who are complicit in Tehran’s program for developing ballistic missiles or are somehow providing support to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (the elite units of the Iranian Armed Forces). The blacklisted organizations include the China-based extracting company Cosailing Business Trading Company Limited, and also structures whose offices are located in Iran, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates.

Feb 03 10:50

Defiant Iran Slams Trump: We Won't Yield To "Useless" Threats, Will Conduct More Ballistic Missile Tests

With the US officially warning Iran twice over the past 24 hours in the harshest possible terms yet, when first national security advisor Michael Flynn, and then this morning Trump himself, said Iran has been "put on notice" for "destabilizing activity" after it fired a ballistic missile in defiance of UN resolutions, on Thursday a top adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quoted by Reuters as saying the country would not yield to "useless" U.S. threats from "an inexperienced person" over its ballistic missile program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Down the page you will see Iran's Foreign Minister say that the US is offering Iran "a few dollars" for Iran to leave its people unprotected from the next Saddam. Iran was already threatening to drop the US dollar over Trump's 90-day travel ban. The sanctions may push them over the line.

Feb 03 10:09

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

That is simply the bottom line here.

Feb 03 09:51

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ARMING KURDISH FANATICS, TERRORISTS; U.S. AND RUSSIA FLOAT KURDISH AUTONOMY IN SYRIA

While Trump’s Syria plan has been incredibly vague up until this point, we are now seeing the position of the Trump administration coming into view. While, at this point, it might not be as bad as what was called for under Obama and Clinton, the new approach to Syria is concerning to say the least.

This is because mainstream news reports have revealed that the Trump administration is going ahead with a plan to arm Kurdish militants in Syria who are battling the Islamic State. Of course, these Kurdish fanatics are interesting in only one thing – independence and the creation of their own Kurdish state that eventually crosses the border of Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Turkey. They are not interested so much in fighting terror since they have allied themselves with terrorists to achieve their own goals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a palm to forehead moment here, at velocity.

Are we looking at more "fake news" here, to attempt to sell US citizenry on the narrative that the US needs to be more thoroughly involved in a military solution to the many problems in the Middle East, rather than viable political solutions?!?

And I would politely like to remind President Trump, that doing the same thing, in precisely the same way, over and over, yet expecting a different outcome, is one of the most classical definitions of insanity.

IF in fact these reports are true, it appears that both the Russian and US governments are hell-bent in balkanizing the Middle East, and bending it to their liking, and have made the decision that an independent Kurdistan will horrifically weaken the political ambitions of Syria; Turkey; Iran; and Iraq.

But what will be the cost in blood and money to make such a military adventure a "success"?!? And how long are the US and Russia committed to pursuing this dangerous game of regime change?!?

Were I a bookie in Vegas, I really would not bet against the resurrection of the draft in this United States right now, possibly coming at the end of President Trump's first year in office.

Feb 03 09:36

Lies Promote Trump's Economic War Against Iran

On Sunday, January 29th, the Iranian military apparently tested a ballistic missile. This was not the first test since the signing of the nuclear agreement, but it is one that received a lot of attention by the Trump administration. I think it's important to point out, as I am no expert in these matters, but apparently a ballistic missile is just a missile that goes really high and then uses gravity to come and hit a target. There is nothing inherent in a ballistic missile that makes it part of a nuclear program. Conventional warheads are delivered by ballistic missiles. In fact, most ballistic missiles that are mid-range, and that's what this one was, are used for conventional purposes, not for nuclear purposes. This is not an intercontinental ballistic missile that goes up into the upper atmosphere and usually is associated with a nuclear weapons program. So I think it's an important distinction to make.

Feb 03 09:26

Iran FM Javad Zarif responds to a reporter's question regarding Ballistic Missiles

His reply starts at :50. When Iran was being hit with US-supplied weapons from Iraq year after year, nobody would help Iran protect itself. Building their own defenses is their only choice.

Feb 03 09:08

THE COMING CLASH WITH IRAN

Iran-backed Houthi rebels, said Flynn, attacked a Saudi warship, and Tehran tested a missile, undermining “security, prosperity and stability throughout the Middle East,” placing “American lives at risk.”

But how so?

The Saudis have been bombing the Houthi rebels and ravaging their country, Yemen, for two years. Are the Saudis entitled to immunity from retaliation in wars they start?

Where is the evidence Iran had a role in the Red Sea attack on the Saudi ship? And why would President Trump make this war his war?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or is Trump simply gaming the Congress, telling them what they want to hear, until he gets all his confirmations?

Feb 03 08:04

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Feb 02 18:03

US House Speaker Says He Backs More Sanctions Against Iran

The Speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan says he would support additional sanctions on Iran over Tehran’s recent missile tests.

“I would be in favor of additional sanctions on Iran,” Ryan told reporters on Thursday at a weekly press conference.

“We need to have a tough-on-Iran policy … We should stop appeasing Iran.”

Feb 02 16:52

US House Speaker Says He Backs More Sanctions Against Iran

The Speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan says he would support additional sanctions on Iran over Tehran’s recent missile tests.

“I would be in favor of additional sanctions on Iran,” Ryan told reporters on Thursday at a weekly press conference.

“We need to have a tough-on-Iran policy … We should stop appeasing Iran.”

Feb 02 16:48

'Iran Has Been Formally Put On Notice' Over Missile Test: Trump

US President Donald Trump has stepped up rhetoric against Iran, saying the White House has formally put Tehran on notice over its recent ballistic missile test.

Trump wrote on his twitter account on Thursday that Iran should have been “thankful” for what he called the terrible deal the US made with it.

Feb 02 06:58

Iran's ballistic missile test successful: Defense minister

“This missile test was successful," the Iranian minister said that "Iran's missile tests are not, and have never been, in violation of the JCPOA (Iran's nuclear deal with six world powers) or [UN Security Council] Resolution 2231”, according to presstv.ir.

Feb 02 06:56

Iran unveils two new home-made satellites

The satellites dubbed "Nahid 1" and "Payam Amirkabir", were unveiled during a ceremony attended by President Hassan Rouhani and Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan.

"Nahid 1" satellite is designed and manufactured by Iran University of Science and Technology. It is a solar-powered telecommunication satellite, ready for launching.

Feb 01 16:45

Apple Removes Iranian iOS Apps From App Store

Why has Apple started removing Iran-based apps from its App Store?

Feb 01 13:04

Vid: [1:47] Michael Flynn: We're Officially Putting Iran on Notice [ His fear is palpable. Not only is Iran able to defend itself, but both Moscow and Beijing have stated '"An attack on Tehran is an attack on us". ]

Is Mr. Flynn going to provide the design of the tested missile, in order to demonstrate it was specifically designed to carry a nuclear warhead?

Is Mr. Flynn going to put US warships in the same position the 5 Saudi/UAE Capital Ships were in, when they were wasted by itty-bitty missiles fired by sandal-clad Yemeni pipsqueaks?

The reason the Pentagon and israel have been all bark and no bite these last 30 years, is because they know better that to bite off more than they can chew.

Feb 01 08:19

Pre-Emptive Attack Iran Bill Active in US House

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Feb 01 08:15

Rothschild State of Israel Plans to Stir Trump Into War with Iran and Expand Illegal Settlements

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We should recall Israel's role in pushing for the US invasions of Iraq. And the apparent motive for Israel's attack on USS Liberty was to frame Egypt for the attack to trick the US into war on Egypt!

Feb 01 08:03

Iran Prepares to Ditch Dollar in International Trade

After US President Donald Trump included Iran on a list of Muslim-majority countries facing a temporary immigration ban, Tehran responded by threatening to stop using the American dollar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And that is a real threat to the US, as opposed to mythical nuclear weapons!

Jan 31 20:11

NATO to bolster ballistic missile systems after Iran 'tests Trump' with new weapon trials

The defence alliance’s Secretary General claimed they were looking into the test, but promised to “develop” Nato’s own missile defence system in response to the apparent threat from the Middle East.

Jan 31 16:43

UN Security Council To Hold Emergency Meeting Over Iran Missile Test

The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Tuesday, at the request of the United States, to discuss Iran’s latest ballistic missile test.

Jan 31 11:24

Faking The Faiths: Trump & Saudi Dictator King Already Ganging Up Against Iran

Fake Islam, fake Christinit and Zionism, fake Judaism all being invoked and legitimised by the Western media to destroy the holy land.

Jan 31 08:22

Iran tests ballistic missile in defiance of UN resolution, US officials say

U.N. resolution 2231 -- put in place days after the Iran nuclear deal was signed -- calls on the Islamic Republic not to conduct such tests. However, this is at least Iran's second such test since July. The resolution bars Iran from conducting ballistic missile tests for eight years and went into effect July 20, 2015.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem here is that the US never kept its end of the Iran deal, and indeed we have the permanent warhawks demanding more punitive sanctions against Iran.

Jan 30 15:06

Liberals in Muslim world pay the price for Trump and Saudi-supported illiberalism

James Dorsey argues that the Islamophobia fuelled by Donald Trump and far-right European politicians benefits not only Saudi-backed ultra-conservative interpretations of Islam, but also their anti-Saudi jihadist offshoots.

Jan 30 12:06

Statement Regarding Recent Executive Order Concerning Extreme Vetting

To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting.

by Donald J Trump

“America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border. America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave.

We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say. My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months. The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror.

Jan 30 10:01

Pre-Emptive Attack Iran Bill Active In US House

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

Jan 30 08:37

Saudi King, Trump Talk On How To Face Iran, Fight Terrorism

Saudi King Salman and US President Donald Trump speak for the first time since the new American commander-in-chief assumed office, focusing on Iran as well as terrorism in the region.

According to a White House statement released on Sunday the two talked about Iran’s “destabilizing regional activities.”

Jan 30 08:34

Pre-Emptive Attack Iran Bill Active in US House

So it may well be with H.J.Res. 10, introduced in the House just as the new Congress began at the beginning of this month. The title of the bill tells the tale: a bill “To authorize the use of the United States Armed Forces to achieve the goal of preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.” This legislation, introduced by Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL), is as it appears: an authorization for the President to use military force against Iran. But it is much worse than that.

Why so? Because it specifically authorizes the president to launch a pre-emptive war on Iran at any time of his choosing and without any further Congressional oversight or input. The operative sentence in the resolution reads, “The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as the President determines necessary and appropriate in order to achieve the goal of preventingIran from obtaining nuclear weapons.”

Jan 29 18:05

Media Blackout: Obama administration created the list of countries covered by Trump's 'Muslim ban'

What? So there was a Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 two years before Trump? There was a kind of "Muslim ban" before the Muslim ban? But almost no one critiqued it in 2015 because it was Obama's administration overseeing it.

So for more than a year it has been US policy to discriminate against, target and even begin to ban people from the seven countries that Trump is accused of banning immigrants and visitors from. CNN even hinted at this by noting "those countries were named in a 2016 law concerning immigration visas as 'countries of concern.'" But why didn't CNN note that the seven countries were not named and that in fact they are only on the list because of Obama's policy?

Jan 29 09:28

Iran to Take Reciprocal Measures Against US Entry Ban - Foreign Ministry

Tehran will reciprocate the "insulting" US temporary ban on entry for Iranian nationals until the restrictions are lifted, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

Jan 29 09:28

UK to Lead Joint War Games in Persian Gulf Simulating Conflict with Iran

The US, UK, France and Australia will run a war games drill in the Persian Gulf that will simulate a confrontation with Iran.

Jan 29 09:21

Perhaps President Donald Trump Needs To Chill Out A Bit

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

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

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

Jan 29 07:31

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

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

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

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

Jan 28 07:19

Iran as a Twentieth Century Victim: 1900 Through the Aftermath of World War II

Iran was once a great power, and though invaded by Greeks, Arabs, Turks, and Mongols and exploited by imperialist powers in the modern era, it has continued to assert its national identity and its people have developed a special sensitivity to interference with its sovereign rights. This concern on the part of Iran does not represent some overwrought sensitivity but is actually a realistic assessment of its history over the past century, as this article will delineate. While professing idealistic principles in international relations, European powers ignored these principles in their violations of Iran’s sovereign rights, which in at least one case led to human suffering on par with the most tragic events of the twentieth century.

Jan 27 14:50

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard interviewed after her trip to Syria

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

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

Jan 27 14:42

Creating Frankenstein: Saudi Arabia’s ultra-conservative footprint in Africa

James Dorsey views Saudi Arabia's role in spurring political violence in sub-Saharan Africa, noting the Saudis spent $100 billion in 50 years on promoting an intolerant, supremacist, anti-pluralistic version of Islam.

Jan 25 12:10

Iran becomes a major problem

The talks between Russia, Turkey and Iran started in the Kazakh capital of Astana on January 23. The talks are of paramount importance for Russia, because they could become the first platform for establishing a dialogue with the new US administration... "We did not invite the Americans, and we are opposed to their presence there," Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said. Thus, Iran has publicly rejected the initiative of its allies, with whom he fights, as it seems, for peace and stability in the war-torn Syria. The Iranians have made it clear to Moscow that they intend to maximize the implementation of Russia's strategy in Syria and then in the entire Middle East. Iran may create a variety of problems for Russia, including those associated with the resumption of Russian-US cooperation on Syria. It appears that Iran wants Russia to choose between Iran and Turkey. Iran assumes that neither Russia nor Turkey will be able to achieve any practical results in Syria without Iran.

Jan 25 11:39

US Republicans Reintroduce Iran Sanctions Bill

Three US Republican senators have again put forward a measure aimed at imposing fresh sanctions on Iran over various allegations against Tehran, including its missile program.

Senators Marco Rubio, John Cornyn and Todd Young proposed the bill on Tuesday, accusing the Islamic Republic of supporting terror and conducting ballistic missile tests.

Jan 24 15:30

The deceitful words of Israel's UK Ambassador Mark Regev 

Stuart Littlewood debunks the disinformation tactics of Israel’s professional propagandists, foremost of whom is Israeli Ambassador to the UK Mark Regev and the Israel Project with its so-called “Global Language Dictionary”.

Jan 22 15:47

Trump Announces New “Missile Defense System” Against Iran And North Korea

By Brandon Turbeville

Only minutes after being sworn in to office, President Donald Trump announced that his administration will develop a “state of the art” missile defense system to protect Americans against attacks from North Korea and Iran.

The announcement was posted minutes after the inauguration on the White House website...

Jan 20 10:03

China To Pour $3 Billion in Iran’s Refining Capacity

China will invest US$3 billion in the upgrade of Iran’s oil refining facilities, Iranian media reported, with the bulk of the investment going into the Abadan refinery.

According to Deputy Oil Minister Abbas Kazemi, China has already “opened the financing” for the refinery’s upgrade. Iran’s oil and gas infrastructure has suffered the results of years of neglect because of insufficient maintenance funds during the sanction years as well as access to new technology and equipment.

Last week China’s statistical bureau reported that the country’s crude oil imports had increased to 64.4 percent of domestic demand and this is expected to continue, with imports rising by a total 17 percent in the period 2015-2020, with domestic output falling by 7 percent in the period, according to the National Development and Reform Commission.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China and Iran are making deals, to secure what they need; over the past 16 years, the US government has been waging wars of aggression to do the same.

What is wrong with this picture?!?

Flipping everything!!!

Jan 20 07:29

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jan 19 11:52

IRAN: At least 75 people killed after an iconic high-rise building collapses

The 17-story tower was built in the early 1960s by Iranian-Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian and named after his plastics manufacturing company. It was the tallest building in the city at the time of its construction.

Elghanian was tried on charges that included espionage and executed in the months after the 1979 Islamic Revolution that brought the current ruling system to power — a move that prompted many members of the country's longstanding Jewish community to flee.

The tower is attached to a multistory shopping mall featuring a sky-lit atrium and a series of turquoise-colored fountains. It wasn't immediately clear whether the mall was damaged.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Defenders of the orthodox 9-11 story are pointing to this building collapse as proof that WTC-7 could have been brought down by fire, but there are some mitigating circumstances. This building was fifty years old and not built to the same standards of construction as WTC-7, which was built to house government offices. Second, there are reports than while the building was originally built as a residential unit, many of the units had been converted for storage of inventory for the adjacent mall and were carrying weight loads exceeding what the building was originally designed to carry.

UPDATE: Despite references to "steel framed" building it turns out that this building was framed with reinforced concrete.

Jan 18 10:44

Kerry Advises Trump Against Scrapping Iran Nuclear Deal

Departing US Secretary of State John Kerry says he believes the Iran nuclear agreement will survive and has warned President-elect Donald Trump that canceling the deal would harm the US in an irreparable way.

Speaking on Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Kerry said unraveling the achievements of outgoing President Barack Obama will take Trump longer than he expects.

Jan 18 09:09

Iran wants joint action with Riyadh in Syria similarly to Lebanon

DAVOS, Switzerland: Iran and Saudi Arabia should be able to work together to help end conflicts in Syria and Yemen, after successfully cooperating over Lebanon last year, Iran's foreign minister said.

Jan 17 12:55

One Year Ago Yesterday: Iran Releases Prisoners Two Weeks After Bold Trump Threat: "THEY WILL BE OUT BEFORE I TAKE OFFICE, I will tell you that much right now."

A mere two weeks after Donald Trump made a bold threat to Iran about the four "hostages" that Trump said Iran was holding, Iran did indeed release the prisoners. The four Americans released were reporter Jason Rezaian, former Marine Amir Hekmati, pastor Saeed Abedini and Nosratollah Khosrawi. Seven Iranians were released from U.S. custody in exchange. At a full-house rally in Biloxi Mississpi on January 2, 2016, Trump boldly vowed that the four would be released before he took office.
"THEY WILL BE OUT BEFORE I TAKE OFFICE. I will tell you that much right now. They will be out," Trump angrily said.

Jan 17 10:00

Trump, Kissinger and Ma playing on a crowded chessboard

Place your bets on who will be the major partner in the Trump, Kissinger and Ma law firm.

Kissinger has drafted a plan to officially recognize Crimea as part of Russia and lift the Obama administration’s economic sanctions.

The plan fits into Kissinger’s overall strategy — call it a traditional British Balance of Power, or Divide and Rule, approach — of breaking up the Eurasian front (Russia-China-Iran) that constitutes the real “threat” to what Mattis defines as the “established world order.”

Jan 16 16:08

Obama Marks Iran Deal Anniversary With Warning To Trump

US President Barack Obama is marking the first anniversary of the historic nuclear agreement with Iran by warning the incoming Donald Trump administration not to undermine the internationally-negotiated accord.

Jan 15 09:42

S. Arabia Seeks Talks with Iran after Defeats in Syria, Yemen

Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah announced that his country is due to submit a message to high-ranking Iranian officials on behalf of represent the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC), al-Rai al-Youm reported.

The contents of the message have not been disclosed to the public yet but it is fully clear that the PGCC is interested in talks with Iran, the leading Arab newspaper wrote on Saturday.

Jan 15 04:39

Can Trump Fix the Economy In 2017?

Paul Craig Roberts (born April 3, 1939) is an American economist, journalist, blogger and former civil servant. He reached the height of his government career when he became the United States Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under President Reagan in 1981.

Dr. Roberts elucidates how Trump can fix the the Economy.

I cannot assure you that Trump is not another fake like Obama. But it is a mistake to begin with this assumption. Why write off in advance the only person with the courage to put his life on the line and take on the corrupt and evil Washington establishment?

Jan 14 13:15

Is Trump About to Debunk the Media’s ‘Putin-gate’ Conspiracy Theory?

So get out the popcorn, and put your feet up: the entertainment is about to begin!

Cold war drama fizzling fast

“It wouldn’t be a bad opening for a Tom Clancy novel about the Cold War” – that’s how the Los Angeles Times described the sequence of events leading up to the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats (“spies”) and the latest face-off between Washington and Moscow.

Indeed the whole episode of has about it a fictional aura, which is, after all, only appropriate, since the entire basis of this latest cold war drama is pure invention.

Jan 14 13:12

The Establishment Is Trying To Steal The Presidency From Trump And the Liberal-Left Is Helping

Where is the liberal-left’s moral conscience?

The US military, the CIA, and their whores in the US media are undemocratically pursuing their own agenda independent of the policy of the president-elect.

We could dismiss Trump’s admission as throwing a bone to the CIA so they can feel vindicated and get off his back, and the statements by Tillerson and Mattis could be dismissed as what has to be said in order to be confirmed.

Jan 14 13:05

US Intel Agencies Try to Strong-Arm Trump Into War with Russia

The big shots who run the country are trying to strong-arm ‘the Donald’ into carrying their water so the depredations can continue...

Powerful elites are using the credibility of the US Intelligence agencies to demonize Russia and prepare the country for war.

Last week’s 25-page report, that was released by the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, illustrates to what extent intelligence is being “fixed around the policy”.

The Intelligence Community has been coerced into compromising its credibility to incite fear of Russia and to advance the geopolitical ambitions of deep state powerbrokers.

Jan 14 12:59

Risks and Opportunities for 2017

Just a few days into 2017 and we can already say with a great degree of confidence that 2017 will be a historical year. Furthermore, I submit that 2017 will be the “Year of Trump” because one of roughly three things will happen: either Trump will fully deliver on his threats and promises, or Trump deliver on some, but far from all, his threats and promises or, finally, Trump will be neutralized by the Neocon-run Congress, media, intelligence community. He might even be impeached or murdered.

Of course, there is an infinity of sub-possibilities here, but for the purpose of this discussion I will call the first option “Trump heavy”, the second one “Trump light” and the third one “Trump down”.

Jan 14 12:55

Let Trump Be Trump?

Could Trump redefine the presidency?

Donald Trump may be a historic figure, but that does not mean he is easy to understand or anticipate. One thing is for sure – he has a unique style and form of communication.

Jan 13 14:35

The Biggest Destabilizing Force in Middle East - Guess Who? It's US

The international crooks are at it again. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Defense Department, retired Marine General James Mattis, claims Iran is the “biggest destabilizing force in the Middle East.” During his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday, “Mad Dog” Mattis said the United States needs to forge a strategy to “checkmate Iran’s goal for regional hegemony,” adding that "Iran is the biggest destabilizing force in the Middle East and its policies are contrary to our interests.” Once again, Mathis - just like the outgoing international crooks at the White House - failed to offer any evidence to support his baseless allegations. He was unable to substantiate as to why Iran’s regional policies are destabilizing. Instead, he mostly focussed on Iran's lawful support for the Regional Resistance Front as well as involvement in the war against ISIL and Al-Qaeda in Iraq and Syria, which he rightly said are contrary to US interests.

Jan 13 11:11

Trump Team Targets Iran

Saudi Arabia dominates above all other nations as a supplier of suicide bombers, and its royal family dominates as the world’s top financial backer of Al Qaeda and other jihadist groups, but incoming President Donald Trump has chosen to lead his national-security team, only people who blame Iran and not Saudi Arabia, as being the main source of international terrorism.

Jan 13 03:57

Review of The CIA As Organized Crime

The kind of revelation that Valentine has provided needs to be presented judiciously and dispassionately as it is shocking to the uninitiated.

If you want to learn about the CIA as a deep state within the surface state, read this book.

Priceless explanations abound in paragraphs. Valentine writes that the government wages psywar against the American public in various ways for various purposes.

Jan 13 03:54

The Neocon’s declaration of war against Trump

This is a political coup d’etat...an attempt at removing Donald Trump from the White House.

After several rather lame false starts, the Neocons have now taken a step which can only be called a declaration of war against Donald Trump.

It all began with CNN published an article entitled “Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him”

Within one short week we went from allegations of “Russian hacking” to “having a traitor sitting in the White House”

Jan 13 02:07

Obama Okays Massive Shipment of Uranium to Iran That Could Produce 10 Nukes (Video)

With just 7 days left until Barack Obama’s second term in office is “scheduled” to come to an end, we can now add one more shocking unprecedented abuse of power to an already very long list of abuses. It seems just when we thought the Iran nuclear deal could not possibly get any worse, President Obama has once again managed to undermine our national security, make Americans less safe, and he’s done so without even the slightest challenge from anyone in the mainstream media, aka the “fake news.”

Article III, Section 3 of the United States Constitution:

-- Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

Jan 12 13:10

Obama’s ‘Farewell To Arms’ As War Presidency Ends

Self-declared liberal Americans consider Bush to be a warmongering disaster, yet somehow they hail Obama as some kind of progressive «peace president».

Eight straight years of warmongering come to an end as US President Barack Obama bows out with his «farewell to the nation» speech this week, as fawning American media dubbed his valediction.

In reality, Obama’s outgoing address should have been billed as a «farewell to arms» made by arguably one of the most belligerent presidents to ever have occupied the White House.

Only in exceptionally delusional America could such a pernicious paradox be presented as something honorable and sentimental.

Jan 12 13:05

Stephen F Cohen: Who Are the Real Enemies of US National Security?

If anti-Trump American forces are behind untrue allegations of this magnitude, those forces are the primary enemies of US national security and should be investigated fully and publicly.

Cohen raises the following issues, which he and Batchelor discuss:

Two conflicting interpretations are suggested, says Cohen. Either Trump is about to become a potentially seditious American president. Or powerful US forces are trying to destroy his presidency before it begins, perhaps even prevent him from taking office.

Jan 12 04:15

The biggest moments from Donald Trump’s fiery press conference

“It’s all fake news. It’s phony stuff. It didn’t happen, and it was gotten by opponents of ours, as you know..."

President-elect Donald Trump held his first press conference Wednesday since winning the election and answered questions about his relationship with Russia, arrangements for the future of his business, and some of his plans for the first days of his administration. Trump vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare within the “same hour,”. He also promised to name a Supreme Court nominee within the first two weeks after he takes office. The event was marked by tense exchanges...

Jan 11 23:19

Shadow play: the New Great Game in Eurasia

There you have it, over and over again: Divide and Rule, to counteract the unruly “threats”.

That will be the key story to follow further on down the (New Silk) roads.

Yeats memorably wrote that, “mirror on mirror mirrored is all the show.” Yet the show always must go on — dalangs East and West let loose in deep niskala.

Welcome to the 21st century Tournament of Shadows.

Jan 10 16:04

US Destroyer Fires Warning Shots At Iranian Patrol Boats

A US guided missile destroyer fired warning shots at Iranian patrol boats on Sunday, which, US defence officials claimed, engaged in “harassing” behaviour. The incident underscores the volatile situation in the Middle East and the potential for a rapid rise of US-Iranian tensions once Donald Trump assumes the US presidency.

Jan 09 15:28

IRAN TO EXPAND MILITARY SPENDING, DEVELOP MISSILES

Jan 08 10:14

Supreme Leader: US, Britain, Zionists, Plutocrats Main Enemies of Iran

"The US, Britain, the international plutocrats and the Zionists are the main enemies of the independent and progressive Iran," Ayatollah Khamenei said in Tehran on Sunday, addressing a large gathering of the Iranian people from the Central city of Qom. Warning that Britain has returned to the region again to meet its interests by means of the regional countries, he said, "Therefore, although it is a real threat itself, it claims that Iran is a threat. Also, the British circles are plotting and making decision for the regional states and Iran and one of their goals is disintegration of Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya and they pursue the same goal in Iran too but don’t speak about it because they are strongly afraid of the country's public opinion.

Jan 08 09:14

Arab Analyst Underlines Riyadh's All-Out Failure, Iran's Increased Power in Region

Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm newspaper, stressed that 2016 was a bad year for Saudi Arabia and generally all members of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) but it brought chance and success to Iran. "Riyadh and other PGCC members have buried their heads in the sand as the war in Yemen is entering its third year and the financial and humanitarian costs are increasing rapidly without any sign of peaceful solution to the crisis," Atwan wrote on Saturday. He added that Turkey's turn to the Russia-Iran alliance to settle the crisis in Syria, limitation of Riyadh's role in Syria and Lebanon, darkened bilateral ties with Egypt and decreasing oil output are among the developments which made 2016 a bad year for Saudi Arabia and weakened its role in the region. "Instead, Iran is gaining achievements one after another; while Saudi Arabia's losses increase, the power and clout of the Russian-Iranian coalition also boosts," Atwan wrote.

Jan 08 09:11

Iran: No Place for Terrorist Groups in Syria Talks

The Iranian foreign ministry underlined Tehran, Moscow and Ankara's efforts to find a roadmap to resolve the crisis in Syria, and announced that the terrorist groups are not welcomed in the Syrian peace talks. "The terrorist groups which have been blacklisted by the UN or are known by Iran and Russia as militant groups and terrorist groups will certainly have no place in the talks, and negotiations with them is useless because they have fully clear stances; they cannot adopt any measure but terrorist acts and aren’t interested in people's fate, life and properties and Syria's basic and economic infrastructures," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said in an interview with the Iran-based Arabic-language al-Alam news channel on Sunday.

Jan 07 19:17

Kerry Praises Nuclear Agreement With Iran In His Departure Memo

US Secretary of State John Kerry has hailed the outgoing Obama administration for its efforts to sign the landmark nuclear agreement with Iran.

In his departure memo issued on Thursday, Kerry said the 2015 deal cut off all pathways for Iran to develop what he called a nuclear weapon.

Jan 07 16:43

Kerry Admits US Let ISIS Grow To Force Assad To Negotiate Over Syria

John Kerry admits Russia went into Syria to fight ISIS and the U.S. allowed ISIS to grow because it threatened Assad and would force him to negotiate in an allegedly leaked audio tape.

Jan 06 08:50

Iran ready to aid Lebanese Army: Senior Iranian MP

Senior Iranian lawmaker Alaeddin Boroujerdi said Friday that his country was serious in its offer to arm the Lebanese military.

Jan 04 08:12

Liberate the Whistleblowers Now

The only test to determine if one qualifies for heroic whistleblower status is whether or not more people were affected positively than negatively.

The Founding Fathers knew exactly the heroism and personal self-sacrifice of those who gave up their life, liberty and pursuit of happiness for the sake of freedom for all.

Jan 02 17:28

2016: The Year of Russia’s Triumph – The Saker

2016 has been a fantastic year for Russia. Putin’s policy of slow, low-key and deliberate move and counter-move has proven to be extremely effective.

Just like European maps place Europe in the center of the planet, so do most western commentators look at the past year from a US/Europe-centered perspective. Which is fair enough. Furthermore, the AngloZionist Empire has just suffered two major disasters, the Brexit and the election of Trump.

The credit for the election of Donald Trump goes first and foremost to the American people to whom I sincerely believe the entire planet owe a heartfelt and loud “THANK YOU!!!!!”.

Not only did the British people defy the Empire and vote for a Brexit, but now the Imperial Homeland has “backstabbed” them by electing a patriot who is not interested in maintaining the global empire (or so he says, at least for the time being).

Jan 02 09:04

Putin’s Bear to Obama’s Turkey

Putin's stoic statesmanship speaks for itself.

Not for the first time, the contrast in character between Putin and Obama was illustrated in the latest diplomatic spat over alleged Russian hacking.

For one thing, Putin’s gracious magnanimity always in the face of American provocations shows the Russian leader to be a fine statesman and human being; whereas Obama looks like a pathetic, cheap nonentity.

President Putin made a surprise attack:

He said that his government would not take retaliatory measures. Indeed, he went further by offering seasonal goodwill greetings to President Obama, his family and the people of America, as well as repeating invitations to the children of accredited US diplomats in Russia to festivities being held at the Kremlin.

Jan 02 08:58

Russia Delays Retaliation – Trump: “Great Move” By “Very Smart” Putin – Special Report

The bad losers Democrats are STILL shell shocked about the fact that they lost and are throwing a temper tantrum, trying to cloud President-elect Trump’s incoming policies.

The Truth is that the US as a nation need to now move past the NeoCon era, the warmonger era...

Jan 01 11:08

What is Henry Kissinger Up To? — Paul Craig Roberts

Until Trump relegates 'the neocons' to the ideological backwaters, Russia and China had best hold on to their strategic alliance.

Kissinger, an old cold warrior, is working to use Trump’s commitment to better relations with Russia in order to separate Russia from its strategic alliance with China.

China’s military buildup is a response to US provocations against China and US claims to the South China Sea as an area of US national interests. China does not intend to attack the US and certainly not Russia.

Jan 01 10:51

Back to the Future: From the USSR to the Eurasian Century

Get ready, because the thick of the action starts now.

The 2008 casino capitalism-provoked financial crisis, plus the American “resolve” to remake the so-called Greater Middle East through wars of choice, regime change and covert ops miserably failed.

As we wait for the dawn of the Trump era – an almost intergalactic geopolitical question mark – what’s certain is that the War Party US deep state won’t admit defeat. And the key geopolitical riddle to be answered is how strident internal American tensions will deal with the hub of progressive Eurasia integration: Russia, China and Iran.

Dec 29 09:16

RUSSIAN ALLIES DISCUSS SPLITTING SYRIA INTO 3 DE-FACTO STATES TO END CIVIL WAR “

Russia, Turkey, and Iran are reportedly discussing splitting Syria into three autonomous sub-states in a final deal to end the ongoing Syrian civil war, Reuters reports.

The three sub-states would be regionally autonomous and nominally remain under the power of a federal administrative system. This federal system would retain Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in the beginning, before a less divisive figure took the helm. Assad’s religious sect, Shiite Alawites, would remain in charge of the federal system and have their own zone of influence under the terms of the deal.

The Syrian proposal hearkens back to Vice President Joe Biden’s 2006 proposal to split Iraq into three autonomous sub-states in lieu of pursuing the 2007 troop surge. Biden termed the proposal, “Unity through Autonomy.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The absolute, dysfunctional, and colossal "failure of imagination" the US government demonstrated, in their lust for regime change in Damascus, is scarily amazing, and shows, yet again, that those Americans in government are pathologically incapable of thinking any scenario through to its potential conclusions.

And the ultimate outcomes of this war against the Syrian government, could have played out many ways; there wasn't just one possibility of resolution here.

And yet, no one in DC saw, for one moment, that the potential for Russian and Iranian involvement would be game-changers which would not give them the outcome they desired.

Dec 26 12:28

The Good That Trump Could Do – Robert Parry

Trump Challenge

Can Trump withstand the barrage of slings and arrows if he rejects the neocons’ “regime change” ambitions?

Eight years ago, President Barack Obama had a similar opportunity but chose to accommodate the Establishment and empower the neocons and liberal hawks...

Dec 26 10:16

CIA has interfered with over 81 foreign elections in the past century

These acts, carried out in secret two-thirds of the time, include funding the election campaigns of specific parties, disseminating misinformation and propaganda...

The CIA has accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 presidential election (with absolutely zero evidence) by hacking into Democratic and Republican computer networks and selectively releasing emails.

But critics might point out the U.S. has done similar things.

Dec 26 09:26

Tehran gets cut-price Boeing deal

Iran says it's paying half the list price on its order of Boeing airliners. Earlier in the month the planemaker signed a contract to supply Iran with 80 planes worth $16.6 billion.

Dec 26 07:25

Obama Just Positioned Israel and Entire Middle East For a Horribly Bloody War (Video)

Since the day he first took office, Barack Obama has thumbed his nose at virtually every long standing U.S. tradition, upended decades worth of foreign policy decisions that were paid for with the lives of thousands of our nation’s finest as well as trillions of dollars in American taxpayers’ money (back when they all still had jobs), has divided this country in a way unlike anything I’ve seen during my 40 years on this planet, and he’s done all of it with the full support of a grossly corrupt and dishonest mainstream media that didn’t tell Americans the truth about virtually any of it.

Dec 25 22:59

Aleppo celebrates Christmas, shares stories of joy & loss

Syrians in the liberated city of Aleppo are celebrating Christmas…

‘We had 4 years of pain, of war & blood’

Christians in Syria have largely rallied behind the secular government, seeing it as their protector.

This year, many people in the liberated city of Aleppo are celebrating for the first time since the war began. RT’s Lizzie Phelan talked with residents of the war-ravaged city now recovering from its wounds.

Dec 25 12:09

Iran Offers Condolences to Russia over Deadly Plane Crash

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi expressed deep sympathy with the Russian government and nation, as well as the families of the victims.

The Russian Tu-154 plane with 92 people on board, including a famed army choir, crashed into the Black Sea shortly after taking off on Sunday morning. The military plane had departed from the southern Russian city of Adler and was heading toward Latakia in Syria.

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