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October 19, 2015

Oct 19 09:40

Putin Is Hugely Popular in Iraq

“We don't want the international coalition, we want only Russia and we will slaughter a sheep to welcome them”. Some Iraqis see Moscow – which has staunchly backed Damascus and Tehran in recent years – as a more natural ally than the United States, which occupied the country for eight years. Putin's patented leadership brand of bare-chested antics and cold determination is a also hit in Iraq, where the cult of the strong leader is alive and well 12 years after Saddam Hussein's ouster... “Muslims bomb us because we are Rafidha,” says Saad Abdullah, who owns a convenience store in Najaf, employing a term which means “rejectionists” and is used by IS to refer to Shiites. "Meanwhile Putin, who is an Orthodox man, is defending us…. Maybe he really is a Shiite and we didn't know about it,” he says before flashing a huge smile. Taxi driver Ali al-Rammahi says Putin is the only reason he hasn't already joined the thousands of Iraqis fleeing the country to knock on Europe's doors.

Oct 19 09:36

The MH17 Report: Lusitania Sinking Déjà Vu?

The MH17 affair and its mainstream media treatment have replicated many features of the Lusitania affair. Of course America, Britain and their allies are not in a shooting war with Russia (not for now, thank God, but that could change if the War Party lunatics in Washington have their way). They are in an escalating global geopolitical and propaganda contest with her, however. It is in this context that the results of the Dutch-led inquiry into the shooting down of the Malaysian plane need to be scrutinized. Its most important undisputed finding is that the air space above the war zone in eastern Ukraine was left inexplicably open to civilian air traffic by the Kiev authorities. To what end, and with what expectations? Again, cui bono? On October 13 the New York Times described this potentially crucial question as a “stray detail.” That in itself highlights its importance.

Oct 19 09:22

Russia Has a Far Different Relationship With the Orient Than the West Does

The historical relationship between Russia and non-European/non-Christian peoples has been somewhat different than that between Western Europe (and later also North America) and most of the rest of the world. While the Muslim world was more advanced than Western Europe, Europeans don’t seem to have looked up to it as something to emulate. Rather it was for many centuries a civilization to be feared, and then once it ceased to be feared (roughly from the relief of the siege of Vienna in 1683 onwards) it became something to look down upon... Russia, by contrast, rarely saw the East in quite such negative colours. Russians worried more about dangers coming from the West. After all, most of the great invasions which have ravaged Russia have come from that direction. The one exception is the Mongols, but despite the myth of the ‘Mongol yoke’, contemporary accounts of Mongol rule depict it as actually rather mild.

Oct 19 09:21

Romney predicts ‘Trump won’t be next GOP nominee’

Former Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s recent remarks aired by CNN Sunday stand out to me as a major red flag. In fact what Romney said is down right disturbing and begs the following question

Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Oct 19 09:20

Is the GOP really still a party?

That was before disaffected conservatives helped topple House Speaker John Boehner last month and then denied House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy the votes to succeed him this month, forcing the California Republican to withdraw his name from consideration. Combined with Dave Brat's upset victory over then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Virginia Republican primary last year, this month's action brought the number of House leaders ousted by Tea Partiers to three — three big ones.

Oct 19 09:20


While increasing cries from the West demand an end to all association with Saudi Arabia, the U.K. government described lucrative public contracts with the notorious human rights abuser as a “priority market.”

Government departments have been actively — even aggressively — steering U.K. businesses into bidding for contracts with the Saudis in the health, justice, defense, and security sectors, according to documents seen by the Observer.

“It’s becoming increasingly clear that ministers are bent on ever-closer ties with the world’s most notorious human rights abusers,” said Maya Foa, who directs the death penalty team at Reprieve. “Ministers must urgently come clean about the true extent of our agreements with Saudi Arabia and other repressive regimes.”

Oct 19 09:17

Obama Administration Fractured Over US Approach to Russia in Syria

According to Politico, both current and former US officials have united in their assessment that Obama's disinclination to act more aggressively against Russia's anti-terror campaign in Syria undermines the public image of the US leader and signals the country's weakness.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice how the fact that Russia has a legal right to be in Syria and the US does not never even enters the discussion. It's all chest-thumping and dick-measuring. The US is no longer the leader of the world, and frankly, it does not deserve to be!

Oct 19 09:15


olice set up temporary wall in East Talpiot in effort to stop barrage of Molotov cocktails from nearby Jabel Mukaber.

Oct 19 09:14

US Officials: Iran Complying Too Fast With Nuclear Deal

While everyone expected Iran to move quickly on implementing the P5+1 nuclear deal, US officials are alarmed at the alacrity of their compliance, saying they have “unreasonable expectations” that the West will implement their own side of the deal in a timely fashion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, the US has no intention of keeping their side of the P5+1 deal and wants to make it look like it is somehow Iran's fault for keeping theirs!

Oct 19 09:14

Saudi Arabia oil reserves reach record level

In late summer 2015, commercial oil reserves of Saudi Arabia reached 326.6 million barrels, thus setting a new record for the world's largest oil supplier since 2002. Thus, the level of oil reserves in July amounted to 320.2 million barrels, while oil exports fell from 7.28 million barrels per day in July to 7 million barrels a day in August, Bloomberg says. According to expert Mohamed Ramadi, a decline in oil exports from Saudi Arabia reflects the realities of present-day market. Oil production in Saudi Arabia declined from 10.36 million barrels per day in July to 10.27 million barrels a day in August, Pravda.Ru reports with reference to RIA Novosti. In September, Saudi Arabia reported the production of 10.23 million barrels a day. In June, the country reached its peak in oil production since 1980 with 10.56 million barrels a day.

Oct 19 09:13

They want you dead: Liberal Professor compares law-abiding gun owners to slaveholders, calls for them to be shot

In what will go down as one of the most disgusting, hate filled articles ever published on the hard left clickbait rag Salon.com, an author and liberal college professor has written a piece that calls for all gun owners to be shot.

Oct 19 09:13

What Israel Is Up To in Jerusalem

Once again, war atmosphere in Israel. In television day and night nothing but Palestinians stabbing, hurling, burning; current footage is recycled ad nauseam, and, a second before vomiting, reminders from previous Intifadas are aired, to place the present event in the right historical context. As the fruit juice seller told me, "It has always been like that: they always kill us. First Temple, Second Temple, the Crusades, the Holocaust, and now this." (He was overwhelmed when I wondered where the Amalekites had gone, who it was that killed them.) So you have on the one hand Palestinians armed with knives and stones – not even bombs and guns this time – and a regional nuclear superpower, one of the world’s biggest exporters of weaponry on the other hand, and is quite obvious that the poor, innocent victim is the latter. When the Gods want to destroy a nation, they first make it blind.

Oct 19 09:12

US Tax Dollars and Ukraine’s Finance Minister

Though touted as the face of reform inside Ukraine’s post-coup regime, Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko enriched herself at the expense of a U.S.-taxpayer-financed investment fund – and USAID now says it’s missing some of the audit records detailing Jaresko’s dealings, reports Robert Parry.

Oct 19 09:11

Russian missile kills al-Qaeda chief terrorist in Syria near Alepp

Russia has destroyed one of the leaders of Al-Qaeda terrorist movement, who was staying in Syria near the city of Aleppo. Sanafi en-Nasr was a native from Saudi Arabia. Both al-Qaeda and Pentagon officials confirm the death of the terrorist, Pravda.Ru reports with reference to RIA Novosti. The terrorist's full name is Abdul Muhsin Ibrahim Abdullah Al-Sharih. He was recruiting new terrorists from Pakistan and then delivering them to Syria. He was in charge of distributing cash flows and also chaired the "Victory Committee" that was responsible for the development and implementation of strategies. A missile fired from a Russian fighter jet struck the vehicle, in which the terrorist was traveling. Terrorists published photos of the bombed vehicle. The photos shows three bodies on the road, Fars news agency reports. Noteworthy, media outlets have announced Sanafi en-Nasr dead before. The previous report was made last week; official confirmations of his death were also made.

Oct 19 09:10


Police “disappeared” more than 7,000 people at an off-the-books interrogation warehouse in Chicago, nearly twice as many detentions as previously disclosed, the Guardian can now reveal. From August 2004 to June 2015, nearly 6,000 of those held at the facility were black, which represents more than twice the proportion of the city’s population. But only 68 of those held were allowed access to attorneys or a public notice of their whereabouts, internal police records show.

Oct 19 09:08

Sentiment Analysis of Law Enforcement-related Tweets across the U.S.

Public opinions on the topic of law enforcement and their controversial methods are sure to be as intense as they are wide ranging. To learn more, we gathered tweets about America’s peace officers and analyzed them to investigate public sentiment regarding our police force, as well as the polarizing topics of drugs and alcohol. Several factors related to law enforcement have driven both an increase in Twitter activity as well as a growing negativity. With more high-profile encounters serving as leading stories across news media recently, the number of opinions expressed by people on social media has exploded. Although many newsworthy police incidents are racially charged, drug- and alcohol-related encounters impact sentiment as well; interactions between those addicted to substances and law enforcement are especially volatile.

Oct 19 08:58

Sergey Ivanov: Don't think the Kremlin always decides everything, sometimes it doesn't

Let's begin at the beginning. Memories are still green of how our US partners and colleagues in the late 2000s were explaining to me in great detail how very important it was to bring democracy to the Middle East. Now they've brought it there… For the whole world to see the results. The operation Enduring Freedom lasted in Afghanistan for thirteen years. The United States launched it in response to 9/11. It was the longest war the United States had ever fought. Its ultimate goal - victory over the Taliban - remained unachievable. I don't think I'll have to explain to anybody what the Americans have plunged Iraq into more than a decade of chaos and lawlessness. One should remember that Saddam Hussein hated Al Qaeda and all other terrorists. Take it from me. True, while fighting against them he employed methods one can hardly call democratic. He was sending them to the gallows and he had them shot without inquest of trial. That was his way of settling scores with opponents.

Oct 19 08:52

Epicenter of 4.2 magnitude earthquake in Russian Urals located in 165km from Yekaterinburg

"For the first time in the last five years we registered underground tremors of magnitude from 3.2 to 4.2. They were registered at 2:44am local time. The epicenter was in the settlement of Shali located in around 165 kilometers from Yekaterinburg. We continued registering aftershocks for two minutes but that does not mean it lasted that long. This information is being verified now". As a result of underground tremors, people felt vibrations in their houses. "Walls and windows were shaking," the expert noted. He added that a 4.2 magnitude is average and "sometimes happens in the Urals Mountains." Similar underground tremors were last time registered in the region in March 2010. No one was injured in the earthquake, according to regional Emergencies Ministry.
Russian Emergencies Ministry: Earthquake in Urals was unexpected http://tass.ru/en/society/829814

Oct 19 08:40

Russian security service arrests train driver planning explosion, joining IS

The Russian security service FSB arrested a train driver, who on social networks justified terrorism and who was preparing an explosion on a train and wanted to go to Syria to join the outlawed Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation, the authority's press service said. "On October 16, 2015, the service arrested A. Ferzaliyev, who on the VKontakte [social network] administered a terror-focused group". In that group’s discussions he placed "materials adjusting international organisations outlawed in the Russian Federation". As the security specialists presented proofs to the suspect, he told them about the plans to use a self-made explosive device in a train in the Krasnodar territory, for what, the press service said, the man used the Internet to communicate with a member of IS, fighting in Syria, to get instructions how to make a self-made explosive device. After that act of terror he wanted to go to Syria to join IS there.

Oct 19 08:37

Russian aircraft make 33 sorties over past 24 hours targeting 49 IS facilities in Syria

"A total of 33 sorties have been made from the Hmeimim airbase against 49 terrorist facilities located in the provinces of Aleppo, Damascus, Idlib, Latakia and Hama," Konashenkov said. According to him, the airstrikes have destroyed two command posts of the terrorist groups, three weapons and ammunition depots, two underground bunkers, 32 fire positions in the mountain-woody terrain, nine fortified positions of bandit groups, as well as a shop for making launchers and jet projectiles. "After fulfilling the combat tasks all planes of the Russian aviation group returned to the Hmeimim airbase".

Oct 19 08:34

Kiev forces violated ceasefire regime 9 times over last 24 hours — DPR defense ministry

Ukrainian Armed Forces have violated ceasefire regime nine times over the last 24 hours on the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), DPR defense ministry said on Monday. "The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic has deteriorated over the last 24 hours," Donetsk News Agency quoted DPR defense ministry as saying. The ministry added that DPR territory was shelled from mortars of 82mm and 120mm caliber, armored personnel carriers, small arms and under-barrel grenade launchers. DPR forces’ positions near Donetsk and Gorlovka came under fire. Ukrainian forces shell Donetsk airport from mortars — DPR defense ministry http://tass.ru/en/world/829965 "Around eight mines of 82mm caliber exploded. Representatives of OSCE [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe] and JCCC [Joint Center for Control and Coordination] went to the site," the DPR defense ministry said. The ministry said that the incident occurred on Sunday, October 18.

Oct 19 08:31

Russian lawmaker calls incident with Duma speaker’s plane unfriendly act by NATO

Member of Russia’s State Duma lower house and a member of the Russian delegation Sergey Gavrilov has described as an unfriendly act on the part of NATO the incident when a French Air Force fighter had a dangerous approach with an airliner carrying Russia’s parliamentary delegation led by State Duma speaker Sergey Naryshkin to Switzerland. "The incident shows a lack of respect for the norms of international flights and is an unfriendly act on the part of NATO," Sergey Gavrilov said. "In my opinion, such behavior would have been unthinkable during France’s independence, before it joined NATO, under Charles de Gaulle, Mitterrand and even Sarkozy".

Oct 19 08:28

French ambassador summoned to Russian Foreign Ministry over incident with lawmaker's plane

"On October 19, the Ambassador of the French Republic in Moscow, Jean-Maurice Ripert, was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry to Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov to give explanations over the dangerous mid-air encounter of a French Air Force plane in the national airspace on the morning of the same day with an airliner that was carrying to Geneva (Switzerland) a Russian parliamentary delegation led by speaker of the State Duma Sergei Naryshkin to attend the 133rd assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union," the ministry said. "The Russian side expressed its deep concern to the ambassador over the incident. It emphasised that such actions by Paris are undermining France’s credibility as the venue for multilateral meetings and negotiations," the ministry said.

Oct 19 08:26

Iran will sell enriched uranium abroad instead of "diluting it" — deputy FM

"We held good talks with a certain country. Consultations are proceeding very well," Aragchi said. "We hope that instead of ‘diluting’ [enriched uranium], we will be able to do business by selling [enriched] uranium abroad," he added. According to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program, Tehran has to lower its reserves of uranium enriched to 3.67% to the level of 300 kilograms. The current reserves are estimated at around 10 tons. In order to fulfill the requirements, Iran has two options - it can either sell enriched uranium abroad or "dilute" it to the natural level. According to the official Iran hopes to fulfill all measures on limiting the nuclear program in the framework of the deal reached in July 2015 until the end of the year. "We will do this as soon as possible. Atomic Energy Organization of Iran is ready for this," Aragchi said. "We expect it to take several weeks.

Oct 19 07:59

Russia's Syrian Operation to Smash Terrorists, End Tyranny of Banking Elite

Russia's involvement in Syria actually means the decline of the US-led 'new world order' declared by George H.W. Bush in 1990, F. William Engdahl believes."

The Russian intervention has exposed the fraud of the US' position in the Middle East and shown the world that Washington lies, that she supports the very terrorists who allegedly were behind the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and at the Pentagon," Engdahl pointed out in his article for New Eastern Outlook.

According to the historian Russia is about to put an end to the US-led "new world order" proclaimed by triumphalist President George H.W. Bush on September 11, 1990.

Oct 19 07:53


A senior DHS official last Wednesday revealed that a 2013 sniper attack on a Metcalf, California energy grid substation may have been committed by someone on the inside. The top U.S. electrical utility regulator has called “the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred”(for more on the attack, see “Attack on California power station heightens concerns about grid security,” HSNW, 7 February 2014).

Oct 19 07:51


When you type up a racy e-mail to a loved one, do you consider the details private? Most of us would probably say yes, even though such messages often end up filtered through intelligence agencies and service providers. On the other hand, as the digital world becomes more personalized, consumers have begun to accept, appreciate and apparently requestrelevant connections between their online behavior and displayed advertisements.

Oct 19 07:49


However unlikely its implementation, one solution to the global unrest and record-breaking displacements and migration faced by the world today would be for the U.S. to begin transition to a “peace economy,” as Sean Nevins reported for MintPress News last year. Rather than building its economy through unsustainable, endless warfare and intervention, the U.S. could begin diversifying those billions into other industries and sustainable forms of aid to help the needy and displaced created by its imperialist policies.

Oct 19 07:49

Mother of Autistic Boy Discovers Treatment That Cures Hundreds

Waking Times

Effective treatment for autism is desperately needed, but the medical establishment has been largely unsuccessful. This is why parents of autistic children, such as Kerri Rivera, often have no choice but to take matters into their own hands when learning to cope with raising an autistic child. To share her amazing discoveries in treating autism with the world she wrote the book Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism, which explains the treatment protocol she developed.

Oct 19 07:48


Wall Street bank Morgan Stanley’s profit slumped for the second straight quarter as investors fled the bond, currency and commodity markets amid uncertainty about the timing of a U.S. interest rate hike and concerns about China’s cooling economy. Morgan Stanley, the last of the big U.S. banks to release third-quarter earnings, said on Monday its trading revenue fell 17.2 percent to $2.03 billion in the period, contributing to a 42.4 percent drop in profit attributable to shareholders. The bank’s shares were down 5.8 percent in premarket trade.

Oct 19 07:46

Cancer Detection and Treatment Leads To The Spread of The Disease Itself

Waking Times

Cancer is a deadly disease, but it is also a wonderful revenue generation tool for multi-national conglomerates. Not only pharmaceutical companies, but hospitals, oncologists, cancer specialists, diagnostic facilities, and many other distinct entities that comprise a 125 billion dollar cancer industry. Cancer awareness propaganda and detection revolves around funneling patients through various levels of diagnoses and treatment to maximize profits at the expense of human health.

Oct 19 07:43

World Leaders are Trained to Manipulate Their Audiences with Body Language

Waking Times

Psychology research has shown the power of body language to influence the mind. It can be used to convey messages which seriously impact a person’s perception, ideas and beliefs. Is it surprising then, that world leaders have been briefed to use this knowledge to promote their agendas and manipulate public responses to their public appearances?

Oct 19 07:40


The Independent Inquiry Into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) apologized this week after vital testimony from victims of child sexual abuse was “instantly and permanently deleted” from their servers. The agency said that the loss of data was due to a technical malfunction, which dumped an untold number of testimonies that were submitted to their official website. The agency now claims that there was no security breach, and that while the testimonies were lost, the privacy of the victims is not at risk.

Oct 19 07:38

Fanning Flames of War: Syrian Opposition Receives New Batch of US-Made Arms

Treason most foul!

While the Syrian Army is liberating the country from the internationally recognized evil of ISIL, local rebels fighting the Assad regime received a new batch of US-made anti-tank missiles.

Russian Coalition 'Fighting ISIL on Behalf of the Whole World' – Commander
The US and its allies who want to topple President Bashar Assad via a proxy war led by opposition forces, delivered the new weapons in response to the government army’s advance that began on Friday.

Oct 19 07:37

Families' fury over Blair's Iraq War lie: 'Smoking gun' memo reveals he backed Bush 12 months before conflict

Families of troops killed in Iraq last night reacted with fury to revelations that Tony Blair supported the US over the 2003 war a year before the first bombs fell.

A leaked White House memo from March 2002 tells George Bush that ‘Blair will be with us’ a full 12 months ahead of the conflict.

Relatives of those who died in action last night hit out at the ‘treachery’ and ‘deceit’ used by the former PM – who had told voters at the time that he was seeking a diplomatic solution with Baghdad.

Oct 19 07:19

Could Iran be the top tourism destination of 2016? Country braced for 'tsunami' of visitors after nuclear deal

Change is afoot in Iran, with the country currently preparing for a 'tsunami' of foreign tourists, the country's vice-president revealed yesterday.

The news comes as Iran and world powers are to begin implementing a landmark nuclear deal that will lift sanctions in return for curbs on Iran's nuclear program.

With improved relations, Iran's beaches, breathtaking Islamic architecture and incredible food could see the country be top of the 'must-visit' destinations of 2016.

Oct 19 05:33

U.S. Military Chief Pledges More Military Cooperation With Israel

The top U.S. military officer pledged further military cooperation with Israel Sunday in meetings with the country's leaders, amid increasing worries about Iranian involvement in the Syria conflict.
Note: Dunford, who took over as chairman on October 1, is on his first overseas trip as chairman. He said he made Israel his first stop, reflecting the important relationship the U.S. has with the Israelis.

Oct 19 05:26

Canada Voting Fraud Exposed as Declassified Documents Reveal Corruption!

Oct 19 05:05

Give Peace a Chance

... From a purely selfish, rational, flag-waving American perspective, therefore, peace is a goal to proclaim, to pursue, and to prize. Yet one is hard-pressed to find a leading candidate who will talk openly about his or her passion for peace, commitment to pursuing it once in office, or the specific strategies he or she intends to follow to further this goal. Why? I suspect it is because we mistakenly confuse a desire for peace with weakness, and assume anyone who exhibits a passionate commitment to peace is some sort of "Kumbaya"- singing idealist who just doesn't understand how the world works, and is therefore not tough enough for the Big Job.

Oct 19 05:02

American Lawmakers Must Pledge to Support Israel or Risk Funding, Says Former US Member of Congress

Former US lawmaker Cynthia McKinney says every candidate for Congress must pledge to support Israel's military superiority in the region and continued large-scale US funding for the Zionist state, or risk losing the ability to raise funds for election campaigns. "If you don't sign the pledge, you don't get money," she says in this in this interview with Marzieh Hashemi, an American-born journalist who lives in Iran. "You make a commitment that you would vote to support the military superiority of Israel, that the economic assistance that Israel wants, that you would vote to provide that," she adds. If a candidate does not sign the pledge or perform accordingly, "then you do not get money to run your campaign," McKinney says. After she made the pledge public, she says, the tactic changed, but the basic requirement remained. Runtime: 4:35 mins.

October 18, 2015

Oct 18 16:51

Jon Stewart Learns What Happens When You Criticize Israel

Oct 18 16:09

Film: EXPULSION - Syrian Christians under attack from ISIS/FSA and NATO

A documentary short film on Syrian Christians
by Anastasia Popova
Anastasia Popova’s brief documentary film Expulsion (Izgnanie), made for the Russian television channel Rossiia, focuses on the plight of Christians in war-torn Syria. This subject is worthy of greater attention than it has received in the mainstream Western media, hence our effort to subtitle her project.
After all, Christians are one the most persecuted groups in the world. Their depopulation is a general trend in the entire Middle East and North African region (MENA), not just in Syria. This documentary states that, for instance, half of Palestine’s population was once Christian, but now only 5% remain.

Oct 18 15:48

Donald Trump: The only presidential candidate to tell the truth about vaccines

Donald Trump is the only presidential candidate willing to tell the truth about vaccines.

In a series of tweets made in September 2014, the presidential candidate expressed concerns about administering vaccines to children in large doses. He suggested that administering vaccines in small doses over time might be able to reduce autism rates in children.

Oct 18 15:24

Paul Larudee: We Must Make the Occupation Impossible for Israel to Continue

Israel maintains its military occupation of Palestine after some 6 decades, but a noted political activist believes that the cost of occupation should be raised so that it’s no longer possible for Tel Aviv to keep on suppressing the Palestinians.
According to Mr. Larudee, what’s happening in the Palestinian territories and the Gaza Strip these days is a “human-made disaster” which the Israelis have created and the world community has condoned. “This is a human-made disaster and the disaster is continuing because it is the Israeli policy to maintain the maximum level of disaster that the world will permit; and the world is quite tolerant in permitting a very high level of disaster,” he said.

Oct 18 15:24

Iraq shows off airstrike by new Chinese-made combat drone (VIDEO)

The US will lose most of their arms exporting business over the next few years.

The Iraqi military has released a video displaying the combat deployment of a CH-4B drone which the country recently bought from China. Baghdad has been diversifying its arms supply to decrease its reliance on American producers.

The Caihong (Rainbow) 4B drone flew from the al-Kut Air Base southeast of Baghdad and shot an AR-1 laser-guided anti-tank missile at an Islamic State target, according to the Iraqi Defense Ministry. The first-ever Iraqi combat drone mission was supervised by Defense Minister Khaled-al-Obeidi.

Oct 18 15:22

EXCLUSIVE: Syrian Army, Hezbollah Fighters Win Back over 20 Regions in Aleppo Province in 1 Week

The Syrian army and the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance forces seized back control over 21 regions in the Northern province of Aleppo in the last week. The army and the resistance forces won back 12 regions only in the past 48 hours: 1-Tanks Battalion, 2-Qala'at Al-Najam village, 3-Hadadin village, 4-Al-Shahid hilltops, 5-Zeytouna Farms, 6-Al-Kabdar Garrison, 7-Mleiha Village, 8-Abtayn Village and its surrounding farms, 9-Al-Vazihi village, 10-Kodar village, 11-Al-Sabeqiya village and 12-Shaqidla town. The Syrian army and Hezbollah forces also seized seven other regions in the Eastern countryside of Aleppo, including 1-Tal al-Naa’am, 2-Al-Naa'am town, 3-Al-Nasseriya town, 4-Heijeneh, 5- Howeija town, 6-Boqja town and 7-al-Barijieh. The army and the resistance forces also won back the regions of Kafr Tuna and al-Harra near the industrial city of Sheikh Najjar about a week ago. The army operations backed by Hezbollah and Russian air force are presently underway in Aleppo province now.

Oct 18 15:19

Senior Nusra Commander Killed in Army Attack in Damascus Countryside

Intelligence sources announced on Sunday that one of the key commanders of al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front has been killed in the Syrian Army offensive in Damascus countryside. The Al-Nusra Front Commander in Eastern Ghouta Mohammad Sarha Aka Jarrah and several of his forces were killed in the Syrian army troops' operations in Marj al-Sultan area in Damascus Countryside.
On Saturday, the Syrian army troops regained control over several strategic areas in Damascus countryside. The Syrian forces retook all the hills oversee Douma and Harasta from the foreign-backed Takfiri militants. The army also won back 25 buildings in Harasta, and a number of blocks in Jobar.
All Members of Nusra Group in Al-Gharbiyeh Village in Dara'a Killed in Army Attack http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940726001093
Syrian Forces Kill Internationally Wanted Senior ISIL Commander in Deir Ezzur http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940726000674

Oct 18 15:05

Hezbollah attack kills 5 'ISIS' fighters in north Lebanon

Check out this comment in The Jerusalem Post. Bob Ben-Gurion • 2 days ago

Immediately prior to my stint in Vietnam (many, many years ago ... even before many posters here were even born), I was heartened to know that I (and others) had received the very finest “training” that the American military could provide. And that --- coupled with the very latest in weaponry --- caused me to adopt a now-strange feeling of invincibility. The very first time that a VC mortar shell
exploded, some tens of yards from my position, that notion of “invincibility”
immediately evaporated … and I soiled my combat fatigues. Even now, at 67-years old, I will never forget that singular moment in time: the noise, and the
screams, and the smells, and the fear.

But as time went on, and I experienced more and more of those dreadful moments … I got used to it … AND IT WAS THEN THAT I TRULY BECAME A REAL SOLDIER.

Oct 18 15:01

More than 4 million Syrians have fled their homes because of the crisis

More than 4 million people have fled their homes in Syria because of the crisis. And currently 60 million people are refugees worldwide.
25% of the population of Lebanon are Syrian refugees, more than 2 million are migrants in Turkey, 1.5 million – in Jordan, 300 thousand in Iraq.

Oct 18 14:39

Terrorists addicted to selfie with US missiles

"Now in Syria, in fact there is no moderate opposition, no matter what the White house says, so the idea of supplying weapons is a disaster," — said Ivan Eland, an analyst with Washington-based independent Institute, an expert on national security. One of the first video shows how the militants on the ground receive reinforcements from abroad. The investigation of the American TV channel PBS. At night, with the lights off, to avoid the air strikes, the Islamists travel to Turkey, where they wait for weapons and equipment. On the question of the correspondent who sends them weapons, one of the militants says: "Americans. They said, to prepare the way, the truck for weapons." Part of the group remains in Turkey, where makes interview with some American security officials, apparently from the CIA, then fighters by the aircraft immediately fly to Qatar, where the training camp is. The rest returnes to Syria and with the dawn unwrap the American gifts.

Oct 18 14:19

The residence of Sadam Hussein was repelled from the terrorists in Iraq

The Iraqi army is advancing on the positions of militants - in Tikrit the former residence of Saddam Hussein was repelled from the terrorists.
Until 2005, the Palace complex was occupied by the Americans. They organized there the headquarters of the military command, then conveyed the building to the Iraqi military, who left it a year ago, when Tikrit was attacked by militants, reports channel "Russia 24".
Earlier it was reported that on the South of the province Ciroc the Iraqi army broke through the line of ISIS defense, with the support of the Kurdish militia. This was reported on Sunday on a press-conferences by the Deputy of Parliament from the province, the representative of the Union of national forces, Khaled al-Maragi.

Oct 18 14:18

"Spattered By Israeli Gunfire": National Security Agency (NSA) Posts Vintage Photos of the USS Liberty On Their Website

The NSA National Security Agency, (in years past jokingly referred to as "no such agency,") includes twenty-eight declassified photos of the USS Liberty attack on their official website. Captions for the photos include such titles as "Spattered by Isreali Gunfire," "Ships Bridge was Clobbered," "Shock Damage Above Torpedo Hit," CDR McGonagle Israeli Bullet, CDR and Staff Confer Post-attack, USS Liberty in Drydock, USS Liberty Main Blast Area, USS Liberty Pierside Malta, USS Liberty Primary Blast Area, Clean-up Operations of Blast Area, Damaged Machine Gun Mount Damaged Signal Light on Bridge, and Fire Damage Port Side Amidships."

Oct 18 13:37

Hamas Asks Russia to Help Stop Israeli 'Aggression'

The Hamas movement's leader, Khaled Mesha, spoke with the Russia’s deputy foreign minister, who promised to do his best for the Palestinians.

Oct 18 13:36

Hillary Clinton LAUGHS when Jake Tapper asks her about the FBI's investigation into her emails

Hillary Clinton still gets a kick out of what rival Bernie Sanders said about her 'damn emails' at Tuesday night's debate.

She laughed about it again on Sunday when State of the Union host Jake Tapper brought it up.

But Clinton continued laughing when Tapper asked her about the FBI's investigation into her emails - opening herself up to criticism that she's making light of the ongoing scandal, which has caused her poll numbers to dip in recent months.

Oct 18 13:32

Medvedev: US Administration is weak, indecisive and incompetent

The prime minister said: "What is the American administration usually accused of? That it allows itself something which cannot be allowed - weakness, indecision, incompetence, and fails to take adequate measures to defend its certain priorities. I don't know if it is so, it's their business. But, anyway, judging by the statements sounded this week, including from some of the White House clerks, it seems to be true".

Oct 18 13:12

'Russia Expert' Timothy Snyder Busted Down to Size

In this piece addressed to the editor of TIME, Tina Jennings blows the lid off another mainstream lackey spreading misinformation about Russian policy...
In the UK, a poll taken in the last few days showed that over 70% supported Russian moves in Syria. We would do well to take Putin at his word now and again. He chooses his words exceedingly carefully and doesn't do sound bites. The result of this approach is that Putin not only means what he says, he also says what he means. This is so refreshing by the standards of ordinary politicians we're accustomed to in the West that it may feel perplexing, even disorientating, for some. So when Putin warned at the UN two weeks ago that “we can no longer tolerate the state of affairs in the world today”, a remark that resonated with millions of people around the world, he meant exactly that. No need for faux bafflement from across the Atlantic.

Oct 18 13:06

Ukraine Wants to Be the 51st US State

You knew it was coming…
After the installation of a US-orchestrated and controlled puppet regime in Kiev the next logical step was announced today. The Ukrainian government filed an application for admission into the US as federal state No. 51.
One motivation for this step was the problem that many American citizens who are to pose as Ukraine's new government have refused to accept Ukrainian citizenship. Ukraine does not allow any form of dual citizenship and people possessing two passports can be severely fined by the Ukrainan authorities. “So we considered the matter very carefully and now we are able to kill two birds with one stone. The Russian aggressor will now think twice if he really is willing to attack U.S. territory “ a government spokesperson explained.

Oct 18 12:41

Egypt delegation will come to Moscow to discuss buying Russian hardware from Mistral

"After the 20th, in about a week, a delegation from Egypt will come to us to discuss possible supplies of certain blocks of radio-electronic equipment for the Mistrals, which Egypt has bought from France," the source said. The source said the Russian military equipment export authority, Rosoboronexport, had a meeting, devoted to further use of the equipment. Egypt signed a contract on two Mistral-class helicopter carriers on October 10. The vessels may be supplied to Egypt in summer, 2016 along with storm boats.

Oct 18 12:39

Only 7% of Americans Have A “Great Deal” of Trust in the Mainstream Media

Gallup’s Rebecca Rifkin noted that while Americans are now less likely to trust other major institutions, such as the government, than in past years, the media has also actively contributed to the atmosphere of distrust:

Oct 18 12:34

FLASHBACK - Administration Declassifies Top-Secret Doc That Reveals Israel’s Nuclear Secrets

The Pentagon has declassified a document that was once labeled “top-secret,” which goes into sophisticated detail about Israel’s nuclear weapons program. The document was released quietly just prior to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 speech to a joint session of Congress.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only people in the world who do not know Israel has nuclear weapons are the American people who ironically enough paid for it all, thanks to the pro-Israel US corporate media!

Oct 18 12:27

Taliban militants overrun district in northeastern Afghanistan

The Taliban militant group has taken control of a district in Afghanistan’s northeastern province of Badghis, as Afghan government forces are battling the militants at other fronts elsewhere in the war-battered country.

Major Reza Rezaee, the spokesman for Afghanistan’s 209th Shaheen Military Corps, said Taliban militants overran Ghormach district, situated about 500 kilometers (310 miles) northwest of the capital, Kabul, early Sunday, following heavy clashes with Afghan security forces.

He added that security forces alongside government officials have holed up inside a military base in the district, and the Taliban terrorists are tightening the noose around them.

A local security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Taliban terrorists have seized the district governor's compound as well as police headquarters.

He added the Taliban have set the police headquarters on fire.

Oct 18 12:15

Donald Trump Sets Off Firestorm With Comments on 9-11 Terrorist Attacks

Donald Trump set off a firestorm on Friday with comments during a Bloomberg interview that implied George W. Bush was somehow to blame for the 9-11 terrorist attacks that killed 3,000 Americans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bloomberg is being dishonest here. Trump said Bush was President when the towers came down. And he was. As President, he was sitting in that school in Sarasota Florida reading about pet goats when the 9-11 attacks happened. Trump didn't say Bush had anything to do with it. But I am willing to cross that line, because in the video of Bush's visit to the school, White House aid Andy Card comes in top inform Bush of the second plane hitting the second tower at which point everyone knows this is a terror attack.

So where is the Secret Service protective detail in that video? Do they rush in and grab the President, toss him in his armored limo and take off? They do not. Why? Bush's presence at the school was announced in the media a week ahead of time and there is an airport just four miles away. Nobody could know for a fact there wasn't an airplane on its way to crash into the school that very moment ... if you accept the official story. We all remember how the Secret Service protective detail sprang into action when Reagan was shot, yet here they all stand still!

But from the inaction of the Secret Service protective detail, it is clear that Bush's Secret Service knew he was not a target, and the only way they could know that is that they know ahead of time what the targets would be that day.

QED, The Bush administration was indeed part of the 9-11 plot, to create the "New Pearl Harbor" the Project for the New American Century said they needed in their policy paper, Rebuilding America's Defenses."

Oct 18 12:07

Jeb Bush’s epic implosion: Why it’s high time he gave up his presidential fantasy

Bush may not yet have packed it in, but we might as well start shoveling dirt on his campaign. The chances he can overcome poll numbers consistently stuck in single digits, the baggage of his last name and his near-daily gaffes, are slim to none. To paraphrase a famous comedy bit, his presidential ambitions’ metabolic processes are now history, they are off the twig, they have kicked the bucket, shuffled off this mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible. THIS IS AN EX-CAMPAIGN!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The damning memo that just surfaced showing that George W. Bush and Tony Blair plotted to start a war with Iraq a year before the actual invasion should be the final nail in the coffin of any member of the Bush family ever being allowed to hold office ever again!

Oct 18 12:07

Foreign ministry: Cuba denies military presence in Syria

"The Cuban Foreign Ministry has refuted and resolutely denied the irresponsible and ungrounded reports about the alleged presence of Cuban troops in Syria," the ministry said in a brief statement. The document signed by Gerardo Pe?alver Portal, director general of the Bilateral Affairs deparment of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, said the allegations had been made by certain media outlets. Some publications have recently announced that Cuban troops joined Russia, Iran and other forces in the struggle against Islamic State extremists. The Cuban Foreign Ministry had to make an official statement to this effect.

Oct 18 12:06

Agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme officially comes into force

Under the Vienna agreements, the so-called "adoption day" is established 90 days after the UN Security Council’s approval of Resolution 2231. So, the measures provided by the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan and a relevant Un Security Council resolution, are taking effect on October 18.
Rouhani: Iran, Germany may boost cooperation for peace in region http://tass.ru/en/world/829717

Oct 18 12:04

Police clash with opposition in Podgorica; parliament deputies injured

The Democratic Front demonstrators took part in a protest march against the policy of Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, including his plans to join NATO, on Saturday after police had bulldozed a tent camp, which the protesters set up outside the parliament building 20 days ago. Witnesses said the police had brutally beaten the demonstrators and arrested several people. According to the protests’ organizers, Premier Milo Djukanovic a personal order to crack down on the camp. According to Radio and Television of Montenegro (RTCG), police used tear gas and percussion grenades to prevent protesters from Montenegro’s Democratic Front to break police cordons set up outside the Montenegrin parliament. The city center is totally blocked. Branko Radulovic, the parliament’s vice-speaker, and Deputy Nebojsa Medojevic have been injured.

Oct 18 12:04

Cruz: Kerry ‘utterly unfit’ for office following Israel comments

Sen. Ted Cruz wants Secretary of State John Kerry to step down if he does not disavow comments claiming Israelis have some responsibility for the recent rash of violence in their country.

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Okay, so know we know that ted Cruz is just another whore for Israel, and we have way too many of those in the government as it is.

Oct 18 12:02

Migrant Men Force Woman Into Depraved €10-a-time Sex Acts

Migrant women are being forced to become €10-a-time prostitutes in German refugee camps, it has been reported. One victim who fled the centre and wished to stay anonymous, described the sex acts as beastial and depraved and added that some of the the men were being treated for diseases such as AIDS, Syphilis and TB. She went on to say that the men often refused to pay and just forcefully gang raped and physically abused their victims, including threatening them with ‘acid attacks’ if they did not carry out sickening sex acts on several men at once, whilst others watched and ‘pleasured themselves’.

Oct 18 12:02

Putin and the Press: The West's Demonization School of Journalism

The major influential western print media are engaged in a prolonged, large-scale effort to demonize Russian President Putin, his politics and persona. There is an article (or several articles) every day in which he is personally stigmatized as a dictator, authoritarian, czar, ‘former KGB operative’ and Soviet-style ruler; anything but the repeatedly elected President of Russia.

Oct 18 12:01

Google degenerates into Ministry of Truth; all knowledge must now be pre-approved by search algorithm

Gone are the days when you could search Google and pull up neutral, relevant content appropriate to your search query. The search engine giant is reportedly pioneering a new search algorithm that will tailor search results not based on popularity or accuracy, but rather on what Google itself deems to be truthful or untruthful.

The world's new "Ministry of Truth", Google believes that screening and censoring information requested by its users will help avoid "websites full of misinformation" from showing up at the top of the search list. Known as the "Knowledge Vault," the novel algorithm is described by The New American as "an automated and super-charged version of Google's manually compiled fact database called Knowledge Graph."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Time to switch to Yandex!

Oct 18 12:00

The Darkening of Color Revolutions: Maidan Regime Investigates Its Founders for Mass Murder

The Maidan myth is as follows: Dastardly Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich ordered special forces’ and police snipers to fire on peaceful demonstrators killing nearly a hundred and wounding even more. This led to the storming of government buildings and the overthrow of the Yanukovich regime. Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, head of Ukraine’s equivalent of the KGB or FSB, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), until May 2015, said in February 2015 that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s advisor Vladislav Surkov coordinated the massacre (http://gordonhahn.com/2015/02/20/another-rusological-fail-u-s-experts-...). After a committee hearing in Ukraine’s Supreme Rada, Nalyvaichnko was forced to walk his unproven claim back. He was soon fired, presumably for ineffective strategic communications or propaganda. Now the Maidan regime appears ready to revise the history of the Maidan revolution of February 2014 in the proper direction.

Oct 18 11:50

How The West Underestimated Russia’s Military Power

Russia’s military reforms have been misunderstood and its capabilities underestimated by the United States and Europe. That’s the conclusion of a new report by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR).

The Russian military’s tactical and operational weaknesses became most blatantly apparent to the Kremlin during the 2008 Russo-Georgian War, when the U.S.-trained Georgian forces proved a much more agile and motivated adversary than expected.

As a consequence, Russia initiated the most far-reaching military (the “new look”) reforms since the 1930s divided up into three distinct phases, according to the ECFR study:

First, increasing professionalism by overhauling the education of personnel and cutting the number of conscripts; second, improving combat-readiness with a streamlined command structure and additional training exercises; and third, rearming and updating equipment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I seem to recall that the prowess of the Georgian forces was mostly in the minds of the US corporate media!

Oct 18 11:49

‘Drop-and-Forget’: Russia Develops Supersonic Smart Bomb

The KAB-250 is a follow-on to the larger KAB-500 PGM, which made its combat debut in September in Syria. There are two versions of the 250-kilogram KAB: a laser-guided version and a satellite-guided version.

Based on the “drop-and-forget” principle, the KAB-250 guided aerial bomb incorporates the latest advances in science and technology, including the experience of its KAB-500 predecessor.

The inertial guidance system directs the bomb towards the target area. Two to three kilometers from the target the bomb’s onboard computer commands the thermal homing head to acquire the designated target.

Oct 18 11:48

ISIS Fighters Could Gain LEGAL Entry Into EU, Thanks to Europe’s New Schengen Visa Deal for Turkey

Turkey is set to pick up a few big sweeteners from Brussels if ‘tries’ to stop refugee flow into Europe – even though it’s nearly impossible for Ankara to actually come good on its lofty promise to ‘contain’ the large refugee flow through Turkey into the European promise land.

It’s true that Turkey has accommodated roughly 2 million Syrian refugees, and is said to have spent over nearly $8 billion on the crisis thus far.

What they are not telling us however, is that Turkey has been the primary facilitator of the Syrian conflict, mainly by hosting terrorist and ‘rebel’ training and equipping for tens of thousands of fighters since 2011, as well as providing a continuous safe haven for terrorist fighters – freely coming and going over its southern border with Syria.