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RUSSIA/UKRAINE

Aug 27 08:53

‘US pretends there are moderates in Syria, Russia understands they are all terrorists’

On Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry met in Geneva for a 12-hour marathon session to discuss their countries’ respective strategies in Syria. The diplomats claimed they had made progress during the talks, saying they had reduced areas of misunderstanding. No official breakthrough statement was made, however.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kerry: Russia must leave Syria!

Lavrov: But we were invited. You were not.

Kerry: You must stop bombing the terrorists.

Lavrov: Maybe you should stop paying them to be terrorists.

Kerry: You will surrender Syria to us!

Lavrov: But we're winning!

Kerry: Well, you are just being unreasonable here!

Aug 26 13:06

Walking Cranes: Rare Tornado Rips Through Russian City

Mobile phone footage filmed in the city of Syktyvkar shows the devastating aftermath of a tornado which rocked the city on Wednesday evening.

Aug 26 11:51

Can Russians save Tesla?

The Moscow-based company Cognitive Technologies is offering an intelligent system of autonomous driving that will be on the international market next year. The recent accident involving a Tesla driverless car offers a chance for Russian developers to muscle in on the market...

Aug 26 11:26

Russia Shows How It's Done: 6 Jihadis Killed, 3 Arrested in 2 Weeks in Moscow, St. Petersburg

North Caucasus muslim terrorists were arrested in St. Peterburg and 2 more shot dead by police in an ISIS inspired attack that occured near Moscow. The Russian FSB followed up last Sunday and arrested more Muslim terrorists in Moscow...

Aug 26 11:05

Contrast Between Russian and German Birthrate Policies Could Not Be Starker

A recent Mercator article grudgingly admitted that: "Despite a terrible recent economic performance, dedpite a fall in output, a slow and steady increase in unemployment, despite a rise in general economic stress, Russia's birth rate has not fallen and the death rate is sharply decreasing. As Adomanis notes, this is in sharp contrast with the USA where “it is widely acknowledged that the Great Recession caused siginifcant downward pressure on the birth rate”. Not just in the United States, but in other western nations as well..." This is also a growth in Russia's native population, not a growth in its Muslim population, as many critics like to point out... Put simple, the incentive programs put out by Putin to alleviate Russia's demographic crisis have started working, and the news seems to be positive. Russia still has a long way to go to get its birth/death rate in the green, but the leadership of the nation seems to take the problem very seriously.

Aug 26 10:56

Don't mess with Donbass: Massive Russian military drills send warning to Ukraine

The ongoing drill is the largest one that the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have held in a year and a half. Attention should be drawn to the fact that the center of military exercises has shifted to the South. In June-early July of this year, basic exercises were held in North-West Russia in response to NATO military activity in the Baltic countries. It’s difficult not to see a foreign policy motivation in the choice of these districts for a sudden armed forces check. The Southern and Western Military Districts of Russia border with Ukraine. Meanwhile, on the border with Russian Crimea, Ukrainian troops are in full combat readiness. What’s more, the intensity of UAF shellings of the republics of Donbass (including the use of volley fire systems) is growing. According to reports from the DPR’s military leadership, Ukraine has deployed 140 additional units of military vehicles to the contact line.

Aug 26 10:05

Russian Defense Ministry invites Japanese counterparts to join mission in Aleppo

Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov invited counterparts from the Japanese military authority to join the humanitarian mission in Syria's Aleppo, press service of the Russian ministry said on Friday. The press service said the deputy defense minister voiced the invitation during a meeting with Japan's Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador in Russia Toyhisa Kozuki on August 25. "The deputy head of the Russian Defense Ministry informed about the humanitarian mission in Aleppo, which was initiated by Russia, and invited the counterparts from the Japanese Ministry of Defense to join the mission," the press service said in a statement. The Russian deputy minister also informed the Japanese ambassador about the snap exercise of the Armed Forces, which began on Thursday at the order of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. "The deputy minister stressed specifically the exercise complies fully with all the international obligations Russia has," the press service said...

Aug 26 09:56

Russian pilots put out 17 wildfires endangering Portuga

Seventeen blazes, charring a total area of 2,000 hectares in Portugal, have been extinguished by the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s aircraft over the past two weeks, the ministry’s press service has informed TASS. "During this period, the Emergencies Ministry’s aircraft dropped over 1,000 tons of water making 89 discharges. They extinguished a total of 17 infernos with a total area of nearly 2,000 hectares and prevented the blaze from spreading to three national parks and eleven populated localities, home to more than 62,000 people," the ministry said. Two Russian Beriev Be-200 aircraft arrived in Portugal on August 13 and began operations the next day. The Beriev Be-200 multipurpose airplane, known as one of the world’s most effective aircraft for firefighting, has a capacity of 12 tons of water and is capable of suppressing large-scale wildfires by conducting multiple water drops on a fire site.

Aug 26 09:49

DPR militia report 3,000 cases of shelling over past week

"The Ukrainian Armed Forces have shelled populated localities in the DPR 3,004 times over the past week using weapons banned by the Minsk agreements in 2,518 attacks," the Donetsk news agency quoted Sinenkov as saying. Sinenkov added that intensive artillery attacks had damaged and destroyed 202 houses in the villages of Zaitsevo, Gorlovka, Yasinovataya, Dokuchayevsk and Kominternovo as well as the Kiyevskoye, Kirovskoye and Petrovskoye neighborhoods of Donetsk. "Between August 20 and August 26, 14 people were killed on the republic’s territory as a result of Ukraine’s aggression. Among them were 11 servicemen and three civilians," the press service said. One civilian has gone missing over the past week.
Russia airlifts 19 seriously ill kids from DPR to Moscow http://tass.com/society/896117

Aug 26 09:47

Russia files appeal with Swiss court on CAS ruling on Paralympians' ban

The Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) has submitted an appeal with the Swiss Federal Court against the ruling passed this week by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which upheld the suspension of all Russian Paralympians from the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, an RPC official told TASS on Friday. Mikhail Terentyev, a member of the RPC Athletes Council, said the appeal would be considered by the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland on Monday.
Some 15 Russian Paralympians to send personal requests to IPC for 2016 Rio http://tass.com/sport/896155

Aug 26 09:45

Moscow says US claims against Russia’s combat readiness checks groundless

The Russian Foreign Ministry has suggested that the United States should do away with its own arms control flaws, and not make a fuss over Russia's actions. The ministry has also stressed that US claims against Russia over the inspection of combat readiness of the Armed Forces are groundless and unsubstantiated. "We’ve given attention the statements by the Pentagon spokesperson Michelle Baldanza, which she made in connection with a snap inspection combat readiness of the Armed Forces," it said. "In line with a tradition Washington has formed, these claims contain many groundless and unsubstantiated proposals".

Aug 26 08:49

‘Cynical, Immoral, Inhumane’ – Putin On Russian Paralympic Ban

The ruling of the Court of Arbitration for Sport on the Russian Paralympic team ban is cynical and immoral, President Vladimir Putin has said, adding that Russia will not accept accusations of doping without proof.

Aug 26 08:42

Over Two Dozen Russian Black Sea, Caspian Ships Sail Out as Part of Snap Check

Over 15 combat ships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet and more than 10 vessels of the Caspian Flotilla have sailed out as part of ongoing snap combat readiness inspections, the Russian Defense Ministry’s mass communications department informs. "In the Black Sea Fleet, in order to carry out tasks of the snap inspection, as part of naval battle groups, anti-ship strike groups, mine-sweeping groups and detachments of amphibious ships, over 15 warships came out to sea," the department said in a Friday statement. The statement added that more than ten warships, boats and support vessels, as well as minesweepers from the Caspian Flotilla also sailed out as part of the combat readiness checks. The August 25-31 inspections are running across Russia's Southern, Western and Central military districts, as well as the Northern Fleet, Aerospace Forces and Airborne Troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Putin is telegraphing to the US and NATO is, don't mess with us; you will do so at your peril.

Aug 26 07:40

US president urges Kiev to tread in the path of a 'united Europe'

US President Barack Obama has released a statement to mark the 25th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union.

In the written statement released Wednesday, Obama touched upon the crisis that has gripped the Russian neighbor.

People in Ukraine’s Black Sea peninsula of Crimea voted in a referendum to join the Russian Federation in March 2014. The move angered the West and the Ukrainian government, which branded it as Moscow’s annexation of the territory.

Aug 26 07:32

AN ANALYSIS OF ANTHONY M. BARRETT’S PERSPECTIVE ON U.S.-RUSSIAN NUCLEAR WAR

If one is to take careful measure of Anthony M. Barrett’s perspective essay entitled “False Alarms, True Dangers? /Current and Future Risks of Inadvertent U.S.-Russian Nuclear War”, [ next article down] we might possibly assume that the analyst’s suggestion of an ‘inadvertent’ nuclear war is more of a false flag scenario than a veiled threat - a pre-emptive, nuclear strike by either of the two nation-states. In the beginning of his essay, Mr. Barrett gives the signal that he is truly concerned about “an inadvertent nuclear conflict between the United States and Russia—that is, a conflict that begins when one nation misinterprets an event (such as a training exercise, a weather phenomenon, or a malfunction) as an indicator of a nuclear attack or a provocation”.

Aug 26 07:32

False Alarms, True Dangers? Current and Future Risks of Inadvertent U.S.-Russian Nuclear War

How could miscalculations and misperceptions lead to the use of nuclear weapons in three scenarios: an early warning system's false alarm, an escalation of a conventional conflict in Russia's "near abroad," and a false indication of a nuclear attack by Russia's "Dead Hand" system?

Aug 26 07:31

Zakharchenko: UAF attack thwarted by weather conditions

Last night, sudden, unexpected rain disrupted the UAF’s planned offensive in the Spartak-Yasinovataya sector, DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko told journalists today.

According to him, reports on the UAF’s intention to penetrate the Spartak-Yasinovataya zone were received yesterday. But rain came and Ukrainian vehicles were unable to drive on the sodden ground.

Aug 26 07:09

Shamkhani: Iran open to more military cooperation with Russia

Iran's top security official said Russia's use of an Iranian airbase for refueling and rearming was a temporary agreement which the two countries may resume based on the situation in Syria.

Aug 25 14:00

Hit the ATM: The Ankara-Tehran-Moscow coalition

So Turkish President, a.k.a. Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan is about to make a high-profile visit to Tehran – the date has not yet been set - to essentially kick start the ATM (Ankara-Tehran-Moscow) coalition in Syria.

Anyone as much as hinting at such a massive geopolitical tectonic shift a few weeks ago would be branded a madman. So how did the impossible happen?

A major strategic game-changer – Russia using an airfield in Iran to send bombers against jihadis in Syria – had already taken place, with its aftermath spectacularly misreported by the usual, clueless US corporate media suspects.

Aug 25 09:24

Stoking Russia Panic For Partisan Gain Will Have A Long-Term Price For Peace

On Saturday’s episode of AM Joy with Joy Ann Reid, guest Malcolm Nance, a former Naval intelligence officer, summed up MSNBC’s Russia panic with this quote:

JOY ANN REID: BECAUSE FROM WHAT I’VE SEEN, THE ONLY PEOPLE NOT WITH HILLARY CLINTON AT THIS POINT…ARE PEOPLE IN THE JILL STEIN CAMP. JILL STEIN WAS SITTING AT PUTIN’S TABLE RIGHT WITH GENERAL FLYNN.

MALCOLM NANCE: JILL STEIN HAS A SHOW ON RUSSIA TODAY.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein doesn’t have a show at all, let alone on RT. She once attended a function hosted by RT, which, by our current standards of liberal discourse, makes her a Kremlin agent, but the fact that such a demonstrably false statement could be made on cable news to thousands of people without anyone bothering to correct it shows how easy Russia panic is to stoke.

Aug 25 08:16

Ukrainian army readies to seize Donbass city tonight

Russian Spring is publishing the following emergency statement by Deputy Commander of the Operational Command of the DPR Eduard Basurin.

The enemy has intensified its operations in the Avdeevka district.

According to obtained information, the UAF’s command is planning to capture Yasinovataya tonight and clear out our units.

This is confirmed by intelligence reports. At 20:00, several columns of personnel and armored vehicles moving in the direction of Avdeevka were recorded, and information has been received on the concentration of artillery units in the districts of Lastochkino, Verkhnetoretsk, Novobakhmutovka, Ocheretino, and Orlovka, in which, by a general count, there is no less than one howitzer division and two self-propelled howitzer batteries.

Aug 25 08:15

Syria 'No Fly Zone' Is Last-Ditch US Effort To Save Al-Qaeda

"... this de facto "no fly zone" ... may be a US last-ditch effort to prevent Syrian government forces, aided by Russia, from taking back Aleppo and thus breaking the back of the foreign-backed insurgency."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama doesn't want this generation's Vietnam as part of his legacy, no matter how much it costs other peoples' money and lives!

Aug 24 15:41

A Thousand Balls of Flame

“Russia is ready to respond to any provocation, but the last thing the Russians want is another war. And that, if you like good news, is the best news you are going to hear.”

Aug 24 15:35

The Sykes-Picot Agreement And Russia

For almost four centuries – from the beginning of the 16th century until the end of World War I – most Arab countries were represented by Vilayets (provinces) of the Ottoman Empire while the western part of the Arab East was by that time already under the rule of colonial powers, England and France. In 1916, London and Paris secretly agreed on a future division of the Asian part of the Ottoman state, which was suffering defeat in the war. Under these agreements, after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire, the Arab vilayets were to come under the mandate of these powers. Their representatives, Britain’s Sir Mark Sykes and Francois Georges-Picot of France went down in history as the authors of the first hastily put together version to colonially divide the Asian part of Ottoman Turkey...

Aug 24 15:21

Russia has no plans to use air bases in Yemen

Moscow will not risk the political and military consequences of deploying aircraft and troops in Yemen, despite media reports that ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh has invited Russia to use the country’s bases and ports...

Aug 24 15:15

Russia’s Armata gets new armor for urban warfare

Designers have created a new set of defensive plates that will protect tanks and wheeled combat vehicles against the most common types of weapons used in offensive attacks...

Aug 24 15:03

U.S. Defense Contractors Tell Investors Russian Threat Is Great for Business

The escalating anti - Russian rhetoric in the U.S. presidential campaign comes in the midst of a major push by military contractors to position Moscow as a potent enemy that must be countered with a drastic increase in military spending by NATO countries. Weapon makers have told investors that they are relying on tensions with Russia to fuel new business in the wake of Russian’s annexation of Crimea and modest increases in its military budget. In particular, the arms industry — both directly and through its arsenal of hired-gun, think-tank experts and lobbyists – is actively pressuring NATO member nations to hike defense spending in line with the NATO goal for member states to spend at least 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense. Retired Army Gen. Richard Cody, a vice president at L-3 Communications, the seventh largest U.S. defense contractor, explained to shareholders in December that the industry was faced with a historic opportunity.

Aug 24 14:57

Normandy 4 becomes 3: Poroshenko excluded from Donbass discussion

Earlier it was assumed that the Normandy Quartet would meet at the summit in China and, as usual, include the leaders of Russia, Germany, France, and Ukraine. However, following Ukrainian saboteurs foray across the Russian border into Crimea which killed two Russian soldiers, Vladimir Putin stated that he sees no sense in meeting in the Normandy Four format. As has been reported, the leaders discussed the prospects of continuing the Minsk process during today’s telephone conversation. “The importance of legislatively consolidating a special status for Donbass, constitutional reforms, amnesties, and the organization of local elections were stressed. All of these issues should have been agreed upon by the Contact Group [in Minsk] where Kiev has the opportunity to hold direct dialogue with Donetsk and Lugansk,” the official statement says.

Aug 24 14:53

Military expert: Terrorism is the US's weapon of choice against Eurasia

There will be no traditional war prepared by generals or a nuclear conflict. Instead, the West will attack Russia through terrorist groups from Ukraine and Central Asia. This was stated by Russian military commentator Alexander Zhilin live on Red Line TV channel. “If they are going to squeeze us, then by means of terror from Ukraine. We perfectly know that ISIS and other gangs were created by the Anglo-Saxon intelligence services in order to carry out effective military operations circumventing nuclear deterrence forces,” Zhilin said. In the expert’s opinion, this weapon is being used not only against Russia, but also European countries...

Aug 24 14:52

Is the US done with Poroshenko? War favors Clinton

Oleg Tsarev, pictured above opposite Poroshenko, has revealed the secrets behind some major Ukrainian political events, having given his insights as to who was behind the murder of Nemtsov and Sheremet, as well as the firing of Zurabov. "Poroshenko is now concentrated all power in his own hands and actually has placed himself in opposition to everyone. He removed Yatsenyuk, and also removed almost all of the American stooges. Really Poroshenko today only has the support of the head of the SBU, Basil Hrycak, and they have known each other for about 20 years and support each other." "About 100 thousand people have been killed during the conflict in Ukraine".
Fort Russ provides the following translation of News Front's exclusive interview with Tsarev...

Aug 24 14:46

No Proof, But ‘Russian Hackers’: CNN Blunders With Report On ‘Breach’ At NYT – Not Even Asking NYT

Another round of hysteria blaming shady Kremlin hackers has taken over western media after CNN reported that FBI is probing “cyber breaches” at The New York Times. The NYT then disputed the report, saying its Moscow bureau has been attacked but not hacked.

The story originated with CNN, which was quick to point to “hackers thought to be working for Russian intelligence” when reporting on what the NYT called a cyberattack. CNN even cited an unnamed source, stating that the FBI is already investigating the incident.

Aug 24 14:44

Washington takes every effort to make Russia attack Ukraine

The West remains silent about the recent attempt of the Kiev authorities to commit terrorist attacks in the Crimea, Russia. Ukraine pretends that nothing has happened. Yet, two Russian military men have lost their lives...
"The events that happened in the Crimea should be analyzed in the context of the hybrid warfare that is being waged against Russia. This war is approaching its "hot phase," when the relations between Russia and Ukraine aggravate sharply. The ideologists of this war need to instigate a conflict between our countries. Ukraine has already put its armed forces on alert - this is one of the symptoms. The Crimea was used as a trigger, because Western analysts assumed that it would push Putin towards making a tougher response than, for example, the attack on the Donbas..."

Aug 24 14:41

Russia tests stratospheric missile to destroy fleets

Russia completes the tests of stratospheric weapons for long-range bombers. The weapons are said to be capable of striking targets at a distance of 1,000 kilometers. The Russian long-range supersonic missile-bombers Tu-22M3 with the variable geometry of wings, (NATO reporting name Backfire) will be equipped with X-32 cruise missiles. The missiles will be nearly invulnerable to enemy's air defenses and interceptors. After launch, the X-32 will be able to gain altitude of up to 40 kilometers and reach the stratosphere before swooping down at a steep angle to strike the target. According to representatives of the Russian defense industry, the tests of the new missile are about to be finished. Employees of the Tactical Missiles Corporation, which is part of Rainbow Design Bureau, have confirmed the information, but withheld further comments. Reportedly, the X-32 cruise missile is designed to eliminate enemy ships and radar stations...

Aug 24 14:38

Yelena Isinbayeva, now IOC member, to take Olympics 2024 from USA. With most athletes absent, Russia comes 4th at Rio Games

Interestingly, the United States may lose the right to host the Olympics in 2024 because of the US-led anti-Russian campaign in sport, Reuters reported citing a senior source at the IOC. It goes about Los Angeles, a candidate city for the summer Olympics in 2024. LA struggles for the right to host the Olympic Games in 2024 with Paris, Rome and Budapest. "The bid from the USA may come across protests on the part of several IOC members, who remain angry about the important role that America has played in bringing doping charges against Russian athletes," the unnamed source said...
RIO - Russophobic Incomplete Olympics: Russia's heroic tally. They tried to humiliate Russia by imposing an unfair blanket ban including on clean athletes who have never taken performance enhancers in their lives. They did not succeed. Russia's medals tally was, in a word, phenomenal. - http://www.pravdareport.com/news/society/22-08-2016/135402-russia_hero...

Aug 24 14:33

USA and Ukraine to hold observation flight above Russia

On August 22-27, Ukraine and the USA will conduct an observation flight above the territory of the Russian Federation under the Open Skies Treaty. The flight will be carried out with the use of the US observation aircraft OC-135B, equipped with surveillance equipment and aerial cameras. The aircraft will take off from the airport of the city of Ulan-Ude. In turn, Russia expects to carry out observation flights on board the Tu-154M Lk-1 observation aircraft over the US and Canada. The flight over the United States will be conducted on August 22-27; the aircraft will take off from the Open Skies airport at Wright Patterson, Ohio. The maximum range of the flight will make up 4,900 kilometers. The observation flight over Canada will be carried out on August 29-September 3 (from the Open Skies airfield in Trenton). The maximum range will make up 5,400 kilometers. The aircraft used for overflight are equipped with optical systems, infrared sensors and radars.

Aug 24 14:31

Russia starts designing main superheavy rocket for lunar program

Experts of the state-run corporation Roscosmos started designing a new superheavy rocket on the basis of the "Energia-Buran" program. The new rocket is said to be built with the use of the existent RD-171 rocket engine. "We do not consider using hydrogen circuits on the first and second stages of this carrier. We intend to take the third stage from the currently-operating Angara rocket," a representative for the corporation told the Izvestia newspaper. According to General Director of Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, Vladimir Solntsev, the new rocket will be able to deliver about 80 tons of payload into low support orbit. Its further evolution on the basis of RD-171 engines implies the possibility of increasing the carrying capacity up to 120 tons and, if necessary, to 160 tons. It will be possible to increase the payload by changing the rocket structure and expanding the capacity of the engine.

Aug 24 14:26

Russian Foreign Ministry says US governs developments in Ukraine

"We know that Mr. Biden [US Vice-president Joe Biden] calls Ukraine over the phone like he calls home, several times a week, and gives instructions. And these are only the calls that are officially reported. I can say exactly that a large number of calls are not disclosed at all from the viewpoint of Ukraine’s official contacts," the spokeswoman said. "The situation is being governed in a manual mode," she added...

Aug 24 14:24

US Vice President Biden says asked Ukrainian leader to sack prosecutor general

US Vice President Joe Biden asked Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko to dismiss the country’s former prosecutor general earlier in the year otherwise the American government would not provide Ukraine with promised $1 billion loan, US magazine Atlantic reported. The American magazine quoted Biden as saying about his conversation with the Ukrainian president, to whom he refers to as Petro: "Petro, you’re not getting your billion dollars." "It’s OK, you can keep the [prosecutor] general," Biden said. "Just understand - we’re not paying if you do." Earlier in the year Poroshenko submitted a request for the dismissal of Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin with the Ukrainian Parliament, the Supreme Rada, and on March 29 the members of the parliament voted in favor of sacking the official at the issue.

Aug 24 14:22

Russia presses charges against Ukraine’s defense minister, top brass for Donbass attacks

Russia’s Investigative Committee (IC) said on Wednesday it has launched a criminal case against Ukraine’s defense minister and its chief of general staff over the artillery shelling of civilians in Donbass. “The investigators have received sufficient data that illegal actions against civilians were carried out on orders of Ukraine’s top military leadership,” the investigative committee said. A criminal case has been opened into the use of prohibited means of warfare. Criminal charges have been filed against Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, Chief of General Staff Viktor Muzhenko, Ukrainian Ground Forces Commander Sergey Popko, former Ukrainian Ground Forces Commander Anatoly Pushnyakov and the Commander of Ukraine’s National Guard Yuri Allerov. Russia’s Investigative Committee is currently conducting an investigation into the illegal use of prohibited means of warfare by Ukraine’s armed forces in the country’s southeast.

Aug 24 14:15

Militia command reports shelling of JCCC observation post by Kiev forces

"At 13.35 the Ukrainian side opened mortar fire on the Russian JCCC observation post near Yasinovataya. One of the fragments hit a building. The watch-dog group had to be evacuated urgently for security reasons," Donetsk News Agency quotes the command’s representative as saying. The Ukrainian military fired at least five 120mm mortar shells at the area, the DPR command said, adding that no one was injuried. The JCCC observation posts have been shelled from Ukrainian army positions three times over the past week and a half. The Ukrainian military used 122mm artillery guns, mortars and small arms. These are the first such incidents during the conflict.

Aug 24 11:40

The Dangerous Temper Tantrums of US War Hawks. Make Russia and Iran “Pay a Price” for Fighting Terrorism in Syria

Similar to petulant children who do not get their own way, there is an increasingly choir of war hawks in the US who are pushing for a major escalation in the Syrian war. In response to the fading power of Washington in the world, and the success of the Syrian Army, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah, in fighting terrorism in Syria, the war hawks in Washington are calling for blood.

The fact that the government of Bashar al-Assad is still standing after the West has spent the last five years trying to overthrow it is too much for many in the US to accept. Furthermore, with a growing number of major powers forming strategic relationships outside of Washington’s control, US imperialists are increasingly terrified of how the geopolitical landscape is shaping up.

Making Russia and Iran “Pay a Price” for Fighting Terrorists in Syria

Webmaster's Commentary: 

An escalation of the war on Syria, coupled with attacks against Russia, and Iran, are sheer madness.

Unfortunately, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do is no guarantee that they won't do it.

And of course, if it turns out that internal DNC and White House polls on the upcoming election indicate that Trump is going to win in a landslide, the DNC will be most delighted to "gift" him with a war before he has even taken the Oath of Office in January.

Aug 24 11:31

The Strategies of Global Warfare: War with China and Russia? Washington’s Military Design in the Asia-Pacific

It is important to focus on Southeast Asia and East Asia in a broader geopolitical context. China, North Korea as well as Russia are potential targets under Obama’s “Pivot to Asia”, involving the combined threat of missile deployments, naval power and pre-emptive nuclear war.

We are not dealing with piecemeal military endeavors. The regional Asia-Pacific military agenda under the auspices of US Pacific Command (USPACOM) is part of a global process of US-NATO military planning.

US military actions are carefully coordinated. Major military and covert intelligence operations are being undertaken simultaneously in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia and the Asia Pacific region. In turn, the planning of military operations is coordinated with non-conventional forms of warfare including regime change, financial warfare and economic sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why are peace and prosperity never the options here, only more wars and more destruction?!?

That is a question I want answered by our politicians.

I have a tremendous respect for Professor Chossudovsky; he does have a real gift for calling geopolitical issues like he sees them.

I cannot tell you when a major, dramatic moment of conflict is going to take place; but I can tell you, with a reasonable degree of certainty, that it is coming.

Watching what is going on around the world, courtesy of the US government, is kind of like watching that archetypal dream, where you see the coming of a slow-motion train wreck, and it is impossible to stop. And Mike and I have seen this coming for quite some time.

Here are some links about intelligent prepping, which I hope you will find useful; because at this moment, the most powerful, life-affirming thing we can do is take care of ourselves, and the people we care about.


How to be an intelligent prepper without breaking the bank

Why This NYC Firefighter Is Prepping For The End Of Civilization

Back to Basics: How to Start Prepping Before the SHTF

Prepping 101 – A Step By Step Plan for How to Get Started Prepping – pt.2

Prepping: 10 simple ideas on how to start

Aug 24 11:18

FLASHBACK - BBC Caught Red Handed Hoaxing Russian T-72?s Invading! They Were Junk Tanks Bought By Ukraine for Propaganda!

A couple of weeks ago, Ukraine bought some old T-72?s from Hungary at the scrap price of about $8,500 dollars each which is their value as scrap metal. Ukraine does not use the T-72, it uses the later t-80 and t-84. But Russia still uses the T-72. It seems that the only purpose that Ukraine bought these junk tanks for is to create a false flag or for more lies from the fake news that Russia is invading! The BBC ran with the hoax story of the T-72 Russian tanks crossing the border invading as did many other mainstream fake news outlets! This is all just more lies from the Ukrainian puppet government that was put into power for $5 Billion. Soros actually bragged about it! It makes me sick that you get more truth from Iranian news that US or British news. What a fraud!

Aug 24 10:14

Can Russia Survive American Aggression?

News services abroad ask me if President Erdogan of Turkey will, as a result of the coup attempt, realign Turkey with Russia. At this time, there is not enough information for me to answer. Speculation in advance of information is not my forte.

Aug 24 10:13

Poroshenko transfers 141 pieces of combat hardware to army to beef up grouping in Donbass

Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has transferred 141 pieces of domestically-produced combat hardware to the country’s armed forces to strengthen their grouping in the area of Kiev’s military operation in Donbass.

"Today we’re transferring 141 pieces of military hardware produced and modernized at Ukrainian defense enterprises," Poroshenko said at the handover ceremony in the town of Chuguyev in the north-eastern Kharkov region.
As Poroshenko said, this combat hardware will help the Ukrainian army to defend the country more effectively and finally achieve peace in the Donbass region.

In 2016 alone, the Ukrainian armed forces have received over a thousand units of combat hardware, Poroshenko said. The Ukrainian leader also said that deliveries from foreign partners had been organized as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These tanks and combat hardware are not elements for peace; they are elements with which to start a war against rebel Eastern republics.

As reported yesterday at Mac Salvo's site, www.shtplan.com:

The situation of the rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia is being paralleled by the war of words between the countries’ two leaders. As mentioned in a previous article, Vladimir Putin is still not satisfied with the alleged actions by Ukrainian commandos that killed one FSB officer and one enlisted man on two separate incidents. Putin went on to say that any meetings between Poroshenko and himself in the upcoming G-20 summit would be “pointless,” and accused Ukraine of conducting terror attacks. To further complicate the issue, the attacks were labeled as “border incursions,” as they occurred in Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014. In addition to this, the 24th of August is rapidly approaching, and this is the date that Ukrainians celebrate their Independence Day…from the Soviet Union. This bears special noteworthiness, as it would be a prime moment to conduct an incursion due to the historical significance of the date. Vladimir Putin visited Crimea on August 19th and said the following to the Security Council of Sevastopol: “I think it’s obvious that Kiev’s current authorities are not seeking ways to solve problems through negotiations, but have turned to terrorism. We’re not going to cut our relations, despite the reluctance of the current authorities in Kiev to have full diplomatic ties at ambassador level.” None of this is sitting well with Poroshenko, and the process for drafting as many as 100,000 men was initiated by him with a letter last week.

These are not the moves of a country's leader who is looking for a peaceful resolution to a geopolitical conflict.

And the US-government-enabled Poroshenko may well believe that if they start a war, to reclaim their breakaway Eastern republics, (and Crimea) that the US will support them militarily, so he just may start a military offensive unilaterally, expecting that the US and NATO will support him.

That he doesn't understand that he is playing with fire, if he does pull a unilateral attack against the Eastern republics, is very, very troubling indeed.

Aug 24 08:32

Putin the peace broker? Russian president pushing for talks between Palestine and Israel

The Kremlin is said to be on a mission to bring Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Israel's prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu together for a fresh round of talks aimed at ending violence that has ravaged the region.

Mr Putin's new diplomacy is likely to be interpreted in the West as an attempt to dislodge America as the Middle East's chief peace negotiator.

Aug 24 07:29

Normandy 4 becomes 3: Poroshenko excluded from Donbass discussion

Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Francois Hollande will meet in September in China within the framework of the G20 summit to discuss Ukraine.

This agreement was reached today during a telephone conversation, the official site of the Kremlin reports.

Aug 24 07:29

Kiev city councilman regrets Maidan

The Ukrainian journalist, TV presenter, head editor of the Gordon Boulevard newspaper, GORDON project manager, and since 2014 deputy of the Kiev City Council, Dmitry Gordon, uttered words live on Ukrainian TV that are unthinkable for any Ukrainian patriot: “It would have been better if Yanukvoich stayed in power.”

Aug 24 06:56

Putin to visit Turkey

Russian President Vladimir Putin will arrive in Turkey to watch a football match between Russian and Turkish teams on Aug. 31 in southern Turkish city of Antalya, Dogan news Agency reported on Tuesday.

Turkish President Erdogan will also attend the friendship match, Dogan added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll bet more is happening than just watching a game!

Aug 23 22:55

Speaker: Russia Continues Anti-Terrorism Flights from Iran's Western Airbase

Putin fakes left,then he fakes right to Iran and tucks it in and goes up the middle. They are playing mind games with some razzle dazzle.
Make war by Deception.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani announced that the country's airbase in Hamadan is still being used by the Russian fighter jets to conduct anti-terrorism flights in Syria.

Aug 23 15:25

Video: ‘Somebody Just Decided To Ban Us’ – Russian Paralympian To IPC Chief

As the Court of Arbitration for Sport is set to hear Russia’s appeal to the ban imposed on its entire Paralympics team, athletes speak out on how sports have changed their lives, and what life would become if they are banned from competing.

Aug 23 14:49

No wonder Sweden is afraid of Russia!

A Swede explains why the increasingly dysfunctional state and self-appointed "World's Humanitarian Superpower" is so terrified of a Russian invasion.

Aug 23 14:09

US Not Sure Whether Russia ‘Stopped’ Using Iran Airbase

The United States has reacted to Russia’s announcement that its fighter jets stopped using an airbase in western Iran to target terrorists in Syria.

The US State Department on Monday said that it was unclear if Moscow’s use of the airbase had “definitively stopped.”

Aug 23 13:26

U.S. Invades Syria, And Warns Russia

On Monday, August 22nd, the United States government — which demands the overthrow of the internationally-recognized-as-legal government of Syria — officially announced that America’s military forces in Syria will continue to occupy Syrian land, no matter what the Syrian government says, and will shoot down any Syrian planes that fly over U.S. forces there and attack them.

Aug 23 12:31

The Situation In Ukraine Is Serious: “We Don’t Rule Out A Full-Scale Russian Invasion”

None of this is sitting well with Poroshenko, and the process for drafting as many as 100,000 men was initiated by him with a letter last week. In support of such actions, Poroshenko also said this while visiting in the area of the Donbass and Eastern Ukraine:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All Poroshenko needs now is a false flag, like repainting those junk Russian tanks he bought from Hungary and faking an invasion!

Aug 23 12:03

Brewing Collapse of the Western Monetary System? German Government Warns of an Upcoming Catastrophe, Tags Russia as an “Enemy Nation”

On a related note, against many Members of Parliament and several ministers, the German Bundeswehr (army) has declared Russia as an enemy nation. This is akin to a declaration of war. The head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian State Duma, Alexei Puschkow, has posted the Twitter message:

‘The decision of the German government declaring Russia to be an enemy shows Merkel’s subservience to the Obama administration.’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to say that things are looking up, geopolitically, and that peace may break out; unfortunately, I cannot say that with a straight face right now.

The best you can do is not panic, but prepare, as we have stated all along.

Make sure that you have storable food; potable water; and any medications which you (or your pets) may take safely stored as well.

Make sure your bug-out kit is up to date, and please do know your kids' school's policy for releasing them before the end of their school day, and under what circumstances they can go back to their parents before then.

Have a pre-approved gathering place, if people are separated, to regroup.

The more you take care of this now, the easier it will be to withstand a real crisis if the excrement does hit the ventilation shaft soon.

I am no Nostradamus; but looking at the gathering collection of tensions, geopolitically, I cannot bet against a major military confrontation, involving US troops, possibly well before the end of the year.

I hope to heck I am wrong, but that's what it feels like to me.

Aug 23 11:30

China, Russia to hold South China Sea ‘drills’ next month

Amid rising tensions with the Obama administration and its neighbors across East Asia, China will hold a week of naval drills with Russia in the South China Sea next month, the two countries said Monday.

Vladimir Matveyev, spokesman for the Russian navy’s Pacific fleet, said the previously announced joint drills will be held over eight days starting Sept. 12 and will focus on protecting merchant ships in the heavily-trafficked waterway. The two navies will also engage in mock island landings, according to a report Monday in the TASS news agency.

The exercises come as Beijing had become increasingly assertive in its broad claims to sovereignty to the waters off its coastline, parts of which are also claimed by Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia and other countries in the region.

Chinese state media reacted angrily last month when an international arbitration board in The Hague sided with Manila in a bilateral dispute over key strategic island outposts in the sea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, we are looking at a ratcheting up of tensions with these "drills"

Aug 23 11:25

Tensions mount between Russia and Ukraine ahead of military drills

By any standard, the drumbeat of growing tensions between Russia and Ukraine this month has been especially ominous.

It began as Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Kiev of embracing the “tactics of terror,” after Russia claimed to have caught Ukrainian saboteurs in Crimea. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko put troops on alert and warned that the country might have to move toward martial law and mobilization if the conflict in the east or Crimea escalated.

Russia is set to hold large military drills on the peninsula next month. And in eastern Ukraine, the use of heavy weapons between Russian-backed separatists and the army has increased as opposing trenches have crept so close that opposing fighters can shout across the breach.

Analysts say tensions are at their highest since the signing of what are known as the Minsk agreements in February 2015.

And in Kiev, it is not unusual to hear again that Russia is preparing to invade Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My best bet, right now, is that Russia will not invade Ukraine: it is simply being very strongly intense with these exercises to telegraph to Ukraine not to mess with either Crimea or any other part of Russia.

Should Russia retaliate against the attempted Ukrainian sabotage in Crimea, that retaliation will most likely be asymmetric, and economic.

Aug 23 10:46

US Ready To Target Russian, Syrian Jets In Syria: Pentagon

The Pentagon has warned Syria and Russia that the US is ready to shoot down their planes, which Washington claims threaten American advisers in northern Syria.

The warning came after US fighter jets had tried to engage Syrian Arab Air Force aircraft in Syria last week, but the showdown was avoided as government planes left before the Americans arrived.

Aug 23 09:44

Russia Underlines Continued Combat Missions from Hamadan Air Base if Necessary

The Russian defense ministry announced on Monday that it has called back its air fleet from Western Iran after accomplishing all planned anti-terrorism missions in Syria, but meantime underlined that similar missions will be conducted from the Hamadan air base in future based on mutual agreement with Tehran.

Aug 23 09:37

DID THE US JUST DECLARE A NO FLY ZONE IN SYRIA?

Over the course of the 5 year-long civil war in Syria, the US has slowly escalated its military involvement. However one significant move which they have so far failed to implement is a No Fly Zone (NFZ) enforced by their aircraft over all (or just part) of Syria.

Despite this, today the US may have tacitly announced just such a NFZ. In a press conference this evening, the Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook, made a number of statements regarding US forces in Syria. These statements came following reports that the US backed SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) had been bombed by Assad Regime aircraft in the city of Hasakah in northern Syria. Such airstrikes were also dangerously close to US Special Forces who were assisting the SDF in their fight against ISIS.

Specifically Peter Cook said that the US would use its airpower “as needed” to protect US personnel and partner operations. The aim of this was reportedly to send a message to other parties to “stay away from our forces”.

Aug 23 09:27

PROPAGANDA FOR SYRIAN ‘REGIME CHANGE'

Neocons and Clintonites have launched a major campaign with the goal of direct U.S. military intervention and aggression against Syria, potentially leading to war with Iran and Russia.

An early indication emerged as soon as it was clear the Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic Party nominee. Following the California primary, The New York Times reported on State Department diplomats issuing an internal memo “urging the United States to carry out military strikes against the government of President Bashar al Assad.”

.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks at a United Nations Security Council Session on the situation in Syria at the United Nations in New York on Jan. 31, 2012. [State Department Photo]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My dear Neocons/Clintonites; forgive me for my perplexity here.

The Russian military has been invited by the Syrian government to get rid of all the jihadists, attacking the country of Syria.

To the best of my knowledge and belief, as of today, the US military has NOT been invited to do the same, yet the US military is attempting, directly and indirectly, to bomb the crud out of Syria in order to affect regime change in Damascus.

And yesterday, the following statement was made by a very high ranking military official, to the effect that the US is ready to bomb Russian troops, defending the Syrian government;

Pentagon Says US Ready To Target Russian & Syrian Planes In Syria

Forgive me, but have you all gone collectively barking mad, just to please your Israeli/AIPAC enablers?!?

Israel wants regime change in Damascus in order to ultimately destroy Iran.

The US military, at this point in its existence, does not have the weaponry, the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

Our weapons procurement system is incestuous in the extreme, because those same Congressional Representatives who award weapons contracts are those same Representatives getting large contributions from our major arms manufacturers.

And how does this translate?!? By the time weapons are delivered to those military personnel who are supposed to use them, they many times are obsolete, in terms of other countries' weapons development, dysfunctional, and way over budget.

And one of the things which strikes me here is...the timing of this pressure on Obama to escalate this war.

The November election looms large, and I am willing to bet that both the DNC's and White House's internal polling show Trump winning that election in a landslide.

And what could be the nastiest thing the Democrats could possibly conjure, even before Trump takes the Oath of Office?!?

War with Russia over Syria must certainly sound like a delicious option to them.

After all, it is generally never their kids who get who get killed, or maimed for life, in such wars; it's other people's kids.

Aug 23 07:21

Syrian boy’s image shamelessly exploited for West’s war agenda

How many times have we seen this before? Western media selectively focusing on, or distorting, human suffering in order to fulfill a base political agenda – war – for powerful interests.
It is no coincidence Western media fevered with images of a five-year-old boy, pulled from rubble in Aleppo after an alleged air strike by Syrian government or Russian forces – and the very next day US warplanes were scrambled over northern Syria reportedly to ward off Syrian Su-24 fighter bombers.

American political analyst Randy Martin at crookedbough.com told this author: “This is a prelude to an all-out war in Syria – one that would inevitably bring American and Russian forces into direct confrontation.”

Aug 23 07:15

Kaspersky launches its own OS on Russian routers

Kaspersky Labs has finished building its eponymously-named operating system after four years of quiet development.

Little information about the OS has made it onto the English-speaking side of the internet. Kaspersky Labs Russia told Vulture South to wait a few weeks for the English press release for information.

What we do know is that in 2012 ebullient Kaspersky Lab chief executive officer Eugene Kaspersky described the OS as a ground-up build to help protect industrial control systems.

Aug 23 07:06

U.S. Invades Syria, And Warns Russia

On Monday, August 22nd, the United States government — which demands the overthrow of the internationally-recognized-as-legal government of Syria — officially announced that America’s military forces in Syria will continue to occupy Syrian land, no matter what the Syrian government says, and will shoot down any Syrian planes that fly over U.S. forces there and attack them.

Aug 23 06:53

Ukraine charges 18 Russian officials, including defense minister, for 'grave crimes'

Ukrainian prosecutors have filed criminal charges against nearly two dozen top Russian government officials, alleging "grave" offenses committed against the nation's national security and citizens' well-being.

Aug 22 16:43

U.S. Renews Calls For Attack On Syria Air Force, U.K. Calls For Safe Zones, Military Action

By Brandon Turbeville

As tension between the West and Russia over the Syrian crisis heats up yet again, a combination effort on the part of elements within the United States and the UK are pushing for direct military confrontation with the Syrian military as well as the Russians. Indeed, after a period of time suggesting a major improvement on the ground, it appears that there is now the possibility of renewed vigor on the part of the imperialist Western powers in their goal to destroy Syria, even at the cost of igniting World War 3...

Aug 22 11:40

UK Military Not Ready For War With Russia, China: Admiral

The UK military is not adequately equipped to deal with the growing threat of a world war, a top British military commander has warned, renewing calls for more funding.

Admiral Alan William John West, who once led Britain’s Royal Navy, told the Daily Star on Sunday that the world “is more dangerous and chaotic” than at any time and major international conflicts are looming.

Aug 22 11:02

China Joins Russia in Syria War? “Enhanced Military Aid” against US Sponsored Terrorists?

If Syria goes, Iran is next, a war if initiated by Washington far more potentially consequential and devastating.

Iran’s population alone makes it an important regional country – four times the size of Syria at around 80 million. Imagine the possible war-related death, injury and displacement toll.

Transforming the Islamic Republic into a US vassal state would give America and Israel unchallenged Middle East dominance.

Russian and Chinese regional influence would wane or be eliminated. The loss of Syrian and Iranian sovereignty would greatly aid the scourge of US imperialism worldwide – Moscow and Beijing the key independent powers standing in the way of its global dominance.

Aug 22 09:16

SHIFTING ALLIANCES: TURKEY, RUSSIA AND THE KURDS

It is an irrefutable fact that the United States sponsors the militants, but only for a limited period of time in order to achieve certain policy objectives. For instance: the United States nurtured the Afghan jihadists during the Cold War against the erstwhile Soviet Union from 1979 to 1988, but after the signing of Geneva Accords and the consequent withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan, the United States withdrew its support to the Afghan jihadists.

Aug 22 09:03

Russia finishes 4th in Olympics medal table despite track & field ban

With its track and field athletes banned from the 2016 Olympic Games, Russia could be excused for not looking back at Rio with any great fondness. However, the event still provided some memorable moments for the sporting powerhouse.

With 19 gold, 18 silver and 19 bronze medals, Russia finished fourth in the standings, behind the US, Great Britain and China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Their athletes are gorgeous!

Aug 22 08:48

Yemen Offers Russia Use Of Its Airports And Ports In "Fight Against Terrorism"

While Obama was golfing in the midst of another Louisiana natural disaster, and is set to end his vacation so he can do what is truly important, support Hillary Clinton in the presidential race, Putin has been busy making new friends: first he did the seemingly impossible, having rekindled relations with Turkey to the point where Ankara itself is warning it may quit NATO to seek "military cooperation" with Russia, followed quickly by strengthening relations with Iran so that Moscow can now use an Iranian airbase to strike ISIS, much to the angry dismay of the US and the United Nations, the latest stunning pivot toward Russia comes from yet another civil war-torn nation, Yemen, whose former president, Abdullah Saleh, said its newly-formed governing council could work with Russia to "fight terrorism" by allowing Moscow use of the war-torn country's military bases.

Aug 22 08:25

Rand Corp advising US to start War with China sooner rather than later

A new study by the RAND Corporation titled “War with China: Thinking Through the Unthinkable” is just the latest think tank paper devoted to assessing a US war against China. The study, commissioned by the US Army, provides further evidence that a war with China is being planned and prepared in the upper echelons of the American military-intelligence apparatus.

That the paper emerges from the RAND Corporation has a particular and sinister significance. Throughout the Cold War, RAND was the premier think tank for “thinking the unthinkable”—a phrase made notorious by RAND’s chief strategist in the 1950s, Herman Kahn. Kahn devoted his macabre book On Thermonuclear War to elaborating a strategy for a “winnable” nuclear war against the Soviet Union.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle...

Aug 22 08:21

Egyptian president: Putin willing to host Netanyahu and Abbas

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin informed him that he is ready to host direct talks between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Speaking in an interview with Egyptian journalists and quoted by Yedioth Ahronoth, the Egyptian president said Israeli convictions of peace are strengthening.

Sisi also invited everybody to take part in moving the peace process forward which, he said, was the key to stability in the region.

Aug 22 08:20

BREAKING: US Occupation of Syria now official

Over the last 24 hours, the United States has made clear its status as a hostile occupational force in Syria. Yesterday, the US issued a communique to the legitimate Syrian government and the Russian anti-terrorist coalition assisting the Syrians. The United States has indicated that it has carved out a swath of Syria with boots on the ground fulfilling the roles of active duty personnel, such as special ops forces, advisors, trainers, mechanics, and supporting units. The US has declared a no fly zone and threatened to target and shoot down Syrian and Russian planes within Syrian airspace [over the Kurdish autonomous region - ed].

Aug 22 07:53

Ukraine Was Right! Why Russia Is The Biggest "Threat" In The World!

Is Russia really the greatest threat to the world? The answer lies somewhere between how you define a threat and what you’re actually afraid of. At that starting point what the western world screams is scaring them isn’t a Russian bogeyman or specter of Russian world domination. It’s entirely different. It’s very weird. Ukraine was right. Russia in this context is the biggest threat to Ukraine and possibly the world.

To make the point many of the citations used in this article will come from Ukrainian nationalist scholarship. There was a brief golden age in Ukrainian nationalist scholarship when the academics actually tried to make sense of things going on in the world. They tried to stay with the facts. After a short time, the 15-year run-up to Euro-Maidan happened. They learned to lie, and afterward to spout off like they were put on what really powerful narcotics to try to romanticize and justify the atrocities committed in Donbass.

Aug 22 07:50

What Should We Do About Crimea?

Though the US media pins the blame exclusively on Russia for these tensions, in reality there is plenty of blame to go around. We do know that the US government has been involved with "regime change" in Ukraine repeatedly since the break up of the Soviet Union. The US was deeply involved with the "Orange Revolution" that overthrew elected president Viktor Yanukovych in 2005. And we know that the US government was heavily involved in another coup that overthrew the same elected Yanukovych again in 2014.

How do we know that the US was behind the 2014 coup? For one, we have the intercepted telephone call between US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt. In the recording, the two US officials are plotting to remove the elected government and discussing which US puppet they will put in place.

Aug 22 07:44

Palestine Expects Russian Prime Minister’s Visit on November 11

Palestinian Ambassador to Russia said that Dmitry Medvedev is expected to pay an official visit to Palestine on November 11 to discuss bilateral cooperation and regional issues with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and other senior officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel and the US have given the Palestinians every reason to pivot to Russia!

Aug 22 07:35

Follow the money trail for source of 'Russian threat' paranoia

Ask yourself who benefits financially from all this scaremongering and then you’ll understand it.

This week, The Intercept revealed how US defense contractors have been telling investors that the so-called ’Russian threat’ was good for business.

Retired Army general Richard Cody, vice-President of the US’s seventh largest defense contractor, L-3 communications, bemoaned the fact that "when the old Cold War ended’ defense budgets went south". Now though a ’resurgent Russia’ meant an "uptick was coming".

There was a similarly upbeat message from Stuart Bradie, chief executive of CBR, who talked of the "opportunities" the current situation presents.

The case for higher defense spending to counter the ‘Russian threat’ has been made by a series of think-tanks. And guess what? The most hawkish of these lobbyists - sorry, ‘think tanks’ - receive sizable funding from US defense contractors!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The fact that a lot of people will get killed in these "sales support" wars is just the cost of doing business.

Here is the problem. Our economy cannot support any additional military spending. This new cold war followed by massive defense contracts could collapse the US economy completely. Russia isn't the existential threat, the military-industrial complex is!


Aug 22 07:25

‘Obama has been too Soft on Putin,’ Said Soros as he Called the Shots on Ukraine

A leaked document, from the massive 2,500 file dump by DC Leaks of George Soros’ most sensitive Open Society Foundations communications, show the inordinate amount of power and authority the Hungarian billionaire wielded over Ukraine in the immediate aftermath of the Maidan government overthrow.

Soros, along with key executives from the Open Society Foundations, held extensive meetings with nearly every actor involved in the Maidan coup including Ukraine’s Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Justice, Health and Education as well as US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt and the regional director of USAID. However, the documents do exclude one key official, Victoria Nuland, who was allegedly involved in steering the opposition to the Yanukovych government.

Aug 22 06:38

Is Russia Getting Sucked Into A Multi Arab War?

We will activate all previous Yemen-USSR treaties, so Russia can use our military bases, airports & ports to fight terrorism." - Saleh

Aug 21 10:43

Russia could use Incirlik airbase ‘if necessary’ – Turkish PM

Ankara wouldn’t mind it if Russia used the Incirlik airbase for its anti-terror missions against Islamic State terrorists in Syria, Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim hinted on Saturday, but acknowledged that no such requests have been made.

Aug 21 10:28

FIRST THE DNC, THEN DARTH SOROS, NOW IT’S THE ...

A Russian hack of Darth Soros makes eminent sense, and even more sense, than on the DNC. Soros' role, especially since his emails were released, in the Ukrainian mess, is well-known, as is Russia's outlawing of NGO groups (such as Soros'). From the Russian point of view, such groups are nothing but gangs, racketeering operations, and front groups for "revolutionary" activities enjoying the protection of western law, governments, and powerful patronage. In this context, a Russian hack of the NSA to send messages also makes sense.

Aug 21 10:27

HACKS, SNOWDEN, DARTH SOROS, AND RUSSIA

Well, in the past week, so many people sent articles concerning the recent hacks of the Democratic National Committee, and the various "groups" and activities sponsored by Darth Soros, that the above "Dot-connecting" doesnt' appear to be so speculative any longer:

Aug 21 09:49

Former Soviet Leader Gorbachev Has A Message The World Needs To Hear

“I told the Americans: you are trying to impose your democracy on the people of different countries, spreading it around like coffee in bags, but we must give the people a chance to make their own choice...”

Webmaster addition: I think we need to fix the problems with our democracy before we have the arrogance to suggest it as a model for the rest of the world!

Aug 21 09:27

More About A U.S.-And-Allied Hoax Against Assad

On August 18th, the terrific “Moon of Alabama” blogger posted his brilliant exposé of an operation that the U.S. and its allies support and are lobbying to win the Nobel Peace Prize, but that’s really just a group of people who help Syria’s anti-Assad jihadists by medicating their injured jihadists, and by carrying off and disposing of the jihadists’ victims’ corpses. The headline is “The ‘Wounded Boy In Orange Seat’ — Another Staged ‘White Helmets’ Stunt”. This story concerns staged (faked) photos by that Western-funded-and-backed jihadist organization — photos which have prominently been spread in Western ‘news’ media (and here’s an example of that Western propaganda on August 20th, from NPR’s sanctimonious sucker Scott Simon, quoting the New York Times’s sanctimonious sucker Nick Kristof, both of them suckers of their own government’s hoax, and passing it on to their fools who trust their deceived and propagandistic ‘reporting’).

Aug 21 09:18

'You Have Enough Weapons': German Media Slams Kiev Ambassador's Request for Arms

Speaking to the German radio station Deutschlandfunk (DLF) on Friday, Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk urged Berlin to provide Ukraine with lethal weaponry. In response, his interviewer suggested that if there's one thing Ukraine doesn't need, it's more weapons.

"If there is something Ukraine has an abundance of, it is armaments," the journalist wrote. Accordingly, she added, Berlin should refuse to deliver such weapons, not only in the interest of preserving the fragile peace in the east of the country, but "because Kiev's desire for them is simply incomprehensible."

Aug 21 09:17

If Kiev Invokes Martial Law, It Won't Be Because of Any 'Russian Threat'

Commenting on the president's remarks, Ukrainian journalist Dmitri Galkin told the independent Russian online newspaper Svobodnaya Pressa that factually, they have nothing to do with any so-called 'Russian threat'.

"The Ukrainian government fears a surge in protest activity in the fall," the analyst noted. "For a long time, the growth of social protest was constrained by fears within Ukrainian society associated with a Russian invasion. Now, this fear has gradually begun to subside, and with it the country's social problems have once again come to the foreground among the public."

"Therefore," Galkin noted, "the authorities would like Ukrainians to believe in the real possibility of a military confrontation with Russia. This is the only way for the president to strengthen his position."

Aug 21 09:16

Irony: FBI, DOJ Launch Criminal Probe of Hillary Campaign Chair Over Putin Links

It seems like just yesterday that the top campaign official for Donald Trump found himself caught in the middle of a political dragnet for his work as a lobbyist on behalf of Viktor Yanukovych with the media clamoring about his purported ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a reason why the Republican nominee was a less desirable candidate than Hillary Clinton. Wait, that was just yesterday?

It turns out that Hillary Clinton’s campaign guru, head of the lobbying firm the Podesta Group, has found himself smack dab in the middle of the same criminal investigation spawned when devious political operatives decide to merge international relations with campaign politics. For weeks, the pages of the Washington Post, the Daily Beast, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal have chimed that Trump is a "Putin pawn" as part of some maniacal plot by the Kremlin to interfere with the US election.

Aug 21 08:59

Now here's a twist: US tells Kiev not to worry about Russian invasion

While the Poroshenko government continues to beat the war drums over a non-existent Russian "menace," hinting at the need to impose martial law and declare mobilization, Pentagon officials signal they don't see any signs of an "immediate threat" to Ukraine.

Aug 21 08:35

Russian Farmers Enjoy Sanctions & Bumper Harvest in World's Top Breadbasket

Russia's high-quality food produce is proving to be hit with importers in the Middle East and elsewhere, as the agricultural industry reaps the benefits of sanctions and an increased investment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And all of it is non-GMO, which is why we "free" people of the United States are not allowed to have it!

Aug 21 08:00

Kremlin Presses Turkey for Access to NATO's Incirlik Air Base, Home to US Nukes

ROTFWLMFAO! Sorry! Couldn't help it!

Russian officials have reached out to Ankara to request access to the American-built base as a convenient launch pad for airstrikes in the Syrian theater, but it remains to be seen whether such cooperation will roil NATO’s feathers.

Aug 20 12:28

Turkey Aligns With Russia and Iran; Syria Bombed Kurds, Nearly Hit US Commandos

On the fifth anniversary of the US government declaring that Assad must go, the battle for Aleppo rages and major political and military realignments are in the works. Syria bombed Kurdish security forces (Ayaysh), with US commandos nearby. The US scrambled fighter jets, warned Syria, and now patrol that airspace. Russia has increased airstrikes and is using an air base in Iran. Russia is also deploying a combat ship to the Gulf of Aden. There are unconfirmed reports of US nuclear weapons moving from Turkey to Romania.

Aug 20 11:00

Leaked Memo Proves Soros Ruled Ukraine In 2014: Minutes From "Breakfast With US Ambassador Pyatt"

We noted in a previous post how important Ukraine was to George Soros, with documents from DC Leaks that show Soros, and his Open Society NGO, scouring the Greek media and political landscape to push the benefits of his Ukraine coup upon a Russian leaning Greek society.

Now more documents, in the massive 2,500 leaked tranche, show the immense power and control Soros had over Ukraine immediately following the illegal Maidan government overthrow.

Soros and his NGO executives held detailed and extensive meetings with just about every actor involved in the Maidan coup: from US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt, to Ukraine’s Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Justice, Health, and Education.

The only person missing was Victoria Nuland, though we are sure those meeting minutes are waiting to see the light of day.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Amazing, isn't it, how much clout a wealthy guy can have on US foreign policy, isn't it?!?

Aug 20 10:49

Syrian regime jets hit Kurdish positions, even after US warning

Syrian regime jets pounded US-backed Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria for a second day, even after the US-led coalition scrambled jets to protect its military advisers working on the ground.

In another escalation of Syria's bloody conflict, warplanes from President Bashar al-Assad's regime were bombarding the city of Hasakeh -- targeting Kurdish forces that for months have worked closely with coalition military advisers helping local fighters combat the Islamic State group.

On Thursday, the United States sent fighter jets to head off air strikes conducted by regime planes and to protect coalition advisers, but the Syrian planes had left by the time they arrived.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that I have to, once again, politely remind the US government and military that the Sovereign Country of Syria does not have to do ANYTHING the US government or military orders them to do, because it is THEIR COUNTRY, and not ours.

Russia was invited to take care of the jihadists by Syrian President al-Assad; the US government has not been invited to do so.

Aug 20 10:43

Leaked Memo Proves Soros Ruled Ukraine In 2014: Minutes From “Breakfast With US Ambassador Pyatt”

We noted in a previous post how important Ukraine was to George Soros, with documents from DC Leaks that show Soros, and his Open Society NGO, scouring the Greek media and political landscape to push the benefits of his Ukraine coup upon a Russian leaning Greek society. Now more documents, in the massive 2,500 leaked tranche, show the immense power and control Soros had over Ukraine immediately following the illegal Maidan government overthrow.

Aug 20 10:41

Failed Coup in Turkey, Escalating War in Ukraine, The Battle For Aleppo, Freedom for Saif al-Gaddafi in Libya

With the provocations in Crimea and treachery in Syria hopefully Russia will get it’s revenge by helping Syria crush this NATO terrorist invasion. Syria is on the offensive seizing back the most of the 1070 apartments and the air force technical college. They made other important gains in Damascus, Latakia, and Deir Ezzor but of course the war continues. In Libya the power of the green resistance continues to grow despite the dirty war being waged on the country by NATO. In Turkey Erdogan is on the rampage purging his opponents. In Crimea the situation is tense but thankfully the people have been spared a wave of terror bombings and assassinations thanks to the quick response of the FSB and the Russian military. Donbass remains under fire it’s plight forgotten by the outside world which continues to ignore the menace of fascism in Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, these setbacks have caused the power elite in DC to feel cornered and wounded; and there are very few things more dangerous to peace in the world than people feeling cornered and wounded.

Aug 20 10:39

More About A U.S.-And-Allied Hoax Against Assad

On August 18th, the terrific “Moon of Alabama” blogger posted his brilliant exposé of an operation that the U.S. and its allies support and are lobbying to win the Nobel Peace Prize, but that’s really just a group of people who help Syria’s anti-Assad jihadists by medicating their injured jihadists, and by carrying off and disposing of the jihadists’ victims’ corpses.

Aug 20 10:12

Ukraine complains to UN about Putin’s trip to Crimea

"Vladimir Yelchenko met with UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson. They discussed Vladimir Putin’s illegal stay in Crimea. Yelchenko also drew Jan Eliasson’s attention to concentration of Russian armaments along the Russian-Ukrainian border in Crimea and Donbass," the mission said on Twitter.

Putin arrived in Crimea on Friday to meet with permanent members of Russia’s Security Council after a recent attempt of an act of sabotage on the peninsula on the part of Kiev.

Kiev believes such visits by Russian officials are illegal and the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry expressed protest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I understand such behavior when it's in a schoolyard sand box!

Aug 20 10:02

'US apoplectic as Turkey pivots eastward'

Turkish President Erdogan has given up on NATO and the EU, and is pivoting toward the East, says ex-Pentagon official Michael Maloof. As Ankara and Moscow discuss military ties, this offers an intriguing new opportunity for regional cooperation.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, in an interview with Sputnik news agency, said that Ankara is considering military cooperation with Russia as NATO seems to be shying away from relations with Turkey.

Aug 20 09:45

Putin Flies Into Crimea As Ukraine "Prepares For An Invasion"

At the same time that Russia is condicting its latest massive military drill on the border with Ukraine, and one day after the latest stark warning by Ukraine' president Poroshenko that the simmering conflict with Russia may be set to explode again when he said on national TV that “the probability of escalation and conflict remains very significant" adding that "we don’t rule out full-scale Russian invasion", Russian president Putin made a not so subtle point that Crimea will not be relinquished when he flew into contested territory on Friday, one day after staging war games there, and said he hoped Ukraine would see "common sense" when it came to resolving a diplomatic crisis over the peninsula.

Aug 20 09:16

Aerial close encounter between US, Syrian jets

Two American F-22s on patrol over Hasakah, Syria, flew within a mile of two Syrian Su-24 fighter jets and "encouraged" them to leave Friday, a US defense official told CNN.

The close encounter comes only a day after two Syrian warplanes attacked the Kurds, a key US ally, forcing US special operations forces to be withdrawn from their position in northern Syria.
The American aircraft are part of the beefed-up US air combat patrols in the area that the Pentagon had announced following Thursday's attack.
The pilots of the F-22 Raptors tried to call the Syrian aircraft cockpit-to-cockpit but got no response, the US official added.
US defense officials had told CNN earlier that the military had pulled US special operations forces from their northern Syria position after the Syrian military began bombing nearby, attacking Kurdish positions in and around the city of Hasakah.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Barbara Starr, and Ryan Browne: it is apparent that I need to politely remind you that Russia's military was invited to get rid of the jihadists by the sitting, and democratically elected, President Al Assad; the US military has not been invited to do so.

The US government's narrative, over the last 4 years, has been to create regime change Syria, and, by any means necessary, install a Western-centric government in Damascus, no matter what the cost is to the Syrian people.

One can only speculate what the US government is going to be willing to do, if either Russia, or the Syrian Army shoots down, or kills on the ground, more of the US government's alleged "moderate rebels"

And I would also like to politely remind both of you that, should there be a military confrontation between the US military and the Russian military over Syria, the US military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional military confrontation against Russia.

Yes, the US government spends an obscene amount of money on military hardware and software; but the bang for its buck is completely neutered by the incestuous relationship between defense contractors, and those politicians which both green light defense contractors, and willingly take campaign contributions from those same defense contractors.

Aug 20 08:48

Russia, Iran and China: It’s time to slap New World Order agents in their faces

Vladimir Putin: “It seems that someone would like to impose upon us some new game rules, deliberately tailored to accommodate the interests of the privileged few…”

Aug 20 08:47

(VIDEO) The Russians Have Already Shot Down Numerous US Drones Violating Crimean Airspace

The war you don’t hear about: numerous American military aircraft (albeit of the unmanned variety, though with the possibility of being armed and dangerous) have apparently been violating Russian airspace, leading to the Russians shooting - yes, shooting - them down following the refusal of the Americans to acknowledge Russian diplomatic notes of protest.

Aug 20 08:40

U.S. DEFENSE CONTRACTORS TELL INVESTORS RUSSIAN THREAT IS GREAT FOR BUSINESS

The escalating anti-Russian rhetoric in the U.S. presidential campaign comes in the midst of a major push by military contractors to position Moscow as a potent enemy that must be countered with a drastic increase in military spending by NATO countries.

Weapon makers have told investors that they are relying on tensions with Russia to fuel new business in the wake of Russian’s annexation of Crimea and modest increases in its military budget.

In particular, the arms industry — both directly and through its arsenal of hired-gun, think-tank experts and lobbyists – is actively pressuring NATO member nations to hike defense spending in line with the NATO goal for member states to spend at least 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

1. Russia did not annex Crimea; after the putsch in Kiev in 2014, which threw Yanukovich, the duly elected President, under the proverbial bus, and anointed Poroshenko as Ukraine's President, Crimean authorities understood that there was no legitimate government in Kiev. They therefore held a free and fair referendum, to decide if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, post putsch, or petition the Russian Federation to join. In an overwhelming vote, Crimeans decided to to petition the Russian Federation to join. The Russian Federation accepted this request. Russia did absolutely nothing wrong here.
2. It is very alarming, but perfectly predictable to me, that weapons manufacturers and banks can smell money in the bloodshed which is almost surely to come from any kind of US/Russian military conflict regarding Ukraine, as the demonisation of Russia, which you see in all the presstitute/whorespondent outlets, continues to escalate.

Aug 20 07:51

Survey: Is Putin Being Used as a Nail in Trump's Coffin?

Donald Trump's presidential campaign has gotten into deep trouble over Putin. It started off last year when his comments about Putin and Russia began making news.

On September 16, 2015, The Hill ran the headline, "Trump: 'I would get along with Putin.'" The article quoted Trump saying "I would talk to him, I would get along with him…. I may be wrong, in which case I'd probably have to take a different path."

To me this sounds like an intention to approach relations with an open mind. And if evidence arises that "getting along" is not a good idea, he would be ready to change course. What's wrong with that? It's a policy I'd admire if Hillary Clinton embraced it too.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is no secret that the military industrial complex yearns to return to the days of the Cold War when vast sums of money flowed from the pockets of the people into the defense contractors who produced expensive weapons of dubious usefulness, and they got away with it because in theory those weapons would never actually be used. Politicians long for the days when the American people were brainwashed to wet their pants at the mere mention of the word "Communist" and were terrorized into unquestioning obedience.

Putin's decision to take direct control of Russia's central bank made him the instant enemy of private central banks around the world and virtually overnight transformed Putin and Russia from friend to the top spot on the US Government's Special High Interest Targets list!

Then came the Wikileaks exposing DNC, which was blamed on Russia and Putin to help Trump, even though Julian Assange hinted it was actually an internal leak by now-murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich.

Trump's manager Paul Manafort resigned accused of taking money from Ukraine's Putin buddy ex-president of Ukraine Yanachovich. But the evidence was provide by none other than the junta Oligarchs people running Ukraine now that were put by Obama's administration, Hillary, and Victoria Nuland, and propagandized by the same corporate media that is still ignoring Hillary's Uranium One deal that transferred 20% of America's uranium resources into Russian control ... following generous Russian donations to the Clinton Foundation.

Biden's son now on board of big company in Ukraine.

So those Junta owe their new ownership of Ukraine to Democrats, and they hate Putin or anybody in the US who wants to normalize relationship with Moscow, because they'll lose their ill-gotten gains a result.

The end game by Democrats now is falsely paint Trump as a Russian agent and Putin's buddy to win the race, hoping that enough Americans are still brainwashed from the 1950s and 1960s to wet themselves on hearing the word "Russian", bolstered by the constant propaganda that Russia is about to invade Ukraine and start WW3, that they will stop supporting Trump.

So, yes, Putin is being used by the Democrats as a weapon against Trump, but today's enlightened Americans have a much clearer understanding of what is really going on.

Aug 19 11:54

Putin Flies Into Crimea As Ukraine "Prepares For An Invasion"

At the same time that Russia is condicting its latest massive military drill on the border with Ukraine, and one day after the latest stark warning by Ukraine' president Poroshenko that the simmering conflict with Russia may be set to explode again when he said on national TV that “the probability of escalation and conflict remains very significant" adding that "we don’t rule out full-scale Russian invasion", Russian president Putin made a not so subtle point that Crimea will not be relinquished when he flew into contested territory on Friday, one day after staging war games there, and said he hoped Ukraine would see "common sense" when it came to resolving a diplomatic crisis over the peninsula.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin is simply calling Poroshenko's bluff, and my sense is that Russia will not at all invade Ukraine; I think their responses will be both asymmetric, and economic, as the Ukrainian economy is on the ropes right now, and it eh slightest of tremors could send its economy crashing.

Aug 19 11:00

FLASHBACK - Ukraine just purchased old tanks at scrap value from Hungary to frame Russia!! Take a look!

A couple of weeks ago, Ukraine bought some old T-72’s from Hungary for 8,500 dollars each, their value as scrap metal. Now Ukraine does not use the T-72, it uses the later t-80 and t-84. But Russia still uses the T-72.

Did Ukraine buy these tanks to plant near the border and frame Russia for an invasion?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With all the "Russia is going to invade" propaganda, I figured this was a good time to repost this story!

Aug 19 10:24

Putin Flies Into Crimea As Ukraine "Prepares For An Invasion"

Vladimir Putin flew into Crimea on Friday a day after staging war games there, and said he hoped Ukraine would see "common sense" when it came to resolving a diplomatic crisis over the peninsula. The visit comes a day after Ukraine president warned he was "prepares for an Russian invasion."

Aug 19 10:13

Raw: Russian Jets Leave Iran For Syria

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear US-backed terrorists.

DUCK!!!!!!!

Aug 19 10:00

Ukraine may impose martial law if eastern fighting worsens: Poroshenko

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday he did not rule out introducing martial law and a new wave of military mobilisation if the conflict with pro-Russian separatists worsened. Poroshenko made his comments as fresh tension with Russia over Crimea reignited fears that a fragile ceasefire deal hammered out in the Belarussian capital Minsk in February 2015 could collapse following the deadliest month of fighting in a year. “If the situation escalates in the east and in Crimea we don’t rule out the possibilities (that) we will be forced to introduce martial law and announce a (further) mobilisation,” Poroshenko said in a televised speech from the western Lviv region. Poroshenko did not make clear what introduction of martial law might mean, and whether he was talking about martial law in the whole country or only in some parts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Poroshenko is expecting a revolt from within Ukraine with which to move him out of power, and thinks martial law will be the tool for preventing that.

That is why he is pounding on alleged "Russian aggression" as the potential justification for declaring martial law.

Aug 19 09:26

Congress Seeks to Establish Russia as Permanent Enemy

The Cold War provided a solid generation of unfettered government growth in the US on the pretext of the Russian threat, and over the past few years American officials have relished at the new round of tensions with Russia, and the budget-busting spending it has permitted.

They’re hoping to make that permanent, with a new bill called the STAND for Ukraine Act aiming to make temporary measures imposed during Ukraine’s regime change permanent, and hamstring all future governments from a diplomatic rapprochement with Russia.

The new push centers in part on the fear that some future president might be less on-board with open-ended hostilities. Current Republican nominee Donald Trump has expressed doubt about the current acrimony, and said if elected he would be open to lifting sanctions on Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW! We know there was trouble with lead in the pipes for the House of Representatives this year;

After Lead Contamination In House Office Building’s Water, Lawmakers Demand EPA ReformsBut did lead also lead to the crazy thinking in the Senate, for these people to want to permanently enshrine a state of economic war against Russia?!?

I would like to politely remind our readers, that economic wars frequently devolve into shooting wars.

It is apparent to me that the money junkies are so terrified of a potential Trump presidency, which may herald better relationships with lots of other countries, that they will do anything to prevent any kind of better relations with Russia.

And this "anything" is pretty demonstrably creepy. As reported by Boris Zilberman on May 6th of this year:

Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) today announced that they have introduced comprehensive legislation to address the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. An additional bipartisan group of 14 members, including the bipartisan leadership of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus, joined Reps. Engel and Kinzinger to introduce the Stability and Democracy (STAND) for Ukraine Act (H.R. 5094), which clarifies the position of the United States on Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea, tightens sanctions on Russia, and drives new innovations to provide support for Ukraine.”

Russia's alleged "illegal occupation of Crimea... never happened.

And I would politely like to remind Representatives Engel and Kinzinger that lying to the American people, in order to further a "narrative" which may ultimately lead to a shooting war against Russia,as did the Bush Administration's claim against Iraq, that "Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction", will not be tolerated by the American people again, ever.

Here is the actual timeline of Crimea's referendum to leave the Ukraine, which passed unanimously, and its petition to the Russian Federation to become accepted as a member:

Crimea's case for leaving Ukraine

Next, I would like to remind Representatives Engel and Kinzinger that
Victoria Nuland boasted about having undercut the legitimate government of Ukraine when Yanukovich got unceremoniously thrown under the proverbial bus, and Poroshenko was "anointed" the country's President:

American Conquest by Subversion: Victoria Nuland’s Admits Washington Has Spent $5 Billion to “Subvert Ukraine”

And lastly, the "contributions"
of the international financier with an infinite capability for seeing potential money in the blood of mass murder, George Soros:

SOROS ADMITS RESPONSIBILITY FOR COUP AND MASS MURDER IN UKRAINE

Representatives, I am just an ordinary person; but if I can figure this out, so can most thinking Americans, and I would strongly suggest that there are more of them out there than you care to number.

This legislation is a nasty piece of work; please withdraw it from consideration.

And although I do not know, I would strongly suspect that both of you have a lot of investment in the military/industrial complex, and would benefit, financially, from such a war.

Sponsoring this legislation makes it painfully clear that you do not really serve the best interests of the people you allegedly represent, but the interests of those companies which would profit highly from a war against Russia, including the banks which loan money, to all sides, to keep the war going.

Aug 19 07:48

Russia Must Counter Threats of NATO Deployment in East Europe - Envoy

Russia must take all measures, including military, to counter threats linked to the deployment of NATO's extra-capabilities in Eastern Europe, Russia’s envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko said Thursday.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said members of the alliance agreed at the July 8 Warsaw Summit to strengthen the military bloc’s presence in Eastern Europe by next year.

The four-battalion rotational presence would include US troops in Poland, British forces in Estonia, German troops in Lithuania and Canadian forces in Latvia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's take a look at a map, shall we?!?

Map of Russia With Surrounding Countries

These deployments are engineered to encircle Russia on its Eastern front.

And after the completion of this encirclement?!? What comes next?!?

A war between NATO and Russia?!?

Right now, given the volatility of events in the region, I certainly would not bet against it.

Aug 19 07:29

West Won't Help Kiev Now: US, EU Look for Way to Back Out on Their Client State

US and European officials have called their Ukrainian counterparts, reassuring them of support, but asking Kiev to avoid a further escalation of tensions with Moscow, following the discovery of a Ukrainian spy ring planning terror attacks in Crimea. Russian observers suggest the West may be looking for an exit from the Ukrainian debacle.

Aug 19 07:28

Leaving EU, Restoring Trade Ties With Russia to Be Priority for Netherlands

The Netherlands will be able to improve relations with Russia only after leaving the European Union, which will have an overall positive impact on the country’s future, founder and leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom Geert Wilders said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The EU is unraveling.

Aug 19 07:24

Russian Planes Extinguish 2,500 Acres of Wildfires in Portugal

The Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Beriev BE-200 amphibious planes have managed to extinguish six wildfires covering an area of approximately 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) in Portugal over five days, the ministry’s press service said in a statement Friday.

Aug 19 07:21

Russian Warships Launch Cruise Missiles on al-Nusra Front Targets in Syria

Russian warships of the Black Sea Fleet conducted three launches of the Kalibr cruise missiles on al-Nusra Front targets in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The strikes destroyed a terrorist command center and a base Dar-Taaza, as well as a major plant producing mortar ammunition and a large arms depot in the Aleppo province, the ministry said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Aug 18 14:23

War With Russia: The Goddamdest Stupid Idea Ever

"A good reason to vote for Trump ... is that he does not want a war with Russia. Hillary and her elite ventriloquists threaten just that. Note the anti-Russian hysteria coming from her and her remoras."

Aug 18 12:21

Turkish FM: NATO's Inaction Forces Ankara to Develop Military Ties With Russia

It’s a pity that peaceful civilians keep dying in Syria. Unfortunately, the earlier agreed ceasefire is being violated. We need to wage an all-out war against terrorist organizations in Syria. If we don’t flush them out, the wave or terrorism will keep spreading across the world, like an epidemic, threatening Turkey, Russia, Europe, the whole world.

A meeting of Russian and Turkish military officials in Ankara on Thursday was an important step toward prevention of airspace accidents, Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Kemal Aydin said.
© FLICKR/ DOUG
Turkey-Russia Committee on Syria to Hold 1st Meeting - Erdogan's Spokesman
That’s why we need to act together also on this track. We believe that the Syrian problem can be resolved if all countries come together in good faith. As we have said once and again, even during this period of crisis between us, without Russia there will be no lasting settlement in Syria. We keep insisting on this now.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When President Obama's foreign policy goes wrong, it goes spectacularly wrong, as evidenced by Turkey's post-coup warming of relations with Russia, including issues of trade, and coming military cooperation.

That DC could, collectively think Erdogan wouldn't blame the US for the aborted coup was simply...magical thinking.

Aug 18 12:10

Following "Deadliest Month" In A Year, Ukraine President Warns Of "Full-Scale Russian Invasion"

The last month has seen Russia pull out of peace talks (citing attacks in Crimea and detention of key individuals) and an increasing mobilization of Ukraine troops near the Russian border, and now, after the deadliest month since last August, Ukraine president Poroshenko has warned he isn't ruling out a full-scale Russian invasion and may institute a military draft if the situation with its neighbor worsens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Right after being "installed and anointed" as Ukraine's President, Poroshenko has been crying wolf about a potential "Russian invasion" over the last two years, and yet ... no such invasion has come about.

My guess is that Russia's response to the attempted sabotage in Crimea by Ukrainian agents provocateurs will be asymmetric, and most probably economic in nature.

The Ukrainian economy is hanging by a thread right now, and could be pushed over the edge by some very clever maneuvering on Putin's part; that will get the Ukrainian people so outraged, that Poroshenko has failed them so badly economically, that they will throw the current bums out of office - possibly, quite literally.

Aug 18 12:03

HuffPo Goes Haywire Against Russia, For Hillary

As part of their campaign for Hillary Clinton to become President, Huffington Post bannered their home-page on the night of Tuesday August 16th, "TRUMP BRINGS KREMLIN APOLOGIST TO INTEL BRIEFING!”, and linked to their news story that’s headlined against Trump, "Donald Trump To Bring Adviser With Russia Ties To Classified Briefing: Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn will join Trump at Wednesday’s top-secret session.” Those “Russia Ties” consist of Flynn’s having appeared as a commenter at Russia’s international television network, RT, which is Russia’s equivalent of Britain’s BBC. This was the day’s big news? Really? Is there an editorial agenda here — or only a low-news day, when the Olympics are on, records are being broken, and the Presidential contest is getting under way?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Thank God, someone out there is noticing this beside the folks at WRH!!!!!

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